Have we Lost the Plot?

Have we as a world lost the plot in any way?

What is going on in our world today that does not make sense?

Do we stop and question if we are on track?

Where are we all heading?

Are things really changing?

Are our politicians really making the right decisions for us?

  • Why is illness and dis-ease getting worse?
  • Why is diabetes going to bankrupt the NHS?
  • Why are our young kids having their teeth pulled out?
  • Why do we love sugar when we know it harms our body?
  • Why do we smoke when we know the damage it causes?
  • Why are so many people addicted to drugs and alcohol?
  • Why is social media growing so fast?
  • Why do our soccer stars get paid such vast sums of money?
  • Why are nurses and teachers not paid enough?
  • Why is there slavery in 2016 under a new name called ‘human trafficking’?
  • Why does the media not report on the drug wars?
  • Why do we have so many suicides daily?
  • Why is sleep problems such a big issue?
  • Why are there wars in the name of religion?
  • Why do we take our own family to court?
  • Why do we overeat and then blame the food industry?
  • Why is obesity related illness predicted as bigger than cancer?
  • Why do we become obsessed with plastic surgery?
  • Why is cyber abuse on the rise and ruining lives?
  • Why are prisoners re-offending?
  • Why do we like blaming anything or anyone if something isn’t right?

Are we doing something wrong?

Is there another way?

Have we lost the plot somewhere, somehow or what?

If we don’t ask questions then nothing will change.

Do we care enough to want change?

Does that care have to start with our own Self Care?

Could it be possible that if we start to take Responsibility for our own self-care then we may just stop and ask these questions?

Could it be possible that if we get our own life back on track, we will not feel that we have lost the plot?

Could it really be that simple?

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  1. Yes, I feel that if we start taking true care of our selves, we will not be so exhausted and we will have the energy to say NO to all these things that we deep down KNOW is wrong and start to make true choices to change them.

    1. You make a good point here Ken Elmer. The thing is it comes down to that word RESPONSIBILITY. Many of us do not want to take Responsibility and take care of ourselves and so that means we never get to truly address our exhaustion. We tend to live with dis-honesty about this and that in our life and then we see that dis-honesty in the world and do nothing, say nothing and wonder why nothing ever changes. Things are getting from bad to worse in our world and we are not here to ra ra, campaign or shout from rooftops. Just simple everyday living basic lifestyle changes would confirm that we are doing our bit and the tides are turning, albeit slowly.
      Imagine if I did not write the blogs on this site? One digital footprint taking Responsibility consistently can and will make a difference.

      1. Thank you Simple Living Global for standing up and saying something is wrong, and suggesting a possible solution. I have always known our world was not working right, but felt lost as to what I could do about it. No more fooling around, we need to start doing something different!

        1. To be honest Ken this blog is not really offering a solution. We all know solutions are not going to work long term.
          What this blog is presenting is another way of living that works. It has been lived by the author and the claim is there across all blogs on this website. It holds a quality that is unwavering in the commitment to self and humanity. For those who know this can be felt and it holds value. It comes down to that word Responsibility. Maybe we need to write a blog about that word as it speaks volumes.

    2. Ken, what you say is so true. Being tired causes this sense of ‘can’t be bothered, don’t have the energy’ which affects so many little things which turn into big things: the sugary breakfast selection, the cup of coffee, the ‘I’ll skip my walk today’, the angry reaction on the bus, the stodgy lunch, the bad day, the argument with your partner, the ‘just one more episode of the box set even though it’s late’ etc. Yet the opposite is also true: a good night’s sleep, a healthy breakfast, get off the bus early to walk for a bit, helping someone out at work, taking time to eat with your partner, going to bed early… and so the cycle begins again, whether it’s a virtuous or a damaging one. It’s like what we do on a single day is the foundation for our next day. Or perhaps it’s even what we do in a single evening going to bed that lays the foundation for the next day. And if self care is at the core of all of it, then wow, what an opportunity.

  2. I would say a definite yes, it is that simple. With all the questions above you pose it makes so much sense for each one of us to take that responsibility and really care for ourselves, profound changes come from this, I have had these changes with my own health and energy levels .

    1. So there you go – You are saying Ruth Ketnor that taking care of ourself does make a difference and you are living proof. What seems to be normal these days is everyone looks and feels exhausted and they are making choices that are not really and truly taking care of themselves. Over time the body cannot cope and it breaks down and sometimes it takes a while before the symptoms come to light, so to speak.
      What is happening is the next fix, band aid, solution or book, pill, tablet or whatever medication is there to relieve the symptoms and get back to ‘business as usual’. This means we never really truly stop and feel that maybe, just maybe we had a hand in all of this and why things are going wrong inside our body.

  3. So simple and clear to be asked questions! If we start to truly self-care, we cannot but start to care about these questions and what is happening around us. The less you care about your life the less you care about the life of others. If you have a messed up life, you contribute to the mess in the world. If you tidy up you life (and no perfection is sought here, just an open an honest approach in consistency) you exactly contribute this to the world. And then you realise what great influence you have on your life and those of others.

    1. What a great comment here Sonja Ebbinghaus – thank you.
      I agree with what you are saying that if we start to care about ourself then things do change and we contribute that to the world. The less we care then we add that to the world mess and lets face it the world is in a real mess right now.
      You say “..you realise what great influence you have on your life and those of others”.
      this is a game changer and a life changer.
      Who would have guessed a website like this would even be possible for someone who was a master at self neglect and disregard. In other words a medical and welfare statistic. Yes I had officially ‘lost the plot’.
      It really does come down to our choices and that word you use Sonja “consistency”.
      We can change and contribute in another way to this world. Always a choice.

    2. I love this comment Sonja great wisdom, as this makes so much sense – that how we live either contributes to the mess of the world or helps tidy it up. This is NOT our common way of thinking and in that regard we have definitely lost the plot. Benevolence is always seen as the way and we are always looking at how we can do good, but if we’re doing good at the expense of caring for ourselves it is completely a waste of time and is no good at all.

      1. I agree and we have the choice to contribute to the mess we can see in our world or take action and by that I mean take Responsibility. I used to want to campaign about this and that and always felt helpless as the task was too big so sitting and moaning was about as far as I got.
        Now I don’t feel helpless at all. In fact the opposite. I know me doing my bit does make a difference and the tides are turning. OK small I know when you got billions going the other way but nevertheless with commitment and consistency change is inevitable.
        By the way Actions speak louder than words as we have all heard before and for me that means, ‘get on with it’ and this website so far – early days is confirming that they are ‘getting on with it’. You can feel they have not lost the plot and are committed to weekly blogs and working behind the scenes to present and deliver more. Watch out world.

        1. Self care is a crucial component of our living, but is it mis-interpreted or mis-represented?

          Mis-interpreted for instance in the sense that it is the weekend so let’s go on a bender.
          Holiday time so go on cruises that has ridiculous amounts of restaurants and alcohol to drink and then spend post holiday blues complaining of the weight that has piled on.

          Mis-represented in that let’s exercise or do extreme sports and push our bodies beyond the point of exhaustion (I did that once).

          I loved the statement made by Sonja “tidy up your life (and no perfection is sought here, just an open an honest approach in consistency)” is a great starting point.

  4. This blog makes sense to me; what I get is that what brings the true and lasting change we all want comes from the inside and expands outward. I know now, by experiencing how much a true role model can inspire me to change, that if I want the world to be more loving (as I know it should and could be) I need to take care of myself and be more loving with myself in every way. The more I develop my foundation the more I can bring a person who is NOT spent, strung out, discouraged beyond words but one who is vital, aware and loving to the world and this way will naturally spread as this is inspiring for others as a reminder of our common nature and loving way to be.

    1. I agree Jo – true change has to come from inside of us or else its someone else telling us and we make changes in reaction. For the record, done that and it does not work and never will. Reflection means we can make a difference to another by not ramming it down their throats or preaching, teaching or imposing what we want for them but to simply BE who we truly are and they get to feel that. This is where true change will happen.
      A classic example that comes to mind is where you get a new book out telling you this and that but if the person writing does not live that true quality inside day in and day out then how can we the reader have lasting change. There is an incongruence and this is where the word Responsibility comes in. If we are sharing something we know works then at least makes sure you are LIVING that consistently before you go making it into something and posting it online or off line. That is Responsibility.
      How we live in every moment has a Responsibility and maybe that needs to be a blog one day.

  5. I love the title to this article – have we lost the plot? I used to keep to myself and be only interested in my life and my family and my house thinking that if I stayed behind my white picket fence then I wouldn’t have to deal with the world and its issues. However it doesn’t work like that, I can’t bury my head in the sand because things are happening in my own backyard! Family members having trouble sleeping, a sister with a drug issue, a father who drinks too much, a work colleague diagnosed with diabetes, a friend who tried to kill himself, other friends with mental health issues, marriages breaking up and a mother who has had cancer. In amongst the mess in my own backyard I have made a choice to self care which is what I have been doing for a few years now. I am taking responsibility for my life and have begun to look beyond my white picket fence and see that there is a whole lot of care needed for the world in which we live. In beginning to care for myself I can look to truly care and support others as well.

  6. I agree Sally – I also love the title and it is sometimes just this simple way of saying things that could make someone want to read this amazing blog.
    I know what you are saying about being only interested in you, your family and your life and is this not how most think and live these days?
    It takes a world disaster for people to forget that it is just about them and their family and look beyond the ‘white picket fence’ and come together in true brotherhood. By that I mean seeing each and everyone as EQUALS and knowing that in Truth, we are all one and it is time we started to make this a way of life. Having a good life that is better than others leaves an ‘unrest’ in your body if you ask me. We all know deep down we are not comfortable with that and the proof is we want to do something when there is an earthquake on our doorstep. We forget all the things we acquired and held onto and suddenly the open heart and sharing and being with the ALL in one-ness is there. Hello is anyone reading this? This is huge if you get what I am saying.

  7. Yes, it really could be that Simple. To truly care for others, we first have to truly care for ourselves. As a race of beings, we have certainly lost the plot. You only have to look at the dynamics of a typical family and then magnify that for the whole world to see what a mess we have created for ourselves. Truly caring for ourselves will give us the impulse needed to start us asking the questions to precipitate the changes that humanity so needs. Any journey we take always has to start with that first step. It will never be too late to make the choice to start to self-care and take responsibility for our own lives.

    1. This comment about family as a microcosm of the world hit me straight in the eyeballs. If that is true then the possibility massively opens up for each of us actually to influence the bigger picture of the human race. If we look at how we have personally lost the plot and truly work on that, then I can totally see how that would influence our family and those around us – if we really start caring for ourselves then everyone sees that and has the opportunity to do the same. Then that would influence more people and then they would influence more people… etc. etc. Imagine if that was actually the answer to us finding the plot again on a global scale. Talk about ‘going viral’!

      1. Nothing else is making sense so how about we look at things another way and as you say here Jenifer in your comment, first to look at how we have personally lost the plot and that could include – in what areas are we not being absolutely honest and then seeing how this affects our closest like family.
        Influence could be interpreted as a force and making another choose what they may not want or be truly ready for.
        What works is when our living way INSPIRES another. That means they get to feel in their lungs an expanding breath and rise from where they are at by their own choice and in that feel a sense of freedom as it came completely from them and not the influence of another. Trust this is making some sense.
        To keep it simple – being inspired by another has long lasting change.
        I know that from lived experience.

    2. A great comment Tim and some wise words that would benefit us all in the long term.
      Yes ‘the dynamics of a typical family’ is the microcosm of the world family – the macrocosm and it starts with us all as individuals.
      We all tend to feel helpless and powerless with what is going on in our world and yet each of us make up this world so change starts with us.
      It all comes down to choice and that word RESPONSIBILITY. That is the game changer and we can make a difference.
      As the author of this amazing website I was bumming around and had totally lost the plot and yet today with RESPONSIBILITY as my priority I am no longer overwhelmed or stressed about the state of the world. All I know is how I live is not adding to the mess and it comes down to making responsible choices every single day.

  8. This is such a great question and one that just jumped out at me – “Do we care enough to want change?” Very few people, if in fact anyone will say they like the world as it currently is so the real question is what are we prepared to do about it and do we in fact have enough self care to bring the change needed. We cannot provide a way forward if we do not first live it ourselves so to bring any kind of change we have to change how we are living ourselves. For example, if we see disregard and disrespect in the world then we have to ask ourselves how much are we allowing disregard and disrespect in our own lives? This has to stop first before we can even want to bring change on a grander scale.

    1. A grand comment here Elizabeth Dolan and thank you for pointing this out.
      It would be true to say that to bring any kind of change we first need to change our living ways and that is what will make a difference.
      I once read a blog by Dr. Howard Chiltern, a paediatric consultant in Australia and he said that when we live in a way that is true, others feel it by a vibration, a quality that they know is true. When someone just spouts off from a book or what they hear but do not leave the words are simply empty. This stuck with me and it makes sense.

  9. UK Charity Commission have published income of over £8 million pounds for a trust that is a group of monks.

    …So here is a so called “religious charity” earning most of its immense wealth by making and selling caffeinated alcohol to people…
    Have they lost the plot?
    Have we ALL lost the plot to accept and even glorify them the way the media recently did, where the radio presenter and producer of the show were endorsing this “drink/drug” by drinking it themselves?

    What about looking at the meaning and importance of “impartial reporting”?
    More importantly what about the responsibility each of us has to be open and honest in feeling into what is going around, being promoted or generally accepted as to whether it is truly helpful or harmful in our bodies, families, lives and world?

    It is clear to me that these members of a religious community living under vows of poverty, chastity and obedience have not been out amongst people, honestly and openly willing to see and feel the harm associated with alcohol (let alone alcohol mixed with caffeine) in people and their families.

    I feel it is also time to revisit the true meanings of the words “religious” and “charity” both; I know what they truly mean and I do not sense either being lived or offered here, but those words (in their re-interpretation) are a great moral cover and tax break in one…

    1. Jo I heard about this in Australia – what is really going on with the world?

      We MUST be losing the plot. There are now hangover clinics in Sydney and the media did a news report focusing on what the clinic had to offer, doctor, nurses, IV fluids etc for people who were suffering from hangovers. They spent just a fraction of time on the individual taking responsibility for the quantity of alcohol consumed in the first place.

      So the world is not in a good place if people are not wanting to take responsibility or accountability and placing it on others to fix the abuse they have placed upon themselves.

  10. We have breakfast cereals oozing with chocolate,
    and I see more and more food items containing chocolate and coffee every week…

    Wait just a minute.
    Can we have a stop moment and look at this together?
    If we (consumers) are needing these things we must be exhausted.
    If we keep finding solutions so we can keep going, although nothing has changed…
    what will happen?
    If we continue to run on empty won’t we inevitably break down?
    Is this what chronic fatigue is?
    Could this lead to auto immune disease where the body is literally eating itself?
    If we are exhausted don’t we hold a responsibility to find out why and address it?

  11. I have avoided going to meetings most of my life. Part of it was because I was avoiding interaction with people. But the other reason is thst I felt most meetings were a waste of time. Their seemed to be little focus on what the meeting was for. It was just a venue for a person to hear themselves talk or a chance to chat and drink coffee and eat donuts.

    I have been listening to presentations from Universal Medicine for 6 years now. They have presented things that have truly inspired me in all areas of my life. Levels of communication that I have been missing all my life. Talking about real things that the rest of the world are avoiding dealing with. Things this website are presenting.

    These “meetings” have supported me to transform my life, (I have traveled to the UK to attend them), and I feel this is the way for humanity to get back on track.

  12. This blog came to mind yesterday at work when I walked in and two of the female staff came right up to me with the big phone screen. Photo of a naked man with the largest penis – so big it was like a trunk and over his shoulder.

    What was interesting is how they were looking for a big reaction and did not get one from me. They told me this was all over the news and as I am hot on the news, I told them I had never seen this in the news I choose to read.

    The point is HAVE WE LOST THE PLOT?
    What are we choosing to talk about with work colleagues?
    Are we just interested in the media sensationalist stories?
    Are we getting hooked out with images that are clearly extreme?
    Are we avoiding what we all need to talk about?

    This website alone confirms that our world is seriously in a mess and we most certainly need to talk about stuff so that’s what brings more public awareness.

    My lack of engagement in this naked man yesterday was simply because I cannot feel purpose. Joining on the bandwagon with two female colleagues is not my style and never will be.

  13. An article in the Huffington Post, 5th May 2017, talks about how ‘science’ is now saying that swearing is good for us.

    The article gives us seven reasons why swearing is good for us:

    1) It means we are more honest – a University of Cambridge study found that people who swear more frequently are less likely to be telling lies or trying to deceive others about how they feel.
    2) It will improve our gym game – it will allegedly boost our muscle strength by letting out a loud curse word as you step on the treadmill. A new study revealed that swearing led to significant improvements in performance.
    3) It gives you greater stamina – according to scientific research, swearing does actually improve our stamina. Psychologists conducted tests in which volunteers had to swear before intense sessions on an exercise bike or squeezing a device that measures hand grip strength.
    4) It increase pain tolerance – Dr. Richard Stephens from the University of Keele, who led the study, said: “We know from our previous research that swearing makes people more able to tolerate pain.”
    5) It doesn’t prove a lack of intelligence – the study from Yale University claimed: “These findings show that although cursing may not be socially desirable, it is not a predictor of intelligence or the lack thereof.”
    6) It is your human right (or so they say) – When Salford City council adopted a Public Space protection order that outlawed expletives in March 2016, human rights campaigners were the first to leap to defend our right to swear in public. Human rights group Liberty wrote to the council to express concern over the “chilling effect on freedom of expression” the order could have.
    7) It makes being an adult a little less boring – Regardless of what science says, all adults know that between paying your bills, commuting and trying not to murder everyone you work with, there aren’t that many fun privileges adults have that children don’t. They get naps all day and having their meals cooked, so we’ll take booze, sex and swearing thanks very much. We’ve damn earned it.

    1) Is it possible we are actually being LESS honest by not expressing how we truly feel in several words rather than letting one word say everything?

    2) Is it possible that the only thing we will boost is the other gym user’s intolerance?

    3) Is it possible that the perceived increase in strength and stamina is due to the increase in adrenaline because we have pumped ourselves up and made ourselves artificially angry by having to swear?

    4) Is it possible that increasing our pain tolerance will assist us in overriding our bodies when it is trying to tell us something?

    5) It possible that swearing IS a lack of intelligence in that we only swear because we are not willing to deal with our emotions?

    6) Is it possible that banning swearing is not a freedom of expression issue but rather a social and common decency issue?

    7) Is it possible that swearing actually makes people more boring?

    Are scientists really asking us to stay angry to be more honest, increase our strength and stamina, increase our tolerance of pain or to make us more intelligent?

    What is the dictionary definition of a swear word?
    An offensive word, used especially as an expression of anger.

    Let’s take a look at the ‘F’ word:

    How can one word communicate so much?

    We use it when we are angry, miserable, happy, drunk, sad, injured, playing sports, the weather, practically every situation we are in.

    Is it possible that we use the ‘F’ word because we are unable to express, in truth, how we are really feeling?

    Is it possible that we use the ‘F’ word because we can’t be bothered to use more than one word to express how we are feeling?

    Is it possible, we actually harm ourselves by not expressing in full as what we don’t express stays in our body until it then explodes for no apparent reason?

    Number 7 on this list says that swearing makes adults less boring – from someone that used to swear quite a bit to not swearing, I can honestly say that it feels so much better in my body.

    If not swearing makes me boring – so be it!!

    1. What you express here Tim makes way way more sense to me and my heart than what these few scientists have put together.

      Until the age of 11 I was constantly asking my family not to swear because it did not feel right to me, it actually ‘hurt’ when somone swore.

      What I see (and have done myself) is that when we ‘want’ to do something, despite that feeling inside telling us it is disharmonious, we are ready to accept without question any voice we like to deem “respectable” (from the scientist to the guru) which helps us rationalize the harmful behavior, from using caffeine, drinking a glass of wine a day to swearing.

  14. In my younger years I recall seeing a halved grapefruit with a little spoon as part of the hotels breakfast or a starter in a restaurant.

    An article in ‘The Week’ magazine, 13 May 2017, talks about how, these days, we never see grapefruit being served at restaurants or hotels because of the fact that Britain has become the statins capital of Europe and that statins do not react kindly to grapefruit juice.

    I had heard of statins before but didn’t know what they were.

    ‘Statins are the name given to a group of cholesterol lowering medicines available on prescription in the UK. Statin therapy is recommended for adults at high risk of cardiovascular disease (heart attack, stroke or peripheral artery disease) and also those who already have a history of cardiovascular disease.’

    ‘Cholesterol is a waxy substance found naturally in the blood. Predominantly produced in the liver, but also found in foods such as red meat, high fat cheese, butter and eggs, Cholesterol is essential for maintaining good health and only becomes a problem when the level in your blood is too high.
    Raised cholesterol is a common problem and a risk factor in the development of coronary heart disease, however a visit to your GP and following a healthy diet and lifestyle can help to lower cholesterol levels and will significantly reduce the risk.’

    So what are the pros and cons of the grapefruit?

    The pith is loaded with healthy soluble fibre, vitamins and anti-oxidants that have been linked to the reduction of high cholesterol.
    Pink and red grapefruit contains vitamin C, lycopene, potassium and choline which all contribute to heart health.
    Grapefruit is very hydrating as it is 91% water.

    Grapefruit juice is acidic and can have an effect with our tooth enamel.
    Grapefruits can have negative interactions with certain allergy medications and can also cause havoc with other prescription medications.

    The negative interactions stem from a specific enzyme known as CYP3A4, which can heighten the breakdown of drugs in the body and cause poisoning.

    So, from what I can see, apart from the juice being acidic, which can be resolved by drinking water afterwards, is that grapefruits are not good for us because we have some form of illness or disease.

    Can we not see the irony here?

    We have a food that is beneficial to us, yet we cant eat it because we are ill and it will cause us more harm.

    We may read this and say to ourselves that it is just a grapefruit, it’s no big deal, but are we then, missing the point?

    Is it possible that all of our illnesses and diseases are a result of our diet and lifestyle?

    If so, is it possible that changing our diet and lifestyle is going to have an effect on any illness or disease we have?

    It may well be a grapefruit now that we can’t eat but the fact that we are ill in the first place due to diet and lifestyle means there are probably a lot more foods that we can’t or shouldn’t eat.

    Simple diet and lifestyle changes lowers cholesterol levels and reduces the risks of developing heart disease.

    Surely thats got to be worth it and the bonus is that we may get to have our grapefruit after all.

    1. It is incredible to me that so many people take statin drugs that grape fruit is no longer part of a routine hotel breakfast in Britain… especially when the side effect of this particular drug are often so horrendous.

      Sometimes we do need medicine but have we lost the plot when we put more focus on and faith in pills than in the power of changing our own choices that got us sick in the first place?

      Our brain is close to 75 percent water and 60 percent fat… so is it possible that a drug designed to slow the livers production of fat could have a poor effect on our brain? I don’t know the answer but I do know a lot people who felt extremely miserable while on statin medication.

      My father had a serious heart condition and was on statin drugs for a while, during this time his complexion was grey, his balance was gone, he felt sick all the time and was so weak he could scarcely get around.

      My father decided that feeling that sick was worse than the fear of going against the warnings of his doctors, so he stopped taking the statin drug to see what would happen and found that he returned to feeling like himself again; the statin had made him feel worse than the heart attack which left him with only a third of his heart functioning.

      He worked on changing his life style and continued to do better to the point that his cardiologist admitted that he should keep doing what he was doing and not go back on any statins.

      We have lost the plot when we make choices out of fear, when we give up on feeling our own truth and just want someone else to tell us what to do instead of listening to the incredibly good common sense of our own body.

  15. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-28/guacamole-costs-to-jump-as-avocado-shortage-sparks-record-prices

    Have we noticed that avocado prices have doubled and are skyrocketing?
    Check this news story for the ins and outs in detail.

    They say the trend is not just as it’s a healthy fruit but because we now have an avocado sandwich spread.

    Whatever the fad – have we lost the plot?

    Are we aware that avocado tress are alternative bearing crops and that means a large harvest one year and smaller one the next.

    2015 – Mexico supplies to the USA 1.76 billion pounds of avocados
    That is one country and what about the rest of the world?

    That is a huge amount to one nation and it is one tiny portion on their menu.

    Have we as consumers lost the plot?
    What are we demanding really that our suppliers then deliver?

    WHY do we in the west want what is not naturally grown in our own country?
    WHY are we so reliant on produce from another country?

    Have we ever considered that whatever our body truly needs, can be found on our own land and all this price war and demand for more of any food, does not need to be there?

    Is this a way off comment or is there some truth here for us to ponder on?

  16. An article from 9News.com.au talks about how a teenager was auctioning her virginity so she can buy a new car.

    A website offers a section dedicated to virgins to ‘sell’ their virginity.

    At present there are 8 girls listed and the site claims that all girls are ‘inspected’ by a doctor to ensure they are still virgins.

    One 18 year old from Romania sold her virginity for $3.2m to a Hong Kong businessman.

    Whilst appearing on a UK breakfast TV show, she says, “I am thinking it is strictly business not emotional. I will drink a glass of wine and go through with it.”

    She said she would use the money to help her family despite her parents threatening to disown her if she went through with it.

    The website takes a 20% cut from each auction.

    This young woman knew what she was doing wasn’t the truth as the fact that she needed to have some alcohol before, shows she just wanted to numb herself out.

    On reading this story, I am sure there will be a lot of different reactions and judgments on these young women as to why they would even consider going down this road but the bigger questions that need to be asked are:

    Why have the authorities allowed someone to produce a website that offers this kind of service?

    Where is the responsibility of the people that have created this website?

    However this is dressed up, it is simply another form of prostitution but is it possible that this way is a lot more insidious as it allows these young women to believe that they are in control and making the choices?

    However tempting it is for these young women to make a lot of money very quickly, the fact is, they will then have to live with their decision for the rest of their lives.

  17. We have lost the plot when people refer to an organization or individual who eats according to what their body needs, lives with a deep level of self honesty, speaks their truth and are lovingly committed to life, work and humanity as “alternative”.

    If this is alternative than why do we covet what we have instead, in general society?

    Why have there always been some who feel threatened by the few who choose something different for themselves; something different to the misery and discord that is considered the ‘norm’ of the times?

    Could it be that others always show us something about ourselves but that we don’t always like what we see when we look in the mirror?

  18. To put it simply – Have we lost the plot here?

    This article from ‘The Fresh Toast’ talks about the sums of money that will come from the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana.

    https://thefreshtoast.com/cannabis/the-us-is-set-to-be-left-out-of-the-7-2-billion-marijuana-industry/

    Mexico and Canada are two countries that are looking to legalise marijuana.

    Mexico has just passed a bill to legalise medical marijuana and Canada, which has had legalized medical marijuana since 2001, has just presented a bill to legalise recreational marijuana by 2018.

    If the bill is passed, it will be the second country in the world to fully legalise the use of marijuana with Uruguay being the first.

    Mexico’s legalization of medical marijuana is expected to bring in around $1bn-2bn over the next 10 years.

    Canada’s medical marijuana is expected to bring in around $1bn and the legalization of recreational marijuana is expected to bring in a staggering $22.6bn.

    Once both countries are up and running they will be able to trade with each other – there is already in place a world first, cannabis-focused exchange traded fund on the Toronto Stock exchange.

    In the USA, there are pharmaceutical companies, doctors and patients asking for restrictions on medical marijuana research to be eased but 9 states in the US, including Washington DC, have already legalized recreational marijuana and a total of 29 states, again including Washington DC, have already legalized medical marijuana.

    What’s very interesting here is the fact that the Federal Government, based in Washington DC, is against legalizing marijuana at all with the US Attorney General saying that he “rejects the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store.”

    Okay, so we are all aware of the illegal trade in marijuana and the deaths involved in the consequential drug wars and I am sure there will be many people who think the legalisation of this drug to stop all of these deaths will be worth it. And of course the money generated from the sales of marijuana will be a big incentive for any government.

    But the fact is, marijuana is a very harmful and addictive drug.

    Like any drug, it alters our natural state and when our natural state is altered we open ourselves up to any potentially harming behaviour from committing various crimes, violent behaviour, domestic violence, workplace absenteeism, injuries, driving offences or simply just being rude, being disrespectful or even not caring about ourselves.

    With the legalization of marijuana – is it possible that there will be increased pressure on health, police, fire, ambulance and social services?

    Is it possible that the money earned from the legalization of marijuana will be offset by the exponential increase of the above issues?

    Is it possible that money is the driving factor here?

    Is it possible that making a harmful, addictive substance legal for everyone to use is putting money before peoples health?

    One of the questions the author of this blog asks is:

    Are our politicians really making the right decisions for us?

    I know what my answer is!!

  19. An article in the Daily Mail, 3rd June, talks about a new designer handbag that has space for an inbuilt pouch that is able to hold 1.5 litres of wine, the equivalent of two bottles.

    The wine can then be dispensed from a tap that is concealed behind a fashionable flap on the outside of the bag. All you need to bring is a cup or glass of some sort.

    One of the designers who is a co owner of a company that designs accessories and gift packaging for the wine and gourmet food industry said, “This is a social accessory to be shared with friends, so one bottle wasn’t enough and boxed wine would be too heavy.”

    At the risk of plagiarizing the title of this blog – ‘Have we Lost the Plot?’

    Leaving aside the fact that alcohol is a scientific proven poison, lets look at the common sense side of this.

    Is it possible that this idea will just make it easier for someone to take those first steps to alcoholism?

    Is it possible that this idea will have repercussions at work due to making it easier to disguise the fact that some people drink at work?

    Is it possible that there will be a temptation to drink and drive?

    Is it possible that young children or teenagers may accidentally, or not so accidentally, find a way to get the wine when no one is looking?

    Is designing this sort of gimmicky bag an acceptable thing to do in this day and age?

    Whether or not we feel drinking alcohol is right or wrong, are the designers of this bag, and those that will eventually use it, being truly responsible?

    As a society, do we really need instant access to a substance that has the potential to cause great harm?

  20. Apparently a roller coaster got stuck mid-ride last week and the passengers were left hanging upside down. They were all wearing virtual reality headsets and didn’t realise what was happening or that they were hanging mid-air.

    Isn’t this a seriously lost the plot moment?

    That you can surrender yourself so completely to a form of moving entertainment. And that you can be so disconnected from your body that you can’t feel you are upside down.

    1. This is a great comment Jenifer and thank you for sharing something that has just happened as this website is big into real life stuff.

      This is serious and we can read the news, have our mouths open with shock for a moment and leave it at that.
      OR we can at least start a discussion about what on earth is going on if our body is suspended on a roller coaster ride in mid air upside down.

      HELLO
      Could we just ask the medical experts here what this would do to the blood, organs and that includes the brain?
      How dis-connected are we if we have virtual reality headsets on and have no awareness that we are hanging upside down?
      What are these headsets supporting us to do?

      Are we bothered, concerned or worried about the consequences?
      Are we simply just interested in the ‘ride’ with zero regard for the precious body we have been given to walk this life until our last breath?
      Are we accepting these moments as something we want in our life, above the human body that cops all our ill choices?

      Would it be true to say if we are truly intelligent then WHY are we not picking up on any signal that we are upside down in mid-air?

      Is there something else running the show in our mind, that over-rides and negates what our body feels?

      Is this the type of question that the world now needs to be asking, as this dis-engaging from our body maybe telling us we have lost the plot?

  21. The latest craze in entertainment is 4D cinema.

    While you are watching the movie, you get a load of sensory experiences at the same time. So if there is a splash of water on screen, you will get sprayed in your seat for real. If there is a crash or earthquake, your seat will shake. If there is a jolt, you will jolt in your chair or get a ‘punch’ in the back. Windy scenes will mean a breeze on your face in the theatre.

    This 4D stuff is so popular, there is huge investment in it by cinemas all over the world.

    What is happening that we want more and more ‘immersive’ experiences?

    Why do we want to surrender ourselves even more to what is not real?

    What is this showing us about how we live and feel about our lives?

  22. This is so interesting.

    Could it be that harmful things in our lives, like cyber abuse, actually boil down to how much we are taking care of each other, which actually comes from how much care (or in fact not) we are taking of ourselves?

  23. Have we lost the plot when we have news stories of people wearing adult diapers so they don’t have to stop gaming? (link below)

    This same news story describes one of China’s many gaming boot camps… one solution the government has come up with to combat gaming addiction.

    https://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/addicted-gamers-wearing-diapers-avoid-pause-video-/3041133/

    Have we lost the plot when some gaming addicts get blood clots or experience heart failure due to sleep deprivation and lack of movement and actually die; die from playing games?

    A father of three just died 22 hours into a 24 hr livestreaming gaming marathon charity benefit. (link below)

    Did no one step in and say ‘hey man, I noticed you’ve been playing a lot lately and your not looking so well. I’m concerned you might have lost the plot.”?

    Knowing how strong our fight for survival is, how far have we come when we will push ourselves to the point of playing a ‘game’ to death?

    What about this mans family?
    How did regular gaming effect other areas of his life?
    Did he care about himself as he gamed for charity?
    What were his motivations for being part of this fund raiser?
    What are our priorities and do we still think the money he raised is a “good” thing?

    The article in the link below mentions Twitch; a massive gaming community comprised of gamers and game watchers. Nearly 10 million people tend the site daily. They talk about games and can donate money to over 2 million people who compete in livestream game competitions.

    Game Quitters is a foundation founded by Cam Adair. It is the largest online community offering support for people with, what is now officially called, ‘gaming addiction’.

    Have we lost the plot when we know that many millions of people spend so much time gaming every day when we (personally and societally) have so many issues and areas of life that need our focus and attention before we will have a fulfilling personal, family and/or a societal culture we can say we want to be a part of?

    http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-39232620

  24. On the train today in busy London and this bit of news got me to seriously question
    Have we Lost the Plot?

    A 60 year old Eastern European man having sex with a cow and got caught.

    What does society do? Fine him £8,900 for animal abuse and trespassing. The End.

    But is this how we need to take action?
    Or is there something else here for society to look at and address?

    What changes, if we make a migrant pay who is on disability benefits?

    Are we getting to the root cause of WHY this happened in the first place?

    Does a news story like this give us, the general public, a bit of sensationalism?
    Is there more we could say and do about stuff like this that goes on?

    Where is our Intelligence if this is going on in our modern day 21st Century?
    http://simplelivingglobal.com/what-is-intelligence-part-2/

  25. Another example of lost the plot behaviour: cliff jumping in Norway with your jumpsuit deliberately set on fire for dramatic effect.

    Why are we taking increasingly extreme risks in the name of entertainment? What is it showing us?

  26. Why is that guy from the cow story not receiving psychological treatment for such disturbing behaviour?

    How is a fine going to address what is going on inside his head for him to have done that?

  27. An update on the rise of acid attacks.

    Police patrols in the UK are now carrying acid attack response kits because of the surge in attacks.

    Police are calling for restrictions on buying acid and for carrying acid to become a crime, to make it easier for them to prevent attacks.

    Apparently, use of acid is increasing because of a police crackdown on guns and knives and because repeat gun/knife offences now carry an immediate jail sentence.

    What on earth is going on in our world that throwing acid on people has become a common occurrence?

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jul/24/london-acid-attacks-police-given-1000-emergency-response-kits

  28. We have lost the plot when there is a demand for training potties and infant seats with i-pods installed in place of a view of the family…

    As I feel a bit sick seeing how far away from listening to our inner knowing that a baby needs to be engaging with our faces, not be plugged into a screen…

    I realize that I have to understand the part I have played in creating a world which values everything outside of us OVER what we feel and know inside by not honoring myself and at times giving up on being truthfully me in this world…

    ..this world that so needs us to take the courage to LIVE the-truth-we-know-from-the-inside.

  29. An article in The Telegraph talks about how “HS2 track plans: Brand new homes to be bulldozed as final plans are revealed.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/17/brand-new-homes-will-bulldozed-final-hs2-track-plans/

    A housing development in Yorkshire is to be bulldozed to make way for the HS2 route.

    Houses on the development, which was built in 2012, are worth between £99,995-£190,000.

    HS2 claims the new route will affect fewer houses overall, save more than £1 billion and enable people to travel to London form Sheffield in 79 minutes instead of 120 minutes.

    The DfT, Department for Transport, has confirmed that 16 properties would be demolished on the new estate. Some respondents to government consultation had argued that the plans should take into account all 216 homes originally planned at the site.

    HS2 is a new high speed railway line starting from London, which will operate at 250mph (440kph) – faster than any current rail network in Europe.

    Initially the line will be from London to the West Midlands and then the second phase will be split, going from Birmingham to Manchester and Birmingham to Leeds with additional stops in the East Midlands and South Yorkshire.

    The first phase, London to Birmingham, is due for completion in 2026. The second phase, Birmingham to Manchester and Birmingham to Leeds, is due for completion in 2033.

    There will be 350 miles of new track laid and the projected cost is £55.7 billion.

    With government projects historically costing much more than their original budget, the £55.7 billion is likely to be much higher.

    The people that live close to the proposed routes have been told that the government will buy their homes at the market value with some able to claim compensation depending on their circumstances.

    In 2015, a natural history journalist walked the planned route of phase one, meeting people whose lives would be affected by the rail line. “To many residents, HS2 has come to symbolise a country run against the interests of the many and in the interests of the few”, he wrote as their opposition became clear.

    People will lose their homes and their businesses. Farmland and 59 ancient woodlands will be blighted or even obliterated.

    One man talked about how he will lose his home and business. The irony is, that his home is a Grade II listed building, which took 10 years of rebuilding and required lots of approval from the planning authorities, will now be bulldozed to make way for HS2.

    HS2 Ltd, the government-funded company that is developing the railway has gone to great lengths to publicise the fact that the trains will travel at 250mph.

    With the Japanese Shinkansen’s at 198mph, the French TGV’s at 200 mph and the Chinese Maglev’s at 268mph, is it possible that the focus on speed is driven by an attitude of ‘look at us, we can go fast too’?

    Seriously, have we lost the plot here?

    Why do we feel we need to travel at such high speeds?

    Why do we feel we need to get somewhere so quickly?

    Do we really need a high speed train?

    Are we willing to pull down perfectly good housing to make way for a train line?

    What about the people that don’t want to sell up and move?

    Are we prepared to dig up the countryside and reduce farming land?

    The ramifications of HS2 go far beyond the billions of pounds this is going to cost.

    Is it possible that with the shortage of staff, mainly because of low wages, in our national emergency services, wouldn’t the £55.7 billion plus, be better spent on increasing the wages for nurse’s, police officers, fire fighters and prison workers?

  30. An article in the ‘Economist’ talks about how a football player has just been signed by a Qatari owned French football club for over £200 million, dwarfing the previous record of £91 million.

    https://www.economist.com/blogs/gametheory/2017/08/football-transfers?fsrc=gnews

    Football transfer fees have come a long way:

    The first fee in 1905 for Alf Common was for £1000.

    The first £1 million fee in 1979 was for Trevor Francis.

    Diego Maradona was sold in 1982 for £3 million.

    The previous highest fee was for Gareth bale in 2013 for £91million.

    With this new record of £200 million for 5 years, the footballer will be on a salary of £500,000 a week after tax, which translates to:

    £26 million a year
    £2,166,666 a month
    £71,428 a day
    £2,976 an hour
    £49 a minute

    Many people will understandably make comparison about the wages of footballers and the poverty that abounds the world and will wonder how these wages can be justified.

    The transfer fees for footballers are ever increasing and there is sure to be a lot of shock, incredulity and even hostility towards this player, but is the player the one to blame here?

    The drive and desire of the fans for their club to bring home the trophies is fuelling the clubs to sign the biggest talents of the day which obviously fuels the wage increases with the consequence that the costs of the match tickets and all of the paraphernalia that goes with that club increases exponentially.

    The irony here is that football fans continually complain about the fact that the prices are too high and they are always going up. If their team loses, they then lament the fact that ‘THEY’ have just spent £millions to buy that top player.

    Yes, we can look at this scenario and say that paying this much money for one player is obscene when there are people in the world starving, when there is so much poverty around the world, where people have to live on the streets, but is it possible that we are the ones that perpetuates this endless merry-go-round of making, not only football players, but all of the top players in their respective sports, into heroes, into so-called ‘role models’ that our youth look up to and want to emulate?

    Even if we are not die-hard football fans and never go to matches or actively support any team, but are quite OK with watching football on TV, is it possible that by not saying anything and just standing by, we actually contribute to the sort of money that top players currently get and contribute to it as being acceptable?

  31. An article in the Daily Mail, 22nd April, talks about how “Sociable souls could get drunk more quickly.”

    The study done by a team from the University of Maryland in the USA found that people, when surrounded by friends at a party, got merry a lot quicker.

    They say that spending time with others makes you more sensitive to alcohol.

    The interesting thing here is that the study was carried out on CRAYFISH.

    I use the word ‘interesting’ tactfully here because…..

    Ridiculous
    Are you kidding me?
    Seriously?
    Really?
    Are you joking?
    Why?…..
    may come across as a tad judgemental.

    This comment could have gone on a number of blogs from the Simple Living Global website, from:

    The Real Truth About Alcohol.
    What is Our Priority?
    Are We a Careless Society?
    Bored with Life
    What is Intelligence?

    Or my favourite chosen one:

    Have We Lost the Plot?

  32. I read an article in a UK paper this week about a crime involving a woman who pretended to be in distress so her accomplice could steal a car.

    The coverage was about how ‘hot’ and ‘good-looking’ the woman was.

    What on earth is going on? A pre-meditated crime with a distressed victim, and yet the press coverage is about how one of the criminals could be a catwalk model.

    Have the journalists completely lost the plot?

    Is this what sells newspapers so they are in fact serving our demand?

    Is this what we want the future of journalism to be?

  33. A new entertainment is emerging – battling giant robots.

    The talk is of it becoming so popular it will turn into a billion dollar sports league.

    The companies involved say they hope focusing on entertainment combat and sports will accelerate the development of robotics technology that will help in human disaster recovery.

    This story gave me pause for thought about what we think is important and how we go about achieving that.

  34. I had an experience this week about using drugs to medicate ourselves out of our troubles.

    The first was in a conversation with someone about their anxiety. We were talking about the power of the breath to centre and steady yourself. Another person in the conversation said ‘if that doesn’t work, try marijuana oil, it’s legal and not a narcotic and it’s been found to take the edge off really well’.

    Is this the best wisdom we can bring to these problems?

    Is there any common sense in saying mind-bending drugs are good for us?

    Is drugging people/ourselves really the answer or are we losing the plot here?

  35. Front page News Headlines – Daily Mail – 21 October 2017
    HAVE OUR POLICE LOST THE PLOT?

    This news story is saying Police chiefs are being urged to abandon ‘silly stunts’ and get officers back on the beat. Their bizarre gimmicks are undermining the job of tackling crime. Policer offices in painted nails, red high heels and animal masks to get the message across were the pictures that went with this story.

    “They have forgotten what their purpose is” – Mick Neville said who is a retired Senior Scotland Yard detective.

    Has he got a point?
    What is the purpose?
    What are we doing here if there is no real purpose?
    If there is a purpose, how come many are against this?
    Are we really truly getting the message across?
    Are we actually harming by sticking animal masks on uniformed police?
    Are we all making the law and the justice system a bit of a laugh?
    Are we moving away from how serious the job is of the police?
    Are we aware that this gives a message out to everyone in our world?

    Is this a form of REDUCTIONISM?
    In other words we have lost the plot, because we are reducing the enormity of our crime problem by diluting it and presenting it as not that big, but something we can laugh about.

    Who on earth would ever take a police officer supposedly in authority in full uniform wearing shiny red high heels and blue nail varnish?

    Who is really having the last laugh here and at what cost to society?

    Is it time to take the law seriously and if not are we going to see more of this REDUCTIONISM in other areas that do matter to our country and our world?

  36. Just read a news story in The Week – Issue 1142 dated 16 September 2017

    Japanese company marketing a robot dog that will tell the owners if their feet smell by wagging its tail if it smells fresh feet, barking if there is a smell and falling over in a dead faint if feet really stink.

    So we could all sit and laugh out loud about this or we could ask HAVE WE LOST THE PLOT ?

    What I feel is super clear is we seem to have an Intelligence that creates anything but what is the purpose?

    Are we looking at ways to spend $1000 just to tell us if our feet are smelling or is this just a modern day joke?

    Who comes up with stuff like this and WHY, is what we need to be asking.

    I for one think we have a serious issue on this planet and that is, we as human beings are really not aware of the mess we are in and we seem to find ways to distract ourselves to somehow not look at what is really going on.

    As the main author on this website, I am committed and dedicated to making sure I keep expressing and bringing awareness to topics that the world may be interested in, as let’s face it, we are as a world a 911 emergency right now and there does not seem to be any signs of things getting better.

  37. An article in the Metro, 27th October 2017, talks about how “BLOODHOUND ON TRAIL OF 1,000MPH RECORD.”

    A British car designed to reach 1,000mph has been tested in public for the first time as its team plot to break the land speed record.

    Fitted with a typhoon aircraft engine, Bloodhound has been described as a mix between a fighter jet, a Formula One car and a spaceship.

    It was driven on the runway at Cornwall airport, Newquay, by a former RAF pilot, who set the previous record of 763mph in 1997.

    More than 3,000 spectators saw it accelerate from 0-200mph in 8 seconds.

    Is it possible that the only question that needs to be asked here is – WHY?

    What exactly is the purpose behind this?

    What is the need for these sorts of speeds?

    Apart from showing that man can make something go fast, where are they going with this.

    What’s next – a car that can do 2,000mph?

    Where will this end?

    As a race of beings, why are we putting time, energy, money and resources on something that will only serve a few people?

    There are so many issues that the world faces, from illness and disease, starvation, child abuse, human trafficking, poverty, homelessness, abuse against women, war, water and air pollution, drug problems, obesity, corruption, greed, religious hatred, intolerance, etc. etc. etc.

    Is something like this necessary or even acceptable?

    How does something like this help humanity?

  38. Thank you for this stellar blog.

    Yes, we have lost the plot. Just look around you and you’ll see that humanity is falling far short of its potential in every area of life. And suffering so unnecessarily in too many ways.

    I should mention here that I too have lost the plot many times in many different ways.

    I have spent much of my adult life struggling in near-poverty when I could have stopped, paused, and looked inside to see that my Beingness holds all the abundance there is.

    I am single and have spent most of my adult life wanting to be loved by that perfect partner. Yet, I could have so easily stopped, paused, and looked inside to see and feel the Love that I am.

    So yes, we have, on the whole, lost the plot.

    I feel that much of this plot losing is a consequence of us being hypnotised to believe that the world of form outside of us is where it’s at. It’s not. Our Essence is where it’s at.

  39. This website does not yet have a blog about money, so this is probably the most appropriate blog for this news article.

    Daily Mail – 9 December 2017 has a double page spread about ‘What to buy for the billionaire in your life’.

    A pair of stiletto open toe shoes costing £11.5 million have been made for an unnamed middle eastern client for his daughters 30th birthday.

    The leather shoes are sprayed with 24-carat gold, stitched with 18-carat gold thread and decorated with rare pink and blue diamonds, as well as 4 three-carat white diamonds.

    Seriously – a lot of money for a Birthday bling gift.

    So have we lost the plot?
    Have we lost the sense of reality?
    Are we in touch with what is going on in our world right now?
    Is this a wise choice to make knowing how bad things are on earth?

    Are we busy fantasising hoping we can have this one day?
    Are we envious that others have copious amounts of money to spend on a pair of shoes?

    What if gold and diamonds, no longer held any value in this world of ours?

    How would that change the game for people investing in the rare stuff on earth?

    What message are we putting out into the world with this type of news in our media?

    Where is the responsibility of the media when it brings out stuff like this?

    Is it because we want this sort of news as it suits us and reading about real life stuff disturbs us too much and we don’t want to know or even think about it?

    1. I saw this article too Simple Living Global and it confirms to me that we have definitely Lost the Plot.

      The things that we spend money on and place as our priority are becoming outrageous.

      Why would we choose to have a handbag subscription of £40,000 per year so that we can have a new handbag every month?

      Why spend £15,000 on a perfume that is specially formulated for us and takes up to six months to process?

      Do we need golf clubs encrusted with gold and crystals costing £110,000?

      Do we need princess room for our children costing £52,000?

      Why pay £75,000 for a doorbell or a new bed, regardless of who makes them?

      Or £750 for one pair of socks.

      If we just add up the figures quoted above we have a startling – £292,750.

      In the UK alone we have a National Health Service that will go bankrupt in the next few years, due to the rising rates of illness and disease.

      Have we considered that the money that we are spending on frivolous items, ‘because we can’ would be much better placed investing in our health services and really looking at why things are in the mess that they are.

      Spend six months on formulating a perfume?

      Or six months conducting research on:

      Why we get sick?
      http://simplelivingglobal.com/why-do-we-get-sick/

      Why the rates of mental health problems are increasing?
      http://simplelivingglobal.com/world-mental-health-day/

      Why more people, including children and doctors are committing suicide?
      http://simplelivingglobal.com/world-suicide-prevention-day-10-september/
      http://simplelivingglobal.com/international-youth-day-2017/
      http://simplelivingglobal.com/what-is-intelligence-part-2/

      Which would be of use?

      We have more than enough resources in the world to deal with the rising rates of illness and the disease. The fact that we have enough money to spend on expensive items like these and that there is a demand for them, really show us where our priorities lie and why things are getting worse.

  40. We were watching the Coasts episode of David Attenborough’s Blue Planet and it showed amazing footage of 40ft waves.

    The power of the ocean was palpable.

    Then it showed a surfer surfing an impossibly huge wave in dangerous, freezing conditions.

    I was astounded at the craziness of this and said out loud ‘why would they do that?’ My husband said simply ‘because they can’.

    Isn’t that so true?

    Because we can, we do.

    Because we want to, we do.

    Because we have something to prove or ‘nothing to lose’.

    For how much of human behaviour can that be said?

    Regardless of the sense or consequences.

  41. I have noticed how we lose the plot over food.

    At a Vietnamese restaurant we watched a large family come in, order and then devour their food in complete silence, apart from loud eating noises.

    They were so focused on the food it was like they were possessed and couldn’t engage with anything else. They didn’t look up. They didn’t talk. They just ate – heads down near their plates.

    It made me aware of when I or my family do something similar, albeit perhaps less extreme.

    When all you can think of is the food and spooning it in, wanting more of the tastes. Not aware of how your body is receiving the food or your digestion or anything, for that matter, other than the food.

    It made me want to be even more aware when I am eating – more aware of my movements; making sure I stay connected with myself and those around me.

  42. An article in the ‘Omaha World-Herald’, 6th April 2014, describes how “Nebraska gets a cut of illegal drug revenue, in an artful way.”

    http://www.omaha.com/news/nebraska-gets-a-cut-of-illegal-drug-revenue-in-an/article_99e65742-3e1c-5640-b05c-720cb8135776.html

    A group of police officers sat in a bar asking the owner about a piece of artwork on the wall.

    The poster shows a skull resting against a headstone with a marijuana joint and a syringe laid into crossbones.

    The bar owner gives the answer that it is an obscure piece of the Nebraska tax code inspired by the war on illegal drugs. The artwork is a replica of Nebraska’s $100 drug tax stamp.

    The stamps are offered in denominations of $10, $50, $100, $500 and $1,000.

    Nebraska began issuing the stamps in 1991 following the passage of a tax on illegal drugs signed into law and they can be bought at Nebraska’s Department of Revenue Offices across the state.

    Drug tax laws, which exist in 20 states offers a way for those states to collect money on illicit transactions. If you possess illegal drugs, Nebraska law requires that you have a stamp on your drugs.

    A stamp doesn’t legalise the product, but a person can be charged for not having one.

    In Nebraska, the law was intended as another way to punish drug dealers. The state has collected $544,588 from evaders of the drug tax since 1991, according to State Tax Commissioner.

    Since the stamps were first offered, 625 of them have been sold in Nebraska’s revenue offices, bringing in $10,220, most likely from collectors of the stamps rather than drug dealers or users. No name is required for drug tax stamp purchases because buying them might entail a form of self-incrimination.

    Many drug dealers and buyers find out about Nebraska’s tax only after being charged with a crime.

    The tax is $100 per ounce of marijuana; $150 per gram of a controlled substance such as cocaine and $500 for each 50-dose unit or portion of a controlled substance not usually sold by weight such as LSD or steroids.

    Those who have less than 6 ounces of marijuana, less than 7 ounces of a controlled substance or less than 10 doses of a drug are not required to have a stamp.

    5% of the tax proceeds go toward funding administration and enforcement of the tax. Half of the remaining money is devoted to law enforcement and drug education programs in the county where the drugs were found, while the other half goes to the Nebraska State Patrol.

    Being caught without a stamp means the person must pay the drug tax and a fine for not paying it. People also face a potential Class IV felony, which carries up to five years in prison and a separate $10,000 criminal fine.

    The Hall County attorney said he’s never heard of a drug runner actually having the stamps on his drugs.

    An Omaha criminal defence attorney said taxing an illicit product doesn’t make sense.

    In Kansas, attorney’s stopped filing tax drug tax charges in routine cases after the State Supreme Court ruled a defendant convicted of marijuana possession cannot also be convicted of not having a stamp.

    Without doubt, we have definitely lost the plot here.

    They may get a few people like the occasional drug user that will buy these stamps, but to get someone that actually deals in the drugs and potentially bring themselves to the attention of the law, is another matter.

    The article states that this tax law was intended as another way to punish drug dealers by fining them for not buying a stamp and that they could also get five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

    Wouldn’t it make more sense to just increase the fines of those they convict rather than giving the drug dealers a licence to sell?

    However we want to look at this, it is saying that these drugs are illegal and you will be punished if you are caught with them, but on the other hand, if you pay the government some money, we will ‘turn a blind eye’ and we will let you buy or sell these drugs.

    Is it possible that this is just condoning the use of illegal drugs?

    Is it possible that this is just encouraging the use of illegal drugs?

    Is earning a few thousand dollars in tax revenue really worth the potential increase of people using drugs?

  43. Great to hear on the BBC news today that retailers in the UK are finally ending the sale of acid to under 18s.

    A fifth of acid attackers identified in 2016-17 were under 18 years old.

    There nothing to stop a single retailer stepping out alone as soon as they see action is needed, but this voluntary change makes you realise what can be achieved if there is a will and a coming together.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42585208

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