15 Aug 2014 · 15:34
I suspect that three-quarters of this planet is currently suffering from one kind of a depression or another. Historically, depression has been either ignored or stigmatised. Its prevalence was grossly underestimated and its shattering effects widely misunderstood. Fortunately, that was then. This is now. It is clearer than ever in this day and age that depression is real – it decimates individuals and families. It is an indiscriminate killer.
Depression is excruciating to experience and soul-destroying to witness firsthand. It does not lend itself to explanation – the reasons for entering into a depression are too numerous to document even if there was all the time in the world. Each depressive has a reason for their pain that is literally inexplicable to the outside world. You need to feel it for yourself to know it. And when you do know it, you will then understand its power.
There are few depressives that would choose to be in the position they find themselves. If you cannot empathise with a depressed person, then at least show compassion for their circumstance. It is quite likely that there are truths and wars raging within them that you know nothing about. It is quite likely that there are moments in each of their days – possibly their everyday – when they think that death would be preferable to life. That does not mean every depressive is a suicide risk, but it does mean that there are plenty of deathwishers contributing to the collective mindset. Remember – thinking makes it so.
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09 May 2014 · 11:20
Heroes are not heroes for no reason. They are that kind of person. They are heroic. Heroes in stories often die. Sometimes, they have to. That is the way of heroism. Since you, too, have to die at some point in the future, why not a die a hero? It is an honourable death. It takes some doing to get your actions registered as heroic. That means it is not a walk in the park being a hero. It is a very serious calling and those that decide to become heroes in life – or death – should be acknowledged with our gratitude. A hero has focus, vision, to see a mission through and deliver reached goals with maximum efficiency.
There are many heroes walking the face of the Earth. Theirs’ is a legacy that speaks for itself. When you save something or put your life on the line for a cause in which you believe and you do so with a fierce passion for what you represent, you begin to understand what heroes did historically – what they still do – and why they do it. A hero is a person who helps others, a person that understands loyalty. That is why their value. They are resourceful, enterprising. They are very good at what they do. Heroes are still required and it is just as well that they do exist. This world has not been saved yet.
It is time to stop avenging the deaths of former ‘heroes’. There are too many men chasing each other around brandishing death because of dead heroes. What is the point of that? You do not teach your son that he must kill his neighbour because the boy’s grandfather killed yours. That is stupid thinking. The business of vendettas is a big business, understandably, there is a firm principle behind an eye for an eye, but there are ways to do the things you must do to balance the scales of justice without compromising your soul. It is important to know this.
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14 Feb 2014 · 12:18
The good news is that the world of humans is not changing too fast for Nature to evolve alongside it. Nature is way ahead of the humans. The humans are merely speeding up the rate of extinction on this planet – their own, included. For Nature – that is very good news. As soon as the humans are gone, this world will be at peace with itself. It will exist without labelling, without cruelty, without greed, without division, without hatred. Nature will go back to its vast drawing board, as it always does, and in due course it will come up with something even more spectacular than human beings. It is a pity that there will be no humans left to appreciate the display. But humans do not appreciate what they have already and theirs’ is the destructive ignorance. The stupidity. That there will be no back-slapping on Earth in the coming ages is perhaps something to look forward to. The humans have always been too busy claiming accolades that are not theirs’ to claim and undoubtedly should Nature deliver another round of ‘miracles’ or ‘universal magic’ or whatever you want to call it, if they were around, the humans would somehow imagine themselves responsible for the majestic feat. They are that arrogant.
Humans are incidental. They are dispensable. All of them. They are not necessary for the survival of this planet. What is valuable about a human being, interesting, is its intelligence – preferably when it is being used. Intelligence does not die. It lives on, in itself. It has its very own ecosystem, if you like. Intelligence transcends death, its reach is beyond the grave. Like a great many other things that are going to start causing problems for the humans on this planet. Know that it is possible to be intelligent without an education, but an education does help a great many people access their intelligence.
The good news is that about 5% of the population of this planet can save the environment with their cash. They could extend the planet’s longevity this way, greatly improve their standing. They have no standing simply because of their wealth, understand that. It is what you do with your money when you have it that speaks for who you are, and who you are – in this world – is what is measured. These people have to want to use their money to benefit something or someone other than themselves, though, and sadly not many of them seem to want to do that. They are short-sighted. Selfish. They exist in a colossal vacuum, which is ultimately to their huge detriment. Did no one hear that the only honourable pursuit for a thinking person is the lifting of mankind from the gutter? Raise mankind above man. There is nothing honourable about sitting in an ivory tower watching mankind flailing around on the ground like a fish out of water.
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10 Jan 2014 · 09:58
2013 came with a number of surprises. I suspect 2014 is going to produce more of the same. Surprises are excellent things. You should give yourself surprises all the time, just to keep yourself from getting complacent. It is not difficult to give yourself surprises. You just need to be aware of what comes into your days. Whatever you find on your path is meant to be on it. Take note, is all. What you do with each ‘ever’ you find along your way, is your business. A trip to the seaside can be a surprise for yourself. A day immersed in Nature. An ice-cream when you are on a diet. A day off work when you should really be working. Sometimes these things are what you need.
Surprises are good things to give. If you have money spare, buy an unbirthday present for someone you are close to. An unbirthday present is honestly the best present to receive, it never fails to bring a smile to the face of the recipient. Buy flowers. For others, yourself. Remember that a lot of men like flowers, too. There is a legitimate business in cut flowers. It is honest, and it is sustainable. Support it – they are grown for their beauty – their ability to transform a living space. Invest in your senses. If you cannot afford to buy flowers, then pick flowers in Nature. She does not mind. It is important to know that flowers do not cry when they get cut. They don’t feel a thing.
Keep in mind that there are two kinds of surprises. Those that we like – and those that we don’t. We do not like being surprised by the sudden injury to – or death of – a loved one, for instance. That is always a big surprise to swallow. We do not like the surprise news of two young suicide-bombers being used in the past two weeks. Used. Who is busy bending those young heads? They must watch themselves. In fact, why don’t we just dispel the big fat urban myth right here, right now: you blow up other people and you do not get rewarded on your ‘other’ side. There are no rewards for your ‘allegiance’ to a flawed cause. Is it true that the pushers of these exploding people reward the family that is left behind for their relative’s ‘bravery’? That is untidy if it is the case. Blood money.
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06 Jan 2014 · 14:45
Please understand that without closure you cannot move forwards. Closure is the first step towards repair. If you do not care to repair the damages done to you then I guess yours is a pretty pointless existence. It is vital to recognise damages done, and it is vital to assimilate those damages so that you can get yourself into a position where you can work your future without the drag of your past. You are not in the past, stop living there. You are in the now. Your future is waiting patiently for you to wake up and claim it.
Should you be struggling to find closure after the death of a loved one, remember that their death has opened doors for you. A death always does. I would suggest viewing the body of the departed, if such is possible, before you say your farewells. Seeing the lifeless corpse is not something to be afraid of. It can do nothing to you. It is dead. The death is easier to accept when you are faced with its reality. Should you be unable to find closure after the death of a love relationship, remember that its demise came for a reason. You cannot hold on to a dead love. Funny, you cannot hold on to a live love, either. Love will not be held down. It has its prescribed work to do and it is not sentimental about your inability as humans to treasure its actuality. It is alive, and it moves. Head to head, heart to heart. You fail to appreciate its gift to this world and it leaves. There is nothing static about Love. Nothing.
Teach children about closure. Encourage them to speak about their feelings. Be interested in what they find hurtful, stressful. Listen to a child’s heartbreak, should such happen to your child and it is able to explain it to you. To find closure you need to do personal work. It doesn’t just happen. You have to be brave enough to distress yourself with memories, feelings, disappointments. Really. It is time to be realistic about the state of your internal affairs. 2014 is for progress. Tidy up.
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09 Dec 2013 · 09:48
Transition is an interesting phase. It is closure on one level, and the opening up of a brand new vista on another. Transitions in life – and you will have a few – may cause you to lose the reference points with which you have become familiar. You will need to establish new reference points and you will need to be pragmatic about the process of saying goodbye to the old ones. Reference points only serve you for the duration of their lifespan, there is no need to be sentimental about starting afresh.
Transition is about changing. Again – respect that change is life. That is the one reality you cannot escape. The more precious we are about holding on to our personal ‘history’, the more difficult it is to embrace change. Be selective about what you are precious about. Transitions do not come without warning, but they do happen without your permission. They come at exactly the right time. It is wise to accept their arrival.
Transition is about growing, too. This can be a seamless process, you can expand your capacity without it being painful. Often, it is painful. You are pushing yourself to capacity, and beyond – which hurts. There is always the beyond. There is always something extra where you expect to be empty. You just have to find the courage to go there. You become what you are meant to be through transition. Each transition, a success. No matter how you respond to the transition that is sent to change you, change you will. So that is success.
Death is one of life’s transitions. Viva la vista.
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03 Dec 2013 · 09:35
Solitude is essential. If you cannot be on your own with yourself for more than a few minutes at a time, you have to address what it is in you that keeps you from peace. To be at one with yourself, is peace. If your head is non-compliant when it comes to solitude, i.e. negative thoughts penetrate the space that you create by being alone, you need to ask the bully in you why it waits until no one else is around before it starts its assault. The wise thing to do when you find yourself trashing your own solitude is to ask yourself what you are doing. You will be interested to hear the answer. If you ask the question and there is no answer, then perhaps you need to spend more time listening to your motivations in life.
Solitude should be an aspiration for every single day. You really should find a place to be by yourself for half an hour, at the very least. That means nothing talking to you, demanding of you, distracting you. If you cannot stand being alone – and there are a great many people like that – then you have to train yourself. Little by little. Let the time you spend by yourself climb in increments. You cannot escape the fact that when you die you will be alone in your mind. Completely and totally alone. Who and what you have chosen to furnish your head with will determine how pleasant your afterlife experience is. Please remember that your ‘afterlife’ is not what happens to you immediately after your death experience, it is the rebirth that comes after the mandatory period of solitude during which you will have space to assess your past life and plan your next.
That solitude should scare so many people is a strange phenomenon. What can you possibly do to yourself, with your thoughts, even when you are on your own? I mean they are thoughts – under your control. That they should get louder the quieter you become should not be something that frightens you. That is so you can assess their message, their frequency. If there is an urgency in your thinking your thoughts will be loud. That does not mean that you increase your white noise to drown out their sound. You listen, you hear. It is time. The fact that leaders are so adept at ignoring the planet’s problems is now everyone’s problem. We are each a reflection of our environment. The larger, global environment. It’s demise, is ours. One, by one, by one.
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01 Nov 2013 · 15:51
The depth of your perception dictates your life experience. If you exercise your perception – shift your focus – from time to time, it does your opinions good. Perspective and perception are not the same. Perspective affects perception. Changing your perspective – your standpoint – is an effective way of exercising your perception. Do it often. The depth of your perception is directly proportional to the depth of your understanding of life. Spend time understanding life. It welcomes your curiosity.
You have a depth to your character. You have a depth to your feelings. You have depths of despair. All this is familiar news to anyone with the ability to focus inwards. Focussing inwards allows you to see deep into your meaning. It is important to know what you mean in this life. Your life is not some random event. Do not forget this.
Think of living as being the ocean. There are swells, waves, Bermuda Triangles. Creatures. The deep. You can choose to go in, or not. Should you be standing at the edge, about to take the plunge into turbulent waters, know that there could be death lurking. There could be. A lot depends on how well you swim. If you cannot swim, you should learn.
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21 Jun 2013 · 10:23
You cannot just have 25 000 bumblebees drop dead in Oregon. I’m sorry, it’s just not good enough. They spray pesticides in the trees and the bees land in the toxic mess and all of them die. That is 150 COLONIES of bumblebees. Nature must just make the adjustment? I think Nature is very tired of making adjustments for man. She is tired of impacting man’s shit. You cannot just have an oil spill that wipes out an entire bay of creatures. You cannot just go drilling in the Arctic and trash the landscape. You cannot keep murdering rhinos and lions with impunity. Nature will not take much more of man’s meddling. She is getting fed up of his sticking his fingers into her every orifice. Stop genetic modifications – it is not for man to bend Nature’s say-so. For god’s sake. Nature was perfect in her execution before man came along – and she will be perfect long after he has gone. He should watch her with more awe – and show her far more respect. Does this planet wonder why violent death is at an all-time high? You get what you give. Nature sees man’s casual destruction of her majesty. He is her progeny – lucky for him – and she must watch as he systematically destroys his mother. Where is the sense in that? She has invested her everything in you. From the beginning. It is time you appreciated that.
When AIDS took over Africa – because let’s face it, it has – was that Nature returning man’s compliment? When she speaks she does not mince her words. In fact, when Nature speaks it is best you shut up and listen. Who said she does not have a voice? She speaks in silence, in whispers of wind. She speaks in tsunamis. She speaks in tornado tongues. She speaks in disease. Do not underestimate her. Really. It would be your gravest mistake. The thing is – Nature needs man’s help. Without his help she will continue to suffer and the simple equation goes like this: should she continue to suffer, man will continue to suffer. How many ways does this have to spelled out before someone wakes up and takes notice? Karma. The cycle of life. Flow. Whatever you choose to recognise it as – there is a pure energy in this world that has its origin in Nature. Nature is flawless. She has imperfections – mutations – but she is immaculate in her happening. Each season she bothers to come out with a brand new display for humans to enjoy. Do you even notice? Are you so busy with your head stuck in the sand doing nothing to save your world that you fail to appreciate your source? You must wake up and appreciate exactly what a creature you are and where you come from. You are Nature. Learn that and love that you are her reflection. Trust, please, that you are not JUST or ONLY human. There is no such thing as just human. You are your own miracle, be sure what you choose to do with yourself is worthwhile.
When the Germans murdered the Jews and the Rwandan Hutu and Tutsi had their minds bent enough by a regime to hack each other up with machetes there was death on a large scale. Hatred is fostered – it is a man-made thing. It is usually based on a bed of lies so know that it has weak foundations. You can easily conquer it if you face up to it. You have to be discerning in this century, choose your battles wisely. Eradicating hatred is a a big battle to have chosen, but it is the only way we will make this planet into the Utopia it is promised to be. Earth can be a model of mutual respect, tolerance, understanding. It can be RIGHT. We can make it right. We all have to decide what is wrong, first, and then know what we will not tolerate. We all have a say. We all live on earth. We have internet and can communicate – a lot of people cannot have their say. Why is it fine in some countries to hear public opinion and in others it is banned? That is ridiculous. How can you find out what your people need and want if you do not ask them? These countries are operating on fear and that is not right. You do not take the tack of scaring a people into doing what you want. That is called bullying and bullying on a global scale cannot be tolerated. China – stop bullying your people. Let them breathe air for once that is not contaminated by your state propaganda. Stop bullying Africans. And stop bribing Africans, please. They have a weakness for your dollars.
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31 May 2013 · 11:04
Please take time to appreciate your world. Pick flowers. Stand in the rain, sniffing the wet. Notice creatures, don’t kill them. Don’t step on a caterpillar because you are too lazy to adjust your stride. Be aware of your big feet. You are accountable for each thing you kill on this planet. More to the point – have some respect for Nature. She is what gave you life, gives you life.
If you are going to hunt something, you must eat it. Hunting is acceptable when it is for survival. Culling. I find culling slightly objectionable. Man decides that the animals are too many for their environment and so he kills them off to tidy up that anomaly. What if the gods suddenly decided that us humans were too many for our environment and tidied up our numbers by shooting millions of us? I think we’d object. Is that what genocide is? Disease? Murder? I do not see this subject as God’s argument. I see that it is Nature restoring equilibrium. You can count on some major ‘culling’ being done on a daily basis in this world. A lot of people die every day. This is how it is, we cannot be sentimental about dropping numbers. We need to be realistic, accept Nature’s give and take. The way a lot of people die is not great. That is a problem. Can you imagine the luxury of dying in your sleep with a full stomach when you are facing an AK 47? Starving? Being bombed? I think death needs to be more humane in a lot of places. Africa is not a good place for death. The way you can die in Africa is wild, cruel, vicious. She is not a continent for tip-toing around the taking of a life. Perhaps the world needs to look at death differently. A lot of people are living a lot longer than they did before, so when you die in the first world of a stress disease (there are many) or old age or of natural causes then there is really no reason to complain. Your death is part of your life. It is a continuation. You are in charge of the amount of stress you let into your life, so if you contract a stress disease you need to accept that your path brings you what it brings you. You should not cry when death comes in a good way, you can consider yourself, your family, blessed. I have said it before – we can all aspire to dying in our sleep. It is something to think about if you want to start visualising your future. When you concentrate your energies on what you want to happen in your life you will find that often, it does.
We are Nature. We have a human nature. Our natures are not the same. I do believe we are born with either a good nature or an evil nature. Fortunately there are a lot more people with good natures than there are evil. Nature is inherently good, though she has a temper. We have her traits. We are human in that we can speak. More than anything else, this makes us human. The words we use carry energy. It is important to think before you speak when such is possible. Words out, are words down. You must realise how powerful what you say out loud is. Your ears are tuned naturally to hear your voice, your tone. When you fight or when you insult somebody, understand that the negative sentiment is ricocheting straight back at you. You bitch at someone, you are being that bitch to yourself. It is interesting to hear from yourself what you will say of others, to others. Be careful what you choose to show the world with your speech, your vocal expression tells the truth about the state of your interior. If you are being a shitty person because your insides are a mess – stop it. The world does not need people like you any longer.
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