Be an enlightened warrior, not a monk!

Man in martial arts uniform meditating.

Here’s an article in the mainstream media that’s wrong on all counts and all levels, worth a warning:

Meditation DOESN’T make you a calmer person: Buddhist practice leaves people just as aggressive and prejudiced, reveals study

“Prejudiced” means “having prior judgments”, but what they really mean is “having in-group preferences that are taboo for specific groups”, versus other in-group preferences that are praised and encouraged. “In-group preferences” is what I will refer to, because I try to avoid other people’s loaded language.

Interestingly, the slug for the article is:

Meditation-DOESNT-make-better-person

In other words, according to the Daily Mail, a better person is unaggressive and doesn’t have taboo in-group preferences.

If meditation did make you meek, harmless, and a sucker, I would suggest avoiding it.

Notice that the article equates meditation with “Buddhist practice”. Hindus also meditate, and some Christians perform practices like centering prayer that are effectively the same thing. Suffis meditate, and Sikhs say meditative prayers. I listened to a lecture by a psychologist who claims that meditation is probably derived from a natural biological function, like sleeping or eating, that religious sects stumble onto when performing rituals that require a lot of attention to detail. In other words, many religious sects perform rituals that are evolving towards the same effect, even if they haven’t developed meditation per-se as a practice.

‘In the early 1970s, Transcendental Meditation conveyed this message openly, announcing that the rising number of individuals practising this technique would lead to world peace in the short term.

Transcendental Meditation is Hindu mantra meditation commercialized by paying the guru money to choose your mantra for you. In any case, it’s not Buddhist.

So the question is why equate meditation with Buddhism, when Buddhism is not the only religious sect that does it. I suspect it has to do with the other assumption, that meditation should (but apparently doesn’t) make you unaggressive and to not have in-group preferences:

For all intents and purposes, there doesn’t seem to be such a thing as a “lay Buddhist”. Some laypeople dabble in Buddhism, perhaps sending boys to a temple for short stints similar to the Christian practice of vacation bible school, but anyone serious about Buddhism is expected to become a monk or a nun; that is, to become

  • celibate
  • childless (ie, commit genetic suicide)
  • vegetarian or better yet vegan
  • pacifist
  • a beggar

In Asian cultures, Buddhists have a social contract with the rest of society:

Leave us alone to pursue enlightenment, and we’ll live as non-competitively as possible.

When communists took over various Asian lands like Mongolia, Tibet, Viet Nam, and Kampuchea, they massacred or at least persecuted the Buddhist monks and nuns. In Mongolia they wiped them out wholesale because their soviet handlers told them to. Instead of achieving peace, the monks achieved annihilation.

Someone who isn’t Buddhist also thinks the goal SHOULD be to make you less competitive and unable to defend yourself.

This reminds me of Yuri Bezmenov‘s claim that the soviet model of subversion was to undermine a national culture with leftist politics, vices (especially drugs and promiscuous sex), and hippy/New Age/”Eastern” pop culture. One of the goals was to use “peer pressure by elites upon academics and society to convince that prior values were inherently flawed, racist, prejudiced etc.”

Bezmenov was sent by the KGB to work in India, where he fell in love with the culture but realized that the soviet strategy was to either distract people with practices and vices that made them either disengage from “reality” (whatever that is), or better yet, subvert their own culture, identity-group, and nation. In other words, they want to goad, shame, or encourage you into swallowing poison-pills that they themselves won’t touch.

Mr. Brezmenov claimed that the leftist political activists would be targeted for execution once the target nation was under their control and the leftists had exhausted their usefulness. It was assumed that they’d realize they’d been duped and would cause trouble, but I honestly doubt that was really a danger to the party. My takeaway from years of close observation is that as long as they were allowed to join the communist party and reap the benefits of party membership, they’d go along with the hell-on-earth that was delivered in place of paradise-on-earth.

Since Mr. Bezmenov’s time, things have changed: the soviet union collapsed, and millions of communist party members fled Russia and were welcomed with open arms into the “western” countries, where they are now busy pursuing the same agenda from the inside.

Do you notice what I am talking about happening in contemporary American and European culture and politics?

Peace is not their objective. Their objective is for you to surrender and commit cultural and genetic suicide.

An interesting discussion for another time is that many different perspectives contain some grain of truth. You can look at “reality” from a religious viewpoint, a Machiavellian political viewpoint, a philosophical viewpoint, or a scientific viewpoint, and so on. You’ve always got some “filter” in place because you’re always interpreting whatever you think is “reality” into existence. If you think you’re “red-pilled”, I have bad news for you: you’re always jumping from one sense of reality to another; there is no “red pill”. I suggest that you keep refining and maintaining your sense of reality according to the results you get. Instead of obsessing about “truth”or “ultimate reality”, do more of what gets you success and less of what gets you failure. But that’s a philosophical discussion for another time.

I suggest shying away from any starry-eyed sense of reality that disengages you from what author Ivan Throne would call “the dark world”.

Be an enlightened warrior, not a monk:

  • Find a loving companion and keep her.
  • Raise your own batch of heroes.
  • Get strong and learn how to defend yourself.
  • Learn how to create value and trade value for value.
  • By all means, cultivate practices that raise your level of consciousness, but only to the extent they don’t degrade your physical and mental vitality.

It so happens that I do meditate. I also practice Hatha Yoga—to get and stay strong, as a matter of fact. I eat a plant-based diet and am nearly vegan (let’s see how that works out if enough men sign up for Mr. Throne’s local Feast of War to take place and I end up feasting with a wolf-pack of flesh-eaters); I also know how to do that without creating other problems. I fast twice a week and dedicate my fasting to the Divine. I have a Libertarian sense of non-aggression principle (more specifically, don’t initiate violence); I’m relatively peaceful even if also “martial”. And I practice shooting. If I had more time on my hands, I’d practice martial arts. There is no contradiction; it’s “and”, not “or”. I choose to allow my personality to expand into ordered complexity, instead of being flat and one-dimensional.

Here’s the irony of the article: its premise is dead-wrong from the get-go:

‘If every eight-year-old in the world is taught meditation, the world will be without violence within one generation,’ the Dalai Lama claims.

But it appears the respected monk could be wrong.

For scientists have revealed the trendy Buddhist practice does not make you more compassionate, less aggressive or prejudiced.

Um, no. The Dalai Lama’s claim is perhaps an exaggeration, but the concept is correct: meditation would reduce violence. Not by making you less aggressive or destroying your in-group preferences, but by replacing emotional triggers on violence with rational, calculating control over violence.

Meditation increases control over impulses. You feel an emotion coming on, and in a split-second you decide whether to act on it, resolve it, or channel it into something more intelligent than a “reptilian response”.

Imagine the difference between a milquetoast who is physically and psychologically incapable of harming you, and a dragon who could kill you in an instant but to the extent it can be avoided chooses not to.

You want to be peaceful like the dragon, not the milquetoast.

I had to use an imaginary creature as a metaphor, because the concept is apparently so exotic in western culture! The point is to avoid violence through discipline and intelligent choices, not to surrender as a matter of necessity and call that “peace”.

It’s also worth pointing out that from what we can tell from the article, the scientists were not testing what Buddhists actually practice.

Science is not a substitute for rational analysis. “Science” won’t stop you from confirming your biases with invalid experiments.

They involved mindfulness – paying more attention to the present moment

Mindfulness practice has nothing to do with making you more compassionate, less aggressive, or less “prejudiced”, and that’s not the point of doing it anyway. Someone set up an experiment that was fundamentally invalid. Possibly because they’re not interested in meditation unless it really did turn chumps into milquetoasts.

, and loving-kindness – imagining objects such as cute animals.

“Loving-kindness” is मेत्ता (Mettā) in Pali (the common speech in the time and place the Buddha lived); in Sanskrit (the high speech), which I am more familiar with, मैत्री (Maitrī). मैत्री as I understand it is love without उपादान, (upadana), a word that doesn’t exist in English but usually translated as “attachment”, that is, pre-conditions that you set for your own peaceful contentment. In other words, love that isn’t “needy”. It’s similar to the Greek-Christian concept “agape”, divine love.

Imagining cute animals is not the way that loving-kindness meditation is traditionally done. Instead, you imagine taking on the suffering of other people, and giving them back release from it. It’s sometimes called “compassionate exchange”.

It builds empathy (“I sense that you are sad”) without triggering unhelpful sympathetic responses (“That makes me sad too!”), and adds compassion (“I don’t want you to suffer”) to the mix. The part about imagining taking on other people’s suffering might even make you mentally tougher.

This is all perfectly good; the problem is adding cultural and genetic suicide to the mix, and that’s nothing you will ever learn from me.

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Is the world really run by a secret cabal?

I just watched a video clip featuring Paul Hellyer, former Canadian Minister of Defense, talking about a secret cabal that rules the world, Operation Paperclip, and aliens. Someone thought it important to bring it to my attention.

Is the world really run by Illuminati?

The short answer is “no”. The longer answer is still no, but more complicated.

It’s true that the French Revolution and the American Revolution were staged by Freemasons, and also that this information is routinely missing from history textbooks. It’s documented elsewhere, and even somewhat admitted to right on Wikipedia, so it’s not that much of a secret anymore. In case there was any doubt, you can also see their symbols, like the annuit coeptis, all over US currency. It’s also true that Freemasons were involved in a number of British Imperial operations, and that US Presidents have usually been members, though in recent generations it appears to be totally on a nominal basis strictly for tradition.

Nowadays, Masonic Lodges are dying out. Back in 1955 there were 4,009,925 members registered with various masonic organizations in the USA; now, despite a much higher population, there are only a little over a million despite a much larger base population in the USA, and their numbers are falling fast.

Fraternal organizations are dying out generally in Europe and North America.

They were originally organized as trade guilds. Their functions included:

  • monopolizing the goods and services their members dealt in
  • controlling secret fabrication techniques, both keeping them secret, and passing them on to chosen apprentices
  • lobbying governments on behalf of their members
  • maintaining order among members and resolving disputes in the days before lawsuits and civil court
  • various social functions
  • functional competition in some regards with religious organizations, which is why some religious sects forbid membership in them

Their last vestiges are dying out because conditions changed in ways that are incompatible with them:

  • their mystiques involving symbols and secret teachings are incompatible with modernist, scientific mindsets.
  • several of their functions have been compartmentalized into function-specific operations; political lobbies are not also social clubs; they’re strictly business. Charities are just charities.
  • for a while, they became somewhat obsolete, when “liberal” (in the original sense of the word, actually closer to modern “libertarian”) economic policies opened up access to most (not all) lines of business. This is becoming less true though due to increasing levels of government regulation.

As for other subjects of conspiracy theories, they often have a basis in fact, but it’s grossly embellished:

The US deep state once did scheme to stage an alien invasion hoax a pretext for world government. Wernher von Braun discretely disclosed it. They never pulled it off, probably realizing that it might be too far-fetched, and they didn’t want to destroy their own credibility. The scheme lived on in Hollywood propaganda, in movies like “The day the earth stood still” and “Independence Day”. Oddly enough, even though the audiences know that the movies are fiction, the narratives of uniting the planet under one global empire to deal with an alien invasion still prime the brains of the audience to go along with pretexts for globalization (“one world or none”). It works better that way without the risk of exposure as a hoax.

The Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bilderberg Group, the World Economic Forum (the Davos folks), and so on, are all real organizations, their decision-making processes are all secret, and membership is by invitation-only. Even though their websites are obvious for anyone to see, the corporate media rarely discuss them, and that usually only tangentially and low-key. Anyone who breaks the taboo on talking about them as an outsider gets ridiculed as a tinfoil conspiracy theorist.

While you can’t participate in their decision-making processes, and can’t find out about their current project planning, it’s not too hard to figure out what projects they are currently implementing, because they communicate those to influencers. They don’t announce them in press releases, but you can take the initiative to have a look on their websites.

A great deal of disinformation (“red herrings”) about them serves to confuse outsiders who get too curious.

Satanic rituals? Unlikely. The highest echelons of power are almost completely atheistic; they don’t believe in the devil any more than they do God. My guess is that observers are imagining connections between their ruthlessness, their secrecy, and their passive acceptance and patronage of weird modern performance arts. They probably don’t mind ogling those half-naked bodies either.

Spirit cooking? My guess is that it’s “performance art” as a cover for something else, like arts-and-entertainment magazines publishing photographs of a photograph of a “Calla Lilly” (actually, a Zantedeschia) along with directions to a Robert Maplethorpe exhibit. It’s not really about flowers; that was the code they used to be able to advertise it in public without alerting the uninitiated to what’s really going on. One of my buddies went to one, not knowing what it was really about, and boy did he get a surprise. He told me, which is why I know.

Pedophile rings? Those do exist! But most pedophiles lack political connections, and go to prison if they get caught. My guess would be that pedophile rings whose members are a little (probably not much) more intelligent than average work themselves into positions of power because what starts as a conspiracy to hide a crime can also serve as a collaborative network. They can defend their members and bully opponents. The secrecy required to avoid drawing attention to their crimes ensures the loyalty of members of the group; unlike other mafias, they worry less about betrayal because the stakes are high for would-be turncoats.

The pedophiles really are organizing politically. NAMbLA went underground to prevent infiltration by cops, but they still exist and are politically active. I know this because from time to time I’ve stumbled onto people arguing for legalization and acceptance of pedophilia. There could be a major coup at any time, much like the transgender bathroom coup the transgenders suddenly pulled. My guess would be that their objectives would include de facto decriminalization of pedophilia (much like infanticide has been decriminalized in many jurisdictions) by re-defining it as an illness, “treating” it by creating tolerance for virtual child pornography and child sex-dolls, and creating a social taboo against criticism of pedophiles and pedophilia. My guess is that one possible outcome is that pedophiles will continue to prey on children, but create powerful taboos against asking questions, which is already getting entrenched. Talking about spirit cooking or pizzagate will get you in trouble.

Women pretend not to notice entourages, mixed-orientation or lavender  marriages, and secret double-lives. They create taboos around the topics by becoming upset and outraged if frankly discussed.

Sexual urges make powerful bonds. That’s why there are mafias defined in terms of sexual identity instead of ethnic identity. Not all gays and lesbians are mafiosi, but there are gay and lesbian mafias. The lesbian mafia is more politically powerful if not as wealthy as the gay mafia. It’s because they can persuade women regardless of sexual preference to follow behind their leadership and pretend not to notice entourages, mixed-orientation or lavender marriages, and (barely) secret double lives. They create taboos around discussing unconventional sexuality in women by becoming upset and outraged if the topic comes up.

Heterosexual men can’t use sexuality to forge strong group bonds, which puts them at a disadvantage. That’s probably why bonobos and chimpanzees are more bisexual than humans. Instead of using sexual bonds to maintain group loyalty, heterosexual men tend to use real and virtual kinship relationships (“brotherhoods”) and tribal instincts to maintain group cohesion. Older mafias tended to be organized along tribal and cultural lines, like the Sicilian mafia. Different organizations within the Sicilian mafia are popularly known as “families”.

Some religious organizations have also used the concept of extended family as a means of maintaining group cohesion. That’s why Catholic priests are known as “fathers”, monks as “brothers”, and nuns as “sisters”. Religious identity is a basis for a powerful bond all by itself.

Some, but not all, religious organizations are power-groups. It’s no secret that the Catholic Church filled much of the power vacuum in the collapse of the Roman Empire. Its power has been fading ever since. In modern times the only remaining role some formerly powerful religious organizations play is as junior partners of much more powerful secular cabals, simply following orders as regards rallying the troops for big projects that another group planned.

Fabulous cults? Those do exist. They tend not to be particularly long-lived, or well-connected to power. The Church of Satan apparently had a succession problem after the death of founder Anton LeVey, but it looks like they’ve gotten their act back together under current leadership. It looks to me (as an outsider) to be a personality cult  dabbling in sado-masochism, sex-magick, Kabbalistic magic, worldliness as an ideal and virtue, and Ayn Rand.

By the way, the words “Cabal” and “Kabbala” aren’t related.

Summary:

  • Conspiracies exist.
  • The whole point of conspiracies is keeping secrets.
  • If people aren’t in on the secret, they make stuff up.
  • There’s no one cabal holding all the power. There are many different organizations holding some power.
  • The members bond around various innate or learned identities.
  • Some very powerful cabals don’t try all that hard to hide all their secret projects, because they have to get word out to influencers to carry out plans currently in operation. The only thing is, you won’t see them on the 6 o’clock news; you have to take initiative to find out what they’re up to, and also read between the lines, because whatever is publicly-disclosed is probably just a pretext for something else. But it’s not hard to figure out; just look at what they’re doing, not what they’re saying.
  • By the time conspiracy theories become widespread, the sun of the underlying cabal has long set and the conspiracy theories are legendary.

My bet is that the current top cabal will be destroyed in the aftermath of system crash. Too many of them will be killed while traveling during a crisis, or starve to death in their badly-prioritized billionaire bunkers after they run out of food, the surrounding economic devastation is worse than they expected, transportation breaks down, and they forgot to make plans for able-bodied helpers to rescue them and take care of them.

My best recommendation is not to obsess about other people’s conspiracies, but instead join one that’s working for you.

Is your experience of medical care like mine?

I don’t know what your experience of medical-care is, but my guess is that the system isn’t set up to be highly individualized.

This is my experience of health-care:

  • The clinic assigned me a doctor, informing me that I didn’t have any choice in the matter when I asked if a specific doctor had any openings.
  • The doctor ignores anything I tell him. He is not interested in treating any conditions I bring up.
  • He prescribes screening procedures based on my age and gender, seemingly without any other consideration or factor.
  • I burn up time complying with procedures to screen for conditions that I am unlikely to have due to personal characteristics they didn’t ask about.
  • It’s not a conspiracy on the part of the doctor; the insurance company refused to pay for a cat-scan to investigate a condition I brought up. While I was doubled over and passing out from pain, they dubbed it “medically un-necessary”.

My guess is that medical care nationwide is being statistically-designed. Someone makes a case that certain procedures applied to anyone who fits some statistical profile will save more lives at a lower cost than actually treating people on an individual, case-by-case basis. An analogy would be to a large-scale livestock raising operation, where they PROACTIVELY feed ALL the livestock antibiotics instead of treating individual animals.

I would not count on the accuracy of their statistical assumptions. Aside from my lack of confidence in their models, I would also guess that there is a lot of moral hazard in the planning process.

A trend continues until it exhausts itself. You’re on your own. Take care of your own health as best you can.

Don’t let this tragedy happen to you: man committed suicide after discovering this

Heartbroken boyfriend found dead in woods just days after discovering his girlfriend ‘was pregnant with another man’s baby’

A heartbroken bar worker was found dead just days after he found out his girlfriend had cheated on him and was pregnant with another man’s baby, an inquest heard. Lee Webb’s body was found in Leckwith Woods in Cardiff on October 23 last year. About a week earlier, the 28-year-old had discovered his girlfriend was pregnant by another man, the inquest at Cardiff Coroner’s Court heard.

The two most common reasons people commit suicide are depression and becoming emotionally distraught. This was one of the second type. If they can simply hold out until they calm down, they cease being suicidal.

Takeaways:

  • No matter how much you love, you don’t have to become emotionally dependent on anyone. Emotional dependency isn’t love, and won’t help the relationship.
  • Don’t be naive or have unrealistic expectations of other people. Cheating is common.
  • Master your emotions. Normally, your emotions over-ride your higher reasoning, but if you train yourself, you can maintain a rational frame of mind when strong emotions hit.

Stay safe in your relationships. Don’t go into one before you’re inoculated against tragedy.

Here is the memorandum numerous high-ranking politicians & media personalities don’t want you to see

Politics is the problem, not the solution. I’m just providing information. This will be easier for you to download from here because there’s less traffic than on the House site.

The only extraordinary thing here is that government agencies, a political party, and the establishment media got caught in a politically-motivated scheme, and exposed by a president and a few key allies who wouldn’t back down after numerous threats and an attempted cover-up. Nor is the matter over, since the schemers still have the means in their hands to stage a distraction if not an outright coup. This isn’t over; the war has barely begun.

Here is the unredacted memorandum on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Abuses at the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, fresh from docs.house.gov:

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Book review: Staying Married in a Degenerate Age

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No good jobs, no good help

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