Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high; Where knowledge is free; Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls; Where words come out from the depth of truth; Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection: Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way in the dreary desert sand of dead habit; Where the mind is led forward by Thee into ever-widening thought and action — Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.
The significance of a myth is not easily to be pinned on paper by analytical reasoning. It is at its best when it is presented by a poet who feels rather than makes explicit what his theme portends; who presents it incarnate in the world of history and geography, as our poet has done. Its defender is thus at a disadvantage: unless he is careful, and speaks in parables, he will kill what he is studying by vivisection, and he will be left with a formal or mechanical allegory, and what is more, probably with one that will not work. For myth is alive at once and in all its parts, and dies before it can be dissected.
— J. R. R. Tolkein was born this day in 1892 (speaking of Beowulf)
Now that our habits have been broken and our cultures deconstructed and our communities ex-communicated, there is no going back. But we don’t have to submit to the World Economic Forum’s Great Reset. We, the 99% will take control of our future.
They want to centralize control—— ———We will strengthen local, independent democracies.
They want to stop global warming through carbon credits—— ———We will promote permaculture and local economies.
They want to operate in secret while they surveil our every move—— ———We will turn the one-way mirror around, demanding transparency from government and privacy for private citizens.
They want to concentrate ownership of resources and businesses—— ———We will support small entrepreneurs and innovative services.
They want a militarized police system and a prison gulag—— ———We will slash crime by creating welcoming communities with full employment, a place for everyone, and restorative justice.
They want to censor the internet and control information—— ———We will restore. net neutrality and open information sharing.
They want to punish those who refuse prescribed medical treatments—— ———Each person will be free to make informed choices concerning his own health.
Aus unendlichen Sehnsüchten steigen endliche Taten wie schwache Fontänen, die sich zeitig und zitternd neigen. Aber, die sich uns sonst verschweigen, unsere fröhlichen kräfte—zeigen sich in diesen tanzenden Tränen.
— Rainer Maria Rilke
From infinite longings finite deeds rise As fountains spring toward far-off glowing skies, But rushing swiftly upward weakly bend And trembling from their lack of power descend— So through the falling torrent of our fears Our joyous force leaps like these dancing tears.
I have always thought it implausible that miracles reported in the Bible could have happened thousands of years ago, but nothing like that ever happens in present time. I am a great deal less sure of anything than I used to be, and concerning stories like this one, I just suspend judgment until they are either debunked or I can find a niche in my reality for them. —JJM
Abstract—The case of the Brazilian medium Carlos Mirabelli is one of the most tantalizing and frustrating in psychical research. If his phenomena—especially his psychokinetic manifestations—occurred as reported, he was probably the greatest physical medium of all time. Mirabelli reportedly moved objects (including very large objects) without contact, levitated himself while bound to a chair, and dematerialized and transported objects of all kinds (including himself) to distant locations. Mirabelli also reportedly produced numerous different full-figure materializations in bright daylight, and these were often recognized as deceased relatives, acquaintances, or well-known public figures by those attending the séance. Sitters would watch them form; attending physicians would carefully examine them for up to 30 minutes and report ordinary bodily functions; photographs of the figures would be taken; and then they would slowly dissolve or fade before everyone’s eyes. However, Mirabelli was also clearly guilty of fraud on occasion, including his notorious use of a doctored photo ostensibly showing him to be levitating. His case therefore presents an all-too-familiar challenge to psi research—namely, how to assess cases of so-called “mixed” mediumship. — Stephen Braude, writing in the Journal of Scientific Exploration
When we see structures like the great pyramids in Egypt or the temples of ancient Greece, we marvel at the technological and engineering genius of ancient peoples. When we look at paintings by Leonardo da Vinci or Michelangelo, we realize that some who were born hundreds of years ago displayed genius most modern artists could only pray for.
Yet for many reasons, when it comes to the life of the psyche, we arrogantly cling to the delusion that nobody understood much until the 19th or 20th centuries. Modern psychology was devised in the 1880s; we seem to think no one paid much attention to the inner workings of the mind until then. In truth, we understand less today about the mysteries of the mind than ever. And we live in a less enlightened, rather than a more enlightened, age when it comes to humanity’s understanding of our place in the cosmos.
Now is not the time to lock any doors to either perception or understanding; we should certainly not be discounting ancient sources of knowledge out of hand. One thing that should be clear to everyone by now is that modern humanity is not doing so well at navigating the ship of our fate through turbulent waters. That is not for lack of scientific achievement. Our problem is not on the outside, but on the inside. As humanity’s material prowess has expanded, inwardly we have shrunk.
The idea that we have everything all figured out is preposterous, and anything which offers deeper wisdom into the nature of the universe and humanity’s relationship to it should earn our respect—not mockery. Brute force isn’t the only source of strength, and spiritual devotion isn’t a sign of diminished intellectual perspicacity. But one says such things today at the risk of nullification in the public square.
Humanity will continue to escape all forms of mental tyranny, however subtle or insidious might be its appearance at a particular time. Despite all resistance, people will continue to dream, new civilizations will continue to flower and we will continue to gaze at the stars.
You notice you’re in opposition, and You struggle to restrain combative ways. You feel your anger getting out of hand And stop, before you’re caught up in the blaze.
What once had been a rage against existence Becomes a new campaign for self-control. So adds another layer of resistance, Encumbering your brave, tormented soul.
It’s paradoxical, but you must first Stop fighting with yourself before you can Find wisdom in the Dao’s eternal plan. Don’t try to be dispassionate superman— Have patience with your tantrums. Do your worst, And seek peace in the wake of your outburst.
Why scurry about looking for the truth? It vibrates in every thing and every non-thing, right off the tip of your nose. Can you be still and see it in the mountain? The pine cone? Yourself?
Don’t imagine you’ll discover it by accumulating more knowledge.
You can’t get full eating this way. The wise person dines on somethingmore subtle. He eats the understanding that the named was born from the unnamed, that all being flows from non-being, that the describable world emanates from an indescribable source.
He finds this subtle truth inside his own self and becomes completely content.
So, who can be still and watch the chess game of the world? The foolish are always making impulsive moves, but the wise know that victory and defeat are decided by something more subtle. They see that something perfect exists before any move is made.
— Brian Walker translation of the Hua Hu Jing 化胡经. This Daoist text, attributed to Lao Tsu himself, was lost for 1200 years after an 8th century controversy led to the banning and burning of all copies in China.
Some scholars believe it is a forgery because there are no historical references to it until the early 4th century CE. It has been suggested that the Taoist Wang Fu [zh] (王浮) may have originally compiled the Huahujing circa 300 CE. — Wikipedia
What does our way of life and our political system look like to someone with a very different perspective and upbringing? What can we learn from looking at our culture through other eyes?
Zhang Wei-wei is professor of international relations at one of China’s top-tier universities (Fudan University in Shanghai). He is very familiar with American politics and the events that have shaped our news recently.
Dr Zhang tells us that what we call “democracy” is too easily manipulated, and that China’s ancient system of meritocracy has proven more robust. He boasts that the Chinese government has overwhelming support of the people, while the American government—even though we elected it—is hated and disdained by a majority of Americans.
Unlike the colonial powers [says Dr Zhang], China has a long history of not trying to dominate other countries, and responding to international tensions with restraint and a deftness for avoiding war. The practice is rooted in the writings of Sun Zi 2500 years ago.
Zhang is a superb propagandist with an ideology to sell, but I think we can learn a great deal from him.