“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.
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
Step 1. Print multiple copies of the above graphic (legal size recommended).
Step 2. Ask the I.T. department how to print on legal sized paper.
Step 3. Hit yourself on the head for not knowing how to print on legal sized paper.
Step 4. Borrow or steal a staple gun or stapler.
Step 5. Go outside.
Step 6. Take a minute to let your eyes adjust from staring at a computer screen.
Step 7. Place the paper against an object made of wood with one hand and with the other hand use the stapler to attach it. Hit yourself on the head if you don’t know how to use a stapler.
Step 8. If you forgot to move your hand and stapled yourself, hit yourself in the head with the stapler.
Step 9. Step back and admire your work.
Step 10. Run away before someone catches you.
That’s it! Now forward it to your friends so they can help. Just sit back, put your feet up on the desk and wait for a call. If someone asks you what you are doing, just tell them you are waiting on a existential and metaphysical delivery from the G.O.D. because you are non compos mentis and have a really long row to hoe. Assure them its all under control. SQUAREROOTOFZERO
We humans make up our own beliefs, just like squirrels hide nuts. It is part of our nature. Each of us are the screenwriters for the dramatic story of me. But, just like getting lost in a book or a movie we forget that it is all made up. Unless you are God, or A God (depends on your religious dogma), then everything you are, or believe, is only half of the truth. These half-truths and our failure to recognize them are what has become dogmatic knowledge. What does it mean to be rich or poor? Good or bad? Who am I? What is my political affiliation? These are questions that we all get to make up the answers to. If you wanted to believe in rational self interest then you could point to and quote Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. But, believing in that as the highest philosophical point of Ayn Rand, and accepting it into your life, is just like taking a trip around the world, stopping halfway, and then going back home. YES, you traveled the SAME distance as someone going ALL the way around the world, but you forgot the other HALF of the earth. We make up our beliefs and find evidence to support it. Life is a dance between objective and subjective. Not knowing the difference is ignorance, or dogmatic knowledge. It is a simple concept, yet most people can NOT do it wholeheartedly on a daily basis. It is easy to say yet almost impossible to do. It is these half-truths that are the reason for most of the conflict in the world.
“When I see that I am nothing, that is wisdom. When I see that I am everything, that is love. My life is a movement between the two.”- Nisargadatta
The Copernican revolution turned science on it’s head. No longer was the Earth the center of the Universe. It is time for a Copernican revolution of our religious dogma. What is God? God is reality and truth. Humans are subjective and illusory. We are a part of nature, but unlike nature we have Free Will. It is your own Free Will that puts a BIG dog on a leash and then drags you around, chasing squirrels. SQUAREROOTOFZERO
“The virtues of the superior man are like the wind. The virtues of the common man are like the grass – I the grass, when the wind passes over it, bends.” Here in America many people have McMansion dreams and Escalade wishes. I bet the Coffee Monster CEO just dreams of 24″ chrome wheels and leather trim in his sleep. It makes him feel more like a man. HAHA. Maybe more like a caveman. Captain Caveman! He thinks he is better than the Gangtaz, the wanna-be-road warriors, and reality TV slustitutes running wild here in the United Corporations of America. From Sea to Shining Sea is now from the money trading backrooms of Congress to the Casinos of Wall Street and all the way to the Tattoo parlors of North Hollywood. Home of the fearful and shapeless blame-shifters. Republicans blame Democrats and Democrats blame Republicans. No RESPECT will come unless we get our collective heads out of our asses and take some effing responsibility. Wait, NO ONE actually has to take any responsibility? “Job creators” can get tax breaks to create jobs in other countries, gain enormous increases in their salaries and bonuses, and trade our children’s future over a couple of rounds of whiskey on the 19th green? The people that continue to let that happen are a bunch of sandbagging ball washers that couldn’t find a sweet spot if it hit them like a Greyhound bus. The solutions are actually not that complex, if you know where to look. But, we just like to reinvent the wheel, charge more for it every time, and go around talking about the next big new wheelie-thing. Ahhh, our minds are such wonderful little storytellers. “What we think, we become.” – I guess if you don’t think, then you become nothing. SQUAREROOTOFZERO
Full City roast or French? Seems like everyone is running to Starbucks every five minutes. Is there anything more important in life than increasing its speed? “Fast paced environment” is just another phrase for “we expect you to LOVE being overworked”. “Ability to multi-task” is also code for “we want you to do the work of two or three people.” A cart before a horse is not beautiful or useful. Where do these morons get off? Next stop the Circus? Everyone get on the moron train. Choo, Choo. AND then these idiot proprietors of impropriety want to give you advice. YEAH. RIGHT. Why would I want to be degraded enough to work in or build some giant tomb for some ambitious ASShole? I would be better off living with a pack of wolves, not to mention it would be manlier and more respectable. Wolves would at least let me chew on a bone. It is also ambitious to spend our time digging to China so we can hear the kettles and pots rattling, or grab a cup of ramen noodles. I would rather NOT go too far out of my way to admire the giant hole we will leave behind. One small piece of good sense would be better than a office tower higher than the moon. I could invent some excuse for it. But, I won’t. Did you walk out the door and forget your Ignor-pants again? Looks like we will all be swimming in Starbucks, until we drown.
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.