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Jul 5th | Lansdowne

AKevin Berkeley
A2Andrew Caska
BIan Greenwood
CAnthony Holland
DPeter Bruce
EJoe Dimech
FAgostino Danelutti

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  • Start 7:45am C/E/F-9:00am A/A2/B/D

Open to riders from all clubs – women aged 19+ and men aged 30+ who hold a current race licence from Cycling Australia.

Pre-paid riders only (until further notice).

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03Jul 20

JACK’S BLOG – Is the playing field level?

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Back to racing this weekend

Most of us had our last race on Sunday 15th March. I raced the B2B in Bathurst that day as the impending virus threat sent the world into lockdown.

After 16 weeks of hibernation, we are now allowed to return to a modified form of ‘life before COVID19’.

Since we are now back to racing, this 13th episode of my blog will be my last for season one.

I have learnt a lot writing these blogs and I still get new ideas popping up between my ears every day. I think I have been extremely lucky to live through a pandemic. It takes a crisis to unmask the structures of life that become shrouded by layers of artefacts built up by endless feedback loops.

E-bike, the great leveller

As the road traffic thinned at the start of the pandemic, the paths filled up with walkers, skaters and bikes. Whilst I was basking in the luxury of riding on empty roads, I could not convince my wife to ride on the open roads. She is pretty nervous on her bike and she that is why she rarely rides during normal times.

So, at the start of the pandemic, we rode on bike paths.

On our first ride, we went to see the grand children at Greenhills Beach. When we made it back home at the end of the day, it was a 68km trip. Her e-bike was the only reason Shirley managed the monster ride…

She said she enjoyed the effort – even though her bum suffered for days afterwards…

Now we know that we can go out for rides together. The e-bike was the ‘lift’ that enabled her to level the playing field a bit and allow the two of us to ride at a nicely balanced pace together. She can even race me up the hills.

Playing at different levels

The reason Waratah Masters have 7 grades is that we all race at different levels. Some of us move between levels often and others tend to stay in a grade for longer periods.

This is also how nature works. Hierarchy is the structure that permits life to function in an orderly fashion. We cannot help but play at different levels.

There is no such thing as equality in the world we live in. Never in the history of mankind on planet earth have equal rights and opportunities existed. Where we begin in life as we pop out of the birth canal locks in the levels in life that we can start playing at.

Once I realised that I could move between levels (even though my playing field was not level), my game improved. I knew that with some ‘outside’ help, getting to the higher levels of the field was possible.

And when I got to the higher levels, I noticed that the game was not the same.

Playing up and down the levels

When Sunday comes around, I will be able to try out A grade racing again. I may find that after the pandemic hiccup, I will no longer be able to race at this level for much longer.

Playing any game at the highest level is extremely challenging – but it is the only way to access all the different levels below. An A grade rider can comfortable race any of the lower grades. Not so an E grade rider.

This is what the world is like. With an element of luck and lots of hard work, the A game players have the most options. They can choose to play at any level.

Growth

All babies start helpless.

Then they start to grow. There is a theory that the support environment plays a large part in the pace and levels of growth in children.

When I play with my granddaughter, we either sit or lie down on the ground together. I consciously take myself down to her level. That is the only way to see eye to eye and have fun playing.

Further down the track, she will grow up more and the levels of play will upscale. And it will be a lot easier for her when there is a bit of support from someone who has a lot more points on the board.

Over the last 13 weeks, I have grown a bit putting these blogs together. I just hope that it has done the same to one or two of you out there who took the time to ponder what I was trying to transmit.

We all need support to move our game up a notch. And that support can only come from a lift – rather than a push. Nobody likes to be pushed.

Looking over the past into the future

I am grateful to the pandemic. Only a handful of the total Australian population get to experience receiving money from the ATO and federal government in the form of multiple ‘cash boosts’, ‘job keeper payouts’ and ‘apprentice subsidies’ … all dropping into their bank accounts.

I just happen to be one of these people. Grateful for the lift-up.

I never felt threatened by the virus.

But the pandemic has given me a far better appreciation of how the nature of feedback loops have caused the global lockdowns – rather than just the threat of a killer virus. I also have a better idea of how money can be created out of thin air. And why the world is not about to end.

The next 6 months promise some interesting revelations.

Certainly enough to make season 2 of ‘Jack’s blogs’ a possibility

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26Jun 20

WARATAH MASTERS RACING RESUMES 5 JULY 2020 AT LANSDOWNE

After submitting our COVID-19 Safety Plan, Canterbury Bankstown Council has given permission to Waratah Masters to commence using Lansdowne from 1 July 2020.

Accordingly, racing will resume racing on 5 July 2020 at Lansdowne.

We need to comply with new sanctioning requirements, particularly the prohibition of cash entries, limiting sign-on contact and the recirculating of race numbers.  To assist in the implementation and overseeing of the COVID-19 Safety Plan at each race meeting the following will apply until further notice:

Racing will only be open to the following riders:

  • All riders (Waratah and other clubs) who are in the pre-paid system for January to June 2020. These riders will have their payment rolled over until 31 December 2020;
  • Waratah members who become pre-paid for July to December 2020 – Waratahs are encouraged to join the pre-paid system.
  • Waratah members who do not pre-pay but instead pay the race entry fee by depositing $15 in the Clubs bank account prior to the race. These riders must bring proof of their deposit.
  • Riders from other clubs who join our pre-paid entry system for July to December 2020.

NOTE: This single race payment facility is not open to non-Waratahs. Riders from other clubs must be in the pre-paid system if they wish to race with us.

Costs and details of how to join the pre-paid system are shown below. All these riders will be issued with a permanent race number to use for the duration of the year. These will need to be returned at year end.

The club’s point score competition has been suspended until further notice.

Due to an anticipated reduction in riders while these restrictions are in place, the new grade start times will be – 7.45 am F, E and C grades. 9.00 am D, B, A2 and A grades. The duty officer may at times combine grades if numbers warrant. Please see the race schedule on our web site for details.

The club has appointed Joanne Cameron as our Covid-19 Safety Officer and she will be responsible for ensuring we comply with all applicable regulations. These include but are not limited to:

  • All physical contact will be minimised with social distancing of 1.5 meters required.
  • Riders must stay at home if they are unwell or have had flu like symptoms within the last 14 days.
  • It is recommended that all riders download the COVID Safe App.
  • No personal effects or clothing should be left at the desk.
  • Hand sanitiser will be provided at mul
  • tiple locations.
  • CNSW encourage the principle of ‘get in, race, get out’.
  • Prize ceremonies will be brief with no physical contact.

There will be no physical sign on sheet. Riders simply identify themselves at the desk and their name, grade and race number will be noted and entered in our race management system.

NOTE: By joining the pre-paid entry system or depositing entry fees into our bank account riders agree that they have read, understood and accept the Cycling New South Wales ‘Event risk and acknowledgement waiver’ which can be found at the following:

https://dp5gvt3gki9tc.cloudfront.net/assets/extra/Risk_acknowledgment_and_waiver.pdf

We are all very excited to be able to return to racing and hope you are able to join us once again. It is certainly our hope that as the threat eases so too will the sanctioning requirements and hence our races will be once again open to all comers. Meanwhile thanks for your support and understanding and we hope you can join us at Lansdowne.

PRE-PAID ENTRY PROCEDURE.

All existing and new pre-paid entries will be valid until 31 December 2020. They cover all Waratah club races except open events.

The costs are as follows:

Waratah members                          $125

Non-Waratah members                $200

Payments should be made to the club’s bank account.

Waratah Masters CC
St George Bank
BSB 112879
Acc No 098 120 801

You MUST make sure you put your name on the transaction when you pay.

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26Jun 20

JACK’S BLOG – Why do you need to pay attention?

Why do you need to pay attention?

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“When a tree falls in a lonely forest, and no animal is near by to hear it, does it make a sound? Why?” Physics (the book)

The world exists through bouncing light

Without light, our eyes are useless. But it is not direct light that our eyes register, it is reflected light. We cannot see a ‘black hole’ in the sky – even though it is full of light.

I remember going camping in my younger days and discovering darkness, and the wonderful weapon of the torch. On clear nights, I would shine my touch into the distance and try to catch glowing eyes in the dark looking back at me. I also noticed that by aiming my torch a bit higher into the sky, there was sometimes no reflection along the line of the torch beam. In this instance, I had to wave my hand in front of the torch to make sure that it was indeed in the ‘on’ position.

When I went exploring in the bush, the torch would pick up nocturnal animals. They would either look straight back at me or turn and run away. I wondered what they would do if I did not have my wonderful torch with me. Would they behave differently if I could not see them and they could not in turn see me?

When I switched the torch off, I could still hear things. But listening is a one-way communication.

When there is light, not only can I see things – but other things see me. It is the ability to reflect light that brings on the illusion of reality. The observer and the object are both essential to the interaction.

The Observer Effect

Nothing happens until it is investigated.

 Scientists have spent hundreds of years investigating if the ‘observer effect’ is a real thing. This is the theory that as soon as we investigate something, we change the nature of the observed object.

Like as soon as you use a pressure gauge to measure the pressure in your tyre, the actual tyre pressure is changed (reduced). This is because it takes a bit of air in the tyre to escape into the gauge instrument for it to work.

In my youth, I loved to spend time hanging out on a busy street and watch people walk by. I was more interested in the girls. But I noticed that as soon as a girl realised that she was being observed, she walked differently. I never managed to make a girl fall over, but some of my handsome and somewhat famous class mates came close…

Just by showing interest, the object of the attention always begin exhibiting interesting reactions.

Ask any ball player about the effect of the crowd in that stadium. They will tell you that they behave differently on the field when the spectators are present.

The phone is the ultimate attention seeker

In my mid-life, I thought I could pay attention to everything. Multi-tasking was in vogue. It was a long time before I realised that multitasking was just paying attention to doing many things at once (and not succeeding in anything) – rather that actually doing a central thing that produced a worthy result.

I have now resigned to the fact that I have a limited bandwidth.

Like a vacuum cleaner in a large messy house, there is so much area asking for attention – but just one skinny hose to suck up the mess. How do we decide where to start sucking?

When I am at home working, there are 3 phones. I never answer the home phone. The business phone goes to a recording device that exceeded its capacity to take any more messages in February this year. This phone stays unanswered and is effectively a dead phone. My mobile is in ‘vibrate’ mode and I can’t hear it ring. I let most calls go to voicemail.

Yet, I have to run a roofing business.

Imagine being right in the middle of an activity and the phone rings. Most people bother to sacrifice their attention from their activity to accept the call. This automatically puts the phone call higher up the hierarchy of importance than the activity.

This should not be…is almost never the case.

I got sick of living a life of interruptions. There is nothing more important than what I am doing right now. Everything else can wait. I am a limited bandwidth (one thing at a time) kind of bloke.

My business and my life ticks along just fine…

And I am not going to start on how the phone has become such an attention grabber that it is now almost like a graft on the human body…

The reciprocal effect of attention

Meditation is becoming the most common tool for high achievers to let them do more. It is like an oxymoron. Achieve more by doing less.

This powerful tool only requires one thing. Pay attention.

It starts off by simply paying attention to the breathing action. Then it can graduate to paying attention to other things. A simple formula but intensely difficult to do. The mind just loves to wander.

Every weekend, I spend time with my 4 year old granddaughter. But she doesn’t want my time. She just wants my attention. She wants a world where there is only the two of us. Then, she can start to play properly…

It is just so cool…

The observer effect means that when I pay intense attention to anything, it leads to some quite interesting outcomes.

The only way to get into the ‘zone’ (where most people feel the most alive) is by paying close attention to something. It is when nothing else in the world matters.

The economy. The virus. The race war. Even the tree that fell in the Amazon….

They may be happening – but it is largely irrelevant.

In the world where we can accept our limited bandwidth and shut out everything except the one thing we have our attention on… We are alive.

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19Jun 20

JACK’S BLOG – What is in the big picture?

Black beginnings

In high school, most of my classmates were black. It was a Catholic Marist Brothers high school and the brothers and most of the teachers were white. There were only 3 white boys in my class.

Fiji in those days were half native Fijians and the other half were Indians. We Chinese and other races were a small minority. And picked upon because of our differences. But, since the British were the governors, anyone with a bit of white skin were regarded as ‘superior’.

I was 17 years old before I woke to the limitations of my experience. I flew into Sydney and everyone was white! Even the guy picking up rubbish on the side of the road.

My next stop was Hong Kong. Everyone there was Chinese.

When I finally returned to Fiji after that first overseas trip, I had a much broader appreciation of race, culture and standard of living…

The Perception spectrum

The roads are getting busier. Riding on the road is ‘back to normal’. At 6.15am last Saturday morning, a ‘tradies’ ute brushed by my right side as I was on the kerbside lane of a (relatively empty) 3-lane road and the occupants had time to wind the window down and yell some offence at me.

I guess they thought I was a stupid lonely person who could not afford ‘Rego’… and was taking up his rightful space on the road.

I also drive a ‘tradies’ ute.

And I am scared for the food delivery bikers who brave the traffic with no regard for their own safety. I keep well away from them. I have a healthy respect for bike riders on the road because I know what it is like.

We live on a perception spectrum that begins with “No-Idea” and broaden out to “I see…”.

A lot of drivers out there are at the “No-Idea” level of the perception spectrum.

Why is the sky blue?

We cannot see light. We only know there is light because we see colours.

And a colour is not the full picture. Whilst light is a full spectrum of energy, both invisible and visible (as shown by a rainbow), a colour is just one type of light.

A red apple is not actually red. The apple skin has a pigment that sucks up most of the light that hits it. It just does not like the red light and rejects it. This is wavelength of light is reflected off the skin and we see red.

So in reality, a red apple contains every colour in the rainbow except red.

A similar thing happens when we look up to the sky on a sunny day. The atmospheric particles don’t like blue and bounces some of this colour off as the light passes through to an observer on earth.

 What our eyes see is just a snippet of what is actually happening round us.

Jesus lived on a flat earth

“The Israelites also imagined the Earth to be a disc floating on water with an arched firmament above it that separated the Earth from the heavens” – Wiki

The stories I told when I was a young kid were simple and superficial. Now, I tell complicated stories.

Now, there is the internet.

Stories are used to bind humans to a pattern of behaviour and the biblical stories have lasted a few thousand years to become the mainstay of western civilisation. But it never ceases to amaze me that I was taught to take the bible literally – as if the stories were written today.

When I consider that the gospels were written when the world was flat, it gives me a better perspective of the value of the stories.

The nature of money

Have you ever wondered where your money comes from?

The ‘jobkeeper’ scheme means the reserve bank has to print $70bn. I have not received any freshly minted $100 notes yet – although I have had large sums of money deposited into my bank account by the ATO.

When I pull a $100 note out of my wallet, I think ‘real money’. But it is no more real than the marriage vow of ‘…till death do us part..”

Money started off as a trust in the future and a promise of stored value. If there is no tomorrow – then there is no use of money. Also, it is only as good as the promise. It used to be: “if you give me a token today and I can use it anytime in the future to get something of value in exchange… then it is money.”

In today’s world, it is: “Trust me. I look well off. I will just wave my piece of technology in front of you and you will receive money that you cannot touch and feel…”

That is what the reserve banks of the world are doing today. They don’t bother firing the mint up to print money. They just say to the government: “Just give me something called a bond that is a promise that you will pay me all this money back sometime in the future and I will make you as rich as you like…”.

The government then says to us: “Here is all this money. Go buy things. Trust us. The future is OK…”

And we go: “Hurray. I promise you got my vote!”

Why do we breathe?

I used to think that my urge to breathe was to get oxygen into my lungs. This meant that whenever I thought I needed more oxygen, I would force myself to breath more.

I remember my racing days (soon to return) when I would find the right wheel to follow and get prepared for the ‘kick’. The moment the acceleration started, my instincts took over.

I would take in a big breath first and then gulp down mouthfuls of air as soon as the power went down.

Little did I know that I did not need any extra oxygen until about 30 seconds into the effort. Now I know because it is what I have been comfortably doing the last few months.

If you hold your breath, It is not the need for oxygen that makes you want to breath.  It is the higher levels of carbon dioxide in the blood. When you let go of your breath, there is still a lot of oxygen in it. This is because our ‘resting’ red blood cells are already between 95 and 99% oxygen saturation. They are not oxygen starved. So, most of the oxygen that goes in the lungs comes back out again.

While this may seem to be a ‘no-brainer’, what I did not realise was that it is not how much oxygen is clutched by the red blood cells – but how much of it can be released to the muscle cells that matters in efficient energy transfer.

A funny thing called the ‘Bohr Effect’ means that if the red blood cells carry too much oxygen, they don’t want to let go of it. It takes the presence of carbon dioxide to convince the blood cells to release the oxygen to the muscle cells.

So, the less you breathe, the more convinced the red blood cells are to let go of the oxygen to the muscles. It is the muscles that need the oxygen – not the blood cells.

Nature loves to play games with us.

Why the big picture?

“ In the end, everything will be Ok… and if it is not OK, it’s not the end.”. John Paul Dejoria

Concentrate on the small picture and we can convince ourselves that we know everything. And we all know people who are stuck on ‘right’ because they think they know everything.

I find it more fun to accept that I only know a fraction of what there is to know. Then, I don’t need to argue that I am right at all. I only need to concede that I probably haven’t seen the big picture yet.

The big picture always leads to a better story.  See the video below and expand your perception.

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12Jun 20

JACK’S BLOG – Life is full of unintended consequences

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Setting off a chain reaction

We were on the ground floor construction stage of a 12 level office building for the postal service. I was the site engineer and my main duty was to ensure that what was on the drawings became the final 3-dimensional structure.

The Brickie came to me one morning and said that there was something wrong with the set-out of a small nib wall for the post office. The surveyor lines for the wall went over the plumbing and electrical stubs cast into the ground floor slab. On investigation, it turned out that the services were incorrectly installed by 100mm.

It was either:

  1. Stop the brickie and order for the concrete slab to be cut out to relocate the services – a 3 to 4-day delay. Or…
  2. Move the wall by 100mm.

I decided to move the wall – it was a minor wall after all. And the construction schedule proceeded without a glitch. And I forgot about the change.

6 months later, the contractor responsible for installing the post office boxes reported a problem to me. There was not enough space to put the boxes in. He was 100mm out.

That post office now has 10 less private mail boxes than it was supposed to have. It did not come cheap.

Two months after that, the roller door contractor fronted up. He had made the door to an approved drawing – and it was now 100mm too small.

I was not the project manager’s favourite engineer on that project.

How real is the ‘Butterfly effect’?

A virus mutates in Wuhan and jumps across to a human being. A flawed policeman going just a little too far with his knee and killing George Floyd.

Two little incidents in far-away countries.

Here in Sydney, life stopped in mid stride. The virus lockdown changed so many things. Then the protest gatherings made mockery of the social distancing that we have regimented ourselves into.

Little things can have global repercussions and bring about a myriad of unintended consequences.

I now have a more healthy respect for the theory of Edward Lorenz

You are almost guaranteed to fall short of your goal

In my teenage years, I helped my father build a bridge across a large creek in our farm. And when I was asked what I wanted to do when I grew up, I answered: “I want to build bridges.”

I did bridges in engineering school.

Four years into my career, I designed a bridge for a development proposal that went as far as my manager’s desk. I think it got chucked into the trash bin soon afterwards.

I did manage to supervise four bridges over the M5 in western Sydney. But my last bridge effort in Woronora resulted in a government request for its demolition. That was the last time I got involved in bridges.

I still love bridges – but the goal of building bridges for the rest of my life is best laid to rest.

A goal is much like a target on an archery field, it is usual for the arrow to miss its mark. And if you do get a ‘bullseye’, it is an empty victory. A real archer is supposed to shoot at a moving target.

A real player in the game of life has moving goals. And when we shoot at moving targets, there are many missed shots. Where do these wayward shots go and what difference do they make?

I find that it is these missed shots that somehow start of a whole string of unintended consequences – which lead to a totally different game.  We have no way of knowing how the future unfolds.

To intervene or just watch

I used to fall asleep in front of the TV. I would wake up to early morning infomercials as punishment for my laziness. Life does not stop when I do nothing. But there are consequences – usually unpleasant ones.

We love to be entertained. Watching movies and sports are our favourite pass times. It is a great way to ‘relax’ and forget about the ‘life stuff’.

The major difference between entertainment and the reality of our lives is in the ability to intervene. The audience cannot change the outcome of the movie or the game. While we can be loud and active, what happens on the screen and the field is beyond our control.

Those of us who get involved in playing the game know that intervention is the sole purpose. We need to provide direct inputs to the flow of the game as it unfolds. Inaction is just another form of action. If we don’t participate, we may as well be in the audience.

But whether we just sit down to be entertained or go out to play, it is the element of surprise that draws us. We love not knowing how it is going to end.

When George Floyd was on the pavement, the police were the active players and there were many in the audience (some even filmed the action). But the audience were prevented from intervening – and there seemed to be no cause for forcing the police to behave differently anyway. This play was a common scene and there was no real element of surprise in it.

…Except that George died.

The ‘butterfly effect’ took over and the unintended consequences are still being felt around the world.

We can just look. Or we can do something. Either way, there will be consequences.

Most of those consequences will be unintentional.

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05Jun 20

JACK’S BLOG – Who is them?

“We process our reality through our limited bandwidth”

I am really not that skilled.

I can’t even drive and use the phone at the same time. I think they made the law against driver phone usage just for me.

The need to know

If I need light, I flick the light switch. If knowledge of how electricity makes light is a precursor to using a light switch, then there will be hardly any lights on.

When my young grandkids ask me where babies come from, I would just tell them that mommy grew babies in her tummy. They have no need to know any more.

Coffee is served as a result of waving a bit of plastic in front of a machine. If you keep looking for the money stored in the plastic jumping across to the machine, you will have a long wait. You can get by using money all your life – without knowing how money works.

We can only process a limited amount of data. This small amount is enough to string our lives together from day to day. Everything else is useless because our brains cannot process it.

Simplicity is the key

Most of our money is just a combination of two numbers. Zeros and ones. Our whole digital world only use these two numbers. From this simplicity, the complex web of modern communications is birthed.

I ran a red light the other day. The green arrow flicked on and I thought it was the green light. I can only process red or green – plus amber as a buffer. In my mind, anything green means go. In this case, the green arrow made me blind to the fact that the red light was still on. Red and green cannot be on at the same time. It is too complicated for my simple mind.

Chunking down the ‘many’ to ‘just one’

When racing was shut down, I approached Ian and suggested a season of blog posts to stop the cobwebs growing on the club website. It only needs one person visiting the website to clear the cobwebs.

If just one person reads this post, my job is done.

When ScoMo took the stage to speak about his response to the COVID-19 threat, I don’t know if he was addressing the nation or just me. But I know that when it was question time, he only spoke to one reporter at a time.

Ever since my childhood days, I have been scared of talking to people. Even the phone made me tremble… and the fear of having to use the phone lasted over a decade.

As time went by, I was forced to speak in public.

It is scary talking to a big audience of THEM.

I bombed badly … until I was given one bit of advice.

“…find one person in the audience and talk like there are only two of you present.”

Turning them into ‘just you’ is a tool that collapses a sea of people into just one relatable person.  We can only cope with one person at a time. Any more is a strain on our attention deficit minds.

The fight against them

It is way easier to fight against an organisation. One on one combat is too personal. Simplifying a nation of vastly different individuals into a collective of identical beings is essential for a fight.

Trump says the fight is against China. They made the virus and spread it around the world. No persons were named. Only the ‘Chinese government’.

Floyd is murdered by a white policeman in USA and the ‘them’ against ‘us’ war erupts. Whether it is blacks against whites, or ‘pigs’ against citizens, a war can only be successfully staged when individuals give up their own identity and take on ‘group – think’.

“We are fighting them.”

This is ‘chunking up’… turning individuals into identical peas in a giant pod and calling it ‘them’. Put uniforms on them and they will become more identical. Uniforms certainly makes it easier to pick who the enemy is…

But speak to any recent war veteran, and the picture of finding the enemy is not so clear. ‘Them’ are no longer in uniforms. And many of them are not soldiers on a payroll. Just civilians with weapons…

There is no ‘them’ doing things to ‘us’

The CCP (China Communist Party) is not China. China does not make the iphones that many of us love using.

A person born in China operates a robot in the iphone factory. A handful of other Chinese workers add their inputs, and the iphone 12 is ready for shipping. The individual Chinese workers aren’t even in the CCP. They are just like you and me. Being productive.

When our politicians safeguard our privacy by banning ‘Huawei’, they state that it is the CCP who is doing the spying. But who exactly in the CCP is listening in?

Humans have attention and perception deficit. It is far easier to focus on one thing only. From an evolution perspective, this strategy works. Movie makers also make good use of this by restricting the field of vision. The audience can only see the camera angle. And this is enough to create cinematic reality.

Our leaders use generalisation to restrict our vision of reality. Create a common enemy and we are suddenly united in a cause. Now it is them against us. And we fall for it.

But if we take the time to chunk everything back down to the fundamentals, we will find that ‘them’ and ‘us’ are not real. There is just you and me.

If you are reading this, it is just me talking to you. I don’t really know your tribe and it does not matter. You are not ‘THEM’.

‘THEM’ is for lazy minds.

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