|a dimension away from the internet rush hour ...|
art of compassion
With a unique approach
in web site evolution. Looking-Glass has
grown without any source of business capital investment. Detatched from
the make and break web startup hype in the late 1990's, this web "retreat"
was, and still is,
an entirely new breed of web interation for the global internet community.
It has grown organically right from the start, building on its own philosophy
of natural harmonics.
itself as a web experience dedicated to the virtues of global compassion:
This is an animal friendly zone - a web "solar system" projecting
a strong conscience towards the environment. It's also committed to reporting
and helping our visitors interact with humanitarian issues.
Although originating from the UK, this is a world-conscious web experience in every aspect.
like a Solar System
We hope that you will find this an aesthetically pleasing environment.
We also provide easy parental guidance by dispaying a "pg" sign on pages which may require parental awareness. Read our guide "how to use Looking-Glass" (you will also find this link at the bottom of this page)
So... read on... first to find out about more things you can expect later on.... then to explore the many free activities, items and resources already provided here.
What issues does Looking-Glass lifestyle focus on ?
Environment (conservation), Nature / Wildlife and Animal Welfare
Directing green links, comments and concerns with relevant organizations and charities around the world. Here's just a couple of Looking-Glass of information bites you'll find around the sites:
"The number of animals killed for food in 1998 was 43.2 BILLION (those figures exclude some smaller countries)"
"At current growth the effects of deforestation, industrial and commercial exploitation and population expansion means the planet reaches a saturation point in the next 20 years. After which time the earth, (worldwide) . . . will become increasingly incapable of naturally sustaining long-term life-forms . . . yes, as a human being that also means you!"
Philosophy and Humanitarianism
A philosophy and forum
which is intellectually un-contrived and easily absorbed. In Looking-Glass
you won't find questions as you might do on the chat channels such as:
"Are we just a tea leaf in a tea bag in the teapot of the universe? .
. . discuss.
Looking-Glass and its satellite
sites such as VeggieGlobal embrace many ecological, compassionate and
cultural issues on a global level aimed at a global Internet community.
Environmental, animal welfare, philosophical, art, music and literary
subjects are all combined, bringing sensitive issues closer to the worlds
Looking-Glass says ...
"outweighed environmental and animal welfare groups are evaluated as side-stream concerns, even on the web. Therefore such interrelated atrocities end up as un-repeated space fillers in the news. Looking-Glass believes that the media's whimsical approach rubs off on society and so challenges the viewpoint of who should be taking charge of a 21st century Earth. The next hundred years is the turn of the caring organizations to become the focus of a new global business force. The natural planet needs saving, not suffocated by an apathetic, plastic-big-mac culture".
The protests at the '99
World Trade Fair organization in Seattle USA, and many other protests
since give a clear indication that a shift within main business infrastructure
towards environmental considerations is dangerously overdue.
Are You a Rainbow?
As this dimension continues to grow it will embrace many issues that concern us all in some way . . . Things which you may not realize touch your life subconsciously . . . and which could, in a very real sense affect your future.
Away from the everyday environment around you, Looking-Glass also helps to guide you towards understanding the natural harmonics which run throughout this and all universes. Tuning into your extended consciousness can help you deal with much that is thrown at you throughout your life. Many millions find life's journey to be a minefield of unexpected shocks and surprises, either with or (more commonly than ever) without companionship. The natural harmonics as defined by Looking-Glass, may just help you examine and deal with many of these anxieties.
The Looking-Glass retreat is a place for:
Looking-Glass is no place for decadence, immorality, deception, self-righteousness,
arrogance, spite, antagonism, sh*t-stirring or conceit . . . phew! . .
. But it's surprising how many millions out there are living their lives
oblivious to the fact that they might actually convey the elements of
one, some or all of the above! There are discussions and formulas relating
to "who we are" in Looking-Glass. So if, whether you realise it or not,
you are one (or some) of the above (but you wouldn't have bothered reading
this far if you were that completely self-absorbed), then perhaps you
are subconsciously curious about exploring ways to change
your outlook and to anesthetize the undesirable elements of your character.
It is important to realize that Looking-Glass is not a religious, politically oriented or commercially driven experience. It is somewhere for you to explore solutions - From finding inner peace and enjoyment to making outward differences towards the planet's well-being - Sharing cultural, philanthropic, existential and creative interests ... all in a thoughtful and stylish way.
There are already hundreds of pages here for you to browse containing fascinating facts and interaction, much of it linked to and global compassion and some to the Looking-Glass philosophy, which you can absorb whenever it suits you. But there are also really useful resources - from self-reevaluation sections to dietary tables, vegetarian, animal and humanitarian issues.
to this site frequently ... it is continualy evolving.
Think about it.
Describing the Looking-Glass
naturally brings to mind Wonderland, Narnia and similar dreamlike environments;
literal descriptions anchored to the physical world. Yes, Alice may fleetingly
appear in the Looking-Glass dimension but it is your own growing awareness
of universal consciousness that will create your dreamscape. Looking-Glass
is the window - and your mouse the vehicle, but you provide the energy
that can turn such dreams into reality ... and what energy you expend
will return, soul-enriched.
As lifestyles of the world's affluent populations appear to become more assimilated and predetermined - where everything has a commercial tag to it, Looking Glass should allow you to break through that shell of pseudo-autonomy . . .
Stereotypical Aspects of Society
a) Those who actively take part helping to improve their environment / animals / environment in a positive and effective way (being a minority of people from all casts, classes and circumstances)
b) Those who actively take part helping to improve their environment or help animal welfare issues in a sanctimonious way ... mainly to gain kudos for themselves, but none-the-less getting the message across anyway.
c) Those who express concern but don't have the motivation to act (being persons either too comfortably well-off or falsely sincere)
d) Those unaware to the facts, generally through lack of inspired education - and through no fault of their own - normally the effects of the social habitat they are brought up in (which includes parental ignorance).
e) Those who who are too complacent or wrapped up in themselves to care (usually the cosy, decadent or affluent majority).
f) The other majority who say: "I'll just seem like a pedantic nerd if I start jabbering on about environment and philosophy"...I won't be around when it happens anyway"..."what's the point we're all gonna die anyway"...."None of my friends bother so why should I ?"....
g) The fanatics and self-righteous who unbalance a positive cause with politically angst extremities or personal vengeance.
h) Sheer, bigoted ignorance. (Another majority?)
NOTE: Statistics have shown that the poor and less fortunate are more inclined to consider their environment and donate to charities.
Concern and action towards
improving our planet's qualities should no longer be just
a talking point at a dinner party (forgotten by the following day). The
state of the planet's health in the 21st century means the majority have
to realise there's no more time to differentiate between those who care
and those who don't.... Acclimatising to the effects of global mismanagement,
e.g."dumbing down" only creates further decline.
Stories for those who embrace a conscientious lifestyle. Here you'll find articles which the media otherwise set aside far too quickly.
Take a look at this well balanced source of information.
Philosophical anecdotes at WISDOM FALLS.
Leave or read dreams and interpretations at The DREAMING TREE (currently closed due to spam abuse)
Passage to Looking-Glass areas about the planets health at The LIGHTHOUSE.
Near-wonderlands-around-planet-earth listing on the SEARIDE.
Leave or read poems in POETS WOOD.
Leave your essay in the TIME CAPSULE . . . (currently closed due to spam abuse)
Leave your sorrows or shed light on the sorrows of others in the SHADOWLANDS.
Other interactive surprises.
Info and links to various global green organizations and charities.
For those who want to find answers and reassurance, there will be an extremely useful forum at the many Gardens of Light in the Shadowlands. Choose from a list scenarios that fit close to your own experience and share and receive anecdotes between others who have suffered similar experiences. You can always remain anonymous within these forums. Most importantly there will be scenarios that are applicable to people from every walk of life . . . from Joe Public to media megastars.
a major Looking-Glass satellite site and a natural stopover for all Global
Compassionates. There are various issues discussed at veggieglobal.com
from animal welfare to humanitarian crisis... and of course the environment.
You can give yourself a health and diet check up with our easy read nutrition site.
anyone from around the world can interact with the primary issues which
are now having a devastating effect on our planet.
and VeggieGlobal carefully select and then promote various important compassionate
causes - animal, environmental and humanitarian - to give them much needed
extra publicity and web exposure.
If you are
a registered charity, which fits our criteria you can send your details
to be considered for the Global Charities Directory.
If you are
a non-registered animal, vegetarian, or conservation group that fits our
criteria you can send your details to be considered for the Global Veggie
Animal and Conservation Groups Directory.
The Lost and
Found Animals Network (LaFAN) has been created to enable anyone to quickly
find or report a lost animal. As with all Looking-Glass services this
is free for participating organizations and our site visitors.