Articles, Uncategorized

How To Change The World



We live in a reductionist society.  We are reliant on the few for everything we do and have. Our jobs, our income, our media, our entertainment, our religion and spirituality, everything is very carefully controlled.

We are encouraged to look outside, to aspire to external beauty, good jobs, good houses, money and these are all held like carrots for a stupid donkey. Even our religion is politically controlled and run. Our elections are like turkeys voting for Christmas.

We are never encouraged to look inside and explore the bigger inner universe, to challenge every bit of information that is fed to us.  Thinking for yourself is only encouraged as long as it conforms what the top echelons want. When we REALLy start to fundamentally challenge the structure of society we are classed as fools and conspiracy theorists.

Yet we are an integral part of our universe, we can be educated to communicate and harmonise with it as opposed to attempting the impossible task of ‘conquering’ it – not realising that when we do it will bring our own demise. We are like lemmings running toward the edge of the cliff.

Looking inwards is the key. Developing critical thinking, emotional intelligence and the lost arts of wordless language, intuition and empathy are the answer.  We cannot change the top echelon of our hierarchical structure and their dictatorial ways without changing the will the people and we cannot do that by pressurising and bullying them, revolution will only change the bullies.

The journey inwards is the answer, stillness and introspection are self education and cannot be stopped. If you want to change the world this is the way.  When every person is able to think for themselves, find that necessary empathy and intuition, the world will change itself.

No more greed, hate, violence and anger because weakness, fear, distraction and apathy will be gone and challenged every time it appears.

Steve Rowe

Poems, Uncategorized

Liar, Liar Your Pants Are On Fire


Liar, Liar Your Pants Are On Fire

I’m looking for truth;
I hate being manipulated;
When I meditate,
I discover who I am,
And what I really think.

Everything around me is a lie;
Every lie wants to be a part of me;
And take over my soul;
Each one manipulates me;
And tries to determine how I think.

Religion is a lie.
Nationality is lie.
They don’t exist;
They are made up by people;
And yet we are expected to fight to the death over them.

Money is not real;
Only numbers on a spreadsheet;
Yet because of it people starve to death;
Get sick and die;
Are homeless and live in poverty;
Whilst others accumulate everything.

We are expected to buy into everything;
The billionaire one percent,
Tell the millionaire politicians,
To tell us what to think and who to hate;
Are we really that stupid?

The corporate media tell us what to desire;
How we should look,
Who and what to hate;
And try to structure our thinking;
Keep moving, keep desiring;

The corporate film makers create universes,
Marvel, DC, Star Wars, the more lies the better;
Keep giving us your money…

Liar, liar, your pants are on fire;
Everything is burning;
Everything is impermanent;
We are all one – animate and inanimate;
There IS another way;

All you have to do is to be still;
Apply critical thinking;
See through the lies;
Find your true self;
And live from the inside out.



What Happened?


What Happened?

When I was a child and teenager in the 50’s and 60’s,

The public owned it’s own services,

Trains, buses, electric, gas, water and mail,

And the profit helped pay for community services.

Prescriptions and university education were free,

Legal and union representation gave job security,

Council housing and rent control meant everyone was housed,

Equality was becoming a reality.

With free education, social mobility truly happened,

We had 2 Prime ministers from grammar school education,

Anyone from anywhere could become anything,

At last society was moving forwards and there was hope.

Computers and machinery were designed to ease the burden,

We were told soon we would be working a 20hour week,

And earning more money with more leisure,

Science was going to improve the quality of life.

Our bank manager was our trusted friend,

He had our interests at heart,

Companies valued loyalty,

The longer you were a customer, the better deals you received.

Policeman walked the beat and were our friends,

They represented and defended the community,

Teachers educated our children,

And doctors would see us anytime and care.

Now our politicians are all privately educated,

Our country and services have been sold,

Our sick, disabled and disenfranchised are persecuted,

All care and compassion has dissolved.

Our minds and fears are constantly distracted,

We look at boobs and bums and blame the immigrants,

The rich have got richer and the poor poorer,

The 1% have it all.

We eat shit, take shit, and believe shit,

Pay through the nose for what was ours,

The poor blame the poorer,

While the rich laugh up their sleeve.

The police, NHS and education,

Just fill in forms,

They massage the figures,

To keep us in the dark.

We have no representation,

Not at any level anywhere,

As the poor get squeezed yet again,

Violence will arise.

We sold weapons to all sides of global conflict,

We caused most of the wars,

Yet we complain about refugees,

And one day this will backfire.

Until we find compassion,

Until we really care,

Until we lift the blindfolds,

We will repeat history.

Millions are slaughtered in conflict,

Millions are refugees and starving,

Billions of animals are slaughtered,

And we’re still looking at tits and bums.

When will humanity wake up?


I Have A Dream…

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That one day Martial Arts will not be thought of as ‘separate’ Martial Arts, that the politics of structures like Karate, Ju Jitsu,  Kung Fu, Taekwondo and Aikido are consigned to history – that Martial Arts will retain it’s diversity without the politics and have just one Governing Body dealing only with club structure, safety and the various types of competition….

That there will be no politics of styles, no Wado, no Shotokan, no Hun Gar, no GKR, no Tomiki, that everyone will be working to be the best they can and eventually transcending the ‘style’ of their teachers with their own personal development and style will be where they came from and not a prison for the future…

That there will be no restriction on who can train with whom…

That there will be no bad politics, because there is no separation of the arts, no separate styles, that we will all belong to the one brotherhood of self development through Martial Arts training…

That people will understand that ‘good’ and ‘bad’ are simply subjective depending on where you are on the spectrum from Buddhist Priest to Cage Fighter…

That people will choose where they want to train and that clubs and Instructors will survive by the grace and choice of the students….

Appreciation that many people want to start in a less than intensive community style class or club and move forward to a higher standard when they feel ready but the pathways to progression are clearly laid out…

That Martial Arts truly are for everyone; from athlete to special needs, from the very young to the very old, whether they are visually impaired, limbless, in a wheelchair, lack mobility, are chair bound, whatever gender, race or religion they be….

That the required standards surrounding a Martial Arts club will be on safety and structure, qualifying and training coaches and volunteers, safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, with a high level of health and safety and giving equity to all types of students with fair pricing, so that Martial Arts can be appreciated for what they are and fit into the community structure…

That instructors and coaches are prepared to share and learn throughout their career to become the best at what they do, some instructors can specialise in children, some in competition, some in older people, some in special needs, some in fitness and health, but all will feel appreciation for each other…

That the ethos handed down to us from the past is the ‘tradition’ we talk about and an unbroken line of wisdom from the ancients and validated by science and physical testing….