What few words could possibly favorably change the world forever?

I strongly believe there is a fundamental truth in the eleven philosophical words below. I suggest that you seriously think about them as well.

“See people for what they are and not who they are”

(Original author unknown)

Perhaps another way of conveying the same message is words such as ‘will the real Mrs Smith, and the real Mr Brown, please stand up’. In other words the real character and personality of an individual in lieu of any add-on-dressings such as culture, gender, religion and like that may otherwise dominate their essential selves as human beings.

My friend Fred

Fred and I worked in a retail store

I first met Fred around 1971. We worked together at a large regional retail store in the suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia. We regularly ate lunch together and over time we began to socialize with each other; this continued even after we both left the company. During this period we got to know quite a bit about each other, including our respective life values, hopes and life-long aspirations. However, more importantly than this, we shared our views about there being the possibility of a bigger picture pertaining to reality. In other words, the meaning of all things and what life is all about.

I entered university as a mature age student and Fred did similarly around two years later. We saw very little of each other from that period onwards as our lives went in different directions because of our respective marriages. I had a young family and  Fred was determined to reach the pinnacle of his academic career. I had always felt that Fred was highly intelligent, and I believe that his Catholic upbringing played a large part in his progress. His impeccable sense of honesty and dedication to any task  set him apart from most others. Fred completed a Ph. D. in Biology and later IT studies. As far as I know he now works for a large interstate bureaucracy

The reason I created this blog is because one day around 2000 I received a note from Fred suggesting we get together to once again chat about all things between birth and death. We did eventually meet but our busy life styles at the time were not conducive to meaningfully connecting in the way I had hoped it would. It was apparent to me that our educational differences also probably played a part in this failure to communicate.

Because Fred and I are both living around the fringes of permanent retirement. I will periodically insert material into this blog that I feel may be of interest to him with the hope we may one day resume old times chatter about all things between birth, death and perhaps more speculatively, even beyond that.

Is special connectedness the most important thing in life?

The views of the retired chief justice of the High Court of Australia

I wrote a blog entitled “Are we lacking connectedness?” and in it drew attention to what I see as being the significant changes in life values, standards and habits between members of contemporary culture and those of a century ago. Readers who have reviewed this blog will have found that I placed emphasis on the need for enhanced tactility and intimacy between individuals, which was quite evident in the late nineteenth century. I touched on this same theme in another blog entitled “Deep connectedness between men in times of war“. It is my intention to add more slide attachments to the ‘Are we lacking connectedness’ blog, as there is new material I have found that I feel needs to be brought forward for reader benefit. This includes rare articles I have discovered relating as to why intimate relationships flourish in jails.

The extract below is quoted for a particular reason. The former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia (Justice Kirby) delivered a speech to his colleagues at a reunion in 2007. I feel that the underlying message he conveyed at the time is especially significant for what I feel is uneasiness today. I see his words as not only reinforcing my opinions in the lacking of connectedness I cite above, but they are also relevant because they were delivered before a group of judges, arguably the cream of society. They were not laypersons. Justice Kirby stressed the idea of the importance of life-long special bonding between all people, a type of bonding that transcends the elite nature of the profession of those present.  He also talks about family life being more important than anything else in life, including love. I urge you to read the short extract as I feel confident it is likely to encourage you to look at your own life values, hopes and expectations. It did so for me.


What is inspiration?

Is inspiration something far bigger than ourselves?

I have often thought about the word inspiration. As many of my readers would probably be aware I place a great deal of emphasis of the role I see both personal and cosmic awareness have in our lives. Up to this point I have not considered where the word inspire may fit into this idea of mine.

My dictionary tells me the word inspiration means “…a person or thing that inspires, or a clever or timely idea.” Somehow I feel such words tend to trivialize the profound nature of what the word inspiration was probably originally intended to mean. I’ve drawn this conclusion having read one of my favorite authors; Benjamin Walker. I can strongly identify with Walkers words. It is possible my readers may similarly enjoy the manner in which Walker set out to determine his views about what the word inspiration should be. I believe Albert Einstein would probably agree with him.

Inspiration from book.pdf