Governments are Inherently Evil

The difference between a governmental type organization and a nongovernmental type organization is that governments have the right to use force and/or violence to accomplish their mission. 

            We look at forced sex as rape.  We call forced labor as slavery. It is not that sex or labor are considered bad or evil, but once you add force that is what makes it evil.  So government is inherently evil.

            Most people cannot imagine a society that is not based on the use of force and violence; a society that does not require government, so they pretend that government is good or at least necessary.  If one were to be really honest with themselves they would see that society would be much better off without government, without a foundation of force and violence. 

           Not until people get honest with themselves will they be ready to transcend the barbaric nature of government.

Someone might say that’s why we have a government by the people for the people. But I would say, of course we have never had that nor will we ever have that until we get rid of our republic. I am not sure that anyone really would like the idea mob rule, which is what a pure democracy would be. No, the really only way to have a civilized society would be to get rid of all forms of government.

Obviously, humanity has not evolved enough to be free of mommy government or daddy God. But that is the direction we are headed…

Being Terrorized is a Choice

Buddha-Quotes-on-HappinessBeing terrorized is a choice, a choice that in today’s world we all have everyday.

Personally I enjoy the drama of terrorism.  I see and hear what other people see and hear but I CHOOSE to react to it differently; I choose to react to it in a way that works for me, that is positive and healthy and that fulfills my life.

I make these choices because I realize that I would prefer to experience positive and healthy emotions over negative and unhealthy emotions.  I realize that no matter what life offers I am still going to be here until I am not, so why not enjoy it?  I realize I do not want to give my power away to the terrorist, my power to experience appreciation, enjoy and love.

I don’t understand why people want to empower the terrorist.  I suspect that they don’t but that they react to the terrorist’s act with terror because they don’t realize they have a choice, they don’t realize that by reacting with terror they are doing EXACTLY what the terrorist want.

I can see that there are elements of our society that WANT us to be terrorized by the acts of terrorist so they encourage our being terrorized.  I can see that the military industrial complex that President Eisenhower warned us about would want us to fear terrorism so that we will be willing to pay more taxes to support large military expenditures.

I can see how religious institutions would want us to be afraid for that tends to motivate people to go to church to find solace for the pain of our fears.  That is there business model.

Terrorism works for these aspects of our society; basically terrorism is good for their business.

It appears that those in society who are least awake and aware of this, the right AND left wing conservatives, are the ones who are most willing to be terrorized and thus support terrorism and the businesses or organizations that profit from it.

I see and hear news stories about terrorism just like everyone else.  I suspect that I do not fixate on those stories as much as those who live in lots of fear. I find those stories interesting but not threatening.  Maybe this is because I don’t value this carcass as much as other people value the carcass they are experiencing life through.  I do value the experience of life that comes through this carcass, but if I value that experience then why would I want to fill that life experience with things like fear or other forms of negativity?

Long ago before I woke up and realized these things, I was in a habit of reacting to life in a very negative way, with such negativity that I really did not want to continue living if that is all that life was about. I realized at some point that this reaction to life with negativity was a product of caring TOO MUCH about life including myself. When I got so depressed that I finally just gave up and stop caring, fully stopped caring, I realized that the QUALITY of life dramatically improved.  Much later I realized that I could care for a while until it hurt too much and then stop caring for a while and rest in that place of detachment until I was ready to go back to enjoying the caring again.

I suppose that this transformation came after I realized that nothing that happens here on Earth is going to matter in the long run, that sooner or later all life on this tiny speck of dust in the universe that we call Earth will disappear with no trace that it ever existed.  I realized just how meaningless life was in the long run.  But I also realized that in the short run I WANTED to enjoy the experience of life and that in order to enjoy that experience I had to CHOOSE joy as a reaction to what life was offering.

One of my favorite quotes from the Buddha is, “There is no path to happiness; happiness is the path.”

It all comes down to practicing the emotions that I want to fill my life with.

People who are being terrorized by the terrorists are practicing the emotion of terror, and that is what they are filling their life experience with.

That is very sad for me.

I realize that the reason I no longer make that kind of choice is that some place along the way someone probably said to me that I have a choice on how I react to what life is offering.  And they probably did not just say that to me but they demonstrated that they did not choose to fill their life with negative emotions.  I suspect that for some reason I was able to hear and see them and the message they were sharing.  I don’t know why I was open to hearing and seeing them, maybe because I was so desperate at the time.  Maybe I was open to them because I was in crisis and open to ANY solution to that crisis.  I wonder if it was not just crisis that opened me up but that I had a belief or attitude that if I just knew of WHAT to do to change my world, and I worked toward doing that WHAT, then sooner or later I could change my world.  I realize that my conviction of the fact that I could change myself if I worked at it came because I HAD changed myself in the past.

In high school I was a card carrying coward, pretty much afraid of my own shadow.  It was through my military experience and Ranger School that I started to gain confidence in myself and my ability to handle what life was offering.  It was the training, the practice of thinking and doing things differently that helped me change who I was.  Maybe it was this experience or memory that gave me the conviction that I could again change myself and my habitual reactions to what life was offering.

So when someone told me that it came time to change my emotional reactions to what life offered, I was open to that message.  I COULD fill my life with positive emotions IF I was just disciplined and practiced reacting to what life offered with positive emotions.

Of course it was not easy in the beginning but I persisted until now my habit is one of moving back to appreciation, joy and love no matter what life offers.

Which is why terrorists have no power over me, they cannot create terror within me nor even fear of what they might do in the future.  Yes, they can and might kill me, but I was going to die sooner or later anyway so why worry about it.  What I don’t want is to fill my life with worry about death or dying or even injury.  I just don’t want to fill my life with worry.

I want to fill my life with beauty, appreciation, joy, love and gratitude, not terror.

Could Monsanto Be Right?

This is a real good short documentary. Did you know that Monsanto has a product out there that is GMO designed to make people infertile? If you eat this GMO food you will no longer be able to make babies. I find that very interesting and in a way good. Only the ignorant people will eat the GMO foods and that will make them infertile so they cannot reproduce. The awakened ones will eat the organic foods and will be able to reproduce. Since our planet is overpopulated with stupid people what Monsanto is doing here is actually good for humanity. I never thought I would say this but, GO Monsanto.

We still need to force GMO labelling so that intelligent or caring people can at least be informed.

Why is the government supporting Monsanto? Maybe this is the reason: the planet is overpopulated, there is no doubt about that. With genetically engineered foods we can decrease the rate of procreation by stupid people by feeding them foods that will sterilize them. Monsanto is working on this job for the government because the big thinkers in the government can see this crisis coming, a crisis that narrow minded people cannot see and do not care about anyway.

Stupid people will not care so they do not read the labels anyway.  They will just eat this toxic food and become sterilized, stopping them from procreating.

I might add that vaccinations are part of this same strategy, vaccinate the stupid people with toxic chemicals that will either kill them or make them sterile. Personally, I do not like this idea but I do recognize the need for something to be done to stop all the baby making in the world. If we do not do things like this then we will destroy the planet we live on.

Education is the solution, not laws or government. We have to educate those who have ears to hear and let the others pass away.  We do not need to outlaw GMO foods, we just need to inform the people who care enough about themselves to be informed.  The stupid people will not listen anyway.  Using government to limit the options here will only delay the problem and make it worst in the long run.

Label those GMO foods but not make them illegal.

The Virtue of Laziness

Jesus was lazy and so was the Buddha.Both of them could read and presumable write but neither of them wrote anything down; probably because they were lazy.They were too lazy to be industrious and they did not ‘create’ anything.They just enjoyed talking and that is all they really did.They had no home to support or take care of.They had no bank account.Their possessions were only what they could carry.They were beggars.

It is true that they lived in climates that did not require much in the way of protection from the elements.In my world,America, I find that the elements, including society and its governments, do not allow me to live the way that Jesus or the Buddha lived.

But I am just as lazy.

I have short passions that motivate me to get up off my lazy butt and do something, but it only lasts for a short time.Then the drive falls away.

I love to talk to people, and I think I have something to offer them.ButAmericadoes not have ‘public market places’ the way they had in Jesus’ or the Buddha’s time.Americahas become a nation isolated from its self.People here spend all their time at home or at works and very little in public places.

Today, to reach out to people you ‘have to’ write something, and I am really too lazy to write anything, except short little topics like this.

We Buddhas and Christs have found a peace with the world and this peace kills our productivity.Being not productive we have no desire to hurt any one or anything; we have no inner “dis-ease”.With this peace there is no busyness or business in our world.No business, no work.We Buddhas and Christs tend to live off the charity of others; we beg for our food.

Lazy people tend to be healthier for they do not stress themselves out by working so hard.We just sit around and enjoy what life offers.I will walk or hike ten miles in a day just for the joy of it, but I will not walk a mile to look for work.

We Buddhas and Christs are so lazy we do not create wars.We Buddhas and Christs are so lazy we have a very low impact on the environment.Yet we tend to have a tremendous impact on the human environment.About half of the planets population plays lip service to Buddhas or Christs, but that is about all they do in regard to Buddhas and Christs.

I have too many possessions.I live in a small motor home that I have to maintain and support, and in this day of high fuel prices that takes a lot of work.I have this computer which I use to communicate with people. But it is probably time to get up off my lazy or cowardly ass and go out and talk to people, wherever I can find them.I know I have something to offer, I just find it hard to find people to offer it to.

So in conclusion, lazy people do not hurt anybody and they have a low impact on the environment.How much better would the world be if everybody was at least a little bit lazier?

The Root Cause of Terrorism

The root cause of terrorism is in the very first line of the bible, which comes out of a primitive, unhealthy mind.It says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”This is a silly construct that comes out of an immature, primitive mind that could not see that there was no beginning and there is no end.But their minds could not handle infinity and eternity so that created the illusion of beginning and end.With beginning then there had to be some ‘first cause’ or creator out there that created this world.If there is a creator then that creator must have had some reason to create the world.Then people can claim that they know the reason for this creation and they can create some laws based on that reason.With the “divine law” they can justify their mean spirited laws saying that if you do not do what “god” wants then we have a right to be mean to you.With ‘laws’ like the Torah, the Koran and the Bible, if you do not obey them then it is ok for us to terrorize you, to torture you and to murder you, for the is the law of the creator.

Therefore you can see that the root cause of terrorism is the primitive, barbaric and sick ideas of beginning and creator.

Spiritual Issues in the Immigration Debate

What are our moral obligations to illegal immigrants_and to the laws of the U.S.?  

From an article by Rabbi Marc Gellman,

For me, the ‘obligations’ to obey the government is not as strong as the obligation to obey the God that lives within my heart. I see the “problem’ of immigration not as a problem of immigration but as a problem of fear and greed. WE, Americans, are afraid to share out WISDOM and knowledge with people of other countries. We are afraid to reach out to them and show them how to be free and as wealthy as we are. And, we are afraid to see that we have gone beyond wealthy here, we are outright decadent and gluttonous, we are obsessed with materiality.

If we were open to the Spirit we would not be building walls (or fences) but would be breaking them down. Truth liberates, it does not builds walls. Do we really want our own version of the Berlin Wall?

It is time to attack the problem, not hide behind walls. The problem is people feel more opportunity here than in their own countries. It is time for us to confront those countries and their beliefs that keep them financially and spiritually handicapped. AND, it is time to confront our decadent and gluttonous ways.


Visionless "Leaders"?

When are the people of America going to see that Bush does not ‘get it’? He brushed aside concerns that people had about New Orleans before the hurricane and he brushed aside concerns people had about and invasion of Iraq and its aftermath. Now he is continually brushing aside concerns that even some Republicans are having about the effect on the budget and nation debt that rebuilding the Gulf Coast will have. I guess he is not smart enough to see the cause and effect BEFORE something happens.
Where is the vision or ability to see into the future? Real leaders have vision.