Wed, 15:52: What is it that separates us from life around us?
Wed, 16:43: To think what humans have done to this planet. Such an abhorrent species.
Wed, 18:03: Anyone read Paul Ehrlich’s book “The Population Bomb”? I've tried to buy it but it's really expensive. I'd like to see the back of humans but a few billion less would be a massive help right now. And don't hit me up with that eugenics stuff. That's not where I'm coming from.
Wed, 18:22: I'm on my own in the kitchen. A bit of Motorhead 'cos everyone hates it. Don't care.
Wed, 18:25: “Boring damned people. All over the earth. Propagating more boring damned people. What a horror show. The earth swarmed with them.” ― Charles Bukowski
Wed, 18:31: Assisted dying in the UK will never happen. The social contract -- i.e. we know best -- is way too strong. I'm with the Canadian model. If you want to check out, fine with me. No one should dictate how we end it.
Wed, 18:34: My wife and I talk about death -- a lot. It's part of her job and she's brilliant at it. Outside our relationship, everyone else runs to the hills. Oh for god's sake, it's part of life. Get over it.
Wed, 18:37: Thin Lizzy. If you can beat Phil Lynott's vocals I'll give you a �10. He was a legend.
Tue, 16:26: We're so in love with our thinking, as if that's the whole of us. It's not. In fact you might say, it's the only thing that's getting in the way of life.
Tue, 17:06: We are nature, apart from our over-developed brain and a bunch of solipsistic thinking. I long for the day, which I know will never come, where we become, again, as nature and stop rinsing it for all its worth.
Tue, 17:35: Why do so many people hate talking about death?
Wed, 04:27: "The fact is that we don't want to be free. What is responsible for our problems is the fear of losing what we have and what we know." — U.G. Krishnamurti, No Way Out
Wed, 07:30: Planned fossil fuel output ‘vastly exceeds’ climate limits, says UN https://t.co/dDu8kTa6SD / 1.5C is not even an aspiration. In fact, it's hard to see where all this ends save, of course, the extinction of humankind.
Wed, 08:59: The next lockdown can't come soon enough.
Wed, 09:04: Today's batsh*t crazy news about burning more fossil fuels should make us all pause for thought and consider what sort of world we've created and will leave for those that follow in our anthropocentric, death-dealing footsteps. https://t.co/i74d22V9A1
Mon, 12:04: Why do I keep reading headlines that say "This is our last chance [to avert the climate catastrophe]" alongside other stories talking about drilling for oil and gas? Daft, frankly. In any event, our last chance was a long time ago, and it's way too late to halt the apocalypse.
Mon, 15:35: No idea how I endured so many years of working in an office. Right now, I struggle even thinking about going in, let alone sitting at a desk for 8 hours.
Mon, 15:48: In the context of limiting the catastrophic effects of the climate emergency, I wonder why we're not seeing more claims being brought against polluting businesses? Because they operate within the law? Oh, of course. Silly old me. What does that say about the law then? #ecocide
Mon, 17:17: Why companies offer a telephone number to contact them is beyond me. All it's designed to do is drive you to effing madness.
Mon, 17:59: Google Pixel 6. Should I upgrade or keep with the Pixel 3XL which has been a superb phone.
Mon, 18:11: I'm I the only one who still talks about an RSS feed?
Mon, 18:25: Back to Mr Robot which I'm really enjoying.
Mon, 18:38: I'm not a hoody generation but I feel it.
Sun, 12:19: Why should there a or any purpose to our life? Is that simply another story that we were forced or expected to consume from the very beginning?
Sun, 12:45: When will we (i.e. humanity) be free of greed? Never? Surely, the trope of be all you can be or the world is your oyster have to be tempered to include the finitude of life and the earth's natural resources.
Sun, 17:23: There is a harmony to nature that is beyond words. If only we'd stop turning it to our supposed advantage and instead tried to learn from it.
Sun, 17:53: Watching the sun set over Dartmoor. Spiritually evocative beyond the ken of my limited, earth-bound experience.
Mon, 04:37: "I feel guilty for being a member of the human race." — Jack Kerouac, Big Sur
Mon, 07:52: Dark, wet but not too cold out on the daily constitutinal before my first call of the day with a number of parties from Poland.
Mon, 11:14: To think I used to advise on strategy, marketing, comms and business development. These days, I can just about read a contract. The rest...well, those days are behind me. The question, always the question is much more important to me.
Mon, 11:34: I find editing a blog or article easily as enjoyable as writing the thing. But it does require me to slow down and exercise a degree of patience, which is not my forte.
Fri, 18:02: Just going to watch a film. Joker. Late to the party but so what.
Sat, 07:42: “The very motivation, the drive behind our demand to understand the laws of nature is to use them for the purpose of continuing the human species at the expense of every other form of life on this planet.” ― U.G. Krishnamurti, Thought is Your Enemy
Sat, 09:53: Waiting to meet my best mate of nearly 40 years at my favourite place, Dartington Hall. Nice to be out the house. Fingers crossed the puppy behaves himself.
Sat, 09:58: Blown away by the film The Joker, which I watched last night for the first time. So many poignant scenes. I'll need to watch it again which is what I tend to do with films I really like. Layer Cake being another one that I've now watched half a dozen times.
Sat, 10:08: Are we burdened right now with too much hope?
Thu, 12:34: With our flabby democracies you would think that business and government were the same thing. If as we know there was a crisis than any respectable member of parliament would make it their life's work to not only challenge the status quo but to bring it down for the greater good.
Thu, 12:58: I'm looking to hold a virtual gathering (a campfire) where a few people might like to explore the question: How the hell did it get like this? I wonder if anyone might be interested in working with me to make it happen? No money involved or at least that's how I see it initially.
Thu, 13:14: We get so angry/agitated about human rights and the like but we don't afford the same level of inquiry, campaigning and governance to nature or the non-human world? Why is that, particularly given how much we're at risk of dying out if we continue to treat it with such disdain.
Thu, 13:30: I wonder how many people in the Human Resources space now talk about the climate catastrophe and loss of biodiversity as part of their role? I mean, if we're not careful the planet will neither support the human race nor the largely extractive businesses that employ them!
Thu, 14:41: Anyone know much about the Theosophical Society or what I might read to understand more about them or what they were?
Thu, 16:29: I have zero faith that @COP26 will make any difference to the way things are. I'm happy to be proven wrong, but I think the capitalist ethic is simply too powerful to be derailed by another well-meaning conference.
Wed, 15:42: First line managers. So few I ever worked for or under should have been put in charge of people. They might have been good once at their job but that's no marker of success for helping others succeed — the sine qua non of management (as much as I'm distrustful of the term).
Wed, 15:51: I hate to think what teachers are telling the kids about the 6th mass extinction. Something like this perhaps: "Sorry kids, but get used to the fact that your parents sqaundered everything and it's going to be really, really crappy during your lifetime." Yikes, that won't sell.
Wed, 16:32: If anyone says their school days were the best days of their life, they're lying that or they were on drugs.
Wed, 17:44: "I didn't want to wake up. I was having a much better time asleep. And that's really sad. It was almost like a reverse nightmare, like when you wake up from a nightmare you're so relieved. I woke up into a nightmare." — Ned Vizzini, It's Kind of a Funny Story
Wed, 17:55: My secondary school education was sh*t. All those supposed teachers should be ashamed of themselves. The only decent one was my technical drawing teacher and that was only because he let us do whatever we wanted and never bothered to say anything if we decided not to turn up.
Wed, 17:58: How have we been brainwashed to believe in the capitalist ideal — 'be all you be' and all that crap? I can't believe we've not better embraced the gift economy or pursued a more village-minded way of ordering our lives.
Wed, 18:19: I talk to Mrs S about the 'more time' that end of life care offers (she's a heart failure nurse). But I look at it very differently. It's offering more death too which sadly never gets talked about. Sometimes enough is enough.
Tue, 12:27: chuckpalahniukquotes: “when you’re an addict, you can go without feeling anything except drunk or stoned or hungry. still, when you compare this to other feelings, to sadness, anger, fear, worry, despair, and depression, well, an addiction no... https://t.co/cGnWsGzjT4
Mon, 12:10: We're so afraid of showing people who we are? Why? Shame? Human dignity? Offending others?
Mon, 15:00: Sometimes you've got to kill off some of your best ideas to see what's really important.
Mon, 16:59: Work is work. A means to an end. Why do we continue to dress it up as the apogee of our life and make such a big deal of it? And before you take issue with me, ask yourself how much has changed, save the technology, in the last 50 years? From my perspective, nothing. Zip. Nada.
Mon, 17:13: Spiritual bypassing is the height of arrogance.
Mon, 17:20: RT @AmberCadabra: Things I seriously never want to do in my life: Run a marathon Climb a mountain Anything that has "survival" or "iron" i…