Monday, January 21, 2013

Left Versus Right: What's Really Up?

"The kulaks are the most bestial, brutal and savage exploiters, who in the history of other countries have time and again restored the power of the landlords, tsars, priests and capitalists." ~~  Vladimir Lenin as quoted in the article posted in a Facebook group:

The Collectivist Mind Game, Part 1: Demonizing the Non-Compliant

Interesting take on this as a capitalist versus communist situation.  It's not that at all, contrary to what many old McCarthyists would tell us.

If you'd paid any attention to the different protests around the country, indeed, around the world, it's a movement of regular people against the combined power of the nationalistic and so-called "one world" corporatists.  And just the fact that the capitalists are joined to the governments almost worldwide shows that it's really a Nazi thing, not communist or even Marxist socialist.  The problem with Marxism isn't that it's evil.  The problem is that it won't work as long as there are people who hunger for more money and more power than they need, at the expense of everyone else's needs and desires.  That's what the worldwide Occupy movement is about.  And that's why I support that movement in general whie distancing myself from the more anarchistic (and very small) factions such as the ones in the Northwestern U.S.

What it comes down to is that government should be large enough to meet it's legitimate obligations to watch the backs of the people, yet small enough to not be a burden on the people.  That is not the case.  Yet it must be acknowledged, if  we're honest, that Obama has done a remarkable job under extraordinary circumstances.  Never before in American history has a President been subject to the level of abuse and outright lies perpetrated by the right as has been happening since he was first running for the office.  Yet that same right refuses to even acknowledge this fact. They make up excuses for their actions, every one of which has been thoroughly debunked.

Kenyan national.  Muslim.  Nazi.  Communist.  Gonna take our guns.  NONE of which have proven out, regardless of the rationalizations of the far right.  And still they come, repeating the same things over and over, not caring in the least the FACTS on the ground prove them wrong, and apparently not even caring that it's literally tearing the country apart.  And based on things that have been said on that same right (not to mention certain minor elements on the left), it's mostly about the fact of Obama's so-called "race".  Some folks just can't deal with a black man in the White House, pure and simple.

So how can we resolve this?  Short of creating a new, technological Coventry, with no contact whatever with the outside world, I see no answer, because the hateful people first brought together by the likes of the Koch brothers and their allies just won't admit their error.  But what do we expect?  Greed and power are the keynotes of the day, and they'll do anything to keep it for themselves.  And to Hell with the rest of us.

So I'm just going to bide my time, step back and let things go as they will.  I'me going to concentrate on my own work.  The book I'm writing.  My personal growth.  My health.  But if anyone comes to me needing help and sincerely unable to do for themselves, I'll do what I can there as well.

© 2013 Donald C. Rice Jr.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Why be angry?

What angers you?  Whatever it is, why does it anger you?  More importantly, why do you allow it to anger you? 
Anger is a choice, like every other emotion, especially the destructive ones.  You can rise above it, but only by recognizing the root cause: your own choice.  And once you recognize that truth, you can take steps to first minimize it, then eliminate it from your being.

Anger does nothing constructive; it rips apart your essential humanity, and has no effect on that which you are choosing to be angry at.  Why, then, do you indulge it?  For that is what it is, an indulgence, a giving in to the beast nature of your physical form, your animal body. 
And your actions, when based on that anger, or any other destructive emotion, affect you not only in the here-and-now, but also in your future.  It has been proven that what you do, for good or ill, comes back to you, often multiplied many times.  This is called Karma, and is a basic Truth of existence.  As Einstein put it, "to every action, there is an equal but opposite reaction."  Or as the Christian Bible, the Islamic Qu'ran, the Hindu Vedas, and the Jewish Torah say, "as you sow, so shall you reap."

On the Karmic level, your actions and attitudes and emotional state affect only you. They have no effect on the karma of anyone else.  So why bother with anger or any other destructive emotion?  You're only hurting yourself, and will have to face the situation over and over again, until you learn the lesson it brings.

On the other hand, the constructive actions, attitudes and emotions, will bring rewards in the same measure that the destructive ones bring troubles.  That is the Law, the Cosmic Principle.

My Teacher, Dr. David M. Berry, often quotes a verse from that Bible: "Behold, I set before you this day, Good and Evil: Choose ye."  I would say that you have before you Constructive and Destructive behaviors and attitudes: Make your choice, but know that whatever you choose, it will come back to you.  Multiplied.


© 2013 Donald C. Rice Jr.