J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 09-05-2018

Europe’s Childless Leaders Sleepwalking Us to Disaster

There have never been so many childless politicians leading Europe as today. In the short term, being childless is a relief since it means no spending for families, no sacrifices and that no one complains about the future consequences. Being a mother or a father means that you have a very real stake in the future of the country you lead. Europe’s most important leaders leave no children behind. Europe’s most important leaders are all childless: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and the French presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron. 

As Europe’s leaders have no children, they seem have no reason to worry about the future of their continent. Living for today: Europe’s most important leaders are all childless, among them German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands. Angela Merkel made the fatal decision to open the doors of Germany to one million and half migrants to stop the demographic winter of her country. Merkel evidently did not care if the massive influx of these migrants would change German society, probably forever. According to a new study published by the Institut national d’études démographiques, a quarter of European women born in the 1970s may remain childless. 

One in nine women born in England and Wales in 1940 were childless at the age of 45, compared to one in five of those born in 1967. Islamic supremacists are busily building a clash of civilizations in Europe’s midst, and they depict their Western host countries collapsing: without population, without values, and abandoning their own culture. No part of the Gatestone website or any of its contents may be reproduced, copied or modified, without the prior written consent of Gatestone Institute. 

Keywords: [“Europe”,”leader”,”childless”]
Source: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/10306/childless-europe

In today’s corporate world you are more likely to hear about mindfulness than self-restraint. The search giant has also built a labyrinth for walking meditation. Twitter and Facebook are doing all they can to stay ahead in the mindfulness race. The fashion is not confined to Silicon Valley: the mindfulness movement can be found in every corner of the corporate world. What got the mindfulness wagon rolling was the 1960s counter-culture, which injected a shot of bohemianism into the bloodstream of capitalism: witness the rise of companies such as Virgin, Ben & Jerry’s and Apple, whose co-founder, Steve Jobs, had visited India on a meditation break as a young man, and who often talked about how Zen had influenced the design of his products. 

Mindfulness emphasises that there is more to success than material prosperity. The third is that selling mindfulness has become a business in its own right. A yoga and meditation instructor, and an enthusiastic tweeter, founded Wisdom 2.0, a popular series of mindfulness conferences. Many other business schools are embracing mindfulness. Jeremy Hunter of the Drucker management school at Claremont university teaches it to his students, as does Ben Bryant at Switzerland’s IMD. 

Donde Plowman of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s business school has even tried to quantify the mindfulness of management schools themselves. They might also worry that Aetna, an insurer which wants to sell yoga and other mindfulness techniques as part of its health plans, is sponsoring some of the research that supports them. The biggest problem with mindfulness is that it is becoming part of the self-help movement-and hence part of the disease that it is supposed to cure. 

Keywords: [“mindfulness”,”meditation”,”business”]
Source: https://www.economist.com/business/2013/11/16/the-mindfulness-business

Polyamory as a Rejection of Capitalism – Morgan Lev Edward Holleb

The only choice I make for my partners is whether or not they get to be with me-if I don’t like other choices that they make, I can leave, but I trust them to make the best choices for themselves and to be compassionate, decent people. Within a poly relationship, you have bodily autonomy but so do your partners: you are required to articulate and understand and respect the emotional and physical boundaries within each partnership. Being poly doesn’t mean I need to know about the details about my partners’ other relationships. Further to that-your n.eeds are met primarily by the self, with the support of partners. There is no pressure to be your partners’ Everything. 

The burden of emotional labor falls on multiple partners, if you have them. Being poly means allowing for fluidity not only between partners but within individual relationships which will undoubtedly change over time. Managing the time scarcity means being honest with partners about my availability and the amount of time I can realistically commit to them-it also means scheduling in time for myself. Confront the reality that partners could lose interest, or fall in love with someone else, or leave you for no reason at all whether you’re monogamous or not. Polyamory gives them the freedom to explore themselves and other relationships while they’re with you, and makes it easier to leave if that’s the best course because you all have less invested in the idea of having One Partner Forever. 

I’m poly whether I’m with one partner, ten partners, or no partners. You can practice polyamory while only having one partner by agreeing that neither of you is bound by rules over what you can and can’t do with other consenting adults. 

Keywords: [“partner”,”relationship”,”time”]
Source: http://morganpotts.com/2016/polyamory-as-a-rejection-of-capitalism

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