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Where Hands Touch

This is a must see movie for anybody interested in peace. This madness took place not all that long ago in the grand scheme of things. To think that people could discriminate and in the case of this movie annihilate a race of people based purely on the pigment of their skin or their ethnicity defies belief. And yet it continues to happen.

The movie tells a story of a past which should not be forgotten.

World Peace and Spirituality and Truth

When I look at the various attempts to bring about World Peace, and how they have failed, I think one of the shortcomings has been a failure to address a persons spiritual needs. Put simply, a person who has a sense of inner peace is simply not capable of going to or supporting war.

So while bringing people together is a core mission of this site, so too is helping people achieve a sense of peace within themselves.

This is a banner I had created some time ago, but the message holds true today and remains the core mission of this site.

When I say spirituality, I am not referring to religion. Religion involves belief, and belief has been the cause of so many wars. People have gone to war and killed people, believing that they were doing something right and noble. Also at the first sign of trouble, belief crumbles. I want to support people in their search for the truth. The truth and knowing is solid like a rock. I want people to experience the truth about life. Yes religion can provide a sense of comfort, something like holding on to a cushion or blanket from your childhood that brought you comfort. The search for truth can be filled with uncertainty as you detach from those beliefs that brought you comfort. All I can say, as somebody who has embarked upon a long search for truth and meaning, I wont sugar coat it and say it is easy, but I can say it is one of the best things I have ever done in my life. The truth is not cold or depressing, it is something that brings with it, the most valuable of all things, a sense of peace.

If people are happy in life, then by all means continue, I do not try and convince people to change, but to those who are lost or disillusioned or troubled, I encourage them to search for the truth. This involves dropping every thing you have been taught and starting from a clean slate without any prejudice or bias. I also tell people not to believe anything I say or anybody else says, to listen and explore for themselves. To listen and see what resonates with them as the truth, and then to actually experience this truth for themselves.

Site Updates 2018

Just made a few minor changes.
1. Secure redirect. All pages should be redirected to the secure https:// pages. Not having this done had somewhat adversely impacted search engine rankings.
2. Mobile friendly theme. These days I consume most of my web content using my mobile phone. The old theme was completely unreadable from a mobile device so I have updated it to one which is mobile friendly.
3. Contact form. The old contact form was not working. It used a company which is no longer in business, that has been updated. If anybody visits this website please say hi, you can use that form.
4. Minor graphic customisation. This is something I have not yet done but over the next couple of weeks I plan to tweak some of the graphics and colours from the standard theme.

Global Peace Index – Is the world really more peaceful?

First let me preface this by saying I am a big fan of the work being done by Steve Killelea, a fellow Australian, who is the person behind the Global Peace Index, seriously the work he has financed should have been funded by governments, but I am glad that somebody has seen the merit of this in depth study. You can view the global peace index at http://visionofhumanity.org/indexes/global-peace-index/
I did not have the time to read the entire document, my time lately has been occupied with doing job applications. But I have briefly skimmed through it. The title stated “The world has become more peaceful in the last year.” Numbers may be able to come to that conclusion, but my sentiment and instincts tell me that is not the case. Ever since President Trump has been elected, I have often woken to read some disturbing arrogant tweet by the president of the worlds largest military superpower.
The report mentions that 93 countries have become more peaceful and 68 countries have become less peaceful. But seriously you could have 100 countries become more peaceful, and only 3 countries become less peaceful, but if those three less peaceful countries were nuclear superpowers like the USA, China and Russia, then in my opinion the world is a vastly more dangerous place.
When I look at what is happening in Syria, the conflict in interests between USA and Russia, when I look at the nine dash disputed territory and China building artificial military reefs in what clearly belongs to other neighbouring countries, when I look at conflicting interests between China and USA over Taiwan, and the escalating tensions between the USA and North Korea, it doesn’t natter what statistics may say, my feeling is the world is becoming a far more dangerous place.
For me the real threat is nuclear, the magnitude of destruction is just so much greater, not just in the actual destruction, but even more so from the nuclear fallout which winds would inevitably spread across many other countries. Yes the old movie “On the beach” is still chilling, as they moved to Melbourne Australia to escape fallout from San Francisco USA. So in order for the index to be more accurate, I think each country needs to be weighted based on their nuclear capability for destruction.
And while I think it is important to understand and quantify the correlation between Peace and Economics, I don’t think it can be argued as a selling point for making the world a more peaceful place. Lets face it, those countries and people that seek to kill each other are just plane insane, I don’t really think they could care less about economics or prosperity. It also fails to explain that yes it may lead to economic prosperity for a country as a whole to be more peaceful, there is absolutely no doubt in that, but it does not address the issue that war is infinitely more profitable for a very small sector of the population who are yielding incredible profits and wealth from the defence industry. And these corporations do fund and have strong political influence over politicians. Politicians, most of them seem motivated in their own self interest and glorification, not all, but most. I would definitely consider Bernie Sanders as an exception to that statement and I am sure there are other good men in politics, but I would say the majority are just playing some game to get in power and serve their own self interests. Change will come from the people, not from governments.
If one is serious about peace, I think rather than producing some sterile report that appeals to governments and the elite intellectuals, I think the gloves need to be taken off and the problem needs to be exposed for what it is. Countries are continuing to fight just through sheer ignorance and delusion. People live their lives thinking they will live forever. If they were not completely brainwashed since birth, they would be able to see the complete insanity of war and killing each other. Religion for the most part is rubbish. Like Voltaire said, if you can convince somebody to believe an absurdity, you can convince them to commit an atrocity. Just to be clear, some people consider Buddhism a religion, I think of it more of a philosophy or a way of life. I spent most of my life searching for truth, and while I am not buddhist, and was not influenced by Buddhism in any way, having recently watched an Indian series on Buddha, I would say many of the conclusions I came to were similar. I believe everybody should go on their own personal search for truth and not blindly follow whatever their childhood conditioning is.
If I was in the position to do something on a grand scale like the world peace index and the charitable foundation, I would not scatter my energy so widely. This may sound cruel, and I am probably wrong, and I know all lives matter, but I think world peace is something that needs a more focused laser like attention. What is the consequences to humanity if some people experience a lower standard of living compared to what is accustomed to in the west? Compare that to what the consequences would be if there is ever a World War 3, which as Einstein said would relegate us all to the level where a World War 4 would be fought with sticks and stones.
If I had money like that, I would buy a property in Australia in a rural area. I would allow people to apply to just live there for several months, whatever a visa would allow. I would provide their accomodation and daily food, so they could just focus their day to just working with other like minded individuals to just brainstorm, debate, and create peace initiatives. Media and film is one area that will make a difference to humanity. Just as there are missionaries of Charity, these people would be unpaid missionaries for peace, spending their days meditating and discussing and working for peace. At the end of the day, it is not something that you can pay a person to work on, their motivation must come from deep within and be non financial and not attached to any reward. The whole concept of philanthropy needs to switch from just being associated with feeding poor people to being more heavily associated with any effort designed to improve the world without any financial benefit in return. If I ever one day have the means to do something like that, that is what I would do.

Command and Control documentary

I watched this documentary today, and all I can say is that it is definitely Chilling. I am so glad we do not have nuclear weapons in Australia. These nuclear weapons are capable of catastrophic destruction, and the sequence of events which unfolds in this real life documentary are disturbing to say the least. A nuclear weapon is a machine, and all machines fail at some point, it is only a matter of when. The fact that we have averted a major catastrophe so far is just sheer luck. The most disturbing part of the documentary is when they talk about the first atomic bomb ever detonated. They said they just did not know what would happen, they said there was a risk that the atmosphere could have caught on fire and in some sort of chain reaction destroyed all life on earth, and yet knowing this was a possibility, they went ahead and detonated it anyway.
Something has to change, this madness can simply no longer continue.
I have added the trailer below, I watched the documentary on Netflix, but it is also available on youtube, if you do a search, I highly recommend that you watch it.

Donald Trump and World War 3

I sense these are very dangerous times, I wish all parties could just agree to take a one month breather where all parties would say no further aggression or missile tests until some diplomatic negotiations can take place.

Donald Trump is not a diplomat, he is ego driven, he has no tact or diplomacy and has proven that so far.

  1. Missile strikes in Syria, where the Russians have had a strong presence.
  2. Dropping a MOAB Mother of All Bombs in Afghanistan
  3. Now look at some of his tweets on North Korea

 I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea. If they are unable to do so, the U.S., with its allies, will! U.S.A.

Our military is building and is rapidly becoming stronger than ever before. Frankly, we have no choice!

Seriously, how can he have access to his own twitter account to post seriously inflammatory material like that which could potentially set the entire world at war. He needs to have a press team or advisors which censor the material he is putting out. Then again, his ego is so big, I think he has probably surrounded himself with yes men and women who would be too scared to go against anything he says.

My problem is this. After seeing all the horrors of World War 2, the United Nations was formed in the hope of preventing any atrocities like that ever happening again. World War 3 will mean game over for a large percentage of the human population. Now America does not control the world, like Donald Trump would like to think. As far as I am concerned, if he has committed the country to those actions without the approval of the United Nations, then on the global scale, as a world citizen, I would consider those war crimes.

I am not saying nothing should be done about North Korea, but I am saying that all of the countries must get together and decide what action should or should not be taken collectively. We MUST learn from the mistakes of the past, that is why the United Nations was formed.  I am not saying President Trump is a bad person, if countries harbour terrorists I agree with him not allowing those people visiting America, I agree with tougher border control to protect the American citizens, but he is letting his personal ego put the entire world at danger and that has to stop. It is ridiculous to hear him say oh well I let my military advisors do what they think is best and use the MOAB. People did not vote for his military advisors, they voted for him, he is meant to listen to their opinions and make the decision for himself, not let them run amok.

After looking at what George Bush Jnr did with the second Iraq war, then the period of relative peace with Barack Obama, and now seeing Donald Trump take this reckless military action and speak so carelessly, as an outsider, I am starting to view the republican party as a corporate party who amongst other things are warmongers.

This matter is now urgent in my opinion, I strongly advise anybody reading this to please take the time to write to the president and ask him to not take any military offensive action that is not sanctioned by the United Nations.  Details on how to contact the white house can be found here https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/write-or-call

Please also take a few seconds to join our World Peace Group, membership is free, and together we can make a difference.  http://www.worldpeace.com/join

A general site update

I just wanted to post a quick update. While I have not posted in a while, this site is a big part of me and what I want to do in life. So while it may appear as though no progress is  being made, each day I am learning.

I do read every single post, one post requested a forum to be added to the site. I did have a forum on the website in the past and it was 99% spam, it was eventually removed. I do have experience running forums and building communities,  I started a forum which is not related to world peace, but has over 50,000 members, so when I am ready, a forum will definitely be added to the site.

A fair criticism was that the site was just a founders blog. That is a fair comment, but there have been so many sites and groups about world peace, and none of them have made much of a difference, the world still continues to go to war with each other. It is not about looking at these conflicts, or protesting about these conflicts, my steadfast goal is that the site should be about helping people achieve peace in their life, and helping them unite in friendship, nothing more. I believe if done on a large enough scale over a long enough time, world peace will be a natural result. Of course, uniting people will require a forum at some point in the future. However my main goal is to finish my book and lay down the foundation for the future of the group. Is that me being selfish, perhaps, but I am determined for the site to be different from what has been done in the past.

I am under no illusions of bringing about world peace in my lifetime, but I do want to plant the seeds of peace and start a small group. This is not possible unless I write the book which clearly details the mission and purpose of the site, so that people can decide for themselves if it is something they want to be a part of.

I want to help people towards self realisation and understanding who they really are. I want to help lift the veil of delusion and conditioning. The same delusion that has lead to so many wars. I want to bring people together in friendship.  Protesting, petitions, all those things, they have been done so many times in the past, perhaps it is time for a different approach. So to all my dear friends who may have been frustrated by the lack of progress, but have stayed with me nonetheless, I thank you. If you would like to be my friend or even just to say nothing more than hello, please use the contact form and send me an email. I will reply.

Bernie Sanders for World Peace

“I think there may be some symbolism here, I know it doesn’t look like it, but that bird is really a dove asking us for world peace, No More Wars!”

I posted a week ago, how I supported Bernie Sanders, despite not wanting this site to be political. I don’t think I have felt this strong about wanting to see a US presidential candidate win. I have viewed them all as bought and paid for by big business, and yes that includes Hilary Clinton. While yes, it would be good to see a female president, I think what Bernie Sanders represents is a far far bigger revolution. I think he represents a step in the right direction of taking back control of America from big business and putting it in the hands of the people.

I dont think that bird would have come so close to him if it sensed rage or hostility. Bernie Sanders is a man of peace. If you look at the following video which dates all the way back to 1985, at the 5:00 minute mark,  they mention how he is anti nuclear, before they focus on his mug, with the world peace sign on it. He is the real deal, so if you haven’t already voted, please go out and vote and encourage the support of your friends.

Bernie Sanders

In the “About” page for this site, I did mention that this community would not be political. I had intended to steer away from politics, but I believe it is an important aspect for world peace. For years, I have seen how America, has been controlled by Corporate America. Wars have been fought, and weapons companies, infrastructure companies, oil companies have all profited immensely from these wars. For the first time in American politics, that I can recall during my life, it seems America has an honest politician who genuinely cares about people. Bernie Sanders is not receiving millions of dollars from big corporations, in the way most of the other candidates are.

I would encourage everyone in America to go out and vote. If Bernie Sanders does not win as leader of the Democratic party, Hilary Clinton would be a far better option than any of the republican candidates. Whilst I think some media are right to compare Trump Rallies to Hitler and Nazi Germany, I don’t think he is the worst candidate, I think the worst candidate of any of them is Ted Cruz.