I’ve often described myself as having been educated in the School of Life… but my recent discovery of the YouTube channel going by that name has been a joyful revelation. Beautifully made, concise, colourful videos… means that catalysing a discussion on any number of topics with children or adults is made very, very easy. Packed with information and loads of pointers for further exploration. An excellent resource for self-education.
Somehow, despite the profoundly significant work of an inspiring man who showed the world how to farm in harmony with nature… the majority of modern agriculture is still literally dragging it’s knuckles in the dirt and stumbles on thoughtlessly churning up the earth in a futile attempt to increase upon the abundant supply of food the soil can easily provide. The permaculture movement was pretty much founded upon this man’s work and perhaps it just takes time for the awareness of natural farming and its life-enhancing qualities to be scattered and to germinate. His delightful book The One-Straw Revolution, is more about an attitude to existence than the mechanics of farming and I highly recommend it to anyone.
If you suspect that state education is falling far short of the mark but you can’t quite imagine what good education could look like…. watch this. Sands School, an excellent example of democratic education seems to be providing an excellent service that celebrates the creativity and the individuality of their students whilst building mutual consideration.
The last email to my mailing list prompted some feedback to say that there was a hint of the recovering alcoholic or the evangelistic ex-smoker in the way I was talking about Faceboob.
There’s no doubt I got a lot out of my experience… I want to make it clear that my FaceFeed was a veritable torrent of inspiring ideas and connections, there’s a huge amount I discovered even if that came at a price. I suppose Alcoholics Anonymous exists because there are recovering addicts who are able to give hope to others that another way is possible… I guess this was my hope too.
In these times of great turbulence we have the power to choose whether to live as a force for change or accept that we will be forced to change.
Everything in life is constantly in a state of flux… moving, growing, transforming, evolving. To think that we can resist the tides and currents of existence is insanity.
In recent times I have been concerned about the very real threat to liberty posed by the erosion of privacy. This is a very promising development.
If you think that a superhero means a lycra-clad, masked and muscled man with magical powers, it might be time to update your ideas. A superhero does not have to mean some Nietzschean image of perfection the recent decades of superhero comics and graphic novels stand as testimony.
Sometimes a superhuman achievement is just to make it through a whole day without being violent in thought or action. Sometimes it could be simply being there for someone at the crucial point when they needed some support whether that be just a hug or even a glance of understanding.
Perhaps all we need to do is show some heart? Continue reading “What is a Superhero?”
Terence McKenna admonished us to remember that culture is not our friend.
We can think of culture as a programming language with which our fleshy biocomputers are able to process the information bombarding our reality tunnels. Defects in language result in defective thinking. Unhealthy thoughts lead to dis-ease and destruction. It is time to update our operating systems. The bugs we see in our social software arise from faulty coding and input analysis. We can improve our all our lives by integrating these redefined programming terms presented here into our thinking, assisting us with the task of deprogramming ourselves from collective insanity. Continue reading “Rebooting the System”