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Is there a Formula for Success?

Recently I was asked if there was a formula for a successful life. I decided there wasn’t because a formula provides but one method, whereas there are as many ways of being successful as there are people seeking success. What we need are guidelines that are useful to everyone, regardless of gender, race, aim or social station.
What is a “successful life”? That definition is up to the individual, and depends on his age, abilities and circumstances, so a formula would have to be so vague it would be worthless.
I seldom use the word happiness in the context of success, as it is an ephemeral emotion, whereas contentment is a fairly constant, vague, background feeling that you’re in the right place, doing the right thing, with people you like to be with. It’s akin to cosiness and when it’s absent one has the desire to get it back.
I define a successful life as one in which the person feels more or less contented most of the time.
Fortunately, wise men and women over the centuries have provided us with a plethora of guidelines that, if followed, could lead to a contented life. Interestingly,  despite the philosophers’ differences in time, place and culture, their ideas on how to life are similar.
Seven precepts have guided me to what I consider to have been a successful life.

  1. Be aware of your mental and physical limitations and abilities.
  2. Understand the difference between wants and needs, and after satisfying your needs, want only what is possible.
  3. Everything in moderation – nothing to excess.
  4. Treat others as you want to be treated.
  5. Keep healthy in both mind and body.
  6. The man who has one real friend in his life, is most fortunate.
  7. Waste not; want not.

Looking for a Proper Job in Australia

 

Looking for a Proper Job in Australia?

I was speaking recently with a young man about to enter the work force. He wanted a ‘proper’ job, not just a temporary position serving petrol or fast food.

Reluctantly, I informed him he’s about thirty years too late. Until then Australia had a booming clothing industry, an innovative electronics sector, factories making every type of home appliance, most tools, cars, boats, and all the spare parts anyone could ever need. There were steel mills, oil refineries, printers and publishers, independent tradespeople in every field—butchers, bakers, booksellers, hardware shops, draperies. You name it, someone in Australia made it, small businesses sold it and tradesmen repaired and maintained it. But all those jobs have gone to cheap labour in China, Taiwan, Indonesia… And nothing’s repaired because everything’s ‘disposable’ or there are no spare parts, so we throw millions of tons of perfectly good stuff into toxic dumps.’

Supermarket chains have destroyed local bakers, butchers, drapers, smallgoods shops, pastry cooks, local hardware shops, local electrical appliance shops… which is why Main Streets have empty stores and bazaars full of cheap junk imported by the shipload.

Virtually the only jobs left in Australia are in the service sector—the so-called health industry [sickness industry would be a better description] the finance industry, the education industry, the tourism industry, the fitness industry, the entertainment industry, the transport industry, the military industry, the police and prison industry, or working as a salesperson for one of the giant corporations that have swallowed up small businesses, fueling consumerism by advertising stuff made in other countries, selling stuff made elsewhere.

Not one of the above mentioned jobs requires actually producing anything of value!

As for the mining sector; we let foreign corporations dig up minerals, paying us a pittance for them, then they take them home and make all the things we used to make ourselves, then sell them back to us.

A job on a farm? Thousands of individual farmers have been reduced to a few hundred multinational graziers and croppers whose factory farms take too much water and spray too many poisons, making the rivers toxic, so they can sell their raw produce overseas so we can buy it back in the form of processed meat, bread, cakes, canned vegetables…food we used to make and grow ourselves. The days of hands-on farming are gone, along with about ninety percent of the topsoil due to land clearing. Add a rapidly changing climate and growing enough food for an exploding population is becoming a problem.

Fishing? Giant trawlers scrape the bottom, literally, leaving mud and destruction; their catch going overseas.

Market gardening? Sadly, the best land for market gardens now grows houses as the cities expand, leaving inferior land that produces inferior produce, heavily reliant on toxic sprays and fertilizers. Food imports, thanks to free trade, are putting many Australian horticulturalists out of business. Pretty soon we’ll be reliant on other countries to feed as well as clothe us. We will be dependent on the good will of other countries for our very existence. Not a situation any rational person would relish. Australia is on the way to becoming a third world state with a tiny elite of insanely wealthy people, a struggling middle class and vast hordes of poverty stricken breeders with all the associated problems.

 

The land of the free, home of democracy, planetary policeman and Australia’s greatest friend.

Every year the American historian William Blum publishes his “updated summary of the record of US foreign policy” which shows that, since 1945, the US has tried to overthrow more than 50 governments, many of them democratically elected; grossly interfered in elections in 30 countries; bombed the civilian populations of 30 countries; used chemical and biological weapons; and attempted to assassinate foreign leaders.

An Appeal to the President of the USA… reblogged from ajtao2010.

Appeal to the President of USA – Barack Obama

December 15, 2012 by ajaytao2010

A time when there is a express need for serious introspection.

Appeal to the President of USA.

Today morning as I was watching CNN on my home television in Mumbai, India, I saw you paying a extremely emotional tribute to the innocent small school children & adults killed in the Newtown massacre Connecticut which was absolutely heartening for me. I have never seen a president so emotional. I loved your concern for humanity.

Sir I find you are a very good human being all through your career, but sir one question may I ask you or not? But still

Sir in the name of security or in the name of protection of US citizens you & your government have a number of times ordered huge attacks (military operations) on many countries like Afghanistan, Iraq etc.

Many small innocent children many oppressed citizens of the respective countries, who were not even a part of the oppressive governments of that respective countries, were ruthlessly killed on behalf of your direct or indirect orders. ( For example millions of Iraqis  were extremely opposed to Sadam but had to stay in Iraq oppressed by him)

Sir if crying for US citizens was directly from your heart, than what about the small & innocent children & Innocent citizens killed on behalf of your orders. did you ever cry for them even clandestinely covertly in your solitary moments. I am not complaining but just raising a query which should not in any way harm your respect, status or esteem as a president of the United States

Keep a hand on your heart and, absolutely as a normal human being, if my message reaches you, please be generous enough to reply to me on any possible media you choose to.

Thank you.

Ajaytao

 

Yet another excellent bit of research into the public uttering of our politicians, contrasting them with how they really behave.

mikeybear

From: Michael Barnett <mikeybear69@gmail.com>
Date: 14 September 2012 01:18
Subject: A letter on an important issue, for your consideration
To: Joe Hockey MP <j.hockey.mp@aph.gov.au>

Dear Mr Hockey,

Please find attached a letter for your consideration.

I hope you have the time to afford a frank, personal and most importantly considered response.

Sincerely,
Michael Barnett.

September 14, 2012

Dear Mr Hockey,

Sixteen years ago this week, on a Tuesday afternoon in Canberra you delivered your first speech to the house.  Please allow me to take you back to that day.

You spoke of wanting to make a difference:

I am in Canberra today because I want to make a contribution to the future of Australia.

You told us about your connection to the ANZACs who fought in Beersheba.  You spoke of a country with a proud heritage and a strong connection to this past, and of leadership:

Our leader, General…

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Chaplains in Australian Schools. Stop this abhorrent program!

Urgent – Lobby Greens to Uphold High Court Challenge Ruling on Chaplaincy

National School Chaplaincy/High Court Challenge Update:

This is urgent. It would be great if everyone could get behind this today and promote it to your own networks. This is the time to mobilise folks.

The Federal government announced last night they are going to pass legislation to circumvent the High Court ruling on funding for the National School Chaplaincy Program. This is a cynical, underhanded move which, I imagine, won’t impress the High Court at all. It is not at all clear that this attempt to snub the ruling won’t end the government back in the High Court, but we have to wait to see their legislation first.

What we can do immediately, although it won’t overturn the legislation, is try to get the Greens to stand up in Parliament and oppose it – or at least demand amendments to the program. This will get publicity about what is going on and shine a spotlight on what the government is doing. But we need *you* and your networks to help.

As a matter of urgency, please send an email to the following list:

senator.milne@aph.gov.au, adam.bandt.mp@aph.gov.au, senator.dinatale@aph.gov.au, senator.hanson-young@aph.gov.au,
senator.ludlam@aph.gov.au, senator.rhiannon@aph.gov.au, senator.siewert@aph.gov.au, senator.waters@aph.gov.au, senator.wright@aph.gov.au, senator.whish-wilson@aph.gov.au

Here is a sample letter. You can use your own words if you like, but please use the three dot points as they appear so we present a cohesive message.

Subject: Funding – National School Chaplaincy Program

Dear Senators and Mr. Bandt

You will be aware the ALP are planning to rush legislation through parliament to subvert the High Court decision in Willams v the Commonwealth and Ors.

This is an opportunity for the Greens to hold the government to account. The High Court has made a ruling which provides a greater level of public accountability and now the ALP – undoubtedly with the support of the coalition – intend to circumvent that ruling through legislation.

This is an opportunity for the Greens to make a public stand for some incredibly important issues, including public accountability, separation of church and state and our children’s right to a secular public education system.

I would be grateful if the Greens would represent my views in respect to this matter. They are as follows:

1) I do not support the Howard-Gillard program that supplies chaplains of any faith in Australia’s public schools, and I urge you to prevent the continuation of chaplains in today’s forthcoming legislation.

2) If we are to have Commonwealth assistance supplied to schools in this manner then I am firmly of the view that they must be fully qualified as school counsellors, which means they are qualified teachers with a degree in psychology and postgraduate qualifications in school counselling, and nothing less can do.

3) It is time to stop outsourcing this work to third party contractors and these fully qualified school counsellors must all be employed as public servants in the relevant Education departments in each state and territory in order to ensure some high level of confidence in their training, integrity and the outcomes.

Yours sincerely