Perfect World

Breaking Boundaries

Breaking Boundaries

Don’t human beings just love dividing the world up? Everywhere you go it seems there are lines drawn to make the world into smaller and smaller pieces. Most of those lines are created by us and are not ‘real’ in the sense they only exist because we decide to make them. When you’re finally up at the moon looking back on earth, all those differences and nationalistic traits are pretty well going to blend, and you’re going to get a concept that maybe this really is one world and why the hell can’t we learn to live together like...

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Expensive Cars Never Stop At Crossings

Expensive Cars Never Stop At Crossings

The other day I was crossing the street on a pedestrian  crossing. I tend to be quite bold and don’t have the patience to wait politely until the traffic comes to a complete standstill. I mean pedestrian crossings are named that way for a purpose, yes? I happened to be pushing a baby in a buggy and accompanied by Mona (proud mother of baby, tolerant wife of me). I could be dramatic and say I was almost hit by the large BMW but integrity and a certain standard of honesty prevents me making such exaggerated claims. The truth is...

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Everything Turned Green

Everything Turned Green

In the park this morning I had a huge surprise. Everything had turned green! It wasn’t the colour of the world that shocked me. After all, Spring started here a couple of months ago and that’s what tends to happen in the Spring, isn’t it? Especially late Spring! Everything is supposed to turn green. What shocked me was I could have sworn that yesterday the park was dead and grey with no green in sight. Now I see at least two possible explanations for this. 1. A Miracle Happened There could have been some miracle in the floral world...

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Peace In Our Lifetime

Peace In Our Lifetime

Something suddenly became crystal clear to me yesterday. What had been fuzzy and out-of-focus, in a flash became sharp and well defined. It wasn’t of Newtonian ‘apple-falling-from-tree-equals-gravity ‘ proportions – yet important for me nonetheless. Dreaming Of World Peace I’d just returned from an International NVC Mediation Conference and was chatting to a friend over a coffee, sharing our impressions of the Conference. I get quite animated when talking about my dream for the future of the world – the one I state as clearly as I can in the Welcome message over there on the right: “… a...

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Peaceful Competition

Peaceful Competition

The spirit of the universe is at once creative and destructive.. it creates while it destroys and destroys while it creates, and therefore it remains to us a riddle. And we must inevitably resign ourselves to this. Albert Schweitzer Competition is all around us. In our business world, our education systems, sport and many forms of entertainment. It’s impossible to escape the dominance of competitive thinking and practice. People who know me would probably describe me as an averagely competitive person. Getting me to ‘play’ might be a challenge, but when I do play, I like to win and...

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Do My Words Improve Silence

Do My Words Improve Silence

Silence is perfect, unformed nothingness and stillness. Only in silence is there complete tranquility and peace. Speaking both creates and destroys. I create new form out of my thoughts and in doing so I destroy the perfect silence. Every time I open my mouth to give voice to my words I disturb the quiet by creating a vibration, a ripple in the still pool of silence. I had better make sure I’m creating something of meaning! A man of few words I’m usually a man of few words which often triggers infuriation in others. Many times I’ve heard the...

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The Power Of Beliefs

The Power Of Beliefs

Often it happens I find myself getting attached to doing things a certain way. The U.S. standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is four feet, eight and a half inches. That’s an exceedingly odd number. We all have our own quirks Most of the time there’s no problem with that and I can happily keep my quirky habits without interfering with anyone else. I can organise the kitchen drawer a certain way, carry out my bathroom routine in a particular order, start with my least favourite food on the plate and leave the best until last, work while...

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Garbage Dump Wherever

Garbage Dump Wherever

Whenever I’m faced with the actions of others I don’t like, I always strive to understand what lies behind that behaviour. I don’t always find it easy and sometimes I struggle to touch that understanding. I had such a case this last weekend on a short trip to the mountains in a remote part of Romania. Before I go any further, I want to be clear I don’t consider this unique to Romania and I suspect there are many places in the world where I would be confronted with something similar. A river of trash I took this picture...

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What Makes Sense And What Does Not

What Makes Sense And What Does Not

Today I have a guest post from Sanja, a person dear to my heart, but who I see far too rarely. It was originally published in ‘The Budapest Times’ and we would both love this story to reach as many people as possible – so if you enjoy it, please pass it on, recommend it, Stumble it, Digg it or whatever’s your favourite poison. Over to you Sanja …… I told this story to my colleagues recently after many years, and it left quite an impression. I was advised to put it in writing and try to spread the...

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Entertained By Violence

Entertained By Violence

When I first started out on my quest for a nonviolent lifestyle, I remember one of my friends told me, “It’s never going to work. Life would be boring without violence.” Talk about a provocation! Of course, I disagreed. Violence isn’t entertaining, is it? Surely there must be other ways to keep entertained than violence? It’s easy to blame news reporters, film producers, computer game makers, arms industry, government. It’s common to argue that it’s in our nature – that we just need to look at our history. I’ve even heard someone argue that it was the fault of...

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