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Obama extends hospital visitation rights to gays and lesbians

... I'm not sure whether to be happy or sad about this.

I mean on the surface, it's a no brainer. I'm very happy about it. It's about time. The way gays and lesbians have been treated by hospitals has been appalling.

On the other hand, I expect that any minute now, we'll hear a lot of ignorant howling from the Catholic hospitals whinging about how they're being forced to love thy neighbor or something.

Also, I'm worried that on some level this will hurt gay marriage. Marriage confers a lot of things to heterosexuals that domestic partnerships do not. We pay $6,000/year more in federal taxes than a married couple would, and there are major issues with inheritance, adoption, child custody and guardianship, insurance, credit, home-buying, etc, etc, etc.

But a lot of those have a lot of wiggle room for the arrogantly ignorant mind. Many of them are money related and if you're small minded, that can easily translate to gays being 'greedy' because we would like the same benefits from society that every other couple gets, and one subjects pertaining to child welfare, their cries of ignorance are already much too familiar so I won't bother covering them.

This issue, hospital visitation, was major. It's a subject was an incredibly powerful one in defense of gay marriage. You have to be a pretty serious jerk to say that someone cannot have their loved ones there holding their hand when they are staring in the face of death. The behavior of the right wing in hospitals was cruelty in the extreme, and for all of those people facing this situation, I am indeed extremely grateful to see this legislation pass.

I'm just concerned that it also means that more people will now be able to turn a blind eye to the rest of the discrimination that we face.
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Wow. Yet another reason to NOT vote republican.

http://www.georgehutchins.com/

To steal a quote from someone else:
It's really hard to say what's more offensive: the racism, the stupidity, or the complete lack of design sense.


Seriously. You'd think even the staunchest Republican would cringe at the thought of this guy's lawn if he lived next door to them.

It's like a third grader tried to make a political candidate.

Or perhaps a whole party of 3rd graders... http://nimcrown.us/

(links courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] elfs)

Joe Blow

Sep. 11th, 2009 12:37 pm
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So, of course, all the right whingers are screaming their support for Joe Wilson, blatantly ignoring that at the bare minimum, he's rude, unprofessional, and ignorant.

Check this out:

http://www.emaxhealth.com/1275/121/33350/mexico-offers-health-insurance-migrants-united-states.html

Now... Let's do a little mental exercise here...

If he's doing his job in a competent and intelligent manner and he really gives a flying fuck about immigrants and healthcare, doesn't it seem rather likely that he'd know about this, or are us plebes on the internet better informed and more competent to perform his job than he is?

So, for the sake of argument, let's pretend he's even remotely competent at his job. Now consider his actions in that context: Here's a man doing everything he can to insure that the average american will have LESS healthcare than illegal immigrants.

IE he's a bold-faced fucking liar that is accusing Mr. Obama of a lesser offense to the American public than he himself is committing.

It really amazes me how fucking ignorant most of the right wing base is. Wake up. These guys will slit your throat just to add another nickel to their millions.


But hey! Are you still stupid enough to believe he's on your side and that he cares about you?

Let's look at a few numbers:
http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/industries.php?cycle=Career&cid=N00024809&type=I


So...... Which of those contributors to his campaign represents you? "Health Professionals"? Lawyers? Real Estate? PACs? Lobbyists?

Ya'know... Personally, I don't see anyone I know on that list. How about you?

Tea-Files

Apr. 16th, 2009 09:51 am
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One thing I don't get about the Tea-wits in DC....

If Obama is such a fascist, why didn't they do their protest in the Bush-era 'Free Speech Cages Zones' that the Bush administration so thoughtfully set up a couple miles away from the White House. That would have prevented the bomb scare caused by some lunatic with unknown motives patriot.

That Obama sure is a crafty one. He probably knew that if he let them let them in sight of the White House, it'd whip them into a frothy lather and they'd get themselves in trouble. That fiend. Bush would never have done that. He was so much more benevolent. Why.. He'd have you protest in nice safe cages a few miles away and then send the police into said detention areas to wield their batons and tear gas and haul you off to prison. That makes you feel like a REAL protestor. It was GREAT for our self-esteem. Poor tea-baggers. They'll probably go home depressed and broken hearted, utterly crushed by the insidious cleverness of the wiley Obama.

Pulpit Time

Apr. 9th, 2009 03:13 am
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I'm going to paste this here. It meanders a bit, but I think that generally for off-the-cuff and no editing, it's pretty decent writing.

It's a response to an e-mail I received, which was in response to someone's comment that
"Gays have the same choice as straights. To marry someone of the opposite sex."


I responded:
"Just because being straight makes you miserable and unhappy doesn't mean everyone else should be as masochistic as you are. "


Must have hit a nerve because I got the following response:
Do you normally like to assume how other people feel? Statistically, according the the Pew Research study, the very highest levels of happiness are reported among people who were middle and upper class, married, Republicans, who have children and are regularly involved spiritual activity. Anyways, I hope the best of everyone. I hope homosexuals are happy even if they don't want me to be. My happiness doesn't come from someone else giving me permission.


And then I went off on this tear which sounds really good to me at 3AM after many long days at work. Warning! The stuff behind the cut starts snarky but rapidly degenerates into the most ultra-hippie supernova lovefest you've ever seen. View it at your own peril

Read more... )

and in summation... If you need me, I'll be levitating at the top of a nearby mountain.
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Drove the car today for guitar lessons tonight. On the way to work, I listened to a discussion on the radio about torture. One of the callers brought in the tired old trope: But say you know there's a nuclear bomb planted in New York and it's going to go off in an hour and you know this guy knows where it is. Isn't torture justified then?

The guy on the radio hemmed and hawed around just saying 'NO', saying that torture wasn't proven to get information and such a scenario had never happened, but his answers were all sort of wishy washy. It wouldn't convince me if I were a redneck with the IQ lower than the measurement of my waistband.

You know what does convince me though? Just thinking about the situation from the view of the one being tortured. Now... Perhaps my perspective on the situation is a bit clearer than that of the average person because I've had many hours of oral surgery, and three-hour sessions of electrolisys (which definitely qualifies as torture) but really, anyone who's ever stood in line at the DMV or had a crappy day at work where they just wanted to go home can probably understand this..

In the head of the one being tortured, here's how things go: In 1 hour, I WIN. I only have to withstand whatever they do for 1hr.. 60 minutes. About .300 breaths, a few thousand heartbeats. Then you'd start playing games with yourself: Actually, I only have to hang on for half an hour because by the time they get to the location and get a bomb crew in there, it's going to eat most of that time. Plus they'll torture me a bit more to make 'sure' I gave them the right spot and not a wild goose chase. (This is a lie to yourself and you'll fix it later of course, but for the moment, you've mentally halved your torture time) You tell yourself that they made a clock that deliberately runs slow to make you think time is passing more slowly. You analyze each new piece of pain, feeling it out, comparing it against the next piece of pain, start thinking about which hurts more and how little it really hurt and what areas hurt most and how to turn off thinking about them. You probably only have 5 minutes left, you keep telling yourself. Anyone can survive anything for 5 minutes.

And that, right there, is exactly why torture DOES NOT WORK on anyone who's committed to what they're doing. I didn't want to have a partial denture and a lisp for the rest of my life so I simply endured the hours of oral surgery and the painful recoveries. I wanted to get rid of unpleasant hair, so I tolerated the biting, stinging, burning pain of needles being driven into my flesh and current run through them over and over and over again. I got beat up by bullies as a kid. One holding me, the other beating me, and I withstood it and *laughed out of sheer spite. I don't think any of those reasons are nearly as strong as the certainty of religious nutters. To them, torture's probably a complete joke.

So. I hope that this finally defuses the stupid 'ticking bomb' argument. It's stupid and I'm sick of seeing it.

*laughed: I have a nervous laugh, and being in a situation like that triggered it. So I wasn't laughing at how puny the other kids were, but the laugh did really freak them out and they stopped hitting me and sort of avoided me afterwards. And yet, at the same time, the laugh was at how puny they were. The nervous laugh.. Part of what was going on in my head was along the lines of, "Ow! Gee. This is what life is? This is stupid. What is wrong with these people anyhow? Why don't they like me?" So in some sense, I was laughing at how puny they were.
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So, the right wing is up in a stink that Obama might select an intelligent and thoughtful person as director of the CIA. They claim he has no experience, yadda yadda yadda.

So... I have a solution! I think he should let them pick. Leon Panetta; a great guy and a very welcome change OR a seasoned intelligence professional; Valerie Plame.


I wonder which they'd pick? :)

PS: I wish Feinstein would go to Hell or at least have the decency to strike her flag and admit she's a republican rather than continuing to shame and embarrass the people of California.
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http://www.aksalser.com/game.htm

My music selection was incidental, not planned.
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The last few days, I've been listening to old audio recordings of Timothy Leary. I've known he was for quite a while, of course, but it's always interesting to hear people in their own words in the time they were made famous, rather than just looking at the 'historical' version of them. Granted, listening to what they said at the time only gives you their public face, but in the case of cultural icons, that's what attracted all the people, so it's an interesting way to view them.

Of Leary, I would say that thus far, I find him easier to listen to than Terrance McKenna, albeit, I've mostly listening to a younger Leary and an older McKenna so it's possible their mannerisms were different at the opposite respective points in their lives. On the whole though, I find that Leary presents himself more clearly and directly where McKenna speaks in (sometimes poorly chosen) metaphors, and his pop-culture references can begin to wear on me quite quickly.

That's not to say that I find Dr. Leary agreeable. There are a few things he's said that I found interesting and engaging, but I'm also very struck by just how much a man of his time he was. I like the concept of "Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out", except for two things. 1) "Drop Out" is probably a poorly-chosen phrase that did not help his movement. 2) His explanation of it is incredibly elitist, as is the design of the League of Spiritual Discovery. I think he must have really loved Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land and saw himself as something of a combination of Hershawl and Smith.
His assertion for dropping out is that you can make these beautiful spiritual discoveries and then stop being part of the machine and have society take care of you while you do your deeply important philosophical stuff, and if you're not smart enough to find a way to get the system to support you, you're obviously not ready.... Riiiight.

The implication here is that trust-fund babies and George W. Bush are more spiritually enlightened than the rest of us. Sorry. Not buying it. I also disagree with the idea that pursuing spiritual stuff is the greatest thing one can aspire to. I don't think it's a bad thing to do. I spend a great deal of time pondering the nature of the universe, the seat of consciousness, and stuff like that BUT there's a certain point where I feel spirituality is an excuse to not be doing something more challenging. Pushing yourself artistically to create new fantasy worlds, researching math and science to understand the nature of this world and create new things. I'm sure Galileo, DiVinci, and Copernicus would agree with me. These things are all deeply deeply spiritual in a way that prayer can never be.

Coming back to Leary's League for Spiritual Discovery... It had the same trappings as Catholicism and Scientology. An elite 'inner circle' "Knows all the answers(tm)" or at the very least, supposedly knows the road to enlightenment. Yet, as stated in most religions, the way to divinity lies within. I think more than anything, it's the artificial hierarchies that religions create which bother me most. They're all created with good intentions that run something along the lines of,
"Wow! I've discovered this beautiful important meaningful thing about myself. I want to share it because I want everyone else to experience my bliss!"


The problem is.. There aren't any shortcuts. You found some imagery and ideas that made things click for you, but those things aren't going to work for everyone. Yet they get enshrined as words of law and people stop thinking about them. A lot of people don't have time to spend weeks on spiritual self-discovery. Religion gives them comfort perhaps because they feel secure they've got some 'special insider knowledge' but unless they invest that time in doing some serious navel-gazing, they don't have what they think they have... Or do they? Commoner and priest alike have a security blanket that suits the time they can devote to spirituality. I suppose it works okay, assuming the priests are truly humble and genuinely devoted to continuing to deepen their understanding. However, to my eyes, that often isn't the case. Because they need society to support them so they can continue being priests, they become invested in the status quo. They stop being scientists and become law enforcement.

In the modern world, with all this communication and longer lifespans, and people having more time to explore deeper spirituality on their own, the clergy must feel really threatened. They're no longer as special as they were and it's harder for them to 'drop out'. It's creating something of a backlash, turning further from the path of scientists to the path of law enforcers and, in turn, doing more harm to the very thing they were struggling to protect. More and more you have slick commercial mega-churches. They don't inspire you with the stunning artwork that a cathedral has. They don't provide awe and wonder and create in you a sense of desire to learn more about this beautiful universe we live in. They instill fear. They demand submission. They seek to control because they are invested in an anachronistic hierarchy.

So... Getting back to the question: How do I change the world... It now becomes apparent that there are multiple paths.

1) Make the clergy feel secure: Difficult. Very difficult. People (like me) who were harmed by the church, strike out against them and would probably tear them down to the last brick, given the chance. Therein is maybe some small thing I can do. Above, I mentioned that as security blankets for the masses, they serve a useful function and can aid others in moving along their path when they are at a point that they're ready for it. Religion has purpose and meaning. I understand that purpose and the fears of its functionaries. My rage towards them then, solves nothing. It drives the clergy to become more hard-nosed about 'the law' and hurts the followers, driving them deeper into the arms of said protection. So. I can effect change by letting go of my rage. (I'm pretty sure that's been said in one or more religions. Nothing new here.)

2) Become the Clergy: This is the dangerous path that Leary took. The risk is becoming invested in the system and becoming part of the problem. Though I wouldn't limit clergy to being part of a religious organization. Anyone who inspires runs that risk. How many musicians developed a new style that amazed the world, then spent the next 20 years re-hashing the same style because their fans rejected their attempts to break out. We're creatures easily excited by new things but who quickly retreat to comfort and safety. The real trick for clergy is to continue inspiring and exciting. Spirituality, the arts, and science all feed one another, each inspiring the other. I think this is where Leary was mistaken. You can't 'drop out'. You need to stay engaged in the world. Never take yourself too seriously and never be afraid of criticism. Whatever you're creating or exploring, show it, share it, inspire!

3) Dissolve the hierarchy: ... This one is tantamount to "1: Steal underwear. 3: Profit." It's been the goal of so many movements. It's a beautiful idea. Hierarchies are largely an artificial construct. Consider for a moment the food chain. Who is the apex predator? The wolf or the tape-worms who laze about in his belly? Or the fungi which will feast on both when they are dust, or perhaps the plants who grow in the enriched soil... Our world is made of loops and webs and very few actual hierarchies. Still. Dissolving the hierarchy requires that all people find some way to be healthy, happy, and live with their fellows. Yet... If we give up desire, we'd cease to be. At present, I don't see a way to fully dissolve the hierarchy without removing life from the equation and that simply isn't an acceptable answer.

Perhaps there's someone smarter than me who has a solution, but until they present it, I would suggest instead that reducing and redirecting the existing hierarchy is the sanest way to go. This IS happening. In Leary's day, women's liberation hadn't happened. Most towns in the US were still segregated. Non-christian religions were seldom mentioned in a national context and were portrayed as primitive and brutal heathen practices in fantasy stories. Lesbian, gay, and transgendered rights were non-existant barely 30 years ago. Most men wore the same suit and haircut as everyone he worked with. You never saw offices filled with people with blue hair, tattoos, and eyebrow piercings. As a species, we've done a lot of growing up in barely a generation. We've got a lot further to go, of course, but we've already passed the tipping point. Point of fact, we passed the tipping point back around 1215AD and we've been picking up speed ever since. So.. Here's the secret to #3... 1+2=3 ;)

Anyhow. This has been much too long-winded so I'm going to hush before I trip over my own ego (or realize I tripped over it 2 paragraphs in)
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Something that hasn't been heavily reported but that really excites me are the demographics of the vote this year.

Nearly 20% of the total voters are under 30. That's massive. That's double what it was 12 years ago. More important, nearly 70% of the youth vote went to Obama.

Freaks, geeks, weirdos, Burners, Goths, Furries, Goons. The Internet beat the Republicans.

The world is changing. It's a shame that Hunter S. Thompson didn't stick around because I've got a feeling that the tide's coming back in and it's going to surge way past that old line in the desert.

Confession

Nov. 5th, 2008 08:20 am
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I cried last night.

When it was officially reported that Obama had won, I cried.

Is this what hope feels like? )
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I'm sure you have all read the news story about the McCain supporter that carved a backwards B in her face and claimed it was an Obama supporter that did it.

tinfoil hat )
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Went to see W last night with [livejournal.com profile] centauress and [livejournal.com profile] prickvixen

I confess, I had reservations about seeing this film because, as I put it to PV, I already know Bush is an idiot and if I want stupidity, there's Beverly Hills Chihuahua and Max Payne. But I also wanted to spend an evening out with friends and I felt like seeing a movie (which is rare)

Movie review )
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Preface: This post is really questioning myself using an external voice. All use of the word 'you' should be interpreted as being about the writer, not the audience.

You've always moped and been sad that you missed the 60s. That far off fantasy time of great cultural change. And yet, you know that like the magical heterosexual 50s, they didn't really exist. It's a myth. Hippies were a subculture. Most of america was exactly as it is now. A bunch of miserable people who hate pretty-much everything that's different from them.

So.. Look around you right now. Burning Man, Free Hugs, and great stands against racism, homophobia, and the rape of our planet. Perhaps you're missing the revolution. Look at everything that's going on in the world today. How can you be involved? How can you be a part of it? How can you join the revolution and make change happen? The world is largely what you make it, and you live in a time and place where great cultural change is within your grasp if you're willing to reach out and be a part of it. Make the world a better place. You have the power. Everyone does. A million tiny changes add up.


So... Now back to the audience: What can I do to make the world a happier, nicer, more beautiful place? How about you?

Ugh.

Oct. 21st, 2008 02:05 am
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I think I may need to unplug from LJ and stuff for a couple of weeks. It's 2AM. I've wasted the past 4 hours reading news and blogs and crap. Election years do this to me. I get so stressed out by all the friggin media hype, fear, and paranoia.

I've got better things to do with my time than freak out and waste it like this.
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Yeesh. As McCain slips in the polls, the right wing is getting exponentially more hateful in their campaigns. More and more, their hate and racism is rearing its ugly head as they keep trying to assert Obama is a muslim. They're so angry that Obama has not played the race card. They were counting on being able to scream about that and mask their racism but he hasn't and as their guy slips in the polls, so too does their mask begin to slip and we see the true ugly face of america behind it.

I wonder how long it will be before they start blithering about succession.

SCIENCE

Sep. 5th, 2008 05:20 pm
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So. In the realm of "It pays to keep yourself informed"...

A few months ago, I'd heard from a respectable professor giving a lecture at UC Berkeley that a paper had been published which said that even in normal club-level doses, MDMA caused some long-term brain damage.

I've had MDMA three times. It's pleasant enough but not really my thing so this was not seriously a sad discovery for me.

However, I'd passed along this information to friends and some of them were a bit saddened by it. However, I was listening to Lorenzo's program (see Music) and he mentioned that there was a huge scandal with the paper in question and that Science had printed a retraction/apology/etc. Turns out that the original author, Ricaurte is one of Bush's little weasels and he'd ACCIDENTLY confused MDMA with Methamphetamine. GEE, what a mix-up!

Here's a google search string if you're interested in looking at the various articles

This makes me angry on a couple levels. First because I've been part of their blanket of misinformation because it's my nature to want to keep my friends and loved ones safe. But moreover it bugs me because while their lie made HUGE press and I saw it in several different reports and have subsequently heard it mentioned a half-dozen times by anti-drug groups, the RETRACTION was printed nearly TWO YEARS ago. Better yet, this bozo continues to get fat grants from the Bush Administration to keep up his smear campaign research My tax dollars hard at work! :(

Anyhow, to anyone I passed bad information along to, I do apologize. The source I heard the information from was a credited (and drug-positive) professor whose information was based on a peer-reviewed scientific publication. Just goes to show that anyone can be duped.
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So.. I've been writing a lot lately about an alternate version of myself. One that has a weird spiritual view of the world and believes in faeries and stuff and, rather than constantly disclaiming this fantasy self and feeling repressed about writing for her, I've spun her off into a separate shard. Call her a story journal or an alternate version of me if you like, but if you're interested in reading that stuff, check her out at

http://dvnt_spirit.livejournal.com I'll probably crosslink her stories here for a while and you'll doubtlessly see some overlap in ideas if you read both of us.

Of course, everything has its dark side and I certainly have mine so... I decided to extend this experiment a bit see what happens if I spin my ranting angry political side off into a separate journal as well because heck, if we're going to talk about world-views that I don't necessarily endorse and cause internal conflict in myself in terms of rationalizing who I am, Ms. Ann Thrope is far more incompatible with me than some girl who believes in faeries.

Anyhow. Her journal is at http://dervish_girl.livejournal.com Read at your own peril.


Both of these are public entities. They're still 'me'. I'm just trying a behavior experiment on myself.

Siasl

Jul. 25th, 2008 04:02 pm
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Perhaps I'm getting older, or perhaps reading on a chapter every day or so keeps the rage from building up. Whatever the case, though I've been quite tempted at several points, I haven't YET thrown Stranger in a strange land against the wall yet although it has quite grated on me at several points.

I think the only part I've found interesting thus far was Jubal Hershaw's views on religion. Man, I'm slow to catch on. His view is word-for-word almost absolutely identical to mine. The whole spiel about all religions being equally likely or unlikely and that it'd be a pretty lousy sort of God who'd prefer one over the other and the universe being so big that God probably doesn't care if you do X, Y, or Z. Even the bit about how he'd rather spend eternity in Hell than kiss up to an abusive God. It's almost verbatim from my head. Uncanny.

Curious. I thought this was a popular book and yet I've never really seen that POV expressed anywhere outside of me or this book. Surely other people have thought of this. I'm surprised it isn't widely accepted as the only sensible answer to anyone who's ever thought at length on the subject of religion. The question isn't whether or not God/Gods/magic exist but the value/credibility of religion.

The really positive thing about reading this is that, I came to it independently. Sure, lots of people have contributed to me fitting it all together and offered little pieces, but the result I reached was something I found for myself. Not something dictated by my parents, church, country, or social network.

No two groups (to my knowledge) have ever independently developed the same religion. Particularly not in abstract terms. Stories about the moon and the sun as gods may be somewhat common in many of them but you'd find a lot of devils in the details and their requirements and customs would have some radical differences. Even groups like jews, muslims, and christians all share the same root religion but have sharp divisions between them, and subdivisions of those religions are nearly as bitterly divided.

Oddly enough though, I also share the view of Mike, the Man from Mars. I am God. You are God, the trees and the wind are God. Not in the sense that I can raise a mountain with the wave of a finger, but more that we're all a part of everything. Even inanimate objects exist and that's something incredibly awesome and magical when you consider the vast emptiness of space. We're something unfathomably complex and amazing. sub-atomic particles structured just so to form atoms. Atoms linked together in just the right way to form different compounds, those compounds interacting and exchanging with other compounds. Those chemical exchanges and compounds sometimes forming what we call life in the form of cells and their myriad sub components. In us, those cells form organs which all work together to make an animal and somehow just the right firing of chemistry, electrons, and environment has produced us. Creatures that can move beyond their base needs and create. We're making the next level of complexity right now. We have been since the dawn of man. Fashioning crude tools and refining them more and more. Eventually creating machines which will one day become to us, what we are to cells, and in those machines, entire new universes are and will be born. We ARE the wheels within wheels within wheels. We are God.

Want to know the secret of the universe? Why everything exists and where it all came from? Want to know the mind of God? It's simple... BECAUSE. That's it. It exists because it does. What else would the universe do if it didn't exist? All the rules and everything else, gravity and all that are necessary to making this because function. There could be and most likely are an infinite other number of universes (either parallel or serial) with completely different sets of rules. There's at least 7 billion on this planet alone. All your dreams, ideas, and emotions, creating their own infinite expanses with their own sets of rules. Every story that is written, every song, every painting is a world of its own.

Think about it. What's the end goal of science? Isn't it always at the very end to build better universes? Some people think they can do that through war, others through inspiration and exploration but we're all still going. All dreaming of a better world. Some of us may only dream of a comfy chair and a decent nap while others have grander dreams but we're all basically searching for the same thing, be we astrophysicists, computer programmers, evangelists, artists, writers, parents, alcoholics, heroine addicts, dogs, cats, insects, even plants. Everything is God. Everything is an isolate universe infinite unto itself. As thinking creatures, we can chose to be either, both, neither, or some complex and varied combination of all of them.

Recently, someone called me a bodhisattvas. (After looking it up) I think I could nearly accept that label though I think I would say that from my current vantage: On the road to enlightenment, the only destination is the journey and the only truth is none. (In other words, I'm no smarter than anyone else and no closer to 'the truth')

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