Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thoughts about Israel, Palestine and Gaza

Before I begin, I have some qualifications and questions. Unlike most of what you read in the media, this article is designed to make you think for yourself. If you don’t like that idea, don’t read it. Apologies that the article doesn't flow. Its more like an outpouring of ideas and questions.

I don’t know very much about very much. In this case and in all world affairs, I don’t know what is going on behind the scenes. I don’t know who is pulling what strings. I don’t really know what to make of the ‘history’ I was taught and I don’t know what to think about it all, period. And it’s not always comfortable to admit that I don’t know and that I probably never will. Its so tempting to kid myself that I do know and then get stuck in to a good old argument to try and convince others of my cleverness and righteousness. 

But I will resist that. Now the questions.

Why does what’s going on in the area get so much coverage? There are terrible atrocities involving much larger numbers than this against innocent victims happening all over the world, from Ukraine and Syria to Zimbabwe and Kenya. there are humans rights abuses happening in North Korea and China as well as Russia and Turkey, Iran and Suadi Arabia. And yet in Israel/Palestine the war is not against a totally innocent civilian population. The leaders of this population are playing a crazy and complicated game aren't they? So why so much coverage about Israel/Palestine?

Having analysed the UK media, I always ask myself (and you are invited to ask yourself), why are they reporting this, what are they trying to make me think about? Should I even give it any thought? Should I give anything any thought? How are they trying to make me feel? What do I feel when I read/hear about this situation? Is that a deliberate effect that the newspaper owners want me to experience? What are they trying to distract me from? What are the subliminal messages being pumped into me through the stories and reports? Or is it all a bit random? Is the system - whatever that is - out of control?

My responses to some of those questions follow here although you may want to pause this and think about your responses first.

Before we begin, I have a question based on something I read of Eckhart Tolle. Ask yourself - I wonder what would happen if I keep at least some of my attention on my feelings and thoughts – witnessing them – as I listen to/read through this. I wonder what would happen if I wrote those down and explored them after reading/hearing this?

Are words important to those who wish to manipulate you? Has Israel ever done anything wrong? Ever? I ask this because is not Israel just a concept in your mind? Can a concept do anything? When Tony Blair went to war by commanding the people in the army, did the UK go to war? Has UK ever done anything wrong or right? Have the government ever done anything wrong or right? Has any government? Have the Israeli, British or American army ever injured anyone? (Ask the injured one if he has any bones with ‘The UK’ or more with the man who pressed the trigger or the man who told him to? Has Hamas ever killed anyone? What if it is PEOPLE who do things? What if they do those things because of ideas they have in their heads which they got from outside themselves? And for those who would say its just a semantic word game, what if this word game is being played against the interests of MOST of the people in the area regardless of which ‘group’ they imagine themselves to be in? Could it be important to be aware of these word games in order to avoid playing them unknowingly? Is this word game harmless or is it used to protect the human beings who perpetuate all kinds of violence and theft because they can hide behind an organisation or an ideology?

So in terms of subliminal messages, is anthropomorphising of concepts like Countries, Religions or Corporations a powerful subliminal tool?

Are ALL the people in the area being used as a scapegoat? Is a certain group of people bearing the brunt of it more than another group of people? But what if ALL people are being taken for a ride?

Is there an Hegelian dialectic being set up here in order to keep you from asking a fundamental question? Is that dialectic the question of whether or not Israel is a legitimate concern? What if that diverts us from the larger question - Is ANY modern state and government a legitimate concern?

And is this scapegoating based on the manipulation of ALL people in the region using FEAR?
Is this story is designed like so many to stir up FEAR in us all and to encourage us to fall into the trap of taking sides for fear of admitting that we are confused and don’t know what to think!

Put another way, is there something much bigger than Palestine/Israel going on here? I just spoke to a friend from the area who claimed that the Qataris have been financing Hamas for years but were told to stop by the Saudis and did stop resulting in n obamas salaries being paid for 3 months. Then Hamas people retried to raid the Palestinian banks to no avail so they decided to kick up some chaos to get people on their side! Who knows?!)

Every day as part of my spiritual practise, I recite the serenity prayer. There are several versions – I oscillate between two but here’s the best known ‘god – grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.’

The one thing I can do something about is my response to external events/people and in particular to my fears, which are often triggered by externalities. And life presents me with thousands of opportunities to face my fears. Frustration, worry, annoyance and anger are all children of fear. So this story induces fear in me but instead of my examining that fear and realising that it is in my head and likely to be a negative projection into the future, I focus on that which I think causes me the fear and project that fear back to the projector of it. What if that psychological mechanism is what leads to war itself?

One of the most interesting encounters I have had in my time was a couple of years ago when I was visiting Tel Aviv university to interview various people at random to ask them about the ‘situation’ there. I stumbled across a man who identified himself as a Muslim Israeli citizen and he was studying Islamic culture at Tel Aviv University (get your head around that.) He refused to be filmed or recorded but agreed to talk to me. I asked him why he wouldn’t be filmed. He replied ‘when I was in my twenties (25 years ago) I would go round the cafes, mosques and clubs in different Muslim communities in Israel and tell the people that its not the Jews that are our enemies. It’s the industrialists – the Capitalist leaders. One day I got a knock at the door by two guys claiming to be from the secret services. They warned me that I must stop what I was doing and saying. I eventually had to leave the country and live in Europe and on my return I decided that I couldn’t carry on with my message so I now keep it to myself.

There seem to be claims that the people in the army and Government knew that the boys had been murdered well before it was announced. If this is so, why did they start this campaign to ‘bring back our boys?’ when they knew they were dead? If it is not so, do you think an average group of people who call themselves government would be capable of that type of thing?

Who is the ‘our boys’ referring to in the slogan?

What is the implication with the ‘bring back our boy slogan? If it is all Israelis, or even if it is only Jewish Israelis, do the people who call themselves government including Netanyahu really care about all the boys in the country?

Even if we just look at the Jewish ones (this applies to all boys in the region anyway) - what about the hundreds of thousands that live in abject poverty? What about all the social justice issues with rental prices shooting up by over 100% recently? What about all the suicides that are a result of economic policies? What about the people who lead and work in global corporations who bombard ‘our boys’ with messages tempting them into doing and getting all sorts of things that are unhealthy? What about Netanyahu and those who call themselves governments' friends who run the big fictional corporations – what about what they do to ‘our girls’ sexualising them at a young age, subjecting them to photoshopped models inducing all sorts of mental health conditions in young women which include anorexia which KILLS God knows how many girls? What about the friends of those who call themselves gov who run the media and their employees terrorising the people of Israel with their fear porn without providing context (Like statistics about the chances of it happening to you)

What type of people are attracted to politics and what type of characteristics are needed to rise to the top of ANY large organisation and specifically a political party?

Could it be as I read recently (In the Daily (Hate) Mail of all places) that 1 in 25 of the heads of large organisations are psychopaths? One of the ‘symptoms’ of being a psychopath is the inability to feel human empathy. That means that if a psychopath was walking along a street and saw a baby who had just been in a bad car accident and its limbs had been severed, the psychopath would feel no empathy – it would be like viewing any other scene. However, he/she would take notice of the mother crying and the people around, listen to the type of things they were saying and then go home and practise acting like them in front of a mirror. This acting ability would have to be perfected as a MATTER of LIFE and DEATH because the psychopath realises that if people found out that he/she had no ability for human empathy, they might be locked up.

So if you look at David Cameron’s performances, they are so convincing that millions take them for real. Another great actor is Netanyahu.

Even if he himself is a genuine person with the ability to feel human empathy, what type of people have influence on him? People at the top of large organisations like, the secret services, Mossad, FBI, MI5, billionaires, CEOs of Banks etc. Is it likely that some of them are psychopaths or at least show some of the signs?

If that is the case, are there people in the world who benefit from large scale conflict? Could they be in positions of influence over those who call themselves government?

Could it be that the Jews and Muslims in that area are actually being played off against each other without either side realising just like the man in the story said?

Isn’t it strange that both ‘sides’ are convinced that the other side has been subject to propaganda and brainwashed yet neither can see or admit that they themselves have been conditioned and misled en masse? Would it be a good idea for all of us to question our own thinking?

Did not those who call themselves the government know full well that if they started going in to Gaza and arresting the people in response to the kidnapping and murder, the rocket attacks would be restarted and stepped up?

Did not those who call themselves the government know full well that this would help get the people on their side so that they could do what they wanted to do anyway?

Did not those who call themselves the government know full well that war  would lead to a large amounts of civilian injuries and death including the death of many of their own people? Many more than the 3 deaths they were responding to?

Did not those who call themselves the government know full well that this would lead to lots of reporting in the media and this would in turn lead to anti Semitism in some places?

Is there any element of revenge going on here? If so, is that in line with any religions teachings?

And then I bring it once again back to myself. If it is a crime to ignore or turn a blind eye to the suffering of the other, surely most of us are guilty every time we use our iPhones, or eat a banana or even put on our underpants in the morning or fill up our car with petrol. Many suffered along the road to any of these things.

Why are people who align with Hamas ideology doing what they are doing? What are they trying to achieve?

What is Hamas ideology?

Lets lighten up the conversation and take a quick look at the Hamas Charter which could be a good script for a 'life of Brian' type film about the situation.

http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/hamas.asp

How many people in the area support Hamas ideology?

How do they treat their own people?

What about those who oppose Hamas ideology?

Are they psychopaths too, possibly having contracted the illness through trauma?

Haven’t we got brilliant minds everywhere we look who could, given enough resources, sort out the situation using creative and innovative ideas and approaches?

What if, instead of spending all that money on bombs and arms and soldiers, the money (yes billions) was used to start a campaign to help people who have been traumatised by the violence they have seen, and make it clear to the people of Gaza that there may be some psychopaths amongst them and that these people need special care and attention and often find themselves at/near the top of any organisations and therefore anyone in such a position should be treated with great suspicion!?

Yesterday I was challenging the socialist workers party who were getting people in Brixton to sign a petition ‘against Israeli terror.’ I asked them on the megaphone why they weren’t against ALL terror? They ended up threatening me physically and the guy who I was with by trying to break his camera. I must say that the PCSO on duty was excellent. He was there to protect me and called for backup to do the same. My point about it is that they were clearly demonstrating a violent way of being, adding to the fear.


If I choose to subject myself to this kind of propaganda (is not all information propaganda?), am I being part of the problem or part of the solution with my reaction/response to it? Am I adding to the fear and division or am I adding compassion and peace?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Project - A Power Experiment

The Project - (A registered political Party in the UK) A completely different political social experiment

This document is part of the ongoing subversive (social) experiment, known simply as ‘The Project.’

We have set up a power (political) party that’s not really a party. More like a collaboration. We have currently decided to call it simply ‘The Project.’

It is intended to be a reflection of ourselves – a ‘work in progress[1],’ so anything could change, including the name.

We are considering creating a menu of sub names so to speak. A couple of suggestions for sub names are 

‘The Subversive EXperimental (S.EX.) Party.’

‘The Creators’ Project’

As this is a collaboration, we are open to other suggestions.

The Project is an ongoing collaborative evolving subversive experiment. It is a specific form of subversion called open subversion.[2] Is not the current power (political) situation also a form of open subversion? If so, then the main differences are that the current experiment[3] subverts power (politics) with fear, control, division, ignorance and violence, whilst this experiment will be subverting power (politics)  with humility, courage, honesty, creativity, integrity, humour, service, self discipline, compassion and with a view to enlightening ourselves and others.

This party is an alliance or fellowship of like-minded people, who share some very basic perceptions of the world.

Criteria for membership of The Project

1.     We are open to the possibility that we live in a mysterious world and that each of us has enormous potential to both create and/or destroy.
2.     We are open to the possibility that there is something very ‘strange’ with the way we are currently organized and ruled.[4]
3.     We are open to the possibility that some of our attitudes and behaviours are part of the problem.
4.     We are open to the possibility that part of solution involves reassessing and refining these attitudes and behaviours.[5]
5.     We desire to do no harm and cause no loss.
6.     We value humour and if we don’t have a sense of humour, we at least desire to have one.[6]

Although this is a power (political) venture, it will involve creative input in many areas beyond power (politics.) And although it is starting in the UK, anyone from anywhere can be a part of it, as long as they fit the criteria above. After all, the behavior of the current Regime affect not just citizens of the UK, but people all over the planet. It would of course be great to see similar experiments emerge all over the world.

This alliance will enable people to share ideas and actions and will be engaged in many arenas starting with power (politics.) Therefore, a fundamental part of the project will be to create a website which will be available for members to both contribute to and take from. This website will use comedy, art, film, performance, science, spirituality, psychology and philosophy to upgrade the conversation. The site will build suggestions for long-term visions as well as ideas for immediate implementation of actions.

As with many experiments, the actions and ideas are implemented with an open mind – open to whatever results occur. This means that the purpose is not necessarily to gain ‘power’ in the traditional way.  Instead, the experiment has a value in and of itself as well as having aims. The primary aim to start with, is to raise the level of conversation, affecting both what we talk about and how we talk about it. The ‘how’ should include utilizing the limitless human creativity to which we all have access. It is also important to choose our words carefully.[7]

Currently, the conversations around the way our lives are managed, are deliberately limited to avoid discussing the bigger questions. For example, there is plenty of debate about different types and levels of legal extortion[8](taxation) but NO debate about whether the whole idea of legal extortion – using the threat of violent force to take people’s property against their will - is itself legitimate or not. Here in the UK, people argue about whether there should be bedroom legal extortion or what level of legal extortion of income is acceptable. This diverts the majority from even thinking about the morality of legal extortion together with the use of the word ‘taxation.’
There is also much talk about ex-pats[9] and what to do about them with little or no mention of why they end up leaving their home countries and coming to a strange often hostile country and to what extent the economic system here in the UK contributes to the conditions that make it impossible for so many people to survive in their home countries.

It is not just the topics of conversation and the choice of words, but also the form. Is the use of questions a critical tool in opening peoples’ minds as opposed to closing them?
This alliance will offer resources for creative imaginative people (potentially all of us) to raise the level of conversation through the asking of questions.









Standing for Parliament

Candidates would be completely independent, with only the guiding principles and membership criteria as common ground. Their personal manifesto, hand picked from the website hub, would be based on those principles and the particular circumstances of where they are standing.

The kind of people that would sit well with these ideas, would be the type of people who would be extremely reluctant to stand for parliament because firstly they would be aware of the deep corruption of the system and secondly they would realize that to maintain any sense of ‘spiritual’ values (like humility, courage, honesty) would be very challenging. We thus envisage other people nominating those who they think would be suitable and then the candidates would explain why they think they would NOT be right for the job! If there was more than one candidate in an area, the one with the least excuses may be chosen by the decision makers (see ‘infiltration’ below)

They or their supporters could raise the money for standing using crowd funding.

The intention is to fund the project itself by crowd funding membership which would be set at a fixed fee – say £10. Anyone could apply for membership and those who could offer more than £10 could choose for their contribution to cover those who could not afford to join. There could also be a time bank where people could offer their time, and bitcoin would also be accepted.


Initial Ideas from the Initiators


Principles on which the project is based

Primary Principle – The desire to do no harm and cause no loss.

Other principles

Honesty
Courage
Integrity
Humility
Self-discipline
Love for others
Perseverance
Awareness
Service to others

Catch Phrases

    I was wrong.
    I don’t know.
    Let me think about that for a moment.
    Can I please get back to you on that one.

Shifting the Conversation with Questions

What do you like about the world, the system and the way it is run?

What disturbs you about the world, the system and the way it is run?

There does not seem to be any ethical underpinning to the legal, political and economic systems. How can that be allowed to continue?

What exactly is money?

How is it created?

Is the system one big Ponzi scheme?

What is ownership?

What is land ownership?

Can we abolish usury and if so when and how?

Can we provide people with a basic income system?

What is the etymology of the word Government?

Does voting give people the right to do things that was immoral without the vote?

Should the government be involved with education?

If the same civil servants are advising the Government no matter which party is in power, how is that democratic?

Is taxation a form of extortion and if so can it be ethical in any circumstances to take away someone’s property with the threat of violence?

What is a crime?

Should we allow the idea of a ‘legal personality’ in the form of corporations bearing in mind that this has meant that these organizations get all the rights of real humans and none of the responsibility?

Who is funding so called think tanks? Is that important? Who is actually controlling the elected officials?

What are we going to do about such gross financial inequality where the top tiny minority own more than billions at the bottom?

Suggestions for immediate implementation

Change the names of things to reflect different viewpoints and point towards a more truthful depiction of those things.

Change the name of Government to ‘regime’ Or ‘cast.’

The Prime Minister will be referred to as the Lead Actor.

Change the name of various ministries..

Ministry of Education  - Ministry of Indoctrination

Ministry of Defense  - Ministry of Attack

Ministry of Justice - Ministry of Obedience

Media and Communications - Propaganda

Office of National Statistics - Office of Data Manipulation.


Set up new Ministry of Ethics whose job it would be to examine the ethics of all the other ministries.

Politician members of the alliance might agree to live on minimum wage and live in Government housing during their tenure if they were ever elected to office.

Eventually any member of the alliance who reached a high level of so called leadership in any governing body would agree to be recorded 24/7 except when in personal situations. All communication would be open to the public.



Visions For The Project

It is important to acknowledge that these visions will remain visions until such time as the planet is ready for their implementation and at the appropriate pace.

Economy

People will be educated as to why the current system seems like it is responsible for the destruction of most life forms, from the plant and animal kingdom to the life and souls of human.

There will be support put in place for people who wish to opt out of the system as best they can and create sustainable communities.

New systems will be researched – systems which support humans to be their best – not just a tiny elite. The system will not allow a tiny group of people to control vast quantities of resources.

Jubilee – Cancelling all debt starting with third world country but eventually all debt.

Outlawing Usury.

Legal System

Reform the legal system so that it is understandable to the average man and has equality at its heart.

A line will eventually be drawn after which anyone can be prosecuted for real crimes – crimes of theft, fraud and/or physical violence. All will be forgiven for past mistakes but no longer be able to hide behind fictional corporations.

All court cases will be able to be recorded at least with audio if that was the wish of the ‘defendant.’

Jurys will decide what cases are taken to court and which are not. This will save a small fortune. At the moment, the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) decide what cases are in ‘the public interest.’ But how can we allow that when they themselves have an interest in prosecuting as many cases as possible as it is their bread and butter?

Jury Nullification will be discussed with all juries.

Political Systems

It is becoming increasingly clear that politicians are the front line distraction for us to protect the bankers and corporate leaders/owners that REALLY run the world. We acknowledge the cunning nature of the illusion!

We also therefore realize that most of the politicians need help! On the one hand they are doing an excellent job as ACTING leaders. It is all an act and once this is recognized, its easier to smile whilst being compassionate. It’s all so silly on some level!

We will insist that anyone in a high position of authority will be tested for mental health issues. We will offer therapy and psychological assistance to those who feel the need to be in power to help them get to the bottom of what is really going on for them.

We acknowledge that most adults spend a great deal of their time behaving like little children. We therefore are committed to showing the so called leaders compassion when they expose their little inner child whilst supposedly ruling the world!

We will call for a Radical reformation of the political system with a view to a reduction in government and their powers so that they return to their rightful mandate as protectors of the people and their rights. Eventually we would not have a government, but  instead move towards an administration, stripping any group (Government, Corporations, Think Tanks) of illegitimate power. (That’s a lot fo stripping!)


Health


Separation between health and money will be introduced. The promotion and ‘selling’ of pharmaceutical drugs will be phased out.

Economy

Corporations can only exist if they are deemed beneficial to the people.
Share resources in an equitable way.

Outlaw think tanks and lobbyists.

Education

Education would be removed from the grip of government. It would move from being a system designed to get people ‘jobs’ to a system designed to bring out the best talents in each student.


Infiltration

As there are some very wealthy and powerful people in whose interest it is to keep the status quo going, they would be foolish if they did not attempt to infiltrate any attempts to challenge the status quo in some way. Even if we had real direct  democracy, we have all been so affected by year of conditioning, that it is our understanding that we cannot trust the masses to choose for the good of the whole. This is because most of us experience that in at least some areas of our own personal lives, we cannot trust our own thoughts to make good choices even for our loved ones and ourselves. This is why this project is based on principles above people.
Although the members will have an opportunity to contribute ideas and to potentially stand for election, we are going to have one or more anonymous benevolent decision makers (ABDMs) whose job it will be to sift out infiltrators. They will have a considerable ability to spot these people and will make the final decision as to whether they can stand as part of this venture as well as curating the website and prioritising the creative ideas. This decision will be arrived after considering various factors including the ideas of the members, although once again the decision will be based on principles. So if an ABDM spots a candidate or a policy idea that does not sit well with the principles, he/she would disqualify/reject the candidate/idea.

Footnotes






[1] Work in Progress – What if we acknowledged that we will never have all the answers, either to the questions about our own lives and especially to the questions about how to manage millions of peoples’ lives!? What if being a work in progress meant working on ourselves, in relation to some or all of the principles listed above? What if we accepted that we are a work in progress, always have been and always will be until we die? (Some believe it continues after that!) And what if this project is just like us?

[2] Open subversion – the most cunning of all subversion whereby the subversion is actually in plain sight if you know how and where to look/listen.

[3] Current Uk Political Subversive Experiments includes the Conservative Party Experiment, Labour, Liberal and UKIP party experiments all of which use heaps of subversion.

[4] Something is strange  –What if there is a broad system that is currently in place, which dominates and subjugates much of the planets resources and people? Let’s call it a domination system. (Synonyms of Domination:

What if it is a system with many sub systems and there are many people involved, and they are in what seems is a complex relationship matrix? WHAT IF THE DOMINATION SYSTEM IS THE SOURCE OF MANY OF OUR COLLECTIVE PROBLEMS? Is it something that we should be talking about a LOT, not just Russel Brand?(and his tiny group of followers, some of whom don’t even get what he’s on about!)
What if it is somewhat accurate that the problems we see in the external world are often a reflection of our internal world? As domination is a form of control, what if at a deeper level, ‘control’ has something to do with a lot of our ‘problems’? How many of us have issues with control? How many of us (compulsively) want to control our lives and others lives’ too? What if this project could bring this to our awareness and bring together those who realise that this desperate need to control is unhealthy in ourselves and is manifesting in its extremities amongst the ruling underclass?
(The dictionary defines underclass as ‘the lowest social stratum in a country or community, consisting of the poor and unemployed.’ What if we dropped the second half of the definition? Would it be accurate to describe our rulers - made up of politicians, corporate leaders and the super rich - as ‘the lowest social stratum in a country or community?’)

[5] Reassessing and refining our attitudes and behaviours – How aware am I of the quality of my own thoughts? How much time do I spend on nurturing better quality thoughts? How much time do I spend appreciating what I am, never mind what I have? Am I aware of my faulty thinking and behaving? Do I share it with anyone? Am I doing anything about it? How much time do I spend bettering other peoples’ lives?

[6] We have members who can help you to develop a sense of humour. Please ask. (reasonable rates for members)

[7] Words & Language – From a very young age, we are introduced to language. The rulers use language to manipulate people and strongly affect their feelings and thought. Here we attempt to expose this by creating our own evolving dialect. We do this by choosing This dialect uses questions to encourage opening of the mind as opposed to shutting it one way or the other. It also replaces some words in common parlance with other words, aiming to reflect a closer meaning to that which they represent.

[8] Legal extortion – the word taxation is used to trick people into thinking that taking people’s money from them by force is legitimate? But is it?

[9] Ex-pats – Here in the UK, we call people who come from other countries ‘immigrants’ but we call people form the UK living abroad ‘ex-pats!’