Thoughts to Ponder: quotes and stuff

Like most people, I like to wander through the world of quotes, and sometimes I like to make some up too.  Here goes, some thoughts to ponder upon  – Sha’Tara 

This first entry relates to an infamous individual some people may have heard of, or even heard, recently.  I won’t say who that could be… let it be a surprise… 

TRUMPERY:  statements or beliefs that are untrue or make no sense

now more…

BANKERS: Sorry, we lost all of  your money.
THE PEOPLE: What are you going to do about it?
BANKERS: Nothing.  You’ll just have to give us more money.
THE PEOPLE: Where are we supposed to get it?
BANKERS: You’ll have to borrow it.
THE PEOPLE: Who is going to lend us this money?
BANKERS: We will.
THE PEOPLE: But you said you lost all of the money.
BANKERS: We did but you’re going to give us more so we’ll lend you that.

                    This really happened – James Anderson
(No – this really HAPPENS – EVERY MINUTE OF EVERY DAYSha’Tara)

Oligarchy=gov’t by the few
Cryptocracy= gov’t by secrecy
Kleptocracy=gov’t by thieves
Plutocracy= gov’t by the rich
Patriarchy= gov’t by males
Theocracy= gov’t ruled by priests
Democracy= gov’t by the people, either directly or through elected representatives

(…and the only one in the list not found in America is:  democracy)

Fortunately, some are born with spiritual immune systems that sooner or later give rejection to the illusory worldview grafted upon them from birth through social conditioning.  They begin sensing that something is amiss, and start looking for answers.  Inner knowledge and anomalous outer experiences show them a side of reality others are oblivious to, and so begins their journey of awakening.  Each step of the journey is made by following the heart instead of following the crowd and by choosing knowledge over the veils of ignorance. (Henri Bergson)

Civilization keeps sinking deeper into its own stagnant juices, looking to support more irrevocable absolutes- (Jon Rappoport)

Right-winged Christian fundamentalist law #1: The Right to Life Begins at Conception and Ends at Birth

There are many ways to drown, only the most obvious wave their arms as they’re going under. ― Nick Flynn, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City: A Memoir.

The highest goal that man can achieve is amazement. ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Theory of Colours

If you want wisdom, empty your heart of ignorance.  If you want contentment, empty your heart of greed.  If you want serenity, empty your heart of ill will (The Buddha)

Have compassion for everyone you meet /  even if they don’t want it. What seems conceit, /  bad manners, or cynicism is always a sign  /   of things no ears have heard, no eyes have seen.    /    You do not know what wars are going on   /   down there where the spirit meets the bone.   – Miller Williams, “Compassion,”

Inwardly, psychologically, be a nobody – Bruce Lee

(I’ve been a “somebody” and now I’m a nobody.  I can truthfully say this: Mr. Lee was right, Sha’Tara)

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8 thoughts on “Thoughts to Ponder: quotes and stuff

  1. Rosaliene Bacchus

    Loved your quotes, Sha’Tara. Some thoughts:
    ~ When you’re born black in a white-dominated society, you are a nobody and must struggle to become a person worthy of being alive.
    ~ “Right-winged Christian fundamentalist law #1: The Right to Life Begins at Conception and Ends at Birth.” How sadly true. Sadder yet is that they are unable to perceive the folly of their belief.

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Thank you Rosaliene. Your own thought: “~ When you’re born black in a white-dominated society, you are a nobody and must struggle to become a person worthy of being alive.” twigged a nerve. Two comments to that: one, the the most obvious, is that in truly racist societies it doesn’t matter how hard you struggle to be a huma being, they will continue to deny you the right of entry to that “US ONLY” exclusive club. Two: you don’t have to be black to suffer from racism. My parents, with my older brother and me in tow at the time, immigrated to Canada, from France in 1950. We were a) white. b) French-speaking c) Catholics. The community we landed in was a) exclusively white. b) exclusively French-speaking. c) exclusively Catholic. We were pariahs. As kids, we were beaten, called every derogatory name these ignorant nits could come up with. Teachers denied us prizes, or refused to grant us the privilege of skipping grades despite our accomplishments. Punishments were instant and severe for any infraction we were accused of committing in the school yard, or on the road (no streets in those days) and the priest preached acerbic anti-French sermons… ostensibly for the benefit of my father and mother who did their best to “fit in” in order to survive there by attending church and ensuring that we went through all the hoops. We were post-war survivors of horrors only seen in documentaries or read in books now; we were tough, we stayed, we climbed to the top of the racist pile in time and got even in many subtle and not-so subtle ways. But had we had more strikes against us, had we been protestants, or Metis, or Indian… not a chance. Someone would have died. The bigotry I remember was extreme, but then it died down and now it’s gone. But I’ll tell you this: it isn’t actually gone, it’s just sunk below the surface, it isn’t dead. These things don’t die, they hide, awaiting a more propitious time to resurface. Mark those words and watch America – and bland O’ Canada

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      1. Rosaliene Bacchus

        Sha’Tara, thanks for sharing your experience as an immigrant to Canada. Similar experiences occurred to white European immigrants to the USA following World War II.

      2. Sha'Tara Post author

        Thanks Rosaliene. And yes, I know how post WWII immigrants were treated in the USA and in Canada. The reason not so much is known about that bigotry and racism is because these immigrants, like us, were too busy “making it” and blending themselves into the melting pot. By our generation our “differences” were gone, our accents were the accent of the neighbourhood and we were blended. So the racists went back to picking on the obvious: those with different skins who couldn’t hide so easily. Here’s a couple of questions to you, or anyone, or anybody, to ponder, or try to answer: What is the root cause of racism? What do we possess within ourselves that that can finally end it?

  2. We come from dreams ~

    >>Right-winged Christian fundamentalist law #1: The Right to Life Begins at Conception and Ends at Birth.
    About 25 years ago I took a young neighbor woman to an abortion clinic. She was at an extreme disadvantage to bear a child; poor, epileptic and diabetic. She’d already suffered a lot of abuse from her family, from “Why did you get pregnant?” to “God will send you to hell for this!” And I do mean, suffered; she cried all the way there, and we sat in my truck until she’d calmed down. I told her that everything she’d been told was bulls**t; she said that she knew that it was, but that what hurt was her family’s lack of love for her. As we got out of the truck and walked to the entrance, there was a small mob of anti-abortion protestors – born-again fundamentalists – and she set her jaw, saying, “I’m gonna chew these motherf*****s to shreds!” A large woman, wearing a long olive-drab dress and a necklace that looked like it could have been made from gumballs, approached her, screaming, “Do you know that you will be MURDERING and unborn infant?” (Side note: in clinical practice, there are no ‘unborn infants.’ There are embryos and foetuses; ‘infant’ refers to an already-born baby. But it’s likely that you know this :D)
    The woman turned on this pile of flesh and said, “Oh, you mean I should have this baby, let him live to the age of eighteen, and then let him die as a soldier? What a stupid pig you are!” She went in and had the abortion. But wait; when we came out, one of the protestors shouted, “There they are!,” and the whole herd surrounded us. A very fat man (why are they always so fat?) came right up to us and said, “We ought to beat your brains out!” (Legally, this is not a threat where we live) So I told him, “Let’s go!” He repeated himself, louder. “You already lost the fight, chickens**t,” and went to move ahead. He blocked me, so I grabbed my friend and we shoved our way through them. They screamed, they hollered; we turned and gave them the finger and laughed at them, then drove away. My friend stayed with me for two days to recover from the postpartum depression which comes after a birth or an abortion.

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      You have some great life’s anecdotes, Roy. Keep ’em coming! But to the comment, I know the kind of people you’re talking about. They also love hangings, and watching people being burned alive at a stake. And thankfully they’re all going to heaven for eternity so once they’re dead we should be rid of them for good.

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      1. We come from dreams ~

        The only thing is, IF there is a heaven and they go there, the temperature is likely to be a couple of thousand degrees hotter than expected. Get out the marshmallows.

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