A Story For Christmas

crowtownnews2Here is a very old and inspiring Tibetan story:

Long, long ago when the world was young and the tiger walked with the deer, there was a rich king who had four wives. The king loved his  fourth wife the most and adorned her with riches. He also loved his third wife and was always showing her off to neighbouring kingdoms. However, he always feared that she would leave him. His second wife was kind and considerate and his trusted confidante and advisor in difficult times. Wife number one was devoted and loyal and although she loved him deeply, he was not as interested and tended to ignore her.

One day, the king fell ill and the truth dawned that his life was soon to end. He thought of the luxurious life he had led and feared being alone when he died.

He asked his fourth wife, “I have loved you the most, endowed you with the finest clothing, showered gifts upon you and taken great care over you. Now that I’m dying, will you follow me and keep me company?” “No way!” she replied and walked away without another word.

The sad king then asked the third wife, “I have loved you all my life. Now that I’m dying, will you follow me and keep me company? ” “No!” she replied. “Life is too good! When you die, I’m going to remarry!”

He then asked the second wife, “I have always turned to you for help and you’ve always been there for me. When I die, will you follow me and keep me company?” “I’m sorry, I can’t help you out this time!” she replied. “At the very most, I can help with your funeral.”

Then a voice called out to the king in his sadness: “I’ll leave with you and follow you no matter where you go.” The king looked up and there was his first wife. She was so skinny and undernourished. Greatly grieved, the king said, “I should have taken much better care of you when I had the chance!”

In truth, we all have four wives in our lives. Our fourth wife is our body. No matter how much time and effort we lavish in making it look good, it’ll leave us when we die. It’ll be burnt, buried or chopped up for the vultures and wolves or feed the worms.

Our third wife is our possessions, status and wealth. When we die, it will all go to others. It will be divided up.

Our second wife is our family and friends. No matter how much they have supported and loved us, the furthest they can stay by us is up to the burial site. Even if they enter the portal of Death they and we must walk alone into the Bardo Thodol.

Our first wife is our mindstream, often neglected in pursuit of wealth, power and pleasures of the ego. However, our mindstream is the only thing that will follow us wherever we go.

The moral: Care for your body and keep it healthy so you can live life to its fullest. Enjoy your possessions, the pleasure and the comfort they provide. Cherish your friends and family and the love they provide. Don’t forget to nourish your mindstream as it is the source of all your life and will prove to be your most faithful friend.

Merry Christmas . . . JJ

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Dynamic Equilibrium

crowtownnews2We are addicted to fossil fuel. In the boardrooms of big oil and coal everything else comes second to their profit margin. This is a fact few can deny. I honestly believe these corporations would willingly lay waste to the entire planet in order to suck the last drop of oil from her. . . just like a smackhead will lay his body to waste for that final fix.

In today’s world we are encompassed by a vast amount of negativity. So much so that it is difficult for one to keep his head above water, BUT there are also great things in the works. Intelligent ideas containing the power to make a difference for all of us are on the rise.

It’s only a matter of time until the fossil fuel industry runs out of product. Everybody knows this but them, and yet . . . the beat goes on.

How do these ‘drill baby drill’ guys answer the cry from those of us concerned for the well being of our planet? They say, “you guys are treehugging wacko’s . . . everything’s fine, this depletion stuff is all just liberal inspired bullshit . . . after all God gave us this earth to subdue, right?”

On and on the argument goes. Remember how long it took the cigarette corporations to even hint that smoking may be bad for your health? The frackers have far more rocks to hide under than the tobacco boys ever did.

The question for today is, “How can we continue this course of existing on fossil fuels and NOT at some date in the near future run out of product? We can’t, it is physically impossible regardless of how the fossil fuel industries promote their agenda.

BUT there is another side to the story. One that has THINKING people working hard to find a way towards putting this cess pool of greed out of business and yet maintain our (pared down, but pleasing) lifestyle. People like the guy who made this video.

I can’t say I agree with all of it, but I doubt that is necessary. The foundation he is creating is sure to be the one taken after this current system falls apart . . . at least I hope so.

If we fail as a people to adapt and the planet drives us to extinction because of our ignorance, if it takes our planet a zillion years to recoup from our abuse. I hope next time we get it right . . . and if we do I believe it will take place somewhat along these lines . . .

Egosyntonic Programming

crowtownnews2Since life began to form on this planet survival has been an absolute necessity. Evolution of the species is, in large part, merely life choosing to adapt in order to guarantee its survival. All living things have had to immediately come to grips with that reality or perish.  Today in the US we face the greatest threat to our survival we have ever faced . . . and yet who can see the threat?

I have pondered this over and over and have finally come up with a reason as to why so many of us have given up our innate survival system and have chosen instead, to follow the party line like a pack of sheep being led to the slaughter house.

We don’t question TOO much . . . .

We don’t break rank TOO far.

We fear everything, but the greatest fear we have is being alone and crying in the wilderness . . . instead of crying why not man-up and begin shouting:

“ I’M TIRED OF THIS SHIT AND I AM NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANY LONGER!”

It’s because we have fallen deaf and dumb and succumbed to what psychology calls: egosyntonic programming:

[Egosyntonic is a psychological term referring to behaviors, values, feelings that are in harmony with or acceptable to the needs and goals of the ego, or consistent with one’s ideal self-image.]

Imagine Germany in 1936 when the Nazi party was in full control of the country. Imagine viewing one of the old videos of the era as Adolph stands before a large mass of people with his hands on his hips as the multitude raises their right arms in unison shouting, “HEIL HITLER!!”

What possibly could have had happened to all those people? How much had they been able to overlook in order to be a part of this new National Socialism? How long did it take them to fall under the influence of this high talking psychopath?

I believe it was mainly because Adolph made them feel good about themselves, and special, and powerful. Master race? heady stuff, but real world they were ignorant nobodies looking for easy glory after years of hard economic times in post WW1 Germany. I believe they had given up their basic survival instincts in favor of Nazi egosyntonic programming.

Simply put . . . Adolph excited their lust for power and control and they bought his line of bullshit, lock, stock, and barrel. They joined his brainwashed army of screaming idiots and followed him into hell out of fear and longing to be somebody.

They had been willing to submit to . . . to die for . . . a man who not too far in their past would have been just another crackpot in the park. They would have laughed at his antics and perhaps dropped a coin in the hat lying heads up at the foot of his soapbox, but that would have been it. Had it been that way the earth would not have suffered such a horrific blow.
I feel we americans are in the same condition today that the German citizen was in 1936.

We are failing to heed our survival instincts because we have taken for granted the same stuff the German took for granted . . . we have been hoodwinked by government . . . media . . .military industrial complex . . . a one world central banking system . . . and our own need to be somebody.
Those who have not fallen under their egosyntonic spell and are questioning the strange things that are happening these days, are being ostracized by them as conspiracy theorists and nut cases. We are not strong and virile like them. We are all pussies. They are all heroes. They have upset the apple cart and convinced us that that’s the way it should be . . . that’s pretty damn dumb on our part.

The majority of us have been compromised by them and nothing reveals this to me more so than the total lack of attention this whole geoengineering scheme is getting from so many. And believe you me, if you can’t see what is going on in the heavens directly above your head . . . if you are not alarmed about that? . . . if you don’t look into the situation yourself? Your instinct for survival has been compromised.

I don’t care how many degrees you have. how much money you have, the size of your boy toy . . . or anything else . . . you have been blinded by egosyntonic programming.

How many know or have even heard about the project devised by Edward Teller (father of the H bomb and one of the first promoters of solar radiation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_radiation_management ) to use nuclear weapons to build a harbor in Alaska? This project came very close to fruition had it not been for conservation groups such as the Wilderness Society and the Sierra Club. Read about Project Chariot here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Chariot

Think about the damage that would have been caused by him and his band of merry nutsacks had he gotten the go ahead from Congress, (who were initially all for it) . . . . think about the damage 5 nukes in unison would have caused to the area . . . to the indigenous communities of Point Hope, Noatak, and Kivalina. . . think about what Teller said when asked about the downside of all this . . . and know that today there are a zillion Tellers in the world with enough backing from the 1% at the top to do even more damage to the ecosphere than he could have ever done in the fifties.

(excerpt from How To Cool The Planet by Jeff Goodell)

Perhaps Teller’s real brilliance was not as a scientist but as a provocateur. In his own perverse, indirect way, he articulated the central question of our time: what is the earth for? Is it a launching pad for human beings, a playground for us to explore before moving on to some greater destiny? Or is it a sacred and fragile place, a miracle of life in a cold and dead universe? The deeper you go into the logic of geoengineering, the more pressing this question becomes. Because as any engineer will tell you, before you can intelligently design something, whether it is a house, a bridge, or a climate system of a planet, the first question you have to ask is, what’s its purpose?

What was the purpose for Project Chariot? To dig a deep and unnecessary harbor in the wilderness just to see if we can use atomic energy to rearrange the landscape to our (mans) benefit.

What’s the purpose for the heavily geoengineered skies we see all over the country? Climate control? What the hell is ALL of this about?

This will be the third and last article on chemtrails . . . hopefully this will be the beginning for you to look up in wonder and break free from the grip of the egosyntonic programming that has captured the minds of this country. Hopefully you will lose the fear of thinking for yourself without the help of “big brother”.

 

 

Manifest Destiny

crowtownnews2In the US we like to classify things into groups, especially people. People come in all shapes and sizes and backgrounds and belief systems, and each group has a classification.

If you are a well fed white conservative you will have many things in common with all the other well fed white conservative Americans.

If you are a liberal you won’t have that much in common with your conservative neighbor. Of course if the two of you are different races you may have even less in common . . . and the beat goes on . . . until you reach the point where you have little in common with anybody save the man in your mirror.

And that is where we are here in the U.S. From congress down to the local PTA, it is broken. Everything is broken . . . and we piss and moan and wonder why.

It seems that in my life I have spent a vast amount of time searching for community. I found it first in the housing project where I was born and raised. I found it in the small military unit I was once a part of. I found it in the hippie world, and I found it in the born again Christian world. . . but all these worlds I am now finding, since I am an old man, were merely stages in my life that fed the need to belong to something bigger and greater than myself. That’s because I never actually knew who I was.

Today I have only one classification I care about and I feel there is only one classification ANYBODY should care about. In essence there are only two people on this earth . . . one understands his place in the natural world and one doesn’t.

One believes in Manifest Destiny and the other believes in the ‘oneness in all things.’

Manifest Destiny has conquered the governing bodies of the world. Those who believe in the oneness have been pushed aside by the manifest destiny crowd due to their lust for power/posession/position.

Manifest destiny feels it’s quite alright to scalp a mountain top in West Virginia and destroy huge amounts of real estate in order to get to the coal beneath it.

“We need it”, they say. “We need jobs”, they say.

What they never say is, “We need larger profits and we really don’t give a shit whether you have your mountain or a wasteland in your backyard because WE don’t live here!”

Manifest destiny thought it was quite alright to place the Native American on reservations or kill them openly in order to gain access to their land. After all, God created all this for the white Anglo Saxon . . .right?

Manifest destiny thinks it is quite alright to imprison the Palestinian inside the walls of the West Bank and order him to be good or else their hovels will be bulldozed and buried around them, (or on top of them) . . . doesn’t matter does it? Israel is God’s chosen people . . .

What is manifest destiny anyways?

Manifest Destiny is a term for the attitude prevalent during the 19th century period of American expansion that the United States not only could, but was destined to, stretch from coast to coast. This attitude helped fuel western settlement, Native American removal and war with Mexico. The phrase was first employed by John L. O’Sullivan in an article on the annexation of Texas published in the July-August 1845 edition of the United States Magazine and Democratic Review, which he edited.

The term manifest destiny originated in the 1840s. It expressed the belief that it was Anglo-Saxon Americans’ providential mission to expand their civilization and institutions across the breadth of North America. This expansion would involve not merely territorial aggrandizement but the progress of liberty and individual economic opportunity as well.
It was, O’Sullivan claimed, ‘our manifest destiny to overspread the continent allotted by Providence for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions.’

The first appearance of the philosophy behind manifest destiny I could find, appears in Genesis 1 27-28 in the bible where it says:
27. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

28. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Now whether you believe that or not isn’t something I care to get into in this essay, only that this phrasing is what I believe to be the cornerstone for the birthing of the philosophy called Manifest Destiny.

What the passage does using words like ‘image of God’ and ‘dominion’ is separate man from integration INTO the natural world and instead places him on a pedestal ABOVE the natural world . . . he becomes a separate entity living on an ethereal plane somewhere between the earth and the heavens. He, man, is God’s emissary to the lower world.

That is pretty heady stuff for the true believer, but regardless of how one feels about all that, it is hard to disagree with the fact that we have done a horrible job as caretaker of this planet, and by all rights should have been fired a long time ago.

On the other hand the aborigine who never heard all that stuff, had no problem integrating with nature, and he did a good job of it.

The militant religions, Judaism/Christianity/Islam, never saw themselves as being subservient to the earth, or a part of nature. They never grasped the concept of oneness (and still don’t) Therefore they destroy for personal gain without a thought as to what their action will do to the rest of creation. It’s all theirs for the taking, to do with what they please . . . therefore we have the problems we have today.

Today we have advanced technologically to the point where we worry that man is going to destroy the earth. But personally, I think the earth will prevail, and man will be forced into extinction alongside all the other species that failed to evolve and adapt.

Manifest Destiny has been around for a very long time, it worked it’s way through all the early empires and it came to the America’s in the boat with Christopher Columbus and his crew of merry pranksters.

It was here manifest destiny met face up with an entire civilization of human beings who lived according to another law, the law of oneness. The peace loving Arawak greeted the boat people with gifts and gaiety. Their laughter soon turned to cries of pain as Columbus thrust his sword into their open heart.

Christopher felt the hand of God had led him to the America’s, so he also felt he had a right to the gold as well as the Arawak who possessed it. He quickly enslaved the people and ultimately put the Third Reich to shame with his murderous rampage through the islands. The God fearing Spaniard soon proved himself to be the spawn of Satan as he mutilated, killed or enslaved an entire civilization in his lust for gold.

From the Peoples History Of The United States – Howard Zinn:

Arawak men and women, naked, tawny, and full of wonder, emerged from their villages onto the island’s beaches and swam out to get a closer look at the strange big boat. When Columbus and his sailors came ashore, carrying swords, speaking oddly, the Arawaks ran to greet them, brought them food, water, gifts. He later wrote of this in his log:

“They… brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawks’ bells. They willingly traded everything they owned…. They were well-built, with good bodies and handsome features…. They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They have no iron. Their spears are made of cane…. They would make fine servants…. With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.”

Ultimately the entire Arawak nation died or were killed off until they went extinct . . . sound familiar? (remember in the last 40 years 53% of all species have died off on this planet because of human action)
For all that old Criss gets himself a holiday every year in remembrance of his great personal achievements. THIS, once again . . . proves how out of touch with reality the manifest destiny people truly are.

These days manifest destiny has arisen full swing once again. In the christian conservative movement. . . in right wing groups such as the Tea Party . . . in media shows like Fox News and the Rush Limbaugh Show where all truths are spun and bent to feed the notion that we, the American, are a special godly breed with a calling to proselytise our religion and our political system throughout the world.

How’s THAT going for us?

I think the bullshit ends about 12 miles off our golden shore, because the rest of the world doesn’t seem to be buying any of it. I LOVE this country. We have great potential to actually become the things we brag about, but first we must reassess our situation.

I think that when we begin to realize we are just a part of the natural world, at best merely her caretaker and not King over her, we will have taken a huge step forward in the way we treat our Mother.

I often wonder what we European interlopers would have learned had we chosen to befriend the Native American instead of conquering and killing him . . . I wonder what we human interlopers would have learned from the natural world had we chosen to honor her above all else instead of attempting to conquer and use her for our own selfish desires.

Remember John Kennedy? Instead of, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country!”

Wonder what would happen if we changed ‘country’ to ‘planet’ and actually lived that way? . . . Planet first in every decision. Technology can go on . . . life can still be comfortable and good. Women will still have food to feed their babies and men will have their toys to play with.

This is not a utopian idea, this is what we MUST do in order to survive on this planet. The way things are . . . we have worn out our welcome.