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Like animals??

Posted: June 10, 2014 in Uncategorized
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This morning on my way into work I made a pit stop at the local grocery. I was getting out of the car when I noticed the small metal spikes on the top of the stores facade. The spikes are there to prevent birds from perching on the facade. The spikes work pretty well, the spikes and the fake bird on the building seem to keep most birds in the parking lots few trees. When I saw the metal spikes I immediately thought about an article I saw on line on the telegraph website.

The article goes into some detail about the installment of spikes at a luxury flat in London. The spikes are intended to keep away homeless from the front of the building. This makes me sick when I read it and see it. To think that people are treating people the same way that animals, considered to be pests,  are being treated, should make everyone sad.



You would be hard pressed to pick up the newspaper and read a story that does not outline the terrible class inequalities worldwide. This is more than just paid economic policy at work everywhere in the world. The whole division of classes there is something more insidious and malevolent at work. Some social structure that makes it ok to do something like install these spikes outside of a flat in London. When we treat people as animals instead of people our society needs to re examine the way we see others and ourselves.  When we  loose the compassion that makes us help others and ourselves the ability to know right from wrong we forfeit one of the few genetic advantages we have gained in our evolution through natural selection. The ability to have  and employ morals and ethics. These spikes are both immoral and unethical. To not help the helpless is also immoral and unethical.

Life, every ones life, is a gift and should be respected and treasured.





I get up and get ready for work, almost every morning, and almost every morning I can hear and see birds in the tree that I park under singing and flying. The sound really is something. I may not be the most pleasant person in the early morning but the cacophony coming from the foliage canopy shading my car is great. I almost look forward to it.


Yesterday was a rough work day and I thought about the birds and their singing and how they seemed so happy. Of course the birds are happy they don’t wake up and go to work. Then I remembered the poem…

The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wings
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and is tune is heard
on the distant hillfor the caged bird
sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze
an the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn
and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.

Maya Angelou
Life can get tough and we can feel hopeless and like we are standing on the graves of our dreams (that is a great poem!) but, we should never stop singing.

Do you know who Gary Dahl is?  He is the father of the “Pet Rock“. Some trivia to start your day. You’re welcome. So Gary thought of the idea of a pet rock when he heard friends complaining about their pets. A rock makes a perfect pet.  The Pet Rock was a wild success and Gary took his money and opened a bar in California.

An idea as simple as a Pet Rock can make some momentous changes. Every one gets these “million dollar ideas”. In Max Barry’s book, “Syrup” the protagonist mentions that the average person has at least three million dollar ideas a year. I think he is right, honestly I think he may be low.

The above average person works to make the ideas reality and the lucky person does.   So we are all average, but we can with some hard work become above average and then lucky!

Good Luck with whatever




So what is Shu? Simply put it is the golden rule. To be more elaborate it is a mantra adopted and spread by Confucius. “Do not Impose on others what you do not wish for yourself.”

This simple yet profound mantra was the cornerstone for the teachers philosphy.

When Confucius started his first job as a youth he was charged with, caring for a farmers cattle it was then that he put his mantra to use. When I read about this I immediately thought about a trip I wennt on to the Mayfield dairy milk distribution plant in middle GA, last year. While at the plant I niticed a framed manifesto of sorts written my the founder of Mayfield dairy letting all the farmers know that it was expected of them to treat cattle with respect and dignity.

I am not sure if happy cows make better milk but I am sure that when I am happy everything I do seems better so logic says the cow’s milk would taste better and even if it didn’t treating all life the way we wish to be treated would make the world better right?

So two things about Shu one is you have to know how you would like to be treated. That means we need to be aware of who we are. Two is once you realize how you would like to be treated you must treat yourself and others this way. What is most interesting about Shu is that Confucius points out not to do anything that you would not want done to you so if we do not know what we want we can still avoid hurting others by simply not doing. It kind of reminds me of what my mom used to say “if you have nothing good to say don’t say anything at all” .

So are you doing something that would hurt someone? Don’t do it. Then if you are going to help and not hurt, is this the way you would like to be helped?

If you answer no to this than don’t do it. If you can answer no to the first and yes to the second then it would benefit you and everyone to help. To instill this philosophy we have to have both integrity and honesty. Integrity is being truthful with yourself and honesty is being truthful with others. I think above all things we can never have too much integrity and honesty. What do you think?