Tectonic Plates of Society
As the tectonic plates shift
The ground beneath us.
New mountains of behaviour
Push upwards as cultures clash.
Mountain ranges of compassion,
Volcanoes of cooperation,
Peaks of altruism,
Earthquakes of respect.
The old layers of populism,
The fossilised strata of greed,
The crushed remains of selfishness,
Are fractured, bent and buried.
As the old separation is replaced
By new togetherness,
And the old hostilities
Are suffocated with love.
Opher – 29.3.2020
Living in a bubble
Living in a bubble
On top of a wave
About to crash
On a foreign beach.
Wondering my fate.
To be burst?
Or washed up?
To be blown
By an unfamiliar wind
Across new lands,
As yet uncharted,
And come to rest?
To shine in the sun
A myriad of hues,
Bringing great joy,
Or disintegrate in droplets?
I am boggled by Trump and the craziness of competition!! It is obscene!!
Trump is stuck in some capitalist nightmare! He can only see money!
He is refusing to create a Federal response to the Corona virus emergency because he says it smacks of socialism. Hence we have the madness of different States competing with each other for scant resources instead of cooperating.
So New York is desperate for ventilators and protective clothing but has to compete with other States for these things. There is a bidding war. Some States are outbidding others and selfishly stocking up. The only people who prosper are the manufacturers who are receiving obscene prices for their goods while people die!!
Profiteering out of death and misery!! How can that be morally right??
Trump claims that this is alright and the capitalist way.
In Europe Germany is donating ventilators to Italy to help in the crisis. They are shipping stricken Italians to Germany to treat them in their hospitals. This is compassionate goodwill.
If your neighbour is sick you help them. You don’t walk by on the other side of the road! There is such hypocrisy in these supposedly Christian people who are profiting from death.
If there is one thing the world needs to learn from this crisis it is that people and nature matter more than money!!
Cooperation is preferable to competition!! Isn’t that what Jesus was saying?? How come it takes an atheist to point out this hypocrisy to greedy, selfish Christians??
What the world needs now is compassion, altruism and cooperation. Thank heavens there are so many caring people out there who are not seeing everything in dollar signs!!
The sequel to Quantum Fever. Three hundred years have passed. The aliens are ruining the planet Terra and are on the brink of war. Children of the Primitives on planet Hope are rebelling. President Woud of The System is angered. The Consortium is stirring up trouble………
In the UK:
In the USA:
This is our fifteenth day in isolation. We went out for our usual hour walk. It is good to be able to walk miles down the country lanes, hardly passing a soul. A bit dour here, ominous clouds and a cold wind, but a nice walk. It is strange not seeing friends, no gigs, cinema or theatre – and no sport!! All a bit weird.
I’m still busy writing, reading and sorting photos. I’ve got enough to do but I’ve noticed my focus is not as good. I’m getting a little lethargic.
It’s nice to see royalty and the government getting down with the people!! I notice they get tested while my son doesn’t!
We are eating well – fresh salad from our organic growers and free-range eggs from the farms.
I’m watching the politics of this disease with interest. America is looking down the barrel of a catastrophe. So slow off the mark, so complacent. We weren’t much better. This has been predicted for years yet no contingency plans were brought in.
Lessons to be learnt.
Is this down to a trade-off between the economy and health? How many deaths are acceptable?
We now know that money can be found for the NHS and we can get the homeless off the streets if we want.
Things have changed forever.
Perhaps we will start valuing public servants a lot better and realise what they contribute to society??? Perhaps???
The irony is that the novel I started writing in January is about bacteria farming humans. It has become very topical!!
So here I am in my study. Elmore James is blaring out and I am writing.
Good luck to you all! Stay safe.
The gentle art of dating.
I’ve decided to focus each day of my isolation on one particular artist.
Today’s featured artist is Elmore James.
Elmore always raised my spirits and gets me rockin’. When I used to run my ‘History Of Rock Music’ course I always started with a bit of Elmore!!
Have a Rockin’ day!! Stay safe!!