I guess this is an interesting read, especially for anyone interested in activism and community organisation. Haven’t read it yet, though.
Once again we stand before a new year, in awe and fascination for all the opportunities that could potentially arise.
Many of us start or plan to start or plan but fail to start resolutions for the new year. To be honest, each time I talked and planned to do something as big as a new year’s resolution, the poor monkeys in my brain never let me go on. I am a procrastinator (sic.) by nature, and deadlines, timetables and schedules make me mad.
So for this year, I have no resolution. Yes, I do have many things that I wish to do. But I will not impose that on me. Only a prayer for this year:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.
And that’s all. As for my one-word for the new year, I guess that will be ‘ADVANCEMENT’. This is what I wish for 2015. Whatever this might imply for me. I’m eager to find out!
I love how simple acts can demonstrate how things actually work.
In Croatia they decided to ask in a referendum the population whether they want to legalize same-sex marriage. The majority voted against this right for LGB+ individuals.
A left-wing Croatian MEP named Nikola Vuljanić said that “Human rights are not a matter to be decided upon in such a way”. But that’s where even the left-wing and radicals today get it really wrong.
Human rights is a made-up concept, a liberal idea. It is as arbitrary as liberal democracy per se. Created from the beginning for some individuals, not for everyone. And that’s acceptable since some people are excluded from humanity. And if “we” don’t perceive them as human, then they do not exist, so we do not care. Care is an important verb here. Care means empathy. Our present way of constructing our social and political, is to its core a very rationalized cold-blooded apathetic strategy.
The most terrible thing is to believe in a so-called social contract, and expect that human rights will be enforced democratically, that human rights are founded in the essence of democracy, that the majority “knows” better. Alas we believe that the “social contract” guarantees our rights and freedoms.Here goes Mill’s argument “On Liberty” on the tyranny of the majority. Here goes Plato’s argument against democracy. Here goes Marx’s scientific explanation of how the modern liberal “social contract” is constructed to serve the interests of a particular class and has its limitations as for truly liberating and emancipating humans. Here goes Foucault’s perspective who treats the social contract as a discourse, and the discourse of Human Rights as part of the mentalities of the government that are full of power/ knowledge and disguise the perpetual war and domination in a society.
I only wished the left-and-radical-wingers would have known better about the actual nature of our life and stop trying to reclaim something that is not even the point, or is out of reach because that’s how things work. We need to change the perspective if we want to actually change the world!
The 1st day of December, the World AIDS day, is a day for raising awareness of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and also a great opportunity to raise awareness against the stigmatization of HIV-positive individuals.
On that day this year, the world premier of a Greek documentary entitled ‘Ruins’ will be streamed online.
It is a documentary about the criminalization of HIV. It follows the story of a group of HIV-positive women who were detained by the Greek Police, forcibly tested, charged with a felony, imprisoned and publicly exposed, when their mug shots and personal data were published in the media, in the run-up to the country’s 2012 national elections.
This is a case when the human dignity of some persons is brutally negated, officially rejected, a case when the society/ government/ majority/ anyone names-and-shames those who “have to be” abjected, who have no important life, because they are HIV-positive.
Instead of ‘HIV-positive’ one can add other *categories*: ‘Blacks’, ‘Women’, ‘Gays’, ‘Communists’, ‘Muslims’, ‘Disabled’, and the list is on-going, since in the end, everyone of “us” is a risk for “their” “normal” society.
The documentary will be broadcasted online at 18:00 GMT from http://ruins-documentary.com/en/
Spread the message:
read it now, and read it fast – not possible!
“If you can love someone with all your heart, even one person, then there’s salvation in life. Even if you can’t get together with that person”
Haruki Murakami – 1Q84