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“Just War” Theory Of Ferdinand & Isabella Was The Logic Of Power

The following is from American Colonies: The Settling Of North America by Alan Taylor.

The specific issue being addressed in the paragraph is the killing and enslavement of the Taino people on Hispaniola and nearby islands by Christopher Columbus.    

Columbus’s slaughter and enslavement of Indians troubled the pious Spanish monarchs, who declared in 1500 that the Indians were “free and not subject to servitude.” But Ferdinand and Isabella failed to close the legal loophole exploited by the Spanish colonizers. It remained legal to enslave Indians taken in any “just war,” which the colonists characterized as any violence they conducted against resisting natives.”

And there you have the self-serving logic of power defined. 

October 17, 2007 Posted by | Books, Colonial America, History, Politics | , , , , | 3 Comments

Central Questions—How To Maintain Relationships Across Distances Of Time & Space

This is part of a Texas Liberal series called Central Questions.

How can people maintain personal relationships across distances of time and space in a world in which we are all very busy?

Here are some possible answers–

1.  Understand that others are as busy as you are and just about any effort to stay in touch is appreciated.

2. Map out what strategies you will pursue to keep up relationships. It could be perodic e-mailings to a list of friends or simply leaving a phone message. Anything to keep the relationship going.    

3.  Apply imagination to maintaining your relationships. Think about old contacts that can be renewed. Think of ways to contact people specific to the individual and what they are doing in life at the moment. 

4. View maintaining relationships as a kind of unpaid job.  It’s something that just takes work.

5. Remember that one good conversation or an afternoon spent together can carry a relationship for a long time.

6. Understand that 99% of the time a lack of reciprocity is not a slap in the face. People are (mostly) doing the best they can. Accept limits in others so your limits will also be accepted. Stick with someone over the long haul and odds are you’ll be glad you did.

Maintaining relationships is one of the most important things an individual can do in life.  Relationships give life context and meaning. 

October 17, 2007 Posted by | Central Questions, Relationships | | 4 Comments