Tags: boomeritis

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why "creative" made-up practice is maddening to me

You're too caught up in your comfort zone to seek a truly authentic experience, and content at just scratching the surface. It's that stake, that claim to knowing or having expertise in, that I push and react against.

Would you call yourself a wine enthusiast, if all you've had is boxed wine? Would you call yourself a coffee connoisseur, because you go to Starbucks everyday? Would you claim to love and know sushi, when all you've tried is California rolls? Who knows, maybe the eel would turn you off. :) Or put it this way, how would you feel if a person says he's a coach (of any kind, sports, career, life), when he has NO experience or certification to speak of? What would your impulse/reaction be?

Even in their ignorance, this person lacks depth, for what they claim, and are doing smacks of ego. More so, they are bringing down those who truly represent that depth, whether it is a true connoisseur or a professional certified coach. They are flattening the experience, smashing the intricacies of beauty and profundity, and this... I have no tolerance for.

And god forbid someone I know go for these kinds of simplified experiences intentionally, especially when it comes to practice and spirituality. For now you are tossing aside all quality and authenticity of experience; taking that which is, and conforming it to make it palatable to your taste, or comfortable for your ego. I will be the challenger here again, for this is not the edge that I know you are capable of. You are gypping yourself, and I will not watch!
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three displays of boomeritis

(Quotes in color are my highlights.)

Britain: Animal rights activist get nasty
Terrorists are stalking Britain, said Patience Wheatcroft in the London Times. This time thet aren't al Qaida members, but animal rights activists. To stop a new research lab from being built at Oxford University, the zealots went after a top employee of Montpellier, the construction company that was working on the building. They wrote "Scum" in blood-red paint on his lawn. They called him at all hours of the night. They threatened to forge documents branding him a serial sex offender and post them on the Internet. They sent death threats. "You reap what you sow," on letter said. "There will be PERMANENT consequences for you PERSONALLY if this project continues with the involvement of your family." The terrorist tactics worked. Montpellier pulled out of its contract, and Oxford has been forced to look for another builder.
If the animal rights freaks are the new terrorists, said Sophie Goodchild and Steve Bloomfield in the London Independent, then Britain is their Afghanistan. This country has always had dedicated activists. Animal rights as a global movement began here back in 1824, when Richard Martin founded the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Now Britain is becoming the world headquarters for animal extremists, complete with a kind of terrorist training camp. Next month, some 300 "young militants from abroad" are coming to a training event in Kent, where they will learn how to scale buildings and how to sabotage duck and deer hunters.
You have to sympathize with the activists' intentions, said Minette Martin in the London Sunday Times. "Experimenting on animals is very unpleasant." Who doesn't go all melty looking at a cute little bunny? But the sympathy for animal rights extremists dies upon examination of the "viciousness of their methods, the ignorance of their attitudes, and the perversity of their priorities." The Oxford lab isn't going to torture animals just for the fun of it. The scientists there will seek cures for lukemia, diabetes, and other diseases. The self-righteous lot trying to stop it from being built are placing animal lives above human lives, and that is simply grotesque. Let's not forget that the Nazis, too, were ardent anti-vivisectionists. We can't let these "bunnyfascists" keep us from persuing medical research.
If Britain were to shut down all animal research facilities, said Tim Webb, also in The Independent, we'd lose more than just new medicines. The blow to the economy would be enormous. Pharmaceutical companies in this country emply 65,000 people, half of them in research. Exports generate billions of dollars for the U.K. economy. If the government doesn't protect these companies and lets them "roll over and give in to extremists," that money will go abroad. Montpellier didn't pull out solely because of vandalism of its workers' homes. The company was also hit in the pocketbook. Activists sent shareholders a letter purportedly from the company's board of directors, warning of theats against those owning stock in the company. Shares promptly plummeted nearly 20 percent, as frightened investors rushed to sell. The extremists have learned that the way to wound a company is to cost it money.
Still, for now, violence is their main weapon, said Jamie Wilson in the London Guardian. The government is alarmed enought to consider new anti-terror measures aimed specifically at at the new extremists. But will that be enough? A U.S. advisor to two of Britain's leading animal welfare groups recently called for the heads o scientists who experimented on rats. "I think violence is part of the struggle against oppression," said the advisor, Jerry Vlasak. "If something bad happens to these people, it will discourage others."


Canada: Swatting summer's nastiest bug
There's one Canadian pest that's even peskier than the mosquito, said David Schmiechel in the Winnipeg Sun. That would be the mosquito protester. Every summer, we're plagued by swarms of buzzing, biting insects, and every summer, a few shrill, annoying humans pop up to oppose the spraying of insecticides over populated areas. Never mind that the chemicals have been thorougly tested and approved. Never mind that there is already an "opt-out" program for those who don't want their particular homes or business sprayed. The activists want to make sure that no square foot of a Canadian town is allowed to be bug-free. They form human chains and lie in front of fogging machines; they chant and picket and protest. The rest of us have a message for them: "Grow the hell up. The 60's are over, and you missed them." Civil disobedience should be reserved for fighting injustice, not used to foist the interests "of a tiny fringe group" on the law-abiding masses. What the activists call poison, "everyone else calls relief."


Good week for: Claustrophic goldfish after the city council of Monza, Italy, ordered goldfish owners to keep their pets in fully equipped aqauriums. "A fish kept in a bowl has a distorted view of reality and suffers because of this." said the law's sponsor, Giampietro Mosca.

The Week August 6, 2004
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the result of the green postmodern slush we live in...

A scourge far worse than AIDS
Thompson Ayodele This Day

Westerners must want "to keep Africa perpetually poor" said Thompson Ayodele in the Lagos This Day. That's the only possible explanation for the refusal to help get rid of malaria. The mosquito-borne plague kills more people on this continent than AIDS. It contributes to further deaths by weakening thousands, who then succumb to other illnesses. The economic cost to Africa is "colossal." It doesn't have to be that way. We know how to eradicate malaria: by killing mosquitoes with the chemical DDT. But the Western aid agencies "have caved in to pressure from environmental activists" who contend that DDT harms birds. They will only donate ineffective alternatives, such as expensive drugs and cumbersome netting, while thousands upon thousands of Africans die unnecessarily. How easy for Western countries to insist that Africa be chemical-free -- after all, Europe and America eradicated malaria through DDT decades ago. The rich environmental activists who have no qualms about sentencing Africans to death "have never had malaria, and do not know the effects of the disease on humans." Perhaps if they had lost two sisters and a child to the disease, like Ugandan activist Fiona Kobusingye, they might see things a bit differently. Are birds more important than our children?
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CREATE

create. create. create. it's why we evolve. it's why we are what we are in terms of our consciousness

why do we like solving problems? why? it is our instinct to create. ways to survive. ways to eat. ways to make survival easy. to make it meaningful. to make if efficient. satisfying. thrilling.

we create. we create because it's what happened. big bang or whatever.... creation occured.

in the beginning creation occured. creation eventually expands and leads to a destruction of itself.
it has already happened. a thought that occurred a second ago is destroyed by the same consciousness where it came from.

this all came into existence from a thought. but there is no alternative to existence and this is because

stuck...

(reading Boomeritis by Ken Wilber)