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Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Illusion of Individual Reality

It is a popular belief in the Western World, in our academic centers, in our books on “self” that every individual dwells in their own unique “reality,” that each of us possesses our own distinct “truth,” justifying our adherence to individuated sets of absolutes.

There is a school of thought associated with this world-view, in academics it is Logical Positivism, it is the promotion of philosophical relativism.

It is a problem.

The school of Logical Positivism gave us the classic philosophical trope:

“If a tree falls in the woods and there is no-one there to hear it, does it make a sound?”

Suggesting that the answer is unknowable, because it is unverifiable.  

This is false: trees do fall in the woods, and when the do they obey the laws of physics, they make noise. It does not matter if there is a person present to see it, the tree and the forest are their own witness.  

These positivistic and relativistic notions, come to us out of a worldview known as mind-body-dualism. There are many philosophical traditions rooted in mind-body-dualism, most of which do not go so far as to promote the conclusions of the positivists and the relativists. Nevertheless, the position that the positivists and the relativists have arrived at is the logical end of dualistic bias.

The dualistic worldview has been more corrosive and corrupting than any other set of beliefs that have been disseminated through the world, because it divorces the individual first from their own self, then from their neighbor and ultimately the world.

Dualistic thinking is ancient, it is rooted in preliterate assumptions concerning the nature of reality. Its primary proponents in the literary tradition of Western Philosophy are Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, from the 6th through the 4th century before the common era; followed by Plotinus in the 3rd century C.E., who was the greatest synthesizer of their thought, and who transmitted it to the Christianity through the writing of Saint Augustine of Hippo, in the century C.E..

The tradition of mind-body-dualism entered the enlightenment, and the so-called age of reason without challenge into the modern world through the work of Descartes, Kant and Hume by way of Saint Thomas Aquinas, the Angelic Doctor of the Church, the Patron Saint of Philosophy in the 13th century, and through the entire structure of the Catholic University system.

All of the aforementioned thinkers were essentially dualists.

As I have said, dualistic thinking is a problem, not merely because it does not accurately represent reality, which it purports to do, therefore distorting our point of view.

Dualistic thinking is a manifestation of grievous selfishness, self-centeredness, and this is dangerous.

Dualism is harbored in our culture by people who do not want to accept responsibility for themselves or their relationships.

They fear to be incriminated by their own actions, or to take responsibility for their faults.

Dualism establishes the paradigm of “otherness.”

When we see ourselves as separate from one another, as dwelling in our own unique reality, as possessing our own unassailable truth, then we do not see others as a part of ourselves (which all people are, as we are of them), as sharing in the same experience, we do not see our relationship with them as a part of what makes us who we are, and this is the cause of great suffering in the world.

When we separate our experience from the experience of our sisters and brothers we establish the foundation for indifference and find opportunities to act for what we think is in our “self-interest,” through the denial of the legitimacy and rights of the other.

When we view others as objects, when we view them as competitors rather than co-operators and co-creators, when we see them as “things” with a destiny that is different from our own, when we cling to the notion that we have our reality, our own truth, we systematically invalidate own, and through this process we justify our crimes against them.

We victimize them, and ourselves in this way.

When we are blinded by the illusion of individual reality, then we have destroyed the basic bond that ties humanity together, and we have obfuscated the bond that links us to God, the creator of the universe, the sustainer of all that is.

While it is true that we each perceive the universe, reality in different ways, nevertheless, it is the same universe that we are perceiving. The distinctions in our perceptions only manifest themselves according to the differences in our points of view.

Our point of view will always be different, but our common experience will always be the same.


We are one.

Emergence 3.0 - Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Seven, Catastrophe; Chapter Six, Justification

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A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 055, Saturday
February 24th, 2018

Chapter Six: Justification

The catastrophe could have been avoided.

The Empire had the technology to control events of this type. Natural disasters could be mitigated, prevented, undone, even harnessed for the benefit of the people, in the same way that similar problems are resolved on other worlds.

The Continuum, and the collective both, craved the impending drama that would come in the aftermath of the destruction. The pique of ruin, was a savory delight for them. They loved to live vicariously in the lives of desperate people. To watch them sacrifice; selflessly or selfishly, they wanted to be in the moment with those people making the hard decisions.

In one place a parent would give up their life for the sake of their child, a husband for the sake of his wife. In another place the man would sell his spouse into slavery, and the parents make a cannibalistic feast of their child’s body.

The more gruesome the decision the more enwrapped the collective would be in it. They could not wait for the moment to arrive. They were ready for it, eager, hungry.

Jim’s planning would cause the Continuum to feel real anguish, real fear, real pain, to feel it full-force. They would pay for the ages of contemptuous tyranny they lorded over the entire Empire. The Continuum would pay with its artificial life, and the Collective, what survived of it, the Collective would have to adjust to a new reality.   

They would participate in the cataclysmic events happening on Earth, in a manner they could not have predicted, had no defense for. Would not be able to respond to it. They would feel it as if they were experiencing it themselves.

Jim told himself this, if the Continuum would have listened to him, this impasse might have been avoided. He told himself this even knowing that it was a lie. It was a justification. He had guided events to this place, had been shaping this moment for millions of years, seeking this opportunity, and now he would deliver it.

He never had any intention of allowing them to escape the fate that he had laid out for them. The only thing they determined was the timing.

The right now, and here it is.

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Seven, Catastrophe; Chapter Five, Quiet

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Day 054, Friday
February 23rd, 2017

Chapter Five: Quiet

Jim was the first to recover from the trauma. He regained his composure and his sense of self rather quickly, much faster than he had hoped.

He could feel the masses in the Collective. They were silent, but in motion, the movement was like a turbulent sea beneath him.

It was wild and chaotic.

The Observer had prepared himself. He was Jim, and he was fixed on that identity. It steadied him, it calmed him, it reminded him of his purpose, of what brought him to this juncture, and of what steps he had to take in order to preserve his plan.

From the Continuum there was nothing. Jim had expected to meet with fierce resistance. He had planned for a titanic struggle, but there was nothing. It seemed to him as if the omnipresent Continuum was gone, voided, wiped clean.

Jim was wracked by the pain flowing through the quantum string that connected the Continuum to Kathy. He felt it in waves alternating in greater and lesser intensity. There were peaks and troughs, scattered throughout there were intense spikes of anguish, like waves crashing against rocks. The spikes of intensity were sometimes related to a large concentration of group suffering, at other times they were the product of particularly poignant individual grief.

The experience left him staggering, his consciousness would get caught up in and stopped by singular moments of loss. 

He was able to let it flow through him, he never lost hold of the center of himself. He was ready for the great silence that he knew must follow, he had anticipated it. He positioned himself to take advantage.

Jim did not need to move to a physical location, for the ascension. He was one with the Collective, he occupied the same quantum field that the Continuum had, as humanity did.

He only needed to assert control.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Seven, Catastrophe; Chapter Four, Shock

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Day 053, Thursday
February 22nd, 2018

Chapter Four: Shock

The trillion individual persons, those who were the members of the Collective, and comprised the Continuum, they became silent all at once.

Each and every one of them felt the psychic pain of Earth. It was pain like they had not felt since the time they themselves were embodied beings, a kind of pain that they could barely remember, and they had no defense against it.

The shock waves disoriented them. It shattered them. They were not prepared for the onrush of humanity. They could not stand against it.

Even as the collective was reeling, trying to recover from the ssault. Kathy guided the flow on consciousness from Earth in ways that were calming, comforting, soothing.

Kathy was able to settle the collected humanity she carried with her, settle them into a peaceful transition, in no time, in her much practiced ability to dwell below the quantum field.

She realized that Jim had prepared her in many ways just for this moment, she knew intuitively how to guide the masses into their place, allowing them to populate the Collective consciousness of the Central Planet.

In that moment, the great Collective consciousness, the spirits of the Ancient Race, became still for the first time ever. It could not relate to what was happening. It was not adaptable.

Jim knew that there was a chance the Collective could rebound, Continuum might draw humanity unto itself and adjust to the invasion, but that chance passed and was gone.

The emptiness the Collective faced was like a vacuum, it swallowed the whole.

There was no resistance.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Seven, Catastrophe; Chapter Three, Volcano

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Day 052, Wednesday
February 21st, 2018

Chapter Three: Volcano

When the super-volcano in Yellowstone Park blew. Most people on earth had no idea of the danger, no idea that such a threat even existed, what its destructive power was, or how extensive the damage was that it had done in the past.

The existence of the caldera-volcano in Yellowstone had only been discovered by humans in the recent past. It was too massive to see with the naked eye.

Geologists discovered it by chance, as teams of surveyors were examining the original surveys of the surrounding mountains. They noticed that the surveys they were taking did not match those done a hundred years earlier.

They found this perplexing.

The science of surveying, trigonometry, this was well established, it had not changed in the hundred years intervening.

The new measurements showed an uplift of several centimeters over hundreds of square miles of mountain range. The uplift itself was not uniform, meaning that, the discrepancy could not be explained by a piece of faulty equipment, or by the uniform application of an incorrect formula.

It was suggestive of geological mystery.

More teams of geologists were called in to study the rock formations, their strata. They came to the conclusion that hundreds of square miles had indeed experienced a dramatic uplift in a short period of time.

They wanted to understand it.

They knew intuitively that a massive geological force had to underlay the phenomenon they were measuring. They naturally thought of the heat source lurking beneath the Yellowstone Park that were the cause of its many geysers and other natural wonders.

And so they discovered it. a massive volcano deep beneath the earth, one that had gone off like clock-work. Every 600,000 thousand years, and it had been 640,000 years since the last eruption.

Now the disaster was upon them, they were not able to do anything about it, and the world was dying, life on the earth was becoming just another layer of clay.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Forgotten

A shadowless plane
Lifting, the Seraphim flies
Into the deep night

The unspoken truth
Snared in nets of mystery
Loving and sorrow

My heart is open
The sweet flow of slow passion

Tears fall in bright sparks

Emergence 3.0 - Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Seven, Catastrophe; Chapter Two, Channel

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Day 051, Tuesday
February 20th, 2018

Chapter Two: Channel

Every-thing is one in the quantum field.

Time and space, our normal conception of them, they do not exist, there meaning and distinction are completely lost.

In the quantum field everything was entangled, like a ball of string, condensed into a single point of reference.

There was no distance between Earth and HomeWorld; between humanity and the Continuum, or the Collective, or the population of any other world.

The reality of individual experience, the reality of individuation, the reality of time as experienced by beings existing on a scale that is large enough to see it, these are true phenomena, even while at the same time being a type of illusion.  

Jim felt Earth’s psychic pain rushing through the wormhole connecting him to Kathy. He felt much more than the fear, shock, and panic, that he was expecting. He sensed the fullness of the human race coming through with her, the living and the dead, the present and the past, the entirety of Earth’s collective consciousness arriving with her.

The force of it was much greater than Jim was expecting, hoping for, wanting.

He was barely able to hang onto his identity in the onrush. He clung to himself like a life raft, like a man hanging over the edge of a cliff by his fingernails, and slipping.

He blacked out.

It was too much.

Even as the entire Collective went into shock, while the Continuum scrambled to make sense of what was happening, knowing that Jim, the Observer had returned to the HomeWorld as an assassin, Jim lost his grip on what was happening and his ability to control any of the aftermath.

He was victorious, and he had lost, both at the same time.

As his sense of what was transpiring around him was going dim. He perceived a familiar person near to him, searching for him, reaching out through the psychic maelstrom for something to cling to.

She was scared, but she was whole, she was confident, and she was ascending.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Presidents Day 2018

Monday, February 19th  

Presidents Speak for Themselves
A Reflection
Presidents are human beings.

They have all been men (so far), flawed men, everyone who has ever held or sought the office. 

Some have had heroic attributes. All of them have had craven moments. There have only been forty-four of them, until now, the 45th. A couple of other presidents have barely made it into office, only a handful have won the office while failing to earn the popular vote. The forty-third was appointed by the Supreme Court, the first time.

Nevertheless, they were all legitimate…until now.

This president, the occupant of the oval office, the forty-fifth, I was prepared to accept him as the latest president, even though he lost the popular vote, even though there is a cloud of intrigue surrounding his victory; foreign interference (Russia), domestic malfeasance (the FBI), I was prepared to accept him, just as I had accepted Regan, and Bush who were also elected to the highest office, without my support or my enthusiasm or my vote. I accepted them because I believed that they would uphold the rule of law (even though they did illegal things, or illegal things were done in their name).

In the end I believed they would support the American system, the separation of powers, the separation of Church and State, the freedom of the press, an independent judiciary.

The forty-fifth president will not.

He is seeking to undermine the courts, at every turn. He actively undermines our institutions, and works to undermine the rule of law.

He has called the free press an enemy of the people.

This kind of rhetoric makes him a threat to the Republic. The power of his office makes him a threat to humankind

He should listen to the words of these presidents, and we should listen to him, take seriously the things he says and does in our name.


The words of the presidents:

1st George Washington (Two Terms)
“If men are to be precluded from offering their sentiments on a matter…reason is of no use to us; the freedom of speech may be taken away, and dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep, to the slaughter.”
A Real President - April 30, 1789 - March 4th, 1797

2nd John Adams
“The liberty of the press is essential to the security of the state.”
A Real President - March 4th, 1797 - March 4th, 1801

3rd Thomas Jefferson (Two Terms)
"The only security of all is in a free press. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to. It is necessary, to keep the waters pure."
A Real President - March 4th, 1801 - March 4th, 1809

4th James Madison (Two Terms)
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
A Real President - March 4, 1809 - March 4th, 1817

5th James Monroe (Two Terms and Last of the Founders)
“Free people seldom intrigue together; because there is no motive for it. Between the leaders however of a free people, and the neighboring monarchs, such intrigues have often taken place, and always will take place, whilst liberty is odious to monarchs, and men can be found base enough to betray her.”
A Real President - March 4, 1817 - March 4th, 1825

6th John Quincy Adams (Lost the Popular Vote)
“The freedom of the press should be inviolate.”
President - March 4, 1825 - March 4th, 1829

7th Andrew Jackson (Two Terms)
“As long as our government is administered for the good of the people, and is regulated by their will; as long as it secures to us the rights of persons and of property, liberty of conscience, and of the press, it will be worth defending.”
March 4th, 1829 - March 4th, 1837

8th Martin Van Buren          
“There is a power in public opinion in this country - and I thank God for it: for it is the most honest and best of all powers - which will not tolerate an incompetent or unworthy man to hold in his weak or wicked hands the lives and fortunes of his fellow-citizens.”:
A Real President - March 4th, 1837 - March 4th, 1841

9th William Henry Harrison 
“There is no part of the means placed in the hands of the Executive which might be used with greater effect for unhallowed purposes than the control of the public press. The maxim which our ancestors derived from the mother country that "the freedom of the press is the great bulwark of civil and religious liberty" is one of the most precious legacies which they have left us. We have learned, too, from our own as well as the experience of other countries, that golden shackles, by whomsoever or by whatever pretense imposed, are as fatal to it as the iron bonds of despotism. The presses in the necessary employment of the Government should never be used "to clear the guilty or to varnish crime." A decent and manly examination of the acts of the Government should be not only tolerated, but encouraged.”
A Real President - March 4th, 1841 - April 4th, 1841

10th John Tyler
“The guaranty of religious freedom, of the freedom of the press, of the liberty of speech, of the trial by jury, of the habeas corpus…will be enjoyed by millions yet unborn…”   
A Real President - April 4th, 1841 - March 4th, 1845

11th James K. Polk   
”Thank God, under our Constitution there was no connection between Church and State, and that in my action as President of the United States I recognized no distinction of creeds in my appointments office.”
A Real President - March 4th, 1845 - March 4th, 1849

12th Zachary Taylor 
“As American freemen, we cannot but sympathize in all efforts to extend the blessings of civil and political liberty, but at the same time, we are warned by the admonitions of history and the voice of our own beloved Washington to abstain from entangling alliances with foreign nations.”
A Real President - March 4th, 1849 - July 9th, 1849

13th Millard Fillmore
“The law is the only sure protection of the weak, and the only efficient restraint upon the strong.”
“Church and state should be separate, not only in form, but fact - religion and politics should not be mingled.”
A Real President - July 9th, 1850 - March 4th, 1853

14th Franklin Pierce 
“While men inhabiting different parts of this vast continent cannot be expected to hold the same opinions, they can unite in a common objective and sustain common principles.”
A Real President - March 4th, 1853 - March 4th, 1857

15th James Buchanan           
“The country is indebted for the clause prohibiting Congress from passing any law respecting an establishment of religion or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press or of the right of petition. To this we are also indebted for the bill of rights which secures the people against any abuse of power by the Federal Government.”
A Real President - March 4th, 1857 - March 4th, 1861


16th Abraham Lincoln (Assassinated, Ended Slavery)     
“Whenever this effect shall be produced among us; whenever the vicious portion of [our] population shall be permitted to gather in bands of hundreds and thousands, and burn churches, ravage and rob provision stores, throw printing-presses into rivers, shoot editors, and hang and burn obnoxious persons at pleasure and with impunity, depend upon it, this government cannot last. By such things the feelings of the best citizens will become more or less alienated from it, and thus it will be left without friends, or with too few, and those few too weak to make their friendship effectual. At such a time, and under such circumstances, men of sufficient talent and ambition will not be wanting to seize the opportunity, strike the blow, and overturn that fair fabric which for the last half century has been the fondest hope of the lovers of freedom throughout the world.”
A Real President - March 4th, 1861 - April 15th, 1865

17th Andrew Johnson (Impeached)
“Notwithstanding a mendacious press; notwithstanding a subsidized gang of hirelings who have not ceased to traduce me, I have discharged all my official duties and fulfilled my pledges.”
Impeached President - April 15th, 1865 - March 4th, 1869

18th Ulysses S. Grant (Two Terms)
“Let us labor to add all needful guarantees for the more perfect security of free thought, free speech, and free press, pure morals, unfettered religious sentiments, and of equal rights and privileges to all men, irrespective of nationality, color, or religion.”
A Real President - March 4th, 1869 - March 4th, 1877

19th Rutherford B. Hayes (Lost the Popular Vote)           
“I am not liked as a President by the politicians in office, in the press, or in Congress. But I am content to abide the judgment the sober second thought of the people.”
"But at the basis of all prosperity, for that as well as for every other part of the country, lies the improvement of the intellectual and moral condition of the people. Universal suffrage should rest upon universal education. To this end, liberal and permanent provision should be made for the support of free schools by the State governments, and, if need be, supplemented by legitimate aid from national authority."
President - March 4th, 1877 - March 4th, 1881

20th James A. Garfield (Assassinated)        
“In the long, fierce struggle for freedom of opinion, the press, like the Church, counted its martyrs by thousands.”
A Real President - March 4th, 1881 - September, 1881

21st Chester A. Arthur
“If it were not for the reporters, I would tell you the truth.”
A Real President - September 19th, 1881 - March 4th, 1885

22nd and 24th Grover Cleveland (Elected Twice, Serving Two Non-consecutive Terms)          
“Officeholders are the agents of the people, not their masters. Not only is their time and labor due to the government, but they should scrupulously avoid in their political action, as well as in the discharge of their official duty, offending by a display of obtrusive partisanship their neighbors who have relations with them as public officials.”
A Real President - March 4th, 1885 - March 4th, 1889, March 4th, 1893 - March 4th, 1897

23rd Benjamin Harrison (Lost the Popular Vote)  
“God forbid that the day should ever come when, in the American mind, the thought of man as a 'consumer' shall submerge the old American thought of man as a creature of God, endowed with 'unalienable rights'.”
President - March 4th, 1889 - March 4th, 1893

25th William McKinley (Assassinated)        
“Equality of rights must prevail, and our laws be always and everywhere respected and obeyed. We may have failed in the discharge of our full duty as citizens of the great Republic, but it is consoling and encouraging to realize that free speech, a free press, free thought, free schools, the free and unmolested right of religious liberty and worship, and free and fair elections are dearer and more universally enjoyed to-day than ever before. These guaranties must be sacredly preserved and wisely strengthened. The constituted authorities must be cheerfully and vigorously upheld.”
A Real President - March 4th, 1897 - September 14th, 1901

26th Theodore Roosevelt (Two Terms)       
“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”
A Real President - September 19th, 1901 - March 4th, 1909

27th William Howard Taft   
“The intoxication of power rapidly sobers off in the knowledge of its restrictions and under the prompt reminder of an ever-present and not always considerate press, as well as the kindly suggestions that not infrequently come from Congress.”
A Real President - March 4th, 1909 - March 4th, 1913

28th Woodrow Wilson (Oversaw the end of Women’s Sufferage)           
“Publicity is one of the purifying elements of politics. Nothing checks all the bad practices of politics like public exposure.”
A Real President - March 4th, 1913 - March 4th 1921

29th Warren G. Harding      
"We must not abridge the freedom of speech, the freedom of press, or the freedom of assembly because there is no promise in repression."
A Real President - March 4th, 1921 - August 2nd, 1923

30th Calvin Coolidge 
“The freedom of the human mind is recognized in the right to free speech and free press. The public schools have made education possible for all and ignorance a disgrace.”
A Real President - August 2nd, 1923 - March 4th, 1929

31st Herbert Hoover 
“Absolute freedom of the press to discuss public questions is a foundation stone of American liberty.”
A Real President - March 4th, 1929 - March 4th, 1933

32nd Franklin D. Roosevelt (Four Terms)
“Freedom of conscience, of education, or speech, of assembly are among the very fundamentals of democracy and all of them would be nullified should freedom of the press ever be successfully challenged.”
A Real President - March 4th, 1933 - April 12th, 1945

33rd Harry S. Truman (Two Terms)
“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear."
A Real President - April 12th, 1945 - January 20th, 1953

34th Dwight D. Eisenhower (Two Terms – Hero of the Second World War)     
"Censorship, in my opinion, is a stupid and shallow way of approaching the solution to any problem. Though sometimes necessary, as witness a professional and technical secret that may have a bearing upon the welfare and very safety of this country, we should be very careful in the way we apply it, because in censorship always lurks the very great danger of working to the disadvantage of the American nation."
A Real President - January 20th, 1953 - January 20th, 1961

35th John F. Kennedy (Assassinated)
“Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed-and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian law-maker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. And that is why our press was protected by the First Amendment--the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution--not primarily to amuse and entertain, not to emphasize the trivial and the sentimental, not to simply "give the public what it wants"--but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold, educate and sometimes even anger public opinion.”
A Real President - January 20th, 1961 - November 22nd, 1963


36th Lyndon B. Johnson (Two Terms, Passed the Civil Rights Act)       
“Democracy is a constant tension between truth and half-truth and, in the arsenal of truth, there is no greater weapon than fact.”
A Real President - November 22nd, 1963 - January 20th 1969

37th Richard Nixon (Two Terms, Resigned)          
“You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore, because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference.” ~ Last press conference before resignation…
Resigned the Presidency amid Charges of Corruption and Obstruction of Justice
January 20th, 1969 - August 9th, 1974

38th Gerald Ford (Un-elected)         
“I believe in the first amendment and the absolute necessity of a free press.”
President - August 9th, 1974 - January 20th 1977

39th Jimmy Carter    
“When people are intimidated about having their own opinions, oppression is at hand.”
“We live in a time of transition, an uneasy era which is likely to endure for the rest of this century. During the period we may be tempted to abandon some of the time-honored principles and commitments which have been proven during the difficult times of past generations. We must never yield to this temptation. Our American values are not luxuries, but necessities - not the salt in our bread, but the bread itself.”
A Real President - January 20th, 1977 - January 20th, 1981

40th Ronald Reagan (Two Terms)  
“The First Amendment was not written to protect people and their laws from religious values. It was written to protect those values from government tyranny.”
A Real President - January 20th, 1981 - January 20th, 1989

41st George H. W. Bush       
We know what works: Freedom works. We know what's right: Freedom is right. We know how to secure a more just and prosperous life for man on Earth: through free markets, free speech, free elections, and the exercise of free will unhampered by the state.”
A Real President - January 20th, 1989 - January 20th, 1993

42nd Bill Clinton (Two Terms, Impeached but not Removed)
“The road to tyranny, we must never forget, begins with the destruction of the truth.”
A Real President - January 20th, 1993 - January 20th, 2001

43rd George W. Bush (Two Terms, Lost the Popular Vote in the First)
"I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy…that we need the media to hold people like me to account. I mean, power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive and it's important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power, whether it be here or elsewhere.”
A Real President - January 20th, 2001 - January, 20th 2009

44th Barack Obama (Two Terms)   
“We have to uphold a free press and freedom of speech -- because, in the end, lies and misinformation are no match for the truth.”
A Real President - January 20th, 2009 - January 20th, 2017

45th Donald Trump (Lost the Popular Vote, Elected with the Aid of a Foreign Adversary)
“The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, AABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!”
A Fake President, Failing - January 20th, 2017 – One year and one month in, and it cannot be over soon enough.

These words speak for themselves. One of these quotes is not like the others.

The despot uttered it should be removed from office, not because he made this statement, but for this sentiment and his many other crimes.

Impeach!


Remember This:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

-          U.S. Constitution, First Amendment

Emergence 3.0 - Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Seven, Catastrophe; Chapter One, Unleashed

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 050, Monday
February 19th, 2018

Chapter One: Unleashed

The explosion shook the world; everything shifted. Every living thing on the planet felt it.  

Kathy knew in an instant what it was, what it meant, the sound of the blast echoed back through her memory. Ancestral voices cried out in alarm. It was the end of days, it was Ragnorak, it was the hand of God pulling the death-shroud over the world.

She felt it from over a thousand miles away, it shook the building she was standing in, it was a massive earthquake. The place where she was remained on its foundations, even while buildings all around her where collapsing, gas mains exploding, and homes were catching on fire.

Kathy felt the pain and the fear of those dying.

The volcano erupted in a remote location. People died in the tens of thousands in the first seconds, but the shock waves that ensued, and the liquifaction of the mantle spread in concentric rings for hundreds and hundreds of miles.

It took minutes before it reached major population centers filled with buildings that were never designed to endure those forces. Millions more died in those moments.

Kathy felt the fears of those about to die, she felt their panic, she felt their pain, she felt it all around her.

Kathy had spent her entire life learning to shield herself from such psychic intrusions, both from the external world, from the living people all around her, and from the multitude of voices speaking to her from her ancestral memory, and the cynergenic field.

She was stalwart and instinctively, her defenses went up.

She withstood the assault.

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