As we eat perhaps even more chocolate than usual on a day for the Christians among us, the masses go round stuffing their faces unaware or uncaring at the level of our corporate exploitation of black workers. Slavery never went away, it just got buried by those in the marketing and advertising professions whose evil daily work covers up their corporate masters greed and profiteering at any cost. Economic slaves taste chocolate for the first time
So there’s this guy who’s in charge of of one of the big banking organisations writing about morality and money while all the while doing dodgy deals to give more money to the 1% and helping the flow of cash from illegal activities. I’m sure if he was one of us 99% he would be heading for prison but he’s a friend of the 1% so that’s never going to happen. Of course he could say that he didn’t know but let me ask you this, if you were in charge and were paid a huge amount of money to be in charge then surely if you screwed up you would be fired. But only if you were one of us 99%. I don’t remember much about my religious education but what would old JC have thought about all this? I seem to recall that he kicked the money lenders out of the temple.
So here we are gearing up for another Christmas Eve. So let’s spare a thought for all those humans who will still sleep rough tonight and all those caught up in wars and being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Let’s not forget about all those who don’t have access to clean water or to proper toilets and sewage systems. The many that lack adequate housing, heating, lighting, education and medical services. And those that don’t have enough or proper food to eat. If you read blogs you are unlikely to be one of them, if you have bought presents made in a number of countries you have probably bought something made by one of them. So think long and hard about the 25th of December, even if you aren’t a Christian, it is still a religious day not a day of capitalism. We must demand fair wages for those who make our goods. GLOBAL MINIMUM WAGE and GLOBAL SAFE WORKING PRACTICES NOW.
There is nothing the Swiss in Lausanne like better to do on New Year’s eve then to pretend to burn down their cathedral, a beautiful structure dating back to the 12th century. I’m not sure why they do this but it appears that it has something to do with the fact that they still have a night watchman keeping an eye open for any fires that start in the city. This was a common problem when the city used to be constructed in wood rather than stone. Copyright Junagarh Media, http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk .
I like to try and keep an open mind and therefore for me I try to ask Why, How, Where, When, What and Who to any bit of information that I receive. I think, and that is a dangerous concept in some circumstances, that we don’t teach children these fundamental questions. Our global education systems or alternative dogmas teach us at an early age to accept what we are told and fill us fall of facts that suit that nation or part of the world. We will only be free as individuals, and there are many who don’t want us to be, when every child can grow up and make a critical analysis of the information being presented to them. So for all you adults that read blogs here is a photo and a question to stir your grey cells. I took this photo on a sunny Saturday morning in October 2013 in Switzerland with autumn on its way and winter already pushing the temperature down. On a bush that had long since flowered there were many Red Admiral butterflies. On the Friday night it had rained and on the Saturday morning the sun came out and all the butterflies arrived to presumably feed and create 2014’s generation. So the question is “What” became of the butterflies and all those carbon, nitrogen and oxygen atoms and the water molecules amongst the other elements that make up these delicate but complex and beautiful creatures? What happens to the electrical energy that drives their tiny movements? Perhaps your explanation or belief is one of science or a more simplistic religious one in that God just puts the butterflies away for winter. For me the components of the butterflies were recycled and are now something else. They were something else before and will be something else again as we are ourselves will be. Some philosophical questions, some food for your thoughts. Copyright Paul Andrews and Caroline Schmutz, Junagarh Media, http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk .
On our big trip round South America a few years ago we did this fairly crazy stop over in Brasilia. We arrived on an overnight bus in the morning and we left on an overnight bus in the evening. It is one of those modern concept cities where everyone has a metal box with four wheels and no legs. Not our sort of thing at all as we tried to walk to all of its sites. One place we did come across was the different and beautiful Dom Bosco church. It is a non conventional but still beautiful church, a cube of concrete and stained glass windows but luckily more of the latter. The four sides are occupied by tall long stained glass window. Nearly all of them are blue with white bits meant to represent the stars in the night sky. In each corner however there is a glass panel where the blue is replaced by the shades of pink/mauve and these represent the early morning. In the day you can admire these glass windows from inside the church but in the evening if there is a service you can enjoy it from outside as the enormous “lamp” provides enough light. You can buy this image from our website http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk.