Easter Island not a Treasure Chest

Tests raise life extension hopes – see news here

Possibly, this stuff, rapamycin, could be the next big internet scam.  Acai berries are nearly done, same as Green Tea and Wheat Grass.


It’s an anti-biotic, found in 1970 on the bleak Pacific island called Easter Island.  I’ve mentioned this place previously as a comparative parable of our times here:


Global Survival of the Human Race


And in a miraculous co-incidence, we are currently in conference to mitigate Climate Change(see here).  A noted bunch of academics are saying that Kyoto was a waste of time (history proves this as emissions reductions and postitive action, not words, has been minimal), see here.  Prince Charles in last night’s Dimbleby Lecture stressed the importance of living within our energy means.

So it’s all there, the willpower and the knowledge within our world leaders.

Now what we need is for the leaders to lead by example!

It’s simply not good enough to flit around in massive cars, telling everyone to button down their consumption.

To demonstrably lead, you must do as you expect others to do.  Or nothing will change.

Easter Island

Easter Island
Easter Island

Easter Island is a wonderful example, in miniture, of the Earth.  It had it’s leaders and it’s religions.  It had literature and art.  It had it’s conflict over limited resources.

It’s almost barren and windswept, lost in an ocean, a shadow of it’s former self.  Trees weren’t growing as there were no seeds.  Everything was chopped down and burnt in a last desparate struggle to survive by it’s inhabitants.

Easter Island Moai
Easter Island Moai

The few survivors, when found, were reduced to a bestial existence, incapable of even contemplating the construction of any more statues, for which the Island is now famous.

This will be us in our world, lost in the empty blackness of space, if we don’t do something now.

For our continued existence, it’s not rapamycin that we need to extend our lives.  What we need is to realise that we live on a round world with limited resources.  That’s all.

The 26 Admonitions explained by Richard Causton


Lotus Flower - photo by Strangely PerfectI’ve nabbed the content of this from Ted Penfold.  My wife, has told me that she heard this lecture of Dick’s and found it and him some of the most inspiring things in her life.  I came across this wonderful piece by chance, looking for some background information on Nikko, the second guy after (Nichiren) in our prayers, and repeat it here so that more people might be similarly inspired.

I’ve corrected some spellings from the original transcript here which I assume were due to OCR transcription errors, mainly.  I’ve also added a few links, where appropriate, to external sources (SP)

Quick Links: Background Discussion Preface and Conclusion The 26 Admonitions Conclusions

n.b. Admonitions = Precepts = Warnings.  The three terms appear in different places, but essentially mean the same thing (SP)


LecturnThe following lecture by SGI UK General Director, Richard Causton, based on various lectures given by him around the U.K. and overseas during late 1992 and 1993, was inspired by SGI President Ikeda’s guidance on this subject on 24th October 1992. This lecture first appeared as a series of articles in SGI-UK’s monthly magazine, the U.K. Express. (now called Art of Living – SP)

Dick Causton’s and Nikko Shonin’s words follow…