joi, 16 aprilie 2015

"Future boy Conan"

"Future boy Conan" e un serial de desene animate regizat de Hayao Miyazaki.
"After the world is nearly destroyed by a war, a young boy and his friends must fight to save the world from those who seek to conquer what is left of civilization."
E bazat pe cartea "The Incredible Tide". Dupa o inundatie globala, Conan ramane singur pe o insula, unde traieste foarte bine pana cand e "salvat" de ultimii supravietuitori civilizati si adus in ultimul oras:
"Isn’t this one of those chemical cities the Peace Union was planning to build? You know, where everything was supposed to be made of plastics or synthetics, even the food—“
“This is the model city,” she interrupted curtly. “The only one finished before the Change. And don’t call the food synthetic. It is the best food ever made, and the most scientific. You’ve been eating it ever since you were rescued.”
“I wasn’t rescued,” he retorted. “I was captured. And I’d hate to feed your food to a dog.”
She whirled on him angrily. “There is no finer food on earth, and you’d better learn to like it! And, so help me, you’d better watch your tongue when you go ashore, or you’ll wish we’d never found you.”
Almost before the lines were made fast she jerked her chin at him, swung her long, bony frame over the rail, and leaped to the dock. As he caught up with her, she said, “I’m turning you over to the work commissioner He’ll assign you to a job. You’ll fare much better if you show a little gratitude for the opportunity you’re being given.”
“What opportunity?”
“To become a citizen of the New Order, of course! You’ll begin as an apprentice citizen, and the rest is up to you. Nothing is free in this world. It must be worked for”
He forced back his sudden anger and strode glumly beside her. They crossed a square littered with what seemed to be plastic building supplies, and turned toward a long, grimy structure pierced with rows of small windows. The red pennant of the New Order flew defiantly over the entrance.
Just before they reached the place, a sudden downdraft from one of the smokestacks bathed them with acrid fumes. The doctor paused, threw back her gaunt gray head, and breathed deeply. “Ah, that is a good smell!” she cried. “The best smell in the world!”
Conan choked and managed to stutter, “W-what’s so good about it?”
“Because it is the smell of life, and progress,” she reminded him sharply. “It has kept us alive ever since the Change. Someday it will help us rule the earth.”

Moving from head to heart

http://lifepositive.com/moving-from-head-to-heart/

"When Carl Jung, the great psychoanalyst, went to Taos Peublo in New Mexico in 1925, he met the chief of the native people, Ochwiay Biano. Biano told Jung that according to his people, the Whites were ‘mad’-uneasy, restless, always wanting something.

Jung asked him why he thought they were mad, and the chief replied that it was because they thought with their heads, a sure sign of mental illness among his tribe. Jung asked him how he thought and he pointed to his heart. The response plunged Jung into a deep introspection that enabled him to see his race from outside himself and realise how much of the race’s character was within him.

Ever since I read this fascinating excerpt I have been pondering over the difference between heart thinking and head thinking. Most gurus and spiritual teachings exhort us to make this very transition-from head to heart. But what does it actually mean? "

duminică, 22 martie 2015

Primitivi

"Erau un popor disciplinat, mentinand ordinea in multe imprejurari dificile. Totusi nu aveau nici unul dintre mecanismele puterii pe care le consideram esentiale pentru o viata ordonata. Nici un ordin nu era dat... De multe ori am incercat sa gasesc un caz in care s-au dat ordine, dar acestea nu existau. In timp am inceput sa realizez ca democratia este un lucru foarte personal, care la fel ca si caritatea incepe acasa. De fapt inseamna a nu fi constrans si a nu avea nevoia de a constrange pe altul. Indienii Pawnee invatau acest mod de viata din primele zile dupa nastere. Prin intamplarile din fiecare zi copilul isi incepea dezvoltarea ca un barbat disciplinat si liber, sau ca o femeie care isi simtea demnitatea si independenta ca fiind inviolabile"

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"Indienii Cree sunt onesti, liberali si ospitalieri fata de straini; grijulii, iubitori si afectuosi cu sotiile si rudele lor; isi iubesc copii, sunt harnici, frugali, temperati si perseverenti; darnici si rezistenti. Timp de saptamani si luni am fost in orasele lor, si niciodata nu am vazut nici cel mai mic semn de cearta sau lupta: niciodata nu am vazut un indian batandu-si sotia, nici certand-o. In acest caz ei sunt exemple pentru cele mai civilizate natiuni... pentru ca intr-adevar sotiile lor merita stima si grija pe care le-o poarta, ele fiind harnice, frugale, iubitoare si afectuoase. Politica interna si economia familiei... plaseaza acesti oameni intr-un punct de admirat: liberalitatea, intimitatea si relatiile prietenesti dintre ei, fara nici o formalitate ceremonioasa; ca si cum ar fi insensibili la nevoia de a asocia sentimente de avaritie, ambitie sau lacomie... Cum putem explica politica lor civila excelenta; nu isi poate deriva influenta din legi coercitive, pentru ca ei nu au un asemenea sistem artificial."

Columbus and other cannibals

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“Observand un schimb de prizonieri intre Iroquois si francezi in nordul statului New York in 1699, Cadwallader Colden spune: “desi s-au facut toate eforturile posibile pentru a-i aduce acasa pe francezi, care erau prizonieri ai celor Cinci Natiuni, si aveau libertate totala de la indieni, putini au putut fi convinsi sa se intoarca.” El trebuie sa admita ca aceasta nu este doar o reflectie a calitatii vietii colonistilor francezi, “deoarece englezii au avut aceleasi dificultati” in a-i convinge pe ai lor sa vina acasa, in ciuda superioritatii modului de viata englez.

Nici argumentele, nici tratatele, nici lacrimile prietenilor si rudelor nu i-au putut convinge pe multi dintre ei sa-si paraseasca noii prieteni si cunostinte; cativa dintre ei pe care rudele i-au convins sa vina acasa, in scurt timp s-au saturat de modul nostru de viata si au fugit din nou la indieni, si au trait intre ei pana la sfarsitul vietii. Pe de alta parte, copii indieni au fost educati intre englezi, imbracati si invatati, dar, cred ca nu este nici macar un singur caz, cand unul dintre acestia, dupa ce au fost liberi sa revina intre ai lor, sa fi ramas cu englezii, ci s-au intors la popoarele lor, si au indragit modul indian de viata, la fel ca si cei care nu cunosteau nimic despre modul civilizat de viata. Si, autorul conclude, ca cea ce s-a intamplat in cazul acestui schimb de prizonieri, “a fost adevarat si in multe alte ocazii”.

Benjamin Franklin e si mai direct: Cand un copil indian este crescut in civilizatia albilor, remarca el, civilizatia intr-un fel nu se lipeste, si la prima ocazie el se va intoarce la rudele lui rosii, de unde nu mai exista nici o speranta de a-l recupera. Dar cand albi de orice sex au fost luati prizonieri de tineri de catre indieni, si au trait o vreme printre ei, desi rascumparati de catre prietenii lor si tratati cu toata grija si afectiunea pentru a-i face sa ramana intre englezi, in scurt timp sunt dezgustati de modul nostru de viata, si eforturile necesare pentru a-l mentine, si se folosesc de prima oportunitate pentru a fugi din nou in padure, de unde nu mai pot fi adusi inapoi.

Erau intotdeauna marile paduri, si viata care putea fi traita acolo era dupa cum admite Crevecoeur, “captivanta”, poate chiar superioara vietii cu care se mandreau europenii transplatati. Deoarece, dupa cum se stia spre amuzamentul multora: “mii de europeni sunt indieni, si nu avem nici un exemplu al unuia dintre acesti aborigeni care sa fi devenit european de buna voie!”

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"Parintele indian prin fiinta sa nu era dispus sa-si disciplineze copiii. Fiecare demonstratie a vointei proprii a acestora era acceptata ca o indicatie favorabila a dezvoltarii, a maturizarii caracterului... Ocazional exista un consiliu care se aduna, cu membri nedefiniti si schimbatori, ale caror decizii nu erau impuse decat prin influenta opiniei publice. Un preot din Moravia care a trait printre ei descrie societatea indienilor:

"Astfel a fost mentinut de-a lungul timpurilor, fara convulsii si fara miscari sociale, acest guvern traditional, pentru care lumea este posibil sa nu ofere un alt exemplu; un guvern in care nu exista legi, ci numai obiceiuri si traditii stabilite, nu exista cod de jurisprudenta, doar experienta vremurilor trecute, nu exista magistrati, doar sfatuitori, fata de care oamenii arata o ascultare implicita si nefortata, in care varsta confera statutul, intelepciunea ofera putere, si moralitatea obtine respectul universal."


A People's History of the United States

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"When any of them come into our towns, our people are apt to crowd round them, gaze upon them, and incommode them, where they desire to be private this they esteem great rudeness, and the effect of the want of instruction in the rules of civility and good manners. "We have," say they, "as much curiosity as you, and when you come into our towns, we wish for opportunities of looking at you, but for this purpose we hide ourselves behind bushes, where you are to pass, and never intrude ourselves into your company."

duminică, 15 martie 2015

Black Elk

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Black_Elk

"The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells Wakan-Tanka , and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us. This is the real peace, and the others are but reflections of this. The second peace is that which is made between two individuals, and the third is that which is made between two nations. But above all you should understand that there can never be peace between nations until there is known that true peace, which, as I have often said, is within the souls of men."