Commitment

Commitment is simply an agreement to accept come what may. Humankind’s eternal fantasy of eternal relationship bliss is just that – an illusion that only happens when people tell stories or write books. Everyone has undesirable traits and behaviors. Commitment means that you accept those instead of believing that someone else out there doesn’t have any and all you have to do is find them.

If you’re looking for the “perfect” mate, the only way you will find them is to befriend someone who is skillfully adept at hiding their undesirable habits, thoughts and feelings. Stay with that person long enough and you will soon discover them. Many people expect life to be ideal, for others to think and do as they themselves think and do, in all things at all times. It’s a fairy tale you tell yourself. Just remember, in other peoples’ eyes, you are never “perfect” either.

So, if you want me to stick with you, even when you are being a jerk, an asshole or just plain lazy, stupid or disagreeable, then you must commit to sticking with me when I seem that way to you. Switching up doesn’t improve things, it just gives you a different collection of shit to put up with.

Taking Back Control of Government

It is high time that the Citizenry of the United States has an official voice in the governing of this magnificent nation.  Everyone who still gives a damn is keenly aware of the fact that their “representatives” have absolutely no credible way to know what opinion they are to represent.
Thus, they represent only their own individual view, which is further skewed by the affiliations and financing they’ve required to get where they are.  They haven’t a clue what we want most of the time and even when they do, they most often ignore it – in direct violation of our right to representation.  The result is that 320 million people are at the mercy of just 535 individuals who have reached such an equilibrium of power that virtually nothing is being accomplished.
They all keep referring to “the latest poll” in their favor.

I’m 63 years old and I’ve NEVER been polled concerning my opinion of a Presidential Candidate or ANY piece of legislation; I wonder what a show of hands from everyone would reveal. I’m betting very few.

I listen to politicians, including the President himself with utter amazement. Are they really so obtuse that they haven’t realized they could know what we want – in an instant! Or is that they believe that they know better than we what is good for us? Either way, it doesn’t sound like representation to me.

The President, should author but one piece of legislation – a law that allows popular concensus of registered voters, of an agreed upon magnitude, to overrule both Executive and Congressional decisions. If we can vote for the Next American Idol, we can vote to do whatever the overwhelming majority of us agree to do.

President Trump can commission a task force to design and create a safe, private and secure website that will among many things, record public opinion on all issues from local to international. The site will be replete with reviews, commentaries, statistics and a wealth of research resources to assist everyone in educating themselves on the issues.

The site will also include a legislation development module where common citizens can design, propose and seek majority agreement on legislation that President Trump will commit to presenting to Congress, as OUR legislative representative. Electorate Legislation would be a reality!

It seems ridiculously easy to me to ascertain and execute the will of the people. Legislatively, as President, that’s what President Trump would do for America – give it back its voice and power in the process. All policy opportunities will be presented by him to the Electorate for preference indication. He’ll pledge to make it the way you want it.

Opponents will more eloquently describe us as spoiled children – they will expect an electorate gone wild seeking legislative affirmations of their wildest dreams, oblivious to the future ramifications of their actions. In essence, they are going to call us stupid. They will say that we are incapable of governing ourselves. Don’t make this the only time they are right.
Vote for the will of the American people. It doesn’t get any simpler or more settled than a majority of mouse clicks. Can’t you just imagine the alarm in the hearts of those who know we disapprove of them?

Merely protesting will have no effect until we can prove to the government that a majority seeks reprieve from the bonds of the few and are willing to make a statement that is authoritative and cannot be ignored. Only when the people have the power to derail government from a track that ends abruptly at a cliff no one wants to run off.

America is facing it’s moment of truth, so far with a lot of lies, subterfuge, propaganda and plans based on suspicious numbers and no sense of the will of the people. Consensus cannot be attained until a large enough sample of the electorate is officially and securely polled. I’m betting that common Americans are innovative. Government surely is not. I believe Americans have common sense and that government does not. I think Americans are willing to sacrifice what ever is necessary now to secure a decent world for their children. Government is not.

During debates in Congress, citizens will be able to express their like or dislike of all proceedings in real time to let the representatives know instantly what you think of their words. If anyone strays too far, too often, you’ll have the opportunity to quickly and officially reverse any decisions made by overwhelming popular consent.

Electorate Legislation must become a reality in a world where plurality has replaced majority rule. It’s seems no matter what happens, most people are displeased and have no hard statistics to officially challenge the direction taken by those who think they are smarter than us. Politicians may know how to work within THEIR system, but their system is not working for us.
It’s not important what any one individual or special interest group thinks should be done.

What’s important is to know what the American people want and then to do it.
This country was built with the blood, sweat and tears of folks just like you and I. We allowed ourselves, myself included, to believe that government would take care of us. They haven’t. They’ve nearly ruined us. They lulled us to sleep by making it easy to pretend we were achieving the “American Dream” for many decades. I’ve woken up with a ghastly realization that the American Dream was also a nightmare. If you disagree, you’re not paying attention. You have to have the courage to educate yourself. You must become brave enough to vote your informed opinion on all matters of import. Finally, you must be free to do so – every minute of every day, if you so desire.

Elected officials have no business imposing their personal beliefs on hundreds, thousands, even hundreds of millions of people. Your lives – all 320 million of you are being controlled by just 535 individuals as well as a very small minority who are bankrolling the whole thing. Ignore me and take your chances with the current broken system, or take back control of the country by showing the world that our citizenry is engaged enough in the future of their children to hold accountable and change immediately, if necessary those individuals who we hire to run this unique and sizeable collection of freedom-loving human beings.

Folks, our freedoms have been abridged and the future looks even worse, if we continue to let them have their ways. Let’s fix this together and make America a respectable global participant who seeks prosperity, peace and freedom for all who will embrace it.

The Health Care Solution

Did you know that health insurance is only 106 years old? First introduced as simply wage insurance against lost work time in 1911. In 1911, there were few options available to remedy potentially deadly circumstances. You either recovered on your own or succumbed to death. The first insurance policies only guaranteed that your income continued while you recovered or until you died.

As you may know, in the past 100 years, everything from aspirin to antibiotics to transplants to gene therapy has been developed that has nearly doubled the average life expectancy from about 40 to around 80 years. In 1911, an infant had only about a 50% chance or living just 12 years. This has been reduced to a mere fraction today due to the development of vaccines, cures and safety gadgets for many of the common reasons children died 100 years ago. There are many more of us living much longer now. This improvement in the futile battle against death has created an ever growing population of breathing, but otherwise fairly unproductive old people. And they require a great deal of care to continue breathing until their body parts dissolve into utter uselessness and die.

Acerbating our new-found longevity is a life style that promotes disease and atrophy of muscles and other organ functions. We eat the wrong stuff, we are too inactive and even “healthy” food is either loaded with synthetic ingredients for “color and freshness” or at the very least, grown in soil that is increasingly loaded with numerous elements produced by an oil-dependent civilization, aluminum, strangely enough, being of particular concern.

Moreover, today’s developed society is more carefree and even cavalier about engaging in harmful behavior promoted by media and “miracle” care readily available for when carelessness results in injury or illness. Young people think they will live forever and be patched up quick when things go wrong.

Healthcare providers take enormous advantage of our fear of death, ironically coupled with a carelessness and disregard for behavior that would surely have killed us just a century ago. Faced with a choice between death and a heart transplant, is there any amount of money one would not pay, assuming one could pay, to get that heart transplant? Of course not and healthcare providers understand this basic self-preservation principle. The result is ever-increasing prices for every imaginable treatment, cure and preventative aid.

The latest figures I’ve seen claim that in 2015 the total amount spent on healthcare in the U.S. was $3.2 TRILLION dollars. That works out to $9,990 per person – every man, woman and child would pay that much if the cost were distributed evenly – about $833/month for each member of your household. This is an amount that only 1.5% of Americans could comfortably afford. Adding to this impossibility for the vast majority of working Americans is that most of the care provided is provided to people who are not working – the very young and the very old. The people who need it cannot pay and the people who can pay don’t need it.

So, now we grapple with what to do about this precarious dilemma in which we find ourselves. Just 10 years ago, it was possible to buy health insurance from a variety of companies which, to a degree, held down costs with the simple application of competition. Today, there are just two primary sources of health insurance: your employer or other large group, or the government (ACA, Medicare, Medicaid). Government services are funded by our taxes, group insurance by labor. A working person is forced to for pay both hrough employer deductions for their own insurance and income tax to pay for the government services.

Many people believe that healthcare is a right. What moral society would not care for the ill among them? Indeed, ER’s provide enormously expensive services to uninsured or high deductible insured individuals from which little or no payment can be expected. This shortfall is presumably reimbursed by very high premiums and deductibles from people who believe it is their obligation, necessity or mandate to actually pay these high prices.

Other people believe they should have the freedom to choose not to have insurance or to choose insurance that covers only what they wish to have covered ala carte. But those people also demand care when they do require services, covered or not. Our moral society provides it, lest we be labeled careless, heartless or even murderers.

There are also people who believe in survival of the fittest. No insurance for anyone. You either pay for care when you need it or you don’t get it. When your numbers up, you just go on to whatever is the next existence, if any. This approach is largely dismissed by our pampered society. While life is precious, it is also 100% temporary whether you spend a lot of money extending it or not. This fact calls into question the usefulness of extending life as long as possible. Yet, few people are willing to just let Gramma die when dialysis could keep her around another five years.

The inarguable conclusion is that if you want to live as long as possible, it usually will cost a lot of money, especially if you have been careless in the upkeep of your own body. Irresponsibility is costly, but nevertheless demands extraordinary measures when the heartbeat is in jeopardy.

As a society, we have decided that no one in need should be turned away. We have also decided that it is too costly to do that. The solution would seem to be to reduce drastically the cost of healthcare services. Unfortunately, though, we believe that life itself is priceless; worth paying most any amount to preserve, despite the ultimate futility of that activity.

Healthcare services are costly for a variety of reasons. The high cost of education, equipment, facilities, research and development, investor expectations and simple price gouging (greed) of individuals who will pay anything to draw another breath are just a few of the reasons.

If life is priceless, should its preservation also be priceless? Should doctors and nurses be educated for free? Should hospitals and clinics get free electricity, pay nothing for water and electricity? Should medical equipment, supplies and medication cost only what the raw materials, labor and delivery cost (non-profit)? Should investors simply be allowed to deduct their gift as charity? In short, should healthcare services be mandated to be non-profit with national salary caps for all related occupations? Is a doctor or nurse worth more than a teacher or a plumber? Should healthcare responsibilities be undertaken, not to make a lot of money, but to provide the healthcare morality we all demand?

I consider that holding healthcare services as a fundamental societal requirement, like military service, would require a sweeping fundamental shift in the reason we provide it. Not to make money, but to survive as long as possible. Community service, not a vehicle to reach the ranks of the wealthy. Do it because it needs to be done, not because it is a lucrative career. The only perk of working in healthcare could be totally free services for oneself. Everyone else would pay for unlimited services that cost dramatically less. Once the prices are reset, an average cost could be deducted from everyone’s paycheck that would be reasonable and sufficient to cover not only the workers, but everyone who doesn’t work. That deduction would be distributed directly to local service providers, limited by city, county or state perhaps. A “tax” to be sure, but one paid to the community, not the government.

So, what do you think of my plan? Admittedly, it would probably be impossible to leap into a Star Trek style civic responsibility, but there seems to be no other solution short of survival of the fittest and wealthiest. I’m all ears if you have something better, as is the rest of the country. Surely, I or one of the other 320 million inhabitants of this country has a solution we can all agree on. Bookmark this blog post and return often to see what others have to say or to post your own solution as a reply! Maybe, just maybe someone has the solution no one else can contrive!

Is Strong Empathy Linked to Social Anxiety?

All my life I have had the ability to interpret other peoples’ moods, especially when they are acting in a diversionistic way.  I pick up on facial micromovements, posture, tone of voice and especially the intent of the eyes.  Extremely emotional people make me uncomfortable, not because they are emotional, but because I feel their emotion as well.  Even when I watch TV, in the scenes where the killer reaches his breaking point and blurts out WHY he kills, I can feel the same rage for the perceived injustices.  I can even empathize with people I’ve essentially only read about.  Hitler comes to mind.  I can empathize with his goal of ridding the world of non-Aryans. I respect his commitment to something he believed in so adamantly that he was willing to conduct genocide.  Imagine the strength of his conviction!  I can feel that.

In every day situations, the emotional input from other people is usually subtle and, for me, necessarily cumulative.  It can take several minutes to gather enough information to generate within me the other’s emotions.  That’s why I tend not to join conversations with any substance until they are well under way.  I’m gauging the mood, emotion and intent of the crowd, this is exactly why I prefer to spend my time on plantwear looking for cute and affordable stuff.

On the other hand, if someone is profoundly agitated, the emotion can hit me like an asteroid.  I immediately feel their intensity and find myself not just empathizing, but sympathizing, regardless of objective thought.  Other people can hit me hard, too. The ones who present nearly without emotion.  Such people have repressed their natural responses, but those responses blare loudly to an empath.

Put me into a room full of people and I tend to tune them all out.  The empathic flood is confusing, painful or, in the worst cases, frightening.  For me, that flood is at the very least awkward.  Talking with two people who are in opposing positions leaves me sympathizing with both and it is often uncomfortable to say anything at all. Supporting either side hurts the other side and I end up feeling that disappointment.

For myself and many other people, the result is social anxiety.  People like me tend to avoid large crowds.  For me, any more than four people directly relating to me is pushing it.  It is not that I am afraid of people. I am afraid of losing myself in others’ emotions.

Here are 30 of the most common traits of empaths as suggested here:

1. Knowing: Empaths just know stuff, without being told. It’s a knowing that goes way beyond intuition or gut feelings, even though that is how many would describe the knowing. The more attuned they are the stronger this gift becomes.

After 61 years, I know a lot.

2. Being in public places can be overwhelming: Places like shopping malls, supermarkets or stadiums where there are lots of people around can fill the empath with turbulently vexed emotions that are coming from others.

Ever since I was a child!

3. Feeling others emotions and taking them on as your own: This is a huge one for empaths. To some they will feel emotions off those near by and with others they will feel emotions from those a vast distance away, or both. The more adept empath will know if someone is having bad thoughts about them, even from great distance.

Oh yeah! That’s why I rarely communicate with my Brother.

4. Watching violence, cruelty or tragedy on the TV is unbearable: The more attuned an empath becomes the worse it is and may make it so they eventually have to stop watching TV and reading newspapers altogether.

This one does not apply to me, usually. I can tell the difference between real and affected emotions. But when I see mass casualties in the news, it twists me all up inside with the imaginings of the moment of death for each, but also with the guilt or hate felt by the perpetrators.

5. You know when someone is not being honest: If a friend or a loved one is telling you lies you know it (although many empaths try not to focus on this because knowing a loved one is lying can be painful). Or if someone is saying one thing but feeling/thinking another, you know.

At this point, I simply assume most people are lying.

6. Picking up physical symptoms off another: An empath will almost always develop the ailments off another (colds, eye infections, body aches and pains) especially those they’re closest to, somewhat like sympathy pains.

No, this does not happen to me.

7. Digestive disorders and lower back problems: The solar plexus chakra is based in the centre of the abdomen and it’s known as the seat of emotions. This is where empaths feel the incoming emotion of another, which can weaken the area and eventually lead to anything from stomach ulcers to IBS (too many other conditions to list here). Lower back problems can develop from being ungrounded (amongst other things) and one, who has no knowledge of them being an empath, will almost always be ungrounded.

Nor does this. But what I have suffered with is panic attacks, chronic skin problems and diarrhea.

8. Always looking out for the underdog: Anyone whose suffering, in emotional pain or being bullied draws an empath’s attention and compassion.

All the time!

9. Others will want to offload their problems on you, even strangers: An empath can become a dumping ground for everyone else’s issues and problems, which, if they’re not careful can end up as their own.

Yep.

10. Constant fatigue: Empaths often get drained of energy, either from energy vampires or just taking on too much from others, which even sleep will not cure. Many get diagnosed with ME (Myalgic Encephalopathy) or CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Absolutely.

11. Addictive personality: Alcohol, drugs, sex, are to name but a few addictions that empaths turn to, to block out the emotions of others. It is a form of self protection in order to hide from someone or something.

This explains my use of marijuana all my life.

12. Drawn to healing, holistic therapies and all things metaphysical: Although many empaths would love to heal others they can end up turning away from being healers (even though they have a natural ability for it), after they’ve studied and qualified, because they take on too much from the one they are trying to heal. Especially if they are unaware of their empathy. Anything of a supernatural nature is of interest to empaths and they don’t surprise or get shocked easily. Even at the revelation of what many others would consider unthinkable, for example, empaths would have known the world was round when others believed it was flat.

I would not be shocked to see aliens land or Abraham Lincoln alive in my livingroom.  My only regret is that I have never witnessed anything supernatural.

13. Creative: From singing, dancing, acting, drawing or writing an empath will have a strong creative streak and a vivid imagination.

That’s me! Degree in Music Composition and look at all the stuff I write!

14. Love of nature and animals: Being outdoors in nature is a must for empaths and pets are an essential part of their life.

Not so much.  I don’t tolerate direct sunlight well, but I do enjoy the miracle of a seed becoming a lush marijuana plant. I like to have a dog around.  Many cats seem to suffer from social anxiety, so they generally give me an uncomfortable feeling.

15. Need for solitude: An empath will go stir-crazy if they don’t get quiet time. This is even obvious in empathic children.

At least 6 hours a day is ideal. 

16. Gets bored or distracted easily if not stimulated: Work, school and home life has to be kept interesting for an empath or they switch off from it and end up daydreaming or doodling.

Yes, but I think this applies to a lot more that empaths.

17. Finds it impossible to do things they don’t enjoy: As above. Feels like they are living a lie by doing so. To force an empath to do something they dislike through guilt or labelling them as idle will only serve in making them unhappy. It’s for this reason many empaths get labelled as being lazy.

Not impossible to do things I don’t like. After all, I worked in the restaurant and retail businesses for nearly 40 years.  I was just very unhappy.

18. Strives for the truth: This becomes more prevalent when an empath discovers his/her gifts and birthright. Anything untruthful feels plain wrong.

Yep.

19. Always looking for the answers and knowledge: To have unanswered questions can be frustrating for an empath and they will endeavour to find an explanation. If they have a knowing about something they will look for confirmation. The downside to this is an information overload.

As you may have read in my Spirituality category, I am trying to answer age-old questions.

20. Likes adventure, freedom and travel: Empaths are free spirits.

No, not at all. I’m a homebody, where there are only a few people to deal with.

21. Abhors clutter: It makes an empath feel weighed down and blocks the flow of energy.

Well, not if it is MY clutter!

22. Loves to daydream: An empath can stare into space for hours, in a world of their own and blissfully happy.

Certainly. What do you think I did while waiting in the taxi for fares for 14 months?

23. Finds routine, rules or control, imprisoning: Anything that takes away their freedom is debilitating to an empath, even poisoning.

I detest every level of the criminal justice system. I detest bullies, bosses and bitches.  Rules suck.

24. Prone to carry weight without necessarily overeating: The excess weight is a form of protection to stop the negative incoming energies having as much impact.

I was so fat for so long, I had to have gastric by-pass surgery in 1999.

25. Excellent listener: An empath won’t talk about themselves much unless it’s to someone they really trust. They love to learn and know about others and genuinely care.

Yes, Yes, Yes!

26. Intolerance to narcissism: Although kind and often very tolerant of others, empaths do not like to be around overly egotistical people, who put themselves first and refuse to consider another’s feelings or points of view other than their own.

Like corporations, or ISIS or judges.

27. The ability to feel the days of the week: An empath will get the ‘Friday Feeling’ if they work Fridays or not. They pick up on how the collective are feeling. The first couple of days of a long, bank holiday weekend (Easter for example) can feel, to them, like the world is smiling, calm and relaxed. Sunday evenings, Mondays and Tuesdays, of a working week, have a very heavy feeling.

Never felt this, though much of my life, my “weekend” was during the week.  I never had the opportunity to feel at ease with the majority of people.

28. Will not choose to buy antiques, vintage or second-hand: Anything that’s been pre-owned carries the energy of the previous owner. An empath will even prefer to have a brand new car or house (if they are in the financial situation to do so) with no residual energy.

This is true, though I never realized why.

29. Sense the energy of food: Many empaths don’t like to eat meat or poultry because they can feel the vibrations of the animal (especially if the animal suffered), even if they like the taste.

No.  I have never had genuine empathy for something I am eating.

30. Can appear moody, shy, aloof, disconnected: Depending on how an empath is feeling will depend on what face they show to the world. They can be prone to mood swings and if they’ve taken on too much negative will appear quiet and unsociable, even miserable. An empath detests having to pretend to be happy when they’re sad, this only adds to their load (makes working in the service industry, when it’s service with a smile, very challenging) and can make them feel like scuttling under a stone.

Yep, that’s me!

If you can say yes to most or all of the above then you are most definitely an empath.

Empaths are having a particularly difficult time at the present time, picking up on all the negative emotions that are being emanated into the world from the populace.

That’s for sure. That’s for damn sure!

Why Do Humans Participate in Wars?

This question was asked by Samantha.

For the grunts on the ground, the reasons are but two:

  1. A sense of duty, fueled by the need to protect loved ones from a perceived threat as well as a need for revenge once a few battles are lost.
  2. Orders.

For those who give the orders, the reasons are almost endless, but, again, fall into just two categories:

  1. Defense
  2. Aggression

Either they want to take something or keep someone from taking what is theirs.

War primarily violates two of the 10 Commandments Moses came up with:

  1. Don’t steal.
  2. Don’t kill.

Violating these two commandments creates an environment which makes it easy to break the other eight as well.   War exists to show us how good peace is.  God is perfectly balanced, both infinitely good and infinitely bad at the same time.  Want proof?  Observe God’s children.  Our genes and resultant thoughts were engineered by God to maintain this balance.  Some of us are good.  Some of us are evil.

Aggressors are generally thought to be evil.  Usually, they are.  Sometimes, they are just trying to get the resources they need to survive.  The really nasty part about war is that once in the midst of a prolonged campaign, it is difficult to say which side is the aggressor.

War is basically a tantrum  typically characterized by stubbornness, crying, screaming, yelling, shrieking, defiance, angry ranting, a resistance to attempts at pacification and lots of violence and killing. It is human beings at their most selfish – willing to kill their brothers and sisters for what they want.

Whether you want war or peace, you must be willing to kill those who don’t.

But don’t worry. No one is going to Hell. It doesn’t exist. God would never send His children to such a place. Indeed, he’d only be sending Himself as each and every human is God incarnate. Don’t be surprised to meet Hitler after you die. He provided God a lot of really intense experience as tactile human beings, not to mention all the inanimate God-stuff that got blown to smithereens. When God first experienced instant vaporization in Hiroshima, it gave a whole new perspective to how His particles can be torn asunder at an atomic level.

War is because God needs it. God wants to experience Creation in every possible way. God created us to specifically accomplish that goal.  Humans participate because we were made that way: in our Creator’s image, each of us a facet of God, doing what we do in unique ways, providing God with yet another viewpoint of Creation.  Pick a side and enjoy the ride!

New Constitution

While I believe in a government by the people, of the people and for the people, I don’t think the original Constitution supports the literal implementation of such a government. It’s hardly the fault of the framers. Present day technology was fairly inconceivable in 1787.  When all meetings had to be in person, you could hardly expect everybody to attend, especially when that meeting was several days ride away.  Naturally, they selected “representatives”.   Today, those representatives each represent, on average, about 725,000 citizens.  I think represent is used only in a formal sense,  But it could be literal as well.

We now have the technology in the palm of our hands to vote whenever, wherever and instantly. If the IRS trusts the internet to carry our financial information, surely the technology exists to mitigate fraud to a negligible level; certainly no more fraud than has been uncovered with the present and past systems.

The way I see it, it could be done three ways:

  1. Modify the existing Constitution to require that elected representatives electronically poll their constituents for a specified time period before the vote, and then vote along the lines of a prevailing super majority.  Anything less than a super majority, the representative gets to vote the way he/she wants. Still, individual personalities would prevail if constituents were evenly divided a lot.
  2. As an a alternative Constitutional modification, we could make it necessary to seek popular approval for ALL laws passed by Congress.  They could do their thing, but it doesn’t become law when the President signs it.  It becomes law when The People vote to accept it.
  3. Get rid of the Congress and it’s expense. All the people (who care to) must vote directly on every issue. Majority rules.  Anyone may propose a law. Naturally, there would be a number of challenges a law must pass before it reaches national attention.

While number 2 may be the easiest, quickest way to forge an amendment, it’s the third option that intrigues me the most. Aside from the huge amount of money it would save, I think first that  there would be a great effort by the existing political efforts to monopolize the voting, simply because so many people are not in the habit.  But once they impose a few unfair laws upon everyone, there will be a backlash that wipes out all the special interests, lobbyists, corporations and philanthropists who fuel the campaigns of those they can control.

Putting government in the hands of the people almost sounds scary, though, doesn’t it?  We tend to imagine the worst of us voting irresponsibly and unwittingly causing the downfall of this nation. Well, if we have become THAT stupid, we deserve to fall down.  But I submit that we ARE falling down NOW and if we the people don’t pay attention we will lose more and more of our freedoms, money and pride.

So, then. We all nod and agree that it needs to be fixed. But do nothing to fix it.

 

How to Keep Others Happy and Comfortable

In my previous post in Spirituality, I revealed seven ways to behave that will promote comfort in other human beings.  Today, I will talk about the original 10 Commandments as reported by Moses and their relevance in light of the Truth: Everything is God.  I’ll show you why seven of the 10 Commandments are not entirely accurate and which three are most vital in assuring the comfort and happiness of other incarnations of God.

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  1. The first commandment Moses gave the people was:  Do not worship any other gods.  This one is entirely unnecessary, because it is impossible to do.  There are no other gods to worship!  One might choose to worship money, but money is not a god.  One might choose to worship “the devil” (Satan), but not only is the devil not a god, the devil does not exist.  Nothing exists that is not God.
  2. Do not make any idols?  That practice ended for the most part when human beings realized it was a fruitless endeavor.  Inanimate objects, while being wholly comprised of God, do not contain actionable God matter.  In other words, expecting anything or anybody else to enrich your life, make you happy and more comfortable is not going to be successful.  That’s why most everyone stopped doing this centuries ago.
  3. Do not misuse (take in vain) the name of God.  Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt.  God is a little tougher than a six-year-old.  Besides, when you speak to or think about (pray to) God, you are merely talking to yourself.  After all, you ARE God.  If you ask God to damn someone or something, that cannot happen, because there is no Hell.  To God, this is nonsense and entirely inconsequential to God’s mission in the Universe.
  4. Keep the Sabbath holy. This one never made any sense.  Why only one day out of seven?  If you wish to be “holy” – and what does THAT mean? – why would you only do it one day a week? Suppose you found yourself on Jupiter where a day is less than 10 hours long. When would the Sabbath be?  If you choose to be holy, then be holy every minute of every day, no matter where in the Universe you happen to find yourself.
  5. Honor your Mother and Father.  Suppose your Mother is a crack whore and your Father is completely unknown. To honor them would be unnatural and a bit loony.  You are here because God put you here to be Him for a while.  Of course you have a Mother and Father, but they were God, too.  Skip the middle man and honor God, if you feel the need to honor someone.  God doesn’t care who you honor, if anyone.  God requires that many people NOT honor Him. It is necessary to maintain the balance of good and evil that ensures the most comprehensive tactile experience for God.
  6. Do not murder (kill). This one is a keeper, even though God requires killing in order to ensure the most comprehensive tactile experience.  Indeed, God has killed and does kill people daily via natural disasters.  God designed the forces of nature to facilitate this necessity.   if you succeed in killing people, it is because God wanted it done.  Otherwise, you would have failed.  After all, God wiped out the entire world on numerous occasions. Sometimes, as God, we try to do the same thing. But, it IS very uncomfortable to be killed.  Most people are not happy to “die”.  Even though we never cease to exist, these bodies do die and it usually is not a pleasant time for the individual soul.  Especially if that soul believes in heaven and hell.  So, if you want to keep people comfortable and happy, don’t kill them.
  7. Do not commit adultery. God doesn’t care who you screw or why. This one was thrown in by selfish spouses who do not believe that God doesn’t care.  God REQUIRES adultery to ensure the most comprehensive tactile experience. To us, in our individual incarnation of God, this seems important in a moral sense.  But as already discussed, God is amoral.  God is certainly not going to lose sleep over soap opera drama.
  8. Do not steal.  This commandment assumes that the concept of ownership is valid.  Physical property cannot be owned.  It can be used for as long as your body lives, but it is owned by God, because it IS God.  God gave Himself the Universe. Everything IS God and belongs to Him.  Is it possible for your right hand to steal the blood from your left hand?  Of course not. Blood belongs to the whole body.  Everything belongs to everyone, because everyone is the same solitary owner: God.  However, human beings were designed to be selfish and react negatively when they “lose” things.  It makes them uncomfortable and unhappy.  While it is necessary for God to experience all manner of behavior, your particular incarnation of God may elect to preserve the comfort and happiness of those around you, if you find that it makes you comfortable and happy.  So, we’ll keep this one as well. Try to give instead of take, it´s much better to make others feel great. Like to give an elektroroller kaufen,
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  9. Do not lie (bear false witness against thy neighbor).  Ever wonder why we have the ability to lie?  Why did God make us this way?  By now, the reason should be obvious to you.  God REQUIRES lying in order to ensure the most comprehensive tactile experience.  Lies serve to illuminate the Truth.  Without contrast, the Truth could not be verified.  But once again, lying often makes people uncomfortable and unhappy which in turn can make YOU unhappy and uncomfortable.  This is our third keeper.
  10. Do not covet.  That’s like saying “I wish my feet belonged to me.”  Well, they DO belong to you. Everything belongs to you. You are God and everything IS God.  Coveting is merely the precursor to stealing, which we have already examined.  This one is unnecessary.

As a result, there are just three things you must endeavor to not do in order to keep other people and yourself happy and comfortable:

  1. Don’t kill.
  2. Don’t steal.
  3. Don’t lie.

 

 

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Gets Death Penalty

Dzhokhar TsarnaevOn May 16, 2015, the Boston Marathon Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was awarded the death penalty for his role in that fateful day’s events. This is the verdict that most Americans wanted to hear.

The death penalty is an interesting topic to explore. Is it helpful to kill killers? Well, it doesn’t bring back the people they kill. Killing people who kill stops THEM from killing again, but it does not stop people from killing.  It is not a deterrent. Then, what is it we gain from killing killers?

Comfort.  We are more comfortable knowing that killers are being killed. It’s why we killed so many Germans and Japanese during World War II.  They were killing us.  Of course, they were killing us, because we were there to kill them.  Each side always thinks THEY are “right”. The Tsarnaev brothers thought they were right.  They thought (and rightly so) that we were killing their own brethren, so they killed us. In turn, we shall kill them, and their brethren will undoubtedly kill more of us.

Because we all agree he should be killed, we believe that makes it “right”. And it is, for us. That little bit of evil, even in good people, can lash out when it feels it is justified.  “LET’S KILL THE MOTHERFUCKER!!”  I suspect the Tsarnaev brothers said something quite similar about us.

So, who tossed the first stone?  Who pissed off who first?  It probably all started over the rights to an ox or some such mundane issue.  Somewhere, the ox is still grazing while all the humans kill each other.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is a human being, created and given life by God. His mindset and life is one that God gave him. Tsarnaev was powerless against the will of God.  He was destined to do what he did.  God needed to experience existence through the being of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. God, as the rest of us, needed to experience the horror and madness of his act.  It is all necessary, including his imminent execution.  God gives and takes life according to the Grand Plan which we will understand once we rejoin the Whole of God.  Won’t Dzhokhar Tsarnaev be surprised when he learns everything?!

I Am God; So Are You

If you do not believe in a Creator, then you probably won’t find this very interesting.  In fact, it will seem as much like a fairy tale as any liturgical rendition, an exercise in speculation, a work of fiction, or perhaps the ramblings of a very disturbed mind.

Thousands of religious authors have professed to writing down words somehow delivered to them from, or inspired by a Supreme Being. Billions devoutly believe those words.  The veracity of all those words was determined by thousands of mortal men throughout history; still edited and tweaked today for consumption by under-informed humans.

At the heart of every religion is the struggle between good and evil. Good is generally defined as those characteristics of thought and behavior which serve to prolong, enhance and improve enjoyment of life. Conversely, evil seeks to shorten life, make it miserable or end it all together.

Naturally, religions promote the good stuff with their Supreme Being of choice as the final judge of individual success.  People live their whole lives trying to be good and asking forgiveness for when they are bad.  People are taught to pray to their Supreme Being, as though such solicitation could change the behavior of other people, animals, inanimate objects, Mother Nature and the Universe, to name a few.

We are taught that our Creator is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. We learn that the Creator is NOT us, but something separate and immeasurably more powerful than any single human being. There is a kernel of truth to every story. Let’s see how it all began….

There is ONLY God. God was, is and always will be. For reasons known only to God, God decided to create everything.  As was the custom (this Universe is not the only Universe), Creation was made from the substance of God. After all, nothing else existed yet. Just as human biological matter is required to make humans, God matter is required to make Universes. Everything you see, feel, touch, smell and taste was made wholly from the matter of God. In our Universe, matter cannot be created or destroyed, just like God.

God created our physical laws to provide for a self-sustaining, infinite evolution of God’s matter.  Dust to dust and all that. From the smallest quark to the most gigantic stars – and everything in between (including nothing)- it all consists exclusively of God matter.

As do I. As do you. As does everyone and every thing there is. Within everything, each tiny bit of God matter contains every bit of what God is.  However, each bit of matter only manifests that portion of God which events and environment bring to pass by virtue of a symphony of evolutionary paths, unique to every bit having forbearance.

This evolution of matter occurs at every level, from invisible micro-particles, to compounds, to biological systems, immune systems, ecosystems, solar systems, galaxies and universes. They all start as God, evolve as God and return to God only to be utilized to create more stuff.  After all, that’s what a Creator does: manufactures stuff that didn’t exist before.

In a physical sense, it is easy to allow that I and You and everything else IS God. There was nothing else, but God, from which to create everything.

God therefore created Man; the result of billions of years of evolutionary complexity, originally made inevitable by the Creator’s infinite Wisdom at the time of the “Big Bang” – the current euphemism for the moment of Creation.

How Mankind got here and that we ARE God is fundamentally obvious, given our current knowledge of the physics of our universe. God created evolutionary systems, powered by DNA, RNA and chromosomes, that ultimately resulted in our current evolutionary situation – that of being the only self-aware, intelligent living thing on the planet.

This happenstance was not accidental, but rather inevitable. God is not only every physical thing, but every physical thing is comprised also of God’s character as well. God’s character is infinitely robust. It spans the entire gamut from evil to good. God created everything, including intentions and the lack thereof.  A rock has no intention, but may manifest its evil by crushing your skull should you contact it at a high enough rate of speed.

God’s Creation necessarily evolved to endow Mankind with a brain capable of complexly analyzing God’s Creation and to ask all the questions thereof.  It is that consciousness that is a character version of GOD. Some of us are very evil and some of us are very good.  Everyone is capable of both, but evolution and environmental factors created by God cause each of us to manifest a fairly narrow character comprised of both good and evil.

Evil is a term wrought with mental pictures of demons, death, fire, hell, damnation, etc., but there is no evidence in Creation that demons, the devil or damnation exist. Hell is a concept designed to control the evil part of God that dwells within each of us.  Likewise, Heaven is the concept reserved as a reward for good behavior.  What a helpful thing to believe! But those places do not exist and they do not need to exist.

God’s goal in creating Mankind was not to run some kind of moral experiment. Mankind has behaved immorally since we’ve been able to track our history.  It seems rather psychopathic to create so many people, only to send the vast majority of them to Hell. Would you send your children to Hell?  Your children are just as much you and I and God as they are everything in Creation,  The concept of Heaven seems equally pointless, if not eventually boring and worthy of suicide.

So, why ARE we here? Before Creation, God was sensory deprived. We are God experiencing Creation. God wanted to see, hear, smell, touch and taste everything and everybody created.  God set everything in motion, with built in obstacles, perils and rewards. As each individual, God responds to Creation uniquely; sometimes helping, sometimes hindering. The bad things that happen allow God to experience grief, sorrow, hatred, tears, depression and sadness.  The good things that happen allow God to feel happiness, joy, elation and love. God experiences BOTH sides of every conflict, every celebration, every defeat, every victory.   Now God is us and we are all about senses.

All this talk about good and evil is irrelevant.  When our body dies, our soul/mind/consciousness returns to God and our self-awareness vanishes, replaced by the all-awareness of God being everyone still “alive”. God’s all-awareness requires the self-awareness of each of us, necessarily pruning our awareness to only our physical senses and a vaguely nagging thought that we cannot imagine our own beginning and find an ending completely irrational. THAT thought is the TRUTH.

We have no beginning or end because we are God.

Ergo, behavior while “alive” is inconsequential to the “afterlife”.

God set each of us with a mind. A mindset. Each designed to produce all manner of experiences with other humans. As each of us perform according to our unique mindset, God experiences Creation as each of the people with whom interaction occurs.  The point is not WHAT we do, but that we simply DO what we do.  Being alive allows God to experience Creation, not just from within you, but from the viewpoint of everyone with whom you interact.

Because mindsets run the gamut of evil to good, with most within 20 points of center, neither side will ever prevail indefinitely. History is replete with examples. This balance ensures indefinite preservation of the experience of both good and evil and everything in between.  God’s goal.

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Relax. We are God experiencing physical existence. How we choose to live our lives is extremely necessary, whether for good or for bad, but entirely inconsequential to our existence as God.