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If you haven't got your health...

A long while ago now I remember my father saying on more than one occasion,"If you don't have your health you have nothing." My father had enjoyed good health for most of his life as far as I could remember rarely taking any time off due to illness.  During his later years I witnessed his deterioration as cancer slowly and insidiously took away his health, capabilities, and his happiness.

Mum also experienced slow deterioration of her health up until the time she passed in February 2018. For the last few years, heart and kidney issues along with instability resulted in repeated falls. This led to decreased mobility and associated reduction of the enjoyment in life. When life itself becomes a chore and seemingly a burden on others with no apparent useful contribution to make, it is not surprising that people want to move on. So it was with mum, who often declared, I am ready to go, my life's work here is done.

As we age, we are able to observe through our life experien…

Life explained in a puzzle...

I was fiddling around with this puzzle the other day...This is one of those puzzles that you pick apart piece by piece and then find it almost impossible to put back together again, as happened to a good friend of mine just recently.

As I reflected on this puzzle I became aware that this puzzle in its own way mirrors our lives. How could this be so? ... a few pieces of wood fashioned into some child's amusement piece to idle away a few minutes or hours.

Each piece is important. Every part of this puzzle is essential. Without every piece it would not work, and it could not provide the outcome for which it was created. As is so with us humans. We are all essential regardless of whether we think so or not. I doubt the pieces of this puzzle consider themselves important, nevertheless.Each piece has a part to play. It matters not what other pieces of this puzzle think about the other, or if they are even aware of them... they all participate in their own way and without all of them ther…

Pandemic Times

Over the Easter Period I had plenty of time and space to reflecton the current, fast changing situation that we find ourselves in with this pandemic. It is a difficult to understand, and complex situation, with a huge variety of factors. There are no easy answers in reality. Our perception depends on who you listen to, your upbringing and history, how your family, friends, and work colleagues think, and what they believe... add to this the incessant News coverage, TV & Media, and social networks it creates a minefield of information, which is often confusing, unclear and divisive.

We're very familiar with divisive events though. We've had quite a few over the years, as well as the routine general politics of democracy that keeps on rumbling along in the background. Some of the events that have polarised folk are John Kennedy assassination, the 911 terrorist attacks, Climate change, Brexit, Trump, and now this pandemic.

All these events have created division. People arguing…

We will be irrevocably changed by this Lockdown

There is absolutely no question in my mind that the events of the past 3 months(and the next 3 too) will bring about probably the swiftest and most radical changes to how we live our lives, bar none!

If we look back in history, the discovery of bronze, steel, printing press, radio, tv, computers, Internet... they all brought about sweeping change, but it took years, sometimes centuries for the changes to be absorbed into societal change. Here we are talking about "a year or two".

Some of the changes are undeniably overdue, but in a world governed by money, greed, materialism and control it's difficult to persuade those benefiting the most, from seeing the need to change anything... quite simply they are doing ok... bugger the consequences.

And yet... regardless of whether you believe in climate change or not, it makes perfect sense to clean up our act and stop polluting the only home we have ever known; our planet.

Of course in the endless chase for growth (GDP- a meaning…

"Social Distancing" the buzz words for a new modus operandi...

A while back I wrote a blog about how things might pan out with consideration to the state of the global economy.You can read that piece [Here]. Not much has changed to be fair, except that we are teetering ever closer to D-Day.

What is quite clear if you keep your ears close to the ground and your eyes open is that we are in between a rock and a hard place right now.

On the one hand the stock markets, capitalists, money men and those in positions of power, fuelled by greed, want to maintain the myth of growth at all costs (using the meaningless measure of GDP). Which of course conflicts with the "save the planet" mantra, conservation of resources, climate change, and radical scaling back of carbon emissions (Save the planet, extinction rebellion).

So notwithstanding the diametrically opposing groups above, there is the additional conundrum of the fact that the planet is in a global debt bubble of such extreme proportions that it is difficult to see how we can exit from it w…

Corona Virus and the deeper meaning...

We have been through the tumultuous years of the Brexit times (and it is not over). This is still a hugely divisive time in the history of our country... Where friends and families remain pitted against each other in what has become a rather nasty and ugly chapter in recent times.

Of course Leave blames Remain, Remain blames Leave in an endless game of tick-tack-toe where defences not unlike those at the Somme allow people to hide in their trenches (behind a computer screen) firing incessantly at 'the enemy' in some forlorn hope that any of it will make a difference... of course, it will not.

Then it got worse with the slating of anyone who voted Tory becoming a vile, xenophobic, racist, anti rights, anti LGBT, anti poor, anti human creature... even though there were quite a few of them and the most popular party by some way... The divisions now growing not ceding.

What we have in this country is less an epidemic of a flu virus, more an epidemic of a breakdown in society and co…