Memerization – Civilization, Civility and Civil Liberties


Civil

– adjective
1.
of or relating to ordinary citizens and their concerns, as distinct from military or ecclesiastical matters.
“civil aviation”
synonyms: secular, nonreligious, lay.
2.
courteous and polite.
“we tried to be civil to him”
synonyms: polite, courteous, well mannered, well bred, chivalrous, gallant;

Your aura is dusty. Sage that shit.
Your aura is dusty. Sage that shit.
"We must scrupulously guard the civil rights and civil liberties of all citizens, whatever their background. We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization." - Franklin Delano Roosevelt
“We must scrupulously guard the civil rights and civil liberties of all citizens, whatever their background. We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization.” – Franklin Delano Roosevelt
"I do not think that the measure of a civilization is how tall its buildings of concrete are, but rather how well its people have learned to relate to their environment and fellow man. " Chippewa medicine man - Sun Bear
“I do not think that the measure of a civilization is how tall its buildings of concrete are, but rather how well its people have learned to relate to their environment and fellow man. ” Chippewa medicine man – Sun Bear

Exactly! Have we, as a society, not focused maybe too much on making things bigger, faster, taller, more sleek, then throw it out and get another one next year? What has this way of living done to the place where we live and we expect our children, grandchildren and others to live? We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. This is something we would do well to remember as we make our choices on how we live. Are we being polite, courteous, well mannered, well bred and gallant in our stewardship?



Why We Need To Believe In Things

You need to believe in things that aren’t true. How else can they become?

Hogfather - Believe
Hogfather – Believe

What an excellent philosophical point here. Well worth considering and in some ways reminds me of the observer effect which may or may not occur when things alter their behavior based on the state of mind of the observer.

Please note the words “in some ways reminds me of” are not synonymous with the words “is exactly like”.

“All right,” said Susan. “I’m not stupid. You’re saying humans need… fantasies to make life bearable.”

REALLY? AS IF IT WAS SOME KIND OF PINK PILL? NO. HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.

“Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little—”

YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THE LITTLE LIES.

“So we can believe the big ones?”

YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING.

“They’re not the same at all!”

YOU THINK SO? THEN TAKE THE UNIVERSE AND GRIND IT DOWN TO THE FINEST POWDER AND SIEVE IT THROUGH THE FINEST SIEVE AND THEN SHOW ME ONE ATOM OF JUSTICE, ONE MOLECULE OF MERCY. AND YET—Death waved a hand. AND YET YOU ACT AS IF THERE IS SOME IDEAL ORDER IN THE WORLD, AS IF THERE IS SOME…SOME RIGHTNESS IN THE UNIVERSE BY WHICH IT MAY BE JUDGED.

“Yes, but people have got to believe that, or what’s the point—”

MY POINT EXACTLY.”
Terry Pratchett, Hogfather

Brain Teasers Are Good For The Mind

Doing brain teasers or some type of mental exercise can help you to boost overall brain activity.  Mind teasers also increase your memory power, reduce the risk, and slow the decline, of dementia, improve memory and brain processing speed, reduce boredom and improve concentration.

Here are some teasers and pleasers for you to wrap your head around today. Enjoy and please share with your friends.

Julie's mom has five daughters.
Julie’s mom has five daughters.
How many triangles do you see? Teasers and pleasers.
How many triangles do you see? Teasers and pleasers.

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Okay, not really a brain teaser but I like stuff like this too. The study of linguistics is beneficial in understanding how our words are related to one another, why we say some of the things we do and how it relates to the history of our people.

Did you know Bram Stoker, who wrote Dracula, was from Dublin Ireland? He wrote a story about a guy who sleeps all day, goes out at night and can’t stop drinking. I wonder where he got that idea?

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Anyway, that’s all I have for now. Ya’ll have a great Summer Solstice weekend and remember…

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Procrastination is like masturbation. At first it feels good but in the end you’re only screwing yourself. Bahahaha! But it pleases me. 🙂

Unleash The Hilarity And The Wisdom

There is hilarity to be found everywhere. At work, home, out and about. Our kids, our pets and our co-workers can provide us with endless amusement at times. Have a few laughs and enjoy life. There’s no point in taking it all too seriously because none of us are getting out of it alive after all.

Facilities Maintenance Mechanic - Hilarity
There are only two things a Facilities Maintenance Mechanic can’t do: Light a match under water and slam a revolving door.

Considering some of the high expectations of some of the folks around the airport, I think they might have taken this a little too much to heart. These are the times that hilarity ensues.

Bet ya can’t do this!

Stair Surfing
Stair Surfing
If you are going to doubt something, doubt your limits!
If you are going to doubt something, doubt your limits!

Now here’s some wisdom worth sharing.

Some days just start off better than others.
Some days just start off better than others.

Indeed some do. 🙂

The purpose of the United States Constitution is to limit the power of the federal government not the American people.
The purpose of the United States Constitution is to limit the power of the federal government not the American people.

The government does not grant your inalieanable rights, and therefore no government can take them away. The Declaration of Independence says that among these rights are “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Protection from: … having your life, liberty, or property taken “without due process of law”

The Four Candles

Four Candles
The Four Candles of Peace, Faith, Love and Hope.

The Four Candles burned slowly.
Their ambiance was so soft you could hear them speak…

The first candle said, “I Am Peace, but these days, nobody wants to keep me lit.”
Then Peace’s flame slowly diminished and went out completely.

The second candle said, “I Am Faith, but these days, I am no longer indispensable.”
Then Faith’s flame slowly diminished and went out completely.

Sadly the third candle spoke, “I Am Love and I haven’t the strength to stay lit any longer.”
“People put me aside and don’t understand my importance.
They even forget to love those who are nearest to them.”
And waiting no longer, Love went out completely.

Suddenly…
A child entered the room and saw the three candles no longer burning.

The child began to cry,
“Why are you not burning?  You are supposed to stay lit until the end.”

Then the Fourth Candle spoke gently to the little boy,
“Don’t be afraid, for I Am Hope, and while I still burn,
we can re-light the other candles.”

With shining eyes, the child took the Candle of Hope
and lit the other three candles.

Never let the Flame of Hope go out.
With Hope in your life, no matter how bad things may be,
Peace, Faith and Love may shine brightly once again.

– Author Unknown

I Do Not Like That Man – Lincoln

As a young man, Lincoln was a religious skeptic but later in life, his frequent use of religious imagery and language might have reflected his own personal beliefs or might have been a device to appeal to his audiences, who were mostly evangelical Protestants. He never joined a church, although he frequently attended with his wife.

"I do not like that man. I must get to know him better." - Abraham Lincoln
“I do not like that man. I must get to know him better.” – Abraham Lincoln

I saw this on Zen to Zany on Facebook this morning and was so impressed with the profound wisdom of it I had to share it here as well.

I love this quote from Abraham Lincoln. How profound. We judge one another so quickly, form opinions based on visuals, or a brief encounter with someone and decide how we feel…and we might find that not liking someone has little to do with that person and much more about our own prejudices. Often we find something in them we don’t like in ourselves.
If we give each other the benefit of the doubt and get to know one another “better”…we may realize our first impressions were harsh and incorrect, especially if they were negative.

Slán agus beannacht leat,

(Goodbye and blessings with you,)

Cianaodh

Cheap And Easy?

It's cheap enough to do. You Vote Every Day
It’s cheap enough to do. You Vote Every Day

I have said this before and I am saying it again. Where you choose to spend your time and your money is a vote for what kind of world you want to live in. People have asked me, how are things going with Primal Aspects, my wife Em’s art business. Folks, Em’ hasn’t produced a new piece of art for sale in over a year now. Why do you suppose that is? We spent a good part of 2011 and 2012 pushing Primal Aspects, going to events and setting up to vend, displaying her art in museums and other venues, in a shop down in Cleburne that ended up closing after barely a month. She and I both finally reached a point of burnout. She stopped painting, drawing, sketching and pyrography for pretty much the same reason any other artist, musician or other creative person stops creating. When no one is buying your stuff you begin to have self doubt. Is my work not good enough? Am I doing something wrong? What should I try that I haven’t already? Oh, I’m sure if someone reads this at some point I will get some kind of feedback of, do this and try that. Chances are, we already did. Prints, yup, Cafe Press stuff, did that too, deviantART, ArtFire, Etsy, blah, blah, blah. Yup!

Financially, we’re okay. My income is enough to sustain us fine but because of how things have gone Em’ is talking about taking on a part time job after the beginning of the year and just doing art on the side once in awhile. The extra income will help us with things like newer and more reliable cars, the land we hope to buy soon, etc.

But I didn’t start this piece to be a woe is me or a woe is Em’ piece. It’s about a much bigger picture topic. It’s about the guy who used to own a small hardware store in town but ended up having to go out of business because a big box store moved in and sold reduced priced merchandize, some of it made by child labor overseas perhaps, but cheaper, much cheaper than he could hope to compete with. So he goes out of business and ends up working for the very people who ran him out of business for a barely livable wage. It’s about the hundreds of thousands of small farmers who have lost their farms to big Ag. It’s about a lot of things which have taken the power to choose how to live out of the hands of your neighbors, family and community.

Where do you spend your time and money each day? What kind of world are you voting for? Cheap, easy and disposable? Or quality, a little more work but worth the effort and sustainable. What sort of world will our children and grandchildren inherit? The power still lies in each and every one of our hands. We choose each and every day where to put our time and money. It’s how we got where we are today.

Take a look around. Are there things and places you miss? Does it seem that the world is missing a certain flavor it once had? Why do you suppose that might be?

Just a few thoughts. Your mileage might vary. But I think, the ways of our ancestors may have been wiser.

Blessings,

Cianaodh Óg

Recent Finds – Vacation, Truth And Karma

I thought I would share some of my latest finds on the internet among the many graphics I enjoy collecting. So, for your perusal and enjoyment I present to you….these!

Yoda Gremlin
Yoda Gremlin

Until I first saw this, I had never noticed the similarity. But it is uncanny isn’t it? Bahahahaha!

Good Bugs
Good Bugs

Next Spring when I start gardening anew I will keep an eye out for these bugs. I generally use Neem Oil, Orange Oil and Diatomaceous Earth for pest control along with companion planting. How about you?

Irish Eagle
Irish Eagle

Now this is just cool!

What really matters.
What really matters.
Make life a vacation.
Make life a vacation.

I do like the sentiment expressed here however I have never looked at vacation as a time to escape but rather as a time to explore, a time to go on adventures, a time to temporarily leave the mundane tasks of living aside to go places and do things you can’t always go and do. Not necessarily escaping anything so much as going to experience something.

Truth is Truth
Truth is Truth

Ain’t that the truth.

Beautiful Viking Shield
Beautiful Viking Shield

Is that gorgeous or what?

Karma
Karma
You sure have a purdy mouth...
You sure have a purdy mouth…

Why do I hear banjos playing? LOL! From Modern Pioneer

As always, if anything shared here needs proper photo credit or the original copyright holder would like it removed, just let me know! Cianaodh [at] ourpantheons [dot] org.

Many Blessings,

Cianaodh Óg

Radical Thought. Not Such A Broad Brush

Jacob Porter originally shared this post on Google+

I have recently been exposed to something rather shocking: radical paganism. Now, I know that a lot of us have a general dislike of Christians because of their fire and brimstone sayings about pagans. But this group of people actually seem to relish the idea of sending negative energy to Christians and blocking prayers. But here’s the thing: a Christian prayer, for all it annoys you, is rarely malevolent. I know, shocking! Hear me out, though. Christians pray that you will find the right path. Even though they intend for you to find their god they never pray with that exact weirding. I know, intention means rather a lot to our faith but so does wording. And I have never heard a Christian say they pray with negative energy going out to the world. They always have good vibes to work with. Is that bad? Would you let a radical ruin that for the entire Christian faith? This brings me back to my original pint. These radicals of paganism are literally lumping all other faiths and people of a particular faith in with the kind of people who picket with the WBC lunatics. In the eyes of these startling individuals if you’re not pagan you must be against pagans. And that’s simply not true.

Instead, we should embrace that positive energy that most Christians send our way, quit screaming conspiracy, and send some good vibes toward our Christian brothers. Why? Because someone had to break the chain!

And to those of you who stuck it out and read this far, thank you. If you agree with me, I ask you to spread my message among your fellows. Copy pasta, share, it’s all good. Just remember to thank your lucky stars you aren’t living four hundred years ago. 😉

So, I did. Be good to one another out there!

Bíodh sé amhlaidh,

Troy

The World Is Not To Be Put In Order

The world is full of wonders and mysteries. Sometimes when it seems that chaos abounds it is really just the world putting itself back into order.
The world is in order. It is for us to put ourselves in unison with this order. - Henry Wilson

The world is in order. It is for us to put ourselves in unison with this order. – Henry Wilson

Having a soul.

“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.” ~James Herriot

Royal Game of Ur

The Royal Game of Ur or Game of Twenty Squares which was unearthed in excavations in the 1920’s and it is considered as one of the oldest complete board games.

©Mesopotamian Civilization [2013]

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We long for the “good old days”…when life was slower and simpler…no McMansions, nice little communities and neighborhoods…one car instead of 3…but that is still an option. We don’t need a time machine..we need to choose differently. There are plenty of alternatives out there if you want to live smarter.

A lot of problems in the world would disappear if we talk to each other instead of about each other.

A lot of problems in the world would disappear if we talk to each other instead of about each other.

Everything on the earth has a purpose.

…everything on the earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it, and every person a mission. This is the Indian theory of existence.

– Christal Quintasket (1888 – 1936), Salish