Category Archives: Thought Pieces

Solving New Zealand’s Problems of “Underachievement”


Ran out of coffee this morning.  I know.  Disaster.  Heading for a café – Hawthorne’s – the best.  Pondering our PM Jacinda’s desire to help solve problems of incarceration and educational non-achievement.  Admirable intentions.  But …… Sigh.  I can just … Continue reading

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Land Degradation – One Insidious Step at a Time


“Once again, the principal villains across Greece, Southern Italy, Southern France, and Spain, were fires, goats, and timber felling. … Able to thrive anywhere, goats often create an environment in which little but goats will survive.” Ronald Wright. A Short … Continue reading

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Shelter from the Storm


It is hard to remember during the sunny days of summer that we had some freak snow storms back in August, and a few wintry blasts in early October.  The television news ran lamb death stories, as they did the … Continue reading

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Corporates Behaving Badly: What to Do?


Is it extreme to suggest that corporates of a certain size and motivation (demonstrated by behaviour) should not be tolerated anymore?  I’m curious.  What do people think. Seriously.  No knee jerk hate. Reflect on the feudal lords of the past, … Continue reading

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There is Goodness in our World


There is goodness in our world.  Never let those who seek a measured ‘objective truth’ tell you otherwise. You can recognise it – and its opposite – when you feel it in your soul. The better artists can emphasise that … Continue reading

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Review – The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young


Rosamund Young’s The Secret Life of Cows gives far more than a simple description of animal personality, behaviour and communication.  It speaks also to and of humanity.  What animals eat impacts on their health and the quality and taste of their … Continue reading

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Returning our World back to the Grace that is The Golden Rule


Aldous Huxley’s Perennial Philosophy emphasises the point that the Golden Rule transcends cultures.  This is deep wisdom.  Do unto others.  The thinkers of the Ages have come to the same conclusions.  Living with hubris and selfish ego has no future. … Continue reading

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Watch cricket, and save the world


Reading Thich Nhat Hanh and watching the test cricket. It’s a Zen thing. Have always loved the beauty, the quiet and changing pace of cricket. You can listen to the birds, marvel at the grace, determination or skill of a … Continue reading

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Fed Farmers Need to Flush in some new Thinking


If the speech summary of Federated Farmers President Katie Milne is anything to go by, the farming lobby group needs a bit of radical thinking. Ms Milne effectively laid down a challenge to the government to allow land use to … Continue reading

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Shifting to the Enlightened Age


I’m trying to be zen about yet more reveals of what is a deeply corrupt world dominated by large corporates.  Those who can pay to place their lackeys into political power, all the better to erode our democracy.  All the … Continue reading

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