Sunday, January 31, 2010
Karma creates nothing, nor does it design
It is man who plans and creates causes
And karmic law adjusts the effects
Which adjustment is not an act, but universal harmony
Tending ever to resume it's original position
Like a bough of a tree, which, bent down too forcibly, rebounds with corresponding vigour
It is not therefore Karma that rewards or punishes
But it is we who reward or punish ourselves according to whether we work thorough and along with nature
Abiding by the laws on which that harmony depends
or break them
There is not an accident in our lives
Not a misshapen day
or a misfortune
That could not be traced back to our own doings
In this or in another life
You might not like this idea however this is how it is
Pay attention to your thoughts because they also create Karma
More so than your physical actions
Saturday, January 30, 2010
"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.
It is the most-requested column I've ever written.
My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:"
01. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
02. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
03. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
04. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
05. Pay off your credit cards every month.
06. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
07. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
08. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
09. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past, so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. No one is in charge of your happiness, but you.
25. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ''In five years, will this matter?".
26. Always choose life.
27 Forgive everyone everything.
28. What other people think of you is none of your business
29. Time heals almost everything. Give time, time.
30. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
31. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
32. Believe in miracles.
33. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
34. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
35. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
36. Your children get only one childhood
37. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
38. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
39. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
40. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
41. The best is yet to come.
42. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.
Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old,
The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio
Friday, January 29, 2010
When you take on a project there are always people who will tell you why it will not, cannot work
The same when a new problem arises in your life, you will find many people who will give you all kinds of reasons why your ideas will not work
But just because they have limitations does not mean that you have or should buy into their point of view
See past their limitations and decide to find a way how to make things work
There is a solution to every problem, even those which do not seem solvable
Our key is to remove the limitations of others or of generally perceived wisdom
Include in this your own limitations
We simply must remove the limitations because if we do not then for sure we will not find a solution
Check out your own life and see how your problems are a function of your own perceived limitations
And how many are because you allowed others to impose their limitations on you?
Make a determination to go beyond
Go beyond what you have considered possible
Then it can become possible
It cannot become possible until you so determine
Stretch yourself we all need to from time to time
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Special agent John Gillies, who has led major anti-corruption drives during his 27-year career with the American FBI,during a speech recently focused his words primarily on crooked financiers and unscrupulous officials.
However, he added that sporting heroes such as Tiger Woods were also to blame, letting down children who saw them as role models.
The golfer is currently embroiled in scandal since his high-profile car crash on 27 November. "Money can't buy everything," Gillies said.
He told a chamber of commerce meeting in Boca Raton, Florida, that failures in personal ethics and integrity sowed the initial poisonous seeds of corruption in a society.
He said that fallen sporting heroes sent the wrong message to the young: that cheating was acceptable.
In a speech reported by Reuters, he said: It really gets at the soul and fabric of the United States when people are out there corrupting.
It all starts with simple ethics violations
Gillies described corruption as the number one crime in the US and disclosed that public corruption investigations had jumped by 20% over the last five years and 25% in the last year.
Gillies, who was brought up in Chicago and said he was inspired as a child to join the FBI by reading a history of the organisation and its battles against Al Capone, has held a series of senior positions within the FBI, with a particular focus on corruption.
He has served from Hawaii to New York and established a reputation for bringing corrupt officials to court.
As well as what he saw as a decline in moral standards, he blamed the recession for increasing corruption, with people looking for high-earning financial schemes that often turned out to be scams.
For anyone tempted by easy money or looking for a way out of a dead-end job, he offered this advice: "The worst day at work is still better than the best day in jail."
Often it might seem that the little lie
The little cheating or stealing is OK
Problem is even if you do not get caught you know you did it
You know that morally and ethically it was wrong
Many people then adjust their memory to deny to themselves that it was wrong
Now they have lying to themselves to live with as well
Guess why many people have breakdowns and psychological issues
Morals and ethics do matter
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Incapable of love that is
Today we live in an era of what we could call one of transitional views about sex
Those who embrace it enthusiastically claim that sex for sex's sake is fine and there need be no other aspect to the union just the sex
Getting angry if anyone says they disapprove
Others remain uneasily aware of old taboos
A transitional state in many societies
Those who see sex solely as exercise or solace are horny, needy, and afraid or incapable of love
Because they think it is OK to place the great gift of physical intimacy in the same space as shaking hands
They think it is OK to consider other humans as sex toys
To be used
To be thrown away afterwards
This recreational attitude to sex has become normal with drunken clubbers and others
There have always been those who felt sex to be a sport or hobby
The normalisation of casual sex without care or courtship is fairly recent
In one way it is good that sex is no longer a secret dirty business
It is fine that we no longer (Muslims accepted) persecute divorcees, single mothers or gays
There need be no comments about the Roman Catholic church who still insist that sex is only for procreation purposes, which is probably a step too far in the other direction
What is not so cool is the idea that you see someone you fancy, decide to have sex with them, do so and say goodbye
Removing the courtship and confining the experience to sex alone is selfish
Is it because they are frightened of relationship?
Is it a conquest in their eyes?
Or is it really running away and or abuse?
Having no interest other than the sex act itself is it because they are lonely?
Or maybe they cannot stand themselves?
For sure it blunts their humanity
It reduces their interest in another human to a small temporary sexual transaction
Once this becomes the norm then addiction follows
Like all addictions it is hard to stop once started
Some grow out of it and take the risk of real relationship
Others no they carry on getting less and less out of each experience as time goes on
Does this tell us something?
Over time they become incapable
Incapable because they have become totally cynical about the other sex
About what they are there for
Just incapable of love
For love is unconditional
Not a temporary transaction to relieve oneself
Incapable humans is what they are and what they become
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Anyone can become angry - that is easy.
But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right reasons, and in the right way - that is not easy. - Aristotle
When we look at anger we find it's all about your consciousness
If you are lacking in self control then the above ideas about anger management are not possible
Your anger will come out whenever someone pushes your buttons
At the slightest provocation anger outs
Even if you have basic control to be angry to the right degree, at the right time, for the right reasons, and in the right way, is probably still a stretch for most
Anger tells us much about ourselves
How we block it in
How we let it out
How often we get angry
All of these can help us see where we are
A conscious human is not just someone who is awake
In our sense a conscious human is someone who understands herself or himself
Is becoming a master of herself
Is learning why people can provoke her
Why she responds
Where her anger comes from
Takes the time to find the causes of her anger
The real reasons underling why anger comes to her
Finding these causes which are often deeply buried allows her to master and control anger
Becoming the master of ourselves is a long and hard journey
It starts with accepting there is a problem
Do you have a problem?
Monday, January 25, 2010
The problem begins with the electric power grid
Electric power is modern society's cornerstone technology on which virtually all other infrastructures and services depend, the report notes.
Yet it is particularly vulnerable to bad space weather.
Ground currents induced during geomagnetic storms can actually melt the copper windings of transformers at the heart of many power distribution systems.
Sprawling power lines act like antennas, picking up the currents and spreading the problem over a wide area.
The most famous geomagnetic power outage happened during a space storm in March 1989 when six million people in Quebec lost power for 9 hours:
According to the report, power grids may be more vulnerable than ever.
The problem is interconnectedness
In recent years, utilities have joined grids together to allow long-distance transmission of low-cost power to areas of sudden demand
On a hot summer day in California, for instance, people in Los Angeles might be running their air conditioners on power routed from Oregon
It makes economic sense—but not necessarily geomagnetic sense. Interconnectedness makes the system susceptible to wide-ranging "cascade failures.
To estimate the scale of such a failure, report co-author John Kappenmann of the Metatech Corporation looked at the great geomagnetic storm of May 1921, which produced ground currents as much as ten times stronger than the 1989 Quebec storm, and modeled its effect on the modern power grid
He found more than 350 transformers at risk of permanent damage and 130 million people without power
The loss of electricity would ripple across the social infrastructure with "water distribution affected within several hours; perishable foods and medications lost in 12-24 hours; loss of heating/air conditioning, sewage disposal, phone service, fuel re-supply and so on
The concept of interdependency, the report notes, is evident in the unavailability of water due to long-term outage of electric power--and the inability to restart an electric generator without water on site
And that is just looking at the US
Look to Europe and Asia as well and suddenly our increasing interconnectedness begins to look less clever
However the forces of money are intent on going further by interconnecting whatever and wherever they can
You and I will pay one day
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Whatever getting busy on something where you cannot think about your issues is best
Take your mind off
Yes we do all these things and still it persists
OK what next?
Only one way
Acknowledge that you have a problem
You would be surprised how many people deny they have a problem
In fact we could say one of the biggest human problems is people denying they have a problem
Why would you deny a problem?
Because it frightens you
Yes that is one reason
Because you don't know what to do
Yes that's another reason
Because you think others might laugh at you or put you down
Yes that's possible
Because the cure sounds frightening
Because the cure sounds expensive
Yes all that might well be true
And guess what if you do not acknowledge and do something about it one day it will knock you for six
Here we are talking about many things from smoking, drink,drugs, medication addiction and phobias
Not to mention fear of dying, being paralyzed, cancer, aids, sexual disease, growing old, arthritis and many many more
None of the things we supress will go away on their own
The symptoms might for a while
But if the cause is not addressed then believe it will come out in full force later in life if we do nothing about it
Most of us deny this or that
Ask a friend or family member what they notice about you and your funny habits
Take what they say and ask others what they think
Find out where you can get help
Twitching says we have a problem
Act on this please before it acts on you!
Saturday, January 23, 2010
The fully ripe banana produces a substance called TNF which has the ability to combat abnormal cells.
As the banana ripens, it develops dark spots or patches on the skin.
The more dark patches it has, the higher will be its' immunity enhancement quality .
Hence the Japanese love bananas for a good reason.
According to a Japanese scientific research, banana contains TNF which has anti-cancer properties.
The degree of anti-cancer effect corresponds to the degree of ripeness of the fruit, ie the riper the banana, the better the anti-cancer quality..
In an animal experiment carried out by a professor in Tokyo U comparing the various health benefits of different fruits,using banana, grape, apple, water melon, pineapple, pear and persimmon, it was found that banana gave the best results.
It increased the number of white blood cells, enhanced the immunity of the body and produced anti-cancer substance TNF.
The recommendation is to eat 1 to 2 banana a day to increase your body immunity to diseases like cold, flu and others.
According to the Japanese professor, yellow skin bananas with dark spots on it are 8 times more effective in enhancing the property of white blood cells than the green skin version
Friday, January 22, 2010
A celebrity is a person who is famously recognized in a society or culture.
Generally speaking, a celebrity is someone who gets media attention and most frequently has an extroverted personality.
The desire to be notable is implied by some to be a part of Western culture and more specifically the American Dream as a measure of success.
A celebrity that shies away from the public eye or keeps a very separate private life is called a reluctant celebrity.
At the other end of the spectrum, a celebrity that seeks out publicity for him- or herself is often called a media tart, whereas one that uses his or her private life as a vehicle for enhanced celebrity status, sometimes desperately, is referred to as a media whore.
Examples of this are fake or planned relationships, reality television appearances, celebrity nudity and in extreme cases, scandal or celebrity sex tapes.
There are a wide range of ways people can become celebrities, from their profession, appearances in the mass media, beauty or even by complete accident or infamy.
Instant celebrity is the term that is used when someone becomes a celebrity in very short period of time.
In some places, someone that somehow achieves a small amount of transient fame through hype or mass media, is stereotyped as a B-grade celebrity.
Often the stereotype extends to someone that falls short of mainstream or persistent fame but seeks to extend or exploit it.
In the 21st Century, the insatiable public fascination for celebrities and appetite for celebrity gossip has seen the rise of the gossip columnist, tabloid, paparazzi and celebrity blogging.
The rise of international celebrities in acting and popular music is due in large part to the massive scope and scale of the media industries, enabling celebrities to be viewed more often and in more places
Disgust with public fascination about the lives of unremarkable people with a savage need to scream "look at me"
Given that a large and maybe increasing percentage of the population have neither interest or ability to concern themselves with anything other than the trivial and mindless the trend to endless celebrity must continue
So hope the mass media for whom a diet of mindless stories about these people is a godsend to stem the steady erosion of their circulations
Silly stories have been around since the days of the storytellers of old, just that today they are more intrusive and vulgar and reach a wider audience owing to increasing media saturation and global reach
Just turn off the tv
Don't watch or read the mindless there are other things of more interest
Overkill is in everything today
Celebrities are no exception
Create your own life their lives are seldom worth noting
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Of people leading hard lives
Being abused by cynical, selfish, greedy, leaders
Literally hundreds of millions
Some being killed, some starved, and yet more deprived of any rights or respect
Others made to live lives as refugees in appalling conditions such as Darfur in Sudan
That's how come
All those who abused others
All those who inflicted pain and death on others
All those who were uncaring and selfish
All those who betrayed their neighbours
All those who reported others for personal gain
Must now in this and lives to come experience what they did to others
Hundreds of millions of people
Look around you
Think about what this means
So many humans have been bad to their fellow humans and must now pay the price
On an individual basis now turning to you and me how is your behaviour?
Are you ethical and moral?
Nature uses karma as a mechanism to ensure harmony
A mechanism that is precise
A mechanism that makes no exceptions
That notes our every action and reaction
That adjusts our experiences to ensure that what we reap what we have sown
Don't believe us?
We cannot nor should we try to prove anything to you
That is your business
That is your own free will
What we all believe and choose to believe is our own personal individual choice
How you act and behave that is also your own free will
Until you die we cannot prove anything it is your choice what you choose to believe
When we die however we see everything we have done in minute detail
Yes that is all the bad things we have done and the good too
Every single one
Every single one
Then when we next incarnate we do so seeing before us the life we must lead
We all agree to accept this life
We agree to the coming hardships
This includes the understanding that we must experience the exact same pain and horror our actions in our last life inflicted on others
Want to avoid this?
Grow in your learning and understanding
Life is short
Do not waste yours please
Make it a better life
One of ethics and morals
Standing up for what is right
Being heard when your contribution could make a difference
Taking the trouble to inform yourself and acting on that knowledge
Only this way can we bring the needed changes to our planet
Only this way can humanity move beyond our current phase of extreme selfishness
Only this way can you personally move beyond
None of us are exempt we all have the same journey
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Mental exercises such as puzzles and quizzes are said to burn an average of 90 calories every hour – more calories than are contained in a jammy dodger or a chocolate hobnob
Mental agility expert Tim Forrester from brain training website canny minds.com which published the claims, said giving the brain a workout burns calories in the same way that giving the body a workout does.
"Our brains require 0.1 calories every minute simply to survive," he said.
"When we do something challenging such as a puzzle or a quiz we burn through 1.5 calories every minute."
The brain is made up of millions of neurons which communicate with other neurons, transmitting messages to the body.
Neurons produce chemicals called neurotransmitters to relay their signals.
These neurons extract 75 per cent of the sugar glucose, available calories and 20 per cent of the oxygen from the blood to create these neurotransmitters.
So undertaking activity such as difficult crosswords or challenging sudoku’s means your brain will need more glucose and more calories.
Eight-time World Memory Champion Dominic O'Brien said brains needs work outs just as much as bodies.
"Just as you need to continually exercise your body to stay fit and healthy you also need to exercise your brain and memory to remain mentally agile," he said.
* Snacks you can enjoy which have the same calories as an hour's brain workout include:
A chocolate chip cookie = 56 calories
A jammy dodger = 85 calories
A custard cream = 57 calories
A chocolate hobnob = 79 calories
* But if you carried on for two hours with a puzzle you could enjoy:
A pack of Hula Hoops = 175 calories
A bag of Maltesers = 186 calories
A creme egg = 173 calories
A bag of jelly babies = 180 calories
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
“How dreadful are the curses which Islam lays on its votaries!
Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy.
The effects are apparent in many countries.
Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.
A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity.
The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property‹either as a child, a wife, or a concubine must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.
Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities.
Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen; all know how to die; but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it.
No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.
~ Sir Winston Churchill
Monday, January 18, 2010
Our modern world is in love with science
With provable knowledge
Money is poured into all areas where scientists and engineers can prove this 'n that
To a point, and we have reached this point, this is fine
Beyond this point not so fine
The questions we need answers to are not approachable through the left brain
They cannot be proved
Try proving love
Silly times indeed
Worshipping a wooden door
To move further we need to go where most scientists fears to tread
Beyond the mind
Unfortunately most scientists live in their minds
They work with their minds, in other words left brain hemispheres
And beyond the mind can only be approached through the right brain
The left brain is of no use as it only knows how to evaluate, to compare and extrapolate
The right brain by contrast is open to higher realms
Realms of truth
Only approachable through love
Through letting go
Letting go of mind
Letting go of all that is familiar
Are we ready for this?
We are clinging on to the familiar
At great cost to humanity we resist this imperative
Our only way out is by going beyond mind
Our world leaders and scientists are not comfortable with this idea
Resistance is everywhere
Will we overcome?
Let us see
In the meantime where are you?
Can you still and quiet your mind?
Can you be in this moment only?
If you cannot then time to start learning how to control your mind
Your mind is where your fears lie
Your mind is where you live most of the time
When you sleep you are out of your mind both literally and figuratively
So have no fear of moving beyond your mind
Learn to control your mind to give yourself some rest free from thoughts
Later if you can explore the approach to the dimensions we are talking about
The approach of learning to be love
Living in love
Hint love unconditional love can only be approached when we go beyond the mind
So actually a third of your life is already spent outside your mind
All we are asking is that you learn to do this in your waking hours
Because this is where our freedom lies
Think about it
Better still don't think
Thinking is a mind activity
Beyond mind is where truth lies
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Overheard in supermarket
Mother to child "If you don't stop crying you will get no supper"
Child to mother "I don't care I am not hungry"
Child is holding half eaten snickers bar at the time of this exchange
Mother loses battle exit child and mother
At this level of dialogue it is clear that the mother is fighting a losing battle with her daughter
Children are smart and quickly learn that saying no, shouting or screaming can get them what they want
Others know that if they argue their parents will give in very quickly
Blackmail is the weapon of choice for many children
Clearly many then take this into adult life
When asked why they agreed to do something they do not like or want to do people will often answer "because"..............without stopping to think why they have given in
Why they do not resist unreasonable behaviour
Whether it is from your partner or colleagues or boss
Look at your patterns
Are you blackmailed by others?
Do you give in?
If you do and have long stopped noticing that you do so
Time to notice
Time to understand that by always giving in you have lost some freedom and self respect
Giving in to bullying is not good for our health
Over time it can burst into resentment
Anger and violence can one day erupt
If you give in then take stock
Decide if giving in is really what you want to do
If it is not then consider how you will resist next time
Explain that no, you do not intend to do whatever it is
Explain that you are not doing it now or in the future
If the other party gets angry invite them to address this issue in themselves
Explain that you are tired of being used
Enough can be enough
It is your life
Do not give chunks of it away to others who want to use you unless this is really what you want to do
Slice of life
Do not give it away to others
Saturday, January 16, 2010
We have written several times about this subject
Today we want to say something more
Our world is filled with academics studying a multitude of subjects
On which they endlessly spout their knowledge
In contentious areas they give us their theories
Often we are left dissatisfied
Something inside us remains empty
Less than impressed
Not able to buy what they are telling us
For one huge and simple reason
They are not living this truth they are pontificating
When someone lives their truth
When they live what they are talking about
They have a power
A power totally missing when it is a theory
When it is not lived
This is why words are losing their power
They are being used by people who are not living what they are talking about
Words are being sprayed around like confetti
Find the humans who walk their talk and you will be persuaded
It will resonate inside you
They are living the truth they talk about
It is them they are that truth
And you are you living the truth of what you are?
Friday, January 15, 2010
Crows have a funny reputation with humans
Not very friendly
Make funny noises
Always seem to be hanging around with intent
Thought I should know more about them
So here we go
Crows have also been known to imitate the human voice, just like parrots.
Crows that have been trained to "speak" are considered valuable in parts of East Asia, as crows are a sign of luck
Some people have adopted crows as pets.
Though humans cannot generally tell individual crows apart, crows have been shown to have the ability to visually recognize individual humans, and to transmit information about "bad" humans by squawking
Crows can hear sound frequencies lower than those that humans can hear, which complicates the study of their vocalizations.
Loud, throaty "caw-aw-ah"'s are usually used to indicate hunger or to mark territory.
When defending a nest site or food, crows will usually enlarge their crest feathers and hunch their shoulders to increase their size.
Softer, gurgling sounds have also been observed as a sort of beckoning call, or a call of affection.
These noises are emitted from within the throat of the bird, much like a cat's purring.
As a group, the crows show remarkable examples of intelligence, and Aesop's fable of The Crow and the Pitcher shows that humans have long viewed the crow as an intelligent bird.
Crows and ravens often score very highly on intelligence tests.
Certain species top the avian IQ scale
Wild hooded crows in Israel have learned to use bread crumbs for bait-fishing
Crows will engage in a kind of mid-air jousting, or air-"chicken" to establish pecking order.
One species, the New Caledonian Crow, has also been intensively studied recently because of its ability to manufacture and use its own tools in the day-to-day search for food.
These tools include 'knives' cut from stiff leaves and stiff stalks of grass
Another skill involves dropping tough nuts into a heavy trafficked street and waiting for a car to crush them open, and then waiting at pedestrian lights with other pedestrians in order to retrieve the nuts
On October 5, 2007, researchers from the University of Oxford, England presented data acquired by mounting tiny video cameras on the tails of New Caledonian Crows.
It turned out that they use a larger variety of tools than previously known, plucking, smoothing and bending twigs and grass stems to procure a variety of foodstuffs
Crows in Queensland, Australia have learned how to eat the toxic cane toad by flipping the cane toad on its back and violently stabbing the throat where the skin is thinner, allowing the crow to access the non-toxic innards; their long beaks ensure that all of the innards can be removed.
Recent research suggests that crows have the ability to recognize one individual human from another by facial features
So now we know more about crows
Just one anecdote
In Moscow some crows who were attacked by a man who disliked their noise and presence and later on he was attacked by them every time he came out of his apartment
Yes crows are smart
For me not so lovable though
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Celebrity culture spreads like a cancer around the planet
It swallows even those whose fame and status is based on real achievement and real responsibility
'As the empty are valued
So the valuable are devalued'
The valuable are often today treated as if they were as empty as most modern celebrities
Engineers, technicians, scientists, artists and those doing really useful work of benefit to society become valued not by the serious, complex matters that they deal with or by their real achievements
But, increasingly by poking and prying into their private lives, their personal traumas, their personal traits
Because increasingly the media is lazily judging the worthwhile by the same criteria they apply to modern cardboard celebrities who have nothing of note accept their bodies and shrill demands to be noticed
Judging everyone by the same criteria causes the public to ignore the real achievements of the valuable
It lazily allows them to focus on the trivia and avoid the effort of understanding the valuable
Personal, emotional judgement as opposed to analytically informed examination
Allowing the lukewarm and lazy to falsely compare themselves with the private characteristics of the valuable and not on their achievements
And all of this judgement based on true or false perceptions of their personal behaviour or character
And from this we move to seeing ourselves forever in competition with each other
Using the same criteria separating us from each other
Encouraged to try to destroy each other
Then turning on ourselves and disliking what we se
These shallow useless comparisons are seldom true
Seldom the whole story
Seldom in context
The celebrity bitch is still a bitch
The shrill demand for attention only survives because we pay attention
Put your attention on those who have something to contribute
Make this your direction of pursuit
Follow where they are guiding us
Leave the shallow to wallow in their own world of trivia and division
Modern celebrities are a disease pulling others with something useful to say into their world of trivia and shallow judgement
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
You will be so much smarter when you finish reading this
Just keep scrolling down
'Stewardesses' is the longest word typed with only the left hand
And 'lollipop' is the longest word typed with your right hand.
No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple
"Dreamt' is the only English word that ends in the letters 'mt'.?
Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog' uses every letter of the alphabet.
The words 'racecar,' 'kayak' and 'level' are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left
There are only four words in the English language which end in 'dous': tremendous, horrend ous, stupendous, and hazardous
There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: 'abstemious' and 'facetious.'
TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
A cat has 32 muscles in each ear
A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds
A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
A snail can sleep for three years
Almonds are a member of the peach family
An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain
Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age
February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon
In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated
If the population of China walked past you, 8 abreast, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction
Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors
Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite!Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing
The cruise liner, QE 2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns
The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket
The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid
There are more chickens than people in the world
Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance
Women blink nearly twice as much as men
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
In business and politics today many bosses and leaders are faceless and eminently forgettable
The best defence these faceless leaders can produce lies in the realm of public relations
Not their management or political skills
Through the use of public relations they are helping to defuse public anger at corporate and political excesses
But even here the case is weak because it is clear that not much has changed
Few people pay any attention to these identikit people who keep popping up to hum their corporate and political tunes about 'doing the right thing'
In politics so many leaders are more functionary than leader
Few have ideas other than cliches and platitudes
Spouting whatever they are told will win them a few points in the game of public opinion
What else do we have?
A muted corporate and political media controlled by large organisations devoted to taking the corporate and state dollar
Muting anything that might jeopardize this stream of money and finance
Add them together and it is small wonder we have the mess we have today
Stupid politically correct lies
Not a bold man in sight
Our times need some ideas
Some ideas about what to do and where to go
Not from this lot
Not a prayer
And yet it is times like these when at least there is the chance of something breaking loose
In more secure times the juggernaut rolls on
Flattening all those that get in it's way
Not for much longer
Too many variables in play
The unexpected will arise
Always does in times of crisis
And yes these times are of crisis
Bland will not suffice
But before bold can lead the log jam of vested interests must be broken
How will this occur?
Not sure yet
We can all feel the cool murmurs of breeze
No storm yet
Lies being found out more and more
Still being spun away
Not for much longer
Boldness will out one day
And in your own life are you bold?
Or do you hum the party line?
"And at the end of all my days I thought I had something more to say"
Monday, January 11, 2010
These and other eye-catching claims are detailed in a book by Australian anthropologist Peter McAllister entitled "Manthropology" and provocatively sub-titled "The Science of the Inadequate Modern Male
McAllister sets out his stall in the opening sentence of the prologue.
If you're reading this then you -- or the male you have bought it for -- are the worst man in history.
No ifs, no buts -- the worst man, period
As a class we are in fact the sorriest cohort of masculine Homo sapiens to ever walk the planet
Delving into a wide range of source material McAllister finds evidence he believes proves that modern man is inferior to his predecessors in, among other fields, the basic Olympic athletics disciplines of running and jumping
His conclusions about the speed of Australian aboriginals 20,000 years ago are based on a set of footprints, preserved in a fossilized claypan lake bed, of six men chasing prey
Fleet footed aboriginals, an analysis of the footsteps of one of the men, dubbed T8, shows he reached speeds of 37 kph on a soft, muddy lake edge
Bolt, by comparison, reached a top speed of 42 kph during his then world 100 meters record of 9.69 seconds at last year's Beijing Olympics
In an interview in the English university town of Cambridge where he was temporarily resident, McAllister said that, with modern training, spiked shoes and rubberized tracks, aboriginal hunters might have reached speeds of 45 kph
We can assume they are running close to their maximum if they are chasing an animal, he said.
But if they can do that speed of 37 kph on very soft ground I suspect there is a strong chance they would have outdone Usain Bolt if they had all the advantages that he does.
We can tell that T8 is accelerating toward the end of his tracks
It was an initiation ritual, everybody had to do it. They had to be able to jump their own height to progress to manhood, he said
It was something they did all the time and they lived very active lives from a very early age
They developed very phenomenal abilities in jumping
They were jumping from boyhood onwards to prove themselves
McAllister said a Neanderthal woman had 10 percent more muscle bulk than modern European man
Trained to capacity she would have reached 90 percent of Schwarzenegger's bulk at his peak in the 1970s
But because of the quirk of her physiology, with a much shorter lower arm, she would slam him to the table without a problem, he said
Manthropology abounds with other examples:
* Roman legions completed more than one-and-a-half marathons a day carrying more than half their body weight in equipment
* Athens employed 30,000 rowers who could all exceed the achievements of modern oarsmen.
* Australian aboriginals threw a hardwood spear 110 meters or more (the current world javelin record is 98.48)
McAllister said it was difficult to equate the ancient spear with the modern javelin but added:
Given other evidence of Aboriginal man's superb athleticism you'd have to wonder whether they couldn't have taken out every modern javelin event they entered
Why the decline?
We are so inactive these days and have been since the industrial revolution really kicked into gear, McAllister replied
These people were much more robust than we were.
We don't see that because we convert to what things were like about 30 years ago
There's been such a stark improvement in times, technique has improved out of sight, times and heights have all improved vastly since then but if you go back further it's a different story
At the start of the industrial revolution there are statistics about how much harder people worked then
The human body is very plastic and it responds to stress
We have lost 40 percent of the shafts of our long bones because we have much less of a muscular load placed upon them these days
We are simply not exposed to the same loads or challenges that people were in the ancient past and even in the recent past so our bodies haven't developed
Even the level of training that we do, our elite athletes, doesn't come close to replicating that.
We wouldn't want to go back to the brutality of those days but there are some things we would do well to profit from
Editing by Clare Fallon
Sunday, January 10, 2010
How to rid the world of ignorance?
Learn from those who know more than we do.
Then share with those who know less.
Now it is just a question of velocity.
This can be exponential if what you share is the truth
The above is a quote
Simple little words with so much power in them
Can we learn?
Why not start a trend yourself?
Just follow the guidelines above
Practice this in your own life
Make it your business to find some who know more than you
Learn from them
Then share this with others
Make sure those you listen to really know something worthwhile
Then share with those who know less than you
If we all did this then we can change our world very quickly
Because the velocity of change becomes exponential
Exponential change can be so powerful
When it contains the truth that is
That's how we will rid the world of ignorance
Saturday, January 09, 2010
One does not even notice it
It is quiet silent
Just permeates the system
Then one day
One fine day you notice
You discover that all has changed
And what are we talking about?
What happens when you hold on to a point of view which is not objective
Not in reality
It seemed like it to us
We were so sure that we were right
Then came that day when whoops!
We understand that it was not like that at all
Depending on our level of consciousness
We either find excuses for why we had insisted that we were right
Or we say sorry
Or we quietly say nothing and adjust our memories or point of view accordingly
That is not that although we might want it to be
Some might even deny that it makes any difference that they were wrong all along
But it does because if you are smart you will stop being so sure
So sure that you are right
Just stop and think well if I got that wrong and I was so sure that I was right
What else should I look at?
What else am I fixating on?
Be smart if this happens to you and you are able to hold your hand up and say I was wrong
Then don't beat yourself up
Just accept that consciousness evolution is like an onion
There are layers and layers
Accept that through good fortune or more likely because you are ready
That you have been given an insight into yourself
And that you will use this to grow
To move on
Peel another layer if you will
Spend time each day to wonder about your strongly held beliefs
Are they true?
Are they yours or have you just picked them up because everybody else thinks that way
Because everybody else says so
Find your own truth
No one else can find your truth for you
This is your work