On Security or: A Lack Thereof

A sense of security in one’s needs, while comforting, can essentially never be guaranteed; and can hence be a dangerous illusion. That said, not having the illusion of security makes it difficult for people to not feel insecure, leading to worry, leading to unproductive thoughts, and/or leading to behavior that is not fruitful.

As living creatures we are by necessity driven by our insecurities. If we do not have enough food we are insecure in our dietary needs and seek food. If we do not have a good set of teeth we are insecure about our chompers, and seek a dentist, hopefully. If we don’t have nice clothes we might be insecure about our appearance (I find this last one to rarely be true with four-legged creatures – dogs seem to be particularly secure without any clothes for example, probably because of that sexy fur).

Food Security Index 2013

Food Security Index 2013 (Photo courtesy of http://maplecroft.com).

It is possible to feel secure, even while acknowledging that in reality security is an illusion. First, in my experience, one must acknowledge that they do in fact have insecurities. This is a trying experience because making that first admission to oneself can have a snowball effect that may lead to what good ole Al Franken would call “stinkin’ thinkin’ rearin’ its ugly head.” I find stinkin’ thinkin’ to be very annoying so I recommend that this be thought of as a gradual process of becoming more secure by acknowledging insecurity where it exists when it is found as it is found.

In other words, nobody is really helped by sitting down and making a list of all the things they feel they lack. That’s just kind of depressing. All of us benefit from asking ourselves why we are really doing what we are doing. For example, why do I blog? I suffer some insecurity about the state of affairs with the public in general. I want people to feel more secure. Why? We’re all somewhat more insecure because of all the insecure people running around in the world and the havoc they are constantly unwittingly wreaking against themselves and others as a result.

We need not play on each others interests merely to survive dear reader. Every drop of insecurity that falls into the pond of humanity ripples outwards like everything else. I hope this drop will ripple out appropriately. We just have to trust our best judgement regarding each situation we encounter. It sounds easy but it isn’t. It is so easy to just follow orders.

That said, obviously, no one is an island; we can benefit from experience and good counsel. We have the capacity to hold each other up or down. We had best start holding each other up more and sooner rather than later because there are a lot of insecure people in the world.

Once one knows their insecurities, they know what is driving them. That’s when one can take the wheel away from their insecurities and start driving themselves instead of being driven by their insecurities.

With love,

Impartial Juror

Our Path

Our path is a lonely one,

And at times it is treacherous.

So much has been lost,

Ancient knowledge,

A Treacherous Path

A Treacherous Path (Photo credit http://mikesthailandtravels.blogspot.com/)

Traditions of teaching.

Mentors, what are they?

We are the generation

That must mentor itself;

Starting from scratch,

Sniffing for clues,

As to the true nature

Of reality.

Because our forebears

Have have been overcome,

Or neglected their duties,

To pass on the wisdom

Of our people;

And those who came.

And so we sniff for clues,

Scratch at the dirt,

Peek inside.

Avoid the prying eyes

Of a consciousness that does not accept

The underlying truths,

The self-evident realities,

Hidden in every corner,

That we don’t believe in;

And don’t see.

So now we know

Why we must hold onto each other

With all our might.

We are all we have.

The chain will not be broken,

Because we will not let go.

It does not end;

And neither do we.

Dots and Turtles

It’s dots all the way up, and turtles all the way down.

It's Turtles All The Way Down

It’s turtles all the way down by RasTajedi – Courtesy of digitalart.com
He tells a great story too.. Click it! 🙂

The Best Kind of Fools – or – Knowing Your Place

The Fool Card

The Fool Card: Courtesy of http://john1135jesuswept.blogspot.com

The best kind of fools are the ones that are in a king’s court. I’m talking about the ones who are willing to act foolish to teach the controllers a lesson by downing themselves so the powerful think the fool’s thoughts are from their own egos.

The presidents, the prime ministers, the rulers, the kings, the élite, the puppet masters, and/or the controllers, of course, are dependent on our “foolish” understanding. Astoundingly, and even worse – often necessarily, they think our ideas are their great ideas once we impart these thoughts to them properly, simply because their massive egos won’t allow them to accept that good ideas came from other people, only from themselves. That is, unless they live in fear or love of those above or below them, in which case they obey or consider. The better way is obvious, give it, don’t take it.

Of course, the reality is there is no station and there is no train. We’re all peers in this tragic comedy called life. That’s why the “powerful” are the real fools in the end.

P.S. Thanks Lasse for asking me the good questions!

 

The Cosmos is a Multiverse that is an N-Dimensional Tessellating Fractal Mirror of Itself – Or – Get Over It

Bronze statue of Giordano Bruno by Ettore Ferrari , Campo de’ Fiori, Rome -Wikipedia

Get over it. The world you thought was real is a total sham. Most of what you see is a tiny fraction of what is there. Even worse, you repress your own basic needs as well as your own potentially boundless creativity, understanding, and desires at the behest of community, commercial, economic, religious, societal, and/or state institutions rather than to make the life of your fellow man better. That doesn’t even count the actual oppression, which usually doesn’t need to occur because we’re so darn good at being repressed!

The reality is that the entirety of the universe much less our planet and even our society are still beyond our scope of understanding by a factor of 10 to 100 or more than we naturally assume after watching a TV program explaining scientific facts, reading a book by a leading author on a subject, taking a class, or even getting a major with a teacher at the top of their field. Once you get to the end of the line on a journey of known scientific thinking you can suddenly peer out over the edge and notice what a flimsy little raft of understanding we are standing on.

We’re trying to imagine moving beyond our solar system, which is great, and I encourage this; but we barely have the first clue as to how the deepest bottoms of our own oceans work yet. That does seem like it should be of equal priority, and sadly, it basically is. They are both of little or no priority. It’s a good thing corporate America is here! They’ll pillage any landscape no matter how pristine in search of the almighty dollar. Who knows, there could be oil down there. Wouldn’t that make some money? By all means lets accelerate this environmental catastrophe by allowing the pursuit of tangible things attached to intangible ideas like money for other intangible ideas like power!

Well, let’s not ruminate too deeply on how completely upside down the world is. How about instead we just start being a bit more critical. Yeah, same old thing, same old application. Ask more questions. Doubt more often. Stop overlooking things and try underlooking them. Maybe slide past things in an especially cool looking matrix-like manner occasionally, you know, just for a goof. Life can still be fun, even when you’re fighting the greatest attacks on personal freedoms since the end of feudalism!

So, on to the good stuff. I propose a new law.

The Law of the Unknown:
Most of what there is to know is yet to be discovered.

  • This law will enforce humbleness upon science – something it has yet to learn.
  • This law will be a challenge to defeat – how do you disprove something that we haven’t proved exists yet – a limit to what we can know.
  • This law will encourage us to think of new questions rather than always merely questioning old questions.

Of course, we should still remember to question the answers to old questions too, as well as the old questions themselves – that’s just fun anyway isn’t it. Yeah I know, I’m weird. ^^

All I’m essentially saying is what Giordano Bruno said, but I’m trying to extend it to all gods, science as a belief system, the state as a god/belief, capitalism as a belief/worldview, democracy as a belief/worldview, etc, ad nauseum is simply this: “Your God is too small.”

Spontaneous parametric down-conversion process can split photons into type II photon pairs with mutually perpendicular polarization. -Wikipedia

Aw what the hell, I’ll go ahead and fill in some blanks. Your ‘Physics’ is too small. Your ‘Biology’ is too small. Your ‘Chemistry’ is too small. Your ‘Quantum Physics’ is too small. Your ‘Equality’ is too small. Your ‘Capitalism’ is too small. Your ‘Democracy’ is too small. Your ‘Communism’ is too small. Your ‘Socialism’ is too small. Your ‘Economic Model’ is too small. Your ‘Liberty’ is too small. Your ‘Social Model’ is too small. Your ‘Knowledge’ is too small. Your ‘Morality’ is too small. Your ‘Universe’ is too small. Maybe even your love is too small.

Your ‘Ego’ is too big. It’s OK. Mine is too. Well hell, honestly, how do I know that all of this of mine isn’t actually all too small for any of you? I don’t. I’m sure it is for some if not all. That relieves me. It seems like not enough people are growing. Society is certainly trying to keep us as as small as possible isn’t it? I thought I’d better get it out there before the thought police come along. I’m off to frolic for a bit.

P.S. Yes I just watched Cosmos.
P.P.S. I just like writing P.P.S.
P.P.P.S. I don’t believe in scientific laws.

What is Love?

What is love?

It isn’t something that has limits,

Distance doesn’t affect love,

Time doesn’t affect love,

It is patient,

It is persistent,

It isn’t control,

It is freedom with security,

It can’t be destroyed,

But it can be created,

It is just a connection,

It may have already existed,

It may be a new connection,

It doesn’t cost anything,

It isn’t heavy,

It lifts you up,

It doesn’t take,

It just gives,

It doesn’t take up space,

It just fills space,

With music,

Resonance,

Vibrations,

Like the ones in your heart,

It is the music of the universe,

That’s all the universe is,

That is why I have enough love for everyone,

Love is free,

And I make it out of nothing.

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P.S. Thanks to Arbor T Elf for his additions/help/guidance.

Why Did Jesus Say This?

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ

If God is all-powerful, all-knowing, omnipresent, and omnipotent, why do you think Jesus told his father while he was on the cross: FORGIVE THEM FATHER, THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO?

Keep Waving

How many waves can one man make?

How many souls can one tree shake?

How many apples are rotten to the core?

How could we possibly need any more?

Where are the healthy?

Where are the sane?

Where are the seeds?

Of love and pain?

Where are the heroes doing good deeds?

Are they all gone or just lost in the reads?

Could it be that all is lost?

Is this a story written by Faust?

Or is there hope along the way?

Another soul with whom to lay?

On Wisdom

I have a strong opinion on people who pronounce their wisdom.

If anyone is currently telling you they are wise or telling you that they have some wisdom on a subject for you (of their own), they are currently not being wise. I am certainly guilty of this myself as well, perhaps even now. That doesn’t mean the self-proclaimed “wisdom” people have to say isn’t valuable to you necessarily. It does mean that their definition of the world isn’t the same as mine, and I think I’ve got a pretty good handle on it:

My definition is different from any dictionary’s definition. I will specify my definition: Wisdom is more about knowing what you don’t know than it is about knowing about what you do know.

I will cite a source to back up my opinion on this matter from a perhaps fictional character (a well-known fact is that he may have never lived and been a character Plato invented) that said what I assert are many wise things: “I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.” Socrates: (Plato’s Apology)

Alex Grey, Joe Rogan, DMT and Tool (NSFW)

This is an ancient rant by Joe Rogan on some radio show. Back in the days of The Man Show I thought Joe Rogan was just another comic, and of less than average intelligence. I was wrong.

Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault Debate on ‘Human Nature and the Ideal Society’ (with English subtitles)

This debate is required viewing for anyone who appreciates the work of either of these two great minds.  It takes place in 1971 as the war in Vietnam rages on.  They discuss their respective specialties, human nature, the direction of society, society’s institutions, class warfare, capitalism, Marxism, anarcho-syndicalism, and much more.

This article from Roar Magazine (which claims a share of the credit for translation) about the debate adds some interesting background information and contains a full transcript of the discussion.

There is also another complete version that doesn’t appear to omit anything except the additional commentary; though most would probably benefit from the clarifications of the commentator included in the first video.

Beliefs, religions, worldviews, politics, and cults

Think like sheep peopleIt feels good to believe things. It is nice to not have doubts. The world is so full of doubt. Belief systems take care of so many doubts. They make us feel secure. That said, I’m fairly certain that any type of true security is an illusion. Worldviews are quite close to beliefs in that they are like filters that we see our world through, but unlike beliefs they are theoretically changeable through rational discourse or scientific evidence.

I find it unfortunate that many people make their worldviews into beliefs. The best example is the worldview of an extreme political partisan such as a Democrat, Republican, socialist, or communist. Other examples of worldviews that often turn into beliefs include realism, idealism, conservatism, liberalism, and even atheism.

Even if people reject beliefs we still seem to have a pervasive need to attach some sort of spiritual significance to our lives. Perhaps this need exists in the human psyche because we still have more questions than answers and it makes us feel insecure. I am no exception, which is why I try to keep myself from being a believer by reserving 1% doubt about any idea. A lack of belief in ideas is what I think I need to keep from getting pulled into a cult. This is because I’m rather gullible at times, and I have been in two “cults” before. Specifically, I was a Lutheran and a Democrat. I know calling Lutherans cult members is an extremely unpopular thing to do in a Christian nation, but bear in mind that most Christian denominations consider any sufficiently different variation from their religious beliefs in another Christian group to be enough to make it a cult. For example, the church I was a part of until I was eighteen taught that the Mormon church is a cult. The idea that a political party is a cult is pushing the boundary of the word a bit, but partisanship in America has become so extreme in recent years that it is an accurate description of adherents.

I have also noticed that spirituality, beliefs, and religion have been subtlety inserted into our self-help groups and legal processes. All the chemical dependency and mental illness facilities/groups I have ever heard about encourage, if not require, people to find a religion, spiritual path, or at least a “higher power.” Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are largely voluntary and free examples of such groups. There are other programs and facilities that people are forced to pay for under the law, after getting a drunk driving ticket for example, that require such thinking too. As you might guess, it deeply disturbs me that the state in any way requires or endorses spirituality or religion.

I support everyone’s right to think whatever they want to; yet I encourage people to not believe each other, but rather believe in each other (a subtle difference). Let’s retain the wall of separation between church and state. Let’s erect a new wall between spirituality and the state. Let’s remember what the nature of a cult is. They pull people in with comforting dogma that answers unanswerable questions. They fill people’s heads with silly beliefs like the holy trinity, totally equal distribution of wealth, or trickle down economics. While believers may feel safer, get to drink some tasty Kool Aid, and wear some nice Nike shoes; in the end people usually die because of a lack of rational thought. Political believers are not an exception.