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Brain Day

September 18, 2014
By ichabod
Brain Day

Every one of us has something special.  It is our brain.

Our brains do not need a stupid display.  We can see.  We don’t need a camera to show us what we just saw.

Our brain lets us communicate in many ways, including using smart phones.  We can talk, think, emote, calculate, design, imagine, dream, love, hate, create, build, destroy.

Our brains let us do all that and yet all I see lately are new “features” in the Apple you can’t eat or the Windows you can’t see through or the Google which is anything but scribbling on a piece of paper.

Yet our brains allow us to be fascinated by the products of brain’s invention.

We still do not know how a brain really operates.

With everything the brain has accomplished on this world, from physics, biology, engineering and the list goes on, the brain is a marvel we cannot comprehend, yet we think we do.  We like to point at others thinking they be stupid or ignorant, yet they have brains too.

Why does one brain judge another brain so harshly?

That is what it is about.  It is not about people.  People are bodies to facilitate the brain.

It is all about brains.

It was brains that came up with the concept of God and Spirituality.

Brains also came up with Atheism.

When not busy gushing over Apples, Windows, Googles or Porsches, brains like to play around with concepts unseen.

We should have a brain day so my brain can take a day off in tribute of itself.  :)

The War of the Gods and Soul

September 18, 2014
By ichabod
The War of the Gods and Soul

Fatwas declaring murder justified, religious police, Sharia law and the list goes on, a list designed to strike fear.  The West is no better, denouncing Islam while allowing Israel to do what it does in order to fill an Armageddon prophecy made 2,000 or more years ago.

The problem is getting serious with public beheadings publicized on the Internet, where a wide eyed public can watch a victim’s last moment before butchery takes hold.  Then we have the USA sending in drones to kill suspects and taking out innocents.

America advertises itself as a nation under God  and its currency has the phrase “In God We Trust”.

The other side does it all for “Allah”, which is God in their language.

I assume God and Allah are one and the same.

Here we are, going back into the Mid East to fight a religious war against some group called ISIS.

The war of the Gods.

I wonder to myself if God is in any of this?

I wrote a post a few days ago about searching for soul.  I suspect God and soul may have a connection somehow.  If it does, my soul thinks something is wrong with a War of the Gods.

I don’t think God is in any of this.    Why would God support either side?

If I am not mistaken, Jewish law, Islamic law and Christian law look dimly upon murder and theft, which war is mostly about, yet people somehow translate “Thou Shalt not Murder”  into “God needs us to defend God’s name so we have to murder those bastards.”

We do not have to look further than the nose on our face to spot hypocrisy do we?

 

 

 

 

 

Digging Holes

September 18, 2014
By ichabod
Digging Holes

I recently read a report of coal resources in the Ukraine,  black gold, for many companies and countries.

It occurred to me everything we humans make starts with something the planet already provides.  There is no raw material used which is not on or in this planet in one form or another.  Oil, clay, potash, nickel, diamonds, coal, gold, iron and more is found beneath the surface of this world.

We have to dig for it.  When we dig it all out, we have to find another source.  It is all free to whoever finds it, it is the extracting, refining and transport which costs money so we can use these raw materials as finished goods, such as a car or cell phone.

I think that is a big reason why countries go to war, to control what is already there for the taking.

It doesn’t “belong” to anyone except God.

Control is the big objective, until it is depleted.

And we continue to dig…..

I Spoke to the Devil Today, Gratitude = Zero

September 17, 2014
By ichabod

 Jonolan was kind enough to forward me this video today.

It says a lot, doesn’t it?  I remember one vet living in Mexico, who a con man latched on to.  He slowly managed to get control over the vet’s pension and so on.  Last I heard the vet is now broke and alone, bedridden mostly.  I arranged to get him help, but the con guy got word of a pending visit/inspection and made everything look OK.   The shyster?  Who knows what happened to him.

I met US vets in Mexico who were deported….

We keep on reading stories how high the suicide rate is in the military, higher than those killed in combat lately.  Why is that?

Why are so many left to the streets when they return, unable to “fit” in with the rest of society?

Now there is a campaign to start another war in Iraq or wherever and put more souls on the ground who really have no clue what they are risking their lives for.  After all, it isn’t quite the same as defending yourself on your own soil from an invading force, is it?

There is truth in this video, if you want to see it.

There is no gratitude.  We can argue about whether putting military at risk was a worthwhile endeavor, but for the people risking their all, they were following orders, like they were instructed to do.  We can not take their sacrifices or what they were willing to sacrifice for granted.  But take for granted happened and still happens…..

 

 

Confined and Free

September 17, 2014
By bouzouki

I have many things to do at my house, and today and tomorrow there will be no reason to leave my house and I will experience my confinement at my house.  I will see how much I can do, with me calling the shots.  I started moving items, firewood area, it always becomes a problem, and I need to  prepare for a pile.  So I am sitting inside and resting.  I have much more to go, wood, rock and dirt.

I have been reading about prisons and prisoners with no other human contact, confined to a cell, alone, solitary, for years.  I thought about the rules my cohorts and I had to follow when we secluded one patient alone, locked in a room with a camera and a window in the door.  Prisoners have no rights and can be imprisoned in that manner for an indefinite period of time.  Prisoners can be allowed to work for much less than minimum wage, and generate income for administrators, almost slavery.  They are not free, but their labor is almost free.

The Freedom Ideal is a rocky road, protecting the rights of corporations to gouge consumers, freeing you to drink, but not to drink and drive, freeing someone, and denying another rights that are allowed in some places and not others.  So we get to buy into freedom, which is really not free, and other rights are taken, not even sold, just taken.  Now we are being sold a bill of goods called voting in election season, brought to you by whatever channel you are watching, what hillside is covered with signs, billboards, and I can’t tell a good person from a bad person until the show is wrapped up with a bow, and let us not forget there are seven billion of us, pooping.  “Do you take responsibility for your creations?” a professor replied to my test answer to the question, “Who are you?”  I answered, “I am what I don’t shit.”  I realize we all have to take responsibility for our own creations.

I will be free to move some rocks, some wood, and I will be responsible for my actions.  I have to confine myself to my limits, then I might be a little more free.  There are people that have a much wider reach of power, and some are held responsible and some go free.  Then I think most people I see around me can’t see how confined they are, and think they are free.  This is confusing, demanding some rules with heavy consequences, no rules for some, lock some up, let others go, ignore some thievery and fraud while, killing for petty theft, and when someone demands freedom from the rules, we are confined to the freedom of war.

I like Russians….

September 16, 2014
By ichabod
I like Russians….

I know a few Russians.  I also like Ukrainians, Nigerians, Ugandans, Swiss, Polish, South Africans, Australians, New Zealanders, Indians, Filipinos, Chinese, Japanese and so on.  I’ve been fortunate, met people from all these places and more.  Most were decent folk in my eyes.

I have no reason to kill or hurt anyone from these places or to prohibit anyone wanting to do business with them or travel there and back.  If I have no problem with most people who I have met, why would I support a government whose policies or military are straining at the bit to do what I don’t want to do?

Just a question is all.

 

Is that it?

September 16, 2014
By ichabod

I received an email today informing me a friend had passed away yesterday.  She discovered she had colon cancer about six months ago and died in a hospice.

I thought about her life.  She was a character, became very successful in real estate til the crash five or so years ago and went downhill financially from there.

I wonder to myself how many die without me being aware?

Is that it?

A life no longer, a memory I know will fade.

I wonder who will receive notification by email when I pass away?  Become a fading memory to a few.  That is what life is all about, isn’t it?   The living, once we are done, that is it.

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