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Caitlin, If you are not a Buddhist you could fool anybody into believing that. This is emptiness and bodhicitta through the lens of nuclear brinksmanship and climate collapse. We are a species who has failed to evolve fast enough -- our big brains can invent tools and technology but we can't imagine how to use them to good purpose. Buddhist philosophy is a blueprint for leveling up the mind so we can see things as they really are, and how they should be. But we are barreling towards a hellish end so fast that we may not have time to evolve. If there aren't enough of us to choose peace and open heartedness over ruinous delusion, it's been a real pleasure reading your astute and generous work in these dark and darkening times. Here's hoping truth and courage prevail.

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We’ve been bred for conflict by natural selection. Those who succeeded at conflict survived or were favoured to. It’s time to accept this reality and start on how to deal with it. Otherwise we’re doomed in the long run. Step one would have been to globally forbid the development of WMDs. The US, after the collapse of the USSR, was well placed to lead on Draconian disarmament. Instead of earning the eternal respect and gratitude of the world, it took advantage of the situation and indulged in an orgy of arms development, arms sales, exploitation, invasions, theft, and murders. What a shame.

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Certainly, we, as products of this planet are all interconnected. But that view is one one layer of reality and has its limitations. We are also individuals with individual perceptions, intellect and will, and it is important to differentiate among people, agendas and choices. Those who wish to divide and enslave us would have us believe it's all for our own good. This has nothing to do with natural selection, but quite unnatural, deliberate selection based on a vision of reality where people are unequal in value and can be used like objects for the benefit of certain classes. Sartre made the very profound observation that we create ourselves with every choice we make, or are forced to make by a class based society. That is the very soul and premise of all wars: elites start them, but don't suffer the consequences. In fact, for elites wars are a great source of economic gain.

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Nov 10, 2022·edited Nov 10, 2022

I normally applaud and very much agree with your writings. But I think you've got this one wrong, big time. If you hold, as I certainly do and I believe many people do, that there is a God or a higher being, a spirit, a force, a light if you will, and that this God (let us call the force this name to make it simpler) has no religion, but just IS, then this frees you to view religions as what they are always have been: community. For as long as their have been people, there have been religions, as a way for people to organise and create community, and add vast amounts of color to their lives. Without digressing into trying to imagine a world lacking in religion and how colorless it would be, try instead to imagine how it would be if we could reach a state wherein everyone simply respected everyone else's religions (or lack thereof) and we thus reveled in the beauty of the special days and markers that those religions give us? No indeed, pointing at religions as one of the factors getting us into trouble these days is as useless as it is painful; in many ways, the keepers of the old religions and their ways are the only people holding on to our history and much that is sacred, and holding back the tidal wave of the binary computer world that teeters at the edge of swallowing us all into the ether of its non denominational cyber vastness.

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Nothing wrong with religious belief if it doesn't hold other religions in disregard. I don't get this article, and it goes against a basic understanding of psychological development, the development of self.

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Nov 10, 2022·edited Nov 10, 2022

The old Nazi belief of "Might Makes Right" and competition and only the fit should survive - which corporate globalists push upon us all daily with their corporate propaganda and militarisms and Ayn Randisms. When it is the opposite of how the species can thrive and survive: collaboration and joining together.

As George Orwell once wrote, "It's frightful that people who are so ignorant should have so much influence."

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Psychologically speaking we do have a sense of self, and sometimes the self is bad, but mostly it's good, especially if that self has been treated well as it develops itself.

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Oh! This makes so much sense. I've often said that we debate the reality of God but assume the reality of money. But clearly that doesn't go far enough. The belief in our separation is dogma, never to be questioned. It's an unspoken article of faith. It's not 'believing' in Oneness that's needed, it's questioning our devotion to separation.

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Nov 10, 2022·edited Nov 10, 2022

Which of these are unhelpful?

You shall have no other gods before Me.

You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

Keep the Sabbath day holy.

Honor your father and your mother.

You shall not murder.

You shall not commit adultery.

You shall not steal.

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

You shall not covet your neighbor's spouse.

You shall not covet your neighbor's goods.

Which of these promote nastiness? Zero.

HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE: Look for places of unity with people of good will, and don't trash what they hold dear, like their religions or families.

When you trash what people hold dear, you unwittingly make allies with the people who are demolishing love and connection between family members and communities, and you are inadvertently supporting the large corporations that don't care about us, and only see as consumers to exploit. Remember: people like the WEF want you fat, sick, isolated, emasculated, de-feminized, and depressed. They want to extract as much economic value as possible from you, and then they want to kill you. This is the spineless, brainless, gutless soy globalism that will annihilate us all, even as the ruling classes like Biden and Schwab propagandize and weaken us.

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Excerpt from “Gestures Intro”

From Frank Moore’s performance, Journey to Lila:

“WE ARE IN THE CAVE OF DREAM. WE ARE IN A BATTLE OF AN UNDERGROUND WAR AGAINST FRAGMENTATION. ART IS WAR AGAINST FRAGMENTATION. THE BATTLE IS ON ALL REALITIES. THE CONTROLLERS HAVE ALWAYS TRIED TO FRAGMENT US. FRAGMENT US FROM EACH OTHER. IMPRISON US IN ISLANDS OF SEX, COLOR, RELIGION, POLITICS, CLASSES, LABELS, ETC., ETC., ETC., ETC., ETC. THEY FRAGMENT OUR INNER WORLDS, THEY BLOW OUR INDIVIDUAL REALITIES APART, AND PLAY THE PIECES AGAINST ONE ANOTHER. THEY ARE US, OR A PART OF US.”

“THEY ARE THE CONTROLLERS, THE POLITICIANS, THE SEXISTS, THE WOMEN’S LIBBERS, THE PORNOGRAPHERS, THE CENSORS, THE MORALISTS, THE CHURCH, THE MEDIA, THE BUSINESSMEN, EDUCATORS, THE VICTIMS AND THE POWERFUL.”

“THEY ARE US. THEY HAVE DIVIDED US FROM OUR POWER, FROM OUR BEAUTY, FROM OUR LUST OF LIFE AND PLEASURE. THEY HAVE DIVIDED US FROM MOST OF REALITY…DYING FROM LIVING…SEX FROM LIVING, SEX FROM PLEASURE. WE ARE KEPT IN BOXES OF FEAR, OF MISTRUST. WE ARE KEPT WAITING…KEPT WAITING TO DO WHAT WE WANT…WAITING FOR ENOUGH MONEY, ENOUGH SCHOOLING, FOR EVERYTHING TO BE RIGHT. WE ARE KEPT WAITING AND PROTECTING AND HIDING AND SUFFERING.”

“TIME TO DO BATTLE WITH THE BOXES.”

“OUR TOOLS ARE MAGIC, OUR BODIES, AND DREAMS.”

http://eroplay.org/excerpt-from-gestures-intro/

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God is getting impatient with the little experiment on the Blue Planet! Either sufficient numbers of the semi-conscious life form get an “aha “ moment and realize it / them/ we all grow out of Cosmic Awareness or we hit the wall of extinction as have so many other species before us.

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Or the Bible is being misinterpreted and we should take it more literally.

Yes, though, I was just reading a bit about existential crisis and the "Social Construct of Reality". People are in the habit of being disconnected and have no idea of connection anymore.

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How to make friends & influence people: Look for places of unity with people of good will, and don't trash what they hold dear, like their religions or families. Otherwise, you come across as one who separates, and does not love people.

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There is such a dark side to the institution of religion: judgmentalism, the crusades, colonialism, burning heretics and witches, jihad, the caste system, and especially war.

Yet many find themselves through religion. Mystics emerged in all religious traditions. Earlier, shamans discovered how to communicate with the other side.

Because you have knowings, or know some things, does not mean that there are not a myriad of things to learn. It is an incredibly marvelous mysterious Universe. Seek and you will find.

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I have a number of problems along with the somewhat racist implications of the now debunked theory of evolution or as Darwin put it: 'On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life' (that last bit of the title is the bit evolutionists are prone to forget, understandably). And problems with the how, when and where of this popular but moribund idea, moribund from a scientific point of view not a popular one.

The reason? Even the more modern iterations of this unscientific theory (like punctuated equilibrium) are completely unsupported by known science. The ever-loud assertion of its 'truth' by the media (a media that in recent years we have come to view as highly specious in its assertions) and some prominent and popular biologists that fly in the face of this obvious and uncomfortable evidence (for them anyway, as their very prestigious and prominent careers depend on it) does not make it true.

One example; There are as yet no computer models of how evolution could take place...no matter what data you input, the models cannot be made. Why? A bit like if we input a question like 'How does a human turn into Spiderman when bitten by a radioactive spider?' with all its concomitant 'data', the computer has always said no. It cannot happen, will never happen, could never happen. It's a fiction. Spiderman; great story but in reality, just an entertaining idea.

Here are just a couple of quotes from the 1966 Wistar conference in Philadelphia chaired by Sir Peter Medawar (Nobel prize winning biologist).

'It was the development of tremendously powerful digital computers that sparked the controversy. At last mathematicians were able to work out the probability of evolution ever having occurred. They discovered that, mathematically, life would neither have begun nor evolved by random action.

For four days the Wistar convention continued, during which a key lecture was delivered by M.P. Schutzenberger, a computer scientist, who explained that computers are large enough now to totally work out the mathematical probabilities of evolutionary theory—and they demonstrate that it is really fiction'.

Murray Eden [a physical chemist at MIT] showed that it would be impossible for even a single ordered pair of genes to be produced by DNA mutations in the bacteria, E. coli,—with 5 billion years in which to produce it! His estimate was based on 5 trillion tons of the bacteria covering the planet to a depth of nearly an inch during that 5 billion years. He then explained that the genes of E. coli contain over a trillion (1012) bits of data. That is the number 10 followed by 12 zeros. Eden then showed the mathematical impossibility of protein forming by chance. He also reported on his extensive investigations into genetic data on hemoglobin (red blood cells)'.

Man-made religion is one thing (and rightly should be rejected on moral and scientific grounds) but if observable science indicates there is a creator/scientist of the highest order responsible for the Universe, Earth, life on it and the breath-taking order, design and purpose we observe in the Universe and even in the degraded nature on our own miraculous planet, it may indicate that this creator scientist's purpose includes us and our wonderfully unique planet and has also logically provided guidance and preserved written revelation as to that purpose for all of us regardless of the time period in which we live ((A uniquely preserved ancient record, for example), If we but honestly seek for such information.

This would take the effort of objective investigation, the humility do so and also a love of truth no matter what the cost to our presently perceived world view. It may be that all our anxieties about our future may in fact then be redirected to something far more fruitful based on reality and not some unscientific and bleak fantasy.

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