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Religion and Violence

June 20, 2017

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It is impossible to separate the two.

They are inherently violent because of an exclusivism that inevitably fosters violence against those that are considered outsiders.

There are a hell of a lot of different religions and even they can be divided into subcategories. Let us look at what scholastic type call the Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Christianity

The Old Testament has beautifully graphic descriptions of the barbarity practiced by the forefathers of that particular religion. “But after Jesus…. and so on” will be the argument. Well, history shows a few million killed in His name, by the most populated Christian Church of our day. Look up the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition

Apart from that all these loving Christians seem quite happy in the fact, that if one refuses to accept their belief, one will do far worse than just die, one will SUFFER for eternity. Before that though, they themselves will not bloody their hands, but their Angels and Messiah sure will! Nice. Not surprisingly they seem to be quite fixated on blood and celebrate their Messiah’s horrible death and make Saints out of those that also died horribly in  His name. What really boggles my mind is the fact that they made a religious Icon of the very (Violent) thing that was instrumental in their leader’s death, the Cross. Now if my hero was killed by, say a knife and I went and mad an expensive piece of jewellery in the image of the type of knife that was used, and make and idol of it wearing it 24/7, the Doctors would pronounce me not well in my head. Think about that, take as long as you like.

Islam

Unfortunately I am not as well versed in the Quran as I am in The Holy Bible, but I did read it many years ago. It gives the Old Testament a run for its money, that is for sure. Without having a New Testament to try calm things down, the Muslims have a bit of a bigger problem than the Christians, to try convince me they  are not a violent bunch. With all the stuff about chopping the heads off infidels and what not, only difference they are prepared to do it themselves. Never mind waiting for God to set his Angels lose, they will just get on with it, right here and now. One need to just watch the news to see modern day violence carried out in the name of Islam/Allah.

Judaism

What can I say? These are the folks that annihilated their “enemies” with a passion not seen often.  Barbaric bunch, as I have said, they killed every living thing in their raids, even the dogs and the chickens! In modern day these people have their pet monster, Hitler, who was a little less barbaric about killing his enemies, and I do not believe he killed all the Jewish owned animals. The modern day Israeli is not a bad killer himself, but that is all covered by religious righteousness. The Gaza Strip and the Palestine are eerily similar to the Concentration camps that were in the Anglo Boer War first and then later in Europe.

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Psychoanalyze this

June 19, 2017

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Something that seems to happen to me too often, friends like to psychoanalyze me, tell me exactly what my problem is and what I must do to fix it. Worse they will sit and discuss my problems with each other, ignoring me completely as if I was not even there! It use to piss me off somewhat, but with some thought I found that it is a useful tool/weapon. After two decades of attending what is known as Group Therapy; that is what the AA is basically, and the concept was thought up by a stockbroker, not a doctor, Bill Wilson, I sort of know more than most about this thing called psychology. That said here are some “known” things about this pseudoscience that have been proven false.

If You Let Your Anger Out, You’ll Feel Better!

Research says it doesn’t work. Expressing your anger, even against inanimate objects, doesn’t make you less angry at all. In fact, it actually makes you want to get pissed off. When we do something, and it makes us feel good, we want to do it again… and more often. It falls under a thing called a habit. So because rush of anger is addictive as hell, and letting yourself lash out as a means to control your anger is like drinking to control your urge to drink. (Tried that, all sorts of kak followed!)

Think about this too, when last did you see footage of a Buddhist Monk smashing glass to reach enlightenment, peace and tranquillity?

 

Just Believe in Yourself, and You’ll Succeed!

Those High School Movies, how I hate them, all seem to have this theme, some real loser “finds himself” and miraculously become the hero of the story. This self esteem has being jerked all out of proportion, instead of believing that the successful person has it BECAUSE of their success, society has deemed to believe the opposite. Now days  they give all the children a medal/trophy no matter how well they do, or do not. God forbid the child that comes last gets wounded self esteem!

Again research shows that kids who have an inflated sense of self-worth become aggressive when their sense of superiority is called into question, leading to a more damaging fall for the little  so-and so when he realizes what a loser he really  is.

The Lie Detector Test

This must be one of the “professions” biggest con jobs. Polygraph (commonly called “lie detector”) tests go back to the early 20th century, and have been used in law enforcement since the 1920s. All the Polygraph does is simply measure a number of physical responses that may mean you’re lying. A study by the National Academy of Sciences found polygraphs do help detect lies at a rate a little better than flipping a coin does. Give the “profession” 10 out of 10 for job creation though.

 

That is just a few cases where the professional have fucked up, how my more do these armatures that have a very high self esteem, mess up? And while they do it, I can get a far better judgment of their character than they would like, as Nietzsche said:

…….for when you gaze long into the abyss. The abyss gazes also into you

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“Politically Correct Fairy Tales!” II Written By John Hawkins

June 18, 2017

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The Three Billy-Goats Gruff
The first and second billy goat gruffs were stopped from going across a bridge to get food by a troll. Then the biggest and baddest billy goat gruff showed up. He told the troll he was going to kick his ass. That greatly upset the first and second of the billy goats gruff who accused the third billy goat gruff of “hegemony” and “imperialism” and said that negotiation and diplomacy was the only way to go…So the third billy goat gruff went on his way. Unfortunately, the troll refused to negotiate and pissed all over their peace treaty, and first two billy goats gruff starved to death.

The Moral of the Story:

We have to believe in peace and diplomacy – in fact, It’s better to starve to death than to fight!

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“Politically Correct Fairy Tales!” Written By John Hawkins

June 17, 2017

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Hansel and Gretel
Hansel and Gretel were lost in the woods when they came upon a house made of cookies and cake. An old witch invited them in and then captured them both, intending to eat them. Gretel had a chance save both of them by pushing the old woman in an oven, but she decided that it would be wrong to disrespect the witch’s cultural traditions! So Gretel and her brother were honoured to be cooked and eaten. The witch was so happy with the children’s inaction that she invited all of her witch friends to the area. Soon thereafter, they ate every child in a five-hundred mile radius. Soon the whole area was filled with nothing but child-eating witches – but all the witches were very happy!
The Moral of the Story: You must respect the culture of others, even if it leads to your own demise!
 

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The Sharp Tongue

June 4, 2017

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From the Chronicles of the Mexican Horse Thief II

My two new friends, Angus and Will, gave my social life a bit of balance. We would meet for breakfast sans women on occasion and catch up on the news. We had dinner parties at Angus’ place with his posh girlfriend, and sometimes her mother would be there. She had married into a family of doctors and produced another family of doctors. I do not think she was overly educated herself, but never missed a chance to belittle Angus and sometimes me for our non-doctor status. In her view, I had just crawled out from under a rock. So at one of these semi-formal dinners “Mom” said something about not knowing why these uneducated types had to go out with doctors. I was seeing Maria at the time. So the rules of engagement were set: fuck all the AA spirituality and being nicey-nicey to everyone. I politely informed her that due to our lack of intelligence we could not become doctors by studying, so we just fucked them and became doctors by proxy. It went rather quiet around the table and I didn’t get invited to supper for a long time after that.

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The Bad Attitude

June 3, 2017

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A Short Story about the RIGHT attitude.
There I was, broke and looking for a job. Sent a very well written CV to Drake Personnel. I got a call that they wanted me to come in for a job interview. Scraped some money together for petrol, sat in the traffic for more than an hour between JHB and Midrand.
Get to the interview, wait 20 minutes after the appointed time to get into a young ladies office. She opened my file, obviously she had never read it before. She looked up and told me , “Sorry, you are not suited for this position. I said, “Thank you.” and left.
Drove back to Midrand, thinking.
Got on my computer, made a Section Eight Solutions cc official invoice to Drake. I charged what I earn per hour when I did photographic work, for all the time in the traffic, I added traveling costs. I emailed the invoice, shit did that cause kak!
I had the people from Drakes accounting dept. emailing and phoning me. I COULD not do this! I told them , “I did.”

Then one day the young lady that interviewed me phoned in tears. She was in so much trouble. I am and always will be a sucker for a pretty face, so I canceled the invoice.

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The Cause Personality Disorder

May 30, 2017

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Never let your cause, whatever it may be, become your personality.

I first noticed this when I joined the AA, attending one meeting a week. There were some people that attended seven to ten meetings a week, all the conferences and every  and all extra activities the AA groups had. If you needed information about the Program, the history of the AA and on matters of spirituality, these are the people to talk to.  Then joining the fight to save the rhino, I came across very similar people; just a different mission drove them.

That is all very well and good, even commendable perhaps, but if you wanted to talk about anything not related to their cause, forget it.  With the rhino people their personal Facebook page contained nothing other than rhino related posts and one could hardly differentiate between friends.

Now the with the AA one walks in knowing that one will find a whole bunch of people that are badly damaged.  With the rhino people, over a period of years I noticed, not all, but most seemed to be slightly “damaged” too!  Joining a Rhino Activist Group was like joining a mix and match personality disorder group. The lonely, the disenchanted, the heart broken and some downright crazy seemed to make up most of the members. Again I must stress, not all, but the people that fitted into this category were by and far the majority, and with the most to say.  Very few actually did anything at all, other than make inane comments on the groups posts.  Oh, some would be like the AA people and attended all the safer functions, marches, demonstrations and attending all the court cases of caught poachers.  The most frequent comments from this type, a sure warning signal were variations of, “Kill the poacher.” Rule of Thumb here is, the more violently graphic the comment, the crazier the person commenting.

Over the years I have observed that people do not deal with their personality problems/unhappiness by using different things. The straightforward ones just use drugs or alcohol; others find alternatives to hide away from themselves. Causes it one of those things, and like the alcohol it does no one no good.

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The Easier, Softer Way

May 14, 2017

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In accordance with the Justification and Excuses, when seeking radical change it is human nature to try find an easier, softer way.

Experience shows me this approach used on the Pursuit of Happiness, is doomed to failure. As in physical exercise trying to “grow” in a spiritual manner involves PAIN. The rather trite saying in the gyms, “No pain, no gain” is a pretty good summery of any type of personal growth it seems. All emotions that cause pain, from shame and guilt to anger and anxiety, are, or rather can be, teaching experiences, just depends on whether you want to learn or whine.

The other thing that is needed is great courage. Courage in the process of changing your life means the willingness to “look in the mirror” and acknowledge aspects of yourself that you may not know about or may not like about yourself. Courage allows you to explore your inner world and to not run from bad emotions you might feel as learn about yourself. Courage enables you to reject your old inertia, and set a new course.

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Excuses and Justification

May 13, 2017

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Sadly, these two words I witness in action repeatedly, and unfortunately, this has caused a certain amount of intolerance in me.

Excuse

In court, an excuse defence concentrates on the actor rather than the act. It accepts the act may have harmed society in some way, but seeks to show that the person is not really to blame. Excuses may show that the person’s choice was limited and that the ‘right’ alternative was not available.

Justification

Justification is about giving ‘reasonable reason’ for what was done (or not). It considers the context and concludes that fair play was served. In court, a justification defence concentrates on the act rather than the actor. It shows the act to be beneficial to society in some way. It shows it as sensible and just and what a good person would do. It offers exonerating circumstances that say ‘It was right to do this in this particular situation.

Now the law does not really hold my interest at all, but these two words do; in the context of the quest of trying to change and make a better person and life. In others that claim that they want to do the same these two words come up frequently. Changing oneself is hard, extremely hard, and it takes more work than one would believe. Because of the visible change in me between the drinking person and the non drinking person, often people will tell me that they want to change, not just the people that have a drinking/drugging problem. That is where I hear those two words often and repeatedly, of all the people I have met outside my Strange Classrooms, telling me they want to change, NOT ONE, has actually done anything constructive about making that change. When asked why they do not use the knowledge I have passed on to them, all I get is excuses, followed by justification.

This is quite disheartening, but I learned, I cannot change anyone but myself, so all I can do is make sure that I do not use those two actions too often in my Pursuit of Happiness.

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The Evil of Religion

May 12, 2017

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Religion is evil, particularly Organized Religion. Consider this, before you get on your High Horse.

“God and the devil were walking down a path one day when God spotted something sparkling by the side of the path. He picked it up and held it in the palm of his hand.

“Ah, Truth,” he said.

“Here, give it to me,” the devil said. “I’ll organize it.”

Religion is the conduct and rituals used within the context of a faith system. An organized religion is a faith system with an over-arching structure in place to define doctrine, standardize worship practices, and administrate the organization.

Way back when, Christianity, the dominant religion in Europe, deliberately arrested the development of science and scientific thinking, limiting investigation of the natural world and halted theological investigation. The scientific discoveries of the ancient Greeks and Egyptians were, as far as possible, suppressed and destroyed for centuries by the Christian Church. As a result, scientific knowledge progressed hardly at all during the Dark Ages. Ironic that the Darkness was brought by the very people/organizations that claim to be the bearers of Light, don’t you think? Since they could not stop the flow of information, they have fallen back to that old faithful, FEAR. You’re going to hell type stuff.

Women in particular have suffered at the hands of organized religion over the centuries. From the Biblical encouragement of the treatment of women as property to the barbarous witch hunts of medieval Europe to the Catholic crusade against birth control and abortion rights to the repression, disfigurement, torture and killing of women by Islam, women have been singled out for special treatment by the dominant religious groups. Many religious faiths keep women ignorant of almost everything, believing that the only suitable occupations for women are marriage and motherhood.

Why an intelligent woman would willingly be part of any religion is quite beyond me. Why any intelligent person for that matter, would follow a religion, for that matter.

The newfangled Born Again type are different kettle of fish, but just as dangerous in a different way. One of the earliest happy-clappy organisations, the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project, left the world with a perfect example of the potential evil they can obtain, but the sheeple do not seem keen to learn the harder lessons in life. In case you do not know that name, the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project, think…… Jonestown.

What organized religion now hates the most, more than their Devil, I think, is the trend for people to follow a spiritual path and not a religious one. Oh wait! They will blame that on the Devil too. I smile.

 

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