Thursday, October 20, 2011

Today Libya, Tomorrow Wall Street

Heartfelt congratulations to Libya's freedom fighters.

Lao Tsu said

Weapons are the tools of violence;

all decent men detest them.

Weapons are the tools of fear;

a decent man will avoid them
except in the direst necessity

and, if compelled, will use them
only with the utmost restraint.

Peace is his highest value.
If the peace has been shattered,

how can he be content?
His enemies are not demons,

but human beings like himself.

He doesn't wish them personal harm.
Nor does he rejoice in victory.
How could he rejoice in victory

and delight in the slaughter of men?

He enters a battle gravely, 

with sorrow and with great compassion, 
as if he were attending a funeral.

(Tao te ching, 31)

Now the second time of difficulty begins. The last ten months have been physical, with death and injuries, grief and fear. Now there is a different challenge: the need for peace, reconciliation, forgiveness tolerance, and construction. The hardest part will be the politics, endless negotiations and compromises. And resisting the corporations, who are moving in like vultures to get their share.

The corporations seek profit. The people need food, water, sewerage, reafforestation and socio-economic justice.

The Arab Spring has taught the world a lesson in democracy; now it can lead us in developing green economics.


DTOM323 said...
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caw rock said...

I am afraid, the Arab Spring will by far take longer than a normal spring season, let's discuss this again in 12 months when we see the Arabian world torn and falling apart and the old Western world incapable of interfering.

DocRichard said...

Crisis is danger and opportunity. The outcome could be so beautiful so ugly, or something in between. probably the latter.

here's my take on what they could do:

I like your blog.