Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Are we the Evil that we see?

The Sol Provider has an excellent blog post on tolerance.

This is just a small excerpt:
A lot of what I read here says that Masonry is evil, the Illuminati must die, the government is evil, etc. I might tend to agree with certain of these ideas at face value. It is difficult to see the world in this state and not want some form of change.

To begin to have concern for the world at large is a great thing. It is the beginning of love and the end of selfishness.

When we seek to do good for goodness sake, we are on the path to recovery. We have begun to look at one another as human souls. We have INSIGHT into people, not race, not gender, not creed, not religion, HUMANITY. We have begun to see the divine in OURSELVES and we extend this view to others.

We start to realize there is more that one life to live.

As we become more aware, we must overcome the previous conditioning. We must put away the habits and patterns that brought us into what we were before. As long as we are ruled by opposites, evil vs. good, right vs. wrong, light vs. dark, we will never achieve true spiritual growth.

We must unify these two opposing forms, which like two thieves, steal our powers and our concentration.

Everything in nature has it's opposite. In most cases the lack of a thing is it's opposite. Knowledge is the evolved state, ignorance the lack of it. Good is a quality, evil is the least degree of good. Light is an element, darkness is the lack of it.

There is a purpose for everything. The condition of this Earth as we now see it is for our betterment... If we choose to use it that way.

Our existence is a result of the need to purify our base desires. The devil cannot act for us, the devil(our base desires) only tempts. It is us that must commit the evil that we see. And we do commit it. It is our thinking that shapes all that we see. If we have ever had an evil thought, desire, or action, we now see it in the world today.

Fighting the enemy simply perpetuates all that we dislike about what we see.

I happen to think we are better than that!

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The Next Level

The Next Level

From the vid info: A Video Illustration of my thoughts on the future of mankind as revealed by teachers, mystics and psychonauts. I hope to encourage responsible curiosity regarding teacher plants and their purpose in our evolution. Remember, normal is just a setting on your washing machine!

Thanks A Kean Eye

Ben Folds: The Ascent of Stan

Ben Folds: The Ascent of Stan (Only vid I could find :p)

The story of a textbook hippie man turned to the dark side.

Once you wanted revolution! stan
Now you're the institution. stan
How's it feel to be the man? hurts to be the man
It's no fun to be the man!

Funny Google Searches

These are some funny google searches that my counter registered. I encourage all connection searches, no matter how 'weird', especially so some can be used to spread some laughs even if little is learned.

manly p. hall debunked, good luck with that hehe.
john lilly illuminati, or the opposite :p ECCO are the supposed good guys yo.
michael persinger is wrong, lol! Well if it's a comfort I'm sure he's wrong about something.
ctrl alt del meditation, I guess that was about the webcomic. I still hope my free-tru-luv catches on :p
cars pixar disney, the person searching this probably wasn't expecting chemtrails in his results.
we live in time loop experiences repeat, the karmic theory does suggest lessons are repeated until learned, pointing to this awesome article from meta-logic cafe.
martin thuther king, Thuther Thoughts? ;p
zeitgeist debunked, by offended Christians doing a piss poor job at it, there's even an hour and a half docu with selective consciousness for folks that want their religious BS restored.

And the one to top it all off: illuminati kundalini
I found this hilarious site called, it's quite easy to debunk any aspect of reality if your filters are this rigid:
"Kundalini Yoga--The Mother Power (My book review, and rebuttal. Many ignorant people go to yoga classes. You cannot separate the Devil from yoga! The only kind of meditation Christians are supposed to do is meditating on God's word. Not clearing your mind out so a devil can come in!)"

Banksy: One Nation under CCTV

Banksy pulled off an audacious stunt to produce what is believed to be his biggest work yet in central London.

The secretive graffiti artist managed to erect three storeys of scaffolding behind a security fence despite being watched by a CCTV camera.

Then, during darkness and hidden behind a sheet of polythene, he painted this comment on 'Big Brother' society.

You can post comments on Daily Mail articles:
"Your comment will be reviewed shortly. Comments may be edited and not all will be published." lol, they care so much about your opinion.

Lucid Dreaming

Lucidipedia 2nd Trailer

Check out Lucidipedia

From the wiki: A lucid dream, also known as a conscious dream, is a dream in which the person is aware that he or she is dreaming while the dream is in progress. During lucid dreams, it is possible to exert conscious control over the dream characters and environment, as well as to perform otherwise physically impossible feats. Lucid dreams can be extremely real and vivid depending on a person's level of self-awareness during the lucid dream.

Dedroidify: Dreaming & Lucid Dreaming

Flying in a Lucid Dream

Bill Maher New Rules 4/11/2008

Bill Maher New Rules 4/11/2008

"Whenever you combine a secretive compound, religion and weirdos in pioneer outfits, there's going to be some child-f*cking going on." Bill Maher

"The difference between a cult and a religion is the number of members and the size of the bank account." Robert Anton Wilson

Damn! Sometimes I miss you Bill, just sometimes. He really hits it home here. I can't watch his show anymore though after the 9/11 BS he pulled and just the mainstream politics discussion bores me to death. Just as I can't really watch the Daily Show & Colbert Report anymore all the time. Not enough cohones truth-wise when it comes to world affairs, like any mainstream outlet really.

Daily Dedroidify: Mind-numbing, spirit-crushing IDIOT BOX!

Daily Dedroidify: The mind-numbing, spirit-crushing IDIOT BOX!

Features: # Now available bigger, wider, flatter, clearer, faker, dumber
# Still drains truth, intelligence, morality, attention-span, time, opportunity, fitness
# More lies, more overpriced, more channels, more advertising, more drama, more propaganda
# Oh and... Celebrity dancing & ice-skating, what's next? Televised celebrity pony rides?

Being exposed to stupidity & immorality... turns you stupid & immoral!
Who'd have thunk it!?

Network: TV is a goddamn amusement park

I don't need a box to tell my vision!

"The television, that insidious beast, that Medusa which freezes a billion people to stone every night, staring fixedly, that Siren which called and sang and promised so much and gave, after all, so little." Ray Bradbury

"Watching television is like taking black spray paint to your third eye."
Bill Hicks

Sure you can watch tv, but really watch.
See through it.

Terence McKenna on McLuhan: The media is the message

Sure you can watch tv, but really watch.
See through it.

tv is the ultimate tool
to make you lame
to keep you lame
and then when you all are lame
they feed you with a view upon the lame life of others
and then you and your lame friends can comment on them
there is a button on your TV
when you push it 'off'
it turns your life 'on'

"If it is not in the media... it did not happen.
If it did not happen, but is in the media... we believe it has happened."
Charles T. Tart

The Red Hot Chili Peppers: Throw Away Your Televisiontubbies

"Throw away your television. Take the noose off your ambition. Reinvent your intuition now. It's a repeat! Of a story told. It's a repeat! And it's getting old... " RHCP

"I can't watch TV longer than 5 minutes without praying for nuclear holocaust."
Bill Hicks

"If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace." John Lennon

"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book." Groucho Marx

How Television affects Your Brain Chemistry

"Television incision on the frontal lobe! You know big brother ain't a tv show! It's how we roll with what they know! Reality bites me comfortably, inducing you into watching me, watching you, watching we, methodically!" Coldcut

"Why don't you ask the kids at Tiananmen Square was fashion the reason why they were there? They disguise it, hypnotize it, Television made you buy it!" SOAD

"I haven't had a TV in 10 years, and I really don't miss it. 'Cause it's always so much more fun to be with people than it ever was to be with a television." Chuck Palahniuk

Incubus - Idiot Box (live at Red Rox)

"TV what do I need!
Tell me who to believe!?
What's the use of autonomy when a button does it all?"

"When I was young, the TV had dignity - it went off, now it's like some prostitute in Las Vegas - it's on all night." Paul Mooney

Television... The more you watch people behave immorally, the more you consider the behavior normal and permissible. This may not apply to you personally, but when the images are presented night after night, year after year, to a population of millions of people, there are effects on that population.

Robert Anton Wilson: Cosmic Trigger Excerpt

Preface to the Falcon Press Edition, 1986
Cosmic Trigger was originally published by And/Or Press about ten years ago, and by Pocket Books shortly thereafter. Although some of my novels have sold far better, in two dimensions at least it is my most "successful" book in human terms.

1. From the date of the first printing to the present, I have received more mail about Cosmic Trigger than about anything else I ever wrote, and most of this mail has been unusuallly intelligent and open-minded. For some reason, many readers of this book think they can write to me intimately and without fear, about subjects officially Taboo in our society. I have learned a great deal from the correspondence, and have met some wonderful new friends.

2. On lecture tours, I am always asked more questions about this book than about all my other works together.

This new edition presents an opportunity to answer the most frequent questions and to correct the most persistent misunderstandings.

It should be obvious to all intelligent readers (but curiously is not obvious to many) that my viewpoint in this book is one of agnosticism. The word "agnostic" appears explicitly in the prologue and the agnostic attitude is revealed again and again in the text, but many people still think I "believe" some of the metaphors and models employed here. I therefore want to make it even clearer than ever before that

This remark was made, in these very words, by John Gribbin, physics editor of New Scientist magazine, in a BBC-TV debate with Malcolm Muggeridge, and it provoked incredulity on the part of most viewers. It seems to be a hangover of the medieval Catholic era that causes most people, even the educated, to think that everybody must "believe" something or other, that if one is not a theist, one must be a dogmatic atheist, and if one does not think Capitalism is perfect, one must believe fervently in Socialism, and if one does not have blind faith in X, one must alternatively have blind faith in not-X or the reverse of X.

My own opinion is that belief is the death of intelligence. As soon as one believes a doctrine of any sort, or assumes certitude, one stops thinking about that aspect of existence. The more certitude one assumes, the less there is left to think about, and a person sure of everything would never have any need to think about anything and might be considered clinically dead under current medical standards, where absence of brain activity is taken to mean that life has ended.

My attitude is identical to that of Dr. Gribbin and the majority of physicists today, and is known in physics as "the Copenhagen Interpretation," because it was formulated in Copenhagen by Dr. Niels Bohr and his co-workers c. 1926-28. The Copenhagen Interpretation is sometimes called "model agnosticism" and holds that any grid we use to organize our experience of the world is a model of the world and should not be confused with the world itself. Alfred Korzybski, the semanticist, tried to popularize this outside physics with the slogan, "The map is not the territory." Alan Watts, a talented exegete of Oriental philosophy, restated it more vividly as "The menu is not the meal."

Belief in the traditional sense, or certitude, or dogma, amounts to the grandiose delusion, "My current model" -- or grid, or map, or reality-tunnel -- "contains the whole universe and will never need to be revised." In terms of the history of science and knowledge in general, this appears absurd and arrogant to me, and I am perpetually astonished that so many people still manage to live with such a medieval attitude.

Cosmic Trigger deals with a process of deliberately induced brain change through which I put myself in the years 1962-1976. This process is called "initiation" or "vision quest" in many traditional societies and can loosely be considered some dangerous variety of self-psychotherapy in modern terminology. I do not recommend it for everybody, and I think I obtained more good results than bad ones chiefly because I had been through two varieties of ordinary psychotherapy before I started my own adventures and because I had a good background in scientific philosophy and was not inclined to "believe" any astounding Revelations too literally.

Briefly, the main thing I learned in my experiments is that "reality" is always plural and mutable.

Since most of Cosmic Trigger is devoted to explaining and illustrating this, and since I still encounter people who have read all my writings on this subject and still do not understand what I am getting at, I will try again in this new Preface to explain it ONE MORE TIME, perhaps more clearly than before.

"Reality" is a word in the English language which happens to be (a) a noun and (b) singular. Thinking in the English language (and in cognate Indo-European languages) therefore subliminally programs us to conceptualize "reality" as one block-like entity, sort of like a huge New York skyscraper, in which every part is just another "room" within the same building. This linguistic program is so pervasive that most people cannot "think" outside it at all, and when one tries to offer a different perspective they imagine one is talking gibberish.

The notion that "reality" is a noun, a solid thing like a brick or a baseball bat, derives from the evolutionary fact that our nervous systems normally organize the dance of energy into such block-like "things," probably as instant bio-survival cues. Such "things," however, dissolve back into energy dances -- processes or verbs -- when the nervous system is synergized with certain drugs or transmuted by yogic or shamanic exercises or aided by scientific instruments. In both mysticism and physics, there is general agreement that "things" are constructed by our nervous systems and that "realities" (plural) are better described as systems or bundles of energy functions.

So much for "reality" as a noun. The notion that "reality" is singular, like a hermetically sealed jar, does not jibe with current scientific findings which, in this century, suggest that "reality" may better be considered as flowing and meandering, like a river, or interacting, like a dance or evolving, like life itself.

Most philosophers have known, at least since around 500 B.C., that the world perceived by our senses is not "the real world" but a construct we create -- our own private work of art. Modern science began with Galileo's demonstration that color is not "in" objects but "in" the interaction of our senses with objects. Despite this philosophic and scientific knowledge of neurological relativity, which has been more clearly demonstrated with each major advance in instrumentation, we still, due to language, think that behind the flowing, meandering, inter-acting, evolving universe created by perception is one solid monolithic "reality" hard and crisply outlined as an iron bar.

Quantum physics has undermined that Platonic iron-bar "reality" by showing that it makes more sense scientifically to talk only of the inter-actions we actually experience (our operations in the laboratory) ; and perception psychology has undermined the Platonic "reality" by showing that assuming it exists leads to hopeless contradictions in explaining how we actually perceive that a hippopotamus is not a symphony orchestra.

The only "realities" (plural) that we actually experience and can talk meaningfully about are perceived realities, experienced realities, existential realities -- realities involving ourselves as editors -- and they are all relative to the observer, fluctuating, evolving, capable of being magnified and enriched, moving from low resolution to hi-fi, and do not fit together like the pieces of a jig-saw into one single Reality with a capital R. Rather, they cast illumination upon one another by contrast, like the paintings in a large museum, or the different symphonic styles of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Mahler.

Alan Watts may have said it best of all: "The universe is a giant Rorschach ink-blot." Science finds one meaning in it in the 18th Century, another in the 19th, a third in the 20th; each artist finds unique meanings on other levels of abstraction; and each man and woman finds different meanings at different hours of the day, depending on the internal and external environments.

Read the rest of this great excerpt here at RAW's official website.

I just have to post the ending too cause it's too good:

Finally as a matter of some entertainment value, not all the mail I have received about this book has been intelligent and thoughtful. I have recieved several quite nutty and unintentionally funny poison-pen letters from two groups of dogmatists -- Fundamentalist Christians and Fundamentalist Materialists.

The Fundamentalist Christians have told me that I am a slave of Satan and should have the demons expelled with an exorcism. The Fundamentalist Materialists inform me that I am a liar, a charlatan, fraud and scoundrel. Aside from this minor difference, the letters are astoundingly similar. Both groups share in the same crusading zeal and the same total lack of humor, charity, and common human decency.

These intolerable cults have served to confirm me in my agnosticism by presenting further evidence to support my contention that when dogmas enter the brain, all intellectual activity ceases.