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This week TESTIMONY
Thanks to Kate for hosting Five Minute Friday and Kristie for her post today to read her take on testimony
The testimony of faith. I am not a practicing christian and don't believe in God. I believe in the forces of the Universe. But I have faith in Mankind. That he will continue to learn from the testimony of History. The words written down by ordinary men and women who maybe have acquired a bit more wisdom than most of us. The wisdom to ask questions even if it takes them a lifetime to find answers. if answers are to be had.
Sometimes the wisest realisation is to accept that we know nothing of the mysteries surrounding our being alive. All great philosophers from Buddha to Al-Kindi, from Moses to Socrates, from Plato to Montaigne, from Kierkegaard to Sartre started to write and leave a testimony behind in order to attempt to answer the questions that obssessed them.
Who am I ? Where do I come from ? Why am I here.
They poured all their energy, the power of their wonderfully developed human brain to bring answers to the table. Their written testimonies thus helping those who came after them to continue searching for answers.
Our job is to listen to these testimonies, learn from them and endeavour to bear witness to further discoveries, interpretations, reflections and thus lead Humankind forward into its full potential, carrying greater compassion, peace, freedom and love.
Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrica. Tribute to Nelson Mandela and South Africa. go here
Mari Boine, Idjagiedas, In the Hand of the Night. Finnish Saami Native. here
The Creation of the World,
Hieronymus Bosch 1495-1505
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The sophisticated weather service Meteo France which is based here in Toulouse forecast cloudy today. Well they got it wrong, as happens frequently ... Beautiful sunshine with a few bouncy, fluffy immaculate clouds. Sometimes instead of looking at their satellite images, they should look out of their window ....
The same goes for SatNav. Use a map and look at the countryside. You'll be sure to find the road and you'll save yourself the stress of having to listen to that annoying voice telling you what to do.