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Should you say No to 5G in your town?

Read the article from the link below

https://www.indiatimes.com/technology/news/everything-wrong-with-5g-and-why-it-may-still-be-a-health-risk-for-all-of-us-377878.html5g_1571141707

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Privacy and Security in 2018!What??? Don’t you mean 2021?

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At the Start of a New Year and already people are concerned about cyber crime, mobile phone security, data mining etc! After all, the month of May isn’t far away!  According to Google Trends, last year in May between the 14th and the 20th there was a spike of performed searches for the phrase “cyber crime”

Interestingly enough as you can tell from this draft which I just rediscovered gathering dust made of zeros and ones on my blog it now seems it was hanging there like some broken spell waiting to be released. I don’t know why it never got published? pretty weird?

Anyway moving along swiftly!

The powers that be keep signalling there will be some sort of cyber attack, as always pushing their fear porn agenda, B.A.U. BS! However, this is something maybe worth considering if you have any financial transactions (in particular of the crypto kind) which might be teetering on a win or lose
precipice? Or any financial transactions in limbo for that matter. Wait….come  to think of it, aren’t all financial transactions just hanging in a sort of virtual limbo of zeros and 1s?

Well yes in a way they are. So what to do about that?

Well I could suggest to you any number of things:

– investing in crypto,

-buying shiny stuff (hmmm? not so convinced by this???)

-sinking it into equity or asset based capital like the super rich do,

-land, property?

-Heck you could even go super old school and just draw wads of cash and stuff it under your mattress but I wouldn’t actually count on promissory notes being worth anything a few years from now with the claim of everything jettisoned towarsd a cashless society wher “you will own nothing and you will be happy”.

so what to do?

I am in no way an expert on these matters but what I would suggest is that right about now might be a good time to start to seek expert financial and legal advice and I don’t mean from some main stream central bank that doesn’t really give 2 hoots about it’s customers!

A little bird told me that moneysavingsexpert might be a good place to start?

The best thing that I have found for financial resilience is  to spread your finances across multiple
sources and if you can generate for yourself multiple income streams you should be laughing.
I am in no way near that kind of financial freedom but one can at least start to plan for this as a start.

Whatever you do, I wish you all the very best with your endeavours with achieving financial freedom.

Some incentives that I have found to be reliable and trustworthy are:

Triodos Bank
Cooperative Bank
Zopa

I’m not affiliated with anyone and neither do I endorse any of the information I provide on my website. These are merely suggestions based on personal experience and opinion and cannot be construed as fact.

Innerstanding

I’ve come to a conclusion about the World Wide Web and several other realisations. The irony of it is that it’s taken me several years to reach this level of appreciation which supports my theory that over accumulation of energy corrupts all things.

Though the “tinternet” is just a tool, just as much as fiat currency is a tool to achieve just about anything, the difference, lies in one’s response-ability to determine how and for what they use it?!

A great deal of good has come to pass and been realised because of the World Wide Web with its far reaching capabilities but I don’t believe the inventors at DARPA fathomed the depths of deprivation that many would sink to due to miseducation and misrepresentation while using this tool.
Or perhaps some of them did and this was intentional?
We may never know but is that really of any great importance overall?

There is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that the advent of the internet has opened countless doors and closed many others within the convolutions of the collective consciousness. The old adage of: “one door closes and another opens” can all too often be reversed through improper use of both the internet and education.

It is blatantly obvious that in the last decade or more, the internet has become one of the most effective tools for far reaching propoganda of all forms but above all, in the political arena and sadly, not always for positive, but what seems to be touted more and more as the be all and the end all of solutions – “equitable results”.
This again supports my theory that too much power, too much accumulated energy in whatever shape or form, corrupts it’s environment and begins to corrupt those that try to wield it!
Like Icarus flying to close to the sun!

We see evidence of this in every facet of experience and in recent years seems to be culminating in the ultimate corruption of the collective consciousness and adding to our cognitive dissonance and our “under standing” more and more!

This leads me to believe that we have become over reliant on the internet as a one stop solution for just about anything imaginable. I believe this has created a global breeding ground (a culture if you like) for growing above all, non plastic, immovable, bigoted, separatist and divisive mindsets, overarching negative and destructive modes of thought, disillusioned shallow thinking, new naive belief systems and unsociable behaviour.
Essentially we are devolving, instead of evolving. We are imploding as a species, not rippling out as nature intends. Fracturing rather than fractaling.

For centuries as humans we may have lived in harmony and in nature and although there has been war, famine, poverty and death there has also been much happiness and peace. Thus the balance was preserved.

In the last 300 years it would appear that this balance has been corrupted by replacement, a stomping out of nature, and now in the last 60 to 70 years a “cancel culture” which I believe, based on my research, had some of its origins in the first Industrial Revolution and the discovery of fossil fuels and alternative energy, the latter of which we still have so little comprehension of.

One of my favourite lines of all time, dreamt up by one of my favourite artists, Fionn Reagan is, and I quote: ” We shake hands with lighting, for an apple on a string”!
Literally sends shivers down my spine everytime I listen to it!

Perhaps this is all part of the bigger picture, of which we can only guess at and ponder in “amazement” a mental maze?!

Perhaps centuries ago, the great philosophers and scientists of old realised how chaotic life is but in their own folly, decided that all that was needed to keep the lid on was order.

They became fearful of the minatoar in the maze, the darkness that was slowly, quietly breeding and festering within the deepest recesses of their corrupted minds, for you see knowledge is also an energy, just like everything in existence. It too can be accumulated to such a degree that it begins to corrupt. Such is the nature of all things and it is why I stand firmly by my belief that “that everything in moderation is the key” – the key to balance and true order, as in the natural order of things.

But we cannot create balance out of control. This is a grandiose delusion and will lead to only more pain and suffering of the worst kind imaginable.
If one learns how to quiet the “monkey mind” and observe nature, one starts to “innerstand” rather than “understand” and the innerstanding begins with you.
Only you hold the keys to your innerstanding, nobody holds dominion over you, nor do they hold dominion over anything else except themselves.

The matrix starts to fall away and one begins to observe with absolute clarity, ones own truth and in so doing , eventually all truths, but this isn’t some great awakening. It is more of an acceptance of the great Letting Go!

Letting go of control.

To think that we can control everything is the greatest delusion of all and the source of all human pain and suffering and the source of all pain and suffering for all things on earth for I believe that we are here as stewards, wardens not of prisons but of the free earth and it’s creatures of all shapes and forms and sizes.

This does not mean that we are meant to control things, quiet the opposite. Paying attention and observing are the first steps towards “enlightenment” lightening of the mental.
Or illuminating of the mind.

For too many centuries, this most humble and natural way of being in tune with nature has been stomped out, pushed aside and forgotten and all teachers, educators and students alike, would be wise to remember this. We have forgotten our natural vibrations and too much time spent in the virtual world disrupts and corrupts ones natural vibrations and in so doing this great criminal negligence which we inflict on ourselves becomes ever more pervasive, ever more ubiquitous. Technology is incredible but it is also very dangerous and very destructive if misused, just like any tool!

Use it wisely and with caution.

Nature has all the answers to all our questions. Consider taking a little time in each day to go and search for those answers. Not on some convoluted, corrupted search engine, not on some social media platform, but along a public footpath, a woodland or meadow nearby, a stream, a hill, a beach or even just your own garden if you don’t currently have the means to travel far.

For far too long we have been neglecting our questions of our “innerstanding” and gone in search of answers to support our under standing. Why would we want to stand under anything? Go out into the light and be at peace in nature. Be at peace in yourself knowing that every part of your garden that you touch, every part of your garden that you tend to, is all you can ever do and that is enough and one should never expect anything more, nor anything less of one’s self or anyone else.
Namaste 🙏

Are We Truly Awake, Or Are Most Of Us Still Sleeping?

With the current media (main and non mainstream) shit storm infecting the world it pays to detach yourself from the constant barrage of BS out there! I found myself being towed along by it and I’ve had enough! The psyops CIA like strategies of divide and rule seem to be becoming ubiquitous.
It would appear almost as if the governments of the world are trying to colonize their own countries through these divide and conquer strategies?
I’m not suggesting we all just stick our heads in the sand and sink into absentia, on the contrary! What I am alluding to is that the very tactics that are being unlawfully enforced upon us may very well lead to some of the population becoming unhinged, mentally disturbed and eventually very emotionally vacant as a sort of self preservation as all other avenues of protecting our minds and more importantly, our hearts, become exhausted!
Think of the article presented in the wordpress link as a form of a more healthy self preservation by stimulating your mind with something that all of us can relate to, especially considering the number of dementia cases on the rise?
Why might this be? I for one, defintely think this is something worth exploring and investigating as it is something that doesn’t get a lot of press attention. Many people feel very uncomfortable with conversation about dementia and I suspect this is mostly due to a lack of understanding as with anything.
Sadly much of the time one can never truly begin to fathom any of it until one of your own family or a beloved friend is diagnosed or begins displaying behaviour and symptoms akin to some form of brain entropy or loss of brain function and cognitive ability!
I cannot express to you the importance of firstly acknowledging the brevity of this disease, highly prevalent among society and how to recognise the behaviour and early symptoms which if you don’t educate yourself about you wil never see it coming! You can start by reading this article as it is a bit lighter than the reality of this massively deabilitating disease/condition. Look after your heart, your mind, your nutrition, your relationships, your human rights and your convictions and all will be well! Namaste.

In Absentia

INSIDE VERTICAL INTEGRATION — venitism

What’s Behind the Current Wave of Vertical Integration? From Amazon–Whole Foods to CVS–Aetna, companies are reconfiguring for an uncertain future. Four strategy professors discuss. From the proposed CVS–Aetna merger to Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods, corporations across the economy are vertically integrating—that is, combining stages or layers of production that have traditionally been separated. […]

via INSIDE VERTICAL INTEGRATION — venitism

Innerstanding

I’ve come to a conclusion about the World Wide Web and several other realisations. The irony of it is that it’s taken me several years to reach this level of appreciation which supports my theory that over accumulation of energy corrupts all things.

Though the “tinternet” is just a tool, just as much as fiat currency is a tool to achieve just about anything, the difference, lies in one’s response-ability to determine how and for what they use it?!

A great deal of good has come to pass and been realised because of the World Wide Web with its far reaching capabilities but I don’t believe the inventors at DARPA fathomed the depths of deprivation that many would sink to due to miseducation and misrepresentation while using this tool.
Or perhaps some of them did and this was intentional? We may never know but is that really of any great importance overall?

There is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that the advent of the internet has opened countless doors and closed many others within the convolutions of the collective consciousness. The old adage of: “one door closes and another opens” can all too often be reversed through improper use of both the internet and education.

It is blatantly obvious that in the last decade or more, the internet has become one of the most effective tools for far reaching propoganda of all forms but above all, in the political arena and sadly, not always for positive, equitable results.
This again supports my theory that too much power, too much accumulated energy in whatever shape or form, corrupts it’s environment! In particular, the environment of the mind, but also the ecosystem of the body.

We see evidence of this in every facet of experience and in recent years this pilfering and discombobulation seems to be culminating in the ultimate corruption of the collective consciousness and adding to our cognitive dissonance and our “under standing” more and more!

This leads me to believe that we have become over reliant on the internet as a one stop solution for just about anything imaginable. A silver bullet solution¡ Yes indeed the bullet that kills all imagination and creativity. I believe this has created a global breeding ground (a culture if you like) for growing above all, non plastic, immovable, bigoted, separatist and divisive mindsets, overarching negative and destructive modes of thought, disillusioned shallow thinking, new naive belief systems (that have a very long way to journey before they blossom and reach any form of altruism) and unsociable behaviour which will result in our very own demise. Without a doubt we have brought all of this upon ourselves both through our subjugation and our consent. Our ability to respond has been terribly misguided for millennia now to the point where now we are so used to reacting that its become a “second nature” A replacement for actual nature!
Essentially we are devolving, instead of evolving. We are imploding as a species, not rippling out as nature intends. Fracturing rather than fractaling.

For centuries as humans we lived in harmony and in nature and although there has been war, famine, poverty and death there has also been much happiness and peace. Thus the balance was preserved.

In the last 300 years( perhaps longer, I’m no historian) it would appear that this balance has been corrupted by replacement, a stomping out of nature, and now in the last 60 to 70 years a “cancel culture” which I believe, based on my research, had some of its origins in the first Industrial Revolution and the discovery of fossil fuels and alternative energy, the latter of which we still have so little comprehension.

One of my most adored lines of all time, dreamt up by an artist who’s work I highly appreciate, Fionn Regan is, and I quote: ” We shake hands with lighting…. for an apple on a string”!

It literally sends shivers down my spine everytime I listen to it!

Perhaps this is all part of the bigger picture, of which we can only guess at and ponder in “amazement” a mental maze.

Perhaps centuries ago, the great philosophers and scientists of old realised how chaotic life is but in their own folly, decided that all that was needed was order and made the reactionary measure to create “govern ment” as a means to govern and control the mental attitudes of a growing populus!?

They became fearful of the minotaur in the maze, the darkness that was slowly, quietly breeding and festering within the deepest recesses of their corrupted minds, for you see knowledge is also an energy, just like everything in existence. It too can be accumulated to such a degree that it begins to corrupt. Such is the nature of all things and it is why I stand firmly by my belief that “everything in moderation is the key” the key to balance and order.

But we cannot create balance out of control. This is a grandiose delusion and will lead to only more pain and suffering of the worst kind imaginable. If one learns how to quiet the “monkey mind” and observe nature, one starts to “innerstand” rather than “understand” and the innerstanding begins with you.
Only you hold the keys to your innerstanding, nobody holds dominion over you, nor do they hold dominion over anything else except themselves.

The matrix starts to fall away and one begins to observe with absolute clarity, ones own truth and in so doing , eventually all truths, but this isn’t some great awakening. It is more of an acceptance of the great letting go!

Letting go of control.

To think that we can control everything is the greatest delusion of all and the source of all human pain and suffering and the source of all pain and suffering for all things on earth for I believe that we are here as stewards, wardens, not of the prisons of our minds, but of the free earth and it’s creatures of all shapes and forms and sizes.

This does not mean that we are meant to control things, quiet the opposite. Paying attention and observing are the first steps towards “enlightenment” lightening of the mental. Or illuminating of the mind. For too many centuries, this most humble and natural way of being in tune with nature has been stomped out, pushed aside and forgotten and all teachers, educators and students alike, would be wise to remember this.

We have forgotten our natural vibrations and too much time spent in the virtual world disrupts and corrupts ones natural vibrations and in so doing this great criminal negligence which we inflict on ourselves becomes ever more pervasive, ever more ubiquitous. Technology is incredible but it is also very dangerous and very destructive if misused, just like any tool! Use it wisely and with caution.

Nature has all the answers to all our questions.

A study published earlier in 2020 from the Cornell University confirms one of the many benefits. This is not new to our knowledge, only it has been forgotten. My gratitude to Cornell University for the stark reminder of how important it is to maintain our connection with nature, connection with ourselves, for we are nature. An excerpt from the study can be read here: https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2020/02/spending-time-nature-reduces-stress-research-finds

Consider taking a little time in each day to go and search for those answers. Not on some convoluted, corrupted search engine, not on some social media platform, but along a public footpath, a woodland or meadow nearby, a stream, a hill, a beach , a hedgerow or even just your own garden if you don’t currently have the means to travel far.

I am reminded here of the beautifully insightful phrase from the poet, William Blake: ” To see a world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wild flower. Hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.”*

For far too long we have been neglecting the questions of our “innerstanding” and gone in search of answers to support our under standing. Why would we want to stand under anything? Go out into the light and be at peace in nature. Be at peace in yourself knowing that every part of your garden that you touch, every part of your garden that you tend to, is all you can ever do and that is enough and one should never expect anything more, nor anything less of one’s self or anyone else. Namaste 🙏

*https://www.poetryloverspage.com/poets/blake/to_see_world.html for the full poem!

disclaimer: I do not proclaim that any of the information appearing in this article can be construed as fact, but that it may potentially be derived from factual information discovered over the years of reading numerous books, articles, media of all kinds.

Cogito, ergo sum

The famous proposition by the French Philosopher and mathematician Descartes which translated into English as “I think, therefore , I am” was probably the turning point on which our entire modern society pivoted away from an era ruled by religious ritual and ceremony, observing the lunar and solar cycles as a way of tracking time passing and abiding by the word of God as an absolute and so forth and so on?

Descartes viewed the world, indeed the earth as a machine, a mechanical entity that could be picked apart, analysed and reassembled however we so wished for our own benefit. The mere fact that the prefix of the Latin word “Cogito” is “cog” should come as no surprise! As if like cogs in a machine or a clock, everything was perceived as such. When I think about the word-play within this phrase I can say that maybe Descartes thought about humans and this world we live in as “the sum of all cogs is an understanding of the whole!”?

Isn’t it quite remarkable how one small phrase hundreds of years ago may have quiet literally set the cogs in motion that have literally changed the face of our planet for millennia? As a small example: if you imagine the pendulum of a clock and the symbolism of the it, swinging from side to side or back and forth, (however you want to perceive it in time and space), it can appear as binary? It certainly sounds it! tic..toc..tic..toc…

Like the call into the wild of the first humans, terrified of what could be out there or terrified of a response to their own frightened feeble attempt to understand the unknown, this all a part of our genetic makeup, or is it just some cogs set in motion by a more modern, shrewd calculating 16th century madman who secretly suffered from such cognitive dissonance that he was not even aware of it, or he was aware but it had no bearing on his conscious thoughts because he was in such a state of denial? Who knows what the physcological state of this man was so many hundreds of years ago?

Suffice to say he must have been wholly committed to his belief system to such an extent and in his shrewdness realised that he was in a position of great influence on the church otherwise he would never have been bold enough to utter such a sentence for fear of being labelled as a heretic and cast down from the level of authority and privilege he must have been enjoying wholeheartedly at that time!

“I think therefore I am” as if simply stating a sentence gives absolute understanding of life and death and all existence? How arrogant and equally how naive must one be to believe in such utter tripe!??

Fundamentally as beings we may be binary in the sense that we are born and then we die and there may be many other events and occurrences that appear to manifest in a binary fashion such as breathing in and breathing out or being hungry and being satisfied, but when we go beyond these basic needs there is far more to life and death than just “this” or “that”. As if to say that the whole premise of existence is compete or cease to exist!?

I believe as do some others that government very quickly, since such modes of thought became manifest and further evolved as popular belief, began adopting such thinking so as to influence and further assert influence and control over the populus of the time as a method of “comfort” or to “make strong” from Old French “conforter” n- changed to m- began in Old English 14c

The general public, who up until then were believed to be led by the word of the church and or their god now began to wonder about a new found freedom of “individuality” and so the seed was sown and a new age was born of a process or program of duality and division i.o.w. indivi-duality or divide yourself from others because they are “other”, they are different, not to be trusted, and even less understood.

This along with the gigantic cathedrals that dwarfed humans so as to make them seem small and insignificant may have solidified this lack of oneness which completely juxtaposes what these buildings should’ve been about? Maybe the only sense of oneness that was felt amongst the congregation was a feeling of insignificance, just cogs in the machine, over which they had no control and so still we must turn to authority for understanding, comforting and a sense that someone is keeping a watchful eye over everything for our benefit!? right?

Perhaps this was not the outcome that the scientist and philosopher Descartes had predicted or envisioned, perhaps this was because he viewed life as a process to reach an outcome probably imbued by his strong sense of mathematical understandings and the outcome was the driving force behind the process rather than the other way around? What do I know , I am no mathematician?

Perhaps it is not the tic tocking of the clock that we should paying all of our attention to, but rather the steady rhythm of our hearts that pumps the life blood through our veins and keeps us alive, conscious and sentient. So that we may focus with every waking moment, as if it were our last, on the rhythm of our breath that expands our lungs to give life giving oxygen to our brains so that we may expand our consciousness out into the cosmos, or maybe for now, even just towards our friend who is staring right back at us with the same vibrant energised enthusiasm for life and all it’s exquisite wonders, wondering what tomorrow will bring?

Not with fear and loathing for what may come, but with joy and an abundance of hope in our hearts as we take the next step along our wonderful journey!

Dislcaimer: This peace draws inspiration from Bernt Capra’s “Mindwalk”, Daniel Christian Wahl’s “Regenerative Cultures” and Tool’s “Third Eye” from their album “Salival” as well as some of my own personal musings and does not in anyway represent or intend to misconstrue previously held belief systems. It is merely my interepretation of the Cartesian Paradigm or Cartesian Duality.

Does an empty can rattle the most?

Hmm? I’m not sure, that depends on whether or not it’s still lined with epoxy resin, acrylic, polyester or heaven forbid, BPA!!???
Once again another discovery that makes my blood literally boil!
You might be horrified to discover that some tins/cans depending on whether you are UK/US are still lined with either a type of polymer (Petroleum derived ester) or Bisphenol A (BPA)? This is to prevent the contents of the can reacting with the metal and starting a corrosive reaction!
Most of you know about BPA as the internet is rife with scares about this chemical but you may not be aware that tins are still lined with other plastics?
I just wanted to bring it to your attention for those of you still unaware that yes, they are still lined with plastic. Bad for you, Bad for the environment!
Yet again another reason for all shops, grocers, supermarkets etc to embrace and transition to refill stations such as the current trial at the Waitrose in Oxford https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jun/04/waitrose-launches-packaging-free-trial where the products you are coming to refill with are either in a glass container or BPA and pthalate free plant derived cellulose based plastic receptacle.
Please read on to find out more in this very informative article about polyester polymers etc. The article contains many links to other websites for cross referencing and to get a less biased and/or more informed opinion of where they got their sources of data from.
Here is the article: http://plasticisrubbish.com/2010/10/08/why-does-my-tin-can-have-a-plastic-liner-and-it-it-bad-for-me/
If you want to go on to argue that most tin cans now use acrylic and or polyester, well polyester is still a petroleum derived polymer and only becomes a polymer after undergoing a chemical process where reactive monomers are changed into polymers.
Many argue that these monomers, even though apparently locked in, can still leach out and pose a danger to the health of humans and all other biological life forms and it doesn’t take much exposure either!

These monomers are highly reactive and highly toxic and considered as carcinogens so the clothes you wear if containing polyester might be a cause for concern if Polyester is listed as one of the fabric’s materials?
As always go and do your own research so as to make your own informed decision. Not all inventions are that great for us or the planet as we are very rapidly and very regularly now coming to know as the actual truth rather than the lies we have been fed since time immemorial!
You can read more about polyester polymers and monomers here:
https://oecotextiles.wordpress.com/2011/10/13/polyester-and-our-health/

*Disclaimer: I am neither responsible for the content appearing on the pages reached via these links and neither am I affiliated with anything or anyone appearing or pertaining to the information therein. As always I advise you to dig deeper if you so wish and please feel free to comment, clarify or even correct if you discover something counter to the information in both my article and the links provided? I am always open to others opinions and we are free to discuss and openly debate in a healthy manner so as to reach a concensus.

A beautiful Poem to Kickstart 2020!

The Sunrise Before the Deer

I was wondering if I could shape this passion
Just as I wanted in solid fire
I was wondering if the strange combustion of my days
The tension of the world inside of me
And the strength of my heart were enough
I was wondering if I could stand as tall
While the tide of the sea rose and fell
If the sky would recede as I went
Or the earth would emerge as I came
To the door of the morning, locked against the sun

I was wondering if I could make myself
Nothing but fire, pure and incorruptible
The wound of the wind on my face
Would be healed by the work of my life
Or the growth of the pain in my sleep
Would be stopped in the strife of my days

I am wondering if the agony of years
Could be traced to the seed of an hour
If the roots that spread out in the swamp
Ran too deep for the issuing flower
I was wondering if I could find myself
All that I am in all that I could be
If all the population of stars
Would be less than the things I could utter
And the challenge of space in my soul
Be filled by the shape I become

I walk slowly in the wind
Watching myself in things I did not make;
In jumping shadows and in limping cripples
Dust on earth and houses tight with sickness
Deep constant pain, the dream without sleep

I walk slowly in the wind
Hearing myself in the loneliness of a child
In woman’s grief, which is not understood
In coughing dogs when midnight lingers long
On stones, on streets and then on echoing stars
That burn all night and suddenly go out

I walk slowly in the wind
Knowing myself in every moving thing
In years and days and words that mean so much
Strong hands that shake, long roads that walk
And deeds that do themselves
And all this world and all these lives to live

I walk slowly in the wind
Remembering scorn and naked men in darkness
And huts of iron rivetted to earth
Cold huts of iron stand upon this earth
Like rusting prisons
Each is well marked and each wide roof is spread
Like some dark wing
Casting a shadow or living a curse

I walk slowly in the wind
To lifted sunset red and gold and dim
A long brown river slanting to an ocean
A fishing boat, a man who cannot drown

I walk slowly in the wind
And birds are swift, the sky is blue like silk
From the big sweeping ocean of water
An iron ship rusted and brown achors itself
And the long river runs like a snake
Silent and smooth

I walk slowly in the wind
I hear my footsteps echoing down the tide
Echoing like a wave on the sand or a wing on the wind
Echoing echoing
A voice in the soul, a laugh in the funny silence

I walk slowly in the wind
I walk because I cannot crawl or fly

Disclaimer: I do not claim to own this work of art or any of the words in it. I do not portray it here for any other reason than to share it’s profound and evocative and mysteriously moving themes! I am not the Author of this poem and do not claim any rights to it, nor do I post it here to gain any sort of compensation, monetary gain or public recognition.
I merely found it so moving that I thought this beautiful poem should not remain hidden from the world. All Credit and rights reserved for Linton Kwesi Johnson for his wisdom and deeply imaginative expression!

The Happy Hippo! Or is it really that happy anymore?

maxresdefaultYes Yes Yes!!!!! The Happy Hippo!!! nothing better !

Finally something being said about this! brilliant!

Maddy Harland Editor and co-founder of Permaculture Magazine speaks briefly to Rob Hopkins about our imagination and what we can do to reconnect with it!
Watch the clip here: Rob Hopkins – Reclaiming Our Imaginations!s!

My Thoughts after watching the short video over on LinkedIn:

I fear for our children more so than anyone else as they have been growing up in a world where the internet has always just been there, where disconnecting is considered as normal human behaviour!
Well I can tell you now its definitely not normal human behaviour                                        to be constantly disconnected!

In a world where for the last 40 years we’ve have been super *hypernormalising!

Constantly distracting ourselves from actual reality! This is not good for the Happy Hippo! In fact its actually becoming a very sad hippocampus with the constant over stimulation from simulated reality via screens and virtual realms!
The fact that our children in most cases never switch off causes me the most alarm!
From the moment they wake until the moment they go to sleep its just a constant bombardment of one distraction after another! They move from screen to screen and
I get almost physically sick when I see parents who exercise very little restraint over the time their 18 month old child spends holding and observing a mobile phone or tablet or Ipad or whatever!!???

What actually happens within a surprisingly short period of time is the phone or “Things” become more important to the child than their parents because they are not getting the attention and love they so desperately need in order to develop and grow as an imaginitive and creative human being!

If we are constantly disrupting the flow of our imagination with simulated light and sound from a 2 dimensional space we begin to erode and disrupt the brains natural capacity to imagine and even comprehend 3 dimensional space!

Again I speak from personal experience! Have you ever sat for 6 hours in front of the computer or television and felt good?  Probably your answer is NO!?

You felt awful when you did that right? Now imagine a child doing that from the day they could hold a device or see and hear simulated light and sound emitting from a 2 dimensional space such as a tv or tablet?
Some may argue and say but sound is multidimensional and light is also sound at a higher frequency but the fact still remains it’s the source of the light and sound that is messing with our brains for the very fact that it is simulated.

You can watch a show on the television and maybe if its a really cleverly created and filmed show it may intrigue you and stir maybe even some emotions in you but emotions aside, from a physical and/or physiological perspective, what is actually happening to the brain and the body, especially with over exposure to this blue and white light?

Imagine your child gets home from school and hops straight onto the computer to do some home work or as a bargaining tool to try and limit the amount of exposure, you ask them (because they’ve hopped straight on the Ps4 or Xbox) to do their homework first and then they can go on the console for half an hour or whatever, they have still hopped from one screen to another and then when it’s time to go to bed, which in our household is around 9 to 10 sometimes 11, we can’t keep going upstairs to monitor if they have switched their phones off and gone to bed? Some children go to sleep with their mobile phones tucked under their pillows emitting EMFs from both the antennae and the battery through their thin developing skulls and right through every cell of their brains causing irreprable damage!

A couple years ago I actually made a little box which I placed on the first step in the hallway and it was called “The Phone Box” Everyone was supposed to by choice, place their phone in the box before going to bed. Do you think anyone agreed? No! I am the only one still leaving my phone on my desk because I know that I will get a much more restful sleep if I switch off at least an hour before bed which unfortunately I am not going  get tonight due to cutting and forgetting to paste while editing this article and then having to re-write this entire passage over again! 😡

Time for bed!Time to disconnect, time for switching off and letting my imagination rejuvenate!  More to follow shortly, please watch this space!……

*credit to the acclaimed film and documentary film maker Adam Curtis for the term “Hypernormalisation” after his documentary film of the same name.
HyperNormalisation is a 2016 BBC documentary by British filmmaker Adam Curtis. The film was released on 16 October 2016