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HAVE YOU EVER LOVED SOMEONE YOU NEVER MET?


Have you ever loved someone you never met?

This might be a fascinating subject, isn’t it? Because the requirement seems that you need to meet the person before you love him or her.

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The full truth is that regardless our circumstances or environment, there are people around the world with  whom we could connect,  at such a different level perhaps, –  that this would be in full harmony with both the 2 natures involved…True, – if the allowing of this feeling could be realised in a day-to-day reality, so to say… But for sure,  you can’t judge this before you have met, – and met for some time perhaps.

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But often this is not the case as neither the allowing of the feeling is always there nor the real life situation where one can meet up with one another to build up bit by bit the friendship. The last being required the least, – as a first step.

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Not to speak about people we never met, the last being an entirely different story…Falling in love as such seems not possible.  But perhaps not everyone agrees on this one.  And sure, –  stories are nice to share, isn’t it?..  Even when there is a lot of fiction and fantasy involved.

At times this can be quite funny!

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But who cares, – we are free in that section of our mind and heart where we may have dreams, fantasies or imaginations, – whether we feed them or not.  But mind you, –  what you do with the “feeding” and “the bringing out “.  In 65 years from now we are all dust, – and the question is how did we live in between.  In our response lies the last choice.

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Well, – I can say there is nothing secret or unusual about those feelings, as at times they are a reality. At some extent I feel it is part of human nature. The beauty that people can mean a lot to you, even if you don’t know them, even if you have never met them. And for sure you don’t need to be in love with them as the last is a different entity, – so to say. The fact that unknown people can mean a lot to you can be an enrichment of your own nature through the colours and the “keys” being transmitted to your own life.. And this is mainly the issue I want to touch base on, as falling in love with someone you never met is in my glimpse on this subject impossible.

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What it is, I don’t know. What the power of love is, – I don’t know. Perhaps at times the impressions we get, even though they might be very limited, –  may appeal somehow to the better things in ourselves. Potential partners are anywhere on the world but it is pointless to pursue, unless there is a valid reason.

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Does this make any sense at all?

If well-preserved it is one of the larger mysteries in life where the power gets broken if disclosed, or if disclosed too early where it should not be disclosed. It is an odd comparison perhaps, –  but the power of the biblical Samson got lost when his hair was cut, – but when his hair grew he was stronger than ever before. When we try to “establish” some of our past or present secrets in reality, – we cut ourselves and lose more than we ever possessed perhaps.  In search of the good, conscience is always a process.

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Once Samson disclosed his secret he was lost. They took “the mickey” out of him.  In other words, it is not always wise to show what is going on in your heart as cherishing some of the larger secrets may enhance your humanity, –  because, through the transmission of energy you may be better able to translate those emotional pockets back to your higher inner-nature.  This is the domain which has “pure creativity” to work it all out in your own place, –  the last which is what life asks you to do with care, compassion and integrity.

What I say seems to be the ideal scenario, – I know.  It does not always work this way and people are different.  But for all of this, there is no harm in those feelings,  it depends what you do with it.

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How does this happen?

Obviously I am not sure, but I suspect in the channelling of both our energy and awareness, we pick up at times both things from the physical world and the non-physical world. The reality part is not always that important but when we are lucky and channelling the right direction, through the grace of God, we may use it for the purpose being designed for both the better of our human nature and others.

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In my “last will and testament” I can show I loved lots of people for those reasons in my life and I am full of gratitude what they meant to me and what they gave me during receptive moments in my being. Some people I knew, others I did not know. Some live in my lifetime, others did not live in my lifetime. But always there was the transmission of some mysterious energy, which for me appealed to my inner-nature and made what I became, – still a “work in progress”.

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As I said, sometimes it is better not show the secrets of your heart, at least not on the specifics, allowing as such not the rejection and scrutiny of others. But “giving way” to the free flow of the unspeakable in the increased compassion of your nature, seems at times the better way. The last finding its means in various creative identities of your life.

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Again, –  I need to ask whether this makes sense, as it may work different for others.

For sure this is more difficult when you are really in love with someone and it seems impossible. But within the larger gift of life you may see this as one of the dimensions which could exist in different identities elsewhere as well, – and you don’t need to be absorbed by one “dead end” as being in love, as such, is a reflection on yourself in one particular situation. Which is being allured to one particular attraction, as perceived in someone else. It simply is not reality. And the last has nothing to say about how it would work out in a real life situation. Mind you, you better be careful if you have those feelings at times because if you disclose this to the person of attraction, and you don’t know each other at all, – you will be considered, the least, as very silly, – and for sure it will fall on “deaf ears”..

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If this is the case you need to get to know yourself a bit better and use common sense.

In the inter-connection with people in life though, there is – as well – much we may not understand. But the beauty is we don’t always need to understand as both the mystery and curiosity are allowed to have a place in life.

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Things come to our awareness by what we see and hear in other people, and the last at times in retrospect, – when we have time for ourselves connecting with the broader sense and awareness of nature.

The way we may interconnect with each other in the very best possible way is more like “a sacred bonding” as it shows us how to forgive when we need to forgive. It shows us how to give to one another’s well-being. It shows us compassion and understanding.  It may show us affection of a different nature, when we see things not being right and try to correct it. It has to do with the better way of showing justice as well, –  in a broader sense.

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In my life I cherish the people who brighten my day through the seen and the unseen, whether they live nearby or far away, regardless, at times, – whether I know them or don’t know them at all. It sounds weird perhaps and not many people may relate to me on this one but it’s just me, the way I embrace life as it is, – accepting both the possible and the impossible.  Many people as such leave an “echo” with me and some, – just this way , are very dear to me as there is much warmth in it,  without those people even realising this themselves. And that’s fine!..

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At times they live in entirely different circumstances far away, amidst poverty, – and in the way they deal with things they “sparkle” as a mystery. Some people as such are unique in the integrity of their own nature, from which we only see part of it, – but enough to appreciate their inner-being which shines through this.  And we don’t know them at all, – interesting isn’t it?.

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If I would express this the way I wished to do at times, my gratitude would be very poorly understood. Mind you what their perception would be on me. I fear it would spoil it for once and for all, as we live in totally different identities.

I can only hope I work the same this way for some others perhaps as they do for me, and for sure, – I don’t always need to know,  as sometimes it is better to leave this to the funny and  precious secrets of life.

Discipline and direction in our connections are far more important.

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And mind you, allow your imagination to play similar as characters evolve in films, – like they do this in ourselves at times. The editing is part of a spontaneous process through the in-depth involvement we already have with ourselves and some others.  All this is already provided in our upbringing until now, and through the experiences we have and had. We get better persons when each time we surf the waves of our emotions the right way, – both for ourselves and for others. Not allowing us to be blind-folded in scenes which are not practical.

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If you want to reach out for a better connection with others, be aware that the circumstances and perceptions of people can be hugely different than yours, and that improvisation as such is based on both respect and being receptive for what is going at the other side.

There might as well be the cultural restrictions of marriage, but the connections with others perhaps should not be restricted where we connect with the better part of ourselves in others. There where we can add value to each other as part of our normal humanity, the last finding its way in the world. There is neither harm in any value, nor is there any value in any harm.

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The last is an interesting one as where people cheat they are dishonest and being dishonest often brings harm. The question on the moral spectrum of what is harmful and not harmful has a variety of dimensions, including and not restricted to showing affection, being tender and kind, apart from embracing and kissing each other.

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For myself I do consider any genuine and mutual show of affection being normal as part of close encounters where you trust each other.

Cheating is when you don’t watch the distinction between being loving in character and making love as part of a sexual relationship. The last in circumstances where it would be far better to refrain from this. For sure, as said already, – there are many potential partners on this world but it is pointless to pursue any if there is no valid reason, – as so much harm can be done as well.  Existing love for one can’t be replaced by a potential love for an other person, – even when we have the capacity to “bring it on”. Even though there are more scenario’s possible, – harm reduction is hard to meet if our conditioning is not wired up for the best compassion for others.  It is not an easy one for many, but wisdom for the few.

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When you are really committed in friendship you simply don’t cheat. People carrying trust and trustworthiness close to their heart simply don’t cheat, as gifted – hopefully – in wisdom perhaps, they know that real love lasts far longer than making love, and that the last often ends the friendship in which perhaps much has been invested for possibly good reasons.

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If people are married and it proved already it did not work and it has been discussed already open and candid, – there might be a grey area which is not up to me to consider,  as I haven’t this experience as such.

When we really care in authentic ways, neither being pretentious nor imposing our perceptions on others, – we may embrace the concept of love in unassuming ways wherever we go in this world. The last with the distinction that real love has far greater dimensions as it is an impression from the Universe, through which the earth and all what lives has been created, – not by chance but for a purpose.

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Our humanity may grow through the real humanity of others and with certain restrictions,  there are no rules or regulations for this purpose being still in progress, – which includes love in a broader sense.

In essence our humanity is deeply inter-connected. As always it is as important to be able to listen and to be listened to. It keeps you fresh and alive. If we are able to free up ourselves “in the osmosis of life”, we can find up a way in the connection with other people, more meaningful and in line with what humanity requires us to work on to get to the next stage.

In terms of film making – by comparison – we may end that the right actor for a particular role is perhaps not the very best actor. Likewise the right person in a relationship is perhaps not always the greatest partner, – and the right partner in a business entity is not always the best person.

And finally the best love affair is for certain not always the best friendship, – whilst the best friendship is not always the best love affair.

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For all of this, surfing the soul on any implications is the best manifestation in inter-humane creativity, – as the better outcome is always harm reduction. Rather, perhaps, than self-destruction through inflicted trauma, betrayal, deception and others..

Good friendships last, – ”love-affairs” rarely last.

This is reality!

Therefore finding the right distinctions in the many dimensions of love, is an art worth to be mastered as it seems dead easy, – but it is easily dead as well.

Why?

The last because  relations can make you, – but they can break you as well.  And there is already enough being broken, both in life and relationships.

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With real friends you rehearse and rehearse until you get better as friends, – regardless time place or age.  And in all this you can find your own VOICE, – your unique identity as well..

The quality of our humanity is at the cornerstone of any good friendship or a better connection. Relationship means relating to each other,  and caring for each other, – and not being careless to one and other. It means healing wounds and not creating wounds.

Friendship is not about knowing everything from each other, but enough not to tell each other what he or she thinks, but providing him or her direction and help which way might be  the best way to go at times, – the last only if required, – the last at times if requested.

If you create the right stuff on which people may “turn on” in the best possible way, – for sure you are starting to be a good connection.  And all this is part of inter-connecting and trans-personal conversations, – perhaps.

It is not about who is most “like me” or “not most like me”, – it is more about “on what you resonate” as a person in others, – and often you don’t even need to give it a name.

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The last as providing a label to a variety of identities in this world, not rarely takes away the mystery on which things could evolve. If you love friendship to be endless, show it endless, without labels or discussing the identity as such, – as not doing as such “frees up” as much.

Last but not least, the last applies to marriage as well where this identity works the way it is supposed to work, – but the last might be different in the variety of cultures. Like connections and friendship do function at different levels among the colours of the various cultures as well.

Interesting, – isn’t?

Feel free to say what you like to say on this subject.

Thank you so much!

Paul Alexander Wolf

Paul 

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Todá Rabá: For a transpersonal communication!


Small introduction 

It’s a different story this.  Entirely different from the earlier posts .

Hope you like this flavour in addition to the last post on parts of my personal history, – the dimensions this time are far different though…

Perhaps  the contents do trouble me a bit from time to time, as they reinforce somehow I may need to do more, – one way or another…

Having still  -at times- conflicting thoughts about all of this,  it is yet however food for thought for me. The last as this  has been lingering for some years, and not finding the right “outlet” – as yet ….

Generally applies  that it is good to use your mind to focus on what you want in life, to use your heart with similar focus on what you desire in life, – on the premise you don’t harm and bring good.. And on the premise that you are true to yourself. But the potential directions can be contradictory, and part of it is related with life itself, being enclosed by circumstances of various nature….

But anyhow, this will explain:

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She wrote to me from a different avenue,  a different spectrum of insight and feed-back. The last far away…

Actually from an Arizonan place nearby the  Grand Canyon’s in the US………. And for sure, I’m still grateful for the encounter we had, even though we never met in person.. She had a look at some of the articles in this blog and kindly provided an assessment of sorts……. An assessment based on what came to mind during an email contact which we enjoyed, as we both got a lot out of it..

Her opinion was at large Astrology based, but interesting as part of the mixture of tools she used….. However, within the context, I would call it more a transpersonal communication..

A vice versa interaction of humanity sorts.

Apart from an introduction – and a closure – there is – actually – nothing  to add, – besides the  self chosen illustrations. The last which I always like to do… And, for sure shortening  her missive, to keep it flowing,  – and simple as required.

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In ideal  human conditions  we can reach our full potential with both imagination and love for what we are doing…  Those, often, who have a fair degree of fortuity in both circumstances and their personal approach, or place in life,  may reach  a  good deal in the uniqueness of their circumstances… We know, ………. the  last thing we can do is clenching  to our own response in both adversity and good fortune………  For most of us this is a mixed picture with different opportunities to all..

Jhinang Quotes

Different opportunities ……..The last , in the more positive,  is only possible if you have a strong desire and love for what you do…..and believe in what you want..At times, regardless the circumstances or the facts..At times ..this  requires much reflection, analysis, intuition and action..And  this process  ..is not always that straightforward or logical..And “science” often in those areas is unhelpful, a good intuition is..

Viktor Frankl

The question  is  whether you like it what you see – (or don’t see as yet), – whether you want it, – whether you allow the wanting and have the determination to follow through. The last with respect for any other human being  you will meet on this pathway…This is not always that easy or simple…

Whilst Astrology in good hands is an ancient art or craft, which  really evolved through the ages, – it has no scientific validity and there is a lot of prejudice against it.  However, –  as an instrument of mapping potentials in people,   man’s free choices find the outcomes!  The same applies  with  e.g  psychological test results. The last with  more  – “so-called” –  scientific validity…….  Scientific validity, however,  can change on the same subject, and is ….. not always the cornerstone and measure for progress in any area of life.

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Regarding the standard of professions, – there are vocations  where one need to separate the chaff from the wheat more than in other professions… But like there are good politicians, dentists, opticians, teachers,  police officers,  and many others (we all know this), – there are genuine good astrologers as well. Like there are e.g  good doctors, there are less favourable doctors as well, and all for various reasons……There are psychologists  ( – I am aware as  well of one Psychiatrist in the US, Dr Judy Tsafir, – 11 km west of downtown Boston   www.JudyTsafrirMD.com – ) who use the art of Astrology as a way  to look at the wider spectrum  of options and behaviour in people (from a different angle)…  And only if they are well-trained in this ancient art, with the right attitude, they serve a purpose.  But at the end, .. it is the response from the person which counts, supported perhaps by the dimensions they know and don’t know. Supported by the seen and the unseen, believing in what they don’t see as yet, – and fulfilled eventually to see what they believe.

Nothing else, – – I  trust..

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What was her “astrology verdict” (so to say) on myself?..Knowing both my restrictions,  my background and my environment, – the angels who keep the great record  may put to her credit that for certain she is a very genuine astrologist and centred in a good place (whatever else they have to say!).. …….However, being realistic,  and perhaps as due to the personal  communications  with this female astrologer, – I was possibly more lucky than others. The last as we both got a lot out of an affirmative  correlation, – which is not further disclosed here.  Hence toda raba to her. The Hebrew saying of thank you very much…  For sure,  she has been able to touch base on a few issues, but her observations are not complete… Certainly useful, but like  an acorn holds the pattern for an oak tree, – as a people, we are the masters of our own transformative and creative faculties, with both seen and unseen forces playing a role,…..  and finally the level of our human interactions assisting all this…. The last so important.. as Albert Schweitzer once noted…… important if we are prepared to discuss the  meaning and purpose in life as on ongoing process of direction and energy….

Albert Schweitzer and Reverence for Life

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In general, the only certainty we have  is that everything can change, for better – or worse…  With this  notion on the seen and the unseen, …… the believe – for sure –  that little really can be lost in creation, ….. I hope myself neither to fear the worst,  – nor the most amazing…..

Part of her “transpersonal communication”:


“You look to do well in the creative arenas of life Paul. You are an artist at heart, but not everyone understands your style.

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I see that you look to be restricted by fear in moving forward in finding your life’s greatest purpose. You will be finding meaning to what you will be doing as you progress through every stage of life.

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You look to be going along relatively smoothly. I don’t see that you are off the path you are supposed to be on……. You are learning and expanding, this is really the main goal in enlightenment and finding your main purpose.

I see this as lasting at least the next 6-9 months before you will be able to move forward to a new destination. I see that you serve a purpose to teach others in this environment as well as learn from others that you are working with.

You can learn more and extend more on how to find salvation through love and positive energy….. This through really getting in touch with your inner self a bit more. You will meet this through introspective thought and the recognition of who you truly are and what you are truly thinking….. Remain positive in your thought processes and you will open yourself to receive more positive things happening in your life.

The main thing that I see in your chart at the moment, Paul, is your natal Saturn return. This is something that happens twice in your life, three times if you are lucky. Saturn’s orbit is about 29 years, so we hit the first return age 28 – 29, the second one 57 – 58, and the third one 86 – 87.

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Saturn returns are quite profound. Saturn plays some key roles in the birth chart. For centuries, it was the most distant known planet–Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are very recent newcomers (and yes, I still consider Pluto a planet). Saturn urges us to watch where we’re going, pay attention to what we’re doing, and cautions us to be careful. When it returns to it’s natal place, it brings to us an awareness of what we might need to avoid.

      Carl Jung.

Saturn in Scorpio is all about control. This is why you are so involved in co-creating your destiny with your blog, Paul…  Saturn is a hard taskmaster, and for you, it is encouraging you to be more proactive about creating what you want from life. This is a time when you need to put your responsibilities to good use–and you are, trying to find a way to have the courage to embrace the impossible. If anything can bring that to you, it’s this second Saturn return, in Scorpio.

This is particularly prominent for you, Paul because Saturn is retrograde at the moment…. Where most people will feel their Saturn return for a year or so, you’re likely to feel this effect for three years or more, as Saturn made a pass over your natal Saturn, went backwards over it, and will soon go forward over it as the transiting Saturn makes its way out of Scorpio and into Sagittarius next month. You’ve been given three times to get things right, and lay the proper foundation for the next 30 years of your life. I’d say you’re doing a good job.

Regarding  what  your  “calling”  may  be  in  this  lifetime  towards humanity, I will pull up your birth chart.

There are many parts of a chart to look at that contribute to the overall calling or “destiny.” I see your Sun and Moon are trine, showing that you are an individual very much in touch with your innermost feelings, often wearing your beliefs and emotions on your sleeve. Your inner world reflects into your outer world, and very strongly. You are a mirror that reflects not only the outside world, but an inner light that is shining within you all the time. You are an Aries Sun, but with a Sagittarian Moon, making you prone to strong tangents into inner philosophies that you wish to share outwardly with others.

Interestingly, your North Node– the signifier of “karmic lessons” in this lifetime– is close to conjunct with your Sag Moon, passing on the meaning that there may be a higher purpose to your inner philosophies that you wish to spread to others. It may very well be that this penchant in you needs to find an outlet, and to be heard by people.

You may have some very important things to say on the past, and revolutionize a specific field with your knowledge and inspirations that you have to bring. It will have to deal with being progressive, moving forward towards a better state of humanity, but draw a lot from the deep well of our traditions and ancient customs of our past.

I would say your LinkedIn profile does show that you have a significant history and acumen in health care, Paul, and that does indeed go along the lines of your North Node placement and the ruler of the 10th House being in Cancer. In addition to the medical practice there is perhaps a bit more you could add, a dose of your philosophy or approach to things. With the planetary angles I noticed, your work as described by the 10th House would be an excellent outlet to spread a bit of your own personal philosophy that you are eager to share– whether that is your own personal views of the world, health, or whichever. Take your pick, follow your heart. I sense an urgency in you, perhaps to want to reshape or revolutionize a field in which you are expert. Perhaps a blend of our personal philosophy with your health care work would be prime suspect there.

Your Sun in Aries describes the way you express yourself outwardly, your pure essence.  Your Moon in Sagittarius describes your inner world, the one that only close friends and family sees. These two planets trine, Paul, …..making them strengthen and feed into one another.

Your inner world is rich, full of philosophies and a desire to explore the unknown, due to the Sag Moon (inner world); you wish to express that out to others, in a very forward and social way with your outer world.

It does seem like you are treading the path of your karmic destiny that has been set out for you, as what you describe fits pretty well with what your destiny shows in your chart. Politics could be another venue to pursue– but honestly, the healthcare field you are in strikes me as very apt to you.

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Look out for people who you feel may have more to do with your karmic path. Also, people who mean what they say. In appraising people you wish to have in your company, … look more stronger to action than to words, and thus you can discern their intentions much clearer.

The main things that I see in your chart are the grand trines, Paul. You have four of them in your chart. There are two in water signs (Saturn / Venus / Jupiter, and Saturn / Venus / Uranus), and two in the fire signs (North Node / Mercury / Pluto, and North Node / Sun / Pluto). Grand trines bring you positive and beneficial energy to the areas of your chart where they reside, and yours are occupying the areas about personality, daily life, and the quest for knowledge (the water trines), and goals, income and partnerships (the fire trines).

The water grand trine will give you intuitive feelings about these areas of your life, Paul. The fire grand trine will make you goal-oriented and gregarious in these areas of your life. Of course, just having the grand trine isn’t enough to guarantee success; you have to make it work for you. When you apply yourself to these areas of your life, that is when the universe rewards your efforts.. How?.. By bringing opportunities your way. Like energy always attracts like energy.

The fire trine is particularly interesting because Jupiter–the planet of expansion and growth–is about to enter Leo. This means that it is going to accentuate and energize your fire trine for the next year. Things could very well change for the better, Paul, but you’ll have to keep up the momentum,….  and guard against laziness, to be really successful with this.

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Your birth chart shows a couple of areas to consider about hidden talents. First, the 12th house reveals areas in one’s life where one might have blind spots, and the sign on the cusp of the house and its ruler can point to areas where you might put some attention. Capricorn on the 12th, with its ruler Saturn in Scorpio in the 9th point to some potentials in making manifest some tangible ideas and projects that need organization and a long-range vision.

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Hidden talents for you might include some managerial skills, …… particularly if they involve projects that have some depth (Scorpio) and some higher values and though (9th house).

The dwarf planet Ceres is also in the 12th, suggesting you have have some hidden talents with practical nurturing of others. Ceres in Capricorn is a placement that shows skills as a caring administrator.

Nurturing others with an eye to helping them succeed is a hidden talent for sure. You could do this through being elected to office, but don’t count out other mechanisms.

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I like also to point out the placement of the North Node for thoughts about direction. Your North Node, in Sagittarius in the 11th house, speaks to your search for truth and an intuitive and prophetic grasp on your path (Sag), and toward being a leader in your right in a worthwhile organization or group of like-minded people.

I wanted to mention in passing, Paul, that you have Chiron rising, which has a wounded healer aspect. When people first meet you, Paul, with Chiron in Aquarius rising, you lead with this notion of a noble but wounded person here to offer your perspectives on life with compassion and loving detachment.

Paul. dovetailing with the discussion of your North Node, I suspect you might be on track to know EXACTLY what actions ….. and what timing they will undergo.

Again in looking at your chart, several of your indications combine emotional and intuitive approaches with scientific objectivity and a desire to help humanity move forward. I mentioned the 11th house Sagittarius North Node, but I’m also now seeing that Uranus, one of your 2 chart rulers with Saturn, is in cancer in the 6th house representing one’s activities in one’s workplace, as well as well as health and hygiene. The ruler of the 1st in the 6th shows that you have much invested in work with your identity, and in Cancer that work must be in the caring expression of concern for others. You no doubt have a wonderful bedside manner with Cancer on the cusp of the 6th. Further, with destiny-oriented Jupiter here along with Uranus, you do seem to draw positive and fortunate experiences to you through the realm of showing up to your day-to-day in your work life.

The thing that strikes me about several of the men you mentioned, Paul, is that they developed a singleness of purpose over time. Lincoln, MLK and RFK all had some strong attentions to easing indeed the suffering of some less fortunate people in our communities.

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With an Aries Sun, you too can develop a singleness of purpose as well, and your Aquarius Rising and Sagittarius Moon/North Node can add in some detachment ……. and hunger for a meaningful seeking after truth for going forward. They also sought their path through humble interactions with their inner genius and did not brook social disapproval.

With the Bach Passacaglia, in your case,  I imagine that allowing your body to work with the music and keeping your meditation as an internal focus on the image you have might unlock some other potentials that are not available to the rational mind.

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In looking again at your chart, focusing on your Moon’s emotional needs to engage with others in an expansive and faithful way, and to craft a blueprint for the human future that you will be able to take some steps every day toward manifesting it.

It’s interesting too that your Saturn is in the 9th house ….. which reflects higher education and accessing higher wisdom through opening to intuition and divine guidance. People with this placement can believe that nothing is worthwhile unless it has practical value. Life can get quite stodgy if they don’t access their imagination and wonderment. You seem to have pushed well into this territory, Paul. I wonder if you might be able to help people bust through their preconceptions to see another way of looking at people who are put into a taboo place, to understand that what we resist persists.

Opening up to trust takes a lot of strength and skill. It’s difficult to know whether you’re going to build confidence in the right people.

Emotionally, you feel more at home with people who have a higher mindset and a broader outlook than just the family unit. However, the two feed each other, with Cancer being part of this sector. The Moon shares rulership with Mercury of the 5th house matters.

Out of curiosity, I looked at your AstroCartoGraphy map again, to see where your North Node is more emphasized…… It crosses the Ascendant in northern Chile, Bolivia, western Brazil and Surinam. It also has some strength off the coast of Scotland and into Norway, Sweden and Finland….. It crosses the MC (Midheaven) in western Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Egypt, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and Mozambique–interesting how many of them show lots of conflict! Not sure what to make of that. I’m wondering if people from these places might not have something to offer you.

In contemplating your chart some more, Paul, I keep being drawn back to the North Node and the Moon. You may write a book if you wish. You do have Mars in Gemini in the 3rd house which suggests you can have a forceful and fluid approach to getting out … some pivotal ideas. Plus your Sagittarius Moon/Pallas/North Node can give you a fire to bring out some big ideas about where humanity needs to be going. I think even sharing much of your observations about the life you’ve led and the inspirations you draw from  Albert Schweitzer, the Kennedy brothers, Nelson Mandela, etc., would be well-received.

I was struck, by the way, by RFK’s concept of the ongoing “menace of violence.” How that seems to echo in the present day. It is easy to get caught up in it, and it is just as easy to try to retreat into isolation as RFK wisely observed.

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“Changing an attitude, returning to a work in progress when one has been discouraged, is surely difficult. However, …….. that is what the hexagram calls for, which I picked out for you. You must not only revise your work, but you must also revise yourself as well. Nothing is harder than self-transformation, which must start with self-awareness.”

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I’m wondering where you might take all this…………… ”

This is at large the summary of what she said.

Small epilogue:

Her genuine observations as part of a meaningful correspondence, made an impression on me and left me with appreciation.

Appreciation as well for the way she works and the way she lives….. It was the sort of complementary encounter which I valued for actually various reasons… Often encounters are superficial,  as even in friendships we don’t (always) give away what we really are, the last which may be “restricting” at times…

Like the layers of an onion,  is somehow the soul of a human being, the colours and the texture, – and we have no automatic entry to this entity, – and need to treat the last with respect,  if possible.   Even friendship does not allow someone to have access to this,  and building up trust takes time and for sure is not always that easy..

However, meaningful encounters are so important… asking each other questions…and resonating on the important things in life we can share, – rather than retreating in isolation, or silence and despair perhaps.

Astrology in really good hands did change my perception on the art itself… For sure, …. I was biassed, for various reasons, – but I like to explore the unknown as part of expanding my understanding. Not that I do understand astrology, …….. but there are many other things which I don’t really comprehend…  Yet,  my curiosity for the more unconventional  “ways”  often helped me a bit further and …… an added  holistic approach in health and well-being has, I feel, a time and a place….. if it is enhancing the lives of the living and enlarging  our spiritual condition…

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Life is an ongoing adventure of sorts and the beauty is that  it never stops,  so let’s embrace it in whatever the outcome, – unpredictable as this life is…..  Therefore don’t “depend” on Astrology as such to predict anything or guide your lives, but trust the design of your inner compass in the dimension(s) it was created.

For sure,  this requires lots of imagination and intuition for all of us, and indivisible,  – sustained love for all we can do within human race.

Whilst love is the driving force in nature, – compassion is the dimension which could save the world where this grace can be applied within the restrictions and dilemma’s we face.

Whilst lots of people are working on their own,  being more engaged in joint efforts, – both the last in concerted labour through an increased conscious contact with the God of our Understanding, –  will bring us sooner to the purpose and meaning most of us seek in our lives.

Whilst often in the grip of the common coolness, most of it being rooted in the empty dust of our planet, – over and over this world has too many people who don’t know how to express their gratitude and appreciation to each other. However, expressing what we feel in the positive to each other makes more gentle the life of this world.

And so,  we may all have to bring and to bear; just to make the wise distinctions where we are able to, – and to make the little differences where we can, – and to seek the encounters we need to make this happen…
And in most of all of this it is neither the money we lack nor the money we seek, but the compassion we wish for …. and the compassion and goodwill other people need……
True?
Thank you so much!

Todá Rabá!

Paul 

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Is Sydney University Able To Embark On Leading-Edge Educational Change?


Are we able to change our mindset amidst the predicaments for the future through a different learning?

“Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.”  – Robert F Kennedy.

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“We can’t change our past. We can’t change the fact that people act in certain way’s. We can’t change the inevitable. The only thing however we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.
………….Charles R. Swindoll……..
-(This  speech as such has not been delivered)-
President  Annie Corlett, Deputy President Brendon Casey , .. in memory as well of the late former President Mr John McLenaghan, .. Members of the Sydney  faculty, Professor Chris Murphy as Associate Dean and Head of the School of Medical Sciences and on behalf of the Advisory Board, – Dr Michael Spence as Vice-Chancellor (in memory as well of his wife who died last year) , – eminent guests, my old colleague Dr Sam Nelapati who prominently did build a practice where I left a different one, – men and women..
In times that education on Universities may get increasingly a tool of trade with large economic revenues on foreign students, on which – let it be said their right on proper education I only support, – I wish to say a few things:
Too much to say and where to start? ..
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Let me begin with reminding myself and you on something funny I heard the other day:
A mother in much disbelieve examined a new educational and academic toy. “It is rather complicated for a  boy, isn’t it?” she asked the salesclerk…There was a little pause of profound stillness…  “It’s designed to teach him how to live in today’s world, madam,” the shop clerk replied. By the way, the shop clerk finished Uni but did not find the job he wanted and had to start to pay off his study debts.. Mum was not aware of this.  “OK”, – she said. ..”What do you mean?”…Again a little thoughtful pause, but the answer came: “Any intellectual way he tries to put it together is wrong.”.. “Interesting ” , she said. “Where did you learn this?”, – she tried again… “From my Professor”, – he said. “He was the founder of a steam course”, – he added…..
Well, as you can see there is more to education than only provide students with a degree… But this anecdote can  be a reflection on both the Professor and the Graduate, – as they are available in various graduations…
Whilst the bottom-line for any University needs to be in place to fulfil a noble mission, – for some Universities, however, there is an increasing  shift on far more than the baseline profit , .. and far less on their genuine and original mission…
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It is  for this, with great pleasure, to say a few words on the still growing University in Sydney, – pioneered by Charles Badham,  a former headmaster of Edgbaston proprietary school in England.
If Charles Badham would be still alive, – I hope he would be able to relate on what I say here today.
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A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and soul of people and cultivating it we can, by choice, – through an education which is touching the hearts and soul of people as well.  It is at this spectrum from which we make decisions, and it is in those decisions where our future lies. For this reason it is not enough anymore to get education in a trade or any other profession only. It is not enough to be a plumber, a lawyer, a truck driver or a doctor etc, – and only being educated for this. The prime education at this level does not touch the heart to refrain from screwing up people. In politics it does not prevent people from deranging their own party or their own country, as that what they should have learnt, never came to them through broader education.
And this is what I want to discuss today, – in part.
I apologise if I get side tracked, but I do this at times for a reason, a good reason I hope……
By creating Australia’s first University in Sydney in 1850, the founders acknowledged the power of education to change society. They broke with the traditions of Britain’s somehow time-worn universities by receiving students on academic virtue, – and not on the basis of religion or social class. The founders of the University in Sydney faced society as it was in those days, and they believed that education could make a difference for required transformations.
This new Sydney University was a teaching model  for all with the believe that education may change society.
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This believe stood as strong as it still stands today.. Not merely education for the mind, but further education as well on the purpose of society, – and for the future of one’s country..
As one of the great pioneer in human service in Africa, Albert Schweitzer once said in the last century:
“The greatest discovery of any generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering the attitudes of their minds.”
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This is the baseline for any transformation, – any future education…
He did not only refer to modernizing the mind through education, but foremost to the expansion of the mindset through learning, as the mindset together with academic virtue clarifies both the direction and the measure of public service, the direction and measure of public support, – and all other domains of life.
The splendour of any university which takes this at the heart of the preparation of students for life, with all the specific questions and responsibilities in today’s society, with our response to the questions we face, – will continue to filter through education the ability to change society.. The last where this is required.. The last not on the grounds of academic virtue, though academic virtue helps, – but on the grounds of moral merit and integrity, – as the future is asking this from us.
As a society in Australia we will neither find sustained public motivation nor personal  gratification in an ongoing extension of commerce and economic growth, in a countless stockpiling of mortal possessions, in the diverse texture of national and international violence through often.. ferocity in human interactions, – with amassed media presentations bringing this to our day-to-day experience… The news on TV is often confusing and baffling.
We all know this, – as many of us have similar awareness of the dynamics here and around the world. In our restricted time space place reality, – we face the predicaments of this world, with again threatening and potentially escalating war in the Ukraine, potential conflict among super powers over e.g. 2 tiny islands in the South Chinese Sea.
Not to speak about various other risks, including cyber warfare. And apart from this the potential that ISIS is developing chemical weapons with chlorine to be applied in the first instance. Possibly as a next step dirty nuclear weapons via nuclear waste, if they are not stopped.
Global terror groups are one of the gravest security threats facing the world, if super-powers do not get there act together on mutual cooperation and not even risking now conflict among the most powerful nations  themselves, – on issues which can be resolved.
Settling disagreement, with goodwill, – with patience – and with determination is the aim, but it is part of the heart where those decisions are made. It is that part of the heart which by imagination gives direction, but often that part of the heart is neglected in education, because the element of justice failed to get closer to us.
As people, one may wonder whether the culprit in the recent Charleston Church shooting, in South Carolina, would have acted differently if education on its own would have valued more the principles of lawfulness and lack of prejudice at e.g. school. The last as the final option, besides family dynamics, to create value systems among youngsters. Helpful in those circumstances where young people “don’t get it” from home and receive e.g. a gun when they are 21 years old.
Whilst often we would hope people would respond the right way, often they respond in ways unaware to the personal and collective needs of our time; unfamiliar to both educated and moral virtues, with the required practical implications on the problems being faced. With this I return later to the topic of education in a broader sense. The last based on the premise that we should be a principle directed and/or orientated society, based on value systems such as integrity, honesty, lawfulness and fairness.
And that this is what we need to spread across our culture….
Education lacking virtue on consideration and due process as part of a genuine mindset is still incomplete, –  even if it produces the brightest tradesmen or academics.  Again, both tradesmen and academics are able screwing the system and other people.
On past events it’s a matter of being mindful on the historical reality, the subject often ..“the different mindsets” in history, – the culture in which decisions were made.  A culture made up by the tapestry of characters with each their specific education, but not in the domain I speak to you now.
Do you think this is relevant?…..or still relevant? .. If you disagree, may I ask you how many public figures from the past had in their education a blend of justice at the personal level, justice at the interpersonal level and justice at the collective level assimilated in their learning?.. And what was the result?
Why is this important?
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Today, once more, by increasing international tensions rather than containing localised tensions, every man, woman and child lives yet again under an increasing nuclear hazard, hanging by the slenderest of threads. And the solid reality is that this can be cut at any moment by an unintentional collision in the air, or an unintentional collision on the ground, or at sea, .. or by blunder, –  or simply …by insanity! …Not the sanity based on a “complete education” grounded in the principles of justice, avoiding prejudice, – but the insanity based on incomplete education, grounded around calculation, and revolved around prejudice, – and at times… filled with hate perhaps.. the narrow views.
We have plenty which should keep us together. Not being allowed to separate us on the ruling of not really forward-thinking leadership, – the last being  in place at far too many areas in the world… A world which has so much to lose in escalating conflict, – but also in a world with so much to gain when the frame of mind evolves along different principles than that it has done in the past.
Not that this world or our countries or our cities can be safeguarded from wrongful and immoral acts, – as proper law enforcement we need. Not that globally we can be free of conflict as historical sense and perception are not always the same, – but globally we can’t allow the insanity of major war and destruction!
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Hence the need, still, to stand strong on the believe and the power of both mindset and education to change society, which starts already at the age we begin primary school, which starts actually being embraced within the context of the family where we are born, – in the ideal situation.
Ideal such situation never has been, nor will it be. We see this everywhere. Young people today having more problems than ever before. Many families increasingly disrupted within the complexities of society.
However, education based on more justice in interpersonal dealings may give direction and a focus. Not the focus and the spirit only which is often measured by the average of the stock market index. Not even the focus only which often may be exalted by achieving the economic performance of the industrial sector of our country, – as the last includes damaging the ozone layer and enhancing climate change, like it cultivates the production of missiles. Besides, somehow, – the proclamation of violence on television and other media…
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The focus of change in society includes e.g. enabling health in families, and not restricting facilities or access. It is the protection of children where far too many prove to have been abused in institutions or elsewhere.
It is the quality of education with equal access for everybody willing to learn.
It is e.g. the ability in 2 leaders at a personal meeting … as it happened between Reagan and Gorbachev at the end of the last century, and reaching a deal against all odds, and against most advise of military leaders who did not believe in the power of genuine interpersonal interaction. This resulted in the breakdown of “The Berlin Wall”.
Simply,.. the list of examples is too long to discuss for now.. But it is all based on complete education, the last which includes justice at the personal level, justice at the interpersonal level and justice at collective level, –  and all this can be grounded in education which is helping youngster to prepare for society, which is helping students to get a degree and so forth.
And for all this we don’t need to go back to ancient Greek societies, full of creativity and wisdom, – both in culture and thinking…. but we can do it again(!), in our culture and our society and our world with the imperfections we face!
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More than that we know, we are not the product of our culture and Gross National Product, though real culture helps.
We are neither the product of our environment  nor the tool of the political design of our country, though in the positive they all may help.
We are the product of the choices we make, the thought processes at personal and collective level. On the last often which we see the ramifications on incomplete and inadequate performance in governments, for some decades already, – both here and overseas.
About this performance , often we can say: – it lacks justice!
Again, a nation’s culture resides in the hearts and soul of people and cultivating it we can, by choice, – through an education which is touching the hearts and soul of people as well.  It is at this spectrum from which we make decisions, and it is in those decisions where our future lies.
Democracy is as good as educated the people are in their thought processes where it comes to values and principles, and at large ..one can learn this at least in part through education, one can learn even the right mindset for the right time .. or not at all!
The world is full of problems created by men and those problems can’t be resolved by cynics or pessimists. We need people who can imagine things beyond their own horizons, based on justice. With educational and problem solving tools, besides the expansion of the mindset, – this may help to solve the nearly impossible, based on justice.
For this reason, again,  it is not enough anymore to get education in a trade or any other profession only. It is not enough to be a plumber, a lawyer, a truck driver or a doctor etc, – and only being educated for this. The prime education at this level does not touch the heart to refrain from screwing up people. In politics it does not prevent people from deranging countries, as that what they should have learnt, never came to them through broader education.
All this has to do with education, and as such reforms through education may contribute to transformation of society, as the leaders of the next generation then may be able to touch base on what they learnt in the past, – based on the dimensions of justice.
Our public forums, both in industry and politics, too often have been the battleground of people with more than a fair share in colourful narcissistic dimensions. And if we look at the world where historical errors are due to be repeated, the same happens again.
An adjustment is required with our task to shape both a generation and a world with more fair play, where those who are fragile are secure, those who are more powerful are both  legitimate and correct
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The last will not be possible during our life time, the last perhaps will neither be even possible during the generation to come, nor during the generation afterwards, – but let us at least begin. Let us start at least to turn the tide – and include education – as the swing of history is in a downward spiral. A downward spiral which can only be reversed by human efforts, where the sum of all cultures, all our actions, are either helping those willing to overturn the low ebb of history by proper human interactions, –  or in the worst case scenario enforcing the creation and the further breakdown of this world.
We are neither incapable on a new mission of change,  nor helpless in it’s achievement.
But by enjoying and employing all our joint efforts, – not towards conflict and potential eradication of humanity, but towards an approach of harmony, – with a mindset of humanity and reconciliation based on justice,  we permit an enlargement in the sum of all cultures.
And this is what we should take away from the University grounds, not the buildings itself, not the site, – but from the quality, the courage and the strength of the founders within the Sydney University, who acknowledged already at such an early stage the concept that true education may change society, and true learning includes the learning of a proper mindset where this is possible.
And as such .. mindset and education should be intertwined in any education, – and by its very nature I do hope that this longstanding University in Sydney will bring forth the splendour of such choice in the creative diversity being available.  This creative diversity once interlinked with the need for society to change, – may give rise to a shift in  the many thought processes being needed.  The last as a spreading model, – to line up education as a process  with the  different needs of our culture, our nation and at long last for our world.  A world with very different entities for so many new options.  A broken world with so many different needs.
On the long journey  of bending the arch in  human history towards more justice, there are many dimensions and  many colours…..
If we are able to apply this in education, the main contrasting colour lacking then, in this education, is …simply… both prejudice and hate!
Lacking hate and prejudice!…
And if people learn this already as kids, and education is guiding them down the line with at least some of  the dimensions of being just and justice in whatever trade they learn, whatever degree they get, – we bring forth a generation with both more justice at the interpersonal level, and with leading-edge justice at the collective level…
What do you think?..
Is this worth beating this drum???
Well again, a nation’s culture resides in the hearts and soul of people and cultivating it we can, by choice, – through an education which is touching the hearts and soul of people as well.  It is at this spectrum from which we make decisions, and it is in those decisions where our future lies.
I think it is vital enough to make a transition towards a broader way of thinking and asking at least:  In which way are we preparing our youngsters for the future?..
Leadership as such is not resonating with the world and the people as they are, – but from a deeper understanding showing the way to go.
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And as long as systems of education are unable to look at future systems of education, – they fail to take the lead at the cost of a future generation, – walking the same inflated pathways,  as we’ve done already for so long!
Makes sense?..
For this reason, lastly again, –  it is not enough anymore to get education in a trade or any other profession only. It is not enough to be a plumber, a lawyer, a truck driver or a doctor etc, – and only being educated for this. The prime education at this level does not touch the heart to refrain from screwing up people. In politics it does not prevent people from deranging countries, as that what they should have learnt, never came to them through broader education.
And therefore , with what I said in mind, and I hope you get the flavour(!), –  I hope from this perspective, some Universities may change finally inflated trends in the way they guide their students, like it should already start at primary and secondary school..
I hope in particular that Sydney Uni, in line with the pioneering thoughts of the late  Charles Badham ( who did start this University) will start to give education from this perspective a new flavour, – a new direction, ..and that other Universities both in the US and Australia may follow…. and more and more elsewhere as well.
Thank you so much!

   

If we have loved well while we were alive..


“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

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.

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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.  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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 was aware 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.

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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.

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Nothing in this world is impossible as some did show the way they gave to humanity.

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 in God which protects us,  whatever we have to face, –  in death or being alive, but foremost during our lifetime amidst the expressions  of life in and around us.

Love and gratitude are the most important ingredients for a life in abundance.

Thank you!

Paul Wolf

 

The Question As How To Serve…


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Albert Schweitzer, Etching by Arthur William Heintzelman. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”

–Marten Luther King,Jr.

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”

Robert F. Kennedy

“We need to find the courage to say NO to the things and people that are not serving us if we want to rediscover ourselves and live our lives with authenticity.”
Barbara de Angelis

SOME PEOPLE ASKED  me in which way they could serve in the best possible way, – and I smiled because they asked me.

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For those who don’t know, I serve my patients from a comfortable position being paid as a Family Physician in Australia. However I love what I do and look with gratitude on the things I received and still receive, – knowing that in all of this I am dependent on the work many people did before I was born, and during the time of my life until the present.

The best answer on the question as how to serve in the best possible ways can be given by those who serve or served best.

Those who went out in any kind of wilderness, – lacking money and recourses and build up their heartfelt dreams.

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There are different ways of serving.

I have neither vivid memory on my school friend who died to early at the age of 6 as due to childhood cancer, nor do I remember his face, – but he “served” me in the way he died with a peace you don’t often see.

Besides this he left me with one of Bach‘s most beautiful organ plays, played by Albert Schweitzer. This left me at an early place in life with a memory on something different from life itself. I am still grateful that this old school friend passed my way, not because of what he was, – but of what he was able to “plant” without knowing it.

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Sometimes, many years later, we do realise. In a way this is a secret of a kind we need to cherish, not by speaking about it when we do realise, but by allowing it to grow. So are human encounters at times of a nature we better not speak about, but our “awareness” is enough on its own and as such we respect life as it is without touching it. On other occasions we do good to show our gratitude at least ten times more than we tend to do.

There are 100 billionaires all over the world who could wipe out hunger with little more contribution. The difference between rich and poor is getting bigger and bigger. Some of them indeed do contribute but they are not the people who work in the front line against poverty, against war and against various abuses of human rights. If people ask me as how to serve, I tend to say to look at those people who do and find the answer in your own heart.

We are limited perhaps in our potential as due to nature and living conditions but there is neither limit nor ceiling to our potential to love and work our imagination the desired direction in our own circumstances.

It is as Albert Schweitzer once wrote about his work in Lambarena less then 100 years ago, – that anybody can create his or her’s own Lambarena. An affirmation only to illustrate that everyone can create his or her’s domain of care, and serve as such. Those who care do serve and the options are endless. Many examples are not seen by the world or valued for what they are.
Child soldiers who lost their innocence at an age far too young. Many of them did do terrible things but some of them reacted amazingly well by saving lives. People who fight the cruelty in central Africa, – within the domain of strong discomfort but perhaps with peace at heart. People who reach out without fame or name, saving friends and family amidst war.

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Fire- fighters entering houses with people, children, at risk to be burned, and they do this at risk for their own life. People providing aid in Syria now. Fathers and mothers protecting their children in the Congo, without caring for themselves anymore. People providing polio vaccinations in Pakistan despite Taliban death threats. Journalists working at the forefront of all those things to bring the news, at risk of their own life.

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Human encounters are essential before being able to serve as the memory of some people may enlarge what we are able to do.

And in our memory those people deserve honour.

The question as how to serve best is an interesting question, but much depends on the situation where you are and on both your desires and imagination, besides the level of love you feel for those desires.

Sometimes people may be put in a situation where they have no other choice than to serve as staying on the side line would be betrayal of one’s own conscience. Sometimes people go out and meet those situations by
choice.

Again it’s hard to say.

One thing is sure, we can’t wait for the moment everything and everything is ready because in such case we are not likely to begin to serve or reach out.

The other thing is true as well, – true that if we want to work on a dream, to build a ship, – that it is no point to drum up the people to collect the wood and other material. That there is no point to give them tasks of the work due to be done. Working this way is an error of judgement, as the starting point is to help people see what you see, and teach them the ways to get the dream into a reality, – to help them to buy into the endeavour themselves, and then it’s time to collect the wood and all the other things.

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Faith is to believe the things you don’t see, rewarded at times by seeing the things you believe. Time might seem to be a limiting factor but not where it comes to the frequency of love. Love is the prime substance of both our life and nature, the prime substance of both earth and heaven. Without this love there would be neither cosmos nor sun, neither earth nor life.

“For everything there is a time and place”, – so to say.

The other thing being true is that you don’t travel as you think, but you think as you travel. Neither is it true that as you attract you do love, – but as you love you do attract. True love and real care are indispensable and we don’t always touch what is beautiful, neither do we lose the opportunity to see anything which is beautiful, – whether it is a fair face or a plant, a fair sky or a dark cloud. We absorb the seeds in our own soul and this gives life, – and may give direction as where to go, as alert we need to be. One spark of fire may light ourselves and from that fire we may light the world. None of us is too small to serve and freedom can be gained by giving more of ourselves.

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Real love may reach the frequency of “the universe”, the last which may transform us as a transitional “human-being”, – through the awesome grace of God.

Thank you!

 Paul 

Paul Alexander Wolf

https://paulalexanderwolf.wordpress.com/2013/01/06/we-dream-of-things-that-never-were-and-say-why-not/

 

What sort of a Peace..


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“Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.”
Jawaharlal Nehru

“Peace without justice is tyranny.”
William Allen White

“And is not peace, in the last analysis, basically a matter of human rights — the right to live out our lives without fear of devastation – the right to breathe air as nature provided it — the right of future generations to a healthy existence?” (John F. Kennedy,  1963, American University speech)

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It was an honour to be considered this week by Professor Stephen Palmer, to be incorporated at the University of Quantum Dynamics Foundation, with a title at the Order of St Germain, at the Campus in Rijswijk in the The Hague,- an area of the Netherlands.

For various reasons I had to decline the offer, – respectfully and for personal reasons. Titles of honour are subject to prove.  Needless to say that Professor Stephen Palmer is a wiser man than I am.

However some words about the Science of Resonance, the Quantum Dynamics, are justified and in place.

Whilst many believe that “Quantum” has something to do with concepts being far away or with the stars (some may say it’s Australian airlines) – it is actually the vibration of energies and possibilities which connects us all. In essence it is about the interaction between you and me and everything else,- the bonding actually to everything through our hearts as a result of choice. Choice being made in the space between stimulus and response, whatever it takes, whatever time involved, – the choice as well to be both connected with the physical world and the things we can’t see, – but only hope for. We in the universe as its manifestation and the universe in us. For some the embracement to all, for others the attachment to none.

Whilst there are many positives on the Quantum Dynamics and favourable examples in the expressions of its field ( and we think e.g. about Deepak Chopra), – there is the risk of getting side tracked as well. But supporting the institution of higher learning in this area, with still many of the unknown manifestations to be explored, both to serve new skills and awareness, – the last may be fulfilled in an enlightening University, as there are already Centres for Quantum Dynamics as e.g. represented at Griffith University in Australia.

Life indeed is not about what happens to us , but it is about our proactive response, – the meaning we give to life. Life we cherish in its different manifestations, life we need to respect in its different identities, – “Reference For Life”, as Albert Schweitzer once told.

However creation is split in this endeavour as life often goes at a cost of life, – as nature in a deeper sense is a reflection of this “split” and a reflection of endless cruelty which we as human beings are able to reduce as it affects us as well, – however within the context of free choice, within the context to avoid harm as much as reasonable possible.

If we are able to do this we are able to create peace, a topic too often ignored, a topic too little valued as well, – however with the implications to be fulfilled at it’s ideal dimension, it may have the most crucial implications here on earth. It’s about the peace worth living for, the peace which enable nations and communities to grow, the peace which gives people the opportunities to serve, – to give back what they received.

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, – but work against it with “Peace at Heart” (which is the essence) as the world lives in us and we do live in the world. The last with our own response, – with our last choice to make this world a better place.

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We may speak at times about dignity as part of law or politics, – dignity as part of medicine or e.g. terminal care. But there is also the dignity of human rights, peace and universal love. The very last for certain not the one as described in our popular magazines, often, – neither with respect or real affection.

Where there is encouragement and real support we may love in a broader sense. This is what we try to give our children. Real love has neither dictionary nor name, – it is nameless. And in the actions we share, resisting the temptations of hatred and mistrust, sharing the road of compassion, peace and understanding, whether we are black or white, – we may suffer sacrifices and loss. But on this road, at times, we may recognise the same efforts in others, – and without giving it a name we share the same understanding, the same love, the same compassion. Perhaps the compassion and love not completely from this earth, but coming from the universe, somehow, – in ways not always easy to understand.

Gustavo Becquer once wrote about the shame that love has no dictionary, but it is at the credit of love, compassion and peace, that it has no real dictionary,- like our soul has no dictionary. Love and understanding do come to us as an unknown identity and the ask is us to follow it, the road of both this compassion and dignity, – with options as wide as the universe,- wide as the universe is. Some one wrote me at young age, at times not always easy, – that we are a cosmos of endless opportunities, that we should neither die in spirit nor in our earthly endeavours. I say this in my own words as not all translations are suitable, – but as it was part of my DNA those words did resonate in sustained ways. At young age this person had by impulse a bright view on cosmos and earth, or better on people of flesh and blood with bones being dead already in the body,- which has major implications.

In the choices we make on our endeavours to peace, compassion, growing as we grow, – doing the things we do, – in all those endeavours lies both our growth or failure, both our freedom or slavery, and it is the task of humanity to take the vision of peace on board. Not the peace of the people going to die, but the peace of those who live and want to pass this over to the next generation. Not the peace of those who want to avoid trouble and hardship, but the peace found to be at the forefront of our restless efforts. Not the peace of those who are bystanders, but the peace of those who see the promised land and work for it.

Vision we have, task may fail. But vision and task on this road will fulfil the dream of human destiny, – at least it will fulfil the purpose of our own lives in the directions we take during our short existence on this planet.

And if the efforts of those who fail whilst giving it everything it deserves, if the efforts of those even killed during their endeavours with their heart on peace, if the efforts of those in all the little actions are not even written in the hearts of people, in the generations to come, – let it be at least written in the stars, in the universe. As one day the universe will come back to finish all the tasks we left unfinished, to restore creation as it was intended. Not creation living at a cost of creation, but creation as part of all united energies, – both the broken and the unbroken, both the finished and the diminished.

So blessed are those who neither die nor sleep in either conscious or spirit, – whilst being alive. Those who lived, and do live, for peace for now and for ever at such a crucial time, – those who lived for peace today and tomorrow, for peace at our times and all times. We breathe the same air on this small planet, we struggle similar endeavours at increasing heat all over the globe, we may lose jobs where ever we are and sharing tears wherever we may live. The last as a result of pain and struggling with death surrounding us and with a risk that this may increase at a dimension we never faced as due to self-inflicted violence at international level.

So the question is not what peace can do for us as a people, what peace may do when we only dream of a better world and meanwhile pay lip service to the relationship we need to have here and now, – today and tomorrow. No, the question is what WE can do for peace itself in all it dimensions, for peace in our families, for peace within our contacts if we can control this, for peace within our communities and at the end for peace on this planet, – for peace on earth. A planet where it’s nature is split at it’s heart, due to the way nature has been created, – but where we as human being have a choice, – perhaps the last choice, the final choice with the means we have on destruction.

So blessed are those who neither die nor sleep in either conscious or spirit whilst being a living manifestation of our universe during their short time on earth, those who are prepared to take the torch forward for this time and for all times, – as failing we did but gaining we must. Not for us but for all, not for the impressions we had but for the expressions we are able to make as part of our universal given choice as human beings on this earth. This is what we need to gain and this is what we are not allowed to loose, as neither death nor live may separate us from this Universe but death may separate us from this earth whilst we failed in our basic humanity.

So Peace needs to be at the focus of our attention to reason at times of conflict , at times of disaster or hardship. Peace which starts in our own heart, in our own mind, – and conscious will rule our actions, if we are able to develop it, – but develop we must – And if in our endeavours we share our tears to gain wisdom through the grace of God, if in our endeavours we share the universal given love to be the proper care takers of this planet, – so let it be said that out tears and pain for those endeavours will be written in the stars if we meet “eyes” who will not see and if we speak to “ears” who are deaf, – or when some of us are killed like people were killed in the past for their efforts, the last by people who did neither “hear” nor “see” or were “blind” at heart.

Peace is the most important topic on earth, – in all it’s dimensions, to survive as a people and to continue to live in future generations.

So let us not fail!

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Thank you!

 Paul 

Paul Alexander Wolf

https://paulalexanderwolf.wordpress.com/2013/01/06/we-dream-of-things-that-never-were-and-say-why-not/

 

We dream of things that never were and say: “Why not?”


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Kennedy giving his speech on Martin Luther King, Jr.. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.” — Robert Frost

“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned in order to have the life that is waiting for us.” — Joseph Campbell

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCrx_u3825g

“You see things; and you say ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say ‘Why not?’” —George Bernard Shaw

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Being asked at some stage why this blog had the pretentious title; “We dream about things that never were and say: why not?”, – I refer back to one of the plays of George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) “Back to Methuselah“, which actually is a series of five plays on its own.

In “Back to Methuselah” the above quote is used by The Serpent to Eve in the Garden of Eden. The play was performed for the first time in New York City at the Garrick Theatre in 1922 and entailed for the time a most interesting science fiction fantasy which took three nights to do.

The former US Senator and assassinated Presidential Candidate Robert F Kennedy (1968) borrowed this quote and said it differently: “Some people see things as they are and say why? I dream things that never were and say, why not?”

Kennedy and Martin Luther King were the people at the forefront for change in the United States during the Vietnam War. Martin Luther King was assassinated just a couple of months before Robert Kennedy was killed.

The movement for change came to a standstill, the Vietnam War escalated, – social issues to be developed in the US were put on hold. The last until the movement for change embodied in President Barack Obama evolved into a new episode in US history, at a time crucial for various developments in the world.

If the further movement for change on issues of human rights, on Peace and International Stability requires to get stronger, and if the quote in above fiction play (from Bernard Shaw) is being allowed to embody a stronger emphasis, then the “I” part in the quote needs to be changed in the “We” part.

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We are all strongly interdependent and if the “dream” in whatever entity resonates as a ripple effect across the generations, like the waves are coming and going but (!) always coming in terms of new energy, “We” may create a movement eventually which breaks the obstacles for Peace and stability, the obstacles to reduce poverty and keep the ingredients to protect this small planet against  climate changes and other disruptions of various nature.

We dream of things that never were and say: “Why not?”, reflects a shift in perception so to say.  A shift in thinking where new and better options are explored, new ways discovered. Where the creativity from the  right part of the  brain takes over the reactive activity from the  left side of the  brain, the last where those activities are not balanced in the actions of people. Actions which are not right and call for change. Actions which require passion and creative thought for peace and development.

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Where conscious activities take over the activities from the mind, as it is not the mind which dictates the outcome of the future, the first determines then the outcome of our common activities.

Obviously we can do this as people in breaking with the past where this is required and at times we do this by choice, – using this gift we all have.

At the end it is not “I” it is “We”!

 

There is no pretentious aim in the title of this blog, – as it is not about “me”, it is about “We” as a people, “We” as people, “We” embodied in the future with plenty of issues to be resolved. “We” who bear both the seeds of potential and defeat.

Defeat we had, potential we need.

Far too often we see the scary demeanour of empty confidence and coolness in this world.

People who both often speak too noisy with overbearing pride. People often who build their lives at a cost of others, –the last not rarely with intolerance and suppression. We see this in families, our communities, in organisations where people are still able to manage from inflated principles, – and finally we see this in our country and many countries around us.

Often in “the culture” as well of our political systems, – whether they are democratic or the opposite.

The more suppression there is the more violence it may create, with violence creating retaliation and retaliation creating more violence, – whether this is the violence in our demeanour or the violence of a society.

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Again and too often we see the sickness of not rarely whole societies, – with true respect for those who turn against it. And too often as well again we see the sickness of the souls of those people with the kind of sickness we are neither able to remove nor to heal.

What we can remove however is the hidden sickness of our own souls and shine as brightly as we can, – knowing that we don’t live in a perfect world. But the last thing which remains by free choice is trying to take away some part of the misery of humanity and this world, when it comes our way drop by drop and piece by piece, – either by coincidence or by choice.

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In the final analysis as human beings, – we have the last choice. And again this is not about “Me or I”, but it is about “We”, – where the sum of our individual activities do help to call the trumpet of our collective activities. The last in alignment with a massive human orchestra, directed perhaps by those conductors representing global efforts in favour of increasing international coöperation on the issues of our time.

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This part is not seeing things and standing by only, – and wondering “why?”. This is part of the active process of “Dreaming things that never were and say: Why not?” A creative and proactive activity, an ongoing movement for change where only “we” as a people can  make this change.

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In the broader sense of the word it is a team effort of gigantic proportions, which does not fail when one of the leaders would be assassinated, but where the group activity would make sure that the anti-movement would be eliminated by the proper law enforcement which would be the fruit of our collective endeavours, – and the movement would endure, regardless death, which surrounds us day by day.

Whilst the reality of this world may make many of us pessimistic, – the power of being hopeful and believing in the potential goodness of human nature and going beyond the realities of ignorance and violence, – provides us with the seeds to “Dream things which never were and say: “Why not?”

So let us go forth therefore unto keeping the human spirit alive, against all odds.

Let us go forth into the field where we are able to touch the lives of others who walk in “the dark”, whether they are rich or poor, – whether they represent countries in regression or under repression. As both in our communities we are able to offer the peace which helps people to move forward and inevitably among countries as well, – we are able to support those who need guidance. Not the support of weapons, which only give destruction and not the provision of hope, – but the support to inhabit this planet within the range of our human destiny where forces against its survival can be controlled by the rational end of the human spirit.

The last to be shared with the vigilant efforts within our families, communities and finally between countries, – where law enforcement on peace, human rights and the protection of our environment is not impossible.

Not even impossible in times where annihilation still is possible, – when people can’t do without this enforcement on peaceful efforts to settle disputes of any kind.

Therefore we need to continue to dream things that never were and continue to say, – as acting we must: “Why not?” Each time and in each generation those efforts need to be renewed. Each time and in each generation new identities need to be evolved to combat the danger of evil spirits and evil movements, – whether it is organised crime or human trafficking, whether it applies to countries who foo the world or people who represent terrorist activities.

Where non-violence needs to be the universal aim, – violence can’t be always prevented as ready we need to be to combat the risks of greater destructions.

Never ever we will live in a perfect world. Never ever will there be an enduring peace as there is always the risk of conflict. But “We” as a people need to dream things to create the antidote for the evils of humanity, – which is an active process starting at the base of our own conscience in all our day to day activities where we have to make choices, where we have to make choices to make things better or bitter.

Therefore we have to dream things which never were and say” Why not?” Not because the people have to do it for us, but we have to do it for the people, for those who deserve our care and compassion.

Again lastly (I touched base on this before), the last responsibility we have as people is to remove the hidden sickness of our own souls. Either the sickness from the past or the present, which manifest itself in small and often unnoticed deeds. It’s a process of personal growth which means we need to leave certain things behind us and replace this by better things today and shine as such as brightly as we can.

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After sustaining and surviving the most horrible experiments in 2nd WW concentration camps, –  it is as Victor Frankl once said about choice.

Indeed, at the end we have a free choice.

They can take away everything from us, and even at the last moment we have the final choice as how to respond or not respond at all anymore.

So neither death nor life needs to face us in the things we don’t understand, as long we play our own part on this little planet.

At the end nothing is terminal, everything is transitional, – even where death separates us from our duties here on earth.

But the duties continue in hopefully endless generations to come, each with its specific problems where man made problems need to be resolved.

And finally therefore the “We” part in saying we dream things that never were and say “Why not?” is so important, because the power of our collective dreams for a better world in action creates a ripple effect which can’t be stopped, – neither today nor tomorrow!

Thank you!

 Paul 

Paul Alexander Wolf

https://paulalexanderwolf.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/the-question-as-how-to-serve/

https://paulalexanderwolf.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/rest-well-golden-eagle-in-memory-of-nelson-mandela/

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Challenges of our times and generation

“To make gentle the life of this world.”


At times all of us would wish to live in a world more stable and tranquil, – but the fact is the world isn’t like this. Our times are both complicated and perplexing, but even though they are difficult and perplexing the challenges are still filled with hope and opportunity, even though the dynamics of reality are often confronting and little hopeful. It’s all about perceptions and choices.

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We simply have to look to the past weeks and learn from the events as they happened.

When we look around there is a lot of tragedy and suffering going on and though tragedy might be a tool to get wisdom for the living,  it is neither a guide by which to live, nor has it been showing a real learning curve in history. The challenges our world is faced with are hard to be solved by the sceptics who can’t look beyond their restricted perceptions of the obvious realities, neither can they be solved in the retaliation of violence where this should be avoided.

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I always found some comfort in the words spoken by Albert Schweitzer. He said in summary-that civilization is only working the right direction when life is considered to be sacred, and apart from human life he did include the lives of plants and animals.

 

 

As caretakers of this earth – he said – we have to protect and support life, within our reasonable options. It all has to do with compassion, which should embrace all living creatures as the guiding principle of morality. He called it: ” Reference for life.”

 

It might be hard to go that far, but if our choices tend to go more towards the direction protecting at least the human rights we need to stand for, this would be already an improvement.

As history unfortunately however shows at times, we had to go to war to remove the kind of criminals certain countries did not deserve to rule their nation. The sort of people who abused both their country and their people from a position of high authority.This is what happened when Allied Forces decided to strike Libia to stop Gaddafi killing far more of his civilians, and this decision was good as the intention was to prevent worse.

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More countries do show unrest and dissatisfaction at large scale with the way people are treated and suppressed, people disappearing through forces of eg secret police etc.

Demonstrations have spread across various countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Countries often with an oppressive leadership. Whilst human rights were seriously compromised in Egypt for many years already, – only during the uprise of the Egyptian people Hosni (Muhammad) Mubarak had to go.

Still there is a long way to go.

Egypt and Saudi Arabia are seen as the most powerful Arab friends of the US and a strategic focus will be still in place and operational perhaps, despite liberation movements. It is not the easiest place for the US Obama administration as it could get easily caught in increasing policy contradictions where on the one hand there is a crack down on enemy governments which kills its people and on the other hand favouring countries like Bahrain and Yemen that kills its demonstrators.

Obviously bombing the Libyan leader Gaddafi’s air defences falls within the UN security council resolutions of imposing a “no -fly zone” (Resolution 1973) and taking the required actions to stop Gaddafi from killing civilians in his own country.

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This does not take away that with increasing unrest situations political courage and guiding principles are important where it comes to dealing with powers compromising human rights at a larger scale. The dilemma’s might be difficult. The question often is when it applies to countries not being familiar with democratic principles as we know them, what will happen if opponents remove a brutal dictator. What will happen in the aftermath and whether it is possible to rebuild the country with better law enforcement on human rights and basic other liberties, or whether matters get worse amidst chaos allowing eg Al-quaida elements to get the better in all the destruction, and more influence in such areas, – with even more human agony spreading down the line.

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Diplomacy on this issue requires utterly clarity on the right direction and support for all democratic movements around the globe which are stronger than the minority of their oppressors, and those who want to make a real break with a past of cruelty and violence. Like it is the ultimate aim to convince Colonel Gaddafi to step down from power, the same could apply to different leaders in the future as well.

It was Abraham Lincoln who once said that:”Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and to shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is the most valuable – a most sacred right – a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.”

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Whilst there is no easy answer for many predicaments in this world and smoke still spewing from 2 adjacent reactors at the Fukushimadaiichi nuclear plant, it is  that both the earthquake, the tsunami and the nuclear challenges in Japan are among the most expensive disasters and that rapid international support could have been more forthcoming at an earlier stage. Japan had  much  trouble with many natural disasters in the past but the death toll and aftermath for many of those living now amidst the extremes of sudden poverty and grief is beyond any imagination.

Like it is objectionable that it proved to be hard to get timely a UN resolution in place to stop Gaddafi, – it is objectionable as well that the countries who did perceive Japan as neighbours friends and partners (besides allies), did not join together in providing organised support to those who are displaced, -with little shelter or food.

With more natural disasters happening in the future, it would seem countries are more ready to go to war rather than helping each other in the scenario’s like Japan is facing today.

The UN needs to have rapid intervention forces for humanitarian aid, – available within 24 hours after a major disaster all over the world to cut prolonged anguish and suffering. We need to learn from those disasters and both learning and leadership are indispensable to each other as a tool.

The late US Senator Robert Kennedy once quoted from the Greeks  many years ago:”To tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.” He did put it in the right context.when he used this quote amidst racial violence in the US and a Vietnam war during the mid 60ties of the last century.

We have a free choice to do it this way in the arena of our human activity, and change a small part of the burdens of our world.

At some stage all our acts will be written in the history of our families and communities, and if important enough in the history of our countries and in history itself.

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It’s about the bit we did on earth and how we did it, – when we are laid to rest.

And if our actions and choices were directed rightly, –  it was good.

Good enough to lay down in peace..

Thank you!

 Paul 

Paul Alexander Wolf

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Let’s take the torch forward


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English: Posthumous official presidential portrait of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, painted by Aaron Shikler (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Good evening – or good morning – wherever you are at this hour.

Wherever you might be in your life, or wherever you will be in the future, – the future being the most important thing for all of usThe future we all cherish, – if we still have dreams or things to do.

The future which lives in us, – and we live in this future. A future still in which we are able to live our dreams and desires for a better world.

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The future is important for us because in the future lies our growth.

The growth which we all cherish for ourselves and for our children.

A future which will be the result of the decisions we make, either as persons, or as a people, – as citizens of the world.

What sort of future do we seek and what sort of world do we have?

Is what we see a world only of conflicting national interests and international fear, on a planet which bears the burden of increasing environmental degradation, – increasing disasters of nature and the risk of war?

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Is what we see only perhaps ourselves, trying to keep up with day-to-day life, finding a job , keeping a job and push as hard as possible to live the life we want to live for ourselves and our family?

A world of hope perhaps, – despite the enormity of sorrow?  A world with a future, despite agonising questions about both the past and the present? – –

Whatever the way we live and in whatever circumstances we are, there is still a world with opportunities,  if we are able to decide to live up to that future and face the questions as they are, – find the answers and actions which we need. The questions, answers and actions of our time, – as one global community.

A future in which we hope to survive the challenges which we face today, in our time, and for all times. Not only for this generation, but for all generations. For our children and their children. Long after we have gone ourselves.

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In our days as a human race, we need to be remembered not for the victory of wars, but for the victory of the human spirit, which dictates us to show our common humanity at all corners of the world.

Is this our quest for peace?

It is my wish to discuss some of the major challenges of our time, – the potential events we face as a people on this planet.  A pathway perhaps to take the torch forward to a new birth of freedom, – for all those people who seek this freedom and this peace, – unwilling as well to sacrifice the future of this world on the altar of increasing nuclear threat or war. War either by miscalculation or misinterpretation the nature of people, or disaster by underestimating the force of nature itself.

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Let everybody know that in the long history of the world, we are still embattled in the search for this new birth of freedom, based on the perils of liberty and a free choice. Based as well on the examples of people who lived before us. Based on the aftermath of many wars,  and captured in the spirit of hope to live up to the standards and obligations of  this freedom. Freedom which looks to the future with responsibility, based on conscious, –  but knowing that human nature is neither perfect, nor will it ever be.

Many pointless wars have been endured and will again happen all over the world. Many families and soldiers still traumatized as a result of often ill selected battle fields, wherever they took place, wherever they may take place. Many people having to face death going to war, and if they survive  – having to face what died in their heart and their personal lives, as the human spirit does neither cope with e.g. the past killing fields in Vietnam & Cambodia,-  neither will it cope with the potential of mass destruction in the Middle East or anywhere else on this world.

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This will be our fate and that of our children, if the means by which we are able to fight wars are not extinguished from earth, or from our decisions to fight those wars. Too many countries with irrational leaders have potential access to nuclear energy, and may opt to set fire to this world.

War itself in some occasions might a necessary evil where the liberties of the free world are at stake, as happened e.g. in the 2nd World War. However, more and more is required to secure all efforts to reverse at an early stage the processes leading up to war, – as war with the long-lasting destruction ability as we have now –  neither predictable nor controllable when it starts – is no longer a rational alternative, – as President John F Kennedy once said.

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It is for us the living,  dedicated to the unfinished task of others and dedicated to the outstanding task still remaining,  to make our time a better time and to make our world a better place. To make our world a better and safer place to live, as there are conditions and circumstances on this planet of far more importance than the strict national interests as defined within the perceptions of existing nations. We need to shift the perceptions on the world as it developed in the last decades, to one of harmonising our global interest with our national interest, and educate the leaders of UN member states – mixed as the interests are – to do the same. To shift towards a global awareness on what is really important to survive together as a global community, interdependent as we are.

At the end of the day we are not only a world of Christians, Muslims or Jews. We are not a world of blacks and whites, but we are a world of people with similar needs, occupying the same planet, having the same right on some space to live, the same right on food and water. We are all breathing the same air, and we all mortal and fragile in our basic humanity.

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All of us – at some stage – will be struggling with disease, – physical and mental decline, – and many of us will be affected by the increasing agony of our environmental degradation, including the disasters of nature, –  of any kind.

There is too much to say and far more to add.

But blessed are those people who are the peace keepers in this world, – those politicians as well, who affirm to peace and shy away from military confrontation, but stick however to the principles of finding solutions for both national and international problems.

Those principles do not only include solutions for both the roots of hatred and violence on this globe, but help to erode the barriers from past generations, and give new directions for different ways – and old perceptions to change. Those principles include the use in this generation of different and new requirements, adapted to the needs of tomorrow. The last not only as part of our national interest, but foremost as part of our global interest. Not only as part of the interest of our own environment, but as part of the interest of our global environment, which does not allow anymore to cut corners for the benefit of those who suffer the least.

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We have to carry forward the torch of the legacy of some  forebears, who stood for the same principles, who stood their ground – with this hope – and with this spirit – and we have to  renew this spirit in our time and for all times, within the endeavours for this generation and all generations.  The torch of protecting humanity at all corners of the earth.

Tyranny, poverty, disease and the prospect of war itself are the great challenges of our time. Where civilization does not succeed in the battle with those challenges, those challenges will succeed the battle to end the prospect of life on earth. As free people we end up with the last choice. As free people we may decide and if we  do not decide properly, our learning –together with our freedom will be in vain.

In too many cities and countries around the world, peace is not secure, because the obligations of freedom and a free choice are not fulfilled.

It is fair to say that in the world of today, still at least half of its population lives amidst the chains of poverty and disease, and many are the slaves of some of the so-called modern dictators – those who violate their conscious and their Creator – , those who are the champions of oppression, the jailers of freedom and the enemies of the free spirit of man. They include those people who make human rights abuses their business, the business of human trafficking included.

Divided we often are, united we can be– united in our efforts to ease the burdens of those who are born in the millions of families without the prospect of living in peace and proper education. Those families all over the world, often in conditions of war , and many of those people now the  new generation of refugees, always on the move from one place to the other. Homeless, in either their own or different countries. Not only as a result of war yesterday but as a result of climate change and other things “tomorrow”,  –  increasing sea levels and other disasters of nature.

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I think we should not simply add a new chapter to the misery of mankind, but write a new story on  the prospect of different frontiers in the history of humanity. And write this story in the hearts and the minds of people all over the world. A frontier which proclaims to protect life on earth and dictates wisdom in the use of our energies. A frontier which may reach all corners of this planet, if we decide to commit and not to compromise, – compromised as we often are..

Let it be said that when  we have the means to reach the moon, and save no cost to get this right, – or save no cost to fight the wars we should not fight, – we could change history by spending most of the required resources in building factories of hope for those who deserve it most. Not only in the countries of the rich, but together as well in the countries of the poor.

I think as  free citizens of this world, we need increasingly ask what to do about our global interest, because with the historic endeavours  we face to overcome the obstacles which will challenge our life in the next 20 years – united only our planet will survive with us – and we shall survive with our planet.

I think that on the mountains of civilization, we must put an end to the valleys of war and terror, before  war and terror may end the high ground of civilization.  If we don’t learn the lessons from history of too many wars and its potential destruction in the world of today, by not changing our thoughts on our culture, on real progress to make, – the history book of our culture and all cultures is closing in to an end.

However, rather than the terror of tyranny being allowed infiltrating the liberties of free man, let free man all together restrict the limitations of the tyranny from terror, wherever on this planet, whenever it strikes again!

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Where nations fail to act on the misery created or provoked in neighbouring countries, either by war or by the forces of nature, – they are collective responsible for the suffering of human beings.

Young citizens of this world without hope or education easily follow the recruitment steps of terrorists, with hatred among the domain of the living, and either violence or death within the targets of their armed domains.  We know what they can do, – we don’t know what they may do.

Still too many people enjoy the comfort of ill-founded opinions and not the discomfort of their inner thoughts which could be the motor of change, and part of our education needs to provoke our real thoughts about the future of our world, and the contributions we are able to make as simple human beings.

All people on this planet have the right to live within liberty and dignity for each other. We can’t turn back from this pledge at this stage for the world, without compromising the spirit of humanity, wherever country we may live.

We can’t turn away with so so many children to educate, so many families and jobs to protect, so many dispossessed people to care for, and so many economic and environmental problems to solve.  So much to deal with as well in terms of urban and rural poverty, and so many reconstruction to prepare for.

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Both the material and immaterial costs of war and preparing for it will create and contribute to increasing problems of instability, the misery of refugees, lasting terror, ethnic conflicts, increasing global financial crisis, – whilst there need to be still the resources for justified wars like the war against all this kind of poverty, the war against disease and the war against the disasters of nature and terror.

Let it be said that if we don’t put an end to the roots of terror and it’s ghetto’s, the ghetto’s of terror will worsen the risk of conflict at international level, – with potentially more people to be killed and incinerated in the fires of a nuclear encounter than at any time in the history of humankind.

I think where poverty more often creates the prospect of terror, we need to defeat the prospect of the worst poverty, as this is neither the domain of our humanity, nor the domain of real freedom and responsibility.

Where international misunderstanding and misalignment may put an end to mankind let it be proclaimed that humanity first and forever must put an end to international misunderstanding and misalignment, by principle centred leadership. The last which needs to be encouraged all over the world.

We faced many changes in history.

Production and industry changed and evolved. It shifted to highly qualified manufacturing and advanced service industries. We left the Industrial Age behind, but still follow the perceptions of the Industrial Age model in too many business entities, where people are “a cost” , and not an asset in an age of knowledge workers.

There is and has been an oversupply of workers at the lower end of the economy. Quite a number of those people ended in cheap labour at the bottom end of the income scale, not only in Europe or the US, but in other countries as well, where companies with their production lines and policies, shifted their lines of production to those areas overseas where the cheapest labour was possible.

I think we need to get a practical and principle centred approach where no one injustice, however grave, is above all others, and this approach needs to start in all communities where people prefer justice rather than injustice, where people prefer real communities rather than ghetto’s, whether they are the ghetto’s of the rich or the ghetto’s of the poor, as many ghetto’s there are..

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We live in a world where power decides outcomes and our approach needs to be practical based, on the moral realities and possibilities of our position to move things in the right direction. If we decide our direction with wisdom and restraint for the benefit of humanity, we may change the many imperfections from yesterday for at least some improvements tomorrow.

We know that the ark of Noah was not built on its own. Neither any major accomplishment was the work of one person. In the world of today we are more dependent on each other than ever before.

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We know as well that there are countries where people have no moral principles anymore. Principles to lift the darkness of their own conscious and attitudes.  More often  those people have seen too much violence, too much hatred, too much corruption and the worst examples of human living.  This only contributes to the imperfection of human nature and is not allowed to get into the mainstream of civilisation, as such cancer could destroy civilisation.

We are all mortal and have no permanent ownership on anything of this earth. However if one country denies an other country to exist and aims to prepare arms to destroy the other, the international community needs to cage this poison, before its venom may poison the region into the bitterness of death, – and the age into nuclear destruction.

And so, fellow citizens all over the world – our international obligation is not an obligation to bear nuclear arms, though arms we need, not an obligation to battle, though history faced us with battle, – but an obligation to struggle the battle of humanity for a better world, – to struggle and overcome the spirit of darkness in our time, which includes poverty, tyranny, disease, widespread global crime and corruption, the risk of self-inflicted ecological disaster, increasing disasters of nature, hyper consumption, – and finally war itself.

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We face global warming and our long-term sustainability is limited. We need to find new solutions for world water resources and end international water disputes, – we need to share our resources of knowledge and keep together the Oceans clean.

We need to make united efforts to protect habitats in danger, as on the long run increasing habitats in danger may endanger humans as well.

We tend to use unsustainable natural resources and with the growing global population we may have run out by 2075.  The choice to go nuclear in our energy supply by the so-called modern nuclear plants may evolve on a more global base, with ramifications often poorly understood at present.

Where the spirit of human kind is not ready yet for an enduring international peace, there is little room to increase the dimensions of nuclear energy. What is for peaceful use today, can be used for nuclear warheads tomorrow. Besides this the risk of radiation in even the best equipped powerplants are subject to failure if the unexpected strikes, either by nature war or terror.

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Some would say , and with justification, that our market forces operated across the global economy are potential most volatile and often irrational, – with strong fluctuating oil prices. Energy security is a matter of ongoing concern. Countries depending on eg gas from Russia and the Ukraine, as due to changing prices, may feel inclined to use eventually increasing nuclear power, – which will be  subject to widespread  suspicion as due to the potential on less peaceful use.

Under the “Kyoto Agreement “all EU countries are supposed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but with the lack of renewable energy sources more countries will use the new generation of Nuclear Power Stations, not only in Eastern Europe, but across the Middle East as well. Hence the united efforts to make the world a safe environment, and cut the potential of this power being used for destructive forces of any kind. Even conventional wars in countries possessing nuclear power plants, where such power plants are either damaged or destroyed, may give radiation ramifications far worse than the Chernobyl disaster  where those nuclear power plants become a target.

Going increasing nuclear in our energy supply will give the wrong message and is in a way cutting corners in terms of safety of our environment, at a significant cost of the next generations.

We face an increasing hungry planet with worldwide between 800 and 850 million people suffering from hunger, and widespread malnutrition in Asia, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Tajikistan and North Korea, – some countries with a long history of civil conflict. 

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It is well-known that the problems of Africa have enormous proportions, where most problems are rather political than environmental. Global rates of malnutrition are overwhelming. Somalia almost ceased to exist as due to hunger, nearly similar with Nigeria – the last by some considered as being the most corrupt country of the world. Of the world’s 50 poorest countries, 34 are in Africa, all of them with high HIV rates.

This is grossly our world in a nutshell – and there is far more than this.

Where East and West do meet in conscious and with purpose, with the required discipline passion and vision, there will be ultimately peace and shared resources of wisdom to solve the problems of this earth.

There where East and West meet at evil’s end, – there will be war and destruction, without the required resources to repair at any stage the global problems we may face in the aftermath.

Where the Assembly of the United Nations often appears not being effective enough in finding a common approach for resolving both the problems of the tyranny of poverty and the poverty of tyranny, this is mainly due to insufficient moral leadership of some of the membership countries.

Our global interests requires vigorously enforced non nuclear proliferation , supported by all nations on the earth. And those countries behaving outside such treaty, losing their credibility and provoking a nuclear or biochemical threat to others, – ultimately need to be caged with force if so required. The attitudes from yesterday are not the ethics for tomorrow, in which we face the world today.

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Our highest achievement is the preservation and cultivation of life, where this appears possible. If moral leadership is the core of our aspirations, responsibility at a global perspective will lift the world and will ease the burden of our planet, but not without national and international law enforcement.

Let everybody know that if we don’t erode old barriers, old barriers will erode us.

Let us not allow that any person or country destroys the idea of a new and better world, neither by violence nor war. Neither by living nor death. Neither by the mountains of our obstacles nor by the valleys of our despair, when we face what we have to face – to make responsible freedom come true..

And so we have no choice than to carry forward this torch. To carry forward and  set ourselves free from the slavery of the past, whether it is the slavery of the dictator or the slavery of our own thoughts, the slavery to either inflated perceptions or poverty at heart.

And so we may ask every day for the best possible perceptions. The best possible perceptions at any time we face, for both the better and the worse. For both the world in us and the world around us.

And then we may say: we are free, – free at last!!

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Thank you!

 Paul 

Paul Alexander Wolf

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