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About Guestspeaker

A joint effort of several authors who do find that nobody can keep standing at the side and that “Everyone" must care about what is going on in today’s world. We are a bunch of people who do not mind that somebody has a totally different idea but is willing to share the ideas with others and to be Active and willing to let others understand how "today’s decisions will influence the future”. Therefore we would love to see many others to "Act today".

Het leven is soms zo subtiel …

Het leven is soms zo subtiel …
Dat je nauwelijks merkt dat je door deuren loopt
Waarvoor je ooit hebt gebeden dat ze zouden openen.

A Bee Bg

Engels origineel / English original: Life is So Subtle Sometimes…

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Life is So Subtle Sometimes…

Dutch translation / Nederlandse vertaling: Het leven is soms zo subtiel …

Purplerays

Life is So Subtle Sometimes…
That you barely notice yourself walking through doors
you once prayed would open.

Text & image source: Mitra Shisha https://www.facebook.com/mitra.shahidi.3

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Alle liefde is expansie, alle egoïsme is samentrekking.

“Alle liefde is uitbreiding, alle egoïsme is samentrekking.
Liefde is daarom de enige wet van het leven.
Hij die lief heeft, leeft, hij die egoïstisch is, sterft.
Daarom heb lief omwille van de liefde, want het is de enige wet van het leven,
net zoals je ademt om te leven. ‘
– Swami Vivekananda

Engelse originele versie / English original version: All love is expansion, all selfishness is contraction.

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All love is expansion, all selfishness is contraction.

Dutch translation / Nederlandse vertaling: Alle liefde is expansie, alle egoïsme is samentrekking.

Purplerays

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“All love is expansion, all selfishness is contraction.
Love is therefore the only law of life.
He who loves lives, he who is selfish is dying.
Therefore love for love’s sake, because it is the only law of life,
just as you breathe to live.”

― Swami Vivekananda

Text & image source: Mystic Path to Cosmic Consciousness https://web.facebook.com/Mystic-Path-to-Cosmic-Consciousness-143005819116554/

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Bible writings telling us there is only One True God

On a Facebook group Diane Cohn neatly put everything on a row concerning the position of God and His son

 

Deuteronomy 32:39
See now that I, yes, I, am he;
and 👉🏻there is no god beside me.👈🏻
I put to death, and I make alive;
I wound, and I heal;
no one saves anyone from my hand!

Isaiah 45:5-6
I am Adonai; 👉🏻there is no other👈🏻;
👉🏻besides me there is no God👈🏻.
I am arming you, although you don’t know me,
so that those from the east and those from the west
will know that there is none besides me —
👉🏻I am Adonai; there is no other👈🏻.

Isaiah 46:5
To whom will you liken me and equate me?
👉🏻With whom will you compare me, as if we were similar?👈🏻”

Isaiah 46:9
“Remember things that happened
at the beginning, long ago —
that 👉🏻I am God, and there is no other👈🏻;
👉🏻I am God, and there is none like me👈🏻.

Exodus 20:2-3
“I am Adonai your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the abode of slavery.“👉🏻You are to have no other gods before me👈🏻.

17:31
For he has set a Day when he will judge the inhabited world, and do it justly, by means of 👉🏻a man whom he has designated.👈🏻 And 👉🏻he has given public proof of it by resurrecting this man from the dead👈🏻.”

Act 2:22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, 👉🏻a man👈🏻 approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which 👉🏻God did by him👈🏻 in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:

Joh 8:40 But now ye seek to kill me, 👉🏻a man👈🏻 that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.

Rom 5:15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by 👉🏻one man, Jesus Christ👈🏻, hath abounded unto many.

Rom 5:17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by 👉🏻one man, Jesus Christ👈🏻

1Ti 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, 👉🏻the man Christ Jesus👈🏻;

Is. 44:6 Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and 👉🏻beside me there is no God👈🏻.

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Indigenous groups calling for international support to ramp up pressure to defend their home.

Dear friends,

It’s horrifying — in the past year, an area the size of 500,000 soccer fields has been destroyed in the Amazon! Nearly half a BILLION trees torn down and gone… forever.

This is how they do it: armed militia swarm into protected areas, and indigenous leaders who stand up to them are murdered. There’s even stories of planes dropping gasoline to start massive forest fires. And Brazil’s far-right President Bolsonaro is making it even worse by stripping the Amazon of its remaining protections!

Right now, Amazon champions in Brazil’s Congress are considering sweeping new protections for the precious rainforest. And indigenous groups are calling for international support to ramp up pressure to defend their home.

Let’s build a massive call of citizens from around the world to protect the forest — when it’s huge, allies will deliver our voices to Congress in each key moment to silence the chainsaws and stop this Amazon apocalypse!

Click to save the Amazon

SIGN HERE

Bolsonaro has praised forest killers, blocked money for key conservation programs and threatened to evict entire indigenous communities from their lands. And if we don’t stop it, it’s not just the forest we’ll lose. It could be everything. The Amazon breathes in and stores massive amounts of carbon — and without it, there’s no chance of stopping the climate crisis.

Members of the Brazilian Congress are about to introduce proposals that could bring illegal deforestation in Brazil to ZERO, and key indigenous leaders are calling on the world to support the defence of the forest. We can help them!

The Amazon needs us right now. Add your name, and share widely to end the Amazon apocalypse before it’s too late. Once enough of us sign, we’ll throw everything at saving the forest — demonstrating of huge public support, polling, hard-hitting ads, and pressure on key governments around the world to break their silence:

Click to save the Amazon

Just years ago, when Brazil wanted to put a chunk of the Amazon the size of Denmark up for sale, 1.9 million Avaazers worldwide stood up for it and WE WON! Now the threat is even bigger… So we need to fight harder, smarter and stronger than ever for the Amazon!

With hope and determination,

Diego, Bert, Laura, Andrew, Mel, Nana, Luis and the rest of the Avaaz team

More information

‘Football pitch’ of Amazon forest lost every minute (BBC)
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-48827490

Brazil: huge rise in Amazon destruction under Bolsonaro, figures show (The Guardian)
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/03/brazil-amazon-rainforest-deforestation-environment

Donors of Brazilian Amazon Fund should get their way (Rio Times)
https://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/brazil/donors-of-brazilian-amazon-fund-get-their-way/

Jair Bolsonaro launches an assault on Amazon rainforest protections (The Guardian)
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/02/brazil-jair-bolsonaro-amazon-rainforest-protections

Brazil’s Bolsonaro presses anti-indigenous agenda; resistance surges (Mongabay)
https://news.mongabay.com/2019/06/brazils-bolsonaro-presses-anti-indigenous-agenda-resistance-surges/

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Verdwijnende talen

Elke twee weken verdwijnt er een taal. Daarmee gaat niet alleen cultuur, maar ook veel waardevolle kennis verloren. Hoe belangrijk zijn oorspronkelijke talen, voor de mensen die ze spreken en voor de wereld als geheel?

Talen zijn veel meer dan alleen een communicatiemiddel, en dat geldt zeker voor talen van oorspronkelijke bewoners overal ter wereld. Die, meestal gemarginaliseerde, talen bevatten kennis die vaak eeuwenoud is en vormen voor een groot deel de identiteit van de spreker. Een oorspronkelijke taal spreken is dikwijls zelfs een politieke daad – veel oorspronkelijke, pre-koloniale talen werden eeuwenlang verboden en hun sprekers, nog altijd, onderdrukt. Jezelf uitdrukken in je oorspronkelijke taal kan zo een schreeuw om bestaansrecht zijn.

Kennis van oorspronkelijke talen kan ook helpen onszelf en de wereld om ons heen beter te begrijpen. Volgens Lisa Feldman Barrett, psychologieprofessor aan de Northeastern University in Boston, kan het vermogen om onze emoties te identificeren en te benoemen ons helpen beter met die emoties om te gaan.

Lees verder:

Als onze talen verloren gaan, sterft onze cultuur

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wildfires burning down Amazon forest

We have never seen anything like this before! Right now, Thousands  of wildfires are burning down the Amazon, with black smoke plunging entire cities into darkness…

Ahead of the Group of Seven summit in France, French President Emmanuel Macron called the situation in Brazil an “international crisis” and vowed to make it a priority point of discussion.

As wildfires continue to engulf the Amazon rainforest at a record pace, Bolsonaro, who has called for the development of the Amazon region in his country, has come under immense scrutiny, with advocates saying fires have increased in areas of the world’s largest rainforest where deforestation has also risen.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is telling other nations not to meddle in its growing crisis in the Amazon rainforest as wildfires continue to spread across the region, shortly after he said Brazil didn’t “have the resources” on its own to extinguish the blaze.

“These countries that send money here, they don’t send it out of charity,”

the right-wing president said in a live broadcast on Thursday, Reuters reports.

“They send it with the aim of interfering with our sovereignty,”

he added.

 

The lungs of our planet are choking, but now Brazil’s far-right President Bolsonaro has come under massive pressure to act– let’s use this moment to make sure he protects to forest, before it’s too late! Sign here and share with everyone you know.

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Willful Blindness

There is a scientific term for ignoring the obvious, in psychology it is called ‘willful blindness.’  Psychologist, author, CEO and part-time lecturer Margaret Heffernan explains:

“Willful blindness is a human phenomenon to which we all succumb in matters little and large.
We can’t notice and know everything.
So, this means that we train our brain to filter or edit the information we want to let in.
Consequently, what we choose to let out is crucial.
The tendency is for us to let in information that makes us feel good about ourselves, whilst conveniently filtering out whatever unsettles our fragile ego and most vital beliefs.
Fear of conflicts and fear of change keep us that way.
The problem with this is that everything outside that warm, safe circle is in our blind spot, making us willfully blind!”

The good news is that willful blindness, or ‘channel-thinking’ isn’t a fatal diagnosis of the human condition. Margaret Heffernan also explains:

“Willful blindness may be our natural evolutionary cultivated tendency,
but the plasticity and responsiveness of our minds is what makes each of us most remarkable and our capability to change can never be underestimated.”

 

From: 20/20 Vision and the Psychology of Willful Blindness

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It doesn’t mean that people aren’t watching everything you do

Just because you’re paranoid, it doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.
Just because you’re not a rock star,
it doesn’t mean that people aren’t paying attention to you.

Just because some psychologist came up with the idea of the spotlight effect,
it doesn’t mean that people aren’t watching everything you do.

~ extract from: Challenge Accepted: Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction – Rock Star
J. Borden

 

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