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Sepp Blatter and Nero

May 31, 2011,
Claire Montanaro

I wrote yesterday about the similarities between Sepp Blatter and Hoffman’s tale in Struwwelpeter of Johnny Head-in-Air. Today my image of him is as Nero, fiddling while Rome burned.

His defiance and clear determination both to be re-elected as FIFA President and to deny the crisis over corruption within the organisation is an extra-ordinary example of someone who is disconnected from reality and lacking totally in discernment both about himself and the situation of which he is the centre, even possibly the cause.

The ability to see the bigger picture with non-judgmental detachment and an eye for truth is one of the seven key Principles I teach, and it can be hard to learn to rise above our emotional reactions and subjective focus to apply this precept in everything we see or do, but it can be done. When we are able to use this gift of discernment wisely and regularly our compassion and understanding is strengthened and our consequential actions more likely to be based on wisdom than misperception.

Some people have a remarkable capacity to ignore what is happening around them and create a fantasy world which they come to believe is true, however strong the evidence is to the contrary. Sepp Blatter appears close to this, and as the walls of his castle continue to crumble it will be interesting to see whether he retreats further into his delusional world or begins to acknowledge the seriousness of FIFIA’s predicament and his part in it. It is not too late for him to act with honesty, integrity and decisiveness, but time is running out, and very quickly.

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Claire Montanaro is a spiritual teacher, channel and blogger with special interest in esoteric philosophy and the world in transition. Loves nature and wildlife. Author of "Spiritual Wisdom”.

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