Monday, August 11, 2008

Ledger's Dark (k)Night of the Soul continues

Check out a short intro to Carl Jung and a Jungian Analysis of the Dark Knight characters and more at Vector Equilibrium: A Synchronicities Blog, with more to come! When the Dog-Star Woofs the Whole Weave Warps about everything at Aferrismoon. The Dark Knight Curse and Joker's Card, Jokawild and Decapitations at The Copycat Effect. PseudOccult's Mind Control Heath Ledger's Two Hands. Why So Serious? about the gay Joker and Fool at Gosporn. And the Obligatory Dark Knight Post & Return of the Joker at Secret Sun.

Here are some earlier Dark Knight, Heath Ledger related posts: Synchromystic goodies, Heath Ledger Syncfest: Crows, Ravens & Bats, The Dark Knight: A Synchromystic Conspiratorial review. If you found any other interesting articles or posts that I haven't linked yet please share in the comments.

SOS 'Students for an Orwellian Society' Successes

As to be expected, SOS has been quite successful. Since the events of 11 September, we have been able to convince a number of figures in national and local politics to help forward our aims. How could they do otherwise? Our successes can be shown to fit into the three major ideals of Ingsoc as expressed by Orwell:

War Is Peace
* Oceania (commonly called the US and Britain) is at war with Afghanistan Iraq. Oceania has always been at war with Afghanistan Iraq.
* Eurasia (commonly called Russia, Pakistan, etc.) is allied with Oceania in war against Afghanistan. Eurasia has always been allied with Oceania.
* In order to fight terrorism, we must cause it, says Donald Rumsfeld.
* It's okay that there were no “weapons of mass destruction” in Iraq; that's not why we went to war. It's equally okay that there are so many of them in Oceania.
* “I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace.” — George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States

Freedom Is Slavery
* The Anti-Terrorism Act ensures US citizens' freedom by ensuring the FBI's ability to examine their activities.
* We encourage all true citizens of this country to join Operation TIPS, which, we promise, will help further an Orwellian society in ways that we at SOS cannot even begin to fathom.
* When flying, you may use the toilet. However, if it is occupied, do not wait in line for it to become free. Only a terrorist would do that.
* In London, feel secure beneath the watchful eyes of Transport for London.

Ignorance Is Strength
* There is no dissent in this country. Those who disagree with President Bush are merely confused.
* The New York Times published an excellent piece of doublethink in its magazine section on Sunday 18 November. It is bad that Al-Jazeera fails to take American positions seriously. It is good that American media doesn't take Arab positions seriously. And all this from an Arab-American scholar who President Bush the First once called “more anti-Arab than the Israelis.”
* Government agencies are requesting that certain government reports be removed from public libraries. An excellent indication that SOS is having influence at the highest levels!
* Thanks, Time Magazine for removing articles from your website!

Just an excerpt. Check the link for more of their successes so far (some links are down unfortunately).

How to Think Like a Genius

check out this page How to Think Like a Genius from wikihow.com
"Embrace change, uncertainty, and doubt. It is on these edges of knowledge that innovation and discovery happen."

Anthony De Mello Quotes

This is a real interesting man, he talks about belief systems too, have to share (& check out) more. Thanks again Earth Evolution 101!

A disciple said to him, "I am ready, in the quest for God, to give up anything: wealth, friends, family, country, life itself. What else can a person give up?"
The Master calmly replied, "One's beliefs about God."

As soon as you look at the world through an ideology you are finished. No reality fits an ideology. Life is beyond that. That is why people are always searching for a meaning to life… Meaning is only found when you go beyond meaning. Life only makes sense when you perceive it as mystery and it makes no sense to the conceptualizing mind.

To a visitor who asked to become his disciple the Master said, "You may live with me, but don't become my follower."
"Whom, then, shall I follow?"
"No one. The day you follow someone you cease to follow Truth."

Is there life before death? —that is the question!

"Help us to find God."
"No one can help you there."
"Why not?"
"For the same reason that no one can help the fish to find the ocean."

"I wish to become a teacher of the Truth."
"Are you prepared to be ridiculed, ignored and starving till you are forty-five?"
"I am. But tell me: What will happen after I am forty-five?"
"You will have grown accustomed to it."

If you just swallow everything I am telling you, I am brainwashing you.

A thought is a screen, not a mirror; that is why you live in a thought envelope, untouched by Reality.

All I did was sit on the riverbank handing out river water. After I'm gone, I trust you will notice the river.

Every word, every image used for God is a distortion more than a description.

Is it possible for the rose to say, "I will give my fragrance to the good people who smell me, but I will withhold it from the bad?" Or is it possible for the lamp to say, "I will give my light to the good people in this room, but I will withhold it from the evil people"? Or can a tree say, "I'll give my shade to the good people who rest under me, but I will withhold it from the bad"? These are images of what love is about.

Nobody can be said to have attained the pinnacle of Truth until a thousand sincere people have denounced him for blasphemy.

People who want a cure, provided they can have it without pain, are like those who favour progress, provided they can have it without change.

Suffering is a sign that you're out of touch with the truth. Suffering is given to you that you might open your eyes to the truth, that you might understand that there's falsehood somewhere, just as physical pain is given to you so you will understand that there is disease or illness somewhere. Suffering points out that there is falsehood somewhere. Suffering occurs when you clash with reality. When your illusions clash with reality when your falsehoods clash with the truth, then you have suffering. Otherwise there is no suffering.

The disciples were absorbed in a discussion of Lao-tzu’s dictum: "Those who know do not say; Those who say do not know."
When the master entered, they asked him what the words meant.
Said the master, "Which of you knows the fragrance of a rose?"
All of them indicated that they knew.
Then he said, "put it into words."
All of them were silent.

The important thing is not to know who "I" is or what "I" is. You'll never succeed. There are no words for it. The important thing is to drop the labels.

You know you are a Mystic when you wake up one day and ask, am I crazy or are they?

Wisdom tends to grow in proportion to one's awareness of one's ignorance.

"You are only a disciple because your eyes are closed. The day you open them you will see there is nothing you can learn from me or anyone."
"What then is a Master for?"
"To make you see the uselessness of having one."

The Inevitable Unknown

"Enlightenment is absolute cooperation with the inevitable"
Anthony de Mello (a JESUIT, *gasp* :p but he did butt heads with RATzinger)
Thanks Earth Evolution 101


"Response-Ability... the ability to respond creatively to the unknown."
Antero Alli

"People are so fearful of the unknown... 'Whatever it is, I'm against it.'" :p
Eckhart Tolle

"Power rests on the kind of knowledge one holds. What is the sense of knowing things that are useless? They will not prepare us for our encounter with the Unknown."
Don Juan (Carlos Castaneda)

"Faith is, above all, open-ness - an act of trust in the unknown."
Alan Watts

Alan Watts: The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

This book explores an unrecognized but mighty taboo - our tacit (silent) conspiracy to ignore who, or what, we really are. Briefly, the thesis is that the prevalent sensation of oneself as a separate ego enclosed in a bag of skin is a hallucination which accords neither with Western Science nor with the experimental philosophy-religions of the East.

This hallucination underlies the misuse of technology for the violent subjugation of man's natural environment and, consequently, its eventual destruction. We are therefore in urgent need of a sense of our own existence which is in accord with the physical facts and which overcomes our feeling of alienation from the universe.

"I find that the sensation of myself as an ego inside a bag of skin is really a hallucination. What we really are is, first of all, the whole of our body. And although our bodies are bounded with skin, and we can differentiate between outside and inside, they cannot exist except in a certain kind of natural environment. Obviously a body requires air, and the air must be within a certain temperature range. The body also requires certain kinds of nutrition. So in order to occur the body must be on a mild and nutritive planet with just enough oxygen in the atmosphere spinning regularly around in a harmonious and rhythmical way near a certain kind of warm star.
That arrangement is just as essential to the existence of my body as my heart, my lungs, and my brain. So to describe myself in a scientific way, I must also describe my surroundings, which is a clumsy way getting around to the realization that you are the entire universe. However we do not normally feel that way because we have constructed in thought an abstract idea of our self."

Daily Conspiracy: Get me out of here, please


Pinback - Grey Machine (Shorter Fanvid) (this post is about the lyrics)

lie, lie, lie... blind them...

on the left side
a parking attendant sleeps
selling space and time
(on the right side
a parking attendant sleeps
selling space and time)

they have grasped the concept of property
understand that lengths of time
can be twisted into someone's
monetary advantage

but, i can see myself in that building that stands
across from me reflecting in the sky
you can see yourself swim along with giant whales
down the street reflecting in the sky

on sunny days
the people on the beach
like ants in my food
they must have closed the mall

here comes whitey to exploit
the simple pleasures nature gave me
then try to tax them all

i'm letting go
it's scaring me

lay in the yard
curled in a ball
hails in your mouth
keys still in the car door
face in the dirt
smells more than clean
synapsis tapped
you're well out

on the side of the house
its burned in the ground
that secret code
that signal go
there's a stain on the grass
that's calling us home
you lie inside for the
transistor send

my heart skips a beat

lie, lie, lie, blinded...

out of reach
out of touch
out of ink
out of kindness never hazing new guys

out of teeth
out of thought
out of time
out of life
like cattle grazing your mind

on the way to the car
on the head of the stone
on the edge of the lake
on the end of the joke
on the crack of the floor
on the slab of the day
on the dent of the face
on the mind of the cop
on the scar of the rat
on the last of the calls
on the rest of the doc
on the smile of the kid

pick me up
take me home
get me out of here
please



on the underside i'm letting go
they know we're on to them
we know to avoid - their snare
they're pulling us back
we run for cover
escape is far
i'm letting go
its scaring me
break
i'm gonna break..