~~ First rule of fighting ~~
Spring breaking free of winter’s prison….
Hajime….. Wait! What’s that? OMG! It’s morning! That’s the sun, bringing light and warmth to our winter’s day, and, here I am, barely awake, sans coffee (still brewing), making the probable mistake of trying to type before having any. Actually, that’s a lie; I AM human, you know, and lies trip off my tongue with the same facility all us humans can bring to the task, just like a politician, who practices more, but, has not a corner on the chutzpah, or, lack of integrity market…. We ALL, at times, use lies to make ourselves more comfortable with reality; it’s our fatal flaw, and will probably kill us, eventually. But, I digress…
Sorry, didn’t mean to fall into ranting mode; it’s the lack of caffeine, I’m sure…. Since I hear the coffee going off, I’ll go get some and see if, maybe, this might get a bit easier, or, at least, more coherently organized. Hang tight, order your own adult beverage, whatever; I’ll be right back….
Ahhh….. now, that’s how I spell good morning!…. Okay, brain switched on, in just a moment or two, we should be ready to take this puppy to the limits of reality, and back, no sweat. Well, not much, anyway; we don’t like to sweat TOO early in the day; we use cheap deodorants. But, maybe that could change, if the plan in place works the way it’s designed to work…. Don’t want to spill the beans too early, but, it it works, things should improve around here quite a bit…. or, not. In essence, who cares, right? Only me, and, I’m stuck with it. So be it. On that cryptic, yet obscure note, I think I’ll use this button over here, to do this…. Pay close attention, now, or, you’ll miss the transition….
Shall we Pearl?….
~~ Mark Twain ~~
For many of us who lived during/through the 60’s, memories of the time can, in some cases, be rather untenable as to accuracy. But, every minute I spent listening to live music is embedded in my memory, as the best, most fulfilling times of my life. Today’s video is a jam, with Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, and Keith Richards all playing off and with each other, in one of the happiest times I’ve ever seen…. Chuck was on fire, having the time of his life, playing rock & roll with some of the best, and the others couldn’t fail to feel the joy, and put it into their music….. On the page where you may find and watch it, there are a number of great jams by artists who don’t usually play together… all worth a listen…. Enjoy!….
I have made no secret of my opinion of the insubstantiality, not to mention the veracity, of those institutions/concepts upon which our human society is founded…. Or, perhaps, is foundering would be a more accurate phraseology, for, due to what I can only consider a firm belief in a trio of delusions to be the basic, defining characteristic of that society, and, in the end, will be the root cause of how the question of whether or not we will survive as a species will be answered. If we, as a species, cannot recognize the ultimate end of the path we are on, and choose another direction, it is my belief the Earth will soon be rid of us… Moreover, by ‘soon’ I mean, damn near immediately, cosmically speaking….
I have ranted in the past, some might say interminably, about this trio of delusions, to wit: government, money, and religion. Our society’s basic beliefs are founded upon these three ideas, all of which, in my mind, are merely ideas of little worth, all demeaning to the human spirit, and, all of which attempt to control people by the power of their lies and illusions, none of which have any evidential basis in Reality. Each of them, in conjunction with the others, have been used to manipulate the ignorant and weak-minded for thousands of years, to the benefit of a very small portion of the species, and, to the detriment of the rest of us.
As far as I am concerned, until a significant percentage of humanity learns to put these ideas aside, we will continue on the path chosen by the few, all the way to its logical end, in the extinction of the entire species; moreover, in the process of killing ourselves, it seems we will, in our ignorance, be killing off a great many other species, as well, simply because we do not understand either our own nature, or our place in the overall scheme of things as they exist in this Universe.
However, to save y’all from having to listen to me expound on this any further, I’ll switch to an old-school indictment, with some pearls highlighting some of the issues, and, some of the possible solutions…. sort of. You’ll see…. Hey, it’s better than listening to yet another two-thousand word diatribe from me, right? Right… Enjoy, ffolkes…. for as long as we may….
“During my eighty-seven years I have witnessed a whole succession of technological revolutions. But none of them has done away with the need for character in the individual or for the ability to think.” — Bernard M. Baruch
“When a place gets crowded enough to require ID’s, social collapse is not far away. It is time to go elsewhere. The best thing about space travel is that it made it possible to go elsewhere.” — Robert A. Heinlein, “Time Enough For Love”
“Man is quite insane. He wouldn’t know how to create a maggot, and he creates gods by the dozen.” — Montaigne
“The entire world is being driven insane by this single phrase: ‘My religion alone is true.'” — Ramakrishna, Hindu saint & reformer
“Justice and liberty die quietly, because men first learn to ignore injustice and then no longer recognize it.” — Charles Morgan
“A sect or party is an elegant incognito devised to save a man from the vexation of thinking.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Give me health and a day, and I will make ridiculous the pomp of emperors.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
~~ Ray Hand ~~
Bold statements of calculated intent
Become common rule of the malcontent.
Avarice assumes such attractive wear
Beguiling deception, illusory and fair.
Grasping and pulling with ghostly hands
Legally proper in all the signatory lands.
Seeking and finding each vulnerable soul
Anguish as payment for exacting the toll.
Wraiths of commerce’s invisible dead guards
Still haunt the dreams left in sad empty yards.
While absentee nobles sit in stiffly elegant splendor
Served by sad-faced detainees in abject surrender.
Escape from reality is illusory at best
Often we falter and fail its daily test.
Only when focused on inner strength
Does peace stay with us for any length.
Peace lies within, always…..
~~ gigoid ~~
Hodgepodge of Life
“As knowledge increases, wonder deepens.””
~~Charles Morgan ~~
“He who picks up one end of a stick picks up the other.
He who chooses the beginning of a road
chooses the place it leads to.
It is the means that determine the end.”
~~ Harry Emerson Fosdick ~~
“Real glory springs from the silent conquest of ourselves.”
~~ Joseph P. Thompson ~~
“After all there is but one race – humanity.”
~~ George Moore ~~
“Kindness it is that brings forth kindness always.”
~~ Sophocles ~~
“Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others,
can not keep it from themselves.”
~~ Irish blessing ~~
“There’s no reality except the one contained within us.
That’s why so many people live an unreal life.
They take images outside them for reality
and never allow the world within them to assert itself.”
~~ Hermann Hesse ~~
“There are souls in this world which have the gift
of finding joy everywhere
and of leaving it behind them when they go.”
~~ Frederick Faber ~~
“A human being is a part of the whole,
called by us Universe,
a part limited in time and space.
He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings
as something separated from the rest
a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.
This delusion is a kind of prison,
restricting us to our personal desires
and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.
Our task must be to free from this prison
by widening our circle of compassion
to embrace all living creatures
and the whole nature in its beauty.”
~~ Albert Einstein ~~
Well, it’s done. I’ve annoyed the cat no end, for, in my haste to finish, her cuddle time was put off; now I must deal with a grumpy cat. C’est la vie; sacrifices must be made, at times, to fulfill duty. She’s young; she’ll learn. For now, we shall take our leave, with the usual warning and disclaimer…. I’ll be back, even if somebody tries to stop me…. See y’all tomorrow, ffolkes; it’s inevitable….
and May the Metaphorse be with you;
Blessed Be, dearest Carole, Mark,Theresa, & Richy
and everyone else, too…
When I works, I works hard.
When I sits, I sits loose.
When I thinks, I falls asleep.
Which is Why….
Sometimes I sits and thinks,
I just sits.
gigoid, the dubious
The *only* duly authorized Computer Curmudgeon.
PLEASE STOP READING THIS MESSAGE NOW.
“SCRAM!!!!!!!!!!”- Oscar the Grouch
À bientôt, mon cherí….
I love your poem and the quote from Heinlein.
i need to feel..
and the only thing
that really counts
iN.. any holy
and wE are
aLL i am and
IT iS ALL
i am.. that iS..
i am what i am
what i am i’LL be..
with a shot of Love
and the comfort of
all happy now..
feels i am..
culture.. the divide..
of all evil of
iN reciprocation way..
The 20 assessed most
peaceful societies in the
world have three to four things
in common.. still now.. all are small..
all is sharing and giving
could be Cheers
and i am the
well.. not so
for human bliss..
Really i think it all goes
back to Anthropology..
humans still evolved
to connect to only
150 to 200 sets
in social animal
way.. live in insanely
large human populations
creating equally insane
AFTER those panhandle
Hurricanes in the 2000’s
it was clear to see that
without the cultural
human was no more
than roaches coming
out of a spray of Raid..
as such by culture..
religion.. and money..
the only kinda freedom
there truly is.. is naked
at the teat
of culture.. including
and money.. innately we are
free.. culturally we are above
religion and money..
i try to stay as far
out out of that
AND EFFECT as
possible but yes..
i visit it all regularly
just to assess it for
my current Anthropological
study of the species.. as A Relative
ALL natural and Free ET away
oF a twiLiGht zone
that is REAL HELL..
iN WAYS OF GOVERNMENT
AKA POLITICS.. RELIGION
AND MONEY THAT ARE
It’s nice out here in the country
where i live.. Forest as far as i can
see in the backyard.. but hell
is lurking not far from where
eYes of living
leaves of freedom
high and low as balance..
i visit hell
but i always
come back to heaven..
and when i visit hell
i wear my
and float among
the minions of devil
fed.. creatures of the dark..
sad.. i could help.. ’em.. i really
could.. but they haven’t seen
just horns of
religion.. and money..:)
I feel like I’ve come across Terence McKenna McKenna’s secret love children
I had to laugh when I first read your comment, though I didn’t remember who Terrence McK was then… Once I refreshed my memory of who he is/was, I laughed harder, at the irony. In a sense, you are correct, though I think brother, or peer might be closer; he’s only 3 years older than me, the same age as one of my brothers..
Once I remembered he wrote Food of The Gods, I realized my unfamiliarity with his name was because I have seen it all my life, and, having read the book in my teens, I believe, only used his thoughts to add the evidence of his experience to my own… Fred has walked a different path to where he lives, but, our core beliefs, after the experiences we have both gone through, have led us to where we are…. which is, in truth, close to where Terence spent a lot of his time….
I did it mostly without psychedelics, though I used them when young, for the experience they provide… but, I found them to be too difficult to direct in my system, and can, for the most part, do without the altered perceptive ability they can provide… If I need to find that sort of inner vision, it is available through other means…
I’m happy our mutual poem/dance/prose/conversations have made that connection in your mind; it’s a good one, I think, for Terence was, if naught else, a free thinker, and a free man, which is, after all the point of most of what we do here….
Welcome to ECR, my friend….
gigoid, the dubious
The pleasure is mine…
The picture of flowers? Is it already blooming from where you are?
Actually, yes; I took that shot about a week ago. It’s clover, which is growing all over town like mad, thinking we are in an early spring. Today, and all week, of course, it is raining, a series of late winter storms, so, after it’s done, we’ll see a lot of green and growth…. probably it will be when the typical first flowers bloom, around a week from now… our normal time for spring to hit…
Hard to predict these days, though, and it’s going to get worse in that respect… count on it….
Nice to have you back…
Nice! The snow’s all gone here. Sunny today. No blooms or buds yet.