“Thus, it is our fate to manage within our nature the complexity and the competition of two opposing tendencies: that which stands with life and love (the Dionysian) and that which is greedy, power hungry, and ego-driven (the Titanic).”
~Aguilar, A. Marina. Alchemy of The Heart: The Sacred Marriage of Dionysus & Ariadne. Chiron Publications. Kindle Edition.
Civil War ~A war between opposing groups of citizens of the same country.
Hiawatha, Thomas Paine and Abraham Lincoln are examples of sensible leaders of humanity and bright governance. Which we lack now, and profoundly so. I must say that we are now in the mists of a civil war. Has anyone called it out yet? I will. At times like these I rest on the wisdom of leaders who are just and wise. A call to their spirit of wisdom is needed.
Will we stand aside and be enablers of this abuse on “we the people,” children, emigrants and the innocent? How can we do this? It is time to see this for what it is. A civil war.
“As the smoke from many family fires rises tonight and spreads above the forest, let us remember,” he reminded the Iroquois, “that this smoke comes from many fires, and no one fire is better than another. Though one fire may burn brighter and another more faintly who is to say which is wiser? You know as well as I that there are times and seasons for both. Remember always that the truth springs from many hearts and takes many outer forms, no two ever the same. One in the Great Spirit, we shall have no one ruling shamans, for such traditions are warrior traditions and not the traditions of the Ongwhehonwhe. Let such customs be buried with our weapons. Let them lie forgotten beside the tree that is no more.”
~Hiawatha – Return Of The Bird Tribes.
“Can we possibly suppose that if governments had originated in a right principle, and had not an interest in pursuing a wrong one, the world could have been in the wretched and quarrelsome condition we have seen it? What inducement has the farmer, while following the plough, to lay aside his peaceful pursuit, and go to war with the farmer of another country? or what inducement has the manufacturer? What is dominion to them, or to any class of men in a nation? Does it add an acre to any man’s estate, or raise its value? Are not conquest and defeat each of the same price, and taxes the never-failing consequence? Though this reasoning may be good to a nation, it is not so to a government. War is the Pharo-table of governments, and nations the dupes of the game.”
~ pg. 178 Chapter II, Of the Origin of the Present Old Governments. ~ Thomas Paine
“That we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.
~ Thomas Paine
Tis the song that keeps on giving. Always fresh and always politically correct. The youthful beauty of Stephen Stills and the uniqueness captured on this video may not be live, but it does express the creativeness of this ’60s band. I try to pace myself with Buffalo Springfield, from this time and place in musical history, as not to burn out on them. Kinda like other bands I am devoted to. Every 6 months I ‘gotz’ to have ’em. Anyway this song speaks for what is going down now. A current events song. I am digging it too.
I am still riding the wave of the flu. Today I am drinking some Burgundy wine in a small crystal glass. The warmth of the drink warms me along with the fire in the fireplace. Even though a son follows me around the house and laughs as he touches my arm with his cold “living dead hands”… we laugh and I have time to write the daily WordPress prompt.
When I reflect and look over the vast amount of ways to learn I focus on individuals more than an educational system. The people I respect and learn from are those that learn by their own means. I often reflect on the MASTERS OF HUMAN LIFE… William Blake, Thomas Paine and Carl Jung. Though Carl Jung had a vast and strong academic education he also had a separate very independent education going on at the same time. “Reading and reflecting” is what suits me best because social stimuli and peer pressure both turn me off. I read books by many different authors on many different subjects. I like it this way best because I can set my own inward goals. I am not studying to be a doctor, nurse or accountant or engineer. I am a philosopher. My chosen field is love, I am a philosopher of love.
I have been through university study and I learned a great deal. I find that politics get involved as one climbs higher in the education system. Childs play. I guess one has to really desire it. If the love of your chosen field is a love that is worth the sacrifices ; such as your identity. At times it is… but for me it is not a valid argument anymore. I say no,
The greatest reward is to study on ones own and come to knowledge on your own terms. A good grade, an acknowledged pat on the back from a friend is just not the same. I never feel alone while reading a book, researching a subject, listening to music or when writing… but I often feel alone and frustrated around people because they are awkward at loving what they say they love and are so darn weird.
There are so many things to be fucking thankful for today such as a good pint at the local community pub, watching my kid developing his own drawing style with graphite pencils and knowing that husband is making double time and a half working turkey day. Yes he will come home to a homemade turkey dinner. When communities work together as a whole; this is the best gift that we can give each other. I am thankful for this. To expand out to see the world and see that there are still wild places beyond the touch and control of humanity is not as promising. I am connected to the earth in a profound way as most aboriginal and nature loving communities are. We participate in this knowing. Corporate globalization, economic royalists have none of this. They betray themselves in their madness for wealth which only reflects eventually their own doom… but there is a hopeful dream for their enlightenment as well…
“the chance that they might see”
and hopefully so…
I make a toast to the Economic Global Royalists; though they sell their souls for profit, abuse the land and create slavery around the world… there still is the hope that they may come around and see the truth…somehow with a blink of the eye they may find compassion, strength and honesty and say….
“The world is my country, to do good is my religion” ~Thomas Paine
“The instant formal government is abolished, society begins to act. A general association takes place, and common interest produces common security.” — Thomas Paine
Patriotism is the devoted love, support, and defense of one’s country; national loyalty.
Devoted love for one’s country is a strange bed fellow. Defense of one’s country is very expensive but support seems a reasonable relationship to have with one’s country.
Here we go again it is about We The People. Hello, hello are you there ?
Governments are people and I support them as I would anyone that has my best interest. Yet in most cases this is not true as well as with all governments. We all know that governments are designed to govern the people. We have so many parts to our government that it is overwhelming. Then there are the secret governments that do things behind We The People’s back.
If we engage in war are we actually defending our country? How can we be loyal to the love of this country if in one instance our President gives Americans health care and then strikes another country with weapons of mass destruction?
… I have seen that in any great undertaking it is not enough for a man to depend simply upon himself. ~ Shooter Teton Sioux
In ancient times church and government were not separate. Now we live in a time when business and government are not separate. This is a hardcore relationship. Their god is called economy and it is about the greedy individual instead of the devoted love, support, and defense of one’s country.
We call them corporations and they all have a separate legal entity, but with this entity there is no justice or universality. The only call is the patriotic call of the mighty dollar, and this pans out to debt, slavery and no accountability.
No I am not patriotic. I am a nature politician and hold the earth, this continent and all that live here in my hopeful heart. I am waiting for the time when “society begins to act” because “it is not enough for a man to depend simply upon himself.” [or money].
I realize this may be a whisper in my heart until the day I die!!
I know this will not be a popular post… and frankly I don’t care… but I will stick with Thomas Paine on this topic… “Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.” Until people govern from within they need be governed from without…the desire of greed for power is what corrupts us… the governmental focus needs to be the service and maintenance of the land, but we live in a fear based society. The GOP …sigh… is using propaganda like the bowels of hell… step back don’t get pulled into it…xx I have no secrets …I have, at the most, 30 years left on this earth… I don’t have a cell phone…I am not a terrorist… I am not involved with human-trafficking nor am I a pedophile… I sure want the FEDS to find those who are… we need student loans and money for the terrible damage caused by tornadoes, earthquakes and hurricanes… it isn’t perfect but it is better than the alternative… “So it Goes”
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It’s never a good idea to discuss religion or politics with people you don’t really know.” Agree or disagree?
I can only take the above statement ironically. For me it’s never a good idea to discuss religion or politics with people I do know. As in my family, as in where I grew up. I am pointing my figure at my father. It is the kind of finger you use when you are really pissed off too. Growing up in a patriarchal family, a patriarchal world, meant you could not express yourself unless you wanted to fight. Yelling and screaming was the “pain of independence” * we had to suffer when politics or religion came to the dinner table. To this day I think I am still yelling, unconsciously, to be heard. I have found that people I don’t know seem to really not care much about talking politics or religion. Yet, I can usually have a good conversation most of the time. A good discussion means listening and talking; sharing and being respective. As a person who has a BA in Religious Studies I find this subject very interesting. The reason I did not complete my Master of Arts in Religious Studies is due to the fact that the freedom to learn and express oneself, at Mount Saint Mary’s college in Los Angeles California, became stifling, repressive and downright unfair. I witnessed favoritism towards those individuals who were Catholics. One Sister, department head, did everything that she could to suppress my creative voice. Yes she was a lot like my father. I left the program. My focus is interfaith. I love talking to people about their faith, their culture as well as their individual unique perspective on religion. I like listening to atheists and secularists as well. I do find conservative religions such as the Evangelical tradition, and conservative politics as the Tea Party people: as very difficult people to talk to. These people are like my father. They close their eyes and ears and seem to lack the ability to discuss anything that makes sense to me. So I fall back on Thomas Paine.
The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection. ~ Thomas Paine
In conclusion I cannot agree or disagree with the above quote. I do listen to people I do not know very well. I listen to their perspectives on religion and politics,. I try to discuss religion and politics with people who I know, but I prefer discussing politics and religion with people I do not know.
* this quote is from Susan Cain’s book Quiet http://www.bookbuddie.com/quiet.html
The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
– Thomas Paine
Over the last few months I have noticed a great deal of fraudulent activities going on. We have many local governments run by gangsters. These leading individual fools are making bad choices. Our local leaders are “wheeling and dealing” money and stealing from “the People.” This is inspired by big corporations as well. They come into a community and influence little city councils with the “big bucks.” I wonder where the honor is with our local leaders. I wonder if most individuals drawn to public office these days are badly “power-warped” from the get go.
We live in a global community more than ever before in our history as human beings. The above quote by Thomas Paine identifies the real ambition of a true public servant for “the People.” Government should be as a fine membrane; set up to maintain and service “the People.” The above quote by Paine reveals the ideals of honorable leadership of a world, a country or any spit in the wind local city government.
“To do good is my religion” is what we must hold all leaders accountable to. First our leaders must have a heart, a conscience. Second our local leaders need to understand that they are interconnected to other local governments. They are the microcosm of the macrocosm. As this applies locally, it also applies to our states and our country.
As a leader one takes on responsibility to those she or he serves. Public office must be an honor of service. This must be the same locally and to the world. Everything is interconnected. We need extraordinary ambassadors that make a vow to serve “the People” a continent, governments and countries. We do not want leaders who serve only their personal and private interests anymore!!!.
I call to the Thomas Paines of the world, countries and governments to be leaders of “goodness.” Their greatest and highest inspiration must now be, “All mankind [humanity] are my brethren.”
Cheers~ a toast to our future Leaders, our great new extraordinary Ambassadors!!
They purify the earth for My Lady.
They celebrate her in song.
They fill the table of the land with the first fruits.
“The more unnatural any thing is, the more is it capable of becoming the object of dismal admiration… But if objects for gratitude and admiration are our desire, do they not present themselves every hour to our eyes? Do we not see a fair creation prepared to receive us the instant we were born-a world furnished to our hands that cost us nothing? Is it we that light up the sun; that pour down the rain; and fill the earth with abundance? Whether we sleep or wake, the vast machinery of the universe still goes on. Are this thing, and the blessings they indicate in future, nothing to us? Can our gross feelings be excited by no other subjects than tragedy and suicide? Or is the gloomy pride of man become so intolerable, that nothing can flatter it but a sacrifice of the Creator?”
The above quote is written by Thomas Paine taken from his pamphlet The Age Of Reason. It is in reference to his ideas of christianity as a mythology. In this time of “prepping” for the end of the world, I find myself comforted by the words of Thomas Paine. What a brilliant and honest mind. His unique innocence is clothed as an adult with a knowing that prevails in his writing, as he writes, “My own mind is my own church.” If anything is to come in the days ahead , I hope like Paine, that we as human beings will let go of our religious mythologies. If not forever, maybe for a while. See the real world around us as the continuity of nature. That feelings of love and acts of integrity and honesty are the best that we have to share with each other. To be grateful for a drink of water or a smile from a friend or child. We are our own church and we hold our own truths; it can be a beautiful childlike innocence-a purity of our childhood that is ever-growing with us into our adulthood as something honorable. We are our visions and our inspirations.