Posted by: Christopher Rada | October 17, 2016

Society, set yourself free

There is a concept of a free market, and I’d like to contribute with a concept that I have, called the free society.  I believe a free society is as important as a free market.

I picture a world where financial support is available to all people, to bring them up over the poverty line and provide basics.  This would free us up from the ‘rat race’ if we choose, so that we can begin to look to the future, and work towards social progress.  With our basics needed, we can afford to have more artists, writers, healers, peace makers, free thinkers, etc.  Those who choose to work because they’d like more than the basics, CAN!

This support should be regardless of whether or not someone is looking for work, studying or is sick.  I picture a world where people’s welfare is just standard.

When people criticise this model, or the hippy lifestyle, or even the people who ‘bludge’ off society, let those people just think critically what they’re saying.

What are they criticising?  I suspect they are criticising the concept of taking more from society than what you contribute.

Most people in the society would still choose to work, and wouldn’t care to take more than they contribute, however, even if then did, $500 a fortnight is not a lot to miss, you might find more of this injustice (of taking more than contributing) happening at the other end of society’s spectrum.  Feel free to fix it in those places first, where it doesn’t deny someone’s basics.

Are they criticizing somebody wanting to live with less stress?  Or someone’s inability to deal with society the way is built?

If so, you will find more of this problem WITHIN the mainstream of society, at the amount of mental illness, depression and suicide.

It’s a built in response and a socially accepted one, to reject the notion of someone benefiting from our hard work or being lazy on the outskirts, but just imagine what society would really look like if we allow it… freedom to live.  Just saying, if you’re going to criticise a way of life or an aspect of society, then feel free to fix the parts you disagree with.  And if your choose not to, DON’T stop somebody else from having a go at it, bettering their own life and the lives of people around them.

Society is broken with regards to health, finances and in other ways.  I believe that this is WHY these people are choosing this lifestyle.  I believe that this choice is both a result and solution to many of these social issues that we face.  How can you believe in a free market; one that resolves its problems out through it’s own workings at the expense of basic necessities…  We should be believing in a free society, one that resolves its problems through its own nature.

Posted by: Christopher Rada | March 2, 2016

Clay Pot Muay Thai

In 2009, I visited Rishikesh in northern India, a city on the banks of the holy Ganges, in the foothills of the Himalayas. It’s often referred to as the home of yoga. The Beatles visited here in February of 1968 to practice transcendental meditation at the ashram of Mahrishi Mahesh Yogi. Thousands of Hindus come every year as a pilgrimage to the holy site.

While I was here, I practiced yoga at a popular ashram on the banks of the river. During one of my sessions, I was the only student so instead of practicing, the teacher and I sat and spoke for a while.

During our conversation he told me:

“We are like clay pots that have been molded into shape by our parents and our teachers, hopefully a structurally sound shape. But a clay pot simply molded into a shape does not serve its purpose. It must be first put out into the sun, or in the heat, in order to set.

However, if the shape is not structurally sound, when put out into the sun, it will begin to crack.

We too must go out into the world on our own, to gain strength and to test the shape to which we have been molded.”

This analogy is particularly relevant in Muay Thai as much as any martial art, as a practitioner who is not technically sound too will crack under the pressure. This is why we grade, and why we do heavy sparring: so that we can begin to test the structure of our art, and solidify what we’re learning. We should begin testing early, this way we can repair any cracks as they appear.

It’s like putting a clay pot out into the sun, bit by bit, so that we can reinforce the shape, and repair any cracks that may emerge.

So whenever things get difficult in training, or you’re tired and your hands are dropping or you’re breaking out of your structure, just remember this story; or if it helps, a middle aged Indian man, with a beard and long hair, dressed in all white clothes and beads and a pot.

Posted by: Christopher Rada | August 19, 2015

Martial arts 101 – Protect yourself at all times

A martial artist’s life lesson:  Protect yourself at all times.  This applies in Business / Career, everything.  Of course, it doesn’t mean don’t get in there, but it means protect yourself at all time, when you do.  Keep your hands up.

Posted by: Christopher Rada | January 23, 2015

Suicide prevention is a communal reponsibility

I just came across another very sad article about a beautiful girl who killed herself last year:

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/parents-of-uni-student-who-killed-herself-share-suicide-note-one-year-later/story-fni0do1w-1227193984727?nk=49212cffcf2d5e757c86bf7dd7f46660

There’s so much sadness in the story, and I’ll let you read if you choose.

And I’m not trying to use someone else’s struggle as a way of setting up an argument or anything like that, but one thing that hit me whilst reading this article is in listening to the common advise which is repeated every time we hear of these sad occurrences, and that is:

– “I would have done anything to help you”

– and, advice for anybody experiencing depression to seek help

It shows us how helpless we are as a community when depression strikes.

The sad truth is that we’ve been saying this for years, and people have been getting ‘help’ for years, but people are still committing suicide (even whilst receiving this help).

As much as it is the individual’s responsibility (and I’ve struggled a fair bit myself, so I’m not putting all the blame on suffers, I understand, but I can also see how it is my full responsibility), it is equally the community’s responsibility.  I believe the responsibility lies fully on both sides.

So long as there are people dying from mental illness in our community, it shows us that we’re doing something wrong.  We’re failing these people.  It means that the way we support them, and our (both clinical and communal) understanding of depression is lacking.  It means how we respond to these occurrence isn’t right yet, if it were, they would cease.  It means that this post isn’t right yet, in response, I’m not wording this correctly, I know, for the effect I seek has not occurred.  It means that “get professional help” isn’t quite right yet either.  Sometimes we don’t know what’s necessary, sometimes we don’t know what somebody else needs.  Sometimes we don’t know what society needs to prevent this.  I would give anything to stop it, yet, how could I possibly know what to give?

How could the person suffering know exactly what it is they need to receive?

I think one step in solving this problem is to understand, deeply in our hearts, that we don’t have it right yet.  And I hope that this understanding may just create the space in our minds that’s required to open the doors to new possibilities and new light.

Posted by: Christopher Rada | December 17, 2014

Motto: Failure is not an option

Posted by: Christopher Rada | December 15, 2014

Don’t make it about the money

Don’t make it about the money, make it about the value.  The world does not need more money.

I would rather ALL of my money (tax or otherwise) go to bums of the ‘system’, than to see a single needy person go hungry.  Before accusations of how unrealistic this is come, let me remind…  We HAVE enough money to feed everybody, the logistics we need to consider are not financial, they are of heart, mind and action.

If the system is broken, don’t blame the system.  Instead, look at the culture which required a system to be established.  A truly humane society would not allow anybody to live in poverty, the very environment that the system seeks to fix.

If you believe the system in broken, then seek to make it redundant.  In the meantime, don’t complain if a system that serves the poor, also serves the lazy.  Money that goes to the lazy will not feed a single person, it’s the kind heart, clear wisdom, food and work provided by society that feeds people.

So, don’t make it about the money, make it about what’s underlying the money (value) and make it about the action that it will take to for us to meet our own needs, as a society.

Posted by: Christopher Rada | November 4, 2014

Hard Times

It’s a blessing when the hard times make you appreciate the good.  Even more so, when they make you appreciate themselves.

Posted by: Christopher Rada | October 12, 2014

Follow your heart

“Follow your heart.” A piece of advice often given by those who also believe that everything happens for a reason. Quite often however, that ‘reason’ turns out to be simply because you weren’t thinking.

Posted by: Christopher Rada | September 13, 2014

Anicca

As I wandered around the outskirts of Inle Lake, Burma, I came across what looked like an old school.

Out the back of the school was a paved area, with about a dozen statues of Buddha.  The statue in the centre was the largest; Buddha, sitting in Dyana Mudra, a large crack ran through the entire body, almost splitting the statue in two.

Is there anything in the world that highlights impermanence quite like this?  Everything, intimately unstable and subject to decay.

Posted by: Christopher Rada | March 25, 2014

TED talks

Watching TED talks:

Conquering fear and walking into spider’s webs!: Chris Hadfield: What I learned from going blind in space

What makes a great leader:

  • Where are you looking to anticipate change?  What are you reading?  How are you spending your time?  Who are you spending it with?  How does this impact your preparation for the future?
  • What is the diversity measure of your network?  For new ways of thinking and pattern recognition
  • Are you courageous enough to abandon the past?  This includes things that have worked in the past.  Great leaders are able to face criticism for their decisions.  People, often not from your ‘regular’ circle will come to support you.  Generally these will be free thinkers

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