Thursday, August 16, 2007

They hate us for our freedom

They hate us for our freedom. That is what it is coming down to; our freedom to raise our families in peace and enjoy the fellowship and comfort of our friends and loved ones. Freedom to accept our fellow man as a partner on the journey of life.

Who is trying to take this freedom from us? Is it the greedy bankers and brokers that have wrecked our economy? Is it the war criminals that profit from the death and destruction of people in foreign lands? Is it the liars we call our elected officials? Who are these people that hate us for our freedom and are trying desperately to rob us of our birthright?

Why have we given them such power over us that they threaten to destroy any hope of freedom for our children and grandchildren?

Thursday, May 03, 2007

A Painful Truth

I tried to do the math on what percentage of the infinite universe we are able to perceive with our five senses but it keeps coming up to a number that’s closer to zero than anything else. That’s hard to believe when you stop and look at the richness of our environment. But do the math yourself, it’s practically zero.

If you dig down deep enough we all have a question that is at the core of our being, in fact, I’m inclined to think our existence is a question, who am I and what is this world I find myself in?

Going back to my math question one might conclude we have little at our disposal to address such a question, but we shouldn’t conclude that it is futile to examine it.

There is really very little thought or discussion given to this question in daily life, yet it is the question that should be driving our existence. It’s easy to bury the query and ignore it. Life goes on and the years seem to tick away going unnoticed until we find life has moved on while we’ve done nothing to truly understand who we are.

This is why I have a gripe with religion. Its sole purpose seems to be to stifle such questions, because the answer is supposedly in religion, whatever flavor we chose. If you are in a religion don’t question it, don’t ask the hard questions or you might be considered a heretic or expressing blasphemous views. Just accept the grace offered, and you will be saved. Saved exactly from what? And if I am saved what the heck does that mean in the scheme of reality??

Don’t misunderstand me; clearly there exists a Creative force that permeates the universe. Likewise there is a truly evil force that also plays a part, but do we ever really examine these issues with the full force of our intellect?

We seem to huddle in a little corner of our awareness, afraid to open our eyes and truly see the world around us. We need to open them to the light of day so we can see the darkness that is currently surrounding us.

It’s a scary thought, darkness is not a welcome condition, and yet we seem to live in it daily.

However if we have the courage to open our eyes and look we can begin to shed some light and see the shackles that keep us chained to our fears. We should be examining these shackles and searching for the key to unlock them.

There is an intelligent force that tries to keep us captive, but we have the free will to see it if we chose to look at it objectively. Each day can bring more knowledge about how this force works, if we ignore it, its like ignoring our house is on fire and we need to get out.

There are a lot of faces to this force and the harder you look the more you will see. If we can’t see the dangers around us how can we hope to avoid its consequences?

The multi-national corporations of the world are our modern day dictators. We are taught to believe that corporations are faceless entities, which they are, but make no mistake, behind the faceless fa├žade are actual people that seek to control and dominate.

They are the masters that use religion or patriotism to deceive us into taking up arms against people we don’t even know, often in a foreign land far away from our homes. They try to convince us that they are our enemies, when in fact; it is those people that control and deceive us who are our real enemies.

War is a very profitable business, but don’t be deceived, one of its chief aspects is to draw our attention away from the real cause of our blight. It keeps the population under control while having the added feature of killing us off. The pain and strife caused by war only works to keep our attention further from the truth.

So I say, don’t let your life pass away without addressing that burning question that is the core of your being. Don’t take the easy way offered by religions, it’s a trap.

"We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth…. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those, who having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not..? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it might cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know it ­ now." ... Patrick Henry, 1775.