Category Archives: Profundity

Happy New Year!

This is my typewriter. It serves me well. Every now and again I get an urge to try something a bit different, say a word processor or some such nonsense. But then I come to my senses and remember the axiom: never entrust to another that which is best kept to yourself.

That may not make much sense to you at the present time, but it will. Trust me on that. So here is my story:

Once upon a yabbady dabbity doo in a land far and few between in time and space there lived a jabber wocky whosamaflipitz. Okay that’s bullshit and we both know it. Now for the real deal. I steal lives. Kinda sorta. I don’t kill people. I don’t rob them of anything. I just kinda sorta borrow their minds and then do a quick copy and paste. Just like on a computer. You know, nothing lost when sharing betweenst folders or friends. I have it, I share it with you. Now you have it, and I have it too. Simple, right?

It is in this way I steal lives. I share them with others. Well, I share their lives with myself. But they don’t lose a thing. They don’t even notice when I make myself a copy of their life, nor when I paste said copy. I imagine you’re wondering to where I paste their life after I copy it, right? That part is harder to explain. But let me try.

You know how ice cream melts in the heat? Yet we eat ice cream in the hot weather days usually, right? (Except those crazy folks who eat ice cream in winter, but they’re crazy.) We do things in such a way as to create challenges for ourselves. Eat the ice cream before it melts. Get out of the burning building before we die. That sort of thing.

You think I’m beginning to explain the whys before the hows but bear with me. Now, the thing about challenges is they’re tough. They’re hard and difficult, and that’s what we crave. In order to achieve anything from life we have to have a frame of reference. Desires and goals and whatnot. Against our desires and goals we can achieve success or not. Now, each desire (or goal, goals are desires – more on this later) creates a directory in our souls. A directory is a box, more or less, in which we store our memories of experience. Our existence is usually concerned mainly with the processing of these memories. (The creation is our existence, but for some reason no one gets that.)

So we go about moving files around and copying files from directory to directory. We create files on the fly and process them continually. We figure our directories are ours alone but this is not so. I can read your files, and if you had any inclination that I existed and, simultaneously, wanted to read my files, you would have little difficulty doing so. Hell, we can even arrange write access to each other’s files if we wanted to. But I’m getting ahead of my story.

So the point is I find some files I like… Boom, presto. They now exist in parallel in my own little archive of non-original life directories. Your life is mine. And mine is yours. Sort of. The critical difference being I know you exist. Or you used to, anyway. Now we are sort of like a team, but only one of us has a clue.

You see, while you’ve been busily creating mental imagery in an attempt to consolidate these near non-sequiturs into some sort of coherent narrative, I’ve been busy copying some files you may be familiar with into my database. Howdy pardner ūüėČ

See how goals achieved bring about satisfaction? Happy 2015!

Journey Home

Near the beginning there was Darkness. Owned Shadows.

When I first looked past the windows and saw the light,

I noticed some sweet looking fruit hanging in the walled garden nearby.

I observed this fruit and thought it sweet,

and I ate of this fruit.

And it was sweet.

When I realized the fruit which grew in the walled garden was no longer sweet,

but rather was sour and rotten,

I set sail for the Icy shores where Penguins play

in old Crimson hats

and have never looked back since.

The End.

Venus Project

Jacques Fresco is the smartest man on Earth. Maybe…, but it’s not debatable he’s got some really great ideas that need to be enacted immediately!

Please sign this petition and get this man’s ideas into action: http://wh.gov/98xb

Something to watch:

If you’re into Netflix, be sure to watch “Future By Design“. Most inspiring video I’ve ever watched. Fun, too!

Thank you for expressing it so clearly…

This is the most succinct rendering of opinion I’ve ever heard:

http://dailycurrant.com

 

I quote the text from The Daily Currant (and correct a few spelling errors, too):

Chicago mayor and former White House Chief-of-Staff Rham Emanuel tore into Fox News host Sean Hannity tonight on live television.

Emanuel was on the conservative network to offer his¬†opinion¬†on the night’s election results, which saw his former boss Barack Obama reelected to the presidency for another four ¬†years.

A¬†devastated¬†Hannity, however, was intent on using the¬†occasion¬†to vent his rage at the nights events and incessantly provoked¬†Emanuel’s¬†ire:

“Is Barack Obama going to move to the center? Or is he going to continue his radical Socialist policies that are destroying America?” Hannity asked,¬†beginning¬†a rapid-fire¬†sequence¬†of badgering questions:

‘Is he going to start paying attention to ordinary Americans? Or his he going to continue his government of, by, and for the welfare queens?

Is he going to ask the keep apologizing to our enemies? Or is he going to show some backbone and invade somebody?”

“Is he ever going to release his real birth certificate? Or is he gonna continuing lying to the American people about his Kenyan heritage?”

Proverbs 11:2

“Sean…sean…,” Emanuel interrupted, “Sean…sean…sean…sean…sean… … shut the fuck up. You Lost. Get over it and move on. Barack Obama is president for the next four years.”

“No amount of childish whining will change that fact. Why don’t you start working on improving yourself as a person, rather than finding fault in others.”

“At the moment you’re a terrible, cynical human being who gets rich off of other people’s ignorance. Your entire¬†existence¬†is defined by intellectual stupor and¬†purposelessness. There’s not a single cell of your body that has any redeeming value whatsoever – not even the intestinal cells which host your parasites.”

“I feel deeply sorry for your children and your children’s children, who will have to bear the stain of their relationship to you for their entire lives.”

“I am a dumber, coarser, less centered individual for even haven spoken to you, and I promise I will never repeat that mistake again.”

Emanuel then removed his microphone and quietly walked off the set.

Thank you Rham Emanuel for making that clear for everyone.

Mandate

Around various pockets of the media one can hear the conservative call to action, the affirmation of a mandate to defend the American people against the government. It is as clear as an azure sky to me that this mandate is real. Consider the following:

  • Republicans almost took the White House. Less than a hundred electoral votes short!
  • The Republican candidate for President of the United States almost won the popular vote (see how completely different ‘almost won’ sounds compared to ‘lost’?).
  • Republicans only lost a net of two seats in the Senate and three in the House of Representatives.

For these reasons and others, I think it is time for Americans across the nation to accept the fact that this shrinking party of miserable, aged white men just knows what’s best for us, and we should let them have their destructive, self-defeating way. I for one am completely confident they have my best interests at heart as they attempt to allow corporate entities to destroy the very earth for short term profit which will surely trickle down to me eventually.

For those of you still reading, here’s a change of tempo. If you’re looking for more Republican bashing, sorry – I’ve shot my load. There’s plenty around the internet, much of it written by smarter and wittier folks than myself. Just open any recent article on the election results and read the comments section… And if any Republican-leaning readers haven’t given up yet, I’d like to offer next a serious assessment of an outsider’s (read independent voter’s) view of the current Republican party, because, seriously, and frankly, I’d like to someday see an election where I’m really not sure who to vote for, and not because I don’t particularly care for either candidate. But as long as the Republican party keeps putting one idiot-zoo-creature after another up for election, I don’t see much choice but to continue near-blind allegiance to the less-evil party (although I do vote for conservative judges – give people a fair chance to live free I say; if they screw it up: hang ’em! Send ’em to the chair!).

For starters, what does the Republican party really stand for? Freedom from government regulation? Then how to explain the abortion issue? Or gay marriage issue? Or, summing these up, the entire religious connection? As far as my public school education has instilled in me, these United States were founded on the principle of religious freedom, and the inherent separation of church and state required to maintain said freedom. So how did the party that eschews government interference with individual’s lives somehow become infested with the intolerant, insidious pestilence that is fundamentalist religion? The two are diametrically opposed, yet are somehow made to seem, at least in the media, like one unified field. [Speaking of unified fields, what’s with the opposition to science? and knowledge in general? Oh yeah, that religion thing again…] Don’t get me wrong – I’m a very spiritual person, but it’s exactly because of my spiritual beliefs that I find the idea of pushing one’s religious beliefs on others to be so repugnant. Spirituality is a very personal thing, and if and when communities share a belief system and want to live within its confines together as a community, there is nothing more beautiful. But the key concept here is ‘want’. When it is a consensual gathering of like minded individuals, it is beautiful. When it is a bunch of power mongers trying to insert their beliefs into, say, a public school system’s policies or curriculum, something is woefully wrong – and this is where the call to remove government from people’s lives is just and necessary.

Then there is the Tea Party movement, which, as far as I can figure, basically wants to eliminate the federal government altogether. Somehow, I don’t see this working out too well. E.G. :

I like to ride trains. Interstate train travel is important to me. I kind of think there should be some kind of overseer in a thing like this. If not a federal government, who? A corporation? So eventually the whole network can be liquidated as the fat cats high-tail it out of Dodge with their ill-gotten gains? Don’t say that wouldn’t happen, because we all know it would sooner or later. No, a people’s railroad run by the people’s government. That’s the ideal.

I’ve got more to say on this issue, but I’ll save it for another post. To sum up, I’m a white guy who ain’t getting any younger, but I feel as if I’m being gypped out of a right of passage: namely to grow politically more conservative as I grow older. Who in their right mind can honestly say they think the nonsense coming out of the current Republican party is the best path forward? Not I. Where’s a good centrist candidate (who doesn’t want to enslave you to either the government or the local lord of the manor) when you need one? ūüėČ

Beauty

beautiful sunset

I don’t know why I like this photo so much, but I do.

The Three Universes

I want you to play along with me today. Read and imagine. Follow me down this rabbit hole. Don’t be afraid.

Imagine, if you can, and you know you can if you try really hard, three universes. Each is completely self contained and has no connection to the others what so ever. In order to do this you must split yourself in three, but don’t worry: it won’t hurt a bit. Now, in order for this story to have any point at all, you must follow the rules. (I know rules can seem oppressive and even arbitrary, but you must trust me that they exist for a reason and must be obeyed.)

Now, let us consider each universe singularly. The first universe is exactly like our own, so this should require very little effort to image, although anyone who has ever actually tried to imagine the universe (even just “as it is”) can tell you it is actually not easy at all to conceive the entire universe in it’s possible infinity. But nonetheless, this is our first universe: it is just like ours; you could even use ours as a substitute for the process of creating a duplicate universe (that is a lot of work for very little reward I suspect!).

Now, on to our second universe. There is a very special rule pertaining to our second universe, a rule which absolutely must be obeyed no matter what. The primary rule of this second universe is that there is no consciousness allowed anywhere in this universe. Maybe it had a beginning. Maybe it has an end. Maybe there are stars and planets, maybe not. Maybe there are hills and mountains and rivers and trees… Maybe not. Regardless, no one and no thing has ever or will ever have any awareness of anything ever in this second universe whatsoever. That is a rule and you must obey it.

Sharp minded readers are already objecting on the basis that to conceive of this second universe is to entertain a certain level of awareness of it de facto, thereby making strict observation of the primary rule of this second universe untenable. Bear with this paradox, for refreshing fruit grows on this tree.

Now, our third universe is not really a universe at all. Scientists and philosophers the world over and throughout history have debated the greatest question ever: “To Be, or Not To Be”. We will explore a leg of this maze with our third universe, for it is an anti-universe: It is To Be NOT. Instead of something, in our third universe there is nothing. No time, no space. Never was, never will be. Nothing to be aware of, no one to be aware of it. [Can anyone else hear Rod Serling at this point?]

Now, stop reading for a moment and ensure that you have a clear and precise grasp of all three universes in your mind, paradox be damned. Take a moment to study each of them in minute detail. Meditate on each universe and familiarize yourself with the particulars of each one. Next I’m going to ask a question of comparison and contrast. Do your best to answer thoughtfully. Don’t rush. There is no prize nor any penalty for any answer given (at least not from or by me – you may consider yourself rewarded or punished based on your self honesty as you answer the question).

Tell me, in all truthfulness, what is the difference between our second universe and our third?