Monday, 20 September 2010

Monday's Thoughts

I believe that the world from a human centric point of view is totally irrational. Life itself though is totally rational, unemotional-unsentimental and extremely creative. From the most basic unicellular organism to the more complicated one life finds a way. Some people say that life can be called 'the absense of death' but I doubt if that would explain what life is and life thrives on death. Think of the havoc bacteria or a virus can unleash in the human body. It doesn't matter whether an organism is simple or complicated..Life just keeps on going - evolving - adapting. That is what life is about.

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Tuesday, 14 September 2010


Some people believe that knowledge sets us free. Perhaps it gives us the means and the tools to better our situation in the world; but I do not believe that it frees us. Knowledge leaves us open to all sorts of foolishness and stupidity. There is a belief that progress (or scientific advancement) is our species driven destiny but for all the good that can come from scientific advancement; a better standard of living, a longer life span- there also comes the capacity to destroy and kill on a magnitude never before imagined. We only need to look at the modern world to see the evidence of this. If you think about how we have advanced as a species you could become fearful for the future.

Plato believed that the highest form of human activity was contemplation. There was once a time when being human was not so much about changing the world but seeing it. I mean by ’seeing it’ that there is a spiritual or metaphysical component to life that needs to be understood and explained. Plato believed that we learn in this life by remembering knowledge we acquired in a past life.

Kant believed we have ‘a priori’ intuition, this is a subjective form of knowledge something we are born with and ‘a posteriori’ knowledge of sense perceptions, what we learn through experience. There is a belief that the world could not exist without our minds to make sense and order of it. If you consider a person who has severe learning difficulties, whose minds cannot develop in the natural course of human existence. You can see that there may be something to this argument. – If you are looking at the world from a purely human centric point of view. The world to someone so profoundly disabled can never make sense –Depending on the disability, concepts such as love and empathy or even objective realities such as 2+2=4 can be meaningless. At most these people live in worlds that are dictated by intuitive emotions such as anxiety and fear. Does that mean then that the world does not exist because they lack understanding? Seasons still change, leaves change colour. Life is about more than the human species and there are more aspects to the human species than the average 5/8 or the odd extraordinary thinker. To say that “people come in all shapes and sizes” is a understatement. There is a broad spectrum that envelopes the reality of what it is to be human and if humanity were to be removed from this planet seasons would still change, leaves would change colour.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010


What of people who appear briefly in a life; lives that clash and meld- (in the grand scheme of things)-momentarily. They are as falling stars or arcing rainbows trailing across the sky tapering off in wisps ending in no particular place.

They are the bitter after taste of dark chocolate. Time passes and they become vague mixed up memories. If they had a lesson to teach, a story to tell or a role to play in that life, that moment has passed. They have slipped into the ether of another reality.


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Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Love is :)

Love is like a stranger who comes Knocking at your door. Some people throw their door open wide; their light shines out like the energy of a sun, bright, blinding - they are the embodiment of optimism and enthusiasm. They are not fettered by inhibitions or fears but are awe inspiring by their brightness and their boldness.

Other people open their door, but not so wide. Their light is strong - it holds a promise.  They are imbued with a sense of expectation and anticipation. Their light may not be blinding but it is still awe inspiring all the same.

And then there are the people who hear the knock at the door. Sitting at the kitchen table they dim their light as low as it will go - so as it won't be noticed. They do not want to be noticed, they have had their fill of strangers knocking at their door. Perhaps they have been consumed  by fear, or disappointments. No matter what the reason their light does not shine forth either blindingly or strong with possibilities. It does however shine brightly for the people who they already know and allow in.

They have forgotten the wise words  "Today, give a stranger one of your smiles.  It might be the only sunshine he sees all day."  ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Thursday, 4 March 2010

The Aging Population

Do you remember the first time some kid came up to you and said “Hey Missus do ya have the right time?” You almost looked around to see who they were talking to because you weren’t a ‘Missus’! You weren’t much older than them – and then you realised that they thought you looked old enough to be a ‘Missus’. Disconcerting does not even begin to describe that moment, suddenly and irreversibly you had joined the ranks of adulthood in someone else’s eyes and you felt a bit of a fraud because in your heart you still felt yourself a kid.

Back then, I was studying sociology. I was being taught about the demographics of population and the ageing population to be specific. The forecast for the future was that in twenty or thirty years there would be more old people in the United Kingdom than young people.

Blow me down if that time isn’t here already, and I still feel a bit of a fraud thinking I am going to grow up any day now. – Ageing is not just a physical thing it is a state of mind and and worth a look at the perceptions and the facts around the concept of ageing.

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Wednesday, 3 February 2010

If Life Is All Bewildering - What is Love?

If life is all bewildering what is love? The thing that grinds us down and brings us to our knees; a metaphysical notion with all the power that an idea can wield or a concrete reality. - Perhaps all those things?

A part of life that is our weakness and our strength. They say with love you will find reserves of strength, compassion, hope and faith you never knew you had and because of love you will feel your heart crack and break many times over in the course of your life time.

"To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering one must not love. But then one suffers from not loving. Therefore to love is to suffer, not to love is to suffer. To suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love. To be happy then is to suffer. But suffering makes one unhappy. Therefore, to be unhappy one must love, or love to suffer, or suffer from too much happiness. I hope you're getting this down." - Woody Allen,

Are we grist to its mill or could we live a life in the absence of love?

Since life is so bewildering, random and confounding I don't think so. The ineffable quality of love defies the possibility of giving it a full and proper definition but love makes us braver and better people than we believe ourselves capable of being. When our actions surprise even us they are often actions inspired by our individual understanding of what love is.

"Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence." - Erich Fromm

Perhaps love is the glue that holds this mess that we call life together.

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