I live alone and sometimes it seems that I am losing social contact. However, I can take stock of acquaintances and remarkable conversations I am able to engage in, if I take the time to both engage here and there in the first place, and, in the second, make note of them. We must stop and count our blessings, so to speak. I can cite a few examples of unexpected yet very pleasant exchanges I've enjoyed recently. Reflecting back, they were little gems of social life,
Today, for example, I had conversations in the course of returning a bag of can to the recycling depot and going back home via the neighbourhood park.
Statement of the ILPS Commission 4,
November 25, 2019
NO TO NATO!
Build the anti-imperialist movement!
Struggle for just peace everywhere!
Commission 4 called for activities to join in the protests against the North
Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) during the time of the NATO Summit held in
London, UK NATO 70
anniversary events will take place from December 1 to 3 this year.
What is worth celebrating? NATO is a
military and political alliance established decades ago. It has been building
and running more and more military bases in Europe, keeping military
surveillance of the Middle East, practicing war games, mobilizing forces around
states it sees as deviants and threats, developing misinformation campaigns to
justify aggressions or foster counter-revolutions, carrying out invasions such
as the occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq, and making strikes such as the
bombing of Yugoslavia, Libya and Syria.
This entry regards news posted on Youtube by Epic Economist yesterday, November 24. This seems to be the channel of a very credible person with extensive knowledge who regularly monitors the financial system and global economy. Based on the factual detail he always presents, this economist is predicting a collapse of the global economy and its major institution.
Epic Economist forecasts a major recession in 2020. He has been reporting frequently on the US economy. After examining the weaknesses in the lending system and slowdown of industrial activity, he believes that many banks in the US will fold and that millions more people will lose their homes soon.
So glad I am able to post daily here. My posts were blocked for several months, probably because of some sort of hacking/ cyber-intrusion.
Topic today: art and mental health
I recently visited my former university campus to run an errand there. The visit prompted some reminiscing. One memory that comes up from time to time is my decision not to become an English major. Considering that creative writing and literature feeds mostly off emotions, I was a bit afraid of going in that direction when I was around 20.
I am reading a little book written by Viktor E. Frankl and first published in 1959 (Beacon Press). Small it may be, but it packs a big punch.
Dr. Viktor E. Frankl was living in Austria when Nazi Germany persecuted Jews and conquered some of Europe. He was a Jew who became a psychiatrist after experiencing the horrors of the Auschwitz prison camp. He reflects on people's responses to extreme suffering, exploring his own experience as a case in point. Endeavouring to find something positive in one of the worst kinds of experiences, he contemplates how a person may be able to rise above severe suffering by discovering meaning.
The coup in Bolivia: Five lessons
THE Bolivian tragedy eloquently offers us lessons that our peoples and popular social and political forces must learn and record in our consciousness forever.
THE Bolivian tragedy eloquently offers us lessons that our peoples and popular social and political forces must learn and record in our consciousness forever.Here is a brief list, as events develop, a prelude to a more detailed analysis in the future.
of Commission 4 of the International League of Peoples’ Struggles (ILPS) for
Armistice Day, November 11, 2019
BUILD THE MOVEMENT FOR JUST PEACE!
Over 100 years since the conclusion of World War One, and
war is still a constant, major problem for humanity. The International League
of Peoples’ Struggles (ILPS; ilps.info) supports the just struggles of the
peoples for national liberation, genuine democracy and a decent standard of
living. We condemn militarization, bigotry and wars of aggression and
Summer--a period of growth. Growth is strong here, this summer. Following a densely flowering spring due to a balance of rain and warm sunny periods, we are into the idyllic weather typical of this region in late July. Life is surging! I feel terrific!
Summer is the half-way point of the year, a time to take stock. I therefore ask two questions to help me assess my growth so far this year: "What new experiences have I had?" and "How well am I living up to my stated goals for the year?
I am starting a thread on the theme of renewal. Renaming is one way I am finally able to defeat the raining bots that have blocked my postings.
Regardless of this problem posting entries, I am moving on.
I have just returned from vacation. A holiday is an escape from regular life to renew one's energy and perspective. I have indeed returned renewed.
I began a journey to an international meeting where I reconnected with long time friends and made new friends. What brings us together is our shared concern from the biggest problem of the world.
So sorry for not posting since January. There has been a technical problem, which I have passed on to my service provider, Vistaprint.ca. It seems to be a problem accessing the blog on my site through certain browsers. At last I am able to post once again. I'll catch up!
Since late January, I have been involved in a peace effort to prevent a war with or military intervention into Venezuela owing to US and right-wing schemes to demean, misrepresent, wreck and overtake the current Bolivarian government of President Maduro.