Sunday 22nd of October 2017

musing on our general stupidity...

hercules...

Indoctrination is fierce. Faith should find its place in education with other myths, while the basic visions of life and growth should be exclusively scientific and wholistic with a humanistic component of improvement and hope, and of understanding natural processes. It could become a complicated game, and kids love games... and so we, old foggies, should, still, improve without deceit.

So what are our convictions? Aren’t our convictions bathing in deceit?


It follows that our thinking about faith and schooling will miss the mark if it focuses only on the times and places for explicit talk about faith. The place of faith in schooling is also bound up with the basic visions of life and growth that shape the way we write curriculum, the way we organize classrooms, the way we design tasks, the way we teach and learn.

It would be a good step towards a more adequate conversation about faith and schooling if all schools - Christian or otherwise - were to be more explicit about the convictions that drive and are communicated through their teaching and learning.

http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2017/08/07/4714463.htm

 

This is ridiculously shallow for a "modern" view point. It is limited and narrow-minded.

 

In the 18th century, Erasmus Darwin, Grandfather of Charles, expressed the notion that all species stemmed from a single source. This was one of the first step in understanding evolution. While Erasmus had expressed the idea, Charles went on the “Beagle” and scientifically showed the processes of evolution and adaptation to environmental circumstances. Faith lacks this understanding. Faith is deficient. Faith is deceitful.

In our modern societies, we have deranged all sorts of miscomprehension and illusionary worths, leading to unsettling uncertainty. Faith simplistically controlled the masses while the hereditary kingdom rulers got away with the loot. Nothing has changed much despite the advent of democracy. Why? Because our basic instincts are easily manipulated by our limited education, our simplistic medias and our learnt willingness to be swindled, including being lied to by religious fervour, through faith. We are like a gullible crowd at a spectacle of Penn and Teller...

 

Erasmus Darwin’s poetry was mixing antiquity’s myths with nature to express the idea of slow change. 

In his poem The Economy of Vegetation, he tells us in Canto I:

 

STAY YOUR RUDE STEPS! whose throbbing breasts infold

The legion-fiends of Glory, or of Gold!

Stay! whose false lips seductive simpers part,

While Cunning nestles in the harlot-heart!-

For you no Dryads dress the roseate bower,

For you no Nymphs their sparkling vases pour;

Unmark’d by you, light Graces swim the green,

And hovering Cupids aim their shafts, unseen.

‘But THOU! whose mind the well-attemper’d ray

Of Taste and Virtue lights with purer day;

Whose finer sense each soft vibration owns

With sweet responsive sympathy of tones;

So the fair flower expands it’s lucid form

To meet the sun, and shuts it to the storm;-

For thee my borders nurse the fragrant wreath,

My fountains murmur, and my zephyrs breathe;

etc...

 

Behind these verses lay an erudite knowledge of antecedents and many words that dip into the human past in order to understand the way things are and could be:

 

Lifts proud ANTEUS from his mother-plains,

And with strong grasp the struggling Giant strains;

Back falls his fainting head, and clammy hair,

Writhe his weak limbs, and flits his life in air...

 

Here Erasmus Darwin tells us of Hercules crushing embrace of Anteus in his search for Atlas who knew where the Hesperian apples were. Hercules has to replace Atlas as the holder of the heavens, while Atlas goes to find the apples. The Apples had been given to Juno as a wedding present, but had been stolen by the Hesperides who took them to their own garden in Africa, a garden that was fiercely guarded by a dragon named Ladon.

Don’t we find here a resonance with the Garden of Eden and its “Apple Tree” that is under the spell of the demon-snake? Of course Atlas becomes remorseful for having taken the apples while thinking of swindling Hercules. Atlas felt oppressed by his thankless eternal task of holding the sky, thus he wants to trick Hercules in staying forever in his place, but Hercules tricks Atlas back by asking him to hold the heavens while he could find a cushion for his sore shoulders... Hercules leaves Atlas holding the heavens forever and takes the apples to return them to Eurystheus, who had thrown him the challenge of finding them... 

Trickery is not new. Our politicians do it all the time. We do it all the time. Religions do it all the time. Deceit is part of nature but it should not enter our philosophical search for betterment. We can aspire for improvements without deceit.

 

‘I think that we can perhaps meditate a little on those Americans ten thousand years from now...Let us hope that at least they will give us the benefit of the doubt, that they will believe we have honestly striven every day and generation to preserve for our descendants a decent land to live in and a decent form of government to operate under.’—Franklin Delano Roosevelt at Mt. Rushmore August 30, 1936.

https://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=52787

 

We are far from this ideal anywhere on this planet. Too much deceit and delusions still permeate the human mind, disguised as a “spirit”. The American “Russophobia” is one of these delusions designed to distract from the sad reality of our general stupidity. 

 

We have still not understood why we need to be in pain and eventually die. The Darwins did. There is nothing to “understand”, but to comprehend. These are natural processes evolved accidentally on a small planet that we are presently destroying by willingly misunderstanding our origins. By being a comprehending atheist we can accept this condition without having to imagine being bestowed upon us through an idiotic “original sin” that involved an apple — symbolic of what distress we want it to represent. God does not exist — and this notion should give us the amazing impetus to evolve better, as a species and as individuals, without destroying the joint, nor robbing our next door neighbour. 

We can do it, but time is running out as the idiots and the “believers” are desperately preventing us to become our next. They are truly afraid of evolution. Human evolution.

 

Gus Leonisky

Your local apple carter...

our vexing idiotic regressing politicians...

At the beginning of "Australia" (White English Australia) Erasmus Darwin wrote a poem about Sydney without seeing the place:

 

Visit of Hope to Sydney-Cove, Near Botany-Bay.

Where Sydney Cove her lucid bosom swells,
Courts her young navies, and the storm repels;
High on a rock amid the troubled air
HOPE stood sublime, and wav’d her golden hair;
Calm’d with her rosy smile the tossing deep,
And with sweet accents charm’d the winds to sleep;
To each wild plain she stretch’d her snowy hand,
High-waving wood, and sea-encircled strand.
“Hear me,” she cried, “ye rising Realms! record
“Time’s opening scenes, and Truth’s unerring word. —
“There shall broad streets their stately walls extend,
“The circus widen, and the crescent bend;
“There, ray’d from cities o’er the cultur’d land,
“Shall bright canals, and solid roads expand. —
“There the proud arch, Colossus-like, bestride
“Yon glittering streams, and bound the chasing tide;
“Embellish’d villas crown the landscape-scene,
“Farms wave with gold, and orchards blush between. —
“There shall tall spires, and dome-capt towers ascend,
“And piers and quays their massy structures blend;
“While with each breeze approaching vessels glide,
“And northern treasures dance on every tide!” —
Then ceas’d the nymph — tumultuous echoes roar,
And Joy’s loud voice was heard from shore to shore —
Her graceful steps descending press’d the plain,
And Peace, and Art, and Labour join’d her train.

Quite fascinating. Hopeful. Yet the early white people who "settled" here saw the place as near to Hell. And our idiotic politicians, now residing in Canberraleanum, still want us to feel the heat. The so-called Liberals (CONservatives) have not a bone of liberalism in their harden tissue they use for arsey-brains. They resent change — especially the change that could show them they HAVE BEEN WRONG since the time they went to their little Catholic or Anglican enclaves. They resent sciences. They hate evolution. They live with their grand illusions of righteousness while these are no more than brainwashing. The world is necessarily changing around them but they hang on top of a shrinking piece of turf under their feet, while they throw mud. Their narrowmindedness has no equivalent but in the old churches of the middle ages. The renaissance and the enlightenment have passed them by. They have evolved in reverse. And there are still too many of them, despite the Darwins...

 

capable of anything...

In this article: I say: Few politicians admit to atheismJulia Gillard being an exception. I also said somewhere long ago that no US president would be elected should they claim atheism... Now some academic did "some research on the subject" which is like opening doors that are already opened. 


Remunched by Freedland:

The notion that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is considering a run for president in 2020 seemed fanciful until the final days of last year, when he posted a message (on Facebook, naturally) that read: “Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah from Priscilla, Max, Beast and me,” referring to his wife, his daughter and his dog. A generic festive message from a CEO, you might think. But then a commenter reminded Zuckerberg that he had long identified as an atheist. What had changed? The answer was swift: “I was raised Jewish and then I went through a period where I questioned things, but now I believe religion is very important.”

This statement, more even than his proposed voyage around all 50 states or his much-hailed visits to key, first-in-the-nation states such as Iowa, suggested that the tech wizard was eyeing the White House. For Zuckerberg was tacitly acknowledging one of the golden rules of US politics: Americans won’t vote for an atheist for president.

That maxim has been reinforced by a new study, which shows that people across the world are prepared to think the worst of atheists, believing that those without faith are more capable of immoral behaviour than those who have it.

The man behind the study, Will Gervais of the University of Kentucky, told the Times he had been prompted to research the topic by data that suggested US voters are less willing to elect an atheist than any other category of candidate, including gay or Muslim. Gervais said he suspects that voters consider belief in God essential for morality and deem atheists “moral wildcards” who lack restraint and are capable of anything, including “kicking puppies, cheating at cards, light cannibalism”.

read more:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/shortcuts/2017/aug/08/in-god-we-trus...

 

Gus-the-atheist actually eats puppies for breakfast everyday... Really? Or is it dog food? Go and play with your dolls and train sets dedicated to the almighty. Idiots.

fundamentalist idiots from al-Shabaab...

At least 500 people are believed to have been killed or seriously injured in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, in one of the most lethal terrorist acts anywhere in the world for many years.

The death toll from Saturday’s attack, which involved a truck packed with several hundred kilograms of military-grade and homemade explosives, stood at 276 on Sunday, according to Associated Press, but is expected to rise as more bodies are dug from the rubble spread over an area hundreds of metres wide in the centre of the city. At least 300 people were injured, according to local reports.

Rescue workers on the ground said it would be difficult to establish a definitive death toll because the intense heat generated by the blast meant the remains of many people would never be found.

read more:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/15/truck-bomb-mogadishu-kills...

Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen, more commonly known as al-Shabaab, is a jihadist fundamentalist group based in East Africa. In 2012, it pledged allegiance to the militant Islamist organization Al-Qaeda.