PREVIOUS THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY|
March 15th to March 21st 2003
SATURDAY MARCH 15
Strong emotions with full moon
A powerful full moon will trigger strong emotions in many people this
week. Soon, there will be much passion, much honesty and much new celebration.
Bruce Willis (born
March 19, 1955, Pisces) Pisceans are famous for their fluidity. They
can talk tough and appear impassive, but it is all a bit of a false
front designed to disguise their adaptability. Bruce Willis, who turns
48 on Wednesday, is a case in point.
Happy birthday also this week to: Today; Judd Hirsch (68),Sly Stone
(59), Ry Cooder (56), Fabio (42) and Mike Love (62) Sunday; Jerry
Lewis (77), Erik Estrada (54) and Flavor Flav (44) Monday; Paul Kantner
(62), John Sebastian (69), Patrick Duffy (54), Kurt Russell (52),
Rob Lowe (39), Patti Boyd (59), Billy Corgan (36) and Lesley-Anne
Down (49) Tuesday; Irene Cara (44), Will Durst (51), Wilson Pickett
(62), Queen Latifah (33), John Updike (71) and Vanessa Williams (40)
Wednesday; Patrick McGoohan (75), Ursula Andress (67), Glenn Close
(56) and Philip Roth (70) Thursday; Holly Hunter (45), William Hurt
(53) and Spike Lee (46) Friday; Timothy Dalton (59), Matthew Broderick
(41), DJ Premier (34), Rosie O'Donnell (41) and Gary Oldman (45).
MONDAY MARCH 17
Dream - reality TV for national leaders
Last night, I dreamed I was watching TV. There was a big bus full of
national leaders like Colonel Qadafi, Kim Jong II, Robert Mugabe, Fidel
Castro, Saddam Hussein and, of course, Osama (though we didn’t see much
of him.) Every week, one got voted off the show. A panel of international
judges gave opinions and made resolutions but the final say was with
Tony and George... who just kept making phone calls till they got their
way. Then I woke up and decided reality was even more bizarre.
TUESDAY MARCH 18
Yearning for peace
Tension is rising. So is fear. But so too, is something else. A genuine,
heartfelt yearning for peace is beginning to emerge across the globe.
Millions now inwardly pray for a more tolerant, less violent world.
Soon, millions more will also start to seek love, light, compassion,
forgiveness. They may even come to see that true freedom is freedom
from prejudice! I predict a glorious future... just as soon as we stop
hanging on to our anger about the past.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 19
Truth and compassion - casualties of war
Truth is not the first casualty of war. It is the second. The first
is compassion. As soon as war is declared, positions are polarised.
“THEY are wrong. THEY deserve to die.” “WE are right. WE are entitled
to kill.” Such chilling sentiments belong to our primitive past, not
our enlightened future. The current conflict has one blessing. It takes
place against a climate of disagreement. The propaganda machine isn’t
brainwashing us properly. We can see innocents about to die. And we
cannot see how this can be right. Awareness is the first step to change.
Change will yet come.
THURSDAY MARCH 20
Email from worried reader
I am so worried. The world is at war. Terrorists could strike at any
moment. The UN is in turmoil. Is this the beginning of the end?” Johanna.
No. It is just the beginning of a new beginning. The world, later this
century, will slowly lose its appetite for physical conflict. There’ll
be less belligerence, bombing and bloodshed, more consciousness, compassion
and communication. The events of this year will be one big reason why
attitudes change. But though times are intense, our world has a wonderful
future. And so do you.
FRIDAY MARCH 21
people are now trying to ignore the war. The thought upsets them too
much so they skip past the news till they reach lighter pages like this.
Who can blame them? One way or another, it is what we all do. Wars are
taking place all the time, somewhere on this planet. So too, are the
most unspeakable atrocities and flagrant breaches of international law.
It’s just that now, far more of us than usual are noticing. That, actually,
is rather hopeful.
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