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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Does this apply to us?

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

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

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

So for all of us, wherever we may be:

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

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

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

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

Is hope a dream only?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Therefore:  … STAY IN FOR THE RIDE!! 

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Thank you so much!

 Paul 

Paul Alexander Wolf

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Challenges of our times and generation

Sydney Siege 2014: A serious warning for better terror prevention.


There seems no end to the tributes at Martin Place, which has now spread to a second site

There seems no end to the tributes at Martin Place, which has now spread to a second site in Elizabeth St Picture: Britta Campion

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Just a few things to say to you today after the 16 hour hostage drama in Sydney, where 3 people were killed during a siege in which 17 people were taken hostage at the Lindt Chocolate Café in Sydney’s Martin Place.. There will be a lot still to be written about in retrospect, by others, – … further questions to be raised perhaps as well. 

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A totally senseless act of violence through the hands of a sick minded Iranian cleric with an extensive  criminal violent past.  Unfortunately, he has not been on a security watch list of the homeland security spy agency (ASIO) , which would have been part of due diligence because of his well known obsession with extremism..

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I will say a few more words on this later on…

The culprit in this drama used a flag with in the world of today a symbolism of the ISIL death sect, –  however though,  this siege appeared to be clearly an isolated incident.

Sydneysiders now leave floral marks of respect in Martin Place in an expression of profound grieve and unity with the victims of this siege. Respect as well for the courage shown, both by the victims but also by the police, – all of us not being used to this type of new terror in Australia.

A sad day for this country and the families who lost 2 loved ones. However, .. it brought Australia, for sure, more together from various directions.
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There are signs as well for the rest of the world that if those things can happen in a café in Sydney, they can happen anywhere. And in a world with changing dynamics, with more sick minded people being close to (or in contact with) evil forces – through modern media of connections and other contacts – there is the challenge not to mix the good ones with the bad ones. Not to retaliate in the wrong way,  neither in our country nor in any other countries with so many multicultural and different believers… There are many different religious views, and they are all fine, and they are all supposed to be treated with respect…

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Any individuals or groups however, who violate the human rights of any other person, or persons, regardless their religion, – should be subject to the law enforcement in proportion with their acts of injustice.

What we heard as well, after the Sydney siege, is that militants from the Pakistani Taliban,  attacked a school….The unexpected can happen anywhere, at any time, and there are no easy answers, besides at least, – that neither judicial systems, nor systems of close surveillance on suspected groups or persons, . . should fail in any serious raised suspicions.
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For those who are not related with Islam – considering the evidence that the Sydney gunman was a Muslim,  there can be a desire for revenge.. But this would as such, and really seriously, undermine all what we love most in this country, and its way of life.. Besides this, the fact is simply that the far greater part of Muslims in this country feel that those acts of violence are profound repugnant, – and share in the grieve of what has happened over the past days.

What we need in this country is compassion and love. Hatred fuels hatred and violence fuels violence, – the last which is the risk of prejudice and not making the right distinctions, – in case of any future events at a larger scale perhaps.

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So let us not get infected by the hatred elsewhere in this world, even when acts of senseless violence would recur in Australia, – or elsewhere… Let us continue to use common sense and base our decisions on values and respect for life, and not getting into a descending spiral, – the last which is the weakness  of violence as it aims to destroy..

In the history of the world, we often see that violence multiplies evil rather than that it is able reducing it.. However, – on the other hand, there have been instances where military force was required to end powers of evil, – ..this being the last means of civilization.

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Opposed to our desire to civilization is the evil direction of e.g. ISIS, a large powerful death cult without any connection with the real Islam,  and those who want to live in peace.. Even though they claim to be the true representatives of Islam,  they kill their Islam brothers and sisters and anybody else in most barbaric ways as a way to resolve their differences .. Those extremes want violence and killings in this world, – likewise militants of the Pakistani Taliban and others.
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So let us never get caught in a trap to retaliate in the wrong direction, – as the last is what ISIS or equal groups so dearly want.

They already sacrifice their own people on the altar of hatred, – and hope this fire will spread across the nations to set people up against other people, – countries against other countries.

What we need in Australia is not division; what we need in this world is not hatred; what we need here and elsewhere is not brutality and lawlessness, but is appreciation for what we are able to do together as a people in the positive.. Wisdom to overcome obstacles, and kindness towards one another, besides a feeling of justice toward those who are hurt or grieve, – whatever their origins or believes.
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Today is not the end of violence, not the end of uncontrolled people or groups.. People will continue to mess up in terrible ways, as shown again now as well by the brutality of Taliban militants in Pakistan…
And this type of violence, sadly, may happen anywhere.

And therefore let us dedicate ourselves to try and discipline brutality into humanity, wherever we can, in both small and large ways, – and expand the culture of tenderness and warmth, here, in Australia, – and elsewhere.. But let us be prepared as well, to protect ourselves as a country, together with other countries , – against the inhumanity of forces which put our cultures to the test.. Like that  group of Taliban militants, which walked into a school in Pakistan and massacred 141 people, – 132 children included…..Just children..!

The flowers at present in Sydney’s Martin Place are signs of respect and dignity, a tool and not a couch. For certain not a couch to rest on but a tool to move on and correct what strictly spoken could have been dealt with differently in the lead up to this drama – and this is the way we need to use time…

Dignity and respect lies in the hearts and minds of many people as a willingness, in our case, to support the best of what the Australian culture represents… It may not always work out that way, but as a society we seem to know that the boundaries are narrow,- but the responsibilities however being clear…

One may conclude that both a more proactive Australian justice system and this Iranian gunman being put on the ASIO watch list in the past, at an early stage (for both his passion for extremism and his violent criminal history), could or should have prevented perhaps this deadly siege in Sydney, if he was stopped, – if he was stopped at an earlier stage with a justified prison sentence. And this is one of the lessons to be learnt from this tragic event.

Terror prevention is not merely a distant goal that we search for, but a process through which we arrive at that goal, .. a learning experience, and a journey, which we need to travel, – as due to the increasing dangers we face – as a country with other countries..

And to travel this, –  we have to do this with the highest possible safety, – and with the highest possible speed, – and with the highest possible strategic and efficient efforts… All this, – and more, as part of the quality efforts our country and our citizens deserve!

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Thank you!

 Paul 
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