On Materialism (An Off-Topic Perspective)
I will keep this post a little more old-fashioned. I could get into things like the Egyptian concept of the weighing of the heart (see "The Coming Forth By Day" aka the "Egyptian Book of the Dead") but I won't.
What is it that people value in today's culture? Do we want a sense of peace and serenity, or does that escape most people's attention? I would argue that it probably does. Most people, even while driving are talking/texting on their newest cell phones, which should be illegal (unless you are a police officer and must multi-task, in which case you will have training.) In other words, most people have made themselves too busy on a piece of technology (an un-healthy distraction), that they do not take in the world around them. Talk about tunnel vision. And most people only concern themselves with menial drivel and nonsense- as if they have nothing original or insightful to contribute to the greater good of man's experience here on Earth, perhaps even including their own personal experience. They are what I call "repeater's" or "regurgitators", and do not seem to possess the faculties of critical thinking and mind expansion/ awareness. Others might refer to this phenomenon as the "Parable of the Extras (Mayavada Vedanta)" .
Or, let's maybe try this angle: let's take a look at real estate development compared to the natural forces of the Earth itself. Yesterday I pulled into the Target store located on Fortune Blvd. in Milford, MA., pretty much a mega-shopping vicinity outside my neighborhood and the woods/ hills that I frequent. They had some good Produce on sale such as Ranier cherries from Washington State and berries as well. They also have a good coffee shop inside. Anyway, I pulled in on the edge of a thunder and lightning storm, and a giant double-rainbow spectrum was in the sky. This is a usual phenomenon in this area, actually, and I believe it is due to the landscape of the area, in (what were once and in a sense still are) nice foot hill valleys at the headwaters of the Charles River. The point I am trying to make is that even if they place shopping centers around what was once (and still can be) sacred land, the natural forces and elements of a place still prevail. These forces totally trump anything people are capable of developing. The processional gyro-magnetic forces, hyperbolic torsion fields and the like are still very much active in a given area (for a great lecture on torsion fields, magnetic forces etc. click here for a great presenation by Santos Bonacci- just under 3 hours, it takes a couple minutes for the discussion to start up).
Another area to look into is the rhetoric that many modern day people, such as in the field of science, do not recognize the significance (or existence) of the human soul/ spirit. Therefore, this line of thinking, which is socialist/Marxist in origin (a poisonous/ ruinous political ideology), has filtered through into the Legacy Media (major networks), Hollywood, and just about every University and field of academia; it is no wonder than, that people are the way they are, as described in the first paragraph of this post; the real knowledge of our roots as a nation (originally established as a Great Republic by the founding fathers, owing a great debt to some of the Native Nations, as well as Old World legacies such as that of the ancient Greeks, in terms of conduct and idealogy,) has been suppressed in a certain sense and kept hidden from the general public. For a great over-view of the socialist movement in the United States, see the documentary "Architects of Western Decline: A Study on the Frankfurt School & Cultural Marxism" here (Architects of Western Decline) . Although the documentary doesn't get into this, I would add that there were groups of people and interests trying to tear this country down since the very start, and certainly by the 2nd presidential election. It is no wonder that after the Civil War, which saw foreign interests gain power and ground over Washington D.C. and the people of the United States, such as off-shore, international banking, the eventual establishment of the Federal Reserve in Puerto Rico by international bankers who do not have the best interests for our nation at heart, (the non-fictional basis for films such as "Pirates of the Carribean"), which is why I say that Frank and Jesse James were heroes, not criminals. Anyway, it is no wonder that after the Civil War era, writers like Ignatious Donnelly came out with books such as "Atlantis: the Antediluvian World" (1882), because there was something in the air of the public conciousness of the American people: something had been lost. No slave ever received 40 acres and a mule. If anything, through banking, more people became indebted into a less tangible form of slavery (known as debt.)
Mindless consumerism culture (if you could even call that culture) has taken threshold over a great many people. The young people of today are arrogant, vain, and un-learned, playing things like "the knock-out game" on strangers, which is Russian-roulette with a stranger's life (hospitalizing strangers- people who may be providing for their families/ others, etc.) Put a kid in a gym for a year or two under the coaching of some asshole, and these kids think they can do anything, like they are above others- I am talking 16-17 year old kids here. The truth is they are still just peons, but not enough people put these little brats in their place, including their own parents (probably because they are also arrogant fools.) This is allowed to happen all over, but is really toxic and dangerous to society at large.
Take for instance, my family. I am not trying to toot my own horn. Okay, I'll lay this on the table. The property I live on was owned by my parents before it was developed into a homestead, when it was all just woods. My father got the property for $50,000. That's not a lot of money in today's market for 3 acres of real estate in a good, quiet neighborhood. When the house was constructed, my parents won a lottery drawing at the local technical high school- they laid down some of the work, installed the electricity, etc., for much cheaper than if we had hired somebody else. The people who laid the foundation of the house and did the rest of the work live down the street from us. They are nice people and I see them around from time to time. Once the house was finished, with one exception, my family were solely responsible for all of the landscaping and yard work. My father rented a roto-tiller and us three boys and my father put in the lawn ourselves, tilling the dirt, putting down the grass seed. We put in and constructed the brick/marble walk-way that leads to the front door ourselves. We built some of the stone walls around the garden beds ourselves. My mother is a senior member of the town's garden club and it is her favorite hobby. Our yard looks more glorious than some of the people's yards down the street who hire landscaper's. But then again, they all bought their houses after the fact- the land they live on doesn't mean as much to them anymore. They are too transient (to be honest some people in my family are no exception to that). I see people drive by who would probably assume that we do hire a landscaper, although we have never hired one- since I moved back I still do a lot of yard work to assist.
I have recently been helping out for friends of the family across town in yard work and at the town's historical society where they are long since members. They are my parent's age and are friends from church (my family are from a Christian Science background- not to be confused with Scientology. We are the people who learn the power of prayer and apply it to our daily lives as well as things like healing- this branch of the Christian church was founded in the New England area.) Although I am not a church member, I have never had a need for pharmaceutical drugs, have never had a vaccination or flu shot, that kind of thing. As far as my fitness goes I am as sharp as they come pretty much- I am a former marathon runner (I still run but not such long a distance anymore but I don want to work myself back up to at least a half-marathon shape), I have trained in traditional martial arts and healing arts (mind/body), and am capable of breaking things like bricks with my bare hands, flying kicks, full splits and the like. Yet you really wouldn't know these things if you looked at me, because I am not an ego-driven show off. And the fact that I am growing my hair out is not understood by people either, probably. Yes, there is some Native ancestry mixed into my family, as well as the Euro-American lines of descendancy. I see no fault in researching James Churchward's books on the Lost Continent of Mu or books about Atlantis. After all, the stone sites here in New England are very impressive, and nobody has a full picture of what the ancestor's were up to, or the past's megalithic cultures, which seem to be strangely connected or linked, perhaps springing from a common source from a past age.
I have been through hardship too, working myself to the brinks of my limit/ physical exhaustion/ capacity (and not just in exercise, but in hard labor). That's all I will say about that. But my message here is: stay humble. Practice being meek. Take a walk out in nature, and notice the blooming flowers of the rose bush, the cherry tree, the mountain laurel, the rhodedendron. Walk a hillside and know you are in a sacred place. Think more local, be less of a mass-consumer. Also, knowledge is important. Whether it's books about health food, or cultural expeditions, or books on khemitology or megalithic culture, astrology (I recommend the "Cosmic Clocks" by Michel Gauquelin, my edition is from 1969 and the book is probably out of print), learn to appreciate and collect books, and when combined and applied to your own life's experience (the life experience is the foundation upon which all other understanding must be applied), you then become the person with the knowledge, at least more so than most, something far more important than today's plastic culture. I have come to even appreciate the works of Zecharia Sitchin; think about it, this scholar of the highest intellect was the first to translate many of the ancient, Sumerian cuniform tablets which were the cornerstone of the ideas put forth in his books. Nobody else translated these tablets before him... but he did, and he got a lot of it right. The United Press International reviewed his first book as "heavyweight scholarship..." I may not agree about all the ideas he puts forth, such as who the "gods among men" were (not that I dis-agree with it, either), but he is very close to figuring such riddles out, is how I feel about it.
I was going to add a few things but I will save those topics for a later post. Concerning: Freemasonry (not all bad, only certain interests such as Oliver Cromwell's cabinet in colonial times which unfortuneatly sometimes make the loudest splash), the practice of the craft (masonry) of freemasonry by certain individuals, Native people influenced by the movement of freemasonry, and the fact that as I surmised above, some of the Native understandings and the understandings of freemasonry seem to have a common origin from some well-spring in a long forgotten age. Such as for instance, the ancestors of both people, as evidenced by ancient sites and scant records, understood the use of Standing Stones or Obelisks, in some cases in a very mutual way. Also, in the Revolutionary War George Washington's body guard was a Pokonoket Wampanoag man. He was an orphan who had shown Washington, who passed through his town (I think in Rhode Island), a cloth with some of the sacred symbolism of his ancient ancestors. Washington, being a freemason, understood this symbolism and what it meant and so hired the young man's services as body guard. Also we have David Ninham, sachem of the Wappinger tribe, building stone chambers in Putnam county NY also during the Revolutionary War for a dual purpose (practical and ceremonial purpose... the ceremonial function outliving the practical purpose.) I have also seen, in the town of Holliston (where there are ancient pyramids by the way... leading up to the grand pyramid on the hill), stonework from the colonial era that seemed to have both Native and Freemasonic influences (a huge boulder shaped out into a pyramid shape.) Well, okay, so there you go. Never mind about that other post. Instead of going more in-depth, I will leave it here for one to chew over. Hopefully later I will get some pics up of say, the pyramidal boulder, or maybe even the pyramids themselves if I feel like it.
Have a good day!