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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Regrets - Editorial, The Week in Review


Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
06.30.2018

Regrets


I spent the last half of this week listening to the leaders and spokespeople for the Democratic Party talk at length about their plans to try and stop the appointment of the next Supreme Court Justice by Donald Trump.

It is nauseating.

The prospect of this illegitimate president appointment a second justice is nauseating.

The lack of unity on the left is even more nauseating.

This, and all of the rest of the social and political travesties that have been perpetrated on the American people are what happens when liberals and progressives fall apart and fall away from each other because the favorite causes of one group are at odds with the favorite causes of another group and any talk of compromise is treated as a betrayal of a person’s core values.

The Supreme Court was on the ballot in 2016, but Bernie Sanders’s and his supporters would not relent. Even after Bernie endorsed the Clinton candidacy a good number of his supporters, ran into the trap that had been laid out for them by Vladimir Putin’s puppet leftist, Jill Stein.

It was sickening.

The Supreme Court was on the Ballot then. The republican majority in the senate were refusing to even give President Obama’s pick to fill the vacancy a hearing, let alone take a vote, and they got away with it.

The senate denied President Obama’s candidate. Trump got elected, he appointed an arch-conservative to the court, and he is about to do it again.

It is nauseating, to listen to pundits on the left, office holders and activists pretend like the standard which the Republican majority leader in the Senate, Mitch Mc Connell, used to justify his refusal to give President Obama’s candidate a vote, to pretend that they should be able to hold Mitch Mc Connell to that standard now; no appoints to the Supreme Court in an election year.

I have some news for them, they should shut their mouths.

Mitch Mc Connell has zero credibility, no intellectual honesty, we cannot expect fairness or consistency from him on anything. The only principle he will adhere to is the principle of doing the bidding of his masters. It is the only reason he holds the position he holds.

Mitch Mc Connell hates the American people, hates our democratic institutions, hates America, he is a feckless villain, who has ceded the power of his office and the authority of the Senate to a man who is willing to destroy the country for the satisfaction of his vanity, and his all-cosuming greed.

To all my liberal friends who are crying now, if you are in that group that only ever offered tepid support to Hillary Clinton. If you cried and whined, about having to compromise your values at the voting booth. If you pushed stories from Russian Bots and Trolls against her candidacy. If you did not vote at all, or if you voted for Stein, then I am sad for you in this moment, because I am sad for what this moment means to our country…but really, this is your nightmare.

Do not tell me that Hillary lost because she ran a terrible campaign…I do not want to hear that. She did, so what. She is a terrible campaigner, but she was a good policy wonk, her candidacy was never about her personality, it was based on her ability to be an effective administrator…and oh, by the way, she won the popular vote, she won more votes than any other candidate in history.

Take a look at the Republicans and the right wing of the American electorate. They are in the minority, there are fewer of them than there are of us, by they are unified, they march in lock step, and that is why they win.

If we cannot learn from that, organize and get out the vote, compromise and push our agenda forward, then we get what we get: a criminal regime, the destruction of the international order, the ruination of the country and the degradation of the constitution.

Emergence 3.0 - Section Four, Kathy; Part Twenty-four, Adolescence; Chapter Six, Attraction


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 181, Saturday
June 30th, 2018

Chapter Six: Attraction

Kathy spent the energy of youth learning to master her thoughts and feelings, just so that she could get along in the world

She needed a place to escape.

When she was a child she escaped from the world into her memories, revisiting the lives of her ancestors.

As she was approaching puberty she escaped into the nous-sphere finding guidance in the presence of the living spirits whose memories she did not have incorporated into her own DNA.

She escaped into her anger and rage, the white hot heat of which could drown out everything else.

Finally, Kathy found escape into the real world. The circle had become complete. The past, she found, could be more oppressive than the present,

She discovered the supreme distraction in the passions of her body.

In masturbation, and sexual coupling she was able to forget herself, forget the world around her the uncritical, careless delights of sexual gratification.

She lost herself in beautiful people, in the present moment, in the desires that were most immediate to her senses. She could linger for hours, in the scent and taste of a lover.

Physical love was timeless.

She concentrated all her attention in the now. The present moment was everything, she became lost in it.

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Four, Kathy; Part Twenty-four, Adolescence; Chapter Five, Refuge


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 180, Friday
June 29th, 2018

Chapter Five: Refuge

In time Kathy learned to separate herself from her emotions. They would have killed her had she not.

The body is the servant of the mind, as with all complicated machines it requires diagnostics and maintenance.

She discovered the methods by which she could commune with her physical form.

She listened to it.

Her body spoke to her.

She exercised it, mastering every muscle, every gland.

She gave it the attention it needed, sustenance, and nutrition, whatever her body required to be balanced.

She took control of herself and found relief in discipline.

She found peace in meditations that took her outside of her body.

With an ability that no human being ever had before, she entered the cynergenic field, creating a distance from the structured, chemically sequenced emotions of her body.

She was guided in this by the ascended masters dwelling within her, and with those dwelling still in the nous-sphere.

Kathy discovered the ontological reality she shared with every living being on the planet. They were united.

They were one.

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Four, Kathy; Part Twenty-four, Adolescence; Chapter Four, Rage


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 179, Thursday
June 28th, 2018

Chapter Four: Rage

Kathy burned with hatred. She was consumed by a hatred for the world, by self-loathing, and by the intrusive voices coming to her from the nous-sphere.

She did not even find relief in the comfort of her memories. The only thing she encountered there was the impetus for her to be strong, to fulfill her duties, to remain calm.

Kathy did not want to be calm, she did not want to be strong.

Her contempt for everyone she came in contact with lit a fire deep in her belly. There was no talking it away.

She felt like an alien, she began to refer to other people as “the humans,” as if she were not one of them. She focused on every little bit of difference between her and the people she met. She allowed the power of her mind, her intellect, her knowledge to roll over people like a thresher, cutting them to pieces.

There was no therapeutic approach to help her mitigate those feelings.

She felt guilty.

In order to cope, she turned the heat and violence of her rage inward, focusing all of that energy on herself.

It gave her no relief.

She isolated herself. She took refuge in music, in movies, in books. She spurned the reflexive desire to augment her experiences consuming media, with a consultation of the voices within her. She did not go to them for insight or discovery. She allowed her media habits to be filled only with the most contemporary materials. 

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Four, Kathy; Part Twenty-four, Adolescence; Chapter Three, Disturbance


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 178, Wednesday
June 27th, 2018

Chapter Three: Disturbance

Her parents did whatever they could to help Kathy, bringing in tutors, sending her to special schools. They desperately searched for a place, an institution, a person, who could find a way to reach Kathy, to relate to her, to give some form of comfort and understanding.

Between the ages of nine and fifteen her family moved a dozen times.

The moved over and over again. They sold everything they had, and they burned through all of their savings, every last bit of their family’s money. They exhausted themselves in the search for a solution.

Kathy knew what her parents were doing for them. She tried to cooperate, and she had good moments. Nevertheless, when she was feeling pained, or lonely, when she felt like an alien in her own world, out of frustration and deep resentment she lashed out at her teachers.

She mocked them without mercy, she ridiculed them, she alienated everyone who came in contact with her.

She used her gifts to reveal their greatest insecurities and she exploited them, her intentions were not to profit from them, but merely to drive them away, and to protect herself and her family from their ambitions.

With every new failure at building a relationship with her teachers, and proctors, Kathy grew increasingly despondent.

She felt the despair of her parents and it was magnified in her.

She listened to the voices within her, most of which beseeched her to be calm, remain strong.

She also listened to the voices that encouraged her to flee.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Wind


The empty harbor
Echoes of the forlorn heart
A wail of Sirens

Seagulls taken flight
Lift against the heavy wind
Driven from the shore

My breath escapes me
Icey in the morning mist
The fog clings to me

The wind, whispers lies
Fate blows cold over the deep
Ghost ships gone to sea

The broken mind swings
Raise the cup, drink salt-water
Laughter and madness



Emergence 3.0 - Section Four, Kathy; Part Twenty-four, Adolescence; Chapter Two, Doubt


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 177, Tuesday
June 26th, 2018

Chapter Two: Doubt

As a child Kathy was composed, especially around strangers, in public, in social settings. She carried herself with confidence and intentionality.

Kathy always acted with poise and purpose. This unnerved her parents when she was a small child. As she grew older they came to rely on it.

There was not a person who observed her in these settings that did not mark her affect as unusual. Most people were delighted in the strange unusually confident child. A few, the more observant, they were disturbed by it.

Kathy was beset by fears, not just for herself, but for her parents as well. The poise that she exuded was just a mask. She could keep it up for hours, even days if needed, but it was a ploy to hide the raging doubt inside of her.

As she matured, when in public, she became paralyzed by insecurity, she would freeze, become silent, and withdraw into herself.

Am I insane, she thought, who am I, am I alone, why am I alone, how can it be that there  is no-one else like me anywhere in the world?

The answers she gleaned shook her to the core. They confirmed for her that she was alone.

There had never been another like her.

She searched her ancestral memories for evidence of the contrary, but she could find nothing, the voices grew silent.

She searched the cynergenic field for someone who could help her, and again there was nothing, or next to nothing.

There was only a vague impression of a teacher, a priest, a shaman, a person who had guided her ancestors into the distant past, but they were not present to her now.

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Four, Kathy; Part Twenty-four, Adolescence; Chapter One, Anger


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 176, Monday
June 25th, 2018

Chapter One: Anger

Kathy was angry all the time.

She was angry with herself, she was angry with her teachers and handlers, she was angry with the voices of her ancestors that tried to soothe her from within, and she was angry at the presence of those persons she encountered in the cynergenic field, who were always seeking to intrude on her thoughts.

Kathy understood the things she was going through, the physical transformations of adolescence, but like much of her knowledge, her comprehension of it was abstract. It was disconnected from her actual experience.

Understanding had little power to quell the rank emotions rising within her body, the chemical miasma fuming within her which every youth experiences.

In the abstract she understood what was happening, she regularly employed the techniques her ancestors had taught her, so that she could control herself and reduce the burden she placed on others.

Though she regularly did this, she did not always do it, and when the mood struck her she would lash out at the people who were closest to her.

She might invade their psyche, steal their secrets, expose their fears, and brutalize them

She was not pleasant to be around, her proctors teachers, and handlers approached her with caution.

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

A Homily – Luke 1:57-66, 88 ©


The Gospel According to Luke – 2018.06.24


Narrative and Myth

The Gospel for today is quaint.

It demonstrates that the leaders of the early church, writing about a hundred years or so after the death of Jesus, and thirty years or so after the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem, that they felt a pressing need to enrich the story of their origins.

They invented myths, drafting a narrative that wove the disparate strands of their tradition in to a unity. They wanted to co-opt the strength of John’s community, to pull as many people as they could from John’s tradition, into their own, and to strip those who would not join them of any authority.

The story itself, is a pure fabrication. It can only be understood in terms of the metaphor it presents.

John and Jesus are presented as cousins, and the story depicts their entire family as beloved by God, protected by the hand of God, who works miracles in their lives.

There is variation in the metaphor depending on who is writing and when, but the basic disjunction shows John as prophet, and Jesus as High Priest, and King.

John is the goat and Jesus is the lamb.

John preaches in the wilderness, he is a man of the wild, like Ishmael, and Essau, and Jesus is presented as Abraham, or Moses; father, Lawgiver, or like David, the King.

The lesson from the gospel reading for today it that all narrative is fluid, and stories can be rewritten, all of our stories are, because we never tell them exactly as they happened. 

Take nothing at face value, and question everything.


'His Name is John'

The time came for Elizabeth to have her child, and she gave birth to a son; and when her neighbours and relations heard that the Lord had shown her so great a kindness, they shared her joy.

Now on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother spoke up. ‘No,’ she said ‘he is to be called John.’ They said to her, ‘But no one in your family has that name’, and made signs to his father to find out what he wanted him called. The father asked for a writing-tablet and wrote, ‘His name is John.’ And they were all astonished. At that instant his power of speech returned and he spoke and praised God. All their neighbours were filled with awe and the whole affair was talked about throughout the hill country of Judaea. All those who heard of it treasured it in their hearts. ‘What will this child turn out to be?’ they wondered. And indeed the hand of the Lord was with him.

Meanwhile the child grew up and his spirit matured. And he lived out in the wilderness until the day he appeared openly to Israel.

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Emergence 3.0 - Section Four, Kathy; Part Twenty-three, Prodigy: Chapter Seven, Other


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 175, Sunday
June 24th, 2018

Chapter Seven: Other

Kathy was unique.

She was different from every other human being on the planet, different from all who had ever been.

She was unique in all the universe, and she was born that way.

She was still young when she realized the differences that distinguished her from everyone else she had ever met. She had known empirically that this was the case. Her ancestors within her had said as much, and that estimation was confirmed by the voices of the entities she encountered in the nous sphere, in the Earth’s cynergenic field. Nevertheless, Kathy succumbed to a basic human tendency, which was to assume that the people she encountered were like her, that they shared a common point of view or perspective on things and events they were witnessing.   

Understanding her differences did not help her manage her feelings, or those of others. Because she had difficulty managing her feelings at times, it was also difficult to manage the feelings of others.

She knew that it was not her responsibility to control what other people felt. Whether they choose to be in a relationship with her, like her teachers, or whether, like her parents, the role had been thrust on them. 

People were afraid of her. They either wanted to run away from her, or to exploit her. Some people simply wanted to examine her, run experiments on her as if she was a laboratory animal.

Her parents were afraid, afraid for her. They were simultaneously proud of her, and ashamed that they had brought her into the world.

She was like an alien. The people who cared for her knew that she suffered, but they could do little about it.

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Nostalgia - Editorial, The Week in Review


Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
06.23.2018

Nostalgia


I watched the David Letterman interview of Barrack Obama this week. The interview itself was conducted in 2017, after the former president left office.

What a loss we have endured.

I miss his self-confidence and dignity, the thoughtful way he answered every question.

I do not expect a lot from the office of the president.

I do not expect any president to be a champion of human rights, or a just actor on the global stage, not actually, because I know what kind of dirty business the United States of America is engaged in around the world, and I know that every president is called on to defend American interest, which are not really the interests of the American people, but the interests of multinational corporations, big agriculture, big banks, big oil, and the rest of the military industrial complex.

I miss the theatre of the presidency, the elegance of the former first couple, their command of appointments of the office they occupied.

I am nostalgic for it.

I am use to being lied to by our political leaders, I am one of those who believes that all politicians are liars and narcissists, self-serving egomaniacs. I do not expect them to tell me the truth, but it is horrifying to watch as the current administration and all of his allies in congress, in the courts, even in houses of worship all over the nation, act as if there were no such thing as the truth at all.

I hear people asking all the time: “How did we get here?”

We got here because we collectively decided that football is more important than critical thinking, that basketball is more important than the arts, that competitive dance is more important than civics, and because we allowed those values to shape the budgets of our school systems nation-wide.

That is how we got to the point where the average American cannot parse the findings of basic science, and our leadership is so ignorant that they will tell you it does not matter.

It is not just that the current president lies (all the time), it the angry venomous nature of the lies, and the defense of those lies, the sickening, groveling, obsequious, acceptance of this fundamental change in our culture.

It did not happen overnight, the water in the pot was slowly boiling, and now it has boiled over.

How do we recover from this, when we do not even have the basis for a dialogue?

We cannot call the truth a liar, and then sit down at the table to negotiate a deal.

If you say that 2 + 2 = 5, how can I trust any agreement you might sign.

For all of Barrack Obama’s faults, George Bush’s, Bill Clinton’s; they did not take us to this place.

Do you recall the Roman Emperor, Nero, how he played the fiddle while the city burned, or his predecessor Caligula, who made his horse a senator.

Have you ever seen the Nazi propaganda films, which they used to justify their annexation of the Sudeten lands, and the invasion of Poland? Those films depicted the Slavic and the Polish people as marauding rapists and murders, as lawless animals who struck fear into the hearts of innocent Germans, before they assaulted and killed them.

There are echoes of those themes playing out now, playing out in our name, the people of the United States of America.

A majority of us are outrages, we want it to stop, but the majority of our elected peoples, those with the power to stop, are more concerned about keeping their own power than they are about the interests of justice.

Remember this, law is the servant the servant of justice, the demands of justice must always come first.

Emergence 3.0 - Section Four, Kathy; Part Twenty-three, Prodigy; Chapter Six, Quietude


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 174, Saturday
June 23rd, 2018

Chapter Six: Quietude

For Kathy to get along she learned to be silent, to listen, to wait, to let the others fail. She had to be content that she knew the answers and had to resist the temptation to seek the rewards of praise.

She would not assert herself. She did everything she could to divert attention away from herself, she sought only the private recognition of her teachers.

She could not insert herself into the activities of her peers (she had none), she could not correct them, or provide the right answer to problems that were proposed in public settings to her classmates.

She learned to experience success as a personal matter, only harkening to the applause that came from within.

She was quiet.

She turned in flawless work.

She reacted negatively to her teachers when they tried to highlight her talents, her knowledge and skills.

This was difficult for her.

Like any child she loved praise, but she had to force herself to eschew it.

More than praise from her teachers, she wanted friends

The other children in her classes with her did not like her, they did not like the she looked at them, looked through them. They knew intuitively that she was beyond them.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Four, Kathy; Part Twenty-three, Prodigy; Chapter Five, Conformity


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page per Day
Day 173, Friday
June 22nd, 2018

Chapter Five: Conformity

Whatever her parents tried to teach her, Kathy took to with ease. Despite the challenges she endured in dealing with her atavistic past, sometimes second by second, she was nevertheless an ordinary child.

She wanted to belong to her parents, and for them to belong to her.

She wanted to please them, make them smile, watch them laugh. She did not like it when the things she said or did, or did not do, disturbed them.

Kathy mastered complex tasks without effort.

She had to learn to pretend to learn from her parents, and the adults around her.

This was one of the things that put her parents at ease. It was often the case that they would propose to show her how to do something, like tie her shoes, and she would just do it without thinking because the voices within her supplied her with the method.

This unnerved her parents, she had to learn to slow down and hide these things, even pretend to make mistakes so that they could correct her.

The only thing that took time was developing muscle memory; which required repetition. By constant repetitions she trained herself to do the little things that might take other children years to accomplish.

She struggled with the skill of blending in, with hiding her differences. Her parents came to accept the fact that Kathy was pretending. They could tell because she was not good at it, and also because she would almost always shift to a pattern of action that was better, more efficient, quicker, more streamlined than what they had taught her.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Four, Kathy; Part Twenty-three, Prodigy; Chapter Four, Discipline


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 172, Thursday
June 21st, 2018

Chapter Four: Discipline

The direction for her exercises came from deep within herself. From her ancestors, and from her intimate link to the cynergenic field, through which she could commune with those who were not directly linked to her heredity.

Through the nous-sphere, Kathy connected with the assembled masters of every tradition, they instructed her; physical disciplines, martial disciplines, cognitive disciplines, the full scope of human knowledge was accessible to her.

Kathy’s memories spoke to her, they guided her, the ancestral voices focused her, kept her calm, allowing her to see her own life and experiences in the context of the collective experiences swelling within her.

She formed plans spontaneously, in order to realize her goals, her powerful mind operating beyond the limits of time and space, and then she had to slow everything down, to allow her body time to make the adjustments she was preparing it for.

It was excruciating, she wanted nothing more than to allow her mind to drift away, to leave the cares of the flesh behind, but when she felt that way, the chorus would rise within her, reminding her that she has a purpose to fulfill.

To fulfill that purpose she must prepare, be quiet, discreet, not draw attention to herself she must develop, both her physical strength, and the strength of her mind.

Kathy could shut the outside world off and retreat into the recesses of her internal life. But she could not escape from the voices within, they were always with her. She might ignore them for a time, but she could not depart from them, and even if she died, she knew that she would remain with them, as with all people, a shadow imprinted on the cynergenic field.

Kathy followed the path of discipline, to protect herself from the world and from what was inside her, both.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Four, Kathy; Part Twenty-three, Prodigy; Chapter Three, A Frightening Child


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 171, Wednesday
June 20th, 2018

Chapter Three: A Frightening Child

Kathy was crawling within weeks of being born, and walking within a few short months. In her private moments she was flexing her muscles, training, gaining strength, and tuning her body to obey her thoughts.

The voices within her guided her. Through repetition and diligence, she gained control of her limbs, she developed dexterity, and coordination.

By her first birthday she was dancing.  

Kathy practiced and practiced in the quiet moments of her day.

At night, in the dark, while her parents slept.

She did not speak a word until she was speaking in complete sentences. Her vocal muscles were the most difficult to master.

She practiced her breathing, she spoke to herself when she thought no one was watching.

She listened to the conversations happening all around her, the dialog without, and within.

She knew that her parents were concerned about her.

Every person they ever brought to meet her told them how strange she was. Kathy tried to make things easier on them, but she was not always able to hide the things that she was doing, and could not control her feelings.

The glands that produced the hormones and chemicals, which formed the wetwork of the human emotional spectrum, they required much greater level of discipline and quantities of time to control.    

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Dawn


Sunrise in pastels
The pale melody of Dawn
Pink-violet fire

The lake, un-rippled
Capturing the softest shades
A silver mirror

In still life portrays
Beauty surpassing knowledge
A goddess of light

Goddess, beyond time
Seizing the divine, rapture
Grace, in the pure-land

Soft now, she rises
Prismatic-brilliance, light
Across the still plane

Radiant vision
Pale gold in the morning, bright
Rising to her touch

Ecstatic moment
The sorcery of desire
Love’s inspiration

An angel en-fleshed
Sweet as the rose in morning
Quiet and lonely

The Earth-bound goddess
Daughter of Hope, beloved Dawn
Sister to the Sun