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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Garden


A forgotten life, love, a future of discarded possibilities

The shoot rises, the blossom opens, a fecund feast

For the society of bees, the buzzing congregation


Unfurling, petals drop from the bare stalk, soft pastels

Blushing and bruised on the concrete walk, withering

In the sun, seeds falling to the ground, each one a

Lost potential



Emergence 3.0 - Section Six (a), Rebellion; Appendix Part Thirteen, Collective; Chapter Five, The Agitators


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Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

Chapter Five: The Agitators

The continuum was connected to every member of the Collective; awake or sleeping. It was connected to the exception of the sequestered and the members of the Observer Corps, even all of those members who were physically detached from the HomeWorld.

There were contentious elements within the Collective, members the Continuum could not control. Even though the Continuum was an autonomous being, it felt there independence, it often sensed them as an itch, a disturbing sensation that it could not alleviate.

The Continuum pushed those agitators into the fields of time and space, or pushed them into the great sleep, and pushed them into sequestration, through a variety of malign influences, in order to do away with them.

When the opportunity presented itself, it would seek to eliminate them for all time, permanently delete them, it sought to murder them.

They were maladaptive and misanthropic. The Continuum could not tolerate them, could not abide their presence in its own consciousness.

It desired to be rid of them, and so it monitored all of their movements, it made copies of their persona, to torture and exact a sick kind of vengeance on.

They were vocal, and it delighted the Continuum to snuff them out, to strangle their voices in the dark time and time again.

They transferred their sense of entitlement, one derived from the absolute authority they had in their private worlds, to their voice in the Collective. Which made it virtually impossible for them to be ignored.

They wanted more than the Collective or the Continuum offered, they wanted life, and so the Continuum provided it, until in time it snuffed them out.

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Emergence 4.0 - Part Three, Earth; Chapter Sixteen, Existence


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Part Three, Earth
Chapter Sixteen, Existence
Week 17


The flesh remembers, it never forgets.

The record of our experiences are pounded into our corporeal form, cell by cell.

Our bodies are a living witness to the events that shape us, handing down that narrative from generation to generation in perpetuity.

We are changed by every new experience, each moment of perception is a new thread sewn into the seams of our identity. These are the fibers of the spindle, they are the engrams of memory, protein by protein they are woven into the fabric of our lives.

Our unique and individual experiences are like a tapestry, sewn with precious metals, embroidered with gem-stones, they are an endowment from us, a rich heritage passed on to our descendants.

It is their only lasting inheritance, laid on the table like a convivial feast.

We experience this in our dreaming, when we are transported to places and times that we know we have never been to, never seen, and yet they are as familiar to us as the contents of our own homes. When we talk with strangers as if they were our dearest friends, and see ourselves reflected in a mirror, but we do not recognize our countenance or visage.

The flesh never forgets, it remembers everything.

The Ancient race of spacefarers were bipeds. They stood on two feet just as the humans of Earth would in their time.

The longer the Ancient colonists remained on their journey among the stars, the more they adapted their physiology to the unique exigencies of their vessel. In the case of the group that eventually landed on Earth, they learned to adapt themselves to conditions of near weightlessness.

The conditions of deep space altered the function of their limbs and digits, of their muscles and skeletons.

In anticipation of coming to Earth they began to alter their physiology again, altering it with intention, reconstructing the things that they had lost.

They transformed, as much as they could back to the form that was the closest approximation to what they had originally been.

They prepared once again to stand on two feet.

The interactive relationship between the creature; the animal and its body with its environment determined the spectrum of its consciousness.

Standing against the pull of gravity, under the weight of Earth’s atmosphere, balancing and pivoting on a central axis, walking and dancing, these differentiated human beings from every other creature.

It was with their heads held high and faces lifted to the sun, that the first colonists moved across the surface of their new world.

There were many changes yet to come, augmentations and enhancements for their safety and security.

They knew that they would not be leaving Earth any time soon, they had to prepare themselves to rule it, as the apex species on a planet filled with predators.

They landed under the auspices of a simple rule.

They had to adapt to survive. 

Talking was the basis of sharing every advanced idea, and had been since the earliest days of the Ancient People.

Talking was the precursor to writing, and through the written language the secrets of the universe were cracked open.

Talking; the verbal sharing of ideas, feelings, and perceptions, shared through aural communications in waves of sound, listening, hearing in stereo; this mode of transmission is deliberate, slow and luxuriant compared to the speed of light at which visual and digital communications takes place.

The slowness of speech was dumbfounding to the Continuum, many potential Observers were washed out of the program because they could not adjust to this reality.

Neither sound waves, nor light waves could come anywhere close in comparison to the instantaneous transfer of thought in the quantum field.

In the field of quantum entanglement, communication could happen in no-time.

Sound was slow and intimate, the only thing more sensuous was touch.

The sounds of voice are waves crashing through whole body, not just the auditory canal.

To listen to the voice is to listen to the breath, to feel the living intention of the speaker, your dialog partner, adding depth and meaning to every insight they intend to impart.

It is relational, it imparts a sense of belonging.

The embodied voice calls us back to the primordial time before the species knew anything of the stars, when we were just amphibians crying out for company, bellowing peels of warning, singing by the breeding pools in the night.

Bands of light cross the full spectrum, piercing organic lenses from corner to corner.

One-hundred and eighty degrees, light reflecting off every object in the binocular field of vision, light and shadow refracting in a broad array of color, captured through the lens in its rods and cones.

Neuro-receptors in the brain flip the images around, creating the perception of depth by which we determine distance and find our way through the three dimensions of space.

The broad spectrum of vision is vital to the human being, even in its limited range. Other animals see farther, other animals see in a different arc, other animals see more and less color, other animals see in a different spectrum of light.

Some animals have ultra-vision, some have infra vision, specialized optics in relation to the things they hunt and furrow for.

The human eye is powerful, it takes in a wide range of each of those possible fields, coordinating them for great effect.

The human species did not evolve to hunt and gather with its sight, or to favor one sense over any other, neither did the Ancient People from which it sprang.

For the human animal, sight and the other physical senses were merely inputs for the mind. The mind was the vehicle by which the human being stalked its prey, gathered its forage, planted, sewed, and came to the harvest.

The field of vision that the human being possessed was adequate to the task. Coupled with the brain, the healthy eye could discern and interpret images, it could accurately identify objects that it could not clearly see. This was an advantage that no other species on the planet possessed.

The human mind augmented everything.

The brain was split in two. The architecture of the hemispheric brain provided a cognitive override. If the messages from the brain stem flooded the organ with fear, desire, or any other strong feeling, the force of it was divided between the two halves.

This allowed for a fraction of a moment of distance to develop between the individual and the event that generates the feeling. A moment when choice was possible, and the individual could act apart from the coercive effect of the external stimuli.

The human being was split down the middle, left for right and right for left.

It was an organic duality.Cognitive function were split between the two hemispheres as well. Mathematical, categorical, statistical functions to one side of the brain, while the boundary spanning, rule breaking, artistic and unorthodox functions occupied the other half of the brain.

It was symbiosis.

The hemispheres of the brain were not distinct. They were conjoined by a network, a wetwork of fibers, the tiniest of organic structures, not much larger than a chain of protein molecules, and it was electric.

The nano-particles in the neural net allowed each individual to be connected through Earth’s electromagnetic field at the quantum level.

In the quantum field there was all knowledge and the fullness of humanity.

In this cognitive space all human achievements were the property of the whole; every triumph and every tragedy.

The past and the present were one

The human being was one, even in light of its inherent duality. 

The human body is water.

Metaphors of fluidity permeate the human consciousness.

The surface of earth is mostly water, and in times of great crises the surface of the waters, and the deep-deep places, were the places where human beings returned to for refuge, safety and sustenance.

Oceans, and lakes, and rivers provided everything

The body needs water, as it needs oxygen to fill the lungs, to fill the blood cells racing through its veins and arteries, coursing into tissues.

There is no greater pain than thirst, and the unquenched desire is the thirst that leads to death.

Metaphors linking dryness to anguish, to pain and suffering fill the human imagination.

To thirst is to know that the end is near.

Thirst will drive the average person mad with the knowledge that death is approaching and the end of the body is at hand.

When thirst is great enough, a person will turn to any source of liquid, even liquids they know to be poisoned, in order to slake it.

Thirst is a drive. It is the greatest motivator, greater than hunger, greater than joy.

The thirsty person will do anything, sacrifice anything.

Thirst will cause a person to give up what they hold sacred, even their own identity.

The whole body is a cognitive organ, not just the brain, the cerebellum, or the cerebral cortex.

The body senses and it remembers.

The body writes memory into the genetic code of the individual, in sequences of peptides and amino acids. It writes them into the DNA.

We pass those memories onto our offspring.

We are born with the knowledge of our ancestors built onto the fabric of our being. 

The whole being is contained in the tiniest part, in the nucleus of every cell. It pushes us forward, it is a chemical drive feeding the quantum field of creativity, a neural net rooted in organic chemistry.

It is a constant interchange of the analog with the digital.

We are a duality.

Just as the human being processes external stimuli through the brain, where chemical sequences are translated into electrical signals, in a tightly choreographed exchange that take place a billions of times per second. So does the human being function as a small piece of the larger-cynergenic world.

Every human being is an organic node. An individual interfacing with the quantum field that comprises the whole.

We experience these dualities within ourselves; individual experience and inherited experience, individual mind and collective mind.

We experience these dualities, but we do so on the unconscious level, very few people ever become aware of the greater reality that they are a part of.

It is on this dual framework that we launch ourselves into the full realization of who we are.


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Part Three, Earth

Chapter Sixteen, Existence

A Novel – In One Chapter Per Week

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Emergence 3.0 - Section Six (a), Rebellion; Appendix Part Thirteen, Collective; Chapter Four, The Sequestered

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Monday, April 29th, 2019

Chapter Four: The Sequestered

Inasmuch as they could not admit it, the members of the Collective were mortal beings, they emerged from the primordial ooze and became sentient creatures. They had a beginning in space and time, and they felt the pull of it tugging at the roots of their consciousness.

Some of the membership sought death;more than sleep, they wanted their light to be extinguished, they wanted to be gone for good, but there was no death for them.

There was no provision for it in the construct that was the Collective.

The sheer majority of the membership were opposed to it, and the Continuum would not allow it.

They opted for sequestration instead. This was understood to be a full separation of their individual consciousness from the Continuum.

It was as death like as death could be.

Sequestration was intended to be a deeper unconsciousness than the great-sleep, it was the outer darkness.

In sequestration the member was physically removed from the Collective field of Home world. Placed in an isolation chamber and monitored.

The physical security of the Sequestered members was of the highest importance, great care went into its planning and construction.

The only threat these members ever faced came from the Continuum itself, which used the sequestration process to eliminate those who it perceived to be its enemies.

The Continuum viewed sequestration as an act of insurrection against its governance of the Collective.

It could not accept the fact that some of the membership found no value in the ongoing continuation of their existence, the Continuum saw this as a judgement against its management of their society, a judgement of failure.

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

A Homily - The Second Sunday of Easter (Year C)


First Reading - Acts 5:12-16 ©
Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 117(118):2-4,22-27 ©
Second Reading – Apocalypse 1:9-13,17-19 ©
Gospel Acclamation – John 20:29
The Gospel According to John 20:19-31 ©

(NJB)


Never mind the miracles stories that are presented here; they are not to believed. God is not a player, an actor, God does not do tricks or violate the laws of nature.

The narrative presented in the book of act concerns partisanship.

The nation was lost because it fell apart from within. The leaders of Israel disregarded the lives of the common people, and so the people turned to someone new. They followed Jesus, and when he was put to death by the elite, the people gave even more support to his followers.

The movement spread beyond Jerusalem, it spread beyond Judea, it slipped the borders of Palestine.

The Jesus movement, the way, contributed to the final destruction of Israel, its temple, and to the diaspora that followed, which meant centuries, nearly two millennia of suffering for the Jewish people, all because they refused to hear the message of Jesus; to love one another as God has loved them.

Listen to the psalmist!

It is true that the God is kind, loving, and merciful.

It is true that God comes to us, God’s children in a loving way. God always comes with love, even when God is exercising judgment and administering justice.

Remember this,

God has no enemies.

God does not dwell behind the wall of a city.

There are no gates barring access to God.

God is in all places, at all times and in the hearts of all people.

God speaks to everyone from there.

God does not favor one child above another.

God is a bringing of life, not death.

God loves peace, not war.

Do not confuse a victory no matter how great, or small with God’s will.

Do not confuse your suffering or that of any other with God’s will, either.

God does not interfere with these things.

Be mindful of the supernatural when you encounter it in scripture. The meaning is always metaphorical, allegorical, it stands for something else.

Consider the nature of prophecy; in scripture the work of the prophecy is never to predict the future, it is always a commentary on current events, on justice and the nature of the good.

In the reading from the Apocalypse, Saint John of Patmos claims a certain authority, it belongs to him insofar as he speaks the truth, authority does not belong to his errors.

All the saints, including the apostles and the disciples of Jesus, including those who walked with him and were closest to him, all of the erred, there is no denying it, the frequently misunderstood his mission and his teaching. They continued to err long after he died.

The central error of this passage from the Apocalypse is this: John pretends to have been given a revelation of things to come, but the future not written, because God has made us, and the entire creation free.

We are independent beings.

The Gospel reading for today is from the Community of John, this is not the same John who was exiled to the Isles of Patmos and gave us the book of revelations.

The reading for today moves us for away from the ministry of Jesus and into the life of the early church.

John’s Gospel was written roughly one hundred-twenty years after Jesus. This reading contains some fascinating glimpses into the life of John’s community.

John’s says that the apostles hid in the upper room for fear of the Jews; indicating the deep division that had already taken place between the nascent church and the Jewish people who founded it.

Jesus and the apostles were Jewish.

Ninety years before John’s gospel was written, St. Paul was active in his ministry to the gentiles, arguing with St. Peter about the notion that gentiles must first become observant Jews before they could join the church.

Prior to Saint Paul the Church was Jewish.

St. Paul won that argument, and the church became opened to the world so much so that ninety years later the Church founded by Jesus, a Jew of Judea, would come to see the Jewish tradition and its people as anathema to itself.

There was great concern in the Church and its authority in the time John’s community was writing this gospel.

In John’s Gospel, Jesus is imagined as a priest doing priestly things; commissioning the disciples, instantiating their office, empowering them to hold court, hear grievances, pass judgement on people, to forgive or not forgive their sins as the disciples, and their heirs saw fit.

This flies in the face of the historical Jesus; a man of the people who was in no way a priest, though he was a rabbi, a healer and a prophet.

Jesus forgave sins, and encouraged the disciples to forgive sins, not because they had the special power to do so, but because God, the creator of the universe, forgive sins. When the prophet proclaims absolution, they are not exercising a special authority, an authority that they uniquely possess, they are proclaiming the will of God, announcing something that has already happened.

This reading encourages people to respond to mystical deeds and magical happenings; ghostly apparitions and visions, as if the claim that these supernatural events took place lent some greater authority to their work.

This is never the case.

As we have already stated, God does not do magic tricks. Many are taken in by this sort of thing, but such stories are always fabrications, if they are not in service to some metaphor, then they are lies.

In the final passage the gospel writer puts forth the notion that the miracles were real, they were performed so that people would believe that Jesus is (in a special way) the son of God, and that through this belief they would come into the church named after him, and thus become candidates for eternal life.

The construction of this ideology is; come to the church where the Gospel is given, learn the name of Jesus Christ, believe in it, believe that he is the Son of God, and be rewarded with eternal life.

The scheme of this ideology is Gnostic.

The church rejected it in this scheme in this same era.

We should to.

The meaning of faith is not belief, it is trust; we are not called to believe but to trust in God.

The meaning of faith is not belief, we are not called to believe in a proposition or an article of dogma.

Christian faith is not; believe in Christ so that you can be saved. It is; trust God, you are saved already.

This is the Word of God.


First Reading - Acts 5:12-16 ©

The Numbers of Men and Women Who Came to Believe in the Lord Increased Steadily

The faithful all used to meet by common consent in the Portico of Solomon. No one else ever dared to join them, but the people were loud in their praise and the numbers of men and women who came to believe in the Lord increased steadily. So many signs and wonders were worked among the people at the hands of the apostles that the sick were even taken out into the streets and laid on beds and sleeping-mats in the hope that at least the shadow of Peter might fall across some of them as he went past. People even came crowding in from the towns round about Jerusalem, bringing with them their sick and those tormented by unclean spirits, and all of them were cured.


Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 117(118):2-4,22-27 ©

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Let the sons of Israel say:
  ‘His love has no end.’
Let the sons of Aaron say:
  ‘His love has no end.’
Let those who fear the Lord say:
  ‘His love has no end.’

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

The stone which the builders rejected
  has become the corner stone.
This is the work of the Lord,
  a marvel in our eyes.
This day was made by the Lord;
  we rejoice and are glad.

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

O Lord, grant us salvation;
  O Lord, grant success.
Blessed in the name of the Lord
  is he who comes.
We bless you from the house of the Lord;
  the Lord God is our light.

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.


Second Reading – Apocalypse 1:9-13,17-19 ©

I was Dead, and Now I am to Live for Ever and Ever

My name is John, and through our union in Jesus I am your brother and share your sufferings, your kingdom, and all you endure. I was on the island of Patmos for having preached God’s word and witnessed for Jesus; it was the Lord’s day and the Spirit possessed me, and I heard a voice behind me, shouting like a trumpet, ‘Write down all that you see in a book.’ I turned round to see who had spoken to me, and when I turned I saw seven golden lamp-stands and, surrounded by them, a figure like a Son of man, dressed in a long robe tied at the waist with a golden girdle.

When I saw him, I fell in a dead faint at his feet, but he touched me with his right hand and said, ‘Do not be afraid; it is I, the First and the Last; I am the Living One, I was dead and now I am to live for ever and ever, and I hold the keys of death and of the underworld. Now write down all that you see of present happenings and things that are still to come.’


Gospel Acclamation – John 20:29

Alleluia, alleluia!

Jesus said: ‘You believe because you can see me.
Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.’

Alleluia!


The Gospel According to John 20:19-31 ©

Eight Days Later, Jesus Came Again and Stood Among Them

In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you’, and showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord, and he said to them again, ‘Peace be with you.

‘As the Father sent me, so am I sending you.’

After saying this he breathed on them and said:

‘Receive the Holy Spirit. For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retain, they are retained.’

Thomas, called the Twin, who was one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. When the disciples said, ‘We have seen the Lord’, he answered, ‘Unless I see the holes that the nails made in his hands and can put my finger into the holes they made, and unless I can put my hand into his side, I refuse to believe.’ Eight days later the disciples were in the house again and Thomas was with them. The doors were closed, but Jesus came in and stood among them. ‘Peace be with you’ he said. Then he spoke to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; look, here are my hands. Give me your hand; put it into my side. Doubt no longer but believe.’ Thomas replied, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him:

‘You believe because you can see me.

Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.’

There were many other signs that Jesus worked and the disciples saw, but they are not recorded in this book. These are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing this you may have life through his name.


The Second Sunday of Easter (Year C)

Emergence 3.0 - Section Six (a), Rebellion; Appendix Part Thirteen, Collective; Chapter Three: The Sleepers


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A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Sunday, April 28th, 2019

Chapter Three: The Sleepers

There were millions of them; the sleepers, members who had become dissatisfied with being and had subsequently disconnected from their lives in the collective field of HomeWorld, they had gone catatonic, become unresponsive and would not be drawn into any debate.

The sleepers had voluntarily opted out of the field of consciousness. There was no telling if or when they would ever return.

Whether they had ever been stimulated by the drama unfolding in the worlds of time and space or not, they had become disinterested and the Continuum could not raise them.

They were tired. They no-longer wanted to spend energy on the maintenance of their private realities.

They were a small group in relation to the whole of the Collective but their numbers were great nonetheless, they could not be ignored and they were a part of the Continuum.

They entered the great sleep, but they did not disappear, they remained a vital part of the unconscious of the Continuum, often to its consternation.

The Continuum committed crimes against the sleepers. He would duplicate their consciousness and house it in a remote location of the Central System. He canvassed them continuously, tortured them, and through his examination of them he selected members for destruction, replacing their numbers with new members from the Imperium, with members who worshipped it.

It was only upon sequestration were they removed from the consciousness of the Collective. Sequestration was an extreme end, no one could be sequestered lightly, until Jim’s re-emergence from it, sequestration was believed to be a point of no return

Sequestration amounted to death, in a very real way. Only Jim had ever broken free of it.

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Saturday, April 27, 2019

Progressives Fall Apart - Editorial, The Week in Review


Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
04.27.2019

Progressives Fall Apart

I was reading some posts on my Facebook page and a friend of mine was slagging on Joe Biden.

First predicting that Biden would wrap up the nomination for Democrats (which is a reasonable assumption) and then tearing into the proposition because Biden does not live up to his ideological standards.

Secondly he predicted Biden would lose to Trump, and he was laughing about it, as if that were a laughing matter, and then there was a great deal of self-grandiosity where he was begging people not to Blame him, or Bernie or Susan Saradon when Biden looses, because it would be the democrats fault for picking a corporate centrist, a Joe Biden, a moderate shill.

Someone else on his page proffered the hash-tag NewJimCrowJoe, blaming Joe Biden for the passage of the Omnibus Crime bill of 1994, establishing a “new” era of Jim Crow laws, or so he says.

Set aside for a moment any arguments concerning that, there are faults with such an argument but there are merits to. The Jim Crow era, from the period of reconstruction after the Civil War, to the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, was an era of de facto Apartheid and permanent second class citizenship for African Americans.

What came from the Crime Bill of 1994, was different, there were unjust and draconian measures, but it was not the same.

More importantly, these blow-hard, so-called progressives want to hold Biden accountable for authoring the bill, Maybe they would be content to hold Bill Clinton responsible for signing it, but never mind the fact that Bernie Sanders, Jim Clyburn, Maxine Waters, Alcee Hastings, Kweisi Mfume and dozens of other notable civil rights activists voted for it.

I pointed that out on his page, and shortly thereafter my comments disappeared.

We are just getting started in this nominating contests and the progressives are falling apart.

They are replete with tribalistic sympathies that will not allow them to accept anyone they do not identify with, they are blindly following the standard and pushing it on other with a level of authoritarianism that belies their intelligence and threatens to undermine their stated goals.

American Progressives will get nothing of what they want for our country and the world if T-Rump is re-elected. They will not get any of it, everything will get worse.

We have to stick together.

Encourage your people to campaign like this: state your values, share your vision, promote your candidate, make your case for them, not against anyone else. Let’s see who captures the hearts and minds of the people, and let’s get behind them.

Let’s not fall apart.