New Walks

One of the finest aspects of moving to a new place is exploring. I really enjoy skipping around trying to find new fields, new woodlands and new small roads. The place where I am now is filled with walks to the Moors and across the back of the A30 outside of Bodmin.

The walk was not all up to Queenie’s high standards but it didn’t rain, the road was quiet and it didn’t end in five minutes.

I am looking forward to finding out more about the place.

Moving Day

Today I moved from my home of 22 tears, two years and a month after my mother died. The lead up to the move was sad but the day came I was glad to finally be going. There are many memories of the past years I treasure and many that I do not.

Leaving sorrow in a building is one thing, but the sorrow is part of your being. Ans though constant reminders will not be around me any more constant reminders never leave me, because she is my mother. It isn’t a case of trying t escape the inevitable, but rather of moving along with her near me but in a different way.

People\ live in our heads even when they are alive. They live there still.

We are all looking

No matter the tribe, no matter the time our minds have invented stories to explain who we are and why we exist. It is science that has enabled us to do away with humano-centric stories and slowly walk a path that talks about existence without making it all about humanity.

I think thats why so many religious people fear science, because they are scared of being meaningless given that meaning to them means making them something individual and special. They want the story to make them something more than the are not show them how more everything else is.

Science has a magnificence that eludes the vain

Creative Education

Society has grown up dependent upon our natures to develop its customs. As such, as people change their perceptions, they find the agreed modes of conduct restrictive and the agreed forms of education stultifying.

Dyslexics and autistic have been insulated from the educational chains because they cannot understand the teachings anyway, but the key thing to remember is that society cannot run if there are millions of free thinkers in it.

Well, it cannot run the way it is running.

Every Writer Needs an Editor

Interesting even as I re-read past articles and essays that I have not seen in years, I see all the errors which missed me before. Now, I fully realise my mind is wider and contains more information and my experience of ‘being read’ is deeper, even so the need to have been edited is there.

And trying my hand now as an editor I see that that, too, is an art and not everyone is good at it. I tend to let people speak and edit lightly, while my publisher almost rewrites entire pieces.

I think the greatest instance of a writer and editor working together is To Kill a Mockingbird. That should really have two names on it.

On His Blindness

When I consider how my light is spent
Ere half my days in this dark world and wide,
And that one talent which is death to hide
Lodg’d with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, lest he returning chide,
“Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?”
I fondly ask. But Patience, to prevent
That murmur, soon replies: “God doth not need
Either man’s work or his own gifts: who best
Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state
Is kingly; thousands at his bidding speed
And post o’er land and ocean without rest:
They also serve who only stand and wait.”

 

John Milton

What is a right?

Human beings give themselves rights. They say they exist as part of the natural order of things but that is untrue. All rights have a history both in thinking and legal terms and all rights have been fought for and many given birth as new thinking emerges.

It is a mark of the progress of society and how we interact with each other that we create rights. The challenge today is animal rights, something no one in farming or politics would have even thought of a hundred years ago but today they have to think about in advanced societies.

But as we create them so we can annul them.

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