Revista Mensual y Gratuita
Nº124, diciembre 2013
Having an ethical compass can somehow guide our steps in this world of complex events marked by multiple personal and social developments. Although they are necessary, one cannot ignore that ethical compasses are social constructs.
Understanding that there are objective parameters and random circumstances does not deny but does condition our capacity to influence, choose and decide. That free but conditioned choice represents the extent to which we have an impact on the situations where personal and social life unfolds; not fatalism nor voluntarism.
Being part of a dynamic in constant transformation are we free to choose trajectories or are we determined by larger limitations? Do we build paths or undo the existing ones? Are we capable of influencing our circumstances or do we merely adapt to them? In other words: are we a consequence of fate or its makers?
The new Chinese authorities attempt a complex and risky maneuver: decelerating an economy that is at its very summit to redesign its growth.
Power, pain and offense constitute complementary dimensions of the wealth concentration process
A perspective on the critical process Egypt is going through in search for a democratic development path
Incarcerating more and more is an endless process that is not equal to more security. Overcrowding and lack of control are the consequences. The imprisoned are also subjects of law and sooner or later will be back on the streets; ´if we treat them with violence, they will come out biting’.
Aspiring to find the flowing of affection in a long-lasting couple or friendship is legitimate. But this is not simple for several and diverse reasons.
The prolonged financial crisis that has immersed Europe into a deep economic and social deterioration, reflected in unprecedented unemployment rates (26.3 million, 10% of the block’s population), recession (that according to the last report from the European Commission will continue until 2015) and cut backs in social services, is now expressed in the surprising electoral boom of a new political phenomenon: the xenophobic, anti-European and right-winged populism.
Last week saw the completion of China’s leadership transition, with Xi Jinping as the new President and Li Keqiang the new Premier. President Xi set the world speculating when he spoke of “striving to achieve the Chinese dream of great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.” One Western newspaper commented it was a collective national dream, contrasting it, unfavourably, to the “American dream” of giving individuals equal opportunities. But to the Chinese, the promised renaissance of the nation is a reminder of the collective humiliation during the colonial era and the “dream” to win back its previous place as a world leader in science, technology, economy and culture.
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