In observant contemplation I find:
• Confirmation that the human capacity for self-delusion is infinite (Albert Einstein);
• The stupidification of society is well in progress;
• Some people are seeking re-education in the neo-faculties of common sense, logic, and other basics, through quick fix lectures and courses;
• The voice of a singer at a karaoke bar is all but drowned out by pre-recorded music, the same goes for democracy;
• Most bestsellers are little more than well marketed rubbish, rated by corrupt insiders, who are harbouring a conflict of interest; people read or watch them, simply because they are best sellers;
• Some leftist atheists make it their life mission, (or lifestyle), to support radical, self-centred, monotheistic extremists whom they have never met;
• Viruses have become political;
• To some, looting and vandalism is now a protest not a crime;
• Preachers of truth are ignored, hated, and persecuted.
We live in an age of reverse contrast, an era in which the intoxicated are the sober and the sober are the drunk – drunk on hype, paranoia, sensationalism or fanaticism. The once discriminated have become discriminators of convenience. A social divide lies between those who think for themselves and those who don’t. Metaphorically, some people’s skulls resemble corona viruses, which are empty shells. Unlike these human skulls, the viruses are packed with information. Man is turning into beast through brainwash, false religion, and mental and moral decay and perversion, such as mob rule. Everything works in cycles, we have almost reached the peak in various ways, where the mind has been weakened to the point of collapse, by external and/or internal forces. People hate change more than anything else, this is an ideal time for doomsday prepers and panic merchants to maintain their present life-style; they have no plan B or C etc. ‘One day of circuses is soon forgotten, a hundred days of circuses are remembered forever’. The connection between technology and humanity is out of balance, with technology driving humanity to extinction. In a functioning world, both compliment each other. To commit a crime is now a mistake, not a decision. We worry about bullying at school while we tolerate ‘Role Model Bullies’ like China and corporate thugs and crooks threatening the world. The greater picture of truth is approaching completion, but no-one takes note.
Drifting off, my mind wanders back to a summer evening in 1980 when a group of us volunteers linger around a campfire in Kibbutz Misgav-Am in upper Galilee, Israel. We enjoy the moment, absorbing the calmness of the evening after a week of continuous cross border shelling and bombardment.
Guitar music fills the air to the tune of all the alleluia lyrics, alternating with rock’n’roll, blues and country music, which becomes increasingly more pleasant to the ears, the more we indulge on cheap beer, wine, vodka and Israeli brandy.
Having reached a higher state of oblivion, a drunken Dutchman throws his empty bottle into the darkness with great pitching skills. Shortly after and unannounced, our concert is interrupted by search lights and an army unit on night guard, who expect to find terrorist insurgents from Lebanon. Their search proves fruitless, there is no sign of any attempted border crossing.
What they do find, is the Dutchman’s empty bottle, which has hit the electric wire on the Lebanese border fence, only ten metres from where we are sitting and triggered off the alarm.
Every performer knows that ‘the show must go on’, so we compose a song: “Dutchman throws the bottle away – Alleluia”, where it falls, he has no say, “Allelu-u-ia”…
Living in a democratic society we imagine that we are free. Business and media Guru’s tell us we are free in that we buy their commodities and/or services. Governments are trying hard to make us believe we are free as long we support them and their policies. The rock band ‘Queen’ sang: “I want to break free”, though questions arise: Do we really understand the concept of freedom? In fact, do we really want to be free? In my view freedom is born, lives, evolves and rests more internally than on the external and superficial spectrum. ‘True freedom has few takers’. It is a state of mind that comes with a responsibility and it requires change from existing mindsets. This calls for effort, the reason why most people rather dwell in the misery of their comfort zone than try and liberate themselves. For a profound and extensive, yet simple and compact view on freedom, download now and read ‘Real Bold & Simple’ chapter 3 (Born to be Free). “Freedom is not a privilege granted to us by someone else or some authority, but a basic human right which we inherit at birth”.
Dear Members of the Australian Taekwondo Academy Marmion Coast. Conditioning is an integral component of the Martial arts. The unusual situation we presently find ourselves in offers an excellent opportunity to enhance the conditioning of our Martial Arts mind, in that it posts yet another picture in the album of our life experiences. Amidst the global medical threat we face, we have to deal with unprecedented panic, uncertainty and high levels of anxiety. The answer is: Take some time out, practice your techniques and patterns, grappling defense, hand sparring, kick sparring and free sparring. All this can be done in a visualised version. It requires your undivided attention, taking focus away from all the troubles of a confused world. I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very Happy Easter, from Brian and myself. God Bless
Congratulations to the creators of all those psycho-actively inspired virus images floating in the background of the current news reports, which are constantly changing contour, colour and their subliminal messages. This is creativity at its best, enhanced by abstract surrealism, or perhaps, LSD.
Fluctuations in forward estimates and predictions on COVID-19 cases, climate change etc. have left the stock market and petrol prices for dead. Extracted answers become fact and gospel in the minds of gullible people. Doom and gloom is the best- selling commodity. The current lock-down and travel restrictions have resulted in a substantial reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. Climate change activists have all but fallen silent, wouldn’t it be noble of them to make a positive comment?
Guru, MP, & Prophet seedlings, striving for recognition in the quest for status are plentiful.
The gradual eradication of small business has been under way for decades. The government has now ordered most small and medium sized businesses to close while large multi-national corporations are allowed to operate. Does the COVID-19 know the difference? Interestingly, these corporations, are now being portrayed as saviours, for hiring.
Panic buying has become a rapidly escalating world-wide phenomena. Have we learned from Wall Street, where panic is the norm? Has the ‘competition mentality’, ‘win at any cost’ mindset blown out of proportion? Winning, in this instance means snatching up groceries before anyone else can lay their hands on it.
Here is an extract from my book ‘Journey of Life’, Chapter 20, ‘Competition & Success’: For many people life is about winning and losing, or success and failure. When we view success for what it really is, i.e. a journey (part of the journey of life) and not a destination, we are able to enjoy life at a higher level. Most of the ‘food for thought’ I have to offer the world is manifested in my 2 books, so ‘read on’ and enjoy the journey.
P.S. Let me add a copy of a letter I wrote to the editor of the ‘West Australian’ newspaper that was published in the early 2000’s, after the government had finally admitted that the country was in recession.
Now that the R-word as been spoken I believe the time has come to reflect and review the situation realistically and discover the benefits of a recession. Let’s face it, we live an extravagant lifestyle where luxury has become the norm. We live in mansions, not houses, drive cars that out-perform our needs and buy goods on a whim that soon end up on the rubbish tip. A recession is usually a return to reality and moderation. It allows us more time to educate ourselves, acquire some spiritual wealth and who knows, we might even re-discover the art of having a face to face conversation, free of charge, rather than texting or talking on the mobile phone whilst standing in the checkout queue with yet another
Dear members of the ‘Australian Taekwondo Academy Marmion Coast’
While the world faces the challenge of yet another virus, this time called corona, or crown, it helps to view the present situation in perspective. Most experts agree that medically this pandemic will eventually come to an end, like every preceding one. The mental bug which has infected society at large, however, proves to be a much harder nut to crack. Whilst much has been said, addressing the ridicule of all the hysteria, panic and phobia, the fear mongering still escalates creating wide-spread anxiety and depression, which weakens the immune system and hence, makes us more vulnerable to infection. We live in an era where prayer and focus has been substituted with panic and despair. This presents us with yet another opportunity to utilise our ‘Martial Arts Mindset’, which equips us to deal with any difficult, challenging or threatening situation in a civilised and competent manner. It enables us to respond to the facts at hand, distant from fear, worry, assumptions, and most of all, to remain calm, as we would do in a ‘real life fight’. For a deep insight into our martial arts mind’ read ‘Journey of Life’, download it directly from this website. If you have already read it, read again. Recommend it to your family members and friends for it is beneficial to anyone, not only martial artists, especially during the present, trying times. The corona virus will be defeated so long as we follow the expert and government guidelines. Let’s unite to fight and defeat the mental bug.
In modesty & calmness
In response to the present irrational panic buying of toilet paper, let me offer some advice based on ‘hands-on’ experience. Who needs toilet paper, made in China. Newspaper works well on a thunder dunny, but don’t put it into a flush toilet for it will block the drain. Just place it into a sealed bag and then into the bin as you would do with dog poo. Make sure you read the news before, not after use. If the ‘great necessity calls when you are in the bush, bundles of grass will come handy but may cause a rash. And, of course there is ‘Aqua Normale’, known in modern English as water, or snow in winter, the best cleaning agent of all times. If you don’t have a bidet, just use a mug.
Recently I indulged on some bacon, which was de-constructed, then re-constructed from local and imported ingredients; guess it was a synthesised, multinational pig. Hunger stilled, I turned on the TV where, after missing half the news due to updating and answering all sorts of on-screen questions, I learned that there will finally, for the first time since Abraham, be peace in the Middle East, brokered by an American president facing impeachment, in league with an Israeli Prime Minister on corruption charges. “Bloody Brilliant”, to say the least. Perhaps I should consult an intellectual to explain how this will work, because realistic people just can’t. Switching channels, I was reminded that much of the greenhouse effect is caused by cows farting and, if this wasn’t enough, their burps also pollute the air. In contemplation I wonder: why do the poor cows get all the blame? Don’t all the other creatures and seven billion humans release any gas? If they do, ‘Should we farm less humans’? Next, the corona virus was created by Chinese scientists experimenting with biological warfare. At least 150 million people are going to die worldwide. “Doomsday is neigh”. Perhaps not, because the on-line News told me it is caused by people eating ‘bat soup’ and it is similar to a bad flu, not exactly life threatening to healthy people who are living under sound hygienic conditions. According to the Chinese president, the outbreak was to blame on the devil, that mischievous bugger who always comes handy when things go wrong. Then, Australian evacuees from the affected province in China, who have been placed into quarantine on Christmas Island, made the most traumatising experience of encountering some ‘cockroaches’, a rarity that puts any true Elvis sighting to shame. If this was not enough, they also have bad internet. Apparently, this is thousands of times worse than they expected. May I mention, my internet has been very bad for the last couple of months and insects are part of life everywhere, but obviously not in China. Perhaps that’s the reason the Great wall was built; to keep the cockroaches out. Adding to my bewilderment, a scientific documentary revealed that God is a particle and we are nothing but pixels on some screen. Trying to escape the fiasco I sought some relief in natural medicine but was baffled when I read the outside of some ‘natural medication’ bottles: it may help, assist, with mild arthritis, joint pain etc., it may improve liver function and so on. Well, next time I install a door I’ll tell the customer: “It may open and close”. “It may also jam or fall off”. Or I’ll try and sell my car stating: ‘it may drive’. Back to the TV, I was bombarded with the usual warnings of harmless, common meteorological events, now reported as ‘extreme’ and ‘severe’, in contrast to the ‘mild conditions’ my medication treats. For a bit of comfort, I heard that the weather shares one thing with the medication; ‘it may happen’. ‘May’ed off’, I find relieve in a glass of wine, because I know for sure that it works.
Now, that the hype of the festive season has faded off and left our brain and body cells ‘silently stressed’, we return to the bizarre ‘21st century normality’ of cut-throat competition at work, school, and even during our recreational and social activities, in the quest for status and wealth beyond reason. Reality TV shows have become little more than moral and ethical murder, promoting dirty, undermining and backstabbing tactics. We (society) live life on the edge, in fear of being sued, saying or doing the wrong thing, or making unpopular politically incorrect comments. An unhealthy stress generating urgency, is widely promoted through ‘high speed reading and learning’. We are no longer left to focus on anything on screen let alone to finish reading some text without the distraction of pop-up’s, often calling for an urgent, hurried response. No wonder anxiety and depression has reached epidemic proportions, even in children. In response I am glad to say that mental health awareness has greatly improved in recent years, though attention is mainly focused on treatment not prevention.
It helps to cultivate some balance, to pause and open an ‘Empty Page’, which is the most important component of both my books and of life supreme. Blessed be the day when businesses, the authorities and media promote the ‘Empty Page’ rather than hype and sensation.
For more on the prevention of mental agony, known as burn-out, download now and read ‘Journey of Life’, chapters 3 (Anxiety) & 20 (Competition & Success). Most of all, savour the ‘Empty page’.