This is hitting me hard, when I watch the News (today), “Culture change strategists all agree about the urgent need to promote, “global consciousness” or “cosmic consciousness” — a broad world-view with a high level of awareness of the interrelatedness and sacredness of all living things. It is thought that such a universality of mind leads not only to intellectual illumination, but also to heightened moral sensibilities, compassion, and greater community responsibility” http://www.culturechange.org/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=177&Itemid=1 And, Why do I get a ‘cold shiver up my spine’ when one sees the ‘elite’ and the ‘religionists’ (the, ‘great and the good’) that are gathered all together, maybe, its not the kind words that they offer to us, which cost them nothing (paid to do so), but in the actions that they can ‘sponsor’, turn a blind eye, and have done so, so appallingly; in ‘real time’. Evil can always come out to play, ‘Mr Nice Guy, or, even, Mr Average’. Scary! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28632223 The Queen, may have got it right, in ‘quiet contemplation’, for the day. And, Of course, for whatever reasons, those people involved must be prosecuted – see, as well ‘The Gulag Archipelago’ (‘young people’ should be responsible for making very sure that this happens) “Civilization, we may say, has advanced only at the cost of a struggle between science and superstition, working on the intelligence of the participants, a struggle of whose progress the legal status of torture and the social status of astrology (not – ‘astronomy’), might serve as indicators.
Advanced societies, therefore are so stratified as to keep the ‘primitive mind’ in a subordinate position. In this way individual responsibility and the rules of evidence, allow with fluctuating success the development of law and the organisation of knowledge and all that follows from these practises”. ‘The Little Universe of Man’ Professor C.D.Darlington. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30407950 And, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cults_in_Our_Midst ‘The Six Conditions For Thought Reform’ Dr Margaret Singer – Religions And Cults (not much difference in most parts of the world). And, Interesting http://conscious.tv/nonduality.html?bcpid=45947084001&bclid=46657464001&bctid=3223685749001
I keep falling asleep after only a few pages, but what a good idea – “My challenge for 2015 is to read a new book every other week,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post, “with an emphasis on learning about different cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies.” I’m reading old Sci-Fi, ‘Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep’ and, next, ‘The Time Travellers Wife’: not quite so demanding, as Zuckerberger’s choices! I wonder what http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Berners-Lee reads, and he is a http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unitarian_Universalism with followers of 800,000 or so?!
Not good! When will we learn, to take on ‘uncomfortable truths’ (violence, can, perpetuate violence, so on…)? Western countries complicit in torture and rendition add to the causes of jihad beheading amongst other atrocities. Staying silent is not an option!http://www.cageuk.org/…/guardian-myth-religious-violence Jesselyne Radack http://rt.com/shows/politicking-larry-king/213631-cia-interrogation-report-torture/ 16 Minutes in to Larry King ‘Politicking’.
“There are still many children who do not even get to start education – with Unesco reporting that there are about 58 million children who should be in primary education but who have no access to school” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-15838288
Stupid, dangerous, and ruinous – “As many as three quarters of a million young people in the UK may feel that they have nothing to live for, a study for the Prince’s Trust charity claims” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-25559089 “The trust says almost a third of long-term unemployed young people have contemplated taking their own lives”.
Think about it?, what are they are doing to our young people and families http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-30113313 the making of a new elite!
About right? – http://rt.com/…/going-unde…/210963-uk-economy-osborne-banks/
4,000,000 people in the UK’s 60,000,000+ people have used Food Banks http://www.foodethicscouncil.org/society/food-poverty.html Camp Bastion, Afghanistan £36,000,000,000.00 + and many lives lost. What other appalling ‘wastes’ do we have? History – 30% of British people below the bread line at the start of the First World War 1914-1918.
‘Never Ending War On Terror’ – should include, the massive, ‘Banking Fraud’ that has been ‘brushed over’ and continues in denial so casually, causing; 400 million people of Europe to be on the poverty line, including many UK families. 33% were below the poverty line, starving, and not franchised (women) before the 1st World War 1 in England http://rt.com/shows/keiser-report/206439-episode-max-keiser-681/ We let it carry on through ignorance, and the ‘rose coloured glasses’ in the perceiving of our heritage, that was, for most, an appalling, and so utterly degrading – this is getting much worse, by the day, and with so little outcry.
‘The Four Horsemen’ http://rt.com/…/doc…/186572-global-economy-new-paradigm/
Oh, ‘What A Lovely War’. More is spent lately, than in both world wars; combined – we really don’t want to know, because it may make us feel very uncomfortable! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-ajgngKfO0 And, The only person talking any sense about the Middle East, and beyond – “Abby wraps up by doing an interview with UK politician George Galloway, discussing the violence in Gaza and the latest air strikes the US military has launched against Islamic militants in Iraq” http://rt.com/…/breaking…/179148-ebola-gaza-us-military/ Stupid, ‘silly-billies’, lost their weapons and dosh and much more! How did they do this, and manage to be so stupid? If it was you ,or I, we would be ruined, or at least, not trusted ever again –http://www.washingtonpost.com/…/bd050770-fbda-11e3-932c…
Fabulous, News reporting, and discussion, ‘Why There Is Some Hope’ – “On GPS this Sunday: First, the latest on Iraq and the advances made by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, as well as the U.S. military’s response. Also, Fareed offers his take on what the United States should be doing and why bolstering the Kurds is the key to success. Then, Fareed will speak with counterinsurgency expert David Kilcullen before hearing from Ambassador Peter Galbraith, author of The End of Iraq: How American Incompetence Created a War without End, and the London School of Economics’ Fawaz Gerges about what we might be able to expect next. Next, Fareed will be joined by The Atlantic’s Peter Beinart and Wall Street Journalcolumnist Bret Stephens about U.S. policy over Iraq and Gaza. Also, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium, discusses the state of the U.S. space program” http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2014/08/09/on-gps-sunday-latest-from-iraq-analysis-of-isis-and-future-of-the-space-program/?iref=allsearch
“It may be said that men, broadly speaking – inhabit two worlds. World One – Comprises their private thoughts, personal goals, and actions; in order to achieve them. World Two – Consisting of the Nation State in which they live. The State impinges on their lives, by making the laws they must obey, and deciding policy towards other Nation States. Internal laws and external policy, are mostly determined on a day-to-day basis, and without consulting the individual. Constant referendums or elections, whether genuine, or rigged, are impractical. This is the world of political philosophy, and philosophers are responsible for it. It is true that men of action have performed the labour of creating it, done the dirty work, if you like, to put it that way, but their bosses have been the philosophers. To think of the philosopher scribbling away in his study, as being a harmless word spinner, is as manifestly untrue, as it is naive. He is the most formidable person and the unacknowledged legislator of humankind, for good, or for evil. All educated people should be interested in what he writes, for his words will dictate the kind of world their children will live in. He is scribbling away now in Europe, America, Russia, and China, quietly determining the future. He does not appear on television to peddle his wares. He lights a slow paper fuse, which cannot be extinguished, and the bomb explodes after he is dead. There is, also, however, a more personal answer, “Science (esp, ‘anthropology’) tells us what we can know, but what we can know is little, and if we forget how much we cannot know, we become insensitive to many things of very great importance. Theology, on the other hand, induces a dogmatic belief that we have knowledge, where, in fact, we have ignorance, and by doing so generates a kind of impertinent insolence towards the universe (my note: an, appalling, selfishness, i.e., most religion). Uncertainty, in the presence of vivid hopes and fears is painful, but must be endured if we wish to live without the support of ‘comforting fairy tales’. To teach how to live without certainty, and yet, without being paralysed by hesitation, is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy in our age can still do for those who study it.” For youth, “There is not much time for political pursuits and your time maybe wasted, but to, ‘add a little knowledge to the world, should be your goal'”. Some notes @ ‘Lecture on Philosophy’ (Dad’s). ‘History’s Age of Hatred’ Niall Ferguson – Era, more like, & disgraceful – The USA, & Europe, the worst of all, for all their moral high ground propaganda, would love more wars. Totally bananas! http://www.independent.co.uk/…/blood-money-uks-123bn…
www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EN1vCrZk6A We were jammed packed, for days, on a small patch on the ground. I hope that my kids do the same, but there is something, quite absurd (disgraceful, in some cases), that any kids, should follow their parents, in ideology, or religion (most). The ‘desert herder’ (desert gods, dogma) mentality – a, ‘dreadful, dark cloud’ of static-ness, for the ‘progress of knowledge’ and ‘society’: for all of humankind. See, Disc 4 ‘The Ascent of Man’Jacob Bronowski ‘The Long Childhood’www.bbcshop.com/History/Ascent-Of-Man-DVD/invt/bbcdvd1608 — at Bath, ‘Festival of Blues and Progressive Music’.
‘DNA neither knows, nor cares, and we dance to its music’, R Dawkins (to think otherwise, has to be a form of madness, psychosis, or neurosis). “Less than 9.5 percent of human DNA is functional, according to Oxford University researchers. This overturns the mainstream theory that 80 percent of the human genome is of some biological importance. The study published in the journal PLOS Genetics reveals that at present, a total of 8.2 percent (7.1 – 9.2 percent) of the human genome is functional – “more than three times as much than is functional and shared between human and mouse.” And even within that small percentage, some DNA can be found that performs more significant tasks”http://rt.com/news/175844-human-genome-junk-dna/
‘The Triumph of Triviality’ Gaza, ‘Until All Gods Sleep’ – The Promised Land. ’The Poison Of Holiness’. ‘Jerusalem Sadness’. A citizen of Jerusalem, a ‘religious souvenir trinket salesman’, “Without war, sectarian violence, sectarianisms, religion, and arms trading, we would have no money; stirring it up is great for business”. Ref, The Self Harm Of Our Children (1in10!) – Irrational Beliefs – Depression and Sadness – Building Jerusalem, ‘In Our Green and Pleasant Land’ – United Kingdom…GB, “Koestler ‘Bricks to Babel’ – Koestler, claim to fame, had his books burned twice, and once by the Nazis. “However, my job demanded that I live in Jerusalem, and thus to suffer those periodic bouts of depression to which its citizens seemed to be prone – I called it the ‘Jerusalem Sadness’. ‘Jerusalem Sadness’ is a local disease, like Baghdad Boils, due to the combined effect of the tragic beauty and inhuman atmosphere of the city. It is the haughty, desolate beauty of a walled-in mountain fortress in the desert. The angry face of Yahveh is brooding over the hot rocks, which have seen more holy murder, rape and plunder than any other place on this earth. Its inhabitants are poisoned by holiness. Josephus Flavius, who was a priest in the city and suffered from Jerusalem Sadness, has this strange phrase: “The union of what is divine and what is mortal is disagreeable.” The population of the city is a mosaic; but every portion of it is disagreeable. Perhaps the most disagreeable are the clergy, Muslim, Christian and Jewish alike. The Muslim clergy in my time used to call on the average twice a year for a holy blood bath. A peaceful Arab landlord would joke with the family of his Jewish tenants some Friday morning during the Ramadan, go to the Mosque, listen to the Imam, run home and slaughter tenant, wife and children with a kitchen knife. The Greek, Latin, Syriac, Coptic, Armenian and other Christian clergy would come to blows over such questions as to “whether the Greeks had a right to place a ladder on the floor of the Armenian chapel for the purpose of cleaning the upper part of the chapel above the cornice in the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem”; and “whether the Greeks must attach their curtain tight or in natural folds to the lower Nail No.2 at the foot of the pillar which lies south-east of the left-hand set of steps leading to the manger” (both examples are authentic, and I may add to them the regulation “that the Latins should have their curtain fall naturally down the same pillar, leaving a space of sixteen centimetres between it and that of the Greek Orthodox”). The Jewish clergy was engaged in feuds with the Muslims about rights of way to the Wailing Wall, and among themselves about the correct method of ritual slaughter; they also encouraged their orthodox disciples to protect the sanctity of the Sabbath by beating up the godless who smoked cigarettes in the streets and by throwing bricks at passing motor cars. The political atmosphere was just as poisoned. The Husseini clan murdered members of the Nashashibi clan; during the riot season they both murdered Jews; the Jewish Parties hated each other, the British, and the Arabs, in that order; the British sahibs, here called hawadjas, behaved as British sahibs used to do. There were no cafes or night clubs, no cocktail parties, and no night-life of any kind in Jerusalem. People kept to themselves, their church, clan or party. It was an austere, pharisaic town, full of hatred, distrust and phony relics. I lived at No. 29, Street of the Prophets, at five minutes distance from the Via Dolorosa, another five from the Mosque of Omar where for a shilling you are shown the Archangel Gabriel’s footprints on the rock. I have never lived at such close quarters with divinity, and never farther removed from it. The whole unholy history of the city, from David to Herod, from Pilate to the Crusaders, from Titus to Glubb, is an illustration of the destructive power of faith, and the resulting unpleasantness of the union of the mortal and the divine. It is this awareness of defeat, driven home by the haughty silence of the desert, of dry watercourse and arid rock, which causes the Jerusalem Sadness. Sadness apart, I grew increasingly tired of Palestine. Zionism in 1929 had come to a standstill. Immigration had been reduced to a mere trickle. Nazism, which was to turn it into a flood, was still a monster being hatched in the womb of the future. I had gone to Palestine as a young enthusiast, driven by a romantic impulse. Instead of Utopia, I had found an extremely complex reality which both attracted and repelled me, but where the repellent effect, for a simple reason, gradually gained the upper hand. The reason was the Hebrew language. It was a petrified language which had been abandoned by the Jews long before the Christian era-in the days of Christ, they spoke Aramaic – and had now been revived by a tour de force. By making Hebrew its official language, the small Jewish community of Palestine seemed to have turned its back on Western civilisation. I felt that to undergo the same process would be spiritual suicide. I was a romantic fool, in love with unreason; but I knew that in a Hebrew-language environment I would always remain a stranger; and at the same time gradually lose touch with European culture. I had left Europe at the age of twenty. Now I was twenty-three and had had my fill of both Arab romantics and Jewish mystique. I was longing for Europe, thirsting for Europe, pining for Europe. *Arrow in the Blue, ch. xxii. I asked the Ullsteins for a transfer, and had the good luck to be assigned to Paris. In subsequent years my interest in Zionism faded; it was reawakened, with a vengeance, thirteen years later, when the gas chambers went into action.” Koestler ‘Bricks to Babel’. Dr Margaret Singer, ‘Six Conditions For Thought Reform’ – ‘The Perfect Cult’ (Isil) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_State_of_Iraq_and_the_Levant And, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Bakr_al- Baghdadi And, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cults_in_Our_Midst And, Science & Anthropology http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxytocin (‘love, bonding’, hormone)
Don’t forgive, or forget, the ‘peers’ that educated / taught us, and made us do the rubbish, lessons/morals, parts of – religion/sex disinformation/morals, at school, in 1950’s, 60’s, especially! It goes on today, but mostly, and only for a very unfortunate few; in the privacy of the home environment. Ignorance is no longer an excuse! Lab Ghosts conjured up by scientists, but they were all in the mind (the, ‘Holy One’)http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29939672 ‘Have you ever wondered if there is a god? Then this book is for you.When people talk about “Christian children”, “Muslim children”, or “Hindu children”, they usually mean children of Christian, Muslim or Hindu parents.But all people are born with a brain of their own’. Check out – ‘children following beliefs of their parents’ The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science (Official) & ‘The Long Childhood’ Jacob Bronowski
You may not think that you are being selfish, but you really are, and on a global (Global religious/ideological ‘Gullibility Index’) scale!http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28635031 Tony Blair, George Bush, Hamas leaders, so on… “It is unthinkable in the twentieth century (21st!) to fail to distinguish what constitutes an abominable atrocity that must be and what constitutes that past, which ought not to be stirred up! We have to condemn publicly, the very idea that some people have the right to suppress others. In keeping silent about evil, in burying so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it and it will rise up again a thousand fold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby, ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations. It is for this reason and not because of the weakness of indoctrinational work that they are growing up indifferent. Young people (people in power) are acquiring the conviction that foul deeds are never punished on earth and that they always bring prosperity. It is going to be uncomfortable, horrible, to live in such a country!” An extract from, The Gulag Archipelago, Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn. Nobel Prize in Literature 1970. (The problem of evil is that it refuses to stay in its box marked, evil. It keeps on coming out to play Mr Nice Guy, or at least – Mr Average). Problem in our country is, “That this country is run by crazy people. Remember what they have to do to get where they are. Their perspective is so narrow…so brief. A few years. In the best of them a few decades. They only care about the time they are in power”. Carl Sagan, ‘Contact’. And, American Atheists – “Americans in the US are rallying together, launching a new TV programme and providing support for those who go public with their beliefs”http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-28616115 I think, the writer chose the wrong word beliefs!
The Daily Telegraph, Tuesday, December 6, 1932. Note, ‘Reds Under The Beds’!
Pretty boy faces, bling eyes, a ‘pushy’ and ‘over the top’ confident demeanour, specially trained, in the art of politics – (Public School). Why do we (always) get fooled again, and again, voting for, ‘big party, big money, politicians’, in our regions; for people we don’t know, and will never do, and never have, done any of us much good? Sanctions, against Russia, what a fiasco! http://www.standard.co.uk/comment/richard-godwin-forget-eton-its-career-politicians-we-cant-stand-9170120.html And, the, ‘Rotten Borough’, of Rotherham, and others, no doubt, to, ‘Dorset’, and to the, ‘Westminster Parliament’ – ‘shoot them all in the foot’ – “The UK is “deeply elitist” according to an analysis of the backgrounds of more than 4,000 business, political, media and public sector leaderswww.bbc.co.uk/news/education-28953881 And, “A record five million UK workers are now in low-paid jobs, research from a think tank suggests. Those earning less than two thirds of median hourly pay – equivalent to £7.69 an hour – rose by 250,000 to 5.2m last year, the Resolution Foundation said” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-29771470
“Modern humans and Neanderthals co-existed in Europe 10 times longer than previously thought, a study suggests. The most comprehensive dating of Neanderthal bones and tools ever carried out suggests that the two species lived side-by-side for up to 5,000 years” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28693371
“Documentary which follows six scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start of the biggest and most expensive experiment in human history”. Super Symmetry or Multi-verse, which is it – indications is that the Higgs Boson does both at ‘120’ or so…? http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04lcyzy/storyville-20132014-33-particle-fever-the-hunt-for-the-higgs-boson
On, Portland, we all should visit! “Life is a cosmic rarity. Though we have looked into the far reaches of space, it is here on Earth that all known life is to be found. The totality of this glittering web of life is known as ‘biodiversity’. We are a part of it, depend upon it in our every endeavour. But it is now under great threat”. Very slight adjustments, from whatever source, could be our species (life on Earth) total demise – like 99% of all living things (past). Edward O Wilson, visiting the UK, said “He has no problem with religion, just the (blind faith, creation stories, and the like…) faith and belief in it. Richard Dawkins is more a journalist than a (pure) scientist, but he has no (particular) disagreement with him. Next overall ideology of humankind, is now (somewhat) and will be ‘Scientific Philosophy’ for all!”http://www.memoproject.org/
Going in the wrong direction, ‘inadvertently’ – (In a cramped living room in southern Turkey, a 13-year-old boy is training to join Islamic State. As he welcomes us in, he appears a regular, happy-looking child: his hair is ruffled, his smile beaming, he wears a grey, hooded sweater. But as we sit down to talk, he heads next door to change, returning in a black balaclava and military-style camouflage top. He wants to be known as “Abu Hattab”.) – How interesting! Can we (all) easily relate to this 13 yr old boy, when we were young?, we were all a captive audiences (mostly, at our schools, by a ‘strong authority’) for ‘indoctrinated superstition’, repetitive Lords Prayers, and the meal time ‘repetitive’ Graces. “You can’t be a member of my School Class, unless you believe in God, and some dreadful, very silly, powerfully administered, compulsory, in-doctrinal, ‘Assembly Lectures’, all with the ‘smatterings’ of (some) Nationalism, even, Royalism’s. Seems to be, a, ‘Then (as) Is Now’, scenario, for all kids in the UK – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29921816 Shame on the UK for its ‘Faith Schools’ addiction, they are supposed to be the best schools, but sometime it is imperative to make the jump to Scientific Philosophy ref, Edward O Wilson.
“The war in Iraq; the broken commitments; the expenses scandal, (banking fraud) and the more recent “Sexminster” allegations have created an impression in some people’s minds that MPs’ sole purpose in life is to deceive voters, pick the public pocket and sleep with their assistants” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-29805829
Stunning! What we should be doing as ‘Humankind’ – exploring, instead of making stupid wars, and building political and financial barriers! I notice that all the churches, the ‘great and good’ are still in the ‘dark ages’, using the term ‘Mankind’ at ‘our’ Remembrance Services, yesterday – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/science-environment-29985988
Reasonable things just don’t work! “For me, it is so reasonable to assume that the photons in those experiments carry with them programs, which have been correlated in advance, telling them how to behave. This is so rational that I think that when Einstein saw that, and the others refused to see it, he was the rational man. The other people, although history has justified them, were burying their heads in the sand. (for ages, 20 years plus) … So for me, it is a pity that Einstein’s idea doesn’t work. The reasonable thing just doesn’t work” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Stewart_Bell
Can’t do the yoga positions, now, but can still sit with my eyes closed. Doctors say its (Yoga) really good for you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZ7XIWgseJ0 Why don’t we have time for ourselves (or any others)? No more room on ‘Our Shelves’ – modern communication and complexities. Got to, ‘Go Back To The Garden’ (Joni Mitchell), at sometime, I think – The ‘Quantum World’, where things are only their/there, when we look at them, weird http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04tr9x9/the-secrets-of-quantum-physics-1-einsteins-nightmare The ‘Quantum World’, where things are only their / there, when we look at them, weird! A ‘Spiritual Healer’ @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3VgoKEGb6A And, “Physicist Jim Al-Khalili routinely deals with the strangest subject in all of science – quantum physics, the astonishing and perplexing theory of sub-atomic particles. But now he’s turning his attention to the world of nature. Can quantum mechanics explain the greatest mysteries in biology? His first encounter is with the robin. This familiar little bird turns out to navigate using one of the most bizarre effects in physics – quantum entanglement, a process which seems to defy common sense. Even Albert Einstein himself could not believe it. Jim finds that even the most personal of human experiences – our sense of smell – is touched by ethereal quantum vibrations. According to the latest experiments, it seems that our quantum noses are listening to smells. Jim then discovers that the most famous law of quantum physics – the uncertainty principle – is obeyed by plants and trees as they capture sunlight during the vital process of photosynthesis. Finally, Jim asks if quantum physics might play a role in evolution. Could the strange laws of the sub-atomic world, which allow objects to tunnel through impassable barriers in defiance of common sense, effect the mechanism by which living species evolve?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gugC9dDU214 And, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04v85cj
1932 – A Joke.