Pearl Harbour: its Karma is our Future

 

Reminders of significant military milestones are strong at the moment. One hundred years ago a first, cruel, world war was raging, and seventy five years ago yesterday Japan bombed Pearl Harbour in the middle of, and escalating, a second terrible world war. How many people remember? What have we learned?

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Emerging from the Shadows

 

In my world, copper leaves are falling soundlessly across my window as a fresh, clear October day takes shape, as it has done here in the Cambrian mountains for thousands of years. Great beauty and wildness surround me.

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The Pernicious Power of Fear

World events, currently, are not dull. There is much to take our attention as political, social, cultural and military upheaval confirm the imminence of major change that, one way or another, will affect us all. No-one knows what will happen, but it is clear that fear is being used as a weapon to try to control events and achieve a certain outcome.

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Migration, and the Law of Unintended Consequences

The contrast between the pictures of starving, desperate Syrian residents and those of drunken migrants rampaging in Cologne on New Year’s Eve is stark, but both situations are a reminder of the powerful Law of Unintended Consequences.

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Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll

For most people, the rock and roll of life derives from money, and it has become the god of our civilisation.

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Deserts of War, Deserts of the Soul

Did you know that more than one fifth of the skin of the Earth is desert? Yet the importance of this significant planetary landscape is little remembered now.

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Beheadings in the Middle East – not the Time for Ego

The beheading of James Foley by ISIL is one of many sad, brutal deaths by terrorists who have no boundaries or sense of decency. They will stop at nothing to achieve their aims, and it is concerning to know that they possess chemical weapons and plutonium, and the will to use them.

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Making Mistakes: Where has the Spontaneity Gone?

Within you is the memory of your ancestors, and you have a good knowledge of human history too.  Why, then, with all your awareness of life, and right and wrong, and being on Earth, do you continue to make mistakes?

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What Goes Around Comes Around – Karma in Iraq

As Iraq disintegrates, I see a pattern of Sunni, Shia, Shia, Sunni, Sunni, Shia repeating itself over and over again as karma created by man plays itself out in a grim tragedy of religious intolerance exacerbated by hubris and the abuse of leadership. It is not just about the sectarian differences between Sunni and Shia in many lands, it involves the Kurds, the West, and the wider Middle East too – we all are involved in the karmic fallout, and have a responsibility for resolving it.

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