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A new definition of prosperity

Prosperity defined: Health; Happiness; Creativity.

The TED lectures that sometimes feature younger minds offer for me new ways of looking at the world.  I watched the following today:

The young speaker offers a new approach to education, which is worth viewing, but also defined prosperity as health, happiness and creativity. In addition to health and happiness I had previously added abundance. Thinking again about prosperity I recognise that if the individual lives a healthy, happy and creative life, they will attract abundance as a result. I have replaced abundance with creativity in my definition of prosperity.

Welcome and an Update.

Welcome to all my new readers.  I hope you will benefit from reading this blog.

My business has been absorbing all my available time and energy at the moment, so my apologies for lack of posting on this blog.  Rain and storm continue to besiege me here in Colchester UK, and I dream of beautiful warm days.

I wish all my readers prosperity for 2014, a life of health, happiness and creativity.

Into the darkness

Impermanence, death, winter and nature.

"What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly" Photo dedicated in memory of NIKOtheOrb, RIP.

“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.”
Photo dedicated in memory of NIKOtheOrb, RIP.

The first day of November heralded for the Celts the start of the new year, for my ancient ancestors considered that the world began from the darkness.  This is now the twelfth day of winter, everything is dark and cold, the land of Britain is falling asleep.  The trees cast off their leaves, the hedgehog that visited my garden has vanished into hibernation.

I am reminded at this time of the tale of Lludd and Llevelys, a Celtic story of a king that I argue was ruler of Colchester because he was brother to Cassivellaunus who was said to have historically seized Colchester prompting Julius Caesar to invade Britain, and in legend to have seized the throne of Britain from his brother.  In this story at the start of winter an invisible thief charms everyone to sleep then steals the food and drink of the people, prompting Lludd to call in help from his wise brother Llevelys.  The story highlights the Celtic worldview that death and winter is merely a transformation, nothing dies, everything becomes invisible and asleep, before re-emerging awake and visible.  The invisible thief is that aspect of nature that is death and winter, the land is now asleep, and the abundant food I used to forage until a few weeks ago has vanished.  

This invisible thief has hurt me in recent weeks by making invisible… stealing… those things and people I cared about.  I was devastated when the “Castle Tree” was wiped out by storm St Jude on 28th October.  Now I learn that a blogger, a kindred spirit called Nikotheorb died on 21st October, the day they made three blog posts, and who I last exchanged comments with on 16th October on Liberated Way.  Niko’s blog posts and their comments on my blog was a source of influence and encouragement to my blogging.  I do not know how Niko died, but I grieve at this news, like parts of me are vanishing into nothingness.

Objectively I recognise in nature there is impermanence, everything is change and transformation.  Things and people appear and go out of existence every moment in nature.  I write this, Helix the cat has jumped upon the table to investigate an interesting smell, unusual for this cat… everything in motion… the cat is cleaning itself and now settling down to sleep on its interesting new “blanket”… I remember Helix as a little kitten… in years to come it will grow old and pass on…

Like my ancestors I recognise that death is not an ending, but a transformation from one state to another.  What is invisible and asleep will emerge again into visibility and wakefulness.  The warm days will return, the darkness and cold will flee, the land will awaken into abundant visibility at some point.  For everything and everyone death is a change in state, visible to invisible to visible again.

The last post of Niko was about her delight of a thunderstorm. My post on 22nd October after Niko’s passing is my own joy of nature. The cat Helix watches me as I post these last words, a reminder of the moment, to enjoy life whilst we can, each beautiful moment.  Helix goes to sleep.   The final post by Niko was a quote by Einstein:

“Out of clutter, find simplicity.  From discord, find harmony.  In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

Tears as I finish… a little cat sleeps next to my laptop in innocent bliss.

The curse of information hoarding

I close down four Twitter accounts.

I no longer want to be an internet squirrel hording useless information I will never use.

I am no longer an internet squirrel hoarding useless information I will never use.

As Autumn slowly transforms into Winter the squirrels in my local park busy gathering the abundant nuts for the hungry season.  A squirrel will find a nut, then hoards it by burying it in the ground.  It is a chaotic process as squirrels find each others hidden nut hoard and bury the nuts in a new location, a process that predictably results in some nuts being forgotten and thus enjoying the blessing of growing into trees thanks to the squirrels activities.

Survival activity

Hoarding is a survival activity, the difference between if a squirrel lives or dies in the British winter.  Many people need to hoard rubbish or clutter because the individual is anxious through some insecurity.  In any emergency people empty shop shelves and hoard their food.  Banks during the Credit Crisis hoarded their money so that credit for business and resident dried up.

Internet information hoarding

I exchanged comment with a reader of Liberated Way on why there is inertia on internet forums, the lack of activity of thousands of registered members resulting in internet graveyards.  The reader suggested that many internet sites were places where people hoarded information rather than participated in dynamic interaction.  It is apparent that rather than using the internet as a tool of interaction, many people are like squirrels and hoard information.  This is a problem I experienced with my bookmarks, I hoarded hundreds of links to interesting internet information, I was becoming an internet squirrel cluttering up my browser with a confusing pile of information links.

Nature wastes nothing

Nature is dynamic, nature wastes nothing.  Either squirrels will eat the buried hoard of nuts, or other living things will devour the nuts, or the nuts will grow into trees.  Only amongst humanity can clutter gather that will never be used.  Knowledge is like nuts, use information, or it is useless junk.

I avoid internet content aggregators

One of the dislikes I have of Facebook, Google +, Yahoo or LinkedIn was they are content aggregators, dustbins of collected information nobody will ever use, an abyss where billions of internet users hoarded useless and dead information.  My position is that either a thing is useful or I eliminate it, thus this is one of the reasons I avoid the content aggregators.

I close 4 Twitter accounts

My attention turned to Twitter.  I closed down four Twitter accounts today, including the Liberated Way Twitter account, leaving only my business Twitter account active.  My business Twitter account attracts and coördinates my business activities, thus it is useful, but to act like a squirrel dumping junk on my Twitter account which few will read is a waste of my life.  The loss of the Liberated Way Twitter feed resulted in the immediate loss of 83 followers to my blog.

Conclusion

My approach to life is simplicity and liberty free of junk.  I am no longer an internet squirrel.

The limit of technology

Being the master rather than a slave to technology.

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Be the master of your technology, avoid dependency.

I am clumsy this morning, perhaps due to my tiredness, I somehow without a click of a mouse whilst editing a blog post hit the “publish” button.  I watched in horror as a rubbish half-finished blog post became published, sending itself to over 1000 e-mail accounts.  I deleted the post in question, and this post replaces it.

Technology moves so fast, now designed to predict your next moves, and is getting complex.  It is easy to make an error doing a bank transaction for instance, due to a glitch on your computer, a distraction or an internet loss of connection, sending the wrong amount of money to the wrong person, and the chance you will never get that money back.

The failure of an Amazon data centre server recently meant some major websites went offline.  Occasionally the financial markets have to suspend trading because their computer systems fail. The recent spying revelations leaves the individual wondering if their own cell phone is their friend or an agent working for the State.  Everyone is so reliant upon information technology that a failure or an error can have devastating consequences.

In my opinion the self should be the master of their technology, rather than the slave.  Technology are great tools that should work for us rather than against us.  Simplicity is good, so if you have no need for a tool then dump it.  Use only the tools that help you do a process better, and dump any tool that hinders you.  I have no need for apps or smart phones, my unbreakable JCB cell phone with no internet connection is all I need.  I avoid Facebook, but I think Twitter is useful to my business. I avoid cloud computing preferring to keep my personal and business information under my roof.  For journals it is pen-and-paper.

I am always innovating, seeing if I can do a process better with technology, for instance one of my laptops will convert to an open source Ubuntu operating system rather than Windows.  I shall soon require an iPad so I can show customers my creative designs.

In summary, be the master of your technology and avoid dependency upon it.

Thousand thanks

Liberated Way blog has over one thousand follows.

Thank you to all my readers for following Liberated Way blog.

Thank you to all my readers for following Liberated Way blog.

I would like to thank all my readers for their follows, comments and likes of Liberated Way which passed a mile mark of one thousand follows.  About 90% of the follows are from the beautiful community of WordPress.

My personal experiences in nature has steadily evolved my worldview which I enjoy sharing with my readers. In my opinion if a reader takes away something practical from a post I write then I am happy.  I wish you all prosperity, that is to say good health, happiness and abundance.

Walking the middle road

Middle way between two extremes is best.

A carrier pigeon can be faster than broadband connection to getting information from point A to B.

A carrier pigeon has been faster than broadband connection in getting information from point A to B.

Every outlook in life has its extremes.  Aristotle observed that we live in a world of two extreme opposites, that the best way travelled is the middle between these extremes. the golden mean.  The sustainability movement has two extremes, those that wish us to abandon civilisation, others who wish to embrace utopian advanced technology-driven cities such as the Venus Project.

Yesterday, I read the blog of an extremist in support of no-civilisation, who attacked those of us involved in sustainability as supporting the system he hated.  This extremist would have us live in caves with no electricity for four hundred years.  I opt for the middle way of embracing the benefits of civilisation like electricity and the internet, but in a sustainable way, each individual generating their own food and electricity, living in harmony with nature, on the community level.  Most people act out of self-interest, so if sustainable living saves them money, gives them a degree of personal liberty, then it is a win-win for them and nature.

The Venus Project is an extreme that campaigns for technology-driven cities, which whilst efficient and sustainable are soul-destroying places that cut humanity off from nature and self.  The Venus cities are like the wind turbines I see at St Osyth near Colchester which are energy-efficient ugly, soul-destroying monsters on the landscape, most people hate, out of harmony with their environment, bird-killing machines.

I embrace the middle way of combining the past with the future.  A community can live with hobbit style buildings but have electricity and internet incorporated. There is a sweet irony that a steam train is faster and more reliable compared to a modern locomotive in the UK; there is a reason a steam train catches a child’s imagination of becoming an engine driver, because they are living visually interesting machines compared to ugly modern locomotives.  The UK can reactivate the canals to move freight around by water. The sailing ships are faster now than the modern cargo ships that travel at a crawl to save fuel costs.  In Feering near Colchester at least one family has abandoned their car for horse-and-cart, which saved them money.  Carrier pigeon has beaten a rural broadband connection to get information from point A to B the fastest.

The tyranny of censorship

The internet belongs to us, not the authorities. 

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Censorship of adult internet choice is wrong.

I remember at the age of four being deprived of my beloved Noddy books.  Written by children’s writer Enid Blyton, someone considered Noddy would corrupt my young mind.  The exact reason for this censorship is a mystery to me, my imagination runs wild contemplating how I could be corrupted by Noddy.

Moving on to the present, this liberty loving blogger has to suffer further censorship thanks to my internet service provider putting a filter on my online activity.  I have no problems about the censoring of nude people, but it is ridiculous that I am unable to read a fellow bloggers short story about rebellious bees.  The option is available for me to remove the filter by giving my credit card details, except I have no credit card. I got round the filter using a proxy.

This week the Government in the UK announced they were going to get all the UK internet service providers to install filters on all their customer accounts, furthermore the default would be that the filter would be active unless the customer asked for the turning off of the filter. Whilst this Government is starting to back track after realising their scheme is unworkable, especially if it is blocking sexual health sites, it raises the issue that authority figures think adult citizens incapable and immature to exercise their own choice to mature content.  Whilst it is reasonable that we should protect young minds, why must adult minds be subjected to the same tyranny?

Censorship is an ever creeping challenge that internet users face as politician, priest and corporate struggle to control a freedom loving chaotic beast.  Whilst it is hard to argue against censorship of material harmful to children, it is often hidden in a guise that wants to deny responsible adults of the choice as well.  It is often the way that it is censorship of extreme porn today, then Wikileaks tomorrow.

I am still aggrieved at being deprived of my Noddy books, and I am equally irritated with David Cameron the UK Prime Minister for even daring to censor my adult choice to what I see on the internet.

Question what you read

Having a questioning mind is a good quality to have.

You sometimes need to question every link in the chain to work out the authentic from the false.

You sometimes need to question every link in the chain to work out the authentic from the false.

The Reddit news feeds allows me to see at a glance what is going on in the world, yesterday there was a report about the discovery of pyramids in the Antarctic. It would be history-changing if this discovery was true, though I questioned and dug deeper.  Every source with the pyramid story dealt with UFOs and lost civilisations, a red flag that the story was fictional.  The reports lacked substance, failing to mention names or organisations connected to the so-called scientific expedition.  No mainstream media reported the discovery.  My questioning revealed a potential fraud.

As a historian I will question everything I read, plus all my sources, as I delve deep to the authentic reality.  Getting to the truth when it comes to learning about my ancestors is important to me.  Edward Williams was an important expert on Welsh literature in his time, but he created forgeries, so I dismiss everything related to him as a useless source. Geoffrey of Monmouth, used in his work real sources which he added to with fictional narrative, I use him as a source of context against other sources.  Julius Caesar is a useful source of first-hand experience, as he directly dealt with the Celts and Druids; I take into account Caesar’s bias to impress the Roman citizens.

Even a credible academic source makes mistakes, but you need to know your subject to see it.  The Colchester archaeologists concluded that a series of spectacular Celtic graves they found in Colchester was once a farmstead converted to grave site based upon a cooking area they found; I rejected the conclusion, as many ancient Celtic funerary sites contain cooking areas for feasts to commemorate the deceased.

Question everything.  Sources often are false, error or prejudiced.

Monsanto broccoli patent

Monsanto is a growing threat to global food supply and the environment.

If Monsanto GM seeds pollute your own food they can sue you for patent infringement in the US and probably anywhere in the world.

If Monsanto GM seeds pollute natural food crops then they can potentially sue the farmer for patent infringement in the US and probably anywhere in the world.  Monsanto is a walking legal and environmental nightmare.

Unless it is newsworthy the main media fails to report developments such as Monsanto patents, but there is uproar amongst bloggers and alternative news sites about EU granting a patent to Monsanto over broccoli.  Unfortunately it is the nature of the internet for people to fail to check their facts and then misreported what is going on, thus one gets the impression that Monsanto has patented the growing of natural broccoli.

Amongst the inaccurate reporting and noise it seems Monsanto has patented a process or version of broccoli.  To make matters more confusing some food stores in UK are selling a Monsanto cross-breed between a wild and a commercial broccoli under the label Beneforte.  This type of broccoli is non-GM, merely a natural cross-breed, but it shows that Monsanto is moving into every aspect of food production both on the natural level and the genetic-monster level.  It is creepy how Monsanto is silently spreading its tentacles everywhere, not helped by inaccurate reporting and an uninterested media.

The only way to stop Monsanto and other corporates like them is a global ban on granting patents on plants, animals and living processes involving plants and animals.  Nobody should have control over the food supply, or over the processes of nature. Unfortunately the legal and commercial system we live in allows Monsanto to enslave and walk over anyone and everybody because it has the lawyers, marketing and lobbying power to get what it wants.

Liberated Way Honey

I dream of beekeeping.

I have a dream to become a beekeeper.

I have a dream to become a beekeeper.

Long time readers know I am passionate about bees.  Personal challenges meant I missed the opportunity to start as a beekeeper in 2013, but I intend to invest and run a small beekeeping business in 2014.

Offering my own small contribution to the environment by looking after bees I will be selling honey in my local community.  It makes sense to me that I use a name that sits at rank one on most search engines, “Liberated Way” and its associated logo.  This is an advanced warning of a pending business connection to the Liberated Way name, but has only a limited impact on this blog. My local community will taste Liberated Way as well as read about it.