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We Need a New Vision

“The first step is to penetrate the clouds of deceit and distortion and learn the truth about the world, then to organize and act to change it. That's never been impossible and never been easy.” Noam Chomsky.

The following is a quote, from the American Astrologer, Linda Schurman, which addresses the Global financial crisis and beyond. She says it very well and quite beautifully:

“The real issue, as I see it, is not about money. It is about the direction humanity needs to take so that we can operate sustainably on planet earth, in harmony with nature and cooperatively with each other. In order to do this, we must give up the notion of “endless” expansion and consumption and instead manage ourselves like adults who have the capacity to live reasonably, voluntarily limiting our populations, raising our food with care, and sharing prosperity in a more egalitarian way. All people are simply not equal in their abilities and talents, but must be honored with a life of dignity and given a place in the scheme of things. The gigantic disparity between rich and poor in the world only leads to genocides, wars, plagues and eventually, the failure of civilization itself.

Let us all work together with what ever talents we have to co-create something much greater than anything dreamed of before. This is my hope and my inspiration.” -


We are consumed with the ‘necessity' of obsessive growth. This creates a crisis pf perception. It's probably just what we do not need. This is, in part, exactly what is killing us economically and socially. Because of this unraveling of our global economic system and its affect on other elements within societies we have a unique opportunity to introduce a new way – a more humane way – a more compassionate way – for the world's people to move forward out of this sink hole we are presently wallowing in. What we have created we can un-create – or better still – re-create. Here is an opportunity for us to now learn from our past mistakes, or as I have previously quoted from a Teacher of mine “There is no such thing as a mistake – Only unrealized wisdom.”, or, “Unless you be troubled you shall in no wise marvel.”

Well, we are certainly being troubled! Can we find the “marvel”?

While the US under it's new president is hoping that through it's injection of money into infrastructure and other options will eventually put the US back into the ‘black' and through the ripple effect, the rest of the world - this will not happen. Nor will it happen in other countries were this policy in being enacted either – as in Canada . The system itself is broke! The world, including the US , needs a new system. We are all in this together so we need a global solution.

There is one word that keeps coming up for me – Simplify, simplify.

We have to start thinking globally and acting locally. Through lines on a map we have separated ourselves from each other. We are one species in varying forms and colours, but in essence we are one people and we need to start behaving as such. We need to extend our hands and reach out to each other, and show trust and compassion. Is this not what in essence all our past spiritual “Teachers” have tried to teach us? These presumed “differences” have been created by “man” dividing us from each other and it is time this stopped! Once this begins to truly sink in then solutions, to what in essence are global problems will begin to manifest.

This kind of awareness is not new and has been echoed increasingly in recent times and is being felt by more and more around the world. However, the will by those “Set in authority over us” to begin to recognize that we need to start to move in this direction has been virtually non existent to say the least – and, despite a so called “United Nations”.

So, now we have a global crisis impacting us all. Will this be enough to start waking us up? ! Let us hope so but it also has to start with each one of us within our own local communities – truly - but at the same time reaching out across this beautiful world we share with so many other great people. We just need to trust and be brave enough to shown this trust to frightened or troubled others – one by one by one.

The very fact that what I refer to as the “Obama Factor” has caused such an outpouring of emotion around the world is to me a clear indication that there is a great hunger out there for change, and, I believe, a change that brings us closer together.


So, now I think it is time for us to take a break from all this heavy heavy stuff and have a bit of a laugh! So, while not forgetting the above ‘message' [Please] here's something to make you smile. When it appeared in an e-mail I just could not resist including it in this column. I first heard it about 40 years ago but it is just as funny now as it was then! Enjoy!

Subject: Workers Compensation.

This is a bricklayer's accident report, which was printed in the news letter of the Australian equivalent of the Worker's Compensation Board. This is a true story.


“Dear Sir,

I am writing in response to your request for additional information in Block 3 of the accident report form. I put “poor planning” as the cause of my accident. You asked for a fuller explanation and I trust the following details will be sufficient.

I am a bricklayer by trade. On the day of the accident, I was working alone on the roof of a new six story building. When I completed my work I found that I had some brick's left over which, when weighed later were found to be slightly in excess of 500 lbs. Rather than carry the bricks down by hand, I decided to lower them in a barrel by using a pulley, which was attached to the side of the building on the sixth floor. Securing the rope at ground level, I went up to the roof, swung the barrel out and loaded the bricks into it. Then I went down and untied the rope, holding it tightly to ensure a slow descent of the bricks.

You will note in Block 11 of the accident report form that I weigh 135 lbs. Due to my surprise at being jerked off the ground so suddenly, I lost my presence of mind and forgot to let go of the rope. Needless to say, I proceeded at a rapid rate up the side of the building. In the vicinity of the 3 rd . floor, I met the barrel which was now proceeding downward at an equal, impressive speed. This explained the fractured skull, minor abrasions and the broken collar bone, as listed in Section 3 of the accident report form. Slowed only slightly, I continued my rapid ascent, not stopping until the fingers of my right hand were two knuckles deep into the pulley. Fortunately by the time I had regained my presence of mind and was able to hold tightly to the rope, in spite of beginning to experience a great deal of pain. At approximately the same time, however, the barrel of bricks hit the ground and the bottom fell out of the barrel.

Now devoid of the weight of the bricks, the barrel weighed approximately 50 lbs. I refer you again to my weight. As you can imagine, I began a rapid descent, down the side of the building. In the vicinity of the third floor, I met the barrel coming up. This accounts for the two fractured ankles, broken tooth and several lacerations of my legs and lower body. Here my luck began to change slightly. The encounter with the barrel seemed to slow me enough to lessen my injuries when I fell into the pile of bricks and fortunately only three vertebrae were cracked.

I am sorry to report, however, as I lay there on the pile of bricks, in pain, unable to move, I again lost my composure and presence of mind and let go of the rope. I lay there watching the empty barrel begin its journey down. This explains the two broken legs. I hope this answers your enquiry.

Regards, Kenneth T. Ladik, Manager – Maintenance Systems Napoleon Plant”

Yup – sometimes we are just too serious. A good laugh is a great way to forget our troubles! See ya next month. Have a good one. Michael

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