Egypt & Western Hypocrisy

As the pressure grows within Egypt for change, it is very interesting to take distance and notice the response from both the US and from Europe.  To say that the western world got caught with its pants down would be an understatement.

The US response of vocalising its support for an “orderly transition” – to what, would be a fair question and then Britain, France & Germany favouring “free and fair” elections, as long as that does not legitimise Islamists such as the Muslim Brotherhood, makes for interesting reading.  This of course leads into an even more interesting situation.  The ‘need’ to be publicly seen to back the pro-democracy wishes of the Egyptian people do tend to tighten the vice on the west balls, because in doing so (which pro-democracy ideology requires), means that they are going to end up in very interesting ideological contortions should the folks in Jordan or Saudi Arabia decide that this is also a good idea.

It does make you wonder if liberty, human dignity and democratic freedom is limited by access to oil and support for Israel.  Of course not 🙂

Of course there are also the corresponding stories of how the Israelis are glued to the news channels watching events unfold.  Why would they be concerned?  After all for decades, they have demonstrated their respect for human rights, regional economic development & inclusion and there tireless efforts to bring together all the stakeholders, peoples and interest groups to build a much more stable and inclusive middle east. 

One cannot help but smile and remember;

“Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7, KJV).

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Having children and marital happiness

Here is a great video by a couple – Rufus Griscom + Alisa Volkman.  They share very candidly what they consider to be the 5 taboos that no one wants to talk about when they have children.  Their point is related to why people who hae children don’t actually tell the truth to those who are considering it.  It is one of the most important long term decisions that any person can make and yet it is largely surrounded by a large layer of bullshit, when it comes to the impact on your life and the impact on your happiness as a couple.

Watch the video here.

7 Habits of Highly Ineffective People

Lately I have come across a number of references to a body of work with a remarkably similar title, exhorting you to pull your finger out.  For the significant majority of the population who simply can’t be bothered here is my alternative 7 suggestions.

7 Habits of Highly Ineffective People

1.  Do not be proactive.  – Absolutely not.  Do not volunteer or look for any more things that will potentially add more unwelcome stress into your already ‘stressed out’ day.

2. Begin with only the next step in mind. – Don’t over reach.  Things are always liable to change so dont risk disappointment.

3.  Put yourself first. – Be clear that your plate is already full and taking on any more tasks / responsibilities / actions, will probably not be of any real personal benefit to you.

4.  Think Win/win. – This means just buy a lottery ticket, after all someone has to win it and it could be you.

5.  Seek first to confuse. – Try and be as obtuse and confusing as possible.  This will largely ensure that you don’t end up being asked to do anything additional.

6.  Synergize. – What the fuck does this mean? Definitely ignore any invitations to ‘synergize’ as it will only result in you having to do something.  If they insist and you sense being trapped apply Habit 5 in earnest.

7.  Sharpen your appetite. – Take time out to nourish your inner self with the best Club Sandwich you can find, glasses of beer or wine (or both) and finish it off with a satisfying joint.

Develop these 7 habits to maximum potential and you will not be bothered by workmates / managers / sales people who by nature are trying to figure out how to dump some of their responsibilities onto you.

Save the Pthirus!!!!!!!!!!

I can’t believe it, but the Pthirus, which I suspect that you all have very fond memories of,  is in danger of extinction.  I think we all owe it to this little creature to do something about it.  If you are a little unsure of what it is you are being encouraged to save,  just Google it.

“Anxiety is Freedom”

Over the weekend I read a really interesting article titled – ‘Can money set you free?’ written by the novelist John Lanchester.

The philosopher Kierkrgaard thought that “anxiety is freedom”.  It is both the price we pay for freedom and the sign of freedom; the entirely secure are not anxious and they are not entirely free either.

This is about if we choose to generate income via an employer or if we choose to do it ourselves.

My personal litmus test for 2010

Since January 1 of this year the following has popped up twice at moments that were extremely relevant.  As a consequence, I have accepted the truthful simplicity of the message and I am now going to integrate this into my life wherever possible.  For anyone who is a Star Wars fan, the phrase will be well known to you.

“There is no such thing as ‘try’. You either do it, or you don’t”.