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This blog is about both scientific, societal/political, and yoga-related issues - individually and considered as different aspects of the same problem/solution. A longer description is found in the first blog entry, and all old posts are found in a structured way here. The blog is an extension of my main home pages and Twitter: @gunnarcedersund

Tomorrow it’s a new TED-evening!

events/courses at Posted on Mar 23, 2012 23:24

Tomorrow it is again time for a new TED-evening! 🙂

I am looking much forward to it. These evenings are exactly that kind of mixture I want to create, where politically engaged people meet yoga-students, so that these two sides in us can merge, heal, and evolve. The TED-evenings are also a merging of the highly inspirational talks that are available for everybody in the virtual world, with the old-fashion 19th century soiree, where people meet at home mixing culture with politics, and where people have a nice time together with new and old friends at the same time as they organise their activities towards a better world.

More info can be found here. Suggestions for inspiring talks (on the topic of “Ideas for a better world, including on how to spread them”) are of course welcome also from non-participants! 🙂

Poem about the Internet

internet Posted on Mar 23, 2012 22:52

As you might already know, I am writing poetry since some years back. I have basically finished a first cycle, even though it isn’t published yet. A few weeks ago, I got the inspiration to start on a second cycle. It is an idea I had a long time, but for which I haven’t felt ready until now. But now when I finally have gotten started, things have flowed out of me rather effortlessly: I have now written about 10 one-page poems, which brings me a little bit more than half-way. The idea is to write these poems in the same style, and as a sequel to “The Prophet”, by Kahlil Gibran, which is my favourite cycle of all. In this cycle Almustafa comes back, and talks about the new things, possibilities and challenges that have appeared since his last visit. The first poem I wrote, and which I think will be the first one in the ultimate cycle is the following one, on the joys but also limitations of the Internet.

And a computer hacker stepped forward and said: “Speak to us about the Internet”

Through the web, you can get a taste of the world of oneness to which you all long.

you all long for a place where all your friends are but a thought away,
and where the action of one of you is experienced by the lot of you.

You long for a place of connection with others that you always can bring, wherever you go.

you long for a joint place of Reason, to help you exchange and evolve
ideas – freely and maturedly – for the betterment of mankind.

All of these things, and more, Internet can bring you.

be aware, because this fulfills only half of your longing. And just
like virtual food is unable to satisfy the hungry stomach, you can never
use the Internet to dance, and your virtual friends can only numb, but
not truly satisfy that deepest loneliness calling on you from within
your heart.

time and space in Internet has collapsed into one point, this collapse
is not complete until you bring in the Outer and Inner worlds therein as

therefore sure to balance the virtual Matrix with the joys of the outer
world, and with the exploration of the Inner Matrix, wherein still
resides that Point wherein all things reside.

just like the addict alcoholic keeps looking for relief where he found
it once, but where he now only moves away from it, you too run the risk
of looking to deep in a place that then brings you out of balance and away from your
body and away from your soul.

when your virtual drinking buddies knock on your door late at night,
ask yourself deeply if this is what you really want, and then enjoy –
without shame! – your chosen universe, and your chosen nightly

Using the Internet to counteract warmongering with love

internet Posted on Mar 23, 2012 01:20

Yesterday I wrote about attacks on the internet and our right to be anonymous therein. Today let’s have a look at an example of why it is so important to fight for that right.

As you probably know, Isreal’s, US’, and Iran’s leaders are all in war-mongering mode. All the things that led up to the Iraq war are repeating themselves. “We have to attack now, before it’s too late, and they have weapens of mass-destruction that will destroy us”, etc etc. (speaking of that, here and here are some interesting and enlightening segments on alternative views on this war-mongering at the Daily Show, with Jon Stewart – a show I can truly recommend). This is a recipe that has been well developed, and tested and perfected over the years. And if it would succeed also this time, I think we are in some dire straits, because Iran, unlike Iraq and Afgahnistan, and all other recent war-enemies, has the ability to strike back. However, there is a new ingredience in the mix this time, that weren’t there just a few years ago: the internet, and all social medias.

One example of this is the campaign that has just started, which is called “we love you”. It features ordinary citizen in both Iran and Isreal who post youtube-clips, facebook-images, and all other versions where they show in one way or another: i) who they are, and that they are just ordinary people, ii) that they have no intention whatsoever to start a war, iii) that they too want to balance the war-mongering with love.

Here is a very simple such clip, but which I think is very sweet. War is never allowed if a war-mentality is not present. With the internet, we the people have a completely different power to help create this mentality – a mentality that we want – also on the societal level.

That’s one of the reasons why it is so absolutely important that we fight for our ability to use internet freely, and anonymously. In Iran, internet is much controlled and surveilled, and for Iranians, posting also these kind of links with no other message than love is a dangerous undertaking. That’s one of the reasons why the Iranian posts rarely have images of whole faces.