Snippet Thoughts : The logic of Discriminations!

I see the character as the only scale to differentiate one human being from another. Rest all are just a stupidity.

We are all one

Racial Discriminations

If you see the differences only on the basis of races, then you are one step behind to understand that we are all the same. Thousands of thousand years of evolution due to various climatic and environmental factors has altered us, in order to survive.

For example, if all humans are white, the won’t be any civilization near the equatorial line. We all knew that our origin was Africa, when we had separated ourselves from ape species we lost hair, and in order to survive the UV radiation from sun (African regions closer to Equatorial line) our early ancestors had to evolve dark skin to protect them from the sun. It was a chemical adaptation of our body happened over centuries.

Then as some of our ancestors moved towards European and Mongolian areas, they had to adapt to the cold weather and the need for dark skin had reduced because sunlight is less compared to Africa.

Then everything was history… we started spreading across the world settled at various parts of the world and our bodies developed static features. What we call now as various races.

If we switch all black Africans to Europe and Europeans to Africa, in a few thousand years, we will see Black people turn White and vice versa.

So logically, it is a stupidity to do racial discriminations.

Religious Discriminations

The history of religions also evolved along with human evolution. Geographical factors and Leadership factors would have played an important role in determining the features and powers of Gods.

Kings were the ones who had decided what kind of belief in what kind of God that the people should have, under their control. Some kings considered themselves as Gods, so the people followed. After a time period, they just did a blind worship of the first king who had been regarded as God. Thus, it gave shape to religions.

What about the Real God? When the spiritual consciousness of humans started to evolve and the more we began to believe in love and harmony. Our ancestors would have felt the real GOD as a symbol of love and peace. Then the refining processes would have started. That was, overthrowing of King Gods, leading to chaos and confusion.

But the ultimatum of violence and rage is always peace and love. The natural destiny of our soul. Then people would have realized and believed the real GOD.

Real GOD also had own challenges, we humans are suspecting species, and when left uncontrolled we tend to become evil and selfish. So, more variations to religions happened. Some religions had centre of control based on fear, some religions had it based on customs. Stricter rules and procedures had arrived. Obviously every process demanded a name for it for easy identification.

So we are here now with our world religions, still refining and defining GOD according to our own terms. ūüôā

Remember, our roots would lead us to the same source. Peace and Love. Then why we should discriminate one another based on Religions? Stupidity isn’t it?

Nationality Discrimination

This is the most recent form of discrimination and people often confuse it with patriotism. It is nothing but sign of superiority complex and a mean to express who controls whom.

Ever since, borders are drawn economies bloomed, we got our differences growing. Nationalities are even complex when it has elements of Religious and Racist discriminations attached to their culture.

If you look at happy countries, they are secular and almost got rid of any kind of discrimination. Even they would feel positively proud of their nationality but not attached to it as an extremist. They go around with people of other nationalities so easily.

All countries must move in this direction either directly or indirectly.

If you are someone who feels so proud of belonging to some nation before being a proud human, then you need to think and switch the order of pride.

Last but not least, the worst form of Discrimination is

CASTE Discrimination

All it started as a classification humans based on their occupation, then caste system coupled with religions, it has pushed humanity backwards from positive progress.

Cultures associated with the castes, eating habits also widened the gap between people. We forgot the fact that we are after all individuals and can choose our culture based on our comfort and logical sense.

Now, everyone does every job, anybody can learn anything. So fundamental blocks of Casteism had become void and meaningless. We are in no need of castes.

Casteism is an ultimate stupidity and backward thinking. If you are a believer of the castes and if you feel it is necessary, then you are driving the wrong side. Some day in future, you must take a U-turn. Better you take the U-turn now.

Overall. We must feel Humans with no discriminations. Then only we can sustain as a species. We are travelling in a positive direction. Observe history… Trend is towards universal love and peace… Extremists are slowly expelled and seen as a sign of shame.

It’s time for a change! Upgrade yourselves ūüôā


 РDin


God is far beyond Religions: The way I see…

spiritual journey

You can understand your God Spiritually, only when you abandon the attachment to your religion. One can follow any religion to explore God, but if you do not follow the virtues of God. Then you are just religious…

In this article I tried to explain my spiritual journey, the questions I asked myself and the answers I found. With no bias, with no hatred, just a logical sequence of thoughts.

Well known, ultimate truths about religions

Whatever the religion one may follow, they do because they believe in God that religion claims as a super power.

At deeper level of thoughts it is clear that religion is just a name of the path, to reach the God.

All religions preach some values, morals, practices and procedures, which indeed are purely based on cultures that had developed in the particular regions. Culture and Religion grown together.

Culture and Religion

Culture is nothing but the way of living, as we know, we all have different cultures. We knew a little history which no one need to explain us or teach us. That history is our life time. We witness things by our very own senses and understand. So think how was your religion and the culture associated, when you were a child and now? You can obviously see some changes.

Yesterday’s taboo have got acceptance and today it is ok. I think you can find any example easily for this.

Change changes Everything, so as religion

Look at how man interpreted God, be it any religion. From most feared mythical figure to least bothered superstitious statue, we have given various importance to God. Religion also got so many changes from its original version, we consistently revived the religious terms based on the social acceptance and released advanced versions of religions, just like a software program. Example : Look at your own religions and sub faiths you have in that.

What Changes religion?

Nothing but the human compatibility. Yes. On the stone age, the expectation of a human being is just to eat food and to survive. But we are the only species which has been evolving continuously at thoughts. So those days the food source might be regarded as a gods,then our predators, then the protectors might be regarded as gods, later we seen humans as god, with extra abilities.

All are just predictions we cannot surely say which history of our religions is the truth, but the changes that had occur were undeniable. The changes the happened to the religions are undeniable truth.

Unreliable History

Think of a news that you see today, or a data. Can you assure 100% reliability on everything? Even the Science could only predict certain things. So that’s the reason why people still fight over religions, because there is no concrete proof to support their stand. All religious followers have chosen to believe in something. Nothing wrong with their beliefs, but the problems had began, when one’s belief tried to suppress others’ belief. When people tried to dominate one over another, they used the religion as a tool.

God Vs Religion

Religion is explainable. But God is not. You all agree this, though we have statues, mosques, churches, temples, idols, etc to worship god, when it comes to the question of feeling god – we all will be unanimous¬†and say God can be felt, cannot be shown as we do in movie graphics. Back in history they had no HD cameras, so they sculptured God, written texts about God and believed that is the best way they can explain god. Named the faith with a religion’s name.

Deeper, It is all about feeling the God. But people tried to explain god via religion that has caused problems which we have not solved till date.

Spiritual Understanding

When people talk about spiritual but not religious, others may look at them like “oh here comes a meditation master from a Bodhi Tree District!” ūüôā No, it is not that complex to understand spirituality, when we feel about our relationship with another human, we may call it as love, caring, parenting, etc.

Same goes as Spiritual when we start to feel about God. One person can be spiritual only if he is not attached to any religions or any worldly things.

The major decision is whether you choose to believe in God or not is the first step, then exploring various faiths can make you understand the virtues of God, this is step two. Step three, you will realize all the faiths has the same values and characteristic of God.

Then the final step, when you try to be like God or follow the virtues of God, then you are spiritual being.

Why we need to understand something with so much complexity:

Because we have made it so complex. At our origin, we humans are not supposed to struggle like this, for example, to invent something like nuclear weapons and fight against it. We carve for more, we are addicted to selfishness.

Simply we attach ourselves to things and struggle to detach from that. We spend our whole life battling these attachments. Now our social system is built and strongly based on such attachments.

We just had one earth to live in harmony with all living beings. Look at where are we now? we have countries, borders, rules, weapons to kill one another, and what else is not there to complicate life? So un-tieing all these and going back to understanding God in a spiritual sense is just difficult only because we made it look difficult.

Keep it Simple

I hope you will accept everything in the earth serves for a purpose, lives for a purpose. Tree helps birds, they help trees, forests give rains, rains help oceans, oceans help fishes, the cycle goes round and round.

So believe, the system of Universe also has a purpose. Mars has its purpose, the Sun has, Jupiter has, A distant meteor has a purpose too. Don’t you believe? Why the planets should abide by some laws to revolve the Sun without clashing one another? Why the moon is kept at a distance, supporting life on earth?

Science can explain all these as how it works? but cannot tell why it works? That’s what I feel as the Universal Purpose.

Now if you see, religion looks so tiny in the large scale of the universe. Religions are myth. Religions are man made. Religions are imaginary stuff.

So, if we can understand this. Life will be so meaningful and pleasant, not only for us but also for the rest of the living beings.

You can understand your God Spiritually, only when you abandon the attachment to your religion. One can follow any religion to explore God, but if you do not follow the virtues of God. Then you are still religious.

- Din

Note: Whatever, i have tried to communicate here are my own understandings of God, I neither tried to convince you to accept it nor speak against your faith. Please do your own thinking, taking these points as some insights.

See what I found and my Reaction #1

God wants

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“Say you belong to a religion only when you follow the virtues of your god. You first fill your soul with love and kindness like Jesus, Allah, Krishna, Buddha or any God. Else your religion alone exists with you, when you hate and spread hatred, you are just a religious extremist, not a follower of any faith.” – Din

What say you?


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Know : Intergovernmental Organizations

world_flagsAn intergovernmental organization (or international governmental organization; IGO) is an organization composed primarily of sovereign states (referred to as member states), or of other intergovernmental organizations. Intergovernmental organizations are often called international organizations, although that term may also include international nongovernmental organization such as international nonprofit organizations or multinational corporations.

Intergovernmental organizations are an important aspect of public international law. IGOs are established by treaty that acts as a charter creating the group. Treaties are formed when lawful representatives (governments) of several states go through a ratification process, providing the IGO with an international legal personality.

Intergovernmental organizations in a legal sense should be distinguished from simple groupings or coalitions of states, such as the G8 or the Quartet. Such groups or associations have not been founded by a constituent document and exist only as task groups.

Intergovernmental organizations must also be distinguished from treaties. Many treaties (such as the North American Free Trade Agreement, or the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade before the establishment of the World Trade Organization) do not establish an organization and instead rely purely on the parties in their administration, becoming legally recognized as an ad hoc commission. Other treaties have established an administrative apparatus which was not deemed to have been granted international legal personality.

Types and Purposes

Intergovernmental organizations differ in function, membership and membership criteria. They have various goals and scopes, often outlined in the treaty or charter. Some IGOs developed to fulfill a need for a neutral forum for debate or negotiation to resolve disputes. Others developed to carry out mutual interests with unified aims to preserve peace through conflict resolution and better international relations, promote international cooperation on matters such as environmental protection, to promote human rights, to promote social development (education, health care), to render humanitarian aid, and to economic development. Some are more general in scope (the United Nations) while others may have subject-specific missions (such as Interpol or the International Organization for Standardization and other standards organizations). Common types include:

Worldwide or global organizations Рgenerally open to nations worldwide as long as certain criteria are met. This category includes the United Nations (UN) and its specialized agencies, the Universal Postal Union, Interpol, the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Customs Organization (WCO), World Nature Organization (WNO), and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Regional organizations Рopen to members from a particular region or continent of the world. This category includes the Council of Europe (CoE), European Union(EU), NATO, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, African Union (AU), Organization of American States (OAS), Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Arab League, and Union of South American Nations.

Cultural, linguistic, ethnic, religious, or historical organizations Рopen to members based on some cultural, linguistic, ethnic, religious, or historical link. Examples include the Commonwealth of Nations, Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, Community of Portuguese Language Countries, Latin Union, Turkic Council,International Organization of Turkic Culture, or Organisation of Islamic Cooperation

Economic organizations Рbased on economic organization. Some are dedicated to free trade, the reduction of trade barriers (the World Trade Organization) and International Monetary Fund. Others are focused on international development. International cartels, such as OPEC, also exist. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development was founded as an economics-focused organization. An example of a recently formed economic IGO is the Bank of the South.

Educational organizations Рcentered around tertiary level study. Academy of European Law offers training in European law to lawyers, judges, barristers, solicitors, in-house counsel and academics. EUCLID (university) chartered as a university and umbrella organization dedicated to sustainable development in signatory countries and United Nations University efforts to resolve the pressing global problems that are the concern of the United Nations, its Peoples and Member States.
Health and Population Organizations- based on the common perceived health and population goals and to address those challenges collectively. An example is the intergovernmental partnership for population and development”Partners in Population and Development

Some organizations, such as NATO, have collective security or mutual defense provisions.

The Union of International Associations publishes an annual directory of organizations and provides ancillary information on most international organizations, both intergovernmental and non-governmental.

Participation and involvement

There are several different reasons a state may choose membership in an intergovernmental organization. But there are also reasons membership may be rejected. These reasons are explored in the sections below.

Reasons for participation:

  1. Economic rewards: In the case of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), many different countries receive economic benefits from membership in the free trade agreement. For example, Mexican companies are given better access to U.S. markets due to their membership.
  2. Political influence: Smaller countries, such as¬†Portugal¬†and the¬†Netherlands, who do not carry much political clout on the international stage, are given a substantial increase in influence through membership in IGOs, such as the¬†European Union. Also for countries with more influence such as¬†France¬†and¬†Germany¬†they are beneficial as the nation increases influence in the smaller countries’ internal affairs and expanding other nation’s dependence on themselves, so to preserve allegiance
  3. Security: Membership in an IGO such as NATO gives security benefits to member countries. This provides an arena where political differences can be resolved.
  4. Improve democracy and the likelihood of democratic survival: It has been noted that member countries experience a greater degree of democracy and those democracies survive longer.

Reasons for rejecting membership:

  1. Loss of sovereignty: Membership often comes with a loss of state sovereignty as treaties are signed which require cooperation on the part of all member states.
  2. Insufficient benefits: Often membership does not bring about substantial enough benefits to warrant membership in the organization.

Privileges and immunities

Intergovernmental organizations are provided with privileges and immunities that are intended to ensure their independence and effective functioning. They are specified in the treaties that give rise to the organization (such as the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations and the Agreement on the Privileges and Immunities of the International Criminal Court), which are normally supplemented by further multinational agreements and national regulations (for example the International Organizations Immunities Act in the United States). The organizations are thereby immune from the jurisdiction of national courts.

Rather than by national jurisdiction, legal¬†accountability¬†is intended to be ensured by legal mechanisms that are internal to the intergovernmental organization itself¬†and access to administrative tribunals. In the course of many court cases where private parties tried to pursue claims against international organizations, there has been a gradual realization that alternate means of dispute settlement are required, as states have¬†fundamental human rights¬†obligations to provide plaintiffs with access to court in view of their¬†right to a fair trial.¬†Otherwise, the organizations’ immunities may be put in question in national and international courts.¬†Some organizations hold proceedings before tribunals relating to their organization to be confidential, and in some instances have threatened disciplinary action should an employee disclose any of the relevant information. Such confidentiality has been criticized as a lack of¬†transparency.

The immunities also extend to¬†employment law.¬†In this regard, immunity from national jurisdiction necessitates that reasonable alternative means are available to effectively protect employees’ rights;¬†in this context, a first instance Dutch court considered an estimated duration of proceedings before the Administrative Tribunal of the¬†International Labour Organisation¬†of 15 years to be too long.

Strengths and weaknesses

These are some of the strengths and weaknesses of IGOs:

Strengths:

  1. They hold state authority.
  2. Their institutions are permanent.
  3. They provide a forum for discussion.
  4. They are issue specific.
  5. They provide information.
  6. They allow multilateral cooperation.

Weaknesses:

  1. Membership is limited. Prohibits the membership of private citizens. This makes IGOs undemocratic. In addition, not all IGOs allow universal membership.
  2. IGOs often overlap resulting in a complex network.
  3. States have to give up part of their sovereignty, which weakens the state’s ability to assert its authority.
  4. Inequality among state members creates biases and can lead powerful states to misuse these organizations.

They can be deemed unfair as countries with a higher percentage voting power have the right to veto any decision that is not in their favor, leaving the smaller countries powerless.


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