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16.5.07

The Key. 59 years on the occupation of Palestine


This is the Key, it might look old and unusable, it might look strange, but this is a real key. Though, this key cannot be used to open its owner's house door, not because it became so old and the house door now has a new modern system, nor because the house' owners decided to spend their summer holiday or the rest of their life in an allure island or an attractive beach, but because the house' owners had been forced to leave their house, had been fired from their dreams. "The Key" is not a myth story or a tale, nor a memorial piece from history, the Key is not an imaginary fiction or drama film. The Key is the reality, it is the pain and the daily suffer, it is sunset and the leaves fall, it is the loneliness and unfairness, it is the catastrophes of Palestine. It is the HOPE.

On 15th of every May since 1948, Palestinians do not need to remember their suffer, because every day they face a new kind of suffer, a new kind of killing, destroying houses, damaging trees, reaping women, killing children.

In 1948, the Israeli army invaded Palestine, and since then, Palestine is known to the world as Israel, most of Palestinian had been forced to leave their homeland, some of them refused to leave, they faced the immediate death, some of them have survived, those who did, have been living either outside their homeland in camps, or within it in a worse situation, when they left, they couldn't take any luggage with them, it was unplanned vacation, the Israeli war was sudden, the Palestinians left with empty hands, but they didn't forget to firmly close the doors of their houses, and take the Keys with them, 59 years ago, the took their houses keys, because of the hope, the hope of return.

I myself, cannot even assure that their houses even still exists, something else had been built in their place, but I absolutely sure that the house exists in their minds, and they have the Key to open them again. "The Key" is the Hope.

7.5.07

Slow Down Culture

I received the following article by e-mail and thought to share it with you.

It's been 18 years since I joined Volvo, a Swedish company. Working for them has proven to be an interesting experience. Any project here takes 2 years to be finalized, even if the idea is simple and brilliant. It's a rule.

Globalize processes have caused in us (all over the world) a general sense of searching for immediate results. Therefore, we have come to posses a need to see immediate results. This contrasts greatly with the slow movements of the Swedish. They, on the other hand, debate, debate, debate, hold xquantity of meetings and work with a slowdown scheme. At the end, thisalways yields better results.

Said in another words:
1. Sweden is about the size of San Pablo, a state in Brazil.
2. Sweden has 2 million inhabitants.
3. Stockholm, has 500,000 people.
4. Volvo, Escania, Ericsson, Electrolux, Nokia are some of its renownedcompanies. Volvo supplies the NASA.

The first time I was in Sweden, one of my colleagues picked me up at thehotel every morning. It was September, bit cold and snowy. We would arriveearly at the company and he would park far away from the entrance (2000employees drive their car to work). The first day, I didn't say anything,either the second or third. One morning I asked, "Do you have a fixed parking space? I've noticed we park far from the entrance even when there are no other cars in the lot." To which he replied, "Since we're here early we'll have time to walk, and whoever gets in late will be late and need a place closer to the door. Don't you think? Imagine my face.

Nowadays, there's a movement in Europe name Slow Food. This movement establishes that people should eat and drink slowly, with enough time to taste their food, spend time with the family, friends, without rushing. SlowFood is against its counterpart: the spirit of Fast Food and what it stands for as a lifestyle. Slow Food is the basis for a bigger movement called Slow Europe, as mentioned by Business Week.



Basically, the movement questions the sense of "hurry" and "craziness"generated by globalization, fueled by the desire of "having in quantity"(life status) versus "having with quality", "life quality" or the "qualityof being". French people, even though they work 35 hours per week, are moreproductive than Americans or British. Germans have established 28.8 hourworkweeks and have seen their productivity been driven up by 20%. This slow attitude has brought forth the US's attention, pupils of the fast and the"do it now!".

This no-rush attitude doesn't represent doing less or having a lower productivity. It means working and doing things with greater quality, productivity, perfection, with attention to detail and less stress. It means reestablishing family values, friends, free and leisure time. Taking the"now", present and concrete, versus the "global", undefined and anonymous. It means taking humans' essential values, the simplicity of living.

It stands for a less coercive work environment, more happy, lighter and moreproductive where humans enjoy doing what they know best how to do. It's timeto stop and think on how companies need to develop serious quality withno-rush that will increase productivity and the quality of products andservices, without losing the essence of spirit.

In the movie, Scent of a Woman, there's a scene where Al Pacino asks a girlto dance and she replies, "I can't, my boyfriend will be here any minutenow". To which Al responds, "A life is lived in an instant". Then they dance to a tango.

Many of us live our lives running behind time, but we only reach it when wedie of a heart attack or in a car accident rushing to be on time. Others are so anxious of living the future that they forget to live the present, which is the only time that truly exists. We all have equal time throughout the world. No one has more or less. The difference lies in how each one of us does with our time. We need to live each moment. As John Lennon said, "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans".

Congratulations for reading till the end of this message. There are many whowill have stopped in the middle so as not to waste time in this globalizeworld.
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