Reply with the Light that drives away Dark
Today is Margaret Thatcher’s £10m funeral
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.)
“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.
Mock the Week: Anti-Thatcher video-clip
The Guardian Video: Anti 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.