The introductions to this morning’s symposium lectures was a white delegate from Central Africa. The delegates from Africa are, from what I’ve seen so far, a good mix of black, white and Indian. I met the delegates from Ghana personally and they followed the world cup (won by Spain yesterday) as fervently as people in Europe have. About the world cup final: About 20 people watched it in one of the hotel bars. When Spain finally scored a goal the furore was decidedly muted – in respect one has to think – for the Dutch people present.
She started out holding up three fingers in a W sign: for work. She noted that someone had told her: There is more brotherhood outside the TS than in it. She had responded: Good. She explained: There are less than 30.000 members of the TS in the world. For the sake of humanity it is a good thing that there is more brotherhood out there than in the TS.
The main question Kim Dieu asked was: is there honesty in any relationship? She gave the example of someone paying your plane ticket: is he then automatically your friend? If someone gossips about you, are they automatically your enemy? Are we being polite, flattering each other, merely to get by? Is that brotherhood?
There is a difference between skill in action and hypocrisy… Do we know when the one turns into the other?
[The reference to someone paying one’s air-fair is apt: Not in the way I thought when I heard the lecture. I thought most of the Brazilian section had their trip to Rome paid for by either the Brazilian section itself or one of its prominent members. That turned out to be false. However it is true that in the past people have flown to Brazil – expenses paid. Where does generosity end and paying for influence begin?
The fact about the Brazilian section and the World Congress was simply that they were well organized. They negotiated a group discount, because they had been working on getting this congress promoted for years. And of course, if you come with a group of over 75 people, any travel agency is going to give you a discount. So many people were able to come.
Lisette Arrayo from Mexico said one good thing:
For future reference btw: Previous world congresses were held in:
Nairobi, Brazil, Sydney Australia and this one is in Rome, Italy. Ing-Britt Wiklund attended each of these four. Of course there were world congresses before that, but I’ll leave that for someone with a love for archival work to delineate.
 The picture of Kim Dieu in conversation was made by Tom Dede. I don’t know if Kim is vain, I would guess she isn’t. Still, this is the best one of her’s in Tom’s collection and shows her at her best, I think. [/edit]