Re: [anthroposophy] Iranian Earthquake thoughts/Stealing Beauty
- Dear Bradford,
I know exactly how you are feeling and it is why I would never knowingly view
that video. The same thing happened to me when I watched "The White Rose". At
the end of the movie, it shows Sophie facing the guillotine. Shortly
afterward, it shows the actual photographs of the martyrs and when they died. I said
before that it was at least 45 minutes before I could leave the theater and at
least 5 people patted me on the shoulder on their way out, I was such a mess.
We need to remember, too that Steiner talked about the ancient Aztec
mysteries where a human being was sacrified and his beating heart held up in front of
the masses. I also think of the not so distance pratice of public hangings,
the public guillotine executions during the French Revolution and the rise of
prurient interest in making state executions available for viewing to the
public. All of these things have a devastatingly corrupt effect on the souls of the
viewers. There are two issues - the direct karmic effects of the murder and
the poisonous effect of allowing such a thing to be witnessed. The daily news is
really, a carrier of this poison. Even "in the movies" - as I have already
alluded to in a previous post - there is a terribly corrupting effect of the
countless murders watched and the effect of more and more gruesome
representations that it takes to keep the audiences titillated. I liked the first couple of
Indiana Jones movies, but I remember that when I rented, I think it was "the
temple of doom" - I had to turn it off. There was a scene in a supposedly
Egyptian temple where the priest reached into the chest of a living victim just
with his hand and pulled out his beating heart. Do you realize how many CHILDREN
have watched this movie? And no one thinks anything is wrong with it!!!
I think that it is important to know about these things and probably to read
about them, but I don't think that anyone striving to even keep on being a
sensitive person, much less a "clairvoyant" sort of person, should actually watch
these things. Watching them allows the full effect to take place, no matter
what the subsequent thoughts are. It's like why children should not watch fairy
tales in movies, but only hear them. That way, their souls have the
opportunity to filter out anything that they are not developmentally ready for and
prevent it from doing harm. I think the only kind of person who can really watch
these kinds of atrocities are exorcists. Only people esoterically trained to
wield the tools of psychic combat can have any chance. And even so, I have heard
that such people are usually torn down in time. Their work is a sacrifice
that few people have any idea of.
I had a bad experience about six months ago. I was surfing the net looking
for pictures of kitty cats. I take very serendipitous routes. I found a sight
with some nice stuff and clicked on a link that said something like
"exploitation." I just wasn't thinking. I must have thought it would be cartoons or
something. There were the most GOD-AWFUL pictures of laboratory experiments! I just
freaked out! I had to run to my next door neighbor, screaming and sobbing. I
really had trouble getting my breath. It took a LONG time to recover at all.
Well, I later e-mailed the folks at that site. They are totally well meaning,
totally vegan really crusading for the animals. Their intention was only the
good. But I told them that people who are already knowledgable and sensitive to
these things must have a much clearer warning about what they are about to see.
I also think it should be off limits to under 18. Talk about OBSCENE!! If I
had kids, I would rather they see sex for hours at a time than a minute of
those pictures!! Why do we prohibit a movie if there is but frontal nudity yet let
basically all ages into movies filled with the true obscenity of violence?
I couldn't even watch any news program that started to talk about the
cannibal. I won't even say his name in print. There was something attached to that
that made me totally unable to even hear about it. I'm not even going to wonder
why, because I can't think about it. It certainly was no wonder, though that
he was killed in prison. I'm sure that even the most hardened criminals had no
defenses against that kind of evil.
The only thing that I would want to say, though, even though I know so well
how you feel right now, is please try not to think in terms of "them" meaning
other countries or political factions. Please remember that "we" meaning the US
and its allies do the same things, although not always in the same way. I
mean, we do do the same things, but we tend to be a little more subtle in our
As I said before, referencing "Wag the Dog", perhaps some movies are a kind
of "confessional" telling people how things really are under the guise of
fiction. You can get away with anything if you call it fiction. Kind of like a
murderer who confesses to the police in such a way that they can't possibly
believe his story. He gets exonerated and off scot free. It happens more than you
might think. Eyes Wide Shut is a good example, but I think they made the "black
magic" scenes much too light. Too cliched and simplistic. The people seemed a
little bit silly. I think that such things are real, but more awful than even
Kubrick would dare to portray. Do you remember the Wicked Queen in Snow White?
She demanded Snow White's heart and liver to eat. Something really awful
lives in that story! do you remember the true ending? She is made to dance in
red-hot iron shoes until she drops dead. My children (the very end of
Kindergarten) audibly sighed the first time I got to that ending. They NEEDED such a fate
for that witch!!! They really NEEDED it!! Red-hot iron - is that a Michael
force, or WHAT?!
In fact, it is coming to me as I write this that I should suggest to you,
Bradford, to go right now and get out any good fairy tale book and read them, any
of them, until you fall asleep tonight. Don't anguish your soul with more
thinking directly about the horrors. Drink the healing potion that the Fairy
Tales contain. You will be better for it, I know. I can feel your pain and I am
I'll hit the send button now, hoping that you are still online and get this
God Bless You!!
- RP4 was posted on the kjf website this afternoon - I know because I get
email copies the same day of all that goes up - and also the below written
by a man who calls himself a physicalist. There was also a short piece on
Nietzsche and Evolution.
KARL JASPERS FORUM
TA63 (Leslie / Rees)
Commentary 29 (to C18, Wood and C23, Roberts)
( JASPERS AND RELIGION )
by Philip Benjamin
12 January 2004, posted 25 January 2004
Without getting "convoluted", why is it you seem to think
evolutionism is as misguided as transcendentalism, or
fundamentalism more pure than constructivism.
For this Forum, the Fundamentals of the Bible may be phrased as
1. Communication, Information, Consciousness and Personhood are
timeless, existing in Elohim (uni-plural) of Moses ( Genesis 1:1) or the
triune He- I-You (PERSONS) of Isaiah 48:16: One El, Three Persons
or Three Wills in synergy.
2. This System of Personhoods is reflected in Man (Male/Female) as
intuition (spirit), intelligence (mind) and sense (body), a replica of the
uni-plural Elohim (Gen.1:27). Spirit and Mind are nonluminous, body
is luminous, nothing is metaphysical.
Note: Even a pseudo tri-unity of id, ego, superego has systematic
3. Personhood in its original state had intrinsic (unfettered) free will
4. Creation is SEPARATE (holy) from but synergetic with the Creator,
in complete harmony.
Note: So far, only the First Law of Thermodynamics is operative
5. Free exercise of creature's original will against the Creator's Will
causes dissonance and loss of original synergy and introduces
Transcendence between the two or a Fallen State for the creature.
Note: Now, the Second Law of Thermodynamics sets in.
6. The original Free Will of the creature is Lost, the will is now
Bound, bound for TOTAL separation from the Creator. The capability
of free exercise remains, but it is only the free exercise of a Bound
Will. Total Separation means Total Depravity. Degeneration of the
luminous Body is only an initial part of that Destruction. The
nonluminous intelligence (mind) and intuition (spirit) continue to
operate. But, Cessation of the luminous Temporal Life leaves the
nonluminous dormant, awaiting Storage or Disposal.
7. The Repair of this System Degeneracy is beyond even Cosmic
proportions. The Second Transcendent Person Freely becomes the
*express image* of Elohim in the Human Form as described in Moses,
Psalms and the Prophets (e.g. Deuteronomy 18, Isaiah 53, psalm 22
etc., etc). He undergoes the same Separation and Destruction man
(male/female) goes through temporally. He Recovers and is able to
Recover to the First Transcendent Person, WHOSOEVER (no
exclusivity) FREELY (no compulsion) accepts His Recovery. The Third
Transcendent Person brings to the Degenerate (Fallen) state the
Consciousness of being Lost. Final Recovery is Restoration and Safe
Storage to the Original State. On the other hand Final Loss is
Separation and Timeless Disposal.
This is Part 1, and the most important part, of Biblical Fundamentals.
Now this looks to me as a parody of John Banyan in Post Modern
script. I cannot imagine why any one wants to equate this with
Pogroms, Inquisition, Witch Burnings, Slave Trades, Crusades, 9/11
and bigotries of all kinds including the postmodern tolerance of
everything but such noble Fundamentals.
Philip Benjamin, Ph.D
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