1. sometimes i just wanna get lost.

    sometimes i just wanna get lost.

  2. „You are an explorer, and you represent our species, and the greatest good you can do is to bring back a new idea, because our world is endangered by the absence of good ideas. Our world is in crisis because of the absence of consciousness“

    – Terrance Mckenna

  3. Long Exposure
Shuttle Launch- Cape Canaveral, FL.

    Long Exposure

    Shuttle Launch- Cape Canaveral, FL.

  4. Technique found to be very useful for someone who is new to meditation or has had trouble doing so in the past.

    1. Sit quietly and close your eyes.
    2. Begin to deliberately notice sensory input that you’re receiving. Notice the sound of your breathing, notice the sound of your computer running, notice the feeling of the temperature of the air, the feeling of what you’re sitting on. Do this without focusing on any specific sense.
    3. Begin to deliberately notice that you’re having thoughts. Some of them might be about what you’re sensing. Some might be memories. Some might be hopes, or fears, or dreams. Just notice that they’re happening without putting any particular attention on any one thought.
    4. After a while of this, notice that your thoughts are not continuous, but rather that they come in spurts, with a space between them - like train cars, or birds in the sky. For a while, simply notice that this space exists.
    5. Allow your attention to move more and more to the space between each of your thoughts. Notice that this space is like a chalkboard - it provides a place for your thoughts to exist in.
    6. Allow your awareness to become fully immersed in that space. If you find yourself getting focused on any particular thought, gently guide yourself back to the space that comes after it and before the next one. Continue until you feel it is time to stop.
  5. … the earth, as being their mother, delivered them, and now, as if their land were their mother and their nurse, they ought to take thought for her and defend her against any attack, and regard the other citizens as their brothers and children of the self-same earth… While all of you, in the city, are brothers, we will say in our tale, yet god, in fashioning those of you who are fitted to hold rule, mingled gold in their generation, for which reason they are the most precious — but in the helpers, silver, and iron and brass in the farmers and other craftsmen. And, as you are all akin, though for the most part you will breed after your kinds, it may sometimes happen that a golden father would beget a silver son, and that a golden offspring would come from a silver sire, and that the rest would, in like manner, be born of one another. So that the first and chief injunction that the god lays upon the rulers is that of nothing else are they to be such careful guardians, and so intently observant as of the intermixture of these metals in the souls of their offspring, and if sons are born to them with an infusion of brass or iron they shall by no means give way to pity in their treatment of them, but shall assign to each the status due to his nature and thrust them out among the artisans or the farmers. And again, if from these there is born a son with unexpected gold or silver in his composition they shall honor such and bid them go up higher, some to the office of guardian, some to the assistanceship, alleging that there is an oracle that the city shall then be overthrown when the man of iron or brass is its guardian.”

    Plato believed that the “guardians” of a nation needed to create a myth for the people to believe which would, in-effect, create a more harmonious society where the citizens “care for the state and one another”. He called this the “noble lie”, a falsehood created by the elite to protect the state. 

    But are myths needed to ensure a stable society? Or even needed to give meaning to an otherwise pointless existence? Are there necessary illusions that all governments use to control the polis?

    I’ve recently started reading transcripts from Strauss’s lectures at Chicago University. He outlines the myth’s of Plato’s Republic and highlights the noble lies that exist in our societies today. For example the illegitimately acquired land that most nations claim to “own” as property, and that the idea of citizenship is based on something deeper than the land in which you were born.

    Today’s modern, left leaning, academia have given Strauss the cold shoulder in favor of more agreeable philosophers, but its important to explore Strauss because of the attention he payed to tyranny and the role of government in a society. I have included audio & transcripts linked through the Leo Strauss Center at University of Chicago.

    http://leostrausscenter.uchicago.edu/audio-transcripts

  6. after 23 years on this earth i have learned that life is a conspiracy that forces us toward the center, where compromise is necessary. but this natural gravitation in life is not always the best strategy. getting along with others is costly - by always settling for the path of conciliation we end up forgetting who we are & what we stand for while falling into neutral grounds with the rest of the masses. i believe man is better off as an outsider or fighter with many enemies, or in a more modern term: “haters”. by battling constantly we develop a perpetual state of awareness and the content of our character becomes rooted in our beliefs. history has proven it’s better to be respected or feared than to be liked. the desire to compromise is often a weapon used against us by our enemies. popularity is inebriating- but a superficial high at best. victory over enemies hardens our integrity & bring us a more admirable, and concrete popularity. 


    Do not depend on the enemy not coming; depend rather on being ready for him. - Sun -tzu

  7. Please….hold back your political reactions for one second and focus on the numbers.

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    It’s “Tax Season” so this chart sheds light on the current tax situation, as well as, the nation’s broader economic problems.The chart shows the percentage of tax returns filed in america with “zero or negative tax liability”. This means, after deductions, you filed a tax return without paying a DIME in income tax(aka nonpayer), and negative liability meaning that you received more money than what you paid-in, from the federal government.

    From 1950 to 2000 the percentage stayed right around 20-25%. The last decade that number has increased dramatically because of “refundable” tax credits and deductions in the progressive tax code.

    As of 2010, 41% of people who file taxes pay NOTHING into the system. America continues to take money from a shrinking pool of tax-PAYERS and then hand it back out to favored groups of tax-TAKERS. This process is redistribution and essentially turns the government into a gigantic wealth-transfer machine. This also shows that we are asking fewer Americans to help with our monumental spending problem and heavily relying on those already paying their “fair share”.

    But, politicians can’t seem to stomach this reality. Instead, they’re ignoring the fact that they’re pitting Americans against each other and just kicking the proverbial can down the road. 

    Bottom line: If our country doesn’t curb federal spending and get Americans off the payroll, it’s not going to matter how much we tax the Americans that ACTUALLY pay taxes. It will eventually become mathematically necessary to tax everyone just to survive.

    J.W.

    2-13-13

  8. i found love, when i stopped lovin’. i found god, when i stopped lookin’ for one.

  9. It is the experience of evil that, when alone, in my deepest of thoughts, whispers to me a certain proposition that is simply overpowering: There is no God

    God, the necessary actuality from which all potentiality is contingent, turned his back on himself and thus actualized nothingness from which the universe sprang.

    But, how is it possible that one could plumb the depths of evil, human depravity, pain & suffering, and declare being greater than non-being? How could one not see that the true goodness of God would have been in creating nothing and leaving things blissfully non-existent?

    And yet, here am I. Not trying to negate my desires, nor contemptating suicide. Not a nihilist, not even misanthropic. More than anything, an optimist, really.