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In this season of hope and false hope called the election campaigns, Filipinos just have to look back and review their tough lessons in history. A lot of people do not realize that in their minds, at the very most, they are free. But when given the freedom of thought, they do not use it, or they do not use it wisely. With the little freedom one can recognize in his or her own life, there is much thrashing about about how little it is, when that space called freedom can be used to think correctly about oneself and one’s own life.

A few friends asked me about Jiddu Krishnamurti last week, which then led me to post here a few of his most important messages to the world in his lifetime:

 

BE A LIGHT UNTO YOURSELF

 

 

 

YOU ARE THE WORLD

 

 

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After RickyM‘s and D.M. Murdock‘s review pieces, you might want to compare and contrast hip Christian preacher Mark Driscoll’s view on the film:

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Stand-up comedian, actor, and social critic, George Carlin will be best remembered for his irreverent political views and incisive humor.

His material, thoughts and sentiments are best encapsulated in the introduction of his 1997 book: Brain Droppings, which you can hear live from his audiobook of the same title in the video below:

For a long time my stand-up material has drawn from three sources. The first is the English language, you know words, phrases, sayings, and the ways we speak. The second source, as with most comedians, has been what I think of as ‘the little world’–those things we all experience everyday: driving, food, pets, relationships, and idle thoughts. The third area, is what I call ‘the big world’–war, politics, race, death, the social issues. So without actually having measured, I would say this book reflects the balance very closely.

Now the first two areas in the book will speak for themselves, but concerning ‘the big world’, let me say a few things…

I’m happy to tell you there’s very little in this world that I believe in. Listening to the comedians who comment on political, social, and cultural issues, I notice that most of their material reflects kind of an underlying belief that somehow things were better once, and with just a little effort we could set them right again. They’re looking for solutions and rooting for particular results, and I think that limits the tone and substance of what they say. They’re talented and funny people but they’re really nothing more than cheerleaders attached to a specific wished-for outcome.

I don’t feel so confined.

I frankly don’t give a fuck how it all turns out in this country or anywhere else for that matter. I think the human game was up a long time ago when the high priests and traders took over, and now we’re just playing out the string. And that is of course precisely what I find so amusing! The slow circling of the drain by a once promising species and the sappy ever more desperate belief in this country that there is actually some sort of an ‘American Dream’ which has merely been misplaced.

The decay and disintegration of this culture is astonishingly amusing if you’re emotionally detached from it. And I’ve always viewed it from a safe distance, knowing I don’t belong. Doesn’t include me, it never has. No matter how you care to define it, I do not identify with the local group, planet, species, race, nation, state, religion, party, union, club, association, neigborhood-improvement committee. I have no interest in any of it.

I love and treasure individuals as I meet them, I loathe and despise the groups they identify with and belong to.

So if you hear something in this book that sounds like advocacy of a particular political point of view, please reject the notion. My interest in issues is merely to point out how badly we’re doing, not to suggest a way we might do better.

Don’t confuse me with those who cling to hope. I enjoy describing how things are, I have no interest in how they ought to be. And I certainly have no interest in fixing them. I sincerely believe that if you think there’s a solution, you’re part of the problem.

My motto: Fuck Hope.

P.S. In case you’re wondering, personally I’m a joyful individual, I had a long happy marriage and a close and loving family, my career has turned out better than I ever dreamed, and it continues to expand. I’m a personal optimist, but a skeptic about all else. What may sound to some like anger, is really nothing more than sympathetic contempt. I view my species with a combination of wonder and pity, and I root for its destruction. And please don’t confuse my point of view with cynicism–the real cynics are the ones who tell you everything’s gonna be all right.

And P.P.S., by the way, if by some chance you folks do manage to straighten things out and make everything better, I still don’t wish to be included.

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DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE DOWNFALL

OF THE CURRENT WORLD ORDER. 

~ Lou Hamburger

 

Sustainability in the money systems, is there such a thing?  I believe so.  But not until we are drained from the pomposity, the high mightiness and delusions of thinking we’ve got what we’ve got; not until we realize it costs us happiness, ours and those of many generations to come; and not until we realize we are unknowingly the main character in The Emperor’s New Clothes.  There’s no telling us humans what to do a lot of times. 

 

A good friend of mine from Humanity’s Team Philippines sent me Mr. Lou Hamburger’s webpage, founder of Transparent, a non-profit group of social spiritual organizations. Humburger is also a participant of Humanity’s Team in The Netherlands where my friend stayed a long time.  These days Hamburger is running for the city council elections in Amsterdam, hoping to infuse his ideals into the community.

 

Please visit the webpage to view the video.

 

In promoting his book, Yesterday’s Leaders, he writes the following:

 

 After nine years of preparations, I published my first book and website, right on time.

The book describes five dangerous endgames; each one of them could lead to a global big bang before 2020. One of these endgames revolves around the current credit crisis.

The website provides a way out: an umbrella community that helps interested individuals and organizations to transform to a more peaceful and sustainable system and to shield us off from these endgames.

For more information, please watch the 3 minute trailer on my website: www.louhamburger.com.

Preserving Tomorrow By Leading Today,
Lou Hamburger

 

“Yesterday’s Leaders” describes in 239 pages five end games that are currently being played on the world stage. Each of them can easily bring the current world order to a sudden end. The author believes that this big bang will take place before 2020. Maybe even around 2012.

“Yesterday’s Leaders” gives a revealing and shocking insight in what takes place behind the scenes of the playing fields of our leaders. He comes to the conclusion that we can no longer stop these end games. The big bang is therefore inevitable but there is a way out. We can prepare ourselves by building a blueprint for an alternative world order and a safety net to survive this big bang.

(Source:  website)

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D. M. Murdock – also known as Acharya S. is a religious scholar and controversial author of books detailing the connection between modern Christianity and ancient world religion (e.g. Egyptian myths) such as The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold and Suns of God: Krishna, Buddha and Christ Unveiled.

D.M. also wrote a couple of insightful bits about Avatar and I thought it would be interesting to quote them here. She touches on a few ideas about the message (whether intended or not) of the movie.

On anti-militarism

“Avatar’s” critical commentary of American incursions into foreign lands in search of precious resources is lost on few sentient adults. Nor does it represent a cautionary tale we should ignore. Yet, even though the main goon is an older white male – the favorite villain globally these days, it seems – “Avatar” is careful to depict the Americans as multiethnic and both genders, which they truly are. As such, Cameron’s statement is not really “anti-American” per se but represents a critique of any organized and well-funded incursion and invasion into other lands at the expense of the natives. The Very Big Corporation of America just happens to be pretty good at it at the moment.

On Ecomania

Yet, while I was watching the film’s passionate environmentalism, I couldn’t help but think that none of it would have been possible without a serious “carbon footprint,” from the moment Cameron conceived the project to the day it was released into theaters.  And then add all the energy needs of getting the individual films created and distributed, and all the people traveling to the theaters, which themselves would need to be powered, etc. Obviously, at this point in time we cannot have huge global releases of megafilms like “Avatar” without a significant cost to the environment! Rather than becoming Luddites, again, there are alternatives that we must pursue now.

On Sexuality

My initial, visceral reaction to this scene between Jake and the ikran was that I was watching an act of homosexual rape – the ikran is a male – as well as a form of bestiality. Moreover, my studies in mythology and anthropology brought to mind primitive cultures who have regularly practiced homosexual rape as a form of societal domination. One myth I thought of, unfortunately, is a homosexual rape scene from the ancient Egyptian story of Horus and Set, in which, after battling with him, Set/Seth sodomizes Horus and then brags he has “done a man’s deed.” This mentality of domination through rape has festered for millennia and been practiced in far too many locations. This brutal and violent form of dominance exists to this day in several cultures, especially, of course, the prison culture in a sickening amount of places. 

Read more here.

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