Logan and conciousness

Logan is the film based of Wolverine a member of the X men, a mutant league that helps save the world from other evil mutants. Thanks to Professor Xavier they are educated and learn to control their powers or mutations for the good of human kind. In this battle between humans and mutants, Wolverine is the rebel that becomes one of the main characters of the comic book.
Wolverine has become a hit, that the film industry has made a series of movies to explain his life through the years. His mutation and character becomes the center piece of the main issue: why him? And how can I get rid of it? This are the main questions we ask ourselves at a point in our lives. Logan’s thirst to know himself has taken him to live far more than any other mutant, his ability to regenerate and his adamantium implants has become his fortune and curse.

This film takes place in the near future where there are no more mutants, humans have destroyed them. There are a few left and Logan is keeping alive Professor Xavier. This fight against humankind has come to an end where mutants are gone and there is no one else to protect earth.

Logan: Nature made me a freak. Man made me a weapon. And God made it last too long.

As the epic battle comes to an end, Logan finds out that mankind is making mutants by taking their genes to build weapons for the government. When a younger mutant comes to the scene, Logan finds out that this girl is his “daughter” and was raised in a mexican hospital to be a weapon instead of a kid.

The main problem is when science interferes with mankind and expect it to behave as a robot with a series of configurations to act according. But human beings have a conscience that tells them who they are and percive a sense of what is good and bad. We can teach them to fight and act in a way but we will never stop thinking about our actions and who we are. Our place in the world is one of the main questions about our identity, and the present actions we do become a part of who we are. We can’t be another person and change who we are, we can only be better or worse.

Silence and knowing thyself

Any film director is characterized by his movies. Scorcese is not the exception. Some of his movies are violent, erotic, and filled with history. The movie Silence is a particular one, due that the lack of violence, erotism and the rapid movement of the camera shows us another version of this great director.  You may call it an apology of Christianity or a complaint against this religion. But the fact is that this movie shows us when 2 great religions find each other: Budhism and Christianism. Both religions teach peace, but their essence is completely different:
 
  • Buda is a state where all men can become and then be happy and become one with God
  • Salvation comes with the knowledge of true love to be happy  with God
 
There is a slight difference in those religions. The movie explains it so well, that it may help you (if you believe) to realize what your religion is about. If you aren’t religious then is a cultural knowledge to understand this religions. 
 
The movie is about jesuit “padres” that go to Japan to evangelize a new and unexplored civilization. After 20 years, the missionaries are being put to death in the most horrid ways ever, for altering the peace and destroying the cultural and religious identity of the country. Why make others think the way you think? Why not let people live and let live their lives? 
 
There’s a saying in here: “Mountains and rivers can be moved but men’s nature cannot be moved“.
 
The main claim from the Japanese Inquisitor Inue is to let Japan be Japan. In a way that may be right, but what would happen if you have the chance to make your life plenty by aknowledging other ways to achieve greatness? The idea of the jesuit priest is to show the people an unexplored path to have a better life. To expand their horizons as true human beings instead of being merely servants of the State or simple cattle that produces goods to a lord
 
We can appreciate in the movie the fight of this priests that want people to follow God, but their own ego gets in the way. As the Buddhist Inquisitor aknowledges. Ferreira, Rodriguez, and Garupe think of themselves the last survivors of the Christian faith. In fact they are one of the elements to succeed. People convert without their presence, because the main character that remains in silent is capable to change a man’s heart. Not them. They are instruments to the great mission. They aren’t the Church, but the messengers. At the end of the movie Kirishtan are still alive between the pesants. 
 
The amazing art and scenery makes the spectator realize that SILENCE is the main way to achieve peace. We live in a world full of ideas and circumstances that when we try to know what to do with our life, we can’t due to all the noise that fills our head and doesn’t let us think. We become a part of life instead of living our own life. What we can achieve is through the knowledge of us, as Socrates used to say: “know thyself” and the path to do it is to be silent and become mindful with our actions, everyday actions
Learn to be silent to find yourself. To be in touch with what you want in life, so you don’t end up being at high sea, but with a purpose.

Woman power

 When we speak about gender and sex, we sometimes confuse what is gender (legal) with sex (biology). To make a point, in biology there are 2 sexes according to the unification of the chromosomes vary in 2 ways: XX (man) and XY (woman). Gender means to the social distinction between a boy or girl. Nowadays we speak of gender as a simplification of our sex, but the fact that we are born as a man or a woman. But the main problem I see is not the sex, nor the gender, but the fact that we fight for equality as adults but we behave as kids.
Women want rights, girls want to play to be mature. When a woman is capable to stand up for herself, then she will have rights. But if a woman wants that someone else stands up for her, then she is a girl. She is uncapable to assume all the responsability that other women have fought for it. Women don’t want girl power, they want real power to change the world with the right and obligation that come with this fight. Girls want to fight for their rights but when the obligations come, they don’t want it and blame others.
Women defines herself, she doesn’t need a man to be defined. What women want is to be free from the girl that wants to take on the world but when it goes rough, then she backs off. She knows what she is capable off, what she wants and is able to work for it. Sensuality has never been her problem, that is a man’s problem. If she accepts who she is, she can change the world and influence on people by being who she is: a woman.

CAMINA CON DIGNIDAD

Phillip H. Brubeck G.

¡Felicidades!, tu cuerpo te ha indicado que hoy has dejado de ser niña y te has

convertido en una mujer. Entras a un mundo maravilloso regido por la fuerza del

amor, donde encontrarás todo lo que ahorita parece un sueño, irás descubriendo

poco a poco tu vocación, crecerá la persona que traes dentro de ti, así como el

capullo se va abriendo hasta que extiende totalmente sus pétalos para demostrar

la belleza y el perfume de la flor perfecta.

Tienes ante ti un mundo de oportunidades, la sensibilidad femenina es un gran

medio para elevarte en la vida espiritual hasta dilucidar esos insospechados

caminos que te unen íntimamente con tu Creador, como una guía en el caminar

cotidiano, viendo a profundidad lo que otros no logran.

Ahora te estás preparando para tu vida como profesionista, el estudio te

proporciona los conocimientos técnicos y científicos que requieres para tu trabajo

en el futuro. Mira cuántas te han precedido con éxito, así tú alcanzarás la meta en

el desempeño como una profesionista, haciendo cosas que en realidad te diviertan

y te llenen de satisfacción. No tienes trabas, puedes llegar hasta donde te

propongas.

En su momento, como sucede con la mayoría de las mujeres, encontrarás el amor

de tu vida. Unida a ese hombre formarás una familia para gozar de la vida en

común en la que se complementarán el uno al otro, juntos, de la mano, sin

supremacía de ninguno. Llevas el germen de la vida, de tu seno nacerán los hijos

con los que Dios bendecirá el resto de tus días.

En tu camino encontrarás muchas voces disonantes, las escucharás en la calle,

las redes sociales, los medios de comunicación. Utilizan argumentos con algunas

bases verdaderas para llegar a conclusiones falsas, por eso no creas todo lo que

dicen, hay quienes alzan la bandera del feminismo para lograr la igualdad en los

derechos del hombre y la mujer, pero lo hacen a tal grado que terminan

discriminando al hombre. En esencia somos iguales, tenemos las mismas

capacidades intelectuales.

Exageran las cifras, ya hay las mismas oportunidades de estudio y trabajo, cada

quien se gana el puesto con su desempeño. Físicamente las fuerzas de la mujer

son inferiores a las del hombre, por eso debes cuidarte para que no vayan a

abusar de ti.

No hagas caso de quienes pretenden alterar la verdad para confundir a la gente y

sumergirla en la misma confusión que ellos viven, en un intento de hacer creer que

a voluntad una persona puede cambiar su sexo, dejar de ser mujer para

convertirse en hombre o viceversa, tu condición de mujer nadie te la podrá

cambiar. Bien lo dijo Melissa Brubeck, en “Ecos de los insonoro”: “La verdad solo

se queda ahí, dándote opciones de su refractar dependiendo de la luz.”

“Necesitamos observar las dualidades del mundo, para poder saber sus

repercusiones.”

Las dualidades permanecen con su esencia, pero al momento en que

pretendemos modificarlas caemos en el mundo de la falsedad, lo contrario de la

verdad.

Como sucede en España, esas personas suben al rango de la ley sus mentiras

para tratar de imponerlas a todos, en un supuesto Estado de Derecho, que en

realidad se transforma en una dictadura al violar el derecho a la libertad de

expresión, de prensa, de libertad religiosa. De esta forma, quienes pedían respeto

a sus derechos y la tolerancia a su forma de ser, son los que menos respetan los

derechos humanos y los más intolerantes de quienes no comparten su forma de

ser y pensar. Ahora castigan a quien públicamente se atreve a decir la verdad.

No te dejes confundir por esas voces disonantes, sigue el camino de la naturaleza,

actúa con dignidad, dándote a respetar en todo momento para que los demás te

respeten. Actúa con sencillez, tus actos, tus palabras cotidianas se encargarán de

demostrar a todo el mundo quién eres, lo mucho que vales como mujer, como ser

humano.

Be realistic about yourself


Everytime we look in the mirror, what do we see? Ourselves? Or who we want to be? If the answer is the second question we might be unsatisfied with our lives, but why? What is missing? Is it us or someone else?

It is important to have dreams but is far more necessary to be realistic. To accept who we are right here and now. And not what we want to be in the near future. What we have is here, if we waste our life about what is that we want or need, instead of focusing in what we have today, we will waste the only thing we can do. 

Think of the tale the milk-lady:

Patty the Milkmaid was going to market carrying her milk in a Pail on her head. As she went along she began calculating what she would do with the money she would get for the milk. “I’ll buy some fowls from Farmer Brown,” said she, “and they will lay eggs each morning, which I will sell to the parson’s wife. With the money that I get from the sale of these eggs I’ll buy myself a new dimity frock and a chip hat; and when I go to market, won’t all the young men come up and speak to me! Polly Shaw will be that jealous; but I don’t care. I shall just look at her and toss my head like this”. As she spoke she tossed her head back, the Pail fell off it, and all the milk was spilt. So she had to go home and tell her mother what had occurred.”Ah, my child,” said the mother: “Do not count your chickens before they are hatched”

The Moral could be: “Do not count your chickens before they are hatched”. We may be always looking for the best option, but we need to be realistic, that doesn’t mean we conform ourselves, but to know where are and improve what needs to be better. 
Plato’s philosophy tends that way, we see our perfection in our mind, what we want as a future project. That doesn’t mean is real, what is present is real imperfect as it seem but that’s the only thing we have. As Aristotle would say, the real world is the only thing we have. 

Lala land and freedom

Lala land is one of the most awarded pictures of all times, and it comes to us in a time when the world is in such state with religious, political, economical and social wars that contribute to the world crisis.

The movie is based on a young girl that wants to make it in the movie bussiness. Life in Hollywood with the constant chase for a major roll and to have a life changing experience and become famous. All she needs is one chance to change her destiny.

As we watch the movie with all the colours and music we can appreciate what life is through jazz. Its music takes us to another level where we try to fight for our survival, to have our 5 seconds of solo (fame) and then to mingle with the other instruments that complement our purpouse in existance. Life is about being in the world with all the kind of people that makes us hear they way we sound.

The parallelism in both lives, the struggle, the dreams, the project and the talent shows us that anyone can do it. But if we aren’t willing to share the dream and make sacrifices, then we may travel different. That is what happens to the main characters, they fell in love, but didn’t share any of their passions to make it work. That’s why we see two versions of their love life, what you are willing to give to be succesfull.

The taste of freedom in this movie shows us the things we choose in the present affects the things to come in the future. The happy ending is all about us here and now.

Human dignity a political enterprise

The world today has been shaped by the past and recent situations and history tells us, and remind us that human rights have been always there, but now, with wars, ideologies, totalitarian systems and modern trends, we have to begin to question what is the price of a human life? Does it cost? And how can we buy it? If we can buy it.

Many experts and politicians talk of human dignity as something we all have, but too much talk does not lead us to mistreat or stop all of the crime against humanity we are now living. We must practice what we preach with concrete actions that make the world see what human rights are in the flesh and not on paper. To start educating…

The others are not the problem

So many things happen around us that take us by surprise, off guard, or we simply didn’t expect them. Our attitude towards those things tend to take blame or to make someone pay for those mistakes, when in fact, there is mo one else to blame at all, or yourself.

As days, hours, minutes, seconds unfold, the things we react to we barely notice. But that doesn’t mean those never happened.

If someone is angry at us, the first thing we do is to be defensive. We don’t like to be blamed. So instead of firing back, take a minute and realize we cannot be aware of everything we feel. Be wise and aknowledge what the other feels so you can ask for forgiveness of those things that passes us by.

Oscar’s fail, an ethical dilemma

The Oscars® is one of the great and pompous celebration where the Association rewards the artist for their work in a motion picture, documentary or short film. At this event we can apreciate the greatness of their acting, the magnificent dresses and their personal points of view in the Hollywood industry. Everything has to be perfect, but when it doesn’t everyone will notice, even the smallest flaw we can see it. 
 
Everybody tunned in to watch and praise the biggest stars and movies of the year. As it is natural, a ceremony of this seize tends to have flaws, through the years we’ve seen failures that surprises us (from the celebrities’s dresses to a telepromter failing, to a political speech), but this year the biggest fail blew us away. But why does this matter? 
 
It matters because everyone is talking about it, and also because we can learn a little philosphy with it. This flaw or mistake that happened is an act of distaste: to mistake the greatest movie of the year for another one. This may be simple to us, but the fact that people worked hard to make it deserves to be carefully handled. We don´t like to be mocked or ridicule by others, less when we put all our effort to it, a simple mistake that might seem makes us angry:
 
“Anger may be defined as an impulse, accompanied by pain, to a conspicuous revenge for a conspicuous slight directed without justification towards what concerns oneself or towards what concerns one’s friends. (1378a)”
 
As Aristotle would explain the his work Rhethorics “It is a cause of anger when mocked in capacity… (1379a)”. And at the person who did it (the one that gets to be blamed): “those lacking completely or to any effective extent in the qualities in question (1380a).” In this case it wasn’t Warren Beatty’s fault, nor Faye Dunaway’s, but the organization behind. The problem is that knowing what it meant to win best picture isn’t a matter to take with mockery, but to be serious. 
 
Why does it concerns us? Well what happened is a matter of Ethics (the science that studies human moral actions). That mistake was made by free will due to many factors: pressure, emotion, thought, lights, expectations, etc. But what matters most of it is: judgement. What could have happened if Warren or Faye interrupted the ceremony by saying that the envelope was wrong (knowing that it was wrong) instead of misreading it?
 
On another note, the Oscar given to Cassey Affleck affects the moral concerns in Hollywood. Just by being a good actor counts to get one of the biggest awards? Does it also count their personal life? If we award someone who has abused his position, hability and dignity of himself and others, why does it mean to reward him for his on screen job but his lousy life? Where does the line goes at the awards?

Of course, there are many factors in play, but we always have our rationality and our instinct to tell us what is happening to take the best course of action. Ethics studies this actions and explains what is in play and the morality of it. We see all our options with our intelligence and then with our will we select the best of all (like a menu of our different courses of action) and take action. This was a mistake, but it has made history. Hopefully it doesn’t repeat again.

YODO not YOLO

It is know the frase “You Only Live Once” as a personal motto for young people (not by age, but by attitude) to dare to do things that you’ll regret later. YOLO is a constant denial of the “what if” as a possibility in life. By denying it you are able to live amazing experiences and live to tell it. 
 
This idea of living life may have a wrong view of it. To waste precious time doing things that aren’t worth it or to live by the moment instead of investing it on things that matter. For example, taking the coolest picture of you, rather take a picture with meaning, that changes the way you see the world through the beauty it has. There are many things in life that gives us meaning that can be appreciated by others and change the way they view life
 
YOLO is a simplistic version of an egotistical life, where we care for others to recognize us for the things we have or pretend to do, while there are other things to fulfill the meaning of us being there, how we change the world and make it a better place. To live in the moment is one way to justify that we don’t want to comitt in leaving others a new way to see and live life. 
 
Humankind cannot live in the moment, because we are always thinking of the future, what we will do next, what will others think or do… etc. We need a certanty of the future, that is why we are always measuring time even when we are having a good time. So instead of YOLO, why not YODO? “You Only Die Once” that changes the game, because if we only live to die once, then what we do matters, and cannot live a simple life, but filled with meaning because every minute counts
 
When death is near we stop doing things as machines or to be the next sensation, but to realize our place in the world: to make a better one within our reach. Life isn’t a gameboy where you have many lives that restores every time we go to sleep. This life is our only chance to make a difference, why waste it?