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Trade As Existence in Reality

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Critical Commentary of Civilization, Philosophy, SCOD Thesis with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 5, 2012 by Drogo

To exist we must trade one thing for another, constantly.

Life is lost in trade (substitution) for Death;

Life is gained from consuming Dead things.

Even the kindest person giving a gift, can be understood to be making a trade,

even though there may be no “expected immediate return”.

Always consider it a trade, even if it only ends up a gift.

This is not to say that we should be cruel in punishing slackers;

as there will always be those that do not want to give back in return.

In fact it may not be worth our time to continue dealing with such people,

so the best trade in that case is to avoid dealing with them.

This philosophical theory of the Universality of trade,

is in accordance with the idea of reciprocal gift giving;

even if the gifts are not exchanged simultaneously.

Even when we get something for free as a gift,

we owe a debt to good fortune; and more specifically to a person,

if indeed it was a person that gave the gift to us.

We always have something to give back in trade;

whether the trade is translated into goodwill, or a different media.

Also we should know that many people do not understand life in this way,

so we must be prepared to stop wasting time and effort trying to get them to accept the same law of nature that we do, in the same way that we do.

We cannot expect anything in return from some, because they will continue to accept gift after gift without trying to return the favors;

or they may refuse to be part of the trade process completely, and simply refuse all gifts.

Those people that will not participate in trading, or have trouble giving back in some form, should be avoided. Sometimes effort can be taken to understand how some people give back in ways that are not easy to realize, but in some cases it is not worth it.

If we feel things are too one sided, we know something must be done about it;

unless our gauge for such things is malfunctioning.

Often it is not worth arguing about;

simply give gifts, drop the subject, and accept the loss;

because trade is usually mutually beneficial;

therefore lack of trade is a mutual loss.

All gifts are a type of debt or credit.

Even good will or kindness is positive credit;

just as ill will or cruelty is a negative credit.

We that follow this rule, believe in giving to people that give to us.

Semantics can be confusing to some however,

especially if they want to see gifts separate from trade;

just remember it is really usually a difference in terminology,

despite the underlying behavior and actions being the same.

Another allowance should be that people may believe in this principle,

but factors will not presently allow for a trade, despite intentions.

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“A Favor for a Favor”

If we want help, we have to be willing to give in return;

No matter if we are poor or rich.

if we only take without giving back to the one who gave;

it is a one sided relationship.

But by seeking equal or proportional trade, the relationship can be mutual.

Friendship should not be one-sided, unless it is between care-giver and cripple.

Accepting a gift, we should eventually return the favor for each gift, or sum total.

The sooner trade happens, the better; as it is a loan of good will.

Reciprocation of good will is a foundation of trust in a healthy community.

If you think you have nothing to give, think again; equal does not mean identical.

Time, money, talent, possessions… etc they can all be weighed in relation to eachother.

If we do not want to give, either we need to create more or stop accepting!

Even a poor family with mouths to feed,

has little excuse for not giving back to a person or community that gives.

It is by this criteria, that i judge who is a mutual friend, and who is not.

To lazy persons, who accept gifts without voluntarily soon giving in return,

I say “for frick’s sake! If you are not crippled, you should be.”

Harsh sometimes, but practical and kind over all.

This social contract, is a form of justice;

according to the Law of Reciprocal Maintenance.

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Batman vs Guns

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization, Legal / Laws with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 22, 2012 by Drogo

This article is written in response to all the shootings and mass killings that have happened as a result of guns; most recently the Colorado “Batman Movie Theater Slaughter” (apx. 70 shot, 12 killed). Also the author has had several personal experiences with muggers, psychopaths, and convicted felons.

For those that do not know about the comic book character Batman*, let me start by saying that although he is a violent vigilante, he is against guns and murder in general. Batman is against guns in principle because his parents were shot and killed by a mugger outside of a movie theater in the 1940s. So Batman uses intimidation, martial arts, non-lethal weapons, and citizen arrests to deal with criminals. Although he has dark periods when the horns on his cowl get longer, and he may feel like dealing justice by killing a criminal, he fights against the urge to do that because he would become too much like the enemy, and because he specifically fights against armed people that hurt others.

“Far, far more Americans are killed every year by firearms, in this country — 31,000 in 2010 alone — than were killed on 9/11. We have terrorism right in our midst.” – Dan Rodricks NPR fb-blog

Historically it is true we killed each-other more often using primitive weapons, however i believe in our culture today it is harder to kill someone by using a primitive weapon because we actually are more ethical in general. The 2000 US Census clearly shows guns being the primary weapon used in murders, and all other weapons were significantly less.

Guns kill more people than would be killed if we did not have them today, simply because guns are easier for idiots to use, and it is an easier weapon to kill more people with (than a blade for example). By using a gun, one is less connected to a victim, and there is less time for empathy, morality, ethics, or someone else to stop you.

Despite the fact that gun murders are higher than any other weapon, no one is going to take guns away from us (2nd Amendment to the Constitution). However it is safe to acknowledge the fact of the statistics as a basis for conversation about how we can help people like that shooter to either be more responsible, or if we cannot help them enough mentally then we should make sure they do not have access to guns (or any weapons for that matter, which means confining them or banishing them).

Now granted, in the case of this shooter in the theater, he may have just resorted to using explosives if he could not get guns; but the statistics do seem to favor the use of guns for people into killing other people. Whether every person that killed using guns would have killed using another weapon, i do not think so, but im sure some would have. Im not saying take guns away from responsible people, im saying we should improve the desire for people to be responsible in communities, and to do that we need to be more responsible.

I personally relate to Batman because although I am a conscientious objector to wars (see my book “Ten COW” that I submitted to the US Air Force), I am not a strict pacifist because I believe in self-defense, some hunting, and the ability to use force to defend others. So like Batman, I would prefer to be peaceful, but sometimes there is a need to meet violence with violence, even though violence is wrong. Also like Batman, I prefer not to use guns.

So in closing, I would like to say that we should all be more like Batman; because he clearly cannot handle the work load by himself. Sure not all of us are fit enough, trained enough, wealthy enough, or brave enough; but we can still be more like Batman by looking into the shadows for other lost souls to help by being their friend, or to find help for if we can do nothing ourselves.

RIP all my friends who have died from accidental or intentional gun use: BJ McMurray age 13, shot by his brother in the heart while hunting; Martin Mouser died age 20, put a beer can on his head while drunk for his friend to shoot off, and got shot in the heart; Mike Mihalik aged 20s, gun shot in the heart; etc… those 3 boys were known and loved not just by me, but many other friends and family members. May they not be forgotten.

* note: Batman is a trademark character of DC Comics and this is not for profit.

Death of Bin Laden

Posted in Military, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 2, 2011 by Drogo

Osama Bin Laden is Dead 2011

Rumors of his Death will be confirmed by a Long Form Death Certificate… but what does it mean?

I am glad that Osama Bin Laden is dead. There, i admit it, now back to serious discussion as a patriot.

The news media said he took credit for it, but I never saw the supposed video where even a single translator says “I did it.” or even “We did it.” Its funny how many people never thought much about it, but i do remember thinking “there is a video”, like most people. The funniest thing is I have searched for years for the “video” where he says he did it! I have never seen a video with a proper translation even.

Even if he “took credit for it” without proof that he did so, our Justice system requires proof. Without evidence we could say that anyone said “they did it” and kill them without trial. I was in the Air Force, trust me when i say its easy to say “we know he did it”; its harder for us to imagine that the cia or black ops allowed it to happen, or that they even helped it to happen. With all the evidence of covert plots in history, its easier for me to question the official story more than believe that our talented heroes in the military could not shoot down the planes that were clearly on a suicide mission by the time they were near the cities.

In one famous video (cited in sources below), “Bin Laden” is talking in terms of dream prophesies and that 911 advanced their causes, and his causes, but im still looking for him even admitting it, as many people believe he did. Even if he did say “I did it”, many criminals take the credit for crimes they may or may not have done. In other words, you and i could sit around and say “we are glad about someone else killing someone” , but it doesnt mean we did it…

With no solid evidence to point to regarding exactly all the parties involved in planning and executing 911, no truth can be known or even claimed. The facts should not be kept as “Top Secret” when so many loved ones are at risk of being killed, or are killed. I was born in 1976, a Bi-centennial flag-waving baby. I was and have been extremely patriotic, even blindly and aggressively so. It is my ongoing quest for answers that led me to join the military, as my father did before me. Most people dont understand, ive been studying the details of 911 for years, beyond what mass media and those in power tell us. Im glad im not the only one i know that finds the whole experience disturbing… for years now. Yet it does seem he was an enemy of America, and did advocate killing us all, so i cant help but feel like celebrating anyway…

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The FBI 10 Most Wanted did include Bin Laden, but said that he was wanted for other terrorist plots, not specifically 911 because they felt they did not have enough evidence. A prosecuting attorney on NPR said “we didn’t try to indict him for 911 because the charges already against him (bombing of the USS Cole, etc) were enough to get him the death penalty. So we felt it was a waste of time and resources to go through a grand jury process to also indict him for 911.” CIA case officer Baer said in 2008 “of course he’s dead”, and Prime Minister Bhutto said he was dead in 2007. So there was much confusion, and now some are eager to see the long form “death certificate”. I wish the mainstream media and government would cite their sources with follow up on this subject better! All i hear is “we know he did it” and “He said he did it in a video” none of which i have been able to verify with proof. It comes down to whether or not we trust our government, the cia, military, etc blindly.

Rational thought is not dead yet. As an Air Force veteran of the War on Terror, I believe more than ever now in the way of the peaceful warrior philosopher as responsible citizen. My sacrifice of serving, and experience earns me the right to question those in power, to make sure lives are not lost based on lies.

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“Frankly the big surprise to me was that he was still alive at all. I’d figured he’d died anonymously early on and his continued existence was just a convenient fiction for both sides to continue the conflict, since he was never the point, …anyway. The American government needed a boogeyman and Al Qaeda needed a hero. While I don’t have much faith in this, I hope that his final removal from the equation will remove the reason to fight for at least some of the people on each side, so we can move on to more productive things than killing each other.” – Sima Ke

“Controlled demolition. Evey building fell in the same uniform fashion. Always will know it was a hoax for oil.” – Grayhood
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Sources:  Facebook conversations, FBI Most Wanted website, Online news articles, videos, and blogs (1) (2) (3), Commercial News, years of research (see Blog archives and books)
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