I wonder if I am a refugee from a world that got fucked over by invaders.
Bob Eggleton’s best titled piece: “There Goes the Neighbourhood”
I had a dream once where this happened. I was one of the locals.
|—||Katie Kacvinsky (via emotional-algebra)|
The people of Menyama in Papua New Guinea have a ritual that involves the bodies of their warriors. These ‘Aseki Smoked Bodies,’ as they’ve come to be called, are smoked for preservation purposes and then placed upon cliff faces so that they look down upon the village below. These bodies act as protectors of the village, constantly watching so that the locals feel safe.
With Dwarf and Hobbit, Elves and Men,
with mortal and immortal folk,
with bird on bough and beast in den,
in their own secret tongues he spoke.
The Golden Cape from the 1963 film Cleopatra. Worn by Liz Taylor, the leather & gold garment is designed to look like the wings of a Phoenix.
I was there I was there and I felt Your hands around my neck Hands on my chest pushing me underwater Tying me into the car and starting the gas The hot poker The bullet The knife I was there and I …
All of the great sages from the time of the Bhagavad Gita, to the Buddha, to the Greek and Roman Stoics right down to Voltaire in the European Enlightenment and contemporary teachers like the Dalai Lama, Alan Watts, and Eckhart Tolle have said “quiet your mind if you are to know serenity”.
Yet, for many students this seems an impossible hill to climb. An unsurpassable obstacle on the path. This is generally because students try to simply “will” their mind to be quiet. This does not work. We cannot use thought to quiet thought.
There are two main ways to quiet mind.
The first is by focusing on a point, a candle, the breath or mantra and when the mind wanders just refocusing on that point. With practice this gets easier and easier.
The second is through “detached observation”. In this method we let the mind run free. However, we train ourselves to observe without engagement. We see but just let the ideas flow unhindered. Again, with practice we can silence the mind without thought.
๑ Samsaran ๑
The hallmark of evil is the attempt to control the thoughts, actions or destinies of another. Think of every evil person in history from serial killers to dictators and you will see what I mean. Ultimate good with be complete freedom without leaders or governments. However I have been around long enough to realize that this is not possible at the present level of evolution of mankind. Humans will take from the weak if not restrained. Humans will think only of their own self interest and forget the poor, weak, sick and elderly.
We are still just hairless apes. Selfish and brutal. Our only hope is to evolve through compassion and kindness before our ape natures catch up with us. Compassion and kindness are not mere ideals. They are not signs of weakness. They do not run counter to the principles of raw evolution. Compassion is a survival strategy which is very useful in large unified groups of intelligent animals and that includes homo sapiens.
We must learn to care for one another or perish and be a footnote in evolution. Homo sapiens means “wise man”. Now we must live up to that name and evolve into homo compatior or “compassionate man”.
๑ Samsaran ๑