Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Conflicts of History

People have died and homeless have been made.

Who is at fault? Who should be held accountable for the many made homeless and for all the families who lost their love ones?

We see many communities criticising, condemning and even proposing wiping out the aggressor.

Looking back at history...

The feud was a century old one. One that came about becasue of the survival for the right of existence and survival. One that came about because of a need for equality and impartial division of land.

Who is right and who is wrong...I don't know as I do not live and have live durong the time when the animosity started.

We are all chosen people, depending on whose side you are on. Is it a war of religion or should I rightfully say a contest and not war of civilisation?

Several wars have been fought on this front- all if not mostly conventional ones. The victor have all emerged clearly or perhaps not when we talk about losses to mankind. Perhaps mankind is not that important after all when faced with land, riches and power.

I don't know, i thought man is only second to GOD.

Circumstances creates heros who in turn are judged by the many who look back upon history.

History is not so simple a subject after all....

A rocket fired and a missle is returned
A stone threw and a bullet is returned
A person seized and a hectre of land is seized in return
A person died and a village is flattened
A war starts and the Union of Nations is startled.

A war ends, but what has been lost is gone forever and ever
A building can be rebuilt, but the soul of the building cannot never be recovered
An army can be rebuilt but never the sons of a family
A call for peace can be made but never can the peace of times returned for a long time after...

May Peace comes soon to the people in Gaza, Israel and people in was war zones.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Falun Gong and the Epoch Times

Wonder how many of you read or know anything about the Falun Gong
Epoch Times is a newspaper publication by them.

Note that I am not a follower or as their members call a practitoner of this way of life. I just though it interesting to blog about them since I was led to read about them from a user's request.

Who are they?

Falun Gong (法輪功) is a spiritual discipline founded in China by Li Hongzhi (李洪志) in 1992.It has five sets of meditation exercises and seeks to develop practitioners' hearts and character according to the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance (真,善,忍), articulated in the main books Falun Gong and Zhuan Falun (轉法輪). The teachings deal with issues such as "cultivation of virtue and character", "moral standards for different levels", and "salvation of all sentient beings." The books, lectures, and exercise materials have been translated into over 40 languages and are available on the Internet free of charge.
In April 1999 over ten thousand Falun Gong practitioners gathered at Chinese Communist Party headquarters, Zhongnanhai, in a silent protest against beatings and arrests in Tianjin. Two months later the Chinese government, led by Jiang Zemin, banned the practice, began a crackdown, and started a "massive propaganda campaign." Since 1999, reports of torture, illegal imprisonment, beatings, forced labor, and psychiatric abuses have been widespread. 66% of all reported torture cases in China concern Falun Gong practitioners, who are also estimated to comprise at least half of China's labor camp population, according to the UN Special Rapporteur on torture, Manfred Nowak, and the US Department of State respectively.
I read about all the tortures on their website (http://www.clearwisdom.net/), and was pretty taken aback by the descriptions with pictures of all the tortures exacted on them. Well, real or not, I don't know but what I know is this group has a massive following of people.
In case you didn't know, they even had a run in with Singapore authorities too and hmm...not sure if they have been banned in Singapore. I guess not.
Source- wikipedia.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

New Year

It has been some time since my lasting posting..(as usual, it has been a long time)

A New Year is here and as I look back at 2008, I guess the year had gone by so quickly. Seems like only yesterday that it was 2000 (remember the year of the Millenium and all the fuss about PCs breaking down due to the 2000?).

Looking forward, hope the New Year would be a happier one for everyone.

Wishing all a Happy New Year indeed!