Category: Spiritual Reality

Violence is the excuse repressive governments use to take freedoms from their citizens.  Non-Violent resistance to evil by force is the answer because it exposes the lie of our society.  We are told by our rulers that they must use violence to protect us from those who are more violent and terrible then they.  Therefore when non-violent protestors are beaten and pepper sprayed by our government, they expose their true nature.

They tell us they are the good guys.  But do good guys beat and pepper spray non-violent protestors?  Do good guys start wars for reasons that turn out to be false?  Do good guys make up 3% of the world’s population and have by far the most people in their jails?  The answer of course is no, but getting people to believe this is a very difficult thing.  The key is non-violence.

When our government beats and arrests non-violent protestors it forces the average American to take a hard look at what is going on and ask themselves, who are the bad guys here?  We have always been taught that bad guys are the ones who are powerful and pick on those who are weak.  So when we see our strong government picking on its own non-violent citizens, we have no choice but to believe the truth, that our government is violent and repressive.

If the protestors were to ever deviate from the non-violent path, it would validate our government’s violent repression.  That is what our government is waiting for.  They WANT the protests to turn violent.  Violence will then justify a like response and the movement will lose all credibility.  Non-violence forces people to look unflinchingly at what they have turned a blind eye to for over 10 years now.  The fact that our land of the free, has become a place where people profit from repression and murder.  That reality is shown every time a pregnant women and an 80 year old woman get pepper sprayed:

THIS IS REALITY!  Our government is attacking it’s own non-violent citizens.  It’s mask has been taken off and it’s true face has been revealed.  It is time for us to ask ourselves, which side are we on.  Do we cower in fear and side with the repressors, or do we embrace freedom no matter the cost and support the repressed.  For me the choice is obvious.


DEEP Weekly Wisdom

“If you want to be respected by others the great thing is to respect yourself. Only by that, only by self-respect will you compel others to respect you.”

Steve Drake

The Buddhists have a saying, “Our enemies are our greatest teachers”.  They believe that enemies or even frenemies teach us patience and constantly test our spiritual progress.  This is a great way to look at life and put a positive spin on having to deal with difficult people.  However the Buddhist never met my cat.  He is a total prick.

But Jamie, you say, he is just an innocent animal.  To that I give you the following sceniero.  After walking over my face to wake me up at 4 AM, my cat proceeded to meow loudly for a solid hour at the foot of my bed until I got up to feed him.  I groggily stumbled out of bed, put on some pants and went downstairs to feed his fat ass.  After throwing food into his dish, I decide to jump on the internet and check my email.  As I sit down in my computer chair I feel something under my butt.  “Did I leave the remote for the TV on my chair?” I ask myself, still half asleep.  I get up to discover a massive dried cat turd right in the middle of my chair.  Yup, he shit on my chair.

I am in shock.  Is this a horrible dream?  I just cleaned his litter box two days ago.  Why is he taking a dump on my chair?  I pet him, feed him, grow cat nip plants for him.  I spoil is lazy ass rotten and he says thanks by crapping on the chair I sit in the most.  It is officially like that.  I look up with wild angry eyes, scanning the dark room for the fiendish pooper and see him sitting 10 feet away.  He has already scarfed down his food and is now staring at me with delight.  He knows what he did, and now he is watching the panicked look on my face and loving every minute of it.

That's it...Sit down...BWAHAHAHAHAHA! You Fool! Oh before I forget, thanks for the free food! I guess you didn't know I worked for Satan. Next time do a background check! HAHA!

Our eyes lock and before I make my move he bolts up the stairs.  Jesus, I think to myself, what the hell did I do to this prick to deserve this.  I mean shitting on my chair when he has a perfectly clean litter box?!  What IS that?!  I begin to walk upstairs, remembering my Buddhist feelings on the subject of forgiveness etc when suddenly I feel something squishy under my foot.  I don’t even need to look down to know that I fucking just stepped in cat puke, did I mention it’s 5 AM?

So now I have sat in cat shit AND stepped in cat puke all before the sun comes up.  I sigh.  I figure Karma is a bitch and I have done some retarded things in my life and this is just an odd form of payback.  I go to the bathroom and turn on the water in the tub to wash my foot off.  It is then that I discover the third cat bodily function based assault on my nerves.  My pants have fucking cat puke all down the side.  Yup, he decided to not only shit on my chair but to also puke right next to it AND puke some more on my pants.

Years ago I would have kicked him across the room.  He wouldn’t have known why he was being kicked and I wouldn’t have cared.  That thought did run across my mind along with your standard Chinese Food joke but then those passed and I took a shower and threw my pants downstairs to be washed.  I have learned patience and kicking a cat will not solve my problem.  I signed up (kind of) to be a cat owner and this is the downside of that agreement.

So seeing that today is actually “Love Your Pet Day” I encourage you to do just that, even if he is a total asshole, because they truly are just animals.  My animal just happens to revel in watching me sit in his crap.  Can you honestly blame him?

The game is rigged.  That is American reality at the start of the 21st Century.  Our political system is so corrupt, so slanted towards the rich that both the dems and repubs no longer work for the people who put them into office.  They work for their peers.  As you can see from these scary charts: everyone in America has a 1 in 22 shot of being a millionaire.  Everyone in Congress has a 1 in  2 shot.  That is how we know the game is rigged.  The guys making the laws are either rich or there to get rich by lining the pockets of those who already are. 

When people decide to talk about these kinds of issues (which is exceedingly rare in this country), they usually get bogged down into arguments about dems being union suck ups and repubs being suck ups to the rich.  As the charts on the link show, 7 out of the 10 richest congressmen and women are Dems!  They don’t care about your union, they don’t care about your safety all they care about is giving out government breaks to their buddies with your tax dollars.  Congressional representatives are supposed to be just that, representatives of the people who voted them in.  How many people do you know that have 400 million dollars in their checking account?

They all represent their own interests.  Just like you and I do, only they do it on a mass scale.  The way to stop it is to not envy the 400 million dollars they have in their bank account but to feel sorry for them.  Feel sorry that they have a chance to make a real difference in the lives of so many, yet they choose selfish greed over altruism.  This does not bring happiness but only suffering. 

I am sure a lot of you are saying “I can suffer with 400 million in my bank account”, it is true, money does solve some major problems in our lives and gives us a form of security.  It does not, and never will, bring lasting happiness to anyone’s life.  They fill their massive houses full of junk they don’t even want just to say they own it.  Think of what good they could do for humanity instead of buying things they don’t want to impress people they don’t like.  I know they want to do good, they need to take the next step and start actually doing it.

The answer to this problem is not socialism or communism or any ism, it is empathy.  It is finding the good inside of you and knowing what a positive difference your money can make.  Just a little goes such a long way.  It is putting yourself in the shoes of another and trying to help that person achieve their goals because no one ever helped you achieve yours.  Call it paying it forward or karma or whatever you want but in reality it is increasing the good in our society.  That end result is something worth pursuing.

We are already a very generous nation.  We give billions to charity each year and that is a true example of the American spirit.  Since the rich have so much, why not help.  I am not saying give your money away to anyone and everyone, I am saying do things you know are good and you will find lasting happiness.  Although these statistics are shocking and they reflect the current state of massive greed that prevails in this country, that doesn’t always have to be the way it is.  Each day gives up a fresh opportunity to define ourselves, it is time for the richest 1% to start embracing their own salvation.  They will be happy when they do!

This move was easier than one might think.  I never bought into the whole creator god thing.  It was based way to much on belief in the words of men who have proven themselves to be corrupt.  Any book that tells you it has all the answers is always trying to sell you something.  Add that to the Catholic sex scandle and you get the picture.  Selling non reality and faith for profit is one of the most cynical enterprises going that doesn’t have Michael Bay’s name associated with it.  So I bailed.  I pulled a Jim Morrison and stated “You’re all a bunch of fucking slaves” and turned my back on organized religion as a money making relic made for dip shits so they could feel better about not knowing what happens to them after they die.  In my late 20’s I had a series of mind numbingly boring  jobs which all had the same redeeming quality, they let me wear headphones while I worked.  So after listening to every Beatles album a million times and a bunch of Bob Dylan I started getting curious if I could listen to book tapes while I worked.  It took a little practices but eventually I was able to do my job, and listen to whatever books interested me.  I have always been fascinated as to how people relate to each other so I started downloading philosophy classes in podcast form from UCal Berkley.  Those were really great and opened up a bunch of new questions in my mind.  In these classes they kept mentioning Tibetan Buddhists and the reasearch they did into the human mind.  At first I was cynical about this.  What kind of studies could ignorant religious fools do into psychology I mused to myself.  So I read up on these folks and realized that the Buddhists don’t advocate a creator god so many religions  don’t even consider Buddhism a religion, score!  Then I decided to give the Dalai Lama’s book The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality a try.  I liked the title and the idea that science and spirituality could possibly coexist.  I was deeply moved by what I heard, especially when the Dalai Lama stated that if science disproves any idea in Buddhism, that idea needs to be abandoned.  It was a spiritual breath of fresh air to say the least.  Here is the head of religious state saying he is willing to work with science to figure out the mystery of existence, instead of saying science is wrong and we are right because a massive being located somewhere in space said so and he only told me.  Believe that or you are literally going to be placed into a fire pit with every other asshole in the world.  I started reading and listening to more Buddhist books and it turns out, their entire religion is based on the reality of your own actions.  In other words, I won’t be falling into the Hitler category if I don’t take Jesus as my personal savior.  I was delighted.  The idea that my happiness was a direct result of my attitude and actions was just what I needed to hear.  As Buddha says we are our own savior or we are our own worst enemy.  Once you take responsibility for your own existence, life feels less chaotic and more like a game under your control.  It could end tomorrow so why not do everything you can today to make it better?  That’s what I believe in, that AND life after love.  But then again, who doesn’t believe in that?

I grew up Catholic without actually ever believing in anything I was being told.  My parents took me to church every Sunday and it was just painfully and pointlessly boring.  The time I enjoyed most was when the priest would read the community announcements because I knew that I had ten more minutes max of sitting on a hard bench, surrounded by strangers singing odd songs.  One of my most vivid memories of childhood was skipping out on CCD with my friend and literally standing outside the building while it was SLEETING out, just to avoid going to “class”.  Think about that, I was more willing to stand in sleet for an hour and a half rather than to sit in a warm room.  This was because, even back then, I found the whole thing to be false.  Like a bad play put on by a bunch of people just going through the motions.  I was confirmed and went with my own name as my confirmation name.  I love that even at 17 I was still a little shit who thumbed his nose at authority.  At that time the whole priest molestation thing came to a head and it served to confirm what I already knew in my heart, saying what god wants and doing what god wants are two completely separate things.  Oh and by god I mean me or you or whatever you want to call the voice inside yourself that tells you the right thing to do.  That, in my world, is god.  Wearing robes and eating a piece of cardboard that dissolves in your mouth does not make you closer to god.  It is literally your actions.  We constantly deceive ourselves into thinking that if we just pray or give money to the collection basket that somehow pleases a massive being who exists somewhere in space and sees everything everyone does.  So our logic goes, if I treat my kids like crap, it doesn’t matter because I put ten bucks in a wicker basket on Sunday.  That is a push and god knows it.  Total bullshit.  So after I escaped the train wreck that was my 20’s, I started reading stuff about Karma.  Almost everyone that I have ever met and had a meaningful discussion about this topic believes in Karma but they have no idea what it really means.  Karma isn’t just the guy on the highway that cuts you off and then flips you off getting pulled over by the cops.  Or Bernie Madoff or any individual person or situation.  Karma is literally everything in human society.  Karma is based on every one of your actions and the effects it has on those who you interact with.  One of the best things about being laid off is that I get to walk my dogs for three miles everyday.  On the way, both dogs always take a dump.  It is just dog walking reality.  There are too many smells going on in the world to keep dogs from added to them.  I hate it when I see a dog walk by my yard and take a crap and the owner not pick it up.  It is truly a dickhead maneuver because it is that person’s way of telling me that they care only about themselves.  It is a total gross pain in the ass to pick up dog shit.  Yet no one on earth wants dog shit to be in their yard.  Everyone knows this so the responsible thing to do is to pick it up.  On my many walks, sometimes the dogs get crazy and take an impossible THREE dumps.  On occasion I am not prepared for these dumps so I have to leave one on someone’s lawn.  I hate that.  Now I bring two or three poop bags with me on each walk, and if I didn’t pick up the poop the day before, I actually make a mental note of where it was so I can pick it up the next day.  Sometimes I pick up poop out of someone’s yard that my dog didn’t even create.  So I am always wanting to come out ahead in the whole poop picking up game.THAT is karma.  We all know what is right and what is wrong.  We know this because of the way our own actions affect the ones around us.  So selflessly doing things for the ones around us that we know they are going to like creates good karma.  This is because those people then may be more inclined to help you or someone else in a time of need.  That is just human nature which, from our own experiences, we know is reality.  Doing things behind our loved ones backs or not being honest with them for one reason or another creates bad karma.  I have been just as guilty of doing this as anyone else in the world.   This kind of karma is a little more mysterious to us because we tend to lie to ourselves and justify our bad actions by saying, Well so and so did this bad thing to me so I am just paying him back!  Karma’s a bitch!  Well that is true but that almost means that that bitchy karma is going to come back on you as well.  Karma is endless.  The times I am most happy are when I can do random nice things for people who I don’t even know because I know that there is a good chance that they will help someone in their lives because of my action.  Like picking up someone else’s dog poop, someone may see me do that and then they may pick some randomly out of my yard.  The bottom line is passing goodness on to your fellow-man will make you feel better and may open up doors and create opportunities for yourself that you never thought possible.  Are you doubtful?  Give it a try and see what happens.  Oh and if you do try it, let me know!  I love talking about that stuff!