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Community Communication

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, news, Politics, relationships, SCOD Council, Sustainability, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on July 21, 2018 by Drogo

It is part of SCOD work to learn how all different people communicate despite all kinds of boundaries and responses, and also when communication breaks down and fails to be helpful. or in light of sensitive issues, how to still have at least contact with “others”, while accepting avoidance to various degrees is inevitable.

Knocking on doors as a neighbor is an interesting phenomenon. Calling people on phones is another. Texting is one of the newest forms of technological communication. Public notices are a way to communicate in communal or common areas, but it becomes less personal and more prone to faceless propaganda “news”, because there is no dialog possible.

An apology for “bothering” someone by contacting them is considered polite, because it is assumed that regardless of whether the person wants to talk or not, it is very possible they might feel bothered or threatened by a perceived “invasion of their personal space”, even if some distance is kept between physical bodies and messaging is kept to a practical minimum while within public or common areas or being far apart using technology. However even sales people and religious missionaries will use this polite procedure, and thus the very act of starting with an apology can be seen as a beginning to an impersonal sales pitch, and adds to the length of the contact the more one acts concerned for the possible emotional disturbance of another. It is still probably acceptable with most people to use a simple general blanket apology, even if the person initiating contact is going out of their comfort zone to contact the other, which bothers the bold person simultaneously and possibly more, as the person initiating contact can feel just as vulnerable as the one being contacted, since we can be sensitive to responses no matter who contacted who first at any given time, regardless of whether the timing does or does not seem reasonable to any number of people. It can be assumed that people can consider themselves “busy” even when they are relaxing for mental health reasons.

The cyclic aspects of communication easily lends itself to circular thinking which can frustrate the best communicators. Sometimes, some people can push past the fear involved with taking a risk to reach out an contact others, despite that they might make themselves a target by their own aggressive pro-action actions. When and who and how are interesting questions, but there are mysteries of life that we can best know only by trying and then reflecting on the experience after time has passed. This uncertainty puts many of us into introverted states of paralyzed fear, but heroes and villains are those that break those boundaries. Compassionate communication in tone and scope is a quality that can determine who is a kind saint or hero of the people, as opposed to flip-side uncaring communication of a harassing gad-fly or villain of society (at least with intuitive perception, which can be wrong).

Communication with some people will be doomed, as they do not want to be bothered at any time for anything, by anyone (like Oscar the Grouch, a grumpy curmudgeon). Even when someone is just in a bad mood, they can be argumentative for periods of time with no sights on conflict resolution; and that can lead to chaos. In cases of depression those chaotic periods can be long, and when it happens over and over as a pattern it can become abusive to everyone involved. How often can we all be happy enough to communicate at the same time about the same things with others? How much can we influence others to be compassionate about our own concerns while remaining ethical and not overly-manipulative? The best wise advice seems to be just be yourself, and show other people by example how to communicate by practicing with all your flaws and attributes.

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Architect Antoni Gaudí

Posted in Crafts, Historic Architecture, Sculpture, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2018 by Drogo

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Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926) was a Spanish Catalan artistic architect of the Modernista movement. Most of Gaudi’s work is located in Barcelona Spain. Gaudi studied skeletal anatomy, color theory, Art Nouveau, and sculptural arts to inform his architectural designs. His architecture integrated trade-crafts like ceramics, stained glass, wrought iron, masonry, and carpentry. Gaudi’s ‘trencadís’ technique used scrap ceramic pieces in organic mosaic forms. Gaudí preferred building scale models, rather than drafting drawings. Gaudí’s masterpiece, the still-incomplete Sagrada Família Cathedral, is said by Wikipedia to be the most-visited monument in Spain. Seven of his works are World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

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12 Monkeys SCOD Review

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization, Film Reviews, History, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on May 11, 2018 by Drogo

The SCOD ‘FALLOUT 2020’ film uses critical montages of films that relate to the questioning of contemporary modern civilization, specifically the industrial capitalist way of life. Some social issues affect more than our limited individual/daily perspectives; a desire to be at constant War may have dramatic consequences on humanity and the planet Earth as we know it. The second part shows 2 kinds of holocaust survivors: surface-scraggs and under-ground-bomb-shelter-dwellers.

Contributing references are: Falling Down, Fight Club, Naquoyqatsi, Koyannisqatsi, Mad Max, Road Warrior, 12 Monkeys, the War on Terror, New World Order, 1984 George Orwell, Biohazard State of the World Address, Bad Religion, Dead Kennedys, etc

Regarding the importance of 12 Monkeys in SCOD theory, several plot points and quotes are significant for their profound post-modern meanings.

1. Historical importance has value for future events as well, because the future does become history. History has lessons, and time travel can be a state of mind.

2. The script origin ‘La Jetee’ inspired both Terminator and 12 Monkeys, and deals with time travel to stop a terrible historic event, in order to save humanity. Fate is not fixed. Technology does not solve problems for humanity without ethics.

3. Social concern for people as individuals is more important than trying to ‘save’ all of humanity through inhuman actions like war or assassination. A logical killer can be just as terrible as an emotional killer.

4. Reality and imagination are connected in ways that can easily make humans delusional, but traumatic situations can cause schizo break-downs in otherwise sober and normal people.

5. Ethical problems generally need more empathetic mystery solving, to avoid more violence later. Large environmental or social problems often make sane people do insane things.

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Dr. Peters: I think, Dr. Railly, you have given your “alarmists” a bad name. Surely there is very real and very convincing data that the planet cannot survive the excesses of the human race: proliferation of atomic devices, uncontrolled breeding habits, the rape of the environment, the pollution of land, sea, and air. In this context, isn’t it obvious that “Chicken Little” represents the sane vision and that Homo Sapiens’ motto, “Let’s go shopping!” is the cry of the true lunatic?

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Poet: Yet among the myriad microwaves, the infra-red messages, the gigabytes of ones and zeroes, we find words, byte-sized now, tinier even than science lurking in some vague electricity, but if we but listen we can hear the solitary voice of that poet telling us, “Yesterday This Day’s Madness did prepare; Tomorrow’s Silence, Triumph or Despair: Drink! for you know not whence you came, nor why: Drink! for you know not why you go, nor where.”

  • Cassandra in Greek legend, you recall, was condemned to know the future but to be disbelieved when she foretold it. Hence the agony of foreknowledge combined with the impotence to do anything about it.

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L.J. WASHINGTON: I don’t really come from outer space. It’s a condition of mental divergence. I find myself on the planet Ogo. Part of an intellectual elite preparing to subjugate the barbarian hordes on Pluto. But even though this is a totally convincing reality for me in every way, nevertheless, Ogo is actually a construct of my psyche. I am mentally divergent in that I am escaping certain unnamed realities that plague my life here. When I stop going there, I will be well. Are you also divergent, friend?

Divergent reality is a theme of the film. Is Cole mentally divergent? Is the future of 2035 his Planet Ogo? And if so, what “unnamed realities” have plagued Cole’s life so he would invent such a reality? We don’t get any answers to these questions, and the film offers us enough evidence to craft multiple, conflicting readings. Washington appears to plant that seed of doubt, which makes the multi-layered plot more interesting.

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James Cole: Look at them. They’re just asking for it. Maybe the human race deserves to be wiped out.

Jeffrey Goines: Wiping out the human race? That’s a great idea. That’s great. But more of a long-term thing. I mean, first we have to focus on more immediate goals.

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I’ve never seen La Jetee. If I do something based on something else I make it a principle not to read or see the original: I’ll be intimidated by it, or I’ll feel an awesome sense of responsibility. So I avoid that problem. There was something about the idea that people putting layer upon layer to protect themselves from a potential infection, end up in a sense isolating themselves from one another. And I became obsessed with that. The locations I’ve used were old disused power stations around Philadelphia and Baltimore. Nuclear plants, factories, power stations: “cathedrals of technological progress.” I’ve always had a problem with the belief that technology was going to solve all of our problems; so I’m drawn to shooting in those places, particularly for this film, which is about decay and about nostalgia. These great spaces were considered to be providing the solution to all of our problems, yet now they’re just wasted, lying there, rotting. And that seemed very much what a lot of the film was about. About putting your faith in the wrong things. Television seems to be ubiquitous in “Twelve Monkeys”. Every scene has got a television screen in it doing something. It’s because I think television is this awful mirror that we all look into every day, but it distorts the reflection and I hate it. It trivializes life. Rather than really enlightening us, it ends up just dragging us down to the lowest, into the boring and the tedious. And however much you try to resist it, you begin to believe the world really is that way. “There’s the television. It’s all right there — all right there. Look, listen, kneel, pray!” So we’ve included it in the film. And it shows commercials that are doing strange things, and cartoons, which works very nicely as a juxtaposition to some of the scenes that are going on. – Terry Gilliam, Director

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Religious Symbols vs Political Racism

Posted in Atheist/Agnostic, Legal / Laws, news, Pagan, Religions, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2018 by Drogo

Geometry is not Racist

Religious symbols of Christianity and Paganism are used by racist groups like the KKK and Nazis, but their politics are so full of hate the only religion that racist groups could really claim would be an evil type like Satanism (whose practitioners are usually better behaved than racists), since most Christians and Pagans have no racial doctrines or racist dogmas. Many of us work hard to cleanse our religious practices of those among us who seek to harm others unjustly based on aggressive hostile ignorance. Religions and cultural practices thrive that are based on good-will towards others, hospitality, and celebrating life and sharing.

Simple abstract religious symbols are void of racial prejudice by their nature and historic use. Crosses, runes, spirals, or any other universal symbols are barely the property of any faith, and certainly will not be only used for evil purposes. Even the swastika should not be shunned by most people anymore, as the Nazis should have never been allowed to get the political power they did, which is really what allowed them to restrict other people from wanting to use what was previously a cross-cultural ancient symbol.

Yes racists have the right to protest too (1st Amendment to the US Constitution), but the crimes their leaders were put to death for after WW2 are still crimes no matter who does them in the future. No militarized police force of brown shirts or even SS black shirts will save racist hate from humanitarian justice. Tolerance of extreme intolerance only goes so far, for so long. The more that we are loving to each-other, the less people will want to show hate, even towards those who still want to use hate to harm others.

Blessed be, in the name of the Goddess.

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Commentary on Saint Patrick

Posted in History, Pagan, Politics, Religions, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2018 by Drogo

Reasoning behind understanding Patrick as a Roman-Briton Invader at War against Pagan Ireland

If many of us as modern commercialized Americans consider ‘The Confessions’ of St. Patrick as objectively as possible, we might compare his compelling dogmatic rhetoric to a persuasive sales pitch from a sincerely corporate sales-person, and we could forgive Patrick any lies or half-truths or religious metaphors presented as true, but are literally false (like miracles). Militant Atheists will not be so kind as many of us might. Many of us want to respect the feelings of members of our family that are conservative Christians regarding the ‘Santa Claus’ fundamentals of what is conventionally considered ‘religious faith’ or belief in super-natural mythological metaphors (aka historical fantasy fiction). While some of us might have no such restraints in criticizing a deeply flawed historically political institution descended from the Roman Empire.

One odd thing that bothers me about the text that we are expected to believe belongs to an actual historic person named St. Patrick, is that it tells us in the beginning that he is biased against the Irish because he was a foreign Roman-Briton who was taken captive by violent natives. Therefore we understand why Patrick would feel inspired by Arthurian political powers in his contemporary homeland, which were extremely bigoted against all Pagans; including Irish Gaels, and Gaelic Scots, and Scottish Picts. Much like St. Paul, St. Patrick seems to be spewing religious propaganda as a cultural war against Pagans.

Patrick (Padraig) son of Calpurnius was born around 400 AD in Roman Britain, to a family with a (male of course) line of Christian priests. At the age of 16 he was captured by a group of Irish pirates. The raiders brought Patrick to Ireland where he was enslaved and held captive for 6 years. Could a teen named Patrick have written a text like that against his kidnappers? It sure sounds convincing that someone in his position would have a ‘come to Jesus’ moment, and be dead set on getting revenge on all those he holds responsible for his abduction and enslavement. It could also be similar to the way that ‘deep states’ use propaganda to start wars (Gulf of Tonkin, Kuwaiti Babies Killed, Weapons of Mass Destruction).

Saint Patrick was more Arthurian than Irish.

Regarding Warlords or Dictators

Posted in History, Military, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on March 25, 2018 by Drogo

Warlords, Dictators, or Generals of fame are important to History. Yet what does this say about the value of Peace, human life, or Life in general?

Greek, Roman, and Christian Empires used sculpture and architecture to facilitate the public, usually under dictatorships. In Greece stoas, plazas, and theaters promoted democracy; yet cooperative societies get quickly smashed or oppressed by competitive economic and political greed. Many militants consider this a brutal part of human nature, that we will not ‘grow out of’ in our evolution as a species for many eons.

Caesar was a tyrannical dictator who established a line of Emperors, so although very brilliant and important to History, he is not really a SCOD role-model. Yet Queen Boadicea is a SCOD heroine, because of her suffering under oppression and rebelling in defense of her people, not a conquering invader.

Colonial Empires rely on extracting resources from branches of subjugated colonies under threat of military force. Empires can run using monarchies, states, or corporations as legal power. American government began as a corporate conglomerate who represented their home states illegally under a monarchy empire. Gradually US Federal government grew with economic and population expansion, run by corporate business owners who corrupted politicians. Thus began our American Empire.

It is hard to consider what militant leaders do, as ethically good; even if they kill some bad people, or defend their own country, when in the course of their harsh rule they command the killing of thousands. Generals may learn the hard way that war is hell, and have wisdom of campaign strategy and knowledge of will power leadership strategies, but it should always be remembered that they were not the most peaceful people in over-all major ways compared to most great philosophers who are rarely recorded to have killed anyone (unless we include orators and authors like Hitler). Most great philosophers advocate peace more than violence, and this is why the most important SCOD philosophers should consider the morality of their major views regarding conflict resolution and what they are promoting within society. Questions of killing become part of the SCOD theme regarding the important value of Life, and how that value affects civilization.

We should judge our own leaders the harshest, because we have more responsibility and control over ourselves than others.

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Immanuel Kant

Posted in History, Philosophy, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on December 13, 2017 by Drogo

Immanuel Kant was one of the greatest rational philosophers of the Enlightenment, and set a categorical standard for modern reasoning. All of Kant’s years from birth to death (1724-1804), were spent in the small provincial town Konigsberg, in East Prussia. Kant’s grand-father was of Scotch lineage, but if he had kept the original spelling (Cant), the C would have been pronounced as a Z by the citizens of Konigsberg. Also Kant’s original first name was Emanuel, but he changed it to Immanuel after learning Hebrew. Both of Kant’s parents were modest financially and religiously; but spiritually nurtured by a Christian Lutheran sect called the Pietists. Being a Pietist Christian, Kant had a mixed sense of pride in religious rigor, and humility about humble limitations.

Kant was first educated at the local College; then in 1740 Kant went to the University of Konigsburg, where he studied the classics, physics, and philosophy. The master of German Philosophy at the time was Christian von Wolff; who was a dominant secretary of the Enlightenment movement, and stated that “man could be happy and good without the divine grace of revelation”. This atheist statement angered the ‘Soldier King’ of Prussia, King Frederick William I; however his condemnation only enhanced Wolff’s international fame. Immanuel Kant revered Wolff as the “most powerful representative of dogmatic rationalism, from the stand-point of pure unshaken confidence in the strength of Reason.” Kant eventually replaced Wolff as the popular national philosopher.

In Kant’s home town of Konigsburg, the city burghers were said to set their watches when Kant passed by their windows on his precisely-timed daily walks. He did not write his most famous works until he was older. When people that knew him read his work, they often agreed that it was logical and well-ordered, just like Kant himself. Kant applied his logic to a mature reflection on whether or not to marry; he decided finally to remain single. Kant’s travels did not exceed the city boundaries, his life had no remarkable adventures or political power or social connections, yet he was an immensely successful tutor, lecturer, and a charming host.

Immanuel Kant was a man of clear, critical, logical, vigorous, rigorous, and trenchant thought. In his Critique of Pure Reason he methodically divides chapters to explore ‘a priori’ metaphysical issues. ‘A priori’ is the pure form of sensuous general intuitions, that existed prior to our physical existence; archetypal knowledge from before we were born. Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason was followed by the Critique of Practical Reason (1788) and the Critique of Judgment (1790).

“Act always in such a way. that you should want your action to become a universal law.” – Immanuel Kant. This categorical imperative is one of the main recommendations of Kant’s writings. Although it centers around action, Kant also said that virtue was in the ‘Will’, and not the ‘Act’. Consciousness involves feeling, thinking, and acting. Feeling regards faith, thinking seeks epistemology, and acting involves ethics.

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