compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
was the general tenor of the peaceful demonstration being held in Hong Kong over this last weekend - as an integral part of the celebrations which were being held to mark the 10th anniversary of "the handover" - & what a week-end it turned out to be !
A baptism of fire for Gordon Brown the new Prime Minister & Jacqui Smith, his "fearless" new Home Secretary as - thankfully - two car bomb plots in central London failed to materialise & a third at Glasgow Airport resulted in NO loss of life - despite the fact that one of the perpetrators is critically ill in hospital from 90% burns sustained during the incident.
Apparently all of those, so far arrested, work for the NHS as Doctors or medical students - which would appear, at first hand, to present an entirely new dimension to the "problems". What price ID cards or indeed ANY form of appropriate action from an EU legal executive NOW ?
Torrential rain and flooding of a magnitude not recorded for more than 100 years and incident upon incident demonstrating examples of bravery, selfless caring, action & indeed humility - in the face of the worst of natural disasters.
The week-end was enhanced, however, by that 'spirit which is British' - manifested in the form of a joke from Prince Harry - as he and his brother William opened the Wembly Diana concert to celebrate their mother's 46th birthday.
A fitting tribute to "the people's princess" - the people of Hong Kong and -
the ever stalwart vigilence & fortitude of - the peoples of the British isles.
ALL of which must surely be in synchronicity with a superb article by Peter Miller - in the July edition of National Geographic Magazine - entitled Swarm Theory - Ants, Bees and Birds teach us how to cope with a complex world.
Deborah M. Gordon, a biologist at Stanford University says -
"Ants aren't smart - Ant colonies are"
As individuals, ants might be tiny dummies, but as colonies they respond quickly and effectively to their environment. They do it with something called swarm intelligence.
One key to an ant colony, for example, is that no one's in charge. No generals command ant warriors. No managers boss ant workers. The queen plays no role except to lay eggs. Even with half a million ants, a colony functions just fine with no management at all-at least none that we would recognize. It relies instead upon countless interactions between individual ants, each of which is following simple rules of thumb. Scientists describe such a system as self-organizing.
The collective abilities of such animals - none of which grasps the BIG PICTURE but each of which contributes to the group's success - can surely be analagous to the interconnections & the inter-reactions of interconnections of the crowds of peoples - in Hong Kong, Central London, Glasgow & Wembly over the course of the week-end - in no dissimilar way than swarming honey bees, which frequently differ about where to establish a new nest - invariably choose the best site - or "the birds" flocking through the trees of the forest in Psyop's superbly integral artistic animation for high definition MTV - perform with balletic co-ordination.
Was not the 'crowd behaviour' of those 'iPhone queueing' outside Apple's Fifth Avenue store in New York - in preparation for the next momentous stage of HOMO SAPIENS advanced capabilities of global interconnected communication - JUST one embroidered story of the ever evolving -
WEB of LIFE ?
"One of the most significant impediments to change is the entrenched power of the neoliberal economic and political paradigm. The prevailing economic dogma is that individual self-interest, expansive private property rights and globalized free trade can solve most social and environmental problems. Many challenge this view, of course, and continue to decry the dysfunctionalities of the market economy, the inadequacies of the welfare state and threats to the biosphere from climate change and resource depletion. But despite the important work of many heterodox schools of economic thought in addressing these issues, few political thinkers and players seem interested in or capable of developing a new political/economic philosophy based on practical alternatives. WE are stuck at an impasse."
As the celebrations of independence approach - and the words of the founding fathers ring loud in our ears - that ALL men are equal - let us pause for consideration of the fact that it has been estimated that the "global GDP" - better know as GWP - was $60 trillion in 2005.
That enormous production, divided between every living member of our species, comes to about $9,000 per head - imagine that as a NEW starting point and what the global collective could then DO to change the world for the mutual benefit of ALL.
“The population undergoing drastic change is a population
of misfits, and misfits live and breathe in an atmosphere of
passion and imbalance, explosive and hungry for action.”
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