Words are magic - for better or for worse

"Only the hand that erases can write the true thing."

Meister Eckhart

Slut, geek, idiot, asshole, whore, drunk, fatboy, dumb, lazy, slacker, felon - the names that confer identity assault us daily and we come to believe them. They bring to consciousness an identity which can cause great pain and work an evil magic on our life that poisons it and turns it sour if not deadly.

What is in a word? Nothing less than reality. Remember the old saying, "Perception is reality." Our own realities are created from words. Words confer consciousness; they confer meaning; they confer experience. And ignorant, unenlightened fools that we are, we believe them. And they are not true. What they refer to, the pictures they paint, the identities they confer is not who we are. How many people know that?

Be careful of the words you attribute to things and experiences. They are magical because they create a reality for ourselves and others. As the bumper sticker says, "Don't believe everything you think."


U.S. economy, badly in debt, needs to shift to green technologies and rebuilding the public infrastructure

The Real News Network had a good 5 minute piece yesterday on the sagging U.S. economy. You'd think the 2008 Presidential candidates and pundits would be talking about the real issues and not arguing over what pastor said what and whether the candidate was in the church when he said it. The Republicans have again distracted the American citizens with bogus issues while they have run up huge deficits, expanded the income inequality, given tax cuts to the rich while saddling the middle and working classes with increasing prices and interest costs. I recommend this video.

Adolf Hitler was right about some things


It never ceases to amaze me that half of the voters in the United States would elect a President like George W. Bush, a Vice President like Dick Cheney, both convicted DWI offenders, and that congress would roll over and play dead in allowing the Iraq war, tax cuts to the rich, and the other cockamamie policies that this Republican government has promulgated.

The explanation in my mind lies in the realm of the citizenry being manipulated by fear following 9/11 which led to them checking their brains at the door. It is pretty clear that most Americans no longer approve of this administration's performance with approval ratings hitting below 35% but it is too late now.

Adolph Hitler did a lot of bad things and promoted a lot of outrageous policies but he was wildly popular in his day and was an excellent politician. That observation should give the American public pause, and perhaps stimulate them to get their thinking caps back on their heads and be smarter when it comes to electing the politicians who represent them.