We humans seek comfort, love and happiness by nature. In order to maximize the positives, we avoid the negatives. Pretty simple, but there are ramifications. The mainstream media is controlled by a handful of corporations. Their main purpose is to make money through advertising. The advertisers want viewers/readers to be in a receptive mood and do their best to encourage and fulfill viewer’s desires. If the message is accepted, we’re encouraged to believe that we need the advertisers products/services to feel happy, comfortable and loved. (more…)
Jerry Garcia’s line, “what a long, strange trip it’s been” in the classic “Truckin’” applies to my life as well. I’ve been living on the edge for most of my life, and continue to do so, at the finish line here on a beautiful island off the west coast of British Columbia (nope, not in Central America, but in Canada).
Most Christians know about the Ten Commandments, which are foundational to their beliefs. They’re one of the reasons it’s difficult to dispose of the Old Testament entirely due it’s plethora of heinous laws, commands and actions of Yahweh. Although many would find it challenging to recite them in their entirety, they often involve themselves in the defence of public displays of these fabled tablets, often depicted along with one of their greatest prophets, Moses.
“And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tablets of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them. 13 And Moses rose up, and his minister Joshua: and Moses went up into the mount of God.”
Like the steady delivery of clean, fresh water to our homes, most of us also take a steady source of affordable electricity for granted. A shutdown of a large section of the North American power grid would likely be the most disruptive occurrence that our society could face.
Think about the fragile spiderweb of power lines that bring this vitally important resource to North America. According to a recent Bloomberg report there are 3200 electric utility companies and over 2.7 million miles of power lines in the U.S. alone. Many of these are private, for profit, companies who know that the best way to keep profits high is to keep expenses down (raising rates really sets consumers off). Maintaining this patchwork of aging equipment costs a fortune and the interconnected nature of the grid makes it vulnerable to massive failure. (more…)
Some would have us believe Henry Kissinger was a great statesman. Others consider him a deranged war criminal. Contrary to some beliefs, Dr. Strangelove was not based on this warmonger, but it may certainly have been a premonition or influence (perhaps he saw the film himself) for his own rise to power and world view. Substantial controversy erupted when he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973.
It takes courage to be a truth seeker, and more so to be a truth speaker. Many will continue to seek the comfortable shelter of mass delusion rather than disturbing reality.
Most truth speakers will stand alone in many instances. They will be mocked, demonized and punished as a reward for speaking the truth by those with conflicting world views.
I have no regrets about my use of drugs. I’ve been using prescription drugs to control my blood pressure for years and they work well. In my younger years, I also experimented with psychedelics and still smoke marijuana occasionally. Both helped in clarifying my world view and perceptions of “reality”. Both were also my choice. Neither were addictive nor had any awful side effects.
When I arrived in Vancouver, B.C. in the early 70’s I felt as though I were a “stranger in a strange land”. Having been raised in WASP enclaves, I hadn’t been exposed to other cultures or races. All throughout my public schooling (in New Jersey and Missouri) there were no “children of colour” in any of my classes. Not one. This made my arrival in Vancouver a cultural circus of colours, smells and sounds.
We humans, no matter our home, race, culture or religion have all gone well beyond the millions of other species with our reality… our human experience, thanks to our magnificent oversized brains.
The functions necessary to maintain life are all done autonomously …. breathing, heartbeat, digestion, eye blinking et al. Because we humans have the largest brains by weight of any animals, we’re left with a huge proportion of brain used by our Minds to create meaning and purpose far beyond the basics of survival and reproduction that all other animals embrace.
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment was written by Eckhart Tolle and published in 1999. The book is intended to be a guide for day-to-day living and stresses the importance of living in the present moment and avoiding thoughts of the past or future. I have read many books, by many enlightened authors over my lifetime. This is one of the most understandable and profound of them.