As I stood looking at all those beautiful ceramic poppies in the grounds of the Tower of London I imagined all the souls they represented. What did we lose by the loss of each soul? We will never know.

Tower of London and...

Tower of London and…

Doesn’t humanity pay quite a price for allowing false prophets, ego-centrics and sociopaths to design our lifestyles, our cultural development, our core values, our belief systems… For me, these poppies are about remembering who we are, what we wish for ourselves and for others, and what we do everyday to contribute to humanity.

...poppies in abundance

…poppies in abundance

Feeling a little brighter for my contemplations at the Tower of London, whose history itself is a beacon of the very dark in British history, I welcomed the warm autumn sun on my visage as I headed home!

View from Waterloo Bridge

View from Waterloo Bridge

However I stopped in my tracks as I noticed the sun lighting up an old red brick building that I’d passed several times before. This was the Royal Waterloo Hospital for Children and Women, founded in the early 19th century.


Whilst the day-to-day toils of hospital life can be appreciated as hard for both staff and patients alike, I learned recently that this hospital’s history became very murky in the mid 20th century thanks to the ego-centric experiments of William Sargant. His legacy on mental health services is ever present today…

Consider how many souls are lost to us everyday through the casual administering of pills for anxiety, depression, bereavement, insomnia, addictions, etc. How many souls have been lost through the misplaced application of electro-convulsive therapy (ECT), not to mention those lost to the intervention of psycho surgery, deep sleep therapies, shock therapies…?

Those poppies at Tower Hill should remind us we need to trust our own instincts and ideas to design our own lives… It’s time to let go of false prophets and bring warmth into humanity.

Originally published: Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 at 19:11 in Living matter, Monologues


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2 Responses to “Souls lost before their time”

  1. Mr P says:

    It was a terrible and unprecedented sacrifice and probably the first moment in European history that the ruling classes could not conceal the truth and consequences of their intransigent belligerence.

    The Great War initiated a seismic shift in European society, introducing the Good of political consciousness, the Bad of extremism and the Ugly of populism. More concretely, that shift also led us eventually to a more egalitarian, participatory society the mores of which were no longer dictated by the few.

    And while these may not have been recognised as the original objectives of victory in that horrific conflict, they are perhaps the enduring rewards from which subsequent generations have received incalculable benefits and for which we should all be grateful.


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