Thatcher’s funeral? Fight a selfish society with Random Acts of Kindness!

Reply with the Light that drives away Dark

Today is Margaret Thatcher’s £10m funeral

Thatcher RiP

Amidst tight security, her corpse is getting a regal send-off, with full military honours.
Apparently the funeral procession is gong to ‘bring London to a standstill‘. Though wether that’ll be because of people mourning Britain’s only female prime minister; or folk celebrating the death of a tyrant remains to be seen.

I think Charlie Brooker sums up how she appeared to many folk.
She seemed to display such cold disregard for those crushed by the wheels of her personal brand of progress, it was hard to believe she fully understood what human beings are, let alone cared about them.”


 I grew up in the Thatcher era, I think in a working class family? (Hard to define these days) And it’s hard to think of Thatcher without some kind of anger creeping in there.
Never a good idea, or a train of thought you’d want to follow; any kind of anger won’t help in any situation.
A £10,000,000 funeral does seem like like a sick joke though. After all, in her time as the UK’s prime minister, Thatcher is credited with reviving Britain’s ailing economy, while doubling the childhood-poverty rate. Thatcher’s ‘Victorian values‘ were very much skewed towards the evils of capitalism (which doesn’t have to be evil at all.)


Squirrel kiss

“Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty” Anne Herbert

practice Random Acts of Kindness instead!

So how wonderful to click onto Facebook this morning, and find several invites to a “Random act of kindness Wednesday 17th April 2013- a reaction in unity” event.

Helping others just for the sheer joy of it, seems a brilliant way to offset Margaret Thatcher’s view that a selfish society is a successful one.

* Does that depend on your view of ‘success’? Can money really bring happiness? (Answers on the back of a postcard please, or below will do ;~)

A Random Act of Kindness is doing something selfless that helps or cheers someone else up. That someone can be a person (including animals) you know or a random stranger.

Doesn’t matter! The aim is to benefit somebody else, just because you can. It’s amazing just how happy that makes everybody involves feel 🙂

It feels like the perfect response. 


light drives out darkness

Like this:

Mock the Week: Anti-Thatcher video-clip
The Guardian Video: A
nti Thatcher protest at funeral

The Happy Kadampa: Gloating about Margaret Thatcher’s death gets us nowhere
“Thatcher’s final years appears to have lacked love, she wasn’t close to her children and the best relationships in her life appear to have been with her staff. Thanks to dementia, she had to be reminded of and therefore mourned her husband’s death on a daily basis.
She died in the Ritz, a cause of resentment for many, but it’s a death that reminded me of Geshe-la’s haunting words a few years ago during a teaching on lower rebirth: “Imagine you fell asleep in a luxury hotel room, and during the night you naturally died, and woke up in a place completely pervaded by fire.
I keep being reminded of this section, when I read spiteful comments online. Really, she’s deserving of our prayers, not venom.

Sunrise video: Random Acts of Kindness
:’) Buzzfeed: Small, Meaningful Acts of Kindness 

Please share ~ as The Laughing Yogi* said of something completely different,

“I like to see this as cause for hope & optimism in this topsyturvy world of ours…..we represent (and strengthen) the forces of light, lightness, connection, compassion, and let’s hold that frequency in the face of current horridnesses?”

Together we all will raise the consciousness of the world.
We can’t help but.

14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jas Baku
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 11:19:46

    * The Laughing Yogi (AKA my mate Joe Hoare) was actually talking about his new eBook, ‘Awakening the Laughing Buddha Within‘ [Kindle Edition], that he’s done with The Barefoot Doctor.



  2. gita4elamats
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 13:17:12

    I just watched the service on TV, what a world we live in – 10 million pounds for a funeral while people are literally starving to death. 😦



  3. reikiheidi
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 21:34:44

    😦 Not good!
    But yes, the acts of random kindness is GREAT! I got involved in one on Feb 14th, and it felt really good to be doing something good, just because!



  4. Jon Hickery
    Apr 18, 2013 @ 05:58:37

    Jas, please take a look at a new WordPress blog, thehappykadampa. Its very good(not mine). Luna Kadampa shared it on Facebook.



  5. mummaz
    Apr 18, 2013 @ 12:28:14

    Margaret Thatcher was not my favourite person and times were hard for the working class family, does anyone merit a funeral costing millions with all the pomp and ceremony? If folk wanted to celebrate her life or her passing they should do it in a manner of quiet, not aggravating an opposite view.
    Martin Luther King`s quote is ace.



    • Jas Baku
      Apr 18, 2013 @ 17:01:03

      Agreed Mummaz, it was an almost insulting abuse of power. (That in itself was quite fitting.) MLK’s quote says it all, doesn’t it.
      “It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” Peter Benenson



  6. happykadampa
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 17:03:42

    Hello Jas,
    I love this simple and effective stand against damaging values.
    Redefining success is a hot issue for, and for many others who are finding themselves elbowed out of the arena where there’s any opportunity of achieving ‘traditional’ success. I’m slowly learning to value my self according to my intention and behaviour, rather than my accomplishments.
    And thanks for the shout out, John and Jas. I’m delighted to be joining wise wordsmiths aka Kadampa Bloggers.
    With love,



    • Jas Baku
      Apr 21, 2013 @ 12:45:46

      Thank you, I believe the devaluing of a selfish society can only come from dissolving our own self cherishing, and an increase in spirituality. Are we in a triple-dip recession now? Not good, but maybe it is forcing more folk to re-evaluate their lives, much as you’ve been forced to do.
      Yayy for Kadam Lamrim! Well met my friend 🙂
      Yours sounds like a bitter sweet story, but if the upshot is progress in Dharma, and your lovely new blog, then it’s all to the good. Look forward to reading more from you.



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