Happy Halloween – The Halloween decorations and masks, made of unknown chemical compounds emitting unknown gases, the trimmings we had made for us in sweatshops, toxifying the land with their effluence, are all grinning in delight as at last, igniting with that indistinguishable irony that animates them, our own masks strangle us, our lawn decorations take on life and drag us down…down…to a dead man’s party..
“I’m a writer/ but then/ nobody’s perfect”
Or is it the result of the influence of sf writers?
If aliens did leave their mark on Earth by some wild chance, we could search for the possible “footprints” of alien technology or even analyze the DNA of terrestrial organisms for signs of intelligent messages or tinkering. Such a CSI-style forensics search could complement, rather than replace, the outward-looking search for extraterrestrial intelligence, said Paul Davies, a physicist and cosmologist at Arizona State University in Tempe.
Sample: “We pointed out that the deregulation behind the frenzy came at a price. It was damaging to labor standards. It was damaging to environmental standards. Corporations were becoming more powerful than governments and that was damaging to our democracies. But to be honest with you, while the good times rolled, taking on an economic system based on greed was a tough sell, at least in rich countries.
“Ten years later, it seems as if there aren’t any more rich countries. Just a whole lot of rich people. People who got rich looting the public wealth and exhausting natural resources around the world.
“The point is, today everyone can see that the system is deeply unjust and careening out of control. Unfettered greed has trashed the global economy. And it is trashing the natural world as well. We are overfishing our oceans, polluting our water with fracking and deepwater drilling, turning to the dirtiest forms of energy on the planet, like the Alberta tar sands. And the atmosphere cannot absorb the amount of carbon we are putting into it, creating dangerous warming. The new normal is serial disasters: economic and ecological.”
“Two or three days after Gurdjieff’s departure, I was walking along the Troitsky street and I suddenly saw that the man who was walking towards me was asleep. There could be no doubt whatever about this. Although his eyes were open, he was walking along obviously immersed in dreams which ran like clouds across his face. …After him came another also sleeping. A sleeping izvostchik went by with two sleeping passengers. Suddenly I found myself in the position of the prince in the ‘Sleeping Princess.’ Everyone around me was asleep. It was an indubitable and distinct sensation. . .” –PD Ouspensky, In Search of the Miraculous.
The terror of the situation, in Gurdjieff’s phrase, is that we’re consigned to a world run, for the most part, by sleeping people; people who are never awake at all. They walk, they talk, they make “decisions”–they react, mechanically, to stimuli. They are driven by odd little constructions formed around vanity and fear. They’re often nearly psychotic–yet they can rise to positions of great power and influence. (Perhaps the media fascination with zombies is some unconscious apprehension of the danger represented by mindless, sleepwalking humanity.) All of us are subject to a tendency to slip into a comforting trance, the walking sleep of daily life.
What could be more terrifying to contemplate, really? Like being in a speeding car steered by a blind toddler. The terror of the situation…
An exaggeration? What if it’s true? Suppose we were able to look around and say, “Yes people are talking, planning, building, doing wonderful things sometimes–yet something essential in them still sleeps!” And what if we realized that there are ways to awaken–and that awakening the world would transform it? What if it turned out that there’s a universal conscience–as Gurdjieff claimed–that is obtainable through high consciousness, a consciousness invested with guidance from a higher, finer source at the heart of the cosmos?
What if it’s true? What if we were, to lesser and greater degrees, asleep–and what if awakening were possible?
What if it were literally true? One possibility for waking from sleep–is seeing one’s sleep. . .
Curious about Gurdjieff? Try:
Orthodox mysticism, the mummy of a man venerated as an American saint, GNOSTICS, WICCANS, SUFIS, examined…Brisk and professionally made…
The Republicans are not only trying, again, to ban abortion–they’re trying to ban birth control, as this article explains:
The Catholics are of course delighted. I tried to explain to a Catholic friend of mine that if the anti-contraception people want to get serious they must deal with SPERM SPILLAGE as well as simply not having condoms and so on. If you have sex, even without contraception, millions of sperm are lost–they’re drippage, ending up in a stain on the bed. This cannot be allowed, if you’re serious about the sacredness of every sperm. So we need SACRED SPERM TWEEZERS which are used, along with a special SACRED SPERM MICROSCOPE (The Holy Spermscope?), to identify and pluck individual sperm from bedsheets, to somehow preserve them. We may also have special vagina spillage cups to catch the sperm so we can save it. Even then Sacred Sperm Tweezers will be necessary to pluck sperm from the end of penises and the vulva, for example. And then there’s menstrual flow–there may be intact ova in it. We need to save all that, all tampons must be saved and treasured. This process will of course take inordinate amounts of time and money, the vaults for the sperm and menstruation will be gigantic, and expensive to build, but it must be done. Catholics and other anti-birth-control enthusiasts had better get started.
Meanwhile, here’s music to listen to while plucking sperms with sacred sperm tweezers. EVERY SPERM IS SACRED by Monty Python …
From Lisa Jackson, head of the EPA:
“Since the beginning of this year, Republicans in the House have averaged roughly a vote every day the chamber has been in session to undermine the Environmental Protection Agency and our nation’s environmental laws. . .Using the economy as cover, and repeating unfounded claims that ‘regulations kill jobs,’ they have pushed through an unprecedented rollback of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and our nation’s waste-disposal laws, all of which have successfully protected our families for decades…How we respond to this assault on our environmental and public health protections will mean the difference between sickness and health — in some cases, life and death — for hundreds of thousands of citizens.
“This is not hyperbole. The link between health issues and pollution is irrefutable.”
Read all about it: http://www.newser.com/story/131564/epa-chief-lisa-jackson-gop-war-on-environment-wont-create-jobs.html
If anything she’s understating the urgency–I think the loss of lives will be in the hundreds of millions, and more because the consequences will stretch out over many generations…
Meanwhile, here’s a little something for climate change skeptics:
“Anaheim laundry workers monitored by giant big screens aim to keep productivity high as they worry about paying more for healthcare.
“In the basements of the Disneyland and Paradise Pier hotels in Anaheim, big flat-screen monitors hang from the walls in rooms where uniformed crews do laundry. The monitors are like scoreboards, with employees’ work speeds compared to one another. Workers are listed by name, so their colleagues can see who is quickest at loading pillow cases, sheets and other items into a laundry machine.
“It should come as no surprise that at the happiest place on Earth, not all the employees are smiling.”
The linked article makes a good argument that the Harold Campings of the world are motivated by their fear of death. “He insists no person can know who God saves and who God damns, but the implication very clearly is that he is among the saved,” Kent said. “With that implication, belief in the Rapture means that Mr. Camping would escape the fate that befalls all human beings, which is death.”
I’ve been saying this for awhile, with respect to doomsayers but also to hardcore flying saucer enthusiasts and other fetishists of the supposed paranormal.