Trump /GOP notes – the bullet list “Out-of-sight. Out-of-mind” (part 2)

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GOP / Trump says:

  • If your white you’re with me (black is okay to – only if in upper middle class and think poor people don’t count)
  • If you hate people of color, LGBT, Latinos, Muslims – wait – hate is too strong a word. More like out of sight out of mind.
  • Believe in the America of the 1930s and 1940s
  • Might makes right
  • Women belong to men
  • every white and/or upper middle class guy should carry a gun and use it to defend himself, his family and property even if it means proactively hunting down poor people and killing them

 

Solutions for America

  • Poor people should get a job or disappear (get a job, stop complaining and disappear “Be grateful I am your Prez,” so says Trump.)
  • the mentally or physically disabled are burdens and should disappear
  • Liberals should disappear
  • “Problems that aren’t problems will disappear, because I say so,” so says Trump
  • “Anyone who disagrees with me,” so says Trump “should disappear.”
  • “I don’t want to think about those people,” so says Trump.
  • “The rich will inherit the earth,” so says Trump.

 

Disappear Means (though never spoken or written):

  • Be imprisoned (in state and federal prisons, or concentration camps)
  • Leave America
  • die
  • Be Christian or be dead or leave America
  • shut-up, obey “And cower before me,” so says Trump.
  • “Worship me. Tell me of my greatness everyday. Bow before me,” so says Trump.
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Common Sense

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In the early 1980s I lived in the Central Valley of California in the city of Stockton with hot summers – many days of 105 degrees or more and cold damp winters.

Exhaust from cars would bond with the water molecules and give the fog a “stink”

Winters in the Central Valley where we would often experience Tuolumne or Tule Fog (pronounced Toolie). A layer of fog or clouds that would condense after a rain or cool moist conditions that forms a layer of fog beginning at 2,000 feet or lower. Temperatures in the 40s would seem lower due to the increased humidity and it made for bone chilling weather. Tule Fog is known for a constant mist or drizzle that is sometimes freezing when the temperature drops as it occasionally does.

Common sense and logic easily solved this question.

The chief problem of Tule Fog is that it is known not to burn off and thus would stay during the nights and days for weeks and even months on end. After a time the fog would begin to give off an odor. Exhaust from cars would bond with the water molecules and give the fog a “stink”

Common sense and logic easily solved this question. For me it was giving me the beginnings of breathing difficulties and an aversion to being outside due to the stench.

The University of California in Davis did a study of Tule Fog and pollution and “proved” what I already knew.

I didn’t need a scientific study telling me what I had already deduced from my experience.

This is a snapshot of a person living from fear as are others.

Extrapolating the Tule Fog inversion layer containing molecules of carbons and pollutants from cars to an inversion level around the world doesn’t take scientific proof.

Ninety seven percent of climate scientists have confirmed that human beings have produced enough carbon emissions to change the climate and trigger the beginnings of a mass extinction event that will end in the elimination of the human species unless we stop it.

Three percent of the scientists that disagree with the evidence have had their premises obscured through a variety of filters as well as others:

  • Fear and a desire to live in a past environment of the 1940s and 50s where growth was unchecked by environmental concerns
  • Suspension of Common Sense in favor of the security of a past reality
  • Under the pay of oil companies and Conservative PACS and Think Tanks that have a heavy investment in denying human contribution to climate change.

I have a relative that lives under the rubric of this fear and it permeates every aspect of her life. Before inheriting some money from another relative she was less conservation, more joyous and less obsessed with money and subsequent greed. It’s saddens me. Mere logic has no effect on her position. She watches and freely admits to relying on Fox News as an oasis surrounded by the heinous Liberal Media.

,,,doesn’t it make sense to begin to explore and develop alternatives to oil now rather than wait until gasoline reaches $20 per gallon?

Her isolation and refusal to live in the present is sad and disturbing. She won’t watch any recent TV shows or movies with James Spader because she wants to only remember him when he was young and sexy in “Sex, Lies and Videotape”. She won’t watch George Clooney or Sean Penn movies because their liberals and therefore – the enemy. I sent her a Noam Chomsky Interview around the time of the bombing of the World Trade Center in 2001. She said it made sense, but five days later she was shouting death to Muslims. She voted for Trump. At dinners out (around 5 to 6 pm) she can’t understand why families bring their children (screaming infants and toddlers) to dinner at restaurants – why they don’t hire babysitters. Even after a logic explanation of families wanting to be with their children and not being able to afford a sitter. Or she could choose to go to dinner at 8 pm when the likelihood of young children wouldn’t be eating out on a weeknight. She believes Wal-Mart serves a valuable service to communities… Need I go on.

This is a snapshot of a person living from fear as are others. I feel it when I’m around her (not very often). I remember in her before she was infested by money and greed. Not all of her old characteristics are gone – she displays caring at times but couched in denial of human responsibility to climate change.

Life and the changes in our world both technologically, politically and environmentally are overwhelming. Many people cannot tolerate the acceleration and destabilization of modern institutions. Intellectually and/or emotionally they require a simple solution to a problem.

With my relative I steer away from most of the content of my life (as a spiritual – political activist) and focus on the present and the personal. Its a common sense response to an immovable object.

The only way I would consider a debate with a person regarding climate change (like my relative) would be a side step of the issue. Coming from that oil is not a renewable resource – doesn’t it make sense to begin to explore and develop alternatives to oil now rather than wait until gasoline reaches $20 per gallon?

Search for Meaning

 

Curiosity is part of the human condition. Searching is an action of curiosity – “What’s over the next rise?” or “Beyond the next curve of the path deep into the forest?” Curiosity and searching are the exciting facets built for the thrill of learning. Meaning is derived from learning and beliefs. Beliefs are a complex structure that shapes reality (see https://psychesweather.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/the-other-invisible-beliefs/ )

The idea of separating meaning from our selves may be a game that our egos play that could help to promote learning via the locomotion provided in a journey. Since I am positing that our brains project reality out into the world then meaning is projected “out there” too.

Let’s take a step back for a moment. A child learns language from parents / adults and model their behaviors based on these adults both what they say and what they do. The child’s personality develops through socialization with other children and adults through the structures of school, play and family. The young adult begins to have ideas of their own but only in as much as these ideas a generated in a context of socialization. Perception is trained through the development of ego based on language (written, verbal and non-verbal) and its structures, which through further extrapolation becomes a complex society and civilization that becomes reality.

Okay – back to meaning. Our egos follow whims and are drawn by a curiosity impulse to follow whatever is presented in the field of attention. Some of this could be considered play and some titillation or both. Even if one decides what is the meaning of life a search ensues to uncover the facets to support that meaning. So there is a constant projection game underway.

When I worked as an experimental filmmaker I did a piece for a group of artists / sculptors called “A Rock Video”. It was a group of four artists making sculptures from rocks from a dried stream-bed. They piled rocks on top of each other making towers and bridges without any adhesive connecting glue. I cut the piece to their liking – about twenty minutes. I contacted a woman’s drumming group to do the score. One of the sculptors decided he was going to tell the women how to score the piece, wanting them to do a beat when a rock landed. I told him it was a mistake and would never work. But it was tried anyway and it didn’t work. I asked the leader of the group to watch the video with her group and improv to it. When I showed the final piece the artist who was convinced that it was going to be a disaster was amazed.

“How did you do that?”

“I didn’t your brain made it work.”

Any piece of music match to any film our brains make sense of it. For example if you lay the music of “Psycho” over the part of “The Wizard of Oz” when they emerge from the forest and see the Emerald City for the first time. It becomes a different movie but it works because our minds project meaning and structure all the time. You could try this at home.

We make reality.

This article was prompted from Facebook and the offering of quizzes testing things like – “What Native American tribe are you from?” “What country are you a citizen of?” and other questions indicative of the reality projection parameters. These amusing distractions and the rate we play them may be indicative of a collective shame of being Americans under a dictatorial rule circa 2017 or not.

 

 

 

 

The Other (Invisible) Beliefs

Often when we think of beliefs we think of our conscious beliefs – these stories we make up about our lives.  While many conscious and unconscious beliefs color the scripts we run about ourselves there are other beliefs that underpin the very nature of our existence of which there is very little or no control. Awareness of these kinds of behind the scenes beliefs is the first step to mastering beliefs and overcoming the realities they create.

We believe that our perceptions are real and therefore are basis of all that is real and true.  These perceptions have been built up over centuries based on cultural beliefs constructed by language and ego. Underneath the stories (beliefs) constructed by civilization are the biological stories or beliefs that we tell ourselves and of which the human genome (DNA – genetics) and the wiring of our brains are parts. In other words we can see that we have a body and we perceive visual stimuli, sensory orientations in time and space, auditory, gustatory, olfactory stimuli and so on that shapes our perspectives and beliefs in the human experience. These beliefs shape how and what we perceive from the point of view of human consciousness.

We agree on what is a table, a chair, house, clothing, parent, child, husband, wife, partner, friend, city etc. These agreements are beliefs that hold together an agreed perspective on reality which in turn becomes a belief and is absorbed in the seamlessness of reality or the background.

Skipping ahead but placed on the platform of the human belief are other systems of belief that are part of spirituality, religion, social and political intercourse of daily life. On top of these beliefs are intergenerational family beliefs that taken for granted become part of our unconscious programming.  For example if most of the women on one side of a family system have children at a certain age – say 33 – then there is a strong unconscious program that may run across the mindset, emotional, hormonal and body beliefs that instruct a woman to get pregnant at age 33. Or another example of inter-generational belief may have to do with the age we die.  If all the males died at age 89 then its possible that all the males may decide this is the age of death and succumb to passage at that time.  If it’s not time one sometimes sees a person giving up and waiting for death.

In short beliefs are an aggregate of perceptual filters that our neurology projects into a quanta world to shape reality based on a collective mutually agreed upon structure which has all been invented.