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WORDS MATTER, THE WORLD MATTERS‏, HOPE MATTERS – LIKEWISE YOUR WORLD MATTERS; STAY IN FOR THE RIDE!!



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“We spend our years as a tale that is told..” – Psalms

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They tell me that words and differences  often do not  matter, and that actions only do.. They tell me that stories and tales do not matter either, and that only reality does.. Others do say  that words are only words and not always have a meaning…

They forget then that actions follow words (often on differences) , and that the way we approach differences are often the extensions of our attitude and that attitude follows mindset.. A certain mindset on which words do follow…Just repeat this if you wish, … And don’t forget that tales at times carry both hope and inspiration if the last is based on the mindset which makes someone tick the right direction.

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Words carry weight. Words carry sometimes a burden as due to created perceptions of fear. Tales, words and hope do matter… Many of us are brought up with stories and tales. Stories about the family, tales about people. Just name it! Almost everyone has examples, either at school or at home or at work or elsewhere. We live  in a world with role models, film stars, sport heroes, leading men and women and all the others on which we may relate some way or the other. It is what they say, what they send in their energies. And all those people are so different, what they say is different and what they do is different. Likewise what politicians say, based on mindset, context, and their attitude. Name it different if you wish, but what they say has an impact, as for sure it is not rarely followed by action.

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Do you agree?..To be exceptional and to make a difference in our inequality, – words carry gravity. Some more than others..-. In our separateness,  only our distinctive actions as a result of those words make the difference between “captivating people” or boring them, – making splendid the beauty of this world or unimpressive the drawbacks of our actions.  A world full of imperfections, full of major challenges. A world full of efforts, repellent at times as a result of hateful quarrels. All based on words, based either on hope or despair, based either on the perception that the wider context matters or that the bigger picture is  trivial.

The wider context, – the world, and the challenges we face?

One may ask: “Where does this leave us”? – I will get back on that one a bit later..

Speaking on the larger picture at the different level, we noticed this for instance when Turkey shot down a Russian plane in the common fight against ISIS. And the words of the Turkish President were only inflicting more tension between Russia and Turkey… The point was: ..a Russian pilot made a genuine error. The Turkey’s command systems fired a missile to this plane and the words being spoken then worked like “missiles” and increased tensions, – and not the mutual recognition that something went wrong.. Something which could have been prevented perhaps.. And people in Turkey then went on the street full of hate words against Russia… The propaganda of words… And the Turkish Parliament applauded then the Turkish President.. All this in a climate with already existing tensions in Europe with a possible Russian’s desire for further expansion. Also the possibility Russia may use nuclear weapons against ISIS, options which were raised earlier in a different context. So why inflicting tensions with words at this level?

Lets forget about this particular example as there are too many!

But If in this world for instance the leaders of Turkey would bring down a second Russian plane due to genuine pilot error, who makes e.g. the bend in the air just 2 seconds too late, and Russia would retaliate due to a non-apologetic Turkish behaviour, – we get tit for tat and potentially an escalation of events leading to war in Europe, or elsewhere.

What a potential stupidity and power lies in the use of words as well,.. and how senseless the conceivable actions of leaders lacking insight and proper judgment… European leaders in such case being blind-folded by a NATO contract  that one attack to one country is an attack to all countries.  As such, you know, the most controversial action may impose the most untamed reaction. Britain’s nuclear subs already on a level of increased alertness.

Do you know that if e.g. the UK would get destroyed, in part, and the command system of some of those subs are not able to be in contact with the British government anymore, – that there is a large full scale mission to carry out?

History is full of it. Missions based on actions and words. The secret box in one of those subs to be opened carries instructions from the British  PM. Words to be carried out. Tony Blair, former British Prime Minister got pale when he signed again the “last instructions”. Let that ever be prevented, both by actions and for sure by words of reconciliation and coöperation, the last where this is possible and desired within reason.

However, history is full of leaders lacking balance and insight, apart from the few good ones who inspired to believe again in the universal potential we all have as a people and brought it to action. But the balance is very fragile at international stage.

Still the question: “Where does this leave us”? – Just hang on..

It is factual that speeches not always solve problems, but what is true is that we can inspire trust and coöperation.  Even amidst our differences and errors. Even at the level of international politics. And it all falls back on the use of proper words, based on the bigger picture in mind, based on the right mindset and attitude as well. Words either full of prejudice or fairness. Those words, you know, transmit energy of goodwill or hostility, wisdom or ignorance, reconciliation or conflict. And this applies to us as well!

Words do matter and differences do matter as in our difference   lays the opportunity to reach out and find better connections than before, both at home in our household and in the world. In the moment of truth or danger we need to recognise the potential menace, but also recognize and pursue the opportunity for keeping peace. All being part of making real and genuine connections. And this applies to us as well!

We hold those truths to be self evident that all men are created equal – just words?

Does this apply to us?

Are we fearful to make real connections with those who surround us or are we slowly losing our ability to relate to each other as we live in a world more divided against itself. People more disconnected due to the variety of challenges we face in our communities where the blessings of technical progress are often translated in the curse of regression of our fruitful energies. The last including the potential to connect at our most fundamental human levels.

If we inspire hope in our words, wisdom in our actions, compassion and justice in our accomplishments, we may find that words and difference do matter. As in all of this it is mind over matter. In all of this it is consciousness over the elements of events, whether it is at home or at the highest political stage of the world.  Keeping the bigger picture in mind is getting far more important and it requires courage and determination to separate the weed from the chaff, to get straight to the point in crucial matters. Crucial matters within the world surrounding us and within the world of ourselves. And the last applies to us in person!

A world both in ourselves, – reflected in the outside world, – where we have to watch that what we have “in us” is not getting more and more superficial. The last despite technical progress, despite e.g. the accelerations in the communications industry and many others, which may give hindrances of various other nature as well if not properly used..

So for all of us, wherever we may be:

Let wisdom ring from the Rockies of Colorado  to the Blue Mountains in New South Wales..

Let compassion being shown on the borders of the Ukraine and in Russia.

Let mind over matter rain at the stage where important decisions are made.

The last with the reality awareness, the reality on the risk of war where people use their words and differences “to make matters evolving”, –  making matters worse as an excuse to decide matter over mind, to escalate words to the propaganda of war.. We have seen this after 9/11… And once more war has started it is hard to stop again, as events then are only of an escalating nature where the mindset in such case has reached a point of “no return”…

Is hope a dream only?

No, it is a reality we have to put our mind on. We have to dream and say why not. We need to set our goals and say why not. We need to reach out and say why not. We need to show compassion where it might be hard and say why not.. And besides this, we need to be open on what is still possible to explore both the sea and the sky, to bring out the best of our human endeavours, to combat the dangers of our time and say: ” Why not?”

This is what we can do together. Together we can spend our years as tales being told through words of wisdom and compassion, and in this we may lay together the foundation of greater understanding and a better future. We are allowed though to be somewhat pessimistic in our world view as long as the optimistic music in ourselves remains the driving force of both our words and actions.

Does this apply to us??… YES, .. THIS APPLIES TO ALL OF US!

So let it be known in every village and hamlet that despite the agonies of this world there is still hope for a better future, that Muslims and Christians can live together, that Jews and Palestinians are not necessarily eternal enemies and that both Iran and Israel are able to escape from old dogmatic principles. The last based on the assurance that they are no threat to each other and accept each other as partners in common enemies we all face as a people in the future. The impact of climate change. The impact of more dangerous and hard to control terrorism. The importance to manage a world with stronger countries desiring to broaden their level of influence at a cost of others…And all the other things, on which words, mindset and the world does matter, – now and in the future.

It all depends on the words and actions being used, the actions as a result of those words, the words as a result of a certain mindset. I have to repeat this..

Mindset – you know is everything, but it grows on the environment of words, either words of hope or words of suspicion and hatred. It grows in the environment of our families and schools, in the environment of the street at times where youngsters get lost or killed during the gun violence e.g.in the backyards of Chicago. People killed or getting violent as a result of the ICE epidemic within Australia the greater influx in the north and Melbourne perhaps, with crime syndicates and drug dealers often having an easy escape… We easy could go over the world with all both the positive things and the awful and flawed precedence or examples.

But it is not important here…. What is important here?

There is a twinkling in the lifetime of any generation where the spirit of hope on a broader mindset may come through. Where we are capable to ask ourselves what we are able to do. What we are worthy to do to make more gentle the life of this world, and not asking what others can do for us this way..

And this is the spirit, – not of what “I” can do, –  but what “we” can do together, to sustain the responsiveness of free man in a more complicated world, both at home and around us.

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This is a dream and a hope which may last through the storms of generations and will endure.

This is a dream and a hope which will endure our time and all times.

Times where words and differences will always be around but where we may find the means perhaps, through cultural transition,  to set up the realistic awareness  that we are all inhabitants of this only one world, all residents of this only one tiny planet. And that we have to rise up together and challenge collected the dangers for humanity, from east to west, from all corners of the world, – at times against all odds.

That is hope you know… To believe things which are not there as yet, rewarded by seeing what we believed and hoped for. Not empty hope which will be thrown in our hands but hope which is out in the open through the works of our hands, day in and day out.. Not that we will see perhaps what we believe, but that the music of not seeing but still yet believing,… remains the hope in our heart..

For sure, God willing, we can do this, we can make this.  And if organized  we may do that at the same level of imagination, and many of us at the same level of feeling and even more of us on the similar level of unloading the affirmative actions – regardless the barriers and regardless the resistance and regardless even the hatred we may meet on our ways.

People may die but the dream for a better world lives on. Lives on as a tale being told in the years we have to spend… In the years where we are allowed to be receptive to both words of wisdom and justice.

Words and dreams then, which may fall drop by drop upon the heart until we are able to express ourselves through the gentle grace of God, – and as such … becoming the tale that should be told… A tale in which both hope and the world matters.. A tale being part of an eternal flame…. A flame which can’t be extinguished anymore, despite our own despair and pains… A flame which carries on through the generations, as words do matter, … as the world still matters,  ..and as hope always matters for bringing change and to make a difference. And all of this finally, is in our own hands and in the world of our own minds and hearts, where our mindset and attitude finds the words to create realities, – some reversible others irreversible.

Those , able to carry and send out their own story of hope and compassion, – their own icon of understanding as to the needs for their fellow human beings, may warm the earth, – as a new tale being repeatedly told during the years we spend on this planet… A tale asking for ongoing inspiration and action. A tale and an urgent truth: to make more gentle the life of this world.

The belief, the work and the efforts being done  may be not be enough to appreciate or to see clearly. Our destiny will be shaped on the platform of all human activity, by those willing to dedicate their mind and their heart to the task, – whatever this may suit us within our own family,  ..duty.. work .. or outside work activities.

And lets so spend our years on earth as the best possible history  being told! 

Does this apply to us?… Yes, – it does!!

Indeed:    WORDS  MATTER,  THE  WORLD  MATTERS‏,  HOPE MATTERS – and  LIKEWISE   YOUR  WORLD  MATTERS!

Therefore:  … STAY IN FOR THE RIDE!! 

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Thank you so much!

 Paul 

Paul Alexander Wolf

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Challenges of our times and generation

Irons in fire with the 2016 US Presidential elections


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2POembdArVo       

“The Road We’ve Traveled ”

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Do we ever get such President again?

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Robert Fritz wrote, “It is not what a vision is; it’s what a vision does.”

What does a vision do?… Vision is the ability to see.

Helen Keller was asked, “Is there anything worse than being blind?”.. “Yes,” she replied, “having eyesight but no vision!”
Leaders with myopic vision are so shocking near-sighted that they live only for today. Their vision of the future is murky. They can hardly see beyond their noses. Under pressure they
might be hallucinating.
Leaders with peripheral vision are blindsided by side issues and they get carried away with the waves.. This was e.g. the end of Lyndon Baines Johnson, whilst other US Presidents who went to war were washed up as well in US history, – trapped as due to gross injustice in
some of their misguided considerations.
There have been only a few justified wars in history and being able to make the wisest distinctions at the time  of greatest danger is a contribution hard to select..
But among the existing candidates for the 2016 US President elections is there likely any candidate to impact the US and the rest of the world this way?
The pending 2016 US Presidential elections, at this stage only, seem to bring forward Donald Trump and Ben Carson as the potential Republican nominees.
Hillary Clinton seems the only front-runner for the Democratic party..
One could disagree at some extend on the political views of 44th  US President, but no one really can measure up with the current US President in terms of bringing back what the US Presidency is supposed to be, – after the George W Bush Administration.
Rather than building up momentum for an increased quality, the greatest democratic Republic in the world seems insignificantly able to apply any approved quality criteria designed and being helpful for selecting a  first-class candidate for the US Presidency. Worse actually,.. no serious efforts are made in any party to build up and equip the most likely candidate in front of the public eye.
The choice for the American public, as such, is outrageously poor. The last in part because systems of some increasing dysfunctionality  got the better of the United States House of Representatives,  and the general public seems to be so fat up that they start to prefer outsiders with no experience at all.
Whilst any new US President needs to have time to get familiar with the new job and with all the responsibilities, having no relevant experience could be a national and international security risk.
The United States had 43 Presidents and the 44th has still a bit more than 1 year to go. Of all those Presidents only 3 had no political experience. They were Zachary Taylor, Ulysses S Grant and Dwight D. Eisenhower. who took office without political experience. However they had high-level military experience to make in part up for this..
Having said this, the experience G.W. Bush had as Governor of
Texas did not protect the US from major adversity.
Hillary Clinton at the age of 68 has enough experience. She served as Secretary of State during President’s Obama first term, in line with her agreement to do this for only 4 years. This demanding job left her somehow exhausted and from this perspective one would assume the job as US President is even more demanding.
Regardless her level of dedication, for sure at the age of 69 or 70 near the time of being potentially elected in her case, – the risk of being less stable on “the mountain top” is quite obvious.
Cognitive decline caught up with Ronald Reagan at the end of his worthy presidency.
Worrying, .. as lots of things happening in the world depend in part on “the US response”. Having no experience or being of retirement age is not the most suitable situation for a potential President-elect. Not to speak about the people who are dependent on significant executive decisions.
Wars by major misjudgements are not things only from the past.
There was e.g. hardly any American justification for the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq..  After 9/11, the US led a coalition with other countries in a highly unsuccessful campaign to destroy al-Qaeda and other militant Islamist organizations.. Unsuccessful, as the more vital substructures are demolished on such a pathway, the more you open up the gates for terrorism..
ISIS massacres now in Syria are of the worst kind ever perhaps, with the sad thing at present that it seems to attract infectious support from all sorts of unexpected places. Even in western countries.
If the US response after 9/11 would have been different, the security risk for the US and the world would have been unalike. The migration problems in Europe most likely would not have happened.
Major decisions can have domino effects for both the better or the worst.
Hence quality leadership at the Executive Branch of the US Government being vital with good judgement and insight.
Robert F Kennedy after the Cuban Missile Crisis noted that at the time there were various opinions on the right approach, all from dedicated people. However, a different approach than was taken would have caused a nuclear holocaust, as the Russian missiles on Cuba were already loaded with nuclear weapons and the instruction was to fire them if the US would attack Cuba…
Wisdom, moderation, insight, courage and at some extend
compassion are important ingredients for the US Presidency, – besides experience and an ability keeping the right balance in the midst of different opinions within various groups of advisers and security meetings.
The use of power amidst a variety of leaders is a major issue in this world, and often comes at a cost of innocent lives. Whilst the war against ISIS needs to be radical and swift, – any other war needs to be considered on its justification as the world is already troubled enough, –  and side effects of any war are often with exceeding difficulty to control.
Any major error or decision to go to war may have domino effects, neither being possible to predict nor to control.
Whilst no restraint is possible anymore against ISIS, –  the most resourceful approach is required to eradicate this affliction.

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The agonizing lesson out of this is that any major war will bring total chaos in the affected areas.  It  is a warning as well for those nations exercising armed  field-tests with a view  how far they can go, – in testing as such the military muscle of others. It is pointless and dangerous as any major incident may escalate a range of events out of control.
Hence good judgement and experience are vial requirements for any US President, as the last needs to balance the military views or even ignore the military recommendations since the military recommendations are not always correct.
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A US President needs to have grace under pressure, both on domestic and foreign policy.
We are at risk of wars by major misjudgements. The road to voracity marks the scars of humanity far more than we think.. and there is no one else to blame than the nature of human race on its own. Hence the greater judgement to improve humanity and not making it
worse,  being important to stay at the heart of the US executive branch.
If countries are getting more inspired to get the records straight on maintaining peace and mutual cooperation, they are at the lesser risk to become deceased nations with citizens and  common civilisation largely extinct.
This is just part of the greater justice towards the next generation, which we have to carry over.. The generation which will inherit this planet. A generation with new leaders on a planet where we all share both the darkness and the light this may create, now and in the world to come..
We may hope that the US may get it right with the  2016 US President elections.