Ron Brassfield, 12/31/2013, in response to the article: Carroll Quigley on the History of Money and Banking
In his magnum opus book, Tragedy and Hope, A History of the World in Our Time, Georgetown Professor J. Carroll Quigley made many telling comments about the world-ruling financial cabal, including this remark, “The growth of financial capitalism made possible a centralization of world economic control and a use of this power for the direct benefit of financiers and the indirect injury of all other economic groups.” (A number of other important things Quigley had to say on the subject have been gathered on various web pages.)
Roger “Pete” Peterson on 1/1/2014, in response Ron’s website article: Is the World About to Embrace a New Money Paradigm?
Hi Ron, (Is it better to light a candle that to curse the darkness? -Pete)
A stirring and informative presentation of who, what, when and where that left me shaking in my socks but I’m more interested in understanding “why” we do the things we do. If we could understand that, free of judgment, maybe we could think our way through this dilemma with all sides working together. Perhaps we’re even co-conspirators in the development of this crisis in order to help us Wake Up, Wise Up and Rise Up to a greater human potential. As we think, we create. To change what we create, we must change what we think. Cheers and Happy New Year!
Ron Brassfield, 1/1/2014:
Thank you for the thoughtful remarks, Roger. In large part, we stand where we do because we are all born into a world we not only never made, but we have limited time and resources for figuring out. It takes a lot of dedication and any honest analyst must admit she or he is not all-knowing, either. But, as you seem to be, I’m a big believer that it is going to take all of us working together to transcend the current, artificial, difficulties. We have to suspend judgment not only of each other’s preconceived notions to an extent, but also of the lessons we are taught as children. There are two tasks which are urgent, yet surprisingly difficult to achieve, at least in time for it it make the crucial difference. Yet, I retain some hope. Signs are all around that millions have gradually awakened as a large quantity of “bullshit” may have grandly paraded into view to find people not quite as infinitely gullible as their masters have believed to date.
Roger “Pete” Peterson, 1/2/2014:
Thanks for answering back, Ron. Yesterday, New Years Eve, 2013, I started developing an article on the philosophies of Charles Darwin and Ayn Rand. I wasn’t sure where I was going with it but I woke up this morning with the thought that both of them worked hard and did the best they could with what they knew. What more can we ask of anyone?
What they didn’t take into account were the limiting effects of their beliefs. Not only the limitations of their personal beliefs but the limiting effects of prevailing cultural beliefs. Rand couldn’t stand the idea of oneness (we, as opposed to me) and communism. Darwin had concerns about the acceptance of his work by the scientific community and the rejection of it by the church. Both discounted mysticism and intuition as tools for understanding. When we start judging things as good or bad, right or wrong, we start building boxes around ourselves. How can we expect to find the truth of anything if we start by placing conditions on what “truth” is before we start?
Having the greatest analytical minds in the world won’t help us solve human relational challenges if we remain closed to the idea that we’re not only products of creation; we’re creation itself? What’s the purpose of life? What do we know that we don’t know we know? What can we do that we don’t know we can do? Where do we begin? Where do we end?
How much effort do we put into “feeling” our answers as opposed to leaving it up to our intellects and biological senses (see: Genesis: A Lucid Creation Dream)? Why not use both our outer and inner senses to solve problems?Until we open our hearts and minds to all possibilities, without prejudice, how can we find meaningful solutions to human dilemmas? WE are the change we’re waiting for!
Where do we start? How about defining our primary goal, one that’s large enough to contain all possibilities? Here’s my personal motto: Seek the greatest understanding and serve the highest good. It came to me one day when I was bending over to pick something up and wondering about what my purpose in life was at the same time. Strangely, it happened right in front of the pantry door where I have other philosophical sayings taped. It was a revelation in that it went way beyond earthbound/ego-bound ideals like getting rich or famous, not that these ideals are good or bad things. It’s about balance. Making sense of life and All That Is seems a lot more exciting to me than losing myself in the material side of being. I want to know everything for what it really is, not what culturally sanctioned individuals or institutions want me to believe.
I’ve also adopted another idea that seems to lend itself well to growing awareness. It accepts the notion that there is not right or wrong, good or bad; there just IS! There’s what we like, and what we don’t like, what works, and what doesn’t work, what makes us happy and what doesn’t. It treats us not as blank slates to be written on, empty sponges to be filled or clever robots to be programmed but as creators of our own reality. It forces us to pay attention to our thoughts and the experiences they create so we can learn from them. No more pointing our fingers at others and blaming them for our actions.
From what I can surmise so far, Consciousness (Aware Energy or Energetic Awareness) is the Source and Substance of All That Is. How can we say that? Because, without Energy or the Power to Act, how can Awareness know and express itself? And, without Awareness, what acknowledges and creates a need for Energy? Doesn’t one need the other for ANYTHING to exist? Without awareness and action, how can we define ourselves? How can we exist?
Life, it’s all good, especially when we learn from it! If you’re interested, Ron, let me know how you think we might work together. It seems to me the most meaningful thing we can do is raise our own awareness and encourage others to do the same. We’re not bad, it’s who we think we are and what we think reality is that’s creating problems for us. Maybe there are others out there who are ready to see things in new ways. Are we ready to take off the training wheels? I am and it sounds like you are too!
If you’re interested, check out The Conscious Creator Forum on my website. It asks questions that make us use our hearts and imagination to figure out what works and makes us happy.
Ron Brassfield, 1/2/2014:
Pete, our beliefs are limitations on our field of action, to be sure. From my observations, human interaction seems to range from synchronicity to practically telepathy, all the way to hard-core antipathy. Given all the differing milieus in which people develop their mindsets, and, to be sure, I believe we’re all born with some sort of set of latent traits, a disposition which helps define us throughout our lives, I’m unable to imagine (sorry, John Lennon) everyone ever getting “on the same page” when it comes to prejudices and such. People seem to cooperate best when they are plunged together into disaster situations, and they perceive disaster situations most clearly when they are of a physical nature. In my latest post, I’m alluding to a part of what some have termed “the long emergency,” where wishful thinking, denial, the relative lack of meaningful discourse on the part of trusted authorities, and so on defuse the urgency of the situation, which is of a daunting scale to begin with.
What I do dare hope for is that enough people will awaken to gain perspective on our largest common issues and forge new paths together, for divided as we have been, it has surely hastened our fall. I believe that due to our not having not acted in time, tens of millions of our fellows have suffered great travails needlessly, and that we collectively had several opportunities to check the tidal wave which has engulfed them.
Signposts through history in my lifetime have remained unconnected in the minds of most as nearly as I can ascertain. But what would have happened had, for instance, a grand jury convicted conspirators in the JFK and/or RFK assassinations, or those of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. or Malcolm X? What if President Reagan had been impeached over the Iran-Contra scandal? What if the press had mobilized enough public outrage to have thwarted the Savings & Loan deregulation/looting spree? What if the government could have been prevented from paying our tax dollars to big business to offshore American jobs (I read somewhere that a big pharmaceutical corporation was paid a half-million for each job it set up in the Dominican Republic, if memory serves). What if prejudices had been laid aside and the government assaults at Ruby Ridge and Waco had been redressed by government agents losing their jobs and going to prison, or the approving President in that case, Clinton, being impeached? We were supposed to have limited government, but we allowed it to slip away. And I can’t even believe the incurious state Americans permitted themselves over 9/11. The rapid, symmetrical collapses of the Twin Towers were so unnatural that they should have all been suspicious about the mismatch of cause with effect, and insisted on an investigation right away, and insisted on one not controlled by the White House. By the time of 9/11, the banks had already had their way with the law. It was a blatant lie to claim no one could have foreseen the consequences; I used to read warnings in The Nation back in the 1990s, forecasting the results of the deregulations big bank lobbyists were pressing for in Congress. The corrupt and fattened government is at once smug and contemptuous of the stupefied populace, and at the same time afraid to cross its benefactors, who have means of controlling them which go beyond campaign finance itself.
I do take your point about realizing we are creation itself. I presume each person may, from time to time, find him or herself consciously in situations where the choice of action can make drastic differences. The care exercised in uttering a few simple words, even the way they are said, may, in some instances, mean the difference between simple cooperation and a brawl.
I also agree that the use of intuition is crucial in finding meaning. Nascent thought has led to all the important discoveries ever known to the human race. The devaluation of intuition in the public discourse is a ploy intended to keep us on our knees.
I understand the rest of what you’re saying. There was a time I was deeply and naturally mystical in my approach to life and reached an understanding of creation on a cosmic scale. However, I do not operate at the level of cosmic eternity, I leave that to the Godhead. Though “all things work together for him who loves the Lord,” and nearly all setbacks that aren’t fatal can be learning opportunities, in this incarnation, I do draw distinctions between good and bad, better and worse. A friend recently posted a Nietzsche quote to Facebook, to the effect that God must either be a collaborator with the Devil, or else not all-powerful. I get that logic, to be sure, but I see the matter as you phrase it, “Doesn’t one need the other for anything to exist?” Yes. As far as I’m concerned, we’re here, and so is the dark end of the matter/energy spectrum commonly known as “the Devil,” so that the One Ultimate Being whose arrival at self-awareness launched the Universe, does not have to suffer a state of self-awareness while being all alone. Over in Eternity, that’s the way it is. Here, in the Cosmos, on our side of the snake which swallows its own tail, our side of the single point connecting the dualistic oneness, here, in the world of Maya, or illusion, blissfully, it is not. Here, we have interaction, the clash and the harmony of All That Is, that which permits us to live and breathe as human beings, bequeathing us all our sorrows and joys. I demand more joys, however, and, feeling the need for them, I cling to the notion that we can have them if we take right action.
But, while our society might be compared to an anthill when we’re speaking in such terms, the actions of the ants go a long way, on normal days, in determining the quality of life available to the ants. That’s the level I’m operating on.
Roger “Pete” Peterson, 1/2/2014:
What works and makes us happy? By asking ourselves that one question, we proclaim that we have the ability to understand what works and makes us happy. We proclaim that we’re not just products of creation; we’re creation itself! Unlike letting ourselves be told, and continuing to tell ourselves, to follow the “rules” like good children, we proclaim our power as living, loving, growing and changing aspects of Consciousness, each self another face of God or All That Is.
The purpose, or challenge, of life is to learn how to use the power of thought and imagination to shape energy into a pleasing reality. The prize is a sense of satisfaction, a feeling of a job well done. And, like learning to walk or talk, it is a personal, subjective endeavor that requires creative aggression. It is a great balancing act, where one must accept falling down in the course of learning how to stand up.
Thoughts are “things” with a reality of their own, and you, an artist. With thoughts in the forms of belief, attitude, value and expectation, you paint the landscape of your life. Create a great day!
Can we dispute that what we believe about ourselves and the world around us forms our intent, which in turn, forms our reality? If we don’t CONSCIOUSLY choose our beliefs, can we agree that we UNconsciously absorb them from our surroundings? And, if our beliefs, attitudes, values and expectations create our reality, can we afford not to question them?
When we ask ourselves what works and makes us happy, don’t we open our minds and hearts to every possibility? By paying more attention to how we create our experience, don’t we increase our powers of perception and discernment? Don’t we develop and use our imagination more effectively? Do we want to take on the WEIGHT of responsibility or develop our RESPONSE ABILITY? Do we want to be flexible or Flex Able, in a much broader sense? Do we want to HOPE for a nice day or believe we can CREATE a nice day? Life is all in how we choose to look at it. We can cower like victims before ideas like wealth, power and “evil” or we can learn to play with them. They’re just ideas, after all. We can dress them up and relate to them any way we please, if we give ourselves permission to do so.
Can you see how easy it is to work with ideas when we refuse to lock them down with limiting, polarizing ideas like right and wrong, good and bad? For example, instead of defining “bullies” and “victims” so we can point them out and get a gold star for our powers of perceptiveness, why not accept that we can all be bullies and victims so we can examine each perspective from the inside out imaginatively? It’s like changing a piece of clothing and looking at it in the mirror. If we like it, we can keep it. If we don’t, we can change it. What works and makes us happy is the Yellow Brick Road to growing understanding.
Again, thank you for continuing the conversation, Ron.
Ron also has another great article on his website entitled: November 22 Marks the Triumph of Murderers and Liars in the USA with many great links. The JFK Assassination: What really happened is an excellent new (2013) video by Jerry Kroth, an Associate Professor Emeritus at Santa Clara University. In 2003, he wrote a book entitled: Conspiracy in Camelot: the Complete History of the Assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Jerry’s latest book, upon which the video’s based, is entitled: Coup d’ etat, the Assassination of President John F, Kennedy, copyright 2013.
Pete – http://realtalkworld.com
“How you define yourself, and the world around you, forms your intent, which, in turn, forms your reality.” – Seth
In other words, we create our own reality from what we choose to believe about ourselves, and the world around us, whether by intention or inattention.
If we don’t CONSCIOUSLY choose our beliefs, attitudes, values and expectations, we UNCONSCIOUSLY absorb them from our surroundings.
If beliefs, attitudes, values and expectations create our reality, can we afford not to question them?
The more we love, understand and appreciate ourselves, the better we treat ourselves, and the world.
The secrets of the universe lie hidden in the shadows of our experience. Look for them!