Thursday, October 29, 2009
Really i don't know much about sects...I only know that it cames from the subdivision of religions. I think that today the meaning of the word "sect" it's much bigger because there's around the word so many strange groups, that turn around many things. In fact, I live in front a big square in metro Universidad Catolica and I always see a lot of things: the "Harry Potter Group", (some boys around 17 years old who dresses like Harry Potter and go around the park with they magic-wand doing I don't know what). There's an other group of swordsmans who practice the ancient thechnique of medieval fighting (that's original). And an other group, like a kind of POKEMON who gather to dance some freek dances like tectonic (a particular dance which came from Europe). Maybe people says that sects turn around something more mystical. But I think that nowadays ideologys, references and ideas changes every day so I think that maybe those groups, that can be considerated like more superficial, can be a sort of news sects, in a word that change the faith in a god on the faith in technology and mass culture. I think in that way people find sects appealing simply by the fact that they have their own secrets or a special or very specific way of see the word. Anybody imagines why those people are SO interested and sometimes obsessed about something like a manga or a computer game. The amazing thing is that people turn a aesthetics in a way of seen the word. And its depends how tolerant is that way of seing the word if the sect is dangerous or not for the society. If the ideology of the sect involve to reject and ATTACK other points of view it's a bad thing...
Thursday, October 8, 2009
I think that my faculty have a lot of problems in all the senses. In one hand there're so many administrations problems. There-s so much burocracy by the fact of beibg a "public university", and on top of that the administration system is a mess. And really, i don't know which is the heart of the matter. Thinking in the fact that the Universidad of Chile is an old university, it shouldn't have those problems. Maybe, this university was in old times, quite organised, but now in the present it has a few problems to adapt to news systems, like technology, virtualisation of the information, and specially the market system. The worst example is when, i don-t know how, your marks appears changed!!!That situation is so ridicoulus because Chile buy northamerican hardwares but those are not adapt to the real situations of the universiry, like internal flexibility...(internal irregularitys)
An other current situation is missing teachers...and that-s because they-re usually very good teachers, but in that sense they-re also writers or researchers, so they don-t have so many times to teach us, even if is their work (obligation). And because of the low salarys, the university don-t demand them.
On the other hand i think ther-re serious politic problems, because students usually don-t take part of the issues, but that is a country problem. I think that the most important is to improve the quality of education because learning to THINK, you can then realise the problems, and how important they are, so figth to improve the situation.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
I think that talk about identity is very important in this moment, because of the globalisation which is a phenomenon that transform the way we relate each other. Specially here in Chile, which is the most "developed" country in South America (in the sense of modernism). In fact, there's actually here in Chile, specially in Santiago an identity crisis demonstrate by a lot of statistical study: those studys confirm that most of Chilean people don't really know what makes them Chileans. In that sense, we can say that Chileans are confuse about their own identity. But there're in the paste of Chile, other factors that had influence in present-day Chilean behaviour. And that's obviously the "coup d'état" of 1973. Maybe, our generation don't realise the effects caused by this fact, because we were born when things was all ready done. A year ago, I did an investigation for the university about the culture in the time of Pinochet. The truth is that is was quite shocked about the things I discovered. I realised that the lack of social cohesion was a direct consequence of the censure and repression that Chile suffered in those times. The military government cuted off the country by the fear . Fear of having others ideas than official military ideas. And i think that since those days fear still present in everybody. A fear of "the other", that makes us very isolated. The past , in combination whit the "globalisation" present reality make us very confuse. But, luckily there still are some things that connect each other like "las fiestas patrias" and also the football.