http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-35869493 Hopefully, we will see how many millions want this barbarity to end and now, ‘copied and pasted’, for the ‘Paris Attacks’. Now we have the Belgian ‘soft targets’, yet another shocking barbarity!
“And yet life itself, the joy of living, was the target of Islamic extremists with a burning hatred for these very freedoms on Friday (Today) night, killing well over 100 people. They did not attack infrastructure, politicians, military personnel, or sites of historical or cultural significance. They targeted innocent people, going about their lives, trying (hard) to make it through this difficult and complicated world with a modicum of ‘fun and lightness’. Something we all aspire to. And,
British Humanist Association.
“The eminent Harvard political philosopher Michael Sandel is Radio 4’s “Public Philosopher.” Now, as America prepares for its Presidential elections, he and Radio 4 are going on the road in America with a unique mission to lay bare the deeper moral questions bound up in the noisy Romney and Obama campaigns. In this week’s programme, Professor Sandel visits the heartland of America’s deep south, hosting a public discussion at the University of Dallas in Texas. He challenges ordinary Texans to consider the moral issues raised when it comes to controlling immigration and deciding who should be entitled to citizenship. Texas has a long frontier with Mexico and the issue of immigration divides people sharply. A million people in Texas are “undocumented” living without immigration papers. Many Hispanic voters want immigration to be reformed and President Obama recently outlined initiatives aimed at this base. Mitt Romney, too, is reaching out to Hispanic voters but many in the Tea Party movement pull the Republicans in the other direction. They insist that the border must be closed and deportations must be stepped up. Against this backdrop, our public audience will be asked: “how far should an open society go on accepting outsiders?” Michael Sandel weaves through these issues with the help of philosophers past and present”. Producer: Mukul Devichand. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01ng7rr
UK, ‘Brexit Voters’.
‘Behind a web of bottles, bales,
Tobacco, sugar, coffin nails,
The gombeen like a spider sits,
Surfeited; and, for all his wits,
As meagre as the tally-board,
On which his usuries are scored’.
— Joseph Campbell, ‘The Gombeen Man’.
“The industrial nations of the world and their governments have been swept forward by the pressure of invention, through a barrier they did not see, into a world they have not yet understood. As the resources of the earth become more depleted, populations more crowded and more deprived, the greater will be their effort to pass the problem on to the next generation. Self-deception will become more persuasive. Optimism will take hold.
The remedy for our ills is neither remote nor obscure. It is to recognize that the world is indebted to Europe for two great achievements, which have transformed human life in the last 500 years. One is the control of nature, which has led to our present crisis. The other is the understanding of nature and of man, which is our means of escape from this crisis. How you may ask, can the two things be separated? Europe forced them together on America, Asia, and Africa.
In the first place, let us imagine, what would have happened without that rough intrusion. The conditions of these continents could scarcely have changed in the last 500 years. China would still kowtow to the Son of Heaven and Japan would still be shut up in the Shogun’s Cage. India would still be the prey to warring Rajas. Along the road to Tripoli, Khartoum, and Zanzibar; Arabs would still profitably drive their caravans of castrated slaves. Cannibal flotillas would still block the cataracts of the Congo. On their remote islands, Maoris and Melanesian’s would still be consuming human flesh. No population problem would have disturbed any of these lands. Indeed, it might never have disturbed them until genetic or ecological decay overtook them.
We must put aside our moral indignation about what the Europeans did, and how, and why they did it. What matters are the results?
For the first result, was the liberation of Asia and Africa. The way was opened for processes of change, favoring the growth and the unity of all human understanding.
The second was the subjugation of the whole world to the European idea of progress, by the control and unlimited exploitation of nature.
This good and this evil having been done, we can assume that the rest of the world enlightened by Europe will accept the good and reject the evil. Hardly so! The evidence is that the rest of the world will not generally accept free speech, representative government, and human rights as they are known in our Western World.
But, they will generally accept all the means they can get for exploiting nature and destroying the resources of the earth. The problem therefore returns, what we have let loose on humanity returns to us. Our chickens come home to roost. It remains for us to use our understanding of nature and of ourselves to control the dangerous power.
(How, wonderful, at last, a ‘true awakening’ – Why hasn’t this appalling-ness, in today’s world, with so many that have been impoverished and uneducated, come right out before & so seriously? Because, of the, ‘Global Gullibility’ (index) – the majority of me/us Humans, ‘just wish to live a quiet life’. No hiding now!https://panamapapers.icij.org/the_power_players/ And,
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/business-35944255 And, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gullibility – Classes of people especially vulnerable to exploitation due to gullibility include children, the elderly, and the developmentally disabled..)
If we look back on the last 500 years, we see the Hebrew and Greek, and Christian confidence in man as the master of nature, orating the Protestant Ethic of industry, ambition, and self-reliance, whose success especially in the New World has created the profligate societies we know. These, are the societies whose fraudulent promise the Third World so greedily accepts.
The people’s of course, know nothing of what is happening.
By the time their rulers have led them to disaster these rulers will be elsewhere. In addition, the industrial nations will be having all they can do to save themselves, without helping anyone else.
Our remedy, then is a respect for nature, the practise of thrift and the restraint of greed, and self-indulgence, which need not be too painful if we undertake it soon. But the longer we postpone it the more painful will it be.
To any such reformation, any such changing of course, one grave obstacle at once appears.
All the great industrial nations would have to change course together.
In addition, we know that each will believe it can do better than its neighbours can and will try to prove it. But, in all these nations, now, there are a few people who take seriously the future of mankind its quantity and its quality.
They are the people who know that our past evolution has been governed by the needs of future generations.
They are the people who recognize that the race, class, nation or species, which rejects this principle is putting its own future at hazard.
They are the people who therefore ask themselves the practical question, “Do we want to expand, to multiply, and to consume the good things of the Earth without limit, and without regard, either to the earth itself or to the children who will inherit it? Are we willing to set ourselves a limit, to measure the capacity of the earth to support our descendants, and us, and to fit ourselves to that capacity”?
The attempt to study the whole of our little universe, to understand its connectedness with the past and the future, to see the value of knowledge will perhaps persuade our own generation to pause, before it plunges into the abyss”. Professor, C.D. Darlington FRS https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._D._Darlington
The, ‘Knowledge of Relationships’, has come a long way, since, 1992. Thank goodness for my Divorce (‘volatile relationship’, ‘childless marriage’) the ‘Petitioner’, Rosemary Gillian Williams, nee, Maxwell-Muller, 1992 – ‘The Archers’ BBC Radio 4 . Knowledge :- “This study examined the relationship between coercive control and intimate partner violence (IPV) for men and women and for targets and perpetrators. One hundred and seventy-two participants (85 men, 87 women) recruited from three samples reported on their own and their partner’s behavior. IPV was measured using the Revised Conflict Tactics Scale (CTS2). Coercive control was measured using modified items from the Psychological Maltreatment of Women Inventory (PMWI). Coercive control was associated with IPV, and this relationship was similar for men and women across the three samples. In fact, coercive control was predominantly reciprocal in nature, with women and men reporting both receiving and perpetrating controlling behaviors. Overall, coercive controlling behaviors were characteristic of individuals within violent relationships, regardless of their physical abuse status. The experience of violence, rather than gender, was the best predictor of coercive control”. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21780535
And, ‘childless marriage’
• Primary tokophobia is the fear and deep-seated dread of childbirth which pre-dates pregnancy and can start in adolescence. This often relates back to their own mother’s experience or something they learned in school.
• Secondary tokophobia is due to previous experience of traumatic birth, poor obstetric practice or medical attention, postpartum depression or other such upsetting events.
A few reactions to childbirth include the following:
“The truth is that the very thought of having something almost alien-like growing inside me is disgusting.”
“It’s not too strong to say that the very thought of childbirth disgusts me in a big way.”
“It’s much more than an anxiety – I am actually physically repulsed by pregnancy and childbirth.”
“I even struggle to be around friends when they are pregnant and can’t bear to watch or listen to anything about the process of having a baby.”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokophobia And, quite beyond me, so complex and at this stage in life Tokophobia https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1742837/pdf/v079p00505.pdf
“The body guarantees our privacy, that inmost privacy, which we must not attempt to violate under pain of betraying our manhood / womanhood”.
Aye free, aff han’ your story tell,
When wi’ a bosom cronie;
But still keep something to yousel’
Ye scarcely tell to onie. Burns.
‘Something, Grey’, and ‘Hot’.
The, ‘Petitioner’ (may only understand this), the ‘preposition’ was told by the ‘Petitioner’, was, for a, ‘more surprising and a somewhat violent form of sex’ (presumably, to achieve some greater satisfaction) and ‘talked about vividly’ at their ‘last love making session’, a few days earlier. A ‘verbal illustration’ was given, also, by the ‘Petitioner’ in the form of ‘being made love to by a third party’, in this case, by a visiting ‘Veterinary Surgeon’ to the Farm.
http://rapecrisis.org.uk/mythsvsrealities.php When it comes to sex, women and girls sometimes ‘play hard to get’ and say ‘no’ when they really mean ‘yes’.
Fact: Everyone has the legal right to say ‘no’ to sex and to change their mind about having sex at any point of sexual contact; if the other person doesn’t stop, they are committing sexual assault or rape. When it comes to sex, we must respect the wishes of our sexual partner and believe what they tell us about what they do and don’t want.
This was respected, by the ‘Correspondent’ (belief; ‘in what they do and don’t want’, temporally, or permanently, was recognized as now ‘faulty’ by him) the complete change of mind by the ‘Petitioner’, after a brief lull, in the ‘prepositioned act’ that took place in a secluded and outside area of the ‘Farm’. No sexual penetration took place and was never allowed by the Petitioner again; this was respected, although they spent more the best part of 6 months living together looking after all the animals on the ‘Farm’ and ‘sorting’ out her ‘Petitioning’ for a ‘Divorce’. During this time, when somewhat violently, and being seriously ‘put upon’ by the ‘Petitioner’. The ‘Correspondent’ found out that by ‘baring himself’ (privately, to the ‘Petitioner’) it would cause the ‘Petitioner’ to fully retreat; this was found out to be, a most effective strategy, causing no harm, but caused the ‘Correspondent’, some very obvious, but ‘small embarrassments’! And, quite beyond me, so complex and at this stage in life Tokophobia https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1742837/pdf/v079p00505.pdf
Narcissism – touching his/your/my reflection. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirror_neuron Facebook, its amazing success. Professor Stephen Hawking “Technology is a vital part of human existence. They show us that the right tools in the right hands can help everyone, regardless of our frailties, to achieve our true potential and advance as a civilisation.” &, so very importantly ‘Reminiscence Therapy’ + ‘other advantages’ for those (older persons) with or without any (obvious) impairments!
‘The Tweseldown Flyer’. Autumn colours, are soon to arrive. This TB (Fred) horse had the colour of an ‘Autumn Leaf’ & still brings a tear to my eyes. 1995 approx. https://www.facebook.com/luckyme0
https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/sgpZ9 So, very interesting to now ‘clear the air’ on Facebook ‘Life Events’ – The Farm 1988-1992. Just the ‘secluded spot’ for a ‘rampage’ and ‘dastardly deeds’ against a joint owner of the property – Tommy’s Insurance; Building Soc Book; ‘Incarceration’ being an attempted ‘Committal’ that did horrendously ‘backfire & so badly failed failed’ NHS notes are recorded; Shotgun (a very scary & illegal removal from me – no ‘party’, being given ‘it’, having any form ‘Certificate’, or a ‘Registration Document’, except for the Correspondent’s ie., the author’s); Mother’s Bracelet; some, attempted and violent ‘interferences’ with the driving of my car, so on… ‘The Lonely Pine’; ‘The Barren Lands’. A ‘Grey’ book to write! ‘The Escape’, from, ‘The Rats Nest’, to, ‘Manoel Island, Malta’.
Breathe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrojrDCI02k And, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/luckyme0 And, Westbrook 1992 My Horses And Other Animals Tokophobia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Y0W9b_r7nU And, https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/115288602914964402957 Robert Pring ‘Dressage Trainer’.
‘Skeletons In The Cupboard’. Some lovely nights in Vienna after skiing in ‘St Anton, Austria’ – ‘Andrea from Vienna’ (‘Texas Instruments’, I believe). Where are you now?, ‘you showed me the sites’ so in love with you, you could’ve come home with me! I found your contact lens in the snow. We danced in ski boots half the night, nearly every night (Keywords: First Two Weeks In St Anton; ‘Teppichswinger’; ‘Roman Siess’, ‘St Jakob’., might help). I can’t remember your surname?, silly me! Ref, St Anton Ski School (Teppichswinger Club) 1991 Schilehrer and Schifurhrer, ‘Roman Siess’ owner of the ‘Hotel Garni Siess’, St Jakob, Austria, 1990.
I have climbed up, various mountains in the ‘Arlberg Tirol’ region in Austria, including the ‘Scheibler’ (salt carrier) and skied down its glacier, opposite and higher than the ‘Valluga’ and next to the ‘Rendall’ in 3hrs 10 minutes (5hrs to get home) with ‘St Anton Ski Guide, Robert Birkl’. The ‘Teppichswinger’s’ seem to have been made quite famous by the book called ‘The Business of Alpine Tourism In A Globalising World’ written by ‘Jacqueline McGibbon’, New South Wales, Australia. We could look down on the ‘Motorway Skiing & Piste Skiing Ants’ that were ‘far below us’! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsXeFcqapps And, Please let me go!, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_N2AIHu_D8&ebc=ANyPxKoPjHRlsXkhZDgofAA3NKCVMrAT8iXP0ImWv8nUTMrASOao-oeZerIE6EiEF05RRUYPvo6QIzqqymSIySlFJ3gEW-bHXg&nohtml5=False Whilst away, the ‘thieves and vagabonds’ were at large!
https://www.facebook.com/luckyme0/videos/vb.778806387/10153822328716388/?type=2&theater (trouble is just about to ‘brew-up at the Mill’, ie, the, ‘Toy Farm’), the ‘ex didn’t like skiing , or much of anything, really; towards the very end of our relationship – thank goodness for that!
I would not really like to be ‘looking over my shoulder’ myself, as the next generation develop and are looking into their parents, past history or heritage. If things are found to be amiss, no doubt, this will be thoroughly looked into and very closely at some time. I would make some serious amends (now that I have some time to write this). Twins: ‘Chris & Amelia’ DOB 19/04/1999.
https://awoc.org/ “Third, there are still massive taboos that exist around being a childless adult, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokophobia whether that childlessness was chosen, or not. If we consider that there isn’t a single positive word in the English language to describe a woman without children (and not connected to children such as grandmother; maybe, a step mother; a ‘divorced person’ ref, source of ‘family capital’, whatever, the ‘perceived rights’ to the capital are; or aunt) past her childbearing years, you begin to see how deeply entrenched in our culture this goes. Most people have no idea what to say to a childless woman who, when you consider, it’s 1:5 women born in the 1960s and possibly 1:4 born in the 1970s, is pretty odd. For men, there are no statistics kept by the Office for National Statistics on fatherhood, which is a story in itself” http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/nov/12/ageing-without-children
A History of Ancient Britain –
Series 1: 3. Age of Cosmology
‘Neil Oliver continues his journey through the world of Ancient Britain as he encounters an age of cosmological priests and some of the greatest monuments of the Stone Age, including Stonehenge itself. This is a time of elite travellers, who were inventing the very idea of Heaven itself’.
“A man/woman should be aware of the minuteness of himself and his environment, in relation to the the world in time and space. He should see his own age in relation to the past and future. He should be conscious of the of the vastness of geological epochs and astronomical abysses, so on…” Russell.
The Anthropocene – a new geological time period that marks the “Age of man” – began in 1610, a study suggests (1492 Columbus). More interesting: “Humans are possibly the weirdest species to have ever lived. We have freakishly big brains that allow us to build complicated gadgets, understand abstract concepts and communicate using language. We are also almost hairless with weak jaws, and struggle to give birth. How did such a bizarre creature evolve?” http://www.bbc.com/…/20150311-the-15-tweaks…/index.html Danger – https://www.theguardian.com/…/robots-jobs-employees…
The Unholy Trinity
Philosophy Cigarettes Whisky
‘I See No Radiant Tomorrows’
Vaclav Havel former President of Czechoslovakia 1989-92
& Czech Republic 1993-2003
MEETING Vaclav Havel in his fourth floor Prague apartment can be unnerving. In the era of glasnost, the bugged telephone, rings constantly. Cigarette smoke blues the air. Whisky glasses rarely stand empty. Policemen sometimes stand guard outside the apartment across the street, as in a Kafka novel. Mr Havel’s dog was shot dead by the secret police on the doorstep.
This atmosphere of state repression gets on my nerves, but Mr Havel is a calm and remarkable host. Short, slight and sandy-haired he is I described in police files as a “subversive” and an “anti-Socialist element”.
In reality, he is a courteous, shy, soft-spoken rebel with a democratic cause. He is also among the most brilliant European writers and public figures of our time.
Time is precious. We don’t waste it an small talk. Mr Havel begins to speak with measured passion. The problem of totalitarian power weighs most heavily upon him. He explains that regimes such as Czechoslovakia, Romania and East Germany are unique.
Using more sophisticated methods of control than the dictatorships of the Third World, they are all-embracing and soul-destroying, “Totalitarian regimes get under society’s skin,” he says.
His words against totalitarianism are matched by a deep suspicion of the West. He is not a professional anti-Communist. He tells me that both systems contain huge, faceless organisations which treat people as mere objects.
“The world is losing its human dimension,” he says. “Self-propelling mega-machines, large-scale enterprises, faceless governments and other juggernauts of impersonal power represent the greatest threat to our present day world: Totalitarianism is no more than an extreme expression of this threat”.
Havel reaches for more, whisky and cigarettes, Our conversation turns philosophical.
He is is against Utopian visions – “radiant tomorrows” as he calls them. Life is ever-changing and ultimately intangible. Attempts to master it fully, to clamp it down to a blueprint, therefore always end up strait-jacketing and destroying life.
Mr Havel sees a direct link between beautiful Utopias and the gruesomeness of concentration camps. “What is a concentration camp, after all, but an attempt by Utopians to dispose of those elements which don’t fit into their Utopia?” he asks. Pol Pot and Khomeini are on his mind.
His question reminds me why the Western enthusiasm for Mr Gorbachev is considered unrealistic, even disheartening for many people in the East. The disgust produced by failed Utopias is something that people, living in the other half of Europe feel acutely.
I remind him that in his play Temptation a character says: “l don’t give any specific advice, and I don’t fix anything or anyone. The most I do is to stimulate now and again.”
He agrees that that could be his credo as a playwright. Theatre, he says, should not try to thrill or charm playgoers or make things easier for them by providing positive heroes.
“l try to fling my audiences into the heart of problems that they can’t avoid,” says Mr Havel, pausing to light another cigarette. “I try to push people’s noses into our common wretchedness. Theatre should remind people that the time is getting on, that our situation is bad and that there’s no time to lose.”
He describes how he began working in the theatre as a stagehand and soon became literary adviser at the famous Prague Theatre on the Balustrades.
His first play, The Garden, Party, brought him overnight fame in the Sixties. Since then he has become known as a master playwright of the Theatre of the Absurd.
He has written more than a dozen important plays, not all staged in Britain. Among the best-known are The Increased Difficulty of Concentration, an adaptation of The Beggar’s Opera and Temptation, performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican last year.
He modestly forgets to add that he has received many awards, including the American Obie Prize for the best off Broadway play, the Austrian Award for European Literature, and the 1986 Erasmus, prize.
These brilliant accomplishments have their painful side. For more than two decades he has been banned by the, Czechoslovak authorities from directing his own plays.
Worse still, during the same none of his plays has been performed in his Country. The sole exception – an amateur production in 1975 of The Beggar’s Opera in a village near Prague – led to a police raid and to the interrogation of all those who took part in it. This clampdown visibly anguishes him.
Mr Havel, the playwright with an aversion to power – grabbing politicians; has been dragged into politics against his will. He has served three prison sentences in the past 10 years.
He tells me that politics “from below” is one of the few ways individuals can seek. meaningful existence in world threatened by impersonal organisations.
“Only by looking outward,” he says. “and throwing ourselves repeatedly into the tumult of the world, with the intention of making our voices count – only in this way do we really become human beings.”
Surrounded by police and constant threats of arrest and imprisonment, his personal courage is awesome. I now understand why the Czech authorities fear him.
Mr Havel appealed to Mr Tadeusz Mazowiecki, the Polish Prime Minister, and Mr Imre Poszgay, the Hungarian Communist reformer, to support two human rights activists imprisoned in Czechoslovakia.
By Professor Keane Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy in London.
Ian R Maxwell-Muller, Temeside, Ludlow, SY8 1JW The cuddle hormone. Oxytocin is a powerful hormone released by men and women during orgasm – I always thought it was all ‘just chemical’, me & my poor old now ex-wife and all my old girlfriends; the past delusions of something much deeper; are now, fairly shattered.