I like to consider myself an advocate for the more beautiful world our hearts tell us is possible. A salesman offering comprehensive after-sales support for those invested in making that transition. It’s a voluntary position motivated by my own self-interest because I want to live in that world which is slowly coming into view… a world of justness, love and compassion. Continue reading “Salesman for a Better World”
Last weekend I found myself enjoying an afternoon stroll with family in the local park. It was a beautiful autumnal day and the trees were glowing red, orange and yellow. There was a clear fresh breeze and the sky was as blue as one could ever wish to see. The park was much busier than usual though, and it took us a while to see why there were so many people there that particular day. It was only when we passed through a group standing at the junction of a few paths that we discovered everyone was obsessively looking at their screens. It was one of the most bizarre social gatherings we’d ever seen where nobody was speaking or even looking at each other, there seemed to only be the vaguest recognition of anyone else being there. As we passed through the small crowd, they all seemed completely oblivious to our presence. I really regret not taking a photo, the ones gathered below from the internet give some sense of the surreal scenario we encountered. Certainly, not a single person was taking in the majesty of their surroundings. There seemed to be entire families ignoring each other, a stark contrast with families out on their bikes and breathing in the beauty of the day. Those skulking around with their heads bent over their gadgets looked pasty and lobotomised.
It’s difficult to say if I thought badly of the event which seemed like a half-arsed attempt at a social gathering organised on behalf of people who are already lost to a virtual world. To be honest, the fact that these people are generally at home craning over their screens just leaves all the more space for those of us who still want to enjoy the natural world.
Maybe I just missed the beauty of people getting together via a video game. Maybe they all got home and talked fanatically about the semi-virtual events of the day. Who knows?
Without any doubt, the article which was written under the title “Pokémon Go still has the power to bring people together” seems massively over-stated. The game, which was co-created with Google and the CIA, has used its users without their even questioning the designer’s intent. Quite possibly created as a means to refine the ubiquitous mapping of our entire world, including all the interior spaces of our homes, it has undoubtedly been an incredible ruse. How else could they have convinced everyone to go into their homes and provide a detailed map of every last nook and cranny, just so that the video maps could be uploaded to the servers of the secret alphabet agencies.
This enormous social experiment, probably the largest ever initiated, seems to be accelerating and it might appear difficult to make fun of it, but I’m trying not to take it too seriously. Let’s celebrate the beautiful natural spaces we have left and give thanks to the creators of virtual worlds who mostly seem to be able to keep the parks clear for us to enjoy.
I’ve often described myself as having been educated in the School of Life… but my recent discovery of the YouTube channel going by that name has been a joyful revelation. Beautifully made, concise, colourful videos… means that catalysing a discussion on any number of topics with children or adults is made very, very easy. Packed with information and loads of pointers for further exploration. An excellent resource for self-education.
Take my favourite author, add to this my favourite of all his books, then add my favourite philosopher, mix them altogether and what do you get? About three hours of inspiring audio delights that absolutely moved my world. I don’t recommend this talk to anyone who hasn’t yet read ‘Island’. If you are one of these sad, miserable excuses for a human being 😉 then please don’t delay and get yourself a copy as soon as you can.
There will be an interview for all parents wishing to engage my educational services and I will offer them freely to any families who have read “Brave New World’ and ‘Island’ and listened to this talk:
One of the clearest, most lucid thinkers and inspiring articulate men that ever lived. My thought for the day:
I generally resist sharing anything that could be misconstrued as being negative. I also tend to share only those items that are relatively easy to digest so posting a link to a three hour talk about something of the darker aspects of our modern world bucks this trend somewhat. That said, this lovely man, a sober individual with an impeccable attitude to research and truth seeking has a message to share that we would do well to heed… it feels like a moral duty to include this link on this blog. The people who recorded this interview, Tragedy and Hope, are an amazing organisation who have educated me in many ways. Their youtube channel is a constant source of inspiration as is their Tragedy and Hope Magazine channel which, in particular, features one of the most informative interviews I’ve ever seen: The Ultimate History Lesson with John Taylor Gatto.
In a world whose temperature continues to rise day by day… we frogs, slowly cooking over the intense heat of modern civilisation… have only one way we can get our hands on the heat control.
Debt-based banking, the centralised cornerstone of modern economies can be replaced by alternatives that generate a completely new way of life for humanity. Continue reading “How to Boil a Frog: Is it Getting Hot in Here?”
There have been times in my life where i have been locked inside my own head, imprisoned by the very thoughts I was thinking. Some people may instantly be able to identify with this statement… probably those fortunate individuals who have also discovered the limits of rational thought. This article is by no means an attack on reason, the world would be a whole lot more sane if more people would apply their faculty for rational thought a little more often… but as usual, we collectively struggle to free ourselves from the swinging pendulum upon which we hurtle from one polarity to another.
Unfortunately, the reality of the prison of the rational mind is rarely appreciated until one has escaped its clutches. Powerfully depicted in ‘The Matrix’, the full truth of one’s enslavement can only be fully apprehended once the liberated mind has stepped beyond the frontiers of our normal perception. Continue reading “The Prison of the Rational Mind: And How to Get Out of It”
Read the article here: https://newparadigmeducation23.wordpress.com/philosophy/one-straw-education/
Here is a recent talk from one of the most inspirational and holistic thinkers on the planet, a man whom I believe is playing a significant role in the healing of the planet, disseminating ideas and compassionately contextualising the modern condition showing clear signposts to the way out.
Somehow, despite the profoundly significant work of an inspiring man who showed the world how to farm in harmony with nature… the majority of modern agriculture is still literally dragging it’s knuckles in the dirt and stumbles on thoughtlessly churning up the earth in a futile attempt to increase upon the abundant supply of food the soil can easily provide. The permaculture movement was pretty much founded upon this man’s work and perhaps it just takes time for the awareness of natural farming and its life-enhancing qualities to be scattered and to germinate. His delightful book The One-Straw Revolution, is more about an attitude to existence than the mechanics of farming and I highly recommend it to anyone.
Michael Meade is truly a genius of our times with an incredible story and I’m sharing this recent article where he draws upon his work with young people and his unparalleled knowledge of myth, culture and psychology.
For anyone who’s not familiar with the message of the Kogi, they are a unique tribe with a story unlike any other… if you want to read more about this documentary which I highly recommend, an article by one of my favourite writers, Charles Eisenstein, can be found here.
The first documentary by legendary British film-maker Alan Ereira on the Kogi Mamas entitled “The Heart of the World: Elder Brother’s Warning”, is also really worth watching.
In a sane world, instead of CNN news, these films would be repeatedly endlessly and broadcast internationally.
If you suspect that state education is falling far short of the mark but you can’t quite imagine what good education could look like…. watch this. Sands School, an excellent example of democratic education seems to be providing an excellent service that celebrates the creativity and the individuality of their students whilst building mutual consideration.
The Spirit Science series was put together by Jordan Pearce, a young man whose sincerity and passion are unquestionable. I like the way he puts things together and this is highly recommended for anyone who’s interested in broadening their understanding of numbers and how they inter-relate with almost every aspect of human life.
What man would ever be conceited enough to claim that he can meet all the needs of a woman?
The needs of a woman (and indeed all of us) are many and varied. There are physical needs, emotional needs, intellectual needs, spiritual needs… there are needs so subtle they escape all classification and definition, some arise spontaneously in the moment and require extreme sensitivity and intuition in order to be met.
Some men excel in meeting a woman’s need for physical security, food shelter and the like… some men (not many!) have a flair for understanding the emotional affairs of her heart… some may be able to support a woman with a sense of belonging and self worth… and others may have a capacity for fulfilling her sensual desires.
But what man would claim to be able to do all of these things… and even then… all of the time? Continue reading “Why it Takes More than One Real Man to Really Love a Woman”
I’ve never previously heard of Koestler… someone to investigate…
I really like some of these quotations from Arthur Koestler;
Einstein’s space is no closer to reality than Van Gogh’s sky. The glory of science is not in a truth more absolute than the truth of Bach or Tolstoy, but in the act of creation itself. The scientist’s discoveries impose his own order on chaos, as the composer or painter imposes his; an order that always refers to limited aspects of reality, and is based on the observer’s frame of reference, which differs from period to period as a Rembrant nude differs from a nude by Manet.
The Act of Creation, London, (1970) p. 253.
Without the hard little bits of marble which are called ‘facts’ or ‘data’ one cannot compose a mosaic; what matters, however, are not so much the individual bits, but the successive patterns into which you arrange them, then break them up and rearrange them.
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If you really want to feel inspired the direction our culture seems to be moving in and stay ahead of the curve, I highly recommend watching this video. James Corbett with another excellent report highlighting a whole range of aspects about P@P developments including loads I’d never heard about despite having kept abreast of this subject… check it out…
In the last month or so I have taken up working as a supply teacher, cover supervisor and teaching assistant for infant, primary and secondary schools, enabling me the rare opportunity to see first-hand what’s going on in our nation’s classrooms.
I’m afraid to inform anyone who thought otherwise, a child’s experience of school is generally a routine of Pavlovian obedience training with some drab looking bullet points thrown in. No matter how glossy the school prospectus or the interactive white boards, no matter how charming or well intentioned the teachers… they are still basically in the business of crowd control, un-uniformed police armed with sticks and carrots, corralling students with the promise of rewards or the ubiquitous threat of punishment.
Typically, students arrive excitedly on a beautiful sunny morning and are met by a barrage of “Shut up, voices off, sit down, settle down, don’t move and be quiet…” and this continues pretty much throughout their day, a day filled with pointless exercises with only a few momentary exceptions when their creativity is unleashed on something meaningful and subsequently restrained again only a few minutes later.
It’s been a shocking and profoundly disturbing journey at times, one day in particular left me feeling utterly depressed, temporarily bereft of inspiration having witnessed a deep and pervasive sense of stagnation. If we truly wish to revitalise our schools and strengthen our culture for the future, we require a fundamental shift in approach. Thankfully, I’ve been able to have some very positive meetings with Headteachers suggesting that certain schools are ready to try something new.
The recent interventions have also provided me with the opportunity to experience the satisfaction of working with students who are commonly thought of as being ‘hard to reach’. It’s easy to see how rarely young people have an adult talk with them sincerely, as an equal, I’ve found adolescents usually labelled as ‘difficult’ to be highly responsive when I’ve worked with them.
I’m currently supporting students at a local academy who are preparing for their GCSE Maths exams who at age 16, still don’t know how to do multiplication and division. Just one session with me and I am able to see a light go on and I can watch them competently and confidently carry out a task that had mystified them for years. The joy of helping someone in this way is tempered by the sadness of the travesty that an eager young mind should have detached so completely from the art of number, this modern survival subject, purely because they got lost along the way… if they’d had the benefit of an updated teaching method many years ago, they may never have arrived at the point where they would say “I hate maths, I can’t do it.”
I’m not sure where all this is leading, but somehow, I feel an indefatigable optimism.
As we accelerate through these rapidly changing times towards another general election in the uk, it’s clear that the idea of national identity is a crucial topic for re-evaluation.
It’s almost impossible for us to clearly discern what the intentions were that originated the ideas of the United Kingdom and Great Britain. A conversation about this subject can quickly become divisive. There are those who think that the English culture is based on the pure principles of personal autonomy, mutual respect and justice… there are others who are convinced this was nothing more than an early and extremely successful form of propaganda carried out by those with the greatest concentration of money and power. Continue reading “Times of Transition: A United Kingdom?”
Although the absurdity of the image of two fleas arguing over who owns the dog is immediately apparent… the absurdity of how we must pay for the right to live on the land continues to escape our society as a whole.
Over 20 years of paying rent and feeling the futility of trying to build a home whilst vulnerable to the whims of the housing market… I have been moved on from over 30 addresses. Last year my patience finally broke and for the last 15 months I’ve lived without a place to call my own, rent free and without the associated property obligations but experiencing an even greater form of vulnerability. Although I’ve not had to spend a night on the streets, there have been moments when the dampness of a shop doorway has felt perilously close, close enough to further deepen my empathy for those with no alternative.
Our culture is so completely insane, so totally upside down and back to front… it seems we must choose between living as an outlaw or surrendering to the insanity of reinforcing our culture’s bizarre traditions like paying money for the right to lie down on a small patch of earth.
Although reading 1984 was a life changing experience at age 11, I only got around to reading Brave New World last month and this book, like Orwell’s stark warning of cultural tendencies, highlighted many issues that we would all do well to be aware of if we don’t want to move inexorably towards a communist control paradigm. For anyone who doesn’t think that’s possible in our supposedly ‘free’ society would do well to realise that 8 out of the 10 planks of the Communist Manifesto have already been implemented in the West.
A significant theme in Aldous Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’ is the pervasive use of Soma, a drug which enables the State to maintain a status quo through mass medication. The enormous percentage of the population using prescription drugs today is as high as 70% in some areas with many of those consuming all manner of mood enhancers daily. Add to that the enormous number of people who self-medicate with illegal drugs, alcohol and nicotine and it’s clear we are living in one drugged up society.
But far more insidious is the proliferation and ubiquitous presence of cyber drugs. Has any other phenomenon more effectively isolated people from each other than the sparkling allure of gadget screens? Has any other phenomenon more effectively distracted the public from the injustice of their society? The majority of civilisation spends the significant part of its day scrolling up and down having its perception stimulated by the content which is largely managed by a handful of content providers.
The electronic dummy (or pacifier in the US) is probably the most significant and invisible form of crowd control in the modern world.
The last email to my mailing list prompted some feedback to say that there was a hint of the recovering alcoholic or the evangelistic ex-smoker in the way I was talking about Faceboob.
There’s no doubt I got a lot out of my experience… I want to make it clear that my FaceFeed was a veritable torrent of inspiring ideas and connections, there’s a huge amount I discovered even if that came at a price. I suppose Alcoholics Anonymous exists because there are recovering addicts who are able to give hope to others that another way is possible… I guess this was my hope too.
In these times of great turbulence we have the power to choose whether to live as a force for change or accept that we will be forced to change.
Everything in life is constantly in a state of flux… moving, growing, transforming, evolving. To think that we can resist the tides and currents of existence is insanity.
Viva Life Itself!
(Is This Controversial?)
by Inter Ference @ March 2015
background: a fairly brief and routine email was typed and sent to a friend…whereafter it took on a life of its own,
expanding dramatically beyond the author’s control and then screen page!
the beast is now several miles long and running riot no doubt across the south downs where it was seen heading, still growing…
IF SPOTTED,DO NOT APPROACH!
having left said author for dead,clutching fast to what he had composed prior to being overwhelmed and which he presents below;
hopefully for your discerning time-intensive amusement and perhaps reference…
to read/or hear reactions however damning or underwhelmed would be grand,but no pressure whatsoever-
well a little but it can wait til u are suitably inclined! Continue reading “Inter Ference on (or off?) Facebook”
There are many people who disregard astrology out of hand because of a misunderstanding that the stars in some way exert a force over human lives and shape events or incline us to behave in certain ways. This is a misunderstanding of the alchemical appreciation of the adage: “As above, so below, as within, so without”. Continue reading “New Paradigm Astrology”
Great article and only 800 words which is a rarity for Mr Eisenstein.
Many thanks to Shawn for the invitation and a great interview: http://www.newparadigmradio.com/ian-powell/
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