Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Choices and Honest Decisions

Life in the UK was so much simpler in the old days before plastic and the swift advancement in technology. I am not saying that everything was good in the old days but everything was certainly far less complicated and everyone was less stressed out and worried as they seem to be now. We had different problems to face such as cleaning the grate and lighting a coal fire in the morning as there was no central heating, nights were cold and in winter it was freezing and uncomfortable, but we warmed ourselves happily in front of the fire with a hot drink and a bowl of porridge as there were few fancy cereals to choose from, where as now we are spoilt for choice among the many cereals available.

That is one of the biggest problems we have today being spoilt in all directions for choice which adds to our daily confusion. Our brains get addled by constant adverts on TV, with junk mail and spam persuading us to buy, how to change our appearance, our lives, even what to eat, and definitely what to do with our money. Life moves at a quicker pace and we constantly have to make decisions because of advanced technology, and because of those ambitious idiots who are intent to mend something that isn’t broken, and those who are determined to confuse us by needlessly changing things for their own advantage be it for money, power, or both, rather than getting priorities right.

There has been an insidious intervention into all our lives and most people have allowed it because they have mistakenly mistrusted the so called experts and thought it was all for our benefit. Maybe during this recession we will slow down, and not give in to the methods of those who make pie crust promises and deliberately bribe us with goodies that are bad for us. Maybe we will learn to appreciate what we have no matter how small and be more careful as to who we trust to make our decisions for us because it is easier to allow them to do so while we take the good times for granted. There is ultimately only one decision to make, to live in the moment trusting our own honest decisions rather than leaving them to others.

"If thou workest at that which is before thee, following right reason seriously, vigorously, calmly, without allowing anything else to distract thee, but keeping thy divine part pure, as if thou shouldst be bound to give it back immediately; if thou holdest to this, expecting nothing, fearing nothing, but satisfied with thy present activity according to Nature, and with heroic truth in every word and sound which thou utterest, thou wilt live happy. And there is no man who is able to prevent this"
Marcus Aurelius

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Pandas Deserve to Live

Considering that it was our fault that the Panda’s habitat and means to live was destroyed it seems some think that we should now allow the Panda to conveniently disappear altogether and allow money to be spent on furthering the future of other species, shouldn’t we do all that we can to help the survival of all creatures whether the creature is pretty cute, or perceived as ugly, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all that lives is a gift, has a right, and should be preserved. Money is not the priority compassion is. We should not be defeated by the fact that too much money is spent in the wrong way in this world, in fairness it can be found. The Panda or any animal or creature should never be allowed to become extinct just because it is convenient to do so.

“Not to hurt our humble bretheren (the animals) is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough, we have a higher mission- to be of service to them when ever they require it, if you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise to their fellow man”
Saint Francis of Assisi

Just a thought.
I hope no one decides to encourage the elderly and disabled to conveniently make their way to dignitas because of financial costs.

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Home Assistance Restricted

Revealed in a Whitehall report social services are being forced to restrict home assistance, because of the UK government’s decision to spend into saving failed banks and institutions the most vulnerable and weakest will be first to suffer, only the most sick and disabled will have the right to have help with washing, cleaning, shopping, and free meals. Councils find it easier to make savings by cutting services for the elderly and are more worried about antagonising powerful public sector unions. This means 600,000 elderly will have lost their right to free home help since 2006. Depriving the elderly of help to live in their own homes forcing them for the need to move into residential care homes, many of which are closing, or are substandard, it is a national disgrace. Next spring only 14 percent of local authorities will give help at the moderate level and 81 percent to those with substantial needs, it is disgusting and an abomination that the government have done little, or nothing to help vulnerable elderly people. A government green paper on care for the aged and frail proposed new taxes on retirees to meet the cost.
Please read The Daily Mail’s Dignity for the elderly

Meanwhile who shoulders this burden? It is the thousands of unpaid carers at home who are caring for partners or family members out of love, thousands of carers who are elderly and ill themselves. When are the government going to address the fact these elderly carers not only need recognition and thanks but the means to live.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

The Big Care Debate

The Big Care Debate

I am weary of repeating myself as are also many thousands of carers about how desperately important it is that carers looking after their loved ones at home receive the help they need and before their deteriorating health which is evident right now becomes yet even more burdensome on the NHS. The majority in the UK want to keep the NHS but with much needed changes made within it. The thanks that these carers get for the unpaid work they do is appreciated but does not alter the dire circumstances they find themselves in through no fault of their own, and particularly after working and paying their taxes through the years, surely they have saved the country enough money to make them a priority before their situation worsens as it certainly will if government promises are not kept, and they are slow to keep them.

The Big Care Debate

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