Memorial Day. An event whose meaning is coming way too close to simply being the glorification of war and of those who agree to kill in the service of those giving the orders to do so. Often blindly, with little or no idea of the reality around the manipulations, the crimes, which may have been committed by those giving the orders in their efforts to justify their war in the minds of the citizenry. Is it honorable to fight, to be willing to die, to protect one’s home and loved ones? Beyond a shadow of doubt. Most who agree to take up arms upon the orders from those giving them likely believe that is what they’re doing. Yet, what if people with the most honorable intentions are following the orders of commanders with less than honorable intentions? Commanders acting in the service of profiteers who are seeking to obtain foreign resources or to destroy foreign competition in the marketplace?
In the final analysis what determines the true nature of the killing: the honorable intentions of those doing the killing or the less than honorable intentions of those ordering the killing to be done, the intentions/motives to be found at the foundation of the conflict? At what point do we demand to know all the information around any event or situation before we pick up arms? At what point do we teach our young people to utilize the utmost in critical thinking, to be absolutely certain it really is necessary for the protection of home and loved ones before taking the life of another human being? When do we begin teaching our children that killing another human being simply because of “orders”, because someone else told you to, is a betrayal of one’s most intimate, authentic self? We, as a culture, are failing in teaching our children to be intelligent, autonomous persons rather than merely the tools of those who have managed to gain the reins of political and economic power.
At what point do we realize that corporate profiteering via military adventures and the attempt to “Americanize” the world at gunpoint is not going to lead to any desirable future? When do we, as a nation, realize that fairness, respect, friendship, will go a lot further than threats in creating a world we will genuinely want to live in. We would be acting more in genuine service to ourselves, our children and our future by maintaining a strong national defense while simultaneously engaging in sincere actions of friendship and cooperation with others. Stop the misguided, murderous, military adventures taking place in service of corporate profiteering.
At what point will we realize that simply “following orders” and the invoking of the cliché of “national security” should never be enough to persuade us to take the lives of men, women and children in foreign lands?
The Noble Failure is a character in American politics which has been showing up with increasing frequency. The Noble Failure knows what people want. When campaigning for office, the Noble Failure speaks to the needs and wants of the people, and does so convincingly. The Noble Failure will emote, inspire, speak of noble aspirations and a better, fairer, more equitable world. People will be led to believe if only they can get the Noble Failure elected, things will improve. The thing is, that is all just part of the show, the main attraction. It is intended to draw voters, and the reality of Presidential elections last few decades show it works. Why wouldn’t it? People aren’t going to vote for what they don’t want to hear.
However, the promises are never, not from day one, meant to actually be fulfilled once the Noble Failure is elected. Once in office the excuses are pulled out of the closet. “The Legislature won’t get on board.” “The projects can’t be funded.” “We need to first increase the military budget.” “It’s not a good idea to increase the national debt.” “We need to infuse cash into our big corporations to compete internationally.” “It’s the damn ________________ (Democrats/Republicans, liberals/conservatives).” “We need focus our energies on attacking _______________ (fill in the blank).” Or, maybe, the new standard: “It would be a socialist program.”
So, the Noble Failure puts forward the face of grief, of sorrow, maybe even of having been betrayed. They bemoan the inability of others in power to appreciate the vision they sold to the American public. They may villainize those identified as obstacles to their stated campaign goals. This is the 21st century American Presidential/political reality. It didn’t begin in the 21st century, but it’s the only one we’ve had since the turn of the century. It’s the contemporary script: align your stated goals with what the people want and need. Make a few gestures toward fulfillment, then blame someone else for the failure to produce. Repeat in the next election cycle. The only people who don’t get excuses after the election are the 1/10th of 1%’ers who always come out ahead. Sometimes more than others, but the national wealth, the wealth resulting from the work of millions of people, just keeps flowing into their bank accounts. Policies keep coming which support their goals.
At the end of the day, the key players attend their private clubs, extravagant parties, concerts, events, have a few drinks and pat each other on the back. Maybe arrange to give each other official accolades and medals. Or, quite possibly engage in some dark rituals or forms of entertainment. A troupe of Machiavellian actors showing up for the after show reception.
It was the script from the beginning of the campaign, as it has been for several decades. It’s one reason why control of the White House, and the Legislature, cannot be allowed to slip from the control of a small circle of people. A pervasive control that has been jealously guarded since 1963.
What does the general population get from all this? Frustration, disenfranchisement, increasing debt and poverty. One thing we can see from all this is that when the majority are not able to see the issues that are negatively affecting their lives addressed at the source, people will turn on each other. Like an animal caught in a trap. The animal can’t open the trap, so in order to escape, it chews it’s own leg off. “We the People” turn on each other, divide and be conquered. And those who occupy the seats of power and control the monopolized media are all too ready to throw some fuel onto those fires.
The difference between us and an animal caught in a steel trap is we that have minds capable of finding better solutions. We need to stop inadvertently, or as “wannabes”, cooperating with corruption, the disease, that is destroying the dream of a society that work for all. Quit turning on each other. Quit buying into the incessant fear being mongered to keep us distracted and paralyzed. Treat each other right; personally, economically, and in every way. Not just within the United States, also internationally. Create a culture that doesn’t have to kill and conquer in a misguided attempt at creating international “cooperation”. Create a culture that others want to emulate because it works and works well. A culture with the organizing principles of human wellbeing, reflecting our mutuality rather than fear and greed. Stop blindly following, believing in, the proclamations of those whose goal it is to keep us distracted, disorganized, fearful, and subservient.
Circulation. Everything that keeps humanity alive circulates. From what we know at this time, it seems that everything that supports life in the entire universe, circulates. What happens when circulation is hampered? Stagnation, toxicity, starvation, illness, death. Without the proper circulation of the blood within our bodies, our cells will begin dying from starvation of oxygen and life supporting nutrients. Then our body as a whole will die. Without the circulation of the air and water upon our planet, our planet will lose it’s ability to sustain life. Within our cells, if the processes of life, of replenishment of nutrients and the disposal of waste were to stop, the circulation of the materials which sustain our bodies, the cell will die. On every level, from the microcosm to the macrocosm, circulation is an absolutely essential feature of the maintenance of life. Quite possibly of the existence of the universe itself.
Turn on the circulation of electricity through a light bulb and the light comes alive. Turn off that circulation and the light goes dark, dead. That same principle applies for the circulation of every life giving, life sustaining substance that there is and the existence of human life on Earth.
The awareness of this inescapable truth within the natural world leads one to ask whether this same principle applies to the realm of human creations? For those versed in metaphysics, it calls to question whether the axiom “As above so below; as below so above.” applies to the essential nature of the circulation of life sustaining resources. First, we must define what is a human, rather than a nature, created resource which is essential to the sustaining of life in the world? To the very best of my knowledge, there is only one: money.
This may be argued by some. Some may present that a person living simply off the land (first you must have land) which is blessed with the resources of water and temperate climate suitable for agriculture, can live quite nicely. In fact, there still are a few primitive tribes which live in such a fashion. Of course that means doing without all the conveniences and the assistance which modern technology and medicine offer. While I tend toward the simplification of life as a general proposition, there are limits beyond which I find myself reticent to venture. I like a number of the medical and technical benefits we receive from our collective human ingenuity. In fact, without some of those, it is a salient question whether or not I would still be alive in my current incarnation. Certainly I would not be writing this essay on a computer.
The reality for the vast majority of people alive on Earth today, is that money is an essential resource for the sustaining of life. Of course this is made a truth by the systems of commerce we have constructed within our societies. We have made money an intermediary, a regulating agent, between us and the, more or less, natural resources we inescapably require. Resources such as food, shelter, fuel and even water. I am quite sure that there are people, at this very moment, trying to figure out how to make us pay for air. While, in our modern world, there is often human effort required in the manufacture of what in earlier times were more purely naturally occurring resources, the fact is, ALL material substance comes to us via the beneficence of the creative forces of the universe. Humankind can manipulate these naturally provided resources to better suit the needs, or wants, of any or all of us, but the raw materials, the substances required, are all provided, free of charge, by the creative forces, the creative intelligence, underlying and within everything we see and are.
All the resources, all the life sustaining substances we rely upon are in circulation within the universe we exist within. All of them. From the most fleeting to what we perceive as the most stable, the most solid. Everything, including planets, stars and galaxies, is in circulation. Everything material comes into being, exists for however long it exists, and then ultimately is recycled back into the primordial stuff from which it emerged.
The rate of circulation conducive to the healthfulness of various substances under different conditions can vary. “Healthfulness” being relative to human life. Why would we measure it in any other terms? For instance, water, when frozen for centuries, can still retain the healthful qualities necessary and conducive to human life. However, if water sits for much less time, relatively motionless, within a pond or a puddle, it is most likely going to be stagnant. Stagnant, anaerobic, and possibly/probably containing substances toxic to human life. For us humans, the value of natural resources exists primarily in the value of that resource in sustaining our own lives.
That being said, how we manage that resource can depend a great deal upon how well we understand the interrelatedness of the world, the universe around us. For instance, to primitive humans the value of trees may have been exclusively their usefulness in building structures and making fires. Later we came to understand that trees and other plants are responsible for producing the oxygen we require for life. Now, a living tree has value where previously it’s value was realized only after it was chopped down. The value we place upon the resources, the “things” that exist around us, is dependent upon how well we understand the function of those things in relation to the interdependent web of existence, of which we are a part.This reality of how we place value extends to every person being born on Earth. We have no idea, no matter how inauspicious the circumstances of their birth may be, what contributions a person, newborn or elderly, may make to our communities and to our lives. It is a fault which surfaces frequently with us humans that we tend to judge the value of a thing, or a person, using the particular criteria the society we live within espouses. Often, if not always, in the greater scheme of things, that criteria is liable to be narrowly defined and hampered by lack of awareness of the interconnected realities a particular society does not yet recognize.
Which brings us back to essential circulation, resources, and the essential human-conceived resource; money. While the concept and reality of money is a human thing, the fact that money, in it’s practical application, has to do with the acquisition of the natural resources one needs to live, makes money, by extension, a critical aspect of life on Earth. The excessive withholding, hoarding, of money from circulation within communities, among citizens, has every bit the stagnating and/or deleterious effect upon life as would the withholding of the air or water from circulation upon the Earth. This is a lesson we must learn from our own bodies. We need enough. Too little, or too much, leads to unhealthful conditions within the body.
The viable management of all resources, including money, is a task which is all too easily sabotaged by the human ego. The challenge we all face is the cultivation of true humility, to recognize one’s genuine place, and role, within community. None of us are “all that”. And none of us are nothing. We exist as components within a spiritual/organic system. We are all dependent upon that system. For any of us to think we can co-opt the balance, the viability of the system for our own purposes is a symptom of a spiritual/mental illness within that individual. When we learn to act within a spirit of love, in our contributing to and taking from the collective wealth which has been developed by collective effort, we will find ourselves facing a present, and a future, wondrous enough to meet, and exceed, our most cherished expectations.
By way of introduction to this article I want to draw attention to the term “constellation of symptoms”. Sometimes when attempting to diagnose a psychological or medical condition, if only looking at a”snapshot”, or singular aspect, of the patient’s reality, it is possible to misdiagnose the condition. With some conditions, or events, the truth only shows itself when a multitude of factors around the condition, or event, (a constellation of symptoms or aspects) are taken into consideration.
Ever since the CIA coined the term to discredit Warren Commission critics, the term “conspiracy theorist” has been a staple for those wishing to discredit the people who see behind the illusions they’re trying to create and/or maintain. So, who are “they”? Are there truly highly organized efforts, by people in positions of great worldly power, conceived, orchestrated and executed, over extended periods of time with the aim of deceiving, defrauding, enslaving, or even destroying those who are not members of their elite society? Or are all the events within the world merely spontaneous expressions of individuals at any given time or place? To believe the latter says more about how the reader thinks and conducts their own life than what the reality is in the world at large. The truth is there has never been a time in recorded history when the tools, both material and intellectual, to conduct global conspiracies have ever been more readily available. And beyond a doubt there are people, some working in concert with others, who have engaged themselves in utilizing those tools for the purposes of enriching themselves at the expense of others.
The overwhelming effort of this nature going on at this time is the incredible wealth and power grab that is taking place, worldwide, by the people who are behind what I am going to term, the Covid-19 drama, or simply, the Covid Drama. It truly is a highly orchestrated effort and has undoubtedly taken years, most likely a decade or more, of * acquiring control of the world’s most well known, trusted, media outlets, * positioning people in the necessary key offices of authority, * developing the virus itself, * developing the desired “vaccine”, and I suspect in developing a few other critical technologies which are involved in the drama. I also believe there are some components of the play, some props, which did just happen to be developed concurrently, but not in concert with, the development of the plan for the Covid-19 drama. One of these concurrent developments being the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.
Do you ever think about the world before Covid? How much worldwide communication and travel was taking place? People from around the world were getting to know one another. Stereotypes and other inaccurate preconceptions which some (many?) people may have had about people from other areas were being shattered. Common people around the world were being strengthened by the information they could now access via the internet. The richness of the world was becoming known, and the old, greed driven myths, lies and other ploys being used to maintain the arguments why some should share in it while others should not were being dispelled like the morning mists. Demonstrations against greed driven, special interest serving, governmental policies were taking place literally around the world. France, South Africa, Sudan, Hong Kong, Brazil, Romania, India, and other places. And in the places where active demonstrations and protests were not taking place, the currents of dissatisfaction with the old systems of haves and have nots, economic imbalance, was growing. Among the other things it has accomplished, the Covid drama brought most, if not all, of these activities to a halt. If it didn’t halt them, it certainly distracted the attention of most of the people of the world away from them.
In our complex world, major events rarely, if ever, impact only one aspect of our lives. With events put in motion by humans, the more well-orchestrated an event is, the more aspects of life the event may affect; bend and shape, to the will of those who are behind the planning and execution of the event. The Covid-19 drama is showing itself to have required patience, cleverness, and perseverance in it’s planning and execution. Unfortunately, all these qualities have been and are being applied to an effort which is driven by motives which do not bode well for humanity.
Let’s look at some of the components which had to be brought together to pull off what I find myself referring to the “Covid Drama”. Maybe “The Great Covid-19 Drama” would be more suited:
There had to be a basic governmental apparatus in place, coordinated with key people around the world, who can be relied upon to cooperate with the plan. Does this sound unlikely? Think of all the meetings, the conferences, the G-8, the World Economic Forum, the Bilderbergs, and other such networking opportunities that have been taking place for decades. Do you think everyone who attends these events just gets together and scowls at each other? For “hard cases” there are always the opportunities to compromise them in some way, and then utilize blackmail to see they get in line. I’m sure there are other, more clandestine get togethers which also take place.
World War II had shown in modern times that, when faced with a feared enemy, people would allow those in authority to draw veils of secrecy over the actions of government. Also that fear works well as a lever to compel the cooperation of the general citizenry even to engage in behaviors they would otherwise not consider.
There had to be the realization that a virus would make a much more reliable perpetual enemy than any racial, ethnic, or political faction could ever be presented as. Who ever meets a virus face to face and says, you know, they’re not such bad fellows? Whoever weeps for the suffering of a virus? Nope, a virus is the ideal perpetual enemy for a technocracy to be built upon. At this point in time anyway. There are limited people who understand viruses adequately to contradict the official narrative, and those that do can be marginalized, censored, and people will tend to believe the “authorities” they’ve been trained to trust.
There had to be a monopolized media which could be counted on to keep the Covid narrative alive, keep the fear at a maximum. This has been in the process of being arranged for a few decades.
A suitable virus had to be developed. Authoritative sources report the initial work taking place in the U.S., however, a U.S. ban on federal funding for gain-of-function experiments on pathogens from 2014 until 2018 (which evidently only applied to laboratories in the U.S.) led to the project being transferred to Wuhan, China. With further funding from the U.S. and possibly some sharing of personnel on the project, Covid-19 was born.
Sometime in 2019 the virus was released upon the public. Probably from multiple international locations.
That brings us to where we are now in the drama. Since the introduction of Covid-19 into our world we have seen the rise of a coordinated international authoritarian presence. For many, if not all the common people, our lives have been affected, disrupted. Our incomes have diminished or disappeared. Many have found themselves in unhealthful, sometimes debilitating isolation. People are and have been dying as a result of the dynamics put in motion by the mandates, the shutdowns. The number of suicides has risen significantly. Reportedly, frail elderly are literally dying from being isolated from their loved ones. Why? The answer is that millions around the world have allowed themselves to be instilled with fear. In the vast majority of cases, not fear resulting from anything they have seen or suffered first-hand. No, the fear that is running rampant around Covid is predominantly fear which is being implanted and fueled by the media. It would not be inaccurate to say the whole drama has the characteristics of a militarized psychological operation (assault).
Regarding the news reports that are taking place, for the constant referencing of the “numbers”, to have any basis in fact, certain preconditions, additional to those listed above, had to be established by those planning the Covid Drama. They are, not necessarily in order of occurrence or establishment:
The term “case”, when referring to a disease, had to be redefined. In common usage a “case” of a disease has meant when someone is actively ill with that disease. We all know what a case of measles or chickenpox looks like. If someone is walking around, going about their life with no apparent symptoms, doing just fine, they are not a “case” of anything. Yes, they many have been exposed to one virus or another, or some germ or the other, but, if we even knew that, it was apparent their immune system was handling it just fine. No cause for concern, much less cause for alarm. Now however, that has changed with the term “case” being given a rebirth in common usage with a much different meaning. A “case” of Covid means that, using a test which is capable of detecting extremely small amounts of genetic material within a person, if any genetic material ascribable to Covid-19 is detected, that person is now a “case” of Covid. Which leads us to the next item:
Thirdly, in this chain of deceit, along with a manipulatable test and the redefinition of what constitutes a “case” of a disease, the human immune system had to be discredited and declared of little or no value in the face of Covid-19. This was simply, arbitrarily, declared to be so. It was said that this was a “novel” virus which our immune system had no reference for, and therefore was not prepared to handle it. The fact that the survival rate for Covid-19 before any declared “vaccines” appeared was greater than 99.8% shows that the human immune system was (and is) on the job. Now, blood from persons who have had Covid and recovered is being sought because it is antibody rich and may be of use in developing additional treatments for Covid.
The list of symptoms published as potentially resulting from Covid-19 was made so long, so extremely broad in scope, so as to encompass just about every ailment known. And possibly some which have not been adequately identified but which are not caused by Covid-19. There is an abundance of evidence to suggest the rollout of 5G telecommunications technology, which occurred concurrent with the appearance of Covid, may be the causative factor in a significant number of actual cases of disease.
Patients admitted to hospitals with whatever presenting problem, if tested for Covid and deemed “positive”, would often (always?) become counted as a “case” of Covid. Again, bolstering the numbers being widely broadcast to maintain a state of fear in the general population.
With the media sensationalizing every aspect of Covid, (outdoing every previous example of media sensationalism I can think of, including the nightly death count during the Vietnam war) it prepared the public consciousness for the introduction of authoritarian mandates which impose draconian restrictions on personal movement and contact. Mandates which, in the U.S., presume to supersede Constitutional law.
The conditions imposed by, or directly and indirectly resulting from, the mandates; isolation, masking, loss of employment, depression, the exacerbation of other mental illnesses, homelessness, not going for needed medical treatment, being some of the most prevalent effects from the mandates, have themselves had debilitating effects upon a great many people and resulted in the loss of a significant number of lives. How many? Thousands? Millions? It’s hard to tell with no reliable numbers coming forward and causes of death being reported in such a skewed fashion.
The nature of the mandates has frequently flown in the face of established medical science. Restricting people from ocean beaches with the sunshine which would help bolster immune systems only makes sense if debilitating immune systems is a part of the agenda. Isolation, being almost universally mandated by the new authoritarian powers-that-be, is known to debilitate human health and wellbeing. Prior to Covid, isolation was primarily used as a harsh (inhuman?) punishment in situations of incarceration. The lack of direct personal contact/touch is especially detrimental to elderly persons who it is known require a higher level of touch (as do very young children) in order to stay healthy. In fact, the mandates which have been so widely issued so infringe upon known what are known to be factors which help support elder health, it begs the question of whether or not there is an element of intentional escalation of deaths in persons over age 65 present in the overall drama.
Medications known to effectively treat Covid-19, such as hydroxychloroquine, and nutritional supplements which boost the immune system, and the many reports from doctors of successes using such interventions, have been either largely ignored, systematically downplayed, and/or falsely represented, in the largely monopolized “mainstream” media. The thrust of the media’s narrative has predominantly, if not exclusively, been that civilization is on the brink of destruction pending the emergence and widespread deployment of a vaccine.
Finally, for this list (because it’s getting very long, not because there aren’t more issues) there is the issue of the pervasive censorship of medical doctors and other professionals in sciences which directly relate to the issues arising around the Covid-19 reality. The professionals who express perspectives and research data which contradicts the narrative most favorable to the positions of the large pharmaceutical companies, and the others who are extravagantly profiting from the Covid/vaccine drama.
Those who so ardently believe the unending stream of numbers and declarations coming from the media and the governmental spokespeople, often cite a reliance upon “science” as their authority. Beyond a doubt, these people have not engaged in any meaningful investigation of what scientists around the world are saying about the Covid drama. There is no universal agreement with the mainstream media’s narrative. In fact, a good number of medical doctors, microbiologists, and others have written articles, letters, and made videos expressing their dismay at what they see as a fraud being perpetrated upon the public. Some of these, a very short list of many professionals from around the world, who have expressed contradictory information and perspectives, include: Dr. Lee Merritt, M.D., Dr. Rashid Buttar, M.D., Dr. Andrew Kauffman, M.D., Dr. Delores Cahill, Ph.D., Dr. Judy Mikovits, Ph.D., Dr. David Martin, M.D.
The astronomical amount of money involved in the production and distribution of the so-called “vaccines” (which are dissimilar to traditional vaccines in both design and function) and other aspects of the Covid drama, along with the wide-reaching powers which have been summarily assumed by those in public health and other governmental offices, begs the question of the motives behind what is taking place. One thing that is certain: there has been no single event in recorded history via which a relatively small number of people have managed to obtain such an enormous amount of wealth and dictatorial powers over such a large portion of the world’s population. In reality, the largely manufactured fear of a virus has accomplished what many aspiring conquerors throughout history, two world wars, and the Cold War could not: produced an international reality of dictatorial rule.
When it comes to vaccinations, just consider; with all the lies, deceit, and manipulations that have occurred around the virus itself, why would anyone simply believe we’re being told the truth about the “vaccines”? I have the word “vaccines” in quotations because what is being called a vaccine, when it comes to the mRNA concoctions, they are unlike any prior vaccine. My position is research them for at least a full day before accepting something that will affect you, potentially, for life. When knowing both sides of the argument, considering the sources of both sides, you may well, as I have, decide they’re not for you.
I would say we are seeing the current evolution of the ongoing search for the means to dominate the world’s population. A key aspect of the strategy is the way the components for the Drama were put in place in such a gradual manner. Separated by enough time that most people do not associate them to recognize a pattern (the constellation of aspects which together expose the underlying nature of the event). There is an invisible enemy (the virus) which only an anointed few are recognized by “the authorities” as knowing the reality of. A worldwide media keeping the level of fear in the population at a level rendering the vast majority extremely responsive, obedient, to the demands of those controlling the narrative. People have been brought to obedience to the degree of having neighbors policing neighbors. Even the freedom of visiting with one’s own family, parents, children is infringed upon with scarcely an outcry. At least not that I know of, however, in reality we are not being informed by the media of much of what is going on in reaction to the mandates. For all I know a thousand people stormed the headquarters of the World Health Organization and were repelled by U.N. forces. I don’t think that happened, but if it had, would it have been reported?
What can we do in reaction to such an assault? The first thing is not to buy into it. Don’t subscribe to the fear being peddled. Treat others in a civil fashion. Keep our minds on working toward the world we want to live in, not the world someone else wants us to contribute our time and energy to constructing. It’s time to take back our lives, reclaim the vitality and relationships which others would use fear to rob us of.
Mystification is the state we’re in after we’ve been mystified. According to Merriam-Webster online dictionary, to mystify is to: 1: to perplex the mind of; bewilder 2: to make mysterious or obscure. I venture most of us have been mystified at some time by the performance of a magician. When it is done for entertainment it can be enjoyable and leave us appreciative of the performer’s skills. Sometimes a teacher may mystify us as a means of introducing us to a subject. Once the teacher has caught our interest, they can proceed to instruct us in the discipline involved. Perhaps, this is the most common method of education in the natural world. However, the act of mystifying people isn’t always done with such a benevolent motive or positive results. Sometimes, in fact quite often these days, when we’re being mystified it is being done with a predatory motive.
First, it is important to understand that we, as human beings, all love to play. We love to be entertained. When I was young I was introduced to the axiom “Work before pleasure.” That guidance has undoubtedly sustained humankind throughout the centuries. However, it is often through play, during leisure time, that we reap the benefits of new ideas, creative thinking. We know that it is stimulation that leads our bodies, including our brains, to develop fully. Often during play, or leisure time, we follow the flights of fancy that one stimulation, or another, may have given birth to within us. Sometimes it is just a moment’s enjoyment. However, sometimes we find ourselves positively mystified by something we’ve experienced through our senses or within our imagination. I say “positively” because these are the times we are caught by an idea which we want to follow up on. An idea about how to do something in a more efficient manner, or about creating something. Possibly a tool, or perhaps a work of art. Sometimes mystification, followed up on, can lead us to positive, culture changing discoveries. I wonder if all new inventions and works of art begin with a person being mystified by something?
In fact, mystification has played such an important role in human development, I venture that we instinctively appreciate it and seek it out. In our earliest memories we find ourselves being mystified by about everything. To a very young person, even the actions of walking and talking are mystifying experiences. We are mystified, we learn, we accomplish. To our minds, in it’s most wholesome manifestation, mystification is akin to our bodies experiencing the aroma of a fine meal being prepared. First the tantalizing promise of a reality, then, with the application of disciplined effort, the realization of the promise.
We have, through time and personal experience, come to value mystification for it’s ability to lead us to new visions, new understandings. However, within the predatory business model which currently dominates commerce worldwide, the reality that mystification has a value has not been ignored. Today several entire industries utilize mystification routinely in their marketing and as a lever in their all too predatory pricing practices. Contemporary industries which strongly rely upon the public being mystified with their product in order to both attract customers and demand inflated prices include: communications technology: cellphones, computers, and related devices, many other high-tech industries, pharmaceuticals and many other medical devices and practices.
In the middle of the 20th century the use of mystification as a mass marketing tool was possibly pioneered by the movie industry. But over time, increased familiarity with the product and it’s means of production, have resulted in a general demystification with the movie industry. However, a good story, well told, can still draw an audience.
From a developmental perspective, a major problem with the way mystification is being used by industries today is that unlike the process in which it occurs within nature, as a part of process of benevolent development, within many industries mystification is being used as a component of an extremely predatory business model. There’s no developmental “payoff” included nor intended. Just an ongoing demand for exorbitant prices on the part of the industry.
Which brings us to possibly the most culturally damaging effect this use (misuse?) of mystification is having in the world. Like the addicts who pay extortionate prices to illicit drug dealers for a fix, we are paying extortionate prices to the industries who have mystified us with their products and the short term satisfaction we often get with their use. I say “short term” because that’s what it is. Whether we’re referring to the instantaneous stimulation we get from video games and various electronic technology, or the temporary immunity offered by vaccinations (versus the permanent immunity from a naturally occurring immune response). We’re apparently transfixed by these products, their complexity, their mystifying actions (and the promises our subconscious infers based in evolutionary history). So we keep paying, and paying and paying to access them. We pay extortionate cable fees, internet fees, game rentals, equipment costs. As far as pharmaceuticals go we often pay exorbitant costs for the product’s development and then the extortionate costs demanded for the product.
It must be noted these aren’t the only products which have managed to mystify great numbers of people resulting in demands for exorbitant prices for the products. Some others in the U.S. include professional sports/athletes and “superstar” entertainers. Also Las Vegas and other extravagant, mystifying gambling houses. All of these enterprises rely upon mystification in the marketing of their products.
So what? Isn’t it just the way it is that businesses charge as much as they can? What’s wrong with that? What are you, some kind of idealist?
There is a concept that is important to grasp. It is the concept of a body working in balance, in harmony, as opposed to a body in which the various components of the body are fighting with each other for vital resources. If an organ, or group of cells, within our physical body goes on a campaign of inordinate growth, that is often a case of what we call cancer. Left unchecked it will result in the demise of the body it is occurring within. What is important, vital, to grasp is that the same principle is at work when we increase the scale we are looking at. The same principle applies when we’re looking at families, cultures, nations. Balance and harmony indicate a healthy body. Whether that body is a tribe, town, city, nation or planetary culture. If some component of the whole begins working to acquire inordinate amounts of the vital resources required by all, that is a symptom of a condition of disease and left unchecked will result in the demise of the body it is occurring within.
As with other aspects of what it is to be human, such as pleasure, mystification is a vital, important part of our lives. However, if we allow an inordinate amount of our personal time, energy, and material resources, or our collective time, energy and material resources, to be captured in a single minded pursuit of mystification, other vital areas of our lives, we ourselves, are going to suffer for it. On a cultural level, other professions are going to find the vital contributions they make to the sustaining of our lives, our communities, going undervalued, or ignored. Farmers, teachers, janitors, construction workers, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, mechanics, store clerks, restaurant workers, sanitation workers, police, firefighters, healthcare workers of myriad disciplines, all these contributors to our personal and cultural wellbeing and more, will find, are finding, their ability to earn a decent living increasingly diminished. Diminished because we are allowing a few to acquire too much of what is needed for the good of the whole. In part because we are captured by the mystification we experience when accessing their products.
Through early human history we know, via centuries of hard work on the part of archeologists and anthropologists, that the subject of our spirituality and our spiritual reality occupied a great deal of our ancestor’s time and energy. Early humanity recognized that there is a spiritual aspect to our existence and some endeavored to understand it. The early explorers/discoverers in this field were called shaman, witches or witch doctors, sorcerers, seers, healers/medicine people, or prophets. They were, as far as we can tell, regarded with a mixture of appreciation, reverence and/or fear. As with the abuses that go on with every other area of specialization of knowledge and skill, some most likely tried to use their unique knowledge to bamboozle others into giving them an inordinate amount of the wealth and power to be had in their tribe/town/city/country.
As time went on, some began to organize the knowledge, myths and superstitions around our spiritual reality into collections of guidelines, doctrines; rules, even laws. The results were the origins of religions. Those occupying the seats of influence and power within the religions became known as priests or priestesses. Ceremonies were/are prominent features within the churches which formed around the doctrines. Often special titles, clothing, icons, utensils, and other paraphernalia became used as symbols of the authority of those who were deemed worthy, or sanctified, within the religion. Again, depending upon the variables at work at any given time/place, they could be regarded with appreciation, reverence and/or fear. And again, as with every area of specialization of knowledge and skill, some wielding the specialized knowledge within the religions saw ways to use the general public’s relative ignorance of the subjects at hand to distort the teachings and bamboozle the public into giving them inordinate amounts of wealth and power.
The tools and trappings of the religions became symbols of power. Gradually “what” was said was given little serious scrutiny as “who” said it become increasingly important. Truth was determined by the speaker, not the content. As time went on, the religious texts and doctrines came under periodic review by those wielding authority within both the religious and the political power structures of the time. Subsequently, the texts and doctrines began to be shaped to accommodate and to serve the aspirations and agendas of those in power rather than to reflect the original spiritual goals, revelations and understandings. The original goals, revelations and understandings which the original seers, saints and prophets had embraced.
In this process truth took a backseat to political utility. While the truth of genuine spiritual knowledge always points the way to health and well-being of all humanity and in fact all life, the goal of the editing taking place resulted in replacing that knowledge with material oriented to the establishment and perpetuity of the power and wealth enjoyed by those holding the reins of power.
In summary, the observations those adept at perceiving spiritual matters were of great importance to early humankind. As time went on the exploitative value of being seen as a spiritual authority became apparent to those with aspirations of power and wealth. Subsequently, religions, which sprang out of the original esteemed spiritual teachings, have too often became vehicles, directly or indirectly, supporting the subjugation of people and the accumulation of great power and wealth.
There is the proverbial saying that “power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely” Which expresses the observation that, as a person’s power increases, their moral sense diminishes. One does not have to look far in our world today to find proof that there is truth in this saying. Are there those, men and women, who are strong enough in their moral grounding that they can resist all temptation to abuse power, to attempt to increase and maintain their positions via the perversion of knowledge and systems? I believe such individuals exist. However, it seems that, if they have attempted to do so, they haven’t been particularly successful to date at gaining the worldly positions which would bestow the benefit of their wisdom upon us all. I imagine for such morality to exist in high positions of power, it requires more than one individual working together to reinforce such values in the face of the agents of greed and deception which would undoubtedly be aligned against them.
By this time those in high positions of worldly power have refined a method for the acquisition and retention of that power. This method can be clearly seen in the establishment of religious power/authority, and, with some examination, can be seen to be in play in other important and influential cultural arenas, such as the press (media) and education. It goes like this:
The practical, benevolent value of an area of knowledge is established organically by grass-roots adherents/practitioners.
As awareness of the area of knowledge grows, it attracts the attention of those who control the reins of political/economic power. Those in power assign agents/agencies to comprehensively study it.
The area of knowledge is evaluated for it’s utilitarian values, it’s potential economic value, and it’s potential as tool within the arena of political power.
On the basis of that evaluation an orthodoxy of the field of knowledge is proclaimed. That orthodoxy establishes tenets which may be manipulated by the power elite to increase and consolidate their wealth and power rather than merely reflect the content and/or goals of the original practical, benevolent knowledge.
Those who attempt to revive the original content and/or intent of the body of knowledge are given a derogatory label, largely ignored by the “system” at large, and often censored.Depending upon how much the powers-that-be deem to be at stake, those involved in the departure from the orthodoxy may find themselves aggressively persecuted.
As time went along the beginnings of what we call science today began to emerge. There had always been those opposed to the doctrines of the various organized religions for various reasons. The reasons could be trivial or substantial, true in nature or complete flights of fancy. But whatever the reasons, such opposition was often not viewed lightly by those in power within the religion(s). Penalties for expressing or acting in opposition to the religion(s) could result in anything from being looked at askance by other community members to being burned at a stake. Or any of numerous other penalties. To offer opinions or information which ran contrary to the official religious doctrines was to engage in heresy. And those who were engaging in systematic, methodical observations of our world, forming hypotheses which could be tested, the early scientists, were often the recipients of the disapproval, if not the wrath, of the religious authorities. Copernicus and Galileo are two of the more well known men of early science who suffered the displeasure of the religious authorities of their day.
In short, gradually the observations and persistent realities described by those using scientific methods could no longer be denied. The world is round, not flat. The universe does not rotate with the Earth at the center. The sun is the central celestial body in our solar system, etc., etc. Religions began to lose their self-proclaimed position as primary franchise holder on the truth. One might think this would be some cause for celebration; that new, more reality based, understandings of our universe, or our world, were coming into being. However, what was taking place was also a threat the authority, the power, the religions and their political associates enjoyed. Science was becoming a new, popular, authority among the people of the world.
What we are seeing in the world today is an all-out attempt by the elite powers-that-be, applying essentially the formula given above, to appropriate “science” in the same fashion that religion has been appropriated for centuries. The “ordained”, the “high priests” are being selected and introduced. The outliers, the new heretics, are being identified, censored, defamed. The orthodox doctrine, with big pharma at it’s hub, is being proclaimed and the call to worship is being spread far and wide.
Who remembers this time last year? There were demonstrations going on in France, Hong Kong and other places. There was an international undercurrent of dissatisfaction with the extreme economic imbalance in the world. People, especially young people, were traveling internationally more than any time in history. Through the use of social media and face-to-face conversations (remember those?) people from around the world were exchanging ideas, sharing recipes, and generally getting to know one another more than ever before. Then, well, you know what then.
So much of what was going on contributed to a growing sense of commonality and unity among people around the world. It was a time to rejoice in new experiences, new friends, new awareness. But that was leading to a world population which was emboldened, more competent, less satisfied with being perpetually handed the “short end of the stick”. It’s easy to understand how those occupying the seats of economic and political power in the world might see such a thing as a thing to be feared, to be ended. And so it was.
There can be no question that many (all?) of the people who most likely saw their privileged positions as being threatened by an empowered, emboldened, world population have managed to increase their wealth dramatically as a result of the much touted, cleverly engineered, pandemic. You know the phrase: “we’re all in this together”? Beyond a shadow of a doubt it doesn’t apply to behavior between the economic elite and the rest of us since the advent of Covid-19. The meetings, the sharing, the elevation in consciousness of the common people of the world which was dynamic and ongoing pre-Covid, could not have been more effectively curtailed.
Now we’re entering 2021 with the same media propaganda inspiring fear of Covid-19, rumors and articles about a mandatory vaccinations, vaccines using DNA-altering CRISPR technology, vaccination certificates being proposed for many activities, social distancing, cell phone tracking, highly controlled visas for international travel, restricted or closed restaurants and bars, live music being forbidden. It reminds me a WWII movie in which the protagonist is on a train within Nazi Germany and is confronted by a uniformed, armed, soldier demanding “your papers”.
But it’s all for our own protection…isn’t it?
As we enter the new year, a time that often brings an assessment of one’s life and behavior, one important aspect we have to consider is our trajectory into the future. What is the organizing principle of our lives? Is it fear? Is it love? Is it money? Is it life itself? Are we an intelligent world community? Or are we a collection of livestock to be herded and managed? Why on Earth are common people being led to feel we are defying “authority” if we wish to simply conduct our lives in the most common of manners? Why are we accepting that our ability to carry on our businesses, our family relationships, our community activities, should be unilaterally dictated by a few in some “official” position or another? Especially since some, or all, of those few are materially profiting greatly from their mandates and proclamations.
I woke up in the middle of the night, my mind filled with thoughts of how disorienting, how contradictory, how hostile, the world can seem right now. Around this genuinely beautiful world there are people of all ages, genders, educational levels, people with sometimes vastly different experiential realities. We all want to live, we all want to love and be loved. I also believe that, if we are in touch with our core, innate being, all of us genuinely want to be contributing to a world which, in return, sustains us with the material requirements of a whole and healthy life.
However, many of the prevalent societal models humans are endeavoring to live within (all?) contain some degree of short-sighted, ultimately non-survival oriented reactions to the challenges we all mutually face in this world. Reactions which can and do become internalized, and go on to become manifest within the lives of people attempting to formulate a healthy life within our respective cultures. Short-sighted, ultimately non-survival oriented reactions which, in truth, stand in the way of our achieving the criteria needed to be genuinely whole, healthy individuals. Whole healthy individuals which, in turn, are needed to constitute whole, healthy communities…and cultures. Collectively, around the world, there are many cultures filled with, being run by, people caught in such ultimately self-defeating reactions. Reactions which are in their nature, circular, self-reinforcing, and which we need to escape… in order to save ourselves.
How do we know if such ultimately self-defeating, short-sighted reactions to the world, are widespread within the culture, the society, we live within? Does the culture have extreme poverty? Is there an extreme imbalance of wealth within the culture? Are the emotions jealousy, anger, envy, fear, hatred, even contempt toward one another common within the citizens? Does a person have to work long hours every day and still find themself unable to afford a decent material livelihood? Do people spend time and energy judging each other’s worth/value as human beings based on either superficial physical characteristics or what amount to culturally imposed inequalities of wealth and education? Is one’s ability to compete with the others within the culture seen as more important than one’s ability to cooperate with others? Is depression, apathy, isolation a common experience among many of the citizens? Is complacency common among others? These feelings and behaviors are all symptoms of ultimately self-defeating mental/spiritual reactions to our world. Reactions often reciprocally fueled by, and resulting in the emotions listed and italicized above.
In reality, there are so many combinations of emotional/behavioral, individual and cultural self-defeating reactions, thinking and behavior patterns, one could spend one’s entire life studying them, categorizing them, and still not encounter all of them. In an infinite universe, there are probably infinite ways to get it wrong. However, ultimately, having a detailed understanding of all of the errors possible in understanding and behaviors still doesn’t necessarily mean we are equipped to “get it right”. It’s time to rein in our worldwide busy-ness with all the self-defeating, nihilistic reactions which occupy us. The people of the world need to all stop, take a deep breath, and ask ourselves “how is this working out for me”. In the vast majority of cases, for the genuine health and well-being of most lives, it isn’t. Most people in the world are economically “treading water”, if that, while a relative few are hoarding the resources needed to revitalize the cultures of the world.
That being said, what’s needed right now among the people of the world isn’t primarily the assignment of blame. What is needed is correction. Which, in a strictly material sense, is a simple matter. However, within a human psyche writhing with various obsessions with personal wants, desires and grievances, it can be anything but simple. It will only be when we learn to think substantially in terms of “we”, instead of limiting ourselves to “I”, that humankind will have a chance at achieving a harmonious world that supports all humankind. A world in which our ongoing, innately present, desire to enjoy our lives and to realize all of the incredible potentials which are present in every human being can actually become manifest.
The goals of “making a killing”, or putting all of those ________________ (fill in the blank) in their places, or of being the first and/or the only at anything, need to be shed like a snake sheds a skin which has become too small. We need to look at the world with fresh eyes, realizing that poverty, sickness, hunger, homelessness anywhere is decreasing the health and the well-being of the entire world. We need to devote enough of our time, energy and resources to lifting up, healing, educating, the downtrodden to bring this world into stability and vitality. Prophets and sages have been saying this, in myriad ways, for centuries. It’s time we listen and take it to heart. They have been right all along. With all the knowledge and resources we as a species possess in this world, it does appear that all that is missing, all we need, is love.
Where to start? One of the gems of knowledge we already have has come to us via Abraham Maslow. With his hierarchy of needs, he gave us a blueprint of how to go about it. Some of the hierarchy, particularly those pursuits nearer the top, are pursuits which are more dependent upon our own, individual, efforts. However, particularly the issues present on the first two tiers, the most basic issues relative to human life, are issues which ultimately require our cooperation with one another to fully achieve. If we encourage a competitive culture, even the attainment of meeting those requirements is always tentative within our lives. And if our attainments are tentative, they are continually taking time and energy from us in order to work at reinforcing and protecting them. Time and energy which we then do not have to devote to the higher, more uniquely human and at the same time more divinely miraculous aspects of our being.
We are all energy beings. We are manifested in a manner which presents as material and solid, however, when physicists take a closer look, that appearance begins to be revealed as a manifestation apparently constructed out of nothingness. We’re all energy beings. As such we live within, and are a part of, an energy field. We’re all, at our most basic level, all made of the same stuff. That same stuff is all around us and extends into the infinite universe we live within. We are, quite literally, inseparable from the universe we live within. One universe, many planets, many stars, many galaxies, many dimensions. All within the one, the all. And we have the privilege, the blessing, of being conscious, alive, to experience it.
Beyond a doubt, the experience of consciousness within such a stellar and magnificent reality can cause some aberrations to take place in our minds. We love it, some want to own it, some want to somehow grasp onto the very small piece of it closest to us and control it. As if that were possible in the crude, brutal ways it is usually attempted. We are in a dance, a dance of energy, light, motion, love. To do anything other than try to flow with it, to appreciate it, and to care for aspects of it we have the ability to work with, is hubris. It is the lack of humility, the overestimation of, or presumptuousness as to our place within our reality that creates a lot of problems for us.
Some look around and think because of the color of my skin, or hair, or eyes, or my height, or my physical strength, or my keenness of intellect, I am wholly superior to others. Or that because they happened to be the first human to begin living in a particular valley, or on a particular hill, they therefore own the whole of it. Our desire to own, to somehow freeze the ongoing flow of time and life, and make it our own, has led us to form collectives, cabals, with agreements to abide by certain rules and documents and to live as if those rules and documents truly represent some kind of divine right. Again, such hubris.
Innate within us, within us from the moment of our creation, is a connection to the Universal Creative Spirit, which is, in fact, the universe, the all. Within that connection is guidance. When we still our minds, access that guidance, we know what we should do, and we know what we should not do. We know that each and every one of us, each individual, is ultimately no greater, nor lesser, than any other. In a move that has shown itself to have the potential to be both a blessing and a curse, in all of this wondrous creation, for reasons we may not (cannot?) fully understand, we have been given free will. I guess the Creative Spirit, which flows within and around us, and of which we are all an integral part, didn’t want a bunch of puppets.
We know there have been other civilizations before this one. Civilizations lost in time, we occasionally find artifacts which testify to their existence. One of these prior civilizations, Atlantis, from the stories which have been passed down to us, brought it’s destruction upon itself through it’s hubris. Too much knowledge in too specific a focus. Not enough appreciation of the whole of the system they (we) exist within. In their manipulations of the material world, they lost sight of, lost appreciation of, the spiritual. In their ability to play with aspects of the stuff of creation, they lost humility. They went out of synch with the universal dance they were a part of, and were washed away as the will within universe didn’t see fit to alter the greater in deference to the lesser.
What more obvious way to love, to honor the Universal Creative Spirit, call it God, or not, than to love and honor the creation? After all, the creator and creation are one. We are, in fact, of God. When we forget that we are only parts of a whole, and that none of us has any greater claim to the whole than any other of us, then, again, we get into trouble. In the past that trouble was always, relative to the totality of human existence and the planet, relatively local stuff. We fought with stones, axes, swords, guns and relatively localized explosives. As time has gone on we have become increasingly capable in our ability to wreak destruction upon the materialized reality we are a part of. However, to want to do so is symptomatic of mental and spiritual illness, always. It is symptomatic of people cut off from, in denial of, the foundational spiritual reality which we all live within and are all a part of. To engage in the deception of, the destruction of others, is to engage in self-deception and self-destruction. To engage in cooperating with, nurturing, building, healing, appreciating others, is to manifest those things in our world, to manifest them as resources for, aspects of, ourselves.
We have free will. History shows us the Universal Creative Spirit, because love is it’s essential nature, also will wipe the slate and start again if necessary. When the hubris of the creation has led to a denial of love. Humankind has reached a level of functioning that allows individual men and women, and groups, to engage in activities which affect all human life, all life itself, upon the entire planet. We have free will. We can engage in constructive, loving, nurturing activities, or we can engage in activities which are designed along narrowly perceived avenues of immediate benefit to a few, but which ignore the effects of such behaviors upon the conditions affecting well-being of the larger whole. Conditions which will, ultimately, bear upon all.
Will it take another extinction event, another re-boot of humankind, for us as spiritual beings to realize the folly of ignoring our own interconnected, spiritual reality?
As we enter 2021 the United States is filled with a citizenry which, on the whole, is more troubled, fearful, angry, and poorer than they ever have been in the last 75 years. A citizenry which is increasingly homeless and hungry. A citizenry which is increasingly being “ruled”, not governed, by a cabal composed of the wealthiest who have managed, over the past 60+ years, to shape the thinking and culture of the nation to their liking. Joe Biden was certainly correct when, in his speech on Jan. 6, he stated “…our democracy is under unprecedented assault…”. However, he is sorely inaccurate in his assignment of the source of the assault merely to those who were demonstrating, and rioting, at the Capital Building.
While the demonstration and riot did manage to achieve a graphic display of the dissatisfaction which is widespread in the U.S., as far as preventing a fulfillment of the results of the last election, it was a misguided, futile effort. The pervasive and, at this point, long standing threat, the primary threat to American democracy: which is on the verge of dealing a fatal blow to the American experiment in democracy, is the dissemination of inaccuracies, lies, propaganda, which those occupying the highest positions in both government and industry have been increasingly engaging in since the end of the Second World War. It is impossible for a healthy democracy to exist without a steady flow of honest, accurate information for the people, who are at the heart of the system, to base their decisions upon. As we enter 2021 we must face the fact our democracy is crippled in this regard by five realities:
Our “representative government has in reality become a government/industry amalgamation which routinely cries out “national security” to prevent the citizenry from gaining access to critical information. Information essential to any genuine effort at democratic government.
The corporations deeply entrenched in governmental function are so obsessed with being at the “top of the food chain” in a predatory corporate culture, lying to the public is simply standard operating procedure.
The governmental agencies which have been originally tasked with the protection of the interests of the public, have been co-opted by the industries the public expects them to be regulating. Their proclamations are little more than corporate PR.
The “mainstream” news media (the fourth estate) has been monopolized by large corporations and, collectively, have become little more than conveyors of propaganda disseminated under the guise of “news”.
Our government is increasingly populated by self-serving politicians who: have learned how to manipulate the system for personal gain, are increasingly dependent upon the wealth of corporations and certain wealthy individuals to obtain office, employ professional speech writers who expertly write speeches which divert, manipulate and placate the public. Speeches which they have no compunction against delivering. The U.S. has not yet had a President which does not fall into this category during the 21st century.
So yes, Joe Biden is entirely accurate with his claim of an unprecedented assault being waged upon our democracy. However, his assigning the primary source of that assault to those who engaged in the misguided actions in Washington, D.C. on Jan 6th is just more diversion and manipulation. It is more misinformation, which is, in fact, the true assault upon our democracy.
The key to dismantling this monstrosity of a manipulative system is simple and easily available to every individual in the U.S. In fact, every individual in the world. It is love. It is having love for all of humankind. It is basing our speech, our actions, our systems on the reality of that love. We must embrace the reality encapsulated in the “Golden Rule”: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” and genuinely and thoughtfully apply it in our lives. We are all an important part of an interdependent system. When we realize that, “One for all and all for one.” becomes much more than an interesting motto from a book.