February 16, 2018

Live Simply, Think Freely

“The American people are free to do exactly what they are told.”
- Ward Churchill

Question the media and you're a conspiracy kook. Criticize the government and you're a Russian agent. Oppose war and you hate your country. Defend Palestinians and you're an anti-Semite. Suggest cooperation and you are a dangerous socialist.

Demand a better, simpler world and you are an enemy of the state.

The biggest threat of all is thinking for one's self. Thinkers will be dealt with in the harshest of terms, to be reprogrammed into drones, serfs, peasants, consumers - to be used and abused and disposed of as the establishment sees fit.

Around the world, governments have claimed ever greater control over, and enforcement of, ever more private aspects of our lives.

Edward Bernays, pioneer in the field of public relations, in his 1928 book called Propaganda, said:

"The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. 
Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. 
We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.

Independent thought is the only way to break free of the ruthless manipulation that turns limitless lives into a ground hog day loop of earning/borrowing/spending, and trying to keep up.

It is difficult to find the time to think in a regular 40 hour work week, which is exactly the idea behind it. They need us to occupy 100% of our time in our struggle to keep up, to survive. Most of us have little time or energy to think, let alone to push back against the mind oppressors.

Choosing to live more simply allows one to work less, leaving more time for important things like thinking. This may be the most subversive thing about simplicity (besides gardening), and the main reason it is such a threat to the powers that be.

Unplugging from the constant barrage of control and surveillance may be hard, but it is not impossible, and is certainly worth doing. Living more simply is an excellent start.

Start your simpler life today, and break free of the pushers of propaganda, and the thought police that enforce compliance with it.


Debt is freedom. Simple is complex. Too much is not enough. Depression is happiness. Endless war is perpetual peace.


“Before mass leaders seize the power to fit reality to their lies, their propaganda is marked by its extreme contempt for facts as such, for in their opinion fact depends entirely on the power of the man who can fabricate it.”  
- Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951)



February 14, 2018

Love



What makes the world go round? Momentum left over from when the Earth coalesced out of primordial planetary building blocks. How is that for romantic? But the saying isn’t “momentum makes the world go round”, even if technically true.

The fake slogan is that money makes the world go round. Sad. It is an unnecessary evil at best. No, everyone knows that it is love that makes the world go round. It makes a group of people a family. It makes a house a home. It is such a powerful universal force, how do we know it isn't causing the planet to rotate on its axis?

Scientists say that Earth's rotation is slowing. The purported cause is the influence of the Moon's gravity and tidal pull. Or is it because there is a dearth of love in the world right now?

We should try ending all war and hate for a while and see what happens. If the Earth starts rotating faster we will know we are on to something. Then we could say, "Love literally makes the Earth go round." If not, this would at least be a much better place to be.

Indeed, love makes things happen. No love, no nothing. Well, there might be something, but you wouldn't want to live there.

Love is the ultimate liberation. When you find the love in every moment, you are on your way to release and freedom. Discovering that love, is within the reach of each and every one of us. But how do we find it when it often feels elusive, or the result of some sort of spiritual conspiracy?

A good start, in my experience, is to stop fighting the rhythms of daily life. When you let things flow without resistance, spiritual calm is the result. When the struggle is relinquished, we follow the momentum in our lives, and let the natural flow of life take over.

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” 
- Lao Tzu


The natural flow always leads to love. When you are filled with love and compassion for all of creation, you are exactly where you need to be. Everything follows from that.

Each moment (not just one day a year) is an opportunity to celebrate life, and proclaim, “I love this!”, and "I love you!"

I love this, and this, and this. I love you, and you, and you, and you.

I love this planet.

I love me.

I love.

Love.




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