April 11th, 2019

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DENIAL - part 1

Personal psychological denial always includes the abuse of others - politically, economically, socially - and spiritually.

This denial is usually encouraged by subconscious, uncomfortable allegiance to some group, state, religion, ideology, (ergo economy).

It is born of weakness.

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"What Atheists Teach the Religious"

The Master teaches the student that God created everything in the world to be appreciated, since everything is here to teach us a lesson.

One clever student asks “What lesson can we learn from atheists? Why did God create them?”

The Master responds “God created atheists to teach us the most important lesson of them all — the lesson of true compassion. You see, when an atheist performs an act of charity, visits someone who is sick, helps someone in need, and cares for the world, he is not doing so because of some religious teaching. He does not believe that God commanded him to perform this act. In fact, he does not believe in God at all, so his acts are based on an inner sense of morality. And look at the kindness he can bestow upon others simply because he feels it to be right.”

“This means,” the Master continued “that when someone reaches out to you for help, you should never say ‘I pray that God will help you.’ Instead for the moment, you should become an atheist, imagine that there is no God who can help, and say ‘I will help you.’”

—Martin Buber, Tales of Hasidim Vol. 2 (1991)

mm101 Note: My 'share-repost' does not work beyond my own flist now, so I had to cut and paste this post from another LJ user whom I am not naming for a particular reason, no offense to her.... Now, regarding the subject: I feel that the goodness of the Atheist is more mature than that of the religious person, who may act a tad out of obedience, fear, selfishness, disingenuousnous, etc. I have always thought that there is no need to go around with a (secret) sign on one's chest, saying, "I am a Christian," in order to do good, basically.

And, if there is the conventional Christian God, then it would be perfectly withing His character and doctrine to NOT GIVE A DAMN whether an act of goodness springs from religion or belief or not. God would not care whether you believe in him or not. I would venture that such a god would rather get behind the person who does good directly, naturally, rather than by promptings from others, guilt, circuitous dogma, or so forth. Good is good, and best when shorn of any agenda or design which, like tarnish on silver, could only be something less than good, by some degree.

And, after all, isn't it presumptuous to insist that the good from an Atheist is not good, great or divine, when none of us knows what it was that inspired that person to act, or what it was that he/she believes when, for all we know, it could be but a chair or a tree or a meal in that Atheist's existence which speaks to him/her in a way perhaps identical to the way god is said to speak to Christians. Honestly, as I heard one Irish woman say about the Catholics versus the Protestants: "I really don't see any difference between the two, lol."

In my view, the point is to take one step beyond the pain of life, the entropy of nature, and the fatality of time, and do good.  Paradoxically transcend dead-end existence through the irony of compassion.  In my view, there need not be a whole, often stiffling, construction of ideology, morality or authority, to tell one why, when and how to do this.  But, some people, certainly children, and closet psychos, seem to need that direction.  And, in a world of diversions and addictions, there is psychological sense in hewing to strictures, for some.  Suffer them.

While the religious should look more compasionately on those, "militant atheists," atheists, pantheists, and people of any other religion or persuasion, should look more compassionately on those who walk the path of orthodoxy, obedience and simplicity, because, after all, the word, "RELIGIOUS," can merely mean, "Being responsible to a regular schedule."  Yes?

Again, we need not see a difference between the two.  We are all a bunch of fucking monkeys, and should rejoice in our shared majesty and pathos.

I basically have a problem with this: Those who shield themselves behind groups live lives sheltered from many of the slings and arrows that fly towards the likes of atheists and other marginals, sometimes from the bows of other so-called human beings, yeah?  What bothers me about religion - and bothers most of the fallen - is the mass groupism which fuels conspiracies of blame and persecution and war.  That is a little different than just, naturally, doing, good.
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The Church and Labour

Lambert McKenna was awarded an honorary Doctorate for his contribution to Celtic Studies (D. Litt. Celt) by UCD in 1947 on the same day that Jack Butler Yeats was also awarded an honorary Doctorate. McKenna was a committed social reformer and an outspoken critic of capitalism. In the first tract of his book The Church and Labour (1914) he wrote:

"The wealthy few now rule the world. They have done so before, but never precisely in virtue of their wealth. They were patriarchs, patricians, chieftains of clans, feudal nobles acknowledging responsibilities and bearing heavy burdens. Today wealth making no sacrifices for the public good, rules in its own right, and exercises a more despotic sway than any form of authority hitherto known. It has armies and fleets at command. It has myriads of placemen, or would-be placemen, in utter dependence. It is highly centralised, and can exert a great power at any point. It can at any moment cast thousands of households into intolerable misery. Yet, though centralised, it is not open to attack. It does not, as the kings of old, dwell in castles that can be stormed by an angry people. On the contrary it stands as the embodiment of legality, order, security, peace—even of popular will. Capitalism, using the work of the labouring classes, has vastly increased the wealth of the world; yet it strives to prevent these labouring classes from benefiting by this increase. t is constantly drawing up into itself that wealth and diverting it from useful purposes."


  • English-Irish Phrase Dictionary (1911)

  • The Church and Labour:Series of Six Tracts (1913–14)

  • Dánta do chum Aonghus Fionn Ó Dálaigh (1919)

  • Iomarbháigh na bhfileadh (1918–20)

  • The Social Teachings of James Connolly (1920)

  • Dán Dé (1922)

  • Life and Work of Rev. Aloysius Cullen S.J. (1924)

  • Philip Bocht Ó hUiginn (1931)

  • English-Irish Dictionary (1935)

  • Dioghluim Dána (1938)[3]

  • Athdioghluim Dána (1939–40)

  • Bardic Syntactical Tracts (1944)

  • Leabhar Méig Shamhradháin (1947)

  • Leabhar Í Eadhra (1951)

McKenna, L. (2008). The Church and Labour: A Series of Six Tracts. BiblioBazaar. ISBN 9780559829857. Retrieved 4 July 2015.

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Today is the birthday of Bruce Watson, a Canadian born Scot guitarist for the Scotlish group, Big Country, known for guitars that sounded like bagpipes.  I actually thought they could have sounded more like bagpipes, but I can't complain.  It was a rousing band, especially in their album, The Crossing, which is the album I have. I see them as a kind-of Scotland version of Australia's, Midnight Oil. Unfortunately, Big Country lost a member, Stuart Adamson, to suicide in 2001.  I don't think Midnight Oil ever lost any members, except to politics, but another Land-Down-Under Band, Men At Work, lost Greg Ham in 2012.  Here is the interesting back-story to that, which you may remember...

In February 2010 Larrikin Music Publishing won a case against Hay and Strykert, their record label (Sony BMG Music Entertainment) and music publishing company (EMI Songs Australia) arising from the uncredited appropriation of "Kookaburra", originally written in 1932 by Marion Sinclair and for which Larrikin owned the publishing rights, as the flute line in the Men at Work song, "Down Under".[21] Back in early 2009 the Australian music-themed TV quiz, Spicks and Specks, had posed a question which suggested that "Down Under" contained elements of "Kookaburra".[22]

Larrikin, then headed by Norman Lurie, filed suit after Larrikin was sold to another company and had demanded between 40% and 60% of the previous six years of earnings from the song.[23] In February 2010 the judge ruled that "Down Under" did contain a flute riff based on "Kookaburra" but stipulated that neither was it necessarily the hook nor a substantial part of the hit song (Hay and Strykert had written the track years before the flute riff was added by Ham).[24] In July 2010 a judge ruled that Larrikin should be paid 5% of past (since 2002) and future profits.[25] Ham took the verdict particularly hard, feeling responsible for having performed the flute riff at the centre of the lawsuit and worried that he would only be remembered for copying someone else's music,[26] resulting in depression and anxiety.[27] Ham's body was found in his Carlton North home on April 19, 2012 after he suffered a fatal heart attack at age 58.[6]

Well, our old friend, Australian Julian Assange, (who entered the Ecuadoran Embassy in 2012), was taken into new custody today. I was planning to write a little about this, and more, in this post, as, "News of Today," but I am just too tired now... However, my general opinion is that this is a probably good, and predictable, development. More later. To see my community related to Assange and more, go to wiki_truth. Godnicht, yo.