About a hearing aid repair.

About a hearing aid repair.

An early start today to ensure to timely join the queue in our County Hospital for a hearing aid repair, but probably replacement.

Being there well before the opening time of 9AM there are still some people in front of me.

A case of never mind; one does however not want to waste too much of valuable time. This was after all the reason to leave home early.

Well, by writing a bit there is at least the pretentention no time wasting occurs.

The last couple of days we have lived in a rather surreal world, somewhat dominated by a certain person that will soon be the so called leader of the Western world. It is also called the Free world.

The noise surrounding this whole process is deafening and might well be the reason my hearing aid is giving the ghost.

One does not really want to hear, or see anything about the utter chaos anymore.

So, getting that aid repaired is thus tricky business, but there goes.

It worked out the hearing aid was past its sell-by-date, and did get a new one.

Perhaps we need to come to the same conclusion with the president elect. Come on gives us a new one, because this one is past his sell-by -date before he has even started. We need something fresh and positive and that will be working; guaranteed.

Wonder whether he can hear me.

Politics is death, long live life !

Politics is death, long live life !

If the recent bruising race to elect a new President in the USA has proven something, it is that politics is death, or at least should be.

We can try and understand what went wrong, and let be clear this would have been so whatever the outcome.

All what has happened is that extremism, ugly debate has won. We are all responsible for allowing this to happen. Now we are in a mess, because extremism has won. For the moment.

There are a lot of issues facing humanity and we need wise, serious and genuine human beings to come together and try to address those issues. Politics does not work like that, for politics is about power. It is all too ugly.

You can be anti-establishment but if you are still after power and try to bully your ideas through, you are no better than any politician. Let me be clear there are lost of decent human beings that are also politicians. Genuine people that try to address the dangerous world we have created. People that try to address conflict, poverty and climate change.

The swing towards what is called right extremism is worrying, but so would a swing to left extremism have been. The latter will be in some years time or so be the response to the former, and this is why politics does not work.

We need change, but not the change politicians keep promising.

The change we need is first and foremost acknowledge that each and every one of us is responsible for the mess we are in. So, all  of us can do something to create a future for the children of this world, and generations hopefully to come.

We cannot control nature, but we can destroy it. We can not avoid death, but we can live a beautiful live. And help our fellow humans.

We have a choice, whatever our circumstances, wherever we live. It is hard work, but let’s be serious and do it. Now.

POTUS

POTUS

The best news today is the fact that the race to vote the next President of the USA comes to an end. Well one hopes so anyway. There is not so much to say about this since too much words have already been spoken.

The race has been a tragedy, an insult to humanity. For this we should be grateful as it teaches us that radical change is needed. We humans need to change to enable a better society. Politics does not work, war does not work. We know what does not work so why do we carry on, making more mess. Why do we not care?

The most significant notion is how devised us humans are. Surely, we are all responsible for that. The question is how we can unite.

Race, religion, sex, country of birth; it does not matter, should not matter. But it does, for we fear. We know we do not know.

Whomever is the next POTUS does not matter for it will not bring the change humanity as a whole, or you as a person need. Humans need an inner revolution to change themselves and thus society.

It is hard work, but worth to try and create real hope.

Karl Marx

Karl Marx

Today I finally met Karl Marx, well stood at what is his second resting place at Highgate Cemetery in North London. His first grave was deemed too obscure, too simple by the admirers of this man, who died in 1883. His current resting place was erected in 1954, and his body exhumed from the old, today still existing grave, and reburied in its current, far more prominent spot. The massive head of Marx, his monument, is visited by both his many followers and those who hate his thinking and communism, of which, after all, Marx is an important symbol. Below the head of the thinker the famous (or infamous, depending on taste) words “Workers of all lands unite” can be read.

Standing at the grave my thoughts went back to the time that, as a naive but idealistic teenager, I had a poster of the man on my bedroom door. The attractive aspect of Marx’ thinking to me was simply the word ‘unite’. He wanted the normal folk to unite and be stronger, so there would no longer be poor people. That was just my teenage thinking and even today that seems fine.

An awful lot of unbearable things have happened since communism got a foothold in this world. One would argue also very good things have come from (mis)using Marx’ thinking. Still, I felt apprehensive standing there and was contemplating what the man would have made of it all himself.

Sound of silence

Sound of silence

Is it not nice. No television on, not even music, soothing or not.Nothing to distract from a little bit of writing.

Silence, a great friend, brings calm to the tired brain. Adorable state of mind. Life is so loud nowadays. My brain cannot cope with the noise continuously coming its way.

I want to be very load about proclaiming that we need more silence.

 

Confused 

Confused 

I am confused a lot lately for there are so many things I do not understand. There are lovely friends and family, there is this beautiful part of the world I am lucky enough to live. Have enough money, reasonable health and seemingly endless opportunities to do something positive, something truly constructive with life. Still, there is confusion. 

Take the election of the next president of the USA, the rather embarrassing shambles that has worked out to be. How can this help the world forward?

Take the ongoing horrific fighting in Syria, so many innocent people killed. For what? What is humanity about?

Take what happens in Britain with Brexit. What is that all about? A grotesque spectacle, all ill-founded. Not improving any body’s life.

Take what happens with ongoing poverty all over the world, and with humans not really tackling climate change. Confusing.

The one thing I am not confused about is the actual fact that I am confused.