Monday, 17 October 2011
Pan sexuality can be defined (merci a Wikipedia)
Pan sexuality (also referred to as omnisexuality or polysexuality)  refers to the potential for sexual attractions, sexual desire romantic love, or emotional attraction, towards people of all gender identities and biological sexes.
People I believe have the ability to fall in love with anyone. This is not some lecture on the merits of hippy style free love but on the ability everyone I think has to fall in love with certain people. Heterosexuality and homosexuality only describe your sexual attraction predominantly to a person but pansexual takes into your account to fall for someone (and I’m not talking about falling head over heels in love with someone). Alfred Kinsey the famous biologist (there is a great film made of his life with Liam Neeson) described it on the Kinsey scale with 0 being completely hetro and 10 being completely homosexual. There are flaws in his work as the sample sized used was very small but he found a proportion fell nowhere near the complete end of either scale. Based on this it could be easily believed that we are all veering towards one gender or another or possibly be bisexual but these are just labels.
I believe the love as described by the Greeks can explain it fairly well. The four different types described as
Agape - sacraficial love, I think in this modern context this is more or less tough love.
Eros-someone you want to spend you life with, may not be or may be sexual in nature.
Philia-love for a friend eg loyality, comradery
Storge-affection for a son or daugther from a parent
People can be pansexual from their admiration for a particular sports star (Kevin Doyle is a great player, look at his athleticism) to sexual attraction to someone but what predominates in pan sexuality is that there is not necessarily a sexual attraction but an emotional attraction, you feel as if a person has been a part of your life for a long time, what would you do without them? This could go a long way towards explaining platonic friendships that become very deep friendships (non sexual but deep in an emotional way)
Monday, 10 October 2011
I have long been an advocate of this policy and believe its something worthwhile exploring. Here is a different if somewhat very simple look at things. People in a capitalist society and conditioned to be consumerists, to work like slaves for basic wage and in turn this money then leaves the worker whom spends his disposable income on useless stuff that he may want but inherently made not need. This leads me on to a second point which forms the crux of my opinion on what is preventing open borders. When people accumulate all this wealth and their material goods (a lot of capitalist societies produce materialistic beings) they will fight to keep what they have which is a standard of living way above what is par for the norm and this in itself creates an injust and inhumane society. An open border is something which they see as a threat to both themselves and their way of life and this coupled with their extreme insecurities and superiority complexes makes for one giant barrier which while big is not so big as to be torn down.
How do we implement an open border? From the start we need to educate our children in the schools and try and get a number of influential people on board, I’m not talking about currently established leaders but those whom have excellent leadership skills, are diplomatic and trustworthy, where these come from I do not know but I’m sure some way can be created to identify them. These people can then in each country/region of the world where there is extremes such as fundamentalism seek to address moderates in that country and appeal to the working class in such a way as to combat the influence of extremism and fundamentalism and appeal to the people through the offer of a better way of life. In Ireland we would need someone to try and make people drop their materialist values and go back to their humanity and thinking of others. We would end up with a standard of living that is still well above average but takes into account the needs of everyone else.
Over the years we would promote a bicultural model similar to that of Singapore where housing developments would be mixed and people fully explored to promote each their own culture while actively taking an interest in each other’s culture. The Canadians have great legislation in place called the Canadian Multiculturalism Act which was borne out of the ideals of Trudeau in Canada (more info please see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Multiculturalism_Act ). It goes some way towards promoting this bicultural model.
The ideas I have outlined are not perfect, they are not the ideas of some happy clappy hippy but someone who believe humanity can benefit from a change in thinking, a giant session of cognitive behavioural therapy if you will. Feel free to criticise (constructively may I add) and to add your voice on what is right or what is wrong about the above.
Monday, 3 October 2011
At heart Im a liberal, I believe that we should live and let live but does this apply to children? Well one woman thinks so as she asserts her daughter could very well be lesbian. People would imagine at ten years of age that a kid would be more interested in Santa Claus and all things that he would bring her at Xmas or when her homework has to be done but her parents beg to differ. As long as the child is not harmed I don't take issue with it however it is the responsibility for the parent to ensure the child is not going to expose herself to any dangers as people are cruel. Its a very brave step for mother and daughter and I sincerely wish them the best of luck.