Archive for January, 2013

Crime

9 January 2013

I felt it necessary to revisit this subject and lay out the basics of it as I see them.

This was catalyzed by seeing the Alex Jones – Piers Morgan “debate.”

Etymology: Thought to originate from a base word meaning “cry for help.”

Tradition definition: A violation of law, or a moral offense.
Modern definition: A counter-survival action.

A crime is any action that lowers the survival potential of the individual, group or species.

Potential points of agreement:

Crime is bad; more crime is worse; less crime is better.

Definition: Criminals cause crime.

This does not mean that criminals DO crimes. This means that they cause people to commit crimes. We are not trying to develop a code of justice here; we are trying to describe reality.

Proposed handlings for crime:

1. Reduce the activity of criminals.

2. Reduce the attraction of criminal activities to “ordinary” people.

In a somewhat honest environment, criminals can only remain active by remaining undetected. As the environment becomes more criminal, criminals can operate more openly in it.

Methods for remaining undetected include:

1. Various forms of stealth, such as use of disguises, operating only in dark places or while most people are sleeping, operating at a distance with the help of various technologies which include guns, especially rifles, and also computer systems and other remote-control devices.

2. Use of disposable operatives – such as soldiers, spys, or robots – that can be paid to do a job and then destroyed when it is done.

3. Blackmail. This is used to secure the cooperation of someone in a respectable position by getting them to do something that could threaten their position if known about and then threatening them with leaking the information if they fail to cooperate. A form of fear-based coercion.

4. Hypnotism or similar memory blocking technologies. This results in an operative who, if caught alive, will not be able to remember why he committed the criminal act. Used on most operatives if bribery and blackmail don’t work. Not considered fool-proof, so best to use only on disposable operatives.

Note: There is a striking similarity between criminal tactics and military tactics. In fact, the only function of an honest military would be to fight crime. However, because of this similarity in tactics, it is difficult to distinguish honest operatives from criminal operatives, and criminals can take advantage of this fact. Because they fight each other, warriors and criminal operatives are in fact very close to each other mentally and spiritually. This means that the military can be subverted by criminals if it is not kept under strict control by honest people.

Conclusions:

1. “Gun control” has nothing to do with reducing crime and could just as easily be seen as an attempt by criminal elements to disarm honest people.

2. The keys to fighting crime are a) understanding how criminals operate and b) knowing how to proof up crime fighters and the general public against attempts by criminals to get them to switch sides.

Crime fighting can only be effective in a social environment where crime is understood and frowned upon. A society that becomes more and more willing to accept criminal behavior as “normal” is itself descending into a position where it is operating entirely for criminal purposes. Historically, such groups self-destruct in about six generations maximum.

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Matilda

1 January 2013

Matilda is a story written by the famous British writer, flying ace and intelligence officer Roald Dahl and made into a movie (released 1996) by Danny DeVito.

On the surface it is a simple fantasy of good overcoming evil. But considering its genesis and content, I give it more credit than that. It falls into a long line of stories about beings with supernatural powers overcoming villains who also seem to have supernatural powers. These stories include the stories of Krishna and all his struggles against his enemies, the comic book super hero stories, and many others.

In this story, a little girl is the super hero. In order to make an ordinary little girl into a being with supernatural powers, she is given parents who barely took care of her (her father is a dishonest businessman) and thus she is free to take care of herself. She begins reading at an early age, and by the time of the story is totally literate, has impeccable manners, and has begun to discover her “powers.”

The villain is the headmistress at a private school. She is almost pure evil, but manages to restrain herself from killing anyone – except maybe once. And it is on that one foul deed that the plot of the story hinges. The whole school lives in fear of this woman, so when she is finally exposed and runs away, the school blossoms, as do the lives of all involved, including that of Matilda and her teacher (only daughter of the man murdered by the evil woman).

With a plot this thick, one need not strain over much to draw parallels.

Dahl himself was simply a well-read man, and a person familiar with the pains and perils of war, and perhaps some of its underlying causes. He also had personal clashes with sadistic school personnel when he was a child.

DeVito is very active in the entertainment industry, seems to have a somewhat independent position in the industry, and apparently is a traditional liberal and a supporter of peace efforts in the Middle East. In addition to that, all his children knew this story, and it was partly because of them that he wanted to make it into a movie. It is also because of this that Dahl’s story was not watered down for the screen. Thus, his vision shines through, even though the movie story happens in a place like Los Angeles (or Las Vegas) while the original story is set somewhere in England.

Are special abilities required to vanquish evil?

My short answer is “yes.” You could say, to be simplistic, that special abilities were required to create evil, and so are also required to undo it.

The hero of this story, in addition to her intellect and her ability to control objects with her thoughts (or intention), has a perfect sense of ethics and is always honest with other people. It is quite possible, in fact, that she could have vanquished her opponent without supernatural powers. These powers, however, gave her the courage to try.

If you are no good at bending spoons using your mind, I strongly suggest that you work hard on developing the other abilities demonstrated by this little girl. You never know: With those abilities strengthened, much more may become possible. And I have that on very good authority.