Monday, December 26, 2011
The word "spirit" is, in one context, an antiquated representation of the more technically correct term "euphoria."
In another context, "spirit" is representative of the effects of alcohol. Still another context for the word "spirit" falls into the arena of exuberance or enthusiasm. The sinister side-effect of the word "spirit" is its reinforcement of false beliefs in ghosts. The word "Spirit" passes memes that cognitively reinforces false ideas that were conditioned into us as gullible, ignorant children.
On the other side of the argument, keeping the word "spirit" helps us understand those who still use the word and believe its literal meaning.
We may only need to parse the term "belief" away from the word "faith" to render worthless, any dictionary words with poisonous superstitious memes. The word "belief" is the acceptance that something is true, while the word "faith" is complete trust in something or someone.
Atheists have no complete trust in anything and that is indeed the symptom of a very healthy mind. The word "belief" requires no "faith" when all scientific evidence stands on conclusions in support of the belief.
If anything at all requires "faith," apparently the evidence is lacking and therefore I will walk away from a used car dealer who asks for cash up-front for a vehicle I have yet to drive, based on the car dealer's plea for me to have "faith" in the vehicle. Have T-shirts made that say "Just say no to faith."
How many other faith-based or superstitious-based words do we still have floating around in our vocabulary?
Sunday, October 2, 2011
This is dogma for an enslaved class of people who can't recognize when they are being deceived.
Until recently, the prevailing authority relied on public ignorance and complacency to bring the whole world to the economic precipice. Now working class people around the world are witnessing money bleeding out of their economies, never again to return to circulation among the masses.
The odd thing about people who believe in karma is that they selectively ignore one important aspect of karma in order to prove to themselves that karma actually works: Time. All it takes for karma to work is time. Those who believe in karma don't care that it might take beyond the length of their own lives for karma to prove that it works. Apparently, the waiting time is not as important as the toll that karma will take on one's enemies. This proves that karma does work, eventually. After all, everyone dies.
Karma and the Golden Rule serve a function more important than merely instilling morality onto ignorant children. It teaches you to believe that other people will naturally treat you the same way you treat them. This is completely false.
This has a serious detrimental effect on children who grow up to become givers who, thinking they will be eventually rewarded, throw away so much of their money to other people that they go into debt.
I personally know someone who is retired and earning a $32,000 pension, she has mortgages and loans on houses and vehicles used by her mother, adult unemployed children and grandchildren. She's behind on most of the payments and frequently bounces checks and gets overdraft charges. She can't say no, and she's terrified of karma. She has been so overly kind and generous that her family has come to expect it all the time as normal, and it's killing her.
People who believe in karma and live ignorantly by the Golden Rule are easily exploited, their kindness is squandered and never returned, because humans are selfish by nature. You must watch out for the types of people that surround the giver, especially if the giver is a parent, because the takers have never known self-sufficiency and they have come to perceive the giver as their primary source of sustenance and may likely react with violence or intimidation. Typically this kind of behavior arrives on stage at the Jerry Springer show.
The most damage a giver can do is to die, leaving nothing to a family of takers who don't know what else to do, so they turn to the state or to crime for sustenance. Such are the long-term effect of karma and the Golden Rule.
Friday, June 10, 2011
There are standards of social behavior we must teach children so they don't have babies they cannot afford to support, or contract incurable diseases through activities that involve physical contact with the bodily fluids of other people.
Entertainment media creates adult scenarios that make such behaviors seem harmless and manageable, because when you are an adult and understand the proper procedures for protecting yourself, those scenarios are manageable and safe. Censorship rules require that the entertainment media not teach methods of protection to avoid the consequences of bad behavior, but they allow scenarios to play out as though the protection was in place.
So children are left to imitate the same behavior, but unfortunately, reap the consequences of not knowing the proper methods of protection. Children will repeat the behavior they see, it is in their nature to do so as biological beings. Parents watch in horror as their daughters come home at three o'clock in the morning, mascara and lipstick smeared, shaking, clothing torn, missing a sock, only to discover some days later she is pregnant, or has genital Herpes, or AIDS.
Because elected officials appear in the entertainment medium of television and the Internet, they are expected to avoid the risky behavior because the audience has a personal investment in them. Parents can't stand to see politicians behaving the same way fictional television characters behave, because the audience believes that the politicians will suffer the consequences of their own children who don't know better.
The most fearful and outspoken against politicians behaving like real human beings are people who are the farthest removed from knowledge about the nature of human behavior, and the farthest removed from knowledge about the proper protections available for navigating such risky behavior.
It is the naive, isolated, fundamentalist radical religious who put their own children at the most risk by denying them knowledge, yet they throw their hands up and proclaim "it was God's plan" when their daughters get pregnant at seventeen with their second child.
Politicians are human and can't be expected to not have human needs or eccentricities. They say as a parent you are only as good as your worst child, are you only as good as the worst politician for which you voted, or the worst preacher you followed?
Monday, January 17, 2011
Tonight I'm focusing on marriage. What do you call traditional marriage? You must go back more than a thousand years, perhaps more than two thousand year.
Around the world today there are still marriages that are arranged by the parents, but in even earlier times, marriage was purely a consolidation of power.
The ultimate example of marriage leading to a consolidation of power could be Genghis Kahn and the founding of the Mongol Empire. While marriage practices can't be directly attributed to Genghis Kahn, the long-term result of real traditional marriage most certainly led to the formation of the Mongol Empire.
Today marriages are still arranged in such a manner, but as a means of protecting the existing power structure, in India for example, the Caste system was developed.
In the west, the existing power structures are maintained by allowing marriage to be chosen out of physical attraction and desire, with no designs for power gain or even plans for economic self-sufficiency. In fact, the weddings in the west are the most expensive and create great financial loss to the families involved.
Suppression of birth control and contraception methods lend to the additional burden of too many children. An overpopulation of children within a consolidated family creates a negative economic impact on that family's rise to power through further consolidation in the far future. Marriages today are focused on procreation with little or no regard to available resources.
This burden is most evident in developing countries where the populations were converted to catholicism. The result is an outcry in the media for such resources as clean water and sewer systems, and donations for malnutrition, malaria and vaccines. Ironically, the money goes to the very charitable organizations that created the problems in the first place.
Gay marriage is perhaps the most threatening to the existing power structures because it represents the greatest potential power gain through consolidation, with the ability to adopt the correct number of children to maintain economic balance for future power gains. Providing of course that the couple does not fall into the same commercial pitfalls as most other couples getting married in the west.
The west has been so weakened by the hoarding of resources by a few families, that survival in the future will depend on changing the concept of marriage for the rest of us, from witless desire, to an economic agreement between our families to become tribes, and gather forces over future generations, to overturn the existing predatory power stuctures, for one more equitable under the banner of science and reason.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
So, what purpose is served by deliberately limiting or suppressing knowlege?
A primary law of economy states that a product's value is inverse to it's available quantity. In other words, the more you have of a product, the cheaper it's value.
In accounting, labor is an expense. Since labor is people, people who are employees are held by business owners and managers as costs which should be reduced by any means possible while still being able to accomplish the goals of the business.
Since all businesses cannot reduce the cost of labor by eliminating the workforce entirely, all businesses collectively seek to reduce the value of the workforce, by generating a surplus of workers.
Through the control of public education curriculum, businesses managed to create a surplus of labor skilled in basic trades such as construction, health care, law enforcement, and many other skills that are dependent upon money, rather than independent survival skills such as subsistence farming, fishing, hunting, or starting a business.
It is not in the best interest of existing businesses to allow for the creation of competition. It is in the best interest of businesses to create a surplus of dependent workers who compete with each other by sacrificing wages and benefits, thereby reducing the value of labor.
Since democratic government is run by politicians who are supported in their campaigns primarily by businesses, politicians are beholden to businesses for their basic survival needs. Observe the obvious positions of employment rewarded to former politicians, and the obvious positions of government rewarded to business persons who have the finances to make themselves known to enough gullible voters, to get themselves elected.
Businesses, through proxy of government, dictate public education curriculum. Observe the behaviors of the Texas Board of Education and its selection of textbooks as the most glaring example of dumbing down public education.
Religious persons are set apart as the most desirable of employees for their limited skills, dependency, rejection of critical thinking, and their devotion to concentrated hierarchical leadership.
Politicians consistently appeal to the religious and mass media promotes religion and vilifies independent critical thinkers in western culture.
The economy in the United States is dominated by employees with limited skills who are in a surplus that is unsustainable, because they only have enough funds to supply themselves with food, transportation and shelter, because they agreed to work for less and less pay.
The only businesses that remain will be farmers, grocers, landlords, transportation and energy producers. Nobody here in the U.S. can afford anything else except clothing, and fashion is a luxury extinct as well.
So, if you are a young student going to public school, save your self by rejecting the idea of getting a good job, and instead concentrate on starting your own business.
Do not allow yourself to be distracted by entertainment that is not educational.
Only be interested in your own mental and physical fitness, do not be distracted by sports of which you do not participate.
Ignore any history lesson that reinforces racism by teaching about the history of race relations. Human beings are human beings, nothing more, nothing less. Everyone is equal.
No matter how benign the communication, any message that creates groups of people based on physical traits is counter-productive and designed to divide and conquer not only the individuals who are the subject of the message, but you too, by creating the impression that certain people belong in certain groups.
If you are religious. Shun religion. You don't need it. There is no such thing as a soul that can be punished or rewarded in an afterlife. Free your mind and embrace science and survival skills.
In the next election, use the write-in option and vote for "No Confidence" because politics is a fraud run by businesses.
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Monday, January 3, 2011
The masses cannot see beyond the social veil, they only see that which they believe directly influences their lives.
What exactly is the social veil? The veil is made entirely of petty distractions. Distractions such as religion, sports, politics, home-making, lawn care, daily toil for someone else, competing for local social status, etc.
The veil must be maintained by constantly communicating messages that reinforce the values of these existing petty distractions.
The mass media can easily deny responsibility for reinforcing the social veil because they claim they merely provide the messages the audience wants to experience.
More responsibility belongs to certain media associated with early childhood development and education.
Mainly the early Dick and Jane books, using buses to move children to unfamiliar neighborhoods instead of improving the schools in the neighborhoods, history education about how certain cultures were conquered so we assume they are still below the status of their conquerors, the use of local property taxes to create an imbalance in education funding, employees getting recruited at local churches instead of local universities, etc.
Early conditioning stays with us, and our fear of the unknown and our programmed expectations of others are the strings by which we are controlled, from beyond the social veil.
History is full of lies, while science can be tested and proven true or false. They who call themselves "theologians" are well-versed in manipulation of the masses, like that revealed by Niccolo Machiavelli in his book The Prince.
However, theologians are merely the unwitting guards and cultivators of the social veil. They too are mere victims of its power because we are only as good as our limited choices allow.
How do we tear away the social veil? Stop believing.
Start questioning absolutely everything, like we did when we were young and we kept asking "Why?"
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