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While We Still Have Time

In spite of the grimness of the times in which we live, there is still hope. If you feel, like I do, that the usual discourse about matters of critical concern tends to be superficial, misguided, and false, then you might find some solace and inspiration here. I will try to offer insight and a holistic perspective on events and issues, and hopefully serve as a catalyst for raising the level of dialogue on this planet.

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I was born in 1945, shortly before atom bombs were dropped on Japan. I served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1971. I earned master's degrees in Economics and Educational Psychology, and certificates in Web Page Design and as a Teacher of English as a Second Language. I followed an Indian guru for eight years, which immersed me in meditative practices and an attitude of reaching a higher level of being. A blog post listing the meditative practices I have pursued can be seen here.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

He who is exalted

One of the more odious TV shows I avoid is "West Wing." I find it difficult to take seriously a program that featured Rob Lowe as a White House important guy-type character. More to the point is that the show portrays everyone in the White House as being of high moral purpose, dedicated to doing the People’s work. I did watch the supposedly Emmy winning episode, where the president’s secretary got killed in a car accident, and Martin Sheen, as the president, went to the National Cathedral to swear at "God," calling "Him" a son-of-a-bitch, and stamping out a cigarette on the floor. A reviewer on National Public Radio praised this portrayal as an argument between two equals.

Indeed. Two equals. And "God" talks to George W. Bush. And of course to Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Oral Roberts, and Anal Robertsworth. It’s a weird thing we have here in the U.S.A. about our presidents, and our pretenders to the throne. In my lifetime they have mostly been sociopaths, the only exceptions being perhaps Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy and Carter. Maybe Ford, but he disqualifies on grounds of mental deficiency (A bit of inside info there.) Clinton is another special case, I think, in a realm I would call naïve and delusionary. I don’t think he realized the level of evil in Washington, D.C. He was a crappy president, but I don't think he is a sociopath.

Whatever the case, the office of president is no exalted state of being. If it were, then we wouldn’t have this story to read today. That the public radio critic felt free to even say that the President of the United States is on an equal plane with "God" shows that he wasn’t far from what people already believe. Comedians do lampoon the president, but it’s done in a spirit of jealousy and resentment, from below.

When John Kerry "lost" the "election," one reason that was ignored was that he seemed to just be "running for president." No great vision motivated his candidacy, no great ideas to move the nation forward. Just his own sense of importance and need for power and status. The illusion, or delusion, is that the President of the United States is the most powerful man on the planet, God on Earth. Kerry probably got more votes than Bush, but I don't think a majority of people were voting for him. They were voting against the worst president in the nation's history, a criminal sociopath by any objective standard.

At the root of this problem is that, contrary to popular belief, man is not made in the image and likeness of "God," but exactly the opposite. "God" is made in the image and likeness of man. On the material level where we tend to live, we cannot conceive of "God" beyond what we already know. And what we already know is material beingness. So "God" must be a person. A person must have a name and a gender, so "He" is named "God." If "God" is just another guy, but a very powerful one, then it is possible for a propped-up human to be considered "His" equal. Especially on TV, of course, but also in the general population. Witness a comment to one of my earlier postings: "...and you should be thankful that a good, Christian man is leading this country. With the way Americans are headed (gay-marriages, legal abortions...), a Christian in charge of the country is the only hope we have..."

Indeed. A good Christian man. I could refer to any number of refutations of this silliness, but this one will do. Then there are the more than 100,000 deaths in Iraq. All because of lies and greed. And maybe a little taste for mass murder. Hmm. Forget the maybe.

As I have said before, the unraveling of the Bush Crime family will take place on many fronts. Iraq, of course, is one of them. The Social Security scam is another. The free-fall of Tom DeLay still another. Then there are what is know as "wild card" phenomena: natural disasters, more scandals, the tanking of the economy, a disruption in the oil supply, a bad crop year, Bush finally going completely bonkers, the rest of the civilized world having had enough of the Bush gang, and, well, we’ll just have to wait and see.

In the meantime, in between time, maybe the next president of "West Wing" will be Rob Lowe. He’d be the perfect candidate. He has no equal.

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