The Syrian Orthodox Church was established by St.Peter, the chief of the Apostles and the first patriarch in AD 37 at Antioch (now Antakya in Turkey). The church suffered all kinds of tortures and hardships from all quarters right from its establishment, but its flag still soars high. Today the church is spread around the globe spanning 27 countries headed by a patriarch residing at Damascus in Syria.
Generous hands are Blessed hands.
It is unfortunate that anarchy is regarded as a purely negative thing. I've met several anarchists and they aren't bomb wielding maniacs with agendas to take us back to the Dark Ages. Instead they are against the old forms of government. Ever since the end of World War Two Nazi propaganda tactics have been combined with Freudian psychology to sell us a certain reality tunnel. Education and the mass media have been as much as turning citizens into placid robots as it has been about opening up the potential of the human mind for thought, expression and powerful intuition.
Academia is horribly slow in catching up. It is almost a rule that any break-through in the sciences will only become orthodoxy after being ridiculed by the presiding generation of professors. None of Einstein's revered peers endorsed his radical new theories of the space-time continuum. At the end of Einstein's life when he was placed as the leading mind of his age he too ridiculed the theories of new up and coming physicists that have since Einstein's passing become universally accepted.
Sons of Anarchy advocate a breaking down of the barriers of authority and the systems of repression built into state education programs. We reject the agenda foisted upon us by the mass media. We look to the fringes, the outsiders and the visionaries who now seem mad, but in the future will be revered. Most of all we reject the asymmetry of information that helps the ruling elite hide the true reality of how they are exploiting and cheating the masses. For example, why is that democrats argue with republicans and socialists with capitalists over the spending of tax money? They are hijacking the debate when what we should be continually asking is how much of my tax dollar is being given in contracts to the military-industrial complex? You moan about asylum seekers and Mexicans and any vulnerable outsider but how much of your tax dollar really goes to these people? How much goes to people who are already impractically rich? Are you stupid enough to imagine that they will let you join their ranks or that the over time you put in at work will really change your position in society?
It is only by a clear presentation of the facts that matter and the subsequent ground swell of desire for change will things ever get better. Every day the news should remind us that there is no such thing as an 'eco car' and that carbon levels have reached critical levels. Instead they tell us about some stupid little rally on the stock market.
A true anarchists loves the people and wants to see real democracy - the will of the people represented and carried out by the people and a total removal of the systems of nescience that maintain the position of an unworthy ruling elite. Every man can be a ruler.
When I read about men and women that have devoted their lives to a worthy cause, I’ve got to admit that it often makes me feel quite inadequate. These people regularly take on authority, seemingly without a second thought for their own personal safety or freedom. The depth of their spirit seems unlimited and it often makes me wonder what it is that sets these people apart from the rest of us mere mortals?
Oh how I would love to be more like them, but it is just not in my nature. I am by design a law abiding citizen, someone for who civil disobedience is an anathema. I’m not saying I wouldn’t love to be at the head of a mass demonstration, or lead a picket line against a tyrannical boss, but my natural inclination is to toe the line, which means I tend not to get involved.
Recently I was trying to think of a time when the rebel in me had seen the light of day, and I’m embarrassed to say that those times have been few and far between. I do remember one time though, a few days after I’d just bought the best electric shaver I could afford. I woke up late that day and in my rush to get dressed and ready for work, I left home without taking a shave! Not much in comparison to some peoples achievements, but for an entire working day the rebel inside me swelled with pride for at least 9 hours!
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The Syrian government of late has made it very hard for fans of freedom to express themselves without serious consequences. This makes the recent release of emails taken from the Syrian presidents account particularly irksome.
While his government does everything it can to maintain power, he continues his daily life as normal. For the citizens protesting against his regime, this must be absolutely galling! The emails have revealed scantily clad images of a girl with long black hair, something that is certain to outrage Syria’s more pious citizens even more than his outrageous abuses of the citizenry.
As he continues to oppress his people, the nation of Syria continues its’ descent into downright anarchy. The outside world watches helplessly as he – with continued support from a couple of major UN security council members – continues his activities without sanction.
Our thoughts and prayers go the oppressed and dying in Syria, and we hope that someday soon their situation changes for the better!
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It is interesting to note that the present coterie of powerful bankers, political advisors, share brokers and analysts that congregate in Wall Street and Washington espouse a form of right wing Republicanism that they claim is partly inspired by the writings of Ayn Rand. She was a Russian born novelist and philosopher whose major work was Atlas Shrugged.
In this giant book she described a movement of nationalization in America where all the major industries are taken over by a ’people’s’ bureaucracy that states that all things should be shared for the benefit of all. The novel is a powerful expose of the hypocisy of this communist point of view that claims to bring universal prosperity but instead brings industry, the trains etc. to a stand still. She states strongly that those excpetional people who can set up a business, invent a better type of steel, make a train faster should benefit from their inventions, drive and resourcefulness. People are ruined by handouts. This is all doubt partly true and the novel was very much influenced by the disastrous autocracy of Stalinism and Maoism.
We need people to pioneer new forms of enginnering such as EDM electrodes for precision cutting, internet engineers, innovative scientists etc. Those who invent and pioneer should be rewarded. There are, however, plenty of businesses that owe their success to little more than outsourcing to poor countries, bought government contracts, old school boy connections, mafia links etc. These businesses would not receive the Ayn Rand endorsement. Moreover, how can she argue with the success of many cooperative and syndalist companies around the world where the workers own the company, vote on wages, choose their managers and equally share the profits? And on the other side of the coin, why would Ayn Rand choose to fete Goldman Sachs who lied to their investors about the quality of their financial products and then bet on those CDOs etc. failing?
There is a moral dimension to Ayn Rand’s philosophy of business that the far right fail entirely to understand.
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Those of us who take an active interest in politics and the state of our nation are often also concerned with the state of our bodies. This is why to be able to participate fully in society, it is vital that we take care of our bodies. The right sorts of food and drink gives us the required energy for both physical exertion and mental focus. Every cell in our body runs on sugar. Therefore whether we are campeigning or demonstrating, using our physical body or debating, using our mental prowess, our need for the right kind of fuel is apparent.
Fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes, in other words, (whole) plant foods, are pretty much the best that mother nature has to offer. I like politicians with principals rather than those who pander to fickle voter appetites. In the same way, I want to avoid processed foods designed to taste good, but don’t have any nutritional substance. Put simply, we should all eat more fruits and vegetables. This is a principal that we would all do well to live by. Making juices from whole fruits will help you to live the kind of life you were born to lead.
Youtube has information about the best juicer for overall health. This kind of information was unavailable to us just 10 years ago. The internet is a powerful resource that should be used for the good of mankind
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