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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Man and Memes and Saving The Children: Satire

Memes are a function of the synergy which naturally occurs within the relationship of consciousness and information. This indicates the nature of memes is spiritual. The relationship of consciousness to information cannot be defined easily by the physical paradigm. It is much more easily imagined within the relationships of consciousness as in a spiritual dimension. With this in mind it is possible to see that memes are tools which can be used for spiritual warfare.

Man is obviously a feature of the universe which has a fixation with God. Man is the only creature known to have conveyed information from one individual to another about God. Man, if not a spiritual creature, is a creature whose existence has not stopped referring to God.

Since we know this for certain about the human race, it seems reasonable to think of humans as partly physical creatures animated as well as motivated by a spiritual impulse.

A look at history will show right away that consciousness has had a more lasting effect on the development of our culture than the physical aspect of the individual human being. The human body slows down and eventually everything associated with it fails.

The mind also fails but the consciousness it has been involved with transcends this inevitability and continues to exist and profligate in other minds. These activities within the relationship in which they occur are an indication of the spiritual nature of man and his being. To glimpse this intuitively, even briefly, with understanding, can be mind-expanding.

Memes have the potential to be incredibly dangerous. Their ability to monopolize consciousness is their most dangerous attribute. Mass media has the ability to introduce memes at a rate calculated to produce shock and awe in human consciousness that is not self-moderated. This makes the ability to identify memes essential. All too often minors and susceptible adults are left to be victimized by the meme production industry through unscrupulous meme distributors.

Children are the nation’s most essential resource for the future. Keeping their minds free from the noisome clatter and clamor of dangerous memes will enable them to grow into healthy self-aware adults. If memes are allowed into their developing minds their purpose of life will be thwarted by the substitutes of the meme dealers. This happens almost 100 percent of the time when a steady diet of memes become part of a child's developing consciousness.

Memes have the potential to be every bit as dangerous as drugs for a young child's mind. Garbage in garbage out is an old maxim. We can ratify the truth of that theory by observing the effect of mass meme consumption on the youth of the present generation.

In the large social context the effect of memes is easily seen in the transference of cultural abhorrence from Russia and Communism to Muslims and Islam. This transference which we all know occurred happened almost seamlessly in the public mind and without the activity of memes would have not been possible.

The change occurred because information was transferred within a system dependent on consciousness. Millions of human minds received the information and interpreted it.

This demonstration of the effectiveness to persuade produced by memes is an indication of the need to take action. It is absolutely imperative that the minds of the nation's children are safeguarded from evil meme predators. Dangerous memes in the minds of the next generation of leaders and followers will of necessity lead to catastrophe.

If we do not Act Now human history may as well kiss its soul good-bye.

If you are not certain how to identify and separate dangerous memes from beneficial information you should begin by familiarizing yourself with the characteristics of memes. Once you can identify something as a meme you will know to be wary.

The video below is a discussion of the nature of memes. The philosopher Dan Dennett on TEDtalks describes memes and their danger. "Infectious Repeatitis" is a symptom of adverse meme infection in a human mind. Most of us have had these symptoms at one time or another. Its effect is devastating.

Click here to read a web article on the memes among us.

a Clear Running Water State of mind.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

The Wrath Of God: artistic commentary on Revelation 16

The plagues described in this mythic literary work are so monstrous in scope as to be inconceivable. I made an illustrated video to go along with the theme of the book of Revelation in the New Testament. You can see it by clicking the first sentence. It will take you to my Youtube channel KaliTheCosmicKitten which can be reached at the sidebar.

The laying waste to earth by extraterrestrial as well as terrestrial and spiritual forces is described with the vividness of a psychedelic experience. I attempted to make the chaos and spectacle in the words of Revelation 16 appear in the art to coincide with the text.

The most obvious feature of the plagues mentioned in the book of Revelation is their geological and ecological categories. Earthquakes, terrible storms, famines, plagues. As I was thinking about this I recalled a description of a native myth of the PNW. Ella E. Clark's collection of native stories from the Pacific Northwest "Indian Legends of the Pacific Northwest" is a delightful look into an age when men must have seen horrific volcanic activity. Her book is at the link.

The entire book of Revelation is explained in terms of the 'Wrath of God'. All the horrible things we are warned about are said to be the result of the 'Wrath of God'. This is a concept that has been explained poorly for as long as I know. It stems from the idea that God is like a strict human father who favors tough love. That starting point is certain to lead to an understanding of God that is intolerable. That's how it worked for me anyhow.

The 'Wrath of God' has nothing to do with being spanked by a big Sky Daddy God. The 'Wrath of God' is more like the Buddhist concept of Karma. I say this because of the biblical principles involved. In Romans 1 the apostle Paul explains that the 'Wrath of God' is associated with not honoring the Creator.

What sticks out in my mind from this is how the 'Wrath of God' does not consist of God smacking the hell out of someone. What it does consist of is letting him go his own way and when he gets stuck and can't get out that result is evidence of the 'Wrath of God' in his life. The prophet John in the book of Revelation makes the case that the experience of the 'Wrath of God' is applicable to society as a whole.

That is how the primal scene is represented in the first book of the bible. Human history, according to the Genesis tale, is the revelation of the wrath of God over time. We can reasonably expect the process to speed up as time goes on. The link is to a discussion by physicist Tom Campbell noted consciousness researcher. He has something appropriate to say to this age. The speeding up will increasingly reveal the accumulated results of our behavior as a society and race of spiritual malcontents living in denial of the source of its being.

The 'Wrath of God' is described in the bible as God allowing man to live independently of him. There is a rub. Man must suffer the consequences.

Man's crime against heaven is not a lack of religion. Stop and think about it the major religions require the concepts of 'good and evil' to be part of their way of worship. How does a God, which, according to the myth, forbade mankind to possess the knowledge of 'good and evil' respond to this audacity of man? Man with his religions based on 'good and evil' are yet another attempt to prove God is wrong and man is right.

The crime of man against heaven is that all he tries to do shows that God is no longer relevant to him. Man expresses his degree of respect for God by the care he gives to the gifts God gives him. In the human experience that is life and awareness and all the things that go with creation.

The mythical story holds the truth of the Revelation of Christ given to Saint John. In this graphic description it is not difficult for me to see how society regards the gift of God. We treat our awareness, our bodies, and our earth pretty much the same way.

The media fills our awareness, nutritionally impoverished mass produced food is on the diner table, the water is becoming unfit to drink and the earth is going through changes that have scientists scratching their heads. Is it any wonder a sense of hopelessness is the spirit of this age?

Mankinds life choices have resulted in his becoming a spiritual desperado within a society that enables him to maintain an alternate spiritual path by offering him substitutes for the gift of God. That is one of the lessons from the story told in Revelation.

I was left wondering after I finished reading and thinking about this chapter. Try to imagine the last plague of hail with hail stones the weight of one 'talent'.

A talent weighs 34 kilograms
1 Kilogram = 2.20462262 Pounds

Can you imagine a worldwide plague of hail stones 34 times that size?

In this spiritual book the heavens are described as rolled up like a scroll and at the same time the earth is laid waste by geological and economic catastrophes. It's description gives one the bleak sense the photographs of Hiroshima after the first atomic bomb blast leave with the viewer.

I wonder if the universe resetting itself could explain what is happening.

The bible seconds this query and it is also the thought inside the concept of the Kali Yuga and Vedic thought. So we're in good company as far as spiritual authorities go.


After making the initial entry above I came across the information by Thom Hartmann in the video below. The video provides some flesh and blood to the abstract notions of what might happen. Reports like this do not make the plagues of Revelation appear as mere literary hyperbole as they are often regarded.

(C) 2012 David H. Roche

a Clear Running Water state of mind

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Reflections Of The Soul: LNG In Warrenton Oregon

The natural gas industry has its eyes on the small community of Warrenton Oregon. If you click on the first sentence you can read a pdf file produced by the Columbia Riverkeeper. Click here to browse through their Website.

Informing yourself will aid your decision making. Take a look at the project as it will be and imagine how suitable it is with the real estate on which it is to be built. The site chosen is basically a sandy, grassy swampland just inside the mouth of the Columbia River.

This geological roll of the dice known as the Columbia River draws trade like a magnet. It has, from the moment it was discovered; changed the environment, population base and society as a whole. This is a direct influence of the trade which commenced and which men have deemed the River gave them to pursue. This is what we do as men.

If this project is chosen some change to features of the Warrenton society are to be expected. Change is a given, all things change. Change is not necessarily bad. It pays to be judicious in areas as important as this.

We all know the dangers that accompany the weather in this area. 100 mph winds are nothing new here. It is also nothing new for refineries to be damaged to the extent their poison is released into the domain of the general public by powerful storms. Take a look at some of the photos on Tony Long's website by clicking this sentence. The storms of 2007 brought not only winds in excess of 120 mph, but also flooding and rapid soil erosion. Imagine how quickly a factory built on sand and grass would erode. Maybe you can be convinced that it can be built safely. I have my doubts that I can be convinced.

Take a look at the list in the first image below and make note of the spills related to storms. I dare you take a look and then believe them when they say if it does happen they will keep the damage to a minimum. Is that good enough for you when there's no use going fishing anymore?

I come from NYS the land where the fish are unfit to eat in more than one lake. You may have heard of Love Canal. All done by well meaning industrialists going about business as usual. Most people find such a risky prospect as the proposed LNG terminal should be undertaken only when much greater need is apparent. Helping someone make a buck is not the proper criteria for making foolish decisions about the land people are going to have to live on. There's people on the coast of the Gulf Of Mexico that can testify to that. Whether or not the likelihood of weather or earthquake can cause a problem which decimates the ecological sanctity of this area is anyone's guess.

I wouldn't be surprised if many agree that to add a natural gas catastrophe to the overall extent of damage done by a natural calamity would only make things worse. From first responders to victims all would be placed in peril by a conflagration that had to be dealt with before rescue could begin. I doubt the community of Warrenton wants to pay for all the safety measures necessary to keep the citizens fears quenched. If they are like the politicians in Birmingham Alabama, of course they will.

We'll just have to wait and see.

I love this old river. Seeing how the tides enter it and exchange with it inspires me to no end. The video below is the finale of the Grateful Dead. It was the last time Jerry played. It seems appropriate to include it. For several reasons.

I went out along the river in Warrenton a while ago and took some pictures. This is the area near Carruthers Park. It is nearby the area proposed to host the LNG facility. Take a look at it and imagine how it will change as a result of this industries interest in the Columbia River.

I've thought about the changes that might occur. As an artist and photographer I like to conjecture about what changes to the landscape might take place. Take a look at my perception of the Riverwalk in Astoria at night after the facility is in place and running.

This is how it looks now.

Text and photographs (C) 2012 David H. Roche

a Clear Running Water state of mind

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Is 'Voter Education For All' a national security concern? UPDATE 10/15/2012

Voter Education For All UPDATE:

I posted the initial satire a while back. Today Amy Goodman is reporting on coercion of voters. Click to watch her coverage of this topic. Is this a crude prelude to an all out assault on voter sensibilities? Is it 'free speech' or simple economic thuggery on the part of employers who attempt to influence the voting choice of those economically dependent on them?

This situation is ripe for a worker revelation. (I do mean revelation) In all of this can be seen the operating principles, values and desires of those involved in molding the will of the electoral public.

UPDATED 10/15/2012

Below is the original satire I wrote.

Should we have compulsory voter education as a prerequisite for voter eligibility? The prosperity and security of the nation depend on the success of its business enterprises. As a result this topic is rightly the ultimate concern of the nations leaders.

What do the poor know about business? It is painfully apparent that the poor know nothing about the real world and the way it works. Their lack of knowledge makes their voting a matter of national security. Making sure the poor are educated is therefore a bi-partisan priority.

That is why a coalition of corporately funded charities have developed 'Voter Education For All', a proposed voter re-education program. Republicrat representative from Bumfuck Idaho; Robert Anthony Bastard has introduced it as HS bill 6969.
You can read a brief information piece about Republicrats by clicking this sentence.

Voter Education For All is a charity devoted to providing 'corrective information' designed to re-educate the nations poor voters. Most of the poor do not understand the reason that the 1% need more tax breaks or freedom from prosecution. This bill will remedy that very important deficit in the public mind. It has already passed enthusiastically in the house of representatives and is expected to be received the same way

in the Senate. President Owopaho has said he will sign it into law when it arrives at his desk.

The 'Voter Education For All' program will be implemented at no cost for all of the poor who have not been informed on how to understand things. It will become a mandatory part of all grade school civics classes in both private and public school environments. The goal is to alleviate political discord and enable law makers to simply go about running the affairs of state like an ordinary business.

So the answer to the question "Do you think the poor should be encouraged to vote?" is yes. A well informed voter is an important part of the electoral process. HS6969 will see to it that this important need is filled. Contact your representatives and urge them to vote for this most important voter re-education measure.

WingNutNewsService has offered free airtime to kick-off the program. Watch for their public service spots. Due to the urgency of the danger of voter malfeasance in the voting booth, corporate sponsors have donated their talent from the wide variety of their expertise.

The above is completely fictitious regarding names and events. It should be considered social satire.

(C) 2012 David H. Roche

a Clear Running Water state of mind

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