sexta-feira, 17 de maio de 2019

Capitalismo versus Comunismo

Distribuição desigual da riqueza - versus - distribuição igual da pobreza.

Educação (Instrução)
segundo John Maynard Keynes

"Education: the inculcation of the incomprehensible into the indifferent by the incompetent."

Trata-se de uma caricatura ou exagero mas, com mais frequência que o desejável, a citação aproxima-se da realidade.

Todo o "Jardim Zoológico" vai à mesma escola, que tem programa quase único para toda a bicharada. Naturalmente que ensinar a subir arvores a um peixe não lhe servirá de muito ... ou de nada. E quem ensinar um peixe a cantar, das três uma: ou está a cometer uma frande, ou a fazer um frete, ou é desprovido de minima capacidade cognitiva.

Daí a famosa frase:

"Everyone is a genious. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."
A Einstein

Algumas frases ... com ideias básicas valiosas ... mas usualmente ignoradas
Hence it comes about that all armed Prophets have been victorious, and all unarmed Prophets have been destroyed.
Niccolo Machiavelli

If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.
Winston Churchill

“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”
― Joe Klaas, Twelve Steps to Happiness

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”
― Aldous Huxley, Complete Essays 2, 1926-29

“A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.”
― Oscar Wilde

“In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
― George Orwell

“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”
― Oscar Wilde

“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”
― Theodore Roosevelt

Intellectual honesty is a crime in any totalitarian country; but even in England it is not exactly profitable to speak and write the truth.’
George Orwell

‘In England such concepts as justice, liberty and objective truth are still believed in. They may be illusions, but they are very powerful illusions.’

‘If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.’

‘The imagination, like certain wild animals, will not breed in captivity.’

'Political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question begging and sheer cloudy vagueness.’

Political language – and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists – is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.’

‘No book is genuinely free from political bias.’

 ‘Who controls the past,’ ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.’

‘Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four.’

“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”
? Winston S. Churchill

The truth hurts, and as a species that avoids pain and seeks pleasure, the preference is a lie. Even when people hear the truth, their defenses kick in and protect the ego against it. This keeps the illusion, which is viewed as more pleasant, alive.

All truth passes through three stages: First it is ridiculed, second it is violently opposed and third it is accepted as being self-evident

The truth hurts, and as a species that avoids pain and seeks pleasure, the preference is a lie. Even when  people hear the truth, their defenses kick in and protect the ego against it. This keeps the illusion, which  is viewed as more pleasant, alive.
How often do you hold back the truth to protect someone’s feelings? Many think they are being nice, or have accepted you simply just don’t say those things when they’ll hurt someone else’s feelings.

People don't want to hear the truth; they never do. They wanna live in some kind of fantasy
Paul Mooney

«Voler en grand et restituer en petit, c’est la philanthropie»

ironise en 1887 l’économiste et écrivain Paul Lafargue.

quinta-feira, 28 de fevereiro de 2019

As responsabilidades
relativas ao Ilegal, Imoral ou Impopular.

Aplicar-se-á a visão de Fernando Pessoa a todos os Portugueses... ou apenas às "cliques" que dominam o rectângulo a partir de Lisboa ou a partir das capitais de "Província"?
Mas serão necessárias figuras que suportem essas responsabilidades associadas a actos "negativos"? É dificil descansar enquanto não se encontra o culpado por uma qualquer "dor". 
Para isso foi criada a "instituição" de " "Bode Espiatório". Este "mártir"  encarrega-se de libertar os "salvadores" do peso de "condenada" consciência - partindo e carregando com as culpas para o deserto e morrendo por lá com elas todas. 
Esses "Bodes" tanto podem ser pessoas como instituições ... inclusivamente Partidos Politicos. 
Bodes destes são como os pneus de socorro: é sempre bom ter um à mão. Ao não atribuir um nome ao causador de uma dor, deixando-se a coisa associada a um cliché como erro de gestão, falta de provas, prescrição derivada de especial complexidade, está-se perante potencial encerramento precário ou não definitivo do assunto. O Bode quando é enviado para o meio do deserto nunca mais volta.

quarta-feira, 20 de fevereiro de 2019

Finding and meeting

"Of course, to meet a person is a gift of fate.
But people do not meet - they find each other. Little by little, they find a child lost in childhood looking for their relatives scattered all over the world ...
If people spent a little more energy trying to find and discover what unites them, and not to multiply what divides them, perhaps we would be able to live in peace."

© Antoine de Saint-Exupery

quinta-feira, 14 de fevereiro de 2019

e o rio ... Douro

Quem vem e atravessa o rio
Junto à serra do Pilar
vê um velho casario
que se estende ate ao mar

Quem vem e atravessa o rio
Junto à serra do Pilar
vê um velho casario
que se estende ate ao mar

Quem te vê ao vir da ponte
és cascata, são-joanina
dirigida sobre um monte
no meio da neblina.

Por ruelas e calçadas
da Ribeira até à Foz
por pedras sujas e gastas
e lampiões tristes e sós.

E esse teu ar grave e sério
dum rosto e cantaria
que nos oculta o mistério
dessa luz bela e sombria

Ver-te assim abandonada
nesse timbre pardacento
nesse teu jeito fechado
de quem mói um sentimento

E é sempre a primeira vez
em cada regresso a casa
rever-te nessa altivez
de milhafre ferido na asa

Rui Veloso

quinta-feira, 7 de fevereiro de 2019

Metáfora das crianças que vão crescendo ...


sábado, 26 de janeiro de 2019

Dizem que na África do Sul é assim!
Felizmente que é apenas lá que isso alegadamente acontece ...


segunda-feira, 21 de janeiro de 2019

Benefits of having an enemy.

Conflict: "A form of social interaction involving direct struggle between individuals or groups over commonly valued resources or goals. 

Differs from competition because individuals are more interested in defeating an opponent than in achieving a goal."

Read in:
Benefits of Having an Enemy

"Conflict approach: 
One of the major theoretical perspectives in sociology: emphasizes the importance of unequal power and conflict in society. 
Weberian conflict theorists stress inequality and conflict based on class, status, power
Marxian theorists emphasize conflict and inequality based on ownership of the means of production."

An enemy or a foe is an individual or a group that is verified as forcefully adverse or threatening. The concept of an enemy has been observed to be "basic for both individuals and communities". The term "enemy" serves the social function of designating a particular entity as a threat, thereby invoking an intense emotional response to that entity.

"Enemy" is a strong word, and "emotions associated with the enemy would include anger, hatred, frustration, envy, jealousy, fear, distrust, and possibly grudging respect"

"The characterization of an individual or/and group as an enemy is called demonization. The propagation of demonization is a major aspect of propaganda"

"The enemy," as the object of social anger or repulsion, has throughout history been used as the prototypical propaganda tool to focus the fear and anxiety within a society toward a particular target. The target is often general, as with an ethnic group or race of people, or it can also be a conceptual target, as with an ideology which characterises a particular group.""The existence or perceived existence of a collective enemy tends to increase the cohesiveness of the group"

"Panic: A frightened response by an aggregate of people to an immediate threat."

"The Necessity of an Enemy will give you the tools to change your perspective – and find meaning and purpose in all of life’s trials."

"A threat (real or fictitious) creates an enemy - and a defeat of that enemy creates satisfaction of those who felt threatened before"