Antoni Tapies

Antoni Tapies

Sunday, February 5, 2017

'There is a concept which upsets and corrupts all others. I refer not to Evil, whose limited realm is that of ethics; I refer to the infinite.' Jorge Luis Borges, from his essay 'The Avatars of the Tortoise'.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Cannabis

I am of the opinion that pointing out the dangers of cannabis is quite beside the point. Alcohol and tobacco have been proven to be considerably harmful and both substances are legal. By comparison cannabis is milder than either, and it has been proven. I can vouch that cannabis has mild psychological withdrawal symptoms, but no physical ones, and they do not last long, maybe a month for me. The benefits of legalization far outweigh the hazards. The most obvious gain is relief for the legal system. It is quite difficult to prohibit a plant that grows freely in the wild. I don't think it is a good idea to criminalize people who are seeking pleasure, in most cases. Cannabis is relatively benign and penalizing people for it actually is counterproductive leading to more serious crimes.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Change

Resisting change is like trying to stop a tsunami that is getting bigger and faster all the time. Despite all the denial in the world you can only accommodate it or try to get out of the way. The times are changing, faster all the time, and if you can't help out get out of the way or you will be swept aside.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Patience

New Jerusalem Bible, Standard Ed. 1998; Job 6 One day the sons of God came to attend on Yahweh, among them came Satan. 7 So Yahweh said to Satan 'Where have you been?' 'Prowling around the earth,' he answered, 'roaming around there'. 8 So Yahweh asked him 'Did you pay any attention to my servant Job? There is no one like him on the earth, a sound and honest man who fears God and shuns evil.' 9 'Yes,' Satan said, 'but Job is not God fearing for nothing, is he? 10 Have you not put a wall around him and all his domain? You have blessed all he undertakes, and his flocks throng the countryside'. 11 But stretch out your hand and lay a finger on his possessions and I warrant you, he will curse you to your face.' 12 'Very well' Yahweh said to Satan 'all he has is in your power. But keep your hands off his person'. So Satan left the presence of Yahweh.

The book Job goes on to relate that Job remained faithful and Satan told Yahweh that if he were allowed to touch Job's person he would become unfaithful. When this is done Job wavers and his friends console him. The rest of the book is basically theology. Job resolves his dilemmas to Yahweh's satisfaction and restores Job's life.

I was in a discussion about the presence of 'evil' in the world, and how God allows it. One of the fellows offered that the world is a test of the soul. That does sound reasonable to me. Of course some presumptions there, the soul, the afterlife etc. I'm inclined to believe in reincarnation, just a feeling. I think the verdict of your life is played out in your next one. I'm just taking off from the Buddhist tenets about coming to terms with suffering, being as righteous as possible and moving on to better things. I'm also reminded of the famous Jim Morrison line 'You cannot petition the Lord with prayer'. I imagine your works are your prayers.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Surveillance

As an average US citizen I wonder how worried I should be at 'mass surveillance'? When you have mercenary, extremist and drug gangs running wild worldwide. And money laundering on a massive scale. You also have much government and business corruption still plaguing the world. Apparently the important things cannot be attended to. I don't think the world wants the precedent of wealthy people forming a mercenary army and taking over parts of the world. I wonder where it will happen next? If the Iraq and Syria problem is not solved it will probably be quite soon.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Motion Paradox

"You cannot traverse an infinite number of points in a finite time. You must traverse half of the given distance before you traverse the whole, and half of that before you can traverse it. This goes on ad infinitum, so that (if space is made up of points) there are an infinite number in any given space; it cannot be traversed in a finite time. " Zeno of Elea 490-430 BC  The famous 'motion paradox' first formulated by Pythagoras. Zeno expounded on it and extended it to other phenomenon. But to me this sums it up. Take time for instance, for  second to pass 1/2 second must pass, for a 1/2 to pass 1/4, for 1/4 to pass 1/8... ad infinitum. I think time is more of an unfolding, like vegetation. 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeno_of_Elea

Monday, June 22, 2015

Thoughts on 9/11

The 9/11 attacks reminded me of the Kennedy assassination in that some sort of conspiracy obviously did take place and an attempt was made to cover it up, not only by the perpetrators but also by authorities trying to maintain civil order, almost like a conspiracy within a conspiracy. Another factor, which I even mentioned to Dylan Avery himself, was that in revealing the conspiracy could well be more destructive than the conspiracy itself, another factor for a coverup.

In Avery's documentary 'Loose Change' the claim is made that the airliners in question all landed elsewhere, Cleveland among other places. I thought, that means that all the passengers were eliminated? I have seen my share of documentaries about 9/11 and somehow I have never seen evidence of the passengers' deaths presented. I thought all you would need is some personal articles, bone fragments, or something to allay suspicions.

Another concern was how could ANY unauthorized airplane get to the Pentagon? Maybe in 1961, but surely not in 2001.

The question arose in my mind, if it was conspiratorial why were the World Trade Center buildings brought down? It must have had something to do with what was in the buildings. It has been said that 'Building 7' nearby was demolished for insurance purposes. But even there it was done so quickly, and it takes some time to place explosive charges, an obvious anomaly. It is said that the chemical thermite was detected at the sites, which is used for demolition purposes.

Yes, if you look closely at the events of 9/11 there are many mysteries. But there are also machinations that take place within governments generally unknown. The size of some governments makes this possible.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermite