We All Lived on Love Street

The late 1960s was quite unlike any other period through which I have lived. We, the young, all lived on Love Street, perhaps not loving as much as we should have loved, but nevertheless loving as we experimented with new freedoms and new joys. We nearly changed the way that people lived, but nearly wins no cigar and eventually greed and the wearisome nature of having to live spoilt our dreams and ambitions for the world. Continue reading

All’s Fair in Love and War?

The saying that all is fair in love and war is simply wrong. I cannot morally claim that every act that someone does to win love or win a law is fair because there is no area of human existence where morality should not prevail over everything else. Continue reading

You Need Somebody to Love

People want to be loved. People need to be loved. They do not need phony expressions of love but a commitment to being loved, and if that is not possible, a commitment to being given affection. Continue reading

The Time of the Season

In the Ukraine a convey of aid is being halted because the Ukrainians fear their Russian neighbours, even when bearing gifts, or because the Ukrainians do not want thie desperate people to be relieved by food and water from their enemies. In Israel a child is killed by mortar shelling and the government of Israel vows to revenge by killing those who were innocent of the crime. In the United Kingdom the government refuses to help a despot defeat a far more dangerous threat; unlike Churchill Mr Cameron is not prepared to make a deal with the devil. In the United States in Ferguson people riot after police killed an unarmed man, so the national guard is called in and they seek to prevent the press from reporting the incidents; frenzy is met with greater frenzy, instead of calm and peace.

This is August, when political leaders go on holiday to refresh themselves so that they may discover more ways to make bad decisions and confuse themselves by believing, as they sit in the sunshine, that their mission to enter politics was to improve the lot of the people and this they are doing, notwithstanding the violence and the starvation, and thus they should be well rewarded.

It is not the time of the season for loving; such time has long since passed into the hideous time where greed and hatred reign; our children will never forgive us for the world we are making; the violence, suspicion and hatred is explained by sophists who sit at the modern symposium, not understanding that love and hate are not instransitive verbs.

What Great Minds Need

A great mind needs a simple compass to keep it on track. Theophilus was one such instrument. In fiction Horatio and Watson served the same purpose. A compass is not a muse, not a mistress, but a direction pointer which a great mind needs to avoid itself becoming lost in a mess of tangled thinking and vanity. Even the greatest mind left to its own devices wanders off track. Continue reading

There is no Need for Wars

I heard a  recording of an old gentleman this morning on the radio. The recording was made several years ago, when the gentleman was 105 years old. He had fought in the Great War, which started a hundred years ago. The gentleman has now died, but he talked of the boys that died. “There were thousands of young boys killed for nothing”. He said that there was no need for wars.  There is no need for wars.

It is a dreadful thing to do something for which there is no need which destroys so many lives. Lives are created by love and war ends what love creates using hatred, greed and fear, those most irrational of human emotions.

I read the news today, o boy

Like many others, I read the news today, o boy, I heard the news today, I did, I saw the news today, I saw it. I even spoke a little news. Continue reading