I am what I learn!

Reflections on the old and the new.

So here we are on the last day of 2015, the cusp of a new year and who knows what the next twelve months have in store.

All I am going to do is to reflect on the huge potential our modern ‘wired-up’ world offers for learning.

Most will know the saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”

But it is wrong!

Here at home, where a number of the dogs are in their old age (Pharaoh is the equivalent in age of 100 human years; one dog year being approximately the same as eight human years) Jean and I see no difficulty in these elderly dogs learning new tricks.  Staying with Pharaoh, as an example, his hearing is pretty poor now but he has learnt a whole range of hand signals in recent months and he still communicates very well with us.

There is much in this new world that concerns me and I know I am not alone with this view. But the rewards of reading the thoughts of others right across the world are wonderful beyond measure.

Here’s a tiny dip into some fascinating items and articles that have graced my in-box in just the last twenty-four hours.

  • Eckhart Tolle’s Moment Reminder: “As far as inner transformation is concerned, there is nothing you can do about it. You cannot transform yourself, and you certainly cannot transform your partner or anybody else. All you can do is create a space for transformation to happen, for grace and love to enter.”
  • Val Boyco, “Everything comes to us that belongs to us, if we create the capacity to receive it.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore
  • John Zande in his Sketches on Atheism, “Theism’s most potent, pervasive, irresistibly enchanting gift to frightened but otherwise sane individuals is a belief—a promise—that upon their death they will go home.”
  • Mother Nature Network, “7 ways to meditate while you move – If you don’t have time for sitting meditation, give one of these active meditations a try.”
  • George Monbiot, (on the UK floods), “These floods were not just predictable. They were predicted. There were clear and specific warnings that the management of land upstream of the towns now featuring in the news would lead to disaster.”

and my final selection:

  • Patrice Ayme: (from an essay on Brain & Consciousness) “The best microprocessors you can buy in a store now can do 10 to the power 11 (10^11; one hundred billions) operations per second and use a few hundred watts,” says Wilfred van der Wiel of the University of Twente in the Netherlands, a leader of the gold circuitry effort. “The human brain can do orders of magnitude more and uses only 10 to 20 watts.  That’s a huge gap in efficiency.”

So here’s to a new year of wonderful new learnings.  And let me leave you with this additional message for 2016.

Namely that The Nation weekly journal are celebrating their 150 years of publishing the magazine. They recently published a 150th Anniversary edition and the front editorial is written by Katrina Vanden Heuval. There is a ‘break out’ to one side on Page 2 of that editorial that reads:

Change is inevitable, but the one constant in The Nation‘s history has been a faith in what can happen if you tell people the truth.

Finding out the truth and sharing it so we can all see what can happen is my wish for 2016.

Happy New Year to all of you, and to all of your friends and loved ones.

20 thoughts on “I am what I learn!

  1. Thank YOU Paul for all that you bring within your posts.. I have enjoyed and valued them and you throughout 2015..
    I hope as we move forward into 2016 we also embrace that Truth, and share our common goal to help both our Animal Kingdom and our Earth Mother into a more Balanced Harmonious 2016 and beyond..

    Happy New Year to your and Jean.. sending many Blessings your way..
    Love and Light
    Sue

    1. Sue, dear thoughts from you, as always. As you imply, all we can do is to stay firm to the principles and ideals that you so beautifully espouse in your writings. Happy New Year!

  2. I love the intention to keep learning. It really is perfect, no matter what the time of year Paul!
    I’m looking forward to snuggling up and reading Learning From Dogs!
    Thank you for your inspiring contributions and being part of such a wonderful blogging community!
    Happy New Year to you, Jean and the furry family. xo

    1. Val, this last year especially seems to have gifted me great connections, great friendships, across the blogging world. I think we are being drawn towards each other for reasons as yet unclear. But certainly as an antidote to some of the present madnesses we see around us.

      A very, very Happy New Year to you and everyone that surrounds you!

  3. Paul, thanks
    for another wonder filled post, world class thought and references. I love that you think deeply on both the human and the non-human world. There is so much we share in this respect, plus our hopes for a brighter future for all earth’s creatures.

    “Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. It;s going to take…time. The key to success is optimism.” His Holiness the 14th Daiai Lama.
    May all beings be well. May all beings be happy. May all feel and know peace.
    Hugs to Jean, dogs, horses. 😀 Deborah

    BTW I tweeted this and will share on FB.

    1. Deborah, fantastic reply from you and just goes to underline how many are out there that do see the truth, do understand the power of positive thinking. A very Happy New Year to you and all your loved ones.

      1. Thanks Paul, when you have a minute or two would you go read my guest post on “One thing more toxic than chocolate” on 4Knines blog? It’s one of the most important posts to save dogs’ lives and dog lovers’ sanity.

      2. Thanks so much Paul for going there and reading my guest post on 4Knines blog and leaving a comment.

        Yes, you have my permission to quote and reference my guest post. Please add a link to both their blog and my post referring dog lovers to it.

        Love your support and personal work in dog rescue and dog adoption.

        I appreciate your support as a writer, blogger and friend!

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