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2.13.2010

Are you part of a Human Chain against the GOP Brown Shirts?


2.12.2010

"That which Moves you, you Are." SL

"That which Moves you, you Are."  SL

"Crave Joy; it comes only from serving the needy." SL

"Crave Joy; it comes only from serving the needy." SL

"Your 'Life's' Measure: How much you are MOVED by the stranger's suffering." SL

"Your 'Life's' Measure: How much you are MOVED
by the stranger's suffering. Think King, Teresa, Wilson,
Thomas, Wright, Macias, Jesus, Gandhi...."  SL

2.10.2010

"The Peace Maker wears a path. By traverse 10,000 others may follow it." SL

"The Peace Maker wears a path. 
By traverse 10,000 others may follow it."  SL

2.09.2010

"The genes have you here to serve needs, not desires. Joy and Life - the price of deviation." SL

"The genes have you here to serve needs, not desires. Joy and Life - the price of deviation." SL

"A Peace Makers' Living is Inspiring, or they are Not Peace Making." SL

"A Peace Makers' Living is Inspiring,
or they are Not Peace Making."  SL

2.08.2010

"Lead, and we might follow. Don't and we won't." SL

"Example is NOT the major thing in influencing people;
it is the only thing." Albert Schweitzer

Action is 80% of communication.  Psych 101

"The greatest murderer: The idea that deeply loving a few is normal, healthy, desirable." SL

"The greatest murderer: 
The idea that deeply loving a few
is normal, healthy, desirable."  SL

Our hardware and firmware hasn't evolved significantly in
many 10's of thousands of years.  Evolution just doesn't
happen that fast.  Soooooo, it just never occurred to
mother nature that we would ever be in situations where
everyone we knew didn't love us, and that we didn't love
everyone we saw [in our tribe of 30-50].  Ponder this
a moment; then read on.

The point?  In exactly the same way we are designed to
receive a constant supply of air, and dailly supply of food,
we are designed to love everyone and be loved by all, period.
WE ARE NOT DESIGNED TO WITHSTAND NOT BEING LOVED BY,
AND NOT LOVING EVERYONE WE SEE.  THIS IS MASSIVELY
TOXIC TO US - THIS INDIFFERENCE TO THE VAST MAJORITY,
AND THEIR INDIFFERENCE TO US.  PSYCHOLOGICAL
ASPHYXIATION.

To our ultimate demise as a species, if we don't wake up,
we've made a virtue of this madness!  I don't know that one can
lay it all at Shakespeare's feet, but certainly a large share
can go there, even though he was an unwitting mass murderer.
The idea of romantic love, elevated to other than a mild
curiosity, and its offspring - nuclear family, are evolutionary
madness, and species-wide suicide.

Among those that have studied our hardware on the issue
of Love is Univ. of Chicago's Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi
(he haall yee - chick sent me high) whose studies concluded
that it is NOT our hardware that has us set any boundary on
Loving others finitely - but rather it is a cultural, training
phenomenon.  Decades earlier Abraham Maslow arrived at
the same conclusion.

And this limit we place on Loving is killing us:

1. individually, because more than air and
food, we thrive on Loving others, especially the least of
these in the world, and we psychologically die when we
don't love others, and

2. collectively because war of destruction is entirely the
necessary outcome of NOT loving everyone as one loves
oneself, and one's immediate circle.

Pray for Connie

http://www.prop1.org

Winter storm watch for tomorrow and Wednesday.  Connie's spirit is indomitable,
but her body?  And, although it defies all reason and logic, she is right to persist,
as did Gandhi, King, Mandela, Macias.... I know how tired I am after this last storm, and compared
to her, I'm a HULK!  She'll make it, I suspect, but your prayers will be welcome.
It takes her 35-50 minutes to make the walk, each way.  Her habits for walking safely
are, well, um, suicide.  Between her helmet, her age, her habits....  :-(
Thank God she carries a flashing light (that can only be seen from one
direction  :-(  ).   Today I'll try to get her another.

As of this morning there is a good 15-20" of snow still blocking the car in
the driveway, and the back ally, although tracked, is too treacherous for
me to get the car out by myself, so she will be continuing to walk.

Yup, your prayers will give her some Insurance. 

Thanks. 

Start

!WOW! "How much you Love Truth, measures accurately how much you Love." SL

[Warning:  I don't know if this is a brainstorm rearing its
head, like last week.  I'LL TRY RESTRAIN MYSELF IF IT IS,
FROM SENDING A BLIZZARD OF MAIL.  SUBSCRIBE TO THE
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WOW. 

"How much you Love Truth,
measures accurately how much you Love."  SL

That Gandhi emphasized over and over and over and...
that "Truth is God," and, 'Truth is the one thing worth
instantly giving one's life for.' This has slightly mystified me. 
I mean, at some level his maniacal emphasis on Truth
made sense, but SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CENTRAL?????

This afternoon, finally, I get it.  The saying above.

There are some Truths that are so painful, so hurtful, so
disruptive of our "lives" that we develop ferocious
psychological DEFENSE mechanisms to shield ourselves from them,
right?  For most of us there is actually very little by way
of unpleasant truth we are open to hearing, seeing, feeling,
knowing....

EXCEPT, WE TURN THESE DEFENSES OFF WHEN THE VERY LIVES
OF OUR DEAREST LOVED ONES ARE AT STAKE, RIGHT?!?!  What,
when a dad's child's life is at stake is a Truth too painful to
hear?  There is no such thing, right?  HE WANTS,HE FIERCELY
DEMANDS THE TRUTH, ESPECIALLY THE MOST HURTFUL TRUTH,
IF IT MEANS THE LIFE OF HIS CHILD, RIGHT?!??!!?

"How much you Love Truth,
measures accurately how much you Love."  SL

WOW.


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!!!!!! "In physics, in reality, nothing is free. Everythig has its price; like Saving the World." SL

"In physics, in reality,
nothing is free. 
Everything has its price;
like Saving the World.

Until Peace Makers pay the price,
IN FULL, the torture and death
will accelerate beyond the point
of no return.  Everything less
Kills Time, and thereby the Suffering,
one, by one, by one by unnecessary one.


iIF AND WHEN THE PEACE MAKERS PAY THE
PRICE, IN FULL, THE KILLING WILL
STOP, THE TORTURE WILL STOP,
THE SUFFERING WILL STOP,
AND ALL HEAVEN WILL BREAK LOOSE.

Peace Makers pay the price,
personally.  It looks like Hell.
Actually, it IS Heaven." SL

He "lost it!!!" Gandhi's all-time hero just, um, LOST IT! :-|

According to the internationally recognized group of elite, non-believing,
academic, forensic/historical, international scholars known as The Jesus Seminar, the
lives of most in Jesus day were tortured beyond anything known on planet
earth today. As impossible as that is to fathom, that is their massively
researched conclusion.

I grew up perceiving that Jesus was furious, but fully self possessed and
appropriately planned and scripted when he flipped the tables in the temple.
For the last decade I've realized that the "furious" part of my perception was
incorrect.  Jesus was Universal Love incarnate, in the same way Hitler was
and Dick Cheney is, Evil incarnate.  I've realized that Jesus was NEVER not
a brother to anyone, and that this was a brotherly, not "furious," not violent
act.

But just this morning I realized that Jesus "lost it!"  Just as Einstein "saw"
possibilities, likelihoods actually, in the realm of physics that most of
us STILL can't "see," Jesus "saw" that the Living Hell of most in his day could
INSTANTLY be displaced within each individual that became Universal Love
Incarnate, and that doing so en mass would likely avert the total destruction
of the Jews in Israel, that otherwise appeared certain to him, that in fact
did occur within the next 70 years. 

BUT NO ONE COULD HEAR HIM!  NO ONE COULD HEAD HIM!  TRY AS HE MIGHT,
LABOR AS HE DID, NO ONE COULD HEAR WHAT HE WAS TELLING HIM, THAT
WOULD TOTALLY AVERT THEIR INDIVIDUAL AND COLLECTIVE HELL!  And to
this day we still don't, can't, won't "hear," and now it is within months, or a few
years of being too late for us all.

He "lost it."  In the Temple, he "lost it."  As Gandhi knew, as Tolstoy saw
before him, Jesus was just a man, as Einstein was just a man.  Near perfect
in his realm in comparison to anything we've ever seen - but an imperfect,
finite man. 

Flipping the tables may have been Jesus' most powerful contribution to us -
his most penetrating wake-up call.  But it was NOT the moment that Jesus
would have been the most proud of.  It was not out of "knowing how to
respond" that he did it.  It was out of knowing A RESPONSE WAS URGENTLY
NEEDED that he expressed himself in this way - a desperate outcry, an
act of Faith that expressing the "Truth" imperfectly was more responsible,
and an infinitely better Service than repressing or delaying any expression at all. 
"The Little Dutch Boy" seeing the dike spring a leak, didn't know how to
save the town, but knew that doing nothing was death to the town.
Jesus "lost it" inside, and chose that allowing that to become manifest was more
responsible, was more Loving than the much personally safer path of keeping his
mouth shut and his hands to himself.  It got him Crucified, a fact that surely he
didn't regret, as he would have seen that this unpremeditated, spontaneous act
was among his greatest contributions to His Family.

Idle speculation?  "Start, I think you are the reincarnation of Jesus
Christ."  First said to me decades ago, who I consider the world's greatest
Peace Maker of recent times, an avowed "non-believer," has stated this to me several
times these last 3 years.  Massively humbled, and encouraged by these
words, I none the less relegated them to the realm of fancy, I suppose in part
because I am a non-believer in such things myself.  But this morning I see that what
I was being told is "a" reincarnation of Jesus.  Not "the," but "a."  Yes, it is
clear to me that I've been moving in this direction throughout my life, in
EXACTLY the same way that Pr. Obama, a life-long admirer of Abe Lincoln
clearly is becoming a reincarnation of Abe, and other life long students have
quite automatically, quite unintentionally become a "reincarnation" to
substantial degree, of the object of their life's focus.  And in doing so, the
one that moves toward being "a" "reincarnation" gains insights into
their Subject that otherwise would not be possible.  No, the thoughts
expressed above are more than idle speculation.

2.07.2010

"If it is not (Tough) Love, don't give it, and don't accept it." SL (favorite saying)

"If it is not Tough Love,
don't give it, and don't accept it." 
SL
(favorite saying, inspired by Gandhi's
Golden Rule; and Corr. 1, Ch 13)

My Hunger Striking friend has been Hospitalized, Day 36 - Immigrtation Reform

I was worried having not heard from him since Thursday.

Youth Rally & Mass for Life 2010 - Hunger Striker Risks All for his Brothers & Sisters

Today I heard from him mid day, an urgent email asking for help.
I biked across town (not real smart as the roads are unplowed
:-(  ) and spent the afternoon assisting him before racing back
for my evening shift at the White House.

Thursday night he awoke in his homeless shelter screaming in
pain - extreme muscle spasms.  They rushed him to the hospital
in an ambulance.  Against their wishes he signed himself out mid morning and
made the rounds of every Congressional and Senate office
because he has scheduled a prayer vigil in front of the White
House Tuesday and needed to make the requests Friday of
each office to attend.  He collapsed several times, but by days
end had delivered the announcement to every office.  He
expects to do the same Monday. I don't know if he will make it,
but I'll not bet against his will.

He had a major article in one of the major spanish dailies last
week and the head of the Mexican news association, is an
admirer from the days he was tortured by the Mexican
government - and this afternoon Macias and I wrote the article
they will put out tomorrow.

"Start, why are you so NOT-PLEASANT?!?!" At a raging fire is a firefighter pleasant?

"Start, why are you so NOT-PLEASANT?!?!" 

At a raging fire is a firefighter pleasant?
Of course not.  In fact, if one stopped for pleasantries
with the onlookers they'd be fired, right?

Well, as God is my witness, that is what is going on with Start.
I see train wrecks, car crashes, attack victims, abuse victims,
starving children, dying children... all around me, ALL THE TIME.
I don't ever NOT SEE THEM.  I AM NEVER NOT TRYING TO SAVE
THEM.

Others don't see them - they can't, won't or simply care not to,
except when it is convenient.
I don't interfere with the onlookers, or avoiders, or pretenders.
NOR DO I ENABLE THEM. 
NOR DO I ALLOW THEM TO DISTRACT ME.
NOR DO I PARTICIPATE IN THEIR DENIAL, AVOIDANCE, FANTASY...
NOR DO I STOP FOR PLEASANTRIES WITH THEM.

Not those I encounter in DC.
Not those I encounter online, all day long.

AND SOMETIMES I'LL A BIT ROUGHLY PUSH THEM OUT OF THE WAY
OF MY WORK.  IF IT WERE YOUR HOUSE ON FIRE, IF IT WERE YOUR
FAMILY IN PERIL, THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU WOULD DEMAND OF ME.  BUT
FOR MOST OF YOU, YOU DON'T SEE THAT IT IS.

I ASK NO ONE TO TOLERATE ME.

I ASK NO ONE TO PUT UP WITH ME.

I INSIST ON BASIC CIVILITY OF MYSELF TO EVERYONE, BUT I WILL
NOT ALLOW MY WORK TO BE DISRUPTED, OR INTERFERED WITH.

I EXPECT NO ONE TO PUT UP WITH ME. I FIGHT ALONE AS LONG AS NECESSARY.
I'LL FIGHT WITHOUT ANY AND ALL RESOURCES IF OTHERS CHOOSE TO SUPPLY NONE,
OR TO TAKE AWAY WHAT I HAVE.

I ALWAYS LEAVE WHEN ASKED, OR WHEN I SEE THAT THE FIREFIGHTING
FOCUS OF THIS OLD GUY IS NOT WELCOME.

THE ABOVE ABOUT ME WILL CHANGE - IT WILL GET WORSE.