Psychopaths Consume

I heard an interesting discussion between Chris Hedges and Gary Null on listener- supported radio station WBAI, regarding the growing state of economic emergency in the US, now spreading to the world. People imagine that all will be fine once Trump is out of office. But expecting this is wrong. Trump is not the cause of the current disaster although he is setting the US back to the point of destroying the world with his environmental ignorance. Trump is the symptom. Always falling into bankruptcy, bailed out by lenders who expect favors in return; charging $200,000 per annum, to residents at Mar a Lago, having ambassadors and other needy people stay in his DC hotel, all is part of his breaking the emoluments restriction, not paying and firing workers; endlessly enchanted with his self, boasting about events and successes that never happened, like saving Puerto Rico from a huge number of deaths. All his speeches have him center stage. He flies the flag of greed.

What did corporations do with their mammoth tax break; buy up their company’s stock to get a bigger bonus. The country is being drained of tax money that should go to take care of the common folk, schools, health care, etc. The US is getting bankrupted beyond any hope of recovery. Once the kitty is empty the rich will call for our Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid and everything. Is any money coming in? Students will pay their education loans probably for life. DeVos is all for that. Collecting student debt payments is one of her businesses.

The US dollar will stop being the international currency. Money of whatever kind is running things. Fascism is on the rise wherever politicians are owned by corporations. The swamp will soon absorb us. We cannot turn to the Feds for help. If greed is allowed to make the rules, all but the very few will suffer. We need to create small governments, county and village. Tax money will be allotted to those who run for office and no funds coming from outside corporations or individuals; townies and farmers and carpenters and parents, etc., all work together to create a “living” environment. Tax money is only used for public services. Everything now done in the European north countries including Trump’s favorite, Norway, will be done here: free schools, health care, vacations, housing. All living this way are happy and at ease.

It can happen….if we cause it.

 

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Ringing Your Hands Will Not Do It

You see the country being stolen from under your feet. The rule of law is followed only if it serves those who will profit from it. The law is twisted or ignored. Governing traditions through the ages are disregarded. This is the meaning of dictatorship. The new hoped to be a Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh, does not offer all his records and the few he does, are offered with no time to read them as set by a racing to power Republican Congress. What we do know about him shows that he interprets whatever comes before him to the benefit of big business. He does not think of how that effect “the people.” It would be easy to conclude that he does not care.

One needn’t look for a deep interpretation. It is there right in front of your face. When one groups seizes power it must follow that the great majority will lose. That is happening right now. The congress gave themselves and their top 1% population  enormous tax relief, which people in their tax bracket do not need. Bernie Sanders and all the on-lookers predicted that now the Alt right Republicans will use the emptiness of their tax supported kitty by offering to take away or greatly reducing Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security  which has nothing to do with taxes and is paid  for by workers in every check during their life of labor. Social Security is a kind of savings account which only the super rich who ever desire “more” call “entitlement.”

Theft is going on and we, the average citizen are the victims. What do to about it? Ring our hands and complain to one another. Our noise effects those who make decisions no more than chickens cackling on the way to the slaughter house. We have- to speak to our locally elected people and tell them what we want. We vote those who represent us in and kick them out if they do not live up to their promises.

We need to go on economic strike. That was what Martin Luther King did to get the bus boycott settled in favor of the strikers. They drove each other to work or where ever they had to go. Almost no one paid a bus fare. How does that apply to us? We keep giving our money to war, to our mass incarceration prison industry, jailing more people given our population than anywhere else in the world. Added to the prison industry’s maw of greed are illegal immigrants.  We support what works against us by what we buy. The sales tax goes to fund governmental policies. We pay the owner or  corporation that supports policies which equally  fund our down fall.

Tax money,  corporations whose goods we buy, owners, all of these supporting racist policies keep pushing us down. Money and rights given to constructing towers which no one can afford but no money is given to create housing for the rest of us. Needless housing is funded for the construction industry which supports those politicians.  How about AT@T over charging prisoners in jail. But we say, how can we live without AT@T? Needs thinking. How about schools not funded to pay teachers, to provide lunch and books and working bathrooms, art and gym and travel and on and – all that education used to be before the kids of rich people went to private schools.

We have- to know what our spending supports. Put your mind into the internet of survival. The dollar is a very strong weapon. Make a public announcement about why we are not buying certain products of certain corporations. Then do not buy it. The sad truth about the super rich is that they never have enough! Hard to imagine but true so what we do not spend is our weapon. Living a simple life, a sharing life, a do it yourself life can set us free.

 

Should We Forgive Mistreatment

Many people say you should never forgive those who have hurt you. That is not entirely an unwise statement but needs serious reshaping. First and most important, you need to understand yourself.   Forgiveness does not mean you erase memory. It also doesn’t mean that memory chases you forever like an enraged beast. We are afraid of forgiving anyone because we do not understand the consequences.  Forgiving doesn’t mean that you give in to the kind of person who wounds you over and over again in the same kind of way. It doesn’t mean becoming more vulnerable to attack. Forgiveness does not let you be a victim.

You need to uncover why you surrenders to mistreatment. Even that you seek it out. This compulsion comes from mistreatment during your early years. For example, I had a lying, bloviating father who spoke with fervor and would attack me if I questioned him in any way. Fast forward to adult mistreatment. I tend to give in to people who present themselves as experts and are hurt if I do not agree with them. The more I give into that person the harder it is to stop. I feel inexplicable fear. It is like sliding into emotional, physical and financial hell. It is the hell of my childhood.

Know your wounded inner child. See how the people you allow to wound you resemble the original wounding one. When such a person gets into the I am going to hurt you mood for doing or being this or that, take courage. Force yourself to act courageous. Call attention to what they are doing and if they cannot stop or even do not understand what you say, it is time to leave. Probably for good.

It is like a dog that bites the extended hand. Of you know the dog is a biter, do not extent your hand.  Do not reach for the dog in hope the dog has changed. If the assaulting adult seems to like or even love you after you surrender to the kind of wishes which do you some kind of harm, even to your spirit, what kind of love is that? Expecting a close relationship with an assaultive person has nothing to do with forgiveness. It is accepting misery as your lot in life.

You learn how far to go with a person who intends to hurt because they have done it before. Your spirit, your everything will be damaged by surrender. Your boundaries in terms of what you will allow need to be based on experience. Do not apologize for setting limits. Restraint is your right and privilege.  Forgive the biter for attempting to bite because they are a biter but do not forget that they bite. A proper distance creates forgiveness. If the attacker will not accept your restraint and attacks you for it, feel free to take your leave. Forgiveness is not slavery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Tremendous Joy of Friendship

So many years ago, I read Be Here Now by Ram Das, a one-time college professor who turned “seeker” after meeting, Nim Karoli Baba, an Indian spiritual man who responded to Ram Das’s recent loss of a dying mother without hearing Ram Das speak of it. Ram Das’s heart opened then. He had a friend.

About that time, I took my first and only acid trip and saw the aura surrounding trees. Well, that did it. I had to go to India myself and find people who also see what is. Once there after looking at this and that, I had a life-changing experience in a 3rd class bus station. You never know when miracles will happen. I saw an elderly man sleeping on a mat surrounded by a handful of people sitting cross-legged around him. I went over out of curiosity and saw an unimaginably beautiful man. My befuddled brain said he looks like a movie star. Then I saw his golden aura and felt his love. It blew through me like a hurricane. I sat down with them. That experience has been my guiding star, to feel what I felt then. Love is inter-me and you as Thich Nhat Hanh says. I and you are the same.

Then recently, I was terribly upset by a boyfriend who set me up to lend him money for his project which turned out to be a lie and left me broke. I even sold my most beloved possession to help him out. Then I was visited by my long time Indian friend. He saw my suffering and got very hurt and angry I could not stop myself when the tears flowed because he shared my grief. Before my friend arrived, I told him what I had been too ashamed to tell anyone, I had huddled alone in helpless sadness.

He has a funny way of insisting on the full truth. How can you not tell? He held my shoulder and said we are friends for life. Can I believe him or is it another scam? He said when he visits me he will pay my office rent when, he uses it. He wants to evaporate my loss. He calls it “fixing your kitty.”  Not a you pay me first and then I will repay you “double” scam. I have started to breathe again.

Can someone pretend to love you? Yes. and often people do especially those with bad intentions. Some say “I love you” but do not know what love is. Love is not a shallow and passing state like drinking a Coke when you’re thirsty and needing another one soon after. True love does not go away. It is its own reward.

Do you feel manipulated by one who claims to love you? Don’t ignore it. Your heart is a compass whose needle aims at love. It is our own true north. Heart knows when love is absent, knows when there is no inter-I and you in it. Heart knows when you are being taken even if mind is confused. Do not let the frightened inner child surrender because it fears the punishing parent.

There is nothing more wonderful than love. The world opens-up and you are not alone.

 

 

Are We Merely Animals

How many times have I thought about the way we humans (forget sapiens) find ourselves in a fight with other sapiens let alone caught up in an official war? Yes, in this modern era, the big banks, the big money people make the most money out of war and so are always breeding for or starting a fight or pretending most often to have been attacked with the only solution being to attack back.

Putting the the warring banks aside, what about the innate tendency to fight the beings we call enemy. If we look at other animals, the larger ones, they are usually ready to put aside their pleasurable activity, their wandering and eating and screwing, to fight when they feel endangered.

We don’t like to think of ourselves as animals. Animals are below us to be harvested as food or cleared out as interlopers in whatever we have intended for the land we claim to possess. But no, folks, we are of the animal kingdom, Our animal group through breeding carries certain genes which effects our thinking but more often, we are shaped by the social training of our society. If the major theme is “take” what you can, you think you should take. If the social theme is mistrust and defend yourself against imagined enemies, you will carry a gun and likely shoot first.

Other animals remember the ones that have attacked and attempt to avoid them. We humans take an  attacking position because we have been attacked and are afraid,  but more often because the supposed enemy or the land they dwell on, has something that we want.

Another feature we make much of is the ability to hold grudges; also, to envy those who have “more” than we do. It is advertising that makes us feel needy. Our training leads us to desire and to take. The rich take from the poor within the same society as we have seen in the latest give away tax reduction for the 1 percent. The poor innocent people who do not make decisions are easily persuaded to fight the enemy if only to protect themselves. They do the dirty work for the ones that profit from it.

Those who give labels call us a more advanced species, but looking at the totally destructive outcomes towards which so many of our efforts are directed, is this true? Are we really so advanced? I cannot endorse this label when the direction is our downfall. Would you?

 

 

Should We Forgive Mistreatment

 

Many people say you should never forgive those who have hurt you. That is not entirely an unwise statement but needs serious reshaping. First and most important, you need to understand yourself.   Forgiveness does not mean you erase memory. It also doesn’t mean that memory chases you forever like an enraged beast. We are afraid of forgiving anyone because we do not understand the consequences.  Forgiving doesn’t mean that you give in to the kind of person who wounds you over and over again in the same kind of way. It doesn’t mean becoming more vulnerable to attack. Forgiveness does not let you be a victim.

You need to uncover why you surrenders to mistreatment. Even that you seek it out. This compulsion comes from mistreatment during your early years. For example, I had a lying, bloviating father who spoke with fervor and would attack me if I questioned him in any way. Fast forward to adult mistreatment. I tend to give in to people who present themselves as experts and are hurt if I do not agree with them. The more I give into that person the harder it is to stop. I feel inexplicable fear. It is like sliding into emotional, physical and financial hell. It is the hell of my childhood.

Know your wounded inner child. See how the people you allow to wound you resemble the original wounding one. When such a person gets into the I am going to hurt you mood for doing or being this or that, take courage. Force yourself to act courageous. Call attention to what they are doing and if they cannot stop or even do not understand what you say, it is time to leave. Probably for good.

It is like a dog that bites the extended hand. Of you know the dog is a biter, do not extent your hand.  Do not reach for the dog in hope the dog has changed. If the assaulting adult seems to like or even love you after you surrender to the kind of wishes which do you some kind of harm, even to your spirit, what kind of love is that? Expecting a close relationship with an assaultive person has nothing to do with forgiveness. It is accepting misery as your lot in life.

You learn how far to go with a person who intends to hurt because they have done it before. Your spirit, your everything will be damaged by surrender. Your boundaries in terms of what you will allow need to be based on experience. Do not apologize for setting limits. Restraint is your right and privilege.  Forgive the biter for attempting to bite because they are a biter but do not forget that they bite. A proper distance creates forgiveness. If the attacker will not accept your restraint and attacks you for it, feel free to take your leave. Forgiveness is not slavery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where Does the Money Go

How come most cannot afford the rent, that there is no housing for all, that our schools are falling apart, that health care is almost non-existent? Surely you know it in some personal way yourself.

Where is our tax money going? Mostly, it is going to war. Trump, the self-designated billionaire (how much of that a loan) and hope-to-be president for life (a king), exemplifies the love for money. He recently added a huge amount to the already bloated military budget, one unmatched in the world. Do we really need a new nuclear armed ship? Do we really need such protection which is forcing other threatened nations to throw their money into the military pot? He has even encouraged our NATO allies to increase their military spending to 4% of their GDP.

Who is making this insane decision. It is a very few people, and I mean those extremely few who own the banks. The banks, like all corporations, have only one goal: to make money with their investments. And what investment makes the most? War.

War requires investment in personnel, transport, equipment, technology, and weapons, tanks, bombs, bullets, and whatever is the killer of the moment. War requires investment in doing something about the destruction our war has created. Most of the agencies doing the after-war fixing are American. The money goes out of one pocket into another.

Do we have to fall for war-desiring corporate owned newspaper calling for defense against whatever boogie-man will hit us next? Do we need to put money into destruction rather than into schools and health care and help for the poor and upkeep for our parks (many now for sale to get the wood and oil)? Do we need to let businesses leave the country for places where the people will work for less; to bribe the corporations to return by not paying taxes? It is ludicrous!

What can we do about it?

We still mostly can vote. Young people who have not settled into comfortable or frightened passivity can run for office, and voters can keep their finger on the elected pulse of spending. We need not to stop spending our lives watching tv or talking to people who agree with us on the internet. Those who are controlled by the bank’s desire for war can be stopped by people marching in the street, coming to the elected person’s door and indicate they soon are out of office.