Mesopotamia is widely held to be the “cradle of agriculture”. It was in this region, contemporary Iraq, that over 10 000 years ago, a civilization took root that was defined largely by its relation to the soil it tilled and the crops it grew. Over thousands of years the cultivating and selective breeding of cereals […]Read more "Order 81 – Reversing a thousand year old legacy"
Whenever times are tough and the economic system falters, the content begin to doubt and reflect – arguably a dangerous combination – on the strength of a perception that the status quo, the daily pushing and pulling of an overly commercialized world, holds sole legitimacy over a way of acceptable existence. Seeds of doubt, like […]Read more "FBI warns of threat from anti-government extremists – a case of mistaken identity?"
I am an avid newspaper reader, scan the web daily and check up on my current events. What I notice is that most stories we read or hear today are depressing, involve a loss of money, life or dignity, inspire fear or repulsion and make you want to stay inside with a big pillow over […]Read more "The search begins…"
Bertrand Russell, the eminent British philosopher once said that “the greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution”. That’s great I reply, thank you Mr. Russell! What however, is a person to do if he exists within a paradigm so powerfully entrenched in his culture, his […]Read more "The Live or Die Paradigm Shift – Imagining an Alternative World"
Ein Traum Ruhig und verschlossen, wie eine schlafende Schönheit, steht der Wald. Allein und vergessen, greift seine Seele zu den Sternen. Sein Fundament, die Schlafenden Riesen, ächzen unter der Belastung einer alternden Welt. Ihr immergrünes Kleid, eine verwegene Konstruktion von Ästen und Zweigen, von Blättern und Lianen, glänzt von Abends Trauer. Weit unten, wie […]Read more "Ein Traum"
I don’t recall why I chose to write a story about a son’s relationship to his father. Maybe, on some level every boy goes through a stage of contemplation as he reaches manhood; I was not immune to these feelings. It has to be said that in no way is this story a reflection of […]Read more "A concealed path – The story of a boy’s struggle for identity"
Philosophy has always been something to which I am drawn to, but in which I tend to get hopelessly lost in. Giorgio Agamben is an Italian political philosopher that has written extensively on the subject of human nature as it exists in a circumstance of war. Agamben, so is my interpretation, applies philosophy to understand […]Read more "Giorgio Agamben – The concept of Homo Sacer within a “State of Exception”"
One of my favorite poems is “Der Panther” by Rainer Maria Rilke. As my first language is German, I naturally read the poem in this language and developed a strong attachment to Rilke’s use of imagery. It stirred something within me. A couple of years ago, I read the poem in English and felt somewhat […]Read more "Rainer Maria Rilke’s Der Panther – The fusion of world and self within poetry and the idea of being lost in translation"
Cincinnati Enquirer vs. Chiquita Brands International “Chiquita in Colombia: Terrorism gone Bananas?” reads the news article published on April 3, 2007 by a Latin American online news magazine, drawing to our attention the possible illegal connections that Chiquita Banana Company may have to terrorist organizations in Latin American countries (Upsidedownworld, 2007). This follows the recently […]Read more "“Chiquita in Colombia: Terrorism gone Bananas?”"
Years ago, when I was still a young grasshopper, I had a favorite book that my parents would read to me over and over. The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest is a tale of a man that goes into the forest to cut down a magnificent tree. As he started […]Read more "A Wildlife Trade Story – Planet for Sale"