Blog is It Right ? - An opinion in Two Words - Really Yes Really
SEPT 25 2017
AUTHORESS LA FEMINA
DEAR READER I WAS RETURNING LIBRARY BOOKS RECENTLY. Usually one can have a conversation with some one of intelligence in a library - but not always. The depth and breath of a person comes to light in the most innocuous of conversations. A reminder not to throw pearls before swine as the saying goes. Yes that sounds rather arrogant. I make no apologies. I call things for how they are - how I see them which for me is how they are - until my perspective changes. My perspective changes when I come up against something that gives me reason to pause and reconsider. I either amend or reaffirm my original perspective or I change it. However a recent conversation gave rise to my deciding to be more mindful of assuming that another is likewise open to new perspectives. And yes I do speak rather directly. So from this encounter I learnt to be more discerning of what I say and to whom. I also learnt to be more allowing of another for maybe my comment ‘rained on another’s parade’. I am sorry about that. I did not mean to. I was just calling things as I saw them. So what was this conversation about?
Having been recommended an excellent book titled ‘Shrinking the Technosphere: Getting a Grip on Technologies that Limit our Autonomy, Self-Sufficiency and Freedom written by Dmitry Orlov, I happened to come upon this particular librarian. A discussion arose around how systems impact on people. The librarian spoke of bureaucracy. He had noted down some of the principles as relayed in this book to share with the organisation. Instead of my saying ‘good luck with that’ I responded spontaneously as I am want to do, and instead said rather incredulously but they are the system. Incredulous because my thinking was ‘how could one not see the system’. As I reflect back though, it was not until I stepped out of my Corporate role that I saw the whole world differently. I saw how I believed what I was told.
From my perspective the system has become so entrenched that sensible suggestions matter not. The system will not change until we the users of the system change by not engaging with it. Local government has a significant impact on our lives. True much is on a subtle level, buried under froth and bubbles, BUT make no mistake local government is a force that one needs to be aware of - if only to side step the ‘prevailing thinking’. Anyway the reply to my statement was not one that elucidated further conversation. For the reply was “I don’t believe in conspiracy theorists”.Pow Wow take that punch. I paused rather taken aback. I replied evenly that “given man-kinds intelligence and resources I cannot comprehend why 1% of the population benefit at the expense of the 99% nor that this is a fair system”. Or words to this effect. The systems used by local government (the library) are after all part of the national government systems who in turn are part of the the wider world systems.
The most basic duties of government are to house their people and feed them by ensuring politics and policies achieve this basic necessity. I’m not talking hand outs here nor redistribution of income but system design. However given we have so many homeless and hungry we are evidencing the result of systems designed NOT to benefit the many. There are as many beggars on the streets of Wellington as seen in many countries overseas and I believe New Zealand is highly placed in the world poverty statistics. What ameliorates these facts is ‘conditioning’ people not to think - but instead draw them away by distracting - as any mother knows. But the State is also giving them someone to blame - the conspiracy theorists or better still terrorists who number a few in terms of world population, but given the most media coverage. But then given most are not thinking anything goes. If you are reading the mainstream media your conditioning will be thorough indeed. Question More.
When exactly was the term ‘conspiracy theorist’ coined? Long ago I suspect. I imagine that those poor starving people who were told to eat cake prior to the French Revolution were named conspiracy theorists - all because they saw the in-equity of a system that served the few, not the many. Oh jolly gosh that word system is all pervading.
Pondering further I have come to see that when a person makes a comment about another being a conspiracy theorist they are simply repeating a meme. It’s a defensive statement. For the person in front of them is elucidating a view that is contradictory to their own. They are flummoxed unable to think of a reply. They simply copy the copy of the prevailing media meme. This sprouting forth takes the form of blaming another for questioning and or having a point of view by labelling then as ‘wrong’. No substance given, just two words uttered and there you have it - the new form of giving your opinion - how lightweight is that. BUT this is increasingly common - the inability to think and debate. I say “tell me your views”. I may not agree with them but at least I know you have given consideration to your perspective and I know where you are coming from. The important aspect is that you give thought to your view not that I agree or disagree with your thoughts. I respect another’s view - where there is substance that underlies the view. And I also respect a person when they say ‘in light of what I know now I now believe xyz’. Hopefully this will become more common as the age of transparency nudges people towards telling the truth.
We are in an age where man has the ability to create robots, send man to the moon, develop nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles and use them sans regard, spend three trillion dollars on the Iraq war - yes you read that right, manage the weather as the Chinese did during the Olympic games and much much more besides. But ensuring systems are functional and provide for greater humanity - um why is this so hard to do? I have always held the view that ‘where there is a will there is a way’. But the ‘will’ appears to focus on the superfluous - the appearance that all is well when our observations and experiences tell us it most certainly it is not. Much is hidden in plain sight. Hence the distraction that keeps the many engaged and away from thinking. Courtesy of the ‘machine’ the system keeps churning out dummies who repeat the meme ‘conspiracy theorist’, warning, warning, warning.
I was sorry this interaction occurred as it did and wonder what will occur next time I visit the library. I certainly won’t be throwing pearls before swine. But I will continue to observe the subtle influences of the system that has perfected double speak such that whilst pretending to be a library, the system informs children they will go to Hell 333 for reading books. Yip that right - conditioning of little children that to read is to go to Hell and associating the beautiful manifestation number of 3 with hell. And eat junk food whilst promoting healthy foods. Sounds like double speak toSubtle and powerful are the tools of ambition control. Conditioning begins with the babes.
Libraries use to be community space. I now find that instead of community notices of the local yoga group, menz groups, guitar lessons or dancing classes, the notice board has been supplanted. The full 4 plus metres of space is entirely devoted to Government propaganda - no space for people allowed. No small community based business’s allowed - you don’t fit the model where all business is to be Corporatised or regulated out of existence. One such propaganda item is a leaflet promoting dependence on the system. Quite how this untraceable organisation made it to the government notice board is between the library and the library. Well I could not find this trust on the Companies office register. Helicopter money is closer to the truth but if you believe the spiel that ‘we are here to help you’ then you stick with with sales ploy of been entitled to a universal living wage. This new system is designed to help you become dependent. Until overnight like the banks in Greece the machine of government stops. There is no such thing as a free lunch. But you might say this sounds like a conspiracy theory. The truth is often unpalatable. Likewise the truth will set you free. And at that point you become an active member of society working for the greater good. Couch potato no more. For you begin to think for yourself.
I invite you to ponder and question more. Have you labelled a person as a ‘conspiracy theorist’ or stood to your own defence against the word by saying ‘I am not a conspiracy theorist’ but xyz….Have you paused to ask your self’ is it not time to form a perspective?’. Have you stood for your perspective. Pat on the back if you have. For only by pausing, thinking and trusting that your intuition serves you better than any outside view, can each of us contribute to a better world. Until then repeating memes ensures societies go around in ever decreasing circles, systems stay firmly entrenched, naming and blaming becomes systemic and people are pitted against people for want of a good honest confabulation (yarn).
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AUTHOR LA FEMINA
In the wake of the United Airlines bullying behaviours towards its customers, my sensitivity to the arrogance of Corporates went up a notch or two. For going onto a plane as a doctor and coming off as a patient as some wag said, is an appalling pre fight / flight experience. At least to our western world view which still (mistakenly) believes that we are somewhat more civilised than the other lot. Subsequently I found myself dismayed and disappointed by my interaction with Animates Kaiwharawhara Wellington which I felt issued me with an ultimatum. Buy now or no kitties for you. Now I am not one for an or else conversation – won’t have a bar of it, such that I declined to purchase the little tabby kittens. The scenario went like this.
Animates had two kittens on display which were not available for purchase given severely underweight. They were a brother and sister not quite three months old. Whilst my original intention was to adopt one kitten, given the trauma these tiny kittens had been through I did not like to separate them. Thus, I was open to taking both of them. I put my name down to be contacted once their weight had increased. A week or so passed. I was thinking about the kittens over Easter intending to visit Easter Tuesday. And lo and behold, I received a call on the Tuesday morning saying the kittens were now available for sale. Magic.
The kittens were x SPCA had been de sexed as they call it, micro chipped and vaccinated and from SPCA’s perspective good to go. However, upon Animates taking in the kittens they dropped severely in weight. Oh dear why so much medical intervention given to kitties that are poorly? Whilst I questioned to my self the wiseness of these choices I ‘accepted’ thinking that I could offer care that would help ameliorate their trauma – flower essences for starters. But it is now not to be. For upon going in to Animates at midday, cuddling the kittens briefly for the second time, I was told that they would only be held for me until days end. Quick off the mark I felt. I had a conversation around Animates culture as to this policy to no avail. End of day was all the time Animates would give me to make a decision before the kitties went on to the open market.
At issue became my personal principles and values. For this attitude towards me as a customer conflicted with my values My lived values are to engage with organisations that demonstrate fairness, honesty, and consideration. Yet these kittens were very loving – the loving that comes from neglect before they arrived at Animates and for that matter before they arrived at SPCA. I asked myself ‘was it so difficult to allow a prospective purchaser a few days grace?’ I wanted to pause and consider – conscious parenting and all that. What was the nature of these kittens given my ever so brief meetings? I was after all considering taking on a duo. Why I haven’t brought a bassinet yet and was still looking for a playpen – silk curtains and all that. Was it so difficult to say to any subsequent buyer “someone is considering purchase and we will know in a few days’ meanwhile we will take your details? ADOPTION IS A PROCESS NOT A BUSINESS DECISION. Furthermore, not everyone would be ready and willing to take on kittens that had quite ill and for that matter take two kitty cats. And there were no other expressions of interest recorded in the order book for it seems there is no such book. My joy turned to dismay.
APRIL 26 2017
AUTHORESS LA FEMINA
By inference, Blog Is It Right poses a question. It asks the reader to consider ‘the ideas and concepts’ presented in each discourse and form a view of their own. The words Is it Right were used by Kate Sheppard the New Zealand suffragette whose personal endeavours resulted in the right to vote being enshrined in law; that is a Women’s right to vote, for up till then (1893) men had this right but We Women did not. Our voice was deemed not worthy of being heard.
Conditioning is a powerful force that is trans generational such that releasing the shackles of restriction, (which is an ‘idea’ we have chosen to agree with) does not come about by the passing of a law. This in no way diminishes the value of the Electoral Act 1893*. I am simply recognising that enduring change comes from within, not from a piece of legislation. One has to want something enough to bring about change and to persevere in the face of all that is. Kate did. She decided to honour the voice within that questioned the status quo. In her view, it was decidedly not right that women were not afforded the right to vote.
APRIL 9 2017
AUTHORESS LA FEMINA
Societies are not on average stable and safe –
Humanity is likely on the verge of returning to the mean,
and the mean is exactly that, mean”
And you cannot get meaner than the ANZ Bank. When the going gets tough the tough get going. Life is getting pretty tough in ANZ land given they have taken to harassing clients by automation. For to my surprise and disgust I received a text message saying I was overdrawn. It seems that a paltry overdraft of some $250.00 warrants this behaviour. For having chosen to meet my automated payments from an account reserved for such purpose, presumably the rates bill, the ANZ bank suddenly had second thoughts on their ability to fund the said overdraft. The precariousness of banks is more fragile than I thought.
Such that my row of knitting was interrupted, not once but twice. For on a day thereafter, not content with a text message I picked up my mobile phone to hear an automated message from that bank. I hung up and then promptly burst into tears. I’m a sensitive soul at heart and to me this felt like harassment. I’m wondering how in fact the ANZ bank got my phone number – discerning as I am with my choices. I promptly marked the text message as spam but the phone call could not be blocked for it came up as an unknown number. How underhand is that!
Um…Harassment – I wonder what the definition of this is according to those that enforce – unwanted and uncalled for calls from anonymous phone numbers seems to me to fit the bill.
Such that the sanctuary of my home was intruded upon by of all things a Bank. The bank that has the lowest reputation in the market hence purchased the National Bank which had the highest reputation in the market; specifically friendliness and humility. But silly ANZ, you paid a price over market, for as any seasoned business executive knows you don’t pay a premium for a business and then change the essential stock – in this case it was the people that were the brand. And we think banks are well considered – Think again.
Embedded into the Australian culture that is the ANZ bank are the attitude and sentiments of the people who colonialised Australia – the convicts who were ‘exported’ from Britain. Whilst of English heritage, I too find the British have much to answer for in its treatment of people per sae and with all due respect to those ‘labeled convicts’ because they stole bread to satisfy hunger, something we will see more of in New Zealand, the desperation of the convict mentality is anchored in the Australian psyche. Ask any New Zealand Corporate who has endeavoured to set up shop in Australia and they will tell you that the similarities between New Zealand and Australia are not so similar after all. For when push comes to shove the Australians mean and aggressive streak is quickly revealed. For now firmly entrenched into the social and business fabric of New Zealand, they are finally showing who they are – and it’s not pretty. For the Australians trashed all that was beautiful in Australia – the wisdom and compassion of the indigenous peoples.
But returning to point I want to be very clear about quantifying the exact issue that prompted this writing and place in context. The ANZ bank has a mortgage over my property. The total debt against this property is less than 3% of ratable value. I repeat – less than 3% of ratable value. The amount is infinitely small in terms of both total debt to equity and well $250.00 is not a big deal for a corporate that is supposedly sound. I find this conduct both appalling and revealing. Banks no longer exercise judicious decision making, nor it seems basic common sense. It seems to me that ‘collecting debt’ as the call centre named it, by text and phone makes me feel I had placed my transactional business with a loan shark or finance company. There is one situated just around the corner from ANZ bank with the same blue branding – perhaps they forgot which set clients they were acting for that day.
Are they a related? One might expect this type of behaviour from a second tier lender but at least they call themselves what they are, whereas the ANZ Bank appears to me, to be a Wolf in sheep’s clothing.
AUTHORESS LA FEMINA
New Zealanders, through their co-operation, are complicit in their participation in the deep state – a State which has all the hallmarks of oppressive regimes we have tended to think exist elsewhere in the world, not in New Zealand. It seems to me that, when a country or city is living under military rule or occupation, one is aware of the presence of the dominant party yet, when living in a society which perceives itself as being free, the restriction on personal liberties are equally, if not more, invasive.
Mr Brownlee – I do not want a text from you – you have not proven yourself worthy of my acquaintance.
Under the guise of ‘care for the people’ during times of national disasters the government wants to text you.
This is a great example though, dear reader, to open the eyes of all those who want to see, the extended reach of the New Zealand Government into our private lives and the subtle methods employed to collect personal data on an all too frequent basis. What name does this legislation go under I wonder?
To be continued…
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