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Jorge Rodrigues Simao
Discussion Paper No. 3110
Harvard Law School
Cambridge, MA 02178
European Law Professor;
Doctor in European Constitutional Law
Doctor in Economics & Monetary Policy
Harvard Law School;
Yale Law School
Jorge Rodrigues Simao
@2016 Jorge Rodrigues Simao
Extending the structural analysis to the level of international system, we can argue that the leave vote represents a decolonialization of the UK from Europe demanded by the disenfranchised periphery against globalization. Fired up by parts of the British media and the adversarial nature of British politics, Euroscepticism has become ‘normalised’ in public discourse to an extent that it remains largely unchallenged. It did not matter whether the migrants themselves were perceived as European, nor what the logic of the colonial power was in allegedly encouraging the resettlement: what was important was the postulated encroachment by the migrants on the status and well-being of the natives, and the fact that European integration was blamed for that.
The British vote against the EU was thus no more – but also no less – democratic than the vote in favor of Chávez, Erdoğan or Putin. The EU’s ‘normative power’ (or the ability to shape the conceptions of the ‘normal’ within the Union and beyond)  has indeed suffered serious consecutive blows in the course of battling the most recent economic crisis, saving Greece and the Eurozone, handling the ongoing refugee/migrant influx along with the troubles in its ‘Eastern neighbourhood’, and now Brexit – all that against the backdrop of a rather modern power Russia, only regaining its assertiveness in Europe and the world.
Learn to say yes, and mean it.
How long has it been since you’ve said yes to someone in your life?
Yes, I’d like to do that.
Yes, that sounds good to me.
Yes, I’ll take a chance.
How long has it been since you’ve said yes to yourself?
There are times when it’s best to say whatever and times when it’s best to say enough. Be aware of the differences in these times, and be ready to say both.
Are you being abused or merely annoyed?
Is your anger based on a legitimate hurt, or has someone just not lived up to your expectations?
Be aware that there’s a difference.
Then learn to apply the strategies, as needed, for that particular situation.
Are there any rules for knowing?
You can clear the land, plow the field, spread the fertilizer, and plant the corn. But you cannot make it rain.
You cannot prevent an early frost.
You cannot determine exactly what will happen in your life.
The rain may or may not fall, but one thing is certain: you will get a harvest only if you planted something in the field.
It’s important to do everything in our power to ensure our success, but we also need to let the universe take its course.
Some of us get attached to outcomes.
We think a project or a relationship has to go a certain way.
Sometimes we get so attached to the outcome of a thing, we don’t pay attention to how that thing feels.
We may be so focused on marrying that person we’re dating; we forget to pay attention to whether we like him or her.
We may be so interested in that book of photographs getting published and achieving fame that we can’t recollect if we have any passion for what we’re taking pictures of.
I’ll let go tomorrow; I’m having too much fun torturing myself today. No, that’s not really it.
I’ll let go tomorrow; the things I’m holding on to need me to hold them today.
Yes, that’s closer to what it is.
I’m not enjoying myself at all today, but I have to keep holding on to my desires, my guilt, my limitations, and my worries.
I am defined by them. And you want me to let go of them today?
There’s an old story about compassion, detachment, and Mohammed, the prophet of Islam.
Mohammed had a neighbor who had a garbage problem.
This neighbor was a cranky old man who let his garbage pile up and spill out all around his yard.
The mess was unsightly, but Mohammed practiced tolerance and compassion.
He didn’t say anything to the annoying neighbor, for years.
Resentments are sneaky, tricky little things.
They can convince us they’re justified.
They can dry up our hearts.
They can sabotage our happiness.
They can sabotage love.
Most of us have been at the receiving end of an injustice at some time in our lives.
Most of us know someone who’s complained of an injustice we’ve done to him or her.
Life can be a breeding ground for resentments, if we let it.