Filed under: disability, Gardening, Health, Justice, NLP, Parenting, personal development, Poetry, Politics, Religion, success, Writing | Tags: Hamlet, heroes, humanity, Shakespeare, superpowers, X Men
“What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form, in moving, how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals!” (Hamlet Act 2, scene 2)
Today I saw ‘X Men: Apocalypse’. It is one of many super hero films and television programs being released this year and as good a piece of entertainment as any. However I am aware that for many people I super heroes are not so much entertainment as an aspiration. There are actually people who want to be vampires, would you believe? Along the cosplayers whose pleasure is creativity there are those who really do want to be a Jedi or a super hero.
I am not going to condemn anyone who is not happy with who they are, I spent many, many years thinking I was on the wrong planet and very uncomfortable around humans. I do think it a little sad when people are unhappy with their humanity. I can appreciate the anguish of those who know they were born in the wrong body, but while they may need to change their gender they still want to be human. What I find sad is that people don’t relish being human and celebrate it. Sad that people reject the value of their own lives because of some distorted value placed upon celebrity, political power or wealth.
I suppose there is much that is done by some humans that sparks, rightly, horror and rejection in anyone with an ounce of compassion or sensitivity. However there is so much in humanity to be celebrated. Look at our arts and architecture, our literature, our music. For every serial killer, suicide bomber or Tory politician, there is someone risking their lives to save others, there is someone working to cure disease, to end poverty, end injustice. Yes there are evil and selfish people in the world. I believe it is because they are an aberration they impinge so much on our awareness. The majority of humans live our lives of quiet heroism carrying for their families, friends, and communities. And there are many who stand out as real heroes, men and women of courage who risk ridicule, rejection, even death to make the world a better place. People prepared to ask questions and challenge established ideas. People prepared to give of themselves, whatever the personal cost, for the good of us all.
You don’t need superpowers, fame or money to be a hero just the will to be the best you you can be. You don’t need political position or wealth to change the world, you don’t even need a God, you just need people, people who care about others.
Filed under: disability, Health, Justice, Parenting, Politics, Scotland, Yes Scotland | Tags: blacklist, Chilcot, democracy, Gary Glitter, Hillsborough, historic child abuse, Jimmy Saville, John Mann, Orgreave, Rolf Harris, Westminster
Even now with all the furore around historic child abuse and celebrity abusers most of the victims of Historical Child Abuse remain unknown and that is as it should be, bad enough what they’ve been through without reliving it in the glare of media scrutiny and prurient public curiosity. It may well be true that some victims have fared better than others and gone on to lead happy and successful lives, but others haven’t and regardless of outcome no child should ever be abused or exploited by any adult.
The less obvious victims of historic child abuse by celebrities were not on the receiving end of the actual abuse. Millions of people have had the foundations of their childhood illusions swept away by the revelations that the childhood heroes who defined their world were horribly flawed. I haven’t met anyone who was entirely surprised by Stewart Hall, but some were savagely upset by Gary Glitter. For me the most savage blow was Rolf Harris’s conviction, even now I find it hard to come to terms with. We’re he not such a lovely, considerate man and such a prodigious talent it might have been easier, but he had been a positive part of all our lives for as long as some of us could remember. There is not excuse for child abuse and it is no mitigation of the crimes of Rolf and others to point out that they were not as bad as Jimmy Saville which brings me on the the third group of unrecognised victims of historic child abuse.
We all suffer. When Saville was exposed we came to see that British society was itself corrupted and his exposure exposed the ‘establishment’ for the manipulative and exploitative entity it is.
The Saville case showed how willing the BBC and the Conservatives were to actively cover up the crimes of child abusers within their ranks. But it was not only the Tories, Cyril Smith and Greville Janner demonstrated that the perversion crossed party lines and polluted the whole Westminster establishment. A massive cover up and destruction of evidence coupled with virulent attacks by the right wing press against anyone who had the temerity to investigate the ‘great and the good’ seem to have ensured that the complicity of politicians, police and press in the abuse of vulnerable children will escape further exposure.
What the whole historic abuse stooshie has made clear is that the ordinary British people cannot trust the institutions whose role it is to shore up British society. In recent months we have finally been allowed to see the same mechanisms at play in the cover up of the police role in the Hillsborough disaster.
The disgusting behaviour of police and security service undercover agents has been exposed with no show of remorse by those services or the politicians who run them.
On top of allegations about the rigging of the postal vote by the Better Together campaign we have further evidence of the dishonesty of the electoral system with Channel Four’s exposure of deliberate electoral fraud by the Conservative Party. Sadly while the Labour party should be able to capitalise on this, a large section of the parliamentary party has been exposed as determined to ignore their own party’s democratic decisions and instead undermine their leader. So virulently opposed to democracy are they that John Mann set out to sabotage Labour’s electoral campaign this spring and he caused very real damage.
Of course the dishonesty of the Westminster establishment comes as no surprise here in Scotland where we have come to expect duplicity and broken vows from the English parliament. Now we wait for an investigation of police and political actions during the Miner’s Strike…historical political abuse like the refusal to act on the Blacklists. As for the long awaited Chilcot Enquiry report, no one up here anticipates it will be anything but another whitewash. If the peoples of these Isles had sense they’d not be paying for the restoration of the Houses of Parliament, they’d be tearing them down around the ears of the politicians still inside.
Filed under: disability, Health, Justice, Poetry, Politics, Scotland, Technology, Writing, Yes Scotland | Tags: Clyde, Glasgow, NaPoWriMo, shipbuilding, SNP
When I was young my politics was full of certainty, as I grow older I find certainties replaced by questions.
Land-damned the legless sailor sits
Watching set sail the sea bound ships
And the Cunarders on the slips
Swamp spectators up to their hips.
No one warned them of the great wave
That a slip launched ship always gave,
But no one could the shipyards save,
A decline severe became grave.
Grave-bound the legless sailor lies.
No more the Clydebuilt steamer plies
Its trade beneath the island skies.
From where to what will the Clyde rise?
Can we rise, a nation again,
Or must we a province remain?
Can the SNP break our chains
And wash from us the bitter stain
Of submitting to English might
When we should have stood up to fight?
May we not yet restore our right
So never more the worker sits
Because there’s neither steel nor ships?
Reopen the yards and the slips
Let’s build again our trains and ships.
Filed under: disability, Health, NLP, Parenting, personal development, Poetry, Writing | Tags: NaPoWriMo, NLP Conference
Now NLP Conference is ended,
But I hope that next year we will return.
Each year there are so many things to learn:
Insights and techniques to be appended
Or into existing knowledge blended.
Old, outmoded ideas to overturn,
Better methods and models to discern
In each seminar and talk attended.
A great range of subjects, but that’s not all;
There’s Shelle Rise Charvet and Michael Hall.
Melody Cheal, good. David Shephard, slick.
Art Giser as well as Frank Pucelik,
Jeremy Lazarus and many more…
So many, Conference does not bore.
Anglo-American’s reign had now ended
And their leadership must be commended.
To ANLP has now descended
The task of reaching new goals intended,
Beyond the heights already ascended.
Filed under: autism, disability, food, Health, Parenting, personal development, Poetry, Writing | Tags: NaPoWriMo, stimming
Sometimes I want just to relax
To shout and swear and twitch and flap,
Eat sweeties and unhealthy snacks,
And not worry that I’m talking crap.
Nobody wants to see me stim
So when I’m out I hold it in,
But when I’m in I let it out.
When I’m alone I twitch and shout.
At home I’m allowed to say
Whatever comes into my head
That said outside, during the day,
Would have my colleagues cut me dead.
But in my house I have my chance
To be weird as I want and dance.
When I’m alone I can be free
And you can’t stop me being me.