31 December 2021
Wishing everyone everywhere a wonderfully safe, happy, and prosperous New Year; a year wherein our creator’s love displaces the lust of human ego in our hearts; wherein consideration for ‘what I want’ gives way to consideration for ‘what my family, friends, strangers in my community need.’ This, more or less, becoming our ‘ground state’.
To the World’s ‘leaders’: don’t be kidding yourselves. Xi, your enemy is not the ‘West’. Neither is it Putin’s. Neither is the ‘East’ Biden’s. It is EGO. Your ego, my ego, everyone’s ego.
IF YOU WERE TO FOCUS ON FIXING YOUR EGO, and, at the same time, IF EVERYONE ELSE WERE TO FOCUS ON FIXING THEIR EGO, not only would you save TRILLIONS over the long haul ON THE WAYS AND MEANS OF KILLING OTHERS (while the others plot the same against you), YOU WOULD POSSESS TRILLIONS THAT ARE FREE TO FIX THE EXISTENTIAL-LEVEL DAMAGE WE HAVE PERPETRATED ON THE EARTH MOTHER and to help launch us into Space, the next, but not the ‘final frontier’:
THE FINAL FRONTIER IS THE ONE WE ENTER UPON PHYSICAL DEATH. We don’t need Elon Musk for that leg of the hero’s journey; and besides, Gene Roddenberry is already working on a new series to entertain us while guiding humanity’s ‘outreach’…
But we do need sane leadership, leadership by example, right now and forever after…
Xi, Putin, Biden, Trudeau et al. are given the opportunity, right now, to set things to right; to put us back on the rails, to leave a legacy that will be remembered and revered as THE POINT OF INFLECTION IN HUMAN HISTORY which TURNED THE TIDE OF HUMANITY’S FORTUNES and led to a future bright in the creator’s love and perpetual Grace.
I hadn’t thought to cite a headline, but nevertheless:
Headline 1: Prepare for military Coup After 2024 Election, Ex-General Warns – a line excerpted from the MSN article:
The op-ed warned of “a total breakdown of the chain of command along partisan lines […] should another insurrection occur.”
Yet again, we are warned of the perils of a politicization (of everything) pandemic. Together and in parallel development with the thrust to monetize everything, why, we now verge on the culmination of neoliberal philosophy. Lo! and Behold! we find ourselves face-to-face with the likes of Xi and Putin, and to democracy’s final demise.
A message to the U.S. military: Yours is a heroic institution. When all else fails, it falls to our militaries to preserve to the best of their ability the constitution upon which our nation/society is based. This you do to honour your past and everyone’s future. When our leaders put their personal interests before those of the nation, such as when one or more individuals claims the title, ‘Commander-In-Chief’, why, they cannot be in service of the nation AND their self-interest AT THE SAME TIME. If they were to act IN SERVICE OF THE NATION, they would tell us, post-election, that there are issues with the voting and that it will take some time to resolve.
Find them (our elected officials) the time to work it out. Diffuse any talk or notion of storming the Capitol. Maintain the pre-election status quo domestically until the actual winner is determined unequivocally. On the global front, behave as any well-intentioned, well-grounded Commander -In-Chief would:
Don’t be the first to fire your gun; but if your nation and/or its allies are attacked, RESPOND WITH IMMEDIATE AND OVERWHELMING FORCE.
Apart from that, be the Peacekeepers that Canada’s Lester B. Pearson created, on the creator’s behalf, for all of humankind, for always.
Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio, our nation turns its lonely eyes to you…
The America that ponied-up during the Great Wars had given way, under Trump, to one engrossed with itself. President Biden is tacking back to the personality this great nation, itself formed out of the cause of liberty, once exhibited.
With our stands against tyranny and oppression we shine upon others the light of the creator; while we suborn tyranny and oppression, either by silence or in doing business with such regimes, we are under the Shadow as much as Xi’s China, Putin’s Russia.
The shadow of Wealth. Of acquisition. Of ego.
30 December 2021
Only two more days until the New Year. Will it be a continuance of the spiralling downward of all our hopes for our children’s future? Or will we get sprinkled with Pixie dust and recover the sanity we abandoned when we left the Garden? After I write today’s rant, I am going to say 3 Hail Mary’s in hopes of a rain of Pixie Dust (and not plutonium) in humanity’s future.
Headline 1: Thousands message late Chinese COVID whistleblower doctor, 2 years on – I so love the Chinese people. Reading stuff like this, is why.
Headline 2: U.S. at risk of paying ‘unbearable price’ over Taiwan – senior Chinese diplomat – I can only say, ‘shit or get off the pot!’. I am as sickened by the bravado coming from Xi’s group as I am joyful beyond words that the people on the Chinese mainland are showing themselves to be MORE LIKE THE TAIWANESE THAN THEY ARE LIKE XI et al…
go figure! They are Taiwanese and the Taiwanese are Chinese.
INSTEAD OF STROKING XI’S EGO, and going to war with both Taiwan (their own brothers and sisters) and the U.S. (who can hit back like Joe Frazier/Ernie Shavers/Ken Norton/George Foreman/Mike Tyson-um, all at once!), would it not make better sense for the mainland Chinese to show Xi and his regime the door, and then embrace the Taiwanese as the long lost brothers and sisters they are?
THE LAST VESTIGE OF A GREAT TIMELESS CULTURE. would it not be a wonder to witness the Chinese nation and society’s rebirth, in our time, to assume responsibility as the World’s Big Brother – only, not in the diabolically sordid meaning that Orwell imparts to the phrase, but in the way of a kindly personality, so big and powerful, that no one would dare irk her by picking on someone who is smaller?
With China and Russia and Iran and Saudi Arabia etc. etc. behaving in a brotherly/sisterly fashion toward their neighbours and putting their murderous toys (and their development) away for good, we can all be about the business of undoing the great damage we have done to the Earth Mother.
We can develop a system of equitable development and distribution of resources across the board so that the ways and means of life of any one group (human or animal or plant) are no longer threatened by us.
We can turn ourselves about and look upon the face of the creator, hear her message, and then direct our testosterone toward making it happen.
In collaboration with her newly recovered vitality, we act to EXTEND OUR CREATOR’S LABOURS OUTWARD AND AMONG THE STARS; in collaboration with the universal and eternal creative impetus; no longer in defiance of it.
Wouldn’t that be a dream come true, for everyone, the classic win-win?
Beats the bejeezus out of the alternative, yes?
Headline 3: Jamal Khashoggi killers living in luxury villas in Riyadh, say witnesses – just fyi. At least the Crown Prince has enough decency not to murder those who murdered Jamal; purportedly at the behest of the Crown Prince.
There will be no justice for Jamal Khashoggi on this side of the River Styx. Nor for all of the missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada, nor for the innocents found buried at the Residential Schools. Nor for the migrants who lost their lives out of their desperation to save themselves and their children. WE, THE PEOPLE, THE LIVING, can only act to ensure, to the best of our ability, that these things never ever happen again.
We need to keep our focus on what lay ahead on our path, not what is behind us, except to learn from it.
R.I.P. George. Not only did the World fall in love with your songs, we might even have gotten your message.
Let’s see what we can do in 2022.
Headline 4: Shop Local – There is a sign pleading for the community to shop local. I do most of my shopping online; most of that on Amazon (blush!).
Now, each time I walk past that sign, I think about what I could by buying local: 1 – food for my dog (a Pet Value is right near the sign) and 2- groceries. Luckily, there is a Food Basics within walking distance and the staff and products are wonderful, thank god.
As for the rest of my shopping, I have no car, and I am loathe to ride public transport because of Omicron/COVID-19. Even sourcing a seat washer for my dripping faucet wasted an hour plus online. I finally found something. But, this is what I have to go through because there are no retailers within walking distance for me to get, a $2 washer, say.
Still, I grappled everyday with myself over shopping so much online rather than local.
It occurs to me now, though, that, had someone ‘local’ given me a job when I applied, I might have been able to afford a car of my own, and, guess what, I happily wander over to the closest Pro Hardware outlet to find my washer.
It also occurs to me that mine is not an isolated case. Many were unemployed before the pandemic. No one seemed to care about us. [Not even our government, with its deep pockets, could find a dime for folks unemployed before the pandemic broke out.]
It is true. We should buy local. This infers community support by community members.
What is also true, and I am hoping that a line will be added to the sign, is that we should also HIRE LOCAL.
Don’t be hiring workers from one city when you have capable workers in you own city. Prepare to do a modest amount of training for the new hires. Likewise, don’t hire foreign workers/professionals that are already trained to work and live in Canada when you have people here looking for work and willing to go back to school to do it.
The Social Contract is a two-way phenomenon. It is not the one-way street Wealth is trying to make of it, but then, Wealth is driven by Ego and ego is one-way. MY WAY.
Not your way. Not what the community needs. What Wealth ‘needs’, is to get wealthier. To garner more wealth and therefore more control. At the expense of the community, of the environment,
O.F. T.H.E. F.U.T.U.R.E.
On my walkabout today, I remarked all of the garbage everywhere…in the copses of trees, the ditches, on the boulevards….and I thought to myself,
‘Well, I can see all kinds of work here for people who are on a Universal Basic Income (liveable), organized and educated, at the community level, to perform the work the community needs.
As it is, we rely on services of the state, whether they be municipal or other, to do all the work for us. EVEN PICKING UP GARBAGE and dog poo. Even as we walk. I scooped a pile today that was nearly as big as my dog . There was a dumpster 10 feet away so no big deal to do that. If we all did that, our community would always look pretty darn spiffy.
Opinion: IMO, the State is cultivating our reliance upon….THE STATE. ‘The State’ is a euphemism for Wealth and its ego. The state doesn’t want us to know how to cook(or have the time to), how to repair things(or have the time to), or even how to raise your children…the State (ego) wants control over everything within its purview. Money is the facilitator of that granularity of control and if money is involved before something is done, why, the ones controlling the money supply end up with controlling everything down to the community; down to the level of the individual.
Wealth’s mission is nearly fait d’accompli. They sit well above the chaos and controversy THEY THEMSELVES CREATE.
It is near time for us to take back our democracy from Wealth and our communities from the state’s ego toward centralization of control.
To do that, we must first reevaluate our priorities. Money is not the overarching goal. It was Wealth that planted that notion in our heads and hearts in the first place.
The goal is community. People face-to-face and shoulder-to-shoulder. To achieve this, you must have family members face-to-face and ‘shoulder-to-shoulder’, because that is the best way to produce well-adjusted, well-grounded individuals. One parent at home until the kids are kindergarten age. [National Daycare is tantamount to the theft of our children, except we willingly hand the responsibility over to the State because we are so busy with making a living that it takes both parents…]
I admired Pierre Trudeau while I was growing up. I knew Justin would end up being the PM. Neither one of them was being helpful to Canada, Canadians, or the World, our world, with their lurch into neoliberalism. It may be the way the World is going, but it is the WRONG WAY.
29 December 2021
Everywhere you look today, you see the product of unbridled human self-interest. Everywhere.
China threatens Taiwan. China does not own Taiwan. The folks in Taiwan withdrew there as the last bastion against ‘the Peoples’ Revolutionary Army’ in 1949. If China wants it, they will have to finish the job they left unfinished in 1949. [IMO, the World must stand with Taiwan, whatever it takes].
Israel and Iran. Saudi Arabia and Yemen (and Iran). Russia and Ukraine (for now, but ultimately, Russia wants to rebuild the Soviet bloc).
All of this misery, of the past, present, and the near future, I lay at the feet of Wealth. Somehow, its denizens have convinced everyone that a world of economic integration will guarantee Peace; I suppose because rationally, a direct military confrontation between economic powerhouses will result in both sides being destroyed, or at least, their GDP.
But, in business, competitors are always trying to one up the other side, grab market share (with some deals ‘to good to be true’, as China is purveying these days, with THE GOAL OF OBTAINING A MONOPOLY. Utter annihilation/removal of all competition.
The business model is what is being used to fashion the global governance model. The business model is being used to fashion the national democratic governance model, or, if you live in China, say, the Authoritarian ‘governance’ model. IS THIS WISE?
We are no longer talking about kitty-cornered small grocer competition; these are nations with huge armies. IS THERE ANY OTHER POSSIBLE OUTCOME THAN WAR AMONG GLOBAL ‘COMPETITORS’, and, given the destructive power of today’s weaponry, the annihilation of both sides?
Even if one side were to vanquish the other, how many years before the nuclear dust settles, or the effects of radiation subside, or before some semblance of social order is restored? Given that humanity features a huge helping of people that could kill folks who get in their way, who could deny others minimal sustenance so that they may procure more luxury for themselves, who could spend 5 BILLION DOLLARS to ride a rocket into low orbit, about 10 minutes from liftoff to touchdown, when kids are starving all over the world, so long as Wealth ‘leads’ all of the misery will have been for nothing.
In a post-apocalyptic world, I expect be-ozos like Jeff will be cowering in their bunkers and becoming progressively more insane, if that is possible, than they have already show themselves to be by HOW THEY SPEND THEIR MONEY. The vision of H.G. Wells’ Time Machine, is not a fantastical outcome…Wealth could conceivably turn into cannibals and feed off of the folks who remained on the surface and survived, the ones Wealth left behind to fend for themselves.
Does that sound like something a STEWARD would do?
Therein lay humanity’s problem and the means to its ultimate demise. We are only one species with a soul. There are many other species who share god’s world with us, but humans have show themselves to be able to EXTEND CREATION in their own way. So far, so good; that’s what IMO the creator’s intent for us is. God is the ultimate ‘leader by example’.
But WHAT WE HUMANS HAVE DONE is to use our considerable imagination and abilities to acquire more of everything we like. Those who were particularly lucky, born at the right time, or in the right place…whatever…grew rich, and because money buys authority/power, those folks progressively distanced themselves from the members of their communities. They formed bonds between like-minded wealthy people and set themselves apart from everyone else. Now, our governments are trying to institutionalize and concretize the arrangement through free trade agreements that lock governments into helping business (or else) even if it means not helping their own citizens. NOW WE ARE STARTING TO GET INTO MORE SORDID TERRITORY. Now we should be able to see that Wealth is not governing, it is facilitating the ways and means of exploitation.
Specifically, the ego of Wealth.
With ego running things, Wealth cannot steward, they can only acquire. To acquire, they will coerce. They will kill when necessary.
In the next war, ‘we the people’ will be fighting drones and computers with sticks and stones. Wealth (aka our ‘leaders’) will either be hunkering shamelessly in bunkers to wait it out and guide it from their consoles, or flying off into Space to amuse themselves doing weightless cartwheels (hmmm, maybe Bezos couldn’t manage to do them as a child and now he finally can – perhaps I should cut him some slack? ).
…whatever it is that floats his boat, or what motivates his ilk of human, IT IS NOT WHAT OUR CREATOR INTENDED for us.
Our creator, just like everyone’s mom and dad, hopes that her children will look out for one another; that the kids with more will look after the ones with less; that the ones better-off find more opportunity for others to achieve and acquire, rather than looking after themselves and their class and making everyone else live/die in the Shadow of Hell’s Gates.
Praying for the souls of the wealthy. Praying that the World, our world, recognizes that the creator is not in the business of business but rather that of life and quality of life; of extending creation, not mining the bejeezus out of it. Period.
If the conduct of your business/living is compromising anyone’s quality of life or the Earth Mother’s ability to produce and nurture all life, you are not in compliance with the creator’s purpose. You are not a steward.
America aspires to help build a cooperative rather than coercive world order. In this regard, the Americans of today remain true to the tune of their own constitution. American still needs to find a way to protect itself from its own ruling class, else what the Obamas and Bidens achieve will continue to unravel under the next Trump, Regan, or Bush.
Russia must sense that if it cannot reverse the global trend, suborned by America’s Democrats, toward global democracy (not to be confused with Wealth’s global ‘investor-ocracy’), then all bets for ‘neo-sovietism’ are off the table for good. Russia feels very threatened by the encroachment of a global, democratic world order.
Likewise China, whose leader is riding the wave of economic and technological ascendancy, accomplished on the backs ‘of the people’, must sense that the window of opportunity, with respect to their replacing Russia as the ‘other guy’ in world affairs, is closing. They are building their military up apace, and developing new ways to kill even more people. They may soon move on Taiwan and call America’s bluff.
America is doing the right thing, right now. Stand firm. Withdraw economic supports and move to ‘de-integrate’ China and Russia from the global supply chain until the good folks in Taiwan convince their Chinese brothers and sisters on the mainland to join them; until the Ukraine convinces the Russians to get out of the Crimea and stop trying to tell the Ukraine what to do.
The sad thing is, if Xi and Putin would just get off their high horses, they would see we can all be good friends and neighbours, at very little cost to anyone, except for their dreams of world dominance. IMO, we could and should live in a world with one army, one overarching law (the Golden Rule), but with many, many faces, just as the good creator planned…diversity is nothing other than the outcome of the extension of creation, driven by the creative impetus of LOVE. Period.
Depending on who is in power in America if/when China and Russia let drop the gauntlet, America will either pony-up for the Taiwanese (and the World) just like their heroes did in WWI and WWII, or they will back down.
The Democrats, their faults notwithstanding(neoliberalism being a pathology among them), appear to want to play the long game in building a progressive world order, a collaborative world order. One which carries with it all of humanity’s hopes, that is, the ones we hold in common. These are also the creator’s hopes for humanity. [I wish Biden would begin official sessions with a prayer…wouldn’t that be cool? Even better, pick a prayer each day from any one of the World’s Faiths? Bring back our faith in god, (in god we trust, yes?) and lo! and behold! the World’s peoples will feel a sense of renewal…a sense of purpose…a sense of collaboration].
We might yet come to believe, in our holy of holies, that our leaders are us and we can trust in them as we can our own mothers and our creator.
Stewards. god’s stewards. Not the other guy’s slaves…
Headline: I Just Spent 1/2 hour shopping for a replacement seat washer for my faucet ON AMAZON.CA but could not find anything that was not made in China – it’s getting harder all the time to find something you need on Amazon that isn’t made in China. Bezos has moved on, but his legacy remains – perhaps soon to be brought on the tip of a Chinese missile to a ground-zero close to you.
We still do not know the circumstances in China regarding the origin and initial outbreak of COVID-19;
China is openly threatening Taiwan, the U.S., whoever will listen to them…YET, INEXPLICABLY, WE CONTINUE TO TRADE WITH THEM AS IF WE ARE BEST-BUDS?
The only way I can construe the tolerance of such incongruity, the horrendous disconnect between the mindset of our political/business people (our ruling class) and R.E.A.L.I.T.Y. is E.G.O.
Bezos didn’t give a flying f about America or Canada for that matter, except for the money to be made there. There was more money to be made for Jeff and Amazon in China.
So, in Jeff’s world, it’s fine to be friends with China; to do business with them while both of ‘us’ are getting rich from the relationship. We’ll worry about what China does (and about the missiles they are building with OUR MONEY) when they perceive no further advantage in trading with us, when the time comes…
Did I neglect to mention our jobs are going over there too, leaving folks hard pressed to find work here and even harder pressed to provide for themselves and their families?
Now, ego makes folks stupid, but, how can a guy who could uptick Amazon the way he did be at the same time be SO INCOGNIZANT as to become an online fence (all over the World), for Chinese goods, when the effect is more missiles, bigger aircraft carriers, and nuclear capable nuclear powered submarines that can sit off our coast without us even knowing they are there?
Icarus was arguably as ‘stupidly comported’ as Jeff Bezos sometimes is (the parallels are uncanny, but Icarus may be forgiven). Bezos is just full of himself. Ego. It is ego that renders stupidity. At the same time, it appears to know when to take a backseat when/where MORE PROFIT IS POSSIBLE. He is a representative sampling of Wealth’s mojo.
Well, I may cancel Amazon Prime after I finish watching Wheel of Time and I think I’ll start buying my books from a company that still believes in country over coinage, if there is one.
Money is not the root of all evil. Money is simply the lifeblood of society. THE EVIL IS, if everything has a price tag attached to it, no one will be able to do anything without money. We will live under the thumbs of those who have the money.
At the same time, people with money are encouraged to borrow even more, to ‘live’ even higher than their salaries and hard work allow, just to keep them in debt and under the control of the folks who control the money supply.
See how it all works? If you are earning a wage or you are not, your quality of life (or lack thereof) is entirely at the pleasure of the ruling class…
Brave New World.
p.s. I just went back to give Amazon another try over the washers. A different search string brought up all of the Chinese products (with Americanized brand names) I had found earlier plus an American outfit, in Connecticut U.S.A. Eureka! I say out loud. [I make a mental note to myself: Make sure I amend what I just wrote ]. Then I look closer: Manufacturer: Keeney Manufacturing. Place of doing business: NEWINGTON, CT. Country of Origin: China.
I guess I won’t be buying the Keeney-manufactured product either.
p.s.s. Loathe to give up, I tried one last time. I found another supplier situated in the U.S. It may even be made there…but, in this case, Amazon doesn’t say. [Aside: I had complained about how difficult Amazon was making it to determined the country of manufacture. But during my recent ‘ordeal’ I noticed that Amazon is indicating the country of origin. Kudos to Amazon for at least doing that.]
If you have to buy from Amazon, please buy as ‘local’ as you can.
27 December 2021
However you call upon and worship our creator, NOW is a good time to do it. Things have gone too far. Our ruling classes have become so self-enamoured, our politics so political, our ‘news’ so un-newsworthy/so-propagandized, our families so distant, individual citizens living entirely separate in their own egos (their own heads) though their cause is both common and great…
We have two nations with nuclear weapons, massive armies, and a huge chip on their shoulders. Their leaders and mindset is akin to Milton’s Satan in Paradise Lost. They would rather ‘rule in Hell than serve in Heaven,’ or exist as part of a non-aggressive, human collaboration; one that will first heal the Earth, and then move on to the Stars. Of course, if we here in the West do not rein-in our own ruling class, they will bring us to the same dystopic, authoritarian end, albeit with a ‘kinder, gentler, machinegun hand.’
We can right our democracy’s listing ship with will and diligence, open and sincere discussion, education and being properly informed. No need for social upheaval or violence. There are those in government and among the ruling class who know this, and our system permits these perspectives to be known. All’s we need to do is listen; be open. Allow the truth to present itself and then run its course.
Not so in China and Russia. Dissent in whatever form is openly crushed. Both regimes are open wrt their intentions. It is get out of our way, or it’s war. Nuclear war, no doubt. If they win, they will preside over ashes, and that’s what their people will live in. AND PUTIN/XI appear to be amenable to this outcome.
Better to reign in Hell than to serve in Heaven.
Therefore their unprecedented military buildup? In addition, the timing of the outbreak of COVID-19 could not have been at a worse time for the World, our world, given the threat of war. If you were China and you were planning to invade Taiwan, the outbreak could not have happened at a more ‘propitious’ time if you hoped to weaken the West’s response. Was knowledge of the outbreak opportunistically kept under wraps by Xi et al. to further weaken the West, as part of China’s ongoing, multifaceted assault? I don’t know.
Someone knows. Someone also knows if our ruling juntas are opportunistically leveraging the pandemic to progress societal control and the gutting of democracy, leaving only the appearance of democracy, in the West. Someone knows, but no one is telling. God knows too.
Let us pray (each in our own special way; for all ways lead to the creator/the Source. We simply face the Source from different directions, depending on our point of reference).
But we are one body under the creator. Under our leaders, we don’t recognize this. We have never recognized this; except for maybe Jesus, who recognized that ‘the Father’s’ message was for ‘the Jews and the Gentiles’.
Instead, we have invented different versions of god to accommodate our racial/cultural ego.
First, reconcile with one another. Then, being of one SOUND MIND AND BODY, we will reconcile with god and he/she will help us right humanity’s listing ship.
Headline 1: Taiwan chip industry emerges as battlefront in U.S. – China showdown – the ‘chip’ on China’s shoulder is the very one Taiwan has been honing their skills at producing for many years. Both China and the U.S. are leaders in technologies, military and commercial; both are heavily dependent on Taiwanese expertise. It appears that the U.S. and its allies (as opposed to its ‘fair weather’ economic friends) are preparing for war. Meanwhile, China and Russia are looking for the right time to start one. This is a very good article.
I for one will not accept China invading Taiwan or Russia invading the Ukraine. It’s all about power and money and I have zero tolerance for that. It’s all about their egos. They are making parents and their young children very afraid. What monsters do we have leading the World, our world, these days?
We could have a cooperative world wherein the citizens of nations are protected from dangers within and without by the citizens of the World. I would fight beside the Ukrainians and the Taiwanese if they are threatened. If we would do that for them and they would do that for us, why, EXTRAPOLATE! A world so inclined IS A WORLD OF PEACE.
AND – if we reverse the economic stratification of national societies (and the corollary fractionation of opportunity) we will emerge with a cohesive society, one better able to withstand emergent challenges, to bend with the breeze, at is were.
The war the World, our world, faces is not between ‘East and West’ as everyone wants us to believe, it is between liberty and authoritarianism. Annexation is always wrong. We hear that Russia annexed the Crimea (very bad). We don’t hear much about the fact that Israel annexed the Golan Heights from Syria (equally bad). Still, I read that the U.S. will revisit the Israeli annexation when the security of Israel is no longer in question among its neighbours.
The U.S. under Biden/Democrats does at least appear to prefer collaboration over coercion. But, they are coercing democracy and human rights. If they don’t like what you are doing, they don’t show up on your porch and conduct military exercises, like a bunch of rowdy cowboys riding down the main street of a mockup Hollywood movie set, firing their Colt 45s into the air.
Xi and Putin have watched too many cheap Westerns.
Russia and China need only accept membership in a broader world order rather than insist on being the boss over 1/2 of the current one. A world divided in two is perennially at war with itself.
The Earth and its peoples (the ones ruling classes are SUPPOSED TO STEWARD but exploit) are the victims.
Headline 2: How Paid Experts Help Exonerate Police After Deaths in Custody – if we have so many ‘experts’ being ‘expert’ for a price, how in the bejeezus can we hope to trust what anybody is telling us? The fact we have ‘paid experts’ is W.R.O.N.G.
The truth CAN NEVER have a $ price tag, else it is truth for sale.
Wealth hopes that, by applying a thick enough layer of bullshit, the truth will never make it through to us or that we will recognize it. As security, they keep us living in fear, on the edge of our seats, as it were, with news of catastrophe and potential threats; for the last 2 years and counting, COVID has been headlining – fear-based government is a strategy to keep our egos close to the surface, this to keep us hyper-reactive to their narrative, hyper-responsive to their narrative; rendered by our ego, unable to think and evaluate (and choose) for ourselves.
But the thing with ego, it is a limited consciousness. In the Tree of Life (Humanity’s tree), the leaves may gather around a particular leaf, and that leaf might come to believe there is no Sun. But the Tree’s consciousness includes that of all its leaves; it knows there is a Sun and stands in its full light. Direct or indirect, the Sun’s light reaches the leaf living under the shadow cast upon it by some other leaves. Despite itself, it is being nurtured, by the Sun, via the tree, the designs of the ‘bad leaves’ notwithstanding.
Turn toward the creator, toward the Sun, not away from it. Believe that leaders will come to be the way Nelson Mandela spoke of ‘leadership’: as being in the cause to serve the people, NOT to be served by the people.
25 December 2021
Merry Christmas! I awakened this Christmas morning, full of anticipation and joy. I look at the headlines on this special day for many people, and I see one about Saudi Arabia launching a major assault on someone, somewhere. I don’t bother to read it. Saudi Arabia….does murder on a day revered by one third of the World’s people. Thank you for this most humane gesture, MBS. You could not have waited a day or two? It appears your nation has as much humanity and class now as it did when it performed the cowardly murder of Jamal Khashoggi…or are you personally responsible, as most of the World (much more than a third) believes?
Then there is this Headline: Pope urges to remember the poor during Christmas Eve mass – but, the headline text on the CBC News main page reads: ‘Pope holds Christmas Eve mass amid COVID-19 surge in Italy‘. Now, the presumed original headline of the article per se is appealing to a different readership than the text of the link to the article on the CBC main page. IMO, this was deliberate.
The main page link, assuming one doesn’t bother to click on it and read the article, has accomplished its dirty work: IMO, it is a CBC editor’s deliberate ‘news-reporting’ sleight of hand, meant to stoke the fires of resentment against the church. ON CHRISTMAS. USING THE POPE as a means to a most insidious, despicably slimy agenda…one which would oblige the folks responsible to operate behind a curtain to promote; this because they know they are ‘screwing’ us and our society, out of democracy, destroying Canada as we once knew it; while they screw the young heroes of the war generations out of their legacy…those kids gave their lives, their futures, and they suffered horribly… ALL SO THAT WE COULD LIVE FREE TODAY, and uphold the social responsibilities incumbent upon the citizens of democracy by virtue of the Social Contract).
A little bit here…a little bit there…one day, god (and family) will be put to bed for good by Wealth, and there will be nothing getting in the way of their squeezing every last bit of profit out of the EARTH MOTHER’s lifeblood before metastasizing their consumptive venom across the Cosmos.
…or so that’s the plan.
But while Wealth strokes itself, observing and regulating from high above the stink and squalor of its refuse (what ‘trickles down’ to the masses to live in; the extent of ‘opportunity’ they are willing to provide for everyone else), they remain profoundly ignorant of the people of and among the masses who are as capable and resourceful and educated as the products of private schools -the only difference? The lack of money and opportunity under the control of their originating families, meaning, they don’t make the rules of the game, Wealth does, BUT EVERYONE IS FORCED TO PLAY by those rules.
Good, respectful, truthful folks are everywhere, in every nation under the Sun. Everywhere. It’s all of us. We need only speak as one voice. Stand as one.
But, even at Christmas, folks will not refrain from violence, or from usurping the message of Christmas (`a la CBC), one of love and compassion for everyone, one of camaraderie rather than division, one of ‘brotherly love’. They rather turn it into a lever they can use on the ones who still perceive in Christmas a doorway leading out and away from their own ego; that they may experience, know, keep in their hearts, what ‘brotherhood’ and ‘sisterhood’ really means. What being ‘of the people’ really means and implies in terms of responsibility. Oh, btw, Merry Christmas Abe Lincoln, America misses you.
Today is about the birth of someone who Christians universally believe came/was sent to lift our burdens, THE CLOAK OF EGO, that which blocks the light of Creation from entering the soul, that we may experience the same joy the creator felt after giving birth to us.
IMO, it is time to pull the plug on the television facilitated alternate reality Wealth is creating for us to live in. They are building a virtual reality for us to live in. If we are useful to their acquisitive agenda, they will pay us, allow us to go into debt, ‘own’ more…all of this to keep us ‘dedicated’ to their cause through bribery and desperation, while those same compliant citizens doom their own kids to a dystopic future supporting Wealth on their backs, as stepping-stones.
I woke up with so much hope. BECAUSE IT’S CHRISTMAS. Because for my whole life, from the time I was a toddler, I remember the joy and excitement of the times- it resonates in the fiber of my being- the joy of getting together with my cousins and playing with our toys while our moms and dads, aunts and uncles, hobnobbed and prepared an amazing turkey dinner. There were the church bazaars, the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day masses…so much coming and going, all in a spirit of joy and camaraderie, everyone going round wishing everyone they make eye contact with a very ‘Merry Christmas!’ Christmas carols resounding everywhere you turn…groups of carolers wandering the streets on Christmas Eve, parking in front of your door, and singing a carol or two…
This ghost of Christmases Past.
Let us take a trip with Ebeneezer Scrooge today. I pray that we, Wealth and Poverty and everyone living in between, take the message to heart; the Christmas message.
What one third of the World is celebrating (I wonder if the folks at CBC celebrate Christmas or if that is considered ‘unethical’?) I extend to everyone. Joy and the Christ are of god the creator. The Christ is the Word of god, instantiated (the Earth Mother is a visible aspect of the Word, if you take the time to ‘listen’). Joy is the culmination of the Word.
It is also the apex of Maslow’s Hierarchy.
God spoke to Maslow. Maslow listened. He listened because he was open to open enquiry; open because he knew it to be the only road to enlightenment.
Wealth also ascribes to this theory. But they do not want to share what they stole from the Commons, what they stole from the Commoners. Life is good for them. They want more of that action.
If they can no longer bullshit us into believing things are better when they are not; that they are really working to make things better when they are not, that’s when the police and the military will turn inward upon us.
Brave New World.
While Xi and Putin threaten with their military ‘prowess’ (and our media reports on them and on COVID) the Western citizen is kept in constant worry. Xi and Putin are playing the same game with their own citizens. Russian and Chinese folks likely think the West is the home of Satan, um, their official atheism not likely to bother either leader if ‘religions’ serves their objectives in population control. Are we all being kept fearful for fearfulness’ sake?
Maybe it will be like Orwell predicts in 1984. Wars and threats of war will be ongoing. Actual war will be conducted on the boundaries between world powers and the people living there will suffer. Folks living away from the chronic battle zones will be kept in constant fear of their being next.
But it is all for show. To keep the citizen from asking questions and finding out that it is all a show to keep folks in line while Wealth mines the bejeezus out of life-opportunity for everyone.
I kicked out CBC. I started reading again. There are many informative articles by some great reporters. There is a management attitude of the passive-aggressive ilk which I find despicable, however.
This is what money does to people. All people. Wealth is self-corrupting…and this I hold to be self-evident (to borrow a quote from a great American).
Is there no one among them who will lead, in the way Lester B. Pearson did, with integrity, honesty, elegant simplicity…?
Wishing our former PM and Nobel Laureate Peacekeeper and his family a very Merry Christmas!
24 December 2021
Christmas is finally here! YAY!
What will you do today in the way of celebrating the joy that attends upon Christmas? Why not enjoy a video or two, courtesy of YouTube?
Video 1 – Christmas Before Christ: Yule and Other Northern European Traditions – and this one:
Video 2 – Christmas Tales of Ghostly Trails: Classic Christmas Ghost Stories – and, you can’t forget this one:
Video 3 – Scrooge – but save Alistair Sim for just before bedtime – p.s. before our Wealthy class shuts the lid on us all, let us all pray THEY WATCH. Scrooge’s opening lines are eerily prophetic of what is happening to Christmas…so long as there’s money to be made, no one need worry that Christmas, in its present commercialized form, is going anywhere.
Video 4 – The Nativity – a great retelling.
But for the poor among us, those who have no opportunity to enjoy Christmas like the folks (and their children) who still have money enough to keep Santa (in his modern form) alive and jolly…
…the spirit of Christmas has never died. It has never gone away. It is the birth and rebirth of the Golden Rule we celebrate every year by celebrating the birth of Jesus, who channeled the Christ truly, and with all of his being.
Christmas is alive and well, on the other side of Wealth, which has positioned itself between us and our god.
They are lost who can do this. They cannot be leading anyone anywhere but over the ‘Lemmings’ cliff’ because their wealth blinds them to the Light completely. Their comportment is revealing: they can see with their eyes but not with their souls, else no one would be poor in our communities, no species in Nature would be threatened; no human would resort to do harm to any other human or any other living thing unless they were a danger.
Humans are omnivores. We can choose therefore to stop raising and killing animals for food. There will be a transition involved, however, many human diseases will likely disappear if we stop cannibalizing other animals.
Money, is not the root of all evil. Rather, it is the facilitator of evil, ‘Wealth-style’. We have seen what wealth is capable of. Just look around. Look at the squalor, the contamination, the garbage everywhere…look at some of our fellows SLEEPING EXPOSED AND AMONG THE SQUALOR.
If Jesus were to come today, how do you suppose he would react to all of what we have accomplished?
If Muhammed or Moses or Siddhartha or the Great Soul (mahatma) were to come today, do you think their reaction would be any different from that of Jesus? Imagine, if you were to go to St. Peter’s Square to take in the Christmas Blessing of the Pope but had to pass through throngs of mendicants, disabled, living in abject poverty, all of them kept from hearing (and receiving) the Pope’s Christmas Blessing, just to make sure there’s room for those who can donate? That is not the state of the Vatican, but it is fast becoming the state of THE STATE.
We are allowing for such a world to come into being. We have allowed for our democracy to be usurped by the ego of Wealth. The biggest threats to our existence and our future are due to the ego of Wealth.
But, we cannot coerce people to ditch ‘Wealth’. To do so would be to defeat ourselves. ‘Wealth’ is a symptom of ego’s rule. Ego acquires. ‘Wealth’ is the culmination of ego’s basic operative.
This is why I say, the disease we are afflicted with, ‘the root of all evil’, is not money, it’s ego.
Want to make a better Canada? Want to make for a joyful existence, for yourself, for Canadians, for everyone and everything we share this planet with, to which the Earth Mother gave life?
Embrace the Golden Rule.
Whether you are wealthy or poor, ‘of colour’ or ‘white’, ‘male’ or ‘female’ or in between, ‘European-colonial’ or ‘immigrant’ or ‘migrant’ or ‘Indigenous’, ‘Christian’ or ‘Buddhist’ or ‘Native-spiritual’ or ‘New-Age spiritual’ or ‘Judaic’ or ‘Islamic’, YOU WILL HAVE AN EGO. Even self-effacement or debasement is of the ego.
Ditch all of that. Turn in the direction of god, so that you can hear his/her voice. Strive to listen above the noise and chaos of the ego-bound mind and its perceptions, to see above all that, and the answer is plain.
As you do so, and as the World, our world, COLLECTIVELY AND COLLABORATIVELY DOES SO, why, more and more of our spiritual substance, what we truly and wholly are, but for our spirits’ temporary incarceration into human form, will ‘seep’ into the realm of Light; less and less will remain of us held captive behind/within ego.
As the veil over our collective consciousness dissipates, what is on the ‘other side’ of ego (or, if you prefer, on the other side of the River Styx) backflows into the material realm through the opening we have created in our consciousness.
In time, what was once the purview of ego and of Satan (IMO, the pure male impetus, without the Sacred Feminine to guide and nurture the soul along its path, is identical to the impetus that drives cancers), will be situated wholly within the Light, beyond the ego.
We will have rediscovered the Garden. That fateful ‘bite’ we took, a way back when, will finally bear fruit.
WE WILL REALIZE WITH ALL OF THE KNOWLEDGE WE HAVE ACQUIRED SINCE THEN, THAT IN THE GREATER SCHEME OF THINGS, WE DON’T KNOW ANYTHING, and
WE WILL TURN TO GOD. en masse. Because we are on the other side of the wall we ourselves built between ourselves and our creator.
ALL’S IT TOOK, WAS TO LOOK IN BOTH DIRECTIONS BEFORE YOU ACT OR SPEAK. Just like you would look both ways before crossing the street.
Dorothy experienced an existential battle with the Wicked Witch of the West to get back home to Kansas. She only needed to click her Ruby-slipper heels together and say ‘There’s no place like home’ three times.
When she asked the Good Witch why she hadn’t been told that in the first place, the Good Witch replied, ‘Because you would never have believed me.’
This move is also ‘eerily prophetic’.
Our neoliberal governments are giving us the ‘opportunity’ to diss our belief in a creator by believing in them, the latest cohort of Mount Olympians. hello?
They still won’t tell us about the origin of the virus or about the Winnipeg Laboratory business, except to say there is no connection. Alright, show us. Please. We thought we could take whatever Lester B. Pearson told us to the bank, and our faith in him would not have been misguided nor misplaced.
But he was the last PM before the ruling class assault on the family’s atomicity as society’s building block to neutralize the influence of the parent on the child’s worldview; their assault on Faith, in parallel, to neutralize the influence of folks like Cardinal Collins, Chris Alar, Bishop Emmanuel, and the good souls of the other Faiths; and their assault on democracy, wherein Wealth is usurping democratic authority; replacing it with a neoliberal technocracy (predicated upon Wealth’s expectation that we can believe in the ‘experts’ WHEN THEY CANNOT AGREE WITH ONE ANOTHER).
Investors run the World, our world, through the vehicle of the corporation; these falsely being accorded personhood by our jurisprudence (looks like saying a fetus is not a human being isn’t the only insidiously inhumane thing Wealth has accomplished), so that INDIVIDUAL citizens have absolutely no power to affect SOCIAL change. ONLY CORPORATIONS do; being a construct to organize investors AND TO PROMOTE THEIR SOCIAL VALUES. Given the breadth of their presence and financial clout, corporations are positioning themselves as ‘social’ institutions, drivers of social ‘change’. Any changes they imagine will always be in service of the wealth AND WEALTH’S GOALS.
THE RESULT: Dystopia for us and our children and their children.
Unless we start electing leaders like Lester B. Pearson. Unless we see that our enemy is not the other guy; that it is within each of us. Ego. Remember to be wealthy, you must have ego. Only ego permits anyone to ‘smile as you kill’ or talk about ending poverty as they permit Wealth to control and consume the Commons right out from under the feet of citizens, further eroding opportunity.
It will do us little good to replace the folks at the top. They need to change themselves. Meantime, we need to stand firm. We need to be informed. We cannot necessarily rely on the media, although they are reporting the truth, it often gets lost among the headlines in a lot of bulroney and irrelevancy. So we also need to investigate.
Einstein: ‘Condemnation without investigation, is the height of ignorance.’ Since his death, I’ll warrant he has managed to solve all of his equations, and then some…
23 December 2021
I find this disturbing :
Headline 1: Canadian air force commander relieved of duties in Kuwait after claims of inappropriate comments – First, yet another public official is thrown under the bus over something HE SAID. Second, he was ‘relieved’ on the basis of ‘claims’ and not after DUE PROCESS was followed in a COURT OF LAW.
Albeit, the military has their internal processes, IMO, here the commander is purported to have fallen afoul of a broader social initiative/more/law; one governing the rules of engagement among the sexes, and therefore his fate should be determined by Canada’s courts, and not simply a Canadian military tribunal.
The way things are done notwithstanding, the larger issue is perhaps the answer to the question, ‘why, are things being done this way?’
I was a toddler back in the 60’s, after George, Aldous, Wells, et al. penned their warnings about the monolith State, after the seed had been planted by Wealth (the ‘puppet masters’), but before the Jethro Tull opus, Thick As A Brick, and well-before the advent of the Internet, AI, Virtual Reality, 5G and Xi-Putin.
Way back then, before we were a society which upheld ‘human rights’; promoted ‘tolerance’, deplored violence (back then, someone who actually randomly killed one or two innocent people got a movie made about them – now, they make daily headlines and are forgotten by everyone except their victims’ families), we were taught simple values: 1 – no man should EVER strike a woman (because in the area of physicality, men have a distinctly unfair advantage, and no human society can be considered ‘humane’ if it is not ‘fair’), and 2 – ‘Sticks and stones can break my bones, but names will never hurt me’ (I assume because name calling says everything about the one mouthing the words and nothing about the subject, just like ‘much is known about a man by what excites his laughter‘ – this, I recall, was one of the posters my Grade 1 or Two teacher used to decorate along the top of the blackboards). These things all resonated within me at a tender age; so much so, I can even picture the poster, in retirement, more than a half-century later! (It was my dad who told me to never hit a woman) They resonated because THEY MADE PERFECT SENSE, even to a child of 6 or 7.
Name calling never meant anything to the target, except for what the target made of it.
These days, with the help of the media, name-calling has taken on the social import of high crime. You say something wrong, or in the wrong-way, PLUS YOU EARN YOUR LIVING IN THE PUBLIC SPHERE, why, YOU WILL BE SUMMARILY TOSSED UNDER THE BUS.
WHY would anyone think to do this to anyone else, knowing what it would be like if someone did it to them? The answer to that question is because of the yoke ‘superiors’ have around your neck: your salary and YOUR JOB. So, rather than fight injustice, these folks are afraid to stand up against it and rationalize to themselves that they are JUST DOING THEIR JOBS. How many egregious crimes against humanity have been done within and outside of our nation’s borders using this as justification? It works. It worked for Joshua when he ordered his newly liberated Hebrews to slaughter every man, woman, and child who called the land ‘God promised them’, ‘home’.
RIGHT NOW, it is only public figures who are being targeted and shamed in the media. They are, job and reputation wise, summarily executed. No due process.
ONCE the public (meaning you and me) is inured to this sort of thing happening to Canada’s public figures (except for the really rich ones who own the media, naturalich ) it will begin happening more often TO US, UNTIL IT BECOMES THE NEW NORMAL. We’ll read about the ‘bad guys’ among us in our own communities: they say the wrong thing/they’re done (sounds like China, doesn’t it?). In time, no one will need to see the inside of a courtroom; everything will be decided in real time (hurrah for 5G!!!), in a virtual Kangaroo Court…Schwarzenegger’s Running Man is looking eerily prophetic.
p.s. How can we be looking over our shoulders at China when we appear to be following Xi’s lead? It’s not that we aren’t better than Xi. WE ARE BETTER THAN XI. The trouble is, our RULING CLASS aspires for social control as much as Xi. OUR RULING CLASS IS NO BETTER THAN XI.
The difference between Xi and our Wealthy is ‘style’. Xi just walks in and takes what he wants. Our guys buy their way into our hearts, minds, and souls and use the police and other mop-up services to take care of those who do not have money and no opportunity to make money, therefore no opportunity for Wealth to bribe them into a morally and ethically-dubious compliance.
The culmination of our nation’s tack leftward, because this is ‘guided’ by Wealth, will be more for fewer and nothing for the remainder. This is a recipe for social collapse. The fact Wealth does not appear to recognize a SIMPLE FACT OF LIFE, A SIMPLE NATURAL LAW (of Nature’s tendency to revolve around a Normal Distribution) is my prime argument/observation that Wealth renders people stupid. Ego renders people stupid. All people. And all people have egos.
Ego is ego. We all need to focus on keeping our egos out of the social equation because EGO IN AND OF ITSELF IS ANTI-SOCIAL. hello? If ‘democracy dies in darkness’ (my favourite saying, courtesy of the Washington Post), then human aspiration, what makes us ‘human’, has its death in ego. The Light of the Creator is Life; the creator is life itself, all life. Light pierces and vanquishes darkness. Darkness always tries to consume the Light.
Our governments, witting or unwitting, are pursuing darkness. Why would anyone, rich or poor, do that? I believe the answer is that ego has something of the Faustian about it…
…and we should all know who and what is behind that.
Watch: A Warning against Freemasons and New World Order by Mar Mari Emmanuel (the ‘good Bishop’)
After watching Bishop Emmanuel, I’m going to read the article from wariscrime.com.
I also implore you to go to the Jewish Voices For Peace website. Find out what they are all about. They do not aspire to over-‘lord’-it over anyone. They seek brotherhood/sisterhood with the Palestinians, self-determination for both Palestine and Israel as ‘sister-nations’ under god (some calling god ‘God’, the others calling god ‘Allah’). I am certain above any and all doubt that when we call on god, god knows he/she is being called. THE GOD WHICH CREATED US, Palestinian and Jew, White, Yellow, Red, and Brown, male and female, adult and child (and ‘fetus’), wants for us what we want for ourselves.
With ego, we want it only for ourselves, and therein lay the rub. This creates separation and division; not cohesion and collaboration. It is, by definition, THE ROOT SOCIAL PROBLEM. It is the pervasive condition of the World, our world, because we all have egos.
The ego of Wealth is driving us over the cliff. It cannot help it. That’s what ego does: Acquire.
The ego of Poverty is what allows us to be driven over the cliff. Submit (to more powerful egos, to wit: the ones holding the purse-strings).
To be free of ego implies freedom from fear, even fear of death. To be under ego’s thumb is to be fearful, fearful of living.
Our war generations showed no fear as they marched through barrages of enemy bullets. Those young people marched straight on through the Gates of Heaven, where heroes forever reside.
Because of their sacrifice.
We may soon be called upon to do the same, thanks to the egos of Putin and Xi’ and of Wealth all around the World, our world.
Please watch Bishop Emmanuel’s sermon on freemasonry and the new world order to the end. No matter of which Faith you are, please watch. None of us knows all about god. But we have all we need to know: god L.O.V.E.S. us. ALL OF US.
God is also boundless and defies description. ‘Description’ is what we have been fighting over. That’s just ego.
Whenever the good bishop says ‘Jesus’ in the context of his being ‘god’, substitute your own name.
IMO, Jesus channelled the Light, god, purely, and for me, whether or not Jesus is god is irrelevant. Having said that, I have my own opinion on the matter, to wit: anything boundless can not be packed into one single ‘entity’. Anything boundless can represented by entities, however, human entities could and have spoken god’s Word: folks have channelled the Mind, Heart, and Soul of the creator.
Moses spoke for god to the Hebrews. Jesus spoke for god to the Jews and the gentiles. Muhammed (PBUH) spoke for Allah…
Wishing everyone the best. Hoping everyone will watch Bishop Mari Emmanuel’s sermon. Skip the dogma, but keep the message.
As for the media/political/puppet-master fear-mongering you are being inundated with on a daily basis, IGNORE IT. Be present. Trust in the god you worship as your creator
‘What does it profit the person if he/she gains the whole world, but loses his/her self?’ asks the good bishop.
Nothing (same as the bishop’s ). The ego is precisely what that the individual leaves behind at death. Death is the fractionation of the individual into the ‘higher’ and ‘lower’ selves, to wit: the Spirit and the Flesh, just as birth is the ‘matrimony’ of the spirit and the flesh. This is, in and of its nature, a temporary arrangement.
My point: The more you allow ego to direct your life, the more of your spirit is left behind, trapped as it is behind the veil ego puts upon your soul. Conversely, the less you are ego-directed, the less veiled your soul is, the less of your spirit remains trapped behind ego’s veil. The weaker your anchor to the material realm becomes, THE EASIER IT IS for the individual consciousness to pierce the veil of ego’s darkness to understand and to know; therefore, the easier it becomes to be aware of what is on the other side, the outside, to wit; god.
Your attachment to the umbilical cord remains intact. You are hauled, mind, spirit-body, and soul, back into the realm you emerged from.
Back to god.
21 December 2021
Headline 1: Reduce contacts now or hospitals will be overwhelmed by Omicron, says Tam – this is going to be very difficult, especially if one of your family is in hospital, especially at Christmas. My dad is recovering from a serious threat to his health. One sister visits with him daily, at supper hour. Another sister hops the bus to go visit him. I do not go. With Omicron, I AM STAYING AWAY FROM HOSPITALS, where people are vulnerable and staff are already running on fumes -that is, if they haven’t run out of fumes! I cannot know if I am carrying the virus or if it is a cold or if I am asymptomatic, IN REAL TIME. Therefore, EVERY TIME I enter the hospital to visit, I am potentially a carrier. If I have access to the quick test, and if the quick test is reliable, then, I will visit my dad.
For now, I am ready to visit my dad if there is an emergency. Apart from that, I reason that my dad is on rehab -he is coming home, eventually. It is a matter of time. My sister (his favourite) is there every day and Reikis him. He is cared for by staff who are not only well trained in getting people up and at ’em, they are a Faith-based organization. Between sisters and staff, they have Mind, Body, and Soul well covered!
Each morning I get up and the guilt over not visiting my dad while he is in hospital comes. I remind myself that he is coming home; that my going to visit serves no purpose but to assuage my own guilt; that this is of too little value in for me to risk the safety of the folks, staff and patients and dad, at the hospital by rolling the dice with Omicron.
Follow Dr. Tam’s advice. Because this is a national emergency, affecting all citizens, we shouldn’t have to listen and respond to so many different levels of government. In matters affecting everyone, EVERYONE SHOULD BE LISTENING AND RESPONDING TO ONE VOICE. Acting as one citizen against one enemy: the virus.
Headline 2: Behind Manchin’s Opposition, a Long History of Fighting Climate Measures – alright, there you have it. This is precisely what is wrong with the World, our world (ego), and what imperils democracy (to wit: the ego of Wealth). It is also a ‘shot across the bow’ – while one individual holds the welfare of millions of Americans, current and future, in his greedy little hands, many are seriously engaged with building green energy solutions/other initiatives to fight climate change. WE ARE SPIRALLING DOWNWARD INTO CHAOS. The Trumpian kind.
WE ARE ONE BODY– ONE PEOPLE. We seriously need to talk to one another. But be prepared: there are folks among us who feel that vulnerable men, women, and children somehow deserve their miserable fortunes…but folks who share in this pathologically dysfunctional perspective live their lives under the veil, the blindness of, their own egos. Ignore them. Build a containment around those people like Biden is doing around Xi right now: Xi can act up all wants, WITHIN HIS OWN BORDERS. Even this, only for now: the World, our world, cannot allow itself to be any more tolerant of the hypocrisy of Wealth (of the Bezos kind, wherein he literally struck a deal between Amazon and the devil, and he wasn’t the only one, was he?) than it can of Xi’s human rights violations; than it can of Trumpish attacks from within and Putin-Xi attacks from beyond our national borders, upon our democracy, its institutions and protections.
Headline 3: End of the line: Why Ontario will regret ripping up this rail corridor – a cautionary tale: an example of how the cog that turns the wheel turns the machinery of social change: money will need to be spent on the demolition. Money will be spent on the construction (um, with as little as possible spent on the environmental assessment). Money. GDP. Borrowing money from Wealth, the same folks the government will be paying to demolish and then construct. Debt goes up. Servicing the debt goes up. We elect a government who says, ‘ we have to balance the books’ , and presto! further reduction of services; more ‘ public-private partnerships’, less of the Commons available for folks to freely use, more homelessness, poverty, and police to keep our parks and the heated vestibules of corporate buildings protected from homeless folks trying to warm themselves.
Opinion: I am watching Bishop Emmanuel deliver a sermon, Spirit of a Servant (Part 1) – He is an inspiration, like the good Cardinal and the good Father. He is talking here about the qualities a servant of Christ/god must possess, in order to properly serve god. ‘Love god,’ is No. 1. No problem there. [Aside: the commercial preceding the video shows a young child in the most deplorable condition and a mother given no opportunity by the World, our world, to feed, clothe, and shelter her properly… AND YET, we spend trillions on military hardware.]
No. 2 is ‘humility’. No problem there either, up until the part where he starts talking about people like himself, who are first, in his case, ‘ first’ in knowledge of Christianity among his congregation, yet, at the same time, beneath everyone.
I watched as if I were there, via YouTube. As I listened to him abase himself before his congregation, my reaction (I doubt that I am alone in this) was, no reaction at all…the statement per se was so far-fetched. I simply ignored it. It is patently ridiculous were I to think I knew more about Christianity than this man. I am there, watching, precisely in acknowledgement of the fact I need to learn from this knowledgeable, heart-guided man. I trust him. I trust him to be true to himself, which he is. I don’t expect him to be ‘all-knowing’ like god is.
His point: ‘ a servant serves.’ We hear it over and over. But the good bishop is, like the rest of us, is innocently misguided by their definition of ‘ humility’.
I heard it best, ironically, on Twitter.
‘Humility is not thinking LESS OF YOURSELF (what the good bishop expresses here); it is THINKING OF YOURSELF LESS.’ On that basis, debasing yourself is as counterproductive to knowing god as thinking you are the best thing created since sliced bread [Aside: I cannot say who originated the definition, but this is real elegance/genius. Short and sweet and 100% (you can take it to the Spiritual Bank) – like the stuff you learn from mom].
Any time we are not engaged with ‘self’, why, we are open to everything else, most especially the light and messaging of our creator. Our mind/perception are OPEN as a matter of course. Conversely, while we are engaged with ‘self’, our minds are closed. duh.
Having said all of that, I am not in the least bit troubled that Bishop Emmanuel would take offense. He’ll think about it. He might talk about it in one of his sermons. If it rings true in his own heart, you can bet he’ll tell us, ‘You know, I learned something new and I want to share it with all of you.’ That’s the kind of servant he is. Same goes for the good Cardinal and the good Father, and for the leaders of all of the other Faiths who are called by god into god’s service.
Headline 3: Think you have COVID-19 during the Omicron wave? Here’s what to do – the article makes perfect sense. It itemizes not-so-common ‘common sense’ – if you have a cold, you can’t know whether it is COVID or not without a test. UNTIL YOU GET A TEST self-isolate, or self-isolate until the recommended isolation period to allow the infection to play itself out is completed. Observe ALL OF THE PRECAUTIONS, all of the time: hand washing-keep them away from your face/social distancing/masking. Plan for the worst, and with COVID, YOU WILL GET THE BEST outcome.
20 December 2021
It’s Monday and it’s only 5 days until Christmas! Whether you worship in the Christian tradition or not, welcome to the celebration! In the way of celebration, I’m going to select a Christmas movie / documentary available on YouTube each day between now and the birthday of Jesus the Christ. [See the end of today’s rant].
But first, I want to say ‘Kudos to Cardinal Collins for a wonderful Sunday Sermon.‘ Yesterday, he talked about how the Advent and the Visitation comprise the most basic elements of the Christian Faith, that ‘the Advent’ translates into being filled with the grace of god (‘boxful of salt’, I think was the metaphor he used) and ‘the Visitation’ is where you take yourself/your ‘box’ into the World and spread it around…
Cardinal Collins said the Hail Mary is not the Angel Gabriel speaking to Mary but rather Elizabeth, the Mother of the Baptist, proclaiming the Visitation, to Mary.
…he underscored the point by reminding us that life is sacred even life in the womb, that when the Sacred Feminine, in the person of Mary, arrived to fulfill her visitation, after having been filled with the Holy Spirit and god’s child, the child Elizabeth was carrying inside her womb ‘leapt for joy at the encounter with the Messiah.’
I’m not finished watching the Cardinal’s sermon; but I had to pause it in order to record my reaction to what I just heard him say.
He talked about love and understanding and compassion. He talked about becoming filled with the grace of god and then taking it, along with yourself, out into the World, our world, to SHARE IT JUST BY BEING IT. No tricks. No sleight of hand necessary…no coercion…
…being so filled with god’s grace that there’s no room left in your conscious being for sin.
God bless Cardinal Collins. He is as true to his Faith as anyone can be, given that NO ONE can fully quantify god and therefore must work with an imperfect understanding (the mind’s role) yet somehow pass along to us the messaging of the creator.
Apart from raising teenagers, can you imagine a more daunting task? . IMO, the cardinal does as good a job as ANYONE can; the same goes for Bishop Emmanuel of Christ the Good Shepherd Church (Australia) and to Father Alar of Divine Mercy (Massachusetts), although they may disagree with one another on this point or that point, just as I disagree with them, on this point or that point…doesn’t matter…our understanding, our ability to get our MINDS wrapped around god is an IMPOSSIBLE task while we exist, consciousness-wise, on the shadow-side, under the shadow, of ego.
That is where FAITH comes in. We must believe that our connection to the creator is intact and that we are being led by the creator to safe and wonderful haven.
I am guilty of much ranting about politics and wealth and how our corporate social engineers are busy shackling national societies (us) along with our democracy, and I’ve achieved no progress…except to sound like a broken record.
Faith is the ONLY OPERATIVE LIFE-STRATEGY remaining to me. It does not matter ‘how’ one believes/practices their Faith (there is NO DEVIL IN THOSE DETAILS); it matters only that we have Faith in our creator.
THE FACT WE WORSHIP TRUMPS HOW WE WORSHIP.
And this brings me (at long last!) to the point of today’s post:
While listening to the good cardinal’s sermon, I found myself thinking, ‘Gee, if only our politicians spoke like this…if only they talked about the wiles and perils of our egos, rather than stoking our egos and keeping them close to the surface, always ready to erupt. by changing the rules, hammering us to death with one crisis after another, keeping us in the dark meantime, and looking for apologies everywhere, as if an apology makes any difference at all to the victims of whatever malfeasance was perpetrated upon them…’
I’d much rather be filled with the hope and direction that folks like Cardinal Collins, Bishop Emmanuel, and Father Chris Alar seem able to muster every morning, rather than the depressing articles (though well reported) and even more depressing commenters to those articles (who, rather than engaging in discussion, more often opt for sniping at the folks who put up comments with the most positive of intentions. [Aside: I still cannot fathom CBC’s ‘standards’ for commenting ]
The separation of church and state, intended to protect the church from the State, ended up being usurped by Wealth in order to permit the State to do very undemocratic and self-serving things to ‘the people’. I cannot imagine the three aforementioned prelates giving us anything but positive direction on a daily basis -oh, and putting their money where their mouths are, rather than ‘backloading’ things to make themselves look good to us, while costing their bosses as little as it takes to keep us in line.
Just like the State is trying to balance its pandemic response: governments appear to be trying to find a balance between the economy and the hit on the economy the spread of COVID-19 represents; the determining factor being not so much the number of folks dying as it is to keep the economic machinery going as fast as possible without overwhelming an underfunded, understaffed healthcare system.
What we get is, ‘Things are a mess. But we’ve got a plan….’ followed by, ‘Things are a mess. They (not us) are to blame. But we’ve got a plan…but we’ve got a plan…but we’ve got a plan…’
Alright, already. There is no plan but for Wealth to maintain its hegemony over democracy. These guys and gals will still be talking a generation from now.
Right now, it is our Faith leaders (Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, et al.) who are talking sense.
Today’s Christmas movie is, Miracle on 34th Street.
Never stop believing.
Headline 1: Top U.S. Senate Democrat vows vote on Biden’s 1.75 Trln bill despite Manchin’s rejection – how is it that the hopes, dreams, and quality of life for so many Americans exist at the pleasure of the ego of a Senator who is simply trying to keep his seat in a ‘deeply conservative state which twice voted for Donald Trump…’?
Our politics doesn’t appear to fare much better: Despite our government’s dedication to ‘evidence-based’ policy development, and, ALL OF THE EVIDENCE notwithstanding, our Minister of Everything has found money for everyone but the ones who need it most; even though the evidence plainly identifies benefits of a national Universal Basic Income plan to citizens, triage, crime…and GDP.
If we are selective with respect to what the evidence ‘commands’ us to do, then we are acting upon convenience, and our ‘democracy’ exists at the pleasure of the latest cohort of wealthy folks.
19 December 2021
I watched two videos on YouTube today. One was about the benefits of eating raw honey (1 – 2 tsp. per day, on on empty stomach); the other a 5th Estate investigation into the perils and ‘politics’ of sugar.
I was left wondering, once again, how it is possible to allow products to be sold to people WHEN IT IS KNOWN FULLWELL WHAT THE HEALTH CONSEQUENCES ARE.
I am a hypocrite. Not long ago, I was beating up the UnSmoke Canada ads for their draconian approach.
We cannot simply rely on our ‘good sense’ to turn us away from poisonous products that look and taste so good. Even the packaging is a ‘mouth-watering’ design. And, we cannot expect to be paid well enough for our work to be able to afford ‘organic’ (aka more suitable for human consumption) products as the wealthy among us can, so, we really do not have a choice as a government.
We need to stop pandering to consumption and GDP and start being serious about a citizen’s quality of life, and that begins with physical health. We need to mothball adding SUGAR and SALT in processed foods, not just reveal how much on the label.
We need to ditch the fractionation of our food supply into 1-‘budget grade’ (to feed those who are poor/working-poor) and ‘organic’ (for those who can afford human-grade food at current prices).
I’m pretty certain god intended for humans to eat from the same stock. [Humans thought up a system of two types of ‘human’; two kinds of ‘citizen’; two versions of ‘Canadian’ (or whatever national society you belong to)…’US AND THEM’ is a construct of the ego].
There is no ‘us and them’. There is only ‘we’ and ‘I’.
‘We-conscious’ = ‘the Heavenly perspective’ = ‘Eternity’ ; while ‘I-conscious’ = ‘the ‘Hell-perspective’ = ‘living’ in darkness/ignorance = not learning from our mistakes/endless repetition -> unconsciousness and ‘oblivion’. [Aside: neoliberalism is taking us down exactly THE WRONG PATH. It leads away from Maslow’s ‘self-actualization’ for the individual, as its purveyors (the wealthy class) tell us we led to ‘individual’ freedom. In truth, we are being driven like a herd of buffalo to our (the rank-in-file) own extinction, or at the very least, the extinction of real democracy, to be replaced by a perversion suborned by the wealth class.]
Choose the club you are most closely spiritually-aligned with. One of them leads to eternal joy, because you are busy with cracking the egos (yours and others) at every opportunity with understanding, love, and forgiveness (IMO, ‘forgiveness’ is just letting a transgression go, not saying, ‘it’s okay you did that to me!’). Eventually a fissure will develop in the light-blocking veil ego puts over the soul…and you will find your way out; at which point you will be ‘Lucy’ (too bad this movie is no longer free on YouTube); you will experience what the woman on the YouTube video experienced (IMO), and you will become reconciled with your Higher Self; the part of you which you were obliged to leave behind when you were conceived here on Earth.
IMO, god has made provision for our egos to be pierced by the Light of creation. Once we recognize, en masse, that ‘humility IS NOT thinking less of yourself; it’s thinking of yourself, less‘, we are on the way to the next stage of human evolution; this won’t be Elon’s thing; it will be somewhat more akin to the 5th Dimension’s thing…
Headline: Joe Manchin Says He Can’t Support Build Back Better Act – apparently, this ‘moderate democrat’ is so worried about the national debt that he is willing to hand millions of children over to starvation and the exclusion from opportunity which poverty ‘buys’.
Brave Joe Manchin. BRAVE NEW WORLD.
Joe obviously doesn’t give a flying f for American’s children. Not only that, he’s patting himself on the back for it; telling himself to be strong for America.
He’s worried about the hit President Biden’s plan is going to have on his returns and those of the folks he apparently works for. They don’t care about our kids either; except how to get their hands them early enough to condition them to believe they live in a democracy, as in, ‘of the people and for the people’ when their leaders are just salesmen selling the poorer voters a bill of goods while they keep raking in profits for the likes of Donald Trump, for example.
Good for you, Joe Manchin. You were able to pee me off enough to write about you on my day off!
But, withal, I know you don’t really mean to be so callous toward so many loyal Americans. In fact, as soon as war breaks out with China and Russia, you won’t be telling them to take a walk when they have their hand out; you’ll have your hand out, um, handing them a rifle; imploring them to fight for their nation WHEN YOU WON’T VOTE TODAY TO TELL YOUR NATION TO FIGHT FOR THEM.
Good for you, Joe Manchin.
As for me, I am sick at heart.
18 December 2021
In a nutshell, this headline illustrates what is wrong with the World, our world, the one we have built:
Headline 1: Special Report: Amazon partnered with China propaganda arm – I have been deploring my inability while shopping Amazon to determine a product’s country of manufacture. I am walking and not able to go very far for shopping (fortunately a good grocery store is within walking-distance) and so Amazon has become my go-to.
When I read this headline, my chronic, broken-record complaining about the modern materialist mores downloaded upon us by Wealth, to accelerate consumption so that they may get richer, faster; permitting them to exert even more control over those who lack money is vetted. Soon, without ‘money’, you won’t even be allowed to drink clean bottled water as wealthy folks could, never mind eat food and feed your kids food that is subpar, not ‘organic’.
An excerpt from the Reuter’s article:
‘Amazon’s compliance with the Chinese government edict, which has not been reported before, is part of a deeper, decade-long effort by the company to win favor in Beijing to protect and grow its business in one of the world’s largest marketplaces.’
And now, here we are, where ‘business’ has led society, with China-Xi threatening us with Armageddon from across the Pacific, Russian ‘Poutine’ (I much prefer Brie) from the Crimea, and Iran-Israel threatening one another as if they were teens with more testosterone than they know how to deal with.
I wonder now if our ‘democratic’ governments are not now opportunistically leveraging the COVID pandemic ‘response’ as a way to stage for open, global war with Russia/China. National populations will be completely trackable down to the individual: Where they are. What they are doing. Are they some kind of threat, either to the nation, or to the progress of the Wealth-suborned spiralling into totalitarianism/authoritarianism?
The thing is, in war, all individual liberties are suspended and citizens understand and accept this. THE DIFFERENCE IS, after the devastation of the coming war, national societies WILL NOT REVERT back to their former glory, from the perspective of the rank-in-file citizen, as they had in the past two World Wars. What is left of the rank-in-file after the war
We will become a Wealth-led, corporate-‘fed’, dystopic mass of human flesh. godless and full of fear; selfish and dreaming of things we will never have – dreaming our lives away in front of our televisions, experiencing all forms of ‘life’ vicariously, watching and reading about others as they live what we cannot afford to live.
Particularly the doings of our Mount Olympians who love to be seen driving around in cars that cost more than any house I have ever owned, or owning houses big enough to shelter a whole neighbourhood family block, but stand empty for much of the year; who love to wear golden crucifixes around their necks SO BIG they eclipse the Great Wall of China’s status as the only man-made object visible from Orbit.
This is because the pervasive human more is now ‘money’. The more you have (or the more others can make by using your talents), the better quality you possess as a human being and the more society rewards you. Conversely the less you have, the lower your personal quality and the less opportunity there is for you and for your children. THE MORE YOU CONTRIBUTE TO GDP, the more value you represent to those who own your nation, and the more your government’s policies favour your lifestyle – all to the detriment of the poor, who, commensurate to your growing wealth, are pushed deeper into the misery and social-exclusion poverty obliges. All to the detriment of the environment/the Commons, for, if we do anything at all, someone, somewhere has to be making money off of it, OR ALL BETS ARE OFF. Brave. New. World.
If we do not get right with ourselves and our democracy, it won’t matter who wins WWIII. Whether we live and die under Xi/Putin’s vision/world-order, or the one foisted upon us by our own Mount Olympians, we will live and die, en masse, in misery.
But should we get right with god, Nature, our selves, and one another, why then what a wonderful world it will be.
To that end, and with profound hopes for the future and the dedication to bring about a utopic world for everyone and everything the Earth Mother gives birth to,
The West must stand firm against China and Russia. We cannot back off on our commitment to Taiwan; neither can we ignore the Ukraine.
Putin wants to coerce us into a dubious bargain: NATO agrees to not encroach ‘further East’ or there will be ‘severe consequences’. [Translation: give Putin/Xi 1/2 of the World and we can ‘keep’ the other half]. Putin keeps the Crimea and ‘invites’ the Ukraine back into his fold.
Here’s my thing: the U.S. INVITES people to join the World order they build since WWII (but was temporarily derailed by movement conservatism in the U.S.). Putin/Xi don’t ‘invite’ unless their invitation is on a baited-hook. They take what they want. They are not interested in building a collaborative World-order; they much rather prefer to sit on top of one that permits them to poop all over everyone situated below them. You want that for your people? For yourself? $Bezos$ seems not to care, and he’s far from alone in this.
WHY NOT JUST LET THE COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD DECIDE FOR THEMSELVES WHOM THEY WANT TO BE NEIGHBOURS WITH AND WITH WHOM THEY WOULD RATHER NOT? We cannot be true to ourselves if we are not being true to others. This means, if others want to join our ‘peoples’ movement’ (aka democracy, self-determination, goodwill among the neighbour nations comprising the world, our World), how can we tell them, ‘No! We already agreed with Putin and Xi to have you live under their thumb, in the darkness of a totalitarian, authoritarian regime, and not in the light of the creator?’ Just to avoid a war with Putin/Xi? Do you not think the young people who gave up their futures for our generation will wonder what they died for, were we to agree to that?’ If it hadn’t been for their heroism, where would the World, our world be right now?
WE MUST MAKE OUR STAND. NOW. Otherwise, we are no better than Putin and Xi. I KNOW ONE THING: To achieve collaboration, to be good neighbours, we cannot go around telling people what to do and how to think (not to mention, ‘worship’ – Xi/Putin want to be worshipped and are jealous of god, just like our Mount Olympians, who also desire to usurp the place of god in human society; who don’t want us to believe in god but rather in them -CAN YOU F’N’ BELIEVE THAT? moreover, we’re actually buying it! hello?) WE MUST MAKE OUR STAND. NOW.
p.s. I urge everyone to stay home this year for Christmas and for New Years. Especially, avoid places where vulnerable people gather, like hospitals, for the sakes of the patients and staff. Find a way to communicate with your loved ones if they are in the hospital (Skype?). Do as much of your shopping as possible online, and if possible, buy from curbside pickup places to support local businesses. Enter bricks and mortar establishments as infrequently as possible, since every time you go in, you risk exposure and spreading the virus.
17 December 2021
Not one, but three global-scope wars are about to break out, maybe even in time for Christmas!
First, the war between the so-called ‘ascendant’ East and the ‘declining’ West. (we’ll forget for now, that it was us who enabled and enriched the ‘East’ and failed to prevent them from hacking our systems to garner forbidden knowledge).
Second, the war within nations for the soul of the nation. Here we have ‘right’ v. ‘left’ but that is all going on at a level above the working-poor and the poor. Today’s leaders seem to care a lot more for GDP than for the folks who are starving/homeless/lacking opportunity in their own nations; largely the result of neglect as the upper group focuses on GDP growth (Translation: more money for the wealthy) rather than on people and families in need (Translation: less money for the wealthy).
Third (and last, but not least) the war between the Light and the Ego for the human soul. If we do not ditch the modern Beholden Rule (‘I’ll do this for you if you do this for me,’ or, ‘you owe me!’) in favour of the Golden Rule (‘I want you to be as well-off and happy as I am right now, and if you are not, I am happy to help with this’), we are all going to pay the price of our callousness. If we do not stand against oppression when it can cost us dearly, if we only fight oppression when it affects us, then we are hypocrites of the ‘highest’ order.
Right now, it is clear ego rules. This is deliberate. The same folks who blather on about human rights while they fish around to take whatever we have out of our pockets are responsible. They want us to be divided and in competition with one another over dwindling job opportunities. They want us to be in debt because our fear of losing/not finding work will be greater than our resentment at working strange, family-unfriendly hours (but don’t worry, the government will make it easier for you to hand your kids over to be raised by strangers, that they may be indoctrinated with the values the government wants the next generation of citizens to acquire), and we will put up with anything to keep our jobs.
All very Brave New World stuff. As a teenager, it all seemed so fantastical to me…but it is coming true in our day.
Headline 1: Afghan girl, 10, was preparing for a new life in Canada before she was killed by the Taliban – it seems the Taliban have no honour. I don’t care what they stand for. THEY HAVE NO HONOUR when they take it upon themselves to murder a 10-YEAR OLD. What are we doing even talking to them? Negotiating with them? Hasn’t Xi been able to teach our wealthy dumb f*cks that the leopard cannot change its spots? The U.N. needs to stand up and move the Taliban out of power. The U.N. needs to stand up for the Uighurs and the practitioners of Falun Dafa. The U.N. needs to settle the ‘Holy’ Land issue; I cannot believe the ‘father’ of someone like Jesus would want to be a part of what the Israeli government is doing to the Palestinians IN THEIR OWN HOMES. The most murderous piece of real estate on the planet, bar none, and we revere it as ‘holy’? (what a slap in the face of god that must be!). The U.N. needs to intercede on behalf of the Houthis, the Kurds, Crimea, Taiwan (the last vestige of Chinese culture, you know, the one that’s been around for thousands of years, extending the creator’s creation in imaginative and wonderful ways, only recently usurped by a ‘Peoples’ revolution which is a euphemism for putting a yoke around the peoples’ neck!…it was like that with Stalin et al. and now Mao, Xi…)…the U.N. needs to protect Israel from Iran and Iran from Israel and both of them from themselves. The list is endless. The solution is for the U.N. to have a standing army and NO SECURITY COUNCIL MEMBERS WITH VETO AUTHORITY.
Headline 2: Omicron in Ontario, Part 3: A hospital chief of staff on ICU overload – 3rd in the series by Matt Gurney. It’s been a worthy read.
Headline 3: Moderna COVID-19 shot likelier to cause heart-inflammation than Pfizer’s: study – ‘studies’ take years. COVID-19 takes days to infect and spread. We simply got caught with our pants down on this one and now we are obliged to choose between the risk of pervasive, massive, unforeseen, long term side effects of the vaccines and the immediate threat of the virus and its ‘offspring’.
IMO, the pandemic response clearly shows that we cannot allow ourselves to be led down the primrose path by neoliberalism/government-in-everything by the Minister-of-everything et al. How good is ‘evidence’ when the experts are as divided as our politics over the interpretation of data and next-steps? Mixed signals abound. And yet, no one seems hesitant to pull the trigger and shame others for their compliance or, for that matter, their non-compliance! NO HONOUR.
When our leaders can withhold information from the citizenry, which, if it were them, THEY’D WANT TO BE TOLD (like, how the virus got started, or, why there’s no money for the poor, working-poor and homeless when only a short time ago there were billions for corporations, businesses, and folks who were working when COVID broke out?), then our democracy is not only in trouble, it is on the way to the morgue.
I understand about national secrets – you wouldn’t talk your poker hand over with a non-player for all the other players to hear; likewise Canada should be wary about tipping its hand to those who threaten us because they’ll be listening too; but it depends on what: if Xi is responsible for COVID somehow, we need to know; I DON’T CARE IF THE TRUTH BOTHERS XI. If he threatens to beat me up for speaking the truth, then bring it on. I will willingly put myself between Xi and my Canadian brothers and sisters if he threatens us. BUT I WON’T KISS HIS ASS.
If it’s something to do with technology, strategy, security, whatever, then we have to trust our leaders to do the right thing by us. All of us, not just the wealthy contributors to GDP. THAT’S WHY WE NEED DEMOCRACY.
That’s also why wealth deplores democracy. They can be held accountable for making bad decisions on our behalf, that is, if it is a real democracy and we THE PEOPLE are given REAL CHOICES.
The truth is, there is no easy way forward. It is always a bit of a climb to progress. It is always easier to slide backwards than to forge ahead and our leaders have sought, over the last years, that is, after Pearson and PET, to make it EASIER TO MAKE MONEY, slowly legislating our democracy out from under our feet, with FTAs and other initiatives, like progressive privatisation of the Commons.
SORRY. That’s not the World I want to leave to my kids’ generation. They might not ever know what was taken from them, what was theirs.
But I know. I remember my childhood.
16 December 2021
I have of late been hard on Wealth, this in reaction to the state of the State and of the World, our world.
I also recognize that this is not the fault of wealthy people per se; material wealth and its pursuits are of the ego entirely, otherwise, no one would ever take more from the World than they need to get by in the World.
Wealth blinds. Pursuing wealth is debilitating. Putting good money after bad is wasteful. Putting good time and energy after bad is both criminal and suicidal.
Wealthy people are addicted to wealth. Poor people would be too, if they had wealth…we are all the same in our reactions.
Addictions are not based on rationality; they are entirely based on desire – both physical and psychological. ‘Desire’ is of the ego.
Outside of the ego, one already is in possession of everything, ‘Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning, born of the one light, Eden saw play…’ sings the Cat in the most spiritually true, comprehensive, and uplifting hymn I have ever heard.
Under the veil of our egos, under the shadow the veil of ego casts upon our consciousness, we are, like the proverbial mushroom, kept in the dark. It cannot be otherwise. What we cannot see, or hear, much less process and understand, we won’t recognize as a danger until it runs us over.
Viewing the World through the lens of our egos filters out everything but for how anything affects us, either positively (the ego wants that!) or negatively (the ego does not want that!).
Ego is ignorant. Ego is ignorant because it lives in darkness.
The egos of wealthy folks live in profound night, because the veil their egos place over the soul (our connector with true consciousness) is thicker than a Greenland glacier.
If war breaks out with China and Russia, why, lo and behold! all of a sudden, Wealth will once again be recognizing the rank-in-file citizen. They will remind us of our patriotic duty…‘In a word it is said that at times we must fall but the worst of it all was the lies…’ ; and they will mislead us, because, in their sincerity, they still lie to themselves…they think we need to be manipulated into standing up for our nation because they themselves need ‘manipulation’, to wit: the manipulation of their addiction to acquire MORE for themselves, in order for them to feel passionate about anything…we are not wealthy, ergo we are not yet made insane by it.
Therein lay the blessings upon the poor. They have little of such distractions PLUS they can see for themselves the misery and lack of opportunity poverty imposes upon people, including children. They literally walk in the shoes of the poor. They also know why they are still poor.
‘The poor we shall always have with us’ is not something Jesus would have said if he were all-knowing in his human form (which he wasn’t, else, why did he doubt in Gethsemane?)…unless we do not have the benefit of the full quote…’unless we unclothe ourselves of ego.’
If, in our interactions with the outside World and its denizens, human and non-human, we were to set aside our egos, to fully embrace what is of the imagination and what is of Creation (the world around us), why, we would notice that person sleeping among a pile of garbage/McDonald’s refuse, we might question how anyone living in Canada, with its gated communities, splendid glass skyscrapers, and high profile sports and entertainment venues (empty save for when a show for profit is put on) could also feature such cold condemnations as penury for any of its citizens (and their children).
But we don’t. We accept poverty. We step around it and over it. Many among us even blame the poor for their poverty. Again, this is coming from seeing the World through the lens of ego (the egos of those who have work/wealth/opportunity).
No one would choose poverty for themselves. No one would choose the life of homelessness if they believed there was a better option. The fact that anyone does implies the mental pathology of egoic reaction – they choose nothingness because EVERYTHING appears to be wrong. But nothing is nothing. Their descent into the ‘protection’ behind ego’s shield is the beginnings of their final and utter ‘dissociation’ from the World; the creator’s World. Their becoming ‘an island to themselves’ is no protection at all. What they need is a place of their own, where they can make their own rules; in that way they can begin the climb up and out from behind ego’s shield and into the creator’s Light with dignity.
In the light, they will, each in their way, contribute to our national society and its aspirations for its citizens and for the World that acknowledges and respects its existence. It’s win-win.
The reason the World is so divided and at war with itself is entirely the consequence of ego’s prevalence and suzerainty in the World, our world.
There has never been a conflict of any sort at all which has not been ego à ego. NEVER. Within or among people; within or among nations. Albeit self-defense is a reaction of the ego, that goes to the preservation of self, which is entirely the creator’s purpose for ego: to differentiate one living soul from another in the beam of light which is still advancing and dispelling the darkness existing all around the creator, since the moment of the Big Bang.
For as long as we do not facilitate ego’s overreach into areas where it does not belong, we will be okay. But this is not the case in the human world:
when we organize into societies, with time, we begin to fractionate, as money begins to pool in some spots; leaving other spots anemic. That is the consequence of a system lacking auto-regulation.
The human body becomes diseased if blood is allowed to pool in some places, not getting to other places.
Societies become diseased if money, society’s lifeblood (means of conveying nutrients/resources throughout) is constrained and allowed to pool. We know this. It’s not rocket science.
Wealth acquisition and its vehicles are institutionalizing constraint of that which MUST NEVER BE CONSTRAINED without causing pathology in the body of national society.
We are lacking ‘autoimmunity.’ Without the protections of an autoimmune system, the body will inevitably fall, after each resurrection, into pathology once more. With the destructive power available to us today, there may not be a ‘resurrection’ for humankind following the next global autoimmune response.
IMO, the autoimmune/autoregulatory system we need is one that taxes all wealth beyond a certain value (2 sigma of the mean value, say) and all earnings/returns on investment beyond a certain value (2 sigma of the mean value of the nation, in EVERY NATION) and these revenues are in part distributed among all citizens and in part invested in infrastructure, environmental amelioration/rejuvenation, and of course, Space Exploration.
We have, for now, managed to distance ourselves from the cycles of Nature, artificially buffered by the wings of technology. But technology is abetting consumption of resources apace and it is being ill-used. As our resources become more scarce and as Wealth privatises and therefore protects what remains of the Commons for themselves, technology is offering AI and Virtual Reality in ‘payment’ for what the creator gave us and Wealth is taking away. Eventually a societal sinkhole will develop as the ‘ground’ upon which wealth is founded (the lower classes) becomes too enervated to support it, and the whole of society collapses in upon itself, despite the way the narrative was supposed to go. The narrative Wealth is still writing. That is why I conclude that Wealth makes idiots of us all.
Virtual reality is not real. duh. But Wealthy folks and their cronies appear intent on spoon-feeding us VM as a way to keep us ‘contented’, while they deny more and more of real life to us.
Eventually, we will be foils in the narrative of Wealth. We’ll live and die such as we are and no one will look back…they’ll just keep on reading and then dying according to the narrative Wealth is reading…all without ever having lived.
They were born. They were read a story. They were sick. They died. End of their story. Next???
I pray that Putin, Xi, Israel’s regime, the folks all across the Middle East, Biden, Trudeau, et al. will understand that we can have a goodly and godly World, right now, if only we ditch our egos for long enough to see where the Darkness of ego has taken humankind and where the Light is both leading to, the creator beckoning to us to follow.
Imagine, for example, ‘bombers becoming butterflies‘ or in more mundane terms, using all of the money we spend on military upgrading/keeping up with the Joneses-Xi’s/Putins (soon to be mothballed, useless, and wasted, as new technologies rollout) on healing the environment, shrinking the human footprint, ditching the Orwellian/Huxlean authoritarian state in favour of what the great French thinkers, Rousseau, Voltaire et al., followed by Victor Hugo and the great French Romanticists imagined for humankind. What a wonderful world it would be [p.s. listen to what Louis Armstrong has to say before he begins the song].
I pray that the religious leaders of the World recognize that it is their ego, and theirs alone, that blinds them to the fact that the creator is a transcendent being, existing well beyond comprehension or encapsulation by the human mind or any religious canon. [I recognized this within myself, which is why I say it ‘out loud’ now].
WHENEVER ANYONE, doesn’t matter who, SAYS ‘OUR FAITH IS TRUE, YOUR FAITH IS NOT’, it is their ego speaking. The creator is formless and boundless; defying all attempts to describe and to quantify. They are preserving their consciousness of the form of something which is by its own nature, formless. It is not that forms are useless; it is how things get done; HOWEVER, form is subject to creation and creation implies, at its heart, the destruction of form in favour of new forms, ongoing…to wit: CHANGE is the form Creation ALWAYS takes. When we try to preserve or impose forms, it is tantamount to stepping into the Niagara River and pushing back to reverse the flow of water, back up and over the Horseshoe Falls.
WHENEVER ANYONE tells you to trust in god; to accept that you will never be able to encapsulate god, in your head, on the crucifix which hangs on the living room wall, in the religious institution, or in a book; but that all of these avenues, guided by the Heart’s compass, will help you to navigate out of ego and into the light so long as you tread true, why, that’s advice you can take to the proverbial bank. [p.s. A relative is fond of telling me that ‘Jesus is my personal saviour’. If it really is personal, then, why does the relative insist on my adopting his or any other view of Jesus? Why am I not encouraged to find out about Jesus ON MY OWN? Pray, read, evaluate, question; ultimately, PRAY FOR GUIDANCE as you employ the various resources we have to learn about Jesus. ABOVE ALL ELSE, be as a child in all of this, for, Jesus knew that it is the heart and mind of the child, the way we enter the World, that is our key to knowing the way back TO THE SOURCE.]. No child will tell another child, who is having fun with their toy, that that toy is somehow ‘wrong’. The child would simply want to play too, and find out more about the toy, and most especially, TO EXPERIENCE JOY. The fact there are so many religions is an opportunity to experience Joy, over and over, in the discovery of new things and in new ways of looking at old things. Let us be as children. No child would steal the aforementioned toy or seek to destroy it…but they would benefit greatly from the sharing, wouldn’t they?
I pray that Iran forgives Israel and that Israel forgives Iran. There is no need to persist in a cause that will bring destruction upon both sides. There is no reason. How can anyone want to persist in hatred if there is an option for ‘love’, meaning, a chance to build a common front to their enemies, to all challenges, rather than being an enemy to one another and in so doing increase the odds of their own destruction?
I pray that Jesus, or the prophets of your own Faith, imbued with the Christ, the Word of the creator, forward the creator’s intent to find Xi, Putin, MBS, Modi, Trudeau, Biden…all of those very capable people who are leaders of national societies…before it is too late and a tsunami of destruction washes our world away forever – all because we are blinded by ego.
15 December 2021
Headline 1: The UAE puts China first and gives Macron his AUKUS revenge – now, I ask you, who is serious about building an equitable, sustainable world order, and who is intent on continuing the rapaciousness now in vogue and spiralling downward toward a violent, final, denouement?
Is it China? Is it the nations of the Trump-facilitated ‘peace’ in the Middle East?
Or is it the nation that swung the balance in favour of liberty in WWII, against fascism; the nation that ran afoul of its own ideals and aspirations while building a new world order, allowing itself and its constitutional vision/dream (one we can all share in...e pluribus unum…) to be usurped by movement conservativism and neoliberalism (these originating from either end of the political spectrum to wage the Wealth-suborned assault on Abraham Lincoln’s democracy), only to reemerge, in its former glory, under Joe Biden?
The U.S. shows that it can be great but make big mistakes and should never believe itself to be infallible; the U.S. shows that it can learn from its mistakes and most important of all, is willing to atone for its past transgressions and enable itself to reassume its role as a beacon for the World, our world, to use going forward into new territory.
With all of the media fear-mongering going on, this to keep us reading rather than informed (we still don’t know how the virus got started, for i.e., but we see the latest spread statistics presented like sports news along with the ‘current standings’), it is hard not to think that China is going to come and nuke the bejeezus out of us, that they do everything techy far better than us…
Headline 2: US Navy fires laser weapon in Middle East amid drone boat threat – I am not an expert on what I am about to say, so, take it, as I do, with both hope and a grain of salt: with all of the hoopla about China’s developing hypersonic-capable missiles and how little time (minutes, in fact) anyone anywhere in the World will have to make their peace with god, NO MISSILE DELIVERY SYSTEM INVENTABLE BY HUMANS, Chinese(as hyper-intelligent/resourceful they are as a people) or other, NONE OF THEM ARE WITHIN ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE OF LIGHT SPEED.
Lasers travel, duh!, at LIGHT SPEED.
IMO (and it is a very uneducated opinion, granted), if the U.S. Navy is already testing laser technology and successfully blowing things up with a laser beam, then it isn’t going to be long before they roll out laser-missile defense systems which can track, target, and destroy anything that moves, regardless of how fast it is moving or where it is, because:
- Lasers travel at light speed (186000 MILES PER SECOND), whereas the fastest missile speeds UNDER DEVELOPMENT reach about Mach 10 (7,672 miles per hour = 2.1 MILES PER SECOND). It will be like trying to shoot a gigantic snail with a high power telescoped rifle in a master’s hands. No way you can miss.
- A ‘net’ of criss-crossing laser beams could present an impenetrable barrier dome to anything incoming. Nothing could possibly get through.
China and Russia will never develop a missile capable of moving anywhere near as fast as what the U.S. and its allies will be using to shoot them down. In fact, our defense ‘projectiles’ will move 93,000 times FASTER than what is incoming. Their pursuits of hypersonic technologies is putting good money after bad. It is like trying to develop a faster riding bicycle in an effort to compete for market share with automobiles.
Neither will the U.S. and its allies be able to fire anything at China or Russia at speeds faster than light; BUT THEN, they don’t appear to want to annihilate China or Russia – they simply want them to play fair…BUT THE RUSSIAN AND CHINESE REGIMES do not want to play fair. [In a backhanded sort of way, were the Russians and Chinese allowed to ‘steal’ the laser technology, why then, no one would bother with nukes anymore, and the World might be sensible enough to finally be rid of them forever…
Russia is already being reprimanded economically.
China should have been too. Instead, the wealthy beneficiaries of Chinese integration into the global supply chain ignored every signal, even to the point of appearing to accept that China will not allow the World to properly investigate the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic.
I am happy to be of the West. I am happy because I feel we are willing/able to atone for our past mistakes (pursuing true reconciliation with all those we have hurt); as important, we hold that democracy, a gift from the ancient Greeks (one for which we are forever indebted to the Greek culture), featuring self-determination/truly responsible government, is the way forward…and away from humankind’s egoic, controlling, spiralling tendency toward fascism/authoritarianism.
Keep the Faith; whatever that means to you. Follow the Golden Rule, always. Let go of the Past. Stop trying to bring the Future into the present.
In the moment is where ETERNITY exists fully.
Have a blessed day, especially if your birthday is today!
Headline 2: Italian Bishop Gives Children Harsh News: There is no Santa Claus – whatever his reasons, I totally disagree with his pronouncement. When ‘the question’ came up (as it inevitably does) from my kids, I told them that Santa Claus was St. Nicolaus, a saint who, among many other things, was said to go round secretly bestowing gifts upon folks he thought to be in desperate need; that his spirit is very much alive and moving parents all over the World to bestow gifts just as he did while he was alive. He couldn’t travel the whole world in one night in those days, BUT HE SURE CAN NOW that he is a spirit/angel.
Don’t take childhood away from children. My mother jealously guarded our childhood imaginations, our way of looking at the World (a way that allowed for happiness and never fear), even though she herself didn’t have a happy childhood. SHE KNEW what was denied her by poverty and the unbridled selfishness of others, adults in particular. She made sure that we kids had everything a child could imagine, BECAUSE SHE KNEW IT WAS THE BEST TIME OF A HUMAN’S LIFE, save for having children of your own, and watching their beautiful imaginations at work in their lives.
And she was 111% successful.
If I had never heard of Santa Claus, it would not have mattered one iota, because I had a mother who lived and breathed what good ol’ St. Nick was all about.
Now, the bishop was concerned about ‘consumerism’. It is true. We need not drench kids in so many toys that they become the forest is lost for all of the trees. But, to see the excitement and joy in their little faces as they rip the wrapping paper apart to see what’s inside is, as a parent, the most joy-inspiring thing you can see.
Headline 4: Omicron in Ontario, Part 2: Anthony Dale on what’s coming for our hospitals – a Part 3 is coming. In the meantime, have a look at what TVO’s Matt Gurney and his experts have to say. Very good. Very informative. Very scary.
I understand why folks are afraid of vaccines. I know people, respectable in today’s society on all accounts, who refused to get the flu vaccine for years;
but, NOW THAT WE ARE IN A PANDEMIC, they too are vaccinated. Fully vaccinated.
Gossips aren’t always exaggerating and governments aren’t always misleading the rank-in-file citizen on behalf of their wealthy sponsors. Sometimes you get the pure, unadulterated truth.
Here is the truth:
If we do not vaccinate against COVID we abet its spread. We don’t mean to, but nevertheless we are the unwitting accomplices of the latest pandemic. Our governments will blame us. This time, we’ll have to say, they’re right, that is, if we don’t vaccinate.
Governments are positioning themselves throughout to confer blame on everything but themselves. Our government’s position on the Church viz à vis the Residential Schools is, along with our COVID-19 response, the latest examples. If we do not cultivate a truer version of democracy, why, we will awaken one morning to the realization that we have no democracy at all, save for what wealthy people believe we should have, and that gets less all the time as their needs grow as the World’s, our world’s resources diminish. We will starve, we will wallow in penury, but, THEY WILL HAVE TO LIVE IN SMALLER HOUSES, FEWER HOUSES, AND TAKE FEWER TRIPS DOWN SOUTH TO HELP PASS THE WINTER. Sucks to be them, doesn’t it?
Actually it does. Wait and see. Jesus said, ‘blessed are the poor’. I believe he actually did say that.
It isn’t the material, it’s ‘what matters’, what we are invested/engaged in spiritually, that is of superordinate importance. Jesus knew this, likely because he too experienced poverty, later in life, when he began his ministry and ventured out into the desert. It must have been a very, very lonely time for him.
Money/wealth distracts us; specifically, money/wealth entice our egos into addiction to money and what money buys. Once addicted, everyone knows it is no longer a matter of logic/reason, but willpower to get off the addiction. Everything done to garner wealth is also not a matter of reason, but rather addiction to materiality. Their addiction to wealth is a bad habit perpetuated upon the backs of the rank-in-file citizen.
Wealth seeks to quantify EVERYTHING, for in that way, it will have control over EVERYTHING money can buy, which, as I just said, is going to be EVERYTHING. Everything that happens, Wealth will know because money will move, some straight into their pockets. When it slows down, they will figure out new ways to speed things up again, none of which are going to help the poor.
If you don’t have money, you might one day be SOL on all counts. Water is already become a commodity. Is breathable air soon to be on the table?
12 December 2021
It’s Sunday! To honour the creator’s ‘day of rest’ in my personal Faith-tradition, I decided to kick-things off (more on my choice of metaphors later) with Part 3 of the ETS series on Revelation, by H.G. Mar Mari Emmanuel Bishop of Christ The Good Shepherd Church (Australia).
I love listening to this man. Like Cardinal Collins of St. Michael’s Basilica in Toronto and Father Chris Alar of Divine Mercy, he speaks from the heart. There is no guile among these three. They each proceed from their own unique radius; all have their heart, mind, and souls clearly and unerringly focused upon the centre. Upon the Source. [Aside: I aver the same for the person of Pope Francis as well].
Follow along with any one of them and you will find yourself face to face with god. Similarly, follow any religious leader who is likewise guided, by the heart first, dogma second (or third, or fourth…). Whether that leader is ‘Christian’, ‘Judaic’, ‘Hindu’, ‘Buddhist’, ‘Muslim’…of whichever Faith, that leader will not knowingly mislead you or withhold information from you, information that, if they were you, they would want to know.
Contrast this with our politicized leaders. Will we ever know the truth from them? If yes, will it be the whole truth, or the convenient (um, for them to reveal) truth?
From the mask placed upon the origins of COVID-19 to the opportunistic leveraging of further social controls, in the way of response, ostensibly to contain the pandemic, there is an undercurrent of ‘manipulation’ with respect to what the public is ready to accept; this to further the State’s agenda, which is to breach the privacy and thought-processes of the rank-in-file citizen as Orwell imagined, together with the usurpation of the place (the apex) god/Faith occupies in human society, all this to achieve TOTAL CONTROL over our behaviour and how we think. The State’s overarching objective is to have us follow our Mount Olympians’ lead, accept whatever they tell us and what little they allow us (and with thanks!) but live entirely separate from them and aren’t a burden to them – in fact, we should all wallow in an amorphous dystopic labour-pool, until some of us are needed to do work for the Mount Olympians.
The difference between our leadership and China’s is that China does not know how to be subtle. No one is fooled by China’s Xi: ‘Take my offered hand, or I’ll punch you out with it’ IS NOT a whole lot different than, ‘Take my offered hand, because the other one is in your pocket’; they both lead to the same place. Either by frontal assault or political legerdemain, we are heading into Fascism/totalitarianism. That is the inevitable end of a society whose heart has been closed-off by the ‘business-mind’.
I am hopeful Canada will lead the World, our world, toward a better denouement than the one we appear to be lurching toward. For that to happen, we have to move beyond talk, beyond manipulating opinion and mores, beyond the closed thinking/mindset of ego and the ego of Wealth, and embrace a new world order that advances the ‘jurisprudence’ of the Golden Rule on Earth, that upholds the original intent of the separation of church and state: the protection of religion in all of its flavours, and that not only respects human rights but also advances them, all the way up Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs TO THE VERY APEX: self-actualization. This is not to say we do not need leaders. WE DO. The kind that lead by their example, not by a contrived narrative of Wealth.
I cannot control Xi. I cannot control PM Trudeau. I cannot even control the volume of the neighbour’s television…but I CAN CONTROL MYSELF. In fact, that is all the creator needs and hopes for, for all of us. To bury ego within ourselves, where it belongs, and to never allow it out of its cage, where it will inevitably do damage to other souls and invite reaction from their egos.
‘It is what comes out of your mouth that defiles you’, Jesus was purported to have said. I totally believe he said it.
It makes perfect sense. If you let your ego speak for you, YOU WILL UTTER THAT WHICH IS SELF-DEFILING. It is the same for everyone’s ego. Wealth’s ego is become so insane it even expects to be worshipped for it. This is tantamount to a cow pie in a field smiling up at the World, enamoured of its own smell.
The mind that is closed is guided by the heart that is also closed. Ego is what keeps those ‘doors’ shut.
The more we are not conscious of our ego, the more the doors to the heart and mind are opened, the more the creator’s light gets through and restores us, brings us closer to our self-actualization.
Knowledge of god -> love of god. [the more you know god the more you will love god]
Humility -> Wisdom [the more humble you are(the less ego does your thinking) the wiser you become]
These two relations are identified by Bishop Emmanuel of Christ the Good Shepherd Church (Australia) in Part 3 of his series on Revelation.
Let’s all trust in the god we pray to. Let us all pray. What possible harm can it do?
On the other hand, it might just do us and the World, our world, a whole lot of good. Can you imagine waking up on Sunday, making a coffee, and firing up the laptop to see the latest AND being uplifted by news of the camaraderie and collaboration between Xi and Biden and Putin and whomever, about their happily engaged citizens and the latest on their scientists’ discoveries which cause excitement for the future and engagement with building it, about another war avoided and another wave of migrants made unnecessary and all those lives, not imperilled by crossing treacherous waters in overcrowded boats, but are rather protected by their own governments in their own homes, about where unemployed folks can engage in their community maintenance, about their government providing them with a basic income liveable income, about the rollback of privatization of the Commons and real progress with the Indigenous (IMO ‘reconciliation implies giving back what was taken from them, which, ultimately, was the land under their feet and which mandates, for the Canadian Indigenous at least, a province of their own), or, for that matter, the ‘inconvenient truths of the past being made known to us, all of us, so that we collaborate to ensure these things never happen again…?
Can you Imagine?
Headline 1: When did scientists first warn humanity about climate change? – read it and weep. And for a chaser, check out Silent Spring by Rachel Carson.
p.s. If you got this far, check out this facsimile of a newspaper published 17 July 1912 – just before the Great War…read the section highlighted.
Headline 2: Tories reject proposed compromise to allow MPs to see documents on fired scientists – alright already. I don’t know Mark Holland from a hole in the ground, but he’s the ‘Government House Leader’.
Here’s my thing: I don’t know what is being ‘held back’, ‘redacted’, for reasons of ‘national security’, or even if the reasons are bona fide. WHAT I DO KNOW IS THAT I AM NOT PREPARED TO TRUST THE GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE, THE PMO, or any other non-elected institution or agency.
I am however prepared to trust the folks I directly elect with my vote. The non-responsiveness of my own MP representative, I want to believe that he is the exception to the rule and that my MP will make the time to acknowledge my interest in this or that, whether he/she agrees or not. I would want to know why not, or why, that’s all…I would not want to be ignored, as if I or my concern didn’t exist.
If we cannot TRUST Parliament, then democracy is indeed dead. If we cannot trust our parliamentarians with our ‘national security’ so that they may make rational decisions on our behalf, where the fuck does that leave us IN A DEMOCRACY?
And so, I too am not satisfied with the compromise put forward by Mark Holland. AND I CERTAINLY RESENT PARLIAMENT BEING PUT BEFORE THE COURT on this issue.
It appears the ‘government’ whether it happens to be Liberal or Conservative in their modern forms, are what imperils democracy…[aside: Oh! Good! Aren’t they all talking about the perils to democracy right now? Perhaps they will hold the mirror up to themselves?]
Trust Parliament. Trust the folks we elect to Parliament. If we can ensure Parliament represents the full spectrum that is Canada in all of its diversity and the perspectives which come along with it, we may trust our Parliament.
I urge the Government House Leader to keep his lips together unless it is to urge the PM/PMO to back off and release these documents to Parliament, for them to MAKE THE DECISION as to what they can tell citizens (and of course everyone else in the World will know too once that happens) and what they cannot, because of the timing. But eventually, everything should be made known.
Again, if we are still waiting to find out who is responsible for killing a man who could have been the most visionary president the U.S. has had since Abraham Lincoln (it was his vision that got him killed by his own countrymen who felt they had too much $ to lose, I am inclined to believe), then we aren’t living in a democracy, but rather, a cheap facsimile. The ancient Greeks would be horrified by how we corrupted their invention.
We need to be honest. Honesty->Awareness->Right Action.
There is no other way but the Truth. In democracy especially. If we do not, we have only the wiles of Wealth’s egos. I’d rather pick up a Dan Brown novel than read the bullshit our government is spewing about the church. At least Dan Brown isn’t trying to pass his story off as the truth.
Can our governments make the same claim?
11 December 2021
You may have seen the advertisement on your Firestick television, courtesy of #unsmokeCanada. Of course, there isn’t a centipede living under a board who doesn’t know that smoking has resulted in an ongoing health-‘pandemic’. This is not why I find the ad unsettling.
It isn’t the content, it’s the tone of the ad. They aren’t ‘asking’; they are ‘telling’ you to quit.
That’s all of the difference in the world.
‘Free will’ is sacrificed to the pronouncements of the ‘majority’ (if the ‘majority’ were smokers, you’d never see an ad like this, but that is not the main point).
It isn’t the ‘main point’ because ‘health’ is not the reason for the initiative.
Money is. ‘Wealth, not health is the targeted objective’. ‘Health’ is the means wealth uses to achieve savings for themselves.
An (albeit cursory) scan of Internet sources appears to indicate that the costs to the State attributable to smoking tobacco parallel or even exceed the profits tobacco sales generate. Good for GDP, conversely, bad for the budget.
When the bad outweighs the good in financial matters, then the bad is going be addressed by those who own the money supply.
When those who own the money supply see that tobacco use is costing them more (as lenders to the government) than it earns for them (as investors in tobacco companies), then someone among them invents yet another organization to manipulate us into supporting the new profit-initiative, without knowing the real motivation and impacts.
The motivation is money. More money. Yes we will as a group suffer less from smoking illnesses (very likely, ‘mental illness’, the result of deliberate fear-based governing tactics, will become the next ongoing health crisis suffered by the ‘masses’), but the social engineers will have advanced our acquiescence into a society which features ‘leaders’ of the coercive kind and followers of the mindless/soulless kind – those lacking free will and the responsibility to exercise it, along with the corollary uptick in mental illnesses and violent crime because of it.
We are now on the cusp of a dystopic Brave New World ‘event-horizon’.
‘Free will’ does not imply doing whatever you like; but this is exactly what our leaders are doing: using their free will to attack our free will; this being next on their ‘to-do’ list, after first neutralizing the family influence upon society, that they may replace the parental worldview with one the state can better manage and control, but which is patently false). Neoliberals know that the individual cannot fight city-hall, and that, in a society of individuals, only those with power ($$$) have ‘free will’. That is the formula for totalitarianism -> ‘free will’ for a price is no free will at all.
‘Free will’ means exactly what you think it means: The right to act and speak in the way you feel is proper and right, SO LONG AS YOU DO NOT FORCE YOUR FREE WILL UPON SOMEONE ELSE.
In a truly free, democratic society, free will, aka ‘liberty’ is the highest of human values(even Maslow says so), just as was declared in the U.S. Declaration of Independence, that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness “ [quote excerpted from the Wikipedia article].
But #unsmoke just blurts out the goal of annihilating smoking in Canada and therefore your right to smoke; and in very strong terms, this in itself very uncustomary for Canadians, but very much like how movement conservatives from south of the border tend to roll.
Free will just as equitably allows for the freedom to ‘sin’…and with that comes ‘facing the consequences’.
Free will DOES NOT ever imply having others face the consequences of your choices.
Same goes for vaccinating against COVID. Vaccinating is the right thing to do. If you do not get vaccinated, you imperil others by increasing your ability to spread COVID.
In the case of COVID and vaccine mandates and passports, free will is once again made beholden to the dollar. Our ‘leaders’ (ultimately, these are the investors with the deepest pockets, not our Parliamentarians, since they must kowtow to the Executive or suffer the ‘Whip’) are once again, defending GDP growth, which is the investor’s collective measure of their progress. They are packing stadiums and opening things up to permit snowbird travel (without which society will likely fail) and gatherings on a large scale while at the same time there are warnings of omicron and a new wave.
The government WILL BLAME EVERYONE BUT THEMSELVES. Everyone will blame the government but not themselves….does anyone see where this scenario is leading?
NOWHERE. Status quo. GDP growth on the backs of regular citizens. Mixed-signals, moving goal-posts, and CHAOS. Anyone think we aren’t in ‘hell’ already? hello?
Nevertheless, I will offer my own contribution in the way of a solution:
- Respect free will / the Golden Rule
- If you want to smoke, do it in such a way that others aren’t having to breathe it too. Governments should legislate the construction of in-suite/in-home smoking rooms, well-ventilated and sealed, so that the smoke is immediately evacuated to the outside. Accommodate smokers, don’t make elderly wheel-chair bound folks sit outside their LTCs in the cold of Winter…doing that to people, OLD PEOPLE, is terrible…as terrible as being in a wealthy nation that features people, young and old, sleeping in the dead of Winter on subway gratings in Toronto, the ‘great city’.
- If you do not want to be vaccinated because you are worried that there could be serious and insurmountable side-effects for you and/or your children(never forget thalidomide), then you must live within the context of not being a spreader. Being vaccinated reduces your chance of spreading COVID, but does not eliminate it. Performing all of the basic behaviours -hand-washing, masking, social-distancing, avoiding-crowds, essential-trips only, bubbling-up -reduces the risk but cannot eliminate it. SOLUTION: the government rolls out rapid-test kits for home-use, and provides schools/hospitals/offices/workplaces with these kits for onsite testing. This will mean that the unvaccinated are identified/declared to ensure they get tested. But free will is preserved on all sides. I DO NOT BELIEVE IT IS AN INVASION OF PRIVACY FOR THESE INSTITUTIONS TO HAVE THIS INFORMATION AND ACT UPON IT FOR THE PURPOSE OF TESTING anymore than it is for the CRA to possess your SIN for taxation purposes.
Opinion: It is precisely due to usurpation of democracy by Wealth that we have a mental health crisis in the making. Our puppet-masters use our aspirations and dreams only as a means to preserve the means and to achieve the ends of Wealth. Their end is to continue to enrich themselves on the backs of the environment and the citizen and to do that they will need TOTAL. SOCIAL. CONTROL. The citizen, meanwhile, keeps hoping for the best while they hold back the awareness that things are getting worse for them AND FOR THEIR KIDS. We are all being kept in a constant state of worry. Mental health crisis? How is it possible?
Controlling the money is the main avenue of control. The police and the military will only come into play when the people verge beyond money’s control.
Brave. New. World.
Headline 1: Iran’s Nuclear Program Ignites New Tension Between U.S. and Israel – The simplest way to guarantee that Iran won’t use nukes on Israel is to guarantee that Israel will not bomb Iran whenever they feel like it. A mutual non-aggression pact. Violate the pact, and that side will answer to the World’s, our world’s, military and be overwhelmed by it. Neither side wishes to be annihilated. This is more important to them than it would be to annihilate the other side, hello? I’m with Biden/Obama. Allow Iran’s nuclear program. If they develop nuclear weapons in contravention of what they themselves agreed to, then they lack honour, and their government invites destruction upon itself(but sadly, also upon our Iranian brothers and sisters). One would think that a regime headed by a religious figure would, above all else, act honourably. They were once a great civilization and have contributed much to the knowledge and cultural stores of the World, our world. THE WORLD OWES THEM A CHANCE. THE WORLD OWES THE U.S. A CHANCE TO redeem itself after its latest fiasco, the Trump Administration. Agree with Iran. Don’t allow the war hawks of Israel and the World to plunge the World, our world, into war and global conflagration.
Headline 2: Omicron threat grows as COVID-19 surges in Quebec and Ontario – and,
Headline 3: Ontario expanding boosters with Omicron set to overtake Delta in January – but we will be able to go and watch a Leaf game at the AC or on the big screens in you favourite pub or restaurant…
…that way, the folks who live on Mount Olympus, far above the squalor of COVID-19 riddled streets, malls, and other public venues, but owners of all the above, can continue to reap the benefits of owning stuff.
Headline 4: Two election workers break silence after enduring Trump backers’ threats – Trump is more like Xi than Xi! God help the U.S. Trump is object proof of what Wealth is doing to that great nation born as it was out of the maws of oppression only to become the oppressor of others, among them, their own citizens, when the fascist mindset makes it into government. Trump has managed to get people who are passionate about democracy to do his sordidly anti-democratic work for him. THE ELEPHANT IN THIS ROOM is that that’s exactly how SATAN OPERATES AMONG HUMANKIND. He/IT gets US to do the dirty work for him as he seeks to undermine the creator’s creation and have us all live in the darkness of SATAN’s ego. ‘Democracy dies in darkness‘ is the motto of the Washington Post, the newspaper Jamal Khashoggi wrote for to his peril at the hands of his own countrymen, at the behest of his own Crown Prince.
Headline 5: Countries at the global democracy summit take the first step – admit there’s a problem – read this with great interest.
If ‘democracy has to renew itself with each generation’ as President Biden says, why that’s because democracy is imperilled from the get-go, and that is because we’ve never had democracy, but rather only the appearance of democracy, the bells and whistles of democracy, and that’s because we are overlorded by Wealth.
The system is flawed. The systemic flaw is in the control and distribution of money. When you have money, you can eat ‘organic’ while poorer family kids cannot afford to. When you have money, you can go to better schools in better, safer neighbourhoods, even private schools, someday, maybe even the London School of Economics, where the who’s who of the World send their kids to be fashioned for leadership roles, like PET and Hillary. I don’t know if Donald Trump ever went to school at all…When you have money, you can travel, you can get out of town and away from the squalor of the big city, where so many of the poor end up. You can leave all that behind.
When you have money, why, the banks can’t wait to lend you more, so that you can consume in style…You will end up with debt for many years; because of that debt you will do or put up with anything to keep your job. And they’ve (our friendly neighbourhood puppet-masters) got you. You will tow the line. Very few of us muster the courage to take a stand against injustice if it costs us.
JFK took a stand and was gunned down in the street. RFK was gunned down not long afterwards. Dr. Martin Luther King was gunned down. All of them for trying to do the right thing for others, not even for themselves! They weren’t doing it for money; more like for those who didn’t have any money. Their reward? Summary execution -by, IMO, the folks in power somewhere, whose power was threatened by one of these heroes…
And we won’t know who was responsible for JFK’s assassination, anymore than we are going to be told the truth about COVID-19’s origins. And our leaders continue their neoliberalist assaults on Faith; because nothing is hidden from god. And if we look to god, in god’s good timing, WE WILL KNOW THE TRUTH. But for now…
Crisis? What crisis?
p.s. another Headline: China envoy says Kovrig, Spavor confessed to crimes, warns against rejecting Huawei – alright, there’s little hope that this can be settled between China and Canada in the old way, where the leaders of both sides fight it out, winner take all. If PM JT has kept up his boxing, he’ll launch a missile alright, but it will be Xi riding it…
Then Justin follows with a body shot, what a beautiful punch!
Right to the midsection, it brings up Xi’s lunch;
Then JT comes with an uppercut, a powerful swing,
It launches Jinping clear out of the ring!
The Chinese envoy is afraid, he calls it, ‘horrific!’
But China is not dismayed, Xi was tracked heading toward the Pacific.
Whatever happens now, whatever will be,
Xi will be waving bye-bye as he flies past the South China Sea…
for a leader like Xi, to be so bold,
Antarctica is the place for him; being properly cold.
Too bad for Xi, he loves wanton, but he will never get the chance
To dine in Taiwan.
[a ‘poem’ in the tradition of the world’s greatest boxer/most ‘human’ of human beings ever, Muhammed Ali (formerly Cassius Clay)]….crumb, he’s even a better poet than I am, and he just did it off the cuff! What a great, great example of the creator’s hopes for all of humankind.
He was never afraid to live, to lose, to have something he fought to win taken from him because he wouldn’t go to kill Vietcong; then gets up, and takes it back, FROM THE NEXT COHORT OF BOXERS. He lost, got back up, and kept fighting. He took back what was unfairly taken from him.
He didn’t know how to lay down or to give up. And he loved the limelight. He loved people just as much…
America produced the likes of Muhammed Ali. America has done some crap over the years, but I believe that with Obama and now Biden, it is once again in good hands and a beacon of light to the World. This is heading in the exact opposite direction as China’s Xi.
If we right our listing ship, if the folks who are gathering to discuss democracy right now wake up and see that it is Wealth which undermines democracy, then I am not worried about China. We will do right by China, even if our PM has to give Xi a bleeding nose. We’ll make our stand against anyone who threatens us or our democratic way of life, from within or from without.
Rather, I am worried for China, in particular the Chinese people, who revere their leaders. Such people deserve the very best leaders. To be all they can be à la Maslow. Self-actualized. We deserve the same here. We must work to preserve it here, as President Biden said.
China will be vanquished by the West, but not the Chinese people or culture. That is not how we roll, thank god. We will come to their aid after Xi’s regime falls. We will not threaten China; but we will not do business with any nation whose government suborns such abject cruelty and callousness towards people who do not look, talk, or worship as the majority does.
10 December 2021
Headline 1: Doug Ford looks poised to win next year’s election. Here’s how he reversed his political fortunes – TWO things about this article I find as revealing as I do distressing: 1- that someone like Doug Ford ever got to be a premier of a province and 2 – that the article’s writer is able to present the Premier’s ‘new clothes’ as rational…that Doug Ford is rational; moreover, that we Ontario voters vote rationally!
I want to make mention that Andrea Horwath is still leading the NDP, after three election failures. I like her though I don’t know a whole lot about her. Her energy is good. [Were you perhaps expecting some political-punditry like you get on CBC? Politics is bullshit. It’s no longer leadership; it’s salesmanship. Trying to see the ‘person’ behind the political shell is more important now than ever, which is why I take exception to anyone presenting the irrational as rational when it comes to public service and public servants, and why it is important to not return Doug Ford’s and his legions to office: the leopard doesn’t ever really change its spots.
The fact that, 3 losses notwithstanding, NDP leader Horwath remains at the helm, reveals there’s something to her that one can’t quite put a finger on, but which causes folks to warm up to her and want her around. Perhaps NOW is her time.
We need to wrest control from those who are pushing us toward the cliff. We need responsible government and it can only be ‘responsible’ if it represents in the Legislature the perspectives of all Ontarians. The cons provide only the perspective of business people. They will enact legislation favourable to business and profit generation. All other considerations are secondary or of even less importance.
The Liberals are stuck in the same spot as the cons, only, whereas the cons list right toward fascism; the Liberals list left toward neoliberalism. Both are business visions that subjugate the worker and the citizen to Wealth and GDP.
The two come together in their extremes as authoritarianism. Full-circle brings neoconservatism and neoliberalism face to face. Neoconservatism is an ideology in reaction to Liberalism. Neoliberalism is a market philosophy of non-intervention. Another way to put it:
Liberalism + Neoliberalism = Brave New World, Huxley style
Neoconservatism + movement conservatism = Fascism -> Authoritarianism ->Brave New World, Huxley style
Either way, we are now constructing a Brave New World, Huxley style, for every living human and non-human soul, save for those engaged in Wealth generation.
China has already done this. China is now in bed with Russia. War makes strange bedfellows, after all. I can’t think of any two peoples with a deeper tradition of animosity toward one another than the Russians and the Chinese. But right now, they share a common barrier to their dreams of power and glory and that is THE U.S.A.
The U.S.A. appears intent to form an alliance of the willing to constrain the Russias and Chinas of the World, our world, as they crop up. Whereas China and Russia deal with internal dissent in very direct ways, the U.S.A. appears to at least be willing to talk things through most of the time and to resist the temptation to use force (but not always successful).
What weds Russia and China is their mutual animosity toward the West, specifically the U.S. Were they to defeat the U.S. or render them ineffectual on the global stage, they would then turn on one another and the World (or what’s left of it) is right back where it started, only with new antagonists.
The U.S. meanwhile, allowed the U.N. to be built on its soil. It has been spearheading, over the years, alliances with military and economic clout. Even its Republicans (before Trump/movement conservatives fully took it over) built coalitions among nations rather than going alone; driven by their own egos.
I dunno about you, but I’d rather side with the side that rebuilds the enemy after vanquishing them in war and inherit those values rather than the side that murders all dissent, one way or the other.
America has incurred karma both good (the War Generations effort) and bad (the Bikini Islands, Vietnam, using nuclear bombs on Japan, its treatment of the Indigenous). I believe with the right mindset in government, the American nation, being as heroic per capita as Canadians have shown themselves to be (PM Lester B. Pearson, Pierre Elliot Trudeau and Tommy Douglas and all those who serve, being my favourites), will lead the World, our world, the rest of the way back to the Garden and to a world of real peace and shared prosperity.
Money can’t buy me love. But it can buy the world a whole lot of good karma if it is used properly. Money/wealth, after all, is the lifeblood of society. It circulates and provides nutrition to society’s organs(institutions) and cells (citizens).
We need only flip the switch to remove the blockages/constrictions in the circulatory system. Turn the ego of Wealth off, and in so doing, why, we accomplish the best possible world for all egos to go around in, as they do what the creator intends for all souls to do:
NOT CONSUME WHAT HAS PREVIOUSLY BEEN CREATED, having not a care for the generations to come, nor a modicum of respect for the life-factory Earth Mother.
Headline 2: Avi Benlolo: China is not the only nation flouting human rights – I’ve only begun reading. I love the connection the author makes between the UDHR and the Golden Rule.
p.s. If you want to find out more about the Abraham Global Peace Initiative, go here. I absolutely love what the writer of the article says, though I believe the ‘Arab population’ in Palestine must have their own nation as opposed to living as ‘equals’ in Israel. The two nations can watch each other’s backs. They will do so with gusto – both sides know firsthand what it is like to live under someone else’s thumb.
You can see already that ‘full equality’ entails forceful evictions of Palestinians from their homes, and that they are rewarded with bullets for tossing rocks.
Headline 3: I tried (and failed) to buy a rapid test so you don’t have to – I love TVO’s Matt Gurney’s writing as much as I do Steve Paikin’s Agenda. Both strike me as fair, thought-provoking, conversation-stimulating -I’ll be reading Matt’s latest offering with great interest.
I hope you will too.
p.s. Mr. Gurney also writes for the National Post. Maybe I shouldn’t be so hard on that newspaper. The Benlolo article is superb in its outlook (um, save for any reference to the notion of Palestinian equality under Israel as being a viable alternative to Palestinians having A NATION TO CALL THEIR OWN, an opportunity taken from them by the Clemenceau’s, Wilsons. and Lloyd-Georges of the World when they sliced the pie at the Paris Peace Conference).
Observation: It seems whatever our leaders are doing in the World, our world, it is evoking and provoking egos. Ego is evoked whenever it espies an opportunity to acquire or when its control is threatened. Multiplex this with the neoliberalist elevation of the individual to societal atomicity.
Fear-based government + control of the money supply + scarcity of resources = population control
Honesty + Compassion + Investigation before Condemnation -> Real (not the appearance of) Accountability and right action = THE GOLDEN RULE.
9 December 2021
This is what neoliberalism has done to our democracy:
Headline 1: ‘Wrong side of history’: Is Jagmeet Singh’s stance on pipelines splitting the NDP? – in the modern world of ‘radical, unbridled, egoism’, this being the culmination of the neoliberal notion that the ‘individual’ is the atomic societal unit (rather than the family), what you want matters more than what others want.
If a social organization is based upon a collection of units operating only in their ‘self-interest’, that is, according to what they perceive as being in their best-interest, why, how ‘social’ can it be?
Here we have the NDP at odds with itself on the ‘societal’ level, because some of them say their leader isn’t prepared to go far enough to protect the environment, while others maintain gradualism is the way forward.
Here we have the Indigenous at odds with themselves: the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs are against the pipeline; the elected tribal chiefs appear to support it.
What is going to win the day, one way or the other, is whomever holds the most political power. The losing side must tuck-tail, lick their wounds, and go home; else they will be encountering the Police, in this context, behaving more like a Praetorian Guard than keepers of domestic peace and tranquility, uniformed friends to every Canadian.
Neoliberal individualism is responsible for obtaining for corporations, through jurisprudential legerdemain rather than by the dispensation of legal justice, the status of ‘personhood’.
The situation now is that we have the citizen-individual v. citizen-individual and citizen-individual v. a coven of the global-rich.
I cannot even meet my monthly living expenses on what the government gives me in retirement; if I am opposed to something big business is doing, how do I fight someone I cannot talk to (try calling customer service for Amazon); someone who is backed by other nameless rich folks, living around the world, whose only interest in me or the corporation they invest in is how much profit they might garner from the relationship?
How does the individual who lives in a neoliberal democracy counter the contrivances of globalized free trade agreements that constrain a sovereign, domestic government’s latitude to legislate on behalf of its own citizens?
How does the individual enact change from within when they rely for their living upon corporations? How will individual small business compete on equal footing with FTA-enabled corporations and their global investor pool?
How does the individual enact change in a democracy? There is so much ignorance, division, and misinformation (just as often promulgated by Wealth and Public Servants as by conspiratorialists) individuals will simply tend to react in accordance to how they feel rather than to what they have, after consideration, come to surmise. In that case, the day is carried by the side which knows how to get inside of the most heads to influence how the individual reacts. That is what our democracy is being turned into by our Liberals/Conservatives as they advance along the primrose path of neoliberalism.
THAT’S MANIPULATION, not democracy. It is CREATING the will of the people, not manifesting the will of the people. That’s the road that leads to fascism/authoritarianism. In some decades, we will not require a land bridge to China. WE WILL BECOME CHINA.
Welcome to fear-based government. Welcome to chronic shortages. Welcome to a dystopic future for most of us, except for those who follow the ‘party line’. The closer your ego matches the ego of the current leadership (Wealth), the wealthier you will become.
Whether or not your service is SERVICE TO THE PUBLIC is irrelevant, so long as you serve the ego of Wealth.
But, beware! It won’t be you who determines your value, even though we are currently being conditioned to believe so; rather it will be the ego of Wealth. The goalposts will move according to the direction of new opportunities to increase their wealth, not to capitalize on the value your person represents to inclusive society.
Democracy cannot function ‘democratically’ this way. In the context of the politicization of politics, a ‘majority’ becomes meaningless. The votes of a collective of hyper-reactive, no-time-to-think-things-through individuals cannot reflect the ‘will of the people’ because no one voting has actually taken the time or been afforded the opportunity for consideration, to THINK BEFORE THEY ACT.
It is as Steppenwolf sang, ‘…they talk about law and order, but it’s all just an echo of what they’ve been told…there’s a monster on the loose…’
Democracy, as Abraham Lincoln must have imagined, is predicated not simply on a ‘majority’ vote, but is wholly reliant upon a ‘majority-engagement’, wherein, the egos of individuals (we all have ’em) cancel one another out as they work toward a meaningful compromise.
We come full circle (as always in Life!). The Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and elected councils must work together to come up with a consensus over the pipeline.
The government must come up with a consensus regarding the pipeline’s existence and route, depending upon the Wet’suwet’en consensus and the oil market and the exigencies of the transition from fossil fuels to green energy sources, among them, how to pay our way through the transition.
We must talk WE MUSTN’T TALK! TALK! TALK! We must engage in deliberate, heart-to-heart discussions. We must interact together as social units on a higher level than the individual, because we individuals will get nowhere fast. Look at the world today.
We must restore the family institution, along a more maternal construction, as it is in Nature. Woman is the head of the family unit. Man serves the family unit. The family is atomic.
Individuals reared within the family configuration will be better equipped to join new ‘families’ as necessary. The Wet’suwet’en family will work out a consensus properly, effectively, and in due course engage the government family to arrive at a consensus about the pipeline. No protests of the violent or police intervention ilk will be considered or ever necessary; because both sides will have in due course achieved consensus among themselves before engaging the other family.
Both families at this stage will be speaking with ONE VOICE, for all intents and purposes, rather than the myriad individual expressions of angst and outrage we hear now – all of which resolves into white noise and is never understood, much less resolved, by those on Mount Olympus.
And it will be ‘business as usual’. Profiting as usual. Right up to the Great Crash and Catastrophe the stupid wealthy people of the World, our world, are busily cultivating on our behalf. [they aren’t stupid per se, but their greed/ego renders them stupid every time they see an opportunity to become even wealthier].
The real enemy today is not China, Russia…or whomever…it is neoliberalism/totalitarianism in all of its forms. Neoliberalism ’empowerment’ of the individual, of women, of ‘blacks’, of whatever…is simply a means to an end: while we are busy reminding one another of our ‘rights’ as individuals, we are not discussing what our governments and the Wealthy are doing to us and our children.
That’s the goal of neoliberalism. It is a capitalist philosophy after all. It’s about the mechanisms and mores of profit generation.
I pray for Peace. Let us walk back the destruction of the family. Let us downplay the EGO of the individual and promote the ROLE of the individual in society. This will involve learning social skills, such as ‘inclusion’, ‘collaboration’, ‘respect for others’, ‘respect for the DIFFERENCES of others’ – meaning, don’t force them to be like you, and fully grasping the knowledge/consciousness that, WE ARE SO ALIKE, ALL HUMANKIND, that, our differences resolve into nothing.
Then we are prepared for the next quantum advancement in the evolution of human consciousness, when we perceive that HUMANS HAVE MUCH MORE IN COMMON WITH THE OTHER LIVING SPECIES, all of them, than we are different.
In the end, we will come to see, en masse, that our Earth, the Earth Mother, is a life-factory; that Her entire purpose is to bring life into existence.
To extend life. To extend CREATION. For that is the reason god created in the first place. That was the original intent. TO CREATE.
Not to sit on a throne and be worshipped by what was created.
That’s Satan pretending to be the creator.
Headline 2: Canada ‘grossly underutilizing’ rapid tests, experts warn– even as COVID-19 cases tick up – alright, already…how many more headlines like this one do we need to see before we get that our ‘democratic’ system is sick?
Does it not make perfect sense to roll these out immediately? Why not mail them out to everyone? Canada Post won’t mess it up; even though it too is a corporation, it is staffed with mailmen and mailwomen’. ‘Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail shall keep the postmen from their appointed rounds…’ they have a fine tradition to uphold, and uphold it they do. The good folks who deliver our mail are as worthy today as they were 2500 years ago.
And there’s this Headline 3: Hopes for promised return to peacekeeping dashed as Canada pledges money, not troops – again, we are not being properly led anymore – not like we were when I was a young lad, and Lester B. Pearson was accomplishing more for Canada and the World (our world) as Prime Minister of Canada in a minority government than anyone has even thought about, much less accomplished, since the political tenure of our Nobel Laureate PEACEKEEPER.
If any one politician could manage to enter through the ‘pearly gates’, it would be Lester B. Pearson.
We need peacekeepers to keep the peace. That means boots on the ground. Money can’t buy you love, and it certainly hasn’t bought anyone Peace for very long.
We need love. In war zones, it’s the love of the peacekeeper that goes a lot further than a dollar will. Future generations will admire the PM who does today what ‘Mike’ did in the early 60’s.
8 December 2021
In a recent exchange, I found myself deploring the lack of honour in the modern world:
Speaking the truth should be a given, but it isn’t, is it? One of the things I’ve been harping about on my blog is the pervasive lack of honour there is in the world now…IT IS NO LONGER ‘TRUTH’ BUT THE APPEARANCE OF TRUTH, to wit: to replace what is with what one is willing to believe (and this in the age of anti-Faith) that is modern society’s objective. The lack of honour seems to be paralleling the modern opportunistic attacks on Faiths by governments, democratic or not, around the world…classic example of, ‘Is it causative or associative?’
I SAY ‘CAUSATIVE.’ (hey, while I’m on it, watch Never Ending Story – the wicked Queen is the Wealthy/puppet masters, Fantasia is human society, and the disease afflicting Fantasia is the black hole of the wicked Queen’s EGO…who will be our Atreyu?)
I do not see ‘belief’ (in god) replaced by a per se system of ‘evidence-based rationality’; rather the position of god in our ‘belief system’ usurped by how the Wealthy class wants us to believe…they want us to believe in them and their pronouncements, that they are somehow BETTER THAN US and therefore entitled to live better than other members of their communities. The operative strategy is to have us prefer the story Wealth/governments tell us to ‘reality’. The reality is, our leaders love to live good, and the love to talk about how good they are and how hard they struggle to make things better for the poor….ha! that story has been told since Christ was a cowboy! That is ego’s narrative. Ego doesn’t want god and the values godliness implies, to interfere with Wealth getting wealthier. That’s all folks!
NOTHING HAS CHANGED. We still take things on faith. WE ARE STILL OBLIGED TO TAKE SOMETHING ON FAITH…Wealth/the State wants us to believe in them and to relegate god to the level of bedtime story for children. That’s it. In that way, they further institutionalize their hegemony over the people.
That is not democracy. That is not ‘ good government’, nor is it ‘ responsible government’. Abraham Lincoln died for nothing if we allow this to continue. Our war generations heroes (most of them young) also died for nothing if we allow this to continue.
The attraction of Donald Trump is that he sometimes speaks the truth. The danger of Donald Trump is that he speaks the truth only when it is convenient for him to do so.
That is how Satan is supposed to roll. That is how governments and modern political parties appear to roll.
We are now so steeped in corruption, buried IN OUR OWN EGOS, that we can no longer see how lost IN OURSELVES we have become. We’re forgetting how we got here and blindly push forward into the darkness of totalitarianism, without according a thought to where we came from, in fact, our governments are actively trying to get us to forget all of that.
FORGET WHERE WE CAME FROM. Forget our Source. The very thing every thing born onto this Earth tracks on its daily course across the sky; the very thing every thing longs to return to.
Our neoliberalist governments/mindset of Wealth is working to ensure we forget the way back home (to the Garden).
That way, we will remain guests in their carefully crafted, patently false, societal accommodations.
The pastor on ETS is talking about choice and about two ‘Gods’; one being ‘God’, the other being ‘Satan’ [IMO, the female and male impetuses, respectively]. God gives us free will, so that we might discern and decide between the two. BUT, whereas, to choose the ‘path in the Light’ is to be proactive, and, therefore, by definition, a ‘ choice’ has been accomplished, to choose the direction of Ego/Satan, one cannot in fact be ‘choosing’, one is in fact, reacting to a material need and is satisfying that need. ‘Hunger’ say. We are all in this. The Golden Rule lights the way.
The way forward is BALANCE between the two. Never forgetting how we got here or the way back home. We must forgo some liberties for the greater good of society; we must hold up our end of the Social Contract. We must never allow ourselves to be ‘put to sleep’ by listening to the bedtime stories told us by the powerful among us. They need us to enrich themselves and prop up their elevated and false lifestyles. We don’t need them.
We need god. We need to believe in god. We need to know that god has our backs.
We already know our governments do not. They talk. But when push came to shove, I was trying to get a job, COVID made it even harder, but the government and my local Liberal MP (who is now Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Services) was completely silent on the issue, not even deigning to accord the courtesy of a reply to my email on the topic…
Headline 1: China distorting news and influencing media in Canada, spy agency warns – what was I just saying about honour?
Headline 2: Hero passers-by rescue driver from fiery crash in China (scroll down from the linked page above)- proof that the problem China presents to the World, our world, is not the fault of the Chinese people, any more than than the World’s current and pervasive malaise is the fault of the current generation of children.
Our generation is only at fault if we do not change things for the better, for everyone’s sake; not only for the powerful. We need leaders. Leaders do not use their positions to their personal advantage, or they cannot be called ‘leaders’. Oppressors oppress. Leaders STEWARD.
7 December 2021
I am beginning to wonder if the basic difference between China and ‘Western democracy’ is not ‘values’ so much as it is the ways each side chooses to promulgate and preserve those values. In China, they materially enforce social controls. If you ‘bad’, you go to jail or to education camp. In the West, we appear to have taken to shaming people into compliance (or suicide). If you bad over here (and you famous), you get tried and sentenced in the media, well before you see the inside of a COURT OF JUSTICE.
Back in the day, we followed and accorded ‘due process’. Back in the day, we were careful to not gossip in the news or at the bar. We were careful because, if we talked bullshit about someone else, someone else was allowed to hold us accountable, and we might end up missing a tooth or two.
Nowadays, you can say whatever your heart desires about other people, and, if they don’t like it and give you a bloody nose in response, why, you take them to court; but, stop like the good Samaritan to tend to someone who is injured, why, you could be sued if something goes wrong. Oh! and NEVER, EVER discipline your child with a tap on the nethers when you could subject them to interminable lectures on ‘proper’ behaviour and making them take ‘time-outs’ so that they can just sit there and stew. Ostensibly, this was to discourage violence of the corporal sort. Nowadays, we have kids using knives in the schoolyard. hmmm…maybe watching the Three Stooges wasn’t such a bad thing for kids; given that the Stooge-less generations following are more violent than any of us ever thought to be.
Remember in Kingdom of Heaven, how, when someone was being sworn-in, the administrator would follow up the swearing-in with awarding the person of note with a slap across the face? ‘That’s so you’ll remember it!‘, the administrator says, referring to what was just sworn to. I’m not recommending anyone slap anyone else in the face, but the point I hope has been understood.
Headline: 20 months later, our governments still haven’t figured this out – have a read. It is a thoughtful piece.
5 December 2021
It’s Sunday! What better day to ditch the fear-mongering politics of the World and engage in something of a more positive ilk: Faith.
I am a product of the Judeo-christian tradition. My special day of the week is Sunday. Depending upon your cultural roots, you might follow a different faith than I. EITHER WAY, we worship the same creator. We pray to the same god. We worship and pray according to the traditions in which we try to find our way back to our Source. No matter which road we travel, we are moving forward.
…back to the Source.
Christian movement dedicates Sunday as its special day of the week. In the Jewish tradition, it is Saturday. In the Muslim tradition, it is Friday. There is a great comparison of the Faiths here at Al-Islam.org. I also touch upon the subject here.
In the spirit of the day (according to my Faith-tradition), I want to cite 4 sites I find to be as consoling as they are informative, especially in the current times:
The Good Shepherd Church/Mar Mari Emmanuel, Bishop of Christ – Revelation Part 1 (first in the series)
EWTN The Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word – Daily mass – today’s priest delivers an incredibly sermon.
St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica – Daily mass – the Sunday sermon is usually provided by Cardinal Collins. Watch and come away with hope.
There are so many. What attracts me most about these sites isn’t the dogma, but rather the speakers. They are all so full of the Holy Spirit that they rarely appear dogmatic (I often find myself arguing with them across the tv, but, à la the Romper Room ‘roll call’, I never get a reply from them ). That is because, for the time they speak, what emerges over their lips is what is in their hearts. You can trust in their sincerity, their lack of guile. No one human born is equipped to be fully ‘cognitive’ of god the creator, anymore than the leaf can be fully cognitive of the processes of the tree. But the leaf remains attached to the tree nevertheless, as humans do, to the Tree of Life.
The mind, unguided by the heart, is capable of imagining all kinds of things that are not real.
The mind, unguided by the heart, is capable to conclude the non-existence of things that are real.
Whatever your Faith, KEEP IT. It will ensure your successful navigation through the Wealth-motivated obfuscations governments are putting between their citizens and god, all around the World, our world, because Wealth suborned governments do not want the citizens’ loyalties divided between god and the government.
Very Harperesque – very E.G.O. – ‘If you are not with ME 100%, then you are against me.’ That’s binarism. That’s us and them. That’s just ego of wealthy people taking itself WAY TOO SERIOUSLY.
That IS NOT the formula of DEMOCRACY.
p.s. I’ve just watched Father Aylar give a presentation on Islam. I watched up until the point where the good Father says, ‘Islam became a political ideology’ (or something like that), unlike Catholicism…
Christianity was not a political movement, truly. It was more of a social-spiritual movement. Roman Catholicism was founded around 590, but the groundwork was all laid down by the Roman Emperor Constantine who replaced Roman paganism with Christianity. Catholicism was instantiated as THE STATE RELIGION OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE.
Father Aylar also says that Isam was spread by the sword, as if to say, Christianity was not.
I love Father Aylar’s enthusiasm. I know he holds the truth and god dearest above all else in his heart.
THIS IS WHY I DON’T LIKE TO LISTEN TO DOGMA, be it Christian, Jewish, Islamic…but I do love to hear what folks expert in those Faiths are saying about how to fix the World, our world. Father Aylar has a lot of good things to say about that.
No matter who we are, no matter how ‘highly placed’, WE ALL HAVE EGOS.
Ego puts a veil over our souls, and obscures the Light within us and interferes with the nurturing Light of the Universe/the creator’s body. It makes us say and believe stupid things. It allows us to think we are practicing the Golden Rule when we are actually doing endruns around it; only fooling ourselves that we are helping others.
Don’t ever tell anyone their Faith is false. If theirs is, then all of them are… and then we are left only with those bozos who run around like Chicken Little, proclaiming there is no god.
Then we are left with listening ad nauseum to politicians tell us how they are fighting poverty and homelessness, rather than their simply being motivated to fix it. Governments should look upon the Islamic and Catholic volunteers serving the poor and homeless every day in downtown Toronto.
I’ve been listening to our politicians TALK about ending poverty since the 90s, when a PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE politician/Senator Hugh Segal was making a case for Basic Income for all Canadians; this some years after Pierre Elliot Trudeau’s Liberals and the Manitoba NDP government collaborated on a basic income program experiment called Mincome in 1973 in Dauphin, Manitoba.
A feature of ego is volumes of talk followed up with a dearth of action.
I’ll be watching Father Aylar’s most edifying videos, but I urge him to pull the one about Islam down…unless he cares to revise/delete the erroneous statements, born of ignorance (and not of bad intent), regarding the histories of the two faiths.
IMO, the movie The Message, starring Anthony Quinn, is a great place to begin learning about Islam, instead of from the news media.
4 December 2021
This is how our democracy will spiral downward into totalitarianism, neoliberal western-democracy style:
Headline 1: Mail delivery suspension an ‘absolute nightmare,’ say tenants at Thorncliffe Park apartment building – to protect the safety of the good folks who bring the mail to us, the corporation ends up leaving its most vulnerable customers out in the cold, no provision made apart from collecting their mail from the nearest depot…folks with walkers, folks unable to get very far under their own steam…ALL BECAUSE the corporation did not set up a temporary box outside their building.
The corporation is unfairly punishing all residents, including those with mobility issues, because of a few or because of many contraventions to the masking policy. It is, quite simply, cheaper to do so than to seek any other solution, one that would cost more. That’s how corporations roll because corporation exist, not to serve the customer but to serve the investor; ‘customer service’ is simply a means to that end.
And to no other end.
For as long as money and wealth are presented as the highest standard and measure of human virtue, then the more money and wealth one has, the more ‘human’ they will be perceived to be; conversely, the less money and wealth one has, the less ‘human’ they are perceived to be. [Aside: or put another way: Everyone goosenecks a Ferrari sports coup; very few notice a homeless person, aside of stepping around them or booting them out of an empty corporate building lobby.]
Society rewards its homeless with negligence. They aren’t treated like fellow-humans. We talk about them amongst ourselves, deplore the things they do to survive, say, stealing clothes from a laundry room dryer and opportunistically bathing themselves in the laundry tub, without ever according consideration to the conditions which brought them to such desperation, AS IF IT WERE ENTIRELY THEIR FAULT, as if it were something they enjoyed doing and so chose to live like that. They are simply trying to SURVIVE. They are driven to mental pathology BECAUSE OF HOW WE FORCE THEM TO SURVIVE.
Canada Post could set up a box out front of the building. But that would cost more money than making the tenants venture to a depot; which costs the corporation NOTHING.
The customer of the corporate-modeled entity is THE INVESTOR. hello?
Welcome to fascism and its institutionalization. If we do not depart from this model, all will be lost, to both citizen and investor alike.
In China, for as long as you can successfully interpret the whims of Xi’s ego (ego moves the values-goalposts all the time, depending on what it wants for itself at the moment, so when serving ego, even your own, the only values you aspire toward is total control), you are safe and you will be rewarded materially; WATCH WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU MAKE A MISTAKE OR WHEN YOU INFORM XI THAT HE’S MAKING A MISTAKE…
Our wealthy-class ‘leaders’ are experiencing what happens, right now. The Pentagon is worried China will have more hardware and more technology than the U.S. and could be overwhelmed in only a few decades. Their get-rich quick schemes (by integrating a fascist regime such as China’s into the global supply chain) will turn around and bite them (and us) in the nethers.
All because Wealth and the allure of Wealth renders people stupid. Ego renders people stupid.
Conversely, if we held our nation and our society in the highest esteem (usurping wealth’s place as society’s superordinate value), why, there’d be no wealth-inequality issues because anyone living here would happily see to the welfare of their Canadian brothers and sisters before buying that Ferrari.
…and we certainly wouldn’t be reading about the plight of the tenants in Thorncliffe Park.
3 December 2021
My sister and I recently engaged in a discussion about our social ‘advances’, in the context of how the status of women has progressed. Her rejoinder was, ‘we achieved the empowerment of women’.
Now, IMO, women should have always had ‘power’ because they are the ‘power’ in the family institution, the tribal institution, that which has been ordained by Nature (and of course, god).
IMO, it is that the power of women has been obfuscated and enervated by the ego of paternalism.
Men are powerful in a material sense; but their strength is intended to protect others, in this case, the family, from external threats and to facilitate the family’s superordinate objective: to wit: to produce and nurture its offspring with the aim of extending Creation (IMO, humanity’s purpose, given us by the creator).
The per se ’empowerment’ of women is something made necessary by the fact that ‘man’ has not respected the creator since we left the Garden. The creator determined that woman is the ‘bridge’ between ‘heaven’ and the material realm. There is no greater purpose in Creation than Creation (duh!). The experience of Joy and Creation are woman’s and man’s highest callings, our highest purpose, our highest calling. The entire reason our creator put us here.
It is determined that men do nothing to constrain the joy women feel and to do everything to facilitate their happiness, given that they fulfill god’s highest purpose. Life.
Why are ‘women from Venus, men from Mars?’ We all share the same soul, the way the leaves of the tree share the tree.
Women should not ever have been ‘dis-empowered’. The fact they were and were subjugated by material strength is revealing of a deep spiritual pathology among our species. We are not behaving in accordance with OUR TRUE NATURES.
Not by a long shot; not for a long time.
I told my sister that the social ’empowerment’ she refers to was a means to an end. The end was twofold: 1- double the workforce to increase competition for jobs and leverage the market response of lower wages and keep it an ’employer’s market, and, 2-the dissolution of the family structure to make way for a society of ’empowered’ individual egos; wherein everyone ends up at enmity with everyone else because we have become so engaged with self-advocation that we lack the time and energy to advocate for others properly. There is no room for the Golden Rule.
Complicating this doubly is that if we don’t advocate for ourselves, even things which one might reasonably form an expectation of a guarantee, such as, properly monitoring and assisting hospital patients (from doctor visits all the way down to emptying bedpans and assisting patients to get in and out of bed) should not be left to whether or not a patient or their family will advocate for themselves. Many of them I believe do not want to be a bother, even in a hospital. [For the most part, in my experience, it is not a question of dedication among hospital staff; it is a matter of understaffing].
Welcome to the world of neoliberalist-suborned fascism.
Now, we have women behaving as selfishly as men had been permitted to for millennia. The ego of women will embrace the changes, though it is not doing them any good. That’s ego. Not everything that ‘feels good’, is good. Often it is doing oneself great harm. Example: taking a bite of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, without considering the consequences, was the lesson from Genesis.
Now, IMO, women and children are among the creator’s best creations – women give life and children are full of the life they are given.
The dreams and aspirations of the life-giver are NOT something to be taken lightly. Nothing else matters, for, woman, as the progenitor (whom I believe is the feminine aspect of the I AM) holds closest to her heart and mind and soul that which she gives life to, to wit: all of her offspring – ALL OF HUMANKIND, that is, if she is allowed to act in accordance with her Nature and not in reaction to societal pressures conceived, orchestrated, and imposed upon her by the group that exists above politics…the so-called ‘puppet-masters’.
Now, I don’t ever see women returning to a 1960’s homemaker. The role per se was a construct of the paternal society. By Nature, only those individuals who are materially female can produce offspring. They are the ‘vessel’. That role cannot be reversed.
BUT, individual humans are a composite of feminine and masculine energies because it takes both to instantiate a human being.
Roles are learned and unlearned.
Men can perform the role of nurturer and boss of the tribal unit well when they invoke their feminine aspect. Women can perform the role of provider/protector when they invoke their masculine aspect. The roles are interchangeable so long as we respect the fact that men will remain physically stronger as a rule than women; that the imbalance mandates that society regards the use of force against women as an egregious crime against humanity, god, and Nature.
This has always been true. Neoliberals clamour for acknowledgement of their ‘progress’ when it is the same folks who are responsible for the disrespectful way man has treated woman for our entire history. ‘Neoliberalism’ has many interpretations, yes, but it started out to describe free market capitalism, and therefore, remains ALL ABOUT THE MONEY no matter how it is dressed-up.
That’s why my opinion is that the liberation of women was a means to an end and that end is more money for the wealthy and a dystopic future if you or your children are of the other class.
Neoliberalism is the height of hypocrisy. It claims quality of life and ’empowerment’ of ‘the individual’ is its highest ideal, that ‘human rights’ is its overarching objective, when in fact it is a set of business mores that seek to institutionalize/concretize the avenues of wealth acquisition…in our day, we undercompensate labour as we encourage individual and government debt…why would we do that?
We are employed by Wealth. We are undercompensated and so those of us allowed to work are providing more value to Wealth than we retain of the value of our work. We also consume and are permitted to carry large and long term debt. THE INTEREST ON THE DEBT is paid to the same folks for whom we work; the same folks democratic and autocratic governments alike, work for.
Neoliberalism in a nutshell: it puts its revered individual on a spiralling downward into poverty while Wealth’s control over society spirals upwards.
Great if you can get others to do exactly what you want them to do for you. Even better, have them do it willingly.
Neoliberalism now has us:
1-walking around in open defiance of god; blaming ‘God’ for the choices we make, in particular the decision to turn our backs on the Golden Rule, the only rule we’ll ever need. These same folks are incognizant enough to allow themselves to believe there is no Sun on a cloudy day!
2-blaming everyone but ourselves for the problems in the World, when it is ego that is the root of all the World’s problems (so much for neoliberalism’s vaunted individual). The Golden Rule is all about consideration for others. Neoliberal society is all about controlling how the individual thinks and reacts. The two philosophies are in direct conflict with one another. Which one do you suppose serves the creator’s purpose? Which one do you suppose serves Wealth, of which humankind comprises only a relative few?
3-being made to watch extreme sex and violence on Prime Time television. I don’t need to sit through the promotion of profligate sex and/or same-sex, just because neoliberals think I should. [I RESPECT PEOPLES’ PRIVACY.] If our social engineers are serious about ‘tolerance’ then they should not putting it in our face everywhere we turn. That imposes acquiescence. It does not promote tolerance. Our PM’s papa once said, ‘the nation has no business in the bedroom’…
To same-sex spirited individuals: you are a child of god just like me. YOUR SEXUALITY DOES NOT WHOLLY DEFINE YOU, as neoliberalism purports. Being a child of god defines you. How you choose to extend the creator’s Creation defines you much more completely than your sexuality. Think about it: the time anyone is actually sexually-engaged is quite small compared to all of the other things we spend our time with.
Be true to yourself and not necessarily the whims of neoliberalism except where they coincide with your own truths. god loves you and I the same. No one need interfere in your private life. No one has the moral-authority to interfere. We need only live and let live. That’s tolerance. That’s THE GOLDEN RULE. When, where, how, and with whom we ‘have sex’ is such a small part of our human-being as to resolve into nothing at all when compared to the execution of our life-purpose (to extend Creation). But neoliberals do not want us to look at things that way, because that is something they cannot exert control over, to subvert it, like they have with regards to the empowerment of women, or for that matter, Black Lives Matter, in order to advance their personal social vision; their ego, the ego of Wealth. DO NOT FORGET, that neoliberalism is a free-market philosophy. It promotes individualism, but enervates those who aren’t sharks. If you follow the Golden Rule, you will become poor. In the neoliberal world, the more capable you are to ‘smile as you kill‘, the closer to the top you will get. When something is all about money, it falls under the control of Wealth and the wealthy (duh!). There will be ‘winners’ and ‘losers’. There will be ‘us and them’.
4-perceiving the value of everything in terms of GDP only. This would be fine if by formula, all income and earnings above a certain level (2 sigma beyond the mean earnings) were redistributed among those below 2sigma of the mean. That would promote more social inclusion than marching in a Pride Parade could. Stephen Harper said the digitizing of television would provide ‘more choice’ for citizens. Does anyone now actually believe that? In the day of the antenna and the early days of cable, I could watch a football game, a hockey game, a baseball game, a basketball game…the four that most sports fans would CHOOSE, only now, you need to pay for TWO SPORTS CHANNEL SUBSCRIPTIONS (TSN and SportsNet) in order to see all four. Whom does that benefit, Mr. Harper? IMO, the ones who are investing in those channels.
We sell weapons to nations who do murder to others.
Perversely, we even make children’s toys, cute and cuddly ones which look like the coronavirus…now it’s Halloween everyday of the year. What’s very scary is that someone actually thinks to create something like this and that people actually buy them. We may never be told about who is responsible for the pandemic. I am worried now, given the advent of omicron and that, after two years, that’s all we are reading about in the media (because it opens the door for opportunism in advancing social control and the further erosion of privacy on behalf of the State. [Hey, atheists! You deny the existence of an all-seeing, all-knowing god; but you facilitate the creation of an all-seeing, all-knowing, authoritarian State…um, wtf?
The list goes on and on. Do not forget about reconciliation and Indigenous women. If neoliberalists were serious about Reconciliation, they would offer the Indigenous provincial status of a distinct society, à la Québec and autonomy within their borders, if that is acceptable to the Indigenous.
Don’t forget that neoliberalism has brought us to the existential mess we are now up to our noses in. All in the name of profit, achieved on the backs of the vulnerable/those desperate to provide for themselves and their families.
Our creator has lit the path for us to follow out of this mess. We need only follow the ‘yellow brick road’, paved with the light of the creator; rather than material gold, itself being a facsimile of the creator’s light and therefore its allure to Wealth and human ego.
2 December 2021
Headline 1: Michigan Shooting Suspect Faces Murder and Terrorism Charges – How in the bejeezus can a 15-year-old be held accountable to murder, much less ‘terrorism’? I knew how stupid I was at 15, only, back then, none of us thought to bring a gun or a knife to school or anyplace else, let alone actually use them on someone.
If the young teen, who cannot possibly know how to process the World, the world we created for him, chooses to do something like this, out of the wide realm of possible ways to vent their ‘angst’ (we did crap of the mischievous sort; we never, ever looked for someone to put a hurt on), and if we of the adult world are serious about our children making it to the top of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, then it is time, right now, to hold up the mirror TO OURSELVES and see that what WE ARE DOING TO OUR OWN CHILDREN, or rather, allowing our Huxleyan SOCIAL ENGINEERS to do to our children (and to us, btw) is OUR RESPONSIBILITY. Am I clear?
I can never forget young Ashley Smith, who, as a 15 year-old got herself into the ‘criminal’ system by pitching crab apples at a police officer. She exited the penal system as an 18-years-old suicide in her JAIL CELL. Can you believe that?
I have edited-out all of the ‘F’-words. Even that word, one which John Lennon ‘immortalized’ in a song, no longer fits with the emotion I feel while recalling this egregious injustice, perpetrated by NEOLIBERAL POLITICIANS AND THE WEALTH THEY SERVE; those who value $ over anything and everything else, including THE TRUTH ABOUT THE CHILDREN.
Our Huxleyan leaders have been assailing the family institution for my whole life. They have invented and rolled out ingenious ways to keep the lower classes divided and weak and malleable as they continue to instantiate the operatives of Wealth for their enrichment and the operatives of division and exclusion to keep any social reaction/widespread disaffection at bay.
Therefore, in the generations to come, we will still be talking about eliminating poverty, about the widening gap between rich and poor, abortion rights, inadequate healthcare (except for those who can afford ‘enhanced’ healthcare to wit: what is necessary to heal and to preserve dignity), privatisation and two-tiering of what EVERY CITIZEN HAS THE RIGHT TO, being as they are citizens.
The trouble is, in the NEOLIBERAL world, if something doesn’t generate wealth/GDP then it is useless.
In that case, no one will pass the criteria of Thomas Jefferson/The Mahatma, because businesses dump their employees when they are no longer needed.
Openly fascist/totalitarian regimes such as China’s just do it.
Passive-aggressive neoliberal ‘democracies’ prefer a more ‘Fabian’ approach. Whenever they anticipate a negative reaction to their social objectives (enriching the wealthy/exploiting and enervating the poor), they find in- between steps, ones that have a bad taste but aren’t evocative of outright reaction of reversal.
For example: Women into the workplace and out of the home. OBJECTIVE: to double the labour pool, resulting in an automatic reduction of the wage/work ratio because of competition for jobs. To facilitate this ‘social’ initiative: Allow women to have ABORTIONS when pregnancy is not convenient to their careers/work schedules and DAYCARE to raise your kids so that you can devote yourself fully to work for the GOD OF GDP (the early Catholic church simply forbade their priests to have families of their own, in order to own them fully). Now, we have everyone working, no one fully attentive to their children and who truly loves the child the way only parents can…THE CHILD NEED ONLY FOLLOW THE RULES and everything will be okay…no kiss it better when you hurt; no hug to feel safe when you are scared; NO DIVERSITY except for the way THE STATE allows you to feel you are different – YOU EITHER ARE WITHIN THE RULES (and acceptable to ‘society’) or YOU ARE OUTSIDE THE RULES (and rejected by all of society).
We are in a binary world. Right or wrong. In or out. With the team or against the team. No in-between. Huxley to Harper to Trudeau(?). It seems like the PM too…I pray, on behalf of all Canadians, and on behalf of the World, our world, that our world embraces the legacy of Canada’s most ‘Canadian-in-spirit’ Prime Minister: a powerfully forward-looking and progressive military vision, to wit: peacekeeping.
Not content to ‘create’ peace that never lasts, Lester B. Pearson reimagined the military mojo in a new and wonderfully constructive way.
The nest step is to get rid of the U.N. Security Council institution and have the World’s military capability and usage under the U.N.’s purview.
To add value for the Wealth/GDP, we’ve allowed for ‘temporary foreign workers’ and for companies to recruit from overseas at will. Rather than train and retrain, we prefer the ‘quick-fix’ and damn the consequences afterwards. Their children will find it difficult to find work, when their time comes – and yet, rather than meet the migrant crisis head-on by welcoming migrants on a temporary basis as we compel, through whatever means necessary, the originating countries to shutoff the flow of migrants by taking care of their citizens rather than allowing their respective ruling classes to exploit their citizens, we do nothing but talk. We watch them abandon their homes, get into leaky boats, imperil themselves and their children out of their desperation, a desperation fomented by their own ruling classes and the wars among the ruling classes).
The state runs roughshod over working families just as it did many years ago over Indigenous families. Now, it wants to drive the human out of the citizen. Oddly enough, this all gets presented in the name of ‘humanism’, which appears now to have been a movement intended to drive the soul out of the being created by god. That’s neoliberalism. That’s Fascism. That’s totalitarianism. That’s Xi’s China.
That’s also what we of western ‘democracy’ are becoming.
If you allow the child to drive the automobile then you and your family are bound for a crash. If you allow Wealth to govern, and the pursuit of wealth to be the highest ‘calling’ then you open the door to fascism/totalitarianism. This is the inevitable result of neoliberalism.
We are simply taking the long way ‘home’. We will find Xi’s China there already to welcome us.
That is, if we don’t destroy everything by going to war with China.
We are already at war everywhere. Soon we may coalesce into two factions, winner take all.
What is born of violence and hatred will preserve violence and hatred as social operatives. That is the World we have already, born of the hatred, lies, and profligacy of humanity’s ruling classes. This is because humans have been ruled by their ego SINCE THE TIMES OF GENESIS, when we left the Garden.
I don’t believe violent or in some other way catastrophic revolution is desirable or necessary. Look what happened to the Peoples’ Revolution in China or the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. They opted for the fast track to totalitarianism, though the ostensible goal was ‘universal liberation’.
You at least have to hand it to the western wealthy classes, because they already knew this; therefore the ‘Fabian’ method.
MAKE NO MISTAKE, we of western ‘democracy’ are bound for the same destination.
It’s a slower train, that’s all. But we are all riding it.
30 November 2021
The World, our world, is lurching toward war. Corrupt government exists on both sides owing to the hegemony their respective ruling classes exert upon the citizens. The difference between the two sides is that one nation is no longer contented with being the ‘new kid on the block’ and aspires to dominate; while the other side, having been engaged in preserving the world order emerging from the ashes of WWII and invested heavily in manpower and money in keeping things that way, will not defer.
Headline: Chinese ambassador to Canada warns there is no room for compromise on Taiwan – why, the new-kid-on-the-block has dropped the gauntlet – the Xi regime, using matter-of-fact language, now puts the West to the test with respect to human rights and constructing a new, inclusive world order, facilitated by and eventually under the auspices of the U.N.
China will welcome Canada to their side. Chinese companies will invest in Canada. Canada’s rich folks will be pleased; but only for a time. Once China has inserted itself into our national DNA, it will, COVID-like, spread itself and eventually take us over, if not in name, certainly in character.
We will be like the monster China is become.
They are a resourceful people. They are a resilient nation. They are a categorical totalitarian regime.
Is that what you want for Canada? Are our stupid wealthy people not yet convinced that treating China like a rational entity and continuing to do business with them (to coddle our dependency on the fulfilment of China’s role in the global supply chain rather than experience withdrawal) and appeasing them is only making the inevitable confrontation even worse for our side and better for theirs?
If Orwell were around today, he’d likely say, every government with an Executive Branch is behaving just like his pigs, with China being the closest facsimile. LOOK WHAT HAPPENED TO THEIR ‘PEOPLE’S REVOLUTION’. Exactly what happened to our ‘democracy’. PROOF that ‘us-and-them’ societies never work but are revealing of a society in steep decline, either into authoritarianism or utter chaos.
Neither is good. WE NEED TRUE DEMOCRACY. We need a true sense of community.
We need to make our stand AGAINST China, AGAINST Russia, and AGAINST all those who would dispense freedom and liberty according to convenience. That’s ego and humankind cannot survive under the thumb of ego.
FREE WILL is given us by the creator. Anyone born of the Earth Mother who denies the creator’s gift to others does so at their own temporal and eternal peril.
We need to draw and maintain a firm line: if China invades Taiwan, we put boots on the ground in Taiwan’s defense. If Russia invades the Ukraine, we must put boots on the ground in the Ukraine’s defense. Not to be lost among all of this, but we must also defend Israel from its enemies and ALSO FROM ITSELF. We cannot allow the Israel government to do to the Palestinians what China is doing to its Uighur population, can we?
Above all else, to our own selves we must be true.
It is not us wanting war. It isn’t the Chinese, the Russian, or the Israeli who wants war. No one wants war. We are at the precipice just the same BECAUSE WE ARE ALLOWING OURSELVES TO BE RULED BY EGO.
Our ultimate enemy is not China. It is ego. Xi’s ego, Putin’s ego, yada yada, the ego of ‘East’ v. ‘West’, you name it…when these die, their egos will die along with them, but the mess their ego’s left behind, the survivors, if any, will have to live in. Children will have to grow up in it.
What will emerge from the ashes of WWIII? Can anyone say?
H.G. Wells’ vision, conceived in the 19th century, is become less fantastic in our own times.
But, if we understand the operatives of ego, if we turn the light upon ourselves and perceive the shadow cast upon our souls’ light, a new world order will arise, phoenix-like, from the ashes of WWIII, and humankind will finally be ready to honour the war dead and the importunity of those who made the inscription on the St. James Cathedral Cross monument.
The inscription reads:
This cross commemorates the glorious sacrifice
of those who gave their lives in the Great War 1914- 1918
and appeals to those for whom they died
to lay aside hatred and strife and to seek brotherhood and peace
under the banner of Christ.
This from the folks who experienced the carnage of war first hand, to our generation. It is for all peoples of all faiths. IMO, the ‘Christ’ being the ‘Word’ (of god) made ‘flesh’ has been instantiated multiple times for god to communicate his/her Word to multiple cultures.
It is the same Word coming from the same god, being as we have one creator. What changes is the FORM it takes, but not the CONTENT.
If we fight over religion, it is only because we are allowing our egos to rule us. It is a losing battle we fight in that case, because ‘form’ is not immutable. CHANGE IS IMMUTABLE. Change is a permanent feature of existence. Forms are made and broken asunder. If we fight to preserve forms, we fight a losing battle.
We must build upon Nature and its processes and operatives, not try to make them over into something of our own creation. What is created out of ego cannot persist for very long.
The Golden Rule was given to all the faiths. The operatives of Nature, albeit disrespected by the opportunistic, immoral pursuit of wealth (‘immoral’ because it is oftentimes pursued to the detriment of both Nature and community) and ignored, the Indigenous of the World, our world, appear among their elders to have retained their respect and it is to them we should turn for direction, not to wealth which has brought the World, our world, to a potentially horrifying impasse. Between the Indigenous and the Golden Rule, all cultures and all peoples can live together harmoniously.
We can heal the Earth together. We can help one another to heal.
Then we can look to the Stars. A boundless opportunity exists for us to explore, to learn, to encounter other beings, other cultures, and learn from them as they learn from us.
The goal? To reach the apex of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs en masse. Here, there is only enough of the consciousness of ego remaining to the individual in order for them to know who and what they are (identity) without derailing them from their true nature.
It is our nature to progress the originator’s light of Creation along its eternal arc to Forever. For as long as we extend Creation, each in our way, our path will be true, if not slightly bent, and we will arrive at our destination. To wit: the Source.
…and around and around we go…darkness shrinking from the light we cast and warming our creator’s heart.
I pray for peace. Let us all pray for peace.
Let us vow not to be the first to ‘cast a stone’ and instead heed the honourable folks of the War generations plea to come together under the auspices of the Golden Rule.
In war there are no winners. If war were able to produce anything of value, why are we at war everywhere today?
Let’s make our Stand.
We might even one day learn the truth about the origins of the COVID pandemic and maybe even bring those who gunned down JFK to justice, albeit posthumously.
29 November 2021
I read today about a pitcher who signed a 115M deal to pitch for 5 years. I dunno, but, as gifted as he is with a baseball, in no wise is tossing a ball worth that kind of money. Is it any wonder that tickets are so expensive or that TSN and Sportsnet split what they cover so that, to get all of what you used to watch on one channel, you must subscribe to both?
Is it any wonder we have a new class: the working-poor, or a new retail chains to cater to the shopping-poor? A far cry from the circles baseball players go around in, I’ll warrant. None of their kids are eating dollar-stores fare.
If ball players are paid that much money, no one poor will ever see a live game. They might not even see a game on television. They will be wandering along the street looking through barroom windows to catch a glimpse. Not so included, are they? Very much excluded by the lack of dollars; even in Canada, with a Liberal government that is STILL TALKING ABOUT UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME while it promotes the notion of inclusion on every conceivable dimension, except income. If you are poor, no one sees you.
We have billions for military hardware. We have money to create magnificent downtown store façades. Folks can afford to be conveyed back and forth in limousines. Some folks can even afford to maintain multiple dwellings (of enormous size) for the odd time they are in those neighbourhoods.
BUT WE DON’T HAVE ANY MONEY FOR POOR PEOPLE; most of whom would rather work for their living and live in a comfortable, safe dwelling…their own personal space.
The trouble is, the wealthy want their own personal spaces too. LOTS OF PERSONAL SPACE. Whether they’re in it or not.
We are one people. We are one nation. The poor are more likely to die in defence of their nations than the wealthy are. Poverty exists because Wealth exists. IF the poor did not rise in defence of their nations, what would become of the wealthy of those nations?
It is time we saw this. It is time we respected this. NO SOCIETY may be characterized as ‘inclusive’ if poverty exists. No matter how much they talk…
‘The measure of society is how it treats its weakest members.’ Thomas Jefferson said this. The Mahatma said the same thing.
It is the truth.
If we style ourselves as ‘inclusive’ and we tolerate poverty, then we are hypocrites.
28 November 2021
Before delving into the news of the day, I want to make mention of a wonderful reference for your Covid-education arsenal – Can Covid-19 (coronavirus) spread through food, water, surfaces, and pets? courtesy of Mayo Clinic.
Now, the headlines.
With all of the ‘wars and rumours of war’, multiplexed on top of the pandemic, extreme weather/climate change, and dangerously depleted ocean stock, can any doubt remain that we are at a point of inflection in human history; one of the existential sort?
I have a problem with my Bible. In the OT, ‘God’ floods the World, his world, because of our sinfulness. ‘God’ commands Abraham to sacrifice his own son, to prove Abraham’s loyalty. In the NT, ‘God’ commands Jesus to let himself be brutally murdered on the cross.
Does no one see that we are being duped; that the ‘God’ of the Old Testament might not be god the Creator; but rather a lesser being, whispering to us from out of the Shadow (of our ego), so that we cannot see who it is speaking to us? This is what the Gnostics believed. I’m starting to believe that too.
No one would ask for another to prove their loyalty by sacrificing their own offspring. That goes against god and Nature. A parent would die to protect their children. All species have this in common. The value of offspring goes beyond anything of personal value because the person won’t even value themselves above their children, that is, if they live in accordance with their nature.
In the OT and the NT, ‘God’ is demanding offspring. If it were god, would god violate his/her own ‘rules’ just to test someone’s loyalty? It is patently unnatural to kill or in anyway harm your offspring. No creator would demand that of his/her creation.
IMO, the Bible gets this wrong, or perhaps those who insist on interpreting the Bible this way are misled by the Bible and/or misinterpreting the Bible.
Throughout the Bible, ‘God’ is presented as a transactional being. ‘Do this, and I will give you that…Do that, and I will send you to Hell…’ That’s all ego. Ego is about control. About acquisition. About transaction.
IMO, we are in ‘Hell’ already. Where else do apparently morally-decrepit folks, bereft of all honour, earn whopping salaries in reward for their ‘disservices’ to human society and the World, our world? Where else do bozos like Xi, Putin, Israel’s govt, Iran’s govt…yada yada yada…come to being in the first place, only to cause more misery among god’s Creation? Where else would the investigation into a pandemic responsible for the deaths of more than 5M people be resisted by a sovereign nation? Where else are ‘god-fearing’ people so ready to judge, condemn, and do violence to anyone who departs from their version of ‘God’, or become so smugly enamoured with themselves as to say ‘we know the will of God because we know God better than anyone else who ever lived…?
IMO, if a bacterium can get up and explain Quantum Mechanics to me (and make me understand it!), then I will be able to accept that a human man or woman can tell me ALL ABOUT GOD. The scale might be about the same…
The truth is, if you were to read up on Biblical history and Christian history, you will discover there were many versions of the Bible books, plus many other writings which were not admitted into the biblical canon; also many competing versions of Christianity, among them Gnosticism. There was a battle among the early Christians on the scale of the one purported to have resulted in the fall of man. What we accept today as ‘inviolate truth’ is profoundly influenced by the ‘theological arguments’ and violent attacks upon St. Irenaeus’ ‘heretics’ during the early formative days of the Church.,
This is not to say god is not revealed in the Bible. ‘god’ the Creator is revealed in the Bible. The trouble is, many hands cooked up the Bible over the years; many clerical mistakes were made in the copying and many interpolations were made by folks in the service of the Emperor Constantine, who promoted Christianity to the level of state religion; institutionalizing it; guiding its ‘development’ along a certain path. Now we have more versions of Christianity than I can count, all from an ‘inviolable, immutable, unquestionable Biblical authority…all proof, IMO, that we need to back off on the condemnation and judgement we interpret the Bible to be calling for, and instead engage one another in discussion and sharing our mutual wonderment about god…that is what we all have in common and what we have and share in common is of the Creator, of the Creator’s love for Creation. Trust me, we will ALL benefit.
We need not continue to live in ‘Hell’ under the thumb of the ‘dark one’ who is speaking to our minds from the darkness within our skulls, where none of the light gets through, unless we are open to it.
That is where the ‘heart’ comes into things. The ‘heart’ is where the Holy Spirit resides, IMO. Feel Joy. Spread Joy. Joy is the highest attainable energy and state of being. WELCOME, to the pinnacle of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
The Mind guided by the Heart is capable of extending the creator’s Creation in new and wonderful ways. All of this is felt in the heart of the creator and brings him/her joy because of the interconnectedness of all things.
None of this I get from the Bible. All of this I got from my mother. A woman given to creation and nurturing her creation. That is why I am thinking the god of everything is a woman and that the male impetus is required to give ‘form’, ‘instancing’ to creation; but then acts to constrain and preserve ‘forms’, running interference with the purpose given us by god the creator, to wit: to extend creation using free will.
We feel the drag of ego and of forms. We act at counter purposes with Creation’s primary operative in trying to preserve forms (look how much we spend on makeup and clothing and whatever to pretend we are still young!) when we must embrace change guided by the Holy Spirit.
That change is leading to humanity and the World’s happy denouement, the Return to the Garden; we need only keep our minds open and in communication with our hearts, and we will hear the unmistakeable Word of the Christ spirit, conveying the Mind and Heart of the creator to his/her Creation.
We need only stay on the beam of Light projected from the Big Bang coming together of the female and male impetuses. Pre-existing all forms are the female and male impetuses. These are eternal and unbounded.
It is humanity’s preoccupation with the male impetus (manifest by ego always, never by that which exists outside of the ego) that has brought the World, and our world, to such a sorry state as it now.
27 November 2021
Only a few days ago, I linked to an article which warned against ‘draconianism’ among municipal legislators. This morning, I am greeted with this, courtesy of TVO:
Headline: The Ford government should support Hamilton’s anti-sprawl decision – not thwart it – apparently, among the current spate of councilors serving Hamilton, SANITY REINS SUPREME.
The cancer is not aware that its policy of expansion will culminate in its own death. Our dear counsellors in Hamilton choose not to behave as tumours behave. The Ford government continues to behave at cross purposes with cohesion and growth over the long term, just to accomplish ‘growth’ (the way cancers grow) in the short term. [As for the provincial Liberals, if they don’t walk back this Public-Private-Partnership thing, especially with respect to Ontario Hydro and also the notion of further privatizing health insurance, then I WILL NOT BE VOTING FOR THEM.]
If the Cons don’t revert to the progressivism and sanity of retired Senator Hugh Segal, I won’t be voting for them either.
As for the NDP – IF they combine family-friendly policies into their social vision and respect the atomicity of the family institution, and also pursue sanity wrt to abortion rather than declare, as a pack of ‘baboons’ would, the unborn are not ‘human’ and therefore have no right to live their lives out; if they embrace our Indigenous folks as a distinct society such as our Québec brothers and sisters comprise within Canada, and if they see that social and environmental cohesion (to wit: learn and respect the operatives of social inclusivity and true integration of human processes with environmental processes, such that, as in Nature, ‘one man’s garbage is another man’s gold’, rather than our garbage poisoning other species…then I will vote for them.
If not any of the above, why, what to do? what to do? In that event, it would appear that I no longer have a choice because my choices have been restricted. This was the point of the editorial cartoon published when Clarke, Trudeau, and Broadbent were running against each other(if memory serves correct, but it might have been Stanfield?), each of them sitting, as turkeys, side by side on a tree branch, a hunter holding a two-barrelled shotgun standing below, his cap bearing the label, ‘Electorate’, the caption reading: ‘Three turkeys and only two shells…’
We are destroying Nature’s capacity to absorb our waste and tolerate our activities. This can only end very badly FOR US.
Nature will make a comeback. If we do not smarten up, it will likely happen without us…
But, Hamilton is showing signs of respect for life and no longer holds GDP growth as the superordinate goal, ‘damn the consequences’. I remember as a child in the backseat of my parents’ car, approaching Hamilton on the QEW and thinking it was raining there, the sky was brown-grey, seeming overcast, from the smelters. It isn’t like that anymore. Sounds as if they have a group of counsellors dedicated to keeping things that way, for starters, and healing what is damaged, preserving what is untouched. They have a great series of hiking trails in the neighbourhood too!
I have extolled the virtues of ditching daycare and LTC in favour of providing education and supports to family members so that kids and the elderly-infirm can remain in more familiar, more personal environments. Now that my surviving parent is getting to the point where they will require more intensive support around the clock, someone will need to be around 24/7.
The choice becomes, does the support live with the elder, or does the elder live with the support?
Faced with this prospect, with respect to my reservations against moving my parent into LTC, I find I am not of the mind I once was. This is important to understand; it is common to feel very strongly about this or that, to judge this way or that way; but then, faced with the situation, lo and behold! you reverse your position…
I’ve seen how good the young folks working at Welland Hospital have been with my parent and with the other patients, some VERY demanding of patience/understanding; without giving any back to their caregivers. I feel that my recent experience with my parent in healthcare is contrary to what I often read in the headlines. There are so many of them exhibiting a heart that never seems emptied of kindness and compassion, even in the face of unappreciation.
EXACTLY how my mom was with us and everyone else, every day. Despite the egos she lived with, she never seemed to run out of love. Her heart never imploded in the vacuum. As much as she gave, and this was monumental on a daily basis, her heart was filled again. Never ran dry.
This is proof of the Law of Giving. Of karma. Of the existence of the Tree, of god, of the Intelligent Universe…and proof for myself that if/when the time comes, my parent will receive kindness and compassion and understanding (hey, doesn’t that sound like the Prayer of St. Francis?) for the time, and that this will be good be good for my parent, myself, and my siblings. Fortunately, there is an LTC within easy walking distance and no trouble at all to visit every day.
Proof that Xi should listen to the Uighur Muslims and the Falun Dafa folks, rather than continue to exterminate their beliefs (or failing that, them). It is the blindness of his ego that motivates him to do this. It will mean the end of China’s ancient and wonderous culture, whether Xi vanquishes the West or is simply allowed to continue on his merry way to fascism/totalitarianism.
No human living would desire for themselves to live under the thumb of fascist dictatorship. Only the ones who aspire to total control want fascism for the people. That’s ego. Pure and simple. It is the spoiled child always getting their way. Pure and simple.
Give the spoiled child the keys to the family automobile (or the global status quo) and see what happens.
The parent must be firm with the spoiled child, for the GOOD OF THE CHILD, first and foremost.
Do not attempt appeasement with Xi and Putin. This will only mean greater catastrophe for all. We cannot know the outcome if we go to war; but we may be sure of the outcome if we do not stand our ground against Xi/Putin’s fascism/totalitarianism.
If the World, our world, and our children are to have a chance at a future, then the World needs to act now.
26 November 2021
Can anyone doubt that the World, our world, is in a mess? Just have a look at today’s headlines:
Headline 3: U.S. Lawmakers Meet With Taiwan President –
All of these resolve into a ‘perfect storm’- à la Stephen King’s «STORM OF THE CENTURY» // Full Movie // Thriller, Mystery, Horror, Drama – YouTube; wherein the advent of a Natural disaster is opportunistically conscripted for its own purposes by a demon with one ‘hell’ of an ego problem!
And all of these ‘threats and rumours of war’ are superimposed upon a milieu of catastrophic climatic and environmental degradation, social division, widespread angst and disaffection…enough for all of us to run for cover behind the ‘shield’ of our egos; waiting for Winter to pass.
The trouble is, while we hunker down and hibernate within our heads, those who mean to do evil in the World, our world; those who choose, by virtue of their free will, to channel the darkness created between their ears rather than magnify the Light of the creator, which is all around us and inside of us too, why those people are advancing their diabolic, self-serving agendas.
ALL THAT IS REQUIRED FOR EVIL TO TRIUMPH IS FOR GOOD MEN TO DO NOTHING – Edmund Burke.
It isn’t much of a reach to identify Xi with the archvillain of Stephen KIng’s The Stand, or of his Storm of the Century. [Aside: I sure would like to know who/what was responsible for the pandemic before COVID gets me!]
I also wonder at the politicization of the pandemic and am concerned that our ‘social engineers’ are opportunistically using the pandemic (and it looks like very soon a global war) to advance fascism and virtual reality (which will include ‘virtual democracy’ among its many expressions), in the way 9/11 opened the door to the Department of Homeland Security and the institutionalization of further government invasiveness in matters where they have no business, by misrepresenting the source of the threat while simultaneously ignoring the true sources of the threat…
…somehow, I am reminded of the misdirection around JFK’s being gunned down in the streets, the Warren Commission, and that, almost 60 years later, we still do not know the truth. Someone knows the truth. Someone could come out and tell us the truth. FOR 60 YEARS, THEY CHOOSE NOT TO TELL THE TRUTH. ‘They’ being our leadership.
And so, I am not confident we will know the truth about the pandemic, if it is an inconvenient truth for our ‘leaders’ to reveal to us rank-in-filers.
But we need to know. We need to make a stand. Our generation, like the war generations, must stand tall and face whatever threats are coming, because of the agendas of other nations/political philosophies and because of our own rulers. In democracies, ‘rulers’ STEWARD; they DO NOT aggrandize their wealth at the expense of the citizen BUT RATHER EMPLOY THEIR WEALTH TO THE COMMON BENEFIT OF ALL CITIZENS, themselves included.
The trouble is, in a world of ego, Wealth will forget this because it is the ego of Wealth directing our leaders. It is the ego of the citizen which becomes disaffected in reaction to the selfishness and self-absorption of wealthy folks. But the wealthy do not see how selfishly they behave, anymore than the rank-in-file citizen is aware of how selfishly we behave toward one another; how callous we are with respect to other people’s problems…because we are all blinded by our egos.
You gotta know, the way out of this mess, the way forward toward joy on all fronts, in every corner of the World, our world, is the pursuit of JOY, not the material. If the material guaranteed ‘joy’ then, will everyone experience life within the context of joy, as the creator intends, or only a few? If you do not already know the answer to that one, why, as resources dwindle and wealth concentrates, more of us will find out firsthand. We won’t like it.
The phase in which the World, our world finds itself today, right now, is, ultimately, a dangerous spiritual crisis. Ego is what weighs the human spirit down and blinds us to solutions coming from ‘on high’, to wit: the Universe, the creator, the higher-self, the ‘sub-conscious’…however you want to characterize it…ego casts a veil over the soul which blocks the Light of the creator/universe from entering in and benefiting us with its restorative power…
EVERY KINDNESS WE EXTEND, every time we invoke the Golden Rule, we incrementally thin ego’s veil upon our souls and allow more of the light to get through to our soul-‘battery’. In turn, the more energized we become with the creator’s highest energy – JOY. The joy of creation; in acquiring that, we have accomplished precisely what it is the creator hopes to achieve with his/her Creation – a self-perpetuating life factory/joy factory. This will in turn dilute the shadow through which we perceive the world around us.
Our creator has not given up on us. He/she has not given up on Biden, on Xi, on MBS, on Trudeau, on Ford, on anyone currently holding the reins among human society.
Being the most resourceful of the creator’s creations, it fell to us, by Nature, to be Stewards.
‘Hierarchy’ is a feature of Nature and humans are a product of Nature. Because ‘hierarchy’ is a feature of societies in Nature, the societies formed by humans will also be hierarchical. Maslow used the hierarchical model to map out how the individual proceeds to utter fulfilment, to wit: J.O.Y.
The highest spiritual attainment. Every soul born human, if permitted to navigate Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to its highest level, self-actualization (this being what a Toastmaster Champion characterized beautifully as, ‘What you could be, so you must be’), will make a solid, indomitable ‘brick’ in the wall we build against the darkness of ego, wherever it threatens.
A society made of these bricks will likewise be indomitable and a generator of joyous energy. Life energy.
A World made of societies made of self-actualized individuals, why, that will be the Garden. We’re back!
Once we rediscover our mojo, once we no longer behave as a cancer and become PART OF THE SOLUTION once again, everything is back on the table.
We will heal the Earth. We will allow our numbers to shrink and that of other species to grow. We will base our jurisprudence on the Golden Rule; no longer upon the whims of Wealth. Honour will return to the world of humans because we will act according to our nature and not according to ego.
We will earn ourselves the time to develop the technology to move to the Stars, and we will thrive out there as well as at home, because we won’t be ‘metastasizing’ as the cancers we are now behaving as, inflicting the Earth Mother, we will be extending god’s Creation, humankind’s Tree of Life, outward; growing and adapting and nurturing, as we encounter other species, other ‘Trees of Life’, on our progress.
You might not buy what I am saying, but, we are already living a fictional narrative suborned by Wealth. You can see already where that story is going to end up…we’ll go to war and the Anthropocene will end.
Rather than be miserable, why not imagine/expect a narrative of joy? We have a choice. No one but the god who bestowed it upon us can take that away. We can only give it away. The mind is, in and of itself, a powerful tool of creation – perception is reality for the individual. Why not buy into a narrative of Joy? Why not create our own narrative, rather than continue allowing Wealth to read us such a dystopic bedtime story, one that is only giving us nightmares…
…we could create for ourselves a new reality. I feel I can guarantee it.
The Golden Rule is our roadmap. We won’t get lost along that path.
We need only accept that right now, we have lost our way.
25 November 2021
It is with the most profound sadness that I read this headline this morning:
At least 31 people are dead after a migrant boat capsizes in the English Channel – England blames France. France blames England. The truth is, we are all to blame. Every single one of us.
Because we allow this to happen. We allow governments to run roughshod over their own people, who imperil themselves out of their desperation to escape THEIR OWN GOVERNMENTS in an attempt to come here for safety and the chance to make a living; this while we trade with, and enrich said governments. [Aside: Now we have one of those trading ‘partners’ threatening us, while pointing a gun in our direction, with ‘Armageddon’, which, owing to its perversity (‘perverse’ because of its desire to kill the ‘human’ in the HUMAN individual so that we cannot be ourselves, the way the creator fashioned us, ever again), is ludicrous: millions, if not billions, will die on both sides because of it].
It’s now Money over matter; rather than ‘mind over matter’. That’s what’s wrong with the World, our world. It is also the reason we haven’t yet gone to war even though, as time goes on, our ‘enemy’ is busy with increasing their chances of vanquishing us and could launch a preemptive strike…our side keeps talking, but, thankfully, is clearly communicating that an incursion into Taiwan or into the Ukraine will be met by the U.S. and its allies with an overwhelming, surgical response which will neuter the invaders’ combative capabilities. China will never be China again, at least, not the China Xi imagines. [Fortunately, the West is given to helping the enemy rebuild rather than subjugate/annihilate the enemy. What does anyone suppose Xi will do to us if he is victorious? The Uighurs and Falun Dafa folks already know.]
If the West vanquishes Xi/Putin and retains its cohesion while reinventing itself as truly democratic, rather than continuing to allow Wealth to offer THE PEOPLE a virtual democracy as ‘Wealth continues to rape the nation’s resources (not to mention enriching trading partners who use the proceeds of trade to build bigger and better toys to erase us and our culture with), the World, our world, will have been accorded yet another chance by the creator to get things right.
In this regard, very thankfully, our nation’s tribal elders are the key. Their ‘job’ is to REMEMBER. They will know the way back to the Garden. The Indigenous of the World, our world, must heed the advice of their Elders, as West must listen to their ‘elders’, to wit: the likes of Thomas Paine (this should be ‘self-evident’) Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Lester B. Pearson, and the Great Soul, Gandhi, who said, ‘the measure of a nation is in how it takes care of its poor and vulnerable’ [paraphrasing].
I am praying that, rather than invite spontaneous mass destruction at the hands of the World’s war hawks, rather than endure more halfway measures by ‘moderates’ which only delay the resolution of the path we had chosen, while the effects deepen and further exaggerate, we do what is Natural. We listen to Nature. We organize our societies around the Normal Distribution with regards to wealth. We ensure, through taxation (because ‘taxation’ is the only effective way to redistribute wealth throughout the society’s ‘body’) that no individual, family, or demographic is ‘anemic’. We rebuild the family’s atomicity. We stop saturating the media and entertainment television with sex (in whatever form) and violence. WE STOP THE NEOLIBERAL ASSAULT on Faith because the State can only pretend at being all-knowing and all-seeing; whereas our creator is in fact all-knowing and all-seeing, because the creator IS THE TREE OF LIFE and we are some of its leaves. The creator knows us because the creator is us, only NOT JUST US, because he/she is all living things and all inanimate things to boot.
The creator’s purpose is our purpose. The overarching purpose is to extend creation. Instead we stifle creation by paving it over and polluting the bejeezus out of it. That is why I say we behave unnaturally, even with respect to ourselves. It is the world of ego.
We need choose to turn the ‘bombers riding shotgun in the sky into butterflies’ (the Monarch is my mom’s totem, btw) and our creator will surely accomplish the rest, out of love for his/her creation.
YouTube – Well, just when I thought I’d seen it all, I am greeted with a commercial advocating for a ‘smoke-free’ Canada, using rather strong, you have no choice language. The first words out of my mouth are not suitable for print, only for Prime Time.
Now, don’t get me wrong, not smoking is a great thing. There are a million reasons not to smoke. Very possibly, the majority of Canadians do not smoke.
Herein lay the internal threat to our ‘democracy’: in a nation of selfish neoliberalist individuals, the majority will simply pee all over the minority, extolling its virtues as they do, armed to the teeth with evidence to support what they do. What they do not do is RESPECT FREE WILL. This is not only undemocratic (it is a feature of Fascism…) it goes against a founding principle of the creator. Our god gave us free will.
The majority is quite willing to take the minority’s free will away. Canadian society was invented to protect minorities and free will. Free will is not carte blanche to do whatever you want, damn the consequences to other people, because ‘other people’ also have free will.
When one’s choices conflict with another’s, the two sides should meet and work something out. That’s inclusive. They way it is now, one side tells the other side what to do. That’s divisive.
For example, the St. Catharines no-smoking by-law in apartment buildings or on a unit’s porch is draconian. There are more smokers than non-smokers, and so the law passes, and the elderly infirm are now obliged to take their walkers outside into the heat of Summer and the cold of Winter, rain or shine, every time they need a puff -our ‘majority’ doesn’t seem to care about things like that. Neither do the apartment owners. As time goes on, clearly the tenant has less and less rights, PARTICULARLY IF THEY ARE A POORER TENANT, and our current provincial government is helping to make it this way; but not only them -there’s the St. Catharines municipal bylaw…
Headline: Why Ontario must reform municipal codes of conduct – kudos to TVO for this article, and for many, many others. What a great channel/media source. Paikin, McGrath, et al. are a wonderfully informative bunch.
At one time, governments governed. They had vision. Now it seems governments exert control. Every time you look up, someone is making a new law. That’s fascist and that is what we are very slowly, very imperceptibly, morphing into.
Whereas China is direct about fascism; Western democracies appear to prefer a Fabian approach of gradualism. The Fabian method (so named after the Roman general, Fabius Maximus, who was famous for vanquishing the enemy at little cost to his own troops by avoiding the frontal assault.
The Fabian method has been applied over and over and we don’t even notice. It isn’t all bad thought. This method was used to get us to accept same-sex relationships. We were attacking folks for something which was none of our business, or concern; something squarely within the purview of the couples and the god who made them. In this case, Fabianism saved us from committing egregious crimes against people who only want to love and live, as we do. What has anyone to say of any value about that? Free will.
Another example: women’s liberation. I started out life with a stay-home mom; upon the closure of my mill and the end of my Kraft pulp & paper industry career, I had worked for a series of female bosses, from supervisor to department head to mill manager. Another positive change, because it respected free will.
Another feature of the fascist/egoic society is that folks attack ideas and ways, without offering an alternative. They’re just good at finding things wrong and jumping all over folks. At the end of the day, their solutions lack imagination, sensitivity, humanity…
I am guilty of the same thing, if I don’t offer an alternative to the St. Catharines smoking by-law. IMO, apartment units should be equipped with a properly ventilated smoking area, the dining room say, so that smoke doesn’t get into other units. Properly seal the units and smoke will not get out. Equip each unit with electrostatic air cleaners – good for COVID, good for neighbours…don’t force people to walk about the neighbourhood or hang out at the front door every time they want a cigarette, a pipe, or a joint for that matter. I don’t think, ‘taking it somewhere else’ is going to be welcomed by the folks who live ‘somewhere else’.
As for BBQing on the balcony, I dunno…be good neighbours. Accommodate one another instead of thinking you can have everything your OWN way in a more PUBLIC SPACE. The ONLY way for EVERYONE to have THEIR WAY is for no one be allowed to do anything.
The ONLY practical, workable solution is in the Golden Rule. Think in terms of accommodation and respect for others and folks in government can focus on building cohesion rather than increasing division.
24 November 2021
Remember to show respect to/for other people. Respect their persons, respect their feelings (listen, talk, but don’t say, ‘you are wrong!’). In today’s day and age, after decades of assault on the atomicity of the family in modern society, I even have a relative who has no children telling me that I am wrong to feel this way.
The institution of ‘family’ is atomic. No one cares more or is more protective of offspring than their progenitors – that is determined by god and Nature, not by us.
The family environment is where children acquire the necessary social skills to get along with others who, like themselves, are not perfect. Had we continued to honour the family rather than attack, discredit, and destroy it, we would not today be so bogged down in ‘how to say something’ that we entirely discount the speaker’s or doer’s intent. We completely ignore the fact that we all have egos and that sometimes egos breach the surface; that no one is perfect all of the time…
…instead of focusing on forwarding our COMMON OBJECTIVES AND ASPIRATIONS we insist on infighting, on proclaiming things to be ‘this way’ or ‘that way’ without their actually being so…
…we politicize the bejeezus out of everything. EVERYTHING.
And we wonder that the World (our world) is in such a mess.
Drop the carefully crafted narratives. Turn away from political ideologies, whether they be ‘left’ à la neoliberalism, or ‘right’ à la neoconservatism/movement conservatism. EMBRACE god’s Golden Rule.
We need to govern for all citizens because all citizens call their nations ‘home’. MIGRANCY is an egregious crime. No nation can be a nation at all when it is so fractionated that migrancy could even happen.
Conversely, the nations that open their borders to migrants and who actually accord them equal standing with domestic folks, to wit: welcome them as citizens; why, those nations exhibit respect for the Golden Rule and I am betting our creator is feeling very happy about those nations and is bursting at the seams to help them. As for those nations that opportunistically politicize and abet migrancy to advantage themselves of cheap, quality labour, why there is an insidious vein within their democracy, one that is not conducive to long term social cohesion. That vein is the result of burgeoning wealth inequality, to the degree where it fractionated one national society into two ‘nations’.
A divided nation is a body inflicted with cancer. Cancer always acts at counter purposes to the body. It expands itself using the body’s resources, to the point where it kills the body and in the doing, kills itself.
We need to walk back our ‘social’ initiatives. A political philosophy that advocates individualism as the atomic social unit by nature conduces disunity. It undermines cohesion. Our natural state, this being determined for us by Nature and god, is community. Even Maslow says so.
Let’s all pray for cohesion. Let us all pray that Xi, Biden, Putin, and our dear PM et al. in Ottawa permit themselves to be guided by the Golden Rule and not by ego -personal or national, religious or political, but rather by the Light which the creator has placed inside EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US.
If humanity is a ‘tumour’ inflicting the Earth Mother, let it be ‘benign’. Then let us look to reducing the size of the tumour, so that the Earth Mother – life factory can do what SHE DOES BEST: giving and nurturing.
We must reduce our numbers. We must tolerate negative GDP. This does not mean we will starve, freeze, whatever…it only means less money for the wealthy who own more and more of the ground we walk on as years go by. If we do not, we will first fight amongst ourselves over dwindling resources and then we will go to war and destroy one another.
That would be ego’s way to reduce our numbers. We could also choose to do so proactively, by restricting family-size…
It is the World’s (our world’s) time. We are come to a point of inflection, where there are only two options: we go up or we go down.
What will we choose? What will our leaders choose for us?
I pray that we are all guided by the Golden Rule.
YouTube – I began watching a video entitled, ‘Poking the Panda’. It is an episode of ’60 Minutes’ Australia. I used to watch the American show of the same name; a very good news program that did it’s dandiest to be factual. And so, I tuned into the Australian version expecting the same thing…
Not far into it, the program avers that China has the biggest military in the World. This raised my eyebrows, because up until now, I had only read that the U.S. has the largest military and that China was poised to take them over by 2030.
I’ll be taking what the Australian version reports with a grain of salt; it may, at times, fall to reporting of tabloid quality. You can read about the show here. Whatever you read on the Internet or hear in the media, it is important, as America’s first movement conservative president famously said, to ‘trust but verify‘. This is more crucial now than ever before because some of our new outlets have fallen to sway opinion with reporting that is heavy on interpretation and opinion without a commensurate level of fact.
Now, the U.S. and the West enriched China by integrating it into the global supply chain; they capitalized on the lack of environmental and worker safety controls by SHIFTING WESTERN PRODUCTION AND WESTERN JOBS to China.
Our leadership was smart enough to accomplish all of that, how is it they were so incognizant as to not see what China was doing with all that money?
Now there is this big crisis with China…
23 November 2021
Headline 1: Throne speech a ‘vision statement’ of big priorities that need results ASAP, government official says – following the preamble wherein the purported urgency is itemized:
‘A roadmap for the 44th Parliament, the throne speech to be read by Governor General Mary Simon will sound an urgent chord and call on all parties to act swiftly.
“It’s the vision statement of what the big priorities are that parliament needs to deliver results on ASAP,” said a senior government official.’[excerpted from the Toronto Star article].
The very. next. line.:
‘After a five month parliamentary break…’
Does anyone not get a sense that our political leaders and our media which reports on their doings are simply and shamelessly engaging in self-promotion (at our expense) by making ‘mountains out of molehills’ with respect to their ‘accomplishments’ and ‘concerns’, to keep us both distracted and hopeful, while they look for ways to provide the minimum material support we poorer folks require to keep us quiet for long enough to tighten the noose around our collective necks, in only a few more generations? If things are that urgent, how does a FIVE MONTH BREAK figure into things?
The Liberal government is doing many things right; however, the socio-political philosophy/vision they appear to motivated by, ‘neoliberalism’, will also mean the end of civil liberty, one day in the near future.
Evidence-based policy development will lead to a Brave New World. The carrot we are following is, ‘if policy is based on INCONTROVERTIBLE FACT, we cannot go wrong.’
The trouble is, we almost NEVER HAVE ALL THE FACTS. To believe that we do is to invite disaster upon ourselves (btw, same thing goes for playing around with the human genome). The pandemic has plainly shown this. We still don’t know how it even started. We do know that China’s Xi sought to cover it up initially, compromising the rest of the World’s, our world’s, response. Withal, our parliament took a 5 month long breath of fresh air then shamelessly blows its own horn, saying, ‘Look here! Look how fast we can respond to major challenges…’ This, I presume, to build trust in their leadership among the populace, when in fact, they continue to obfuscate and undermine working people and the poor.
All of the supports our Liberals provided were ultimately motivated to keep the business ‘infrastructure’ intact; ready for the end of the pandemic and a global economic rebound…they invested to be ready to make hay when the Sun comes out again. If this is not so, how is it that someone in my position never qualified for pandemic benefits?
I was looking for work before the pandemic. I was nearing retirement age and, I realize, I was competing with younger folks for the same jobs. Perhaps, despite my letters of recommendation from two past employers, I was not a good hire? dunno. I did my best at work and was always conscientious about providing accurate test results to operations folks…still, I cannot say.
What I can say is, I (and people in similar circumstances) was at a greater disadvantage obtaining work than folks who lost their jobs directly to the pandemic.
The fact that the Liberals attached stipulations to qualifying for worker benefits that effectively ruled out the chronically unemployed as well as the ‘unemployable’ is what irks me.
I would have happily given of my time picking up garbage around the community, putting empty bottles in recycle bins, whatever…I do that anyways, on my walkabouts…for a few dollars more.
But the Liberals shut off the faucet after the corporations, private employers, and folks who just lost their jobs got something, and just before it was our turn.
If, among the policy initiative our Liberals announce today, there is not one for Universal Basic Income(UBI), I will not vote Liberal.
If the NDP does not explicitly state that they will not prop up a Liberal minority government UNLESS UBI is a feature of their ‘roadmap’ of the 44th Parliament, then I will not be supporting the NDP.
I’m not sure who that leaves. I now believe I should look into Greens again, but, again, last time I looked, there seemed to be too much of the neoliberal in that party’s platform as well. Neoliberalism -> Brave New World, IMO.
You can find out all about Universal Basic Income here. It appears that a bill was in the works and then killed when the September 20 election was called.
Headline 2: Contending with the pandemic, Wealthy Nations Wage Global Battle for Migrants – Oh! So Canada’s acceptance of migrants was based on the needs of Wealth, not the migrants? If they were so desperate for workers as to turn the crisis of and for migrants into a ‘labour pool’ of cheap, qualified, and hard-working temps, why not just hire out of our domestic ‘labour pool’, to wit: the unemployed?
p.s. I am watching the CBC Throne Speech coverage, live, through YouTube. I’ve only just tuned in, but so far, I have heard no mention whatsoever of UBI. Not from the pundits (Coyne, Raj, Hebert) or from anyone they interviewed.
I so want to believe in Justin Trudeau. I fear that something significant has been lost from one generation to the next.
Right now, I’m waiting for our Governor General, Mary Simon, to read something relating to Canada’s poor.
Update: Our GG just read the priorities, among which was, ‘ensuring our communities are safe and inclusive.’
There is no greater barrier to inclusion than P.O.V.E.R.T.Y. hello?
Oh, but there will be support for Mental Health; just no support to eradicate the root causes of mental pathology; poverty being at the top.
I worry for the migrants. They were evicted or escaping from under the thumb of their respective ruling class, only to be welcomed by the ravenous ruling classes of the receiving nations. Those ruling classes are already dumping on their own less-wealthy citizens. They opportunistically use migrants’ desperation to make a living for themselves and their children.
In the end, they will end up just like the rest of us. For as long as they are useful to increasing Canada’s GDP and Wealth’s share of it, migrants will be applauded by governments, the media, and Wealth, who influences democratic governments unduly and owns the media.
I had to shut the Throne Speech off. For the umpteenth time, the government is using the same talking points. All sound wonderful, if you are able to ignore the fact that the government is encouraging division by sounding alarms such that they are calling molehills mountains, using all of the current buzzwords, but at the same time omitting ANY MENTION AT ALL OF THE GREATEST SOCIAL ANATHEMA WE FACE, one which aggravates the symptoms the government’s ‘priorities’ are averred to target:
22 November 2021
Headline: Ontario PCs breaking election promise to restore Auditor General’s ad oversight power – our dear cons know they cannot get elected on the basis of how they govern – because they don’t want to govern. But they do want to influence policy to ensure their wealth continues to grow. They want to influence government policy for their own benefit. Their god is Wealth. They worship wealth. Anyone with wealth, and, even better, knows how to generate more wealth, is welcome to their special club.
I likely won’t vote Liberal for Ontario either. I agree with many things, however, I don’t agree with Private-Public Partnerships in areas serving the common weal. Hydro is one. We are shifting to Green, and just before we do, the last cohort of Liberals (McGinty-Wynne) sell off a chunk of Ontario Hydro to private interests…just before the market for electricity makes a quantum expansion. Unless the new would-be Liberal Government of Ontario promises to reverse the sale of Ontario Hydro and other privatisation initiatives, and to ditch the privatisation agenda altogether, I won’t be voting Liberal provincially.
If we do not act now, in a few generations, Wealth is going to own everything and the Commons will be anything but.
I’m watching the NDP in Ontario because for me, they are the only alternative remaining, provincially or nationally, unless the Ontario Liberals tame their enthusiasm to privatise/two-tier the services which all citizens, rich and poor alike, are in need of.
21 November 2021
While Xi and Biden decide upon their next moves (praying they invest in something more constructive than hypersonic missile delivery systems, say)…
Headline 1: U.S. admiral warns of China threat and urges allies to train and work more closely – alright already, is there anyone today who knows the definition of ‘appeasement’? It didn’t work back in the 1930’s, it resulted in the horrific kettling and murder of 6 million Jewish men, women, and children.
The parallels between Nazi Germany and Xi’s China are astounding. Multiplex this with some disturbing similarities between Donald Trump’s ‘neo-republican’ (aka alt-right) ethos and that of Adolf Hitler’s devilish ingenuity in capitalizing on widespread disaffection and angst to catapult the Nazis from a fringe party into forming a national government, with a lot of German engineering ingenuity at his disposal.
We all learned, to the tune of 75 million dead, not to appease anyone like Adolf Hitler.
China is doing many things, on many fronts, and doing them extraordinarily well. So far, so good.
But China’s government, no longer occupied with establishing iron-fisted social control at home, (this now fait d’accompli), is ravenously eye-balling its neighbours, their wealth, and building infrastructure right now to facilitate its control over the entire region.
Not only is China illegally building infrastructure in the South China Sea and militarizing them, they are already testing hypersonic missile technology which, the CBC article says, can deliver a payload to anywhere in the World, our world, in minutes.
We need to understand that Xi is not going to stop. The more we bend, the more Xi will push. It is inevitable that ‘push will come to shove’.
IMO the most likely to occur is an ‘accident’ wherein one side shoots down a plane belonging to the other side, or something other, perhaps unintended. But even this will in and of itself not be enough…
…underpinning the decision to go to war, IMO, is if either side perceives a technical advantage over the other side; enough to vanquish the other side.
If we appease China’s Xi, we accord them time and opportunity to do just that. Our wealthy folks already enriched China’s regime to bankroll its military buildup. We also educated their scientists and engineers to help with the development of military hardware, cyber technology/cyber-warfare…are we just going to continue with our self-martyrdom? [p.s. I am still waiting for the truth about the origin of the COVID-19 virus.]
If we go to war with China, many of us will die. I am a senior, but I am in good enough shape to hold and point a rifle at my Canada’s enemy. I would rather die than live in the kind of society that Xi imagines for me (but not Xi) to live in. I do not aspire to live under the ego of Xi anymore than I do the ego of Wealth. Ego is ego. Ego seeks control over others. Ego is not equipped to care about others. Which side of the Holy Spirit do you suppose ‘ego’ exists on? Which part of the Golden Rule do you believe ego follows?
If I am going to acquiesce to the ego of anything, it is the ego of the creator. Ours and Xi’s creator gave us and Xi free will. Free will is the very thing, the Xis and Trumps of the World, our world, and the Hitlers before them, hope to extinguish among the ones they govern.
The more your ego aligns with theirs, the more you are materially rewarded. You will live better than the ones your lifestyles doom to poverty, but when you die, you will die like all the rest, just as you enter the world like all the rest. Wealth will not save you from death.
When we first arrived in the Garden, we were in balance; internally, externally, and best of all, ETERNALLY. Our light, that which is encased in the shell of our bodies, was projected forth from the Big Bang and the light continues to move outward, bending slightly back in on itself, eventually forming a circle. The Circle of Light is the Circle of Life.
I have heard it said that America is waning and that China is on the uptick. For my part, I’d rather go down with America’s sinking ship than stay afloat with whatever China’s Xi imagines as a life for me. I know Xi will want to live a different life than the one he plans for me, and I have no respect for a leader like that, not to mention a life like that!
America arose in reaction to oppression. So did modern China. The difference is, whereas America sees the need for, and pursues global cooperation and equality, China’s Xi seeks only to dominate.
I don’t know Xi from a fly on the wall. Neither do I know Biden. But despite America’s waywardness over the years, especially with things like the Bikini Islands and before that, Wounded Knee, their nation, national vision and Constitution arose in reaction to oppression. Their founders imagined a nation based upon e pluribus unum, a nation of individuals free to pursue their dreams; ready to come together and rise to its defense.
I am the friend of America and of all Americans who remain spirited as their founders were spirited. In good times and bad. These are the times that try men’s souls, my favourite American writer once said.
Headline 2: Top Ukrainian official says more support needed as Russia masses troops near border – the Ukrainians are digging in. They will need our help. Russia and China appear to be moving in lockstep. ‘War makes for strange bedfellows’. Yes indeed. Apparently, Putin hates Xi less than he hates Biden et al. IMO, these two bozos will not prevail against the West because ‘right’ is still on our side, or rather, we are still on the side of ‘right’, and god, the One who managed to create us without Xi’s knowledge, that one will not abandon to the darkness of Xi’s ego the World and the people he/she created. Right now, Xi is feeling very full of himself with the power he is responsible for projecting to the world. But is is illusory. It has not been put to the real test. Hitler must have felt that way too, c. 1940. But by 1945, he was holding a pistol to his head in a bunker as the Allies closed in on him. So much for world domination.
Xi could position China to be a major contributor to humanity’s healing of the Earth Mother and our venturing to the Stars. Instead, he aspires, à la Hitler, to be the King of the Mountain. Xi is building a Hell for himself. That’s the downside of ‘ego’: You reap what you sew. Karma. Xi doesn’t care about that either…the notion of karma is a gift of the Eastern philosophers. Xi is not true to himself if he is not true to Chinese tradition and culture. He will destroy China. Lucky for China, the West will then help them rebuild and be a PARTNER in the world order, rather than subjugate China.
‘God should often wonder who is on his side!’ says Richard Harris as Cromwell. Aye…and those folks are all over the World, our world, in every place. They might not worship god the same way as Cardinal Collins, say, but god knows them too BECAUSE WE ARE ALL PART OF GOD. We have all that we need to keep our light shining forth and vanquishing the darkness that menaces hard upon. Even the tumour Xi is creating…you know how god will react to anything that threatens his/her creation.
p.s. It’s Sunday! Cardinal Collins of St. Michael’s in Toronto delivered a wonderfully pertinent and poignant sermon today. I hope Xi et al. will watch. ‘Totalitarianism’ is on his menu today.
Soon, I am going to look for a church to attend. It might not be a Catholic Church (it would be, if I were living in Toronto! ). It will be a Christian church, but only because I grew up in the Christian tradition. For my spiritual enlightenment, a Synagogue, Mosque, or Temple would serve just as well…any portal to the creator will be a place where I feel comfortable and close to god, because the place is dedicated to god, and anyone there will be there for the same reason I am. Perfect.
20 November 2021
A plea to Xi, Biden et al. :
We have two options. We may choose to be a part of the problem, OR, we may choose to be a part of the solution. The problems are:
lack of honour
the perverse intervention of the State into the family.
It is the ‘family’, not the ‘individual’ which must form the atomic social unit, that is, if you really want to build COHESION in your societies. Else, you will have only individuals forced together by external pressures, always threatening to break out or undermine the status quo. With cohesion, you will achieve inclusion…with that you are united in the face of any existential challenge to the nation.
Choose on all fronts to be part of the solution, resist contributing to the problems, and…
‘All’s well that ends well.’
Have a great day!
19 November 2021
Opinion: Rather than reconfigure Parliament, or change to Proportional representation from First Past the Post, why not change things at the riding level?
As an example:
Today there is news of an RCMP intervention to remove a Wet’suwet’en blockade to stymie construction of a natural gas pipeline to Kitimat, B.C. There have been 15 arrests, among them Wet’suwet’en elders. According to the article appearing in the Toronto Star, the Hereditary Chiefs oppose the pipeline while the tribal councils support it.
There is division among the Native Peoples on the pipeline issue. If there is division among them, faced with a united front from Canada, well, anyone can see the imbalance and that as time passes, division and consternation will compound and this will lead to more arrests and not a whole lot is accomplished, going forward. The Native position is weakened with respect to Canada’s position such as it is rendered by the government. In the end, rightly or wrongly, the government will get what it wants. Rightly or wrongly.
To ensure ‘right’ outcomes, the Native position needs to be ‘black-boxed’, a computer term to describe how a specific program interacts with programs that are external to it. In the black box model, programmers seeking to use the program of note need only concern themselves with that program’s outputs. They do not concern themselves at all with how the program of note produces its outputs.
If they were, they’d need to be experts in an area they know little to nothing about, plus have to anticipate and make provision for myriad situations. The complexity is compounded exponentially, whereas, when things are black-boxed, the programmer need only deal with the set of possible outputs. The complexity is reduced commensurately.
Division stymies because complexity stymies.
Here’s my thing:
What if, there were a ‘sub-parliamentary’ institution created for Canada’s Native peoples? However they set it up, it’s membership and perspective would reflect/provide the unified perspective of the whole Indigenous populace of Canada. It is here they would debate and develop a consensus upon the basis of which they direct their negotiators. The outcome at this stage, is unity and one voice, with which the government of Canada directly negotiates.
Canada might consider setting up a similar institution for all of the francophone peoples across Canada. The French folks who happen to live outside of Québec have special aspirations and requirements too. They did not leave those behind when they ventured beyond Québec’s borders to make a life for themselves and their families.
I don’t believe this will obviate the need for regional representation in the Senate, because we need the Senate. The Senate is part of a bicameral parliament, and IMO, does its best work when it functions as our Native peoples’ elders might…as the ‘chamber of sober second thought’.
How might this be setup? Well, the devil is in the details, like always. I am thinking right now that there may be opportunity to form or add several sub-parliaments, institutionalized on the basis of cultural identification. We have English-European, French, and Native cultures plus myriad others. The three aforementioned have special status as ‘founding peoples’, since the society we have today is the outcome of European colonization interactions with Canada’s Indigenous.
The representation in Parliament is determined by FPP/national elections, of course.
The representation in each of the sub parliaments is determined by election held among the respective peoples. In this way, all voices can be heard and all peoples can be directly involved in determining what happens to them.
The devil here is, what happens if a sub parliament puts forth a policy or position that is not accepted by National Parliament? Perhaps here, our national ‘elders’, to wit: the Senate, can act as arbitrator, and seek a compromise position between the two sides?
I do know we need a system to ensure the representation of perspective in Parliamentary democracy. If, for example, there were only ultra-rich folks in Parliament, as well meaning as they might try to be, they have no life-experience as a poor person, a worker, frontline healthcare staff, life on Reserves…To really know what you are talking about, you must experience it first. You can listen to someone describe the experience of eating peanut butter off a spoon, but, if you haven’t done it yourself…why, that’s why we need perspective. We need to walk in the shoes others wear.
I do know we need to improve our system so that we can get things done as efficiently as possible with little waste of time and effort.
This is a discussion for and of the ages. If we can introduce ‘cultural representation’ in our system of government and make it work, we will have effectively created a microcosm upon which the U.N. can reconfigure itself in order to bring the perspectives of the wonderful cultures of the World, our world, to bear upon what goes on in the World, our world.
This will no longer be a world that kowtows to the egos of the powerful of the day, but one which serves and supports the ongoing evolution of humankind, one powered by diversity, this being one of the Creator’s creative operative.
Right now, it appear the powerful are content to provide us with a virtual reality suborned by 5G and all of the ethereal happiness that ‘virtual’ can provide without any substance, rather than settle for less money, less power, less frivolity and political baloney; so that more substance is available to everyone else. Clean air to breathe, clean water to drink and to frolic in, and an Earth Mother not scabbed over with asphalt; allowed to breathe and to heal and recover her life-generating vitality.
The Earth Mother, like all moms, is a life-giver. Without the life giver, we are lost. Creation is lost. While we ‘invest’ in mining the crap out of whatever the Moon and Mars and the asteroid belt can do for our GDP, let us invest in our Earth Mother’s full recovery, rather than continue to exploit her.
That way, we’ll be around for a long, long time yet, and we’ll have plenty of time to think of better ways to venture out into ‘the Final Frontier’. Who knows?
In the meantime, first and foremost, we must reduce our numbers. If we don’t embark on universal population controls now, a dystopian future is guaranteed.
Control by attrition/limiting births to one child per woman globally. This will mean a negative GDP for a long time, as numbers ‘half’ from one generation to the next, until we get down to around a billion people globally.
If we are 8B right now, next generation would be 4B; the one after that, 2B; then 1B from then on as we relax controls to 2 kids per woman. these numbers could be koo-koo, but the process isn’t and it will lead to progressively greater reduction of stress upon the environment that supports us and allow for it and many endangered species to make a resounding comeback.
We will not require any other significant changes. We won’t have to mothball fossil fuels entirely, but only where it makes sense. Same goes for introduction of green energies…only where they make sense. The latitude we afford ourselves and future generations, all will greatly appreciate; this rather than having to react to things driving us over the cliff, like climate change is threatening to do, and scrambling for solutions while we fight among ourselves owing to competing economic interests.
If we focus on population controls as our 2030 target, our 2050 target, all of those other targets that we keep losing ground on will all be achieved as a matter of course. WE ONLY NEED AN ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT. It isn’t expanding GDP, it is quality of life that is most important to our existence, as a person, a nation, a species. There is great opportunity in this.
As my dear old dad would say, ‘Amen’.
On another front, Kyle Rittenhouse Live Updates – KR has been found ‘not guilty’ of killing two men and injuring a third. This is object proof that guns should not be allowed on the streets and that anything other than a traditional, one-shot, hunting rifle cannot ever be owned by citizens UNLESS someone figures out a way to ensure the weapon cannot fire anywhere but on a club range (for hobbyists) and in regulated forest areas.
GPS technology is such that I don’t see why this isn’t already the case. Please write in if you know. Of course, all current guns will need to be retrofitted or trashed. At the local community level, governments might offer to buy back guns, no questions asked. There could be some opportunism on this front, but no one will be shot because of it.
Let’s face it: if a gun exists, the chance now exists that someone will get shot and killed. If WMDs exist, and one of the nations in possession of them begins to lose a war, they will be used.
In either case, there is no potential for their misuse if they do not exist.
18 November 2021
China: Let’s face it. With all of the integration of China into the global supply chain, China’s government chose to invest in a provocative military buildup rather than to invest in quality of life and infrastructure within its own borders. They mean to be something other than a ‘global citizen’, yet we trade and talk as if Xi is not our enemy; that we and Xi can actually work together as friends. Hasn’t the World, our world, already been through something like that with Adolf Hitler’s Germany?
Let’s face it. Without a U.N. global government leveraging a standing military greater in its power and reach than any one nation’s own military, the World will continue to be at war. Everywhere.
Without the abrogation of the Security Council, the U.N. can never be democratic, and the powerful nations of the World (our world) will continue to run things. And nothing will change.
[The same goes for national democracies. For as long as they have an Executive with a ‘Party-Whip’, instead of having MPs representing the people, you have MPs serving the Executive -the ones with real power or are serving those with all of the money and the real power].
The NDP support for the Liberal Minority Government: Yes. Make their support dependent upon the Liberals bringing into being a National Guaranteed Basic Income. You can bet, if Canada were to implement an UBI (Universal Basic Income) Wealth’s taste for foreign workers (leaving domestic workers and young people entering the workforce out of school on the sidelines) will end, because with UBI, what Wealth saves in retraining costs and in importing workers at lower wages and poorer working conditions than domestic workers are accustomed to, will be taxed away from them to pay for them and their children when Wealth no longer has use for them. UBI will change immigration policy because it will affect Wealth’s returns. Best way to control Wealth is to appeal to their ‘bottom’ lines, since it is with their ‘bottoms’ they appear to be thinking…otherwise, why do we now have a problem with China?
Let’s all hope for the best. Optimism is the only operative strategy. Pessimism is self-fulfilling.
Let’s all keep to the Golden Rule. We all know in our hearts, what others need, and others know what we need, without even asking(like moms always seem to know), or us telling, because we all need the same things: safety, community, shelter…all the way up Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to the apex: ‘Self-actualization’ which is where the human soul breaches its ego-container and exists fully in the Light. What a beautiful world that is, I’ll bet. It’s one we live in as young children and what we catch glimpses of in our own young children. That’s the ‘Eden’ we all left and to which we are all going to return.
And, let us be resolved to stand fast and to not be the first to cast our stone…toward one another, or toward any other nation; but to come to the aid of those oppressed and barred from Maslow’s ‘vision’ by the powerful, whether they be individuals or nations.
Headline: The AP Interview: Meng Hongwei’s wife slams ‘monster’ China – a quote from the article:
‘But Meng Hongwei, the former Interpol president, has now vanished into China’s sprawling penal system, purged in a stunning fall from grace. And his wife is alone with their twin boys in France, a political refugee under round-the-clock French police protection following what she suspects was an attempt by Chinese agents to kidnap and deliver them to an uncertain fate.’
…and we are talking trade and cooperation with Xi’s bozos? Seriously? What needs to happen now is for the World to make a stand against Xi, Xi’s perversion of China’s cultural greatness and humanity, and against those who share the same sort of vision. As I recall, the China of today grew out of a people’s revolution. Now look at them…wtf? hello?
Putin is an ‘enemy’. Every time he acts up, say, orders the murder of a dissident, it’s all over the news. Conversely, MBS is an ally. I’m not reading much about the progress of justice for Jamal Khashoggi or his poor fiancée left standing at the gates of the embassy, her heart filled by the prospect of a joyous future, never to see her love again, are you?
Who is running the show in the West if money and not propriety (aka ‘honour’) determines the value of human life, human relationships, or how much liberty to navigate Maslow’s hierarchy to the very top we are allowed?
13 November 2021
Headline: Critics say McKinsey’s work for both Chinese companies and the Pentagon poses potential security risk – Jesus. H. Murphy. Someone’s profit-pursuits is responsible for opening up yet another avenue of existential peril – all for a few dollars more. Whereas the spaghetti western of that name was serious fiction, the mores, values, aspirations of the World’s current spate of ‘leaders’ amount to tragi-comic farce. We have come to a dangerous place, because of human greed.
There is nothing but narrative (provided courtesy of Wealth) to support the current institutional and operative structures of our World, on either side of the political divide. But story-telling does not feed people, clothe people, shelter people, nor does it keep them safe. Political will and action (not continued talk and corporations reminding us in their advertising of how much they are doing for us ‘little people’ and their kids, while they pay poverty-wages) are necessary to accomplish those things.
We allowed all of this to happen. Our leaders have concocted imaginative and effective ways to divide us, neutralizing our political influence (by ‘us’ I mean, ‘the people’), while proclaiming the value of ‘diversity’ – Y.E.S.! for the ruling class, ‘diversity’ means ‘division’ and ‘division’ means disunity and political weakness.
But if we rank-in-filers cannot even respect the privacy, happiness, and quality of life of the folks we share our communities with, then new leaders end up just like the old leaders…’meet the new boss, same as the old boss...’ because the new leaders are drawn from…the people. That’s us. It includes the Mount Olympian-class but is NOT RESTRICTED TO THEM.
We need participative democracy. First-past-the-post is not the problem with our democracy. It is the pervasive lack of participation beyond that of reading what the pundits think. We need to know facts, and allow ourselves time to formulate our opinions based on those facts; rather than echo the opinions of the pundits. We need to know where we are going if we are driving. Right now, we are all sitting in the backseat while business folks are doing the driving. We can see that corporations/wealth investors don’t know where the road they are driving is leading to either, as the news of McKinsey and China plainly illustrates…
‘…they talk about law and order,
but it’s all just an echo of what they’ve been told…’
Let us rein in the Monster, now, while we still have time. We need to move forward; to do that, we need to have our collective hands on the steering wheel.
We cannot leave the driving to the ruling class. They are not our parents. Our political leaders we elect to ‘parent’ our society, to do the driving, but, we all fell asleep in the backseat and somewhere along the way to our destination/destiny, our parents left and someone else is doing the driving for them.
Time to find our parents. Time for parents to parent.
12 November 2021
It’s Friday! I’m kicking off the weekend with a view of The Next Great Extinction Event on Amazon Prime. It is an informative piece.
I’ve said it many times already, but seriously, the only way out is to reduce the human footprint and the only way to do that is to reduce our numbers. If we do not accomplish this through a globalized control strategy, it will be accomplished for us, by Nature/god.
We cannot continue to deforest. Trees provide so much stabilizing, buffering, purifying functionality, ecosystem-wise/habitat-wise. But we will continue to deforest. We’ll talk about it, but talk is cheap and accomplishes nothing. Building more infrastructure and even housing will not help in the long run. We will find ourselves at the saturation point once again, only, next time, with little time and very few options left to find our way out of the mess. RATHER THAN BUILD MORE AND CUT MORE TREES, WE NEED TO REDUCE OUR NUMBERS AND KEEP WHAT TREES WE HAVE LEFT AND ALLOW THEM TO RECOVER THEIR NUMBERS. There needs to be a global moratorium on tree-cutting.
There is a new kind of material arising from the accretion of plastics with rock and organic debris, ‘plastiglomerates’. Plastics are infecting even the geological record. What is happening to our oceans and aquifers? If plastic waste is ubiquitous, so too are the toxins with which plastics are made. There needs to be a global moratorium on plastics.
We need to stop paving over the ground and otherwise creating structures that seal over more of the Earth’s surface. We need to turn away from fossil fuel use and all other sources of air-pollution/carbon loading of the atmosphere/acidification of oceans and lakes.
If we don’t acquire the political will to accomplish these things, we will continue to follow the Donald Trumps and (what’s up with AOC and Biden anyways? maybe she wants to be President too, like Donald Trump does and for similar reasons?) and Jeff Bezos’s/Elon Musk’s of the World, our world, as they proudly and arrogantly lead us forward down the road to Perdition.
For my own sanity, I’m turning off the 24-hr news channel. The news today, especially wrt our politics, is become so disingenuously opinionated as to border upon fiction. I don’t believe the skills of a news editor are any different, anymore, than those of the great fiction publishing houses. All designed to keep people reading and the coffers filling. Where have you gone, Walter Cronkite? Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you…
I watched more ‘news’ on JFK yesterday, on Remembrance Day. One report provides ‘definitive’ proof that Oswald did indeed act alone. The other, that he could not have acted alone; that it was a conspiracy, but, as we are accustomed to with JFK news, it allows one to pick one’s particular version.
There are folks who know. They may all be dead now. There is the possibility of a coverup, where evidence could have been planted or tainted. We’ll have to wait for the Second Coming, I guess, because there’s still too much money to be made by withholding the information the public should have been told, that folks might continue to churn out books on the topic…
JFK was gunned down in the street with his wife sitting right beside him. Can you imagine that happening to you? That President deserves more consideration from us than this.
With respect to the JFK file, I happened upon this blog. I was incredulous at first, but as I read, I became more convinced of the article’s sincerity. I had tripped upon the third installment of the series Killing Kennedy’s: Collaboration Theory. I’m going to back up and read the entire series, beginning at the beginning, with Part 1.
10 November 2021
Forty-six years ago today, the crew of the Edmund Fitzgerald went down to Davey Jones’ locker in Lake Superior. If you are no seafarer, you cannot imagine the fear and courage with which those 29 souls faced Nature, alone, against a raging November gale -no landfall within reach or visible.
Tomorrow, we remember our Fallen from the Great Wars. Today, I plan to take in a presentation on the Treaty of Versailles by Margaret MacMillan on YouTube; I also hauled her book, Paris 1919 from off of my bookshelf. In the way of honouring our heroes, I’ll find out about the times they lived in, and how the leaders of the World, our world, availed themselves of the great sacrifice that generation made, for their world; on our behalf.
I would take this opportunity to offer prayers for all those folks, my great grandfather among them, who died during the construction of the Welland Canal. Visit the Lock 3 Museum in St. Catharines, on the Seaway.
p.s. You can obtain the 1975 Newsweek report on the tragedy here. After reading it, the Great Canadian Bard wrote The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.
8 November 2021
Headline: China builds mockups of U.S. Navy ships in area used for missile target practice – I do not know which has failed the World, our world, more: China -which could be an integral partner in the World, our world, as we move forward, but chooses rather to engage their burgeoning prowess to become the newest, biggest, badest bully on the block -or the ruling classes of the West, which engaged China in business because China has cheap labour, featuring hard workers and relatively lax labour and environmental protections; therefore, relatively little overhead.
Folks on this side of the Pacific need to work too, but that didn’t matter to our ruling classes.
Purely because of greed, we will soon be staring down Chinese gun-barrels.
Plainly, China is preparing for war, and our Western ruling classes paid for it. [Not so strange is it? Bezos saw value in his $5B taking him into low-orbit rather than, lemme see…how many would 5B house, clothe, feed…educate for their benefit and the World’s, our world’s benefit?]
Meanwhile, we over here appear to be content to reprise Neville Chamberlain’s attempts to assuage the rankled beast. Like Hitler, Xi et al. believe they travel Destiny’s road, not just the ‘Silk Road’. China’s very success is carrying Xi toward war, inexorably, as the waves carry the surfer toward the shoreline. When Xi believes he has achieved the upper hand over the U.S. he will lay down his cards and invade Taiwan, the Spratly Islands, and takeover control of the South China Sea.
That is inevitable. As much as I detest Donald Trump, I believe he saw the writing on the wall and was provoking China to war before China is ready. Had Chamberlain not backed off on Hitler, perhaps there would be the descendants of 6 MILLION JEWISH FOLKS living among us today.
There are not. We are also missing the descendants of 75 MILLION other human souls who lost all opportunity to warfare’s Grim Reaper.
The longer we wait, the greater the next war’s price tag will be. The line in the sand is drawn and cannot be obfuscated by politics, now become Wealth’s handmaid. It is the poor who will die first, but Wealth will follow hard upon because there will be no prisoners.
We must work for peace but prepare for war with China/Russia. We cannot just keep talking, as if China is listening. They will respond, but they are no longer listening. They want to outpower the U.S. economically and militarily. That’s all they want. For them, it is destiny.
They want to be the boss. Seriously folks, does anyone still believe Xi aspires to equality with the West?
7 November 2021
I am watching EWTN’s World Over with Raymond Arroyo on YouTube. This ‘hero’ of this particular ‘newscast’ is our good Pope. I innocently tune in as Mr. Arroyo interviews with a couple of American bishops (I think they were bishops).
It doesn’t take me long to get a sense that something is ‘off’ with this ‘newscast’. Firstly, there was the incongruity of a professional format framing a Tim Horton coffee table-quality ‘analysis’. Secondly, the newscast had begun with depictions of defamations of Catholic churches across the U.S., but then somehow morphed into an attack on Pope Francis.
The good pope means to renew the church; however not at the ‘cosmetic’ level, but targeting and affecting the mechanisms, conduct, and structure of the church; to close the divide between the priesthood and the laity, as it were. The folks at ETWN appear not to like this.
The pope’s mission is actually one for the World, our world. I myself have been complaining ad nauseum about the gap that has formed between the government Executive and Parliament; and the expanding divide between ‘rich’ and ‘poor’, ‘Wealth/ruling class’ and the ‘rank-in-file’, here in Canada.
So, I turn to Google the sage, and ask about World Over and ‘news anchor’ Raymond Arroyo. As I delve, I’m beginning to connect EWTN with the Movement Conservatives and Donald Trump’s brand of politician and newscast. For these types, democracy is not a substantive goal but rather window-dressing for who holds power in society over you and me. The power of life and death; not just quality of life, because many folks live such misery in these days that they often wish for the relief they believe death will provide to them.
And I end up here: The sycophancy of Raymond Arroyo | National Catholic Reporter –
People like these Trump-eters should be ashamed of themselves, if not for demeaning the Pope’s peaceful purpose (none of the interviewees on the EWTN mentioned that Jesus said, ‘Blessed are the peacemakers’). The pope means to reconcile the creator, the church, and the faithful. Arroyo et al. appear to regard this as an act of war. I suppose, if you are a movement conservative, and used to not only providing the news but creating the news as well, with the overarching objective of superimposing your twisted, self-aggrandizing views of god and Creation upon everyone else, along with pockets deep enough to pay for it (but you have this Pope-guy running around the World, ‘your world’, proclaiming ‘peace’, ‘love for your brothers and sisters’, ‘the end of poverty’, ‘T.H.E. G.O.L.D.E.N. R.U.L.E.’, why then, you would want that guy to go away too.
Let us take a stand against these bozos. They are object proof that ‘money’ is not conflatable with ‘intelligence’, common-sense, or what it means to be human (that is, if Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos weren’t enough to convince you). Whether you are Jew, Muslim, Catholic, another hue of Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, whatever…THIS POPE has your back. I truly believe he means to lead and to move in the direction he is leading and hoping with his whole heart, that we will ALL FOLLOW ALONG, because he believes he is leading toward our reconciliation with the ALL, which is the creator. [Aside: Since the Creator created all of us, then all of us will reconcile and share in the rewards, not just, but including the Wealthy, because ‘Wealth’ will no longer be the socially-divisive pathogen it is now.
He will not coerce us. JESUS WOULD NOT COERCE. He instead allowed the very folks he served in his heart to staple him to a cross. I dunno, but this Pope appears to be spirited much more like Jesus was and a lot less like Donald Trump is.
Are folks like Trump and Arroyo that stupid that they don’t recognize this? Only ego can account for anyone not being able to see even what is OBVIOUS, even to us of the ‘uneducated masses’. Hello? Is there such a thing as having too much money and too much time on your hands?
IMO, the existence of Trump and his coven of cronies is proof positive that too much of a good thing is TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING.
I also read today that Carolyn Bennett was replaced by Marc Miller as Minister of Crown-Indigenous relations. The article per se is about Minister Miller’s wanting to suss out the reason the government is dropping its appeal against the Catholic Church reparations. Apparently, the PM and his ruling class Executive (reminiscent of Orwell’s pigs) are continuing their neoliberal assault on Faith and not above using the profound sadness of our Indigenous brothers and sisters wrt the Residential Schools to abet their humanly counter-productive policies.
I don’t know the new minister, but I do know Carolyn Bennett is a class-act. I don’t believe the comment she made to JWR was ‘racist’ at all. But, in today’s society, one which, it is greatly concerning to me, that PM Trudeau is embracing, all it takes is for someone to raise a flag, and it is up to the accused to prove the accusations are false. Most of us don’t even bother to check the facts, much less form our own opinion, even though our opinion may have very dire life-consequences for someone else. This is why:
OUR WHOLE SYSTEM OF JURISPRUDENCE IS BASED ON THE ACCUSER BEING RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVING THE ACCUSATION.
There is good reason for this. Without the onus of proof being wholly upon the accuser, many innocent people can be condemned over anything at all (sexual crimes topping the list because of an often highly-subjective component) just so someone rich who finds them in the way can more easily move them out of the way.
There is no rule of law if there is no due process. We are back to Kangaroo Court, trial by media, and condemnation by opinion. That’s the world the Trumps of the World, our world (at least for the time being), want to make for us to live in.
It’s Ego’s world. The trouble with ‘ego’ is that it is capable to only serve itself. Every living soul has an ego. Every human has an ego. Whose ego will rule? Do you see the problem with the World, our world? Do you see why we are at war everywhere in the World, our world? Do you see why so many people, in this age of knowledge, are starving, uprooting with their children and putting them at risk along the way in search of a safer life, and washing up on the beach like that poor little Kadri boy? Do you see why so many children are made to suffer, while they are at play and without warning? Ego’s world is a world of insanity. It will mean misery even for the wealthy, one day – it is just that the vulnerable among us will be first; and first among the vulnerable are the World’s children.
p.s. the pictures are taken from news articles published on the Internet. I retained these pictures to remind myself by cycling them on my desktop background, so that I never forget. I did neglect to record the proprietary information, however. Likely these are from MSN, or CBC, or the Toronto Star, or the NY Times, or the Washington Post.
6 November 2021
Headline: Pope Francis to travel to Canada – The Pope is coming. He will be walking into a festering emotional quagmire which combines the profound and inconsolable spiritual pain, the lifelong companion of those who have lost children, with the shameful politicization of the Residential Schools by a government that appears to be opportunistically on the attack against Faith – all faith. They don’t appear to want Faith to dilute their influence over people’s values and thinking anymore than Xi does, only, they don’t just come right out and say it. Plainly, the governing Executive is not working for ‘the people’, but rather a wealthy subset: those who contribute to GDP and acquisition of wealth for the benefit of the ruling class.
But that does not appear to daunt the man who, during a previous official visit to Israel, broke from his entourage to embrace a group of Palestinian protesters, telling them, ‘We’ve got your backs.’ or something like that.
Unlike unhelpful demands for ‘apologies’ by people for people who are long dead, the Pope is coming with ‘no provision, but an open face‘. He might not be treated well by some folks, especially some politicians and those who run around declaring there is no god and will use the papal visit to grab a stage for themselves.
This Pope is about doing the right thing. Yet, withal, he will bow to principle, not to pressure. No one can know what will ensue once the Pope touches down in Canada; but I do know this:
this pope has EVERYONE’S best interests at heart. He would put his reputation and safety on the line for us in our time of desperate need, unlike our politicians, who seem to want to push the Pope under the bus in order to garner political points.
A Canada that could have presided over the deaths of so many innocent souls and the utter destruction of so many families, is not the Canada that I had imagined I was inheriting, or passing on to my kids.
This pope is coming with one hope: to set things right, going forward, because the Past cannot be undone by human hands; our lost children are in the creator’s hands.
This pope will give whatever he must of himself to set things right, going forward. He wants Canada’s Indigenous to heal from what European colonialization did to them, that they may reprise their roles as leaders and stewards of human society under the creator.
Blessed are the peacemakers…papal and Indigenous alike. The future of the World’s children depends on them.
5 November 2021
Headline 1: Five things you should know about Ontario’s Fall mini-budget – another greatly informative article from TVO. I can’t wait to be rid of these people. I don’t think the Liberals are the answer either, going by past performance. Is it time to give the NDP another whirl? Dunno. If you are like me, you perhaps tire of all the bs and just want a government to come in and do the right things; and to stop regaling us with bullshit day-in/day-out.
Speaking of the Ontario government’s penchant for cow-pasture material, how about their proposed Hwy 413 and the Bradford Bypass?
Headline 2: Ontario engineers raise red flags about Bradford Bypass – will the Cons listen? dunno. But, one of the folks quoted in the article says, IMO quite rightly, that we don’t need more pavement and more cars; we need more public transportation. As it is right now, my kids’ generation will be hard-pressed to own their own homes; even rents will skyrocket if left only to market demand; how likely do you suppose that their kids will own their own cars? And I haven’t even began talking about the environmental impact…
We need a government that is more inclined to do the right things while they have the opportunity, than to politicize the bejeezus out of everything in order to win the next election.
With that in mind, thank god we didn’t go like the Americans with an elected Senate. I pray we don’t mess with first-past-the-post either.
4 November 2021
Headline 1: Amazon takes another swipe at union as Alabama rematch looms – there are two ways to put money into people’s pockets; through social benefits supported by taxation, and through wages. Given that the folks who create policy on our behalf (the Executive in Parliament, not Parliamentarians per se because of the Whip) are often investors themselves, the worker’s voice, the worker’s perspective in policy making is likely under-represented, if at all. [Aside: My prayers are with the union organizers. I don’t mind to pay more from Amazon; I don’t know if Bezos will mind taking one less foray into low-Earth orbit or to the Moon?]
Unions are a counterweight – one of the levers in a system of checks and balances, a system upon which democracy relies but is everywhere being short-circuited by trial in the media and movements like Me-Too, which do endruns around due process and the rule of law; for, by the time any of the accused make it to court, their reputations and careers are already in the garbage can.
Unions have been under attack since Christ was a cowboy and for the exact same reason the Church is under attack for the Residential Schools. In both cases, it is the government of the day attempting misdirection to downplay the government and its agents’ role in the schools while cultivating more distance between the people and ‘the church’, creating a vacuum in our psyches for ‘leaders’ so that we look to the stars OF THE CORPORATE WORLD for guidance and inspiration, and turn our backs on god/the creator.
That way, there is no more distance between the people and this:
[This shot of Donald Trump was taken from Twitter. Unfortunately, I did not keep track of the poster to give them proper credit. I deeply apologize, but this picture is beyond creepy and I don’t believe it was ‘photoshopped’. IMO this is a poignant warning.]
WE MUST PRESERVE OUR DEMOCRACY. To do that, we must defend its institutions. #1: Parliament – get rid of the Whip wrt to telling MPs to vote this way or that way… #2 defend Democracy’s fundamental operatives, of which DUE PROCESS, ACCOUNTABILITY to the truth, TRANSPARENCY (especially wrt cross-border financial transactions (and offshore accounts)), and, at a higher level of abstraction, maintain and enhance the system of CHECKS AND BALANCES. If we allow Wealth to take that away, there is no more check on their power. They are busily eroding democracy because the advance of democracy erodes Wealth. It cannot be any other way. DEMOCRACY has never been defined as a system predicated upon one person telling another person what to do.
DEMOCRACY IS PREDICATED UPON UNIVERSAL ENGAGEMENT OF ‘THE PEOPLE’, and upon the rules of the game designed precisely to keep it that way.
Headline 2: What’s happening with China is not a new Cold War – the writer provides a great analysis of what we did wrong after WWII, avers that this approach won’t work with China, but provides no details as to what he thinks might work. THIS IS WHAT IS WRONG WITH ALL OF US THESE DAYS: Ego always judges and condemns, but rarely is inclined to provide a positive, constructive alternative to whatever is being criticized.
Headline 3: ‘Keepers of the land’: How Indigenous-led conservation can boost biodiversity – Y.E.S.
Headline 4: Canada’s treatment of Indigenous peoples fits the definition of genocide – a fine, fine and informative piece published by TVO.org and written by two profs at University of Manitoba.
3 November 2021
A different sort of headline (a purported prophetic announcement): The ‘Apostle of Doom’ | “This is my last message for the World. Everything you need to know has been said.” On December 8th you will know… – MysticPost.com is a catholic news organization. I am listening to the presentation on YouTube right now. I have to say that, whether the message originated as claimed or perhaps has a more mundane explanation, the message per se sure nails what is going on these days.
As for moi, I don’t believe anything is etched in stone, because of free will. For as long as we breathe, we have a choice. Sometimes, generations are presented with choosing between life and death or enslavement to the egos of the powerful of the day. The only sway one ego can have over another is through fear. Jesus was not swayed by fear, even the fear of death, though he felt it. He was truly free. His was leadership by example. How many of today’s leaders, can we actually say that about?
Whether you are a citizen of China, of the U.S., of Iran, of Israel, of Russia, of Myanmar…whatever…you know that IF EACH OF US VOWS TO NOT BE THE FIRST TO PICK UP A RIFLE OR LAUNCH A MISSILE, then that leaves no one but the ones who would make war (to wit: the upper echelons of our ruling classes), to start a war. Those types are too accustomed to pulling the strings of others, manipulating them to get things done. They do not commonly have the stomach to experience war firsthand.
And so they won’t. They won’t even fight to preserve the status quo they have been building for a long, long, time.
We, who are everyone but the ‘puppet-masters’ of societies around the World, our world, MUST MAKE A STAND. Together. Fear and ignorance divide. The truth unites.
Peace is not a way, it is THE WAY. We all know this by now. Our history books are full of visionaries who peddle war and fascism. Where are they now? Where are the great, indomitable civilizations they created on foundations of war?
Folks like Jesus, Muhammed, St. Francis, Mandela, Mother Theresa, and Gandhi showed us a better way, one that will lead to the end of humanity’s hubris; its most un-Natural comportment and self-inflicted misery.
Gandhi showed us the way: Satyagraha. Jesus would have said, ‘Turn the other cheek,’ within the context of ‘standing your ground’ and remaining ‘true to yourself’ and consequently, true to god and to everyone else.
p.s. If you get a chance, have a read of Gandhi’s My Experiments With Truth. Or, watch the movie starring Ben Kingsley. Follow it up with the movie about Mother Theresa and then the Message, starring Anthony Quinn. Last, there are several movies about the life of Jesus. I would recommend The Last Temptation of Christ (starring Willem Dafoe), Jesus (starring Jeremy Sisto), The Greatest Story Ever Told (starring Max von Sydow), and Franco Zeffirelli’s opus, Jesus of Nazareth Full Movie HD English – YouTube, starring Robert Powell. There is also a series: The Chosen on YouTube. I haven’t seen it yet.
2 November 2021
Opinion: The Homeless Should Be a Protected Social Group – NO. Homelessness should not exist in the first place. It does only because we tolerate it. The mechanisms and machinations of wealth acquisition/preservation are responsible. We sit by and just let it be done to our brothers and sisters in the community. IMO, things like childcare, elder care, community work projects and homelessness dovetail with Raworth’s notions of community. More state presence in our personal lives and care means more state influence. The state is not YOUR FAMILY. The state is not a ‘person’ (um, anymore than a corporation is, but both are now trying to style themselves as your ‘family’. The man behind the curtain of the state is the investor. hello?
1 November 2021
Today, I watched a CBC Marketplace report on YouTube about antivaxxers. In it, an ‘expert’ tells us ‘there is no evidence to support’ many of the concerns about vaccination. On the other side of the fence, an antivaxxer activist it telling us our governments are experimenting on our children.
I don’t know anything about these claims. What I do know is that we don’t know everything. Science doesn’t know everything. God help us, we are little children, knowledge-wise, in the greater scheme of things. Not a single human knows how to create a universe from scratch.
We shouldn’t be doing gain-of-function experiments on nasty little viruses and we shouldn’t be playing around with the human genome. Trans-humanism is going to destroy us or alter us in such a way that H.G. Wells’ sci-fi vision of the future is converging with real possibility, wherein the poor echelon become food for the wealthy who themselves had evolved into the morlocks, after bunkering underground to weather a global nuclear holocaust.
Blind faith is blind faith, whether it is invested in science, politics, religion, or your partner, for that matter. For example, many marriages fail, but very nearly all of them begin faithfully. They simply don’t survive the challenge of time. It’s blind faith.
I don’t know what to believe anymore. There is contradiction, denial, outright fabrication: it seems, as time goes on, ‘news’ is taking on the quality and characteristics of fiction and ‘fiction’ is taking on the quality and characteristics of ‘news’.
The ruling classes of the World, our world, are playing games with each other and with us, vying for our ‘faith’. We have folks on the ‘right’ who misrepresent the truth of the Christ and we have folks on the ‘left’ whose faith is in ‘science’ and ‘objective evidence’. Both sides feature people who have a tonne of money in their control and use it to sway us, mostly in fear evocative messaging, ONLY SO THAT THEY MAY ACQUIRE EVEN MORE MONEY, to sway us and prop up their elevated Mount Olympian lifestyles.
Neither side will admit to the obvious: that the World, our world, has too many humans in it and we need to reduce our numbers, either through attrition or war and/or environmental catastrophe. The Earth Mother is a life factory and, as our numbers increase, we bleed resources apace even as we pave the Earth Mother over, reducing her capability to support us.
Headline: READ: US intelligence community report on Covid-19 origins gives inconclusive assessment – this from CNN. There is no consensus. Part of the intelligence community say they believe with ‘low confidence’ (wtf is that anyway?) that it likely came from animals to humans thru an ’emissary’ animal. Another part says with ‘moderate confidence’ that the Covid virus came to us courtesy of an accident in Wuhan (playing with fire, as it were).
Not only are we brazen enough to see if we can outdo Nature by perversely engineering deadlier viruses than She can, we think we can make a better human than She can.
Our hubris will be to our utter detriment. We’ve been around for how long? Enough to qualify us to not only give Nature a makeover, but the human genome as well…we need to remind ourselves of just how far the Age of Reason has taken us…yes, we know the Earth is round; we know it goes round the Sun; we know there are at least as many solar systems in the Universe as there are cells in the body…
WE HAVE NO BUSINESS PLAYING WITH SOMETHING THAT SERVED US WELL FOR MILLIONS OF YEARS.
WE HAVE BECOME JUST SMART ENOUGH TO BULLSHIT OTHERS INTO BELIEVING WE KNOW EVERYTHING, AND COMMENSURATELY, STUPID ENOUGH TO BELIEVE OUR OWN BULLSHIT.
OUR MOUNT OLYMPIANS WANT US TO BELIEVE THEY KNOW THE WAY ‘FORWARD’. (They don’t. They only see the way to more profit. Environment, people, quality of life for the citizen…those are all secondary to profit. It’s always been that way. It still is that way. THE ONLY THING THAT HAS CHANGED IS THAT THE WORLD IS RUNNING OUT OF RESOURCES AND THERE ARE NOW SO MANY OF US, WE CREATE WASTE FASTER THAN NATURE (AND US) CAN ASSIMILATE IT).
Our Mount Olympians want us to believe they know the way ‘forward’.
THEY DON’T KNOW SHIT.
We need to rein them in. We need to bring the ruling class/Wealth back into the fold. They have gone in the wrong (unsustainable) direction. If we follow their lead, we will all come to catastrophe.
We need to reconcile our nations and communities, the rich and the poor. We need to eat at the same table, as it were, rather than continue the downward spiral into lords and serfs. And we need to open and honest with one another, as a family around the dinner table.
We need to abide wholly in the Golden Rule…
Visionary Development: ‘A very real crisis’: Why these personal-care support workers started a home-care co-op – Yes! The state cannot do as good a job, potentially. I am for a program to get old folks out of LTC environments and into a more home-type setting. No system is perfect and there will be mishaps and second-guessing, as always. But we should not deny anything which will improve the quality of life of our elders. They will not be lost among ‘the masses’ and potentially continue to contribute well into their golden years. This is the first time I’ve heard about this. IMO, it dovetails well with Kate Raworth’s vision.
Among the backlash to the Texas anti-abortion law, we see this: More activists who have had abortions are saying so out loud. Here’s why – I don’t know any other way to put it, but, it comes down to convenience v. murder. It is not the child’s fault that it was put into the unaccommodating womb. The choice being made is not just what happens to my body, but also what happens to the young life inside my body. UNTIL WE FIND A WAY TO SAFELY TRANSFER UNWANTED DEVELOPING BABIES, we need to make sure that anyone contemplating abortion knows the nature of the choice they are making. Many may have no choice, but that is between the woman and her creator. It is not for the state to decide, one way or the other, because, either way, someone’s rights are being taken away.
It is too bad about ego. Ego blinds us to many spiritual realities. If we had no ego, NO CHILD would ever be aborted, because NO ONE would think ANYTHING other than, ‘Oh boy! (conversely, ‘Oh girl!’) I have a baby in my belly!’
One might also wonder, why the State is so supportive of abortion, why over the years, it has promoted its acceptability as a value among us. What will our attitude be towards children and pregnancy, especially among the lower class, after another generation or two has passed?
Think well upon it. The game’s afoot. We need to put on our Sherlock hats. It is the long game being played by the top echelons in the money game. The same folks who manufactured personhood for corporations also managed to dehumanize the voiceless human, but not to benefit women.
They do so for some other reason. Knowing people the way (I think) I do, and believing that the wealthy are at the pinnacle of egotistical comportment/consciousness, IMO, it is likely because pregnancy interferes with ‘productive’ work (work that contributes to GDP which in turn contributes to the coffers of the Wealthy); rearing children interferes with ‘productive’ work, and best for the wealthy if the lower class just stops having children.