Thursday, 25 May 2017

Who To Vote for on June 8th - Tactical Voting

If you, like me, value the good values and the good institutions of Britain, then follow the below link, type in your postcode and vote accordingly.

Lets oust the Tories on June 8th.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Dream Theater - Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence

I've been listening to this today whilst writing today's post and drafting a few new ones. It would seem selfish of me not to share it. A great album from a band who consistently put out great albums and 100% guaranteed to surpass anything currently in the charts. 

The Age of Narcissism and Envy

Social media makes us envious of people's 'better' lives, makes people narcissistic so everyone goes and buys bigger and better.

We live in an age when millions upon millions of people share a carefully edited, deliberately filtered version of their lives. Holidays, shopping trips, events, academic and professional accomplishments. Everyone is keen to show off their own bigger and better lifestyle and everyone is desperate to be at the same 'standard' as everyone else. This means more holidays, more shopping, more events, more promotions. Competition, consumerism, capitalism, all for the sake of filling a self created, social media induced void.

The scariest part is the damaging impact this will have on the younger generations being introduced to social media, the generation hooked on their phones. Indeed recent studies have concluded that our youth are becoming ever more narcissistic due to their use of social media. The problem here is that we need to be educating future generations to want less, not more. The planet simply cannot cope with more.

So what to do? Well the crucial thing is to live intentionally. Learn about how social media traps you into constantly using it, traps you into a cycle of competition with peers and strangers. Then learn about the effect consumerism has on the world, on pollution, global warming, economic imbalance, worker exploitation and even your own mental health as you struggle to work to afford everything. Then learn about the alternatives, the concept of anti-consumerism and simple living and the reasons why minimalism is so popular right now.

There is an alternative and it's a happy one.

Monday, 22 May 2017

The Labour/Conservative Choice on June 8th

For starters you are not voting, on June 8th, for Jeremy Corbyn or Theresa May or Tim Farron. You are voting for a political party, not an individual, they are just leaders of the parties you are actually voting for.

That said, on with the post.

This is not a post about my political opinion, or yours, this is just a post about what has happened and what might. Facts and conjecture based on said facts.

Under the Conservative government homelessness has increased, as has child poverty. On top of this our healthcare system has been underfunded and so our healthcare system is in decline. There has been a lack of affordable homes, a lack of societal aid for young people and young families. The cost of education, energy and even food has increased. The country and the opinions of its people have become increasingly divided.

The proposed Labour government will increase societal aid for young people and families, construct affordable homes, fund healthcare and lower the price of energy and education.

The Conservative government promotes austerity, they are very open about this. The result of austerity, the fact that it doesn't work, is easy to see. No one can rightly deny it because it is right in everybody’s face. So you can do something else or carry on with it. The Conservatives will carry on whilst Labour will try something different. It is often said the definition of insanity is doing something over and over again despite knowing it doesn't work so by definition is the Conservative party insane?

The fact of the matter is simple: the Conservative government has caused bad things to happen to our country and caused our country to regress whilst the Labour party will try something else.

So it's simple, vote Labour. Vote for houses, healthcare, energy and education - things that benefit everyone.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

The Individual is Powerful

When faced with the fact that if humanity doesn't change, the environment, our civilisation and most if not of all our species will die, it is easy to feel powerless.

What can man do against such reckless hate?

But in the mission of saving ourselves and our planet the individual is the most powerful tool we have.

An individual can reject consumerism, the consumerism that causes environmental destruction, massive poverty, exploitation and inequality. An individual can reject carnivorous and omnivorous diets and realise that animals are our peers, our fellow earthlings, our equals in all the ways that matter. An individual can reject the racism that divides so many, causes so many to fall victim to hardship and harm. An individual can reject the apathy that permeates so much of society and its institutions.

Be the individual who does all of these things, be the individual who cares about the planet, their fellow humans and animals. Be the individual who wants the world and its inhabitants to survive, thrive and do so for billions of years.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Mindfulness for People put off by Mindfulness

A lot of people find the idea of mindfulness off putting. They assume it's a bunch of airy fairy hippy nonsense.

In early 2016 I was one of the those people, then I gave it a go. Now I love it, I meditate regularly, welcome periods of silence and solitude and rest and am more able to recognise what is truly important to me.

But that's just me and my decision to try it was somewhat forced on me, others may not wish to try it in such a full on way. So go about it in a different way, you don't have to dive in at the deep end with periods of meditation and deep/honest looks at yourself.

Just try and have periods when you aren't rushing from one thing to another, where you aren't working on something. Put your feet up and read a book or go for a walk by yourself. Exercise or sit and talk with someone without the distraction of a smartphone or a TV show. You'll find you'll be practicing mindfulness and that you won't have turned into an airy fairy hippy.