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New shirt acquired at ComiCon…
My new baby from ComiCon – isn’t he the cutest lil’ thing?!
Well, that was weird. I guess posting Cthulhu pictures messes up blogs. That figures. Anyway, we’ll try this again and see if it works a bit better…
Yup, seems all better now. I think the database was just messed up last night. Or, it was just the strange power of Cthulhu in action.
Hold to your ethics and principles
Stand strongly for what you hold true.
Believe in your true self without compromises.
Trust in the power within yourself and use it.
Act in concert with your dreams and visions.
Cleanse your heart and soul as nature renews itself.
Be honest with yourself and you will be aligned with what is right,
in harmony with the natural laws of the universe.
— Tao Mentoring
It’s strange to me that sometimes when I’ve been accused of a lack of integrity, I was really being most true to myself and to those around me. What others see as integrity may not be what is truly integrity in ourselves. Real integrity is about being true to your own principles, not to those other people or society may impose upon you.
Our country is now officially The Wrong Place to do Scientific Research. What this will cost us in terms of future scientific advancement, patents, monetarily and in lives lost due to to research not getting done is incalculable. But no, Bush has to pander to an ignorant base that doesn’t care if people die, as long as they aren’t incredibly valuable embryos at the time. Of course, Bush does his photo op with people who had babies from in vitro fertilization. I guess all the embryos destroyed in the process of creating those lives don’t count for anything, either. The hypocrisy and ignorance of these people is simply stunning.
But hey, a few stem cells will be “saved”.
I wonder if stem cells rate higher than Israeli lives, even.
What A moronic country we live in. Dr. Charles says it better than I can, though.
Taking something that is living and making it dead. Not allowed. Not allowed for the purpose of research. It is okay to make something dead for the purpose of justice (i.e. the death penalty). It is okay to make something dead for the purpose of geopolitical democracy building in middle eastern countries with oil (i.e. Iraq). I could go on, you get the idea…
But if it’s for research then that’s bad. Extra embryos created in the process of in vitro fertilization should never be discarded or used in medical research that might one day help cure incurable diseases, but rather all of them should be implanted in the mother, even if that means she’ll be delivering 14 children and will hemorrhage. It’s getting slippery now… I suppose all the yeast fermenting in the research labs of the world, busily cranking out recombinant vaccines and medicines, should be immediately liberated. Right now they’re being murdered after each experiment. Don’t even get me started about the yeast genocide that’s happening at Anheuser-Busch! The stem cell doctrine might also slip down that slippery slope towards antibiotics. Penicillin will be out of the question and banned. It takes living things and make them dead. Cancer treatments kill living cancer cells. They are to be outlawed soon. The Grim Reaper is no longer allowed. Death itself has been outlawed. We will simply chose to live forever. When we sneeze, millions of living nasal mucosa cells are expelled along with our snot. Save this snot. It is immoral to let these cells die. Using stem cell technology, it is almost possible now to reverse these cells back into stem cells, which can then be implanted into wombs to grow more human life. Place each used tissue in a petri dish, and store carefully in your freezer.
A person with true self-acceptance is “a person with full awareness of self in body, mind and spirit. This person’s center of consciousness (Hsing – “Heart Flower”) is in full bloom, ready to receive power from above, openly relating to and being reflected by others.”
It may seem clever to know and accept others
Yet accepting oneself is the way to Wisdom.
It may feel powerful to overcome others
Yet disciplining oneself is true Strength.
It may be noble to honor others
Yet respecting oneself is deep self-esteem.
It has taken me a long time to fully learn to accept myself as I am. And it is a process I’ve repeated many times over. Each time I come to believe I finally accept myself, I find something I still want to improve. Meeting this balance between accepting myself as I am and knowing that I have even more room to grow is always interesting. It means not being complacent with where I am at, but always knowing there is more to know, more to see and feel and do, and that is ok.
But I think the key is really respect. Self-respect is not simply about accepting who you are right at this moment, but also respecting yourself enough to continually challenge yourself. Not allowing yourself to become complacent, thinking you are already the best you can be, but knowing there is more you can do and always being ready to learn and grow and change, truly opening yourself to the possibilities of life that are all around you.
Having an open mind, an open heart, and an open spirit is true self-acceptance, knowing that at your center you cannot be shaken by the differences around you, since they are all a part of you anyway. Because accepting yourself, with your flaws and imperfections, means you can also accept the flaws and imperfections in the world around you, in the people around you. It leads you to not demand perfection of others because you know that you cannot achieve it yourself. This is not believing that things cannot be improved, but knowing that to improve things requires first acceptance of how things actually are. Denying those things, pretending they don’t exist, only means it is that much more difficult to overcome challenges.
We cannot lead others, we cannot teach others, until we admit that we ourselves do not have all the answers. A good teacher or mentor learns as much from their student as they are able to teach. It is the process that is important.
Hey, indeedy, as Atrios would say. Stirling nails it again.
The power of the network, and of all of us within that network, is only beginning.
The threat that the blogsphere makes is that it is the small visible top of a great iceberg – an iceberg populated by a different kind of person, one whose faith is not in Numbers, or even numbers, but in the network itself, and the ability of the network to adapt, create nodes of activity, forge connections of economic, political and intimate dimensions and to run the world.
This is the important revolution – from a system where a particular body of texts is deconstructed into maxims which are then repeated endlessly, and from the body of people exposed to them, the ones who are best indoctrinated are given the task of sledge hammering the world into the box that the book as they read it creates – to a system where a web is woven around the world – and not merely the changing of committee chairmen in the House of Representatives – that is in the offing. This was the important lesson of the yearly Kos – the people on the internet are now the people of the internet, and they are capable, far more capable, than the system which is now imposed on the nation. As the tide turns against Bush and his isms, it will be the growing belief that the internet can not only run our software, but be the basis for running our body politic, which is the real, and deeper revolution of the sphere.
So, little Arab children, even if Canadian citizens, don’t matter as much as Israeli citizens?
Remember, there are 25,000 American citizens in Lebanon too. I guess they don’t count, either.
And we wonder why they hate us. Really?
I hate Bolton too now, for that matter. Fucker.
US Ambassador John Bolton said there was no moral equivalence between the civilian casualties from the Israeli raids in Lebanon and those killed in
Israel from “malicious terrorist acts”.
Asked to comment on the deaths in an Israeli air strike of eight Canadian citizens in southern Lebanon Sunday, he said: “it is a matter of great concern to us …that these civilian deaths are occurring. It’s a tragedy.”
“I think it would be a mistake to ascribe moral equivalence to civilians who die as the direct result of malicious terrorist acts,” he added, while defending as “self-defense” Israel’s military action, which has had “the tragic and unfortunate consequence of civilian deaths”.
The eight dead Canadians were a Lebanese-Canadian couple, their four children, his mother and an uncle, said relatives in Montreal.
The Montreal pharmacist and his family had arrived in Lebanon 10 days earlier for a vacation in his parents’ home village and to introduce his children to relatives, they said.
Three of his Lebanese relatives died too, a family member told AFP.
“It’s simply not the same thing to say that it’s the same act to deliberately target innocent civilians, to desire their deaths, to fire rockets and use explosive devices or kidnapping versus the sad and highly unfortunate consequences of self-defense,” Bolton noted.
Tao gives life to all things
Te fosters them, makes them grow, develops them
Gives them shelter — a place to dwell in peace
Nourishes them and protects them
Tao gives life without possession
Te acts without claiming credit
Guides without imposition
This is the Mystic Virtue.
The Tao virtues view people in a positive light, seeing all of us as capable of just about anything. It is time to recapture the essence of this vision. In Chinese, humaneness or humanized thinking actually means reasonable, truthful, virtuous thinking in accordance with human nature. Anything that departs from such nature cannot be regarded as truth. To be unreasonable is to be self-righteous, while to be reasonable or human is to entertain the possibility of not being right.
As I watch the world these last few days, and follow conversations, there is a lot of talk about who is right, who is wrong, who started the troubles, who should act to end them.
Perhaps the place to start is to let in that bit of doubt – maybe we are not right. Maybe it is not right to let thousands languish in jails, without trials, including women and children. Maybe it is not right to act by force to try to take what we want. Maybe it is not right to respond to that force with force in kind. Perhaps it is better to let in some doubt, to take the step back, to see where our own actions are going against the true forces of human nature. If we lash out at others, won’t they just lash back at us? If we force our will on others, aren’t they naturally going to resent it?
Tao gives us all life, Te sustains us. If we stop accepting the Te force in our lives, making our will and our needs more important than anyone else’s, than we are cutting off the sustaining forces of life, and our lives will become more difficult, more of a struggle. If we can accept that our needs will be fulfilled, and work to fulfill those of others, than more of what we need will come into our lives naturally.
Be willing to say, “I changed my mind,” or “I was wrong”, and open the door to another’s point of view.
With an attitude of unassuming modesty
you offer no danger or threat to those around you
invites loyal alignment with others.
Do not boast and glare overtly.
Keep the jade and treasures
subtly reserved within the bosom.
A posture of humble heart and
genuine respect for the wise
will bring blessings from all directions.