Some Thoughts…

Quite often what one want to say had been said already, often in better ways. As an example, some quotes from some well known/not so well known, writers…

Monsters exist, but they are too few in number to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men, the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions. — Primo Levi, Holocaust survivor

Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. – George Orwell

Truth in the hand of one person is still the truth. [unknown]

Quote from Ronin (movie): Well, either you’re part of the solution, or you’re part of the problem, either that or you’re just part of the landscape.

What automatically creates fear?  Any belief in limitation, inadequacies and shortages. (Unknown)

Truth is merely opinions with strong survival instincts (Unknown)

The wonder of science is how vast a return of speculation you get from such a trifling investment of fact (Mark Twain)

Where religion brought hate and called it the search for divine love, science brings death and calls it the quest for eternal life. (Mark Braunstein)

“If you do not specify and confront real issues, what you say will surely obscure them. If you do not alarm anyone morally, you yourself remain morally asleep. If you do not embody controversy, what you say will be an acceptance of the drift of the coming human hell.” – C. WRIGHT MILLS (1916-1962) American sociologist

Governments in capitalist society are but committees of the rich to manage the affairs of the capitalist class (James Connolly)

If they give you ruled paper, write the other way. – Juan Ramón Jiménez

The phrase “conspiracy theory” is usually exploited as a way to dismiss facts and evidence without consideration on the basis that the official story is the only story that has any validity. In other words, the official story requires no justification because the authorities are infallible and always have our best interests at heart. (Brandon Smith)

“He who dares not offend cannot be honest.” ― Thomas Paine

The history of our race, and each individual’s experience, are sown thick with evidence that a truth is not hard to kill and that a lie told well is immortal. (Mark Twain)     “After all, the lies did serve to keep something from somebody, and that somebody was us.” ― Jerome Doolittle

There you have it, a few bits of wisdom, particularly as it explains “man’s” propensity to continue to trust “his” bureaucracy at the expense of his own innate awareness. I just finished reading Larry Niven’s “Lucifer’s Hammer” and continue to be astounded at the power of the status quo. Here is a book describing from one author’s viewpoint what the world would look like after a cometary strike that destroys most of the world’s population, basically civilization. What do the survivors of cataclysm and wars do? They seek to reestablish their civilization. Why? Because hardly anyone prior to the disaster thought about what to do if given a second chance. Billions die in horrible circumstances and ultimately… NOTHING CHANGES.

17 thoughts on “Some Thoughts…

  1. jim-

    Some real gems in there. Nice to see you pop up on the radar now and then. Nothing has changed while you were out.
    Did you get enough rain up your way?

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    1. Anonymous

      Hi Jim! Ah yes, the rain. Well it has caused quite a bit of chaos but for some of it things are back to SNAFU! I was internetlly “out” as you put it but I was watching and listening. You’re right, nothing much changes, which is to be expected if one bothers with history. Still interesting to compare the thoughts of a few wise people with those of the hoipoloie encountered on a daily basis. Speaking of hoipoloi thought, I guess the house extension must be all but done by now?

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      1. jim-

        Happy you are well. Yes the house is nearing completion. I started the remodel of the kitchen, gutted a few walls and moved some plumbing. Doing it in bits so I can move furniture and such. I made this cabinet yesterday but need to finish it up this week.


        And replacing the floors as I go. It’s a mess.

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  2. katharineotto

    Sha’Tara, Also good to hear from you. Depressing as ever, but in a compassionate way. Life is cyclical, but there are changes within the repetition. People and animals learn from their experiences and their environmental influences. Humanity may be going through a phase of over-reliance on authority (self-designated or conferred through convention) but there seems to be a growing sense of betrayal, too, by those who hold delegated power.

    I continue to agree with your concept of self-empowerment, but it takes courage to maintain that faith in one’s own truth.

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    1. Anonymous

      Hi Katherine. At least you have a kind of positive outlook on the current trends! As always though I question the ability and more importanty the desire by the rank and file (Earthian or animal) to learn new ways of interaction with the Cosmos thereby elevating themselves somehow and not just spinning wheels in ever deepening ruts. Of course that is but my opinion, not valid outside. Imagine 5 billion people dying in the next month, scattered world wide. What would be the outcome for those left alive still dying or possibly surviving? Or is that the way to think? I’ve just seen a micro of that in our recent floods and while the waters are receding, without guarantees, what’s the thought? Please Mr. government, open the roads, I’ve got to get to Costco (or wherever). Anyhow, good to hear from you too.

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      1. katharineotto

        I believe each moment brings infinite possibilities for creative resoponse and expression. It’s easier to track within an individual, who has access to innermost thoughts and feelings, but it’s also easier for individuals to act spontaneously. Death and catastrophe are part of everyone’s life, to some extent. I suspect maturity lies in how you choose to handle the challenges.

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  3. George F.

    This comment “The first transhuman child: that caught my attention. I’ll certainly be looking for that.” was posted by “Anonymous” but when I returned, it credited me with the comment. What type of black magic is happening here?

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Hi George, you fell into an WP Internet black magic! That was my response. I have yet to straighten out my login on WP and until I do I’ll be a nonymous! Now back to the grind. (I may have beaten the password nightmare-check it out 🦉…)

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  4. wolfess

    “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” (Walden, by Henry David Thoreau)

    Sometimes a castle in the air allows a human to take stock of their life at that moment and choose another path: “Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled … and that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost

    My life is my own, and
    I shall live it my way
    Until my dying day. {wolfess)

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Oh yes I know what you are saying. There are two classes of people: the vast majority hoipoloi and those rare few whose thoughts sometimes filter through the “we’re all in this together” muck and mire to show up in literature.

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  5. Sha'Tara Post author

    I coudn’t agree with you more, Two basic things: increasing population pressure on diminishing resources – no longer just the stuff of environmentalists- and the freeing of partial slaves (China mainly) to join the capitalistic oinks at the troughs, means the ideas given me by “the Teachers” are becoming ever too true.

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  6. deteremineddespitewp

    Hi there Sha’ Tara.
    Sorry I’m late to the post, not visiting WP much these days; just been swaying between an externalist sulk (politics, writing, etc) and indulging in our annual logistical triumph of getting large parcels together and off to our scattered family…oh yeah and the Covid booster jab which ssssllowed down the body but allowed my mind to wander on some cool ideas for story lines.
    Anyway……
    I couldn’t agree with the quotes, more…. or less, depending on which ones were encountered, but am still sticking with:
    ‘That’s all very well but….’
    Hope you are doing ok; but wishes.
    Roger
    (Still in N E Wales- UK)

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  7. Anonymous

    I am unsure if this is the proper place to provide this information but you all seem to have had a rapport with Sha’Tara and some knowledge of him. I regret to inform you that Sha’Tara passed peacefully and comfortably from this world on December 25th, 2021 after a short illness. I am sure that he would have wanted you-ISSA (intelligent, sentient, self-aware beings) to know that his future absence is not because he did not wish to continue sharing his thoughts with you.

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