Sunday, August 29, 2010

Libertad

Este año celebramos a lo largo de nuestra Latinoamérica los primeros 200 años de nuestra independencia. No quiero dedicar este post a una disertación larga y extensa sobre nuestra independencia y libertad actual. Tampoco quiero discutir con aquellos que no creen en nuestra independencia y que creen que no somos más que parte de un nuevo colonialismo. Solo quiero usar este espacio hoy para mencionar algunas frases celebres de la libertad.

¡Pueblo indolente! ¡Cuán distinta sería hoy vuestra suerte si conocierais el precio de la libertad! Pero no es tarde. Ved que, mujer y joven, me sobra valor para sufrir la muerte y mil muertes más. ¡No olvidéis este ejemplo! 

Policarpa Salavarrieta

Las armas os han dado la independencia. Las leyes os darán libertad

Francisco de Paula Santander

Nunca fuimos tan libres como bajo la ocupación alemana … cada pensamiento justo era una conquista … cada palabra se volvía preciosa como una declaración de principios

Jean Paul Sartre

La paz exige cuatro condiciones esenciales: Verdad, justicia, amor y libertad.

Juan Pablo II

El derecho es el conjunto de condiciones que permiten a la libertad de cada uno acomodarse a la libertad de todos.

Immanuel Kant

Una prensa libre puede ser buena o mala, pero sin libertad, la prensa nunca será otra cosa que mala.

Albert Camus

Prohibido prohibir. La libertad comienza por una prohibición

Alguna pared de la Sorbona

Quienes son capaces de renunciar a la libertad esencial a cambio de una pequeña seguridad transitoria, no son merecedores ni de la libertad ni de la seguridad.

Benjamin Franklin

El único medio de conservar el hombre su libertad es estar siempre dispuesto a morir por ella.

Edgar Allan Poe

Proclamo en voz alta la libertad de pensamiento y muera el que no piense como yo.

Voltaire

Dando libertad a los esclavos la aseguramos a los libres.

Abraham Lincoln

¿De qué sirve la libertad política para los que no tienen pan? Sólo tiene valor para los teorizantes y los políticos ambiciosos.

Jean Paul Marat

Es más fácil apoderarse del comandante en jefe de un ejército que despojar a un miserable de su libertad.

Confucio

Los medios violentos nos darán una libertad violenta.

Mahatma Gandhi

Yo desprecié los grados y distinciones. Aspiraba a un destino más honroso: derramar mi sangre por la libertad de mi patria

Simón Bolívar

Y, mi querido lector, que es la libertad para ti?

Nostalgia

All day I have been writing an essay, and now when I’m willing to finish it a feeling of nostalgia is around my heart. I’ve spend the last hour seeing pictures about my past, smiling and remembering what life used to be just a couple of years ago. I can still remember how that music used to make me smile. A bunch of memories cross my mind, memories that bring with them the flavors, colors, scents, faces, smiles…

Why I have this feeling? I don’t know, maybe is the fact of being all day thinking that your brain forces you to take a break, and one way to do that is to bring the picture of the old good times. When you miss a place you don’t only miss the physical location, also you miss all that were related to that place. And in this moment I miss everything. Being all day busy, the kind of intellectual work that keeps your brain busy, brought to me my happy place. A place where I can be all day long and nothing will worry me, a place where your heart belongs. By place I mean a specific time-space frame.

What can I do? Easy, escape for a few minutes to that place. Let the pictures be my ship and the music be my captain and probably when I come back new energy will drive my life :)

Friday, August 27, 2010

Quarter worth

I don’t believe in para-scientific theories. I don’t believe in numerology, even after somebody told me that I’m a “Master Number” (I don’t know yet what should I do…), neither in astrology or in paranormal activities. I believe in science, and even more after read “The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark”, but this year I have had a curiosity about the number 25.

25 is a pretty interesting number. It is the square of 5, with that number I won some money in the roulette some years ago, in statistics is used in several analysis (like box-models, percentile analysis or error analysis ) and it is the 25%, the quarter of a century. The idea of become 25 has been running into my mind for several months, and now I’ve just passed the date, I’m already 25. One year ago few people gave me a greeting on my day, this year several ones gave me the best wishes. That’s a good start :) .

Last year was pretty crap, except for the journeys was a quite boring one. It began with me working at the banking industry. The first four months were characterized by the routine, waking up, going to work, coming back to home and sleeping; then on November I made a choice, I quitted my job and started a journey to know better my country, my home. That journey started with the recognition of our place in the world and the respect that our home deserves and asks us (in the Amazonas) and ended with a vast view of our mountains, where life is born, where all cosmogonies and links were created. 

After that I started my studies, my first semester at the master was not as I supposed (actually I was pretty disappointed). I had to research in something that I like but that was not oriented with my life plan. Now I’m in the second semester and things are more clear than before. Now I’m researching in something that is totally connected with my future plans and life option, I promise to talk about it in the next posts :). And also I realized one of my dreams, be a teacher. I am giving lectures to two groups, i.e. 80 people. During 8 hours per week I have the chance to give knowledge, to teach to the next generation some tools that shaped the world during the last years and that will help them in the changing world process. It seems that the next 25 years are beginning with a very nice mood :).

During this 25 years I’ve done several things, I became an engineer, I lived in another country, I’ve traveled quite much inside my country, I’ve found love and lost it… and I have defined what I want to do with my life. I have always thought that I haven’t done so much with my life, but when I saw the movie, when I saw it in a retrospective view I realized that I’ve done so much with my life, even more that a lot of people in a life time. That’s why this is a quarter that worth.

What is going to happen next? I don’t know and I want to  discover when the time comes. Now I have the feeling that life is changing, I’m realizing that some circles and cycles are in a closing process and that new energy is coming. Maybe that’s the reason because I can’t stop listening to this song, the song that defined the end of the hippies era…