Automatic Government

Rejoice! Comper A has just won the election and will be the new leader of the free world sitting in the White House.

What a headline that would be.

But maybe it’s not so crazy after all.

It may be creepy but lets look at what’s happening already.

Our finances are managed almost entirely by computes.

Computers run rail and airways.

If you fly it might scare you to know the pilots, for long periods,, are doing nothing. They say computers could handle landings and take offs, it’s just that passengers can’t accept that yet.

Can computers run the economy?

Why not? After all most economies rely on computer models and predictions already.

Could computers replace politicians?

It might be hard because goals need to be set for the computer.

The goal of politics is usually to make as many people happy as possible.

One policy might make 80% happy but the other 20% might be  in a worst  position.

We might accept a slightly less happy society but where no one has to live a miserable life.

A computer can’t decide how much inequality we are prepared to live with- only humans can do that.

Maybe someday computers will manage entire economies and public services better than people.

But I can’t envision computers figuring out what is best for us and eliminate all politicians.

After all successful politicians can stay for a long time in the public eye without irritating it.

On the lighter side:

A COMPUTER CAN’T PUT ITS FOOT IN ITS MOUTH LIKE A POLITICIAN CAN!!!

Do Nothing!

Do Nothing, the thought is intriguing to say the least.

It sounds relaxing and restorative, so lets delve into it a little more.

I came across this practice when I was going to meditate but was too stressed to do it.

So I just did nothing for thirty minutes. I just sat and did nothing, it felt good.

 

We never learned to do nothing because our society doesn’t value it.

When I’m doing nothing I feel calm.

Whatever arises sense wise, I simply take it in, in a non-reactive way.

Everything comes and goes, sights, sounds, thoughts and physical sensations.

As soon as I start paying attention to a thought, I remind myself that right now I;M DOING NOTHING, and the thought drifts away.

 

What doing nothing amounts to is to leave a little time for yourself everyday.

You say, “I spend time alone during the day.”

You are alone BUT you spend the time worrying about others, family and friends.

There is no time left over entirely for yourself.

 

Do Nothing is not revolutionary or difficult. In fact it is very easy.

Just put aside a little space devoted to yourself.

This is selfish?

Of course it is and justifiably so. You need to regenerate your engine or it will run down.

 

So, what are you going to do with this space?

ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

This is your breather, a time to sit still and do nothing., JUST BREATHE.

You sit there, not doing, not worrying, JUST BEING!

You appreciate the pleasure of being alive in the present moment.

I find Doing Nothing a great way to purge myself of angst and worries.

 

Time spent doing nothing is very important BUT as soon as you complicate it, it loses something.

If you have a cup of coffee in your solitude, then it’s a coffee break and NOT a space just for you.

If you like to listen to music, then it’s a music break.

Do you see what I mean?

You have to keep your Do Nothing time pure and simple.

 

Someone shouts, “Hey, what are you doing?”

I reply, “I’m DOING NOTHING! Try it you’ll like it.”

 

 

Exploitation Is OK?

Joe went to the same cafe every day.

Why? Because of the good food and low prices.

How did, Jane, the owner, do it?

Jane said her staff were from Africa.

They can’t get regular jobs so she houses them in her basement and feeds them.

She pays them a fiver a day.

They work six days a week.

That’s how she can offer low prices.

“It’s better than nothing for the Africans,” says Jane

 

Joe decided to boycott the cafe.

But exploitation happens all the time.

We import cheap goods and they are cheap bebcayse the people making them are being paid very low wages.

And when we buy cheap goods we are helping maintain the exploitation!

Also competition from businesses that employ workers that are low paid cause properly paid workers to lose their jobs.

There have been many injustices which whole sections of society supported.

Consider the actions of whites during apartheid, men before women were given equal rights, etc.

It’s wrong to support exploitation, but we do it!!!.

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Two Futures

I wondered:

What if I had a choice between two futures.

In one future my prospects were dim and chances of realising my dreams slim.

In the other future I would be a famous rock star, rich and happy.

The catch was in the first future life would be in the Real world.

The second one would be in a virtual reality machine,

What would you do?

Would the phoniness of the second one bother you?

“The phoniness wouldn’t bother me if I was rich,” said my friend,

Why am I holding back?

Because life in the machine would be UNREAL.

Success wouldn’t be on merit, it would be handed to you,

“Success depends on luck, being in the right place at the right time.

Why let what you merit bother you?” said my friend.

“But I would be abandoning the Real World!”

My friend laughed.

“Get with it, if you think it is more real because it was caused by the Big Bang instead of silicon chips, you are fooling yourself.”

 

Well, what’s it going to be…

“A humdrum life or a life of fame and happiness?”

“What’s holding you back?”

“I think our futures should be a product of our will and effort.”

“I don’t care about will and effort, Im going into the machine,” said my friend.

I stared at him in disbelief as he disappeared into the machine.

My friend was going to be happy just because he would be rich!

I’ll stick with the Real World and work hard for my rewards.

ISN’T LIFE MORE THAN JUST HAVING RICHES?

 

Endless Life

Think…

What if you had eternal life? You would not get old and frail.

After 50 years added on to the Biblical 70 you would be 120 years old.

All your relations, lovers and friends would have died leaving you ALONE!

At 130 years old you have grown bored and weary

You lacked all ambition and the projects you have started seemed pointless now that you have ENDLESS TIME!

You longed for the GRAVE!

 

What a surprise, IMMORTALITY IS A CURSE!

People think to have endless time would be great.

UNTIL you actually live it!!!

 

WE NEED DEATH to give shape and meaning to life.

Without the thing we know will happen some time, namely death, life would be pointless.

At 70 we say there are so many places to see, ao much to do and experience, if only we had more TIME!

But the point is: WE DON’T MAKE FULL USE OF THE TIME WE HAVE.

Making full use of time would be meaningless if we had endless time.

Existence would become a pointless burden.

 

In conclusion:

We are responsible for how we use the time allotted to us.

We should stop thinking, “I wish I had mire time” and think instead “if only I had made better use of my time.”

SO DO THAT: Make the best use of your time under the circumstances you live with.

And remember: WE DON’T HAVE ENDLESS TIME.

 

The Bribe

Most Prime Ministers would want to run a clean, more honest administration with no corruption.

But when someone whispers in their ear:

“I’m prepared to give 25 million pounds to help provide clean water for thousands of people in Africa.

In return I want to be knighted in the New Year honours list.”

The dilemma is:

Can it be so wrong to sell a knighthood when the reward would do so much good?

What to do?

There’s two views on this dilemma:

The  reward should benefit many people.

Then the PM should take the bribe.

Due process and the rule of law would stop the PM from taking the bribe.

If the PM refuses he will be accused of being more interested in keeping himself pure then helping thousands of people.

His desire to be moral is actually immoral!

If he took the bribe what other corruptions would follow?

Would he lie to the people and by doing so he can win their support for a war they would otherwise oppose?

If net consequences for bribes are all that matter to politicians how can they stay not corrupt?

Or was it impossible to begin with?

Doubting Thomas

“Hey, what are the self-evident truths in the Constitution?”

“Well, there’s “all men are created equal.”

They have unalienable rights, Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness.”

The man grimaced and said:

“I DOUBT IT!”

 

Is there anything so self-evident that cannot be doubted?

Is the world just a figment of our imagination?

See, even the physical world can be doubted!

Philosophers like to make us doubt what we think we know.

Their tool is the “capacity to think rationally.”

We doubt many things, the doubting demon could be encoded in our DNA!

So can we rely on our ability to reason well?

We cannot doubt whether our capacity for reason is flawed or not.

We can say it has served us well or can we?

Stop doubting everything ! Look what happened to Doubting Thomas, the disciple, he was martyred in India for doubting the resurection of Jesus.

“Lets have a drink and forget the whole thing.”

My friend said:

“I doubt whether whiskey is the answer.”

I replied:

“BUT IT’S WORTH A SHOT!”

Back To Front

The Professor said:

“Human behaviour can always be explained by our history as evolved beings from animals.”

A hand flew up in the class.

“Why do kids today wear their baseball caps the wrong way round?”

“Animals advertise their suitability to a mate by how strong they are.

Consider the baseball cap, worn in the traditional style it is protection from the sun and also the gaze of other kids.”

There was a pause by the teacher so the point sunk in

“By turning the cap around, the male is signaling he doesn’t need this protection. He is tough and strong.

Second, inverting the cap is a gesture of non-conformity.

He is above the rules and again this signals superior strength!”

“But couldn’t you look at this differently?”, said the kid.

“Maybe the inverted cap is a signal of weakness to avoid and resist peer pressure.

Maybe it has nothing to do with evolution!”

The Professor shook his head.

“Supporters of the evolved being idea say we just don’t want to acknowledge how much we are the products of our animal history,”, said the teacher.

The kid wearing his cap with the peak forward just shook his head in confusion!

WHAT SAY YOU?

EVOLUTION OR JUST BEING AWKWARD.

 

Laughter As We Go On Aging

Remembering that the “ODDS” are us oldies don’t have too long.

Pushes us to be “AWAKE” to every minute and enjoy.

Because almost everything “FALLS AWAY” in the “FACE OF DEATH”

leaving ONLY what is important.

 

It’s funny that youngsters see OLD AGE as a foreign country!

But really youth and oldies are often a MIRROR IMAGE of each other.

Just as a 20 year old has their whole life AHEAD OF THEM.

Their 80 year old grandfather has a long past to look BACK ON.

The young wonder what will happen in life.

The oldie wonders about their health and how long they can

maintain their INDEPENDENCE.

 

So what is our TASK as oldies?

It is to make peace with our lives and live for the moment.

We try to focus on the bigger picture.

We want to better prioritise  and appreciate our lives and our relationships with others.

We coped with life’s negatives and hopefully we appreciate life’s positives.

We hope to enjoy the good parts and make the best of the bad ones.

Overall life is more straight forward when you’re old.

We’ve had more years to make mistakes and a lot more chances to learn from them.

You know the road ahead is much shorter and what roads there are, you’re

just going to WALK!

 

The Fleeting Present

What is the reason we don’t stay in the PRESENT too often?

EVOLUTION says if we spend too much time in the PRESENT our survival could be threatened!!!

What if a mugger sneaks up behind you on the street?

What if anxiety sneaks into your thoughts?

We don’t worry about animals sneaking up on us anymore!

Like Prehistoric Man did!

AWARENESS in the PRESENT is only fleeting but that’s the beauty of it, isn’t it?

But your mind drags you back to where it needs to be…

“I have to remember to buy shower gel.”

“I hate my feet and my face!”

To stay in the PRESENT, you need to practice, only with practice can you unwire and rewire patterns of thought.

The PRESENT IS THE ONLY LIFE YOU HAVE!

LETS BECOME wise people AND MAKE CHOICES. AND TAKE ACTIONS THAT BENEFIT US NOW IN THE NOW.

Instead of the survival of the fittest, lets have SURVIVAL OF THE WISEST!!!

Try to make a difference in ONE LIFE in this world of 7 billion!

I want to make sure that ONE LIFE won’t ever again have to feel powerless and alone.

When I complete my aim, I will have done it!!!  Make a difference in ONE LIFE that is.

So what can us oldies do?

GROW SOME NEW NEURONS