Archive for November, 2016

Racism & Conservative Culture

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization, Politics, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2016 by Drogo

My Thoughts on Racists, Racism, and Conservative Culture

This will not take long. ‘Race’ is an artificial term that we use to stereotype or ‘vaguely identify’ physical differences between the same human species, from different ethnic and genetic regions. The fact remains we are so closely related to apes, that these distinctions among our own species are more opinion than fact. Cultural pride is not the same as hateful bigotry; when the two concepts are combined to promote intolerance of differences, humanitarian self-defense must apply social pressure to limit the hostility, or fascist regimes come out of the closet and run governments and kill those that do not obey their domination. History has shown this is true; with all empires and dictators that imposed their belief that their culture is superior to others and deserves to enslave the others.

History has never frozen in time, according to the records. Things are always remixing; cultures, families, animals, plants, inanimate objects comprised of matter, etc. etc… Yes we all have our own biased or bigoted tastes or preferences that are racist because they are based on our own cultural or personal perspectives; that does not mean that being hatefully prejudice against ‘them that are other’ is a good thing in a World where we should be evolving to be more harmonious and cooperative, even with our minor distinct differences and bio-diversity. Death will come to all soon enough, and life has plenty of other challenges that we can spend time on.

Identifying by superficial features is well, superficial. Fear, greed and jealousy are at the heart of Racism, where love should be. “Races” have always been more of a rainbow blend spectrum, rather than ‘black or white’. What we call ‘races‘ (inbred DNA groups in periods of time) and ‘cultures‘ (ethnic or economic power groups) always and constantly change, adopt, adapt, and generally move around in history and countries.
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Hybrid Cultures and Races
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ps – Trump has the same New England style racism as Lovecraft (HORROR author). They are not as violent as the KKK or Nazis, but New England racists want to be the last immigrants; and want to stop cultures from mixing in the melting-pot of liberty. In the South, the KKK mainly focus on attacking blacks with psychological terror and physical violence. The KKK supports Trump, and consider Nazis to be too socialist. The Alt-Right is led by white nerds that want to justify their weak hatred with pseudo-intellectual rhetoric (words). 
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Report on ‘American Witches’

Posted in Book Reports, Pagan, Uncategorized on November 11, 2016 by Drogo

Drogo’s Book Report on American Witches; A Broomstick Tour Through Four Centuries by Susan Fair

I am very pleased that Susan’s book on Witches was published! I am a fan of her book theme subjects and her witty yet friendly writing style. Her preface on being accused as a child of doing (or worse being) something terrible was relatable as an emotional personal experience. Indeed as Arthur Miller pointed out with the Crucible, being called a witch was similar to being called a communist in modern days; even today many of us are called both, and people still think that both are evil due to cultural conditioning.

Susan begins her book with the 2nd European Colony in north America, Jamestown; which makes sense for the scope of the book as indicated by the subtitle segment “Four Centuries”. Jamestown was the first English Colony, but the Spanish Colony of St. Augustine was actually first about 50 years earlier (RIP Dr. Albert Manucy, Spanish-American historian, love you gran-dad). As to how many witches were in the Spanish St. Augustine Colony, or if anyone was accused of witch-craft, I do not know. Considering the Spanish were responsible for THE Inquisition, it is certainly possible.

Anyway, that is my only criticism of the book, which does not at all ruin my enjoyment of her stories, and respect for the importance of the subject. Some critics are quick to criticize humor with serious subjects, but often they just lack a healthy sense of the importance of being able to laugh when others cry. People respond to tragedy in various ways, depending on their social conditioning, or psychological reaction to conditioning which they dislike.

Susan’s sense of humor in her style is delightful to those of us with an ‘Edward Gorey’ or ‘Tim Burton’ gothic satire sensibility. It is our love for dark or scary subjects which makes our glee pleasant and not harsh. Her descriptions are excellent, and at times so darkly honest, that levity is welcomed.

“What was mended one day, would the next day be in pieces.” This is the chaos magic of entropy, which haunts the weary world, even to this day. The mystery of magic in history, and the persecution of accused practitioners, is still a current issue. I recommend this book to anyone that loves the subject of ‘witches’.

Tena Regalo – excerpt from HFC2

Posted in Individuals / Members / Monsters / Creative Writing, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on November 7, 2016 by Drogo

After the ‘Forest Fight’ on Loud Heights, Tena Regalo flew back to her tree-house for a well earned rest. Tena, like all veterans of the skirmish, was badly in need of sleep and relaxation. Tena under-stood and over-stood all the conspiracies and chaos, but now she desired to with-stand those forces by recharging her spirit energy. There are many ways faeries recharge their magical energy; orbs, candles, herbs, incense, teas, prayers, spells, meditation, sleep, sex, singing, dancing, laughing, and having fun. Tena was about to begin a series of all these, which her Regalo family called ‘dark healing’.

Tena’s friend Tamie Bog called to her on the ether flute, asking if she could come over to visit. Ether flutes operate at higher frequencies than human flutes, and play notes that only certain faeries can hear. Winged fairies, pixies, and sprites all have their own octave ranges that they can hear and play, on magical flutes. The musical notes from faery flutes are so high pitched, that they transmit through the ethereal realms. [note: country folk pronounce Ether as ‘Aether’]

Tena listened to the full message that Tamie played, and it resonated in her heart from far away. Tena meditated on how she felt about having a visitor, and being with her friend again. Sage smoke and warm bath water allowed much of her nervous trauma to subside, and love desire began to pour into her being. She missed the simple pleasures of frolicking in the flowers with Tamie and her other friends. She missed the joy in their voices, the light in their eyes, and the gifts that they gave each-other. Tena was compelled by a sudden urge to reach for the ether flute, and call Tamie back.

Tamie Bog had a number of relatives, all named the same name. According to pixie tradition, if two pixies have the same name, the younger person must change the spelling of their name. Tamie’s mother was named Tame. Her female sisters and cousins were named a variety of variations; including Tamy, Tamey, Tami, Tammi, Tammy, etc. As you can imagine, the spellings became longer, and nick-names and magic names were used to distinguish one from another.

Candles glowed like the stars, reflected in the window glazing, as Tena picked up her ether flute, and played the notes that were only for Tamie…

– from the book Harpers Faery Sevel War, by Drogo Empedocles

part of the Harpers Faery Chronicles

The Secret of Childhood by Maria Montessori

Posted in Education / Schools, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 4, 2016 by Drogo

Book report on The Secret of Childhood by Maria Montessori (1966 version)

Learning how to enjoy learning by asking questions, and liking what you do; not just doing what you want or are told to do.

Content Summary

Childhood: A Social Problem

Era of the Child; Psycho-analysis secret

Newborn Child – Alien Environment, Natural Instincts, Spirit Incarnation

Psychic Development – sensitive periods, observations

Order – Inner / Outer

Intelligence, Growth, Sleep, Walking, Rhythm, Movement, Comprehension, Love

Montessori Method Origins

Normalization

Deviation – pampering, fugues, barriers, cures, attachment, possessive, power, fear, truth

Conflict – adult vs child

Instinct to Work

Guiding, Teaching, Rights, Mission

Conventional ‘direct teaching’ impedes child learning, based on the erroneous assumption that teaching molds young minds. The will-power of the child to create their own skills (walking, talking, eating, etc), is how children learn. Children have the power to change their own behavior, and are more successful when it is self motivated. The key is to determine where teaching and self-motivation meet in each case.

Children will notice with frustration, that they are considered unreliable and weak compared to less fragile adults. This dissociative relationship between the helpless child and their environment causes children to think of themselves as hopelessly inferior, and combined with social competition makes them desperate for attention and constant continuing dissatisfaction as they grow. In many ways this conditions people to be fighters and survivalists, which are certainly strong roles; and is naturally similar to resistant forces that cause a tree to grow denser and shorter if there are high winds, or thin and tall with little wind. However there is a problem with children viewing themselves as less valuable than the objects they are forbidden to touch, as without self worth, they have nothing to lose by hurting themselves or others.

If a child is to develop their own interior life, they must be allowed to touch things, and work rationally; as this can help them early on to develop considerate habits of acting. They must develop ethics by their own free-will, although we can guide them. Establishing sustainable successions of working actions, based on rational play, is successful education.