Posts tagged poverty

Preserving “The Pyramid” – the reason things are the way they are…

"Things are the way they are because they have been designed to be this way," a friend of mine said. "It's all about preserving The Pyramid." What's The Pyramid? Let me tell you... "The Pyramid" (according to my friend) is a method of social, economic and political organisation that is at the core of every human civilisation from the Egyptians to Hindus to Monarchies to Capitalism. All the big political conflicts come down to one thing: The Pyramid. Conflicts are either initiated by Read more [...]

Chocolate slavery and the tragic flaw of humanity in the 21st century

Didn't they abolish slavery a couple of hundred years ago? Well no - it continues... and it continues such to provide the "haves" with what (in my opinion) is the most delicious tasting delightful experience of all my being: chocolate. In my opinion there is NOTHING worse than physical slavery and nothing better than chocolate, and so I face the greatest polarity in my world: the best and worse wrapped into a block of bitter sweetness. Can you believe that in today's day and age some humans Read more [...]

Chapter 2 – One Country, Many Worlds

There seems to be a great reverence for Gandhi throughout India. His face features on every rupee note, and his philosophy and practice of non violence gained a mention in almost every Indian speaker’s presentation at the conference. "Truth is God", said Gandhi, dedicating his life to it. “You will not have peace, unless you love the truth," said one of the speakers. While I was relieved my presentation was over, I did take away a number of fantastic messages from the conference. My favourite Read more [...]

Where are we, where are we going, and how?

'I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no "brief candle" for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.' George Bernard Shaw. The following snippets of youtube videos are inspired by an initiative called "Awakening The Dreamer" which involves a half-day seminar that uses these video Read more [...]

Empowering women & the role of men

Empowering women has been said to be the "silver bullet" to ending poverty. Studies have shown that an increase in the income of women directly correlates with increases in the education and nutrition of children. These children will lead longer and more fulfilling lives, and an upward spiral will begin as they can provide better education and nutrition to their children. Increases in the income of men have no correlation with children's education and nutrition, but instead correlate with increases Read more [...]

Is Lindt chocolate slave chocolate?

This blog on the ethics of Lindt chocolate is a live entry on a live issue, due to the many hits and comments it has attracted. As far as I'm aware there is no short answer to the question "is Lindt chocolate slave chocolate?" While of course Lindt don't condone child slavery or human trafficking, and they do have some measures in place that decrease the chances of slavery, myself and others hoping for a guarantee have been left hanging. My dilemma is that I am addicted to chocolate, and I especially Read more [...]

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