MERLIN

Many believe that Merlin is just a character in the Arthurian sagas, while in reality we find the first traces of him in Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae, written in 1136 AD. Although part of this text is an historical account of the birth of the kingdom of Britain, Merlin was included as a fictitious character (although probably the author wanted to present him as a figure from very ancient and lost texts). He was initially a paradoxical character, on the one hand he was the son of the devil and on the other a devoted servant of God.

Geoffrey was inspired by the prophet and madman Myrddin Wyllt of Welsh mythology, fusing him with the British commander Ambrosius Aurelianus, creating a powerful spellcaster called Merlin Ambrosius. The same monk Nennius in his Historia Brittonum used a character called Ambrosius.

In the Historia Brittonum, the usurper Vortigern wanted to erect a tower, but before being completed, it collapsed inexorably. His diviners told him that to prevent this, he would have to sprinkle the blood of a child born without a father on the foundation. Ambrosius (who had been conceived in a mysterious way and therefore it was believed that he did not have a father) was therefore brought before Vortigern and explained that the tower continued to collapse because two enormous dragons, one white and one red, were dozing beneath it. they represented the Saxons and the Britons. Ambrosius therefore convinced Vortigern that the tower could only be built if he himself had been elected in charge of those lands, and so he took possession of it.

Without forgetting that Merlin is also the guardian of the Holy Grail, the cup that heals from all evil. It was he, in fact, who planned the enterprise when Arthur fell ill and his knights were in league with each other on the verge of civil war. The wise sorcerer, rather than allowing the king to drink directly from the sacred chalice to save him, decided to send the knights to find out where the relic was hidden and, after finding the Grail, he appointed Parsifal guardian of the precious object.
Merlin as well as a great key figure in many events linked to the Round Table and the famous Sword in the Stone, was also a "magician in love" with the beautiful Viviana, whom he met in the forest of Brocèliande, a fascinating place, sacred to the Celts, the wood of the fairies and of mirages which corresponds to the real forest of Paimpont.

Legend has it that Merlin was in Benoico on a mandate from the king and, on his return, crossing the aforementioned forest, he met the wonderful twelve-year-old lady of Lake Viviana at the Fairy spring, with whom he fell in love.

A very strong feeling blossomed between the two and the magician, as a sign of devotion, promised the girl to reveal all his secrets, except one, and to seduce her he gave her proof of some of his charms that conquered her.

Viviana, in love in turn, gave the magician the gift of youth.
When by now Arthur's kingdom seemed lost forever, Merlin decided to reveal even the only secret he kept jealously hidden and it was at that point that she, drawing magic circles around the good sorcerer, made him her prisoner, and she with him, bound by this eternal and indissoluble Love.

Today, it is said that the miraculous water of the Fairy spring, where Viviana and Merlin's strong love resides, boils as the visitor passes as a sign of greeting and good wishes, and would be a good cure for the ailments of the soul and of the mind troubled by sorrows.

Merlin, therefore, ultimately becomes an emblem of healing and a symbol of absolute Love.

A sort of deus ex machina, through which the resolution of problematic events takes place, but also the unexpected that shakes consciences and leads Good to always win against Evil.

It is the victory of the light that inexorably defeats the darkness!

BULLYING IS NOT A JOKE

This society is becoming increasingly violent because the message that passes is that only if you're smart, if you're arrogant, you win. And so the one who bullies gets things done while the others play by the rules and are forgotten. Mass media and movies pass a message of struggle, fighting, aggression, violence and violence. How many movies have you seen that didn't include fights? Superheroes always fight, physically. So the message that gets through is that bad guys can only be defeated with more violence. But victims of bullying don't ask for help, they don't fight back, they don't tell anyone. At school everyone knows and everyone is silent. Bullying at school still exists and the right methods have not yet been used to fight and defeat it. Bullying has been talked about for years but neither adults nor children still know how to defeat this scourge.
There is a new trend that is taking hold in social media and that is to channel all the hype about violence, bullying and "entertainment". People who insult each other online, threaten each other, slaps that fly, "fans" who just for a little visibility go to offend or even worse attack the live streamers.
There is a basic problem in all of this: the streamers themselves are the perpetrators, not just the victims.
Having the power to communicate, unite the masses, be followed by thousands of people is not something to take lightly because you want or don't want those who follow you to emulate what you do. Saying "it's not my fault that dude does this or that" I just do "entertainment" is like throwing the rock and hiding your hand, behaving like the worst politician. What scares me is that violence, sexism and racism are defined as "joke".
There's no need to elect yourself as champions of justice when instead of raising awareness and educating those who follow you, you only give vent to a show full of violence and devoid of civic education. Because when you blare the cash register on the bus and you insult, curse, threaten those around you just because someone RIGHTLY feels annoyed by an insult or an orgasm in the cash register, how can you expect to be "entertaining"? What message do you give to young people? What makes you feel so powerful that you think all of this is right because you are "working"?
Because we are in a world where education is obviously being badly outclassed by "I do what I want, when I want, because I'm free to."
Does being free mean being able to say what you want or does it mean being able to feel safe wherever you go without someone insulting, hitting or disrespecting my time and space?

THEY KEEP DYING

I have known mothers who quit their jobs to raise their children.
I have known wives who have left their careers to look after a child.
I've known girls who dropped out of college to help their families.
I've known female students who stopped attending classes because their boyfriend was jealous.
I have known women who have always tried to protect their children and then died killed by their father.
I've known girls who can't go out at night without risking being chased and harassed.
I've known women who thought it was love and instead it was someone who wanted a personal slave.
Do women sacrifice too much for others?
Yes, they should learn to think more about themselves.
In 2021 in Italy a woman was killed every 72 hours.
In America, a woman is killed every 5 hours.
In Brazil, a woman is killed every 2 hours.
I know women who no longer want to be with anyone because they are afraid.
I know girls who no longer want to go out with anyone because they are afraid.
Do you know men who are afraid of fonts?
Do you know guys who can't go out at night?
Do you know men who sacrifice their careers to raise children?
We are in 2022.
Yes, it's 2022 and women continue to die killed by men.
And there is not only physical death but also psychological death.
Because there are women who become shadows, ghosts, ruins of themselves, with no more dreams or hopes.
And they keep dying.

PARENTS ARE SO IMPORTANT

Many parents think that being "friends with their children" is the right solution and instead they do nothing but spoil their children, give them everything, always justify them and even attack the teachers when they take them back. Parents need to be parents again! 
The disaster happened from the moment parents lost their authority. 
They have to say NO and not always buy things for their children, don't always give them everything, because they spoil and destroy them in this way, thinking that filling them with things is good. 
Instead they destroy them by giving away items and clothes. Children have to earn their own things and learn to manage themselves too.
Mothers need to stop cleaning, washing and cooking for their children. They have to let them learn to do things and not do them for them! Mothers, start saying NO. It's the NOs that make you grow and you don't always satisfy all your children's wishes because you destroy them by giving them everything. 
ildren need precise rules and not to have rooms full of things and clothes. 
They will kick, they will get angry, they will yell at you that you are not good parents but let them cool off because this is the right way to educate them, that is by saying NO! 
And they will learn to earn things little by little, over time, and not to have everything right away. 
They will learn that in life they can and must go it alone and must know how to manage themselves, both with money and with their belongings. 
Say NO and let them learn to live for real and rely on their own abilities. You are not always protecting, justifying and spoiling them. They have to take flight and the more you do all things for them the more they will feel bad in today's world.

WHO PROTECT US?

A handful of people are defending most of Earth’s biodiversity. Our survival depends on their strength and resilience.

Instead of helping these people, our governments collaborate with regimes who are more than willing to infringe upon their rights and destroy their forests.

Of course, let’s not forget this isn’t happening just in Brazil, Congo, Indonesia etc. it’s also happening in the US and Canada…

If we manage to destroy them, we are certainly going to destroy ourselves. 

WORKING IS NOT SUFFERING

You're not cool if you don't wake up at 5 in the morning. There are entrepreneurs and workers (and others) who share content on social networks in which they emphasize an unhealthy lifestyle as an essential condition for success. Wake up at 5, work 24/24, sleepless nights, hyper productivity, lack of work-life balance. In today's society, this mentality has been internalized to the point of making sacrifice an element of social recognition: if you suffer, it necessarily means that you are doing something important. 
According to research published in Forbes, 66% of millennials are addicted to overwork, 32% said they also work in the bathroom and 70% remain active on weekends.
Yet, according to a study by "Environment International", working 55 hours or more a week increases the risk of stroke by 35% and of dying of a heart attack by 17%. This model, in addition to being toxic, has an important shortcoming: it does not evaluate the quality of the hours dedicated to work, but focuses only on the time and "suffering" factor. 
Obviously the work (of the entrepreneur or otherwise) occupies a large part of the life of those who carry it out and requires extreme dedication, but are we sure that in order to achieve results we must necessarily give up a balanced lifestyle?

HELP OTHER PEOPLE

GHOSTWRITERS

I don't know how many readers there are among you but I know that at least some will read novels. What do you think of the books that are not written by the authors but by the ghostwriters? When you buy a book with a famous name on the cover, do you know that the book was probably not written by him?
Fake bags, fake clothes and fake items are requisitioned and anyone who sells fake stuff is arrested. But the fake books still run.
What do you think if you pay for a book by E.L. JAMES very dear and then it's not written by you? Or what if the books weren't written by J. K. Rowling? What do you think of all those books that show famous names as authors and are then written by others? In your opinion, is this not a scam? There are a lot of writers who write books but they don't get published because they don't have a famous name. Then the publishers have them write a lot of works and then give them the names of famous writers. So they are not original books but they are a fake. Sometimes I noticed certain strange things in the novels and that the person who wrote the play was not the famous one. It happened to me with some recent books by Isabel Allende and also with Stephen King and Patricia Cornwell. Has this ever happened to you? The worst thing is that these authors are not paid adequately but are exploited and not valued for what they do.

FREEDOM FOR IRANIAN WOMEN

The Iranian girl who sings the song “Bella Ciao” in Persian language to sympathize with the murder of Mahsa Amini. He wants freedom.

This is the 22-year-old Iranian woman, Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by the religious police of the capital for wearing "an improper hijab" died after two days in a coma. Confirmation of death was given by the Iranian news agency "Fars".

The girl had traveled earlier this week from the province of Iranian Kurdistan to the capital Tehran to visit relatives when she was arrested by some Iranian "moral" police officers known as "Gasht and Ershad", for "improper hijab" it completely covered her hair. During the detention, the young woman allegedly fell ill and fell into a coma, according to the version of the Iranian police. However, there is a suspicion that Amini was beaten by police officers. The leaders of the Tehran police justified themselves by stating that Mahsa Amini would suddenly suffer from a heart problem, as if a 22-year-old woman had a heart attack that naturally causes her to go into a coma and then signs of physical violence on her body. justified by stating that Mahsa Amini would suddenly suffer from a heart problem, as if a 22-year-old woman had a heart attack that naturally causes her to go into a coma and then signs of physical violence on her body.
These are the most important demonstrations since the 1979 revolution, far more relevant than those of 2009 and 2019, because this time they depart from the province to extend throughout Iran.
In Iran there is Islamic law that obliges women to wear hijabs and to monitor the application of this law is the so-called "moral police".
Only on 19 September, the same day on which the general strike was proclaimed in many cities, was the TAC made to Masha Amini on arrival at the hospital published. In this we note the cerebral hemorrhage and the deep fracture on the right side of the skull, both signs of the beating suffered. The general mobilization explodes: women and men take to the streets against the Iranian regime and the symbols of this domination and the garment that led Masha Amini to death are thrown into the flames. Iranian women dance and fight in the streets, burn hijabs and cut their hair in one of the largest mobilizations ever seen in Iran.
What is happening in Iran is a spontaneous mobilization against a violent and liberal regime. A proof of this temperament is precisely in the violent repression of protests. As has often happened in recent years, protests against violent regimes have been censored and made difficult by blocking the internet. The organization via social networks is failing, but above all international interest risks falling on the women's liberation movement which is international and goes beyond the borders of Iran.
To date, there are dozens of victims (over 40) and hundreds of injured, as well as many arrests. The restriction of telecommunications has made it difficult for the West to keep an eye on the country at all times and even the UN is unable to provide accurate data. Regardless of the data and what will happen, the protests in Iran are a sign of rupture, a possible point of no return against the shadowy collaboration between religion and politics, between the population and the ruling class, in the silence of the arrests and death of activists and activists. In the squares and in the streets, dissent has been fought, as never before has the collaboration between demonstrators, men and women, managed to stand up to police brutality.

CREATE YOUR WAY

On November 14, 1960, at the William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans, a black girl came to class: Ruby Bridges.
She was escorted by a group of federal agents. She was only 6 years old and in front of the school there was an angry crowd, which rebelled against her presence in that school, throwing objects and insults at her.
Until that time, there were no mixed classes and whites were rigidly separated from African Americans, who could not attend the same institutions as their white peers. No sweet eyes were given to Ruby, no words of welcome, like all children who come to school.
Waiting for her, therefore, there was an army of people who insulted her and in the classroom, no one. Neither a companion nor a teacher. The parents of the pupils in that class had withdrawn their children and the teachers had refused to teach a black girl a lesson.
And it wasn't over there. From that moment on, the life of little Ruby Bridges and her family was studded with threats and retaliation.

They were forced to live permanently under escort, their father was fired and their mother was forbidden to shop in certain food stores. The land they cultivated as sharecroppers was also taken away from the grandparents.
Ruby Bridges was given the opportunity to study and learn from a teacher, the only one who did not shy away, and volunteered to accompany the child. Ruby was even forced to bring food from home, due to the danger of being poisoned.
But the Bridges will resist and little Ruby will win her battle.
When she becomes an adult she will say "do not follow the path, go where there is no road and create it yourself."

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