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Some predictions for 2013 after 2012?

DAVOS/SWITZERLAND, 27JAN07 - John F. Kerry, Se...

DAVOS/SWITZERLAND, 27JAN07 - John F. Kerry, Senator from Massachusetts (Democrat), USA captured during the session ‘The Future of the Middle East’ at the Annual Meeting 2007 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 27, 2007. Copyright by World Economic Forum swiss-image.ch/Photo by Remy Steinegger (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

>”Don’t sweat the small stuff when so much else matters.”<

Predictions are not always easy and sometimes impossible. We have one certainty and this is that not nothing is certain. Our agenda for tomorrow based on today or yesterday may well work out, but sometimes it may get disrupted by the unexpected and we have to deal with things as they face us. The day may end differently than we expected, despite a good start perhaps and despite the fact that we assumed everything would by all right.

The same applies to predictions on a New Year, we hope for the best but nothing is certain. Same applies to the weather forecast. We may have good grounds to say it will be a sunny day tomorrow and go to the beach, but we may have to change plans as it proves to be a rainy day with a thunderstorm after eg a very humid day. Let’s be happy that the forecast that the world would end on the 20th of December was nonsense, nobody is able to predict those things.

In other words we may have our intentions but we are not sure whether they come true. Hence what I have to say about 2013 is based on assumptions, based on trends and certain facts perhaps but knowing as well that everything can be changed by the unexpected. In other words and if you like, read what is written below for your pleasure only. It is written by a country Physician, - so be on your guard as Physicians are not supposed to know anything about the future, not to speak about international developments. However what is said is not too difficult and perhaps we all know about it already. Besides this there is no pretension to be complete on those things as completeness on those things as far beyond our abilities.

2012 was for sure not the most dramatic year fortunately. As I said the world did not come to an end and for some this was a bonus, if they were aware of those predictions. Still there have been plenty of issues in 2012 with the seeds of events setting the scene for 2013. This includes eg the launch of a long-range rocket in North Korea, a country with just a new young leader.We had the conflict between Israel and Gaza, or actually as well the non – coöperation from Israel towards a new Palestinian State next door with still clearly significant Hamas impact and the potential of new rocket attacks from East Jerusalem, – if again a conflict situation. Hamas still being supported by Iran, not particularly Israels biggest ally so to say. We all know this. Nothing new. There has been always friction in this area.. Even in the Old Testament there were many reflections on struggle and endless fights. The problem now is that we have different means to start war’s. It’s a bit scary at times. Iran’s nuclear ambitions within this context are only adding oil on fear.

The ongoing civil war in Syria with endless killings and with the remote risk of escalation is an other example, and sadly spoken there is no reference for life at all in Syria (its leaders).. The only thing which is positive after the international community being tight into “non action” is that Russia is getting a bit over Syria with its troubles as well, which may aid international coöperation to end this pointless conflict, - based on a dictator hanging in for power. It’s a terrible example.

There are the current tensions between China and Japan about an absolute insignificant rock in the ocean, which means apparently enough for those countries to send Navy vessels to this direction. And we all hope that no idiot will start to sink a ship in this breeding conflict as little things can have major implications. However feel assured, neither the Chinese nor the Japanese are idiots, they need to show to their own people that they take this issue serious. However one may ask for what reason. One miscalculation or error in judgement may ruin plans. Interestingly Kennedy during the missile Cuba crisis in 1962 was at the end more concerned about his own Generals than about the leader of the Soviet Union at the time. Gives an indication perhaps that playing with fire may give unexpectedly a fire and sometimes a big one.

The continuation of Obama’s Presidency in 2013 may cause him more grey hairs, but his team approach will help to set the tone of international developments where both wisdom action and restraint are more balanced when the election outcome would have been differently. History has not always been that lucky.

Syrian dictator Assad still being in office with all the ongoing massacres will drive him into increasing isolation.Hopefully it is just a matter of time that international approval will help to stop the needless killings and extreme violence in this troubled country.The whole Middle East area is already troubled enough.

Needless to say that the Middle East will be most challenging in 2013, more so than in 2012. This since civilization festered area with religious hatred and conflict for certain will not easily find a harmonious solution for all parties involved. The most practical interim solution will be straight on US – Iran discussions to test Iran’s willingness to coöperate in multi part talks to restrict/reduce the chance of an escalating war without end.The emhasis should be to end all terror related violence as only this will encourage Israel to help the Palestinians into the developments needed with the protection of all people in the Israel/Gaza region.It is just wait and see whether it will go this direction, but it would be wise to include Iran subject to prove of genuine intentions to keep friendly relations with all neighbours in the area, including full safety guarantees for Israel.

It is amazing to see that the Euro crisis has been able to drag on for another year without a final conclusion. In December 2012 Greece is still in the Eurozone and different European countries are struggling with various intensity to stay straight, so to say. Unemployment ratio is increasing likewise the closure or reduction of various businesses. For many the belief in the Euro future is bleak with Germany however insisting that the Euro should survive. Needless to say that a potential fall of the Euro will have lots of implications for the people of Europe, but also for the nations with strong Euro connections.

Leadership changes took place in various countries during 2012 and generally spoken not much change can be expected immediately after those transitions. However, the leadership changes in both North Korea,China, Russia, Japan and other States will set the agenda for changing dynamics in 2013, with the inclusion at least of a stable and trustworthy foreign policy approach of the US under the same President with a good successor of Hilary Clinton as Secretary of State. John Kerry is a foreign policy expert and an impressive elder statesman in the US Senate. He will not need much “in-house training” to aid US foreign policy on critical issues in 2013.

The most important issue perhaps of being resolved at present is unfortunately financial . If both the US and Europe are unable to solve their issues with the required political will, it will enhance the weakening of the “western hemisphere” in almost every dimension. Fiscal cliffs or not, the balance between outgoing’s and innings need to be right. The current US deficit and the Federal Reserve printing heaps of money not backed by any “golden standard” or “oil” is asking for trouble down the line with the risk of a massive new recession.Utterly complex matters within the US not fully controlled need to be be managed or controlled by vigorous new legislation. Gun control is important and a public topic at present but the system of financial self-regulation is vital for the US to continue to exist in the way it does and not go down the road as the Roman empire once did. Some countries perhaps would be delighted with a reduction of US power, but the risk of a significant reduction of US power could destabilise the world and President’s Obama’s second term will be vital to face and deal with the issues as they are.The potential foreshadow of social unrest and increasing violence as a result of a possible second recession makes gun control even more significant to protect US citizens against itself. The potential destruction of the US not necessarily may come from the outside but can come from the inside and the years ahead are critical for the US. Inflation and possible recession are going hand in hand if no firm control on the Federal Reserve, but the powers behind this are significant and dealing with this is a risk for the US President. However what needs to be done needs to be done. At the end of the day it is all people’s work translated into energy, rewarded by money, - which is decreasing in value by the private control of creating money by the Federal Reserve. Man made problems can be resolved by men, only if the political will to support the required directions resonates through various legislative branches in both Europe and the US.Without any predictions being possible it is wait and see how the dynamis in this area will evolve in 2013, knowing that any international conflict could ruin the efforts of each country to solve its balance between spending and cutting costs in a way which protects those who have worked hard for their money, but also those who live from their superannuation, those who are disabled and fragile in society, the elderly and the children included. “Sometimes the wrong choices bring us to the right places.” as was once said by Nathan Pyle, – however I doubt this for 2013 (in no uncertain terms).. Increasing costs for food and energy against reduced value of our money is harmful wherever we may live on this world, and still the majority of people can’t afford it anymore and live below any reasonable standard of living.

Various countries in the Middle East will face the problem of opposing Islamist groups taking responsibility of taking Government as many Islamists have their own political frictions with the potential of increasing sectarian conflicts in the years laying ahead. Initial peaceful countries could turn quickly into new areas of intense conflict.

The US has renewed interest  in the Asian Pacific for both economical and security reasons after withdrawing from both Iraq and eventually in 2014 from Afghanistan, but the vacuüm created will have both Iran’s and India’s interest to have their perceived deserved share of influence. Also an area of different dynamics with an uncertain outcome at this stage after US withdrawal by the end of 2014.

It is anticipated that US dependence on oil exporting countries is going to reduce in quite sustained ways with significant “US dollar” issues. There is a tendency already of increasing countries less relying on the value of the US dollar with as final result (forgetting about a few other issues) that the US impact on foreign international policy may reduce in value and strength..

President Obama shortly in his second term will have greater influence to balance the critical important relationships between the US and China. The new President Xi from China needs to get agreement and support for a different set of policies in a rebalancing act on the Chines economy and the demands of some 350 million middle class people. The facts behind the conflict between Japan and China in the East Chines sea could be well that the Chinese government can’t afford to look weak. It is clear that the US has been worried about China for some time and it is not hoped that Japan might be forced to act in a very trivial conflict with apart from this the still contentious issues around Taiwan.

As we all know, words from leaders may lead to action and both feeding empty rhetoric and false sentiments besides fear, are unhelpful to balance the required coöperation between Washington and Beijing.Tha call for action goes together for the call for great care on both sides. Again note that it has been an international interest to have President Obama reelected as US “Commander-in-Chief”, even though a number of US citizens feel different about this.

Iran has been faced with various sanctions in 2012 together with increased inflation and unemployment.The desire of Iran to go nuclear and have potential weapons of mass destruction is going at a significant cost for Iran.It’s standing in the region as due to the Arab uprising is not as strong as it was before.It’s ally Syria is fully involved in a civil war and Israels insistence on a preëmptive attack may seem to have diminished somewhat, waiting what a second Obama term will deliver in terms of security for Israel. The question remains whether containment of a nuclear Iran is possible. Israel will still reconsider its options and in terms of US foreign policy it would be wise to test Iran on its willingness to have serious discussions on security matters in the Middle East area, including its place about Israel. If Israels security is without any doubt accepted it is neither in Israel’s interest nor intention to start a preëmptive war with Iran, but also this is a wait and see matter as how dynamics will evolve. Needless to say again that this is an area of both great concern and importance and proactive management from the US Administration is a need to keep the right balance as from other countries this can’t be expected, unfortunately. It’s a critical issue in US foreign policy in the Middle East and it would be hoped that John Kerry will be granted with a new US mission to explore the potential coöperation with Iran to balance US vital security interest in Israel, without a major Middle East war.

Climate change and the implications of Climate change, the protection against terrorism of any kind will remain high on the international agenda, likewise and hopefully increasingly the protection of human rights. The last often an issue of international lip service and a need being recognised but not often materialised where it proves to be required, including the issue of increasing human trafficking. Also in this domain we have to wait and see how international coöperation will work out, but at least a stable world will contribute and a world with increasing conflict will compromise, – any form of human rights! Hence the importance of the 2013 agenda that some countries are going to deal seriously with their own financial affairs as what we can learn from history is that the great depression of the 1930ties was one of the triggers of the second word war.

America’s stronghold as an economic power has been compromised in the past and it is by far nor sure this will be sorted in the future. A sudden recession or an unexpeced and escalating conflict could ruin each potential to overcome its problems if both leaders in Europe and the US are unable to get the required support to control internal economical dynamics not being sufficiently managed in the past. Fruitful international relationships are  of ongoing importance, which will be really the challenge of 2013 with a new generation of leaders in vital countries of potential conflict.

Far more to say about 2013, but let’s leave this to the experts with more insight information about existing background dynamics. What often seems true on the surface is different from the inside, with the knowledge reaching this inside.

Paul Wolf

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Towards a Global Peace Museum in Atlanta‏

Resist what is wrong and persist in what is good! 
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“He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.”
Abraham Lincoln
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“The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise rather than saved by criticism”
–  Norman Vincent Peale
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“One of my favourite little sayings is: To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing”
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It is a pleasure to see that Global Peace Museum in Atlanta changed their website around the 20th of April 2014 from a non factual one on their organisational presentation,  to a “fitting new website” showing now a far more proper situation: http://www.myglobalpeace.com/
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Changing website however, the last being more professional than the previous one, is a cosmetic procedure only when it doesn’t go straight away together with improving basic organisational principles. The last including participation and trust at both the personal level,  the interpersonal,  the management and  the  organisational level. This includes creating a culture based on values where there is no place for unprofessional out of sight comments on other team members.
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The Global Peace Museum is apprizing the Gandhi and Martin Luther King legacy.
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Looking at Gandhi’s life, –  when he followed his vision of an independent nation, it proved he had a whole culture following him  breaking  “new ground”  whilst he  had neither formal authority nor a conventional place in India. His authority was of a moral nature,  – like the authority Nelson Mandela developed at Robben Island in himself was of an untainted moral kind. The last which expressed itself in the way NM dealt with all the significant challenges in South Africa’s during the dismantling of apartheid from 1990 – 1993, – and very obviously the way he presided South Africa from 1994-99 as the first black President.  He created sustainable development without “screwing up”.  If he made an error he was genuine honest about it without sweeping matters under the carpet or being defensive.  All this made him the man he was within a context of the business of politics he had to entertain as part of his election and mission. He created a culture of leadership.
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When Albert Schweitzer e.g. in his efforts to resist what is wrong and persist in what is good  -(the basis of all ethics)-  went to the jungle in Gabon to set up a hospital, his finances were initially poor. He had to organise his business affairs in such a way that going to Africa became a viable option but in his naturalness he never blamed development issues when his judgement would have failed him, - however his authenticity never failed him as well in the presentation of his circumstances. He had a support team but he never faked one and there were never out of sight comments on people who provided limited support perhaps as he was grateful for any support. He showed a real culture of service.
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Any people orientated business trying to achieve large donations like a Global Peace Museum in Atlanta needs to be founded on a similar high level of moral ground and organisational trust, – a high level of discernment and inclusiveness at all possible levels as well. Especially when the leader compares himself with Albert Schweitzer.
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In line with proper accountability then,  -the “Gandhi-MLK” legacy being cherished by GPM requires very visible evidence that any donations will be held in a Trust Account under the control of trustees. The last with only one ACP member and eg 2 different Attorneys to decide on acceptable expenses to be paid for from public donations.
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One may enjoy the possibilities of a GPM when the leadership’s compass throughout circumstances and destinations is always focussed on principles and justice,  like many people in the past showed “justice” through enterprises where many problems had to be resolved to make real progress.
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Obviously there may be “developmental circumstances” but there is however a clear distinction between the last and managing circumstances in a dissembling way, – this which may bring an Organisation off-track on various dimensions.
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Any people orientated organisation with a potential and aspiration in the domain of peace is nothing more in the first instance than what it carries as a deep driving desire. Hence the importance of both a practical and well-shared mission & vision statement. The last as specific for the driving entreaty as possible. Only at this level then the intentions related at the organisational level may be shown in activities closely aligned with the desires as presented in this mission & vision statement.
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The power by which this vision is articulated and finding attraction at a scale not seen as yet by GPM over the last 4 years,  may help this organisation to find it’s destiny.
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The last is at least in part a matter of conducting business with the best possible morality and captivating leadership, through which a conceivable deep-rooted organisation may get “wings”.
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This hoping to be the future for GPM I wish them well as I feel the Gandhi-MLK spirit deserves more than I have seen till so far, –  as a departing overseas (Founding) Chair of the GPM Board of Advisers some 4 weeks ago.
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Within the above environment I  respectfully declined any proposed further association between this project and me as I felt that the MLK-Gandhi legacy deserved at least a more principle-centred leadership & management within the context of a Global Peace Museum in Atlanta, rather than a “pretend Organisation” with people filling positions “on paper” only, – essentially just serving “in name”.
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It proved distinctly I could  not  work with this as clarity on above situation evolved  only bit by bit,  too slowly,  without neither finally an unpretentious response from both ACP and GPM, – nor any display of understanding when I raised this ambiguity internally first, -apart from other matters. It raised however profound concerns on “the culture” from which GPM/ACP tried to put the Global Peace Museum Atlanta in the public picture. If self-scrutiny is the essence of critical thinking  one may wonder about the internal organisational strength of both ACP & GPM in Atlanta.
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Personally I feel a  Global Peace Museum warrants to be a success story in the name of Peace and neither a liability nor an embarrassment at a cost of both Peace  and Public Trust.
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The last because ripples of hope need to sparkle around the globe and attract people willing to rise to new challenges such as achieving both Peace, Justice and opportunity in their own context or environment.
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The last with appreciation of the legacy of both older and modern Peace makers. Those who did ignite already sparkles of aspiration and hope and helped us – in Isaiah’s words (but not in the same context) - “to walk in the light of our own fire”. This time guided by both peace, justice and respect for life.  As such we may lighten the way for others to face life each time in joyful ways with a renewed courage, where the last is conceivable within the domain of our actions.
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Peace is more than the absence of war and includes justice as well.  Justice includes peace but peace does not always includes justice. We live in a world with the risk of war, but also in a world with e.g increasing human trafficking, increasing child abuse and sex trafficking, – disaster areas as due to forces of nature with often an insufficient swift response to ease the burdens for so many. Not to speak about all the others. Not to speak about the unspeakable.
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We live in a world as well with e.g. increasing injustice within institutions, – a pest if not eradicated!
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Though we are limited in our endeavours, we shall overcome one day, .  as long as our dreams do last, .  as long as our unaffected efforts do not rest, .   as long as our mind conceives and believes, our gratitude does not cease, and we as people are able to complete, . in a way which lifts the burdens in and around us and makes us free.
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Free as much to make free as such, by simply resisting what is wrong and persisting in what is good. Each in our unassuming ways whilst protecting live as good as possible.
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Thanks!
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Paul Alexander Wolf
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WE SHALL OVERCOME

Negotiations to End Apartheid in South Africa

Negotiations to End Apartheid in South Africa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labours of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.” – Albert Einstein

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“Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which can’t be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little.”
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“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”
- Melody Beattie

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We shall overcome one day but we may overcome ourselves in the first instance with gratitude. Gratitude to our past, our present and our future. Gratitude to those who made our life and circumstances possible. Gratitude to our friends and opponents who made what we are, who shaped our response.

Looking and being grateful what we did receive ourselves in terms of good fortune, health and other things, we may indeed look around as well. Both in the past, in the present and in the future. We may come ourselves with the things we cherish or with the positives amidst  negatives. This might be different for all of us.

If we look at the past let’s be e.g grateful for the Freedom Fighters in the US who shaped the future for equal rights among black and whites. This shaping of the future was not without violence and cruelty. Non-violent struggle did overcome racial segregation, like it did overcome apartheid in South Africa with similar forces in action many years later. Again, not without violence and cruelty. People beaten, shot, disappearing, often at young age, – by their opponents. But they did overcome marching up to freedom land. Freedom land, not the goal, but the way, – with largely the aim of violence to be avoided. It is the way of violence to be avoided within all reasonable dimensions, if possible. It is at least the way of violence to be avoided by not provoking this violence, within dimensions which continue to be reasonable.

Like America was trying to control the status quo in the 196o ties,  South Africa was trying to defend the rights of minorities and compromising the rights of majorities. Many countries are still doing the same. The non-violence movement has been neither restricted to the US nor South Africa.

Let’s be grateful if it could be the privilege and the pride of most countries to bring change from inside. Peaceful change with the least possible violence. A movement which should grow from Syria to North Korea, from oppressive regimes in South America to similar regimes in Asian countries. But the means by which the movement for change tries to break through now is by no means the same, – more deadly even and perhaps more dangerous.

Let’s be grateful for the media who are able to bring injustice to daylight with day-to-day examples, not by judging e.g. the people of Syria and North Korea, – but by judging the leaders at higher and lower levels. Those leaders responsible for the venom injected to paralyze it’s people in fear and not to speak out.

In Syria they do, they fight back. They fight back to pay evil with evil and the question is which party is going to benefit from this, which party is going to benefit from so many people on the run, so many people being shifted in shelter camps. Children often lifelong traumatized. The last being the most tragic casualties of the war. Children simply to survive on the bare minimum without any education anymore. It being very hard as well to get aid where aid needs to be. People from there even trying to move to France and trying to get into the UK. For them getting to get across the Channel being vital, as they are fed with illusions on jobs and prosperity. Those illusions fed by the hands of underworld gangs who make people trafficking and preying on refugees and lost people their business.

In Syria many feel dead among the living.  Ongoing violence between the Sunni – dominated opposition and the al – Assad regime supported Alawite’s, – an offshoot of Shiite Islam,  - against again other Muslim groups.  The bloodshed and massacres do not seem to stop and the question is what sort of good may come out of this and what sort of “reason” other countries will come up with , without making the situation more explosive. The question as well what sort of “gratitude” people may have at such places in the most difficult circumstance one can imagine,  - situations like we can only recognize from war’s we have been able to leave behind. The gratitude to live for some might be replaced by the gratitude to die for others, which is the worst of all gratitude as the last gratitude we should have is the gratitude to live. And this is the preferred gratitude we should be able to share.

The last is what we may think. But people are able to take this away from other people by the venom of hate, by the brutality of their violence, by the starvation of people. Some of them will “overcome” but not all of them. Some of them may see the new day but not all of them. Some of them may feel peace but others may have lost all peace, all gratitude, and don’t feel human anymore as their humanity has been compromised at the utter roots. It is this almost complex manifestation in nature as well, that life comes at a cost of other life, –  whilst as human beings by nature we have the gift by choice in general to change the dynamics of hate and destruction into dynamics of a reasonable peace. And we need to be grateful for this gift, even in the darkest hours. As with this shared gift we can change and “overcome”.

Liberation is only possible by ordinary people doing extra ordinary things by non-violence. The power of ordinary people can keep a dream alive, can move governments if so required, is able to move the dangers of war and all-out violence. Is even able to “move” people who lost their dreams as due to an overload of prosperity. The other way around, – so to say. However, is non violence possible under all circumstances as part of the process of liberation?

If we look at history the answer is simply: No!  Without violence it was not possible to remove Hitler and his followers. Without violence it was not possible to protect e.g.the Jews in countries like e.g. the Netherlands, where resistance groups had to target Gestapo Officers responsible for the transport of Jews to concentration camps, and likewise had to target collaborators who worked with the Gestapo and indicated which people did give shelter for Jews. The last resulting in both families providing shelter for Jews and the same Jews being protected for some time to be put on trains straight to the camps in Germany. It is just an example. And there are far more and other examples as well. However non-violent action to bring required change is the most favorable and most honorable way to add to peaceful dynamics which may last. Perseverance is more prevailing than violence

Let’s be grateful that despite tears pain and hardship and even death, – history showed the growing seeds of turning against evil and overcome destructive powers. Therefore, still we can say “we shall overcome” even if we are not allowed to see the promised land, – we shall overcome as even with our limited days on this earth we have the choice to try to cut destruction and improve life and the circumstances of those who needless suffer as due to the choices of evil powers not to be tolerated in our times. Powers which are due to be eliminated as due to the risks they impose on humanity.

Time is slow for those who need help. Time is slower for those who are desperate and time stands still when people lose their loved one’s in the ongoing violence in eg Sudan, Gaza and other areas. Protecting self-interest in countries under threat is one thing, and can be within proportions. But being the “prisoner” of perceived national security threats not being able to reach out to the other voices and crippling people with the brutal forces of the secret police and other military powers in some instances, – are hard to tolerate in a world which faced so much violence before.

History did teach us many lessons in what works and the things which do not work, and we can be grateful for this.  However the highest appreciation is not utter words but to live by those lessons, to live the gratitude for those lessons and to pay tribute to those in history who did give to more justice and gratitude and peace for our times and all times, – even when there are still areas on this planet where this is not felt at all.

We shall overcome one day , we  shall all overcome one day through pain and tears. And those who have no pains or tears can be grateful for this and may wonder what we can do to lift the burdens of others with more pain and tears in the spirit of non-violence,  where hate has no place anymore.

If at all possible!

This is the gratitude, if not only utter words, which  may help us all to overcome one day. We need to live it through to that day!

That day “when we are free,- free at last!”,  - whenever this day will be in the future, and whatever we have to face to see this day.

 

Thanks!

Paul 

Paul Alexander Wolf

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2013 in review

Vaktrak track vaccuum train in, New York City

Vaktrak track vaccuum train in, New York City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,000 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

 

Paul

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Decisions in 2014

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“Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished.  If you are alive it isn’t – Richard Bach

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“By this means you will acquire the glory  of the whole world.”  - The Emerald Tablet      (Aprox 3000 -5000 BC)

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You can still make decisions . . .Decisions based on your driving desire and your will. Decisions resulting in deeds and deeds resulting in your destiny, – so to say.

It is well known that the sum of your decisions largely define your future and “destiny”, by choice..

Let’s take courage from this principle of life, so to say. Courage at the beginning of a New Year again. Courage perhaps for the years ahead. Courage that at some extend and perhaps at some large extend we can take control, or still take control, as we have the gift of a free choice in most of the things we undertake. We have even the choice to buy into this principle or not, make the decision to use our freedom as good as possible within the given circumstances or not.

It sounds so simple “lets take courage” but in the broader context we are made to act and not acted upon. We are not made to stand aside but we are made to take part. We are not made to stay in idle hope but we are made to carry the spirit forward in the firm belief that life is worthwhile living, in the knowledge that this world is far from perfect. All this is based on our deeds, our decisions, – our will and our desires.

Our decisions need to be based on the simple fact that it is better to love than to hate, regardless that loving does not mean allowing anyone else to abuse us.

If we do so we may have peace at heart!

Nelson Mandela could have said: ” For those living  in countries like South Africa in the past - under oppression - any one may ask what he or she may contribute to the reduction of tyranny and improve eventually, where possible, the process of reconciliation with the power of forgiveness”.
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Doing so means you have peace at heart like Mandela  had a particular way of  peace at heart.
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No reconciliation however is able to undo the torture of women and children, and the culprits of those acts against humanity should face the justice systems of their own countries as this is a required peace time effort.
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If we can’t e.g resolve those problems in peacetime, civilisation is not by any means able to resolve such problems at war-time.
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The question is what we are going to do about it and what our own personal response will be for our own future, amidst all the choices we have in our own circumstances in 2014.  Good is to improve life where possible, – bad is to destroy life where this in the spirit of both reason and compassion can be, or should be, avoided.  At times this can be an agonising question without peace, – but it may provide us peace.
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An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth are not the means by which we need to live, and on all sides of the religious spectrum we are never told to do so. Those “who live by the sword will be killed by the sword”.
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It’s a matter of peace or conflict.
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As Martin Luther King ,Jr once said:  “Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation.”
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The crux lies in the method!
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We live however in a world where simple escalating events may lead to massive drama’s all around, – a world where peace in no way is secured.
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War’s have been fought over various decades, influence shifted across the borders of various nations and the balance of power will be neither the domain only of super powers nor the prerogative of economic powers when we see countries arise with the potential of military and nuclear power meeting us again, – eventually by surprise perhaps. The last destroying historical efforts of civilised nations to stay above the potential of mass destruction, – based on the reasoning that a large new war is not a rational alternative anymore. Often this reasoning has been forged in the crucible of historical hardship, being different for most of the nations on this world, – however being unique in both the shared will to survive and to prosper. The last does apply for most nations but not for all perhaps. The Russian provocation on Cuba with the US in October 1962 brought the world only hours away from a very likely and totally uncontrolled all-out nuclear war, more or less prevented -so to say – at “the last minute”.
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In our peaceful efforts we need to keep this at heart.
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Both love forgiving and gratitude in the will to live and to manifest itself  in all our energies brightens the world, – like the sun brightens the sky. Nothing in this world is impossible and e.g. Nelson Mandela made sure to remind us of this! And as President Kennedy once said: “The only certainty we have is that nothing is certain”.
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Today in the international arena of politics we are faced with the increasing prospect that relatively less influential nations and leaders may use their possession of nuclear warheads by narrow-minded decisions, – aiming to inflict as large as possible destruction for reasons nobody understands.  It will put peace at the biggest test…
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Everything is a matter of perception and perceptions do rule the world, either in the leaders of people and governments, or in the people themselves. Whether those perceptions are right or wrong, bizarre perhaps at times – if we make decisions feuded by prejudice, and as such preventing that we work together with the most crucial different perceptions of our times, – we are taking away the opportunities of people coming together and making the impossible possible.
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Decision , decisions..but we have to face them at any level, – wherever we live in 2014!
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So the courage  to decide and try to maintain peace in general  is important, at any place and at any time,  – but the courage to love as well.  The compassion of doing the things being both right and good at every point of testing. This will define your future in the smaller areas and our future in the larger domain of living together, – living together on this small planet. It will define our future within this larger domain if the majority of voices on this world speak and act upon this language in the same or similar frequency
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The courage to live life in such a way as well as if every day could be the last one.
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The courage to strive for peace.
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This is a question of courage and character, a question of encouragement or discouragement, – the question or ask to be a sparkling light as we have the privilege of a free choice to show ourselves this way, – this way with peace.
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As once said, peace does not mean to be at a place with no noise. Peace does not mean to live without trouble or hard work, but it means to live at a place where our energies are focussed. It means we can be calm at heart when there is violence, calm at heart when there is injustice or hardship, – but work against it with “Peace at Heart”. Peace at heart when we realise that  the world lives in us and we do live in the world. The last with our own response, – with our own last choice to make  decisions with  peace at heart.  Nobody can take this ability away from us if our desires go this direction.
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This is the kind of peace I wish everybody for 2014!   A  peace with neither limit nor ceiling, wherever we may live and whatever our circumstances may show.  This is the kind of peace within the domain of our own choices, our own decisions, – the decisions within the smaller areas of our life  or the bigger ones at a larger stage. As long we are able to make decisions based on those desires, our mission on earth is not finished and still, – still we are able to acquire the glory of  the world, as once was stated some 5000 years ago.
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“Turn your face toward the sun and the shadows will fall behind you.”,  - again this is what I wish for all of you.  That the shadows fall behind you in 2014 and that so your desires reach the frequency of peace and compassion!
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Have a GREAT NEW YEAR in 2014!!!!
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Christmas of the best kind?

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Nativity scene at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in the historic Barelas neighborhood, Albuquerque, NM, Jan 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in
mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”
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“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.”

-Roy L.Smith

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“Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our  childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport  the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!”

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Isn’t it great to look forward to Christmas again?  Christmas in New York is different from the one in e.g. Sydney,  – different again for cities where they don’t celebrate Christmas at all. It is more an event in the Western world than in the Eastern world.

But for us who celebrate Christmas we tend to look forward, to be with family and friends, to share presents perhaps. To have simply a good time together!

Some do like it and others don’t like it. And so be it!

If you don’t like this article try to read it again with Christmas, – if you need to think about it! ..  Sometimes you need to read things twice.

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Christmas is about a human life example. Jesus born more than 2000 years ago and being created as a force of love as planned  by his Father. Whilst many people did resonate with his words of “freedom”,  freedom  from a different kind, – the powers in authority did not like Jesus Christ one bit and decided to kill him.
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The story of the birth of Jesus Christ has been repeated in endless variations but the crux of the story should or could be that we are reminded on what he tried to bring on earth as a set of principles perhaps (or examples), – rather than his birth itself. He did not consider his birth himself important as an event to celebrate. Far more the message and instructions he left. To celebrate the last and to live this out is more important and is actually a way of having Christmas at heart.
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History turned it into a celebration of his birth with Christmas trees and presents, which is really fine, -  however Christmas as such never existed shortly after Jesus died. He did not ask for it. He asked for different things.
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The celebrations of this kind are strictly man-made as many things are man-made, which does not take away the positives  of reminding the birth of Christ at heart.
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All the care kindness and understanding besides the love you can master  are the greatest contributions you can make beyond Christmas, if you are prepared to consider Christmas not only as a yearly memory amidst candlelight about the birth of Jesus Christ, but as “the birth” of a set of ideas which was created with the life of Jesus Christ. Radical in his manifestation during his lifetime.
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Choices this direction will make life never anymore as it was before. We can change our lives with the love we give into our relationships, regardless the level of encounters we may have. It is summarised in the commend to love your neighbor as yourself. It manifest itself in kindness, support, gratitude and any other positive feelings towards others. The fundamental issue is not how others behave but how we respond in the day-to-day things, turning away from negativity where possible.
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Perhaps Christmas is about you, what you are able to give both in your spare
time and non spare time. It is about what you are feeling as well in any
circumstances as this at some extend is determining your actions. Love
does resolve negatives at most levels in relationships, at most
dimensions of human life.
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It’s a bit of a different look at it, isn’t it?
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If the spirit of a real Christmas which never existed could call again from
long and dark centuries ago, it would not argue the yearly ritual around
Christmas day in modern times. There is no harm in it whatsoever even if we celebrate the things being less important in life, but for some only important at the end of each year.
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Christianity through centuries has been both colourful and cruel, both full of love and hate through institutions, both full of evolution with sense and senseless destruction. The celebration of Christmas went on during war’s and other destructions of life. But Christmas itself is time for families and friends being together as a tradition closing in on the end of the year, with shops full of lights and houses with colourful trees and presents. Whilst this has little to do with the birth of Christ there is noting against it either.  In certain parts of the world it is part of a human tradition to celebrate events and the repetition of celebrating such events through the year seems to be important in the way history evolved. At times it is very important for family life. The nice flavour, the nice atmosphere etc.
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If human kind , or better those who are interested,  for a moment are able to think about the real meaning of the life of Jesus, – we don’t need as such to celebrate his birth but concentrate on what he left as a legacy to be worked out,  the last before he went back to our Father in Heaven. This is more than simply celebrating his birthday so to say and having  Boxing Day afterwards. Again, nothing against it, – it’s all fine!  It’s a time for family at the end of each year and everybody may define it his or her own way.
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During the recent events around the death of Nelson Mandela the positive
thing was that many world leaders came together and tried to captivate in their own words what Mandela did for his country and some other countries. No one was able however to summarise this forgiving spirit into a unifying effort perhaps for a more complete world, –  still in waiting.
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So is Christmas not necessarily a repetitive yearly story to be told in Churches or celebrated under the Christmas tree, but possibly it could be more the repetitive effort how the world of Christ may come through in our time and circumstances. As a force of the best possible human efforts. Some would say we owe this to creation. Others would say we owe this to this world and its people. Few would say we owe this to God.
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It is easier to dream about “realities” and not to work towards realities. It is easier to think about things never happening before and say “why” rather than to think about things which have never been before and say “Why not?”. It is easier to feel pain free without such a journey rather than feeling the pain of “the world living in us and we living in this world” during such a journey, – despite enjoyment we may feel about the gift of life and the colourful tapestry we may have experienced till so far.
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Love is not the biological reproduction of life only, or the pleasure related with this, – but far more the spiritual reproduction of DNA to reduce the hardship in peoples life, to reduce the suffering, to reduce violence, to reduce the risk of war and to end criminal efforts of those who make e.g human trafficking and modern slavery their business. Those are e.g. the efforts which should not stop after yearly Christmas celebrations. The biggest criminals may have Christmas trees in their homes as well, – but take a day off with Christmas!
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At the end of the day it all comes to the joint efforts to improve life rather than to destruct it. And all those things start in our own world, in our own imagination and desires, in our own community  and countries and within our own circle of people we know.
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We are not made to stand aside but we are made to take part. We are not made to stay in idle hope but we are made to carry the spirit forward in the firm belief that life is worthwhile living, in the knowledge that this world is far from perfect. Our decisions need to be based on the simple fact that it is better to love than to hate, regardless that loving does not mean allowing anyone else to abuse us.
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To embrace human kind for what it is,  more is required to make Christmas in your own heart real.  An effort to create a better world where the old world has gone.
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For each of us applies the question how much of our abilities and good fortune can be kept for us alone or need to be shared with others. Christmas that way can be an awesome  and life changing experience.
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A most famous bush doctor who went out to Lambarena in Gabon the last century to build a hospital for the locals said once to someone who was wondering how to serve best: “Every one can create his or her own Lambarena.” The person who asked this did it her own way, using her own creativity and talents. It was amazing the way she did it, different obviously but unique and simple. It is amazing how many other good things happen as well, often unnoticed. It is amazing as well how many people in essence are of good heart.
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Nelson Mandela could have said: ” For those living  in countries like South Africa in the past - under oppression - any one may ask what he or she may contribute to the reduction of tyranny and improve eventually, where possible, the process of reconciliation with the power of forgiveness”.
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It is my feeling that he could have said it this way, as he did not say it as such as far as I am aware.
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Feelings are important, they may start with a strong and positive thought, which may result in strong and positive action and if this action does resonate it will bring change for communities countries and the world.
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With Christmas at heart we may say that Jesus could have said: ” The most important things for human beings here on earth is not to look only for the success rate of one’s own job and family, but look at the eternal Father first and love your neighbour as yourself then.”
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He said it slightly differently but that does not matter. But with the awareness of Christ’s intentions in our heart we may be faced with different questions, for each of us to be answered in our own life and “worked on” in our own circumstances. For those who want to face this it is both a joy and struggle to work this out, a way of questioning yourself at times. Not always easy!
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There is still increasing hunger and oppression, an increasing shift of people trying to move from one continent to the other, people smugglers who enrich themselves at a cost of far too many human lives , women and children.
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Countless children are used for the sex industry. New recreational drugs appearing on the market show at times to be more lethal than before and can be delivered at your house per internet order, screwing up at least the minds of young people. One can’t turn a blind eye to the increasing yearly death toll as due to unlawful gun violence in the US and other countries.
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If we can’t resolve those problems in peacetime, civilisation is not by any means able to resolve such problems at war-time. No reconciliation is able to undo the torture of women and children and the culprits of those acts against humanity should face the justice systems of their own countries. People e.g. who ignore the right of children to live may lose the right to live themselves as they compromise what needs to be our future, and the power of love does not need to accept what can’t be reconciled anymore when people make it their business to destruct and torture human lives.
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When love is able affecting the trillions of body cells in one human being to work together with more harmony and less illness, – the same love resonating in a trillion of human beings may change the world by an unstoppable force of  energy. That could be the most spectacular Christmas ever. That would be the most abundant reposition for the future.
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It’s a dream!
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What we do with the intent of Christmas will show in the direction the future takes.
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The question is what we are going to do about it and what our own personal response will be for our own future, amidst all the choices we have. It is for all of us finding the right balance.
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Hence  Christmas is neither a time nor a season, but a state of mind.  To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy  is part of having the real spirit of Christmas.   And those who have not Christmas in their heart,  for certain,  - will  never find it under a tree.
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IF WE HAVE LOVED WELL WHILE WE WERE ALIVE. . . . .

English: ubuntu for human beings

English: ubuntu for human beings (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“If we have loved well while we were alive, there is life after death here -our love will go on for generations” – Desmond Tutu.

“I am what I am because of what we all are” – Ubuntu.

“A time of crisis is not just a time of anxiety and worry. It gives a chance, an opportunity, to choose well or badly.” – Desmond Tutu

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If we consider the will to live in and around us on this planet as part of a cosmic manifestation which started with extreme forces in the universe some multi billion years ago perhaps, one of the things we may wonder  is that we owe to the sun. Sounds strange perhaps. Without sun there would be no life on this planet. However the sun never asks what we can do in return, never asks for a favour. It is pure energy and light.

Love in the will to live and to manifest in all our energies brightens the world, – like the sun brightens the sky.

Love is one of the major substances of nature  human life and the universe and as human beings we can love far more than we ever did before. Love does not ask for favours.  What this love of a different kind creates is positive energy which will one way or the other flow back to us, resolve problems and divisions and many more.

As part of our creative abilities and being receptive to what is going on around us we can make the choice to look for the things we love, – what we love in other people, in events and circumstances.

Before we go to bed and fall asleep we may consider and feel what we love in all those little things and this on its own will lift our spirit. And obviously as proactive human beings we have to try to go for the things we love and like to do, – without wasting energy on pointless obstacles, if we are able to turn away from this.

If at bed time we are too exhausted and fail to have the energy to wonder about what we love or to realise what our gratitude requires, we can easily skip a few days, – as long as we try to make a habit to do this before bedtime at least once a week.

We can make the impossible possible for what we really love as we have our imagination and endless opportunities to dream things which were never before, with the conviction that it will happen (that it actually already happened).  Not always but often we can make things true of what we so strongly believe.

The gift to play with our mind in the positive may have been lost for some who may say this belongs to childhood. But if we keep control over our mind, our mind and heart will never be our enemy. If we train our mind to feel love and give love on top of our gratitude to all those people who may have had an impact on our inner and outer life, – the implications can be life changing.

A “thank you” for the gifts we receive(d) under almost all circumstances and to others, may help us to give in the same measure as we did receive in both the past and the present. Neither the present nor the past can prevent both our gratitude and love for what we want and believe for the future, - as long as we don’t harm.

Whilst life is not without struggle or defeat in our perceptions, – through gratitude felt by our heart we may find compensation in the “trials” of life.

The more we give in terms of love and gratitude, the more we will receive as well, – as love is really the major part of our substance. Major part of nature and the universe as well and if we we don’t see things with our own restricted human eyes, – somehow it will reflect back to us from various directions. Our links with the universe are of an unseen nature, which does not mean that those links do not exist. Through the energy of love in which we take part as products of this universe, we may give in abundance and may receive in abundance. The more we give this way, the more we receive the other way in ways we don’t need to understand.

The last only if we don’t give to receive, which is a subtle but important difference of our mindset. It does simply not work when you give to receive! I will reflect later on an early childhood experience.

Faith indeed is somehow trusting and believing and loving the things we don’t see, – and at some stage seeing the things we believed.

It requires a mindset of a different kind and love of a different kind.

It requires as well to say “thank you” for the things we received, – like Einstein did at least 50 times a day when he was asked what his major achievement was. He did thank the people who played a role in his life, people who had an impact on him and his circumstances. Perhaps this was one of the reasons that the universe provided him with the wisdom and the knowledge of the kind he received. It was Dr Albert Schweitzer as well who learnt to show his gratitude and his act to travel to Lambarene and start one of the first mission hospitals in Gabon was an act of love, – tough love. This mission started in the last century.

Let us never forget that Jesus said “thank you” before he performed a miracle.

There is more going on than we can see or hear in the interactions between our planet and the universe, but if we harness us with the power of love with abundance and the right energy, we will receive with abundance and we may enjoy this, - even though the world as it is is far from perfect.

Just anecdotal, I learnt my first lessons the funny way when I was close to eight years old only, – spending the summer holidays in Haamstede (Zeeland) with my parents my brothers and some friends. It was a place close to the sea, dunes and forest with a large gliding airport. I loved playing with a kite as kids do.  My kite often crashed and the lifespan of that kite was often not longer than a week as the stronger the wind the stronger the crashes. On the 16th of July it was the birthday of grandma and I did send her a nice card with a biblical text which was suitable for her as she was a very Christian woman in her 80ties. This was a gesture without expectation as it was her birthday, – would have been different perhaps if it was my birthday at the age of eight. It was a very pleasant surprise to receive a few days later an envelope with lets say some $25,-.  I forgot to say “thank you” to grandma (she lived some distance away ) and bought straight away a new kite, – which  crashed various times as well. This kite was done within 10 days (lasted a bit longer) but there was no pocket-money left.  My dad gave not any further pocket-money and the local little “Foodland” refused to give me a loan kite. Well, – I decided to send grandma a new card with this time a better text of similar nature. A few days later an envelope came in with $10,=.  At this age I did not understand why the moneys were reduced, but anyhow,  again I forgot to say a genuine “thank you” and bought straight on a new kite which obviously was of less quality. My slightly older brother started unfortunately to send cards to grandma as well.  My new kite did not last longer than 3 days this time, which was bad luck and a new card with the right text did not receive any response. My brother did not receive anything and felt perhaps unfairly treated. Grandma knew obviously what was starting to happen but she took everything in her later life with a loving smile.

Experiences of “right and wrong” or half “right and wrong”,  giving and taking etc  do start at early childhood in every human being.  As long as people learn and are able to take the next step.

Some do from this point of view better than others. Most important is that a level will be reached of compassion, both love and gratitude, – the last  for what we received through the labour of others. Both in the spirit and the material things they provided for us. Both from people who already died and are still alive.

When I became a little older and in contact with people, – through circumstances and being engrossed at some lengths in the greater human spirits of our time,  I became to realise that what we give in love may live on, – and that the force of love and gratitude in life can make the impossible possible, like we e.g. see in Nelson Mandela.

Nothing in this world is impossible and e.g. Nelson Mandela made sure to remind us of this!

Let’s be grateful for every human spirit who kept our inner life alight, for any situation which helped us further, for any joy which left us in the positive, and for the one external force which protects us, – whatever we have to face.  Love and gratitude are the most important ingredients for a life in abundance.

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http://paulalexanderwolf.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/rest-well-golden-eagle-in-memory-of-nelson-mandela/
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We dream of things that never were and say: “Why not?” on January 6, 2013
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http://paulalexanderwolf.wordpress.com/2011/04/19/our-future-lies-in-our-children-as-well/
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http://paulalexanderwolf.wordpress.com/2011/11/19/to-sweep-down-the-mightiest-walls-of-oppression-against-our-human-rights-and-create-the-biggest-movement-on-earth/
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http://paulalexanderwolf.wordpress.com/2013/01/11/peace/
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http://paulalexanderwolf.wordpress.com/2011/11/09/the-art-of-leadership-and-lessons-from-the-past-nelson-mandela/
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Rest Well Golden Eagle, – in memory of Nelson Mandela

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Português: Brasília – O presidente da África do Sul, Nelson Mandela, é recebido na capital federal. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people, his country, he can rest in peace.

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South Africa’s first black President who led his country out of apartheid died at the age of 95 today. Tributes are pouring in from all over the world as the general sense is that “A great light has gone out”.   Mandela’s greatest powers and values could not be taken away from him during his lifelong struggle for freedom. In his simple humanity he was able to harness the force of love. He loved the case for which he fought for both his country and fellow countrymen, - in ways only a few were able to do before in history.
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There was no ceiling or limit towards his efforts of dismantling South Africa’s system of apartheid which institutionalised racism in extreme varieties. In all this he became an international symbol of reconciliation and human rights.
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Therefore Mandela never forgotten under the stone. Time has its favours and so has clay its own, but his legacy will be remembered through the generations.
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He exercised his power eventually with gratitude and humility, which kept him connected with both many of black and white South Africans.
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The transition of South Africa without major civil war has been actually a miracle considering the existing dynamics at the time where only a few made the real difference.  Nelson Mandela was one of them and in his capacity as the first black South African President he had to balance at all sections of life and did reach out to both black and white. He did this with wisdom , determination, love and generosity.
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Many people in South Africa did resonate with his example of leadership and the nature of this leadership was the trigger of making the nearly impossible possible.
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Depending on the way his legacy and love to make such difference will last in the hearts and minds of the South African people will decide the way this new South Africa will continue to develop in the spirit of “his founding father”.
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He said once: ” I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination”. The determination of working without domination from any kind and respecting human rights of all kinds will nourish the garden of South Africa’s future.
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Poverty includes the feeling of being poor. With the legacy of Nelson Mandela South Africa may feel rich. If you are interested read the articles about Mandela’s leadership and him embracing his love for the life he stood for in the articles below “Challenges of our times and generation.”
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http://paulalexanderwolf.wordpress.com/2013/01/06/we-dream-of-things-that-never-were-and-say-why-not/
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http://paulalexanderwolf.wordpress.com/2011/11/09/the-art-of-leadership-and-lessons-from-the-past-nelson-mandela/     (The leadership of Nelson Mandela as a prime example)
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http://paulalexanderwolf.wordpress.com/2013/12/07/if-we-have-loved-well-while-we-were-alive/          (With reflections on Nelson Mandela and others)
 
About Paul:  Paul is connected on LinkedIn.   For more information on this see Google: Paul Alexander Wolf – Physician, FRACGP, DFFP
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