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An interesting time

Posted by Philip on 10 July 2017, 11:31 am in , , ,

I recently read three very different takes on the world as it is now and how it compares to the past. One was this article in the Guardian, "The age of anger", another Margaret Wheatley's new book, "Who Do We Choose To Be?: Facing Reality, Claiming Leadership, Restoring Sanity" and the third, a book by Magenta Pixie, "Masters of the Matrix: Becoming the Architect of Your Reality and Activating the Original Human Template".

world map overlaid with clocks

All used very different lenses — political, historical, leadership, spiritual and more — but all had a similar theme. The world, at this time, is in a state of flux.

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Two important things #Orlando can teach us about homophobia and war

Posted by Philip on 19 June 2016, 4:04 pm in , , , ,

There is something about this article, by Chris Trotter on The Daily Blog, that paints Omar Mateen, who killed and injured over a hundred people at Orlando nightclub Pulse last week, as a victim of his homophobic religion and potentially closeted identity. And maybe he was.

Photo / www.zerocensorship.com

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HIV, AIDS, nature and humanity

Posted by Philip on 23 November 2012, 12:05 pm in , , , , ,

Disclaimer: The following post is my opinion and does not attempt to represent common views on the subject of HIV and AIDS. References to dates, facts or anything else concerning the AIDS epidemic have not been properly researched so may be incorrect. Feel free to offer corrections in the comments box. 

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Nature is often inexpicable in her conduct. Who would have thought that, suddenly, sometime prior to 1981, a virus that developed in non-human primates would be transferred to humans and begin to infect and kill us through at least two of the most pleasurable activities known to us — sex and recreational intravenous drug use.

But if Nature is strange, humans are stranger. When the virus and related symptoms were first clinically observed, we quickly sought to find a name that implicated people who were affected. According to Wikipedia,

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Competition against self or others?

Posted by Philip on 30 September 2011, 7:19 am in , , , , , ,

I've been procrastinating about writing this post — avoiding it a bit like I've been avoiding the Rugby World Cup.

I've never liked competitive sport. Why? Perhaps, like cooking and gardening, it's a physical pursuit that takes a lot of energy and I choose to focus my participation elsewhere, where I can be more efficient with my effort.

But I think there's something more to it. I even get bored watching rugby, soccer, tennis, cricket, yachting — mainly because I've never learnt the rules so I never know what's going on.

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