Month: September 2012

The Voting Malaise

“I’ll show you politics in America. Here it is, right here. ‘I think the puppet on the right shares my beliefs.’ ‘ I think the puppet on the left is more to my liking.’ ‘Hey, wait a minute, there’s one guy holding out both puppets!'”

– Bill Hicks, Philosopher-Comedian

“John, you have to vote!” I still hear this line a lot from friends and family whom I love, and who I consider both intelligent and well-meaning. They typically understand that the corporate-sponsored US Government is hypocritical, bought-out, corrupt, and war-mongering, yet they still arrive at the bleak conclusion that investing in the mainstream political melodrama is the best possible alternative. For example, let’s briefly evaluate the pro-Obama camp: If we re-install Obama, maybe Medicare & Social Security will survive a bit longer. Maybe our constitutional and inalienable rights won’t be stolen away as quickly. Maybe the economic looting of the “citizenry” can be regulated. While no real historical or contemporary evidence actually supports any of these false notions, I understand why people think and feel this way. (more…)

Practical S#!t for the (r)Evolution

At first glance, the immediate value of inner-work might appear inconsequential. Therefore let me elaborate a bit further. From inner-work, from obtaining proper balance and insight, what is often referred to as “right-action” flows. This requires accepting a simple premise: Thought precedes action, and meaningful action (and/or meaningful mental frameworks) cannot manifest out of a state of ignorance. As Joe Bageant once said, “Ignorance is the worst kind of prison.” To accomplish anything of value, you must humble yourself and admit that your information is incomplete. I know mine still is, but to balance this out I  do my best to suspend judgment, and make sure to remain open-minded to new ideas constantly. (more…)