UK Elections: Go on, vote!

Find your local polling station, register and vote.

Nicola Sturgeon

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.

election-cameron

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.

☐☒☐

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…

~ And It’s
Ed the Puppy Caught in a Cat Flap
V.
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 😦

Martin Luther King’s Vision of Equality

mlk 50th

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.

MLK 50th

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.

웃♡유♡유♡웃♡웃♡유

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

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.”

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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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.

Democratic Dictator

Inspiration via RD REVILO:

Notes on the Presidential sElection and America’s racist past

by RD REVILO

a politician’s colour does matter

Barack Obama

The recent Electile Dysfunction posts have made me think about race, and a politician’s colour, in a way that I hadn’t before.
I wanted Obama to win the first time, not just because he was brown skinned, but because of all that it represented. It felt like a victory for morality and common sense when he won. I’m not so sure now that he seems so keen on bombing people, but the original point still stands.

Marvin Rees

I hadn’t even noticed that Marvin Rees the Labour candidate was black until I saw him on-line when I was googling a bloggable picture. (No TV and black and white free papers does a lot for non-ascertaining perceivers.) He already had my vote by then; but it was a shock to read that he’d be the 1st black European mayor if he’d got in (which he didn’t, so he isn’t).
Really? Is our culture still that stupid?

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the 1st Bristol Mayor! a National Pioneer or Electile Dysfunction?

It’s Bristol’s 1st mayoral election Thursday!

We’re only one of a handful of cities who’ve been chosen to be able to vote for an elected mayor.
I think that makes us one of the lucky few.
Despite being general disillusioned in the UK Government, which doesn’t seem any better than America’s bitch, and skins the poor while benefiting the rich; I still think there might be some hope (please?)

Does your vote count?

Uhmm, if you live in Bristol too, I’d say yes.
I’m not convinced that election results aren’t already decided and that the whole business isn’t just for show. But even if it is more or less real, as the Guardian’s Zoe Williams says, “The best you can hope is that the right charismatic wins.” This says a lot about the machinations of politics, but it’s got to be worth a try to get the right person in for the job.

Talking to my neighbours and other dog walkers, it seems that expectations are varied.
From muted enthusiasm, to being “not interested”, to another saying she says she’s not bothering to vote coz her party never gets in. Isn’t that missing the point though?

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Electile Dysfunction

Politics and Religion Don’t Mix

I don’t tend do politics, especially not on this site.
But what started out as a brief post championing good moral values and Buddhist / spiritual beliefs in relation to politics, has spun off on a political tangent, with the bit of Buddhism I was going to expand on thrown in at the end.

I’m blaming the fireworks raging outside. It’s Bonfire Night here in England, the annual celebration of Guy Fawkes trying to blow up parliament. The mask of Anonymous and the Occupy Movement, is of course the face of Guy Fawkes, popularised the V for Vendetta graphic novel and movie.
Seems a good night to go on a political rant, doesn’t it?

Well, you’ve been warned…

But really, I don’t really think politics and religion mix that well.
Nagarjuna, a Buddhist master,  prayed never to reborn as a politician, because of the huge potential to create negative karma. Given how quickly even this post went askew, it’s easy to see how even with the best of intentions that can happen.

Gandhi would beg to differ though, saying that “in politics also we have to establish the kingdom of Heaven.” He considered “politics bereft of religion to be absolute dirt, ever to be shunned.”

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