Posts Tagged ‘the game of life’
Dynasties and Programs
September 1st 2009
Introduction: this text is a pot-pourri of many issues and it refers cryptically to certain political characters whom people will recognize and to certain political issues in a very abbreviated way which were in the news of that day:
Much* news (which appropriately became so ephemeral) is not read, interpreted, connected and dimensionalised by people.
Most of the news that matter is fabricated, doctored, synchronized and spun**: These are just two events and four news which I read today:
1. A dynasty dies (Kennedy) another is being born (Bush), the latter conveniently migrating from politics to visual media. The new glitz is also another reason for Bill Klates to be dazzled by the patricians. Only that it is becoming known that the media sooner or later will switch allegiances: they will cease to offer asylum to politicians and turn to people. They will stop to brainwash and start to enlighten. Ceasing to be fearful slaves and becoming instructors, animators and co-creators. A phenomenon which is already happening if you read the internet or the printed media (I do not have a television and very seldom go to movies).
2. The Chrystal general says ‘we need money and troops in poppy land (and we need to pullout immediately from the sands); so, on the same page we read: a people are*** making $ 4 billion from banks (out of a lost trillion). The 4 billion is ammunition for two fronts: the visible war (really singular) and smoke against mounting moral hazard evidence.
Among other recent events I will mention two deserving attention:
The Catholics’ most grasping couple. Not unlike several other politicians with certain characteristics which create foundations. Pretend to help the universal cause of conjunction. While tending to their universal ambition. The overseer rightly forced Thatcher’s dynasty’s heir, who after two years, finally did something and finally said something to his primary allegiance****: cell phones are important in the bank.
Meanwhile the sarcoma had a new warning: “heed and head to the healing lighted pool. Choices are being made of which you are unaware. Abandon glamour and ‘childish’ things. In Spain lies hope for you”.
————–Footnotes relating to the asterisks: —————————————————————————————-* The Anglo -Saxons have an unusual view of what is singular and plural in other languages, for instance: News is singular, 4 billion is singular, data and media (the plural of the Latin ‘datum’ and ‘medium’) are singular, while a family is plural, a government is plural and a people is plural.
These could be said to be relics of early tribal periods, but they are interesting suggestions and can perhaps make a lot of specifying sense( the Anglo-Saxons aggregate differently) and reveal an example of another forgotten vector of the evolution of the human program. Because words and languages “fire and wire” together with their corresponding emotions.
Hence it is only in the U.S. that people speak about ’the nation’. Much as in previous times people would talk of a city with so many ‘souls’.
That is also why, now talking about visual terms, the U.S. is the only country where regular people can have the national flag displayed outside their houses. In other countries, the flag is a symbol of sovereignty, much as the Queen’s crown, which has been appropriated for use by rulers and governments alone. Even though European governments are now starting to condone the use of small national flags in cars and house windows under the populist context and period of international football games.
A funny true story: apart from the Americans, the only other people that display national flags outside their houses are the immigrants from the Azores( a Portuguese archipelago in the Atlantic), who on return from the U.S. to their islands display a flag: only that it can be the American one, the Portuguese one or the independentist movement’s one…
Another interesting story: Portugal is the only country where the founder of the last dynasty did something baffling for a foreigner: when he was acclaimed as king, in 1640, he put the royal crown on the head of the Mother of god. That was on a statue of Mary, (in this case of the Immaculate Conception), whom the orthodox and the catholic Christians consider to be the mother of the Christ god.
** One spins into a thread. Threads, like languages, nationalities, religions and energetic matrixes purport to make sense of something previously unintelligible.
This is particularly important because meaning is what people inadvertently use to get identity. Meaning=identity.
* **”People” is a conveniently plural word thus including all the Anglo-Saxon ‘yous’ with which the media and the medical propaganda literature daily bombard us. Every American knows, for instance, that ‘you’ will die from any certain disease after any ‘statistically proved’ age.
**** The monos recognize a hierarchy amongst them: precedence, with all its consequences.
The Anglo-Saxons, as the newest and the last dominant race/program/cycle in the game, are not aware of half the story. There are master programs and there are specialized ones.
This is not yet the place to describe the different national, racial, religious and even astrological programs. In 1980, as a very young man and while I was working at the United Nations I gave a talk about those issues at “The Meditation Mount” in Ojai, California, entitled“The Soul of Nations’. I had been inspired by an enlightening book that Alice Bailey wrote with a similar name.
PLAY, HIGH SOCIETY AND AMERICA
July – August 2009
Today I was struck by a statement made by Johan Huizinga in his 1938 book Homo Ludens: talking about Japanese culture he said “ The extraordinary seriousness and profound gravity of the Japanese ideal of life are masked by the elegant fiction that everything is but a play”…” By convention, the higher classes are simply playing in whatever they do”. And he gives the example: “I got to know that your father died” is said literally “I got to know that your father was playing death”.
Indeed, that happens because in any part of the world the opposite of playing has been having to work for a living. For someone who is not obligated to work, everything is play, for playing is the absence of time, where nothing is irreversible and everything is starting again all the time.
The problem with high society all over the world is to take things seriously, even life itself.
As is known, high society values are the opposite of those of the middle classes, in the sense that they value lightness, fluidity, time flexibility, space generosity and abundance of options. Quantity in either direction is not an issue. And if it is, it is not taken seriously, namely because aristocrats have an inherent belief in order, harmony, entitlement and providence.
The problem with higher classes and their abundance of time and space is boredom. Everything is “Déjà vu”.
It is thus the terrain where the search for unusual people is both highly needed and desirable as well as threatening and forbidden, because those unusual people by their extreme volatility and risky approach to play, threaten the core beliefs and standards of that world, namely the idea that higher really means superior or different. By showing for instance that decadence or creativeness are just human or that what is really important such as real love, artistic affinity or spiritual yearnings go beyond social structures and are what really bonds people.
Even though certain issues remain, like bad taste, bad manners, bad odors in cooking, lack of fair play, and vulgar or regional accents, by the very existence of which the higher classes feel instinctively offended, even those characteristics can become cause for play, derision and fun, for in the end life is seen as a play, where all type of ingredients and characters have to coexist.
On a personal note I can add that having been born in a palacete (a small palace with 60 rooms or areas), I was privileged to observe the social games and rituals which people play when they go from one drawing room to another in a succession of degrees of intimacy with the hosts. I remember my mother receiving different people in four different rooms according to their social status.
The funniest incidents in which I participated as a child were exactly about play: I was told that when I was about four I was walking around the ladies at an afternoon party in the fireplace room, saying nastily to some of them: “You are silly and your ass is dirty…” This was in Portuguese, my mother tongue. But my mother would dismiss it by saying: “Don’t listen to what he says. He is speaking German”. The ladies very well heard what I had said but they pretended to believe my mother.
In fact I had had a German lady as a sort of a nanny or preceptor who came to take care of me when I was born. She was the baroness Marga von Unger. Her family had lost all their properties in East Prussia in 1944 and she had lost her house in the Berlin bombardments of 1945, so she came to Portugal as a refugee. Her son was the cultural attaché at the German Embassy in Lisbon, but her daughter in law did not like having her living with them, so my mother, out of compassion, hired her even though she was already in her mid seventies. She taught me German, sang to me the Brahms lullaby and I still remember her voice and the softness of her skin. I never recovered from her (for me) sudden departure for an international ladies home when I was about two and a half; even though I continued to visit her.
The other incident, I believe I was a little older, albeit without a very clear sense of money. A group of ladies had come for an afternoon game of canasta and mahjong (in which my mother was very proficient) and they used money to play. While they made a recess and went to the dining room for high tea I came to the room where they had been playing and opened their purses, put all their monies together and then distributed it equally by all of them. Imagine their surprise when they came back and they could not understand what had happened and did not know how to start talking about the subject…
At the time, I like any other child did not have a very clear idea of the difference between play and seriousness or work. So it seemed to me quite plausible and just that they would all start with the same amount of money to play. I did not do it as a trick or to annoy them. If the money was to play anyway why would it be a serious thing? I don’t know how they ever sorted out the issue…
Play also manifests in higher classes all over the world by the use of excessive adjectives to describe things, people or situations. Sometimes these words already exist and are only inflated, while sometimes new fad words are created which eventually percolate or not to the lower ranks. Besides that, the art of the understatement has been refined to great levels, in which only people of that same class understand what they really mean when they are speaking with each other.
For example, when Hillary Clinton gave a recent(June 2009?) talk at the CFR, she said that” the council tells us what to do”. Even though she was somewhat saying the truth (because governmental departments cannot give the time and the money which researchers need to thoroughly think ahead),what she really was meaning, in a cozy higher class lingo, was that she was grateful for being accepted by them, even though she did not have any credentials of her own in international history and foreign policy except her recent new job.
These issues of play are important because deep down in ourselves we all like to play. I for instance play with my Magical Gardens, a sort of miniature scenes which I create in order to both relax and synthesize that moment of my life into a clear mirror and intention. I can play by myself, with other children or even with adults in very revealing moves of deep self expression.
People do not have much time anymore to pray, to meditate or even to think. Yet, games remain universal and there are hundreds of game types, from physical sports to video games, cards, puzzles and crosswords.
I am inventing a game, which for instance could be called the game of life or the great game. To describe it in this more limited context would be self-damaging and would lead nowhere excepting possible plagiarism. But I would like to touch on its essence:
That the best way to learn is by playing, if possible with as many senses as possible involved. And that you learn more and get more excited and motivated if your own identity and interests are directly at stake.
But all that will remain for another context, within or without this site….
This text was just intended to be light and to introduce certain issues…