War, Bloodshed and Anti-Semitism – Is God Exclusive or Inclusive?

The destroyed old Mosque of The Prophet Jirjis in central Mosul, Iraq, on July 27, 2014. (AP)

 

For 2,000 years God has been Exclusive and rival faiths have fuelled war, bloodshed and anti-Semitism. We must surely move on. Our world should no longer have to centre itself on the killing fields of Bible-lands. While it can still take its bearings from there, what goes on there should be no more than a Meridien line on the surface of the globe in the overall vastness of the Universe.

The Universe is Infinite. God, its Maker must also be infinite. God is One to the power of One; there must be an infinite number of ways to find God, each one precious to its owner, each one respectful of all the others, each one pointing to peace. In short, God is Inclusive.

 

Mutuality of Respect is the key

 

Whether you are a believer or not respect is a two-way street. It must be mutual to be real. Over the centuries religious zealots – and political zealots too – haven’t heeded this. Centuries of disrespect a big part of today’s problems. Slavery, Terror, the Gulag, ethnic cleansing, the Holocaust, pogroms, all forms of discrimination the result.

Their zealotry is akin to idolatry, the only difference being that they worship themselves.

In the words of Kahlil Gibran, their “passion unattended is a flame that burns to its own destruction.”

Meanwhile the Caudron in the Middle East is still ablaze

Aleppo, Mosul, Palmyra, chemical weapons, Arab tribe warring with Arab tribe. Gaza. Israelis, with a collective memory – don’t ignore the consequences – of 2,000 years of discrimination and persecution, culminating in pogroms in Russia and the Holocaust in Germany and in the vast enforced exodus of 850,000 from Arab lands since 1948 doing whatever they deem necessary to save it happening again, for the first time with the wherewithall to do that.

And, as ever, anti-semites, with the backing of their naive excusers, perverted, myopic and totally disproportionate in their fault-finding.

 

In 2002 leading clerics from all three faiths were united in their call for peace with an Inclusive God.

 

The Alexandria Declaration

“In the name of God who is Almighty, Merciful and Compassionate, we, who have gathered as religious leaders from the Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities, pray for true peace in Jerusalem and the Holy Land, and declare our commitment to ending the violence and bloodshed that denies the right of life and dignity.

According to our faith traditions, killing innocent in the name of God is a desecration of His Holy Name, and defames religion in the world. The violence in the Holy Land is an evil which must be opposed by all people of good faith.

We seek to live together as neighbours respecting the integrity of each other’s historical and religious inheritance. We call upon all to oppose incitement, hatred and misrepresentation of the other.”

 

But why is this not being echoed every day in churches, mosques and synagogues around the world?

 

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Madness outsourcing road planning from Cycling lobby AND paying them

Three cheers. The High Court has put a stop to CS11, the proposed cycle superhighway from Portland Place in central London to Swiss Cottage. A bad idea for many reasons.

The Mayor’s grand strategy is just a grand dream.  By 2041 will 80 per cent of all trips in London be made on foot by cycle or by using public transport with death and serious injury from all road collisions eliminated? This is the vision of Sustrans, the national cycling charity and cycling lobby based in Bristol, that London and many other local authorities have been encouraged to use to outsource their road planning. Within it, there is no anticipation of the next great revolution after I ‘phones, autonomous electric vehicles. There’s a naïve belief that part of a superhighway is better than none even though it leaves cyclists vulnerable to accidents and toxic fumes where there are gaps. Their modelling so far as I can judge from their flawed work in Newcastle is based more on hope than legitimate expectation.

Underpinning it there is the mistaken belief held by many that cyclists have an equal right to the road.  In fact, there is a hierarchy of entitlement. Emergency vehicles are first. Delivery vehicles next. We need them increasingly for buying on-line! Buses are next for public transport. Taxis and cars next. Last cyclists. In London they represent only 2% of those who use the roads and they pay no tax. They are not required to carry third party insurance. They often ignore the Highway Code without penalty. Their accidents increasingly burden A & E. The most they should claim is fair play to secure their safety. It will never be guaranteed by 2041 or by 2141.There will always be the unguarded moment.

The Mayor’s grand strategy should be, first and foremost, to provide tens of thousands of fast chargers for electric vehicles to help remove diesel and petrol cars that line our streets because their owners have no garages that can accommodate chargers for them. This will be the fastest way to remove pollution from our streets.

Complaints – The Contagion of Calculated Indifference – NATWEST BANK. Who cares? Who really cares?

 

There is all the difference in the world between handling a complaint – fending it off – and managing it – helping to solve it.

My forthcoming book, Kafka’s Cycle, is a case study of this in the public sector. One little illustration of that here. Apparatchiks working for the Local Government and Legal Ombudsmen send you a draft of their negative findings. You criticise it. They then repeat the draft word for word in their final decision. Bindmans LLP used the same methodology.

Here is a little problem I have with NATWEST. Not earth shattering. A pebble in my shoe. I left HSBC after many years because I had difficulty in downloading my statements into Microsoft Money where I manage my personal funds. It forces me to check my monthly statements! In contrast NATWEST was brilliant. Until three or four months ago. Still fine for my current account. But this message came on the screen in relation to my Mastercard Credit card. And it has remained on the screen ever since.

“Sorry, some of the information on your credit card is not available at the moment. Please try again later.”

Each month Angela assured me that the next fix would fix it. Each month it didn’t. I escalated this to Rebecca. Angela assured me that Rebecca could do no more than she could. True! This was her reply.

13 August 2018

Dear Mr Share

Thank you for your email dated 10 August 2018. Mr Share, please be advised that we will not be reviewing the case again, as we feel that the decision provided to you is fair in regards to the online issues experienced and has been clearly detailed in our previous responses.

As mentioned in my email of 10 August 2018, I have already escalated the issues that our customers are experiencing online to the Senior Leadership Team for awareness. Our Complaints Team is tasked with investigating and responding to complaints raised, including those directed to our Executive office. Due to this you will not be contacted separately by a department head as requested.

We have provided you with your Financial Ombudsman referral rights, we have exhausted our complaint escalation service, should you wish to escalate this complaint further please feel free to do so. You have the right to contact the Financial Ombudsman Service free of charge.

I hope this clarifies our position. Any further correspondence you send to us which does not provide us with any new information regarding your complaint will be added to our file, but we will not respond.

Yours sincerely

“Fair Decision”? What do you think? HSBC had allowed me to talk to a technician and he temporarily solved my problem.

The situation got worse. I went to my local branch of NATWEST on Gosforth High Street – where the cycle lanes mercifully aren’t – but they have no manager there. The staff did their best to help, but could go no further than I could. They directed me to the manager in Northumberland Street.

Last week I called in and asked to see the Manager. Stephen stepped forward. And I explained the problem. He did his level best to help, but hit the same wall as I had. I suggested that a Manager should be able to do more than that – that he should own the problem. He then said he was senior but not actually the Manager.

She rang me the next day at my request. Has that got me anywhere? No.

Isn’t it amazing. 21st Century. They can send my statement as a pdf file, but when it comes to my credit card they can’t send it OFX. Curious, I googled OFX.

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Meanwhile the Manager remains silent.

And I don’t really think that the Financial Ombudsman will get this solved before Xmas, if then.

I repeat, who really cares today in UK Ltd?