Monthly Archives: November 2011

Let’s be serious…just for a moment

Seriously now, it’s already hard enough having to sit and watch us bullshit ourselves to the point of idiocy, but I just finished a tag surfing session and in addition to the usual endless droning about GOLD this and GOLD that, I just saw (for the first time) an article regarding a country that was “repatriating” its gold from the vaults in London and New York where the countries of the world have kept their gold since WWII.  The article stated that the decision to repatriate the gold had been made by the leader of the country “in view of the volatile nature of the world’s economy’.  That was just a bit much.  Up until now, the math more or less indicated that everyone knows that the whole GOLD thing is bullshit, but all of a sudden I’m not sure if I should doubt that math.  Is it possible that people actually BELIEVE this shit and are not just playing along because that’s what we think we must do?  I don’t know, but it’s scary.  Scary enough to motivate me to post this message:

Just in case anyone actually believes that GOLD has any actual value that makes it immune to anything that might happen to the economy or to human civilization, it should be noted that GOLD is actually worthless.  It is a fairly unremarkable metal that we selected to use as the stuff that we would manufacture MONEY from back when we decided that WEALTH (which has always been FOOD) should have a standardized measure of exchange to facilitate commerce.  We picked GOLD to be the “material” used to manufacture money because it was PLIABLE and we could shape it into coins more easily than other metals. In other words, GOLD became the manufacturing material for money because it was SOFT, period.  That’s about all there is to GOLD, the rest we made up and believed.  In summary; if the U.S., European or global economy should collapse (they actually already have, but I won’t go against the “grain”, I’ll play like it hasn’t happened yet) then what in the world is that country I mentioned earlier going to do with all of their repatriated GOLD?  It’s time for everyone to begin to digest the truth because it is the truth, regardless of how we feel or what we believe and the truth is that there IS no more money.  We spent all the money that there was, that there is and that there will be in the next 500 years and there is nothing left to substantiate any math that supports the concept of money.  The machinery that moves civilization is running today (albeit poorly) only because we BELIEVE that those little pieces of paper and GOLD are actually worth something, but this hallucination is quickly fading and sooner than we can imagine, MOST of us will have no choice but to face this truth and deal with it.  So I ask you:  when the MACHINERY that runs the “world”; the one that runs on “money” finally peters out and shuts down, ending commerce and production globally, what can anyone do with GOLD?  With no infrastructure in place, there will be no system in place to grow and distribute FOOD OR WATER and in 3 months there will be mayhem.  What good will 10 or 11 billion dollars worth of GOLD do when everyone is STARVING?  Who in their right mind would trade a can of beans that they found in the back of some forgotten cabinet somewhere for a mountain of GOLD at that point?  You can’t EAT the stuff!  It’s a freaking METAL, no different than tin, bronze or iron and no more or less valuable than whatever WE decide.  It was hard for me to digest, but I did.  This means that you can too, because we’re all the same.  I know that it’s hard to let go of the world as we know it, but WE BROKE IT and we need to build a new one, so we need to grow up, quickly, or in the simplest of terms, we’re fucked.  YOU know this, I know this and we ALL know this.  I refuse to believe that we are all idiots, but we are dangerously close to proving that to be true – and that applies to me as well, if we end up screwing ourselves because of idiocy, then that makes me an idiot too.  I don’t want to be an idiot.

We CAN do better.

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The righteousness parable

Recently, I applied the final touches to my latest book and decided that there was nothing more that I could change, improve, fix or be paranoid about, which meant that it was good enough.  It’s called “The Sixty-seven Rules: A promise kept.”  I gave it that title because I was keeping a promise (to you; cool beans!).  This post is not about my book however, it is best example of rule #2 that exists, and rule #2  is very, very important right now.  Just to recap; rule #2 says: “Never confuse shit with shinola.”

For as long as anyone can remember, people have confused, substituted or treated as synonyms; the words Truthfulness and Righteousness.  It is not very difficult to understand how this occurred, given our track record for using heaping portions of convenience and hypocrisy in the building of our social structures and languages.  The fact that the origins of the phenomenon are easily understandable does not make it any less unacceptable.

A simple application of the basic scientific process yields some very enlightening answers.  We have a fascinating love/hate relationship with truth, we always have, ever since whenever it was that we understood what it was; because we all understand what truth is.  For the sake of clarity, truth is an intransigent absolute in the universe, which means that it just is.  It can’t be changed, modified, corralled, manipulated or swayed, in fact as far as we humans are concerned, when it comes to truth; there are only two ways that we can interact with it:  we can accept it or ignore it, but that’s about it.  That is what has always fascinated us about truth: its unquestioned validity.  A truth simply is, above all else and in spite of anything else.  That particular quality is irresistibly desirable to us: to be unquestionable, indisputable and publicly acknowledged as right above all else. The mere thought of a person possessing the intransigent qualities of truth is so powerful that it overpowers and overshadows all human emotions, even lust.  We simply had to incorporate it into the human condition, so we came up with truthfulness; a human trait also referred to as honesty.  In reality, both terms are misnomers; what is claimed by the use of the words truthfulness and honesty is far from what we actually do when we’re being truthful and honest because we lie, continuously.  We can’t help but lie, it’s so easy to get away with.  The only problem is rule #1:  “Do not lie.”   This rule is not “optional”, it is not something that one can casually decide to acquire or to partake of, it is a requirement for happiness.  Hold on… wasn’t I writing about truth just a moment ago?  How did I end up here?  Do you see how easily we confuse things?  Regardless of this, neither word has anything to do with truth, they are just one way that we have attempted to “humanize” one of the absolute qualities of the universe.

It turns out that truthfulness and honesty simply did not provide the same amount of pleasure to the ego as truth.  They were good qualities, but while they leaned towards aspects of actual truth, they became synonymous with humility and as anyone can tell you, humility is a WEAKNESS.  It’s what a person should claim to be, when in fact they desire to be and are expected to be ruthless and imposing and above all else:  right.  Yes, that is what makes human flesh tremble with desire and makes the knees weak:  to be right – and for everyone else to know that I’m right.  Oh yes!  That’s good, that’s very good!  All it needed was a little math to establish the parallel and all of a sudden; there it was:  To be right one had to possess truth, otherwise they were wrong.  Being right became the membership ID card that was shown when we wanted to be treated by others with the same unyielding and unquestionable validity as truth, and it worked!  All one had to be was right and BAM! – the same endorphins and pheromones that are set off when we imagine what it must be like for a person to be as omnipotent as truth itself coursed through the body.  We humans have always been so resourceful.

In this manner, we created righteousness and immediately upon doing so, we did something to ourselves that will haunt us to until we reconcile the truth; we created and set loose a construct capable of giving the human ego an orgasm, as it were.

[Note: Keep in mind that a human ego having an orgasm is probably the most horrific thing that can be imagined.  Without our egos, we’re not human, but when you take into account that the ego is such a ferocious and inconsiderate beast that the only way that a person can remain human is to keep their ego on a very short leash and feed it a very low calorie diet to keep it weak, lest it consume everything in its path, the thought of that same thing having an orgasm is overwhelmingly addictive.]

Following is the definition that we assigned to the word; righteous, and just in case it pops into your mind:  it’s no joke:

right·eous

[rahy-chuhs]

adjective

  1. Characterized by uprightness or morality: a righteous observance of the law.
  2. morally right or justifiable: righteous indignation.
  3. acting in an upright, moral way; virtuous: a righteous and godly person.
  4. Slang . absolutely genuine or wonderful: some righteous playing by a jazz great.
  5. noun
  6. the righteous, ( used with a plural verb ) righteous persons collectively.

 

World English Dictionary

righteous  (ˈraɪtʃəs)

-adj

  1. characterized by, proceeding from, or in accordance with accepted standards of morality, justice, or uprightness;
  2. virtuous: a righteous man(as collective noun ; preceded by the):
  3. the righteous morally justifiable or right, especially from one’s own point of view: righteous indignation

And so it is that right there, in the last definition of righteous, in the same line item where the concept of righteous indignation is established that the math unravels completely.  We started out with truth; a universal constant that contains, among other things, the attribute of indisputable and absolute validity and veracity and attempted to define a human version which we called truthfulness or honesty, but they resulted in humility which we interpret as “weak”.  We then embellished truthfulness by adding the premise of being right based on a “solid moral foundation” and gave birth to righteousness, which takes the entire concept straight down the toilet, where we reach righteous indignation, or “I’m right, you’re wrong, therefore I own the truth.”

So then, what have we accomplished?  We are a world of 7 billion people who each believe that they are right. We attempted to emulate truth and came up with righteousness, which allows for everyone to be right and for everyone to also be wrong, depending on the desire for convenience.  This is then further extrapolated into “I’m right, therefore I’m telling the truth and you are lying because you’re wrong.”  Other than the clear errors in this psychotic math, it’s not even possible!  Everyone can’t be right and wrong at the same time!  That would be…impossible and paradoxical, right?  Reality would shatter and all life on earth would immediately come to an end.  I can clearly hear a voice, it sounds like the voice of an older woman, saying:  “Well, I’m very sorry.  I guess the world will just have to end then, because I’m RIGHT.”   None of us are right or wrong, just human.  Isn’t that right?  Come on now, tell the truth!

”Being right serves no purpose, whatsoever.”

ctwfrank

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?!!!!??!!!

I stopped for a moment just now – stopped everything; the math, the work, the thinking, the labor.  I stopped and stood up;  straight as I could.  I looked around and took a deep breath – just now, and I caught a glimpse of it.  It’s tiny, faint and no more than a whisper, but it’s there alright.  Can you see it?  Can you smell it?  I have no math for this, I’ve never actually seen anything like it so I’m going by what my gut; my human gut, is telling me – and it is familiar.  It’s US. I am quite sure that I just saw the very first truly collective spark of pure human hope that I’ve ever seen – who knows, maybe it’s the first one ever, but that’s what it is!  Heads up, brothers and sisters; look for it, it’s there – we can do this!  We can do…better.

ctwfrank

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That which has value

The whole of human existence has become blindly obsessed with the issue of having possession of, if not the right to possess (by virtue of debt) those things that have value, specifically; money.  No thing has any more or less value than what we assign it and it is woeful to contemplate that we would, individually or collectively, assign a higher value to any thing than what we reserve for ourselves, yet we have.

In the universe, there are only two values, these being the same ones we should concern ourselves with, lest we lose all reason and rationality:  There is that which is TRUE and that which is FALSE and to count them as two values is only insofar as there are two different words to count, for they are in essence, opposite views of the same value; its validation and its negation.  The only actual and real value that exists is truth which is simultaneously the only thing of value, yet we have come to value money more we value ourselves and even more than truth, and because of these we are all but lost in our own lie.

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Untitleable

It has always been generally considered that our modern globe-spanning Western Civilization chose Greece to be the place to herald its birth.  Now, all of a sudden, it might just be that it also chose Greece to be the place where it lay down to die.

ctwfrank

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I miss…

I miss…looking ahead to the future.

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