Actions speak louder than words

  • February 20, 2014 · 6:00 PM
  • The Coffee Club

Going back to the roots of this group, it was formed with the intention to get people together who want to change the world to make it a better place. Of course we can talk and philisophise on this topic for ever and a day, but what can or do we actually do to make the world a better place ?

Does it even need to be changed ? What's wrong with it ? In what way does it need to be 'better' ? What is better ? Better for whom ?

I don't think there is anything wrong with the world, but maybe the behaviour of humans towards it needs some adjustment ?

We touched on this subject before when we discussed the Copenhagen Consensus (in July 2013). Maybe we can bring it to a more personal level this time.

Looking forward to your ideas and initiatives.

Ziggy

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  • Monique le R.

    Seeing it was the 3-year anniversary of the devastating Christchurch earthquake yesterday, here is an inspirational clip of many people doing many random acts of kindness which shows it is inside all of us.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbCOtG8uPn0

    February 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Brilliant Peter! Mine was a little closer to home. I had a paid worker pulling up flooring on a hot day and set up a fan for him then delivered a cold drink and sandwich. I think he knows that I appreciate the work he is doing for me.

    February 23, 2014

  • Peter

    Random act of kindness Day 2 - missed opportunity. Taking mum shopping and while returning the trolley I briefly thought if I should take another ladies trolley back for her as well. Hmmm, more spontaneous and less thinking next time

    February 23, 2014

    • Peter E.

      One time being a witness and one missed opportunity - but at least you're trying. Maybe third time lucky...........

      February 23, 2014

    • Monique le R.

      Well done! You're getting into gear! :) Don't think, just do, as many an opportunity goes by when our brains kick in and over-ride the heart...or worse when we find fault at another's attempts (and sometimes failures) to do something kind. This is the ego trying to exert itself as it is terrified of becoming lost and forgotten if/when we strive towards and attain unity with other life. I think I'll go and hug my dog..before I think too much and miss the opportunity :). Oh wait! My cat is right here on my keyboard!!

      February 23, 2014

  • Ziggy

    and there's a public talk by Dr. Tuttle on the 25th and a workshop on Sat. the 22nd, which I will go to, so if you're interested, go to the Vegan Society website: http://www.vegansociety.co.nz/events or get in touch with me. Might see you there !

    February 21, 2014

    • Monique le R.

      Hi , went to the talk in Albany today and loved it. Bought his book too. He discusses the spiritual, psychological and emotional consequences of going vegan which is a topic I have not yet read much about. I highly recommend his talks - could have listened for hours. Engaging, intelligent, compassionate and informative. Oh, I also got an opportunity for a random act of kindness. A lady wanted to buy his book plus a set of cards but didn't have enough cash. So she was quite disappointed and only got the book. I got a huge hug from her when I ran after her and handed the pack of cards I bought for her and her eyes filled with tears. It felt really good ! (:

      2 · February 22, 2014

  • Monique le R.

    February 22, 2014

    • Peter E.

      Yes, it is a nice video (it would have been even nicer without the plastic bags and without the beef chilli - still worth watching)

      February 22, 2014

  • Ziggy

    Thanks for the clip, Monique ! It reminded me of a 'cake run' I do. One of my students has a lot of off-cuts from cakes she makes, which would go into the compost. I pick them up and distribute them to others on the island. Thus waste is avoided and joy brought to people who can savor some delicious cake.

    February 22, 2014

  • Peter

    Random act of kindness Day 1 - witnessed a stranger offer an elderly pedestrian her arm for balance as she stepped up the curb.

    1 · February 21, 2014

  • Ziggy

    Hi MeetUppers, thanks for your contributions to "What can we actually do to change the world " in our meeting yesterday. Listen to this interview with Dr. W. Tuttle on National Radio if you are interested in making the world a better place by beginning with our own diet: http://www.radionz.co.nz/search/results?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=will+tuttle

    February 21, 2014

  • Dragan A.

    Hello team, it was a pleasure to meet you all at the last meeting, but unfortunately I cannot attend the next one as I have my choir rehearsal. I wish you all the best for the meeting, and if I can offer one particular thought about the subject it would be that since the creative consciousness has been manifested through many individuations, I believe that right and wrong doesn't come into it, as we already know that for every thing that has been called wrong there are at least a[masked] cases where we see it in the context of right. I believe that the only way we're going to reach a change to the next level is to first create a world of people who will dwell in their conscious awareness and consciously create through guiding the mind themselves towards that change instead of being guided by it, and then to strive to reach a race of beings of integrity that will consistently act on the same frequency of their well meaning words, instead of doing the opposite of what they say.

    February 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds like a great discussion, a great reminder, and possibly motivation for putting (great) thoughts into action. See you there

    February 13, 2014

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