President Joko Widodo of Indonesia, as he executes six people, said, “Drugs ruin lives.” The way I see it governments ruin peoples’ lives and religion ruins peoples’ lives and even child protection services ruin people’s lives. Laws also ruin people’s lives for they are written by people whose self-interests motivate them to do exactly that. Rich people in general make their wealth by making others poorer in health and wealth so why don’t we execute them? Why don’t we just pass a law to execute all the self-righteous and get it all over with?
“It’s destroying me. I can’t not be with my son. He is all that matters,” Jesse Thompson said of having Jerry taken away. Vicca and Jesse Thompson were accused of posing a risk to their son Jerry’s well-being by feeding marijuana to him. They denied doing so, but Vicca Thompson said she did rub a marijuana salve on his skin to treat a rash, which would not put him at risk of getting high.
I really wonder why the government, society and the press put up with such garbage about marijuana since Coca-Cola and sugar in general is much worse for one’s health and future than medical marijuana. We as a society and civilization make light of the most dangerous things while allowing the worst elements among us to go rabid about drugs, global warming, vaccines, chemotherapy and all the goodies we get from Monsanto.
Being Honest with Ourselves
On Ron Paul’s site we read, “If Americans were honest with themselves they would acknowledge that the Republic is no more. We now live in a police state. If we do not recognize and resist this development, freedom and prosperity for all Americans will continue to deteriorate. All liberties in America today are under siege.”
Police state is a polite way of saying that America is looking more like Nazi Germany every year. If you think I am exaggerating, just read John Whitehead’s The Dire State of our Nation – What you will not hear from the Politicians. “Patrolled by police, our schools have become little more than quasi-prisons in which kids as young as age 4 are being handcuffed for "acting up," subjected to body searches and lockdowns, and suspended for childish behavior,”
After reading him say this I begin to think Americans are already being treated by their own government like the Jews were treated by the Nazis just before the first concentration camps opened. “Private property means little at a time when SWAT teams and other government agents can invade your home, break down your doors, kill your dog, wound or kill you, damage your furnishings and terrorize your family, says Whitehead.”
In America, you do not want to disagree with your Nazi – type of doctor. “Parents who challenge a doctor’s finding or request a second opinion regarding their children’s health care needs are being charged with medical child abuse and, in a growing number of cases, losing custody of their children to the government,” says Whitehead.
The Automatic Earth writes, “We need to do a lot more thinking, and take a far more critical look at ourselves, than we do at present. We’re not even playing it safe, we’re only playing it easy. And that’s just not enough.” Actually, nothing is going to be enough to stop what is coming down the pike. To hope for anything but reality is a fool’s dream.
Brandon Smith writes, “The structure of history is held together by two essential and distinct kinds of links, two moments in time to which no one is immune: moments of epiphany, and moments of catastrophe. Sometimes, both elements intermingle at the birth of a singular epoch. Men often awaken to understanding in the midst of great crisis; and, invariably, great crises can erupt when men awaken. These are the moments when social gravity vanishes, when the kinetic glue of normalcy melts away, and we begin to see the true foundations of our world, if a foundation exists at all.”
“Catastrophe occurs when too many people refuse to accept that around us always are two universes at work. There is the cold, hard reality that underlies everything. And on the surface is a veil of deceit and compromise. The more humanity compromises vital truths in order to enjoy the comfort of illusions, the more mind-shattering it will be when those illusions fall away. These two worlds can coexist only for short periods of time, and they will always and eventually collide. There is no other possible outcome,” Smith said.
The Burning Platform writes, “The surreal nature of this world as we enter 2015 feels like being trapped in a Fellini movie. The .1% party like it’s 1999, central bankers not only don’t take away the punch bowl – they spike it with 200 proof grain alcohol, the purveyors of propaganda in the mainstream media encourage the party to reach Caligula orgy levels, the captured political class and their government apparatchiks propagate manipulated and massaged economic data to convince the masses their standard of living isn’t really deteriorating, and the entire façade is supposedly validated by all-time highs in the stock market. It’s nothing but mass delusion perpetuated by the issuance of prodigious amounts of debt by central bankers around the globe. And nowhere has the obliteration of a currency through money printing been more flagrant than in the land of the setting sun – Japan. The leaders of this former economic juggernaut have chosen to commit hara-kiri on behalf of the Japanese people, while enriching the elite, insiders, bankers, and their global banking co-conspirators. Japan is just the point of the global debt spear in a world gone mad. Total world debt, excluding financial firms, now exceeds $100 trillion.”
It is not a good moment to be unconscious. We need all of our awareness on afterburners to discern what we need to do to protect our families and very lives when the coming tidal wave of financial failure hits the big time. That could be as soon as tomorrow but it certainly is set for prime time in 2015 or by some miracle extended out to 2016. The news is terrible as deflation hits the world and that translates into decreasing business activity and increasing threat of debt default. A lot of people and countries are going to lose their shirts and this is going to be uncomfortable for everyone.
Listening Saves Instead of Ruins Lives
In Forbes Magazine we read, “Most of us don’t really listen very well. Or if we do manage to listen, we are often just waiting until the other person finishes so that we can say what is on OUR mind. And that’s not really listening. Over time the result of this is that we seal ourselves off from other people, we don’t really know them, or really understand their concerns. Eventually, as our lives move on, we may become more and more isolated. When we listen, Ueland remarks, we allow the creative fountain to start up, ‘the spirit, the intelligence, the imagination.’ And by not listening, whether it be in business or personal life, that fountain will run dry.”
“Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force” writes Brenda Ueland in her essay On The Fine Art of Listening. The people who “really listen to us are the ones we move toward, and want to sit in their radius as though it did us good.”
There once was a process that taught people how to listen deeply even when in the middle of conflict. The process was called Creative Conflict but it was grossly unpopular in a world that does not model or teach listening. Listening to those we love though gets us everywhere and since it is ring the wagons around the family time I would recommend shoring up our most meaningful and intimate relationships with deep listening and the processing of underlying conflicts.
The closest approach I found online to Creative Conflict is Creative Conflict Resolution, which gives some idea how this process can be used in therapy or instead of psychological therapy. I gave up the idea of practicing Creative Conflict with anyone but my wife and children many years ago but it still lives on in my genes.
Jagoda Perich-Anderson wrote, “Conflict is a life force filled with creative tension and energy. We can learn to use it to increase the health and learning potential of any pair or group of people and to open the door to new possibilities. Most of us feel about conflict the same way we do about sharks-it’s best to avoid them at all costs. In fact, a participant in one of my workshops on conflict management once told me, “When there’s conflict in a staff meeting at work, I feel like I’m swimming in a tank with sharks.”