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VICIOUS

CIRCLE

IV



Collected Blogs

July 2014 — July 2015



In Search of Secular Ethics

Volume Four











Stanisław Kapuściński


PUBLISHED BY INHOUSEPRESS 2017

ISBN 978-1-987864-20-5

Copyrights 2014, 2015, 2017


All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced by any means electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publisher.







CONTENTS


HUMAN POTENTIAL SERIES


Foreword

Of Gods and Men

Emptiness, Bacteria and Atheists

The Smile left behind

Us, Him, and Them

The Problem with Immortality

Global Amnesia

On Morals versus Ethics

The Powerful and the Saints

The Mystery of Time

Review of DELUSIONS

Panacea

Free Will

The Centripetal Force

Image and Likeness?

Homo Sapiens

Power

REALITY?

The Many and the Few

The Chicken or the Egg

Lucid Dreams—Gateway to our Subconscious

The Mystery of Water

The Problem with Complexity

Democracy

Magnificent Robot

Re-action versus Pro-action

7,000,000,000 Answers

A Vicious Circle

Mysteries Unraveled

Artificial Duality

Evolution or Unfolding

Final Destination

ANARCHY

An Eye for an Eye

Destiny

The Battle of the Opposites

Heaven

Dukkha and other Misfortunes

The Avatar Syndrome

The Third Party

The Games

The Futility of Long Wait

The Inner Reality

Still a Bestseller

A New Beginning

Our Younger Cousins

The Big Chess Game

Vicious Cycles

More than Human?

The Purpose of Life

Lost in the Wonderland

Submission

Ol’ Man River

The illusion of Free Will

The Greatest Force in the Universe

My Dharma

David and Goliath

DELUSIONS

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Consequences

Retribution

Remembering Einstein

Is Truth Flexible?

The Essence of Duality

War and Peace

Big Bang

UBIQUITY

WUNDERKIND

CONSCIOUSNESS

EVOLUTION

Leap of Imagination

Walls, Fences, and Iron Curtains

Listening and Eavesdropping

Universal Laws

The Problem with Religion

Artificial Intelligence

The Immortal Atheist

Escape to Paradise

Secrets Unveiled

Enigma of the Second Coming

The Gate

Francesco and Gio

POSTSCRIPT

A Word about the Author

Other Books by Stanislaw Kapuscinski


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FOREWORD


We need a 'global system of secular ethics'

Dalai Lama



HUMAN POTENTIAL SERIES



The problem with good advise is that there is nothing new in the world. We move in eternal cycles, hopefully spiraling imperceptibly towards higher vibrations, though it’s often hard to tell which way is up! Einstein has proven that, in outer space, the shortest distance between two points is a curve. Hence, if we proceed through eternity, through infinite space and time in the Eternal Now, our evolutionary cycles are also bound to follow the rule, and move in an eternal circle. A Vicious Circle, though seemingly advancing.

The only thing we can truly enjoy is the creative act. It always remains integral part of us, even as Beethoven’s Symphony will for ever be his. Pietà will always belong to Michelangelo, as will Hamlet to Shakespeare. There lies our immortality.

As for advice, we don’t really discover new things, or ways of doing things, but we can rediscover them. They seem hover deep within our Unconscious, waiting for the propitious time to reemerge. We do the same only, hopefully, a little better. Trial and error seems the byword of evolutionary process, ever assuming that we are evolving. In circles?

Vicious Circles.

So please, forgive me if, on occasion, I sound moralizing or even pompous. I, too, am walking in Circles.





July 9, 2014

Of Gods and Men


Our Future in Fiction



After some six weeks of hard labour and another six of editing, proofreading, and commentary by my group of friends, soon, within a month or two, you will see Book 3 of my Aquarius Trilogy. Books 1 and 2, have been available on Smashwords and elsewhere for some time now, and received good critical acclaim. I hope when the time comes, you’ll treat Book 3 with equal approval.

For me, this is important.

Not because it might lead to stratospheric sales (I give away hundreds, sometimes thousands of books free), but because in the last part of the Trilogy I share with you my vision of the Human Potential. This might well be the last novel I’ll ever write. Having written more than twenty of them, and having rounded them off with a few collections of short stories and even more non-fiction books, I think I’ve done my share of entertaining you. I hope that eventually you’ll enjoy them all.


Returning to Aquarius Trilogy.

I refer to the book as dealing with our ‘ultimate’ potential, accepting that ‘ultimate’ lies in the infinity of time. In fact it lies outside the confines of time altogether. I also discovered that all myths must have had something, some events or some people, on which they had been based. Otherwise, they would not have lasted the test of time. Ultimately, only truth survives, no matter how divergent, how twisted, how far it drifted from the essence from which it originated. If we unravel the superstructures that various religions have built upon them, there, deep within, far back in the hoary past, the truth still lives.

Truth is what is. All else is becoming.

And if we look around, very carefully, we shall discover that whatever has been true in the past, still lives on in the hearts of all of us. Yet, sadly, it is perceived only by the Chosen Few.

It is perceived by the few who choose to be chosen.


For now, I hope you enjoy my search for the Human Potential that remains hidden within us, waiting to be discovered. “Eureka” is only a question of time. Ultimately, if we keep knocking, the door will be opened, even as it was in the past, but hopefully without such heavy price. The novel below described the search that two men conducted to find the truth within them. They both succeeded. I am sure that so will you.




July 16th, 2014

Emptiness, Bacteria and Atheists


The Chicken or the Egg?



As frequently mentioned, the image and likeness mentioned in some ancient scriptures doesn’t refer to our bodies. Our bodies take on a slightly different meaning when we realize that while they are endowed with many trillions of cells, they have twice that number of bacteria, viruses and other microscopic vermin, which treat those very same bodies as a heavenly feeding ground.

If your ambition is to identify with the bacteria, or even with their feeding ground then you are right in identifying with your physical body. In other words, if you do you are no more than a bag of bugs.


What I find utterly amazing is that the so-called atheists, who frown and ridicule any concept of god or divinity, or any intangible, nonphysical force, are more than happy identifying themselves with the trillions of bugs. Furthermore, they accept the fact that those very bugs, as well as their illustrious neurons, that’s right—their brain-cells, are made up of atoms which in turn are essentially empty space.

Almost exclusively void of everything.

Voila. We can now define all avid atheists as 99,9999999999999% empty space. And the miniscule percentage of mass which adds to their gravitas are… bugs. Bacteria. Bacilli. Microbes. Good and bad, but still unicellular microorganisms.

Please note. This is not an attack directed at atheists. I suffer from equal inability to understand the “faithful”, who scream “Jeeeesus” as they murder their enemies whom they are supposed to love. We, human, are a most unusual species. Perhaps that inimitable void is also true of their minds, which they insist is the byproduct of this bacterial emptiness, and not the other way round.


Speaking for myself, my mind is NOT the product of my brain, but my brain IS a byproduct of my mind; as is the rest of my body, which I use to experience the mode of becoming. I also use it for locomotion, which enables me to furnish my body with food for the bacteria. I use my body even as I use my car to get from A to B. Or to Z, for that matter—yet at no time do I identify with my car as the essence of my being. My car is not my body; nor is the biological robot, which I use when needs arise. I think that my body is a most incredible product that enables me to enjoy change, which most people I know refer to as life. I hope you do likewise.


There is more about such matters in my book DELUSIONS—Pragmatic Realism. You might enjoy it. Please, let me know.




July 22, 2014

The Smile left behind


A Cheshire Human



Any Cheshire cat can do it, but can you? Imagine dying—leaving your temporal body, and whoever met you or thought of you when you were still around, would smile.

Not a bad heritage to leave behind.

It is an easy task, of course, for professional comedians. They make heavy money for making fun. But there is an altogether different species of man who also seldom stops laughing. They are called Zen Masters. Well, perhaps not outright laughing but a bemused expression seldom leaves their lips.

They don’t take themselves seriously.

They know that they are passers by.

On the other hand there are people who get offended easily. An inadvertent word, a misplaced complement, a causal comment, and they get offended. In the past this resulted in a duel at 3-am behind the cathedral. Today that’s illegal. So instead of rapiers or épées we benefit by losing their ill-begotten, often pompous if not actually false friendship. Such people are so full of their own ego that they don’t even begin to realize how ridiculous they are.


We, of course, we don’t get offended. We are way above that sort of supercilious behaviour. We know that only an ego can get offended and we keep ours under a strict control. We relegate our ego to a rag of clothing which we discard, throw away, every hundred years or so. Often much sooner. We are no longer spoiled, juvenile, arrogant politicians who start wars to repair their wounded pride. We don’t impose sanctions on people for much, much lesser crimes than those that we have committed only yesterday. Crimes like starting wars, killing hundreds of thousands of innocent people, under false pretenses.

We are not wielders of near-absolute power, which has corrupted our ability to pass honest, let alone humble judgment on others. We don’t get offended, nor do we strive to offend, punish, or impose our puerile judgment on “lesser people”. On people that don’t count? We strive to make sure that when our time comes to die, those left behind, when they think of us, they will smile with a kind, vaguely amused, tolerant smile.

Why?

Because here, on Earth, we are all no more than passers-by. Observers. Beneficiaries of the Benevolent Universe. Like the Cheshire cat. That is why the Cheshire cat smiles. And when he goes, he leaves his smile behind. He knows. Shouldn’t we?

Should you wish to write a review for Cats and Dogs please do. I need all the help I can get! (And I have to feed my two Siamese girls, Pimpa and Mimi.)




July 28, 2014

Us, Him, and Them


Perhaps…



And God made them male and female. For some reason all translations of the Torah refer to “male and female”. NOT to man and woman. This should be a dead giveaway. Surely such definition applies to virtually all of the animal kingdom. On the other hand, we are also told that god created us in his image. That would make god male and female. You can’t have it any other way. Either that or god has a rib missing.

Gods don’t lie. It must be so.

On the other hand god could be a hermaphrodite. The original hermaphrodite? But I doubt it. If he were, he’d want to multiply. We would have many, many gods. Godletts? On yet another hand, if the same scriptures refer to us as “ye are gods”, then plural is more than appropriate. Of course, Elohim is plural and they created the world, not just us…

So if we are in gods’ image we are hermaphrodites, only in our case we spread our bisexuality over many years. It’s the only way we can contrive to be like gods. We do so by alternating our sexuality in our successive reincarnations. This should cheer up anyone who considers his or her sex superior to the other. Better luck next time!

All of the above should satisfy the fundamentalists who, until now, probably had problems visualizing a hermaphroditic god (or gods) who made him/herself in our image and likeness. Or the other way round? Never mind.

Or else…

Or else all of the above has nothing whatsoever to do with our sexual organs. Perhaps we just embody the ability to have conscious awareness of being creative, kind, compassionate, loving, giving and forgiving, generous (raining on the just and the unjust), and too pure to behold evil—hence being nonjudgmental, immortal, beyond time and space… and manifesting a billion other divine traits?

Imagine not being too pure to behold evil…

Surely, that can’t be human?

Perhaps we, too, are intended to be what the opposites have in common? The middle paths, remember? Perhaps these are the likenesses that we embody in our consciousness. These and countless others, that will evolve and multiply to the end of time.

Into eternity…

Perhaps our likeness to the divine has nothing to do with our sexual organs, no matter how exciting they may be to us at a certain age. Perhaps it is not our bodies that we are to multiply but the divine attributes lying deep within us?

Perhaps we are states of consciousness embodied in all animal species—like the life force. The other animals’ turn will come; are we not all from a Single Source? For now, only we, some of us, have the ability to perceive our inherent heritage—our latent divinity. Perhaps only that makes us men and women, and not just male and female.

Perhaps…




August 2nd, 2014

The Problem with Immortality



We’ve all heard about reincarnation. These individual cycles are relatively short. They last usually less than a 100 years in physical reality followed by (usually) less than the equivalent of ‘earthly’ 1000 years on the Astral Plane, where we enjoy (or suffer) the consequences of our life on Earth. We have a foretaste of the Astral Plane in our dreams and nightmares. As always, action results in equal though opposite reaction both in material and astral realities.

Luckily, the consequences in the Astral Plane are not permanent.

But then, there are also larger cycles, referred to as the Cycles of the Zodiac. They consist of 12 segments adding up to 26,000 years. Those who reach a degree of balance in their accounts will continue to advance on the eternal path. The others (‘the many’) those who for whatever reason did not fulfill their (self) assigned tasks, will have to start from scratch, or almost so. Perhaps they’ll transmigrate, or metamorphose into higher or lower animals. The worst cases might retreat all the way to a mono-cellular amoeba.

How many will continue and how many will start again? As always it is up to us. We are the sole masters of our destiny.

However, we would be wise to heed the warning.

We are told that: “many are called but few are chosen”. If we qualify this statement by the fact that we are all endowed with (relatively) freewill, it stands to reason that it is we, yes, you and I, who do the choosing of our own destiny. Perhaps that is why the ancients assured us that we are gods—as indeed we are. Whether we believe in this or not is of absolutely no consequence. Surly, we all know that ignorance of law is no excuse for breaking it. We are told that not “one jot or one tittle” of the Law can be broken.

This has NOTHING to do with any religion, only with the nature of reality.

Needless to say, since we are all immortal, the individualized consciousness that directs our actions (whenever our ego does not interfere) will eventually guide our return to Oneness. It might take a few million or… zillion years, but sooner or later, we shall learn and advance on the scale of evolution. Not the Darwinian kind, which deals with our physical bodies, but the real evolution, which contributes to the enormity of the Universe.

See you…  and, good luck.


PS. We mustn’t forget that the Astral Plane, or what some call heaven, is only the first Plane to which we can aspire on leaving our physical incarnations. There are endless Planes, or levels of consciousness, advancing towards the Singularity, from which we all originate. And should we eventually merge with the Singularity, our contribution shall forever enrich the Universes. That makes it all worthwhile, don’t you think? 




August 9th, 2014

Global Amnesia



We all forget things, sometimes. Usually it doesn’t matter. There is no permanent damage. After all, in this reality, nothing is permanent. So, we don’t really care. We can always make it up later. When it’s more convenient, at another time.

At least, we think so.

But there is a major problem caused by our inability to remember. Somewhere or some-when in the murky past a global amnesia swept the whole world. We all, or at least the vast majority of us, forgot that we are all actors on a stage created for the sole purpose of accommodating a whole parade of roles, which we, actors, are to perform. How good actors we were would determine if we’d move into another role, or repeat the same or similar part until we got it reasonably right.

Shakespeare was right when he said that…


All the world's a stage,

And all the men and women merely players;


Shall we enact a diversity of roles for forever? Is this all we are, actors so poor in our craft that we have to repeat our roles ad nauseam?

It seems that, as always, it’s our choice. Yet, well, not altogether. The problem is that we can kill our bodies, but we cannot kill that within us that is immortal. No, not the soul, or at least that which in the scriptures is translated as ‘soul’. Soul is just a storage device. It is an accumulation of experiences of the past. But what we cannot kill is the disembodied, intangible, consciousness that uses that storehouse of experiences derived from the roles we played in the past to advance its own self-awareness.

And this we mustn’t forget. At least, not again.

We are not our bodies, nor are we the roles we play. We shouldn’t say, “I am” a doctor, or an engineer, let alone a politician. We should say that all three are no more than roles we play in order to acquire experience to perform better the infinite number of roles that we are still to play.

Infinite number.

This is neither religion nor science. This is just an observation of the behaviour of people over ages. Many ages. Religion, according to Richard Feynman, is a culture of faith; science is a culture of doubt. No doubt, he’s right—even though it sounds religious. Can one have faith in Feynman? Or should we doubt his knowledge. After all, he got the Nobel Prize for Physics. On the other hand Barak Obama got one for ‘Peace’! Can we believe or trust either? We can, providing we remember Richard Feynman’s other admonition. He also warned us that:


Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts.”


Perhaps this applies to both faith and knowledge. To both, science and religion. And… to politics. 




Aug. 14th, 2014

On Morals versus Ethics



People who are moral behave in a fashion that does not offend others. Who act according the standards that are expected of them. If he or she doesn’t steal, or get drunk, or rape girls or boys, or eat like a pig in public, or kill, or generally behave in a manner that would result in a public scandal, they are considered of good moral standing.

Conversely, if you commit any of the above deeds in public, in public view, you are looked upon as one that is amoral if not immoral.

Likewise, a good communist regards other communists as moral, while a good capitalist thinks likewise of other good capitalists.

At one time, members of Hitlerjugend, or Hitler Youths, would only be considered of good moral character if they behaved according to the Hitlerjugend moral code, that of hating everyone who was not thinking along their lines. I rather think the same can be said of groups belonging to various religions, political movements, or even parties. Uber alles for some is Super Race for others, which fully justifies them dropping bombs from 30,000 feet on men, women and children in Iraq, or Eastern Ukraine, the Gaza Strip or a number of other, inferior groups of people. These are considered moral things to do. In fact, their leaders, or Führers, or Presidents or Prime Ministers, all highly moral folks, pin medals on the chests of their heroes for being good killers. All impeccable, moral people.


And then there are people who are not guided by morality, by desire not to injure the sensibilities of their neighbour. They are people who do not aspire to keep up with the Joneses. Instead they conform to a code of ethics. They may be rich or poor, well educated or not… from “upper classes” or from the wrong side of the tracks.

Yet they all recognize each other. They conduct themselves not by the letter but by the spirit of the code of ethics. They may be Christians, or Moslem, or Hindu or, yes, even proclaimed atheists, but they behave according the dictates of their conscience regardless what others say.

These are the Few.

The moral folk are the Many. And until the Many will discover the quiet voice within, they will remain the moral majority, criticizing others who do not confirm and behave according to their moral code. Whatever it might be.

The Few swim against the current—but at least they move forward, while the Many walk in circles, treading the Wheel of Awagawan.



Below a story of one man who refused to conform. By the standards of his day, he was very immoral. He was a rebel. He spoke against the ‘establishment’. Today, some would call him a terrorist.

As the story unfolds Satia, the son of a wealthy caravan owner, meets the 12-year-old Yeshûa as the latter flees in rebellion from his Essenes teachers. The two become fast friends and stay that way for the 18 years not covered in the Bible - the years between the finding of Jesus in the Temple and the beginning of his short ministry. Many like it…



Inspired!

Loved it!

Wonderful Read!

Love in all of its aspects.

Recommend to everyone!

Inspiring and Enlightening!

Fascinating historical fiction…

A truly fascinating and enlightening read

No matter what you believe, you will like this book!



These and other superlatives were used to describe this book. I wonder what you’ll think about Yeshûa’s journey.






August 19th, 2014

The Powerful and the Saints



We elect officials of great promise who soon become corrupted by the power they wield. It is a vicious circle. It happens to the nicest men and women. Once elected, in time oligarchs get richer, we—get poorer. Everywhere—no matter what political system.

A vicious circle.

In the past there were revolutions. The masses got together, spontaneously, and eliminated the exploiters by cutting off their heads or by other unpleasant methods. Madame Guillotine set things right. Must it come to that? But it didn’t last. People forget that over time, power corrupts.


Yet the way out is so very simple. Power corrupts even the nicest people… over time. Eliminate the time element and you eliminated corruption.

All we need do is to limit the political oligarchs to terms so short that they will not have time to become corrupt. That’s all. And never more than 2 terms in succession. And that must hold for ALL levels of the government: the Executive, the Congress, the Houses of Parliament, the House of Lords, …and every other legislative body wielding power over others. Let new men and women come in with fresh ideas. And never forget the old adage:


Only a fool would want to be a president.

Only a saint would agree to be one.


Then, and only then, we would elect people who want to serve us, not make money on us. If a man is poorer after he serves then he was before, he is honest. If the opposite is true than it is a dead giveaway of what his/her real intentions were. Also, before 1958 there were no presidential pensions. What happened? Do the presidents, senators, prime ministers and/or members of any governing body get pension higher than the national average? Do they wait until they turn 65?

We could also withhold paying taxes. If the oligarchs were to put us all in jail, they would soon have no income. For a while they’d print more worthless currency. And then…?

It is up to us.

I firmly believe that there are exceptional men who enter public service with the intention of serving people. And they do so, for a while? Yet the power of corruption is so insidious that only a saint could possibly withstand it. Have you elected many saints lately?

We, the people, have lost virtually all the power. Madame Guillotine will no longer help us. We must help ourselves. And don’t get me wrong. There are people out there who are very honest. If we search them out, and beg them, they might agree to serve us. People who love people more then they love power or money or prestige. Of course, some of them get crucified for trying to help us. Others might lose their heads… 

Perhaps they all ought to be admired? Read what happened in Headless World. You might like it?




August 24th, 2014

The Mystery of Time



The concept of time underwent many metamorphoses. The real reason for time is to keep all things from happening simultaneously. After all, we’re all immortal. It would be one hell of a mess!

In my book: VISUALIZATION—Creating Your Own Universe, I discus various concepts of time. You might find them interesting.


“St. Thomas Aquinas proposed three types of time. Tempus concerned the “temporal” or earthly time. It measured the duration of changes taking place on earth. The second type of time Aquinas called aevum, or time affecting changes in or of mental processes. It did not concern material changes but rather changes in mental states. It also applied to all that is incorporeal, to angels and to states of consciousness. The third type of time Aquinas called the aeternitas. It concerned the divine. While it was the domain of God, it also embraced our ability to experience infinity or immortality in a single instant. It is the time that permits the present and infinity to be one.

In science, Aristotle and Newton measured time unambiguously as the duration between two events. They believed it was absolute time.

Then… Einstein destroyed the misconception that time is absolute. In his theory of relativity he married the concept of time and space into a single idea of space-time. According to the physicist Stephen Hawking, the distinction between space and time disappears completely when using imaginary time; time measured using imaginary numbers. There is no difference between going forward or backward in imaginary time.

(Surely this is the only time used by politicians, but back to science…)

We can also go in any direction in space. Other scientists took up the banner and came up with different definitions of time responding to different qualities and/or events of past, present and future.

Another Professor of mathematical physics, Frank Tipler PhD, offers us an elaborate menu of different ‘times’. He measures duration in terms of proper time, as measured by our clocks in the present astrophysical environment. Using this definition, time and space is measured in the same units, i.e. if time is measured in years then distance is measured in light years. He also computes in conformal time, which is measured in terms of a specific scale factor. We don’t have to worry about it because, as far as I understand, it is used only to calculate the behavior of light rays.

Then there is the entropic time, which “is a more physically significant time-scale than proper time.” It is used to measure the amount of entropy that exists in the universe at a specific proper time.

Next is the subjective time defined as the time required to store irreversibly one bit of information. Rather as in the speeds of computers.

Finally the theoretical physicists use the York time, so called after the American physicist James York, which simplifies mathematics of the field equations.”


More about time at another time. For now, I leave you with NOW—Being and Becoming. Find out for yourself. Below. 




Aug. 30th, 2014


Review of DELUSIONS

by Philippa Rees


“Deciding to review a book is like being a hotel receptionist in Monaco. Your recommendations are expected to be impartial but with the dullness of uniform options you steer your guests towards the hidden restaurant you fortuitously discovered. You hope they will unfold their napkins and enjoy it as much as you did. This book, the chef claims, was inspired by Richard Dawkins' 'The God Delusion'. He may well have observed the famous atheist in the polished steel kitchens of the Royal Society, cooking up traditional fare, steak and kidney pudding, shepherds pie, boiled mutton with gene caper sauce, knowing the palates of his readers will be satisfied with what they had expected, solid and kind to the digestion. Honestly presented certainly, but then the chef has become famous for that, no dressing things up with persuasive parsley. No foreign muck.


In contrast, the author of Delusions, Stanislaw Kapuściński, improvising in a beach shack, has produced a smorgasbord of samples, surrounded by heaps of bright chillies, unusual spotted gourds, sparkling sea salt, freshly slaughtered cows…

His narrative follows the traditional three courses; Man in the Nursery, in High School, in University to tease out the growth and fossilization of Delusions (of both religious and scientific kinds) and also to show the creation of time (past, present and future) cementing and itself created by this division. It is impossible to identify all the flavours that waft from this multidimensional dish, except to urge a reader to order it. It gives a broad education across both centuries and disciplines, and obscure and classical sources. As importantly, it is enormous fun, spiced and aromatic. Unlike his posturing 'mentor' the author's irreverence and wit make his views the more compelling.


Kapuscinski's intentions are early implied, to match Dawkins bite for bite and (as honestly) to demonstrate the irreconcilable gulf between intellectual reductionism and emotional religious dogmatism, each flailing towards fundamentalism in trying to flatten one another. In that he takes on Dawkins full square and very gently gradually knocks him over. Not by a deft left hook, but by tugging at his shirt. He admires his opponent's skill and breadth of culture but laments it is not sensitive to the deeper inspiration which might modify his intellectual stridency.


This reader bit into each dish with relish, savouring the fresh flavours of things turned inside out, the familiar used uniquely, the telling argument nailed with just enough illustration, but never too much.  (A few infant prodigies to question the central tenets of Darwinian gradual progress or the non-survival of memory) Kapuściński's erudition is worn as lightly as a tee shirt pulled over well exercised pectorals of Jesuitical education, Gnostic doctrine, Sanskrit sources, mythological and symbolic familiarity of the Bible and Koran which reduces both fossilised religious distortions and scientific certainties (knowing more and more about less and less) over a bright flame, until both cry for mercy. He remains fairly merciless and for that I celebrated.




In the end it is the primacy of mind preceding brain, idea determining creation, and responsibility in the moment of NOW that lies at the foundation of his appeal to 'pragmatic realism'. The name sounds philosophically chilly, deliberately eschewing inflation, but it belies the passion, and anger, and incipient despair underpinning this very profound work. He gives you himself, grated raw, and dipped into sauces, both sharp and honeyed. The appetite was self-renewing, and consuming pages effortless.


What remains is a deeply humane appeal to reap the best of human inspiration, devoid of dogma, restoring, indeed pleading for, worshipful sanity derived from self-knowledge and true identity. The essence of the individual, one with god, was derived from the only sources that were left standing; the ancient mythical, the repeated mystical and the personal experiential, now indivisible, simultaneously being and becoming in a universe hopefully emptied of delusion (and scientifically proved pretty empty of anything- the two are not unconnected) but waiting for a better use of imagination and light, with little time remaining. For all the chutzpah of this broad-brush annihilation of false stanchions, the ornate pier has collapsed, the crisis he uncovers is urgent. I thought it brilliant.” 




September 4th, 2014

Panacea


An eye for too many eyes.



There is an incredibly simple solution to counter the widespread need amongst the youth of many countries to join the ranks of what their governments call “terrorists”. If we cannot create an equal but opposite ideology to that which drives our youth to kill in anger, and to do so at complete disregard of their own lives, then at least we must remove the motivation, which enables others to drive them such desperate actions. What they seem to want is to take at least some eyes for great many eyes.

They seem to attempt to balance the homicidal actions of their governments by sacrificing their own lives. We must never forget that our reality is sustained only by a state of balance, in all aspects of our lives.


For as long as a few plutocrats impel our governments to murder men, women and children by the use of heavy artillery and supersonic aircraft, the ranks of terrorists will continue to swell as will their anger born of desperation. This has been proven throughout history. Yet, the “duly elected democratic governments” remain blind to this overt fact. The truth is staring them in the face, but they refuse to accept it. Their reaction towards the deeply troubled youths is not love and compassion but strong-arms tactics, teargas, police batons and, if that doesn’t work, artillery and bombardment from above.

They forgot the Universal Law: action results in an equal but opposite reaction. All uprisings, revolutions, or underground “armies” of World War II, offer ample proof of that. Who is right remains a moot point. But the quality of innocence (no matter how misdirected) of the Few, will always seek to balance the brutal killing by large armies— the henchmen of a few oligarchs. Both, the armies and the self-immolating youths are exploited by the few on both sides of the equation.

The masses will remain lackadaisical.

We must wake up to the reality that it is not a question of right or wrong, but of restoring the balance: political, religious, economic, and in every other aspect of life.


Most of us imagine that this is a war between the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ forces. Not so. There are but few oligarchs on both sides of the equation. A Few oligarchs manipulate week-willed governments with money—a Few other oligarchs manipulate weak-willed youths with distorted ideology.

Bombs are action—terrorism: reaction.

To repeat, unbeknownst to all governments, it is not a question of who is right and who’s wrong, but of restoring the balance. When the Few oligarchs stop using armies to amass more riches, the other manipulators will lose the means to motivate and incense the minds of their sacrificial lambs.

It’s that simple.

We cannot control the masses, but a Few of us can control some to fight and die for us. Yet, only their bodies are murdered. Their consciousness lives on. It’s immortal, whoever they are. And it never forgets, hence history will continue to repeat itself. Until we learn.




September 9th, 2014

Free Will


The Last Illusion



Our ego demands that we, and we alone, should control our destiny. Never mind our heritage, circumstances, genetic, economic, political and sociological predispositions, and a thousand other factors—we lay claim to be free citizens, masters of our domain.

It is hard to believe that some of us continue to delude ourselves. And yet, there is a grain of truth in the assumption of our freedom although, as Einstein would say, all is relative, and Feynman would add, “in all probability”.


Actually it all depends.

If you consider yourself born without any Karma, i.e. without any genetic traits, which give bias to your behaviour, shape, facial features (such a good looks or lack of them), or other factors that influence your predispositions; if you are born without the inherent need to procreate, to amass riches: wealth, gold, diamonds, yachts, works of art or country cottages—let alone power…

…but this could never happen, could it?

We delude ourselves that it is our transient personality and not the Immortal I AM that converts potential into manifestation. Hence, the illusion of free will.


Various religions have usurped and twisted the interpretation of ancient knowledge as it applies to our everyday affairs. Yet all scriptures, of whatever origin, always apply NOT to our physical bodies and/or wellbeing, but to the consciousness that resides within them. Hence, if we refer to ‘free will’, as mentioned in any of those writings, we do not mean that our ego is free to do whatever he or she wants, but our immovable, indestructible, irrepressible I AM alone is endowed with this quality. If we, however, identify with our physical bodies as ‘ourselves’, we can but temporarily deny the dictates of the physical, illusory, reality.

Temporarily.

Even as the conductor of an orchestra can wield his baton with great determination—he can allow the music to rise and fall, to swell or diminish in a gentle rallentando—but he cannot change a single note.

If we introduce discord into the music of the spheres sooner or later we, the transient personality, shall suffer. In the past they called such discord a ‘sin’. The music must remain pure. Perfect. As always, it is a question of cause and effect. Nothing more, nothing else. The harmony will be maintained, or restored.


On the other hand we are free to cooperate with universal laws and add to the harmony and beauty of even the illusory reality in which we spend but a few years. By doing so we enhance and enrich our more permanent abode in which we shall reap the consequences of our stints here, on Earth. And contrary to the twisters of truth, there is no such thing as a permanent state of hell. All things that we create are transient. And we, and only we, create our realities, be they heaven or hell. And we shall continue to do so forever. That’s the glory of immortality.

Good luck.


It might take a long while before we get there, but a possible direction is indicated in my novel Winston’s Kingdom. Let me know is you agree. (PS. Winston’s Kingdom is not part of a Box Set called the Winston Trilogy). Enjoy!




September 14th, 2014

The Centripetal Force


We’ve got it all wrong…



Darwinian evolution is little more than the effect of centrifugal force. There is also ‘real’ evolution, but such remains the province of mystics and saints, although it has absolutely nothing to do with any religion.

A paradox?

Apparently.


The centrifugal force sets us apart—centripetal draws us together. This applies to physical, emotional and mental realms. The physical is obvious—it stops our planet from smashing into the sun.

By contrast, in purely physical sense, the centripetal force stops us from flying off into the cold void of space. The same holds true of the emotional and mental realities. It holds us together. Emotionally, we know this force as love. On mental plane the key is philosophy. After all, philosophy means the love of wisdom, and wisdom is a perfect blend of love and knowledge.

Yet, on all planes, balance must be maintained.

Hence, all that separates, or tends to separate, us is part of the centrifugal force. Without it, taking all into consideration, we would collapse into a black hole that swallows all the light. And light is knowledge.

Yet these forces exist on every plane of becoming, with the centripetal being more powerful than the centrifugal. It accounts for both the rotation and the holding together of solar systems and galaxies rather than having various clamps of matter scattered haphazardly all over otherwise empty space. Likewise, whatever we do, ultimately the centripetal force, being the most powerful force in the universes, will restore our Oneness.

In essence, love is an expression of centripetal force.

Hence, we begin to understand the real meaning of love. It is that which restores Oneness on all planes of perception. The Singularity of Consciousness.


There is one other matter that ensues from this premise. The farther we move away from the centre, the more we lose touch with the concept of Oneness. In the physical sense, evolution is due to increased complexity necessary for survival as we drift away from the source of life. But as physical survival is, by definition, transient or even illusory, it follows that primitive animals are much closer to the Edenic state of consciousness from which humans have departed so long ago.

However, once we become fully aware of this separation, we can enjoy the complexities of physical evolution while retaining awareness of our true nature. ‘Real’ evolution leads to increased awareness of the individualized consciousness being inseparable from the Omnipresent Oneness. Of being all ONE.

‘, is immortal, sooner or later we shall all accept this maxim. Consequently, our creativity will increase beyond our wildest imagination. However, for as long we evolve in dualistic reality, we must never forget that divinity hovers in the perfect balance between the two opposing forces. It is our job to maintain this balance in our lives.

Good luck.


PS. Women, being motivated by their subconscious more so than men, have greater creative potential than men. However, they use up their ‘advantage’ on physical plane through procreation.




September 19th, 2014

Image and Likeness?


Morons marry Morons…



For one of my novels, I studied mental retardation. I looked up my Webster’s Dictionary. It offered synonyms for moron:


“…airhead, birdbrain, blockhead, bonehead, bubblehead, chowder head, chucklehead, clodpoll or clodpole, clot, cluck clunk, cretin, cuddy or cuddie, deadhead, dimbulb, dimwit, dip, dodo, dolt, donkey doofus, dope, dork dullard, dumbbell, dumbhead, dum-dum, dummkopf, dummy, dunce, dunderhead, fathead, gander, golem, goof, goon, half-wit, hammerhead, hardhead, ignoramus, imbecile, jackass, knownothing, knucklehead, lamebrain, loggerhead, loon, lump, lunkhead, meathead, mome, idiot, mug, mutt, natural, nimrod, nincompoop, ninny, ninnyhammer, nit, nitwit, noddy, noodle, numskull or numbskull, oaf, pinhead, jprat, ratbag, saphead, schlub or shlub, schnook, simpleton, stock, stupe, stupid, thickhead, turkey, woodenhead, yahoo, yo-yo…”


The antonyms were two: “brain” and “genius”.

The next day I looked up the King James Bible. There I read the following verse.

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him.” Genesis 1:27

I was also assured that, “male and female created he them”. That us, boys and girls, we’re in this together.

Now, according to Mr. Noah Webster’s listing, the ratio of morons to geniuses is 87 to 2. He doesn’t say which of these are created unto the image of God, with or without a capital ‘G’. All of them? That wouldn’t say much for God.

Or could it be that, in spite of Leonardo da Vinci’s visions, the Bible was talking about something quite different from the assurances we get from religious preachers?

I suggest that the characteristics that we inherit from ‘gods’ (biblical Elohim is plural) have nothing to do with the teaching of any religion. What the Bible intends to convey is that the creative process is dependant on, and is the result of, our thoughts. We, humans, like gods, are granted the privilege of creating our own, private, subjective reality, which we are free to regard as real. No matter how idiotic, no matter if it consists of almost exclusively empty space, we are free to consider it true. We are the creators.

The reality, of course, is our state of consciousness.


Unfortunately Webster’s Dictionary doesn’t explain why the world is in such a mess. If we were to take Mr. Webster seriously, we’d conclude that:

Morons marry moron to create more morons…”

The Dictionary doesn’t explain that our thoughts, including thoughts we direct at other people, create the reality we live in. For as long as we assign 87 negative traits to every 2 positive ones regarding our neighbours, regarding people everywhere, this world will reflect our thoughts. It cannot be otherwise. Once our thoughts get anchored in our subconscious, they determine the precise nature of our world. We are the sole creators of our reality. We have the power to create the world in the image and likeness of our thoughts. After all, we are gods. Remember?


From that day on I decided that the protagonists in my novels would live up to the Human Potential. They would be geniuses. Find out for yourself. We don’t necessarily start very high on the scale of our potential, but with luck and perseverance we might, just might, get there. Why don’t you try? Anne Howell of the The Avatar Syndrome did and she made it. You can, too.




September 24th, 2014

Homo Sapiens

Embodiment of Intelligence?



I wonder why most people find the concept of Oneness so difficult to accept. Latest reports from scientists claim that there are 8.7 million species. We need more accountants as, apparently, “cataloguing them all could take more than 1,000 years”. Though I’m neither an accountant nor a statistician, by my reckoning, probably double that number still hides in the depth of the oceans.


In 1935 Alexis Carrel wrote that “L’Homme, cet inconnu”. For me, man remains an unknown entity to this day. And yet, no matter how much we enjoy murdering each other out of greed, in wars, or just dropping bombs from 30,000 feet up in the air, nobody disputes that we, Homo sapiens, are a single species. Though we kill an astounding number of men and women, with the exception of some quasi-religious zealots, almost no one denies that we kill our own kind. Of course, when we exterminate other species that’s perfectly all right, because none of the others have been created “unto the image and likeness of god”. They don’t matter at all…

But we are different. We are “Wise Men”. That’s what Homo sapiens means in Latin. We, supreme species, above all others. Yea! Über Alles?

Imagine how different the world would be if we were to recognize that not our bodies are part of a single species, but our consciousness. That a single intelligence is trying, so desperately, to manifest through our bodies. That our consciousness, not our bodies is One. A Single Intelligence manifesting through near-infinite diversity of forms.

We’d probably have to include at least some of the 8.7 million other species in this equation, of course. Or we might become 8,700,001. All One, single intelligence manifesting, as best IT can, through all means available to IT. And then we would add all the, as yet unknown, extraterrestrial species to this Singularity of Consciousness. All different, all striving to comprehend this elusive, intangible, yet strangely euphoric Oneness.

Just imagine…

I firmly believe that in time, perhaps a few trillion years or so, we shall begin to feel this Oneness. Instead of killing each other we might cooperate to reach greater understanding of the infinite diversity of creation. Our thoughts will create universes beyond our wildest imagination. Worlds of near-infinite beauty. Of singularity of Mind, or Love…

We would all become ONE.


And there is more. Having achieved this evolutionary level we would know without the slightest shadow of doubt that this creative zeal of ours would never end. That ever-new ideas would flow from the Source of Infinite Potential (the Unconscious), waiting to be manifested in equally as infinite number of transient realities. After all, only the creative act is the manifestation of Life. The rest is just a consequence.

There’s no hurry.

After all, as gods, we are all immortal. We must prepare to accept our heritage. It is waiting within us to be discovered. Within you and me—within every single one of us. Thomas, of Nag Hammadi, even offers us the key how to get there, The Key to Immortality . Shall we join him?






September 29th, 2014

Power


Delusions we cherish



According to Baruch Spinoza to define God is to deny God. He’s right, of course. We all suffer from delusions. We think God is good and Satan is bad. Not so. We are good or bad. God is neutral. Yet, as Lao Tzu said, Tao is always on the side of the just man.

There’s a problem.

We must decide what defines ‘just’.

We can start by observing the functioning of the Universe, duly noting that the physical universe is illusory, what our friends in the East call Maya. We must dig deeper. So who/what created the reality we live in?

We are the god-creators.

Each one of us is a state of consciousness, which is immovable and unchangeable. The individualized consciousness is inseparable from the Omnipresent Consciousness, which is the Creative Source. Its power is required to covert the potential into the manifested reality.

We have that power. This singular power is what makes us gods. Nothing else.

Hence, “Ye are gods.”


This creative power is what defines gods. Plural—as Elohim in the Bible.

Once we become aware of this power, we begin our conscious evolutionary climb. We learn that power can be used for both good and evil ends.

Essentially, all that enhances the totality (even through diversity) is good. All that detracts from it is bad. Omnipresent Benevolence, equips us with immortality then… leaves us on our own. Bombardment of meteorites, volcanic eruptions, tornados, tsunamis and other global cataclysms that lately we see in great abundance are ample proof of this.

We experiment, we learn. We live (a short while) with the consequences of our decisions.


Reality functions according to Universal Laws. Some call these Laws Science, some God, some Nature. The name is immaterial. It is important to note that Omnipresent Benevolence is characterized by the tendency to restore and sustain a state of balance.


As we acquire more power and learn how to use it, we become ‘good’ or ‘bad’, according to our will (or latent ignorance). Hence gods can be both, good and bad, though the Source, the Infinite Potential, remains eternally neutral. The Laws (including Karma) take care of restoring and maintaining the balance. Hence, the Single Source must remain neutral to afford us free will. The Power lies within us. Good or bad.


The truth is within us. It is up to us to rediscover it, accept it, and then do the best we can with it. In time we become more powerful gods. We acquire the power to kill millions—or to save them. No matter what power we wield, eventually we ALWAYS bear the consequences of our thoughts, which result in actions. The ignorance of law is no excuse for breaking it.

Hence, divinity is neither good nor bad, but It is what the opposites have in common, thus sustaining a state of balance. Only such balance assures Immortality. Therein lies Infinite Power, and we are the only gods that exercise it.

There are many other delusions we cherish. Some of them are mentioned in Delusions—Pragmatic Realism. Let me know if you agree.




October 4th, 2014

REALITY?


On Subjective and Objective Perception.



Your world and my world are, well… worlds apart. That which we share is objective reality. The rest is subjective. When you and I die (vacate our physical bodies), we return to the subjective reality we have created not only during the immediately preceding lifetime, but to a reality of memories we have accumulated since the moment of the individualization of our consciousness.

We are immortal, but not necessarily as individualized entities. In a few trillion years we might decide that we have accumulated enough memories to spend the rest of our existence gallivanting through them. We can ‘replay’ our favourite memories, employing all our enhanced senses, an endless number of times. Or, which is more likely, we might decide to merge once again with the Source from which we emerged (individualized). If we do, we shall enrich the potential for all still individualized entities to draw on for aeons to come. After all, in essence, we always remained One.

As there is neither beginning nor end to the omnipresent consciousness, its indescribable richness is unimaginable. As it is infinite, hence is also unknowable.

How do I know all this?

I don’t?

The awareness I am sharing with you is, however, the subjective image of my reality—the product of some 70 years of daily contemplation in this life, and perhaps a million times as many in my previous incarnations. If you choose to agree with my postulates, then for us, for you and me, my image will become objective. It just takes two or three of us to make it so. Together we shall enrich our heaven.

Isn’t it fun?


I mentioned before that both space and time are illusory concepts. They belong to an imaginary, transient, ephemeral reality. Even if you accept your subjective reality as real, both you and I are immortal in the singularity of NOW.

The eternal, wondrous, intangible, enchanting NOW. (see NOW—Being and Becoming).

By definition, infinity has neither beginning nor end. We are the Observers of transient realities we create as they move through time and space, eternally, in the ephemeral bliss of Becoming.

Welcome to my world.




October 9th, 2014

The Many and the Few


E Pluribus Unum?



Originally this phrase, “The Many and the Few” exemplified the struggles of Paul and Peter in the Acts of the Apostles. Hence my blog. And then there are times when inspiration, indeed wisdom, comes from most unexpected quarters. During lunch I clicked on TV to find Charlie Rose hosting Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Yes, the Russian ex-oligarch is my surprising source.

Perhaps Mikhail’s stint in jail, for whatever reason, has cleansed him from the dangers inherent in ever-corrupting vicissitudes of power. Surely, the man, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, formally Russia’s richest man, must have been exposed to its wiles. Although according to Wikipedia, Russia sports a mere 111 billionaires to the USA’s 492, (after all USA is a democracy where more people are equal), Mikhail’s wealth must have placed him under considerable temptation.

What caught my attention, however, was not Khodorkovsky’s unexpected release from jail, but a statement he made about his political views. My own views are tempered by the conviction that, while no two people are equal, we are all endowed with inherent, if deeply hidden, near-infinite creative power. As long as we do not externalize this power, assigning it to some distant divinity hovering on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, we can, in time, discover it within ourselves. Within our consciousness.

Hence Mikhail’s statement was so vital to me.

He stated, roughly, that since the “authorities” have, and continue to make, such grossly evident mess of things, surely “people” simply couldn’t do any worse.

I was stunned. Surely, he was right. The “authorities” are making an absolute mess of political, social, military, and every other governance. They even manage to fail in the field of education. Could any bunch of “ordinary” people do worse?

Any bunch?


There are wonderful both a priori and consequences (a posteriori) of this view. Since we, individually, are equipped with inherent infinite potential, and NO organization is, hence we must make decisions, and not those few who have proven, time and again, their complete and utter inability to do so. At least if we messed things up we would pay the piper, while the “authorities” would no longer retire at somewhere between $170,000 and $400,000 (£400,000 in the UK) per year on life-long pensions.

You and I must make the decisions—they, the bumbling authorities, must carry out our orders. In this electronic age this should be amply possible with the use of referenda published on the Internet.

At long last real Democracy?

We are, according to some, created unto the image and likeness of God. To my knowledge, not a single government was. Nor any organization. Nor even the Pentagon. Neither were the oil Sheiks of Saudi Arabia. Mikhail Khodorkovsky seems to have realized that. Why can’t we?

So now we’ve come a full circle. The Many would decide what the Few must do. E pluribus Unum at last. Of course, this applies only to material existence. Perhaps Paul was right, “down here”. Peter’s interests lay elsewhere. Find out in Peter and Paul and, please, let me know what you think.





October 15th, 2014

The Chicken or the Egg


Cogito ergo sum?



Even the smartest people, those with a string of PhDs to their name, do not pretend that they are computers. They might sit in front of one for hours waiting for it to provide them with an answer to some enigmatic question, alas, to no avail. Unless they punch some keys, which will stir the hardware and software into action, nothing much happens.

And yet, those very same self-confessed savants claim that their brain acts on its own, without the intercession of their will—their intangible, elusive, impalpable ‘Self’. They simply cannot accept that that which cannot seen, felt, measured or even recognized by any of their increasingly complex electronic machinery seems to control that which is measurable, tangible, palpable and equally as complex.

They can accept that it takes ‘them’ to drive a car, to operate a computer, but not to operate their brain.

Au contraire, they announce in a loud voice filled with self-righteous self-importance. “We don’t think”, they say. “Our brains do.”

Sad.

If that were true, they would forever remain in a reactive mode. They would respond or react to the dictates of their brain and genetic makeup—as does the rest of the animal kingdom.

Fortunately for the human species, we are capable of being proactive.


The eternal question for people steeped in scientific fundamentalism is whether brain produced mind, or did mind produce brain. The chicken or the egg.

There is one other problem.

Expecting our brain to upgrade itself with new information is like waiting for your car to fill itself with gas, or your computer to design it’s own software. If we do not introduce new software into our biological computer particularly in our older years, our biological computer cannot handle the feedback from our senses and incorporate it into its data storage.


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