Letter to an Anarchist by Frank Thomas Smith
I don't blame you for being an
anarchist. After all, I was once one myself. I also read the famous anarchists
– Godwin, Proudhon, Bakunin, Kropotkin, Tolstoy, Thoreau, etc. I don't remember
much of what they wrote, but I do remember that they were convincing. Also you, having been born in Argentina and living all your life here, have
witnessed the stupidity, inefficiency and corruption of governments; of police,
many of whom besides being corrupt and brutal, are more criminal than the
criminals they lackadaisically pursue. And Argentina is not alone in this
respect. So it is understandable that you blame the
institution of government itself; who needs it? We'd be better off without it.
Democracy is a sham because the powerful interests easily manipulate it...
Carta a un Anarquista traducida por María Teresa Gutiérrez
No te culpo por ser anarquista. Después de todo, yo también
lo fui. Y también leí a los famosos anarquistas
Bakunin, Kropotkin, Tolstoy, Thoreau, etc. No me
acuerdo mucho de lo que escribieron, pero sí recuerdo que eran muy
convincentes. Además, por haber nacido en la Argentina y vivido toda tu vida aquí, has sido testigo de la estupidez, la
ineficiencia y la corrupción de los gobiernos; de la policía, muchos de cuyos
miembros además de ser corruptos y brutales, son más criminales que los
criminales que persiguen sin mucho entusiasmo. Y la Argentina no es única en
este aspecto. Así que es
comprensible que le eches la culpa al gobierno
como institución; ¿a quién le hace falta? Estaríamos mejor sin él. La
democracia es un engaño porque los intereses poderosos la manipulan con
To Love a Spy - Chapter One by Frank Thomas Smith
Baumgartner and Dr. Hans Staudenmaier were huddled over a map of West
Berlin in a small basement room with no windows. A long fluorescent
light on the ceiling hummed like a beehive. They were preparing a
list of objectives that the Soviet Mission Military Patrol was to
photograph on its next rounds. Actually they were suggesting; the
Russians would decide. It was, they both knew, frustrating work, for
they seldom knew if their allies approved their suggestions. Hans
Staudenmaier, a robust middle-aged man with a goatee and rimless
glasses, was doing the selecting and dictating to Rachel, who made
notes in German, which she would later translate into Russian, in a
stenographer's spiraled notebook made in West Germany. She was young
and pretty and intense; there was a certain hardness about her which
would have seemed unusual in one so young if we did not know that
they were in the building in East Berlin that housed the STASI –
East Germany’s State Security organization.
Levels - A Tale of Gods and Saints, of Revolution, Murder and Time by Gaither Stewart
I find it curious that
with the passage of time many former places of worship of various
religions—cathedrals and temples, synagogues and mosques, or
the pyramids in the jungles and deserts of the world—change
their nature from the holy sites of worship where the presence of
some god or the other was once perceived, and morph into museums and
tourism destinations. And so over the span of its two millennia of
existence the same has happened with the Basilica of San Clemente in
Rome that my father introduced me to when I was a small child...
A Journey to the Stars by Frank Thomas Smith
evening Nicky and his little sister Caroline were sitting in the meadow near
their home at the edge of the forest. The sky overhead was like a cape of black
silk encrusted with brilliant jewels.
many stars are there in the sky, Nicky", Caroline asked.
I can see that, but how many?" she insisted.
Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raid by Virginia Woolf
The Germans were over this house last night and the
night before that. Here they are again. It is a queer experience, lying in the
dark and listening to the zoom of a hornet, which may at any moment sting you
to death. It is a sound that interrupts cool and consecutive thinking about
peace. Yet it is a sound--far more than prayers and anthems--that should compel
one to think about peace. Unless we can think peace into existence we--not this
one body in this one bed but millions of bodies yet to be born--will lie in the
same darkness and hear the same death rattle overhead. Let us think what we can
do to create the only efficient air-raid shelter while the guns on the hill go
pop pop pop and the searchlights finger the clouds and now and then, sometimes
close at hand, sometimes far away, a bomb drops...
Zoroastrianism, Judaism and Christianity by Hannah M.G. Shapero
Judaism, and Christianity share so many features that it seems that there must
be a connection between them. Does this connection really exist? If so, how did
it happen? And how much of the similarity between these faiths is due simply to
parallel evolution, rather than direct contact and influence? The simplest answer to the first question
is, yes, there is a great deal of Zoroastrian influence on Judaism and
Christianity, but the problem is that it is hard to document this exactly, at
least in the early stages of Judaism. The evidence is there, but it is all
"circumstantial" evidence and often does not stand up to the rigorous
judgment of scholarship. Nevertheless, I will dare to present these ideas
assertively, with the qualification that there will likely be no definite way
to prove them either true or untrue...
V A L I S by Philip K. Dick
"VALIS (acronym of
Vast Active Living Intelligence System from an American film) A
perturbation in the reality field in which a spontaneous
self-monitoring negentropic vortex is formed, tending progressively
to subsume and incorporate its environment into arrangements of
information. Characterized by by quasi-consciousness, purpose,
intelligence, growth and an armillary coherence." After that discouraging definition, I
advise the reader to ignore it and enjoy the book. If, however, you
are expecting the usual Philip K. Dick science-fiction novel, you
will be surprised and either disappointed or excited by VALIS –
for it is not your usual sci-fi novel. I, in what might be called an
untoward gush of enthusiasm, call it one of the most important
American books of the twentieth century and certainly the most
original one... Continue reading
Literature in a Locked Down Land by William T. Hathaway
are one of the few growth industries in the USA today. They are becoming
money-making institutions, and profits are rising. New ones are being built and
old ones expanded to hold all the new slave laborers being captured. The
prison-industrial complex is the epitome of capitalism.The
USA imprisons a far higher proportion of its population than any other country,
730 people per 100,000. As of 2011, our prison population was 2,266,832.
Problems of Nutrition - Vegetarianism by Rudolf Steiner
past I have spoken here on a variety of subjects concerning spiritual life.
It may be permissible today, therefore, for me to touch upon a more prosaic
theme from the standpoint of spiritual science. Problems of nutrition
undoubtedly offer a more mundane subject than many we have heard here. It
will be seen, however, that particularly in our age spiritual science has
something to say even concerning questions that directly affect everyday
Destiny of Humanity and the Evolution of the World by Rudolf Steiner
In the course of
this lecture cycle, I should like to set forth several things
connected in the most intensive way with the being of man,
the formation of man's destiny, and what might be called
the relationship of man in his entirety to world-evolution.
I shall proceed immediately to the center of this matter by
pointing out that the whole evolution of man's life on earth is
connected not only with what we observe with our ordinary waking
consciousness but also intensively with what takes place during
sleep, from the time of falling asleep until awakening. Doubtless earthly
culture, civilization, derives its significance primarily from
what man is able to think, feel and accomplish out of his waking
state. Man, however, would be utterly powerless, in an external
sense, unless his human forces were continuously renewed in the
period between falling asleep and awakening by contact with the
spiritual world...Continue reading
"Apologia" concerning the publication of the the First Class Lessons: Apologia
Nine Lectures on Bees - Lecture Two by Rudolf Steiner
Good morning, gentlemen! I will add just a few remarks to the statements made by Herr Müller, remarks
which may perhaps be of interest to you, though
naturally, as far as the present day is concerned,
the time has not yet come when one could really apply
these things in practical bee-keeping. For the
moment, on this side of practical bee-keeping, very
little can be
said, since Herr Müller has already given you a
beautiful account of the way things are managed
you listened to him attentively it must have occurred
to you that this whole question of bee-keeping
has something of the nature of a riddle. Obviously,
the bee-keeper is first of all interested in what he
has to do. Everyone must, in reality, take the
greatest interest in bee-keeping, for in fact more in
human life depends on it than one usually thinks...
Karmic Relations, Volume III, Lecture Five by Rudolf Steiner
members of the Anthroposophical Society come into the Society,
as indeed is obvious, for reasons that exist in their inner
life, in the inner condition of their souls. And as we are now
speaking of the karma of the Anthroposophical Society, or rather
of the Anthroposophical Movement altogether, showing how it
arises out of the karmic evolution of members and groups of
members, we shall need to perceive the foundations of this
karma, above all in the state of soul of those human beings who
seek for Anthroposophy. This we have already begun to do, and we
will now acquaint ourselves with certain other facts in this
direction, so that we may enter still further into the karma of
the Anthroposophical Movement...
Elf King - Erlkönig by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Who rides so late through night so wild?
It is the father with his child.
He has the boy secure from harm,
He holds him tightly, he holds him warm
My son, why does your face show fear?
You don't see, father, the Elf King near!
The Elf King with crown and tail?
My son, it's mist within the vale...
Love's Letter by Frank Thomas Smith
My sister Faith was
first to go,
Her blood was
staunched and ceased to flow.
Never was she the
And won't return till time is ripe.
My other sister's
name is Hope;
Never was she
one to mope.
Her eyes, once
fawn's, now sadly droop,
She walks with an
ancient's wary stoop....
Annabel Lee by Edgar Allen Poe
It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
love and be loved by me.
I was a child and she was a
In this kingdom by the sea;
But we loved with a love
that was more than love-
I and my Annabel Lee...
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