A Few Words On Freedom

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No man or woman owns us. We own ourselves. We do not own each other.
I re-read the USA Declaration of Independence yesterday and broke down in tears when I got to the end. I care about freedom so much, and I hate so much how our freedoms are being taken away, bit by bit, by those who would force us to comply with their ideologies. Coercion, the initiation of force by one over another in order to elicit non-consensual compliance, that is where immorality begins. We must be vigilant to protect ourselves and the world against this type of evil.
When we become so arrogant as to force others to comply with our own ideologies, when we know what is best for others and MAKE THEM COMPLY–whether they agree or not–we are overstepping our bounds.
The good news is, that in the end, the truth always wins. It doesn’t look like we think it will look, but a castle with a foundation built on deceit, lies, fear and the forcing of compliance, that structure will always crumble in the end.
Fear is not the enemy, unless we run from it. Fear is simply the darkness into which we are called to shine the light of truth. Fear is that ever-expanding circumference around the brilliant orb of our being which calls us to expand into our glory and be that much more fully ALIVE.
Love,
Aaron

Strategy In Alignment With Life (Not Taxation)

 

Look around you and begin to think, feel and learn what Nature is, what Nature wants and what it means to be ALIVE, what the meaning of life truly is. And stop taking other people’s words for it. Don’t take my word for it!

Life is a celebration of existence. Life is an expression of perfection in its eternal growth and seasonal ebbs and flows.

And that’s the secret of the meaning of life: to grow and to be who we are, removing the blocks to the LOVE from which we are born.

There are laws and principles which enhance this growth and expression of Nature and there are [temporary] blocks to this growth and expression.

Long term VITALITY itself is an excellent reflection of our alignment with the laws of Nature.

Cultural/community vitality is the same, on a larger scale.

The long term outward manifestation is a reflection of inner integrity, and the more perceptive we become, the more we sense the alignment or misalignment of others and ourselves with the laws of nature.

The long-term is what counts here. Long term success is unsustainable if built on a faulty foundation.

The dearth of VITALITY we see currently in the world in so many places are results of misalignment with the deepest laws of nature, which are to forgive, to be truthful (that is to be loving) and to support LIFE.

People get extremely confused about what supports life in the long-run. Part of the problem is taking others’ word that “God’s word” is to kill, oppress, convert, destroy, conquer, repress, fight with nature, and to steal (taxation).

These are all compelling signals that LIFE is not being supported, protected and defended at basic levels.

But we are the ones who choose LIFE, fundamentally and circumspectly. And we choose to postpone certainty of all which may oppose life until the experiments have been conducted, and to be diligent students of what WORKS and what DOESN’T WORK, in the long run, of course.

We vigilantly seek indicators of that which grows us and that which kills us. We learn how to listen, to sense, to intuit and to sharpen each of these based on our dedicated observation of REALITY, not of some wishy-washy blog post, but of the life-long commitment to what WORKS, not to what we WISH would work, but to what WORKS.

I sometimes find myself so irritated at people who wish to CONTROL and COERCE and to FORCE things. This is a damned, lazy substitute to EDUCATED, RESPECT and LEAD towards what works.

What is so challenging about this is that we all want VITALITY. Many religions would call this “The will of God” which is ultimately peace, love, joy, abundance, resilience, celebration, perfection and growth.

Generally speaking, Muslims want peace. Christians and Jews want peace. Secular humans want peace. Republicans and Democrats want peace.

The conflict is that we have different ideas of strategy for long-term peace, growth and perfection.

Most humans still support massive CONTROL and COERCION. And one of the most pernicious manifestations of this tenacious desire for control in the United States today is the idea of “necessary evils,” namely, TAXATION.

Taxation IS theft.

If I own something and you take it away from me by force, under threat of danger to my well-being and without my consent, you have STOLEN something from me.

And it is no different if you wrap yourself in a flag and tell me your theft is for the “greater good.” It’s still theft.

Be suspicious of the integrity and claims of anyone who supports these ideals of “necessary evils,” because ultimately they are supporting control, coercion and death. AND have compassion on them because they’re doing the best that they can with the information that they have.

Theft is not in alignment with the fundamental principles of the universe, and any entity with a cracked foundation such as this will only rise so high, and WILL eventually FALL.

We may never rise higher than the integrity of our foundation allows.

If we look at the governments of the world as stepping stones on the way to another form of healthy community coherence and thriving, then it becomes easier to accept that this is a process and that we will get to the next stepping stone.

In a sense, all of our stories and beliefs are like stepping stones. They work to support our never-ending journeys for as long as they work! And they work until we’re ready to step onto the next stepping stone of belief.

Because eventually the beliefs we have once held stop working or they need to change when we’re on the path of growth.

Growth is about coming into alignment with that which supports growth, and shedding that which blocks it.

Nature grows as an expression of itself to the extent which it is in alignment with its deepest self, and in this process there is no coercion or theft, only relationship and mutually beneficial exchange.

So when will we begin to search for alternatives instead of bending over and taking it from the “necessary evils?”

Join me on the path to deeper integrity which supports life and growth in the longest, most sustainable way possible.

Have the courage to try something different.

Love,

Aaron

God, Abortion & Morality

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A friend of mine asked me where I stand in relation to a few questions about abortion. If you’re easily offended when someone doesn’t believe all the exact same things that you believe, you might want to go watch some more cat videos on YouTube. You’ve been warned.

Here’s my response to him.

You asked:
1) Do I believe a woman should have a right to an abortion?
2) If so, what circumstances should she be allowed to have an abortion? For any reason or limited reason?
3) Is abortion murder?
I want to begin by answering question 3 first: Is abortion murder?
My short answer is: Yes.
However, are all “murders” equal? For example, is an accidental murder punished the same way as a premeditated homicide? Of course not. My point is that not all “sins” are equal, and we must all deal with the consequences of the choices we make as individuals, in the sense of the Universal Laws of Nature.
My wish is that we all take responsibility to inquire and to observe for ourselves and along with each other for testing and verification, and to examine with great diligence what these Universal Laws of Nature are and what the consequences are for following them or for violating them. Just because I do not adopt the morality of any one specific religion does not mean I have no morality, or a weak morality, or an unexamined code of morality for myself. Au contraire! I diligently seek the laws of Nature and of Nature’s God, postponing my declarations of certainty indefinitely–living with the questions for as long as it takes to get the best possible answers I can get, and doing my best with what I do know in the meantime.
All we can ever really do is the best we can do. And only you can really know if you are really doing your best.
From what I understand, the unique DNA of a human being is formed upon conception, upon fertilization of the egg by the sperm.
At that point, we’ll assume the baby, with good nutrients/environment will grow up into a fully developed human being. Of course, that may or may not happen, but the real possibility and probably of that happening are plenty evidence for me. I take the formation of the new, unique human DNA as the beginning of a new life, and therefore, that is the point at which deliberately ending that new life becomes murder.
Generally, the debate has been about where to draw the line, corresponding to WHEN to draw the line, and I would generally agree that it would be EVEN worse to kill the human after his or her heart starts beating at about the 3 week mark.
The biggest challenge I see here is in answering the question: Where do we draw the line?
Isn’t it true that Catholic Christians, for the longest time (do they still believe this?) that to masturbate and waste sperm is akin to abortion…or maybe they just believe that it’s a sin to “waste sperm” lol. Excuse my adolescent sense of humor. Anyway, they draw the ideological line further back than I would. I argue that there is no unique DNA which has yet been created, and therefore, no new human life. Potential human life is not human life.
To me, here’s the responsibility that terrifies Christians and the whole world, really: Morality is subjective.
Ultimately, WE decide what our code of morality will be. We can, of course, decide to adopt another’s morality, as Christians somewhat do with the collection of books known as “The Bible,”
as Muslims somewhat do with their collection of books known as “The Qur’an.” As Buddhists somewhat do with their understanding of the teachings of Siddhartha Buddha. And as we all do based on our life experience and what we read or listen to and learn from the people with whom we associate.
People are afraid to admit that we are using our own minds, deciding for ourselves based on the information we observe in the world. People don’t want that responsibility. People would much rather allow others to think for themselves. It is, admittedly, easier to let someone else draw the lines and tell us “this is right, this is wrong, God said so, so now you know, follow it or go to hell.”
For the first question 1) SHOULD a woman have a right to an abortion, I want to point out and recognize (because it so often goes unrecognized) that a woman DOES have the ABILITY/CAPACITY to abort the baby. If she really wants to get rid of it, then she’ll find a way to do that regardless of whatever morality has been legislated.
We are free creatures. We can do whatever we want. Of course, our decisions have consequences! And this is where the Universal Laws of Nature prevail as they always have and always will.
Legislating morality–which is what all laws do, of course–doesn’t mean that people will follow those laws. (I laughed when I recently saw the meme: “Let’s make guns illegal. That’s how we stopped everyone from doing drugs.”)
However, telling a woman that it’s ok for her to “abort” her baby, either through legislation or through culture, while it may ease her conscience, doesn’t negate the Universal Laws of Nature that will be affected by the causes of her behavior.
To claim to know those universal laws of nature is a weighty claim indeed, and I’m not attempting to claim that here. I don’t know everything about the Laws of Nature, of course. I imagine we can always get closer and closer to what those laws are, and still there will be more to discover, reflecting the infinite nature of the universe itself.
To really know the true affects of our behaviors… that is part of the most important work of our lives. It is what philosophy at its best attempts to answer. We have choice, we have responsibility–whether we pretend otherwise or not–and our choices have affects beyond our own skins.
I personally draw the line at conception, to be safe. I do not ever want to be directly responsible for ending the life of another human that has never done anything good or evil. Every human deserves a chance to live, and for me to take that away from him or her, no matter how undeveloped their brains may be, I deem that murder. I would say it would be even worse to murder a 22 day old baby, and yet worse to murder an 8 month old partially born baby. That’s my interpretation, my subjectively chosen morality at this point in my life.
If that makes some people mad, well, I hope they’ll find solace that at this point I’m neither a legislator nor a woman–both statuses have been shown subject to change–and of course a woman will have to decide what decisions she is going to make in this world for herself.
Every free human decides and then lives with the consequences of her decision.
We all decide our morality. The vast majority of us simply adopt the morality of our immediate cultures without inquiring or examining “too deeply” into the matters. That is, however, our decision to examine or to be like sheep, and decide where on the examination spectrum we’d like to live.
To summarize and be sure I’ve answer all 3 of your questions: If I were to make the legislation, I would legislate that the only circumstance in which a woman should be legally allowed to abort a baby is in the rare circumstances where, beyond a reasonable doubt, it is determined that the baby would kill both itself and the mother without intervention.
Other than those rare cases, even in cases of rape, which are horrifying of themselves, I simply believe that a human deserves a chance to live and to not have his or her life deliberately taken away without his or her input, which, if in a world in which such input were obtainable, would most certainly be toward the impetus of life.
What do you believe regarding those questions? I’d love to know your feedback on my answers.
Love,
Aaron

You Are A Sponge Of Your Environment

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Why is it that there is such a diversity in the beliefs of “Christians”? Why are certain geographic regions of the world mostly Muslim, Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, etc? Why do we call the southeast of the United States the “Bible Belt,” and if you’re from Saudi Arabia, chances are that you’re a Muslim believer?

It’s because we mostly do and believe what we are expected to do and believe by those around us. We are sponges of our environments.

Thinking for oneself is truly rare.

Most of the time as humans we simply adopt the beliefs, habits and choices which are expected of us. I call that the blind leading the blind.

Why is thinking for oneself so rare?

WHY?!?

Because we are afraid of fear and uncertainty.

If we humble ourselves enough to ask questions, then we also face the uncertainty of unknown answers and unknown future circumstances in light of what might be discovered.

It’s the proverbial “leap of faith” into the dark tunnel. Like in the movie Indiana Jones and the Holy Grail when he steps out into the open air above the apparent plunge into dark oblivion. We must be ready to die for the answers, if we would have them.

We must be ready to die because that’s what it FEELS like when we take that leap of faith into the darkness.

Usually we won’t die, but it might feel like we will. And that’s called fear.

The problem with fear is mostly our relationship to it. Do we think that fear is bad? What did JFK mean when he said that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself?

Maybe he meant that if we are afraid of encountering fear, then we will be in an unhelpful place. If we believe that fear is bad or evil, then we won’t have a close relationship with it. We will shy away from it. We will not shine our lights into the darkness for fear of the fear.

But is fear really the enemy?

See, what most people do is we simply adopt the beliefs held by our peers and our cultures.

But what happens when we discover that commonly held beliefs are just lies?

Like when we do some digging and recognize that vaccines are not what they are advertised. Like when we realize that genetically engineered food is destructive to nature. Like when we realize that certain “drugs” from huge pharmaceutical companies are “legal” and yet they are killing millions of people silently, while the drugs that really work (like cannabis) are criminalized.

What do we do when we start waking up to the truth that we have been lied to?

We spread the truth. That’s what we do. We talk about it publicly and we stand for what is good for what upholds LIFE.

Throughout the last 2 millennia,  Christianity as a religion has murdered dissenters left and right. More recently, in the last couple hundred years, Christians have lessened their terrorizing of society, and now extremely radical Islamists are known as the greater terrorists of society.

But maybe we’re just blithely accepting the cultural narrative spread by the mainstream media about who the real “bad guys” are. Maybe we are being lied to much more than we know.

As humans, we operate at the limits of our understanding. Give us truth, and we will act on that truth if we know that it is truth. Give us lies, and if we know no better, we will believe the lies as if it were truth!

Why is the USA aiding “rebels” in Libya? Who are the rebels and against whom are they rebelling? Look this shit up on YouTube and stop believing everything CNN and FOX and BBC are telling you. These media outlets are mouthpieces of their countries’ governments.

This is also why the free, uncensored internet is our greatest hope right now. Because we the people of the world can create true content and reporting from concerned citizens unaffiliated with the personal interests of unaccountable world oligarchies and hegemonies.

Let us expose ourselves to excellence by way of a greater morality and cease being puppets of the propaganda produced by despots and religious interest groups, be they muslim, christian or alien.

Let us define for OURSELVES a morality of life, and stand up against that which we know is the way of death and suffering.

Let us shine the light of our perception into the darkness of suffering and evil, so that we may truly know good from evil.

This is one of the biggest controlling lies of the Judaeo-Christian-Islamic ethic: Tasting the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, as if knowing right from wrong were a bad thing. As if knowing good from evil were bad. Let us look at good and evil in order to grapple with it, in order to know what we support and condemn. We must, as human beings. It is who we are. And when we deny ourselves knowing good from evil, we will always be controlled by those who would dictate their personal morality upon us.

This is a difficult task, but we are here and we have no other choice if we want to be free.

Pick up the key to the prison cell of your perception and unlock the door. Understand that asking questions is the method of thinking. Asking questions is how you think. Which questions do you have? Which questions are you courageous enough to ask?

Feel your fear and enjoy the pleasure of the uncertainty and exploration. Like a star-wars battleship plunging at light speed into the darkness of unknown galaxies, be grateful for the adventure of your life, and know that you can know good from evil.

Shine the light of your awareness into the caverns of your uncertainty. Relish the delicious “fear” of discovery, the juicy excitement of brazenly trailblazing into the great unknown.

And do not concede uncertainty as truth, if you are not yet fully certain.

Stay tenacious in your quest for the truth, for as long as it takes.

Be uncompromising. Be patient.

And the truth will set you free.

Love,

Aaron

Will You Be My Giant Question-Mark Brother?

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Dear Beautiful Friend,

The fact that you are here, reading these words, living your life on this planet in this galaxy in this universe at this moment in time defies every statistical probability ever imagined by every statistics scientist in India. (And that’s a lot of statistics scientists.)

And because you are alive, you have one assignment: Live well.

Now, who are you going to allow to define for you what it means for you to live well?

Are you going to leave the answers to religion? To your parents? To people who are really loud and shout to you that the One and Only True Patriarchal God told them how to live and now they’re here to pass that knowledge on to you?

If you’re reading this, I have a hunch that you’re the type of person who isn’t going to stand for unconsciously living out the pitiful and highly failed programming of your government, your culture, your state-sponsored  17+year education curriculum, or even of your friends and family, who, in spite of their good intentions, are probably also pre-programmed and indoctrinated with unconscious value-systems and grossly unexamined habits of living and thinking and of abdicating the responsibility of awareness.

YOU are not interested in settling for that shit.

YOU have the power to choose what it means to live well for YOU. YOU define your own morality–what is right or wrong. This is your birthright and one of your distinctly greatest capacities as a functioning human being.

As for me, I am certain that I exist and that I AM alive. And because of this, I have made the choice to learn what it means for me to live well. In other words, I choose to daily ask the question: How do I live well? What does it mean for me to live well when I’ve only got one life that I know of?

And since the answers to these Most Important Questions are often unclear, I have chosen to live with the questions for as long as it takes. I have chosen to indefinitely suspend this highly desirable degree of certainty, for the sake of brutal and uncompromising intellectual honesty.

I am a giant question mark.
(Am I a giant question mark?)
I am a giant question mark.

Will you come with me? Will you be my life-sized question-mark brother on this crazy fucking journey? For as long as it takes?

Because I’d love that.

Aaron