Archive for September, 2012

The Richard Day speech

29 September 2012

The Richard Day speech remembered.

On a calm evening in March of 1969, at a very nice restaurant in Pittsburg, a former national medical director of Planned Parenthood (1965-1968) addressed a gathering of about 80 doctors involved in pediatric medicine (taking care of kids).

He told the gathering not to record his lecture, which lasted about 2 hours, but one young doctor, Lawrence Dunegan, made notes on napkins and later wrote down his recollections of that night.

In 1988, Randy Engel, a woman pro-life activist and journalist, interviewed Doctor Dunegan. Transcripts of that interview have been published on the web. One example is linked to above.

Early in that interview, Dr. Dunegan listed out the topics that Dr. Day covered in his talk. Here is that list:

  1. Population control
  2. permission to have babies
  3. redirecting the purpose of sex – sex without reproduction and reproduction without sex
  4. contraception universally available to all
  5. sex education and carnalising of youth as a tool of world government
  6. tax funded abortion as population control
  7. encouraging homosexuality … anything goes homosexuality also was to be encouraged
  8. technology used for reproduction without sex
  9. families to diminish in importance
  10. euthanasia and the “demise pill”
  11. limiting access to affordable medical care makes eliminating elderly easier
  12. medicine would be tightly controlled
  13. elimination of private doctors
  14. new difficult-to-diagnose and untreatable diseases
  15. suppressing cancer cures as a means of population control
  16. inducing heart attacks as a form of assassination
  17. education as a tool for accelerating the onset of puberty and evolution
  18. blending all religions … the old religions will have to go
  19. changing the Bible through revisions of key words
  20. restructuring education as a tool of indoctrination
  21. more time in schools, but pupils “wouldn’t learn anything”
  22. controlling who has access to information
  23. schools as the hub of the community
  24. “some books would just disappear from the libraries”
  25. changing laws to promote moral and social chaos
  26. the encouragement of drug abuse to create a jungle atmosphere in cities and towns
  27. promote alcohol abuse
  28. restrictions on travel
  29. the need for more jails, and using hospitals as jails
  30. no more psychological or physical security
  31. crime used to manage society
  32. curtailment of US industrial pre-eminence
  33. shifting populations and economies; tearing out the social roots
  34. sports as a tool of social engineering and change
  35. sex and violence inculcated through entertainment
  36. travel restrictions and implanted I.D. cards
  37. food control
  38. weather control
  39. know how people respond; making them do what you want
  40. falsified scientific research
  41. use of terrorism
  42. surveillance, implants, and televisions that watch you
  43. home ownership a thing of the past
  44. the arrival of the totalitarian global system.

In essence, this interview validated all the things the “conspiracy theorists” have been saying about plans being forwarded amongst the elites to bring a “New World Order” to earth.

Alex Jones talks about almost nothing else these days on his radio show and videos.
“Whistleblower” websites mention this subject all the time.

Elements of this plan exist in public documents, and evidence that it is being implemented is all around us. I urge you to inform yourself. It may be years before this affects your life (if it hasn’t already) or it may be days. Learn about what is coming before it lands on your doorstep.

Note: The basic data on Richard Day are confirmed in his NY Times obituary.
Dr. Dunegan is reported to have died in January of 2004.

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Honesty

28 September 2012

Recently I’ve started receiving a lot of comments. This is new for me. I look at every one because I have comment moderation turned on.

Routinely, nearly 100% of the comments that come in are marked as “spam” by my system. That’s because they link back to commercial websites.

First, I didn’t think much of this. Some of the comments were obviously glib and linked back to sex sites. Most of those did not survive moderation.

But I have gotten a really lot of comments on my “Dancing” article, and many of them came from the same company selling cigarettes. They would each link to a different page on that website.

These were nice comments. Kind of “vanilla” but they seemed genuine.

But now I’d like to ask you: Are they?

Are you leaving comments at my site because you really like it, or because someone told you to do it in the hopes that it would increase traffic at the site of the company where you work? I’m not going to hold you up as some kind of big hypocrite if you answer with “yeah, that’s really why I left a comment.”

But I do want to point out that there is some dishonesty in such an action. And dishonesty leads to violations of your own integrity, and to the contamination of your true feelings for the things you really love, and also the things you really hate. And the end product of those compromises could be the belief that it doesn’t really matter. And I’m here to remind you: It does really matter.

The game here on earth may come to an end. Or it could survive for many centuries, in some state or another. And if it does, you will probably be in it (and so will I) – in some state or another.

A lot of writers – a lot of people – have said this down through the years. And I don’t much care if they were right to say it then; I think it’s right to say now:

The time has come to get straight. We have enough knowledge now, enough free time, enough space for inner reflection and serious study, to actually accomplish this. To step out of the lies we tell ourselves every day to make the game seem more real, to take a look at the game from a more exterior point of view and to decide what’s really important in this game and what isn’t. And that’s a big step towards honesty.

It’s okay if we play the game of trying to get more site visits for the companies where we work. But why not just do it honestly? What’s wrong with it? We all need to work at companies or as our own companies. And our companies need attention from potential customers in order to stay in business and prosper. So why hide what we are doing? It is nothing to be ashamed of. And if we leave a comment at a site saying we really liked it, when we really didn’t look at it or didn’t really have an opinion, that’s something to be ashamed of. That is a form of self-harm.

Reminder: If you think people should be more honest, get onto Twitter and say so, and put #GUYTTT (Give us youth: Tell the truth!) in the tweet so I can count the number of tweets made in the name of more honesty in government, in the media, and in our personal lives.

Happiness Happens

24 September 2012

The story of the 9 Nanas.*

happiness happens

Courtesy: Happiness-Happens.

Or how 9 women plotted to bring some happiness into their community.

I was reading the online newspaper Signs of the Times (SOTT) this weekend, and was presented with an article from the Huffington Post with this headline:

It Ain’t Over: The Business 9 Women Kept A Secret For Three Decades

It seems that one evening, over 30 years ago, nine women decided to pinch their pennies so they’d have a little money left over to continue a tradition one of their mothers had started years before: Sending homemade pound cakes to new widows anonymously to let them know that someone cared.

Since that time, their “conspiracy” has blossomed into a major activity in their area (around Memphis Tennessee) and has gained national recognition due to their decision to sell their cakes online to help raise money.

They still give all their gifts anonymously and on there own terms. But amid all the cynicism and fear that passes for “normal” modern life, what a refreshing story! There are MANY ways to make happiness happen. Try putting some attention on that purpose, and see what happens in your own life.

* Nana: Another word for “grandmother” in many areas of the United States.

Avaaz begins to get it

22 September 2012

I got a link today in my email to an article on the Avaaz website.

I posted that link on my other blog with their graphic, which I think says a lot.

My Universe – Current Events – Avaaz begins to get it.

Avaaz was set up by some idealistic people who hope to change the world by getting people from around the world to sign petitions concerning specific issues.

I had seen this approach as kind of knee-jerk (reactive – waiting for something bad to happen, then reacting to it) but they also have a more proactive side which is very well illustrated in their article.

They are attracted to the idea that the Salifists could be the ones behind all this agitation we are seeing in the news. This is a step forward in their thinking, but it still violates a principle that I try to follow when I look at current events: An event begins when an individual thinks of creating it. That individual may use a group to help him create the event, but the truth is that every group is also composed of individuals. The key to solving a problem is to locate the individual creating it. Blaming any event on a group usually gets us nowhere.

The slideshow in the Avaaz article is so effective at demonstrating how “Muslim” DOES NOT EQUAL “angry” that I very much urge you to take a look at it.

A State Senator Visits my Church

20 September 2012

Tomorrow is International Peace Day.

Peace One Day website.

My church wanted to acknowledge this day. And so a politician who works with our Youth For Human Rights group was invited to come to our church and speak to us. This politician is a woman.

Her audience was small, but we are good listeners. She decided to tell us about efforts being made to include women in the peace-making process. She told us that in the year 2000 the United Nations had officially committed itself to include more women in policy-making roles, and in peace-making. She told us that, more recently, the Obama administration had made a similar commitment. She was proud of these announcements. She felt they were something that we could build on. Women often feel the brunt of war, she said. They should have a say in making peace.

Like many people, I had never heard of the International Day of Peace. It was first declared in 1981, by the United Nations General Assembly. It was originally intended to fall on the opening day of the annual meetings of the United Nations General Assembly. Later, a Briton – founder of Peace One Day – got the idea to give the day a specific date, and the UN agreed to this on 11 September 2001.

The irony of this timing is so striking that it is hard to believe that it was a coincidence.

The site linked to above tells the story of Peace Day, starting with the campaign to give it a specific date, and coming up to the present. This year, the intention is to have a Global Truce on this date.

In the real world, peace work depends on a set of technologies loosely known as “conflict resolution.” Scientology has a technology to contribute to this subject. It is called “Third Party Investigation” and is described briefly in this post. You can find out more about this technology at the Volunteer Ministers website here.

When I don’t cry on hearing of more women and children killed, more cities destroyed, more threats of violence by national leaders, it is only because I get tired of crying all the time.

We can solve this. We just have to discover more effective things to do about it.

Here is something Ron wrote in 1950, and one reason why I consider him my friend:

There is a higher goal, a better goal, a more glorious victory than gutted towns and radiation-burned dead. There is freedom and happiness and plenty and a whole Universe to be won.

He who would not see it is far from worthy to rule. He would indulge his hates is too insane to advise.

How much can Man conquer? He loses if he conquers Man. He wins if he conquers his own fears and conquers then the stars.

(Dianetics p488)

Volunteering at CCHR

18 September 2012

CCHR stands for Citizens Commission on Human Rights.
It’s a watchdog group founded by the Church of Scientology, and its target is psychiatry.
Link to CCHR website.

Our message comes to my town

To forward its mission of exposing psychiatric abuses, CCHR developed a video (on DVD) and an exhibit to go with it which they call “Industry of Death.” Around 2006, copies of this exhibit were made that could be loaded into trucks and taken around to various places. Each year, one such exhibit comes to Seattle, and I volunteer to help man it.

For the past three years, the “traveling exhibit” has been located in my neighborhood, called Capitol Hill. This neighborhood, as you might expect, is up on a large hill (or ridge) just east of downtown Seattle. It is a mix of urban shopping streets and apartment buildings, with neighborhoods of single-family houses, mostly to the east and north. On the northwest side of The Hill are some of the fanciest residences in Seattle.

The Hill is known for its Gay community. It is also home to many artists, designers and techies. And it houses many college students, as well as many families connected with the nearby universities.

Broadway is the first major north-south street on The Hill, closest to downtown. People come up to Broadway to shop, hang out at coffee houses, go to clubs, see art films, live, or beg for money from locals and visitors.

The exhibit is in an old brick building right next to Dick’s, the locally famous fast food chain. Across the street, a subway station – planned years before the 2008 crash – is being built. It won’t be finished for another 4 years. A little farther south is the Post Office, and just beyond that, Seattle Central Community College.

Seattle Central serves as a feeder school for the local universities. Many Asian students take classes there while they learn to speak English. It is also strong in the arts, design, culinary, and IT.

Seattle itself is considered friendly to psychiatry. Our U.S. Congressman is a psychiatrist. The military has a huge presence in the Seattle area, and they use psychiatrists a lot. The big IT companies like Amazon and Microsoft are pretty much behind psychiatry. And so is the aerospace industry, led by Boeing.

But on the Hill, at the CCHR traveling exhibit, we see a lot of people who have been damaged by psychiatric practices. Sometimes the people who live on the street come in and talk with us. They are almost all in the mental health system. Others, like John, have friends or family who have been affected. His sister has a daughter who was taken out of her house by Child Protective Services because her older brother got violent after he was put back on psych drugs. I talked to a father who was told he needed to put his son on Paxil. He knew better, and refused. But many others didn’t. Every year, we meet many people who are on psych drugs or who know someone who is. They think that ADHD or schizophrenia, or bipolar disorder are real diseases that must be treated by drugs. We try to show them that they have been lied to about this. Some are persuaded, and others are not.

Microcosm for the universe

Here on Capitol Hill – particularly when CCHR comes to town – we have in miniature a display of all the major forces, conditions, and considerations that exist in the universe.

What is success? Is it physical security, such as that you can obtain by being rich? Or is it excellence of artistic or technological achievement? Or is it simply the feeling that “I have succeeded, and I can continue to succeed.”

What is happiness? Is it the buzz you get when you are a little drunk or a little high? Is it having friends? Or having a lover? It is the giddy cheerfulness of innocence? Or is it the sober certainty of experience, wisdom, and demonstrated ability?

What is proper governance? Is it having the population under control? Or is it having a population that can control itself?

What is the correct way to do business? Does it consist of making huge profits for the business owners and fooling all the customers into believing that they have been well-served? Or does it consist of providing products and services that will assist people is their quest for real success and happiness?

When CCHR comes to town, it asks Seattle to re-consider these things.

And when your conscience comes to visit you, it may ask you to do something similar. What is right and what is wrong? And how can rightness prevail?

These are universal questions. These are personal questions. They deserve consideration.

This year CCHR is in Seattle, at 127 Broadway East, from 15 September to 5 October. Noon to 8pm weekdays, noon to 6 pm weekends.

Let’s Step Back for a Moment

15 September 2012

I started this blog a couple of years ago because my web design teacher asked me to.

Less than a year ago, I began to pay attention to “tags” and add them to my posts. And after that, people started finding my posts, following my blog, and leaving comments.

This is a very new blog, and writing for the internet is new for me.

Very recently “Amedar” requested that I expand on some of the themes I write about. Amedar, if you see this, send another comment to me and tell me what you are most interested in.

Meanwhile, I will go over some basics for new readers.

I am currently unemployed, so have the time to read and write and “step back” a little. I hope that my readers are all doing well, but I also hope that you can afford to “step back” from your lives now and again and look at things from a broader perspective.

I don’t particularly want these posts to be about me. Nor do they need to be about you. But I think that you, the reader, have a right to know a bit about the person who is sending out these messages.

I was born in 1954, in Berkeley, California. I grew up in California, and between 1964 and 1976, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. My parents were both first-generation college graduates. They expected all their children to be second-generation college graduates. But, while my sister and brother went down this path quite willingly, I did not.

My sister and brother don’t particularly remember the day in 1963 that Kennedy was killed in Dallas, Texas. But I do. And I will never forget the line of questioning that originated in my mind as a result of those events: Why did this happen? Why would anyone want to kill the President?

There were many other questions. Many digressions. Many stops along the way to learn a skill, learn to cook, learn to play guitar, to read what others were thinking about.

But finally I ran into a person, through a book he wrote, who seemed genuinely interested in the exact same question that I had started with. And so I decided to devote some time to learning more about what he had to say. And I also decided, for better or for worse, to move to Los Angeles and work for the organization that was making it possible for people like me to find this man’s books and read them.

My time in Los Angeles was interesting for me. After all, it was where both my parents had been born and grew up. But I didn’t want that to be my story. I wanted to do something to connect more people with Hubbard’s story. It had helped me to understand some things. And his suggestions, when I was brave enough to follow them, had helped me personally to survive at a higher level. So after 26 years in Los Angeles, I decided it was time for me to go back out into the “real world” and see what I could do about this.

I used my interests in computers, science fiction, UFOs, psychology, Scientology and the arts as stepping stones back into the bigger world of ideas and actions. And I began to write about these topics from the perspective of what I had learned from “my teacher” L. Ron Hubbard while I was in Los Angeles.

The Clash of Opposing Intentions

What I found as I listened and read and wrote was that opposing intentions existed on this planet that were largely hidden and, therefore, almost impossible for anyone to understand. We see the results of these struggles. Wars, famine, terrorist attacks, crime. But we are not privy to the machinations behind these events, and are lead to believe that, since they always have happened, they will always continue to happen. But how are we to survive? How is our planet to survive? If the apparent destructiveness of Mankind cannot somehow be resolved?

According to Hubbard, it is somewhat workable to simplify this clash of intentions along one common theme: The urge to survive.

What this implies is that beings exist who, for some reason, no longer wish to survive. At first look, this seems like an absurd proposition. But every day people die of “natural causes,” “accidents,” “suicide.” Does not this fact betray an urge to succumb in Mankind? In fact, if people never died, how would we make room for all the people who seem to want to be born?

When Hubbard wrote Dianetics in 1950, he posed this problem in terms of traditional psychology, with one important twist: The mind, somehow, can make the body do things that aren’t good for it, or simply make no sense. He interpreted this, at that time, as a kind of accidental post-hypnotic suggestion. Hypnotists are noted for getting people to act in bizarre ways simply by installing a suggestion during hypnosis, then triggering it after the person is brought out of trance. This was an observable, working mechanism, and Hubbard proposed that people were being affected by it, willy-nilly, in the process of going through life. Dianetics was devoted to explaining all this, and teaching a method for ridding a person of unwanted hypnotic commands.

Dianetics was a great stride forward. Because it enabled us to assume that the individual always wants to survive, and that he only succumbs because he picks up hypnotic commands during the process of living that tell him he should succumb. This made us the “good guys” and the commands the “bad guys.”

That, however, was only the beginning of the story. What Hubbard did not have time to verify before he published Dianetics was that some people, in therapy, were remembering past lives (and deaths).

This was a real problem. Addressing those incidents as if they were real, and not just imagined, helped patients get better. So Hubbard was not willing to write this off. It’s just that this took him beyond the limits of traditional psychology and back into the philosophies that he had studied in Asia, and that Carl Jung had toyed with in his later years. It took him, frankly, into the realm of religion.

By 1954, Hubbard was getting so much flak from various academic, political and media groups that he finally went along with the suggestion of one of his students and established a church, thinking this would help protect his work from undue interference.

This actually worked out okay. But it’s not a very important part of the story. To this day, enemies of spiritual freedom try to harass Hubbard and the church for all their real and imagined faults. But that’s all a bit beside the point, isn’t it?

What did Hubbard go on to discover? That’s the real question.

The work of the church has helped to answer that question for those who are interested. The church has preserved all of his recorded lectures – which number about 3,000 – and has restored most of them and released them on CDs. Virtually all of his written materials are available. Besides roughly 20 books, there are about 13 large volumes of Technical Bulletins and a similar number of similar-sized volumes of Policy Letters.

It’s a lot of material. I have not studied nearly all of it yet, and actually very few people get the opportunity to do so. But it is a worthy goal, in my opinion. Because, the work, for the most part, seems actually workable.

I emphasize in my posts the material that I think is most pertinent to current events on earth. Ethics, the Suppressive personality, and the Third Party Law are key basics that all of us should be aware of. Do they apply well in every situation you will run into? Well, I don’t really know. I hope some people will try applying some of this data and let me know how it goes for them. It’s a learning process for all of us.

A Resource I highly recommend

I really like the site that I link to below. I would like to know what others think about this site, and if it seems like something useful to you.

I have been trained on all the courses listed on this site. So feel free to ask me about them in your comments. But if you want the benefits of these technologies for yourself, you will have to go ahead and get trained in them yourself. That’s just how that works.

Volunteer Minsters Solutions Page.

Dancing

13 September 2012

My Page on Dancing

Dancing is one of those interesting riddles that we have not solved on this planet.

Dancing is great fun. It can also have sexual overtones. The more lively forms are an excellent form of exercise. It adds significantly to one’s appreciation of music, and allows one to participate in music if one cannot play an instrument or sing. It has been incorporated into many forms of ritual. And “uptight” people hate it, because they can’t do it.

When a person dances, he either looks like a fool or like someone who is obviously trying to attract attention to himself. And so, when a society comes under the control of the “uptight,” dance can be frowned upon or perverted into something sleazy.

Yet dancing with others in a group, where all are at ease in the situation (which partly means just knowing how to do the same kind of dances the rest of the group is doing) is a high pleasure.

At its highest levels, dance is an art form. At the popular level, it is something to be enjoyed by anyone of any age. The linked page tells a bit about how I learned to enjoy it.

Later Note: See the video library of the group “Jiggy” for some great dance videos!

Dog training.

11 September 2012

… we also want to take advantage of the early childhood development of the [students] and help to see if we can’t influence their brain development in a way that’s going to make them happier doing their job, more resilient to the stresses that they face, because they’re not stresses anymore because this is just their normal life.
They’re used to going to work for eight hours a day.
They’re used to going in all sorts of places.
They’ll be taken on field trips.

Did I fool you by editing this quote a little?

Is this person providing us with the latest manifesto for a proper approach to childhood education?

Or…dog education?

Yeah. Be happy with your 8-hours days, your job stresses and your field trips you…dog.

Or…person…or…dog…there seems to be some confusion about which is which?

Here’s the quote in context:

GROSS: What do you hope to learn at the new center, the new training center that you’ve set up for dogs, either about how dogs smell or how they can best be trained in detection?

OTTO: I think one of the most unique aspects of our program is that we’re bringing our puppies in at eight weeks. And those puppies are first of all living with foster families during the rest of their lives, but from Monday through Friday, from 8:00 to 5:00, they come into our center and they get their foundation work.

It’s kind of like a puppy college.

So they’ll be in class during that time, and part of what we want to do is we want to figure out what are the best techniques, what can they learn at what age.

So one of the most challenging things that we have is all of the information
that we’re capturing. So this is about collecting data.

We are recording how often they are trying to do a behavior, how successful, how fast,
how many repetitions. Do we have to ask them more than once?

And then that will allow us to kind of plot the progress and the success and combine that with different behavioral tests, genetic tests, and that – those pieces of knowing when we can look back and say, wow, we knew at 16 weeks this dog was destined to become this, because right now there are no good tests when they’re puppies to tell if they’re going to be successful.

So we want to collect that information, but we also want to take advantage of the early childhood development of the puppies and help to see if we can’t influence their brain development in a way that’s going to make them happier doing their job,
more resilient to the stresses that they face, because they’re not stresses anymore because this is just their normal life.

They’re used to going to work for eight hours a day.
They’re used to going in all sorts of places.
They’ll be taken on field trips.
They’re going to go all over the place as they’re young.

Cynthia Otto, veterinarian who created the Penn Vet Working Dog Center.
As interviewed by Terry Gross on her NPR show Fresh Air, on 11 September, 2012.

This was Terry’s featured interview on the 11th anniversary of 9/11.

Trained dogs were used at the site to search for human remains.

I don’t believe they found very many.

But that’s another story.

I was struck by how the goals of dog training seem to match the current goals of human training.

Let’s end with some contrasting quotes that I hope will reveal some of the ideals that we are in danger of forgetting.

The whole object of education is…to develop the mind. The mind should be a thing that works.
Sherwood Anderson (1876–1941) American novelist and short story writer.

Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing–the rest is mere sheep-herding.
Ezra Loomis Pound (1885-1972) U.S. poet.

True education makes for inequality; the inequality of individuality, the inequality of success, the glorious inequality of talent, of genius.
Felix E. Schelling (1858-1945) American educator

The principal goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done.
Jean Piaget (1896-1980) Swiss cognitive psychologist.

No man who worships education has got the best out of education… Without a gentle contempt for education no man’s education is complete.
G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936) British author

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
Mark Twain (1835-1910) American writer.

Here’s my source: Donald Simanek’s page at Lock Haven University, Pennsylvania.

The Myth of Progress

6 September 2012

It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest. We address ourselves, not to their humanity but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our own necessities but of their advantages.
Adam Smith – Scottish propagansist, died 1790. From his book …The Wealth of Nations.

We are all familiar, I trust, with the paradigm of “progress.” In this case I am thinking, in particular, to the concept of economic growth based on mechanization of both capital and labor.

History tells us that the idea surfaced as part of a period known as “The Enlightenment” which started around 1650 and seems to have been an attempt by Western power brokers to enlist the intellectuals of the time to re-frame their propaganda in terms of “pure reason” as opposed to tradition, faith or revelation. This implicitly tells us that tradition, faith and revelation were being tossed out as valid sources of political or economic power – and knowledge.

The first attempt to “rationalize” human conduct, and the power brokers’ new paradigm of “progress” was a concept usually termed by the intellectuals “enlightened self-interest.” This was proposed to be the most obvious motivation of the human being, and the vital force behind the implementation of “new” technologies like steam engines and the division of labor (factories).

Globalization presumes sustained economic growth. Otherwise, the process loses its economic benefits and political support.
Paul Samuelson – American liberal economist, died 2009.

The paradigm of “progress (economic growth)” is being sold to the public on the basis that it will result in personal benefits to them (per the doctrine of enlightened self-interest). But it relies on intense consumerism, constant (but superficial) innovation, and empty propaganda to drive it, and those activities aren’t sustainable.

Say a being, or group of beings, wants a universe to play in. They go about creating one. And then they have it. Or do they? One amongst them somehow convinces most of the others that this universe isn’t good enough. That they shouldn’t be content with it. If this tactic works, everyone gets busy “improving” their playground, instead of playing in it.

Maybe they have convinced themselves that this new activity is “fun.” But if one of them slacks off and tells the others, “Hey I just want to play for a while,” he will be rejected by the others, won’t he? So what do you have now? A playground, or a prison?

Discontent is the first necessity of progress.
Thomas A. Edison

Take a single individual. He wants a house to protect him from the weather. So he builds one. And now he has it. But someone comes along and convinces him that this house is not good enough. The furniture looks old-fashioned. He should really add a porch. He needs to expand his garage. His appliances use too much energy and need to be replaced. He really needs a TV in every room. And then he needs to change them all to flat screens. And then he needs to change all those to high definition. And then he needs to add a stereo sound system. And then he needs to change that into surround sound. And by the way, he now needs a new car that looks cool and gets better mileage because it’s controlled by a computer.

So he takes all his “old” stuff and puts it in his attic, so there is room for his new stuff. Then he expands his attic so it can hold more old stuff. And he puts more old stuff in it, so he can get more new new stuff.

Then one day he is sitting peacefully in his beautiful house watching 5 TVs at the same time, while playing two video games and multitasking for his two jobs using his new fiber optic internet connection when he hears a creak, then a crack, then a crash. And before he knows it, he has been buried alive by the contents of his attic. May he rest in peace.

Unquestionably, there is progress. The average American now pays out twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages.
H. L. Mencken – American writer and humorist, died 1956.

Progress, or Death?

Is this real progress? Or is this a kind of hectic suicide?

What is missing in this paradigm?

Here is one way to look at what is missing: The concept of completing a cycle of action.

When something is DONE, you can stop doing it and move on to something else! Novel concept?

If you need an environment, build one. Then stop! It’s DONE. Now move on to using that environment for whatever you built it for. Finished doing that? Good! Now you can think up a new game and play that for a while.

Progress may have been all right once, but it went on too long;
Ogden Nash – 1959 (from a poem)

Our current paradigm of “progress” traps us in the “start (create)” portion of the cycle. And we just keep creating stuff. Over and over and over. Creating more and more and more stuff.

What is one of the biggest challenges of modern industrial societies? TRASH!

Why do we throw away the things we make after using them for, like a year or maybe two? Most things we make will last for anything from a few years to several lifetimes if you maintain them. So why are we so bent on throwing things away? Doesn’t it seem a little crazy to you?

What we have is a “civilization” that refuses to acknowledge the completion of cycles of action. It worships at the altar of “start!”

This can only work, with physical objects, if you are just as good at un-creating things as you are at creating things. Oops. They don’t teach that in school!

The greatest enemy of progress is not stagnation, but false progress.
Sydney J. Harris – American journalist, died 1986

True progress

There IS a workable paradigm of progress. But it does not apply to physical growth. It’s not that physical progress is never appropriate. It’s just that it needs to be balanced.

The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.
Lao Tzu

There IS something that beings can “grow” to their hearts’ content: Ability.

You can never have enough ability. You can work on an ability for lifetimes, and still find ways to improve it. For those who want a game that never ends, this is your game. The game of growing ability. In this game lies true progress.

Ability includes the ability to un-create and re-create at will. These are abilities we have lost that need to be regained. These are abilities we need in order to free ourselves from the prison of “progress” in the physical world.

The best road to progress is freedom’s road.
John F. Kennedy

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