What is a victory without
compassion? If all the defeated were aware of
the need the victorious has of getting recognition for his well-done
job, humanity would avoid many a long war.
Hollywood cinema is an iconic
cinema. Spectators see images that tell
the tale. Their connotation is unique. Poor cinema is indexical.
Spectators see images that suggest multiple images. Wise producers
might save money by triggering imagination. Not surprisingly,
independent cinema, third-world cinema and European cinema appear to be
So far, no philosopher has pointed
out the differences between smiling
and laughing. People smile of joy, as they laugh of scorn. The
sensitivity of a man, as well as the sensitivity of a culture, could be
measure by their promptness to laugh.
The earth trembled today. A small
earthquake. I wasn't scared.
should I fear? Also in Central Asia, three years ago, we where in a car
out of control, over an icy road. I learnt long ago that there is no
real probability of us surviving for another twenty minutes. But still
we go on living. Another metaphysical problem to take into
consideration, that's to say, another non-scientific fact to wonder
I spite of
of technology, our civilization remains quite irrational. The main
Descartes, Leibnitz and Kant. Isaac Asimov distinguishes reason from
one of his novels - I read it in 1987. After twenty years I have come
conclusion that there are many logics, each one belonging to a given
system. Reason is the faculty to understand the manifold nature of
It is through reason that we distinguish ethics from morality;
war. Kant's Critique of the Pure Reason is in reality a critique of the
pure logic [of
It is not vanity, but hypocrisy
that characterizes humanity. We live in
a whirlwind of lies, conventions, and compromises. I have tried to be
as sincere as possible, assuming the consequences of my actions and
statements. Such behavior has granted me the admiration and the hate of
many a friend, to the point that I no longer believe in
During the last year the citizens
of Colombia have become victims of
bank corruption and inefficiency. After 12 years in Europe and the US I
came back to Bucaramanga in 2005. As I started to work I opened a bank
account in Banco de Bogotá. Everything went fine for a while,
February 2007 about US$1000 dollars vanished from my account. I wrote
to Banco the Bogotá. After a 1-month delay they sent me copies
cash machine. Their employees explain me that according to Banco de
Bogotá “someone” had withdrew my money from Bogotá cash
city about 250 miles from my town (!). Since I had paid for a pair of
shoes with my debit card that very day, just four hours before the
scalp, I assumed I was going to get the money back. Banco de
nevertheless, ignored my letters. Their silence entitled me to take
legal action. According to the Colombian law, a citizen is able to ask
a judge to decide on penal or civil matters, if a given firm ignores
his/her written letter for more than two weeks. But as soon as the
process started, the judge contacted Banco de Bogotá. In less
day Banco de Bogotá issued an official response to my letter,
that I, and only I –or a person authorized by me-, had withdrawn the
money, and underlying the fact that they were absolutely sure that none
of their workers had had access to my pin number or my card (?). The
judge decided then to close my case, stating that since my letter had
been answered, there was no reason for him/her to proceed (!).These
circumstances raise many questions about the ethics of the Colombian
Banks and about their relationship with the judicial system.
Banco de Bogotá just expect
me to be happy with the fact that I might
lose 1000 dollars due to their lack of security, inefficiency,
corruption or mismanagement. The most revealing circumstance, though,
is that Banco de Bogotá called my office soon after to let me
due to a breach in their security system I had to change my pin number.
Later on I learnt that they had called thousands of customers that day.
It also happened that soon after their entire website of Banco de
Bogotá was revamped, and that direct e-payments were
the point that now you should get a call from them in order to
authorize the payment of the gas.
It is obvious, therefore, that
someone or some people cracked their
security system, getting all the necessary information to clone my
debit card. In any civilized country a Bank would have assumed its
responsibility. Not in Colombia, The right action would be for Banco de
Bogotá to take action for their flaws. After all, I’m not the
charge of their security system!
But my case is not alone. In the
last few years, Colombian citizens had
lost thousands of dollars
in the same way, and since there is impunity, I can anticipate that
this sort of robbery will increase in the coming months, until some
honest judge decide to oblige the Colombian bank guild to take
responsibility for their wrongdoings.
People from the province of
Santander, Colombia, are well-known for
their envy. Such feeling, nonetheless, is perhaps the most
together with scorn -as Schopenhauer pointed out, and can be easily
discovered and experienced from Alaska to Mozambique. An essay to be
How to survive as an unrecognised
artist? Don’t read newspapers or
magazines. They are only interested in success. Artists will either
lose hope or end up imitating the stupidity they praised.
When does a man realise the end of
youth? When he is unable to jump.
A man can indulge in nostalgy in his youth, but either suicide or the
will to survive destroys it.