You must depend absolutely on others in order to become absolutely free.
THE HAPPINESS OF BEING FREE
You will be much happier when you do good because you want to, than when you are mandated to.
YOUR FREEDOM AND YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS
Human life begins when human beings become individually and collectively conscious of the fact that they are free. However, since many are losing their freedom, you must fight for it; otherwise you will lose your consciousness and your freedom.
THOU SHALL NOT TOLERATE INJUSTICE
If you tolerate injustice, your freedom will become the contradiction of freedom.
THOU SHALL NOT BE IMPOTENT
The greatest impotence that can afflict you occurs when, after being created in freedom, you turned yourself into a slave, and now you refuse to regain your freedom.
THOU SHALL NOT BE IGNORANT
The worse kind of ignorance that may afflict you is that of not knowing how to use your freedom.
The powerful are concerned with expanding their dominion through war. The weak are concerned with protecting their lives. And the vast multitudes are not concerned with anything at all, as long as war does not touch them.
MONEY, THE MOST LETHAL WEAPON
It is a well-known principle in modern warfare that money is the most effective weapon of all. It may fail to buy the enemy, but it will not fail to buy the weapons to kill the enemy.
GUARANTIED TO MAKE MONEY
The growth of the weapons industry proves that war is more profitable than peace.
TRUE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION
The only weapons of mass destruction are those in the hands of the one who is willing to use them.
A DESPICABLE MARRIAGE
The weapons industry is a marriage of greed with brute force.
SO MUCH FOR THE RATIONAL BEING
I have seen dogs furiously barking at each other, only to turn around and go their separate ways. I have seen world leaders yelling at each other, only to end up tearing each other apart.
Whenever you fight against death on earth, you become alive in heaven; you make your earthly life a reality in heaven. God himself is alive both in heaven and on earth (not just in heaven): “Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me and see me, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have” (Luke 24:39).
If God is alive in you, it necessarily follows that you alive in him. To deny that God lives both on earth and in heaven is the equivalent of saying that God does not live at all. To some people, God is not alive at all because his presence in the world presents a constant opposition to the evils of the world. Those who deny that God is alive do it in two ways: by their actions and by their omissions. 1. By their actions, that is, by the evil they do, an evil that places them in opposition to the life of God. In other words, whatever is good, is against their interests. They are the ones who put to death the author of life (Acts 3:15). 2. By their omissions, that is, by their refusal to restore goodness in the face of evil. Another form of omission consists in “seeing” only certain forms of evil while remaining totally blind to other grave offenses against human dignity.
Once you see that God is alive, both on earth and in heaven, you will be able to see that your own life is the convergence of your earthly life with your heavenly life.
The fundamental purpose of an economic system is to satisfy the needs of all men, by ensuring that everybody, without exception, participates in the production, distribution, and consumption of all economic goods.
The fact that a few individuals take possession of the world’s wealth, while the vast majorities live in poverty, is an indication that the world’s economic systems have failed to live up to their responsibility and purpose.
An economic system that fails to meet the needs of all is unjust and inhuman.
The following is a just and human economic system: “No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common . . . There was no needy person among them, for those who owned property or houses would sell them, bring the proceedings of the sale, and put them at the feet of the apostles, and they were distributed to each according to need” (Acts 4:32, 34-35).
In such an economic system as the one described above, everyone benefits from it. It is the only economic system that can fully serve the needs of humankind.
In the dawn of creation, the light was with man, inasmuch as he had been created in the image of God. Thus, man was free to grow in the goodness he had received; he lived in the peace and unity of the human community in accordance with God’s design. However, unity was fragmented when men disobeyed the will of God, divided themselves into antagonistic groups, and sought their mutual destruction. By so harming their own human dignity, men sank humanity into darkness.
The light of the second dawn (the resurrection) appears when God, through Jesus Christ, removes the stone of the tomb of division and subjugation, in order for men to come out of the darkness into the light, and in order for men to return to life. This is the second and never ending dawn of humanity. The light of the second dawn brings about the end of divisions and subjugation, the end of the exploitation of man by man, and the end of all wars. To remove the stone means to move from darkness to light, and from night to dawn. Even to this day, it is everyone’s responsibility to see to it that the stone is removed. The stone of the tomb is the burden that overwhelms us when we live amidst the enmities of antagonistic persons, groups, and nations. With the triumph of life, we fully restore our human dignity and enter into the second dawn of humanity – a renewal of the first dawn when God created man in his own image and likeness.
A long time ago, men lived in a beautiful garden full of trees delightful to look at and good for food. One day, a man found a tree whose fruit was money. The tree said to the man:
– “My fruit is the most delicious fruit of all in the garden.”
– “I want to take it,” the man replied.
– “I must warn you,” said the tree, “once you take my fruit, you will always want more.”
– “I can always come back to you,” the man answered confidently.
– The tree made another warning, “I can give my fruit only once. After that my branches will wither, for you must learn that money does not grow on trees.”
– “I insist,” the man said, “I want your fruit.”
Upon collecting all the money from the tree, the man went away. The words, “money does not grow on trees,” kept resounding in his head. So he decided to buy the entire garden, put other men to work for him, and appropriated for himself the product of their labor.
The man had discovered that the name of the money tree is: ‘Unpaid labor.’
If you want to free yourself and the entire humanity, you must do it through the power of God, not through the power of the world.
Let us highlight the radical differences between: the way God liberates, and the way the world “liberates.”
Jesus liberates by humbly obeying the will of God The liberating power of Jesus consists in his adherence to justice, righteousness, truth, peace, and respect for all human beings. His power does not lead him to belittle, oppress, destroy, lie, or impose his authority over other human beings. Jesus – the Son of the Almighty – enters Jerusalem “meek and riding on an ass, an on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden” (Matthew 21:5). The world, on the other hand, pretends to “liberate” man: – By enticing human beings to seek their own self-interests and their own well-being at the expense of their fellow human being’s well-being and best interests. Under this approach the individual human being does not accomplish liberation at all, but rather falls deeper into slavery.
– By institutionalizing domination, if not the outright destruction of one by the other.
– By encouraging the use of force (brute or otherwise) by the strong against the weak.
As Jesus showed his liberating power by humbly entering into Jerusalem, so too must we do the same, for this is the only way to bring true liberation to humanity.
POISON IN THE NEWS
Unless the media sticks to the truth
there will be poison in the news.
THE POWER OF THE MEDIA
The media has the power to modify the way people think and behave… without the people ever knowing.
WHAT PROPAGANDA CAN DO
A well-organized propaganda campaign, through the media, can change a conservative person into a liberal one, and vice versa. It can also make people believe that tyrants are liberators.
The media is free when it is not subordinate to the interests of any power group. And, it is servile when a power group convinces it that it is free.