Harvey

20 April 2022

Harvey is a 1950 American comedy-drama film based on Mary Chase’s 1944 play of the same name.

From Wikipedia:

During this time, she was working on the play Harvey, which was very difficult for her to write and which went through numerous revisions, taking her two years to finish. On November 1, 1944, it opened on Broadway and was a smash hit, running for four and a half years, 1,775 performances, from November 1, 1944, to January 15, 1949.

Harvey became the 35th longest-running show (musicals and plays) in Broadway history and, if only plays are counted, the 6th longest-running Broadway play (after Life with Father, Tobacco Road, Abie’s Irish Rose, Deathtrap, and Gemini). Frank Fay and James Stewart were the most famous actors to portray Elwood P. Dowd. Josephine Hull portrayed his increasingly concerned (and socially obsessed) sister on Broadway originally, and won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in the film.

The Story

Harvey is about an extremely harmless rich guy (Elwood) who has been befriended by a pooka which he has named Harvey. A pooka is a “spirit” and the word derives from Gaelic and possibly related to English puck. In Irish lore, the pooka usually takes the form of a horse and is seen as having bad intentions. That is not the case with Harvey. Harvey is a large invisible (to most of us) rabbit. Harvey has no lines in the movie, though at one point Elwood does bring home a portrait featuring himself and Harvey, so we know what he is supposed to look like.

I should mention that I don’t find the basic circumstances of this story to be that farfetched. Invisible spirits can exist (we usually know them as “ghosts”). And I suppose they could appear as giant rabbits.

I think Mary’s point with the main character Elwood Dowd was to create a personality that was innocent and totally benevolent, yet obviously delusional from the viewpoint of polite society. Though Elwood presented no real threat to the people around him, those concerned with defending their reputation found him a menace. His sister tried to get him committed to a mental institution, with the agreement of her daughter, both of whom were guests in Elwood’s home.

Harvey’s Lesson

Harvey seems intent on teaching all involved a lesson about the role of tolerance in human relationships. Elwood has learned to judge no one, be tolerant of everyone and beyond that offer positive friendship to all who seem lonely. Elwood himself was a purposeless drunk before being approached by Harvey. Now he is a drunk with a purpose: making all those he meets cared about and respected.

I don’t know much about Mary’s purpose for writing this play. She wrote several other works, but none approached the popularity of Harvey. I am guessing that Elwood is intended to be a Christ figure. He is totally benevolent and yet is feared by the powers that be.

Contemporary Issues

The story is presented to us as a comedy and actually incorporates a lot of slapstick. There is a huge subplot involving the people at the mental hospital. They are treated lightly in this story. Both the guy who runs the place and his chief psychiatrist have changes of heart after they get to know Elwood and begin to understand him better. The older man actually starts to see Harvey, as does Elwood’s sister. And the younger psychiatrist gets Harvey’s point after Elwood relates it to him in an emotional scene outside Elwood’s favorite bar. Harvey leaves Elwood, his job there done.

Though the story brings forward many issues of modern life, it doesn’t directly address any of them. Thus, we see a carefully crafted story of love and spirituality couched in modern themes and delivered as a comedy.

To the extent that it directs our attention to basic human issues of ego and tolerance, this is a valuable story. I see it as very applicable to the subject of mental health. We still have a situation where the “mentally ill” are feared or seen as dangerous by “polite society.” They are often drugged or committed instead of communicated with.

Is Universal Tolerance Enough?

The implication of the story, which I’m not sure I agree with, is that tolerance and dialog would result in a new understanding of life through the experiences of people who were previously seen as mentally ill. As reported by many so labeled, they see many of their experiences as spiritual in nature, and there is an essential truth in this perception. But I would not expect those afflicted to necessarily have the mental and emotional resources to teach us what we really need to understand. It was through Harvey’s assistance that Elwood evolved from a drunk into a really good person. I hope the implications of that is not lost on too many people.

I enjoyed the movie as a story and as a comedy. But it was difficult for me to pin down any specific moral lesson from it. I am impressed that so many others loved this story. And I wonder what they got out of it.

Who Runs This Planet?

5 April 2022

Is it a secret ET group?

Is it a secret human group?

… Or, is it something else?

Interesting Ideas of Screenwriters

26 March 2022

I put this article aside after Ukraine captured my attention. Now I will revisit it.

I have viewed several movies and video entertainments recently. Here are some of my thoughts on these works of visual literature.

They included: The Princess Bride (1987, from a 1973 story), A Boy and His Dog (1975 based on a 1969 story), Logan’s Run (1976 based on a 1967 story), and The Royal Treatment (2022).

I also watched a very recent Netflix series: Raising Dion (2020 and 2022 from a 2015 story).

Let’s begin with the basic Wikipedia data about these efforts, minus most of the actor and director names. For this article I am more interested in the writers.

The Princess Bride is a 1987 American fantasy romance film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner. Adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel The Princess Bride, it tells the story of a farmhand named Westley, who pursues true love against all odds. The film preserves the novel’s metafictional narrative style by presenting the story as a book being read by a grandfather (Peter Falk) to his sick grandson.

A Boy and His Dog is a 1975 American dark comedy science fiction film from a screenplay based on the 1969 novella of the same title by fantasy author Harlan Ellison. It was independently produced and distributed by the director’s company LQ/Jaf Productions.

The film’s story line concerns a teenage boy (Vic) and his telepathic dog (Blood), who work together as a team in order to survive in the dangerous post-apocalyptic wasteland of the Southwestern United States.

Logan’s Run is a 1976 American science fiction action film. The screenplay by David Zelag Goodman is based on the 1967 novel Logan’s Run by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson. It depicts a utopian future society on the surface, revealed as a dystopia where the population and the consumption of resources are maintained in equilibrium by killing everyone who reaches the age of 30. The story follows the actions of Logan 5, a “Sandman” whose job it is to “terminate” people who attempt to escape their city.

The Royal Treatment is a 2022 American romance film written by Holly Hester. It stars Laura Marano as Izzy, a Manhattan hairdresser who is given an opportunity to work at the wedding of Thomas, a royal Prince.

After its release on January 20, 2022 on Netflix, The Royal Treatment became the week’s most-watched film on the streaming service. However it received negative reviews from critics.

Raising Dion is an American superhero drama streaming television series that premiered on October 4, 2019 on Netflix. It is based on the 2015 comic book and short film of the same name by Dennis Liu. In January 2020, Netflix renewed the series for a second season which premiered on February 1, 2022.

Background and comments:

The Princess Bride

Rob Reiner is about 7 years older than I am and is an iconic member of the Jewish New Yorker contingent of the American entertainment industry. The film is a shticky low-budget comedy that includes numerous well-known New Yorkers acting with full NYC accents.

The story is somewhat fairy-tale-like in that it has magical elements and a hero who can do no wrong. But it is basically a comedy. It’s message that true love conquers all is typical New York writer sentimental.

As was true of many lower-budget films of the 1970s, the cast is all white.

A Boy and His Dog

This story is from another Jewish writer, Harlan Ellison. He was from Cleveland, 20 years older than me, and died in 2018.

Ellison wrote in the New Wave speculative fiction genre (according to Wikipedia) and this story is a heroless tale of moral collapse in the wake of societal collapse from war. The book fleshes out the details of how things got so bad much more than the movie does. The story is set in 2024. Society has become highly automated, and humans live in a somewhat subservient role to the machines, except on the surface which is free but lawless. The dog is extremely smart and has telepathic abilities, but can only function as a pet, having lost its ability to hunt or forage.

Interestingly, the movie has no musical soundtrack.

Logan’s Run

This is a much more sophisticated story written by co-authors Nolan and Johnson, who were older and more traditional writers. Both of these wrote for Star Trek and various other TV series and movies.

This story depicts a far-future (2274) civilization that has imprisoned its human subjects in one or more automated cities. This civilization has resorted to enforced death of citizens at the age of 30. (21 in the book; the story goes that they could not find enough young actors that looked 21 or younger.) Families have been eliminated, so sexuality has become somewhat perverted and pointless. People who wish to avoid enforced early death are persuaded to “escape” to the “sanctuary.” There they are caught by a robot and fast-frozen for future use as a food source. When one man (Logan) survives the “sanctuary” and escapes into the real world, he finds himself on the edge of Washington DC where he learns that people can survive for many years beyond his age and traditionally used families to raise children.

When he is captured and returned to the automated city, the computer interrogates him but is so confused by what he has discovered that it stops working. Thus, the people of the city are liberated as their central city buildings blow up.

This was another very low-budget film, though more extravagant than the others. It has a music soundtrack written by Jerry Goldsmith, another older and more traditional creative artist. Jerry was a fixture of the movie industry for most of his career and wrote dozens of film scores. This particular score included many synthesizer sounds which at that time was an innovation in movie scores.

The Royal Treatment

This story was not based on a novel, but on a screenplay by Holly Hester. She is better known for her unwanted sexual involvement with David Letterman than for her writing! This story is a lovely romantic comedy featuring an endearing leading character who is what I know as a “social personality.” It is a fairly simple story about the various barriers she runs into as she attempts to get a young royal to confront the realities of life and help her make a better world. I know women like that, and the story affected me emotionally, though movie critics complained that it was too simplistic.

The story forwards a very positive image of a social justice warrior that many frankly do not deserve. It questions no traditional attitudes while simultaneously championing the cause of diversity.

Raising Dion

This story is totally in the new “diversity” genre. The heroes are a black woman and her child, while most white men are villains or otherwise confused. It is paced like a comic book with lots of action and not very much romance.

As with many comic stories, it deals with the advantages and disadvantages of having “super powers.” It tells us that while having a super power will give you an interesting life, the biggest super power is love, which seems sorely lacking in this modern world.

What interests me with most modern literature is that it allows for both magic and deep evil, but does not explore (or even seem to care) where these things come from or what ramifications that might have for how life works. In other words, within the framework of magical heroes and anti-heroes, life remains stubbornly pedestrian and unimpressed by all the magic and mayhem swirling around it.

More recently, after this article was started, I re-watched Cloud Atlas. This takes a very different approach to the problem of life, almost attempting, and perhaps succeeding, to find a clearer understanding of it. I wrote an article about this movie after I watched it the first time, and will probably update it with my impressions after seeing it again.

But even though Cloud Atlas is much more interested in the subject of freedom, while most of these other stories focus on happiness, usually returning to love as the primary motivation for right action, it does not push the conventional boundaries of freedom the way my screenplay Space Captain tries to do.

While the whiteness of the earlier movies doesn’t bother me, they seem rather boring compared to more recent efforts. None of these films particularly preached the goodness of being conforming and middle class, which is different than many TV shows of those times and earlier. If anything, middle class values seemed more prominent in the more recent stories.

Diversity

It seems these newer writers agree that it is necessary to have diversity in their stories for the purpose of rectifying ancient prejudices and poor practices, but not to explore how different cultures might cooperate to create a better world.

Indeed, a better world does not seem to be the focus of these stories, the theme of The Royal Treatment notwithstanding. To the extent that these stories addressed the issue at all, it seems they were pushing the idea that if you have some form of wealth, you should use it to help others who don’t have as much. You don’t need to help them learn how to get more for themselves, which could result in a more permanent leveling of the playing field; you just have to embrace being charitable.

Connecting with the audience

I see all these stories as the attempt of a writer to connect with an audience in a way that might add value to their lives. However, a lot of the earlier science fiction and fantasy was cautionary. It played on themes of good versus evil and how evil tends to take advantage of new technologies to strengthen itself, while good depends on skill, virtue and courage. The implication was the the audience would be somehow moved, impressed, or reinforced by this message.

While the more recent stories ratchet up the level of evil (and good), they give a less nuanced picture of these qualities. Evil is a big scary destructive monster and good is a superhero that isn’t totally sure of himself. Good wins because it’s good, and evil loses because it’s bad. In a comic book or a comedy, good always wins. This newer audience thinks more like a child thinks, where concepts have to be clear and simple. There is less subtlety and sophistication in these modern stories, and this is how modern audiences are perceived by modern writers, it seems. These writers show skill in their craft, as do all the others who help bring their stories and screenplays to life, but I sense an apathy about future possibilities. Evil is so powerful now that without superheroes, there seems to be little hope left.

Heroes

The heroes in the older stories were, by and large, ordinary people with superior convictions. In the newer stories, it seems that isn’t enough. Without some magic on our side, all could be lost. Yet there is no guidance on how to acquire that magic. Apparently, it all depends on genetics or strange supernatural energies. That’s a superstitious lie. But that’s “modern” story telling. Superstition for the Space Age.

Space Captain

23 March 2022

I really want to get this story told. But I don’t know how to do it.

You would not believe how much truth this little song has in it. And only two verses! It was written by a guy named Matthew Moore in 1970. He recorded his own version of it in 1979. It was a very popular song in those days. Joe Cocker named one of his albums after it.

We even have such a being on Earth at this time (if she hasn’t died yet), Sanni Ceto, who has even written books about her experiences and her home planet.

The book Alien Interview tells a similar story. It even includes a lot of interesting details about the history of Earth and the history of the universe.

I am not sure we have much time left here as a “free” people. Understanding these old stories is part of what could save us.

Ceres

17 March 2022

According to Wikipedia, Ceres is a “dwarf” planet located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. It has been found to be water-rich, but is officially uninhabited.

At the end of last year, a man named Tony Rodrigues published a book entitled Ceres Colony Cavalier: A True Account Of One Man’s Twenty Year Abduction. The author admits that, on the face of it, his story is unbelievable and impossible. But he is not the only person who has memories of experiences like this. The most “famous” of these is Corey Goode, who started coming out with his story around 2014.

Corey’s experiences began around 1976. He was officially released from service in 1987, but continued to be approached by persons self-identifying as military-related and has had a continuing relationship with various persons that seem to be deeply involved in various secret activities.

Tony’s experiences started at some unspecified time in his childhood when he lost contact with his biological family and became a slave to a wealthy person who lived in Seattle. In 1982 he found himself being tested and trained at Inyokern airport in California. He showed some skill in remote viewing, and after that was used for his psychic abilities. He continued to work as a slave in various capacities until what we would normally count as the year 2000. However, his record on Earth picks up from there in Southern Michigan, in 1982!

Tony remembers working in Space (out of a base on Ceres) as”Cargo Engineer” which included various duties supporting combat missions to various places, notably Mars (1987-1988), where they hoped to deal with some insectoid beings that were giving them problems there (did not work out well).

Courtney’s Project

Courtney Brown, who runs Farsight, a remote viewing organization, caught wind of Tony’s book and decided to design a project around it. It was just released, and I watched it yesterday (he releases all his projects in the form of videos). This particular video lasted over 3 hours, which is long for a Farsight video.

What Courtney found was that Tony, for all intents and purposes, was telling the truth. For me and many others, this opens up the possibility that Corey is also telling the truth.

Even without all the “secret space program” stuff, we already have a significantly bizarre story about how Earth came to be inhabited, what actually goes on here, what we really are as spiritual beings, and how time really works. The addition of all this Secret Space Program information, especially how they capture people, use them for “20 years” and then return them to the same place and time they were abducted from, makes the story so much more bizarre.

Data I see as basically reliable

There are certain basics that are repeated so often by so many different sources, that there must be some actuality behind them.

  1. Reincarnation. The truth of reincarnation has been demonstrated widely by so many different researchers using so many different techniques that it stands today as a virtual certainty. This is not the Hindu/Buddhist brand of reincarnation, but just plain old die-go through a process-get born. The ramifications of this fact are what should be interesting to us. The first question becomes: If we have lived before, how many times before? How far back does this go? And the second question is: Is it possible to remember what happened, or in some way contact that information? Hubbard’s work has indicated a spiritual past for most of us that goes back at least 76 trillion years. And yes, it is possible to “remember.” On that trillion year timeline are included such major events as the creation of this universe and the development and widespread use of biological life.
  2. We are not alone. Data based on straight personal recall indicates that none of us (as spirits) came from Earth; that we came from other civilizations, mostly of an advanced space-faring variety. The whole UFO research activity reveals that many of those space civilizations are still out there, still busy doing stuff. On top of this, remote viewing data (which does not rely on personal memories) has gotten into the operations and minds of some of those other beings, and so we know that Earth is of interest to many ET groups, including reptile-like peoples. Their space travel system seems to be very sophisticated and to intrinsically include a time travel component.
  3. Some Earth humans are dealing directly with ETs. This is the big secret that all major world powers have been concerned about since the mid-1900s (not including more ancient alliances). It could be argued that this fact, out of many possible factors, is one of the strongest drivers of Fascism (or Technocracy) on Earth at this time. The ETs do not want to deal with multiple governments on a single planet, and world leaders are desperate to accommodate the ETs, as they know that if they fail, Earth would likely be handed over to one of the ET groups to run as a colony, and the current rulers would lose their power. If this is true, this somewhat explains why some leaders are doing things that would seem suicidal in “normal” times.
  4. We don’t have a workable political solution, though we might have a workable technical solution. In the long run, our armies and brain power are no match for the guys “out there.” If we wish to save Earth from slavery, we have to either convince the outsiders to go away and leave us alone, or develop a superior defense system that they can’t easily overcome. The only such defense system I know of is the Free Being. Hubbard believes that there are currently no Free Beings remaining in this universe. So he developed methods to rehabilitate beings on Earth to that level of ability. It is a long shot, but it might work. We should be actively pursuing that option, as our other most obvious choice is slavery. An organized group of Free Beings (or what he would call Operating Thetans) could possibly defend Earth successfully from ET takeover. Otherwise, that takeover is almost certain and likely is already taking place.

Acknowledgements

I want to acknowledge the work of Mr. Hubbard and his students, of Courtney and his group, and of all those who stand up in the face of endless ridicule to tell the world what they have observed. They have all demonstrated a high amount of personal integrity (defined as the willingness to tell others exactly what you have observed), which is the primary quality that can save an individual from becoming a slave.

China

16 March 2022

I have just watched two parts of the PBS mini series “Story of China.”

It dates from 2016.

It portrays modern China as an emerging capitalist democracy. It includes interviews with various political and ethnic minorities in China and implies that they are no longer being persecuted. In the show, the Uyghurs they interview seem happy and free. They visit a “women’s mosque” which is portrayed as a unique tradition stemming from ancient Mongol influence. Though Wikipedia reports that China began persecuting the Uyghurs in 2014, there is no report of any present time government persecution of fringe ethnic or political groups in this show.

Critics of the Chinese Communist Party think their undue influence on Western media, and not the truth on the ground, is controlling the messages coming out of journalistic coverage like this.

Western media is likewise unwilling to cover the darker side of our own history, except in a retrospective way, implying that’s all behind us now. The exception to that is the new Critical Theory perspective, which assumes that the dark side will always be there in one form or another.

This TV show covered the Opium Wars, which involved the British East India Company growing opium in India and then selling it in China in an attempt to keep their foreign trade in balance. When the Chinese government of the time destroyed British warehouses full of opium, the British punished China with a naval bombardment and subsequent invasion.

Though some would have us believe that this, too is all behind us now, what about the consistent reports of an “opioid crisis?” This also involves large companies (including some in China) selling us modern versions of opium. Will they likewise try to punish us if we reject these drugs as too dangerous and refuse to use them?

Secular Technocratic Utopias

What I see us walking into – seen also by many other writers and thinkers – is a planet where the promised savior will not be God, but rather Science and Technology. We are promised a heaven on Earth, brought to us by technological advancements that will solve all the problems we currently face, including disease, overpopulation and climate change and … crime?

The ideologues tend to relegate crime to a secondary position on the list of human problems, often asserting that it is merely the product of imperfect social and political systems.

I do not share this view.

Crime is a huge spiritual problem that has been with us since the dawn of time. Groups have never discovered a solution for it, and normally deal with it by killing or isolating individuals determined to be criminals. A huge part of political theory and practice involves how “criminals” are identified and handled. All it takes is for a criminal to gain power, and the whole society can be turned upside down through abuse of existing systems of justice.

The secular technologists normally gloss over this concern entirely, partly because their vision of the future gives the central authorities full control over the life of every individual. Thus, presumably if anyone got out of line, they would be properly dealt with. The problem of criminals at the top, however, is seldom confronted.

Alternatives to Technocracy

The conservative movement in America wants to return God to His rightful position as the Highest Authority. This, of course, is anathema to the technocrats. It provides people with a kind of freedom that they disdain and would likely treat as criminal in their “utopia.”

I reject their vision of a modern heaven created with science and technology. Even if those advocating for this were not criminals, it is – from the point of view of a freedom lover – a criminal idea. The technocrats are totally oblivious to this argument. And since I don’t stand as a classic conservative either, the only reason I continue to stand against Technocracy is because I have become aware of a viable alternative, which is comprised of the Policy and Technology of Scientology.

Humans and human-like societies have a huge problem: They must organize, or perish. Though “rugged individualism” had its place in the frontier days on Earth, it will not get us through the Space Age, Han Solo notwithstanding. Thus, there will always be a tension between the hopes and dreams of individuals and the needs of the group. In the past, only groups that became super-organized survived. And that basic lesson appears to remain valid. Their weakness in the past has always been a distrust of personal freedoms to the point of outlawing many of them. This meant that most “successful” Space Age societies devolved into slave societies. The only reason those societies could remain successful was that certain individuals were granted special rights and were able to exercise a broader range of personal freedoms. As long as there were sufficient such individuals willing to cooperate, these old societies were able to cope with external challenges. However, the general distrust of freedom led to the implementation of technologies that aimed to destroy an individual’s impulse to be free. And as things went, these technologies reduced the number of “free beings” available to, eventually, zero.

Without some technology capable of restoring freedom to spiritual beings, and social systems that could cope with higher levels of individual freedom in the group, the remaining Space Age groups that exist out there today will eventually destroy themselves from the inside out. The current importance of Earth revolves around the fact that we have developed such technologies here. So far I see no sign that any of the major players on Earth are actively supporting those technologies. But there are many “minor” players who support them. So as things get worse, we have a hope for recovery that has not been available to failing societies in other times and places. And it is not being emulated by China, or Russia, or the United States. But one day, somewhere on Earth, perhaps it will be.

Putin

15 March 2022

I am watching the PBS special about Putin that totally (and conclusively?) demonizes him.

I suppose only time will tell to what extent this story is true.

Remote viewers make a contribution

On April 16th, Courtney Brown released his video about his latest project, and it was about Putin.

The project found ET (Reptilian) influence in the mind of Putin and one or more of his advisers (Shoigu his Defense Minister in particular). Viewers reported Putin to be troubled by decisions he had made. And Shoigu seemed even more troubled.

Of course, a human with a strong enough personality could in theory resist the externally-created mental torment and continue on their planned course without wavering. I don’t see these two leaders as that spiritually strong.

This new information brings into question whether this war was fully the intention of Putin and his people, or was something they felt pushed into by “higher forces” they felt they could not control.

Dominant culture know-how

2 February 2022

This is just a short post reflecting some thoughts that occurred to me recently.

I see the Woke and the Right talking past each other in so many ways. Though I am much more sympathetic with the Right, as they stand on more tested ground, the Woke are also so certain of themselves! And I have never seen so much mud slinging between two groups that supposedly differ mostly in political ideology. Obviously, there is more going on here.

Systemic racism

The Right insists this was abolished years ago and no longer exists. The Woke insist that the basic system remains intact, continuing to make it difficult for certain targeted populations to get ahead.

Both aren’t paying very good attention. Although we could accuse the Woke of being mere shills, rabble-rousers only there to stir up trouble, the fact is that many people around the world remain very oppressed. Though the problem exists in the U.S. it is much worse elsewhere. Thus, the pounding on U.S. culture is a bit misplaced and has led to a lot of bad feelings. It would seem that American culture has been one of the more flexible in this regard, and that the “oppressed” have more opportunity here than in almost any other country in the world. Yet suffering does continue to exist here at home.

Capitalism

The Woke are trained to put some of the blame for these problems on Capitalism. The Right are trained to defend Capitalism as the most successful cultural system on this planet.

There is no inherent reason in Capitalist theory why it should leave some groups short-changed and others in charge. Under Capitalism in America, members of oppressed groups have fared better than almost any other place. Neither do I see any evidence that anti-capitalist cultures are working any better.

Capitalism is not the root cause of these problems.

What’s different about members of oppressed groups who are happy in America?

They have learned to play the game offered by the dominant culture.

This is my observation, not necessarily the conclusion of sociologists. It is based on observations of much fewer people than it ought to be based on. The Woke would say that these people have learned to “act White.” The Right would say that these people simply decided that they wanted to be successful.

Because of my connections, I know people of many different ethnic and racial backgrounds who are having a hard time here in America. My observation is that they have not learned to “play the game” as well as those who are happier. Some of them have actual disabilities which inhibit them, while others lack essential resources, or have rejected the dominant culture as one they don’t want to be a part of.

The happy (“successful”) ones speak “standard” English well, are literate and schooled, own land, pay attention to their finances, have developed a set of valuable skills and know how to promote themselves, are aware of the importance of their health and appearance, and have a positive attitude towards life. They have learned to play the game.

Rejecting the dominant game

The Right feels that the dominant game is a very acceptable and learnable game. They assert that these days, anyone can learn to play if they want to, and will be rewarded if they play well. They criticize the Woke as people with a criminal mentality.

If you can’t or won’t play the dominant game, you are rejected by the other players.

This is where things get confusing. Criminality is more or less defined as a refusal to play the dominant game, and the willingness to play another game which could be seen as an “anti game.” Disability, on the other hand, denotes a desire to play but an inability to do so for some reason. In a modern liberal society, we have learned to accommodate the disabled in ways that help them play if they desire to. But it is easy for disability and criminality to be confused. Criminals may, in fact, pretend to be disabled as a survival strategy. They tend to give the truly disabled a bad name when they do this. These lines cross over themselves a bit, and without a better understanding of life than we had when the U.S. was founded and most of our laws were written, this remains a persistent area of confusion.

Conspiracy theories

Those who have chosen to look deeper into these issues first run into the subject of conspiracy. Evidence for it is widely scattered throughout history. This is usually in the form of criminals organizing to protect and further their enterprise in spite of the efforts of governments or honest people to stop them. These are the “criminal gangs” that run drug cartels, smuggle arms and slaves, and so forth.

But what most researchers find when they dig is that criminals also exist in “high places” in society, and seek to control their regions, or indeed the entire planet, for their own selfish ends. This historical research is solid; those conspiracies were – and are – quite real. But what does it mean for a society if the high level criminals begin to get the upper hand? Then you get societies like 1930s Nazi Germany. Or?

Can the criminals take the dominant position but decide to keep this a secret? Research tends to indicate that this is quite possible. Why be overt when you control the major communication lines of society, so can hide the fact of your own existence? This is what some of the more astute conspiracy theories postulate.

Criminals versus honest people

This leads us to a vision of the present (if not also the past) that is a bit more complicated than having one dominant culture (or race) lording over the entire planet. What if there has been an ongoing contest between two or more powerful groups that would like to control our planet, each group with its own ends and its own strategies to achieve those ends?

Some of the more criminal groups could specialize in keeping the general population divided and in turmoil. They would introduce multiple competing religions, cultures, and political ideologies on the planet for the purpose of keeping the population embroiled in conflict, and not for the purpose of making a better world. They could invent these ideologies out of whole cloth or, more likely, hijack a halfway decent idea that some honest person developed and corrupt it so that it was no longer workable, even though it still had some appeal.

Extent of criminal influence

Practices now considered criminal, like slavery, have been seen as normal on Earth in the past. And so we see that the boundaries between crime and virtue can change. Older codes, like the Ten Commandments, are pretty basic, but don’t mention certain human rights that we now see as important. On the other hand, modern lists such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are thought by some to go too far. Yet we can say that all of them share the sentiment that within a community – now seen as encompassing all of Earth – people should treat each other with respect and should not lie, cheat, murder, steal, break up families, or leave one’s parents destitute. In the context of a human society, these basic rules demark the basic boundaries between criminality and honesty.

Thus today, a secret group that wished to enslave the population, or murder large sectors of it, or train its young to be criminals would be seen as a criminal group.

The Right believes that the Left is being supported by such a group. And the Left believes that the Right is being supported by such a group. Almost all of traditional media currently supports the Left. While this would seem to normalize the Left, the Right argues that this is an abnormal condition, and that we used to hear a wider diversity of voices from our media outlets.

Neither the Woke nor the Right openly admit that they want to enslave the planet. So where do all the authoritarian measures currently being adopted come from? They are correctly seen as criminal, in the modern sense of the word; a measure doesn’t have to be “against the law” to be criminal! It only has to show extreme disrespect for the rights of other human beings. So currently the Right is on the side of more respect for human rights, while the Woke are less so. This leaves me – and many others – to assume that there are real criminals supporting the Woke and telling them what to say. In another era they were white supremacists. And in another era they were Communists. The “bad guys” are known not for the details of their ideologies, but for the results of their actions.

The need to reject criminal actions

If a criminal culture becomes the dominant culture on Earth, Mankind will perish. At the least, free men and women will lose their freedoms. Criminals have been a part of the dominant cultures on Earth forever, and this situation will likely continue. You can’t limit the criminality to Capitalists, or Marxists or any other ideology. What we need to reject if we want to survive is criminal ideas and actions, not ideologies. And if you think the concept of survival itself is “too White,” then you are definitely under the influence of criminal thinking!

We are here because we value freedom. Some of us are here because we wanted to be “free” to be criminals. This is the great challenge of valuing freedom! The “great” societies of the galaxy chose slavery, and sent us all here, under spiritual lock and key, for fear that our love of freedom would destroy their delicately-built worlds. It is upon us now to learn how to control criminality without destroying freedom and so build societies that are both robust and free. It can be done. If we don’t do it we will rot here, both bodily and spiritually.

With these new societies will come new dominant cultures. If we do not create games to play for those cultures that are relatively easy to learn and difficult to interfere with, then our new societies will fall as our American culture is crumbling today. We still have time. Our culture is still strong. You can still play the game of the dominant culture without compromising your basic human values. But there is not much time left. If we do not successfully reject the latest rounds of attacks on our most basic freedoms, we may not get another realistic chance to do that on this planet.

Mass Formation Psychosis

13 January 2022

This is a technical concept in crowd psychology that has received a lot of attention recently.

I want to add my own two cents to this discussion.

Originator of term: Mattias Desmet, Professor of Clinical Psychology at Ghent University in Belgium.

Context of the professor’s work: The Psychology of Totalitarianism.

Current user and context: Dr. Robert Malone, inventor of the mRNA vaccination technique, regarding the continuing disregard for life and liberty exhibited by so many people who want the experimental COVID treatment to become mandatory.

On psychosis:

Traditionally (and very sloppily) defined as “an acute or chronic mental state marked by loss of contact with reality,” I want to narrow down this concept for the purpose of this discussion.

We are speaking here specifically about an irrational destructive action taken (usually) by an individual (in this case an entire society) that is triggered by a second (and hidden) destructive individual or group. The triggering party uses psychological means to produce real violent action on the part of its target. This is one reason that psychologists have been studying it.

Prerequisites for large scale mass formation

As summarized by Dr. Malone, these are:

1.       A large amount of people must feel alone and isolated. 

2.       Their lives must feel pointless and meaningless. 

3.       There must be high levels of free floating anxiety, and 

4.       There must be high levels of free-floating frustration and aggression.

Pushing this back to the level of Spirit

What I am getting at here is that these conditions have existed and been operating at the level of Spirit for a long time now, and I hope to explain this briefly:

It seems that spiritual beings have felt alone and isolated to some extent ever since they became individuals. This has led to various attempts to create communities of beings that could play together. Though this was an understandable effort, many mistakes were made along the way. One of these was our involvement with biology.

Can you imagine feeling bored or pointless enough to decide you needed a pet to keep you company? And then deciding it might be interesting to BE that pet? That is essentially what we did with biology. Today we worship biology as “life.” No! We are life! Biology lives because we created it to do so.

The problem with being an animal, of course, is that you always are facing the possibility that you will be killed and eaten. This is a “free floating anxiety” that we see most clearly in rodents and perhaps birds. Add to this the Spirit’s knowledge of its own freer past, and you add the anxiety of: Could I ever be free of this body again if I really wanted to be?

Now watch resource levels fall and populations increase. Spiritual beings, now stuck playing the game of being bodies, begin to fight over things they would never have dreamed fighting about in their free state. Scarcity becomes more and more a problem as they continue to forget that they are the only creative force that actually exists in this universe.

While the above short discussion begins to explain the situation in the populated universe, here on Earth it goes a step further:

  1. We have been deprived of our ability to communicate telepathically (without dedicated practice) thus cutting us off from both each other and the animals around us.
  2. We have lost our memories of our long pasts, and thus usually fail to reconstruct and continue working on purposes that used to give our lives great meaning.
  3. We feel trapped on Earth because we are. We are banished here as incorrigible freedom fanatics and continue to frantically defend an ideal that we only partly remember having, which action is now totally out of context.
  4. This lack of ability to achieve clarity on our own purposes and identities, with no hope of some way to regain that ability, generates continuous severe frustration and fighting amongst ourselves. Our real enemies have vanished with our memories, and we are left seeing every challenger as an opponent.

And so the constantly warring residents of this universe can laugh at us and mock us for fighting each other for “no good reason.”

Triggering destructive events

Though this pandemic may be the first worldwide destructive event in human history, we have seen smaller-scale similar events in the past which are what most of those psychologists and sociologists have been studying.

Without an individual or group intent on triggering such an event, or without the technology to effectively “hypnotize” (focus attention too narrowly) the population on a specific problem or threat, such events are unlikely to occur on a planetary scale. Yet I can think of at least two prior events on Earth that did effect the entire planet that could be mentioned.

Destruction of Atlantis and Lemuria

The exact events that led to Earth’s most recent prior inhabitants leaving due to an apparently terrible geographic instability are still largely hidden. I would guess, though, that it may have coincided with the decision by one of the galactic superpowers to use Earth as a prison planet, as that operation seems to have started shortly after those earlier civilizations were removed.

Destruction of the Reptilian Empire on Earth

Again, though motives are unclear, this seems to have involved some sort of power struggle. And it certainly resulted in major destruction on Earth. In this case, a “hypnotized” invader force carried out this attack on a relatively helpless Earth population.

My point

The point of this article was to note that while diligence and better technologies of self-control may save us from some possible future mass formation psychoses, that by no means leads us out of the woods. In our current state of ignorance and entrapment, we are so susceptible to mass formation attacks that we need to urgently elevate ourselves spiritually or face almost certain and likely numerous future attempts. Goodness only knows how horrendous they could become if we do not act swiftly to counteract them.

Children’s Entertainment

13 December 2021

During the Thanksgiving weekend I had the opportunity to spend some time around the 9 year old daughter of my Bay Area friend (girlfriend).

During this time the girl watched (or half-watched) several shows on TV and we also went out to a movie (Encanto). She also played a video game on her mom’s computer.

The entertainment choices available to internet-connected youth today are probably more than ten times more numerous than the TV-based programming that I grew up with.

Thus, one way I entertained myself was to draw pictures. Below is a picture I made for a 2nd grade class assignment for an illustrated story “What Is Important About Me.” I have manipulated this image to make it more interesting to look at.

In my opinion, though the variety of shows has exploded, the quality of this material has not. During my lifetime, society has been transforming into a “techno-space” society where obedience is so valued that those who run the show in the background wish to actively discourage childhood exposure that would encourage too much creative thinking or intellectual curiosity. On Earth, though, this material must be presented in the context of a freedom-loving and diverse population (not so true on many other planets) which requires a certain amount of artful deception (when well done) or when more poorly done (often the case) results in material that is simply maudlin, trite or confusing.

The techno-space context is full of magical technologies and overwhelmed people. This results in a bunch of superheroes who have a hard time of it, autism spectrum disorder, and similar conundrums. Without the spiritual component available to help us understand our situation, the overall reaction of most people is that we are in an impossible predicament where there is no hope that we could ever best the “super smart” technologists that control the tools that we use to produce, travel and communicate.

The Powers That Be don’t want us to learn about the spiritual component. They fear a loss of control in the face of beings who are spiritually free, A few of them, perhaps, can even remember encounters with such beings and what had be done to put them down. It wasn’t pretty.

So as the magical nature of life bubbles up through our “new” technologies, and beings begin to remember who they used to be before they were forced to come here, our rulers feel justified in putting in place a narrative that they hope will divert us, amuse us, and confuse us, or otherwise suppress our desire to regain our freedom and our actual abilities.

The first set of shows this little girl wanted to watch was Maya And The Three. Then we saw the fully animated Pixar (Disney) movie Encanto. Later she was watching the cartoon series Phineas and Ferb (also Disney), and then played a video game against the computer featuring “Gumball.

Maya and the Three

This is a brand new TV mini-series streaming on Netflix and produced in Mexico by Jorge R. Gutiérrez. They produced it with open-source animation software called Blender. The story is sloppily based on the culture of Mesoamerica, has a slew of magical elements and “peoples” similar to Lord of the Rings, and is comedic. The heroine of the story is 15 years old. The characters speak English. It is full of challenges and fighting (at least the episodes I saw). And what does it teach? That indigenous American culture is rich, colorful and … funny? The current trend is to simply put indigenous cultures into our entertainment to “celebrate” them. There is no attempt (at least not at this level) to dig in to what these people believed or how they lived. Any address to spiritual elements is extremely superficial. And the big problem of history, which is to say how their culture was overwhelmed by invaders and other forces (perhaps including climate changes) is not really addressed in materials like this. All we are doing is celebrating the spirit, sounds and colors of the culture, not its more troubling aspects.

Encanto

This deeply animated film features people involved in the culture of Spanish South America (Colombia to be exact). It features many strong female personalities who clash and attempt to resolve their conflicts which center around the “magic spell” that has protected their family for at least three generations. The characters are ethnically diverse, for the most part lighthearted, but burdened by the thought that their “magic” could come to an end at any time.

It is not clear to me that the little girl with us understood the concepts underlying this story, nor all the plot twists. She told me that she identified with the heroine, and we decided that the character that matched her mom the best was the one who had received the gift of extraordinary physical strength. The “gifts” received by most of the family members, and their reactions to the various abilities they gained, were in some way the centerpiece of the plot. Yet the source and full meaning of their gifts remained vague and unexplored. Though there were elements obviously pointing to Catholic tradition, there was also an indigenous factor. Perhaps in the interest of remaining strictly secular, the film addressed neither of these issues very deeply. It became, in the end, a sort of instructional fable dealing with the interpersonal dynamics of a family that considers itself “gifted.”

Phineas and Ferb

This is also a Disney-sponsored cartoon series. It ran from 2007 to 2015. I consider this series highly ridiculous to the point of near worthlessness. The young lady watching it, however, seemed quite happy with it. Each episode features a new “summer project” by the two boys, who are step-brothers and nerds. There are a lot of obtuse references in the script to science fiction and conspiracy theory subjects. The main subplot involves their sister Candace who is continuously appalled by how many rules the two boys are always breaking, and how they never seem to get caught by the many adults in the stories. Another subplot includes the boys’ “pet platypus” Perry who secretly works as a spy trying to keep a mad scientist from doing something really horrifying. Perry always succeeds somehow, and usually in a way that completely covers the mischief being caused by the boys. There is also a brownie (or bluebird?) girl scout troop involved, which always demonstrates impeccable organization and effectiveness. All the characters are so ridiculous that they barely seem human. The basic story line of every episode is totally predictable, and my main impression of the whole thing is that it is one entire goof-off session, and that the writers see real life that way, too. A valuable lesson for our youth!

Gumball video game

This is apparently a feature of Cartoon Network, which offers video games based on many of its series, in this case The Amazing World of Gumball. The main characters are animated animals that live somewhere in suburbia. The other characters that Gumball fights against are also in the cartoon series.

The game my young companion played (she claimed for the first time) follows a classic “fight” style where the (usually) two fighters take turns deciding how to respond to the previous attack. In this case, the program ran one of the fighters. As the two fight, they both “lose energy” until one goes to zero, or “dies.” In these children’s games, the fighting is quite stylized, though obviously involves weapons and violence which ends in the death of one of the fighters. The entire point of play seems to be to stay in the game by winning most of the fights. In the game I watched, the fight environment (background) was totally irrelevant, as were the exact personalities or identities of the various fighters. Strategy and skill were only minimally required. It was basically a do-nothing, bored way to do something more interesting than nothing at all.

What does it all mean?

I made no attempt here to treat this subject thoroughly. This all is based on sharing just one weekend with a little girl and her mom. I did not sample a full range of programming so my response is not based on very complete information.

But I do sense a certain “glee of insanity” among entertainment writers and performers. In other words, they act funny or happy, but the humor and content is often dark if not actually deviant, like the news (also a form of entertainment). Magical and supernatural phenomena, though very real, are treated with awe and confusion. This is a product of ignorance in the face of an increasing amount of evidence that these things are real, coupled with the influence of criminals who fear these phenomena.

Adults decide what content to show their children, so this is more about them than it is about their kids. It could be said that all this is just a reflection of the times we live in, but it is more than that. I am living in those times, too, yet the content I write is very different that most of what I have seen so far. The difference, I suspect, is that I take ET and magic seriously, and give children credit for being more sophisticated than most adults seem to. I am no longer trapped in the 19th century concept of “evolution” but instead have embraced and extended my understanding of a different 19th century trend; spirituality. It is my belief that Evolution and all that came with it was popularized in an attempt to stamp out spirituality as a competing approach to life. Evolution, with its Materialism, temporarily won out, but Spirituality never died. And it lives on, though quite distorted, in modern entertainment, including what we give our children to watch. I hope those distortions will soon be resolved.

“All the world’s a stage” still holds true, and I personally have always had a preference for live entertainment. I studied Shakespearean theater for a junior high project once: