From CGI's Morgan:
It's an interesting curiosity; the many differences between the East and the West. In the West, the cow is seen as the source of dairy products, steaks and burgers. There is nothing divine about the cow in the West. It is just a commodity and an ill treated one at that. Whatever happens to a cow is for the profit of those employed at bringing the product and parts of the cow to market. The conditions in which a cow is forced to live and the treatment of them is nothing short of reprehensible. The slaughterhouse abattoirs are something out of a nightmare. Beef is big business and the men at the top have big influence in government so that now when someone tries to expose what goes on behind closed doors, it is a felony to attempt to secretly record these things. These things have been going on for a long time. Upton Sinclair wrote a powerful book about all of these doings called. “The Jungle.” That was awhile ago. It's not just the cows. It's bad for all livestock in the corporate zone. This is not about the other animals at the moment. It's about the cows. If it weren't for government supports, a hamburger would cost well over a hundred dollars.
In the East, in India, there is a whole other attitude and to the culturally conditioned westerner some of the practices and beliefs of the Indians are considered bizarre, if not insane. Western medicine kills more people than it cures. That is an established if unpublicized and much denied reality. In India they have an ancient system of healing called Ayur Veda. It is pretty impressive in its way and addresses causal concerns rather than symptomatic issues. Of course they have symptom cures as well ...but that is not the essence of the science. Western allopathic medicine is largely symptomatic and very much a captive of the massively profitable AMA-Pharmaceutical Complex, where the West is being poisoned and its youths' brains turned to mush. What will be the result of this? It is hard to say. The destiny of a given time is one thing and the inspired efforts of a handful quite another. The most important feature is the degree of power expressed through that handful who have found it possible to get out of the way. The world has always been positively transformed by a minority of souls, working for the spiritual education and edification of the majority. Lately what we see the most of is that minority that is working to the detriment of all. There are reasons for the appearance of this.
Unknown to most, their souls struggle in an agony of darkness in hope of light. They lumber and list and shift from side to side in this carnival of errors. It is a nightmare of illusion but the pain is real. It hurts. Few know why it hurts and the pain is truly multifarious. It seems to be attached to nearly every event and condition in life. Sometimes the pain is immediate and sometimes it is a cumulative result of bad habits, perpetuated to that end. Irrespective of manner and means, it arrives. Essentially all pain is the fruit of attachment. Attain true detachment and you are free of it. I don't know why it works like this. I only know that it does.
It seems to me that one either comes to recognize the futility of their own efforts and failed awareness of their state or... they learn to, or comprehend the need to, give up their fealty to the one who has usurped the place of the true indwelling divine. We host The King of Pain in the obvious spaces within and have marooned our real self in the trackless wastes somewhere behind. We have made ourselves into a habitation of demons. We don't recognize how many of them there are. Whenever I sneeze, I always say, “Go to Hell! Bless me Lord.” This shocks some and amuses others but I believe this is one of the mechanisms by which we cast them out. We acquire them through the blandishments and performances of our appetites. They come into residence and they are the ones who eat our food and spill our wine. We acquire them through our desires and it is the quality of our desires that determines whether we host the demonic or are attended by angels. It is as if there is some endless ladder that has its roots in an opaque murk and whose upward swing curls into light and whose end cannot be seen. There is a demarcation point; a line of sorts, where below it, one is in descent and above it one is in ascent.
There is another feature to all of this, where the strength of the draw is amplified in one direction or another, due to the times in which one finds themselves. If you are in a time of material excess, the effort upward that is required can be exceptional but everyone has access to power to achieve, through the grace of those who have stored up such grace for this very purpose.
Perhaps I am weak and so I have needed the assistance of those. Perhaps we are all weak and have come short of the glory of god. I am past debating whether I could have met the demands of the course on my own, or not. In my experience I have not been able to and so I have had to cry for help and help has come and I have surrendered my needs and aspirations into the hands of those who wait in the invisible for anyone and everyone who is brought to the places I have been brought to. It is no easy thing, even with help. It takes all you have and if you are selfish or unwilling, you will fail.
I just heard about someone I know who allegedly got around 200,000 pounds through donations that he had requested and someone was excoriating him for this, saying he was very vague about his reasons for getting them. He had said some things. I haven't inquired beyond what I read; yet. I read the article but I'm not going to link it. My reasons are that the article seems very haphazard and accusatory without there being any real information; yet. I don't care for accusations, unless there is a body or a smoking gun and the accusations seem premature to me. I also know the guy, have met him and at one time I thought of us as friends but he's not a really easy person to be friends with. That's okay. I don't expect everyone to be my friend and I would prefer that most people were not, because our values are so contradictory. I prefer to just get along with people as much as I can and then leave before it gets to that stage of intimacy and acknowledgment that is more than most can handle.
I explain it like this, “With some people you can say Hello and that is it. With some people you can talk about the weather or ask them how their kids are and that is it. With some people you can have dinner and actually want to see them again. All the while you are watching them to see where their buttons and beliefs are. You learn not to probe too much because everything reveals itself in regular time. Somehow, out of the mix, you might find a friend but it is necessary to be cautious because you can hurt people's feelings without meaning to. A lot of people talk the talk and don't walk the walk. You have to know how far to go and how much to expect from anyone and the best thing is not to expect anything at all. Most importantly is to have a light touch, to understand the metaphysical nature of 'catch and release'. You do the best you can, You do not go beyond that. All things in time.”
I realize from this incident and from information that has come my way about Zen Gardner and some number of people who work in the general area that I work in that I am without a doubt the poorest individual working in this sphere. I've wondered about that. Is it because on occasion I have given the appearance of being insane? That's possible. I have certainly alienated potential patrons during my residence here in the virtual world but it can't be that because I am certainly less crazy that any of the rest of these people and no one can provide evidence of corruption or venality on my part. It just doesn't exist; temporary behavior outside the usual spectrum of human engagement, sure ...and it's been intentional and I make no apologies for it but... that aspect has been at an end now for some time. What I believe is that we have exactly what we need and that has been the case with me. Mr. Apocalypse can be very stern and that means with seeming good guys and seeming bad guys both. He plays no favorites. In the end it is better to be free of the profits of self interest, or the scandals that can destroy a hard earned legacy. We will be paid in the currency we seek and in my mind there is no question about the currency I seek. I make it through every day. I have shelter. I have food. I have the tools of my trade. I have clothes and I don't have 200,000 pounds (grin).
Nothing said here is a judgment on anyone. This is a polemic with the intention of making certain points for us all. One should never value their efforts based on the amount of money that is realized out of them; look at the Kardashians and so many examples that can be given and are already known. Money is not the arbiter of value. Value is what endures and the longer it endures the more valuable it is. There are levels of value. Some are only relevant to the moment and some exist through time immemorial. It is up to us what we consider worth pursuing and worth having. I will leave that in the hands of all.