Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Ben shel Bronte (A son of Bronte)

I met a muso on Bronte Beach...and he played a happy song. Check it out


Want more....visit his website.

As an aside, if I were to have a website, and could come up with nothing other than my-name-dot-something (and its amazing how many writers, photographers, landscape designers, visual artists, sculptors and musicians don't seem to be able to come up with web site names any more lateral than their own monicers) than at least I would make it .org ( short for orgasm, organism, organic, organ, original, and so forth) rather than the terribly dull com (short for commerce, common, comfortably numb and so forth.)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Cosmic Surfer

This is just a place holder. the post - im yirtzeh haShem - will come later. In the meantime refer, and defer to, Eckhart Tolle's latest book - A New Earth - which, despite its rather Christian orientation, is full of the most radiant truth. Click on the pics to see larger versions, which allow you to make out the lightening or its afterglow. The three pics immediately below are a sequence.

The cosmic surfer is a chasid on a skateboard.

A Torah Observant Scoundrel

This is just a place holder. the post - im yirtzeh haShem - will come later. In the meantime refer to the commentary of the Ramban on parshat kedoshim. See also an earlier post Using Judaism as a support for unconscious living

Monday, November 9, 2009

A song of praise to the giver of days

All photographs on this blog by Immanuel the son of Shmuel and Freidel on his trusty Nokia cell phone, unless otherwise credited.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Clarity is Power

Here are some different understandings of power

Power is commitment
Power is presence - the degree to which you are present in any given situation
Power is clarity - how clear you are about what it is you are wanting, and your purpose, and your "okness" in wanting what you want
Power is persistence and resilience...which really flow from your purpose, sense of mission etc etc

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Why we moved to Oz

We emigrated to Australia because, fundamentally, we are self concerned people, intent on protecting our narrow interests and preserving our comfort and convenience levels ( some might say with a fair degree of accuracy we are fundamentally selfish), and we wanted to be in a country where the majority shares these values of selfishness and narrow self interest, and prioritise the welfare of their narrowly defined 'own' while being innured to the suffering of the 'not ours/not us.')

We feel right at home here, where an "I'm all right Jack, I'm sitting on my piece of the pie" or "I'll be all right Jack, as soon as I've got/ regained my piece of the pie" attitude prevails.
[So main stream Australians will coo over puppies but not blink an eyelid at the industrialised cruelties of their farm industries, or of their so-called sports. (For example about 18 000 "failed" racehorses are slaughtered each year, often because they are raced before they become skeletally mature at four years old, and suffer serious injury.)

And they will defend their right to a fair go wherever obvious self interest is involved, but not be too concerened about refugeees drowning in Australia's territorial waters or exploited immigrant workers.]

Of course, to be fair, the self-concern here also creates a certain resourcedness - so there is a much broader middle class here than in countries like South Africa, where there is lip service to the notion of altruism and social justice, but the same values as Australia are the real ones, and because they function covertly as opposed to their more explicit legitimisation here in Oz, they leave many many people - the majority - outside the circle of priviledge. Whereas here the circle of priviledge is much bigger, and many more people have handled in an ongoing way, both their primary needs (shelter, food, transport) and - to some degree - their secondary ones - meaningful work (self esteem and productivity), recreation etc etc.