Overcoming challenges by doing it

Procrastination, fear and obstruction overcome by activity.

Human society loves immediate gratification but nature shows that the reward is often delayed in coming after action.  The acorns I planted sat silently sleeping for many months before manifesting as an oak sapling.

Human society loves immediate gratification, but nature shows that the reward is often delayed in coming after activity. The acorns I planted sat silently sleeping for many months before manifesting as oak saplings.

You achieve nothing in life without intelligent action.  After time away I faced challenges to writing on Liberated Way again: fear of losing writing form; procrastination formed from the fear and inertia of writing inactivity; the changes to WordPress that made the blogging platform strange, complicated and clumsy, changes that I totally disliked.

Change is a universal truth in nature, Heraclitus observed  “everything flows,” a motto I have adopted for my business.  Living things adapt to change or fail in the game of life.  It is for us to flow with the changes, adapting in harmony with nature.  Change has no master, it is useless complaining, and worse, doing nothing.  Regret is painful to those that make no attempt to meet a challenge or seize an opportunity; by attempting something and failing such as getting light out of a potato a few days ago, provides relief from regret.

The only answer to challenges in life is activity, getting your hands dirty, taking the cuts and bruises; learning through failure; expending energy, tears, sweat and sometimes blood through a painful, sometimes boring process against relentless obstacles, opposition and pain.   It might seem that after a massive expenditure of time, energy and money in a painful fight resulting in abject failure the individual might question why they bothered, but hidden treasure such as wisdom born from experience in the attempt, and a tough mind born of the strife of the stressful experience is the least of rewards no book or easy walked path can give you.

In this game of life those who act are the hero, those that complain and do nothing are the zero.  The rewards of life come to the hero who has acted because they have planted seeds that often reward them later on with a harvest of benefit.  Those who do nothing, plant nothing, and often harvest nothing but regret.  It is also the case rewards in life are rarely immediate, manifesting months, years even decades later after the attempt just as my acorns I planted took many months before manifesting as oak saplings.

It is good to use intelligence in action, by following a path with intelligence increases success and reduces the pain suffered by a process of action.  The flowers I planted in my garden I intelligently decided to plant in the right season, the joy of watching them slowly manifesting as spring flowers is born of this intelligence.

The only answer to these challenges against my blogging was plunge in and get writing again, it was hard and messy, with mistakes, but now I flow again as I write this latest article.

Learning from homicidal cows

Science should work in harmony with nature.

The modern day climate benefits a domestic cow rather than an Ice Age auroch.  Working against nature only ends in suffering for all living things.

The modern-day climate benefits a domestic cow rather than an Ice Age auroch. Working against nature only ends in suffering for all living things.

In the news this week a farmer had to kill some cows bred by German Nazi scientists due to their extreme aggression.  Based on the extinct ancestor of the domestic cow called the auroch, which appears on ice age cave paintings, the “Heck super cows” expressed homicidal tendencies towards anyone near them.  The farmer had to use an athletic young man as bait to get the cows into a trailer and off his farm.

There has been talk in recent years of bringing back into existence the wooly mammoths from the Ice Age, though in my opinion this is another expression of human hubris of acting against nature.  In the Ice Age the focus of animal genes was on strength, aggression and size, in harmony with an environment which contained abundant food and a hostile climate.  To bring back an animal that genetically is out of harmony with the modern-day environment is cruel to the animal and perhaps problematic for other species.

Despite humanity most species of plant and animal become extinct because genetically they are unable to cope with changes in their environment, those that do survive have changed to stay in harmony with an ever-changing climate.  Similarly attempts to bring back species of animal such as bear or wolf to nations such as Britain where they have been gone for hundreds of years is unfair on both humans and the animals in an environment that has changed making it unsuitable for their return.  Colchester Zoo shot three of their wolves dead for instance that escaped from my town zoo in 2013 for public safety reasons.

If there is a lesson from the homicidal cows of the farm in Devon it is that scientists need to learn some humility and work in harmony with nature in their work on behalf of humanity.

“Since they have gone it is all peaceful again. Peace reigns supreme on the farm.” – Farmer of homicidal cows.

A happy 2015 to my readers

Wishing my readers health, happiness and abundance in 2015.

As a great start to my blogging for 2o15 I would like to introduce my readers to the work of the talented wildlife photographer Tanja Askani.  My good friend Paul of Learning from Dogs published a series of astonishing photographs by Askani of a rabbit and deer relationship.

The biography of Tanja Askani on her website introduces her love for animals and photography:

“I was born in Czechoslovakia and grew up in an industrial town of a Czech mining region. Love of animals was lived at home. My father taught me from the very beginning how to treat animals and how to take care of them respectfully. He always took abandoned, sick and “waste” animals back home and supported me in taking care of them until we had managed to find a new home for them

In 1990 I moved to Germany and managed to fulfill some of my smaller and bigger dreams. I began to work as falconer at “Wildpark Luneburger Heide” and meanwhile I am in charge of several packs of wolves which I hand raised by myself. Apart from my job I am a passionate photographer, write books and deliver lectures. The focus of attention to me is always the animal itself, and that we have to accept these creatures for what they are and free of moral adjudications and romantic prejudices. “

Askani’s various websites shows young animals in harmony with each other:

“…fascinating photos of animal friendships and encounters between foreign species. These encounters and friendships of the animals have come into being spontaneously, unconstrained by directives. There is no after work in studios, no dressage and no faking by photoshopping. All that is used is the photographic equipment, patience and a lot of time.”

Below is a video capturing some of her work:

Building a simpler life

Simplicity allows more resources for the important things in life.

All living things are perfect energy systems that use simple energy efficient processes towards their goals of living, growing and reproducing.

All living things are perfect energy systems that use simple energy-efficient processes towards their goals of living, growing and reproducing.

All living things are highly effective at ways to use their energy resources in the most efficient way.  The trees in my garden shed their leaves because it is more energy-efficient without leaves in the dark winter months.  All living things focus their energy to live, grow and reproduce along the line of least resistance to get the most profit out of their limited energy resources.

Mark Zuckerberg the CEO of Facebook recently answered questions about why he commonly wears the same grey t-shirt most of the time, he answered:

“I really want to clear my life to make it so that I have to make as few decisions as possible about anything except how to best serve this community.  I’m in this really lucky position, where I get to wake up every day and help serve more than a billion people. And I feel like I’m not doing my job if I spend any of my energy on things that are silly or frivolous about my life.”

Zuckerberg seems to have developed an art form of keeping his life simple so that he can concentrate on the things that really matter to him.  If you keep a diary of your daily events I am sure you would be shocked at the time wasted on trivial things like getting dressed.  This is something I am slowly doing, rather than wear other people’s branded clothing, I wear my business branded clothing such as t-shirts and hoodies, and most of the time that is all I will wear.  Like Zuckerberg I have no desire to waste my life thinking about what I should wear each day.

I have this principle: “The Unity of Purpose,” which is to say that on your desk should only be those things that solve the problem you are working on, all else is junk and should be eliminated.  Unnecessary action, information or objects that have no purpose in solving a problem in your work space will waste your resources and obstruct you, better to get rid of them.

Simplicity is natural and offers opportunity for you of being able to focus upon the things that matter to you in life.

Building a source of wisdom on the internet

I aim to build a site of wisdom on the internet in 2015.

Foxes love to eat an occasional chicken which is a nuisance for farmers, but place llamas in with a field of chickens and the llamas will protect the chickens from foxes and dogs. Simple solutions to problems by mixing together certain combinations of animal or plant is a wisdom few know about.

Foxes love to eat an occasional chicken which is a nuisance for farmers, but place llamas in with a field of chickens and the llamas will protect the chickens from foxes and dogs. Simple solutions to problems by mixing together certain combinations of animal or plant is a wisdom few know about.

This Liberated Way blog promotes the idea of living in harmony with nature, and next year I shall go a stage further and build a web site to compliment Liberated Way as a source of wisdom for people who seriously seek ways to live in harmony with nature.

I have a domain and a hosting package for liberatedway.net, which is sitting doing nothing, so I am thinking of creating a type of Wikipedia of information of actions and solutions people have taken in the past that are proven by results to work in the goal of working with nature.

The internet is becoming a dung heap of poor quality information, ignorant opinion and irrelevant junk information so that people increasingly are finding it harder to find quality sources of information to their problems.

I constantly come across wonderful stories of solutions that work in relation to some of the common problems humanity faces, but nobody knows about them because they are lost in the noisy poorly indexed system of the internet.  Nature provides answers to every challenge humanity faces, but can we find them when we need to on the internet?

My approach is beautifully simple: define the problem; find solutions supported by results that proved the solution worked; index the problem and the solution that an internet user can easily find.  I feel a website of solutions to problems that involve working in harmony with nature would compliment this blog well in 2015.

Sex was invented in Scotland

The evolution of sex began in Scotland according to scientists.

I am still away - back soon.

I am still away – back soon.

In the land of cold and constant rain where men traditionally wear kilts, scientists have discovered a significant fact lurking in their lakes traditionally inhabited by the Loch Ness Monster – the evolution of sex.  According to the BBC news site scientists have identified an appropriately named creature called M. dicki discovered in a Scottish lake as being the first known creature that mated using copulation.

I am still away, I wish all my readers a good week.

Away for a while

I am away for a few weeks due to demands of my business.

Autumn Apple at Sunset.

Autumn Apple at Sunset.

In these last few weeks of Autumn before Winter comes like a howling storm upon the north of this world, I must depart from blogging a while because this has become a busy period business-wise.  I leave you with a photograph of an apple at sunset.  See you soon.