Strange shifts in perspective are occurring whereby the paradigm I’m used to is changing. A broad church of ideas and acceptance of differences is sliding towards narrower viewpoints and decreasing tolerance of diversity. Is it a consequence of wider unsettled times where established norms are shaken and people retreat into something more atavistic, identifying with ingroups as a form of self preservation? It is seen with the rise of identity politics giving a voice to white extremists, pseudo legitimizing these groups which are in fact out and out racist collectives rebranding. This narrow-mindedness is observed on a smaller familial scale with ever decreasing circles of us against them, black and white attitudes where if you are not for the group you are against it. As an antithesis it is necessary to be mindful, cultivating compassion, equanimity and understanding, not retreating into narrow self-interested groups, recognising we are stronger together and remembering ‘that which unites us is greater than that which divides us’.
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Hello Kee and Mogs, how did the summer holidays go, did you do anything exciting? I remember how I used to take time off work to look after you and we used to go off for days and do different things, on the beach, walks, lakes, fishing, kite flying not usually too far but we enjoyed it anyhow. Then there was the start of the new school year and getting you sorted for that. New beginnings and so it is now as you both move on, I hope you enjoy your new ventures, my heart goes with you, x
Neither John Dalton nor Ernest Rutherford but Antonius van den Broek gave the answer:
1, 53 / 19,95,48 / 67, 74 / 53, 16 / 39, 8, 92 ? 71, 23 / 15, 95, 48 . 6 / 92 / 16, 8, 8, 7 ?
Another good article from the Parental Alienation Syndrome website:
I really liked this passage from Osho on compassion, especially the part about love. Love is unbound, unchained, unconditional given freely with no contract or expectation as a return, nothing to prop the ego, given even though nothing comes back and despite negativity. Only then is it love and not as Kant says ‘to use others as a means’.
To all my children, know that I love you.
I remember when the schools would break up and I’d collect you both from school, very excited to be facing those long six weeks away from school. We’d try to fit something in most days when I had leave from work, beach, fishing, kite flying, trips off etc. Then there were times when we went abroad trips in the camper and camping. Fun days so I expect you will be looking forward now to the break but perhaps not doing what we did then as you are so much older now. In any event I hope you enjoy whatever it is you have planned and come back refreshed for your new challenges having both left school now you’re 16 and 18. My thoughts will be with you as always, all my love, Dad.
Do you both remember when we used to go kite flying at Allonby? You had a yellow kite with a huge long tail Mogs, that you got the hang of and yours was a stunt kite Kee, that was a bit more difficult to handle and used to come crashing down. I would go back and forward between you both, getting them airborne again. Don’t know what happened to the yellow kite but I still have the stunt kite whenever you fancy flying it again. We would finish with an ice cream from Twentymens just to round things off on those hot and windy days. xx