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Seeking…

man holding card with seeking human kindness text

what is
HUMAN KINDNESS
is it feeding someone
giving them money
where does it begin
and does it ever end
does it only exist
for other human beings
not the the animals who are
slaughtered
and eaten
worn on the feet
of humans
does it exist
for those we are TOLD
are our
enemies
the people
held against their wills
in detention camps
after having done nothing wrong
their children taken from them
left to die
on cement slabs
does human kindness have
an expiration date
a book of instructions
does it apply to all living things
trees
air
water
bees
plants
and wilderness spaces
and what about
government
bosses
industry
religion
and
schools
is there
HUMAN KINDNESS
in any of those places
that isn’t used for
SELF GAIN
how do people
decide who gets it
and who doesn’t
is health care
homelessness
child abuse
racism
sexism
agism
violence against any group
exempt
the sign
this man is holding
needs to be more specific
because in this day and age
when everything is in the details
no one will know what he
really wants
or what they should give him
maybe
all he wants is a hug

 

Picture by:  Matt Conamer
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Plato for beginners…

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FROM: CANDY…

Today is: National Love is kind Day

Cow, Calf, Pasture, Cattle, Nature, Cute
people talk about love and kindness
ALL THE TIME
they set aside special days to celebrate
love and kindness
they write stories
and poetry
about love and kindness
they take photographs
of love and kindness
they tell others to be
loving and kind
but then they put on their
leather shoes
get into their cars with leather seats
and go out to dinner
where they sit down
to a meal
made of dead animals
who never hand a chance to live
and care for their young

so it seems to me
that people should
explain what they mean
when they talk about
love and kindness
because
they can’t mean
love and kindness for all
not when they look away
as the animals they devour
are tortured and scream with fear
as they are gutted and hung to bleed out
so that they can have a steak
or eat the dead flesh off of another being’s ribs
or the eat the wings of a debeaked and tortured bird

Hey, I’m just sayin’
that people who talk
about love and kindness
but hunt or eat animals
must not believe
that love and kindness
extends to all living beings
but just the ones
who are important to them personally
so love and kindness only goes so far
when it’s convenient
and if you just look around
you can see that the world
isn’t loving and kind
its’s vicious
violent
and deadly
because that’s
the way we choose
to make it

 

 

Lamb…

“Hi.  I’m pretty new.  One day I’ll be big like my mother and father, but I’m little now.  When you’re little you need to be taken care of by those who love you.  Those you can trust to protect you, not harm you.  My mother said we are going to run away, as soon as I’m strong enough, because she doesn’t want things punched through my ears, and she doesn’t want me thrown to the ground and my wool stolen.  She said people eat us too. I don’t understand why humans are so terrible but I told my mother I would grow as fast as I could, so we can leave as soon as possible.  My father is going to run away with us and maybe my cousin.  I’m afraid all the time.  Worried that someone will take me when my parents aren’t next to me.  I don’t think children should have to worry about being taken and tortured, or eaten.  Life shouldn’t be so brutal.  Anyway, I can’t wait to leave.  I’m eating more, so that I’ll get stronger everyday.   But I’m still afraid someone will hurt, or kill me.  What are lamb chops?”

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Life is a lot like the weather…full of darkness with startling flashes of light now and then…

Tree, Weather, Clouds, Hill, Mood, Landscape, Nature

Us…

Meditation, Spiritual, Yoga, Meditating

Science tells us that everything is energy.  Nothing is actually solid, things (atoms) just vibrate at different speeds.  If that’s true, then it’s possible that we are simply energy stuffed into bodies (matter), with brains as our control systems.  Our energy tells our bodies to do the things we’d like them to do, through our brains. What our bodies can do, is limited by what bodies can actually do.   Our energy is the director in the plays of our lives, acting through our bodies.  According to physics, energy can’t be destroyed, so it’s possible that what we are is infinite, while our bodies, made of matter, are obviously finite.  We live our lives within the boundaries of what our brains, and bodies, can do.  We are limited by what we can know, do, and understand, because the only real access we have to what’s going on, is through our limited brains.  We are characters in a video game, who cannot do anything outside the rules of the game.  We can’t flap our arms and fly, no matter how badly we’d like to do so, because flying is against the rules of what our bodies can do. Limited…that’s what we are.

Not all brains are the same.  I’m writing about brains that we consider to be healthy and functional. Whether we’re right or not is something else entirely.

Drugs can open doors to other planes of existence, to other realms.  Even then, we don’t know if what we find, or see, is controlled by the limitations of our brains.  So, here’s a question, one that we can’t answer:  can our energy/spirit/whatever we are,  actually break away from the rules imposed by our bodies/brains and see something, or be somewhere else, without being trapped by the rules of the game we are in?  Lots of people will say, “Yes.”  It seems as if we can.  Unfortunately, we can’t know because the people doing the experiment, as well as the people who are the experiment, all have brains.  Having a brain immediately limits every experiment, and the results must be explained within the constraints of HAVING a brain, in the first place.  That, is one of the most important things IN the experiments.  All experiments that are done, for any reason, have to take into consideration that all outcomes, designs, everything, are being filtered through the brains of those involved.  How can we design experiments that go beyond brain and body, while having both?  We can’t.  No matter where we are, no matter what we are, we will always be limited by what is possible in the existing environment.  So, does that mean that there is no place, or sense of being, that is THE place, or sense of being?  No home base, so to speak?  We can’t know, because right now all of our thoughts are about matter and living on this planet.  We are not able to go past what we are capable of doing while existing in our current state of being.

Near Death Experiences (NDEs) prove one thing…that each individual who has one, sees what they either expect to see, or they see what they see using language and visions that a human brain can understand.  Now, maybe what the human brain sees/understands is more universal than we imagine, but we can’t possibly know that.   It’s possible that once you leave your body, you are no longer tied to your brain, but what people see is what they would see if they were looking through their eyes, while using their brains to explain what was going on.  Some of them say that our language doesn’t have words to explain/describe what they have seen (intense colors, feelings for which we have no exact language…again limits of our brain/culture). I can understand that, since language itself is limiting, but still, they see people, relatives, their idea of god or hell and other things that humans have made up.  Some are told they can’t stay where they are and must go back to their bodies because it’s not time for them to leave.  Many don’t want to come back here, which again, is understandable.  Human/brain pictures/words.  For the moments/minutes they are dead, their reality is explained to them through human images/language.

Other drugs take people out of their reality and shove them into different ones.  One where there is no “I” and where nothing is familiar.  But, the drug is working on/through our human brains.   It might be possible that the connection of the energy/brain can be expanded/changed/opened up, but how can we know if that’s true?  If we truly disconnected from our  brains, wouldn’t we be brain dead?  If we are connected to our brains how can we not be influenced by them?  How long does a person have to be brain dead, to be able to let go of human visions, definitions, and everything else?  Drug’s allow shamans to do their work/heal, by opening doors to other places that are normally restricted to human brains.  But what they do is still done through body/brain.

Many people who experience NDEs, or use certain controlled drugs, are changed by their experience.  As  humans, we are changed by the things that happen to us, no matter what they are, but those experiences are intense and the “messages,” they receive as a result, change their world view and almost always for the better.  They are powerful life changing experiences.  If we could access those parts of our brains naturally, our world would be a more peaceful place, so why are those experiences unavailable to us, without almost dying or by using drugs?  Maybe, we wouldn’t be able to function, if we were able to fly away, but if that’s the case, why do we have those doorways in our brains to begin with…unless ist’s for future use.  But I don’t believe that. If we have the ability to learn different things, why are they only available if we are near death, or on specific drugs?

Does the thing we are, leave our bodies during dreams?  Do we visit real places, parallel lives, travel the universe?  Are we dreaming when we think we’re awake?  Are our dreams as real as what we call our waking lives, just on a different plane?

We don’t know very much at all.  Nothing, unless we qualify our terms with, “as beings with a brain,”  Our brains change outcomes, explain one of a kind experience (filtered through our brains, which have individual experiences that can only be real to the person having the experience).

I think we are everything, smashed into these tight bodies, suffocated, and unable to be our entire selves.  Completely controlled by our brains that limit everything we can do.  I think earth is a violent, beautiful,  kiddy park for bored energy that just has one goal…to experience everything there is to experience.  That means that we can go on forever, in whatever form we wish to take, because there’s probably no end to what we can do.  But we will always have to play by the rules put down by the place we’re in.  Or not.  Because we don’t have a clue as to who, or what, we are.  What if nothing is real?  What if everything is?  We are so closed off in this tiny reality in which we live, that we can’t think outside the box.  We don’t even see the box.  We are completely LIMITED by the rules of this game.  There is no other way to look at it because if you’re reading this, you have a brain and that brain is translating what I wrote, for you personally, based on your specific beliefs, experiences and the way your brain works.   We are limited by what our brains can do.

Just fun stuff to think about it.

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A lot of adults lose their sense of wonder.   Even if you haven’t used your “wonder,” in a long time, get it out, dust it off, and make it part of your life because that’s where all the fun stuff is.

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