#248 poverty

Finally the real question is asked on poverty in some nations: why is Africa poor?

A commentator, an African, candidly acknowledges that Africa is rich in resources but it is their national leaders who are corrupt and squandered the people’s wealth for their own pleasure.

The leaders fill their own stomach but the people…?

Should surrounding or rich nations offer charity to help these poor?

Unfortunately civil unrests and killings are endemic in Africa. Why do people kill people? 

Many mad leaders who champion freedom exploited children to fight! The leaders would not soil their hands… How depraved some adults or leaders are!

What is freedom? Where is freedom? What is democracy? Where is human rights?

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#218 ‘fear n fear’

Now that the euphoria over the US election is over, will the real face of Wall Street surface?

I like the way John McCain concedes his loss to Barack Obama on presidency. During the campaign there were times when both parties hurled sharp words but eventually the voters’ rights, supreme.

McCain returns to his congenial self bowing out to congratulate Obama on his win and encourages his supporters to support the Obama administration. The US is indeed a free country where there is fair election and the citizens have the right to choose their leader.

There is maturity in accepting the votes count unlike some African nations…

Obama used the internet as his tools for his campaign. He was able to raise lots and expended lots of money on his campaign. Will he be able to raise funds to help those who had fallen into the subprime prey and financial crisis?

Naturally the world leaders have to congratulate the secession of the world leader. Accordingly, some nations are hopeful while others are adopting the ‘wait-and-see’.

Will the market improve or like what Australian tycoon Murdoch reckoned the financial crisis will deepen?

The Asian markets are expecting the worst to come. Is this self-fulfilling prophecy?

I certainly hope the Asian market economy can buffer this recession…hopefully not depression.

A recession might be good to bring many to reconsider their spending habits; to weed out those workers who have had bad attitudes or think that the world owes them a living; to wake up the younger generation that there is no such thing as human rights in this working world. When a person comes out to the market place, he is literary enslaved to whoever hires him. Either he makes or breaks. 

Only the stronger and better will remain be humans or enterprises!

#213 european rights prize

Hu Jia, a prominent activist and currently serving jail sentence from China apparently won the European rights prize. What does this prize stand for?

Will this prize given to Hu Jia encourage more dissent in China?

When people are given the housing and food, will they rise up against the leadership of a country?

Will any nation in Europe give a red carpet for Hu Jia & family to live there? If they had given him the prize, surely they could go a step further in offering political asylum! That surely is freedom of expression for people like him — an opportunity to express his freedom then!

Then, he & his wife will discover if there is…

Is the West using this human rights weapon to minimise and causing dissent in a country that is a rising economic power?

There is great poverty in India yet… However India has a Ghandi proponent for peace. Yet in his lifetime, no one in the West took note of him!

Human rights issue is relative. What is democracy?

Where has democracy brought the West today? Drugs, promiscuous sex, guns, gay rights…whatever social ills there is.

The latest financial crisis is a result of greed of a few. The few squandered the resources of many? Living on borrowed money? Resulting many are having to live on the streets soon!

Today, anything and everything can be turn into weapon of discontent and dissent!

#162 religious freedom

In an earlier post I complimented President George Bush that he was smart in his decision to attend the Olympic Opening Ceremony in Beijing — smart does not equate wise though.

As usual the US and the West pride they know what freedom is…human rights, religious freedom, freedom of speech…

This religious freedom the West adopted has bankrupted many believers in Christianity…in fact money has become the God! During the Reformation and Enlightened Age, the West shone in every aspect of life — politically, economically and socially. Today, decadence seems to pervade the West, so much so many young are embracing the eastern religions.

When I was in Germany in the 1980s, I discovered the citizens had to pay church tax. I do not know if this tax law exists today. What was the church tax for? The state would deduct 1% (?) off a personal income. Many young resent this deduction as they do not believe in their parents’ belief and the church. In fact many claim atheism or believe in other religions.

I believe ALL churches ARE registered with the state around the world.

In China, I believe there is a measure of religious freedom today, unlike the Mao regime when all religions are forbiddened. There was crackdown on those religious leaders and active devout devotees…buddhism, muslim, christianity and confucianism and taoism.

Yet strangely my encounters with many Chinese who went overseas, the first place the young actually entered was the church. Many had the notion that the church is spiritual refuge from reading the Russian literatures. However many young are blindly following the trail of the MONEY God!

Religious institutions exist and it is actively operating…yet why the foul cries from the devotees?

When I first visited Beijing on my own (not with tour groups), I was pleasantly surprised at the openness. Yes, there were uniformed police patrolling around the Tiananman Square area and the shopping areas, but that did not give me the impression that I had to watch that I say any more than in my own land or when residing in the West. In fact I feel safe that these uniformed police were around for security reasons!? In fact these are signs of a developing nation on the road to prosperity! (I’m sure I’d be clobbered for this!)

One obvious sign to religious freedom was I saw many monks clad in their robes walking freely around. Or are these for show?

Are the locals not allowed to worship in the open 3-self churches? These might be opened for the expatriate community and I was told Christians are not allowed to openly evangelise or proselytise. I can talk and discuss Christianity within the church compound but not outside. I’ve yet to test the truth as I was not there long to see the truth. 

Many Christians in China feared that if they openly profess their faith in Jesus, they are liable for persecutions…is this true? Can a people light a lamp and put it under a bowl? Are Christians not the light of the world?

Jesus in sermon on the mount said:

You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.

In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14)

Is this not true that the Chinese government is cracking down on the clandestine groups — those groups that function without registration or within the law?

I fancy there are two groups praying for the Olympic Games: one, this will be a success and the other, hoping this event will highlight some ugly aspects of the country and eventually to shame China!

Unfortunately, the Olympic Games has become a tool for politiking!!!

#53

Every one wants to be free. Free from what? Are we not free?

What is this ‘being free’ we are talking or on the lips of many? Free from strappings…free to do what we want and be who we are?

There is this smugness in knowing what others want…but do we as an individual know what we want?

Have you tried closing your eyes for a minute and discovering what’s churning on the inside of self?

When you close your eyes for a moment or a minute, you’ll discover distractions…an inability to concentrate…tensions rising…a restlessness…a wanting to run away from this unhappy self…

We will discover we have imprisoned ourselves from happenings around us.

Unless we are free from within, we cannot understand what freedom is on the without.