A table built with four legs

Being a Theist, and joined at the hip to the gospels of the Nazarene is a personal choice (even though I’m not a religious man, in terms of “groupthink”) which I never attach any personal self-rightness too, as I know what a fool I am, as well as knowing what fools we all are, here on this rock; again, my own personal opinion – period; my own path; my own decisions. With limited tools to work with – in terms of our senses and their extremely restricted capabilities to perceive the world around us, as it actually is – I firmly believe it takes serious Philosophy, hard Science, sane Theology, and profound Art to even “begin” to scratch the surface of this existence, with these sensorial limitations at hand – let alone, behave in a manner which allows us to embrace this hard life in a loving way. In turn – to me – serious Philosophy, hard Science, sane Theology, and profound Art are all imperative.

Max Scheler states it in this way:

“A philosophy which fails to recognize and a priori denies the claim to transcendence which all non-logical acts make, or which allows this claim only in the case of acts of thought and those acts of intuitive cognition which furnish the material for thought in the domain of theory and science, condemns itself to blindness to whole realms of facts and their connections, for access to these realms is not essentially tied to acts of mind proper to the understanding. A philosophy of this sort is like a man who has healthy eyes and closes them and wants to perceive colors only with his ear or his nose!”

We seem to be entering a time when taking a saw to any of the four legs holding up the table we eat from, may prove to be unreasonable, even detrimental. One can always choose which leg, or legs, we place most our personal weight, knowing these choices are made thru our own combination of experience, biology, psychology &c. The beauty lies in decisions made, in a chaotic world, with these limited tools, for navigating such turbulent waters.

Peace

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The Fool

We worship the fool – the fool guides us like needy children
Then, prop the fool up high, and worship the fool as a god.
Make human offerings in his honor; offer up our children
We embrace the rhetoric of the fool; pay the freight
Plead for protection from the boogy man he creates

We accept, we look forward to, with great anticipation
His shiny expensive gold watch, swinging back and forth
On a gold chain, held by the bony hand of this crafty ape.
You’re getting sleepy, veeery sleepy – your eyes; heavey.
When I snap my fingers – you will wake up! and sleep – Deeply.

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Cows, Bulls, and Billygoats

Note to ? … “let’s say” self

Blindness, closed minded, hypnotized.

Limited exposure to “points of view” — comfort zone only
“The Herd” feeds you the mushrooms grown in the pasture
On top of the excrement left behind by the Bull
U binge on this fungus; embrace its effects on imagination

Wake up man!

Many fine minds/spirits expressing beautiful thoughts
To be embraced/pondered/ weighed, and given away
U Bypass them? –why? … Your views are solid and correct?
No!…to conform to the “The Herd” — to eat the mushrooms

You fool!

“The Herd” disapproves, you yield to the disapproval
Turn away from the beauty, expression, bright shining stars
All sects, colors, belief systems bring to your front door dailey
New prospective/fresh thought/wisdom pearls…love

Think!

They knock You don’t answer
Someone might see!
A Cow? A Bull? — Billygoat perhaps
Run, lift yourself up; fly away

You eat too many mushrooms anyway.

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France Bombing…

imagesFrance bombings..First off, I feel…We are all human beings, trying to live life without to much pain, and misunderstanding, both outside ourselves, and in, and, even within all this, at times, we find beauty and grand experience grow in places we never thought it could exist, something to be grateful for I think…Im not a pacifist by nature, my past is a bleak reminder to that fact, but I do try to move past my tendencies to judge, react, and to fool myself into thinking I have any answers to this turbulent world around me…These events that are taking place all over the world right now, inflict pain on us all, weather we believe that, or not…These events are not caused by Muslims, Christians, or well intentioned Atheists, or Hinduism, or any other religious, or respectful non religious groups that live by a code of being benevolent in any land. They are caused by “extremists” that have somehow lost their humanity, and become animals…Don’t let that, turn us, into them, by way of misguided prejudices, born of fear, and popular bumper sticker…As well as we can’t blame Jesus for The Spanish Inquisition, we also shouldn’t blame our non violent, God seeking Muslim neighbors for Psychopaths that latch onto their religion, as their excuse for devolving from human, to ape…At this point in time in history, I think we as individuals have to stand upright, and either make responsible choices in terms of how we are going to move ahead as human beings, or whether to keep allowing the global propaganda (and violence) to intercept our spirits and continue to turn one against another, “or not”…I really feel world leaders have no real power to address this bigotry, and for the most part, rely on it to suit their own agendas …So I end up back to square one thinking its up to each person to see through the manufacturing of this bigotry, both by way of violence and propaganda, and to not accept it, to think for ourselves, “extremists, and high tech, are here to stay”, its the new wave of things, so the blame game, I feel, needs to be revisited, especially in the area of terrorism, good muslims are just not responsible for the Apes behaviour …These divisions, and the polarization of the masses, are old school at this point, they go back thousands of years, anywhere you see people holding deeds to property…Paper money and so forth…But thats the paradigm we have created for ourselves and its byproducts, so, maybe we need to somehow learn to do better with all this…I think a good start is for each individual to see past the “Group Think” and not buy into racial, religious, and ideological dogmas permeating the planet, that breed more pain and violence…I just don’t think world leaders are going to assist with this at this juncture of history, they have much to much invested in the current way of things, but thats just my set of lenses I’m looking through…Solomon said it best…”Their is nothing new under the sun”…I believe he was referring to human behaviour, and the very core of the human condition…The best efforts I have run across, as to long term remedy is, (in my short life and narrow view), in reference to these big questions, are, Good people embracing responsibility toward the next generation, and placing the next generation before their own…People like Educators, Men of the cloth (the real men of the cloth, not these poor excuses we see permeating the TV stations and acting a fool) Philosophers with a goal other then to read their own words, Honest politicians (when you can find one) and so on… I like to think all these positive influences will outweigh the negative in the long run…humans are a collective, and the collective gets better each time an individual acts out of responsibility toward his fellow man, even if its at his or her own experience…Thats the narrative of Christ in a nutshell to me…Weather your a Christian or not, its a powerful Narrative that crosses all of lifes boundaries and provides a glimpse of real power…In my view anyway…Just sayin

Quotes from Soren Kierkegaard and Dietrich Bonhoeffer…

imagesTwo philosophers that can changed the way I look at things. Soren Kierkegaard (mid 1800’s), and Dietrich Bonhoeffer (near mid 1900’s)…

Kierkegaard, was an eccentric philosopher and is considered by many to be the father of Existentialism; he was Christian, but felt, religion, in terms of “Groupthink,” had lost its way… Even though most all the rest of the Existentialists that came after SK were Atheists, Kierkegaard is considered the founding father of this new thought paradigm, and has had a profound effect on my own personal worldview…

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a celebrated German Lutheran minister, Philosopher, and Theologian, continued to compile his work right up till his capture for attempting to kill Adolf Hitler, (along with six other of his extended family and friends), wrote this quote, taken from a larger SA, that was written from his prison cell while waiting for his execution. He was executed two days before Hitler Killed himself…

Kierkegaard writes: “There is a view of life which holds that where the crowd is, the truth is also, that it is a need in truth itself, that it must have the crowd on its side. There is another view of life; which holds that wherever the crowd is, there is untruth, so that, for a moment to carry the matter out to its farthest conclusion, even if every individual possessed the truth in private, yet if they came together into a crowd (so that “the crowd” received any decisive, voting, noisy, audible importance), untruth would at once be let in.”

Bonhoeffer writes: (Keep in mind his historical relationship to Adolph Hitler)… “Folly is a more dangerous enemy to the good than evil. One can protest against evil; it can be unmasked…. Evil always carries the seeds of its own destruction, as it makes people , at the least, uncomfortable. Against folly we have no defense. Neither protests nor force can touch it; reasoning is of no use; facts that contradict personal prejudices can simply be disbelieved – indeed, the fool can counter by criticizing them, and if they are undeniable, they can just be pushed aside as trivial exceptions. So the fool…is completely self-satisfied; in fact, he can easily become dangerous, as it does not take much to make him aggressive. …we shall never try to convince a fool by reason, for it is both useless and dangerous.
If we are to deal adequately with folly, we must try to understand its nature. This much is certain, that it is a moral rather than an intellectual defect. There are people who are mentally agile but foolish, and people are slow but very far from foolish. …We notice further that this defect is less common in the unsociable and solitary than in individuals or groups that are inclined or condemned to sociability. It seems then, that folly is a sociological rather than a psychological problem, and that it is a special form of the operation of historical circumstances on people, a psychological by-product of definite external factors. If we look more closely, we see that any violent display of power…produces an outburst of folly in a large part of mankind; indeed, this seems actually to be a psychological and sociological law: the power of some needs the folly of others. …the upsurge of power makes such an overwhelming impression that men are deprived of their independent judgement…. The fact that the fool is often stubborn must not mislead us into thinking that he is independent. One feels in fact, when talking to him, that one is dealing, not with the man himself, but with slogans, catchwords, and the like, which have taken hold of him. He is under a spell, he is binded, his very nature is being misused and exploited. Having thus become a passive instrument, the fool will be capable of any evil and at the same time incapable of seeing that it is evil.
But at this point it is quite clear, too, that folly can be overcome, not by instruction, but only by an act of liberation; and so we have come to terms with the fact that in the majority of cases inward liberation must precede outward liberation, and until that is taken place, we may as well abandon all attempts to convince the fool. In this state of affairs we have to realize why it is no use trying to find our what ‘the people’ really think and why the question is so superfluous for the man who thinks and acts responsibly…. The Bible’s words that ‘the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom’ tell us that a person’s inward liberation to live a responsible life before God is the only real cure for folly.
But there is some consolation in these thoughts on folly: they in no way justify us in thinking that most people are fools in all circumstances. What will matter is whether those in power expect more from people’s folly than from their wisdom and independence of mind”.

Repentance and Evolution

img_2998_copyAfter reading a post on Repentance and Evolution on a philosophy site I frequent, it lead me to have to respond…

“Repentance, to me anyway, is really a matter of love, for both oneself and God alike, and I believe those very mechanics work for any Theists, Atheists, or Agnostic that strives to keep their darker self under some kind of beneficial observation, and adjustment that may potentially move one toward, an inner peace of a kind… I like this quote from Dr Francis Collins whose team mapped out the Human Genome… “One of the main reasons I wrote The Language of God” (His book) “was to try to put forward a comfortable synthesis of what science teaches us about the natural world and what faith teaches us about God. Yet it seems to be a pretty well kept secret these days that the scientific approach and the spiritual approach are compatible. I think we’ve allowed for too long extreme voices to dominate the stage in a way that has led many people to assume that’s all there is. The thesis of my book is that there is no need for this battle. In fact, it’s a destructive battle. And we as a society would be well served to recover that happy middle ground where people have been for most of human history” End of Quote….I did hesitate, as to whether to add the second part of the first sentence of my comment, or not, knowing I most likely would have to follow it up in some manner, and also, didn’t really know how unprepared I would be to do just that…lol…But I did say “I believe those very mechanics work for any Theists, Atheists, or Agnostic that strives to keep their darker self under some kind of beneficial observation, and adjustment, that may potentially move one, toward, an inner peace of a kind”. So Im wasn’t stating my observation as fact, just that I believe this to be the case…I feel Christ to be an inclusiveness in presents, as opposed to, an exclusivity in terms of His Love and acceptance…I can only see the actual mechanisms of repentance operating in my own life as a Theists that holds the Gospels very close to my walk in life…But having said that, I’m also a musician that has made his living playing music, and living in tight quarters on the road with mostly Atheists and Agnostics for many years, and have witnessed “a” (in reference to the matter here) view through their glasses on many occasion when it came to this subject of repentance. I know repentance when I see it, with Atheists and Agnostics, it just doesn’t have the Religiosity that, we, as Theists, look for to go with the experience of deep remorse, and reflective pain in the face of knowing you have done harm, but its the same human experience none the less. Iv witnessed many a Christian that lived like devils, and many an Atheists that lived like Christ instructed. Whether one believes in God or not, or feels God is irrelevant is an intellectual, and Spiritual matter, for each man, or woman to contend with … that’s way above my pay grade… Romans 2:14: (dose come to mind here)… “When Gentiles, who have not the law, do by nature the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, it is the law written in their hearts, their conscience.”…I do realize we can go back and forth on this verse forever, BUT lets not, if at all possible. At any rate, lets see where this goes.. I see repentance as one acknowledging ones destructive behaviour, and instinctively, through Love, and, with the aid of love, repents…( if that person’s center is sincerely operating in love in the first place), A Theists, comes to this place where he, or she, makes a deep heartfelt acknowledgment, and apology for his, or hers behaviour to God, thus restoring love, to where the bad impulses have placed a wall between them, and that love… Why wouldn’t an Atheists, or an Agnostic have that same potential, or capacity for the same set of mechanisms working, in, and for them? A self centered behavior, weather it originates in a horrendous act, or a small indiscretion, we all know, can place that wall of division between a man and “love”, for both himself and his fellows. Why would I think a Theists only has this capacity to see the indiscretion that has caused a separation between himself and a loving wholeness?… So I believe repentance to be a heart felt, honest, sincere, embracing of a persons selfish, and, or destructive actions that has separated him from this Love, both for himself, and his fellow man, (if his actions included another person, which most time dose) and attempts to right the wrong with all sincerity, and action. And if he, or she, is a man, or woman of Faith, then God is the direction in which we make that plea…I don’t think for a minute these blessed impulses of repentance are just available to the Christian, Jew, or any other Religious “Group” alone…I feel that would be exclusivity, where inclusivity is called for…To me, Christ is inclusive beyond anyone capacity to know the depths of His inclusivity…And my hopes are, that, as time move forward, we all (as a race, of human beings) learn see this darkness inside ourselves, before looking out the window into the world, that lies to us, telling us, its always the other guy, and thus moves us forward toward healing from that honesty of self observation. I think this Illusion of objectivity that we are all so very conditioned to embrace in this life of smoke and mirrors, in reference to Good and Bad, and who, and what, Good and Bad is, and who is responsible for it, is holding up progress toward a better relationship both with ourselves, and our brothers and sisters we share this experience with… at a time when maybe we can, as a species open the door a little bit wider to let just a little bit more light into the room…For us all weather we be this, or that…I’ll end with this quote…“Judging others makes us blind, whereas love is illuminating. By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Yet another quote from Soren Kierkegaard

imgresIn reply to the current events of the last few days, AND the last 3 weeks, I find myself having to express my thoughts through someone far more qualified to address the matters of humanity, as a whole then myself. I seem to be lost, as I seek some sense of objective truth hiding behind all this cultural, and political madness that herds men together like so much cattle all throughout history, and uses us as raw meat for the taking, weather it be politically, Spiritually, Culturally, or otherwise. Inside this maze of information bombardment today, coming from all angels, and mostly angels created to indoctrinate, polarize, and control, in terms of its intent, I will admit to being overwhelmed, and totally amazed at this circus we all have been sent free tickets too, at such a very large cost…So, I once again turn to Soren Kierkegaard, a much smarter man then I ever will be, to shed some light on how man gets so lost inside his own imagination as his imagination is captured and held hostage to the outside influences of what we all consider reality…Just sayin…Cant we all just get along…SMH…The over all of this quote is in reference to “Group Think” a cultural illness which we all suffer from, and most times, dont even know it…

He states…“By seeing the multitude of people around it, by being busied with all sorts of worldly affairs, by being wise to the ways of the world, such a person forgets himself, in a divine sense forgets his own name, dares not believe in himself, finds being himself too risky, finds it much easier and safer to be like the others, to become a copy, a number, along with the crowd.
Now this form of despair goes practically unnoticed in the world. Precisely by losing oneself in this way, such a person gains all that is required for a flawless performance in everyday life, yes, for making a great success out of life. Here there is no dragging of the feet, no difficulty with his self and its infinitizing, he is ground smooth as a pebble, as exchangeable as a coin of the realm. Far from anyone thinking him to be in despair, he is just what a human being ought to be. Naturally, the world has generally no understanding of what is truly horrifying.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

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