mommy, there’s nothing to do

it’s change that makes things different
from the things they used to be
and restlessness that makes us wander
sea to shining sea

it’s craving makes us want for want
and claim it all as needs
the things that clutter up the yard
rusting in the weeds

it’s worry makes us preempt war
with wars we have to wage
and thinking makes it seem okay
to justify the rage

it’s peace that makes us fidget
in a darkened, quiet place
and boredom yanks us to our feet
to run the human race


Here’s my workflowy note that led to the above verse:

It’s easier to think your way into
war than it is to fight your way out,
but mommy, there’s nothing to do.

… which is very much connected to this:

All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.
―Blaise Pascal, Pensées

Chomsky

Chomsky

Everyone’s worried about stopping terrorism, well there’s a really easy way. Stop participating in it.

The thing about Noam Chomsky is that he doesn’t even have to be mostly right. If 10% of what this man says about how power operates in the world, and I mean any 10% (you get to pick), then most main stream assumptions about the US’s role in the world are cast into serious doubt.

(photo: screen grab from Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky in our Times.)

This

Science is confounded by consciousness because it cannot be objectively observed.

The fundamental belief of this scientific materialism is that the whole of reality consists only of space-time and matter-energy, and their emergent properties. This implies that the only true causation is physical causation, that there are no nonphysical influences in the universe. When applied to human existence, this worldview implies that subjective experience is either physical—despite all evidence to the contrary—or doesn’t exist at all, which is simply insulting to our intelligence.”
—B. Alan Wallace

And this, from the same source:

Earlier materialists argued that there aren’t any such things as separate mental phenomena, because mental phenomena are identical with brain states. More recent materialists argue that there aren’t any such things as separate mental phenomena because they are not identical with brain states. I find this pattern very revealing, and what it reveals is an urge to get rid of mental phenomena at any cost.”
—John R. Searle

Mind itself is certainly not easy to observe, even subjectively, due to its tendency at the conscious end to hyper-actively glom on to absolutely everything. I think this is why a formal introduction to effortless meditation by someone who is an expert is almost always required. It is simply non-intuitive. But subjective observation makes scientists very nervous due to a rather dogmatic belief that the scientific method, as it is understood and practiced today, is the one and only true scientific method and is ironically immune to the process of evolution which is misunderstood to be a strictly biological process.

Here’s to common ground among all who seek to understand themselves, each other, and the universe. Onward, into the fog.

Adolph Meth-head

It is my conjecture that only two groups of people are interested in the scholarship of Nazi Germany: Those who wish to understand it better in order to avoid its happening ever again, and those who wish to understand it better in order to re-implement it and get it right this time.

Well, and now there’s me. My morbid curiosity is hereby piqued. The idea of the German high command being a bunch of crazed, hallucinating, meth-heads certainly would help to satisfy that whole WTF!? vibe associated with the unimaginable atrocities of the Third Reich.

Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich
by Norman Ohler

The Nazi regime preached an ideology of physical, mental, and moral purity. But as Norman Ohler reveals in this gripping new history, the Third Reich was saturated with drugs. On the eve of World War II, Germany was a pharmaceutical powerhouse, and companies such as Merck and Bayer cooked up cocaine, opiates, and, most of all, methamphetamines, to be consumed by everyone from factory workers to housewives to millions of German soldiers. In fact, troops regularly took rations of a form of crystal meth—the elevated energy and feelings of invincibility associated with the high even help to explain certain German military victories.

An interview with the author appears in the Guardian. Fascinating stuff, and it will have to do until the book comes out.

U.S. release is May, 2017.