Monthly Archives: January 2013

What Really Matters

I have some very strongly held beliefs about certain things that have been highlighted in previous posts and I’m sure, will show up like one of Ebenezer Scrooge’s ghosts, in the future. But for now, let me take a side step and create a dichotomy; although your beliefs and passions are important and they DO matter, in the same breath, in the larger scheme of things, it doesn’t matter at all.

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The European ‘Problem’

I’m not going to say that I know an awful lot about the world of finance. Nor would I even say I know an awful lot about the world of politics (although I know enough to hold my own in a conversation). But what I think I do know about, and what most of us intrinsically know, is what fairness is. Continue reading

Religion in schools.

A big debate going on today in the Irish media and social media, is the role of religion and the church in schools, and whether schools here in Ireland should be non-denominational.

Before I give my two cents, here’s a quick rundown of the situation. 96% of all primary schools are run by the Catholic Church. And 90% of ALL schools, are under the remit of the Catholic Church. What does this mean exactly? Basically it means that although the state supplies the teachers (for the most part) and the syllabus, the property, the land, the schools, belongs to the Church. (There may be some variants in this) And one of the main staples of the Primary School diet, is the teachers being responsible for a ‘Catholic Education’.

For those of you reading this who did not have the pleasure of attending an Irish primary school, Continue reading

Marie Fleming, Assisted Suicide (Euthanasia)

Today, the 10th of January, 2013, an Irish woman’s case to legalise assisted suicide failed in the Irish High Court.

A bit of background: Marie Fleming, an MS sufferer, wished to end her life because of the rapid deteriation of her health and mobility skills which would lead to her eventual death. Her husband and family want to help her (although saddened by the scenario) but they wanted the legal backing to do it first. Hence bringing this case to the High Court in Ireland.

Today, her case was rejected. Continue reading

New dawn, new day, new life, feel good?

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life … for me … and I’m feeling good!

Oh it’s not that easy, people! Or is it?

The new year comes around once a year, just like every other day of the year, yet we somehow treat a day whose only significance is that it signals a new year on a calendar based upon the birth of a 2,000 year old deity, as a time to make those life changes we promised ourself all year we would make. Perhaps the winter solstice is a more appropriate day for new beginnings? Or what about May 28th? Why May 28th you ask, well why not. This idea that we wait for a certain day of the year to make changes and resolutions is a bit silly when in fact, we can make changes any day we like.

Now, I am not attempting to shout down the changes that some people hope to make in the new year. I wish you well with them and hope they bring about a positive change in your lives; it’s just … well … why wait? Why not make the change as soon as you see it needs to be made. And if you attempt to make a change in the new year, and perhaps by April, you slowly start to slip back into your old ways, why wait until the next new year before you try again?

Again, this is not a critique of said behaviour, just an observation. I have been on either side of the change fence lately. On the 12th of November I quit smoking. I contemplated waiting until the new year to do it, but I just decided (while having talked about it for months previous) on the 11th that the next day, I would quit. And I did. Yet, come the new year, I was still making a list of goals that I was hoping to achieve within the next year. Not that that is a bad thing, just if I want to make a change in my life, I don’t see why I should have to wait.

So, in conclusion to this pointless piece of ‘prose’, if you want to make a change in your life, no matter how big or how small, don’t wait. Just do it. As Ghandi once said: ‘be the change you want to see in the world’ or in our own less world-saving-cases, be the change you want to see in yourself and be it today.