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Is there an authority that has power over evil?

March 22, 2014

Is there an authority that has power over evil?
First, in the beginning, before the development of language, there was no counting of time. So, there was no day and no night. There were no seasons, no future, and no past.

Because there was no today, there was no yesterday and no tomorrow. There was only the present moment, which later was named eternity.

When language developed, the label for the day was made to contrast with the label for the night, but eternity did not end. Eternity was simply divided into different units, like years and months and hours.

The continuity of time did not end. All that happened is that through the developing of language, now someone can count time in minutes or milliseconds and so on, which is called the measuring of time. We can make labels like the Paleolithic time period or the low tide time period or the ice age or the iron age or the information revolution or the industrial revolution.

These labels for distinct periods of time do not cancel that eternity is eternal. The labels simply specify distinct segments of eternity. We can quantify different fractions of time. We can count the various portions of eternity.

In a popular children’s story that many people do not know is just a children’s story, it is told that a particular identity spoke and divided the day from the night. That was the development of language and the invention of the label day and the label night.

For a fetus in a womb, there is no language and there is also no visual experience of the bright light of the sun to mark the day time from the night time. Language created contrasting categories.

Perhaps you are familiar with phrasings in language that assert that an identity called God creates all things, including language. Then, using this fundamental creation called language, God labels all of the other creations of God: the fish, the birds, and so on.

In the children’s story, the linguistic identity of God, through the linguistic activity of speaking, also created the category of light and the category of darkness. God is named as the author of different periods of time, like the time of the creation of the earth and the time of the creation of sea life and the time of the creation of humanity. Later this identify called God, who is the author or creator of language itself, invented contrasting labels for a time to plant seeds in to a field and a time to harvest the fields. Besides creating all of those distinctions like between light and darkness, many other contrasting categories were also created, like the heavens and the earth, plus big or small, cold or hot, more or less, tall or short, loud or quiet, good or bad, right or wrong, positive or negative, perfect or imperfect, war or peace, love or hate, and so on.

Note that there is no substance to a label like silence. Silence is just a label for the relative absence of sound. Silence cannot cancel sound. If someone wants to cover another sound, then a very loud sound can be generated to overpower a small sound.

There is no substance to darkness either. Darkness cannot cancel light. To hide a small light, the best way to do that is with a very bright light. That is how the bright sun at noon hides thousands of stars.

What about evil? Does it have any physical substance? Can you take two liquids, one which is evil and one which is good, and then pour them together to neutralize them?

There are many religions that worship the idea of evil and identify it as having tremendous power. We could call these the religions of paranoia (and delusion). It is like pretending that darkness can block light or that silence can block sound, then being terrified of avoiding silence and darkness. That ongoing state of stress or anxiety can be labeled paranoia or hell or shame or even mental illness or evil.

The label evil is just a label. If an infant does not know the English language, but then is asked to identify which time period is the most evil, then the little human who does not understand English cannot respond because evil is just a word in the English language. Without language, the question is just a bunch of meaningless sounds, similar to a barking dog or the sound of a strong wind blowing through the leaves of a tree.

However, an adult could identify the night as the time that is the most evil. During night, if there is no sunlight, then it can be very hard to see. It can be dangerous to move around if someone cannot see. Other creatures that can see better at night may be able to surprise us, right? I may want to create a barrier between myself and those creatures: like a tent or a hut or a brick wall. I might want to create a fire or a lamp or other source of light to keep me safe during the time of the unknown, the night.

Evil can be used to refer to anything that is unknown or dangerous. The newer English word “evil” is related to the more ancient word “adbalin Old Irish, which means excessive. When expressing disapproval, dislike or disparagement, a word like evil could be used.

“Evil was the word the Anglo-Saxons used where we would use [the adjectives] bad, cruel, unskillful, defective, or [the nouns] harm, crime, misfortune, disease.” – http://dictionary.reference.com/cite.html?qh=evil&ia=etymon

Only around the 18th century did the English word evil come to be used to reference any human action far outside the bounds of socially-approved activity, as in something intensely repulsive, disruptive, disgusting, or sickening. So, if we read a King James Version of the Christian Bible and do not understand how the definitions of words evolve over time (or the challenges of translation and interpretation), people can grow more confused the more that they read, rather than benefited.


“I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.”
http://biblehub.com/isaiah/45-7.htm

So, there are religious traditions that worship an identity that has power over evil. In contrast, other traditions program people to worship a character that is frightened of evil, that agonizes over carefully identifying it and protesting against it, that attempts to defeat it or destroy it, and that forbids people from exploring evil because then people would discover the source of that identity’s power.

Is that identity paranoid and deluded and in constant distress and agony, or calm and clear and confident and cool? If the one obsessed with avoiding evil is sincere, which may be just a pretense, then we could call that perfectionism or even shame, as distinct from perfection.

Now, if the Almighty is the creative source that creates all creatures, than which of the Almighty’s creations would the Almighty fear the most? Which branch of a tree is the biggest threat to the existence of the tree? Which leaf upon a vine is the most frightening enemy of the vine itself? Which sound is terrified of silence? Which light agonizes over being destroyed by darkness? Which unit of time will end eternity?

God creates all things. Then, God labels them all: the fish, the birds, and so on. God eventually invents characters like angels or even fallen angels and then, using these characters, creates stories and legends and myths and even the histories that children are programmed to focus on, to worship, to memorize and to repeat back to authority figures in schools of indoctrination. Through mass media propaganda, a specific cultural bias is promoted or publicized or popularized or cultivated or spread.

One famous idea is the idea that “life is imperfect, not already perfect. In fact, life is inherently flawed because of original sin, which includes the unavoidable shame that God did not create us with clothing, but naked. Therefore, everyone should spend their entire lives distracting themselves from their own unavoidable shame of being fundamentally how they should not be. We must identify how we should be as well as how we should not be, then hide how we should not be (or repress those behaviors and thoughts) while we vigorously strive to display or present only what we should be. We identify in minute detail how we should be and then practice that intensely.  Of course, if different cultural norms of how people should be ever contrast in any way, then we must engage in that heroic battle between cultures in order to show our sincerity and patriotism and confidence and loyalty and of course publicly demonstrate the vast superiority of our form of agonizing perfectionism over all other forms of agonizing perfectionism.”

Who made up that story? If there is no other author but one, then that author would be God.

However, if we accept the idea that God is more like the publisher who chooses which authors and books to publish, then perhaps God created a devil and trained that devil to make up a story of fundamental damnation. Then, God published the devil’s story for humans to worship. Publishing that story would create a contrast between the practice of paranoia or agonizing and practices like repentance and the withdrawing of condemnation and antagonism, even the discontinuing of agonizing and of the foundation of self-rejection which naturally leads to the seemingly eternal distress of a life of agonizing panic (to avoid hell and earn entry in to an eternal paradise that has not started yet.)

Do I presume to arrogantly condemn my creator as imperfect (and thus to condemn myself as imperfect, as I blaspheme against the Holy Spirit in an idolatry of worshiping a devil terrified of evil)? Or, do I accept that perfection may be a word for a relaxed accepting of things exactly as they already are… without any terrified insistence that life stays any particular way or avoids any particular future form?

 

Ye therefore shall be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

You however are to be complete in goodness, as your Heavenly Father is complete.

http://biblehub.com/parallel/matthew/5-48.htm

And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine. –  Leviticus 20:26

For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy.Leviticus 11:44

Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy. http://biblehub.com/parallel/leviticus/19-2.htm

Was the Prophet Moses using the phrase “Children of Israel” to scold or rebuke his entire audience, or is he addressing just an exclusive portion of the people there (like adult men but no one else)? When he said to them “I have severed you from other people,” does he mean that he is singling them out (addressing each of them as an individual responsible for their own life), or is Moses just programming the Levites to be willing to engage in a genocidal holy war against the Moabites , or perhaps both? (Note that the slaughter of the Moabites in particular is recorded in the next book of the Bible, but the prior book, Exodus 32:26-28 records the high priests of the Hebrew, the Levites, slaughtering three thousand of their brothers, friends, and neighbors at the command of Moses.)

So, what does the word Israel mean? It may be interesting that so many people repeat the word as if they know what it meant to the author of Leviticus, yet they have never studied the issue for even a moment.

See http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/israel

Hebrew: yisra’el “he that striveth with God” (Gen. xxxii.28), symbolic proper name conferred on Jacob and extended to his descendants, from the word sara “he fought, contended” + El “God.” [One who opposes God, God’s opponent.]

Notice in the ancient Hebrew story of Leviticus that when the Old Testament prophet calls a group of people “the Children of Israel,” that may be the same meaning as below. Here are words attributed to a later Prophet:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“You are from your father The Devil, and the desire of your father you are willing to do; from the beginning he has been murdering men and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him; whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from what is his, because he is of falsehood and is also its father.”

http://biblehub.com/john/8-44.htm

On the subject of the creating of pretenses in language and the revealing of those pretenses as pretenses, here is a very famous section of the ancient Hebrew oral tradition which was later recorded in to written scripture, then translated in to other languages such as English:

1To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

2A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

3A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

4A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

5A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

6A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

7A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

8A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.


Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

King James Bible

Imagine being at peace with all reality now

June 26, 2013

JL wrote:

What a concept. Lets hear your thoughts.

(in regard to this picture:)

(I find that picture of him rather sad-looking….)

 

J R Fibonacci Hunn Ok. Imagine that there are countries and that there are a lot of people talking about dying for their country and killing for their country. Imagine a bunch of first world socialists taking for granted the sacrifice of their armed forces and the advantages of themselves happening to live within the jurisdiction of the world’s dominant military superpower. Imagine lots of people being ashamed about it and shaming other people about all the “undeserved” benefits of being the imperial power. 

In most of the world, the average INCOME might be $8,000 per year, right? In the US the average HANDOUT might be $8,000 per year.

I am making up these numbers, but it is strange how the spoiled socialists in an imperial superpower will moan about not getting enough for free AND moan about how there is poverty all over the world. Who do you think is making all the stuff we get for free (or for a tiny percentage of the average annual salary in the US)? Who grows it? Who transports it? Whose sweat is in those mines and oil wells and factories?

Those are the people who are making $8,000 a year working hard. They may even consider themselves wealthy. 

Why do we get all that stuff for so little cost? It might have something to do with facts like that we have nuclear weapons but go out of our way to prevent other countries from having them. 

Our country is the leading “bully” in the world- and may or may not remain in that position. John Lennon wasn’t even from here, but he chose to come and live here. Apparently he liked something about it.

Those are my thoughts. Thanks for asking, JL.

Our country rules. I am not saying that to brag. I am not saying that to complain. It is just a fact.

Our country sets the rules. We rule over the world- generally speaking.

Imagine: John Lennon (soundtrack)

Imagine: John Lennon (soundtrack) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

JL: All very true. If we no longer felt the need to control then what?

 

J R Fibonacci Hunn We could always give the land back to the natives and become beggars.

Control is locking your doors. Control is putting your hands on the steering wheel. What is the big racket against control?

Control is paying your bills so that you have electricity next month. If you don’t want to control your fate, fine- just stay in bed.

 

JL:  To feel the need to be controlling of others. To feel the need to keep manipulating others. To continue the suppression of advancement.

 

J R Fibonacci Hunn Do you have any employees or children?

Again, what is the big racket against control? If you do not want control, abdicate it. That’s fine. 

I think you are interested in influencing the behaviors of others. I think your posting on facebook implies a de facto interest in other people and their perceptions.

Do you have any tenants? Do you have any debtors? Would you sue them to influence their actions?

 

JL: The funny thing is its not a racket more so a paradigm shift I can see would make a difference. Some control is needed .
Yes I do care about perceptions.
That too can be looked at that way. As me trying to control or manipulate. Against not why I do it.

 

JR : If you pay for groceries, that is to control the response of other people. That is so they do not call the cops when you walk out of the store. If you pay for electricity or phone service, that is to control (influence) the collaboration of other people.

You want to maintain your alliance with that company. You choose to fulfill your part of the agreement. If you do not fulfill it, there are consequences.

 

JL: Yes and a necessary evil.
Suppressing things that could benefit mankind because of greed…. that, my friend, is the part of this control I don’t like.

 

JR:  If you like, look at why you don’t like it. What is the payoff?

So, if you want inner peace, then stop objecting to reality- any of it. If you want to maintain inner turmoil (hell, rage, depression), then pick some aspect of reality to object to [the evil part, the threat] and then obsess over how you cannot rest until you stop your life from being hell by removing that one tragic pattern that you obsess about… so that you can earn your way in to heaven.

 

JL: Lol my view of that is much different than your view. Can’t buy into heaven.

 

JR: Yes, I was just making a parody of a common “racket” about calling heaven eternal but then claiming that we have to do something first before we can access it. That kind Of thinking is the trap that keeps us from experiencing life as heaven now.

“Not yet. This isn’t it. Something is wrong. Once we figure out what is wrong and then imagine life without that – like without countries and violence and disease and old age – then we exhaust ourselves trying to correct what is wrong and replace it with what we imagine that we would prefer, well, after all of that, then we will be happy and in heaven, but not yet. Right now, life is hell!”

 

JL: I figured you were toying with me.

 

JR: Imagine living in peace right now. Imagine being at peace with everything how it is already and not needing anything to remain, but still being at peace with however things may change. That is peace!

I was saying “if you want inner turmoil, then….” I think it was pretty clear, but occasionally auto correct will clobber what I thought I typed.

 

JL: Exactly now we are on the same page.

 

JR: But it was “tongue in cheek” what I said before.

 

JL: Haven’t heard that before. What’s that mean?

 

English: John Lennon Deutsch: John Lennon

English: John Lennon Deutsch: John Lennon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

JR: Tongue in cheek is like a mild sarcasm with parody. No one “wants inner turmoil,” so when i said “If you want inner turmoil,” that was being facetious- joking around. Being silly mixed with a playful “seriousness.”

So “imagine nothing to… die for” might have been words that he wrote before he was a dad.

 

JL:  Got it. Ya doesn’t bring me a bit of turmoil. 
Merely a passion to see that shift before I die.
I’m at peace and accept what is.
However doesnt mean I will allow it and sit back and watch.
Yet war is more of the same needs to be completely new.

New possibility. Where had war gotten this planet?

Btw don’t need a history lesson. Lol

 

JR: Ok, well you were bringing up time and judgment: “where has the past gotten us?” It has gotten us here. This is it. So, “it needs to be different” is not “coming from nothing and inventing a possibility.” It is focusing on some particular issue(s) from the past and talking about eventually not having that. 

I Will allow what is. I will allow your declarations of passion and need and anything else. Also, I will allow the activity of influencing others, rewarding, punishing, and to every purpose under heaven, I will allow for a particular time to call in to action each particular purpose.

 

John Lennon-DSC_20407

John Lennon-DSC_20407 (Photo credit: Jeephead)

JL: Love it. 
Wasn’t pointing to it having to be different merely that it has not worked.

 

JR: What is behind this position of “it has not worked?” Countries have not worked? They may last for 50 years or 200 or even 800. What about that implies “has not worked?” 

As for religions, some are 1200 years old, 2000 years old, 2500 years old, and even older. Again, what about them “has not worked?”

It is interesting how when people say “a world that works for everyone,” they often mean “that WILL work for everyone, but does not now.” What if we come from the made-up possibility that “life is working” and ask “how do things work?” 

Wars work… which is why the US officially has standing armies in over one hundred foreign countries. It works to occupy colonies like Japan and Germany and Iraq. It works to tell the masses “we will leave our colony right after everything stabilizes there. These military bases are just temporary.” 

The US has been occupying Germany and Japan for nearly 70 years now. Maybe you had not noticed.

 

 

English: John Lennon and Yoko Ono

Wow, he looks angry! English: John Lennon and Yoko Ono (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

lyrics: “Us against the Empire”

February 28, 2013

Us against the Empire

 

 

 

They taught me how to speak and taught me what to think

 

who to say that I am and what to do to fit in

 

how they say life should be, presume as reality

 

cause what they say shouldn’t be… is what we’re not allowed to speak

 

 

 

Now, when truth is realized, act like you’re so surprised

 

cause in the official history, this is the very first time 

 

that what should be is a lie and what should not be is real

 

like with Santa and the elves, we’re deceived by their ideal

 

 

 

sincerity is celebrated cause it’s so naive

 

sincerity is loyalty is blindness is belief

 

So, if it serves the rulers, then that’s the doctrine taught

 

and if it scares the rulers, then that’s the devil’s thought

 

 

 

It’s evil.          It’s disturbing.         It’s taboo.            It’s unnerving.

 

It’s insane.          It’s criminal.          It’s a shame.             It’s not politically… correct.

 

 

Day 003 - Shame

Day 003 – Shame (Photo credit: marcandrelariviere)

 

 

 

It’s us against the Empire. We’ve got to fix it fast.

 

They trained us to be heroes… to make their myths last.

 

We’ve got to give our lives… to earn our right to live

 

We’ve got to save the world… from the sins we won’t forgive.

 

 

 

Our minds are guilty. Our thoughts are filthy…

 

according to the standards of their system of shaming.

 

Our hearts are broken. Our eyes are open

 

but we look away from what we look away from.  

 

 

 

They taught me how to speak and taught me what to think
who to say that I am and what to do to fit in
how they say life should be, presume as reality
cause what they say shouldn’t be… is what we’re not allowed to speak

 

 

It’s evil. It’s disturbing. It’s taboo. It’s unnerving.
It’s insane. It’s criminal. It’s a shame. It’s not politically correct.

 

 

 

It’s evil. It’s not politically correct.

 

 

 

It’s taboo. It’s not politically correct.

 

 

 

It’s insane. It’s not politically correct.

 

 

It’s a shame. It’s not politically correct.

 

 

“the king of kings”

October 27, 2012
On Air Force One, 22 November 1963, Lyndon B. ...

On Air Force One, 22 November 1963, Lyndon B. Johnson takes the oath of office as President of the United States following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy earlier in the day. Press Secretary Malcolm Kilduff at bottom left holds a dictaphone to record the event. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Gamal Abdel Nasser takes presidential...

English: Gamal Abdel Nasser takes presidential oath for his third term as president, behind him vice-president Sadat. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: President Richard Nixon is sworn in f...

English: President Richard Nixon is sworn in for a second term as First Lady Pat Nixon holds the Bibles at the East Front of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Cheif Justice Warren Burger administers the oath. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Barack Obama was sworn in as 44th Pre...

English: Barack Obama was sworn in as 44th President of United States on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009 at the U.S. Capitol Building. Obama took the oath of office with his hand on the Lincoln Bible and later addressed an estimated crowd of 2 million. U.S. Congressman Bart Stupak (D-Menominee) took this photo while attending the Inauguration. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie takes the o...

English: Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie takes the oath of office as President of Indonesia, replacing Suharto after his resignation. Bahasa Indonesia: Baharuddin Jusuf Habibie mengambil sumpah sebagai Presiden Republik Indonesia. Ia mengganti Soeharto setelah pengunduran dirinya. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Interior of the restored Allen County...

English: Interior of the restored Allen County Courthouse in Fort Wayne, Indiana USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

osama bin laden train set

Царь царём (a 17th-century icon from Murom)

Царь царём (a 17th-century icon from Murom) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

who rules the media, who guides the culture, who edits history books
who says what’s evil, who says what’s legal, who can pardon sentenced crooks
Who’s the king of kings            who claims to be supreme
over all bordered nations            whose kings all kiss this ring
Each culture names villains, victims and heroes
We’re all trained who to fear and who to cheer
Stand up for the man crowned with a tall hat
Fear him but cheer him, just don’t get too near
To Egypt from Babylon, leaders of men
claimed divine right as descendants of God
Their might was so vast. From their armies came wealth.
They monopolized mines to speed their extortion.
At masses, they casts magic spells called taxes
which had to be paid with their casino’s tokens.
This upped demand (for nonpayment meant death)
They minted gold cows as symbol of their system
who rules the media, who guides the culture, who edits history books
who says what’s evil, who says what’s legal, who can pardon sentenced crooks
Who’s the king of kings            who claims to be supreme
over all bordered nations            whose kings all kiss this ring
Screenshot from the trailer for the film King ...

Screenshot from the trailer for the film King of Kings. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kings kneel down to archbishops         who crown the king’s head
and report to the judge of kings        they watch over kingdoms of men
If a king doesn’t like the archbishop            then what power does the king have
the UN can publish some justification          to “protect” the people by bombing that nation

who rules the media, who guides the culture, who edits history books

English: Emblem of the United Nations. Color i...

English: Emblem of the United Nations. Color is #d69d36 from the image at http://www.un.org/depts/dhl/maplib/flag.htm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

who says what’s evil, who says what’s legal, who can pardon sentenced crooks
Who is the king of kings            who claims to be supreme
over all bordered nations            whose kings will all kiss this ring
Pope, kiss my ring.

Pope, kiss my ring. (Photo credit: Joe Dunckley)

One king speaks English             Another speaks Spanish               And some kings speak in some other tonguepope star wars

But who crowns them all?            who vetoes their laws?                Over kings is still a higher one.

All their lawyers use Latin            in the sacred rituals                    performed throughout the whole empire

All their courts have columns        and domes and dark robes       like the central temple in Rome, right?

Bellefonte Courthouse

Bellefonte Courthouse (Photo credit: elisharene)

who rules the media, who guides the culture, who edits history books

King of Kings (1961 film)

King of Kings (1961 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

who says what’s evil, who says what’s legal, who can pardon sentenced crooks
Who is the king of kings            who claims to be supreme
over all bordered nations            whose kings will all kiss this ring
When a prime minister enters the priesthood,    they get titles like king or grandmaster
they swear oaths to their true leader                      and most people won’t see it’s all circus and theatre
behind the scenes a crew stages the drama         the script casts Obama opposite Osama
now watch all the regional governors bow          when the Pharoah comes to dictate their new vows
1997 Clinton Inauguration - Swearing-in Ceremony

1997 Clinton Inauguration – Swearing-in Ceremony (Photo credit: Smithsonian Institution)

Rooting for Obama

Rooting for Obama (Photo credit: canelita0306)

who rules the media, who guides the culture, who edits history books
who says what’s evil, who says what’s legal, who can pardon sentenced crooks
Who is the king of kings            who claims to be supreme
over all bordered nations          whose kings will all kiss this ring
I know this is not in your scriptures                            that they published for you to read
they taught you a model of action                                to mold your attention and what you perceive
You may protest “but they’re unchristian,”               which would show that you’re deep in their myth
They gave you your Torah but not their Talmud    They burn witches’ copies! For you… they say what’s forbidden.
Have you heard of Abraham, Noah, Moses
Solomon, Jesus, David, Simon Magus
Call them savior or Caesar, Holy Roman Pope,
in Hebrew, Messiah,  in Greek, Christos.
who rules the media, who guides the culture, who edits history books
who says what’s evil, who says what’s legal, who can pardon sentenced crooks
Who is the king of kings            who claims to be supreme
over all bordered nations          whose kings will all kiss this ring
One Ring in my feet

One Ring in my feet (Photo credit: gaelx)

Police Officer Breaking the Law

Police Officer Breaking the Law (Photo credit: Call To Adventure)

Official photographic portrait of US President...

Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

media bias, corrupt governments, and evil churches

May 29, 2012
Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Dist...

Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

Here are a few popular accusations: the media is biased, governments are corrupt, and churches are evil (or something along those lines).

 

In the last few hundred years, media has become increasingly influential. Governments and churches used to be the primary institutions for biasing the perception of the masses. As practices within the media change, some people may condemn some of the new practices as biased.
Medias bias. That is what they do. That is what they have always done. Medias even bias how we think of governments and churches.
Governments define what is legal or illegal. Governments bias people. Governments define justice (and corruption) and then enforce those definitions through regulatory coercion (organized violence). As the practices of a system of government change, some people may condemn some of the new practices as corrupt or unjustified or even too violent.
Governments govern. Governments govern through violence. Governments are violent. Governments monopolize violence by using violence against prospective competitors, such as foreign enemies or domestic “vigilantes” (unlicensed thugs).
Governments systematically redistribute wealth inequitably through coercion. That is what they do. That is what they have always done.
Churches define evil. Churches bias people. Churches are institutions for the organizing of peer pressure or social indoctrination.
That is what they do. That is what they have always done.
The media rules (making the rules and publicizing them). Governments enforce the media’s rules through organized violence. Churches justify the violence of the media’s governments.
Is that linguistic presentation evil? Is that corrupt? Is that biased? Is that a particular limited perspective, as in a bias?
Yes, and all other formations in words would be, too. So, should it be condemned? According to the standards publicized by what authority?
Why wouldn’t it be? Were you expecting something else?

I condemn the media, the media’s governments, and all religions. However, I do not just condemn them. I renounce them.

I also condemn words. Do not misuse them. Do not neglect them. Do not abuse them.
Do not even use them. Renounce them. How you will renounce words without using words to renounce them, that is something that you will need to discuss on your own.
Words are the root of all evil, all corruption, and all bias. Before you knew how to speak and before you knew the words evil or corruption or bias, did you have any beliefs or ideas?
The media is the instrument of humanity. Governments are instruments of humanity. Religions are instruments of humanity. Before any of those categories of words arose, language is the fundamental instrument of humanity.

the Knowledge of Good and Eve: a parable about Ron Paul, myths, and Santa

April 23, 2012
Santa Claus

Santa Claus (Photo credit: Christopher S. Penn)

Imagine a six year-old kid talking about Santa Claus, asking about some details that do not totally make sense to the child. An older sibling says, “do not ask mom anything about Santa. She would get angry and spank you. Just be quiet about Santa. If mom brings it up to you, just tell her what gifts you want and do not even mention the word Santa. I will tell you why later.”

What is the dynamic created by the older sibling? Mom is presented as a dangerous tyrannical authority and the sibling is the experienced ally with a crucial secret knowledge or insight about how to best deal with mom. Of course, higher up the social hierarchy is Santa, the distant, remote, mysterious benefactor.

In other terms, mom is the evil villain or devil and the sibling is the savior and protector while Santa is the God-like Power, like a superhero who can fly and has magic powers and is probably hundreds of years old. Except Santa is not just a cartoon like the comic book heroes. Santa is real. There is evidence. I opened the presents myself and the tag clearly said From Santa. Santa even knows my name!

Ron Paul at the 2007 National Right to Life Co...

Ron Paul at the 2007 National Right to Life Convention, held at Crown Center Hyatt Regency in Kansas City, MO; June 15, 2007, (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So, fast forward a few decades. Ron Paul is talking about how the Federal Reserve is a Vatican conspiracy and all that we need to do for him to save us from them is to wait a few months and cast a vote. Plus, until then, he recommends that we invest everything in silver.

Ron says that the Federal Reserve is the great evil tyranny that has the power to inflate the currency, which according to  Ron, would be very bad. Why would that be so bad? Ron never actually mentions that. Apparently the idea is that the Fed should not have the power that Ron says they have, and therefore he must save us from the Fed doing the thing that they obviously should not do because they are inherently evil so we should just buy more silver because that is the patriotic and heroic thing to do, which Ron Paul has been consistently saying since 1980, which proves that we can trust his credibility and sincerity.

Alex Jones, who is also our heroic savior ally -which we know because he owns  silver – says that the distant remote superpower is the holy ink on the sacred document of the Articles of Confederation, which is the most powerful document in the world except for that one lottery ticket but that is anther story. Anyway, Alex says that Noam Chomsky agrees with Ron Paul that the real problem today is that The Fed says that the Articles of Confederation are actually not the authentic words of Santa and need to be retranslated by the Supreme Council of Justice, which wouldn’t be so bad except that Ron Paul is not a member of the Council and therefore the Council is evil. DarthVader says the Council is not evil, which further proves that DarthVader is either evil or naive or most likely both.

The Federal Reserve: The Biggest Scam In History

The Federal Reserve: The Biggest Scam In History (Photo credit: CityGypsy11)

Now imagine that the Articles of Confederation are just a series of three words. They have no more actual tangible power than the sounds of the word Santa. They are not even shapes on your screen or ink on paper. They are just some sounds that someone spoke a few hundred years ago around the time that Santa was your age.

Who is going to protect those sounds? Who is going to threaten those sounds? Who is going to record them as an audio file to upload to youtube? Who is going to keep them sacred and give them proper respect?

We need a hero. We need a ssvior. Inflation would reduce the value of the massive national debt, which must be avoided at all costs. Therefore, you must obey your older sibling and never mention Santa to mom again.

Sibling!

Sibling! (Photo credit: Gus Dahlberg)

the latest new evil: opportunity, crisis, reality, and myth

April 22, 2012
Young gang recruits sign the sign (Guatemala, ...

Young gang recruits sign the sign (Guatemala, 2005). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism

We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

STREET GANG MEMBERS - NARA - 552752

STREET GANG MEMBERS – NARA – 552752 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

STREET GANG MEMBERS - NARA - 552753

STREET GANG MEMBERS – NARA – 552753 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

William James was an earlier adherent to melio...

William James was an earlier adherent to meliorism as a halfway between metaphysical optimism and pessimism. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

opportunity, crisis, reality, and myth

A chart demonstrating increases in the annual ...

A chart demonstrating increases in the annual income of the top 1% of wealthy persons in the U.S. before economic crises. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Conflict and cooperation both exist, including when soldiers and militias and gang members cooperate with their colleagues in competition with their rivals. Crisis and opportunity both exist, too. When the tides recede and a tidal pool traps some fish, that is a crisis for the fish and an opportunity for some birds to easily consume the fish. It’s all relative.

In recent years, I have grown skeptical both of the ultra-pessimism and ultra-optimism (as in “positive thinking” and “the secret” and “the law of attraction”). The ultra-pessimism or ultra-cynicism is evident in the doomsday cults of conspiracy theorists and patriotic reactionaries.

All of those groups metaphorically are putting their heads in the sand. One group basically says that putting one’s head in heaven or paradise is to see more clearly and not be troubled by earthly perceptions. Another group basically says that life on earth is unavoidably hell and so it is best to hide: to put one’s head in the sand and all the rest of the body, too.

They both are accurate to a limited extent. I think it is entirely practical to withdraw from anything too disturbing (to “think positive”) and also to be skeptical about the presumptions of mainstream cultures. However, putting one’s head in the sand may be a wonderful occasional spa treatment, but it is important to remove one’s head from the sand eventually as well.

Conspiracy Theory (film)

Conspiracy Theory (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My comment on conspiracy theories in general is that anyone who thinks that the attacks of September 11th, 2001 were not a conspiracy is an absolute idiot. Were the events of that morning all just a bunch of coincidences? If it was not a conspiracy, then what was it? A comedy routine?

If someone is interested in those events, and it is fine with me if someone is not, then the intelligent question would be what was the conspiracy, not whether there was one or not. Incidentally, I happen to think that the mainstream conspiracy theory presented by folks like George W. Bush and Colin Powell is a ridiculous myth, but I also respect the value and function of popular mythology, especially in politics.

Myths can be useful for directing public opinion to be receptive to things like expensive invasions and new radical draconian security schemes. Again, opportunity and crisis may be two labels that both fit the same situation. Creating myths and popularizing them through propaganda can create tremendous momentum in redistributing public wealth toward the most effective lobbying interests.

Further, myths about how lobbying interests are both evil and new can be indoctrinated on the masses so as to distract them from recognizing the origins of all court systems and all governing systems. Instead of competing or revolting, those masses will passionately but politely protest the latest “new evil” as directed by popular political mythologies. They will campaign for reform and promote a new political savior, repeating the theme of eternal “hope” common to all of populist, proletariat politics.

Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura

Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So, how about the so-called housing crisis in the West? It is a myth. There is an abundance of available housing. That is not a crisis. That is a supply far in excess of demand. Prices will continue to decline, like in Japan for the last 23 years. So what?

Of course, lots of borrowers and realtors and construction workers are experiencing the decline in the housing boom/bubble as a financial crisis for them personally. So what?

Borrowers who gambled on $300,000 mortgage loans may lose their entire net worth to bankruptcy. What’s new?

One person’s foreclosure has never equated to a social crisis. However, a million foreclosures in a short period of time is a crisis for a court system unprepared to handle that volume, but it is also an opportunity for intelligent investors to multiply their wealth very quickly, similar to what Rothschild did toward the end of the Battle of Waterloo.

A protester outside AIG's headquarters at the ...

A protester outside AIG’s headquarters at the American International Buildling in New York City is interviewed by a news crew. Photographer’s blog post about this photo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Have you heard on mainstream news that there is a financial crisis and that expensive redistributions must be performed by the government to save the people from the evil demon of falling prices and economic collapse? You may have heard the same theme in Japan or Europe or the US.

Perhaps it is purely a lobbyist myth. It justifies a huge redistribution of wealth from the middle class toward the elite lobbyists, “bailing out” the lobbying interests with TRILLIONS of dollars of wealth transfer.

However, there is simply no financial crisis for someone who has no mortgage, earns $50,000 a year in a steady job in a stable industry, and has $500,000 of cash saved up for retirement and legally sheltered through a simple and conventional method of asset protection. On the other hand, there is a financial crisis for people who “bought in” to the American Dream of flipping houses (and now are upside down by $100,000 or more), who do not have a stable income, and who have been pouring money in to annuities or mutual funds or pensions with no literacy in regard to the reality of risk in stock market prices. Their $500,000 stock market portfolio can quickly fall to $250,000 or even $50,000, just like their $500,000 real estate portfolio can quickly fall to $250,000 or $50,000 of value.

President Bush and Secretary of State Colin Po...

President Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell hold a press conference about organization, America’s Promise, in the Rose Garden July 9, 2001. source (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

However, the mass media may “rescue” them from clarity and prudent adaption by presenting them with a scapegoat or demon to hate. Blame the evil political party. Blame the evil foreign nation. Blame the evil politician. Blame the evil central bank. Blame someone. Blame anyone. Just do not adapt. Just do not correlate one’s own chosen behavior with the actual results of the chosen behavior.

“Think positive. Elect a political savior. Do not EVER adjust your actual behavior. That is just a ridiculous conspiracy theory designed to suck you in to prudence and the prosperity that naturally results from prudence.”

Bank run during the Showa Financial Crisis 日本語...

Bank run during the Showa Financial Crisis 日本語: 昭和金融恐慌時の取り付け騒ぎ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now, with prudence in mind, I will address some economic issues. In 2004, I published an article called “the Real U.S. Deficit: OIL” in which I detailed the issue of rising fuels costs and the impact that rising fuel costs have on import-dependent economies like those of Japan, Europe, and the US. (See www.TheDominOILeffect.com )

It is certainly possible that fuel prices could drop. However, since 1999, global fuel prices on the whole have been rising, which is a reversal of trends going back over 100 years (when the inflation-adjusted prices of fuel were several times as high as they were by 1999). Consider that in 1880, the amount of fuel (power, energy) that now costs $10 might have taken the average person an entire day’s work to earn.

Modern civilization is still INCREDIBLY abundant relative to humans across the vast majority of history. There is a downside to the abundance though. We have been able to thrive despite rampant idiocy.

People trust uncritically in mass media outlets, government bureaucrats, and naive church leaders. Are the blind leading the blind?

Consider that mainstream medical scientists present a growing list of conditions that they deem incurable, which basically means that they make no claims to understand a physiological process well enough to reliably reverse or prevent it. When they say something is incurable, we think that is an expression of the reality of the condition, not an expression of the reality of the competence of person talking. They are naive idiots negligently using language and so are most of the rest of us.

How do people produce new results? New methods (at least new to the one exploring it).

But new is not always better. So, how do people produce the best results available? The best methods available.

Conspiracy Theory Overlap Diagram

Conspiracy Theory Overlap Diagram (Photo credit: Vince_Lamb)

Now, what is so radical about anything in this blog? I’m not sure there is anything especially radical here. Then again, maybe it is a bit radical to actually openly admit that most people seem to me to be reactive, terrified, hysterical zombies programmed by myths that benefit certain lobbying interests.

“The enemy does not want you to know that investing everything in silver even if it is 1980 will magically solve all of your problems and will magically ruin their evil empire.” That’s idiotic. However, it works to influence the behavior of herds of people.

Real estate always rises, too. Investing in silver always solves everything. Be a patriotic hero. Invest in silver mines, which is the only kind of real estate that always rises always always always.

Therefore, because ridiculous propaganda is so effective, I hereby warn you that your arch-enemy does not want you to adjust your behavior, by which I mean Osama Attila Hitler AKA Dr. Evil, Lex Luther, The Joker, The Riddler, Penguin, Satan, the Devil, the Bilderberger Blackwater Vatican Jesuit Zionist Poseidon. No, he (or she or they) hope that you will keep complaining and blaming and condemning and hating, which empowers them with your attention to their anti-propaganda reverse psychology.

At the UN, Colin Powell holds a model vial of ...

At the UN, Colin Powell holds a model vial of anthrax, while arguing that Iraq is likely to possess WMDs. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now, if someone consistently demonstrates intelligence and relevance far beyond the mainstream for 8 or 9 years, your arch-enemy does not want you to consult such an intelligent consultant (such as by posting a comment on this blog). Instead, your arch-enemy wants you to think positively about focusing on using the law of attraction to gently expose your arch-enemy by non-violently protesting against them publicly with heroic signs that say “Hey, you, scrawny frightened Holy Roman Inquisition thugs with combat helicopters and fatal chemical weapon mustard gas crowd-control grenades, we dare you to stand your ground as we slowly and arrogantly march over to your local army base or pentagon and climb the razor-edged barbed wire fences to occupy the pentagon military headquarters and federal correctional facilities and gas chambers.”

Also, your Arch Enemy is terrified that you might share or re-blog this post. That would be a horrible humiliation for them. Please be a good heroic saintly patriotic messiah impersonator by having mercy on them and only sharing it once or, at the absolute most, twice.

new myth, old god (and the origin of heaven and hell on earth)

April 14, 2012

 

Superman (comic book)

Superman (comic book) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Satan as Antichrist

Satan as Antichrist (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

NEW MYTH, OLD GOD


myth 

1830, from Gk. mythos “speech, thought, story, myth,”
[C19: via Late Latin from Greek muthos:  fable, word]
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/myth
Santa Claus with a little girl Esperanto: Patr...

Santa Claus with a little girl Esperanto: Patro Kristnasko kaj malgranda knabino Suomi: Joulupukki ja pieni tyttö (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Myth means a story. Specifically, a myth is a story told for the purpose of influencing an audience (whether or not that purpose is recognized or admitted).
Even more specifically, myth could mean almost any sequence of words. We can contrast myths with other sequences of words, like a simple list of different colors- such as red, white, and blue- which does not qualify as a story, right?
As an example of a myth, I could tell a story about a character named Santa Claus (or “Father Christmas“), who once upon a time met some children and bribed them by promising them a pleasant surprise in the near future. So, the story I could tell about Santa Claus might be influential whether or not any particular element of the story is already popular or famous or familiar.
I could call the story a metaphor or a parable or a joke or a legend or an anecdote or just a story. Even if a story is labeled entirely true, the telling of the story could still be for producing some result by influencing an audience. Since there may be no other reason for speaking except to promote certain results through influence, any story could be a myth.

If some people doubt or even reject the literal references of a story, that story can still be a myth, right? If some people believe the literal references of some story, the story can still be a myth. If some people even argue over a story, the story can still be a myth.

Raffaello Sanzio - The Creation of Eve from Ad...

Raffaello Sanzio – The Creation of Eve from Adam – WGA18600 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hundreds or even millions of people could go to war with each other after hearing stories and then practicing, refining, and rehearsing those stories. The stories may or may not be completely true, but that may not really even be especially to the people. Some people may be more eager to argue or launch an attack than to research the details of a particular story. Some people may be more eager to make a certain purchase or cast a certain vote than to question the stories that are motivating, organizing, and producing those actions.
Mythology

Mythology (Photo credit: KairosOfTyre)

People organize their time and their behavior and their finances based on stories. However, perhaps only a few people may be curious to explore the stories that inform or form their patterns of behavior (and the results produced by those patterns of behavior).
Mythology is the study of stories told for the purpose of influencing an audience, such as the curriculum of a class or a commercial advertisement. Studying the art of story-telling and the art of influence or communication is one possible meaning of the word mythology.

1375–1425; late Middle English mythologie  < Late Latin mȳthologia
< Greek mȳthología. See mytho--logy

study of – Gk. mythos “speech, thought, story, myth,”

Masaccio, Brancacci Chapel, Adam and Eve, detail.

Masaccio, Brancacci Chapel, Adam and Eve, detail. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In summary, a myth is an influential story. So, a “new myth” would be any influential story that is unfamiliar (“new”). The following is a new myth about an old god.
Once upon a time, there was an old god. The god had been around for a very long time, even longer than any of the stories about the old god. The god was so old that the god was called eternal, since the god was older than any stories about the god, all of which were actually invented by the god, who also invented language.
 
One old story about the god called the god by the name Indra. This story was one of the oldest stories about god. Indra was also called “huta,” which meant the invocation. By the way, invocation basically means an influential sequence of words, such as a myth.
 
So, that old word from the Sanskrit language was eventually written in some recent alphabet as “huta” which was later modified in to other words like ghuta and ghut and guth and goth and gott and god. So, the word “god” was first formed a little over a thousand years ago, but, even before that word was formed, other similar words were formed like Indra and Allah and Jehovah and YHWH and Buddha and Tao and Saturn and Set and Loki and El.
 
Indra is the god-king of heaven and god of thu...

Indra is the god-king of heaven and god of thunder, lightning and rain. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

god

O.E. god “supreme being, deity,” from P.Gmc. *guthan
 (cf. Du.god, Ger. Gott, O.N. guð, Goth. guþ), from PIE *ghut-
 “that which is invoked” (cf. Skt. huta- “invoked,” an epithet of Indra),
from root *gheu(e)- “to call, invoke.”
Origin: 
before 900; Middle English, Old English;  cognate with Dutch god,
German Gott, Old Norse goth, Gothic guth
[Old English god;  related to Old Norse goth,  Old High Germangot,  Old Irish guth  voice]
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/god
So, god is a relatively new word- just over a thousand years old- representing a very old idea. “God” has to do with invocation and voice and authority and authoring as in the creating of distinct experiences through variations in speaking.
 
For instance, in one influential story, God declares a distinction between heaven and earth. Earth is the realm of external experience as in subjective perception. Heaven is the realm of internal experience as in conception or concepts or conceiving or creating or identifying or labeling.
 
So, it is said that “as above, so below.” This means that the realm of earthly experience is a product of or partner of a heavenly conceiving, as in the “immaculate” conceiving.
 
God speaks things in to existence as the reality or realm or kingdom of experience. The realm of heaven or kingdom of God is the authority of language or the reality of myth.
 
The 1st English edition of The Kingdom of God ...

The 1st English edition of The Kingdom of God Is Within You. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

After all, myths are a distinct part of reality, right? Myths are real stories that can be really influential. 
 
Myths are the origins of identity and experience. Myths are tools for training audiences in a particular way to relate to life. 
 
For instance, one way to relate to life is to identify particular elements of life to repress as shameful or evil or sinful or even incurable problems (since if I personally do not recognize any possible solution already, then obviously it is not possible that anyone would ever recognize a possible solution, so the problem is labeled incurable, which could just be a reflection of my ignorance of physiology or psychiatry etc). Anyway, once we have declared some sacred taboos as “the negative,” then there could be particular patterns of behavior identified that one can take to compensate for those shameful realities, as in earning one’s way in to heaven from out of hell. That is the myth of living in hell because of some “original sin.”
 
That is a perfectly valid story to tell, right? There are other stories that one could tell, but that is a very popular one.
 
Santa Claus

Santa Claus (Photo credit: Natashenka)

Another related story is that there is a god who does not condemn any perception or pattern, but recognizes the reality of something called innocence, like an innocent mistake. God forgives. God says things like “if there seems to be a problem with someone else’s perception, remove the identifying of that problem from your own perception. Stop relating to the rest of reality as a set of problems. Start some introspection. Remove the blindness and filters from your own perception first, then perhaps you can assist others in removing any perception of problems from their perspective. Remember, the perspective is the source of the perception- including a perception of a problem, which is a way of relating to something as in identifying yourself in relation to it.”
Santa Claus

Santa Claus (Photo credit: Christopher S. Penn)

 
So, are myths problems? In other words, are influential stories problems? Or, are influential stories just real influential stories?
 
Which is more important: to save the world from the problem of influential stories or to study the reality of influential stories so that one is clear that relating to influential stories as a problem is just one of many valid ways to identify or labels myths? Whichever story you tell, that is the story you will experience.
Papyrus 111 Nederlands: Papyrus 111

Papyrus 111 Nederlands: Papyrus 111 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

20The Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God would come. He answered them, “People can’t observe the coming of the kingdom of God. 21They can’t say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ You see, the kingdom of God is within you.”  http://gwt.scripturetext.com/luke/17.htm
20Being asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The Kingdom of God doesn’t come with observation; 21neither will they say, ‘Look, here!’ or, ‘Look, there!’ for behold, the Kingdom of God is within you.”20  http://worldebible.com/luke/17.htm
And having been questioned by the Pharisees, when the reign of God doth come, he answered them, and said, ‘The reign of God doth not come with observation; 21 nor shall they say, Lo, here; or lo, there; for lo, the reign of God is within you.’   http://yltbible.com/luke/17.htm
20Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, 21nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is withinb you.”  http://niv.scripturetext.com/luke/17.htm

20And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within youhttp://kingjbible.com/luke/17.htm

Halloween

Halloween (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

20And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God comes not with observation: 21Neither shall they say, See here! or, see there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.  http://kjv.us/luke/17.htm

20
And being asked by the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God cometh, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21neither shall they say, Lo, here! or, There! for lo, the kingdom of God is within you. http://asvbible.com/luke/17.htm

20
 And being asked by the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come? he answered them, and said: The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21 Neither shall they say: Behold here, or behold there. For lo, the kingdom of God is within youhttp://drb.scripturetext.com/luke/17.htm

20 And being asked by the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God cometh, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21 neither shall they say, Lo, here! or, There! for lo, the kingdom of God is within you. http://erv.scripturetext.com/luke/17.htm

Star Wars - Darth Vader

Star Wars – Darth Vader (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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 And when he was asked by the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation. 21 Neither will they say, Lo here! or lo there! for behold, the kingdom of God is within you. http://websterbible.com/luke/17.htm


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 Being asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God was coming, He answered, “The Kingdom of God does not so come that you can stealthily watch for it. 21 Nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ –for the Kingdom of God is within you.” http://weymouthbible.com/luke/17.htm

The Kingdom of God Is Within You (Russian: Цар...

The Kingdom of God Is Within You (Russian: Царство Божие внутри вас) is the non-fiction magnum opus of Leo Tolstoy first published in Germany in 1894, after being banned in his home country of Russia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John 18:36 Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world….”
New Living Translation (©2007)
Jesus answered, “My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom….”
Santaclaus at Helsinki Cathedral Suomi: Joulup...

Santa Claus at Helsinki Cathedral Suomi: Joulupukki Helsingin tuomiokirkon edustalla (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cover art by Mike Grell.

Cover art by Mike Grell. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Batman #1 (Spring 1940). Art by Bob Kane and J...

Batman #1 (Spring 1940). Art by Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

http://thefineartdiner.blogspot.com/2011/11/destiny-and-wizard-of-oz.html

myth is a modern word (from the Greek) for an older Sanskrit word:

maya:

maya  (ˈmaɪə, ˈmɑːjə, ˈmɑːjɑː)
— n
Hinduism  illusion, esp the material world of the senses regardedas illusory
[C19: from Sanskrit]

ma·ya

[mah-yah, -yuh]  Show IPA

noun Hinduism .

1.

the power, as of a god, to produce illusions.

2.

the production of an illusion.

3.

(in Vedantic philosophy) the illusion of the reality of sensoryexperience and of the experienced qualities and attributes ofoneself.

4.

( initial capital letter ) Also called Mahamaya. a goddesspersonifying the power that creates phenomena.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/maya

Mythology - Hypnos

Mythology – Hypnos (Photo credit: Jess*Lo)

 

turn away from evil

March 28, 2012
“but I — I say to you, not to resist the evil” Matthew 5:39
“To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and without faith, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted [troubled, shameful, shaming].” Titus 1:15
(The audio includes extra commentary.)
“I am conscious of this, and am certain in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself; but for the man in whose opinion it is unclean, for him it is unclean [troubling evil, shameful].” Romans 14:14
“It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth…. the words you speak come from the heart—that’s what defiles you [troubles you].” Matthew 15:11,18
“You have knowledge that it was said, Have love for your neighbour, and hate for him who is against you: But I say to you, Have love for those who are against you, and make prayer for those who are cruel to you. [whoever you consider wicked, unjust, troublesome etc]” Matthew 5:43-44
“You have knowledge that it was said in old times, You may not put to death; and, Whoever puts to death

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church http://www.stjohnsashfield.org.au, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus’ description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows the detail of his face. The memorial window is also captioned: “To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Wright. Died 6th November, 1932. Aged 70 Yrs.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

will be in danger of being judged. But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment [resentment, etc]! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court [and punished for slander]. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.”

Beware of contempt. Do not add fuel to your own frustration.

 

Matthew 5:21-22
“…Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.7All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, 8but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

9With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10Out of the same mouth doth come forth blessing and cursing; it doth not need, my brethren, these things so to happen.” [praising God yet cursing God’s creation]

James 3:5-10

“My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” James 1:19
“but I — I say to you, not to resist the evil” Matthew 5:39
      The source of so much suffering is ill will. If something troubles you, y

Stained glass panel in the transept of St. Joh...

Stained glass panel in the transept of St. John’s Anglican Church, Ashfield, New South Wales (NSW). This scene depicts Mary holding a young Jesus. They are framed in front of a background of indistinct faces. The window is approximately 1m in diameter. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ou might turn your attention away from it. If something disgusts you or sickens you, you might abstain from focusing on it. This has been the teaching of so many elders for many thousands of years. Turn away from what repulses you, what you detest. Turn away from evil.

 
But what exactly does it mean to “turn away from evil?” Repent, by the way, means “turn away.” What does it mean to turn away from sin or to turn away from wickedness or to turn away from corruption or to turn away from trouble?” Does it simply mean to turn away from what disturbs, what enrages us, what disgusts us?
 
“A wise person turns away from evil and is cautious [responsible?], but a fool is hotheaded, careless and overconfident.” Proverbs 14:16
“Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom [conceit, arrogance, opinions]. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil.” Proverbs 3:7
“…Turning from evil is disgusting to fools.” Proverbs 13:19
“…‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.’” Job 28:28
“Turn away from evil, do good, and live forever.” Psalm 37:27
“Turn away from evil, and do good; make a search for peace, desiring it with all your heart.” Psalm 34:14
“And let him turn away from evil, and do good; Let him seek peace, and pursue it.” 1 Peter 3:11
“[S]eek ye first the reign of God [the Kingdom of God] and his justice [peace?]…” Matthew 6:33, Luke 12:31
And having been questioned … when the reign of God doth come, [Jesus] answered them, and said, ‘The reign of God doth not come with observation; nor shall they say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘It’s over there!’ for the reign of God is within you.'” Luke 17:20-21
Please note that my use of scriptures only from the Old and New Testament is, to me, trivial and purely incidental. I have personally found so far that the teachings of the Christian ministers that I have personally known have been far less in harmony with the above scriptures than the teachings of certain presenters who, to the best of my knowledge, have not labeled themselves as Christian. 
“Do not make any vows!” Matthew 5:34
New International Version (©1984)
But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.New Living Translation (©2007)
But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also.English Standard Version (©2001)
But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.

New American Standard Bible (©1995)
“But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.

King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

International Standard Version (©2008)
But I tell you not to resist an evildoer. On the contrary, whoever slaps you on the right cheek, turn the other to him as well.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)
But I am saying to you, you shall not rise up against an evil person, but whoever strikes you on your right cheek, turn to him also the other.

GOD’S WORD® Translation (©1995)
But I tell you not to oppose an evil person. If someone slaps you on your right cheek, turn your other cheek to him as well.

King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
But I say unto you, That you resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.

American King James Version
But I say to you, That you resist not evil: but whoever shall smite you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.

American Standard Version
but I say unto you, resist not him that is evil: but whosoever smiteth thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But I say to you not to resist evil: but if one strike thee on thy right cheek, turn to him also the other:

Darby Bible Translation
But I say unto you, not to resist evil; but whoever shall strike thee on thy right cheek, turn to him also the other;

English Revised Version
but I say unto you, Resist not him that is evil: but whosoever smiteth thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Webster’s Bible Translation
But I say to you, That ye resist not evil: but whoever shall strike thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Weymouth New Testament
But I tell you not to resist a wicked man, but if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other to him as well.

World English Bible
But I tell you, don’t resist him who is evil; but whoever strikes you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Young’s Literal Translation
but I — I say to you, not to resist the evil, but whoever shall slap thee on thy right cheek, turn to him also the other;

Published on: Feb 6, 2011
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the spirit of agonizing conflict and the spirit of holiness

March 25, 2012
Many agonize over what is right vs what is wrong, what is good vs what is evil, or what is the truth vs what is imprecise (which has been one of my favorites). That pattern of linguistic model is the basis of all political campaigns and conflicts: at least two sides oppose each other by asserting that (at least) two conflicting proposals are “the best, the only right one,” then they have wars or elections or whatever to “resolve” the issue.
It is like pressing your two hands together with great force, like so that they tremble, rather than just resting them with palms barely touching. It produces a big caloric expenditure, but very little productive activity. It just exhausts energy. That is my metaphor for much of politics.
Of course, I am oversimplifying in that huge decreases in population can result from those conflicting expenditures of energy (as in through war). Also, major technological advances can come from the friction of the two opposing forces of military-industrial complexity, kind of like rubbing sticks together with great friction can produce a spark and light a fire.
So, agonizing can be internal, with a lot of energy and time and perhaps reading and conversation and so on. Or, agonizing can be interpersonal, with lots of debating and arguing and shouting and perhaps laughing and “make-up sex” (having sex right after having a big dramatic argument and nearly “breaking up”). Or, agonizing can be “social,” as in political conflicts and wars and organizing demonstrations and strikes to promote the interests of the union employees or nursing home residents or public schools and so on.
That is more broadly termed “conflict.” I am calling it “agonizing” because I am focusing most particularly (below) on the internal or private or INTRApersonal context of conflict.
That can manifest in language patterns like “what is the right job for me? Is this the right relationship? What political party is best? Which candidate is the right one for “2012 best actress in a comedy?” Which religious tradition is the most true? How am I going to fix humanity so that there will no longer be any conflict, at least not in the Northern half of the state of Arizona, which is obviously the region of geography on this planet which is the most important to God Almighty, as evidenced by her clear specification of that region in the holy Book of Mormon? Which words are evil and which are good? Omigod, did I just say something wrong? What thing that I said was the wrong thing to say?”
In the programs of Landmark Education, that particular portion of the realm of language is called the “already always listening.” It has been labeled in many ways in the last few thousand years, with ancient terms like Dhukka (suffering) and Gehenna (Hell) being among the terms used for referencing it. Here is a reference from the New Testament, with the “tongue” being used to reference the process of language and speaking and so on:
“…Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
James 3:5-6

“It’s not what goes into your mouth that corrupts you; you are corrupted by the words that come out of your mouth…. The words you speak come from the heart—that’s what corrupts you” Matthew 15:11,18
Holy Spirit descending upon Jesus

Holy Spirit descending upon Jesus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jesus taught that the spirit of divisiveness (the spirit of accusation, of the adversary or of the devil) is a very distinct pattern of spirit from “The Holy Spirit” or the Spirit of God. Jesus repeatedly rebuked people for “being self-righteous,” calling those people hypocrites and “children of the devil.”

43Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. 44You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies…. 47 He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.” 
John 8:43, 44,& 47
Ironically, the translation there above (“NIV“) is only so clear, perhaps because the translator(s) were not precisely clear about the point being made. The point is that anyone who “belongs” to the Spirit of God or is fluent in that kind of language will understand the words of anyone else who is speaking in that kind of language. However, just like anyone who is deaf cannot make sense out of the sounds of someone speaking English, anyone who is “possessed” by the spirit of opposition cannot comprehend the language of the spirit of holiness or wholeness or non-dualism (“advaita”).
The translator wrote “because you are unable to hear what I say.” This is not a reference to the lack of the capacity to literally hear the sounds, like the wind was too loud in the background or something like that. Clearly, what Jesus was referencing is something about those listeners in regard to their personal development or intelligence, which Jesus contrasts many times with another possibility (the capacity to comprehend the messages from the Holy Spirit)- even something that could eventually be possible for people for whom it is not currently possible.
When people made reference to things like waiting for the messages of the Holy Spirit to begin to be transmitted (like waiting for a TV program or radio program to being broadcasting, Jesus corrected their misunderstanding:
20One day the Pharisees asked Jesus, “When will the Kingdom of God come?”

Jesus replied, “The Kingdom of God can’t be detected by visible signs.d 21You won’t be able to say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘It’s over there!’ For the Kingdom of God is already among you.e

Luke 17:20-21
Again, we have a case in which different translators have rendered this passage in to English in distinct ways. Consider the following version from the Aramaic Bible in Plain English:

20And when some of the Pharisees asked Yeshua, “When is the Kingdom of God coming”, he answered and he said to them, “The Kingdom of God does not come with what is observed.” 21“Neither do they say, ‘Behold, here it is!’ and ‘Behold, from here to there!’, for behold, the Kingdom of God is within some of you.”
Those translators were not translating Greek translations in to English, but apparently were translating the original statements in the Aramaic language (the one actually spoken by Jesus) directly in to English. As I skim through a few dozens translations of that verse in to English, only this one says something exclusive like “within SOME of you.” All of the other translations leave out the reference to an exclusive subcategory of people who have the capacity to recognize something that other people would not recognize. Incidentally, I never had seen the Aramaic translation of that verse until moments ago, but that translation is the only one consistent with my direct personal experience, or one could say the one that is most consistent.
John the Baptist baptizing Christ

John the Baptist baptizing Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Of course, for people who do not have any direct personal experience that they associate with these words, they might be interested in the secondary authority of translations and proclamations from a particular church hierarchy and so on. For those who know through the authority of direct experience, any form of secondary authority may be of no relevance to them.
21And when they entered Kapernahum, at once he taught in their synagogue on the Sabbath. 22And they were dumbfounded at his teaching, for he was teaching them as one having authority and not like their Scribes. 23And in their synagogue there was a man who had a vile spirit in him, and he cried out 24And he said, “What business do we have with you, Yeshua the Nazarene? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, The Holy One of God.” 25And Yeshua rebuked him and said, “Shut your mouth and come out of him.” 26And the foul spirit threw him down and he cried out in a loud voice and came out of him. 27And all of them marveled and they were inquiring with one another, saying, “What is this?”, and “What is this new teaching? For he commands even the foul spirits with authority and they obey him.” 28And at once his fame went out in the whole region of Galilee.
Mark 1:21-28
Above, some poetic metaphors were translated in to English in phrases like the foul spirit, the vile spirit, the evil spirit, teh demonic spirit, the spirit of the devil, the split spirit or the broken spirit. In Greek, the wording might be “skhizein (σχίζειν, “to split”) and phrēn, phren- (φρήν, φρεν-; “mind”).” The Greek roots together mean a split mind or dualistic mind, a broken heart, a spirit of opposition, or even a suppressed breathing or respiration. In 1912, one century ago, a new English word was created from those two Greek roots which could be used in future translations of ancient spiritual texts about personal development and “human potential:”

schizophrenia

1912, from Mod.L., lit. “a splitting of the mind,” from Ger. Schizophrenie, coined in 1910 by Swiss psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler (1857-1939), from Gk. skhizein “to split” (see shed (v.)) + phren (gen. phrenos) “diaphragm, heart, mind,” of unknown origin.
However, there is a connotation to the modern term “schizophrenia” as a category for a rather exceptional or unusual condition, like only a small percentage of people are labeled diagnostically as schizophrenic. Note that what Jesus (and Buddha and Isaiah and so on) were referencing was a widespread typical condition within an entire society. Within any culture, only a rather select group of folks “awakened” from that general social norm of “unenlightened language” or “unawakened consciousness.” The Holy Spirit is available to all, and while many people may talk about it or “give lip service to it,” it may be rather rare that one “possesses” it, rather than being “possessed” by an ego or a “psychological shadow” or a “split persona.”
Jesus said: 6 “Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites,” He [Jesus] replied; “as it is written, “‘This People honour Me with their lips, while their hearts are far away from Me: [and they do not know me or belong to me]

7 But idle [vain, worthless] is their devotion  [worship, reverence, faith]  while they lay down precepts which are mere human rules.’

8 “You neglect God’s Commandment: you hold fast to men’s traditions.”

Mark 7:6-8
Well, there is another interesting inconsistency in Bible translations that I never noticed until just now. Skimming through a couple dozen translations of Mark 7:8, I see that only 3 refer to the commandments or commands of God (plural rather than singular). All of the rest refer to the command of God or commandment of God, as in the authority of God.
People may neglect the actual functional authority in favor of symbols of authority or labels of authority. However, claiming a secondary authority (an authority derived from some other source, such that there may be conflicts of authorities) is quite distinct from the exercising of authority as the author or root of all authority.
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Latter-day Saints believe in the resurrected Jesus Christ, as depicted in the Christus Statue in the North Visitors' Center on Temple Square in Salt Lake City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So, in summary, as we mature, we humans naturally notice conflict interpersonally, like two puppies wrestling or two kids fighting over who gets to hold the puppy next and for how long, then next we are exposed to conflict socially, and further as a “higher” or later stage of development, we notice it “internally” or “introspectively” in our own patterns of language. That internal conflict is what I am calling “agonizing,” though others have called it “suffering” or “sin” and “neurosis” and “foul spirit” and “bad attitude” and “negativity” and so on. Whatever it is labeled, it is basically a pattern of “linguistic behavior,” as in neuro-chemical programs or sequences.
It is labeled awakening or enlightenment or the dark night of the soul. “Meditation” and all spiritual rituals are for relaxing the tendency or momentum of internal neuro-chemical “struggle” (like “a tug-a-war” with two teams of people trying to pull a rope in opposite directions).
The name of the Chinese martial art Wu Shu can be translated as “stop fighting.” “Stop resisting” is the key, not “resist resisting,” but just “notice resisting and do nothing other than notice it.”
In fact, even “resisting” implies two opposing forces, so we could say “stop pushing” or “notice pushing yet do nothing other than notice it.” Again, though, that focuses attention on pushing and isn’t focusing already a subtle pushing? Soon, along comes a Jnani Guru like Jesus Christ who says something like “Who am I? Well, who are you? Notice who you are! Be still and know God, the Supreme being, the presence I am. Before Abraham was, I am.”
That kind of communication can interrupt “doing” and “noticing” and “stopping.” That patterning of attention can produce a deep relaxing, often followed by laughing or weeping.
So, there is language for agonizing and for arguing over what is true and for gathering together congregations and armies to oppose others in the war to end all conflict and negativity. That is all the expression of the hypocritical spirit of the divided one, the dualistic, the self-righteous, the devil.
Further, there is language for influence. In fact, even language to forbid reverse psychology is still language for influence. Prohibitions against dualistic language are the black magic at the core of all religious traditions.
“Beware of prohibitions and reverse psychology. They are strictly forbidden.” 
In particular, you will experience eternal torment and agony and hell if you practice the behavior of agonizing. You will be cast out of paradise and heaven if you argue against the authority of the Holy Spirit. It is the worst of all possible sins.
Here ends the Gospel of Santa. Here begins the experience of the absence of language, even if only for the briefest of eternities.

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