The 2021 – Formula1 – Abu Dhabi

Rights are Given

F1 (Formula1) have just had the most amazingly entertaining season for many years. Maybe the most amazing season in their history. ( I have watched Formula1 since 1961.) And it was finalized in the last lap (58) of the last race in a season of 22 races consisting of 1239 laps. The last race started with Lewis Hamilton (2021 Champion) and Max Verstappen both on EQUAL POINTS (369.5)  for the Championship of 2022.

The final race finished with only one lap to run after a safety car session which started on lap 55. The start of this final lap is the subject of a huge amount of discussion and could finish up in a court of law if Mercedes choose to go that way because the race was won on this last lap by Max Verstappen. (Ed: 23/12/21 Mercedes have decided not to persue this option but IMHO their lack of sportsmanship had already been displayed.) His first Championship win for Red Bull Racing.

The ongoing discussions and arguments about this final-lap are based on the interpretation of the F1 rules and regulations and who-did-what-to-whom and when. All of this is an excellent example of the need for the moral code as defined by RESPECT then Responsibility then Rights (This website). This code is established on the KISS principle and explains the consequences of  polarization and complexity ( with particular emphasis on racism and TheLaw respectively)  and which now needs to be applied to the SPORT of Formula1.

If we apply the KISS principle these are the factors that allow F1 to exists:

1) DRIVER : F1 was accepted by the FIA as a sport which establishes a DRIVER (of the year)  who is Champion of the World.

2) CARS: F1 also establishes a Constructors Champion of the World for the Organization who builds the CAR for the DRIVER to win these Championships. These Organizations invest the money, either because they are true-believers in the SPORT (Williams) or for the huge advertising benefit on the world stage.

3) SAFETY: So as to ensure the SAFETY of the DRIVER there are a number of Rules and Regulations (Laws) that have been put in place. These Laws apply to organisers of the events, the constructors of the venues and the Constructors of the Cars. (No Drivers = No F1).

4) LEVEL PLAYING FIELD: To ensure this aspect of the sport many more Rules and Regulations (Laws) have needed to be put in place to ensure that the Championship should not be able to be bought by excessive investment and that more organisations are able to fund the CARS for a team. No Cars would simply mean No F1. And it is the teams like Red Bull, McLaren, Williams and Haas that MAKE F1 A SPORT. F1 is not solely a commercial enterprise which needs to be operated under a set of lawyer manipulated laws.

5) TEAMS: An F1 Team comprises the organization funding the Team, the engineers, the two CARS AND the two DRIVERS. The Team consists of a huge number of people who design, build, maintain, support and manage the CARS and the DRIVERS. The Team should not need to include lawyers.

6) REFEREE: As in every SPORT there has to be a REFEREE and his team who can guide the Teams, the organisations involved and any complex race events (eg  accidents) to ensure 3) and 4) above. The scutineering people are part of the referees team.

That is it. There should be no further complexity entering this SPORT. By complexity I mean that there should never, ever be any attempt to re-interpret the Rules and Regulations or to find fault with the REFEREE. A sport is not a democratic body or a business. The business aspects of the sport is confined to the value of advertising in return for sponsoring an F1 Team. The satisfaction of winning and achievement is provided by the fact that F1 is a SPORT.

The REFEREE is the ultimate decision maker. The REFEREE will make all his decisions based on 3.) and 4.) and if any team or any member of a team disagrees with a REFEREE’s decision, because it does not seem to agree with 3.) and/or 4.),  then they may (should?) advise the REFEREE AND the Governing Body (FIA) of such in writing. Any such advice will be taken into consideration by the Governing Body in discussion with the REFEREE and will be used to make adjustments to the Rules and Regulations if appropriate.

How does this apply to the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix?

The way that Mercedes have criticised the Stewards and Massi should result in a severe reprimand. IMHO the same as the FAI did to McLaren for causing disrepute to the FAI – was $100 million? And in the case of those supporters who are raving about the Stewards decisions at Abu Dabhi I would refer you to the Stewards decisions mad at Silverstone. If the Stewards were wrong at Abu Dabhi and-changes-need-to-be-made (or even considered) for Abu Dabhi then the same applies to Silverstone. So take away Max’s win in Abu Dabhi and he comes second. Take away 25 points from Lewis because he should have been black flagged and Max is still Champion of the World 2022. You cannot have it both ways !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A very solid example of Referee decisions being accepted as they are intended to be in SPORT.

Mercedes are approaching the situation as a busines backed up by as many lawyers as they think they may need to-win-their-case. Because they lost. What did they loose? The drivers championship. NOTE:  They retained the Constructors Championship. BUT Lewis was overpowered by the driving of Max in that final lap as a satisfactory conclusion to the 2021 season.

a) Lewis had a far superior car in the Mercedes as he clearly demonstrated by being 13+ seconds ahead by lap 55. And I am sure that he was not stretching the Mercedes in the slightest at that time. He still had power left for emerbencies. But not enough.

b) Lewis won a number of the races during this season by being able to pit near the end of the race, fit new tyres and then take over the lead.

c) Lewis gained 25 points in the championship by being able to rebuild his car during the Safety car period as a result of him taking out Max at Silverstone. Whether it was intentional or not is actually immaterial. He should have known better!

Ed Note: 19/12 Just read an article by Tremayne on the F1 website where Tremayne is a) suggesting that Hamilton should be sainted for his wonderful sporting attitude etc etc and b) that Hamilton was merely laying down a marker that caused the Silverstone crash with Verstappen. IMHO Hamilton should have been black flagged for creating that accident.  Hamilton knew (NOTE: being the best driver in the world!) that;  a) that was a very dangerous section of the Silverstone track and b) his specific-driving-action would take Verstappen off the track. (NOTE: In the same way that Hamilton took out Alex Albon when Albon was headed for a podium finish which would have placed a dent in Mercedes points scoring for the Constructors Championship. Not once but TWICE for which he got token 10 sec penalties or similar.).  The stewards did find Hamilton at fault in Silverstone to the extent that they penalised him 10 points I think it was. In addition to all of this the Silverstone result clearly demonstrated that Mercedes were more concerned with the win for the Constructors Championship than any concerns for the SPORTING ASPECTS of the Silverstone race by their unseemly (in fact rude!!) partying after the race while Verstappen was in hospital. Once again the advertising benefits from the crash far exceeded any sporting considerations.

d) Red Bull had the courage to take a sporting chance on a fresh set of tyres in case Max could gain a tyre advantage on Lewis (note paragraph b.) above).  IMHO this fresh set of tyres gave Max a car which was equal to the Mercesdes in a single lap performance. EQUAL peformance. Not a performance advantage. So when Max did manage to pass Lewis it was on the basis of superior (or more agressive?) driving with the cars on an-equal-playing-field basis. Lewis did not manage to overtake Max on the straight. Max had given him every opportunity to do so by passing him relatively early in the lap. Finally look at the Timing Chart for that last lap:

Take note that Max was nearly 3 secs faster than Lewis on that last lap.  And the final sector of THAT LAP was the fastest for the race. In the section where the Mercedes had an advantage over the Red Bull on top speed. Max drove a section that was similar to his pole winning performance and beat Lewis for the World Championship.

e) I believe Michael Massi deserves a medal for being able to manage that restart on lap 58 the way that he did. Both Massi and Verstappen were very lucky that those lapped cars were able to scuttle past the Safety Car before the Safety Car had to pit. This was a vivid example of some-you-win-some-you-loose which is a major factor in the sporting world.

f) Michaels decisions were a perfect example of applying the Rules and Regulations according to intent,  that is taking into regard  3.) and 4.) . Michael did state that he made the decisions for the sport. This is the intent of the Law and not the convoluted letter of the Law overlaid by legal jargon and semantics which provide sufficient complexity to be able to twist any decision which a highly skilled lawyer is able to justify. After the restart the situation was as 4.) as any human being could possible have made it. The gladiators still had the final battle. And Max won. NB There is NO-ONE that is saying the best man won. This is merely the start of the changing of the guard. Lewis is still on top with 7 Championships to his name but Max is there so that his beating of Michael Schmachers records will have to be earned and not just gained by having the best car. Mercedes have won the Constructors Championship for 8th time IN A ROW. Do they really have to show that they are bad sportsman by trying to bully the FIA into saying that Michael made a mistake when the decisions he made were IN THE INTERESTS OF THE SPORT and not in the interests of the Mercedes advertising machine.

What does all this have to do with RESPECT then Responsibility then Rights?

The confusion and vitriol (which is EXTREMELY unsportsmanlike!) is the result of two main factors. The brandishing of the Laws to protect their RIGHTS, whether right or wrong, shows that Mercedes do not understand that RIGHTS are GIVEN and cannot be TAKEN. They are trying to claim (TAKE) their rights by means of the ?th paragraph of a Rule that was put in place to serve a completely different purpose than the RIGHT they are trying to claim. In addition all their bluster and carrying on demonstrates GREED. I would have thought that the sport of F1 has given them a lot more than they deserved to date, already. Why the performance about Abu Dhabi. Especially as they will achieve nothing at all even if they “win” their case.  Have a listen to Get over it! (by the Eagles.)

Ian Mitchell and Jude

Impeachments of trump by TheCode

1700 Saturday,  13/Feb/2021 (US EST)

The GOP (excluding 7 out of 50) have just demonstrated:
a) that they do not understand the oath that they have taken AND
b) that they are hiding behind TheLaw when their duty lies ABOVE TheLaw AND
c) that they abdicated from their RESPONSIBILITIES (in exactly the same way that they did not remove Senator Greene from “active duty” in the Senate and left it to the Democratic Party “to do the right thing”! And take “the blame”.)

They voted NO and  trump returns to his “normal”, amoral, narcissistic, lying political career. I guess with his character somewhat lower than it was before. But he got away with a crime which he DID commit against THE MAJORITY of Americans AND the Constitution of the USA. And, in the process,  set up America as the richest banana republic in the world.

The Oath of Office:

When these Senators took the oath of office they clearly did not have any understanding of the RESPONSIBILITY level demanded of them by that oath. See here.  This is that oath:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

The oath does not tie the Senator to the wishes of their constituents (the voters that put them into power),  IT TIES THEM TO UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES against all enemies including DOMESTIC enemies. This clearly makes any Senator RESPONSIBLE for defending THE COUNTRY. Especially when they need to act to defend the Constitution from the wishes of any person or group who is/are damaging the Constitution in any way. Rather like a parent who is RESPONSIBLE for ensuring that their children obey the law.  One wonders what the trump political party (TPP)  would do if they were asked who they would rather have AS AN EXAMPLE FOR THEIR CHILDREN. Would it be President Joe Biden (regardless of his political beliefs) or the thug trump?

Remember that The President is a role model for all the children, 370+ million people in the USA and (in the case of the USA) the rest of the world, who look to The USA as the only power in the world that can keep both China and Russia to some level of accountability. So this in fact means that the TPP is prepared to get their children to use the behavior of trump as an example of the lives that those children should lead. Especially if they wish to become the President of the USA. ??? These Senators have set a precedent which says that the president can do exactly as he wishes.  The death toll from Covid-19 is rapidly approaching 500,000 as President Biden and the best team he could put in place, battles to fill the vacuum of care that trump left behind him. Without any care or remorse. Probably without actually even being aware of the consequences of his disregard and mis-information.

A Senator therefore takes the RESPONSIBILITY of ensuring the enforcement (as well as the support and defense!!) of the Constitution.  And Congress, guided by discussion and voting  (under the oath of office) are able to represent the majority of USA (Joe Biden had SEVEN MILLION – 7,000,000 – more votes than trump, fortunately for the USA) to make decisions which are FAR MORE SIGNIFICANT than TheLaw.  TheLaw which, incidentally, trump has treated with complete disdain ever since he had the power to do so. Probably about the age of 15 or so!!!

The oath commits a Senator to support and defend  The Constitution ON WHICH THE LAW IS (SUPPOSED TO BE) BASED. The responsibility that is acknowledged by taking The Oath is far greater than the responsibility of supporting and defending The Law. That is to ensure that the people of the country are served, protected and guided by The Constitution and that TheLaw is kept up-to-date and in-line with the technology and the knowledge of the current times.

The failure of TheLaw to support and defend The Constitution or TheCode which is  RRR (Respect before Responsibility before Rights) is discussed here. The Constitution of the United States is very much in keeping with TheCode but the politicians, who are mostly lawyers, and the lowlife, using wordcraft/rhetoric have managed  twist the meaning of many of the words to suit their own immediate opinions, desires and aberrations.

The Technicality and TheLaw:

The trump political party (TPP) which (seems to) consist of a majority of the GOP at this time used a technicality to escape the RESPONSIBILITY of adhering to their oath of office.

Ed note: I do not understand why the vote was not taken in camera. Especially as the impeachment trial was under the cloud of trump thuggery and careers (if not lives) was under the threat by any display of disloyalty to trump. Will follow this up later.

This technicality is based on TheLaw and NOT The Constitution as they would like to believe. The Constitution of the USA caters for the Impeachment of a President of the USA see here for full details.

Judgment in Cases of Impeachments shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust, or Profit under the United States, but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment, and Punishmnet, according to Law.

The wording here makes it clear that the Impeachment process includes the disqualifications listed.  It does not in any way suggest that Impeachment has to take place before the disqualification process as was stated by trump (ineffective and semantic manipulating) lawyers. Read the definition again and it becomes clear that the duties of the Senate ARE ABOVE THE LAW AND ARE SUBJECT TO THE OATH OF OFFICE.

Responsibility:

RRR (Respect before Responsibility before Rights) provides a simple  explanation of RESPONSIBILITY here.  The TTP have clearly demonstrated that they do not even qualify for Level 1 (Self).

Surely they must realize that no-one, and I mean NO-ONE, not a single person,  has the ability to maintain loyalty to trump for any length of time.  The amoral thuggery to which trump is prepared to stoop means that at some time soon that person WILL be told (not asked) to do something which will require action/s beyond their moral “tolerance” and you will go the same way as VP Pence. Thug trump had a pretty good go at murdering him.

If one cannot realistically take care of one’s SELF you cannot even understand the RESPONSBILITY for  a FAMILY, or even a GROUP (the GOP) never mind a COUNTRY of 370+ people and the infrastructure on which it depends.

So, I guess, one really cannot expect any such person to even understand that they must destroy any threat to their COUNTRY over and above FAMILY or SELF. Which is of course honoring The Oath which the Senators took on entering Office and BEFORE THEY COULD CARRY OUT ANY OFFICIAL DUTIES.

The creators of The Constitution were even smarter than they are credited for by keeping The Constitution simple and free of misdirecting qualifications which could encourage lawyers to play semantics with the interpretation.

Defending the Constitution in keeping with The Oath is as simple as they could possibly have made the impeachment process.

I guess Politicians = Lawyers (The convolution of TheLaw) = a terrible confluence of two of RRR (Respect before Responsibility before Rights) major Problems.

How sad!

Jude

PS. As I finish off this Post, which could have proved to be a very simple course of action for impeaching trump, it strikes me that maybe Mitch MConnell’s final words on the subject need to be followed through. I think he was saying: trump is guilty and he should be removed FROM POLITICS entirely and furthermore the legal (judiciary) system has the ability to do this for us without our (GOP’s) need to risk the stability of the GOP or personal risk.  J

PPS.  Sunday 14 Feb 1700 EST US

This is an excellent summation of the Impachment Trial :

An answer placed on Quora (https://www.quora.com) by Thomas Crowne. Well said, Jude.

The trump wasn’t convicted for a number of reasons. Firsly here are Mitch McConnell’s own words.

“January 6th was a disgrace. American citizens attacked their own government. They used terrorism to try to stop a specific piece of democratic business they did not like. Fellow Americans beat and bloodied our own police. They stormed the Senate floor. They tried to hunt down the Speaker of the House. They built a gallows and chanted about murdering the Vice President.They did this because they had been fed wild falsehoods by the most powerful man on Earth — because he was angry he’d lost an election. Former President Trump’s actions preceding the riot were a disgraceful dereliction of duty. The House accused the former President of, quote, ‘incitement.’ That is a specific term from the criminal law. Let me put that to the side for one moment and reiterate something I said weeks ago: There is no question that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of that day. The people who stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their President. And their having that belief was a foreseeable consequence of the growing crescendo of false statements, conspiracy theories, and reckless hyperbole which the defeated President kept shouting into the largest megaphone on planet Earth.The issue is not only the President’s intemperate language on January 6th. It is not just his endorsement of remarks in which an associate urged ‘trial by combat.’ It was also the entire manufactured atmosphere of looming catastrophe; the increasingly wild myths about a reverse landslide election that was being stolen in some secret coup by our now-President. I defended the President’s right to bring any complaints to our legal system. The legal system spoke. The Electoral College spoke. As I stood up and said clearly at the time, the election was settled.”But that reality just opened a new chapter of even wilder and more unfounded claims. The leader of the free world cannot spend weeks thundering that shadowy forces are stealing our country and then feign surprise when people believe him and do reckless things. Sadly, many politicians sometimes make overheated comments or use metaphors that unhinged listeners might take literally. This was different. This was an intensifying crescendo of conspiracy theories, orchestrated by an outgoing president who seemed determined to either overturn the voters’ decision or else torch our institutions on the way out.The unconscionable behavior did not end when the violence began. Whatever our ex-President claims he thought might happen that day… whatever reaction he says he meant to produce… by that afternoon, he was watching the same live television as the rest of the world. A mob was assaulting the Capitol in his name. These criminals were carrying his banners, hanging his flags, and screaming their loyalty to him. It was obvious that only President Trump could end this. Former aides publicly begged him to do so. Loyal allies frantically called the Administration. But the President did not act swiftly. He did not do his job. He didn’t take steps so federal law could be faithfully executed, and order restored. Instead, according to public reports, he watched television happily as the chaos unfolded. He kept pressing his scheme to overturn the election! Even after it was clear to any reasonable observer that Vice President Pence was in danger… even as the mob carrying Trump banners was beating cops and breaching perimeters… the President sent a further tweet attacking his Vice President. Predictably and foreseeably under the circumstances, members of the mob seemed to interpret this as further inspiration to lawlessness and violence. Later, even when the President did halfheartedly begin calling for peace, he did not call right away for the riot to end. He did not tell the mob to depart until even later. And even then, with police officers bleeding and broken glass covering Capitol floors, he kept repeating election lies and praising the criminals. In recent weeks, our ex-President’s associates have tried to use the 74 million Americans who voted to re-elect him as a kind of human shield against criticism. Anyone who decries his awful behavior is accused of insulting millions of voters.That is an absurd deflection.74 million Americans did not invade the Capitol. Several hundred rioters did. And 74 million Americans did not engineer the campaign of disinformation and rage that provoked it.

“One person did.”

Now on the surface, those words seem powerful, until you realize that Mitch McConnell did not vote to convict Failure 45. He publicly admits that not only was Douche 45 responsible for the attack on the Capitol, he also admits that the justification for that attack, that Disgrace 45 lost the election due to fraud, is complete bullshit based on lies and conspiracy theories dreamed up by liars and bought and swallowed by morons.

But he did not vote to convict. Now I’ll answer your question.

Fuhrer 45 was not convicted because (A)the majority of the members of his political party, who are elected officials, know he’s guilty but are spineless cowards who are afraid of his base of racists, bigots and morons; (B)others in the Senate, and everyone else throughout this country, who genuinely believe Wants To F*ck His Daughter 45 did nothing wrong, are just as amoral as he is.

Compulsive liar? They don’t care.

Got tens of thousands of innocent Americans killed due to incompetence, apathy, and stupidity? Doesn’t matter.

Raging narcissist? Still their kind of guy.

Racist and bigot? They love him even more and want him to come over for a home visit.

End PPS.

Responsibility vs. Morality

GREED remains our Number 1 Problem at this time.

GREED is what drives people to commit most of our crimes. Who was it that said crime does not pay?

GREED is what defines the level of RESPONSIBILITY that we gravitate towards when we are making decisions. The benefits to self are more important, as an opinion based on greed, than any benefit which may accrue to Groups or Country. And who has the mental capacity to consider the Planet before Country or before Groups?

In turn Morality frequently requires decisions based on RESPONSIBILITY. Without considering the levels of RESPONSIBILITY ,  when deciding what is moral (or ethical), any decision can become very complex as defined by Immanuel Kant in the Categorical imperative.  By adhering to the KISS principle I believe that TheCode makes moral decisions simpler and more effective because RESPONSIBILITY provides a level which can be addressed by the decision being taken.

Thus we have a distinct relationship between Morality, Greed and Responsibility.

How does Morality tie into TheCode. I return to my ultimate benchmark of EVIL being trump. When a person is amoral it means that they are simply unaware of morality. When that person, particularly if they completely narcissistic,  wants to do something it is their decision and they will decide whether it is good or bad,  nice or nasty, rewarding or challenging based on how they feel about it. Any external opinion, assessment or evaluation is not even remotely of concern to them. If unfavourable or negative (to them) such “opinions” are “fake news” because they are “not real” TO THEM. That person is after all  the universe to themselves. Nothing else is of any importance whatsoever.

The oath of the president of the USA was totally meaningless to him. That oath signifies an acceptance of RESPONSIBILITY  for a country, its economy and the lives of nearly 400 MILLION people. Not an oath to protect himself or his family or  a  political party. In return the USA undertook to protect The President no matter what the cost! That was the contract.

When trump took the oath of Presidency of the USA it was, to him, just another contract, which he would weasel out of,  if it became inconvenient at any point. In the same way that it was a very regular activity of trump’s to refuse to pay his contractors for work done. In the same way that he did not consider the welfare of anyone other than HIMSELF. And the adoration of his fans whom he had persuaded that he was “THE BEST”. After all it was his RIGHT to refuse to pay if he decided that there was something that he could find fault with regarding any contract that he ever entered. Real or imagined did not matter (no morality) as long as he could reduce costs for that job. $100,000 dollars worth of lawyers fees was a profitable exchange for $780,000 worth of work and materials. The contractor could not afford the $100,000 because he was already out of pocket for far more than that amount on the contract. In trumps view an excellent outcome and good business. To trump the oath was “just another contract”! And lawyers were just a cost of doing business.

With regard to “his people” as long as they continued to worship at the shrine of the trump and maintain “loyalty” to the trump cult, all was well and “they were great people”. As soon as you disagreed, in any way whatsoever, trump would be out to “get you”. Even have you killed! As he instructed the mob to do with Nancy Pelosie and Mike Pence on 6th January.

The oath was “just another contract” which trump broke every time he lied, misinformed, avoided comment, avoided the truth, ignored racism, ignored violence and last of all encouraged violence to try and maintain his position of worship as president of the USA. He was never remotely concerned about ANY of his RESPONSIBILITIES. He was only concerned about SELF. The absolute bottom level of the RESPONSIBILITY scale. He was only concerned about being admired for his actions which he frequently misrepresented to the American People. All the lying he did to the American People is what led them to believe what a “wonderful person” he was and what led the people to violent actions on his behalf.

With regard to trumps impeachment hearing and the senate vote :   Trump may not be impeached (writing this 12/2 1040 my time = 11/2 1940 EST US) because the Republican Senators believe that they can vote for the GOP above, and before accepting responsibility for,  THE OATH which they themselves have taken when becoming senators and part of The Congress.

The impeachment should be based on the fact that trump took actions AGAINST the oath of office which he swore to uphold when he became president. Inciting the riots of January 6 was the final act of denial of trump’s oath of office. This act broke his contract WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE (all Americans). As he destroyed that contract so he should be impeached which should ensure that he does not enjoy a single benefit as a result of HAVING BEEN a President of the USA. No pension, no security, no travel and no title. Just another American thug.

The Republican Senators, themselves, are in fact in breach of their own respective oaths of office by letting trump off the hook. Their oath was to protect THE AMERICAN PEOPLE (all of them as a whole) and not just to protect their cult leader from loosing face, popularity and his ability to collect funds for their Party. That oath is taken by Senators because it raises (well, supposed to raise!) them above self, above the party and (should!!) force them to take a higher lever of responsibilitiy for THE COUNTRY and all of its people. Peacefully.

We will see whether the Republican Party is capable of honoring their oath, their contract with the people of the USA and not just consider RESPONSIBILITY  for themselves and maybe their Party but for the USA.

Keep safe,  Jude

THE opposite for RESPECT.

Today I realized what the counter/opposite/balancing  emotion, feeling or action is for the word RESPECT. The word is FEAR.

Fear vs Respect.

Every day I have stronger convictions that the world world hangs together because of the balance of nature. This is covered in the philosophy of YinYang which is a very significant part of TheCode and its understanding and application.

The importance of RESPECT and a relationship to LOVE and LUST is discussed HERE . There is a much more significant power to the word RESPECT when one relates RESPECT to FEAR.

We express our FEAR in many different ways. Consider the terrible situation that is escalating in the USA at this time. The FEAR that trump is inciting throughout the country is based on the FEAR of losing money/profits (GREED) or power (GREED) or superiority (RACE) or even perceived respect (ELITISM/SNOBISH/self-righteousness) or lack-of-understanding(IGNORANCE) or even a FEAR of change. All this FEAR is translated into anger, defiance, riots and mob action and used by trump to further strengthen his unbridled ego (being a total narcissist) and  his adoring fans. He has created a  “presidential idol” which now has a following of a large proportion of American voters who not only believe every lie that he utters but are even prepared to donate large sums of money to him to keep him going.

All of these FEARS can be redirected and handled with RESPECT. Respect any person for long enough to gain an understanding about where they are coming from. Why they believe what they do. Find out that the misunderstandings and/or misinformation which you were applying to that person, or situation, is NOT a threat to you, your family or beliefs. Understand that you did not need to act (or re-act) in any way. You have a CHOICE and possibly even an opportunity to correct someone else misinformation, misunderstanding or ignorance.

Turn all your FEARS in RESPECT with patience, tolerance and maybe support or even just silence and understanding.

Love vs. Hate.

The opposite of LOVE is HATE. Most religions advise that all situations can be resolved with LOVE. But it is very difficult to switch HATE to LOVE. There is very little personal satisfaction and usually lots of residual resentment which no amount of prayer can eliminate. However turning HATE into RESPECT and then resolving any issues with RESPECTFUL conversation or dialogue can go a long way towards a solution and will certainly avoid conflict and/or violence.

Jude

Polarization and politicization of RACISM

Elsewhere I have identified that RACISM is a product of Politics and continues to be “promoted” as what I call a “political football” (An issue which enables governments to justify the payment of large sums of money while they promote another achievement or political gain (one-up-man-ship) on “the opposition”.)

The real problem which is ignored and “never discussed” is exposed below with a “letter” from Jacinta Price.

TheCode provides a solution to the issues raised here because domestic violence, racism and sexism can all be resolved by addressing all of these issues in two ways; ONE – educate all people to understand and practice the code (for their own survival and their own DIGNITY) and TWO – provide the people to do the education AND the enforcement of TheCode while the education process catches up!!

Here are a couple of letters which identify THE PROBLEM and separates THE PROBLEM from the political agendas throughout the world:

These are the words of Jacinta Price – a very inspirational Australian:

Given we are continually being denigrated as a nation and bombarded by accusations of racism and bigotry, I felt it wasn’t only necessary to defend my home and the country I love but to also provide the overwhelming evidence that demonstrates these accusations are lies.  If we can’t have pride in our own nation how are we expected to evolve successfully?  If we keep telling a particular demographic they are victims of others of a certain skin colour we are effectively removing that demographic’s agency and that, to me, is completely un-Australian.

Here is a list of our nation’s achievements toward Aboriginal Australia and dare I say there’s very likely a whole lot that I have missed but we have to start somewhere right?

1856 – In South Australia all Men including Aboriginal Men were given the right to vote.

1896 – In South Australia all Women including Aboriginal Women were given the right to vote, 32 years before Women in England were given that right.

1948 – It is not well understood but no one in Australia was an Australian Citizen up until this year.  We were regarded as British Subjects until the Citizenship Act was passed.  Citizenship Rights were being extended to Aboriginal Australians gradually throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s by Coalition Governments.

1962 – Aboriginal Australians were granted the Right to Vote by a Coalition Government.

1964 – Aboriginal Australians were virtually granted full Citizenship Rights under a Coalition Government when the Aboriginal Ordinance was repealed.

1967 – The Referendum went through with overwhelming support of well over 90% of Australians voting to allow Aboriginal Australians to be included in the Census and for Aboriginal Affairs to become a Commonwealth responsibility.  Another successful Coalition Government initiative.

1968 – The Equal Pay decision was applied by a Coalition Government.

1970 – A State Coalition Government in Victoria handed back the Lake Tyers reserve to the Aboriginal community.

1971 – Senator Neville Bonner, a Liberal, became our first Aboriginal Parliamentarian.  Since then there have been 43 Aboriginal MP’s throughout state and federal Parliaments in Australia.  To add to this 8 MP’s have recorded Aboriginal Ancestry but have not been identified as Aboriginal.  The Northern Territory gave us the first and only Government, at any level, led by an Indigenous Australian.  This is not widely known or celebrated because Chief Minister Adam Giles was with the Country Liberal Party.

1976 – The NT Land Rights Act was passed by a Coalition Government.  Under this Act around 45% of the land and 80% of the coastline of the NT has been handed back to traditional owners, I’m one of them.

1992 – The High Court overturned the Principal of Terra Nullius with the Mabo Decision.

1993 – A Labor Government passed the Native Title Act.

In Australia today we have experienced historically significant acts of symbolism that include the 1991 Reconciliation Walk Across Sydney Harbour Bridge.  For six hours 250,000 Australians of all backgrounds walked together to demonstrate the fact we are not racist but are overwhelmingly in support of Aboriginal Australia.  We have spent a week every year since commemorating this event and what it means.

A Labor Prime Minister said ‘Sorry’ on May 26th 1998 in recognition of the impact of the policies of forcible removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families.  These days and others are commemorated every year to recognise historical injustices and to demonstrate that everyday Australians DO care for the plight of Indigenous Australians.

We spend days and weeks each year recognising Aboriginal Australia in the following ways:

National Apology Day – 26 May;

National Sorry Day – 26 May;

National Close the Gap Day – 17 March;

Anniversary of the Referendum – 27 May 1967;

Reconciliation week – 27 May to 03 June;

Mabo Day – 03 June;

Coming of the Light – 01 July;

NAIDOC Week – 05 to 12 July;

National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day – 04 August;

International Day of the worlds Indigenous Peoples – 09 August;

Indigenous Literacy Day – 04 September; and

Anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights of Indigenous People – 13 September.

Throughout Australia ‘Welcome to Country’ or ‘Recognition of Country’ is applied as standard ritual practice before events, meetings and social gatherings by governments, corporates, institutions, primary schools, kindergartens, high schools, universities, work places, music festivals, gallery openings, conferences, and so on and so forth.

Aboriginal Australia is a part of the daily life of us all in some way shape or form and yet we are still facing accusations of racism in our nation.  We have been hoodwinked into believing that somehow reconciliation means appeasing the aggrieved, those who refuse to forgive, and we are held to ransom every time the goal posts are shifted.

The good will and support of the Australian people is always on display and it has only gathered momentum along the way.

It’s time now to recognise the efforts of thousands of Australians throughout our history who have done what was in their power to support Aboriginal Australia including those who are not Aboriginal but who call us family.  It’s time to recognise that we cannot possibly be a racist country if over 87% of people who identify as Aboriginal in non-remote areas of Australia are in fact married to non-Aboriginal Australians.

We must also remember that our nation is not only simply black and white.  We are rich with the contribution of Australians of many backgrounds and this is one of our greatest strengths as a nation.  What of the 30% of Australians who were born overseas, from every country on earth.  Are they all racist too?

It’s time to stop feeding into a narrative that promotes racial divide, a narrative that claims to try to stamp out racism but applies racism in doing so and encourages a racist over reaction.  Yes, it is time for some truth telling.

We should be celebrating what we have achieved together before the good will of the nation runs out.

This  Interview with Paul Murray places this letter in more meaningful perspective. The message that “charity begins at home” is pretty clear BUT we (all of humanity) needs to understand the true cause of the BASIC PROBLEM WITH RACISM and understand that we can play a part in the solution.

And to provide another perspective on the unnecessary complication and polarization of the whole issue with regard to RACISM here is another letter. A cry from a different reality:

Michael Richards, better known as Kramer, from TVsSeinfeld does make a good point.

There are African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Arab Americans, etc.

And then there are just Americans..

You pass me on the street and sneer in my direction.

You call me ‘White boy,’ ‘Cracker,’ ‘Honkey,’ ‘Whitey,’ ‘Caveman’…

And that’s OK…
But when I call you, Nigger, Kike, Towel head, Sand-nigger,Camel Jockey,Beaner, Gook, or Chink ..

You call me a racist.

You say that whites commit a lot of violence against you….
So why are the ghettos the most dangerous places to live?

You have the United Negro College Fund.
You haveMartin Luther King Day.
You have Black History Month.
You have Cesar Chavez Day.
You have Yom Hashoah.
You have Ma’uled Al-Nabi.
You have the NAACP.
You have BET….

If we had WET (White Entertainment Television), we’d be racists.

If we had a White Pride Day, you would call us racists.

If we had White History Month, we’d be racists.

If we had any organization for only whites to ‘advance’ OUR lives,we’d be racists.

We have a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, a Black Chamber of Commerce,
and then we just have the plain Chamber of Commerce.
Wonder who pays for that??

A white woman could not be in the Miss Black American pageant,
but any color can be in the Miss America pageant.

If we had a college fund that only gave white students scholarships… You know we’d be racists.

There are over 60 openly proclaimed Black Colleges in the US .. Yet if there were ‘White colleges’,
that would be a racist college.

In the Million Man March, you believed that you were marching for your race and rights.

If we marched for our race and rights, you would call us racists.

You are proud to be black, brown, yellow and orange, and you’re not afraid to announce it.
But when we announce our white pride, you call us racists.

You rob us, car jack us, and shoot at us.

But, when a white police officer shoots a black gang member or beats up a black drug dealer
running from the law and posing a threat to society, you call him a racist.

I am proud…… But you call me a racist.

Why is it that only whites can be racists??

BE PROUD TO BE WHITE! It’s not a crime YET….But getting very close!

 

I really do believe that application of TheCode as a MORAL COMPASS can address these issues and get the world out of the “RACIST trench” which is being dug deeper and deeper every day. Polarization is not the solution!!

In Australia we have a Department of Aboriginal Affairs which is one of the most costly items in the Australian Government Budgets. As a THIRD (but probably the most significant, important and achievable) objectives of the Australian Government would be to remove all references to the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and any and all references on ALL government forms that relate to, or identify race. AND from then onward all Australians should get treated EQUALLY. This includes providing outback Australians with better facilities. The excellent service provided by The Royal Flying Doctor Service is not enough. Use the money saved on the administration costs for the Department of Aboriginal Affairs.

Keep safe,

Jude