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7.28.2007

GETTING KILLED FOR PAINTING THE EMBASSY

Sudan officially rejects revised UN text on Darfur force

For days I've been praying / comtemplating / pondering over the idea of expressing my views about the Darfur situation (above article) by making the Sudan or Chinese Embassies "ugly" and "awful" like Bashir's goverment describes the UN Peacekeeping agreement wording - "ugly," "aweful."

As I envision doing the painting, it could happen that the Secret Service (the patrol the embassies) would come upon me in process, cry "Halt," and shoot me when I do not.

MY BIG CONCERN REGARDING THIS IS HURTING THE OFFICERS. IF IT TRANSPIRES THAT I AM SHOT AND KILLED, PLEASE MAKE IT KNOWN THAT I LOVE THE OFFICERS, THEY ARE MY BROTHERS, AND I HAVE GROWN TO EXTREMELY RESPECT THEIR SELFLESSNESS, PROFESSIONALISM, RESPECT, AND SENSE OF DUTY.

WHAT IF 100% SERVICE / SACRIFICE IS THE GREATEST JOY?

WHAT IF 100% SERVICE / SACRIFICE IS THE GREATEST JOY?

How would one live if one perceived this?

How would one parent?

SELFISHNESS PERSISTS ONLY WITH FORCE OVER OTHERS

  • Cheep US banana's require death squads.
  • Cheep fast food labor requires police that would kill Americans forced to such jobs through deprivation of childhood nurture who otherwise stole for existance.
  • Cheep, plentiful oil requires armies threatening to kill the poor in oil countries that otherwise would demand resources for a decent life.
  • "Care Free" normal middle class lives require police and armies to keep the poor, uninsured masses in their places.
  • Etc.
  • Etc.

Thank you Howard Zinn, Martin Luther King, Gandhi, TOLSTOY.

THE CHOICE: MAN AS "COG" OR MAN AS "SON OF GOD"

THE CHOICE: MAN AS "COG" OR MAN AS "SON OF GOD." TOLSTOY DOES A DIVING JOB OF REVEALING THIS IN BETTER LANGUAGE THAN MINE.

What I Believe, by Leo Tolstoy et al.
The Kingdom of God Is Within You by graf Leo Tolstoy - Project ... (LAST 2 CHAPTERS FIRST AS TOLSTOY SUGGEST.)

SELFISHNESS, TO FLOURISH, HAD TO CO-OPT THE CHURCH

SELFISHNESS, TO FLOURISH, NEEDED TO COOPT THE CHURCH.

TOLSTOY DOES A DIVING JOB OF REVEALING THIS IN BETTER LANGUAGE THAN MINE.

The future of... Darfur... Earth? PRICELESS.

What should a human being consider more "priceless" than the future of Darfur? Earth?

JESUS DIED TO ELIMINATE FORCE IN SOCIETY.

JESUS DIED TO ELIMINATE FORCE IN SOCIETY.

TOLSTOY DOES A DIVING JOB OF REVEALING THIS IN BETTER LANGUAGE THAN MINE.

7.27.2007

BOTTOM LINE: WHAT KIND OF 80 YRS DO YOU WANT?

Beloved friend,

THERE IS NOTHING ELSE. NOT:
  • JESUS
  • CHRISTIANITY
  • ISLAM
  • RIGHT
  • WRONG
  • ETC...

BOTTOM LINE:
WHAT KIND OF 80 YRS DO YOU WANT?
THAT IS ALL THERE IS.
THERE IS NO OTHER QUESTION.
EVERYTHING ELSE IS TACTICS AND STRATEGY.

KINGDOM'S CONSTRUCTION SITE: THE MIND

It will take me years to grasp and be mastered by the implications of this:

KINGDOM'S CONSTRUCTION SITE:
THE MIND

JESUS EXTOLS FEARLESSNESS; BUSH - FEAR

JESUS EXTOLS FEARLESSNESS; BUSH, WESTERN-FREE-MARKET-CAPITALISM AND "CHRISTIAN ETHICS" - FEAR.

7.24.2007

KINDNESS

Dedicated to our brother Nick. Let us pray that the warmth, Love and Joy he delivers to others in such need, is felt intensely by him as this divinity of our Father flows through him.

Garrison Keillor reads - Listen (RealAudio) How to listen

Poem: "Kindness" by Naomi Shihab Nye, from The Words Under the Words: Selected Poems. © Eighth Mountain Press, 1995. Reprinted with permission. (buy now)

Kindness

Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.
Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness,
you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
lies dead by the side of the road.
You must see how this could be you,
how he too was someone
who journeyed through the night with plans
and the simple breath that kept him alive.
Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.
Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day to mail letters and purchase bread,
only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
it is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you everywhere
like a shadow or a friend.

7.23.2007

"Brother" is how Start is most frequently addressed. :-)



I've been told that Don Quixote was a farcical, disrespectful look with riducule at the last days of the time of Knights and Chivalry.

Don Quixote looked the fool.
I looked in the mirror several days ago. I look a month more disheveled than the photo at right. I thought of Don Quixote as I looked.

Yet, in stuffy, image conscious, snooty, prissy, upscale, wealthy Washington DC only once have I been aware of truly being viewed with disrespect. This is amazing. THIS IS AMAZING.

Many, most of those who drive by, and walk by me at the Embassy are obviously "professionals."

When people stop their walk or drive to communicate with me "Brother" is a word very frequent in how they refer to me. :-)

[photo courtesy of White Courtesy Telephone: Darfur Hunger Striker Speaks Out on ... Roving WCT reporter Albert Ruesga interviewed Start Loving this past June 11th. We post excerpts from that interview below. WHITE COURTESY TELEPHONE: What ...]

7.22.2007

Aldous Huxley Quotes

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/a/aldous_huxley.html

  1. One of the great attractions of patriotism - it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat, what's more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous.
  2. It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one's life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than 'try to be a little kinder.'
  3. Like every other good thing in this world, leisure and culture have to be paid for. Fortunately, however, it is not the leisured and the cultured who have to pay.
  4. Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don't know because we don't want to know.
  5. A child-like man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle-aged habit and convention.
  6. A democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern, scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic. No country can be really well prepared for modern war unless it is governed by a tyrant, at the head of a highly trained and perfectly obedient bureaucracy.
  7. An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex.
  8. An unexciting truth may be eclipsed by a thrilling lie.
  9. Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardor, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.
  10. Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead.
  11. Cynical realism is the intelligent man's best excuse for doing nothing in an intolerable situation.
  12. Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you.
  13. Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
  14. Experience teaches only the teachable.
  15. From their experience or from the recorded experience of others (history), men learn only what their passions and their metaphysical prejudices allow them to learn.
  16. Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth. By simply not mentioning certain subjects... totalitarian propagandists have influenced opinion much more effectively than they could have by the most eloquent denunciations.
  17. Habit converts luxurious enjoyments into dull and daily necessities.
  18. Happiness is a hard master, particularly other people's happiness.
  19. Hell isn't merely paved with good intentions; it's walled and roofed with them. Yes, and furnished too.
  20. I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.
  21. Man approaches the unattainable truth through a succession of errors.
  22. Maybe this world is another planet's hell.
  23. Most human beings have an absolute and infinite capacity for taking things for granted.
  24. Most of one's life is one prolonged effort to prevent oneself thinking.
  25. My fate cannot be mastered; it can only be collaborated with and thereby, to some extent, directed. Nor am I the captain of my soul; I am only its noisiest passenger.
  26. One of the great attractions of patriotism - it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat, what's more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous.
  27. One of the many reasons for the bewildering and tragic character of human existence is the fact that social organization is at once necessary and fatal. Men are forever creating such organizations for their own convenience and forever finding themselves the victims of their home-made monsters.
  28. Orthodoxy is the diehard of the world of thought. It learns not, neither can it forget.
  29. So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, Caesars and Napoleons will duly arise and make them miserable.
  30. Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.
  31. That all men are equal is a proposition to which, at ordinary times, no sane human being has ever given his assent.
  32. That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.
  33. The course of every intellectual, if he pursues his journey long and unflinchingly enough, ends in the obvious, from which the non-intellectuals have never stirred.
  34. The finest works of art are precious, among other reasons, because they make it possible for us to know, if only imperfectly and for a little while, what it actually feels like to think subtly and feel nobly.
  35. The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.
  36. The propagandist's purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.
  37. The quality of moral behavior varies in inverse ratio to the number of human beings involved.
  38. The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which mean never losing your enthusiasm.
  39. There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.
  40. You learn to love by loving - by paying attention and doing what one thereby discovers has to be done.
  41. There's only one effectively redemptive sacrifice, the sacrifice of self-will to make room for the knowledge of God.
  42. To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.
  43. To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.
  44. We are all geniuses up to the age of ten.
  45. What is absurd and monstrous about war is that men who have no personal quarrel should be trained to murder one another in cold blood.
  46. Words, words, words! They shut one off from the universe. Three quarters of the time one's never in contact with things, only with the beastly words that stand for them.
  47. Writers write to influence their readers, their preachers, their auditors, but always, at bottom, to be more themselves.