cultural maturity

cultural maturity

  • Finding the courage to question our "sacred values"

      Did  you know that the word "terrorism" comes from the French word terrorisme, and originally referred specifically to "state terrorism" as practiced by the French government during the 1793–1794 Reign of terror?    The Reign of Terror (1793 – 1794) was a period of violence that occurred after the onset of the French Revolution. The Terror was marked by authoritarian regimes and mass executions of the "enemies of the revolution". The death toll ranged in the tens of thousands ; 80 % of the victims didn't belong to the nobility or the clergy.    Deportations and executions of political prisoners: These execution will be organized methodically on massive scale such as the "drownings at Nantes". Thousands of people — including old people, women, children, babies, wounded or disabled — will be loaded on boats that will then be drowned into a river.   14-15 December 1793: the "Marat" (the soldiers of the Revolution) arrived to Bouffay's prison, most them are drunk. They are...

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  • The SVT: an answer to the current political deadlock

    The SVT: an answer to the current political deadlock

    The Single Transferable Vote is a method based on a counterintuitive strategy able to conciliate two factors generally seen as incompatible: The STV overcomes wars parties by allowing each elector to vote for an individual candidate or candidates, without relying on closed party lists. The STV is proportional, meaning that the elected candidates proportionately reflect the voters' choices. So far, the STV is the only type of ballot able to ensure these two basic principles required to build more democratic societies. What if it was neither the politicians nor the political parties, but our intuitions that led us to the current political deadlock? What if the most direct solution was to become aware of our cognitive biases, and to learn to question our moral intuitions?    

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  • ISIS destroy cultural heritage, as the French did during their "revolution"

    This is the first time we see a deliberate destruction of heritage to crush the identities of people. The Director-General of UNESCO on a French radio Really? The French have forgotten that ISIS didn't invent anything in regard to violence and the destruction of cultural heritage. During the French Revolution, the first Republicans also destroyed priceless cultural treasures, also slaughtered, tortured in the sake of religious and ideological divergences. They also established dictatorships and govern with terror. These barbaric events weren't done on behalf of "hatred" or any dark ideologies, but in the name of our own "sacred values," in the name of "democracy, human rights, freedom, equality" and even "fraternity" ...  It is interesting to note that, despite the tens of thousands of victims, the French revolution continues today to be seen by the (most) French as a sacred event. The French revolution is still considered by most French, as the foundation of their cultural...

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  • The demagogic elasticity of medias' moral sense: as long as we can sell it

      The first article title: Reality shows and TV series provide a degrading image of women. The second article title: A world tour of "pick up techniques".

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  • Euthanasia: "demagogy" or "the art of dodging tough decisions"...

    The Vincent Lambert affair in brief: Vincent Lambert was the victim of a road accident in 2008. He was first in a deep coma and then in a "minimally conscious" state (he moves his eyes, feel the pain, but it is not possible to know if he understands what he is told). After five years, and 80 speech therapies, no code of communication could be established with him. We would like to give him the right to die with dignity, but this decision is too tough, too painful, so we hesitate and... end up taking a non-decision: let him die of thirst. That way we won't take the risk to frustrate the opponents of euthanasia (because no clear act will be done deliberately to cause death) and we won't either take the risk to frustrate the pro-euthanasia (since Vincent Lambert will no longer be kept alive artificially). So we do nothing, and everybody is happy... Well almost. According to a specialist Vincent Lambert will take 3 to 5 days to die after the interruption of his intravenous food and...

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  • When nuclear explosions reflect cultural maturity

     2053 atomic bomb explosions between 1945 and 1998. One can imagine their moral and ecological impact on the short and the long term... One can notice that the northern European nations —which yet benefit an economic and social wealth envied by the rest of the world— did not feel the need to join the "nuclear club" nor to invest —as much as other "developed" nations— their wealth in military expenses.   One might wonder why the Scandinavian countries (Iceland on the top) do not feel the need to secure their power. One might also wonder which, between "violence" and "peaceful resolution mode", is the most advanced stage of consciousness, and the less "natural" (whereas in conflict management or in seeking resources). Finally, one might wonder why some societies and people feel the need to assert their power, their wealth to exist. Could it be possible that nations merely reflect their people's way of thinking? Could it be possible that nations, like individuals, pursue...

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  • "We Need a Strong Prison System but we need to imprison people for fewer crimes and for less time"

      Sentences even for serious crimes are too long. We punish not only to deter or to incapacitate, but also to express our indignation. Half our prison inmates are drug dealers. The sale and possession of marijuana are en route to being decriminalized; and I am inclined to think that cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, LSD, and the rest of the illegal drugs should be decriminalized as well—though not deregulated. They should be regulated by the Food and Drug Administration for safety, like other drugs, and they should be taxed heavily, like alcohol and cigarettes. Alcohol and cigarettes are “recreational” drugs, too—and quite possibly more destructive of the users than the illegal drugs are, and, in the case of alcohol, also of acquaintances, family members, drivers, and pedestrians. The revenue from a sales tax on marijuana alone would pay for a substantial chunk of the cost of our prison system.

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  • Spanish abortion law: this step will take the country back to the 1980s" ... a logic which suggest that 2013 should be the norm... Yes but the 2013 from where?

                Following the 2011 elections, the majority of Spanish choose to toughen their anti-abortion law.   The media are condemning their choice: "this step will take the country back to the 1980s"... a logic which suggests that 2013 should be the norm... Okay, but in 2013 from where?            

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  • War in Mali: when human rights serve the right to kill.

    On January 16th 2013, the French army landed in Mali "determined to end the Islamist domination" in northern Mali (and incidentally to secure its uranium supply…). This military intrusion fits into the logic of the "France-Afrique": the French are maintaining since more than 50 years a neocolonialist relationship allowing them to control the African states through their economy and their military institutions (the "colonial pact" which was supposed to be ephemeral, never stopped). This a neocolonialist relationship is considered as the longest scandal of the French Republic. Introduced by de Gaulle in 1960, and accepted for 5 decades by the French people, it remains still today a dirty public fund diversion which uses official development assistance funds, to support dictatorships, coups, assassinations and to hide and organize diversion funds and illegal funding of French political parties. This war intervention in Mali (that's how the French called it) and the popularity of...

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  • Arab spring : "confiscated by Islamists" or democratic choice?

    Since Westerners fought for quite a long time against totalitarianism and religious moralism, for individual freedoms and secularism, they expected the Arabs do the same. But barely freed from their dictator, the Egyptians hastened to choose (democratically) Islam as the state religion and the Sharia as the source of legislation. Shocked by this moral and political choice, many Westerners did not wait long before condemning and denouncing “an Islamist plot". “How could it be otherwise?", concluded the specialists. "How could some people wish and even fight for a theocracy? How could a person freely choose a path so inconsistent with the universal values?"   Each one was trying to convince the other of his sacred truth: ― "Since humans are all equal, they are all the same. They should thus follow the same universal goals, and have the same aspirations. We should all put the human rights at the center of our life," proclaim the Westerners brandishing their sacred Social...

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