Roller Coaster of Bumper Car?

Karen tells me Nostradamus predicted mass starvation in 2021.  Regarding predictions, as with UFSs and Big Foot, my Sweetie’s and my beliefs differ.  Claims of predicting the future raise my Super Skeptic. 

It’s the eternal Determinism versus Free Will question.  Predicting the future demands all was decided at some “beginning”; I have no control.  Free Will argues—or hopes—that I do. 

Am I strapped in a Roller Coaster or driving a Bumper Car?  Am I careening down the tracks at the whim of some Cosmic Engineer and gravity?  Or, while continually blindsided and knocked about by showoff operators, can I go, steer and stop?  In the Determinist scenario, the ride was decided by Folks who designed the course.  In my Bumper Car I have some control, but no hint where I’ll be when the Operator cuts the power. 

Left Behind

Police murders of George Floyd, Rashard Brooks and Brianna Taylor keep open the ulcer which has festered on America’s body from the Civil War to beyond Civil Rights.  In protest, “Black Lives Matter” mobs pulled down statues, smashed windows, looted businesses, defaced private and public buildings, fought with police and counter protestors and set fires. 

I appreciate the energy powering their rage, but it’s not what it seems.  At the same time, seeing a charming city like Portland, Oregon, under assault, businesses vandalized and looted, the Federal Courthouse desecrated, stones, bottles and explosives hurled at police, I feel violated and angry! 

In America, “peaceful” protest is respected.  However, many point out that “Black Lives Matter” was highjacked as a motto for mindless violence.  When I step back and consider, the roots for these acts lie much deeper than rampant testosterone, immature male brains and opportunistic vandalism. 

In Anatomy of Human Destructiveness Erik Frome argues that people need to “make a dent.”  If nowhere else, sometimes in someone’s head.  Many “Black Lives Matter” protesters feel victimized and powerless against a faceless “System.”  They make a dent by defacing and toppling perceived oppressors’ statues, smashing windows, looting businesses, desecrating public building, and battling with law enforcement officers. These folks, I call the “Left Behind.” 

Dates In Infamy

April 12, 1861: Confederate States secede, fire on Fort Sumpter
April 15, 1865: President Abraham Lincoln assassinated
July 2, 1881: President James A. Garfield shot, died September 19, 1881
Sept. 6, 1901: President William McKinley shot, died September 14, 1901
Dec. 7, 1941: Empire of Japan bombs Pearl Harbor
Nov. 22, 1963: President John F. Kennedy assassinated
March 30, 1981: Failed attempt to assassinate President Ronald Reagan
Aug. 9, 1974: President Richard F. Nixon resigns
Jan. 9, 2021: President Donald J. Trump coordinates and orders his minions’ assault on the United States Capitol Building and Congress.

The Steal

Compelling evidence Democrats did not “steal” the 2020 U.S. Presidential election:

1. From the day Joe Biden became the Democrat nominee, hundreds if not a thousand polls, including Fox News’, showed Joe leading Donald by 50 to 100 Electoral votes. Donald knew and fretted over this.
2. Throughout the campaign Trump made clear that if he did not win he would challenge the vote count.
3. For an absolute lack of evidence: witnesses, testimony, documents, affidavits, Judges threw out fifty-odd suits challenging the Electoral vote.
4. The Supreme Court refused to hear a Texas Attorney General’s case against Pennsylvania’s vote.
5. A hand recount in Wisconsin and two in Georgia affirmed the earlier results.
6. Trump’s alleged “steal” would demand cooperation and coordination, across the Unite States, of thousands of conspirators, without one glitch or leak.

In 2017 we sucked it up. Now it’s your turn.

It’s guaranteed that America and the World will be far better with President Joe Biden than after four years under a Mentally Unhinged, Sixth-Grade Bully?

Thoughts On The Insurrection

The lives lost in the United States Capitol Building on January 6, 2021 must forever burden the shoulders of Donald J. Trump, Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz and armed rioters.  As always, Donald will deny responsibility.  Any hope Josh entertained as a rising Republican star were crushed.  As always, Ted is merely a sad footnote.

After the mob he organizing and ordered to, “walk down to Congress, and I’ll be there with you!”—he wasn’t—triggered a Congressional lockdown and suspension of its Constitutional mandate to certificatifythe states’ Electoral votes, President Trump reverted to classic form in calling for prosecution of the rioters.

Finally, in the videos, what’s up with Buffalo Boy?

Crossing The Rubicon

January 10, 49 BC: Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon.

November 9-10, 1938 : “Crystal Night” Hitler’s Super-Patriot Storm Troopers destroyed businesses and rounded up Jews.

January 6, 2021: President Donald J. Trump’s Super-Patriot Storm Troopers trashed and desecrated our Capitol Building.

“By rights we shouldn’t even be here.  But we are.  It’s like in the great stories Mr. Frodo.  The ones that really mattered.  Full of darkness and danger they were.  And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end.  Because how could the end be happy?  How could the world go back to the ways it was when so much bad had happened?  But in the end it’s only a passing thing this shadow.  Even darkness must pass.”
Samwise Gamgee
Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
J.R.R. Toleiken

Cross The Stream

It’s said a Buddhist Lama and his student arrived at a stream where, afraid to cross, a girl stood.  The old man took the young woman into his arms and carried her to the opposite shore.

That evening, as they ate their rice the novice spoke, “Master, I have a question.”

Placing his bowl in his lap, the Lama replied, “What is your question?”

“We are instructed,” the lad hesitated, “never to touch a woman.  You carried the girl across the stream.  Please explain.”

The Master’s gazed rested on the campfire.  The hint of a smile. “I left the girl at the stream.  You are still carrying her.”

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, History and Doctrine, Questions and Issues

I’m troubled by improbable, indeed seemingly impossible, issues in the history and doctrine of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints.  My previous posts: “August 30, 2003 letter to Church President Gordon B. Hinckley,” “Swords and Spears,” “ An Apostate’s Dilemma,” “Too Big To Fai,” “ A Weighty Tome Indeed,” “Matthew 22:21” and “My Quandary,” express some concerns. 

If resolve and energy hold, I hope to post on issues such as: Joseph Smith Jr.’s seeing and speaking with angels, Jesus and God Himself, identical Book of Mormon and Bible formats and passages, genetics of pre-Columbus Western Hemisphere indigenous.   I will post these in under “Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, History and Doctrine, Questions and Issus, Part I, II, III, IV, etc.”

My concerns regarding the LDS, religion in general, revolve around faith and fact.  Religion demands faith in things that which cannot be proven.  Science’s un-provable axioms and assumptions falls back on faith.  Still, for now I go with what seems to me “facts.”

This said, I like to point out that a father of science René Descartes conclude there are two aspects to human experience, physical or material and metaphysical or spiritual.  Science scoffed at the latter half of Descartes’s postulate as “the ghost in the machine.”  Concluding The Second Creation Makers of the Revolution in Twentieth-Century Physics, Physicists Robert P. Crease and Charles C. Mann give this rebuttal a Quantum twist.  It seems Descartes may indeed have been mistaken, not because there is no ghost, but because there is no machine!

Similarly, after studying the workings within a biological cell, J.B.H. Haldane concluded, “There are things there not only stranger than we imagine, but stranger than we can imagine!”  There is, of course, far more that I cannot imagine than I canStill, when faith and fact seem to disagree I’m compelled  to proceed from what is observable and verifiable.  I may have faith this PC keyboard is a ham sandwich, but however hungry I am, however fervent may my faith, I will not take a bite from this keyboard.

Likewise, The Book of Mormon is rooted in Iron Age folks inhabiting  the Western Hemisphere prior to Columbus.  Five centuries’ accumulation of Stone Age artifacts fill warehouses and museum shelves, but so much as one rusty iron pin has been unearthed.  Keyboard or a stone spear point, I have to go with the obvious.

Again, I emphasize my love and respect for Mormon People.  I hope no one will interpret my indiscretions personally.

Wash Your Bowl

Novice, “Master, how can gain enlightenment?”
Lama, “Did you eat you rice?”
Novice, “Yes Master.”
Lama, “Wash your bowl.”

Practicing mindfulness I can recognize what is happening in the present without grasping or aversion.  I can practice mere recognition of what is going on within me and around me without judgment or reaction.  This helps me to keep stability and freedom alive within myself.
Touching the Earth
Thich Nhat Hanh

Whatever happens I will create no more problems.  I will create no more pain for myself.
The Power Of Now
Eckart Tolle

If we don’t look into hope and fear, seeing a thought arise, seeing the chain reaction that follows, if we don’t train our self to sit with the energy without being snared by the drama, then we will always be afraid.
When Things Fall Apart
Pema Chödrön

All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.
Blasé Pascal

The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Robert Pirsig

Show Up,
Pay Attention,
Tell the Truth,
Don’t be Attached to Outcome.
The Fourfold Way
Angeles Arrien

Don’t take your own dear self too seriously.
Recovery, Inc.
Abraham Lowe