Human Nature


Why are people in constant conflict?

Religion: That is the first thing that comes to people’s mind. My religion is the right one and yours is not, I am going to heaven and you are not.
Let us assume for a moment that we are all born into one religion. Even better, let us eliminate the existence of sects within a religion. Now we’re all the same. We shouldn’t have to have any conflict right? Wrong.

Race: You do realize that we are still different because of our race, you’re of a color and I am of another. And my color is superior to yours.
Fine let us assume that we’re all the same race, one color and you pick it if you want to.

Politics: It’s true we might believe in the same religion and that we’re of the same race, but my country is a stronger country than yours. We have missiles and you don’t, we went to space and you didn’t.
Good point, let us remove the invisible borders, and let us assume for a moment that we all share one country and it’s called earth. So if you went to the moon, then we all did.

Language: I can’t believe people speak such languages or such dialects, well if only you could speak the same way I do, wouldn’t that be better, at least we could communicate.
Again, for the sake of argument, let us agree that we all have one spoken language and one dialect. After all we’re trying to diffuse any possible tension that may arise.

What about money, I made my first million when I was 30 and you still work from 9 to 5 trying to keep the food on your table.
Excellent point, but again for argument’s sake we all make the same exact money. As a matter of fact, we all have jobs that are equally satisfying, with the same exact benefits; Doctors and teachers all make the same dollar amount. You know what? I take that back. No one gets paid in money, they all have cookie cutter homes and they all receive food on daily basis. The reason they work is for fun. So having a million or a billion dollars means nothing, because no one deals with money anymore.

By now, one would think we have eliminated every possible way a human being might come up with as an excuse to start a conflict. Unfortunately we are far from being there.
– I am 6 feet tall and you are not. I have muscles and you don’t, I have this and you have that.
– I have 5 kids and you have four.
– I am a man and you’re a child.
– I am a boy and you are a girl.

The question is? When does it all end? This goes to show you that even if we try to manipulate the things that we possibly can, the human being will never thrive except on things that makes him feel a step ahead of another. It’s human nature to step on another cause that’s the only way to get closer to what they believe to be success.

It’s a vicious circle; no matter where you start the end result is the same, “conflict”. People got so used to being in conflict that they even created the word “conflict of interest” . Then they moved up a notch in their level of conflict, “conflicting ideas”, “working through our conflicts” etc.. They even created a “conflict resolution research” which ironically involves “Conflict Management” .

I’m sure some of you will object to it and might stir up some conflicting counter arguments, and to that I apologize in advance. As a matter of fact I urge you to forget about having read this article. Just assume it doesn’t exist and things are as normal as you have always been used to them being. This never happened. Listen to my voice,. I will now start counting backward. When I reach “one” you will be fully awake:
Five : You are now in a state of shock at what you have read, but you believe it makes sense.
Four: You somehow start feeling more at ease and believe you should have a different outlook on life and things around you.
Three: You are getting closer and closer to reality, but you’re not afraid anymore, and you have nothing to show off but your purity.
Two: You are now re-emerging , and you feel great. You are an equal.
One: You are now fully awake and present with us. Welcome to life.

— Raghid Khalil Khalil

Words Revisited


We often hear some words and before we know it, we start using them and they become an integral part of our vocabulary, simply because we never stopped for a moment to actually think about what we’re saying. Most probably this will offend some people but those that can read with their cognitive dimensions will somehow relate to what I have to say.

We have been so keen on being so politically correct in every word we use, but did we ever stop to consider who’s dictating what’s politically correct and what’s not? Aren’t they the same people that introduced the political incorrectness, the ones correcting what once was incorrect?

For instance, let me start with the word “African American” what are we trying to say here? You’re not 100% American? Or you’re American by citizenship only? What makes a white person “American” without being labeled as “European American” or “something American”. After all, less than 300 hundred years ago, there were no Americans. People were flocking from all over the world, and almost all of the current residents of the United States of America know exactly what country they originated from, yet they’re white and Americans, but for the sake of being politically correct, we use the word “African American” even for those that have never stepped a foot in Africa and most probably will never. So when we say African American, how many of us are aware that Africa is a continent and it has several Arabic speaking countries. So are we labeling them as Arabs, or it is Africa the non-Arab speaking part? This isn’t my fight… I am simply saying: stop trying to be politically correct especially when you’re doing no one a favor.

As for the second word, which I really have a hard time understanding, is “Anti-Semite.” Anti is the opposite of pro, and Semite surely we all know what its meaning, or do we? Unfortunately, I would have to say that the majority of people have no clue what Semite means, and it is being used randomly to the extent that in many cases it stopped making any sense. I won’t try to be politically correct on this subject as much as I will try to be “historically correct”. History plays an important role in shaping our behavior, with that being said, history can be distorted to achieve certain gains, nonetheless those that are seeking the truth can and will find it. The way I see it, you have two choices, the first is “monkey see, monkey do” which is not the most reliable source and the second one is “Monkey hears, monkey intrigued, monkey investigates, and monkey reaches answers” . I think I like the latter one best.

So what does history tell us? In a nutshell, Noah who is known for his ark and the flood, jump started human life, otherwise we wouldn’t exist today. Noah had three sons, Japheth, Shem (A.K.A Sem or Sam), and Ham. The figure of interest is Sem because that’s where it all started. The Semites are practically the descendants of Sem. So who are those people? Are those people of only one specific faith? Or are they genealogically the descendants of that person of whom they happen to carry his name? Logically speaking, it should be the genealogy which means that his descendants could be of any faith or even faithless if that’s what they have chosen. One primary interesting fact is that Arabic and Hebrew are both considered to be two of the Semitic languages, and people from the Middle East are mainly of Semitic origin. So the next time the word anti-Semitic is being used against a middle eastern stop and think what is really being said here “you are anti-you.”

Why is “Fat” so offensive and “Skinny” not? Just like an overweight person finds it difficult to lose weight, a skinny person finds it difficult to put on weight. In some countries being overweight is a sign of wealth, where food is abundant, whereas being skinny is no more than being poor. How could you explain to a person that you envy him or her for having such a skinny figure in those places? Again, stop for a moment and think about what you’re saying. Now if you are living in your own cocoon and your politically correct and incorrect terms apply only to your surrounding then you are in for a big surprise. Borders tend to be static, but the world is dynamic far more than you can imagine.

— Raghid Khalil

My Four Day “Juice Fast”


I previously posted a blog on “The Gerson Therapy” where I have mentioned that I watched five documnetaries about health and its relation to food.

I decided to try the “juice fast” that was mentioned in the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead directed by Joe Cross. It was inspiring how the two characters lost weight and got their health back with the “juice fast”. They fasted for 60 days which I will not undergo. I decided on only 4 days. I knew that the first day was going to be hard, like any other hard thing you go through when you face change. But I learned that I should embrace change and go with it because through the journey you learn new things about yourself. You grow in the process without even realizing.

I personally want to detox my body and give it a break from all the food that I am consuming. I am an avid gym-aholic. I exercise daily and try to eat healthy. I did an extensive research for juice recipes, vitamins and minerals present in vegetables and fruits. I wanted to make sure that I got my daily requirements of all the nutrients required for staying safe. Here are my juice fast logs for the four days.

Day 1:

I drank a couple of cups of water and an apple-carrot juice in the morning before heading to work. A few hours passed and I started to get this huge headache from the caffeine withdrawal. I got myself a cup of green tea and continued with my work. At noon I drank a cup of already prepared carrot juice and enjoyed its quenching and soothing taste on my palate. Time passed quickly at work and it was time to head back home. I got home and prepared my green detoxifying juice of the day: 1/2 beet, 6 leaves of kale, half a lemon, thumb of ginger, an apple and a cucumber. This juice just filled my body with energy as soon as I had it. Might as well use this energy, I headed to the gym and ran for 30 minutes. After a soothing shower my sweet tooth was starting to nag on me so I prepared a pear and apple juice. I did not know that it was this sweet and satisfying. I enjoyed the rest of my night with my husband watching TV and headed to sleep feeling like I have triumphed in an olympic competition and earned the gold medal and took it home with me.

Day 2:

I did not have work today. Did an orange and clementine juice in the morning. Such a rush of energy and sweetness. The foam in the juice and the satisfying  aroma and taste where exhilarating. It was as if I had orange juice for the very first time. I kept myself busy throughout the day. Had a blackberry and grape juice as a snack. Got my mean green juice and apple-carrot-celery juice for lunch. I wanted to get some beta-carotene into my system so I prepared a sweet potato-celery-apple and ginger juice. Some of the many effects of beta-carotene are: prevent headaches, heartburn, high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, and slows down the ageing process.  For dinner I fixed myself a grape-clementine-pear juice. I felt clean inside out. The energy level  I had was impressive. Looked forward to day 3.

Day 3:

Woke up excited to have the orange and clementine juice of the morning. I felt like a kid waiting for their snack their mom promised to give after having eaten all their food. It tasted so good and succulent that I still am in awe with how my taste buds are responding. I had my friend over and I offered her a carrot juice. I followed my morning juice with a clementine, grapes, apple, and sweet potato juice. I did some toning exercises in the afternoon and quenched my thirst with a cup of carrot-celery juice. At night my husband and I went to the movies, but before heading off I prepared my mean green juice for the night. I felt that things are becoming easier. Lost 2 kg already. Day 4 is next to test my will to carry on.

Day 4: 

Got a grapefruit juice in the morning and started off my Saturday with chores and a visit to the farmers market for fresh produce. Got my noon carrot-celery juice. In the evening I prepared a green juice. Got hungry at night so I fixed myself an orange-grape juice and headed off to bed feeling clean inside out.

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All in all I would definitely repeat this “juice fast” from time to time. I felt that my body took the break it needed. The weight that I have lost (2+kg) got my spirit up and my stamina to continue a healthy approach to living. I tested my will and my perseverance. Through the four days I realized how lucky and unappreciative we might tend to be for what we have in life. We take things for granted and assume it is our right to have what we have. I recommend the “juice fast” because it puts you back on the ground, it opens your spiritual wings and shows you that you should eat to live and not live to eat. You should appreciate what you have and give thanks.

Try it and test your limits.

— Rasha Nasser Khalil

The Gerson Therapy – The Body’s Healing Power


I love watching documentaries. They open your eyes to new ideas and concepts to explore.

One thing I have stumbled across is ‘The Gerson Therapy’. It was referenced in a few documentaries* I watched and I was mesmerized with the concept and remedy.

I am not going to go through a historical anecdote of the therapy and all that. I am going to discuss the therapy itself.

If you suffer from any kind of cancer, chronic degenerative diseases or illness, be it the common cold to the most deadly and untreatable of all diseases, ‘The Gerson Therapy’ seems to be able to fight it all and actually CURE and HEAL you and not the symptoms.

I enjoy visualizing ‘the Gerson therapy’ as a comic superhero like no other. She would be invincible and ready to save the day all the time 24/7. Why she? Because the therapy is so holistic and derived from Mother Nature that it is no doubt a she healer. “The She Healer” would be her name 🙂

Anyway to get back on track…. The Gerson Therapy believes that the body has an amazing ability to heal itself. The body is normally organized in order to heal. If you cut or burn yourself in the kitchen while preparing food your wounds will eventually heal. If you break your leg, your body will eventually repair the damage and heal. It is our built in “Natural Healing Mechanism” (and you thought that cars only have built in features!). Thus the only thing you have to do when or if you ever get sick is to restore and rebuild the bodies healing mechanism which is being suppressed and damaged by all the waste, pesticides, preservatives, damaged and processed foods, and additives that are in the poisonous food we are consuming. So, all you have to do is the following (note: therapy is modified depending on the illness you suffer from. I am not an expert on the subject so if you are sick please do your own research, check out the institute, and follow their recommendations):

I-     Juicing: Fresh juices are so helpful and powerful for the body. Fresh organic nutrients are the only thing that the body needs to work on. The human body is not designed to work on pasta, fries and steak which have no vitamins, mineral and nutrition. Even vegetarians who are adding salad dressings and are eating damaged vegetables and fruits that are exposed to pesticides and fungicides are not nourishing their systems but are poisoning it. So the solution to nourish your body is fresh organic produce. In order to provide your cells with fresh living nutrients they can absorb and utilize quickly to keep our defenses going, juices are the key. Removing the fiber and only drinking the juice will allow us to get more nutrients and vitamins in our system. Here are the juices you are to have on daily basis:

  1. One fresh organic orange juice for breakfast (vitamin C)
  2. Green juice: green lettuce, chard, green pepper, red cabbage put together with an apple (which has pectin in it that makes it highly digestible)
  3. Apple and Carrot mix juice: biochemists and doctors found that the acid of the apple that are ground influence the carrots to release minerals. Thus, the combination gives the best release of minerals.
  4. Carrot only Juice: served with liver capsules which produces Vitamin A (good for cancer treatment)

(The therapy prohibits the drinking of water. The juices are served every hour, thus the system is highly hydrated.)

II-     Coffee Enemas: Drinking coffee is prohibited in the Gerson therapy. But coffee used in enema gives the body a totally difference effect. It cleanses the liver and helps it restore its function.

III-     Have full vegetarian meals with fiber in them. Meals consisting of fresh organic vegetables and fruits. Use of flax seed oil is allowed. No Salt to be used. Go crazy with recipes.

IV-     Meditation helps heal and restore balance to our systems.

What about protein?

The biggest strongest land animals are elephants, bulls and gorillas. They are vegetarian. Very often the vegetarian animals are bigger, stronger and healthier than the meat eaters.

This reminds me of a scene from the animated move “Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs” where the tiger chasing a dear looses his breath after a few seconds but the dear keeps running and running.

The vegetarian diet is rich in proteins. The most complete protein is in carrots and carrot juice. If you feed a new born nothing but carrot juice they are perfectly normal and develop healthy. Carrots have almost the same amount of protein as mothers’ milk and it has all the other things that babies need: calcium, magnesium, manganese etc. You also get proteins in potatoes, oatmeal, and in all other vegetables.

The therapy is not an easy one to adopt especially with the lifestyles we have gotten accustomed to. From the daily takeouts to the social events that always include something to nibble on and drink. But at the end of the day health is the most important element of our life. When you are unhealthy you are unable to lead a normal life. You are always sick and tired and sad. We owe it to ourselves to start adopting some healthy choices. Maybe buy a juicer and start trying the juices that are mentioned above. If we see any improvement in our health, maybe we can cut back on animal products, additives and preservatives. Then maybe we can start doing the coffee enemas to help our liver rid itself from all the toxins we are consuming.

It is funny how our priorities are distorted. We spend so much money on our outer appearances (which is not a bad thing at all), but we tend to go cheap when it comes to buying healthy products for our system.

Consider showing off your healthy body and healthy system. Boast about your health and well being. Please read more about the subject. You never know when you may need the therapy or a slap in the face and a wake up call to adopt a healthier lifestyle just to stay alive. Don’t wait until you are in desperate need. Don’t wait until you get sick. Act now.

Take care of yourself. You have the potential to cure yourself.

— Rasha Nasser Khalil

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* The documentaries are:

The beautiful Truth directed by Steve Kroschel

The Gerson Miracle directed by Steve Kroschel

Dying to Have known directed by Steve Kroschel

Food Inc. directed by Robert Kenner

Forks Over Knives directed by Lee Fulkerson

Food Matters directed by James Colquhoun and Carlo Ledesma

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead directed by Joe Cross

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Recommended resources:

Charlotte Gerson on Cancer and Disease:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=U7Ck9D45OT4#

The Gerson Institute: http://gerson.org/

https://www.facebook.com/GersonInstitute

Gerson Health Media: http://www.gersonmedia.com

Jay Kordich (the father of juicing): http://www.jaykordich.com/

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Quotes

Charlotte Gerson:

“When your defenses are in order cancer is impossible”

“Cancer is totally curable by restoring the body’s ability to reactivate this healing mechanism”

“Chemotherapy does not restore the body’s ability to heal. It poisons it further. It weakens the immune system”

“Nature has set it all up… it is alright”

“The only thing the public thinks of when it thinks of proteins is animal proteins. But the human body is not designed from animal proteins. It cannot handle it correctly. It cannot break it down to the end product and lodge it correctly.”

Jay Kordich:

“live food… live bodies. Dead food…things that are cooked, things that are processed… dead food…death does not beget life, only life begets life.”

The Unfortunate Genius


Wheel of Fortune

How many geniuses do you know? How many of them are successful?

I am in the midst of reading a book written by Malcolm Gladwell titled “Outliers”. It tries to reshape our understanding of success and successful people. I am still halfway through the book and I can say Gladwell is enlightening and thought provoking. His inventive theories are logical and delightful.

What do you think Bill Gates and the Beatles have in common?

In a nutshell, the answer is practice. The saying “practice makes perfect” is revised and well defined. In order to be good at anything you have to do it almost 10,000 hours. It is the 10,000 hour rule. Mozart practiced over 10,000 hours before producing his masterwork of a concerto that contains his own original pieces at the age of 21. Before the Beatles hit stardom they were performing at strip-clubs in Germany. They used to perform for 8 consecutive hours, 7 days a week, for a whole year. I am not such a math wiz but looking at the calculations they got to practice 2,950 times in one year. It took them 10 years to be famous. So around 29,500 hours in 10 years. They exceeded the 10,000 hour rule and voila they became famous.

Talent does definitely play a role too in success. I am not going to argue that.

So the formula so far is practice + talent.

The third and last piece of the formula to success is Luck. How lucky are you?

Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and other successful individuals were lucky as lucky can be. You would think that some invisible force is disregardful to all of us 7 billion people on earth and focusing on gearing these lucky people toward good and better opportunity.

Let us examine this simple anecdote of Bill Gates life. His family was well to do. They enrolled him in a private school. That school club raised money and decided to get the most up to date computer of that time. He got the chance at a very young age to practice programming and work on the computer for hours on end. By the time he was at university he exceeded 10,000 hours of practice. Mind you that was in the 60’s when computers where expensive and not that very available. Thus he had the upper hand and practice. He had talent. And to top it all, he had a series of fortunate events.

On the other end of the spectrum we have the smartest man in the world, Chris Langan. His IQ is the highest recorded. Langan’s IQ is 195 compared to Albert Einsteins IQ of 150 . Yet this poor man is jinxed. He grew up in poverty. His stepfather used to beat him up. When he went to college his mother forgot to fill out the scholarship renewal forms so he was expelled. The universities he went to were disregardful to his genius nature. He dropped out. He lives in Montana and has worked in construction and as a bouncer at clubs throughout his life. This is the smartest person in the world… Now that is food for thought. He taught himself and has come up with a theory on the universe called “Cognitive-Theoretic Model of the Universe”. I tired reading through it but to no avail… The sad thing about his theory is that it will never be published or peer reviewed because at the end of the day it is written by someone who does not have credential and a degree.

Finally, to sum things up; the formula to success is practice+ a dash of talent + a tub full of opportunity and luck.

For all the people out there dreaming of success I wish you Good luck.

Rasha Nasser Khalil

Love … at a Glance


She loves him … but… he loves another.

Typical, is the word that first comes to your mind. It’s always the case. When will women learn that no good can come from a man?

He has a heart of stone, that is to say, if he has one in the first place. She, on the other hand, is so loving and caring. He rationalizes each step she takes, and she feels every action he makes. She gives him her undivided attention and surrenders her love. What does he do instead?

Words start flying out easily when describing the harshness of men. His cold-blooded nature, his indifference, and hard-heartedness are some of his general attributes.

But when it comes to women, we find ourselves very careful with our choice of words. No matter how cruel we tend to be with our description, we still manage to throw in a couple of motherly and angelic words.  Even when she is remote, she is concerned. Even when she is harsh, she conveys compassion.

This is how it has always been, and most probably will remain for centuries to come. Unfortunately none of us will be alive by then to confirm or challenge those accusations. The earlier we accept them, the earlier women can formulate ways to protect themselves from the one they love.

Women have always been the victim and like I stated before:

She loves him no more, but without a doubt he has been wrongfully accused that he loves another.

Raghid Khalil

A Glimpse from the Past


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Raising Generations:

The way parents raise their kids can vary drastically, but they all seem to have one thing in common.; they want what’s best for their kids. So far this is beautiful. Parents across the globe seem to agree on the end result, but the implementation seems to be different. When I was growing up, discipline played a big role in the community. Kids my age didn’t feel any different. We all got the same treatment, and if we didn’t, at least we knew what to expect and what should be done to avoid the torture that could be inflicted on us by our parents. It was very simple, you get bad grades you get punished, you cause trouble you get punished, you decide to drop out of school, well that wasn’t much of an option because the punishment bar gets risen before you even think about dropping out. It is very similar to what happens these days, except for one tiny thing, “the punishment”; maybe if I use the term “timeout” some people might understand what I’m talking about.

The equation is quite fascinating. If I wanted my kids to succeed in life I made sure they got there. A good example is the “baby boomers”; we have now reached a point whereby parents have become so soft that there will never be another baby boomers generation. To some, this is a great relief, but to others this is a disaster. When I discuss the baby boomers I am not merely referring to the mass births of babies right after World War II through the 1960s; I am referring to the way they were brought up and what they have brought back to society, in terms of knowledge, education and wealth.

People from my generation and older have been exposed to different behaviors among each other, maybe eccentric but it led to some results. Before I proceed with this, let’s put some guidelines. When we discuss punishment, we’re talking about beating, but not to the extent of causing damage, which is also tricky in a way because we have physical damage, mental damage and societal damage. Let’s break them down:

Physical damage: The most obvious form of damage. You get marks all over your body, black eye or broken bones etc.. Well deal with it time is a healer.

Mental damage: In my opinion mental damage is not really caused by parents, because in their mind whatever punishment they’re inflicting is for your own good. Since they care about you they wouldn’t do anything with the intention of hurting you. Mind you, this is the norm, we’re not talking about the abnormal cases where parents get drunk and go rampage around the house. Mental damage in my opinion comes from schools and their therapists these days. One way or another they teach the kids that their parents could be a possible danger or threat to them; it gets funnier cause by the end of the school day they send the kids back home to this horrific image they have implanted in their brains. Kids now feel they are on a mission to spy on their parents and maybe put them to the test, and parents on the other hand have to make sure that their kids won’t play a prank on them because it could be extremely embarrassing and costly; and by prank I mean, jokingly tell someone at school that they were beaten by their parents. It does happen.

Societal Damage: This one is hilarious in my opinion. If a man lacked affection while growing up, he would make sure his kids will be deprived of it as well, under the pretext that this is the acceptable thing to do and everything else is wrong. It gets even worse because kids are known not to keep any secrets, so this wealth of social knowledge of what’s right and what’s wrong gets spread among all the kids, and before you know it the kids grow up to be distant and isolated, constantly on the lookout for suspicious parental behavior.

So by reviewing those three damaging factors, you are taking power from the parents and handing it over to the kids, who now can  be in control of almost anything that is not of monetary value. Your only bargaining chip as a parent would be “As long as you live under my roof, you abide by my rules”.

From an initial stance, one might like this idea. It seems intriguing…but let’s look at the bigger picture. Let us draw a long-term scenario. On the long run, it’s creating a rift between the children and their parents. Parents would be waiting for the minute their children turn 18 so that they can move out. Sure it might seem great, but don’t blame your kids if they never want to be part of your life, don’t blame them if they are too busy taking care of themselves that they couldn’t make it to your funeral; in short, the minute they step outside that door, start blaming yourself cause they will.

– You weren’t there to hold them when they needed you, whether girls or boys, you were too worried about the judgmental society that you risk losing your children.

– You couldn’t punish them old school, simply because you were afraid of being punished yourself by society.

– You risk watching them go on drugs, and start drinking at a young age, just because you couldn’t properly teach them what the limits are.

As a kid, I had two choices, either burn my hand with fire, or get slapped on my hand before the action. Of course at the time I didn’t understand why I was being slapped, but now I know why my hands are not deformed.

Parents need to regain this control; the foundation is the most important thing in any matter. To lay a good foundation, there needs to be proper understanding of your kids. To understand your kids, you need to have more interaction with them, guiding them between what’s right and what’s wrong. They might act tough, they might act knowledgeable. In short they’re not, they’re kids, they’re teenagers, and they are not fully adults.

As a parent I would rather regret one incident with my kids than watch them regret their entire life.

Raghid Khalil

Human Rights or Human Writes


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As I was reading about human rights I came across this sentence:

the human right to water is indispensable for leading a life in human dignity. It is a prerequisite for the realization of other human rights.

—United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights”

I think this right to water alone abolishes all the other rights to humans, mainly the right to life which says

“Every human being has the inherent right to life. This right shall be protected by law. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life.”

—Article 6.1 of the International
Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

If the access of water is a human right then what is man to do when the water starts to run out? I can see a few scenarios but eventually there can only be one ultimate scenario that in a way or another is inevitable.

Water Runs Out:

We are currently experiencing what is called “water crisis”. Millions of people, adults and kids, are dying every year of diseases primarily because they don’t have clean water to drink. Where is their right to life? Or do you mean to say they have chosen to be terminally ill and die? Where is their right to water? Or is it unspecified kind of water, thus saying they already have access to it? As long as no one has turned to those affected by this crisis, it may keep passing on unnoticed, and there will come a day where those affected people will revolt and wage a war or attack other nations therefore violating the “right to life” giving the defender all the right to annihilate the offender under the pretext of defense.

How does it end? It doesn’t. The water crisis will still be there.

Desalination:

In theory, it sounds like a great process, but how would it be different than the current oil concept?  Countries that have oil but not export any, will import as much as they can hoping that when oil runs out from the world they will have enough oil for a century to come, or until they come up with a new source. The same thing will happen with water. But let’s not forget, there are other factors that come into play here. Not every country is bordering a sea or an ocean, meaning some countries might not be able to build desalination plants and would be at the mercy of those that can. Keep in mind, there is also transportation; we now have to worry not only about desalination but also transportation of water. You can only imagine what the costs will be. Just like we monitor the price of a barrel of oil, we will start monitoring the price of a barrel of water. It gets even better, whoever controls the major hubs, and by hubs I mean desalination plants will be the ones to control the world or even earn the title of a superpower, because now they can control your “right to life” simply by controlling your “right to water”.  Countries bordering the seas, will have stronger military presence, those that are not will try to conquer weaker ones with water access thus taking away both rights given to you by the human rights.

How does it end? It doesn’t, it creates a regional war and eventually a world war.

People might wonder if there is a solution to all this? Of course there is.

Raghid Khalil

The New Seven Wonders of the World


Many of you have seen some form of notification either by email, or on the news about the new 7 wonders of the world. We are just a few days away from selecting the seven new ones. Believe it or not your vote counts.

Here’s a percentage perspective on the matter.

A country as tiny as Lebanon, who has 4 million in populations ( the 2008 consensus is 4,242,000 ) can only hope to have its Jeita Grotto selected among the winners. Why? Well let’s do the math. Assuming that 100% percent of the Lebanese people vote for this truly amazing wonder, and only 15% of the Canadians vote for the “bay of Fundy” which looks no better than the “Raouche Rock” that also happens to be in Lebanon. In that case the “bay of fundy” will advance into the list with  no real merit, but simply because of the percentage in respect to the high population which is at around 30 million (the 2011 consensus put the population of Canada at 34,636,000 ) .

If India dedicates only 1% of its 1.2 billion people ( the 2011 consensus marked the Indian population at 1 ,210,193,422)  to vote for “Sundarbans”; their 1% (12 million) voters are still three times larger than the entire Lebanese population. Where is the fairness in this?

To add salt to injury, there is another giant market anxiously waiting to vote for “Yushan”, in case you haven’t guessed it yet, it’s China  who is still holding the title in population size. (2010 consensus ranked them as number 1 with a population of 1,339,724,852).

Solution:

I suggest to have what we call a curve, or matching votes; meaning every vote from Lebanon counts as 7.5 Canadian vote , 302.5 Indian or 334.9 Chinese  votes. Look at the numbers, does anyone doubt that “Sundarbans”  from India and Bengladesh won’t make it to the list, or Yushan for that matter?

For the theorists:

Some might argue that each person gets to nominate 7 locations, which could tilt the odds. Still that doesn’t make sense, because you still have all the Indians unanimously selecting “Saundarbans” and spreading their remaining 6 votes across the 28 other nominees, and of course  their main opponent China with a population of more than one billion doing the same.

Dead Sea ?

To top it all, you have three countries Jordan, Palestine and Israel whether at peace or war, voting for one dying sea, the “Dead Sea”. Why? Simply because each one is claiming it to be their own wonder. I can’t see what wonder it has, eventually with the global warming we will have several “Dying Seas”, just be patient and every country will have one.

Uniqueness:

How about nominating a wonder that is unique to one country!

Look at the Amazon for instance. It extends over seven countries (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela). It is  magnificent, there is no doubt about it, but when people decide to have an amazonian experience, which country will they choose as their destination? Is it well maintained across all seven countries? Is it easily accessible? Those are the things that matter to me. I believe in a one to many “relationship” only in the case of a country having several wonders on its territory, but not when one wonder extends over several different countries.

There isn’t much decisions to be made here, I am sure each country has its own wonders. What we are looking for is objectivity. Do the right thing, Vote Jeitta. I am not trying to show favoritism here, I am simply trying to shed some light on a hidden jewel. The Jeita Grotto, is truly a wonder. It has survived wars over the years and still has managed to fascinate millions of people. What is even more fascinating about it is that just like the “Pyramids” it still holds a few secrets that keep on getting discovered even as we are voting.

To all the people out there, one thing you need to know about the Lebanese people; they are caring and more importantly they love to share. This is their legacy. If Jeita doesn’t make it among the top seven wonders, it will be another disappointment to the world but not the Lebanese. They have it, they have seen it and they have enjoyed its mysteries. Now it’s your turn.

Follow this link to  Vote:

http://www.new7wonders.com/archives/wonder/jeita-grotto

Pictures From top to Bottom (Jeita Grotto, Bay of Fundy, Raouche Rock, Sundarbans, Yushan, Dead Sea, Amazon and Jeitta Grotto).

Images can be found at  this link:

http://www.new7wonders.com/28-finalists

Raghid Khalil