“…not to be celebrated in the presence of common people…”

The late 13th-century theorist Johannes de Grocheo believed that the motet was “not to be celebrated in the presence of common people, because they do not notice its subtlety, nor are they delighted in hearing it, but in the presence of the educated and of those who are seeking out subtleties in the arts.”

wikipedia.org: Motet

Came across this quote today while reading.

“Seeking out subtleties in the arts”. I love it! Love it!

On that note, I was again reflecting today on the clash between brahmanic cultivation and decadance. One can witness how there are attempts to appropriate aspects of brahamanic cultivation yet these amount to no more than scheming since they fail to heed the ground of brahmanic cultivation. To put it more basically, people can lie for a while and make things which are ungrounded seem like reality, but eventually they collapse.

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.

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.

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