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Some May Say That I'm A Dreamer, But .......

"Everyone likes to differentiate between business and consumers but I don't see the difference really. Most people are people. I get personal and business mail and I have one set of contacts from my life. I don't want to manage two sets. I want one view of my world." - Steve Ballmer

"This is really the fundamental question for all of us. How do you make a difference and what difference does it make? This has to be highly personal. The only thing you can change is you." - Martin Sheen
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"I was reading the small book called " Islam ,by Ahmed Hulusi.

The more we open ourselves to each other, the more we see how close we really are.

On Page 55 he says, " Our brains mathematically construct objective reality by interpreting frequencies that are ultimately projections from another dimension, a deeper order of existence that is beyond both space and time
."

[small sidenote to this: strange and quirky as it may sound, this concept ties in very nicely to some of the concepts discussed in "Chaos Theory", which is currently being studied and investigated in hundreds of universities around the world. I personally find it very exciting and stimulating.]

[....continuing....]

"ISLAM - As I read that, I was thinking how I considered the possibility that UFO's were from inner space and not outer space.

They exist but can only be seen by those whose brain waves rise to a higher frequency. This sometimes happens all by itself.

Ahmed Hulusi presents Islam in a most interesting and enlightening way.

We truly are all one
" -(taken from the website www.hiddenmeanings.com/east.html/ )



[Truism, Platitude, Commonplace, Futility, Banal, Trite, Knee-jerk, Habit, Beaten Path, Second Nature, Prevalence, Convetionalism, Mode, Fashion, Worn-Out
......the list is virtually endless.

"You can't fight city hall."
"It's the back room boys and corporations that have all the power."
"Let someone else worry about it, I'll just take care of my own."
"It's someone else's problem....Lord knows, I've got enough of my own."
"We pay people to worry about things like that."
"Tokenism will get you nowhere."
"The good things never make it onto the news, so why bother."
"It's a lost cause, it won't be long now."
"It's simply "survival of the fittest, as it's always been."
"It's a self-determining method of world population growth."
"Who doesn't go to hockey games to see the fights instead of the game? Man, there's nothing sweeter than a good scrap, is there?"
"Look, men have been fighting men for centuries, and I certainly have no impact in affecting that trend."
"An uzi is a penile projection of a male's place in the pecking order of things."
"Goddammned peacenik, we're giving up our lives so you can say the things you say."
"Everyone wants peace....that's a non-sequitor. What's your point?"
"Look, be realistic here. What can just one anonymous person do?"
"Kill or be killed. That's what I say. All the goddammed gooks, pakis and wetnecks are already trying to take over the world. What then?"
"Revenge must be exacted. Iraq (oops..it wasn't Iraq after all, but who cares about details) flew a couple airplanes into a couple of our buildings, and so we have no choice. An eye for an eye."
"Anyone who doesn't agree with me is screwed in the head."
"What a narrow-minded person you are."
"The United Nations is an out-dated joke."
.....the list is endless.



[I think this one may shock you a bit, folks. I agree with absolutely everything I've written up above. By that, I mean there are hundreds of thousands of people in virtually every country in the world who hold at least one of those views, or something closely related.

So, that makes me a stupid Don Quixote tilting at windmills, right?

WRONG!

I believe I am largely misunderstood, and therefore largely ignored whenever I start on one of these "thought-streams." All I ask is that you take a couple minutes and follow along with me if you feel like it. If you don't, that's obviously your choice (but re-read the third quote up above befor moving on to the next moment of your life.)

I'm simply trying an alternative, and I happened to pick the problem "Bring me World Peace", because it's one that a lot of people would likely get behind, at least cerebrally......but the issue is, ONLY cerebrally. "Yeah, I want World Peace. What time's the playoff game on?"

There's no way you, or I, or ten million people are going to bring about "world peace". First of all, I can almost guarantee that if you asked 100 people what they meant by it, you'd get 99 answers, and the 100th guy dropped dead before having a chance to express his view.

FACT: CONCLUSION: "World Peace" will NEVER be the same thing to all people.
CONCLUSION: Don't waste what lifetime you have left going after a useless, impossible "goal."

QUESTION: Ignoring everyone else's understanding of "World peace", is there anything I could do to "get there"? First question, though, is "Do I want to?". If you answer the second question "No", give up on "World Peace as a goal for cripeys sake. You have more important problems to attend to.

AHA!!!!

QUESTION: What is the most important PROBLEM facing me in my life right now (notice I didn't say "most important "THING", because you've probably already got that (food, clothing, shelter, family, friends, love....the list is endless)

QUESTION: Do I CARE to do anything to get rid of that problem, or at least make it "less onerous".?

If NO, live a happy and prosperous .....and EMPTY and UNFULFILLED and UN-GROWING life, my friend. Millions pick that option, it's nothing to be ashamed of. (Read the 3rd quote above again, though).

Here's the cruncher:......If YES, a) what's in my way of getting rid of it, b) can I get rid of it, c) do I need help getting rid of it, d) who can I get to help, and most important of all, e) will anyone else be hurt in the process of my solving my most immediate/important problem.

I personally believe, FUNDAMENTALLY, (and of course you don't have to agree partially or at all) that ANY and ALL ISSUES (I won't call them problems anymore) can be resolved on the back of the concept of TOLERANCE.

We're an intolerant world, an intolerant, greedy, biased, prejudiced species of animal. And because of that, we ARE DOOMED TO SELF-DESTRUCTION.

As soon as we can come to understand the difference between "Needs" and "Wants", we'll have a chance of turning the great ship "Mother earth" around. Until then, we're heading straight for the iceberg in the middle of the night, singing "Nearer My God To Thee" as we take in the night sky on the deck.

So I guess that's what I've come to realize with the life path that I've followed. I've observed that when I'm tolerant of others, and giving of "needs", my life is enriched, as is theirs. When I'm intolerant, rude or prejudiced towards another (as I have often been....I'm no saint!!) and am greedy enough to let my "wants" be more important than another's "needs", then I am no better than a beast, an animal, one unqualified to wear the label "Human".

Can enough people change in time?
The pessimist says "No".
The optimist says "Yes".

How many people turned off their lights at 8PM last night?
How many Rosa Parks, and Gandhis, and Mandellas and Kings are out there who are much more eloquent than I could ever hope to be?

FINAL QUESTION: What are you going to do about it TODAY to reduce your main issue....your personal one, not mine or your neighbour's....yours.

That becomes the only choice you have to make today. I hope and trust you make it wisely, but if it turns out not to work, back up and try something else (remember the ping pong ball from my last blog?)

(P.S. Just to set the air clear, based on a few comments left on my previous entry, I'm not a "pacificist" in the sense that I abhor violence when it's needed for protection (Matty's baseball bat example is a great example). I'm a pacifist when it comes to the needless hurting of other souls.)









WAR MEANS.....
(a poem by Trade Martin)

WAR MEANS death……,
WAR MEANS destruction……,
WAR MEANS fire……,
WAR MEANS bombing…..,
WAR MEANS sorrow…..
WAR MEANS turmoil…..,
WAR MEANS tears……,
WAR MEANS guns…..,
WAR MEANS blood…...,
WAR MEANS confusion….,
WAR MEANS explosions…..,
WAR MEANS mutilation……,
WAR MEANS sickness……,
WAR MEANS killing…..,
WAR MEANS occupation…..,
WAR MEANS loss……,
And lots more……,

But after one side…..,
Or the other side…..,
Has finally had enough….,
And lays down their arms
To surrender and give up…..,

WAR MEANS PEACE….! ! !

….Trade Martin,2007.









Path Of Peace

(a poem by Paul Mc Cann)

Peace is an easy path to tread
Peace is where our fears are mislaid
Peace is beginning to restore
Peace for each man, woman and child
Peace for the troubled streets gone wild
Peace is for the old and the young
Peace in the end will overcome
Peace builds trust into a lifestyle
Peace is a friendly open hand
Peace is a place to understand
Peace in the end will overcome
Peace is for the old and the young
Peace is a legacy to leave
Peace is when we don't have to grieve
Peace is and end to all the hate
Peace is why we negotiate
Peace for all the victims of war

Paul McCann





PEACE



Well said...Rick...I have to agree with you on all counts.

I don't know what to do to have world peace....but I do know that I can have peace in my life and in my home and teach my children the same.
If you don't have peace in your heart.....then then you won't have it in your home or the world.
Education in the only way....
I'd make a lousy judge..because I can see both sides. We have to do whatever it takes to protect our country and our people....esp if other countries have leaders who want to destroy us...and won't listen to reason.
Talk is cheap...we have to talk peace...live peacefully..act peacefully and be an example to our children and neighbours. It has to start in the home and schools.

Hope you're well Rick......let us know what you're up to.
Peace and love...

Hi Rick.
Haven't heard from you in awhile. Hope all is well.

Hi! Rick..
How's it going?

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