Posted on | March 5, 2014 by Benjamin Dovecar
1880 – Buffalo bones
2012 – Trunks of trees
and right now…
The beauty and genius of a work of art may be reconceived, though its first material expression be destroyed; a vanished harmony may yet again inspire the composer; but when the last individual of a race of living things breathes no more, another heaven and another earth must pass before such a one can be again. William Beebe (July 29, 1877 – June 4, 1962)
Posted on | January 18, 2014 by Benjamin Dovecar
With this central theme of his speech about surveillance and data collection — a speech that wouldn’t have happened was it not for Snowden — Obama let all of us know what kind of world is being built. I’m talking about a world that only him and other state leaders can imagine: governed by surveillance, eavesdropping, distrust, injustice and violence. And yet they’ll continue building this world because they don’t even now haw to make a better one. They want it to stay the way it is, the way it suits them, but in the end it will prove fatal for all. A world without a future.
Ecohumanist society and trust
Trust can’t be prescribed, enforced or bought. Trust is built on foundations of mutual respect, tolerance and solidarity.
Trust is a personal and societal value. Because nothing works without trust, all the principles and basis of the ecohumanist society are founded on the uniqueness of this society — trust.
Posted on | December 18, 2013 by Benjamin Dovecar
An open letter to the people of Brazil, from Edward Snowden
Six months ago, I stepped out from the shadows of the United States Government’s National Security Agency to stand in front of a journalist’s camera. I shared with the world evidence proving some governments are building a world-wide surveillance system to secretly track how we live, who we talk to, and what we say. I went in front of that camera with open eyes, knowing that the decision would cost me family and my home, and would risk my life. I was motivated by a belief that the citizens of the world deserve to understand the system in which they live.
My greatest fear was that no one would listen to my warning. Never have I been so glad to have been so wrong. The reaction in certain countries has been particularly inspiring to me, and Brazil is certainly one of those.
At the NSA, I witnessed with growing alarm the surveillance of whole populations without any suspicion of wrongdoing, and it threatens to become the greatest human rights challenge of our time. The NSA and other spying agencies tell us that for our own “safety”—for Dilma’s “safety,” for Petrobras’ “safety”—they have revoked our right to privacy and broken into our lives. And they did it without asking the public in any country, even their own.
Today, if you carry a cell phone in Sao Paolo, the NSA can and does keep track of your location: they do this 5 billion times a day to people around the world. When someone in Florianopolis visits a website, the NSA keeps a record of when it happened and what you did there. If a mother in Porto Alegre calls her son to wish him luck on his university exam, NSA can keep that call log for five years or more. They even keep track of who is having an affair or looking at pornography, in case they need to damage their target’s reputation.
American Senators tell us that Brazil should not worry, because this is not “surveillance,” it’s “data collection.” They say it is done to keep you safe. They’re wrong. There is a huge difference between legal programs, legitimate spying, legitimate law enforcement — where individuals are targeted based on a reasonable, individualized suspicion — and these programs of dragnet mass surveillance that put entire populations under an all-seeing eye and save copies forever. These programs were never about terrorism: they’re about economic spying, social control, and diplomatic manipulation. They’re about power.
Many Brazilian senators agree, and have asked for my assistance with their investigations of suspected crimes against Brazilian citizens. I have expressed my willingness to assist wherever appropriate and lawful, but unfortunately the United States government has worked very hard to limit my ability to do so — going so far as to force down the Presidential Plane of Evo Morales to prevent me from traveling to Latin America! Until a country grants permanent political asylum, the US government will continue to interfere with my ability to speak.
Six months ago, I revealed that the NSA wanted to listen to the whole world. Now, the whole world is listening back, and speaking out, too. And the NSA doesn’t like what it’s hearing. The culture of indiscriminate worldwide surveillance, exposed to public debates and real investigations on every continent, is collapsing. Only three weeks ago, Brazil led the United Nations Human Rights Committee to recognize for the first time in history that privacy does not stop where the digital network starts, and that the mass surveillance of innocents is a violation of human rights.
The tide has turned, and we can finally see a future where we can enjoy security without sacrificing our privacy. Our rights cannot be limited by a secret organization, and American officials should never decide the freedoms of Brazilian citizens. Even the defenders of mass surveillance, those who may not be persuaded that our surveillance technologies have dangerously outpaced democratic controls, now agree that in democracies, surveillance of the public must be debated by the public.
My act of conscience began with a statement: “I don’t want to live in a world where everything that I say, everything I do, everyone I talk to, every expression of creativity or love or friendship is recorded. That’s not something I’m willing to support, it’s not something I’m willing to build, and it’s not something I’m willing to live under.”
Days later, I was told my government had made me stateless and wanted to imprison me. The price for my speech was my passport, but I would pay it again: I will not be the one to ignore criminality for the sake of political comfort. I would rather be without a state than without a voice.
If Brazil hears only one thing from me, let it be this: when all of us band together against injustices and in defense of privacy and basic human rights, we can defend ourselves from even the most powerful systems.
Original Edward Snowden letter published on A Folha today.
Posted on | December 14, 2013 by Benjamin Dovecar
99% stands up and fight for a new more just social order, or you will always remain slaves.
Posted on | December 2, 2013 by Benjamin Dovecar
Climate Change Conference Warsaw 2013. Just like all the previous conferences. No results. Lots of talking.
Posted on | November 21, 2013 by Benjamin Dovecar
And this is my personal contribution for preservation of a favorable climate. A small step for me, a giant leap for mankind. This is not a step back into the “stone age” — as some people call my efforts — but a step forward into a period of new thinking and awareness that the time of talking and debating has run out. What is needed are actions on a personal and planetary level.
The lonely pedestrian
Step one, two, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, ……
It’s six in the morning and outside it is pitch-black. Even the moon is nowhere to be seen. And what am I doing this early? I am on my way to work to the place called Hoče, 7,2 km away. Equipped with a flashlight and looking forward to an adventure, the path takes me through an orchard and a vineyard with its sweet smell of ripe grapes. I can hear the early morning traffic noise from the valley, disturbing the peace of the night. But the moment I take the steep winding forest path downhill toward the old graveyard, again the silence embraces me. Now the graveyard candles light the way further down to the wakening settlement of Fram.
…. 1589, 1590, 1591, 1592, 1593………. I look ahead, then turn around, not a soul. No pedestrians, just cars blinding my sight.
Cars are pulling over in front of the school. Parents have brought their children to school. Yes, children around here almost never walk to school. Kids are getting used to the car from their early childhood. When I started going to school 50 years ago, a car was so valuable and rare that my father wouldn’t give me a ride, not even in his wildest dreams. And that’s fine, because that way I could experience new things each time I walked to school with my classmates.
There. Now I find myself on the main road. Just passing by the bus station, where I often wait for the bus to take me to work. But not today. Today I just walk by. Today, I am a pedestrian. As I keep walking, a group of highschool kids look at me with surprise. The road doesn’t have a sidewalk, so I walk along, on grass and sand. The first sunbeams fall across the sleepy landscape. Before me I see a long straight road section with cars rushing by.
…… 3500, 3501, 3502, 3503, 3504, 3505, ……… I look ahead, turn around, not a soul. No pedestrians. Just me and my road.
After 15 minutes I reach the first house. And finally meet someone down the road. Well, I don’t quite understand him barking and wagging his tail, but it’s much nicer listening to him than to the noisy road. And this will not be the last friendly tail-wagger to welcome a lonely pedestrian and make his day.
……………….4509, 4510, 4511, 4512, 4513, ……. I look ahead, turn around, not a soul. No pedestrians. Just me and my road, and a tragic scene every few hundred meters. A cat, sometimes a fox, snakes, frogs, birds, but mostly hedgehogs ran over by a car. You can’t notice the slaughter while driving a car, but I can see it, because I am walking.
Have you ever noticed that plant diversity is much higher by the road than on the wide meadows? Near the road you can find: chicory, common sorrel, broadleaf plantain, mugwort, erigeron, milfoil, evening primrose, camomile, common dandelion, rough hawksbeard, thistle, tear-thumb and many more. And what about the meadows? There’s nothing. Just grass for silage. For the milk to flow and a thriving business. Nobody cares about the fact that milk no longer contains extracts and vitamins given by the healing herbs growing near the road. I look around. All I see is a green desert and a noisy highway.
I’m walking and thinking. I have already walked half the way and my feet keep moving and moving. They don’t need fossil fuels to move, only a bit of organic matter and a drop of accumulated sun energy from yesterday. We have conquered the planet on foot, and we will trample it down by car. This magnificent planet shouldn’t be called Earth, but a planet of lunatics.
……………. 5834, 5835, 5836, 5837, 5838, …………I look ahead, turn around, not a soul. No pedestrians. Just me and my road.
There is heavy traffic. Everybody’s rushing to get to work. So do I. I look ahead. Bumper-to-bumper traffic. Suddenly the traffic lights go out and the vehicles stop moving. Some are nervously blowing their horns while I overtake them all. One after another. For a split of a second I’m faster than them. I’m moving closer and closer to the company, where I work. I can see it already. Another 20 minutes. My feet don’t hurt and I feel good. Rested rather than tired.
…………….8756, 8757, 8758, 8759, 8760, 8761, ……. I look ahead, turn around, not a soul. No pedestrians. Just me and my road.
Oh, look at that. Deer and crows in the field, and there’s a kestrel among them. What a beautiful sight. A flock of starlings rests on the electric wire. A stork is looking for the last remaining grasshoppers and reckless frogs, not far away from me the grey heron is touching down. A buzzard is sitting motionlessly on a willow, observing the action underneath, and I’m on my way to my workplace.
……………. 10594, 10595, 10596, 10597, 10598, ………I look ahead, turn around, not a soul. No pedestrians. Just me and my road.
I take a left turn and after an hour and 35 minutes I reach my goal.
……………. 11003, 11004, 11005, 11006 and the last 11007. step.
Now off to work and afterwards back home, probably on foot. I’ll see. The walk home lasts a bit longer, because the last part is pretty steep. And picking mushrooms, chestnuts, wild grapes and plums takes a bit of my time as well.
This is a brief testimony of a solitary pedestrian, who desires to finally meet someone on his way to work, with whom he could share the same path, or just to say hi.
Time: October 2013
From A to B: Morje pri Framu – Hoče
A: my home
Distance: 7,2 km
Number of steps: 11.007
Walk time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Why on foot or by bus: because I believe it is the right thing to do
We are turning the planet into a gas cell and we’re inside. Nature has not given us feet in order to sit in a car, step on the gas and pollute the air, but to walk and thus take care of our health as well as keep the environment clean. That’s why. Step out of the car and hop on a bus, train, buy yourself a bicycle or make an effort to walk more. Action is required more than ever; mine, yours, everyone’s.
The 21st century will be a century of personal maturing and social enlightenment. In this century of enormous social changes the humanity will fight the biggest battle of all time — a battle between ourselves and our conscience. This will be a battle of personal decisions whose outcome will be crucial for us as well as future generations. The fight between good and evil, goodness and greed, modesty and lavishness, tolerance and violence, honesty and deception, bravery and fear will decide how we will enter the next century. As winners or as losers.
Posted on | November 16, 2013 by Benjamin Dovecar
We cannot preserve:
the intact environment
and social stability.
We cannot have enough of:
and healthy food.
We cannot talk about:
preservation of the planet,
a better future
and at the same time keep on clinging to a social development that:
destroys the environment,
destabilizes the climate,
creates crises and unemployment,
awards the harmful,
does not respect honesty,
exploits the good,
and hinders solidarity.
It simple cannot go on like this. We have changed the world but we haven’t changed ourselves. We are still:
We simply don’t know what we want. We are living in our limited microworld
where “mine” means everything and “our” still means nothing,
where “good for me” means everything and “good for all” still means nothing,
where “having more” means everything and “being more” still means nothing,
where “only today” means everything and “what about tomorrow” still means nothing,
where “me” means everything and “my descendants” still means nothing
and where “to live today” means everything and “how to survive” still means nothing.
Let’s not wait any longer.
Let’s not postpone.
Let’s not hope.
Let’s change ourselves now while we still have time.
Let’s change the world now when it’s still time.
That’s why I write about ecohumanist world. Let us “become more” before we “become nothing”.
“It has been four days. We want water and food. We want someone who will help. We are emotionally drained and physically exhausted. There are many babies and children who need attention!”
Posted on | November 11, 2013 by Benjamin Dovecar
That’s why in the 28th of 101 reasons for a new world order, I write:
Reason #28: Because the number of natural disasters has increased 8 fold in the past 40 years — and that’s just the beginning.
Today’s society with its social system that is based on political disunity, irresponsibility and carelessness simply won’t be able to solve the accumulated of climate change.
That’s why need a society that won’t underestimate the coming climate issues. That kind of society acts in prevention, works socially united, environmentally responsibly and most of all — it doesn’t want until the problems grow into an uncontrollable danger. This is the ecohumanist society. A society whose social system enables it to adapt to climate change and confront its problems in a long run.
Posted on | November 9, 2013 by Benjamin Dovecar
That’s why in the 12th of 101 reasons for a new world order, I write:
Reason #12: Because we allowed money to become the ruler of the world, ourselves its slaves and the environment its victim.
An ecohumanist society doesn’t occupy itself with money because it doesn’t have it, doesn’t want it, doesn’t need it and because it has a more sane and more important work to do than thinking about greed and envy. Instead, it builds a world of lasting development for the good of people and the environment. In this, money would be nothing but a damaging obstacle.
Posted on | November 5, 2013 by Benjamin Dovecar
In the today’s world of politics — that is ruled by greed for authority, competitiveness, backstabbing, hypocrisy, dishonesty, disunity ,only national interests and tendency for economic and political hegemony — there are no “friends”. Everything is just a badly directed tragicomedy in which we all lose.
That’s why in the 80th of 101 reasons for a new world order, I write:
Reason #80: Because we let the world is led by people who have no clue how to lead it.
The world has completely changed but they still think and act as if nothing has changed. They can’t agree on issues, they don’t trust each other and they can’t accept decisions for the good of humanity. They simply don’t get it that the world can no longer function the way they imagine. The world they live in is fading away even if they try to keep it the way they created it. But that doesn’t work because their world is damaging and without prospects.
Ecohumanist world leads trust and responsibility, strengthens tolerance and keeps together the unity and solidarity of people. All this combined gives the ecohumanist society the necessary power to successfully solve developmental issues for the good of everybody.keep looking »