compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
To celebrate the fact that zaadz now has more than 20,000 members*** I would pose the question -
for it is ONLY this group of zaadsters who can truly change the world !
- With our thoughts, we make our world."
According to the latest edition of The Good Schools Guide, some 98 schools currently
run their own farm – up from 60 in 2006. A further 109 schools are seeking help to
follow suit. Janette Wallis, the guide’s senior editor, said -
“We’re focusing more on school farms because we see the benefits to pupils of working
with animals and the outdoors, especially kids who may struggle with mainstream
academic approaches. Schools with farms are increasingly interweaving them into the
curriculum, using them to teach almost every subject, from history to maths.”
Alastair Thomas, the head of The Elms School in Colwall, Worcester, said -
“It is about every child developing a sense of responsibility by having an opportunity to look after something other than themselves.”
Whitewave has said elsewhere -
" I just got back from an expedition in which I practiced what I'm preaching here to the best of my ability. Last week I gotinto an altercation with a local used clothing store about their return policy and other things. The store owner/manager was literally being shit on because customers would come into the dressing rooms and take a dump. Another customer complained to the local authorities and they
had him shut down the dressing rooms because they were now a health hazard. Instead of coming up with a solution to this problem within the company, they simply closed the dressing rooms permanently.
Asan honest customer, that puts me in quite a bind. If I only have enough money to buy one pair of pants that I needed, I can't shop there because if I buy the pants that are supposedly my size, and take them home to try on and they don't fit, so I then come back to return them, I can't get a refund. I can only exchange. But since they don't have the pants I need, I can't buy anything else, because I need the pants - but now I don't have enough money to buy the pants.
It gotpretty ugly. I went all the way to the top Chief Executive Officer of the company in order to get my freakin' money back.
So when Iactually got to the store to return and collect from the manager, he went through his usual posturing, attack and defend thing, just to punish me further for going over his head. But instead of returning in kind, I did just enough deflecting to flick his stupid cooties off me and then I proposed a third alternative to either of us winning or losing. How about if we both put our heads together to come up with a better solution since making me pay for the shit as well as the expensive cleaning up after and complaining about the shit is unreasonable!
We had our little talk about that and ended upshaking hands. Now I'm going to write a letter to the company 'splaining my dilemma and outlining my proposed solution. Pretty
He said that was a good suggestion and he would bring it up at the next meeting. In order to bring a solution, someone had to step over the line of contention and embrace the cause of the opposition. Since, to me much has been given, much will be required. It was up to me. When conflict is raging, that which is righteous about the opponents cause will be obscured to us and we will have a harder time integrating. I did what it took to identify what was good and true and beautiful about my opponent's cause, and proposed a solution for them that would work better for both of us.
This is a rudimentary example of what has to be done now on a much more cosmic scale.
That which is darknened and contracted will always be in our face. The more we ascend, the more levels will be unworkable to us and will be added to that which is darkened and contracted.
The advantage seems heavily weighted on the side of darkness. Unless we are diligent about our "practice" and learn to move within the darkness without fear. "
Whitewave's very ACTION - speaks volumes in regard to Vimala Thakar's -
particularly in the context of -those who can ... DO - those who can't ... TEACH -
those who can't teach ... TEACH TEACHERS - and those that can't do any of
the above ... usually become POLITICIANS
If you have just watched Ken Wiber on Integral Politics - you will have heard that his references to the levels of the spiral throughout culminate in his statement that - one thing we have to take from the conservatives, which we don't have enough of, is a little bit more responsibility - for our actions.
The spirals of development which happen as a result of the growing process - of much of what we see in nature - pineapple, SUNFLOWER, cauliflower, nautilas, tornado, maelstrom, milky way et al - manifest themselves in accordance with the rules of the " Golden Angle " & the Fibonacci sequence - as just two of all the rules of nature.
NONE of these manifestations of nature possess FREE WILL - and as a result follow only the innate responsibility of participative action in accordance with the purpose of nature - and there is ABSOLUTELY no concept of RIGHTS involved in this process.
HOMO SAPIENS, however, IS ...
no different to ALL these other manifestations of nature - other than the fact that this kind, this species has been endowed with FREE WILL.
At this time of crisis - in Vimala Thakar's and many others' words - THE switch - from negative to positive, rights to responsibilities, indiscipline to discipline - has to take place and be so eloquently actioned as Whitewave has described above.
How many others can tell me their own story of -
their FREE WILL switch ?
ACTION of assuming RESPONSIBILITY
" Human rights and the principles of humanity – those values we share across faiths and cultures – together represent the highest common vision of humanity. They form a global ethic, already agreed by all states and their peoples throughout the world. Such a global ethic provides a common framework to inspire and shape concerted action."
Julia Häusermann M.B.E.
of becoming THE ONE and ONLY MIND-MELD
just spare a thought for the pleas of Ralph Steadman
*** First published by Michael Grove@zaadz.com October 6th 2006
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