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The White Rabbit put on his spectacles. ‘Where shall I begin, please your Majesty?’ he asked. ‘Begin at the beginning,’ the King said gravely, ‘and go on till you come to the end, then stop.’ We, on the other hand, will have to do almost exactly the opposite: we will have to begin at the end, go on till we stop, then find that it is, after all, only the beginning.
To start, then, at the end: before we can be introduced to God, it would be a big help if we could have some idea of who or what it is that we are being introduced to.
So who or what is God?
Speaking of God: philosophers and poets
“We will know only what we are taught; we will be taught only what others deem is important to know, and we will learn to value that which is important.”
Native American proverb
A Terra não herdámos dos nossos antepassados, mas sim tomámos emprestada dos nossos filhos. Este antigo e nativo provérbio americano e o que implica, soam actualmente, como se tornou cada vez mais óbvio, que as acções das pessoas e as interacções com o ambiente afectam não só as condições de vida, mas também as de muitas gerações futuras. Os seres humanos devem analisar o efeito que têm sobre o clima da Terra, e como as suas escolhas terão um impacto sobre as gerações futuras. Muitos anos antes, Mark Twain, disse que "O mundo todo fala sobre o clima, mas ninguém faz nada", o que não é mais verdade.
The right to health does not mean that we have the right to be healthy. The right to health is defined by UN expert Paul Hunt as: a right to an effective and integrated health system, encompassing health care and the underlying determinants of health, which is responsive to national and local priorities, and accessible to all. He uses the accessibility prism to point out that the right to health means that health care: must be accessible to all, not just the wealthy, but also those living in poverty; not just majority ethnic groups, but minorities and indigenous peoples, too; not just those living in urban areas, but also remote villagers; not just men, but also women.
“Populist leaders like Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen, Norbert Hoffer, Nigel Farage, and Geert Wilders are prominent today in many countries, altering established patterns of party competition in contemporary Western societies. Cas Mudde argues that the impact of populist parties has been exaggerated. But these parties have gained votes and seats in many countries, and entered government coalitions in eleven Western democracies, including in Austria, Italy and Switzerland. Across Europe, their average share of the vote in national and European parliamentary elections has more than doubled since the 1960s, from around 5.1% to 13.2%, at the expense of center parties. During the same era, their share of seats has tripled, from 3.8% to 12.8%. Even in countries without many elected populist representatives, these parties can still exert tremendous ‘blackmail’ pressure on mainstream parties, public discourse, and the policy agenda, as is illustrated by the UKIP’s role in catalyzing the British exit from the European Union, with massive consequences.”
Trump, Brexit, and the Rise of Populism: Economic Have-Nots and Cultural Backlash
Harvard Kennedy School
Ronald F. Inglehart and Pippa Norris
O voto britânico para abandonar a União Europeia (UE) e a eleição do presidente Donald Trump nos Estados Unidos deixou muitos surpreendidos no passado ano. O economista e comentarista irlandês, David McWilliams, denominou 2016, como “o ano do outsider". As previsões apontam que 2017 não será diferente, com eleições importantes que irão ocorrer por toda a Europa e muitos viram as eleições holandesas de 15 de Março de 2017, como "o primeiro grande teste" do que está por vir.