Monday, February 17, 2020

the Sky is Falling, the Sky is Falling

We have miraculously survived all this,
but is there an antidote for fear porn?

Challenging the Illusion of Reality

Everything that we perceive by our senses to be real is illusion. The thoughts that we think reflect a constant stream of interpretation that all of the world we sense appears to be solid. Yet, there is no solidity at the core of matter whatsoever. Any physicist will confirm that the real world is just substance that carries the semblance of solidity due to the repulsive forces that exists between its charged particles.

We have known for more than a century that matter is comprised of oscillating fields and waves of rhythm. If we could look at the heart of any atom – its nucleus – there is nothing solid there at all. What we would find there would be a dynamic pattern of tightly condensed vibrating energy. So, our bodies, like everything else in our world, are nothing more than densely compacted energy particles that are constantly in motion. There is only coherence because of the billions of electrical signals continually running through us varying by how we define and interpret the world of sensual stimuli around us.

Everything vibrates at different speeds. If a thing vibrates fast enough, it will disappear because our sensory instruments – our eyes – can no longer perceive it. Without getting too extreme by way of example, just look at a hummingbird's wings or the propeller of an airplane.

The human vibration is different from other objects around us. It may appear that we are separate from what we see around us – other people, animals, nature – but we are not separated from any of it. Everything exists in one connected unified field of energy. It is only our sensory perception and culturally-reinforced interpretation that makes things appear as dense matter and apart.

What if we remove the convincing perceptual lens that locks us into the loops of conditioned belief? Would limitations suddenly vanish? Most of our limitations are derived from all the materialized appearances that we sense and interpret as real. Physical reality is only what you make of it and does not exist independent of our interpretation.

Outer reality always reflects inner reality and the perceptions that are held within our consciousness. We each project this experience we call reality. No two projections are exactly alike, despite the consensual conditioning we all receive. Life is not happening to you from all around you, it is happening through you from within.

When each of us came to this world, one of the purposes was to learn in this school called life that we each create our own reality. When we arrived, the majority of us were taught and have had ingrained within our thought structure the idea that our perception of reality is solid, and that is what we have all agreed to believe. But just because we believe it and agree that we believe it does not make it so. The idea of solidity has served us up to a point, but a growing number of individuals are remembering why we came here and are growing in awareness that we truly are the creators of everything we experience. When how we define the world around us evolves, so too does the reality mirror of each of our life experiences.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Fathers and Sons

My father passed away nearly thirty years ago, and I wasn't at his side. My memories of him and love for him is ever present in my head and heart, still, however. Throughout much of my formative years, we had a typical father-son relationship. He went to work as a nuclear technician for Westinghouse for thirty-two years before he retired, never turning down over-time so that he could make the best life for his family that he could. Until the weekends, my sister, brother, and I would not see much of our father. On most weekends for all my early years, we had a ritual of getting out of bed and all piling into the car just after midnight every Friday night when dad got home from work for a two-hour early-morning drive up to the “camp”, our second home in the “country”, that dad worked on building and improving as income and time would allow for all my early years. The travel time back and forth was most fun as we all thrived in the captivating playful attention of our loving father.

Like Harry Chapin's Song “Cat's in the Cradle”, my life raising my own sons was much the same as my relationship with my father. While I worked away from home very often, I deliberately spent as much time as I could with the family. I was always mindful that I didn't want to be a father who was absent all of the time.

When my father passed away from cancer at the age of 67, I did not take the time to grieve, as is culturally expected, but found a deep strength within to deal with his passing, immediately finding peace. Recently, however, when I came across this video of James Blunt’s new hit song, Monsters, it stopped me in my tracks. It literally grabbed me by the heart strings; releasing emotions that I’d managed to hold at bay all these years. I knew the feelings were always there, since my father’s death, but I had always held them back out of some uncanny sense of denial. Tears came to my eyes and I cried out of love.

James Blunt wrote and filmed this ballad for his father, who is dying of cancer and does not have long before he passes. He asked his father to be in the video. The lyrics, ‘You’re not my father, I’m not your son. We’re just two grown men saying goodbye' touched me deeply. The spiritual significance, the dignity and the honor that is imbued in these lyrics is powerfully humbling. His words take us beyond our Earthly roles as fathers and sons, as equals on this spiritual path. I salute you, I love you, and I set you free. This is what I said to my father then, and I say to my father still.

This video with its lyrics is a gift to us all - but especially for men. My prayer is that all boys and men could watch it and reflect upon it's message. And when it’s their time to say goodbye to their father, their sons, their brothers, grandfathers or best mates, they can unreservedly weep and humbly release their feelings, and rejoice in the liberation that comes from connected, heartfelt, expressions of love.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Return of the King in 2020???

What If You Couldn't Remember Who or What You Are?

When you step back and really examine the current state of life on Earth, it becomes apparent that one of the things most responsible for the current human condition is a loss of self. People have simply forgotten who, or perhaps more correctly what, they are. People simply don't seem to realize that all those who presume to control them via the machinations of government are all simply people, exactly as they themselves are people. It is this loss of self that has, to a large extent, led to the current human condition. It is people’s failure to view things from this more human perspective that has allowed others whom they have been subconsciously trained to view as having more value than themselves, to control and ultimately enslave them. And it is only by breaking this programmed and self constraining mind-set that mankind will ever truly gain the freedom many so desire.

The programming to which mankind has been subject, has truly been intense. It comes from all angles and there are none that are completely immune to its influence, simply due to their everyday interaction with society. It is present in the lives of most people from the moment of birth, and unavoidably so, because it is already present in the minds of their parents due to the conditioning they have in turn undergone during their own path through life. And this subtle programing gets more refined and more dehumanizing not only with each generation, but virtually with each year, as more and more changes are introduced into the education system, into the workplace, and delivered into the minds of the populace via the media.

The real problem with the education system today is that most people, most parents at least, simply don't look at it. They just don't bother to take the time to look at what their kids are being taught or how the lessons are being presented. The introduction of political correctness into academia, whereby "all are equal in the eyes of education," where there are no failing grades and everyone is a winner, essentially means that bright students are 'normalized', no one excels and the collective mind of the youth is effectively homogenized. Taught always to view themselves as part of a collective, to be fearful of any change, to view independent thought as irrational and abnormal, even potentially dangerous, to always seek help from the nanny state to address any concerns and to always respect authority, this serves to create a very easily controlled society in which all critical or creative thinking has been very effectively stifled.

To step back a couple of years by way of an example, this type of attitude and completely programmed dependence on the nanny state was in fact, very clearly seen in the minds of many British youth who were so fearful of the recent result in Britain's vote to leave the EU. Many took to "blaming" the older generation for being so "irresponsible" as to create such an "uncertain future" for them simply because they know of no other life prior to Britain becoming part of the EU and are so willing to believe the fear and government propaganda delivered to them by the controlled mainstream media during the process. It has also been seen in the recent stance of American youth calling for tougher gun laws in a plea for the State to protect them from the many shooting that are undoubtedly staged by the state themselves, and for this very purpose. As a result of Academic programming, many of today's youth view the nanny state as being all important. And the bigger the nanny then the more safe they believe they will be. Naturally, as with virtually every thought placed in the minds of the people by the state, such a notion is so far reversed to the actual truth as to belong to the realms of pure fantasy.

Really, when one begins to examine our modern society and the great many problems it creates, with even a partially open mind, it becomes apparent that it is the state itself that is responsible for virtually every issue the people on this earth are facing, and yet it is the state that people turn to when seeking solutions to these issues. The state may of course offer you some appeasement, but never what you are really in need of and ultimately in almost every case it will turn out to be something to further consolidate the power of the state has over you. Yet people still turn to the cause of their woes in search of remedy. They do this simply because they know of nowhere else to turn and again, this is ultimately due to a loss of connection to self - a simple lack of understanding and recognition of who and what they truly are.

In regards to humanity and how it is that people view themselves in relation to the social 'food chain', many view themselves and their peers as 'average human beings', yet their training and programming causes them to view other classes almost as a different breed of more worthy or more valuable human beings. It is a social class system that has been cleverly instilled into people's minds which has nothing really to do with social standing, wealth or upbringing but is more to do with trust and where and in whom, such trust should be placed. Those of higher academic achievements for example, are often seen as being wholly trustworthy. Look at the faith people place in so called 'experts', in scientists, professors and others of perceived authority on a particular subject. Simply by default, most people place an enormous amount of faith and trust in doctors and modern medicine for example. Yet there have been subtle changes in the way modern medical practitioners treat their patients.

I recall that throughout my childhood years, a visit to the doctor would require a personalized diagnosis. The doctor would thoroughly examine the patient, sometimes refer to detailed texts, often run blood tests, and generally poke around the lymph and glandular system for physical symptoms and anomalies. Yet last time I visited a doctor, and such occasions are extremely rare for me, the physician simply typed my symptoms into his computer and allowed the software to diagnose me and prescribe me with a suitable medication. Does this seem rational to you? Does this sound like the reasonable result of years of studying to become a medical practitioner? Is one simply expected to believe the practitioner is able to use a computer better than someone else, and that skill is to what he owes his position? And more importantly, does this method sound like something you should trust? Does it indicate the person you are dealing with to be of an upstanding and trustworthy character? Personally, I found the procedure both fascinating and quietly discomforting at the same time.

The same can be said for the scientific and academic communities. Many view such people as having far more value than the average Joe. Often the scientists themselves adopt a superior attitude by default, and genuinely do view themselves as having more worth than others. Rather than enter into any reasoned debate, are quite happy to brandish their credentials to quieten any disputes to their authority. It is this type of social programming that has led to the disempowerment of so many. This is also very much exemplified in our approach to politicians. We tend to treat these people very much as our superiors when they are in fact our employees. Yet in what can only be compared to some type of collective Stockholm syndrome, we fawn and pander to them, we exalt and praise them and we ask and petition them for change rather than simply looking at things from the correct perspective and simply instructing them to carry out the tasks and duties we require of them.

What is needed is to put a little humanity back into the equation.

Let's just openly face it, we are subject to lies and propaganda and basically spoon fed an endless supply of crap from every conceivable angle. Be it contrived and constructed news about daily 'terrorist attacks' (that somehow seem to more and more frequently lack the presence of any confirmable victims); be it the environmental concerns we face from an ever growing corporate rampage across the earth that is fast destroying any means of a viable future in order to feed the economic model in its wanton demand for permanent growth; be it the latest reasons why we must continue funding war and bombing children in the middle east. We are fed all this mayhem and woe on a daily basis and all is designed to instill into the minds of the people that we desperately need government to ensure our safety when the real truth is that it is the government who creates all the problems, simply to insure their position of control.

It's a classic protection racket.

The people really could deal with things quite easily if they simply cut off the life blood to the system and began supporting each other. The problem is that such a thing will not occur to any meaningful degree until people realize their own worth and begin to see the worth in others around them in their local communities. When such a thing happens we will begin to see some real change. But it will not occur at all until people put down their fear, step into their humanity and choose to get involved. And the first step is to step away from the social conditioning. To realize that regardless of education or perceived professional standing and the implied trust that comes with it, all living beings have equal standing and value.


You don't need to ask politicians for permission to live your life. You don't need to believe you must obey a so called law that claims you cannot collect rain water. You don't need to obey the dictates of a legal system that has been designed to place life as being subservient to economics. You don't need to believe that a law that does not apply to the politicians can somehow apply to you.

And therein lies the problem.

Our politicians and governments have way overstepped the mark and it is high time they were called out and held accountable for their actions, regardless of the office they hold. And if politicians are not to be prosecuted for their crimes and deceit; if the law is not to be applied to them as it would be applied to anyone else, then the stark reality is that there IS no law and no real and just society, but rather a slavery system, whereby one set of rules apply to those who create the rules, and another to the people. When looked at under those parameters, you are faced with the stark reality that there IS no law.

That is our predicament, and it is truly time for mankind to stand up to address the situation we now find ourselves in. It is time to face the uncomfortable reality that most of our trust has been very much misplaced and that this is not the result of a collective mistake, but rather the result of a carefully crafted plan to disempower and fool mankind into handing the keys to their freedom and to their very lives to others who simply do not have their best interests at heart.

It is time we reclaimed our Earth from the criminals who now control it.
There are a great many people who can see the reality of the human dilemma now, and many others who are waiting for the call. All it will take to start bringing about some real change is for people to now apply their knowledge to their community.

Ask questions, share information and lead by example in all that you do. Inspire and empower all those you come into contact with and know that with every soul you reach, every heart you touch and every smile you inspire, you are making a difference, sparking a light and inspiring change in others.
Written by MAX IGAN, 2017, the CrowHouse

Friday, February 14, 2020

Existential Conundrum

Freedom is a heavy load, a great burden for any spirit to undertake. It is not a right granted without cost, but a choice made, and the choice made may be a hard one, a costly one. The way forward winds ever upward towards the light, but the laden traveler has no chance of reaching it, nor can he. We may only approach the unattainable truth through a succession of approximations and errors. That is all.

Along the way, affliction comes to each of us - not to make us sad, but to make us sober; not to make us sorry, but to make us wiser. Each generation, in turn, imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that came before, and wiser than the one that followed, yet science continues to gather information faster than any of us gathers wisdom.

The greatest error a thinking person can make is to believe that one particular version of history is absolute fact. History is recorded by a series of observers with limited perspective, none of whom are impartial. The world has always been and will always be about continual and inevitable change. No sensible decision can be made without taking into account not only the way that the world is, but the way that the world will be.

Man is an unnatural animal, a rebel child of nature. More and more does he turn against the hand that nutured him. It doesn't matter what you do, as long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it to something that is like you after you take your hands away. That's the rub. In the end, we are each ultimately required to go against our own nature, no matter who we are. It's a basic tenet of life to seek to violate our own identity. At some point, each of us must do so. It's the ultimate price of living in the world – to overcome and defeat creation; it is cursed work, an unavoidable curse that nags at all life everywhere in the universe.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

All Relationships are Reflections

Our immediate realty always reflects our own individual state of mind. It is one's state of mind that fuels manifestation. As we perceive, so life expresses. The majority of people in our immediate sphere essentially mirror the thoughts we have about ourselves, including those that are hidden away in our subtle, subconscious layers. Taking some time to ponder this idea, we can discover a lot about ourselves.

The revolving door of relationships in our lives reflects our own personal evolution as a thinking intelligence and sentient being. As our perceptions change, it is inevitable that our relationships will change too. Some we keep, some drift away, and new relationships are attracted corresponding to our own personal evolution. It's just the way it is. It's important to understand that every person in our lives is relevant, however, playing a part within the life we have scripted.

Therefore, there is never a reason to negatively judge or blame another in any situation ever again, because that person is in our life as a reflection of who we are. It was “us” who wrote them into the play. Whatever it is that we perceive about another person, we are inviting that quality into our own experience, whether positive or negative. Think about perfection, we attract that quality into our experience; think about imperfection, and so we shall find it in our lives.

There is only one feeling worthy of projection, and that is love – pure unselfish love that holds each person in his or her highest potential. We are all One. Others are really us, merely experiencing a different aspect of the same existence, reflecting our own image back at us from the mirror of life. Love your self and you love others. Love others and you love yourself.

To understand any relationship more clearly, we must first get in touch with our own beliefs that attracted that person into our life as a reflection of ourselves at this particular point. Want something or someone different in life, we need only shift our beliefs and hold our focus on the desired vibration. In other words, come up with a different way of relating that mirrors the frequency of the reality we would prefer.

One need only shift our vibration to match the particular frequency we desire to reflect back from our life's mirror. Each of us must see in others some aspect of our own being since, in reality, we are all interconnected, just parts of a larger consciousness that form an integral whole – we are but One.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Know any Good Lawyer Jokes?

How about: How does an attorney sleep? First he lies on one side, then he lies on the other. Or: Why did God invent lawyers? So that real estate agents would have someone to look down on. Or: What's the difference between a good lawyer and a bad lawyer? A bad lawyer makes your case drag on for years. A good lawyer makes it last even longer.

So why is it that those in the legal profession are often regarded with hesitation, contempt and disdain? Is it because many of them are known to capitalize on the pain and suffering of other people in order to profit? Is it because too often we see them vigorously protecting and defending hardened criminals, even when they know they are corrupt? Is it because they often intimidate and embarrass opposing witnesses? Is it because some are ambulance chasers or because they charge outrageous fees? Or is it just because many go on to become politicians which are held equally in disdain?

For all the negativity associated with the profession, the simple truth is that lawyers are also considered the glue that holds a civil society together, keeping America and other nations from becoming anarchist states of volatility and chaos. And don't forget that some lawyers that do pro bono charity cases often stand up for those that can’t afford help otherwise, and that many other lawyers continually work to make the world a better place.

Then consider the fact that 59 percent of American presidents, 68 percent of vice presidents, and 78 percent of secretaries of state were lawyers by education and occupation. And that out of the 535 individuals in our Congress and Senate, most are attorneys. That’s more than one out of every two people in the American government restricted to a field dedicated to convincing other people that what they say is true, even if it is an outright lie or they lack evidence to prove it. Need we wonder further about the bad reputation of politicians?

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Essential Rules of the Universe

The All is Mind. The Universe is Mental.

As above, so below; as below, so above.
As within, so without; as without, so within.

Nothing rests; Everything moves; Everything vibrates.

Everything is dual; Everything has poles;
Everything has its pair of opposites;
Like and unlike are the same;
Opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; 
Extremes meet; All truths, are but half-truths;
All paradoxes may be reconciled.

Everything flows, out and in;
Everything has its tides; All things rise and fall;
The pendulum swing manifests in everything;
The measure of the swing to the right is the measure 
of the swing to the left; Rhythm compensates.

Every cause has its effect; Every effect has its cause;
Everything happens according to law.
Chance is but a name for law not recognized.
There are many planes of causation,
but nothing escapes the law.

Gender is in everything;
Everything has its masculine and feminine principles;
Gender manifests on all planes.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Update on the Coronavirus

February 10, 2020

Israel commits suicide by declaring war on China

The battle to liberate planet Earth is reaching a dangerous stage as the Khazarian mafia uses bio-weapons to try and start a war between the United States and China.  However, this plan is backfiring because both the Chinese and the white hats in the military-industrial complex know exactly who is behind the bio-weapon attacks on China and now Africa.

P3 Freemason sources say Israeli Crime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu is leading the latest attempt to start World War III and kill off 90% of humanity.  Pentagon sources, while not naming Netanyahu in particular, also point the finger at the government of Israel.  If the Israelis wish to avoid collective punishment, they need to hand Netanyahu and his mass-murdering accomplices over to the Chinese for interrogation, CIA sources say.

In a sign that total war has now been declared on the Khazarian Mafia, both Pentagon and Asian secret society sources have gone silent.  Multiple attempts to confirm independently what is going on in China for example, were met with “radio silence.”  One regular Pentagon source says, “Other than former Joint Chiefs of Staff chair Joe Dunford, who now sits on the board of Lockheed, there is no intel and this may continue for a while.”

There is also an unprecedented campaign of censorship going on regarding the bio-weapon attack on China.  For example, the following paragraph was deleted from a Hong Kong-based news site: “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China has officially demanded that the United States explain why biohazard containers were found buried in the evacuated consulate general in Wuhan.  The PRC security forces cordoned off other U.S. diplomatic missions in the country.”

Only the censored version of the article missing this text can now be seen at:

Also last week, the Indian scientists who reported they had found HIV viruses artificially inserted into the new coronavirus infecting China were threatened with death by Mossad agents and forced to retract their paper, according to Mossad sources.  Apparently somebody powerful in Israel is desperate to cover up the fact this was a bio-weapon attack on China.

Of course, the world is not buying the story that this is a naturally occurring coronavirus.  The Muslims know what is going on, as do the Russians and the Indians.  So does everybody else, except a shrinking group of brainwashed sheeple in the West.

No matter what though, the U.S. and China are not going to be fooled into going to war with each other.  This can be seen, for example, in an official Xinhua news report about a call Chinese President Xi Jinping had with U.S. President Donald Trump that was requested by the U.S. side.  Trump said, “The United States fully supports China’s fight against the novel coronavirus epidemic, and is willing to send experts to China and offer assistance in various other forms.”

In fact, Trump informed the Chinese that the U.S. had arrested three individuals in connection with the bio-weapon attack on China, including 60-year old Dr. Charles Lieber, Harvard University Chairman of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology.

Robert David Steele, formerly of the U.S. Marines and the CIA, last week sent the following message to the Chinese about Lieber: "Weak signals are emerging that Wuhan was an act of war by Israel against China, using a double-agent, Dr. Charle Lieber, (who is Jewish and therefore especially susceptible to Zionist influence if not control) whose top student from China was embedded at Wuhan University of Technology where he was also a “Strategic Scientist.”"

We are also hearing that this could have been an insider trading double-play like 9/11, also done by the Zionists.  Who benefited in the City of London, Wall Street, and Hong Kong and Tokyo stock exchanges?

In what may have been a retaliatory attack, HIV expert Dr. Frank Plummer who was “recognized for leadership roles in the Sars, H1N1 flu and Ebola epidemics,” died suddenly on February 4th.

However, there may be an even more sinister aspect to the attack on China that is related to a rogue artificial intelligence. Just before the virus outbreak in Wuhan, the city installed 10,000 5G base stations. As we have reported before, 5G technology was experimented with in South Africa for mass mind control. In other words, the entire situation in Wuhan may be an experiment in mass mind control using the epidemic as a pretext.

Here is what a Mossad source had to report: “As for the Nipah virus, aka coronavirus, you have all the latest intel. China is finished. This is looking more and more like a culling of up to half of China's population. It has been done before as confirmed by high ranking Chinese government officials and history.”

A CIA source described the situation this way: “Remember years ago you hardly heard anything about what went on in China. It was only because they started big factories, making junk for the USA, that we started hearing about what went on there. Still much the same today, still a military-style rule of the people. Nothing has changed since Chairman Mao. It just became more modern and let the people think they have freedom.”

One way to see if we are dealing with a situation caused by a rogue AI is to determine the origin of the now-viral picture showing the similarities between the fictitious Umbrella Corporation of the Resident Evil games and movies, and a Shanghai (not Wuhan as we mistakenly reported last week) based Bao Hu San (Chinese for umbrella) biotech corporation.

What needs to be determined now is if the Chinese company is real or if this is just digital mind manipulation. If the company is real, the next thing to investigate is who financed it. It's a good bet the trail will lead to the Mega group of Zionist oligarchs.

So the question is: What is the purpose of a combined 5G and bioweapons attack on Wuhan? Part of the answer is that the Chinese are being punished for refusing to pay tribute to the Zionists by handing over their foreign exchange earnings. This means economic, biological and psychological warfare against China. However, Evans-Pritchard of the Telegraph believes that we are facing a black swan that will undo the financial markets.

China is in a total state of war. The Communist Party has evoked the spirit of 1937 and mobilized all the instruments of its totalitarian surveillance system to fight both the corona virus and the truth. Make GDP forecasts if you dare. As of this week, two thirds of the Chinese economy will remain closed. More than 80% of manufacturing is closed, and 90% of exporters. The Chinese economy accounts for 17% of the world economy and is deeply integrated into international supply chains. During the SARS epidemic in 2003, it accounted for only 4.5% of global GDP, which some like to use as a reassuring template. You can't close China for long these days without closing the world.

The situation is already so dramatic that the Baltic Dry Index, the shipping costs, has become negative. In other words, world trade is so bad that shippers pay money to transport goods on their ships. The prices of commodities such as copper and oil are also falling as world trade increases. But somehow the stock markets keep reaching new record highs.

Something is about to break. If we take an optimistic view, the good guys might stage a planned implosion of the oligarch's financial control network. Time will tell, and pretty soon.

Evolution by Disruptive Technology

Once upon a time our ancestors lived a challenging existence where survival was the paramount consideration. Given the length of time it took us to evolve, living in the moment, constantly having to defend against predators, ever struggling for our food, shelter, safety, and continued existence, our nervous systems and bodies were shaped by a basic need for survival. Those of our ape-ancestors who were best at climbing trees and running fast were naturally selected to continue the species. But it was not only that - those who were best at climbing the hierarchy of social structure were also more likely to be selected to survive. From early times until the present day we have an evolutionary-hardwired behavior driven by our neurotransmitters that determines which people in society are the “alphas” in the community – who gets to eat the best food and who gets the best mates.

Over time those who were best at climbing the hierarchy to achieve status and rank passed along this trait to their heirs. From the times of pre-history there seemingly has always been haves and have-nots, those who lead and those who follow, an elite class and a lesser class, the wealthy and the poor. Maybe not fair, but it is how we evolved. It is how we are hardwired. It is why these social distinctions continue to this day. Without enough time for our biology to evolve away from this behavior, our governments, corporations, and organizations still fall into this same hierarchical structure formed in the jungle by our ancestors.

Many of the greatest issues our governments face today come from humanity’s evolved desire for centralized hierarchies. This innate proclivity towards building and navigating systems of status and rank were evolutionary gifts handed down to us by our ancestors, where each member of a community had a mental map of their place in the social hierarchy. Their nervous systems behaved differently depending on their rank in this hierarchy, influencing their interactions in a way that ensured only the most competent among them would rise to the top.

As humanity emerged and discovered the power of language, we continued this practice by ensuring that those at the top of the hierarchies, those with the greatest education and access to information, were the dominant decision-makers for our communities. However, this kind of structured chain of power is only necessary if we’re operating in conditions of scarcity.

But resources, including information, are no longer scarce. And we don't live in the jungle anymore, at least not most of us. There was a time when rulers and leaders had information that the majority of the community and even other members of the elite were blind to. Before the printing press and before books became commonplace and cheap, literacy was low and communication was slow, so it made sense that a chain of command was established to disseminate needed information through all levels of the hierarchical system. Having someone capable of gathering information, making a decision, and disseminating information to the rest of the community, such as a king or overlord, made a lot of sense, allowing the rest of the community to focus on hunting, gathering, and growing food.

Today two-thirds of adults in the world have smartphones and the internet. It is becoming increasingly apparent that the average citizen is just as informed, if not more so, than many or most of our leaders. Global poverty has fallen from 35.5 percent to 10.9 percent over the last 25 years, with the world's younger generations growing up seeing automation and abundance are the new norm. And we’re not struggling to pass on our genes anymore — if anything, we may need to stop passing them on because things are getting a bit crowded in places — and so having a competition hierarchy to find the best mates is no longer necessary. Most people living in the developed world also aren’t struggling to get food anymore — if anything, we are getting far more food than we need, with obesity levels approaching 75 percent in some nations.

We’ve developed the unique ability as a species to alter our environment and our tendencies through culture and technology. By living in less fearful conditions we have more time for creativity and innovation; we’ve created fields of science and technology that can inform us about how our animal bodies function and how to tweak our lives so that we aren’t victims to the useless or destructive remnants of evolution any longer.

Because of our advances in technology and culture we are now facing a crisis, however. Limiting power to the “alphas” of our society is no longer necessary. In fact, it’s destructive to the point of, now, potentially driving us into extinction. Our governments have shown an inability to adjust, just as we have individually in our own thinking and behavior. We are all still operating in jungle mode.

The communications media Facebook and Twitter have led to a proliferation of communication, but they have also created unexpected sociopolitical consequences – inciting high levels of hate crimes, civil unrest, and tension among the masses. Not surprisingly, the masses of humanity now don’t feel represented, largely because our votes are being funneled through a broken government controlled by corrupt self-serving politicians and special interests. It is a system that moves at a crawl, thriving within an outdated bureaucratic jungle-mentality of the past — like apes battling for power — while the rest of us can see right through the crap thanks to our newfound technological prowess.

Our government has failed to adapt to disruptive technologies. If we are to regain our stability moving forward into a future of even greater disruption, it’s imperative that we understand the issues that got us into this situation and what kind of solutions we can engineer to overcome our governmental shortcomings. We see the failures of our government with the awakening that is occurring as our technology allows us to see the blatant incompetence and corruption of our leaders. We’re increasingly impatient that even though we recognize that the system is broken, our leaders can still manage to remain powerful and resistant to the change the majority of us are fighting for. Fortunately we humans may be the most adaptable of all animals, so luckily, there is still hope.

Little by little, as we awaken, emerging solutions are gradually shifting power back to the people. The growing awareness of a shift in the paradigm that we live under has empowered a recent rise of decentralization. As information and access to resources become ubiquitous, there is noticeably less need for our inefficient and bureaucratic hierarchies.

If blockchain can prove its feasibility for large-scale systems, it can be used to update and upgrade numerous applications to a decentralized platform, including currency and voting. Such innovations would lower the risk of failing banks collapsing the economy like they did in 2008, as well as prevent corrupt politicians from using gerrymandering and long queues at polling stations to deter voter participation.

If decentralized technology, like blockchain’s public ledgers, can continue to spread a sense of security and transparency throughout society, perhaps we can begin to quiet that paranoia and hyper-vigilance our brains evolved to cope with living as apes in dangerous jungles. By decentralizing our power structures, we take away the channels our outdated biological behaviors might use to enact social dominance and manipulation. The peace of mind this creates helps to reestablish trust within our communities and in our governments. And as trust in the government increases, the upcoming generations who understand decentralization, abundance, and exponential technologies might feel inspired enough to run for government positions. This would help solve that common problem where the smartest and most altruistic people tend to avoid government positions because they don’t want to play the semantic and deceitful game of politics.

By changing the narrative, our governments can begin to fill with techno-progressive individuals who actually understand the technologies that are rapidly reshaping our reality. This influence of expertise is going to be crucial as our governments are forced to restructure and create new policies to accommodate the evolving technological disruption.

As exponential technologies become more ubiquitous, we’re likely going to see young kids and garage tinkerers creating powerful AIs and altering genetics thanks to tools like CRISPR and free virtual reality tutorials. Expect to see cyborg body parts, brain-computer interfaces, nanobot health injectors, and at-home genetic engineering kits. This easy accessibility by all to such powerful technology means that unexpected and rapid progress can occur almost overnight, quickly overwhelming our government’s regulatory systems. For this reason, it’s crucial that we have experts who understand how to update our regulations to be as flexible as is necessary to ensure we don’t create black market conditions like we’ve done with drugs. It’s better to have safe and monitored experimentation, rather than forcing individuals into seedy communities using unsafe products.

If we hope to be an animal that survives our changing environment, we have to adapt. Survival will be not of the fittest, but of the most adaptable. We cannot cling to the behaviors and systems formed thousands of years ago. We must instead acknowledge that we now exist in an ecosystem of disruptive technology, and we must evolve and update our governments if they’re going to be capable of navigating these transformative impacts.
Adapted from the writings of Steven Parton

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Competition versus Cooperation

Charles Darwin said in 1859 that nature is built upon a model of what he called “survival of the strongest”, which was later interpreted and promoted as “survival of the fittest”. He theorized that evolution explains life in general, and human life specifically. Darwin's ideas continue to be taught exclusively in schools today, despite the fact that the data that has accumulated since his time absolutely refutes his contention. The ideas published in his Origin of Species stemmed from research he did in the 1830's on his extensive voyage on the HMS Beagle. Darwin applied scientific principles of logic and method to arrive at his generalized conclusions based upon specific isolated observations. His proposals are credited historically as being the first scientific explanations for the overriding human questions of “Who are we?” and “Where did we come from?” Prior to the publication of his theories, the answers to the big questions of life had always been framed within the context of our spiritual and religious communities. This is significant.

After Darwin, science essentially supplanted religion as the source of answers to the major questions of life, and it has been that way ever since. The scientific approach to gaining an understanding of the universe is certainly a reasonable and thoughtful way at arriving at answers, but science has not been able to answer all our questions. Putting it into perspective, science is still a young language, only a three-hundred-year-old way of looking at our world.

The idea that we live in a dog-eat-dog world is entrenched in our society and ingrained in most all of us. There is this prevailing idea that there is just one pie and each of us needs to fight for the biggest slice of that pie that we can get. If we don't go out there and fight for every inch, the world may just roll right over us. But the idea that “the strongest live and the weakest die” may be a very dangerous way of looking at the world, especially today.

Corporations are based upon this idea of “survival of the strongest”. Corporations are not based on what is good for the people, but what is good for the bottom line. The global economy that is collapsing right now is based upon this same idea. Our business model, our economic model is based upon “survival of the strongest”. If we want to know what the consequences of this false assumption are, we need look no further than the crises facing us today.

Historians tell us that the 20th Century was the bloodiest time in all of recorded history and it may be because during this entire time we looked at the world through a Darwinian lens. The problem is that since the time of Darwin, science has consistently found that while competition does happen in certain circumstances, it is not the rule that nature is based upon. Science has discovered, on the other hand, that competition is ALWAYS destructive and generally detrimental to the needs of the community. Cooperation and mutual aid is the rule that nature is based upon. What we see in nature is not every animal out for itself. It is cooperation within and among species that has been most successful. When cooperation breaks down, that is when we have problems.

Imagine what would happen if we applied Darwinian thought at the cellular level. Our bodies are a definition of cooperation. Our bodies are a community of trillions of cells whose viability depends upon all systems and organs working together cooperatively. At the most fundamental personal level then, each one of us has a first-hand experience with the success of cooperative relationships.

The kind of competition that Darwin was talking about was exploitative in nature. Looking at modern competition in the classroom, what happens more often than not is that young people are taught to get the right answer on tests any way they can, by any means. In sport, young athletes are taught to score the point on the playing field any way they can. Winning is all that matters, not how you play the game.

What it boils down to is that this approach to life is less about our own individual personal excellence and more about exploiting the weakness of others. This is subtle, but a powerful difference. When competition is about exploiting and capitalizing on the weakness of others, it is different than competition based upon us being the best that we can be or creating the best product that we can.

So what impact does all of this have on the world? We are likely living in a time of the greatest crises in all of recorded history. Have we reached a limiting point in this way of thinking? The best minds out there are now telling us that we need to think differently and do it quickly or nothing else is going to matter.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Appealing to Providence

Life does not unfold randomly. We are not adrift on an open sea, at the mercy of the wind and waves, for each of us is given two hands, one to man the rudder and the other to set the jib, and a remarkable mind to set the right course and tiller the boat. And we must never forget that we are never alone when we set sail; we may always count on our divine first mate when we get into trouble and need help.

A couple days ago I enjoyed the story of Desmond Doss as portrayed in Mel Gibson's 2016 production of Hacksaw Ridge. Desmond was a young man born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains near Lynchburg, Virginia, a devout Seventh Day Adventist who did not shirk his duty when drafted into military service at the outset of World War II. As a conscientious objector to violence of any sort, Desmond refused to take up arms against even his enemies and stuck to his conviction against all adversity throughout his military service, referring to himself as more of a “conscientious cooperator”.

Doss willingly did his part in service to his country by choosing to save lives during a time when all else were intent on taking lives. Doss would later say, "I felt like it was an honor to serve God and country. We were fightin' for our religious liberty and freedom." After encountering significant difficulty and personal abuse because he refused to handle or use a rifle in basic training, he was trained as a field medic and ultimately allowed to deploy into combat without carrying a weapon.

His unit, the 77th Army Infantry Division, was deployed to the island of Okinawa where they were ordered to engage an extremely resistant force of Japanese that were entrenched on the 350-foot high Maeda Escarpment that runs across most of the island. "The Japanese had been there for years," said the real Desmond Doss later in life. "They had that mountain honeycombed and camouflaged, it looked like natural terrain. That's what we had to face." The Japanese were hiding everywhere, in caves, tunnels, holes and pillboxes, ready to cut down any enemies who approached. The escarpment was so deadly it was dubbed "Hacksaw Ridge."

To reach the ridge, American soldiers had to climb up the face of the cliff on a 350-foot cargo net. Once at the top they were faced with a mostly impenetrable blitz of enemy fire. Even repeated naval bombardment did not seem effective in reducing the killing force of the Japanese. It was a bloody close-up engagement with heavy losses on both sides. As the movie portrays very well, Doss' unit was pushed back and forced to retreat to the beach down the cargo net after sustaining a thrashing at the enemy's hands.

At the end of the day the entire allied force retreated down the cargo net, except for the kid without a rifle. Private Doss knew there were hundreds of casualties remaining on the battlefield, left behind to suffer with their injuries and die or be killed by the Japanese in the bloody foxholes where they laid during the night before the following day's next assault. Through the night, Doss would crawl into no-man's land to search for the wounded, treat them as best he could, and extract them back to the edge of the escarpment either by dragging them or carrying them on his shoulders.

What goes without saying is that he had already been engaged in treating wounded soldiers all day during an exhaustive battle. And here he was, continuing on through the night, rescuing his comrades one by one, otherwise left to suffer alone in the dark in enemy territory to very likely die a miserable death. Once back to the escarpment Doss would have to tie a sling that he devised himself around each soldier and use his strength to lower their injured bodies down to medical personnel at the bottom, who would carry them on stretchers back to the field hospital for further care.

Doss was not a big guy; if anything, he was smaller than most of his buddies. Yet he carried many or dragged them out of harm's way and lowered them one after another to safety. I personally could see doing this maybe twice and being utterly worn out. How he kept going through the night, rescuing soldiers and hoisting them down the cliff, is beyond comprehension, beyond miraculous. All the while, each time he would return to look for yet another injured soldier, Doss had to avoid notice by roving Japanese sentries. Any detection would have meant his death – yet he persisted all through the night. After each recovery, he would pause, exhausted, and ask God for help to save just “one more”. Again and again he pushed himself to go into harm's way to save others.

The final assault to take the Maeda Escarpment happened on the morning of May 5, 1945, a Saturday, the day of Sabbath that Doss always observed and devoted solely to prayer. Given that Desmond was the only medic left in B Company, at the request of the men in his unit he agreed to join them for the day's assault, but requested that he first be given time to read the Bible that he carried everywhere. The delay was approved up the chain of command and the assault was put on hold until Private Desmond Doss finished his devotions. That day, the 307th Infantry Regiment of the 77th Infantry Division overtook Hacksaw Ridge for good. During the final assault, he was injured with 40 pieces of shrapnel from a grenade he kicked away to save the lives of those around him in a foxhole. Then he was shot in the left arm while being extracted on a stretcher back to the cliffs.

There were no doubters among his unit about this man's courage and tenacity. He did the impossible and many, many soldiers owed their lives to his dedication and faith. The real Desmond Doss considered it a miracle that he made it off the ridge on Okinawa. "When you have explosions and bursts so close you can practically feel it, and not get wounded up there when I should have been killed a number of times. I know who I owe my life to as well as my men. That's why I like to tell this story to the glory of God, because I know from the human standpoint, I should not be here."

The true story reveals that he spent 12 hours up on the ridge alone that night rescuing injured soldiers, averaging one man every 10 minutes. When asked how many he saved, he said maybe 50 men, but his commanding officer said it was more like 100, so officially they settled on 75 men saved who otherwise likely would have died on the battlefield. All without a gun.

President Truman presents Corporal Desmond Doss with the Medal of Honor on October 12, 1945. Doss went on to live a long life and enjoyed retelling the story of his incredible feat. What he accomplished that night on Okinawa has to be right up there with Moses parting the waters of the Red Sea. Doss' actions were not a random act under fortuitous circumstances. They were evidence of the power of appealing to providence under duress. Anyone who doubts this ability that exists in all of us is at a considerable loss at their not understanding the divine promise given to us all.

I keep a copy of the 91st Psalm on my desk and like to read it daily. I've read it enough that I mostly know it without reading the words. It is referred to as the Soldier's Psalm. There are countless stories over the centuries of how it has protected men in battle from harm's way. I certainly believe it has been instrumental in getting me through tough times that may not have turned out so good without it. My favorite story is one from World War I that I never lose sight of or ignore.

During World War I, the 91st Infantry Brigade of the U.S. Expeditionary Army was preparing to enter combat in Europe. Most of the men were "green soldiers who had never seen combat. Its commander, a devout Christian called an assembly of his men, where he gave each a little card on which was printed the 91st Psalm. They agreed to recite the Soldiers Psalm daily, and did so. The 91st Brigade was engaged in three of the bloodiest battles of WWI: Chateau Thierry, Belleau Woods, and the Argonne. While other American units similarly engaged had up to 90% casualties, the 91st Brigade DID NOT SUFFER A SINGLE COMBAT RELATED CASUALTY! Not one man was injured or killed in all three campaigns.

The pure power of Divine Providence. To doubt it is to be spiritually dead. Wake up! Believe! Have faith!

Friday, February 7, 2020

Political Genius

President Trump’s political genius was on display in his 2020 State of the Union address on Tuesday, as much as were his many achievements from his first three years.

As the president began to roll out his introductions of guests in the gallery, with each one, he was doing a three-for-one. No person with a heart remained dry-eyed. The stories and the dramas were electrifying moments for normal people watching and sharing the guests’ sorrow, joy, pride, hope, and desire for justice.

These guests also conveyed a political meaning—an in your face challenge to the Democrats on key policy conflicts such as homelessness, abortion, school choice, honoring those who sacrifice for our safety and freedom, borders, and sanctuary cities. Trump was going for the hot-button issues, not by debating, but by showing their human face.

Each real-time drama demonstrated how the president delivers for real people, individual people.

Lastly, the pathos associated with each guest was paired on camera with the stony-faced Democrats unwilling to applaud. They didn’t applaud for all the great statistics showing the lowest black unemployment and lowest black poverty in history. They didn’t applaud Charles McGee, the 100-year-old World War II veteran and Tuskegee airman who President Trump announced he had honored earlier in the day with a promotion to brigadier general.

Trump used the opportunity to display both his respect and his understanding that blacks have been treated as second class citizens in living memory, relating how after 130 combat missions, McGee returned home to “a country still struggling for civil rights.” Trump upped the emotional power by also introducing General McGee’s 13-year-old great-grandson, who aspires to be a Space Force officer, a new branch of the military President Trump established last year.

Democrats found nothing here to applaud. They want the race narrative to be 1619, America to be eternally damned as a foundationally racist country. Trump’s position, in contrast, raises everyone up: “From the pilgrims to our Founders, from the soldiers at Valley Forge to the marchers at Selma, and from President Lincoln to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Americans have always rejected limits on our children’s future.” Trump wants to remind black Americans that this inheritance of striving and overcoming belongs to them, too.

In Trump’s America, we are a land of heroes. We all unite in honoring and loving our common heroes. Whose team would you rather be on?

It was clear from the choice of guests that President Trump is going all out for the black vote, with personal stories of courage, success, and hopes answered. The first five featured guests were African American. The Democrats scowled through it all. It was shocking.

The very first was a previously homeless and drug-addled black veteran, now sober and working thanks to a President Trump supported enterprise zone, for which Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) got a special shout out and a close-up on camera. This was an unspoken challenge to the Democrats’ failed policies on the homeless.

The next was awesome because President Trump upped the ante and used a reality TV approach to create a dramatic moment in real-time. He introduced Janiyah Davis, an adorable fourth grader and her pretty single mom, desperate for a better school and better future for her daughter. Her hopes to get her daughter a good education in a charter school were blasted by Pennsylvania’s governor, a Democrat, who vetoed the expansion of school choice for 50,000 children.

President Trump came to the rescue. “Janiyah, I am pleased to inform you that your long wait is over. I can proudly announce tonight that an Opportunity Scholarship has become available, it is going to you, and you will soon be heading to the school of your choice!”

For me, the most moving real-time experience was seeing a young mother and her miracle 2-year-old child, born after only 21 weeks. Trump didn’t need to make a pro-life argument. He showed it to us in an unforgettable, living moment. In doing so, he changed that debate forever.

When the president announced he was asking Congress to ban late-term abortion, we weren’t listening to a debate. We were watching a human face, the face of the child’s mother—seeing intense emotions surge through her—surprise, gratitude, elation, love, vindication, triumph.

President Trump co-opted and promoted initiatives Democrats once claimed, making them his own: incarceration reform, family leave for men and women, infrastructure, high-speed internet for all communities, stamping out human trafficking. Democrats were unwilling to applaud for anything but the pork-barrel possibilities of infrastructure spending.

He also challenged weird and unpopular Democrat policies head-on, from socialized medicine to protecting criminal aliens. President Trump introduced a grieving Hispanic man who lost his beloved brother to a criminal alien released in sanctuary California. It was hard not to cry as the man struggled to hold back his tears. With that very human moment, Trump announced a game-changing tactic against Democrats’ sanctuaries for criminal aliens. “Senator Thom Tillis has introduced legislation to allow Americans like Jody to sue sanctuary cities and states when a loved one is hurt or killed as a result of these deadly policies.”

Another one of Trump’s signature end-runs around seemingly impregnable Democrat resistance.

Trump trolled the Democrats with fearless in-your-face conservative causes such as Second Amendment rights and prayer in the schools.

One of the greatest moments was bestowing the Presidential Medal of Freedom on broadcaster Rush Limbaugh.

Previous Republican presidents have never had the nerve to associate themselves with the brilliant, funny, accomplished, and cherished Limbaugh, for fear of the media blowback. President Trump walks right through those cowardly self-imposed limits and sets off fireworks.

Where Trump showed political genius over and over, the Democrats came across as political morons.

And so it continued all night, culminating in President Trump’s rousing love song to Americans and America: “Our ancestors built the most exceptional Republic ever to exist in all of human history. And we are making it greater than ever before! . . . We settled the new world, we built the modern world, and we changed history forever by embracing the eternal truth that everyone is made equal by the hand of Almighty God. America is the place where anything can happen! America is the place where anyone can rise. And here, on this land, on this soil, on this continent, the most incredible dreams come true! This Nation is our canvas, and this country is our masterpiece. . . . Our brightest discoveries are not yet known. Our most thrilling stories are not yet told. Our grandest journeys are not yet made. The American Age, the American Epic, the American Adventure, has only just begun!”

It was at that moment that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) stood, during the thunderous applause, and tore up President Trump’s speech. It was no fit of pique. She had obviously practiced and realized she had to divide the speech in segments and rip each one. Her gesture was disrespectful, petty and vindictive, but perhaps worst of all, ludicrous.

The ranks of President Trump’s supporters are swelling with former Democrats, with independents, with blacks and Hispanics, and with former nonvoters. He has earned their trust and their enthusiasm through bona fide real-life achievements. Trump has surprised everyone with his capabilities. He has unleashed the power of Americans to make our country great. We’ve never had a president like him.
Authored by Karin McQuillan in American Greatness

the Sky is Falling, the Sky is Falling

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