Thursday, February 29, 2024

Power Of Our Own Energy

Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other. It undergoes continual changes; it is barbarous, it is civilized, it is Christianized, it is rich, it is scientific; but this change is not amelioration. For everything that is given, something is taken.

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 1841 essay Self-Reliance digs a deep trench in the synapses in our brains. We ride a three-dimensional energy roller coaster that takes us up the hills of renewal. And at times, it deposits us in valleys of fear. We then lock ourselves in mental sidecars of doubt and cover ourselves with the inconsistencies of religious politics.

The valleys of fear shroud us in sameness and transform us with bitterness. We blame our mental adjustments not on choices but on associations. Our influences restrict us from seeing the ruin of our self-responsibility.

We battle brothers and sisters and exile them in shame. That quest for power tweaks our ambitions, but hierarchical control sentences us to distasteful compliance. The nation falls into an objective abyss from the unorganized idiosyncrasies of government orchestrated by the money-hungry political vultures.

Our energy rides in dubious subtle domination, and our physical and mental health sinks into an irrational pond of confusion. We call that confusion the reality of a necessary life.

We ride that energy until brakes of awareness throw us into another frame of thought-cells. Those thoughts begin to reject anything that conforms to our judgmental and distorted beliefs.

When we realize we create all of these experiences so we physically feel our thoughts and emotions, we change. We discover all we experience expands our inner awareness through the power of our own energy. We then continue our journey of self-reliance from the inside-out instead of from the outside-in.

Friday, January 19, 2024

Greedy Capitalism

Democratic government will work to the full advantage only if all the interests that matter are practically unanimous in their allegiance to the country and the structural principles of the existing society.

When these principles come into question, issues surface. Those issues divide the nation into two hostile camps. When that happens, democracy works at a disadvantage. And it will cease to work when interests and ideals refuse to compromise.

Joseph Schumpeter, the 1925 chair of the University of Bonn's Department of Economics, wrote those thoughts in his 1942 book Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy. Schumpeter goes into great detail describing different forms of government. He describes Marxist socialism, American capitalism, and others. Schumpeter describes democracy in simple as well as complicated terms.

Schumpeter said all capitalistic societies will adopt some form of socialism to survive. Capitalism is a self-destructive force. Capitalism always has to reinvent itself to grow. American greed capitalism reinvents itself at such a fast rate it is almost impossible for it to maintain balance and produce economic and social stability.

The 2016 election of Donald Trump was more than a break in the established rules of politics. There was a lack of concern for repairing the current system in an orderly and agreeable way. That sketchy election confirmed greed capitalism's ability to erode the structural principles of democracy. Destruction from that erosion may surpass all other periods in American history. The world is watching greedy capitalism destroy any allegiance it has to democracy and any allegiance it has to social and religious equality.

The inability of the American two-party system to agree on anything is a symptom of the self-induced illness that weakens democracy. American democracy is on life support, and greedy capitalism is on the critically ill list.

The 21st century is the dawn of social and religious enlightenment. America will sit at the center of a new world order when greedy capitalism follows slavery into the bowels of ignorance.

Monday, December 25, 2023

White-Bearded Rodeo

Holiday Force, Ride That Rocking Horse.

It’s Christmas Time —Toys Do Shine.

And So Does Puffy Slime.

Green Money Flows

Into A Sink That’s Barbie Pink.

Made-Up Trees With Silver Leaves

Have Tiny Lights That Sit And Speak

Without A Peep.

Glory Be! Old St. Nick Has Chocolate Smelling Boots—

It’s Oozing Out Of That Red Suit.

Emotions Soar Behind Any Candy-Coated Door.

That’s Where Bull Bells Ring

And Santa Socks Become The Thing.

You Know—Everything Goes

In A White-Bearded Rodeo.

Merry Christmas & Best Holiday Wishes!

Thursday, November 16, 2023

The Lawn Party: And Everyone's Invited H.T. Manogue Independently Published (2023) ISBN: 979-8218137007 Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Reader Views (10/2023) 5*- A lawn party for your mind

"The Lawn Party: And Everyone's Invited" by H.T. Manogue, is a beautiful volume of poetry and artwork that includes the work of four poets that will have you thinking and feeling your way toward deeper meaning. The book has a newer age, transformative feel to it, and some of the poems are quite mystical in nature, suggested by the psychic travels described and explained in the book.

The mystic Rumi is one of the thinkers whose 800-year-old writing is included. Another inspiration is Seth, an entity that is non-physical and used to enhance awareness.

These poems offer a philosophical journey to guide you toward enlightenment, with messages about belief and how we perceive people, places, events, and even the universe--the foundation for the choices we make in life, which shape our experiences in a lot of ways. Once our belief systems about religion, love, science, sex, etc., have been identified and understood, we can then know what creates our reality.

Manogue goes a bit deeper in this book, into the realm of psychic messages that could shape people as well. Sorting out systems you have been entrenched in from generations ago and that are present during your lifetime can be daunting. Paul Harmon is another figure in the book that is featured and explored. Most of the poems have a feel of immediacy, as if the poet is channeling a message and writing it down from the ether. The artwork that is interspersed throughout the poetry is just as intriguing as the text.

One of the interesting things that stands out to me is the author's concept of misremembering, or rather, confusing the physical personality with the inner personality. Manogue's work is included as well.

His poetic lines like,

You Want More? Greed Has A Swinging Door. Cells Know Well There's No Peace In Holy Hell, With One-Way Gears. And A Fear-Laced Spear

…are just a sampling of the imagery and thought found in this work, which is a perfect companion to the artwork. If you are ready for a fresh, new take on poetry and imagery, then treat yourself to a lawn party for the mind and put "The Lawn Party: And Everyone's Invited" by H.T. Manogue on your to-read list

Friday, October 27, 2023

Bullshit Influences Our Beliefs

One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted.

People are rather confident of their ability to recognize bullshit and to avoid being taken in by it. So the phenomenon has not aroused much deliberate concern, nor attracted must sustained inquiry.

Since bullshit need not be false, it differs from lies in its misrepresentational intent. The bullshitter may not deceive us, or even intend to do so, either about the facts or about what he takes the facts to be.

What he does necessarily is attempt to deceive us about his enterprise. His only indispensably distinctive characteristic is that in a certain way he misrepresents what he is up to.

Princeton Professor Harry G. Frankfurt wrote the 2005 bestseller, On Bullshit. The professor's small book packs a powerful awareness punch. There is an element of Professor Frankfurt's topic incorporated into our belief structure. And we use it in everyday communications. It is one of those hidden belief birds. Hidden belief birds are the unverifiable thoughts that fly around our belief birdcage.

Bullshit helps create choices, perceptions, and experiences. It’s easy to use, and we do an excellent job of camouflaging it. But it’s not hidden in the inner messages we send to other people. We all subjectively pick up elements of bullshit in conversations.

Bullshit influences our consciousness. It is a vibrational disruptor. We use it to answer questions. Questions we know nothing about—Or may only know a little about. When that strategy appears to work, the routine continues. Then we add more bullshit to those thoughts.

Those disruptive thoughts come from fear. And from the fear, we develop an unhealthy form of accomplishment. Then we internally celebrate our disrupting victory by continuing to add more bullshit to the mix. Bullshit may not be false, as Frankfurt points out. But it is an exaggeration of an impulse or a group of impulses. Bullshit paints an attractive perception where none exists.

So, in one sense, Bullshit is a tool of awareness that helps close a perceived gap in conformity. We try conforming, but our type of consciousness has innate individuality in its perceptual organization. Events rise out of each other in a profusion of creativity. Bullshit can be a main ingredient in that spontaneous expansion of awareness.

Thursday, October 12, 2023

Nobody Wins

Thick Plus Rich Life’s Your Titch.

War Has Flavor When Hate Sets The Table.

Bits Of Rage Like That Religious Haze.

Anger Steps In— The Exodus Begins

Because Exploding Souls Leave Lots Of Holes.

Children See It All— Some Live

To Relive Rocket Brawls—

And Then Try To Avenge It All.

But Battling For Peace Is Like

Sexting For Sheep.

Nobody Wins When Vengeance Rules

And Fear Lives In Mental Pools.

Monday, October 2, 2023

Hybrid Form Of Democracy

The first and foremost aim of each political party is to prevail over the other in order to get into power or to stay in it. But, no leadership is absolute.

Political leadership exerted according to the democratic method is even less so than are others because of that competitive element which is of the essence of democracy.

Professor Joseph Schumpeter wrote those thoughts in his 1942 book Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy. From 1925 to 1932, Schumpeter was the Department of Economics chairman at the University of Bonn. He fled Nazi rule in 1932 and became a professor of economics at Harvard. He taught at Harvard until he passed in 1950.

In his book, Schumpeter talks about the political structure of democracy. He said the primary function of the popular vote is to produce a government in a democracy. We all have the right to object to political leadership. But only the elected few get the chance to change the government's social direction. Political leaders from both parties usually respond to political threats by taking a middle course, which includes subtly insisting on discipline and putting up backdoor roadblocks that thwart political enemies.

Political leaders temper pressure using judicial concessions, a thirst for compliments, and half-baked promises. Those political maneuvers usually result in a considerable amount of media attention. Media attention motivates politicians to act in a ritual-heavy way while other issues sit in a boiling pot of political rhetoric.

The two-party system is an ever-changing structure. Our elected officials may not focus on issues that promote public welfare even though they believe in and agree on fixing blaring issues. Both parties create flexible principles that promote the success of their party. But those principles may not enhance the success of democracy.