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This n’ That and the Wisdom of Frank Herbert

                             [thoughts from  ~burning woman~   ]

Let me see, now: there is work, rest, and somewhere in between, everything else, the jumble of life.  I’ve been very tired these last few weeks, mostly due to work, I realize that, but we also experience a deeper tiredness that comes from an accumulation of worn out time, year after year after year, “time passes” and to the observant, it produces a strange, disquieting litany of thoughts that run over the sands of the mind, like runnels of sand blown off the top of dunes and sliding down the sides to settle, but never for long, at the base.  The wind changes direction, comes again, picks up the sand and flings it into a sky already filled with brown dust.  Somewhere in that floating, parched wildness my thoughts float, forming a part of it, and somewhere further, as the future chooses, some of those thoughts will again form the uncertain and ever-changing top of another dune.  The wind “dies down” then the wind returns and the dance of thoughts begins anew.

I like the imagery.  Somewhere in a dimmed, distant past, beyond these times, in another galaxy, a different world, I existed on a desert planet.  I sense this more than I remember it.  The awareness of sand, not only as a symbol but as gritty reality, is as much a part of my life as is the beating of this Earthian heart.  I think of Frank Herbert’s masterpiece science fiction series, starting with the book, “Dune” – the sand and rock desert planet that would have remained unknown to the Empire were it not for the fact that it produced a substance known as “Spice” which prolonged life and allowed individuals to see through space and time.  All imperial space traffic depended on the spice, hence Dune, like Earth’s Middle East, was a planet constantly being fought over for its one and only resource, a resource without which the Empire could not hold.  Ah, but Frank Herbert was a great prophet and few realize it even today.   I will return to this thought.

Terrible, horrible man-made events are taking place all over this world.  Some of us, the ones lucky or unlucky enough to have been born with, or somehow developed, the sense of empathy, feel these things, perhaps too deeply.  They are more than troublesome, they are life-destroying.  Now thinking as an intelligent, sentient, being: is there a greater crime than that of destroying life?  I cannot think of one and yet it is a crime that Earthians have always indulged in fully, and continue to plunge themselves into in a never-ending cycle of bloody violence fed by greed, fear and lust.  A global Madness but since 99% of the asylum’s denizens are certifiable, then their madness is what passes as the norm.   

I should not be the one feeling tired from being immersed in this madness.  Surely every single ISSA (intelligent, sentient, self-aware) Earthian on this world should be equally tired, maybe even sick to death, of the bloodshed.  But no, those who are not actually cheering it on, or participating in it, are plunged so deeply into their own methods of denial that nothing disturbs them.  That remains utterly shocking to me.  Some whose conscience can still be tweaked with a shiver of awareness, blame their leaders, then return to their little, mindless motions, pretending to be alive.  

What I find so terribly sad isn’t so much the tens of thousands sacrificed daily to profit and pleasure, but the billions who are so brain dead, heart-cauterized and blind that they cannot honestly, without blame or self-justification, enter into the agony of earth and feel it burn.  Hoping it will not come to them, they ignore it and the closer it appears to their own doorstep, the deeper their head buries itself in the sands of oblivion. 

This brings me back to Frank Herbert.  Here are a few quotes I picked out of his third novel on “Dune” titled “Children of Dune.”

“If you believe certain words, you believe their hidden arguments.  When you believe something is right or wrong, true or false, you believe the assumptions in the words which express the arguments.  Such assumptions are often full of holes but remain most precious to the convinced.”

“Because of the one pointed Time awareness in which the conventional mind remains immersed, humans tend to think in a sequential, word oriented framework.  This mental trap produces very short-termed concepts of effectiveness and consequences, a condition of constant, unplanned, response to crisis.”

“To learn patience [in the Bene Gesserit Way] you must begin by recognizing the essential, raw instability of our universe.  We call nature – meaning this totality in all of its manifestations – the Ultimate Non-Absolute.”

“Time is a measure of space, just as a range-finder is a measure of space, but measuring locks us into the place we measure.”

“The malady of indifference is what destroys many things.”

“It is said that there is nothing firm, nothing balanced, nothing durable in all the universe – that nothing remains in its state, that each day, each hour, brings change.”

And finally, “Every judgment teeters on the brink of error.  To claim absolute knowledge is to become monstrous.  Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty.”

There Are Times…

[thoughts from   ~burning woman~   ]

There are times when, as I read stuff, I wish I was an Android with a hard drive instead of a leaky human brain so I could store all the information and have it “there” at my fingertips (so to speak) when I think about something, or quote something I’ve read, with full ability to regain the context of it.  “Sigh!” – it doesn’t seem to be happening.  Oh well, at least I have learned to speed things up in collecting information; to turn my email program (that wonderful Microsoft Outlook 2002 which nothing can touch for clarity and efficiency) into a library of congress sort of filing system…

Here are a few “odds ‘n ends” from my eclectic collection of thoughts and ideas and word imagery.

CRONY CAPITALISM is a term describing an economy in which success in business depends on close relationships between business people and government officials. It may be exhibited by favoritism in the distribution of legal permits, government grants, special tax breaks, or other forms of state interventionism.

THEREMIN:  electronic musical instrument played without touching, invented by a Russian physicist, Leon Theremin circa 1919 (patented in 1928).  Used in popular music of many movie soundtracks.

ANODYNE PHRASE is a weak statement intended to hide an ugly truth. Another name for that would be political correctness.

UTILITARIANISM: Doctrine that the useful is the good; especially as elaborated by Jeremy Bentham and James Mill; the aim was said to be the greatest happiness for the greatest number. (Imagine that!  The more you slave for your elites, the happier you will be!)

THE EASIEST WAY to solve a problem is to deny its existence (Isaac Asimov)

ELECTRICITY is NOT an energy SOURCE.

IF THE CIA ever told the truth, it would genetically implode (David Icke)

THE GREAT PYRAMID weighs 6 million tons; covers 13 acres; is 750’ per side; 481’ tall and contains over 2.5 million individual blocks of stone.  None of this answers my question: why was it built, and by whom?

AMERICAN EXEPTIONALISM:  the US’s power to make and break deals world-wide with no accountability to results.

I AM WRITING the book of human sins.  When I’m done I’ll cast it into the fire and all their sins will be gone. (The Island – Russian movie)

THE UNTIED NATIONS – once known as the United Nations…

BRICS nations: Brazil, Russia, India, China, S. Africa.

IDIOCRACY:  It’s hard to be smart with so many dopamine-producing distractions and so much online approval for our uneducated opinions. (from a Joel Stein article in Times magazine)

DONALD TRUMP, proud President of Saudi America.

EGREGIOUS:  conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible (and didn’t I just mention Donald Trump?)

ECONOMICS is not a science, it’s a set of values pretending to be science.

IT’S DISCOURAGING to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit (Noel Coward)

IT IS MY OPINION, subject to change only under extreme duress, that mankind (Earthians as my Teachers call them) were genetically engineered and remain unnaturally so.  That tends to explain a few ridiculous things the species clings to as if its survival depended on them, like Religion, Politics and Money. 

SOME WORDS that need re-defining:  salacious means lust or moral looseness whereas pulchritude means a physically beautiful woman.  I would turn those definitions around.  Salacious sounds so much nicer than pulchritude, I mean, really…

PRECARIAT: the growing majority population whose lives are marked by precariousness, lack, anxiety and fear.

USSA, acronym for United Slave States of America.  Another acronym that needs no interpretation: UKKKA.

PSYCHIATRY is the science of lies. (Thomas Szaz)

FEDERAL RESERVES is a parasite.

THE SUREST SIGN that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us. (Bill Waterson)

WHY THE MILITARY needs so much money to accomplish so little is explained by this military description of a screwdriver – “rotational torque-adjustable fastener applicator.” 

WHEN FACTS don’t fit preconceptions, deny the facts.

US DIPLOMACY can be fully explained in three words: Convert, Co-opt, Conquer.  

A FORTNIGHT is 14 consecutive days, or two weeks.  (Go figure that one out!)

DEMOCRACY is a chimera invented to keep the bottom dwellers in their place without having to resort to police state brutality or chancing violent revolutions.  Democracy and Capitalism are diametrical opposites, but who notices these little things?

PEOPLE in general have an innate need to find something larger than themselves to be a part of. (Matthew Quirk)

CANT: stock phrases become nonsense through endless repetition.

AD HOMINEM: appealing to personal considerations rather than to facts or reason.

TUGAREZ VRAS means “Thank you” in Breton.  (That should be my mother tongue but my parents didn’t use it so defaulted to French.  Life can be so unfair…)

… and finally, let’s give full credit to computerization when it is due.  In looking up the word “eclectic” in my Wordweb dictionary using the control-right click sequence, this was the result: word not found:  “Lrzlililfiwlectiifrzlfilnrs”  – I couldn’t make that up!  (Maybe I should re-think that android brain?) 

 

Quotes to Live by (from a friend)

Maybe the reason nothing seems to be ‘fixing you’
is because you’re not broken.
Let today be the day
you stop living within the confines
of how others define or judge you.
You have a unique beauty and purpose; live accordingly.”
~ Steve Maraboli

“Don’t be pushed by your problems,
be led by your dreams.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Stay committed to your decisions,
but stay flexible in your approach.”
~ Tom Robbins

“When you forgive,
you in no way change the past
but you sure do change the future.”
~  Bernard Meltzer

“The power of the people is greater
than the people in power.”
~ Cory Booker

“Work for a cause, not for applause.
Live your life to express, not to impress,
don’t strive to make your presence noticed,
just make your absence felt.”
~ Author Unknown

“Let go of the idea of winning or losing.
In the game of life,
the most important thing
is just showing up and doing your best.”
~ Domonique Bertolucci

“Don’t give up now.
Chances are, 
your best kiss,
your hardest laugh,
and your greatest day
are still yet to come.”
~ Author Unkown

“I cannot let the fear of the past color the future.”
~ Julie Kagawa

“Everyone is different and everyone has a talent.
And if we put all those talents together,
it can make something
that no one’s ever thought of before.”
~ Sasha Etheredge

“I don’t really mind being
a “tree hugger”.
Trees give us oxygen,
and that might actually warrant a hug,
or even two.”
~ Jerrell Goodpaster

“Don’t become preoccupied with
your child’s academic ability.
But instead,
Teach them to sit with those sitting alone.
Teach them to be kind.
Teach them to offer help.
Teach them to be a friend to the lonely.
Teach them to encourage others.
Teach them to think about other people.
Teach them to share.
Teach them to look for the good.
This is how they will change the world.”
~ Author Unknown

 

Quotes of the Day

I just couldn’t pass these up.

Speaking of US secretary of state Rex Tillerson: 

“Tillerson’s main job so far has been traveling the planet to reassure
foreign leaders that the new president isn’t as crazy as he seems to be.”

And while I’m at it, let’s add this one, which says a whole lot about Washington priorities:

“As former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates once noted, there are
more personnel in a single aircraft carrier task force than there are
trained diplomats in the U.S. Foreign Service.”

From William D. Hartung, quote from his article on Tom Dispatch. 

Disparate Quotes

 While I’m thinking about stuff with nothing actually sticking in the mind as particularly worthy of another difficult “essay” that says what I want to say but produces little except frustration and dissatisfaction, I thought I’d throw out some disparate quotes from other stuff I’ve read, or some I’ve pretended to read.  Let’s have a look… 

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Things are as they are. Looking out into the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations. —  Alan Watts

The silence depressed me. It wasn’t the silence of silence. It was my own silence. – Sylvia Plath,  The Bell Jar

The great fallacy of childhood is the belief that grownups must know what they are doing. There is no evidence for this in the historical record. You would do better by grabbing a government at random from the denizens of a rural high school. Democracy brings us twerps, psychopaths, ambitious ciphers, short men, and well-born drones. They are what they are. They can’t change any more than a leper can change his spots. I need some really strong drugs or someone to hit me on the head with a rubber mallet. Opium is the religion of the masses.   Let us pray. – Fred Reed

 What comes after capitalism in its final crisis, now under way, is, I suggest, not socialism or some other defined social order, but a lasting interregnum – no new world system equilibrium…but a prolonged period of social entropy or disorder –  Wolfgang Streeck

 If Trump’s rise represented an actual substantive rebellion, that at least would suggest a revolution in consciousness. But it’s not that serious. There’s no content behind it. Trump is just a symbol of negation, a big middle finger to the establishment. He’s a TV show for a country transfixed by spectacle. (Sean Illing – Vox)

America was a dictatorship of ideas, a consumerist ethos that propelled the machinery of capitalism through the instrumentalization of popular culture (http://www.vox.com/conversations/2016/12/27/14038406/donald-trump-frankfurt-school-stuart-jeffries-marxism-critical-theory)

They’d never been lovers, of course, not in the physical sense. But they’d been lovers as most of us manage, loving through expressions and gestures and the palm set softly upon the bruise at the necessary moment. Lovers by inclination rather than by lust. Lovers, that is, by love. — Gregory Maguire, Out of Oz.

Resistance starts with plain speaking.
Fake news is propaganda.
The powerful demanding apologies from artists is censorship.
Business dealings while in office are corruption.
Threatening protesters and petitioners is authoritarianism.
Declaring a minority an internal enemy and calling for militarized unity is fascism.
Everything starts with naming these things in public.
                                (from Adventures and Musings of an Arch Druidess)

I am reading the book of human sins.  When I’m done I’ll cast it into the fire and all their sins will be gone. (“The Island” – movie)

The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum. – Noam Chomsky

Conventions go a long way to validating superiority. If we were all guided by truth alone, none of us could accept anything on face value. We would each become investigative journalist, historian and detective wrapped as one. – Exo-politician, WordPress

It is better to be alone than to become a person that loses his soul to the fear of loneliness. ― Shannon L. Alder

 You have to understand that most of the people out there are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so helplessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it. (Morpheus, The Matrix)

When love is not madness, it is not love. — Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Not a single star will be left in the night. / The night will not be left.  /  I will die and, with me,  /  the weight of the intolerable universe.   / I shall erase the pyramids, the medallions,  /  the continents and faces.  /  I shall erase the accumulated past. / I shall make dust of history, dust of dust.  /  Now I am looking on the final sunset.  /  I am hearing the last bird. / I bequeath nothingness to no one  — Jorge Luis Borges, “The Suicide”

God’s only excuse is that he does not exist. — Stendhal

As flies to wanton boys are we to th’ gods, / They kill us for their sport. — William Shakespeare

You have to be ready to be anyone in moments of danger or love.  — Lidia Yuknavitch

[…] there is a human capacity called imagination. It’s the wild card in the deck. It’s the greatest wild card ever known. It is, in fact, the cutting edge of consciousness. It invents new realities. It releases gigantic amounts of buried energy. And it’s entirely an individual proposition. – Jon Rappoport

What could be more free, more independent, more unique, more creative than individual consciousness that has a non-material basis? – Jon Rappoport

…there’ll always be money and whores and drunkards / down to the last bomb, / but as God said, / crossing his legs, / I see where I have made plenty of poets  /  but not so very much  /  poetry.   — Charles Bukowski

We can catch buses and count our change and cross the roads and talk real sentences. But […] our discreditable secret is that we don’t know anything at all, and our horrid inner secret is that we don’t care that we don’t. — Dylan Thomas

    Quotes on a Cold Day in December

 (in “To Blog or not to Blog – by Sha’Tara)

Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead. (Benjamin Franklin)

As far as we know, all changes are in the direction of increasing entropy, of increasing disorder, of increasing randomness, of running down. (Isaac Asimov)

There are myriad ideologies on this planet that base their operations on the notion of The Group, the mass, the collective, and they fervently want to wipe out the idea of the free individual, the individual with power, with imagination, with creative force. Which means they want to wipe out consciousness, because consciousness rests with the individual.   These ideologues are grotesque. (Jon Rappoport)

[Sarcasm]  I understand that practicality and realism are alien concepts in American politics, to be approached with trepidation, but maybe, just once, we should think before sticking our private parts into a wood-chipper. Just once. I do not propose consistent rationality, forethought, or intelligent behavior. I profoundly respect my country’s traditions. (Fred Reed)

Any man can attempt to find his pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, but a wise man knows that his pot of gold is the rainbow he shares. (Diane DeHaan)

As long as there are those who freely volunteer to go out and help others at whatever cost to themselves life will continue to evolve and what is called “evil” will always be defeated. (A History Lesson for Beginners – Sha’Tara)

The only thing required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing. (Source remains unknown; attributed to Thomas Paine)

Since we are destined to live out our lives in the prison of our minds, our one duty is to furnish it well (Peter Ustinov)

[…] the medical cartel […] would call a mother’s touch a disease if it could get away with it. (John Rappoport)

The owners of this country know the truth: its called the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it. (George Carlin)

The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis. (Dante)

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. (George Bernard Shaw)

Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty.  To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom, as in the pursuit of truth in endeavouring after a worthy manner of life. (Bertrand Russell)

Nothing you see on this show is fake… it’s merely controlled. (The Truman Show)

When the politicians claim that the public isn’t interested any longer in environmental conservation, they’re half right. People are actually afraid to be interested, because they suspect—I think rightly—that we’ll find if we dig deep enough that we’ve gone so far beyond the limits of what the planet will tolerate that only a major catastrophe which cuts back both our population and our ability to interfere with the natural biocycle would offer a chance of survival. (The Sheep Look Up – 1972 – John Brunner)

‘Cheshire Puss,’ she began, rather timidly, as she did not at all know whether it would like the name: however, it only grinned a little wider, and she went on. ‘Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’

‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.

‘I don’t much care where—’ said Alice.

‘Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat.

‘—so long as I get SOMEWHERE,’ Alice added as an explanation.

‘Oh, you’re sure to do that,’ said the Cat.’ (Alice in Wonderland)

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. (George Carlin)

I like people who make me love them. It saves me so much trouble in making myself love them. (Anne of Green Gables – Lucy Maud Montgomery)

You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do. (Anne Lamott)

Philosophic Materialism.  That philosophy, whether stated completely or merely implied, holds that all life is biological and chemical, there is nothing else, there is only the ocean of lifeless particles flowing through the universe.  There is no such thing as freedom, there is no such thing as consciousness, there is no such thing as imagination. These are ideas born from delusion fostered in the brain, and the brain must be reprogrammed to operate more effectively. (Jon Rappoport)

If you don’t read the newspaper, you are uninformed. If you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed. (Mark Twain)

A man, so it has been said, is distinguished from the creatures beneath him by his power to ask a question. To which we may add that one man is distinguished from another by the kind of question that he asks. A man is to be measured by the size of his question. Small men ask small questions: of here and now; of to-day and to-morrow and the next day; of how they may quickest fill their pockets, or gain another step upon the social ladder. Great men are concerned with great questions: of life, of man, of history, of God.  So again, the size of an age can be determined by the size of its questions. (Arthur W. Robinson, D.D. – Warden of the College of Allhallows Barking – 1913)

All of life is a symphony of successive losses.  You lose your youth, your parents, your loves, your friends, your comforts, your health, and finally your life.  To deny loss is to lose it all anyway and to lose, in addition, your self-possession and your peace of mind. (Isaac Asimov – “Nemesis”)

“My dear Koina, have you studied Heisenberg?”  She shook her head.  “A pity.  If you had, you would understand that I could not possibly know what I was looking for until I found it.”  (Stephen R. Donaldson: This Day all Gods Die)

“The poor you will have with you always,” said Christ, not inaptly. However, he might have gone on to observe that poverty has no meaning in the absence of wealth – where all have nothing, all are equal, and none are poor. (Stephen R. Donaldson: A Dark and Hungry God Arises)

Due to recent budget cuts and the rising cost of electricity, gas and oil, as well as current market conditions, the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off. – to which I added, It will be turned on again so you may find your way to the polls in the next election.

Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. (Mark Twain, 1881)

Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one. (Thomas Paine, 1776)

Truth is a hunter.  Truth is what kills you when you give up the lies.  (Greg Bear—Dead Lines)

The least talented lie to others, the most talented, to themselves. (The Eternity Artifact—L. E. Modesitt, Jr.)

No matter how fabulous the technology, how it’s used is what counts. (The Naked God—Peter F. Hamilton)

You’re in charge of a weary army facing a dying enemy, Ralph; that’s not a platform for revolution.  You’re still trying to validate your glorious war by searching for a noble conclusion.  There is none.  We are a sideshow.  An incredibly expensive, fabulously dramatic entertainment for the accessing masses.  We distracted their attention while the real men and women of power decided what our fate was going to be. [ ] War is stupid, Ralph.  It is the desecration of the human spirit [] It is for people who do not believe in themselves. (The Naked God—Peter F. Hamilton)

The world is orphaned of wisdom, as people strive for the knowledge that can be bartered for cash or services, not to enrich the soul. (Carlos J. Cortes – Perfect Circle)

“When I was nineteen,” she said, “I thought about committing suicide.  Everything seemed cut and dried.  Art and music were fine, but could they explain anything?  Could they tell me why I was alive or what the world was all about?  I didn’t think so.  And ever since, I’ve lived a compromise: I wouldn’t try to kill myself, because there was always a chance something would happen to explain everything.”  (Songs of Earth and Power – Greg Bear)

The problem with our concept of mind is that we confuse our own kind of self-awareness with thinking in general.  Self-awareness is an attribute of certain kinds of social animals.  Why should a mind be self-aware?  It’s enough it’s world-aware.  If it isn’t socially connected to other minds, it doesn’t need social filters or self-modeling.  It’s self-making, self-sufficient.  It measures and embodies and acts.  A world-aware mind is just one step closer to God than you and I. ( /  Slant – Greg Bear)

What I have lost does not make me greater, but it makes me deeper, like a hole.  Take more away and I will come through to the other side, like a gaping wound.  But then I will be the wound and the body will have sloughed away.  Is it possible to lose more than what is not there? (Anvil of Stars – Greg Bear)

A lot of people are afraid of expressing how they really feel these days.  As everything is in collapse, fear is getting fatter. (Regis Auffray – comments)

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. (H. L. Mencken)

There are some mystical types who believe that being human isn’t an inherent, genetically based condition at all.  Humans don’t decide who’s human and who’s not; that’s taken care of by something outside them.  Way outside.  There’s supposedly an aspect of God that’s called the Eye of Compassion… and it can only see suffering; it’s blind to everything else.  And those things that it sees, the suffering ones, those are what are fully human.  Anything else is… something less.  So there may have been a time when the things that we consider to be human may actually have been that way… but not anymore.  The Eye doesn’t see us, you and I Deckard [because] we’re part of that which causes suffering.  The ones who used to be the replicants — the ones we made — they suffer at our hands.  They suffer and the Eye of Compassion sees them and judges them to be human.   They become human.  It’s the gaze of the Eye — its ability to empathize with other creatures — that determines who’s human.  It’s nothing we do.”     (Replicant Night by K.W. Jeter)

Ancient Egyptian belief: After death you go to heaven’s gate and there they ask you two questions:  1. Have you found joy in your life?  2. Has your life brought joy to others?

Great minds have purposes, others have wishes. (Washington Irving)

As we steadfastly march on the road to an unknown destiny, our ignorance has become our weakness and our arrogance has become a congenital disease threatening us with annihilation. (Michael Tellinger – Slave Species of God)

A woman’s mind is a strange pool to slip into at birth.  It is set within parameters by the first few months of listening and seeing.  Her infant mind is a vast blank template that absorbs all and stores it away.  In those first few months come role acceptance, a beginning of attitude, and a hint of future achievement.  Listening to adults and observing their actions builds a storehouse of preconceptions and warnings: Do not see those ghosts on bedroom walls—they aren’t there!  None of the rest of us can see your imaginary companions, darling… It’s something you have to understand.  And so from some dim beginning, not ex nihilo but out of totality, the woman begins to pare her infinite self down.  She whittles away at this unwanted piece, that undesired trait.  She forgets in time that she was once part of all and turns to the simple tune of life, rather than to the endless and symphonic before.  She forgets those companions who danced on the ceiling above her bed and called to her from the dark. (Wind from a Burning Woman – Greg Bear)

Mahnmut tried to remember. “The human scientists were using quantum computers way back in the Twenty-first Century,” he said.  “To analyze biochemical cascades in human synapses.  They discovered that the human mind—not the brain, but the mind—wasn’t like a computer, it wasn’t like a chemical memory machine but was exactly like…” “A quantum-state standing wavefront,” said Orphu. Human consciousness exists primarily as a quantum state wavefront, just like the rest of the universe.” (Ilium – Dan Simmons)

Example is leadership. (Albert Schweitzer)

Balance and Harmony

 [observations from   ~burning woman~   ]

Quotes:  “You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.” —                Harlan Ellison

“To put everything in balance is good, to put everything in harmony is better.” ― Victor Hugo

Quotes are good to attract attention to an idea but beyond that they really mean nothing, having necessarily been taken out of context, and what matters is the context, not the quote. 

Having said that, and following my two quotes (and you can go ahead and say, or think, they are meaningless) I wish to say this:  in a lifetime of observation of how Earthian society goes about furthering and plundering itself, I notice that all of it is based on misinformation, disinformation, belief systems based on faith or theories, none of which can be proven as being fact.  One thing I found to be true of Earthian society: nothing about it is true.   

The motions of society are like a dull over-salted sea putrid with dead and dying growth, growth that exists only to further more growth without any desire to change or better itself.  The sluggish waves pile up more flotsam and jetsam upon the shores of the world’s “great” centers of civilization, burying them under thickening mantles of propaganda and lies, the stench of corruption rising like a festering, disease-filled steam over the earth, gradually rising up the sides of remaining mountains, and covering the poles, their pristine snows and glaciers melting and crumbling, their fetid waters flowing inexorably to be absorbed by the dying sea. 

Let me then give some context to the first quote:  you are not entitled to your opinion.  You are entitled to an informed opinion, if you must have one.  No one is entitled to be ignorant.  Sadly, that is obviously not how Earthians reason.  In fact, following the recent spate of election rhetoric down south it’s obvious that ignorance is held in very high regard; a necessary factor in claiming the highest seat of power in the land. 

How did Earthian society become so devastatingly ignorant that it is able and quite willing to destroy itself by destroying its living ecosystem and maybe its home world for no valid reason?  Well, it’s called entitlement.  That doesn’t apply only to the rich, but to every sector of society.  The rich, predictably, never have enough because the more they have of their own manufactured and artificial “richness” – the more they realize how ephemeral and baseless their accumulated false wealth is.  What they chased is now chasing them and they have to get more in order to stave off the inevitable: that unavoidable collapse each generation of entitled elite hopes will not catch up to them. 

And the poor, what about the poor?  Their excuse for contributing to the demise of the planet is economic survival by having lots and lots of “kids” for support in their old age.  They need income, so killing the last elephant, or lion, or taking the last tree, the last ‘whatever,’ or serving the chemical monsters of the age by using deadly chemicals on crops for growth and protection from insect infestations is all legitimate.  After all, aren’t we all entitled to the good life, however we may find it?  If not the good life, at the very least some type of survival.  Does the long term cost matter?  Not when the immediate is so immediate.  Not when food has to be put on the table today… Not when money is needed to satisfy some addiction to drugs or alcohol. 

Rich or poor, it’s all the same.  No one but the rare few understands the need to take responsibility for the whole, and of those who actually do, all is lost when they turn their heads to the past, or the existing structure and think to tinker with it and make it change course a half-degree here, a quarter-degree there in the hope that the ship of state will avoid the string of deadly breakers they can hear in the dark; breakers that will rend and crush the hull of the ship and send it to the abyss.  But the problem is, the structures of the past have so rusted that the tiller does not respond any longer, and the ship will not be turned.  Nor is there enough power left in the engines to slow it down: entropy has set in.  Stand and watch… Listen to the billions of passengers in the hold begging for a bowl of soup, the millions in the lounges drinking and laughing, and the million more  curious with their cell phones on the upper decks clicking in the darkness for a sharper image of a deadly breaker to send to “friends” in the lower decks. “Hey look, that’s what a live mushroom cloud looks like!”

The second quote by Victor Hugo: to put everything in balance is good; to put everything in harmony is better.  That’s a good thought.  You see, with tremendous effort and much sacrifice, using a planet-friendly technology some kind of balance could possibly be gained.  Personally I do not believe man still has that option but if one believes in miracles… OK, we get rid of “polluting” fuels and replace them with wind/solar/geothermal energy.  Great costs, great upsets, great and sore trials, running and running before the flood.  We achieve a shaky temporary balance and we keep up the pressure for change and we hold back the tide.  Balance.  Good. 

We have balance, but do we have harmony?  We’ve replaced a kind of polluting energy with a less polluting one and the cities still function, though millions have died by now, deprived of cheaper, more accessible fuels.  What we haven’t done is bring in harmony.  We haven’t eliminated over population.  Nor racism.  Nor misogyny.  Nor economic disparity.  Nor poverty.  Nor slavery.  Nor the strangleholds of Religion, the State or Money.  The old gods still rule.  The wars are still going on and the “great economies” are still based on oppression and killing.  We haven’t achieved harmony and therefore our balancing act is essentially a wasted effort.  We delayed the inevitable downfall of society and the death of billions by a few decades, perhaps a couple of centuries but we haven’t solved any of man’s innate problems. 

What did we miss?