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‘n Beter Wêreld, ‘n haai gee geboorte, Umberto Eco en stede wat weer plase word

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The Charter for Compassiona single document crafted by people from all walks of life, nationalities, beliefs and backgrounds with the intent to unify, inspire and bring compassion back into the hearts of society” is hierdie week bekendgestel deur Karen Armstrong. Dit klink so eenvoudig, maar tog is dit nie. Nietemin, iets om na te streef. Soms dink ek mense plaas te veel fokus op dit wat hulle kan doen om ‘n verskil in die wêreld te maak en vergeet van wat om nie te doen nie.

Daar is ook ‘n uitstekende onderhoud met Karen Armstrong op TED se webwerf:

Human beings are chronically predisposed towards idolatry. We constantly give absolute value to purely temporal, limited realities, such as a god, a nation, or an ideology. When something inherently finite is invested with ultimate value, its devotees feel obliged to eliminate any rival claimant because there can only be one absolute. We find this kind of idolatry in the Book of Deuteronomy in the Bible; but it also characterised some of the worst political and moral disasters of the twentieth century.

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‘n Nuwe dinosaurus is in die Vrystaat ontdek. Aardonyx celestae was ‘n herbivoor en is 195 miljoen jaar oud.

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‘n Haai in Auckland, Nieu-Seeland, se akwarium het geboorte gegee deur ‘n bytwond.

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Umberto Eco, skrywer van The Name of the Rose en Foucault’s Pendulum met 50,000 boeke in sy besit, in ‘n onderhoud met Der Spiegel: “We like lists because we don’t want to die.” En: “If you interact with things in your life, everything is constantly changing. And if nothing changes, you’re an idiot.” Hy verduidelik ook hoekom Google sleg is vir jong mense.

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Die hoofstad van motorbedryf in Amerika, Detroit, het beter dae geken. Maar met die ineenstorting van die industrie, kan ‘n mens huise in Detroit vir niks koop nie. Die probleem is egter dat niemand wil nie want daar is nie meer genoeg werk vir al die mense nie. Die stad kan nie die uitgebreide infrastruktuur bekostig nie. Dus, maak die stad kleiner en verander woonbuurte in plase. As die visie realiseer sal Detroit ‘n stadskern hê, omring deur groen gebiede met “urban villages”.

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Japan beplan om teen 2030 ‘n ruimtestasie te vestig wat sonenergie na die aarde sal kanaliseer deur middel van mikrogolwe of laser.

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Denemarke beplan om “anti-sosiale” immigrante wat nie kan of wil integreer in die Deense kultuur nie, sowat R150,000.00 te gee om terug te keer na hul land van herkoms, nadat hulle belowe het om nie weer Denemarke toe te kom nie.

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Navorsing dui daarop dat babas se taalvermoëens al in die baarmoeder begin ontwikkel. G’n wonder hulle goegoe en baabaa nadat hulle gebore is nie, want dit is hoe mense met hulle praat as hulle nog in die ma se maag is. 🙂

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‘n Moontlike model vir koerante wat sukkel om te oorleef in die era van gratis nuus: laat die vakunies betaal.

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Written by George Maru

14 November 2009 at 8:27

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  1. Ek vind Karen Armstrong ‘n bietjie eienaardig, sy weet god bestaan nie maar klou nog steeds nostalgies vas aan die hele konsep van ‘n kosmiese alleenheerser. Dawkins het amper sekerlik na haar verwys toe hy geskryf het:

    “Now, there is a certain class of sophisticated modern theologian who will say something like this: “Good heavens, of course we are not so naive or simplistic as to care whether God exists. Existence is such a 19th-century preoccupation! It doesn’t matter whether God exists in a scientific sense. What matters is whether he exists for you or for me. If God is real for you, who cares whether science has made him redundant? Such arrogance! Such elitism.”
    Well, if that’s what floats your canoe, you’ll be paddling it up a very lonely creek. The mainstream belief of the world’s peoples is very clear. They believe in God, and that means they believe he exists in objective reality, just as surely as the Rock of Gibraltar exists. If sophisticated theologians or postmodern relativists think they are rescuing God from the redundancy scrap-heap by downplaying the importance of existence, they should think again. Tell the congregation of a church or mosque that existence is too vulgar an attribute to fasten onto their God, and they will brand you an atheist. They’ll be right. “

    Andrew

    19 Desember 2009 at 8:46

  2. Andrew ek stem saam met jou. Tog dink ek dit waarmee sy besig is, verdien ondersteuning.

    George Maru

    22 Desember 2009 at 7:06


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