The goodness that is in all man ..

At a time when we celebrate the freedoms that come from living within a democracy, hate, mistrust, misinformation, exaggeration, blame and shame rise to the top of our collective consciousness, dominate our discussions and fill our media. At no other time do I recall such hatefulness.
Despite all of this, I hold strongly to my belief in the goodness that exists within ALL man …

.. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible…

We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that.

We want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another.

In this world there’s room for everyone and the good earth is rich, and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, … 

You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don’t hate only the unloved hate, the unloved and the unnatural … 

You the people have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness. You the people have the power to make life free and beautiful to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then, in the name of democracy, let us use that power. Let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work that will give youth a future and old age a security…. 

~  Charlie Chaplin, The Great Dictator

You don’t have to be special to change your world

I watch as people begin to introduce themselves and tell us how they are going to help to change our lives for us after the upcoming election. These are ‘special’ people. They tell us how educated, how clever they are. Some have faced great tragedy in their lives and they tell us how this has helped them to become much better, wiser people today.

It is perhaps no surprise that the ‘average’ kiwi disengages from politics. They just aren’t clever enough, wise enough or special enough to be able to make a difference.

I have had a good life, in many ways a privileged life. I have had my ups and downs, many that I would not wish on any person and I continue to face my own struggles, but none of that makes me special.

If I was highly educated, if I was young and attractive, if I had traveled more, if I was a millionaire or a top athlete. If I was part of an oppressed minority. If I had overcome some create trauma, or tragedy in my life, then perhaps I would be more confident in my own ability to make a difference.  But I am none of those things.

I am more streetwise than I am worldly, and even then not so wise. If statistics are to be believed, I was once among the top 5% of wage and salary earners in New Zealand but now earn barely above the average.

I am a short, fat balding, middle aged man with healthy issues. Like most people (perhaps all people if we were to be truthful) I have mental health issues.

And all of this makes me wonder how worthy, how capable, how relevant I still am in this world.

But none of this should stop me trying to change the world, my world.  Being average or less than average does not make me, or you, matter any the less.

If the average or below average people in this world didn’t matter, then why are so many clever people so determined to help them? Everyone matters.

Think about it and if you care, even if you care only about yourself, you simply need to say out loud “I Want”.

Saying out loud “I want” is the beginning of a conversation. A conversation with your self, a conversation with family, with friends, workmates, your community and suddenly you are changing the world.

Anyone, not just the clever ones, the wealthy or the brave can say “I want” and can start changing the world.

Try it now. What do you want? Say it out loud.

I joined the TOP Party

01245_TOP_web_banner-white_(300x250px)This isn’t a promotion of TOP.  Its a continuation of my journey in pursuit of a Fairer, Kinder and More Ethical New Zealand that began 12 months ago.

A friend has nominated me as the local The Opportunities Party (TOP) candidate so, in hopeful anticipation I have sat back and resisted all temptation to comment on the political carry-ons of the last few weeks. But now I realise that sitting back hoping that someone is going to notice you is futile and just as frustrating as all hell.

Its a long time since I wrote on this blog, too long and the last few weeks have been pretty tough going for me.

I joined TOP on a whim for no other reason than to challenge my own thinking. As it turns out Gareth and the team are asking New Zealanders to do exactly that, ‘Think’. Its great advice and I am here to testify that it works.

I have always figured myself to be staunch ‘right’, a capitalist and have traditionally voted National or Act, now I’m not so sure.

Over the past 12 months I have been asked to join up with the Green Party and it was suggested that I would be a valuable asset to the local organising committee for the National Party.

How could I fit on both the right and the left?

Take the politics out of politics. TOP will work with parties on the left or the right to bring about important change.

In TOP you are encouraged to have your own thoughts and to express them freely. Its a refreshing approach to politics without all the ‘politics’.

I began this site over a year ago and so many of the ideas that I was writing about then are being discussed today. It makes for some interesting reading and some serious thinking. Much of it inline with the thoughts of TOP and some of it not, but I figure that its okay.

I will write more soon. In the meantime check out