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How To Find Peace

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  Dear Reader, The world continues to be in all manner of chaos - with CCC (COVID and Climate Change) being central to that situation, of course. There is a lot that's not all hunky-dory, but I am certain that amidst all that is being reported there are fresh roots growing, and that peace (individual and global) is attainable. There is particularly good news for all of us, in fact, and it lies in a conundrum that a great sage mentioned not so very long ago. This is a paraphrase of what he said: Your mind is continuously buzzing,  or there are various conflicts occurring around you,  and you say to yourself, "I want peace".  You want to know how you are to obtain peace. The answer is simple:  remove "I want". Then you are left with "peace". Does this sound too simple? In one way it is - it sounds trite. How could peace simply  be   found if one literally took that step? But, of course, the literal explanation is not really what is meant. In fact, it is

The Cry Of 'Timber!!'

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  Dear Reader, On this Saturday morning, I listen, painfully, to the unending sound of sawing as yet more trees are brought down to make way for some extension or construction of some kind as people seek to expand their homes into palaces. Since we came here seven years ago, we have joyfully watched the birds making their homes in those trees, and we have seen their newborn and praised God that here is our own mini Garden of Eden. But the house owners relentlessly think that palace building is superior to the interests of wildlife, which we depend on for our ecosystem to flourish. The above is a picture of most of the trees and bushes that still surround our garden, but which I happen to know will largely be no more this time next year when a homeowner has finished his demolition work. To my wife and I this is so sad. We feel for the trees and for the wildlife that has made those trees their home. And - it has to be said - shields us from the sight of other housing. But this situation,

Einstein And The Prophecy

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Dear Reader, We have just been made aware of the United Nations report on the state of Climate Change from their perspective, and it's a daunting picture. But it's a picture that the world knew of decades before, is it not? Many ignored the indicators that were clear back then. In 1975 I came to a realisation about what was happening and started to make adjustments to my life. In 2013, in my 70th year, I wrote a book. It was the culmination of many years of observation on how the world was developing, combined with a proposed philosophy (born out of no little experience) to meet the situation that existed. The book included, near its beginning, the following quotes from Albert Einstein, famous for his theories on physics but also a philosopher in his own right. The quotations are all to do with Man releasing himself from 'the prison'  in which Man has put himself: A human being is a part of a whole, called by us ‘universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experienc

The Sun In Egypt

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Dear Reader, I was drawn to watch a film on TV the other day, but unfortunately missed the main part of it and ended up by watching only its last thirty minutes. But the last part of the film was, for me, riveting. It contained a speech by the main character of the film which fully espouses the main characteristics of what monotheistic religion is all about, and the time period in which it was spoken was the 18th dynasty of ancient Egypt.  The film - The Egyptian - is, thankfully, to be found in its entirety on Youtube. See  the full film on Youtube. When we think back to the grand epic films of 60 years ago we might automatically think of Ben Hur, Lawrence of Arabia and The Ten Commandments, but those blockbusters came after The Egyptian (made 1954) and the great drama of those films effectively drowned out the story of The Egyptian which might seem naive by comparison, as a production. But The Egyptian, throughout, narrates a story about man himself, and about the challenges he might

United We Stand: Divided We Fall

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Dear Reader, Division in families seems to be increasing. In the Bible, Jesus tells us: Luke 12:51 Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but division. Luke 12:52 From now on, five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three. Luke 12:53 They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law. In the traditions of India, they say that we are living in the Kali Age, the fourth and worst era in the cycle of mankind, and division is just one of its symptoms. Because it is the toughest age, less is asked for from man, but attitudes of thankfulness and remembrance are key. Everywhere we perceive division where love has diminished and selfishness has taken over. Publicly we can surely see this in the situation that exists between Prince Harry and the Royal Family. T here seems to be somet

How Much Does It Cost To Achieve The Right Quality Of Life For All?

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Dear Reader, Children must be taught how to think, not what to think. (Margaret Mead)  Her life came to an end in 1978, but Margaret Mead was a pioneering but sometimes controversial cultural anthropologist who created the basis for much-revised thinking in western society. Conservatives did not much approve of her approach, which was to do with her underlying view on the nature of human thought.  Putting aside her major work on sexual attitudes - which can of course be controversial - there is a theme that she identified that can be taken to identify and explain all our attitudes. Her most important view, not previously much recognised, was that it was the social expectations and norms that had developed slowly for centuries that laid the groundwork for each individual’s psychological makeup. Hence, in line with rationalist thinking that has developed in the last few hundred years, our general tendency is to think that if we are to change things, we should be most focused on outward-

The Rational Mind: Is It Crazy?

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Dear Reader, I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking (Albert Einstein) Yet, despite Einstein's honesty, and despite all the clamour about man's superior intelligence over the years, and the supposed superiority of science, what has rationalism brought us to? What certainties does it posite? The only ones I can see are masked in illusion. So-called rationality has helped to lead us into continual wars - including two massive World Wars within 50 years - and that, plus our unthinking war against our own planet, has latterly brought the world to the brink of collapse. To quote author  Vincenzo Belmonte: The rationalist skeptic... has no conclusive evidence in his hands to have faith in his parents, in his partner, in his children, in his friends, in his nation, in science, in history, in progress, in mankind, in today's world, in tomorrow's world and above all in himself.  All beliefs in this regard stand on brittle stilts, falling into

Behind COVID, Other Developments Are Being Revealed

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Dear Reader, A week ago, my wife and I ventured out from our city enclave for the first time in eight months. Yes,  until then , in common with many others, our ventures from home were entirely centred on essential shopping and nothing else. Thank goodness for Whatsapp to actually be able to see other members of the larger family as birthday celebrations came around for each one of us - nearly all, as it happened, taking place between September and May!  Our trip out last week was a mere 12 miles to a theme park, but importantly it was a meet-up with a son and his wife and children. Sad to say that our grandchildren were uncertain about us initially; almost as though we had been totally estranged. Perhaps we had begun to take on the persona of virtual people on  Whatsapp - that we were no longer seen to have a real body, mind and spirit! Anyhow, my big frame somehow survived the cramped rigours of a Thomas the Tank Engine train ride! And then, after an enjoyable day, came the return ho

This Probably Notes A Transition Into A New Age

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  Dear Reader, Some people in the UK seem to think that we're now on the path to getting 'back to normal'. But what is 'normal'? History shows that life morphs from one reality to another. The passing of the Duke of Edinburgh and his attitude towards duty and service may be an actual indication of that very situation taking place; the movement into a new 'normal'. But just what will it be like? One month ago, much of the English-speaking world was agog about the 'Harry and Markle Show', with quite a number of people quite blatantly accepting everything that was said on the Oprah interview as being 'fact', even though it was clear there were so many inconsistencies in the statements of the pair. The reactions to this interview thereby prove the prejudiced capability of anyone, no matter what side of the fence they are on. A black person can be just as prejudiced as a white person. Then there was the downright and undue criticism that Harry voi