Just A Thought

Choices I

We make all kinds of choices from one minute to the next, hour by hour and day by day.  Some of those choices are easy while others are heart-wrenchingly difficult – should I end this relationship; accept this job; relocate to this new city; etc.

What most of us seem to struggle with is the acceptance of the consequences of those decisions made and the impact that they may have, not only on others but on ourselves.

What must be understood is that maturity and wisdom can be derived from the results (good or bad) of every choice that is made.

Wisdom I

Adiuva me verterem figuram mundi  Thoth II

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Enduring Life Lessons From Star Trek

Everything I Needed To Know

 

Just thought I would share philosophies of one of my favourite series as expressed by this poster.  Star Trek has been instrumental in projecting visions of the future especially TOS – The Original Series.  Its enduring legacy and impact on both individuals and the world around us is immeasurable. Below please find my analysis and comments on some of the series core philosophies the value of which, I believe extends well beyond the confines of individual, social, national and international ideas and beliefs.

  1. Seek out new life and new civilizations:  One of my favourite philosophies. One should always be willing to visit and learn from other peoples and cultures. It enables one to gain valuable knowledge and wisdom from others and also allows you to place yourself and your particular way of life into proper perspective.
  2. Non-interference is the Prime Directive: One should be hesitant to rush in and meddle in the affairs of others especially without taking the time to fully comprehend the situation and what repercussions any interference may have.
  3. Keep your phaser set on stun: When coming in contact with the unknown we generally allow our fears to overtake us. This often results in the use of unnecessary and deadly force in order to protect ourselves against a perceive threat. Exercising proper caution should allow us to properly explore the world around us – other relationships, peoples, cultures and nature from a position of health, curiousity and strength rather than fear.
  4. Humans are highly illogical: Self explanatory as human beings don’t always see their lives in proper perspective with respect to the “Big Picture”. We tend to rationalise things according to our own perspectives generally discounting that of others.
  5. There is no such thing as a Vulcan Death grip: Generally we tend to take every unfamiliar, strange and negative thing we hear about and exaggerate its effects or presence blowing it all out of proportion giving it mythical status.
  6. Live long and prosper: Here is another philosophy that is self-explanatory. We should endeavour to maintain our physical, mental and emotional health, wealth and prosperity and promote that within others.  Understanding that this is everyone’s goal should help us to keep everything in proper perspective and not attempt to acquire the aforementioned at the expense of others.
  7. Having is not so pleasing a thing as wanting; it is not logical but often true: Our desire for someone or something often exceeds our capacity for satisfaction. It is often the journey to achieving or procuring that brings the most joy, euphoria and satisfaction even if we are unable to recognise or understand it in the moment.
  8. Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations (IDIC): Essentially variety is the driving mechanism behind creation and the perpetuation of life itself. This IDIC applies to the fundamental forces of nature, people, relationships,  societies, governments, philosophies, etc.  Until we truly understand and appreciate the variety and diversity of life and what it means in terms of development and evolution, we will continue to destroy ourselves and along with it any hope for a utopic future.
  9. Tribbles hate Klingons (and Klingons hate Tribbles): Of course this is a metaphor stating that in life there will always be conflict and adversaries. The challenge is to resolve differences in a constructive manner and to grow wiser from the disputes or trials that we face whether they be a) Man against Man, b) Man against Machine, c) Man against Nature; or d) Man against Himself.
  10. Enemies are often invisible, like Klingons they can be cloaked: Often the most dangerous of enemies and challenges we face are those that go unseen right under our own noses.  They can be family, those perceived as friends, our own people, culture, country, or even ourselves. The lesson here is to go through life with eyes and ears open; seek understanding and to expect the unexpected.
  11. Don’t put all your ranking officers in one shuttlecraft: A variation of “don’t place all of your eggs in one basket” meaning of course to always keep options open when possible.
  12. When logic fails, trust a hunch: Sometimes when the concrete things in our lives don’t seem to add up, we have to rely on and trust in our intuition.  This is an aspect bestowed upon Human Beings that we should come to understand, utilise and trust in. It is often our hunches or intuition that gives us the answers that we are searching for in spite of all logical information pointing to the contrary.
  13. Insufficient data does not compute: When seeking understanding, knowledge and wisdom it is necessary to gather as much information as possible. There is no getting around this. We must be thorough and dedicated in our research or investigation of someone or something prior to making life altering decisions. This includes the examination of ourselves,  our internal thoughts and feelings.
  14. If it can’t be fixed, just ask Scotty: Always searching for alternative answers and trying to “re-invent the wheel” so to speak is not necessarily the best option when there are practical methods available for solving problems whether simple or complex. We must employ wisdom in knowing when to use tried and true methods and when it is necessary to explore alternatives.
  15. Even in our own world, we are sometimes aliens: The wisdom expressed here is simply appreciating yourself and others for what they are and not what we would expect or like them to be. We are all different and some more than others. We shouldn’t always have to (or want to) sacrifice our uniqueness in order to fit in. It is our uniqueness that makes us special!
  16. When going out into the Universe, remember – Boldly go where no man (no one) has gone before: We should never fear exploring the unknown in nature, each other or ourselves. As long as we are “grounded” within ourselves and who we are, exploring the unknown will greatly enhance our knowledge and appreciation for that which is vastly different from ourselves.

I really love Star Trek particularly the original series. It has had a unique influence on my life growing up as a child especially with respect to my view of myself and the world around me.  Gene Roddenberry was definitely someone ahead of his time. Outside of our offspring, rarely do we create something that impacts life in such a profound way.

I sincerely hope that the aforementioned philosophies will be of some benefit to all who read it and assist you in making our world (and beyond) better for us and future generations.

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Adiuva me verterem figuram mundi  Thoth II

Rise – In Those Lonely Hours II (An Easter Poem)

Easter II

Rise to the call of your destiny

Rise to conquer death

Rise to honour the Word made truth

Rise against doubt, against ignorance, against fear and against hatred

Rise against thieves, villains, giants and demons

Rise to challenge the manipulators and the subjugators

Rise to anoint disciples and the prophets

Rise to instruct the teachers and to inspire the students

Rise to turn back the darkness and to illuminate the night

Rise because you have been called by Love and the promise of never ending PeaceEaster III

Rise because you believe, have faith and will not be forsaken

Rise because you are protected and He knows your name

Rise, Rise, Rise I said because it is time for your Father’s return and for you to rest

 

Ne derelinquas me , neque despicias me Pater

MMXXI

Wisdom II

Adiuva me verterem figuram mundi  Thoth II

In Those Lonely Hours (A Poem)

Passion I

As the sun sets from view  into its serene cradle

Betrayal is evident from nearly every direction

Isolated in thought that can not be communicated to another

and given a monumental task that cannot be quantified,

an unconquerable figure waits patiently for the inevitable end to an arduous journey

With pain and anguish as a mantle and the Word of His Father as comfort,

an expedition into darkness is undertaken

Incalculable agony is endured to throngs assembled in both curiosity and pleasure

Few mourn His inescapable pilgrimage into the arms of His Beloved

The wise weep as they endeavour to understand the necessity of sacrifice

Centuries of mourning and expectation of reunification abides with the masses

as evil of time and times germinates and exponentially flourishes

The faithful wait humbly for both solace and redemption

while enduring the torture and torment in the age of the malevolent

 

Benedic mihi Pater

Ne longe fias a me Dominus

MMXXI

Wisdom I

Adiuva me verterem figuram mundi  Thoth II

 

 

 

 

Point to Ponder V

Pondering II

Conflict is inevitable and often essential for the accumulation of knowledge and wisdom. The manner in which it is resolved determines whether there is growth and maturation or ignorance and regression.

Ponder III

Calvin and Hobbes

 

Adiuva me verterem figuram mundi  Thoth II

Just A Thought

Thought III

From Matt Groening’s “The Simpsons”

 

Everyone desires truth but when confronted with it, very few have the ability to recognise it and even less the maturity to accept it

 

Wisdom I

Adiuva me verterem figuram mundi  Thoth II

The Making of Slaves

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Slavery, is an institution that has been around for centuries in various forms. Modern slavery, however, is more widespread than anyone could ever imagine.  I thought I would take the opportunity to reflect on this institution in its contemporary form.  Here are some thoughts on what it takes to create a world of modern slaves:

  • Start by developing a sense of superiority. Identify qualities and characteristics within yourself that you deem superior to the masses around you.
  • Identify the weaknesses in your perceived inferior class and exploit them. Utilise the observed differences among them to foster hatred and discontent – Race, Colour, Creed, Religion, Gender, Sexual Orientation, etc.  In some ways this can be achieved by fostering an unwavering sense of pride in groups or societies that set groups apart from one another.
  • Undermine any sense of collective cohesion by destroying any evidence of shared experiences or a unique history. Then proceed to re-write history to benefit your desired aims.
  • Reduce the middleclass until only two classes remain – you and the poor
  • Reduce the quality of education. It is uniquely beneficial to dumb-down the masses as intelligence results in thinking, thinking results in the questioning of the established order which in-turn results in actions to alter that established order.
  • Encourage the reduction in family and social structures through government, social agencies and advocates
  • Saturate the minds of the masses with mindless information from news, social media and various entertainment sourcesslavery V
  • Hold year-round gladiator events to consume their passions and bloodlustslavery IV
  • Poison their physical bodies with artificial and toxic food sources and technological devices
  • Instill within them a competitive desire to pursue wealth, extravagance and worthless material possessions. Competition for scarce resources should also be fostered between observable differences within the masses such as – colour, race, religion, gender, nationality, etc.
  • Endeavour to track each individual and limit freedom of movement
  • Maintain an arm of fear and intimidation in order to manipulate social structures, policies and liberties. Note: a population in fear is easily manipulated and highly malleable
  • Install leadership to serve as a “middleman” between you and the slave population promising them a morsel or two to ensure their allegiance and compliance
  • Finally, maintain powerful policing forces to keep the order in case of revolt or a sudden conscious awareness that could jeopardize the stratagem

 

Note: The aforementioned blueprint can be tweaked here and there but should overall slavery Iproduce the desired results.

 

 

Life within the Matrix though at times comforting, pacifies and fosters ignorance.

Wisdom I

Adiuva me verterem figuram mundi  Thoth II

Six Feet Beyond the Orchestrated Life

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On the fringes of the pit is where the darkness grows. From wilted limbs springs forth jealousy, confusion and ignorance. Hypnotic notes and harmonised lyrics emanate from the centre of unfathomable depths. They pacify ambition and numb the senses so that desires are programmed and emotions desensitised.

Inside concentric circles, the carefully assembled components combine to play a composition of elite construction. Every note is played to near perfection because it has to be.  Never is the composer to be observed. The conductor is employed to manage the musicians just so.  Arrangements are played for the unsuspecting masses who spend every waking moment sleeping, dreaming of a life performing on the stage never perceiving the existence of the instrumentalist playing that which is beyond their comprehension – six feet beyond the orchestrated life

Wisdom I

Adiuva me verterem figuram mundi  Thoth II

Reflections of a Montana Morning

Monatana II

Just taking a moment to reflect upon you

without prejudice, without anger, and without a doubt because I must

acknowledge your grace and proclaim my gratitude to the heavens

There was a natural light within that illuminated the world around you

including the darkness that I carried within myself

Your smile, so elegant and so bright disarmed my defences and I adored every minute of it

Your very nature reinforced the existence of God, and of the angels

of gentleness, and of the beauty of creation itself

So in reflection, I thank you for those divine gifts that you unselfishly bestowed upon me

And for just being you…………

Felix natalis et benedicam tibi:

Ponder III

et iterum , donec

Adiuva me verterem figuram mundi  Thoth II