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“We are trained in this world to accept only what is rational and logical. Have you ever wondered why?
MORPHEUS: From the Matrix.
I began with this quote taken from the Matrix transcript and Morpheus and Neo’s, I’ll say, red-pill/blue pill conversation, because it seems that if you don’t have that inexplicable feeling then a prescription won’t help you. Even if your vision has never failed you check-ups are recommended.
You might be as happy as can be in any particular culture or demographic and deservedly remain so for many years. For many of us that examine our lives I know that’s not the case. Poor Richard said somewhere in his almanac that, ” if thou injurest conscience, it will have it’s revenge on thee.” This self-examination where we base past decisions on conscience and observe our influence on events show us conscience’s revenge. Conscience is the science that cons all other sciences. Like a splinter in our mind. If you’ve never examined your life, I’ll have to remind you of the words,” an unexamined life is not worth living.”
The imprisoned mind, at length, will come to odds in a world where routine encounters with those of different lifestyles and nationalities are on the increase. The Devil is in our details, so to speak, and the only way to be rid of our darkness is to shine light and/or reflect on the situation and make clear again parts of our vision that has gotten blurred. Subjective Refraction of the Mind requires that one is voluntarily receptive and can make what is objective harmonize with one’s subjective volition.
The Matrix is Science Fiction, of course, yet the meaning behind the story seems to resonate with many, hence, the Matrix’s success. The Art of Storytelling has stood the test of time in all cultures as an effective way of revealing morals and truths to the disillusioned. Which takes me to an example from the New Testament of the Bible, perhaps the greatest story ever written. Matt. 13:10-17, “And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.”
Our prescription is unique to us. What works for one, might not work for another. It’s ok to have your favorite religion, philosophy, or holy person so long as the same courtesy is extended to all. Our DNA may be 99.9%the same yet we all look different and even maternal twins can have very different lives and experiences. It’s up to each and every one of us to go through that door. Many are ushering us through the sands of time and the written word to enter the future without disillusionment. History is the same for us all and hindsight is almost always 20/20.
Eagle totem is the symbol of freedom with powerful symbolic meaning of timing, victory, and spiritual quest…helping you to discover your personal power and the route to the destiny of your choosing.” – Presley Love
The American Bald Eagle was the perfect animal to symbolize America at it’s revolution and founding. A country founded by men who exemplified the symbolism of the eagle totem and devised the Constitution with the Preamble that states,
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America”
I like to think Law in a consummate form will be simplified to a few sentences. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” Considering law in it’s current state and what constitutes legality an “ill Eagle” symbolizes America in 2014 as laws seem to make anyone a criminal.
“The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.” -Ayn Rand
The People’s path to discovery of personal power and route to their own chosen destiny is now like a toll road with sovereignty of passage arbitrary and at the whims of who/what can be bought. Only with payment and the proper licensing is it “lawful” to engage the market and earn a living of their choosing. People can only get as far as they have the money to pay with it’s acquisition dictating their destiny. Our Preamble may read like an inverse if written to reflect current events:
We the citizens of the United States of America, for a disorder forming a more corrupt Union, monetize justice, insure domestic unrest, provide a common offense, promote the general dependency, and secure by the monetization of any blessings of our freedoms while indoctrinating posterity, do disdain and pervert this Constitution for the United States of America for profit.
The police, protectors of the law of the land, swear to the Law Enforcement Oath that states:
On my honor,
I will never betray my badge,
my integrity, my character,
or the public trust.
I will always have
the courage to hold myself
and others accountable for our actions.
I will always uphold the constitution
my community and the agency I serve.
The oath is void as soon it is uttered for reasons that contradict almost every line of it. Immunities from prosecution are in place that make accountability all but nonexistent. A conflict of interest between the public trust and the agency incentivizes protection and service of the agency while rationalizing the extortion of the public. A punch thrown towards an officer trained in modern procedure can warrant a bullet to the head. The greater crime being the assailant’s poor decision to physically lash-out not the officer’s poor decision to unnecessarily kill.
Sir Francis Bacon said this about nature and innovation, “For ill, to man’s nature, as it stands perverted, hath a natural motion, strongest in continuance; but good, as a forced motion, strongest at first. Surely every medicine is an innovation; and he that will not apply new remedies, must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator; and if time of course alter things to the worse, and wisdom and counsel shall not alter them to the better, what shall be the end?”
The end, by my reckoning, is the Sun burning out or the Earth splitting in two. Civilization can lose progress bringing about another Dark Age, a vicious cycle of man-made suffering will continue if innovations are not made in time to alter with greater goods the evils men do.
We could decide to heed wisdom’s counsel and history’s warnings, forgive transgressions, and sacrifice our ill-eagle and it’s ways to make like the mythological Phoenix rising to life from what is looking like a path to Death.