back in ireland…
While a tinderbox has been created with the potential to spark an all-out war there are reasons to believe that the tide is turning against war around the world.
I am impressed by the potential for replacing war with nonviolent alternatives. World Beyond War is a new movement that is being launched in many languages around the world on September 21, 2014. They are building a membership of both individuals and organizations.
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As always, Richard,
your thoughtful work continues to inspire. Thank you for sharing this.
(from the Montana Vortex)
An excellent communication – thank you both for sharing that.H
Richard, I certainly relate to hierarchies that become elite tyrannies. I have seen microcosms of that through working as a nurse in hospitals. I have seen power that trumps knowledge, and that is chilling. When that started happening, I would leave the scene. I did that repeatedly, throughout my career. Now that I am so close to retiring completely from Psychiatric Nursing, I am speaking out against abuses in the SYSTEM, and I am not seeing that from other individual nurses, as yet. Also, I have a perspective of 50 years of experience, counting back to the start of nurse’s training. To see one system under a microscope is to see the larger system writ large. The chipping away of quality in Health Care I can follow, step by step, and this can be traced in surprising ways. I cite the extinction of the white uniform and cap of the Registered Nurse. These were supplied to me by the hospital at the beginning of my career, and laundered, starched, and ironed by the hospital laundry, and then returned to me. Now a patient cannot tell what level of nursing staff is administering to them – all are wearing colorful cottons. Very recently, Nanaimo Regional Hospital has replaced RN positions and filled them with unlicensed staff, despite protest marches and petitions by the RNs. Administration rationalizes their decision by saying it is abiding by “Universal Standards”. Standards of the New World Order.
rkm> My emphasis on localization is not because I see a path-to-transformation there, but
because a path-to-transformation can be found nowhere else. It is not where the light
is best, but it is where the keys were lost. There is only one alternative to
hierarchy, which always becomes elite tyranny, and that alternative is decentralized
This reminds me of my time in cohousing. aka rigorous local self governance training. Amazing stuff that builds and retains commitment to these ideals over long periods.Peter