You know those “if it was safe and could make this better… we must do it” arguments regarding GMO for better crops, or geoengineering for better climate and why not permanent changes in our bodies through bio-tech? It seems every day and age has some of that attitude, where science (or further back in history: religion) is almost on the verge to solve something ultimately and forever for us.
Here’s an example, I will not give out the name or the title. It’s not directed on anyone or anything. Just that it sums up the transhumanism (theological) scientism attitude.
The first problem that comes along is that for every problem solved a new problem arises. It is inherent in the nature of progress. We see it in the food industry and pesticides, where it did some miracles in the beginning of it’s use but now the side effects have drained the earth from minerals giving us less nutrient foods.
Believing in something opposite from what is perceived to be religious doesn’t make it less religious in it’s belief.
Or in treating diseases? Why are there any sick people in the modern, civilized and high-tech western world? If we would to look at our lives in this society form the perspective of an 18th century European. We’d see the final destination and heavenly possibilities. But here we are and people are obese, stressed out, mentally unhappy and the list goes on. So the machine that took us from being that European man in the 18th century has had these side effects. Meaning that (probably) if some transhumanism solution was to be applied it would most likely cause a new problem. Be that a physical, mental or in the question of lifestyle. In this scientistic eugenic optimist minds there is all the likeness of a blind religion that ignores consciousness & relativity.
The philosopher and ethicist Patrick D. Hopkins wrote an article for MetaNexus called Toward a Transhumanist Theology where he really nails it good about the religious scientism regarding transhumanism. Here are some bits from the article.
The movement can be seen as metaphysically irreligious—allied with materialism, atheism, and naturalism. It can also be seen as morally irreligious; the goal of the movement often seems to be the magnification of human power, motivated by pride, arrogance, and a desire for control over nature and ourselves. With its aims of transcendence and immortality, transhumanism does not seem just another form of secular humanism. It preaches the virtue of the ends of religion but focuses on human ingenuity and technology as the means toward those ends. This makes transhumanism an odd mixture in the eyes of religious believers—a chimera of irreligion, false religion, and quasi-religion.
Patrick points out the thing that many hard-core transhumanists don’t like to be likened with. Even t
…soteriology – a doctrine of the need for salvation.
Salvation from the human condition comes in the form of escaping our biological limitations, but since being human is so strongly connected with our specific species and individual biologies, salvation will require transforming or even abandoning those limitations to such an extent that we move past the category of the human.
This is something that all movements share, some sort of salvation. I discussed this in my post The inevitability of singularity. No matter if it comes from a ultra spiritual or ultra materialistic end, the goal is always the ultimate liberation.
Politics are like sewer canalization. You can stop following or think about it for a while. But it will always stay the same. The sad reason for bigger and more bureaucratic corrupt governments are the masses of people who ignore their own individual and collective potential.
We have enormous potential as individuals and as a collective. But if we ignore that or cloud it by ignorance, that potential will power up more blinding purposes – in our lives and in our society. I choose to focus on that potential and power, on that sovereignty and to do it in respectful and compassionate way as far as I can. Knowing that too many of us grow up clouded by false perceptions and teachings from society, that undermine our realization of this powerful potential.
I’m on my way and know we are many on our way. Each generation should have a great amount of people who want to wake up. Otherwise we will be swallowed by a thick and constant fog. That is something I wish not to leave to future generations. Nor to have on my conscious. I will do what I can and try even harder!
I had the privilege of getting the first book for Florens via my friend and illustrator Anita Šarkezi. During the stay in Berlin we meet after many years and apparently she’d published a children’s book that I just had to get. It’s called Mr Peculiar. It’s very rich in detail and the story written by Tamara Forge is rhythmic and rhymes while dwelling on mature topics. This combined with the beautiful illustrations and characters that Anita set alive really makes a fine little book. Both me and my wife enjoyed it and we’ve already read it to Florens still inside Lisa’s body.
It was simply a reaction and a necessity to express my dissatisfaction with children’s books I have seen too many times in shopping malls, which contained perhaps inappropriate, sometimes a lack of educational point, stories, packed in visually, low quality looking images covered with glitter.
I was seeking for a writer on the internet and I found a talented, young, british writer, named Tamara Forge, who fit my criteria perfectly. Before the story was written, I presented her my character who already existed. I felt, a story, written just for him, especially, would make him even more alive. She wrote a darker, educational story in rhymes, based on this dreamy character with various phobias, who is not perfect anatomically nor mentally.
We were complementing each other – I gave her the character, she gave me the story – so that is how the illustrations came to live, it was a constant dialog from the starting point, between the image and the word. Tam was really great. I felt privileged and really grateful, I could collaborate with a such professional.
I got this art piece below from Anita. It symbolizes lasting friendship, as we are the oldest remaining friends. The good thing is even though we don’t meet often we still share similar interests and attitude towards life.
Children are more mature and more ready for all sorts of knowledge, art, visuals, music and things like that. The only way they can halt is when parents are either limiting the input for their children – or basically don’t have a great pool of interesting things to offer their child. Here’s a short video where I share some thoughts on what and how perception-expanding resources can be around and stimulate children – on their own device you just have to lay it infront of them.
Me and my love went out for a day trip to Gudhem Abbey (Gudhem means home of God) to feel the spirit of old ruins and experience the beautiful location where once nuns lived about their lives. I want to share that with a video where you can walk into the ruins and some guitar improvisation. The location had a 360 degrees view and I will want to visit again.
Att upptäcka världen omkring sig är en nyfikenhet, en respekt för sig själv och för allt omkring en. Det finns många människor som står ut mer en andra när det handlar om passionerad nyfikenhet. Det är en glöd som ibland kan te sig som rastlös, men samtidigt visar den på hur mycket man kan få ut av livet. Upptäckterna kan i sin tur göra något nyttigt för omvärlden, även efter ens död. Här vill jag presentera en kvinna som levde i hundraett år, som stod ut och reste sin egna väg och tacksamt nog åt oss andra, skrev om det. Det är viktigt att veta vad och hur andra gjorde som nådde ut till det många andra inte ens vet finns. Framför allt när man själv vill sträva efter något nytt.
Louise Eugénie Alexandrine Marie David (24 Oktober 1868 – 8 September 1969) föddes in i en pryd och borgerlig miljö. Hennes far var en Huguenotättling (franska Calvinister från 1500-talet) och modern var katolik med Skandinavisk bakgrund. Hon var från början av sitt liv en individualistisk sökare med självständig karaktär. Hennes känsla för att det fanns så mycket mer i tillvaron, återhållet från henne på grund av hennes familjemiljö och ålder, är tydlig i hennes reflektion över barndomen.
I cried bitter tears more than once, having the profound feeling that life was going by, that the days of my youth were going by, empty, without interest, without joy, I understand that I was wasting time that would never return, that I was losing hours that could have been beautiful. My parents – like most doting parents who have raised, if not a large eagle, at least a diminutive eaglet obsessed with flying through the air – could not comprehend this in the least and, although no worse than others, they did me more harm than a relentless enemy.
Som artonåring cyklade hon från Bryssel till Spanien, via den franska rivieran. Senare i livet skulle hon alltid välja långa vägar och långsamma transportmedel. När Alexandra fyllt tjugoett flyttade hon till Paris, där hon upptäckte sitt kall som sångerska. Samtidigt anslöt hon sig till olika teosofiska sällskap, där hon bland annat blev trettiogradig frimurare i den blandade skotska falangen (mixed Scottish Rite of Freemasonary). Även anarkister- och feministgrupper välkomnade henne i vilka hon också var aktiv inom. Notera att just anarkister och feminister från den tiden skiljer sig åt från dagens imitationer av dåtidens seriösa kamp för jämställdhet och rättvisa.
1899 skrev hon en traité (ingående avhandling) som aldrig publicerades av något förlag – på grund av innehållets noll-tolerans för stat, militär, kyrkan och stora finansspekulationer. Hennes dåvarande kompanjon tog sig an att publicera arbetet ändå vilket gjorde det populärt inom insatta kretsar och avhandlingen översattes på fem språk.
Åren 1890-91 spenderade hon i Indien. Resans intryck, framför allt naturens skönhet i Himalaya och tibetansk musik, påverkade henne väldigt mycket. Hon mötte bland andra Swami Bhaskarananda Saraswati som hon tog an som mästare ett tag. Efter denna resa visste hon att en dag kommer hon att återvända för att stanna en längre tid.
Alexandra studerade musik och sång med stora framgångar och fick musikaliska roller. Även om musikkarriären och den livsstilen erbjöd på resor från stad till stad och land till land i vackra miljöer, så suktade hon efter råare landskap och råare musikupplevelser. 1904 mötte hon Phillipe Néel i Tunis, han var en stilig man och järnvägsingenjör, Alexandra var då trettiosex år och gick med på äktenskapet. Men hemmafrulivet gjorde henne rastlös och välbärgade resor med segelbåt mättade inte hennes äventyrslust.
Affisch på Alexandra under hennes tid som sopransångarska.
1911 reste hon iväg och lovade sin make Phillipe att vara tillbaka inom arton månader. Men det skulle dröja hela fjorton år innan paret skulle återses. I två år befann hon sig i Sikkim, där hon hade en bekantskap med prinsen Sidkeong av Sikkim, som skulle dö tidigt redan 1914. Alexandra blev i Sikkim den första västerländska kvinnan som fick träffa Dalai Lama den 13:e.
Alexandra mötte en ung man Aphur Yongden (senare Lama Yongden), då en tonåring som skulle bli hennes följeslagare, kompanjon och senare hennes adoptivson. Tillsammans levde dom bland eremiter i en grotta högt upp i bergen i norra Sikkim. Där var hon också i närheten av en annan eremit och mästare, Latchen Gomchen.
Duon, Alexandra och Lama Yongden, lämnade eremitlivet bakom sig. Första världskriget gjorde hemkomsten omöjlig, istället reste dom två till Japan. Hon hade under åren av resande lärt sig språk, bland andra sanskrit, studerat många heliga skrifter och dokumenterat kulturen omkring sig under resorna.
Efter Japan reste duon igenom Korea till östra Kina, vidare till Mongoliet och Gobiöknen till ett kloster vid namn Kum-Bum. Efter studier i tre år vid klostret gör sig reseparet av med mulor, yaks, betjänter och packning. Alexandra klädde ut sig till en kvinnlig tiggare och till fots begav dom sig på den hårdaste vandringen in i Tibet, till dåtidens förbjudna stad för utlänningar, Lhasa.
Lama Yongden fick ta hand om konversationer och materiella ärenden, medan Alexandra för att inte bli upptäckt tog sig an den hukande rollen som den äldre kvinnan och repeterade mantrat Om Mani Padme Hum. När det till slut blev känt att utlänningen Alexandra befann sig i Tibet, deporterades hon ut ur landet och fick resa hem till Frankrike. Väl hemma flyttade hon till en ort i Provence, Digne. Huset gjorde hon till hennes meditationsfort och där arbetade hon med sina böcker. Tillsammans med sin adopterade son Lama Yungdon reste hon omkring i Europa för att hålla föreläsningar.
Lama Yongden och Alexandra David Néel.
Samten-Dzong, hennes meditationsfort i Digne Provence.
1937, som sextionioåring begav sig Alexandra österut igen med sin trogne följeslagare. Hennes före detta make Phillipe gav henne ekonomiskt stöd för resan och oroade sig väldigt mycket. Alexandra skulle till ett oroligt Kina, där det var inbördeskrig och krig med Japan. Det blev en tuff resa i ett härjat land, med krig och epidemier härjande runt det resande paret. 1941 dog Phillipe och det tyngde mycket hos Alexandra som kände att hon förlorat den bäste av makar och hennes enda vän.
I have lost the best of husbands and my only friend.
Efter nio års flyktande och vandrande i Kina, under tiden fortsatte Alexandra med att studera och skriva längst resorna, nådde duon Indien 1946. Alexandra var då sjuttioåtta år.
Väl hemma igen i Europa ger hon fler lektioner, föreläsningar och skriver fler böcker. Tragiskt och oväntat dör hennes adopterade son Lama Yongden 1955, vilket för den åttiosjuåriga Alexandra var väldigt sorgligt eftersom han var trettio år yngre och skulle överlevt henne. Alexandra David Néel blev hundraett år gammal. In i det sista ville hon resa tillbaka österut, med vilket hon förnyade sitt pass kort tid innan sin död 1969. Enligt hennes testamente spreds hennes och Lama Yongdens aska i floden Ganges i Varanasi 1973 av hennes vän Marie-Madeleine Peyronnet.
My woman and child to be. They are my everlasting realm of love, strength and inspiration. I’m so happy we get around and live actively. It’s not a question about money but about having the basics, be content, work hard and seek out that which makes you feel good.
After many places, cities and countries visited I feel that I’m getting closer to realize where I want to live. So does my wife. At the moment we’re in Berlin and enjoying ourselves. But it’s a closed space if I compare it to some small town in Andalusia, where you have ocean on one side and mountains on the other. The feeling that you’re inside a city and blocked of the natural elements is present, no matter what good there is in the city. Especially if you’ve lived in places that have mountains and water nearby. My favorite place so far is Norway and Andalusia, and so was Ladakh – also when I think about my town of birth, Mostar, it has both mountains and water. So it’s something one is used to or not, perhaps even born with. I don’t feel like a flatlander. Also it is good for kids to experience real life out there and get in touch with people who are on to something for real.
The feeling that you can sail away at any time or get to the higher grounds is something a city never offers.
The wish to find the ideal place and let ones fantasy decide is not something I consider wishful thinking. It’s very possible. First of all, you can do anything, and after that you must realize things will not be exactly as you imagine. And, to be happy you must enjoy what you already have and have that state of mind balanced. Which I feel is something both Lisa and I have come long ways into.
So, the important thing is what will you live off economically? Can you get income and survive? Do you have skills that are needed everywhere? Do you have some online business? To solve this one has to set up a long term plan and work towards a goal. To get a goal you must imagine and let your inner wish lead the way. It can take a year or more but there is no need to be discouraged nor feel it impossible to establish a life anywhere on the globe you want to. Within limits and practicality as always!
But I want that water and mountains near me. I love the mix of natural elements it offers. The seasons and the dynamics in sky that can happen, like huge thunderstorms and so on. You can be in the water and walk the heights, where the higher perspective inspires and relaxes you.
Today with the internet working its way into every corner of our lives there seems to be less reason to stay in a cluttered place. There are possibilities to have a home in more than one place. If you are capable of living modest, minimal and in that regard a more pure life – you’ll end up with money to do things with. So this is not at all a question of being rich or privileged, it’s about teamwork especially if you have a family involved. Life is an adventure if you stop wasting money on urban trivia.
City boy wants the nature and the small town boy wants the city? Is the grass greener on the other side? I don’t really look at it like that. I’m certain it has to do with the fact that when you actually experience the beauty of nature and the opportunity it gives for many sorts of activities, physical and mental.
There is always that place to return to and I personally really feel at home when in that place for real, and not in the memory alone.
So how will this all end? In one way or another and I’ll share the experiences here.
In todays wireless world we cannot avoid wireless access totally, yet we can easily reduce our exposure at home, at work and for the least protected, our children. That’s what I began before my wife got pregnant and we’re still in the natural habit of reducing our exposure. But more on that further down. The most important thing is that for every device you buy there’s a warming about using it close to your body in relation to a wireless connection. The health risks and the still unknown long-term risks are out in the open, by your governmental institutions for health and of course on international level via WHO.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization (WHO) recently classified wireless radiation as possibly carcinogenic to humans, and numerous animal studies have shown neurological effects, including behavioral disorders, that may lead to long-term health consequences.
While every tech-shop is trying its best to sell families wireless options for your home and laptops get sold without any internet port. The solutions is rather easy. Especially if you and your family aren’t heavy nonsense-social-media-addicts. Here’s a short video on how we do it, please take the time to watch, it’s really simple and in doesn’t require much effort.
Wireless radiation can cause non-thermal biological effects as well, including damage to cells and DNA, even at low levels.
Use plugged-in internet, don’t have wi-fi turned on at home, or reduce it to when you actually need it. You can have the phone at a place and perhaps turn on flight mode, that will stop the 4G signal. Remember to always use speakers or headsets so that the phone can be kept at distance. Also this will (if you have) calm down the connection-stress. Relax, be home and enjoy life and family.
Avoid carrying your cell phone on your body (e.g. don’tcarry it in a pocket or bra).
Avoid placing your cell phone, wireless laptop or tableton your abdomen. Don’t talk or text while holding aphone against your body.
Talk on speaker setting or with an “air tube” headset.
Avoid using your cell phone in cars, trains and elevators.
Avoid using cordless phones (which also expose you towireless radiation), especially where you sleep. Cordedphones do not emit RFR.
Streaming videos and playing games results in higherlevels of RFR exposure. Download and then view or playwith the device in “airplane” mode. Download your emailand then disconnect from WiFi, allowing you to read andrespond without being exposed.
Whenever possible, connect wired cables to a router ormodem and turn off the WiFi feature on the router,modem and your personal device(s).
Unplug your home WiFi router when not in use (e.g. at bedtime).
Avoid prolonged or direct exposure to WiFi routers athome, school or work. If your job requires you to use acomputer, position yourself so that you are not sittingclose to the router and not between the router and your computer.
If your home or apartment or close neighbor has awireless utility meter (i.e. a “smart” meter), sleep in aroom as far away from it as possible.
Children absorb a greater amount of microwave radiation than adults.
Fetuses are even more vulnerable than children. Therefore pregnant women should avoid exposing their fetus to microwave radiation.
Cellphone manual warnings make clear an overexposure problem exists.
Government warnings have been issued but most of the public are unaware of such warnings.
Current exposure limits are inadequate and should be revised.
Children and fetuses absorb more microwave radiation, according to the authors, because their bodies are relatively smaller, their skulls are thinner, and their brain tissue is more absorbent. – Study suggests… Forbes.com
The fifth trumpet… and then I fell asleep as I sometimes do, when I sometimes listen to the Book of Revelation read by Alexander Scourby. At night, you know after you’ve completed some things and the evening is so full of atmosphere that you need to pick up a book, listen to talk radio, get into story telling mode or just listen to Mr. Scourby read out the Revelation.
So during this day together with my two loved ones, one on two feet and the other darling still in the womb, I enjoyed a long walk in the graveyard. Escaping the urban buzz. Strolling around the paths on the graveyard, imagining who the people were and what happened to their families since many of the graves are left non maintained. It also gives nice patina to the stone luster. With the overgrown weed everywhere, full of birds and small mice playing around.
Graveyards make good parks, no matter if they are in tip-top shape or rather gloomy, and I remember practicing flute behind an opera singers grave. It was a perfect peaceful place.
So, let’s get back to the Book of Revelation
And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
We have an incident of professionals in the cockpit and in air traffic control who observed the UFO for two hours. It’s one of the strongest cases in Europe and reminds me of the Edwards Air Force Base incident, just without the audio or any other material evidence made public. Also the timing of this case is only two hours before the Wow! signal was registered – something I’ll come to at the end.
At 1:40 AM on 16th August 1977 the Fokker 227 from Pan Adria took off for a routine flight starting from Zagreb enroute Belgrade and Podgorica (then Titograd). The plane was carrying 56 passengers, gods and mail. After Zagreb the plane flew over Sremska Mitrovica where it encountered a bright red UFO. Which was so bright they couldn’t see what was in it, but the UFO flanked the plane all the way to their landing in Belgrade airport Surčin. According to the pilots the UFO stayed at 300m after they landed and was not moving at all in the sky.
Here you can see Zagreb, Belgrade and Podgorica. Sremska MItrovica is marked with the purple pin.
Dobroslav Džeba was the captain, Miljenko Batrolić the co-pilot and Stanko Naletić the flight mechanic. The first two went to the control tower after landing to see what they had to say, while Stanko took care of the plane and loaded the gods into it. Inside the air tower there were both civilian and military personnel. Among them was Zlatko Vereš who was the chief of Yugoslav air traffic control. He had been urgently sent to the airport to evaluate the situation. Now this tells us the UFO was observed my many people including the passengers.
The radar erases object that stand still after five turns, like mountains and other static objects that would clutter the radar screen. Apparantly the UFO had vanished from the radar yet was still in the air, just as it had been when the plane landed. So according to Zlatko Vereš they observed the UFO from the balcony. It appeared as white then and sort lingered static in a light cloud.
The military informed that they were ready to send up fighters if anything would happen. The Pan Adria pilots were told to keep what they saw to themselves and were assured that they would be escorted by fighters to their Podgorica flight. Shortly after the two F-86 took off and passed the UFO whereby the radio communication between them and the air traffic control failed. The pilots then began their flight with the Pan Adria Fokker 227 on the way to Podgorica. The UFO catches up their speed and follows them on their left side. The ground control orders a routine left turn but that causes a stir in the cockpit since they fly straight in the path towards the UFO. A spontaneous gathering in the cockpit of personnel and passengers causes a light panic. Immediately after that the ground control orders a full 180 degree turnaround to avoid a fatal outcome. The UFO then increases its speed to 7 mach (according to radar control) and heads north to the airport of Batajnica.
At this point two to four MIG-21 takeoff to catch up with the UFO while the Pan Adria flight continues to Podgorica. The day after there is one dead pilot and neither the names or direct sources to the casualties from the MIG-21 chase has been made public. But probably the eventual incidents took place near the Yugoslav-Hungary border. The military later said it was a weather balloon. Also on the day after Dobroslav Džeba went to the air traffic control where another personal shift met him and he was told strait out that to never speak of this again if he wished the well-being of his family to continue.
At 9:00 in the morning on the day of the incident Josip Broz Tito flew to Moscow. On a tour to visit the Soviet Union, North Korea and China.
The Serbian UFO agency, NLO Srbija, makes an interesting point in that the known Wow! signal, which was recorded on the 15th August at 23:16 could have a connection to the Pan Adria UFO incident. Since the CET (Central European Time) would be 5:16 in the morning of the 16th August meaning that the Pan Adria incident occurred only two hours before the Wow! signal.
The research on this case was plowed through and brought into light by Giuliano Marinković. Here’s a non-English speaking show Na Rubu Znanosti and the episode in which they cover the incident. My translation is based on that and this post at the Serbian UFO agency, NLO Srbija, “Pan Adria” incident.
In the Dark Glow of the Mountains (Gasherbrum – Der Leuchtende Berg) we get the maximum of German ingenuity, like the music of Popol Vuh, Werner Herzog’s cinematic vision and two legendary mountaineers Reinhold Messner and Hans Kammerlander. In what becomes a 45 minute mix of landscape shots, poetic monologs and when the music is playing – a music video for Popol Vuh.
The location is the Gasherbrums (meaning the Luminous Mountain) and the goal for Reinhold and Hans is two summits both over 8000 meters. Using the alpine style of climbing, meaning that they climb self-sufficient and carry all they need in the rucksack. Meaning they cut down on a lot of stuff like radios and oxygen masks. Before this event in 1984 Reinhold Messner had climbed both peaks separately.
Es ist was es ist
The beautiful with this documentary is that it’s real life adventure, in the odd natural way without makeup. Es ist was es ist (it is what it is) is the way I’d describe it. It dwells more on the landscapes and what’s inside, within and also on what is present but not explicitly said.
There is no detailed or dramatized part in it. In the beginning we see the mountaineers get the food and carriers. Who also get a nice part where we see them singing and dancing for the good luck of the climbers and for their work finished.
…my whole being is the answer.
Reading some more about Reinhold Messner he really used his life to go all in. We might get the impression climbing is easy when he does it, but he’s lost many toes and even his brother. He and Werner Herzog talked about walking until they stop in the film, and so he did, after all those peaks and records he walked over Antarctica, Greenland, some deserts and the Tibetan Plateau. Very badass as this dedicated post from the Badass of the Week dedicated to him.