Inspirational City

When walk through the streets of London I think of the wise people who once walked down these streets as well. Although they all saw London in different stages of its maturity, I imagine that when they lived in this city something about London’s compression of humanity inspired and facilitated their innovation. I am happy for the brief moment that I can share this city, … Continue reading Inspirational City

Scotland’s Independenc

The Tony Blair era rang in with devolution of the United Kingdom.  Coming from an outside perspective, my removal from any type of emotional response to the thought of Scotland reasserting independence helps me form my opinion on the matter. I just watched a vehemently anti-European Union video on YouTube and my easily impressionable self has been corrupted by the radical opinions. Personally, I don’t … Continue reading Scotland’s Independenc

British National Party

Recently, I have been observing the British as they politically correctly and simultaneously incorrectly deal with the hard to admit reality that Britain elected two members of the Neo-fascist right wing British National Party into European Parliament. (European parliament elections are separate from British parliamentary elections). So it appears that the British public has to face the fact that the skinhead supporting organization of the … Continue reading British National Party

Statistic Clarity

Recently I have been bombarded with the almighty statistic that 70% of the British have passports and that only 20% of Americans do.  If you look at this statistic blindly and without context it could be thought that Americans don’t travel often and don’t care about the rest of the world. When I heard this statistic it was used to highlight America’s deplorable worldview. Believing … Continue reading Statistic Clarity

Lessons from a Friend

La vida és una carrera sense final, on cada instant és una prova a tu mateix. Una vida sense dolor, no es vida; el dolor forma part d’ella; al mateix que l’alegria, l’esperança, el sofriment, i la ploralla. Tot ens ensenya alguna cosa, ens forma com persones, moldea nostre manera de ésser, nostre caràcter. Si les coses van ser així, és perquè tenia que ocórrer … Continue reading Lessons from a Friend

Customary Vs. Traditional

I have found in my watching of British television and cultural observation that the British use the word “Traditional” more than Americans do. I really noticed that the notion of tradition is more vocal here, however I think Americans have traditions but we highlight them in a different way.   When I ask British people how to do something, when it is some thing like … Continue reading Customary Vs. Traditional

Quakerism

Quakerism as a reaction to the British tradition In my American life I live in the City of Brotherly Love; Philadelphia. Philadelphia is the holy experiment of Englishman William Penn. William Penn got a Charter from the king of England to found a colony where all protestant and Judeo-Christian religions could practice freely. William Penn’s notion of brotherly love stemmed from his religious beliefs. William … Continue reading Quakerism