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Vineri, adică acu’ vreo 10 zile, am măturat din frunzele de pe stradă. O curte în dreapta și două în stânga…și pe partea cealaltă…
Oricum se adună la mine în față după două adieri de vânt!

Ce m-a apucat?
Nu măturase nimeni de mai bine de o săptămână. Când cad frunzele, adică toamna, măturătorii nu au cum să facă față…
De ce sunt atât de puțini? Pentru că nu ar avea ce face în restul anului…
De ce nu trece o mașină care să măture o dată pe săptămână?
Pentru că nu ne luăm noi mașinile de pe stradă în ziua aia!

Marțea următoare, adică acum mai bine de o săptămână, iar nu a măturat nimeni.
A trecut mașina care ia gunoiul, a golit tomberoanele dar a lăsat sacii cu frunze în fața curții.
‘Vine altă mașină. Cea care strânge sacii măturați de măturători!’
Până ieri – care a fost tot marți, am mai adunat vreo doi saci. Peste primii patru!
Ieri au venit și măturătorii oficiali. Care au pus și ei doi saci peste grămadă. Doi peste grămada ‘mea’ și încă câte unul din două în două porți.

Aseară, pe la 8, mă cheamă un vecin la poartă.
Când ies pe ușă, văd o pală de fum.
Instinctiv, iau extinctorul cu mine. În dreptul palei e parcată, de obicei, mașina.
Deschid poarta și vă doi vecini care încercau să stingă focul.
Doi necunoscuți aprinseseră unul dintre sacii cu frunze.
Un alt necunoscut – care trecea pe acolo cu mașina, a observat. A oprit și a încercat să stingă focul cu extinctorul de la mașină.
Unul dintre vecini – care tocmai venea acasă, s-a dus la el în curte după o găleată cu apă. Celălalt a rămas să mă cheme pe mine. Necunoscul bine intenționat a plecat.
Am stins focul.
Și am sunat la 112. La nici 10 metri de poartă e o cameră de supraveghere stradală. Poate a ‘surprins’ ‘evenimentele’.
Dispecera de la 112 transferă apelul la Poliție.
Dispecerul de la Poliție trimite un echipaj.
Care mă întreabă ce s-a întâmplat.
Relatez povestea telefonului fără fir iar polițiștii îmi spun că fără semnalmentele celor doi necunoscuți nu au ce să facă.
Le arăt camera.
‘Aia ține de poliția locală. Noi nu avem acces la ea!’
‘?!?’
‘Trebuie să luăm legătura cu ei… durează! Mai bine dăm căteva ture cu mașina pe străzi, poate îi găsim…’
Azi dimineață, la 10 zile de când stau sacii pe stradă, am sunat la ‘gunoieri’.
Dispecera, mai ales după ce a aflat despre începutul de incendiu, părea chiar impresionată:
‘Am să-l anunț pe șeful de zonă!’

Am măturat din nou, am pus frunzele în alți saci și m-am pus pe așteptat.

Grămada a dispărut în mai puțin de o oră!

Păi n-am fost eu ăla prostu’?!?
Dacă sunam mai devreme… adică acum vreo săptămână…

What WE know about the reality WE are speaking about drives ME to the following ‘inkling’:

We are living inside a three layered reality.

The ‘real’ one, the ‘perceived’ one and the ‘result’.

We ‘measure’ reality using our conscience. Through our senses.
Very much like when we gauge a length using a tape measure.
We apply the tape measure over the length and ‘read’ the number.

We apply the standards we’ve been groomed into over the underlying reality and we decide according to those standards.

Then we attempt to deal with the consequences of our decisions.

“Sheer hatred of the regime”….

Who’s painting the pictures we’re hanging on our walls? Who chooses them? Who has to make do with the ‘aftermath’?

You’re God.
The real McCoy, not the one concocted by us, humans.

Your ‘most cherished’ tool for bringing people back into submission being the all mighty thunder.
Jupiter Tonans. The Thundering God. Thor yielding his Mjoelnir…

And now what?!?
Every worshiping place has a lighting rod installed…

What do you feel?
Have all those people lost their faith in you? In you behaving as a rational being? In your ability to treat them right?
Are they convinced they are now insulated against your wrath?

Dumnezeu creea țările. La un moment dat Sf. Petre îl întreaba:
– Bine, Doamne, în toate țările, ba ai pus numai deșert, ba numai păduri, ba numai petrol, ba numai ape. Dar in țărișoara asta, România, ai pus de toate, și păduri, și ape, și bogății, cum vine asta?
– Da, așa este, dar o să vezi ce popor pun acolo…!!!!

Poporul n-are nimic.

Odata plecati in ‘tarile calde’, cei mai multi dintre noi facem fata cu brio tuturor provocarilor.

De ce nu suntem in stare sa facem acelasi lucru aici? La noi acasa?

Pentru ca ‘Dumnezeu’ ne-a plasat la rascruce de vanturi.

Ca sa intelegeti ce vreau sa spun, ganditi-va la diferenta dintre Ardeal si restul Romaniei.

Spatiul de dincolo de munti a fost la adapost. Relativ, bineinteles. Chiar daca a fost sub ocupatie, s-a bucurat de o mult mai mare stabilitate decat cele doua principate ‘exterioare’. Decat spatiul cunoscut sub numele de ‘Vechiul Regat’.

Gospodarul ardelean – de orice nationalitate, isi putea permite sa construiasca case trainice. Stia ca le va putea lasa mostenire copiilor.

Gospodarul moldovean sau muntean stia ca primul lucru pe care trebuia sa-l faca era sa-si ingroape recolta. Ca sa nu i-o fure turcii, tatarii sau arendasii abuzivi. Cum sa construiesti ceva trainic in conditiile in care la fiecare cativa ani iti trecea pragul cate o ‘delegatie’. Turcii, tatarii, muscalii, fonciirea…

Adaugati la toate astea cei 35 de ani petrecuti sub conducere comunista. Cand taranii trebuiau sa fure de pe camp pentru a avea ce da de mancare animalelor. Si cand muncitorii se invatasera sa ia din fabrica tot ce nu se gasea in ‘comertul socialist de stat’. Nici macar pe sub mana…

‘Bine, bine, dar in ultimii 30 de ani? De ce nu ne-am dat pe brazda?!?’

Ne-am dat, cat de cat…

Si ne-am fi dat si ‘mai aproape’ daca am fi avut noroc de niste minti mai luminate pe care sa le punem in fruntea noastra!

War and chess have a lot in common.
Most strikingly, the different manners in which both of them end.

The king is captured.
Or the other side gives up.

A tie is nothing but the prelude for an encore, not a real end.

Even the roads to the end are very similar in both cases.
While at the start of the game/’joust’ everything is ‘possible’ – nobody knows what the other side might be doing next, as the end nears each of the combatants are more and more limited in their currently available choices by the consequences of their previous decisions. By the very path they had followed since the beginning. Which path becomes more and more evident for everybody present. Opponent as well as spectators.

Finally – but not the least important, the similarities go even further. Deeper?
The king is the most ‘important’ piece but not the most powerful. In fact, the king cannot do much by itself. It can help the other pieces achieve their common goal but when left alone it is basically powerless. The only thing it can do is run. But only as far as the board allows it to go…
A pawn, if it manages to reach the eight rank, gets to be promoted. To become the new ‘right hand’ of the king. The new ‘most powerful member of the team’.

‘OK. And the real point of your post is?’

Putin cannot win this war – cause war it is, by himself.
Hence he needs to preserve the loyalty of his henchmen, to instill enough fear into his opponents to make them quit and to convince the ‘spectators’ that their efforts to help Ukraine are too expensive.

Now!
Are we smart enough to understand that we, each of us, are ‘next’? That each time a bully gets his way, all other (would be) bullies present become even more bullish?
Are we smart enough to understand that the most meaningful thing we can do in this situation is to separate Putin from his power base? From the ordinary people who see no other alternative and from those who, for various reasons, continue to support Putin’s misconstrued ‘vision about the world’?
Are we smart enough to understand that no matter how hard it is for us, the Ukrainians have it ten times harder?

Democracy is about every body having the opportunity to speak up their minds.
To speak up their minds, not to kill their neighbors under the pretext that there is a difference of opinion between them!

“We didn’t invade Ukraine,” he claimed.
“We declared a special military operation because we had absolutely no other way of explaining to the West that dragging Ukraine into Nato was a criminal act.”
“Russia is not squeaky clean. Russia is what it is. And we are not ashamed of showing who we are.”

Are you trying to figure out what’s the real meaning of Lavrov’s words?
Let me translate for you this fine example of NewSpeak.

‘We – those who are currently running Russia, will do whatever we need to do in order to preserve our power.
In order to achieve that, we first and foremost need to convince the ordinary Russians to continue to obey our orders.
In order to achieve that, we need to convince the ordinary Russians that you are the enemy and that their only chance lies with us, their current masters.
Hence each time we destroy an Ukrainian apartment block and any of you says ‘Russians are savages’ we’re one step closer to our goal. Each and every time any of you declares ‘Russia has to pay for what it has done in Ukraine’ we tell them, the ordinary Russians, ‘See? This is what they plan to do to you once we’re are gone’.

WWI had lasted until 1945.
We have the opportunity to end the Cold War now.
The war in Ukraine will reach a conclusion. Let’s make it so that after the war will have ended, Russia will fold in the family of ‘civil’ nations.

Those nations that choose to live in peace!
Not because they cannot win wars but because they have learned that winning wars it’s not enough. Those nations which have learned, the hard way, that war has but one winner while for peace to last every body must be a winner.

We learn about what we call reality by
analyzing the information we acquire through our senses.

We.
We, the human people.
We, the conscious human people.
We, because nobody has ever been able to become conscious – as in aware of their own self, by their own. Alone…

Learn.
We are not the only ones who are able to learn.
Our dogs learn our ways. And we continuously learn about more and more living organisms being able to learn. And to remember what they have learned. To fine tune their behavior according to the circumstances into which they happen to live.

What we call reality.
First and fore-most, reality is a concept. We call it ‘reality’. And many other names…
Believers call it ‘god’, scientists call it ‘physical world’ and the scientists who happen to believe are convinced that by studying the reality they will eventually divine the will of the Lord.
The believers being convinced that whatever exists, is here because the Lord wished it into existence.
So, basically, the main difference between the believers and the nonbelievers is the fact that the believers are convinced that the ‘out-there’, the ‘source of it all’, has a conscience of it’s own. A will of it’s own…

By analyzing.
We have been able to build our conscience – our ability to ‘observe ourselves while observing other phenomena’ (Maturana, 2005), because we have a big enough brain, the ability to share complex and meaningful information using language and the ability to put in practice some of our wishes/thoughts through the use of our hands.
At a certain point in its evolution, human conscience has become sophisticated enough to need explanations. It was no longer satisfied with mere ‘connections’ – If… then…, it had started to wonder about why-s. ‘Why does this happen as it does?’ ‘Will it happen again tomorrow?’
Using our by then already established ability to speak up their minds, our ancestors shared among themselves these ‘anxieties’. Discussed them around the fire-place. Started to analyze. The reality. What they perceived to be real. The ‘thing’ which continuously generates the circumstances in which we – all of us, have to make do.

Information.
In order to analyze, the analyst – each and everyone of us, has to separate the meaningful information from the surrounding noise. In order to do that, we have started by coining the very concept of (useful/meaningful) information. As being different from ‘noise’. The difference consisting, obviously, in us being able to find its use and/or pinpoint its meaning.

We acquire.
Information is acquired on an individual basis. For an ‘event’ to become information, it has to be ‘noticed’ by an individual. It has not only to be sensed but also identified as useful/meaningful. Different from ‘noise’.
Which process of identification implying methods which had been agreed upon by the members of the community. Music would be a good example of how various groups of people make the difference between sublime/abhorrent and white-noise. While ‘use of language’ is a very poignant example of how people can both share information and mislead one-another.

Senses.
Everything that we know, had entered our mind through our senses.
Before setting it aside as information or discard it as noise, we have to get in contact with it as a sensation.
Or as a thought. A conjecture. A few pieces of information which put together have given birth, inside our individual mind, to new information. To ‘something else’ which passes the threshold into being information. At least according to our own mind…

Which transforms our minds into our famous sixth sense.
In the sense that our individual minds are capable of building ‘sensations’ on their own. Starting from information that has already been stashed in our memory.
Which brings us to the third reality.

We have – in the sense that we have agreed upon its existence, the surrounding reality. The things we – as in most of us, consider to be real. The mountains we climb, the air we breathe, the pebbles which happen to sneak into our shoes. The reality which is being studied by science. The reality to which we have access through our senses. Our minds and our sense enhancers – scientific instruments, included.

We also have the ‘out-there’. The things we know we’ll never be able to grasp. During our lives! The things our followers might be able to figure out…

And each of us has their own reality.
Individually built even if ‘carved’ from the same (type of) material as the reality shared by the rest of us.
Individually built even if using more or less the same (culturally accrued) methods.
Individually built even if neither of us is alone.

H.M. Romesin, 2005, The origin and conservation of self‐consciousness: Reflections on four questions by Heinz von Foerster

A planned after-thought.
Rumsfeld is both wrong and right. There are unknown unknowns but they are no longer unknown since we speak about them…
Which actually proofs the limits of our languaging.
The imprecision of the manner in which we gather, share and analyze information.

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Există vreo diferență între legea omenească și legea lui dumnezeu?

Da și nu.

Diferența dintre legea omenească și legea lui Dumnezeu, ca toate celelalte diferențe, există doar în mintea noastră.

Pentru simplul motiv că noi suntem cei care vedem diferențele. Noi am ‘născocit’ însuși conceptul de diferență. Moment care a fost relatat și în biblie. O carte scrisă de noi, oamenii.

„Şi a zis Domnul Dumnezeu: “Iată Adam s-a făcut ca unul dintre Noi, cunoscând binele şi răul. Şi acum nu cumva să-şi întindă mâna şi să ia roade din pomul vieţii, să mănânce şi să trăiască în veci!…” ”

Să revenim la diferența dintre cele două de legi.

Da.
Există fundamentaliști în toate taberele religioase. Care fundamentaliști încalcă regula primordială din orice religie. ‘Dumnezeu are întotdeauna dreptate și nici unul dintre noi nu poate cunoaște Voia Sa!’ Regulă cunoscută în spațiul creștin sub formularea „Să nu-ți faci chip cioplit, nici altă asemanare, nici să te închini lor.” ‘Că oricât te-ai strădui, nu vei reuși să înțelegi – și cu atât mai puțin să descrii – întreaga mea complexitate.’
Iar fundamentaliștii, de orice culoare, exact asta fac. Își cioplesc, în inima lor, idolul în care vor să creadă. Își cioplesc, în conștiința lor, convingerea că ei sunt singurii care știu cu adevărat care este adevărul. Pretind că ei sunt singurii care știu ce vrea Dumnezeu și că toți ceilalți sunt în greșeală. Așa că nu iau în seamă nici o părere care nu este conformă, în cele mai mici amanunte, cu ceea ce cred ei.

Nu.
Am folosit literă mică atunci când am scris dumnezeu la începutul postării. Pentru că există doi dumnezei.
Dumnezeul care face obiectul credinței iudeo-creștine și islamice. Despre care credincioșii cred că a creat tot ce există. Inclusiv pe noi, oamenii.
Și dumnezeul creat de oameni, prin însăși credința lor. Dumnezeu în care unii cred și pe care alții îl neagă.
Dumnezeul creat prin eforturile concertate ale tuturor. Credincioși, negaționiști și indiferenți laolaltă.

Dacă citim biblia ca pe o metaforă, descoperim că Biblia este, de fapt, povestea conștiinței noastre.
Etapele prin care am trecut de la stadiul de ‘maimuță’ la cel de ‘trestie cugetătoare’. De la copii inocenți la agenți. La oameni cu o oarecare putere de discernământ.

Dacă citim Biblia ca pe o metaforă, înțelegem că Dumnezeu este, de fapt, Realitatea.

Care realitate conține două straturi de legi. Exact așa cum spune Baștavoi. Imuabile și perfectibile.

Te poți juca cu legea gravitației? Sau cu cea care ne spune de câtă căldură e nevoie pentru a fierbe o anumita cantitate de apă? Tot ce putem face cu privire la genul ăsta de legi este să le sesizăm. Să le descoperim. Să ne perfecționăm în arta de a descoperi Realitatea.

Te poți juca, în schimb, cu legea circulației. Putem stabili, în comun, pe care parte a drumului să conducem mașina. Unii pe stânga, alții pe dreapta….
Doar că există o limită până la care ne putem juca cu aceste legi! După ce am ales, împreună, trebuie să conducem cu toții pe aceiași parte! Altfel iese cu nasoale….

Cu alte cuvinte, legile sunt – simultan – absolute și relative.
Relative la noi. La noi, cei care trebuie să le descoperim.
Și absolute tot la noi. La noi care trebuie să le respectăm. Pentru că în capul nostru se sparg consecințele…

Relative la noi, care putem să le facem mai bune.
Să le apropiem din ce în ce mai mult de chipul lui Dumnezeu.

Să le apropiem din ce în ce mai mult de chipul absolut al lui dumnezeu.
După vrerea realității…

În teorie, o teză de doctorat trebuie să aducă ceva nou în domeniu. Nou și interesant…

Asta fiind diferența dintre licențiat, master și doctor.

Lucrarea de licență dovedește o oarecare familiaritate cu domeniul. Că ai ceva idee despre ce ce se vorbește în jurul tău.

Dizertația de masterat dovedește că ești confortabil în mediul respectiv. Că înțelegi tot ce se vorbește pe acolo. Că încă nu ai mare lucru de spus dar ca nu mai poți fi ‘aburit’ în acea materie.

Teza de doctorat este ‘prima luare de cuvânt’. Ai gasit ceva ‘nou’, ai stat de vorba cu un ‘îndrumator’ și acesta a determinat că ‘pietricica’ pe care ai găsit-o tu merită să fie prezentată celorlalți membri titulari ai comunității de oameni preocupați de respectivul domeniu al cunoașterii.

Nu prea seamană cu ce se întâmplă pe la noi? Și prin alte părți?

Există nu știu câte teze de doctorat despre diferența dintre teorie și practică….

We need to go forward.

Going back is not an option. If back were good enough, we wouldn’t have left it in the first place.

Many people believe we’re reliving the fall of Rome.
Contemporary with that fall was the advent of Christ’s teachings. The fact that, eventually, Christianity has altered his teachings to fit the needs of the christian hierarchy doesn’t demean any of what he taught us.

That people who treat each-other respectfully fare a lot better than those who allow the exploitation of the weak.

That people who live ‘together’ fare a lot better than those who keep forgetting that ‘strong’ and ‘weak’ are both relative and temporary.

That people who are convinced that ‘survival belongs to the fittest’ will eventually make place for those who understand that evolution is solely about the demise of the unfit.

“And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.
He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.”

How many times have these words been invoked? By people who use them to divide? To carve a follow-ship? A follow-ship for them to lead…

How many times have these words been invoked? By individuals cocky enough to pretend they are speaking for Christ? Cocky enough to pretend they are able to fill Christ’s shoes…

Any way you look at what’s currently happening, it doesn’t make any sense.

Forget about ‘we’re throwing away 30% of the food we produce while a third of us die of hunger’.
That’s ‘peanuts’. Not for those whose children go to bed hungry but…

People living on the northern side of the Mediterranean Sea had accomplished something marginally short of miraculous.
They had come up with an ideology which convinced them to respect each-other. Christianity.
They had been able to develop the best mechanism for allotting resources. The ‘free market’.
And the best mechanism for reaching decisions for the entire community. Currently called ‘democracy’.

In their attempt to understand, they have devised an extremely original manner of looking at things. ‘Science’.
Based on what they had learned through ‘science’, they had developed ‘technology’.

Working as a team – they used to respect each-other, as children of the same god – and making ‘good’ use of their technology, they had been able to conquer the rest of the planet.

At some point, Europe used to export almost everything – including coal, and import inconsequential things. Silk, spices, tea, sugar, cotton and tobacco.
At that moment, England was considered the factory of the world. It used to manufacture and export the most technologically advanced ‘wares’. Fabric, ‘china’, steel products, machinery, chemicals… And coal! Which was warehoused around the globe and used, eventually, by the English steamships plying the seas for commerce. And for war…

Look at us now!
We depend on our former colonies for much of our energy. Oil, that is.
We depend on the rest of the world for much of the fancy foods we currently eat. Brazilian beef, tropical fruit, fancy sea-food…
And we depend on China for cheap manufactured goods. From clothes to cameras to cranes. ‘White goods’, electronics – computers included, and almost everything else which is sold at decent prices.

Not to mention the fact that Europe had been the flashing point for three World Wars. I, II and the Cold one.
Not to mention the fact that as I write the biggest country in Europe – Putin’s Russia, is trying to annex some 15 % percent of one of its neighbors. Ukraine, also an European country.

If any of this does a modicum of sense to any of you… please let me know!

I, for one, am at a loss. I understand what happened – stay tuned, but I have no idea when we’ll figure out we’re on the wrong track. Going in the wrong direction.

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