One of historian and writer John Lerwill's earliest website topics was a page on the history of the city of his upbringing: Birmingham.
A fan of the Birmingham-based Aston Villa Football Club since a boy. He spent a long period researching the club's history, including a period as the club's official historian!
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Mankind At The Crossroads
Planet Earth - from a distance - looks beautiful...but...
climate change, wars, poverty and pollution have increased.
Why? Is our thinking not right?
There would be no History without a Philosophy
- or at least a Thought - put into Action.
The problem is: the Quality of the Thought.
Albert Einstein: "...with every problem there's a solution [; it's] just a matter of taking action"
So, with serious issues concerning climate change, pollution, conflict, cruelty, economic concerns,
hunger and questionnable leadership predominating in the world today, perhaps we should re-examine
our human values?
Selfishness and individual ambition now - more than ever - needs to be put aside wherever possible.
An attitude of love and service to the planet and all its occupants should now prevail.
But most of all an attitude of service to the Great Creator, He whose Thought it first was.
In fact, what otherwise was the purpose of our birth?
Albert Einstein: "A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
Albert Einstein: "The measure of intelligence is the ability to change."
Do you believe that there is no true religion other than the Religion of Love, and that for those that are able, hands that help are greater than hands that simply pray? If so, please take a look at this page.
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There would be no history without a philosophy - or at least a thought - translated into action. But man's history of recent eons is mostly not a proud one, despite scientific advances. Sadly, ego has tended to predominate.
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To achieve peace through harmony, right action follows right thinking. Peace in communities and between countries rests on the ability of people to find peace in themselves. The wise say that the real task of life is to unselfishly manage our thoughts (and thus our actions) to obtain that result, even as the ancients did if we would care to investigate.
People often want to change their behavior - but not their thinking. Therefore they do not experience a breakthrough even though wanting to be free. It all has to start with examining one-self: action is needed to change those thoughts. Some simply suggest forms of willpower or side-tracking of the mind. They may help, but simply (and only) forcing one-self is not the intended method.
Remembrance and meditation on the statement of Jesus, about the over-riding commandment, should help more: "Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and thy mind, and love they neighbour as thyself." When facing a problem, simply ask one-self: "What would Love do?". The solution should follow if meditated on sufficiently well, and some time to allow the answer to materialise.
Seek and thou shalt find, but not by relying purely on empirical science.
Science is merely a glow-worm in the light and splendour of the Sun.
(Sri Sathya Sai Baba)
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One Great Thought
The replacement of fear by love and the provision of equal opportunity must be the highest tasks for mankind. By unswerving commitment to these goals and to faith, we will ultimately find the greatest opportunity to achieve peace. Then all will come together as one.
A Thought For The Day
Other Great Thoughts...
From the Dalai Lama:
We cannot solve this problem [of terrorism] only through prayers. I am a Buddhist and I believe in praying. But humans have created this problem.
Declare your jihad on thirteen enemies you cannot see - Egoism, Arrogance, Conceit, Selfishness, Greed, Lust, Intolerance, Anger, Lying, Cheating, Gossiping and Slandering. If you can master and destroy them, then you will be ready to fight the enemy you can see.
From Abraham Lincoln:
Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?
Remain human with your own souls! Do not become mere human things which allow to have stuffed into them souls which are adjusted to the mass-will and pulse in measure with it.
From Shams Tabrizi:
No matter what people call you, you are just who you are. Keep to this truth. You must ask yourself how is it you want to live your life. We live and we die, this is the truth that we can only face alone. No one can help us. So consider carefully, what prevents you from living the way you want to live your life?
From Dr. Albert Schweitzer:
But merely accepting authoritarian truth, even if that truth has some virtue, does not bring skepticism to an end. To blindly accept a truth one has never reflected upon retards the advance of reason. Our world rots in deceit. . . . Just as a tree bears the same fruit year after year and at the same time fruit that is new each year, so must all permanently valuable ideas be continually created anew in thought. But our age pretends to make a sterile tree bear fruit by tying fruits of truth onto its branches.
From Robert Kennedy:
Too much and for too long, we seemed to have surrendered personal excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things
... the gross national product [GNP, or GDP] does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country, it measures everything in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.
From Noam Chomsky:
Governments are supposed to lie to their citizens.
From Jim Wallis:
Your political viewpoint IS your spirituality demonstrated.
From Mahatma Gandhi:
A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.
From Harold Pinter (2005 Nobel Prize speech):
I believe that despite the enormous odds which exist, unflinching, unswerving, fierce intellectual determination, as citizens, to define the real truth of our lives and our societies is a crucial obligation which devolves upon us all.
- It is in fact mandatory.
From Margaret Mead: Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
From Mahatma Gandhi:
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
From R. Buckminster Fuller:
I know that I am not a category,
a hybrid specialization.
I am not a thing - a noun.
I seem to be a verb -
an evolutionary process -
an integral function of the Universe.
And so are you.
There follow some articles based on results of historical researches I have done over the years...
Edward Capern, the man once known as the Postman Poet, lived most of his life in North Devonshire, but also lived for a period near Birmingham. More here...
In Oppenheimer's expansive book, Eden In The East, there is a hint that there was some great, now lost, ancient empire that left traces around the Pacific. Francis Churchward and others point to the lost continent of Mu (Lemuria) as being that ancient source. More here...