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3 minutes of worldpeace

Thursday 28 AUGUST, 22:15 Brussels timezone

"Share this event around the world! On Thursday 28 august at 22:15 UTC+02 ( that's 22:15h Brussels time zone ) we go outside and play/sing/ perform 'IMAGINE' from John Lennon! Every radiostation, TV station, and human on this earth together so the weapons will be quit for at least 3 minutes and so every human on this earth can think about what he's doing by killing other humans. Please share and invite!!! NO donations or benefits, just go outside and hear the world as one!"

This message comes from Chris Vertryen from Zandhoven, Belgium, who launched this idea via Facebook, for the first time on 29th july. In the video below you can see a group of people singing "Imagine" in the Central train station of Antwerp on that day. The following days there were comments, pictures and videos posted from many different countries of people that had joined in. It was really great to see. 

So, now, one month later, there is a repetition of this event. You can join in in a million ways. Organise public groups, or small groups with friends, family, colleagues, or just on your own. You can sing and perform the song yourself, or just play it on cd. How, that is of no importance. The main thing is, that at the same time, from as many places all over the world, the song "Imagine" can be heard.

It will only take three minutes of your time, and even if it might not seem much, it can become a very powerfull moment if many people join in. For myself, i must admit that joining in with the group in the Antwerp trainstation  gave me a much stronger feeling than i had first imagined it would.  

So,
I hope that day, you'll join us, and the world will be as one.

And here's a time converter to make it easier:
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html
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“We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything, than when we are at play.”

-  Charles E. Schaefer - 
 
Let's create little joy!! LOL
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Ooh ik was van de week nog aan het denken van ''och, de mensen moeten wa speelser zijn want als volwassenen doen we zo serieus'' ;-)

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Automation 

Inevitably the destruction of jobs, income, and a secured standard of living, or, the possibility of something better?

Automation, a nightmare for many, fearing for their jobs, their income, and a good life for their family and children, is inevitable. This documentary shows in detail the already existing evolution within each sector of employment. And we humans, we will become redundant in many areas.

But there is hope. There will remain an area in which we will not become redundant. An area of creativity, inventiveness, social organisation, etc. And strangely enough, this seems to be an area in which we are capable and willing, to work for free. That is also the reason we see numerous people already, who, out of their own free will and inner motivation, are willing to use their leisure time to contribute to the creation of a better world.

There is only one thing standing in our way: the monetary system.

Within the monetary system, the result of automation will inevitably be: 
Automation = less jobs = less income = less food, starvation

Without the monetary system, this could become:
Automation =  more free time =  more creativity, more inventiveness = new possibilities and opportunities =  a better life for everybody

Can it be that hard to make a choice?
 
Every time a new technology is invented opportunities for new jobs are equal to or greater than the ones made obsolete. Is this really the case?!
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"To be more responsive, creative, empowered within our lives. But not power over, but conscious creation with. This is what's gonna change our lives in the wider world right now."

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"i saw how splendour can illuminate even the most abjected vulnerabilities"

about identity, parenthood, and love
What is it like to raise a child who's different from you in some fundamental way (like a prodigy, or a differently abled kid, or a criminal)? In this quietly moving talk, writer Andrew Solomon shares what he learned from talking to dozens of parents -- asking them: What's the line between unconditional love and unconditional acceptance?
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Looks awesome. Is awesome.
This sun-tracking glass orb concentrates solar energy onto a small surface of solar panels, becoming 35% more efficient than traditional solar. Inventor André Broessel is trying to raise the capital to get the ball rolling on this project via an Indiegogo campaign.
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“I discovered windows one afternoon and after that, nothing was ever the same.” 

Anne Spollen, The Shape of Water
 
out the window...............
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Once, an acupuncturist told my: "Ah nature, nature is very strange."
So there you go.
 
Ernesto Gianoli wasn’t the first person to work out his frustrations with a walk in the woods, but the motivation behind that walk—and its results—were certainly unusual.

Gianoli studies the plants of Chile’s temperate rainforests. When he goes out into the field, he usually works to a tight schedule, involving dawn-to-dusk sampling and measuring. “One day, I felt that while being engaged in these work plans, we were missing the joy of the quiet observation of nature,” he says. “I told my students that I would dedicate some hours to walk slowly across the forest, just observing. And then it happened..U1pscdoqZW8.twitter
Ernesto Gianoli wasn’t the first person to work out his frustrations with a walk in the woods, but the motivation behind that walk—and its results—were certainly unusual. Gianoli studies the plants...
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Singularity

Before i could share this post, i had to check that "singularity" thing again, because each time i hear the word, it seems i'm confused again about what it is all about. But isn't that just what it is all about? 

http://io9.com/5534848/what-is-the-singularity-and-will-you-live-to-see-it

"So when will the singularity really happen? It depends on your perspective. But it always seems like it's just a few decades off."
 
March 1st; The Future Today

Happy Future Day! Without a doubt the most useful and relevant holiday of the year! Today's the absolute best day to talk about tomorrow. Share the love for human ingenuity and the days ahead by discussing both the problems and promises of eons to come. You can always go with the crowd favorite; The New Rules of Robot/Human Society | Off Book | PBS Digital Studios , guaranteed success!  You might also opt for something more exotic like genetic engineering, room temperature superconductors, superlenses, quantum computing or maybe programmable matter? Too speculative for you? Why not stick to the known future or the one we'll get if we stay our current course or do nothing?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_the_near_future
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_the_far_future
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Future_of_the_Earth
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Risks_to_civilization,_humans,_and_planet_Earth

Perhaps you are more interested in the human side of things and want to talk about the evolution of mind and society? Will the world's population be culturally richer or poorer by 2050? Is income inequality likely to rise or decrease over the next 100 years? How old is the average person likely to get by 2250? Is China's idea of building a green wall going to halt the march of deserts globally? How will changes in climate impact ecology and cities? What about Energy? Water? Food? Politics? Is the internet's tendency to destroy lines on ancient maps likely to cause societal change that 'll sweep across our planet like wildfire? The future is built on ideas but unfortunately good ideas are in short supply. In general we seem to be much better at predicting doom and gloom. I say the future is going to be better than today. At least it will be if we all work to make it so. 

"The time will come when diligent research over long periods will bring to light things that now lie hidden. A single life time, even though entirely devoted to research, would not be enough for the investigation of so vast a subject. . . . And so this knowledge will be unfolded through long successive ages. There will come a time when our descendants will be amazed that we we did not know things that are so plain to them. . . . Many discoveries are reserved for ages still to come, when memory of us will have been effaced. Our universe is a sorry little affair unless it has in it something for every age to investigate . . . . Nature does not reveal her mysteries once and for all."
— Seneca, Natural Questions Book 7, c. first century

"We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems. But there are tens of thousands of years in the future. Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on." — Richard Feynman, The Value of Science, 1955

http://longnow.org/ #futureday  


Singularity - The Lisps

I’ll live to see a million things that men were never meant to see 
my senses and my faculties i'll augment with machinery
auditory, optical, touch and taste, olfactory
converted into data streams and floating bits of binary
every piece of food you taste and every thought you cogitate
every sound that you can hear and sight you see for years and years
all stored up so conveniently on peta-bytes of memory
so you can always reference them in case you forget anything

Singularity, I don’t know

now once all that experience can fit into an easy grid
the existence is no longer something mentally projected
the wires that you have inside are very easily realized
through artificial imaging you duplicate 10 at a time
your consciousness can be enjoyed by anyone forever more
and you live in whatever state that you or anyone creates
you could be a Giant Squirrel, a statue or a talking cat
the Goodyear blimp, an etch a sketch, an octopus or a brain in a vat
you keep all the memories and feelings that you ever want
and now you can commence your life as an uploaded extropian

Singularity, I don’t know

my mother is so horrified by this post-human fantasy
she says we’d lose that special thing that makes us human beings be
but I don’t know I’m not so sure if humans are so good and pure
perhaps we’d be much better off if we took these violent bodies off

once everyone is in the cloud we’ll move beyond this earthly ground
expanding into outer space as an informational signal race
matter in the solar system converts into computing mass
and the sun becomes a central orb of a brain that grows into the vast
expanse of space and emptiness for light years and light centuries
it replicates exponentially like a Russian doll in a cosmic dream
Once every spot of the universe is filled up it will promptly burst
eradicating finally the experiment that we grew from earth
as it explodes the brain will breathe into the dark impossibly
and anti-matter all around will collapse the universe back down
and right away what you would see if you were a fly in the vacancy
is all the light and color in the universe is collapsing

and Time would stop

and from a tiny pinhole point a massive bang erupts into space
and trillions of new particles fly away at a photonic pace
and once again the clock would start to tick and tock and tick and tock
and Years would pass, billions or more before the tiny proteins locked
and once again in the boiling seas of a miniscule blue anomaly
a planet floating helplessly around a tiny ball so fiery
an unextraordinary corner of the universe would cradle it
the flicker of intelligence that led us here and brought us this…

Singularity, I don’t know
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Wolf's Mona Guenon (not to be confused with René Guénon, also known as Shaykh 'Abd al-Wahid Yahya, the French author and intellectual who remains an influential figure in the domain of metaphysics.) This here Guenon, who I call Claude is less metaphysical and more superficial, havingspent his formative years grooming himself and others and perfecting his coif  in hopes of becoming a famous Colorist for a New York or Beverly Hills Salon.

#hairierrelatives #guenon #wolfsmonamonkey   #googleplusphotos #googleplusphotographers   #animalphotography   #primates   #hqspwildlife   #photography  
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"Remember, public taste is fickle and arbitrary."

Diego Rivera
 
"Only the work of art itself can raise the standard of taste."

— Diego Rivera
Mexican Artist/Muralist
1886 - 1957

People talk of taste as if it was real. It is an illusion of judgement. Every work of art, every poem, and every story has value. When people begin to label art as good or bad, they are creating false categories that are based on artificial judgements. What the majority label as good today may be considered bad tomorrow. You may like something or not like something which in itself is okay. Liking or disliking reveals something about you. There is nothing inherently bad or good within the work of art itself. The sense of good or bad is in the eyes of the beholder. Any judgement made about a work of art is actually a judgement of the person who made the statement.

While there may only be one person today who likes your art, it does not make the art bad. Two hundred years from now the majority of people may consider it a masterpiece. Taste is fickle and useless.

Diego Rivera, the great Mexican Muralist, painted a number of murals in the United States during the 1930's. Edsel Ford hired him to paint a mural at the Detroit Institute of Arts which is still on view today. John Rockefeller commissioned him to paint a mural in New York. Since Rivera was a communist, he included a portrait of Lenin in the mural. When Rockefeller demanded that he remove the portrait from the mural, Rivera refused. Rockefeller had the mural destroyed. In the 1930's, a portrait of Lenin was unacceptable to the American public taste. A work of art was destroyed because the subject matter was unacceptable. Three hundred years from now, most people probably will never had heard of Lenin and nobody will be offended. Remember public taste is fickle and arbitrary.
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"Not much longer shall we have time for reading lessons of the past. An inexorable present calls us to the defense of a great future." - Henry Luce
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When i heard Karen Armstrong say (in her TED speech: The Charter for Compassion): “Humans, as a species, have an amazing tendency to mess up beautiful things”, i thought: “Yes, she is right.”

With every new step we take in life, two possibilities (and very often realities) seem to show up: we can either use it for the greater good of mankind or we can use it to destroy. And whether there is just a thin line between these two or a vast amount of space, we always seem to find a way to cross it. But why? Why, if each one of us only desires to be loved, to be happy, to feel surrounded by soul mates, to feel connected, how come the world looks like this?

I try to live my daily life out of love for people, not out of hatred, disgust, envy, proud, ... I believe that each men in himself is good. And if his actions turn out to be the opposite, it is probably only because of pain, weakness, fear, ignorance, confusion, etc. But the big world i see all around me, does not show me that same picture.

The news and politics have never really been able to catch my attention. Always the same misery anyway. And if there maybe was one politician with the best of intentions or with better visions, he would probably just as well be drawn into that seemingly inevitable vortex of power and greed. So i thought there was not really anything that could be done in the end.

I did not see any further than that which already was, and is.

Therefore i am very grateful to two people that have, through the internet, connected me with new existing ideas and visions about the future for mankind. One of them is my nephew, who is surprising me more and more with the depth of his thoughts and his (for an adult) amazing capacity of wonder. The other one is someone i only vaguely knew from some drunken bar nights, and of whom i had no idea whatsoever that he was in any way concerned with the bigger picture. And it does not even matter what these ideas i encountered were. What does matter is, that i have read about things that go through the borders of the existing social and economical structures of today.

When it's about the past, many of us agree, that a lot of things only came about because of crazy dreamers. Now, we are grateful for the struggles they surpassed. Now, we are grateful for the courage they had facing adversity and oppositon. But in that same now, it seems to be so much more difficult, to accept the new “crazy dreamers”.

Yes, but that's not realistic.

Yes, but they will never allow that.

Yes, but that will be abused.

Yes, but ....

I do not want to be a “yes, but”-person anymore. I want to become part of that community of people that believes it will be possible for mankind to shape its very own future in the long run.

Then again, i have never been an activist. I really do not have the proper economical feeling, organisational talents, nor the necessary scientifical background, in order to help shape this future in a concrete way. So if this is all i am not, what am i then?

Well, i have always been a lover of wise and hopeful words that can be a gentle guide to the heart, mind and soul in their aspirations to learn to work together, regardless of where they came from. 

And there are two things i would like to emphasize here:

The first one is: "regardless of where they came from”. Because, though i can call myself a searching soul, i have never been able to really go all the way in one direction. I suppose you could call that curiosity and wide interests, but you could just as well call it inconstancy or lack of discipline. The result of this being though, that I have been interested in people who sometimes came from very different directions, and therefore have great respect for all the different roads of my fellow searching souls.

And the second one is: "in their aspirations". Perfection is not the final finish of an intention. It is reached every time we make an effort. "And remember, we all stumble, every one of us. This is why it is good to go hand in hand." - E. K. Brough

So when i finally got internet in my own little private home, i was thinking about what i wanted to share of all this and how. But then quite quickly i decided to drop the idea completely. My computerscreen was already so filled up with words from everywhere and everybody, that i felt naive, almost childish, thinking i might have something to say or share. Or at least, that's what i was afraid of that some people might think.

But the more i read, and the more i learned about what was already bubbling all over the world, the more i started to feel embedded in something bigger, in something real. And this feeling made me not care any more about what some other people might think. 

So yes, i will sign up for one of the tasks that also needs to be done (together with already many others): i will help to spread the believe in dreams again.

Music, words, interesting video's ... buddhism, native american wisdom, lighthearted new age stuff or famous thinkers from the past, ... small local initiaves, big global world visions, ... whatever i already have in my backpocket, find through others or stumble upon by accident for the very first time, ... as long as it carries the love and respect for life, courage and the seed of the believe in dreams, it is worth sharing, I think.

Because, even though there is a chance that we might fuck up,

WE SHOULD NEVER, EVER, DENY OURSELVES

THE POSSIBILITY OF TRYING TO DO IT RIGHT!

Life to all of you!

Christel

12 april 2012

"Through darkness, turmoil and doubt they walk on; when all hope seems lost and the night never ends, their gazes remain fixed on the phantom dawn ... Their boots tread on the ashes of the old world and the foundations of the future they will bring." (quote from one of the reactions on the song here below)

Future World Music – Dream Chasers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysusZfArPoI

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