“The future is certain. It is just not known.”

Bailouts, energy crises, civil wars, global warming, the climate crisis, the Euro crisis: when you take a step back and look at the big picture of what is going on in the world it can sometimes seem pretty grim. “ Fatalism ” is becoming an epidemic, that to a greater or lesser extent it is slowly infiltrating the minds of the majority of us.

So what is the impact of this creeping fatalism? We become complacent. We complain but we see no point of action. We don’t see the possibility of change, and we certainly don’t expect ourselves to be the drivers of that change…that would be impossible!

So what CAN be done to reverse this impeding sense of doom and inefficacy? The answer lies in developing an essential leadership characteristic: the capacity to make people believe they can change their future and that it is possible to alter the reality of today’s society, thus the importance of breaking the cycle of fatalism.

Quoted: “And yet, and yet… Denying temporal succession, denying the self, denying the astronomical universe, are apparent desperations and secret consolations. Our destiny … is not frightful by being unreal; it is frightful because it is irreversible and iron-clad. Time is the substance I am made of. Time is a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger which destroys me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire which consumes me, but I am the fire. The world, unfortunately, is real; I, unfortunately, am Borges.”
― Jorge Luis Borges

A call to world citizens, nature rights before profits!

Resources such as Land and Beaches have been inherently political issues across the globe. Privatization of resources has led the world to speculate and create new trends as a response to global crisis’s. Political agendas worldwide is now more focused on massive beach and land grabbing operations. In order to secure themselves, countries and transnational companies are acquiring land and beaches in developing counties at an accelerated rate.

As from the 20th century, Mauritius has been facing constant challenges against the privatization of hectares of beaches allocated to foreign investors. These deals have not always had a win-win outcome but rather sparked neo-colonialism flares putting the livelihood of local population in jeopardy.
In 2016, the statistical segmentation of the Mauritian coast line is as follows;
43% of sea frontage by private bungalows and villas,
20% of coast line are occupied by hotels and golf areas,
and ONLY 10% are said to be public beaches.

‘Aret Kokin Nu Laplaz’; AKNL (Stop Beach Grabbing in English), a group of Mauritian activists, are voicing against beach privatization and its effects. On the 24th of August 2016, 6.9 hectares and nine hundred and forty square meters of beach (69940 m2) was withdrawn from the list of ‘ Public Beach ‘. This portion of beach described as PG Bel Air Public Beach (Pomponette/ Point aux Roches), situated in the South of Mauritius, is one of the very last coastal line which has preserved its wild and natural fauna and flora. Appreciated for its untouched beauty, locals and afar, PG Bel Air (Pomponette) has been a place of gathering for years by many.

The anecdote below among others, overthrows the saying of the Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Housing and Lands of the Republic of Mauritius, Showkutally Soodhun as to what this beach is not frequently visited by people and too dangerous for swimming thus appropriate for hotel construction, namely a transnational South African company, the Pelangi Resorts.

Recently after activists of AKNL have gathered support from local citizens, the CEO of Pelangi Resorts gave an interview in L’Express, a local newspaper, stressing that the choice of the privatization of PG Bel Air Beach (Pomponette), is justified as hotels keep beaches in better conditions and clean as opposed to Mauritian citizens.

Anecdote:
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Planted by a Mauritian some 20 years back, this Tournefortia argentea known as ‘ le veloutier ‘‘has a story behind that everyone should be aware of. This is the legacy left behind by a man for the Mauritian nation!
‘Baz ti pie ‘ as this man lovingly describes ‘ le veloutier’, is the living witness of years of family gatherings and unfading memories! This is not ‘The Pelangi tree on St Felix’ as described and marketed by the promoters unaware of the Mauritian footprint! This veloutier is a symbol of an ecological resistance against time, natural calamities and prejudice; becoming a symbol of emotional attachment!
‘ Le veloutier’ itself answers to Miranda Hartzenberg Ceo of Pelangi the CEO of Pelangi to how Mauritians care, value and show respect for their natural assets, our PG Bel Air, Pomponette beach
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Existing beach and land rights are being continually violated by the authorities. Deals between transnational companies are secretly negotiated without the least consideration for the natural birth rights of Mauritians to enjoy their national heritage. High saturation of beach hotels has eroded and endangered the fragile marine eco-system.

‘Aret Kokin Nu Laplaz’ (AKNL), is inviting citizens of the world to participate in advocating land and nature birth rights as this is not only a Mauritian issue but a global phenomenon.
On the 23rd of October 2016, we are organizing a massive citizens’ picnic for a massive campaign ( Piknik Sitwayein ) on PG Bel Air beach ( Pomponette ) as from 12: 00 to 16:00.

As per the requests of foreign activists and Mauritians living abroad, we will also be launching a Facebook and Twitter campaign as from the 23rd of October 2016. The online community is invited to join us.

How to participate and advocate for land rights online ;

1. Take a selfie with a piece of paper or cartoon board written #AKNL or Aret Kokin Nou Laplaz and the name of country where the selfie was taken. Upload  your photo on your personal account.
Then inbox me your photo on Facebook; Anshika Sawaram and you will be later tag in the album photo of our Facebook page Aret Kokin Nu Laplaz.

2. Sign our online petition and share to your contacts.
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Hon_Prime_Minister_of_Mauritus_Sir_Anerood_Jugnauth_Bring_back_the_Mauritian_beaches_to_Mauritians/?souHsdb

Thank you for your support.

Fifty Shades of Grey a story of troubling and influential fantasy.

I waited for the “Fifty Shades of Grey” crase to come to a reasonable point to urge one to give it a healthy thought.

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What is a fantasy?
From Freud to Ludacris, it’s been an elusive idea, suggesting both an escape from reality and an expression of hidden desire. In culture, fantasy works like a mirror: It reflects who we are, but it also shapes what we become.

But the Fifty Shades of Grey movie is a troubling and influential fantasy targeting a large mainstream set of women. It’s incredibly straight: Ana and Christian stick to maximally traditional versions of femininity and masculinity. The BDSM (Bondage, Discipline/Dominance, Submission/Sadism and Masochism) play and fetishes are related to mental issues where we normally refer BDSM as a new standard for hot—which Fifty Shades is helping it become—. Fifty Shades eroticizes sexual violence, but without any of the emotional maturity and communication required to make it safe.

Right now there is an interesting tension between the mainstreaming of S&M (Submission/Sadism and Masochism) that Fifty Shades represents and also the mainstream horror at rape culture. There’s an increasing vigilance against rape culture on the one hand and the easy acceptance of pornographic S&M on the other.
Sadly, mainstream culture has come to look more and more like pornography and this can be reflected on the way people project their sexuality on social media, imitating gestures and facial expressions from porn. “If you look at somebody’s Facebook page, or selfie culture—the way people are presenting themselves for cameras is much more sexualized than it once was,” she said.

BDSM and S&M inevitably represents and propagates violence against women—largely because it dehumanize them.
“Women in pornography are turned on by being put down and feel pain as pleasure. We want it; we beg for it; we get it,” MacKinnon wrote in her 1988 book, Feminism Unmodified. But this comes at the cost of seeing women as real people, she said: “Only when self-respect is accepted as human does debasement become sexy and female; only when avoidance of pain is accepted as human does torture become sexy and female.”

Sexuality, which has historically been rooted in power dynamics, and perhaps sexist power dynamics—have those instincts or preferences been eradicated by our new understanding of equality? And if not, what is to be done with them?
This is not an easy question, but the answer offered by Fifty Shades is insufficient. It’s one thing to explore power dynamics; it’s another to use power to manipulate and control your partner.

In a 2000 paper, the legal scholar Robin West wrote that “the ethic of consent, applied even-handedly, may indeed increase the amount of happiness in the world, but women will not be the beneficiaries.”

The rather inescapable fact is that much of the misery women endure is fully “consensual.” … Put affirmatively, the conditions which create our misery—unwanted pregnancies, violent and abusive marriages, sexual harassment on the job—are often traceable to acts of consent. Women—somewhat uniquely—consent to their misery. An ethical standard which ties value to the act of consent by presumptively assuming that people consent to their circumstances so as to bring about their own happiness—and by so doing thereby create value—leaves these miserable consensual relationships beyond criticism.

And even when people have a sophisticated understanding of sex, movies offer little to model healthy sexual encounters beyond the threshold of consent.

It’s one thing to ensure that all sex is legal, and that everyone is free to have sex based on their rights as individuals. It’s another to have a culture that encourages people, and particularly young adults, to seek out sexual encounters that are emotionally constructive and based on affirmative values of mutual respect, dignity, and care. As Catharine MacKinnon wrote in 1988, “It is not that life and art imitate each other; in sexuality, they are each other.”

In an interview, Esther Perel, a sex therapist and the author of Mating in Captivity, said, “I find it amazing that this country at this point is going to spill quantities of ink talking about Fifty Shades, when it doesn’t even have a basic education on sex. It’s like you’re introducing alcohol to people who haven’t had any water in years.”

But that’s exactly why it’s so important to pay attention to the Fifty Shades fantasy.
I seriously recommend one to read this “A psychiatrist’s letter to young people about Fifty Shades of Grey”