A blog of an amateur philosopher

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Raise our Fists?

Two weeks ago I posted about a video concerning the fake robbery of Spain's presidents chair in congress.

People didn't take long to discover that it was fake, but what they did not know until much later, is that the video was made by an advertisement company for a ONG.

It seemed to me like a nice way to make people concious about something, but i sighted when I discovered it was all a fake-fake.

Are young people like me growing too confortable and sometimes forget that we have power to change things. A good example is globalization and anti-globalization groups. Nowadays I'm totally sure that globalization is an irreversible process and trying to avoid it would be like trying to make a river run backwards. But it definitely can be handeled better.

About the challenges that making the world a better place involves I will talk another day. I want to talk about the role of people in influencing political and economical leaders decisions.

For big changes a strong voice is needed. Only few anti-globalization are heard of in the news and it's not because of their number but because of their radical acts. Making it easier for the interested one's to demonize them.

It's important to change the masses opinion, because the mass (without so much power individually) can influence together their future and the future of all of us.

First of all a good (and objective) education is needed (and we can see the diference between the US and Europe) but also the will. The unconformism. The decision to say NO even when obeying is easier in the very short term.

Maybe comunication industries could help being ethical and trying to influence masses to make the world a better place to leave, instead of showing fake-fakes only when they are paid for it.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Stealing Zapatero's Chair

Zapatero (Shumacher) or ZP (friendly name) is Spain's Prime Minister. Today I read an article about 3 guys that had made a video pretending to steal his chair from the congress. This is not real, its a set up, but if you are not one of those looking at mistakes made in movies (like me!) it looks quite real.

Here there is two picture of mistakes in the movie, found by some people that took the time to look deeply into it:

Different Chair: http://static.flickr.com/104/257253688_c41f0ca54a.jpg

Hand closing door: http://img405.imageshack.us/img405/4345/dibujoiy2.png

The message is "Stand Up Against Poverty Zapatero" (In the video they leave a note with this message in his chair at congress) asking him to join the campaign of United Nations called "Stand Up against Poverty" that proposes to all citizens to stand up together on October 16th.

This guys have definitively atracted attention. They have been on the main internet new sites, broadcasted on spanish televisions, their blog (http://levantatezp.blogspot.com) has received many visits and the post announcing the video has over 200 replies in less than 24hours.

I'm not specially revolutionary, but I like to do things in unorthodox ways or at least, unusual ones. This video might not do anything by itself, but many people now knows whats gonna happen October 16th.

What I get from this is that everyone of us is different, and there is many ways to contribute. Not everyone was born to go to live to ethiopia in a mission but definetively we all can do something. And no matter if our contribution to this world is big or small, it will always be better than passivity, conformism and apathy.