the two best

America has nothing to fear from becoming more attentive and caring to all of its citizens. Is “the american way” becoming more and more greedy and less and less willing to assist those who need a helping hand?

The two best helping hands are a free first rate educational system for all (we are paying twice as much per pupil than countries with much better educational systems than ours) and good medical care as a human right for all of our citizens.

These two key things would create the situation where the sky is the limit for anyone who dares to think so. Our country would become a redwood of strength and an example to the world that change is usually for the better.

If change was smart enough to create us, it shouldn’t have become a bad thing as some would have us think.

And not the rigged country we live in today.

What is the matter with having a single payer health care system with no deductible, like Canada. Health is the most important thing. Money should only be paid to actual care givers.

coming from silence

If this is our moment, must we claim it and own it? Is it always our moment but we are living in a language world which keeps us occupied because it’s the way it’s always been.

So what’s all the fuss about the moment? Are we using it but not sensing it? Are we hiding in a complex dream state?

When Socrates said “Know thy self” he may have meant get to know your human animal. Why do I say this? Because Socrates uses the word “thy” which means your self. What or who is the self? The owner of the self, you, the captain, the chooser, the identity which is created naturally by the human animal responding to its environment. The game of life begins…

So all of our power comes from the human animal, as I’ve said before, the being is one with all the talents, the one we depend on for existence.

Is the only way we can get to know our selves is to find a way to move out of our language mode. We are the awareness hogs we love and claim to be.

However, meditation can lead us into silence where we identities can rest our language habit and pay attention to our talented one, the self, our being, our ride.

As a babe
coming from silence
and being captured by language
and eventually coming to periods of silence
alternating with language is the greatest adventure
in the game of life but not according
to me but according to
the wisest of our
ancestors.

If interested, my book Discovering the Obvious has a chapter with the title “Adventure of Adventures” which gives much more detail about meditation than my blog posts. The chapter is about the human condition and what to do about it.

While I’m selling, I must tell you about the first chapter (one of the four short stories in the book). It’s a vision of how life on earth might be six thousand years from now and how it got that way and what the ultimate destiny of the human race might be. You can “see inside” the book on Amazon.com. The eBook’s cost is a mere $3.90.

going along

Is time the big eraser? From the Big bang all the way to there’s nothing left of our universe but cinders. In this final circumstance, does time end too?

Does truth mind if we don’t take it seriously?

Are we still going along with what we were taught to believe?

Do little differences make the world a more interesting place?

Is our problem we don’t know how big the moment is?

getting to silence

Knowing how to meditate allows us to rest our thinking to the point of having no thoughts for periods of time.

Some folks claim all types of weird and fantastical things one can experience by meditating.

Magical thinking is passe, yet many because of their heritage cling to it. It really is a great comfort to believe there will be an eternity of bliss for the faithful. When it doesn’t take place, he or she will never know it. It’s a win/win situation…specially for the hell-fire-and-brimstone preachers.

Meditation is good for undoing stress, and meditation is also a way to commune with one’s being (one’s body and steed).  This communion happens during the silent periods of meditation. Meditation allows us to become more positive.

Imagine what a relief it would be for the language going on in our brains all of our waking moments to gradually become still, silent. Meditation gives the body and brain small vacations.

Getting to silence is not easy because we are hooked on language because it’s the best tool available. 

So, we use words – listen to words – or produce thoughts constantly. This is why music and good stories are so restful because they can take us away from ourselves for a while.

Meditation is
the dimension of silence,
and it’s free and open to all humans.

Classical meditation:

We sit or lay down and get comfortable and begin to relax our body parts one at a time from the top of the head to the bottoms of our feet or the other way around.

Then to slow down our thinking, we put attention on our breath by noticing the air going in and its coming out again and again. There are tiny hairs at the openings of our nostrils which are affected by the flowing air of our breath which can be sensed if noticed and can capture our attention.

It’s normal for us to eventually begin to use words while meditating, and when we do, don’t worry about it because it’s natural for the mind to reestablish its normal activity, and we’ll eventually notice the thoughts, and without a sense of failing, we’ll go back to noticing our breath again or we’ll begin using a mantra again: Ommmmmmmmm…Ommmmmmmm again and again until we notice our thinking and will return to noticing our breath or a mantra again. 30 to 45  minutes daily will put us on firm path. We can break this amount of time into 10 or 15 periods or have a single period of meditation.

Daily meditation is best because its affect becomes greater and greater, yet any amount of meditation is good for us.

education now

Should we double down on a winning hand when it comes to education?

For the most part, education is about reading, writing, arithmetic, some science, facts about our government and how it works, some history, and obeying rules. These are all good things, and all of these educational modes are available any time.

So, what is it we need to double down on? It’s not that we shouldn’t teach reading, writing, and arithmetic.

So what’s not available any time? The shaping of the human brain. If so, what does one’s brain need to know when it’s most receptive?

Einstein suggested “Education should train the mind to think.” In other words, memorization is a good tool but not a way to solve problems. This is the heart of the problem.

An Einstein education (in my opinion) would include teaching the importance of conflict resolution (students could then take the techniques home and try them out on their parents), the why of manners (the teacher could give homework of writing an essay with the title Manners, what are they good for?), the giving of common courtesy, the importance of good grammar (mistakes go off like bombs in the ears of listeners), debating skills, the importance of one’s financial knowledge and reputation, logical thinking, problem solving, roll playing, exploring the ways to relax, the best techniques for creating self discipline, etc.

This type of education produces energetic and confident human beings who can choose whether or not to be worker bees or shooting for the moon, and we need teachers who are excited to teach in this way and who are going the extra miles because of the thrill it gives them, and we’ll need to pay them at least twice as much as they receive now.

There would still be time for math, reading, science, band, sports, and discussing the reasons countries make war on one another which will produce daily essays full of preventing-war ideas, about the disadvantages of poverty, and essays about social justice, etc.

A time for class discussion about what’s on their minds. What’s going on in the world that interests or bothers you? A homework essay on a topic discussed, etc.

An example: a teacher might ask the question Why are many police officers not tried in a court of law when they commit criminal acts unless the acts are caught on camera and come to public notice?

Then, using groups of four, five, or six students, let them figure out the why for themselves and propose how to fix the situation with each group reporting their results.

This type of high-quality education is what is going on in the best of our private and public schools, so why isn’t this type of education permeating every class room in our country?

Is the lack of this what is not working in our educational system as we spend twice as much per student than countries which are giving the quality education Einstein described to all of their children?

Does training the mind how to think

require new priorities and techniques

in the classrooms of our nation?

When are we going to use the power we have as voters to change the situation? We should now understand we are headed toward a much richer elite and under them a smaller middle-class elite with a vast group of the poor doing the preparation and the cleaning up for very little pay.

Giving the best education possible to everyone is the solution for building a huge, more talented, and a more dominating middle class. Instead of “we the rich” it would return to “we the people.”

If we can wake up, we will not continue to be a country with a constantly rising debt by funding war after war. Change for the better will take long-term planning and redoing our educational system by teaching life-enhancing skills.

If we let our country be milked to death, it’s not going to be a problem for the rich because when the cow dies, they will have enough gold and international stocks to support their families and endeavors as long as needed.

Many folks have the attitude “Don’t worry, the future will take care of itself.” But the future needs all the help it can get. Our future will get the assistance it needs if we dare to bring the best education to everyone by making it our highest priority and by participating in our government by daring to vote.

This would mean a free education for all through college and in the future when more knowledge is needed. Why make our young huge debtors starting out? The greed for more money? When we become active in our minds, we will vote. When we don’t vote, we insult our ancestors and handicap our children. 

The best education possible should be voted in as a right because the prosperity and strength it will bring to our country will help both conservatives and liberals.

Our country will begin its awakening when this happens. The idea of change this fundamental shouldn’t bother the rich because they will have a leg up in the new prosperity.

The biggest question to face and answer is How do a million or so rich folks and their companies lead and make laws favoring them economically at the expense of the rest of us who are over 300,000,000 strong? Does this tell us something? Let’s stop being sheep.

It tells us influence can now be legally and tactfully given by giving our money to our elected officials. Why do we permit it? We are use to it. Years ago, congress passed laws that made it legal to receive money from folks who wanted to give money to our political representatives. The result We don’t have the votes in congress to take the money out of politics even if we wanted to.

It’s ironic that we progressives don’t find and then elect anti-money folks into congress so we can get on with the progress toward a peaceful country and world where capitalism has to pay its way and clean up after itself.

Is the choice taking the money out of politics or keep on being corralled and ridden like horses? The poor are stuck with a terrible minimum wage, and we all are paying double per student for an educational system that cannot compete with the educational systems in some developed countries. Do these two things assist in keeping poor folks poor?