Acer & Gordon - China 2012

Welcome

To the Web page of Gordon J. L. Ramel


Who is Gordon Ramel? You may well ask. Gordon Ramel is a flesh and blood accident of fate who occupies considerably more space than a web page. As for you, you came here to find out more about him, or by mistake. He and nobody else has written this page, so now you are. Enjoy your visit.

For those who want technical details like date of birth, schooling and employment etc here is a C-vitae.

When I haven't got anything else to do I play at All Poetry behind the avatar Distant Mind - Here it says a few things about me.

What else can I tell you. I'm single, I like reading, writing, running, walking, bird watching, bugs & photography as well as cooking and eating. I was born in London England in 1957. I moved to coastal N.S.W. Australia with my family when I was 4, moved back to Exeter England with my family when I was 22. In January 2001 I left England and moved to Greece, since then I have moved around working as either an Ecologist or a Teacher (Science or English) in Bulgaria, Greece, Thailand, Greece, Thailand and then China. And this is where I am as of July 2012.

I am the author of the whole of the Earthlife Web online zoology text for home schoolers (maybe it will be finished one day).

I also try to maintain, but not very effectively as it is usually the last thing on my list, a selection of photographs at Flickr, where I am registered as Prophecies of Doom.


 
Gordon in Greece in 2009




Other Current Electronic Projects



 

On Kindle

Non Fiction

Breeding Invertebrates for Food & Fun - $2.99

Fiction

Will-O-The-Wisp (a novel of the young at heart) - $2.99

Poetry

Tall Tales, Beautiful Beasts & Peculiar People (For the young at heart) $1.00
The Human Disease - $1.00
Naturally Beautiful - $1.00
Strangely Human - $1.00
Almost Sane - $1.00
Dreams of Other Worlds (SciFi Poetry & Prose) $1.00 coming soon.
With the Subdirector of Huai'yin Normal University, Huai'an, China. 16-03-2012


On the Internet apart from Kindle

I Don't Smoke (e-book to help people give up smoking)

Shopping

I have a nice shop at CafePress (there is nothing about me here, just things I have made) called "The Thinking Man Shop". Here you can find things like mugs, t-shirts, caps etc that promote the beauty of Nature as well as a paperback copy of The Whispering of the Leaves, a miscellaneous collection of my poetry, mostly about Nature and Us, her errant child.

Poetry.

You can find some of my poetry online at the Ecology Info site. Look under 'Poems' and 'Children's Poems'. All three of the Children's Poems are included in Tall Tales, Beautiful Beasts & Peculiar People
With subdirector Prassert of Chiang Rai Municipal School 6;  Chiang Rai, Thailand.
Welcoming Students in the morning. May 2011.
Two more poems Darkness and One Poet Against The Genocide in Dafur from The Human Disease are featured on Michael Burch's The HyperTexts.
 
A separate selection of my poetry (that which has been published in NeoVictorian/Cochlea and The Deronda Review) is available at The Hexagon as part of the Point and Circumference web site of Esther Cameron. This collection might be considered a good preview of the adult volumes above, particularly Strangely Human.
 
The fantasy ballad, The Tears of Kharnoon has been published online in the April 2012 issue of Aphelion Webzine and on the Dragon'sInn web site. As a part of the short story "The Dragons of Bhargat" it will feature in my next publication Dreams of Other Worlds, when it is finished.
 
 Finally 3 of my dipterological sonnets (A Fly, Chloropidae and Sciomyzidae) have been published in the online journal Fly Times, issue 48 April 2012. Two more fly poems will be published in issue 49. All of these are included in Naturally Beautiful




Birding on Elephant back (Watsama) Thailand 2006.

One Point of View

Humanity is an amazing thing, but our view point is limited. We have a snapshot, postcard view of life on earth, less than one second of a great movie, yet we insist on making sweeping judgements. Much of the poetry in a book like The Human Disease exits to point out the shortcomings of our species, to make us aware of how destructive and self deluded we are. It is necessary, at this moment in time, to say these things, it is part of our evolution. However I suspect that by the end of this century such poetry will be out-dated, and as time passes beyond this its only role will be as a reminder of what we went through.

Looked at from the point of view of coherent species, which often have lifespans of 10 to 15 million years or more, the 150 to 200 thousand years that homo sapiens has been in existence is nothing. If we were to look at the life of a species using the metaphor of a single human life as our lens, we are a baby. A squalling child unable yet even to clean its own shit off its own body. As a species, though not always as individuals, we are maniacally selfish, short-sighted, ignorant and blind to the consequences of our actions, all symptoms of gross immaturity and childishness.


 
 

 
I believe this will change, if we survive the next fifty years or so, and I think we will, we will enter a new stage of development, one with different problems. However it will be who we are as a species in a million years time that will really tell the universe who we are. Hopefully, as our species matures and the market for condemnatory poetry falls away so the market for poetry that highlights and praises Nature, or disgusses the ever present questions of self knowledge, self fulfillment and consciousness will continue.

Finally one of the biggest problems humanity as a species faces in the long term is a our tendency to delude ourselves, as both individuals and as groups. This self delusion, usually taking the form of elevating our own worth to such a level that others often have no worth at all, is behind many of our greatest crimes both as societies and as individuals. As a general rule the more vigorously you or your ego deny your own state of self delusion the more hopelessly deluded you are.

Wishing you well. Gordon J. L. Ramel


 


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