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Boredom is the enemy #1 to every serious occupation in life. A story which concerns St. John, a favorite disciple of Jesus is that he was once seen sporting with a tame partridge, by an archer who thought that the holy man should not waste his time in such frivolities; The apostle replied that if the archer did not at times relax his bow, it would lose spring.
Can there be time out for holiness? For a saint like St. Francis even frivolities shall prove his human quality in its naturalness. Addressing the sun as Brother Sun or the birds the revered figure of Assissi proved his time out was in fitness of God’s kingdom. The hand that wounds a man of God is an occasion for him to show his essence. He may dismiss it as natural of being among men of all persuasions and quality. For him forgiving comes easier because he is not only thinking of himself but also of another. Tyrants at home demand service and not understand those who serve also have sometimes difficulties in meeting their demands. They have simply forgotten others since they are full of themselves. Those who slash and burn rain forests do so because they want to aggrandize themselves at the expense of others. How can such fellows call themselves as human or decent?

The great Caesar as Plutarch tells us, on one occasion sought shelter under the roof of a rustic shepherd. At dinner time the meal cooked in rancid oil and served to him made the companion bristle with indignity. Caesar could accept the humble meal and thank him for his hospitality. Caesar proved his greatness even under straitened circumstances. He did not forget where he was and his place. He was a guest and having forced himself on another man’s hospitality knew how to behave. Like Caesar each of us is a guest here on earth.
Can there be time out for holiness? Or let us rephrase it like thus: Can there be time out from being human?
Tailpiece: there is nothing that can fix a problem like capitalism than fixing who we are and our decency to others who also have found sharing the space. None of us owns the earth. Perhaps education that we tout as cure-all is a travesty of true purpose of education. Think of damage done under initiative and free enterprise! colossal damage done by cretins in the name of bold initiative. Ptooii! Education on these fellows seems to fit the proverb:’casting pearls before swine’.
benny

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Remember the securitization food chain that led many banks to collapse?It followed the law that deregulated safety controls set in place to save the nation from another Depression of 1929. In 1982 Reagan opened the way for banks to make private profits over public losses so what happens but subprime mortgage crisis? Anyone could own million dollar house and only when the housing market bubble burst the nation realized the citizens were short-changed while many made their billions. After the 2008 Global economic crisis one would think the government would get its act together. No the current news makes it clear.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A clerical error landed Kathleen Casey on the streets.
Out of work two years, her unemployment benefits exhausted, in danger of losing her apartment, Casey applied for a job in the pharmacy of a Boston drugstore. She was offered $11 an hour. All she had to do was pass a background check.
It turned up a 14-count criminal indictment. Kathleen Casey had been charged with larceny in a scam against an elderly man and woman that involved forged checks and fake credit cards.
There was one technicality: The company that ran the background check, First Advantage, had the wrong woman. The rap sheet belonged to Kathleen A. Casey, who lived in another town nearby and was 18 years younger.
Kathleen Ann Casey, would-be pharmacy technician, was clean.
“It knocked my legs out from under me,” she says.
The business of background checks is booming. Employers spend at least $2 billion a year to look into the pasts of their prospective employees. They want to make sure they’re not hiring a thief, or worse.
But it is a system weakened by the conversion to digital files and compromised by the welter of private companies that profit by amassing public records and selling them to employers. These flaws have devastating consequences.
It is a system in which the most sensitive information from people’s pasts is bought and sold as a commodity.
A system in which computers scrape the public files of court systems around the country to retrieve personal data. But a system in which what they retrieve isn’t checked for errors that would be obvious to human eyes.
Integration principle denote the manner how an evil practice could run into different layers affecting the society and affect at the level of individuals.
Social changes are possible because of this principle.( Ack: AP News/20 Dec.11)
Bottom line is: where else private information sensitive and sacred in any society made out to be free and enlightened, should be treated as commodity and sold for profit? Where else but under capitalism?
Capitalism practiced in America can only be dismissed as crapitalism. No other word can explain it.
benny

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Re. my post on the Age of New Physics what science reveals is that in a collision of matter and antimatter,nihilism is not an option. Matter shall always have an edge over anti-matter. The earth was not ‘created’ in vain but was intended to be inhabited. Having said created you might ask, ‘how can you uphold science in one breath and speak of creation in the next? Science is not foolproof as we are ever discovering to our dismay. Einstein was the last word but science advances and Einstein’s theories recede into the past. New understanding splices into what was supposed and over a length of time shall be shown to altogether different. nutrinos can travel faster than the speed of light and technology shall push the envelop further than before. Let us give science its due place.( see correction at the end)

In all these what we need to remember is that positive values of universe cry out for mankind to be positive in their outlook as well. Merely because greed of some has made mess of our future we ought to think other means to go past these folks for whom material wealth is all that matters. Let them sort out their confusion and we need to get grips with what think is our best way forward. By throwing some dole to the poor shall never make them free from the yoke of poverty. The poor and weak in society need to be helped so they have adequate skills to grow further and make their way in life.It is not money but knowledge coupled with power is the secret. Positive intelligence in such a case shall cut a wide swath for man to go further.
Positive intelligence also tells us that any material object wealth for example with its adjuncts status, fame shall never be satisfied. The more you get more wants it will create and that make you a slave. Instead find a positive way to make material wealth our servant and not the master. Positive intelligence frees us from material servitude to be at ease with our interior word and material world equally. By positive intelligence we say ‘yea’ to life.
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Those who want to write their future need to hold onto the Positive intelligence.
I do not expect it would reveal us the kind of Creator God we are looking for. As humans let us not expect the impossible and think of silly stuff like guardian angels, prophets and such like. It is foolish to kill all those who worship gods with twenty hands since you are convinced your gods have two heads.
The intelligence with which we can carve the piece of mutton laid on our table will do. It is also intelligence to eat as much as your body can take it. Positive intelligence gives you all you need to be at peace with both visible and inner worlds. As the earth has given you may give equally your best to others. It is such intelligence that can make the earth fit for all those who want to make a difference positively.
A correction: Now the Scientists have retracted and found their basis to hold nutrinos can travel faster than light was based on wrong data. (March 23,2012-b.)
benny

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'workers of the world unite,'so says our Book,'So you deserve no handout,'said the ant

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''my wealth is spread around, so I dance and cut a figure', said the grasshopper.

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Do not try this at home
There are over 82,000 residents in Trenton, as of a 2008 census.

According to latest CBS news report a 15 year old girl took her sister of 7 and she sold them for sex to as many as seven.  Trenton is the capital of New Jersey.

Police say the teenager, who stayed behind, also took money to have sex with others at a party in a Trenton apartment Sunday.

The older girl is charged with aggravated sexual assault, promoting prostitution and other crimes. Her name was not released because of her age.

Police are trying to track down the men and boys who were at the party.

The girl must have followed the spirit of free trade as dished out by politicians and capitalists alike in her own small way. Think what she set out to achieve at a tender age of 15 ! Only the manner in which she set out went wrong. She made moneyin the best tradition of capitalism on whoever she could get hold of: it happened to be her sister of seven.

The older sister apparently believed in the bromide we have heard so often,’ Catch’em young,’ and do not believe in anymore. We have become cynical as she has, and know the best trick to turn up a dollar or two is to have one fall guy on hand. Of course she had set up her sister and knew if she played her cards well she could have had the custom of  the entire Trenton. Well almost.

benny

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How I learned to live with less*

(* and wondering what I did with my brain all this while)

My friend John Doe sent me the other day a letter that took my breath away. He had never sent me anything other than a short note in his longhand. Twice if I remember correctly. Once when his father died and another when his daughter got engaged. Usually he phoned me or texted me via the Web.
Getting a rather fat envelope I was amazed to see it was all written in his longhand as though he got a second wind once he took the pen to write in old fashioned way.  At the end he had his signature, a clue to our childhood days, a sketch of himself like the signature of Saint made famous by Leslie Charteris.
America had swallowed him some 40 years ago but he let me show that his heart still beat within true. Only that the Great Economic Meltdown like the Great Fish spat him out of a society he was so comfortable with.. The latterday Jonah, from his missive seemed to have a crusading spirit to live with the less. He in his characteristic style told he was part of a Consumer society ‘but like the pole dancer I had to hit the ground sooner or later. Ben, I am cured off my madness.’
How did he do that?
1.    Monthly payments. Earlier I didn’t care about the price, as long as I could borrow to pay for it and I have enough income to cover the monthly payment. No longer. I’ve already got too much debt, and the banks won’t lend me the money anyway. Result: More cash purchases and a lot less financing of cars, furniture and other costly items.
2.    Window shopping is a luxury that I can well do without. If I really need something I let the urge cool off. What I haven’t bought on impulse hasn’t hurt me.
3.    Us versus them :Technology has made living easier but hasn’t safeguarded us, the economically vulnerable from hitting the skidrow. As long as Technology comes in the form of providing a safety net for its votaries a safe home and supportive community, the kids’ education, Internet connectivity, sustenance for a pet, it shall remain questionable in my book of Rules.
4.    Redundancy made me move to a small rental home in 2007 and suddenly it were like scales falling off from my eyes. ‘Where on earth did I acquire all these junk?’ it hit me hard. The snazzy things became all at once junk, and redundant. Ever since I use the Web to sell them on line. It is painful but every time I sold an item, was like a spiritual deliverance.  One doesn’t how the things, in the process of acquiring them,(for no other reason than keeping with the Jones’s) forge ball and chain for your soul.
5.    Cutting back on pay-TV services or canceling them altogether, which saves $50 to $100 a month. When I get an urge I look  into YouTube or better still watch people. It is highly educative, this people watching I mean. No scare mongering or commercial breaks but just fun of seeing plain folks in their unguarded moments.
I know TV is full of crap and radio shows are an exercise in futility with sponsors competing one another to reach into your wallet. If I want an informed opinion or a sane commentary of the world what can Limbaug do better than I? At least I use my brain for my own good. It is a change anyway.
Reading my friend’s letter I realized we ourselves in a craze to sound ‘successful’ by creating certain symbols for it, pulled wool over our eyes. (Ack: usnews- Rick Newman , January 21)

benny

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