17. Buy an NFT Now!

NFT (nonfungible token) is a token that can be swapped or exchanged – it is a unit of value unto itself. It’s currency on the blockchain.

Typically it used to sell art, or one off creations that artists sell. Anyone can copy and sell the art but the artist retains the original token.

Perhaps an old car print or a digital picture of one of your pieces of art. Like a shared databse it is backed up by computers all over the world. So difficult to defraud.

Some think this is a bubble ready to burst. Others a form of currency that is here to stay. Humans have always swapped and bartered whatever they need. But is this what we need?

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16. Right Place Wrong time

We all have times mainly in hindsight that our lives changed direction on a whim, chance, luck, right or wrong decision. Regret, relief or a recognition that we were very lucky that these things happened to us, and why we are here now.

Accidents, death, trauma are also turning points in our lives. We all have them. What separates us is the way we deal and work through these points in our lives. Whether the wounds become infected and constant care to be avoided. Or be allowed to scar leaving the signs on us of a lived life.

Or rarely that a seemingly personal mundane decision goes onto to have international ramifications. Such a man is Christopher Martin. Not the musician but the man who worked as a cashier and was given a $20 counterfeit note by George Floyd.

This set off a chain of events that Mr Martin could not have predicted. Ordinary people doing ordinary things, setting off extraordinary events.
Then the emotions grown out of the extraordinary event overwhelming the person. A test of mental strength and resilience. Infected wound or scar?


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15. Dirty Laundry Social Media

Everyone is doing it. Talking about deep personal issues to the world. There seems to be no limts about what you can say to a huge audience, and then have it commented on by the world.

And it has always been. In the pre digital age TV, newspapers, & books were used to tell your personal story. And then there’s the money.

But what do they want? To be heard? To be agreed with? To be criticised? To be flattered? To be right? To gain attention?

What is not desired is the hard painful work to process feelings! To sit with yourself or guidance from another, and be present with your fear and pain.

Why bother when you can find instant gratification by telling the world your issues? Then wait for the compliments and support from far away strangers. A quick fix. But at depth nothing changed. So you have to do it again. and again ….

You are the expert on you. You might need some help to recognise this. But it is true. Nobody else has led your life or felt your pain except you.

And then speaking to people about yourself becomes a bonus. Not the main event. Being your own expert means you can work yourself out with the help of friends and family. BUT .. you do the bulk of the work yourself. Alone on your own.

“We are all alone, born alone, die alone, and-in spite of True Romance magazines-we shall all someday look back on our lives, and see that, in spite of our company we were alone the whole way. I do not say lonely-at least, not all the time-but essentially and finally alone. This is what makes your self respect so important, and I don’t see how you can respect yourself if you must look in the hearts and minds of others for your happiness.”
Hunter S. Thompson

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14. Chinese Titanic Survivors

Six chinese men survived the sinking of the Titanic. Never heard of them?
This was not the end of their voyage. After arriving at immigration on Ellis Island they were expelled from the US under the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.

These Chinese men were portrayed by the press as stowaways, or who disguised themselves as women to get onto the life boats. Both untrue. They were sent to Cuba, then onto the UK, where they settled and had families. Again they had to leave due to anti immigrant feelings.

They dispersed to HongKong, India, Canada, and the US! Due to the trauma and stigma surrounding the sinking their own families & children knew nothing about their experiences.

It is pertinent now as History repeats itself with the recent exclusion of immigrants from the US, Windrush and Grenfell in the UK. The politics of immigration, discrimination, and exclusion remains.

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13. Funeral of the Decade

The death of the Duke of Edinburgh precipitated massive media coverage. And the highest number of complaints about the amount of media coverage it received.

Then the State Funeral. What the British do best? Apparently the Duke wanted no fuss. To some the Royal Family is very British and reflects our tradition and history. To others anachronistic, feudal, lacking modernity.

It seems the Royals personify something that is lost. A Whiteness, a Britishness, a sense of honesty and duty. Even though this is undermined by the behaviour of some Royals the older Royals still hold this perception, and way of life.

Whiteness is under scrutiny. The antedote is to hang onto the history where the perception was everything was more of a mono culture? For some A loss. A bereavement. Something to harken back to, to be revered. A Brexit Expression of anger and a wish to return to a Past of Rule Britannia.

The rise and decline of Nation States, Cultures, Peoples particularly with a loss of Power is challenging. The decline of power is painful and frightening. Depending on your perception it can be seen as an opportunity or a threat.

This point in the 21st Century is a period of transition. As all times are transitional. But maybe more at this point in time. Or do we all think we are in an important period of transition? We appear to be running out of road. The destruction of the Planet, the Pandemic, and Democracy means that we cannot carry on as we are.

But then what do we do? Do we want to be told? A Cure? A Magic Pill? We all have uncertainty? But what now?

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12. Perfect Shamelessness

As though we didn’t know this. Just more evidence. Eton College educates the ruling class to perfect their shamelessness. The constant competition where the rival has to be destroyed. The lads untouchable to the usual moral codes that everyone else has to follow.

Trained up in debating societies and quiz shows. Practiced and willing for their role in Parliament. No pity for the less intelligent, less capable or poor. Talking and defending policies which trash funding of local communities, projects and the NHS. Protected from poverty, recessions, and the up and downs of the economy.

Notice that they are already schooled in shamelessness. They don’t learn it at Eton. They come shamelessness baked! They are born to it. Entitlement Wealth Priviledge. It is not even communicated. It just is.

We are immersed in our childhoods. We have no choice. It is a well meaning brainwashing if we are lucky. We know no different. We are blind to our upbringings. So it is no surprise that they arrive shamelessness.


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11. Need a Tradesman?

One of the professions that epitomises the Time is Money adage must be the Building Trade.

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One man bands. Quoting and making estimates for jobs unpaid. The travel. The parking. Needing funds upfront to purchase materials. The getting to the job, starting and then seeing its not the job it looked like from the outside. More expense to negotiate with the customer. Working in all weathers. Cash v Income. Dealing with complaints. Spinning plates. Running. On the run. Stress. Stress.

The customer. Ignorant to what needs to be done. Everyone saying something different. Wildly differing quotes. Some wanting to do only part of the job. Or in a particular way. Not knowing when they are going to start. Wanting the customer to immediately go to the case machine or shop for materials. Not producing invoices. Not picking up discarded materials. Making a mess. Stress. Stress.

Unregulated, at times under educated but skilled men dealing with all sorts. Issues of Class, Education, Income, Resources, Opportunity all rolled into a transaction about the precious place where people live.

The eternal task of making agreements with strangers who demand large sums of money for skilled services. A relationship of trust. Love and Hate. Anger and Pleasure. The Making and Breaking of Affectionate Bonds.

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10. Good God’s Friday

Jesus was killed today on a trumped up charge to please the mob. Jesus did not respond to the allegations against him. No comment. They got him on blasphemy claiming to be the Son of God. Good Friday

Pontius Pilate the Roman governor didn’t want to sentence him, because he thought he was innocent. Pilate bounced him back to the Jews who said they weren’t allowed to sentence anyone to death.

So Jesus was passed onto King Herod who was in Jerusalem for Passover. He questioned Jesus who again didn’t reply. So he handed him back to Pilate. He announced Jesus’ innocence and to reiterate this washed his hands in absolution.

To save his job and appease the mob Pilate signed the crucifixion papers. In the last hours of his life 12-3pm the land went dark. His followers carried and laid Jesus out in a cave.
A story of innocence, guilt, expediency, blasphemy, & political threat to the state. A universal portrait of human behaviour across time. China and the Uighurs, Putin and Navalny, Angry Mob at Capitol Hill, Clapham Common Protest.

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9. Racing out of Lockdown

Have you booked a holiday? Booked a table at your favourite restaurant? Rushing to get back to your club? Broken the rules to visit friends and family? Cannot wait to go back to work in the Office? Eating and drinking more? Are you chomping at the bit?

Everyone wants to put meaning to their lives. Even if you don’t think so you are. Life is a blank canvas. It’s upto you to draw something on it. The problem is when you cannot fill your canvas. Like in Lockdown. Not so many tools or distractions to fill your canvas up.

As Bono said “You miss too much these days if you stop to think”
Hurry. Distract. Fill up the time. Rush. Nose to the grindstone. Don’t look up.
The modern world is not made for humans. Take a look at the mental health statistics. The richer the country. The greater the mental health problems. The greater the rush the greater the stress.

We cannot be with ourselves. It is not a natural state. If we did maybe life could be adapted to suit us more. More meeting of strangers. More being with people of different ages. Classes. Colours. More looking at the sky.
But there is no time.

One of the outcomes of the Lockdown could be a more thoughtful mindful life. Maybe. Maybe not. The signs are not good. Bit Chompers.

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8. Fairytale Prince & Duchess

The news is full of the interview and its impact on the Royal Household.
Whatever the view – the reality is superseded by the Fairytale.

If you want to really know someone ask them what they wish for. What they dream about. What is their Fairytale. And how was it formed and by who. The interest of psychotherapy.

Our dreams and fairytales are made early on, and then pushed down out of sight when reality hits, and has to be engaged with. Whatever the age, gender ethnicity the fairytale of love and romance reigns supreme. For most of us it is how we were made.

For Jung the Fairytale was the simplest form of those deep repressed wishes. Fairytales showing us repeating stories of archetypes playing out roles. Showing us what we might happen to us in our own lives.

The Fairytale was not a Fable or parable but a tale of magic, supernatural lands full of elves, & witches. Cinderella, Beauty & the Beast, the Frog Prince to name a few.

The Cult of Celebrity is a Fairytale doomed to a flawed human reality. Projection, Hope, Ecstacy, Excitement, Failure, Loss, and onto the next Projection Fairytale.

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