Archive for July, 2014

What is “International law,” the thing that every idiot quotes and knows nothing about?

July 16, 2014

I sometimes wish that I lived in this world a thousand years from now when humans would be mature enough to have an international law specifying national boundaries and not mumble their stupidity as if there is such a law.  What there is, in some cases, is a properly executed boundary agreement between 2 cooperating countries (a country is a territory with a marked border, people who share a culture, ruled by a government, have a working economy, police, army and a peaceful relationship with other countries).

A fence makes for good neighbors. Canada and the US don’t fight anymore. They have a peace arch, like a fence that prevents jurisdictional disputes that can lead to war of words or litigation. Most countries do not have a legally internationally recognized borders, only politically. There is no international law about borders. If 2 countries are highly educated (about 10% of the countries in this world) their parliaments will pass a “boundary law” that sets up a permanent Boundary commission (PBC). The 2 intelligent countries will then appoint an official international boundary commission ( IBC) composed of 50% of the members from each of their  PBC’s. The sole purpose of the combined commission appointed by the 2 legislatures would be to measure a line a few meters wide and mark it on the national map as the no man’s land (NML) between them. A properly protected border prevents illegal crossing, jurisdictional disputes, hostilities that may erupt over law enforcement, building permits. natural resources, economic issues, monetary policies, and many unforseen issues that may lead to a terrible life for the citizens of both countries.

Self recognized borders is so important that each government regardless of its political system must appoint or elect a permanent boundary commission (PBC). Most countries don’t have such as simple thing. The job of the PBC members is to collect all the historical knowledge  (data) related to the international boundaries of the country.  This knowledge may include maps, geometric measurements, photographs, boundary points markers, lines, natural lines, monuments and other things. A PBC that does it job well (few do) provides the parliament with an  opportunity to write a good constitution and define the country as a recognized “Sovereign State.”  Sovereign states have the international right to control their international borders and set up border entry and exit legal check points. All these are done by state initiatives. There is no international law that can legally compel a country to define its boundary differently. A smart state will define its boundaries only if it has enough people, government and army. Thus, only a state can define its territory and create legal documents, border geometry, physical markers and map visibility. But for international acceptance in cases when a large minority live within its boundary, the IBC may require the state to compile extra historical documents (all) to justify the state’s name and boundary. By agreement, all the documents compiled by the PBC and IBC must be organized treaties and protocols available in the language of the country, with optional one or 2 more languages of the minorities. The documents can be made available though official websites. The information must be comprehensive, with written  treaties, written declarations by others, geographic documents, historical papers and so on.

Hey, if you got all these ingredients, go, create a country and don’t worry about others. Make it delicious!

 

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Why can’t you learn from the best teacher in the world?

July 15, 2014

You’d probably have a lot of theories about it once I tell you what it is, but the fact remains that you can’t learn from that hidden teacher because in school or in your culture they told you that this “thing” is not a teacher, it’s only a poor communication tool (that is why MD’s have their own language)

Socrates, Plato and Aristotle told your forefathers 2400 years ago that this “thing” was the most spiritual and profound teacher who can teach you how to live a great life. The Athenians ganged on Socrates and poisoned him for “lying” to impressionable minds. His 2 pupils were exiled to eternal damnation. Well, today is July 14, 2014 and don’t you think it is time to bring their wisdom back? We need them for our identity. Are you going to succeed where your forefathers have failed? Today, if you want to know what these 3 founders of language said about their discovery beyond the fact that L is a communication tool you’d have to wait until you go to college and be lucky enough to find a special class about these 2 giants that is rarely taught because there are only a few students who would take such a class! (high school already screw it up for you). I know, my “followers” who read my posts about the 10% Rule are exceptional. They developed a strong desire to live a great life and not just pretend that they do!

I sat 3 row away from a handsome man of about 30 at a Baptist church service in Hebrew in honor of Yehoshua Ben Yoseph. Visiting Yerushalaim in 2011 I got confused by an unexpected linguistic event, let alone the hybrid church service. An officiating Rabbi said “hello there, Yehoshua” and the handsome man sitting in the 1st row responded, “Hi there, Rabbi.” Being a “different” kind of psychologist who was interested in language as a teacher I asked myself, “How can they both be there while I am here?” Somehow the man heard my thought (thoughts are sub- vocalizations) and said, “I am also here.” “I am here too,” I uttered, as if it felt good to discover that language is magical  and you can be here and there and everywhere at the same time! We both laughed. The truth always makes me laugh because it is impossible to accept unless you become spiritually aware. You feel amused by it and you laugh.

Let me describe to you 2 deadly events that occurred to 2 linguistically unaware persons, one of them was my patient. “Dr. Kinarthy, my marriage is finished. I gave my husband the best years of my life, the jerk, he stole my youth.” She was angry and she left him never realizing that her false use of language caused it. The other event was a nurse who was desperately in love with a paramedic and always said to her best friend, “I am dying to meet him.” She died in his arms in a car accident. The Jewish Torah says, “Life and death is in the hand of the tongue.” (Haim vemavet beyad halashon.). Language is magical. It can kill, destroy your marriage or tell you how eternal you are!