All our problems

I am finally home. It is the best part of travel, though it has been a great trip. I met some wonderful and dedicated people and am reminded again that there are more good people than bad people. After watching the repetitive news on Al Jazeera, BBC and France’s TV 24 in my various hotel rooms, this is a fact that is easy to overlook.

On the way home I read most of K. O Schmidt’s book “Le hasard n’existe pas,” and excellent French translation of the original German. The book was a gift from my colleague Rose in Abidjan.

Schmidt’s credo is: “En toi réside la cause de tout ce qui t’arrive dans la vie.” It matches quite nicely my proposition to participants in our workshops: all our troubles and challenges are created by ourselves – a practical proposition because it means you can change things. If others create these problems, and inflict them on us, then what can we possibly do to make things better? The current debates raging around the world, and which only benefit the military-industrial complex, shows the futility of taking this tack, dragging us ever deeper into arms races, serpentine wires and toxicity of all types.

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