Siddharta


These people were worthy of love and admiration in their blind loyalty, in their blind strength and tenacity. With the exception of one small thing, one tiny little thing, they lacked nothing that the sage and thinker had, and that was the consciousness of the unity of all life.

Hermann Hesse, Siddharta

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I like the young Turks.  I watch when I can.  Ya really do gotta love the way the right wing-nuts anti-abortion holier than thou types screaming and yelling like the monkeys they evolved from only a scant few thousand generations ago.  Sanctimoniously screaming about Stupak the Baby Killer, like he would ever do that, like the health care bill somehow makes abortion free and easy to get.

It doesn’t.  The Hyde Amendment is still in effect. Federal funding of abortion is illegal now, just like it was before the health care bill passed, and you would have to read something into the bill that isn’t there to find abortion funding. 

But people are easily led, and believe what they want to, not because it is right, but because it is easy, and rather than actually read the bill, they listen to the hype, and allow their emotions to be manipulated by leaders who are simply using them and their emotional responses to push the country away from the freedoms that they claim to represent, and who do so for personal gain.  For political power, personal power, money, ratings, whatever they deep down need.  And to get it they gin up anger in people, and we get this:

Anthony Weiner gets a letter with some kind of powder in it, in order to intimidate by making it look like those letters that were in the mail around 9/11 that had anthrax.

Broken windows.

Death threats, and the downplaying of them by those who could make political hay by stating such.

That cut gas line.

A noose sent to an African American representative.

I gotta tell you, I like the fact that peoples hearts are engaged.  I really do.  But if they would just turn them the right way, away from hate and anger and towards constructive change for what they want, they would, even though I disagree with their views, make America a better place to live.  Civil discourse is a great thing.  Screaming lunacy is stupid and entertaining, and makes me laugh, but it also concerns.  It will eventually kill someone, probably someone important, and these people who are leaders will try to deflect blame, thus teaching another bad lesson to America, one which they like teaching.

Avoidance of personal responsibility.  It is something the right-wing and their main stream media buddies teach as a core concept in their political playbook.

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A true seeker could not accept any teachings, not if he sincerely wished to find something. But he who had found, could give his approval to every path, every goal; nothing separated him from all of the other thousands who lived in eternity, who breathed the Divine.

Hermann Hesse, Siddharta

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Gotta love Alan Grayson.  He’s one helluva funny guy, and he’s really got his head in the right place.  The man is throwing down the gauntlet here, and that is an absolutely wonderful thing to hear and see. 

Sarah Palin: The patron saint of quitting.  Representative Grayson gives me lulz.

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Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish. And yet it also pleases me and seems right that what is of value and wisdom to one man seems nonsense to another.

Hermann Hesse, Siddharta

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