(Picture from a Hong Kong art gallery that sold a Tin tin comic book page for $1 million, recently)
In 2017 the United State of America’s President Trump keeps on talking about Fake News. But in actual fact the news he is furthering to is not fake at all. The news items that Trump does not like, he refers to as fake. But most of the news articles have been written by prominent American journalists who look critically at Trumps’ administration. President Trump appears to have an ego of a business man, and in order to develop the ego of a government representative he is going to have to rely on changing his impulsive behavior for a more diplomatic behavior. I believe this is possible and I believe Trump has already started to curb his attitude to be more suited to USA politics. To me, Trump is a little bit like the comic book figure Tin Tin; who is a character who, in my opinion, tries to solve unknown cases meets friends along the way and travels into new charted territory without ever being really afraid of it.
Had a meeting the other day and during the meeting my partner started leading a different way. This caused me tension as I knew instinctively that this was wrong. I knew that feeding the lion raw fresh meat was not a good tactic because the lion will eat your hand and arm as well as the meat, and the lion could possibly eat you whole as well. I felt that tactic being applied by my partner was very naive and without forethought, which would enable the lion to escape and get off. My partners communication style was dangerously close to luring and trapping me in the lion’s cage. My partner seemed unintentionally to be luring me into a unstable situation, one which he would ultimately have no control over and I would end up being the victim of. What happened is my instincts kicked in. I knew I had to start communicating in a sink or swim manner in order to over-ride his words and come out on top. I knew instinctively that he is no match for the lion and to pretend to be is stupid, deadly and filled with a completely lack of respect for the animal kingdom and their power. I would not be a victim to this. I had to stand and take charge.
Books that I have read, April 19, 2017. I am currently reading Nelson Mandela’s book, Long Walk to Freedom, and while I read I read other subjects to create a greater understand of the African context, in order to try to imagine the situations Nelson Mandela and others like him encountered.
A State of Blood, The Inside Story of Idi Amin by Henry Kyemba, Paddington Press, Ltd., 1977
White African, an Early Autobiography by L.S.B. Leakey, Cambridge Massachesetts 02138, 1966
Kaffir Boy, The True Story of a Black Youth’s Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa, Mark Mathabane, Macmillan publishing company, New York, 1986
Operation Moses, The Story of the Exodus of the Falasha Jews from Ethiopia, Tudor Parfitt, Weidenfeld and Nicolson London, 1985
Great Zimbabwe, P.S. Garlake, Thames and Hudson, 1973
South Africa and the Logic of the Regional Cooperation, James J. Hentz, Indiana University Press, 2005
After Apartheid, Reinventing South Africa? Ian Shapiro and Kahreen Tebeau, University of Virginia Press, 2011
The Republic of the Transkei, Chris van Rensburg Publications Ltd., 1976
In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus defended Tom Robinson. This was a losing battle even though it was clear Tom Robinson was innocent. Did Atticus take on this case for some higher purpose? Did he take on this case and try to convince the jury of Tom Robinson’s innocence? Did he try for the case to be a vehicle of change in society? I wonder how many lawyers there are current day, that have the same convictions as Atticus?
Martin Luther King had the ability to actually listen to the community and hear what they all were saying. He then tried to make change. He was able to see all kinds of injustices being done to others and he stood up for them in order to bring justice to them all. He was shot dead.
In the book Catcher in the Rye, the lead character calls people phony. This is kind of like the catch phrase fake news. It is also like the persona of many business people who put on a great appearance and have great job titles but who do not practice what they preach and are actually pretending to be someone they are not. In order to conquer this type of phony behavior, one needs to uncover the truth, confront the truth and learn to address the truth through the correct channels. This act will give people a sense of empowerment.
Facade are the appearances in which it is beautiful on the outside but it can be broken on the inside. Like in architecture. Amsterdam City is one of the greatest examples of this. The architecture along the canals often looks beautiful but when one opens the door and walks into the building, often the stair cases are bent out of shape with age, the windows have cracks around the edges and there was drafts of cold air traveling through the architecture. For the eye of the tourist this is beauty – but once one has lived in Amsterdam for many years, one can see past the beautiful architecture and see the non-beauty as well.
This facade is not only to be seen in Amsterdam, the Netherlands – but it can also be seen in Victoria City on Vancouver Island in Canada, where the beautiful landscape around the city seems to be a facade to when one actual gets employment and starts to work in Victoria City.
The word facade means to pretend to be something one is not; like something not authentic.