Looking at the world from other's eye
Here is an offering of the traditions, insights, experiences and stories of others so as to enter into their world, enrich our personal development, stir up our consciousness and open our eyes. A path to embracing everyone everywhere…
Touch and hearing serve as a blind person’s eyes. I would be stranded in the dark lost and disoriented. With training and experience they are able to weave through obstacles and know where they are and in which direction to go. Then there is the confidence they place in the seeing eye dog that guides them through traffic and keeps them...
This French documentary discussed the murder of a 29 year old gay man by three skinheads in Rheims, France. It was interesting in that it worked in a distinct way from the way events such as this are normally covered by the press or in other films that portray the events as they happen like the melodramatic Matthew Shepard Story or Prayers For Bobby that intentionally pull on heart strings for a big impact. The more introspective style of the documentary started 780 days after the death of Francois Chenu, and focused on the journey of the parents and the siblings of Francois as they reluctantly let go of their anger towards the perpetrators, and faced them in court to hear their testimony...
A black, E white, I red, U green, O blue: vowels,
I shall tell, one day, of your mysterious origins:
A, black velvety jacket of brilliant flies
which buzz around cruel smells,
Gulfs of shadow; E, whiteness of vapours and of tents,
lances of proud glaciers, white kings, shivers of cow-parsley;
I, purples, spat blood, smile of beautiful lips
in anger or in the raptures of penitence;
U, waves, divine shudderings of viridian seas,
the peace of pastures dotted with animals, the peace of the furrows
which alchemy prints on broad studious foreheads;
O, sublime Trumpet full of strange piercing sounds,
silences crossed by [Worlds and by Angels]:
–O the Omega! the violet ray of [His] Eyes!
Arthur Rimbaud, 1871
In his poem...
Illustrated by Zhang Jianping, a local photographer from the region, the account first takes us back to the Zhou dynasty (11th – 8th Century BC) , during which the first commercial activities started in Huizhou. Thus, it is the occasion to recall one of the founding stones of Chinese civilization: the culture of the literati merchants. In order to increase their status in ancient Chinese society...
In our modern societies, appearance and beauty is hugely important. Women always think they should be prettier and men worry about baldness. While this is sad, it is not the saddest aspect of the beauty dictatorship. Even animal species are subject to our aesthetic whims and some risk disappearing because they are not attractive enough.
If you connect to the WWF or IUCN websites you will see pictures of well known and charismatic animals such as tigers, whales, polar bears and pandas. Of course we all admit they are beautiful and all need our protection, but these animals eclipse other lesser known species. Have you heard about the almiqui or the turkey vulture? They are threatened species too but they have a huge...
Of Australia’s five free-to-air broadcasters, SBS...
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- Conference: Embrace the Pacific June 5th
- Amateurs in Tokyo - Reasonable Riots
- Obesity and Freedom
- Focus Response: Father Jacques Duraud, SJ on 'My God?'
- Dancing through the lens: Photographing the Pacific Festival of Arts
- Religious Colonialism: Cultural Loss in the Solomon Islands
- Shell Money, Dowries and the Skulls of Ancestors: The Living Traditions of the Solomon Islands
- The Langalanga People: "Natives" of the Man-made islands of the Solomons
- A Vibrant Culture with an Ugly Facade: Honiara and the Pacific Art Festival
- Swept away from Sinology by the Allure of Taiwan's Pacific coast
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