“Alchemy is a philosophical and protoscientific tradition practiced throughout Europe, Egypt and Asia. It aimed to purify, mature, and perfect certain objects.”
The philosopher’s stone, or stone of the philosophers (Latin: lapis philosophorum) is a legendary alchemical substance capable of turning base metals such as mercury into gold (chrysopoeia, from the Greek χρυσός khrusos, “gold,” and ποιεῖν poiēin, “to make”) or silver. It is also able to extend one’s life and called the elixir of life, useful for rejuvenation and for achieving immortality; for many centuries, it was the most sought-after goal in alchemy. The philosopher’s stone was the central symbol of the mystical terminology of alchemy, symbolizing perfection at its finest, enlightenment, and heavenly bliss. Efforts to discover the philosopher’s stone were known as the Magnum Opus (“Great Work”).
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…)
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…)
When people are given a medical diagnosis that their life will end in the foreseeable future, it often changes them dramatically. Try to imagine that you have been given less than a year to live, and have confirmed and accepted this diagnosis.
Would you continue to go to work?
Would you stay in your current relationship?
Would you apologize to those you have wronged or become very vocal about wrongs that you have experienced yourself?
Would you turn to religion for comfort and forgiveness?
Would you live your waning days happier or would you become angry and bitter? (more…)
It’s been said that Time is nature’s way of keeping everything from happening all at once. The Future hasn’t happened yet. The Past is already gone. It seems that the only thing that is real is the Present. Because of the illusion of time, our present is greatly affected both by our past experience and our hopes and plans for the future. We’re able to put off doing things into the future because we believe it will be there for us. We make decisions based on our faded memories of the past. We live our lives as if we have the time for it all to unfold as we’ve planned. We often sacrifice our present by doing what we believe is necessary to achieve what we’ve planned for the future. This may mean using our precious present to gain the knowledge, experience and capital we need for the future we imagine. (more…)
The Bible tells us that we are God’s masterpiece Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) and in Genesis 1:28, the first humans are instructed to “be fruitful and increase in number, fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
Of the millions of animal species currently inhabiting the Earth, Homo Sapiens Sapiens have a number of traits, beliefs and actions that are unique amongst all of “God’s creations”. Read through the following and ask yourselves if this is how God wanted us to rule over and subdue his creation. (more…)
The strongest love I’ve ever felt for an inanimate object was without a doubt my 1968 Volkswagen. The car itself was durable, efficient and fun to drive. But it was the experiences we shared that fuelled my love and affection. We’d made several straight through drives from Missouri to New Jersey in ’68, a 36 hour marathon drive to Woodstock and back again in ’69 and across the border to a new life in Canada in 1970. (more…)
I was well aware of the VietNam War in 1966 when I started my first year at an obscure Missouri state college. I had no particular interest in continuing my education, but it was the accepted next step after high school graduation. My lack of interest was evidenced by my dismal high school grades, but the enrolment requirements were obviously minimal at Northeast Missouri State Teacher’s College providing you were a resident of the state. (more…)
A couple of weeks had passed since my basic training when I began my trip to Japan. I hadn’t received anything specifically naming the cozy minesweeper I’d be cruising around in yet, but I did have travel documents to Japan, so this was really going to happen!
I don’t recall the precise route, but when the last flight touched down I was at a sprawling air base somewhere in Japan… not on the ocean though. No ships in sight and an odd mix of military personnel …. Navy, Marines, Army, Air Force…. Hmmm. I was assigned a bunk in a dormitory style building and told to regularly check a large board for my name. In between checks, there was decent food and cheap beer to be infused. I didn’t socialize much and checked the postings frequently. I was anxious to get off the base and assumed I’d be heading to Sasebo, a large naval facility apparently nearby. It was only a few days before my name appeared with my flight number and take-off time the next day. (more…)
I’ve just turned 69, a milestone I never thought I’d achieve. For the past couple of years, I haven’t worked and have introspectively explored all of the above and more. Who we are and what we become is a blend of genetics and experience. I had no control over the genetics and they may very well have shaped my experiences. Researching and writing this has been a cathartic experience. I encourage all O-Neg Lefties to do further research to help understand themselves. (more…)