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Happily Ever After in the Realm of Make-Believe

We the People in 1984 BEHOLD! The Pale Horse of Kali Yuga and the Bane of the One Ring of Power in the Fires of Armajihadden

I love a good story. Back from when I was a kid my Grandma would read to me from a collection of Grimm’s fairy tales almost every night, on the occasions I would stay, as I went to sleep. “Is this story real?”, I had probably asked at some point with the response maybe all children get when they ask such things, “Anything is possible in the realm of make-believe.”

I don’t claim to be an apologetics writer, but I’m sure the title indicates, as was my intention a “mash-up”, so to speak, of a few religious prophecies and two works of fiction. Dystopian 1984, the book of Revelation from the Christian Bible, Canto 12 The Age of Deterioration from the Hindu Srimad Bhagavadam, the fate of the One Ring of Power at the end of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and Jihad: the Holy War of Islam.

I think that any kind of prediction of future events no matter how open to interpretation, held to scientific precedent, or of reputable belief are always open to change especially if the will and means are there to do so in the “realm of make-believe” anything is possible.

I’ll briefly describe the circumstances and characteristics of each work and how it may apply to the “Espiritu de la epoca”, or spirit of the age, in today’s world. I’ll begin with 1984 that clearly does not end “happily ever after” unless of course you love Big Brother and don’t mind your fellow citizens dumbed-down to cerebral insufficients.

1984

The main character Winston works in the Ministry of Truth, one of four ministries, for the ruling party in the nation of Oceania. The Ministry of Truth’s main function is to alter historical records to benefit the party and image of Big Brother. Work is also underway to implement Newspeak, a language meant to prevent political rebellion by taking out all words related to it. Winston knows something is wrong in the Party and they should be stopped. He starts keeping a secret journal to write his “criminal” thoughts. Oceania is one of three super powers of the world; the other two are Eastasia and Eurasia. The Ministry of Peace actually sustains a perpetual state of war with the other two. The Ministry of Plenty is in control of all the food supply and rations it out. Party members receive more than their share of luxury but are under constant surveillance by the Thought Police. The proles, or proletariats, in the book live in squalor but live generally unmonitored and have been de-educated enough to not have the capacity or sense of history to rebel against the party. Emmanuel Goldstein is the supposed leader of an underground rebellion called The Brotherhood. The secret journal, an affair with a lady named Julia, and a trap set by a co-worker named O’Brien to catch them in an open act of rebellion send them to the Ministry of Love. In the Ministry of Love, where those who might rebel, are tortured, brainwashed, and ultimately spirit-broken. Winston gets separated from Julia and adamantly resists for months until he pleads to O’Brien for Julia to take his place thus signaling his allegiance, betraying his love for Julia, he loved Big Brother.

Today the media loves to pretend that the Democrats and Republicans are in a constant power struggle for control of the house or senate every two years we see a barrage of commercials and accusations of “smear campaigns and mud slinging”. It really heats up in a presidential election year. with the presidential debates as the centerpiece. The supposed non-partisan Commission on Presidential Debates has former chairman of the Republican National Committee, Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., and Mike McCurry, former Democratic press secretary for Bill Clinton as co-chairs of the commission. Sounds bi-partisan not non-partisan to me. The Commission’s mission states it was established in 1987 to ensure that debates, as a permanent part of every general election, provide the best possible information to viewers and listeners. I underlined possible because in Black’s Law Dictionary means capable of existing or happening. Any information is capable of existing or happening, the possibilities are endless. It looks like confusing legal language, the Newspeak of 1984, is legalese today capable of making non-issues a tool for dissension among Americans against each other. Top it all off with the final exam needed today to practice law in the US, the BAR exam, whether you get the story of the bar in historical British courts to separate the lawyer to represent their case from the rest, BAR standing for British Accreditation Regency/Registry, or that’s a silly suggestion, it’s too close for comfort and Americans need to get to the bottom of it. Don’t take my word for it, take a part of George Washington’s farewell address for it,

“I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the State, with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discriminations. Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally.

This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind. It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but, in those of the popular form, it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy.

The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.”

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The book of Revelation and the Hindu Kali Yuga bear remarkable similarities despite there fundamental differences. Each have four distinct separations, Revelation in regards to Israel: Alpha, Scattered, Regathered in Unbelief, A Remnant Saved, and Omega/New Jerusalem. Jesus Christ is the Alpha and the Omega with incarnations and resurrections similar to the Hindu Krishna. In Hindu prophecy, Satya Yuga or age of Truth lasts 4,000 divine years, Treta Yuga (3/4 Truth) for 3,000 divine years, Dvapara (1/2 Truth) for 2,000 divine years, and Kali Yuga (1/4 Truth) for 1,000 divine years. There is 432 earth years to one divine year in Hindu cosmology.

Satya Yuga/Alpha is characterized by 100% self-realization in man and complete meditation on God. Treta Yuga/scattered is characterized by a process of sacrifice for self-realization. Dvapara yuga/regathered in unbelief is characterized by self-realization by the worship of deities in temples. Kali Yuga/ a remnant saved is characterized by quarrel and hypocrisy. Self-realization is found in the chanting or singing of his Holy names.

Armageddon and the Satya Yuga/ Kali Yuga conjunction are almost like brothers of tales as well with Christ’s victory,”That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.” Revelation 19 18-20. Krishna in his Kalki avatar incarnation arriving to slay all the treacherous ones in SB 12.2.19-20: “Lord Kalki, the Lord of the universe, will mount His swift horse Devadatta and, sword in hand, travel over the earth exhibiting His eight mystic opulences and eight special qualities of Godhead. Displaying His unequaled effulgence and riding with great speed, He will kill by the millions those thieves who have dared dress as kings”.who Revelation 19 11-13 describe,”And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.”

Satya Yuga begins again according to the Srimad Bhagavadam and A new Heaven and a new Earth with New Jerusalem as it’s great city in Revelation where everybody lives “Happily ever After”.

kali yuga timeline

The other work of fiction in this “mash-up” comes from J.R.R. Tolkien and the story behind the One Ring of Power. In the mythology of Middle Earth there were nineteen rings of power crafted by the Elf Celebrimbor and Sauron who was on good behavior at the time. Three were for the elves and were never touched by Sauron, Seven to the dwarves, and nine given to the rulers of men who later became the Nazgul. Sauron crafted the twentieth One Ring in secret with the motive to contol all the other rings and their possessors. The whole story of the third age of Middle earth revolves around the mission to destroy the One Ring who Bilbo Baggins “stole” from Gollum, later Smaegol, in the Hobbit. The Climactic battle in the Return of the King provides the cover for Frodo to make his way to Mount Doom where Smaegol’s last grab, or I should say bite, at it sends him falling to his doom as well as the Ring bringing about the fourth age or the dominion of men.

What could a ring of power could mean in the real world? Imagine if each society on the globe had a religion, economy, philosophy, something to keep things in order in that culture unique to them. Couldn’t it be considered a ring of power? Now what could control those sovereign states all at once with some not even knowing what’s happening? Money can do that, not just any money but fiat currency. In fact, America may be like the beast influenced by Britain the dragon from Revelation today or Sauron acting as Melkor’s regent in the LOTR. Fiat currency and the abhorrent practice of usury may be the influence of Kali Yuga in a society where paying interest debt justifies the whole business of moral debasement and makes it profitable.

One religion that hates usury and the people that hoard riches worse than adultery, is Islam who seems to be America’s sworn enemy on the world stage since the Mujajideen ousted Russia from Afghanistan in the 80’s.

The Repentance 9:34-35, “O ye who believe! there are indeed many among the priests and anchorites, who in Falsehood devour the substance of men and hinder (them) from the way of Allah. And there are those who bury gold and silver and spend it not in the way of Allah: announce unto them a most grievous penalty. Proclaim a woeful punishment to those that hoard up gold and silver…. Their treasures shall be heated in the dress of Hell, and their foreheads, sides and backs branded with them. . . . ‘Taste then the punishment which is your due.”
The Cow 2:275, “Those who consume interest cannot stand [on the Day of Resurrection] except as one stands who is being beaten by Satan into insanity. That is because they say, “Trade is [just] like interest.” But Allah has permitted trade and has forbidden interest. So whoever has received an admonition from his Lord and desists may have what is past, and his affair rests with Allah. But whoever returns to [dealing in interest or usury] – those are the companions of the Fire; they will abide eternally therein.”
“…They will be paraded before your Lord in ranks: “You have come to Us just as We created you at first. Yes indeed! Even though you claimed that We would not fix a time with you.” The Book will be set in place and you will see the evildoers fearful of what is in it. They will say, “Alas for us! What is this Book which does not pass over any action, small or great, without recording it?” They will find there everything they did and your Lord will not wrong anyone at all.” (Al-Kahf 18: 48-49)

Islamic Jihadists have a happily ever after too.

All three Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are in a severe state of unrest in 2014 even though they come from the same lineage. All America and it’s interests seem to play the situation in the Middle East as a profitable endeavor for the military-industrial complex. The Defense Department acts like a Ministry of Peace. With so many people in the world who have such strong beliefs killing each other, are they make-believing a spiritual war leading to this Armajihadden? Let’s make believe a chance to throw the One Ring of Power into Mount Doom and listen to His-story, before a government of total authoritarian control like 1984, where our higher power is “Loved” out of us, can be make-believed into existence?

Can we all live happily ever after?

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The Where’s Waldo? Conspiracy

Buddha is credited as stating that three things cannot be hidden for long: the Sun, the Moon, and the Truth. The idea that truths can be hidden seems to be absurd and an insult to the intelligence of the average citizen who scoffs at such conspiracy theories. Even more absurd would be the notion that the Truth of the “War on Drugs”, 911, the formation and motives behind terrorist groups, agendas to enslave countries are all hidden in plain sight by misinformation and contrivances that serve to sustain the status quo.

Waldo

To put this in perspective, consider Waldo as the Truth and all the rest of the picture is the misinformation reported by most journalists and the mainstream media. Waldo is on the page in plain sight but the challenge lies in discerning him from all the other details in the picture. Strategies of misinformation where the truth is disguised like Waldo keep the general public unaware and apprehensive of even questioning “official” reports and commissions; ostracizing any who deny their claims and insist on the Truth of matters whose discovery would openly incriminate many trusted public figures.

Martin Armstrong has an interesting article citing the events of 9/11 and how exaggeration is the “golden rule” of disinformation. “The Feds knew what they were up to and allowed it to happen and used it to their advantage. There was plenty of confirmed evidence that they knew what would happen. Did then stand back and allow that to happen? Most likely. How do you cover that up, you simply exaggerate everything to destroy any credible investigation. This makes anyone who question 911 a conspiracy nut job. Perfect cover to hide the truth right in front of your eyes.”

Conspiracy theories happen to aid in masking the truth of matters perhaps more so than crafty contrivances. Many of these theories quickly fail to Ad Hominem when they stray from the principle of the matter and blame the rich, the Illuminati, the masons, the Bilderburgs, the Rothchilds, or just “they/them” causing most to discredit the whole argument.

Ephesians 6:12 states, “for we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities.” “They” are the people that live to force others into a framework whose guiding principles are egocentric.

John Swinton (1829-1901), former chief of staff at the New York Times, had this to say on the independence of the press in 1880, “There is no such thing, at this date of the world’s history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it.
There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone.
The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press?
We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.”

Years later, Edward Bernays, who was actually Sigmund Freud’s nephew, was a pioneer of public relations and is known as the first to draw upon the social sciences to shape the response of a general or specific audience. Bernays’ most influential books include Crystallizing Public Opinion, Propaganda, Public Relations, and The Engineering of Consent. By the titles alone, it is easy to surmise that such knowledge could be instrumental in any endeavor concerning the public. The manipulation of public opinion with strategic employment of misinformation turns “the Truth will set you free” to an inconvenient nuisance.

If that weren’t enough to maintain control of the populace, there is game theory. Game Theory is the branch of mathematics concerned with the analysis of strategies for dealing with competitive situations where the outcome of a participant’s choice of action depends critically on the actions of other participants. In psychology, game theory is referred to the theory of social situations. There are two main branches of game theory: cooperative and non-cooperative game theory. A cooperative game is a game where groups of players may enforce cooperative behavior. Non-cooperative game theory deals largely with how intelligent individuals interact with one another in an effort to achieve their own goals. In this video, Richard Dawkins explains the prisoner’s dilemna, tit for tat, and other strategies with examples from computer programs, World War 1, and the behavior of bats.

Cooperative and non-cooperative game theory appear to both have merits when their principles are employed in the proper context of human experience. Studies show that competition does produce faster results than a cooperative effort where cooperation’s strength is long-term sustainability.

Matthew 7:16-20 provides a trustworthy benchmark for discerning whether a train of thought is good or corrupt that is idiot-proof. Jesus metaphorically uses trees and the fruits they produce to resemble teachings of a predacious or righteous nature. I’ll attempt to compare rules of the game in play as the trees. If the game is good, then good results will follow; and if corrupt, then ill results will follow. A good tree cannot bear corrupt fruit just like a good game cannot have corrupt results. The system as it now exists is corrupted and it’s results are made to appear like good results through misinformation, the exultation of materialism, and the ability of money to buy anything from jury’s to child prostitutes provided this non-cooperative game is played to such successes. The top players have access to Truth, eat it too, and defecate on the future.

Money as the convenient tool for the exchange of valuables between consenting parties and it’s honest operation has been engineered to a new set of rules of which value, necessity, property, stewardship of human rights, the importance of Truth and honest dealings, and the esteem of the People themselves are all manipulable with money and who or what has it. Those who can make out the semblance of Truth present little threat to the status quo where misinformation and vice are the diet and foods for thought of a society where money does all the driving.

“When money does all the driving
No one is steering
Everybody has their six shooters
Playing poker in the backseat
The only thing they agree upon
Is no one touches the deck
and no one touches the wheel
This is empire baby
And this train ain’t stopping until it derails”-Wu-Li

As grim, tyrannical, and conspiratorial as this all might seem; in the grand scheme of things, the movement of Truth and the illumination it brings may be just like the movements of the Sun and Moon; appearing and disappearing from human sight in a predictable manner. It’s natural for misinformation to exist and over time quantitatively overcome Truth until the work of filtering and discarding it is undertaken. It could be as simple as changing the rules of a game. Making the ambition for virtue as profitable as egocentric materialism is made to be now. Alexander Pope once stated that, “men must be taught as if you taught them not, and things unknown proposed as things forgot.” The overlooked rules and principles that constitute Truth could be made profitable. A sequel to the “Age of Enlightenment” could be just on the other side of the horizon.

Adults may be disadvantaged to learn new things and accustomed to a game approaching obsolescence, but the children of the world possess the ability to learn anything they are exposed to; a sacred blank slate that could be the best resource to introduce new incentives and rules into play to transform society into the best that can be presently deduced from history.

“Time is money”. Time is similar to money. Just as inflation over time makes money worth less, the Time we have to spend alive, as we know it, loses value with every passing day we fail to be true to the best that we know.

Truth is in plain sight obscured by all kinds of non-truths just like Waldo is somewhere on the page with a myriad of distractions. If it were too easy to find Waldo, the books would never of sold as well as they did and I would bet the Truth would not sell either if the challenge of it’s acquisition was the same.
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Subjective Refraction of the Mind

This is a continuation of the blog post published in the fall of 2013 titled The Educational Phoropter where I’ll attempt to convey the possibility to create a standard curriculum of learning that can facilitate a mindset that will assist in clearing the mental fog for as many people as possible while preserving natural human rights as they are best understood in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Phoropter

Those of us who are lucky enough to have vision correction available to us when it’s needed may be familiar with the term subjective refraction. The definition of subjective that may be best suited for this analogy is by Merriam-Webster and can be found here 4 a (1): modified or affected by personal views, experience, or background. Refraction also defined by Merriam-Webster in a 3rd instance means: the action of distorting an image by viewing through a medium. Our personal views, experience, and background is the medium that can distort our perceptions of ourselves, other human beings, and nature itself.

The personal views, morals, life experience, and backgrounds of all people, when taken into consideration of its entirety, opens a spectrum of possibilities farther than the imagination can conceive. If comparable to the electromagnetic spectrum, visible light constitutes a small part of the spectrum; and this is where optimal conceptions, 2 a, the capacity, function, or process of forming or understanding ideas or abstractions or their symbols in the best possible way, may become individually manifest. Just like the goal for the optometrist is to refract the light going into the eye to a standard clarity of 20/20, the curricula I speak of refracts the thought process to a standard clarity of conception; while necessarily adding information to aid in the development of the individual and their social relationships. Jeremy Rifkin’s The Empathic Civilization short animation for the RSA does a great job of explaining how empathy is actually “soft-wired” in the brain and is imperative in overriding malicious secondary drives we all have.

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In Donder’s method (sphere-only refraction), the individual is tested one eye at a time at a distance of 20 feet from a Snellen eye chart by reading a vertical column of letters until they first miss a letter. The Snellen eye chart and test would be replaced by tests and revelations of educational background, moral beliefs, knowledge, ignorance, and experiences of the individual. Testing one eye at a time provides a more precise measurement for that eye. Likewise, one area of mental focus should probably be handled at a time to invite the same accuracy.

In the video The Secret Powers of Time by Philip Zimbardo again, for the RSA, there are 6 “time zones” that people live in: past positive, past negative, present hedonistic, present fated, future this-life, future life after death. Determining which “time zone” an individual is currently living in is important to decide the degree of emotional fortitude possessed and which pathways of subjective refraction are optimal. I imagine the older the adult, the more difficult dedication to learn new information will be.

Education is indeed a life-long process, whether we accept it or let new unknowns induce fear and doubt. This system of prescription should adapt with the needs and ambitions of the individual; never to stagnate an individuals growth or esteem but facilitate the desire to cooperate at higher achievements until Contentment requires it not. The children would be the first to benefit where the joys of accomplishment and learning new things come easily; especially when shared with reciprocation from others. The Will to contribute to society may in fact last longer in an individual’s life within a cooperative learning environment/workplace of mutual advancement rather than a competitive learning environment/workplace where maladies can be made desirable.

Subjective Refraction of the Mind and the prescription of an individualized curriculum can be as effective a tool to provide direction to one’s life just as the phoropter is effective in liberating those in need of vision correction from an intimidating and blurry world.

Rock, Paper, Scissors

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We should all know that child’s game we play to settle minor disputes. Rock smashes Scissors. Paper covers Rock. Scissors cut Paper. Those are the rules that the decisions in the game are based on. Maybe a little conversation like this “I want to sit in the front seat”, “no, I do”, “I’ll Rock, Paper, Scissors you for it”, can familiarize those who may not know of it or need their mind refreshed. But it’s not a game of chance the way we’re lead to believe. Its “winnable” by recognizing
 and exploiting non-random behavior in opponents.

What if in the adult world, this game takes on new relevance when we figuratively expand on the qualities of each. Rock could represent the seen but mostly unseen forces of Nature. Paper could represent the written word collected over the centuries by men of learning and historians. Scissors could represent Force as used in weaponry and warfare by men who assert their will on others.

Paper covers Rock. The more knowledge we have the less mysterious our affairs are and the forces of Nature are easier to manipulate through invention. Scissors cut Paper. Among the first thing conquerors would do to the conquered would be to destroy all their literature to provide security from insurrection and make assimilation easier. Rock crushes Scissors. Nature has a way of neutralizing wills of force whether it’s a tyranny meeting it’s match with an intelligent, steadfast minority. Almost like the, I’ll say, “miracle victories” scattered throughout history. It might be unforeseen dangers or negligence thwarting a culture plundering natural resources.

The choice of which method to employ to get the desired results will vary with the environs and opponent, but when a “win-stay, lose-shift” pattern is displayed, there may be a clear advantage to offer victory, or a recipe for disaster to the player.

America, Our Beloved Hypocrite

Like a horse led to waters that it has lost the concept to drink, current American foreign and domestic policy does not display the Ideals and Values proclaimed today or during it’s independence and founding.

Signing of the Declaration

The second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence begins with “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” As many times as we all have heard these words, some individuals and groups may know and practice their meaning but as a nation we need not go far to show that’s not the case.

Thomas Paine

A Right is morally good, justified, acceptable, or as Thomas Paine puts it in Public Good, “A right, to be truly so, must be right in itself, yet many things have obtained the name of rights, which are originally founded in wrong. Of this kind are all rights by meer conquest, power, or violence…But in the case of a right founded in right the mind is carried cheerfully into the subject, feels no compunction, suffers to distress, subjects it’s sensations to no violences, nor sees anything in its way which requires an artificial smoothing.”

Liberty is similar in meaning as freedom but they are not the same as described here, “the concept of freedom ignores the concept of obligations, the concept of liberty implies potential obligations.” The primary obligation of Liberty is not to infringe upon the Rights and enumerated freedoms of another. We’ve heard presidents in the past speak of a new world order, yet the global institutions America holds steadfast are of monetary concern.

We have become unconscionable in our affairs as individual freedoms enumerated in the Bill of Rights have not been considered along with all humankind’s unalienable Rights in our venture to bring “Justice and Liberty for all” to the world. A nation of hypocrisy has no right founded in Right to the endeavors we undertake. Even with the supplemental Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Geneva Conventions, three centuries of incredible industrial and technological growth leading to the globalization of our world, and the occasions of bloody war and horrible holocaust we are most likely guilty of the same tyrannical usurpation as Britain and it’s king at the time of our Revolution, in the invariable pursuit of the very same Object: power, control, and material possession as an agent of psychological identification.

A pursuit of Universal Human Rights, Life, Liberty, and Happiness would have led us all to better lives and relations if not for the hypocrisy and infidelity in our affairs contrary to what we say we believe. Instead we have a state of affairs that resembles an economic conquest for Objects ravaging relations at home, abroad, land, air, sea, our concept of Right, and our stewardship of Rights.The values of nonviolence and the Golden Rule necessary to the freedoms of the first amendment have become said only and not done. Unchecked in the People and their Government, the pursuit of Objects instead of Values justifies a terrible creation and enforcement of statutes that forbid liberties. This fictional set of laws is set to accelerate just as the Usury of fiat currency procures Inflation in the name of economic growth.

As president George Bush stated in his 2006 State of the Union Address that “America is addicted to Oil”, we are addicted to the Object and it gets clearer everyday. We bring terrorists and revolutionaries to confront our actions just as Britain did before. The American Dream is not a death-pledge for us or anyone else!

No matter if you’re Christian, Muslim, or simply an addict there is a way to rectify hypocrisy:

“The man who “walks humbly with his God” and is wholly free from guile is a blessed man indeed.”

“Everything rightful has a truth in it and no man will reach the truth of devotion unless he does not wish to be praise for what he has done for the sake of God.
You should recite Dua in secret and always seek a private place, for retirement repels hypocrisy. Nevertheless, if you are among people, you have to preserve your devotion which can not be attained except by getting to know:
1- God and the fact that everything is in His hand.
2- People and the fact that nothing is in their hand.
3- Human dignity, honor and endeavor.
It is in this case that people will not be important to you.”

Or as steps 4-9 of the 12 steps indicate, “Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves, Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs, Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character, Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings, Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all, Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.” God, of course, as it is understood on an individual level.

We have a vast array of sources to derive inspiration that is right founded on right, although mainstream media would draw it’s focus on right founded from wrong, one only has to seek truth to find it.

I’ll close with an excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Where Do We Go From Here” speech and the poem by Emma Lazurus that adorns the Statue of Liberty.

MLK

“I’m concerned about a better world. I’m concerned about justice; I’m concerned about brotherhood; I’m concerned about truth. And when one is concerned about that, he can never advocate violence. For through violence you may murder a murderer, but you can’t murder murder. Through violence you may murder a liar, but you can’t establish truth. Through violence you may murder a hater, but you can’t murder hate through violence. Darkness cannot put out darkness; only light can do that.”

Statue of Liberty

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Karen Armstrong’s Charter for Compassion

The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect. 

It is also necessary in both public and private life to refrain consistently and empathically from inflicting pain. To act or speak violently out of spite, chauvinism, or self-interest, to impoverish, exploit or deny basic rights to anybody, and to incite hatred by denigrating others—even our enemies—is a denial of our common humanity. We acknowledge that we have failed to live compassionately and that some have even increased the sum of human misery in the name of religion.

We therefore call upon all men and women to restore compassion to the centre of morality and religion ~ to return to the ancient principle that any interpretation of scripture that breeds violence, hatred or disdain is illegitimate ~ to ensure that youth are given accurate and respectful information about other traditions, religions and cultures ~ to encourage a positive appreciation of cultural and religious diversity ~ to cultivate an informed empathy with the suffering of all human beings—even those regarded as enemies.

We urgently need to make compassion a clear, luminous and dynamic force in our polarized world. Rooted in a principled determination to transcend selfishness, compassion can break down political, dogmatic, ideological and religious boundaries. Born of our deep interdependence, compassion is essential to human relationships and to a fulfilled humanity. It is the path to enlightenment, and indispensable to the creation of a just economy and a peaceful global community.
https://charterforcompassion.org/the-charter

The Vicious Cycle

In the words of Martin Luther King Jr., “A time comes when silence is betrayal.” America’s involvement in Vietnam was King’s motivation for his Beyond Vietnam speech where he urged his fellow citizens to question American foreign policy and its motives in Vietnam.
50+ years beyond Vietnam silence as a form of betrayal is still relevant as it always seems to of been. Ancient philosophers, prophets, and historians broke the silence between generations when they were compelled to write their findings. In the 21st century, the world has a rich history which displays our interconnectedness and with the technological age is making us more so.
The average citizen is led to believe things are how they are for a reason which may be true and that is enough for most to adapt and deal with many things but further investigation can deduce whether sound reasoning or fallacious reasoning is at our employ. A responsibility those of us in a Representative Republic delegate to elected representatives who are believed to make decisions based on the most sound reasoning and moral judgement being people of higher education and a religious upbringing yet it seems profits and favors have taken sound reasoning and moral judgement’s place.
“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered . . . I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies . . . The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.”  – Thomas Jefferson

And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves. Matt. 21:12-13

Defiling a damsel, usury, breaking a vow, selling a tank, a garden, one’s wife, or child, Manu Smriti: 11:62

Quran: 2:275. Those who devour USURY will not stand except as stand one whom the Evil one by his touch Hath driven to madness. That is because they say: “Trade is like usury,” but God hath permitted trade and forbidden usury. Those who after receiving direction from their Lord, desist, shall be pardoned for the past; their case is for God (to judge); but those who repeat (The offence) are companions of the Fire: They will abide therein (for ever).
Usury has been documented throughout historical and religious texts from the Vedas to the Quran. Usury is referred to as a devourer of children in some cases. Americans see this metaphor in the form of debt passed to their children accrediting the debt to a political party’s failed fiscal policy rather than the root cause. 100 years after the passage of the Federal Reserve Act we find ourselves in the throes of a vicious cycle of compounding interest, inflation, bankruptcies, cyclical consumption, planned obsolescence, class stratification and debt passed to present capabilities as well as future enterprise. The antithesis of economy which, by definition, is to strategically preserve and create efficiency. The American government’s policies reflect a government that restrains our vices as well as restrains our virtues and innate ingenuity perhaps to a greater extent.

The Zeitgeist Movement faq states, “The entire global economy requires “cyclical consumption” to operate, which means that money must constantly be circulating. Thus, new goods and services must be constantly introduced regardless of the state of the environment and actual human necessity.” Another fallacious facet is the “cost efficiency mechanism that demands cutting expenses to remain “competitive” in the marketplace which affects quality of the product and makes it immediately inferior.” Those of us who have bought a new car and joke of the value of the new car being cut in half as soon as you drive off the lot have acknowledged this in an offhanded  way.
I gather anyone who has excelled at a profession can bring to attention inefficient practices in their business that is justified and kept quiet for profit. This silence condones participation and betrays the common sense of the citizen. When thought of in broader terms, betrayal of the past and posterity also presents itself.
The average citizen is led to believe government institutions require confidentiality and security clearance to insure public safety and national security. A task of increasing difficulty as technology and its accessibility has increased. The US military budgets $ 1 billion B-2 Spirit Stealth to drop 30,000 lbs. “massive ordinance penetrators”  on objectives worth fractions of the cost in dollar or moral terms. Wars are essentially the ultimate display of human intellectual, diplomatic, and moral failure. The Trident submarine carries the equivalent of 192 Hiroshima bombs. Is there a threat that justifies this level of armament? Meanwhile, in the name of homeland security, citizens undergo increased surveillance and presence of security personnel. It seems the social organism called government has equipped itself for self preservation.
“Government is not reason, it is not eloquence — it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.” George Washington
The dangerous servant has become the fearful master and is rarely viewed as possessor of an appetite for destruction and a gluttony for Power with an ingratiating media. The society envisioned for America’s future that joins the citizens in their affections is doomed for revolution with the world as the stage.
“When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing – When you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors – When you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you – When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice – You may know that your society is doomed.” — Ayn Rand, “Atlas Shrugged”, 1957
“…A REVOLUTION IS COMING….a revolution which will be peaceful if we are wise enough, compassionate if we care enough, successful if we are fortunate enough, but a revolution which is coming whether we will it or not. We can affect its Character, we cannot alter its inevitability. ” – Robert Kennedy, in a speech to the Senate
This is not a conspiracy theory or an apocalypse scenario in accordance with any faith. It is evidence of a systemic value-system disorder predicated upon usury and its side effects. We have the ability to observe and define these side effects in unprecedented detail shedding light on the vicious cycle as it presently exists: the justification of inefficiency, scarcity, and unjust enterprise in the effort to repay interest bearing debt, the same interest that does not exist in the money supply outright.
A revolution capable of breaking this vicious cycle must be of consummate character equal to the deficiency of character witnessed. With peaceful civil disobedience, an empathic practical wisdom,  and a compassionate education campaign with a customizable curriculum; what might be a tremendous “leap of faith” could be a “leap of trusted calculation.”

Asses and Dumbos

I’d like to begin with a brief history of political mascots but by the end of this I’d like to illustrate firm reasonings that neither party is capable of little else but perpetuating and accentuating over time the inherent flaws of the monetary system. The history behind this is a bit long and even confusing but I believe it to be necessary and I hope you, the reader, thinks so too and I thank you for doing so.

The donkey and the elephant have been the political mascots of the Democrats (donkey) and the Republicans (elephant) since the 1800’s. The first instance being opponents of Andrew Jackson referring to him as a jackass which he co-opted the insult by putting the donkey on his election posters.

The elephant representing Republicans didn’t come about until the political cartoon seen above titled ” the third term panic” by Thomas Nast where the elephant is being frightened off a cliff toward inflation and chaos. If I’m not mistaken, that is what Republicans today say about Democrats and spending!

The beginnings of the political parties themselves go back earlier to the time before the ratification of the Constitution with the essays of the federalists and anti-federalists. With the ratification of the Constitution, being an anti-federalist became a misnomer as the oath of office essentially made everyone federalists. However, those who served in the first four Congresses (1789-1797) can be thought of as being either Administration (that is, generally allied with those around Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton and Vice President John Adams) or Opposition (those generally associated with Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson and Congressman James Madison). It is important to note that George Washington’s presidency was one of “factions” and not “parties”.

By the beginning of the fifth Congress, political parties had emerged as Federalists, those who had supported the policies of the Washington Administration (a strong national government as a counterweight to the States), and Republicans,  those who had been in Opposition (who felt that defending the sovereignty of the States against encroachments by the Federal Government was a truer essence of the federal republic known as the United States of America). The word Democrat also came in use at this time as a derisive term for Republicans by the Federalists (a term which, at the time, had connotations of the mob rule associated with the then-still very recent Reign of Terror following the French Revolution of 1789), although many political historians refer to Republicans of this era as “old” or Jeffersonian Republicans.

Into the 19th and 20th Congresses, two factions of Republicans had formed, the Adams (John Quincy) Republicans and the Jackson (Andrew) Republicans. By the 21st Congress, the one-time Jackson Republicans became known as Democratic Republicans and the one-time Adams Republicans became known as National Republicans. The Democratic Republicans took their name from their identification with the democracy they urged on behalf of the “common man”.

With the 24th Congress the Democratic Republicans became generally known as Democrats and the National Republicans generally known as Whigs. These 19th century American Whigs saw themselves as being a bulwark against the “excesses” of the administration of “King Andrew” Jackson (during the American Revolution patriots were referred to as Whigs and those loyal to England as Tories).

The Whig party eventually dissolved largely over the issue of slavery and by the 34th Congress the Democratic and Republican parties as they are called to this day have dominated the voting booths.

However, the ideologies of the Democrats and Republicans of the 34th Congress differ from the ideologies of the Democrats and Republicans of the 113th Congress in disturbing ways. Just read the Democratic platform as it existed in 1856 and the strict attention stressed on money and the banking institution:

“7. That Congress has no power to charter a national bank; that we believe such an institution one of deadly hostility to the best interests of the country, dangerous to our republican institutions and the liberties of the people, and calculated to place the business of the country within the control of a concentrated money power, and above the laws and the will of the people. ”

“8. That the separation of the moneys of the Government from banking institutions is indispensable for the safety of the funds of the Government and the rights of the people.”

” 9. That we are decidedly opposed to taking from the President the qualified veto power, by which he is enabled, under restrictions and responsibilities amply sufficient to guard the public interests, to suspend the passage of a bill whose merits cannot secure the approval of two-thirds of the Senate and House of Representatives, until the judgment of the people can be obtained thereon, and which has saved the American people from the corrupt and tyrannical domination of the Bank of the United States, and from a corrupting system of general internal improvements.”

Some excerpts of the Republican platform are as follows:

“That we deny the authority of Congress, of a Territorial Legislation, of any individual, or association of individuals, to give legal existence to Slavery in any Territory of the United States, while the present Constitution shall be maintained.”

“That the Constitution confers upon Congress sovereign powers over the Territories of the United States for their government; and that in the exercise of this power, it is both the right and the imperative duty of Congress to prohibit in the Territories those twin relics of barbarism–Polygamy, and Slavery.”

“…the dearest Constitutional rights of the people of Kansas have been fraudulently and violently taken from them.

Their Territory has been invaded by an armed force;

Spurious and pretended legislative, judicial, and executive officers have been set over them, by whose usurped authority, sustained by the military power of the government, tyrannical and unconstitutional laws have been enacted and enforced;

The right of the people to keep and bear arms has been infringed.

Test oaths of an extraordinary and entangling nature have been imposed as a condition of exercising the right of suffrage and holding office.

The right of an accused person to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury has been denied;

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, has been violated;

They have been deprived of life, liberty, and property without due process of law;

That the freedom of speech and of the press has been abridged;

The right to choose their representatives has been made of no effect;

Murders, robberies, and arsons have been instigated and encouraged, and the offenders have been allowed to go unpunished…and that it is our fixed purpose to bring the actual perpetrators of these atrocious outrages and their accomplices to a sure and condign punishment thereafter.”

The Democratic platform of 2012 reads just like a sales pitch complete with slogan in the header and testimonials throughout.

“In early 2009, the auto industry was collapsing. Our plant shut down and I was laid off. And, like so many of us, I was scared. But then President Obama bet on the American worker and rescued America’s auto industry, and it’s paying off for our economy and our country. The plant opened its doors again, so I got my job – and my pride – back. That’s a great American comeback story.” – Ina Sydney

The Republican platform of 2012 is more poetic and thankfully lacks the testimonials but does contain a slogan and its own inadequacies.

In the fourth paragraph of the Democrat platform is the first mention of Mitt Romney. In the second paragraph we find Al-Queda and 911.  I wonder, why begin like this? This is no title bout or a place to put religious extremists or half-investigated “terror” attacks as the first order of business.

The Republicans take a pronounced stance to uphold the constitution and America’s founding principles and then “rewrite” several Amendments of the Bill of Rights.
The first amendment: Speech that is protected
The second amendment with a lengthy paragraph to follow of all the idiosyncracies of gun legislation with not one mention of a well regulated militia.

Both parties regard economy in a false sense, “growth” in terms of a class of people rather than sustainable practices of our financial interaction and industrial capabilities.

Has the “money power” mentioned by the 1856 Democrats done what they said it would do, become a “danger to our republican institutions and the liberties of the people, and calculate to place the business of the country within the control of a concentrated money power, and above the laws and the will of the people”?

Yes.

And it has provided us with two main parties of candidates every election cycle that operate within an ideological box where the Republicans set it up and the Democrats fill it. They both are incapable of approaching in a solvable manner modern problems; their rhetoric and records show it.

Federal and consumer debt rise regardless of party control. Waste particularly of products has risen regardless of party control. The rate of incarceration rate has increased regardless of party control. This is the yield of a ravished political landscape where political platforms say 10 times as much, mean less than half, and do even less.

We can be thankful the “disasters” each say of the other move no faster than they do and are still rectifiable.

The “money powers” agent, inflation, ” is a man-made scourge, made possible by the fact that most men do not understand it. It is a crime committed on so large a scale that its size is its protection: the integrating capacity of the victims’ minds breaks down before the magnitude—and the seeming complexity—of the crime, which permits it to be committed openly, in public. For centuries, inflation has been wrecking one country after another, yet men learn nothing, offer no resistance, and perish—not like animals driven to slaughter, but worse: like animals stampeding in search of a butcher.” As put by Ayn Rand.

I’ll end with my favorite line from a movie called “Waking Life”.

“You can’t fight city hall, death and taxes. Don’t talk about politics or religion. This is all the equivalent of enemy propaganda rolling across the picket line ” Lay down, G.I. Lay down, G.I.” We saw it all through the 20th Century. And now in the 21st Century, it’s time to stand up and realize…that we should not allow ourselves to be crammed into this rat maze. We should not submit to dehumanisation. I don’t know about you, but I’m concerned with what’s happening in this world. I’m concerned with the structure. I’m concerned with the systems of control, those that control my life and those that seek to control it even more! I want freedom! That’s what I want! And that’s what you should want! It’s up to each and every one of us to turn loose and just shovel the greed, the hatred, the envy and, yes, the insecurities…
because that is the central mode of control– make us feel pathetic, small…so we’ll willingly give up our sovereignty, our liberty, our destiny.
We have got to realize that we’re being conditioned on a mass scale. Start challenging this corporate slave state! The 21st Century is gonna be a new century, not the century of slavery, not the century of lies and issues of no significance…and classism and statism and all the rest of the modes of control! It’s gonna be the age of humankind… standing up for something pure and something right! What a bunch of garbage– liberal Democrat, conservative Republican. It’s all there to control you. Two sides of the same coin. Two management teams bidding for control!
The C.E.O. job of Slavery, Incorporated!
The truth is out there in front of you, but they lay out this buffet of lies!  I’m sick of it, and I’m not gonna take a bite out of it! Do you got me?
Resistance is not futile. We’re gonna win this thing. Humankind is too good! We’re not a bunch of underachievers! We’re gonna stand up and we’re gonna be human beings! We’re gonna get fired up about the real things, the things that matter: creativity and the dynamic human spirit that refuses to submit!” -driving megaphone guy

A Neurotic Mathematician

A neurotic mathematician thinks he can document every equation of a slope of a line tangent to a circle. If you follow, the equations of the slopes of lines tangent to said circle just get more complex, and it is safe to say go on infinitely and his goal can never be truly attained. He keeps finding correct answers in his little world of circles, lines, and tangents which keeps him going. Until he let’s go of his original thought of documenting every equation, he’s on a fool’s errand with no end in the foreseeable future.

In varying degrees, this little story of the mathematician can be analogous to a wide array of people whose minds are stagnant, “set in their ways” (all I need is this, this, and a steady supply of this to be happy my whole life), who take new ideas/technological capabilities as threats and in an attempt to assuage their own Cognitive Dissonance irrationally cling harder to falsehoods while more fruitful opportunities and understandings get passed up.

The mathematician who just finds correct slope equations all day, predominantly utilizes a deductive mindset unable, or finding difficulty in engaging the abstract. Those who can accept infinite and the inconceivable on faith, firm belief in something for which there is no proof, engage the abstract.

Extremities of either mindset are detrimental when not able to engage the other. A healthy mixture and acknowledgement of both abstract and deductive logic, I gather, is optimal and less likely to form cognitive dissonance.

Faith and Reason can work together with more success than either on there own. To clarify this, call to mind Isaac Newton and Calculus. Newton had faith that the movements of the heavens could be calculated, an absurd notion to the neurotically faithful. So through hard work and reason, he devised Calculus. Through his faith and reason a trustworthy set of deductive tools were discovered yet it would be neurotic to think all phenomena is calculable with Calculus.

A Novel Composed Entirely of Quotations

A novel like this would be no easy task. Where would one begin? How could characters or a plot develop? Would the reader’s character be the thing to develop and/or enrich? The possibilities could become an author’s, or team of author’s, writer’s block.
Maybe a present, to past, to future outlook would be a good direction to take. Chapters might focus on certain aspects of life and I imagine keeping the attention of potential readers could be a challenge; not to mention, the challenge of maintaining a coherent design.

The bibliography should be extensive. There would be quotes from religious texts, philosophers, cynics, idealists, warlords, pacifists, idiots, geniuses, those of apathy, all the descriptive stereotypes we’ve contrived as well as the paradoxical.

However, I almost forget what could be the one thing that could bring a novel of quotes to a cohesive whole: empathy-the intellectual identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another.