No deal brexit logic and a weed deal analogy

No deal Brexit logic and a weed deal analogy: If you want some weed, as you have none, and you meet a potential seller, and begin to negotiate based on your tough conditions (half price, best quality, and on condition the dealer will give you a receipt) walking away from such negotiations is NOT a strong position. “jog on, joker”. You will end up with no weed and an increasing amount of dealers thinking that you are deluded, self-righteous or worse. Why are YOU exceptional? With this attitude, you will end up weedless and most probably socially annexed.

#Brexit
#NoDeal

Thanks to James O’ Brien for inspiring this analogy.

No Brexit Party No

Brexit Party, No. I’m a European, I live and work and love in Europe. (Edited from a morning rant posted unedited, and so with angry overtones, and irresponsible conclusions)

I remain politically aloof, although…my opinions are clear and published on matters concerning UK citizens today. Aristotelian politics, the arts, history, philosophy, music, poetry, culture, conspiracy, these are some themes I have dedicated my life long study to. And I can tell you that the Brexit Party, and the ERG, and UKIP, and anything connected with Steve Bannon is rotten to the core. Voting consciously, humanly might be your best bet to secure a future.

If you are thinking of voting Brexit Party, but not sure, inbox me, we can talk this through. I’m not saying I don’t want to talk about this, or even change or modify my mind, IF….somebody can present an argument (For Brexit Party, and/Or Brexit) that is coherent and based on solid information, not some dodgy Fortress Europe paranoid fantasy, or baseless racist ideology dressed up as a political strategy. (e.g, Theresa May’s hostile environment, and Farage’s Breaking Point campaign.) As I said, I like to write and to tackle difficult questions, and strive to build bridges by encouraging brighter minds. The capacity to think, consider, suspend judgement, and kindle compassion. These are the tools to defeat fascism, from whichever polarised side  
     

 



 

 

Where are the love preachers?

Hi, well not you, and you and you. This is for the greater public to chew on. Where are the love preachers, the fully qualified and respected religious and non religious humans demonstrating all around the world love, tolerance and compassion. Any leads?

Oh yeah, well there are loving Buddhists. Some but not all Buddhists demonstrate such perpetual positive love vibes that I am hinting at. Yes, I agree. To play devil’s advocate, however I ask, outside the buddhist center, where do I tune into love preaching and practice, made to reach all the divided people? Yes, sure, everybody should take a look at basic Buddhist doctrine and adopt and learn from their well versed practical systems, which include attention to mind body speech, and techniques to train and relax. To work to attain clarity of beingness, all the good stuff. Yes. If you can turn Netflix off, and get away from Instagram and snapchat, Buddhist teachings teach and preach love. I answered my own question, but remain unsatisfied when I look around at the chaos and division, the ideology and entrenched positions. The lack of willingness to accept new data, instead, preferring to stand solid like a rock, unmoving.       

The unfortunate truth that I deduce in the land of Trump and Brexit, reflects an atmosphere of nihilism. A case of throwing the baby out with the bathwater. What I see as a new combination of groupthink and nihilism, “it’s all fucked”, “All politicians are the same”, “All religions are crazy” “All poor people are stupid”, “all bankers are criminals”. The hopeless require love, crushing fierce love that sneaks upon their being, gifting them with understanding, a two-way conversation in the interests of peace throughout the nation.

All convictions make convicts. I digress, here I’m trying to refine my theme, where are the love preachers (in popular culture) these days. Some might say Russell Brand, and I agree that from a UK perspective, he fits the role. If we can overlook his history, check our ignorance, Big Brother, and Ms. Perry, I can agree that yes, Rusty Rockets demonstrates a consistent compassion in his public facing, often independently crafted communiques. Plus he preaches in some sense, he’s not afraid to speak with an instructive tone and authority, which I feel is important here. He’s not a performance poet, yet still exhibits a playful prose. Kudos. Besides Russell Brand, then, who and where are the UK love preachers, and where is the support, the resources and the platforms for such needed love preaching training? We need a planning committee for huge future love preach events at this critical moment in UK history. I call for a new love-in, a new trans-love energy field. Fight tight fists with open arms, fight lies and coercion with relative truths and invitations to think. Leaving and arriving is a part of the process.   

I’m talking about Curtis Mayfield love, about unconditional love for all sentient beings, Rumi love, the love and forgiveness and understanding often ascribed to angels, but clear and present and without doubt, dancing on the tip of the tongue of our leaders, and public intellectuals and representatives. We need love training camps, love to mean understanding and tolerance, a love rehabilitation movement from coast to coast, continent to continent. As Bill Hicks said, “love all the people”. Teach them by example, love to mean acceptance, love to mean fierce blessing and passionate expression. We need trans love energies in all our hearts and bodies and minds.

And where possible, scientific love, exploration of synonyms for love and the introduction of love’s sibling, peace. All words that connect positive actions, all the ways of othering. Know thyself, love others when you find intellect.

My own feelings, due to my model agnostic outlook, and willingness to adopt and even believe (temporarily) almost anything, religious ideas like infallibility, spiritual practices like meditation, falsification theory and scientific reasoning, suspension of judgement. The joy of philosophy for me, and the study of consciousness, and social psychology and art and poetry, and music, is to discover new ideas, new arguments, new data. I maybe overly afflicted with forces of neophilus, and less willing than most to adopt a conservative attitude. However, any path forward for the unity of people and cultures divided by political matters, must include othering. We must be able to listen, at least, to the other point of view. And this may require some very clever, smart and collaborative intelligence from independently minded, everyday compassionate people. What I’m calling love preachers.

I am willing to go that extra few yards here, and remind you that loving thy enemy can be fun and in fact, at its most potent thrives on comedy, laughter, and mockery of the opposite, and opposing forces of love, and peace. To mean, prejudice, racism, xenophobia, and homophobia are targets for any love preacher, serious about contributing something useful to society now. Today. Unlike many other religious organizations and government departments, who continue to make grande claims about moral and ethical superiority, and use the same words such as love, peace, justice, but in a different context, the new love preacher stands dogma free. The love preacher avoids absolutes, and communicates in a probability informed language of nuance, and prose.  

Get out there and preach love, man, get up in the face of the people with unusual understanding and examples of tolerance. In love you will find optimism, in optimism, love. Speak truth to power, sing sweet to sour, sing songs of sunshine during an unexpected April shower.

–Steve Fly   

20 Billion Seedlings And Climate Healing

I estimate, that IF…1% of every nation on earth would plant less than 1% of the world record for seeds planted in one day, we could regreen the planet and turn climate change around, towards climate healing. In 2001, Ken Chaplin planted 15,170 red pine seedlings in one day, the world record.


In 2016, India claimed that volunteers planted 49 million saplings in just one day. If every one of the 17.5 million UK Brexit voters planted 10 trees each in 2019 we’d have 175 million across Britain. Possibly new forests, edible gardens, food, medicine and recreational resources.   

#PlantPlanet
#PlanetTrees
#BillionSapplings

My view on migrants, immigrants and those fleeing war.

My view on migrants, immigrants and those fleeing war.

Immigrants, and immigration are very very touchy subjects this year. Touchy to mean, politically amplified, and like an elephant in the room, socially speaking, a moral ethical blind spot. The subject matter influences a lot of people who hardly talk about it, for various reasons. Often, avoiding the discussion so not to get into an argument. It’s a divisive matter, a tricky one where you should step carefully, like barefoot at night in a garden of hedgehogs.

Unfortunately, the question of immigration, and conditions for gaining citizenship to any country, and/or seeking refuge from war, famine, disaster, have been muddied by highly specialized disinformation artists. “But, they could be terrorists” is a popular negative argument for supporting tough immigration policy. Tough to mean, an end to the free movement of people (Whatever that technically means at any specified moment). Besides the existing border controls and regulations, I think that politically motivated actors have combined a far-right anti-immigration policy, with the popular “war on terror” narrative, such as “All muslims are terrorists”. As blunt as that sounds, I think that’s the size of it. If refugees were coming over in the same numbers from a war torn country in say, 1999, do you think we would have the same kind of public response? Surely we can afford to help 2000 refugees per year, who enter the country illegally? 

I would argue that since 9/11, and the war of terror, instigated by Bushware 2.0, the creeping fear of Muslims, and new narrative of the foreign invader has slowly wormed its way into the “will of the people” until now, 18 years later, and the Trump Brexit nightmare, and rise of the right building upon seeds of anti-immigration and anti-muslim rhetoric, stolen from Nazi’s, reinvented by neoliberals. And meanwhile the climate changes, or gets worse. Bad. 

“It is easy for these politicians to condemn the gangs of traffickers cashing in on human misery. But our governments could put these gangs out of business and alleviate the mass of human suffering by opening up legal routes to sanctuary, shared fairly across every EU country. Instead of doing this they ramp up fears of the other by clamping down on a few dozen desperate refugees who are trying to reach our shores.–Diane Taylor, Guardian. 1/1/19.

I started this piece of writing due to revisiting a friends blog, Michael Jaidev, since reading the latest pronouncements from British officials concerning refugees on boats, entering the UK illegally. Now I can understand the concern, that “terrorists” at worst, and dirty refugees with no money or skills to offer, at best, are entering the UK illegally. Of course, we should not just let them in to make their own way. But for Christs sake, LOOK! Some but not all of these poor souls are truly fleeing from horrific scenes of war and oppression and hate, crime and death and famine. SOME but not all, of these illegal immigrants really need help. If YOU were to see them I think you would help them, the sense of human connection is strong like that. Yet, from a distance, and through the lens of the Tory led UK Gov, and tabloid media, no such desperation exits. The possibility that they are terrorists is highlighted, and becomes the narrative. “Foreign invaders” as if they were Vikings, here to sack the British isles. I digress, my point…

Michael Jaidev, and his wife, volunteered to go and help refugees in Lesvos, Greece. He travelled there, and went out on boats to both assist those coming ashore, pluck some out of the water, and try to help, meet, greet, show warmth and care. Really, incredible fucking stuff that he and his wife did. He blogged about the entire experience, which you can read for yourself to get all the details of his journey, with pictures and brilliant, insightful feedback about the often harrowing work in service of humanity. Man, Michael, you’re one of the brightest lights I ever had the pleasure of meeting. For context, Michael and I met in the Yucatan, for the 21st December, 2012 celebrations. His volunteering in Lesvos speaks volumes about his character. Visit: https://www.satnamfoundation.org/

Today, 1st January 2019, you can read UK headlines about new waves of immigrants on boats, entering the UK, and quotes from Saijd Javid, fanning flames of confusion, following the tired narrative of fear about immigrants. When, in fact, the numbers of migrants has fallen over the last 2 years, “The number of clandestine arrivals at UK southern coastal ports in 2017-18 was 1,832, a 23% decrease on the 2,366 of these arrivals the previous year.”



“The idea of the Hope Center is to create a stable place for Refugees to arrive and receive hospitality – the ability to make their own tea, serve themselves food, and change clothes in privacy. The hotel can hold 2-300 people at once, and will be set up with hot showers, toilets and space for people to sleep if need be. We will provide refugees with sleeping bags, changes of clothes and basic necessities to help them on their journey.”-M. Jaidev.


Where are the volunteer (or the paid) people on their boats, out there in the cold waters looking to HELP anybody entering the UK in some shoddy boat or vessel. Maybe they have some warm clothes, some food, and maybe, just maybe a bed to sleep in temporarily, until they can be properly processed by the authorities. At help until they are out of clear danger? No? Oh, you mean, we should look after 1, 831 of our own, proper British citizens first, before lending our humanity and charity to some strangers, to some immigrants coming on a boat, who could be anybody, they could be here to blow up a nuclear power station or something, right? Wrong.

When faced with the possibility of saving a human life, and the added IMPACT of saving a refugee, a relative stranger, it sends a powerful message to the world, so go take the torch and carry it into 2019. It’s not difficult to love all sentient beings and prioritize your fellow humans. Help, simply, practically.

Like Michael did. He volunteered to help strangers, fleeing war and murder, fleeing with families and hardly any belongings, to show that some westerners care about them, and what happens to them. Still others feel that, since they may have had a hand in causing the disruptions in their homeland in the first place (back to 9/11 and war on terror) said countries should be the first to offer resources, funds, charity, personel, warm greetings…to those poor victims.  



“So, here we are. Is part of me enraged? Yes, everyday. Though it typically turns to sadness as I look around at the current state of humanity. We continue to bomb Syria, displacing millions and killing hundreds of thousands. The profound culture of Tibet continues to slowly die. Civil unrest is rampant throughout Africa. Central America is filled with crooked officials and drug runners. Suicide is now one of the top 10 causes of death for children in the United States. The list goes on.–M. Jaidev

 

Oh, I hear you at the back shouting “You don’t fucking live in the UK, or by the sea where they come in, so, you can’t tell us nothing from out in Amsterdam mate. Invite em’ into your fckin’ ouse, into your town, into Holland, see how you like it.”

“Bollocks”, I say to that. I live in a city with over 190 different nationalities all getting along very well. There are probably refugees here, but to be honest I don’t care. They’re not blowing shit up and murdering people in the streets. People here have to learn to get along and keep their prejudice tamed, at least on the surface, sure, bubbling underneath Dutch society, and most European countries right now is the dormant immigration nightmare, the horrors of the Muslim invaders, intent on bringing the caliphate state to Europe, as Wilder’s likes to promote. The classic western paranoid nightmare of Oriental invasion. Wilder’s is like the brother of Yannis, and step brother of Stephen Yaxley Lennon, a.k.a Tommy Robinson, fortunately Wilder’s remains less successful with the youth. Let’s leave that in 2018, and move onwards and upwards, show and share some humanity however you can. Help a stranger, be nice. Love all the people. 


“I cannot give up on Humanity – as it is my duty to serve this planet and all she creates. I see the possibility for a future where we embrace one another in peace and love. It is your choice to dream what you dream. What do you choose? What kind of world do you wish your children to live in?

Begin dreaming now.–M. Jaidev.

http://michaeljaidev.blogspot.com/2016/03/war-zone-front-lines.html