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MOTF THOUGHTS: If the past has gone and the future is yet to arrive, does the present exist at all? - Pete Perry February 2002
on his life.
I have often had trouble understanding how other people think about life. Don't ask me why, - but I have so often seemed to be 'out of step' with the way people think on many things.
So here are a few thoughts I have had throughout my life.
My friends. including my best friends, Derek Soall and Cyril Smith (pictured left) would always groan and say 'Oh dear, - here comes another Perry Theory', whenever I talked about anything from my views on climate change and the environment in the forties, to my thoughts about how life could be transferred throughout the universe by comets and meteors in the fifties.
WAS I SO WRONG TO CONSIDER THINGS OTHERS HAD TAKEN FOR GRANTED?
Then there was the time when I was talking with a family member about my Uncle Alf, who, having been invalided out of the army through ill health, and signed up as an Air Raid Warden for the remainder of the war, had turned to drinking after he was left to look after his mother, my Grandma.
The family member criticised him for getting drunk every night, so I defended him, pointing out that he had seen terrible things during the war (He was a wireless operator on the front line) and I said that he deserved to live his life the way he wanted.
'OH!' She said with a hint of frustration in her voice, ' - you always see the good in everyone!'
This left me totally bewildered, - IS IT A CRIME TO BE COMPASSIONATE?
ABOVE: Uncle Alf as a wireless operator duruing the war (Left) and with nurses at Connaught Hospital, Leytonstone, during his last days, in the early Sixties.(Right)MORE THOUGHTS ON MY LIFE TO FOLLOW....
Over the years, Pete has come up with several Parables, - stories that offer advice and make you think. One of Nikki's favourites is this one,
CAN I BORROW A JACK?
A man was driving along a country road at night, when he got a flat tyre. Checking in the boot, he realised that he had a spare wheel, but he hadn't got a jack.
He then noticed a farmhouse, some way up the road, and thought to himself, 'I'm sure the farmer wouldn't mind me asking to borrow a jack,' so off up the road he preceded.
As he was walking along, he noticed the living-room light go off, and the bathroom light go on. He glanced at his watch, it was 11.30pm.
'Oh Dear!' He thought to himself, 'I'd better hurry. It looks like the farmer is about to have a wash or shower and go to bed... he won't be very pleased with me for disturbing him at this time of night...'
A little further along the road, he noticed that the bathroom light went out.
'Oh dear!' He thought, 'he's finished his shower and is getting ready for bed, - whatever will he think of me, knocking him up at this time of night? I know I wouldn't be very pleased...'
Just as he opened the garden gate, he noticed that the bedroom light went out.
'OH NO!' He panicked, 'The farmer is getting into bed with his wife, probably all ready to snuggle up to her- and he's really going to be angry with me for waking him up again!'
Well, he was at the front door now, so he decided to knock, fretting all the while about what reaction he would get from the farmer.
The bedroom light went on, the landing light went on, then the downstairs light went on, and the man was becoming more and more agitated.
Then he heard the security chain coming off, the bolts sliding back and the lock being unlocked, until eventually, the farmer opened the door, all bleary-eyed..
'I'LL TELL YOU WHAT,' The man blurted out, much to the farmer's surprise, 'STUFF YOUR BLOODY JACK,'
The farmer stood at the door bewildered, as the man hastily ran back to his car.
PETE PERRY, 1966
Now, if either Pete or Nikki start fretting about what might happen, one simply says to the other, 'CAN I BORROW A JACK?'
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If Earth is being watched from Outer Space, - they must be thinking...
THESE HUMANS ARE CRAZY!
By Pete Perry
Just imagine, if you will, that you are a super-intellent space traveller observing the Planet Earth.
You look at The UK and find The Prime Minister taking five holidays, champagne lunches and VIP seats at Sports events, whilst pensioners and working class people struggle to pay their bills, let alone take even ONE holiday, whilst telling those people 'We are all In This Together...'
You would have observed MPs fiddling their expenses at the taxpayers expense (if you'll pardon the pun!) - only to tell us they thought everyone was doing it, whilst at the same time asking for draconian measures for looters who took advantage of the riots to steal goods.
Then you take a look at The Bankers, who pay themselves huge bonuses, and the energy bosses who put up the price of gas and electricity so much that ordinary people and pensioners will have to make a choice in the Winter months, whether to keep warm or eat, - for they have made it impossible to do both!
Then take a wider look at Man's activities in the wider world...
You would look at the way Mankind has raped the planet of oil and other so-called 'Natural Resources', - not knowing why nature put them there in the first place (nature always has a reason for things - see my books 'This Garden Earth' and 'Vandals In The Garden') - whilst at the same time allowing oil to escape into the sea (as in the recent North Sea oil spill, and countless others over the decades) polluting and contaminating wildlife to devastating effect, whilst the Oil Barons themselves make obscene profits from their ill-gotten gains by charging ridiculous prices at the pumps, putting up the cost of everything (including food) as everything in our consumer-led multinnational society has to be transported from place to place and country to country.
Then witness how Mankind has cleared forests, jungles and Rain Forests to build roads, houses, factories and Nuclear Power Plants, which can cause horrific environmental damage and threat to all life on the planet, as in Fukushima and Chernobyl, - and how, when used as weaponry, can devastate huge areas, kill thousands and leave millions, for generations to come, with diabolical genetic disorders.
Then look at how Mankind is forever killing, torturing and maiming his own kind in the name of War, all for a piece of land, 'natural resources', power, or in the dubious name of religion.
Then take a look at how Mankind treats his fellow creatures, experimenting on them, keeping them caged up, and training them to bend to his will...
And you would tell your colleagues -
THESE HUMANS ARE CRAZY - THEY NEED TO BE ELIMINATED SO THAT THE PLANET ITSELF CAN SURVIVE...
Love & Peace