What a spectacular day! A partial eclipse of the sun across the UK with up to 98% of the sun obscured by the moon, and International Day of Happiness.
Of course, in history, the nature of eclipses has terrified primitive peoples and so generated numerous stories.
The Chinese once believed that an eclipse was caused by an invisible dragon eating the Sun. They believed that if they created a great commotion with drummers drumming and archers shooting arrows in the sky, the dragon would be frightened away and daylight would return.
And on that day,’ says the Lord God, ’I will make the Sun go down at noon, and darken the Earth in broad daylight.
In Japan, the people once believed that poison drops from the sky during an eclipse. To prevent the poison from dropping into their drinking water, they covered all the wells during an eclipse.
In India, the people also believed that a dragon was responsible for eclipses. During an eclipse, the people “immersed themselves in water up to their necks,” hoping that this kind of worship would help the Sun and the Moon defend themselves against the dragon.
Moving on from stories of dragons eating the sun, today we're being asked what makes us happy. In conjunction with that some research has been published today telling us that over 50% of us experience loneliness!
A second Happy Cafe has opened in London this week. Perhaps I'm just an old cynic but the idea of scribbling happy thoughts on a wall, or lying on the floor being forced to laugh (laughter therapy) with a bunch of strangers, doesn't fill me with the need to visit such an establishment. In fact, if anything, it would generate feelings of insecurity and stress before it would cheer me up.
We are asked questions such as - does watching sport make you happy? Surely the answer to that is - it depends. If my team is doing well, then yes it would make me happy on the other hand if they weren't playing well and losing I would oscillate between the depths of despair and incandescent rage.
Who is it that generates this sort of crap?
What will make me happy today, may hardly dent tomorrow and could possibly depress me the day after that. Human emotions don't work if they're forced and they aren't always triggered by the same stimuli. Why bother trying to group people and label them when the simple fact is that all people are fundamentally different from each other. That is the richness of humanity.
What would make me happy today would be a degree of success in selling books and some recognition that my writing is worth a read.
My 10 books as of December 2014
My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' where Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!
All books are available in paperback or ebook through Amazon, Smashwords and all good book shop websites.
This is a dystopian story that hinges directly on the state of the nation as a result of fiscal mismanagement. Having said that it is more a story of human relations, privations, love and loss.
Poetry - there are also two thin collections of poetry available solely through Amazon.