Monday, 26 December 2016

Peace, the perfect gift.

Peace, the perfect gift.

To best understand the concept of real peace, ultimately world peace and how we could share and give it, I guess we ought to try to imagine what it might actually look like if it were possible to possess it.

So what is peace to you, just the absence of war?

What would world peace look and feel like?

Have you any ideas of how amazing peace would be and of what value it would be to the inhabitants of the earth. Would it be very much different to what we have so far experienced throughout history?

John Lennon and Yoko Ono amongst a whole range of people throughout history have tried to describe their ideal and what it would epitomise if it came to be. The song IMAGINE by the Lennon Ono’s is one of the most well-known advocates of this idea as is the long since created give peace a chance. To begin with they suggest that what we do is to imagine a world that is different to the one that we currently have. A world that is perhaps governed by concerns and objectives far from the way our world has been shaped up until this point. I shall share the lyric below, to serve as another timely reminder just what a vision of fairness and equality it offered us.


Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today... Aha-ah...

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace... You...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world... You...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one

It is my feeling that what was being said or implied here in the song was simply to reconsider all of the fundamentals that have been causing huge problems on our planet. Not criticising particularly but asking, do these ideologies and philosophies give human beings a chance to enjoy the peace that may come if we didn’t let them interfere? It may be fair to say that simply following traditional perspectives is not in itself helpful to bring about world peace. Or we would already have it wouldn’t we? Maybe more openness and a little more compassion and empathy is what we need to help us evolve past this point.

I personally believe that we have never actually given peace a real chance, not with any serious intention. I mean that we talk about peace and security in quite nefarious terminology, in ways that haven’t allowed abstinence from violence to take the lead. Other than peace activists and campaigners who beg for peace to get a chance, the authoritarian elements of our world keep a strangle hold over the methods we can employ to achieve world peace. It really doesn’t serve the benefactors of war to stop using fear and propaganda in the desire to sell and deploy, fire and profit from weapons. In this I’m speaking predominantly of the arms trade and weapons manufacturers. Then there are the companies and corporations that benefit from the reconstruction programs of the war zones, often notably the same corporations. There is absolutely no evidence that anyone who lived in a city, region, country or nation that was bombed by armed forces has ever found a lasting peace and sense of security as a result of that campaign of violence. Currently Syria and Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq the Yemen, come swiftly to mind. Then are the many attempts to justify acts of violence even those using weapons of mass destruction as a ‘necessary means of war’.

It is said by our mainstream media that when the western nations use these methods we are defending our values and civilization against terrorism. When the countries we invade respond or retaliate their actions are not seen as people fighting for their freedoms, but again, as acts of terrorism against us. Repeatedly the use of these words banded about by our propagandist media defy a logical argument if a dictionary would be consulted. Terrorism is best defined as the acts we employ, equally as such of any retaliation by those people responding to unlawful invasion. What seems evident to the careful eye of scrutiny is that a high level of bigotry and hypocrisy exist that will always favour us, the western world and our carefully constructed views. I find this appalling though that fabrication of truth is so heavily engaged in, to steer the general views towards a biased and perverted outcome. Namely the confusing of people from hearing and seeing the reality of the situations in front of them, and the attempts to hide the perpetrators of lies from the shame that these actions deserve.

One of the real obstacles to world peace is marked as a lack of desire on the part of human beings to seriously acknowledge our inter-connectedness. For us to realise that the negative actions that we enact upon others actually has a negative effect upon our own wellbeing is unlikely. Likewise that positive actions result in shared positive outcomes. Cause and effect are natural laws of the world in which we live. The wind blows and things move even if not in our part of the globe, tiny often imperceptible movements go unnoticed but are affecting the overall balance of life. In the matter of peace if we are not willing to consider the arguments of the other side we cannot ever hope to find solutions that incorporate the desires of all people.

Evidently this also brings us to the matter of equality. An understanding of whether human beings are born with equal rights to life, material resources and a fair share of democratic governance. I have seen no evidence that real democracy is in action in any part of the world. Human beings have partitioned off various bits of the planet, staking some claim, god given or otherwise and insist that this gives them ‘rights’ that others are not allowed to have. The use of this presumed superiority has given rise to most of the despicable crimes against other human beings and the other species alive on this planet too. Human beings don’t seem capable of accepting that we are indeed an integral part of the natural world and not in any way superior to it. Yes we have our consciousness, we have an awareness that seems evidently different to the other beings on the face of the planet and beneath the oceans, but no evidence exist to suggest that this in and of itself gives us the superior mandate to make all the decisions about the fate of others. This is an act of gross stupidity I believe, and we ought to quickly rectify this if we ever hope to find real peace.

Historically many ancients knew that to live in harmony with our environments the spaces where we chose to live, was a sustainable and beneficial way to coexist. This has also been littered by much abuse of course, I’m not na├»ve to this, however for millennium human beings lived with far more care and compassion to others. Those that respected nature, the animals and creatures they shared their particular part of the globe with, had the greatest sense of peace. Native American tribes hold many things sacred for example which stopped them abusing the natural world as we are becoming ever more aware of with actions like the Lakota tribes responses to DAPL and the insanity of pushing oil filled pipes through both sacred lands and beneath the sources for life, lakes and rivers.

Chief Seattle famous for his many observations of the interconnectedness notably said:

What a pity the majority of people on this planet do not respect these ideas as if they were worthy of greater consideration. Yes it can be seen from historical accounts that peace in even those days was rare, but it wasn’t the native Indians that found it incomprehensible to be respectful to others was it? The desire to conquer the lands of others, to take their resources at any cost by any means was not initiated by that creed they lived by. Sadly it seems to have been promulgated by the greed of the kind of mentality that went about enforcing with violence, the idea that one man is inherently better than another. This was pretty well the attitude of the British Empire and all others that came before. We had a King, a Queen, a religious ideology that made our god more important than others and therefore a licence to spread our views throughout the globe, irrelevant of what was there before. By violence and arrogance we shoved our rightfulness down everyone’s throats. And if they didn’t appreciate that, then we just obliterated them and recorded a history that made us seem victorious with god’s backing.

So can we see that violence and fear, not peace and love has shaped the world into what we have today?

The Indian statesman Gandhi once said:

Einstein also famously said:

Quotes from others who have made peace a priority:

And the lists could go on forever really. So many people know that a different world IS possible, a world where peace love and harmony are the rule not the exception. It’s just that currently they are not the ones governing it, simply doing it. Those governing it, those that occupy another attitude don’t want to give peace a chance. For to do so, would mean a total transformation to the status quo and the ridiculously unjust and unequal order that serves the greedy and not the needy.

This song and video below I hope will go some way to helping to continue the messages of Peace that so many people have wished for, have dreamed of over the past decades, centuries. It is my wish that the message is shared far and wide a hope for mankind, for ordinary people to receive the blessings that could come if we really did, ‘GIVE PEACE A CHANCE’.

Please, become informed, study peace like your life depends upon it. It does!

The buck stops with us, with me and with you and if we can’t see the dreams we share come to fruition we may never get off of this merry go round of hate fear and disaster.

A sobering thought, but doable…!!!


Peaceful Warrior.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

The darkest con of man.

The darkest con of man.
Power in their hands not ours.

As the light arrives we see that the light is in fact only a reflection of the darkness manifest in a void of nothingness.” P.W.

Who believes that there is anything that we have a choice over? Are you really that sure the reality before you is not yet another layer of the deception created before we were even thought of? And can we indeed have a way to reconcile the desire to live differently to the way we have done, a way that evidently fails to give lasting happiness and a cessation of suffering?

For a timeless age, men have thought to go beyond the limits of our thinking. Developments and experiences have helped us to believe that a way to be better than we have is possible. Also that religion and science can do battle yet not supply all the answers to vital questions, things that commonly elude us and are as phantoms on the ether is ever the debate at large. Yet in that space, exists a hope for the dreamers amongst us to believe that a way out of constant struggling could arrive and relieve us of the doubts we hold about our purpose here on earth, our reason to be alive at all.

Many well respected people theorise, hypothesis and rationalise these questions, many fools also offer opinion and come to similar conclusions no doubt. Relative truth says we may never know. That we will always look for the answers in vain, because we fail to see that our starting point is potentially flawed by our ego. This is where I myself keep coming back to.

I struggle to understand how we humans imagine we have any real power and dominion over the other aspects of the planet, our environment and other beings. The reality of this is not based upon any facts, evidence or truth, but simply upon a decision that it is such. To me, this is self-evident that we maintain a collective psychosis and mental ineptitude towards our place in this space and in this time.

Carl Sagan the renowned  astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist said something to this affect when he spoke of us as the mote of blue dust in the cosmos, and the work that he pioneered to reveal this conclusion.

And yet here we still are, contemplating the universe and the cosmos as if we have a place to create and decide fate, over mere observation of its grand power and majesty. I personally feel we are too insignificant in this realm to seriously conclude our importance above any other aspect of that reality. The one thing we often fail to achieve it would appear, is to accept ourselves as an equal in this sphere of existence. Not greater, not lesser, just another part of the complexity and enormity of it all.

But to the matter closer to home, our thoughts about what we can control, what we can have a dominion over. I observe that the current system of human affairs, the political, economic, socio-demographic, scientific and religious are being controlled at a level way above our heads in terms of the general population. We are led to believe that we have an active participatory role in the world in which we live, one that we collectively have total control over. By this I mean, Joe Bloggs feels sure that he has a direct input into what happens for his or her benefit. That he can chose where he lives and what he eats and when he sleeps and what car he drives, etc…

But is this completely rational and even partly true, if not completely true?

I aim to demonstrate that this is in fact not the case at all and that the darkest con of mankind ever to have been told is that we are free. That freedom, real freedom can exist at all.

I aim to show just how nothing is ever disconnected from anything else and that in reality connectedness is actually the truth of our learning and experience. If this were true then surely it favours acceptance, for to resist would and will create more of the feelings associated with suffering and pain. Happiness would be the current baseline if we were to accept the good with the bad on even terms and control with lack of control with equal measure.

An example of connectedness: Whenever it is windy, the air pressure can make items that are not fixed to the floor move to another place. Depending on certain factors the item will move greater or lesser distance relative to its origin. Weight, position relative to the pressure, altitude, material make up and shape can all have greater or lesser effects on this movement. But the wind (pressure) has a noticeable effect upon all items regardless, even if it seems initially imperceptible. A tornado/hurricane for example has greater capacity for moving items at its heart, the vortex than at the outer reaches of its reach, but it still wreaks havoc on the surface as it passes across.

A stone thrown into a pond affects the immediate area of water more than the farther outreaches of its impression, but we cannot determine accurately just how that movement can travel and where it no longer has any affect.

A word of consolation, empathy, kindness and shared with love can often be observed to have moved people in ways that were not thought possible. Hate creates ill feeling and depression, love builds up the weak and finds outcomes that reach beyond mere physical boundaries.

But to the meat of my discussion, the topic I wish to challenge us all to consider more fully. Who if not us, has the control of what others do or decide to do?

It has come to my attention that we are not as free to choose an outcome as we had previously thought would be the case. Many of us imagine that it is our right to have a democratic system that gives us the choice, a chance to determine our own freedoms, the outcomes of selective choice, but can we honestly say that occurs in practice. The vote on the EU in or out for example. Britain has a choice we are told, stay in Europe and be semi governed by the bureaucrats of Brussels, or leave and regain our own position in terms of cooperation and trade. (This is the simplified version of course)

We are told we have a free vote as to the decision our country will take. (Note that this is predominantly told to us by our minority proportionally (24% of the voting electorate) elected government. The same government whom are now taking apart any semblance of democracy we once had and selling it off to the highest corporate bidders. The arguments for in and out are equally compelling I see, depending upon your leanings of corporate, cooperativeness or socialist tendency. We have clearly been affected by improvements to the human rights issues, the court of justices have already brought a few people to trial for war crimes committed over past decades. Laws that have helped employees and workers have more safeguards in place and quotas for the fair share of resources are amongst the outcomes of the EU since its conception.

However have you also considered to whom either of these arguments in or out matter the most? Is it of any concern to trade between company’s if we were in or out? Many say that by staying in we are giving carte blanche to TTIP. We imagine that may be one of the outcomes of course, but is it really?

I beg you to consider closely, does it matter to the people who own the corporations with which hand they take from you? Is it not clearly evident that certain families own all the corporations in some way, connecting the dots could reveal much that we fail to consider relevant. I believe that as long as they think that you are occupied with trivialities such as which bunch of bureaucrats have governance, you won’t see anything of the truth that they are closing the gap on any freedoms that may once have existed. There is no such thing as free trade or even fair trade, the controlling powers of the world own it all and prescribe what you and I will have, and what we are allowed to believe.

Please feel free to challenge my premise, I am not saying that I AM correct, merely that we ought to consider the possibility that we are without any power at all over this matter. It has long ago been decided by others, who receive what and when. For some time now it is corporations who have made headway in the realms of what they own and what power to control markets they have. Whilst most of us have been busy trying to make a better life for ourselves and our immediate families they have been taking apart the framework of real democracy, leaving us all prone to abuse at the very highest level.

Just think about this for a moment. Why do they need to be able to sue governments? (Government money is effectively the property of the ordinary people) Are they not actually being given a fair share of matters that can help their business grow? Why are so many monopolies taking the place of fair share? If they were not so focussed on growth, profit as the reason for being in business then couldn’t they, no shouldn’t they be happy with what they have already? Look at what a corporation is. The sole function of a corporation today, is to make obscene profits for its shareholders. Not what they were originally chartered to achieve, but what they have morphed into. Is the reason for a corporation to make the world a better more fair and equal place? Is it to create wealth for everyone and share it equitably, whilst working within the bounds of sustainability and responsibility to the environment and people? Do they care about the shortfall of life giving resources that are being taken at such alarming rates, purely to feed the greedy profiteers?
I imagine that you are saying NO they are not??

Another thing I feel compelled to mention which again indicates a pattern of corporate plundering.
Who benefits from WAR?

Ordinary civilians trying to live a simple life and raise families? Or the people whom sell the weapons of war and trade of them?

When you consider the amount of money (public assets don’t forget) that goes into weapons, soldiers and warfare generally, does it not seem a tad odd that that figure is obscenely larger than anything that is spent on the preservation of life and liberty. Oh yes they will tell you that war gives people their freedom and liberty. I say ask yourself whom has gained that from war? Fighting the war on terror with our money, has that lessened terrorism or increased it?
I often wonder why I have been so blinkered and effortlessly stupid to have believed that rhetoric at all….

It is this simple, Corporations make money from war, as they do from medicines, pharmaceutical companies researching treatments for diseases that had once not existed, and stuff. Rubbish that does not give us freedom but slavery to it.

So please, take a few minutes to digest what I have carefully offered here as another perspective. It is one mad mans view perhaps of the way tyrannical governments have been manipulating the masses, under the control not of the general publics’ say so, but of others. These people whose despotism and ego, knows no bounds to human kindness or empathy to human life, animals, species yet to be discovered and the planet itself.

Sadly there is seriously only one other option. As the great soul that was Gandhi once said;
“They may torture my body, break my bones, even kill me. Then they will have my dead body, but not my obedience.”
In other words, You can beat me, you can break my bones, even kill me. Then you will have my dead body. But you will not have my obedience unless I give it to you”.

NON-COMPLIANCE to the rule of tyranny, peaceful disobedience is the only thing we will ever have a control over.

It isn’t easy of course, fear of what might happen often takes people back into the control environment of the others. But it is the thing that once resolved within our hearts to do, can release us all from the suffering under oppression. Stand united, stand in solidarity against the power of these tyrants and the system will unravel and real justice and true freedom can come to the fore. A better world is possible, it is within our power to make that happen.

John Lennon once clearly pointed out, we can have peace, war is over!  if you want it… He said.

Have a great day, and enjoy the light that reveals true love.

Peaceful Warrior.