Sunday, 22 July 2007


"All the children who are held and loved will know how to love others...
Spread these virtues in the world. Nothing more need be done." --Ming Li
"Love all Serve all" Sathya Sai Baba.

A General Theory of Love a book written by by Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini, and Richard LannonVintage Books, 2001 is a fascinating and wonderful expose of the possible reasons behind our disassociated and severely divided society of today.
Reviewed by Lynn E. O’Connor, The Wright Institute, Berkeley, California, USA.

A General Theory of Love, by three long-time collaborating psychiatrists, Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini, and Richard Lannon, is a compelling and timely discussion not only of love between lovers, but love between parents and children, therapists and patients. It contains the heart of what therapists are doing in psychotherapy, regardless of what we think we are doing. Therapists from contemporary, “relational” persuasions concern themselves with the patient’s unconscious interacting with the therapist’s unconscious. In A General Theory of Love, Lewis et al. demystify this phenomenon; they describe the patient's limbic system connecting to the therapist’s limbic system, its that part of the unconscious mind interacting. The authors, in their discussion of the limbic system, the center of the emotions, and the unconscious mind make clear that they are not referring to the Freudian unconscious, that maladaptive “cauldron” of aggressive and sexual impulses. Nor do they give credence to the Freudian theory of personality development, psychopathology or psychotherapy. Instead they are speaking of the highly adaptive and prosocial cognitive unconscious, including both the cortex and limbic system, both of which are interacting in therapy and all other intense human relationships, and most centrally in mothers and children. Read More?

Amidst all the who ha and hullabaloo that is going on in Australia today one is very easily 'sucked in' by the spin doctors and political game players who are stirring up the psyche of the nation in readiness for what is beginning to feel like some some witch doctors convention, ink and digital film has a really bothersome smell of clandestined evil being perpetrated. Whilst hanging back from disclosure the radiation from these robed and masks lechers is sending forth a foul stench and smacks of evil intention.

Many years ago I was growing rice, legume and other cereal crops at Griffith in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area of NSW. Occasionally a struggling patch of rice crop would attract the attention of ducks. We know they are clever, I have great respect for their intelligence, sense of community and creativity.

Let me explain this last statement so you understand what I am about, that could help.

Some times a weak patch of rice may have been caused by lower germination, or even an invasion of snails or blood worm which would thin out the plants sufficient for the ducks to map out a landing area and they would arrive like clock work on the evening flight just before dusk, they would suddenly appear out of the lowering daylight travelling very fast and rather low, immediately over the landing patch they would perform a sudden bank with a full out broadsiding stall, dropping air speed and then with a deft roll they would ski in over the last 3 to 4 metres, without any sign of a collision with the hundreds of family relations who were already in the vicinity. The dexterity of these birds certainly could teach a great deal to the aero industry VIRGIN and QANTAS included.

The Ducks taught me a great lesson too because I did not want to shoot kill and mame them, so I set up an automatic gas powered scare gun to get the ducks off my crop. Simultaneously I painted a huge black eagle with a huge wing span onto some orange builders plastic and tethered the corners of the monster by the weak spot.

I worked a treat, the rice stooled out and grew brilliantly, the Ducks moved on and we all were left with this story to relate.

So whilst there was a situation that required attention I believe we addressed the matter in a conscientious, loving and sustainable manner without unduly without traumatising anyone.

Likewise I cannot help but believe that this Giddy Up Whoo Haa with Georg W and the rest of the world credit entourage is a pre arranged beat up from which john Howard is hoping to make the International work of the future with Uranium energy exchanges and waste dump facilities prepared in the Northern Territory. All running before the storming of the Federal Election.

That's it for now, Back to the Pond for some more quiet thinking, as always you are most welcome to leave comments or fill in the email info sheet and we will attend to you health needs.

Love and Blessings to all as always phDuck

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