02 March 2017

The Importance of Quietness

When I began this blog in January 2009, my introductory subject was freedom from noise.

If quietness is important to you, why is that?

Is quietness a form of freedom to you?

I write from the town of Dorothea.  Sometimes, Dorothea can be very noisy and sometimes very quiet.  I prefer quietness.

Like Via, the name I have chosen for myself as a blogger, Dorothea is the name I have chosen for my blogging location.  I like privacy.

In the same month in which I began blogging, I wrote on being quietly successful.  I like being successfully happy.

The importance and appreciation different people give to quietness relates to their cultural awareness of sound.  I prefer relatively quiet cultures but obviously not those I find boring.

I do not read music.  I do not perform music for anyone.  I enjoy singing privately.

I listen to nature and I at least try to listen to people if they are willing to listen to me.  I listen to music and I listen to silence. 

When I hear noises I try not to listen to them.  I always prefer to be in a noise-free environment.

I write about sounds and thoughts and feelings and knowledge.  I need quietness to write.

04 December 2016

Interrelationships and Open Minds

Problems can only be solved when interconnections and interrelationships are identified and acknowledged.  This requires open minds. How open is yours?

If you believe leading quietly involves enlivening minds, why is that?

Do you think leadership is mainly about interrelationships and open minds?

26 September 2016

In Search of a Peaceful Garden

If your enjoyment of a garden, and of gardening, is often disturbed by noise in the surrounding neighbourhood, and perhaps in the sky above it, can anything be done to ensure you can experience a more peaceful garden?

There is often a conflict between people who seek peace and people who are insensitive to noise and dismissive of its detrimental effects.  What can be done about that?

What are the features of a peaceful garden and how should that peace be protected, and why?

What has been most important to you via gardening?

12 March 2016

Quiet Escapes

When the choice in life is between fighting, freezing or fleeing, which do you usually choose?

I always choose to flee.

Yet fleeing is often perceived as cowardice when in fact it is courage.

Freezing is cowardice.

Fighting is aggressive.

Fleeing is brave.

The key is to know what to flee.

I constantly flee from my own fears by facing up to them.

I flee cowardice and I flee aggression.

To flee is to be free.

When you reflect on your name and identity, is there something you want to escape?

When you reflect on your ancestry, is there something you want to escape?

When you reflect on your travels, adventures and quests, is there something you want to escape?

When you reflect on why you are currently reading about quieter living, are you wondering how to escape from something?

Quiet escapes can often go unnoticed for a long time.

To escape quietly to a broadcast-free life can mean fleeing schedules other people have set.

To escape quietly to a clearer sense of identity can mean fleeing other people's prejudices and unfair expectations.

To escape quietly to the truth about the past can mean fleeing myths and misunderstandings.

To escape quietly on continual journeys can mean fleeing boredom, oppression and meaninglessness.

It is a mistake to attempt to flee without understanding why.

What do you want to flee and why is it worth escaping it?

Do your travels usually take you in circles?

Does your search for identity make you feel lost and in search of a home?

Do you feel you cannot escape your history and heritage, no matter how hard you try?

Do you escape into other people's writings rather than into your own words, thoughts and experiences?

Do you escape through music, through other arts and/or through other forms of entertainment?

Do you escape through your hobbies?

Do you escape through your ambitions and hopes for the future?

Do you escape through your beliefs?

Do you escape by absorbing your sense of self into the lives of other people?

Do you escape via a desire for peace?

If so, how do you attempt to find peace?

Do you escape via a desire for health?

If so, how do you attempt to find health?

Do you escape via a desire for a better society?

If so, how do you attempt to find a better society?

Do you escape via a desire to express your true values?

If so, how do you attempt to express your true values?

Do you escape via your hopes for the future?

If so, how are you attempting to express your hopes?

Do you escape via work?

If so, what are you attempting to escape through your work?

Do you escape via some sort of retreat?

If so, to retreat is to escape something, in any sort of circumstance.

Do you escape from ignorance via knowledge?

Do you escape from pretensions via authenticity?

Do you escape from boredom via creativity?

Do you escape from injustice via ethics?

Do you escape loneliness via love?

Do you escape society via privacy?

Wherever you may currently be in the world, do you wish to escape to another type of life via Australia, via Italy or via England?

Do you escape confusions about the present via history?

Do you escape concerns about mortality via existence?

Do you escape feelings of unimportance via assistance?

08 January 2016

Peace and Power

Living quietly often provides the time and space in which to find answers to important questions:

1. When examining history, including your family history, how often do you reflect upon the struggle for power and the struggle against powerlessness? 

2. When do you think about whether war is the most extreme form of struggle?

3. How much power do you believe is necessary in order to have a peaceful life?

4. Under what political circumstances do you experience peace?

5. When do you usually have a medley of reflections?

6. How do you usually find inner peace?

7. When have you kept a private journal?

8. What is your definition of optimumism?

9. What is the relationship between peace, power and investment?

10. What does it mean to live quietly, deeply and simply?

11. When has the news media been supportive of peace?

12. What is the relationship between peace and bravery?

13. How do you express power to ensure all people matter?

14. What is the relationship between peace, power and elections?

15. How is peace supportive of a healthy mind?

16. How can peace be maintained and enhanced by new media?

17. How do you express the qualities of pro-social living?

18. What is the connection between peace, power and public knowledge?

19. How much healthier would you feel in a quiet environment? 

20. How much more relaxed would you be if you could enjoy more peace?

The above questions may be especially useful to answer before pursuing impact investments.

06 January 2016

Avoiding Unnecessarily Distressing Situations

If you ever switch off the radio and television and all Internet-connected devices, and all electronic gadgets, and avoid reading newspapers and magazines, how is your mind filled?

What can make you feel more peaceful than usual?

The media can often make life seem busier than necessary.  It imposes other people's tragedies and triumphs onto our lives.

Without news from far away, especially distressing news, what would your life be like? 

When have you found that an extended time away from the media has given you the time to think more deeply about your beliefs and attitudes, and about your own identity and needs and talents, and about what you want to achieve with the remainder of your existence?

When and how you have been away from all sources of news?

How have you later responded when catching up with news events, especially through the recollections of people you know?

How do you usually respond, both emotionally and practically, to the news you hear and/or read?

Avoiding unnecessarily distressing situations is reasonably easy for practitioners of optimumism.

When have you ever found any news media for peace?

When have you preferred spending your time quietly reading?

How often do you make time for reflection, serenity and illumination?

09 November 2015

Heritage and Clutter

One person's heritage is often another person's clutter.  The items of heritage are seen by the latter as irrelevant, superfluous, unnecessary obstacles and distractions.  Clutter is something in the way of something else, especially when that something else is a goal to be achieved.

There can be many arguments, in households, in families and in societies, when one person's heritage is swept away, thrown away or destroyed to make way for the ambitions of someone else.  The problem is that the result is grief.  Heritage, once lost, cannot be replaced.  It is, therefore, much like a person.

This is one of the greatest challenges facing the world.  It is whether the argument over what is valuable in the minds of some people and useless in the minds of other people can ever be reconciled.  It goes to the heart of human rights.

To be human, in the view of many people espousing human rights, is to be irreplaceable.  It is to have intrinsic value.

To be human, in accordance with human rights, is to be respected as an essential part of the heritage of the world.  It is not to be considered as clutter.

Heritage relates to memory, to symbolism, to belonging, to identity, to knowledge, and to the inheritance of one generation to the next.  To destroy heritage is to destroy part of what it is to be human.

It may seem as if the removal of layers of the past can simplify life, yet is also diminishes life.  It diminishes what it means to be human.  It is a denial of experience rather than the transcendence of the past.

To rise above past experiences of distress is to embrace heritage peacefully and compassionately, with an acknowledgement of the value of human rights.  The meaning of being human is itself often open to argument.

Memories are associated with all sorts of items, people, places and events.  It is the association with memory that is often most valuable to people whose lives may appear to be cluttered.  Memories often define us, personally and socially.  It is probably why particular photographs and particular recollections from the past continue to have meaning in the present for particular individuals.

Your own quiet reflections may bring further meaning to your life when thinking about the meaning of your own heritage.   It may be especially worthwhile to reflect upon the possible meaning and value of your clutter to other people.

How do you usually separate heritage from clutter?


Through Quieter Living...

A comfortable search for peace

The valuing of shared values

Vespers not Vespas

Perfecting the past

A long way from Italy

By Any Other Name...

Wedgwood, Darwin and me

Groups, gatherings and glamour

Heritage, inner peace and world peace

Are people the real home?

In the name of enjoyment

In the name of sentimentality

Continual Journeys...

The most courteous people in the world

Why travel?

Moving onwards

The spice of life

Your amazing journey into existence

Ancestors Within...

Identity across the centuries

Discovering your ancestral history and heritage

Connect to your heritage

Understanding your ancestry, genealogy and heritage

Superstitions and traditions

Finding your ancestors where you are now

Lost relatives regained

Exciting new discoveries

My heritage, your heritage, our heritage

Treasure troves

Unlocking Australia's past

A genealogical look around

Just starting out with family history research

Ancestral scatterings

Family history delvings and unexpected destinations

Jobs and ancestors

Work, literacy, poverty and conscription

03 November 2015

Moments for Reflection

A few quiet moments of reflection each day help to calm the mind, at least before the news headlines of the day have been received.  I try to avoid hearing or reading the news while I am working on other things, either in the house or garden or with my research.

I prefer some time to myself early in the day, to gather my thoughts and reflect upon my identity, my travels and my history.  I reflect on my relationships later in the day. 

The problems of the world usually receive my attention in the late morning and early afternoon.

I reflect on just being.

I reflect on self discoveries.

I reflect on the benefits of reflecting.