Have you ever noticed?

      [thoughts from   ~burning woman~  by Sha’Tara]

It seems I’ve taken a liking to thinking and writing about things that most people either can’t see for themselves or simply don’t want to think about or discuss with each other.  What I’m about to say is nothing new; in fact it’s as old as man’s time on earth, older than written history.

Have you ever noticed that every time “they” get rich, we get poorer?  Every time “they” begin a new enterprise we end up their slaves?  Every time “they” start wars, we, and those “they” call our enemies, are the ones who die?

Have you not noticed that as the quality of life on the planet deteriorates due to “their” endless manipulations in search of profit, it is we who get blamed; we who must scream, yell, holler, demonstrate, make fools or ourselves and set ourselves up as targets for their police forces and the para-military forces in order to squeeze a tiny bit of temporary survival from their greedy hands?

Have you not noticed that no matter how many times we actually manage to force some change; to elect someone who actually listens to our problems, it is but a matter of a few years, maybe a couple of decades and we’re plunged right back into the same mess our parents or grandparents died in; that often that mess is even worse than before?

The “great debate” raging today is about Donald Trump and Putin. But who are these men?  They are gods, gods people put over themselves because they fear that without these idols covering them, they would be naked.  Why do they need those gods, even when they mock them, lambaste them, hate them, fear them, excoriate them for their ignorance and violence?  Because in their foolishness taught them by their parents, their teachers, their bosses, their preachers, their entertainers and their politicians, they firmly believe they could never live without them.

Have you ever thought that that is our problem, the problem?

We can, of course, continue to support our sociopathic gods, loving and hating; believing and discrediting.  We can continue to play the game, but we should at least be honest enough with ourselves, and with our children whom they are going to exploit, oppress, jail and kill, that it isn’t our game.  They make the rules; it is their game.

What is Donald Trump?  It’s an idol we empowered by giving it slave labour and tax-free profits and which we are now empowering by recognizing it as being a political god.  Who is Putin?  Enter the above description.  Who are the rest of the CEO’s and politicians around the planet?  Enter the same description.  They are worthless idols; worthless in the sense that they have no power but what we give them.  Their “worth” is in the power they steal from real people, the people they exploit, oppress and kill, whose lives the take, whose blood they shed without an iota of concern.

Many people, at least in this neck of the woods, believe that taking a stand, either for or against a Trump, or any other strutting, stuttering mindless idol can make any difference.  Pure folly.  Trump and his handpicked yesmen is just another sock puppet in the hands of powers we will never face, let alone ever understand.  To argue over politicians is like looking up in the sky at a flock of geese and arguing over which one is the fastest.  If you watch a big “V” of geese on their migration you’ll see that the leading one only does so for a bit, then slides back as the next in line takes the lead, and so on.

Have you ever wondered why?  Why we fear the greatest power in the world: our own, and can’t wait to give it away to idols with the stench of putrefaction oozing out of their bodies?  Why do we do that, considering the price we have to pay?  Simple: we don’t know how to handle personal responsibility.  So, not knowing how, we can’t do it.  We pass it on to “the leaders” who though we hate them and envy them, we trust with our lives which they take and wring out, one after the other.

Nice, ignorant, stupid world that could be so much better if the real intelligence in it would just wake up. Is there a spare prince somewhere in the galaxy who can come over here and kiss the sleeping damsel awake?  I think her hundred years curse is up but her awakening window of opportunity is short.


44 thoughts on “Have you ever noticed?

  1. Phil Huston

    They. To paraphrase Willie Nelson, “Who the hell is ‘they,’ anyway? ‘They’ say this and ‘they’ do that. IF I could ever figure out who ‘they’ is I’d shoot the sumbitches.”

  2. cadxx

    “They” are the one percent who manipulate the money supply so it always ends-up in their pockets.
    They are the heads of multinational companies who are able to get zero percent loans.
    They are the ones to who collect the donations from cancer charities for endless research that goes nowhere.
    They are the ones who have been “working” for something like seventy years on the hot fusion project that never gets results.
    Do you want some more?

    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      That covers it quite adequately. Now the zillion $$$ question for me is, how do “I” stop my personal power from oozing out of me and flowing into their hands to create more desecration?

      1. cadxx

        Hi Sha’Tara
        That is a very good question:
        “If you are different, you had better hide it, and pretend to be solemn and wooden-headed. Until you make your fortune. For most wooden-headed people worship money; and, really, I do not see what else they can do.”
        Oliver Heaviside
        You can’t fight them because they have so many supporters and admirers and so the only answer that presents itself is to ridicule them like heaviside.

      2. Sha'Tara Post author

        Good point. I used to think they were utterly immune to ridicule, but it seems to affect Trump. Maybe it is an effective weapon on some.

      3. cadxx

        “They” want you to think they are immune, but most of “them” are human plus brainwashing dehumanisation, the abandonment of care, whatever. Ridicule affects the human part. We live in a world of sham, where nothing (including “them”) is what it seems to be.

      4. Sha'Tara Post author

        Using the term used by Frank earlier, they’re in the Catch 22 situation. Paranoia is going to bring them down, and the higher they rise, the harder their fall. Their problem is, their house of cards is built upon the blood, sweat and tears of their slave populations. They can’t do anything real for themselves. They know they need their prey to survive while existing in subconscious fear that the prey will suddenly have enough and rebel, damn the consequences. So the ridicule affects them because it exposes them, reminds them that they have no friends anywhere, not among each other in the dog-eat-dog concept of predatory life, nor among those they oppress and kill. The cartoon character POTUS expresses it openly, unlike the previous master hypocrite and mass murderer whom many still consider a god.

  3. We come from dreams ~

    People who have known me for a long time know that I do not vote. Votes are meaningless in a nation where a ‘college’ of rich and powerful politicians decide who is gonna be the next puppet. In the weeks before the presidential election, I was constantly asked who I favored in the election. My consistent and honest answer was, “No-one.” WAIT WAT? I would take advantage of being an old guy here: cough, make my voice rather raspy, and reply, “We’re doomed. Who ever gets in, we’re doomed.”

    I’ve often commented about Vladimir Putin over the years. I have had several Internet friends in Moscow over the years, and they’ve always told me that it’s a ‘public secret’ that ole Vlad (Vald the Impaler?) is the head of the RNB – the Russian Mafia if you will. For an American, this is the equivalent of saying that our president is another Al Capone or Michael Corleone. Yet, my comrades were firm: “Putin runs the mob.” Soooo……all of the good things that Mikhail Gorbachev did in the early years of Glasnost have been flushed down the toilet.

    The comparison between Putin and the American leaders he’s experienced through the years is almost funny: Bill “I did NOT have sex with that woman!” Clinton, George “Fish and humanity can co-exist” Bush, Barack “Change is change is change” Obama; they’re gangsters, one and all. Donald Trump? Puhleez!

    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Yes, by now we should know this truth: that none of “them” get into positions of influence, power and money unless “they” are chosen. So, how do we, the 99% majority of slaves who exist in deteriorating planetary conditions under their dictatorship, end their rule? How do we get off the treadmill of obedience and into positive and permanent resistance? I’ve been playing with the concept of “self empowerment” for decades now and sometimes I see it as the answer and sometimes I just get even more confused. I know what S/E means for me (to some degree) but how does it apply to an entire world? I don’t see that at all. So, looking at Frank’s comment, he’s right. We still need “leaders” and they can’t be trusted because, power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

  4. franklparker

    I see Catch 22 in operation here. For there to be a revolution there has to be someone to lead it. There will always be leaders. And none of them can be trusted – after all, when it comes down to it they are different from us only in the sense that they have the cojones to do the job.

    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      How to answer that but to agree? I think that as a species, we’re missing a vital part of ourselves, something we haven’t grown up to yet, or something we just don’t get. We know we don’t really like all those wars, the pollution, the chaos and conflict, the endless saber rattling over resources, etc, etc, but OK, what “ingredient” could possibly take the place of national aggression? I hope no one says “love” because that bromide is less effective than aspirin. Just thinking out loud here, Frank, and thanks for your “frank” comment… 🙂

  5. theburningheart

    For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
    Paul to the Ephesians 6:12

    Just to show you this is nothing new.

    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Thanks for that comment. One of my favourite biblical quotes, if not the favourite. That one makes us think beyond the obvious – especially the struggle against “spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” I wonder what the Ephesians made of that? Did they immediately imagine demonic forces invisibly flitting about suggesting evil, or did they realize it was talking about something very real, something that could be sensed, seen, encountered. Something that meant constant vigilance and struggle against?

      1. theburningheart

        Well, it’s very long and complicated explanation, rooted on the little known origins of Christianity, not as we know it today, but as the first Christians experienced, Christianity originally come from a Hellenized, Jewish mysticism, greatly influenced by Gnostic thought.
        And Gnostic teachings include an idea of the creation of the world not by God but by the Demiurge, and the Archons that stood between the human race and a transcendent God that could only be reached through Gnosis. In this context they have the role of the angels and demons of the Old Testament. They give their name to the sect called Archontics. They were thus called from the Greek word ἄρχοντες, “principalities”, or “rulers”, by reason that they held the world to have been created and ruled by malevolent Archons. The term was taken from the ancient Greek position of office “archon”. .
        Some people give great credit to this explanation, as to why nothing seem to be right in this world. But of course there is Ontological, and Theological problems with this assertion, as well, and the reason why Christian Theologians got rid of these ideas. However there are those who say it was not a good reason, or that it was for other reasons. My point is there is too many divergent opinions, out there, and you will have to read a lot about it before you can come with your own idea,
        The fact is Christianity today it’s not what it was 2000 years ago, for good, or for bad, but it will be naive to believe the original Christians because were closer to the source were better, and more enlightened. :-)..

      2. Sha'Tara Post author

        Yes, and we know that Paul basically wrote off the Jews of Judea and concentrated on preaching to those Hellenized Jews and whomever else would listen, so he would use their “theological currency” to make his points.

  6. Bélanger Robinson

    Nice work! Some theorists suggest that we are blinded to the underlying cultural currents that push society in one direction or another. Expansion of social equality followed by periods of restrictions followed by expansion and then restrictions again. The belief is that all social stauses-all beliefs about to who and under what circumstances the upper hand should be given during any given time period-can be directly linked to natural resources. Intersting!

    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      thanks for that comment. If I get your point, yes, that is one way to look at the problem. Considering that we are running out of easily obtainable natural resources this opens up an interesting line of thought. What does it mean for the immediate future that the species continues its exponential growth against dwindling natural resources, particularly of clean, breathable air, water and naturally fertile soils?

      1. Bélanger Robinson

        Greater restriction of civil liberties, for sure. When there is not enough for all, laws and social norms set in place a situation where some people maintain their lifestyles, while others live with less.

  7. gserpent

    Just like Hillary and Trump are related, so is Trump and Putin. It is not if you are chosen, it is if you are of the bloodline. The rest of us mutts are in the 99%. Every last leader of every country is of a royal bloodline(pure stock). We the slaves do their bidding, pick which one we like the best and go out and fight for them. All the while they are have dinner and are in bed with each other. If thats not enough, they give you a fake god with fake books to worship. The days of Kings and Queens never went away. They just put a puppet up there to throw you off.
    They know exactly how to get people to do what they want. Polarized people are easily moved. When Trump gets on TV and states something extreme that cause half the country to go crazy and want to give their opinion, he knows exactly how to play you. Are you not spending money to go to these opinion marches? Did you buy a ticket or spend money on gas to get there? Did you buy food at one of these marches? I bet most people bought a new outfit so they would look good screaming their opinion. The people that got out of hand, they were thrown into the corporate jail or prison system. All the security they had to have for all these marches is another big lift for the economical(slave) system. It is a game that has been going on since the Homo sapient was created.

    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Excellent comment, “G”. Bread and circuses… and quote from Wikipedia: “This phrase originates from Rome in Satire X of the Roman satirical poet Juvenal (circa A.D. 100). In context, the Latin panem et circenses (bread and circuses) identifies the only remaining cares of a Roman populace which no longer cares for its historical birthright of political involvement.

  8. poeturja

    Yes, we see it. We vote but our votes don’t count. We protest but it is ignored. If you have a better solution, would love to hear it. But social class (amount of money) is everything and although some of us in the US think democracy is in operation, think again. Still, I love my country and even though I get discouraged, I will fight for what I believe is just until the very end 🙂

    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      I think you articulate the problem(s) very clearly.

      Quote: “Yes, we see it. We vote but our votes don’t count. We protest but it is ignored.
      Problem #1: continuing to do things we know do not work. Programming.

      Quote: “I love my country”
      Problem #2: patriotism is programming. What is a country? What does it really mean to love a country? I am a cosmic wanderer, tracing my “ancestry” (my own self) throughout the timeless. There is no place I would, or could, call home, and that gives one wings that can never be clipped. No disaster and no prison can hold the wanderers. Current situations or conditions may bring temporary sorrow, or joy, but they always pass, and we always move on.

      Quote: even though I get discouraged, I will fight for what I believe is just until the very end
      Problem #3: if it is discouraging, that’s a sign that “it” is an error and should be eschewed in thought and action. Discouragement indicates dis-empowerment. It indicates that the system is experiencing a dangerous power drain. This is how the “System” holds people in slavery. It drains their personal power and gives them placebos like “sugar and salt” as replacement.

      Quote from you: ” If you have a better solution, would love to hear it”
      Sure I do, but as difficult to apply to one’s life as it is easy to say: self empowerment and detachment. Those are the keys that unlock personal power, or that re-gains it after it has been stolen by the Matrix. From self empowerment through detachment, one can then consciously, deliberately, and with certainty, establish herself. From there on, all choices are my choices. To ensure those choices would no longer serve the Matrix I choose to become an avatar of compassion. Compassion is the deadly antidote to Matrix programming. Imagine for example, if you had a vaccine of compassion and you gave your president a shot of it. Within a few moments he’d go into violent shock, then his brain would explode.

      I sincerely hope I did not hurt your feelings here. Sometimes my comments are abrupt or harsh but never meant to hurt. If I did, I’m asking for your forgiveness.

      1. poeturja

        Oh, no, you didn’t hurt my feelings. I am thin-skinned, but I enjoy what you write and know that you do not write to hurt, only to educate (as you see it). Truthfully, I understand the dissection of what I wrote and your comments on each line. I’m very emotional and although patriotic, I am not a “my country right or wrong” type of person. I was an activist, protestor, and still am in a quieter way. But I appreciate your ability to remain detached. I often wish I could be that way. Maybe it’s astrological 🙂

      2. Sha'Tara Post author

        Thank you for your comment. Astrological connection? Quite possible. Though such connections aren’t a major part of my awareness I do recognize that in this little life I’m Libran (October 3rd) and I’ve often referred to it as being an air head. What else would you call someone who finds her only comfort in existing between worlds? Earth for me is a very pain-filled place but its horrors also contain much intense beauty, an amazing contradiction. I’ll be leaving here soon, but as the saying goes, “I’ll be back!” That’s a promise, not a threat. I’m hoping to bring back help and a different kind of technology to change the face of earth. Last time I left in fear, despair, anger and complete hopelessness. This time I know what this place needs and it’s no longer about me now, but about being a servant of life.

  9. theburningheart

    Well, it’s more than that, Paul was a Roman citizen, and was totally Hellenized, despite of his Pharisee background, plus a lot of the history we posses about him it’s scant, and could have been fabricated in order to fit his ” Christian” image.
    But that itself is of little importance when not even the Epistles by the four apostles, are truly Judaic in the orthodox way at the time, they are also Hellenized, with many Gnostic influences, The Nag Hammadi library (also known as the “Chenoboskion Manuscripts”, or as the “Gnostic Gospels”) is a collection of Gnostic texts discovered near the Upper Egyptian town of Nag Hammadi in 1945. Probably hidden to be protected from destruction when in 367 where condemned by the church at the time.
    The fact the more you study the History of Christianity the more aware you become of many other things, ignored by most people, and it’s sort of a never ending thing.
    I haven’t read it myself but Elaine Pagels has a book about Paul, called The Gnostic Paul: Gnostic Exegesis of the Pauline Letters”
    I have read other books from her and even if criticized by many other scholars, she provide you with a simple, and concise overview as to how things stand. 🙂

    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Thank you for that additional information. I knew bits and pieces of that already but it’s good to be reminded. Time permitting I’ll look up Elaine Pagels’ book, “The Gnostic Paul: Grnostic Exegesis of the Pauline Letters.” Thanks again.

  10. Box of Miracles

    Yes I’ve noticed and I too have pondered over the solution to this mess. Like you say self empowerment has to be part of the solution but it takes courage to dismantle the beliefs we’ve been programmed with and the other slaves will resist you. It’s hard work and quite a lonely path to self empowerment. Perhaps we just need to be patient and trust that enough people will awaken in time to cause the massive change we desire to experience.
    I read an unusual series of books about 10 years ago called The Ringing Cedars Of Russia by Vladimir Megre. These books were instrumental in waking me up to the way the leaders enslave us but the greatest gift they gave me was to question everything the world had taught me and to learn to think for myself.

    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Thank you for taking time to comment. A few basic concepts have kept me “alive” and helped me shift my viewpoint over the years. One of those is freedom. Being very religious originally; reading the bible and classics, studying history, getting involved in politics, I learned what freedom ISN’T. But I still wanted to know what it would be like to be really free. That’s when I discovered self-empowerment. But that in itself isn’t enough. I needed to develop self-empowerment through a valid, specific purpose. I considered my choices: become educated, with degrees and all; become an ordained religious (missionary servant); dedicate myself to pursuit of $$$; or to tackling man-made environmental problems. So many possibilities and all quite available to me. Then I thought, it will have to be something that anyone can do, can emulate, no matter their condition, situation or belief system – a purpose that would be totally inclusive, and I chose compassion, though it wasn’t even on my list. I now think it was a very good choice. Compassion “forced” me to gradually develop humility; to detach from most of my “stuff” I thought I couldn’t live without and to learn to take life as it came, letting go when it was obvious it was the smart thing to do. I see the world in a dystopian way but I know I’m here to serve that world in a compassionate capacity and win, lose or draw, when one is free, those “measures of success” do not come into it at all. There is no hopelessness or despair in compassion. There is only the drive to do the right thing.

      1. Box of Miracles

        I see what you mean about compassion being an inclusive path that anyone can emulate. For most of my life I didn’t realise I was an empath. I unconsciously shut down my feelings to protect myself. When I sought a spiritual path and read books on spirituality I felt very inadequate whenever compassion was mentioned. I understood the concept but I didn’t know what it felt like. It seemed like a quality that only those who were spiritually advanced could embody. Eventually I went through a process where I learned to allow myself to feel and I discovered that compassion was inside me the whole time and now it is my most treasured friend. 🙏

      2. Sha'Tara Post author

        Wow! You’ve done well for yourself; chosen wisely and now you see it too. The outworking of it – that’s not up to us at all. And that is freedom.

  11. polymath0

    Since we are talking gods, I’ll say, “Amen.” Putin, Trump, these are two ugly men who are smart enough to know how to manipulate stupid people. I know the word, “stupid,” is derogatory, but when people eschew intelligence that is the word they choose for themselves.

    Lately, I’ve started feeling protective of my beloved stupid people who are now starting to suffer the consequences they never saw when voting for this guy they thought was just like them. Knowledge really is important. A Muslim who recently suffered from our new ban admitted to voting for Trump, and he honestly didn’t understand how this happened. When someone makes Hatred a part of his campaign, it is what we should all expect. As I tell everyone, ignorance spreads across all races, genders, religions, etc. Ignorance is an equal opportunity employer.

    I still hear people saying, “Can we talk about something else? Can’t we just agree to get along?” I appreciate the desire for peace, because I’m about that very thing. However, avoiding confrontation does not make peace. Ignoring the oppression of those who are not you does not make peace. The sufferers of previous dictators always have one lesson to share and that is that we need to talk and not ignore the problem.

    As always, thanks for your wonderful post.

    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      And thank you for that elucidating comment. People need to be made aware of exactly what you are pointing out – no involvement in conflict (or avoidance of conflict) will not result in peace. I’ve often used the old saw about the rotten apple in the box. You can’t just leave it there hoping that if nothing is disturbed the rot will not spread. You have to dump the box, inspect each apple, turf the rotten ones, and re-pack in a NEW BOX. That is hard work, dangerous, intuitive and highly discerning when we speak of peoples and systems. The other thing I keep in mind (and would rather not) is that I am (we are all) complicit in giving power to oppressive systems, not just the “foolish” ones. Many people voted for Trump out of desperation, hope for some positive change… or just hope in general. I refuse to believe that it was all hate and racism. We need to remember those things. The “deplorables” were pushed into their condition, they did not invent it, or choose it for themselves. When something we relied upon for life for a long time starts to shake loose and fall apart… it’s natural to get scared and defensive.


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