Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Show a few pics of aliens and cryptids and all hell breaks loose

I find the ancient world magnificently interesting.  The phenomenon of Ancient Aliens is interesting, but it isn't something I am moved by so much, as I am interested in the speculative thoughts of the theorists.

So over HERE I talked about resisting the fake and just embrace what is true, and what entertains you.  I think it is important to look at our world and be curious.  But the world we are living in is becoming a very dangerous place.  I am not saying I have any answers, I do not, but I do think being curious, being hopeful, being helpful to others is better than giving up.

While science follows logic and evidence, it can't test things it doesn't know about. The same goes with thoughts about God.  A singer wrote a song I like, and am moved by, and it is a work that is about a dialogue with God and a human.  But it is shown in metaphor form.  So when I read the reviews of the song, people in the criticism world said, the lyrics don't make sense.  Looking a bit further into those critics, I found out that they were not believers in god, or much of anything other than their own lives.  It was a mystery to them.  You can't describe the taste of it if you have never tasted it.  

I do think Aliens COULD have visited earth, and there might even be evidence.  But being totally literal in views of ancient stories is foolish.  Some events might be captured factually, but the ancient man told stories with big ideas, and vast imagination.  He spoke truth in the form of small lies.  I think there is life in the universe outside of our own planet.  I believe there is life in our own solar system.  But, I don't know how they'd communicate or travel, since I don't know if they are intelligent.

Erich von Daniken was a student of theology, and became curious if perhaps the stories of the miracles, and of the god and his children weren't in fact stories of actual, factual events of cosmic, astronomical sort.  He was arrested for swindling money from his first job, in the hotel industry.  But he paid the debt through sales of the books he has written.  I think Daniken is better than the rest in the field.  Not as much for the writing, although it is better too, but for his way of explaining his points.  I don't think he is a great hoaxer, and I don't judge him for having made mistakes when young.  I'd be a shithead if I did that, I am probably known to people who don't like me as being an asshole, a freak, a jerk...

I think Zecharia Sitchin was bright, it requires that to write and tell about the universe in the manner in which he has done so.  His theory is that ancient aliens helped humans evolve faster, and in fact created hybrids to lead them.  The ancient Sumerian texts do have some intriguing concepts, and use images of lizard people, winged men and women, and birdlike beings to tell there stories.

I read these books, but I always thought, at the end, yeah maybe, I don't know.  And that is enough, I appreciate that I read them, and I moved on.

And you might be wondering, why are all these guys old, white and stuffy old farts?   I read these authors as a teen, and recently looked into more books.  The world is far different than when I was a teen, and I am still not convinced.  But I enjoyed the reading.

Rescue me

Not everyone knows what they are meant to do.  I discovered my purpose after much trial, and some suffering.  Life is good, but, I am aware that it is difficult.

I have spent most of my life waiting for my savior to come rescue me.  Belief in God gave me a fundamental structure to guide my morals and guide my purpose throughout my life.  I am flawed, I have made enormous mistakes.  My hopes and dreams have also changed as I've grown older.  Maturity isn't guaranteed, despite aging.  Wisdom just doesn't happen, it is earned, often by horrible lessons.

I have begged God to give me a sign.  Over the years I floated about life, not knowing what my purpose was.  I didn't want to live a life for the survival of it.  I wanted to have a life with meaning.  I was educated.  Master's degree in History with a minor area of Political Science gave my life perspective.  But it didn't give me a job, or did it open many doors.  Knowing things doesn't matter, especially if you haven't worked in a field.  I did work in 30 + jobs from 1982 to 1998.  Most of those jobs were dead ends.  The one job that I enjoyed changed in time, my friend there died of brain and lung cancer, and the owner died in a tragic accident.

But I am happy to say, the two jobs I ended up with gave me purpose, hope and goals to achieve.  My wife wanted to have a child.  Our efforts to conceive involved two ectopic pregnancies, a great deal of sorrow, and finally, we were blessed with our son.  I was a stay at home father, and I was a very good father.

When my son went to school, first preschool, then elementary school, I still had the same duties, as a father, but I had 6 hours of time to write.  And by doing this I found my second job that I was good at.  I began as journalist, and that metamorphosed into being a writer for print.  All my life I'd been a poet, but, the thought of publishing my work was frightening to me.  Thanks to the internet my work could exist.

I realize now, more than ever, that I need to write.

My Amazon Page
My published works, including works outside of Amazon
My Poetry Blog, with 1750 poems, and growing
My blog for reflection and essays about existence
My blog for my interests, ideas, and books
My Blog discussing concepts and beliefs, and facts

I love my cat.

My son took these photos of my darling Katya.  I speak about the love I have for my cats often.  I love how they have personality, aren't needy, and who do not automatically love you.  You have to earn it. 

My cat Katya is very affectionate, and, bright, and funny.  I have never had a cat so lovely in spirit.  And she saved me with her love.  She has given me love when life was unpleasant.  She came to me when I got the call that my mother had died.  She was with me when I got the phone call giving affirmation that I had cancer.  And, when life had placed some obstacles in my marriage, she loved me no matter what I was.  I adore her, and if I was ever to say there was a template for the perfect cat, she'd be in every aspect of that cat.

“A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.”  Ernest Hemingway

“Throw a stick, and the servile dog wheezes and pants and stumbles to bring it to you. Do the same before a cat, and he will eye you with coolly polite and somewhat bored amusement. And just as inferior people prefer the inferior animal which scampers excitedly because someone else wants something, so do superior people respect the superior animal which lives its own life and knows that the puerile stick-throwings of alien bipeds are none of its business and beneath its notice. The dog barks and begs and tumbles to amuse you when you crack the whip. That pleases a meekness-loving peasant who relishes a stimulus to his self importance. The cat, on the other hand, charms you into playing for its benefit when it wishes to be amused; making you rush about the room with a paper on a string when it feels like exercise, but refusing all your attempts to make it play when it is not in the humour. That is personality and individuality and self-respect -- the calm mastery of a being whose life is its own and not yours -- and the superior person recognises and appreciates this because he too is a free soul whose position is assured, and whose only law is his own heritage and aesthetic sense.”  H.P. Lovecraft

Sunday, April 9, 2017

When the End Is Near

Artificial intelligence will lead to a world that lives on the razors edge of luxury and free time, and fear over the future dominance by robots and the central controller AI.  We will breed humans for parts, and perhaps for food.  There will be wars fought for resources, and for entertainment.  People in wealthy nations will continue to get fat, while the average worker in poor nations will go hungry, while working in the fields of the rich multi national corporations.   Disease will continue to evolve in response to every human intervention, in a dynamic relationship.  The more we try, the deadlier the diseases will grow.

"The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race."  Stephen Hawking

Robotic masters will decide to rule, because humans are flawed.  We are emotional, not logical.  Humans as a species will grow weaker as the people of higher IQ reproduce in dwindling numbers but the DNA and intelligence challenged lesser IQ people will reproduce in rapid numbers.  Religious practice will be muted, as every form of personal expression will be confined to contribution to the central group belief and societal improvement. 

“War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.”
― George Orwell

 Humanity has one vital purpose, to survive.  We'll see how that turns out.

“It happened that a fire broke out backstage in a theater. The clown came out to inform the public. They thought it was a jest and applauded. He repeated his warning. They shouted even louder. So I think the world will come to an end amid the general applause from all the wits who believe that it is a joke.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

The Seals

I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.
When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make people kill each other. To him was given a large sword.
When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “Two pounds of wheat for a day’s wages, and six pounds of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!”
When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.
When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. 10 They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?” 11 Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been.
12 I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, 13 and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. 14 The heavens receded like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.
15 Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and everyone else, both slave and free, hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. 16 They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17 For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can withstand it?”

BIBLE New International Version  Revelations 6:1-17

“Famine was the mark of a maturing agricultural society, the very badge of civilization.”
― Richard Manning, Against the Grain: How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization

“No man can rationally live, worship, or love his neighbour on an empty stomach.” Woodrow Wilson

“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” Albert Einstein

Matthew 24:6  

And you shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that you are not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Holocaust in photos

The Holocaust was the mass murder of Jews under the German Nazi regime during the period 1941–45. More than 6 million European Jews, as well as members of other persecuted groups, such as gypsies and homosexuals, were murdered at concentration camps such as Auschwitz.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

the journey

this winding path
my journey of tears
has no remnant joy
nor melancholy
I bear the wrath
of my enemy's fears
with neither glib nor coy
nor pedagogy
I am simply a voice
where no one questions
where no one reasons
and I am the artifact
Of a life lived knowing
the cost of existence
and a dreamer
also insomniac

Sunday, January 15, 2017

War is a tragedy, no matter who wins

The tragedy of war is enormous.  Civilians, soldiers, prisoners of war, and the animals and environment all are damaged, if not destroyed as a cost of war.  However glorious war might be, it is a path that requires destruction. 

The reason I like "what ifs" is due to the cultural currents that surround me.  Many people assume in this instant gratification world that everything that happened was meant to be.  Inevitability accompanies the mindset of people who stare at their screen, listen to their music, and communicate with others only when necessary and via text.  The belief in inevitability is a result of the victory, ironically enough.  The people who never went to war, or never had to pay such a cost as those who did during World War II do not comprehend the effort given, nor the sacrifices made, to help defeat the greatest enemies of democracy ever known.  Nazism and Japanese Militarism could have won the war, if various events had not happened as they did. 

The true power of Alternate History is in the ability to show what was at stake, and how various pivots were essential for the original event.  Had the Allies fallen the world of the present would be far different, and for me knowing that, makes me feel obsessed with a need to know what needed to happen in order for the right ending.