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  • hardie karges 9:33 am on January 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Religion 101: What’s so Fun about Hate, War and Fundamentalism? 

    It’s an amazing world in which we live, this slow cool world down here, up here, of molecules making love, and atoms doing time, of spatio-temporal flows and eddies, with dervishes and rock bands and salad greens and rocket science all swirling and whirling at less than the speed of light, more like the speed of sound defining this dimension with all its percussion and repercussions, quarks tachyons leptons Higgs bosons and an infinite number of other particles all holding hands…

    …as if they really existed, probably all read the same books, mixing and matching and flirting and hurting and creating bacteria and other multi-celled species, with emotions you can feel, and frequencies you can smell taste touch see and hear, so God said go forth and multiply but instead we went forth and divided… (More …)

    • Kc 11:38 am on January 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      are you in tucson now? running a hostel? did have big fun in youth hostels on left coast, traveling alone. r not getting better, only worse. aren’t you glad you left mississippi goddamn? one day i will also. say hello to tang. take care. xx o x o

  • hardie karges 11:50 am on January 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Buddhism 101, a Logarithm Grape-fruit: Sci-Fi and Religion, vices and verses… 

    People are desperate; people are starving; people line boulevards scrounging for crumbs and morsels; the homeless drift through the streets of nameless cities like zombies on life support, more and more keep coming and coming, without end middle or beginning, living in the moment like animals in search of pleasure and pasture; office workers adjust their ties and tie up their arms in expectation of junk, mail arriving from the four corners of the earth in bits and bytes, accounts payable and receivable in silver and slivers of pie-charts and Boolean logic…

    People perform sex acts on web-cams for pennies and tips, putting themselves into strange postures for the amusement of raucous crowds on opposite sides of interactive cameras, audiences and performers trading places in the name of mutual mastering and slaving—things once illegal: baiting, goading, pleading and ultimately pleasuring each other in temporary transitory sensations, tripping the light fantastic, skipping the light fandango; while people hurl insults at each other in Internet chat rooms; such is modern life in the Western lands and the cities of red nights… (More …)

    • Kc 4:34 pm on January 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      in our county in MS, i have located many church food and clothing pantries. not for profit. the gov. of love, on the other hand gives minimal food stamps and a small bag of food monthly, to every household. it is a big time when the bags contain salmon, for croquettes. usually soybean oil, raisins and mixed veggies. Buddhism, huh, the xtians sure enough have good food that will not make you sick, after weds. services, at noon, people group up in small circles and testify, i mean in tongues. . r still growing thin and forgetful but we are fine, you, Tang? bi-polar, know that one. you are right, why not?

    • hardie karges 5:47 pm on January 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Maybe too late for Buddhism to save us all from ourselves; my only concern at this point is survival of the species…

  • hardie karges 5:15 pm on January 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Charlie Died for Somebody’s Sins (but not mine)… 

    I swore I’d leave politics out of my little Sunday not-so-sermon more-like-a-screed. But it’s hard in this day and age of crowded borders and anti-social media. First decent-comic and B-movie director Seth Rogen brings us to the brink of WWIII with his take on North Korea in The Interview’. Now we have the auto-da-fe by Islamic jihadists upon the staff of the French ‘satirical’ magazine Charlie Hebdo.

    The staff of Charlie Hebdo know precisely what the acceptable bounds are, within the Islamic system of justice… and still chooses to press their, and civilization’s, luck. IMHO this is not acceptable. It’s worth noting that their previous lampoons of the Pope and Catholicism stop short of the Pope having sex with under-age choirboys, as their caricatures of the Prophet do, pretty reprehensible stuff, I’d say. That goes way beyond free speech in my book.  Scuttlebutt is that they don’t do Jewish stuff, but I wouldn’t know.

    Liberalism is dead. That much is obvious, when they are now the super-patriots, marching the streets to show support for the state security apparatus and its anti-immigrant pro-hate stance in the name of ‘free press’. If it wasn’t obvious before, with the historic waffling on NAFTA (ever heard of China, you pro-labor anti-Mexicans?), health care (any is better than none, isn’t it?), Keystone (ever heard of Canada?), and runaway economic growth (aka ‘global warming’), then it is now, with the ‘Islamic threat’.

    Bill Maher is the perfect example of this, he liberal royalty, now scared to fly with anybody wearing a robe, and he spouting racial, cultural and national epithets thicker than a KKK member. Liberalism is dead. Old-fashioned notions of ‘free speech’ were never more than a vague ideological ideal, thinly defined and often abused, first crossing the line into pornography and now into hate speech. Hate speech is not free speech. It is terror, and Charlie Hebdo should be condemned for it.

    Maybe Seth Rogen was a harmless Teddy Bear caught up in something larger than he, but not Charlie Hebdo. They knew exactly what they were doing. It used to be called incitement to riot. Now it’s called ‘satire’, and it came back to bit them on the a$$. R.I.P. cartoon warriors, may your offspring choose softer subjects.  Payback is a b*tch: a batch of contradictions.

    If we’re going to survive as a society, a multi-racial diverse society, then people are going to have to get along, dialing down the freedom to provoke, and toning down the freedom to get in yo’ face.  We are really a society adrift, in serious need of a new reason, a new rationale, a new religion, a new vision of the future, something we can all share at our highest common denominators, not our lowest.

    I don’t enjoy arguing politics with my liberal friends any more than the conservatives. It’s tiring, but necessary, I suppose—for the kids. You don’t want to know what the future archeologists say. It’s all superfluous, if we can only change the time-line. Would that life were as easy as the movies. Where’s Seth Rogen when you need him? I persevere.

  • hardie karges 7:42 pm on January 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    I am not #CharlieHebdo. Freedom of speech is not freedom to insult defame and blaspheme other people’s Gods and leaders. Sorry. Both parties are to blame.

  • hardie karges 10:53 am on January 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply

    Buddhism 101: Living in the Moment—Not 

    Buddhism in Sri Lanka

    Buddhism in Sri Lanka

    Ignorance is bliss”; “knowledge is power.” “The only moment is the present;” “Those who forget the lessons of the past are condemned to repeat it.” Competing cliches and proverbs compete for our attention, loyalties and commitment, knowing that they can’t all be true, mutually exclusive options negating all opposing viewpoints. So what’s a mother to do?

    Back in the old days—a couple generations ago—you’d just go to Padre Magnago or Preacher Watson and make your amends and ask his advice; chances are you’d survive. Now it’s not so easy. For one thing the problems are more complex. Instead of merely lusting after your neighbor’s wife, you might be lusting after his daughter—or son (not to mention his property)! It gets worse, of course: war, dictatorships, famine, and pestilence; ISIS, Kim Jong-un, Eritrea, and Ebola. (More …)

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