Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The Battleship And The Top Hat Piece

The world exists for the education of each man. There is no age or state of society or mode of action in history, to which there is not somewhat corresponding in his life. Every thing tends in a wonderful manner to abbreviate itself and yield its own virtue to him. He should see that he can live all history in his own person.

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote those words in his 1841 essay, History. Emerson is a forefather of our modern skeptical era. He understood what it was like to be living in a capitalistic society where religion deals the cards, and corporations have all the aces. The politicians get the joker award, and the people get another tax increase. The issues facing this country and many countries are the same issues Emerson experience on a smaller scale. There is a mode of history in our person and we can’t seem to shake it. The history of war defines our society and the societies that exist all over the planet. War is in our genes. But we always think the genes of someone else is causing our propensity for war.

Emerson said people live history in their own person. And we live to experience that history in war. We say we don’t like war. We fight against war with peace and other soulful gestures. But the act of butting peace against war is still war. So deep down, in a strand of our DNA, we create it because our destructive tendencies never end. We don’t like to say we like war. But we commend the brave who wage the big killing battles. And then we condone the small battles we wage against our neighbors for the sake of, as Roman’s used to say, “coin.”

We live to buy and sell our dignity to the highest warmonger. Because we are reflections of those warmongers. But the real warmongers don’t visit battlefields or military sites. They sit in bank vaults with royal blood flowing out of their kingly Western Civilization veins. We carry the kings in our history. They are in our DNA. We all have a slice of kingness, but some folks got chucks instead of slices and they act like the kings did then. They hide the gold, and cry, “a bad roll of the dice” made them not share the real wealth of freedom.

We immerse ourselves in this rigged Monopoly game because the big Battleship piece we use reminds us we have to fight and make war to win. And our Top Hat piece reminds us we can hide our love for war under our self-created ego-driven quest to pass Go. It’s all for the sake of freedom and capitalism. But freedom has never been free. So just like the board game, we play in fun but fight to win. And in order to win, we cover our self-responsibility with political favors.

We spend a lot of time praying for peace, so we ask our political chieftains to bring down our foes. We have an interest in those aggressive decisions, but we can deny we do. Our beliefs give us power and wars give us the emotional drama to physically see those beliefs. We physically live our history over and over again.

We live in a self-created duality in order to expand. Our history expands with us. Our beliefs are in the jaws of a violent and destructive history, and we are living that history one violent current event after another. The ancient sages said the only way out was within, and that is the lesson now. We try to get rid of war by stopping it with warlike negotiating. So the war never goes away. The thought where the war concept was first created is still in our belief system. That ancient thought created the action of war and another thought can stop it. Pushing the delete button in our belief system is not an easy task because it is deep in the valley of other beliefs. But once we bring that thought out of history and in the present, we can change it. Our choices will determine how we change that old thought, and how we change what we experience.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Steel Sheets Of Lower Level Mental Performance

The typical citizen drops down to a lower level of mental performance as soon as he enters the political field. He argues and analyzes in a way which he would readily recognize as infantile within the sphere of his real interests.”

Joseph A. Schumpeter, the 20th century, Austrian-born, political economist, makes the obvious more obvious. Professor Schumpeter is telling us why we experience the political earthquakes that have most people in a state of anger, frustration, and disbelief. We watch as good old devious behavior tries to duplicate itself.

There’s no doubt we are at turning point in our Capitalistic road. We are heading to that Roman graveyard where the slaves of Gaul and common men and women wake up and ask us why we didn’t learn something from their Roman Empire reality. The greed, revenge, murder, and all the other bells and whistles of being a Roman citizen or being a wealthy senator, or congressman as well as some other self-serving government official are alive and well in the Capitalistic system.

And not only that. The fall of the Roman Empire was due in part to the mismanagement, misguidance, manipulation, and the belief that being part of the Roman Empire was the only social, religious, and political game in existence. Those choices continue to present themselves to us for no other reason than to absorb the lesson this time around.

Invisible steel sheets of any mind-altering government cover the thoughts of its people. The privileged and the noble one percent was the only percent that had a say in anything social, religious or political during the days of Roman slaves. The awareness performance of the time for a slave was to get sick and meet the gods or get sicker from the stench of the breaking wind of the political class.

Just like the Romans we give in to a modern form of slavery that produces a lot of thunder but no rain. We square off, face to face, and fight to the social death just to see our party of choice catapult their Roman-cloned senators and congressmen into the opportunity to sink to a lower level of mental performance.

And here’s the funny thing. We are the ones who want to physically feel this gender egocentric play in this battle-worn saga of Capitalism play out. We are ones who chose this reality to make an impact. And we make our physical marks in unique and undeniable ways. Just like the Roman slaves we have the choice to fight to the death or suffer in this political catacomb.

But we could find a way to understand that infantile behavior and political dominance is genetic. We have a chance to change the nature of the cells in those genes by our choices.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Esoteric Rodeo

Calling this incredible political, social, and religious society an esoteric rodeo may not be the best way to describe this version of 21st-century-realism until you considered what the word esoteric means. Esoteric, according to the Urban Dictionary, describes a way of perceiving that a select few understand because they have special knowledge or interests. In our case, the Washington politicians have a special way of perceiving, and it conforms to the perceptions of the people who allegedly gave them a free ticket to Capitol Hill. Then another way of knowing overcomes them in Washington, and their new esoteric views become weapons. And the people become target practice. We the people are still for the people, but we the people controlling the government are for themselves. Being a Senator or a Congressman is no longer an honor, and it’s no longer a privilege. Those law-making decision makers are the puppets of wealthy capitalists.

The Red and Blue capitalists give these modern day gladiators the money to battle each other with frivolous words and distorted truths. The gladiators are never accountable for their actions or their law-making votes. And they rarely apologize for their part in the demise of a free and open society. Some people say this Democracy was never open or free in the first place. The wealthy set the Democracy up, and they certainly had an agenda when the British cut their losses. That agenda continues to expand in what some people call “conditional freedom.” So, the lawmakers’ perception of a free society, is anything but free. Remember freedom means not being under the control of others or in the power of another.

We all have our own way of perceiving freedom. Other ways of defining freedom may seem out there because Washington makes people perceive freedom as something special, conditional, and limited. The elite know we all are esoteric, so believing that version of freedom is easy, yet difficult to do. But we create freedom-type beliefs and we physically live them by establishing a knowing that coincides with the government’s freedom plan, or some other cult or religious way of perceiving freedom.

But we might decide to pursue real freedom through our free will. If we take that perception path, another version of freedom overcomes us. We feel the energy that vibrates in unison with all energy. That innate, energetic, freedom spills over into our perception of this reality, and we begin to change. And when we start that process, the freedom that always exists has no turn off button, no regulation meter, and no backward control knob.

A free esoteric rodeo becomes our new reality, and it is contagious. This self-freeing rodeo changes the nature of what we believe. And when our beliefs change, new experiences surface. When enough people connect to that self-freeing rodeo within them, the scales of Democracy will tip, and the government will bend in natural compliance.

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.