Dearest Friends,

Thank you so much for your kind Birthday wishes and thoughts. I am touched and grateful. May this year be great for you the climate and the world and may your green impressions count in this year of the Rooster which is shaping up as a most interesting time.

Whilst I continue to enjoy my journey of life with travel (these days more pilgrim than traveler) music and art and highlighted this past year walking the sacred but blood  – drenched lands of the Levant, I’m somewhat disheartened with the world I see around us that is been torn apart and its worth reflecting at this birthday juncture.

Carl Jung said “The world today hangs by a thin thread, and that thread is the psyche of man” and  David Attenborough the renowned British naturalist and TV presenter also has some pretty scathing words for humanity: “We are a plague on Earth” he said.  “This is the most dangerous time for our planet” echoed Professor Stephen Hawking. The problem seems to be our human affliction with some sort of despair and tragedy dominating our lives but at the same time there is also a search going on for meaning i.e unleashing creative ways of looking at the world for the better. It is the only way.

The soon to commence new Trump Presidency is set to spawn a new era of revolution during his term equivalent to what was witnessed in the sixties that produced a conviction that “democracy” is in the streets.  But whilst legacies of the sixties are all around us we shouldn’t be looking back, that was then and this is now. The forthcoming elections in countries like France, Germany and Iran this year will also see more change and upheaval across the globe. The battlefield in Syria continues where foreign powers direct and bankroll fighters to further their own political agenda whilst the cries of the Syrian people forced from their homeland by war continues to go largely unheeded. The demise of Turkey such an exotic country that I visited six months ago going up in flames saddens me terribly.

Whilst all this is going on we are also seeing new creative/ mystical art and music manifesting like breaths of fresh air. (Much like how the 60’s were) This was and still is after all the zone and the duty of the artist to improve society and take people to another space. Art and music has the capacity to do just that and help others find their own means of creative expression.

The new form of protesting witnessed in Turkey is so encouraging. Just thousands of people standing in complete silence, protesting in squares and public places…. … baffling the police. No yelling. No screaming. No fighting. Even creating a calm curiosity, instead of tension and aggression.

So yes exciting times ahead, in spite of all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Happy travels.

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