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["The Christy Minstrels - Michael Row The Boat Ashore" -- Live at Hootenanny Show]
In Memory of Miss Snip (1993-2010)
-- sister of Joseph Skatey and the last of all those great kids. Had I not had them to take care of, I would and could not have stay around so long enduring these people; but also for the same reason, none or little of the writing I did these last sixteen years would ever have happened. It's sad to lose her, poor thing, by herself, to have had to live with me under such circumstances, and the feeling of, again, missing someone you love is a strange one. How is it possible you had it in you all this while to miss someone so? Even more strange is it to to ponder how many times in the long ages of Life others had to go through this same experience; is simply incomprehensible, and made me think that when it comes to losing a loved one, any and anyone's grief is, rightly, the worst grief.
It's sad to me to read or hear of intelligent and educated people whom I otherwise like and respect talking (or having talked of) of losing faith in God and or viewing life pessimistically. Now for the past 18 years, I have been made subject to some of the most unspeakably cruelty, evil violence, and systematic abuse not even imaginable at the hands of these spirit people and their henchmen I've written about. Most fortunately for me, I had and have a sufficiently formidable background in philosophy, religion, history, and military studies to have withstood, for the most part, relatively well what would have quickly drowned and easily destroyed others less fortified in their mind, heart, and spirit. Truly, I have undergone, while alone, some of the most agonizing physical and mental tortures laid on by professional devils and torturers from literal hell; with this going on for almost two decades now. And if anyone had reason to despair of life it was someone going through what I have, and to a slightly lesser degree still do. While I am not so strong or invulnerable to be completely free of dire misgivings and abject despondency concerning God and life, these sorts of moments occur typically when I am inordinately stressed out or upset. Yet let me have some time to calm down and collect my thoughts and feelings, it's easy to make more proper sense of things, and the conclusion I arrive at and would share with you is this. Life is perfectly fine and adequate to our needs when malevolent or sinister evil is absent. The fatal mistake some make is in thinking that if (such) evil occurs then evil must be necessary (and therefore necessary to and a necessary part of life.) But the fact of the matter is grave and diabolical evil is not necessary; no more than some approaching you with a club to beat you over the head is strictly necessary. And where evil is very powerful it is because of someone willing it to be so. Get rid of that person and you will get rid of what does and has ailed life. Why didn't God stop this or that given evil of this deliberate and intentional sort? It is this kind of question that induces some to succumb to religious doubt. Yet in many, if not most, instances it was ignorance and irrationality that made the evil both possible and much more powerful than it would have been otherwise. Yet never was it God or life that was the cause of the problem, but rather this person or other bent on vicious mayhem or possessed by calculating maliciousness. The error arises then in seeing such a person or their actions as necessary to life; when in point of fact they are not, as analysis will reveal, necessary but that certain circumstances, not dealt with wisely and intelligently (by someone), have made them so. This deadly and tragic misunderstanding is all the more exponentially compounded by people's denial, ignorance, and confusion about criminal spirit people and who are far and away the most virulent and malignant threat to life, morals, peace, and felicity there is and ever was.
Some southern comfort for you.
["The Statler Brothers: Flowers On The Wall." -- Live from The Porter Wagoner Show] and ["The Holy Hills" by Dottie Rambo, sung by Vern Jackson from my own Face Book video.]
"Whatever is against Nature is against Reason, and whatever is against Reason is absurd, and
should be rejected."
~ Spinoza, Tractaus Theologico-Politicus, ch.4, p. 92.
Though invariably both sides will claim to represent the people's best interests, society will, at last, be governed by the right reason of its own citizens, or else in lieu of and in absence of which the judgment and meddling of criminal spirit people -- there being, practically speaking and where the stakes are high, no third alternative. So that by merely knowing at least this much, and which is very simple to understand, life and living life is that much easier.
["Liberace - Christmas 1954"]
The demise of Blockbuster Video can be ascribed to two things: (1) the movies coming out of Hollywood in the past 15 years or so are and tended to be no good, (2) the people running Blockbuster were in effect the same people running Hollywood (i.e., they woudn't know a good from a bad movie.) So what's now their solution? (Go ahead and laugh.)
Later Note. The moral of the story? It doesn't follow that simply ridding yourself of the competiton by means of assassination, blackballing, robbery, and bullying will then turn or make you into a more attractive, talented, and qualified artist.
Two Zamfir melodies.
["Gheorghe Zamfir - Birds Of Winter (http://myclubzik.blogspot.com)"] and ["Gheorghe Zamfir - What Now My Love"]
Ministry of Propaganda
Deny the truth and honest rationality while letting him have final say over what reality is (and is supposed to be), and the Devil will generously let you have everything else -- including your religion. And though the Devil is no friend of religion, of right reason, of impartial science, of endangered species, of children's and animal rights, of human rights, of fair (and sportsman-like) competition, or democracy, environmentalism, etc., etc., how many who see themselves as supporters of such causes are more than ready and willing to come to such terms with him?
Respecting Democracy in particular, that system of governance only works and makes sense when the people embrace and have a pronounced affinity for the truth. When they do not, they as a matter of course become mere pawns in the hands of ruthless, unscrupulous, and manipulative private and selfish interests who pretend to represents everyone's best welfare (i.e., in addition to putting out junk movies and television, not to mention overseeing YouTube, Google, FaceBook, Twitter, Scribd, Yahoo, Microsoft, Apple, etc., etc.)
Later Note. And for an added laugh, and for those of you who could use some captured ammunition (straight from their foot-in-their-mouths) see "The Great American Information Emperors," at http://www.slate.com/id/2272941/, or should that link ever go out of date, here's a .pdf of part one of the Nov. 2010 series.