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My world view, insights, thoughts, observations and this is what I intended to say….Part 6

03/11/2014
  • life: A sexually-transmitted, terminal disease.
  • Remember this: No one rules if no one obeys. ~David Icke
  • Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. ~Albert Einstein
  • Handle every stressful situation like a dog. If you can’t eat it or play with it, piss on it and walk away.
  • You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. ~Buckminster Fuller
  • Malevolent rulers have kept us in economic subservience for hundreds of thousands of years, if not millions of years. All religions appear to share similar stories. It is possible that this template has been used since the earliest incarnations came to this planet, perhaps billions of years ago. We must learn to live without being economic slaves to the same system of domination and control. Our true history has been hidden from us. What is the purpose of suppressing such information? How many times have civilizations come and gone from this planet?
  • Live below your means. Don’t buy stuff you don’t need. Always sleep on big purchases. Create a budget and savings plan and stick to both of them. Don’t enslave yourself to the bankers.
  • If you say that money is the most important thing, you’ll spend your life completely wasting your time: You’ll be doing things you don’t like doing in order to go on living, that is, in order to go on doing things you don’t like doing — which is stupid! ~Alan Watts (1915-1973)
  • Two thousand years ago, a Roman senator suggested that all slaves be made to wear white armbands so that they could be better identified. But a fellow senator wisely disputed the idea. For, he said, if the slaves were to see how many strong they stood, they could revolt…
  • The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it’s profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way, and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theatre. ~Frank Zappa, 1977
  • When you were born, you cried while the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a way that when you die, the world cries while you rejoice. ~Ancient Sanskrit saying
  • Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you. ~Ovid
  • Way back in the 1600s, Cardinal Richelieu, Armand Jean du Plessis wrote of how the most innocent thing could be manipulated in the quest to demonize another person. “If one would give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged.”
  • … the soul—because of its jealousy and envy—”steps in” in its imagination to separate the father and mother, to come between them; but the result is simply that it really does come between them—that is, it ends up being reborn to them. It now has desire, aversion, attachment, hatred, and a gross body: In other words, it is a human being. It is at the lowest stage of the Great Chain, and its own growth and development will be a climb back up the stages that it has just denied and fled from; its evolution is, so to speak, a reversal of the “fall.” How far it gets back up the Great Chain of Being will determine how it handles the dying process and the bardo states when it is again time to shed its physical body. Ken Wilbur (NA) The Collected Works of Ken Wilber: Volume Four: Integral Psychology, Transformations of Consciousness, Selected Essays (p. 349)
  • Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. ~Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
  • Pain is what the world does to you, suffering is what you do to yourself.
  • Implicit in this is an independence of thought and action, something a little alien to the Western ideal to “follow our whims and moods.” We can no more control our thoughts than we can control the weather, as both are phenomena of most amazingly complex natural systems. And if we have no hope of controlling our emotions, we can hardly be held responsible any more than we can be held responsible for feeling hot or cold. We do, however, have complete dominion over our behaviour, and that is a sacred responsibility.
  • Most people on Earth – everyone born after World War II – have lived their entire lives under the threat of nuclear annihilation. But just because an existential threat has always been there doesn’t mean it won’t be activated. ~Ira Helfand and Robert F. Dodge
  • “But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
    “Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
    “How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
    “You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.” ~Lewis Carroll (1865) Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • All world religions teach love and compassion as their core value, but despite this we have seen thousands of years of war caused by religious intolerance. I believe that part of the reason for this is the old religious paradigm which taught that we are all separate little beings all humbly submitting to the will of God, and that “God is on our side.” ~Erik Paulsson
  • One Dies, Millions Cry. Millions Die, No One Cries.
  • But it is too easy to get carried away with this idea of national security and use it to the extent that it becomes a tool not only for the suppression of legitimate rights, but worse still the legitimising of truly unlawful behaviour which should be deemed the true threat to national security.
  • Enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another. ~Marquis de Condorcet
  • “It is in the thousands of days of trying, failing, sitting, thinking, resisting, dreaming, ravelling, unravelling that we are at our most engaged, alert, and alive… The body becomes irrelevant,” Dani Shapiro wrote in her meditation on the pleasures and perils of the creative life. And yet the body is the single most relevant, persistent, and unrelenting reality of our lives, a constant companion, on whom “we” — as much as we’re able to separate the “we” from the “it” — depend as much as “it” depends on “us,” an often ambivalent and conflicted co-dependence that endures, whether we like it or not, for as long as we are alive. Even consciousness itself can’t transcend the nesting-doll physical reality of the body that includes the brain that includes the mind that contemplates itself. But what, exactly, is the body as a conscious experience beyond a biological mass? ~Paul Valéry (30 October 1871–20 July 1945)
  • I’m not saying that I’m Superman. I’m just saying no one has ever seen me and Superman in the same room.
  • Get up early, shower daily, and be nice!
  • Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. ~Helen Adams Keller (27 June 1880 – 1 June 1968)
  • The motor car is the most dangerous weapon in our society—cars kill more than wars do.
  • No matter how bad things get you’ve got to go on living, even if it kills you. ~Sholom Aleichem (2 March 1859 – 13 May 1916)
  • The world without spirit is a wasteland. People have the notion of saving the world by shifting things around, changing the rules, and who’s on top, and so forth. No, no! Any world is a valid world if it’s alive. The thing to do is to bring life to it, and the only way to do that is to find in your own case where the life is and become alive yourself. ~Joseph Campbell
  • It is in the present and only in the present that you live. There is no other reality than present reality. ~Alan Watts
  • The modern paradigm may still seem insurmountable “because it possesses an outward front, the work of a long past, but is in reality an edifice crumbling to ruin and destined to fall in at the first storm.” ~Gustave Le Bon, The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind
  • No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now. ~Alan Watts
  • Let’s lay it right on the line. Bigotry and racism are among the deadliest social ills plaguing the world today. But, unlike a team of costumed super-villains, they can’t be halted with a punch in the snoot, or a zap from a ray gun. The only way to destroy them is to expose them – to reveal them for the insidious evils they really are. The bigot is an unreasoning hater – one who hates blindly, fanatically, indiscriminately. If his hang-up is black men, he hates ALL black men. If a redhead once offended him, he hates ALL redheads. If some foreigner beat him to a job, he’s down on ALL foreigners. He hates people he’s never seen – people he’s never known – with equal intensity – with equal venom. Now, we’re not trying to say it’s unreasonable for one human being to bug another. But, although anyone has the right to dislike another individual, it’s totally irrational, patently insane to condemn an entire race – to despise an entire nation – to vilify an entire religion. Sooner or later, we must learn to judge each other on our own merits. Sooner or later, if man is ever to be worthy of his destiny, we must fill out hearts with tolerance. For then, and only then, will we be truly worthy of the concept that man was created in the image of God – a God who calls us ALL – His children. Pax et Justitia, Stan. ~Stan Lee
  • Double government: That a permanent and largely unaccountable bureaucracy keeps on doing what it wants to do, no matter who the voters elect.
  • So who runs the world? The establishment does. In fact, they even admit as much. David Rockefeller wrote the following in his 2003 book “Memoirs,”

    For more than a century, ideological extremists at either end of the political spectrum have seized upon well-publicized incidents such as my encounter with Castro to attack the Rockefeller family for the inordinate influence they claim we wield over American political and economic institutions. Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure — one world, if you will. If that is the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.

  • One other thing I learned from working in a company was that the majority of people in the world have no problem following orders. They’re actually happy to be told what to do. They might complain, but that’s not how they really feel. They just grumble out of habit. If you told them to think for themselves, and make their own decisions and take responsibility for them, they’d be clueless. ~Haruki Murakami (2014) Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his years of pilgrimage p. 151
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