Mini Mag 100

Posted by Anthony North on March 18, 2012

Dr Illya Ness says … Many senior doctors in surgeries are left with just one day a week to see patients as UK govt reforms of health service tie them up in reorganisation. Turning doctors into administrators is mad. As I’ve said before: modern efficiency means twice as many experts doing half the work.
My Illness page

Guru Tony says … Half of Britain’s young black men are now unemployed. Why is it so many don’t gel with society? Early IQ tests can offer an answer. It seems those who did best came from the prevalent culture. It seems ‘intelligence’ & belonging is as much about culture as true intelligence. So WE fail them.
My Xenophobia page

THE CRIME POST

RENEW: The Godly Knights renewed themselves
each week with bread & wine. The next morn,
monks whipped them to church for Eucharist
& redemption.
***
Rule by Divine Right
Miracle of politics
Kings were good con men

ESSAY: JOUSTING – Jousting was part of Medieval ideology, linking warriordom and chivalry to a king who ruled by Divine Right. God and thinking were one. It is similar to computer gaming, changing young minds to think in parallel but without long attention span. Hence, they data process but don’t seek wisdom. Just what today’s corporate world wants.
My History Series, Part Two – God & Medieval

Blogger Bard says:
Knight hides in armour
While peasants are hacked to death
Battle was hell then
***
THE QUEST: The Knight quested long
for the Grail, determined to reach
Godly purity. Finally, he found it.
He killed nearly 100 men to take it,
and the encrusted jewels guaranteed
the only purity he desired.
***
Endurance of old
When different thought led to stake
For the love of God

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59 Comments

  1. Ramesh Sood said on March 18, 2012

    Very thought provoking all these.. thanks!

    And I express my gratitude with humility for all the encouragement through out my journey of 500 posts.. hope we continue to practice happiness ..

  2. Anthony North said on March 18, 2012

    Hi Ramesh, thanks for that, and you’re welcome.

  3. sandra said on March 18, 2012

    politics…ah ah…the same everywhere…:)

  4. Bruce, Haiku Water said on March 18, 2012

    You are so right, Divine Right of Kings is a miracle of a con job — never thought of it that way before; nicely done!

  5. Anthony North said on March 18, 2012

    Hi Sandra, it certainly is.

    Hi Bruce, thanks for that. A con job indeed.

  6. Jim said on March 18, 2012

    Am liking your’Renew’ story. I wonder if the ‘renewing’ was worth the whipping? :)

  7. Jim said on March 18, 2012

    It takes a Holy Being or a good con man to make a miracle! :)

    Kings can do it through politics if they play their cards right. Too bad they are a waning species!
    ..

  8. Geraldine said on March 18, 2012

    a feast for the senses here Tony. you capture so many thoughts and emotions in every post.

    Hugs, G

  9. Pat said on March 18, 2012

    I like your use of “renew” in your SY post. Sin all week and then ask for forgiveness?!!

  10. Sandy Carlson (USA) said on March 18, 2012

    You sure have me thinking, Anthony. I always enjoy your xenophobia thoughts.

  11. Anthony North said on March 19, 2012

    Hi Jim, thanks for that. I suspect they might have liked the whipping, too :-)

    Hi Geraldine, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Hi Pat, many thanks. That’s usually how it goes.

    Hi Sandy, thank you for the kind words.

  12. Polly (aka 5th Sister) said on March 19, 2012

    I adore your weekly musings and enjoyed at the theme played throughout. Always an interesting slant on our world today.

  13. Anthony North said on March 19, 2012

    Hi Polly, many thanks for the kind words.

  14. Lisa Ricard Claro said on March 19, 2012

    The Knights might help themselves by switching from wine to water. Interesting that they don’t alter the activity in order to alter the results. LOL That would be a psychological study!

  15. Anthony North said on March 19, 2012

    Hi Lisa, It would indeed :-)

  16. EG Wow, Canada said on March 20, 2012

    Yep, IQ tests are totally unfair. Maybe jousting (the old-fashioned kind) at ages 3 and 4 might be more fair. Xenophobia is such a great X word. Alas, we are only at J. :)

  17. Anthony North said on March 20, 2012

    Hi EG Wow, thanks for that. It’s a subject i keep coming back to.

  18. Reader Wil said on March 20, 2012

    The knights of the crusades also sought purity and killed as many as possible. What kind of religion is that.

  19. Roger Green said on March 20, 2012

    Jousting like computer games? I suppose so; hadn’t considered that.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  20. Anthony North said on March 20, 2012

    Hi Reader Wil, not religion. Just criminality and politics.

    Hi Roger, I find throughout history the only things that really change are culture and technology. The impulses remain the same.

  21. Sharp Little Pencil said on March 20, 2012

    Anthony, your essay on xenophobia is brilliant. It’s true in the States as well: Society tends torate non-Anglos as inferior, including the folks who were here thousands of years before us – Native Americans. Eurocentrism rules here as well. Thanks for a great write. Amy
    http://sharplittlepencil.com/2012/03/17/lets-get-lost-trifecta/

  22. Kay Davies said on March 21, 2012

    This week I posted photos of the tower in Rouen where Joan of Arc was kept by the British before being burned at the stake. Your haiku reminded me of her.
    “Endurance of old
    When different thought led to stake
    For the love of God”

    K

  23. Grandma's Goulash said on March 21, 2012

    Yes, that sin all week business still holds true today. The penance is not so severe though. ;) Great use of the word of the week.

  24. Anthony North said on March 21, 2012

    Hi Kay, I never thought of her, I must admit. Just the Witchhunts in general.

    Hi Grandma, thanks for that. yes, sin has a long pedigree.

  25. Anthony North said on March 21, 2012

    Hi Amy, many thanks for those kind words.

  26. Karen said on March 21, 2012

    Blogger Bard, some modern day peasants are still without armour.

  27. Helen said on March 21, 2012

    Wow! Your haiku effort is mighty impressive.

  28. Anthony North said on March 21, 2012

    Hi Karen, so very true.

    Hi Helen, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

  29. carol said on March 21, 2012

    Great posts ~ posing many questing ideas ~ not sure the ‘young’ today even question ~ Haiku is great ~ many ‘atrocities’ done in the ‘name of God’ ~ not sure we have come very far when it comes to ‘humanity’ ~ thanks ~ could go on and on ~ but won’t ~ enjoy each moment ~ namaste, Carol ^_^

  30. tara tyler said on March 21, 2012

    poor peasants, was that redundant?

  31. Anthony North said on March 22, 2012

    Hi Carol, thanks for those comments. Always appreciated.

    Hi Tara, poor indeed – in all ways.

  32. becca givens said on March 22, 2012

    You continually amaze me!! Thank you for sharing ~~

  33. Magical Mystical Teacher said on March 22, 2012

    Hmm…I’m thinking that battle is still hell.

    Battle Perspectives

  34. Talon said on March 22, 2012

    Loved the irony of The Quest, Anthony.

  35. Anthony North said on March 23, 2012

    Hi Becca, many thanks for those kind words.

    Hi MagicalMysticalTeacher, it certainly is.

    Hi Talon, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

  36. Heaven said on March 23, 2012

    I enjoyed the knight tales…specially the quest is ironic isn’t it? I think it takes a lot of endurance to reach and die for our God ~

  37. Cathy said on March 23, 2012

    Certainly agree with “The Dr.” If Dr. could just be Drs. Have a grand day!

  38. brian miller said on March 23, 2012

    kings are still good con men…

    and the knights hiding in armor sounds like them too….

  39. carol said on March 23, 2012

    ‘kings were con men’ ~ not much has changed in the world ~ ‘words change ~ melody remains the same’ ~enjoy the weekend ~ namaste, CArol ^_^

  40. Anthony North said on March 23, 2012

    Hi Heaven, it certainly takes a lot to die for a belief.

    Hi Cathy, thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Hi Brian, they are – and do – indeed.

    Hi Carol, you’ve got it right there.

  41. pritilisa said on March 23, 2012

    For the love of God…:)
    ♥♥♥

  42. Anthony North said on March 23, 2012

    Hi Pritilisa, thanks for that.

  43. Lenora said on March 23, 2012

    quite brilliant..

  44. Anthony North said on March 23, 2012

    Hi Lenora, many thanks for those kind words.

  45. Daydreamertoo said on March 23, 2012

    Ouch on many of these home truths! I would not have liked being a peasant back then. No thank you.

  46. Anthony North said on March 23, 2012

    Hi Daydreamertoo, me neither. It was a totalitarian continent in every way.

  47. Fran aka Redondowriter said on March 23, 2012

    Yikes, blogger Bard, your haiku made me gulp! Nothing really has changed all that much, has it?

  48. Anthony North said on March 24, 2012

    Hi Fran, as I see it, culture and technology changes, giving the impression that WE change, but I don’t really think we do.

  49. Lydia said on March 24, 2012

    I loved The Quest, a fine limerick! Don’t know how you continue to create these amazing multi-posts. Your blog seems like an online magazine to me!

  50. carol said on March 24, 2012

    …’endurance of old’ ~ well written ~thanks, namaste, ^_^

  51. Anthony North said on March 24, 2012

    Hi Lydia, many thanks for those kind words.

    Hi Carol, thanks for that.

  52. Karen said on March 24, 2012

    What those who thought differently had to endure! I expect I would have been one on a stake back then!

  53. Anthony North said on March 24, 2012

    Hi Karen, yep, me too.

  54. zongrik said on March 24, 2012

    those weren’t good times when you god burnt at the stake

    two senryu dedicated to the novelist

  55. kaykuala said on March 24, 2012

    True, no compromise when it comes to beliefs. To each his own! Brilliant thoughts Anthony!

    Hank

  56. Marit said on March 25, 2012

    your hundredst mini mag… wow! Congrats Anthony!

  57. Anthony North said on March 25, 2012

    Hi Zongrik, they certainly weren’t.

    Hi Hank, thanks for that. much appreciated.

    Hi Marit, many thanks. Very kind.

  58. Hazel said on March 25, 2012

    And I was thinking ‘for the love of Thomas Hardy’

  59. Anthony North said on March 25, 2012

    Hi Hazel, an excellent writer, him.

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