This weekend I participated in a meditation retreat with Anam Thubten, as I'm able to do each fall. About 70 other practitioners were there at the retreat center near a creek, close to Austin. Saturday afternoon Anam gave a homework assignment to find a personal demon and get better acquainted.
Since I had been struggling regularly, with concepts of the world that made other people and animals "separate", the name of the Demon arose promptly.
That identification reduced the strength of that mental concept for me. I still look at the world through my conceptual model. This is inherent to our species. Conceptual models are simpler to compute, than reality.
However, I feel differently about all of the people and animals playing their roles and suffering and causing harm.
I'm not so separate...
Declassified Israeli documents detail 60 year effort to remove Palestinians and other Arab peoples from the Jewish state, before their numbers grew too large to dominate. Thanks Eleni.
The Hell that is Gaza.
If you will not leave completely, you will live in Hell. Bombs, blockade, psy-ops, and drug addiction...Thanks Eleni.
("Separate" tells us to do whatever evil to others, like Palestinians, or caged pigs, because it serves our purpose, and we do not have to suffer the consequences ourselves.)
The Saudi plan to give up on the Palestinian cause, in return for Israeli and American support in waging war upon Iran. This best serves the "separate" interests of Israel, while all others will bear heavier and heavier consequences. (Such a deal!)
50,000 children in Yemen will have died this year of starvation, cholera and other disease, the lack of food, fuel and clean water, not the bombs and artillery.
This sort of seems to serve the "separate" interests of Israel, maybe the House of Saud, maybe the US. Really, does it even do that?
According to the former Qatari Prime Minister, Qatar was in charge of the so-called “Syrian Dossier” on behalf of the US and Saudi Arabia, adding that he had access to both American and Saudi paperwork on the staging of a so-called “Syrian civil war.”...
Ugo Bardi looks at historical patterns that correlate to mass exterminations of humans and other life forms. (Right now, other life forms are taking the big hit, which is not part of the analysis. Somehow, I think it should be.) Are we about to go through this again? Where are the edges of "separate" for those who make the decisions?
The concept which brought debtor's prisons to our world is alive and well in America. Student loan debt need to be more completely frightening in every way. If you don't make your payments, many states will revoke your professional license, so you can't work at all, and/or your driver's license, so you'd better live close to that McDonalds.
Yeah, it seems to be working fine. No, nobody's keeping track...
Charles Manson has died in prison. "Natural causes", 83 years of age... Helter-skelter.