All aboard the Venice-Paris-Istanbul Orient Express not. Alo chaya dhola, the light’s wavering shadows. Vocalist, SD Burman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aaa aalo chaya dhola In the midst of the play of light and shadow, uthola phagunae bono bina baajae rae, my heart skips as if a fluted instrument, potho chari bhori cholaejae kakoli, the road ahead is full of song birds.  Jaagae modhu laagae, that awaken the nectar within hearts. Mridhu phulobashae, in the presence of flowers shomironi nishashae, one’s breath rests,  ojana aadhesho phiraethae shae aaji, some unknown information has weighed everyone down,  aaji piyamaadhae , that beckons a beloved land dholae lotha beni, where the lotus and its leaves sway gently, shaajae bono pori, to dress the creatures of the forest, baadhaephulorakhi, and one’ heart becomes bound in its glory bujhi moroae shori , In order that we move forward chaari diki tharo, onto heaven’s road daakae onibaro, which calls everyone home. Aey shubhono dholae Upon  partaking of this holy assembly aajae ki  kamonae rohi onothorae, you will see how well a heart’s design truly is.  Aalo chaya dhola, within the game of light and shadow, gleams Brindhavan, the abode of God.

Aaa aalo chaya dhola In the midst of the play of light and shadow, uthola phagunae bono bina baajae rae, my heart skips as if a flute, potho chari bhori cholaejae kakoli, the road ahead is full of song birds.  Jaagae modhu laagae, that awaken the nectar within hearts. Mridhu phulobashae, in the presence of flowers shomironi nishashae, one’s breath rests,  ojana aadhesho phiraethae shae aaji, some unknown information has weighed down on all,  aaji piyamaadhae , beckons a beloved land dholae lotha beni, where the lotus and its leaves sway gently, shaajae bono pori, dress the creatures of the forest, baadhaephulorakhi, and one’ heart becomes bound in its glory bujhi moroae shori , in order that we move forward chaari diki tharo, and the heavenly road daakae onibaro, calls everyone to its home. Aey shubhono dholae and partake of this holy assembly aajae ki  kamonae rohi onothorae, and then you will see how well you are taken care of. Aalo chaya dhola, within the game of light and shadow, gleams Brindhavan, the abode of God.

 

Duo des fleurs, Sabine Devieilhe and Marianne Crebassa. The opera, Lakmé delibes.

Conquest versus destiny. Architects of freedom or madness.

What we are experiencing today are turbulent times. Unrelenting attacks on average people as in 2016 attacks in Paris, France and other nations have now become common. To settle power struggles between nations, freedom has lost out. This is because freedom has become an exercise of conquest.  This freedom obeys the “will to power” as the philosopher Nietzsche famously claimed.  Freedom in such a manifestation will only allow success of political and economic objectives. What is needed instead is a separate manifesto.  A manifesto that allows freedom to be based on human destiny.  To safeguard this manifesto requires a shift in principles.  Freedom must follow laws and their counterparts, morals and morality.  Their brilliant lights must be our guides. A world that is governed by moral laws alongside human character that is based on non-violent principles is a world that is happy, prosperous and safe.  It has been the effort of conscientious people in history to bring about necessary radical changes. MK Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Mandela and scores of others whose names are not known but have shed blood will help chart the way forward. Utilizing the acumen of history, it is once again possible to build a world based on morality and its subsequent blessings, chief of them being freedom.

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Estates in Britain, France and Italy. To the manor born.

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Paris Fashion Week, France. Haute Couture Spring Summer 2016. Ralph & Russo.

Terrorism and moral calling, from Robespierre and The Terror to Bin Laden and Jihad.

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During the French Revolution that the first terrorists were inspired by Roman Republican sacrifices to decapitate enemy compatriots in order to legitimate a modern republic.  Since, (the authors) are drawing what (they) think is an important connection between violent terrorism of jihadis and Jacobins, (we) shall not say that this is not the first time that the Terrorists and Robespierre in particular have been likened to a threat from the Muslim world. One source, speaking of Robespierre asserts that, “Coveting both the sceptre and the censer, he was consumed with the ambition of the fiend Mohammed–without having his genius or, above all, his courage. Pontiff and despot at the same time, he gathered a great number of followers for himself, pretending to believe, so that all believe that the French people had forgotten the existence of a superior intelligence. It was because he appeared to be restoring the cult of the Supreme Being, as if the French nation had ever renounced it…The mask has fallen. Catiline is no more, He and his infamous accomplices have paid with their heads for their horrible patricide, and the pen of the patriotic writer will no longer be restrained by fear.  The Moral Psychology of Terrorism: Implications for Security, edited by Jalil Roshandel, Nathan Lean.

Is there a moral response to terror?

Today in this country, when we call something “terrorism” we are making a moral judgment about the odious wrongness of the perpetrator but also about the right of the targeted group to feel that they are under threat and thus to be protected. http://www.vox.com/2015/6/18/8807433/charleston-shooting-terrorism.

Authority and law. Do laws need authority before they can be laws? Binding authority perhaps.

commonlawMandatory authority rely on sources to have jurisdiction over laws. Lower courts are required to follow decisions from higher courts all the time.  Authority resides in persons; they possess it – if indeed they do at all – by virtue of who they are and not by virtue of what they command. The anarchist’s position:- ­ right to rule corresponds with an obligation to obey. However, is a right to rule always paired with an obligation to obey, or might the authority to rule really just be, e.g., a permission to use force, not something that generates an obligation? Thomas Jefferson:- Liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.”

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http://www.law.georgetown.edu/academics/academic-programs/legal-writing-scholarship/writing-center/upload/secondarysources.pdf. www.newswithviews.com/Ewart/ron139.htm

Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Montmartre Paris. Built in the 12th century AD. France tribute.

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Mission Civilisatrice, French Cultural Policy 1914. Degoutant non.

As the rationalization for colonialism, the “civilizing mission” signified France’s attempt to convert its colonial subjects into French people. Whereas the British tended to reject the notion that an Indian, for example, might become British, the French believed that if properly taught French values and the French language, Algerians and Vietnamese alike would slowly evolve and become French. Hence the term evolué, which was used to refer to those who had adapted to French culture. There was also a moral component to the civilizing mission, in that some French held that it was their duty as an enlightened race to arouse the ignorant of the world.

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