Saturday, October 26, 2013
by Zen Gardner
The most precious gift given to humanity besides its very existence and innate connectivity to universal Source is the gift of free will. We can choose. We ultimately have the power to make decisions for ourselves. Unfortunately this concept is buried under the rubble of ignorance and social engineering and of course becomes a very complex matter as life’s input and experiences complicate our entire decision-making process.
And freedom and free will? They’re generally relegated to philosophical treatises and ideological tugs of war in the political arena. Nicely sectored off to where they can’t touch our consciousness and every day living.
Many argue that in today’s circumstance we are not free to make our own decisions, that in effect we often don’t even have free will as evidenced by history. This strikes at the root of the problem. Disempowerment via thinking we need permission versus knowledge of our inborn nature of pure freedom. It may appear that it’s been deprived at times. Free will seems to be often negated or seriously limited under certain circumstances, either by choice, coercion or collusion.
But is it really, no matter how draconian? After all, much of humanity seems to not even know that it is inherently free, never mind does it appear to even want to fully exercise such a sense of inborn freedom.
The Majesty of Choice
We are crowned with the ultimate gift: a completely autonomous conscious will. We can choose what we say, what we do, what we respond to, what we give our attention and energy to. Again, it may not appear so with the way society is structured and judging by the very bound condition and behavior of mankind. While the idea of freedom still distantly rings in the hearts of men, it has taken on many severely compromised meanings. On purpose.
In addition, for some reason it appears we’ve given up our freedom to varying degrees in exchange for something. But in exchange for what? Security? Acceptance? Ease?
It sure appears that way. But how did this come about? And who said we had to trade anything? Was it a deliberately designed trade off to keep humanity in servitude with an illusion of choice? Looking at the contrived and extremely controlling political and economic structure of our planet’s various societies and the miserable state of most of its inhabitants, it’s clear something is seriously wrong. Especially with a clearly ruthless ruling class of uber-privileged riding the backs of the oppressed who are the ones producing the goods.
Throw Off the Shackles
Is our lost sense of true unshakable spiritual freedom exactly that which would empower humanity to throw off the shackles of a system built on carefully manipulated voluntary slavery? Is this what the war on the human body, mind and spirit is all about? To block our remembrance?
When someone has come to an awakening of true consciousness, or should I say to consciousness since it in itself was never asleep, something profound happens. And continues to unfold. We tap into Source – unadulterated, unfiltered, unlimited, infinite creative Source, or whatever you want to call It. This is where the spiritual and the metaphysical meet the mental and psychological, where true science and knowledge meet the great synchronous Universal life force.
It’s all essentially One. The compartments are gone. There are no divisions in the essential Oneness and everything makes sense. And it’s because you inherently let go into an experiential perspective where you realize it’s not important to know everything or be anything. You just are and everything is wonderful at that level. A great clarity comes over you.
Of course there are differences in manifestations and there are apparent conflicts on many levels brought on by a variety of influences, but in the context of freedom this is where you find its true reality and definition. The sovereignty of spirit that is the inherent right of everything. And man does it blow away any and all man-made structures of any sort in a hurry!
The False Game of False Choice
Herein lies one of mankind’s dominators’ most effective tools for manipulation. This understanding was documented over the past and previous century, realizing people work harder and better and are more complacent if they feel they have a say so about their captivity. It’s quite remarkable. We’re still a feudal society, they just figured out how to make us build our own prisons while thinking we’re free.
Besides the most obvious example of phony democracy and the easily manipulated voting scheme, glaring assumptions are deliberately embedded into society via religion, false science, hobbling education, social pressure, the media, etc. We’re handed platitudes about hope, change and security while the media pumps amusement, materialism, fashion and other forms of acceptance conditioning to keep the populace totally preoccupied with a comatose state of self indulgence.
And as for capitalism (which all forms of government espouse) that’s the end goal. Your personal satisfaction, at whatever cost to others who weren’t as savvy as you in learning to get what they want.
Fear – The Enemy of Freedom
Why do people cling to corrupt, limiting systems even to their own hurt? Fear of the unknown is very powerful, especially amongst the ignorant. Just fear of not having your next meal can trap you. Fear of being without, fear of being alone, fear of being attacked, fear of dying.
All extremely powerful.
And afraid people will not make conscious decisions, but survival instinct based decisions. Of course there’s a time for that as in the fight or flight response to a very real attack from something, but this response can be very easily triggered just by words and bury any chance of conscious living.
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is a concept that’s always fascinated me. There’s so much truth in the idea that if your basic needs aren’t met first, how can you think about the more erudite and spiritual notions of our existence? Well, easily. It was a way of life for indigenous cultures for millennia. It was incorporated, and without which the culture based on spiritual connectivity would have collapsed. This is why indigenous peoples have been marked for genocide by these parasitic controllers.
They represent living wisdom. The knowledge of how things naturally work using conscious awareness and the underlying principles of love, sharing, giving and cooperation. Diametrically opposed to the abusive farming techniques of today’s controllers.
Control is the issue, nothing else. Personal empowerment beyond their set boundaries is not an option.
The Enemy Within – Those Who Choose Slavery
This begs a huge question. Would you fight for someone’s freedom who doesn’t even want it? Is it worth so-called liberating someone who chooses to remain bound – and may even prove to be a liability for what you’re trying to do?
There are several famous analogies about this phenomenon. Elephants for example are tied to a stake in the ground with little to circumscribe their maneuverability. They learn their “limitations” well. Later on the rope is removed, but the elephant will stay in the same circumscribed limits. The same has been told of many animals.
It works on humans as well. Scientists have been capitalizing on this behavioral tendency for a long time, the most famous of which is Pavlov and his salivating dogs. Closely watching those experiments from the start were military personnel. I wonder why. Remember your school period bells ringing like fire alarms between classes? You can thank Pavlov’s work and the implementation of the social engineers.
Entrained response. Same dynamic at work in advertising, politics, religion and any aspect of social engineering.
But can those in such a deep coma awake to realize their innate freedom and thus activate? Who’s to say. It’s a phenomenon to be well aware of. Just remember, groomed dependence is tough to shake for anyone. But anyone can wake up at any time, never ever forget that.
Conclusion – Does Knowledge of Its Innate Freedom Freak Humanity Out?
As Yogi Berra allegedly said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” While funny, there’s some good advice there – get the hell going and stop worrying about it all so much.
We’re all up against the wall when it comes to responding to this assault on humanity we’re experiencing. It’s more serious by the day politically, materially, socially, physically, spiritually. It’s a planet gone wild due to the cumulative efforts of manipulating influences that seem to have full sway without anyone knowing how it got that way. We’re seemingly relegated to the observer’s seat, awaiting the decision of some hidden tribunal what shall be our fate.
It’s time to wake the hell up.
It’s bullshit to think humanity has to sit and take this. What’s being perpetrated, no matter how cunning, is a rounding up of the drugged and dazed herd. So many of us can see it clearly for what it is yet seem to be screaming into the ether.
My impetus? The more clearly our challenge and situation is articulated the more conscious activists keep on with their efforts, and on it rolls. We do need to reach a greater audience than those awakening but with the recent setback regarding Syria as well as many other instances that seem to point to our efficacy, we’re on the right track.
And if there’s a better one, well doing what we can now will lead us there in a heartbeat!
Much love, keep on with all your heart,
- See more at: http://www.zengardner.com/humanity-want-freedom/#sthash.eL08cFLo.dpuf
Friday, October 25, 2013
The winds, they be a-gustin' and James Damiano's??/Bob Dylan's?? freedom and peace-inspired 'Blowing In The Wind' is my own inspiration for the day...
[For those not in the know, Bob Dylan is a self-confessed plagiarist, stealing countless tunes from talented musician James Damiano. But that's not going to deter me from continuing to appreciate the beauty of these lyrics].
Those gusts are en route now to us, about to become so much more; think hurricanes; tornadoes. And welcome it all...as it means CHANGE on our collective quest for peace and freedom. Finally...
Love Of The One Heart
'"Blowin' In The Wind"
How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
How many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they're forever banned?
The answer my friend is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind.
Yes, how many years can a mountain exist
Before it's washed to the sea?
Yes, how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free?
Yes, how many times can a man turn his head
Pretending he just doesn't see?
The answer my friend is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind.
Yes, how many times must a man look up
Before he can really see the sky?
Yes, how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer my friend is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind."
Heavenletter #4717 From Love, Create Your Life, October 24, 2013
Consider this: There is no penalty. You are not in danger. There is no danger.
Yes, yes, you imagine penalty and/or danger around every corner. You do not need to wear a knight’s shining armor. You do not need protection. You are safe. You are well taken-care of.
Ah, but you choose to be what you perceive as a realist, and you feel pursued by all that you do not want. You make friends with it.
Will you, as a favor to Me, please start feeling safe and secure and know that I forever hold you safe in My arms of love?
The world is fraught with change, and this worries you. Begin to remind yourself that the world is filled with love as well. Love is inevitable. Love is secure. Love from Me to you is a constant. Love you have, only, you hide so much love from yourself. Perhaps you do not feel worthy, and so you deny yourself security. You deny yourself love. You give yourself suffering in advance. Perhaps you feel that, by suffering in advance, you are lessening your chances of pain. Beloveds, what you are doing is making sure that you receive what you consider your allotted pain. It is like you make a reservation for it, as if you desire a front-row seat, as if you don’t want to miss the performance.
You do not need to draw any kind of suffering to you. If, as you seem to think, pain is inevitable, why, then, draw it to you? Don’t keep count. Don’t run toward it. Don’t have your arms wide open for it.
You find life scary. Therefore, you are scared. Yet fear does not protect you. Why do you act as though it does? Fear may well actually draw to you that which you fear.
Give up on suffering. You have learned suffering. You have been taught it. You were a good learner. You believe pain is inevitable, and so you lie in wait for it, as if lying in wait is somehow a repellant, or, perhaps, that being alert to suffering, suffering will pass you by as a courtesy or as a delaying action. But the thing is, you tend to wait for the other shoe to fall. What you wait in watch for, often occurs, or you call it to you, and it comes.
Perhaps you consider the world a jungle. Think a different thought. What you think matters. It matters a lot. What you think is like a map you follow.
Better to take initiative and chart your course. Draw your own course. Call it a map of your life.
Draw pictures of what you welcome to your side. Write descriptions. Immerse your thoughts in what you desire. Believe in desires at least as much as you believe in bad news.
Change your ideas. Have different ideas. Offer yourself treats every day. Look at the sun. Watch the clouds roll by. Immerse yourself in the life you want. Create it. From the silence of your love, create your life.
To some degree and much to your protest, you do. Life is not all cards that are dealt you. Even when you have been dealt a rough hand, it is up to you how you are to deal with it. Even when you have real trouble, you have choices to make. You can choose to elevate your life and the lives around you, or you can feel sorry for yourself and take the line of least resistance. Or you can stand tall and be strong in the glory in which I made you.
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
A great good day to you!
I felt very impulsed to share this with you today. We are in that moment before the unleashing of grand events in our manifested reality. And this excerpt from the newearth.org's book is as relevant now as it was when it was given through Tuella.
I strongly recommend reading the entire contents. For me, it resonated so much at the time that an inner thirst I never knew I had compelled me to just keep going, reading almost non-stop until I finished it all!
Prepare ye wisely and prepare ye well (was what just came 'through')
In anticipation of de-mystifying the mysteries of our time...
THE ASHTAR COMMAND
Although these Messages of the coming Earth Changes and Ascension of Planet Earth given by the Ashtar Command in the 1980′s through Tuella (Thelma Terrell) have since been long delayed in their outcome, mainly through the strong efforts of the Forces of Darkness to eliminate or postpone the event, the instruction and program contained therein remains largely unchanged and applicable to the now fast approaching times of final cleansing.
I felt impulsed to share this with you today. It's as relevant now as it was when it was given through Tuella.
PROJECT: WORLD EVACUATION
PART I: The Seven Secret Councils
Chapter 1: The New Strategy / 2: The Summons to the Secret Councils /
3: The Hosts of Heaven Sponsor a Feast of New Experiences / 4:Returning to the Battle
PART II: The Three Evacuations
Chapter 1: Mission of Mercy / 2: The Gathering Storm / 3: The Cleansing Action / 4: The Great Exodus I, II, and III
Just as many are called and few are chosen, likewise, many who read this book will neither understand nor receive the information. But those special souls for whom it is intended will rejoice in its guidance and accept its timely and imperative revelation.
This information is not entertainment! It is comparable to ‘sealed orders’ given to dedicated volunteers on a strategic mission. It is dispersed to them, compiled for them and will be cherished by them. It is neither defended nor justified. It is data recorded as given and passed on to those for whom it is intended.
We are pleased to welcome to these· pages in a sharing experience, the words of other beloved messengers who serve the Intergalactic Fleets. The many informative and clarifying contributions of ‘Lucien’ (Lucy Colson), Johnnie Prochaska, ‘Lyara’, and Winfield Brownell, are deeply appreciated in filling out the theme.
If your inner truth identifies you as a volunteer from another realm or world on an assignment to Earth, these words are for you! If you are persuaded you are one of the ‘Star People,’ you will read this volume with awareness and clarity. If you are a disciple or initiate of the Higher Revelation, you will discern and perceive the purpose of this message from other dimensions of being. If you are a growing, glowing Christian, just beginning to look up and outward beyond the walls of manmade divisions of Earthly ecclesiastical hierarchies, your heart will witness to these things. If you are not consciously any of these, read not to scoff, but to hold these revelations in your heart while you “wait and see. “
As Elisha prayed that other eyes might be opened to see – and eyes were opened, ‘To behold the mountains filled with horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha – so do I fervently call that your vision, as well, be lifted up and expanded, as if by a miracle, to perceive that our planet is ‘encompassed about with such a great cloud of witnesses.’
From JESUS-SANANDA, THE CHRIST:
“There must be peace on Earth. There must be an end to wars and hatred between brothers. The millions that come from other worlds, from far-off galaxies to assist in bringing Peace upon Earth, have My staunch support and backing for all of their endeavors. They have come in My Name and they serve under My Banner, as Lord of this Planet. They come not as intruders nor usurpers of My Authority, but in loving subjection to the Spiritual Hierarchy of this Solar System, and the Divine Plan for mankind, the deliverance from bondage that has long held Humanity in subjection to darkness and sorrow.
“This shall be no more, for these come as My Angels, to reap that which has been sown, to divide and set asunder the tares from the wheat, to gather the wheat into My Barn. For I AM the householder who cometh at the end of the day for an account from His Servants, and to give to all men justly in the manner given by them to Me. So judgment must come; divisions and sorrows must come, but the Earth shall survive all of its totterings. The Just shall inherit the New Earth and the Meek shall know the joy therein.
“I am SANANDA, known to you as JESUS THE CHRIST. I speak in the Authority of My Name and My Office, and I say to you that in the multitudes of the people of the Earth there shall be found that Remnant who can steadfastly be faithful to those right principles of my teaching. Those who come In My Name go from heart to heart, sealing them against that day and marking them for deliverance and safety from all that would destroy. But you shall NOT be taken out of your physical forms, but you shall be spared to live on in those days that follow. So, I shall call unto those who follow Me, to listen to the voices of these who come from other worlds, and harden not your hearts against their words nor practices. Rather, lift up LOVE unto them and desire for their coming, for They are the Angels of the Harvest!
I am SANANDA, and this is My Message to the World.
INTRODUCTION by the Ashtar Command
In time of war upon the Earth, a shrill siren is used to alert the populace that danger is approaching and that they should retire themselves to a place of shelter immediately. We of the Interplanetary Alliance and Space Commands of this hemisphere, known collectively as the Ashtar Command, do now, with the sending forth of this book, sound the siren of warning to mankind.
Danger is upon you. Drop everything and prepare yourselves. It is time to run toward the shelter of Divine Love and Guidance and to take with you only that which you can carry within the inner citadel of being. The early times of this decade will see the fulfillment of all the prophecies that have been released to the world.
Down through many cultures, and century after century, we have permitted our Highest and Brightest of souls to come to you and walk amongst you, to teach, to lift and become your friends. You have been taught many things, shown many things, awakened step by step to a higher way of life, an elevated approach to life, and a better way of existence. Precept upon precept, we have lifted you from one level to another.
Many have benefited and have arisen from their darkness and followed that Light. These have intuitively known that the summons was a call to know themselves and thereby, to undertake that refining of themselves that would reveal the inner divinity. Others have turned their interest elsewhere, ignored the outstretched hand of God, and lifetime after lifetime of opportunity has been squandered by detrimental choices.
Now it is time to separate these groups in keeping with their choices, and let those who refuse the advancement of their being remain together according to their own desires. The few who have burned within their hearts to find the Ultimate Reality will be permitted to follow these aspirations in the setting of a New World, cleansed and made bright by Universal action.
Increasingly, we have noticed the tendency of the planet and its people to pull toward an influence designed to destroy the function of free thinking and freedom of man in making his own choices, governing himself, and managing his national affairs. This diabolical influence has penetrated wholly within every phase of Human life and every avenue of world diplomacy and world statesmanship. Predictably, day by day, the freedom of Humanity has been infiltrated with that kind of propaganda which ultimately leads mankind away from their pure heritage as sonS of God.
The resulting effects are seen not only in the lives of men, but within the asteroid belt and the planet itself. When Humanity stands free, in the full Light of God’s Universal Law, all government will be ‘of the people and for the people and by the people.’ But when the heritage of freedom is destroyed, mankind becomes as puppets on Strings, stripped of honor, life, strength, forthrightness and glory!
The Heavenly Father has placed within the burning center of Man that likeness of Himself which enables Man to govern himself in righteousness and peace. The destruction of this center has been the goal of the Destroyer. Now the forces of Light and Righteousness must rise in the defense of Humanity before it is too late. This is the primary action taking place behind the visible scene surrounding all of life.
Now, all levels of life will be highly raised in frequency, and all manifestations of lower life will wither and dissolve and be removed from the visible scene, to reconstruct the Father’s Plan for this beautiful planet. A new fresh start for Man is in the making! The Astral Belts will be purged, the Heavens will be cleared, the Nature Kingdom will find its true destiny and Humanity will be glorified in keeping with the Father’s design. This is corning to pass in your generation. There is no time left to dally and consider. The hour of decision for a planet is not only come, it is almost gone.
So it is, the ‘siren sounds’ for Mankind, and there is silence in Heaven for that moment that now is, when this great separation shall take place. You who read are versed in the spiritual verities involved. This book will clarify Human consciousness concerning the future on your octave. Read … and understand.
The Ashtar Command.
Monday, October 21, 2013
With supermarkets donating food to poor families and soup kitchens, has Britain returned to the 1930s?
Merry Monday to you!
I would like us all in our meditations/contemplations and Light-sending moments to be acutely aware of and send spiritual sustenance to the many dying of starvation daily on our planet. And I would then like us - those who are able to spare a little cash for food - to follow up with some practical action.
Particularly in the light of another terrible and heart-wrenching political game under puppet Syrian president Assad being played on the people of Damascus. Terror by starvation in Moadamiyah, south of Damascus, has been well underway the past few months. It was the same area who's people were gassed to death by sarin in the August attack.
Residents and children there are trying to survive on grapevine leaves, olives and figs. And recently a law was passed to allow people at a refugee camp to eat cat, dog and donkey to survive!
None of this has anything to do with feeling guilty about having! And particularly shouldn't cause any to rush out and throw money at so-called international food aid organisations and charities. As the vast majority of these have sadly turned out to be fraudulent. Thus, chances of your hard-earned cash actually going into delivering food to the needy of the world are probably next to nil.
Instead, those amongst you who have the means: would you allow yourselves to be guided through your inner discernment when you come across a family or an individual (homeless or not) who is genuinely in need of food? Think about how you and your loved ones might feel in your own crisis after several days without food or water; how desperate... And how reliant and hopeful you'd be on the kindness of strangers.
I personally have rules for purchasing and distributing food to the local, unemployed people of my area. Firstly, I only ever give food and never money. I also NEVER give to an addict of any kind and I am surrounded by them in my area. Many of the unemployed numb their pain and hopelessness with alcohol or drugs. I refuse to contribute to their chosen path of self-destruction. And I've caught them too often selling off the food or trying to return it to the store I purchased at to obtain the money.
I don't know what the situation is in your own country, but here people go seven to nine days without ever having a square meal. Unofficially, half to two thirds of this country are unemployed. So, hungry tummies are around me everywhere, every day here.
Please. Do what you can in your own situation and country's circumstances for our less-fortunate brethren everywhere.
With much gratitude
By Sonia Poulton
3 July 2012
Every now and then, just as I did today, I send a silent apology out into The Universe. I'm not sure who or what receives it but I hope it goes some way towards acknowledging my personal regret for society leaving the world in such a pitiful mess for our children to inherit.
In our so-called advanced civilisation where uber-sophisticated individuals fill polished lives with sleek and shiny new toys – be that a top-of-the-range car or a new kitchen – there are certain givens that I believe should be in place in 2012.
Here's one of them: that not one human being should die through poverty-induced hunger. In a world where people can afford to have diamond-encrusted teeth (although why they might want to is perhaps another question) it can't ever be right that others starve to death for want of mere money.
In our world, and shamefully so, it has become acceptable understanding that there are parts of it, particularly African countries, that are veritable bastions of food deprivation.
Truly, starvation through poverty is depicted as a feature of far away and distant lands and so does not affect those of us fortunate to live in the world's seventh richest nation.
Food-share database to end supermarket waste: Stores boost links with charities to help the hungry
What a waste... my family is throwing away £1,800 worth of food a year
So it is that save for a two pound direct debit each month to help these poor, nameless souls - and attempt to assuage any guilt - we have no true knowledge of such deprivation.
But what about when poverty starvation is on our own doorstep in the UK? As it is now.
For those of us fortunate enough to have a surfeit of food in our lives, we cannot imagine a Britain where poverty hunger is the daily existence for millions of people.
Well it is. And it's real. Not a media creation concocted from the fevered imaginings of a left-leaning cartoonist but a hard-living reality for many. And significantly so, it should be noted, because supermarkets are now responding to this demand.
So it was that today dawned with the announcement of a new database that supermarkets and sandwich chains will be able to utilise to help direct unsold food items, gratis, towards the waiting and expectant mouths of homeless and impoverished people.
Good. It's about time. It should already have been the case, anyway. The wastage of perfectly edible - if not necessarily nutritious - supermarket food has been a scandal for eons.
Occasionally, a supermarket manager will buck the trend and, under cover of darkness, give their sell-by-date perishables to a homeless shelter, but mostly businesses have worked to make their unwanted food inedible for those who may need to turn to a skip for dinner.
According to several avid recyclers of my acquaintance, sometimes food in supermarket skips will have been doused in food colour, in a less extreme attempt to disuade foragers, and with bleach and household products in a rather more serious attempt to do so.
I am naturally suspicious of big business and supermarkets who stand to gain good PR mileage from this database scheme. And usually at very little cost compared to what a similar amount of advertising may cost them.
Take, for example, Tesco's famous computer scheme. A TV documentary estimated that you would need to collect enough vouchers from a small village to get just one computer whereas the value of goodwill it generated for the brand was incalculable.
Still, cynicism aside, I welcome this database. It was absurd health and safety regulations that rendered food fit only for disposal – and mountains of the stuff – while many people continued to go to bed hungry.
So it is, sadly, that these austere times herald the need for a nationwide food scheme to feed our poor. The spectre of Victorian workhouses draws ever closer to this Coalition, truly the most divisively 'haves and have nots' Government in decades, if not centuries.
I appreciate that Coalition Minister Caroline Spelman has been quick to add her name to this initiative but she should be wary of taking credit for something her Coalition have been architects of in the first place.
It is no coincidence that The Trussell Trust - the UK's foremost national foodbank - had only one foodbank in 2004. Yes, that's right. Just the one.
Sadly, their recently released figures tell an altogether different story. For the period of 2011/2012, the opening seasons of this dangerously remote and heinously wealthy Coalition, three foodbanks are opening per week.
The truth is, no matter how self-serving Tony Blair was – and continues to be, so let us not even consider giving him a second shot at the cherry - the UK has become a considerably more perilous place to live for millions of people since the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition came to be.
So, it ill behoves any Minister, including the helium-voiced Ms. Spelman, to come over all self-congratulatory on an issue that her Government has had a serious hand in making a reality.
And what a reality. Britain 2012 – the same year we are forking out 22billion for the London Olympics – and with signs of continued over-spending, estimated at 2billion – and we have a national catastrophe on our hands.
Although you wouldn't necessarily know it because like the East End shopfronts around the Olympic village that have been given a splash of paint to make them look presentable to the waiting world, we continue to deny the extent of how bad things are in our country.
As one poverty campaigner put it:
“Perhaps one day Britain will have adverts from OXFAM on foreign shores, pleading to feed our starving.”
She says it without a trace of irony but a sorry resignation that our nation needs to wake up to what is happening in our name.
Many are complacent and believe that the need for food handouts will never happen to them, they should think again. It isn't just the welfare-dependent and unemployed who need assistance, this is a problem that is likely to effect the employed in ever-increasing numbers.
Trussell Trust Executive Chairman Chris Mould says: ‘Foodbanks are seeing people from all walks of life turning to us for help when they hit crisis. The current economic situation means that times are tough for many. Every day we meet parents who are skipping meals to feed their children or even considering stealing to stop their children going to bed hungry. It is shocking that there is such a great need for foodbanks in 21stcentury Britain, but the need is growing.’
We should be shrieking about that. It's a national scandal and yet, because it involves our most needy, who we have also rendered our most invisible, the horror has been out of sight and out of mind.
We are always addressing the manifestation of the problem rather than why it exists in the first place. It is unacceptable that 13 million people are currently operating below the poverty line in the UK while corporations and wealthy entertainers are allowed to pay minimal tax, if they pay at all.
Clearly, then, our priorities are skewed. We spend millions on toasting one of the world's wealthiest women, in her job for life, as we did with the Queen's Jubilee, and yet we have to fight to make it legal for our poor to eat leftovers.
No amount of spin conceived at No. 10 can make such a putrid state of affairs acceptable. It stinks. And it threatens to contaminate us all if left.
So, yes, I agree with food handouts, in the form of foodbanks and supermarket databases, as an immediate solution, but most certainly not a long-term one to national and global inequality.
2012 has always promised to be a dynamic year. Let it also herald the time when we dig deeper and address the real problems that exist within our me-first society.
Truly, what a wonderful legacy that would be to leave our children.
To contact The Trussell Trust: http://www.trusselltrust.org/
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2168238/Supermarkets-leftover-food-destitute-needed-place.html#ixzz2iLh91Yph