Archive for December, 2015

The Three Wise Men from the East

December.10. 2015

On this advent season, my thoughts turn once again to the three Wise Men from the East.

No, not the fabled three riding on their camels through the desert following the Wandering Star, but rather the other three wise men, the three who actually left their wisdom behind.

Buddha, Jesus, and Lao Tzu.

It’s interesting how the three perfectly complemented each other.

One dealt with how to live with oneself–by following the middle path.

One dealt with how to live with others–by loving your neighbor.

And one dealt with how to live life itself–by working with nature.

Three great philosophers, each dealing with one area of life.

If you think about it, these are the great fundamental issues of life:

Living with oneself.

Living with others.

And living life itself.

Interesting too, how all three had their philosophies later twisted and turned into organized religions that were more intent on enslaving man’s minds than in freeing them.

Priorities

December.9. 2015

Just watched a PBS Newshour story on gun control. (Typical knee jerk reporting from the lame stream media.)

Somehow the focus shifted to Australia and their gun control laws after the 1996 massacre. Apparently the conservative PM of the time, John Howard, had to ram the legislation through despite opposition from his own party. But he did it, which includes complete background checks and a ban on all assault weapons.

In the story, the reporter asked an Aussie gun shop owner how he felt about the legislation, since he could be making a lot more money if it had not been enacted, to which he replied, “There are some things more important than money.”

Now here’s a man who’s got his priorities all wrong.

There’s nothing more important than money!

Who cares about a couple dozen kids blown to pieces in their school or some holiday party goers going down in a hail of bullets.

It’s all about making money, and the more you can make, the better.

I suggest he come to this great country and learn a thing or two from the NRA about priorities.

Season of joy

December.4. 2015

With the holiday fast upon us, and the season of Black Friday joy just behind us, it means just one thing–that it’s time for my annual introspections.

And my thoughts turn to Father Christmas.

That old warm fuzzy Giftster from the North Pole.

All a bunch of myths of course.

Old fairy tales.

But, nevertheless, still exerting a very powerful pull on our emotions. (Mine at least. Christmas was a big event at the Hii household when I was growing up.)

It brings to mind all the other myths in our general human consciousness about the figure behind these myths.

How much of it is fiction, how much fact?

Who was the man who left behind all those radical sayings?

Things like “love your neighbor.”

Or “turn the other cheek.”

Or “blessed are the meek.”

Powerful stuff.

But what does an old geezer from the North Pole have to do with this otherwise obscure wise man from some desert in the Middle East?

Or for that matter, a manger and sheep grazing in the night?

And three wise men bearing frankincense and myrrh?

We’ll never know of course if these stories are fact or fiction. (My money is on the latter, just like old Santa.)

But it doesn’t really matter.

Fact or fiction, myths have amazing power.

That power came from us of course.

When we place our belief in something, that thing automatically assumes the power we ascribe to it.

For example, when you worship a tree or a rock for a long time, sooner or later, that tree or rock will begin to assume the power that you project to it through your belief.

Whether that power is real or not is immaterial because your belief makes it real.

And so too with ancient myths and beliefs.

Our beliefs in them make them very real.

But this holiday season, my thoughts turn once again to this wise man lost in the distant mist of time.

And the teachings he left behind.

Still powerful, despite the attempts to subvert them and turn them into another tool to control man’s minds, or money making machine for others.

Some have tried to turn this great wise man into a divine miracle worker, a glorified supernatural magician.

But the true miracle of this man lies in the teachings he left behind.

(The teachings that are collected in the authentic books, like the Gospel of St Thomas, not the government approved versions.)

I find it absolutely amazing that a man two thousand years ago could have attained such a high level of enlightenment. And left us teachings that are still eluding us, in the twenty-first century.