or otherwise. In this instance, otherwise. We’re talking ownership, which is the ‘sole discretion of usage and disposal of an asset‘.
In brief: in town yesterday I chatted with a man and his lovely wife who showed me through the professional part of their premises, a studio they are running as a semi-museum tribute to a man long dead. After viewing I left with a mind to find out more about the guy who was out of touch with the realities of his day—by Victorian standards arguably insane but quite harmless with it. I sensed the presence of a kindred spirit …
IN THE COURSE
of a very brief web-search I galloped through digitised pages of the newspapers of his day and found references to the Maori and the mores of the times; which got me again to thinking about ownership/possession. It reinforces the notion—
You ‘own’ only that
which you can hold by force
against ALL comers
—and it becomes more important with every passing day. The American Indian was dispossessed by deliberate campaigns of force of arms—no ancestral rights or ‘custom and usage’ there; quite unpleasant in fact.
In New Zealand the Maori owned the place by simple (and vehemently denied) expedient of killing and gobbling the original owners; apparently peaceful and living in harmony with their lands they were no match for the savagery of the invading Maori coming from the north by sea.
The Maori was replaced as dominant power (owner) by the Pakeha, a white-skinned race from the other side of the world. After a few brief skirmishes they got together and thrashed out a deal, the place would come under Pakeha Law and everyone would be pals (with no more popping anyone off for the stewpot).
So one of the reasons the Maori lost his lands and ancestral rights was because he was impotent militarily in the face of ongoing floods of newcomers. So?
IT IS A NUMBERS GAME
that ‘we’ set up in good faith.
I look now to Europe, especially Scandinavia, Germany, Britain and other ‘civilised’ nations where ‘democracy’ rules. Hee hoo …
… hee hoo has the greater numbers in a democracy holds the power and (regardless~!) sets the rules.
AS A NOT ASIDE
and quite shamelessly I introduce a pet peeve—the Islamic invader. Native birthrates in Europe have fallen and with them native prosperity; the way of life is at risk unless the workforce can be replaced. So?
So some very clever folks in high places opened the doors of Europe to peoples of entirely different cultures in the hopes of averting what—for them—would be a disaster. They are importing Islamists (much higher birthrates) in huge numbers. So?
do we know about Islam? In the first instance Islam is THE great religion of love, compassion, peace, and tolerance. (Any living Islamist will tell you that) (they don’t tell you that if born/inducted into Islam your only alternative is to stay Islamic or die.)
FIVE HUNDRED WORDS
and happy to stop here whilst I await your squawks of outrage. In the meantime here’s a couple of snaps of Joseph Hannan’s place in Invercargill, a contemporary-ish image and one I scored just yesterday—
—time marches on and things change, no? For the better? Your call …