What Is Happening Now? (New Year’s Eve Day)

As a canadian, I do not have a particular philosophical school of thought.


But I seem to have some kind of original thought that reflects canadian thought, in a philosophical way.

IR, or international relations, is one of my sources, that lead me to Realism here in Canada and around the world.

Realism is a theory from IR that states that a place like Canada or any country is only interested in Power.

Some say that Power is found through economics.

I think we are distracted from the emerging realism of our time. Some say re-emerging, because it is based on the number of powerful states that are expressing their power through economics, war, etc.

I think we are confused by government, our own needs vs. the country’s (Canada).

We worry about our pay cheque, our family and friends, survival, and whatever we think is important.

To me, I am concerned about my well being, but I am confused by identity politics and people who threaten me with violence.

I get distracted by functional medicine and individual medicine.

But I believe in doing no harm and my best each day, which amounts to a personal philosophy and a source of my purpose and motive to move forward each day.

To me as a Canadian and a person, I am grounded by Nature, intuition, civil disobedience, philosophy and moving and physical work/exercise, people, engagement, curiosity, mental and emotional challenges, reading, writing and research, and the day to day importance of being here.

I may not care about who or what you are, but this has to be a decision and practice and ritual, or habit that protects me from violence and harmful people/places and things.

Right now, I am doing my best, doing no harm, waxing about the here and now because we are in a new world: Russia, China, U.S.A. There is identity politics, culture wars, cyber wars, and these countries are engaging us with all of it. As a person, I do my best to stay aware of it and take it with a grain of salt. Of course it is serious stuff, and I never seem to learn enough about what is happening right now.

I am busy with my life, as you are, and we are living here, weather we live our separate ways or not, because we relate more and more through limited real estate, and other resources.

I am extremely limited by what I can do about here and now.

I stick with what works for me and practice the best lifestyle I can afford.

I am grateful to the people that keep the city running with all these basics I use each day.

I may not like my job or family at times but I think the struggle is of personal value.

So, common speech may appear limiting to some, but it is a practice. I use it to help keep the focus on the here and now.

Even my language is a canadian philosophical tool….

Happy New Year, 2023!

Give Peace A Chance

WWI began in August 1914, flames destroyed Liege, Belgium.

The war didn’t end till November 11, 1918.

Back in the burnt city, 250 dead, many beat up, town sacked, 1100 houses destroyed and their vast library destroyed.

Oppressive silence everywhere.

Church destroyed.

Much of the damage done by Germany.

Sympathy lost for Germany in America.

This place became a symbol of the Great War.

Most of Europe and many parts of the world joined in the fight.

In 1917, America joined and lost 114,000 soldiers and they resented it.

Peace came in 1918, in a way, Russia, Germany, Hungary, Ottoman Empire and much of the old world order was lost.

The influenza epidemic claimed 20 million people around the world.

There was much starvation.

Lots of political turmoil.

The 20’s and 30’s seemed to be like an intermission to the war.

Many unexploded shells needed to be dug up.

So many relatives fought in the war.

We remember because it is still such a mystery as to it’s real reason.

Was it an arms race, nationalism, fears, hope for change, honor, social Darwinism, individuals, or something else?

Our world is facing similar problems.

We need to think about how war happens and how to keep the peace.

Check out the book or CD called “The War That Ended Peace:  The Road To 1914 by Margaret Mac Millan.

Do you believe war and peace are worth investigation?

The Magic of Middle Earth

Can you follow the way when you are down and out?

Can you see yourself when the lights are out?

Can you be like nature and keep your faith?

A country with Hob-goblins and goblins, dwarfs and elves.

A place with Wizards, Hobbits and men.

A collection of big people and little people.

There are lots of adventures and mysteries.

A power that is very dark and very bad.

A power that is very light and very good.

A wonderful make-believe place that brings everyone together for a fight to decide whether good can triumph over evil.

The magic of this place points towards a reality that is hard to believe.

This reality can not be seen.

We live in this real world and no one believes.

That a myth is important, it helps us see the reality of a way that can not normally be seen.