A Planetary Soap Opera

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

“Man was created in the image of God (of the gods).  So the ancients believed and taught.  “There is nothing new under the sun”  states an ancient wisdom text (Ecclesiastes). 

“As below, so above.”  (An important awareness, as expounded by the Teacher, YLea.

Earthians love drama, theirs and that of others.  Endlessly, pointlessly, daily, they create and re-create their dramas and melodrama-dramas.  They suffer in them and entertain themselves with them.  All of their systems rely on drama to promote themselves.  Their divinities – whatever they believe in – are nothing if not complete drama.  All advertising is based on drama.  Fashions and fads are drama.  Love affairs, their successes and more obvious failures: all drama.

Why is drama so popular and necessary to life on Earth?  The only conclusion is because every Earthian was “created” to be an actor who performs on cue.  Life on Earth is basically pointless, beginning nowhere, leading nowhere.  Rich or poor, famous or unknown, what is the difference in the end?  Where’s the payoff, whether one is a good or a bad actor?  Whatever is being said has already been said; whatever is being done has already been done. You cross the Mediterranean Sea in a trireme or fly across in a private jet… and the difference is?   

If the Earthian actors were permitted to realize they are but bad actors in an endless soap opera some would probably be intelligent enough to question the wisdom of repeating the same moves ad nauseam.  To keep an entire world as an on-going live performance over hundreds of thousands of years for the entertainment of sophisticated galactic watchers requires great skill on the part of script writers and producers.  Some Earthians do wake up to the fact that all is not as it seems here.  These “actors” are summarily written out of the production: the show must go on.

I have always wondered about the necessity of maintaining vast numbers of unknown and innocent victims — those tens of thousands who die each day of preventable causes.  Who benefits from this?  Not Earth, certainly.  But these “extras” are necessary to the drama.  All those deaths make it so much more real. How long would wars remain popular if no one died in them?  

Would we not be moved to resolve our gross planetary injustices if the power to do so was really in our own hands? Actors say what the script tells them to say and do what they are told to do. So, without committing suicide, how do we get off the stage when we realize we really do not like the part assigned to us? 

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  1. katharineotto

    Well, there’s the “writing your own script” scenario for the brave and the foolhardy. Who or what is writing the script, after all? Monotheists believe their god has “a plan,” but what is its purpose? Entertainment?

    Their god must be pretty bored (and boring) if this is the best s/he can do. Look to nature and the animals, I believe, if you want to grok joie de vivre.

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      1. Hyperion

        Nice to meet you Katharine. I read Stranger in a Strange Land many years ago and it stuck with me all this time. I kept the paperback and still have it. I find each time I venture into it, my perspective is different and it’s always good.

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      2. katharineotto

        Hyperion, I have a copy of the book, too. I was surprised on re-reading that I remembered it so differently. I was looking specifically for the protagonist’s take on humor. As I remembered the book, it seemed that he believed humor was always derogatory about something or someone.

        My response at the time and since, is that puns are not derogatory, but my mother used to say that puns are “the lowest form of humor.” I don’t know where she got that (afraid to look for it), but I believe puns may be one of the most civilized forms.

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      3. Sha'Tara Post author

        To me it always meant a pure form of understanding… without the use of “apps” such as talking and reading. Understanding surpassing knowing, surpassing so-called intelligence. Total empathy?

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Thanks for your comment, Katharine. “Look to nature and the animals if you want to grok joie de vivre.” Yes, I understand that, I’m primarily a nature person after all. But the point wasn’t about finding joie de vivre, it was about acting in an endless sitcom, crime drama, reality TV show. Basically I’m asking what everybody should be asking herself/himself: why am I participating in this repetitive nonsense? Is there no better way? That’s been my lifelong question and my answer is, there must be. So yes, if I don’t want to participate in the “tried and failed” then I have to write my own script – which of course I have done. Does that make me “brave and foolhardy”? Unless I have a point in being a dissenter – a purpose – it’s like a kid standing on the running board of the old farm Model A as it bumps and rattles down a rutted country road. It’s fun and exciting but what’s the point? Well, what if you know it is actually safer on the running board from which you can jump off when the vehicle us about to roll over?

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      1. katharineotto

        Sha’Tara,
        I meant to answer the question of “what’s the point”? Maybe my answer is that the point is to find “joie de vivre,” and that the natural world is not one of endless repetitive cycles. Unless you consider the cycles of the seasons, that is, but even these contain within themselves endless variation and room for creativity.

        I don’t judge “brave and foolhardy,” because these are the leaders, the path-finders. They may fail more often than not, but this is the cost of leadership.

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      2. Sha'Tara Post author

        That brings up the “problem” of leadership and why we should need leaders? Any time we permit ourselves to fall under the spell of any leader, whether charismatic, well educated or Machiavellian, aren’t we admitting that we are not operating to our full potential? The only “leader” I know I can trust is myself. I know of no one in the current miasma of leadership that I would trust in the very least. Leadership is like parenthood. There must come a time when neither is needed, when we wean ourselves of the need to be guided, pushed, controlled and ultimately enslaved to the wheel leaders fatten themselves from or somehow profit from!

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      3. katharineotto

        That’s how I read it, too. I can’t trust anyone’s judgment but my own, ultimately, and lately I wonder about myself, too. How did I arrive at my own notions of right and wrong, or appropriate vs. inappropriate action or thinking? Is there an “objective reality,” and if so, who or what is the touchstone for “objective”?

        It would be nice to be able to believe in a god or gods, and in an ultimate plan, but I’m one of those people who will ask what came before the beginning, and what comes after the end.

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  2. franklparker

    Ever the optimist, I agree with Katerine. We have the power to change the script. Perhaps not at the macro level but certainly at the micro level. And all those tiny changes each of us makes can add up to a major force for good. As we saw at the start of the present health crisis. We must ignore the pleas of those whose only aim is to profit from our greed and continue to do the right thing.

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Thanks for commenting, Frank. Yes, that is how I was taught in my early years. Do what you know is right and don’t follow the mob. Which is damn fine teaching and when you are very young, you can’t know that such teaching has been the vogue for hundreds, more likely thousands of years and, if one is honest, it hasn’t accomplished much, has it! The problem is that there is “something” or some force that always manages to grind the good into the societal pabulum so that it becomes mere teaching and slogans and of course the constant, unvarying charitable organizations billionaire-backed philanthropies. I received some high quality teaching when I was young (never mind later and of a different sort) and such was the norm in my world. We were to live selfless, virtuous lives. We were to be self-effacing, caring, ever willing to help those who asked. Yes, I did see some of that, and I did some of it because it was the “right” thing to do. But it certainly did not create any wave of positive change. I don’t believe it was even expected that a child would take such teaching seriously enough to attempt to live them. I think it frightened those in authority because it exposed their own hypocrisy. So the teaching was muted out and the modern world was subjected to the decadent public education of the sixties and on to this day. End result: corruption everywhere. The drama repeats.

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      1. franklparker

        I can’t help thinking that your proximity to the corrupt disUnites States of America distorts your vision, Sha. Over here in Europe the people and their governments have been working hard at improving life for their fellow citizens since the end kof WWII. It has not been easy, and sometimes it seems to be breaking down (I’m thinking Brexit and the rise of the Right in France and elsewhere), but even the UK has not reached the depths plumbed by your neighbors. There even the ‘Left’ is way to the right of most of Europe yet gets characterised as ‘Socialist’ by the nutters currently in charge.

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      2. Sha'Tara Post author

        Ahhh… I’ll give you “full marks” for your observation. Yes, my focus is primarily on the US – the Great Thief that has taken Canada’s natural resources – minerals, oil, gas, water, lumber with hardly a pittance paid back; forced down the value of the Canadian dollar, currently being held at 3/4 the value of the US dollar; meddled in our government’s attempts to impose environmental safeguards upon exploitative US corporations. If Uncle Sam wants help to fight his endless wars Canada has to be there to provide its percentage of cannon fodder. If Canada dared refuse, or make deals with other nations, presto: regime change, perhaps even blatant take over. Then there’s the constant awareness of what the US empire is doing in helpless, exploitable sovereign nations, particularly in Latin America. Add to that the awareness that the US maintains close to a thousand military bases throughout the planet, threatening every nation on earth that does not do the bidding of the monster. However, I don’t know about Europe. The EU had a chance to get rid of NATO – read US control – and chose not to. That says it all for me. As for France, it was mostly a Nazi country when Germany invaded in 1940 and it’s only the strong Communist presence that made it possible to launch a serious counter-offensive in the ensuing years. Vichy was a Nazi enclave and all of France almost became a Vichy regime. So no surprise as to what’s happening there now – part of that infamous cycle I like to write about. The Nazis weren’t defeated in Europe, they went underground and learned to wear business suits instead of uniforms. They weren’t defeated in the US either and in Israel they are called Zionists. Political recycling.

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  3. Hyperion

    I have never quite put Drama in the right context as you have here, Sha’Tara. I like it. It fits. It seems in the general public across the globe we have descended into a drama fest. It’s similar to a hog calling contest where the loudest hog caller wins. What my grokulations tell me is, I don’t like drama. I must be partially okay. What do I do? Let the drama unfold elsewhere and try not to let crow cackling define how I validate my self and find inner peace. See, I have been paying attention. Finally, I realized that no mater what program I run on, there will be bugs, hackers, and viruses. Maintaining a good defense against the drama and as the generation before me said, turn on and drop out. I can do that without the aid of drugs.

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Thanks for your comment, Hype. Without repeating what I wrote already, it comes down to self empowerment, doesn’t it. That’s what gets an individual off the stage and away from a truly badly written script.

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      1. Hyperion

        Indeed it does, Sha’Tara. Following blindly along in another person’s cause is a sign of weakness in which the consequences to the followers are seldom mourned. In this world we are thankful for the rat trap, not the rat.

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      2. Sha'Tara Post author

        “…we are thankful for the rat trap…” So well said. As a “natural born” dissenter I’ve observed people expressing their “thankfulness for their rat traps” over and over, the latest scare-demic labelled “Covid 19” being the best example yet. People in the rat trap feel safe from the imaginary demons that are assailing their non-existent security. Plisca Place offered a post that goes into details, using “Hunt for Red October” film. (https://pliscaplace.wordpress.com/2020/10/16/the-hunt-for-red-october-a-brief-but-evocative-illustration-on-the-social-engineering-of-fear-socialengineering-film/) The question posed in the movie is, “how do you get people to collectively do what they would not normally even think of doing?” Answer: you invent an even greater danger than the one they are currently in. As you know, that was how Captain Marko Ramius got his crew to leave the submarine: collective fear of a non-existent threat of radio activity. They had to believe “the man in charge” since they had no way to disprove the claim. The basis
        behind the COVID 19 manufactured pandemic. People put themselves in the illusive safety of the rat trap invented by those who stand to gain (and have gained) from the manufactured disruption.

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      3. Hyperion

        Ah, the trick so often used in the last few centuries, and why not? It’s very effective. The Ottomans are coming, Domino Theory, the War on Terror, the Pandemic, Global Warming or Climate Change is like shouting Taliban, Fascist, Isis or Racist at fence posts and bunny rabbits. The fence posts stand their ground and the bunny rabbits look for a burrow to dive in. While the outcomes may not be what was expected, the agenda remains the same. Well, at least we are easily predictable.

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  4. deteremineddespitewp

    There again, we could still be working at a level which is advantage amongst other native Life forms to the way they live, but however is not suited to a species which has evolved with the abilities to alter the environment to a substantial degree enabling it to currently dodge extinction events (for the moment).
    In short we are driving down a road at 90mph while thinking we can eat and sleep at the wheel.

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Thanks for commenting, Roger… and very well put. I have an image in my collection of a family sitting in front of the TV watching a nuclear bomb going off. In the window you can see the actual bomb going off but it’s what’s on the TV that matters… Somehow, it has to be entertaining or it isn’t valid.

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  5. George F.

    Endlessly, pointlessly, daily, they create and re-create their dramas and melodrama-dramas. I’m coming to the conclusion that without our self creating drama, we would die of boredom staring into the void of nothingness. GROK GROK GROK

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Yes George, and thanks for that comment. Isn’t the boredom also part of the drama? How close is pervasive boredom to depression? Participating in the drama is indulging denial. Take religion, take politics, take economics, how do we put up with the crap? We turn it into entertainment, whether comedic or bloody serious. We participate in the social drama because it’s expected or it provides a means to forget reality. Sometimes it gets serious, like having to go fight a war, if for no reason, or being poor and evicted from one’s apartment for not being able to pay the rent and as we walk away with whatever we can carry, we go learn to pay another part in the game, huh? What is learned? What will the next generation definitely do differently that will amount to a permanent and positive change? The answer is: nothing. Speaking of nothing, people are also petrified of having to face nothingness because that is what mirrors their lives. Why is various social media so popular? It hides the utter emptiness of modern living. The sad part is, it isn’t just modern living, it’s the way we live, the way we are. It’s our unwillingness or inability to create real, lasting change. To create something of ourselves we were not born with, we were not “educated” to have, and the system gives us no room to develop into.

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  6. George F.

    Drama substitutes for true purpose.
    I may quote myself, put those words into the mouth of Paul.
    What fun. The book you recommended is in the mail coming my way!

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  7. Sha'Tara Post author

    Quote: “Drama substitutes for true purpose.” I so “grok” that! Not sure I was actually “recommending” the book but be that as it may. I hope you’re good at speed reading, there’s lots of padding in there. I’m halfway through and if it wasn’t rank curiosity as to how it ends, I’d have dropped it already. OK, so I have a real problem with paragraphs of descriptive narrative. Do I need to know the guy’s tie is blue and white striped and hangs slightly to the left? In the midst of some supposedly heavy action, do I need to pause and ponder that her hair is chestnut brown and down to her shoulders; that his 3-say stubble needs shaving? Are these people being paid by the word or just anal? I’d say read it though, as there’s the two sides of the Nexus and those danged nanites are in there…

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  8. katharineotto

    I know something about boredom, because I’ve spent a lot of time there. I’ve come to the notion that boredom, like depression, is undirected energy. My personal cure for boredom, and for depression, is to do something useful, even some piddly thing that starts the energy flowing again.

    In looking to the natural world–my guru, if you will–I don’t see much boredom or depression. Perhaps the grasshoppers and viruses are smarter than humans are? Will human hubris (also a human trait) allow us to believe roaches are more intelligent, only because they have survived 248 million more years than Homo sapiens (“wise man”) has?

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Quote: “In looking to the natural world–my guru, if you will–I don’t see much boredom or depression.” Exactly. I’ve observed the birds, the animals, the insects and plants and never seen any sign of boredom. There is always something going on, movement with serious purpose with the calls, cries and chirps all part of an amazing cacophony that celebrates just being alive. How/when does “wise man” celebrate being alive? Only when he can for incredibly brief moments escape the endless pressure cooker called societal conformity! My conclusion is that mankind, almost to the last person, is utterly mad, driven to its insanity by an even madder, totally artificial and pointless system. Lately my greatest moments of joy come from stopping long enough to appreciate how close I am to my physical death, my “translating” if you will. Long ago I thought that suicide was a legitimate means of escape but the Teachers warned me against that path, so I’ve been impatiently waiting for the day of my parole. I’m done with the madness – it has become just too palpable, too real. This death planet is so not my world!

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      1. katharineotto

        Well said (written), Sha’Tara and I agree that this world is a prison for some of us, unless we look to nature for its joy.

        My sense of humor (especially about myself) has been my saving grace, for most of my life, but lately, it seems I’ve lost it

        Humanland is no help, but my chickens have a knack for making me laugh. They exist somewhere between domesticated and wild, and they are so spontaneous that I live in awe of them.

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