This week, we begin the first in a series of 7 exact squares between Uranus and Pluto. This series will complete in 2015.
Now and Then (or ‘stop the world I want to get off!)…
I watched the news yesterday. I don’t often do it because I know how rattled it makes me. I prefer to read my news on the internet, interspersing horror headlines with inspirational stories that get lost under the weight of everything else. But yesterday I sat and watched as the relentless storm of ‘bad news’ blared from the television set.
I learned that medical charities who normally work in the third world have set up camp in Greece because the austerity measures have cut the budget so badly there that health care is at a minimum. And yet I know there are billions and billions and billions of pounds in the world, numbers at a screen that can be added to or taken away from at the touch of a button. I see companies falling over themselves to get customers through the door but appalling after care or products. No one wants to admit fault, everyone is terrified of being sued. I found myself casually wondering how many people there are in the world and how much money is there? Why can’t we just press a button, wipe the debt of every person and country on the planet, divide the money per head and start again? Or better still, maybe we can create a new structure, a radical new system where money isn’t in the equation – where human potential on a personal and collective level is cultivated and optimised for the benefit of all. Continue reading
Portugal has taken an economic battering recently and they aren’t out of the woods yet but the country has an rich and illustrious history. As one of the oldest nations of Europe, Portugal once enjoyed great prosperity and political power during the Age of Discovery. Whilst there is beautiful architecture, there is nothing ostentatious about this country. There is a quiet humility within its people as well as pride for their land, culture and language. Continue reading
I’ve just been watching a program about honey ants in the Arizona Desert. As I watch them work together for the benefit of all, I find myself wondering why a nest of ants can do so easily what we as humans find so hard. Continue reading
In the midst of the horrific events in Japan, another news story caught my eye. As Japan battles to prevent a nuclear disaster following the earthquake which was so powerful it shifted the axis of the earth, Britain is now considering whether to use a controversial fertility treatment that involves splitting the nucleus of a human egg – an interesting parallel. On the large scale we have the issue of nuclear power and its inherent dangers. On the microscopic scale we have a similar analogy of splitting the most fundamental human biology – playing with the ‘power plant’ of an embryo. The theme is of creation and destruction, a Lilith story if ever there was one. Continue reading