Thinking about Buddhism, Taoism, and modern life

Hello I’m updating this post with more relevant information.

To start off there is something that I find very strange about the world: Why do people help other people who do not have their best interests at heart?

This is a very basic question, but one sees that it occurs all the time that people help others who do not have their best interests at heart.

There is a teaching about the precious garden. A place that one has cultivated and in which many nourishing things grow. Helping others who do not have one’s best interests at heart is like letting someone into the garden who will damage it. It doesn’t make sense.

There are many people in the world who do not have the best interests of people at heart. They will take what they are given and turn around and cause harm to those who gave. Yet people continue to give to such people.

What causes this? Obviously it is a type of ignorance.

One classic example of this is watching television. When people watch most (but not all in the world) television they are giving to others who do not have their best interests at heart. They are therefore enabling the spread of suffering and harm in the world.

Why would anyone do this? I know I’m going in a loop with this but the paradox of it is, to me, astounding. I witness it all around me and it shocks me. I see it everywhere and it perplexes me.

Some people are honest, sincere, hard-working, and dedicated people who spend their lives working at things, and then those people give their power to others who turn and cause harm.

Think of the Nazi collaborators. Why would people collaborate, why would they allow the fruits of their hard work and dedication to benefit others who cause harm? Either they themselves have bad intentions or else they’re really ignorant.

I’m afraid that in our modern world the latter case is what seems to be prevalant. Even though people have advanced degrees and high levels of knowledge, they act in ways that are extremely ignorant by enabling those who harm society.

In thinking about the roots of this there are Buddhist teachings that give me guidance. If a person is weak then they will give themselves over to something destructive. For example the need for entertainment. Rather than not require entertainment, or else pursue a form of entertainment that is wholesome, they pursue unwholesome entertainment which has all sorts of destructive results.

People are making these unwholesome choices constantly and look at where things are with the world. We are in a situation where people have lost touch with even understanding how reality can be and what their true natures are. It is a demented process that leads to more dementedness. It seems like it can’t be stopped.

But I believe it can be stopped. All one has to do is get back to the foundations. Remember the core teachings. Being able to practice a virtuous life and striving to pursue only virtuous, wholesome things helps decrease suffering in the world.

People act like it’s not a big deal when they make unwholesome choices. They try to trivialize the damage and adverse effects that they cause. I find this really sickening actually.

There are a lot of examples of how people being consumed by unwholesome impulses leads to harm in the world. Many good examples relate to “entertainment”. For example actor and comedian Bill Cosby was very popular in society for many years. It seemed like an innocuous desire to be entertained that people watched this man and thus gave to him. But this man was a serial rapist who harmed many women over many years. The activities of all those millions of people being consumed by their unwholesome desires for entertainment led to the rape of women.

Another example could be some modern artists who might be destructive people who harm others in their personal lives. Think of some popular artist whose works are exhibited at modern art museums, who people who want to be entertained by modern art then pay money to, can harm people. The artist might be a drug addict. An abuser. A rapist. Etc. People wanting to be entertained by art are causing the suffering of the victims of the artist.

I remember before the Olympics in Brazil how there were very strong protests by the local people against the Olympics being there, against the people being displaced to build the facilities for the sporting events.

But just recently it was in the news how one of the facilities there – which initially had been promoted as being of lasting benefit to the people in the communities there – how this facility has become a decrepid, unusable pile of garbage. It is worse than if nothing had ever been built. Then of course there is the corrupt Olympic Committee and the bribery scandals. And there is the rampant doping that occurs in much of the “sports”. In all the Olympics is very unwholesome, is rotten, and not positive.

People thousands of miles away, wanting to be entertained, then watch the Olympics and thus give money to it, and enable all this destruction to occur. It’s sad. It’s just another type of ignorance.

In order for people to transcend ignorance they have to first be aware that there’s something better. They cave in to ignorance because they know of nothing better. They are muddled in their understanding and therefore cannot see the harm their poor choices are making, and understand that there are better choices.

And of course those better choices are harder to make because, surprise, so many people are making the bad choices. Thus it becomes even harder. It gets to a point that one has to sort of be abnormal to not be unwholesome, not be destructive.

This is a sad, sick path that society is aflicted by but I believe there is a clear way out. I believe that the teachings of Buddha are clear and very powerful. Now more than ever on this sad, very sick planet where there’s so much destruction, it’s important to be strong and be wise and to choose wholesomeness.

Sorry I didn’t do a better job of oranizing my thoughts on this. I would like to write more about this because there is a lot more to write about.

How can you not love Ayla?

Watching Wife with a Purpose’s latest video – post nasty derisive mainstream media coverage of her which occurred last week.

All I can say is: How can you not love Ayla? She’s so cool! She’s this amazing, thought-provoking, conscientious, and considerate mom who creates these videos where she shares her insights, knowledge, wisdom, and ideas honestly and openly.

The only people who could not like her are people who don’t want you to think, to use your mind, and to freely express ideas and communicate.

Unfortunately there are a lot of such people as can be seen. To see her being attacked is just like, wow. Attackers instantly and completely lose all credibility.

First Millenial Woes and now Wife with a Purpose. And we see how totally out of touch mainstream media has become – a dying dinosoar on the verge of a very welcome extinction.

I think the most sick thing about it is the overarching arrogance of the dying mainstream media as it just implicitly thinks it is in a position to pronounce the totality of a person’s ideas and thoughts as unacceptable, like a Pontiff at some kind of inquisition.

How to fix LibreOffice’s horrible user interface issues under Ubuntu

LibreOffice is supposed to be really good, and it is really good, however on my Ubuntu systems which run KDE the interface of LibreOffice looks terrible.

I tried changing the themes and various interface settings but it does not help. Icons look horrible. The background is is horribly dark to the point of being unusable. Finally though I found a way to fix it. You have to completely remove LibreOffice and all its components, then selectively reinstall certain ones.

Use the following command to completely remove LibreOffice. You may have to do dpkg -L |grep libreoffice to see the exact package names of LibreOffice on your system which may be slightly different.

sudo apt-get remove --purge libreoffice libreoffice-base libreoffice-calc libreoffice-writer libreoffice-impress libreoffice-en-us libreoffice-draw libreoffice-dict-fr libreoffice-dict-es libreoffice-dict-en libreoffice-ure libreoffice-debian-menus uno-libs3 ure

This will remove LibreOffice and components and libraries associated with it. Now just selectively install the LibreOffice components you want. For example to install Writer, Calc, and Impress:

sudo apt-get install libreoffice-writer libreoffice-calc libreoffice-impress

It turns out that some packages intended to “integrate” LibreOffice with Ubuntu actually mess it up. When you just install the two packages above you will get a clean interface without any of the messed-up themeing.

The way American citizens are being screwed over makes me livid

I am from Ohio, and one thing that makes me livid is to see how the amazing, incredibly good, hard-working, honest and intelligent people of midwestern states are being totally fucked over while states like California turn around and give free shit to illegals.

Most of what is great about America was built by people from the Midwest and their intelligence and hard-working ethic.

But then Silicon Valley sprang up on the west coast. For a while it was sane there, but then in recent years the politicians running California are basically criminals who have allowed massive amounts of illegals to swarm in and who are busy bending over backwards to give as much free shit as they can to them.

People from Ohio and other states should know that their country which was built by their ancestors is being squandered and given away by corrupt politicians. The society they built and deserve to have is being destroyed.

The fact that California has so much money is due to ignorance and betrayal. People responsible for running businesses in a state which fucks over the citizens of the host country are often too ignorant to comprehend the destruction that their actions cause. They are too narrowly focused on more minute details of their companies without comprehending the impact that their hiring practices and the choice of location for their business has on the surrounding community and the country.

To locate a company in an area the economy of which is based in part upon a large illegal population is immoral and should be criminal. It is a Ponzi scheme and the ultimate victims of such a scheme are the hard-working citizens of the country that is being betrayed, who will lose opportunities.

It’s sick how people committing arch crimes in the name of capitalism and greed have the audacity to try to make it seem like they are morally superior and humanitarian. This is happening because of severe parasitism that has taken hold in politics.

I wish I could travel across America and tell people how deeply they’ve been betrayed and that they must demand changes to how our country is run. Places like California do not deserve the wealth they have and every sanctuary city is really a city of betrayal of American values and of the American people. I would like to show videos to the people of the Midwest of the throngs of invader illegals. Show illegals working jobs that Americans should be working. Show how many there are, and how far the government of California has gone to betray Americans.

People should be very upset about this. Our America – the one we built – is literally being stolen from us. The criminals enabling this are still in power and acting with impunity. People like Jerry Brown, Nancy Pelosi, and Kamla Harris are literally spitting in the face of every American.

If these sick people get their way our entire country will turn into a third-world savagescape with rampant crime and lawlessness. They are turning America into a failed country. This is already evident across California. The cracks in their Ponzi scheme have become gaping holes, vast caverns where you see the impoverishment, the crime, the lawlessness, the destruction of basic principles of civilization.

These arch criminals are like demons who will promise a sugar-coated world of “freedom” and “values” but who will leave society an unsustainable, burnt-out, decreptid shell of hopelessness and broken dreams.

More criminals. More illegals. Shut up and bleed.

Basically, the title is a summation of the policies of the globalist oligarchy and the federal, state, and local government officials who serve it.

New California Prison Sentencing Rules To Cut Inmate Population By 9,500

There are already far too many criminals out wandering our communities. Every year I read about ghastly crimes in which people are severely victimized and often killed by criminals who have had multile previous convictions and who should not have even been free.

Just a couple weeks ago there was a horrendous rape of a young girl in a school restroom by two illegals who shouldn’t have even been in the country. The tepid response by public officials was an even bigger crime. The deliberate attempts to block and circumvent federal immigration law is the biggest crime. Yet so far we have not seen any arrests over these arch crimes.

There is also the myriad of lesser crimes of which people are victimized by all the time – thefts, etc. Things are so appalling right now that these crimes are not even counted – they are not considered significant enough to exist according to the authorities who have betrayed the people of America.

In the modern world run by the globalist oligarchy you’re supposed to shut up and bleed. If you are bleeding and speaking out then you’re considered a troublemaker and a bigger threat to their corrupt system than the actual criminals. That’s because the oligarchy and the officials who serve it are the criminals.

Your blood is considered an acceptable sacrifice for the sake of their profit.

Shut up and bleed so they can make money.

This is just so cute!

I don’t know why, but I find this gif touching in some way. Maybe it reminds me of my hair.

Someone posted this as solidarity against the hijab BS. Feel free to repost it in solidarity! I honestly find hiding one’s hair and one’s body to be immoral. The modesty excuse is mostly a lame copout for hypocrites. If you want to make God happy get off your fat ass and get outside and do some yoga naked in the grass. And stop eating the flesh of sentient beings.

Image courtesy of giphy.

It all goes up in flames

Top UC Berkeley Professor Accused Of Sexual Harassment

Hudin also admitted that Searle “has had sexual relationships with his students and others in the past in exchange for academic, monetary, or other benefits.”

“I’m fucking my professor | boss | commander.”

Everything goes up in flames.

I think America is satanic and this type of thing, which we see frequently in media, indicates it. Using one’s status to get sex – that’s just so inappropriate. American society is satanic, it is possessed by demonic energy. Now another career up in flames.

What the fuck did they research at the “social ontology” center? They are blind to satanism. What the fuck is worth researching if you are blind to satanism?

The sad thing is, the victims of demonic energy are usually the last ones to fully comprehend it. They are too messed up by it to be able to see clearly.

The drug epidemic is another sign of the satanism. It does the same thing – the victim caves in to the desire and for a while they ride high – before it burns them, burns up their life, usually burns up their bodies and leaves them as a burned-out shell.

Satanism is a sign of a sick and a weak society that lacks positive role models. This definitely fits in with the cultural marxist stuff that is being pushed onto society. As a transgender I’m aware of this. I see how there are two transgenderisms – the politicized one that is used as a prop or a tool for people with agendas, people vying for power, and then the reality one of actual people who are transgender whose realities transcend any projections cast upon them.

To be clear, in the case above its not the sex that is satanic, its the caving in, the lack of ideals. If he had just hired an escort to fuck for $200 and had his fun that would have been that. But to prey on students – creepy and wrong. To think that one’s increase in status and privilege equates with an entitlement to sex – something’s fucked in his head.

Bill Clinton did this kind of shit also.

The satanic aspect comes into play because what’s happening with this guy is happening in the context of society – the cues – whether he’s aware of them or not – that his mind and spirit receive, all the feedbacks from society, the absence of things which in a healthy society would be there but which are not, all these things lead for this to happen, like the guy lost in his own hubris in the heart of the jungle.

It’s amazing how many things would be solved by people 1) hiring an escort (and a decent one, not some fucked up trash); 2) masturbating; and 3) practicing more temperance and abstaining. This is exactly the kind of thing that a professional escort could have solved.

Here’s what a loud vehicle looks like

The new sound meter I ordered arrived today. It connects to a PC and has graphing capabilities and can also export data in spreadsheet format.

Above shows a vehicle that went by outside – somewhat loud but nowhere close to some of the really loud ones that pass.

The blue line shows the sound level and the red line is the max value. The max value gets set any time a new record high sound occurs. When the loud vehicle went by you can see that it set the max value to a new high.

Another thing to note – this meter records data points for every second of time. Not sure how it actually calculates the value for each interval of time, whether it is an average or a max value from a sample over the time period or just a brief slice from somewhere in the period.

You can see that the noice inside my apartment – the meter is about 15 feet from the windows – registered around 61 dBA, about 16 dBA above the baseline background level which is around 45 dBA. This occured after midnight. Think of all the people affected by this one driver.

It would be interesting to do big data analysis of sounds like this. Imagine having many graphs like this at different locations, but then also imagine that every vehicle has an ID tag on it and along with the ID is information about the driver. So for example you could analyze the data and find out what percentage of abusive noises are caused by illegals vs. citizens. Or data about what are the most common makes of vehicle that produce abusive levels of noise. Density of noise events during the course of the day/week/month/year. Correlations with weather and/or events. Correlations with how many prior tickets or convictions drivers have. Etc.

You could also compare this data against state and local laws and against law enforcement databases to see what percentage of abusive noises actually get ticketed, and whether there are any correlations between times of enforcement vs. times that noises occur.

It’s kind of funny – many cities have no compunction against putting up red light cameras. As a bicyclist I’m actually in favor of most of them. But think how easy it would be to have red noise cameras. Automatically detecting and pinpointing sources of loud vehicular noise emissions is clearly something that could be done as easily as red light cameras. But of course it’s never a fucking priority of the powers that be to actually give a fuck about citizens or to protect them.

Half the time I think the rancid punks driving these loud vehicles are the kids of the authorities running the city which is why they never do shit about it.

Competency exam in New York to screen teachers “weeds out minorities”

This is absolutely appalling.

Basically people are stupid but because they’r black or hispanic it’s discrimination.

Sure.

The literacy test was among four assessments introduced in the 2013-2014 school year as part of an effort to raise the level of elementary and secondary school teaching in the state.

Leaders of the education reform movement have complained for years about the caliber of students entering education schools and the quality of the instruction they receive there. A December 2016 study by the National Council on Teacher Quality found that 44 percent of the teacher preparation programs it surveyed accepted students from the bottom half of their high school classes.

The reformers believe tests like New York’s Academic Literacy Skills Test can serve to weed out aspiring teachers who aren’t strong students.

But the literacy test raised alarms from the beginning because just 46 percent of Hispanic test takers and 41 percent of black test takers passed it on the first try, compared with 64 percent of white candidates.

A federal judge ruled in 2015 that the test was not discriminatory, but faculty members at education schools say a test that screens out so many minorities is problematic.

“Having a white workforce really doesn’t match our student body anymore,” Soodak said.

This says it all.

Kate Walsh, the president of National Council on Teacher Quality, which pushes for higher standards for teachers, said that blacks and Latinos don’t score as well as whites on the literacy test because of factors like poverty and the legacy of racism.

“There’s not a test in the country that doesn’t have disproportionate performance on the part of blacks and Latinos,” Walsh said.

But she said getting rid of the literacy test would be “a crying shame.”

In implementing the exams, she said, New York had become “light years ahead of other states” in its teacher certification regimen.

“New York put together a suite of testing products that really got at the lack of rigor in teacher prep,” Walsh said.

Ian Rosenblum, the executive director of the New York office of the Education Trust, a nonprofit that advocates for high achievement for all students, called the literacy test “a 12th grade-level assessment” — something a high school senior should be able to pass.

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