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[Jimmy Cliff-- Live with Jools Holland "You Can Get It If You Really Want."]
They are the very Furies in blaming and accusing others of scandal and wrong doing yet are themselves the most inhuman fiends and maniacs of cruelty and injustice.
He says it doesn't matter because he has done so many bad things. But even if it doesn't matter to him, it does matter very much to others (not least of which his victims and their families.) And this being so full of himself is what is so typical of this kind of character; who it seems exists for no other reason than to be jealous and to resent others for "having it too good." Hypocrite that he is, that he will complain about. Yet if you or someone doesn't have it too good then, sure enough, you can count on his silence.
In sum, once you realize these criminal spirit people are the curse of it all then it's much easier to deal with everything else, even death. "Beloved, test the spirits." But how do you test them? You test them by seeing if they are of the truth, and that includes being honest and accountable. Shows, displays, ethereal feelings, Biblical-seeming magnificence -- these sorts of things of themselves prove nothing.
"Wow! How do you like that. Here I am in Hell and they treat me as if I'm nobody!" Well, what did you expect from Hell anyway? Besides there inevitably comes a time when most anyone or anything (for a while at least) becomes or is seen as useless and worthless. All the more reason then to regularly tune into the truly lasting and eternal (as known through right reason and right morals, of course.)
Here to help you a little in that way is music by a priest, Antonio Vivaldi, and in this case an air, "Dolce fiamma," from his "La Fida Ninfa" (1732) as sung by Veronica Cangemi (heard in a live performance in 2008.)
"Sweet flame in my chest,
Fate could change
My name and state,
But it could never change my heart.
"I was compelled to wander,
But my thoughts remained
Constantly attached to you."
Since I made reference to Dylan's 1978 "Street Legal" tour just last week, here's another memorable performance from the same (though not from the Seattle show), "Mr. Tambourine Man." I've minimized the video itself in size because someone edited in some pointless car driving footage that only serves to be annoying. (Now all we need to add is the version of “Love Crazy” he did, but which as yet I can’t locate.)
Though he scares you to death, he can't act like he's so great with me; as I fought and beat him and his army single-handedly these past 17 odd years. Moreover, even if he can (by his machinations) have cheated and robbed my life of romance, he'll have to pay for doing so by losing his empire. So fair's fair.
Your soul has a heart as much and more so than your body, and of which that in your body is something like its shell or casing. So that based on this view, one really does not die when the "physical" heart stops beating.
While I wouldn't say Hell or Hell influenced people are never funny (or are never capable of being funny), nonetheless, the number of occasions they actually are funny -- versus the number of times they imagine themselves to be funny can be expressed (roughly) in a ratio of something like 1 (actually being funny) to a 100 (the number of times they think themselves so.) But what is remarkable here is not so much how little capable of real humor they are, but rather the degree to which they suffer from the delusion of thinking themselves comical. Part of the reason for why this is the case is that they often tend to assume humor is simply a matter of degrading or putting someone down (or merely being absurd); when of course, there is much more to comedy than that. At the same time, true humorists, at bottom, are great hearts; whereas devils (cowards and hypocrites as they invariably are), by contrast and as a matter of course, have little or no heart.
Even they themselves seem to realize that, despite and how much of it they put out, no intelligent person takes their propaganda very seriously to begin with, but rather talk "war on terror," "health care," "Private Ryan's view of WWII," the lures of sorcery and or of being a pirate, "the Da Vinci Code," etc. all as ways of appeasing and paying tribute to the great monster; which latter has it in his power and discretion to carry out torture and violence on, as well as disenfranchise, silence, and ostracize, such of the nation's citizens who do and will not cooperate with, bow down to, and accommodate the billionaire powers that be (leading us, and who are in quest of "?")
Later Note. As I have mentioned before, I have nothing against people being very (materially) wealthy per se, including even someone being a billionaire. Rather the issue is one of whether a person is so wealthy (and or so in with spirit people) that this permits them to be above and beyond the hand of the law.
Even they themselves seem to realize that, despite and how much of it they put out, no intelligent person takes their propaganda seriously to begin with, but rather talk "war on terror," "health care," "Private Ryan's view of WWII," the lures of sorcery and or of being a pirate, "the Da Vinci Code," etc. all as ways of appeasing and paying tribute to the great monster; which latter has it in his power and discretion to carry out torture and violence on such of the nation's citizens who do and will not cooperate with the billionaire powers that be.
I'm on my way to heaven, and that, among other things, means that you can't follow me around any more.
Give your all for the spirit; for spirit, when all is said and done, is all.
Finalization of what will be the sixth edition of Calendar and Record of the Revolutionary War in the South: 1780-1781 (.pdf) approaches, and I should have the thing done within about a month's time. Meantime, I just uploaded an update of Lee's Legion Remembered: Profiles of the 2d Partisan Corps as taken from Alexander Garden's Anecdotes (also .pdf.) For those who might be interested in such things, I came across the above intriguing cavalry figure in Alonzo Chappel's painting "Washington's Farewell to His Officers, 1783" (c. 1857) and which, based on contemporary written accounts, may very well depict the largely unknown and oft conjectured uniform of Lee's Legion cavalry.
Later Note: It is interesting how the uniform resembles that of the British Legion and yet is distinctly unlike any of the other Continental cavalry uniforms we know of.