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Wasting generations

9 Feb

It amuses me to read statistics on global generation of waste – simply because the phrase “waste generation” is such an oxymoron!

Generating or producing waste implies intention. It means there is is vision and plan behind it. To generate waste means to want it for a particular purpose. However, the reality is that waste is an embarrassing flaw in the system of managing resources – and ourselves, actually.

In nature most substances that come as a side-effect of biological processes soon find their way into other biological processes. The substances that cannot be absorbed accumulate gradually and transform into habitats or reserves.

We should drop the word “generate”, and just say “wasting”. That’s it: wasting, period. Humans are wasting everything they come in touch with. Who doesn’t know this powerful short animated film:

 

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We can turn the phrase around and describe ourselves as “wasted generations”. Don’t you think that whole generations are being wasted nowadays? You know: squandered. Not just generations of human beings, but also those of animals and plants. We are wasted in order to be feed the sheer madness of economic growth.

When I look around I don’t see progress and growth, I see is congestion and stress – in a shiny package. More trucks on the road, more planes in the sky, more tankers on the sea, more shopping malls where there used to be forests and fields, more smoke, more asphalt, more plastic … wasting, wasting, wasting …

Trucks and planes don’t carry better goods and better people. They carry waste in more and more efficient packages. (Efficient meaning deceptive.)

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Eternity lost in an instance

15 Jan

Yearning for eternity led to the construction of some of the most magnificent and sturdy buildings in the history: pyramids, temples, churches … Today the tallest and shiniest commercial centres are driven by the exactly opposite motivation: instant gratification.

How and when did we barter eternity for a flash of pleasure? As valid as this question is, it is even more curious that we keep building immense sturdy structures even though we pretty much gave up on the quest for eternity.

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It makes sense to invest centuries of time and thousands of human lives into building a pyramid that would last millennia, if your value is eternity. But why in the world would you build a skyscraper a hundred storeys high only to furnish offices for clerks that service instant gratification of a civilisation? Ok, we might conclude, philosophically, both eternity and instant gratification are illusory, subjective, but still, the consequence is as real as can be: extremely robust architecture. How did this happen?

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POSLANICA LJUBEZNI ZA 2018

24 Dec

Ljubezen je brezmejna. A naše posode za izmenjavo ljubezni niso.

Ljubezen je kot voda: kot splošni koncept je neskončna, univerzalna, vseobsežna, prisotna v vsaki pori življenja. A kot taka je tudi povsem neuporabna. Da bi postala uporabna, mora privzeti konkretno obliko. Oblika jo naredi dostopno izkušnji.

Zrak je prijeten, ko je ravno prav vlažen, a vlage ne moremo piti. S čisto vodo v kozarcu lahko potešimo žejo, ne moremo pa v njej plavati. Ocean je ogromen, odličen za plavanje in vlago v zraku, ne moremo pa ga piti.

Včasih nam prav pride ena oblika, včasih druga. Po zdravi pameti vlivamo vodo v različne posode in oblike, da zadovoljimo svoje potrebe, a posode ločimo med seboj, da se okusi ne mešajo. Enako je v primeru ljubezni.

Graditi globok odnos pomeni odločiti se deliti mnoge posode: kozarce, vrče, skodelice, steklenice, kadi … Bliže ko smo si, več posod delimo med seboj. V primeru tesne intimnosti na posodah pustimo lastne sokove in druge sledi ter obratno, kar vpliva na okus vode, ko jo delimo z naslednjo osebo. Če damo mnogim dostop do svojih intimnih posod, lahko voda postane motna zmešnjava okusov, vonjev in barv. Lahko pa je tudi fantastičen koktail!

Gurman sem, rad imam »koktaile«! Rad imam ljudi, ki so se izoblikovali v stiku z okusnimi ljudmi in integrirali njihove okuse, vonje in barve ter jih zaokrožili v svoje lastne. Ne bi bil, kar sem, če tega ne bi počel tudi sam.

Da bi to počel zrelo, moram znati razbrati gnile okuse in vonjave ter se jim izogibati. Če že pridem v stik z njimi ali če delim posode z zelo intenzivno okusnimi ljudmi, moram svoje posode temeljito pomiti, preden jih delim s kom drugim. To je osnovna ljubezenska higiena.

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Remember, love, my intentions are pure

13 Dec

“It isn’t sad,” a poet had said,
“that she doesn’t remember me,
it is sad that I remember her.”

Memory blesses and curses …
for a while, and then it fades away,
unless it is anchored in fear,
colored by infatuation, twisted.

Innocent, sweet memory stays only
as knowing what you love, so you
could recognize it next time you
meet it, no matter what cloak
it wears, what flesh, what tears.

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KAKO GLOBOKO V LJUBEZEN SI UPATE?

23 Nov

V zvezah se pogosteje zataknemo v plitvinah kot v globinah. Globoki odnosi so svobodni, v njih se je nemogoče zatakniti. A globine nas je groza. Obtičimo v najstniški zaljubljenosti v poster nekega zvezdnika ali v tam nek profil na Facebooku ali v idealizirano podobo partnerja, kakršen je nekoč bil. Zagriženi v grenkobo se sprašujemo, kam neki se je skrila sladkost ljubezni.

Ko se zgodi #me too in medijska gonja nad slavnimi moškimi zavoljo “zlorabe” žensk si rečem: Kako obsceno! Kdo ve, kakšne vse okoliščine so bile povod za ta dejanja? Kdo zmore vse skupaj povsem jasno razbrati, presoditi in se ustrezno odzvati?

Noro je obsoditi človeka za nekaj, kar je storil nekoč davno, ne da bi temeljito proučili, kdo je on zdaj. Ljudje se spreminjamo, zorimo. Večina nas danes ne bi ponovila dejanj, ki smo jih iz poleta in samopotrjevanja zagrešili v mladosti. Vsak posamični primer terja posebno obravnavo. Prav zato nerad uporabljam izraza “storilec” in “žrtev”, kajti vlogi nikoli nista natančno razločeni.

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Zdravilo za vse skupaj – tako za žrtve kot za storilce – je ljubezen. Ne sentimentalno zaščitništvo, ampak jasno zaznavanje in ustrezno odzivanje. Vedno je treba postaviti mejo na najprimernejšo možno točko. To pomeni, da enkrat kroničnega izprijenca odločno stisnemo za vrat, drugič ostro obravnavamo jokavo lažljivko, tretjič blagemu spolnemu odvisniku ponudimo zdravljenje, četrtič preprosto objamemo ljubečega odraslega človeka, najsi so njegovi davni grehi še tako skrajni – ne zato, ker se kesa in je poln krivde, ampak zato, ker je radosten in poln zavedanja.

Večina razvije krepost šele takrat, ko se je sposobna učiti iz lastnih grehov.

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Afrika, “kratko ali slatko”

14 Nov

Na črni celini sem. Vedeti moram, da tu angleščina deluje drugače. Na jedilniku v hotelu v Cape Townu med drugim ponujajo otroke (kids). Seveda gre za pomoto, izpuščen je za: (for kids). Na cesti, v kavarnah, v parkih itd. opažam takšne in drugačne napise, kot jih pri nas ne vidim pogosto:

“Pozor! Poglejte pod svoja vozila za pingvine!” (Warning. Please look under your vehicles for penguins!) In če jih ni, poglejte še enkrat, morda se čarobno prikažejo.

“Pozor! Pingvini grizejo! (Warning! Penguins will bite.) Če bi znali še renčati, bi kakšnega nabavil za domov za čuvaja.

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“Hot spot za ugrabitve.” (Hi-jacking hot spot.) A tu torej dela internet samo za tiste, ki koga ugrabijo?

“Prehod za leopardje žabe.” (Leopard toad crossing.) Uh! Še sreča, da ni za žabje leoparde!

“Če voziš, ko piješ, si ubijalec!” (If you drink and drive you are a killer!) Če kdaj koga (slučajno) ubijete — saj veste, se zgodi –, morate samo sesti trezni za volan in se peljati, dokler vas ne ustavi policija; takrat jim recite: “Vozim trezen, torej nisem ubijalec.” Rešeno!

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Očistimo Afriko v enem dnevu! … a se hecaš?

V Južno Afriko seveda nisem prišel brat napisov na tablah in jedilnikih. Prišel sem moderirat akademijo za vodje iz Afrike v akciji Očistimo svet 2018. Dogodka so se udeležili predstavniki iz 35 afriških držav. Mnogi so govorili, da česa takšnega na afriškem kontinentu še ni bilo: da se aktivni državljani iz toliko afriških držav združijo in gradijo bratovščino zavoljo reševanja perečega okoljskega problema, ki ga predstavljajo odpadki. Kot je po konferenci napisal Peace iz Malavija: “Prišli smo kot delegati, odšli smo kot družina.”

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I grow my own shoes – if only to climb Table Mountain

9 Nov

In superhero movies you can see guys who grow their own wings or extra arms and legs. Well, I only grow my own shoes. This surely doesn’t qualify me for a super hero, but I must say it is damn handy — or feety — if such a word even exists.

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Today I climbed the Table Mountain in Cape Town. I decided not to take the easiest route, but rather went up the Indian Venster trail. Half way up I overtook a 85 year old man. He was alone like me. He said he climbs the mountain every week. Apart from him, there was nobody. Just me, the mountain and peace.

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The top was misty and quite chilly. I circulated the “table” area and headed down the “most boring” route (as the old man described it). As I ran down many people commented in various languages: “Look, he is barefoot!”

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