So, now that it’s over, what was the most painful loss in 2021?
The Loss Of:
- Freedom of Speech
- Right to assemble/protest
- Sports (Assembling to root for a team)
- Humor/Off-Color Jokes:
- Notional Pride:
- Race/Racial Pride:
- Religious Freedom/Belief (Marriage, Porn, Gender, School …)
- Travel, flights canceled, cruise lock-down
The ultimate goal to become; fulfilled, liberated, and free…
Seems 180deg from; purposed, prosperity, passions…
(Are there 5 “P’s” here?)
- Everything changes
- Everything is connected
- Pay attention
In his 2016 book, Homo Deus, Yuval Noah Harari develops the concept of “data” being the all. That the movement of information is the force behind all. That datum have an impulse to propagate, much as life want’s to procreate, much because life is a vehicle for data.
He argues that the effective flow of data equals the measure of success of any species, civilization, business… organization… religion… ANYTHING.
He argues that can be (is?) a religion in itself. I suppose that a religious analogy:
- Heaven: Eternal life in the data stream
– facebook, twitter, social media.
- Excommunicated: Account frozen
– Punished for noncompliance.
- Sainted: Glorified
– Promoted in searches.
- Hell: Completely deleted
– Forever forgotten, Never existed.
What are we trying to do?
Simple sentence statements:
Improve/Increase data flow.
Why are we doing it?
The purpose of life is to attain everything.
Everything known is everything one.
Where do “I” fit in?
Say in a way that is portable.
“What can I do, that only I can do, that’s my part.
Levels of complexity:
Growth creates complexity.
Complexity destroys clarity.
*** Require simplicity ***
Clarity is the MOST important.
Simple Vs Simplistic:
Simplistic = shallow and fast.
Complex = Deep and slow.
Simple = Deep and fast?
Judge the WHOLE story… I grabbed this from a Church sermon at The Branch. It moved me by it’s compressed wisdom.
There is always more information available, ad infinitum, but at least avoid “snap decisions” using immediate influences. Sometimes a “Blink” thing can happen (Malcolm Gladwell), but more times NOT.
Tibetan – Authentic presences
I got this from the meditation class in Des Plains
“The Buddha walks into the office”…
Posit: An authentic presence attracts others as your state of being inspires themselves to become authentic.
Determination! This attracts others, as they perceive it. Some see it as confidence, some as purpose, others as power, faith, mission…
This will drive some too help you (friend), and some to hurt/hinder you (enemy), but everyone present will react in some way, to the degree of their care. All sentient beings float between wanting things to stay the same and wanting things to change.
As we increase our spiritual competency we simultaneously increase our spiritual capacity.
When you expand your horizons, you expand ALL your horizons.
That’s why it works both ways. If you expand Yin, you expand Yan.
Everyone (?) Thinks they have a personal interest in furnishing proofs of an offense and in arresting the guilty party.
Laws are the children of customs.
Americans love their towns for the same reasons Highlanders love their mountains.
Because union with his fellows seems useful to him and he knows that this union is impossible without a regulating authority.
A very civilized society finds it hard to tolerate attempts at freedom in a local community; it is discussed by it’s numerous blunders and it’s apt to despair of success before the experiment is over.
The problem begins with audiobooks, and ends with multimedia – with a short journey though movie deals in the middle.
- Bibliotheca – In the beginning. If it was anything, it was written. On stone, clay, wood, paper… If the information was important, somebody somewhere would figure out some way to write it down.
- Books: Eventually, some people began to enjoy reading. And then, of course, some people enjoyed having their work read. Q2
- Audiobooks – Read me a book mommie 🙂 kills the connection with the author and replaced it with a connection to the orator. Mommie, show me the pictures.
- Chapter Books: Adult books (no pix) for “smart kids”. Great for authors who wanted a tight connection to a reader. But when books started going to screen (and making big bucks) authors gave way to writers, and writers wrote screen plays to make max money.
- Multimedia – Allows for printed text, but “black & white” can’t compete with star-spangled. And really, it shouldn’t even try.
If I am going to read a book, it needs to be obligatory. The only way I can have the experience is tough a dead-tree.
What NEEDS to be on paper?
Q1. Do PDF’s work/count?
Q2. Writers Vs. Authors?
The problem is the popular definition of the term “authentic” – which is NOT “original”, unique, true, or “special”. (you snowflake you)
Authentic is supposed to express:
Self-done, Self-made, Self-created, Self-origin-ed.
So being authentic is a degree of how close one’s character matches their personal ideal self/ego. What makes them happy is getting closer to who they (maybe think) want to be.
And there is the rub. The goal of ideal self, or ideal ego – what you want, and why you want it. In knowing “Who you Are”, is somewhere between “how you were made”, and “who you were meant to be”.
- You ARE what you HAVE.
- You ARE what you DO.
- You ARE what others SEE.
#1 Includes “teratorialism” and the urge to hold onto the parking space, or the table space, and even the left-turn space.
#2 Of course, is the “I’m a DOCTOR” thing, or lawyer, or movie star… whatever…
#3 Is about living up to (or down to) the expectations of others. And judging yourself accordingly.
Maintain an eternal perspective of the day-to-day.
All your deeds be an act of worship.
The most useful generalizations are of the negative sort.
The REAL leaders are the people working toward a cause, ideal, a philosophy. They may attract fame, fortune and power – But that’s all secondary.
The faux leader, puppet, boss. Is driven completely by personal needs. Needs for greed, impress others, validate there existence, improve their environment… They may be supporting a real leader/idea, but their base driving force is personal gain.
The commoner is openly self-oriented and just surviving.
Pruning buds to conserve resources.
The sick and won’t get well people.
Add value to people “Every Day” ! ! !
Delegate weakness ? 😉
Who’s my Alpha-Dog?
A healthy degree of paranoia:
Your never as good as they paint you.
Your never as bad as they paint you.
Happy to be here – but ready to leave.
We crave happiness. We evolved to survive, but we NEED to be happy.
- Fun / play
And more, all plug into HAPPINESS.
These are also the tools/weapons that we use again fear (of death).
We fear the unknown.
We fear death – All of us – Because NOBODY knows. KNOWS…
There are degrees of ignorance, of self-delusion. And in your heart of hearts you can “know” … some dogma…
At the bitter end, it’s unknown, it’s fear…
One day you are going to lose everything you have.
Nothing will prepare you for that day.
Not faith… Not religion… Nothing.
If you are someone who has nothing to lose,
then your lesson is a much more difficult one.
Most people don’t want/need/desire *freedom* – They crave “equality”. They would prefer equality under oppression to inequality from freedom. (DeTocville)
I’m growing an idea about people having already decided as to how they want to go when they die. I was of the idea that most (all) people waited until the end to desperatly reach out for Heaven. But I’m seeing that there are “some” people acting with evil intent, and trying in ernest to turn others away from seeking heaven (or God even).
There is a definate hirarchy of “demons”. One vile/evil person, followed closely by a henchman, followed loosly by a looser – one without any real character.
The demon is commited, he’s not turning back to good. The henchmen are invested, looking for the pay-off, they could back-out, but really can’t. They greed the pay-off.
The looser? His way out? He needs to be let go. He’s caught in the wake of a huge ship, too weak to crest the waves. He’s doomed, unless the power of prayer can reach across the divide, and free him from the vortex of evil. ? idunno
Raising children with no standard is a terrible waste.
Raising children to the standards of others is vile and evil.
This is true, as when one looks over the fence they also look across the grass on the other side – seeing only the leaves of grass. When one looks down upon their own grass, they look along the leaves, seeing deep into the dirt and roots and thatch…
Looking across another’s life, only the surface is noted. It all looks green and good and easy. All problems, on the surface, seem easy to solve.
But when we into our own lives, our own problems, we see the tangled mess below the surface. Not so easy to solve.
I steal the idea from Blaise Pascal… This is just a collection of ideas that come to mind for no particular reason, but should not be missed?