Move over Nostradamus


Politicians discussing global warming: Isaac Cordal

I woke up this morning to the full force of Storm Desmond.  Every weekend in the last month we have had a Storm that deserves a name.  The weather is relentless.

I switch on the TV and see floods in Peru and Chennai.  In Svalbard they are short on snow in December.  Australia faces the worst heatwave and drought on record.

There is no longer any doubt that mankind has altered the weather patterns on Earth.  Yet at the Climate Talks in Paris the politicians will continue to dither and prevaricate.  They won’t make the hard economic decisions that are needed to arrest the pace of climate change.

Politicians are too worried about the next election to make decision that will affect our great grandchildren.  But we, the voting public, have the power to change this dynamic.  As a species we need to place the common good over individual desires.  Not an easy ask.

Perversely it is centrally planned utilitarian states who can make unilateral decisions for the common good.  China and the one child policy being a case in point.  Imagine trying to impose such a restriction in the USA?

So to other events on the goggle box this morning.  Famine in Yemen, Civil unrest in Ecuador and Venezuela.  San Bernadino laments another mass shooting and ISIL claims responsibility.  Britain, France, Russia and the USA queue up to drop bombs in Syria.

In the back of my mind I heard the words of the Prophet singing the verses of his 1960’s vision.  Yes folks, forget Nostradamus.  Listen to the words given to us by Bob Dylan.  The recording below is brilliant because it is so flawed.  It is real, visceral, truthful.  The live recording in New York Town Hall carries all the hallmarks of unedited live performance.  You can hear when Dylan turns his head slightly away from the mike.

On top of that this is a Vinyl recording, complete with hiss and cracks and there is even a scratch on the record.  Pure class.

You heard it from Dylan, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall


10 Steps to Happiness

These 10 simple steps are proven to be effective and will change your life forever.

They are courtesy of Professor Richard Wiseman and his excellent book “:59 seconds; Think a little Change a lot”.

  1.  Every week you should rate your week and write down 3 things that went well.  This will improve your happiness and your health for the next month.  I hope it is a cumulative effect.
  2. Carry a cute baby photo in your wallet (read the book to know why)
  3. Hang a mirror in your kitchen.  When you can see yourself eating, you eat better food and you eat less.
  4. Put a pot plant in your office.  It boosts creativity and reduces stress.
  5. Touch people on the upper arm when you ask them to do something and they are more likely to do it.  But read the book because you can get this one very wrong!  Think “Sexual Harassment” suit!
  6. Write about your relationship and you will make it stronger.  If you write your thoughts about your relationship on paper, the positive language will leak through when you speak with your partner.
  7. If you think someone is lying, shut your eyes and ask them to send it in an email.
  8. Praise effort, not ability.  Instead of saying “aren’t you a clever boy to get first place” say “you really worked hard to get that first place”.
  9. If you want to reach your goals don’t visualise the goal, visualise the steps to get there.  If you are in a sand trap, don’t visualise the golf ball going into the cup, visualise your stroke lifting the ball out of the sand and on to the green.
  10. Write your obituary.  When your friends speak at your funeral, what will they say you did?  If you are not happy with the material, now is the time to change it.  This is how Alfred Nobel moved from making Dynamite to giving prizes for Science and Peace.

The time Before Death; by Kabir

Friend, hope for the Guest while you are alive.

Jump into experience while you are alive!

Think… and think… while you are alive.

What you call “salvation” belongs to the time before death

If you don’t break your ropes while you’re alive,

do you think ghosts will do it after?

The idea that the soul will rejoin with the ecstatic

just because the body is rotten–that is all fantasy.

What is found now is found then.

If you find nothing now,

you will simply end up with an apartment in the City of Death.

if you make love with the divine now, in the next

life you will have the face of satisfied desire.

So plunge into the truth, find out who the Teacher is,

Believe in the Great Sound!

Kabir says this: When the Guest is being searched for,

it is the intensity of the longing for the Guest that

does all the work.

Look at me, and you will see a slave of that intensity.