Sunday, December 31, 2023

Setting Sights on 2024 with Gratitude

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In the Fall of 1803, the color-blind Quaker John Dalton proposed that nature could be understood through the “simplicity rule” that gave us our modern “atomic” model of reality.  Proposing the distinction of elements based on relative weights, his work preceded the later-century Russian dream that gave us Dimitri Mendeleev’s Periodic Table in 1869.  While “science” has dogmatically embraced the work of these 19th century natural philosophers, both of them arrived at their finest contributions through inspiration – not arduous experimentation.


 

2023 was a year haunted by the ghosts of these two obscure figures of history.  Dalton’s atomization has become the social engineering model of choice reducing the complexity of society into contrived dualism.  “Pro” and “Anti” have served to render thought and consideration anathema to nuanced humanity.  With vapid chronicity, those who seek to peddle their animus rely on tired memes in an effort to conscript the reflexive atrophied hordes into Pavlovian-frenzied conspiracies seeking the valence of those who have anemic discernment exsanguinated by the anonymized keyboards from which their vigilantism can spew.  We are, in a word, a world divided.  But not by substance.  Rather, we are actively BEING divided.

 

So, in this final communication of 2023, it is my desire, as it is each year, to reflect on the Litany of the Saints who, despite this maelstrom of division, have stood to build a more connected humanity.  And, as in each year, I recite those who have had greatest impact in my life, each one I mention represents a throng of others who embody attributes that have made this year one that advanced the cause of humanity in my direct experience.

 

David Lopez left an indelible mark on this year.  Through his fraternity and generosity, my life was enriched in every dimension.  His passion for distributing the important public messages I had to share amplified the great contributions of Mikki Willis, the late Dr. Zev Zelenko, and countless others expanding the reach of conversations with Seth Holehouse, Tommy Robinson, Russell Brand, and the appearances at the EU Parliament (organized by the ICS) and the UK Parliament (at the invitation of John Bowe and MP Andrew Bridgen).  His brother Daniel recalibrated my social media reach on X and other platforms.  In business, he facilitated the invaluable connection to global luminaries like Robbie Lavia, Ahmed Bin Sulayem, John Eleoterio, Tom Williams, Ernie Lee, Xavier Adsera, and many more.   Above all, David stood shoulder-to-shoulder in every moment of the year affording me what few in life ever experience – fidelity above and beyond duty.

 

Dr. Maria Hubmer-Mogg and Malue Montclairre served to step into a role that once was occupied by my dear late sister Theresa Arek.  These women – along with the likes of Marla Maples, Linda Swain, Dr. Crisanna Shackelford – placed the importance of informing the public above their personal reputation and interest and showed a relentless commitment to advance the betterment of humanity in the face of relentless opposition.  Through their work and the support of Lilly Defina, several of my public presentations reached over half the world’s population.  And while detractors have attempted to attack my character or credential, not one has succeeded in undermining the reach of incontrovertible facts or our relentless commitment to their faithful representation.

 

For another year, my colleagues and investors at M•CAM International, Purple Bridge Funds, Activate Clean Energy LLC, and RASA Energy Inc. have honored me with the confidence to lead these organizations through challenging economic times and end the year with each organization at its strongest, best capitalized, and most globally impactful position in each companies’ respective life.  In contrast to the saccharin-fueled ‘leadership’ aspirations sold by commercial industry, I’ve done my best to enshrine the values of accountability and integrity befitting leadership bestowed, not sought.  These values, enshrined in the Cyropaedia by Xenophon are echoed in the soon to be released book, Bringing the Right Arm Back: a Journey in Sufi Corporate Leadership, by my dear friend and colleague Dr. Moustapha Sarhank.

 

The community of alumni and friends of Kim and my Fully Live and Breathing Enterprise workshops have continued to enrich our lives.  After last year’s inaugural 12 Senses workshop in Boulder Colorado (there are still a few spots left for the one upcoming in two weeks at https://fullylive.world/12senses/) we were able to see hundreds of people engaging their lives more fully and become greater contributors to a better humanity.  These efforts concluded this year with Kim and my one-day event at the Church of Glad Tidings in Yuba City California where we discussed ways in which we could take more responsibility for the lives we experience and make a greater positive impact in the world around us (https://churchofgladtidings.com/wheres-this-world-going-fund-raiser).

 

This year, our family grew with the birth of our first granddaughter.  The kids have been a source of considerable joy with new beginnings – from first steps to university – punctuating the year.

 

It is fitting to end this message with the acknowledgement of Kim.  It is incomprehensible to see the chasm that has been placed in the way of men and women finding a path to genuine harmony.  From callous societal tropes and cliché maxims to genuine animosity and derision, the enmity sown in our earliest myths and stories has ensured that most people never find the capacity for unfettered union and the possibilities thereof.  In this year, I’ve been honored to strive with Kim to see our pure, undefiled essence emerge so that we, man and woman, can contemplate and experience an unconstrained humanity.  This year has not been a luxurious repose in the garden.  It has involved delving into some of the darkest corners of our lives and removing that which does not serve our highest and best essence.  But, intrepid to the core (also read, stubborn), we have persisted and have emerged in the closing days of this year, more aligned in purpose, more united in vision, and more convinced that the greater song of humanity is yet unsung.  And hand-in-hand, we enter 2024 rejuvenated in the promise of that which is possible when Light shines in the darkness and we chose connection rather than distinction.

 

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Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Oh, Those Gullible Christians…If Only They Knew

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 Warning: This post contains triggers, offensive observations, and identifies as neutral (even tho it isn’t)

 

Every now and then I read the writings and postings of those with whom I share little in common so that I can observe the world through alternative lenses.  Having been raised in a family in which “truth” was curated from a myopic, willfully occluded pious religious perspective – one that selectively curates passages from the Bible as “truth” while rationalizing out all others as irrelevant to the “times” – my impulse is, in part, a calibration on my own perspective and its derivative understandings.  In point of fact, I don’t know that I’ve ever met anyone who celebrates “truth” who doesn’t conflate the term with a perspective entirely coherent to their own at the expense of all others.  Truth, after all, is a weapon derived from the tyranny of hierarchy and its wielding is merely a feeble attempt to silence perspective.  Like “laws” of physics or nature, their reification only precludes a genuine observation of the ever-unfolding evidence of infinitely orthogonal perspective limited only by dogma – both explicit and implicit.


A few days ago, I found myself reading a New York Times op-ed (“Tucker Carlson’s Dark and Malign Influence Over the Christian Right”, by David French, May 7, 2023) railing against Tucker Carlson’s influence on what are classified by the author to be conservative, evangelical Christians.  Common to the critiques of former President Trump, Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck and others, allegations of misogyny, bigotry, and classism were strewn about with the publicly recorded facts and rumor-based innuendo from former colleagues, leaked e-mails and the like.  To be abundantly clear, I do not endorse or ignore the public record which includes moments I find ranging from reprehensible to sophomorically crude.  Given my lack of familiarity with Mr. Carlson, I am in no position to comment on veracity of the matters of private or collegial character.  I can listen to Mr. Carlson’s content and – common to virtually everyone I’ve heard in any media – find some content interesting and some distasteful. 

 

But a closer examination of the op-ed was the implication of the diminution of the class of society labeled as the Christian Right.  The underlying message was one of faux consternation about the malleability and hypocrisy of the ‘religious right’ in America.  And, while I have much to say about this topic in general, it was the moral superiority subtext that drew my attention.

 

The article was shared (and ‘liked’) in many of the communities who actively promoted the medical countermeasures (MCM) deployed during the social sabotage marketed as COVID-19.   Setting aside that ALL of the public purveyors (media, governmental, and marketing prostitution) of the MCM have now been forced by the evidence to disavow statements regarding masking, school closures, safety and efficacy of experimental therapies, etc. (what a moral observer might classify as a “LIE”); and setting aside the March 2023 publication “Autopsy-based histopathological characterization of myocarditis after anti-SARS-CoV-2-vaccination” published in Clin Res Caridiol which clearly evidenced death from the MCM (what a moral observer might classify as statistically justifiable “MURDER”); we are invited to find Mr. Carlson’s message unacceptable while paying no attention to the degree to which religion – from Mormon to Muslim from Pope to Pastor – was used to coerce the public into taking actions that, in the fulness of time have been shown to be objectively false and deadly.

 

Be assured that this matter cuts closely to the bone.  I’ve lost family, relationships, and all manner of benefit for asking for accountability and transparency equivalently applied.  I have not asked for agreement – just consistency.  And to date, I’ve not met a single person prepared to rise to that standard.  While offering no evidence to refute a single statement I have made in public or private over the past 3 years, I’m merely canceled and ignored by those who once celebrated my uncommon perspective. 

 

I’ve lived every day of my life under the specter of dogma and its evil twins “right” and “shame”.  And it is with a bit of irony that I found myself agreeing with the author of the op-ed in a rather fundamental way.  Insofar as the critique was on the idolatry of selective hypocrisy – where stated values can be suspended for the “greater good” – I find myself in vigorous agreement.  And this is where the article – if seen for its commentary value – has a great deal to offer.  Would that we, as a society, examine the degree to which religion has served as the syringe through which the opioid of suppressing inquiry is delivered to the masses!  Would that we hold those in influence and power accountable to our highest standards rather that “locker-room” trash talk!  All fair points.

 

But, my dear New York Times reader…

Before we cast aspersions on the gullible religious right, how about we engage in a dialog that includes enough self-reflection such as it might inspire a bit of objectivity?  Where is the coverage on media suppression of now commonly accepted facts that were classified BY THE New York Times as mis- or disinformation just months ago?  Where is the effort to purge “Fact Checking” that was clearly false and misleading so that besmirched reputations can be cleared?  Where is the author’s consternation in the FACT that we know have a proliferation of speech suppression bills and laws that suggest that questioning the narrative of authority is “domestic terrorism” while the very institutions seeking defense have been indicted by their own evidence as having lied to the public?

 

As recently as a few days ago, my statement that mRNA injections were classified as “experimental gene therapy” by the FDA in April 2020 was “fact-checked” as “false”.  This, despite the fact that I am reciting the exact statements made by Moderna and BioNTech in their SEC Filings of April and June of 2020.

“Currently, mRNA is considered a gene therapy product by the FDA.  Unlike certain gene therapies that irreversibly alter cell DNA and could act as a source of side effects, mRNA-based medicines are designed not to irreversibly change cell DNA; however side effects observed in gene therapy could negatively impact the perception of mRNA medicines despite the differences in mechanisms.  The number and design of clinical trials and preclinical studies required for approval of these types of medicines have not been established…”



You think?

 

Apparently, the enlightened religious elite – those who celebrate Mr. French’s version of morality – take solace in the presumption that statistically estimated “lifesaving” triumphs over AUTOPSY based evidence.  After all, the Good Shepherd always plays the law of numbers, right?  He stays with the 99 while leaving the 1 lost sheep to the wolves.

 

If COVID-19 taught us anything it should that dogmatic belief, once again, has proven deadly.  From the early falsified models of “pandemic” to the carnage wrought by the containment and MCM, we have seen humanity sacrificed on the altar of statistics and, lo, no ram was in the thicket to save us.  The blade killed the children.  But let’s cut the crap!  Let him without a retracted statistic cast the first stone.

 

…and looking up, he saw no one standing there.

 

“Neither do I accuse thee.”

 

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Thursday, March 2, 2023

Eruditio et Religio and the Great Asbury Revival

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There are over 40 references in the Bible to the idea that repentance – the capacity to see error and not only turn from it but also make restitution for harm – is prerequisite for forgiveness.  February’s nearly two-week revival at Asbury University in Kentucky concluded just days before the release of Jon Erwin and Brent McCorkle’s film Jesus Revolution.  I’m NOT saying that these events were associated or exploited by Lionsgate but I’m simply asking a question.

 

On August 19, 2021, Asbury University announced their return-to-campus policy on COVID-19.  In the President’s note to the community, he recited the CDC’s lie that vaccination would somehow make the campus community safer. 

“Recent data tells us hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 are primarily concentrated among non-vaccinated individuals. Moreover, while there are “breakthrough cases” (vaccinated individuals who contract COVID-19), hospitalization rates are strikingly low (.0004 as of July 26) and sickness is generally experienced as less severe. Therefore, the proportion of vaccinated individuals in our community will matter.

Students were encouraged to upload their vaccination cards or participate in a campus-sponsored vaccine clinic at the commencement of the school year.  Mask wearing was, according to him, “Godly Wisdom” and led to his unfortunate mask mandates. 

 

It was February 3, 1970, when another major “revival” broke loose on Asbury’s campus.  I’m sure someone out there has an Aquarian metaphor for this symmetry!  Coming on the heels of the charismatic movement, the “Jesus Movement” was a major influence for the events portrayed in the Jesus Revolution film.

 

A close examination of the financial statements of Asbury University reveals that, during COVID, the University was paid $4,448,000 by the Federal Government for its participation in the COVID PPP socialist incentive program.  And while this sum pales in comparison to the Catholic Diocese of Covington’s $10 million, it still presents a problem.  Here’s a university who adopted Duke University’s motto, “Eruditio et Religio”, who hid behind “Godly wisdom” to promote masking and injections and who, for two weeks, hosted a “revival” celebrated around the world and…

 

…at NO POINT did the University use that national and international spotlight to REPENT of its COVID complicity. 

 

I started out by stating that I’m not saying the revival and the film’s release had anything to do with each other.  But I am simply asking the same question I asked regarding Event 201 and Dustin Moskovitz’s funding of the Johns Hopkins, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and World Economic Forum event in October 2019 which foreshadowed the “pandemic”.  If the fruit of a thing doesn’t match the thing, is it possible that the tree is not what you think it is?

 

I will freely admit that I’m a casualty of the 1970s “revival”.  Lonnie Frisbee and Chuck Smith along with their Southern California adherents had profound effects on my life (or lack thereof).  But I want to point out that if we’re not willing to apply the same discernment on the institution we call the church that we apply to the World Economic Forum, is there a chance that we may be Blinded By the light… that isn’t Light?

 

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