“All religions are equally false and equally true, depending on how you use them. You can use them in the service of the ego, or you can use them in the service of the Truth. If you believe only your religion is the Truth, you are using it in the service of the ego. Used in such a way, religion becomes ideology and creates an illusory sense of superiority as well as division and conflict between people. In the service of the Truth, religious teachings represent signposts or maps left behind by awakened humans to assist you in spiritual awakening, that is to say, in becoming free of identification with form.”
When discussing Obamacare, Joshua Flickenstein, the owner of J’s Deli said, “We are tired of Obamacare forcing us to pay for heart disease treatment and medication to employees who eat bacon for breakfast, lunch, or whatever.” People in the Jewish community are getting really frustrated about the new healthcare law also known as Obamacare. The complaints are numerous especially among tea party conservatives. Mr. Flickenstein went on to say, “Ever since Obamacare started they built several new Wendy’s restaurants near my deli. Some of my employees have been whorishly sneaking around at eating Baconators for lunch.” Mr. Flickenstein said his concern is how he can afford to pay for heart transplants for all the people that work for him. “The best part of running a restaurant is paying my employees 2.13 and hour and I still charge them 14.50 for a sandwich.” He says that he doesn’t believe that people should eat bacon because it says not to (eat bacon) in the bible. I asked him where in the bible it says that. He casually tells me, as he places two soup bowls down on the table, that he doesn’t know where it says that, but that is what his Grandma Ruth has always told him that’s what it (the bible) says. He tells me that the soup is his Nana’s famous vegetable soup and has secret ingredients. Mr. Flickenstein laments, “I am afraid that with all the changes and Obamacare that will no longer be able serve Nana’s vegetable soup. They are forcing bacon and communism on us as a people. Why should I pay for heart surgery and all that?” Mr. Flickenstien is afraid after 20 years of business he will be forced to close his doors forever. “The Baconators are too much fat and cholesterol and even the Son of a Baconator isn’t that much better. It isn’t fair,” he continued. “Hopefully, Hobby Lobby will win in the Supreme Court. I want to travel to the courthouse wearing my ‘Eat Mor Matzah Balls’ T-shirt for the verdict.” Well, we will just have to wait and see. Stay tuned.
Republicans and Democrats alike have backed the same failed materialist techno-narcissistic pro-corporate PR-machine policies with “growth at all costs,” debilitating rational selfishness, and a nefarious embracing of a Dukes-of-moral-Hazzard business model. Ethics, behind closed doors, is something you flush down the toilet along with your brains. The whole machine will eventually grind to a halt. It is going to happen piece by piece rather than a big spectacular Hollywood style explosion.
Eric Holder said, “I am concerned that the size of some of these institutions becomes so large that it does become difficult for us to prosecute them when we are hit with indications that if you do prosecute, if you do bring a criminal charge, it will have a negative impact on the national economy, perhaps even the world economy…”
We can’t prosecute Too Big To
Fail Jail institutions even though they broke the law. Matt Taibbi writing about HSBC sated, “For at least half a decade, the storied British colonial banking power helped to wash hundreds of millions of dollars for drug mobs, including Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel, suspected in tens of thousands of murders just in the past 10 years…The bank also moved money for organizations linked to Al Qaeda and Hezbollah, and for Russian gangsters; helped countries like Iran, the Sudan and North Korea evade sanctions; and, in between helping murderers and terrorists and rogue states, aided countless common tax cheats in hiding their cash.” He also notes, “Yes, they issued a fine – $1.9 billion, or about five weeks’ profit – but they didn’t extract so much as one dollar or one day in jail from any individual, despite a decade of stupefying abuses.”
This should be the new definition of insanity.
Chase and the London Whale. UBS and Libor Scandal. Corzine and the MFGlobal scandal. The Raj Rajaratnam scandal. Goldman Sachs thinks everyone but themselves are “muppets” that they can knowingly sell garbage to. And on and on. There isn’t one single adult running the system. These are the largest subsidies in the world and people are complaining that someone bought junk food with food-stamps. You would go to jail longer for stealing a couple boxes of Tide from Wal-mart than people who have screwed around with trillions of dollars and millions of people’s lives. I guess the Steve Miller Band is right, we’ve got nothing better to do.
This here’s a story about Billy Joe and Bobbie Sue
Two young lovers with nothin’ better to do
Than sit around the house, get high, and watch the tube
And here is what happened when they decided to cut loose
They headed down to, ooh, old El Paso
That’s where they ran into a great big hassle
Billy Joe shot a man while robbing his castle
Bobbie Sue took the money and run
Go on take the money and run
I created a miniature e-book about Life for Dummies (Square Root of Zero Version).
Cliff notes and important terms:
Cartesian Dualism: In philosophy of mind, dualism is the assumption that mental phenomena are, in some respects, non-physical, or that the mind and body are not identical. Thus, it encompasses a set of views about the relationship between mind and matter, and is contrasted with other positions, such as physicalism, in the mind–body problem. Source:Wikipedia
According to material realists, consciousness is an anomalous (deviating from what is standard, normal, or expected) epiphenomenon (a secondary phenomenon accompanying another and caused by it; specifically : a secondary mental phenomenon that is caused by and accompanies a physical phenomenon but has no causal influence itself.)
Monistic Idealism is a system of philosophical idealism emphasizing the primacy of the One (as the Absolute or Nature) rather than of the many. The contrasting view is that of Material Realism.
“The principles of Material Realism…
Strong Objectivity, Causal Determinism, Locality, Physical or Material Monism, and Epiphenomenalism…
are metaphysical (of or relating to the transcendent or to a reality beyond what is perceptible to the senses) postulates, or assumptions about the nature of being, not conclusions arrived at by experiment.” -Goswami
Epiphenomenalism is a mind–body philosophy marked by the belief that basic physical events (sense organs, neural impulses, and muscle contractions) are causal with respect to mental events (thought, consciousness, and cognition). Mental events are viewed as completely dependent on physical functions and, as such, have no independent existence or causal efficacy; it is a mere appearance. Fear seems to make the heart beat faster; though, according to epiphenomenalism, the state of the nervous system causes the heart to beat faster. Because mental events are a kind of overflow that cannot cause anything physical, yet have non-physical properties, epiphenomenalism is viewed as a form of property dualism. Source: Wikipedia
The last picture is a graphic representation of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. Plato has Socrates describe a group of people who have lived chained to the wall of a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall. The people watch shadows projected on the wall by things passing in front of a fire behind them, and begin to ascribe forms to these shadows. According to Plato’s Socrates, the shadows are as close as the prisoners get to viewing reality. He then explains how the philosopher is like a prisoner who is freed from the cave and comes to understand that the shadows on the wall do not make up reality at all, as he can perceive the true form of reality rather than the mere shadows seen by the prisoners. Source: Wikipedia
Consciousness, not matter, is fundamental. This is one of the most important concepts to understand.
Logic? Who needs logic when you have an assault rifle pointed at everyone’s head? I just don’t see why there can’t be more research done on violence, especially with guns. The NRA released a video calling Obama a hypocrite for having Secret Service guard his daughters at school. Why shouldn’t the PRESIDENT of the United States have Secret Service guarding his daughters? Just because the President has gun toting Secret Service protection then everyone else should too because that would be fair? I’m not sure that you can fight ignorant behavior with more ignorance or fight gun violence with more guns. Only in America can you drive down to Wal-Mart in your over-sized pick-up and park in a sea of asphalt to buy an 18 pack of beer, a semi-automatic rifle, and a set of plastic NASCAR mugs made in China. Where is the logic in that?
There certainly are reasons to be concerned that Washington is taking more and more steps to limit freedom. The debate needs to framed logically and not with the tough guy act of prying weapons from someone’s cold dead hands. Guns Don’t Kill People, People Kill People by shooting them with a gun. Some people think the Government should register guns. Probably not going to happen anytime soon. Some people think the Government should register “stupid people.” The Government has already done that and they have given them a number. I think it is called a Social Security number. One way or another and at one time or another we would all make that list. Just because a person has something to make them feel more in control than they really are doesn’t make it so. A wise man can admit there is much that he does not know and does not need to fear death so much that he forgets to live. That is the only thing that is certain in this world. SQUAREROOTOFZERO
Next Door to Reality. What we have are two people competing in the Miss Clueless USA pageant but, they will both win the title of “Queen of Denial.” When we talk about Government waste what we are talking about is somebody’s profit. Ten million dollars on weapons that don’t work or are obsolete a week after they are made? PROFIT. Ten million dollars trying to make solar panels that never will see the light of day? PROFIT. On and on, ad nasueum. Both parties are in collective denial that we can continue living in a world of financial rackets and swindles, indefinitely. What we are arguing about is WHO will PROFIT and who will not. From Medicare to the Federal Reserve playing a shell game just like common street hustlers, Romnobama tells us it can just keep going and going and going, like the Energizer bunny.
By not quite accepting, because they do not please us, things that are so, we spend our entire lives making meaningless gestures somewhere next door to reality.
Self-image. We are attached to the idea of the self-image. We believe that we have very defined roles to play with our families, in society, and at work. We start to limit our thoughts, actions, and words to conform to those expectations about our perceived importance to play those roles. Living in this way sets the stage for rigidity and a lot of resentment when you realize the role that you are playing really isn’t what you wanted after all. Identifying so powerfully with a religion, political affiliation, or race serves only as a point of separation from everyone else. The way we are approaching things is like getting in a car and not knowing where we are going but, because we are driving forward we feel like we are doing something. Not only that but, we get in a vehicle driven by desire in which we abandon reality in favor of a imaginary world, full of concepts, that we created. Thinking this way is also like buying a chair and identifying with it so closely as YOUR chair that you start to think of the chair as a PART of you. That is complete nonsense. Yet, we do things like this everyday and wear our own “Queen of Denial” crowns. SQUAREROOTOFZERO
Band-aids. The fight over taxes is really full of ABSURD arguments. However, it seems that we just like to fight about entitlements, redistribution, and lack of fairness which all seem to be symptoms of a larger disease. Let’s not attempt to treat the disease, but put band-aids with Cartoon characters on the symptoms, like we are all still nine. Let’s ignore that people pay towards all that God-Forsaken concrete and asphalt out there with gas taxes and that the young pay social security taxes for the old. Let’s ignore our reliance on energy companies and utilities to provide gas, water, heat, and electricity – and those taxes. Let’s ignore that a single mother might be raising two children on a teacher’s salary of less than 50k a year and has to pay for ALL of these things on top of her mortgage or rent. Let’s forget about the taxes she pays when buying necessities – like backpacks, books, and clothes – for her children. Let’s also ignore the fact that no one is doing anything to address the schemes and rackets going on within the financial system and inflationary taxes. Certainly, let’s play pretend the steering system is NOT broken and hand out boxes of band-aids.
Responsibility? Any politician who lays out specific goals and then will pledge to give all the money he or she made back to the Government or a Charity and then only accepts minimum wage for their services – if they fail to accomplish those goals – would deserve my vote. You can call it leadership, “individual” responsibility, or just plain patriotic. There is NO POSSIBLE WAY that blaming failure on “The other side of the aisle” is going to solve anything. SQUAREROOTOFZERO
Economy. The FED built the “explosive” device, Big Banks pushed the button, the Bush Administration fanned the flames, and the Obama Administration is kicking back having a beer and waiting for the smoke to clear.
Puppet show. At the very best we are letting the same stupid policies come back to bite us in the rear. I am tired of watching the corporate puppet show. I might as well buy all the political talking bobble-heads, line them up on the desk, and have them run the Government. Raise taxes? Bobble-heads? Lower taxes? Bobble-heads? Drill the Arctic for oil? Bobble-heads? Raise the debt ceiling? Bobble-heads? Did Democrats get drunk last night and give poor people free Martinis, again? Bobble-heads? Did the Republicans steal your lunch money and make inappropriate comments about rape victims, again? Bobble-heads? Shall we just throw out the rule-of-law, agree that corporations are people, and refuse to acknowledge the rampant financial fraud, swindling, and shenanigans? Bobble-heads? I think they are saying, Yes. They are saying Yes and No. Yes and No? Right? Left, right, yes, no. Okay. Got it.
Election season diarrhea. Is is just me, or does political discourse in America grievously resemble a misleading attempt to sit down to tea and Cheetos with the Mad-hatter inside the oval at a Nascar race within a vast cultural wilderness of bewilderment? The spectrum of “Save money, Live better” party politics would be much more
informative interesting with interpretive dancers dressed like Elvis and Jesus, dipping marshmallows into a Chocolate Wonderfall provided by the Golden Corral. So far the 2012 Election is a few kittens short of a Pussy Riot and a couple of Budweiser’s short of a Joe-six-pack. Pass the remote, I’ve fallen and I can’t reach the TV. Pause. (Sound of static) I will take your silence as nonverbal agreement. SQUAREROOTOFZERO
I have not posted in a while. The Interns and I have been out in the world doing AWESOME things like our secret book club meetings in the Bahamas (or just the Bahama Breeze in Las Vegas) and reading the Hunger Games. I am planning on doing an in-depth analysis of that book series after I pay off my
timeshare gambling losses. I also was re-working and re-designing the Square Root of Zero store benefiting the “Save the Humans” Charity. Anyway….
The two party political system is just like the yin and yang. It is sort of like opposite sides of the same coin. There is so much arguing about who is to blame for this and who is to blame for that. THEY BOTH ARE. Over the years there has been a lot of talk about who is more like the INGSOC party from Orwell’s 1984. THEY BOTH ARE. Power struggles from both sides continue to be the driving force of the Government. Together they are INGSOC. We simply can’t continue to blame intangible forces that really don’t exist anywhere else except in our minds. Aliens (or your alter-ego) did not force you to drink all that soda and eat large quantities of donuts, you did, and now you only have yourself to blame for being a lazy slob. Blaming one party or other is like blaming aliens for your stupidity (ignorance).
WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
Campaign of psychological control for the masses. Having a “common” enemy will unite the people. The man who is “independent” will fail. Inability to “recognize” these controls makes you weak.
After WWII America saw a period of growth unlike anything in the history of the world. This was fueled by, one, cheap and abundant energy and, two, the idea that we can kick everyone’s ass who tries to stand in our way of doing anything we want, which includes flying to the moon and picking up rocks off the surface. Well, we don’t have cheap energy anymore, but we still do have some pretty
cool boring looking moon rocks. The point is – what do we have to bring us together like the excitement in America leading up until landing on the moon? All our hopes an dreams pinned on landing on the next planet, and the next, and the next… and so on? It was a big accomplishment, don’t get me wrong, but it is high time to stop being quixotic and tilting at windmills.
“I have met the enemy and the enemy is us”
Imagine every single pixel in the picture above is a person. One side Republican and the other side Democrat. Think about the the pushing and fighting where the two sides meet. Where one group gets larger, the other gets smaller. A few people get stranded in a sea of strangers. They keep pushing, moving and morphing, but never really going anywhere. Unless we can stop and see how futile the blame game is we will just be a bunch of Dumbo Jack Asses singing… “Round and Round We Go” SQAUREROOTOFZERO