Religions

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The first thing I must make clear before starting is that I do respect ones spirituality. Everyone has the right of his/her belief.

Saying that, I do belief that religions have nothing to do with spirituality. Let me explain. I think that the evolution of what were a way to deal with the fear of the unknown, animisn, such has the beliefs in the power of nature, the sun or the moon, has gradually become a way to control people. To force people to conform to an idea that surpasses spirituality.

Despite what most religions texts preach such as peace, humanity, empathy, harmony, friendship, respect of the living, etc ; these writings have been Man made, they are a representation of the human best and worst behaviour. The only thing, that really has kept its relation to the first beliefs is the search to know what comes after death. It is still related to a fear of something that we cannot understand.

If we look at the modern religions through time, we can see that it has been left to the interpretation of texts that have been supposed to be given to mankind by hypothetical Gods. This is facts and is not opened to discussion. From then on, humans with their supreme conscious thinking, have been elevated to the superior race on this planet, separated from animals and just under God.

Then, religions have become global and very powerful propaganda machines. You were part of it or became a paria. If you were still believing in the power of nature you were categorised as witches, shamans or pagans. You were savages that were no better that beasts. Then, religious institutions made sure that people were kept in the dark, under educated unless you were rich and powerful and help their hidden agendas. These are more like political behaviours. Then, they made sure to discredit every new discoveries or scientific explanations of the world that went against their so called sacred texts. The examples are numerous : Galileo Galilei, Giordano Bruno, the destruction of the library of Alexandria (which I believe is the first crime against humanity), Darwin, etc.

From that time, despotism became the rule. Every religious orders were making sure to control people by supporting kings and despotes to fight in their name to extend their area of influence. After the discoveries of the 15th and 16th century, Spain and Portugal went to the Pope to divide the world in two. These two powerful empires had to guaranty the protection of christian orders that went in these newly discovered territories to propagate and force their religious beliefs onto indigenous populations.

Then, in the 16th and 17th century, came the so called wars of successions and wars for the control of the seas. These wars were based on alliances between countries under the same religious influences. Dutch and Great Britain (protestant) against France and Spain (catholics) or the barbaresque (muslim and zoroastrianism).

During that time, religion pushed politics to systematically eradicate indigenous populations because they would not change their ancestral beliefs to the ones of the colonisators in South and North America, in Australia and in the Pacific Island. And I am not going to forget the slave trade. That has nothing to do with spirituality, peace, respect for each other and harmony!

It was also the time of the inquisition. The time in which no one were safe from an enemy reporting you to the catholic inquisitor who would after torture make you a good christian by giving the name of five persons or face death. Where is that written in the bible or other texts?

In the same idea there was the holy wars against the muslims in Palestine. There the christian orders pushed the upper classes to participate in the crusades to make sure they entre the kingdom of heaven. Then it was the muslims who pushed their ways onto the old continent and Asia  killing the so called infidels. This is still going on nowadays with the jihadis in the middle east, north Africa and the some part of black Africa. On the top of that there is the jewish massacre of the muslim population in Palestine or the christian unholy war in the middle east for the control of oil.

Finally, there is the theological war between science and religion : Between, creationists and the evolutionists. This is in my opinion, no reason to fight here. How can you compare facts studied in a scientific way and the texts coming from the dark ages that are stories of the life of fictional characters. Science is not the enemy of spirituality but a complement of it. Most of the important scientists throughout history were spiritual people.

Before concluding I cannot mention the way that religion as been made for men by men. Women have absolutely no rights in religions. They are kept uneducated, slaves of their husbands. Their are owned by their husband in most religious laws.

So, in my humble opinion the human race if it wants to evolve towards a better society has to stay away from religions. We should ban them from our societies. They are toxic, all of them. They have enslave the human race into old anachronistic way of living. They have killed millions in the name of gods, whom none of them can prove they are or have existed. Saying that it is not incompatible with mankind being spiritual, in the true sens of it. Not in a biased, political, money driven, despotic way but in the respect of individual right to believe in something bigger, to question the unknown and the respect of all the living inhabitants of Planet Earth.

 

The US Second Amendment

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This subject is one of the concept that I have the most difficulties to understand: The attitude of people in the US towards its Second Amendment. What I cannot get is that such a vast majority of US citizens can protect such a right in view of the damages it makes in their society. The second amendment has been written into the US bills of rights in 1791. Every one has the right to bear arms for self-protection. Come on! We are in 2015. The time of the wild wild west is over. Billy the kid has long gone! What good it was to have a weapon on yourself at the time of Oklahoma City’s bombing or on 9/11/2001? None. Sorry it offered no self-protection. Why spend money on the army, the FBI or the police departments if there is no need for them to protect the citizens?

In view of the gun violence related figures of 2015, 52 000 incidents so far this year, including 329 mass shooting*, 90% of the world mass shootings since 1975. 13 232 people were killed so far in 2015 another 26 681 were injured. 693 children** have been killed by guns in 2015 and another 2 662 teens*** have died in the same way. Finally 20 000 people kill themselves with fire arms every years (source: GunViolenceArchive.org). These figures do not include gang related incidents, terrorist attacks, criminal underground affairs or police shootings. This makes it the 5 or 6th cause of death every year. It does not even make it in the top ten either in the UK or France!

Events such as Columbine’s, Aurora’s or Sandy Hooks or the figures above have absolutely no influence on the US population’s psyche. This Christmas, the sales of weapons as presents has shown an increase of 24% compare to last year (which showed a 17% increase from 2013).  41% of all publicly owned weapons in the world are owned by US citizens. There are over 300 million guns in the US. Only 1/3 of them are hand guns!

In vue of such events and such figures, I believe that in most countries in the world legislations to control and/or prevent the possession of fire arms would be brought in. The pressure of the street would win over any weapons lobby! In the US the consensual solution is always more guns: Guns on campuses, in schools, in public places. Guns to protect yourself from guns!

At  first I though that the weapon industry had such a power over the political class because of its prevalent position in the US economy that it made it very difficult to change the legislation. I was wrong. It is true that the US is the first exporter of weapons in the world with $33 billions in revenue and a about 210 000 jobs, but it is far behind the oil industry, the agro-farming lobby or the tech business! So, why does the weapons lobby has such an influence on politicians and the population in general.

It is through its powerful lobby: the NRA (National Rifle Association). When it was created in 1871 this association had the purpose of “promoting and encourage rifle shooting on a scientific basis.” It is far from its original goals, now! With over 5 million members, it has become one of the most powerful political lobby in the Capitol. It has a budget of $256 million. It has spent a mere $10 million on promoting and defending the second amendment during the last presidential election. Furthermore, it is said that 60% of the population would say no to any changes to the second amendment. So, it is fair to say that if you do not support the NRA and the second amendment, you will not get into office.

Even with such a powerful lobby such as the NRA. The incredible cost of gun violence to the US society: $229 billion, more than six times what it brings into the US economy, should have an incidence on US politicians and the public in general. But, no, the spending on a fair universal health care system, costing $251 billion is more controversial in the eyes of most US people or politicians. And I don’t even want to mention the budget of defense…

No one seems to care about the welfare of people in this country. An universal welfare system does more for a society than the right to bear a weapon! I don’t get it, the right to kill is more important to most US people than the right to live a decent, healthy life! How can you live in such a society?  Guns are not freedom!

How can you in your own mind let this happen?

* Mass shootings: 4+ people per incidents. ** Age: 0 to 10 years old. *** Age: 11 to 18 years old.

Recycling !

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The other day one of my Facebook friend shared a post of an old lady giving a lesson on recycling to a young one who complained about her bad habits on the matter. In this speech, our old woman made a point that in her youth bottles, yogurts, milk or cream containers were made of glass, shopping was dispensed in paper bags, food products were displayed in bulk, etc. There was no or very little plastic containers, the system was simple and sustainable in todays standard.

In these past habits everything was recyclable, reuseable and sustainable. It was also cheap to make.  The pressure on populations around the world to be more environmentally friendly was minimal. Furthermore, with todays huge pressure on our oil reserves none of these types of contenants require oil in making them! It is not that we have to be inventing technically complicated systems to recycle these byproducts of our crazy consumption’s habits. It is all there, we have done it before and it worked! I don’t get it. Why can’t we go back to these habits that make more sens in our current environmental crisis?

Our food can be delivered to us plastic free. Why can’t we change this? Why our governments or environmental agencies don’t think about it and make the food industry come back to this simple, environmentally sound and economically sustainable system? I think it is simple: advertising, money making people who are not living in the real world ; lobbies that do not care about anything than profits, that are blinded by other lobbies even more powerful than their own. When I talk about lobbies I mean the large distribution companies such as Walmart, Carrefour, Leclerc, Tesco, etc. Then comes the  slightly more  powerful lobbies such as Danone, Nestlé, Procter and Gambles, Craft, etc who need there brands to be advertised and recognized to increase their profits more and more for their share holders. Then, the next level in the lobbies ladder is the oil lobby who push his dirty products onto us as the solution for all our needs: cheap and so called “clean”energy, cheap but dirty and unsustainable raw material for our food packaging. And I am not talking about the petrol that fuel our cars. And on the top of all that interlocked system there is that powerful, inhuman, virtual system that we have created: The Market, which rules the world.

All the actors of this system feed into each other. They only care about the short term and would go for anything to get their way! They pressurise governments, finance wars, they fund powerful lobbies and pressure groups at all the levels of our societies. They also finance our politicians to make sure that the status quo remains.

I think that it is only us, all the citizens of the world who can make this changes happen. I strongly believe that together we can shift the power of decision in favor of the people of earth from the Market. Democracy is supposed to be “for the people, by the people” so if we make the effort of coming out of our lethargy and remind our politicians that they would not be where they are without us and that they are supposed to represent us in the democratic decision process, that they must thrive to make our society better and safer for us. They also must remember that they must be independent from all corporations and lobbies and do everything to respect the basic human rights as written in the “Déclaration universelle des droits de l’hommes“.

So Messieurs the politicians and decision makers from all over the world tell me what stops you to enforce this simple solution to solve the problem of rubbish management instead of going for costly, complicated and unsustainable solutions that enable the Market and its actors to do as they whish and keep getting richer and even more controlling. I have to say that this time I firmly believe that: “it was better before”.

A Word To The Wise Is Sufficient!