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To Hell With The First Amendment

July 10, 2010 Leave a comment

I’ve wondered a great deal of late: What is the purpose of the Constitution of the United States of America? What was this revered document actually written for?

I mean, I get the general “why” it was written by the founding fathers. The tyranny which the first settlers of this great land escaped when they fled British rule in the 1700’s was brutally oppressive, a government which no one wanted to see repeated in the new world. To ensure this, the founding fathers convened to draft a document called the Constitution which would define how their new country would be governed. This Constitution was penned with an opening mission statement called the Preamble. In short, this mission statement was not vague:  We the People (not “They the Government”), in order to form a more perfect union (than the one the settlers had just left) do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

But let’s say the United States was a business, and not simply the land of the free we all know it to be. An alarming shift in what is acceptable has sparked a number of official actions which seem to ignore First Amendment guidelines. As a result, our nation has now become one huge Gotham City-esque survival-of-the-fittest camp, with only those in the upper-income typically living the classic American Dream. As our metaphorical corporation, I can only wonder how long this country would remain in business, selectively ignoring its own principals. If we role-play for a few moments, I suspect it will become more clear what I mean.

Imagine, if you will, that you are the CEO of a huge new global corporation called Amerika. Your Board of Directors has just wrapped up a marathon month of meetings where the company’s mission statement and policies and procedures guidelines have been mulled over, edited, amended, and finally agreed upon by all. In short, your company will be an intellectual melting pot of unbridled thought, freedom of expression, mutual respect, talent, and the finest of skill. As the goals and ideals of this great new company have now been established, you and your top-notch team get down to the brass tacks of running the business.

Within a few years’ time Amerika grows by leaps and bounds, quickly overshadowing all other corporations to become the largest, most productive and envied organization on earth. Because of your company’s impeccable reputation for job satisfaction, outstanding salary plus benefit options, and unprecedented opportunity for both professional and personal growth within the company, workers of all skill levels begin leaving their jobs at other smaller businesses to apply for a position with Amerika, and as your company is now the envy of the entire world, any position will do.

But then things begin to go astray. At first the incursions against company policy are light, almost unnoticeable as female and migrant workers from competing companies file complaints of condescending attitudes and mistreatment by management. Foreign immigrants who have come to work at Amerika become outraged, claiming they have been forced to work segregated from employees with company seniority, most in sub-human conditions at the lowest positions in the company. Women employees decry substantially lower salaries than their male counterparts, and everyone complains that too much of their salary is being deducted for taxes.

As managerial attempts at resolve fail to soothe matters and employee disgruntlement continues, you finally bring the issues before the Board of Directors, and an official investigation is ordered. After discovering that many of the allegations are indeed true and that some job conditions are substantially less than optimal, quotas are established which mandate racial integration throughout the organization. This works for a while, but alas, new reports of internal phone taps and interception of internal documents and electronic communications emerge as a new kind of segregation forms, this time neither gender nor race-based, but departmental. Hostilities mount throughout the entire company as departments become envious of one another’s budgets, diversity, and talent. Senior staff meetings become bogged down by tense interaction and forced smiles.

Soon theft of valuable software, equipment, even intellectual property begins to be reported on a regular basis, and as Amerika’s security is unmatched for trained personnel and technological supremacy, you know that the problem has originated within the walls of the company. Productivity slows noticeably, interdepartmental accusations fly, and the company’s unique corporate culture—a progressive, can-do determination unlike any the world has ever seen—turns sour. As a result of increasing costs to replace stolen resources and rising insurance fees, salaries are lowered, some even cut in half. Surveillance cameras have captured employees literally being beaten by security staff. People begin to hate their jobs as Amerika’s once-pioneering spirit decays into a monumentally monotonous daily drudgery of survival. Some employees accept the reduced pay, others simply resign.

This dark new paradigm has brutally beaten the once great corporation of Amerika, and it has fallen into serious debt. Billions upon billions of dollars in past-due credit, the ballooning cost of marketing, unemployment payments, lawsuits, subsidiary expenses, technology upgrades, increased security threats (both internally and externally), and sky-rocketing production and distribution prices have taken their toll on this once-great entity, and all because the basic tenets of your handbook of policy and procedure ultimately failed to be maintained.

End role-play.

As a natural-born citizen of the United States of America, I have been alive long enough to see this great land change from an almost magical land built upon love, hope, freedom, and limitless opportunity to the disgusting materialistic, mechanized monster of tainted justice, racism, greed, hate, theft, murder, and environmental destruction it is today. The rights of the people continue to erode, and I see in particular a robust assault on the First Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees the right of free speech and freedom of the press.

I was recently a victim of First Amendment violation by some anonymous viewer monitoring my private Internet use who did not approve of my personal investigation into UFO’s and the paranormal. This anonymous party happened to be technologically proficient enough to protest my private studies by hacking repeatedly into my websites and bank accounts whilst leaving cryptic and threatening online messages. Even now I remain curious as to who this could have been, and why they were so disturbed by my personal Internet usage. Sure I could understand if this was some backwards dictatorial regime with citizen-funded high-dollar secret operations which those footing the bill know nothing of. Then a snooping, prying Web surfer stumbling onto one of the millions of Googled sites might pose some sort of ridiculous threat.

But this is not a backwards dictatorial regime. This is the United States of America, land of the free and home of the brave. And our Constitution with its 27 Amendments protects our rights.

Right?

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The Only Constant

May 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Where would we be without change? This unchanging aspect of life often appears as a surprise, accompanied by questions, doubt, confusion, and many times anger. For some, it seems disasterous that change takes place, yet it is the road leading into the future…out with the old, in with the new. Indeed, we are creatures of the new, constantly searching for the next exciting sight, sound, taste, smell, touch, or idea. Change can be ultimately good, if not always pleasant, allowing for a sense of equality in aspiration, knowing that whomever or whatever is presently on top will not always hold that position.

But what about people? How is change good for people who exhibit no real need for development? Since no one is perfect, one can always find room for improvement. Observing someone who suffers from the desire to bring destruction into the lives of others, we can see that a belief system modification is necessary. In contrast, a person who might be considered a productive citizen—that is, he or she is well-educated, gainfully employed, has a healthy and happy home life, is regularly involved in community or religious activities and has no criminal record—the need for improvement may not be as easily identifiable.

The shelves of libraries and bookstores are crammed full of theses which revolve around the subject of change. The sectioning of this topic as it pertains to the human experience is a nearly endless task: one could easily spend a lifetime identifying various aspects and philosophies of change. The focus in this particular discussion of change is psychological and spiritual. Simply put, for the disparate consciousness of the human family to become one, there must first come a new way of seeing the world and the Universe. Civilized society on earth has turned out to be quite uncivilized when viewed just slightly below its sugar-coated surface. For example, an elderly lady in the fourth-largest city in the United States of America who, being unemployed and receiving only $700 per month income, applied recently for welfare assistance from her government, was denied on the premise that her income was too high. It is almost certain that she is not the only such person to have been turned mercilessly back to her poverty by a government which has no problem spending hundreds of billions of dollars to fight a war on foreign soil that has yet to merit public justification.

This manner of relating to human beings cannot contribute to the cohesiveness and progress of the human family. Sadly, however, it mirrors the way of life for much of “civilized” society, not only on the Federal level, but in person-to-person everyday interaction. Instead of unifying mental energies to achieve dramatic and fulfilling ends such as true environmental restoration, near-annihilation of global hunger and disease, or even loftier aspirations such as interplanetary travel and extraterrestrial colonization, humanity is in a constant state of bickering and strife to out-perform, subdue, even destroy one another in an insatiable quest for profit, a wanton behavior not even found among beasts.

Change is needed.

The Human Revolution

May 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Interpretation of truth becomes vanity when it reaches the point of arrogance and exclusion…interpretation of what is right, and who is wrong. High principals of morality are self-defeated when the same are used in harmful ways. With deception running rampant in every area of life today, I have felt too often that moral and ethical darkness has subtly come to be applauded as good, and vice-versa. But along with the recent rise of state-sanctioned personal disempowerment has risen a collective mind of freedom unwilling to continue this distorted, unnatural status quo…

The Human Revolution is a process of mental, physical, and spiritual renewal, a psychological development on the individual level which facilitates the acceptance of all life—especially humankind—our world, and the Universe itself. With this renewal and development comes the awareness of a person’s limitless inner capacity to lead a creative and contributive life without the extreme, blinding stress so common today, simply by making the decision to do so. It is in this state of mind that one can experience fully a personal universe of balance and understanding.

Recent centuries have seen the onset and maturation of a number of revolutions, including religious, political, economic, industrial, scientific, and in recent times the information revolution, which has been substantially driven by the emergence of the Internet. Today’s global human revolution appears to be fueled by a desire for human togetherness, in spite of any outdated policies or traditions which promote division. People everywhere have begun to realize that all human life is immeasureably valuable and must be respected as such. Differences in culture, language, and skin color are no longer to be ridiculed or shunned, but reverenced as part of the diversity of the great Design.

Even so, society cannot experience a significantly upward paradigm shift until there is a core transformation in the psychological reality of the individual. It is irrelevant how many social programs are put in place or how many educational initiatives are implemented until the innate self-destructive tendencies of the average “civilized” person are replaced with basic spiritual awareness—an ascension of consciousness—resulting in deep self-love and respect. Young people must be taught in the earliest of years that within them lies vast, untapped potential pleading to be uncovered. They must be taught that war and violence are barbaric and ultimately pathetic alternatives to creative, intellectual, and respectful diplomatic solutions. Before this, no notable change will be observed in the general development of humanity.

This dynamic revolution—The Human Revolution—is likely the most important, the most requisite of all revolutions. As this movement manifests geographically in power, the human race will become stronger, more unified, and wise, leaving the teachers and workers of mental damnation and physical atrocity with inconveniently few avenues to either labor or rest.

Is War Better Than Peace?

May 24, 2010 Leave a comment
 

The extreme absence of peace in the Middle East stems from political and religious differences, a situation not easily resolved through diplomacy. Now with fresh scars of war blemishing that region, anti-American sentiment continues to slow the advance of peace on earth. But is war really the greatest enemy of peace?

On the surface this question borders absurdity. Yet under careful study history reveals that chaos has a strong tendency to bring about order. In short, human beings behave more like human beings when their freedom comes under attack.

Take September 11, 2001, for example. When the shock of that horrible morning finally settled into the collective consciousness of the world, there emerged a general sense of urgency towards responding to anyone in need, particularly those in New York City and Washington D.C. who were directly affected by the terrorist attacks. Even though an ever-present fear of new attacks loomed in the background of nearly everyone’s minds, we felt again a long-forgotten desire for unity, ironically not driven by fear, but by respect. People smiled and spoke to one another in passing as an attitude of goodwill existed even through the stress of busy work schedules. The “me first” faded as life took on a deeper sense of meaning and purpose than had been present on the tenth of September. In our desperate need to reassess and regroup as a society—not just in the United States, but on a global scale—life appeared to be increasingly governed by peace.

Alas, this state of bliss lasted every bit of six months before the corruption of greed and self-indulgence which had thrived prior to September 11 began to rear its ugly head. The American government declared a semi-official war against a phantom menace called Terrorism. Even so, the world began to settle back into its pre-attack routine, and human value diminished noticeably. After months of heightened terrorist alerts during which nothing happened, we became callous to the threat that we could all die any day, and peace slowly became taken for granted. In war there appeared unity.

In peace, division.

Which leads to the question: Is war better than peace? Not in this journalist’s opinion. But an ancient proverb says that it is better to be in the house of mourning than in the house of laughter. My interpretation of this is that being cornered in an unpleasant situation forces higher intellectual processes to discover creative solutions which otherwise are seldom found.

Prior to the official declaration of war against Iraq by President Bush in March 2003, rumors of this looming conflict sparked massive anti-war protests by millions of people worldwide. The objective mind could easily find itself torn between the need to disarm the evil regime of Saddam Hussein before it became a major global threat, and the burning question, “Why now?” Of course, President Bush had his reasons which compelled him to choose this course of action, yet the outcome may have actually widened the political chasm between the United States and much of the rest of the civilized world, increasing the threat of more war.

As the aftermath of the September 11th disasters showed, true peace comes from deep within the human spirit. It is born out of love and respect for every living thing in existence. Humanity is a team which excels when all work together, reaching new and unprecedented realms of discovery and creativity. But when each member works only toward his or her own personal fulfillment, indifferent to the needs of others, this team becomes dysfunctional and ineffective. It is a sad testament that we only vigorously pursue human togetherness in times of peril. Peace on earth is not an easy goal, but it is attainable. War then, it seems, is not the enemy of peace, but the natural by-product of its absence.

 

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