Stones

 

The mystery of stones is often forgotten, and it is our loss that we allow this to be so.

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Terrorism and Mind Games

The face of a smiling boy is prominent in the media today,  the day after this teenage terrorist killed a Catholic priest in a church in  Normandy.

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Cosmic Calm Outshining Global Instability

The events of recent weeks have been extraordinary in their number, their sometimes violence and in their potential for change as we have never known it before.

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Brexit, and Overcoming Global Fears

“In our age everything has to be a ‘problem.’ Ours is a time of anxiety because we have willed it to be so. Our anxiety is not imposed on us by force from outside. We impose it on our world and upon one another from within ourselves.”

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Healing the World, post Brexit

Brexit is the manifestation of a hidden process of global change that has been ongoing since 2012. It was time for the shift to be felt, and now it has happened.

Healing the WorldThe unravelling of the British political system that, rapidly, is accompanying the decision to leave the EU, is paralleled, though not so obviously, in Europe with repercussions for the continent of Europe and the rest of the world, as the implications off Brexit threaten the status quo in countries hitherto dominated by small elites of the wealthy and powerful. Leaders are flocking together now to work to prevent any further challenge to their authority from citizens who want their voice to be heard and their concerns recognised, as has happened in the UK. The leaders are likely to fail.

The result of the EU referendum on Thursday came as a great shock to David Cameron and the Remain camp, who believed that promoting economics-based fear stories would win the day: in itself this demonstrates how out of touch and disconnected they were from the real concerns of “ordinary” people, and how much they underestimated the ability of those people to see behind the rhetoric.

Analysis of the results shows starkly the great gulf between the haves and the have-nots, those with money and those without, those whose communities have changed unrecognisably as a result of immigration, and those for whom immigration is a useful supply of labour, often though not always, cheap. Above all, it shows the divide there is within the UK, one half that has benefited comfortably from EU membership and the other half that feels alienated and forgotten, and unrepresented by any of the major political parties. The weak links of the political, economic and social systems in the UK and far beyond are exposed, and this may be the most significant result of Brexit.

While this period of change is disconcerting, because of its extent and potential, it is important to see it in a positive light, as a time of opportunity to confront the cracks that are exposed and to heal them. I am sorry that so many predictions of catastrophe following Brexit are being made, accompanied by political opportunism, when this is a time for acceptance, altruistic leadership, and uniting parties and the country together as we look ahead to a future that can be successful and peaceful, if this is what we want and are determined to achieve.

Many countries in the world have much to learn from this British, Brexit, experience, for the need for healing is everywhere. Hope is the Answer.

 

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Another Solstice, Another Chance, Another Change

All solstices are special as a time when the planet is in temporal balance momentarily before the Sun alters its direction, but today’s June event is significant for occurring in this year of 2016, a year of major change and of continuing transition.

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How a Pig Proves the Truth of a Greek Myth

In California, a pig whose genes have been manipulated to prevent the development of its normal pancreas has been injected with human cells in an experiment to make it grow an organ suitable for a human transplant. The pig is known as a chimera.

Pigs for Research

Pigs used for University Research

In Greek mythology, a chimera is a female monster with the head of a lion, the body of a goat and the tail of a snake and for me the concept of altering the natural growth of animals in order for them to become part-human is indeed the stuff of nightmares. Where will it end?

Concerns about animal welfare and the possibility of viruses being transferred from creature to man have, rightly, been raised, but it has not prevented the continuation of these animal experiments. It is such a shame that the need for more transplant organs is encouraging scientific curiosity in ways that are cruel and unnecessary when there are other, kinder ways to increase the their supply  – such as requiring people to opt out of organ donation if they do not wish to be a donor, which is the common practice in the UK (except in Wales!) and other countries, and which greatly reduces organ availability, instead of having to opt in if they wish to give.

The practice of creating hybrids from different features of animals, humans, birds and even fish was common in the darker days of our history, culminating in Atlantis when the abuse was so great that God determined that it must stop, and that never again would this experimentation be allowed to occur. Its purpose then was for enslavement, sadistic gratification, and power: while there is apparent altruism in the Californian pig trials, if they are allowed to continue, undoubtedly other uses of animal chimeras will be found, some possibly not so well-intentioned.

The fall of Atlantis ended this exploitation of the weak and defenceless, and it is no coincidence, perhaps, that just as our science now begins to go beyond ethical boundaries, Earth is on the brink of major change. God watches, and when it is necessary, intervenes. This time, our games with life have gone too far.

(Image by George Chriss)

 

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