Araqis

So we have met Araqis (or Archus, if badly translated), a nineteen-year-old(?) descendant of the “Star Seed” or “Lights”.  His/her diary is more of a journal at the moment, an assignment give to him/her by his/her teachers. We start at a time in earth’s history where the planet has been around for at least 1,000 years (by scientific calculation) and the civilization that flourishes has been around for at least as long. I am, as a writer, taking creative license enough to assume that the Earth is quite a bit older than we believe and that the age we have picked is merely the very beginning of life here.

As far as I know, I have not yet identified whether Araqis is a boy or a girl, and for this project, it really doesn’t matter. You will notice no date other than the year. days and months have yet to be named and hours, minutes, and seconds have yet to become important. All that matters in the world that Araqis represents is that a day is from sunup to sundown, humanity is huge compared to modern man, and viruses and harmful bacteria have yet to introduce themselves.

I am playing with the idea of splitting the narrative among more than just my Earthbound Araqis, after all, our narrator has mentioned the colonization of Mars, Venus and the moons orbiting nearly all planets in this system. I believe that it might be interesting to see how things go for all-whether they evolve with their planets/moons, or whether they die out before the modern age of man. Or whether they come to Earth or leave the system altogether.

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An Easter Message

Well, look. It’s Easter, a pagan celebration thinly disguised as a “Christian” holiday. It no longer matters that Easter is literally a combination of many different pagan celebrations, or that the bunnies and eggs were symbols of fertility to non-Christian people almost everywhere. Well, at least the egg was.

The rabbit is predominately Euro-centric, worshipped equally among both the Celtic and Germanic peoples of Europe. And the irony is not lost on me. None of the symbols that have been commercialized has anything to do with Christ. Nor is it really accurate to be celebrating his resurrection in our spring (we should be celebrating it in the fall/winter, as the Middle/near Eastern spring months are our fall months).

But then, so many of our “Christian” holidays are nothing more than glorified pagan rituals. And, again, the irony is not lost on me when “Christians” start claiming that their “holidays” are under attack. But their “holidays” are not theirs at all. They are stolen and repackaged. Possibly like their religion.

Oh. I am not claiming that Christ never came. Nor am I claiming that there is “no God”. Nor am I claiming to be an atheist, Buddhist, Muslim, or anything else. I have already stated that I am, in the view of most “Christians”, a Gnostic mystic with a slightly agnostic view. Not purely a disbeliever, I do have my doubts about how we paint God and Christ. I also have deep doubts as to the prophecies, since man continually takes it upon himself to fulfill everything…and tends to fuck it up beyond all recognition.

No, I believe that true belief is dead-along with Christianity-killed by those who use all religion as a reason to hate, oppress, and destroy without remorse. I also believe that if you give a man an easy path to choose, he will always, in veritably, choose the hardest path. No, humanity has never been a race that could ever take an easier path; the more caring and all inclusive path. In his mind, man believes that it is far easier to hate those who are different, reject knowledge for fear it might enlighten him, and oppress those they deem as weaker. He confuses lust with love, responsibility and duty with compassion, and selfish desire with example.

Indeed, if we truly knew the nature of “God” or of “Christ”, we might accidentally find that we have been wrong since the very beginning. But, then, so many today would much rather play “God” than follow him. Is here we are. Celebrating yet another thinly disguised pagan celebration in the name of a “savior” we really don’t follow. while falling for the same tired commercialization of religion and calling it “faith”.

I am probably going to make somebody mad, but I no longer care.

Remembering a discussion from last night…:

Am I the only one who sees it as hypocritical to acknowledge that there are “other gods” and yet claim to be “monotheistic”?

I saw the flaws in the Bible a long time ago when I was being forced to live and breathe the ten commandment along with the over 600 other “laws” including the holy days and food laws. I also saw the growing flaw in Christianity. The hate, the greed, the exclusivity spawned by multiple misinterpretations and misunderstandings of verses and books.

I was told last night by a practitioner of Judaism that the Jewish OT is not like the Christian OT and that they acknowledge that there are other gods and yet they consider themselves monotheistic.

Here is my point. Not all Greeks worshipped every Greek god or goddess, and not every Roman or Egyptian paid obeisance to all of their gods,yet they acknowledged that they existed. Greek cities had patron gods/goddesses which they devoted their worship to. Same with Rome and Egypt. Even today, India has some villages that are dedicated to a single Hindu god. And yet, we consider these people polytheistic.

And then there is Christianity which believes in the triune. (sort of like believing in a triple god/goddess, but claiming monotheistic status.)Three in one. I can list at least three three-in-one gods/goddesses (most Hindu gods and goddesses have three different “aspects”, the Morrigan was three-in-one. almost all Greek and Roman gods had three different aspects. I can go on, but I believe the point has been made.

So, other than claiming “monotheism”, what makes Christianity or Judaism any different than any other religion? Other than the exclusivity, from my point of view, both philosophically and reality, nothing. Not one aspect of either is unique. Except their claim of exclusivity.

Does this statement mean that I do not believe in God? No. Nor does it state that I do. This is an observation based off of a discussion and a long, drawn out comparison done (as I am a student of history and of mythology) between prevailing thoughts…and a study of the facts and how we have forever treated others, calling civilizations “polytheistic” and ourselves “monotheistic”.

To admit that there are other gods is, in itself, can admission of polytheism if we go on the view that Rome and Greece-and even Egypt and Ancient Sumer-were polytheistic simply because they acknowledged that other gods existed, but still only worshipped one in their own city. So are we truly “monotheistic”? Or are we, as I suspect, actually polytheistic but lying to ourselves by telling ourselves that we are not?

And if we are polytheistic, what happens if all our dreams and wishes never come to fruition? What is this is all there is and there will be no end to it all? What if, all this time, we have been fooling ourselves into believing that any and all prophecies are going to come true without realizing that we have been lied to?

On Being Smarter Than the Average Bear

I grew up lower middle class. Education was the “only way out” of an endless hell known as factory work. Or so I was told.

They couldn’t have been more wrong. Especially in the Midwest. Here, there are only factories or fields. Making it worse, the states seem stuck on agriculture as the only industry worth exporting.

While I have nothing against farmers, I am no farmer. I am also no factory slug. I am not mindless enough to allow the ant-like worker mentality of a factory to kill my creativity. Besides. there is more to life.

I will not disparage those who find the factory life satisfying. Nothing wrong with that. But there are infinite possibilities for the rest of us and a state should encourage creativity. A state should also encourage intellectual pursuits as well. Always.

And while I am not the smartest, nor even a genius, I am observant enough to know where things need to be fixed. Ad there are many things that need to be fixed. Education. Healthcare. Politics. The economy. The way we see and do business.

Nothing made many of these problems more apparent than elections 2016. It was painfully apparent that there was a huge lack in education. Especially among those who are supposed to be the most educated, our older citizens. And their pride in their ignorance was appalling!

I know enough about education to know that we need to reinstitute Political Science back into our schools. We also need to reintroduce our youth to American and World history so that they can learn from the mistakes of the past. And, we need to focus again on being a world leader. This means that we need to make learning a foreign language mandatory.

European students learn at least one language that is not native to their country, and usually learn at least three. I have even heard of them learning up to six from a pen pal or two. If we intend to accomplish anything greater than we already have, we need to catch up with the rest of the world. We need to reintroduce our children to the sciences, math, and creativity. We are behind the rest of the world in all these things and more!

Why? Because we are too focused on what religion, gender identity, or sexual preference our neighbor has. We are too focused on making clones that we have forgotten that individuality is more important, diversity a key ingredient in making progress. For all intents and purposes, we have lost our way in the name of hate, greed, religiosity, and ignorant arrogance.

We suppose ourselves to be the greatest. We suppose that we should come first, that we should isolate ourselves and “purify” ourselves. We were never pure. Humanity as a whole has never been pure. From the very first takeover of one empire by another, purity went out the window. color of skin means nothing except that darker pigmentation was not needed in the more northerly climes.

We accept blindly that our religion is the true religion when religion of and by itself is not a manifestation of the truth. Or of knowledge. Or of wisdom. Religion is the opposite of living a lifestyle as prescribed by underlying philosophies. Hate is the opposite of the love we are to have for one another. Greed is the opposite of the generosity we are supposed to show. Oppression is the opposite of the freedom we are supposed to give. intolerance is opposite of the tolerance. And so on.

We allow ourselves to replace the original tenets of faith with our own biases. Which brings me back to education, and specifically that education which seminaries give their prospective ministers. So many ministers take the Bible, and specifically the Epistles, in a completely wrong context. They are not taught about the culture and history of the “New Testament” world.

They are not taught about where many of the newly converted Christians were coming from, what religions they were coming out of that were spawning the unpublished questions to the answers given in the Epistles. They simply believe, arrogantly, that these instructions harken back to the Old Testament Laws. But this is not necessarily so.

Yes, education is important on all levels. Faith-wise, secularly, and even on the more massive global political/economic level. Sadly, our leadership has shown us that they lack the education to make sound judgments that affect us all fiscally, economically, and socially. Even more alarming is that a portion of the voter base showed that they lacked the education to make a sound choice in leadership.

Granted, the choices weren’t the best, but there were better choices. And the lack of education is still apparent in their support of the shoddy leadership, not to mention their support of ignorant fears, hate, and accepting of lies as truth.

But I have a proposal that can change this in the future. I have drawn up an education bill proposal that reintroduces a few mandatory courses that have been removed from education. It also reorganizes funding, adds free higher education in-state, and places a freeze on unnecessary privatization. The only missing component is help from the education community.

I have asked, but it seems as if I cannot get people to take me seriously on a serious matter. I have been encouraged by several of my more politically active friends, as well as my mother and stepfather, to press forward. To get involved. And, yet, when I try, I cannot gain any interest.

While I understand that this is a Midterms election year, I also know that there should be no time better than now to explore ideas worth examining. Politically, it is expedient. economically, it is imperative. Socially, it is necessary.

But I still sit, waiting for someone to take me serious. When will teachers and education experts wake up? They are always asking for help. they are always asking for outside input. But when someone on the outside wants insider help, they seem to flee.

Why Are People Afraid of Visionaries?

As I sit here pondering my next book, I can’t help but notice how much time I have put into trying to get other things done. I have been sending messages, seeking help on many non literary projects, and trying to get the ball rolling on change. But it seems that too many people, even those who advocate for change, are afraid of change.

It is almost as if they are afraid of the visionaries and innovators who step forward to answer the call. I have asked for help from educators and education associations. I have asked for help from as many sources, including state government agencies, that I could think of. No answer.

I have an education bill proposal I would like help on. It isn’t the only proposal I have been working on, but it is one of the more important ones. You see, to me, quality education is an important part of being able to function as an individual in the world. An educated individual, after all, will make an informed judgment on every level including when they go to vote. Knowing, as opposed to accepting what one is told, is the key.

But, here I sit. No one has answered my queries. No one seems the least bit interested. Are they afraid? Or are they having trouble believing that a average citizen would actually be educated enough to realize what needs to be done?

The Alarming Problem With Americans

As an American, I am growing ever more worried about my own countrymen. So many are adamant about their “gun rights”, but refuse to actually educate themselves (because they have been brainwashed to believe that it isn’t necessary) about the true reason for the Second Amendment. As all here know, I am big on knowing background on everything. Back when I was helping Kelly with her government class, I had to research both the Federalist and Antifederalist Papers. For those who do not know the difference, The Federalist Papers were written By Hamilton, Jay, and Madison in support for the Second Amendment to the Constitution while it was being debated–during the process of writing the Constitution. All of these Papers are about building a Federal army as well as state militias to defend the newly formed country. Nowhere in the papers is there a single mention of individual rights beyond the responsibility of being armed to serve in the militias/military. There was no mention of the right to bear arms being without this singular purpose.

Today, however, we have “gun rights” lobbyists and organizations who have distorted the Second Amendment to be individual freedom without a price. many people have been misled to believe that the “right” has no responsibility and that others will have to pry their guns out of their cold, dead hands. They refuse to talk reasonably about reform or restrictions. They believe that they are at war, to some extent, with the federal government and need their guns to wage their war.

 

This, my friends, is what mental illness looks like. An unreasoning obsession with a singular object, almost to the point of fanatical worship. This is why we have the problems we do. Too much propaganda and not enough common sense to go around. Yes, my friends, America suffers from a mental illness, gun mania. It is characterized by paranoia, obsession with guns and gun rights, unreasonable reactions to possible restrictions or reform, and the undying belief that the NRA always tells the truth.

It often leads to threats of violence against those who disagree and results in meaningless violence because nothing can get done to curtail the violence. They blame the violence on mental illness, but refuse to accept that their chosen officials are why there is so many mentally ill on the streets instead of getting proper treatment. Their memories seem conveniently short so that they cannot remember who legislated away mental health treatment, who made it easier for the mentally ill to obtain weapons, and who has removed the coverage needed for the mentally ill to pay for medication.

They conveniently blame the opposition for the messes their side has made. Odd, isn’t it, how convenient mental illness is for them to blame? Doesn’t it make you wonder if they even know that they exhibit many of the signs of mental illness as well?

The Face of It All

I sit here, in my living room, on the day I should be in Virginia. Why? Because of promises broken less than a week into the planning. Originally, my mother-in-law (Ruth) was supposed to help me with the plane tickets and accommodations. Yet, less than a week after she returned to Virginia, she called and asked if I thought I would be able to find my own way.

Knowing how Ruth is, this usually means that she has things other than being a compassionate, understanding person that she feels is more important. This, along with her selfish ideas on what constitutes a memorial service, spurred me into writing a letter to her minister imploring him to try to get her to see how a memorial is really supposed to be and that the wishes of the dead should be honored, despite one’s own feelings.

Subsequently, Ruth unfriended me because I told her that she needed to show more compassion, something she really does not know the meaning of. Oh, sure, she did send money. But that is not borne of a compassionate heart. That was borne from a view that she had a duty. Compassion sees no duty. Born from real love, compassion simply does without personal desires attached. It understands. It accepts the position of the other. And most of all, it treats all with respect.

It is one of the most important components in Love. It is what exemplifies that you have accepted and follow the truth. And that truth is that your wishes do not matter in the grand scheme of things. There are greater forces at work than you. You are finite. At least this physical shell is. Life itself goes on endlessly. And all life is linked.

But, here I sit. No plane tickets, no way to get to where I should be. Perhaps it is for the best. Maybe the universe is protecting those who are in the wrong from my deep mind. Or maybe something is about to happen that I did not need to be involved in. Either way, their little misguided world is safe. I am safe.

Of course, it is supposed to start storming later and I wouldn’t be able to leave Virginia and land in Omaha. Still, I will remember Kelly my way, the way she was. Not my preconceived notion of what I wanted for her. But then, I never expected her to change. To me, she was perfect the way she was, on the path she was on.

From this point on, I will have to remind myself that to stand in judgment of another is to stand in judgment of myself and to condemn another is to condemn myself. If I bind, so shall I be bound.