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The evolution of cooperation in South Italy.

there looks to be some kind of concurrence between the Aeolian Islands and the litle harbour of Milazzo in Sicily, where most boats and airfoils start their transfers to the islands.

 I experienced a few times that boats for some unknown reason did not depart to the islands. It happened to me that I had to stay overnight on Christmas Eve in Milazzo instead of being home on my island. the weather wasnt to bad for the last boat to make the transfer. People explained that the personel decided to stay at home as it was Christmas.  The hotel where I stayed overnight was happy to have a few rooms rented out. 

A troup of photographer and photmodels planned to come to Vulcano to make a  photo session a few days ago. They had to renounce as the same boat company canceled the departure.

Did the boat staff made a favor to the Milanese hotels? On the long run, I would say absolutely not.

I wrote an article about the evolution and importance of cooperation some time ago. You can find it at http://www.kinberg.net/wordpress/stellan/2018/02/04/cooperation/

Nobody earns in the long term with destructive actions and unfair competition.

If the islands miss visits, Milazzo restaurants, shops and bars in Milazzo loose money. And in the long run they will not even have beds sold with bad weather. I would think that if I am in Catania, I would go to Syracuse where I have friends, instead of taking the risc to stay overnight in Milazzo. For the Milazzo people it should not be difficult to understand this.

The Milazzo hotels have their own tourist share when the adverse sea helps them.  But is that enough? It is good they take care of the tourists and island inhabitants. But why be happy with that? With inteligence and local area cooperation Milazzo  can do a lot. Look at the photo above of CApe Milazzo. I  also imagine a lot of nice trecking possibilities in the mountains between Etna and Milazzo if they prevent the woods from getting burned during the summer season. Sicliy is indeed wonderful and can attract a lot of Tourism. Look at Palermo in October when the hotels were all booked.  People from northern Europe like me do their best to flee from the winter darkness to get some sun. Sicily and the Aeolian islands can offer that. I have the last ten years spent my Christman and New Years Eve in Siclity and  Lipari enjoying a lot of trecking and even New years Eve Swim in the Tirrenean sea that has Swedish summer water temperature.

But they should  not forget that the Milazzo inhabitants can do a lot to develop their local tourism too with the beautiful beaches they have, with the Milazzo Castle and promontory and its bronze age settlements.

Booking just informed “Prices in Milazzo dropped again.”

Hotel owners in Milazzo and on the Aolian islands should met and share knowledges and ideas how to develop the MIlazzo – Barcellona area.If someone has made errors and is not a Christian hypocrit, ask for forgivness and reopen the doors for a constructive  dialog.

Milazzo needs the Aeolian Islands.

The Aeolian islands needs Milazzo.

 

I like the initiative and work of https://www.travelnostop.com/sicilia 

 

 

Leaving Sweden

I m leaving Sweden next Wednesday. Tht has been a dream all my life that is soon to become true.  The dream to go to Lipari to live there the rest of my life as my mother did.
Looking out the window from my kitchen here in Älghult I have double feelings, some kind of melancoly. I liked the plan to be here in Sweden and visit my son and daughter when it is to  hot in Italy.  But I can not afford that with the money I get as retired.

In the same time, being here in SwedenMay to September, I can not enjoy the summer season with all the fruits, the olives the garden offers this time and I orked with during the winter and spring.. And the trees often need water during those hot summer months.

My mother (signe.kinberg.net) came to live on Lipari about 1977 when she was 50+. She was a courage woman to come to live on a island. But she did it together with her fiancé.  Now I do the same.  She died on the island 98.  It would be terrific if she would Migration reappear there.  

If I do met her again, I want her to be happy with the way I took care of her gift, the house and the garden. My mother  has become a important reason I want to be back on Lipari.

I had periods of melancoly and being nervous these last Swedish days.  It is a period of 46 Swedish Years that have come to an end.

My last days were spent getting my two luggages packed and greetings all good friends in the village. I were invited to a few nice dinners at my lovely Syrian friends from Aleppo. I went to Mass yestereday with my friend Feras.

Migration diary

Day 1, Monday 24  September

Älghult – Copenhagen

I waked up 5.50 am this morning. At 6.30 Annelie a friend and neighbour of mine came with her car to bring me to the buss station.

I got on a earlier buss, at 6.30 and in Växjö I tried to take a earlier train too. But that did not work out. I hade to pay the ticket again as it was a different train company (Öresundståg and not SJ).

30 Euro more but it was worth it as I knew that I would come to Copenhagen in good time before the train to Hamburg.

I am fed up with Swedish  railway safaris.

http://www.kinberg.net/wordpress/stellan/safari-with-sj/ 

Copenhagen  – Federicia

Federicia – Hamburg

Wow, this goes fast. Three hours to Hamburg. In the seventies I worked on STENA Line from Göteborg to Hamburg, a whole night trip every Friday, dancing the evening in a club. Happy days without worries.

Day 2  Tuesday September 25

Today I go to Graz. It is a long trip about 1100 km with stops in Würzburg and  Vienna. I will pass by Nürnberg were my mother worked as a ballerina and survived the American bombings in the Opera  cellars provably drinking wine to alleviate the anxiety and fear of death.

I slept well at Prize hotel in Hamburg  tonight but had a  breakfast in a noicy breakfast saloon.  Disco music out of some 20 loudspeakers is good for dancing but not for a peaceful breakfast.. But they lowered the volume fortunenately after a while so I could eat.

I checked out and took a bus to the central station  without any problems. I alked with a man from Singapore. I where on the central station one hour before departure and could relax in the sun at the platform. I felt well even if preoccupied about the long trip, how I would stand it.

Hamburg-Würzburg ~550 km.

The first part went fast.  I eat up  four  bananas. I am trying the famous Japanese banana diet.  I had problem placing my luggages. No place for for bigger luggages on German ICE.

 

I took a ICE (Intercity Express) train to  Würzburg 1 class ruhebereich (silence wagon) 12:01.

I hope there will be no delays as I have only a few minutes in Würzburg and 30 minutes in Vienna.

Würzburg-Vienna. 500 km

The train stopped in Nürnberg. My mother dansed here in the Opera (OpernHaus) as a solo ballerina during the war.

mage source:  www.nuernbergmusik.de

I wrote about it in http://www.kinberg.net/wordpress/signe/dancer/ 

This is the OpernHaus as seen from the Central Station.

My mother maybe lived in a house like this one:She never like New Years Eve fireworks as she said “They remind me about the bombs. Maybe he lived in a house like the one above.

 

Vienna- Graz.200 km

15 minutes late to  Vienna. But luckily the train to Graz coming from Prag was also late.  So I finally came to Graz 11.4 5 exhausted. 

It has been a trip with a lot of thinking and discoveries. I learned some more about my mother during this migration tour

2 weeks in Graz Sep 25 – Oct 9

I stayed at my brothers home for two week to get several luggages to be sent wirh Mailboxes to Baercellona Posso di Gotto  where I will get these on a boat to Lipari and my home.

I had the opportunity to met several of my borthers neighboors who are kind and loving people.

I also had two days in my brothers and wifes summer home in Velt an Vörtersee, the Austrian Portonfino. I enjoyed a ni ce bath in the sea that had a nice clean water about 18 Celsius.

With a friend of my brother I went to the San Fransican church Sunday Mass. That was a opportunity of peace and mind restoring.

In between these experiences I scanned two album with photos from my father in my brothers mother.  I hope to find time to shwo some of these in my fathers site http://ragnar.kinberg.net 

Migrattion day 15 October 9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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UNHCR Effective altruism and collaboration

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introduction

I have previously written about the art of being “kind”

As  Stefan said: “Doing a good thing gives the same pleasure as a drug. You can stop taking drug and start making good things and get the same good feeling.”

This reminds me about what Martin Seligman said:  “meaning comes from belonging to and serving something beyond yourself and from developing the best within you.”  I wrote about  this in :  meaning-of-life/#conclusions )

Kindness, purpose are related to  cooperation

Cooperation can be done at local level in your work, your neighborhood. But that can also be practiced cooperation on a global level by e.g. contributing to organizations that you know use your money effectively.

Beth Barnes ) says in the Ted I share below: “And all the evidence suggests that giving money to charity makes you happier than spending it on yourself.” 

 

Our brains changes when you train altruism. It shows without ambiguity that there is a structural and functional change in the brain when you train the altruistic love.

 (source:   www.youtube.com  )

 

I were for long time contributing to Medecins sans frontieres, Greenpeace and UNHCR. I felt well doing this. It was not much money I gave but a Swedish wisdom says

“Många bäckar små blir till en stor å”

Translated to English that reads:

Many small streams become a big river

a sentence that is used in www.sustainable-communities.eu in a completely  different context.

I  listened in youtube  to a American millionaires story. he did not feel happy being a millionaire. He choosed to become a altruist donating money.

I don’t remember his name.  After this Yotube, I got information about a  two  nice Ted videos: 

  1. in the first video we listen to Mathieu Ricard, a French Buddhist who  describes a buddhistic view
    • about the society we live in today, 
    • about the reason why we should become more altruistic
    •  about altruism in nature,
    • about the human altruistic nature,
    • and  how we can train altruism at school with meditation.
  2. 2. My second Ted is about”effective altruism”. where Beth Barnes describes and share
    • her view about altruism 
    • how to become more effective in our altruism.
    • and what effective altruism can lead to.

Index

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Altruism

Here is Mathieu Ricards Ted:

There are two types of altruism.

  1. One  is about helping someone in you proximity, at work, in your neighborhood or in your village/town
  2. the other is about sharing your wealth, donating money. 

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Effective altruism – sharing wealth.

here is Beth Barnes about effective altruism  donating money:

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2.Effective altruism – helping your next

On a personal level you also have to think about effective altruism. You must avoid empathic distress, balancing altruism and the care of yourself.
 
I myself became a burn out and most probably because of empathic distress I got several strokes. I had to leave my job as a teacher a job I loved. 
 

“The balancing act of being altruistic and not falling into empathic distress requires concentration, awareness, and attention to our intentions and motivations around these acts. We must continue to question the benefit or harm we may be causing ourselves and the person we are serving.

It may be hard to imagine how a good intention, and seemingly “selfless” act can become unhealthy or even toxic. Which is why it’s vital for us to be mindfully altruistic—the art of being aware of ourselves and others while serving them.” ( Source:  www.elephantjournal.com  )

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Conclusions

I will continue to donate 30€ monthly to UNHCR, while being open for other alternatives like the ones Beth Barnes suggests. Donating money doesnt normally harm if you do it wisely together with you family and relatives.  At least not when it is not more than12 USD a month like with UNHCR. I get news from  UNHCR now and then like the info about this video with Italian text. I befcame a supporter at the airport of Catania.

l will  however be careful not harming myself while helping my next. This raises a ethical dilemma something i wrote about in http://www.kinberg.net/wordpress/stellan/kindness/#ethics

Like with the man who saved a boy on the railway in Mathieu Ricards Ted.

Will I risc my life to save anothers? For a child i would maybe do that, without thinking about the consequences. But in other cases maybe not. I have suffered enough after helping at school. with my mutliple strokes and the resulting mental fatigue.

.I am right now trying to help  a good friend who suffer. But I am careful with the time I am spending. I call him when I feel reloaded.

I have thought it would be nice to become a UNHCR volunteer somewhere in the world but I have difficulties now with heat, stress and  surprises. I  do my best donating some of my retirement money.