World And Opinion http://www.mundoyopinion.info/newspaper Others tell you what happened. We tell you the reason Sat, 22 Jul 2017 02:59:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 126356832 Let’s talk about movies: Hacksaw Ridge (2016) fought and won its own war to be unique in its kind http://www.mundoyopinion.info/newspaper/2017/07/22/lets-talk-about-movies-hacksaw-ridge-2016-fought-and-won-its-own-war-to-be-unique-in-its-kind/ Sat, 22 Jul 2017 02:59:18 +0000 http://www.mundoyopinion.info/newspaper/?p=109 [...]]]> By Eddy Montilla.

Rating: 8.3/10

Directed by: Mel Gibson.

Written by: Andrew Knight and Robert Schenkkan.

Genre: War.

MPAA R (Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.).

Starring: Andrew Garfield (as Desmond T. Doss), Hugo Weaving (as Tom Doss), Vince Vaughn (as Sergeant Howell), Sam Worthington (as Captain Glover), Matthew Nable (as Lt. Cooney)…

Running Time: 139 minutes.

Most of the war movies made every year are like a toilet roll: Important, but with dubious values. Among the few honorable exceptions that come to mind, I can cite All quiet on the Western Front (1930), The bridge on the river Kwai (1957), Schindler’s list (1993), Saving private Ryan (1998) and Letters from Iwo Jima (2006). Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge (2016) is fighting and winning its own war to be added to this list for Gibson’s ability to detect two different approaches, very little exploited in the genre of war, and master them in a remarkable way.

First: In an era of omnipotent superheroes, big macho men and stars with inexhaustible physical strength, Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield), a conscientious objector, is a weak constitution soldier, to be more precise, the only unfit soldier in his unit for his refusal to shoot and hold a rifle, which turns him into the most likely candidate to be one of the first war dead in that combat. At the end, Doss showed to be the bravest man, a soldier who spent the night inside the enemy camp saving the lives of American combatants and even some Japanese soldiers too. His almost trademark expression: “Give me one more, Lord”, “One more”, referring to his plea for strength in order to rescue the wounded can make you shudder even if you boast about your impassive heart.

Second: A lot of movie directors have bared soldier’s feelings in the battlefield and have showed them trying to use their religious convictions as a shield or source of strength while they are killing paradoxically “the enemies”. We have also seen movies with pacifists looking for solutions to the conflict from a comfortable place out of the war zone. In Hacksaw Ridge (2016), you will see something completely different: Doss, a man whose integrity bind him to the idea of serving his country in the First World War in Okinawa and his faith in God bind him to the principle against killing another human being. During the film, Doss has to find a way to make both aspects coexist in harmony, not inside a church, but among bullets and flamethrowers.

Except for some excessive bloody scenes that can make some people squeamish and the last shots of Doss on a stretcher that made him look as the average mortal descending down the ridge first to show him as a mystic ascending into heaven later, I took off my hat to director Mel Gibson for being the creator of this work of art. As for Andrew Garfield’s performance, it was so good that the classic adjectives used to describe and qualify in these cases fall short. A great movie full of emotions that will keep your mouth open for almost two hours.

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Understanding Japan (3): Analysis of Japanese people’s working methods. Advantages and disadvantages http://www.mundoyopinion.info/newspaper/2017/07/20/understanding-japan-3-analysis-of-japanese-peoples-working-methods-advantages-and-disadvantages/ Thu, 20 Jul 2017 23:24:48 +0000 http://www.mundoyopinion.info/newspaper/?p=106 [...]]]> A way to understand what work means for Japanese people is observing the bees: They have an excellent system of work organization, spend almost all their live time working without complaining despite the toughness of their work and when they cannot do their job properly, their reason for living comes to an end. Now, let’s see the topic from two different angles:

Positive aspects of Japanese work system

(+) Strong feeling of belonging and loyalty to the company

From USA to France, from China to Kenya, from Australia to Brazil, that is, wherever you go, you will find the same way of thinking of workers with respect to the perception they have about their company: A job done for a salary. “I’m here because I receive a salary that lets me put food on my table. As long as they pay me, I keep working. As soon as I get something better, I am leaving them. If the company goes well or wrong, that’s not my business. After all, it is not mine.

”What’s wrong?” I asked my student, Mariko. “You look a little bit worried.”

”Few customers come to the store where I am doing a part-time job after class. “Taihen” (What a problem!)” She said.

Mariko’s wage is 850 yen per hour (around 9 dollars, as I write this article). Regardless the number of customers, she will get her same wage. In the same circumstances, how many people do you know who will be worried because they do not have many things to do at work? But not in Japan, where employees feel themselves responsible for the path the company has taken and feel the company’s failures and problems as theirs.

(+) ”I” goes behind “we”

The biggest secret and foundation of the Japan’s business success is not related, in my opinion, to this country’s technology advance, as many people think (Germany, USA and many others countries have great technology too), but to the idea and feeling of acting in unison, which are instilled in its citizens at early age. Japanese people put the “I” and the string of problems caused by the egoism that this word usually brings behind them to give priority to “we”. That gives them greater synergy for better collective development.

One day, some people were in front of their office to plant a small tree. One employee was holding the plant, another employee had a shovel, the boss had a stake, the youngest worker had a shower and a girl had a good camera to capture some happy and productive memories. I tried to imagine what Ted (a hypothetical employee in other country) had said in the same situation after being told to do the same job, but alone: “Who the hell does he think I am to send me to plant this f…g (expletive) tree alone? How about Richard or Carmelo? They are doing nothing as always!” As you can see, the boss’s decision only “helped” to add one more problem in an already very troubled relation.

(+) High sense of corporate social responsibility

Corporate social responsibility is something relatively new. In practical terms, it has been in the last three decades when companies have focused their attention on the society’s growth besides their traditional operations for profits. In Japan, however, this idea is older than that and, considering the country’s collective thinking, perhaps it has always existed. The society is you and vice versa. You improve to the same extend as your society does. add to that the fact that any step a Japanese company takes, no matter how big or small it is, underscores its commitment to offer quality in its products or service to the Japanese society.

(+) The pursuit of satisfaction for each task accomplished

There is a worldwide perception that Japanese people are always working. It is not 100 per cent right, but it is not far from reality either. To work is not an easy task. Otherwise, we would not be paid for that. The question here is how they can bear marathon work hours day by day. The reason might be that they find and feel some kind of pleasure in each task accomplished. Now let’s see the other side of the coin:

Negative aspects of Japanese work system

(-) Obsessive search for perfectionism

Japanese people are perfectionist and attach importance to the idea of change. They are constantly looking for something new, which means for them profits and growth. Consumers frequently see new products, qualitatively or commercially improved. Perhaps, Japanese people do not invent many things, but improve everything. The idea of perfectionism is good at first, but later tend to become obsessive for them. The stress caused by being pushed to be perfect, to do the right things all the time and to come up with something new have led thousands of people to commit suicide every year for decades. But this is only the tip of the iceberg: There are millions of workers who need sleeping pills or cans of beer to sleep. This is in addition to the retirees who are struggling with the same situation.

while having a cup of coffee inside a department store, I watched the way a Japanese shop assistant worked. The girl could not stay still for a minute: She was changing the position of the skirts, doing new combination for dresses and scarfs, etc., until a customer came. The motto seemed to be something like that: “If you do not have anything to do, then, just invent a new task.” In Toledo, Spain, I saw the opposite situation when I went into a store ran by members of a same family. They were telling me the story of the city, their store, funny stories and so on until a new costumer asked for a souvenir. I am sure they do not live a modern life as the Japanese girl, but perhaps they are happier. When you polish too much a piece of metal, you do not get more shine, but a smaller piece of worn out metal. To try to live with no limitations of any kind in an obviously limited world brings a lot of headaches.

(-) Lack of flexibility

I still remember that night when I was leaving a restaurant on a Friday night. I saw an impeccably dressed Japanese office worker hitting lightly with his head a light pole. He was drunk, but the reason of his action was not the amount of alcohol he had ingested, but some mistakes he had made on that day. The obsessive pursuit of perfection we mentioned before leaves little margin for error and flexibility because of competitiveness. While in other countries people work for a fixed period of time (“Well, it’s 6:00 p.m. It’s time to go home. See you tomorrow, guys.”), in Japan, you work until your job and your coworkers’ are done. It means that if “the things to do” they had planned for today are not done yet, do not expect to leave the company. Because of that, Japanese workers spend marathon hours at work working overtime. Take a walk at night and you will see those Japanese office buildings with lights on even at eight or nine. We are talking about more than 10 hours per day, not counting commuting time. In Africa, you might die of hunger; in Latin America, for lack of medicine or for an armed robbery, but never because of overwork. In Japan, on the contrary, Karoshi (death from overwork) killed more than 2000 workers in 2015. A case, extensively publicized in the national and international media, was the suicide of a 24-year-old young worker who did 105 hours overtime the month prior to her decision of taking her life. Many other cases like this one never come to light and are solved by the companies involved with the offer of millions of yen to the families affected as compensation. In most cases, workers find a way to cope with stress and long hours of work by thinking that at night they will be drinking like crazy, and they drink like crazy on that night because next day they will be working in that way.

Except for work, few expectations in life

If you go to a party with coworkers, you will quickly notice a lot of food, alcohol and, after drinking and eating, a lot of conversation about… work at office. While people try to detach working life from everyday life, in Japan, in practice, there is only one life: work. Hours of work surpass those ones devoted to their families and rest. Workers are usually transferred to other cities. Fathers move alone and rarely see their children and wives. In the last years, many Japanese couples don’t even have children, in part because of their jobs, so children are replaced with dogs and cats.

Japan is an aging society, but different from other countries with similar situation, the acceptance of immigrant workers is minimal and restricted to very skilled workforce. Today, Japan’s unemployment rate is low (less than 4 per cent) and enjoys economic stability and security. However, if there are no changes in its labour policy, the country will face a terrible workforce shortage and, family imbalance or breakdown or household comprised of one individual with consequences that are not at all promising to a point that I would prefer not to predict about them.

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Major cyberterrorist attack: Just a matter of time http://www.mundoyopinion.info/newspaper/2017/05/27/major-cyberterrorist-attack-just-a-matter-of-time/ Sat, 27 May 2017 01:19:12 +0000 http://www.mundoyopinion.info/newspaper/?p=101 [...]]]> By Eddy Montilla.

In the field of technology, invention and discovery, perhaps we still have a lengthy path ahead, but when it comes to behavior, the way we use to response to critical situations is always the same, as the old proverb says: “There is nothing new under the sun.” That explains why we focus our attention on making progress in the first idea and have already forgotten the second one. We have digitized almost everything, our job is centered around a computer and Internet and, on the other hand, we have forgotten valuable pieces of advice from former generations like this one: “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket”, a mistake we are doing today by depending almost exclusively on computers and smartphones without making paths for other options.

It is almost undoubtedly to say that the change from the analogical to digital era, from paper to screen saves us an enormous amount of time at work and makes our lives easier. Despite this fact, the most recent cyber-attack that temporarily crippled websites in more than 150 countries, affecting more than 100,000 organizations made clear the vulnerability of our apparently safe digital world and showed us the other side of the coin: We are taking the risk of losing all our data and since everything is there, we could be in the future without past and present. We are living in an era of major technical breakthroughs that periodically change their channels to distribute information and their data storage system. There are people who still use CDs or DVDs for that purposes; other opt for USBs and we can find people today who are going for iCloud only. Those different formats, rather than being considered a great help, they may be perceived as “the tower of Babel” that only a computer can decode. The next question seems to be forced under these circumstances: What would happen if our computers, because of a world cyber-attack, lost their capacity of reading and examining data? From our family albums to all valuable information of a company, everything would disappear as quickly as a bunch of cookies in front of a group of children with empty stomachs after school. Scientists and experts on the subject like Eugene Karspersky, for example, have been warning us about this possible chaos on the world’s computer systems. That means we are not in front of a hypothetical case, but in front of something likely to happen

Every time burglars find a way to circumvent a sophisticated security system to enter houses to steal, a new one is invented to make them “their job” more difficult. This situation turns into a repetitive circle. Fortunately, in the field of computers and Internet, it is not the hackers, but computer programmers who are in the vanguard, which gives us more time to be better protected against them. That does not mean, however, that the current situation will continue like that in the future, which has raised alarm bells world-wide once you think about England and Scotland, for example, places where many hospitals where hit by the ransomware cyber-attack, forcing to cancels surgeries and treatments for patients.

What in the past was only a figment of Len Wiseman’s imagination (a massive computer attack on the United States infrastructure in his movie Die hard 4.0) is today some closer than ever to be real. “A mayor cyberterrorist attack is only a matter of time.” as Karspersky said once. We should, therefore, try to find balance between our technological wisdom and popular wisdom, and the way we can do that is avoiding putting all the eggs in one basket, which implies to keep hardcopies of certain documents, to have at least one computer without Internet connection (if possible) and to take other preventive measures like these ones. Include in this group, of course, to have some cash at home because banks use computers too. In normal time, normal people always make fun of the well-prepared, but at the end, during stormy times when the unthinkable becomes massive problems, the well-prepared stay afloat while normal people take only one direction: A race to the bottom.

This article was originally published in the digital newspaper World And Opinion.

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It´s time for a change in Venezuela http://www.mundoyopinion.info/newspaper/2017/05/13/its-time-for-a-change-in-venezuela/ Sat, 13 May 2017 00:55:59 +0000 http://www.mundoyopinion.info/newspaper/?p=95 [...]]]> By Eddy Montilla.

If a president’s efficiency during his or her administration could be judged by his or her practical results, President Nicolás Maduro’s four years in Venezuela might be labeled with just one word as unfeasible.

According to the International Monetary Fund, inflation in this South American country is running at 720.5% this year and if it continues at the present dizzy rate, by next year Venezuela’s consumer-price inflation will be hovering 2000%. To calculate how much money a Venezuelan will have to pay for the same product next year is enough to have a splitting headache. Besides, the country is dealing with a massive shortage of basic goods and money.

As the economic crisis deepens, the real monster emerges from darkness in that country: The internal division of its citizens. Venezuela has split into those who defend the dead Hugo Chávez’s memories and his Bolivarian socialism rather than a living Nicolás Maduro and those (like the opposition leader Henrique Capriles) who see president Maduro as dictatorial as his predecessor. Since last March, continuing protests against the Government and demonstrations of force from both groups with irreconcilable differences have created a chaos that has left 41 people dead until now. If Venezuela does not see positive and radical changes in the coming months, for the benefit of the country and citizens, President Nicolás Maduro should cede democratically his position to another person.

President Nicolás Maduro´s supporters.

The world is free and that gives us the right and freedom to think and act freely. If President Maduro and supporters want to keep their revolutionary ideas and other things, nobody should object to them. But, for their part, they should not close their eyes to reality, and Venezuela’s reality says that this Latin American country has not improved during his four years as president, perhaps because of the chasm between his predecessor and him: In Venezuela, people loved or feared Hugo Chávez; they threw object to Maduro. Chávez always found a way to solve or hide problems; Maduro cannot cope with all problems he already has (excluding those that are looming) and try to solve them mystically: Chávez’s apparition as a little bird, a butterfly or talking to cows.

In Venezuela, without present nor future for its people this moment, a change seems to be the best option, an option that could reconcile all groups in this polarized nation. Unfortunately, it is as difficult for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle as for a president to concede power to others once he or she is drunk with power. Latin American’s history is full of presidents who acted in that way and it has few examples of wise politicians who did the opposite. Future will tell us what group President Nicolás Maduro belongs to.

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Dignity or a couple of euros? http://www.mundoyopinion.info/newspaper/2017/04/23/dignity-or-a-couple-of-euros/ Sun, 23 Apr 2017 05:32:18 +0000 http://www.mundoyopinion.info/newspaper/?p=91 [...]]]> By Eddy Montilla.

Our world is full of people: Most of them are normal, some of them are endowed with great intelligence and finally, you can find a great bunch called the acephalous. For these reasons, it is not sleep deprivation when you see a group of fans of the English football club Leicester clashing with police officers or committing violent actions in Madrid one day prior to a match.

But things are different when the ignorant threw coins into the air to enjoy themselves by watching beggars running precipitately to pick them up. Under these circumstances, we should ask ourselves why we have sunk to a very low level as human beings and where our dignity went. In practice, the economic position and future of a person depend on the economic condition of the family he or she was born and raised in and his or her home country. Efforts made later by this person (studies, career, etc.) are, in fact, collateral. To the ignorant who threw those coins, not even for a moment did it cross their mind that if they were born in South Sudan (just to cite an example), perhaps they should be at this moment, instead of those women, begging somewhere.

When you lose your dignity you lose everything. There is no doubt that with their actions, those who threw the coins embarrassed their families, country and club. But if what they did was an undignified act, the same was what those women did when they decided to pick the coins from the ground. The should not do that. Nobody dies for a night without food and they could win by showing and demanding respect. I fully understand that it is also easier to say it when you are not the person who is begging, but if you do not fight for your rights, dignity and respect, who is going to do it for you?

To use people’s woes as a form of leisure speaks itself about our society’s putrefaction levels. We are on the wrong track and that is dangerous. It seems that we went from the Stone Age to a wild and lacking dignity society where people’s heart has turned into stone.

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Let´s talk about movies: Moonlight (2016) shines like the sun http://www.mundoyopinion.info/newspaper/2017/04/09/lets-talk-about-movies-moonlight-2016-shines-like-the-sun/ Sun, 09 Apr 2017 02:45:56 +0000 http://www.mundoyopinion.info/newspaper/?p=88 [...]]]> By Eddy Montilla.

Rating: 8.4/10

Directed by: Barry Jenkins (III).

Written by: Barry Jenkins (III) and Tarell Alvin McCraney.

Genre: drama.

MPAA Rating: R (Restricted, with no one under 17 admitted without an accompanying parent or guardian. The movie might content strong language and violence, nudity for sexual purposes and drug abuse.

Starring: Mahershala Ali (as Juan), Ashton Sanders (as teen Chiron), Trevante Rhodes (as adult Chiron), André Holland (as adult Kevin), Naomie Harris (as Paula)…

Running time: 111 minutes.

There are movies that you want to stop watching them just few minutes after having started; others can be seen till the end. There are movies you can remember for a particular reason and others you can’t take out of your head. Moonlight (2016) belongs to this final group.

American cinematography is full of films with plot about drugs, addiction and bullying in schools. If we judged Moonlight’s plot for these topics only, the movie would be one among a pile of similar films we already saw in the past and one among another pile with similar ideas that are probably coming in the future. Then, what does make Moonlight different and good?

The answer is the beautiful and perfect way the different components of the plot were hung together: Little (Alex Hibbert), trying to find some explanation why their parents are separated in familiar terms, but paradoxically) together in the world of drugs. The teen-age Chiron (Ashton Sanders) fighting against his demons, those that made him lose his way about his sexual orientation and finally, the incredible physical transformation of Chiron in his adulthood (Trevante Rhodes) to hide his spiritual weakness, something that can only be understood just in the last minutes of the movie.

If Mahershala Ali’s performance (Juan) was really good, I recommend you to pay more attention to the moment when Chiron, after being beaten to a pulp, instead of bringing charges against “his friend” Kevin and, above all, the class bully Patrick Decile (Terrel), he decides to settle the matter himself: His calmness and resolution when entering the classroom, the movement of his body and head, the expression of his face indicating he knew exactly what he was going to do and finally, “the sweet” hit with the chair on Terrel’s shoulder. These moments defined this movie and made it spectacular.

And that’s all about Moonlight, because when it comes to good films, a lot words are unnecessary. You just have to watch them, and period. Moonlight 2016 belongs to this group, and after that, perhaps you will not be able to take this movie out of your head for a long time. The same happened to me.

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Let’s talk about movies: La La Land (2016) is lol lol lol, but… http://www.mundoyopinion.info/newspaper/2017/03/26/lets-talk-about-movies-la-la-land-2016-is-lol-lol-lol-but/ Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:28:05 +0000 http://www.mundoyopinion.info/newspaper/?p=83 [...]]]> Por Eddy Montilla.

Rating: 7.5/10

Directed by: Damien Chazelle.

Written by: Damien Chazelle.

Genre: Musical.

MPAA Rating: PG-13 (parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers).

Starring: Emma Stone (Mia) and Ryan Goslin (Sebastian)

Running Time: 128 minutes.

”What movie will win tonight?” A. M. asked me.

”Moonlight.” I said.

”But how can Moonlight win if La La Land is the clear and great favorite with the public and critics?” She asked me again.

”The same thing happened to Trump and now he is the president of USA”.

Despite having scored a record-equalling 14 nominations, there are good reasons to explain why this joyous musical did not win Best Picture at the Oscars and, above all, why it is behind other films of its genre. It might be seen as a mere conjecture, but several incidents show that a lot of people in the movie world (like Meryl Streep, for example) are not happy at all with Trump’s behavior and policies. Moonlight, Mahershala Ali and others as winners reflect better than La La Land the discontent mentioned before. But let’s just be clear on this idea in order to prevent any misunderstandings: I am not saying that those winners did not deserve to win; actually, they did. It is just that the context in which they were provided a little extra help for them.

The most important reasons, however, were cinematographic factors rather than social or political issues. In my opinion, you don’t even need your five fingers of one hand to count the greatest musicals of all time: Singin’ in the Rain (1952), The Sound of the Music (1965), Oliver (1968) and Les Misérables (2012). The first three films have showed their quality by being tested through the inexorable passing of time; the last one is still young, but deeper and with better plot than their predecessors. La La Land cannot even be compared with any of these group. Let’s see the why of it.

A musical comedy is the most difficult genre to judge since all things do not only spin around the plot, like other genres usually do, but around the music and humour too. To put harmoniously together these three components is quite difficult. To judge fairly the way they have been put is worse. That may very well be the reason why only 10 musicals have won the Best Picture Oscar. In La La Land (2016), some parts of the plot are connected as if the director and writer (the same person, Damien Chazelle) had no option, but to make use of filmic clichés: people dancing over cars or Ryan Gosling (Sebastian) throwing and catching his hat while dancing, etc. With these kind of things, you can get some claps and lose some Oscars.

I tip my hat to Emma Stone. She personally saved La La Land from falling into oblivion. She danced gracefully (Ryan Goslin had hard times trying to catch her when she was spinning!), sang beautifully and deserved all credits and her Oscar too. The swing of her blue dress and smile can make even and eighty-year-old man think about his glory years. The rest moves between the acceptable and good, and that’s all.

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Drought in Africa and only a shower of promises http://www.mundoyopinion.info/newspaper/2017/03/18/drought-in-africa-and-only-a-shower-of-promises/ Sat, 18 Mar 2017 07:07:17 +0000 http://www.mundoyopinion.info/newspaper/?p=75 [...]]]> By Eddy Montilla.

Indifference toward the suffering of others is a common method of payment used by insensitive people. Recently, the world seems to be full of them. You only have to look at Africa, facing a severe drought and famine to verify it. The lack of food and drinking water killed more than 100 Somalians in a couple of days in just one area. Like Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen are also countries where the drought endangers the life of millions of Africans. However, many people around the world keep up their rhythm of life as if nothing had happened, without a single gesture after seeing these people’s woes. Since when the human heart stopped being warm to become so glacial?

     Parties and carnivals while in Africa many people die of hunger. Celebrations of Lent, Ramadan, etc., and in Africa, many people die of hunger. From USA to Japan, from Japan to the European Union (EU) a shower of food falls day by day into trash bags. In Africa, according to UNICEF, more than 1.4 million children could die of acute malnutrition.

     Politicians raise their voices and say that something must be done. They say that “we have to act quickly”. At the end of the day, no action is taken and we are in front of another tasteless performance. The media is just happy with getting the news and move on to try to get the next one as soon as possible, but in Africa, starving children can hardly open their eyes. Competent international organizations visit the zone, hold long meetings and, when night falls, their members will go somewhere to enjoy an exquisite meal.

     …And Africa? Africa, Africa continues dying of hunger.

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Jesus’s ideas (2): About forgiveness http://www.mundoyopinion.info/newspaper/2017/02/20/jesuss-ideas-2-about-forgiveness/ Mon, 20 Feb 2017 01:58:17 +0000 http://www.mundoyopinion.info/newspaper/?p=65 [...]]]> By Eddy Montilla.

Whenever I think about this topic, I always conclude that the best way to understand Jesus’s ideas on forgiveness is to look at ourselves, that is, to reflect on how each of us understands this situation. If evil did not exist, there would be no need to forgive. This means that forgiveness is not an accident, but the result of our judgements on what is right and wrong. In theory, it is correct. In practice, it seems to take a different path since what we really use as parameters to judge if someone is worthy of forgiveness is how much people’s actions have affected us. If we have been hurt a lot or we have not been affected, but other people, we tend not to forgive.

    It is quite contradictory that we have made incredible progress in technology, but when it comes to human aspects, for instance, the matter of forgiveness, we are exactly as the same level as Jesus was more than 2000 years ago. A good example could be the episode when an angry mob wanted to stone to death an adulteress without even know details in the times of Jesus just because her act was against their rules and verdicts between wrong and right. And what happened? This is the moment when this person called Jesus comes with a new approach to the concept of forgiveness: “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” His motto is so convincing that Jesus, himself, closed the debate on the topic. In plain words, Jesus meant that nobody is good here. All of us have an Achilles heel; all of us, sooner or later, play the part of the villain of the movie. Then, since we all make mistakes, to forgive should not be considered as something that depends on our free will, but something “cleverly mandatory” from us because someday someone will have to forgive our mistakes too.

    Jesus’s perception on forgiveness makes a clear difference between Christianity and other religions. Religious fanatics or not, “in name of their god”, many people have killed innocents just because they cannot forgive others. In Japanese Buddhism, for example, people are taught not to do bad things or hurt people, which is an important step to build a fairer and better society. “Gomennasai” (sorry) is one of the words most frequently used in Japan, which implies that it is very important for them. The problem is that the number of times you hear “Yurusenai” (I cannot forgive it) is mathematically higher.

    Jesus said we had to forgive all the time. To forgive someone will not make us “pious and good people”, and this is not the point either. We are not making a favor to someone whenever we forgive him or her, but ourselves because by doing so, we can get rid of the growing grudge that kills us day by day and do not let us live in peace. The human nature that molds our personality always have the possibility of yielding to mistakes and temptation, and that’s why it is so difficult for us to forgive. However, we have no option: To forgive or to be unhappy the rest of our lives. What is your choice?

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Why emigrants have failed all around the world http://www.mundoyopinion.info/newspaper/2017/02/19/why-emigrants-have-failed-all-around-the-world/ Sun, 19 Feb 2017 06:15:42 +0000 http://www.mundoyopinion.info/newspaper/?p=61 [...]]]> Especially during the last decade, the world has seen an unprecedented migratory flow. Like birds that migrate in the winter, people from Mexico and Central America go to the United States. People from China and India do the same or pack their case aiming their thoughts at England. Africans who did not die in their attempt to cross the sea by turning into exquisite delicacies for sharks are today in Spain or Italy. And those who escape from the consequences of the war in Syria, Afghanistan, Kosovo and other countries, are living between frontiers waiting for the slightest opportunity that can take them to their beloved Germany.

    No matter what the reason was, the bait of wealth or safety, people are emigrating and failing too because they do not understand what their role as emigrants should be: To help others in their respective countries so that they do not have to leave for money or war. When I was in Spain, this banner hanging in the Cibeles palace welcoming emigrants puzzled me. Why do so many of them want to go to Germany, Sweden or England despite Spain’s well known hospitality, excellent food and good weather? A ball will always be a ball no matter how many times you spin it or from what angle you see it. So, the main reason those countries are chosen as preferred destinations is higher salaries and better welfare systems.

    I do not deny that in many cases, people are just running to save their lives, but most of the time, the ultimate goal is money because once emigrants settle in one of those countries, what do they do? They bring their families, forget the terrible conditions they lived in their hometown and, by doing so, forget their country and compatriots’ poverty too. If their family cannot go with them, they will spend the rest of their lives sending money to them, going from time to time to the place they were born to vacation as foreigners and bragging about their real or fictitious economic position. If this situation cannot be called ironic, please stop reading this because it is, in fact, the real story of emigrants all around the world and something different from this is as imaginary as the book of Harry Potter.

    How many Latin American emigrants who actually live in some slum in New York have used a single dollar to help people in the countryside from where they once left? How many Chinese people, scattered throughout the world, have helped to solve the problem of over-polluted rivers in China? Undoubtedly, some “good Samaritans” can be found (there are some of them everywhere), but in general, most of the emigrants have been bitten by the “snake of oblivion to forget their past, to be indifferent to their country’s present and only think about their own future.

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