Wednesday, November 12, 2008

How to Understand: 8 Timeless Thoughts from the Last 2500 Years

How to Understand: 8 Timeless Thoughts from the Last 2500 Years by Henrik Edberg at the Positivity Blog.
"One of the interesting things about getting older and being interested in personal development is how you come to understand just how little you really understand. Quite the change from when I was younger and thought I knew it all. :)

But how can we improve our understanding of ourselves and our world now? Here are 8 timeless thoughts on that topic:

1. Take notice of what others may teach you about yourself.
2. Look at aspirations to understand the heart.
3. You must do to understand.
4. Understand first and not the other way around.
5. Use a lens of sympathy.
6. Be here and now completely.
7. Try a different point of view.
8. Understand that there are things you may not need to understand."
Read on at the Positivity Blog

I want to ride my bicycle

I want to ride my bike

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving."
Albert Einstein

Guess I'm going to Holland this month... Magic Mushrooms banned

The Dutch government is to ban the cultivation and sale of fresh hallucinogenic mushrooms from December 1. The sale of dry mushrooms is already prohibited.

Parliament called for a ban last year after the death of a 17-year-old French tourist who is believed to have eaten so-called magic mushrooms before she jumped off a bridge in Amsterdam. (see Bill Hicks)

According to Amsterdam health service figures, ambulances were called out 149 times last year to deal with people who had taken hallucinogenic mushrooms. Most incidents involved young tourists, especially from Italy and Britain, who often come to Amsterdam because of its reputation for easily available drugs.

'Magic' mushrooms are sold at 180 so-called smart shops in the Netherlands. Paul van Oyen of the association which represents these shops, expects half of them will have to close down because of the ban. "There are 40 smart shops in the centre of Amsterdam that cause problems and the entire branch is the victim," Van Oyen said.

In a statement last year the Dutch health ministry said the "unpredictable character of mushrooms" was the deciding factor for the outright ban. "Hallucinogenic mushrooms have been proved to cause dangerous results, sometimes with fatal results," a ministry spokesperson said. Health minister Ab Klink (Christian Democrats) has to implement a ban from next month.

The ban comes at a time of political and social debate on the Dutch policy of tolerating soft drugs such as cannabis and mushrooms. This weekend the parliamentary leader of the Christian Democrats Pieter van Geel called for a complete ban on cafes where marijuana is sold.

Another article: Shop owners have claimed the ban will result in hundreds of jobs being lost and are planning protest marches.

Paul Van den Berg, who works in one of the shops that sells the mushrooms, described that ban as "a disgrace". He said: "It's all the fault of tourists, especially the Brits. They misuse alcohol at home and come over here to do the same with hash and the so called 'magic mushrooms'."

He said that the mushrooms were intended for connoisseurs who know how to eat them properly and in the correct quantity, producing a euphoric state with the odd "pleasant hallucination".

Understatement, this really sucks. No word yet on when alcohol, sharp objects, slippery floors, cars, politicians, etc will be banned...