September 10, 2017

 

“Carl Sagan said you can not convince a believer of anything different, because his beliefs are not based on any evidence but on a deep-rooted need to believe. The same applies to those who believed with blind faith in a political project that succumbs today, but its followers seem ready to “”burn the country”” rather than admit that they touch their increasingly questioned leader, who continue with a blind devotion, some way related to religion. Wrong in good faith , but wrong.

Be that as it may, that is not what we are today, but a more universal deception: that of millions of confused souls who have led us to believe that whoever fails in the society of individual performance is responsible for himself, he is the only one guilty of their mistakes.

His brain is not programmed to contemplate the possibility of casting doubt on a society which suddenly – yes – has some fault in its failure, due to a systemic structural crisis in which it will always be immensely superior the number of people who crash their dreams against the pavement that of those who reach the longed and suffered success.

What is worrying is that they have been incorporating children and young people into these conformist gears of production of illusory states of consciousness, clothed with ‘genius’, with the internet as their motor of massification and where a single youtuber, the Chilean Germn Garmendia, collapsed the year past the International Book Fair of BogotĖœ with the presentation of his book Chupa el perro .

And what is suck the dog A self-help newsletter that helps to integrate the peeled and peeled to a scheme of thought that in no way contemplates, as did young people before, to question the society where they were born.

They are useful idiots of a massification of tastes imposed from above, where the type of ‘ideas’ that are handled are like those that Garmendia exposes in the book quoted: “”To fulfill your dreams, you have to get up early””; or “”get up to do what you like, not what society imposes on you.”” Sparkly!

Children, young people and adults remain submerged to the neck in the spell of a content offering that advances at an amazing speed, increasingly superficial, increasingly dangerous.

They numb their conscience, tie them to a virtual chair filled with transient emotions, one after another, at a devilish pace, while they make them believe that it is enough to have a positive attitude so that they shower “”blessings”” and clear the way to success, bullshit of those.

In the medium term, the prospect of a new deception is darkened by the 2018 presidential election: hand in hand with the same religious-looking forces that were united by the days of the plebiscite, today trained to give a new blow, they will try to sell us the dark face of redemptive light.”

 

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August 10, 2017

 

Memory of the first round table is published will be presented in the MNA.

Olmec: Balance sheets and prospects. Memory of the First Round Table is, for its coordinators, the art historian, Maria Teresa Uriarte; and the olmequista Rebecca B. Gonzlez Lauck, “”a button of sample of the current state of the investigations on the subject: whether it is defined as civilization, culture, artistic style, cultural manifestation or other definition that could apply to it.

It must have been 63 years since the Mayan and Olmec Round Table was held, sponsored by the Mexican Society of Anthropology, so that specialists in the Olmec could once again discuss this at a meeting organized by the National Institute of Anthropology and History ( INAH-Conaculta), the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and Brigham Young University (BYU), Utah, United States

In addition to the editorial quality of the two volumes that make up the memory, it is a novelty to include three DVDs with the discussions that the approximately 35 experts took behind closed doors – after the presentation of their papers – at the National Museum of Anthropology (MNA), on March 10, 11 and 12, 2005.

Likewise, the following Thursday, August 20 and 27, will be commented on at the Humanities Coordination of the UNAM, Mexico City; and in the Museum of Anthropology of Xalapa, Veracruz, respectively. Meanwhile, on Wednesday, September 9, he is scheduled to exhibit at the Autonomous Jurez University of Tabasco.

According to Maria Teresa Uriarte, the conception of the Olmec as the “”mother civilization”” has been overtaken by various investigations, however, it is considered the first complex society of Mesoamerica, whose beginnings can be traced back to 1200-1300 BC , in the area of the Gulf of Mexico, and that has been denominated like its Nuclear Zone.

The debate over its definition, whether as culture, artistic style or otherwise, “”he says,”” to some extent, that a nucleus has not been found. “”There are no doubts about Teotihuacan or Monte Albn, as governing centers of Teotihuacan and Zapotec villages, but in the case of the Olmec are places like La Venta and San Lorenzo, which given their characteristics could be se or os and not correspond to the denominational of core””.

What can be found, in his opinion, “”is a simultaneous ideological exchange in Mesoamerica, which produced similar traits””; hence some texts of the memory, indicate the exchange and evolution presented by some Olmec forms, in their contact with the Mayan civilization.

The First Olmec Round Table, which was also supported by the New World Archaeological Foundation (NWAF) of Brigham Young University; dealt with culture and style; iconography, archeology, ideology and religion; territory, and finally language and writing.

These last two aspects were what caused a greater controversy, even the hypothesis is that the language of the Olmecs was the so-called proto-mixe-zoque. However, “”it is difficult to agree, what we need is to have a good amount of data for interpretation and that is achieved through archaeological explorations.””

In that sense, the art historian commented that it is necessary to work the chronologies from verifying the nomenclature of the ceramics; and further define the territory of the Olmec.

Olmeca: Balances and Perspectives, represents the first publication of this character, in containing essays that involve so many areas of knowledge, not only is the archaeological perspective. This shows that progress can only be made in terms of multidisciplinary projects.

Teresa Uriarte, together with Rebecca B. Gonzalez Lauck, conclude that “”if, in 1942, Olmec archeology was ‘in its infancy’, today it could not be said – in spite of the years elapsed and the great number of studies carried out – that this field of investigation is in full maturity “.

Perhaps the current state of Olmec archeology resembles, at this time in its history, a ‘young maturity’ where there are still considerable options and challenges for its brilliant development.

 

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July 9, 2017

 

Compassion is a sentiment practiced by Christians and Buddhists, with one difference: the former practice it to reach heaven, the latter as a norm of life. Compassion could also be understood as synonymous with love of neighbor, and is what a sensitive agnostic feels when witnessing the degree of mental slavery inherent in religious thought.

The first enslaved were the women, from the day when some Israelite with a strong conviction, bored perhaps by the difficulty of dealing with the whimsical females of the tribe, came up with the brilliant idea of bringing them theological guilt and invented the fable of a couple composed by Adam and Eve that God had placed on the earthly paradise to be happy and eat partridges. But the companion of the obedient man had not resisted the temptation of eating the forbidden apple that a snake had brought him, and from that day and there, and snake and serpent, they were related.

The tragedy of the matter is that for something as insignificant as the satisfaction of a small female craving (something that God could have solved with a warning or a simple spanking, I know), a zaperoco arose from father and my lord and we were all tied by the neck to the noria of the fault. Especially women, who on account of this slip were decreed “submission and obedience to the man,” according to the divine command recorded in the Old Testament.

From those days harmful to mankind we assume God as a being that governs our lives, a sacramental authority to which after we die we will have to go to account for him in his magnanimous wisdom decides if he sends us to burn in the flames of hell or invites us to share his beatific kingdom …

 

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May 27, 2017

 

The main purpose of any religion and incarnation of prophets and their prophecies and preaching is all about spreading peace and love on earth. Having the portrait of the Lord of Jesus will create harmony and inspires love and commands blissfulness in any environment it is kept in.

The very face of Lord is full of love and kindness and whenever people have a look at it all their worries are gone, sorrows are dispelled and they are put in a sea of joy and happiness.

If having an unframed picture or a simple portrait can effect so much of love and compassion within us then having a framed picture and beautiful picture with Lord’s eyes visible and looking through us can bring in so much of miracles at the environment.

These days there is so much of negative tendencies being boasted and imposed upon people due to so much of materialistic aspirations in place and we have witnessing lot of them lately and hence it requires for people to be constantly reminded of love and harmony to avoid conflicts and reminded of compassion to treat other with kindness and reminded of humility to avoid ego and hatred.

There are many beautiful framed pictures of Jesus available for people to use them in their home and work spaces. And these are available at reasonable prices and can be bought easily over online too. Based on whichever part of the Lord’s life you wish to be reminded of you can buy a portrait expressing that situation, let it be during crucifixion or childhood, you can get it and have them in your place and cherish watching it and stay inspired and blessed!

 

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February 10, 2017

 

By simple coincidence, on Saturday Santo appeared among my memories something I had published three years ago on Semana.com : a column where I was astonished at the discovery of what appeared to be – and still seems to be – the lost tomb of Jesus Christ , and ended with this: “What could happen in the Western Catholic world if made the checks of rigor would prove that that tomb in fact contained the remains of Jesus of Nazareth and his family? Elemental, my dear Watson: we should begin by rewriting History. ”

The response of another offended to the marrow says: “When you die … I am sure that no one will cry you with a character as vinegar as yours, only joy and enthusiasm will wake your departure without return. If you burn your remains, they will only be ashes black as your soul (if you keep it). If you are buried, you will be as rotten and stinking as you are now, when you are trying to take away your divinity from Our Lord Jesus Christ and leave it to your human condition. ” ( See anathema ).

There I noticed that he was in front of someone intelligent and cultured, but wracked by a feeling of anger that nested in his soul, product of the reading of my column. I understood his pain and praised the literary quality of his diatribe, and for that reason I keep it in my library.

There are people who are not in a mental condition to listen to devastating arguments from the side of reason, because if they were convinced that they had been tied to a delusion, they would fall apart on the shelf of the Faith that gives them spiritual, emotional and spiritual security. their lives. Hardly understandable then a reaction like that, the one who finds no way out other than wanting death. That man, then, woke me up with Christian compassion.

Jesus Christ was a great man with a valuable message centered on charity, but here is what Mahatma Gandhi once told an Englishman who visited him: “I like your Christ, but I do not like Christians. are nothing like Christ. ” Or as Napoleon Bonaparte said: religion is what prevents the poor from murdering the rich.

 

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January 10, 2017

 

In this context, the hook that catches Catholics, evangelicals and Christians with Jesus Christ resides in that “He died for our sins”. They assume it as unquestionable truth, and be careful if you question it, because you would be disrespecting them.

They are submerged in the swamp of a guilt inherited from generation to generation, as something congenital, and that, they say, is something to be respected. Looking at the matter with analytical eyes, there is a kind of blackmail: you were born a sinner, but Christ redeemed you with his death. And the worst of the matter is that “without Christ you do not save yourself.”

Sounds abominable. How was I born a sinner? When should I be burdened with other people’s faults just because I was born? Now, if it is said that he died to save us from sin, What’s the roll? Does not that mean that the film of guilt over original sin is gone? Or was there some outstanding interest on the debt incurred in paradise …?

These reflections come from a publication I made on my Facebook wall last Friday, following an image where the TRO channel announced the coverage of the Children’s Procession of Pamplona with an image of a girl carrying in her arms the crucified Jesus Christ a wooden cross, and behind it are two other girls dressed as nuns.

I published the photo, accompanied by this text: “In addition to the baptism in a state of defenselessness, this should be considered as child abuse: they are imprisoned in a religion when they do not yet have criteria to define their beliefs on their own. Instead of being put on the image of a man subjected to savage sufferings, they should be playing. ”

For who said fear, a Catholic whom I know and appreciate was thrown into imprecations saying that I should be declared persona non grata of the same town where we both live, and that it was not worthy to have been received in the house of a woman (also Catholic she) whose son gave me lodging during the days when I was the object of persecution that I do not want to remember.

This served as a lesson to me, however: I could see that someone close to me felt hurt in the depths of his being, and it was when I decided to “respect” that holy day for Catholics and silence my publication.

 

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November 12, 2016

 

There are three ways in which millions of people are subjected to collective deception in today’s society: religion, politics and the ‘philosophy’ of self-improvement.

The most effective is religion, for it makes happy slaves . Politics follows, harmful when it becomes useful idiots to entire nations that act in pursuit of a populist or caudillista cause, and only until the end of an accident road are conscious of its mistake.

For the sample, three buttons: Hitler in Germany, Mussolini in Italy, Franco in Spain. Three ideological visions of extreme right that were imposed on the brave, always under the influence of harmful and perverse leadership.

But times change … and what is now imposed is a seductive form of deceit, clothed with an allegedly learned or literary authority. We speak of the philosophy of self-improvement, which has its ‘consumers’ chained as lambs to reading books written in language of easy digestion where they teach magic formulas to achieve success and become millionaire, formulas that paradoxically make billionaires is to their authors and publishers who are eager to publish them …

 

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September 12, 2016

 

The philosophy of personal advancement translates religion into marketing , providing the same: a passing sensation of ‘spiritual well-being’. By buying products with intellectual appearance they tell you obvious things that you assume as revealed truth, and they put you to consume more and more of the same entertaining hay (that is, straw).

With the passage of the days you find that your situation continues the same or worse, but it does not matter, because they have entertained you, and the distraction consists in being convinced that you only have to make some corrective to your ‘triumphant attitude’ to leave the pot what are you in?

The most obvious of the philosophers of self-improvement is Paulo Coelho, who says that people are confused with geniuses, like “all the battles of life serve to teach us something, even those we lose.” Of course! Or “what drowns someone is not to fall into the river, but to remain submerged in it.” Eh Hail Mary, discovered that the water drowns. Or how about this?: “When you really want one thing, the whole Universe conspires to help you get it.

This is no longer obvious, but a lie: it is true that to achieve a goal requires will, but nothing guarantees that only with iron will you will achieve success. It is the same as saying “God will provide”, because it means that everything is solved by having faith, in the case of religion faith in a supreme being and for that of self-improvement faith in yourself.

The philosophy of self-improvement also embodies a right-wing ideology, since it is based on a conformist attitude, that of which believes that we live in the best of possible worlds and to that extent the system should not change anything, just make adjustments. This individual behaves like the ‘integrated’ Umberto Eco spoke of, in opposition to the ‘apocalyptic’, that is, those who do want to change the system for a different one, because they believe that we live in the worst of possible worlds.

 

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July 10, 2015

 

I recently read “God Is Not Good” by Christopher Hitchens, and “The End of Faith” by Sam Harris. I hoped to find new efforts to prove scientifically that God does not exist. Something that is impossible to prove by science, just as to prove that it exists. Believing in God is a matter of faith and reason, not of science; our reasoning leads us to believe in God.

Atheists, as a conclusion to their reasoning, have “faith” that God does not exist, but it is not a scientific conclusion. Although the atheist books I refer to, rather than claiming that God does not exist, are a critique of religion.

They make an analysis of the religions that existed and have extinguished, and of which they exist today, mainly Judaism, Islamism and Christianity, according to Hitchens condemned to extinction, and according to Harris the causes that human civilization soon extinguished. Both consider religions as the sole cause of all the evils of humanity: hatred, murder, war, genocide, cultural and scientific backwardness, and so on.

The historical data they cite are real and sociologically have quite certain, but also a lot of exaggerated and unfair. The crimes and atrocities that human history has committed in the name of religion, starting with the primitive human sacrifices to the present terrorist acts, through judgments, convictions, executions and wars “in the name of God” speak evil of religion.

Even from my Christian religion and from my Catholic Church. No one can deny it! The last three popes have asked forgiveness of humanity for the sins of the children of our church.

The human being is free to choose between good and evil. God established a “natural law” that is in the conscience of all, as St. Paul says in Romans 2:14, 15. A “law written in the heart,” often violated by evil, that is, by sin. The freedom to decide beyond instinct is inherent and exclusive to the human being, endowed with reason.

Animals do not have it. Religion is practiced by human beings who sometimes choose to do evil from any human activity, including religion. But evil is not the product of this.

Religion, like art, technology and science, has been used for good and for evil. Arrows were used to murder, chemistry to poison, computers report filthy child pornography. But arrows also served to provide food, chemistry produces life-saving drugs, and computation is wonderfully useful.

Everything can be used for good or for evil, not just religion. Reporting all the good that religion has done and done, would occupy several libraries.

Religion is not guilty of evil in human history. As an example let us recall some of the greatest genocides: the Nazi camps of concentration and extermination of millions of Jews; the purges of Stalin in the Soviet Union with more than one million prisoners dying under forced labor in Siberia, plus thousands more shot; and atomic bombs launched by the US government over two populous Japanese cities, burning men, women, the elderly and children alive, to the entire civilian population of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. None of these genocides was due to religious reasons, neither were Hitler nor Stalin religious. The latter a militant atheist.

Both books expose human evil and make me value the redemption of Christ, the goodness of God and the need for religion.

 

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June 12, 2015

Jesus makes us merciful to the people , while the one who has a weak heart because he is not founded in Christ runs the risk of being rigid in external discipline, but hypocritical and opportunistic within : is what the Pope said in the Monday morning homily at Casa Santa Marta.

At the center of the Pope’s homily was the Gospel of the day, in which the chief priests ask Jesus with what authority he acts in this way. It is a question, he explains, that demonstrates the “hypocritical heart” of these people: “they were not interested in the truth”, they sought only their interests and went “according to the wind: ‘It is advisable to go here, They were banderillas, eh?

“Without consistency, a heart without consistency, and they negotiated everything: they negotiated inner freedom, they negotiated the faith, they negotiated the country, … everything but the looks .” They cared about getting out of situations, “he explained. , were opportunists: “they took advantage of the situations”.

And yet, “continued the Pope,” some of you might say to me: ‘But, Father, these people were observant of the law: on the Sabbath they did not walk more than a hundred meters- or I do not know how much could be done-but never, never to the table without washing their hands or doing the ablutions, they were very observant people, very sure of their customs. ‘”

“Yes, it is true, but in appearances,” said Francisco, “they were strong, but outwardly, they were plastered, the heart was very weak, they did not know what they believed in . And so their life was, , but the heart went from one side to another: a weak heart and a plastered skin, strong, hard.

“Jesus, on the contrary, teaches us that the Christian should have a strong heart, a firm heart , a heart that grows on the rock, which is Christ, and then in the way of going, go with prudence:” In this case I do this but … “: it is the way to go, but the heart is not negotiated, the rock is not negotiated, the rock is Christ, it is not negotiated! ”

“This is the drama of the hypocrisy of these people, and Jesus never negotiated his heart as the Son of the Father, but was very open to the people, seeking ways to help .” But this can not be done: our discipline, our doctrine says it can not be done! ‘ they said, “Why do your disciples eat the wheat in the field, when they walk, on the Sabbath day? You can not do it!” They were so rigid in their disciplines: “No, discipline is not touched, it is sacred ‘”.

Pope Francis recalled the moment when “Pius XII freed us from that cross so heavy that it was the Eucharistic fast.”

“Some of you may remember. You could not even drink a sip of water . Not even that! And for brushing teeth, had to be done so that water can not swallow. I myself as a child he would confess having taken communion, because he believed that a drop of water had gone in . Is it true or not?

“When Pius XII changed the discipline – ‘Ah, heresy! No, he has touched the discipline of the Church!’ – many Pharisees were scandalized. “Poor people, so hot!” These priests who said three masses, the last at one, after noon, fasting, discipline of the Church.

“And these Pharisees were thus ‘our discipline’ – rigid in their skin, but, as Jesus says to them, ‘putrefied in the heart , weak, weak to rot, tenebrous in heart,’ he went on. “This is the drama of these people” and Jesus denounces hypocrisy and opportunism.

“And sometimes I confess one thing to you, when I have seen a Christian, a Christian like that, with a weak heart, not firm, not firm in the rock-Jesus – and with so much rigidity outside, I have asked the Lord: ‘Lord, give him a banana peel in front, so that a good slip will stick, be ashamed of being a sinner, and so find you, that you are the Savior.’ ”

“Eh, many times a sin makes us so ashamed and meet the Lord , who forgives us,” he concluded, “like these sick people who were here and went to the Lord to be healed.”

 

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