When truth does not come from authority, we must seek authority from truth.
We may not completely understand what our government does or why they do it at all times, but we should know one truth about it. A government fears only the revolution.
This fact should not surprise anyone. Those who run the government and those who benefit from it would lose everything they have staked in it. These are the same people empowered to put down a revolution.
Two thousand years ago, the Roman Empire feared a revolt from the Jews who believed the empire had taken over land that belonged to them and forced them to pay tribute to the Caesar. The Jews did revolt on several occasions and though the Romans put each of them down, the costs of human lives and resources
So what did the Romans do?
According to Joseph Atwill, author of Caesar’s Messiah: The Roman Conspiracy to Invent Jesus, they set aside the use of force and used a different tactic to solve this problem. Specifically, they invented a brand-new religion that convinced Jews to adopt a pacifistic attitude towards the Roman authority. Instead of promoting war and dissent, the new religion told its adherents to “turn the other cheek.” and
to “render unto Caesar what is his.”
The new religion became the official religion of the Roman Empire and spread throughout the world. Billions of people practice it now. Of course, this religion is
Followers believe the New Testament’s account of a man who claims to be a deity and who proves this claim by first dying of a crucifixion and then coming back to life. Atwill points out that all evidence of this story comes from a single source, Josephus, who wrote forty years after the events described allegedly took place.
The point of the fiction is its message of peace and uncritical acceptance of authority. It still works today in the United States.
Republicans and Democrats for the most part respect authority even when the other party holds it. Fringe groups like the Tea Party only encourage respect for authority which agrees to Tea Party principles. All of these political groups are prepared to ignore the truth about authority (i.e. the legitimacy of a government) because they are too concerned about being obedient.
When the public hears names like “Lee Harvey Oswald” or “Bin Laden” broadcast (by an obedient media) as criminals, most obey the order to believe what they hear. This docility works to help our government promote official stories which are used as justification to start wars in our name.
These lies should not cause us to become pacifists. These lies should cause us to look for truth from different sources than government or religious sources. Are you willing to take that leap of logic?
I am my thoughts.
I am my words.
I am my actions.
I am my emotions.
I am the one who decides to whom I listen.
I am the one who responds.
I am both sides of conflict within me.
I am the problem.
I am the solution.
I am here.
In a recent essay, I named a number of "trees" in the forest of lies given to us by our leaders and our mainstream media:JFK, RFK, October Surprise, Bush v. Gore, Nine Eleven, etc.How do you suppose we get out of this forest?Elections? But leaders in both parties have lied to us and covered up crimes.Alternative Media? I like alternative forms of media but how long must we wait until a critical mass disregards the mainstream media's conclusions on the "trees"? And who is to say that alternatives won't be part of the controlled opposition?Rounding up the criminals behind these events? Good luck with that. Since when has anyone gone to jail for anything I have mentioned.The only real way to clear out the corruption is the unthinkable. We will simply have to think of a way around that.
JFK, MLK, RFK
Gulf of Tonkin
Vietnam, Desert Storm
The October Surprise, Iran-Contra
Bush vs. Gore
What do all of these and other events have in common?
War mongers profited and chances for peace plummeted
The official story given to the public through the corporate media
Once again trumped the truth
It will keep on happening
Because we think we are free
And we are
Except we have no freedom to change the direction of our nation
Daring to challenge assumptions about God and the afterlife, the novel St. Peter’s Choice by Dean T. Hartwell arrives soon to an audience of those willing to think freely.
It is Judgment Day. The “rock” of the Christian religion begins to change his mind about going to heaven after he decides to talk to those sent to hell.
When he speaks to God later about the conversations, he finds he has a choice to make between faith and reason.
A French proverb tells us that only fools and children speak the truth.
Many children grow up believing in the tooth fairy, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. It obviously isn’t because they researched the issue on what happens to their teeth after they put them under their pillows or how a sleigh run by reindeers can fly all over the world in one night.
Someone told them to believe it.
I believed in these things as a kid because it felt good. I liked to believe that someone was thinking about me and giving me rewards.
It was all plausible to me because I did not give the details of any of these myths much of a thought.
For most of us where I grew up, these were among the first things that someone (i.e. adults) told us to believe. The beliefs of the tooth fairy, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny were our first official theories.
We laughed off any suggestion that they were not real. After all, everyone we knew believed in them, so we did, too. Anyone who said anything to the contrary was not with us. They were just foolish.
The best theory in alternative to the official one was, of course, the theory that adults were lying to us about where the money we would find underneath our pillows or gifts under the Christmas tree would come from. Our parents – lie to us?
It was a lie to help us enjoy our childhood, long before we became adults ourselves and faced big responsibilities. The lie made us feel safe. Never mind it was barely plausible.
But the white lies didn’t stop there. And it wasn’t just being lied to, either.
We learned to lie and accept lies out of comfort. I could not stand eating certain vegetables as a child. I also learned my mom feared looking old. So, at around the age of eight, I lied to my mom by telling her she looked 30 (she was 31 when I was born) to get her approval to skip the vegetables.
In high school, I had a date with a girl who offered no opinions, thoughts or ideas on anything during our dinner. I should have told her that I did not want to see her again. Instead, to avoid the discomfort of dirty looks from her friends who were in my classes, I waited for her to tell me that I was not a high priority.
I don’t know who told the lie that I just needed to get a bachelor’s degree to get a good job. But I felt conditioned to believe it. Then I discovered the cold truth when I took a job shortly after college graduation that did not even pay minimum wage and for which I slaved to try to please a boss who could not be pleased.
We are simply conditioned to avoid truths that would wake us from our slumber of comfort. We are conditioned to respond negatively to unpleasant truths.
I had trouble believing any of my English ancestors held slaves. My family wouldn’t do that! But I couldn’t help but notice a black man named Edgerton Hartwell while watching National Football League games. There were so few blacks in England during the time my ancestors were there, the proof that people I am related to owned slaves stares back at me.
The issue here is not really the truth. It is comfort. Few will risk stepping out of their comfort to speak up for the truth. It is so much easier to stay asleep and tell ourselves that at least we aren’t foolish.
This fan at an Oakland Raider game
Sports legends don’t just happen. They get made up! Listen to a sports fan get things right about some of the most controversial plays in football and baseball history.
The Immaculate Reception is legendary, but you will learn how and why the referees called it wrong! Imagine the headlines if the referees had called the pass, which really struck Frenchy Fuqua before its reception by Franco Harris, an incomplete pass!
“Bedlam at Three Rivers Stadium! Fans Riot to Protest Last Play Call in Steeler Defeat!”
The Reggie Jackson Hip Check doomed the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1978 World Series after the umpires missed the right call for Jackson’s interference of a thrown ball. Learn that the umpires DID NOT KNOW THE RULES! Instead of another Yankee championship, the story would read much differently.
“Dodgers Stop Yankees and Jackson in Their Tracks to Take 3-1 Series Lead!
The Rob Lytle Non-Call takes the award for not one, but two referee blunders on the same play. A premature whistle stopped a possible Raider touchdown on a Bronco fumble in the 1977 AFC Championship Game and the failure of the referees to huddle over when the whistle blew cost the Raiders possession of the ball. Instead of a Denver win and a boring Super Bowl XII, things would have been different!
“Late Stabler Pass to Casper Sends Raiders to Super Bowl to Face Cowboys!”
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There will always be a gap between what we expect and what we get.
We expect the truth but those who know it may not have any reason to tell us and good reason not to.
We expect a peaceful environment around us but it only takes one person to shake it.
We expect that others will respect our rights but for some, ignoring rights is the way they achieve what they want.
About the only things that cannot be taken from us are our own thoughts and feelings. To expect anything beyond that is to feed our disappointments.
In the words of Buddha, when you cease expecting, you have all things.
The truth has no sides. And when the truth is hard to find or in short supply, all we have in its pursuit are our principles.
If I had free will, what would that mean?
Would I still have to deal with the uncontrollable things in life - my DNA, the weather, and decisions made by others?
I am skeptical of the idea of free will because our freedom to will is so limited.
I am under six feet tall. Even if I will to be an NBA star, does it matter?
I doubt free will.
I do not like the concept of fate, either. I reject the idea that my life is guided by some force or that it has been determined ahead of time.
How can anyone prove their fate, anyway?
We are handed a number of characteristics and circumstances. We play the cards we are dealt. Not everyone gets a chance at a royal flush.
We are free to imagine things being better, but our choices are as limited as the people we are. We can work on freeing ourselves of limitations but in doing so, our will really is not free.
We are free to make what for most are easy decisions - pay the rent, don't commit a crime - but when the decisions get tougher, we are reminded we are not free to disregard consequences.
Nothing is really free. Fate is only understood in hindsight where it can be explained but not proven.