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If people were smart…

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We’d plan tax reform BEFORE income distribution undergoes the full onslaught of machine automation.

The UN would fund and deploy aerial nano-bots that fly around the World destroying unregistered guns.

Religious opinion leaders would MODERNISE religious doctrine to accommodate future technological change.

We’d REFORM things in society before the flat part of the (technology) exponential curve turns into the steep part of the exponential curve.

Government social services would MANAGE people’s expectations in a honest way upfront, not make excuses in a patronising way afterwards. Prevention is usually cheaper that cure.

We’d APPOINT lobby groups to represent the animal kingdom and not pretend that humans and corporates have all the votes and all the freedom to act.

We’d ENCOURAGE people to self-learn to cope with global changes in progress.

Tragedy for France and the World

Bloodshed in backyard beckons brain to battle baddie beliefs, bite bullies, build beach bases, bridge breaks and bind bloodshed.

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Battle of the Sexes

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http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2015/aug/21/john-mcenroe-says-he-could-beat-serena-williams

There isn’t a more pointless and ugly battle in the World than the battle of the sexes. Or the phobia/tension between homosexuals and heterosexuals. Or the phobia/tension some people have for trans-gender people.

Put a bunch of girls together and watch the bitchiness come out. Put a bunch of boys together and watch them drag everything to the lowest, crudest level. Put a TV camera in their face or mix the girls and boys together and everyone’s trying to make an impression. Go figure!

When parents get into a divorce battle, sadly their children can become cannon fodder. And worse, the kids blame themselves for the battle.

Slices of Bookshop Life

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A therapist with a patient on the couch, walks through the mind of one. A person visiting a bookshop walks through the writing mind of hundreds.

Comradeship – two parts cocktail and one part empathy.

Nature is kinky. It’s human nature that is conventional.

Ideas pollenate only the human flowers that position themselves to opportunity.

Some big companies colonise spaces where ecosystems fear to tread. Such companies replace grand & land with brand & sand.

Corporates set prices the way lawyers split hairs. Finely and relentlessly.

In a bookshop today, I saw a book titled’ Fashion Trends’. By the time its published, its actually ‘Fashion History.’

 

Beautiful lies, ugly truths

Do we set our beautiful lies on ugly truths, like bleach on porcelain? Or do our beautiful lies hold hands with ugly truths like a child’s game of ring-a-ring-a-roses?

Kenwalt50 (https://kenwalt50.wordpress.com) says ‘Many of the greatest lies are truth and many of the greatest truths are lies. I began “writing” as a child, lonely and unable communicate as effectively with others as I could with myself, so I created fantasies. My stories allowed me to go anywhere and be anyone. These were “lies,” but the truth of them moulded me. The “truths” were the limits on me and on everyone–we cannot be everything we imagine ourselves to be. Only imagination can break the walls of truth.’

A beautiful lie is the bluff. Countered by an ugly truth, the royal flush.

We learn when we confront beautiful lies and ugly truths alike.

United (in basic principles) we stand, divided we all fall

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The chair that we sit on to project our influence into the World is made stronger by 5 equal sized legs – family, national identity, regional/local identity, belief group and friendship group. Take one away, or choose to let them become of massively unequal size and you will sink down…

No religion (ideas and values) can remain stuck in the past, any more than science (ideas and information), political ideology (ideas and values) or legal system (principles rules and values) can remain stuck in the past. Those that cannot see this cannot realistically expect to lead their religion, their science community, their political party, or their branch of the legal system.

Leadership and the Rotherham example

Leaders who face huge criticism of bad things that happened ‘on their watch’ can avoid being stuck between a rock and a hard place by resigning their position. This sends a clear message that they take responsibility for being the leader when things went bad and preserves some semblance of personal honour on their part.

In the recent BBC report on the widespread child abuse in the Rotherham area between 1997 and 2013 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28962144 the Rotherham Council Leader Roger Stone appears to have done the decent thing.

In direct contrast, the South Yorkshire Police & Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright has refused to resign his post. In not resigning, he’s implying either he was negligent (unaware of the mounting evidence) and therefore borderline incompetent, or that he approved of what was happening and was therefore corrupt. Either way, his position is untenable and the ongoing criticism about him remaining in the role will not only overshadow his ability to do his day job but tarnish the brand of the organisation he works for.

The famous phrase of ‘plausible deniability’ constructed to protect leaders in high office from events taking place in their name clashes directly with another phrase of ‘the buck stops here.’ Unless leaders are required to resign in the wake of significant failings, there is unsufficient deterrent to being negligent. Furthermore, where failings are significant, the organisation they work for  should not feel obligated to fight any civil case on behalf of such leaders, brought against them by the victims’ families.

Finally two quotes from Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman philosopher, politician & lawyer (106-43 BC):

‘Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error.’

‘The safety of the people shall be the highest law.’