To understand reality is not the same as to know about outward events. It is to perceive the essential nature of things. The best-informed man is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of his knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential. But on the other hand, knowledge of an apparently trivial detail quite often makes it possible to see into the depth of things. And so the wise man will seek to acquire the best possible knowledge about events, but always without becoming dependent upon this knowledge. To recognize the significant in the factual is wisdom. Dietrich Bonhoeffer:


Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.---RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.---ABRAHAM LINCOLN
There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state to another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.---ALEXANDRE DUMAS
“It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes... we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions - especially selfish ones" --- Alexander Solzhenitsyn quotes (Russian novelist, Nobel Prize for Literature (1970), b.1918)
“Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.” ---Kahlil Gibran

Thursday, March 17, 2011


It's has been cold here in Bangkok in the past two days. Today it's 66 degree Fahrenheit/ 18.88 degree Celsius.  It's not normal especially Bangkok is known for her very warm weather and it's summer, this should be the time when it's undesirably hot.

There are pros and cons but in general, I  like the weather myself than the usual. I've had my migraine attack last week for too much sweets intake and the weather when out was really terrible despite less exposure to sunlight.

Anyway, not being lazy but I haven't been outside home since yesterday. And up to this moment, hmmm... time check, it's six in the evening. I haven't opened my door yet, it simply means I haven't been out of my room even  a single step.

These times make me think of a lot of subjects to write on.  I have learnt that the rapid increase in human population in the  past two centuries had raised concern that humans might overpopulate  earth  and this planet may not be able to sustain the human race. So then, the worldwide human population control movement went active  in the 1960s and 1970s.  Family planning programs and  reproductive health were  intensified. 

The population control methods were contraception, abstinence, medical abortion, emigration, decreasing immigration, sterilization and euthanasia. The methods were strongly influenced by  the religious and cultural beliefs of community members. Thus the population control varied in places in which methods they preferred.

"In 1974, at the World Population Conference in Bucharest, women's issues gained considerable attention. Family programmes were seriously discussed and 137 countries drafted a World Population Plan of Action. In the discussion, many countries accepted modern birth control, such as the pill and the condom, but opposed abortion. In 1994, another action plan was drafted in Cairo under the United Nations. They discussed the concern on population and the need to incorporate women into the discourse. They agreed that improvements in women's status, and initiatives in defense of reproductive health and freedom, the environment, and sustainable socio-economic development were needed."

In the 1980s, the POPULATION CONTROL ADVOCATES and  WOMEN'S HEALTH ACTIVISTS  were in tension as the Women Health Activists forwarded WOMEN REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS as part of human rights-based approach. 

As per wikipedia this is Reproductive Rights:

Reproductive Rights are legal rights and freedoms relating to reproduction and reproductive health.[1] The World Health Organization defines reproductive rights as follows:
Reproductive rights rest on the recognition of the basic right of all couples and individuals to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing and timing of their children and to have the information and means to do so, and the right to attain the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health. They also include the right of all to make decisions concerning reproduction free of discrimination, coercion and violence.[2]

This Reproductive Rights is one of the most vigorously contested rights in the world as this includes the right to legal or safe ABORTION, the right to birth control,the right access to quality REPRODUCTIVE HEALTHCARE or Reproductive Health  also known as SEXUAL HEALTH or HYGIENE and many others. This reproductive health implies on responsible, satisfying and safer sex life. 

I assume that the responsible issue is on sexual diseases granting  that condoms prevent the spread of certain sexual diseases though not all. Hmm...I thought I was talking about women's health.  Okay, the right and responsibility through  the use of contraceptives in order to stay away from responsibility. Opps...wait.... . I'm confused.  Aaahhh there, you can enjoy copulation without worrying of getting pregnant.  

Seems the reproductive health finds this "way of thinking" being responsible. But I wonder why is access to safe and legal abortion improves  women's health and  a fundamental right of women. Is abortion good for health? Isn't abortion a murder? Is it a human right to kill? Is it being responsible to kill an unborn child in one's womb so one can live the life she wants and be free from any responsibility? Do the unborn children have no any right to live?

These are some of the questions running in my head right now. What if time  comes when no one wants to get married and have children anymore? The current projections show a steady decline of population growth rate. It's a fact that there are more broken homes and less families nowadays. Humans have gone more on "I" than "We". And if we (at least) believe we all have the capability to expand the human race considering man's intellect, then we should uphold man's dignity and consider the significance of   human capital for the future's  economy. 

We are all here temporarily and if we can't plan well and be prepared for the  next generation, then how would it be? The Demographic Winter strikes Europe and I had read that  Europe is aging and dying. Russia's population is slated to decrease from 143Million in 2005 to 112Million in 2050.  Singapore, too has a tragic decline on birthrate (despite being overpopulated in the world due to 99.1% dependency).

Finally, what's demographic winter? It denotes the worldwide decline of birthrate. The decline of human family.

Will this happen soon? Hope not.

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