Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Sti Krishna speaking to Arjuna

“I am all that you think, all that you say, everything hangs on me, like pearls on a thread. I am the earth set, and the fires heat. I am appearance, and disappearance. I am the tricksters hoax. I am the radiance of all that shines, i am time grown old. All beings fall into the night, and all beings are brought back in to daylight. I have already defeated all these warriors. He who thinks he can kill, and he who thinks he can be killed, are both mistaken. No weapon can pierce the life that informs you. No fire can burn it, no water can drench it, no wind can make it dry. Have no fear, and rise up, because I love you…..”
Sti Krishna speaking to Arjuna




Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Portrait of Kat Hahn



Sunday, July 3, 2011

St Paul's Carnival 2011


St Paul's Carnival 2011 - Images by Darragh Mason Field


Friday, June 3, 2011

Barcelona Virgin

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Never New

I've decided to buy nothing new for 6 months. With the exception of food (until I Skip dive) and services.

Essentially I have found myself moaning to all and sundry about how our social structure is inherently inhumane and big business and government support this inhumanity. Yes I've ruined quite a few parties with this line but the most consistent response I get is 'What's the alternative?'. Its a pretty big question to answer, we've tried a lot of 'isms' that have all had their flaws and if measured by how 'humane' it is, its hard to find a single large social structure in the western world that isn't a failure.

So if modern society is run by proxy by corporate interest and by extension the measure of success is the size of the figure in the bottom right hand column of quarterly finance reports, it sure isn't the welfare of its members. This model doesn't care about people, it doesn't see the humanity in others, it has no empathy and encourages us only to oil its machine by being consumers, good little cash cows. Its important to realise that ALL systems support this model; economic, health, media, education, law and most of all finance. To these systems we are all just more meat for the machine. In short, they're psychos...


They are a lot of people and groups who have come to this conclusion and consequently there are as many approaches to dealing with and pushing for change. I don't in anyway support violent approaches change. It only creates more brutality and brings all involved down to the lower aspect of ourselves.

The answer is this, create your own economy. What I call the 'Never New principle' or FMCG (yes that is an ironic marketing joke)

  • Find the others.
  • Make, recycle, repair.
  • Consume less.
  • Get on with it.



Find the others.
Just like Timoty Leary said "Find the others". In your town or neighbourhood there are groups of people with similar ideas and similar desires to see positive change. Justfortheloveofit.org for example is a geo targeted free economy community. People exchange skills, and share tools and equipment without any fee whatsoever.
Make, recycle, repair.
Not only is it good fun, it means your house/flat doesn't look like a crappy Ikea showroom. Its not that hard and there are loads of sites with tutorials to help you make and do.

Consume less
There are two aspects to this. The first is to consume less mass media. All it is bullshit to distract you from the reality of what's going on with circus sideshows like X-Factor, BGT, America's next top model, TOWIE, Peter Andres, Kerry Katona, the list goes on and on and is incrementally depressing. Don't watch it, watch the countless places online where you can choose what you want to watch. All this crap does is support the type of consumerism that splits the individual from self awareness, in that it promotes the external location of happiness. This media and the countless celeb gossip magazines do the same thing the re-enforce the same message
"You are a little person, You have no value because you are not famous. You are not attractive enough. Wealth and consumption is true happiness."
People buy this shit and why not? they are bombarded with sophisticated re-enforcements of this message again and again daily. Don't bother with it, choose your media.


Get on with it
Its all there.  The benefits are you can become less useless and actually have an idea which is the business end of a hammer, pride in what you've created, the enjoyment of creating it and save money in the process without supporting big business and its barbaric systems. So pull your finger out and get on with it. You don't have to move into a squat and train yourself to like punk music to do this. Its a choice, not an easy one but nothing of value ever comes easy.

Resources:
http://www.freecycle.org/
http://www.swapstyle.com/
http://www.justfortheloveofit.org/
http://www.craftynest.com
http://www.curbly.com
http://www.instructables.com
http://www.diynetwork.com/
http://www.howtodothings.com
http://www.emoware.org/dumpster-diving/

Friday, May 20, 2011

Joe Rogan tells it like it is




Sunday, May 1, 2011

Marcin Jakubowski on Open source Ecology

This remarkable man exhibits exactly the kind of thinking that could transform life on this planet.



For more information check out the site here http://openfarmtech.org/weblog/

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Leech Boy


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Karma as a method of living

I'm not writing this article to convince anyone that Karma exists, its not really relevant to me what anyone else believes but what I am putting forward is that irrespective of your religious background, be it atheist or gnostic; adhering to a belief  in Karma is of benefit to you and those around you.

The Law of Karma has a large part to play in our understanding of our place in the world and our relationship with every human being.  All our actions, what we say, what we do, how we react have effects on the people in our sphere of influence.  It is these effects on people that create our own Karma.  Through being thoughtless, selfish or kind and loving we dictate what happens to us and how others will treat us in the future.  Think of it as an investment bank of life, you put in crap and when your investment matures, you get your crap back with interest.



There is a counter argument for particularly tragic events in peoples lives when something extremely violent and unwarranted happens.  Within eastern thought, this loosely falls under the influence of the actions of previous incarnations, which to the western mind believing this life is a one short deal is nonsense and in light of tragic events; its offensive.  That's understandable but it has to be taken into account that both stances are just ways of thinking, and if one is more helpful in gaining healing and closure than the other.  But again I'm not arguing Karma exist (for the record I think it does) I am arguing a adherence or awareness of its affects can led to a better life.

So how does belief in Karma and its effects enhance your life and those around you.
1. Recognising your Karmic debt.
First off shit happened for a reason, nothing is unwarranted.  All circumstance is a result of choices and actions, perhaps made years ago.  So think back, what did I do to warrant this? Did I do something similar to someone else?  Be honest with yourself, its important because this is the first step to recognising it and paying Karmic debt. So you've been hurt and in being hurt you've just paid your Karmic debt, which; although it might not seem like it at the time... is a good thing. 

2. Action and Non-Action
Its what happens next that is important, how you handle the hurt.   Do you lash out and attack back or indeed run and hide and think 'poor me'.  I propose neither of these things are correct.  To lash out, is to start the wheel of Karma spinning again against you.  To run and hide is not recognising your responsibility in the events that have taken place nor is it reconciling it with yourself. 

By not escalating things and paying back your attacker (eye for eye) you stop your Karmic involvement in events.  Your attacker will still have his/her debt for attacking or wronging you.  Take the action of reconciling with yourself what happened and forgiving. Its important to explain how that persons actions hurt you and in that context set a boundary with them and what behaviour will not be tolerated.  In short do not take revenge but do not running away either, voice yourself, do not carry any festering issues but leave direct action to Karma. 

If; in being faced with negativity you can maintain nobility and integrity, when your instincts might be telling you otherwise you are making the world a better place and you become an inspiration to those around you.  Even if it takes years for some people to realise.  Which segways nicely to my next point.

3. Be a light in the darkness.
Through recognising our impact on others through our behavior and the consequent return we get.  It makes sense to be good to people.  Ultimately for selfish reasons but if your going to be selfish this is probably the best way you can be so.  Because of what falls out of it.  Make certain rules for yourself.  Take time to be polite to people who have hard public facing jobs.  Say 'Thank you'.  Just as some person being an asshole can put you into a bad mood.  Being decent and polite to another can put them into a good mood.  Its viral.  And when shadows get exposed to light (your light) they get dissolved.

You can set an example, you can stop the Karmic wheel turning against you by your own actions and in doing so make life better for yourself and those around you. Its not easy, nothing of worth ever is.


Monday, January 17, 2011

The Hare Mask