I HAVE to share this… lol

It was submitted with the heading, “Backyard wedding dresses”.

Strange! I cannot find any mention of Backyards, Weddings or Dresses anywhere in the post.

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My Opinion…

God created houseflies, cockroaches, maggots, mosquitos, fleas, ticks, slugs, leeches, and intestinal parasites, then he lowered his standards and made SPAMMERS, followed up by, STUPID SPAMMERS.

It is hard to believe how incredibly stupid this one is. Stupid as a stone that the other stones make fun of. So stupid that they have traveled far beyond stupid as we know it and into a new dimension of stupid. Meta-stupid. Stupid cubed. Trans-stupid stupid. Stupid collapsed to a singularity where even the stupons have collapsed into stuponium. Stupid so dense that no intelligence can escape. Singularity stupid. Blazing hot summer day on Mercury stupid. They emit more stupid in this one post than our entire galaxy emits in a year. Quasar stupid. It cannot be possible that anything in our universe can really be this stupid. This is a primordial fragment from the original big stupid bang. A pure extract of stupid with absolute stupid purity. Stupid beyond the laws of nature.

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Common Sense

Rough draft…


If “Common Sense” is simply seeing things as they are and doing things as they ought to be done… then “Common Sense” is NOT as common as it should be.

If “Common Sense” is not Common, then it has to be LEARNT. My opinion is that “Common Sense” is one hundred percent learned behaviour!

So! How does someone learn “Common Sense”? Simply WATCH and LEARN, observe what works and what doesn’t work for others.

Here are a few things that Work 🙂

1. Promises are sacred.

It is “Common Sense” to maintain your Integrity – Be someone people can trust. Keep your word, do what you say you will do. NEVER make promises you are not sure you can follow through on.

2. Know when to say no.

Everybody has boundries and tolerence limits. You know what you can and cannot handle and which behaviors are unacceptable in other people. If you are uncomfortable you must confidently and clearly say “No, this is not acceptable”.

3. Don’t poison your body.

It is “Common Sense” that smoking, getting drunk, living on junk food or binge eating are stupid things to do, yet so many people lack the Common Sense to REALLY realise this. People with Common Sense honor their bodies.

4. Follow through

Most successesful actions are down to showing up and sticking around. People with Common Sense are in it for the long haul. They don’t give up at the first signs of problems and they know that sometimes, to be successful, solve a problem or gain a new skill that you just need to spend more time on it. People with Common Sense complete projects instead of abandoning them.

5. Don’t “network” or build a relationship just because you want something from others.

“Networking” is sleasy. It is “Using” people for your own benefit. Yes, the other party may also benefit from their networking with you, but the motive on both sides is “Profit”.

On the other hand, the benefits of true friendships are endless. Make real friends, because it gives rise to genuine, meaningful human interaction.

6. Don’t tolerate bad behaviour or make excuses for people.

Tolerating or making excuses for other peoples unacceptable behavior is not the same as being kind, forgiving or nonjudgmental. It’s just a STUPID waste of time and energy. And, it may end up with causing you more problems than anybody should ever have to deal with.

If someone behaves badly and there is no sign of redemption, for the sake of your own wellbeing forgive them, but also, run as fast as you can away from them. Don’t waste time on dysfunctional relationships. It is much better to surround yourself with nurturing relationships.

7. It’s ok to change your mind.

Many people try to trick us into thinking that changing your mind “flip-flopping” is a bad thing. (Don’t blame them, they were themselves tricked into believing it).
Stubbornly sticking with something against all odds… is not a virtue. People with Common Sense are able to be objective, able to assess situations and weigh up the pros and cons of different viewpoints. This gives them the freedom to change their minds if necessary after re-evaluation of the situation. That is called learning!

8. Sometimes it is just Common Sense to delay gratification.

It is Human nature to want what we want, NOW.  Delayed gratification means making sacrifices in the present in order to obtain a greater future reward.

9. Common Sense says, “don’t buy things with money you don’t have”.

If you can’t afford it, don’t buy it. Period.

Hands up all those who think THAT is not plain “Common Sense”.
Very few will admit to disagreeing… So, WHY do so many have problems with debt?

10. It is Common Sense to be flexible in your plans for the future.

Have a plan. But also have the Common Sense to recognize that being rigid is not useful. Unexpected opportunities or setbacks can always crop up and it’s important to accept change. Go with the flow.


“Common sense” is simply seeing things as they are; and doing things as they ought to be done.

Very few people will disagree with this “Common Sense” list. But when you look at the way people behave it becomes obvious that “Common Sense” is actually quite  rare.

In other words… People give “lip service” to Common Sense, but when it comes to action…

“After all is said and done, more is said than done.” –Aesop

Internet Marketing <=> Regurgitated Crap

Have all the people with BRAINS abandoned Internet Marketing?

Ok, Lets change that to, “Have ALMOST all the people with BRAINS abandoned….”, there are still a few around with common sense 🙂

I remember…

There used to be more real products being advertised, I’m not talking about marketing “picks and shovels” stuff, I mean REAL PRODUCTS that people actually used when they were NOT sitting at their computer.

There were on-line stores selling stuff to people to use in their everyday life, shoes, books, candles, televisions, fur coats, snow chains, wardrobes, stuffed toys, etc. etc.

Then it seems everybody and their dog realised it took WORK to sell this stuff, it was easier to sell the “picks and shovels” stuff.

so now we have… people sitting at their computer trying to sell stuff to other people to use when sitting at their computer trying to sell stuff to other people sitting…..

What is “picks and shovels” about?
The term originated back in the 1800’s during the California gold rush. There were thousands of people prospecting for gold. Just like Internet marketing now, not very many struck it rich.

But something else happened along the way. Some people figured out there was another way, a more reliable way to make a good living, and possibly to make a lot of money from the gold rush. Instead of prospecting they set up business selling those prospectors the tools they needed… “picks and shovels”.
End side-note.

So now in Internet Marketing, we have LOTS of people selling “picks and shovels” to each other. But are they being USED.

I remember when there were PRODUCTS and SERVICES (picks and shovels) being sold that people ACTUALLY USED. The businesses selling these Products and Services tended to pay a commission on sales, a Reward to advertisers in order to make more sales.

What is going on now…

For many people “The Reward” has become the whole point, the product or service is not important.

Over the last couple of years I have asked quite a few people what the “Product or Service” is of a site they are promoting…

Most DID NOT KNOW, and of the very few that did actually know, only ONE told me that they used it and how good it was.

AND what about the launching of NEW GOOD Products and Services – WHERE are they?

Products and Services are getting launched with monotonous regularity – but launches of products and services that are actually NEW and GOOD are EXTREMELY rare.

The majority are just a huge waste of time and money. – No that does not say it…

Most of the the new products and services launched are Crap. – There that says it better.

Many of them are regurgitated Crap. An old product (maybe slightly altered) dressed up in new packaging.

Many of them are products or services that people either don’t need or don’t know how to use.

But hey, Many people have NO IDEA what they are paying for anyway. They are not buying because they want to use, only so they can sell and profit.

Most of the affiliates selling this Crap do not give a damn about the whether it is any good or not, they are only interested in making money.

And when they have milked the money out of sales from one piece of Crap launch – they drop it and move on to the next new Crap launch.

I guess this is just another facet of the times we live in. Everything is disposable, doesn’t even seem to matter whether an item is still good and usable, just throw it away and get a new one “because it is a different colour”…

or in the case of Internet Marketing because it is easier to make money promoting a new (regurgitated crap) product…

just hype up the sales pitch to tell people they can make money with this “Shiny New Product” and they will “conveniently” forget that they previously paid for perfectly usable PRODUCTS that do exactly the same thing and that they have never probably never used.

Museums put on show “Treasures” from times gone by, from the “Stone Age”, “Iron Age”, “Bronze Age”, etc.

I wonder what “Treasures” this Disposable Age we live in will be known for?


20 Questions

For the origin of this post see here…


First a little preamble…

I believe that there is NO Ultimate Purpose to Life that we should be working towards.
In the same way that some children (and many adults) can play games with No Purpose other than the momentary enjoyment of playing the game, “I” am here playing this game we refer to as “Life”.
The big difference is that children Know they are playing and, it seems, more often than not, “I” do not.

There is NO BIG PURPOSE that we are supposed to attain, this is IT, Play the Game, Right Here, Right Now!

The Game is –  “I”, is All That Is experiencing itself in Infinite Variety.  And to make the Game more intense, forget that it is a game. By forgetting, “I” become so lost in the Game that “I” get the maximum experience of the highs and lows of playing, “I” can really feel the euphoria of the highs and the pain of the lows.


Notice that “I” is in quote marks, this is because there is nothing personal about the meaning of “I” as in “You and I”. “I” as it is used here refers to every sentient beings experience of itself as “I” – The experiencer behind the personality. The word “Personality” derives from the Latin word “persona” which means “mask”. Literally, a “persona” was the mask that actors wore on stage.

– When you take off your mask “personality”, who are you?


Now, let’s get to the questions and my answers 🙂


1. Why is there poverty and suffering in the world?

A. Because that is part of the game “I” is playing. An aspect of The Game includes “Duality”, the opposites of dualistic existence includes Rich and Poor, Satiated and Hungry….


2. What is the relationship between science and religion?

A. The Game includes the aspects of science and religion, including the sub-aspects of antagonism, opposition, co-operation, integration, etc., etc.


3. Why are so many people depressed?

A. Because depressed is one of the roles “I” plays in the game, (wearing the mask of depressed persona). Depression is an aspect of Infinite Variety to be experienced.


4. What are we all so afraid of?

A. Who says we are ALL afraid?


5. When is war justifiable?

A. War and Peace are aspects of Infinite Variety to be experienced, Plus, the Duality aspect of the game dictates that you cannot have one without the other.


6. How would God want us to respond to aggression and terrorism?

A. Leaving aside for now the question of “What do you mean by the word God?”… Exactly the way we do respond.


7. How does one obtain true peace?

A. One does not “obtain” peace. Peace is already present in complete fullness, If One is not experiencing peace, then One just has to throw out all the crap it is buried under.


8. What does it mean to live in the present moment?

A. There is only the present moment. If you can live in any other moment than the present one, then… Congratulations, you have invented Time Travel.
Joking aside, what it means is paying attention to what is going on here and now rather than ruminating over memories of things past or worrying over the future.


9. What is our greatest distraction?

A. There are no distractions. What we call distractions are simply aspects of the game “I” is playing.


10. Is current religion serving its purpose?

A. Of course it is, how could it not. Remember… experiencing Infinite Variety and all that.


11. What happens to you after you die?

A. Who are you? Seriously, before answering “What happens to You” we have to know what “You” is.  In this case “You” is the persona “the mask”. When “You” die the mask is removed and “I” is.


12. Describe heaven and how to get there.

A. This is dualistic thinking. Heaven and Hell and Here and There…  There is no THERE to get to.


13. What is the meaning of life?

A. See above in my preamble.


14. Describe God.

A. Sure thing… First you give me your definition of God and I will describe what you are defining.


15. What is the greatest quality humans possess?

A. Hey, we are here and we are perfect. We do not need more than that?


16. What is it that prevents people from living to their full potential?

A. Nothing. Everybody is living to their full potential. “I” chooses the skills and limitations of the persona as part of the game, just as children playing will choose to be the cops or robbers in their game.


17. Noverbally, by motion or gesture only, act out what you believe to be the current condition of the world.

A. Ok finished. What do you think of my performance 🙂


18. What is your one wish for the world?

A. That this aspect of the game continues to its conclusion…. Rather a pointless wish, because it cannot do other than that.


19. What is wisdom and how do we gain it?

A. The attempt to gain wisdom is wisdom in action, therefore we already have what we attempt to gain.


20. Are we all one?

A. No we are not all “One”, this is dualistic thinking. What we are is “Not Two”.
Now, who can explain what I mean by that answer 🙂




Somebody Else’s Problem

This is something I posted at a forum some years ago, I thought it time to repeat… with updates and additions 🙂


Somebody Else’s Problem.

One of the biggest problems on this planet…
…is that too many people see a problem – and DO NOTHING.

How many times have you said to yourself, “Oh that is too bad”?
And then done NOTHING. Dismissed it as “Somebody else’s problem”.

Individually we cannot take on all the problems on this planet.
But, we CAN make a difference.

What if…
Even as little as once a month YOU made a difference in just one other persons life?

It does not even need to be a BIG thing. It does not need to be something that takes significant money, time or effort.
Most people think it takes time and money to make a difference – many problems DO require this, and if you have it to spare that is wonderful. But even if you do not have time or money to spare – you can still make a difference.

Start – Work on eliminating your “Somebody else’s problem” attitude.
So! How many times have you seen that someone is making a mistake or behaving badly and said to yourself, “Oh that is too bad”?
And then done NOTHING. Dismissed it as “Not my problem, let somebody else deal with it”.

STOP PRETENDING that there is nothing you can do.

Tell them they are making a mistake or behaving badly.
Warn other people so they do not get involved and suffer from this mistake or bad behaviour.

ZERO TOLERANCE, not allowing mistakes and bad behaviour to go unchecked would eliminate SO MANY problems

What if EVERYBODY did this?
How many problems could be eliminated smile.gif

I know how unpopular I am with many people.
I know how many people wish I would shut up and go away.
Because I tell people things they do not want to be told, things they are trying to ignore.
Because I tell people things they are ignorant of and they wish it had stayed that way.
Because I tell things that someone wants everybody to be ignorant of, so they can profit from this ignorance .

Now, just imagine if EVERYBODY did this. Eventually it would become accepted as what it is…
An act of kindness. It is out of kindness and respect for the spirit of humanity that we should NOT tolerate mistakes and bad behaviour.

If you think this is difficult, start small – if you see someone making a mistake – tell them.
I know from experience that some will resent this and tell you to ” go xxxx yourself”.
And some will appreciate it. Either way you can know you made a difference for that person.

I am not saying do this all the time, don’t go looking for it, that would be too much to take on.
Just do it when it is there in front of you, do not turn your back on it and pretend that there is nothing you can do so you can then dismiss it as “Somebody else’s problem”.

One of my favourite stories smile.gif

One day a young was walking along the beach when he noticed an old man picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the old man, he asked, “What are you doing?”
The old man replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. The sun is shining. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.”
The young man said, “Don’t you realize there are hundreds of miles of beach and thousands of starfish? – You can’t make a difference!”
After listening politely, the old man bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf.
Then, smiling at the young man, he said… “I made a difference for that one.”


The Buddha, on Justice. Extract from “The Gospel Of Buddha” by Paul Carus

…Simha continued: “I am a soldier, O Blessed One, and am appointed by the king to enforce his laws and to wage his wars. Does the Tathāgata who teaches kindness without end and compassion with all sufferers, permit the punishment of the criminal? and further, does the Tathāgata declare that it is wrong to go to war for the protection of our home our wives, our children, and our property? Does the Tathāgata teach the doctrine of a complete self-surrender, so that I should suffer the evil-doer to do what he pleases and yield submissively to him who threatens to take by violence what is my own? Does the Tathāgata maintain that all strife, including such warfare as is waged for a righteous cause, should be forbidden?”.

15 The Buddha replied: “He who deserves punishment must be punished, and he who is worthy of favor must be favored. Yet at the same time he teaches to do no injury to any living being but to be full of love and kindness. These injunctions are not contradictory, for whosoever must be punished for the crimes which he has committed, suffers his injury not through the ill-will of the judge but on account of his evil-doing. His own acts have brought upon him the injury that the executer of the law inflicts. When a magistrate punishes, let him not harbor hatred in his breast, yet a murderer, when put to death, should consider that this is the fruit of his own act. As soon as he will understand that the punishment will purify his soul, he will no longer lament his fate but rejoice at it.”

16 And the Blessed One continued: “The Tathāgata teaches that all warfare in which man tries to slay his brother is lamentable, but he does not teach that those who go to war in a righteous cause after having exhausted all means to preserve the peace are blameworthy. He must be blamed who is the cause of war.

17 “The Tathāgata teaches a complete surrender of self, but he does not teach a surrender of anything to those powers that are evil, be they men or gods or the elements of nature. Struggle must be, for all life is a struggle of some kind. But he that struggles should look to it lest he struggle in the interest of self against truth and righteousness.

18 “He who struggles in the interest of self, so that he himself may be great or powerful or rich or famous, will have no reward, but he who struggles for righteousness and truth, will have great reward, for even his defeat will be a victory.

19 “Self is not a fit vessel to receive any great success; self is small and brittle and its contents will soon be spilt for the benefit, and perhaps also for the curse, of others.

20 “Truth, however, is large enough to receive the yearnings and aspirations of all selves and when the selves break like soap-bubbles, their contents will be preserved and in the truth they will lead a life everlasting.

21 “He who goeth to battle, O Simha, even though it be in a righteous cause, must be prepared to be slain by his enemies, for that is the destiny of warriors; and should his fate overtake him he has no reason for complaint.

22 “But he who is victorious should remember the instability of earthly things. His success may be great, but be it ever so great the wheel of fortune may turn again and bring him down into the dust.

23 “However, if he moderates himself and, extinguishing all hatred in his heart lifts his down-trodden adversary up and says to him, ‘Come now and make peace and let us be brothers,’ he will gain a victory that is not a transient success, for its fruits will remain forever.

24 “Great is a successful general, O Simha, but he who has conquered self is the greater victor.

25 “The doctrine of the conquest of self, O Simha, is not taught to destroy the souls of men, but to preserve them. He who has conquered self is more fit to live, to be successful, and to gain victories than he who is the slave of self.

26 “He whose mind is free from the illusion of self, will stand and not fall in the battle of life.

27 “He whose intentions are righteousness and justice, will meet with no failure, but be successful in his enterprises and his success will endure.

28 “He who harbors in his heart love of truth will live and not die, for he has drunk the water of immortality.

29 “Struggle then, O general, courageously; and fight thy battles vigorously, but be a soldier of truth and the Tathāgata will bless thee.”

30 When the Blessed One had spoken thus, Simha, the general, said: “Glorious Lord, glorious Lord! Thou hast revealed the truth. Great is the doctrine of the Blessed One. Thou, indeed, art the Buddha, the Tathāgata, the Holy One. Thou art the teacher of mankind. Thou showest us the road of salvation, for this indeed is true deliverance. He who follows thee will not miss the light to enlighten his path. He will find blessedness and peace. I take my refuge, Lord, in the Blessed One, and in his doctrine, and in his brotherhood. May the Blessed One receive me from this day forth while my life lasts as a disciple who has taken refuge in him.”

Existence is Dualistic

This post is in response to a video posted on YouTube.
The comments do not allow for a posting this long.

I would like to believe that the Ultimate reason for existence is the expression of Love and Peace. But, I am not convinced.

Existence is Dualistic.
For Harmony (Peace) to be experienced, Disharmony must be known.
For Love to be experienced, it’s opposite (whatever that means to you as a unique personality) must be recognised.

What if the Ultimate Reality (All That IS, God, call it whatever you want) WANTS to play the game of experiencing ALL that the concept of “Duality” has to offer?

All that IS, IS, it exists. “Love” exists and is an aspect, “Peace” is an aspect… “Hate” and “War mongering” DO exist and are therefore also aspects of All That IS.

These “aspects” Love & Hate, War & Peace, Good & Bad, Up & Down, In & Out, Before and After… are only valid concepts in this Dualistic Existence.

Ultimate Reality transcends ALL dualistic concepts. There is NO Good or Bad, there is only Wholeness (ISness) that includes the whole spectrum from as good as good can be to as bad as bad can be.

Ultimate Reality would not consider Hate and War to to be a bad things, but simply as opportunity to experience.

This is something the proponents of the idea “God is Love” cannot accept, that “God is also Hate”. They ignore their own belief of Gods Omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence by saying, Here is something that God IS NOT.

I, IS all that IS experiencing itself in infinite variety.

Infinite Variety includes the whole spectrum from the best of the best to the worst of the worst.

If you believe God must be good and could not be so cruel as to inflict bad things upon people…. Then you are looking at this from one side of the dualistic divide.



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