Rapscallions, most kings is, said Yoda….

Ffolkes,

“Always make allowances for the “duh” factor.”

~~ Murphy Bee ~~

Murphys bar

Murphy’s Bar, Spanish Arch, Galway

Hajime…. Today’s opening section has a lesson. The lesson possibly, or even probably, appears more often than not without my mindful appreciation; this too is part of the lesson, one designed to teach us/me how to apply that mindfulness more consistently. To read the lesson, which also requires some thought to identify, one need only look at the two quotes at the bookend position for this section, one after the other, in any order. One is a perfect tautological piece of insight regarding our own mind; the other is a warning, as to how we use that mind. Taken together, the contrasting concepts seem, to me, to provide a pathway toward light, if not full illumination….

This lesson is particularly valuable today for me; it gives me some hope the hole into which I continue to tumble all too regularly may be filling itself in, to some degree. That’s a good sign, as I’ve been getting tired of cleaning up the scrapes and bruises I keep acquiring when it opens up in front of me, and I end up bloody & battered at the bottom, gazing at a small strip of blue or black at a great distance above me. Not much fun when one has plans to fly, and the cost of bandages is becoming prohibitive, to say the least. Total bummer, dudes & dudettes, allow me to assure you. But, with this therapeutic sign grasped firmly in hand, I’ll get on with the slow, & try to get it on the toad…..

Not only will I sally forth with some extra impetus, I’ll do it now, so I don’t lose any of the emotional impact. It comes in handy when energy flags, you know. At any rate, we’ll see if we can come up with something worth spending your time reading, whereupon I will head off to find some clean air, and dirt to play in. Sometimes, when your a human male, getting dirty is a basic need, so, I’ll go back to my simian roots for a time & see if it helps. It should; I’m due….. On that cryptic note, let’s go see what kind of trouble we can find below…..

Shall we pearl?….

“Who sees all beings in his own Self,
and his own Self in all beings,
loses all fear.”

~~ Isa Upanishad ~~

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Sheryl Crow

Image from www.sherylcrow.com via Google Images

Okay, so, maybe trouble was the wrong word to use. This lady’s music certainly won’t give us any of that, will it? I also don’t believe she needs very much introduction, as one of today’s most popular artists. All I’ll say now is, enjoy!…..

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Sheryl Crow Live

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“Think not forever of yourselves, O Chiefs, nor of your own generation. Think of continuing generations of our families, think of our grandchildren and of those yet unborn, whose faces are coming from beneath the ground.” — Peacemaker, founder of the Iroquois Confederacy, (ca. 1000 AD)

I had originally intended to use this quote as the opening thought for a rant; instead, I’ll take it more to heart, by forgoing a new rant in favor of an old one. Here’s a pretty damn good religirant from the archives; it’s more than three and a half years old, but, still on the mark… Enjoy!…..

From 12/12/12:

“He who proselytizes in the cause of unbelief is basically a man in need of belief.” — Eric Hoffer

This is true…. you never see an atheist going door to door, trying to convert the pious to their unbeliefs. However, I would go further on this train of thought, and add that, “He who proselytizes, in any cause, in basically a man in need of a life.” I’m sure it occurred to Mr. Hoffer, but he was too busy trying to explain this statement to somebody who didn’t understand the word ‘proselytize’….. For my own case, I have never, ever understood why people feel compelled to go door to door to try to get other people to believe what they believe; it’s one of the most persistent delusional systems I’ve ever witnessed, to believe that anyone wants to hear what they have to say, much less they will find their beliefs palatable to others, or find anyone who believes them to be superior to their own…..

“More people would learn from their mistakes if they weren’t so busy denying they made them.” — Smart Bee

Humans seem to have an immense blind spot when it comes to their own actions and beliefs. Most of them never seem to question the things they are told, even when those things are presented with no evidence other than faith. Of course, the people who are invested in the religious system, to wit: the preachers, begin their indoctrination when their constituents are very young, when they are still prone to accept whatever an adult says as truth. This ensures a life-long predilection for being simple to control…. or, in short, mental slavery, if you will. Unless there is some sort of rebellion of spirit, where new knowledge is injected, these poor saps will spend their entire lives believing that what they have been told is real, when, in fact, they are fitting themselves with shackles, that will forever imprison their minds, and their imagination…..

“To defend one’s self against fear is simply to insure that one will, one day, be conquered by it; fears must be faced.” — James Baldwin

In my life-long quest for the truth, I’ve come to believe that religions, while originally intended to benefit people, (by their iconic progenitors, anyway…. I’m sure Jesus was a quite nice man, and wanted the best for those to whom he preached his own philosophy of compassion….), have historically been taken over by the predators who live to control others.

To be fair, some of those who become priests, or any of the other varieties of religious fanatic that prevail in our society, may indeed believe that their beliefs are true, and act accordingly, but the majority are, as far as I can tell, only concerned with maintaining status quo, thereby benefiting themselves, while never actually allowing any REAL progress in the development of the human condition. They would have society behave as if we were still living in caves, in essence, still cowering in our meager shelter while the storms and lightning are raging outside, terrified of the power of what we do not understand, and, therefore, allow ourselves to fear….

“A universe of death, which God by curse
Created evil, for evil only good;
Where all life dies, death lives,
and Nature breeds Perverse,
all monstrous, all prodigious things,
Abominable, unutterable and worse
Than fables yet have feigned, or fear conceived,
Gorgons, and Hydras, and Chimeras dire.”

~~ Milton, Paradise Lost, Book II ~~

(Side note: I’ll bet Milton had a hard time sleeping….)

The Universe is a big place, and there is a lot to learn. Fearing that knowledge, or fearing what changes that knowing will always bring, is the act of a coward, to my mind, and should not be encouraged. Supernatural beings of unlimited power are not a required component to the understanding of Nature and the Universe; we need not fear that our lack of knowledge of how things work is unattainable. Just because we do not understand a part of reality does not mean that whatever it is, is beyond our understanding.

It is not necessary to ask for exemptions, or intervention by our own personal gods, for us to achieve happiness, or even contentment; that is completely within our own power, if we but acknowledge that part of us that is free, and connected to everything else we can perceive. The connections may not be fully understood, but they are there, and if we can only learn to recognize it, the power to change reality lies within us, all the time…. As Epictetus said, “Happiness lies in learning to accept a simple truth. There are some things you can change. And there are some things you cannot.” It’s really quite that easy, you know, once one learns to accept this fact of life…. No dogma required…..

“If brains were outlawed, nothing would change.” — Smart Bee

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Serendipity Morning

My mind wants to fly,
my soul wants to hold close, the source,
strong, the moments of time;
each as precious as golden thread,
binding together such elements of longing desire.

Love hovers, always patient,
seeking the open heart,
reaching for the promise of tomorrow…..
only for one, only for now, only what is real….
Dreaming, the morning calls,
heavy with mordant belief,
replete, and eternally alive…..

~~ gigoid ~~

4/1/2013

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Today’s final, old/new-school pearl is one for the books, for sure, and for certain. (My standard disclaimer for those ideas/events which, in my estimation, are something on which it is safe to place belief, even bordering on faith, up to and including the wagering of serious money, whichever may be appropriate….) Some days, even, or, especially, when I am not really focused on it, I’ll cruise through my source(s) without first setting any parameters. Generally, I think of it as a random harlequin style pearl, and that works just fine, both for the process, and to describe today’s effort.

The difference is, today’s results are particularly well directed. They form a continuous train of thought, sort of, loosely (as ever), but, if followed, leads to some rather valuable concepts, all of which can be applied to our examination of consensual reality with better than average results, in re: personal serenity/happiness/all good things…. If it doesn’t quite do that for you, well, that’s okay; there are only three, maybe four people in the world I know of who would/will get that far in their thinking. If there are more, they’ve never contacted me, or come into my ken, which includes a veritable shit-load of people, what with reading, experience, and all.

In my mind, this one is a self-directed rant, a journey to enlightened thought, an odd sort of poem/song/dance (try reading it out loud to your pet/companion…), and good clean fun. Hell y’all might even like it…. Enjoy!…

Naked Pearls

‘The Head….’

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“Neither the water nor the moon make any effort to achieve a reflection.”

~~ Deng Ming-Dao ~~

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“The Way of the sage is to act but not to compete.”

~~ Lao Tzu ~~

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H = R – E

“Happiness equals Reality minus Expectations”

~~ Subtle Bee ~~

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“No one regards what is before his feet; we all gaze at the stars.”

~~ Quintus Ennius ~~

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“He does not seem to me to be a free man who does not sometimes do nothing.”

~~ Cicero ~~

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“Why is it that we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral?
It is because we are not the person involved”

~~ Mark Twain ~~

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“In the beginning, God created the Earth and he said, “Let there be mud.”
And there was mud.
And God said, “Let Us make living creatures out of mud,
so the mud can see what we have done.”
And God created every living creature that now moveth, and one was man.
Mud-as-man alone could speak.
“What is the purpose of all this?” man asked politely.
“Everything must have a purpose?” asked God.
“Certainly,” said man.
“Then I leave it to you to think of one for all of this,” said God.
And He went away.”

~~ Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Between Time and Timbuktu” ~~

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“Were it possible for us to see further than our knowledge reaches,
and yet a little way beyond the outworks of our divination,
perhaps we would then endure our sorrows with greater confidence than our joys.
For they are the moments when something new has entered us,
something unknown; our feelings grow mute in shy perplexity,
everything in us withdraws, a stillness comes,
and the new, which no one knows,
stands in the midst of it and is silent.”

~~ Rainer Maria Rilke ~~

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“C’mon then. My log does not judge.”

~~ Margaret, the Log Lady, from Twin Peaks ~~

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Well, it’s late, and it’s epic, but, most importantly, it’s done. Just in time, too; my deadline angst alarm went off some time ago. I’ll be nice again, & forgo any further tricks, traps, or bullshit, & just say, see y’all tomorrow, when I’ll try again to reach an island of sanity in an insane world….. Ta, then, luvs….

Y’all take care out there,
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,
and sometimes,
I just sits.

gigoid, the dubious

The *only* duly authorized Computer Curmudgeon.

PLEASE STOP READING THIS MESSAGE NOW.

“SCRAM!!!!!!!!!!”- Oscar the Grouch

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À bientôt, mon cherí….

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16 thoughts on “Rapscallions, most kings is, said Yoda….

  1. Shit! Hit publish too soon….gonna be one of those damn days, eh?

    My grandfather would say “a man that knows no fear is already dead”…..fear is the mind killer…”Dune”….That is my philosophic side for the day….have a good day my friend and I will see ya later….chuq

    • Thanks, my friend. Your grandad was pretty sharp. I’m also still looking for a ladder, so I can climb outta this hole…. Doing this blog is about as sane as it gets for me today…. but, I’ll be by in a while to read & leave a few snarky remarks….

      Have a good ‘un….

      gigoid

  2. The hole is filling itself in by default. You cannot possibly be graceful enough to forgo dragging with you a bit of substance as you enter. If you could, the doormat industry would be defunct.

    “Think of continuing generations of our families, think of our grandchildren and of those yet unborn, whose faces are coming from beneath the ground.” Methinks we are waving on the same length. Verily it means we are truly sapiens.

    Smart Bee, do you not understand? Were it not for all the ostriches, I would never have mastered my ability to punt.

    I disagree. I think Milton’s dreams were amusing. His colleagues feared where he made fun.

    As to the fear of knowledge, I find more repugnant the human predilection to assume an inability to understand. You have seen eyes glaze over in some of the simplest concepts. I see it often, and it pains me. I simply cannot comprehend, nor can I get it explained, why someone would choose not to learn. Ergo, suicidas.

    Mordant belief. How sad we come to such a place where the only belief is the one which denigrates another. Shamefully, and this from a person who believes not in shame.

    “…perhaps we would then endure our sorrows with greater confidence than our joys.” As Subtle Bee and I have both noted: Remove expectations in order to allow happiness an exit without a sphincter,

    xxx

    • Ah, Red, nice to see you….

      As just proven, you’re one of the three or four, milady… but, you knew that already, which is why we’re friends… Moreover, it becomes even clearer when I cannot add anything to your take…

      *grin*

      And, thanks for that….

      H = R minus E

      xoxo

      gigoid

    • As Epictetus said, “Happiness lies in learning to accept a simple truth….
      ” We often preoccupy ourselves with the symptons whereas ,if we went to the root cause of the problem,we would be able to overcome the problem once and for all”
      Just a thought….
      🙂

    • Funny thing is …people will give up everything except for one thing and that is their suffering…
      How so?
      hhmmmm…me thinks I will go and ponder…..

      • Hi penniewoodfall.. nice to see ya ’round these
        gigoid pArts again.. ah.. the root ’cause..
        and the suffering folks
        seem to endure
        at will.. yes.. lots
        of symptoms these
        days.. with few answers
        that last.. but of course the
        more complex written language
        becomes.. recorded collective intelligence..
        and the clothes of culture.. the further away we
        get from inborn ways of pleasure.. and the more
        chained we get to balls of culture from birth
        of diaper to a coffin and a three piece
        suit that prevents the cycle
        of life and worms
        from getting
        due nourishment
        in the giving and taking
        Balance of Mother Nature
        aka GOD whOle as sAMe
        seen.. unseen.. felt
        insane and sane..
        and unfelt too
        in kNOWinG
        and unWiTtinG
        ways tHree… me tHinKs
        Bonobos don’t worry too
        much about this.. i can see
        the empathic connections to other
        Bonobo’s that are the windows to tHeir
        sOuLs eYes real.. and anthropomorphism..
        only really guilty to the extent that we make
        clothes of culture that lead to much suffering..
        and THEY mostly enjoy the reproductive
        subsistence of life..
        and lay around @
        tHeir Hobo ease..
        after the foraging
        in giving.. and sharing
        of subsistence duties
        in Matriarchal ways
        are done for the now
        @Real.. i mostly live in
        a state of Euphoria as i use
        the tools of culture to my advantage..
        no one tells me what i must do or must
        not do beyond my legal pleasures..
        and i master my emotions
        through regulating
        them and integrating
        my senses saMe iN
        Moving.. Connecting
        Creating.. Giving..
        sharing wayS noW
        with a Gorilla Growl no
        different than when Bonobo
        must defend itself against predator
        sAme.. as i do that when i leg press
        930 LBS in parallel fashion.. 33 times
        with my graceful ballet/yoga arms in
        air.. so i’ve moved from why to
        just doing euphoria now..
        but oh.. the Matrix
        of Culture when
        one is chained
        to it in ways of
        subsistence making
        is no easy root ’cause.. to
        escape.. my friend.. it’s safe
        to say i for one am FReED..
        wasn’t easy but my hips and
        eYes do not lie the Truth of my ecstasy..
        tHeir is no suffering in joy.. and for those who
        reach that level of existence in ways of Nature
        aided with the best pARts of culture at hand.. it’s
        the best heaven sliver i for one FeeL/kNoW.. who
        has certainly experienced some of the N U M B eST
        cOldest hell lives iNduration for 66 months as TRuE sAMe…
        cAN say is real true.. and present.. no where.. no time but now..
        hehe.. i know why.. at least for me.. and that is why it can be
        exhausting for most people in the real world to talk to me..
        as sure.. i wish everyone could be euphoric
        all day all now too..
        but no longer
        would they be
        slaves to what benefits
        me too.. and the rest of culture
        of course in creature comforts..
        anySay.. i’M iN the GOlden years
        now.. not sure how anyone can
        get hEAr without paying
        substantial
        dues in
        struggle..
        with some
        misery and suffering
        of modern cultural
        root ’cause for
        NDD Nature
        Deficit Disorder
        now.. i revel in my
        Wild Kingdom.. my friend..
        i AM a Wild man and that is what i
        WiLL stay with a little reasoning to
        salt
        and
        pepper my
        Captain and
        Sergeant way..;)

        • Hehehehehe….
          😉
          I does lurve movin’ so many places to flow…..who eva thought the landscape cld be so humongous..?

          • ‘Mary, Mary, quite contrary
            How does your garden grow?
            With silver bells and cockleshells
            And pretty maids all in a row’
            a little ditty that teaches….
            now where did that come from?
            I caught it just in time…..spinning weaving into the fabric of gods creation….

  3. ‘We must believe then, that as from hence we see Saturn and Jupiter; if we were in either of the Two, we should discover a great many Worlds which we perceive not; and that the Universe extends so in infinitum’
    ~ Cyrano de Bergerac ~

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