Friday, October 07, 2005

Peacefully Making A Point.

Why is the Nobel Peace Prize is such a farce? Time and time again, we've seen the prize awarded to individuals that are clearly undeserving (read: Kofi Annan, Yasir Arafat, etc).

Now this.

Yes, you'll claim that the reduction of nuclear arms is important. I agree. Really, has the International Atomic Energy Agency done everything it can to limit the spread of nuclear weapons? Are they truly deserving of a Nobel Prize? Recently, the peace prize has been given to make a point (read: Jody Williams and the International Campaign to Ban Landmines). Shouldn't the peace prize be awarded to individuals or organizations that have demonstrated lifetime achievments?

14 Comments:

Blogger Linny said...

You know... I thought it was "Piece" prize... no wonder my suggestions were ignored :)

1:14 PM  
Blogger An80sNut said...

I really hate award shows but I am actually happy it didn't go to a celebrity. I'm hoping for a nun that takes in and feeds orphans for next year's prize.

6:30 PM  
Blogger LoraLoo said...

I would agree it would be better deserved by someone who has made a lifetime achievement. Perhaps they're having trouble finding many who fit that bill??

9:53 PM  
Blogger Bar Bar A said...

Yes

11:18 PM  
Blogger dusty said...

like everything in the world now...politics play into it..i swear..

12:18 AM  
Blogger dusty said...

ps...red sox broke mine as well :(

12:19 AM  
Blogger Fred said...

Year after year, they award this silly thing. And year after year. 99.999% of the world goes on without noticing.

Iran and Norh Korea continue their nuclear ambitions with very little interference. Yet, this guy was recognized as someone who made a difference? I think not.

1:58 PM  
Blogger Camphor said...

Isn't the IAEA a farce too?

Then it makes perfect sense.

5:01 AM  
Blogger BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

An excellent question.

I have often wondered the true basis for these prizes. I doubt it cannot be considered for 'lifetime' work, or why have one each and every year? Obviously, there is something about an individual in a particular area of science, literature and peace that can shift meaning from year to year.
Now, whether this year's choice was a good one, is another quesiton.

1:22 PM  
Blogger Brian Macker said...

An80sNut,

What makes you think that if a nun gets the award she's going to feed orphans. Is that what happened with Mother Teresa award money? I don't know but some people aren't so happy with her.

Mother Teresa's business was : Money for a good conscience. The donors benefitted the most from this. The poor hardly. Whosoever believed that Mother Teresa wanted to cahnge the world, eliminate suffering or fight poverty, simply wanted to believe it for their own sakes. Such people did not listen to her. To be poor, to suffer was a goal, almost an ambition or an achievement for her and she imposed this goal upon those under her wings; her actual ordained goal was the hereafter.

With growing fame, the founder of the order became somewhat conscious of the misconceptioons on which the Mother Teresa phenomenon was based. She wrote a few words and hung them outside Mother House:

"Tell them we are not here for work, we are here for Jesus. We are religious above all else. We are not social workers, not teachers, not doctors. We are nuns."


To be fair I have no idea if this article is true.

5:16 PM  
Blogger M. C. Pearson said...

You must be feeling better because you are thinking way more clearly than I am...I read it and went, "Huh?"

11:01 PM  
Blogger Jimbobb2 said...

These are more realistic...

http://www.improb.com/ig/ig-pastwinners.html

1:47 PM  
Blogger Camphor said...

Brian Macker `
About the Mother Teresa ~ If you have seen the slums of Calcutta that were cleared away, if you see the scools that they now run, and the rehab centres they have - always with a missionary
zeal - you wouldn't ask where the miney went.

Not into the nun's pocket, definately. India has so many poor that you could pour millions in, and not notice where they went. And there would be nothing noticiably better.

If that board actully went up - I'd need to check before I believed it - there was a time when people in Calcutta began considered the place as just another charaity - middle class people were going there.

I am not saying that the article is all bullshit, nor am I saying that Mother Teresa was a Saint. She was a human, and I just needed to present both sides of this issue, since you raised this one.

9:57 PM  
Blogger RT said...

Wow. I must need my eyesight checked, because I've read An80snut's comment several times and have yet to see where he's mentioned Mother Teresa or giving up any prize money to feed the poor.

1:05 AM  

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