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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Philip Arundell considers himself an amateur business man,


sportsman and artist. Educated in England and Ireland, he has
spent some of his life in the Far East.
This simple philosophy came out at a watershed in his life,
and hopefully will prove to be a useful guide to life for a lot of
people, especially the young.
The title is derived from an Irish song called Phil The Fluters
Ball - about a flute playing Irishman who made sure everybody
had a good time at his party. In a light hearted way, Ive made
my version Phil The Fluters Philosophy, or Game of Life.

DEDICATION
This simple book is dedicated to the whole of Nature, where
we all came from, and where, with luck, we all will continue to
live and play our games.

PHILIP ARUNDELL

PHIL THE FLUTERS


GAME OF LIFE

Copyright Philip Arundell (2015)


The right of Philip Arundell to be identified as author of this work has been
asserted by him in accordance with section 77 and 78 of the Copyright, Designs
and Patents Act 1988.
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in
a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic,
mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior permission
of the publishers.
Any person who commits any unauthorized act in relation to this publication
may be liable to criminal prosecution and civil claims for damages.
A CIP catalogue record for this title is available from the British Library.
ISBN 978 1 78455 359 3 (Paperback)
ISBN 978 1 78455 361 6 (Hardback)

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
I am grateful to Dave King, David Windett, Richard Farish and
Charlie Fuge, who put the cartoons together as well as Linda
Elder who did the original editing.
I also thank Isabel Lim who was quite happy for me to goof off
from my office and have the freedom to play all my various
games.

BOYS AND GIRLS,


LADIES AND GENTLEMEN
This is a very simple book.
It describes in my own way, what we humans are, where we
came from and why we act the way we do.
And as, like most of you, I am a total amateur on this subject, I
am sure you will all have a lot of fun tearing my pet ideas apart
or possibly agreeing with them.
One of the most important points that recurs throughout is
the importance of the individual, because everything in the
end, such as governments, great industries and your own back
yard are determined by how you, the individual, acts. And your
actions depend on your manners.
It is very easy in this modern world, with governments
interfering in every part of our lives, with hugely intrusive media
and advertising, and with fast moving scientific advancement,
for us all to look outwards. What Im suggesting is that it may
be better for us all to spend a little time looking inwards in
search of better individual manners.
A little story reflecting this idea was told to me on a painting
holiday by Michael Two Feathers Ray, a native American,
who spends a lot of his time keeping alive American Indian
folklore.

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Here it is :
The gift of the seventh direction;
The old ones say that in the beginning there was only darkness
and spirits moving in the darkness. The great spirit looked out
over the nothingness and decided to make something.
So on the first day Wankan Tonka made the East.
On the second day he made the South and the third day he
made the West.
Next he made the North so now there was something.
The fifth day was used to make the heavens, the sun, the
moon and all the stars.
On the sixth day Wankan Tonka made the earth with all the
mountains and rivers, all of the seas and animals, flowers
and birds. All these things were the whole dream of Wankan
Tonka. Six directions East, South, West and North with sky
above and earth below and so it was and is.
The seventh day came and the great spirit made human
beings and he wanted to give the people a gift, a spirit made
out of all the six directions, a seventh direction. He knew that
he could not just give this gift to the people for they would not
appreciate or know its true value. So he decided to hide this
gift so that people must go and search for it.
Wankan Tonka called all the animal people to help him decide
where to hide this gift. First came the great buffalo -

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Give to me this gift, I will hide it far out on the plains and
there under a wallow I will bury this gift. Human beings will
never find it there, the buffalo said.
Wankan Tonka smiled sadly. No, this will not do, there will
come a time when all of the land has been turned over by iron
ploughs, they will find it there. So buffalo went away.
Next came the Bear. Give me this gift and I will go past the
plains all the way to the highest mountain and there deep in
a cave I will hide this gift, the people will never find it there.
Again Wankan Tonka smiled sadly. No, this will not do, one
day men will have a fever for a yellow metal and they will dig
through all the mountains looking for this metal and they wIll
find this gift. So too Bear went away.
Then came the Eagle. Give me this gift. I know where to hide
it. I will take it and fly past the plains and over the mountain.
I will fly all the way to the moon and hide this gift there. The
people will never find it.
Once more Wantan Tonka smiled sadly. No, it will not do, a
time will come when men will land another eagle on the moon
and leave their footprints there, they would find this gift.
So it went all day, animals coming with places to hide the gift
but each time there was a reason they would not work. Just
as the sun was setting there came a small animal. It had taken
him all day to get there. For it was a mole and moles must
travel under ground. Now some say that mole is blind but it is
not so. His eyes are just turned around so he sees inside. Mole

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said to Wankan Tonka I know where to hide this gift where


humans will never find it.
Now Wankan Tonka smiled proudly. Yes, where would you
hide this great gift?
Put it in their hearts said mole. The world you have made is
so wonderful and beautiful that people will spend all their time
looking out over it and will never look inside.
And so it is to this day, that the greatest gift that the creator
has made for each of us takes a journey that is so hard, so
dangerous that most human being will not under take it and
yet it is the shortest journey in the world.
It is the journey from your head to your heart.
In my view that is a very pertinent message being handed
down to us by Native American Folklore.
Now if you carry on youll find another version of how we
humans come to be.
With luck, you might find this little book will bring out the
better side of you.

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PART ONE
THE GAME OF LIFE

CHAPTER FIVE
RULES OF THE GAME OF LIFE

CHAPTER ONE
A SIMPLE LOOK AT TIME

TANGENT ONE - THE STATE IS


NOT THE BEST TEACHER OF
THE MANNERS OF LIFE

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CHAPTER TWO
WHAT WE ARE
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TANGENT TWO - SELFISHNESS


OF THE INDIVIDUAL

ANOTHER SIMPLE LOOK AT THE


SIMILARITIES BETWEEN MAN
AND ANIMAL

TANGENT THREE - A REVERSE


ILLUSTRATION

80

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LET US HAVE A CLOSER LOOK


AT OUR THREE BASIC ANIMAL
INSTINCTS

TANGENT FOUR - SOME OF THE


FADS OF THE DAY WHICH LOOK
A LITTLE SILLY WHEN VIEWED
AGAINST THE SIMPLE TRUTHS
OF HISTORY

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LET US INTRODUCE THE WORD


PROFIT
24

THE COUNTER BALANCE TO


PROFITING

100

CHAPTER SIX
NEW RULES TO HELP NATURE
106

PROFITING = EXPLOITATION

CHAPTER SEVEN
HOW DO WE BEGIN TO HELP
NATURE

CHAPTER THREE
MANS NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

CHAPTER EIGHT
WE PRESS THE START BUTTON

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34

40

CHAPTER FOUR
MOBILE VS IMMOBILE
ENVIRONMENT
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PART TWO
SOME ESSAYS
RELATING TO HOW
WE LIVE

RELIGION (C) - HUMAN LIFE


OVER VALUED
193

RELIGION (D) - THE RIGHT TO


HAVE CHILDREN

OUR BALANCE OF INVISIBLE


WEALTH

197

ADDENDUM TO INVISIBLE
WEALTH

201

BREAK UP OF OLD LAWS

203

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142

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A CASE FOR TOUGHER LAWS


FOR HUMANS
148

VIOLENCE IN THE UK
151

TELEVISION
161

DEMOCRACY IS NOT
NECESSARILY A GOOD THING

RELIGION (E) - CODES OF


CONDUCT
RELIGION (F) - CODES OF
CONDUCT AND RACISM
RELIGION (G) - THE SOUL:
WHAT IS IT?
207

BAGUIO CITY
211

DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
213

FLUTER DREAMS (A) - PUBLIC


TRANSPORT
218

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PUNISHMENT MUST HURT.


NATURE TELLS US SO.
173

RELIGION - GENERAL
177

RELIGION (B) - ALONE ON


EARTH
188

FLUTER DREAMS (B) TOMORROWS WORLD


226

GLOSSARY OF WORDS AND


PHRASES USED
233

THE FLUTER LAWS


238

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