corimagua

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Traitor or Hero ? My opinion on whistleblowers

Below I posted a video of an interview between Glen Greenwald and Edward Snowden, a former technical assistant for the CIA who has been working for the National Security Agency for the past 4 years. He is responsible for what has been called one of the most significant leaks in US political history. The leaks reveal that the National Security Agency has obtained access to the systems of Google, Facebook Apple, Yahoo, Microsoft and other Internet firms, giving the government the ability to collect e-mails, search history and live chats of users around the world. This disclosure comes one day after The Guardian revealed that the Obama administration is collecting telephone records of millions of Verizon business customers. In a democracy now Interview Glen Greenwald the journalist who broke the NSA story said, ” There is this massive surveillance apparatus being gradually constructed in the United States that already has extremely invasive capabilities to monitor and store the communications and other forms of behavior, not just of tens of millions of Americans, but of hundreds of millions, probably billions of people, around the globe. It’s one thing to say that we want the U.S government to have these capabilities. It’s another thing to allow this to be assembled without any public knowledge, without any public debate, and with no real accountability. What ultimately drove Snowden forward-and ultimately is driving our reporting- is the need for a light to be shined on what this incredibly consequential surveillance work is all about and the impact it’s having both on our country and our planet.”

Government response to these leaks have gotten so predictable that it is embarrassing and lame. It’s offensive and it angers me because they take us all to be stupid and ignorant.  As with all the previous leaks, the government says that the leaks by Edward Snowden presented by The Guardian’s Glen Greenwald compromise national security. Once again they claim, just like they did with Allen Greensberg who released the pentagon papers, just like they did with Bradley manning who shone a light on the horrors of imperialist war by releasing the collateral murder video, that Edward Snowden is not a whistleblower but a threat to national security.This is the main debate going on in all major networks instead of debating the implications that these leaks have. The debates focus on the legality of the leaks and not on the crimes exposed by them. The media doesn’t mention the national government continuous trend towards a totalitarian surveillance state. The government is ruthlessly prosecuting Bradley Manning who released the collateral murder video but the soldiers and those who command them who committed war crimes, according to the Geneva convention, are left untouched. We persecute those who bring injustice to light while the people who commit crimes on humanity roam free. Chris Hedges in his article “The Judicial Lynching of Bradley Manning” said, “The moral order is inverted. The criminal class is in power. We are the prey. Manning, in a just society, would be a prosecution witness against war criminals. Those who committed these crimes should be facing prison. But we do not live in a just society.” How much liberty do we need to give up before we finally feel secure? It was Benjamin Franklin who wisely said that those who give up liberty in the name of security deserve neither. People will discuss this latest leak as being an acts of treason on the United States which to me is absurd. If these people had remained quiet then they would be committing treason on humanity. Put aside your nationality and understand that we all have an obligation to humanity first. Underneath every instance of injustice is a violation of what we know is right. Anyone who stands for justice, for liberty, for human rights, for truth, cannot remain quiet and willfully ignorant to acts of oppression. Try to make yourself aware of whats happening in the world, take the blinders off,  open your eyes and try to see the world more clearly and if you want to lead a moral life, once you become aware you have a responsibility to act.

“We are saved not by what we can do or accomplish but by our fealty to revolt, our steadfastness to the weak, the poor, the marginalized, and those who endure oppression. We must stand with them against the powerful. If we remain true to these moral imperatives, we win. I am enough of an idealist to believe that the struggle to lead the moral life is worth it.”- 

Chris Hedges

The National government is quick to criticize authoritarian governments around the world but neglects its own decent into despotism. This leak is another addition to the long list of leaks in the past few years that give undeniable, concrete proof that the United States goverment holds itself above law and justice, it is corrupt, oppressive, and completely disregards the interest of its citizens. How many more injustices need to be revealed? How many more leaks do need before we say enough?

I hope the ennobling history of struggles for justice serve as inspiration to the people.  I sincerely hope the courage showed by the whistleblowers is contagious and we can gather the courage we need to stand up to any oppressor, even if it happens to be our own government. We can no longer remain willfully ignorant to the abuse of those in positions of power. If we continue to allow them to run things the way they want, if we continue “business as usual”, without making deep fundamental changes to our societies, they will surely run us all into the ground.  The whole world is at stake.

“If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it maybe be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.” – Frederick Douglass 

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Turkey Riots

 

Turkey Riots

I’ve been following some of the events in turkey on live stream and shit is nuts over there. Thousands of protestors have taken to the streets to protest. Showdiscontent.com reports, “The prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the replacement of Taksmi Gezi Park by a shopping mall. The bulldozers started invading the area at late hours of night in May 27, 2013. Consequently, civilians occupied the area to stop the destruction. Due to the government’s increasing pressure and the severe violent actions taken by the police, the occupation quickly turned into a giant protest with the attendance of thousands of people”. 

 

I can’t believe we destroy parks to put up more fucking shopping malls. We have been on a murderous rampage against nature for hundreds of years and there seems to be no end in sight. With all the undeniable science we have about climate change why and how is this type of crap still happening. We are truly insane. This madness will leave our kids a world void of any natural beauty. They won’t have public parks to go relax but they sure will have    plenty of shopping malls to consume, consume, consume.

 

 I don’t think people want this but people don’t run the word, corporations do, and they are NOT people. Corporations look at everything, form human beings to the natural environment, as exploitable commodities. Consumption is the engine of corporate profits and that is all they care about. They want to build a world for consumers instead of a world for human beings. The leaders of these corporations who lack human decency and compassion now determine our fate.. Their money determines elections. They bought our goverment and their lobbyists make the laws. If they took over the American government, they sure as hell have a say in governments the world over. Corporations run the world. They spend unimaginable amounts of money on propaganda and trivia cleverly constructed by their public relations firms then distributed through systems of mass communication, also owned by corporations. Corporations, politicians, the military, the media, they all sleep in the same bed. 

 

Their greed will turn us all into global serfs and our planet into a wasteland. I admire and stand in solidarity with the people who are saying no and standing up to this madness because our grievances are all connected, we are all fighting for a better world. We need more outrage, we need everyone to get angry. Human life and the natural world have an intrinsic value beyond monetary value and we cannot put a price tag on it. We cannot trade life for gold. We have to recognize the sacredness of human life and the natural world. We have to stop this madness. Our moral obligation is not to structures of power, but to life. This is our world.

 “The capacity to exercise moral autonomy, the capacity to refuse to cooperate, offers us the only route left to personal freedom and a life with meaning. Rebellion is its own justification….. we have faith that rebellion is not ultimately meaningless. Rebellion allows us to be free and independent human beings, but rebellion also chips away, however imperceptibly, at the edifice of the oppressor and sustains the dim flames of hope and love. And in moments of profound human despair these flames are never insignificant. They keep alive the capacity to be human. Those who do not rebel in our age of totalitarian capitalism and who convince themselves that there is no alternative to collaboration are complicit in their own enslavement. They commit spiritual and moral suicide” 

 

-Chris Hedges, The World As It Is: Dispatches on the myth of human progress.

 

 

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LIVE SIMPLY SO THAT OTHERS CAN SIMPLY LIVE

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We have to break free from consumerism. We are literally consuming ourselves to death.  The fact that we live in a finite planet at the peak of environmental collapse seems to elude the large majority of the human population. The planet has limits and we are reaching them. We can no longer consume as if these limits do not exist. As a species, we cannot keep our current consumption patterns and except to survive.  i’m not talking about consumption in general here. Everyone consumes, it’s a requirement of life to consume things in order to survive. All living beings need to consume food in order to survive, we need to consume water etc. That’s consumption at its elemental level and i’m not referring to that consumption here.. I’m talking about the consumption by consumers, not the consumption by human beings.  I’m talking about over consumption

 This drive to consume more and more, to keep mounting piles and piles of un-needed crap, this consumeristic mindset that has been hammered into our brains by advertisement and marketing. By corporations who have made vast amounts of wealth selling us shitty products. The constant onslaught of commercials and ads that invade every inch of our lives have blurred the line between needs and wants, almost as if consumption was imbedded into our DNA. We go through life accumulating more and more things, the majority of which we don’t truly need. Think about it, do you really need that 14th pair of sneakers? or that brand new edition piece of technology?, or that 40th shirt ?. We need to become responsible consumers, responsible human beings.

 There are two sides to the coin. While we over consume, there are millions who don’t have the essential necessities of life. Over TWENTY THOUSAND children die every day due to poverty, and they die quietly in some of the poorest village on earth, far removed from the conscience of the world. This is a crime and given the amount of resources and technologies we as a species posses there is no reason why atrocities like this should occur. I don’t have the solution for poverty but i know that we can all do all part. We can all live simpler lives so that others can simply live.

 It’s the rich countries who do the large majority of the consumption. If all the developing countries consumed the same we do in the wealthy countries we would need 20 planets to supply all that demand, not only is this not sustainable, it’s impossible. We all have to learn to live with less. Living with less doesn’t meant we have to degrade the quality of life, on the contrary we are going to live much better lives once the whole world stops this consumption madness and worries about the essentials of life, the real truths, the simple things which truly make us happy. 

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Become Your Hero

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The story of your life is being written in front you, by every step you take and every action you make. You’re both the main actor and the director of your movie.  What differentiates life from movies? Did you ever watch a movie and then say to yourself, “wow, that was a crazy fucking movie”. It was full of twist and turns, ups and downs, mystery and drama, a journey that left you in awe. Now think of life. Some of the craziest, most awe inspiring and tragic things i’ve seen or heard off didn’t happen in a fictional story, they happened in real life. Life is just as crazy, just as epic, just as adventurous, just as romantic, just as tragic. Reality is the craziest, most epic movie of all time.  

Since i was a boy i’ve always dreamt of having an epic journey, like the superheroes and fictional characters i admired. We should all become the epic heroes in our own lives. We should all strive to become the Supermans, the Wonder Womans, the Odysseus, the hercules, the Tin Tins, or any other hero or heroine you admire. Take all the good qualities about them you liked,  take their values, take their character, then apply them in the making of your movie, in the making of your life. Given the critical state of our world, we can no longer keep heroes fictional. We have to embody and become these heroes. The world is in desperate need of heroes. You become the hero every time you act nobly, courageously, lovingly, honorably, righteously. Every time you sacrifice for the greater good and put others above yourself. We all have huge amounts of power in the development of our lives so use it as you want, i can’t tell you how to spend your life but I will be busy writing my story, making my movie, living my epic journey. Life is a journey, a voyage of discovery. Why not take the high road?

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Dream Seekers

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The fighters for justice, the lovers of liberty, the seekers of truth. The helpers, the builders, the healers, the learners, the volunteers, the travelers, the career builders, the motivators– they are the Dream Seekers. This post is for all those who are busy at work, attempting in whatever way they can, to truthfully make themselves better people. Our generation will inherit a world in crisis. Economic crisis, Environmental crisis, Spiritual crisis. This all-encompassing global crisis has the human species on life support. I think the young of today, my generation, can be the antidote that saves us.  We must make the change and be the change that will see us through this tunnel of darkness we are going through. We cannot afford to make the mistakes of past generations, we cannot continue “business as usual”.  If we don’t get our shit together, we will become another failed evolutionary experiment. Life will simply erase us and start anew. This post if for all the people who are working hard to turn our generation into the generation that changes the world. This is for all the helpers, all the explorers, the travelers and the achievers. Those who are working hard to better themselves and by doing so encouraging and motivating those around them to do the same. I believe that the best way to teach others is by example. Instead of you telling them how to do something they can observe you do it, then learn by their own accord. Your life is an example, it’s this sort of teacher to others. Those that do good, inspire good in others. Those who exercise and eat healthy foods motivate  others to also exercise and be healthy. Those who travel and explore the world motivate others to go on their own adventures. Those who create art, in any way, shape or form, motivate others to walk their path of self expression and artistic development. This makes your life very important, your life is an example for the rest of the world. Your life could be a shining light for others. So what are you going to put out there? Do you want your life to make a difference?  How do you want to show yourself to other people? When you tell your story, what is it that you want them to see?

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Take Care of Your Shell

Your health should  be of the outmost importance to you. No matter what you achieve in life it will all be overshadowed if you don’t take care of your body and maintain an unhealthy lifestyle. Mahatma Gandhi once wisely said “It is health that is real wealth, and not pieces of gold and silver”. But why is it that so many of us fail to understand the necessity of being healthy. If you want to better the world, to make it a happier, cleaner, livelier place, you have to start with yourself. Why settle for short, degrading lives when we can live long, vibrant, energetic and fulfilling ones. 

 

With good nutrition you can prevent all diseases, even genetic ones. If there is a disease that runs in your family it doesn’t mean you are doomed to be diagnosed with it as well, all it means is that you have a predisposition for it. It’s up to you to trigger it on or off. By maintaining a healthy lifestyle these dangerous genes inside you will remain dormant and never wake up. If you take care of your body, it will take care of you. It’s a symbiotic relationship that if balanced leads to a better life. Every time I bring up being healthy to unhealthy people i get the old,  “you only live once” argument.  It’s true you only live once, so wouldn’t you want your mind, body, and soul to function in harmony and at its fullest potential. When you feed your body the right fuel, the level of functioning your body reaches is mind-blowing.  When your body functions properly you are not inhibited in any way and you can actually truly live. Once you feel how a normal healthy body functions there is no going back. A healthy body becomes a positive addiction. I can write 30 pages trying to explain what it feels like to have abundant amounts of energy, to never have headaches, stomach aches, body aches or any other sort of aches; but until you experience it for yourself you will never truly understand. I sound like i’m selling miracles here but it’s true, you have to feel it to believe it. It’s empowering to feel in control of your body, a body which responds to your demands and needs. Your body becomes a tool which aids in your unfoldment and development. If you are out of shape and unhealthy you are inhibited in so many ways,  So why not give being healthy a try. Whats stopping you? time? don’t have the know how? don’t have energy? bullshit. 

 

That healthy food tastes bad is a big misconception. There are thousands of mouth-watering, delicious, healthy dishes out there but its up to you to find them and learnt how to make them. Figure out your tastes, try new dishes and experiment. They say that variety is the spice of life. You should eat the rights food because in a very real sense we are what we eat. It’s a lot more convenient to buy a meal at a fast-food restaurant or to buy packaged meals but this convenience comes at a great price. You are only hurting yourself. Shitty foods make us sick, fat, and shorten and degrade our lives, it’s simply not worth it. I know it’s hard because a lot of crappy food tastes awesome. The people that develop these foods pack tons of flavor into them and no one can deny that they don’t taste good. Problem is, these foods don’t have any nutritional value, it’s all processed crap. They don’t give your body the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and function properly. let food be your fuel, let food be your medicine. Break the cycle of unhealthiness and TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. Become informed. Learn what foods are right for you. Eat as many  fruits, vegetables and whole grains as you can. There is a direct link between nicely deep colored vegetables and their exceptional health benefits. The colors come from a variety of chemicals called antioxidants which are almost exclusive to plants. Antioxidants are cancer reducing agents that help to protect us from free radicals and maintain a healthy body. The deeper the color the healthier it is for you. The deep greens like spinach and kale. The deep red of cherries and tomatoes. Eat all the vegetables you can, learn how to cook them, If they are organic and locally grown better but start where you can. It’s okay to indulge and eat the food you like but not every day. If you go to a party or a restaurant go ahead eat what you like. Have pizza if you like, have a cheeseburger, eat that mouth watering piece of cheesecake but eat them moderately. It’s your day to day diet that you have to try keep healthy and nutritious. Some people eat as if they were feasting on every meal. You cannot feast every day it’s just not sustainable, over time it will lead to problems. It’s okay to let loosen up every once in a while but you have to moderate. I once heard a great quote that sums this up pretty well, “Everything in moderation, including moderation.” It’s the day to day foods, that monday-thursday that you should worry about most. You can relax a bit in the weekends if you want and have your cheat meals and overtime you’ll enjoy the cheat days less and less and they will become less frequent. Limit the poisons you put into your body and take care of your shell.

 

Exercise. So many people don’t do any sort of physical activities which is craziness.  It has to be a part of your life. It’s as much a necessity as sleeping every night, eating food and drinking liquids. One constant in life since the beginning of time has been movement. Life is always moving, always constant, in motion, and the human body developed through evolution to move around and if you don’t use it not only are you wasting it, you are hurting it. Don’t settle for a sedentary lifestyle filled with health problems, grogginess, and unhappiness. Working out makes you happier. When you exercise your brain releases serotonin which are the feel-good chemicals stored in the body. This is why you feel really happy after a good workout. Get out there and put that body to use, there are countless ways to exercise, walk, hike, run, row, dance, do the exercise of your choice but pick something.  You don’t need to be at the gym 7 days a week like a maniac, just be more aware of it, move it around, go for a walk, stretch it out, anything works but make sure you use it and force it every once in a while, it does the body good. It seems so simple yet most people don’t do it. You can do wonders with just 30 minutes of exercise a day. If you don’t have 30 minutes to set aside 3-5 times a week for the improvement of your life then you seriously need to re-asses your life. There is always time you just have to learn how to schedule your day better.  If you want to train but don’t know what to do search the web. There are millions of sites online you can go to for help. There are thousands of great dvd’s you can buy to train in the comfort of your own home. You need very little resources. You don’t even need wights, just your own body weight is sufficient. You will develop the know how as you go. Start small, but you have to start somewhere. Over time You will become stronger and will be able to do more than before. Believe it or not exercise can be fun. It doesn’t have to be a painstakin event which leaves you dreading the next workout. Find the fun in it, find what it is that you like then do it. After some time you will look forward to your next workout.  Exercising and maintaining a healthy lifestyle leaves you with abundant reserves of energy. You have to develop healthy habits.No one else is responsible for your health , not a trainer, not a doctor, not anybody. You are the captain of you ship and are therefore responsible for you own health. 

 

Treat your body like it was a temple because it’s what it is, your own temple. Use your brain and reflect on your actions and your thoughts. This is why practices like yoga and other meditational practices are good for you. They allow you to reflect and ponder on your thoughts and to relax. It’s very important to maintain your emotional health as well. Give Yoga a chance. Aside from the mental benefits, it’s great excercise. You can get a butt kicking workout by doing yoga. DRINK YOUR WATER. Avoid soda and fruit juices full of sugar. REST YOUR BODY when it needs rest, don’t kill yourself, and make sure you get a good nights sleep. Once healthy becomes a lifestyle, once it becomes a part of you, you will truly understand and reap its benefits. Say goodbye to headaches, to aches and pains. You will sleep like a baby every night. You’ll have more energy and feel more alive. If you feel good now, you will feel even better. When the body feels good and your healthy, it has a positive impact on all other areas of your life so why not do it? You know you want to; everyone wants to be healthy so what is stopping you from doing it? No one but Yourself. Don’t make excuses. I can’t do it because of this or I can’t do it because of that. Don’t make yourself the victim. Put in the work to better you life. We can’t control a lot of things in our lives but your health is completely within your hands so take responsibility for it,  you can improve the quality of your life. Do some research and find out. The information is there, there are no excuses. Do your best and forget the rest. Stay positive and keep moving forward.  I really think that what you put into the world you get back so put out good things. The one thing I know for certain about life is that it never stays the same, everything changes and we must grow and adapt with this change. Life is a struggle. It’s this beautiful, amazing, sad and happy heartbreaking story we are all living.  Don’t let anyone define the parameters of your life. Don’t let anyone put you into a box and don’t put yourself into a box. Treat your body with respect, take care of it, STAY HEALTHY and grow in the light direction. 

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Boston Bomgings

What happened in Boston was a horrible and inhumane act of violence. It marks a sad day for every conscientious human being. The reports and gruesome images of those affected were shown by every news program on television. The media Staying true to its motto, ” if it bleeds it leads”, filled the airwaves with reports from the horrific events in the United States. Another horrible event which occurred that same day but didn’t get much coverage were the 55 innocent civilians that died due to a car bomb explosion in Baghdad, Iraq. Also, just last week in Afghanistan a US airstrike killed 11 children and several woman. This bombing is only one of the many that are killing civilians every week, are their lives not as important? Judging by the media coverage, it’s not hard to conclude that western lives are valued much more highly than those in Afghanistan, Iraq, or the Middle East. When an explosion erupts taking the limbs and lives of innocent people it’s a tragedy, no matter in what part of the globe it occurs. We have to empathize with all those who were caught in the middle of their everyday lives, buying food at a market, celebrating a wedding, sleeping in their beds, or running in a marathon, when their lives were stripped from them by acts of savagery. Every life matters, a life lost is a life lost, no matter what color, race, nationality or religion.  If you think what happened in Boston was yet another senseless act of terrorism, then you should also condemn all the terrorist acts being committed across the globe, including those perpetrated by our own military. No more killing, no more devastation, no more suffering. We need more HUMANITY. I send out love to all those affected by monstrous, cowardly acts of injustice in any part of the world.

Hello Virtual Friends! My first Blog post

So here i am. After months of wanting to get this blog off the ground i finally found the motivation to do so. It wasn’t just motivation that stopped me from starting my blog, it was also the little nagging devil on my shoulder who always told me that my writing wasn’t good enough, that i was no writer. I was afraid of being horrible at it, of failing not only my future readers but most importantly myself. This fear of failure has been a constant impediment, not only in writing, but in most other areas of my life as well. But i’ve finally realized that by not attempting things you fail by default. It’s better to attempt and fail than to do nothing because your failures teach you and help you grow, while stagnation stunts your growth and takes you nowhere. So i’ve stopped listening to the little devil on my shoulder, and while my anxieties and fears remain, i’m facing them straight on, one blog post at a time. 

A few of you are probably wondering where the name corimagua came from. Corimagua is a word used by the Waura Indians, an indigenous tribe that resides in the upper Xingu region of the Amazon forest, Brazil. It means “i am your friend”. I chose this word because i want my blog to be a friend to all. My blog is opened to be read and shared  by anyone who finds any   interest or use in it. I also chose it to pay homage to Indigenous people the world over, who have been devastated and persecuted for hundreds of years and whose knowledge and wisdom has been overlooked and ignored. Their knowledge show us a positive worldview of wholeness. Their wisdom is built on awareness of the natural world, and awareness of the basic human needs modern life often ignores. 

I discovered my passion for writing some years back but i’ve learned that it’s how i communicate best. This blog will help me develop this skill of communication. It’s going to help me express myself and to learn more about who i am, and where i belong. I’ve been quiet for too long and i need to express myself in order to keep growing, not only as a writer but as a person. Even if not a single person reads my blog, it will help me grow and that’s all that matters. The only way to become a great writer is to write, to produce a great volume of work and this blog will aid me in doing so.

In this Blog i will write about all sorts of things which interest me. Social issues, health and exercise, current events, my travels and adventures, my hopes and dreams, my fears. No matter what i chose to write about, my main purpose is to help others in their growth and development. I will use my blog to help spread awareness and valuable knowledge in order to help people better their lives and in turn help, even if in a small part, to make the world a better place. Chaos, devastation, destruction, crisis and all the negative aspects that seem to be overwhelming our world can’t overshadow the fact that this is life is beautiful. We are all a miracle by the simple act of being and we are truly blessed to be a part of this crazy, messy, beautiful experience we call life. Stay tuned for more blog posts and let’s help each other grow, grow in the light direction. Image