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The Pope and Power

 

“The Bible and the Catholic Church have never taught that it is a “sin” to be homosexual.”
—–really??!!……but this actually appeared on a Foxnews website under the title-What Pope Francis really said about gays — and no, it’s not new. The article proceeded mentioning the “gravity” of the Pope’s visit to Rio and how the media had “twisted” his words of wisdom. Well i was not surprised when i found that the piece is  actually written by a Father who also happen to be the program director of the Catholic channel. Now that answers the question.

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The pope’s visit to Brazil, the country having the largest catholic population, has indeed given birth to stories having different conclusions.  For some the papacy became more liberal than it ever was before, it left the conservatives little hurt, the church little upset (in one version of the story), for others the pontiff is the man of the moment, a rockstar who actually rocked Rio. For me, it left me with thoughts  filled with skepticism. And here i want to share those thoughts with you and i’ll definitely look ahead to your  views and opinions.

The TIME in one of it’s article labelled Francis as ”rockstar”. The very word speaks a lot in itself. the pope had certainly rocked Rio, no doubt, it’s popularity has rocked skyhigh, and the mass worth-mentioning. And the pontiff  had open-car, less men-in-suits, and his attempts to get-closer to the mass was successful. His speech had the flavor of  a pope calling for-change we need . He wants the church move closer to the people , closer to the mass. He called for the church to walk on the people’s side. And he asked the very question–” Are we still the church capable of warming hearts?”.

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And never forget it was World Youth Day.

Brazil, is the home of the largest catholic population, but the protestant and evangelics are on the rise and on rapid rise. Young people are finding the church less interesting and of course less warming. To the Pope the fact is not unknown. That’s why perhaps he had that evangelical tone when he addressed the crowd.  After all he knows that the church in order to retain its dominance in the region it needs the youths, it needs the devotion of the young people and their submission to the church. How can i forget that it was world youth day?? The youths had always been the target-market of any cause be that religious or otherwise. They have the enthu, the guts, devotion and the energy. Exactly the chemical a struggle needs. In Brazil,  for Francis it’s a an empire which is slowly but prominently slipping  away from Vatican. i am not at all surprised to hear the pope say–“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” …...For some it might sound that the pontiff had opened his liberal eye, but is that the truth???….The church had  for long  outcasted the homosexuals, disregarded them, forsaken them and even ordered to burn them in some cases. This inhuman stand is equally declared in all of the monotheistic religion. Yet they had taken pride for this for centuries. But why now we find a change of tone from the pope himself??…..i can’t actually agree with the church-gone-liberal idea.

In this century people are more interested to understand anything with logics than with myths and superstitions. The shadow of religion is certainly fading. Who can understand it better than the vanguard himself.?? The change of tone is actually a strategic change. Of course to retain the dominance of church. The target-market as always is the Youths. Now that answers –  why being the– “Rockstar”, why the revolutionary speech, why the whole set-up of walking on the people’s side…

From a skeptic point of view to me Religion(esp. the monotheistic ones) after the end of the day is another cause set-up for the struggle of power. And it has an illusionary effect on the mass driven by emotions. So, the Rio visit was actually a part of a gameplan laid for the cause of…….the same old….POWER…

 

I am a feminist…

I am a feminist….

I am a feminist…

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‘Feminism’ has been a long-debated subject and a concept which is almost regularly misinterpreted and misunderstood in the society.  In  this piece of writing I would share my personal thoughts and views on ‘Feminism’ , it’s past and it’s future and of course it’s necessity(I assure you it will have an analytical edge).

Gender inequality has it’s roots dug deep in our history books, social structure, customs, religions,literature and together they have forged our psychological outlook. There is absolutely no divinity in these inequalities. These had been forged by one gender to retain their superiority over the other. One thing that is hard to accept for many is that Religion  is a patriarchal view , it is philosophies of men, where divinity is reserved for a particular sex. (I am not labeling Religion as good or bad). But in many ways and through ages gender inequality has been coloured in holy coatings(from myths to beliefs of our time) and made more convincing to the mass. In a patriarchal society holiness was always reserved for men. people don’t get to know or accept this inequalities right after their birth, they are taught, they are made to believe, and then gradually they accept those and then coin them as – just natural. Everyone of us are born in definite communities where we are taught beliefs, ideals and you are taught what to call right and wrong. And all these teachings are carried out when we are little kids, when our definition of the world is shaping and reshaping. Now I understand something that I was never able to understand back then that is- those teachings had a patriarchal end of view, and I think this is also true for lots of people out there.

‘History’ -reading which we discover our past, is mostly a one-sided version of events of our past. Men wrote them and it claims the bravery and heroism of a particular sex. It claims and convinces the mass that the so-called appropriate places had been reserved for each sexs from a prehistoric time. There is always the ‘disappearing women’ neglected and avoided quite intentionally.  And the historical events having truth and lie mixed together  bear the scars of inequalities and are coloured with patriarchal themes.

Literature – which moulds our outlook in great many ways, has the doors of beauty and bravery open to one and locked to the other. Inequality is fostered here and most of the time unconsciously  by the maker , and it influences the outlook of the mass and sub-consciously creates an outlook riddled with inequalities. It is absolutely not a blame put on,  rather to me it is the weakness of literature.

Social establishments around us clearly vocals patriarchy. Most of the cases we have accepted them as just natural, but it is or was never- just natural. It is a structure made on the foundation of inequalities and it declares shamelessly the forceful superiority of one gender on another, this is of course Man-made. In liberal societies the picture is a bit different but in this side of the world superstitions and religious fanaticism have a hard grip on the minds of the mass. And as a result gender inequality remains a much-avoided issue. Here the tendency of labeling liberty,freedom and equality  with the colour of  something unholy is immensely popular and regularly practised. There are frequent stories where the the victim of rape is punished and the rapist goes unpaid (these are often done in villages on local judgement). Laws and Justice are also not free from the patriarchy end of view. The way to education is narrowed for women, although the state takes some initiatives to encourage them but the outlook of the society is something hard to change as long as there are people desperate to retain their superiority and cherish the inequalities.

The identity should come not in terms of sex rather as a human being, and why won’t I stand firmly for equal rights for a fellow human being??..The popular concepts that rules or once-ruled the world everyone of them failed gender equality. Communism incepted with the words of Marx where All Men Are Equal… but the words still remain a mystery whether it was forged into deeds or not. And if it made to deeds then whether it could end gender inequality or not… Capitalism built what we all like to call “market-friendly economy”….but did it managed to build a world which is “human friendly”??…rather the consumerism concept fostered a sexist view and enlarged the gap. The Theocracies breed on these inequalities and it declares patriarchy …how can we expect them to contribute for equality??…

EQUALITY is a must for a prosperous human race. Without it Liberty and Freedom remains merely a luxury item. The inequalities is or was never a grace for humanity , it’s a demon in disguise of an angel. Some people manage to identify the demon and struggles to annihilate it for the good health of the Homo sapiens , Others  remain hoodwinked. I don’t know how someone can live with the thoughts of discriminating and depriving a fellow human being. You just don’t need to be a women to be a feminist, all you need to be is a a person who wants to see the end of inequalities. I am a feminist and I am proud for not remaining hoodwinked .

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Attila Ovari

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