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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Civics From a Retired Working Man




On July 4th, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was proclaimed through out the thirteen colonies.  The people wanted self-government but the English Crown would have none of it - so the colonists decided to take it by force of arms - a revolution against the mightiest power in the world.  The Declaration today is still a mighty document.  Written by Thomas Jefferson and Company, it declares that all men have a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  

All men have the right to live and all men have the right to be free.  And, all men have the right to make their dreams come true.  Nothing in these three rights granted by the Declaration says that because you are free and breathing that you deserve a lifetime of handouts or for that matter, a protective bubble to live in.  These three rights mean that you have the right to live free and fail many times until you succeed.  The Declaration was written in an era when men were willing to die for these rights that we blithely take for granted today; shame on us.  Yes, cupcake, they were willing to die for the right to fail until they could finally succeed.  Obviously the common Joe needed to be free for this opportunity.  The Constitution goes further.  

Written by James Madison and Company in 1787, the Constitution lays out how the government is to operate.  It also expands the Declaration's Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness with the Bill of Rights, the first ten Amendments of the Constitution, that protect the rights of American citizens against a capricious government.  It was not an accident or  coincidence that the first Amendment, along with its' many rights, contains the Separation Clause - the wall that is supposed to exist between Church and State.  Also, it was not an accident that the Second Amendment gives American citizens the right to bear arms (the so-called Kentucky Long Rifle was the "assault rifle" of its' day, as time marches on, so does technology).  There are many people living today in the USA, this writer included, that believe the First and Second Amendments support the rest of the Constitution.  But, there is a movement, a slow creeping movement that wants the Declaration and the Constitution to not just weaken but disappear.  In this writer's opinion, that movement is known today as Political Correctness

Political Correctness is not a new phenomenon - it found life in early 20th century Communist Russia (USSR) to bring about the "correct political mindset" - bending minds, on pain of death, to Stalin's communist doctrine (no excuses here - Uncle Joe Stalin is responsible for the death of millions of his fellow countrymen).  This method of coercion did not go unnoticed by American Communists and Socialists but did not gain any real traction until the 1970's.  

Ultra-liberal progressives began by eliminating words considered pejorative that they felt offended certain groups of people.  They moved forward via language to advance self-victimization and multiculturalism while at the same time, changing the content, the curriculum taught in public schools, colleges, and universities.  All pressure.  

The PC Police will freely tell you that they love tolerance but that tolerance is given only when the opposite side agrees with their position; disagreement brings a boat load of hate and derision.  We are entering an age where Cultural and Economic Marxism is gaining ground, and the collective American mind is closing.  This is not The Declaration of Independence's Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness as it was intended.  And, it is certainly not the Bill of Rights.  When men of normal stature cannot civilly speak their mind we have a problem.   So, hear this:  These are the times that try men's souls. Thomas Paine wrote that in his pamphlet, The American Crisis, published in 1777.  Yes Thomas, they are indeed.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

UPG, Just One More Time



After reading the essay below, please see the suggested reading *

A man and his wife decided to take a trip to a foreign country to study its famed architecture.  The man entered one magnificent building, not noticing that his wife did not follow.  He entered warm and inviting spacious rooms that led to even more rooms.  When he reached one area, the building just seemed to open up to beautiful flower gardens and a cemetery that appeared to encircle the building.  Then the man saw a desk, apparently set up in the open air.  

As he approached the desk, the man felt a certain familiarly with it.  He then understood why:  it was his desk from a more youthful time.  It contained various notebooks, timetables, and calendars - dated by month and year but lacking data.  They were empty.  In another drawer he found his old wristwatch long thought lost and his hand-held CB radio, still in the "on" switch position.  

The CB spoke to him; his presence was requested in the old hall.  On his way he peeked into a few rooms.  Some were like warm and inviting classrooms.  Others were small, intimate dining rooms; the smell of good cooking nearby was overpowering.  And yet others were small but amply furnished individual living quarters.  Finally, he reached the "old hall."  

The place was full of older folks, sitting comfortably in huge arm chairs.  One of the women spoke to him, dismissing his confusion.  

"Greetings, Caretaker," she pleasantly said, "it is almost time for our evening meal."  

The man had trouble with the title "Caretaker."  

"Oh you poor dear," the old woman opined.  "You are the new Caretaker of all of this in here and out there," she said, as she gesticulated with her hands.  "You make sure everything in here and out there runs smoothly and fix things when they don't."  

"But I do not want another job; just do not.  And what happened to my wife," the man said, rather exasperated with this new experience.  

That brought another "Oh you poor dear," from the old woman.  "It looks like "they" didn't tell you.  You're dead, and this is your afterlife."  The man began to shake uncontrollably.  

He still shook long after his wife woke him from his fitful, yet vivid dream.  They talked about his UPG experience for hours, thinking it may be a divine message of sorts.  And they talked to more people and those people talked to other people.  When the very human factor known as "whisper down the valley" was readily applied, a new religion came into being; the man was "The Prophet" and his wife "The High Priestess."  Yes, this is a bit ludicrous, but how much more or less than below.

An old man climbs up a mountain and a few days later comes down with two stone tablets containing ten rules that his God supposedly carved for him.  

A virgin gives birth to a child - his birth father is God (there are a few of these, not just one).  While still living at home with mom, the child, now man turns water into wine, feeds the masses, and after being murdered, comes to life.  

Don't forget the 72 virgins.  

A UPG in the hands of the wrong people can be a dangerous thing for many while profitable for a few.  

*UPG and Rational Thought 07/08/2016

*UPG, Joan of Arc, Joseph Smith, and Cults of Personality 03/21/2012  


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Thursday, August 11, 2016

A World Full of Magan



MAGAN (OE - Maegen / ON - Megin) is the obtainable and nourishing energy that is present throughout the Universe (or if you prefer, the Multiverse).  Our ancestors knew this, and so did guys like Socrates.  And, Magan exists in all living things, including Mother Earth.  

James Lovelock began working on his Gaia Hypothesis in the very early 1970's. Gaia  states that the Earth is a living self-regulating ecosystem that is made up of many smaller interacting ecosystems. The Earth then, our home, is alive and full of Magan.  Work on Gaia is ongoing and constantly being refined but it is not without its critics.  

The major criticism(s) is that Gaia is teleological and it goes against natural selection.  Lovelock believes this criticism stems from scientists who can only think in one direction - linear.  Like abstract mathematics that are anything but linear, so too, Lovelock believes, is Gaia (there ain't no short answer here, Bubba).  I agree with Lovelock.  So does Life have a purpose?  Is it teleological?  My short answer is of course.

All life strives to not just survive but thrive; life that does not survive gives way (natural selection) to life that can.  It's all done so one thing can be accomplished - to live.  We have witnessed how our Earth has been damaged and repaired herself; she strives to not just survive but thrive, loaded with Magan.  So too, does the Multiverse.  Added to this - modern science has acknowledged that the Universe (Multiverse) is made up of energy.

Every human is a composite of many cells.  And, every one of these cells is made up of atoms.  The atoms in every one of our cells are aligned like a small battery (think - the batteries in a flashlight. Our cells give off and receive negative and positive energy - expressed as electricity).  And, every cell has about 1.4 volts.  By itself, an individual cell's energy is nothing.  But, multiply that amount by the number of cells in your body (on average - 50 trillion) and you get a whopping 700 trillion volts. Here is the wake up call:  this energy is what the Chinese call Chi.  This is what the Northern Tradition refers to as MAGAN.  We, our home Mother Earth, and the Multiverse, are packed full of Magan.

Of course increasing personal Magan is possible.  Recently I posted Courage and Magan in Our Time, 7/24/2016.  It gives instruction on how followers of Asatru/Heathenry (Germanic Culture/Tradition) can increase personal Magan; chanting runes, practicing Galdr, makes it so.  The energy is there, it is available.  It is a matter of personal harvest.

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

BOOK PUBLISHED !





I am happy to announce the publishing of my latest book, The View - The Final Act.  

Currently, it is available on the Createspace eStore.  The timetable for other availability is as follows: 

Amazon.com ..... 3 -5 business days.

Amazon Europe ..... 3 -5 Business days.  

Brick and Mortar stores and Libraries ..... 6 - 8 weeks.  

Kindle ..... 3 business days or less.  

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Monday, August 1, 2016

A Piece from My Current Project, The View - The Final Act



A few words from the author……

When I put The View – One Man’s Living Asatru With Help From The Havamal in print, I never had the intention of making a “trilogy.”  But sometimes life dictates different terms.  After some time, it only seemed natural that The View – Act II was  a needed response to the first View.  And, it was not a “response” to aid the first, but more like a necessary addition.  Obviously, I had more to say.  This book, The View – The Final Act completes what I started in the first. 

The three View books are intended to be used not just for reading enjoyment, but to offer the reader a chance to look inside his own thoughts, feelings, and understandings about the world we live in today.  We do live in a modern era, not the 7th, 8th, or 9th centuries.  However humans, doing what they do, repeat behavioral patterns that are less than honorable, regardless of the century; a thief is still a thief, a glutton is still a glutton, and a louse is still a louse.  The difference is the point in time. 

Today, we have many “things” that our ancestors would not understand – like a computer, movies, and automobiles, just to name a simple three.  Along with all of this, we are supposedly a more “polite society.”  But humans still behave badly, maybe just with more finesse.  So the question persists:  what do we do with these characters and how do we stand against them?  It is the same question that plagued our ancestors.   They dealt with thieves and murderers in manners that are similar to our methods of today.  But, maybe time and “polite society” has dulled the edge of judgment’s sword. 

The serial killer of today is put to death by lethal injection; we want to kill him as “humanely” as possible.  Our ancestors did not care about the criminal’s comfort; they were concerned about the victim’s ongoing pain and grief and made an example of the criminal’s execution.  Time changed method, for better or worse. 

The questions that follow each essay do not have a right or wrong answer.  They are present to get the reader to think on his own, about a variety of subjects.  And, just are there is no right or wrong answers, many folks will have strong options about certain things while others will not.  Maybe the purpose of the View books is an attempt to get folks thinking again.  That’s not a bad idea.   

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Courage and Magan In Our Time




A man gets up in the morning after a night of fitful sleep to go to a job he does not like; the political correctness is stifling and the payday is poor.  And he puts up with an age issue.  He gets passed over for promotion in favor of younger people - management is lost in the quicksand of denial. Somewhere a woman also rises and suffers from a lack of sleep; the glass ceiling is still there, she collided with it a few times and cannot break through.  She is just as good in her chosen profession as her male peers but has to live with less in her paycheck.  

Both man and woman are responsible for others.  They trudge on while taking so much "on the chin." Being a team player, they are constantly told, is a virtue.  Both know that if you throw enough shit against the wall, it begins to stick; both are dizzy in the head and yearn for something better in their life.  But others depend on them so quitting is not an option.  And, looking for other employment is hampered by the phrase, "location, location, location."  Moving for a new job can be seriously detrimental to those that depend on them.  So they march on and do their best to deal with the anxiety, depression, and mood swings that rob them of not just sleep but inner peace.  Thanks to the media's 24 hour news cycle they are constantly bombarded by a possible crafted thought speak.  

There are some people that think that these folks are not just weak but drones, slaves to the "system."  I beg to differ.  Folks like this are not weak.  They are in a situation that many today find themselves. They carry on, they do not quit; they have responsibilities - they fight on against the odds.  In my opinion, there are courageous.  But even the courageous can use a hand up.  Maybe the thought below can help.  

The Asian world has its' Chi and the Hindus have their Kundalini.  The Germanic world of yesteryear gives us something known as Magan (Old High German).  All three deal with the energy that permeates the Multiverse (the Universe).  

Magan is much more than increasing physical strength; it is the increase, the gathering up of this universal energy into one's total being.  And that, obviously, includes your inner self.  Plus, all living things have Magan; think about that for a moment.  This means that you, your dog, and your vegetable garden contain Magan.  And by increasing your Magan, you can increase your confidence. This increase in confidence does boost a person's courage and an increase in Magan helps in dealing with anxiety and depression.  The increase, or gathering of Magan can be accomplished by what the Northern Traditions refer to as Gladr.  

Gladr's simple definition is - chanting or, to chant.  But possibly for the northern soul not just any chant will do; it should be a Runic Chant.  And one of the best is ALU - ULA (ULA is just the reverse of ALU).  This chant is composed of three runes; ansuz, laguz, and uruz.  It is  pronounced - ah lew / ooo la.  Try it out, in morning quiet or any other quiet time.  

Sit quietly and close your eyes.  Breath in deeply, hold slightly and release, out of your nose.  Do this at least three times.  Relax.  Breathe in and when you exhale, say the chant, ah-lew, ooo-la.  Do this three times and relax.  Repeat two more times.  Relax and let the quiet of ALU - ULA work within you.  Understand that results happen over a period of time, but you should feel relaxed from the sound resonating within you.  Eventually, you should feel more confidant and secure within yourself.

Author's Note:  Results will vary from person to person; so much depends on time and individual effort.  Also, Galdr is not intended to be a cure for anxiety, depression, or mood disorders.  If you truly suffer from these things, seek out help from mental health professionals.  Even so, know that gathering, increasing your Magan is a good thing and something not to be ignored.  


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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Anarchy and the Innangard




Anarchy is chaos.  It means the complete disregard for government, law and order, while flouting the idea of pure individual freedom.  Anarchy abolishes Frith, something our ancestors treasured.  They knew, as most of us know today that custom, thew, and law bring not just order but growth.  Our ancestors would permanently banish an Anarchist to the Untangard; he would be a serious threat to the Innangard, Frith, and the individual.  However, our ancestors were not mindless drones.  A person's individuality was important.

Being everything possible a person could be was encouraged, starting at the family level.  Our ancestors knew that a person's potential had to be nurtured for the benefit of all, thus avoiding unhappy folk.  This is a part of Frith in action; when a person's "get-up-and-go" is held down, when success at what a person is good at is denied growth, that makes for unhappy people, thus creating a negative environment.  Growth happens within a Frithful Innangard.  It does not happen in a repressive environment such as anarchy (or for that matter, any form of dictatorship which usually evolves when anarchy burns itself out).

If people had the pure individual freedom that anarchy suggests, chaos would reign.  If we had this pure individual freedom, this means I have the freedom to do what I want to do, when I want to do it. This includes doing absolutely nothing.  I can just sit back and watch you.  I can sit there in my non-productivity, and count your possessions.  Pure individual freedom gives me the "freedom" to take from you what I want; there is no Frithful Innangard to prevent it, to provide penalties for me when caught and recompense for you, the victim.  When you multiply this behavior by 100,000, chaos rules. Asking humans to voluntarily let their neighbor's stuff alone, without a system of checks and balances is not just foolish but outright stupid (unfortunately, we have no law against stupid).  Can my neighbor and I get along and leave each other's stuff alone?  Yes, but anarchy involves an entire society, not just two neighbors.  Do not confuse the sponsorship of individual growth/tribe growth by a Frithful Innangard to the pure absolute freedom that anarchy champions; they are as different as a cool refreshing breeze is to a hurricane.

We do live in a Frithful Innangard/society; all of us have opportunities for growth and positive community participation.  Yes, we have custom, thew, and law that makes Frith happen.  It would be best for all if political machinations like anarchy, dictatorships, and Marx's communism were relegated to the dust bins of history, or to the Untangard.


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