In Portugal, the Government exerts pressure on doctors to comply with the law of abortion which allows unrestricted abortion during the first ten weeks of pregnancy. However, doctors kept in the opposite position.
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Affectivity means the subjective totality that acts, situations and relations are living with. It is gradually building up along the personal existence and is intimately entailed in biological, cognitive and intentional processes from which a unity is formed. To know -and love- action depends on the satisfaction of needs and tendencies and their integration in one’s own world. Sometimes, we express it saying: “what is loving is effective”, and also with “to have a heart” (in its double meaning of fondness and bravery). Read the rest of this entry »
Nowadays we are concerned about pollution, but it seems that we are only worried about that which directly damages our lungs or poisons our organism. And so it is strange that a contaminant permeating the environment we breathe and alienating a quite number of brains, moves around our society as an ordinary product, without being discredited even so dangerous as it is. We are talking about hatred. It is contagious, creates discord, inflames wishes, disturbs minds, darkens judgement, both of individuals and multitude. Hate finds ways to all kind of violence, pollutes interpersonal relations until making impossible the life itself. When it is spread in a collective range, causes havoc to millions of people: with policies aimed at blocking institutions, striking terror on the streets, triggering wars destroying nations, etc. If we reflect about the nature of hatred we can see its origin from a not mollified anger, which is driven essentially by irrationality. Read the rest of this entry »
“Noncommunicable diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide,” said Douglas Bettcher, one of the leaders of the World Health Organization (WHO) in the last report about death causes in the world. Read the rest of this entry »
42 % of “in vitro” conceived children develop cancer , reveals a study by the University of Lund.
Infants conceived with techniques used in fertility clinics, are four times more likely to have certain birth defects and malformations than children conceived naturally, according to a study by researchers at the University of Lund ( Sweden). By in vitro babies , the risk of childhood cancer is great. Specifically , they have a 42 % chance of having a childhood cancer. Experts say that the figures are evident but they have not yet determined how the disease develops. Read the rest of this entry »
The new global ethic hides an anti-Christian agenda rooted in Western apostasy. It also imposes the dictatorship of relativism which denies the truth, revelation, reality and morality. Read the rest of this entry »
We are immersed in a macabre culture of death. However, Susan Anne Catherine, an American woman of 26 years, gave birth by cesarean to a two-month-premature baby girl in Richmond (Virginia). Susan died the next day.
The question is not new; this comes from a long time ago and is crucial for each person. We could summarize it in this question: How do we harmonize be happy (a happy life) and do good (the good) and correct? The difficulty is that these words and expressions have lost, or better said, have been given other meanings. Happiness coincides with pleasure and what is useful. Frequently, our sight and intelligence are incapable to deepen because we are blinded by the individual, the sensitivity and the moment. Read the rest of this entry »
“The end moves the agent” is a classic expression that I used to translate by: “the end moves the people.” It is important to have a clear purpose both in mind and in heart (it will define in the course of live) because if we do not have it then the immobility and the senseless appear. “If we are not going anywhere” then why we are moving; it would be worth nothing. Read the rest of this entry »
In the classic time of the modern sociology (1945), we studied that the common good is what justifies the authority in the civil society where men live. Thus, the concept of common good is essential in the formation of systems of government, whatever it is (monarchy, republic or democracy). Read the rest of this entry »
The human being is still one of the centers of attention and study at the present as he was in all the past ages. This happens because he gives meaning and direction to the reality. We wonder and clarify these two questions: who is the human being? And what is it? It is crucial to focus and manage our own life and the life of relationship. Read the rest of this entry »
All dimensions of human nature, together with the activity that belongs to them, are strictly personal. Thus, for example, the human body functions are not animals, but are truly and properly humans. In part Aristotle and his disciples were wrong when they do not realize that the so-called lower levels of the rational animal are different from their counterparts in the irrational animals. This happens not only because they are organized and integrated under the direction of reason, but mainly because they are aspects of the person… (Grisez-Rusell, G. Being a Person.) Read the rest of this entry »
It is obvious that what we call politics usually is not a science able to demonstrate and verify its statements. I believe that everybody agree to call it as an art, since it depends on the ability of the person who exercises it. That art can be more or less attractive and convincing according to the skill and ability of persuasion of the politician, and the media that is used. Read the rest of this entry »
Some ideologies support postulates that collide with the reason. For example: If we want to find out what animal it is, considering that it has head of duck, walks like duck, and quacks (quack, quack…) like duck, then we rationally conclude that it will obviously be a duck. However, because of the influence of any fanatical ideology, there are people willing to question even the most obvious, and consider any hypothesis, except that it is a duck. Read the rest of this entry »
The crosses between human being and irrational animal are something more than nonsense. The United Kingdom is the first country that has legitimized the development of hybrid embryos. Despite the opposition from three leaders of his ministry, the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, tolerated vote in good conscience the controversial Law of embryology. Read the rest of this entry »
As we know the economy has as objective to develop all sorts of methods and activities to satisfy human materials needs of the best possible way. However, the human being is not only a being of material needs: food, clothing, home, health, etc, but is also a being of wishes that constantly aspire to better food, better clothing, better household conditions and better health, with aspirations always renovated to achieve better living conditions in general.
Our ancestors had our same or similar needs and desires but they either accepted their lifestyle more or less primitive in terms of comforts and services, or they settled down on what can be called the conservative economics, I mean: work, save and finally enjoy, buying material goods that they needed or liked and they could afford. With this economic philosophy, they didn’t never wrong, they didn’t ever were trapped by their own economic decisions. They didn’t tend to owe anything to anybody because they refrained from buying on credit, and in this way, they could only fear the lack of work and therefore the lack of income and the coming of a long or serious illness.
With the development of new goods that make life more active and enjoyable, such as cars, home appliances, aircraft, etc; the progressive economist emerged. It is based on the purchase on credit, and with that the form of economic life of people is reverted: enjoy, work and pay while we can. The welfare State (when the State guarantees all persons the health, aid in case of unemployment and pension or economic aid in case of retirement) contributed to this new approach.
But not all the politicians who administer the enormous public wealth that are needed to face up to those obligations assumed by the State what is called social security, are competent, honest and fair. Many of them decide to abuse of their positions to enrich, or use them to waste or squander with political ideological purposes in a sectarian way among supporters and friends.
From here on, citizens are trapped by debts and are in the hands of too many corrupt or greedy politicians. One day they decide to borrow motivated increasingly by advertising and consumerism, enjoy the goods and then work. It comes another day when the cycle is broken, the work ends and no one can pay anyone, (except officials and wealthy people) starting with the Administration as it happens in Spain.
That is happening in the EU and the European politicians, who were wrong when they introduced the euro as single currency for all members, without first establishing the necessary harmonization and economic regulation and taxation for everybody, only think that the countries that have deceived or mismanaged their public accounts have the easy way to get more and more debts to deal with those caused by the accumulated waste.
In conclusion of these simple and basic reflections, I think that citizens have two options: we can go back to the conservative economy and avoid in the future dramatic situations such as the present ones, or we can demand competent, integrity and honest politicians that pursue the common good and do not lie us. As we think always about human beings, the moral (public and private) is the first thing that should prevail in human relations and, in that individual and collective moral must have justice, confidence and intellectual and practice honesty.
The interest in the environment grows as the welfare state in the post-industrial society increases; first as a result of the demands for a healthier environment (an unpolluted land, clear water or pure air), and second as a catalyzed result due to the frequent attacks on that environment. Development and wastes seem to be head or tail of the same coin. We want jobs, but the economic and industrial development is usually related with: waste generation, pollution or contamination. Read the rest of this entry »
One of the facts that characterize our time is the manipulation of language and the confusion of the concepts. Words are empty of its original meaning and take other new content. Read the rest of this entry »
It is clear that if we want to get out of the crisis, it is not enough to be optimistic but we must also not to get discouraged and have value. I think there is a very important factor because many things depend on it: the quality of work. Read the rest of this entry »
Our mailboxes are full of supermarket offers. Our correspondence consists mainly of advertising and banking mail. Personal letters, friends and family letters are scarce. The receipt of a postal card – a greeting from the distance – has made me aware that letters establish personal ties that break time and geography barriers. Read the rest of this entry »