Simply looking around with an open mind and a critical spirit, it does not take too much light to notice that, during the last decades and increasingly, Uruguayan society has become a set of individualities in which selfishness prevails, manifested in different ways. although always present. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: EL OBJETIVO SOCIAL
When Milan Kundera published «The slowness» in 1995, he confessed that «he finally wrote what he had always wanted, a great nonsense for pure pleasure.» Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: LA LENTITUD
Curiously – or not, pues tal vez hasta ahora haya sido solo ignorancia mia- all meanings of the words secularism,
secular, laicist or laicize refer to the independence of the State, or of society especially through education, of all ecclesiastical or religious influences. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: LA GRAN MANIOBRA
I wrote this somewhat lengthy article twenty years ago as part of the contributions that the wife of a great friend needs; she aspired to a doctorate at the University of Leuven and required professional opinions on the differences between literature and journalism. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: ¿Y SI FUERAN LA MISMA COSA?
During the last decades -With hesitations, ambivalences and a hypocrisy not at all secret- It has been imposed in the national politics, with the stark objective of reaching the government, the resource of the coalitions. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: COALICIONES
Is legalized euthanasia such a complex and problematic issue as the interminable and even unbearable debate that we cannot get out of for decades suggests? Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: LA EUTANASIA
Is size important?
It depends, of course, on the size in question. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: EL TAMAÑO
If one is guided by the predominant journalistic discourse, to which inevitably we must add the very strong trend of politicization – which, in Creole language, that is «those from there, the opposition, against those from here, the government of the day» – A contradiction and the feeling that some mechanism of the State is failing in relation to a relevant issue is obvious. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: ALGO ESTA FALLANDO
There is a famous William Blake epigram – «The curse strengthens, the blessing relaxes» – to which it is often appealed out of context and, in this way, can become an exhortation to irascibility and aggressiveness, personal and social. Obviously, such an interpretation, no matter how common it is, is a mistake. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: LA AGRESIVIDAD SOCIAL
In these times, when one works as a communicator – be it in some print media, on radio or television, or on social networks – warns that among many of the citizen readers, viewers or listeners, a certain attitude of discomfort towards politics has become habitual, and is growing, which, at times, rises to satiety, to the plain and straightforward rejection and even to the accusation that it contains all the corruption that can be imagined and all the damage that can be done to society. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: DESCREDITO PELIGROSO
Every time society becomes embroiled in a bristling debate, aggressive about any of the main problems that affect her, it is only possible to select from sayings of all kinds that fly overhead, mostly overly politicized, a common denominator as an image of the beginning of a more constructive stage –although one intuits that, for the majority, it will be reduced to another verbiage without a healthy active impulse-: education. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: Camión de Rezagados
Milan Kundera wrote a few years ago, a novel titled «Slowness.» It is fiction, by the way quite complex, but it aims to show that always behind human attitudes, there have been, even in this century where everything seems to happen at very high speed, a friction between those who want to quickly get to the place or whatever decision it may be and those who seem to enjoy the slow pace, from time to time, to get to the destination in question. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: LENTITUD DESALENTADORA
Cooperativism was born in the Western world, in distant times, to insert itself into society in the way of a constructive balance, I would say salutary, between the extreme, radicalized ideas of expansionist and inequitable capitalism and oppressive and impoverishing totalitarianism. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: DEL OLVIDO A LA DEFORMACIÓN
When a significant issue for the national economy is placed on the government’s decision table – and this is already a national culture that should be exterminated -a great confusion is installed in which a mess of slippery and fallacious arguments arises, almost always promoted by a minority of politicians and trade unionists who act like politicians and whose radical ideas, in certain cases absurd or surpassed by reality, they interfere with a majority whose interpretation is based on free critical thinking and constructive adaptation to the changing and changing reality of the region that we are part of. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: la gran confusión
There is concern about the economic, moral and intellectual degradation of society. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: EL DRAMA EN LA EDUCACIÓN
They are like a diverse family avenged by convenience, in which precarious bridges of approach to consensus are built, while disagreements and selfishness are exhibited by sectoral interests almost always related to the wishes of each member to increase their power, their strength in the face not already to the benefit of society but to the eventual electoral weight to be achieved tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR:AH.., LAS COALICIONES..
The work stoppage and street demonstrations have refueled fuel in recent days. Everything indicates that they will continue. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: cuando la calle es una selva
In a pamphlet he published in 1925, entitled «What I Believe,» Bertrand Russell, in the chapter on righteous living, wrote: «When I say that the morality of conduct must be judged by its probable consequences, I mean that we wish see approved the conduct that is likely to achieve the social ends we want, and disapproved the opposite conduct. Currently this is not done; there are certain traditional norms according to which approval and disapproval are distributed regardless of the consequences Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: ¿RIDICULEZ O RIESGO SOCIAL?
In the context of what, more than once, I have called the growing degradation that shakes our society, I do not dismiss but I pay relative attention to the statistics on the decrease in crimes: homicides, domestic violence or against minorities, robberies, drug trafficking and so many more. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: NO HAY ATAJOS
I have learned, from journalistic reports whose responsibility I acknowledge, that the Ministry of the Interior, starting from its fight against the intricate network of micro-drug trafficking in Montevideo, has begun to cover up access to abandoned buildings or houses, to prevent them from being occupied -as it is happening – not only by homeless people but mainly by criminals who establish drug outlets there. Continúa leyendo EL PENSADOR: OPORTUNIDAD EN EL HORIZONTE
The most worrisome problem at the moment – beyond the fact that hopeful data are appearing among us, without absolute guarantee, of course, of durability – are the consequences of the pandemic and the hypotheses about its extension. Continúa leyendo EDITORIAL: EL PENSADOR «NO PERDER LA PACIENCIA»
With an official honorable farewell, the scientists, researchers and technicians who made up the group that advised the government in the fight against the pandemic – known as GACH, Honorary Scientific Advisory Group – have left the forum and have returned to their usual activities. Continúa leyendo EDITORIAL: EL PENSADOR