Recycle

Recycle by Aleen Andreou

 

“If you extend your leg beyond the edge of the duvet you are going to get cold and uncomfortable.”

That was my grandmother’s philosophy on money. “Extend yourself and spend more than what you have, you get cold and uncomfortable.”

One day in 1986, I dared rebut her philosophy. “Those are old fashioned ideas Grandma, we have credit cards now.” I said flashing the new plastic trophy that my bank manager had given me. He had given it to me saying “You are earning a good salary, you deserve a credit card.”

And so I was offered this status symbol, this token of acceptance into consumerism. The card to sooth anxiety with shopping therapy, the card for self-validation with the latest brands. More bags, clothes, and shoes. Grandma continued with her warnings, and of course I continued dismissing them as old fashioned values. And I was right in the 80’s. I was right in the 90’s. I was even right in the early 00’s.. Then the financial meltdown happened in the USA.

It came to Cyprus in 2013. I saw people and businesses crumble under the weight of debt. It was time; I handed over my credit card, back to my banker. No more plastic money for me; no more credit and debt. Grandma was right. I realised how her old values were useful in a modern world. I recycled her values. Another value she lived by, was to acquire no more than one new garment a year.

Should we adopt that value today? Fewer clothes will mean less pollution. Toxic dyes, spew forth in our rivers, the production of synthetic fabrics pollute our environment, discarded garments create mountains of waste, and the thirsty cotton plant robs us of precious water. Grandma knew that consumerism was not a therapy option. Instead she relied on herself and the closely-knit community of family and friend to get her through challenges. Her motto was “Respect everyone, help those around you, connect with whoever you meet.”. Today as we work hard at protecting our planet, recycling materials perhaps we need to go just a little further and recycle some good old fashioned values too.

 

This article is based on a speech I gave at The Superspeakers Toastmasters club, on October 9th 2013.

 

Philosophy of good news 

October 2018

 

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You should return

Oh yes! 

You should return!

Because the easiest move 

Is to go away! 

You should return!

You should return 

as majority is trying to escape! 

I do not trust majority and 

so called mainstream opinions. 

They have something 

to make you sleep.

You should return and face the past!

You should return fresh and new,

aware and able to 

enlight the future. 

You should return and smile,

and cry! 

Why not!?

You should return and be a man 

not a fugitive! 

You should return!

You should return without fear 

with open heart! 

Only then 

just and only then 

you will feel the magic

recognising that past is not tragic 

having in its sleeves aces of love!

You should return! 

 

Philosophy of good news 

 

September 2018

 

 

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You should return! Doors are always open!


Elephants, Donkeys and Snails

In his essay “The story of the Viziers Elephant” Serbian Nobel Prize for literature winner Ivo Andric said that “the towns and villages of Bosnia are full of stories” and that they “live a strange hidden life”. The same can be said for towns and villages of Cyprus!

It seems that a long history of different conquerors with different mentalities, believes and custom, contributed to the procreation of stories which are being told first and foremost verbally, usually over the traditional Cyprus meze accompanied with brandy, wine or beer and finished with traditional friend making Cyprus coffee.

And also applied in Cyprus is the Andric statement that the stories live strange hidden life till there is someone who reveals a couple of it, hoping that it will boost the others to continue with even better talent in shaping words and zeal to do it.

Andric mentioned an Elephant and our tale is about much smaller gastropod animal called so simple SNAIL. But to go to the snails we first ned to explain the word Gaiduras.

Once upon the time there was a small village in Cyprus called Gaiduras like a female Donkey (Jenney or Jennet). It was a very special working animal, a companion of hard working farmers helping them to cultivate land, transfer products to the markets and many more other activities. It was so special that it was presented many times as a part of a tocher, a marriage settlement and was valued more than the land bordering the sea and less than fertile land. A combination of fertile land and donkey was a perfect dowry in those days.

There is a story told to me by the gentleman who now has one of the most beautiful places in Protaras area where he built hotel apartments complex. When we were talking about the history of that part of Cyprus he let us know about his tocher presenting us with traditional louvi (black eyed beans) from his land as a sign of hospitality and welcome. He said: “When my late father in law presented me with the tocher, he showed me this land and said to me “Dear Son I do not have anything else to leave to you and my daughter except the sea and the donkey.””

Once apon the time in the village of Gaiduras, somewhere in the late forties of the last century a man called Adamos was born. From the family of hard working farmers Adamos had huge issues in the primary school as he was obliged to help his family in cultivation of land and different other hard jobs, all in order to supply nearby markets with mostly vegetables enabling it to survive those difficult times. They say that he was attending the same class seven times. He eventually passed the class, the legend says, by letting know his teacher that he is not interested to become a teacher himself! “You can be at ease as I am not going to take your job” he said!

Here it came to my mind a couple of rimes of Aleksandar Petrovic or Shandor Petofi a famous Hungarian poet which he wrote about his school experience!

 

“Diligently I attended

Years ago my classes

Yet my professors

Then expelled me,

Being a most stupid set.”

 

After 1974 invasion of Turkey, Adamos became refuge like many other Cypriots. He immediately organised himself ,as his mind was hugely practical, and went to London where he established, what would become a well-known small Cypriot tavern specialized in serving original Cypriot food. Even that his English stayed poor all his life he was well known for his clear, common sense sharp mind so rare today! And off course he will stay in our minds because of his special original, traditional Cyprus food! He managed to make his tavern a must destination of a lot of Cypriots visiting London and still feeling homesick!

When his second son was born he went to the hospital to visit his wife and newly born baby where a situation, explained by him to us one autumn night, occurred. “You know, he started, when my wife gave birth to my second child I went to the hospital to see her and child and to enjoy the moments with the family. As I wanted to smoke I went out to light a cigarette. While smoking and organizing my thoughts about the future of the new born child, the nurse I saw in the ward passed by and smiling said to me “Congratulations, 5 pounds 10 ounces!” (2.551 kg – Big baby it was!). I heard it and immediately forgot what I was thinking before! I looked at her thinking that for the first child no one asked for extra payment. I put a hand in my pocket, and fortunately I had 20 pounds note. I gave it to the nurse with a smile of proud father and said, please keep the change! After that I learned what Ounce is as I knew very well what Pound was!”

One of the specialities served in his tavern were original small snails you can find in the bushes once a year during the summer period and since they are not cultivated in farms they are absolutely tasteful and rare! Apart from those there are big white snails you can find near the sea and medium white and black snails which you can find two times a year in the little bushes as well. So we know for sure for two events which could have shaped the quality of original British non breed snails.

Namely Adamos used to smuggle snails to London using shoe boxes( in Cyprus shoe boxes are scarce objects and are used for making the incubators to transporting tasty original small snails available only once a year!).

Many times I have done it and all went smoothly till one day Adamos let us know!

I packed as usual my snails in the shoe box filled with flour for them to have to absorb something and at the same time to clean them and make them ready to be cooked instantly as customers were impatiently awaiting it. And, like many times I picked the boxes camouflaged to look as ordinary and as poor as possible and immediately I have noticed that the weight of the two boxes was not the original weight I delivered to Cyprus airport. But I needed to be calm till I came to the tavern where I open the boxes and with unbelievable disappointment and grief I found out that my companions and my life survivors, my small special snails were lost! Only a two to three dozen have stayed, possibly being afraid to leave the safety of the box and pursue a new life on the British soil.

On the other hand, Adamos told us that he decided to use remaining snails as a free of charge offer for a few of his customers. Disappointment stayed, but his love for work and his authentic story telling was more than enough for customers not to mention anything about a lack of snails in the menu and to enjoy the time to the full in his tavern!

Adamos passed away some time ago but his stories stayed, with one I could not confirm, yet!

And that is if the British non breed small snails got upgraded by lost Cypriot sweet tasty snails lost by our hero Adamos.

 

Could be continued ……

 

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September 2018

 

 

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Half true societies

Half true is the most dangerous tool in the hands of would be handlers and influencers of public behaviour.

It can be easy to get rid of that, some would say very professional and productive, manipulation of consciousness.

Good morning!

How many times we say Good morning without even thinking of neither Good not Morning?

How are you?

How many times we ask the question How are you without having in mind the slightest meaning of How of Are and definitely of You ?

 

That is what half-truth society manipulation has done to us. We lost the real meaning of the words which are projecting our feelings. If common sense thoughts are applied we could say that we, knowingly or not, are suppressing our real feelings, if we still have and comprehend what our real feelings are!?!

How comes ? Why ? What to do ? Etc...

I will not engage in analysis of our societies trying to answer the question "Who is guarding the guardians?", as it is not necessary at all! No need to let the value rise. No need to mention anything of different theories. 

 

But with the puropose will quote beautiful thought of Thomas Paine from his pamphlet Common Sense by letting you know that he and Benjamin Franklin tried to dissuade the French from making French Revolution. Why? That is for you to find out.

"Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the later negatively by restraining out vices. First is a patron, last a punisher".

And regarding simplicity!

"The more simple anything is, the less liable it is to be disordered, and the easier repaired when disordered."

 

So in order to renew yourself start meaning every word you say! Every single word and be ready to engage. No excuses of no time etc.. It will first and most help you! By doing it you will again, some first time, comprehend that all our life before had a meaning and purpose and that memories are crucial ingredient for us to proceed further!

This can be done by all of us only if we FEEL intuitively the real LOVE ! NON DEFINED BUT PURE , OPEN ARMS AND EYES, TRUE , GENUINE LOVE! LOVE FOR FELLOW HUMAN BEING FIRST ! THAN TO YOURSELF! THIS WE KNOW BECOUSE WE FEEL THE FEELING! And do not even try do destroy your memories! It will just be a lost time, further crippling our soul and our overall human feelings. Some of the main stream, white hair models, so called "intellectual yet idiot" (Nicholas Taleb article at 

https://medium.com/incerto/the-intellectual-yet-idiot-13211e2d0577) are marketing other ideas. They are teaching and preaching to surpress our fellings. They are doing so using their popularity expressing their "humanity and concern" over the pain we feel giving us a false solutions based on half truth. Handlers are in a need as times are changing.

First the truth is that we feel pain! Pain is painful! So we feel it! And they say " get rid of it and you will feel better" ! So you ask how and they give you the solution like you are not able to find one as your life is made complicated by the half truth in all segments of it and you are not sure what is to be done! And they say  "destroy your memories", forget everything and start from the begining!!!!!  etc...

They teach us to suppress our feelings! To destroy them! Not all they say, not all feelings! They are human! They have concerns about your well being! And you believe it, as marketing is absoloutely great and very productive! 

But Dear!!!!

It is not in our behaviour to destroy! However it looks "out dated" due to the penetration of minority, somebody called it movable government, we are not in this world to destroy! We are here to build! To build genuine, beautiful minds first and then project it to fellow humans and our societies. And to exchage thoughts, to share! To distinguish from half and whole truth. To make friends with our pain not paing attention of different "gurus"suggestions based on statistical research this and that made by the people mentioned in above Mr. Taleb article.

So FACE THE PAIN AND ALL YOUR MEMORIES!!!! They are there to teach you! They are there to show you the path. They are there to make you wiser and more human! They are there to let you build not destroy! They are there to feel real pure love and not to hate anything and anyone! They are there to help!

FACE THE PAIN! PLAY AND MAKE FRIENDS WITH IT. ACKNOWLEDGE IT! 

THIS IS HOW WISDOM IS MADE. BEING WISE IS BEING AWARE OF YOUR PAIN AND PAST MEMORIES! 

AND WITH WISDOM YOU ARE PROTECTING YOUR UNIQUE HUMAN BRAIN FROM ANY MANIPULATION! 

 

The result?

The truth will be doubled as memories and pain are shared with no place for anything else to penetrate!

 

You can apply it easily and immediately! 

And you will be amazed when you FEEL the wisdom and common sense and love and compassion! PURE !

 

Just give it a try and believe in your self and not in different opinion handlers however they might be currently popular.

 

 

HAPPY LIFE WITH GENUINE FEELINGS IS WISHED !

 

D.K.

 

 

August 2018

 

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HOPE

Short break from every day routine with a friend of mine at the place you see on the photo attached, was an inspiration to write below short story, which, due to the world we live in, somebody could baptize it as fairytale.

 

Mediterranean sea.

 

Exceptional beauty, hospitable hard working people, amazing places to see and yet as many to be discovered telling us the stories about nature and human behaviour.

 

It is up to us to use it as a connection, exercising respect and restraint, practicing togetherness and mutual aid, in a word, love towards fellow humans and nature.

 

The story happened a little bit after the mid of the last century somewhere but exactly in Mediterranean.

Even that you learned approximate time of happening I need to add the expression,once upon the time, commonly used in fairytales as when I heard it from the person who lived it , my emotions were the same as when I was reading a fairytale.Clean, pure, genuine and deep.

So,once upon the time in the place situated in Mediterranean baby was born. It was the beginning of the year and it was unfortunate, adverse time as the troubles, in that place in Mediterranean started just a month before a premature birth of the baby. Weighted only six hundred (600) grams new prematurely born baby needed immediate help of incubator. Incubator meant life. But as electricity supply was cut off and supply of fuel for generators in the hospital could not be renewed, incubators could not deliver the hope for the baby to survive. But,as there is always the word but, especially in fairytales,common sense, knowledge, dedication combined with practical thinking skills ( 2+2=4 or 1+1=2 depending from the place in Mediterranean you come from), usually generated fast when we are seemingly in the unbearable situation,shaped new born baby future. And there was a future!

The doctor and the accoucheuse came to an Idea to use ordinary shoe box, to isolate it properly, to cut the small hole and install a blacksmith pump injecting the oxygen in to the box thus making it look like home made, provisional incubator. All was set for the new prematurely born baby boy to survive. And the baby boy survived!

The life won!

After the troubles settled in the next couple of months, as the life was a winner, baby boy parents organised a family gathering. Not only to celebrate the life but also to ask for the opinion what the name of the baby boy could or should be.

Very lively discussion took place as everyone had opinion. It is the custom for Mediterranean people towards the east to have the opinion about everything, even about their own opinion.

First idea was to call him Revenge,as never to forget and forgive and to seek revenge.

Another proposal was to name him Patriot, never to forget his roots and the other was the Gods follower with many more proposals not worthy mentioning at this time.

The family could not decide which name to choose for, now healthy, baby boy.

Discussion continued with everyone supporting and explaing why the particular name will be good for the boy.

Somewhere in the corner the uncle of the boy was sitting quietly obviously in deep thoughts. Suddenly, with overwhelmed  clear mind and widely open eyes he stood up and said: " Come on! Enough. Enough fighting and hate! We need to proceed! We need to choose the path towards the peace. Not to forget! But to forgive!  We need HOPE!

So it is decided?" he concluded his brief emotional speech.

As family was silent trying to digest what they heard he continued: " We will name him HOPE,HOPEFUL! Only by calling his name we, and his future friends and all who will know him will have to mention the word HOPE, possibly creating the genuine positive energy to generate in them selves more of the HOPE for our commom, peaceful future. One day! One day will prevail! So HOPE it is!" he concluded.

 

As more than a half century passed then new born HOPEFUL HOPE became a grown up man with more than enough weight, living the life of aware human being, expressing him self with wide open eyes and amazing awareness full of HOPE , yes HOPE, always ready to learn! 

Mediterranean has a future! Beautiful future! Follow the HOPE.

This was his story. After letting me know about his experience and after a beautiful mind exchanges I used the expression of 1951 Oscar winner Humphrey Bogart at the end of famous Casablanca movie " This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship". Which it was ! 

Our hero told me that he is just now discovering his whole country as he could not manage to see it all and it is trying to catch-up. And it goes without saying that wherever he goes the HOPE is delightful follower.

Life goes on with HOPE that love, respect, humanity will prevail.

 

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August 2018

 

 

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Mediterranean sea

Berlin January 2018

Three days is certainly not enough to introduce Berlin even to yourself some would think.But if it is combined with just a few hours of sleep,nearly 30 kilometres walk, plus more than double by so organised public transport and constant communication with plenty of different people I will be very grateful if the words to follow will manage to pass on  my feelings about the atmosphere I felt. And "so it goes"...

 

Comming soon... 

 

Philosophy of good news 

Darko Krstic 

January 2018 

 

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2018(WE ARE WHAT WE LEAVE TO HUMANITY)

Happy new 2018!  Year of awakening!

It looks at the time of writing, that an American writer Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) had a point when saying 

" We spend first thirty five or forty years of our exsistence climbing a tall ladder in order to finally reach the top of a building ; then once we're on the roof we realize it's wrong building"

 

The above thought can be applied to individuals as well as to societies, countries.

 

2018 will give us the opportunity to find out if we are in the wrong building. Or could teach us how to repair at least, or could give us the knowledge how to abandon it without serious consequences. 

 

We will definitely in 2018 learn much more about ourselves and about our fellow human beings. We will further continue to transmute our mind and perception how the real world should be. 

 

2018 might become the year of "repatriation" and "redistribution" of wealth. As it can contribute in simple awakening of popularly called "masses".

 

Concept as we know it does not work. Question arises if we should change the concept(abandon the building) or introduce more human approach and repar it. 

That is the question which needs to be answered , dealt with, by the debt owners as per the "system regulations" at the time of this writing.

 

Do not remember where did this quote came from but significant it is"Those who control the debt , control everything".

 

At the first place , to create the debt , you need to create need and "medium of exchange" for that need. Off course all under control of few for the

"benefit"of all. 

Regarding the mentioned few, one could say that like all of the rest of us they have their everyday life, concerns, feelings. Hope that humanity prevails in them as they answer the question                 "What is enough?".

 

Dear few , you will comprehend that enough is so little. So little needed to be human! And hopefully that you will realize that wars are not the solution, they just buy time as last 2000 years have shown . Humanity is older than that and it will prevail. Be wise and exercise your wisdom! 

 

2018 will show that everything is relative but at the same time simple.

Simple as fear is gone , manipulation understood.

Central Banks could become the property of the people, for the people , by the people?

Debt could be reduced to zero?! How? Well it has happened,  with experiment of " one time tax relief", "one time "something else  and "only now" another else!

So who said that it is not posible to be one off dept zeroing.

 

Will it matter? 

 

Maybe it will maybe will it not!

 

What will matter is when we ourselves get our deep existence feelings in front and first realize  that we are Spirit, Soul and Body . That we are ONE ! 

 

And words ! Lot will change to the better. Maybe with some fast passing pain.

When ancient words became racional objects they lost fragments of their obviousness thus "programing" us to go by the path of dualism. 

 

2018 will be the year of revelation of the Ancient words subtle metaphysical meaning thus changing values we are being "learned" to accept. It will contribute to the process of awakenings.

As one of the results, education as we know it will go through essential changes.

Just to mention GADADHAR CHATTERJEE - RAMAKRISHNA and encourage you to learn more about him.

Ancient words ...! 

 

You can listen to the song under!

 

Lyrics of Ancient Words

 

"Holy words long preserved

for our walk in this world,

They resound with God's own heart

Oh, let the Ancient words impart.

Words of Life, words of Hope

Give us strength, help us cope

In this world, where e'er we roam

Ancient words will guide us Home.

Ancient words ever true

Changing me, and changing you.

We have come with open hearts

Oh let the ancient words impart.

Holy words of our Faith

Handed down to this age.

Came to us through sacrifice

Oh heed the faithful words of Christ.

Holy words long preserved

For our walk in this world.

They resound with God's own heart

Oh let the ancient words impart.

Ancient words ever true

Changing me, and changing you.

We have come with open hearts

Oh let the ancient words impart.

Ancient words ever true

Changing me, and changing you.

We have come with open hearts

Oh let the ancient words impart.

Ancient words ever true

Changing me, and changing you.

We have come with open hearts

Oh let the ancient words impart.

Ancient words ever true

Changing me, and changing you.

We have come with open hearts

Oh let the ancient words impart.

We have come with open hearts

Oh let the ancient words impart."

 

That changes are already taking place!

In the existing building, still !

 

More and more people are writing their genuine thoughts, transferring their inner knowledge to the rest, who are, intuitively following and themselves contributing to the positive energy to burst further. The concept is simple , that of horizontal concentric circuits!

 

Intuition is on high alert theese days.

 

Just two days ago my first cousin made a surprise announcement that she published her first book called "AMNESIA" . Beautiful words are said about it and what is encouraging, a lot from the young people from 17 till 30 years old. Off course and from us a little bit older! Thank you Marina!  

 

And this is just one recent example, one of many!

 

Another one to mention here is by the gentleman who has a beautiful Facebook page called " Vinčanska kultura" with profile cover photo sating "LOVE IS LIFE" and who said to me when asked if I can translate some of the articles - YES ! Let the knowledge spread ! It is free ! Thank you!

 

And another one, beautiful mind , Romanian theatre director and writer with his articles called "Singuratate"

(Solitude) presenting his view that solitude is bliss as well, taking his readers to another level of consciousness,awareness,awakening them!

Thank you Ovidiu!

Hope to have him translated here as well!  

 

Or another beautiful mind , Romanian film Director and writer with his "Ballad for my Father"  Thank you Ioan!

 

I again strongly, genuinely encourage you to send your writings to us and we will be pleased to publish it. Even in other languages! No fear! Forget fear and be what you are! A free, beautiful human being! 2018 will be the year in which we will learn to cope with fear, those destructive fear. 

 

Everything is positive if it is supplied in the right dosage! That goes for the fear too!

 

And all will adapt in 2018 to the new, positive , good , human approach. Just it will be. It will happen!

 

2018 will be a step towards realizing who we are and what are we doing here, without forgetting everyday human pain, concerns about existence and definitely not forgetting how to love! To love with all our being whatever we do, wherever we are. 

 

It is never boring to love! It is never enough to give love! It is pure, it is human, it is awake!

 

How nice would be to proclaim that new 2018 will be all about education and awakening ? With pure meaning of the words! Nothing to do with algorithms just an "ordinary" scale from one to ten !!! Think and contribute something positive to the Earth! 

 

 

Philosophy of good news wishes that we all realize that 

"WE ARE WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND US TO HUMANITY"

(D.K.)

 

 

Happy Awake 2018

 

 

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