Friday, March 16, 2007

PEACE: IS IT WHERE YOU ARE?


Dear Friends, currently I feel worn out by my strenuous tilting at windmills. Finding Utopia and trying to change the world I've decided are mutually exclusive.

For the next period, I'm going to back away from dealing with some of the world's problems for they are too big for me. Besides, I have no power and those that have it (politicians, capitalists, religious charlatans and the wealthy elite) will never relinquish it to people whose only weapons are words and noble intentions. It will have to be taken from them by force!

I was taken by this photograph. It symbolises the peace that I wish I felt and will now seek.

As I find it, and I will, I promise I will share it with you.

Take care.


7 comments:

betmo said...

take your time daniel and post how you feel. i think i understand where you are coming from :) seeking is not always finding the answers- nor the answers you want. i like the picture too. thanks for all you do.

Daniel said...

The people I met along the way made it all worthwhile, Betmo. Cheers!

Coffee Messiah said...

The last 5 yrs in the US have been Hell, to say the least.
Never in my life have I felt so sad, for so long.
It does wear you out dealing with these problems daily.
Makes me wonder what kind of dupe gw is letting this go on daily and be making light of everything.
Yikes! ; (

Daniel said...

Probably explains why psychologists have a very high rate of suicide, Coffee. Dealing with difficult problems constantly does that to you especially if you're passionate about what you're trying to do.

What was that old saying? Something about 'accepting what you can't change...'

Mary Walsh said...

On the other side of the coin though Daniel is the inability of people such as yourself to really truly sit on your hands and do nothing when you see injustices happening....

The vulnerable people of the world rely on the strength of those with the intellectual power and understanding to represent them

To use my own case...I too feel burnt out and singed on many occasions but because I represent an ageing population who were brought up more refinely than myself I continue to pick myself up and dust myself off and start all over again....

People who seek to promote change are up against the rising tide of apathy....and as with most worthwhile cause was never going to be an easy solution....you weren't have taken on the task of political activism if it was going to be boring and humdrum....not your style Daniel....The challenge of success can only be within the next two years....I can't see Howard there after this year and Bush will most certainly go...

The point Daniel is that I believe your forward thinking analysis of the world does generate people actually thinking about the issues you raise. Even if people don't actually take time to write in depth about your articles I still think they would make a difference to the reader.....

Australians need people like you to tease through issues and highlight the Pros and Cons because the majority can't be better bother past the "quick grab"....

By all means take time to smell the roses, and read a good book, or play with the kids and dogs in the park - but please don't close off your ability to share profound thoughts with the rest of us.

Please and thank you...The picture is very serene....the yin to the yang!

Mary Walsh

Naj said...

I hear you Daniel ...
I still think, the power taken by force, will need to be kept by force.
Let them collapse onto themselves; they are unsustainable.
I think the Chinese wisdom advises to not try to "fix" things ... The German Utopianism has been the most disasterous one, hasn't it?

Be well ...
Naj

Daniel said...

Mary, as always your comment has great depth.

My problem is that, at the moment, I see the vested interests as being too strong and the people too apathetic. When the people begin to stir, then might be the time that agitation by me could have some positive effect.

People, in the main (certainly not the ones who contribute to this blog who are the converted) seem to either have their snouts deep in the trough or they're content to struggle to survive our dog-eat-dog society. I see Labor as merely a reflection of the current Government.

We need a radical change in almost every area of our society and those reaping the benefit of the current system will not allow the needed changes.

Naj, your point about change by force needing force to maintain it is a good one. However, the French Revolution involved force, yet seemed to have a positive outcome.

I guess my underlying problems is with what I see as our genetic flaws. I'm not sure that any amount of education or powerful argument or noble idealism will conquer our basic, often base nature. Cheers.

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