Friday, June 26, 2009

Statement by a group of Iranian bloggers about the Presidential elections and the subsequent events

Here is the statement. I have reservations about last sentence in (2): assuming that fraud was so widespread that lead to Ahmadinejad victory, and hence calling for re-election. [reservation means that I am not sure about it !]
Otherwise, it seems pretty rational and makes total sense:

"1) We, a group of Iranian bloggers, strongly condemn the violent and repressive confrontation of Iranian government against Iranian people's legitimate and peaceful demonstrations and ask government officials to comply with Article 27 of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Constitution which emphasizes "Public gatherings and marches may be freely held, provided arms are not carried and that they are not detrimental to the fundamental principles of Islam."

2) We consider the violations in the presidential elections, and their sad consequences a big blow to the democratic principles of the Islamic Republic regime, and observing the mounting evidence of fraud presented by the candidates and others, we believe that election fraud is obvious and we ask for a new election.

3) Actions such as deporting foreign reporters, arresting local journalists, censorship of the news and misrepresenting the facts, cutting off the SMS network and filtering of the internet cannot silence the voices of Iranian people as no darkness and suffocation can go on forever. We invite the Iranian government to honest and friendly interaction with its people and we hope to witness the narrowing of the huge gap between people and the government. "
A part of the large community of Iranian bloggers
June 26, 2009

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Dear reader,
If you are a blogger, please read this and if you agree post this in your blog too.
(The complete bilingual version)
Thank you.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Ordinary Day - Extraordinary Moment

About half an hour ago, on my way to office I was listening to the 3rg movement of J. S. Bach Piano Concerto No 4, at about 2:25 of the piece Bach changes the tone very beautifully to induce a climax. For less than one second, I could see the flow of cars around me being matched with Bach's notes in some sort of harmony, and then for a few minutes I experienced a powerful flow of extraordinary euphoria. (More powerful, more intense, and rougher than the experience I alluded to here.)

PS-Next Day: I am reading this post and ... am thinking that these posts are too personal for a public weblog

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Free to Choose

Here you can find parts of a PBS series made in 1980's by "Milton Friedman".
I watched the short clip from Lecture 1 and it is amazing:
"Free To Choose® is the ground-breaking PBS television series featuring Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize-winning economist. These programs, filmed on location around the world, have helped millions of people understand the close relationship between the ideas of human freedom and economic freedom. The interaction between those ideas has created in the U.S. the richest and freest society the world has ever known. Milton Friedman sees this success threatened by the tendency in the last few decades to assume that government intervention is the answer to all problems. In these programs, which first aired on January 11, 1980, Dr. Friedman focuses on basic principles. How do markets work? Why has socialism failed? Can government help economic development? The 1980 version consists of 10 one-hour programs."

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Self-Discipline

I love the following quote, because like many others I have always thought of "self-discipline" as use of will-power to do dull or annoying things, or not to do interesting things. Here is a different approach:

"... discipline of self-stopping to awaken ourselves from mindless rushing or stultifying inhibition. ... the will and compassion to pause and reflect, to stay in the present, even to stop work in timely fashion when diminishing returns or fatigue sets in, or when something else important needs doing. ... discipline builds as we stay in the moment, patiently, with no intent but to experience what happens and notice which actions meet or change goals. ... a process style of working that helps us unlearn impulse-based compulsions to rushing, binging, and overattachment."
---Nihil Nimus

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Letting Go:

The clear seeing and compassion of mindful practice help us relax. They encourage letting go of blind obedience to ego and its product orientation. Letting go of ego means distancing ourselves from its contentious demands for universal respect and affection; as we stop grasping for certainty and predictability that ego wants, we work more easily and contentedly in the moment. Not trying to relieve the past or to control the future frees us to work in a process mode. That, in turn, brings more confidence, more playfulness and involvement, more risk taking and creativity, more love of mastery in work, more consistent fluency. And all those, finally, teach us to enjoy the work for its own sake, the very root of healthy industriousness. ---- Nihil Nimus

PEMA CHORDIN:

"This very moment is the perfect teacher. Generally speaking, we regard discomfort in any form as bad ... but feelings life disappointment, jealousy, anger are actually very clear moments that teach us where it is that we are holding back." ----- PEMA CHORDIN

 From the Nihil Niums book.

Clear Shallow Water

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