Very English Reasons to Bremain in Europe

Wether it’s wiser to Brexit or Bremain is Anybody’s Guess
The EU has been around about as long as I have. Now we, the British electorate, uninformed by any facts anybody in power can agree upon, have to decide wether to stay in the EU or not.

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Lucky us.
Most Britishers seem to be either confused or apathetic with regards to Europe. In truth, nobody really knows whether Britain will be better off tying the knot with the EU or not. Any opinion is just guesswork.

So here’s my best guess.
(Not that I think that voting on Europe will make any difference to a foregone conclusion, polling stations being as illusory as our democracy

For the most English of reasons (shorter queues at airports) I voted Remain.

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And all the health professionals I’ve seen recently at my local hospital have come from elsewhere in Europe. (They stand out coz my own British consultant is a right dick who doesn’t understand my wish to be pain free and not so drugged up I can’t think. At least people from outside our island tend to listen.)

I’ve got friends who come from elsewhere in Europe too.
Voting Brexit feels a bit, well, unfriendly.
Certainly the discussion in itself seems impolite. After all, Europe can hear us!

nb. (‘come from elsewhere in Europe’ is more to type / read, but the fact that it’s necessary is a reminder that the Brits are in Europe, anyway.)

I also like that Europe’s not had any infighting resulting in a major war recently. Being in the European Union might help this to continue?

Chaos in Slow Motion
Anyway “The EU’s rubbish, but leaving it will be chaos.” (Jeremy Hardy)
It’d be total havoc kept in check I suspect, only by the agonising slowness that characterises changes in British government.

The 4 horsemen of the apocalypse could be summoned whichever way you vote, according to who you listen to, so who knows?

¯\_(ツ)_/¯     deadpigcameron
Certainly not Cameron, our pig loving prime minister. Even tho he’s campaigning for Remain,  apparently his“instinct” is for Brexit.

I think Cameron’s clever bit of policy-avoiding policy is just avoiding responsibility.

There’ll sure  be trouble ahead whatever.
This is true whatever the government’s policies. It’s just in samsara’s nature for things to fall apart around us.

Sometimes that’s a lazy Sunday afternoon sort of disintegration; sometimes it hurts more; but entropy is the inescapable 2nd law of thermodynamics.

And when it all goes wrong, as it inevitably will given that we all live in samsara, a crappy state of dissatisfaction, unknowing and confusion; we can just blame Europe.
Il est simple, n’est-ce pas?

Credits: 

Ballot Paper image taken from a leaflet recalled due to complaints of bias, via Have I Got A Bit More News For You on the BBC iPlayer

(Also worth checking out are EU & Yours Vote Now Radio Show,
Jack Dee’s Referendum Help Desk
and 4OD’s Power Monkeys.)
Airport via www.walkbase.com
Piggate via lovingenergies.net

 

UK Elections: Postscript :(

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Here’s the translation…

“UK election and the bad guys won 😦
Miliband, Farage and Clegg all resign.
I don’t blame them. A Tory majority is enough to make anybody want to give up.”

See also: Why it’s OK to cry about this election

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Best we can do?
I reckon it’s to cherish those near us, and as Chandrakirti says, “Have compassion for those with rough minds.”

See also: Economic Crisis ~ What Would Buddha Do?
(Guest article by Dawa at MKMC) on how to cope in a fiscal downturn.
From giving comes wealth” Chandrakirti

Pray for those afar.

Prayer is stunningly effective,
both in the short and long term.
* See: Prayers do Work _/\_Thanks! on here.
And Why Pray? in Kadampa Life. 

There’s Scientific Evidence for the Power of Prayer.
I’ll add a link when I find it; or you can comment below with something.

nb. Post taken and expanded from comments on UK Elections: Go on, vote!

 

 

UK Elections: Go on, vote!

Find your local polling station, register and vote.

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No, really.
☐ Or if you really want to make a stand against the pointlessness of it all,
☐ at least go to a polling booth and hand in a blank card.
☐ Then a no-vote will be recorded.
☒ Or vote for someone you’d like to win, but probably won’t.

English voters could even draw an extra box on the voting card for the SNP party and put a cross in that.

* Since I can’t vote for the refreshingly straightforward SNP
I’m voting Green; the party that believes ‘in the common good‘.

I thought that would be less disappointing than when the winning party broke its pre-election promises.

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Yes this is how I feel about Cameron too 😥

OK, that does sound a tad cynical, but who can blame me?!
No good just giving up and staying at home.
That makes for a politically apathetic electorate, and lets the bad guys stay in power.
Sorry, but it does.

Even if you think you’re making a stand by not getting up from where you’re sitting;
really all you’re doing is maintaining the status quo.

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Russel Brand eloquently and vigorously espouses idealistic and worthwhile paradigms; but his assumptions this time are none-the-less incorrect and unprofitable.

Not voting against humanoid Cameron for example,
is allowing him to stay incumbent.

 

Your vote does count,
and karmically, if you don’t use it, you’re likely to lose it….

 Polls 2015

See?
The difference it could make…

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Ed the Puppy Caught in a Cat Flap
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Baby Eater David

 

 

 

nb. ** This is one of those office /Chaplaincy dept. conversations that really needed to be shared.
Thanks guys, you’re brilliant!

See also :
Don’t trust the Doomsters, David Mitchell , the Guardian

Ed Milliband

Charlie Brooker’s Election Wipe
(On for the next week,
if you can get BBC1 iPlayer)

Upper Picture Credits:
The Telegraph
<- Ed via #Milifandom from Have I got a bit more News for You

 

UK Elections: Postscript 😦

Quotes for Peace on Earth and Beyond

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“Love is the creative force of the Universe.
It is the fabric of all.
It is the essence of all.”

― Ashar, Pleiades. Channelled by Dawn Henderson in Starspeak

“Only by creating peace within our own mind and helping others to do the same can we hope to achieve peace in this world.”

“Without inner peace, outer peace is impossible. We all wish for world peace, but world peace will never be acheived unless we first establish peace within our own minds. We can send so-called ‘peacekeeping forces’ into areas of conflict, but peace cannot be oppossed from the outside with guns.”

― Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, from Modern Buddhism (link in right border)
This is one of my favourite quotes, because it brings the responsibility right back home to us.

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“WWIII will be an interplanetary war”

(General Douglas MacArthur 1955, in his last speech to Congress, quoted by Dr. Stephen Greer).

Which seems like a bit of a jump from quotes on love n’peace; but holding the opposite minds of dislike and anger can easily become a slippery slope.
Isn’t this already a reality on this world?

The next world war will not started by aliens, (who aren’t at all hostile) but those who govern the Earth (who mostly are).
But whoever the governors are; hostilities only ever commence if people are numbed enough to believe their lies and follow their orders.

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In the perfect world, arms would only be used for hugs

And no war of any kind can happen if we, the people, reach out to each other with peaceful and loving minds instead.
Actions of loving kindness have a ripple effect that send energetic waves throughout the cosmos.
There is a power in this that can only come from love; because love is the fabric of the universe.

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Related Posts:

 everyday gurus: Monthly Peace Challenge: Quote This
Top banner image via: Bullying Prevention

UNEXPECTEDINCOMMONHOURS: Quote This
 Indira’s Blog

☮ Cosmic Loti:
We Are All One Animated Lump of Stardust

☮ grumpy-cat-yoda image
…Just found this too:

“I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.”

Albert Einsteinn Spunky Wayfarer’s Quotes for a peaceful mind

 

Martin Luther King’s Vision of Equality

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Happy 50th anniversary to the iconic Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

May we increasingly make the dream our reality.

Part of MLK’s stirring speech, made 50 years ago this week:

The full text of MLK’s speech, from the National Archives.

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I have a dream

* nb.  It is not particularly ‘Buddhist‘, or ‘Spiritual‘ to stand aside when injustice is done.

Like MLK says, anger isn’t best.
Forget the resentment; by holding a controlled mind we have a powerful weapon.
Mentally stepping back from the situation gives us emotional space. Allows us the power we need.
Then just standing for justice promotes it; and those who are oppressed have a valuable friend. (times by however many stand by them).

If we are one consciousness, then anybody else’s injustice, becomes our injustice!
NO more looking the other way.
Davis Icke (via We Are Change):

Conversely, if we do stand aside and look the other way, then evil will flourish; because good men have done nothing.

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Now is the Time

to Let Freedom Reign.

“Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.”
Nelson Mandela

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

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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.”

THE WIZARD OF OZ

 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.)

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“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. 

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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.

The Precariat Class of Samara

Precariat?! Merge precarious with proletariat and you get the Precariat Class

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Freeters in Japan

The UK suddenly has a precariat class.
We’re not alone of course, the precariat class has been emerging in advanced societies for years now.

But the UK’s traditional class structure is so out of date, it’s been re-jigged to make it more accurate. This involves making up names for the seven classes of people created. Naming something brings it into existence. Imagine the shock of thousands of folk suddenly finding out that this is who they really are:
Class Test

* “I’m middle class. I was so surprised, I nearly dropped my focaccia.”
* “Bow, peasants… I’ve just found out I’m in the Elite group in Britain’s new class system”
* “Broke and cultured?! Just found out I’m in the Technical Middle Class group in Britain’s new class system. ”
* “I’m a disabled Precariat, which means I have a condition of existence without predictability or security. Lucky me!”

via #WhatsYourClass on Twitter

You get the picture.

Valmont & TourvelleWe’ve now got seven classes instead of the original three, (upper, middle and working); with the privileged Elite sitting upon its massive wealth at the top. (Although if they’ve any sense, they’ll be re-distributing it to benefit others ~ which is karmically how they got that wealth to begin with.)

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