Author: Brother John

The Highway to Happiness

comfort zoneWe 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…)

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This is confusing, but what’s new?

ten mosesMost 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.”

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Age of Entitlement – Electricity

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 Electricity+pylonsrecent 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…)

mein fuhrer…. I can walk!!

kissingerSome 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.

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Relax, Man. Take a chill pill

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 experimenteddrugs smoking joing 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.

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“Let go or be dragged” – Zen proverb

When I arrived in Vancouver, B.C. in the early 70’s I felt as though I were a “stranger in a zen masterstrange 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.

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Do You Feel Fine?

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.

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