Mason Riggle

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  1. @Nak Khid the two are intertwined. How can you discuss whether prescribed morallity is a 'good' idea, especially on this particular forum, without discussing the deeper implications of 'prescribed morality' itself..
  2. "Am I doing all of this, or is all of this doing me?"
  3. Here's the thing.. thoughts arise. It seems what you are really after here is to quiet the neurotic conversation that persistently arises within our awareness. The seemingly constant internal dialogue. It should be recognized that even when this 'conversation' quiets down, thoughts are still arising, in the same way that the sound of a bell in the distance 'arises' into your awareness, and then fades into memory.. Part of the 'trick' is to learn a new perspective on thought itself.. to recognize that thoughts simply come and go, and there is no reason to 'hold on to them' or pretend that 'you are authoring them', and simply be aware that they are arising in awareness like waves on a beach, only to 'wash away' and be replaced by the next thought arising in awareness.
  4. The Dream of Life - Alan Watts "If you awaken from this illusion and you understand that black implies white, self implies other, life implies death (or shall I say death implies life?), you can feel yourself – not as a stranger in the world, not as something here on probation, not as something that has arrived here by fluke - but you can begin to feel your own existence as absolutely fundamental. I am not trying to sell you on this idea in the sense of converting you to it, I want you to play with it. I want you to think of its possibilities, I am not trying to prove it. I am just putting it forward as a possibility of life to think about. So then, let’s suppose that you were able every night to dream any dream you wanted to dream, and that you could, for example, have the power within one night to dream 75 years of time, or any length of time you wanted to have. And you would, naturally, as you began on this adventure of dreams, you would fulfill all your wishes. You would have every kind of pleasure you could conceive. And after several nights of 75 years of total pleasure each you would say “Well that was pretty great. But now let’s have a surprise, let’s have a dream which isn’t under control, where something is gonna happen to me that I don’t know what it's gonna be." And you would dig that and would come out of that and you would say “Wow that was a close shave, wasn’t it?”. Then you would get more and more adventurous and you would make further- and further-out gambles what you would dream. And finally, you would dream where you are now. You would dream the dream of living the life that you are actually living today. That would be within the infinite multiplicity of choices you would have. Of playing that you weren't God, because the whole nature of the godhead, according to this idea, is to play that he is not. So in this idea then, everybody is fundamentally the ultimate reality, not God in a politically kingly sense, but god in the sense of being the self, the deep-down basic whatever there is. And you are all that, only you are pretending you are not."
  5. @Mo Grand the people Crucified Jesus... "To people who hate the truth, the truth looks like hate."
  6. We could present it like this. What if the title of this forum thread were not what it is, but rather, "Mark my words, Trump is made of Cheese".. and then I proceeded to elaborate to everyone who disagrees that they just don't see it from my equally valid perspective. I've seen his 'cheeseness', which you haven't.. I know you think he's a human, but you haven't experienced what I have, which is that his hands are Provolone, and the rest is a mixture of Swiss and Gouda.. How much time and effort will you spend contemplating the isness of my claims.. IS the president actually just cheese and I'm seeing it wrong? Probably not very much... I can understand having 2 unique perspectives of the same reality which are equally valid.. but this doesn't mean all perspectives are equally valid, does it?
  7. @Serotoninluv I like what you have laid out here, but perhaps it's a bit 'meta'. How convinced are you that a rock is a rock? We could take this philosophical question all the way to it's ends and find out it's all imaginary, but it always comes full circle, and even though the rock IS imaginary, it's still a rock, and never a fish.
  8. @berry when Leo says 'imaginary'.. this is synonymous with 'real'.. reality IS imaginary.. but imaginary is also real. It's how 'reality' comes to be.. it's 'imagined'. So.. your loved ones are 'real' as long as you imagine they are.
  9. @SoonHei it seems we set some pretty arbitrary limits on ourselves indeed! What a ride!
  10. You already are everything, and you already are effortlessly 'moving the objects in a room'... the same way you are effortlessly growing your hair, you also shine the sun, effortlessly.. It seems what happens is.. we also effortlessly 'pretend' this not what is happening. "Self-deception" IS the nature of reality. That's why it's said that to fully awaken to the deception is to die.. to 'kill the self'. "Awakening" is 'seeing through the deception'.. but to 'fully see through it' is to end it 'what is'.. because 'what is' is the deception itself... a cosmic play. "So in this idea, then, everybody is fundamentally the ultimate reality. Not God in a politically kingly sense, but God in the sense of being the self, the deep-down basic whatever there is. And you're all that, only you're pretending you're not. And it's perfectly OK to pretend you're not, to be perfectly convinced, because this is the whole notion of drama." - Alan Watts.
  11. Prohibition is not only profitable for the criminals on the streets who sell drugs, but also for the criminals in suits who enforce the prohibition. Just follow the money.
  12. @Bodigger a stated 'vision' or 'goal' of a group doesn't guarantee the behavior of it's members. The OP asked why the Democrats don't organize under one idea.. and I was simply providing evidence that they do.. or at least they attempt to. I suppose I felt the question presented in the OP was a bit misguided. It's like asking, 'why don't people try to act nicer to each other?'.. the question makes the assumption that 'people do not try to act nicer to each other', and asks why? But what if it's the case that people 'do try to act nicer', and they simply fail at it.. the question 'why don't they do [what they actually are doing]?' makes no sense. I mean, why aren't you reading this right now? The response to that question is.. I am. This is why I presented the 'Democratic Party Platform' in response to the OP. Not because I agree with it.. or because I think Democrats in general follow those principals.. but rather to answer the question of 'why don’t they make a “Democratic Goals of the 21st Centurie.” Type of thing?' with the simply answer: They do.
  13. Perhaps check out their Party Platform, which can be easily found on their website. ~~~excerpt from the Party Platform Preamble~~~ Democrats believe that cooperation is better than conflict, unity is better than division, empowerment is better than resentment, and bridges are better than walls. It’s a simple but powerful idea: we are stronger together. Democrats believe we are stronger when we have an economy that works for everyone—an economy that grows incomes for working people, creates good-paying jobs, and puts a middle-class life within reach for more Americans. Democrats believe we can spur more sustainable economic growth, which will create good-paying jobs and raise wages. And we can have more economic fairness, so the rewards are shared broadly, not just with those at the top. We need an economy that prioritizes long-term investment over short-term profit-seeking, rewards the common interest over self-interest, and promotes innovation and entrepreneurship. We believe that today’s extreme level of income and wealth inequality—where the majority of the economic gains go to the top one percent and the richest 20 people in our country own more wealth than the bottom 150 million—makes our economy weaker, our communities poorer, and our politics poisonous. And we know that our nation’s long struggle with race is far from over. More than half a century after Rosa Parks sat and Dr. King marched and John Lewis bled, more than half a century after César Chávez, Dolores Huerta, and Larry Itliong organized, race still plays a significant role in determining who gets ahead in America and who gets left behind. We must face that reality and we must fix it. We believe a good education is a basic right of all Americans, no matter what zip code they live in. We will end the school-to-prison pipeline and build a cradle-to-college pipeline instead, where every child can live up to his or her God-given potential. We believe in helping Americans balance work and family without fear of punishment or penalty. We believe in at last guaranteeing equal pay for women. And as the party that created Social Security, we believe in protecting every American’s right to retire with dignity. We firmly believe that the greed, recklessness, and illegal behavior on Wall Street must be brought to an end. Wall Street must never again be allowed to threaten families and businesses on Main Street. Democrats believe we are stronger when we protect citizens’ right to vote, while stopping corporations’ outsized influence in elections. We will fight to end the broken campaign finance system, overturn the disastrous Citizens United decision, restore the full power of the Voting Rights Act, and return control of our elections to the American people. Democrats believe that climate change poses a real and urgent threat to our economy, our national security, and our children’s health and futures, and that Americans deserve the jobs and security that come from becoming the clean energy superpower of the 21st century. Democrats believe we are stronger and safer when America brings the world together and leads with principle and purpose. We believe we should strengthen our alliances, not weaken them. We believe in the power of development and diplomacy. We believe our military should be the best-trained, best-equipped fighting force in the world, and that we must do everything we can to honor and support our veterans. And we know that only the United States can mobilize common action on a truly global scale, to take on the challenges that transcend borders, from international terrorism to climate change to health pandemics. Above all, Democrats are the party of inclusion. We know that diversity is not our problem—it is our promise. As Democrats, we respect differences of perspective and belief, and pledge to work together to move this country forward, even when we disagree. With this platform, we do not merely seek common ground—we strive to reach higher ground. We are proud of our heritage as a nation of immigrants. We know that today’s immigrants are tomorrow’s teachers, doctors, lawyers, government leaders, soldiers, entrepreneurs, activists, PTA members, and pillars of our communities. We believe in protecting civil liberties and guaranteeing civil rights and voting rights, women’s rights and workers’ rights, LGBT rights, and rights for people with disabilities. We believe America is still, as Robert Kennedy said, “a great country, an unselfish country, and a compassionate country.”
  14. Perhaps 'desire' is nothing more than the path of least resistance. Water flows in the direction it 'desires' to flow.. the water doesn't 'have' desires.. it flows according to 'desire'.. the path of least resistance.