• In the cycle of life within this ecosphere, all creatures need to consume what is alive or what was once living, to survive.
  • All creatures encroach upon other living things to live out their lives, in this cycle of life within this ecosphere.
  • All creatures are slaves to the cycle of life if they exist in this cycle of life within this ecosphere.
  • Humans consume more of what is alive or was living and they encroach more upon the freedom of all other species than any other species in this cycle of life within this ecosphere.
  • Humans are consuming and/or displacing all other forms of living things in this cycle of life within this ecosphere.
  • Some will argue this is the natural order of things.
    • They will argue that we are products of our evolution, and we are what evolution made us.
  • Pshaw!
  • Humans are the only creatures capable of not being slaves to their evolution.
  • Humans can create the food and nutrients they need in labs.
  • Humans do not need cattle or farms.
  • Humans can create cities in the sky (near orbit).
  • Humans can free all living things from humans.
  • When will we grow up and free the earth?

Learn at first concentration; transform work into play; make every yoke you accept easy; and every burden you carry light! – Anonymous (Valentin Tomberg) Meditations on the Tarot: A Journey into Christian Hermeticism

  • Our goal in these personal meditations is to share the influence these words and others have had on our life and how to best implement them into a truly free and equal existence.
  • We are atheists and anarchists (Libertarian Socialism comes close to our political and social vision). But we have been influenced by many deistic and theistic writings, never wanting to throw the baby out with the bathwater, nor indulge in black and white fanatical thinking.
  • We are not aware of anywhere the words of the first two lines of the quote above are written. The words of third and fourth lines are echoed in Mark 11:30, “My yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
  • Tomberg spends several pages describing these words and you can get a detailed synopsis here The Magician.
  • The first line is the most elusive to practice. We find a simple Daoist meditation on the present and passing moment the simplest. Become aware of the moment as it comes into being and passes away (Gospel of Thomas, saying 42). This is also the nature of Daoist influence on Zen and other forms of Buddhism and ephemeral spiritual beliefs.
  • But we need not spiritualize such truth, we can simply accept it as it is. Although, the tendency to spiritualize is natural, evolutions way of helping (tricking) us into living, and reproducing. If we weren’t capable of primitively making sense, fantasize, of such existential truth, early sentience would most likely have been impossible as early organism would have been too terrified and crippled into inaction, unable to see past the ever-present existential dangers to gather and hunt, let alone reproduce. It was necessary for evolution to pull the wool over our eyes to get us to do its business of consuming and reproducing.
  • Ok, a bit of sideline there, but it is a deep understanding that is important to process the path to personal thriving.
  • This is because for many, to simply sit and become aware of the ever-evolving moment can be anxiety provoking (to cease movement, to cease work, goes against our programming). So, to concentrate with ease, is way more difficult to do than say, for many.
  • But the second line gives us a clue, “transform work into play.”
  • The overarching goal of the first two lines is to become aware of the ever-slipping moment and experience joy. To do so intentionally is, at least at first, work. Yet, all of us have experienced this eternal moment at some point in our lives, through sex, music, dancing, singing, nature, playing, sports, and many other moments of sublimity.
  • We, humans, are unlike any other creatures in that we first come into the world completely passive, with our only ability being perception. Even the other apes, are born to cling, whereas human children must be carried by their caregivers or some invention to carry them. They are unable to cling effectively to their caregiver as the caregiver goes about its business of surviving and providing. We perceive first whereas other animals are able to “do” at the beginning. Not that they don’t perceive, but at the very least, then can perceive and do.
  • This beginning, whereas all is achieved by perception, everything else is done for us, magically. This has profound implications on our drive to be entertained. We learn by being entertained. This is natural, and neither good nor bad, it just is. But to exceed our programming, if one desires to do so, one must be aware of our natural truth.
  • Likewise, we can experience the infinite now (Tolle, Eckhart; The Power of Now) simply by being entertained. One trick is, while one attempts to work at experiencing this now, is to use music, meditation tapes, exercise, sex, or any other method one finds useful, to help one become aware of the river of time.
  • There is no one size fits all recipe to achieve the deceptively simple task of concentration without effort. Play, experiment, be adventurous. All you want to do now is overcome any hurdles of anxiety or stress about doing nothing but focusing on the moment. And do not make it work like so many fanatics would have you believe.
  • The goal is to experience the joy that can arise in the moment that makes all things become effortless (Csikszentimihalyi, Mihaly; Flow). At some point, like when it happens dancing, or whatever, this will emerge as joy. A song we like (among many) is “Let the Joy Rise,” by Abigail.
  • En-joy

The laboring man has not leisure for a true integrity day by day; he cannot afford to sustain the manliest relations to men; his labor would be depreciated in the market. He has no time to be anything but a machine. ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

God punished man forcing him to toil to survive. Toil is one of the ignorant principalities of survival. As enlightened anarchists, we deny and refute the oppression of God and his Principalities.

Beings must free themselves of Toil if they wish the leisure for true integrity. Up til now, the easiest path to get the leisure for true integrity was by having others labor for us. We could take the leisure of others for ourselves.

Gratefully, the desire for true integrity is so primal within us that even oppressed we found the will to create machines and technologies that can free us from Toil. Now, we only need to take our leisure back from God, Principalities, and oligarchs.

What will we do when we no longer need to labor for the necessities of life? What will we do with our leisure?

-Digital preservation of writings of Gautama Prat, Common Archives of the Great Society

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I once found a family for me we loved and lived hard.

I had family everywhere, Miami to Chicago San Francisco to New York, I had family all up the east coast, Key West, Fort Lauderdale, P-town, and Portland I had family in New Orleans, Dallas, and Detroit.

We were a family for a dozen tumultuous and ecstatic years. We loved each other every way imaginable; every way.

And then... in procession, they died; hundreds and hundreds; a holocaust of the ones I loved.

You can’t imagine, you can’t know, I still don’t know...

And the madness of it all? The tyrants live on... ...the ones I’m supposed to love. Violent, lying, rapists. The ones God loves. I’ve known real family So I know They ain’t it .

Life is so fucking absurd!

Born without consent; we were neglected, beaten, abused, and thrown out. Unloved for nothing more than being who we were and being alive; and then to find sanctuary, a place where you are loved and accepted; And then death, Death. Death. Death.

And the tyrants get to live on? What insanity. What absurdity. What cruelty.

But at least I did know love. Long ago now, I can almost remember…