“… my whole being revolted at the ide of becoming a homeless ascetic, depending on the labour of others for my sustenance. If God is the embodiment of all that is good, noble and pure, I argued withing myself, how can He decree that those who have a burning desire to find Him, surrendering themselves to His will, should leave their families, to whom they owe various obligations by virtue of the ties He has Himself forged in the human heart, and should wander from place to place depending on the charity and beneficence of those who honor those ties?”
Gopi Krishna

Kundalini – The Evolutionary Energy in Man

FairPhone

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I just discovered FairPhone – a phone that is designed with care for the environment and the people who produce it. Exciting.

It’s a fascinating story of a mixed bag of community effort and business development. 25,000 phones have been sold in the first batch and a 2nd batch is on the way with almost 40,000 more people who have shown an interest in buying a phone. The result is a self-sustaining entity that produces competitive phones to the big destructive players. When 60,000 people take interest in such a phone I can’t help but feel that change is here.

Unfortunately at the core of the phone is a very unfair operating system – the heavily Google leaning Android. However in reading through the site it seems that somewhere down the line the phone may support FirefoxOS and Ubuntu for Phones. When that happens I may finally consider(!) a smartphone for a few little comforts it may offer. And when that happens I will be hugely relieved to know that there is an alternative to the mainstream monstrosities.

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