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Donald Trump has already achieved one of his aims, which was to ‘Make America Great Again’, the problem is, and it always was.     Political debate, News headlines about the election along with concerning conversations within families and to friends around the world, is proof that American power and influence has never diminished and is clear evidence of your significance to so many aspects of our lives.   It is just a shame that many Americans’  diminished themselves in the eyes of the world by voting in a Donald Trump and supporting his narrowness of thought, for in his ideologies may in turn damaged the philosophy of hope and optimism  that we on the outside associate with the great spirit of America.

Please do not turn away from the family of nations, for to do so is to risk spiralling into national introspection and risking great divisions and conflict within the social fabric of the American nation itself, something I suspect no one desires.

We are one people living on one planet and we all have one life.

We care about you.

 

Yesterday I was engrossed in the dark depths of Scottish 15th century history, a theatre experience of 3 plays lasting just under 8 hours of stage acting portraying the Stewart kings James I, James II, James III at the Marlow Theatre, Canterbury, UK.   There were breaks in-between the plays so the event lasted about 12 hours in total.

The trilogy written by Rona Munro is simply fantastic and an outstanding achievement by all concerned especially the actors who have to perform one play after the other.   The James Plays takes its audience on an emotionally and physically exhausting journey into the darkness’s of human cruelty and the beauty of loving, with humorous brilliance and enthralling dialogue.

If you have the opportunity to see these plays, please do not be put off by the daunting prospect of sitting in a theatre and watching them all in one day; for watching them in one day is a must which is so obvious at their conclusion, and the actors deserve that effort on your part.  After all you only have to sit and experience they have to create the experience for you over the course of the day

The James plays have to be the most exhilarating theatre experience I have had for many years.

This is not a review it is an invitation to experience great theatre.

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For me the answer is a defining ‘Yes!’, for it is only through experiencing a wide range of pleasures and discomforts that we mature our innate selves.   We should value our achievements but we should value our perceived misfortune more, for through them we discover many hidden qualities and strengths denied to us in times of comfort.  We should look upon our physical and emotional scars as emblems of pride, not hide them away in fear we be judged a weak, for it is only those who have not been tested in vortex of emotional uncertainty whose personal immaturity goads them to comment, they respond in fear, whilst bolstering their self-acknowledge frailties’ under a false guise of self-righteous bravado; they are the weak and deserve our pity.

I would not choose a life of placid contentment if such a thing existed.  I would not pave over uncertainties and danger in the hope of never tripping.  I have lived in darkness, cried myself into nonexistence and endured much torment; the light of my life is all the brighter now for having taken those difficult journeys of self-discovery. 

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© Paul Nichol.  2015

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Dear world

Please do not believe that everyone in the UK is bursting with hysterical anticipation over the prospect of the imminent addition to the Windsor household in the form of what is plainly an ordinary baby, although there are some who believe those who hold royal titles process intrinsic qualities of wisdom and character we mere mortals lack, and may cite this post as proof.    There are many of us who are fervently indifferent to the whole media led frenzy that surrounds the industry of the  British royal family and will recoiled from the avalanche false patriotism that is about to fall upon us, through a saturation the media coverage and conditioned social pressure.

I just believe we are all born equal and without an intrinsic privilege of elevated status.  This child will be just a child, just like every other child born around the world today; it is just a fictitious crown that some will place upon its head.

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I am English and I do not live in Scotland, but if I did, I would most defiantly vote YES  for independence on the 18th September 2014.   My reason is simple, Scotland should be an independent country, run by its citizens for it citizens.    Voting No through a sense of fear would be a mistake; opportunities to shape our own living history rarely occurs and so should be seized and enacted upon with passion.

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I have never had a set plan for any aspect of my life as they are nothing but aspirations, as life is unpredictable.    Truly ‘Living in the Moment’ is far healthier than pretending to live the moment whilst wishfully anticipating a future that may never ever materialise.

What is a lifestyle plan anyway and why would anyone really want one?    Is not life, more than a list of social achievements for others to admire or even emulate.  What is the point in accumulating wealth if it creates a sense of fear that it is not enough or that someone might steal it from you, or traveling the world ticking off the countries visited, if you have never journeyed into your soul?

 

Please read the original blog post ‘Which Are You: 49% or 51%?  that inspired this response on ‘Eric Tonningsen’s “Awakening to Awareness”

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© Paul Nichol.  September 2014

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The Conservative Party who are in coalition Government in Great Britain want to take back the powers from the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, so they can in future decide what is lawful or unlawful when it comes to citizens’ human rights.   There are only two other mainland European Countries who do not abide by European Convention of Human Rights, and they are Belarus and Kazakhstan.

The European Court of Human Rights was established 1959 in the French city of Strasbourg.  It considers cases brought against those who are signatories to the convention, some individuals and Civil Liberty organisations have caused political embarrassment to the UK Government in recent years, however, political embarrassment is no reason to take such a major step.    We should be proud that the UK was a founding member of the Human Rights Convention and that we were influential in its design, we were also one of the first countries to ratify the treaty giving individuals the right to complain to the court since 1966.

When a Country engages in the global debate on Human Rights and then ratifies the Human Rights Convention, their citizens are then much better protected from the possibility of unjustified institutionalised mistreatment, for when a Country shapes its own individual concept of what are acceptable Human Rights, through some transient political philosophy, it is both dangerous and a worrying for all its citizens.

We are all citizens of the world, and the rights of one are equal to the rights of all.   Countries should not be able to pick and choose the ethical and human rights standards it feels fits its political ambitions.  We should be working towards unifying a principled Human Rights Charter for every citizen of the world and not taking a retrograde step into moral isolationism that Dictators and Authoritarians now and in the future can cite, to justify oppression and cruelty.

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© Paul Nichol.  July 2014