National Propaganda Radio

NPR is everywhere, and they do play classical music much of the time.  I ordinarily avoid the talking heads like the plague, but I caught a brief blurb from an announcer.  They were discussing the President’s state of the union message.  They said something to the effect of “Trump will address the divided nation tonight.”  What hit me was that this is virtually the same nation as was here two years ago.  How is it that we now have a divided nation but did not have one for the 8 years of the Obama presidency?  NPR is government funded and has a clear mission of social engineering.  This pointed anti-Trump framing of the state of the union address is an example of their liberal oriented social engineering mandate.

I would further suggest that they were pivotal in turning my liberal, anti-Vietnam war friends into supporters of the illegal invasion and occupation of Afghanistan. We are far beyond Orwell’s 1984.

Bad Food is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Diet is more than what ends up in our bellies.  It’s the air we take into our lungs, it’s the radiation permeating our bodies, the ideas that enter our minds and the feelings that enter our hearts.  One of the disconcerting developments of this century is a novel approach to music.  Pop music is, of itself, a rather pernicious influence.  More than ever it is firmly in the hands of accountants and lawyers, but it has always relied on sugary hooks to pull its fans in.  For many decades we were served up albums by pop and other musicians.  An album, of perhaps 30 to 60 minutes in length, offers an element of depth and sustenance that exceeds that of a single pop hit.  A person may have had a favorite song on an album, but they inevitably listened to the entirety of the album in which it was embedded.  Today people load up their music listening with almost nothing but their favorite singles.  Invariably these are sugar ridden ditties.  Listening to five or ten of these in succession is akin to eating several pastries or desserts at one sitting.  Of course more substantial music, say a symphony by Brahms or a string quartet by Beethoven, is more akin to a multi course meal of nourishing and culinary value, but even pop musicians create albums of greater depth and nourishment than any of their singles.  This concept, however, has gone by the wayside.  Even when music is released as an album, the new album may be listened to initially, but people quickly decide on the one or two singles that they love and listen to them over and over again along with other favorite singles.  The impact of this behavior on the heart and the mind is hard to estimate, but it cannot be good.

The Salem Witch Trials are Now

I stumbled across an anti-anti-climate change post at Art News.  A trustee of the Natural History Museum (and generous contributor to the museum) has had her resignation demanded by, among others, the Revolting Lesbians, because she contributed money to so-called climate change deniers (article below).  I am reminded of the founder of the browser Firefox who contributed money to a group who supported a Proposition to outlaw gay marriage in California.  When this personal and private fact was made public he was unceremoniously dumped by the company he had founded.

The irony of these liberals is that they claim to be invested in diversity, but this is a ruse.  They are not in the least interested in real diversity or even real democracy.  They glom onto various minorities, e.g., immigrants, Muslims, genderless people, underdog races and ethnicities and, under the banner of diversity, use their support for these minorities to expand their power base.  Their attitude towards those who are truly different from them is identical to the witch-hunters of old and the McCarthyism of more recent history.  Those who spew rage and righteousness like confetti in a parade from hell are some of the most brainwashed people on the planet. Their actions are nothing less than a form of terrorism.

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/natural-history-museum-rebekah-mercer-1209734?utm_content=from_&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=US%20newsletter%20for%201%2F30%2F18&utm_term=New%20US%20Newsletter%20List

Science is the Newest Religion and it’s Worse than its Predecessors

Science seduces with its newness, and pretends to distance itself from old time religion with its replication and verification doctrine, whereby everything that matters is reproducible by multiple scientists. This is in great contrast to both alchemy and fundamental mystical experience. Only Moses talked to a burning bush; no one replicated that experience.

With the exception of quantum mechanics, science completely misses the inherent duality of our universe. If a group of experiences can be replicated, say measuring the speed of light or the double slit experiment, then another group of experiences, say mystical, alchemical or LSD trips, cannot be replicated. These two groups are a polarity. Between them is a host of experiences between the two poles. For instance: in the mid-17th century Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz independently invented calculus. All new thoughts originate outside our sphere (you’ll have to trust me on this). In the 1600s relatively few people had the necessary antennae to pick up the newly emanating thought of calculus; I doubt Newton and Liebniz were the only ones, but they are the two who successfully acted upon and disseminated the idea. Most people alive at that time could not have picked up on the idea; their antennae were not configured to pick up so rarefied a signal.

Science, in not understanding duality and the necessary presence of paradox, is forced to exhibit paradox as a self-negating feature of its status as a religion. Here’s how it does it: on the one hand, science boasts of its ability to alter its view as new theories arise and are confirmed with multiple independent testing. This is the cornerstone of its apparent superiority and contrast to religion. They take great pleasure in mocking previous scientific theories (the Earth is flat, the Sun revolves around the Earth, etc.) even as they set forth the current theory as gospel.

Science’s success is largely due to their pragmatic approach. Whatever works is ensconced as gospel. If rocketry puts satellites in orbit, if antibiotics kill bacteria, then science takes credit and expands its adherents. However, the pragmatism of science does not look at the long term. It is in bed with the capitalist and the lovers of novelty; neither group gives a rat’s ass about the long term.

In 2010 73,620,748,816 standard units of antibiotics were consumed. This is a 35% increase from consumption in 2000. It is entirely possible to view farms and hospitals as experiments to determine how strong and antibiotic resistant a bacteria can be created. That’s not the intention, but in duality there is always an equal and opposite response to all actions. On the surface (where the religion of science excels) antibiotics were a feather in the cap of science, but a deeper, longer term view reveals the error of their ways.

And so goes the story of science as it routinely excoriates the errors of its past while planting its flag in the current theory evangelized by its priests. In this land of absurdity there is no question for which they have no answer. When they do not have an answer they simply make one up. Such is the provenance of the Big Bang Theory as well as the Dark Matter Theory. While looking backward it’s clear that the dearest theories of the past are repeatedly repudiated, yet there is no room for humility about the current theories which, presumably, will be dutifully repudiated in the future. The only reason they get away with this snake oil approach to religion is that engineering sees to it that short-term pragmatism holds our attention. Like the bankers who borrow from the future to improve the present, so too does the religion of science improve the present while the real cost lies buried in the future.

This is why people have always bought religion. It gives meaning where no meaning is found, and it gives optimism where no hope is found. The new god is matter. Scientist are its priests and whores, profit-mongers oversee its administration and everyone else is its dutiful devotee. Matter, like everything in duality, has its polar opposite. In ignoring this, the devotees of science show themselves to be a particularly absurd sort of religious practitioner.

In Praise of Limestone

In Praise Of Limestone

If it form the one landscape that we, the inconstant ones,
Are consistently homesick for, this is chiefly
Because it dissolves in water. Mark these rounded slopes
With their surface fragrance of thyme and, beneath,
A secret system of caves and conduits; hear the springs
That spurt out everywhere with a chuckle,
Each filling a private pool for its fish and carving
Its own little ravine whose cliffs entertain
The butterfly and the lizard; examine this region
Of short distances and definite places:
What could be more like Mother or a fitter background
For her son, the flirtatious male who lounges
Against a rock in the sunlight, never doubting
That for all his faults he is loved; whose works are but
Extensions of his power to charm? From weathered outcrop
To hill-top temple, from appearing waters to
Conspicuous fountains, from a wild to a formal vineyard,
Are ingenious but short steps that a child’s wish
To receive more attention than his brothers, whether
By pleasing or teasing, can easily take.

Watch, then, the band of rivals as they climb up and down
Their steep stone gennels in twos and threes, at times
Arm in arm, but never, thank God, in step; or engaged
On the shady side of a square at midday in
Voluble discourse, knowing each other too well to think
There are any important secrets, unable
To conceive a god whose temper-tantrums are moral
And not to be pacified by a clever line
Or a good lay: for accustomed to a stone that responds,
They have never had to veil their faces in awe
Of a crater whose blazing fury could not be fixed;
Adjusted to the local needs of valleys
Where everything can be touched or reached by walking,
Their eyes have never looked into infinite space
Through the lattice-work of a nomad’s comb; born lucky,
Their legs have never encountered the fungi
And insects of the jungle, the monstrous forms and lives
With which we have nothing, we like to hope, in common.
So, when one of them goes to the bad, the way his mind works
Remains incomprehensible: to become a pimp
Or deal in fake jewellery or ruin a fine tenor voice
For effects that bring down the house, could happen to all
But the best and the worst of us…
That is why, I suppose,
The best and worst never stayed here long but sought
Immoderate soils where the beauty was not so external,
The light less public and the meaning of life
Something more than a mad camp. `Come!’ cried the granite wastes,
`How evasive is your humour, how accidental
Your kindest kiss, how permanent is death.’ (Saints-to-be
Slipped away sighing.) `Come!’ purred the clays and gravels,
`On our plains there is room for armies to drill; rivers
Wait to be tamed and slaves to construct you a tomb
In the grand manner: soft as the earth is mankind and both
Need to be altered.’ (Intendant Caesars rose and
Left, slamming the door.) But the really reckless were fetched
By an older colder voice, the oceanic whisper:
`I am the solitude that asks and promises nothing;
That is how I shall set you free. There is no love;
There are only the various envies, all of them sad.’

They were right, my dear, all those voices were right
And still are; this land is not the sweet home that it looks,
Nor its peace the historical calm of a site
Where something was settled once and for all: A back ward
And dilapidated province, connected
To the big busy world by a tunnel, with a certain
Seedy appeal, is that all it is now? Not quite:
It has a worldy duty which in spite of itself
It does not neglect, but calls into question
All the Great Powers assume; it disturbs our rights. The poet,
Admired for his earnest habit of calling
The sun the sun, his mind Puzzle, is made uneasy
By these marble statues which so obviously doubt
His antimythological myth; and these gamins,
Pursuing the scientist down the tiled colonnade
With such lively offers, rebuke his concern for Nature’s
Remotest aspects: I, too, am reproached, for what
And how much you know. Not to lose time, not to get caught,
Not to be left behind, not, please! to resemble
The beasts who repeat themselves, or a thing like water
Or stone whose conduct can be predicted, these
Are our common prayer, whose greatest comfort is music
Which can be made anywhere, is invisible,
And does not smell. In so far as we have to look forward
To death as a fact, no doubt we are right: But if
Sins can be forgiven, if bodies rise from the dead,
These modifications of matter into
Innocent athletes and gesticulating fountains,
Made solely for pleasure, make a further point:
The blessed will not care what angle they are regarded from,
Having nothing to hide. Dear, I know nothing of
Either, but when I try to imagine a faultless love
Or the life to come, what I hear is the murmur
Of underground streams, what I see is a limestone landscape.

WH Auden

Blockchain Technology Optimism

Excerpt from JC Collins:

“Nations, for as long as they even stay relevant themselves, will use a centralized version of blockchain based cryptocurrencies. Ripple XRP is one of these, which we covered in the previous post. But the de-centralized nature of the blockchain will ensure that governments will be unable to stop the peer-2-peer based technology.

Like the large dinosaurs who ate their food supply and eventually collapsed from being so heavy, or slowly starved to death, governments and national money will follow that same pattern.

There’s no needs to panic. There are still people, like myself, using snail mail. The overlap between both worlds will last for many years before the old simply just disappears quietly into the echo of the past.

The people of the future will not organize themselves around ideologies and centralized governance structures. The development of blockchain will have more of an impact on the existing world than the Gutenberg printing press did. Keep in mind that the printing press, and the non-Latin Bibles which were printed and distributed, fundamentally changed the control the Catholic Church had over the world, and directly led to the Protestant Reformation.

The central banking system developed as a response to the Reformation, and was used as a means to reclaim much of the wealth which the Church lost. Now we have blockchain technology which is making both central banks and ideological governments obsolete.

The disorganized masses are beginning to re-organize themselves around something new, which is presenting the old elites with a two front abstract war. Exciting. – JC”

Jung, Jeffrey Wolf Green, Blake, etc.

I. “Without Contraries is no progression. Attraction and Repulsion, Reason and Energy, Love and Hate, are necessary to Human existence.
From these contraries spring what the religious call Good & Evil. Good is the passive that obeys Reason. Evil is the active springing from Energy.
Good is Heaven. Evil is Hell.

All Bibles or sacred codes have been the causes of the following Errors.

  1. That Man has two real existing principles Viz: a Body & a Soul.
  2. That Energy, call’d Evil, is alone from the Body, & that Reason, call’d Good, is alone from the Soul.
  3. That God will torment Man in Eternity for following his Energies.

But the following Contraries to these are True.

  1. Man has no Body distinct from his Soul for that call’d Body is a portion of Soul discern’d by the five Senses, the chief inlets of Soul in this age
    2. Energy is the only life and is from the Body and Reason is the bound or outward circumference of Energy.
    3 Energy is Eternal Delight

Those who restrain desire, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained; and the restrainer or reason usurps its place & governs the unwilling.
And being restrain’d it by degrees becomes passive till it is only the shadow of desire.

He who desires but acts not, breeds pestilence.

The pride of the peacock is the glory of God.
The lust of the goat is the bounty of God.
The wrath of the lion is the wisdom of God.
The tygers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.
Expect poison from the standing water.
You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough.”

William Blake, “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell“ (extracts)

II. “(T)he very first thing to understand about evil is that what we … want to call evil, the energy of, consciousness of, was put in motion simultaneously at the very moment of the manifested creation itself. So what this then means is that what we want to call God or the Source is, itself not perfect. And again, if you want to debate such a thought, simply ask yourself a Piscean question, ‘How can a perfect anything create an imperfect anything?‘ So, in essence, the very creation point is born, relative to what we can call imperfection, and, therefore, we have the principles of duality as a direct reflection of that creation once it was set in motion. And relative to that natural law of duality – night/day – male/female – etc., we also have the natural duality in polarity of what we call good – God, and evil. It is simultaneous to the creation point.“

Jeffrey Wolf Green, “The Nature of Evil and Its Influence in the Horsocope,“ via http://schoolofevolutionaryastrology.com/school/articles/the-nature-of-evil

Gustave Doré, "Satan Falls" (Milton's Paradise Lost)

III. “The shadow cannot, by definition, be “integrated” in the sense that it would disappear or become unimportant. Every time one aspect of the shadow is brought to light, another part of the psyche moves into the dark. Whenever a new attitude is adopted, it is at the cost of another potential behavior that becomes part of the shadow.”

Francoise O’Kane, “Sacred Chaos: Reflections on God’s Shadow and the Dark Self“

Gustave Doré, "Lucifer Is Cast Out of Heaven" (from Milton's Paradise Lost)

Jeffrey Wolf Green’s ideas are very close to the ones expressed by Carl Gustav Jung, who would debate with Christian theologians about the nature of God. To me, this particular aspect of Jung’s legacy is especially important. Unlike Christian doctrinarians, Jung did not see God as Summum Bonum (The Highest Good); instead, he insisted that the ultimate Divinity is a complex of opposites equal in light and shadow. In his view, the moral struggle is inextricable from life: the Shadow is not to ever be eradicated. Jung went as far as accusing Christianity of splitting off half of the opposites by calling them evil, Satan, or devil. In a letter to James Kirsch, Jung wrote that as a result of this split “the indispensable dark side has been left behind or stripped off, and the feminine aspect is missing.“ For Jung, the Holy Trinity was essentially incomplete; what was missing was the fourth part, i.e. the material, the feminine, the dark, the “evil.“ This incompleteness has impoverished the Western psyche, whereas the truth is that both poles are equally important and indispensable to life.

enantiodromia

Government entities’ ironic titles, the promotions of large corporations and religious propaganda are all reflections of this word.  We all pull to ourselves that which we most fear; institutions are no exception.  In duality every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Alchemy is the only way around this.  A strong intention, coupled with complete openness to the how of our intention’s manifestation, allows for the flow of serendipity and synchronicity.  I surmise that the universe delights in fulfilling intentions and desires in an unexpected, creative, multifaceted and efficient manner. Insisting on the how of an intention’s realization is akin to a beggar accepting only Susan B. Anthony coins.