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On Laws and Rules:

I have often felt that so many messages posted on media attempt to set rules for my life.

Nearly all of my life there have been those who have set down rules for me; parents, teachers, employers, religion, just to name a few. Now here are folks on media doing the same thing!

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I submitted to the slavery of following rules until one day, I discovered that I’m free to make up my own mind on anything at all. I don’t need rules to do that for me.

Now nobody sets the rules for my life but I and I design my own life.

I found out that inside of me there is a moral assessor and if I listen carefully to the assessor’s voice I can discern which rule is morally beneficial and which is not, yippee!

Aaah, I know what you thinking…. What about the law, is that not a rule?

You might be surprised to know there is a difference between laws and rules.

Laws are ratified in parliament or senate, rules arise from tradition and customs in our society.

If being a member of an organization requires me to follow their rules and it suits me to belong to that organization, I follow their rules, otherwise, I don’t join them.

Oh the sweet fragrance of freedom to decide.

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Lockdown – Day 32

Day thirty two is upon us and we are now not certain of how much longer we have yet to go.

Our government has drawn up a five-stage lockdown process of which we are presently in stage five. May 1st. we move into stage Four, which conditions are less severe than stage five.

We are not certain of when we will move into the other stages, each being a little less stringent than the preceding. That, we are told, will depend on the progress of the Covid-19.

The principle of the extended and multi-phased lockdown is to allow our county’s commerce and industry to reactivate on an incremental basis.

Considering where we have been the last few weeks, I am sure most of us see this as, ‘light at the end of the tunnel.’

Aside of a fear of the contagion, there is the fear of how we are going to cope, as individuals, with the unexpected financial crisis created in our lives?

Worse that this is the question; will commerce and industry to able to recover the effects of lockdown from an already ailing economy, even with the promise of government funding? Will we still have employment?

Then there is the question that I am sure must have at least crossed your mind; is Covid-19 lockdown, necessary at the expense of the world economy? Is it perhaps another conspiracy theory, with media suggesting that there are those that have deliberately organized the spread of this disease?

The media, in all its forms, is having a field day in seemingly spouting anything and everything, truth or not, to a confused and fearful world.

Apologies, but I cannot offer you any answers or suggestions to the above boiling points.

What I can say, from my personal point of view is this:

  1. On a global basis, or for that matter, even a local one, I am helpless to do anything except obey the rules our government has laid down and encourage my fellow citizens via the means I have at home for contacting them.
  2. I have no fear for my own life, as my philosophy is that, each of us has an allocated time in this world. If my time has come, so be it. This philosophy, accepted by others or not, allows me to sleep well every night. Good healthy sleep creates in me an attitude that is able to encourage my fellow humans. This attitude is genuine and therefore easy to pass over to others.
  3. I do not live my life on a fantasy of what might happen in the future, nor do I have any regrets for how I lived my past, however wise or unwise I might sense that past to have been.
  4. I am grateful for my present reality, who I am, what I am, where I am. grateful for what I have, what is. This is the fullness of my life, as it is, in this moment now. I accept that I cannot look to the future for this state to come about in my life, as all I have is this moment now. What I do see is that as I live in this gratitude today, manifestations of joyful living and peace appear each day in my life. (Most of the preceding are the words of Eckhardt Tolle and is a reality in my life.)
  5. To remind myself of this fact, I maintain a gratitude journal, daily. Why don’t you try it? It will not beat the lockdown, but it will most certainly make it less painful.

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The Kite Runner

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A Novel by Khaled Hosseini – Book review by sirpeterjamesdotcom.

Khaled Hosseini is an Afghan-born American novelist and physician. After graduating from college, he worked as a doctor in California.Kite Runner

The Kite Runner became a bestseller after being printed in paperback and was popularized in book clubs. It was a number one New York Times bestseller for two years, with over seven million copies sold in the United States.

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