Chinese writer Mo Yan winning the 2012 Nobel Prize for Literature is making headline news in China, with an overwhelming amount of praise, but also controversy, among internet users. 
Many people critisize Mo Yan, claiming that he is in favor of censorship as applied by the official Chinese government – e.g. to other Chinese artists.
But how can someone judge an artist based on his political opinions? How can someone censor an artist because he does not go in jail so as to defend other jailed artists? Do those who protest against Mo, do anything about the jailed chinese artists ? (except shouting in the Internet of course…)
The greatest mistake of Americans and Europeans is to think that censorship exists only in China. The West if full of economic trusts, political lobbyists, people in power doing anything they wish and imposing their ideas as “mainstream” throughout the Old and New Continent.
A Chinese farmer gorwing rice and spending each day peacfully in his small house, could be more free than any European or any American spending his day in depression within a small flat.
Let’s all be happy for Mo! He deserves it!
Let’s stop being so hypocrits (Gr. Ας σταματήσουμε να είμαστε τόσο δήθεν).
The pen name Mo Yan means “don’t speak”. Maybe this is the best advice for all “civilized” people in the West who always think they know so much.
World media celebrate the first gene therapy approved by the European Medicines Agency, a decision which will open the way for more personalized treatments adjusted to each patient’s needs. [1, 2, 3]
However reading below the headlines reveals another truth. This is not the first gene therapy approved after all: the Chinese had approved a gene therapy well before that – in 2003. Why do we have such grandiose headlines then?
What is it with us Westerners that makes us so arrogant and selfish? Why didn’t we have such headlines when China approved that gene therapy so long ago? Why do we celebrate a success which is not a success but a sad reminder of West being always behind other cultures in medicine?
After we have denied ourselves the possibility of other kinds of treatments on the basis “we know better” (see the prohibition of American Indian medicine, the defamation of homeopathics or the attacks modern medical society attacks on alternative methods of therapy like acupuncture), we are now trying to convince ourselves that we are the best in genetics.
Clothing giant Gap has pulled a controversial T-shirt off its warehouse shelves after outraged consumers lashed out via social media. The simple, dark-blue T-shirt with “MANIFEST DESTINY” printed on it in stark white letters was part of the “Gap x GQ” collection, a joint effort between Gap and GQ Magazine to showcase America’s best new designers. 
The term which caused the clothes firm so much trouble was coined in 1845 by John O’Sullivan, a newspaper editor at the Democratic Review, who wrote that the United states should annex Texas and claim the Oregon Country because “that claim is by the right of our manifest destiny to overspread and to possess the whole of the continent which Providence has given us for the development of the great experiment of liberty and federated self-government entrusted to us”. The whole idea was used as a justification for many people with darker skin…
Yes, for a long time people believed that they are the masters of the cosmos…
Now people know that they should be in harmony with their environment.
But could that be sheer hypocrisy?
Let’s look who is complaining about such a motto “wrongly” used on a shirt…
Is it you, you pathetic consuming beast. You who constantly eats, drinks and wears clothes created by people working under slavery conditions. You who believe that taking 5 minute Yoga lessons while having 3 cars and 5 TV sets will help you reach “harmony”. You who gets a new cell phone every year (for which Africa is ravaged by civil wars due to the resources taken from there to create those fancy cell phones). Well, people like you do not have the right to be so “sensitive”…
And yes, people should try to make something to control their destiny (as much as they can anyway). Because if they don’t, they become the same as stones and dirt.
And NO. We should not stop quotting something which could be good because some other idiots used it once upon a time to justify crimes.
But that’s what happens when a society thinks that buying clothes is all you can do.
Our sterilized misguided society cannot stand what is real. Animal activists cry against bullfights. They torture the animals, they claim. But has anyone seen the terrible conditions under which the animals we eat everyday are kept and then slaughtered? Isn’t that “torture”? Todays people really believe that their food grows into the form of chicken nuggets on some magic tree.
The bulls killed in a bullfight are then consumed for food. What bothers us then?
It is that we are hypocrites.
We do not want to actually see what is really happening.
If another superior species stacked humans in a 2×2 m cages (see CAFO or here) and then selected them one-by-one for slaughter, we would consider that harsh. But this is exactly what we do every passing minute to chickens, rabbits, cows, fish et cetera… The bull in the arena has at least the chance to fight against the one who wants to kill him. Putting your life at risk to kill an animal for food, is the most honorable way to do so! But we prefer killing facelessly. We do not like the view of blood. We only like the view of a good fillet. And no! We do not want to know where it comes from!
Our society has lost its contact with life and death. We read about them in encyclopedias but do not wish to come in contact with them. We kill thousands of people in videogames (or in Afghanistan, isn’t it the same?), but we react really intensely to the killing of one bull (which we will eat anyway afterwards). We see our loved ones die but then hush quickly away in order to “forget”.
We are consumer-animals and we thing that death is for the “others” – the children in Somalia or the zebras which are devoured by lions on the Discovery Channel.
But even the bull in the bloody arena is a better philosopher than we are.
Life and death are here.
And they are more real and “violent” than any ten minute bullfight.
We live in 2012. And when you open your TV or open a news web page, you read a new article against Hitler almost every week. Why Hitler was bad, why Hitler did that, why Hitler did the other et cetera, et cetera… Every day you are bombarded with History Channel’s documentaries or reports of journalists writting something about the German leader who once made the whole planet go at war…
How logical is that, given the times we live in and the current star date?
Yes, we all know by now what Hitler did. BUT how logical is it to hear over and over again attacks against Hitler and special reports on how flawed he was, how utterly evil he was, how how how…
Recently a report from the person who wrote the book “Hitler’s Private Library” described the thousands of books the German leader had in his library [source]. And the report actually mentioned the vast number of books in an ironical way, stating that we should actually laugh at how Hitler was “ignorant” (and, thus, had the need to read so many book) !!! WTF?!? Really? Is that what you’ve got to say after knowing that the man had thousands of books and read every minute he had free? Really?!? How many books hane YOU read you idiot?
Similar attempts include people trying to tell us that he was not actually a vegeterian, that he did smoke secretely in his bathroom, that he did not pass the first laws to protect animals, that he did not pass the first laws against smoking, that he did not help conduct the FIRST research which linked smoking with cancer, that he was not faithfull to his loved one but fucked any woman he found (thanks History Channel for the so much INTERESTING documentaries!), that he did not found Volkswagen and that he did not create the autobahns…
Oh, and let me not forget my favorite one: Hitler made a “mistake” not to destroy the whole army of England at Dunkirk and not to invade England after that. And of course it was the “heroism” of England which made him not do that. (and in no way the fact that Hitler and all too many British Parliament members considered themselves allies against the communists!) …
Accusing Hitler as evil is one thing (and JUSTIFIED one, let me not be misunderstood). But this mass attempt to nullify his whole existence into something which was “bad” in every aspect is just… wrong and hypocritical!
Let’s all shout loudly once and for all: HITLER WAS EVIL!
There. Did that take care of your problems? Do you now feel better as citizens or as individuals? Have you taken care of your personal need for blaiming someone for everything bad existing in the world? DO you feel relaxed and pleased?
What is the REAL NEED of having someone to blame and point the finger at constantly? What is the REAL NEED of saying accusations over and over again for someone who has died for so long?
Didn’t we had other EVIL people in the past? (yes, Stalin, I am talking about you) Don’t we have other BAD people anymore? Don’t we have other EVIL people killing other people today? Don’t we have other CRUEL leaders leading their peoples into destruction just for personal gain now? Don’t we have LYING leaders leading their countries into unjustified wars as we speak? (yes, USA, I am talking about you…) Don’t we have other genocides which happened besides WWII? (yes, Turkey, I am talking about you) Didn’t we have other EVIL doctors performing atrocious experiments on innocent people? (yes, CIA doctors, I talking about you – see Doctors, Medicine, Horror) Don’t we have anything else to point our finger to?
Let’s face it.
Hitler helps us from seeing reality in front of our eyes…
In a sense, he is the excuse we always wished for…