“A handful of us determine what will be on the…news broadcasts, or for that matter, the [newspapers]… Indeed it is a handful of us with this awesome power…we must decide which news items, out of hundreds available, we are going to expose that day. And those [news stories] available to us already have been culled and re-culled by persons far outside our control.”
Out and about, between waves of salt and snow, I heeded the call to let it all go.
Despite appearances, nothing comfortable, synthetic or artificial can ever actually fulfil us.
For it is amongst all the apparently uncivilised, savage and wild things that we can satiate our yearning. In that often unknown and uncomfortable space, that’s where we truly begin to learn to act with grace.
“Each day a few more lies eat into the seed with which we are born, little institutional lies from the print of newspapers, the shock waves of television, and the sentimental cheats of the movie screen.”
Latest in interesting “coincidences”, it is HL Mencken’s birthday today 12th September. Complete accident, I saved this picture previously as I agreed with the quote but didn’t know the author at all. I felt called to post it today, just now, on a whim and thought I had better look this person up, who he is, what he accomplished etc., and lo and behold, he was born on this day in 1880.
The full corrected quote is from his notebook published in 1956: “The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it. Power is what all messiahs really seek: not the chance to serve. This is true even of the pious brethren who carry the gospel to foreign parts.”
I hope you can see the parallel with the philanthropist posturing and elite power being wielded above us today; virtue signalling societal guidelines disguised as altruism, wholeheartedness and kind generosity, all in a bid to herd humanity towards a reality that isn’t necessarily in their best interests but actually to reinforce the power of those who’ve been there for eons.
“When you’ve looked death in the face, screamed at the top of your lungs and ripped out your heart, picked up the pieces, chosen life and truly accepted it, you don’t give up that easily. Those scared of death are the ones truly scared to live.”
“… In the time before time I heard a call from the cosmos of such illustrious beauty I succumbed answering the call of Gaia to help her seed a new land where love was all and yet have I to yearn for the affections of another…
“The power of the word is completely misused […] We use the word to curse, to blame, to find guilt, to destroy. Of course, we also use it in the right way, but not too often. Mostly we use the word to spread our personal poison – to express anger, jealousy, envy, and hate. The word is pure magic – the most powerful gift we have as humans – and we use it against ourselves. We plan revenge. We create chaos with the word. We use the word to create hate between different races, between different people, between families, between nations. We misuse the word so often, and this misuse is how we create and perpetuate the dream of hell. Misuse of the word is how we pull each other down and keep each other in a state of fear and doubt. Because the word is the magic that humans possess and misuse of the word is [destructive] magic, we are using [destructive] magic all the time without knowing that our word is magic at all.”
“Washing has always been a purification ritual. That doesn’t simply mean to purify, but also – like baptism, a term that originated from the Latin baptisma and of the Greek baptizen, meaning to immerse – to impregnate with the mystery, of spiritual godliness. Washing, is the first task in the tale, in order to get things to fall back into place after they’ve been worn out. Our ideas, our values, as with clothes, all finish by going limp through wear. It’s in water that we renew and revive, that we rediscover what we believe to be fundamentally true, fundamentally sacred…”