Building New Worlds

If you look back at history, you can see that the means of production is always changing, improving the way in which production is carried out, BUT usually with horrendous results for those thrown out of jobs as innovation destroys old ways of producing things.

It’s always struck me that resisting is a very short-term way of thinking  and that, if we’re forward-looking, we can harness changes to benefit the great majority, and not just enrich the coffers of the billionaire class.

So if we look at what’s happening today with the technological revolution, robots, driverless cars and trucks, etc., then we – the people – need to be considering how we turn these changes to our advantage. I’m certainly not saying I have all the answers but I do believe that, if we act instead of reacting, we have huge opportunities to create vastly different communities, ones where creativity is nourished,where all people are respected and treated with compassion, and where education is a joy rather than the grinding chore it has been turned into today by mindless bureaucrats trying to churn out badly educated robots for business moguls.

We also need to see the world as a community of individuals, supporting and respecting each other, and organising for peaceful coexistence.

Life is more than being on a joyless treadmill, working to pay the bills or worrying how to make ends meet if you lose your job. It’s far more than sending young men and women to die horrible deaths on battle fields along with the “collateral damage” of killing the civilian population.

We can look at shorter working weeks; sustenance payments to everyone; creative education outlets to build a thriving artistic and literary aspect of society; and so on and so on. We can support politicians who oppose war and support international cooperation.

I don’t have particular answers but I can see the shoots springing up of new ways or producing and new ways of living.

And as I said in my previous post, I’m an optimist and I think humanity can move onwards and upwards with grace and flair towards building completely new ways of operating communities for the general good. Just takes some imagination, co-operation and love!

Remembering the Grenfell Towers Disaster

In honour of the victims, survivors, heroic emergency services and those who came to offer aid and support in the aftermath of the tragic Grenfell Towers disaster in London.

“It is in the shelter of each other that people live.”

Evolution of New Communities

evoluton-of-new-communitiesAlthough things are really rather chaotic around the world, I feel we are living in exciting times because the old way of doing things is fading away as new ways come into being.

We are literally at a huge turning point in humanity history where Western white dominance is starting to fade away as rainbow nations in the East particularly come to the fore to replace the mono-culture of the past few centuries.

More than that, the dominance of a small, filthy rich elite is in such contrast to declining fortunes for the rest of us that the whole system of big business monopoly is becoming more and more untenable.

Will this happen overnight? Of course not. It’s rather like a giant aircraft carrier starting to change tack, very slowly, and for sure – as the white vote for Trump has shown – those who have benefited from the old system are going to put up a lot of resistance.

But all we’ve got to do is look at the upsurge of people’s action in all shapes and forms since Trump got elected as president.  There’s huge cause for optimism for fundamental change – just let’s keep our eyes on a better system and don’t let change be derailed by the old elite as it was in Egypt.

Dissolving Walls, Building Rainbow Communities

dissolving-walls-creating-rainbow-worldsI never quite know what’s going to emerge when I start a piece of digital art, basically I just see where the images take me as I build them up. This is the result of playing around with Toolwiz yesterday and I think the title of this post is self-explanatory, doesn’t need any more words from me!

Together – We Rise Up!

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I created this because I saw yet again a comment about baby boomers being selfish and the root cause of economic problems in Western nations. You know, we baby boomers are told we’re leeches on the economy, we’re blocking beds, we’re a drain on resources because we’ve had the gall not to die early and save the community a whole heap of money. We’re also told that we’re a greedy bunch for saving up, buying a home, and having the nerve to continue to live in said home when we get old instead of sloping off to an old folks’ home and making housing available for those younger than us.

Bollocks. Absolute bollocks. We baby boomers have as much right as younger generations to live well, to live in our own homes or to get good care as we age. Don’t forget – a portion of our taxes is supposed to be set aside for the ageing population and if governments are unable to operate the economy in a responsible way, don’t blame people who’ve paid their tax dues over the years!

Beyond that though – dividing us into Baby Boomers, Generation X and so on and so forth is simply a diversion from those who should take responsibility for economic ills besetting Western nations. It’s a very nifty little divide and rule tactic which needs to be shouted down every time some corporate bullshit artist tries to puff it up to divert blame from deviant governments selling people down the drain.

Why deviant? Because there’s a damned big spotlight shining on governments in the US, Australia, the UK and other European nations which illuminates the fact that governments don’t serve the general population – they’re at the beck and call of corporate monsters whose only allegiance is to overweening greed – the dollar, the almighty dollar. The “trickle down” effect of reducing taxes on the super-rich is one great big con trick, because it’s trickle-up as a small billionaire class gets ever richer at the expense of ordinary folk getting ever poorer while facing cuts to education, housing, social services and cultural life.

If we fight among ourselves about who’s to blame for current economic conditions, we are allowing the corporate elite to divide us from each other and to hide the fact that it is this tiny minority whose greed is the root cause of economic problems around the world. It’s why I, as a baby boomer in North Cyprus, stand with people of all ages in the US, UK and Australia because we need to support each other and stand united against the divide and rule efforts of the billionaire class.

TOGETHER WE RISE reaches across oceans, all strata of populations, across nations, ignoring cultural and religious differences, to stand together in love, compassion, tolerance and an end to the 1% screwing the rest of us.

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The image above is of waterfalls, relating to emotions, and the galaxy, relating to the galactic web which unites us all in the bright songlines of shared, common humanity.

This post arose from seeing a photo of golliwog biscuits claiming it was okay to like this image, and bugger being political correct. But it’s not okay. Golliwogs arose from books by Florence Upton in the late 1800s when slavery operated in the US, with the image typically of black skin, eyes rimmed in white, clown lips and frizzy hair. In the UK it was used by the jam manufacturer, Robertson’s, and I remember collecting golliwog stickers and brooches as a kid. But the image is a stereotypical one of black people and the derivative “wog” was used as an insult to black people.

I quite often see posts or comments sneering at “political correctness” and, while I’m quite willing to accept that sometimes it’s over the top, on the whole I’ve noticed that, while some use offensive language without realising its history, all too often those who object to the term really mean that they want to live in the past where it was okay to make rude and rancorous comments about black people, Jewish people, women, LGBT people, fat people, short people, shy kids, kids with glasses, nerds, anyone who doesn’t fit into the white, patriarchal mores of the past.

It came from a time when, in the UK, it was okay to put signs in boarding house and shop windows: “Blacks, Jews and Irish need not apply”. And we all know the history of racism in the US, with the KKK, lynchings, murders of black people, Jim Crow and so on. Now we get Islamic people going about their peaceful business being called “terrorists” or, in the case of Donald Trump, threatening Muslims with incarceration, badges and banned from entry to the US.

Women who stand up for women’s rights are abused, bullied and threatened with rape, violence and murder along with disgustingly offensive language. In States in the US there is legislation allowing for the victimisation of LGBT people and those in mixed-race marriages. If you object, you’re accused of being politically correct, but sod that, it’s fundamentally about insisting on polite language and respect.

Just as it’s not okay to portray Jewish people as hook-nosed, greedy, world-dominating financiers, it’s not okay to use racist images of black people, use derogatory language for LGBT people, demonise refugees and asylum seekers, abuse Muslim people and so on. Too often this filters down into schools and the playground where bullying then becomes the norm.

Yes, it is a pain in the arse to have to change attitude, but the world turns, what was once acceptable isn’t any more, new society arises as it has throughout the history of the world’s development.

All that is being asked is that people are polite, respectful of differences and are courteous to people because, when you strip away colour, shape, religion and sexual preferences, under the skin we are all the same.  It comes down to that old adage: “Treat your neighbour as you would like to be treated”.