Monday, December 29, 2008

Would you want me teaching your children?

The Global Outrage of an Educated Man......vol.93
     Just in time for the New Year and just after the end of Chanukah, the ever present idiocy of Israel's foreign policy actions is cemented once again by their bombing of the Gaza Strip in their hopes to rid themselves of the terrorist organization Hamas. If it were only that simple. When will the powers that be realize that this act of violence, mindnumbingly expansive compared to Hamas's mosquito like missiles fired in Israeli settlements, will act to only further the Arabs of the Middle East hatred toward Israel and continue to throw gasoline onto the fire that has been burning there since 1947, when the Zionist movement decided to move in and kick out 750,000 Palestinians who had been living there since the diaspora had been dispersed to all parts of the globe. What would any one expect would happen? Thanks for kicking us out. We love people who foreclose on us because they believe to have a divine right. Were going to be great neighbors from here on out. Peace be unto you.
     I scratch my head at actions like these. Innocent Palestinian and Israeli citizens hurt, maimed and killed as collateral damage because of two neighbors unable to agree on who has the better God. Allah or Jehovah? They both preach tenets of peace but are never so slow to not pick up weapons of war. Whether it be rocks from the street slung shot against tanks or Apache Helicopters firing missiles on mosques or compounds, when will it ever stop?
     It is amazing that 2000 years ago, the St. John of Patmos would write the book of Revelation and would predict the end to come at the town of Megiddo, just outside of Jerusalem, and for this area of the world, because of it's embrace of three major religions would still remain relevant to this day. Is it all just a means to separate us from each other? Why did God have to pick that part of the World for Yahweh to be feared, Jesus to die and be resurrected and Muhammad to ascend to heaven? Is there a shadow group of elites since the dawn of time, that has only continued to propagate these "myths" or "facts" so that they will continue to have a means to divide and conquer the masses? Or maybe I simply think too much?
Until next time, open arms and open minds.

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

"God bless Me I'm a free Man, with nowhere free to run." Neko Case

The Global Outrage of an Educated Man.....vol.92
Personal Update.
It wasn't meant to be, the thoughts in my head,
placing me where I shouldn't be and changing my mind instead.
I now find myself heading on the correct path in the right direction.
A teacher I will become, learning never to cease,
but knowledge will always encompass and I will impart it to my students,
so that it will ever increase.

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

If you can think it, it can be done.

The Global Outrage of an Educated Man.....vol.91
"I came in from the wilderness, a creature void of form, come in she said I'll give ya, shelter from the storm." Dylan
 "In the ranks of the so-called learned there is rising up a new order of thinkers, which may best be termed the School of the Worldly Wise Men. After arriving at the astounding conclusion that they are the intellectual salt of the earth, these gentlemen of letters have appointed themselves the final judges of all knowledge, both human and divine. This group affirms that all mystics must have been epileptic and most of the saints neurotic! It declares God to be a fabrication of primitive superstition; the universe to be intended for no particular purpose; immortality to be a figment of the imagination; and an outstanding individuality to be but a fortuitous combination of cells! Pythagoras is asserted to have suffered from a "bean complex"; Socrates was a notorious inebriate; St. Paul was subject to fits; Paracelsus was an infamous quack, the Comte di Cagliostro a mountebank, and the Comte de St.-Germain the outstanding crook of history!
    "What do the lofty concepts of the world's illumined saviors and sages have in common with these stunted, distorted products of the "realism" of this century? All over the world men and women ground down by the soulless cultural systems of today are crying out for a return of the banished age of beauty and enlightenment-for something practical in the highest sense of the word. A few are beginning to realize that so-called civilization in its present form is at the vanishing point; that coldness, heartlessness, commercialism, and material efficiency are impractical, and only that which offers opportunity for the expression of love and ideality is truly worth while. All the world is seeking happiness, but knows not in what direction to search. Men must learn that happiness crowns the soul's quest for understanding. Only through the realization of infinite goodness and infinite accomplishment can the peace of the inner Self be assured. In spite of man's geocentricism, there is something in the human mind that is reaching out to philosophy-- not to this or that philosophic code, but simply to philosophy in the broadest and fullest sense."    Manly P. Hall The Secret Teachings of ALL AGES  (1928)
To be continued, with open arms and open minds.

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Friday, December 12, 2008

"You may say that I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one." Lennon

The Global Outrage of an Educated Man.....vol.90
 "There are no problems, only solutions." Lennon     
         "Ignorant of the cause of life, ignorant of the purpose of life, ignorant of what lies beyond the mystery of death, yet possessing within himself the answer to it all, man is willing to sacrifice the beautiful, the true, and the good within and without upon the blood-stained altar of worldly ambition. The world of philosophy-that beautiful garden of thought wherein the sages dwell in the bond of fraternity-fades from view. In its place rises an empire of stone, steel, smoke, and hate-a world in which millions of creatures potentially human scurry to and fro in the desperate effort to exist and at the same time maintain the vast institution which they have erected and which, like some might Juggernaut, is rumbling inevitably towards an unknown end. In this physical empire, which man erects in the vain belief that he can outshine the kingdom of the celestials, everything is changed to stone. Fascinated by the glitter of gain, man gazes at the Medusa-like face of greed and stands petrified.
       In this commercial age science is concerned solely with the classification of physical knowledge and investigation of the temporal and illusionary parts of Nature. Its so-called practical discoveries bind man but more tightly with the bonds of physical limitation. Religion, too, has become materialistic: the beauty and dignity of faith is measured by huge piles of masonry, by tracts of real estate, or by the balance sheet. Philosophy which connects heaven and earth like a mighty ladder, up the rungs of which illumined of all ages have climbed into the living presence of Reality-even philosophy has become a prosaic and heterogeneous mass of conflicting notions. Its beauty, its dignity, its transcendency are no more. Like other branches of human thought, it has been made materialistic-"practical"-and its activities so directionalized that they may also contribute their part to the erection of this modern world of stone and steel."     Manly P. Hall The Secret Teachings of ALL AGES (1928)
To be continued.
Until next time, open arms and open minds.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Just Imagine

The Global Outrage of an Educated Man.......vol.89
The moon stares witness to the folly of coming night as stars play their masters and children dance on coals.
         "Philosophy bestows life in that it reveals the dignity and purpose of living. Materiality bestows death in that it benumbs or clouds those faculties of the human soul which should be responsive to the enlivening impulses of creative thought of ennobling virtue. How inferior to these standards of remote days are the laws by which men live in the twentieth century! Today man, a sublime creature with infinite capacity for self-improvement, in an effort to be true to false standards, turns from his birthright of understanding---without realizing the consequences--and plunges into the maelstrom of material illusion. The precious span of his earthly years he devotes to the pathetically futile effort to establish himself as an enduring power in a realm of unenduring things. Gradually the memory of his life as a spiritual being vanishes from his objective mind and he focuses all his partly awakened faculties upon the seething beehive of industry which he has come to consider the sole actuality. From the lofty heights of his Selfhood he slowly sinks into the gloomy depths of ephemerality. He falls to the level of the beast, and in brutish fashion mumbles the problems arising from his all too insufficient knowledge of the Divine Plan. Here in the lurid turmoil of a great industrial, political, commercial inferno, men writhe in self-inflicted agony and, reaching out into the swirling mists, strive to clutch and hold the grotesque phantoms of success and power."          Manly P. Hall The Secret Teachings of ALL AGES (1928)
To be continued.
Until then, open arms and open minds.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Can you believe these people?

The Global Outrage of an Educated Man.....vol.88
I have the golden ticket. I have the golden ticket, and I want to make some money off of it. There is no way I am handing it over without first receiving some cash down payment at least. These are hard times. Everyone needs every buck they can get.
I mean, there it is, an open seat in the senate and I can appoint anyone I see fit, and along with that, let's get rid of some of those creatures that slithered out from under the scum of the Earth on the editorial board at the Chicago Tribune while were at it.
Nice work. Corruption has no partisan ideology. The actions of the Governor of Illinois have once again made that abundantly clear. What makes these people tick? Who do these people think they are? Do they not have a moral compass? Is there no sense of right or wrong anymore? And how do people like this, get to where they are in the first place? Were they using the same tactics in the first place? Amazing. They promise a lot and give very little. The world we live in. Wow.
And does anybody realize that we are still in a War in Iraq? Weird.
Now, Mr. Obama, where is the break from the politics of the past and where is the act of real change and reaching across party lines? Everyone in your cabinet is step and fetch Democrats except for Mr. Gates, and maybe that is because were never going to be out of Iraq, or maybe I'm just crazy. I can live with it. Mr. Obama, where is the taxing of big oil and their huge revenues?
People, everyone gets their feet to the flame.
Sorry, I saw Milk on Saturday afternoon and I say flame on. It was only the second film I have seen in the theater, where, at the end of it, the audience applauded. The first being the classic The Usual Suspects. Gay is the new Black. Wow, how do gay black men do it? That's a hard one. No pun intended. Or wait, maybe a black lesbian. First you're female, and then you're black and on top of that, you're gay. Three strikes and you're out. Not in my book. Equal right for everyone. If you're not hurting anyone physically and not hurting yourself, then so be it.
Go Wanda Sykes!!  Sorry. Anyhow, Sean Penn just maybe Daniel Day Lewis's equal. Up next is Frost/Nixon and then Slumdog Millionaire. I love the winter Oscar season warm up and not to forget 7 Pounds and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Good films are on the way once again. "I drink your milkshake. I drink it up!!"
Does anyone know this? That during the Stock market crash of 1929, the stock market didn't regain it's highs of 1927 until 1954!!!! 1954!! I know that it is cyclical and that every generation looks back on the one before and thinks, yeah, but that was different, and these kids today?? What's with them and there crazy clothes and music? Is it all just a little bit of history repeating?
I hope that we can learn from our mistakes.
Lastly, you can better your life by learning to adopt and adapt to things you dream. What you have problems with, dream them and defeat them in your dreams and you will see the residual effects on your waking life. Call me crazy, I can live with it.
Until next time. Open arms and open minds.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

A Song Everyone Should Listen to....

The Global Outrage of an Educated Man..........vol.87
At least once, and then again.

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