Strategic

Idyllic but keeping up appearances, for now

An iconic beach but requiring human intervention to ‘re-sand’ after mother nature’s intervention. If it were only so simple for our other icons, like the Great Barrier Reef. A reef now in serious deterioration, at the mercy of unfettered climate change and its destiny in the hands of the ’emperors’…

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When the best things in life are free

The joy, of just being with nature … Well the pedant may say nothing is free, everything involves a cost. Maybe, in terms of our usual life-styles or cultures. the control systems, capitalism, our relationships, and so on, perhaps that is true. It costs me to freely express myself in…

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The joy of a natural view

Earth, wind, fire and rain. All fundamental to life on this planet. The soil, being nature’s repository of so many vital nutrients, distributed through the food chain via plants and animals. Oxygen, the staple of life, and such a precious gift via photosynthesis, to we dependent species. Thanks to the…

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Imagine if trees took selfies… imagine if they had egos…

Some joyful and close encounters with some truly magnificent trees in recent days got me thinking. How selfless are trees? A bit of a contrast to the human species, I would suggest. Free of ego. Such awesome contributors to to life on this planet. Complementary life-forms, whose prevalence is not…

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Truth and unity are the casualties when power Trumps humanity

In recent posts I have been writing about ‘striking a balance between” … often opposed objectives. Nonetheless, civilised, advanced and open societies continue to strive for achieving such balance, to maintain order, predictability and safety for the greater number while also aiming to protect individual freedoms and creative diversity. Sadly,…

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Each to their own, the freedom to choose is empowering

Autonomy. The freedom within humanity to be the person you wish to be, provided such choices do not impinge on the independence of others to do the same. Or to be different. Autonomy is not a free ride. It does not allow anyone to act with impunity, without consequence, simply…

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Striking the balance, between commercialism and human decency

Striking the balance between striving for personal wealth, while treating other sentient beings and flora with respect and compassion. Or not. Instead, just be greedy, ravenous, maximise own gains, and bugger the consequences. Yes, we can be whoever we want to be, but at what cost? To our well-being, to…

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Striking the balance, between the having and the not

Last time I spoke of school-children making do without their smart-phones for periods of time while at school. As a ‘first-world problem’, the merits of this becoming mandated in schools has been hotly debated, among the older, and the younger of course. Is there one right answer that fits all…

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From here to eternity

In a recent television chat show in the presence of some eminent and most knowledgeable scientists, there was the contemplation of whether a belief in God was incompatible with being committed to the scientific method. So why a Ferris wheel image in the same conversation? Well, a Ferris wheel is…

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