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Here, in two parts, is a near perfect (we only permit full perfection of God, remember) performance of Maurice Ravel's "La Valse" with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra led by Myung-Whun Chung.

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Ordinarily, I wouldn't want to be caught (at least overtly) preaching as such; especially if I could express essentially the same thing indirectly or differently. But this said, in addition to the two great commandments (i.e. "Love God with all your heart" and "Love your neighbor as yourself;" along with "Don't do unto others what you don't want done to you"), for me the foundation of right and just morals is -- protect and care for children, animals, and the environment first. Then when these are properly seen to, and then only, do what you want to do. And if one could but adhere to all these principles, in my opinion, their soul would be spared the greater evils and dangers that threaten the soul's health, well-being, and sanity.

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(To --) Why, if you lie to me (and you know and I know you do), do you think, and act as if, you are telling the truth?

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Rachmaninoff in 1929 conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra in his "Song Without Words" or "Vocalise," Op. 34, No. 14. Just for fun, imagine, if you will, who was alive in 1929. What might they have thought or felt, do you think, could or did they hear this recording at that time? (YT volume is better down on this one.)

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His love lifted so high; was so intense that he was obliged to become religious in order to sustain, support, and justify that love.

Yet although (true, honest, moral, legitimate) religion is the wisdom of the heart, the wisdom of the mind more properly belongs to philosophy (that is rational) and science rather than religion.

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Probably my most favorite track on the "Band of Gypsys" album; only, until of late, I did not know it had been filmed. The title says it all. RIP Buddy Miles (19472008). It is incredible to think (i.e. when you actually stop and do so) how many might otherwise still be with us, but for --?

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When we speak of them controlling the U.S. mail and the internet e-mail, we mean they have ultimate veto power over what does and doesn't get sent or received; just as they also (at minimum) hold final sway in the media over what is and isn't said or heard.

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Were it not for the bloodshed that resulted, the drama and rivalry between Archbishop Thomas Becket (1118-1170) and Henry II of England (1133-1189) might perhaps in retrospect be viewed as a comedy orchestrated (at least in part) by spirit people. While it is presumably fair and correct to view Becket himself as saintly and well-meaning, what seems to me to have been going on is that he was being used to aggrandize the Church; which in those days was not unlike that of a mighty multi-national corporation. So that indeed the Church by that time, and due to manipulation by spirit people, had in its imperial form become a tool for villains with kings and kingdoms having to answer to it; just as many today are ordered to answer to the devil directly in order to qualify as socially legitimate. Here once again, the fault is not with the religious faith, or in this case the Catholic Church, but with spirit people; and here using the institution of the Church to further their own aims. It is a wonder, for example, that the barons who slew Becket were so stupid and oblivious to be unaware of the fallout of their action -- and which was that it dramatically augmented the influence and prestige of the Church. At the same time, Henry II was possibly the one who most suffered, and under the circumstances might be also considered a martyr himself, but on behalf of actual Right -- that is if we posit that the Church was being used to play the role of devil, attempting to set up independent legal authority (with secular powers) separate from civil law -- a formula all modern societies have since agreed to frown upon.

Now if you argue, "but the Church did works of good, how then could the spirit people have supported it also?" The simple answer to that is that good can be bought from the devil if a requisite amount of evil is ultimately paid for it. How well the devil bargains in this way on his own behalf depends, as with anyone else, on the quality of his powers of judgment; so that whether or not he gets the "better" deal depends on exigencies and circumstances; including the intelligence and prudence of his own decisions (i.e. based on what he perceives to be his own self-interest.)

Yet even granting all this, spirit people capable of such manipulation do not need to stay or reside where they make their mischief, but rather use such organizations or institutions as mechanical means for entirely selfish ends; while the organization or institution themselves conveniently then receives the blame for what those spirit people do. On the other hand, for those who know the truth, they will realize that the actual and deeper Church was and remains immune and inviolable to such essays and stormings by Hell inasmuch as it is faithful and honestly moral.

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More Dancing (do try this at home)...

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Said Heraclitus: "Corpses are more fit to be thrown out than dung." (Or "Cast out corpses sooner than dung.")

And the same is true of meddling, surreptitious spirit people. As it is, however, the evil in man bestows on them a Heavenly throne instead. (Ergo, we ought not then be living our lives to appease and accommodate this billion dollar ghost who constantly feels sorry for himself and wants attention.)

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Now a true philosopher would not find himself out of hand assuming things he otherwise knows he shouldn't (assume.)

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He's confounded in his mind. In his very mind, I tell you! With...demonism (or the demonistic.)

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I was drunk when I watched this (and I am not someone who drinks or gets drunk very often) -- so just imagine my reaction!

In fairness, I must state, however, that one really needs to see it on crystal clear DVD (as I did) to do it justice. But for those who are or might be curious, here's Betty Hutton in a lively musical sequence from Paramount's "Perils of Pauline" (1947).

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