Saturday, 18 January 2020

Silence

Another week passes and media chatter moves along ... weekend news settles on F.T. after many years conditioning the mind with the Guardian ... always an uneasy mix of liberal values and expensive fashion, cars, holidays, houses ... F.T. is quite straightforward in being the paper of the folks with the real money even if the taste in calling the monthly colour supplement advertising even more expensive baubles "How to Spend It" is tacky ... last week's royal story entertained the masses with front page spreads plus more inside from most of them, while the F.T. had a paragraph on page 9 ... meanwhile the other royal story subsides somewhat as the pedo Prince Andrew possibly hopes for more royal tales to regale the great unwashed and keep the heat off him ... well his Dad can't last long, so a funeral should help fill the paper's and airwaves ...

Readers may notice the  change in content along with the frequency during these house based retreats ... the radio plays its part in inviting opinions on all sorts of trivia and is finally coming more under control after the excitement of the General Election, which managed to draw thousands of enthusiastic first-time young voters into the game ... it remains to be seen if they stick around for another try in four or five years ... meanwhile Jeremy's successor is being chosen, a long drawn out process for our further entertainment as the contenders offer the choice of unelectable leftist or Tory-lite rightist ... Lenin's observation that "the British Bourgeoisie lets go of power with one hand, only to catch it with the other" seems to have stood the test of time ... unlike the workers' paradise he tried to introduce ...

Reading matter shifts from science to philosophy with Bede Griffiths' "A New Vision of Reality" finding common cause with major religions and contemporary physics ... though the convolutions of all the old stories seem surplus to requirements when silence supplies the route to reality and each of us responsible for embodying what we discover when the noise stops ... alongside science and philosophy are Wilding, an account of returning an intensive farm to Nature, leading to The Secret Life of Trees ... of course proper silence, or noble silence, excludes reading and writing as well as speaking and listening ... though whether it requires formal sitting is a question ... up to now the insights have arrived whilst walking or swimming along with sitting without purpose ...

Engaging with other humans is still on the agenda too, continuing today with two engagements ... a walk and lunch with dear friend, then a community engagement local planning workshop, with echoes of a previous life ... or rather a previous stage in this life ...

Thursday, 9 January 2020

Behave

Sapolsky's comprehensive, if not always comprehensible, tome is finally finished ... brain hopefully modified by the effort ... anyway, it has stretched the limits of current worldview, though a lingering concern about the source of so much knowledge about brains of sentient beings other than humans raises ethical objections ...

Meanwhile metaboils continue to erupt on the body politic, though whether the poisons are clearing societal systems is difficult to assess ... and maybe pushing the metaphor too far ... current narrative in BSA Iran conflict has BS Boil in Chief acknowledging Iran "proportionate response" as acceptable despite previous threats to target ancient cultural artefacts. .. international condemnation of such actions clearly seeing architecture as superior to human lives ... and some human lives more important than others ... how and when war itself will be seen as beyond the pale still unknown, though Sapolsky takes the question very seriously in his final chapter ... finding hope from the many exceptions to killing under orders, explicit and implicit. ..

In the village elders die, all too often in hospital, despite expressed wishes to pass at home ... preferably with someone there ... which is often tricky, given the numbers of people living alone and the uncertainty of time of dying ...

Media presents the latest drama in the Royal Family soap opera, with local social media expressing strong opinions on the state of the monarchy ... raising a question in the ongoing exploration of metaboils as to whether the fragrant, murdered, Princess of Hearts was that for all the wronged women who mourned her death ... though the boil image obviously inappropriate in her case ... anyway her second son and his American wife provide the entertainment as they plan their escape from their dysfunctional adopted family ... a contemporary Shakespearian feel to the story and an opportunity to take sides in a debate with zero real impact in the day to day lives of the international audience ... the question of what is real popping up along with musing on which poisons are being drawn into the boils represented by good Prince Hal ... and a glance at newspaper treatment of his fragrant wife, bringing her own American culture and mixed race heritage to a stage quite keen on genes from the Saxe-Coburg strain, not to mention Hal's Celtic tendency, a subject rarely discussed in polite society ... Canada seems a good choice for the maybe too modern branch of the Windsor Saxe-Coburgs ... or Hewitt Markles or whatever artificial names we might choose to define them ...

In other news, January weather continues mild, despite regular headlines from Express predicting massive snow events ... this rag and others regularly insert themselves unasked into social media newsfeeds. .. the billionaire owners determined to promote their agendas of fear to keep us indoors and passive ... though outdoors and active is the key to all-round health, of course!

Friday, 3 January 2020

Metaboilism

Reflection on increasingly polarised political pantomimes internationally leads to coining of a word not easily found in dictionaries ... or any so far ... the word popped up in the context of the tendency for human bodies to pull poisons from the blood into boils ... and since everything connects the leap to society and our politics may help explain the unlikely leaders pulling votes from disenchanted humans using poisonous rhetoric portraying humans from other countries, religions and other artificial separations as Them and not Us ... Boil in Chief of the Western World raises his game, possibly to distract his citizens from his new status as Impeached President ... close attention to Radio 4 notes the usual influence from our old ally and its agencies ... Defence or Defense is cited with no reference to the distance between the BSA and the Middle East, where they keep the oil ... meanwhile, in Iran, the political differences are subsumed in a burst of national fervour ... Russia and China, recently engaged in naval exercise in the Gulf with Iran keep their powder dry ... for now ... so much for Peace on Earth and all that Christmas guff ...

Stepping back from these games, with all their deadly consequences, enables return to peaceful life ... not to be complacent and hopefully fit and able to help lance local boils as they ripen ... anyway, local action increasingly required in the fields of social care and health ... let's see how the rather paternalistic agencies tasked with dealing with these operate in the brave new world of The Eton Mess, our very own boil, and his very radical and unelected adviser ...

Technology drives progress and peer to peer possibilities undermine hierarchies eventually of course ... information speeds up to a pace rather past the capability of older folks, so while a little wisdom may be welcomed, as noted before, our main task is to get out of the way ... and maybe share out some of the money we appear to have grabbed along the way ... before the whole money system is transformed to something simpler and fairer ...

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

West Meon ....

Season of peace on Earth and goodwill to all men continues to New Year, New Decade ... which seems rather excessive, not so much for all the peace and goodwill - though perhaps including all women and other genders might be a good idea ... anyway, all the excitement is a boost to retailers of stuff we don't need along with moneylenders providing the wherewithal to pump up the bubble of personal debt ...

Meanwhile in Stanhope the Community Christmas Day event goes well enough .... a New Year escape to Brockwood Park and the Krishnamurti Centre uncovers new philosophers as well as old ones, including Peter who claims to have finally written the equation for the unified field theory, though mathematical illiteracy prevents its presentation here ... and lack of academic credentials or access to the peer review network prevents proper publication ...

A Monday visit and lunch with a locally based love, along with a walk, leads to plans for an accompanied Camino, maybe from Porto, in May ... a first after five years of solo walking, though by no means the first Portuguese Camino ...

New Year's Eve includes a walk to West Meon and a visit to the very busy cafe, where three metal detectorists engage in deep conversation ... Lee, a roofer by trade, son Jack a carpenter, father Peter a bricklayer, explore matters esoteric for a while ... Peter volunteers an early association with the Kray twins, notorious for their method of disposing of their enemies in the supports of bridges along the M1 motorway, though without further details ... the encounter concludes with a viewing of a press cutting framed in the cafe showing some of the ancient treasures they have detected and dug up from the chalk fields nearby ... fascinating ...

Perfect timing for trip both ways with quiet traffic and no roadworks the whole 305 miles. .. New Year Radio 4 offers broader fare than political panto ... only one hitch-hiker, Ben, briefly after Winchester going from a friend's place to his parents at East Meon. .. recently graduated in P.P.E at York and currently volunteering in the Calais camp ...

A brand new decade and still curious, still fit and healthy ... Happy New Year dear readers and thanks for your attention and feedback ... maybe 2020 will finally see Wear&Dao the book!

Monday, 23 December 2019

Come all ye faithful ...

The recent death of Ram Dass, popular guru of Eastern forms of spirituality, friend of Timothy Leary and fellow explorer of consciousness aided by LSD and student of Hinduism after joining the hippie trail to India in the sixties, raises the interesting question of faith, often referred to as Faith, and well known as a requirement in Christianity, and a great escape clause when atheists or agnostics ask tricky questions following rational routes to truth, often referred to as Truth ...

The quote attributed to him triggering this question decries scepticism, insisting Faith is essential access the transcendent realities ... Buddha, on the other hand, insists on questioning everything ... echoed by HHDL who is very clear that ancient teachings contradicted by scientific evidence must be discarded ...

Since it is Christmas time, in case you hadn't noticed, dear readers, there is a deeply held belief by many Christians around the world that Jesus was born at this time 2019 years ago to Mary a virgin married to Joseph who was not the father. .. now this story is quite tricky to follow without Faith and there are Christian theologians happy to explain it's all metaphor and not meant to be taken literally ... still the carols carry on, including at the local Community Christmas event, a heartwarming experience not so much for the carols or the deceased turkey but because the day itself really focuses on happy family gatherings, which is lovely if you are getting together happily with family and maybe miserable if not ... anyway 26 folks sat down to lunch in the Church Hall, some, but not all, signed up to the story ... peace and goodwill much talked about around much of the world and sometimes practised too, before hostilities resume in the run up to 2020 ...

Just to keep the polarised political pot bubbling, The Eton Mess is reported flying off by private plane to Mustique,  whilst Saint Jeremy feeds the homeless ... perhaps a little healthy scepticism required to process this story too ...

Happy Boxing Day ... the light slowly returning and a long walk planned to make up for yesterday's unusually sedentary, though satisfying, day ...

Saturday, 21 December 2019

Hypnosis ...

Reflecting on human behaviour, specifically in the context of the recent polarised political drama of the general election in the DUK, leads to serious concerns about how ostensibly sane, rational, compassionate human beings can come to contrary conclusions influencing the simple action of placing an X in a box, given an apparent choice of around four to seven alternatives, only two or three of whom have much chance of gaining a majority in a specific constituency and nationally only two representing parties likely to form a government (post-election coalitions being a potential complicating factor) ...

The trigger for this enquiry is the demonisation of the blue collar Tory voters in social media and some very spiteful comments questioning their intelligence... itself likely to entrench positions, since nobody likes to be called stupid ... the emotional outpouring from many of the disappointed Labour voters understandable given the raised expectations of a government offering the possibility of reigning in the worst excesses of post-capitalist callousness in social policy and practice, plus, for many, the opportunity to rerun the referendum on membership of the EU ...

A broader context for suggesting mass hypnosis is the irrational behaviours of humans through the ages ... killing fellow humans in individual acts of violence and in organised groups in wars, often justified by religious leaders espousing peace and love as preached and practised by their prophet ... at economic level obsessed with buying goods of limited practical or aesthetic value, eating and drinking chemical concoctions to such excess that the individual organisms become disabled by obesity whilst in other places children die of starvation ... clearly an insane society, yet many humans operate in civilised ways in their local areas ...

A quick comment here, before careering off into various realms suggesting hypnosis, to acknowledge self-reflection in case the very story you are reading, dear reader, is the product of a hypnotised mind ... or even a sinister attempt to hypnotize you! Those posing as purveyors of objective truth, smuggly offering a way out of the polarities are perhaps more dangerous than the demagogues like the Eton Mess ... observed here by a daily dose of BBC Radio 4 and their sophisticated style of interviewing politicos ... trying to force them to answer spurious questions whilst avoiding any semblance of deep investigation into facts ... for example, Saint Jeremy, the reluctant Messiah, consistent opponent of DUK membership of the EU as a backbencher, savaged for trying to appease his MPs, most of whom were for a second referendum ... and, his fatal weakness, failing to call out the Mossad Big Lie of Labour (and by implication JC) anti-semitism ... for fear of the fate of the disgraced MP Chris Williamson who dared to speak the truth ... reports from the doorsteps and local informants confirm perceptions of Corbyn as weak and lacking in charisma ... a word somehow linked here with mesmerism ... the Eton Mess had it in a shambolic way, his svengali Cummins a master amongst his minions, though needing the pupil  to project the strongman image to the masses with the simple message "Just Get It Done!" and instructed to avoid tricky questions which might expose his poor grasp of detail, let alone principles ...

An extra long treat over the fells today after yesterday's visit to Dear Friend and psychology adviser and tomorrow's trip to see Elder Daughter plus practical tasks Tuesday and Wednesday organising the community lunch event ... both, coincidentally, relocating to a more civilised country early next year, though not as a result of  the right turn in London or even the success of the charismatic SNP leader ... both in rural parts and ideal for new places to walk ... the organism enjoys moving in the outdoors and is never fitter than on Camino, walking for 8 to 10 hours day after day ... the joy of retirement to have time for the simple things in life ...

As for the hypnotism story ... more next time perhaps ... worth examining as the journey in search of The Nature of Reality continues ...

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Eton Mess ...

Given the choice between an elderly, thoughtful, compassionate politician and a bombastic, solipsistic, principle-free clown, the discerning electorate of the DUK appear to have opted for the latter ... a strange event with many fascinating causes ... locally the Labour MP, firebrand young leadership hopeful Laura Pidcock is replaced by an anonymous Tory from Lancashire, surprised as anyone by the result - his wife said to have fled from the counting hall in tears at the prospect of having to move to the constituency - brief reports from reluctant turncoats suggest the years of anti-Corbyn propaganda were more critical than the EU exit in influencing the vote, echoed nationally ... which is not to say the Eton educated winner was universally liked, his bumbling bombast attractive only to a portion of the voters, for most it seems to have been a question of the best of a bad lot ...

Meanwhile, local elections loom in May and complacent Labour administrations in ex-industrial areas may be worried that, having broken the habit of unthinking loyalty, voters might challenge them at County Hall ... though a lack of a respectable opposition party could be a factor .... maybe a time for the Greens or even independents trying to transcend party politics? Or, as reported by the editor, long-time Labour councillors jumping ship to rebrand as independents, in this case in Sedgefield, famous as the constituency of Blair, three time election winner under the New Labour label and given a free pass in the mainstream media to pontificate on the next leader of the opposition ... no mention of his reputation internationally as a war criminal and close ally of the BSA as the plan to restructure the Middle East played out ... the consequences of which are all to evident ... refugees, radicalised young Muslims, ongoing aggression against Iran ...

Apologies to readers appalled at the return of Wear & Dao to the murky world of politics, previously avoided in favour of broader perspectives. .. happy to report however that, having broken the habit of decades and casting a vote, conscience whispering the possibility of one vote leading to the victory of the forces of darkness consolidating power, reaction on waking to the news early last Friday was surprise but not devastating disappointment ... analytical mind looked closely at the numbers for a nuanced view beyond the apparent landslide narrative from the first past the post electoral system ... perspective suggesting that maybe it's best that the shameless instigator of the EU referendum result takes responsibility for the tricky details of implementation ... not least the contradiction between trade deals for goods and those for services, especially financial services, mostly a euphemism for the casino capitalism rampant in the City State of London ... where, incidentally, the reputation of the Eton Mess, two term Mayor of London, is quite low according to recent informants ...

Some spiritual relief found on two day retreat at Land of Joy ... not meditating but working in the woodland, planting trees and waging war on invasive Rhodedenron. .. not without some questioning about human assertion of dominance over Nature ... two small orphans rescued for planting in the small garden at Railway Terrace, let's see how they settle in amongst the roses and dandelions. .. to be honest the visits to LoJ are mostly in search of philosophers, resident and visiting to help process the current musings ... and reading, the latest challenge Sapolsky's tome on neuroscience, biology, psychology and the rest ... as recommended by James of Scotland in the comments on here a while ago ... he's a scientist and wired for this stuff, rewiring to integrate new information is an ongoing struggle here, but not without compensation of course ...some disquiet at the source of the findings - vivisection with rats, monkeys and other warm blooded sentient beings ... a little scepticism as biological determinism lurks in the background ... still, plenty more pages to ponder before seeing how and whether the new information fits into current evolving world-view ...

Early starts in the dark and intermittent dank weather offer time for reading and writing, though long awaited book is still stuck in the head, or wherever thoughts and ideas reside ... discipline never a strong point, external usually actively resisted, internal barely present ... never mind, better to do little contentedly than rush about in search of people and their aggregates, societies, to improve ... perhaps ...