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On Learning and Perception

June 30, 2014
Canaima National Park, Angel Falls

Canaima National Park, Angel Falls

 

Only a mind that has not been committed, a mind that does not belong to anything, which is not limited in any way, would be a mind that could learn. There are things in life that can not be pretended: I think this is the case when an ideology is taken, one pretends all the time that one is not selfish, and pretends not to be violent, while in heart and mind one is full of contempt, when determining the parameters of any contrast.

 

 

In today’s world where there are so many problems, we are likely to lose our moral compass, and lose the quality of our perception: the quality of audition and the quality of sensitivity. If we are angry, and yet we are able to suppress anger, or be able to control ourselves, to not let anger rise again, our minds could still be insensitive as ever. One can get rid of hatred, but if the mind and heart were still petty they will create further antagonism. Therefore there will be no end to conflict.

 

Awareness brings its own illumination. But one must manifest it. It is necessary to initiate it, just as if one were catching the tail of a comet, which should be felt deeply before proceeding. The discovery of ourselves is so endless and requires constant research, a perception which is whole, a consciousness in which there is no selection whatsoever . The distance to the stars would be far less than the distance to ourselves. This journey is really a door that opens to the individual in his relationship with the world.

 

April 2, 2014

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A Venezuelan Mayhem

June 28, 2014
Bust of Simon Bolivar made ​​by Stuart Williamson, commissioned by Don Alfredo Boulton in 2006

Bust of Simon Bolivar made ​​by Stuart Williamson, commissioned by Don Alfredo Boulton in 2006

 

The web page of May 10, 2010, here below, presents implicit evidence that Simón Bolívar was executed at 47 years of age by order of U.S. President Andrew Jackson before Bolívar could initiate a blockade of the dissolution of Gran Colombia at the end of 1830, which had been led by the opportunistic and  dishonorable henchman: the much-vaunted ‘centaur of the plains’ José Antonio Páez.

http://www.tercerainformacion.es/spip.php?article15039

Each of the Presidents of the Venezuelan Republic, in particular the military, from José Antonio Páez to the late Hugo Chavez, as well as the current bus-driver Nicolas Maduro, all became instrumental in a process of misinformation in detriment of freedom. Likewise, we have an overabundance of historians who indulge in babbling nonsense, making it very difficult for us to understand the facts. While they are having fun with sentimentalities aimed at enlarging their misguided personal interests, the people become divested of their common goods. To echo the last words of a stunned Francisco Miranda as he addressed Simón Bolívar, while the latter defrauded him and accused him of treason, and consequently destined him to his death, imprisoned in “la Carraca” under the Spanish yoke:

 

“Mayhem!. These people (the military) are not able to do anything else, but a mayhem”

The lack of seriousness then as now prevails in this small Venice plucked from the Great Colombia. With such ease, abutments are lost from warlord to warlord in the passage of time; we are still without a productive direction, as ever heading into an uncertain future. What good many constitutional changes and five republics be worth, whilst we do not take seriously ourselves as individuals.

The very proclamation before Bolivar dying in Santa Marta in December 1830 brings us his consciousness without an acceptance of his own faults, included his narcissistic messianic complex:

“Colombians:
You have witnessed my efforts to establish freedom where tyranny prevailed before. I have worked with disinterest, even leaving my fortune and my peace. I abandoned the leadership when I became convinced that my humility inspired distrust. My enemies abused your credulity and trampled what is most sacred to me, my reputation and my love of freedom. I have been a victim of my persecutors, which led me to the doors of the tomb. I forgive them.
When I disappear from among you, my love tells me I should do the manifestation of my last wishes. I aspire to no other glory than the consolidation of Colombia. You must all work for the inestimable good of the Union: the people by obeying the present government to free itself from anarchy; ministers of the sanctuary by directing their prayers to heaven; and the military by using his sword to defend social guarantees.
Colombians! My last wishes are for the happiness of the country. If my death contributes to cease parties and consolidate the Union, I shall go down to the grave peacefully. “

But our reality is another. Simon Bolivar did not help consolidate any union. On the contrary, he set the path to the cult of personality. And today social guarantees are suppressed by the abuse of their rulers and anarchy prevails because politicians are only interested in their own profit. Political ideology is just a tool for deafening the intelligence of its people. As before and now, fanaticism and autocracy reign in our land.

“Mayhem!. These people are not able to do anything else, but a mayhem”


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