Here I am, been contemplating life, love, faults and strengths. Funny isn’t it, how when someone dies you start looking at your own mortality, and the mortality of those nearest to us who are getting on in years. At my age, I think I’ve known more tragedy than anyone ever should. If we are living longer (and all the signs are there that we are) then surely we are beginning to conquer death? Not so. We have made strides to conquer illness and disability but we still have a long way to go to extend life beyond 110. Not everyone reaches their maximum potential, and I should know. Possibly better that some devote their lives to find answers and, if not cures, methods of limiting the ravages some of these diseases cause.
On another topic, this planet has changed a lot in the last 60 years, we’ve gone from a State which took care of those who paid into a national scheme, and compulsory armed forces service for 2 years, where homosexuality was a crime, lesbianism was kept hidden although not perceived as a crime. Sex before, or outside, marriage was frowned upon and women did not go out to work. Now, 60 years later, changes have been made to incorporate everyone, regardless of age, sex, physical bias, sexual preference into a more tolerant society. Some argue this is a sign of weakness and advocate a return to the dark ages where there was no tolerance for diversity. It’s diversity that makes us better individuals, shrinks fear and hypocrisy so they can be left in the past.
If we try and get to know our immediate neighbours, talk to strangers online to find out how they live, their customs and culture, then we will find ways to overcome prejudice get along and generally make this world a much better place for us all. We should take care of all those displaced by war, natural disasters or an epidemic. Science is not supposed to make life better for the rich few, we should all embrace science and take it to the masses. 60 years ago computers were massive beasts with very little memories, they had to be kept at an optimum temperature and had very poor storage options. Today almost everyone has, at the very least, got access to a personal computer which is 100 times faster, better, and smaller than the NASA computers which put a man on the moon.
To what end are we using technology today? For the most part, it’s being used and manipulated by those politicians trying to keep us out of harms way for military applications while those of us in the know, who have always embraced change and helped to bring about the technical revolution see it as a chance to change beliefs that this religion is better than that religion. This colour is far superior to that, this race is bigger and better. All of this is complete bull and, if we can conquer our fears and prejudice then this planet is capable, and also the human race deserves it, of knowing a lasting peace. Yes people being people a few will get into fights from time to time. Instead of locking them up we should train them to box or wrestle. The only ones our jails should incarcerate are those who commit crimes against humanity, killers and paedophiles whose crimes cannot be tolerated. Our children deserve a childhood to play, learn, grow and question the natural world. Free from worry, free from stress and in an environment which is not hostile, where they don’t have to worry about death, abduction and parents can feel assured they’re being safe while still having an opportunity for cuts, scrapes broken bones and all the other facets of learning what is possible, overcoming obstacles and being part of a society where all are equal, everyone can see beyond differences, looking for answers to new questions and not bothering about the limits placed on them by political correctness or health and safety regulations. Children should be kept safe, yes, wrapped in cotton wool? No, that is counter productive.
Thank you so much for reading, however, I need to know the views of others, pro or anti, this is my thought process but what do you think? If we offer up our thoughts to the world then we have to be prepared to listen to others. Those “others” should offer their opinions, whether you agree or disagree, after all change comes after ideas have been listened to and debated so that a workable consensus can be achieved.