Happy birthday little bro

Posted in love on August 20th, 2022 by gaiaswisdom — Be the first to comment!

Today is my birthday.

It’s also my little brother’s birthday. Yes, we were born on the same day – the exact same time in fact – though we aren’t twins. We used to joke that we were. And to be honest I’m not sure that the ‘fate’ of our identical birth dates/times wasn’t actually spiritual intention. He wasn’t just my little brother. We had a connection that went beyond siblings. We looked out for each other. He was like a part of me come home. Like a part of spirit that missed the first incarnation and so had to come along later! He annoyed me as little brothers do, when we were kids, but as we grew that bond grew and he was always there for me – always.

As kids we hated sharing a birthday cake. One cake, neatly iced down the middle with different colours on each side; my name on one side, his on the other. He’d always try and beat me to blowing out all the candles so mum would have to relight them. We’d often complain: why can’t we have our ‘own’ special day?

As we got older we began to realise how special it truly was and when he was posted overseas, for the first time we had a birthday in different time zones and on different days … and we didn’t like it!

But today is different. Today I won’t get his call or hear him say “Your birthday is the perfect opportunity for me to remind you that it’s MY birthday too!” My birthday will forever remind me that he’s no longer here to share ‘our’ special day.

Because last October 27th, at just 53, he died suddenly and without warning of a heart attack.

I was there for his first day on this planet but unfortunately couldn’t be there to say goodbye to him on his last. He was quite literally my 2nd birthday present!

I started out as his protector, looking after him when he was scared and alone during his first few days at kindy, and later he became mine – driving the 2-hour round trip to pick me up when I left an abusive partner in my early 20s, and later, helping me last minute to fund a trip to visit him in the UK when I needed space to regroup and get my head together.

Whenever I asked, he was there, no questions. He just did it.

He was like that for a lot of people – always there with an ear, a shoulder, advice. Whatever you needed. A place to vent, to problem solve. He was the better part of me.

He was “SLOTH!” – something he’d shout and wrap himself around me so I’d have to drag him along attached like a limpet to my leg. When he later attempted this as a man he’d nearly crush me!

He lived his life with compassion, honour and integrity – together these made him the perfect godfather to our daughter – a role he embraced wholeheartedly and he treated her as if she were his own.

If I have learned one thing from the absolutely senseless loss of an amazing human being it’s this. In the end, we are not our jobs, our hobbies, the level of our income, our possessions. We are how we made others feel, the impact we had on them, the effect we had on the course of THEIR trajectory, and the imprint we leave. I miss how he made people feel – the effect of his humour, compassion, friendship and love. I try to live his example.

Rod loved his friends. He fiercely loved and was devoted to his family. He rarely spoke ill of anyone. I can’t remember ever seeing him truly angry. When he disagreed, he did so respectfully. You never came away from a conversation with him feeling small, stupid or insignificant. His silences spoke volumes.

“Please don’t worry so much. Because in the end none of us have very long on this earth. Life is fleeting. And if you’re ever distressed, cast your eyes to the summer sky, when the stars are strung across the velvety night, and when a shooting star streaks through the blackness turning night into day, make a wish, think of me. And make your life spectacular. I know I did.”

– Robin Williams, from the 1996 movie “Jack”

This quote makes me think of Rod. He crammed so much into his relatively short life. And his energy is still around. I take comfort from knowing that since we are energy, the law of the conservation of energy tells us not one bit of him is gone. He’s just less orderly. He is a part of every life he touched. He is a part of everything around us. We can breathe him back into existence just for a moment or two by being all those things he was, and allowing his best traits to filter through us shaping our words, thoughts and actions. We can keep a part of him alive by giving the love we had for him a place in our heart and when called on, giving that away to those who need it.

My spiritual beliefs help me to remember that death is not the end but the start of a new journey. Clearly he had finished what was needed in this life and he was required to do great things in his next. That doesn’t make our pain or loss any less … we should all have had at least another 30 years with him – but it helps me to know that he’s still there, somewhere, bringing joy and love and laughter to more people.

Rod – little brother – ‘Frog’: you were the best of us, taken far too soon. I love you more than words can say. I’ll miss our calls, your spine re-aligning hugs, your notorious Jib Jabs, the painstakingly selected and relevant birthday cards, your larrikinism, cheeky monkey humour, your giggles, the “in YOUR face!”, your call ending “love you lots sis”, and our GIF-filled messages, your beautiful soul, your support and wisdom.

Broder vyghan. Mab, gour, ewnter, souder, koweth.

My a’th kar. My a borth kov.

Little brother. Son, husband, uncle, soldier, mate.

I love you. I remember.

You’ll be with me forever.

This Pivotal Moment

Posted in responsibility on November 17th, 2021 by gaiaswisdom — Be the first to comment!

Remembering that you chose to be born in this time, will you answer the call?

© Earth Goddess Wisdom

When will it end?

Posted in health on July 20th, 2021 by gaiaswisdom — Be the first to comment!

It likely already has ….

Here are the medical definitions for Epidemic, Pandemic and when an epidemic is declared over:

Epidemic: affects more than the expected number of cases of disease occurring in a community or region during a given period of time.

Pandemic: An epidemic that becomes very widespread and affects a whole region, a continent, or the world due to a susceptible population. By definition, a true pandemic causes a high degree of mortality (death).

The end of an epidemic is declared when there are between 150 and 200 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. (Source: United Health Professionals)

According to COVID Live, Australia currently has 1,357 active cases. Of those, 128 are hospitalised and 26 of those are in ICU. As at 30 December 2020 Australia’s population was 25,694,393. According to the above measures, the pandemic is well and truly over in Australia – we have 1,357 cases in a population of over 25 million and would need more like 52,000 for this ‘crisis’ to be deemed even an epidemic.

According to the John Hopkins University data and our own government data – Australia has had 4 deaths per 100,000 people; and 126 cases per 100,000 people (working of our 32,017 total cases). We haven’t even reached the bottom threshold for an epidemic.

Current hospitalised COVID cases in Australia and by State/Territory

According to the John Hopkins University CSSE COVID dashboard, globally the number of cases (I’m not sure if this is active cases) is 190,781,839 with total deaths 4,093,331. The global population is about 7.9 billion.

The declaration of the pandemic gave governments certain emergency powers – in Queensland those were meant to end on 30 June 2021 but predictably “more cases” were “uncovered” just in time, which allowed the government to extend those emergency powers. We never see those cases …. they are just declared by the Chief Medical Officers as ‘existing’… somewhere in the State. I saw an interview with one such case in Sydney via Skype – She talked of how all she had left was “this nagging cough”. In the 10 minute interview she didn’t even cough once … even the reporter said “Well you seem surprisingly well.”

I do not deny for one minute that other parts of the world are continuing to suffer, but here in Australia according to every medical measure, it is over. More people are dying daily from heart disease and cancer than they are from this virus.

According to historians, pandemics end medically (when incidence and death rates plummet) and socially (when the fear around the disease wanes).

Given the low rates of incidence and even lower rates of death in Australia, why are people still so afraid? One main reason: government- and media-driven hysteria.

But why?

As I said earlier, the pandemic gave governments across the states and federally certain emergency powers. In Queensland, on 29 January 2020, the Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services made an order declaring a Public Health Emergency due to COVID-19 under the Public Health Act 2005 (QLD) – A Public Health Emergency declaration gives the Queensland Chief Medical Officer broad powers including:

  • restricting people’s movement;
  • preventing people from entering certain premises;
  • requiring people to stay at certain premises;
  • requiring certain premises to open, close or limit access;
  • restricting contact between people; and
  • providing any other directions the Queensland Chief Health Officer thinks are necessary to protect public health.

Remember this is a person you have not elected.

In Queensland, emergency powers were meant to end on 30 June 2021 – when miraculously more cases were discovered enabling them to extend the emergency powers to (as at the date of writing) 27 September 2021. This gives power – not to the Prime Minister or your elected representatives, but to the Chief Medical Officer (who you didn’t elect), to make decisions about how you live your life, they advise the government on lockdown, restrictions, movement, and vaccination (as above). Based on this advice the government then makes decisions curtailing freedoms and introducing “emergency legislation” up to and including using the military to vaccinate the population – a population who may be unwilling, and in direct contravention of entrenched human and legal rights. Incentivising people to get vaccinated with free beer, free flights, lotto tickets or loss of employment is unethical and a form of coercion – also illegal.

September is interesting – all around the world deadlines of September are being pushed to have certain sectors of the community vaccinated or to have targets meet. I can’t find anywhere why September is the target date other than World Patient Safety Day – a World Health Organisation global health day which falls on 17 September.

But slowly people are awakening and shaking off their media-driven fear of a virus that will become one, like so many others, we just have to live with. The Washington Examiner noted:

“No matter how good things get, the CDC won’t admit anything is safe as long as the politics dictate it declare everything dangerous.”

Timothy P Carney, Senior Columnist – 13 May 2021

The same could be said for our Chief Medical Officers. Premiers want to be seen to be saviours – how often do we hear from our own “I will not re-open Queensland until I can keep every Queenslander safe”. “This is about keeping Queenslanders safe”. Our PM: “This is about keeping Australians safe.”

Well if they’re saying it we MUST be at some risk – right?

Not according to the above figures.

Putting a senior military person (Lt Gen John Frewen) in charge of the vaccination roll out amplifies the fear and makes average Joe think “Wow it MUST still be so dangerous if the army has to help out!! We must still be at huge risk!”

I think the wrong question is being asked. Why do we need a senior military man to push out a program that should rightly fall within the purview of public servants? Seems a bit ‘strong arm’ doesn’t it?

But… Globally people are waking up. Freedom rallies have taken place across the globe as the world’s citizens rise up to voice their displeasure at governments intent on keeping them in a strangle hold.

What once was fear in the eyes of every citizen has become fear in the eyes of Chief Medical Officers, State Premiers and other politicians who can see an end to this, and thus to their over reaching. Their power is waning. It’s as simple as that.

When will it end? According to medical definitions and the numbers, it has – at least in Australia. The fight against tyranny, however, seems to have just begun…

A final note on the “vaccines”

Dr Peter McCullough chats with Denby Sheather

Resources:

https://joinunitedhealthpr.wixsite.com/professionals

https://covidlive.com.au/report/active-cases

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/current-covid-19-cases-in-hospitals-and-intensive-care-units-icus

https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/dashboards/85320e2ea5424dfaaa75ae62e5c06e61

https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-case-numbers-and-statistics

https://edition.cnn.com/interactive/2020/health/coronavirus-maps-and-cases/

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/10/health/coronavirus-plague-pandemic-history.html

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/the-pandemic-is-over

https://justiceconnect.org.au/resources/how-the-queensland-governments-emergency-restrictions-on-covid-19-work/

https://www.health.qld.gov.au/system-governance/legislation/cho-public-health-directions-under-expanded-public-health-act-powers

https://humanrights.gov.au/our-work/rights-and-freedoms/covid-19-vaccinations-and-federal-discrimination-law

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jul/11/general-confusion-who-is-john-frewen-and-what-is-his-role-in-australias-vaccine-rollout

Are our socialist kids our fault?

Posted in opinion on March 8th, 2021 by gaiaswisdom — Be the first to comment!

I see the rise of the infatuation with socialist, Marxist and communist ideologies in our young and realise it IS our fault.

Decades of economic growth and prosperity in the west has led to complacency and an amnesia that this prosperity actually resulted from hard work.

Enter the kids, who grew up in a time where they were told they could be and do anything, obstacles to their success were mown down by lawnmower parents intent to ensure their paths to success were easier than their own and with the least chance of triggering anxiety, they were rewarded for simply turning up, everyone got a ribbon, and the lesson learned and ingrained was you don’t have to try to succeed because everyone’s a winner so no one’s psyche is hurt. 

At the same time there were – as there always are – economic ups and downs – but because of the prosperity of the previous decades, the global financial crisis enabled governments to empty treasuries and toss around welfare even to those who had never previously received it, in an attempt to “stimulate the economy” – the lesson being when times get tough, spend, not tighten belts and (gasp) go without – and then later as we saw in the COVID-19 pandemic, governments paying people to sit at home and play Xbox and watch Netflix.

Is it no wonder that these kids have the view that hard work is unnecessary and the government should look after them – because frankly many of them have never actually seen hard work in action.

Image: https://www.redspark.nu

We express surprise when our kids espouse socialist ideals yet we have taught them through sport, for example, that even the kid who comes last gets a prize (therefore trying hard isn’t worth it) and you raise yourself up by pulling others down (online bullying) – two very socialist ideas.

Ideologically and theoretically socialism, communism, Marxism all have similarities –  and in Marxist theory socialism is a precursor to communism. What is attractive to the young is the idea of wealth being shared and ownership of resources by the people. And it does sound great … in theory – it has never worked in practice – no not even in Venezuela (where a recent survey showed 96% live below the poverty line and reports are that they are ‘quietly quitting socialism‘) or Nordic countries (the latter who are not strictly socialist states, but who regulate capitalism and as in the case of Sweden businesses can still be privately owned, entrepreneurism is still allowed, and they have the third highest income tax rate in the world – at 57%).

According to Kristian Niemietz, author of ‘Socialism. The Failed Idea that Never Dies‘ and head of political economy at the Institute for Economic Affairs, London:

“Over the past hundred years, there have been more than two dozen attempts to build a socialist society. It has been tried in the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, Albania, Poland, Vietnam, Bulgaria, Romania, Czechoslovakia, North Korea, Hungary, China, East Germany, Cuba, Tanzania, Laos, South Yemen, Somalia, the Congo, Ethiopia, Cambodia, Mozambique, Angola, Nicaragua and Venezuela, among others—not counting the very short-lived ones. All of these attempts have ended in varying degrees of failure.”

Forbes – https://www.forbes.com/sites/rainerzitelmann/2020/03/16/socialism-the-failed-idea-that-never-dies/?sh=6059c8f423cc

You can only tax a profit and tax is one way governments pay for things like welfare, education, infrastructure, health. It may leave a bad taste in your mouth that the wealth lies in the hands of a few, but the fact is profits generate tax.

Whilst America is vilified as the fat cat capitalist with a tiny portion of the population controlling the majority of the wealth, interestingly they actually have a mix of capitalist and socialist ideals running side by side. Capitalism drives the economy yet the government is responsible for the welfare of the people through defence, transport, infrastructure, education, fire and police, Medicare… sounds just like Australia…. This is why we see some things controlled by the public sector and some by the private sector.

In truly socialist or communist countries there is no free market economy. Entrepreneurship is non-existent, the state controls everything and distributes everything according to what they deem appropriate – in many cases keeping the majority of it for themselves (“absolute power corrupts absolutely” – George Orwell, 1984) and not raising people up, but bringing all of them down to the lowest common denominator.  We have seen situations in China where the state believed it was better that an estimated 15 to 55 million people died as a result of starvation and malnutrition in The Great Chinese Famine (considered to be the result of a combination of radical agricultural policies, social pressure, economic mismanagement, and natural disasters such as droughts and floods in farming regions) than that the people be looked after.

More recently, the Tiananmen Square student-led protests which started in April 1989 and called for greater accountability, constitutional due process, democracy, freedom of the press, and freedom of speech – were forcibly suppressed on 4 June by an estimated 300,000 troops with machine guns and assault rifles and backed up by tanks (killing protestors and bystanders alike). Reaction to the protests set limits on political expression in China, limits that have lasted up to the present day.

Image: ‘Tank Man’ – Tiananmen Square – Pinterest

Many of the kids espousing the virtues of socialism or communism have spent the last four years sitting on a university campus, living off Youth Allowance or other government-funded assistance schemes and have yet to go out and work full-time for reward. It’s probably no wonder that having grown up with no motivation, and reward for no effort, having experienced government support, they are loathe to give that up.  Many have finished degrees and so now are faced with not only the loss of government support but the requirement to pay back HECS debts. They may be jealous of the wealthy but lack the motivation to go out and BECOME wealthy. They see the wealthy as sponges living off the backs of the workers – though haven’t witnessed the work that went into building those empires and that success – and ignore the fact that Australia for example has had an industrial relations system protecting the rights of workers since 1904! They see money and the success of the wealthy as dirty or immoral – not as a motivator to go out and get it themselves.

Yet no socialist country has eliminated poverty and raised up every citizen to even middle class status. The point our youth also miss is one of the first things to go in a socialist/communist state is free speech … something they dearly love and use whenever the opportunity affords. This alone should be enough to be cause for pause before the banner waving begins.

What our kids are probably more leaning towards is Social Capitalism – not true socialism, and definitely not communism – that ‘blends the free market sensibility of capitalism with the welfare outreach of socialism‘. They are worried about the inequality of wealth but benefit from taxes paid to the government; they want universal healthcare; and to benefit from a free market economy – but it makes them uncomfortable to say they actually support capitalism and therefore think the only other option is socialism – or communism. We have compounded this by giving them a false notion that effort doesn’t matter and that everyone gets a prize. As Buddy says in The Incredibles:

“When everyone’s super, no one will be.”

Buddy, ‘The Incredibles’

What they fail to see – since they have never had to experience it – is that governments who become too powerful can also become oppressive – they move away from socialism to totalitarianism.

Reform is good (though not for reform’s sake). Let’s hope since our kids are our future they don’t take us down that path.

© Earth Goddess Wisdom

Our Tiny Home

Posted in environment on May 12th, 2020 by gaiaswisdom — Be the first to comment!