World of Warcraft

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“You fight others all the time for your survival as a separate body-mind, a particular name and form. To live you must destroy. From the moment you were conceived you started a war with your environment – a merciless war of mutual extermination, until death sets you free.”

~Nisargadatta Maharaj

Earth is a war planet, one of many. Most souls incarnate here to test themselves in situations of conflict, and it is conflict on one level or another that they will inevitably find. It is a process of discovery for the soul in that sense, dealing with qualities such as greed, envy, hatred, and selfishness in general.

Those who manage to create a life of integrity and compassionate service “graduate”, in the sense that they have come to recognize directly that love is all that really matters, regardless of where one happens to be. That realization is the “diamond in the rough”, so to speak. If they then choose to return here, it will typically be on a mission of service.

There are many other classrooms, or higher frequencies of vibration, beyond this dense one. Not every soul even needs to go through this, but if they choose to do so, it can be very useful, because it is such a daunting challenge, and some souls thrive on challenges.

Being a war planet, we can expect that there will be a lot of killing. The human species currently dominating this planet specializes in killing everything they encounter, not the least of which is each other. Those who incarnate on a war planet are going to encounter war in one form or another, or even in many different forms. Still, souls are drawn here because harsh physical/emotional environments like this planet also offer comparable opportunities for gaining certain degrees of self-knowledge that are not really available on more utopian-type planets.

Some say that things are going to change for the better on this stage, and maybe that change will indeed come someday. We can certainly all work devotedly towards that end. In the meantime, this is still a war planet, so we can expect a lot of killing.

If we go into a jungle, we might find animals chasing and eating each other. We don’t judge them, for they are animals after all. Killing is their main source of nourishment. Only the “higher” primates have developed behavioral characteristics which exceed any mere survival instinct and constitute actual strategic warfare.

In terms of survival, humans do not need to kill to eat. The vast majority could get by perfectly fine on a vegetarian diet, but they kill other animals anyway because they like to eat them, regardless of whether or not the animals offended them.

When it comes to slaughtering each other, humans conceptualize many rationales to justify their blood lust, such as territorial politics, religion, economics, and philosophy. All of that is on the surface, however, because by nature they are still an immature and particularly dangerous predatory species, prone to resolving any conflict by resorting to violence.

When not involved in actual killing, people relax by vicariously watching others being killed in movies and on television. According to one recent study, the average child in America will watch 8,000 murders on TV before finishing elementary school. By age eighteen, the average American has seen 200,000 acts of violence on TV, including 40,000 murders.

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Indeed, a big part of early socialization is accustoming the child to warfare. For young males, war toys are provided, enabling the child to imitate the killing viewed in the media (which includes video games, the most popular of which involve multiple killings).

Of course, there are those who argue that there is no evidence that violent media increase levels of violence, but in any case the preponderance of such fare is an undeniable reflection of the degree in which we are saturated in violence as a steady diet of mental imagery. There is a direct correlation between what we feed our subconscious and how we form our reality constructs, and that correlation manifests in the world we have created.

It doesn’t stop there of course. Recent statistics show that there are more firearms than people in America – a country which came into being based on a concerted campaign of genocide of millions of native Americans, and whose growth was fueled by the enslavement of millions of captured and subjugated fellow humans.

Upon entering the educational system, competition (which is a form of warfare) takes primacy, and sets the course for the rest of one’s life, which invariably involves competing for resources. It is called “business”, and extends into every facet of one’s existence.

As part of the societal programing, one is taught who to fear as the designated “bad guy”, and so the enemy can take the form of a competing romantic suitor, a competing sports team, a competing business, a competing ideology, or a competing nation.

The corporate media blare out an unending stream of fear regarding the latest designated enemy, and public opinion dutifully follows with implanted ideas of hatred and desire to violently punish and subdue the appointed villain. Indeed, for the international criminal syndicates, the corporate cartels, war is a reliable business model. If people understood this one point, it would be a lot harder to recruit willing cannon fodder, and so the corporate propaganda arm of these puppet masters insures that there is plenty of distraction to keep the masses preoccupied, misdirected, and fragmented.

Even human religions, which were ostensibly established to promote moral behavior, peace, and tolerance, frame the spiritual life as a battle perpetually being waged both inwardly and in the celestial realms between God and Satan, or devils (asuras) representing our “bad” thoughts and angels (devas) our “good” ones.

Few stop to realize that all such concepts are mere fantasies of interpretation, whose only reality is that which our conditioned minds have been taught to grant them. Just as when a thief sees a saint and only notices what he might steal from them, so too do humans conditioned to warfare tend to see life through the narrow lens of conflict, typically based on programed prejudices relating to gender, race, age, ideological affiliation, or nationality (to name some of the most common roots of bias).

In any case, war is the established and accepted agenda – the preferred business model — and consequently more time, energy, and resources are devoted to it than anything else. In America, for example, at least 60% of its national budget goes to the military, and yet there are many who are claiming that is not enough.

On any given “news day”, one can find a flood of “fear porn”, detailing the growing threat from this or that competing nation or ideology, and hence requiring even greater sacrifices from the taxpayers to fund the already bloated military-industrial complex. On the micro, or individual level, most humans are also engaged in a relentless internal war, driven by alternating craving and aversion. This manifests as a prevailing sense of dissatisfaction with one’s thoughts, one’s body, and one’s life.

The alarming epidemic of psychological disorders and subsequent avalanche of pharmaceutical products intended to ameliorate them attest to the fact that this internal conflict exacts a ferocious toll, even to the point of rocketing self-murder statistics.

Indeed, as the wise among us have always counseled: If we wish to change the world, we must first change ourselves, because the war always has its roots within our own hearts and minds.

As immortal light being souls temporarily inhabiting these human animals, we have the chance to use our soul energy to guide them early on to behave properly, develop the desire to seek peaceful solutions to conflict, and most of all, to grow in empathy and compassion. However, some of us just sit back and let the animal run wild, to see what will result.

What has resulted is the world we see today, roiling in aggression, conflict, and blood lust on so many levels. Some say humans are on the verge of self-extinction, just as they have presided over the extinction of more than half of all animal life on the planet in the last 50 years. The mass self-destruction (prompted by greed, hatred, and ignorance) of entire civilizations has happened on other planets, and it could happen on this one too.

Right now, it appears that it could go either way. The group consciousness will decide. If we want to understand how that works, we have but to consider that our current reality has been determined by the group consciousness of the past, and so if we wish to know what will pertain in the future, we need look no further than what the group consciousness is projecting and energizing today.

For example, is the collective consciousness moving towards a mass recognition of our essential oneness, or is it dividing more and more into separate and antagonistic camps that can find no common ground? It’s been said that energy flows where attention goes, and so where is our attention going today, as both individuals and as a species? Is it still fixated in grooves of selfishness, control, and dominance, or can it rise to a new level of united awareness, wisdom, and love? The fate of humanity is about to be determined by such choices being made right now.

War Movie In Reverse

Holes close to smooth skin
when the shrapnel flashes out.

The shores of burns recede,
and flames leap with their hot metal
back into the bomb that rises,
whole and air-borne again,
with its gathered blast.

Leading the plane perfectly,
the bomb arcs back slowly
through the open gates
and disappears into the waiting belly.

The bombardier lifts
his peering eye from the sight.

Swallowing its wake,
the plane returns to base
with its countermand mission.

The pilot, irresolute now, faces
his commandant, who marches,
brisk and backward
to the general’s lair.

The general takes back the orders.

But into what deep and good and hidden
recess of the will
go his thoughts of not bombing?”

~ Mark Johnston

sticks and stones

See also:

https://theconsciousprocess.wordpress.com/2013/04/13/war-and-peace/

https://theconsciousprocess.wordpress.com/2013/11/16/my-dogs-better-than-your-dog/

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48 Responses to World of Warcraft

  1. Bob OHearn says:

    Stephen Hawking fears human aggression could ‘destroy us all,’ calls for more empathy
    By Michael Walsh
    2/23/2015

    A theory of everything might be impossible to come by — but a theory of humankind’s potential destruction is not, says Stephen Hawking.
    The British theoretical physicist fears that human aggression may be the tragic flaw that could lead to our demise.
    “The human failing I would most like to correct is aggression,” Hawking said. “It may have had survival advantage in caveman days, to get more food, territory or partner with whom to reproduce, but now it threatens to destroy us all.”
    A major nuclear war could be the end of civilization and possibly the human race, he said.
    “The quality I would most like to magnify is empathy. It brings us together in a peaceful, loving state,” he added.

  2. marcelvuijst says:

    `For example, is the collective consciousness moving towards a mass recognition of our essential oneness, or is it dividing more and more into separate and antagonistic camps that can find no common ground? It’s been said that energy flows where attention goes, and so where is our attention going today, as both individuals and as a species? Is it still fixated in grooves of selfishness, control, and dominance, or can it rise to a new level of united awareness, wisdom, and love? The fate of humanity is about to be determined by such choices being made right now.`

    The world (this so called tangible planet spinning in space) is no different then the places inhabited in nightly dreams, when poison reigns, the Earth appears. When Love and wisdom reigns something ´unhuman´ does, all Buddha lands too are nothing but appearances in consciousness. Sure for the allotted time span of this physical body, even when the Heart is pure and the whole world is pure, one can still turn on the news, but it´s but a long dream, I´m not of this world, this Earth is but a program and I doubt any real change like collective oneness or totally demonic fits here, the dream creatures who have learned there lesson will appear elsewhere, something similar to that ´school of light´ post you made. I don´t see a world in need of fixing or improvement.

    Nevertheless while we appear in this particular manifestation, let´s express ourselfs from the Heart and raise our concerns, instead of creating a sense of total indifference, nor fabricate an identity fixation with light-dark. When it is seen that everything needs its own absence, duality is void.

    • Bob OHearn says:

      Not talking about saving the world. I discussed that project in a previous essay at some length. What is being pointed out here is the option of training the host on proper behavior, so that the experience of being human can reflect less barbarity and more compassion. Also remember, even though it’s an illusion, our actions still have real consequences. This is an inconvenient fact typically overlooked by the “it’s all a dream” contingent.

      Blessings!

  3. marcelvuijst says:

    Seems to me both are born from the same fixation of a particular identity within a temporary dream. Why should there be less barbarity and more compassion? In another world the duality might be vice versa?

    • Bob OHearn says:

      “Why should there be less barbarity and more compassion?”

      That is for each to answer from their heart.

      ” In another world the duality might be vice versa?”

      One world at a time, eh. 😉

  4. marcelvuijst says:

    When each follows its Heart and nature one acts accordingly, the words Love or compassion do not need to be uttered. I remember as a 8 year old I always saved drowning wasps from the ocean then I got stung and mom always asked so why do you keep hurting yourself? I simply replied because it is in my nature, but the very concept of compassion never arose, and never will. I understand the expedient service of compassion vs barbarity, but the danger of fixation always lingers.

    • Bob OHearn says:

      I am speaking about how we raise our young and what we teach them, and it need be no more complicated than that — love or fear. The metaphysics about emptiness, etc. can come later. This is foundation stuff.

      Blessings!

  5. marcelvuijst says:

    I don’t have children (to raise an example), but I often observe friends who are parents of (especially) daughters and see how they shape a 5 years old and can clearly see the future of ones activities and conditioned behaviour 10 years later, no need of a Buddha or clairvoyant, tv or the interweb it’s all deadly clear, and no one ever listens (consciously), on the same hand everyone grows merely due to one’s silent presence, nevertheless if entertaining the totality of “collective” it is unscrutable, apart from ones limited data (even in these interweb times) so I do see a relation between my previous posts, sorry when complicating the matter or adding superfluous ingredients.

    Blessings!

  6. Bob OHearn says:

    I am not saying there is no relation, but rather simply trying to point out that each contributes to the collective by their thoughts and deeds, and hence the necessity of “Right Rearing”. As I mentioned, and will repeat, compassion can be taught, or at least introduced. So can fear. Right now, the balance is tilted towards fear. We can affect that balance, even if we have no children of our own, by inquiring into our own attitudes and behaviors, and rooting out the vasanas that serve as cause for aggression and violence. I appreciate your comments, Thank you!

    Blessings!

  7. marcelvuijst says:

    I agree, daily life functions like that without giving away to the lure of judgement from a phenomenal center, apologies for missing the direction of your post. Interesting this balance of fear is mostly a media hype from the US, but ever since 2001-ish the media here is turning fear obsessed (irrationally) here too, not as extreme and with a bit more self-reflection, but the fear dominates nonetheless, and its increasing rapidly.

    • Bob OHearn says:

      Part of the reason for the essay was based on an observation that things are getting more polarized, as seen for instance in the New Cold War, or the catastrophe in the Middle East. There is a mounting fear of the unknown, and so people are turning towards fundamentalist reactivity all around the globe, which only accentuates division and discord. I also see the young being programed in a very unskillful fashion, especially in 3rd world environments where poverty and religious superstition provide fertile grounds for ignorance to take root. If we recognize that we are all one, and that there is no separation, then we also have a responsibility to act, even if it is going deeper into our own inquiry. All are Bodhisattvas.

      Blessings!

  8. marcelvuijst says:

    Thank you Brother! Beautifully expressed, sorry for missing it on first glance, still an old habit of mine to complicate the matter. 🙂

  9. Bob OHearn says:

    America Has Been At War 93% of the Time – 222 Out of 239 Years – Since 1776

    http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2015/02/america-war-93-time-222-239-years-since-1776.html

  10. Spring Canyon says:

    Bob, thank you for your thoughtful comments and efforts.

    I wonder:
    1. If one or two people change, how can that stem a tide?
    And does one not become more vulnerable, acting as if open, of the heart 🙂
    Only to be hurt or faced with the duplicities of life, of people – of two facedness, of superiority, of posturing for position – this is all I see at work. There are some, but not many especially at leadership levels who are genuine, or heartfelt or caring, or follow what their mouths might spot

    This type of personage – what type of inspiration is there to manifest, to Love?

    D once said compassion to people is easy, but it is hardest for those who might harm or seek to harm oneself.

    I would agree.

    2. If the world refuses to change, if it is true that this is consciousness – and this consciousness is just one manifestation of all the potential ‘un-nameable’ – why does it matter? Unless that end is painful, and people will have to suffer because of it.

    3. How can people effect change when day to day life is just about survival? Not against others, but with paying the bills.

    Thanks for reading.

  11. Bob OHearn says:

    Greetings, Spring Canyon!

    To your questions:

    #1: Two people can start a ripple in consciousness that can become a wave. The Intention Experiments, for example, demonstrated the power of collective intent. Buddha was one person, Christ was one person, Ghandi was one person, and they are not different in essence from any of us. Our problem is that we believe we are small and insignificant, and that is exactly how the Masters of War keep us subservient. They are deathly afraid of us ever uniting our intent, which can indeed move mountains.

    #2: People are already suffering. If we can relieve that in some way, why not make the effort? Of course, it doesn’t help much if it is just a matter of the blind leading the blind, which is why it is critical that we first root out our own seeds of hatred, greed, anger, and ignorance by sincere and persistent inquiry. Then we truly can be of some help. I have written about the subject of Inquiry a number of times, which can be found here in the archives.

    #3: You don’t pay bills all day do you, unless you are an accountant. As I said above, there is always time for true inquiry, and in fact it is even more effective in the midst of activity then it is on a meditation cushion. Since there is no separation in consciousness, your awakening affects the whole, more so than you are aware.

    Blessings!

  12. Spring Canyon Again says:

    Thank you Bob for your clear and insightful response. I bow.

    I have to say this out loud – I think that many people I see don’t deserve it. I see – or perhaps it is in my jobs – people who are greedy, selfish, hurt others, are untruthful, lie, deceive, all just for their own self gain, I work with one who has not an inch of care for any other, who only takes advantage, who says sweet words but only masks his games, his strategies, his desire to win. They look down on the weak, they play games of power.

    There are others, usually those who are just simply more innocent – or at least just trying to live their lives, do the best they can. Too many of us though are scheming, lie, callously selfish – Why should they/we be helped? My teacher taught us to love – all of consciousness is self. is such. Is Love. I have lived that before, briefly. But I do not like the world I see: apart from the weak or the honest and the innocent, I do not like these people, Bob. They do not deserve our help.

    Please help me with your guidance. _/\_

  13. Bob OHearn says:

    Dear Spring Canyon,

    We are the least qualified to judge our fellow humans, because we have insufficient information in terms of the bigger picture, and exactly what their place is in it. How often have we made rash judgments, only to find that there were extenuating circumstances involved, and then regretted our rush to blame or criticize? Yes, there certainly are cruel and evil actions perpetrated in this realm, which is all the more reason for us to first “clean up our own act”. We never know the effect of our example, for instance, and it may just be that a small act of compassion on our part can change somebody’s life. Furthermore, sometimes difficult people are brought into our life as a kind of gift — providing us with the opportunity to strengthen our tolerance and forgiveness. Such tests can also bring out a genuine sense of humility, which is the platform for true spiritual growth.

    Blessings!

  14. Bob OHearn says:

    “Looking at it from the other side: It is evident that people who are kind and compassionate naturally cause others to be happy and are gentle towards themselves, too, whereas anger makes people tremble and shake. Anyone who observes a kind and gentle person naturally experiences kindness and gentleness. Others enjoy their company and like being together with them, which proves that the nature of all living beings is loving kindness and compassion since they enjoy it, feel well, and are happy. ”

    ~ Jamgon Kongtrul

  15. Spring Canyon says:

    “Dear Spring Canyon,

    We are the least qualified to judge our fellow humans, because we have insufficient information in terms of the bigger picture, and exactly what their place is in it. How often have we made rash judgments, only to find that there were extenuating circumstances involved, and then regretted our rush to blame or criticize?”

    What if someone lies to your face? Constantly deceives in order to take an advantage. Steals your work – is this insufficiently appraised?

    ” We never know the effect of our example, for instance, and it may just be that a small act of compassion on our part can change somebody’s life. Furthermore, sometimes difficult people are brought into our life as a kind of gift — providing us with the opportunity to strengthen our tolerance and forgiveness. Such tests can also bring out a genuine sense of humility, which is the platform for true spiritual growth.”

    _/\_

  16. Spring Canyon says:

    ““Looking at it from the other side: It is evident that people who are kind and compassionate naturally cause others to be happy and are gentle towards themselves, too, whereas anger makes people tremble and shake. Anyone who observes a kind and gentle person naturally experiences kindness and gentleness. Others enjoy their company and like being together with them, which proves that the nature of all living beings is loving kindness and compassion since they enjoy it, feel well, and are happy. ”

    ~ Jamgon Kongtrul”

    _/\_

    Except in the work I do, the weak and “nice” are seen as weak. The posturing and big talk is all that matters, the scheming and ambition.

    I have also seen people be jealous towards people who are naturally nice and happy.

    That said, yes I imagine for most people it is above – but unfortunately, not always.

    _/|\_

  17. Bob OHearn says:

    Spring Canyon,

    As I noted in the essay, this is a war planet, and so you can expect that there will be war, even in our business dealings. It is the nature of this realm, and how we respond will determine how much it remains so, or begins to change (even if seemingly imperceptibly).

    Blessings!

  18. Spring Canyon says:

    Dear Bob.

    Thank you for your answer.

    Blessings to you and yours also _/\_

  19. Excellent Essay Bob. Query, are you suggesting that there are more or less skillful and effective ways of navigating through dreamland? And what is the “nature of this realm” if there is no material existence apart from our perceptions?

    • Bob OHearn says:

      Hi Jeff, and Thanks for your comments!

      Yes, there are skillful as well as unskillful ways to experience the human realm.

      The nature of this realm is what our mind projects, including materiality, so it is wise for us to be aware of how our thoughts create our reality. Collectively, we have created this world as it is right now – a world of warfare and conflict. If we want to change it, we must change our thoughts.

      Blessings!

      • Kwatz Bodhisattva Bob! I really dig what you are saying. I have been struggling with this and I now feel much lighter!

        There is an undeniable feeling of “rightness” when we dance in harmony with our reality, both Individually and collectively. And this rightness is manifested in the quality of our shared experience of the “human realm.” This is the change we are striving for and this is why we are here!

      • Bob OHearn says:

        Indeed, Brother! Happy feet make happy hearts! 😉

  20. “What we call the “objective world” is a sort of Rorschach ink blot, into which each culture, each system of science and religion, each type of personality, reads a meaning only remotely derived
    from the shape and color of the blot itself.” ~Lewis Mumford

  21. Bob OHearn says:

    “We should think carefully about the reality of war. Most of us have been conditioned to regard military combat as exciting and glamorous – an opportunity for men to prove their competence and courage. Since armies are legal, we feel that war is acceptable… In fact, we have been brainwashed. War is neither glamorous nor attractive. It is monstrous. Its very nature is one of tragedy and suffering.

    War is like a fire in the human community, one whose fuel is living beings. I find this analogy especially appropriate and useful. Modern warfare waged primarily with different forms of fire, but we are so conditioned to see it as thrilling that we talk about this or that marvelous weapon as a remarkable piece of technology without remembering that, if it is actually used, it will burn living people.

    War also strongly resembles a fire in the way it spreads. If one area gets weak, the commanding officer sends in reinforcements. This is throwing live people onto a fire. But because we have been brainwashed to think this way, we do not consider the suffering of individual soldiers.

    No soldiers want to be wounded or die. None of his loved ones wants any harm to come to him. If one soldier is killed, or maimed for life, at least another five or ten people – his relatives and friends – suffer as well. We should all be horrified by the extent of this tragedy..

    Frankly as a child, I too was attracted to the military. Their uniform looked so smart and beautiful. But that is exactly how the seduction begins. Children starts playing games that will one day lead them in trouble. There are plenty of exciting games to play and costumes to wear other than those based on the killing of human beings.

    Again, if we as adults were not so fascinated by war, we would clearly see that to allow our children to become habituated to war games is extremely unfortunate. Some former soldiers have told me that when they shot their first person they felt uncomfortable but as they continued to kill it began to feel quite normal. In time, we can get used to anything…”

    ~ Dalai Lama

    This is an excerpt from “The Reality of War”

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  22. Bob OHearn says:

    Could a deal to normalize Western relations with Iran and set limits on Iran’s development of nuclear technology lead to a more peaceful and less-weaponized Middle East?

    That’s what supporters of the Iran negotiations certainly hope to achieve. But the prospect of stability has at least one financial analyst concerned about its impact on one of the world’s biggest defense contractors.

    The possibility of an Iran nuclear deal depressing weapons sales was raised by Myles Walton, an analyst from Germany’s Deutsche Bank, during a Lockheed earnings call this past January 27. Walton asked Marillyn Hewson, the chief executive of Lockheed Martin, if an Iran agreement could “impede what you see as progress in foreign military sales.” Financial industry analysts such as Walton use earnings calls as an opportunity to ask publicly-traded corporations like Lockheed about issues that might harm profitability.

    Hewson replied that “that really isn’t coming up,” but stressed that “volatility all around the region” should continue to bring in new business. According to Hewson, “A lot of volatility, a lot of instability, a lot of things that are happening” in both the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region means both are “growth areas” for Lockheed Martin.

    https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/03/20/asked-iran-deal-potentially-slowing-military-sales-lockheed-martin-ceo-says-volatility-brings-growth/

  23. Bob OHearn says:

    In no way can I deny the insanity of the human condition. And yet, because there’s so much insanity, so much unconsciousness, it’s possible that there’s also the other side of it. Life is always balancing itself out. So, while all of this is happening, there’s also this undercurrent of people all over the place who have a deep and profound interest in the ultimate nature of reality in themselves—and they are realizing it! Not only is that now happening among a wider variety and number of human beings, it’s also happening more and more outside of hierarchical institutions. I think there’s something within all of this, something very authentic, that’s breaking down the barriers between every person and our ideas of what a spiritual person is. It’s sort of a silent, quiet revolution that’s happening. But even though there’s a lot of awakening, I don’t know if that means we’re at the dawn of some beautiful renaissance age or that the human species will totally self destruct. I can see it going either way. I do think that in our deepest heart we don’t actually want to contribute to the insanity around us. Our nature is, if anything, to be a contributor to sanity and wholeness, to bringing that into manifestation.

    Now from that place, we can have a very active response to the world rather than a reaction against it. A response is inherently positive; a reaction is inherently negative and divisive. A great thing about coming to our own wholeness is that it’s not as though we just sit on our couch and see that everything is perfect. We do see that everything is perfect—but from that sense of perfection arise great love, great compassion, and a great response to the life around us. It’s a response that is undivided. As a whole, as a world culture, if there is going to be a salvation, it’s going to have to come from the human heart being undivided. And to get there, we all have to wake up.

    ~ Adyashanti

  24. Bob OHearn says:

    Another shooting, another call for gun control:

    In an increasingly emotionally disturbed and even paranoid society, any suggestion of restricting the sale of weapons will naturally be met with resistance. Of course, we all know that the problem is not the gun itself, but the society which has psychically deteriorated to the extent that incidents of slaughtering each other have become standard news events. Certainly, the convenient access to guns makes the slaughter easier, but access was even easier half a century ago, and yet such wholesale rampages were nearly unheard of then. What has changed? We have. We have created the environment in which sociopathic personalities are not only common, but are even considered presidential material. Fear has triumphed over compassion, and intolerance over love. Unless there is a radical revolution in our group consciousness, in the fundamental way we see and approach life, the deterioration of this society will only worsen, like a cancer, until either chaos or fascism is left to rule the day.

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  25. Bob OHearn says:

    So, guns again:

    Spawned by the relentless series of mass killings in America (this latest one at an Oregon school), people across the social media are once again pondering the whys and wherefores. All the usual arguments for and against are being trotted out again, with the likelihood of the same results: nothing will change. Many in the greater world community express disbelief that this would be the case, but the simple fact is that many Americans like killing things and even slaughtering each other — it comes with the national karma. Sure, people make up rationalizations to excuse and legitimize their blood lust, but deep down they know that they just want to kill stuff, and living in America makes it so much easier. When one lives in a sociopathic culture, why is it surprising that so many sociopaths are armed and active? Guns and violence are as much a part of the national character as mom and apple pie. Hell, we started with genocide at home, then conquered the world with our guns! We spend more on weapons than the rest of the world combined, and make a tidy profit importing them to war zones that we created just to open up markets for our guns. Our favorite pastime is sitting in front of an electronic screen and either passively watching, or else interactively participating, in endless violent murder, assault, and pillage. Young boys are provided with toy guns to practice with, and parents find it amusing to watch them enacting scenes of murder and mayhem. Passing a few tighter gun restrictions and making guns harder to acquire (especially by mentally unstable people) would be great, but no legislation is going to change a collective consciousness in love with killing.

  26. Bob OHearn says:

    (prompted by the terrorist events in Paris of 11/14/2015)

    Is Paris Burning?

    It appears now that the transmitted infection is systemic, and regardless of any countermeasures, it will likely prevail for the indefinite future. In other words, there is no viable solution, except perhaps for it to eventually burn itself out like the Influenza Epidemic did a century ago. That is, what may be required is for humanity to grow so weary of endless warfare and ideological/religious fanaticism that they finally simply stop fueling the horror with a collective “NO MORE!”.

    For that to happen, a revolution in the collective consciousness would need to transpire, and there are always seeds of that sprouting up (particularly with the advent of social media) — voices calling for peace and a recognition of shared humanity. Given the current climate, however, that global transformation may be some time off.

    One other outside possibility is for some sort of external intervention, although such a scenario is more in the “deus ex machina” category, and hence rather unlikely. It seems humans are going to be left to work out their own issues and either mature beyond the sandbox or face self-annihilation.

    It is a cultural clash, starting centuries ago as a struggle between competing branches of the Abrahamic sects, and now representing a broader global conflict between forces of positive evolutionary planetary advancement, composed of mature adults who have outgrown the old divisive myths and learned the value of cooperation and self-responsibility, versus those who would turn civilization backward to a primitive fundamentalist mindset, one which promotes an infantile level of spiritual development, relying on a magical male parental deity figure and his authoritarian representatives to prescribe how adherents must live their lives. At this point, demographers note that the greatest growth in global population is projected to be among those who sympathize with the latter strategy.

    The problem is only exacerbated, of course, by the manipulations of the global corporate elite who play all sides against each other for profit and control advantages. These parasites actually fund much of the overt military confrontations, and fill their boardrooms with charts on military-industrial profiteering gains from their investments in the darkest human propensities. Some say that in marital divorce proceedings, the lawyers are the only real winners. In the same sense, these behind-the-scenes controllers are the only ones who really gain from the global flames which they so industriously fan.

    Given that, what must we do? The answer is the same as it has always been — to first take responsibility for all within us that perpetuates greed, anger, envy, hatred, and separation, and thus become a living example of the alternative to the darkness, by awakening to and radiating the loving light of which all are made. From there, we are much more capable of responding within the sphere of our own influence with genuine wisdom and compassion, and indeed it is only in that way that we can hope to make a significant dent for the good in this mounting crisis.

  27. Bob OHearn says:

    WAKE UP TIME – THOUGHTS ON REINVENTING SOCIETY

    http://levekunst.com/wake-up-time-thoughts-on-reinventing-society/

    “When we look at our own lives, and at the world in general, the fact that we are ‘sleeping’ stands out very clearly. We live in a world in deep crisis. It is like a violent nightmare that requires us to wake up; as in truly wake up. We are like sleepwalkers, walking closer and closer to the edge….”

  28. Bob OHearn says:

    “No matter how malevolent or evil are the many murderous dictators who can currently oppress their nations and cause international problems, it is obvious that they cannot harm others or destroy countless human lives if they don’t have a military organisation accepted and condoned by society.”

    http://theunboundedspirit.com/more-hard-hitting-words-from-the-dalai-lama-about-the-mass-brainwashing-of-society/

  29. Bob OHearn says:

    This is how people start to fight and kill each other. Murders and wars all begin with just one angry thought.”

    ~ H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

  30. Bob OHearn says:

    “If we could read the secret histories of our enemies,
    we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering
    enough to disarm all hostility.”

    ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  31. Bob OHearn says:

    There’s not much that you as an individual can do about the wars that are taking place in the world at the moment. Yet the big ideas of peace and the efforts of the UN are certainly not effective. But I declare that the little change in the individual that overcomes war within, and then another, and another, will create a radiance of peace and eventually this radiance will have the power to stop the big wars. If you want a new society, it starts with you. If you want to change this society, the most logical thing to do is change yourself. The most powerful thing you can do is change your own being. In order to get peace in society, you have to get peaceful beings.

    When there is true aspiration for peace, that aspiration is fulfilled peacefully. Peace is not like some bovine animal dully chewing away. The mind of peace is extremely intelligent. There is strength to fulfill the aspiration and the fulfilment comes softly.

    ~ Namgyal Rinpoche, excerpts from ‘The Meditation on Peace’

  32. Bob OHearn says:

    After 240 years, the United States can only boast a dreadful 21-years of peace (if you don’t count slavery).

    http://anonhq.com/heres-updated-list-year-major-u-s-wars/

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