Monday, November 13, 2017

Visceral Completeness

There is an ethereal presence in the trees.

As the wind complements their consciousness.

Trees speak a language that moves the wind in

An well-orchestrated silent sonata.

A leafonic symphony dripping in esoteric wisdom

bends in visceral completeness.

While their roots

begin their journey inward.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Admirals Of Our Disturbing Political Epitaph

“Of all debts, men are least willing to pay their taxes; what a satire this is on government.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson didn’t mince words when he wrote his essay series from 1841 to 1844. Emerson was a writer’s, writer. He dressed his words in expensive thoughts and sensible metaphors. His thoughts about politics and taxes are on point today, but we still don’t get it. America’s government is the Titanic of the 21st century. It suffers from foolish executive legislation and laws that stripe to the bone, the character of every citizen.

We elect representatives to find a cure for our character flaws, but those well-meaning and not-so-well-meaning folks, don’t represent us in Washington. They flow with their party’s tide and dine with the sharks that tug at the ordinary issues till they are out-of-date and out-of-order. Representation spoils under the rug of power, greed, and envy. These voting state champions wake up every morning with a capitalistic hangover, but they can’t wait to do the same thing over and over again. This addicted group of economic supremacists reveal in their historic failures. And they lie and then converge in ego-serving political warfare with the grace and pride of first-class felons. Political lies and the ego-serving political warriors that serve them to us in a neatly wrapped legal package give nothing and take all by proxy. These slightly aware political warriors are the captains of our corrupt form of capitalism and the admirals of our disturbing epitaph.

Emerson said, “the boundaries of personal influence is impossible to fix.” People are the dysfunctional organs of our Democracy. This form of Democracy uses the mind of a select group and creates a form of civil freedom and religious sentiment that fuel our addictive idiosyncracies. And then we justify our addictions by transferring blame. Blame negates our political validity. And fear fuels our anguish and sense of injustice.

But Emerson found a way to deal with our self-inflicted conundrum in 1841:

“Hence, the less government we have, the better. The fewer laws and the less confided power the better. The antidote to this abuse of formal Government, is, the influence of private character, the growth of the Individual; the appearance of the principal to supersede the proxy; the appearance of the wise man, of whom the existing government, is, it must be owned, but a shabby imitation. The appearance of character makes the State unnecessary. The wise man is the State. He needs no army, fort, or navy. He loves men too well; no bribe, or feast, or palace, to draw friends to him; no vantage ground, no favorable circumstance.

To educate the wise man, the State exists; and with the appearance of the wise man, the State expires. He needs no library, for he has not done thinking; no church, for he is a prophet; no statute book, for he has the lawgiver; no money, for he is value; no road, for he is at home where he is; no experience, for the life of the creator shoots through him and looks from his eyes.”

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Silent Church

But now we are a mob. Man does not stand in awe of man, nor is the soul admonished to stay at home, to put itself in communication with the internal ocean, but it goes abroad to beg a cup of water from the urns of men. We must go alone. Isolation precedes true society. I like the silent church before the service begins, better than any preaching.

These are the voices which we hear in solitude, but they grow faint and inaudible as we enter the world. Society everywhere is in a conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members. Society is a joint-stock company, in which the members agree, for the better securing of his bread to each shareholder, to surrender the liberty and culture of the eater. The virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs.

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 1841 essay, Self-Reliance, is a wonderland of creative thought. Emerson would kneel to express his thoughts about the lack of integrity that exists in the top floor as well as the cellar of capitalism. Society is a joint-stock company where substantial benefits are always elusive. There’s a sense of irrelevance and expendability in the capitalistic air. And that air is overflowing with an awareness that the system is a complicated mess of decay and impermanence. Frustration is the spread on the cracker of dissension, and the crumbs are simultaneously building other realities in different locations and on different social levels.

This is the era of nonconformists. This is the era when mortal plans are not vibrating in a field of goodness. And this is the era when nothing is more sacred than the integrity of our own minds. No law is as sacred as the connection within the framework of consciousness. We plow through life in the presence of opposition. We bow to names and badges. And we participate in a distorted form of capitalism that harbors dead institutions, and fuels a new sense of vanity that worships and follows angry bigots. We hide behind a college of political fools, and we give alms to sots who control the temperature of saneness in order to stroke their own vanity.

So it’s time to speak with hard words or with gestures that awaken the misunderstood aspect of our immortal consciousness. It is the time to be great and misunderstood at the same time without violating our harmonious freedom. Our internal ocean is our silent church. And it is the free-flowing expression of our character.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Alternative Possibilities

The Principle of Alternative Possibilities, in the minds of some philosophers, is the belief that a person is morally responsible for what he has done only if he is able to do something else. Other philosophers say that belief is false. A person is morally responsible for what he has done even though he could not do something else. So the debate continues. The debate is about freedom as well as determination. We have the freedom to choose what is morally responsible in every possibility we create in order to experience life in our reality. We are always able to choose otherwise, but that choice may have associations attached to it that makes us believe we cannot choose otherwise. The belief in those associations makes us think we are morally responsible to those associations, not to ourselves, and that gives us the freedom to not be morally responsible.

There’s not much moral responsibility in our capitalistic market. Moral responsibility rolls between the sheets of legal manipulation and alternative facts. The determination to be morally responsible is a puff of smoke in a system that feeds the wealthy with lawful pandering that reeks with legal injustice, and the stench of a modern day Nobel Lie. Lawmakers become the noblemen and the keepers of their version of moral responsibility, and the people ferment in pools of distortions and fabrications. People shiver in the ice of the morally inept and they burn in the fires of the morally just. Our moral responsibility is drowning in a sea of capitalistic greed, so we excuse ourselves from any kind of alternative possibility principle.

Our political leaders set traps and conjure fancy concepts and call them laws so their moral responsibility becomes the universal truth and the undeniable choice. We are naked and afraid to accept what we create, so we give political and religious leaders the right to create for us. The choice to follow or to lose form the boundaries of capitalistic and political traps.

If we choose to swim against the political and capitalistic current and use our own alternative possibilities, waves of innate responsibility give us a mental lift and a serious dose of inner vision. We are able to feel the lesson within the phony principles of alternative possibilities and use them to keep our focus on our innate responsibility. Our innate responsibility lives in the ocean of personal possibilities that become real.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Those Lost Inside Love

The immortal Sufi poet, Rumi, had a lot to say about his reality. One of his sayings was: “Don’t try to figure what those lost inside love will do next.” There it is. Thanks, Rumi. We are lost inside love. We want to find out who we are and who is best. The essence of consciousness is calling us. We don’t answer. Or we answer with our version of love. You know that version. Love that judges. The love that covets. The love that is selective and self-serving. We keep looking around this world and we blame. We never see the inside from the outside. And outside, we are told, is our life.

Life is a pleasure and we dip it in experiences. We compare experiences and try to adjust them to conform. Yes. There is comfort in the mass not knowing. Not knowing we are knowing is a tiring adventure. There is comfort in pushing our self into a prefix that turns words into other words. We try to be happy, but being a prefix we turn that word into unhappy. That is the rub, isn’t it?

Those lost inside love forget various levels where existence flows in a canal overflowing with vibrations. Soothing vibrations. These energetic aspects of consciousness tune us to the nearest station, and we create individual realities.

Here’s the secret we don’t try to figure out: We exist in multiple realities. We focus on one, then another. And we continue to experience the thrill of those realities. We are the black holes of physical existence. And we suck everything in around us. We use that everything, and create an individual reality within a mass reality, and then we change our focus.

We are lost inside the love of one reality until we change our focus to another reality. And in those other realities, we become the essence within them. Yep. But we are the essence of our own earthy reality too, and in a way, we will continue to experience that reality using a different vibration. We do it now in dreams. We are the almighty, vibrating, creative mirror, and the faces we see in it.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Bowels Of Ignorance

Democratic government will work to the full advantage only if all the interests that matter are practically unanimous not only in their allegiance to the country but also in their allegiance to the structural principles of the existing society. Whenever these principles are called into question and issue arise that rend a nation into two hostile camps, democracy works at a disadvantage. And it will cease to work at all as soon as interests and ideals are involved on which people refuse to compromise.

Joseph Schumpeter, the 1925 chair of the department of economics at the University of Bonn wrote those thoughts in his 1942 book Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy. Schumpeter goes into great detail in that book. He describes Marxist socialism, American capitalism, and democracy in sometimes simple, but also complicated terms. Schumpeter said all capitalistic societies will adopt some form of socialism to survive. Capitalism is a destructive force, and it has to consistently reinvent itself in order to grow. American greed capitalism is reinventing itself at such a fast rate that it is almost impossible for it to maintain balance and produce economic and social stability.

The election of Donald Trump is more than a break in the established rules of politics. It is an obvious lack of concern when it comes to repairing the system in an orderly and agreeable way. It is also confirmation that greed capitalism is eroding the structural principles of American society. Social unrest from that erosion may surpass all other periods of unrest in American history. The world is watching greed capitalism destroy any allegiance it has with democracy, and any allegiance it has with social equality.

The inability of the American two-party system to agree on anything is a symptom of the self-induced illness that is weakening democracy. Democracy is operating on life support, and cause capitalism is on the seriously ill list. Hybrid forms of socialism are in the birth canals of the nation, and social equality is emerging from the ignorance of egocentric political buffoons.

This is the dawn of social enlightenment, and America is waking up to a new world. Greed capitalism is following slavery to the bowels of ignorance.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Capitalism Is A Destructive Living Thing

Capitalism inevitably and by virtue of the very logic of its civilization creates, educates and subsidizes a vested interest in social unrest.

Joseph Schumpeter, the Austrian-born American economist, political scientist and Harvard professor wrote those words in his book, Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy. Professor Schumpeter was the Finance Minister of Austria before he became a Harvard professor.

Capitalism is a living thing. Capitalism is constantly in motion and the system continually reinvents itself in order to survive. In the process of reinventing itself, Capitalism creates social unrest. As Schumpeter mentions, there is an element of creative destruction in a capitalistic society. Entrepreneurs are, by design, the destructive force that supports economic growth. Entrepreneurs destroy long-established companies, and they undermine the institutional boundaries of Capitalism. They keep investors happy while they look for difficult developments and unsustainable growth. Capitalism inevitably leads to some type of socialism.

We often wonder why the world acts and reacts the way it does. The global economy is the grandchild of basic Capitalism. It is capitalism on steroids, and those steroids are causing a great deal of negativity in the world. The negativity surfacing from Capitalism is manifested in political elections, social programs, religious teachings, and economic decisions. Capitalism rules politicians, educators, healthcare professionals, and even social workers. In order to get anything accomplished, people must think and act in a capitalistic way.

The eventual demise of Capitalism is not upon us, but it is imminent. An element of self-responsibility is boring holes in the walls of Capitalism. A spark of socialism is in the air, and eventually, that spark will become a flame. The flame of socialism, as Schumpeter said, is the product of Capitalism, and socialism is not all bad. Socialism of some kind will light the way and create a sense of social calm in future generations.