Justice vs. Personal Preference

A question that has been slowly forming over the past few years crystalized in my consciousness with the ‘Hobby Lobby decision’ from the Supreme Court.

Is it just me and my imagination… or does it appear to anyone else that the ‘law’ as managed by our legal system is looking more and more like the personal preferences of whoever happens to be in the judge’s seat?

For some naïve reason, I thought that the law represented something higher than personal bias. I thought it had something to do with universal good, and whether you liked a particular law or not was irrelevant because it stood for what was intrinsically right, fair, and just. It symbolized a higher consciousness that would guide us in daily life.

However, there have been a series of legal decisions and their reversals that have made it look like the law is not really law. It looks more and more like a system based on some other guy’s beliefs. If a law is nothing more than that guy’s belief, what makes his beliefs any more of a law than my own? That might sound like playing with anarchy, but if we are going to have a nation based on the rule of law, that law better damn well be something that stands up under rigorous tests of consciousness – not conscience – since the whole idea of conscience is much too tangled with religious biases.

This latest entanglement seems to be a blatant violation of the ‘separation of church and state’ principles that our country was founded upon. People fled Europe in the Middle Ages because of cruel and unreasonable persecutions based on religious bias. It looks to me that Hobby Lobby and a huge number of other corporations are leading us right back down the primrose path to the divisiveness, greed, and distrust fostered by religion.

The Financial Wars

Just want to make sure that you understand that the wars going on in Afghanistan, Iraq, Ukraine, Libya, Syria, etc. are really financial wars. The Cabal is out of money and needs to come up with some cash quickly. Options for raising money are: grabbing someone’s territory and getting access to their natural resources, robbing their treasury of gold, or offering a big loan from the IMF that will bring in some interest payments while imposing austerity measures so they can keep raking in the dough. This  also opens the door to bribery and extortion of the puppet people in the new “government.” When people in that country figure out what’s going on, they usually fight back…thus the wars we see in various places.

Personally, I think they’ve run the game just about as long as it can run and they’re out of time.

Holding Fear and Facing Hopelessness

I have a little story to share. Years ago, when I first moved to Kalamazoo, I got a job at the Upjohn Company, a major pharmaceutical company. This was in the late 1980s or early 1990s and the first wave of “new age” thinking was moving slowly through corporations. I was not at Upjohn very long when I noticed that everyone had a very carefully upbeat tone of voice, attitude, and outlook. They chose their words with great consciousness, and admonished one another to think positively when someone spoke in a judgmental or negative way.

One day my boss asked me what I thought his future was within the company. My response was, “If the people of this company don’t drop all that positive crap and look at themselves honestly, there isn’t going to be a company. The world changes. Upjohn is not acknowledging change. I’ll give it five years at the most and if people don’t wake up, the company will go down, people will lose their jobs, and you’ll all be forced to be real.” Five years later, Upjohn, struggling  with rising costs and hopeful decisions, merged with Pharmacia. Two years after that, it split, part of the company going to Monsanto and the rest to Pfizer. Caught in the stress of all the job losses, changes, and new demands, my former Upjohn boss had a heart attack and died.

All of us want to think that the world is safe, that life is good, tomorrow will look at least somewhat like today, and that daily events will be manageable. However, this moment in time on this planet - specifically from 2014 to 2021 – is “crunch time.” This brief cycle of seven years is the change point that will set the tone and shape the events for the next couple hundred years. What we do or don’t do is critically important.

Do pay attention to what is happening in the world around you both far and near. Do not panic. Fear is one thing; panic is something else altogether.  Do not try to pretend that all is well when it is not; this is insanity. Some information is bound to make us fearful. That’s okay. It is normal to feel fear when scary things are threatening. To insist on avoiding truth because it makes you afraid is putting your head in the sand. You cannot use power wisely with your head in the sand.

Do go about your business with as much serenity as you can muster. Do not make decisions as if disaster had already struck, but do know what decisions you need to be ready to make. Have discussions with family and friends in which you come up with all sorts of questions about what you might have to face if… Talk about answers to these questions at another time. Create a small notebook containing the questions that are important to your survival along with a wide variety of answers for each question. Stress shuts off access to the thinking part of the brain and it is very difficult to come up with useful solutions when you are caught in the stress syndrome. You don’t want to be limited to knee-jerk, fight or flight reactions at the very moment you most need access to open, out-of-the-box possibilities.

Do have a few essential supplies on hand and do not shop on a “just in time” basis. Neither should you spend the last dime of your savings buying things you think might save you. Be sensible. Part of that notebook mentioned above should contain lists of what you have on hand for emergencies and where these items are kept.

Do stay in good physical shape so that stress does not overcome you. Do not avoid talking with family and friends about what may happen; you need to be in alignment with your people if trouble should arise.

Do learn to be comfortable with paradox. Do not insist on being one-sided in your approach to life or you will create trouble for yourself and be unprepared for a lot of things. Holding paradox means holding opposing views or a multiplicity of views and being consciously flexible enough to choose what is appropriate at any given moment.

An example of a set of paradoxical positions is knowing that war is coming, loving your homeland, holding a vision of light for all people, preparing to leave your home if necessary, taking time to learn and understand the dynamics of why you are being attacked, planting a garden as if you weren’t going anywhere, and celebrating a child’s birthday as if all is well. Another set of paradoxical positions might be knowing that the economy is unsustainable or doomed to collapse, investing in a company you truly believe in, setting aside money in both savings and alternative forms of currency, putting a child through college knowing that it is preparing him or her  for an economy that probably won’t be there, helping people financially whenever you can, and improving your own skills so you can get a raise or make more money.

Do not insist that people say only what is positive. This is immature thinking and not helpful in the long run. Do insist on truth, even if it scares you. To hold fear and face hopelessness while remaining alert, aware, and informed is a challenge for even a mature consciousness. Take on that challenge. To stay alert and act wisely in the face of fear is to force that fear into the service of wisdom and power. Each of us has an immense amount of power. Do not shut it down because things are not as you wish.

Some Things Never Change

In the 13th century, the Crusades were called and organized by the very powerful Catholic Church as a vicious persecution of ordinary people who had different beliefs. “Their choice was either to recant or die. Initially none recanted, and …on the fest day of Saint Mary Magdalene…a huge fire was prepared. While it blazed and roared, the prisoners were brought out before it and more than one hundred and forty of these heretical perfecti (priests of the persecuted belief system) were flung thereon at one time….The following year…more than 400 perfecti, both men and women, were burnt on a gigantic bonfire.”             from “The Master Game” by Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval

Last week, in the city of Odessa in Ukraine, dozens of people occupying the Trade Unions House in protest against the US-backed regime change were burned to death when “Neo-Nazi mobs loyal to the unelected regime now occupying Kiev” set the building on fire, trapping those inside.              from NSNBC.me, “Odessa Massacre Pushes Ukraine to the Edge” May 3, 2014

 

Thought for Monday, 5/5/2014

I used to wonder why the German people didn’t do something about Hitler. I often asked myself, “How could they have gone along with what he was doing? Couldn’t they see what he was doing? “

Now I know. They didn’t know what was going on. They didn’t get any truthful  news or perspectives on what was happening. They were fed a steady diet of propaganda and slanted media stories written to make them look good.

Until lately, I wondered why the American people hadn’t done anything about the corruption in Washington DC and the loss of freedom. How could they have let go of our democracy?

Now I know. They don’t know what is going on. CNN and the networks don’t present any news containing the truth of what is really happening. People are fed a steady diet of propaganda and slanted stories written to keep the old illusion of American righteousness alive.

Thought For Monday, 4/28/2014

If we need food, clothing shelter, medicine, art, music, sex, companionship, education, energy, governance, communication, and transportation…and if we can provide most of these things for ourselves, then money becomes just another middleman. Communication and transportation may still require money, but if we can get the rest of these things for ourselves, why are we wasting time going after money for them? Eliminate the middleman as much as possible and there will be a corresponding elimination of poverty, struggle, deprivation, and the idea that some people are more deserving than others.

Thought for Thursday, 4/24

I hear the government has been buying guns, bullets, and coffins, while also preparing “temporary camps” for the displaced. It sounds like they are getting ready for revolution, war, out-of-control people, angry people with unreasonable demands or needs, or arguments and attacks on this or that institution or infrastructure. What will they do when no one cares, no one shows up, and no one is paying attention?