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Monday, 26 May 2014 07:56

My Evaluation

Now comes the rub, now that I got you to look. Now, whatever you do you must do on you own for nobody can help you or advise you: you can pat yourself on your back, you can have the mirror polished and mounted on a marble altar, or just have a bust made of yourself and present it to the city fathers; or you can smash the mirror, or rent out your hair or get a whip and begin self-flagellation - or continue as if you never looked.

As for myself, I just feel sadness for I see people like myself, that could be family or friends, or aquainances, and or some that have lost my respect; I even see my fathers, and grandfathers and their father's fathers and I see my children and their children and their children's children; some a little like me, some a lot like me, walking around in a belief of purpose and determination or just staggering aimlessly or idly sitting tired of it all, some with rings in their noses, some with yokes around their shoulders and some with sticks or whips or guns, sometimes in uniforms, sometimes not, driving others - and I ask myself, “Is it really like this? Should it be like this?”

And I conclude that it should not be like this, that it should be a better world and that we as a race, that we as a species, have the ability to change if only we can find the will.

Monday, 26 May 2014 07:53

Looking into the mirror

The first stage in setting a goal is to establish the starting point. This may prove to be more difficult than expected for it requires a realistic evaluation of who we are and where we are.

Hence I must ask, “How well do you take personal criticism?” Can you in fact accept another person opinion, or worse still: Are you capable of judging yourself rationally?

Let's assume you can.

Let's then assume even before we look into the mirror that we are capable of looking without judgment as we would a lover seen the first time without mascara or make-up and seeing and then accepting these flaws and imperfection that we would not in others.

Okay then, let's get started. Let's be brave and look.

So, how did you do? Did you have a good look into the mirror? Did you see the human race? Did you see our humanity? Did you see yourself? Did you see yourself in the midst of the crowd either standing there faceless, or perhaps carrying a sign or shouting, or perhaps even standing on the shoulders of others?

Thursday, 22 May 2014 04:56

Why Change

So, “What is it that we must change?” you ask. Certainly we have made tremendous advances in the sciences: in the medicine and engineering, in communication and transportation and most particularly in the art of warfare.

Yet unfortunately our humanity has not noticeably evolved. Some may even argue to we are constantly continuing to sacrifice it little by little to fulfill our passions and greed.

Perhaps once we were quite benevolent; but since we have become hunter-gathers we have relied upon and improved upon our hunting and pillaging skills and improved on the art of warfare and taking advantage of each other. And though we have, at least some of us, become farmers and even city dwellers we have not lost our hunter-gatherer psyche.

We are still hunter-gathers. We are still predators. We are still thieves.

So, “What is that we must change?” you ask. We must find our humanity.

Thursday, 22 May 2014 04:54

The Human Race

I chose the title “Join the human race” because I liked the pun. Primarily I liked the implication that to be human, to be a member of the human race, one has to participate.

Firstly, one has to participate because a change is required and that change must effectively be a change in the mindset of the majority of the people. It has to be a change in the direction. A change which requires a rethinking and a redoing.

Secondly, it is a race, a race to avoid extinction. It seems that we have allowed ourselves to become a force of destruction; and for our survival we need to redefine our role to permit ourselves to become custodians of this planet. To care for it and ensure its survival, to take care of it and to ensure our survival by ensuring it can sustain life as we know it, to ensure its survival by ensuring it can sustain us.

Thursday, 22 May 2014 04:50

My Dream

Well, here we are. I have a dream. Certainly it is fair to have a dream. How would we as a species have evolved did we not dream? Yet to dream for oneself, for ones children, for ones friends, for ones country or indeed for the whole human race – these dreams require a different plan. They each require a different plan as they each require the involvement and the participation of a different number of people.

My dream involves the whole human race. It requires the involvement and participation of a large percentage of the population. How does one do this? Where does one start?

   

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