Saturday, October 17, 2020

The Esoteric Side of Masking Up

Since March 2020, there has been much talk about the alleged medical benefits or deleterious effects of mask wearing in the era of Covid-19. What is not being discussed is the symbology of the mask and what it represents.

On the surface, some are saying that if you do not wear a mask, you are not patriotic or you don't love Grandma or some other person in your life. Others say that if you bend the knee to the state and wear the mask, you are serving something other than God and this is where the whole idea of mask wearing takes on a different dimension.

Throughout history, people have used masks to hide their identity or to become someone else. Members of ancient fraternities, religions and cults wore masks during their rituals in practice of their beliefs. In ancient Greek Theater, the actors would dawn masks to project the emotions or the characters they played and to hide their own persona.

The esoteric meaning of the mask is that you do not have to be who you are. You can place a mask on your face and be anonymous or to be someone else. It becomes a talisman that allows you a public and a private persona. It's at this point that masks become avatars for ourselves. I would offer all the personally designed masks that can be viewed at the grocery store as evidence. We become what our masks represent in the eyes of others. My personal opinion is that masks are becoming a spiritual denial of who we really are.

We are created in the image of God and this is not just a spiritual image in my view. Our entire being, physically and spiritually are made in His image. To cover our faces is to conceal that image. This is probably not good.

One more point. How many of you use a person's facial expressions to make determinations about what a person is telling you in conversation or how they react to what you are saying? I have to say that I do it and always have. The mask makes this much more difficult.

Just some things to think about when you go out.

Do I wear a mask? The answer is yes, on specific occasions. Haircuts, voting, certain retail establishments. Do I feel compromised, given my attitude about masks? Just a bit. But we have to be careful. Jesus said it best. "I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves."

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Jefferson Knew...

 "...What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve it’s liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure. "

Thomas Jefferson

Calculated Ignorance at the Capitol

The SCOTUS hearings going on in the US Senate are a prime example of thegnorance and deception that our elected politicians use to twist the psyche of US voters.

They ALL seem anxious to advocate for a Supreme Court that will actively engage in law making so they don't have to make unpopular decisions.
The United States Supreme Court, according to the US Constitution, is not a law making body. That is up to the legislative branch of government (House and Senate). The purpose of the Supreme Court is to interpret the law to determine its constitutionality. If they find a law that is in violation of the constitutional rights of Americans, they can throw it out or they can throw out the offending section(s) of that law. It's what the founders intended and I would note that some of the founders did not like the Supreme Court at all.
What is happening in Washington this week with the confirmation of the latest candidate for SCOTUS is nothing less than a circus, a very unentertaining circus. Both the Republicans and the Democrats want a Supreme Court that will either repeal or rubber stamp difficult legislation whether it is constitutional or not.
The primary concern of the Court in our nation should be whether our laws are in line with the supreme law of the land - the Constitution. There should be no other purpose in their deliberations.
If a law is unconstitutional on its face, it must be overturned and sent back to the Capitol for rewrite or death. If a section of the law in question is determined to be unconstitutional, it too must be sent back for repairs. It really is just that simple. There should be no activist courts. There should only be a determination of constitutionality.
Unfortunately, over the last 70 years, we have allowed a politicization of the courts that was never meant to be. I think the reason for this is that it's too much work to amend the Constitution. It's easier just to find people for the court that agree with the political positions of the majority at a given time and let them find penumbral rights that do not exist or constitutional authority for things that the founders never intended.
It all comes down to laziness really. If our legislators want to ensure that a law is not struck down as unconstitutional, they need to stay within Constitutional boundaries or amend our founding document to reflect the times we live in.
The American people are at fault here too. We want the people we elect to do what we voted them in for, but we do not want to hold them accountable , or if we do, we just elect someone else that will lie to us.
The agendas of the House and Senate are no longer our agendas, but we keep voting for them as long as they dish out the gravy.
I hate to say it, but I think the only way to fix the current brokenness is to flip the table and start again. If I recall my history, the French revolution was as messy as what they were overthrowing, but the Guillotine brought justice to the malignant narcissists that were governing France.
It might be time to create a more malleable legislature in the US by similar methods.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Tuesday, November 5, 2019


I've been doing physical therapy for my neck issues (cervical spondylosis). It's going well. I thought at first that I would be creeped out by a stranger touching me, but Kristen, my physical therapist, seems uniquely skilled to deal with me. I'm not sure what it is, but she puts me completely at ease, even though she sometimes causes me pain.

It was kind of a trick. She started out easy and then slowly ramped up the exercises. I have equipment for home use; a yoga strap, two tennis balls velcroed together and a couple of rubber strips. These are all used in my homework exercises. It's amazing how muscles I never knew I had are waking up and feeling sore. It's all designed to force other muscles in my body to take some of the load off my neck. It seems to be working. 

She also applies pressure with her hands and fingers to certain points on both sides of my neck. At my last two appointments, I received ultra-sound treatments to my neck and shoulder muscles. This is my favorite thing. It feels kind of warm and slippery and I can feel the heat deep in the tissue of my neck and shoulders.

I wonder if I should consider some other forms of therapy like maybe some counseling. Not joking here. It couldn't hurt right? We will see.