Friday, November 26, 2010

American Psychosis

What happens to a society that cannot distinguish between reality and illusion? I want your feedback.

American Psychosis By Chris Hedges

"Resistance movements will have to look now at the long night of slavery, the decades of oppression in the Soviet Union and the curse of fascism for models. The goal will no longer be the possibility of reforming the system but of protecting truth, civility and culture from mass contamination. It will require the kind of schizophrenic lifestyle that characterizes all totalitarian societies. Our private and public demeanor will often have to stand in stark contrast. Acts of defiance will often be subtle and nuanced. They will be carried out not for short term gain but the assertion of our integrity. Rebellion will have an ultimate if not easily definable purpose. The more we retreat from the culture at large the more room we will have to carve out lives of meaning, the more we will be able to wall off the flood of illusions disseminated by mass culture and the more we will retain sanity in an insane world. The goal will become the ability to endure."


I am an adherent to the "Monomyth" philosophy as proposed by Joseph Campbell. The Mono myth is the story of a hero's "Departure, Fulfillment, and Return". These ??? levels are brought about through through the "death and resurrection" of the hero. The hero must die to himself to "find the source of life to bring you to a new position of life." The hero is defined by Mr. Campbell by "achievements beyond the normal realm of achievements." To which the Hero has often "Given himself to something beyond himself."

The mono myth has manifested itself throughout the course of history. In Buddhism, the Buddha witnesses the cruel reality of life, and returns into the forest. On returning the Buddha has a solution to the problem of suffering. In Christianity, Jesus departs into the desert, for forty days and nights. These spiritual journey aren't without their share of hardships either. Hungry and thirsty is tempted by the devil to eat and drink for the pleasure of material pleasures. Upon returning Jesus too has a solution for humanity. "To love God, and your neighbor as yourself" In Islam, we learn that the Prophet Mohammad journey into the desert to mediate in solitude. After years of mediation he received a revelation from the Angel Gabriel that would later form the basis of Islam, "There is no god, but God."

These stories and revelation changed the course of human history and continues to give us hope. Spiritual teachings can be traced back to this essential mono myth touted by these spiritual leaders. His call is for everyone to become their own hero's, and give themselves to something beyond themselves.

Stories of religious leaders are the expression of these "heroic myths" throughout the history of time. Joseph Campbell begins the "Hero Journey", of the six video series the Power of Myth, with "We have not to even risk the adventure alone for the heroes of all times have gone before us. The labyrinth is thoroughly known, we've only to follow the hero path. Where we thought to find an abomination we shall find a god. Where had thought to travel outward, we shall travel to the center of our own existence. Where we thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves. Where we thought to be alone, we shall be with the entire world"

"Eternity isn't some later time. Eternity isn't a long time. Eternity has nothing to do with time. Eternity is that dimension of here and now which thinking and time cuts out. This is it. And if you don't get it here, you won't get it anywhere. And the experience of eternity right here and now is the function of life." Finally I was able to fully appreciate the moment and of the sun rising out my window. It has taken billions of years for this moment to be possible, unknown paths were taken by pioneers and still your existence has been made possible. You shouldn't be here, but you are, is that not a miracles itself.

Life is a continuing cycle of self discovery. A cycle of improving yourself though hardships and everyday trials. About continuing to achieve a inner peace, that no one can steal from you. Joseph Campbell said "the promised land isn't someplace out there, it's the place where you can return to time and time again and achieving personal peace."

Some questions will forever be unanswerable. This philosophy take that into account. It accepts religion as an attempt to understand a world beyond this, accepts science, and justice as a progressive system that is achieved in leaps and bounds to humanity.

What's your story? Whats your fight? What's your Jihad?

Economic Bill of Rights

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, introducing the "Economic Bill of Rights”
Excerpt from President Roosevelt's January 11, 1944 message to the Congress of the United States on the State of the Union
"For unless there is security here at home, there cannot be lasting peace in the world"

It is our duty now to begin to lay the plans and determine the strategy for the winning of a lasting peace and the establishment of an American standard of living higher than ever before known. We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people—whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth—is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure.
This Republic had its beginning, and grew to its present strength, under the protection of certain inalienable political rights—among them the right of free speech, free press, free worship, trial by jury, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. They were our rights to life and liberty.

As our nation has grown in size and stature, however—as our industrial economy expanded—these political rights proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.

We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. “Necessitous men are not free men.” People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.
In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all—regardless of station, race, or creed.

Among these are:
The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;
The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation.
The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;
The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;
The right of every family to a decent home;
The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;
The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;
The right to a good education.

All of these rights spell security. And after this war is won we must be prepared to move forward, in the implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being.

America’s own rightful place in the world depends in large part upon how fully these and similar rights have been carried into practice for our citizens.
For unless there is security here at home, there cannot be lasting peace in the world

United States of Illusion


Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Martin Luther King Jr.

"The public debate about the Gaza attack engages in the absurd pretense that it is Israel, not the Palestinians, whose security and dignity is being threatened. This blind defense of Israel's brutality towards the Palestinians is a betrayal to the memory of all those killed in other genocides in other times." Chris Hedges

The United States has the ability to influence Israel's actions toward the Palestinian people. The Gaza Strip's economy is at the mercy of the Israeli government as nothing gets in or out of the Gaza Strip without Israel’s knowledge and acceptance.

 In 2005, the United States gave over $154 billion in economic and military aid, more than any other U.S. foreign recipient. Israel doesn't have to necessarily disclose where the money goes. The money could go to bulldozing homes in West Bank () It could go to destroying Palestinian homes, and we'd never know. Building walls around the Palestinian people in the name of national security, and taking away Palestinian homes, and lifestyle, and job opportunities...and Israel doesn't expect any kind of repercussions? What the hell are they stupid? 

The United States ought to make the playing field more fair. But nobody dares criticize Israel. Ahmadinejad talks about denying the holocaust, if you place what he said into context, he asking how can the people of Israel, a very broad question, have gone through the holocaust and now inflict that horror onto the Palestinian people?? We're talking about a genocide right in front of our very eyes. American's tend to have a naive perspective in large part because we sympathize with the Jewish people during the holocaust, and we share the same values with Israel. We have all the right to sympathize. I'm not talking about the Jewish people; I'm talking about the Israeli government. Most would argue that this conflict in the middle east has been occurring since "time first began", that's not true, this is not a religious war, this is a war about land. (Religion defiantly influences their decisions though, most Americans do not criticize Israel is because in the Bible it says in Deuteronomy that Israel is god's chosen nation, and in sum, those who don't support Israel will be eternally doomed) Anyways, I'm going to stop. It's a very complex issue with many different dimensions but it's definitely one that gets me going, as you can tell.
We must understand the difference between the government of Israel, and the people that follow the Jewish tradition. I do not support the Israeli government
Israel’s action have been excessive. In December of 2008, Israel attacked the Gaza Strip , killing innocent children and women. Understanding that civilians will be killed in any form of warfare. However, the targets chosen were specifically.
Christian organizations across  the United States completely support Israel and their actions regardless of the consequences. The continuing to supporting Israel while it simultaneously committs atrocities towards the palestiaians people in the Middle East will come with harsh repercussions to the U.S. image, and only undermine our efforts to dwarf terrorism.

The Palestinian people are treated like animals for the sake.

Israel’s strategic alliance with the United States was useful throughout the Cold War. Now in turbulent times that are ahead, the best move would be to distant ourselves from the atrocities of the Israeli government.
Our alliance with Turkey remains at stake. The United States has vital interests in the Turkish region.
The United States needs to continue to move to oppose the current regime’s actions towards the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. The consequences of the Gaza Strip and West bank are expected if you continue to deny the
I cannot support a regime that continually supports unwarranted violence on a group of individuals that are unable to defend themselves.
Recently, the boats

You are not supporting God, and the way of life through supporting state sponsored terrorism. You are not supporting  God through unwarranted raids, and the excessive deaths of thousands of women and children. Folks have the principles of Judaism and Israel and God so tightly intertwined in their heads, it doesn’t make sense. I would classify you as an ignorant two headed snake.  For your continued support to a nation that carries out unprecended attacks against a people that have no formally recognized state, and

This is the genocide of our time.

Bet Selem 

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Only the Young

Brandon Flowers, lead singer for the Killer's has become a one man show. His new rhythm is great, and Reverence for the past often goes without words.

I've read different interpretations of the song suggesting that only the young can break away from the past the past. I beg to differ. Only the young at heart, only those who live life with the same passion they did as they were young can continue to break away. It's a perpetual liberating cycle.

If I could somehow capture the beauty of this moment, raw and new, I would. If I could describe the simplicity of life associated without technology I would. If I could describe in great detail the highlights of my life to this very day, and with a verse or two about the personalities I've had the privilege to accompany me, I would. If I could describe what it feels like and what it means to be human, and what it means to be alive and well, I would. But instead, I surrender myself to the Greats-what has to be said has already been said.

Only the Young Lyrics

Look back in silence
The cradle of your whole life
There in the distance
Losing its greatest pride
Nothing is easy, nothing is sacred, why?
Where did the bow break?
It happened before your time

And there were people there
Lovely as you'd ever care
Tonight, maybe you can start again
Laughing in the open air
Have yourself another dream
Tonight, maybe we can start again

Only the young can break away, break away
Lost when the wind blows, on your own
Only the young can break away, break away
Lost when the wind blows, on your own

Mother, it's cold here
Father, thy will be done
Thunder and lightning are crashing down
They got me on the run
Direct me to the sun
Redemption, keep my covers clean tonight
Baby, we can start again

Only the young can break away, break away
Lost when the wind blows, on your own
Only the young can break away, break away
Lost when the wind blows, on your own

And the sun will shine again
And the sun will shine again
Are you looking for a sign?
Or are you caught up in the lie?

Only the young can break away, break away
Lost when the wind blows, on your own
Only the young can break away, break away
Lost when the wind blows, on your own