Saturday, October 14, 2017

Semantics

The limits of my language are the limits of my world
Wittgenstein
The Tao that can be named is not the eternal Tao
Lao Tzu
When you say something is it isn't
A Korzybski
Whereof we cannot speak thereof we must remain silent
Wittgenstein — Tractatus conclusion
Language is essentially a construct, a falsehood that allures. And the meditation on language is using a false tool to a false end!
And yet, when we realize the falsehood its the only handle we have… to start with.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017

GCF References

The List of GCF References

Thursday, September 28, 2017

GCF Argument

The GCF 'argumentation' ie the matching between our proposal and the gcf criteria

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

GCF Model

1 Outline of doc

GCF has given the assessment criteria. The matching of our suggestions to these is at end of document. Below is our proposal first in our own words and order and later at end the mapping to the given assessment criteria.
[Reposting of main model submitted to GCF]

2 Introduction

2.1 Love

  • All beings love themselves… at a level that can only be called infinite
  • And the so-called 'sacrifices' that we see made — eg mothers for children, etc — are always because the sacrificer sees/feels herself in the other
And so if people can do so much for each other at the tiny microscopic level why the hate and havoc in the world?

2.2 Evil? or Error?

  • ▣ Nobody by himself wants to kill other people. This is not a natural/instinctive need.
  • ▣ This unnatural need is induced by the belief that the other guy is evil…. Eliminating him is the best thing
  • ▣ If we can induce this in a million people, we have formula to make war
  • ▶ Changing the education of children to unbelieve in objective evil and instead believe in the subjective conditions of error: confusion, misapprehension, ignorance etc is an important requisite for stopping war

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

GCF Abstract

Our existence on planet Earth

is characterised by three interacting components {Life, Values, Laws} which interact to produce a resultant fourth: Reason-ing.
[Posting of Abstract submitted to GCF]

◉ Life

The center and meaning of anything we do, including the attempt to order/structure our lives in harmony, is that we are alive! And we wish that this life continues for as long as it will. Our planet that supports lives of such a variety of creatures including us humans, is obviously moving…
[in ways well-known and surprising ]

Monday, September 25, 2017

Laws of War

Context

In order to talk properly of war we need to widen the context. World bank data says that ⅓ of the world live in countries affected by fragility, conflict, violence (FCV) and this is likely to reach nearly 50% within the next 1-2 decades
  • Fragility → Conflict → War
  • While Outright war affects 10% of world population, only 11 countries in the world at peace today
History by its nature can only talk of events in/of time, space, specific to cultures, nations, income-groups etc.
So what are the universal factors (ie not time/space/culture/nation dependent) that conduce to humanity's perennial propensity to war?

Basic Laws

We start by inquiring: How come something so universally acknowledged as horrible can be so prevalent?

Friday, September 15, 2017

Council of Elders

In Failure of UN we talked on why the UN is structurally constructed to be a failure to prevent war.
So if the UN must fail, can there be any kind of organization at the highest international level to oversee and guide the affairs of the world??

Yes we believe there is — a Council of Elders. Widely respected, revered elder beings for which there is widespread acceptance of their meritorious status. Below is a tentative list.

Principles

One theme running through this blog is that without religion  this planet is not saveable. See
Some may prefer a different word to 'religion' such as 'spirituality'  'mysticism' and so on. Each has its own finesse and its own set of problems.
Some criteria for the below selections
  • Religious leaders whose reach is far wider than their immediate sectarian reach — Dalai Lama, Pope Francis
  • People whose wide and deep understanding encompasses science and religion (mysticism/spirituality/etc) — eg Sheldrade, Ravindra
  • People — preferably with strong science/math background! — who are willling to take on the science establishment at its most oppressive, reactionary, totalitarian eg — Berlinski
  • Go-getters with vision/capacity/position — Gabbard, Musk, DiCapricio
  • Those who have opened the door of (clean!) joy to millions — JK Rowling
  • Those willing to call out the bullshit in the international political establishment — Chomsky, Pilger, Galloway

Negative factors

Here are some factors as to why zillions of others who may have something good did not make it.
Of course our own ignorance is not accounted 😇
Patriotism/Nationalism
Part more important than whole
Religious sectarianism
Part more important than whole. A big yes to religiousness and a big no to sectarianism is the tightrope-walk that we must figure out
History of lying
Obvious! Helps to prune out most of current political/journalist establishment!
No skin in the game
People need to have shown that they are willing to stand up to what they claim to believe at non-trivial personal cost
The…

Single biggest factor 

why someone should be in or out is a strong sense of humanity
Of course each individual will manifest that in his/her own idiosyncratic way.

This also shows what is the central challenge of this enterprise of visioning and creating a better world — the idiosyncrasies need to somehow(!) stay subordinate to the sense of the larger common good.
This has been the defining hallmark of the great founding fathers of the great countries eg Jefferson, Mazzini, Gandhi, etc.
If we remember that
  • these greats were welding current narrow, limited visions into a larger yet-to-exist vaster whole.
  • today's acutest troubles accrue from the narrowness of patriotic/sectarian sense…
  • which these great founders have forged!!
we would see that the new need of today is to have this classic sort of commitment and visionary-ness of these great founding fathers without narrow limitation

Organization

Perhaps in due course the council should be organized into two levels. The first level consists of names such as the ones suggested below whose responsibility is to set the vision for the world.
The second level would consist of (1–4) younger go-getters selected by the members of the first set who would actually thrash out the implementation of what the first set envisage

Tentative List

with some characteristic quotes in purple and my comments in blue

HH Dalai Lama

Compassion is the radicalism of our time
All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives

Pope Francis

There is no hell!
The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! 'Father, the atheists?' Even the atheists. Everyone!
I believe in God — not in a Catholic God; there is no Catholic God. There is God, and I believe in Jesus Christ, his incarnation. Jesus is my teacher and my pastor, but God, the Father, Abba, is the light and the Creator. This is my Being
Since many of you do not belong to the Catholic Church and others are non-believers, from the bottom of my heart I give this silent blessing to each and every one of you, respecting the conscience of each one of you but knowing that each one of you is a child of God

Dada JP Vaswani

Neither rites nor rituals, neither creed nor ceremonies are needed to improve the condition of the world. All that is needed is love for one another
There is one type of gambling which should always be encouraged. It is betting on goodness. When a person has wronged you, be good to him. If he adds insult to injury, double the bet. And keep on doubling it. You will surely win!

Ravi Ravindra

It is necessary to face the idea that the Earth will fall if we do not work. This will help your work and help you understand that your work is necessary… In fact, this idea is not new. Many traditions talk about disaster befalling the Earth if there is a lack of consciousness.
The problem is not of ethics; one needs a Science of Being. One needs to inquire in freedom. When one sees the need for right conditions, the need for help, for instruction, the need for other people, the need for payment, then one sees that discipline and obedience sustain freedom and are not opposed to it.
Then one sees from the inside the need for discipline, or submission, the need for freedom not so much for oneself but from oneself.
 A key theme of these writings is that human-value is currently based on unreality:
  • bank balance
  • skin color
  • passport
  • educational qualifications
  • etc
More organized/effective organizations (UN?) do not conduce to a better world.
A better world necessarily requires a different more essential shared sense of human value. Our world will stop being horrible when our values become real. And key to that is the Science of Being that Ravindra talks of

Noam Chomsky

No less insidious is the cry for 'revolution,' at a time when not even the germs of new institutions exist, let alone the moral and political consciousness that could lead to a basic modification of social life. If there will be a 'revolution' in America today, it will no doubt be a move towards some variety of fascism. We must guard against the kind of revolutionary rhetoric that would have had Karl Marx burn down the British Museum because it was merely part of a repressive society. It would be criminal to overlook the serious flaws and inadequacies in our institutions, or to fail to utilize the substantial degree of freedom that most of us enjoy, within the framework of these flawed institutions, to modify them or even replace them by a better social order. One who pays some attention to history will not be surprised if those who cry most loudly that we must smash and destroy are later found among the administrators of some new system of repression

Rupert Sheldrake

Science is two things:
  1. A method of inquiry based on reason, evidence hypothesis and collective investigation
  2. Science as a belief system or world view
It would be better to only call only the first as science and the second as materialistic philosophy.
The facts of science are real enough, and so are the techniques that scientists use, and so are the technologies based on them. But the belief system that governs conventional scientific thinking is an act of faith
The Science Delusion is the belief that science already understands the nature of reality in principle leaving only the details to be filled in
The appropriation and capture of science-1 by science-2 ie by materialistic philosophy, must be viewed as a totalitarian act and a foment to violence and terrorism.  Like all illegitimate regimes the more delusory the foundation the totalitarian it gets. Sheldrake is a wonderful elucidator of this delusion

Russell Brand

Total revolution of consciousness and our entire social, political and economic system is what interests me

Daniel Berlinski

Has anyone provided proof of God’s inexistence? Not even close. Has quantum cosmology explained the emergence of the universe or why it is here? Not even close. Have our sciences explained why our universe seems to be fine-tuned to allow for the existence of life? Not even close. Are physicists and biologists willing to believe in anything so long as it is not religious thought? Close enough. Has rationalism and moral thought provided us with an understanding of what is good, what is right, and what is moral? Not close enough. Has secularism in the terrible 20th century been a force for good? Not even close, to being close. Is there a narrow and oppressive orthodoxy in the sciences? Close enough. Does anything in the sciences or their philosophy justify the claim that religious belief is irrational? Not even in the ball park. Is scientific atheism a frivolous exercise in intellectual contempt? Dead on.
Commentators who today talk of 'The Dark Ages' when faith instead of reason was said to ruthlessly rule, have for their animadversions only the excuse of perfect ignorance. Both Aquinas' intellectual gifts and his religious nature were of a kind that is no longer commonly seen in the Western world
Note Berlinski is a Jew not a Christian!
Before you can ask 'Is Darwinian theory correct or not?', You have to ask the preliminary question 'Is it clear enough so that it could be correct?'. That's a very different question… Nothing in the theory is precisely, clearly, carefully defined or delineated. It lacks all of the rigor one expects from mathematical physics, and mathematical physics lacks all the rigor one expects from mathematics. So we're talking about a gradual descent down the level of intelligibility until we reach evolutionary biology.
Not-even-wrong was the principle applied by Pauli to bad science.
Berlinski stands Pauli on his head by showing that the currently core fashionable tenet of science is not-even-wrong
Darwin's theory of evolution is the last of the great nineteenth-century mystery religions. And as we speak it is now following Freudians and Marxism into the Nether regions, and I'm quite sure that Freud, Marx and Darwin are commiserating one with the other in the dark dungeon where discarded gods gather.
Not quite 19th century but important to add Ayn Rand.
Marx, Darwin, Freud and Ayn Rand are the most striking examples of how atheism as a foundation for philosophy leads to seeming profundity of thought but actually stupid shallow ugliness. And thence to unimaginably vast scales of violence, depredation, murder [@Separate post elaborating this]

Personally I dont know if it would be easy currently to disprove Darwinism (evolution). What we do need to emphasize is the commitment to this idea conduces to unspeakable brutality. These are two v different questions — fact and value

Also note that in engaging with Berlinski's ideas he rigorously skirts the factual question Does God exist? And engages exclusively with the ethical question: As belief in religion drops what happens to our world? A distinction that Christopher Hitchens — whether malevolently or just stupidly — refused to acknowledge
If moral statements are about something, then the universe is not quite as science suggests it is, since physical theories, having said nothing about God, say nothing about right or wrong, good or bad. To admit this would force philosophers to confront the possibility that the physical sciences offer a grossly inadequate view of reality. And since philosophers very much wish to think of themselves as scientists, this would offer them an unattractive choice between changing their allegiances or accepting their irrelevance.
And finally in summary
Darwinism is…  a necessary condition for a phenomenon like Nazism
which should be coupled with the obvious: Marxism is the necessary condition for communism. And the human cost of these two — usually called communism and nazism but more correctly called marxism and darwinism comes to about 150 million.

Leonardo DiCapricio

Think of the shame that each of us will carry when our children and grandchildren look back and realize that we had the means of stopping this devastation, but simply lacked the political will to do so

Elon Musk

I think its possible for ordinary people to be extraordinary

J K Rowling

We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.
J K Rowling is added because
  1. Wonder and violence cannot coexist [Ravi Ravindra?] And by bringing magic into our humdrum lives she has done huge service against violence
  2. In our muggle-world she has set the record of demoting herself from millionaire category by vast donations to authentic causes

Tulsi Gabbard

As a combat veteran, I know the cost of war
A woman who did the so-called unpatriotic, criminal act of going to Syria to check out ground facts. She is chosen because
  1. She is a brave woman
  2. It is morally right to do criminal acts against criminal laws
  3. She exposed the fact that the Dems who pretend to be the good guys are in fact the same as the Republicans

George Galloway

I was an opponent of Saddam Hussein when the British and American governments and businessmen were selling him guns and gas

I am an opponent of Saddam Hussein, but an opponent also, of the sanctions that have killed a million Iraqi children and an opponent of the United States' apparent desire to plunge the Middle East into a new and devastating war

Bush, and Blair, and the prime minister of Japan, and Berlusconi, these people are criminals, and they are responsible for mass murder in the world, for the war, and for the occupation, through their support for Israel, and through their support for a globalized capitalist economic system, which is the biggest killer the world has ever known
A warrior against war… A firebrand politician fighting for a voteless cause

John Pilger

It is not enough for journalists to see themselves as mere messengers without understanding the hidden agendas of the message and the myths that surround it

If those who support aggressive war had seen a fraction of what I've seen, if they'd watched children fry to death from Napalm and bleed to death from a cluster bomb, they might not utter the claptrap they do.

In these surreal days, (post 9-11) there is one truth. Nothing justified the killing of innocent people in America last week and nothing justifies the killing of innocent people anywhere else
Like Galloway a warrior against war… A firebrand journalist fighting against the odds of the vastly corrupt field of journalism

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Ideology Afflicted Planet

The twentieth century was dominated by a strange, ravaging…

Epidemic

It swept across the globe sparing no continent.
And from the 2nd decade of the century to the 2nd-last, like a whirring, well-oiled factory assembly-line…

K e p t    k i l l i n g    p e o p l e.

How many?
By conservative estimates 50 million. Could be as much as 100 million.

Unlike the black death of the 14th century which spread by rats, this red death of the 20th was spread by memes…
An ideology called…

Marxism/Communism

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Secularism

Secularism

1.1 Solves the problem

Also called
  • Separating Church and State
  • Emancipation
  • DoubleSpeak Shariah vs Israel

1.2 Secularism — Sequence

  • Saeculum — world — is reality
  • Saeculum is The reality
  • secular = real
  • sacred = unreal
  • profane is fine (norm)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Slavery

We are taught that slavery is bad and that free(ing) men and women is the minimum good that a human being should aspire to.
A hardly arguable notion?¿…
Yet history shows that slavery-or-freedom is an unreal choice
Whereas de jure slavery or de facto slavery is the real one 
(analogy: prostitution, prohibition) 
We think our time is more civilized because unlike America a century ago or Rome two millenium ago we dont find people with chains on their legs.
Yet all of us are slaves to enormous faceless organizations
  • at its most visible armies but usually more peaceful (and faceless)…
  • corporations
  • media
  • governments
In short "slavery-or-freedom" is the ruse-question that keeps us in slavery
Chattel slaves vs Living under the Matrix is the real question

Note that this system has been in force for the last hundreds of years first with de jure slavery
Then for the last 100 years or so after abolition of slavery, decolonization of colonies like India etc, the de jure slavery has been replaced by de facto

Monday, September 11, 2017

Liberal Democracy : Highway to Hell

Today, the famous "9-11".
Everyone knows of the famous New York pentagon one
Not so many know the other Chilean one
And is therefore a good day to reflect on the ideals that make the one universally known and important and the other utterly neglectable.
Ideals variously called secularism, liberalism or just plain-ol democracy

Credo of Democracy: Slavery and Freedom

A single religion holds sway today… At a sweep unprecedented in the history of humanity… Across races, sexes, peoples, continents, incomes, ages… Everyone believes the same grandiloquent Credo
The Credo of FREEDOM
And it is this credo enshrined at the centre of the UN-charter that defines our current World-Order

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Lies we live by

There’s lies, damned lies, statistics Well known Mark Twain quote
Which we extend:
There’s lies, damned lies, statistics, political correctness and liberalism
Interpretation
  1. Lies are… well… lies, with the millennial history of their harmful consequences
  2. Damned lies reflect the fact that not all lies are equal; some have more damning consequences
  3. Statistics — used thus pejoratively — reflects the use of data without conscience
  4. Political correctness — the dignification of certain lies into desirable respectability
  5. Liberalism (also called democracy, secularism etc) — Way of life based on PC

1 Religion is the Cause of our Problems

Quakers opposed slavery, while Democratic party supported it
Corollaries

Thursday, September 7, 2017

From Science OR Spirituality to Science AND Spirituality

Take the understanding of the East and the knowledge of the West and then seek.
George Gurdjieff
At the risk of a somewhat over-simplified equation, lets say West=Science; East=Spirituality

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

hvs

Reposted from my Facebook post on my teacher Hari V. Sahasrabuddhe (hvs)

5th Sept, birthday of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, is celebrated as teacher's day.
As it happened I received a post quoting Ramana on the power of the Guru.
I cannot pretend to really understand the quote, yet it has a mysterious emotional appeal. Since it was teacher's day and everyone was posting around/about that I shared the quote [1]

Monday, September 4, 2017

Racism Sexism OtherIsm

Nowadays its fashionable to claim that racism, sexism etc are improper… even criminal. In the interest of simplicity and clarity I will club together all these burgeoning dozens and hundreds of isms into ‘tribalism’ — considering one's own higher, better more lovable than ‘the other.’
And show that it is dishonest and nonsensical to try to free humans from this instinct.
But first…

History

The history of our species is replete (hi)stories of evil. And of these some of the worst are those done with the best intentions, eg

Puritanism

which enforced an asexual life. Now that enforcement gets maximum press, neglecting the puritans' belief in it as a reasonable/natural goal. [Sure they may use other language such as Will-of-God… Doesnt change the fact that they believed this was possible.]
What if today's shrill cries against tribalism — usually in its more specific forms such as racism, sexism etc — are as nonsensical as the puritans wish and intent to exist asexually?

TODO


Links

Tribalism while not always inevitable
Obviously the opposite cannot be the norm!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

East vs West : Conscience vs Karma

Take the Knowledge of the West and the Understanding of the East and seek — G I Gurdjieff
The eastern religions are consciousness-oriented; the middle-eastern religions are conscience-oriented — Ravi Ravindra

Our Times

  • Britain … is Brexiting
  • Germany, France, Sweden … are Immigrant-ing
  • US … is Trump-eting
  • Japan … is dying
  • Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Burma … are burning
  • Korea … um… preparing?
  • Africa … is exploding
On the less political front:
In short we are looking at End-Times
Why?
In my understanding, the principal factor behind the collapse is the

Divergence of Conscience and Reason

Below I try to expand on this
The Western world, especially in the periods it has functioned somewhat harmoniously for the last couple of hundreds of years, is fundamentally based on the separation of our sacred and secular lives. It behoves us, to study both these sides in isolation and in union and why and how and where they work. Maybe then we may understand the breakdown we see unfolding before us today And to see why the fabric of our social existence, viz ordinary mutual relations based on a universal sense of goodness, has fallen between these sacred-secular stools.
Christianity sees and presents itself around the person (even Person — logos) of Jesus Christ. With no deficit of respect for the divine being Jesus Christ, for me (admittedly an oriental) this is excessively personalized. The real question is what are the fundamental principles of Christianity Equivalently can we shift the teachings of Christ from the person of Jesus Christ?
We may take encouragement from the fact that Jesus himself seems to have approved of this line — “Those who say father-father and do not do the will of father build a house on sand
So what is…??

The DNA of the Christian ideal

Lets look at the original words.
  • Agape, Philos in Greek
  • Caritas, Amor in Latin
Unfortunately all these 6 kinds of love only get translated to ‘love’ which has very unfortunate connotation in our society. At best it signifies a wishy washy sentimentality. Mostly it has implicit or explicit sexual associations.
I would suggest that the original intent of the the Christian teaching is translated with more fidelity if instead of “love” we regard “conscience” as the central teaching of Jesus Christ
Turning now to the context and precursor to Jesus Christ…

Judaism

The first commandment I am the Lord is clearly more important than all the rest. But it begs the question: Who/what is the God being described?
So lets ask the question a little more carefully: How do we recognize those Jewish actions that are true to the spirit of Judaism?
Two words stand out in the tradition : Law and Obligation
  • A jew is one who abides by the Law
  • A jew is one who fulfils his/her Obligations
And now when we put these two traditions together we get one of the basic tenets of Christianity:
  • From Moses to Christ was the age of Law
  • From Christ onwards is the age of Grace
And here already we have a big problem: A lawless grace and an ungracious law conduce to a hell of a world.
In fact if we would allow the personalization we have
  • Adam — Sin
  • Noah — Favour
  • Abraham — Covenant (Agreement… To grace? Or to racism?)
  • Moses — Law
  • Jesus — Grace
  • Muhammad — Hope
And today we have no grace, no law, not even (a sense of) sin Only endless disorderly favor
  • favor between individuals eg nepotism
  • favor between corporations ie systematized monopolies
  • favor between nations eg EU NATO and ultimately UN SC
Clearly a different integration is needed. Where shall it be found?
As at the birth the 3 wise men came from the east once again it is the wish and need ot the time to look to the East…
To us orientals, the question is naive and the answer obvious…

Karma

Colloquially we may say, a bad (unlawful) action gives us bad karma. More rigorously, the bad (or otherwise) action is itself bad or otherwise karma. This notion is so central to oriental ideology and so far from Abrahamic that it is best to leave the word karma untranslated. And remember this constellation of ideas orbiting around this word — results, consequences, cause, causality. And behind all these the fundamental scientific idea of law and lawfulness — mysteriously returning to the Judaic essence via a different route.
Karma can be obviously scientific and yet deeply metaphysical.
A man who smokes 6-packs-a-day dies of cancer — the karma is of the obvious variety. But the man (or child) who did no such thing also dies!
How to explain??
For the Oriental the answer is axiomatic: There is a reason, even if we don’t understand it.
(Then getting greatly expanded into “… because of past lives” etc)
Let us for now leave aside these elaborations and stay with the basic:
There is a reason even if this reason is not patent
How does the Christian (or Jew) answer these same riddles: It is the will of God!
Now a skeptical/secular type of person would find both these explanations similar and unsatisfactory enough to club them together as one: The typical religious crap and nonsense
[Parenthetically noting that the skeptic too has no better explanation(!!), we return to a more careful view of the choices]
  • The idea of karma as a cause is at least in principle understandable even if not understandable with my current level of knowledge.
  • The idea of “The will of God” is in principle beyond human understanding.
And so we reach the junction:
  • The essence of Judeo Christianity is Conscience
  • The essence of Hinduism and oriental philosophies is Karma
And each of these sides needs to appreciate the other
What this section I will stick with one direction: Why Judeo Christians need to understand karma? In [other section] I will also address Why orientals need to awaken conscience So we turn to actions like Angela Merkel killing Germany — too much good feeling Not enough wise-dom
Karma
is the wisdom of conscience
Conscience
is the feeling of karma

Towards Law

Judeo Christians — and the more well-intentioned the more so — need to retract for a bit from actions and even from their good intentions (if only for a bit) and to study the invisible but not too deeply hidden laws of the matrix that bind us humans together And as far as we can see are hurtling us towards the edge

Unclassified

Rheostat of laws: Conscience

  • technology growth ↑↓ loss of sensitivity
  • consumerism ↑↓ reponsibility
  • freedom ↑↓ protective structures
  • συνείδησις in Greek used for conscience actually means self-judging consciousness. A good mid-point between conscience and karma. 
  • Analogous to Greece being west of the East and east of the West

Friday, September 1, 2017

Gurdjieff's elucidations on Our One World

Beelzebub's tales by G.I. Gurdjieff has a number of detailed suggestions and cautions on how to go about making something like UN more of a success
[STUB as of now]

Thursday, August 17, 2017

From figures of speech to speech of lies

1 Introduction

When studying English we are taught about figures of speech (nowadays called tropes) such as metaphor
Ultimately all languag(ing) is metaphorizing in the sense that what is being spoken (written, typed, facebooked, whatsapped, …) ABOUT is never the same as the content.
«A PhD on the mango-fruit cannot convey the taste of mango »
Therefore since truth is What is and not Whataboutery around what is, languaging is invariably lying
And yet as we get more and more hooked onto languaging, we lie more and more and notice this less and less. [Sure we notice in others we dont like… Ourselves? Exempt??]
And so if we want to backtrack from a lie-ridden life we would do well to get more conscious about the figures of speech that we think we are exploiting but are actually slave to… Starting with the master-trope…

3 Metaphors


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Money

Properties of Money

Money's a matter of functions four,
A Medium, a Measure, a Standard, a Store.
An entity to be called money is to have these 4 properties:
Medium of Exchange
For better efficiency than barter, a universal medium
Unit of Account
A universal unit that widely different things (eg fish vs a massage) can be reduced to
Store of Value
Should hold its value for a reasonable time
Standard of deferred payment

From Commodity Currency to Fiat Currency

  • ◉ fiat, n.: An authoritative but arbitrary order
  • ◉ fiat money, : Money without intrinsic value
  • The word fiat is by definition arbitrary.
  • When applied to politics it is considered the antithesis of democracy Yet most countries use fiat currency today, the more 'democratic' the more arbitrary, ie less intrinsic value… Backed by elaborate systems of duping such as fractional reserves
    And ultimately guns and nukes
  • Most of the high offices of most of today's governments are staffed by criminals
▣ Today's money systems are the result of systematized criminality; With banks, governments, media being the colluding parties

Causes of Failure

  • Cannot be universal when everyone does not accept issuing authority
  • A standardized base unit makes sense if the conversions make sense to transacting parties, if there is any common ground between the parties.
    What will a sub-saharan African with 10 children, most of whom will not live beyond infancy, transact with an European who gets free education, with an American who's biggest grouse with the government is the raising of medicare rates?
And yet today the African can consider escaping to Europe/US

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Who is Free?

Re-posting an old 'thought-dialogue' with Ramana (also called Ramana Maharshi) for 15th August, Indian Independence day
 It has been constructed by taking different parts of his writings/talks and stringing them together.  The continuity of the ideas in this form is my (invention). The individual ideas are his… hopefully!
Politician:
Today is the birthday of Sri Ramana Maharshi. The tallest sons of India ranging from Jamnalal Bajaj, Rajendra Prasad, Rajaji and Mahatma Gandhi revered him so we may consider him one amongst the great freedom fighters of India...
Veteran Freedom Fighter (an old man):
Enough! Enough! You people keep on harping on freedom only to cover up your mal-performance and misdeeds. Fighting for freedom was our big mistake. All the evils of the British have continued and increased with you people, the modern Indian politicians. I know for certain that if Mahatma Gandhi had been left alive he would have said the same. Already in his last days he was saying that power was going into the hands of people that could not be trusted. O Woe! Woe to our motherland!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

UN is and must be a failure

Today 6th August, Hiroshima day, is a good day to reflect on the UN, and the yawning gap between its lofty intentions and its actual achievements.

History

The UN was created in 1945 in the closing of WWII.
In its creation it put together on equal footing countries (so-called) such as:

Area
  • Maldives 300 sq-km
  • Russia 17,000,000 sq-km
Population
  • Tuvalu < 10,000
  • China, India both > 1,300,000,000 (ie > a billion)
Age
  • India, Egypt, China, Greece whose history goes back many millennia
  • USA — a few hundred years old
  • Pakistan, Iraq and many others that had just been cobbled together a couple of decades previously
Aggression Forces (usually euphemized as defence)
  • Costa Rica, Iceland : No armies
  • Antigua, Barbuda population of 100,000, has an army of 170 (ie 0.1% of population)
  • China 1,250,000 troops (ie 10% population)
Murder Expenditure (also called defence budget)
  • US > $600 billion pa
  • Global expenditure about $1500 billion
  • ie US spends between ⅓ and ½ as the whole world
And the UN effectively ratified and made equal these unimaginably disparate entities such as the above by putting them on the General Assembly (UNGA) on equal footing!!! 
And so if the UNGA is the formalization of bullshit, the 

UNSC 

is the systematization of murder.  It was formed thus:

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Homo Sapiens — Physical and Metaphysical

From an evolutionary viewpoint, the human species is just a mammal, a primate evolved further than other primates.  Ok, that evolution has produced a burgeoning of intelligence, unprecedented in earlier species. But this misses the point: another function somewhat removed from intelligence.  Consider the single phenomenon of sex/mating. In itself this is common to a wide swathe of animals and even plants.

Now view it in decreasingly wide concentric circles:

Friday, May 12, 2017

UN — Whats right and whats Wrong

If there is one factor about the homo sapien species that over-shadows all others, it is war.

War we must understand in the wider sense and not just the classical ones (with bayonets!) that are quite unfashionable today but civil wars, insurgencies, terrorism and all sorts of large scale violence, oppression, occupation etc

And if it is true that war is an unwarranted and unmitigated terror, then the UN which was constituted to  ensure that the likes of WWII would not ever repeat should be considered the pinnacle of human goodness and vision.

But has it even remotely succeeded in its laudable objective? Or have the goal posts (and bunkers) just shifted?

Trying to stop wars without trying to see why they occur is to confuse symptoms with disease.

War is a symptom not the disease

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Our One Earth — Introduction

The Global Challenges Foundation has put out a request for a vision for the shape of a new world — also called UN 2.0!

It asked on its Facebook Page why individuals are participating.
This is what we posted

Aeons of time have come and gone on this planet
And in that time billions of individual humans have flourished and vanished
And the one factor common in all these ages to all these billions:
The supreme Love for oneself
Combined with the fear of ultimately inevitably non-existing

GCF Abstract

Our existence on planet Earth is characterised by three interacting components {Life, Values, Laws} which interact to produce a resultant ...