20 sec reading: How to behave like a fool

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EN ESPANOL, CLICAR AQUI>> Nasrudin siempre elije mal
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Illustration by Ken Crane

Mullah Nasrudin (the central figure in almost all tales of the Sufi tradition) had already become a sort of attraction at the main market in the town.
Whenever he went there to beg, people would show him a large coin and a small one: Nasrudin always chose the small one.

A generous man who was tired of seeing everyone laugh at Nasrudin, explained to him:

“When people offer you two coins, choose the larger one. Then you will have more money, and people will not think you a fool.”

“You are surely right”, replied Nasrudin.
“But if I always chose the larger coin, people would stop offering me money, in order to prove that I am a greater fool than they are.
“And then I would no longer receive enough for my food.
“There is nothing wrong with appearing to be a fool, if what you are doing is in fact intelligent.”
 
 

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11/11/11 and 11 Minutes of sex (ENG, PORT, ESPA)

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The men she had met since she arrived in Geneva always did everything they could to appear confident, as if they were in perfect control of the world and of their own lives; Maria, however, could see in their eyes that they were afraid of their wife, the feeling of panic that they might not be able to get an erection, that they might not seem manly enough even to the ordinary prostitute whom they were paying for her services. If they went to a shop and didn’t like the shoes they had bought, they would be quite prepared to go back, receipt in hand, and demand a refund. And yet, even though they were paying for some female company, if they didn’t manage to get an erection, they would be too ashamed ever to go back to the same club again because they would assume that all the other women there would know.

‘I’m the one who should feel ashamed for being unable to arouse them, but, no, they always blame themselves.’
To avoid such embarrassments, Maria always tried to put men at their ease, and if someone seemed drunker or more fragile than usual, she would avoid full sex and concentrate instead on caresses and masturbation, which always seemed to please them immensely, absurd though this might seem, since they could perfectly well masturbate on their own.
She had to make sure that they didn’t feel ashamed. These men, so powerful and arrogant at work, constantly having to deal with employees, customers, suppliers, prejudices, secrets, posturings, hypocrisy, fear and oppression, ended their day in a nightclub and they didn’t mind spending three hundred and fifty Swiss francs to stop being themselves for a night.

‘For a night? Now come on, Maria, you’re exaggerating. It’s really only forty-five minutes, and if you allow time for taking off clothes, making some phoney gesture of affection, having a bit of banal conversation and getting dressed again, the amount of time spent actually having sex is about eleven minutes.’

Eleven minutes. The world revolved around something that only took eleven minutes.

And because of those eleven minutes in any one twenty-four-hour day (assuming that they all made love to their wives every day, which is patently absurd and a complete lie) they got married, supported a family, put up with screaming kids, thought up ridiculous excuses to justify getting home late, ogled dozens, if not hundreds of other women with whom they would like to go for a walk around Lake Geneva, bought expensive clothes for themselves and even more expensive clothes for their wives, paid prostitutes to try to give them what they were missing, and thus sustained a vast industry of cosmetics, diet foods, exercise, pornography and power, and yet when they got together with other men, contrary to popular belief, they never talked about women. They talked about jobs, money and sport.

Something was very wrong with civilisation, and it wasn’t the destruction of the Amazon rainforest or the ozone layer, the death of the panda, cigarettes, carcinogenic foodstuffs or prison conditions, as the newspapers would have it.

It was precisely the thing she was working with: sex.

in Eleven Minutes

Ithaca – Kavafis, Vangelis and Sean Connery

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My turning point (Newsweek)

When I set out for Santiago nearly 30 years ago, starlight was the last thing on my mind.

But one afternoon, there I was, in a café in León, surrounded by chattering travelers alight with stories about their trek. The town of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port was miles behind me, and I was already better than halfway to Santiago.
In a matter of days, I would turn 39, and though I had no idea at the time, from that moment on nothing in my life would be the same.
But here, on the road, the landscape ahead looked monotonous and flat. Behind me was no different, except for my own boot prints etched in the dust, which the wind would erase by nightfall. Everything seemed surreal.

“What am I doing here?” I asked myself.

That question would haunt me in the days and weeks to come. How absurd, making a pilgrimage by foot at the turn of the 21st century! OK, so I was chasing my dream. Ever since I was a child I’d wanted to become a writer. But was I really ready to do what it took? After all, it’s so much more comfortable and far less risky to have a dream; but trying to live that dream could bring frustration or defeat. Besides, I was no longer a child.

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40 SEC READING: the magic moment

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“You have to take risks”- he said.

“We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.

“Every day, God gives us the sun–and also one moment in which we have the ability to change everything that makes us unhappy.
“Every day, we try to pretend that we haven’t perceived that moment, that it doesn’t exist–that today is the same as yesterday and will be the same as tomorrow.

But if people really pay attention to their everyday lives, they will discover that magic moment.

It may arrive in the instant when we are doing something mundane, like putting our front-door key in the lock.
It may lie hidden in the quiet that follows the lunch hour or in the thousand and one things that all seem the same to us.

But that moment exists–a moment when all the power of the stars becomes a part of us and enables us to perform miracles.”

In “By the river Piedra I sat down and wept”

Disruption talk with Sean Parker

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Remember, remember the 5th of November

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Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot…


An anonymous letter and the plot was over. On the 5th November 1605 >Guy Fawkes was caught in the cellars of the Houses of Parliament guarding a cache of explosives placed beneath the House of Lords, . Guy Fawkes was subsequently tried as a traitor with his co-conspirators for plotting against the government. Fawkes was sentenced to death and the form of the execution was one of the most horrendous ever practised (hung ,drawn and quartered) which reflected the serious nature of the crime of treason.

Londoners were encouraged to celebrate the King’s escape from assassination by lighting bonfires, “always provided that ‘this testemonye of joy be carefull done without any danger or disorder’”.An Act of Parliament designated each 5 November as a day of thanksgiving for “the joyful day of deliverance”.

After the movie, “V for Vendetta”, Guy Fawkes mask became a symbol of the fight against the establishment. In internet, this fight is carried out by a group that called themselves “Anonymous”

Ámalo con todas tus fuerzas

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Un peregrino llegó a la aldea donde vivía Abu Yazid al-Bistrami.

“Enséñame la forma más rápida de llegar a Dios”, le pidió.

Al-Bistrami respondió: “Ámalo con todas tus fuerzas”.

“Eso ya lo hago”.

“Entonces necesitas que te amen los demás”.

“¿Por qué?”.

“Porque Dios mira el corazón de todos los hombres. Cuando visite el tuyo, por supuesto verá tu amor por Él, y se alegrará. Sin embargo, si en el corazón de otras personas también encuentra tu nombre escrito con cariño, ten por seguro que te tendrá aún más en cuenta”.

Amando sem medo

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Um peregrino chegou até a aldeia onde vivia Abu Yazid al-Bistrami.

- Ensine-me a maneira mais rápida de chegar até Deus.

Al-Bistrami respondeu:

- Amá-lo com todas as tuas forças.

- Isto eu já faço.

- Então precisas ser amado pelos outros.

- Mas por que?

- Porque Deus olha o coração de todos os homens. Quando visitar o teu, certamente irá ver teu amor por Ele, e ficará contente. Entretanto, se Ele encontrar – também no coração de outras pessoas – o teu nome escrito com carinho, na certa irá prestar muito mais atenção em ti.
 
 

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15 SEC READING: Tomatoes and melons

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If tomatoes wanted to be melons,
they would look completely ridiculous.

I am always amazed
that so many people are concerned
with wanting to be what they are not;
what’s the point of making yourself look ridiculous?

You don’t always have to pretend to be strong,
there’s no need to prove all the time that everything is going well,
you shouldn’t be concerned about what other people are thinking,
cry if you need to,

it’s good to cry out all your tears
(because only then will you be able to smile again).
 
 

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10 SEC READING: loving without fear

EM PORTUGUES AQUI > Amando sem medo
EN ESPANOL CLICAR AQUI > Con todas tus fuerzas

A pilgrim arrived at the village where Abu Yazid al-Bistrami lived.

- Teach me the quickest way to reach God.

Al-Bistrami answered:

- Love Him with all your strength.

- That I already do.

- Then you need to be loved by the others.

- But why?

- Because God looks at the hearts of all men. When He visits yours He will surely see the love you have for Him and He will be happy.

“However, if He also finds your name written with affection in the hearts of others, He will understand that you are faithful to your friends.
And His joy will be immense, because God treasures loyalty and love above all virtues.”
 
 

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O dom supremo

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O tempo não transforma o homem.
O poder da vontade não transforma o homem.
O Amor transforma.
Portanto, deixem o Amor entrar. Lembrem-se: isto é uma questão de vida ou de morte. De nada adianta eu estar aqui falando sobre o amor se sou incapaz de despertá-lo. “Melhor seria que se lhe pendurasse ao pescoço uma pedra de moinho e fosse atirado ao mar do que fazer tropeçar a um destes pequeninos.”
Ou seja: melhor não viver que não amar.

No final do século XIX,um grupo de homens e mulheres se reuniu para escutar o mais famoso pregador daquela época. Eram pessoas vindas de diversos lugares da Inglaterra, ansiosas para ouvir o que o homem tinha a dizer.
Mas o pregador, depois de oito meses percorrendo diversos países do mundo num cansativo trabalho de evangelização, sentia-se vazio.
Triste, sem saber o que fazer, virou-se para um jovem missionário que estava entre os presentes. O rapaz havia regressado da África há pouco tempo, e talvez tivesse alguma coisa interessante para dizer.
Pediu, então, que o rapaz o substituísse.

Procurando uma razão para viver, procurando a si mesmo, o rapaz havia passado dois anos no interior da África – entusiasmado com o exemplo de pessoas que iam atrás de um ideal.

As pessoas no jardim em Kent não gostaram da troca. Tinham vindo por causa de um pregador experiente, sábio, famoso. E agora eram obrigadas a ouvir uma pessoa que – assim como elas – ainda lutava para encontrar a si mesma.

Mas Henry Drummond – este era o nome do rapaz – havia aprendido algo. E suas palavras, registradas por um anônimo paroquiano, ainda soam atuais hoje. O que é o amor?


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Moments – Agenda 2012

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UPDATE 03/DECEMBER:
a] in some countries it is already sold out and it will not be reprinted again, as we are getting close to the end of 2011
b] en Espanol, tenemos en librerias de todos los paises de Centroamerica y Latinoamerica. El link en el post abajo es apenas informativo

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The sixth cardinal virtue: Courage

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According to the dictionary: from the Latin cor: heart; firmness of spirit, energy before danger; intrepidness; cheerfulness; bravery; perseverance.

For Jesus Christ: You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has lost its savor, what shall it be salted with? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown away and trodden under the foot of men. You are the light of the world; a city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick, and it gives light to all that are in the house. (Matthew 5:13-15)


In the heat of the fight: Yesterday I had the courage to fight. Today I shall have the courage to win. (Bernadette Devlin, Catholic political activist in Northern Ireland)

In a speech: These great masses will have turned their backs on the grave insult to human dignity which described some as masters and others as servants, and transformed each into a predator whose survival depended on the destruction of the other. Thus shall we live, because we will have created a society which recognises that all people are born equal, with each entitled in equal measure to life, liberty, prosperity, human rights and good governance. Such a society should never allow again that there should be prisoners of conscience nor that any person’s human rights should be violated. (Nelson Mandela, who for 28 years was a prisoner of conscience, on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, 10/12/1993)

In the face of absolute evil:
Two rabbis are doing all they can to bring spiritual comfort to the Jews in Nazi Germany. Though in mortal fear of their lives, they nevertheless manage to fool the Gestapo – Hitler’s fearsome police – and perform religious ceremonies in various communities.
They are finally discovered and imprisoned. One of the rabbis, terrified at the thought of what might happen next, spends all his time praying. The other rabbi, however, spends the whole day sleeping.
‘How can you do that?’ asks the first rabbi in alarm. ‘Aren’t you afraid? Don’t you know what might happen to us?’
‘Until we were imprisoned, I was scared to death, but now that I’m here in this cell, what’s the point of being afraid of something that has already happened.
‘The time for fear is past; now the time for hope has begun.’

According to a wise man: Courage is shown in acts, not in words; it is not bluffing, arrogance, or madness. A courageous man is the one who dares to do what he finds is right, and bears the consequences of his acts – whether they are political, social or individual.

A man can obey others for two reasons: for fear of being punished, or for love. Obedience that comes from love of others is a thousand times stronger than fear of punishment. (Mahatma Gandhi, 1869–1948)
 
 

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