Time’s Running Out

I do not write about cameras much these days. In fact, truth to tell I am a little bored with the technology. The ‘This cameras better than that one syndrome’ is tiresome. The illness of betterment is more than dull or boring, it is a character death warrant. Why must we have the latest Canon – Leica – Sony? Everything is getting better, so what. There are reasons to use technology; there are reasons to ignore it. Cameras have the same appeal to me as cars. They are tools and nothing more. I drive an Isuzu pickup truck, and like my eight-year-old Canon 5d with its 28-70mm f3.5-4.5 lens, it is a tool.

My pick-up just works. It’s not fast or luxury class.
My Canon and the fifty-pound lens takes pictures for my promotional work.
My occupation is about writing, recording, photos, and videos. I have no care about the tools – I have every care about the knowledge to use them to their best advantage.

Some time ago I reflected on the Abe Lincoln statement: ’If you are going to cut down a tree – Spend some time sharpening the axe’ I like the idea and the sentiment. Although if I were to cut down a tree today, I would hire a chainsaw. I’m hoping you grasp the view; it is not a thorny rose or stinging nettle. The idea is to use the right tool for the job, and the correct tool does not have to be the most expensive.

My body is becoming tired. Age is indeed the restriction no human can escape. I listen to a man talk about his wealth, looking at his body I feel it’s fair to say ‘Chum, you haven’t spent your money wisely. Your money has made you look like your evolved persona, which is, mean, ugly, selfish and boastful. He’s a fool, and his loot is not evidence of his intelligence: it is evidence he can earn a few quid, nothing more. I know a woman with little money, she has more wealth than he could accumulate.

This is the point – no matter what you have – if you cannot find a way to understand or enjoy the life experience – it is worthless. If you can benefit from the pleasure of using and, get the most out of what you have – you have everything. Possession, relationships and most of all life, make the most of every opportunity.

I listen to those who crave retirement. I read and listen to those who profess to possess all the answers. As I enter my sixtieth year, I feel retirement is the death warrant of human progress, and I know nothing is of value apart from life itself. During my life, only one person has truly impressed me with real intelligence, my friend Francis. And yes, he was materially wealthy. His intelligence was not an encyclopedia of information or catalogue of names, facts, and figures. He was at the highest rung of academia and well respected by his peers. Francis taught men and women how to think and reason. ‘Learn to use words and speak only truth, Ian. And you will become wealthy beyond your expectations’ He is of course, correct, the master or mistress of words is in total control of their thoughts and therefore their life.
Francis taught invaluable lessons ‘No man is equal – all find their level.’ ‘Those who struggle to discover success are simply not learning how to be successful.’ I’m not going to qualify the word ‘success’ in this essay. If you are going to play word games, then the objective will be evasive.

I see the word count is 540 and my ten-minute time limit is 60 seconds away.

Final notes:-
1) All pictures are taken with my old Canon and a fifty quid lens.
2) Greedy readers may not be able to work out the sentiment of the essay.
3) Grammar Nazi’s have a Blitzkrieg – I’ve no time to edit the article.



This essay is also published on www.lizianevents.blog

Helter Skelter
Helter Skelter

If we were to gauge our daily actions with emotional feelings what would be the outcome? In other words, if something made us unhappy we refused to be part of it. If another situation made us happy, we would work with it. For example, borrowing may make us miserable and result in long-term restrictions. Working to own our home will provide a sense of achievement. The consideration is this: If we decided to love and enjoy every facet of our life. If we train our minds to face reality and learn to become responsible for every action and choice. If we sought fact against deception, reality over illusion, how would our life change? If we used the emotion feeling of happiness, truth, and integrity to guide our lives, would we become free from problems?

Let us consider the idea that we become managers of our environment. What changes would we have to make? I suppose we would have to consider what a manager is before going further. A manager is someone who knows how to run the factory, office or store within certain limitations. If you wish to manage a home in the same way as these people, there would be changes to make. A good manager knows how to run the operation and the most vital piece of information is how much is the budget?

It is just adding up the monthly income and subtracting the monthly outgoings. Whatever remains can be saved or spent, the choice is the managers. Later, decisions are made to take on credit commitments, to purchase special needs. A good manager exchanges the word ‘credit’ for ‘debt.’ He controls outgoings and overheads. At this stage, choices will be made whether to live close to the edge with excessive spending or commit to saving and long term security. One way results in ongoing juggling and difficulty. The other is a way which dictates we endure hardships early to be comfortable later. Yes, there are good and bad managers, the difference is looking at the whole picture or hiding the severe problems.

No wonder politicians are in fear of truth. Because they all make the first choice, they overspend and borrow. The promise’s made at election time have to be paid for, and those who vote for unrealistic and expensive promises are contributing to long-term debt and heavily taxed hardship for their grand and great grandchildren. The lack of responsibility and greed from both voter and politician will perpetuate the long-term difficulties. You will be correct if you comment ‘There is nothing we can do about it.’ Truth to tell few of us believes anything of real benefit comes from politics. There is little chance of change in our society. People argue, fight and enter into war. A few are happy, most exist and die, preferring illusion.

Allow me to paraphrase the last paragraph:-

No wonder humans live in fear of truth. They choose to overspend and borrow to fill the debt. The promise’s we make to justify the debt are soon forgotten. And a weak mind which allows this debt contributes to its own misery. In the long term, this way of life affects the way our offspring live their life. The greed of our children allows them to love those who spoil them. Those who live within their means are ridiculed as fools and seen to be poor due to lack of visible wealth. There is little happiness in the way of those who live within an illusion. Millions sitting in front of TV screens, hypnotized by illusions, is a perfect way to stop people thinking for themselves.

Forget conspiracy theories; the majority or people are in self-destructing mode. Drugs and cures for illness? Best look for a reason for the disease. There is little responsibility for the problems which surround our environment. That is fine we have the freedom to do as we wish. Why fight against the odds? It is worth considering complacency as an option. Resistance will result in those holding an opposite view fighting their corner. People have to be fit to fight, and if there is no argument, the opposition becomes complacent. Tobacco cancer is now replaced with junk food cancer, diabetes, and obesity. The taxes earned from the junk food business is greater than tobacco. People work in the industry for pennies and live a borderline existence. Blame the establishment if you wish, remember, you have free choice to do as you like. No one forces you to self-poison, it is an easy option to blame others for your illness, poverty, and issues.

The idea of focussing upon one’s inner being. Finding peace within one’s personal environment. Working toward freedom from all forms of debt and living within one’s budget. These are real options. The ideas accompany an attitude of mind. A dedication which involves a fair degree of solitude. It is far from easy; the advertisers are adept as heroin at addicting the unwary. Those who wish to find peace (and honesty) are surrounded by double standards and deception. Dishonesty and deception are currencies of the establishment. Think carefully about those who are so called pillars of society. They are ships in a bottle of lies. If the majority of people see their deceptions as acceptable, there is no hope of making changes.

To counter this, any individual who works to control their lives. Takes the time to research real truths and exist within the knowledge of reality. Will see the futility of fighting against the illusion. And they become self-empowered and free to become content within their existence.

Of course, this essay is open to many counter arguments. It is worthy of 11000 words, not 1100. The astute reader will realise there are many spiritual parallels in the examples used in this article. What is a modern interpretation of the word spiritual? It could be understanding the issues which affect our lives and strengthening our resolve to live happily with what we have available to us. We have a lifetime available to us, and to squander the gift of being able to experience life is to live the life of a fool. The politician, industrialist, and media mogul controls the mind of the majority. There are some who desire to discover alternative ways to live.

It is not important to dress like a pantomime actor. Hope the universe will fill your pocket with gold. Follow the ideas of so-called gurus. All one has to do is reason with the truth. Accept the road to attainment sometimes seems long and arduous. See the love within happiness and integrity. We do not need a book or genii to show us a magical way. The magic is in our mind and within our actions.

The reader is left to consider this thought; if a man and woman unite and care for their family. Helps and guides their children how to find success in their lives. If they demonstrate living without debt, within truth and accepting the faults of those who surround them. What is the degree of their spiritual attainments?