Review: Don’t judge a girl by her cover

The choice was not difficult I had already seen multiple times the film based in the book The sisterhood of the traveling pants, and even when I had been traveling the last four years without any kind of normal good-bye from my friends…The truth is our situation was more like a battlefield before our pathways took different directions so, it was not the best alternative at that moment.

Finding Don’t judge a girl by her cover by Ally Carter following the collection Gallagher Girls called my attention. A high school for super-spies sounds quite extreme but that is what makes the story of young girls getting ready to become high trained security professionals in something interesting.

The first pages introduced you the main characters Cameron “Camie” Miss Morgan/ Chameleon. She spoke 14 languages and she got the ability to hide and play her part in different situations and environments without being excessively noticed, which is one of the most important characteristics for becoming a successful spy. She had lived in Washington with her mother, and after her father lose her life in the field, her mother decided to accept the role of headmistress in the Gallagher Academy for exceptional young woman.

As the main character, Miss Morgan/ aka Camie told the story of the main cover of her school for talented girls, who dreamed to become members of high secret services in different countries like the United States or United Kingdom. The characters are well-defined, the story let you with an excessive amount of doubts rather than getting some certainties. I hadn’t finished the collection but I gave a high score for the description of violent scenes and kidnappers’ system for attacking a target.

The main topic in this book is how Camie and her school do everything to protect the life of her roommate at the school, Macey McHenry, only daughter of a Vice-Presidency candidate running for the office competing during the elections time in the United States, who was victim in a first attack inside her school of Political extremists, and save by her classmate Cameron.

The more you read, this simple fact started to change more and more until you found what is the real target? In my personal opinion, the most interesting fact about the book is how the training to become a professional in Security is firmly attached to use your brain all the time and let your feelings out of the game. And that is what the character tried to teach you. For older people and younger readers, the attraction on a value like loyalty, which nowadays is not so easy to find not even in your friends; and the main element in the interactions of this group is undoubtedly, one of the more likeable things on the reading. Perhaps, that is why do you still find people interested to be part of Military groups, Police, Firemen because putting your life in the hands of somebody else, it is undoubtedly, the highest risk any man or woman could take.

Love interests are part of Cameron’s life too. Zach is the target of her heart, and even when she tried to be rational about him. Each encounter let her most confused than usual, she is good in tactics of defense but controlling herself and her feelings towards him looked like a harder work, especially, when he looks like a student, who shares most things in common than she expected. Their encounters are sexy, full of mystery and they never had the time to share them without something unexpected and dangerous happened.

I recommended the book for the description of kidnapping scenes, they will give you a close approach of how you feel it in this scenario, and not once but twice. Personally, I always had to stop multiple times during the second one because they reminded of a personal bad experience in South America, where I was kidnapped for 20 minutes by three guys and Cameron’s description is utterly connected to reality: You are angry, you fight, you felt tired but you keep pushing, punching, getting bashed and physically hurt, moving, screaming, crawling, pushing towards the car’s door, calling the attention of people to see you are in danger and running to get free. And all the time you feel fear that someone decide to use the gun to stop your actions but you wouldn’t let them to get you alive.

If you want to know more about the training of secret service agents, you love to watch Political thrillers, you like to know more about elections and campaigns, or learning how could you educate a high-trained professional since high school, the Gallagher Girls collection will made your weekend quite special.

The Essentials of being a Chameleon

By Cameron Ann Morgan

  1. It is very important, at all times, to look like you belong.
  2. When #1 is difficult, try pointing to imaginary people and walking purposefully and walking purposefully toward no one.
  3. Stillness. Stillness is key (except when you’re doing #2) because people see motion more easily that they see things. So when in doubt, freeze.
  4. It totally helps if you aren’t all that special looking (in either really good or really bad ways).
  5. Acquaint yourself with your surroundings. ASAP.
  6. Dress in a way that isn’t flashy, fashionably, ugly or obscene.
  7. Hiding is for amateurs.

What is behind all the noise of Russian presence as a risk in Western democracies?

If we consider the facts. Only a blind man wouldn’t assume that the Cold War never dies. Even if Gregory Logvinov, Russian ambassador in Canberra, tried to accuse Churchill of being the mastermind behind the Cold War’s origin, the truth is they did because decoding the message from German Army was the way of winning the II World War. The analysis is simple they keep the style to be on time for taking actions before a Third one started, as well as, all the participants in the previous conflict.

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And that is exactly what happened during Joseph McCarthy’s mandate. After what happened in the Second World War, everybody started to feel scared of extreme Political positions in the United States coming from another country so, at that time Media faced similar struggles about the external influence of Communist propaganda, a different  kind of Government fighting for supremacy in the global scenario in the other side of the Atlantic. This situation inspired multiple authors so, when you go to watch Fahrenheit 451, you should consider this example of how persecution can be also a mistake.

We couldn’t forget how Hitler’s media team did using the right strategy of propaganda to convince people of doing or support his plan to conquer Europe. I know, I know it sounds like old news but when you analyse what happened in Facebook and the fake news you saw how similar is the influence of messages in the conscious and unconscious mindset of readers, viewers, prosummers and customers. Denying the fact that the wrong use of media to transmit information and the power within of changing people’s choices is a mistake because History has proved, once and again, how relevant is.

The risk of Russia or any other Government with enough power to intervene in the Political Scenario of any country is real. The measures against Russian diplomats didn’t wait so far. Especially, after the killing of double agent, Sergei Skripal,however, the choices of punishing Russia has been more a soft public measure to condemn multiple actions against international security made by this Government.

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Meanwhile, security specialists express that tech companies from foreign countries still had the infrastructure and Power to do similar actions in the future. In that sense, some American companies had solicited to avoid any kind of petition from the Government to execute similar actions, the truth is not all the enterprises are interested in this kind of accord and in countries like China or Europe, there hadn’t been any similar response in the private sphere. Only the European Parliament had expressed the interest of increasing control over digital media, however, when the infraestructure to communicate is attached to Russian Government influence, it is quite hard to determine how successful they will be in the future to achieve their goals.

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Cookies, Facebook, Bears and Russia: Welcome to McCarthy era 2.0

I don’t want to defend nobody, this is not a column for that kind of choices. However, we need to be clear, what is happening most of the time is how did we choose to see the decision of different people handling biggest corporations or massive governments? And in both cases, the answer is the same, they are or they are influenced by their past. Donald Trump, President of the United States and Mark Zuckerberg, Philanthropist and CEO shared mindsets of Managers in private enterprises. It could be selling advertising or beautiful hotels to spend your holidays. Both took decisions inspired in what a businessman would do and when that is comprehensible in Zuckerberg’s position, when Donald Trump tried to do it everybody goes “crazy”.

I don’t support all his decisions but when I saw the way he expressed his opinions or beliefs on Twitter, even against any PR expert advice, what I saw it is exactly what you could find in the majority of experts in management. They believe they are right, no matter how wrong they had acted. Even though, the influence of Russian hackers in the American election is a reality and a warning for The United States and for any country, where users read their news online.

The cookies don’t only crumble, they let them tracked you

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Cookies are one of my favourites desserts since I was a child. Furthermore, my mom used to laugh at my reaction each time I found them on the table. My grandmother used to buy a dozen each time she went to the supermarket and it looks like in the digital era I am not the only one with a deep interest in cookies. Companies from Facebook to Google used them all the time to track your behaviour online and interests so, the problem is how companies hacked the system of private enterprises to determine new strategies to manipulate, influence and control your behaviour. This is not new. Different communication schools had been taking advantage of Psychological studies to understand your behaviour and try to modify it. However, what could be the measures taken when they don’t use real facts to change your opinions but lies published as they were real.

It is true that Facebook case is similar to what other companies like Equifax, Uber, among others had experience. However, in Facebook case the most strange is how the information was used by a third company Cambridge Analytica to influence voters in an Election. Assuming that any company try to use that kind of information to understand better their users and selling them more products, ideas, values or another commercial element, how do Governments should measure responsibility when a company could affect Political decisions in high levels or positions?

We are accepting that anything is justified when we should win an election without a second thought, in that context we see one more time not a vision of Politics, as I am used to see in different messages around me thinking in the Greatness good for everyone, but more in something from the private sphere when prevail over your opponent is the more important thing. In that context, the use of resources as cookies to manipulate your vote is seen as a right strategy, however, users still had questions and doubts about privacy and how, sometimes, the companies promised something they cannot achieve in their privacy agreement before you start using any platform.

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Constellation: Inspiring new ideas

When I found Github was organising a cool event nearby Harbour Bridge, it was impossible to avoid my chance to learn from the experts with innovative ideas. I couldn’t assist on the first day but the second was really amazing. I found great professionals describing the last tools for collaborating in this platform

There was an attractive story of how replicate coding and checking faster any mistake while you create your last app or website. All these changes came from the hand of Bee ware with her speaker Katie McLaughlin, who started to speak after being introduced by Daniel Figucio, Github Product Update, it would help you to distribute, organise and control the amount of job as you decided to work on it.

The most interesting approach was how their program works with different platforms like Microsoft, Apple, Linux, the list was so impressive that one of the developers started to cry. I don’t know it is something so useful. However, I had not time to interview the young and bubbly Katie about her vision of this business and her craft. She left soon. However, I am expecting she would answer soon to discover more about the woman collaborating in this project.

However, she mentioned with excitement how she find, once and again, the interesting differences in culture between her and his American colleagues, a little bit of “You say tomato, I said tomato”. However, the interest for creating a platform which let you track faster all the mistakes in your coding sounds like a dream come true for beginners, as well as, professionals who run against time with an adjust budget and couldn’t afford extra developers to clean your coding.

Complex topics in the Digital market

Throughout the second day of the exposition Constellation, we did not only discovered new surprises, tricks and support for changing policies, which founded an egalitarian society. We also discovered multiple issues, from issues which are not necessarily new in Australia but it had been affecting the offer of accessing Internet as faster as usually developed economies have

Everybody is aware about the discussion for stopping President Trump and his government to end with Net Neutrality, the regular defense is everybody could have the greatest idea, no matter where or how much money he got to use Internet, and he will be able to develop the project without any digital divide between social classes. What happened in Australia is quite a digital divide created by bad decisions taken by MPs and another Government’s employees because the plan to establish the National Broadband Network changed drastically incurring in huge mistakes to install the proper infrastructure to bring the same service and easy access to the same amount of data with the same speed.

Perhaps, in 1994 it doesn’t sound so important but the time has passed and the use of new technologies and services showed the relevant aspect of having a good or bad broadband system. Particularly, when most of the tycoons and people involved in the .com industries understand the commercial value for developing and increasing the size of their companies, and how that aspect is also attached to this simple condition. A relevant factor to have access to a bigger market, and also, giving people who had enough creativity and brains to create an incredible idea in a small space like your garage or your room in the case of young entrepreneurs.

The conversation with Sam Figucio, Github sales manager, was deeply interesting. Especially when he trusted to explain how the situation is not so bad for citizens, who lived in areas built-in the last years, like his house located nearby  The Blue Mountains,  a peaceful place if you asked me, where you can enjoy an amazing time with your family and friends. However, this is not a reality for citizens living in areas with old buildings, where the infrastructure to have access to Internet was not installed from the ‘scratch’. For him, the situation was provoked by laziness of Government employees, as well as, taking the cheapest alternative of investment. Creating problems for future entrepreneurs, investors and CEO to compete against similar industries from overseas.

This critical point is possible had not looked so interesting or important  when you are facing biggest issues putting a barrier to the cost of energy, which had been increasing each year. Although the energetic crisis has been faced with the use of professionals from different fields. The topic of competitiveness it is still an ignored point, particularly when other massive companies possessed better control of their infrastructure and services in the International context. It is impossible to ignore the power of Amazon around the world, as well as how its share’s price in the stock market has been risen up constantly, giving happiness to investors. Also, providing Jeff Bezos with more economic stability to expand his business in other countries. Last Thursday, the company showed an earning of $52 per share, when the specialists in trading were expecting only a value of $3 per each one. The fact implied the rise of price to buy them increase 7% making any share has a price of $1,000.

What about time and  attention?

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Sydney: World Press Photo Exhibition 2017

My travel to Sydney had different purposes. I was not only interested to know more about the city’s History but finding more information about Media and Visual exhibitions. Suddenly, I was lucky enough to find an interesting exhibition in the New South Wales State Library, where I enjoyed a time of walking the same streets with a different vision, two years later.

As my previous quest about women in Media had brought a lot of information. The reality is the gap between women and men is still a reality. Perhaps, in some countries could be easier but most of the time, Patriarchy is present everywhere, with positive and negative aspects, although, it is impossible to deny how difficult is to overcome the imposed limits under the construction of specific parts in role identities. Especially, when some women used to start a counter fight expressing “Don’t try to change the classic female role.”

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The small girl was captured in the frame while the Police agents were trying to search for terrorist activities and suspects.

It is a reality, even acknowledged by one member of the jury from the World Press Exhibition 2017, where Photojournalism and Visual communication was the most important aspect of how to see the hardest topics from the distance. I remembered discussing a specific point of view with one of my Professors during one of the readings about how to handle the case from the distance, where viewers probably only could express something like “it is something so sad” but then they would return to their daily activities without giving a second thought about how could do they a change. However, the image from this year was quite different, which exposed how the Russian ambassador, Andrei Karlov, was killed in front of the opening of a Photography exhibition, as part of a political and violent protest against the participation of Russia in Aleppo. The picture was taken by Burhan Ozbilici, Turkey, The Associated Press.

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I believe it is not so real, in that sense people need to see better alternatives to express their position. Undoubtedly, having enough information is the most relevant aspect of making choices, which influenced to transform and change the reality of others and ourselves. We had multiple examples in areas like environment, gender issues, support basic rights, apply in practical ways by famous communication professionals as Richard Attenborough, among others from organizations like Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Organisation had been using different elements like time, choosing a specific species like the Polar bear to give a face to situations like Global Warming. In that sense, the professionals recognize and believe in the strength of an image, which motivates people to be involved and in that sense, this kind of completion acquired a true meaning for professionals, society, media, and the audience.

Particularly, when an image did not require a translation, or even needing a long time to comprehend multiple details offered in a piece written by any journalist, which helps to understand the context and the story before and after the picture were taken and printed or shared online. Under that kind of construction, we found a group of professionals, who are trying to figure out who choose the best alternative for exposing an amazing story. It was funny to listen them trying to express how relevant is the role of female in Journalism and media… Even when they expressed the situation is changing, the truth is changing slowly.  In a better context for Western countries but in another side of the world the presence of women in the screen is still attached to a high-sexualization of the female. Some could say it is an exaggeration but it is a reality connected with the money produced by the use of female body and concept in different industries, most commonly in a high sexualized overtone.

There was a sweet-sour taste in the words expressed by professionals in the field as Mary Calvert, whom couldn’t deny her acknowledge about the female role in this industry, and how the presence of women is increasing but it will take time until the situation would have a real balance. Particularly, when the biggest communication companies in the world still exposed the same approach and dynamics about gender and discrimination.

THE EXHIBITION

Undoubtedly, each image hanging on the walls in one of the rooms located in the library was a good example of the effects of War, tragedy, pain, terror, and how these events are not so far from our place. Perhaps, the situation caused the recovering of a memory in one of my classes. We could believe that being far from the place where the bombs exploded or the animals are killed would give space to forget but our borders, boundaries, and History are extremely connected through centuries so, nothing could happen without having an effect in a distant land.

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In our next article, we will expose some ideas to tackle these issues.

 

After the calm…

We had seen during the last hours how Europe is trying to modify the participation of different governments to control what we could define as Pandemonium. After the Paris Attack last year, nobody could figure out that after arresting the primary suspect behind the operation, Salah Abdeslam, who after organized one of the worst terrorist attack in France killing 130 people; something crazier will happen later.

Different countries as Paris and Belgium started a variety of actions to protect their citizens from a new attack. However, the situation was out of their hands. Many things will not provide the right environment for Government and Intelligence Agencies to protect their citizens and tourists during the last three months. As an illustration, the control over the information about security measures to monitor and protect borders was not always shared by agents from different departments. This situation is common in regions, where you could find linguistic or other political divisions; in this case, it is evident the main topic is not how to control the borders but the way of working with different organisations to monitor and measure the possible threat of Terrorists. Particularly, when Europe possessed the highest number of Syrian fighters from conflicts living in their territory.

Undoubtedly, collaboration is a matter of time. Terrorists understand how easy was to compromise security in cities and places known like peaceful and civilized. There are no doubts that ISIS is completely aware of what does it mean. For them it is not enough a War far away from those who fight them, they are trying to move War inside enemy’s territory.

Applying Modern Technology

The scariest point in this situation is how they use a system of communication to avoid the detection of their activities. In this sense, they are using positive aspects from Western Legal System, as the protection of privacy, for making destruction a standard action in a Peaceful environment.

Especially, when terrorists’ action is affecting the right of privacy from civil society. We are confronting a situation, where the desire to protect us against horrific crimes is opening the opportunity of losing our right to privacy. Even when it was re-defined after 9-11, the conditions are going to be more extreme, which is not something we could find necessarily better. After all, losing privacy had not stopped them altogether.

In front of this situation, some corporations had begun to join forces against initiatives like this. After, Tim Cook, Apple expressed his uninterested position to provide support to the FBI for giving access to the iPhone of one of San Bernardino’s attackers. There were more companies as Facebook, Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Twitter, among others explaining the situation under the same guide of values. Protecting the privacy of their users.

However, there are more questions about the Law in the future. A few hours ago, I discovered as you that Domino’s first delivery robot. Even when it is still a prototype, I could not stop my mind about where a cool gadget like that could end? Because if more than one find the same interest in knowing how it works. It is possible that minds with less original thoughts would conspire about how to use a drone or a robot. In consequence, controlling how to stop terrorists from hiding their identities as refugees should be the most important aspect for overcoming so difficult times.

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Social issues

Even though, the extreme desire to monitor all the things happening in different countries should not promote the lack of integrity of communities. The alienation of citizens with origins from countries experiencing conflict has increased the possibilities of younger citizens trying to be part of terrorist groups. Confronting the situation, it is impossible to deny the relevant role of communities to promote safer interactions between citizens. It is surprising and sad how citizens from peaceful cities decide to transform their towns in conflict zones.

And this is is not only happening in Europe, America or Australia, but it is also happening everywhere. It is a sign from terrorists expressing “We are not so stronger, but we are still here”. Consequently, Muslim practitioners and other ethnicities could feel that they could experience the worst aspects of the conflict, they are ignored, and fear and also, they are called or convinced by cells to be part of this kind of violence, which is terrible. How will Governments react to this? Because we are guiding our opinions toward feeling safe but we also should ask if we are not paying an extreme price for feeling safe.

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How can we stop terrorism?, if the war had not ended. There is the main reason of people running away from terrorists in their lands. We think it would be enough with tracking our mobile phones; I am not sure. It is possible to identify the biggest the number of citizens involved in War, the largest the number of uneducated, violent young people who will participate in the career of hate, destruction and killing.

The risks of radical views

After media had been exposing different angles and stories after Europe faced ISIL threat in the last weeks. The fear inside communities with Muslim citizens was moved by the attacks. Some groups as Reclaim Australia and Pro-democracy started to expose the situation in their communities as a moment where Muslim communities could represent a threat for peaceful interactions inside different societies, where we can find many practitioners of this faith one more time as possible suspects. Undoubtedly, it is impossible to ignore the need of a safe space for developing interactions between different religious groups across the world, especially, when fear has been introduced through violent attacks perpetrated by religious extremists in Europe in the last weeks.

It is common to find voices, which should gain strength, to increase the comprehension and differences between Muslim and religious radicalism as well as tolerance of religious beliefs. In countries like Australia this would be easier, especially when they Legal system protect citizens’ rights to practice different religions. Extremists political positions used to affect the possibilities for Civil Society to increase the security, if we start to attack or discriminate some groups for their beliefs, it will only provoke that they need to search for attachment or support out of their main groups. Then, it is possible that they can start to feel fear of future threats from supporters of Radical Conservatism towards Muslim, which only increase the possibilities of violence, hostile attitudes and untrustworthy interactions. Provoking inner instability, when this could be one of the most relevant factors to confront uncivilized threat from external groups, you could name them Al-Qaeda, ISIL, or new lines of Muslim extremists terrorists.

In that sense, Governments, corporations, and social groups from different religions or political backgrounds are called to be pragmatic and wise about how they interact inside their communities. It is easy to let fear   dominate our lives confronting different groups inside small or big communities,  even when it is not right this type of reaction because this path only increase the opportunities for extremists to get inside any country and affect it. When citizens increase hostilities between them, it is more difficult for members of security departments to provide better control because their attention is diffuse in multiple confrontations at the same time. When they must apply that attention, sources and officers in offering more security to citizens from external or real threats.

Jumping and living in fear

I waited since February to have the occasion to do this activity. As anyone up there I feel fear, excitement, confusion and many other things. I really was trying to think about different things while doing this. Even when I was not completely sure days before because I was trying to plan my schedule to visit Europe, then I saw how Paris became a zone of War. Yes, war, reading critical views from a variety of experts expressing comments against the use of this word by Francois Holland during his speech but even when I understand the social ideas of French citizens against extreme and aggressive actions towards countries, where terrorists groups are planning or supporting this type of actions, it is impossible to find a weakness in the election of his words. Especially, when it was the right choice when a President confront a critical situation, which requires the manifestation of control, power and promote the feeling of security in France at this time.

I thought in a moment when life could change anywhere, in France, Australia, Lebanon, Ecuador, United States, anywhere, so dramatically, the opportunity to make what you desire should be the most powerful force to make a change. Finding the situation of people in the middle of a concert losing their lives without an understandable reason is a calling to make you feel with the right inspiration to do what you want, not because you are a stubborn, it is only the way of giving a real meaning to life. I thought that was behind the attitude of French citizens for keeping their traditions to enjoy the nights outside. Doing what others try to take from you it is one of the most extraordinary forces of human beings. Nowadays, it looks like it is one of the things that keep us together in communities because we feel the threats against what our beliefs, actions and systems represent.

Undoubtedly, this was the main feeling I had when I watched everything online. A few hours before this massacre begun I was planning to visit some places in this country and other cities in different European countries. My eyes read the words while I was trying to get the situation and the reasons behind these horrendous actions. A few seconds later, I only thought that I could be one of the victims if I had forgotten the idea of planning and I got the option to just pack and leave Australia. Afterwards, I prefer avoiding more information in my mobile or more details the same day. I do not feel a particular interest for watching senseless suffering but it was impossible to ignore the measures for increasing the security in France after the Paris attacks.

It is common to perceive that citizens are not interested in provoking damage or support belligerent actions but when societies face this type of threat, it is impossible to say that they do not have the right to defend their lives. If you see something like it, you only possible response will inspire by the idea of protecting your people, even when it would mean attack everything or everyone threatening your purpose.

After this, I still want to visit France because I really believe nobody should have the right to affect what you plan for your life. There is no reason to let something like this diminish your freedom. Even when feelings of going out and having the best time could feel like something difficult, especially, under these circumstances. I think that the purpose of trying to live your life without letting terrorists actions scared you is the most brave decision towards senseless violence.

I thought watching that situation motivated me to do something that I consider exciting but scaring because it is the only way to inspire yourself of feeling less scared of unknown things. Furthermore when I was not sure if I would be enough strong to control my nervous system while jumping from an airplane I think this will be really interesting as experience. The best part was doing something like this is finding that scared is more a state of mind than other thing but it does not mean that it could not damage more than a response or action.

While I was in the air I appreciate Melbourne from the air one more time, it is a nice place and it had a beautiful sea colour. The first minutes were completely terrifying, you only thought is if the parachute will open, then you think this is ‘insane’, later you scream, you could not listen your voice or anything, the wind transform your face and you just could not believe that –for the first time I am sure of this- “you are in the middle of the nowhere”. When the parachute opened everything gets calm and you enjoy the twists, the view, the colours, and yourselves having an interview about becoming professional instructor. However, it takes at least three week to complete the training to do it by yourself and 500 jumps to become a PRO and enjoy the activity guiding others in the air. If I should have known this, probably I would start earlier because it was really fun. One of those experiences, which reminds you that even in fear, sometimes, you could find the right vision if you could see everything from a different angle. In my case, I only could express that nobody should threat human beings in urban areas for supporting any ideology. No matter how old, how sure or how convinced their beliefs or purposes, it is a crime and no country must tolerate it.

JUMPING…

 

No sunset after Paris attacks

I could not be more shocked after waking up last morning and seeing the terrorist attacks in Paris. It was overwhelming, particularly, when I was trying to figure out how a city, which represent a lot of culture and important values for humanity. Especially, in the sense of their philosophers interested in a different approach between classes after executing the most important people in Aristocracy in the times of the last infamous Louis XVI. Undoubtedly, a call against the excess from people in power. That representation of their character attracted more than once people from different countries, backgrounds and cultures. In my case, everything begun with The three musketeers, later different authors as Victor Hugo, Hemingway, Dickens, among others guided me in my youth years to discover more about that city. My feelings got confused when I was seeing on my screen more and more information of people running away or keeping captivated by a group of fanatics from ISIL. After all, I was planning a similar trip as one of the victims probably was doing at that time. I was choosing the places I had visited through pages, once and again, and suddenly those places were getting inside a malevolent plan created for a group searching a bloody purpose of spreading the most terrible and sad aspect from of human History, provoked by religious persecution. Even when ISIL actions  influenced from mistakes in International Politics, like American intervention in Iraq for searching mass destruction arms; or the uncontrollable situation in Syria provoking millions of citizens running away from their countries to avoid being killed. It is impossible to deny that this attitude has been mainly inspired by extreme religious principles, which are guiding a group supporting everything against the meaning of Western societies. Everything they made by what they see as well as a Political purpose, and glorious and meaningful actions from their future nation.

 Under these circumstances, this is the most scaring thing, I do not believe Western societies or others possessed at this moment a similar approach to the topic, particularly, when there is not interest to make them feel powerful by the sense that they could make this type of insane desire for making a prophecy a reality. However, the rational way of thinking from Western and civilized countries could not be enough for a group uninterested in peaceful share of relations between societies interested in promoting different values. In that sense, there would be a lot of work to do, with special attention for taking any measure to combat this type of extremism, especially, inside Cosmopolitan societies. If these people are really convinced of conquering what once belonged to their communities, Europe would not have peace soon. The real conflict is what Spinoza found as a regular conflict between groups who get connected with a particular vision from Faith, where God controls everything,  fanatics’ vision motivated and inspired by these thought, they are only trying to made what God expected from them, this is as Spinoza experienced in his time the most difficult aspect because societies interested in taking actions motivated by Rationalism would never be driven and obsessed by an ideology without thinking in the possibilities of future damage. In my opinion, it is not anymore about good guys or bad guys, we are confronting a return of medieval values, in that sense we are seeing a new group trying to end what their minds recognized like a new Rome. If it is the only thing they are trying to keep alive, I feel fear about how we could end when this group is trying to get power at any cost. They do not care how many citizens are killed while they can reach their purposes or establishing good relations with foreign powers.

What they understand is a literal vision of God’s rage against what represents a threat to their future Caliphate reign. The answer is not providing them with their purposes getting accomplished through Western political response, however, a passive action would not stop them, and in some sort of way this fear which influenced the actions and activities inside other systems is transforming and changing Western values. Societies are becoming more and more controlled and scared of different attitudes when they must face an external threat like this. How societies would be benefit by interactions between different actors and cultures in societies. And now the questions about who could be trusted inside Western societies and how will we recognize possible traitors, it is one of the scariest and at the same time the most important aspect after the craziness provoked by extremists in Paris. How are we going to avoid a witch hunt? Especially, when we know that is not truth that everyone is a radical in the practice of their faith. We are really ready to lose more liberty in our environments for groups interested in destroying the right of others for practicing different religious beliefs. Civil society should organize themselves to stop any possibility for groups like these overcome obstacles to destroy a different system. Media should support communities to avoid the increase of hate between different groups inside Western societies and Governments should improve their security system. What happened in Paris showed that technology is a new weapon for making terrorist attacks, especially, recognizing citizens who support ISIL actions in Western countries.Furthermore, there are more reasons to avoid changing who we are.

In this context, the purpose of understanding the value of different religions and the real meaning behind Faith could not be more relevant in Cosmopolitan societies, especially, when the interchange between members of different communities is usual. The comprehension about the meaning of God, at this time, should not endanger citizens lives. In every possible way of human comprehension a negative attitude towards others beliefs will threat a peaceful development of social relations of different groups. The extremists did not analyze God’s concept inspired to interpret the similar aspects of nature and God, which could be supported by Physics. The only perception they had about their role in God’s plan is doing a reality what the sacred pages of their books expressed. There is not analysis, it is what we understand as blind faith, they perceived themselves as makers of God’s will, which is, as History shows, one of the most strong aspects from faith for doing good or evil things. The questions related to who is taking responsibility about what is happening in Syria and countries from this zone is the main topic to solve the crisis. Without enough actions to control what is happening with terrorists groups in that zone, the opportunities to diminish the risks could fade from global leaders’ hands.

Even after a terrible attack, different countries, organizations, communities and groups inspired by the positive side of human beings were able to express their sadness, discomfort and sadness through the only possible way, exposing the values and support towards a society bleeding for an illogical way of manifest discomfort. There is no way to extinguish the positive aspect from any culture. Inspired by this feeling everyone exposed France’s colors in their cities. Undoubtedly, Eiffel Tower and Paris gave us a light, which could not be extinguish by a senseless radicalism from religious fanaticism.

I was trying to watch the sunset with a group of foreigners in Melbourne. That afternoon the sun was hidden beneath the clouds. I only could remind that God use to let the sun shines over good and evil people, yesterday, I thought even God feel mortified by Paris situation. The sun was not there and we only watched in silence while our minds probably cannot still process the lack of humanity in ISIL actions.

Lights installed at the MGC to show Victoria's support for the attacks in France. Rossana Naveda.
Lights installed at the MGC to show Victoria’s support for the attacks in France.