Monthly Archives: December 2012

A clean slate

It is interesting that a basically arbitrary day in an arbitrary calendar has such power over the world. Today is December 31, 2012. Tomorrow will be the official first day of 2013. So what will be different? In some ways, absolutely nothing. January 1 is not truly the beginning of anything. It does not start ... Read More

I have an idea …

Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind. -Theodore Roosevelt What defines a great thought … a great idea? Do we think it is great because of who said it? Or maybe because it is a thought that speaks to us; a thought that we can fully get behind. There are many ... Read More

I am resolved … how about you?

As we move into a new calendar year, many people make resolutions. How can I improve myself this year? What can I do to make myself better? This is always a noble choice. Life is often defined as a journey in self-improvement. It has been my personal experience though that many focus on physical things. ... Read More

A greeting for today

To those of you celebrating the holiday today, may your day be one filled with peace, love and fond memories.

To those of you not celebrating the holiday today, may your day be one filled with peace, love and fond memories.

Here’s a thought. How about we all celebrate every day of life as we would today!

HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY ALL!!

Spreading the spirit

Tis the season ...
Modern technology has very much changed our respect for the changing seasons in many way. We who live in the modern world forget that in times past, before electricity and methods of transporting large amounts of cargo long distances, winter was a difficult season for many. And in many parts of the world, it still is even now.  Survival during the winter months means communities banding together, to share resources … to help each other out. Survival meant UNITY. Most societies had winter celebrations, often around the winter solstice, for many different reasons. They were festivals to bring joy amidst the bleakness of winter; to remind everyone that they are not alone, and that together we can keep hope alive until the world is reborn in the spring. Though this was often expressed as religious ceremonies … whatever the religion the spirit of the season remained the same. In honor of this spirit, the PAX Nation wishes EVERYONE:

PEACE, PROSPERITY, AND JOY TO ALL AS WE SAY GOOD BYE TO TRIALS PAST AND WELCOME IN THE NEW TOMORROW.

P.S. For those of you in the Southern Hemisphere … we will just have to share the same wish in six months. Hmmm. Maybe we should keep it alive all year long just to be safe.

By Steve Kramer On December 23, 2012 4:56 pm

UBUNTU – I am because we are

I jumped into this idea almost as a whim, and for me the world has already changed.

For a few years, I helped my mother care for my father, who had Alzheimer’s. Anyone who has had to deal with this unfortunate disease, or any long-term  ailment for that matter, knows that it is a commitment, and can often be quite difficult if one also has other duties … such as a full-time job. A couple of years before dad was diagnosed, I ended up back in my parents house, finding myself lost in a world I was quickly losing all respect for. I was still trying to figure out what was next when dad started needing care, and for the next few years I had this convenient (and somewhat legitimate) excuse to continue to hide from the growing darkness. But it recent years, as humanity seemed determined to play the lemur, my lost feeling began growing strongly again. Especially since nothing I could do would really effect dad’s decline. I was feeling hopeless about my ability to do much of anything, and also a bit locked into a cage partly of my own design. As dad’s pending mortality grew more apparent, I was forced to face my own future as well.

Then my crazy idea honored me by choosing me as its vessel. It took me a few days to come up with some sort of method of attack. Literally minutes after I started this blog and posted the first post, my dad passed. As might be imagined, that kind of put my attempt at planting a new seed on hold for a while. I am bringing this up though because to me it was almost like a blessing from my dad. As if he decided it was his time to move on, and he knew on some level that I now had a path to follow, a path that could have wide-reaching effects, but at least would fill MY sense of purpose again. His passing freed himself from more suffering, my mother to move on with her life, and me to tilt at windmills.

Now that we have given dad a proper memorial and a good send off, I can once again start on my new project. It is my way of healing.

Myself.

And hopefully a little bit of the world.

And once agin I seem to be slightly in tune with the universe. A Facebook friend of mine shared the following picture:

UBUNTU
My immediate response was: Yes! That’s it exactly! I need to share this!

By Steve Kramer On December 19, 2012 1:37 pm

Every world changing event … started with an idea

The other day, I had an idea.

And who, you might be wondering, am I?

I am just a person. There is nothing spectacular about me. I am no celebrity. Nobody notable. There would be no reason anyone should know me unless our paths have crossed through our journeys in life. I am just an ordinary person.

But I am also a person who has eyes. A person who has a heart. I am someone who values life; someone who believes in sharing; someone who RECOGNIZES that I am just another person, one of billions who share the same world. I can do some things that others can’t. And there are many who have strengths that I do not. Overall, we are all just people.

The way humanity is acting in recent years though, it appears I am in the minority.

Our world is driven by greed and selfishness. It is driven by those who value material wealth over life; by those who crave power; by those who think that they are somehow better than everyone else based on the flimsiest of evidence. Somehow being born in this section of land make me better than other humans. Or maybe it is because I follow this code of ethics. Perhaps it is my skin color. Or it is because I own more shiny rocks than you do.

And these people, who think that THEY know how the world should be run, because they have decided that it is their right and duty since they are supposedly better, do their best to convince everyone else that their self-deception is the truth. Unfortunately, the facts don’t really bear this up, so we find that they often use force and violence to bring people in line, disguising it as something for good of all. We are systematically teaching our children that greed, selfishness, and violence are the ways to get what you want.

And it is only getting worse.

Enter my idea.

In a recent wave of violence I found myself despairing of humanity. And desperate to do my part to change the direction humanity seems determined to follow. But as I said, I am only one ordinary person, and in recent years have had difficulty controlling my OWN destiny, let alone that of humanity. But I am not one to give into despair. Instead I came up with a crazy idea. I KNOW I am not the only person fed up with the way humanity seems to have lost its way (even if it feels like it sometimes). So maybe if we could all manage to get together and work in unison … well maybe together we can stem the tide. So I decided to try to found an internet nation. I am still just one man, with a few friends supporting the idea, but this is the first step into making the idea a reality.

Maybe my idea is insane. Maybe I have no chance of making something like this happen. Or maybe I am not really the person to do it. All I know is I need to try. No idea will ever get anywhere if one does not at least let the idea out in the open.

So how about it folks? Who wants to help me change the world?