Archive for November, 2012

More trips to Portland, more LRH stories read…

28 November 2012

The trips

I’ve been traveling back and forth from Seattle and Portland for all of November to help with a church project there preparing for a move into a new, renovated building.

The bus takes three hours to drive from Seattle to Portland. Sometimes I use the time to read stuff on the internet, and sometimes I use it to read books from the “Stories from the Golden Age” series that’s published by Galaxy Press.

These books are reprints of LRH stories that originally appeared in the “pulps” in the 1930s and 1940s. These magazines were popular sources for all sorts of fiction at that time. There are usually three stories in each book, and original illustrations are always included. The stories are all also available as audio books, fully produced with music, sound effects and multiple actors.

These are always fun reads, but with Hubbard doing the writing, also guaranteed to be thought-provoking.

The stories

I reviewed the first book of stories I read here.

The next book I read is titled The Great Secret.

The title story is a ten page mini-story of one man’s struggle to obtain some “esoteric” knowledge that he thought would put him on top of the heap. It didn’t!

The next story, Space Can, recounts a Star Wars-type battle and concentrates on how a group operates when it is well-trained, prepared, and dedicated. The technology described is startlingly realistic, considering there was no space travel on earth at the time the story was written.

The Beast uses a short-lived struggle between a man and – something else – to explore the mental ravages involved in fighting against something seemingly unknowable.

And The Slaver is yet another story of struggle. This explores the role of prior intent and training in the battle to remain free.

The Professor Was a Thief is the most recent book I’ve read.

The title story in this book is about a kooky guy who found a new way to populate his huge miniature train setup. It also deals with the role of the press in shaping public opinion and how old time newspapers used to work – interesting stuff.

Battle of Wizards contrasts magic with science, and explores the fuzzy boundary between them.

And The Dangerous Dimension is a funny story about a guy who discovers how to travel just by thinking. It gives “controlling your thoughts” a whole new significance!

Making it real

Are the stories we read, or watch on TV or at the movies pure entertainment? Or do they serve some higher (or lower) purpose? Are they useful to us in some way?

I guess this is really a question for a sociologist or anthropologist or historian. But we are the consumers of our entertainment, so we should have some idea of what we are consuming, shouldn’t we?

Before the printing press, story telling was the primary way – we suppose – to provide cultural continuity – or change cultures – in a society. Printed stories, TV shows and films are all forms of story telling. But they are presented as products of the creative imaginations of artists. While artists are clearly involved in the creation of all our modern stories, there are also financial backers, producers, directors and goodness knows who else deciding what the final products contain, what they look like, and who can see or listen to them. There is also an industry of “counselors” and “teachers” who have attached themselves to the creative community, particularly the entertainment industry. And through them can flow influences from the intelligence community, academia and various political interests. So I see a definite level of control in modern story-telling that is shaping the kind and content of stories we have access to.

In any period of our experience in the physical, we have used story telling to share experiences and to teach right and wrong conduct and attitudes towards life. This has not changed.

What has changed is that the “teachers” don’t use the same story – superficially at least – over and over again. They keep dressing up their stories in different costumes, plots, and characters. The result can be confusing, and I think that is the intent of some.

Oddly, I think we tend to take a story and compare it to our own experience to see if it “rings true.” The fact that it’s a story gives us license to use it this way. And I think that the results we come up with when we do this demonstrate the intentions of all those behind the story tellers.

LRH, and many others of his period, was obviously a free-thinking individual. I think it is worth seeking out such story tellers. Their writings I believe are an attempt to counsel us and warn us about how things are and how things might become. Their material may not come totally from the “imagination.” It may indeed come from their past experiences, leaking through the veil of forgetfulness that usually accompanies death. I see these people as special beings with potentially special abilities. It is worth spending some time to listen to what they have to say by reading their stories or accessing them in any way that works for you.

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When something goes wrong

22 November 2012

On the necessity for repair technologies.

I got the idea for this post after waiting about an hour for a bus to take me back from Portland to Seattle.

The story, we were told, is that the bus that was to be used for the trip malfunctioned before leaving Seattle. After attempts to repair the problem failed, a replacement bus was found. This created a delay of about an hour for all passengers involved.

This was no great tragedy.

But I noticed that I had not anticipated this possibility!

Had the bus company anticipated this happening? Had the other passengers? One had to get off the bus because the delay would have caused him to miss his connection to the airport, and thus his plane.

On sea, sailors prepare for bad occurrences because their lives depend on it. “Landlubbers” have lazier habits.

I say: This is not the time to leave behind the know-how of fixing a system when it stops working! This is the time to extend that know-how to human life and human groups. The survival of a human group depends on its ability to repair itself!

Equipment

It used to be that equipment was designed to be repaired. Most heavy equipment still is. But light equipment, like cell phones, are designed to be replaced if they break. What happens to all those broken phones?

recycling cell phones

Cell phones being recycled – from an anti-waste site.

In our society, sooner or later our stuff gets too old or too broken to mess with any longer, and needs to be replaced. But were is the future in this? Imagine yourself surrounded by mountains of trash! Would it be safe? Would it be healthy?

I have heard of people making houses out of old tires by stacking them like bricks then filling them with sand or gravel. But this new building material doesn’t seem to be catching on. And you can only make so many sandals out of old tire treads! (I used to own a pair.)

So we are beginning to see scenes like this (same website):

huge tire dump

But the point of this article is not waste per se. It is the gradual loss of the awareness that the ability to fix things when they stop working is a survival ability.

And that brings me back to a theme that I have written about several times now, and will continue to write about until I start receiving intelligent comments indicating that readers are starting to get it.

Repair is a key process in life!

The first step is to notice that a system is no longer working according to its original design.

Example: The current United States, reference to the founding documents of the late 1700s.

The second step is to ascertain why the system is not working properly.

Example: Criminal infiltration into society. Criminals posing as respectable citizens. Most psychiatrists are a good example of this.

LAW: Correcting a wrong why does not repair the system!

In a human system, the chief indicator of a correct why is chronic dishonesty. This can be detected in a variety of ways. What you are basically detecting is insanity. Real insanity results in criminality.

The third step is to repair the system.

But how do you make a chronic liar into an honest person?

How do you make a crazy person sane?

Most people don’t have a clue how to do this. And that is why things seem to be getting worse, not better.

We need workable technologies in the field of the human mind.

We can’t just put a person “out to pasture” and wipe our hands of him or her, like the photo below of an aircraft graveyard.

Because they come back. With the same mind they had before. And the process of dying and growing up in a new body normally doesn’t help matters much.

You’ve got to change that being, and that means giving control of the mind back to the being, rather than leaving it the other way around, which is the essence of insanity.

This takes a lot of patience and hard work. And the worst cases will take the longest to fix, because they will start out by rejecting all attempts to help them. So this will be a gradual process of repairing the sanest and most able among us first, then with their help, taking on wider and wider areas of responsibility, until everyone is reached. It’s a long haul; a lifelong commitment.

But the alternative is an eternal graveyard. A world full of beings too broken to function properly, too broken to help each other, too broken to realize they are beings. And so we work.

graveyard for military aricraft

People aren’t machines that you can put aside somewhere and just forget about.

Monkey in the Middle

1 November 2012

What is the U.S. military really up to?

My article on blogspot… is really the result of my frustration with all the confusing information being spewed out over the internet by people who all supposedly are working towards the truth!

When Gordon Duff wrote an article for Press TV, which he later posted on his own site, Veterans Today, about how the neo-Nazi-Zionist faction of the military was helping the neo-Nazi-Zionists ruin the reputation of the Obama administration so their man would be sure to get elected, I had to make a statement.

The story they are pushing is that people in the Obama administration failed to defend our ambassador in Libya even though they knew he was in danger.

Duff thinks that the group pushing this story is probably the same group responsible for the attack, and a group that wants to create major violence in several places, including the United States, in order to regain an upper hand in the affairs of earth.

What isn’t clear is why they are having such a hard time maintaining their position, though Duff has also recently published an interesting story about a “UFO War” in the Pacific that could have something to do with it.

I invite you to click through to my other blog for more data.