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Transformation From Pain And Tears To A New Atlantis

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Dear Reader , Today's issues can easily make people wonder whether it's possible for grief to be transformed into joy. Leaving aside (if possible) Climate Change and pandemics, these appear to be unforgiving  times.  The  economic pressure on every ordinary person - working or retired - causes the scrounging nature of the UK energy companies to be more vividly exposed. Their profits, apparently, are not to be touched while the average household energy bill is due to rise  early in the New Year  by 250% since April. The privatisation of these energy companies - plus the water companies - in the 1980s seems, now, to be something to be justifiably vilified, and this can be said without taking a political stance. From an independent standpoint, the argument seems to be clear. In fact, I always did think that there was  something unnatural about  the privatisation of water. Like education and health, water is surely a natural right not to be exploited for profit - it is essential fo

The Recent Common-Wealth Games

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Dear Reader, I am sure you will have noticed that the word Commonwealth in the title of this post is hyphenated. That's done for a reason, which I will come onto. Firstly, however, may I state, as one born and bred in Birmingham, how happy I am that these Games were so successful. Virtually all the stadia seemed to be packed out every day and it is clear that wherever the competitors came from - whether the Bahamas, India or Australia - Birmingham and the West Midlands' multi-cultural climes were totally embracing, and the folk here cheered every man and woman towards the fulfilment of their dreams. Even little Guernsey at long last had something to celebrate. Somehow, though, I felt it a bit naff that Michael Johnson (the former American athlete) was chosen as one of the BBC's expert action review panel while knowing nothing about Guernsey! Ah, well - now he knows. I learnt that Birmingham had won against Liverpool in a rescue bid to host these Games as Durban had to pull

These Changing Times - How To Cope?

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Dear Reader, The following article is based on one I wrote in 2019, but it is updated to include some further details that have emerged. It is more than 10 years since people were being alerted to the phenomenon called the end of the Mayan calendar - 21st December 2012. People popularly thought that this was another "End Of The World" hoax, but its meaning was a lot more profound. Since then it has fast disappeared from our consciousness. Should we still be concerned about it? This article discusses why it is still relevant. An alert to the 2012 event was made manifest as a crop circle in 2008. The picture below shows this in the form of a diagram of our solar system. The place and the date of a crop circle is shown, but the most interesting thing is that from the positions of the planets in this crop circle it was possible to calculate a date that corresponded quite accurately to the planetary positions that would occur on the aforementioned 21st December 2012.  Significantl

Looking After Planet Earth And Its Occupants

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Dear Reader, “The nature has enough resources for everybody’s needs, but not for everybody’s greed”.(Mahatma Gandhi) Yes, the modern world today - at least that part influenced by Western thought - certainly rests on an attitude of primarily "Me, me" and licence to go for whatever is attainable. I know - in my ignorance I've done it! But I came to rue my actions and I know, after several further decades, that there is a much better route to follow.  In the 1970s I came to see the folly of the materialistic life as it was developing and which got worse, particularly from the 1980s. There was enough knowledge available by the 1970s to reverse the materialistic trend, but the Western powers-that-be were not interested, using their ostensible drive against Communism as the basis. By the time Communism had collapsed (by 1990), materialism had taken solid root. Economies were starting to thrive - "Why change this trend?", people thought. The United Nations’ Decade of

Perhaps We Need A New Communism!

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Dear Reader, It now seems to be the case that when a national financial crisis occurs and prices escalate, the automatic response in many is ingrained to clamour for higher wages to restore parity. It's a human situation that is understandable, but it also perhaps reflects the fact that there are many (not all) that feel that 'they' should keep us at least in a none-worse position financially, but must do so regardless of other considerations. And yet this is in the face of the whole  world being in such a challenging state. We want parity while the world is burning or starving.  The whole situation is the outcome of a western policy of capitalism without responsibility or compassion towards the Earth and its resources, an approach that has existed for many years but has grown as virtually fully-blown materialism in the past 40 years. We have followed its dictates like sheep. It is a way, a system, but its administrators only recently admitted the existence of a world crisi

The Future Of Science And Materialism

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Dear Reader, My most recent two posts have dwelt on the place of science in our world. This is my third and last posting on this specific topic. Many years ago I read the acclaimed book The Heart Of Philosophy (1982) by Jacob Needleman (bn. 1934), a Professor of Philosophy with a difference. I have always been interested in what he has to say about thought and the role of philosophy, for what I wanted was a living philosophy, and I found plenty of life in his work.  His inclusion of ' Heart ' in the book's title is very appropriate. I have read more of his work and followed some of his videos on Youtube with great interest. In 2012, the following question about the role of science was put to  Needleman    as part of a long interview. The question sought an answer on the developing claims of science in its entry into what was appearing to be a new dimension: Some representatives of modern psychology, within its humanistic and transpersonal orientations, might argue that the

What Science Is Now Saying About Humanity

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Dear Reader, It is quite extraordinary that last week I asked the question "Does Truth Come From Science Or From God?" only for something to occur this week to prompt me to take this issue a stage further. I suddenly came across a recent attempt by a scientist to explain what I would call the basis of the spiritual aspect of man, but which he (the scientist concerned) would simply call his thesis on the human condition. A biologist cum psychologist by the name of Jeremy Griffiths published (2016) a book called Freedom: The End Of The Human Condition , based on his own work derived and evolved from that of the celebrated author Sir Laurens van der Post, with whom he worked in the last years of his (van der Post's) life. Jeremy Griffiths has an impressive website on which there is a page that invites one to look at either a video interview (made in 2020) or the transcript of that interview, at this link , where a  note states: This booklet provides the ideal, very short, in