London Olympics 2012 (& in) Imagining A More Optimistic Future


“The Queen has declared the London Olympics officially open, before seven young athletes were given the honour of lighting the ceremonial flame”. All we can do, now, today, and if you have children growing up – “There has been enough of politicians and academics betraying their ideals and there has been enough talk on the subject. Young people need our revolutionary friendship, our support and our allegiance in finding a means of imagining a more optimistic future and combining to create it” http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storyCode=419644&sectioncode=26

Combining to create it – “The social web and mobile technologies have accelerated the rate at which relationships develop, information is shared and influence takes hold. People now use social technology to help shape the world’s events and culture” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-18013662

Smack on for the, ’50 Shades of Grey’ in the (past & dead, except for our usual cranks) climate change fiasco debate – Can we cope with 2 degrees? “A formally sceptical climate scientist says human activity is causing the Earth to warm, as a new study confirms earlier results on rising temperatures.In a US newspaper opinion piece, Prof Richard Muller says: “Call me a converted sceptic.” Muller leads the Berkeley Earth Project, which is using new methods and some new data to investigate the claims made by other climate researchers” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19047501 “We are tampering with Earth’s life-support systems. What is most dismaying is that the gap between what we could achieve and the political will to do so is growing dramatically larger. This is how civilisations end – like last week’s conference, not with a bang but with a whimper” http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21428710.900-rio-summit-more-like-the-absolute-nadir.html

“All three members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot have pleaded not guilty to
charges of hooliganism over an anti-Vladimir Putin protest at Moscow’s main
cathedral” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19040414 And http://www.amazon.co.uk/Caesars-Messiah-Roman-Conspiracy-Invent/dp/1569754578 Christianity: how wrong have we got it (Gore Vidal ‘Julien’ Christianity invented from 4th century synods, got it and got to live with it): from our nursery schools (the christian, religio, national indoctrination of our very young) and upwards, and what can we do about it now? Is there is anything to adjust within our national or mass (popularist) ideology ie., our, lowest common denominator – erotica, LCD ref, Erich Fromm – another ’50 Shades of Grey’ in our human psyche’s contracts with the world and ourselves; how far do we all – want to go in this great task of reformation of the world? https://charleslizzy.com/2005/11/23/they-turned-the-world-around/ Our past ideology has failed, miserably! Note – war, poverty, and inequality, to name a few of the really great culprits http://voices.yahoo.com/the-triumph-triviality-8616861.html There is some greater hope for me (60 y’rs old), and in that, for my children’s future I could ever of heard, again, the song of the Beatles and John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ included “no religion too” at the Olympics London 2012 Closing Ceremony. “The London 2012 Olympics have ended with a spectacular musical closing ceremony and the official handover to the next host city, Rio de Janeiro” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19236754 “Culture change strategists all agree about the urgent need to promote “global consciousness,” or “cosmic consciousness.” This generally refers to a broad worldview with a high level of awareness of the interrelatedness and sacredness of all living things. It is thought that such a universality of mind leads not only to intellectual illumination, but also to heightened moral sensibilities, compassion, and greater community responsibility.” And, “Not even God has been spared. Once a potent commander of attention and allegiance, God has been gelded into a sort of celestial lap dog who fetches our wishes for this-world success. Nothing is so great that it can’t be reconceived or rephrased in order to render it insubstantial, non-threatening, or, best of all, entertaining” – Silly-billies http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2012/07/photos-evangelical-curricula-louisiana-tax-dollars “Thanks to a new law privatizing public education in Louisiana, Bible-based curriculum can now indoctrinate young, pliant minds with the good news of the Lord—all on the state taxpayers’ dime”.

‘England: live in a country that looks forward to nice weather’ http://www.survivalbooks.net/top-tips/culture-shock/ “Too many of Britain’s top sportsmen and women were educated privately, the country’s Olympic chief has said. Lord Moynihan said it was wholly unacceptable that more than 50% of medallists at the Beijing Olympics came from independent schools. He described it as one of the “worst statistics in British sport”. He said it meant half of Great Britain’s medals came from just 7% of the population who are privately educated” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-19109724 And, There needs to be “a big cultural change” towards sport in schools if Britain is to capitalise on Team GB’s Olympic wins, David Cameron has said” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19174757

“The Curiosity Mars rover has lifted its mast and used its high navigation
cameras for the first time” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19186237
Fossils from Northern Kenya show that a new species of human lived two million years ago, researchers say.
The discoveries suggests that at least three distinct species of humans co-existed in Africa. The research adds to a growing body of evidence that runs counter to the popular perception that there was a linear evolution from monkey to ape to modern human. The research has been published in the journal Nature” And, “Humans seem to have been evolving in different ways in different regions. It was almost as if nature was developing different human prototypes with different attributes, only one of which, an ancestor of our species, was ultimately successful in evolutionary terms,” he said. According to Dr Leakey, the growing body of evidence to suggest that humans evolved in the same way as other animals shows that “evolution really does work”  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19184370

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My First family, second marriage, bringing up my 18-year-old twins, boy, and girl. I am a third generation Humanist, who has some old handwritten information and notes; collected over many years. Someone may find the articles interesting, or helpful. They could bring back a little ‘reality’, after being ‘shocked’ and ‘brainwashed’, by some malicious group, or institution (REBT Therapy). People should know better, than to do this, to our very young, and the ‘obviously’ vulnerable! Go to easily accessible, non-superstitious knowledge that is not charlatanism! https://charleslizzy.com/2011/08/06/independent-schools-inspectorate-isi-marketing-spirituality-buzzword-or-maybe-even-for-you-to-shiver-at-the-something/ The blog has given me an incentive to order my thoughts, learn, and read up again, after a few non-thinking years of (very silly) imagination and passion. Why not, get your own key to a ‘door’, customise it to suit you, and it can be, all of your very own! Don’t believe, or be led by someone else’s; inherited, stupid, and a very likely (past, and not of today’s) ‘totally preposterous reality’s’. Only some interest in the ‘really big questions’, keeps life above the level of a farce, and very little else! KEEP THINKING! Some of the posts may need some correcting. Interests: REBT Counselling, Atheism, Secularism, Humanism, Psychology, Reading, Popular Science, School Ethos, Philosophy, History, Family, Parenting, Psychology, Horse Riding, Sailing, Rescue Boat Driver, Skiing (Teppichswinger), TV Documentaries, Motorbike Cross Country Riding, Volunteer Sports Stewarding, Writing, Primitive Man, Pre-history, Social Anthropology, British Humanist Association, BHA, Meaning of Life, The Big Questions, Where am I, What am I, Why am I, Hippie Love, Knowledge, Education, Globalisation. Favorite quote: “The world belongs to those who, at least to some degree, have figured it out.” Carl Sagan, ‘The Demon Haunted World’, ‘Contact’, and other famous books DVD ‘Cosmos’. The warning of another and horrendous, “Age of Superstition”. “Isn’t there something deeply absurd in the presumption that children ought to inherit beliefs from their parents. It can be deeply damaging, even lethally divisive. A ‘them’, with an ‘against us’, mentality” – Professor Richard Dawkins. “The will to believe is stronger than mere reason in the vast majority of people” – Dr J.Brown, Army Psychologist of the 1960′s. Humans will believe in almost anything, in fact, they seek it! Why? “98% of us, trained to be just good consumers, let’s train our children to be the 2% who have their very own creativity and discernment”; quote by a famous surreal artist. “The lack of reason brings forth monsters”. “Global interconnectedness is lethal against mass religion, nationalism, racism, and other destructive memeplexes. Let us connect everybody they hate it in restrictive regimes”; from the ‘meme learning group’, Richard Brodie’s book, ‘Virus Of The Mind’ (Richard Brodie a designer for ‘Microsoft Word’). Following on, J.Bronowski, and ‘The Ascent Of Man’ TV series, and a book http://www.bbcshop.com/science+nature/the-ascent-of-man/invt/9781849901154/ with the last DVD in this series, ‘The Long Childhood’ being especially revealing. ‘Prehistory’ and the ‘Making of the Human Mind’ by Colin Renfrew, with P.Wilson’s, ‘The Domestication of the Human Species’, and Nigel Spivey’s, TV series and book, ‘How Art Made The World’, offers some further explanations. Latest reading: Jared Diamond http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jared_Diamond
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