editors note

a little about me

  • 1958 – Born Falkirk, Scotland
  • 1968 – Survived Carbon Monoxide poisoning
  • 1983 – Survived car crash (near fatal)
  • 1990 – Survived car crash
  • 2008 – Survived massive heart attack (near fatal)
  • 2012 – Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (Primary Progressive) PPMS
  • 2015 – Diagnosed with Diabetes

Unexpected twists and turns abound in life. These unforeseen events, which might range from unplanned setbacks to abrupt impairments, can be daunting and challenging to handle. Through maintaining an optimistic outlook, we may surmount even the most unforeseen challenges life presents. What matters most is not what happens to us, but rather how we react to and deal with such events.

Many people prefer to ignore the violence, suffering, and misery that plague today’s society on a frightening global scale, maybe out of a sense of powerlessness or a wish to escape discomfort, or they simply think these things happen ‘to other people’ because they’re not on their doorstep, only on the TV news.

Feeling apprehensive or scared?

If you find yourself frightened by the relentless barrage of negative news, you’re far from alone. Back in 2014, the President of the United States echoed this sentiment, suggesting that the constant barrage of negative events in the media led many to feel as though “the world is on a downward spiral, and nobody is able to control it.”

And yet, following this declaration, he expressed fervent enthusiasm regarding specific governmental programmes as positive developments, which conveyed a deep sense of positivity and hope for the future.

In other words, rather than paint a picture of doom and gloom, he highlighted the ‘honourable human endeavours‘ as the key to shaping the world’s future and preventing a worldwide disaster; and yet, over the past 6,000 years, humans have tried many types of governing authority . . …. monarchies, empires, democracies, republics, dictatorships, and socialistic administrations. . . They’ve tried the lot, but ALL eventually fail, while each new attempt is heralded as the one that will succeed. How many times have we heard that old chestnut?

To think about

Every day, countless people around the globe struggle to endure severe poverty; millions are starving to death. Considering mankinds track record, the need for a just and trustworthy government, committed to eradicating this injustice is plain to see. This government should possess both the will to bring about positive change and the strength to implement its plans effectively. In view of their trail of failure, is it feasible to hope that humanity can establish such a governing body?

It is neither the purpose nor the intent of this material to ridicule the views of fundamentalists or of those who choose not to believe in God, nor to lean you towards any religious persuasion. Rather, all content is fact, and it is our hope that it will prompt you to examine again the basis for some of your beliefs.