23 November 2017

Avoiding Pretensions

Marketing is often exploitative.  It shapes expectations, takes the money and often leaves a feeling of disappointment.

I appreciate good service and quality products and I am willing to pay a fair price for them when I need them.  When I do not need them, I prefer to be left alone.

What I cannot bear at all is extravagance, especially extravagant claims, pretentiousness and the associated superficiality.  Quality is not extravagance when it is enjoyable to all the senses and is not wasteful, exploitative or unhealthy. 

Avoiding pretensions can sometimes be difficult when buying something to eat.  Anything sounding contrived is probably not as good as claimed.  But pretension sells and I am not buying.   All pretension is mediocrity.

22 November 2017

Peaceful Resilience

In a world of considerable corruption, bullying, exploitation and other abuses, it can sometimes seem impossible to maintain peaceful resilience without appearing cowardly.  Effectively confronting narcissism can seem overwhelming.  Narcissism is prevalent and possibly ubiquitous, as is manipulative charisma. 

So many people are vulnerable to abuse when attempting to make their dreams a reality, whether in Australia or elsewhere.  Self-serving politicians deny responsibility for exploitative practices yet governments have the ability to set societal priorities, and acceptable standards of conduct.

When governments fail, it is up to peaceful citizens to show resilience in the face of difficult dilemmas.  For everyone to do their best, and be their best, near enough is not good enough, but expecting the impossible is abusive in itself, even in New Zealand.

When the people defending the public against bullies are punished by the state, whether in China or elsewhere, peaceful resilience becomes the only viable option.  That resilience is the only barrier against despair for people seeking justice.

Peaceful resilience is often necessary purely for mental health reasons.  Resilience can sometimes be the only resistance against poor health, especially for people in poverty or other dangerous circumstances.

Inadequate or excessively expensive products and services, particularly products and services associated with health care, are usually signs of greed replacing need.  Narcissists run companies, hospitals and governments for their own purposes.  Peaceful people run companies, hospitals and governments to make the world a better place.

Whether overcharging for medicines in Britain or overcharging for hospitalisation in India, or providing inadequate support for distressed or bereaved family members, anywhere in the world, the public deserves better.  The narcissists must pay for their own greed and insensitivity.  But what is fair?

There have been many narcissists in politics, from Australia to Zimbabwe to all sorts of other places.  But how can peaceful resilience change that?

How do you express and maintain your own peaceful resilience when confronting abusiveness and other challenges?

14 August 2017

Peaceful Friendships

There are several important questions to be answered today, or tomorrow, or whenever you have the time to reflect upon important questions:

1. Do you believe a good friendship is like a peace of chocolate?

2. Do you believe the search for a good friendship is like going in search of a quiet garden?

3. Have you experienced a peaceful friendship during a comfortable search for peace?

4. Are peaceful friendships about returning to reflections?

5. What are the qualities of the peaceful friendships you have experienced?

6/ Do all good friendships provide peace and security?

7. Do your renewed friendships include reflections on restorations?

8. Are your peaceful friendships shaped by science and knowledge?

9. Is a peaceful friend usually a dear visitor?

10. Is a peaceful friend usually a human or can another species be a peaceful friend?

11. Is a work of art or literature or music a peaceful friend to you?

12. Can peaceful friendships take place mainly through the Internet, perhaps even in Virtual Via Nation?

13. Do peaceful friendships really only exist in the real world?

14. Do peaceful friendships provide a healthy balance to happy and normal seclusion?

15. Are peaceful friendships mainly experienced in the name of comfort?

16. Are peaceful friendships continual journeys?

17. Have you ever found peaceful friendships during a genealogical look around?

18. Have you ever found peaceful friendships through peaceful enterprises and lovely surprises?

Once you have answered the questions, can you prove you are a peaceful friend?

10 July 2017

Escaping from Distractions

Success is often about escaping from distractions.
What is a successful life?  How is it compared and measured?

What is a distraction?  How does it differ from a worthwhile diversion?

If we are successful in life, we somehow manage to meet our basic needs along the way. 

What has been distracting you from meeting your basic needs?

26 June 2017

Freedom and Community

In relation to society, how much do you believe self-expression and a fair democracy to be the basis of freedom?

In relation to self-expression and a fair democracy, how much do you believe privacy to be the basis of freedom?

How do you prefer to express yourself?

How would you prefer to express yourself through democracy if given a fair chance to do so?

How often have you heard a chainsaw at one in the morning?

How often have you experienced a silent night in suburbia?

How often have you heard anyone vacuuming the roof?

How often do you experience a medley of reflections?

02 March 2017

The Importance of Quietness

When I began this blog in January 2009, my introductory subject was freedom from noise.

If quietness is important to you, why is that?

Is quietness a form of freedom to you?

I write from the town of Dorothea.  Sometimes, Dorothea can be very noisy and sometimes very quiet.  I prefer quietness.

Like Via, the name I have chosen for myself as a blogger, Dorothea is the name I have chosen for my blogging location.  I like privacy.

In the same month in which I began blogging, I wrote on being quietly successful.  I like being successfully happy.

The importance and appreciation different people give to quietness relates to their cultural awareness of sound.  I prefer relatively quiet cultures but obviously not those I find boring.

I do not read music.  I do not perform music for anyone.  I enjoy singing privately.

I listen to nature and I at least try to listen to people if they are willing to listen to me.  I listen to music and I listen to silence. 

When I hear noises I try not to listen to them.  I always prefer to be in a noise-free environment.

I write about sounds and thoughts and feelings and knowledge.  I need quietness to write.

04 December 2016

Interrelationships and Open Minds

Problems can only be solved when interconnections and interrelationships are identified and acknowledged.  This requires open minds. How open is yours?

If you believe leading quietly involves enlivening minds, why is that?

Do you think leadership is mainly about interrelationships and open minds?

26 September 2016

In Search of a Peaceful Garden

If your enjoyment of a garden, and of gardening, is often disturbed by noise in the surrounding neighbourhood, and perhaps in the sky above it, can anything be done to ensure you can experience a more peaceful garden?

There is often a conflict between people who seek peace and people who are insensitive to noise and dismissive of its detrimental effects.  What can be done about that?

What are the features of a peaceful garden and how should that peace be protected, and why?

What has been most important to you via gardening?