Spirit of Humanity Forum: on Love and Compassion

Last week, the second Spirit of Humanity forum was held in Reykjavik. This Forum is a new global platform of leaders in politics, business, education, environment, science, peace-building, spirituality, etc, who are ready to explore how universal human values can lead to systemic change in organisations, communities and even nations. The Forum brings and presents concrete examples of values-driven projects in society with the purpose of creating a new ‘community of practitioners’ among world leaders. Ruud Lubbers, former Prime Minister of The Netherlands and Earth Charter Commissioner, was one of the prominent speakers. We will share part of his inspiring words in this blog.

“I would like to share my thoughts on two important questions: Why are we interested in love and compassion in governance now? How can these core values play a key role in shifting our society’s overall culture?

I am here on behalf of the Earth Charter. A commitment to come to an Earth Charter was made in Rio de Janeiro 1992 at the UN Conference on Environment and Development. After 8 years of dialogue with civil society, ethical, spiritual and religious movements all over the world, the Earth Charter was agreed upon in 2000 at Unesco Headquarters in Paris. The last sentence of the Preamble of the Earth Charter reads: ‘We the people of the Earth declare our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life and to future generations.’ This is what compassion means.

Eight years later, in 2008, the Earth Charter was complemented with the Charter of Compassion. I salute Karen Armstrong as I do with Hans Kung, who united the Religions in a Declaration for Global Ethics. As a former politician and Professor on Globalization, I also sat down with the Dalai Lama, the Art of Living Foundation Ravi Shankar in India, and my beloved Brahma Kumaris.

All those meetings brought me to proposing as the concluding words of the Earth Charter: the Joyful Celebration of Life.

Today, I would also like to draw your attention to Martha Nussbaum’s latest book “Political Emotions. Why Love Matters for Justice”. This book is about nations, politics and justice, but putting love in the centre is remarkable. Like the Charter of Compassion, this book complements the Earth Charter, the Joyful Celebration of Life and Governance to achieve a truly Common Future, for which a shift in our societies’ overall culture is key.

In a seemingly divided world, I can only say: “We, all mankind together, have to overcome”.

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Revenge Your Ex

Each day hundreds of men and women seek revenge on their ex-mates for a
variety of reasons, usually because they got dumped or where cheated on.
Revenge comes in many ways. It typically starts by using social media to
vent, and then escalates from there. Now sites like “Get Revenge On Your Ex”
for a fee will help you get pay back or revenge.

So what is the best way to get revenge besides slashing her tires, posting
nude photos of her and so on.

The best way according to the web site Right Choices 101 is to live your
life well. This is true no matter who you are seeking revenge on. Coworkers,
past bosses, bad friends or ex-lovers. Put your energy into succeeding and
enjoying your life, not wasting your time, energy and resources on revenge
that can end up costing you much more. Plus, when you seek revenge, you send
them a massage that you have not gotten over the relationship. It’s much
better to show you are indifferent and don’t care.

According to Kenneth Agee of A Foreign Affair, a service that specializes in
helping men find young beautiful foreign women, “The best revenge is to date
or marry a women 10 years younger than your ex. This will piss her off to no
end. No woman ever wants to be replaced with a younger, more attractive
woman. Just like a man never likes to get replaced by a guy who is wealthier
or more successful.

I will never forget one of my first clients we took to Saint Petersburg,
Russia.” says Agee, “The client told me that two days on our tour was better
than two years of therapy. Having hundreds of attractive women fighting over
you gets your ex out of your mind pretty quick.

I personally went through break up when my ex ran off with another man. But
a short time later, I met a new lady who was ten times better. I ran into
that man who stole my ex and I gave him a big thanks. In fact, I could not
thank him enough. He was stuck with an older nagging women, while I was now
with a young, beautiful, caring women. Plus, my ex had gained about 100
pounds. I don’t look at that fellow as any kind of enemy but as the person
who saved me from my ex and years of suffering.” This is the best a revenge
when you win without lowering yourself.

Other sites like “Get Over Her Now” give practical advice and tips for
getting over a past relationship.

Top Tips from Get Over Her Now:

Start making platonic relationships with as many women as possible, old,
young, skinny, fat, cute or ugly. This greatly helps you get back in the
game of socializing with the opposite sex. And it opens up lots
opportunities to meet their cute attractive friends in a more relaxed
environment. This also helps you build your game and confidence.

Improve yourself, start working out, get up early every day and exercise.

Buy new clothes. Dressing better makes you feel better and improves your
confidence.

Focus on work and getting a promotion or raise. Don’t let a break up effect
your work negatively. Put that extra effort into work and it will pay off
with a better position and more money. This will also build your confidence
and help attract better quality women.

Any time you are depressed, improving yourself helps greatly. When you feel
depressed, don’t sit and watch TV and then sleep-in late. Get out and do
something that will make you feel like you’ve accomplished something. Take a
class, go hiking, fix something you’ve been putting off.

Don’t start drinking. Drinking will always have a negative impact on your
life. Don’t drink while depressed or when you are trying to get over some
one. After all, drinking is for celebrating. So if you are not celebrating
something, don’t drink. A quality women is not going to be attracted to
someone who drinks a lot or has a drinking problem.

Don’t sleep in; sleeping late increases depression. Get up as early as you
can and go for a walk, take a hike, or go to the Gym. Research shows getting
up early and exercising can eliminate depression. You will have no game be
depressed.

Don’t binge eat. If you start gaining weight, you will feel less self-worth
and lose your confidence. Confidence is a quality that women are extremely
attracted to.

Conclusion, the best revenge is when you improve your life so well that she
realizes she made a big mistake. And satisfaction comes when you meet
someone so much better, you are glad the ex is gone. After all, if you are
seeking revenge, how great could she really have been in the first place!

Trump Brings Prestige to the Mail Order Bride Industry.

For
years, International Marriage Services had to live with the stigma of
being referred to as Mail Order Bride services. However, many consider
the term “mail-order bride” derogatory and feel it demeans foreign women
by comparing them to commodities for sale and falsely implying that
(unlike local women), they exercise no judgment over the men they meet
and would marry anyone from a relatively wealthy country. Even with the
foreign women being labeled as mail order brides these companies have
grown in popularity for the past two decades, largely due to the
internet. The industry grew at such a fast pace it caught the
attention of the US senator Maria Cantwell of Washington State, who in
2006 she pushed a bill through congress known as IMBRA or
International Marriage Brokers Regulation Act. Although the intent of
Senator Cantwell was clearly meant to put Foreign Bride Companies out of
business by severely restricting how men communicate with foreign
women. In the end, the companies flourished under the new regulations
as these business quickly modified their business models.

Kenneth
Agee, marketing Director for A Foreign Affair one of the largest so
called Mail Order Bride Companies says, “We have always had to overcome
this label. Since Trump announced his candidacy for president of the
United States, the industry saw a significant increase in upscale
business men looking for foreign brides. Once he became president, Trump
made it the new status symbol of success to be married to an eastern
European women. With First Lady Melanie Trump in the White House,
opinions about foreign women have dramatically changed. Once men were
scorned upon to be married to a women from Russian or the Ukraine, now
is seen as prestigious. And we are seeing huge increase of men seeking
foreign brides, our client base is up by more than 200% since Trump has
taken office. This month alone we will be taking over 100 American men
to the Ukraine, mostly very successful executives.” Beside online
matchmaking, the company arranges group tours for men that will travel
to countries throughout the world. During these tours the men will meet
hundreds of pre-screened women during what A Foreign Affair calls
“Social Events” or what Kenneth calls speed dating on steroids.

Critics
say these women are just used as arm trophies for business men in
America. That men take advantage of the women’s circumstances, both
economical and geographical. Kenneth argues, “I would hardly say
Melanie Trump has been taken advantage of or refer her to as a Mail
Order Bride. Women choose just like the men choose, we are all adults
and are responsible for our own choices. It is just that men in America
have a good reputation for the way we treat women and how we take care
of our families. This opens the door to the men to meet some of the most
beautiful women in the world.”

Trump
is not the only high profile person to marry a foreign women, Jeb Bush
met his wife in Mexico. Rupert Murdoch former CEO of Fox News married
Wendi Deng from China, and the list goes on.

If Trump accomplishes nothing else during his presidency he has clearly helped one Industry.