Posts Tagged self-help

The cuts won’t affect me!

Cameron is preparing the ground for a massive cut in public services and hopefully a reduction in our bloated state in order to reduce the deficit that 13 years of a psychotic Labour gave us. Bring it on I say. It will affect every man, woman and child he says, perhaps for decades. No it won’t. Not me.

You will only “suffer” if:

  • You cannot play a game of football without astroturf or floodlights, courtesy of the Council and a £3m pitch to keep da Yoof happy. In every town and village up and down the land.
  • You really liked having an Olympic pool in your town, even though you never used it.
  • You need everything translated into Somali
  • You have decided Poles are the right people to pick carrots whilst you are the right person to sit on the sofa all day claiming benefits
  • You are so incapable as a parent, you need an army of hairy lipped sandalistas to do the job for you.
  • You are incapable of taking responsibility for your own behaviour and actions
  • You demand your child has one on one tuition at my cost because it’s easier than teaching him not to stab anyone at school
  • You bought things to impress other people and can’t make the payments
  • You got your job because you are unemployable in the private sector
  • Your lifestyle “choices” make you unemployable
  • You believe that astral gems and aromatherapy are really needed in remote Welsh villages
  • You are fat and demand I buy you a mobility scooter instead of hitting the salads
  • You think it is your right to be treated equally even though you are a convicted thief
  • You think it is the States job to feed you, house you and clothe you
  • You are a Communist and expect everything for nothing, like in the 70’s.
  • You are Welsh or Scottish and used to living on handouts whilst drunkenly shouting abuse at the English, the ones paying for it all.

This has been unashamedly lifted from Old Holborn’s blog which I receive through RSS feeds every day.

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War, famine and homosexuality

I think most of us know, from our earliest years, that Nature abhors imbalance and everything in Nature has a purpose. If we think about it, Nature also looks after the planet for us.

Have you ever thought why most wars seem to occur in areas where the inhabitants tend to have lots of children and the race tends to multiply so quickly? And, of course, this applies to famine and disease as well. I often wonder whether this is because Nature is trying to redress the balance. This is probably why, with all the facilities of medical science there are still 29 million Africans dying of AIDS each year and 40 million have H1V at present.

Let me explain. We plunder the earth’s resources and ore and oil is costing us more and more to extract from the earth. Then our planet is doubling its population on a linear scale which, at present, means that our six and a half billion Earth inhabitants will expand to twelve billion by 2047. Where are we all going to live, What are we all going to eat? Where are we all going to work?

If I am right prepare to see much more imbalance and more famine and wars in the third world as the years progress.

In Western Europe, we have not had any wars since 1945, thanks to the organisation of NATO. Some misguided fools tend to think the European Union is the reason for no wars, but, believe me, it is NATO.
And, of course, because of the efficiency of the Europeans and the more temperate climate, we have not had any famine. But until recently, we have had smaller families and Nature has given us a miss.

However, we now have mass immigration to Europe from the third world and these people continue with their large families and Nature has become concerned at the looming imbalance.

Homosexuality has been around since the Ancient Greeks, but have you noticed how Homosexuality has increased at an enormous rate in Europe over the last decade or two? Could this be Nature addressing the balance.

I would like to see a society where we come to accept Homosexuality so that people like David Laws can get on with their job without feeling they have to hide themselves. Personally I have always treated Homosexuals the same way as I have treated Roman Catholics. I believe in live and let live, and as long as they don’t try to sell their religion to me I am happy to befriend them, after all they are just “people” in my book. and they don’t have children!

The more wars, famine, disease and homosexuality we have, the more room there will be on the earth to sustain the rest of us. I know this may seem heartless but, you know, Nature is heartless. After all, part of their plan is that different “races” of animals and insects must eat each other so that no species becomes too large on the planet.

And if a homosexual is upset because I haven’t called you “Gays” I apologise but I really do deplore the hi-jacking of one of the most lovely words in the English language and cannot bear to use it in this context.

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What does Ubuntu really mean?

Mark Shuttleworth, the first African space tourist states in his Ubuntu version of Linux software:

Ubuntu is an ancient African word, meaning “humanity to others”. Ubuntu also means “I am what I am because of who we all are”. The Ubuntu Linux distribution brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the software world.”

Ignore this last bit as it is not about software or computers that I wish to write about today, it is about people changing their community environment.

Desmond Tutu described ubuntu in the following way:

“A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole.”

Last October saw the first monthly edition of North London’s Finchley community newspaper. Since we started up the newspaper we had the intention to try to change Finchley from a dormitory town to more of a caring cohesive community, we noticed that, simultaneously, other groups have started up with the same goals and I can’t help but think that maybe the time is right and that the people are beginning to want to put a little back into their community and not either just take, or to live their reclusive lives without wanting to reach out to the rest of the community.

Let’s check Mark’s definition: “I am what I am because of who we all are” Wouldn’t we all feel a little more whole if we lived in a thriving cohesive community? Wouldn’t we feel better in every respect if we all had ubuntu?

As many of my readers know, I am from South Africa and don’t mind admitting I used to think Tutu a bit silly at times but this man turned into a veritable giant when he introduced the Truth and Reconciliation Commission as this is what saved South Africa from bloodshed. I think he did as much, or even more, than even Nelson Mandela.

Desmond Tutu’s version is interesting as it suggests that we grow in stature if we live in a real community of people who interact and care for each other. It may take a few years, but shouldn’t you try to create this in your community?

If any reader would like to start up their own community newspaper (this is the second one I have started in the last two decades) please feel free to contact me and I will try to help by showing you how I started The Finchley Arrow in London N3 and The Archer in London N2 (where I used to live).

It has always been my belief that we can learn from everybody in this world and this certainly upholds that belief for me as I have certainly learned from ancient Africa. Does it for you?

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