Valen (Myles) Cook
  • Male
  • Grays, Essex
  • United Kingdom
Share on Facebook Share

Valen (Myles) Cook's Friends

  • Mark Dale
  • joe taylor

Valen (Myles) Cook's Groups

 

Valen (Myles) Cook's Page

Latest Activity

Captain Cae Os commented on Valen (Myles) Cook's group The Enlightenment Project
"Hi All, This group sounds like me fellow pirates Rr. Cae"
Jun 2, 2016
Rick Heyse joined Valen (Myles) Cook's group
Thumbnail

The Enlightenment Project

So, what is The Enlightenment Project? Put simply, the project is going to be a group of amateurs who will look at various aspects of today’s society – politics, economics, etc. – with a view to working out the problems with which we are faced.  The idea is for The Enlightenment Project to completely change the way that we face our problems and solve them in a way which is in the best interests of everyone and not just the privileged few.The group who look at politics, for example, will look at…See More
Feb 23, 2014
Peter Goble commented on Valen (Myles) Cook's group The Enlightenment Project
"Yours is a noble and ambitious project, Valen (Myles) Cook and I admire your cheek!  I also like your logo, though I wonder if the other eye is closed in a sly wink :) All things considered, I'm happy to sign up and perhaps I'll…"
Feb 26, 2013
Anja Beinroth joined Valen (Myles) Cook's group
Thumbnail

The Enlightenment Project

So, what is The Enlightenment Project? Put simply, the project is going to be a group of amateurs who will look at various aspects of today’s society – politics, economics, etc. – with a view to working out the problems with which we are faced.  The idea is for The Enlightenment Project to completely change the way that we face our problems and solve them in a way which is in the best interests of everyone and not just the privileged few.The group who look at politics, for example, will look at…See More
Jan 23, 2013
Ashley Cutts commented on Valen (Myles) Cook's group The Enlightenment Project
"direct democracy is the key to a better future. Within a democracy the public should get what the public want and that is not happening in Britain today. humanity wants to multiply and the popular thing to do is maximise human life. Popular…"
Jan 9, 2013
Susan Hayward joined Valen (Myles) Cook's group
Thumbnail

The Enlightenment Project

So, what is The Enlightenment Project? Put simply, the project is going to be a group of amateurs who will look at various aspects of today’s society – politics, economics, etc. – with a view to working out the problems with which we are faced.  The idea is for The Enlightenment Project to completely change the way that we face our problems and solve them in a way which is in the best interests of everyone and not just the privileged few.The group who look at politics, for example, will look at…See More
Jul 22, 2012
Bren Cook joined Valen (Myles) Cook's group
Thumbnail

The Enlightenment Project

So, what is The Enlightenment Project? Put simply, the project is going to be a group of amateurs who will look at various aspects of today’s society – politics, economics, etc. – with a view to working out the problems with which we are faced.  The idea is for The Enlightenment Project to completely change the way that we face our problems and solve them in a way which is in the best interests of everyone and not just the privileged few.The group who look at politics, for example, will look at…See More
Jun 30, 2012
joe taylor replied to Valen (Myles) Cook's discussion Party politics and governance in the UK in the group The Enlightenment Project
"Hi Robert   This discussion is going on now, regarding this topic, that has already had 160 replies and 1459 views.   http://nationalcan.ning.com/group/beyond-capitalism/forum/topics/cure-for-capitalism   You might like to read…"
May 18, 2012
Valen (Myles) Cook added a discussion to the group The Enlightenment Project
Thumbnail

Party politics and governance in the UK

Is party politics a help or a hinderance to effective Government? Is there a better form of governance that could be set up at both a local and a national level? What would it look like?
May 18, 2012
Valen (Myles) Cook commented on Valen (Myles) Cook's group The Enlightenment Project
"Feel free to invite others!"
May 17, 2012
Valen (Myles) Cook commented on Valen (Myles) Cook's group The Enlightenment Project
"You're welcome, Mark.  I'll be adding discussion forums soon."
May 17, 2012
joe taylor and Mark Dale joined Valen (Myles) Cook's group
Thumbnail

The Enlightenment Project

So, what is The Enlightenment Project? Put simply, the project is going to be a group of amateurs who will look at various aspects of today’s society – politics, economics, etc. – with a view to working out the problems with which we are faced.  The idea is for The Enlightenment Project to completely change the way that we face our problems and solve them in a way which is in the best interests of everyone and not just the privileged few.The group who look at politics, for example, will look at…See More
May 15, 2012
Mark Dale commented on Valen (Myles) Cook's group The Enlightenment Project
"Thankyou for inviting me and I look forward to Lively debate and Discussion M"
May 15, 2012
Valen (Myles) Cook posted a group
Thumbnail

The Enlightenment Project

So, what is The Enlightenment Project? Put simply, the project is going to be a group of amateurs who will look at various aspects of today’s society – politics, economics, etc. – with a view to working out the problems with which we are faced.  The idea is for The Enlightenment Project to completely change the way that we face our problems and solve them in a way which is in the best interests of everyone and not just the privileged few.The group who look at politics, for example, will look at…See More
May 15, 2012
Valen (Myles) Cook posted a blog post

A new future for mental health awareness and involvement

One of the functions of The Enlightenment Project is to help build mental health awareness.  The way I hope this can be achieved is by setting up a service user-led organisation, in conjunction with a service user-led consultancy and training company called ARW, like the one currently in operation in Essex but with a much wider, long term focus.  The proposed aims of the new organisation would be:Set up and support self-help groups (all we would ask in return is the phrase “Supported by” and…See More
May 15, 2012
Valen (Myles) Cook posted a status
"What brings you here? A: a length of rope, a blindfold and a rag soaked in Chloroform. LOL"
May 11, 2012

Profile Information

Location
Grays
What brings you to NatCAN?
A friend recommended NatCAN

About me...

Published(!) poet and Your Thurrock blog columnist.  I'm also a card carrying miserable, cynical, pessimistic atheist.  I'm also a delusional, anti-social meglomaniac with an evil plan for world domination!

WARNING: The following contains spoilers, is way too long, has too much information and has the unfortunate characteristic of being totally true!

I tend to be very blunt and almost pathologically honest which doesn’t endear me to many people but I’ve reached a point in my life where I’m not inclined to put an act on just to please others.  I am me and that’ll have to be good enough.

I’m almost 41 years old and have a complicated relationship with my wife of eleven years.  I have only had one relationship in my life, having been rejected several times before that.  I suffer with depression and have done so for almost 34 years now.  My sense of humour tends towards dark surrealism that reflects my melancholic, eccentric nature.

My interests include a wide range of topics from psychology and philosophy to foreign films and the paranormal and all points in between.  I have a keen interest in mental health awareness due to my own affliction and am currently organising an event on that subject although it has run into trouble somewhat in recent days.

Although I am unlucky in love, I am a romantic at heart and seem pre-programmed with the desire to be in a relationship.  I am, however, a shy and socially awkward man and consider myself to be an emotional cripple who just wants to be loved.  I’m a difficult person to live with being rather pessimistic and melancholic but I can be fun to be with as well and am much sought after as a shoulder to cry on so it’s a case of swings and roundabouts being friends with me.

I write poetry as an outlet for my creativity and emotional turmoil and have had three poems published in a free-to-download magazine available from the Survivors Poetry website.  I also have a blog column on Your Thurrock, a local news website.

I am not in work at the moment but am doing a lot of voluntary work around mental health issues.

My biggest regret is not having any children.  I’ve always wanted at least one but, as I have a rule about not having children after I hit forty, I don’t suppose I’ll ever get the chance.  It’s not like I’m going to get any offers with a personality as winning as mine!  lol

I have a cat called Merlin who I’m pretty sure is pure evil incarnate but I’m still waiting for confirmation.

I'm on Facebook (valen1971) and Twitter (@valen1971).  I also have a personal blog on Blogger (http://valen1971.blogspot.com) and a personal website at http://valen1971.webs.com.

Valen (Myles) Cook's Blog

A new future for mental health awareness and involvement

One of the functions of The Enlightenment Project is to help build mental health awareness.  The way I hope this can be achieved is by setting up a service user-led organisation, in conjunction with a service user-led consultancy and training company called ARW, like the one currently in operation in Essex but with a much wider, long term focus.  The proposed aims of the new organisation would be:

  • Set up and support self-help groups (all we would ask in return is the…
Continue

Posted on May 15, 2012 at 10:51

The Dangers of Community Activism

Community activism is a truly wonderful thing to get involved in but there is a certain risk you run when you undertake such ‘work’.  I am one of the people who know this only too well, having had my activism on the subject on mental health blow up spectacularly in my face.

It was not exactly the plan, when I organised a depression awareness event at my local adult college where I am on the Board of Governors, for my life to be adversely affected by doing so; it just happened that…

Continue

Posted on May 9, 2012 at 13:39 — 1 Comment

Comment Wall (2 comments)

You need to be a member of NatCAN to add comments!

Join NatCAN

At 7:33 on May 9, 2012, joe taylor said…

Hi Myles - where is the photo taken?  Are you a fisherman?

At 15:35 on May 8, 2012, Mark Dale said…

Hi Myles great to see you on NatCAN

 
 
 

Other ways to keep in touch:

© 2017   Created by Freire Institute.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service