Moving, moving …into a new way of life

I remember II

Listening to the latest news from the get-together at the APEC meeting in Vietnam one of the strong comments from our new Prime Minister was the need for more action regarding Climate Change.

This most likely move will mean more effort towards curbing fossil fuelled transport and supporting the wider introduction of electric and maybe hydrogen fuelled cars. As you know already there are both hybrid and battery driven vehicles available in New Zealand,  albeit at rather high prices, but more are coming and maybe at more accessible prices.

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Nostalgia – Is it harmless?

I remember IIA certain wanna-be-president exclaims: ‘Make America great again’.

The call: ‘Make the world great again’ is hardly new and has been the rallying call by any number of prophets in the past because they understood our need for some mythic comfort in the face of unjust reality.

It is perhaps a bit of a paradox that humanity with a mix of pride and self-loathing tells the same story repeatedly, the story of a fallen present and a promise of a return to paradise lost, all the way from Hesiod [ca.700BC], Confucius’s Zhou dynasty, the Hindu Satya Yuga to the Garden of Eden, when we were God’s children, noble savages, or just were still respecting elders and all were happy and healthy, i.e. the good old days.

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Brexit, Brains, Computers

I remember IIThe last few days have been daunting for the voters of Britain. We are yet to see what the effect of the result will have for us here in New Zealand, but clearly the changes required to be put in place both in Europe, that is the remaining 27 countries, and in England, and also in Scotland and Northern Ireland, will be substantial.

It was interesting to note that difference between the various generations in voting pattern and how voting for a large proportion of the voting public disregarded facts and was simply a vote against the status quo and against politicians, bankers and corporates.

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