Ordinary people are aware of their own self, have an identity and are driven by goals.
The ‘fulfilled’ ones have developed an understanding, belong to a community and are driven by compassion.
The really ‘lucky’ have found meaning.

And peace.
Those who are still driven try to spread it.

Cine a învins?
Cinicii, impostorii, bandiții și alte mutații social-politice-economice foarte stranii.

“Ce să-i spui unui tânăr ca să reușească în viață? Să fie corect, să se educe, să fie altruist, să ajute pe celălalt, să se sacrifice, să lupte pentru dreptate, să împartă cu celălalt, să respecte legea? Dacă face asta e terminat.
Realitatea spune invers: fură, încalcă legea, fii tupeist și cinic până la cer, bagă-ți picioarele în lege și în tot, folosește-te de ceilalți fără milă, ia tot, nu împărți cu nimeni, fii nemilos și lasă morala și adevărul. Astea sunt pentru cei slabi, tu ești învingător: poți călca pe cadavre pentru că meriți. Suntem o junglă: sfâșie tot ca să poți reuși. Aceasta este singura putere de lege. Tu ești legea.
Asta este cheia succesului noii societăți. Asta ne arată ”noua elită” parvenită.

NU!

De învins, n-a învins nimeni!
Am pierdut noi.
Noi. Noi ăștia!
Fraierii ăștia care considerăm că țopârlanul cu Mercedes este un invingător.
Noi, care îi validăm pe ‘cinici, pe impostori, pe bandiți și pe celelalte mutații social-politice-economice’ de fiecare dată când ne uităm cu jind la ‘realizările’ lor.
De fiecare dată când bălim după mașinile lor strălucitoare și după femeile lor triste.

Atât de frumoase și atât de triste…

Construirea socială a realității, Peter L. Berger și Thomas Luckmann

„Sa se faca dovada, dovada…!”
(bate cu palma in masa)

Elena Ceaușescu, Târgoviște, 25 Decembrie 1989.

Până în ’89, am tot murit noi.
La canal, dacă călcai pe bec.
Multe dintre femeile noastre au murit apoi încercând să-și facă întrerupere de sarcină. Uterul lor devenise una dintre căile prin care partidul încerca să construiască societatea socialistă multilateral dezvoltată.
La final, muream de foame.
Apoi a ‘explodat mămăliga’.

A fost nevoie de o adevărată explozie pentru că foarte mulți dintre cei aflați ‘la mijloc’ nu se hotărau odată. Nu se hotărau să lase partidul din brațe. Își găseau tot felul de justificări. Că nu era dracul chiar atât de negru. Că înainte fusese și mai rău…

Apoi au murit ‘ei’. În noaptea de Crăciun, că tot erau atei.
Bine, n-au murit singuri… i-am omorât noi!
Ca mai toți revoluționarii care se respectă…

Și, pentru că tot era revoluție, moartea lor a fost cât se poate de sumară.
‘Formele’ au fost doar mimate.
Logica procesuală a fost respectată doar în forma ei. Conținutul…

Acum, la 30 de ani după ‘sumara execuție’, senatoarea Diana Șoșoacă „a solicitat atât ministerului de Interne, cât și ministrului Sănătății, Atilla Cseke, și secretarului de stat Raed Arafat, „toate dovezile științifice care atestă existența virusului, punându-mi la dispoziție toate actele de cercetare și dovezile materiale ale existenței virusului””

Un demers la fel de logic precum cel de mai sus. Cel puțin din punct de vedere formal…

Diferența majoră dintre cele două situații fiind că atunci au murit ‘ei’.

Iar acum murim noi.

De ce?
De ce murim tot noi? La fel ca înainte de ’89?

Păi din același motiv.
Cei de la vârf ‘se dau în bărci’ iar cei prinși la mijloc nu se hotărăsc pe ce drum s-apuce.

„„Sunt aproape 30% din salariații din sistemul de sănătate și asistență socială nevaccinați. Asta înseamnă că peste 50.000 de salariați din aceste domenii încă nu s-au vaccinat, pe care nu-i poți obliga. Nu știm dacă au trecut prin boală sau nu, nici statul nu știe. Sunt oameni care spun că dacă vor fi obligați să se vaccineze își vor suspenda contractul de muncă la cerere. (…) Ei nu vor să se vaccineze și punct. Au motivele lor, motive care sunt amplificate de ceea ce vedem că se întâmplă pe plan politic.

Gândiți-vă că au făcut acum denunțul la DNA pentru achiziția a celor 120 de milioane de doze de vaccin. Ce poate înțelege un om simplu sau un cadru medical că se întâmplă? De ce ați încheiat contract de 120 de milioane de doze de vaccin pentru populația puțină  a României. E clar că cineva a făcut o afacere din acest lucru, iar acum trebuie să consume acele doze și cum să o facă decât prin obligativitatea unor categorii de a se vaccina. Acest lucru e ca un bumerang împotriva clasei politice. Pentru că subiectul nevaccinării cadrelor medicale, adus în spațiul public, s-ar putea să se întoarcă împotriva lor. Populația se va întreba: Dacă un medic nu se vaccinează, noi de ce am face-o?“, susține Viorel Husanu de la președintele Federației Sanitas București.”

Interviul realizat de Mirela Dădăcuș cu Viorel Hușanu poate fi ascultat aici: https://www.rfi.ro/emisiunile-rfi-ro-138039-sanitas-bucuresti-peste-50-de-mii-de-cadre-medicale-nevaccinate-nu-pot-fi.
Durează doar o jumătate de oră. Merită!

Isn’t it rather strange?

Health care professionals who are not yet vaccinated against Covid-19?
Teachers who are not yet vaccinated against Covid-19?

OK, I understand there are some people who cannot go near a vaccine. For medical reasons. But they are few. And, anyway, most of them do not ‘belong’ to this line of work.

But the rest? What is it which prevents them from getting the jab?
The ‘mandatory’ part?
Why do I care about it being mandatory if it saves my life?

Am I being oppressed for having to breathe in order to live?

Am I feeling oppressed for having to work – as in being useful for other people, in order to lead a decent life?

Is this the real reason for which so many of us, teachers and health care professionals included, refuse the vaccine?

‘I am not going to sacrifice my health for the misconceptions and irrational fears of others.’

I don’t care about anybody else but me?!?

Only time can judge this.

Which was smarter.
To accept the vaccine – and contribute to the general well being, assuming the non-0 risk involved.
Or to weather the storm. Hoping the pandemic will die on its own. And/or that enough of the others will get the jab.

But to find out what time will have decided, each of us must live. Must survive the pandemic.

And here’s the catch.
The strongest amongst us will survive. Without a mask. Without a vaccine.
While many of those who didn’t have to die will have gone under.

But what kind of a world will that be?

Dog eat dog?

Are we OK with that?
Is this what we want to leave behind?

Politica este doar o activitate.
Ca toate celelalte.
Doar unii dintre politicieni…

Doar unii!
După cum doar unele dintre femei ajung să fie curve – de voie sau de nevoie, tot așa și cu politicienii.
Doar unele dintre femei ajung să-și vândă trupurile și doar unii dintre politicieni ajung să-și tranzacționeze sufletele.

Și să nu uităm un lucru.
Curvele nu pot exista prin ele însele.
Nici unul dintre felurile de curve mai sus menționate.
Fiecare dintre curve are nevoie de ‘contraparte’. Adică de clienți!

Și încă ceva.
Curvăsăria – atât practicarea meseriei cât și ‘mersul la curve’, are nevoie de un mediu propice.
Atâta vreme cât cei neimplicați direct vor accepta fenomenul ca fiind inevitabil, vor ajunge să ‘beneficieze’ – cât se poate de direct, de consecințele acestuia. De la infecții transmise și pe cale sexuală până la subdezvoltare socială și economică.

Toate astea însoțite, bineînțeles, de halaimosul specific activității.

For whatever reasons, vaccine arrived later in some countries.
For whatever other reasons, some people had chosen to ‘opt out’ in those countries where the vaccine had been plentiful.

The results have been the same.

More than half of Vietnam’s people are currently under lockdown.
New daily cases have surpassed 10,000 and deaths are being reported in hundreds. Of Vietnam’s nearly 16,000 COVID-19 fatalities, more than 99% have come in this latest wave
.”

https://www.npr.org/2021/09/16/1037768399/long-weekend-becomes-9-week-lockdown-for-ap-vietnam-reporter
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/pennsylvania-coronavirus-breakthrough-cases-vaccinated-unvaccinated-20210914.html

What is truth?
Which is THE truth?
Is this true?

One word, three questions…

‘Truth’ is a convention.
You cannot understand ‘truth’ without ‘lie’.

Watch the video.
Go on, I won’t go anywhere!

It’s irrelevant for the current discussion whether the drongo lies consciously or has just developed an ‘ordinary’ skill. Equivalent to that of feeding itself by ‘fishing’ worms. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwVhrrDvwPM.

It’s enough for me that both us and the meerkats are able to notice that the drongo did lie. And, at least once, did sound the alarm about a real danger.

Hence it is possible, for both us, humans, and the meerkats to tell lies from truths.
Again, I have no idea whether the animals do it in a conscientious manner.

All I know is that we, humans, did coin the concept of ‘truth’. And that of ‘lie’.
And we not only coined the concepts but also attached names to each of them.
We agreed among ourselves to name them truth and lie, respectively.

In fact, we have made an agreement. A gentleman’s agreement… About when to use each word.

And a subsidiary one. About when we must definitely tell the truth and when a lie is acceptable.

http://perflensburg.se/Berger%20social-construction-of-reality.pdf

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Don’t you dare to tell me how to take care of my body!
Or that I should wear those face diapers of yours and that I should accept to be immunized!
According to my book, my individual right to be the sole master of my body trumps your collective right to survive a pandemic. And, by the way, this whole Covid thing is a fraud.

On the other hand, the same book I’ve already mentioned gives me the right to deny all women their right to determine what happens to their own wombs. I infer from reading that book that an unborn fetus is a person – even before it had overcome the viability threshold and despite Roe vs. Wade.
The way I see it, my simple declaration – that an unborn fetus is a full blown person, is reason enough for me to consider that anybody performing an abortion – or aiding a woman to have an abortion, is committing a crime.
And being witness to a crime is detrimental to my well being. To my spiritual well being, in particular.
Hence whenever I learn that an abortion has happened, I’m entitled to receive damages.

Anyone who successfully sues an abortion provider under this law could be awarded at least $10,000. And to prepare for that, Texas Right to Life has set up what it calls a “whistleblower” website where people can submit anonymous tips about anyone they believe to be violating the law.”

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Leonardo_da_Vinci-_Vitruvian_Man.JPG
https://www.https://www.npr.org/2021/09/01/1033202132/texas-abortion-ban-what-happens-next

A bunch of ideologically motivated criminals got together and perpetrated a horrible act of terrorism.
A group pf courageous passengers got together and partially foiled the terrorists’ plans.

Both the terrorists and the courageous passengers eventually died.
The terrorists died killing people while the heroes died saving lives.
The terrorists didn’t reach their ultimate goal – the US is still standing proud.
The heroes did achieve their goal. The hijacked plane crushed in a field, far from the target the terrorists aimed to destroy.

Doing something alongside others isn’t enough.
For that something to end up well, the goal must be wholesome!

On the face of it, the two men couldn’t have been more different: Bingham was 31 when he was killed; Judge was 68. Bingham, a former college rugby player with a 6-foot-5, 220-pound build, was a gay public relations executive with an active dating life. Judge was a kindly Franciscan friar who was “selectively out,” according to longtime friend and LGBTQ activist Brendan Fay.

But both men showed courage beyond comprehension that day, saving lives and perhaps even souls.”

https://www.nbcnews.com/nbc-out/out-news/saint-911-hero-flight-93-lived-different-lives-share-legacy-death-rcna1979

“Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts.”
“We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.”

George W. Bush 9/11 Address to the Nation, the Oval Office.

What went wrong?

Why is “war on terrorism” so hard to win? Even by the most powerful nation on Earth?

Let’s start with the beginning.

What is ‘terrorism’?
The calculated use of violence to create a general climate of fear in a population and thereby to bring about a particular political objective.
No!
I’m afraid this is only how terrorism works. Or not…
How terrorism is designed to work, more exactly.
Terrorism, before anything else, is a concept. A manner in which some people choose to act. A manner in which some people attempt to impose their will upon those around them.

Is it possible to wage war upon a concept?
Is it possible to win a war against a concept?

So what are we going to do? Cave in? Only because we cannot win a war against a concept?!?

How about redefining the problem?

How about choosing an achievable goal?
After all, we’ve been reasonably good at beating the terrorists themselves. And those harboring them…

Only if we had made some difference between these two!
Between the terrorists and those in the middle of whom they were hiding. And continue to hide…

Let’s get back to square one.

How does terrorism work?

Some ‘agents’ determine that what they want cannot be achieved in normal ways.
And choose instead to use terrorism as their tool ‘of choice’.

What do they need?

Man power, material resources, pertinent knowledge, time to organize the ‘heist’, a place to put it all together and a practical method to apply the ‘pressure’.

There are some things which are hard to control.
Not impossible but hard.
Material resources, for instance. A knife, or even a cutter blade, can be used for terrorist purposes. Money are also a very fungible resource.

Place is also a tricky thing. A remote ‘hamlet’ is easy to find. But transporting a terrorist ‘solution’ from a remote hamlet to a place where that ‘solution’ might produce the intended result is not so simple.

Time. The longer it takes to design a ‘solution’ and to implement it, the easier for the general public to find out what’s going on.

Pertinent knowledge. The more sophisticated the solution, the more pertinent knowledge is needed.
Which knowledge comes comes attached to the man-power involved.

So. What drives a knowledgeable person to use their skills towards producing terror?
Hard to say. And hard to change the mind of a person who has already become a terrorist. Either a person who had spent years descending into the ‘mood’ or somebody who had been convinced on the spur of the moment to ‘participate’ as a suicidal driver. Explosive vest wearer. Or knife wielder.

The above mentioned motives make it hard, almost impossibly hard, to prevent terrorist acts committed by deranged persons, specially when they act alone. Or as a very small ‘team’.

But when we the ‘solution’ has a certain degree of sophistication – terrorist plots, that is, there are many kinds of people involved. Initiators/backers, operatives, facilitators and ‘neighbors’.

It’s hard, almost impossible to change the minds of a determined ‘initiator’. Or of some of the ‘operatives’. The initiators tend to be sociopaths while many of the operators, specially those committing suicide, must be ‘hopeless persons’. Not only clinically depressed but outright hopeless.

But the rest?

Why would anybody back a terrorist plot if there’s another way of achieving a goal? There’s always the sociopathic explanation but not all ‘backers’ are sociopaths. Not in an obvious manner, anyway…

Which brings us to the facilitators and the neighbors.

We have, broadly, two situations.
When the terrorists want to inflict pain in the middle of the enemy territory or when the terrorists want to gain control over a territory.

In 2015 ten terrorists have killed some 130 people in Paris. Wounded a couple of hundreds. And wrecked the lives of many others. Nine of them had been killed by the law enforcement agencies. On the spot or during the next few days. Only one of the assailants has survived and had been apprehended later.
The process has just begun. Besides the surviving shooter there are other 19 other people against which have been brought charges. “some are accused of helping the gang without necessarily knowing the extent of the conspiracy.
Many of the accused, including some of the assailants, have lived – at least for a while, in Molenbeek, Belgium.
A suburban commune where quite a high percentage of the population feel ‘there’s no way out’.

Are you familiar with the studies which maintain that both people and mice prefer social interaction to using drugs? Statistically speaking, of course. A very few individuals get hooked and cannot give up while the vast majority stop using drugs when conditions return to normal. When the American soldiers had come back from the VietNam war, for instance.

Same thing is valid with ‘terrorism’. Along with other kinds of fundamentalism.

When too many members of a community become despondent some can be ‘converted’, many others will help – even if not engage directly, while the majority will turn a blind eye to what’s happening in their middle.

That’s why the terrorists who had wreaked havoc in Paris had been able to organize themselves in Molenbeek without the police finding out what was going on.
That’s why the Americans had not been able to wipe out the Taliban. And why the Taliban have grabbed back power so quickly once the Americans had decided to pull back.
Because not enough of those living there – in both Molenbeek and Afghanistan, were hopeful about their future.

Because not enough of the Afghani hearts and minds have been won over.

I’m afraid that making “no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them” wasn’t helpful.
On the contrary…

And please, please, click the first picture and read the article.


https://apnews.com/article/entertainment-health-talk-shows-newspapers-bc2d6b72e8733f2065ee8979ce2ef9c2/gallery/49c7ef9775ae413492c04b6b2c0bd9e2
https://www.dw.com/en/chaos-at-kabul-airport-as-afghans-try-to-flee-as-it-happened/a-58874510
https://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/on-winning-hearts-and-minds-key-conditions-for-population-centric-coin
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58472506
https://www.goethe.de/en/kul/ges/eu2/ngn/20835708.html
https://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/gwbush911addresstothenation.htm