“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.”
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
The “news” is reporting that college grads are having a very hard time finding work. They say that about half will not find jobs or will end up under-employed.
“Everyone tells you what’s good for you. They don’t want you to find your own answers. They want you to believe theirs.”
Other generations, especially Boomers, were “lucky” to have been working in the largest period of growth in history due to cheap and abundant energy. It will be very tough to listen to the advice of older generations because they do not know how to deal with decline or slower growth because of the inevitable rise of energy costs. Why? Because EVERYTHING costs more. More to grow, more to make, more to ship, more to build. The “wise” will learn to find happiness and it most likely won’t be as superficial as their parents. This CAN be done and, in fact, it is probably much easier than that college biology class that you took. Just be sure that if you are digging a hole try not to dig yourself in deeper by listening to crappy advice. SQUAREROOTOFZERO
Can you make an Economic Summit funny? Sure you can. Draw pictures of Dinosaurs. Everybody loves Dinosaurs. Especially Dinosaurs that eat people and talk about eating people. I know, I know. You want to HATE me for saying things like: No mode of thinking or doing can be trusted no matter how ANCIENT it is without sufficient proof. You want to PUNCH me in the face for saying: Everything that everyone says, does, or thinks as right or wrong can turn into DUST and blow away right from underneath our very feet. What is true today we will find might NOT to be true tomorrow. Right? Makes you want go T-Rex and start wrecking the place? More? Okay. Why should the young heed advice from old “dinosaurs”? Age is not a qualified instructor for youth because it has not profited nearly as much as it has lost. HAHA. I’m not finished, yet.
Society DOES NOT advance because it dwindles just as fast from one side as it increases on the other side. It is like a wave. A wave moves forward, but the water is always there still. People that make up our nations today, will die and take their experiences with them. The usual experience of humans is that they mold themselves as best as they can to their particular line of work or trade and then will tend to it just like an animal turns a spit. They then become a part of the machine that they intend to move and are now lost, in a way. Sometimes it might be the things that a person does NOT do versus the things that he, or she, does do that can have the greatest impact. If you water a tree in a pot everyday you risk drowning it. If you DO NOT water that tree then you will be doing it more good than overly-tending to it. It is easy to measure the things a person does, but not the space they create to allow room for better things. If I choose not to angrily say something to someone then there is no measure, or visible evidence, of my restraint. Angry words soon become angry actions.
“Speak only if it can improve upon silence”
It is like leaving room in your coffee or tea for a little cream and sugar. The coffee, or tea, is the experience, but the room is to lightly add cream or sugar to make it a little sweeter. Sometimes it is best to create space in your mind than to fill it up with useless things or create tasks simply to keep yourself occupied. If life and time is so precious then why do we waste so much of it doing busy work and make haste to drown ourselves before we even breathe the air? Restraint does not mean to repudiate all things in this world it is only to recognize that ALL things eventually pass away. Just like the Dinosaurs. SQUAREROOTOFZERO
My little smartphone. E-mail, Internet, Texting, and POWER! in the palm of my hand. I can bend the will of the World to my demands! Oh, smartphone. How could I ever live with out you? You tell me where to go. You tell me when to go. Wonderful and smart little smartphone. You wake me in the morning and play me a lullaby to sleep. You play games with me when I’m bored and never leave my side. You are like magic. But cool magic, not like rabbit out of a hat magic. Or when someone pulls a silver dollar out of your ear. More like picking the winning lottery numbers magic.
Do you think some people are just out of touch with reality? Maybe their expectations do not line up with most NORMAL people’s? The World’s Greatest Coffee Monster Boss thinks his ass smells like roses. Certainly he must because everyone is expected to kiss it all the time. Pucker up! Doing your job right will probably end up with a swift KICK to the face. You have got to be ruthless. Get down in the MUD and start slinging. Take commissions from lower level employees and add it to your bottom line. CHECK. Play accounting tricks. CHECK. BLAME everyone else. CHECK. That’s the way you get ahead. Because the Coffee Monster Boss doesn’t know how to think he only knows how to count. He is like a greedy little cheerleader. One dollar, two dollars, three dollars, four! Come on team, we’ve got to get more! If only the American dream wasn’t becoming a big new house with 6,000 channels of TV in every room, a new car in the garage every year, and endless vacation pictures to post on Facebook. But, we’ve got to keep up with the Jones’ stuff. But, that is what drives us into progress right? THE FUTURE! PROGRESS! TECHNOLOGY! WEALTH! RESPECT! Progress for Progress sake. I guess it one of those things that makes you go, Hmmmmmm.
Yes. Isn’t it amazing how if we ignore something long enough it just goes away? What? It doesn’t go away? You can’t be serious. YOU are ruining MY life. Yes. Isn’t is amazing how we can so easily blame others for our problems? ME? No, can’t possibly be MY fault. Someone else did it. Yep. They did. I can’t do anything wrong. Never have, never will. WELL, now you can be absolutely free from all blame without any of the guilt (as if you had any anyway). That is right. All you need to do is buy a pair of Ignorpants! You heard me, slip on a pair of these for the office, at home, or anywhere you want. It’s all about YOU. Didn’t file your taxes? Ignorpants. Ate someone else’s breakfast or lunch because you left yours at home? Ignorpants. Need to make a left hand turn from the right lane? Ignorpants. U-turns are a thing of the past. Hey, did you forget to feed and walk the dog this morning so he chewed a leg off the coffee table then broke out of the house to knock over the neighbor’s trash? You got it. Ignorpants! Casual, comfortable, and they LOOK great on you. Honestly, why would you want any other pair of pants? Ignorpants are the easiest and most cost effective way to really look good and feel great. The fabric feels so nice against your skin. Yeah, you could walk around showing your ass all day. But, why? Ignorpants are so affordable you might want to stock your entire closet. You don’t need approval. You don’t need permission. You only need Ignorpants. They are made of high quality NASA engineered material strictly for the discerning consumer. They have rigorously been tested and approved for the House of Representatives and the Senate. CONGRESS wears them, so should YOU! Social Security, Medicare, and your golf swing giving you headaches? No problem, Ignorpants has got you covered. Independent test have shown that people wearing Ignorpants worry less about over-packing at the airport, parking their cars, driving in general, talking loudly at restaurants, and complaining to total strangers. Now available in Dress, Casual, Baggy, and Skinny for both men and women.