Monthly Archives: March 2013

Who rules Singapore?

ovicover_29_03_13A superb article essay with Murray Hunter analysing who really rules Singapore.

The story of Singapore is an intriguing one. It’s about how an island at the bottom of the Malay Peninsula developed into a modern city state and into one of the most powerful economies in the Asian region. Singapore has also been one of the real financial powerhouses in the world.

It’s not just a story about power, but one of what was done to survive adversity and events going on around the world that were beyond Singapore’s control. Also within this story is how history, location, and people influenced what exists today. Society reflects some of the hallmarks of utilitarianism and even Confucianism; conservative, yet extremely modern at the same time. Economically Singapore has been enormously successful, yet the quality of life for the ordinary citizen is now a major issue of contention within the country’s citizens today. Singapore’s success today, is actually the challenge it faces tomorrow.

Although the methods by those who came to power have been criticized by many commentators, the leading elite of Singapore have been able to create a unique model of rule and economy that not only maintained survival as a state, but with fabulous economic prosperity as well. The story of who rules Singapore is well worth investigation.

Just check HERE in Ovi magazine.

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The Green Troubadour Source Book

A new book from David Sparenberg, our poet, philosopher who wrote “The Green Troubadour Source Book” an Eco-Shamanic Writing for Actor Training. But is better if we let the author to talk about his creation:

I do not write for profit, but I do write with intention.  That is true here as in other titles.

The intention of this volume is here openly expressed.  In the following pages I am inviting readers, as friends and as companion earth-walkers, to be earth-warriors and earth-healers, both male and female, and to join in the furthering of a radical social, spiritual and culture alternative to what is dominate and preparing not a furtherance of dignity, diversity and democracy, but of chaos, catastrophe and doom.

In this revolutionary invitation, actors and performing artists and adventuresome persons overall, whether trained, amateur or the many others of you seeking to discover a hidden treasure of your earth-soul, contributing through creative release by confrontations with evil through compassionate denouncement, or by encounters with justice through acts of beauty as compassionate affirmation—all of you who choose to share yourselves in the ways of human hallowing and liberating dedication to change, will find here suggestions of new roles for promoting global alternatives in communication—perhaps even for restoration of what Henry Corbin called the “Lost Speech” of the angels of souls—and for making of a heritage of deep ecology and eco-shamanic wisdom and  conditionally appropriate, sustainable living.

In the bringing into reality of such alternatives energies can be released and put in motion.  Can be and should be.  Then what is seen, heard, felt through participation in the dramas and dialogues of connectivity, uniqueness and embodied truth-force, any and all such make lasting impression, leave an indelible mark on memory, plant in the interior of existence a new resource, and thereby, even in the aftermath of shared experience, the event does not depart out of the depths of identity maturity and dimension.  This remaining within and between one and the other is true both for giver and recipient.

Human culture is something to be cultivated.  And human spirituality was ever, until the empty and ruinous, life betraying materialism of modernity, the touchstone of community, growing up from and around a communion of recognition and reverence, and a cosmology of individual and group placement.

However, when culture is not cultivated as heritage of people, power falls into the hands (and pockets) of profiteers and we end up, as now we are, with little more than market manipulated fads and fashion.  Here the outrageous and extravagant, akin to pathology, becomes an ever recurring fixation exhibited and sold under the rubric of innovation.  And so influenced and contained, each and everyone of us is expected to forsake what was and what is for whatever is newest—and to do so with a narcotic fascination and nervousness of debilitating social addiction.

But to make culture for a future of green stability, dignified simplicity, sanity, biotic honoring and democratization is to cultivate a culture of soul and a groundwork of belonging: developing life skills and lifestyles of dwelling poetically on and with (embedded within) this living Earth.  Let’s not be embarrassed here—the poetic, in its various forms and modes of communication, is innately human and was foundational in nearly every civilization where reverence and the imagination have been valued as techniques of mutuality, verticality and balance.  Thus it has been, at least, for this species human before the machine established the cult of progress and forgetfulness, and the advance of that soul loss which now leaves us prey to mass confusion, devastating violence, narcissistic immersion and estrangement, greed,  lineal madness and the lurking terror of shadowland infestations amid, amid our floating world phantasmagoria.

Now before moving on, let us ponder for a moment something Tom Cheetham has written about this native poetic of the human mentioned in the previous paragraph.  The remark is from one of Cheetham’s brilliant studies on Corbin and is markedly similar to what the French acting teacher Jacques LeCoq referred to as the “universal poetic sense” belonging to the essence of life.

Cheetham: writes “To find our way we have to attend to our dreams and visions and the fleeting feelings that run just below consciousness.  There are many ways to do this but they all involve imagination.  Working with images…especially, I think, poetry is one powerful means of revealing and altering our mode of presence; it is one primary technique for exercising the spiritual senses.” *

Here then I say to you, take up the role, play with a wondrous purpose, heroic and enchanting, that does not require specialization, rather dedication and the conviction that there are potencies of genuine healing, genuine love and real justice to be freed into the actual, even as there are possibilities for crossing over into an unprecedented presence, to renaissance, into a revolutionizing re-genesis rooted in these interactive dynamics: compassionate denouncement, compassionate affirmation, spontaneities of verticality—unique existence turning inner evolution outward to connectivity and into revolutionary responsibility—finally, the embodied and re-ensouled truth-force of creative liberation emergent through acts of beauty into processes of biotic democratization and a quickening into a maturity of planetary citizenship.

Wherever we are, we are responsible toward lives and the context of life; wherever we go, the responsibility goes and grows with us.  Life is not less in one place, among one people, or in relationship to one species, than in and among any other.  Habitation and the conditions of planetary life are simultaneously diverse and integral.

Drama and the poetic—the eloquence of words, music, dance and ritualized movement—are ways into the theatre of memory, even anamnesis, into the public forum of heroic commensality: a democratization of deliverance from the parasitism the human has become; from the enforcer of betrayal, throat deep in crimes against creation, from the destroyer of self through accelerating consumption of organic otherness and contextual integrity, through the slaughter, dismemberment and devouring of the wild god Pan and the fertile goddess Gaia through collective rapacity. From all of that which makes us guilty, we must seek ways to move into more of that which makes us partnered, repentant, and free.

The way of the green troubadour, as lover, and the way of the eco-shaman, as healer and as sojourner in glimmering between worlds, expressed in what follows through the medium of public performing arts, are ways of being in the world with courage and humility, instinct and imagination, questing after a shared return to dreaming the truth of living reality and restoring the dream of the Earth—and at renewed and even at new levels of encounter and recognition, protection, dignified passage and celebration.

So to you who have come with me thus far, I say this:  Please, friend, do a little something in your life and place to help lift the heavy wreckage of intergenerational misconduct and oppression.  And may the words that follow be a crossing we take together and a path-finding and vision sharing. Here I can do no more than to invite you. Here I can hope no more than that we go together in trust.

Perchance, if we do go along and gypsy this life together, big with friendship and creative in adventure, we will occasionally turn and recite to one another: “If words are energy, if energy is power and our power moves into efflorescence; if stars, and angels in the imaginal sing, if grass, and children at play are praying; then the words that follow with us are medicine in the old way. And if the words that follow here are good words—fearless before darkness, returning the living to the way of beauty—then the medicine is good and good for the Earth.”

*AFTER PROPHECY: Imagination, Incarnation & the Unity of the Prophetic Tradition by Tom Cheetham, Spring Books.

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Campaigning for Environmental and Cultural Integrity

Most of you have already read Murray Hunter’s articles in Ovi magazine about the Kelantan project. The first of his books “Campaigning for Environmental and Cultural Integrity” with Ovi is all about the project and it is something I wanted to become a book from the first time I’veKelantan_cover read the article long before published in Ovi magazine. The project is the essence of green economy.

Green economy for most connects economy and environment, an economic theory and practice that finances business while protecting the environment. That’s semantics; you see Murray has gone one step further connecting environment with culture where culture is the human element and their cultural identity. This is the part that I got lost. I got lost in thoughts and ideas. Because, of course people’s cultural identity is part of the environment and it demands equal respect if you want to succeed the harmony between people’s needs and environment with a successful business.

And here comes Kelantan where the theory has become practice and the practice application in human lives. Where the theory takes examples from real life and becomes the prototype that expands far beyond natural products, their marketing, their management and their market. It becomes an investment on nature from nature. And then is not only about natural products any more. Then it iseco-tourism, it is eco-products, it is eco-investments. The essence of green economy. And somehow I felt envy and I hope my economic troubled compatriots read this book. It might be the break they need.

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5 new books for the Ovi shelves

ovicover_02_03_13This must be the first time we publish so many books in such thematic variety the same time. And we keep our aim to have some new books in the beginning of every month. Five new books. From economics and environment to photography and from sensing ideas and thoughts to cartoons. Ovi definitely covers every issue even when it comes to books! Just check the Ovi Bookshop and it is all there!

1.  “Campaigning for Environmental and Cultural Integrity” Murray Hunter

2. “The Green Troubadour Source Book” David Sparenber

3. “The first line Of personal care Entrepreneurship”. Murray Hunter

4. “Ovi in Finnish means doors” Ovi Team

5. “Just a salad please!” Thanos Kalamidas

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