Adulthood Arrives

January 21st, 2017

Saying No to the Nanny State; Yes to Natural Rights and Responsibilities

We have been blessed and nurtured by Earth and Nature through our nascent years of toddling, walking, learning, gathering, and surviving adolescence.  We are a young species.

But it is time to leave the teen years, to leave behind the Dream of Eden, of living in Innocence on the Breast of our Mother Earth.   (Yes, I am still maturing, growing, finding my way into this new self.  The egg was cracked open by years of trauma, and now I am healed enough to wobble upright and begin to totter forward, albeit at present on crutches.  🙂  *<twinkles>*  But I am keeping my wings strong, to fly again soon.)

It has been a wonderful, amazing, awesome, inspiring childhood we have been given. I was able to live in my Innocence for a long time, only slowly grasping an inkling of She into Whom I Must Grow after Doug and I married, and more strongly after Doug escaped from his ailing body.

Perhaps the most difficult part was acknowledging that other people would do intentional wrong.  That people actually make conscious choices to do evil to other humans.  Doug wrote about it all the time, about the dysfunctional social structures that had yet to relinquish the role of the bully, who still believed in the “big club” way of living.  And he wrote about those politicians and other con men of whom he said, succinctly “If their lips move, they’re lying.”

There are people who choose to do evil when offered the two Paths.  Temptations are tests to pass, aren’t they?  We learn to recognize the tests, and pass many by the time we are old enough to examine our own spirit at around ages 13-18.  My first hint of that came from my Great-Uncle, a Headmaster when I was six, who came to visit me and told me about walking across the prairies barefoot, when they fled west from the encroaching—always encroaching—Europeans. We talked about Quakers, George Fox, John Wesley, the Freeman Family (my family line) and he reminded me to remember these stories.

I also remember my carefully-worded correspondence with my Dad, when I announced that of all Spiritual Paths I could follow, I chose the Tao.  I was 13.  A few years later, involved in the Civil Rights Movement, I came upon a Quaker couple in Arkansas, and then talked with my Grandmother.  She was very, very wise—living very simply and loving Mother Earth through Conservancy and Stewardship.

I am sure you know that we are all the Stewards of our Mother Earth, and she has nurtured and cared for us very well, indeed.  See how our species has flourished!

But we must leave childhood now, and take up the full freedom and responsibility of adulthood, acknowledging the evil that has been rampant around us, as Mother Earth is now being blasted in her very bones.  She is being intentionally fractured in the name of greed.

Can’t we put away some of our toys, and live more simply?  We are the Stewards of the Earth, and it is time that we must give back the level of nurturance and protection Earth has given us.  Childhood is over, and it is time to find a simple level of comfort and live accordingly. Embrace technology, but not excess. Be frugal with the Earth’s resources. Live simply.

Where we played games in the Innocence of childhood, we must now play our Game with Wisdom and the deeper Faith of adulthood.  We must be wise and see the two paths.  The line of demarcation today is to examine your own Spirit, and decide:

Do  you wish to live by the sword, through the initiation of violence or its delegation to others?  Taxation is armed robbery.   Fraud is theft.  Politics is parasitism.  All are various forms of violence against property, mind, and body. And against Life.  War, obviously, is not the answer.

Or do you wish to live by words, and persuade through reason?  Reasoning toward a reciprocal exchange of values that is equitable and beneficial to all those involved.  Not agreements through force, but through fairness.

Is it possible that Trump, continuing to grow into his responsibilities, will use reason?  Will he make the States, and counties, and the individuals, more responsible for themselves?  Will we be forced to deal with our own local corruption and political parasitism, and become ourselves each a more responsible and free human?  Yes, I think perhaps Trump may be the very stern and focused Headmaster image so many need to learn the lessons of self-responsibility, self-governance, and self-defense.

We have just elected a president who will do his best to run our government as the business we all own. For that is what it is, and we are the shareholders, the owners. We are the masters, and government is the servant.  We have elected a new Steward, and with our votes, we are telling the World that we are ready to become adults.  We have voted against the nanny state.  We have agreed to become responsible adults, both self-governing and self-responsible.  It’s time we clean up our act.  And take better care of our hereditary Home.

Time to put the toys of childhood behind us, and take up individual self-responsibility.  With individual fear toward none and personal charity toward all.

It’s time for tea here.  *<twinkles>*

Peace and Light,

feralfae

Friday, 20 January 2017

 

A Sestina

November 14th, 2016

Sestina

I watch with wonder this approach of Fall
How do trees know when to colour leaves?
How far can one goose hear the southern call?
Who tells the birds to fill the skies?
What signals orchestration of the freeze?
I wonder who it is who plans it all.

Today, I glimpsed a pattern to it all
In stretch of sky and soft leaf fall,
In icy lace of pond’s first freeze,
In last song as the warbler leaves.
I think I saw a hint in snowy skies
As all of Earth responds to timeless call.

If the geese flew lower, I would call
Them in and turn them, one and all,
To leave the labours of the icy skies,
And fill the fields, to glean the harvest fall
That the careless reaper always leaves
In stubble where the furrows soon will freeze.

Before the days grow short and dark and freeze,
Before the sun retreats too far to call,
Before the warmth of summer finally leaves,
I’d like to make a study of it all,
And parse this fascination that is fall,
To know it well from icy pond to graying skies.

But who am I to wish to read the skies?
As if it is a pattern I could freeze
In one still place and label it as “Fall”
And hold it static at my beck and call,
So that, with time, I could study it all,
Piece by piece, where nothing ever leaves.

Yet I wonder how I’d still patterns of leaves
That swirl their dance of colour in the skies,
Before they reach the fate that waits them all.
Before they fade and curl beneath the freeze.
I wonder – Does the Earth send each a call,
To tell each Dancer where to fall?

I think each of us leaves without the all-
Knowing reason for the call for Earth to freeze.
And do we dance a while on skies, before our time to fall?

© iloilo

Scriabin and Cooperative Anarchy

November 14th, 2016

Scriabin is my favorite composer.  Check him out.  I was listening to Scriabin when I “got” mutual-vector Calculus applications in high-energy physics and could “see” it happening.  I left Flatland.  🙂

I’ve not been around much for a while now.  There were heart issues to heal from Doug leaving, and from other things that happened around that time.  I hope I now return with greater wisdom, and with more compassion for our Earth and all Her living things, but especially for Humankind, my species. *<twinkle>*

I’m listening to Scriabin’s Preludes Op. 11, performed by Evelyne DuBourg, although I think my favorite artist for these Preludes is Ruth Loredo.  Horowitz does a nice job, too.

I think, amidst the disorder and collapsing of old structures that we see all around us, we are also being offered a wonderful opportunity to step forth and dare the creation of new structures based not on greed, addictions to power, insatiable materialistic lust, anger, and at the bottom of it all, of course, the fear.

I am suggesting that we are building new structures—new social structures, new solutions for old problems, through free markets and free minds.   Time to leave Flatland.  If old structures were built on initiation of force, caging people, enslaving people, greed, power addiction, and fear, then what shall form the foundation of this new structure of society?

I’d suggest we use as our foundation honor, courage, and love.  Let our fundamental human characteristics be balanced: compassion with objectivity;  justice balanced with mercy; trust balanced with self-defense; right of association balanced with cooperation; free markets balanced with free minds.  I think we have an opportunity to create intentional structures without hierarchy.  I am suggesting that there are alternatives to hierarchal government.  I am suggesting know that there are other ways to conduct the affairs of Humankind, in directions that lead us away from ignorance and darkness.

“No institution predicated on the use of force or fraud can prevail,” wrote Doug Buchanan.  He also wrote, “The net effect of government: diminish human potential; lessen quality of life; stagnate advance of knowledge; serve only the pleasures and egos of the hierarchy.”  Doug left a lot of notes for me, and I am only slowly sorting and publishing them, saying as close to the original words as possible.  Much of these times, we were also talking as he wrote.

And now I, solo me, am going to be writing more about Cooperative Anarchy, and hope you will join me here occasionally, enter into the discussion with your comments, and join the rising chorus of Humankind all over the world as we gather in peaceful consultation.  Let us dare toward peace. *<twinkles>*

I’m now back  to listening to Scriabin.

Toward entelechy,

iloilo

14 November 2016

Cooperative Anarchy

November 7th, 2016

Cooperative Anarchy.  An alternative option to the structure of society. You can make it any way you want, just so it’s cooperatively. 

 

Live life your way.  Cooperatively.

iloilo  7 November 2016

“No institution predicated upon the initiation of fraud or force shall prevail.”

June 13th, 2016

What is a perfect meme to say this?  I want to find a way to articulate the logic of this statement as a meme.  That is the project for the near term.  Many of the attempts at problem-solving taking place among Humankind today are based in the assumption that some person can be granted a license initiate force or fraud in order to coerce other humans to acquiesce.

“No institution predicated upon the initiation of force shall prevail.” said Doug.

History repeatedly teaches us this.  And yet, if our leaders wanted us to disarm, for instance, they could set a good example for us to follow by first disarming themselves and their myrmidons.  They could set a brilliant example.  If they really believe what they are saying about arms, and if they really believed that we are all equal under the Law they would lead by example.  Simple.

They would, if leaders of foresight and conscience, already have disarmed themselves and their myrmidons, else they are just as lost as they claim the rest of us to be if we favor self-defense.

They could lead like Gandhi: from conscience.

We are evolving, and I think the next big leap in evolution is going to be the culturally universal emergence of a repugnance toward swinging a club or dropping a bomb to get what you want, and the shunning of those who continue to engage in initiation of force, whether physical or psychological.

Isn’t that what the best leaders, the world leaders we remember with fondness and pride and love, isn’t that what these leaders do?  Pythagoras, Jesus, Gandhi, Martin Luther, Einstein, de Broglie, Martin Luther King, Jr.  . . .  the list goes on and on. ( I am wondering how to best word another effective meme that conveys the message of leading by example, as true leaders must do.)  None of them employed force or fraud.  None of them preyed on the innocent.

I will find the meme for Doug’s words, and probably someone among the good leaders will have said it already.  Or it may come from you.  (Especially the Freedom Outlaws, Intertel members and Friends who might read this, I ask for your help.  *<twinkles>*

Carry on, carry on.

iloilo   12 June 2016