Archives for the month of: July, 2014

This article on The Mind Unleashed contains a lot of truth, truly paradigm exploding stuff. My latest thinking is that we are in chaotic,  confusing times. Obvious, sure. It’s so easy to get caught up in all the soul sickening news of war, plagues (Ebola), environmental destruction, ad nauseum (new band name!). That’s what the “news” focuses on since promoting the horrors pushes people’s buttons, bringing in viewers and, guess what, REVENUE! But there are just about as many positive things happening, probably more in fact. All it takes is for us as individuals to do a variation on what the venerable Dr. Leary suggested. Tune in (to the more positive channels) turn on (not necessarily to a substance, though some of those discussed in this article can be beneficial, *wink wink nudge nudge*); and DROP OUT. Dropping out doesn’t necessarily mean going off grid or becoming a traveler, though some may choose to do that. It can mean taking the time you are granted away from work and chores to reconnect with nature, leave your phone at home (you can do it! It’s liberating!), get to know your neighbors, do something/anything other than keeping your brain connected to one of the many screens that are so pervasive these days. Often a slight deviation (love that word), such as just, for once, leaving that phone at home while you go for a walk, can result in a slight course change, which can in turn open up new vistas. We all have choices, all the time, though we often hypnotize ourselves, or allow ourselves to be hypnotized, into believing that we don’t.
It’s all up to you my friend. We are all responsible for our own spiritual development. Not Jesus. Not Buddha. Not Ctulthu or Satan or Krishna. Different things can be helpful guides at times, but in truth what we need is right here with us and constantly surrounding us all the time. The trick is to open our eyes more, increase our awareness, become more connected with our surroundings.

this is a response I posted on Facebook to this article. Context: the “History News Network” is affiliated with George Mason University, one of the bastions of right wing libertarianism.

Here’s the main problem I have with this. I have no idea whether, before the 20th century, there were references in travelers’ accounts, or whatever, to a region called Palestine. I suspect there were, even if there was never an established political entity with the name of Palestine. I do know that during and after WWI, the European imperialist powers went into the Middle East, imposed arbitrary boundaries on the land based entirely on their political motivations, with very little consideration given to what the people who actually lived there wanted. This mapmaking, commonly known as the Sykes-Picot agreement, created the boundaries of the Middle East as we know it today and in large part led to a lot of the problems in the region to this day, 100 years later. No consideration, or very little, was given to tribal or ethnic sensibilities or desires. It was ALL based on what the white folks in power at that time wanted. Then, WWII happened, and the Holocaust. Once again, the white folks (mostly the British this time)      decided what was best for the region and chose to establish the state of Israel there, a decision which was at least in part imposed by force.
I believe there is an ethnic group of people who should be considered Palestinian. Partly through their own infighting and disorganization, partly through the machinations of the established states in the region (most of whom still bowed to the wishes of the new colonialist powers, primarily the US these days, because money), they haven’t been able to unify enough to develop a common voice. This is partly due to their not having territory of their own on which they could establish a power base. Not only have they been violently opposed by Israel, they have also been sold out and abused by some of their fellow Arabs (Jordan in particular).
So finally, in the 90s I guess, they got some territory. Land. Land which is pretty much completely controlled by Israel, especially as far as access goes. Even the largest chunk of territory over which they ostensibly have control, the West Bank, is riddled, apartheid style, with Jewish “settlements”. They have control over Gaza too, but access to Gaza is completely controlled by the Israelis, not that there is a lot of viable land in Gaza anyway. Gaza is basically a huge Palestinian ghetto, if you want to get right down to it. Due to a plethora of factors, the Palestinians have not been able to establish a viable territory, which would lead to more economic stability and power, which would in turn lead to political power. The odds are against them, the deck is certainly not stacked in their favor, and their own infighting has not helped, of course. They are partly, I have no idea what the “percentage” might be, responsible for their own situation. But it is basically them against the world, a world with an incredible advantage in economic, military and political power. Palestine is just a word, but words truly have power.

Another incident where a number of people, this time including children, are killed by someone with a gun. Things like this may not truly happen daily, but it sure seems like it. It also seems like the incidence is increasing.  Something about this particular one seems emblematic, though. A white man, in Texas, in a quiet suburb on a cul de sac named Leaflet Lane (they probably don’t call it a cul de sac though, since that’s French). Overly green grass. American flags waving. What appears to have been some sort of domestic incident goes sideways. Four children and two adults end up dead, possibly having something to do with an angry white man who has access to gun(s) didn’t have things work out the way he thought they should. Just another incident. The discussion on the link is instructive too, with the arguments over whether this should be labeled a mass killing or not. Only six, four kids, after all. I think the unstated rule is that it has to be double digits before it is considered “mass”. Like it matters what word we use. It certainly doesn’t matter to those kids who are dead.

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Consult different sources, think for yourself, trust your gut and discard dogma in all its forms. Realize that whatever the source, whether it’s a person, an organization or even a book, even “holy” books; it comes with its own inherent bias. If it is in accord with your own biases, acknowledged or not, you are more likely to believe it is “the truth”. All so-called truth is relative, just as our perceptions are.