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§206 Story of stuff

August 5, 2008

New header! Woohoo!

I’ve also updated my blogroll. Basically anyone on my RSS goes there now. Pay special attention to the text that appears in the yellow box when you hover above it. Also I made 2 categories – English and Swedish. Please note that there is a DARFUR blog! There’s a genocide going on there. See what you can do to get involved to prevent it.

This is very important and very funny. Please watch. It’s only a 20 minute movie. I urge you to!
http://www.storyofstuff.com/
Everyone should see this! It’s about where our stuff comes from when we buy it and where it goes when you throw it away.

I read very similar articles by the great author Peter Englund. Link to his blog on the right (by the way, he’s a member of the Swedish Academy – which means he’s one of the people who get to decide who gets the Nobel Price), so I just had to write a comment to his latest blog entry and link to this thing.

Apparently, in Saudia, it’s permittable to marry a one year old girl. What? Pedophiles? Nonono. Of course not. You’re not allowed to have sex with her if she’s younger than… nine!
http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/1798.htm

And back to the Lion King. I did some investigation, and it’s indeed Zulu. Very cool. Here are the lyrics:

Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba  [Here comes a lion, Father]
Sithi uhm ingonyama           [Oh yes, it’s a lion]

Nants ingonyama bagithi baba
Sithi uhhmm ingonyama
Ingonyama

Siyo Nqoba                    [We’re going to conquer]
Ingonyama
Ingonyama nengw’ enamabala    [A lion and a leopard come to this open place]

The man singing is Lebo M. Here he is on youtube. Cool and powerful. I realise Lion King is an American corporation product that is using people’s admiration for the African culture in order to attract more consumers that will consume more in order to ruin Africa even further. It’s sad. But at least this singer is authentically African, and this language is authentic.

Where did that little squirrel go?

11 comments

  1. First of all, I need to correct you. Sex is not permitted until a girl reaches her menses. Which can be as young as 9. Please don’t write this stuff… I could pull out old Jewish and Christian traditions to make them look just as shameful. In the Orient, and in India, children are married at birth. It is a long done practice to marry families in all kinds of cultures. Girl children are selected in Japan at the age of 2 or 3 to become geisha…….. to train. The list goes on and on. Muslims don’t corner the market on sick outdated behaviors.

    A Quote from the Bible : Which is every bit as sickening:Exodus 21:7-11 (New International Version)

    New International Version (NIV)
    Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society

    7 “If a man sells his daughter as a servant, she is not to go free as menservants do. 8 If she does not please the master who has selected her for himself, [a] he must let her be redeemed. He has no right to sell her to foreigners, because he has broken faith with her. 9 If he selects her for his son, he must grant her the rights of a daughter. 10 If he marries another woman, he must not deprive the first one of her food, clothing and marital rights. 11 If he does not provide her with these three things, she is to go free, without any payment of money.


  2. The slave practice (as well as polygamia) was a common practice in those days that was tolerated by God since it was so rooted into society (just as he probably tolerates a bunch of stuff that exist today that he hates). However, if you read closely you can see how all stories about polygami and slavery show the horrible result of it, and it’s a very clear sign from God. Regarding slavery, the Torah gives the slaves incredible rights that no other slave in any other culture at the time had. About this specific passage I can see:

    1) There’s nothing regarding the age of the girl, except that she is his daughter. I can agree that she may be very young as was the practice back then. We have developed since then (the muslims haven’t). 9 seems a little young though. I’d rather say about 12 or 13 according to Hillel and Shamai who decided a minimum age of 12 or 12½ (granted, that was almost 1000 years later, but still). But you must remember that this is a different era, and society made this possible at that time. Biologically, and grown up in the right environment, you can very possibly be adult enough to handle it at that age. Back then you went from childhood to adulthood. There was no such thing as a teenager. Today the situation is different, and we people have developed along with the society.

    2) The passage is very clear in keeping the woman’s rights. If you compare it to any other laws in the same area during that time you will find nothing like it. The man could do what he wanted with the girl. Here she has rights, and if she is not provided with that, the law requires the man to let her free. The “marital rights” referred to is sex. It is regarded as a right the woman has and that the man is obligated to give her. Sex is seen as a gift to someone else. These three obligations are still regarded in judaism as the three things a man is obligated to provide his wife with, and if he doesn’t she can demand divorce and severance payment (the sum of that payment is decided in the ktuba – the marriage contract made before the marriage).


  3. All I am saying is that it gives the impression that ALL muslims are crazy barbaric people. This practice still happens in so many cultures.

    Physiology says our girls are maturing faster these days due to the hormones we ingest in our foods.

    There are christian sects still practicing polygamy and marriage of underage girls. There was just a huge raid in the US on one such.

    The point is… that whilst I agree with you in the whole, people take out of the bible and the other texts what THEY want to see. No where in the Quran does it say to cover a woman from head to toe. Only be modest of your person. People get weird. I know many Christians who will not dance, or allow their daughters to become cheerleaders, swimmers, or gymnasts because it is too sexy.

    So there ya go. We all have extremists…. I mean there are still Jewish women who shave their heads and wear wigs!


  4. I suppose you’re right… I didn’t mean all muslims were like that, and if that’s the way it came out I’m sorry.


  5. Thats why I love you dude… cause you do have an open mind and do truly love your neighbor.


  6. Na, you only love me when I appologize😉


  7. ROFL you two I tell ya sheesh I can see I’ll be doing the sending to the corners
    Thanks for the roll add and the zulu did go and make my day😀
    I think Lion King is more about the Hakuna Matata and the message of trying no matter what than the commercial… but then again I am a well known optimist and most definitely not a realist.
    Ah we love third world… *points* 7 south africans???? jeepers


  8. P.S. Love the banner header – cute kids, take after the wife?


  9. I don’t know. Hakuna Matata is the opposite of the Circle of Life. SImba is taught Circle of Life, then retaught Hakuna Matata, but in the end his past catches up with him and he goes back to the Circle of Life philosophy. That’s how I see it. It’s two opposite life philosophies.

    Of course the kids take after the wife and not me. But I do have some good genes hidden there somewhere, because my sister and my cousins are beautiful. I guess it just skipped me.


  10. Hakuna Matata means no worries I will say it here because I have to get to work. With that in mind perhaps they are rather saying that because there is a circle of life, there is a plan for everything, perhaps we should have faith in the universe, in God.


  11. Actually, lately I’ve been philosophing a lot about the “circle of life / human village” philosophy as opposed to the “Hakuna Matata / Bare Necessities” philosophy. Be on your watch for a future blog post about Life Philosophies from Disney… The Circle Of Life philosophy is actually a bunch of thousands of years old. Dates back to the Sumerians.
    I read some stuff about that in “The Gift of The Jews” by Thomas Cahill, where the author argues that the small nomad tribe of Judah had a different life philosophy than the Circle Of Life, and they eventually changed the way everybody thinks and feels…



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