Why Proportion is Important

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

[Picture of Ying Yang symbol]A LOT of people today talk about “balance”, “ying and yang”, “karma“, and even “the golden mean“, but what they’re actually talking about is proportion.

It is not hippy airy-fairyness, it is not mystical or spiritual.  Proportion is dry and practical.  The word is mostly associated with arithmetic or mathematics — along with ratio, percentage, fractions and decimals. Read the rest of this entry »

How To Learn Lessons

Friday, 17 April 2009

[Picture of Homer Simpson character saying d'oh]OUGHT we to get rid of someone who has been caught doing wrong, or ought we to given them another chance?

Put another way, how can lessons be learned from experiences if you are taken out of the situation?

[Picture of Daily Telegraph headline]I am thinking just now about the current “expenses scandal” where MPs have been caught red-handed fiddling expenses.

In any area of work, mistakes can be made, and lessons are gleaned from the experience — but only if Read the rest of this entry »

Why Jailhouse Rock is Gay

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

[Picture of jailhouse rock cover]ELVIS made it a hit. It’s been covered by the Blues Brothers and many others. But Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller’s “Jailhouse Rock” is a very strange song indeed. It is all about homosexuality in prisons. There can be no question of that.

You see, it is Read the rest of this entry »

Why Hypocrisy is Good

Monday, 10 November 2008

[Picture of religious hypocrite accusation]AN hypocrite is someone who hides intentions or true personality. At least, it is almost everywhere except where people speak English.  For some unknown reason, in English, the word has a different meaning.

When someone preaches something, but practices the exact opposite, then (but only in English) that person is accused of being an hypocrite, or of acting hypocritically. I am going to show that being an hypocrite is (a) normal, (b) healthy, (c) necessary for a civil society, (d) honest and (e) one of your human rights. Read the rest of this entry »

When Politics Died

Thursday, 11 September 2008

[Picture of adding machine]IN the USA you could be a Democrat or a Republican, in the UK you could be for the Conservative & Unionist party, the New Labour Party, or the Liberal Democrats.

The logic tells us all that if you are for one, then it follows that you are against the rest.  The difference has to be something to do with what the political party stands for. But things have now changed; politics died. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Not Forgive?

Sunday, 1 June 2008

[Picture of Angry Man]FORGIVENESS is out of fashion at the moment.

I think it is a great shame; forgiveness is a measure of civilisation, of how far we have progressed, or advanced – how civilised we have become.

Unfortunately, the present hunger is for revenge and retribution. We demand punishment for people who have done wrong, especially when Read the rest of this entry »

Why Nothing Lasts

Wednesday, 2 April 2008

Archaeology a.k.a. diggingON TELEVISION, archaeology showed us all it was possible to dig down a bit and discover fossils or ancient encampments from times lone gone. They always seemed to be digging, and this remains the case as far as I can ascertain.

In my humble opinion, this seems to suggest that if you leave something alone for long enough, it will become covered over. I think this is significant.

I was quite young when I first realised this was what had happened, and further enquiries provided a startling conclusion: man was at war with nature. It was a constant battle too, with no let up.

Anything that man left alone would corrode away to Read the rest of this entry »