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Brushed up: Aug 27&28, 2011

The Golden Rule Across “Cultures”

The persistence of the same message across religions and teachings is really very fulfilling for me. It confirms the path of Ecosonance. So part of my research is to look for this “same” knowledge that “we,” the human species, have been re-discovering, time and again, across time and space, and have at the same time been failing to actually apply on a comprehensive scale.

This is where Kant’s classic “categorical imperative” belongs, for example. It has been taken into account, if not guided explorations, in moral philosophy ever since. As far as contemporaries, I gladly recommend Daniel Vokey’s 2001 PhD-thesis-turned-book Moral Discourse in a Pluralistic World. My favourite chapter is “Reasons of the Heart.” It draws on Mahayana Buddhist ethics to embellish aspects of the moral philosophical tradition of “the West,” so as to lend support to the do-ability of the “way” the book title shows.

I am assuming it is self-evident what is the connection to Jack Layton’s mission-in-action, lighteningly brief in view of the historical continuum, yet immensely impactful for its witnesses, and I’d imagine, ideally, for generations to come.

This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you
Mahabharata 5:1517

Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful
The Buddha, Udana-Varga 5.8

One word which sums up the basis of all good conduct… loving kindness. Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself
Confucius, Analects 15.23

Regard your neighbour`s gain as your own gain, and your neighbour`s loss as your loss
Lao Tzu, T`ai Shang Kan Ying P`ien, 2213-218

I am a stranger to no one; and no one is a stranger to me. Indeed, I am a friend to all
Guru Granth Sahib, p.1299

In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets
Jesus, Matthew 7:12

[NOTE: the above quote is from the New Testament, and there is a paraphrase at Luke 6:31, ibid. Versions figure in the Old Testament, a.k.a. the Jewish Bible, e.g. in Leviticus 19:18: “‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor [fellow, in some translations that keep neighbor for the New Testament counterparts] as yourself…”]

We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part
Unitarian principle

Native Spirituality
We are as much alive as we keep the earth alive
Chief Dan George

Do not do to others whatever is injurious to yourself
Shayast-na-Shayast 13.29

One should treat all creatures in the world as one would like to be treated
Mahavira, Sutrakritanga

What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbour. This is the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary
Hillel, Talmud, Shabbat 31a

Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself
The Prophet Muhammad, Hadith

Baha`i Faith
Lay not on any soul a load that you would not wish to be laid upon you, and desire not for anyone the things you would not desire for yourself
Baha`u`llah, Gleanings

Credits: Texts copied from a poster by Scarboro Missions, designed by Kathy Van Loon; All Rights Reserved Paul McKenna 2000; Bookstore @ tel. 416.690.477 has it in letter-size format for smthg like $1.00, regular poster size around $10.00. Verified current month, Aug 2011.

Disclaimer: At this point I cannot vouch for the accuracy of the references (or the translation) of the quotes above. I choose to believe in the message.

Well, just today, at the lost and found office at the Bay subway stn, the man and the woman, who were there when I went in, got their backpacks back, contents intact. Two more absent-minded people came in, but I didn’t wait for the stats–left after submitting the lady’s top I found on a Bloor train.

A violin and keyboards were playing an inspired/-ing improvisation on Albinoni’s Adagio in G minor.

YouTube cover by Lara Fabian for you (good part: English, then Italian as well)– to continue my Belgian-Canadian thread, I guess :), her bio

credits: YouTube upload by tanyaani, on Feb 20, 2009 (video designed by her, per note)

Her Imagine (with French lyrics)

credit: YouTube upload by titoune647, Feb 4, 2011 (montage vidéo par Claire Evelyne Daugé)

Last updated: August 16, 2011

update Aug 23: TV interview (re McLuhan’s legacy) with Filomena Bomfim just before she came here for the McLuhan b.d. week celebrations in July — search for Globo ciencia on Aug. 20, 2011 Brush up your Portuguese, first :0)

OISE/UT official July 2011 events announcement

PDF-ed PowerPoint of Filomena Bomfim‘s presentation “Why Should Multi-Culturalism Be Our Business?!” coming up.

Yoni Van Den Eede‘s published article “In Between Us: On the Transparency and Opacity of Technological Mediation” (2011) served as the basis for Part II of his presentation “Zooming in on Technological Mediation: The Bi-Dichotomous Approach.”

ES post on the concept of Multi-Culture, including the connection to multiculturalism and McLuhan et al.’s book Culture Is Our Business. See also Note in section re Poster Exhibition below.

REPOSTED from Aug 4, with updates:

The event started with welcoming remarks by Dr John Portelli, CLD/TPS-OISE, University of Toronto, who had also brought graduate students and TPS visiting scholars with him. The presence of senior MLN members is also acknowledged: [alphabetically] MLN official blog publisher Dr Alex Kuskis, Gonzaga University faculty; MLN founder Dr Bob Logan, UT emeritus faculty and OCAD current faculty; Dr Bob Scott, Ryerson professor for most of his career. And certainly a hearty clap for all other participants, McLuhan-savvy or eager to learn!

TPS-OISE/UT Chair Dr Eric Bredo sent his special greetings to “Multi-Culture Is Our Business” event participants and the TPS GSA president Patty Kmiec forwarded an email paragraph of warm welcome.

Sending thanks for his July 25th talk “Zooming in on Technological Mediation: The Bi-Dichotomous Approach” to Yoni Van Den Eede, all the way to beautiful Brussels and current EU capital, where he’s organizing a McLuhan Centennial Conference, Oct. 26-28, at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. (among the invited speakers [alphabetically]: Derrick de Kerckhove, Paul Levinson, Peter-Paul Verbeek and others)

non-stereotypical Brussels image, credit to free stock photos

Also thanks for her talk “Why Should Multi-Culturalism Be Our Business?!” on July 26 to Dr Filomena Bomfim, professor of Social Communications (Journalism), University of Sao Joao, Brazil, co-editor of (in translation from Portuguese) Regional Sound: The Voices of Local People (2010), and career-long researcher within the framework of Prof. Marshall McLuhan’s theories. CV in Portuguese

McLuhan’s Coach House, UT campus, July 24, 2011.

July 26 – August 2: poster exhibition on the history of Indian cinema, early 1900s – present

Shastri (Delhi, India) – funded project. Co-sponsored through MLN by Ryerson University–credits to Dean Gerd Hauk and professor Jason Lisi.

Is Bollywood an anti-culture or just another culture… or an increasingly overpowering medium? This echoes Prof McLuhan et al.’s book Culture Is Our Business, an x-ray vision of American advertising, executed in the form of ad copies on recto pages and commentary on verso pages, interspersed with Prof. McLuhan’s inimitable wit.

Note: For any minds bent on bibliographic and historiographic accuracy, let me add what Prof. Eric McLuhan, son of Marshall McLuhan, said on an MLN panel on July 23rd. As it turns out, that book was the reason the McLuhans discontinued their partnership with McGraw-Hill. The book went to print without being proofed by the authors, some images had been switched, creating recto/verso pages discrepancies, other images had been replaced, without permission.

Poster exhibition co-curators Prof. Anjali Gera Roy , Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and film maker Suhail Abbasi are working on providing an audio recording and/or text, to enlighten the audience, even in their absence.

For the time being, you’re invited to listen to an MP3 of Prof. Roy’s conference presentation (Tea Talk on Bollywood, “Bollywood and Beyond” Festival, Stuttgart, Germany, 23 May 2011).

  • Prepare for 112 MB download wait time, reeeally turn up the volume, OR,

Library of OISE/UT, July 28, 2011

Library of OISE/UT, July 28, 2011

Last updated: August 16, 2011

update Jan 7 2012: another People for poster here

Well, I’m posting below one of a series of ads that started appearing in the TO subway stations and trains.
Call them ecosonic,
or label them corny,
they are bringing droplets of good will
to the immense ocean of human convolutions.


August 2011


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