Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Beauty of the Rising Sun

Christ Church Meadow Dawn

Before Dawn

Christ Church Meadow Dawn

mist rising over Port Meadow

Christ Church Meadow Dawn

Mist and Magdalen college

Christ Church Meadow Dawn

Christ Church Meadow Dawn

sun creeping over horizon

Christ Church Meadow Dawn

Mist over Christ Church Meadow

Christ Church Meadow Dawn


Christ Church Meadow Dawn
sun in the sky


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Does Religion Create Conflict?

Oxford Light Evening
"Blessed [are] the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Religion has been used for a variety of purposes. It has been used to justify war, it has been used to inspire men to higher ideals.

Religion is tool that can be used in various ways. With a knife we can stab our neighbour, we can also use it to cut an apple in half and share.

The essence of a divine religion is to love God, and love the truth. If we love God and our fellow men, how can we use it to create conflict? If we see our religion as superior and the only right religion, then this attitude does invariably create conflict.

Often the prophets of God are misunderstood. Jesus told us to love our fellow man as ourself. He told us to love even our enemies. But have those who professed the Christain faith always followed this teaching?

Now whose fault is that - the prophet who teaches love or the adherent who listens primarily to his own ego?

Related readings

Monday, March 7, 2011

Women Breaking Down Barriers

Women farming during World War I

Women tractor farmers were featured in the June 22, 1918 issue of Country Gentleman magazine

Land Girls at Eaglescairnie Farm, WW2

Land Girls The Women's Land Army was formed in June 1939, to help combat the agricultural labour shortage, caused by men enlisting at the outbreak World War II. Between eighty and ninety thousand women worked on farms up and down the country, many carrying out tasks they were unused to or untrained for. These women helped to ensure that vital domestic food supplies were available throughout the war years

The Suffragettes


Emmeline Pankhurst, leading suffragette who was sent to jail several times for violent protest to raise support for women's vote.

Women in Boat Race

Women power

Rural women take part in a traditional boat race challenging male members of the village in West Bengal, India.

Women in Côte d'Ivoire Celebrate International Women's Day
Women from all over Côte d'Ivoire gather to celebrate International Women's Day at the Palais de la Culture in Abidjan. 8/Mar/2005. Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. UN Photo/Ky Chung


Friday, March 4, 2011

Symbols of Peace


Lotus Flower.


Picasso Symbol of Peace

Eternal Peace Flame, Oslo

"A smile is the beginning of peace."
- Mother Teresa