Still Don’t Believe It

January 2, 2019 at 11:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

In five minutes it will be 2019. I still don’t believe how pathetically primitive we are!

I creep around all the time looking for nooks and crevices to hide in, where I can be safe from the crossfire of other people–their world views, their visions, their words, their opinions.

I still don’t believe there is no sustained awareness of our collective mind, our unity.

ha ha ha…  We think we’re each as important individually as important can be.

But, not only can no one serve two masters, but no one can even think of two separate ideas—or even visualize two distinct images—simultaneously.

So how do we think we’re going to get anywhere from “Security”  or, “Protecting American interests?”  Peace is not something we can enforce.

If the thing we’re preparing for is war, we’re not going to suddenly find ourselves at peace.  We will only come to peace along the path that follows our persistent vision of peace, confirmed in our minds and wills with every step we take unswerving toward our determined goal:  embracing the earth and our fellow man, scattering our weapons, and teaching peace with our actions, proclaiming peace with our every word.

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Faith and Modern Culture

December 26, 2018 at 11:15 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It’s astonishing how old our religions are, for the most part.  Yet what we consider old or ancient really isn’t.  The universe is supposedly between six and twelve billion years old.  Cities and agriculture are supposed to be twenty thousand, at most.  Writing might be between four and six thousand years old.

We’ve had the possibility to construct a familiar place for ourselves here in our wild little world.  But now we’re running up against the boundaries of our self-centered consciousness and nature’s full and seamless integration.  The more we evolve our languages, cities, laws and –ugh-=armies, the more we imprison ourselves outside of the seamless integration of all Being.

Instead of evolving and growing within the web of all existence–and beyond our imaginations–we chain ourselves to a local time and place:  oil, automobiles, television, guns, nation-states and religions.

wall-us-mexicoIn Illuminating Islam’s Peaceful Origins, Mustafa Akyol discusses two current nonfiction books, released this year.  Each endeavors to shift the ponderous fixture of contemporary western society’s view of Islam as essentially violent or terrorist to something more peaceful.

It’s a heavy lift.  Akyol is forced to admit Islam’s violent episodes or tendencies, while unconvincingly explaining them away as situational reactions to the temporary geo-political reality of the 8th century.  I’ll have to read the works in question before I make up my own mind:  Prof. Juan Cole’s Muhammed:  Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires and Jack Miles’s God In The Qur’an.

We come to these authors with our questions about history and ideas and faith.  However, faith is something that reaches beyond history or ideas of what is known, demonstrable as fact, truth.  Otherwise, what would be the value of faith.?  Faith takes our consciousness beyond the familiar icons of modern life and culture, and of history and philosophy.

When we stand upon all we know as educated human beings with our grasp of science, history and agriculture, when we look beyond the highest structures of culture and civilization, then we can extend our vision only by faith.  Faith is what we see beyond the total sum of everything we know.

“Unless a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” – John 3:16

It is useful–necessary– to study history and science and clarify and refine our understanding of human awareness, understanding of culture.  But what we need is an experience that sets our vision beyond all these things.  We can learn about differing views of God in history, but God is the God of the present, and beckons us to know Him ultimately in our experience.  It’s an experience that includes everything we know, and shapes our knowledge into an enlarged view of the present.

“6I am the God of  your father, the God of of Abraham, the God of of Isaac, and the God of of Jacob….  14Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel “I AM has sent me to you.””–Gn 3:6, 14.

So Moses is sent back to the people of Israel, and to Pharaoh to explain what God wants now.  Needless to say, this seems difficult for Moses, because what God wants now isn’t what everybody else is trying to arrange at the moment.

Like us, the Israelites and the Egyptians had their history, their culture, their laws and their economics.  All these forces shuttered their visions to what they already knew and experienced a priori.  But God was to lead them out of the status quo, and that took faith.  Moses had to sell them on the idea that God had a new story, a new reality, a new present for them now.

 

Before Christmas 2018

December 22, 2018 at 7:16 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The government shut down today over failure to pass a spending bill. Trump wanted $5 billion for his border wall and the Democrats wouldn’t vote for it. There was no ability to compromise.

Of course our entire system is suspect now since the revelations of Russian influence in the 2016 election, and afterward.

For example, it’s understood that border security is one of the major platforms of Putin in Russia, as well as other authoritarian leaders in Europe. It causes a psychological dependence-through-fear on the part of the dictator’s popular political base.

This is why Trump continues to elevate this issue. It plays strongly to the nationalist, Caucasian racists who comprise his base, and it further ramps up reinforcement of the “us vs. them” mindset engendered by fascist dictators.

Not only does this solidify his base of support, but it lays the groundwork for future xenophobic regulations that will generally weaken the freedom and political rights of Americans. For example, this is one of the main reasons for voter I.d.laws: to keep illegal immigrants from voting , to combat “voter fraud.” But since there is virtually no voter fraud, it’s understood that it’s to keep poor, minority, student and elderly from voting, favoring Trump’s base, who are largely working class Caucasians.

Red Shift, Explained

December 4, 2018 at 3:11 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

According to Hartmann, via Joe Madison, it’s because of uncounted Provisional Ballots.

Why are exit polls so consistently wrong in red states, showing a higher percentage of GOP votes cast in the voting booth than GOP votes counted by exit polls?

Supposedly, the theory now goes, a lot of red states have used purging of the voter rolls, prior to an election, to target Democratic-leaning voters–such as minorities, students and the poor elderly–to force such voters to have to utilize provisional ballots.

Typically, such voters arrive at the polls unaware that they have been purged, and are only able to cast a provisional ballot, not a regular ballot.  If they don’t follow up over the next 48-72 hours and confirm their identity and address, their provisional ballot is then tossed out, uncounted.

The voters, however, will report to exit pollsters that they did indeed vote for the Democratic candidate, creating a discrepancy between the exit poll and the official vote count, a so-called, “red shift.”

Any Day

December 3, 2018 at 3:46 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I couldn’t post to my blog at work because, I don’t know, Weil must have blocked me somehow. But I got this free app for my phone, and now I can post on my phone.

A day is such a huge big deal.

I find I consider the average person to be poor, and that seems to offer, and that means we potentates focus only on equalizing opportunity … what I was getting at is that a day is everything that is.  To deem another person poor who is alive is overlooking the fact that each one of us is a fully complete entity, with an inheritance so great it can’t even be estimated.

We are of the stars, the planets, the oceans and the sun.  We are of each other, and those who precede us, and all those who will succeed us are with us now, in and among us now, coaxing us another step forward to the habitation of the infinite, the perfect dwelling place of God.  It’s here now.  Has been here, and it’s coming, but we don’t see it because we are each becoming more perfect along with everything else.

Where Did He Get That Voice?

November 29, 2018 at 5:37 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Robert Reich on the Economy

November 17, 2018 at 7:32 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Tough Writing

November 17, 2018 at 5:49 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Really struggling with the mechanics of using this blog the last couple of weeks.  Had to spend hours on line in a chat with a human who works for Word Press.  Hoping the situation has been resolved.  I couldn’t save anything.

Getting Off, by Erica Garza

February 7, 2018 at 8:20 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Just read a review of a sex addict’s biography.  I could identify with the sense of helplessness and alienation.  I’ve certainly felt pushed into the role of self-proclaimed sex addict.  But now I think that being addicted to sex is like being addicted to water, or sunlight.

It’s not something you ever give up, like drugs, alcohol or cigarets.  It’s more like a facet of being human that one is better off bringing into  line with the rest of a healthy balanced character.

However, given the particularly pointed aspect of sexuality in my life currently, I think I’ll read the book.

Maybe the only solution to my sexual unhappiness is to write about it.

Goodbye to Robert Parry

January 29, 2018 at 8:53 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

https://consortiumnews.com/2018/01/28/robert-parrys-legacy-and-the-future-of-consortiumnews/

Bob was on a panel about AI and nuclear weapons two or three years ago.  I wrote a question and it was the first one Helen Caldecott, the moderator, asked the panel.  “Is the Pentagon now controlling American media and politics?”

Bob grabbed the mike, and said, “Yes.  This started in the Reagan Administration, when Casper Weinberger, the Defense Secretary, put a CIA operative in charge of White House communications.”

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