Friday, 27 January 2012

An Attitude Change as Subtle as a Train Crash

I have been e-mailing with a friend on a regular basis. Our last e-mails fell into what is know as the “doom and gloom” of our times. We discussed economic and political issues regarding the Euro and its future, The European Community feasibility and changes needed, the American economy and the political situations, and similar topics. Our last e-mails brought us both to a space of little hope and much to worry about if we decided to.

Then, he sent me this e-mail that was forwarded to him by another friend.
I read the article following the link provided. It changed my perspectives of things as subtle as a train crash would! Here is a man that is doing something. He is making a change, yet he is practical, keeps things simple and gets on with them. What a different life attitude to the one I had when reading e-mails and thinking about the terrible world crisis we are facing. Instead of dwelling on what we all know is a bad economic situation, we should move on and get practical and active. We all have our own particular field in which we can do things happen and make a difference. We only need to learn the lesson and change our thoughts and intentions and purposes. We know this, the question to ask is probably a different one: Do we dare to?

Here is the article and the link to the full story. I hope you enjoy it and if needs be, learn the lesson to walk in the light and not to sit in the dark doom and gloom.


January 22, 2012

a project of CharityFocus

If everybody acted in a simple and human way, we'd all be saints.

- Don Sergio Castro -

Portrait of a Healer

"Some of his patients are sent to him by local hospitals, especially in hopeless cases; when, for example, amputation seems to be the only option. Sergio Castro is seen by many as the last hope. People come to him with gangrene, hoping that they will be able to keep their limbs, for he has achieved what some perceive as "miracles". Sergio is not a doctor; Sergio's somebody who really cares about people. And his clinic is actually not a clinic, but a museum of traditional indigenous costumes. Sergio has been working within the indigenous Mayan communities of Chiapas, the poorest and most deprived State of Mexico, for the past 40 years. Initially, his contribution was agricultural work, and helping to build water infrastructure before he began offering medical care. Like all true healers, Sergio didn't choose to become one. He was chosen, elected by the people who needed his help; and unlike many proclaimed healers, he's never asked a dime for his services." { read more }
Submitted by: Benjamin Mariotte
Be The Change
Write Sergio a note of gratitude and/or support. { more }

Friday, 20 January 2012

What if I'm wrong?

Evidence inconsistent with our believes or ideas is the fastest way to new understanding and meaning.

Prove me wrong. Due me a favour and prove me wrong. That way I will gain new knowledge and understanding. Isn't that the point behind mature arguments and discussions?
Yes, I know a lot of arguments and discussions are about who is the cleverest,the wittiest, who has the last word (as if that amount to something), and even as to see who wins! What is there to win, who knows? But it seems that arguments and discussions are a playing or battle field for some that need to feel they won. It probably has to do more with an assurance issue than with truth and understanding, but there you go. We can say that those are not mature discussions.

I do believe that arguments and discussions should be a means to and end and that is to learn something, to be able to step out of a mistake, to find ways to grow and become better. They should be mature. Sadly, this does not happen often. To make it happen, at least one of the persons involve in the argument should have this view and make the most of the discussion. To do that we need to forget about our need to feel winners, to be in the right and to have the last word.

This simple view point over arguments and discussions applies not only to individual conversations, but may very well apply to interchange of opinions by representatives of institutions and organizations that we often see in the media or read about in the press. We are all familiar with news reporting on government representatives discussing hugely important issues and behaving like kids in a contest to see how is the wittiest, the funniest, and makes a fool of the other, but seldom have they acknowledge the favour when someone has pointed out a mistake or a better way to do things thus promoting the common good, which is in effect their major responsibility (or so it should). The same applies to the way big business is run and even to science and scholar debates and discussions. A waste of effort and opportunities!

When communicating with other and engaging into an argument the first thing that should come to mind is: Is this argument and person the adequate one to treat this issue? If it isn't then, why argue? Of it is, then why not be more open. Openness that leads to honesty, to a listening attitude, to empathy and to have some detachment of the issue discuss as to view it more objectively. This would give us a possibility to assess the value of our thoughts and/or believes (even emotions) and by reviewing them become able to shed whatever hindrances we find and keep what is of value, regardless of where it came from; the other person(s) involve in the conversation or argument or from ourselves. The we can walk away of the discussion with something to ponder and we would undoubtedly learn something. What a gift. It is worth while the effort. Imagine political debates for instance, run in this light by all participants? The same can be said of business, science and other debates or discussions. I believe we all would be better of.

The view on competition has to change to one of collaboration. The need to be aware of emotions such as greed or insecurities should be kept checked. But most of all a goal to learn and gain understanding. If you are not proven wrong, carry on with your conceptions and thoughts, for now. If you are proven wrong on something, be grateful and gracious about the gift you have just received. No doubt at least you did something right and looked at the other person(s) in the conversation as an equal and treated him with respect. That in itself is a great attitude that promotes good.

So, please, prove me wrong and you will have given me a great gift.

On a last thought:
I only talk to teach the value of silence. (That statement has an ironic twist to it, but it also makes a good point).
Therefore, enough said.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

On Current Issues


What this is about:

This is a particular post. It is pretty much an unedited compilation of e-mails shared among friends and readers of this blog. They are about political, economical and social issues. They are personal opinions on specific topics, but they can be taken into larger issues the world over. That on its own is a very interesting exercise that readers might endeavour to do and it would be fantastic if they carried on the thread adding to the discussion their own points of view. Agreeing or disagreements are most welcome for they en-richen us all for we are conscious that our opinions come from our particular points of view and as such they are partial and thus learning from others will only benefit us all.


The Scottish Referendum and other issues that stemmed from this discussion

The Scottish referendum reminds me a lot of a similar Basque initiative that took place about four years ago. The Basque president was taken to court with some of his cabinet members and that ended the referendum initiative at the time. Now, Salomon has learned the lesson for sure. They both (Salomon and the Basque president at the time) have met and for sure interchanged ideas. Salomon has a winner because he is trying to keep Westminster out of the picture. Anything the Westminster parliament does regarding the referendum can and is view as an intrusion on Scottish political life, easy lo link Cameron with Margaret Thatcher who was terrible for Scotland, imposing poll taxes, closing industries and setting nuclear waste deposits around the country. Salomon will have a multiple question referendum: No, Yes, and more autonomy. The No answer will be less that the other two on their own or combined, so however it goes, Scotland has a lever to negotiate before the referendum as Westminster will need to “sweeten” the Scottish public opinion, and after wards, the Yes or More autonomy answers will give the Scottish government more freedom and independence. So he is on a roll.
The problems come on other issues. Even thought the Scots and English have been at this for centuries, they haven’t recently taking these matters seriously. Salomon in his campaign to gain office said he would carry out the referendum, which he is doing. He won a tremendous majority in a system design not to grant majorities to anyone. So things should of been taken more seriously. Now, there are no answers to simple questions: What will happen with the UK’s nuclear waste housed in Scotland? Where will the forces take their bases and equipment to? (Is there any region in England prepared to house them?) What will happen with the oil drilling facilities and refineries and etc. etc.? It is issues like these that need to be considered and so far they haven’t and the electorate needs to know about all these before casting an educated realistic vote. So both governments have and need to do a lot of information and planning and communicating and consultation. That I like very much because is putting reality across to the people and giving out information and compromise. Exactly what the politicians should do, and then, wait for the peoples decision through the vote, that will have immediate and deep repercussions. Love to see politicians having to deal with the real world for a change. Nothing like the usual electoral campaigns then. Good!
Things can be done, the Irish did it at the beginning of the 20th Century, so did the Checks
and the Slovaks after Gorvachov. Other countries have done and are “expected” to do the opposite; unite: Germany and how about the possibility of the Korea’s- Even though the goal is opposite, the process is very similar. So we are going to live interesting times.

On the importance of Money, Currencies and People's Choices

(E mail from a friends friend)
It is important for the world to define the characteristics of a 'World Leader" so that we can recognize a true world leader and not confuse special interest leaders.. World leaders must have the capacity to keep the greater good in mind and make the needs and concerns of every individual a priority over personal greed.

Watching the video of Richard Nixon discussing the HMO plan and asking "how do we make money' highlights the problem.. the 'we' of the President is supposed to be 'We the People". Policy is meant to serve that WE. This is the fundamental problem that must be addressed for anything to work.

One of the uses of a local money system is education. The public needs to become well versed in how money systems operate in order to make sure the public interest in represented.. At this point representation for public interest is sorely lacking. Law makers have manipulated the law for the benefit of the few. We the People are referred to as 'consumers'. And, consumer protection has been eroded.

Couldn’t agree more with your friends ideas. Yes money and the currency WE CHOOSE to use is up to the PEOPLE or it should be, (not for the government or the Central Bank, or the financial system to determine). But for that education and information is needed in all layer of society. Sounds like a variation on the referendum issue discussed above!
It is indeed a shame that there are no real World Leaders as far as politics and economics are concern. In my opinion it is only Germany and France that are trying to hold together a system that needs reforms but that is necessary. The European unity. Countries as people should unite and work more collectively, but I see no other countries trying to do this as their priority. Hope 2012 will bring that change about! Of all countries, the German and French working together for the benefit of a collective. Indeed history has a sense of humour that can be very ironical. Where is the British expertise and diplomacy???? Where is the power and leadership of America????
The world is changing and countries (politicians, society), WE need to wake up and take some control back. Easier said than done, but it has happen in France and other European countries in 1968. How about America with the Civil rights movement, Vietnam protests and so forth.
The Dragon keeper is hopeful in his own optimistic way that change will happen, it is happening, but we need a bigger picture.

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Sunday, 1 January 2012

Happy New Year, of The Water Dragon!

Happy New 2012, a much expected year for many reasons and forecasts. It is not going to be the end of humanity or of our planet, but it may very well be the continuation of change where “business as usual” is no longer going to be as it has been. This changes in economics and politics may often be viewed as bad times ahead, as difficulties and uncertainty. Sometimes we may even feel fear. Fear of change, fear of the new, fear of the unknown.
Yes, changes have an unknown side and that is not necessarily a bad thing. Change is going to happen and we are part of the forces that are leading the outcome one way or another. No matter how small a part we may feel we play, we all do have a part. So, as you believe, think and act has a lot to do with the outcome of the present change.

Now, into some basic astrology (and that may well be over my head), 2012 is also the year of the Water Dragon!
Officially the year of the Water Dragon start on January 23th 2012 and ends February 9th 2013. This is due to the fact that the Chinese Calendar is set with the moon and not with the sun as the Western Calendar is.
The Dragon is one of the twelve animals that compose the Chinese Calendar. It is said to have tremendous power and thus brings about great change. In ancient China the Dragon represented the emperor and power. Now a days it is linked to success and good fortune. Also the Dragon often is portrayed as guarding a treasure or pearl, the symbol of its super-natural powers. Dragons may sometimes be unpredictable.
This Dragon Year is accompanied by water. Water mellows the Dragon and thus the energy and changes tend to be on a” milder side”, but that does not make them meaningless or short of power!

I am not much for astrological predictions. Not in the sense that they should be view as facts chiselled in stone. They are not scientific fact and are open to interpretations and to human free will. Yet, they do give out some interesting information about the flow of energies and forces and set a background to consider out thought and actions. So, we may take a lead from the Dragon's characteristics to work out a way to make the most of 2012.
Dragons are view as free spirits ready to spark into life. They need freedom to create and display their flamboyant colours and traits. They are good at big endeavours and use their powers to aid the becoming of their big ideas and goals. They are confident, fearless and very often successful.

Using some of the Dragon's creativity, confidence and fearlessness we may very well contribute to the change that is taking place in a very positive manner. We can do much more than what we tend to believe we can and who knows where the actions we do end?

The water symbol is the symbol of emotions. The Year of the Water Dragon is a good opportunity to deal and direct the energy and content of our emotions. 2012 will be a year of changes and our emotions will react to them, therefore the need to be very observant and make the most of the raw power emotions have. Emotions have their effect on our mind, on our thoughts. Energy follows thought so let's also be aware of our thoughts and direct them for the better.
Change your mind (emotions) and your behaviour (life) will follow.

The Water Dragon brings us this gifts or opportunities to make 2012 a memorable year. In the last analysis, life is pretty much what we make of it. May 2012 be a year of blessings and growth, and change for the best.

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