Friday, August 25, 2006

Stop, Look and Listen.

So here we are, about 70 days before the mid-term elections in the former free republic of the United States of America; not quite so free any more and not quite so united. In today’s USA the rules have changed from the appearance of justice done occasionally to selective application and enforcement. If you don’t know where you are anymore that’s understandable. Where you were is gone and where you are is being constantly redefined. You might say that, “what’s puzzling you is the nature of my game.”

It’s a no-brainer to say that for some time the Zionist Empire has been in control of American foreign policy. What doesn’t get mentioned is to what degree it has controlled and does control domestic policy. It’s sort of like the chorus to that old song, “Love and Marriage.” “You can’t have one, you can’t have one, you can’t have one without the other.” Of course the premise is stupid and doesn’t apply in real time any way. However, what I’m talking about doesn’t resemble Love or marriage in any way that sane people might understand the terms. So just work the analogy angle and stay away from the sausage making under-view.

Well, it took a long time to get this way and many efforts and conditions went into it. You don’t go from the world’s most successful democracy to a fascist empire overnight. What most people don’t credit nearly enough is that being a little fascist is like being a little pregnant; in more ways than one. In this case it’s a little like waiting on Rosemary’s Baby.

70 days and counting; or is that ‘70’s days and a wakeup’? heh heh. I’m not laughing, not really. And you shouldn’t be laughing either.

The more I study the thing- and the more it reminds me of sausage making- the more I am convinced that no matter how fucked up things get, religion can always fuck them up more. You’ve heard about the separation of church and state. More divides are called for. There should be a separation between God and religion. Well, there is actually... actually. Think of religion as the clothes someone once wore and then discarded and then they wound up on an elevated dais being worshipped by the progeny of people whose ancestors used to put out bowls of fruit and virgins every time there was thunder. We’ve got electricity now but we still don’t understand it. We just use it.

Some things you can’t understand and then it comes down to a personal code. The personal code comes down to the things it comes up against and whether and how much it is changed by the contact. No matter what your personal code may be it will be tested and most often found wanting. Compromise is a big part of sausage making.

Let me run it by you in the simplest terms. God is Love and Love is Wisdom. You don’t need to know any more than that. It stands to reason that what you love you emulate and you grow into it. Personal code turns into personal vision; not that vision is a strong suit in today’s former land of the free.

Anyone who tells you that God is something more than this; that it’s complicated and requires the translation facilities of a priesthood is full of shit and looking to pick your pocket. There’s little difference between the majority of the priesthoods everywhere and three card monte operators except in the way that there is a difference between dice and roulette. The one thing dice and roulette have in common is that you lose money regardless of which one you play. Maybe not tonight but certainly tomorrow night; that’s why they call it a game.

The reason the highest wisdom is love is so that the simplest among us can understand it. I’m not going to go into why God is love. If you don’t get that you still need to bruise the fruit and be bruised until you do. Well, grapes get pressed don’t they?

Are there good Christians and Muslims and Jews among us? Of course. These would be the souls who know that God is Love and exercise it as an applied science. Unfortunately for all of us in these days there are the luddites who have that chapter and verse thing. You see it in the fundies. You see it in the Wahabis and you see it in the Zionists. It’s the difference between honey bees and flies. If you put out a plate of honey and a plate of shit you don’t need a PHD to know where the flies are going to land.

Is George Bush a good Christian? Is Mullah Omar a good Muslim? Is Paul Wolfowitz a good Jew? Are any of those who follow these versions of those creeds? These people are hypocrites, liars and thieves. There isn’t any argument possible in defense of them otherwise. When you get to the point that these men and their colleagues are at you are in a world where anything goes. Anything is justified. Anything is possible.

Love is reasonable. There are many who would dispute that. They would not be talking about Love however but about some personal construct. Love is just as misunderstood by the human heart as reality is misperceived by the human mind. Both of these facilities are affected by clouds and vapors and as chemically transformative as a mind and emotion altering drug.

You can tell what someone is about by what they say and do. It doesn’t take more analysis than that. This process is much simpler than it is made out to be. The complexity is there for the confusion it provides to justify bad intentions.

Most of us are good people, regardless of the presence or absence of religion. Were it not for confusion and fear and those who manipulate them, this world would be a far more beautiful landscape. How it manages to get so fucked up is beyond the scope of this brief essay. My solution to every ill is to increase the love we feel and act upon; to realize that the best self-interest is that which includes the objective of the greatest good for the greatest number of people.

Why am I talking like this today? We are at 70 days and counting and you are now going to see some surprising things that shouldn’t be that surprising. Surprises are in store for you and in store for those manufacturing the surprises. All the chips are on the table. I should add that there are ‘the players’ and there is ‘the house’. The house always wins. Don’t confuse the democrats and the republicans at the table with The House.

I’m reminded of the sign at the railway crossing, “Stop, Look and Listen.” You need to be paying a lot of attention right now so that you don’t miss the operation of the smaller wheels due to the distracting lights flashing on the bigger wheels. Ask yourself how come when the tables are turned the same people are still sitting there?

Maybe you can’t do much about the world but you can do a great deal about your position in it and your relationship to it. Not all the armies of the world have any power so great as love. People often forget the protective aspects of love. As Lao Tzu once said, “compassion is a weapon from the sky against being dead.” Swimming away from a large boat going down in the water is not likely to contain the impetus necessary to escape the suck factor.

I’m riddling something here because it can’t be said straight out. Fear of powerful liars is just as much a liability as fellow traveling. I suspect that anyone who is paying careful attention these next 70 days is going to learn a great deal about the world they live in. The good news is that God is Love and everything is under control. This entire drama exists for no other reason than as an object lesson on the result of certain behavior. It’s like a Shakespearean play. Enjoy the show.



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