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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.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Summing things up

I started this blog with the intention of raising the level of dialogue, of writing from a perspective of wholism, and of broadening the forum of ideas and analysis to areas that are not covered in conventional media. In pursuing these goals, my writing has emphasized a few simple concerns:

(1) The mass industrial system is one of infinite growth of physical output on a finite planet. The greater the level of output, the greater is the threat to the planetary ecosystem, and the greater the depletion of scarce resources.

(2) The conventional representation of political perspectives, concerns, and affiliations as fitting into an imaginary continuum of “left” to “right” is not only factually without basis, but serves to impede meaningful discussion and progress in resolving the difficult challenges we face.

(3) The administration of George W. Bush and the “U.S.” Congress is a criminal organization, dedicated to corrupting “American” public life by rigging elections, redistributing income, wealth, and power to the already rich and powerful, making the “U.S.” a threat to world peace by bullying and invading other countries, making the contracting of government goods and services subject to payoffs and cronyism, and manipulating the information media to serve their criminal enterprises.

(4) Our entire way of looking at the world and our place in it is in error. At its root is the expansion of the human ego, the illusion of individual identity and its aggrandizement through the pursuit of the lower needs of human existence: sex, power, and wealth. This illusory mode of existence is the foundation of all of the problems we face, and especially of the three previous concerns. In particular, we would not be burdened by the criminal Bush regime if we did not have a national ethic of personal aggrandizement and paranoid demonization of “other.”

(5) Because the “United States of America” is at an advanced stage of corruption of human existence, it will decline and collapse fairly soon if it does not fundamentally change to a holistic, sustainable mode of existence. We are at a monumental crossroads.

It was inevitable that a group like the Bush crime family would come along to reduce the political process to what we see today. Nothing is static in the universe, and a system of personal aggrandizement will ultimately result in a criminal sociopath doing whatever it takes to seize total power, or a reasonable facsimile thereof.

Now the Bush criminal operation is in its decline. The term schadenfreude, the pleasure in another’s misfortune, is being bandied about a lot lately, and I have to admit to some enjoyment of the difficulties of the Bush crime family. With a difference. I see it as strategic. Or maybe tactical. As long as the momentum of the planet works against the Bush criminal organization, it is prevented from implementing further criminal schemes. If “Democrats” win both houses of Congress in next month’s elections, then we are not likely to have another war, will likely exit from “Iraq,” and we just might start dealing with Global Warming.

Another benefit of the decline of the Bush crime family is that we are more likely to find out the extent of its criminality. The snowball effect of the Abramoff, DeLay, Iraq, election fraud, Enron, September 11, 2001, Hurricane Katrina, and various other scandals serve to open the doors to finding out even more about crimes in high places. At some point, the people of this country are going to have to ask ourselves what kind of country we want to have. We are going to have to ask ourselves what kind of legacy we are leaving for our children. We are going to have to ask ourselves how important it is to expand our egos. And we are going to have to ask these questions pretty soon.

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