Spirituality of Freedom

(Vere, Stein Atle. ©2011. "Comment: Spirituality of Freedom". brakha.blogspot.com.)

There is a spirituality of freedom. I value the TRANSCENDENCE of human rights and personal freedoms. The "freewill" (Ratson רצון ) of each and every human and the "infinite will" (Ratson רצון ) of God are virtually identical. Freedom - thus negotiating the freedom of others - defines authentic spirituality.

Freedom of speech is the mother of all human rights and personal freedoms. Only speech can voice grievances and negotiate solutions. Human rights are conflictive. Example: the right to be free versus the right to be secure, including the right to speak freely versus the right to protection from defamation. Each nation must use speech to negotiate its own optimal balance of rights, according to its cultural values, but all nations must maximize freedom of speech to the greatest degree possible.

Even this negotiation of mutual rights invites each one of us to transcend our own limited assumptions. Negotiation among "fellow" mutually sincere negotiators is a way to engage the infinite.

Also See
• (Rosner, Shmuel. ©2011. "Last Salvo of the Secular Religion of Human Rights". JPost. http://blogs.jpost.com/content/guest-blog-last-salvo-secular-religion-human-rights, 2011.)


The UN Must Reform

(Vere, Stein Atle. ©2011. "Comment: The UN Must Reform". brakha.blogspot.com.)

When freedom negotiates the freedom others, then freedom is spirituality.

"Secularity" means freedom of spirituality.

Freedom is good. At the same time, the movement for human rights and personal freedoms has a lightside and a darkside.

While secular and international, the United Nations Declaration of Universal Human Rights now functions as a cultural expression of spirituality. Therefore. Unfortunately, the adherents of human rights also become vulnerable to the "groupthink" of this culture. Any reasonable individual can see: To legitimize dictators who seek to destroy human rights and personal freedoms, obviously, harms human rights and personal freedoms. But groupthink limits reason to serve collective behavior. The darkside of the United Nations - UN - behavior is a conspiracy of bribes and threats by Islamist, Communist, and Neo-Fascist dictators of oil-producing nations. Thus those who individually seek human rights, instead collectively serve the UN groupthink, like automatons, to whitewash dictators and even demonize those who oppose dictators.

The UN must reform to disempower all nations that violate personal freedoms of their own citizens.

"Islamism" (as opposed to Islam) is the use of violence, threats, and discrimination to coerce victims to adopt Islam. Islamism is evil, antihuman, and wars against human rights and personal freedoms. Unfortunately Islamism still dominates the Muslim World because, unlike the Christian World, the imperialistic cultures of the Medieval Age continue as such into the Modern Age. Even "secular" (non-clergy) Muslim dictatorships adopt Islamist traditions, albeit self-servingly. Currently, the UN includes 57 Islamist nations who denounce the Declaration of Universal Human Rights under the pretext that it contradicts the historically imperialistic implementations of Sharia (the Muslim legal tradition). But disgustingly, these same Islamists sit on the UN Human Rights Council as judges - such as Lybia, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain, Qatar, Djibuti, soon Syria, etcetera - to obstruct legal actions against their own crimes against humanity and to trump up charges against their democratic enemies - such as the Jewish State of Israel. Notice many of these dictators are strategic Western allies, which is why the collective groupthink behavior entangles the evil ambitions of these Islamists. Also, there are Nonmuslim dictators who sit on the Council whose crimes against humanity in the name of Communism or Neo-Fascism (systemic "mafia") are equally evil - such as China, Cuba, Russia, Chile, etcetera.

Incredibly, these antihuman dictators control the Council that is supposed to safeguard the Declaration of Universal Human Rights.

The UN must reform. To denounce the Declaration of Universal Human Rights must automatically disqualify any nation from sitting on the UN Human Rights Council. Any UN HRC member nation who violates the Declaration must lose their HRC membership.

Furthermore, freedom of speech is the mother of all human rights and personal freedoms. All nations - even dictatorships - must allow freedom of speech and nonviolent protests. Any nation that silences freedom of speech must lose their voting status in the General Assembly.

Also See
• (Rosner, Shmuel. ©2011. "Last Salvo of the Secular Religion of Human Rights". JPost. http://blogs.jpost.com/content/guest-blog-last-salvo-secular-religion-human-rights, 2011.)

Archetype of Nations

(Vere, Stein Atle. ©2011. "Comment: Archetype of Nations". brakha.blogspot.com.)

Deriving from the Tanak (Hebrew Bible), Jewish spirituality describes humanity diversifying into an archetype of 70 nations − plus a transcendent nation of Yisrael to energize the dynamic equalibrium among these nations. Likewise, the Tanakh has nationalism persist into the future, inspiring a Messianic Age. When God saves the nation of Israel, God reciprocates each nation separately as nations, depending on how they engage Yisrael. Even during the Messianic Age, nationalism continues, possibly eternally. The archetype to organize and diversify into national identities seems a human biological impulse. Diversity of worldviews is good.


Advancing Human Rights

(Vere, Stein Atle. ©2011. "Comment: Advancing Human Rights". brakha.blogspot.com.)
(JPost. http://www.jpost.com/Features/FrontLines/Article.aspx?id=215658, 2011.)

Advancing Human Rights - AHR. Finally! A real Human Rights group. The other groups prove to be brazen criminal fronts for Islamists, dictators, and terrorists - empowering the worst human rights violators on the planet. But this group AHR advances global human rights in “authoritarian countries without free speech or corrective mechanisms.” This is the exact target to engage to make the world a better place. Free speech is the bedrock for all human rights and personal freedoms. The fake human rights groups made me cynical. But AHR renews my hope in the future. Hurray for humanity!

Support Advancing Human Rights now: http://advancinghumanrights.org/!


(Vere, Stein Atle. ©2011. "Comment: Violence". brakha.blogspot.com.)

Violence remains vital to human survival, whether by armies, police, or homeowners. Ethics requires us to minimize violence. We must achieve altruistic goals with the minimal amount of violence possible, but enough to remain effective. But "proportionality in warfare" is a false doctrine. Violence must be asymmetric: police must use enough violence to apprehend any criminal who violates the freedoms of others. Sometimes police violence must be more than the criminals, sometimes less. It is independent. We still cant eliminate violence because defenselessness itself still provokes victimization.

Archetype of Brothers

(Vere, Stein Atle. ©2011. "Comment: Archetype of Brothers". brakha.blogspot.com.)
(JPost. http://www.jpost.com/ArtsAndCulture/Entertainment/Article.aspx?id=215645, 2011.)

The archetypal Jewish brothers are the two biblical Jewish nations: Kingdom of Yisrael in the north versus Kingdom of Yhuda in the south. Yisrael is sensual, aggressive, worldly, and savvy. Yhuda is spiritual, patient, isolationist, and inflexible. These archetypes Yisrael-versus-Yhuda reincarnate thru Jewish history: Hellenist-v-Makabi, philosopher-v-mystic, Enlightenment-v-Orthodox. Truly, when these two brothers hate eachother, the stronger brother (Yisrael) gets killed while the weaker brother (Yhuda) languishes. In the Messianic Age (King David), the two brothers succeed only by working together.