Last year I talked about how the west was bankrupt and that part of this 'scamdemic' was to cover this. Here is an update on the world's finances, take 15 mins and watch it because there is a huge crash coming. The IMF and the Fed are printing money like confetti and there are hard times ahead. Please watch and share.
I’ve grown tired of the noise of modern life. Not just noise in the literal sense, but in the metaphorical sense too, the visual ‘noise’ and the ‘noise’ of stuff that seems to be clogging up my life. The audio pollution seems relentless. I try not to listen to anything more than I have too. I had stopped watching the news and I’ve stopped listening to the radio in the morning because I just can’t stand the daily drivel as I drive to work. And there’s another thing that gets on my nerves, the over the top dramatics of everything, the news, interviews, even quiz shows. You can’t get a straight answer anymore, there has to be a dramatic pause before everything. I used to enjoy quizzes but the minute the dramatic pause starts, I turn over or as it is now, turn off. Which explains why my TV watching is down to 3 shows, The Good Fight, the Grand Prix and Gardener’s World. Monty Don on a Friday night is the most chilled out moment of my week. Yes, I know how sad that sounds!
The sound of silence is seriously under- appreciated and it’s only when you try to find a silent moment that you realise, silence is almost impossible to achieve. Even when there is no one around, there is still the background noise of cars in the distance or planes passing overhead. Even at the top of Gortin Glen, you can still hear the distant drone of traffic.
So, I’ve been cutting back and cutting out a lot of stuff recently, I’ve also cut back on my time online, again the ‘noise’ of constant advertising driving me away.
I’ve been having a bit of a clear out too. As well as trying to get rid of the audio and visual pollution, I’ve been clearing out my ‘stuff’ as well. Actually, it’s been less of a clear out and more of a purge, getting rid of all the old stuff that has been clogging up my life and my house. There is just too much of everything and I feel overwhelmed by it. Too many clothes, shoes, books, creams, jewellery and all the other useless stuff I have accumulated in pursuit of…I don’t even know? What is the point of it all? I mean, what is it all for? I’ve also found, the more I get rid of, the more I want to get rid of, so I’m still purging. Minimalism here I come..
I’ve also called a halt to all spending. It’s part of my life plan to try and bring capitalism down by not spending my hard-earned on anything other than the absolute necessities, like food. So, I’ve set myself a weekly budget of £40, £20 for diesel (I need to travel to work, although I’m looking for something closer to home) and £20 for food, which is doable when you live alone. I don’t have much debt and I’ll be rid of most of it within 20 weeks or less, although there is one loan that will run until next year, unless I get lucky and get a lift of money from somewhere.
I was discussing the accumulation of stuff a few months ago with a good friend of mine and he recommended a great documentary called The Century of the Self. It’s available to watch for free online, and was made by the BBC. I highly recommend it. It explains how government and business have basically being doing their level best to brainwash us all. And they’ve been pretty successful at it too, I have to say. We have moved from the concerns of the collective, to the promotion of the individual over all others. It’s basically, divide and conquer by another name. We’ve been encouraged to put our own individual needs, over the needs of the greater good. Where we used to have neighbours, now we have competitors in the race to have and to own; better job, bigger house, fancier car, more stuff and more stuff and more... etc, etc.
And what is all the spending for? Profits, for the corporations. The wars and misery in the world today are driven by profit for the few at the expense of the many. The pursuit of money is a poison for humanity and the planet. It has caused the most horrific damage, pain, death and suffering to the world and its inhabitants since its invention. If we got rid of money tomorrow and instead started living by the maxim,’ everyone taken care of’, the world would become a very different place. All we need is the will to do it… To be continued
As always, comments are welcome..
Three hundred and sixty-nine million pounds! Three hundred and sixty-nine million pounds! I just can't seem to stop myself saying it, maybe it's because of how it rolls off the tongue. Three hundred and sixty-nine million pounds! What a number! And you can write it in so many ways too...you can write it in numbers like this, £369 000 000 or you can write it in letters, three hundred and sixty-nine million pounds. Or, if it is your want, you can write it using both, £369 million pounds. Take your pick, try any of them.
I prefer to write the whole thing out in letters.
THREE HUNDRED AND SIXTY NINE MILLION POUNDS!!!
You really get the full impact of it like that. Of course, it's a mere pittance to a billionaire, little more than pocket change...but then do you think billionaires have pocket change?? Hmmmm, not sure about that...
But apart from that, how could you even think of objecting to it? I mean, she's an old age pensioner and she needs her plumbing and electrics fixed, poor thing! All together now...awwhhhh! And she does so much for us doesn't she? Like.. like..ok give me a minute to think of something....oh yes! Tourism, she brings in all those tourists. Just think of all the people who come to see Buckingham Palace, they might not come if she wasn't there. Just like Egypt, because no one has gone near those pyramids since the Pharoah's died off. Or France. Has anyone ever bothered to go there since they got rid of their royals???
But sure if it's upsetting you, just think about little George and Charlotte, I mean, they are just sooooo cute! What's not to love?? And I'm sure you wouldn't want them to visit a house that didn't have proper lights and plumbing. God! Do you think they still have an outside toilet??
But what do I care that the taxes I pay on my pathetic minimum/living wage is going to help do up the house of the richest woman in Britain while the NHS is being starved of funding. I mean, it was those same taxes that helped to bail out all those rich bankers when they gambled and lost and royally screwed the economy and us poor working saps! Sorry, I mean hard-working strivers! Because that's just what we're here for, to make the rich richer and allow ourselves to be shafted again, and again, and again. Royally shafted even!
Now, my nephew has a young son, and he's just as cute as George (actually he's cuter but I don't want to brag) Can his granny get some millions to do her house up? Because she could really use it, she had a bit of a flood recently and she has MS, she could really do with some help. But when I think about it, she wouldn't even need millions, a couple of thousand would suffice. Any chance the government might give her a handout, do you think? Or what about his great-granny, I'm sure she would like a few million from the hard working, tax paying, suckers... Oh! Sorry again, I don't know why that keeps happening....I mean strivers, STRIVERS!
Well, why does Mrs Elizabeth Saxe Coburg Gotha-Mountbatten, deserve to be given three hundred and sixty-nine million pounds of taxpayer's money to do her house up? (Yes, I know, Windsor IS a lot more user friendly...like when they changed the name of Windscale to Sellafield) But still, for the life of me, I can't think of one valid reason.
Ok, so she's the queen..but what does that even mean? I know that centuries ago people used to believe that royalty had blue blood and had a Divine right to rule (nothing to do with me,by the way) But then, people used to believe that the Churches were Christian and a guy called Santa lived in the North Pole. ( I even believed that one for a while,but then I grew up...)
Ok, she comes out now and again and smiles and waves to people. I could do that, and for a whole lot less, let me tell you. But I've been giving this some serious thought, just in case someone would object, like maybe OUR public representatives, and I think I have a solution. Since it's coming out of the public purse, maybe we should make it a crisis loan. You know, like when you're on the dole and you have an emergency, like your washing machine breaks down and you need to buy a new one, you can get a crisis loan. Of course, you have to pay it back. You can't expect the Government to hand out money to people and not get it back.. (Sorry, what was that...bankers??) But she has millions and millions in property, jewels, money, even race-horses! She would be able to pay it back in no time at all! And if she couldn't afford it, then she could do what all those other people who lived in London had to do when their benefits were cut and they couldn't afford the rent. She should downsize or move out of London. Well, there's always Balmoral or Sandringham and I'm sure if she was really stuck, Charles could find her something down there in the Duchy of Cornwall.
By the way, my car broke down recently, and I think it's going to be expensive to fix, probably more than the car is worth..(that's expensive for me on my wage, not expensive from a billionaire's perspective..a mere speck of dust in the corner of their wallet, if even that) Do you think the government would give me some money to fix it up?? After all, technically, it is my money, I've been working and paying tax for years. Yeah, that's what I thought too...
A little quiz question for today, what do the Pope, the Queen, David Cameron and Bono have in common?
Well, if you said the Pope is head of the Catholic Church, the Queen is the head of State for Britain and the Church of England, David Cameron is the head of the present Government, and Bono has a big head, then head would be the connection and you might be right and, actually, that is a right answer too, when you think about it.
But that’s not the answer we’re looking for today, so, sorry if you said that but good thinking just the same.
The answer we’re looking for is, and this might surprise some people, they all say or think they are Christians but in reality none of them are, which might surprise some people since two of them are heads of Christian Churches and at least one of them thinks they are God.
So, how is that the right answer, I hear you say? Well, I was at mass a couple of weeks ago and the priest was talking about the reading that day, which was the one about how it would be ‘easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than it would be for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God ’ (or heaven, anyway, same thing). And he went on about wealth and poverty and I was sitting there thinking, ‘Well what about the Vatican?’ I almost got up and said it, and if it had been another priest I might have, but this priest is old and retired and then I thought, ‘Well he’s not Rome so why harass him about it’. And then yesterday we were back on the money question with the story of the Widow's Mite. Now, I go to mass, I consider myself Catholic, definitely not a Roman Catholic but Catholic in the original sense of the word, which comes from the Greek and means ‘universal’, and that is how I consider myself. I am a member of the ‘universal church of humanity’.
I was in Rome a couple of years ago and while there was a lot to see, from an historical perspective, I didn’t particularly like the place and I certainly didn’t feel too inspired by the ‘Christianity’ of the Vatican, and wouldn’t be in a hurry to go back any time soon. When I was there, I was hoping for some profound spiritual experience and the nearest I got to encountering anything like that was looking at Michelangelo's Pieta, which is in St Peters and is a stunningly beautiful piece of sculpture. If you ever go to Rome, I couldn’t recommend going to see this highly enough.
The other big attraction was the Sistine Chapel and, honestly, I felt a bit let down by it. Firstly, it’s not really a chapel, as you would imagine, it’s just another room in the Vatican and by the time you get to it, you have passed through so many rooms painted from floor to ceiling with angels and the like, that your eye is a bit tired by the overload.
I had the same thing in the Renaissance section of the Louvre, I remember coming out and thinking, ‘If I see one more picture of the dead Christ…!’ And, for the record, the painting of God creating Adam, which I had always imagined was this huge painting across a domed ceiling, is in fact a small panel in the centre of the ceiling about 5ft by 3ft. (it probably is bigger than that, but from my perspective, that is how it appeared). The place was also packed, it was a hot day and, between the crowd, the stifling air and the smell of body odour, it wasn't a pleasant experience.
Anyway, what got me about it, was the wealth of art in the Vatican museum and, also, the fact that the Pope lives like an earthly king. He lives in a palace, is surrounded by lackeys and riches, he is dressed in expensive robes, waited on hand and foot and separated from the people. He is supposed to be Jesus’ representative on earth, how is that anything like Jesus? And another thing, he is supposed to be infallible, says who? I would like to know where that idea came from? He can’t be infallible, he is a human being, it isn’t possible, all humans are flawed and imperfect, it’s the most interesting thing about us. Just think how boring it would be, if we were all perfect and flawless?
When you look at it, everything about the Pope goes against everything Jesus preached about and the same goes for the Queen. It is a complete hypocrisy to have a Queen as head of any Christian church and the same applies to David Cameron and Bono, you cannot be that rich and be a Christian, it just isn’t possible, you may perform Christian acts now and again, but as long as you are sitting with all those millions (and avoiding paying tax) you are not and never can be a Christian in the truest and only sense of the word.
And since we’re on the subject of Churches and religion, any religion that differentiates between men and women is wrong, especially if the Bible is a big part of the religion, because one of the first statements in the Book of Genesis says, that God made them, male and female, both equal. That’s it, equal, no more, no less, equal. Not the Animal Farm kind of equal, where ‘everyone is equal, only some are more equal than others’, no, not that one. There was no qualification to it, all equal, no argument.
And if you really believed in the God of the Bible, you couldn’t regard any human being as not being your equal, (or as discussed in previous blogs, of equal value), because if you believe God made everything, then to say that a woman is something less than a man, is to insult God. If God made them equal then who is any human being to say that Her/His/It’s creation, woman, is something less, when they are both human. The value for what He/She/It has created, then extends to everything because if you truly believed that, then you have to consider that everything that God has created is of value to God, otherwise it would not exist.
Which makes it very arrogant and insulting to go traipsing around claiming dominion over other lands and other human beings and treating them badly, or as your own personal property. Because if everything is God’s creation then, maybe it’s time we started to really think about that and consider how we are living and how we treat other people and the planet. Maybe it’s time we cleaned up our act and started taking care of what we have been given because whether there is or isn’t a God, and whether you believe or don’t believe in a God, we only have a short time here so why don’t we do our best to live well and respectfully, and try and make life better for everyone.
I mean, does the Queen, David and Bono, and all those other millionaires and billionaires, really need all that money. They can’t spend it in a lifetime and it won’t buy them another life. They can’t take it with them so what do they need it for, to feed their egos and make them feel like they are successful, that they are better human beings than the rest of us?
Sorry, but the bad news about that is, if you can sit with millions or billions in a bank while on this planet another human being is dying for the want of something as basic as food, then you have failed in the most important area of life, you have failed as a human being and you have certainly failed as a Christian.
What are we here for, if not to live, life is supposed to be lived is it not? Why does it always feel that life is something to be endured or survived, why can we not just live and live well? We speculate and ponder on the meaning of life and maybe it is something as simple as that, to live it and live it well.
Comments as usual, are always welcome.
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