Mason Riggle

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  1. @Preety_India Your (not so bold) predictions and assessment may turn out to be accurate... perhaps not. The future is uncertain. He has been impeached tho. Can we agree on that?
  2. @Preety_India Impeachment in the United States is the process by which a legislature (usually in the form of the lower house) brings charges against a civil officer of government for crimes alleged to have been committed, analogous to the bringing of an indictment by a grand jury. You don't get 'un-indicted' if you are found 'not guilty' at the trial. Once you're indicted.. you've been indicted. Once you've been impeached, which Trump has been.. he can't be 'un-impeached'. This just moves us to a trial. Might want to re-evaluate where you get your information from.
  3. @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..
  4. "Am I doing all of this, or is all of this doing me?"
  5. 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.
  6. 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."
  7. @Mo Grand the people Crucified Jesus... "To people who hate the truth, the truth looks like hate."
  8. 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?
  9. @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.
  10. @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.
  11. @SoonHei it seems we set some pretty arbitrary limits on ourselves indeed! What a ride!
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. @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.