From The First and Last Freedom

I carried J. Krishnamurti’s The First and Last Freedom around in my backpack, as my only book, on a two-month hitchhiking odyssey around the western U.S. in 1968. Here is a quote I feel is relevant:

“The moment you are aware of confusion, of exactly what is, you try to escape from it. Those sects which offer you a system for the solution of suffering, economic, social or religious, are the worst; because then system becomes important and not man — whether it be a religious system, or a system of the left or of the right. System becomes important, the philosophy, the idea, becomes important, and not man; and for the sake of the idea, of the ideology, you are willing to sacrifice all mankind, which is exactly what is happening in the world. This is not merely my interpretation; if you observe, you will find that is exactly what is happening. The system has become important. Therefore, as the system has become important, men, you and I, lose significance; and the controllers of the system, whether religious or social, whether of the left or of the right, assume authority, assume power, and therefore sacrifice you, the individual. That is exactly what is happening… – pp. 23 paperback edition, The First and Last Freedom by J. Krishnamurti

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This and other writings of his, bear re-reading – often. I find that when I read him, I come away from it feeling cleansed, challenged and enlightened – without any “goo” sticking to me from it. Ahhh – refreshed.

Quote from the Oracle

We have witnessed the rise and fall of a great promise. The real values are just getting sorted out. I think that is major case gain for everyone. Keep your feet on the bridge and your eyes ahead. People that look back fizzle into salt. Just visit african_lionsome of these forums where everyone is wallowing in “the past” (which they continuously mock up as part of the present). The seasons are ever changing. We have gone through a spring and summer with great harvests. We will make it through the winter ahead if we make the best of the friendly seasons. We are just running against the winter winds. It’s the right thing to do. We are all still in the right place at the right time. And those of value have only become more valuable in this theater. It’s all good. Plenty of bounty still to be had.

Quote from Robert Heinlein

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Thanks to Paul, posting at Marty’s blog, for citing the following:

“When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know, the end result is tyranny and oppression no matter how holy the motives.”
– Robert Heinlein

This is what those still in the Church of Scientology are subject to, by virtue of the censorship being enforced upon members.

 

What is our pay, really?

“The pay is communication, sensation, ARC*, understanding, cooperative endeavor, enthusiasm over goals, activity; the feeling one is going someplace and doing something. These are the only payments that can be made to anyone for living. There are some things that try to substitute for them; mink coats, Cadillacs, and big bank accounts. Person says ‘Well, if I could just make a couple of million, then I would’ve been paid for it.’ Well, you and I know the answer to that. We see some of these fellows that slaved through it for 20-25-30 years, let everything go by the boards but that first couple of million, something like that, and there they sit in the preclear’s chair with ulcers. They were paid, apparently; they were apparently paid; paid in cash – but they weren’t paid in communication, sensation, understanding, feeling of a job well done, ARC. These payments they didn’t get, and it made them sick! So the – is something real about living, and that something real is life. Not MEST*, although MEST is a good substitute for reality.”

L. Ron Hubbard

29 December 1957
Experience – Randomity and Change of Pace
The Ability Congress

*ARC – a word from the initial letters of Affinity, Reality, Communication which together equate to Understanding.  It is pronounced by stating its letters, A-R-C. To Scientologists it has come to mean good feeling, love or friendliness, such as “He was in ARC with his friend.”  (LRH Def. Notes) Technical Dictionary, 1987 edition.

* MEST – A coined word, meaning Matter, Energy, Space and Time, the physical universe. All physical phenomena may be considered as energy operating in space and time.  The movement of matter or energy in time is the measure of space.  All things are mest except theta*.  (Abil 114-A)  Technical Dictionary, 1987 edition.

* Theta – Theta is thought, life force, elan vital, the spirit, the soul, or any of the numerous definitions it has had for some thousands of years.  Technical Dictionary, 1987 edition

Quote from the Lone Eagle

 “This essential consciousness needs nobody for its travels.  It needs no plane, no engine, no instruments, only the release from the flesh which the circumstances I’ve gone through make possible.
                           “Then what am I – the body substance which I can see with my eyes and feel with my hands? Or am I this realization, this greater understanding which dwells within it, yet expands through the universe outside: a part of all existence, powerless but without need of power; immersed in solitude, yet in contact with all creation? …..

                          – Charles Lindbergh, from the Spirit of St. Louis, written soon after being the first to fly across the Atlantic in 1927

A Favorite Quote

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One of my favorite quotes from John Steinbeck in his novel, “East of Eden” is this:

“Our species is the only creative species, and it has only one creative instrument, the individual mind and spirit of a man. Nothing was ever created by two men. There are no good collaborations, whether in art, in music, in poetry, in mathematics, in philosophy. Once the miracle of creation has taken place, the group can build and extend it, but the group never invents anything. The preciousness lies in the lonely mind of a man.

And now the forces marshaled around the concept of the group have declared a war of extermination on that preciousness, the mind of man. By disparagement, by starvation, by repressions, forced direction, and the stunning blows of conditioning, the free, roving mind is being pursued, roped, blunted, drugged. It is a sad suicidal course our species seems to have taken.

And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about. I can understand why a system built on a pattern must try to destroy the free mind, for it is the one thing which can by inspection destroy such a system. Surely I can understand this, and I hate it and I will fight against it to preserve the one thing that separates us from the uncreative beasts. If the glory can be killed, we are lost”. – John Steinbeck East of Eden

(thanks to Ne Obliviscaris on Marty’s blog for this) – Randy