Category Archives: Thought Pieces

Returning our World back to the Grace that is The Golden Rule


Aldous Huxley’s Perennial Philosophy emphasises the point that the Golden Rule transcends cultures.  This is deep wisdom.  Do unto others.  The thinkers of the Ages have come to the same conclusions.  Living with hubris and selfish ego has no future. … Continue reading

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Watch cricket, and save the world


Reading Thich Nhat Hanh and watching the test cricket. It’s a Zen thing. Have always loved the beauty, the quiet and changing pace of cricket. You can listen to the birds, marvel at the grace, determination or skill of a … Continue reading

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Fed Farmers Need to Flush in some new Thinking


If the speech summary of Federated Farmers President Katie Milne is anything to go by, the farming lobby group needs a bit of radical thinking. Ms Milne effectively laid down a challenge to the government to allow land use to … Continue reading

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Shifting to the Enlightened Age


I’m trying to be zen about yet more reveals of what is a deeply corrupt world dominated by large corporates.  Those who can pay to place their lackeys into political power, all the better to erode our democracy.  All the … Continue reading

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The Art of Flying ….. and Life


I am a sucker for murmurations, that greatest and most beautiful metaphor on life. They are so representative of the new (and old) way of seeing the world, of the fundamental metaphysics underlying life. Watch this amazing two minute excerpt … Continue reading

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The Economics of Poverty, and the Poverty of Economics


A few years ago, a couple of local politicians made an extraordinary offer.  Come to Hawke’s Bay and invest, they said, for we have low wages and conditions. This thinking imagines that economic success comes, not from the creative dynamism … Continue reading

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Leibniz, a Library, and Neoliberalism


Random thoughts you need to write down.  A discussion on three things.  First, Leibniz’s concept of Monads – a single view of a complex whole, say London looking West from the Tower of London. Leibniz’s Monad concept is about seeing … Continue reading

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Are Lower Wages Better for Business? Will they Shift us to a Creative Society?


Morning rant after listening to Steven Joyce et al. on Morning Report (25th October 2017) claim to be the friend of business.  Tosh.  Increasing wages are linked to building economies through building *both* social capital and demand.  Yet we’re already … Continue reading

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Jacinda, can we please have the Goodnight Kiwi back!


Jacinda, can we please have the Goodnight Kiwi back. And while you’re at it, can we have our once superb, public service, independent questioning broadcaster back. Load it again with bags of satire and documentaries where the face of the … Continue reading

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Instead of Dam Thinking from the 50s, Look to the Landscape


Reblogging with edits away from the previous focus on just the Ruataniwha Dam. ———— Rethinking, reimagining land, community & economy. Unless we fundamentally change away from the dominant ideas expressed by Treasury, the current public service model, the right wing … Continue reading

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