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Monday, April 17, 2017

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Words and Books

When an author I love to read is reprinted with great cover art, I am drawn in.  In this case, John Jude Palencar created covers new collections of H.P. Lovecraft.  Thus I bought all these.  No I am not made of money.







Wednesday, April 5, 2017

COLLAPSE APPROACHES

"Children are nowhere taught, in any systematic way, to distinguish true from false, or meaningful from meaningless, statements. Why is this so? Because their elders, even in the democratic countries, do not want them to be given this kind of education."   Aldous Huxley

We live in a world that swiftly becoming dystopic.

"A dystopia (from the Greek δυσ- and τόπος, alternatively, cacotopia, kakotopia, or simply anti-utopia) is a community or society that is undesirable or frightening.  It is translated as "not-good place", an antonym of utopia, a term that was coined by Sir Thomas More and figures as the title of his best known work, Utopia (the blueprint for an ideal society with minimal crime, violence and poverty)."  (Source Wiki)

We are overpopulating the earth.  There are more people than resources, and at some point in the near future our world will break.  Not the physical earth, but the system we accept and live in.  As the throes of despair rise, the people with nothing will rise up in rebellion, and turn the world into a vast wasteland of hate and horror.

I am going to die before the ultimate crash, my age of 53 points toward a less than 20 year span remaining, so, I believe the words I am saying will happen but in the future.  But that doesn't make me happy.  I see so much despair, and the world could be much greater, but, between our own primal urges keep us populating a planet with an ultimate ceiling on survival with great numbers of humans.  And the better off people become, the more resources they use.  So, even if the argument is that humans are better off now than in the past, that is not going to last.  Finite resources met with infinite population growth will result in calamity.

Catastrophic events will cause governments to reply with more central authority, more wars over resources, and less cooperation.  We stand upon the edge of collapse.

So what shall we do about it?


"Liberty, as we all know, cannot flourish in a country that is permanently on a war footing, or even a near war footing. Permanent crisis justifies permanent control of everybody and everything by the agencies of central government." Aldous Huxley



"Democracy can hardly be expected to flourish in societies where political and economic power is being progressively concentrated and centralized. But the progress of technology has led and is still leading to just such a concentration and centralization of power."  Aldous Huxley


"In the course of evolution nature has gone to endless trouble to see that every individual is unlike every other individual.… Physically and mentally, each one of us is unique. Any culture which, in the interests of efficiency or in the name of some political or religious dogma, seeks to standardize the human individual, commits an outrage against man’s biological nature."  Aldous Huxley


"Propaganda in favor of action that is consonant with enlightened self-interest appeals to reason by means of logical arguments based upon the best available evidence fully and honestly set forth. Propaganda in favor of action dictated by the impulses that are below self-interest offers false, garbled or incomplete evidence, avoids logical argument and seeks to influence its victims by the mere repetition of catchwords, by the furious denunciation of foreign or domestic scapegoats, and by cunningly associating the lower passions with the highest ideals, so that atrocities come to be perpetrated in the name of God and the most cynical kind of Realpolitik is treated as a matter of religious principle and patriotic duty."  Aldous Huxley

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Humanity is Meat



The species of humans has three groups among it regarding food.  First, there are the starving.  Second there is the fat.  Third, there are the fit.  The fat outnumber the thin, but neither are in any kind of good way.  In the US and the UK fat adults number as much as 40% of the population.  So, the question of eating, isn't the ethics or morality of eating meat, but the wallet breaking health results from eating unhealthy foods.  Sooner or later, Meat will be outlawed.


Watch a timer for a minute.  In that minute, 60 seconds, every 5 seconds, a child in the world died of starvation.











And beyond eating meat, as if we are able to kill without a moral consequence, there have been societies in the 20th Century that celebrated killing.  Nazi Germany, Turkey, Rwanda, Cambodia, and more saw the killing of humans and the treating of their remains, as if they were wasted meat, thrown to the floor, and never eaten, only decayed.



Let us  not forget, humans hunted to near extinction a greatly prolific and hearty species, not for food, not for clothing, but to starve a native population. 


During the 19th Century India suffered famine, but it was similar to that in Ukraine under Stalin.  The land had produced food, but the overlords called for sales and exports, not to feed the people who had grown the food.



And during times of horror, some humans turned to eating meat, selling it as if it were common beef, pork or chicken.  And they were only those who were caught.


Why should we care about the morality of meat eating?  I believe, and I have no authority or great wisdom, that when we eat animals, we innately understand, humans are meat as well, simply, not the kind that you eat without some recognition of your act.





LINKS to fight hunger:

WORLD HUNGER
FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN
STOP HUNGER NOW


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Views of Eternity



Over the course of my life I've followed Christian teachings as my barometer of faith.  As I grew older I searched for all forms of truth, wherever I found it, as an answer.  I've heard people say that various religions all offer the same truths, but with different dressings.  I disagree.  I believe that truth is of a single spirit, but that does not mean all of it is equal, nor that being a quest for truth that all information must be accepted equally.  I believe that God is able to commune with us, obviously, but that doesn't mean all are able to commune with God.  The difference in religious expression, in my opinion, is how each faith approaches divinity.

I found that for me the best way to pursue my faith was through questioning, searching, and exploring all ways of thought and belief.  I didn't become whatever I searched for, despite the accusations of others.  "You don't have to eat the whole egg to tell if it's rotten." Joseph Parisi  I, openly, borrowed the structures that work, and abandoned others that do not.  I completely accept that I am not able to comprehend a God's mind, or heart.  But I also dismiss the idea that I should accept all of a religion when some of it has been shown to be bigoted or hurtful.

As such, I can say that I have pursued my Christianity by using the concepts of deepening faith found in Buddhism.  I am not a Buddhist, nor am I an Universalist, but I see no reason to abandon truth if it isn't dressed in the same manner as I am.




THE WISDOM OF BUDDHA

“Understanding is the heartwood of well-spoken words.”

"Can there be joy and laughter When always the world is ablaze? Enshrouded in darkness Should you not seek a light?"

"No one saves us but ourselves,
No one can and no one may.
We ourselves must walk the path
Buddhas merely teach the way.
By ourselves is evil done,
By ourselves we pain endure,
By ourselves we cease from wrong,
By ourselves become we pure."

"I will go about, from kingdom to kingdom,
training many disciples.
They — heedful, resolute
doing my teachings —
despite your wishes, will go
where, having gone,there's no grief."



FROM THE SUFI POET RUMI

"Love is the ark appointed for the righteous,
Which annuls the danger and provides a way of escape.
Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.
Cleverness is mere opinion, bewilderment intuition."

"I died as a mineral and became a plant,
I died as plant and rose to animal,
I died as animal and I was Man.
Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?
Yet once more I shall die as Man, to soar
With angels blest; but even from angelhood
I must pass on: all except God doth perish.
When I have sacrificed my angel-soul,
I shall become what no mind e'er conceived.
Oh, let me not exist! for Non-existence
Proclaims in organ tones, To Him we shall return."




FROM LAOZI, Founder of Taoism

"The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao;
The name that can be named is not the eternal name.
The nameless is the beginning of heaven and earth.
The named is the mother of ten thousand things.
Ever desireless, one can see the mystery.
Ever desiring, one can see the manifestations.
These two spring from the same source but differ in name;
this appears as darkness.
Darkness within darkness.
The gate to all mystery."

"A way can be a guide but not a fixed path
names can be given but not permanent labels
Nonbeing is called the beginning of heaven and earth
being is called the mother of all things
Always passionless thereby observe the subtle
ever intent thereby observe the apparent
These two come from the same source but differ in name
both are considered mysteries
The mystery of mysteries is the gateway of marvels"



ZEN PROVERBS


"No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place."

"A soldier named Nobushige came to Hakuin, and asked: "Is there really a paradise and a hell?"
"Who are you?" inquired Hakuin.
"I am a samurai," the warrior replied.
"You, a soldier!" exclaimed Hakuin. "What kind of ruler would have you as his guard? Your face looks like that of a beggar."
Nobushige became so angry that he began to draw his sword, but Hakuin continued: "So you have a sword! Your weapon is probably much too dull to cut off my head."
As Nobushige drew his sword Hakuin remarked: "Here open the gates of hell!"
At these words the samurai, perceiving the master's discipline, sheathed his sword and bowed.
"Here open the gates of paradise," said Hakuin."




FROM JESUS CHRIST


"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.

Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."

"You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."

Friday, March 17, 2017

APOCALYPTIC BELIEF


 I am a Christian.

I was told today that I dance upon the tombs of the unbelievers by believing that God will some day destroy the world, taking his own with him before the end.  Now, there are at least three bad assumptions that were made by the person saying this to me.  I have issues with the comment because people assume many things that are far from true.

Assumption 1)  Christianity is a monolithic faith and what is true for one is true for all.  

Really?  Assuming I am no different from Catholicism or Assembly of God denominations is as bad as me saying that Atheists have no belief in anything.  Or that Agnostics are actually atheists in more polite clothing.  I don't believe these things.  And I am very different from Catholics or Assemblyites of God.

My belief in Armageddon and Apocalypse is that we are going to face the end of the earth, and whether it comes from God or man, it is going to happen.  It is a tragedy.  It is a catastrophe.  I mourn those lives I couldn't help, and far from dancing upon the graves, I see my failure in them.  I am not saying that Armageddon or Apocalypse isn't from God, or that I have hopes for great things in the afterlife.  I am saying that the bible should be rated PG-13 or R because if it is true, life is really going to descend into hell.

Assumption 2)  As a person I look forward to the horrible deaths of masses of people I do not know, along with those I know who do not believe as I do.

Insane.  I see in the accusation a hint of what the person meant about me, when they said what they did.  They see Christians as being cold, hurtful and smug.

I live a life that is by no means sinless, or flawed, but I do try to live in a moral fashion.  It happens often that I fail.  But at no point do I assume who should live or die regarding the end of the world.  I would never, and do not foresee this changing.  I believe in a compassionate god, but, I also know that if my belief that God is enormously powerful is true, 99% of what is real, that from God's perspective and understanding, is alien to my mind.  Yet, I try to be moral, and have tried to be a dispenser of mercy, hope, and goodness to others.  I try not, in fact, to judge others.  It is foreign to my form of belief.

Assumption 3) That I must not read the bible.  

This is a mistake people often make when hating Christians.  That is,  that they might know God's mind or heart more than one who actually believes the religion.  I am not saying I know more about God than anyone else, I am saying that I've read the bible, along with tons of books from other religions to discover truth.  I believe in God, and read the religious works that I do, with a mind to learn more about it.  I might well be wrong, flawed, mistaken, but I think someone who has read Shakespeare, for instance, would know more about Shakespeare's work than someone who listens to other people's opinions on the work.  (I don't altogether like the works, but recognize their importance and brilliance.)

I believe that the End is going to happen.  And it won't come with a banner flying behind a dragon saying "This is God telling you, time to die".  It'll appear as the worst sort of event in human history.  And from there, I can only pray that you are safe, hopeful, and have found shelter.
 


Revelation 19:11-21
And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.

And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, "KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS." Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in midheaven, "Come, assemble for the great supper of God, so that you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders and the flesh of mighty men and the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them and the flesh of all men, both free men and slaves, and small and great." And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Thoughts upon the day


Click all images for better clarity.

A thought for the week.  Why do I make such efforts for so little return?  I was called to be what I am.  It would be great if everyone bought dozens of my books.  But, if my work saves a life, makes a person reconsider their purpose for the better, or makes a person reading the work feel something that they had never imagined possible, perhaps that is enough.


My two cats, Sophie and Katya in a photo taken by my beloved son Jonathan.  I am comforted by all three of them.