Interests

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Business interests,
Banks interests,
Retail interests,
Industry interests,
Mining interests,
Economic interests,
Governments interests,
Department interests,
Companies interests.
but who is governing for yours or my bloody interests?

Always ask in whose interest?
But, to do so YOU must be interested,
Sure, be disaffected, disappointed,
hold them in disdain, or wish they were all arrested,
but you cannot afford disinterest.

Open your eyes, your ears, your heart and your mind,
look beyond the impress of main stream press,
you might just find that there is plenty of interest,
in whose interests
are being served, by those who proclaim an interest
in your interests,
while making interest
out of your disinterest.

Show your distress, make a noise,
write an email, a letter or post,
stand up, hit the street, protest.
Never lose sight, of yours, your mates,
your neighbours, your communities interests.

Think,take time, give time, help redress,
the imbalance of interests.
Deciding who will govern best,
before you cast your vote, put it through this test.
Whose interests,
will they serve best?

Then take your vote, and invest
in those that will serve the whole of your communities interests,
not just the narrow power or profit interests
of those who previously made their interest
out of your disinterest.

Be interested in interests!

Leaving comments open?

Open to comments?

A question….

When someone leaves the door open and invites you in and then ignores you or openly dismisses you what to you think of that persons actions? It’s a question that I’ve been pondering for the past few days.

The context…

I read a wide range of blogs every day. Blogs from all sorts subjects, by all sorts of people. The vast majority of these blogs have comments open, and a couple have comments closed. One or two of them have transitioned from open comments to closing comments, but in doing so have posted a clear explanation of why they are doing it, clearly explaining to their audience the reasoning for the decision.

However, one blog I have been reading is by a person who has a VERY large and long public profile and actively seeks to maintain his visibility in society in a number of ways (including his blog). I have been reading his blog posts for a while, but doing so via an RSS reader. The other day a subject that he had written about sparked a reaction in me, I agreed with some parts of what he had to say, but his premise also  brought to mind an excellent piece articulately spelling out the counter point to his premise. I clicked…….

Making the comment…

I clicked on over to his blog, re-read the blog post, confirmed my thinking about the subject matter (what I agreed with and what I did not and why) and saw that the comments section was open below the post. I began typing……

I typed what I thought, what I agreed with, what I did not and why, and posted the link to the article setting out the counter point to his premise, provided the necessary detail (name and email address) and hit submit. The comment immediately appeared below the post… no moderation message.. just published immediately.

Where did it go?

Next day I checked back into that site to see if there was a response from this person (or any other comments).. what did I find? NOTHING… my comment had been deleted  and the comment count for that post was ZERO.

I thought what I have missed? Did a quick look around the site and noticed this persons “comments policy”. His policy says

All comments to this blog are moderated. This blog will publish thoughtful comments by people who provide a real name and email address. Comments that are abusive, rude, defamatory or which contain offensive language will not be published.”

Reflection

I must say I fully defend this persons right to moderate comments on his blog, but I was left to reflect on a reason for the comment not being posted.

Did I comply with the requirements of this persons moderation policy? Absolutely…I post using my real name and a valid email address that contains my name…. in posting on anyones blog I would never leave comments that were abusive, rude, defamatory or which contained offensive language.

Was my comment thoughtful? I believe so… it clearly articulated what I thought where the strong points of the persons premise, what I thought were the weak points and provided an evidential link to the counter premise.

So my thoughts turned to accuracy of the moderation policy, the set up of the blog.

Conclusions

After a bit of a further dig around this person blog…. I noticed one thing…. EVERY post has zero comments. Interesting… for a person with a public profile that spans several decades, for a person who willingly engages in subjects of public importance, for a person who seeks to inject his opinion into the public debate about current matters, for a person who leaves comments open on their blog (despite an alleged moderation policy) EVERY post has zero comments….

My conclusion is that this person really doesn’t want comments on his blog. In this case he should close off comments on his posts so as not to create the illusion that he encourages his readers to engage with him, or at the least he should set up his blog to notify commentators that the comment has been held for moderation (at least giving a clue that the comment may not see the light of day if the blog host doesn’t want it to). He should modify his moderation policy to say he is not interested in comments from his readers and that his blog is a monologue for his thoughts and ideas.

More questions…

What do you think about this behaviour… does it represent a certain level of arrogance?

What do you think about comments being open or closed…. and if they are closed how should this be communicated?

Lets discuss it in the comments below…….

image by flickr user Håkan Dahlström

What is your concept of God?

John Lennon - GOD?

John Lennon by Bixentro @ flickr

John Lennon put it this way in his GOD lyrics…..

God is a concept
By which we measure
Our pain
I’ll say it again
God is a concept
By which we measure
Our pain
I don’t believe in magic
I don’t believe in I-ching
I don’t believe in Bible
I don’t believe in tarot
I don’t believe in Hitler
I don’t believe in Jesus
I don’t believe in Kennedy
Í don’t believe in Buddha
I don’t believe in Mantra
I don’t believe in gita
I don’t believe in yoga
I don’t believe in kings
I don’t believe in Elvis
I don’t believe in Zimmerman
I don’t believe in Beatles
I just believe in me…………………..

What is your concept of GOD? and what do you measure by it?

What is the key to happiness?

(the Buddhist Path to Simplicity by Christina Feldman)
Happiness by sciondriver

Happiness by sciondriver

What is the key the happiness?

Wouldn’t most people pay millions for the answer to that question?

Quite a while ago I found this short story about the key happiness ( in the Buddhist Path to Simplicity by Christina Feldman).

A zen master was once asked “what is the key the happiness?” He answered “good judgement”, “How do I gain good judgement?” he was questioned, “experience” was the reply.

“How then do I get experience?” the student further probed, “Bad judgement” were his final words.

As happy as the next person

I like to be as happy as the next person, but this story has been running around in my head for a while and it quite often pops up again when I am thinking about what I am doing and why.

 Like most of us I’ve really excerised my “bad judgement” muscle and have definitely developed quite a portfolio of “experience”, and spent time wandering about some of this experience and what it means.

Which camp do you build with your experience?

When doing this we have a choice and people tend to broken into two camps. Those who look at their experiences and dwell on them worrying about what could have been, or what they think should have been and then expending a lot of unneccessary energy on regret or reliving the experience in a negative fasion.

The other camp is those who reflect on the experience, realise that nothing you can do is going to change the circumstances that led to the experience, nothing is going to change the actual experience but the experience contains a wealth of information that can help you make things different in the future.

I think the first camp is going to continue to experience “bad judgement”  and sell themselves short on finding the key to happiness because they continue to cling to the past and what was, whilst the second camp by focusing on the the lessons learned and the future,  focusing on what is, and what could be, are exercising their “good judgement” muscle and working hard on using the key to happiness.

Working out your happiness muscle

Like all muscles if we excercise them they get stronger, and more resilient over time. If we don’t excercise them they atrophy and lose mass, becoming less effective.

I try spend a good deal of my time working to exercise the “good judgement” muscle in order to experience more happiness.

What about you? what are/were the experiences that taught you good judgement, and which “muslce group” are you building up every day? and what are your tips for learning “good judgement”?

Let’s talk about it.

Quite a while ago I found this short story about the key happiness
A zen master was once asked “what is the key the happiness?” He answered “good judgement”,
“How do I gain good judgement?” he was questioned, “experience” was the reply. “How then
do I get experience?” the student further probed, “Bad judgement” were his final words.
I like to be as happy as the next person, but this story has been running around in my head
for a while and it quite often pops up again when I am thinking about what I am doing and why.
Like most of us I’ve really excerised by “bad judgement” muscle and have definitely developed quite
a portfolio of “experience”, and spent time wandering about some of this experience.
When doing this we have a choice and people tend to broken into two camps. Those who look at the
experience and dwell on it worrying about what could have been, or what should have been and then
expending a lot of unneccessary energy on regret or reliving the experience in a negative fasion.
The other camp is those who reflect on the experience, realise that nothing you can do is going
to change the circumstances that led to the experience, nothing is going to change the actual experience
but the experience contains a wealth of information that can make things different in the future.
I think the first camp is going to continue to experience “bad judgement” because they continue
to cling to the past and what was, whilst the second camp by focusing on the the lessons learned and the future
focusing on what is, and what could be, and they are exercising their “good judgement” muscle.
Like all muscles if we excercise them they get stronger, and more resilient over time. If we don’t excercise them
they atrophy and lose mass, becoming less effective.
I spend a good deal of my time working to exercise the “good judgement” muscle in order to experience
more happiness.
What about you? what are/were the experiences that taught you good judgement, and which “muslce group” are
you building up every day? and what are your tips for learning “good judgement”?
Let’s talk about it.