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Failed Humanism

Religious reaction
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Alastair Crooke’s article is very interesting in as much as it seems to reflect amongst others, on a growing panic in the Jewish Tribe.
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Has it, at its base, a possible late flowering religious reaction to failed Humanism, which the Christian West has been going through now for the last three hundred odd years, coming to a peek in the 19th century, with the resultant cultural wreckage spreading until the present?
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Surprisingly to this observer, uninformed of development in Jewish religion and culture, is it possible that similar to the scream of Luther and Calvinism, the latter connected with Humanism in Bourgeoisie culture, is being heard here too?
The author quoted by Crooke seems well into fear and panic, that the darkness of the Luther prescription, blind faith, and the fanatical fear of sinfulness resulting in the search for the elect status of an individual is returning to Jewish culture. Albeit in the Jewish case, all of the tribe having to qualify, not just the individual – and the fracturing effect that will have.
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(“But what we can observe frightening Caspit so in his Ma’ariv pleading, is his fear that Israel may be transiting now, from liberal Zionism (of the early Kibbutzim stalwarts) back towards Yahweyism.”)
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If this is anywhere near the mark, one could see some of the underlying driving forces.
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Since the end of World War II, one could almost entertain the thought that the new Israel took roots in the U.S.A. with Palestine, being only a colony of that parent.
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The problem with setting up camp in the U.S., is that any ethnic group is subjected to the overwhelming cultural religion of “America” itself, underpinned by the secular humanist values of ego, will and reason. – A most individualistic inducing way where blind faith and fanatical literalism has long ago killed off the church base of Western religion in the Eurocentric world.
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The U.S. as the Eurocentric white world’s great hope to save Christian culture has comprehensively failed to accept that sacred vocation, irrespective of how much it tells itself that it is the exceptional nation, based on the pilgrim city on the hill. – A reference to the temple on temple mount in Jerusalem and almost a subconscious understanding now of the U.S’s. new Israel role?
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Tangentially, this is an irony when looking at the fanatical literal Calvinists in the American Christian Zionist political right doing everything they can to try and set up the Palestine colony, but in the process sowing havoc within the new Israel and doing its bit in starting to tear the U.S. apart from the inside. How can rapture happen if that comes to pass?
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The much touted demise of Islam through the overwhelming strength of U.S. led Western humanist culture where greed, comfort and plenty will ride triumphant was comprehensively answered in the negative by the catastrophe of September 11, 2001. The metaphorical/metaphysical significance of that event in both religious and cultural terms is overwhelming and still reverberating throughout the Eurocentric white world.
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And so…
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How can the Jewish Tribe continue to remain “pure” in this sort of battle between the individual versus the tribe when to some, Yahweh’s Law is being gradually diminished?
Does it mean that being Jewish in the 21st century has become ethnic cultural, and not exclusively ethnic religious – Similar perhaps to the tremendous pressures that are tearing the Western Christian religious culture to pieces?
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Probably completely off the mark but it does trigger thoughtfulness.
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Further surveying of the U.S. landscape will now be needed for signs of any other “indications” hinting of these wild thoughts.
Follow the link and see what you make of Alistair Crooke’s ideas.

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Culture & Spirituality

Is Religion relevant in the West today?
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Within the wreckage of Western culture in which we live and the death throes of church religion as a means of carrying the wisdom needed to help chart a new course, one needs to develop a philosophy of life, coupled with listening to conscience to inform one’s own praxis. (A religion of one’s own).
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Whom one chooses as hero/heroes to use as an example to gain some insight is very important in getting in touch with the hero pattern living within the unconscious self. The world’s wisdom traditions have suggested some human ideals that can be helpful in thinking about what is both helpful and healthy.
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There are myriad numbers of people trying to sell you some idea or other, usually to benefit themselves in some way. Hence the need to address this critical aspect of living the life journey from womb to tomb; if one does not want to be a sheep, eventually being led to the abattoirs once usefulness has been sucked dry.
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You might find Janine Hartley’s following thoughts along those lines quite interesting.
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What is my religion? – Janine Hartley
Is religion a belief in a controlling power in the form of a god or gods? Is it a particular system of faith and worship? Is it cultural systems of designated behaviours and practices, morals, worldviews, texts, sanctified places, prophecies, ethics, or organisations, that relates humanity to supernatural, transcendental, or spiritual elements? Or is it simply the word we use to describe our search for purpose and hope?
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Given the above then what is my religion? It isn’t defined by an institution, though I will take bits of the fruit that speak to me at a point in my journey. I am freer to follow my journey and explore spirituality outside of institutions and away from people who claim to have found the answer to Everything. To what extent are my morals and choices informed by an innate desire to hope the best for the tribe, so I prosper, and how much is informed by cultural ‘norms’ in order to belong?
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Are there as many pathways to God/Goddess/Spirit/Universal Consciousness as there are people? Does our hearts desire meet us where we are at on the journey in a form that we can accept? It is the responsibility of each to find a path that leads us on a journey to know ourselves, protect Mother Earth who sustains us, speak out for those who have no voice and hear the still small voice that continues to guide us on the journey. To where does the journey lead, is there a destination? Along the way we find that there are consequences to choices we make, and we also experience the consequences of choices others make for us, so we desire a world where justice, goodness and love are underpinning values and principles that inform and guide all humanities choices. We can change no-one but ourselves so we must forever seek to become better people. It’s all about me! The shadow side of this is that we have created a world where personal rights and goals have ignored the community, have disregarded consequences that are destroying our environment for our own personal right to money, fame and fortune. This too is religion, it has its institutions (corporations, education and economic systems), it worships power and greed, it has its prophets in the stock market and in politics. These prophets won’t tell you there is a cost to everything, they won’t tell you that the search for power will destroy your soul.
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What is my religion? Is it possible or necessary to define, place myself within a framework and therefore give people permission to claim they know what I believe? Is my religion defined by the path I am on? I trip on a stone on the path but pick myself up knowing that the life in me is biologically programmed for survival. Nature teaches us that there is a beginning and an end to everything, a continuous cycle of the seasons. Winter is a time of rest and reflection, but spring will arrive and the fire of new life will bring promise and hope, summer will bring new ideas and projects to fruition and autumn will be a time of harvest. That’s life and that is my religion.

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Thinking about happiness …

what contributes to happiness
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Why so much fear about death?
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For the overwhelmingly secular society we live in, one assumes that it is not connected to any metaphysical concern about the possibility of an afterlife and the need for redemption.
If anything, Western societies seem to have a death instinct hanging over us, especially evident in late empire USA which has turned itself into a fantastic killing machine.
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When one thinks about the opposite of Thanatos, Eros, some interesting thoughts are triggered. Simple linear logic might suggest that a strong Thanatos would be consistent with a weak level of Eros. If true, how might this weak love of life be evident? Where would one look to see a robust sensuality not being expressed in a society’s everyday life? Using C. S. Lewis’ formulation of the four aspects of gift love as a useful structure to start to survey the landscape, – a less than hopeful picture emerges of the state of itsWestern cultural expression.
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In vicious caricature:
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Motherhood/fatherhood/affection – contracted to for profit ‘child care’ and limited to dogs.
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Friendship – degenerated to social media collections.
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Eros in loving relationships – overwhelmed by pornography.
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Charity/Compassion – Blame the victim.
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How has this come about one might ask.
Some have said that it started in the Eurocentric world with the death of God and its replacement with failed humanism. However, the death of that God was not the death of the Cosmic Mind-like mystery sitting behind everything and usually talked about in the philosophical stream called Personal Idealism. Nor by some readings of the personal nature of that mystery; embedded in human consciousness and expressed most powerfully in Mark’s Gospel of the ‘Western Religion’.
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However, all of that is irrelevant if the mindset of Eurocentric Peoples cannot be prized loose from Philosophical Materialism and the failed experiment with Humanism.
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Until a new solid rock is found to tether a new Western Mythos, the idea and experience of happiness will continue to experience head winds.
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Vladimir Putin’s thoughts in an interview he recently gave to the Financial Times and accessed via the link below, are thought provoking. One can understand the intense hatred expressed not only by US citizens but also by other Eurocentric people who have hitched their wagon to the failed humanism post. Here he is telling the West that Liberalism (humanism) has become obsolete. More than that, in a similar way to the message of the 2001 catastrophe in New York sent by Usama Bin Ladean, he is in effect asking “who are you dude”? You have no rock to stand on, in fact it is becoming obvious to peoples around the world that the West is sinking in quick sand. Shining the light on someone’s failure is most likely to call for destruction if that someone is asleep to their own condition! – The Soviet Union has already experienced it, resulting in its demise. Peoples of the Russian Federation have had to look inward to start to come out of the catastrophe.
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Can we?

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Julian Assange

Happy Birthday

Julian Assange is an interesting person for followers of the Christian Way, and all people of good will, to think about in relation to what he represents in a system which is gaining more and more echoes of the Communist Stasi mode of societal control. (Remembering of course that it was staffed by numbers of operatives of the preceding Fascist Gestapo model.)
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All of the shenanigans in Anglo/American society swirling around him can be distracting and quite blinding to the core issue; TRUTH.
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Assange can be likened to the Beloved Follower of John’s Gospel who was charged with observing and then retelling the redeeming story. Of course, associated with him are the Jesus figures, represented by the whistle blowers who have a degree of courage, morality and ethical BEING which goes far beyond what most of us seem able to muster.
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TRUTH/truth of course is like a flame thrower to a nest of vipers.
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Gangster-ism is on the rise and hell and high water for we the mob’s demise!

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My Name is Legion

For We are Many

Mark’s story of the man with unclean spirit resonates with the times we live in. In more poetic language; it seems like:
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We are on the edge of a cliff, so high up it is almost impossible to see the end in sight; the void. We cannot seem to fathom at this point in time and space, the consequence of what is to happen unless heed is taken of the messages the scientists are telling us; because it only seems like a fantastic make believe story. Nothing like this picture has ever occurred in human history and the Big Bang that brought time and the physical Cosmos into being is so stupendous that it is unimaginable.
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But, nuclear and climate apocalyptic holocaust is just picture-able because it is somewhat sized to suit our little speck in the Galaxy. Too big to grapple with even then one might say, if it wasn’t that the eerie noise of the approaching tsunami is now just audible in our daily lives.
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Weather events that are so severe in some places as to make production of certain food stuffs decline precipitously. As an example; the loss of wheat production in Australia, normally one of the World top producers and exporters, has been affected so much by drought recently that it will likely have to import some for its own domestic consumption this year.
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OR
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In the mid-west corn and soy producing areas of the US, so much rain has fallen that sowing of these crops has been reduced to less than half of usual tonnage.
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Looking around the World there are “Legion” examples.
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The sophistication and deviousness of the latest weapons systems as unstoppable nuclear delivery vehicles is growing to the point where any serious exchange will be the last. As the Russian President was quoted as saying “WW4 would be fought with sticks and stones” – well until only the ants are left.
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But even this level of “evidence” is impossible to accept as the fear induced by it is too great to live with for most people. So, down to a more bite size, digestible level. Which one would you like to choose for there are plenty on offer as the linked article amply shows?
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After reading the sad afore mentioned article, it is obvious that there is only one of two ways to handle it.
EITHER
Stay a child with wilful ignorance
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Grow up and BECOME a self driven adult.
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Sadly it seems that most follow the behaviour of people referred to in Mark 5:17. – It’s all too painful – better to die than change. A wonderful present for the children and grandchildren eh!
There is good news though, albeit as old as the current age. There are as numerous examples as there are great wisdom traditions, but taking the Christian example Jesus; who for the followers of that way, is the definitive example of a human being who is the epitome of human wholeness. A definitive example of the human expression of God’s intention for humanity.
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Here is a human being one can strive to emulate in one’s own human journey toward wholeness and in the process develop a personal experiential relationship with the great Cosmic mystery within, which rises out of the earth. For those who seriously try, it seems to result in remarkable change – a real metanoia.
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As the quote from Julian of Norwich goes – Bliss is seeing God in everything.
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Going back to the linked article one wonders how many see the writing on the wall like Legion and act on it, or how many will keep waiting for the next and the next social efforts to change the situation. In a Western world that is in the process of seeing the collapse of humanism, it is rather sad.
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What is needed is a revolution of human wholeness. A revolution of human self worth; which if one is honest, doesn’t seem as if it is going to happen until catastrophe of a cataclysmic order presents itself. Sad because extraordinary help is available for those adequate to see it. And if one is not adequate at this point, then plenty of help from friends and loved ones to get you to that starting line will be needed.
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Go look for the people who will love you enough to lend a hand and then return that gift to someone else when you can. Start in the local and expect good luck to accompany you.

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