It is election day in UK. I have voted. The way the system works means I vote for one member of the UK parliament, out of a selection of candidates, for this particular constituency in which I live. UK people do not vote for a president or prime minister, whichever party gets the majority in … More Election Day: Hope vs Fear
Silly Question! I should know better, there is no one problem, no THE problem, no final or magic solution. Ecological. Complex. Human. Life on Earth. Some problems do seem to be more fundamental in their effects on the others, different levels in the whole. In a way, any start is a choice. I first posted … More What is the Root Problem?
Traveling involves a lot of sitting about waiting, with no responsibilities other than keeping an eye on the departure board. I have done a lot in these few weeks away from BI, now I am on the way back. Did quite a bit of Positive Money stuff, on my other blog and good to meet … More On the move…again
I have been having a lot of enjoyment lately, even fun, believe it or not, as I took an online course about monetary reform. OK not everyone’s idea of fun – but do look at Positive Money notions if you wonder why your favourite cause is always having to find funds, or your family is … More Change for the better
I have been really busy since I returned to Block Island two weeks ago – resuming walks and talks etc. I take a reflection group, very positive outcome from emotional education talks earlier in the year; I am doing an online course that is the best of these offerings yet – I have even had … More The Good News
Chinese New Year celebrations this morning: A “lion dance” outside the supermarket that is of course open for business. I am not looking [much] at news from elsewhere. Ugh noises. But I am thinking about economics [again], how to eradicate the dreadful inequalities, how to look after this wonderful earth, etc. Scroll down for a … More Song and dance, celebration and struggle!
This is about UK – applies also to other nations. Read the Spirit Level or The Grip of Death or Psychopathic Cultures , or any other efforts to analyse the how and the why in a world of plenty there is so much division. Do not be fooled by the ideology that suggests there is … More Shame – but do not be ashamed
My last post was a re-blog, thank goodness some people can write and others like Ken Loach can show, that there is a totally dreadful and perverse world out there and some people are suffering it daily, hourly, and the rest of us act helpless/feel useless in the face of this despair. We keep ourselves … More Hope and Despair
The sun is shining. I went to book-group this morning. I hadn’t read the book, Carl Safina, Beyond Words. It is about animals, ‘what they think and feel’, and I had not wanted to read it but now I might, as it seems it is also about science, the kind that is about observation and … More Sunshine and happiness
What happens when we realize something counter-intuitive? It is not that we were wrong, exactly, it is that the perspective we had, the way we looked, the system we were looking inside, was … not really REAL. We had a story in our heads that seemed to work … most of the time … then … More Realize: get out of the box