Achieving a calm mind in life

The Autumn Equinox brought with it disaster and miracle.

In a crisis keep calm and carry on.  You achieve positive results from staying calm.

In a crisis keep calm and carry on. You achieve positive results from staying calm.

You die, life carries on.  It is true, friends of mine died, the world never stopped, the living carried on with life.  Why waste time in fear or anger when life demands living?

The Autumn Equinox in the North of this world marked the equalisation of night and day, before death and hunger falls over the sleeping land of Winter.  This Equinox brought me challenges: the toilet broke; I lost my hard-drive; one of my oak saplings snapped off, perhaps by Helix the cat chasing birds or the squirrel again.  In crisis we British drink tea, the saying is stay calm, carry on.

Pebbles the cat started life abused and neglected, eleven years later the psychological marks of her mistreatment remains: easily stressed; flighty; anxious. I have known Pebbles a year, she is grumpy, neurotic, sick on the carpet and sometimes annoying, but I have treated her calmly and kindly.  Pebbles came to trust me and likes to position herself near me.

In the last few days as I worked on the laptop Pebbles would sit watching me over the laptop screen, it was highly distracting.  Pebbles would sit on or position her head on the laptop to go to sleep making it hard to work.  On the Equinox Pebbles did something she had never done before with a human and jumped into my lap; the first attempt was a disaster as her claws were in my legs; the second attempt with help of blankets she delighted on being on my lap whilst clawing the blankets.  The miracle of this cat sleeping in my lap made up for the disasters of the day, the result of treating the cat with calm kind tolerance.

This morning I recovered my hard drive; rain started as I was walking home soaking me; the chain linking my USB memory stick and my key ring broke, answered by a cat jumping on the table for attention.  Working at my laptop, Pebbles sat on it, and managed to turn the laptop off.  I think Pebbles is hungry.

Why localism is sustainable and effective

Empowering the individual and community for positive change.

Localism is tied closely to sustainability in a time of diminishing food, water and energy resources.

Localism relates closely to sustainability in a time of diminishing food, water and energy resources.

The world cycles through times of plenty and then scarcity, often due to climatic and geological changes in nature.  In times of plenty the focus is size and strength, large dinosaurs like the T-Rex or the powerful sabre-toothed cats of the Ice Age.  When environmental conditions change resulting in less available food, the energy hungry size and strength becomes a disadvantage, such beasts become extinct, replaced by energy-efficient beasts who favour smallness and speed over size and strength; thus the Dire Wolf dies replaced by the Timber Wolf, the Neanderthal replaced by Homo Sapiens.

Experts reckon that by the end of this century the current seven billion human population will grow to 11 billion.  Already there are strains on food, water and energy resources leading to environmental wars.  Climate is changing and global society behaves with wasteful consumerism.  Practically all nations, businesses and individuals drown under excessive debt; the new currency traded, gambled and seen as a tangible commodity is debt.

Against this background of diminishing resources and growing pressures on available resources is the current obsession on size and strength: big business; global brands; huge political entities such as NATO, EU, UN, IMF and many other dinosaurs, so ineffective that they could not collectively bring about a fast recovery of the bodies of victims of the Malaysian plane crash in the Ukraine.

Despite the Scottish rejection of independence the UK political establishment has started a conversation about devolving powers to the grassroots.  The global movement towards localism favouring smallness and sustainability is now relentless and unstoppable.  The notion that empire, central control and top down decision-making can resolve global challenges is unworkable and delusional.  I see this in the coming election battle in Clacton near my town of Colchester where the nationalists who want the UK to leave the EU and close the borders to immigrants will win a stunning victory.  People all over the world at the local level are becoming afraid because they are experiencing the pain of competing against outsiders for an ever diminishing pool of resources they and their families need to survive upon, so that this causes a rise of forms of tribalism such as nationalism and a desire for localism where they can take control of their own resources and decision-making.

Leaving wild animals alone to co-exist with us

Having detachment is better for wild animals and humans

During my meetings with Amber my garden fox I kept a distance even if it proved inconvenient at times.

During my meetings with Amber my garden fox I kept a distance even if it proved inconvenient at times.

A wild fox is visiting my garden in the night, though I have yet to know if this is Amber, who has been elusive or missing for at least two months.  During the time I knew Amber I kept a distance, she became used to me so that I could take many good photographs; sometimes I talked to her to calm her if we came upon each other by surprise, but I never interfered with her, fed her or attempted to touch her.

People forget that wild animals are no pets, and they are capable of looking after themselves.  Providing animals with opportunities such as wild birds with a water bath and feeding stations is good, but wisdom needs applying so that both humans and wild animals suffer no harm from dependency or over familiarity.  Feeding a fox chocolate for instance would kill it, the wrong type of food is giving hedgehogs diabetes.

This video on YouTube shows an ignorant human coming across a sleeping baby deer in a cemetery.  This supposed cute video shows a baby deer that the human awoke, showing evident distress and running away.  The human is oblivious to the situation they are creating by becoming too involved with a wild animal, driving an animal off so making it harder for its mother to find it, risking an attack on the human from a mother deer if it is in the vicinity.

Enjoying wild animals from a distance whilst they express their wild nature in a liberated way free from human interference is a blessing, and is the best way for humanity and wild animals to co-exist in harmony in nature.

The question of liberty, control and censorship

Using choice expresses liberty rather than censorship.

Amber my garden fox enjoyed the liberty of choice to come and go from my garden, but there are conditions, such as not eating the cat.

Amber my garden fox enjoyed the liberty of choice to come and go from my garden, but there are conditions, such as not eating the cat.

Because Facebook is happy to host content involving the torture of animals I closed my Facebook account, a subject I wrote about on Liberated Way here and here.  Paul Handover of Learning from Dogs indicated he was closing his Facebook account over the content on animal torture on Facebook, and said why in his own article, suggesting readers might consider doing the same thing. Patrice Ayme in his WordPress article condemned me and Paul Handover as supporting censorship by closing our accounts with Facebook, which brings me to my views on censorship, liberty and control.

Censorship is an action associated with the filtering or blocking of information of any form.  Censorship is a tool, it is neither good or bad, but people use censorship for beneficial or harmful purposes.

As an individual I am making no attempt at control of Facebook, neither telling it how to behave or what to moderate.  I am invoking the liberty of personal choice to disassociate myself as a consumer or user of Facebook because its policy on showing content of animal torture are against my personal values.  I and my corporate business has policies that reject association with those that mistreat or promote animal mistreatment.  Paul Handover and others like him have their own reasons for closing their accounts with Facebook, but they are all invoking liberty of personal choice.

The individual has two key powers of change in this world, one is by setting an example, the second is by making active choices of what we will support.  Those people or groups with no support die, the power I and others invoked by choosing to close our accounts with Facebook weakens it, and if lots of users abandoned Facebook then it will panic and consider a change of direction.  Taking responsibility and making positive choices as to what the individual will support is liberty instead of censorship.

My business has intervention policies which means it does not intervene in forcing control on individuals, groups, communities, corporates or nation states, but it will invoke choice never to associate with them if they for instance mistreat animals or indigenous people such as the Sami.  The policies form a business contract with my suppliers, investors and customers so that they are clear in their minds that in order to do business with me there are values I expect from them.  In the same manner Facebook could change its terms and conditions to ban content of the torture of animals; rather than a form of censorship, the users agree a business contract before posting to Facebook so they understand in order to use a business service that such content is unacceptable. Potential customers of my business retain the liberty of personal choice, if they mistreat animals they will have to go elsewhere to do business, I do not control anyone, they agree a set of values in a business contract or don’t do business with me.

Localism is the future

Localism is empowerment of individuals and communities. 

Only at the individual and community level is positive change possible.

Only at the individual and community level is positive change possible.

The people of Scotland felt empowered when they went to the polls yesterday to decide on if they wanted to become an independent nation.  The average turnout for a European Union election in Scotland is 34%, in the referendum on Scotland as a nation-state the turnout was a huge 84.5% of those entitled to vote, attracting all age groups and backgrounds.

The Scottish people decided to stay within the United Kingdom.  The result for independence was 55.3% NO and 44.7% YES. The Scottish are a pragmatic and practical people who decided that going totally independent was a step too far.  The Scottish currently enjoy their own legal system, language, culture and a devolved Scottish Parliament.  The rulers in London are going to grant the Scottish more powers to determine their own affairs.

The NO win in the Scottish referendum is personally disappointing, and the negative fear mongering campaign of the NO side annoyed me.  The result is a temporary set back for the independence movements around the world, but I believe that it is inevitable that power will continue move from centralised control to the grassroots.

My personal focus has always been on a type of localism that empowers the individual and community, even a Scottish independent nation in my view is too large.  Positive change in my opinion is only possible at the individual and community level, where people make most of their day-to-day decisions in life, where each individual or community situation is unique, and where the feeling of empowerment emerges from.

Scotland votes on independence today

A clear choice of liberty or slavery to the status quo.

The Union Jack as shown in this photo will never fly again from Colchester Castle if Scotland votes YES for independence.

The Union Jack as shown in this photo will never fly again from Colchester Castle if Scotland votes YES for independence.

I am self-employed, I chose a path that is insecure and unpredictable, either one of great success or financial ruin.  In the same way the people of Scotland will make a choice today of security by staying in the Union with England, or the insecure and unpredictable road of independence.

I am unable to predict the outcome of the vote for Scottish independence, despite being good at predicting political outcomes.  I think the Scottish people have a clear choice of either: NO, staying with the Union, enjoying the security of the known, believing the key message of the bankers, corporates, globalists and the political establishment that bad things will happen to them if they vote YES; or vote YES for independence, embracing the positive and passionate message of the promoters of Scottish nationhood.

If the vote is YES, I will no longer be using UK on this blog, or showing the images with the Union Jack flag in them.  My relationship with my Scottish family members, friends and business customers will remain unchanged.  The world will not end, and Scotland won’t be consumed in a fiery cataclysm.  The robin will still sing in the morning in my garden as it always does; my neighbours dog will still bark mindlessly at nothing; and my cat Pebbles will demand her daily treats.

A YES vote will show you my readers what your community, city, state or region could achieve if you wanted greater self-determination.  If the vote is NO then you will see first-hand how hard it is to break free from globalist and central control, who will do all they can to protect the status quo.

I respect the Scottish choice, whatever it will be, for it is their nation and their futures they will determine, and they know their own situation, needs and hopes better than me, the British Queen or President Obama do.  If Scotland vote NO, I will be disappointed, but if Scotland vote YES, I will be celebrating on Friday morning.