About Opher’s World

I live to make the world a better place. Why don’t you join me? Creativity gives a purpose to life. This blog celebrates creativity. I welcome you. Please have a look at my books, art, poems and art.

This is an idealist’s shriek at the absurd, the horrendous and the obscene in the huge optimism that we can make it better.

This is a blog in pursuit of the marvellous.

I ask you to devour all that is wonderful –

and detest all that is cruel, vicious and mean.

You will find lots of life, sex and ideas in this blog – (Ideas such as – there is no god, no purpose, no great scheme, no after-life) – but I do not set out to be offensive, merely to argue my passionately held point of view.

This blog is a celebration of Life – not Death.

What is obscene is not sex.

Obscenity is:
– The destruction of the environment
– War
– The indoctrination of children
– Overpopulation
– Cynical exploitation
– Cruelty to animals and people
– Grotesque disparity of wealth
– Deforestation
– Fanaticism in politics and religion
– Pollution

These are the things I stand against.
These are the obscenities.

This blog celebrates Love, Humour, Kindness and Awe.

It is a howl of creativity – A feast of ideas – A source of controversy.

A thing of beauty –  A delight of wonder – A splurge of passion.

I preach Tolerance – Empathy – Equality – Freedom – Respect –

Responsibility and Passionate Argument.

I will post some of my photos from round the world, examples of my poetry, extracts from my books, my views, ideas and dreams. I will tell you what I stand for and against and argue my case.

It would be great it you told me your views. Perhaps we could have a good argument about it!! There’s nothing better than a good passionate exchange of deeply held views.

This will be the marmite of blogs!

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60 thoughts on “About Opher’s World

  1. I agree with, support and endorse every word of the above. Er.. not the basis for a controversial dialectic debate, but there ya go.

    • Thanks Nick. Good to hear from you. You’ve got to try haven’t ya! There’s a world of madness out there. I guess it’s down to me and you, buddy!

  2. I have shared your blog because you make a lot of sense.I share most of your views but not enough people in this country feel this way.I feel very disillusioned that there is so much apathy and in my lifetime all the things you mention have either gotten worse or stayed the same.Only ordinary people can bring about the changes you talk about but I have no idea what would galvanise them.I look at many of the people around me outside of my family and friends in despair at their choices and interests and cringe at their prejudices and I’ll thought out views.Its true that if we all voted intelligently became better informed and supported each other we could prise power away from the rich and self serving but most people it seems only want the same things for themselves hence support for Tories, private medicine, the lottery and getting rich and famous quick with no discernible talent.

    • All you can do is make your voice heard and shout the truth as you feel it. You try your hardest to make things better and move things towards an intelligent, civilised, fair and just outcome. I take heart from history. The world is slowly getting better.

      • That is good advice and a reasonable assumption.My generation (I am in my early fifties) certainly had an easier and better life than my parents.What concerns me most though is the young people today having so few opportunities. This is nothing new I know but in the past it seemed to energise them and make them more determined to succeed.

  3. Hi Opher, I’m not sure why but I’m no longer receiving your blogs anymore and your latest blog would not let me comment. If I’ve done something to offend you, I sincerely apologise. It would be nice if you had at least sent some kind of message as I thought you were all about honest communication.

    For the record, I’ve enjoyed reading your blogs particlarly because you speak your truth

    Namaste, brother

    • Don’t know what’s going on there. Nothing I’ve done at this end. I love your comments. You couldn’t offend me. We share minds and besides I love a row. Even if we disagreed on something that’s OK. I’ve never declined any comment from anyone. I just tell people if I don’t agree.
      Maybe I’m being censored by some outside force?
      That’s very worrying. If it’s happening to you it could be happening to both my other followers!
      Perhaps they’re trying to put me out of business? It’s a Tory plot.
      What was the post you tried commenting on. I’ll check my spam box.
      I’ve put out three posts today. Didn’t you get them?
      I’ve noticed a few followers dropping out the last couple of days. I put it down to my opinionated obnoxiousness. Maybe there’s a fault in the system at my end though.
      Are you still down as following? If not sign up again and let me know. I’m not sure what I can do.
      By the way – I loved your last two posts and reblogged them – brilliant!!

    • Thank you for nominating me. I feel very honoured. It is nice to have your efforts recognised by fellow bloggers. I will check this out properly tomorrow!
      Thank you again.
      Best wishes
      Opher.

      • It’s absolutely my pleasure, Opher! I’m delighted that you’re happy with it. I hope that many new readers will discover your blog and enjoy it as much as I do.
        Sleep well!
        Danica

    • Communication is the sauce of life. It’s what creates the flavour. Glad to have you on board. It’s good to share – best wishes Opher

  4. Howdy thar, Opher! Just stopping by from Plato’s blog to say hey. Actually I’ve been here before and poked around a little bit when you first turned up at his place. Enjoyed what I saw. Will be sticking around to see more. Hope your weekend is off to a groovy start.

    • Why thank you and welcome! It’s great to hear from you. I hope you find something you enjoy. Plato’s music is the coolest. I’m feeling groovy today. I hope you have a groovy time too! – Best wishes Opher

  5. I was engaging the subject of optimism before you hooked me on Marmite. My wife and I are big fans of marmite, though American and we’ve often expressed a curiosity about vegemite from the “Men at Work” album, of whom we are fans.

    I’m convinced that my persistent optimism is probably a huge factor in that she’s put up with me for over 34 years now. However I’m human, and in moments experiencing incredulity dosed with a large portion of questionable ethics, and a bit of cruelty it douses my optimism and it will waver until once again I regain my persistent state of optimism.

    I’ve met optimists, and Namaste, the optimist in me acknowledges the optimist in you, as it might be unspoken. I’ve bookmarked you for further perusal. I raise my Marmite smeared toast to you and hope to find a kindred spirit here.

    Since you mentioned the No God thingy; I feel I have to say I don’t have any problems with that though I do not hold that position myself; With enthusiasm I feel intuitively that were I to have experienced the world through your eyes, if that be your perspective, I would probably see it exactly like you; and being an optimist, I would also presume a possible vise versa. XD Makes perfect sense to me. I no more expected some certain experiences I’ve had in life; than I would assume you also have expected to have in your experiences; so apparently there’s a lot about life not in my control. lol; thank Goodness for what is…

    So, tell me, having had Marmite, and Vegemite, what’s the differences between the two because I always hear them both in similar contexts, one referencing the other.

    • Aah, I detect an open minded enthusiast with a desire to make the world a better place. Welcome my friend. This blog is wide enough to hold the entire world in harmony. A chorus requires different voices to blend to perfection. No two people are the same. I stand for justice, fairness, equality and tolerance.
      In my fridge happen to be marmite, vegemite and a wonderful yeast extract that is better than both though twice as expensive. The difference between them is that some like one and some prefer the other while others detest them both.
      As I have a tendency to be outspoken, and my views are not always mainstream, it was apparent to me that some people would love this blog for its variety, audacity and strong views and others would like some things and not others, and many would detest it.
      Such is life. I don’t try to please. I try to communicate honestly about the things I am passionate about. Life has meaning, beauty and purpose. I like to argue. I like to put my case. I detest fundamentalism, indoctrination and intolerance. I love debate.
      I like to ramble.
      Good to hear from you. I hope you return and we can engage in putting the world right, loving beauty and sharing.

      • I forgot to mention that of the two I prefer marmite. I find it richer, with a sharper taste. Vegemite tastes a bit too plant-like for my taste. Bovril’s not bad though!

    • Hi Matt! Thanks for that!! I greatly appreciate the honour and recognition. I have done it before but will do it again when I get a moment. I’m just finishing the last quarter of my new book. It’s taking a lot of my brain!
      Thank you!! – all the best Opher

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  8. Opher I’m absolutely for: ‘I live to make the world a better place.’ and ‘Creativity gives a purpose to life.’ I cannot say that marmite is my favourite though I’m still confident we will be on the same page on a number of issues. Thank you for sharing.

    • Good to hear from you Lynn. I’m glad we’re like-minded – apart from marmite! You might grow to like it though!
      Welcome to my blog. I hope you get something out of all my posts. All the best – Opher

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  10. I’ve seen you often in Lady Calen’s comments and have been meaning to meander over to have a look. It’s kinda cool. I love the open-ness and honesty of what you stand for. Most of it fits with mine, but not all. And that’s the way of life, what it makes it interesting, and each of us unique. Think I’ll hang around 🙂

    • You are more than welcome. It wouldn’t do for us to all be the same, would it? Life is all the richer for the differences. As long as there is mutual respect, rational argument and passionate exchange of views I am happy. I set up the blog in order to speak my mind without restriction, to share my creativity and to meet people who feel as passionate as me.
      Welcome aboard.

      • Thank you Opher. Couldn’t agree more. Differences make the world so much more interesting. And welcome aboard to you too.

      • Cheers Rai – as soon as I get back home from this trip I will check out your blog and visit a while. All the best – Opher.

  11. Hi Opher,

    Nice to meet you and thanks for single handedly doubling my blog followers; I’ll take quality over quantity every time ; – )

    An hilarious take on the whole vegemite / marmite thing…

    • Hi Rebel – or can I call you Jukebox?
      Welcome to my site!! I’m sure you’ll be overrun with followers before long!
      I’ve got some trouble with sound at present – all hangover from the house move. I’ll get it fixed soon! So I cannot check out your post here.
      Anyway – all the best – Opher

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  13. Hi Opher,
    I was looking for some distractions and searched for science blogs and found your blog. You have clinical clarity in your observations of the macro and micro cosms and an uncanny ability to express the elusory wonders of the world. Your metaphor of the “meat in the sandwich” is however a little too hard to digest when you attempt to describe our role in the cosmos. Nonetheless I love the way you write. I feel a kinship in the ways you observe reality. I know this blog entry is over a couple of years old and you may have moved on , but I still want to commend your vision as I pass through…..:-))

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