Category Archives: Philosophy

Philosophy by definition is the study of reality, existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language. While I am not religious or endorse Buddhism, I think there is a valid reason why the ethics, moral and self discipline of Buddhism has taken an important role in modern Western clinical psychology and even clinical physiotherapy (physical therapy).

Certificate and the Ring

It is March already and graduating students from Engineering and Geoscience programs in several provinces across Canada are excited to receive their professional certificates and the infamous rings. Future Engineers get their Iron Rings and the future Geologists and Geophysicists get their Earth Rings1.

To some people receiving the certificate and the ring represent just another stage in their life. To others it represents absolutely nothing. In extreme cases students and professionals criticize this practice stating there is no reason to have a professional regulatory body. This is how the meaningfulness of having a ring ceremony can be lost in translation. Yes of course Canada is a free country and everyone is entitled to their own opinions. However, as a matter of principle I believe these professional qualification rings are not pieces of jewelry. The certificates are certainly not just meaningless papers you add to your pile of certificates.

earth_erings_certificateThe certificate and the ring represent an academic and professional achievement. They are also historically significant and indicate the wearers support for the ethical principles and governing laws of the profession2. Furthermore, the ring is a symbol of your hard work, dedication, knowledge and success in your academic life. Just like you and your friends who are graduating this year, thousands of others before you have went through the same process. The certificate represents that you have achieved the academic goals to be an Engineer or a Geoscientist. It shows that you are qualified to perform certain task under specific ethical and fundamental principles of the profession3. It also represent you are part of a wider professional organizations such as Engineers Canada, Geoscientists Canada and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

Majority of those who oppose regulations are in the geoscience sector. There are two popular arguments against regulatory bodies circulating in the opposition camp. First argument is that unlike engineers, geoscientists do not take critical enough decisions to be regulated. Respectfully, I completely disagree with the this statement because there are numerus engineering failures caused by the lack of geological input such as hydroelectric dam failures due to misinterpretation or rocks and soils. Geoscientists are as important as engineers but unlike engineers it seems we ourselves devalue our own profession.

The second argument is that geoscience certifications such as Geoscientist in Training (GIT) or Professional Geoscientist (P. Geo) is not widely recognized. This problem can also be fixed though regulatory bodies by enforcing rules and regulations to govern who can be qualified to work in the industry. The biggest problem in acceptance of geoscience professional certifications is that our own Geologists and Geophysicists insist on not recognizing them. I think this mentality has to change to protect our young professionals and future generations. It is disrespectful that some of the professional geoscientist who worked in the industry and research for decades wants to strike down policies that would improve acceptance of GIT and P. Geo certifications. It is a one thing if you personally do not want to apply for it; it is entirely different when you try to make a propaganda movement out of it. Companies should give priority for individuals with professional certifications over others. The hiring and career advancement practices should be overhauled to recognize and provide more bearing to professional certifications.

Finally if I have not convinced you of the importance of professional regulatory bodies and professional certificates, think about the general public. If you look from a general public’s perspective, ask yourself, if you are not proud about your achievement as a professional, then why should others care about what you do? Why should a company hire you if you have no respect for professional traditions? Would you go to a doctor who refused to respect Hippocratic Oath? In order to receive respect from others, you should respect yourself first. If you are unable to understand and appreciate the values of these traditional professional organizations, maybe you should not be a professional scientist at all.

Disclaimer:

I am a new graduate (2016) with B.Sc. in Petroleum Geology. I am not an expert of anything. However, I have been told repeatedly by veteran Geologists and Geophysicists why certifications such as Geoscientist in Training (GIT) or Professional Geoscientist (P. Geo) are “useless” and “meaning less”. Often GIT and P. Geo certifications have been described as “what’s the point” and “it’s just a ring with a paper”. I wrote this article not to disrespect educated, intelligent and experienced geoscientists, but to encourage positive optimistic discussion on why it is important to recognize certifications and professional regulatory bodies.

Footnotes:

1. Engineering graduates across Canada receives Iron Rings, but not all Geoscience graduates receive Earth Rings. Some Canadian provinces do not have an Earth Ring ceremony.
2. Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)
3. Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act Alberta

Discrimination is well practiced in Asia and Middle East

When we talk about discrimination, it is always the Europeans who are often blamed for the problem. This is well demonstrated in majority of Western newspapers and publications. Often these Western papers portray racism as a problem for the non-Whites created by the Whites. The popular media completely ignore the hardships South Asian and African people face on other parts of the world, which includes their own people. While I am not denying that racism, xenophobia, sexism and discrimination exists in Europe and North America, I would like highlight that these problems are not limited to the Western world. From my own personal experience, I can say with confidence that I have faced racism from Canadians of South Asian, Middle Eastern, African and Eastern European decent than the Canadian born Canadian citizens. Even my first experience of racism in Canada is actually by an India born Canadian citizen not a Canadian himself.

Some Sri Lankans even attack other cultures such as Chinese culture in order to prove that Europeans are so much better. Apparently for those people in Sri Lanka, being White is enough to make you the superior race.

Middle East

A European, pure white person with a technical diploma can earn almost twice the money as a South Asian or a Black person with a degree in the exact same field. In fact, in Middle Eastern oil producing counties, such as Saudi Arabia, they worship white skin.

Additional scanning of darker skin colored individuals is performed in Middle Eastern international airports. Even if you were born in Europe and you have been a European citizen since the birth, if you have darker skin, you will be a moving target for the immigration and customs officials.

South Asian Discrimination

It is much easier for a white person to find a job in India than to find a job for a high caste Indian. It is somewhat easier for a non-Indian South Asian (such as a Sri Lankan) to find a job in India than to an Indian born low caste person to get recognized for his/her talents. Because India still has their traditional barbaric caste system, it is almost impossible for a person who born into a low caste family to obtain a high paying job. Even if that person find a high paying jobs, the other coworkers and subordinates will not cooperate with you, making your office environment extremely hostile. However, the flip side of the coin is a European living in India. A white man will be given the best possible treatment even if that person is under-qualified for the job. A white women will be treated like a queen in India, but a South Asian women with much higher qualifications will be treated like a piece of dirt, which also has to do with traditional disrespect for the Indian women.

English teaching jobs were given to individuals of European background without proper certifications or qualifications.

In Sri Lanka, if the current government is pro-White and pro-European, it is much easier for a person of European decent to exploit and abuse commercial and personal tax and visa policies than to a Sri Lankan born Sri Lankan citizen who oppose the current government (regardless of the political party in power). While majority of the general public (population) is not racist or bias, the government officials are often bias toward in favor of Europeans. One reason for this is the Sri Lanka’s very high dependency on tourism from the Western world. Often the pro-USA and pro-European governments favor the European religious and racial extremism and superiority, which results in how social policies are governed against the Sri Lankan cultures themselves. In some rare cases, similar job situations going on in India have had happened in Sri Lanka. English teaching jobs were given to individuals of European background without proper certifications or qualifications while Sri Lankan English teachers were taken out of the classrooms. I know from talking to people in my community where they have replaced skilled teachers with a subpar teacher from the Western world just because they are being Europeans. Sri Lankan pre-undergraduate education is 100% free and has a very high literacy rate. However, by replacing educators solely based on the skin colour will destroy the educational system by allowing unqualified individuals to hold teaching positions.

Jokes such as “Indians are always late”, “Sri Lankans have no ethics” and “our government is always corrupt and run by criminals” are actually originated by Indians and Sri Lankans themselves. If you take these comments/notions with real facts, you can apply the same for Western governments was well. For example, the Liberal Sponsorship Scandal that ran between 1995 and 2007 can be used to label Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin as “corrupt” politicians and the Government of Canada is “corrupt and run by criminals”. The Calgary C-Train is almost always late regardless of who is in our City Council in charge of public transport. But yet, the South Asians seems to have selective amnesia when a Sri Lankan Airlines or an Air India flight gets delayed due to weather. It is much easier to keep light railway line on time than to run a major international airport. I rarely hear South Asian people in Canada say that Calgary transit is always late as usual just like the Calgarians. But when something goes wrong delaying a South Asian run function in Calgary, I often hear the phrases like “it is late just like anything Indian” by our own South Asian people in Canada.

A new trend in Sri Lanka is the growing number of people who worship people of European descent. Some Sri Lankans even attack other cultures such as Chinese culture in order to prove that Europeans are so much better. Apparently for those people in Sri Lanka, being White is enough to make you the superior race. It is disgusting and disgraceful not only to great civilizations such as Chinese civilization, but it also leave the Sri Lankan communities open for exploitations by some entities from the European communities. For example, two offers for a major railway project in Sri Lanka. Let’s say one offer is from the Chinese in which they asked for 2% per annum interest rate back for the support. Another from an American/European group wants full control of the railway line once it is built plus 5% annum interest rate. The pro-White Sri Lankans will pick the American/European offer.

Bali Nine case is a very good specific example of how both Australian Federal Police and the Indonesian racist government officials reacted to drug trafficker. Race of the convicted parties is a huge factor for why the key players in the Bali Nine drug trafficking case were given death penalties. There are White people who have been caught with drugs by the Indonesian racists’ government officials before. None of them have been executed. Michael Blanc (1974), a French national convicted of drug trafficking received life imprisonment conviction. Given all other things being equal, it was only the race that played a major role in the decision of death penalties.

Furthermore, the support of the Australian public for putting Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan to death exposed the underlying racism in majority of White Australians. Several polls conducted in Australia show most Australians supported the executions. However, very few Australian and other international media reported the fact the majority of white Australians are disassociated with the Bali Nine ring leaders, who are non-White Australians. Additionally, I believe the Australian Federal Police’s decision to share information which lead to arrest of these individuals would have been second guessed if the drug trafficking leaders happen to be that of European descent.

Advice to all South Asians and Africans

Educate yourself and promote harmony and right values.

If you are a South Asian or African or Middle Eastern person, please top living in denial. Instead, educate yourself and promote harmony and right values. Instead of holding someone superior due to their race, respect everyone based on who they are. I should not be the only person to publicly talk about this growing problems. Others should step forward because otherwise, the problems will just keep growing. Running away from problems in our own communities and hoping for the best is not what we should be doing!

If you are well to do individual of South Asian or African decent living in the Western world, do not travel to Middle East or South Asia without horrendous precautions. If you really want to travel to Middle East or South Asia, make sure you are a millionaire. This way at least you may be able to pay your way out of blatant racist and racially motivated attacks during your journey.

Final words

It is unfortunate that major newspapers are not willing to publish the facts. It is very unfortunate that my European friends in Canada and elsewhere do not understand this issue because they have never experienced it firsthand. Just like we openly talk about gay rights in Canada, I think we should openly talk about the racism Blacks and South Asians face in the non-Western world.

Shut Up or Get Out

I am proud to live as a free thinker who sees things as it is rather than a slave who follow the popular opinion

The society is dynamic. To some people, it can be difficult to adapt to evolving nature of our social norms. I must admit that I am one of those people. Thankfully I realized that I am not the only one who rather stand up for what is right over enslaving to popular opinion.

if you don’t like Canada, why don’t leave Canada?

Yes, it is normal to be unfair

Hypocrisy is the corner stone of most societies. From East to West, from ancient to modern and from very successful to failed civilizations have one thing in common; dynamic nature. No civilization is perfect. No community is a united community. While to the outsiders, a society like the Canadian society look perfect, it is impossible to achieve a perfect society. After all, how do you define what is right and what is wrong? How do you determine who is successful and who is not? Who is responsible for keeping scores and what would be the criteria for scoring high oh the moral/ethical high ground scale?

Personally, I believe no one is perfect, including myself. Like is unfair and it is supposed to be like that. What annoys me is that the media controlled by few (less than 10% of the world human population), mislead the public to paint a very bias picture for some benefactors. During 2012 to 2013, I monitored how some popular opinions in Canada (specifically in Calgary) shaped by the media. In October 2013, the Western media started a bullying campaign against Russia ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. The hypocrisy is that the Western block is working hard to influence domestic politics in Russia using the Olympics as a weapon. What most media failed to point out, if the sample principles of criticism for Russia is used on Canada with respect to “police state” style G20 preparation and subsequent human rights abuses by the Canadian police and paramilitary groups, the whole smoke screen will disappear. But the BBC, CNN and other media giants did their best to please their masters by softening any information comes out of Canada. Every bit of information was per-planned and well filtered before released to the public. In fact the news related to human rights abuses by the Canadian officials in 2010 G-20 Toronto summit have NOT being fully broadcasted by the BBC and CNN wold services channels. So the rest of the world population such as India and China would hear the good side of the G20.

oh well, I was never raped… so you must be wrong!

However, now compare the coverage of CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting) Summit in Sri Lanka this year. Not only the media has been on the offensive against the Government of Sri Lanka even before the event, but the human rights violators of their own citizens like Mr. Stephen Harper (PM of Canada) refused to participate in the event. Who gave the Harper the right to criticize internal affairs of Sri Lanka? After all, isn’t he the same person who told the media that the G-20 human rights abuses in Canada is an internal affair? It would be nice if it was only the top Government officials who is doing this. As soon as Canada refused to participate in CHOGM, a lot of Canadians, took to social media to show their pride supporting the PM’s decision.

The point is no one is perfect. But pointing figure against people like Adolf Hitler by accusing him of propaganda, when we are also doing exactly the same thing is hypocritical. Canada and it’s people with racist and violent past have been sugarcoating Canadian history for years. In this free speaking and democratic country, no abiding taxpayer is allowed to allow to criticize the popular opinion. One of my favorite quotes from hypocritical Canadians is “if you don’t like Canada, why don’t leave Canada?”. Why should a taxpaying Canadian citizen should be banned from Canada? Why a law-abiding Canadian citizen is not allow to criticize Canada, but the Canadians truly believe that they have the moral high grounds to citizen Sri Lanka? Mr. Harper do not pay taxes to Government of Sri Lanka!

I am not saying that you should not be critical of others. What I am saying is that you should also allow criticism of yourself. Accusing other countries of everything and being very defensive when someone problems in our own backyard is not a healthy solution. It will rather create more divisions in our human population than solving any problems. Yes, there are a lot of human rights abuses in China and Sri Lanka for example. But why not we also focus the light on Canadian Army raping children in Haiti peacekeeping mission? You love to have hypocritical one side of the argument because it only highlight the human rights violations of Chinese, but never the Canadians.

Shut Up or Get Out

as soon as a South Asian walked in to the same department, even the French-Canadians become discriminators rather than the victims

It is fact that Canadians used Chinese slaves to build our railroads. It is a fact that majority of foreign earned degrees were not recognized in Canada after the influx of immigrants turn out to be non-Christian and non-Whites. While the Canadians have used the few successful South Asians as a smoke screen to prove that Canada is truly multicultural, the true colours of Canadians have came out during the economic down turn in 2012. The promotions for South Asian Engineers, except for those who are puppets of the game (people who say, “well I am South Asian too and I never face discrimination…so you must be wrong”), have been halted while more and more even the non-English speaking Canadians of White descendents have been promoted. Irony is that I have proof that the discrimination among European populations disappear as soon as a non-European enters the picture. In one Calgary company the French-Canadians were discriminated for a long period. However, as soon as a South Asian walked in to the same department, even the French-Canadians become discriminators rather than the victims. Funny how Canada funds research into internal political and social issues of Sri Lanka and China, but yet no social research has been funded to prove issues in the Canadian society.

I asked my friends, if they would asked a rape victim to shut-up if they spoke against their predator. The majority said no…. and yet, every time I highlight a simple issue like workplace racial and religious discrimination in Canada, I was told to shut up or get out. I could safely say, “oh well, I was never raped… so you must be wrong!”. Oh ya… the irony and hypocrisy at their best.

Where is the evidence?

problem with publishing evidence is the repercussions

Since the powerful Western governments have spent millions of dollars in proving why Communist Party of China is bad for human race, they also pulled out all the funds for research that damage the utopian society in their backyard. Few of my friends asked me where is the evidence to prove that most South Asian Canadians were racially discriminated. I would like to ask my readers, where is your proof that the Communism is bad? If you are critical of where I obtain data, why I am not allow to be critical of where you obtain your data? Who gave you the right to be critical of China? Do you live there? Work their? I earned the right to be critical of Canada because I pay taxes and and I have contributed to the economic development of this country. What is your excuse to criticize the human rights of Sri Lanka? After all, the Canadian Prime Minister refused to attended the CHOGM 2013 in Sri Lanka based on his opinion on Sri Lanka’s internal affairs! According your logic, the Canadian Senate scandal should be justified to avoid all “Made in Canada” products and boycott anything Canadian. After all, who cares if it is an internal problem or not.

Another problem with publishing evidence is the repercussions. Canada lacks human rights and workers rights regulations to protect the whistleblowers. If I specifically publish the names of the companies on my website, I will be sued and the bad guys always have the ability to hide or alter the evidence to fit their “Canadian values”. Unlike in Capitalist countries like Canada, most Socialist countries including the United Kingdom (EU), have regulations to protect who stand up for what is right. But this bullshit free thinkers of Canada lags far behind when it comes to protecting victims from the criminals. However, I think one reason the empire (EU, Canada and US) is loosing ground in the United Nation on bullies other countries is that it has been increasingly difficult to keep the facts hidden. For example, the immigration to Canada from Asia and Africa increased because Canada created wars in Asia and Africa. It was the weapons companies in US and Canadian Security Intelligence Service that benefited from these wars. Now the Canada is paying the price by allowing immigrants including criminals the right to enter, live and be part of the Canadian society. Stop blaming the messenger and face the consequences of your own actions. By simply stating the obvious, I will make a lot of enemies and even lose friends. But I am proud to live as a free thinker who sees things as it is rather than a slave who follow the popular opinion.

Speak up now, but not before

The reason why I spoke out about issues hidden in Canada is that recently the Canadian Federal Government officials and so called “Human Rights Organizations” have yelled at other people’s face. For what? For what they called, “rights violations”. That’s why finally I decided to speak up. Someone has to take the bullet against hypocrisy.

Buddhist ethics

I should really name this article as “Why I haven’t given up on Buddhism…. yet”. This is my attempt at explaining the most complicated mess carted by the Western media and imperialistic forces that devoured the true Asian history. I have tried to explain the confusion on whether or not Buddhism a religion before. I make that side offline long time ago to make room for the current one. During that period of silence, my philosophical and ethical view on life have not changed. However, I have acquired new skills to explain the unexplainable to most close minded people on planet Earth.

Did you know that world first female Prime Minister was a Buddhist?

Cannot solve world problems, do not hide the facts

Well, I am not going to tell you if Buddhism and associated practices can be considered as religion and religious practices. I have given up on arguing against special interest groups such as UN, NGOs, Governments and individuals. Instead I will lay the facts in a simple point form list. It is up to you, the reader to decide how you should interpret it. At the end I will state my personal interpenetration of the fact which the Western societies trying so hard to alerted for their advantage.

  • Buddhism is older than any form of current organized religion/philosophy.
  • First developed by a man named Siddhartha Gautama over 2600 years ago.
  • Siddhartha Gautama called himself, Buddha which implies his teachings were “Buddhism”.
  • Buddha refuted and disagree with almost ALL forms of religious propaganda in 528 BCE including beliefs in mythical figure god(s).
  • Buddhists have been misrepresented and prosecuted for simply refused to follow a mythical figure, god by people from almost all forms of religious backgrounds.
  • It was the European imperialistic communities and the American CIA that classified Buddhism as a religion. In fact, most people in the Buddhist communities knew nothing about “rules” and “laws” that typically found in religions until the Western propaganda and media arrived in early 18 century.
  • Buddhists are generally not anti-god, but anti-blind believers. Refuse everything and anything unless otherwise a prof is provided.
  • Buddhism do not have rules, but principles. It also lacks punishment, but has consequences. For example, if you kill someone for fun, and now you cannot sleep at night because you get nightmares, that’s not punishment, it is a consequence of your actions. Did you know more than 90% of Americans and Canadians who own guys fear others more than those who don’t?
  • Buddha was against covert conversion. He has refused to teach Buddhism to selected people such as young children who cannot make decisions for themselves.
  • Buddha have refused to teach Buddhism on a grounds of wars. In other words, he has held back information that later turns out to be true to prevent conflicts. Even today Buddhist communities do this.
  • Yes it is true, Buddhist psychological warfare can be more detrimental than the strength of entire NATO Forces. There are incidences in the modern history in which CIA and SIS senior officers have been driven to suicide for killing Buddhist monks in South Asia.
  • Just because you practice Buddhism or visit the temple often, doesn’t make you a Buddhist.
  • Buddhism place a significant weight on ethics and moral values that if you want to be a Buddhist, then behave like one!
  • You cannot organize mass communities to commit harmful acts in Buddhism communities (et. terrorism), not because Buddhists are incapable of attacks, but because the standards of ethics are much stronger. It is difficult to a criminal to convert a Buddhist child into a criminal suicide bomber.
  • Yes, Buddhists fight wars. Sometimes bloody wars and they often ended up winning too.
  • Christians and Hindus have killed more Buddhists than the modern day so called “terrorism” which is coined AFTER September 11, 2011.
  • Yes, Buddhists can have sex before marriage, perform abortions, receive an abortion, get married to one or million, etc. Social issues like these are not suppose to be part of the original form of Buddhism. However, Buddhism has guidelines if followed, abortion for example can be considered as bad Karma.
  • Most Buddhists texts have been Scientifically carbon dated by the British, Japanese and the Germans.
  • Yes, Buddhists can eat meat, kill animals, drink alcohol. That’s mean nothing to Buddhism because it has no rules. However, consequences comes with them are generally considered negative by the Buddha.
  • Buddhist is extremely pro-feminist. Buddhists are more for equal rights than any other group in the history. Did you know that world first female Prime Minister was a Buddhist? Did you know that most Buddhist women were Engineers in 13-centurty when European women were sex slaves to their husbands and fathers? Why don’t you read that in your so called “democratically created” Canadian social studies textbooks?
  • Original Buddhism (Indian) is/was 100% against materialism and capitalism.
  • Buddhists develop ethics by long term practice, not by rules.
  • It is proven without an issue that Buddhist meditations can significantly increase satisfaction in social and academic life.
  • Buddhism is not against religions, but it is against the idea of creationism.
  • Not not all Buddhists are the same. In fact, like religions, you will find so many different forms of divisions within Buddhism.

Well I can write more… these are few of the facts that most people either are too ignorant to admit or very misinformed by the Western propaganda.

Benefits outweigh the risks

religion is a treat to my Science

Being labeled as a “religious nut” or and “anti-creationist” could cause a lot of headcheese to some people. The best example of these labeling causing a wide spread misunderstandings would be the perception of Sri Lankan Buddhists in the Western world. The Christian extremism in the Government of Canada for example goes unnoticed while most media would point the finger against the Buddhist communities. This often overshadow all the good deeds Buddhists have contributed to the society.

I have experienced both positive and negative discrimination because the Buddhist ethics I acquired over time do get noticed by others. One of the well known fact is that Buddhist people have the best, if not one of the best form of work and relationship ethics. I have received recommendations for my work ethics from EVERY SINGLE company and institution I worked for in my entire life.

Finally I had enough… You can call me whatever you want. What really matter is what you think of yourself. By that logic, I consider myself as a non-believer or an atheist. I am glad that Buddhism mostly agrees with the Evolutionary Theory. In fact, I can safety say Buddhism has contributed to the modern day Evolutionary Theory. No, I do not consider Buddhism a religion nor that I am religious. I hate god and the very idea of religion is a treat to my Science. However, I personally found the benefits of Buddhist practices such as meditation and work ethics translate well into Canadian and other first world societies. The ethical and moral values of Buddhism cannot be replaced by any other system (It does not mean other systems are bad). While others my imitate over the years (eg. Christian Mediation), it is difficult to duplicate the same benefits by stripping “Buddhism” from “Buddhist ethics”.

Middle path still works

“To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.”. According to ancient texts, this is the principle behind the so called peaceful simple life that Buddhist communities across the globe are following. Well, at least by definition of being a Buddhist, that’s what they should follow, which is not the case. Yes, it is their fault for giving into material gains. No one care to elaborate on the fact that materialism that is being popularized through capitalistic globalization has created more problems than found solutions. After all, good things are hard to accomplished! I am an atheist, but I do adhere the ethical side of Buddhism. It has been proven over and over the ethics of Buddhist values do work for the benefit of the follower.

Capitalism is great

As opposed to imperialism, socialism or totalitarianism, the American-lead modern capitalism is a well crafted model. It does encourage economic growth, social welfare and pushed the innovations forward. If you look at the history of capitalism, there is a reason why most technological advancements are rooted in the United Sates and Japan. Law makers in both countries have opted for an open economy based capitalistic governance model. However, we failed to realized the material and social gains of any system at it’s extreme does come at a cost. We have learned from the history even the traditionalism such as Judo-Christian values or Buddhist values at extremes have created problems. So why should we expect the extreme capitalism to work perfectly?

In Japan, the research and productivity have precedence over social welfare. While the country is currently leading in the global innovation race, they also have been plagued with the world’s highest suicide rate. The suicide forest, Aokigahara is not a myth, but a fact. A fact that Japanese law makers would like to ignore. Without any debut I can directly connect the huger suicide rate in Japan to their open capitalistic economic policies. People of Japan have very little choice in choosing a combination of capitalism and socialism. They are being forced to go with the materialism based capitalistic globalization. South Korea is an another example of this tread.

Well done Western media for creating one of the best deception of all times. I would say the deception of prosperity in Canada, USA and EU is only second to A. Hitler’s anti-Jewish war propaganda. If you asked a North American about the differences between capitalism and socialism, probably well over half of the population would say positive things about capitalism. In the United States, socialism has been equated to Nazism. But the irony is Nazism is deeply rooted in Christianity while Socialism is against religious affiliations. Contrariety to popular belief, about 99% of all Nazism flowers in the US are church going fundamental Christians.

In the United States, the poverty that has been driven by the social gap between the rich and the poor have created a lot of problems. Individuals and families under the poverty line is most likely to be convicted of crimes and be under educated. The cycle of poverty actually has been promoted by the Capitalism, which even the Obama administration have said, will close the gap between the rich and the poor. Add to this, both in Canada and United States domestic abuse, divorce and mental health issues have sky rocketed. Behind the smoked screens created by the Capitalism favored media, the divorce rate is significantly higher in the richest demographic areas in North America over the others. On the other extreme end, the poorest areas seems to have the highest domestic violence cases. The icing of the cake is, in Canada, the middle class have the lowest divorce, crime and domestic abuse cases while the fifthly rich and the poor are mostly in trouble. Scientifically speaking, the mounting evidence supports the ideology; to live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance. I find it appalling the so called “truth” and “facts” loving Canadians do their best to ignore this evidence. Capitalism is not only great for socio-economic growth, it also great for our own downfall.

It doesn’t end there

How about environmental impact of rapid growth over gradual growth? How about social saturation problems leading to isolation and segregation? How about the decline of philosophy which fueled the economy and social developments over millions of years in the past? The list will go on and on. The Capitalism will eventually be synonym with the downfall of civilization.

Religion for the Rich and the Poor

…downfall of nepotism and so called professional connections may not be immediately evident.

Finally, the most sensitive part of the problem. The global religions and their relevance to social status. I have found that middle class is the only category of people, who would have the strong back bone to stand up against any form of propaganda. All religions are based on propaganda. In Canada, mostly the rich and the poor go to church or temple. In Saudi Arabia the religion is hijacked by the rich and the powerful. Everyone who is deeply religious try their best to ignore these facts, but withe the growth of middle class, mostly educated, the tradition religion has become a opium of the people. Poor goes for religious institutions for the monitory gain. So why the rich go for religion?

The upper class in Canada and United States have used religion as a tool to gain control over masses. For example, if you are educated and rich and you need so called “connections” in the community, the best way to do this is through religious based networking. No matter how you spin this or try to hide the facts, as a Geology student who would become a professional in few years, I found most Canadian companies hire Geologists based on their connections within companies over the skills. This is where even the poor have used religion as a tool to gain the upper hand over the atheist middle class. If you are in a religious group for example, you will most likely meet people with your own religious ideology in the economic market. This will result in hiring for job positions in companies resulting saturation of one particular religion and/or culture in a company.

The downfall of nepotism and so called professional connections may not be immediately evident. However, with the increased completion from other countries such as India and China, Canadian professionals are in a disadvantage position. For example, hiring a under performed Geology or Engineering student for petroleum company will also undermine the credibility of Canadian companies in the global market. The same can be said for hiring a well performed A+ students to upper management positions just because their connections to religious and professional communities. In an age where Canada openly critical of how third world countries like India have a growing problem with political meddling, we should stick our own head in the sand for nepotism and religious favoritism.