Archive | August, 2013

‘Chennai Express’ finally beats ‘3 Idiots’

Posted on 28 August 2013 by admin

‘Chennai Express’ box office collections have yet again made it obvious that it’s the audience that can make or break a film at the ticket window. Tweeting the box office collection numbers, well-known film trade analyst Taran Adarsh said, “Rohit Shetty becomes most successful director of Hindi cinema: 3 centuries and 1 double century. Four films that feature in 100 cr+grossers!” Shah Rukh Khan’s Chennai Express has crossed the Rs. 200 crore mark in a very short period. In fact, it also crossed the 100 crore mark in the shortest time period. Rohit Shetty’s understanding of the perfect ingredients for a typical masala Bollywood film clubbed with the business and marketing acumen of Shah Rukh helped Chennai Express thwartthe records of Amir Khan’s 3 Idiots, which has been ruling the top grossers charts till date. At the same time, with this success Rohit Shetty too has emerged as the Bollywood’s commercial movie king. Rohit Shetty’s four films including Singham, Golmaal 3, Bol Bachchan, have made it to the Rs 100 crore club.

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Katrina flew to meet Ranbir?

Posted on 28 August 2013 by admin

Katrina Kaif made another hush-hush trip to Sri Lanka.The actress, who had gone to meet Ranbir Kapoor who is shooting for Bombay Velvet, made sure that her trip was kept a secret and not flashed in the media. A source said, “Katrina didn’t even visit the set to avoid more controversy around her meetings with Ranbir outside of India.”

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Controversies affect my family : Priyanka Chopra

Posted on 28 August 2013 by admin

PriyANkA Chopra might come across as a bold person on the big screen, but she admits that controversies do affect her family. The former Miss World, who has been in the Hindi film industry for a decade, has been caught in several controversies like a cat-fight with actress kareena kapoor and an alleged link-up with married actor Akshay kumar. The family girl says that such controversies hurt.

“i am very private as a person and i believe that by giving a statement to controversies i am giving importance to them due to which many more articles will pop up. Usually, they are very trivial things. i get very hurt and affected by controversies. i am a very family girl and controversies affect my family. i would rather just keep quiet,” Priyanka told media.

“i am very black and white and have always been honest. i believe in honesty, but i don’t believe that the entire world should know about my personal life. i am very private which i think is my right,” she added.

The 31-year-old has been a part of multilingual films but wants to explore more.

“i have done Hollywood, Bollywood and Tollywood – everything in just one month. i am an actor. Make me do any film. i worship my work. i don’t have any priorities nor am i looking for any big crossovers. i like expanding myself and as an artist wherever i can show my creativity in different ways, be it music, acting or anything. i never take my work for granted,” she said.

Many actresses like to play safe, but Priyanka tries to do what people don’t expect her to. Whether it is playing an autistic girl or learning martial arts, she is game for all difficult tasks.

“i think i am a very weird kind of person. Whatever is difficult i feel like doing that only. My mom always says why stress yourself so much and work for 24 hours? i try and do what people don’t expect me to do. It would be easy for me to keep myself in a safe box which is expected as a heroine. i think it’s more fun when you push the limits,” she said.

She is dedicated and hardworking for sure, but doesn’t take her character home. “During Aitraaz i was so new and got very much involved in my character. i have realised over time i tried to be a method actor, but it doesn’t work for me. i am in the character only between the timespan of the action and the cut. After that i get bored. i can’t do it. i do a lot of rehearsal and workshops for a few months,” she said.

The actress, who is now busy promoting her upcoming film Zanjeer, directed by Apoorva Lakhia, said: “i do films for strange reasons. When Apoorva came to narrate this film we discussed about my character; when he left i thought i will really enjoy working with him; so i did the film.” She says her character Mala, which was played by actress Jaya Bachchan in the original Zanjeer four decades ago, is completely different. “i am playing a Gujarati girl from New york who comes to attend a wedding. She witnesses a murder and how things change in her life is the story,” Priyanka said. The film also features ram Charan and is slated for a Sep 7 release.

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‘Visible minorities have a major impact in society’

Posted on 21 August 2013 by admin

“The judges often spend a lot of time with us, trying to understand the culture-specific problems and ways to resolve them. The judicial system also wants more adjudicators from multicultural background to provide better services.” – Rajni Tekriwal

Rajni Tekriwal, a Barrister and Solicitor, is the founder of Rajni Tekriwal Law Office in Toronto, Ontario. She practices in the fields of corporate law, real estate, family law, child-protection, and wills and estates. Currently, Rajni is the corporate secretary and director of Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (2013-14).

In conversation with Generation Next, Rajni discusses her journey as an immigrant to Canada and the idea of multiculturalism in the legal field.

  1. Tell us something about your journey to Canada.

I came to Canada in the year 2002 with my family from Patna (Bihar), India. Though our roots come from Rajasthan, I was born and brought up in Patna. I did my schooling from Notre Dame Academy and thereafter graduated with Bachelors of Arts. I obtained my Law degree after my marriage. In the year 2002 we decided to give a better life to our children and migrated to Canada. At the time I was a practicing lawyer in India and specialized in Corporate Law.

  1. How easy was it to settle in Canada?

We came here with a clear vision and a strong determination to not look back and to be established in our respective areas of practice. We knew it was a big step with two young children, but both my husband, a Chartered Accountant from India, and I knew what our goals were. Both of us were in our private practice in India and we were determined that one day we will again establish our own private practice in our respective fields. And for doing so, the first thing we needed to do was to upgrade our degrees in accordance to the Canadian standards. That, in itself was the biggest challenge here! Being new immigrants, to work a full-time job, integrate into the Canadian system, take care of the children and yet study hard to get through our exams was quite a challenge. I used to work full time at a law firm and study at night to prepare for my exams. Yes, it was not that easy, and even today when I think of those moments, I don’t know how we did it. I guess it was our determination, our persistence and our clear vision, which helped us all along. The family support was immense, unparallel, and we worked together as one unit to achieve our goals. The bumpy ride seemed smooth with the support of my family and we never looked back again.

  1. You were a practicing lawyer in India. How easy was it to establish in the legal field here?

When you know what you have to do, it is not that difficult. Having a legal background helped me to understand the legal system here. Moreover, I was a practicing lawyer in India, so the experience helped me to set up my practice here as well. The key to establishing a private practice anywhere is to have patience in the initial few months and to provide the best of your services. Once that crucial period is over, the practice just picks up.

  1. What’s your opinion on Canadian multiculturalism when in fact only about 25 per cent visible minorities are represented in public service and about four per cent in the legal field?

Canada gives great opportunities to all immigrants. Even though only a quarter of visible minorities are represented in public service, we definitely have a major impact in the society. We provide services to not only our own communities, but also to people coming from all different backgrounds. Even in the legal field, in my experience as a litigator, courts now require more lawyers and more court officers from diverse cultures. In fact, the judges often spend a lot of time with us, trying to understand the culture-specific problems and ways to resolve them. The judicial system also wants more adjudicators from multicultural background to provide better services.

Yes, the percentage is low at present, but the impact and the appreciation of the services provided is much more than this visible percentage. The recognition is there and the time is not far away when the percentage will grow and we will no longer be just the minorities.

  1. You’ve also been a part of ICCC – Women Entrepreneurs & Professionals (WEP) Committee launch (on 08-03-13).

I have been a part of ICCC for the past seven years and am now in the Governing Board of Directors. The WEP Committee joined hands with ICCC earlier this year and is doing a great job. It is a great platform to motivate female entrepreneurs and professionals. A lot has been said about woman empowerment and WEP is very good example of it.

  1. Do you think the South Asian community has come together as a community here in Canada?

I would definitely say so. With my personal experience, the community bonding here in Canada is much more than what it was when we were in India. In India, everything is taken for granted, so the appreciation is not there. Here, when we come together as a community, the feeling is of having a bigger family. For example, we are closely associated with a social organization named Rajasthan Association of North America (Canada), which is more widely known as RANA (Canada). It was only after we came to Canada and got connected with RANA that my children came to know about the culture of Rajasthan and grew to love it.

This is not just about associations and is not only about keeping the culture alive, it is about the bond you share being a South Asian. You forget that you are a Gujarati, Punjabi, Rajasthani or Bengali. You forget that you are Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi or Sri Lankan. You just remember that you are South Asian, and that is what matters most. All cultures come closer as one community and all work together to benefit the community as whole.

  1. What do you think are issues of South Asian immigrants today?

The issues are same for all immigrants – South Asian or not. The basic struggle for survival, getting an appropriate job in their respective fields, making a decent living, upgrading their studies as required, and adopting the Canadian culture at the same time are some of the key issues. What matters most is the manner in which they set their priorities and their goals to achieve them. They need to be persistent, vigilant and patient.

  1. Would you call yourself a Canadian or an Indo-Canadian?

I am and will always remain an Indo-Canadian. We are definitely enjoying our lives here, but our hearts are still in India and will always remain there. We are the lucky ones who can say we have two home countries.

  1. How do you see your journey so far? Did you at any point face any discrimination (be it gender or racial) in Canada?

The journey was not an easy one, but it doesn’t hurt me when I look back. It was just a chapter of my life which had progressed well.

Discrimination, yes, there are times when you feel the pinch, but all you have to remember is that you cannot let anyone put you down. Whether it is racial discrimination or gender discrimination, you cannot let anyone intimidate you. Self-confidence is the key to success and when the discriminator sees that confidence in your eyes, they will look away and change their attitude. It is all up to you – how you face it and fight it. Once you know how to deal with it, there is no discrimination anywhere.

  1. How do you juggle family time and professional life?

One simple formula: know your cut-off lines and don’t go beyond it! I am a highly ambitious and a career-oriented woman, but I know that for me, my family is very important. At the end of the day, when I share my day with my family, I feel happy and I do not wish to let go of that happiness.

How do I do this? I do not work on weekends except on emergency situations. I try my best to not work late hours. I also love to cook and make sure to have dinner with my family every night. Career is always important, but if your family is not there to celebrate it with you, it will become too lonely. I would rather be happy than be lonely and in believing that, balance falls into place on its own.

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Education and Technology

Posted on 21 August 2013 by admin

Education may be on the verge of a technological revolution that in part moves away from traditional instructor-led classrooms in favour of new approaches that adapt to students’ unique learning styles, says a new report from the Fraser Institute.

“The basic model of educational instruction that existed in Canada a century ago is largely still in place, and this one-size-fits-all approach to teaching leaves many students behind,” said Jason Clemens, acting director of the Fraser Institute’s Barbara Mitchell Centre for Improvement in Education.

“Our government-run education system has stubbornly perpetuated an instructional model from a bygone era, but technology could revolutionize the learning process. Future education policy must take this into account.”

Some have suggested that the net result of using more and more technology in classrooms can save money for governments although cost may be higher to implement technology in the near future. Others have also indicated that having bigger classroom sizes doesn’t matter if technology is effectively used in class rooms by teachers.

Technology and Education: A Primer examines the role and nature of classroom technology, its potential to revolutionize education and solve problems observed in Canada’s education system, and the barriers to such improvements. It is the first paper published by the Fraser Institute’s Barbara Mitchell Centre for Improvement in Education.

The study focuses on promising advancements in “adaptive learning” technologies: educational software that learns and alters itself based on the student’s aptitude and progress, while allowing for interaction with a broad base of learning styles. Adaptive software presents topics as a series of skills and building-block concepts incorporating animation, videos, interactive diagrams, and other web-based features. The study also highlights successful uses of adaptive learning including programs at the Khan Academy in California, LearnSmart e-books, and DreamBox software for elementary school math.

“Using adaptive technology, students can learn the material through an avenue of their choosing and at a pace that best suits them,” said Lance Izumi, the report’s author and senior director of education studies at a California-based think-tank.

“For students struggling with certain concepts, the software can slow down, provide additional instruction, and alert teachers that students need assistance before progressing.”

The report notes that research into the costs and benefits of adaptive technology is still in its infancy and that additional research is required.

“The ability of adaptive technology to bring into a single enhanced classroom students in remote areas, including those in the far North or on aboriginal reserves, or students who currently learn outside of the traditional education system, is an obvious area of interest for future research,” Clemens said.

“Education policy and technology should work together so that children, particularly those who struggle in the current system, can better gain an education that prepares them for the challenges of the modern world.”

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Nurses in High Demand throughout Canada

Posted on 21 August 2013 by admin

There is currently a high demand for nurses throughout Canada. A recent immigration change has again made it possible for nurses to immigrate to Canada without a job offer. On August 1st 2013 Canada’s Province of Quebec announced important changes to its popular Quebec Skilled Worker (QSW) program, which results in a Canadian Permanent Residency Visa. Under the revised QSW program, nurses will receive even more points than previously for their education/area of training.

“If you are a nurse, now is the time to seize the opportunity and apply for immigration to Canada,” said Attorney David Cohen. “Nurses in Canada have a bright future with a welcoming job market, high salaries and of course an exceptional quality of life.”

Nursing in Quebec

Quebec is home to rapidly expanding healthcare services. This includes the construction of two large hospital complexes in Montreal, which are expected to be completed in 2015 and 2016.

The province has taken measures to ensure that it continues to grow its nurse population. The QSW program, which is the main source of economic immigration to Quebec, recently reworked its points system in a way that favours nurses. Nursing professionals may now earn 16 points towards their overall QSW point requirement, up from 12 points before. This represents the highest possible amount of points that can be awarded for any area of training/field of study.

This increase in points is significant. Quebec usually places a high emphasis on French language skills for individuals looking to immigrate. However, many nursing applicants will not necessarily need to learn French in order to receive enough points to immigrate under the QSW program, thanks to the amount of points they will receive for their professional background.

Nurses in Quebec can receive an average salary ranging between $50,000 and $60,000 a year. Due to nursing shortages throughout the province, there are many opportunities to earn even more than this. One article from April 2013 described a nurse earning an impressive $315,000 through overtime work and benefits.

Successful applicants to the QSW program receive Canadian Permanent Residency. Applicants immigrating as Quebec Skilled Workers should have a genuine intention of settling in the Province of Quebec. Once a Permanent Resident arrives in Canada, the Canadian Constitution grants all permanent residents and citizens the right and freedom to live and work in any of Canada’s provinces or territories.

http://www.cicnews.com/

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Canada welcomes first immigrants under new Federal Skilled Trades Program

Posted on 21 August 2013 by admin

Toronto, August 16, 2013 — Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today officially welcomed one of the first permanent residents under the new Federal Skilled Trades Program: Eric Byrne, originally from Ireland.

“Our Government remains focused on job creation, economic growth and long-term prosperity,” said Alexander. “The new Federal Skilled Trades Program enables us to attract and retain skilled workers—like Eric—so we can address regional labour shortages and strengthen Canada’s economy. It gives me great pleasure to personally welcome one of Canada’s first successful immigrants through our Skilled Trades stream.”

Eric Byrne received his Ontario trades certificate of qualification in May 2012 and currently works as a plumber for University Plumbing and Heating. He first arrived in Canada through the International Experience Canada program, which provides opportunities for international youth between the ages of 18 and 35 to travel and work in Canada.

“Canada is a great country and the people here have been exceptionally warm and welcoming,” said Eric Byrne. “I am very pleased that I qualified for the Federal Skilled Trades Program as it recognizes the value of my skill set and has allowed me to stay in Canada and integrate seamlessly into my new status as a permanent resident.”

At the same time today in Calgary, Employment and Social Development Minister Jason Kenney welcomed another successful applicant of the Federal Skilled Trades Program. New permanent resident Paul Lyttle has been working as an electrician for Calgary-based Unitech Electrical Contracting Inc. since June 2012.

“The new Federal Skilled Trades Program is a significant improvement to Canada’s immigration system which, for too long, had not been open to in-demand skilled workers,” said Minister Kenney. “Immigrants like Paul are set for success and I am pleased that this new Program will enable him, and others like him, to contribute skills to our economy on a permanent basis.”

“Relocating to Canada was the right decision for me, both personally and professionally,” said Paul Lyttle. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to stay here in Canada permanently and can now start making long-term plans.”

To date, successful applicants under the Federal Skilled Trades Program have originated from different countries including India, Lithuania, Latvia and Germany, in addition to Ireland.

The Government of Canada launched the Federal Skilled Trades Program in January 2013 to facilitate the immigration of skilled tradespeople who meet Canada’s current and evolving economic needs. Skilled tradespeople are assessed on relevant criteria, such as language ability, practical training and work experience rather than formal academic education. The Program was also created in response to requests from Canadian employers for skilled workers to fill labour shortages, particularly in the natural resources and construction sectors. In order to attract and retain qualified, in-demand candidates, the goal is to process applications as quickly as possible. Eric Byrne’s application was processed in only three months, while Paul Lyttle’s was finalized in four months.

“From an industry perspective, we are elated that the first ones of what we hope will be many new skilled trade professionals have been admitted to Canada under the Federal Skilled Trades Program,” said Mr. Michael Atkinson, President of the Canadian Construction Association. “This new Program responds directly to industry requests for a faster and more effective immigration program focused specifically on skilled trade professionals who are in short supply across Canada.”

The Federal Skilled Trades Program, along with other recent transformational changes to economic immigration programs, supports Economic Action Plan 2013 by building a fast and flexible immigration system focused on Canada’s economic and labour market needs.

http://www.cic.gc.ca/

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Monica Needs Your Help

Posted on 21 August 2013 by admin

Monica Chopra is fun-loving, driven young lady. At 26 Monica was thrown a curve ball, she was diagnosed with Severe Aplastic Anemia, a disease of the bone marrow. The bone marrow stops making enough red blood cells, white cells and platelets for the body. Basically her white blood cells are confusing her red blood cells and platelets for bad cells and destroying them. As a result her condition makes her at risk for life threatening infections or bleeding. The only cure is a Bone Marrow donation. Her doctors have been experimenting with immunosuppressive therapy (a way to suppress the white blood cells so her red cells and platelets can grow).

Aplastic Anemia affects just 5 in every 1 million people, it’s truly a rare disease. Being that such few people get this disease, therapies outside of Bone Marrow Transplant are few and far between. To date no one in her immediate or extended family are a match, including her only brother Neil.

If you asked her friends and family, they would say that Monica is the type of person who everyone wishes they had as a best friend, sister, daughter, girlfriend or acquaintance. She has a heart of gold and a shining star who’s always there for her loved ones. As soon as she heard about her rare condition, the first thing she did was reach out to the ones closest to her and asked them to live their life to the fullest. To not focus on the daily duties, but focus on the bigger picture in life – because even at her age – she wished she had lived a little more. She also thanked anyone who had donated blood in the past, as the transfusions she’s been getting almost weekly are keeping her alive.

To help Monica attend the Bone Marrow Drive, get swabbed, enjoy happy hour drink prices and complimentary appetizers at Van Diemens Bar. Registering requires a cheek swab with a Q-tip (no blood test). If chosen, donating can be as easy and giving blood. To learn more visit http://curemonica.org/

Monica’s path is a long one, but her goal is simple – to get as many people to register at BeTheMatch Registry, not just for herself but for the many people that need a Bone Marrow Transplant today. To donate blood and be organ donors to continue the giving so people like her have a chance to live a full life.

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TTC fatal crash: Mourners gather for funeral of woman who died in collision

Posted on 21 August 2013 by admin

Hundreds of mourners gathered to pray and grieve for Manoranjana Kanagasabapathy, 52, a beloved grandmother, daughter, sister and wife

The casket was set beneath a tall canopy strung with hundreds of small flowers, at the front of the large room.

Manoranjana Kanagasabapathy had been dressed in the gold threaded sari she had worn on her wedding day, her slender wrists banded in gold and her hands folded in front of her.

Hundreds of mourners filled the funeral home, gathering to weep, offer their condolences and witness a ceremony filled with song and prayer, in Scarborough on Sunday morning.

“My daughter, my daughter is gone,” cried her mother Sivamani Kandiah, 85, sitting in a pew in front of the casket. Several times throughout the morning she was helped to stand and walk to her daughter, weeping and pressing her forehead to her shoulder and stroking her face, hands and feet.

Kanagasabapathy, 52, was killed Tuesday when a bus she was boarding on Steeles Ave. E. near Middlefield Rd. was hit by a cube van, after the driver coming in the opposite direction tried to turn, close to 11:30 a.m. The van crossed over, jumped the curb and then plowed into the front of the bus. Her family said she had just finished praying at a nearby Hindu temple and was headed to work.

The beloved mother, wife, sister, daughter, and first-time grandmother died at the scene. The driver of the van faces multiple charges, including criminal negligence and dangerous operation of a vehicle.

Kanagasabapathy’s younger brother Panchalingam Kandiah, 44, said their relatives and friends are still in a state of shock, describing his sister as a primary caregiver for their mother and unifying force in their family.

Kandiah said he had spoken to his sister, one of five children in their large family, only days before the crash. He was in India and she gave him exact specifications to purchase her new sari that she planned to wear to celebrate the first birthday of her grandchild.

He called on the Canadian courts and police to take “severe action” against all distracted drivers, whether they are caught texting, drinking, speeding or simply failing to pay attention to what is happening on the road.

Kandiah said the sari Kanagasabapathy had been dressed in was from her husband and it was his “wish to send her off with the first gift that he gave her,” for her “last journey.”

On Sunday morning, after the second of two visitations that took place during the weekend, the room was filled with the scent of incense and the sound of prayer and song celebrating the stages of life, as well as death.

A constant stream of men and women walked up the aisle of the packed room at the funeral home to visit with the family. Some stood near walls lined with wreaths and bouquets of flowers. Next to the coffin the family had placed a photograph of Kanagasabapathy, her face lit with the broad and constant smile she was known for.

Kanagasabapathy’s husband, daughter and son spent much of the morning sitting near a priest at the side of the room. During points in the ceremony they rose to sprinkle, or touch points on, her body with water that the priest had blessed.

Kandiah explained that for Hindus water is sacred, a purifying element and essential component of all stages of life and death, beginning in the womb.

“You are born in water, so we want to end your cycle with water,” he said.

At the end of the morning — after Kanagasabapathy’s casket was filled with flowers by her loved ones and carried across a path of petals to a waiting hearse — she was to be cremated.

Her brother Kandiah said her ashes will likely be spread into the sea, near a temple in the northern part of Sri Lanka, close to where she grew up.

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Facebook and Social Media: A Hypocritical Game I Refuse To Play

Posted on 21 August 2013 by admin

By Nadia Chowdhury

Toronto

How I love social media. Don’t you love social media? Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon and all that good stuff? Yes, of course everybody loves them. Heck, people love spending more time on these than they would with their friends or loved ones. As a child, I remember spending time with my books and my toys; these days kids have already Instagrame’d their first kiss in high school and sent it to everyone on Facebook.

Huh, such sad times. Indeed, it has become a more “social-sharing” world we live in, with more text and texting than talking and speaking. While I enjoy texting as much as I like talking, there can be no denial: skills have been lost in the process. While I appreciate technology, the fact that people cannot spell these days is a problem. The fact that I am able to gaze into my friend’s farewell party and see the number of stoned individuals drinking tea and sake while smoking sheesha is not a good thing; the fact that I am able to download that stuff and post it on my wall is not a good thing. Oh well.

Judgments aside, I love social media. Yes, I am repeating myself, for which reason you should be listening. Let’s sing a song on social media. Wait, let’s not. I love social media but not your singing skills. I have confidence in mine, though.

So, an article on social media. Hmm…where would we have been today without Facebook and the wild illusions /delusions it gives of “social revolution” and “social justice” to those who continue to use it? Where would we have been without LinkedIn and the scope it gives to young people to flash their professional history to their connections quite literally? Where would we have been without Twitter and all the time it consumes out of my daily day when I could easily have been hacking somebody’s bank account? Apparently nowhere. And if these are all the problems I think we have in this world, then I have been drinking the wrong kind of wine at night before going to bed. Yes, I drink wine. That should not offend you.

Indeed, when I think about social media, I tend to not only think about the technology but also the time wasted by people on thinking that technology alone will revolutionize the world. How stupid, I sometimes wonder when people tell me they have been busy “helping the world” clicking Facebook pages dedicated to this war movement or that war movement. How foolish I wonder, when people assume that they can be complacent on issues just because they “shared” this Facebook news item and then think their work is done. So, just because someone took the pain to click the “Like” button on an anti-war page, that means thousands of miles away, war victims are free of the war they have to survive? That is what I call intelligence.

But more importantly, what I find amazing and stupefying in those who are part of the social media “campaign” is their lack of modesty; in other words, their lack of ability to admit that they are lazy and prefer things to be exactly what they are. In other words, why on earth should I take energy and time out of my life to go and spend it somewhere else to actually make a change? No way, man that will never do. Me, taking time out of my comfy computer chair to actually go out and do something? And me changing something which allows me to sit here in this comfy computer chair while thousands of people die outside? Nothing the doing.

And that is indeed the point. For us who think that it is people in power suits and huge cars who are part of the power dynamic and are so our “enemies”, that is not true. For those who think deeper, we realize that it is the compliant who like to keep the things they are, not only because many of us are perfectly fine with keeping things the way they are as long as they benefit us, but because many of us are perfectly fine with not putting ourselves in danger to make somebody else’s world right. Why?

Because at its very primal point, we are mortally scared for our lives. Scared that the powerful might come after us, might come and find us as we try to help others.

Will we ever be free of this fear?

I wonder.

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