Sunday Matinee – Inner Worlds Outer Worlds

Summa scientia nihil scire – Empty your mind to learn all

I figured I’d share a personal fave to mark this auspicious time of year. In whatever manner you celebrate the holidays, I wish you well. I’d just like to add that those who wield the Spear of Longinus CHOOSE not to solve the problem of homelessness in the West. If you happen to cross paths with a person who is resting in the cold, please offer him or her an act of kindness. A night in a motel or a warm meal is often remembered long after you return to the routine of life.

One love,

HJ

PS – I apologize to the few that I know have seen this one already but will make it up to you next time :)

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Sunday Matinee – Zero Point Beyond

There is no spoon Neo. Time to test the structural integrity of that good ole’ reality tunnel folks and the usual disclaimer about belief still applies.

One love,

HJ

Morning musings

art-of-healing_lThe human mind is like an umbrella, it works best when open.

The Persian mystic Avicenna proposed the Floating Man thought experiment several centuries ago. Essentially the gist of it is this:– Assume an adult human were to suddenly spring into existence suspended in mid-air some distance from the surface of the earth. Our floating man (or woman) is completely devoid of all access to sensory input i.e. is blindfolded, ears are plugged, etc. and since he has never existed before, has no memories or experiential learning to formulate a conception of the world. The question that naturally follows is what would this floating man actually know?

Avicenna concluded that the only awareness our subject would possess is the sense of “I-ness” inherent to mankind. This awareness of self is the primal aspect of being intrinsic to all human beings. The small “I am” if you will. So where are we going with this H3nry?

Well compadres, when people locate the self within the body, almost without exception there are two places to which we tend to gesture.  The first is the head and the other is the heart.  When we who kneel at the altar of unimpinged rationality refer to “I,” we tend to point to the temple region on the side of our heads. We have relegated the heart to some inferior capacity and our culture dismisses those who “feel” among us as weak. Think about our decision making apparatus for a second.

The costs of war are not measured from the tears shed by mothers, but by fiscal considerations. We refer to death as collateral damage. We view charity as tax write-offs. Saving too big to jail bankers is more important than a child waking on the street after entering the dream state in a cardboard box. Get the drift? To add insult to injury, our materialist society of head pointers has waged war on the heart pointing peoples of the world for the past 500 years.   Who cares about cancer clusters, or mental health needs of our communities, or help for the homeless, or death and disease endured by tribal peoples impeding the industrial charge, these are solely decided from the vantage point of dollars and no sense.

The heart is the seat of the soul.

In my humble view, a revolution of the heart is long overdue if the human experiment is to thrive. Don’t get me wrong, materialist rationality has its place and has bestowed enormous benefits upon the human experience. However, it also has its limitations. It’s time to re-evaluate and restructure our cost benefit analysis from the perspective of how do we improve the life of our brethren versus solely fiscal considerations of actions. So here’s the million dollar question – How do we as a species awaken and embrace compassion towards our fellow men? How do we rekindle a culture where self-reference is acknowledged by pointing to the heart and incorporating a consideration for the well-being of others? For starters we can eliminate the behavioral cues imparted by our dominator culture.

Institutionalized religions are also not the answer as they’ve seemingly been corrupted by gurus and power brokers more interested in organizational preservation and population control than facilitating the well-being of the downtrodden. The Primordial Om is also skewed to suit the skewers. If religion could provide a solution we wouldn’t be having this discussion right now. Ever notice that pastors often drive better cars than their “flocks” and most sacerdotals are content with people kneeling and bowing before their self-exalted beings? I must also conclude that religion provides no immunity from iconoclastic considerations. Many adherents to group dogma also often perceive those who question their practices to be guilty of heresy and are quick to relegate these infidels to the dark recesses conjured in the minds of Dante and Milton.

But do we really need group-think to facilitate a recognition that intrinsic to all there exists a yearning to strive for the higher sense of “the Good?” Our cultural cues have been designed to steer us away from this innate tendency and compels definition of the self by how high we can exalt the self over another. For those of us who still think there’s merit in mercy and compassion, this is a rather difficult thing to witness.  Blame it mirror neurons or an inherent “weakness,” the fact is, it doesn’t sit well with me.  Hence my travels through the blogosphere and the use of WordPress as an alembic whereby ideas can be distilled. I do believe that dispelling the conception of people as a “flock” of anything and adopting a view of each as a unique manifestation of life is a good start.

Blogging however is not a platform whereby definite answers can be framed. Instead, it facilitates a personal restatement of the questions requiring consideration.  So on that note my friends, I’ll leave you to ponder whatever Mindspeak constructs this amalgamation of words elicits within your respective reality tunnels.

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ― Albert Einstein

One love,

HJ

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Vigilante Tantrums

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Friends, Romans, countrymen, and even my fellow psychic explorers who tune in from time to time, I think a chat is somewhat overdue. Today’s controlling archetype seems to be the valiant sentinel chicken and a clucking is in order. Got some stuff on my mind that just might interest you.  In the realm of epidemiology, our friend the sentinel chicken is housed several miles from the outskirts of a population center to indicate potential infectious threats.  Well, it seems to this vagabond toting words, that the infections associated with Consumer Capitalism 2.0 are mental in nature and require identification to facilitate distillation within the crucible of your lives.

Lemme first apologize about the radio silence as every now and again I like to engage my mental cloaking device for a minor reprieve from the information overload. The incessant data delivery is definitely detrimental, even to devotees of the Dewey decimal system.  Speaking of going all Death Star on their asses, I’ve been meaning to do a post for those of you who desire a certain degree of web anonymity.  Let’s just say that the Jedi and the Sith are engaged in a battle for the soul of the web and you’ve been told that the guys on your side, that the new “Freedom Fighters,” are your enemies.

Are you surprised by this? If so you may reference Iraq, Vietnam, and ask just how barely literate guys in predominantly Afro-American projects learned the process whereby sodium bicarbonate is used to chemically de-protonate cocaine hydrochloride salt into its purest base form with exponentially higher addictive properties.  Trust me folks, the “crack epidemic” and its mandatory minimums were created long before any implementation. And if you really want something to crack you up (just couldn’t resist), you may wanna ask about how the fellas that started feeding programs for poverty-stricken ghetto children were declared as threats to national security while you’re at it.  I think a res ipsa loquitor reference may be warranted here.  This action definitely speaks for itself.  (See COINTELPRO)

If you’re concerned about online privacy with all the internet monitoring buzz here are some links to get you started.  If you don’t want all-seeing eyes prying into your web traffic, do some research into the TOR Browser Project, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), and the search engine DuckDuckGo. This should point you in the right direction to get going.  Imho, Aaron Swartz, Jeremy Hammond, Julian Assange, and Anonymous are not your enemies.  The golfers who launch drones, criminalize dissent, and define national security as the right to slaughter innocents and overthrow democratically elected world leaders are waaaay more detrimental to your well-being. (Just ask Jacob Arbenz, Salvador Allende, and Mohammed Mossadeq to name a few.)

The internet is a forum for open dissemination of ideas and it MUST not be relegated to the status of a fancy mall. If not for a free and open web, we might still believe that a million Iraqi people were slaughtered for their own freedom, or that Israel is a benevolent nation threatened by the terrible Palestinians. This maybe considered reality in Hollywood or via other media channels owned by the sycophants of a Zionist state, but not in the real world amigos.  Israel’s actions are considered illegal everywhere but Congress, AIPAC fundraisers, and on the set of Death before Dishonor.

Copyright protection seems to be at the core of the arguments for restricting the web, but technology giveth and technology taketh away. These 75+ year extended copyright protections granted to the D.C. pocket stuffers are absurd. Disney, Warner Bros, Universal et al built their fortunes on expanding upon ideas that already existed within the realm of human consciousness. Now they have the audacity to attempt to restrict the internet to protect copyright? I wonder if the share-cropper blues artists whose music was “borrowed” by the Rolling Stones and Elvis had claimed copyright violation, whether their claims to restrict content use and seek remuneration would be considered. Or whether they could utilize legal channels to seek injunctive relief to prevent theft of their songs?  How about Walt Disney “borrowing” Snow White and The Little Mermaid from the public domain without fear of reproach? Think you can “use” a Disney character or Warner song in your artistic creation?  Mickey will sue you and your heirs in perpetuity.

Most of us who blog are likely already aware of much of this, but I also write for the 16 year old guy or gal who’s just beginning to forge an identity and is inundated with ideology infused by a system that seeks to dehumanize him or her.  This is usually paired with absurd propositions like honor lies not in truth, compassion or ethics, but honor is surrendering all divine notions of individuality, having someone scream at and belittle you, and then sacrificing your life and limb without question for the balance sheets of GE and Halliburton. You will get a pin on your shirt though. I humbly ask, is this honor? Maybe to the same cabal who define transparency as the concealing of information from the public domain or democracy as installation of a compliant sociopath. This is irrefutable and both right and left wingers MUST concede this. The evidence is overwhelming.

Our friend Mr. Dawkins (wink wink!) coined the term meme back in the 1970s. A meme is essentially the smallest unit of an idea. The Marlboro Man is a meme.  $200 Air Jordan sneakers are a meme. Consuming rare, red meat is a meme. Most of us are quite willing to accept our memes from Madison Avenue, but in doing so, the only sacrifice to which we must succomb is the surrender of our individuality. What I’m trying to say brethren is don’t let others dictate the criteria of your consciousness.  One neither extols masculinity by consuming red meat to his detriment nor imbues herself with the celestial feminine by painting her face after injecting with botulism toxins.

Do you ever think about the source of your ideas? I mean where do you buy the goggles through which you view the world? We sure do love umbrella terms like Democrat, Republican, Christian, Jew, Muslim, or Libertarian, but what do these really mean? I freakin despise labels and to me a label means that when it comes to a particular subject, I don’t think for myself. Instead I surrender my inquiry and adopt whole-heartedly the half-assed promulgations of patriarchs.  Do you really want your conceptions of the universe framed by men in dresses, your manner of clothing determined by clueless “celebrities,” and your behavioral cues dictated by a sequence of light emitting diodes blinking in rapid succession?  When we look at just how daft our positions were in the past, I don’t  believe that we should consider our present conceptions are any less so. (See Cold War, shoulder pads, bell bottoms and jerry curls.)

I think this epistle serves up enough food for thought and I’ll stop there for today. Gracias for listening and would love any cogitations that you may wish to share. If you apply any definition to yourself folks, methinks you limit all other possible states. If I call myself a Buddhist, it means I couldn’t be an Alchemist. If I call myself a Republican, I couldn’t be a pacifist.  We could continue ad infinitum, but I think you get the idea.  Be lights unto yourselves Homo Luces, anything else is a disservice to your majestic nature.

One love,

HJ

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