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  • hardie karges 9:20 am on August 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , bliss, Joseph Campbell,   

    Which is More Important in Life: Meaning or Experience? Living for the Present, or the Future… 

    ‘Living in the Moment’ is the big mantra of our modern age—and it shows. Almost nothing is being left for the future, certainly not responsibility and sustainability. With all due respect to those visionaries of bygone times who honestly felt that we needed to loosen our butt-screws and learn to boogie, fretting our guitars rather than fretting over the future, I respectfully suggest that maybe that train of thought long ago left the station, and maybe needs to backtrack a bit…

    I’d respect my hero Joseph Campbell less if he hadn’t himself backtracked on his own famous dictum to “follow your bliss,” which he later amended off-the-cuff to “blisters”—sounds less hedonistic. Still the die is cast. We are a nation and world society that follows its whims like no other before, all the while marching off the cliff of non-sustainability, the capitalist foundations of this society heavily based on oil and other fossil fuels that will one day run out, and destroy the planet, long before its people will give it up, most likely…

    To put it bluntly, we’re committing societal suicide, or let’s call it “civilicide”. And that’s the global level. On a personal level we’re doing no better, sacrificing all for the moment, rather than plan for a future that may or may not come. Sounds like self-defeating prophecy to me. I think I realized this while myself writing an article for inclusion in a book about ‘following your passion.” But most of my friends—artists, musicians, writers and such—don’t need to follow their passions. They need jobs!  I don’t need 150 more countries; I need focus!  Nevertheless, in the course of that project I came up with a concept that I like even better–highest common denominators.  More on that later…
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    • Kc 11:31 am on August 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      speak for yourself on the sustainability thing, we’ve been working for years to be that way, it is a bit more difficult (or not) in a mean small southern town, but by god, we have food, at least within hitching distance or walking if needed. Home grown food, and finally the farmers’ are disliking chemicals. it is high time. still i dream of a farm, pigs, goats, chicken, a mule and 5 acres, plus a well, an outhouse wd be nice but it really matters not where you poop as long as you poop. the self sustainability dream is alive and well in MS, ya just gotta know some people. and Barter, barter, and more barter. peace to you Karges.

      • hardie karges 11:54 am on August 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        I was referring to society, yes, self-sustainability is achievable with land and seeds…

  • hardie karges 9:26 am on July 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Aztec, , military, police,   

    Military Madness and the American Police State… 

    Do cops have to undergo background checks before they’re issued guns? Do they get any training? In what?Don’t we kill enough people overseas that people here back at home get to live and breathe and have their being? Isn’t that the deal? We’re no better than ISIS: not much, anyway. Modern American culture is a thinly-concealed death cult, murder by proxy, similar to the ‘guerras floridas’/flowery wars/Xōchiyaoyōtl of the Aztecs, in which wars were fought largely as sport, and the taking of prisoners, the better to placate major public gods, of course. When do we get to vote on this issue?

     
  • hardie karges 1:08 pm on July 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Language Genes, Blue Jeans, and the DNA of Culture… 

    chinese-calendar-zodiac-symbolsIt’s easy to see how written alphabetic language becomes ideographic language, reading too fast to even notice the little spaces between vowels and consonants, much less the little gaps between verbs and nouns, so in that sense Chinese ideograms, originating from pictures, are ahead of the pack, just not conducive to the learning by increments of an alphabet imitating sound more or less. All alphabets originated from pictures, but quickly changed plans. Is there a single Chinese character to give the same meaning as ROTFLMFAO? I bet it looks like a dog…

     
  • hardie karges 6:03 pm on July 29, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Biscuit, emo, emoji, , Koko, Mugsy   

    Emoji Mania: Dogging Me Relentlessly… 

    I think I’ve cracked the code for FaceBook emoji stickers, doggie ones, that is: Mugsy is Muslim, sensitive about his dark skin, good-natured but quick to anger.  Biscuit is Buddhist, devil may care, since there is nothing such, lovable if a little bit lazy, not a deep thinker but sensitive to the touch.  Koko is Christian, a little bit of both, and something of a trickster, kick him in the butt and you’ll get a good day’s work…

     
  • hardie karges 9:29 am on July 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    American Exceptionalism, Violence, and Racism: Time for some soul-searching… 

    Image result for american flagWe Americans like to pretend that we’re better than everyone else, and that we need to teach the rest of the world how to behave themselves, but we tend to make fools of ourselves in the process, exposing our hypocrisy to the world, only to become the object of ridicule. We lecture the rest of the world on democracy, when many times our own elections barely reach ten percent of the electorate—as if voting were the only manifestation of democracy in the first place…

    Then there are all the guns, and violence, home-grown terrorism, and what-have-you, something we Americans know very well, as our country writes a new chapter daily in the American Book of the Dead. It seemed an abstract squabble over constitutional minutiae among paisanos until the terrorists all of a sudden have become ‘the enemy within’. (More …)

     
  • hardie karges 9:29 am on July 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , spirituality   

    Spirituality on the Half-Shell: Social Medium, Neither Rare nor Well-Done 

    I just joined a ‘Spiritualism’ group on Facebook last week, hoping for something more than the usual cat videos and pictures of everybody’s good ol’ granddad. It was pretty disturbing, frankly. First of all, ‘Spiritualism’ apparently not only does not include religion, but religion is outright forbidden, in fact. So I thought maybe my definition of ‘Spiritualism’ was imprecise, skewed if not screwed, but if it is, then so is theirs. They even use the term ‘ Spirituality’ interchangeably, so I definitely know what that means. Am I the only one who sees a clear connection between religion and spirituality? Duh…

    Second, the leader of the group (“We are all one”) is apparently so paranoid and back-biting, that not only will he talk trash against a competing  (!?) FB group (“they talk about religion—even politics”), that he will kick you out of his group if he sees that you are on theirs, too. Now that’s truly weird. That makes Scientology look positively Unitarian, if not Universalist. He makes it repeatedly clear that he can and will control the flow of info on his page in his group. If no religion is allowed, then I guess that leaves only New Age (fill-in-the-blank)… (More …)

     
  • hardie karges 9:14 am on July 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Sofia Vergara   

    Sofia, Sofia: Accents and Charms of a Working Girl… 

    Image result for sofia vergara abilityIs someone going to tell Sofia Vergara how obnoxious her accent is, or does that chore fall to me? That must be part of her charm (read: selling point), right? I mean: Penelope Cruz’s voice is cute and girlie, but this? It could give you nightmares! I mean: a full frontal display is pretty common these days, and the rack rate is not so high for buying yours off the shelf, either, cleavage optional, simply point and click and the cleavers begin whirring, sliced melons packaged for sale, photoshop or fresh in the flesh.

    I mean: I like ‘Modern Family’ and all, but surely she doesn’t talk that way at her real home, does she? Or does she? Maybe she should change her name to Sofia Viagra. Vergada? Hey, I’m just having fun. If you can’t poke fun at TV’s highest paid actress, then who can you make fun of? Reminds me of some Mexican weather forecaster… (calmese, guey, somos paisanos, chingados de la frontera)… At least now I know why her ‘ex’ won’t give up the embryos. He’s playing the futures market…

     
  • hardie karges 9:08 am on July 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Ariana Grande, doughnut   

    Ariana, the Big and the Small… 

    We now know Ariana Grande’s true nature as a doughnut whisperer and defiler of fresh greasy fried fluff. That comes as no great shock. What we didn’t know were her feelings toward her home country America. So why do I feel new respect for her? She’s telling the truth, un-scripted; that’s why (nice comeback, too). She’s entitled to hate her own country. Now if a foreigner had said that, it’d be different…

     
  • hardie karges 9:13 am on July 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , end days, eschatology,   

    Eschatology 101: The End Days, a Primer 

    I’ve been accused of Christian paranoia, what with my evolving interest in ‘end times’. That’s not good, not that I’m concerned about any slight to myself, which WOULD be paranoia, only that by dismissing it as Christian nonsense, chances increase that nothing will be done to prevent it. There are at least two problems with the characterization: I’m not very Christian and not very paranoid, either; pretty freakin’ rational, in fact. Fear of persecution? Not me. My doors are wide open, and I rarely meet a person that I don’t feel I could be friends with. (More …)

     
  • hardie karges 12:41 pm on July 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Beach Baby, Ladybird, song   

    Song of the Summer: Time to Vote… 

    Every summer seems to have a song that defines it.  Last year it was certainly Pharrell’s ‘Happy’, of course, despite claims otherwise from Iggy Azalea or some other such nonsense.  Previous winners include Foster the People’s ‘Pumped-Up Kicks’, MGMT’s ‘Kids’, ‘Black and Gold’ from my favorite one-hit wonder Sam Sparro, and ‘Summer in the City’ from Lovin’ Spoonful back in the day, as they say.  This year is disturbing.

    “I’m in Love with my Life” by Phases is making serious inroads on the indie charts this summer.  But what does it mean?  ‘I’m in love with myself?’  That’s what it sounds like to me.  On the other hand, my favorite indie song from the UK, ‘Ladybird’ by Beach Baby, sings in the refrain, “I don’t wanna live for nothing;” so who do you think defines the zeitgeist, and is better prepared for the changes about to take place on the surface of this planet that we call Earth, Tierra, Zameen, Prithvi, Bumi, Lokโลก, Shijie 世界you name it?

    People are in motion; the great migrations that signal the end of civilizations have already begun, with people washing up on the shores of Greece, Italy, Australia and Thailand, washing up in boats operated by people smugglers, but washing up nonetheless, lining up to cross borders with dollars in hand and babies in tow, with nothing too much, so nothing much to lose…  Welcome to 460 A.D.

    Meanwhile we in the developed world sit on our hands, not knowing what to do with them.  We are wealthy beyond belief, yet bored beyond recognition.  Eschatology does not develop in a vacuum.  Welcome to the future.

     
    • Kc 12:46 pm on July 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      having a bit of trouble w our future. why is everything speeding by so fast? then again, will the sun ever set?

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