Advocacy Organizations, Alfred, Alfred de Zayas, Alfred-Maurice de Zayas, Aphorism, Civil society, Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, Crime against peace, European Parliament, United Nations, Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Although we all live in the real world with all its beauty, complexity, nuances, physical laws and objective facts, we operate in artificially limited worlds, in contexts governed by teleological rules, red lines, stop signs and other taboos. There are indeed separate epistemological systems subject to man-made rules with their own internal logic and mathematics, where 2 plus 2 does not necessarily result in 4, because the building blocks are weighted according to extraneous factors of perceived political or social necessity, where essential elements and crucial facts that do not fit the equation can be negated if their logical consequences and implications counter the socially imposed “truths” which determine not only the outcome but also the process of deliberation. There are many local, regional and larger contexts where the law is not applied uniformly but à la carte, because what does not fit the paradigm must be ignored. What is politically undesirable loses its objective character, mutates into non-fact. Lapses in logic and obvious fallacies are tolerated in respectful silence. Thus, for advancement in our post-modern societies, we must demonstrate intellectual and emotional versatility, always bearing in mind that besides a real world of universal logic and objectivity, there are restricted worlds of directed behaviour – and it is only in these truncated worlds that we are allowed to function, under pain of punishment if we venture beyond. Wherefore – in this world of cognitive dissonance, false analogies, discriminating empirical data and selective indignation – we have many challenges to overcome if we want to keep our sanity. It is a full-time job.