Mr. Argueta was murdered a month ago. Silva was arrested and tortured, and is now in exile.
There is graphic footage here -- but that's the point. It needs to be seen, and our news media are simply not covering this story.
Trungpa Rinpoche, among others, have spoken of a kind of faux compassion that we get tricked by, and which actually is mostly about the small self and what we think someone else needs. I've noticed all sorts of narratives in U.S. media outlets, and coming out of the mouths of world leaders, that imply that "they" know what is best for the people and nation of Haiti. In addition, you have hundreds of thousands of people pouring money into organizations that are known for wastefulness and corruption, like the Red Cross, because these organizations have the money and brand-names to get out the word about themselves to millions and millions of potential donors. In addition, you have people supporting the efforts of companies like Coca Cola, who make donations for disaster relief in places like Haiti, knowing full well that they'll probably profit greatly in the near future from both the positive publicity and the sweetheart deals that occur in the chaos of devastated nations.
It also creates a cover story for the emphasis on security over aid, since we got there. The delays have led to some horrifying and unnecessary stories in a land that is suffering the effects of natural and human-made disaster on top of each other.
The following evening, he topped this with an even more expensive stunt:
Returning to water, however: there are battles going on all over the world, including our own country, to turn the most basic elements of human survival and sustenance into a profitable commodity. We cannot depend on governments to shut the door on these efforts. We are fortunate, in our country, as we still have political rights, if seldom exercised. It takes people, and persistence. A certain willingness to be pesky.
And a few people like Will Allen, who remind us that people can build things and care for them.
Asked whether Brit Hume could foresee the golfer returning to his exalted status as a professional golfer, without being upstaged by his recent sex scandal, Hume chose to focus on Woods's religion:
The extent to which he can recover seems to me depends on his faith. He is said to be a Buddhist. I don't think that faith offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith. So, my message to Tiger is, 'Tiger, turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world.'Here's the video:
The comment about Buddhism, I don't have much to say about. Hume does not appear to know anything about Buddhism. He also does not appear interested in being educated about it. So who cares?
Hume didn't actually opine on whether Buddhism upholds family views -- that could actually be an interesting topic. Was Siddhartha a "deadbeat dad" for abandoning his family and going on a spirit quest at midlife? And how about all those followers of his, who chopped off their hair and left their jobs and their families behind? Bunch of hippies! Well, except for the hair.
More remarkable, to me, is the open proselytization for one faith over another, on a program that is presented as a news program, on a network that is presented as an impartial (or "fair and balanced") news network. Remarkable, but not surprising.
The opposition of nature and culture which we take for granted is itself a cultural product, the result of a skewed perspective which identifies "culture" with that branch of the entertainment industry [sic] which caters to the tastes of the educated and the affluent urbanite, specifically in the area of the arts. The term and the concept of culture, however, have very different roots. Culture is a matter of cultivation, echoing the Latin cultus, the yielding of respect, honoring the sacredness of all that is. The man of culture is one who cultivates, who honors the nobility of being. The husbandman is a man of culture, as words like agriculture and silviculture remind us, cultivating the field and the forest. The homo humanus of ancient Rome, the man of culture, is one who cultivates his life, not leaving it at the mercy of his momentary whims and their gratification but ordering it according to its moral sense. His task, like that of the husbandman and of all men of culture, is not an arbitrary one, displacing nature. Nature is his guide in the task of cultivcation. That is cultus -- and, in that sense, culture is not the contradiction of nature but rather the task of humans within it.
In harmony with the Tao,
the sky is clear and spacious,
the earth is solid and full,
all creatures flourish together,
content with the way they are,
endlessly repeating themselves,
When man interferes with the Tao,
the sky becomes filthy,
the earth becomes depleted,
the equilibrium crumbles,
creatures become extinct.
The Master views the parts with compassion,
because he understands the whole.
His constant practice is humility.
He doesn't glitter like a jewel
but lets himself be shaped by the Tao,
as rugged and common as a stone.
If, in the course of the last three centuries, we have become increasingly marauders on the face of the earth rather than dwellers therein, it is not because we have bcome more distinctively human, more distinctively cultured, but rather because we have become less so. What is distinctively human about us is our ability to perceive the moral law in the vital order of nature, subordinating greed to love...
If we are to receover the confidence of our intrinsic place in nature, we need to do so by reclaiming, not by rejecting, our distinctive moral humanity, our task of cultivating the earth as faithful stewards. For humans, it is precisely culture, in its most basic sense of cultivation, of care and respect, not bestiality, that can be the way to reclaiming our place in nature. It is as beings capable of seeing our place in nature from a moral point of view that we can cease being marauders and can become dwellers in the earth.