I read that jellyfish are, or may be – scientists aren't sure
yet – immortal.
seems they grow old, but instead of dying – like us –
they become young again. It's true. Check it out
at the New York Times. Well, I am not a jellyfish, and hope never to
be one. Nor can I get very excited about their alleged immortality.
But it got me to musing on the question of immortality of a more
advanced species – like us – or the absence thereof, not,
I admit, for the first time...
Musing on Mortality -or- The Jellyfish Connection by Frank Thomas Smith
Meditando sobre la Muerte -o- La Medusa Conexión por Frank Thomas Smith
Hace poco leí que las
medusas son, o quizás sean –los científicos no están aún seguros– inmortales. Al parecer, envejecen pero,
en lugar de morir –como nosotros– se vuelven jóvenes nuevamente. Es cierto.
Fíjense aquí en el New York Times. Bueno, yo no soy medusa, y espero
nunca serlo. Ni tampoco me entusiasma demasiado su supuesta inmortalidad. Pero
la noticia me llevó a meditar sobre la cuestión de la inmortalidad, o de su ausencia,
en una especie más avanzada como la nuestra, y no por primera vez, debo admitirlo...
THE United States
government has been trying for almost a decade to hush up what it
did to Khaled el-Masri, a German citizen whose story of mistaken
identity, abduction and abuse was one of the low points in the
C.I.A.’s post 9/11 “war on terror". This morning, the
cover-up ended. The European Court of Human Rights held that Mr.
Masri’s forcible disappearance, kidnapping and covert transfer
without legal process to United States custody nine years ago
the most basic guarantees of human decency. Notably, the court
found that the treatment suffered by Mr. Masri in 2003 “at the hands
of the special C.I.A. rendition team,” at an airport in
Skopje, the capital of the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia,
“amounted to torture.”
U.S. Extraordinary Rendition Condemnded by James A. Goldston
The Holocaust in Cambodia - "The Bones will Speak" by Julia Masis
States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC plans a new
exhibition on Cambodia's Khmer Rouge, but it is uncertain if the
American secret bombing of the country, which some analysts say
helped the radical Maoists come to power, will be included in the
presentation. The temporary exhibition, which is scheduled to
open in the next 12 to 18 months, will feature photographs, video
footage and artifacts from the Khmer Rouge regime that some estimate
is responsible for the deaths of approximately two million Cambodians
between 1975 and 1979. The exhibition will also discuss the ongoing
United Nations-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal.
West Side (Jewish) Story by Frank Thomas Smith
In November 2012 the
United Nations voted to upgrade Palestine to a nonmember observer
state. Although more symbolic than practical, the symbolism is strong
because of the word “state”. The United Nations thus in
effect recognized an independent Palestinian State. As expected,
Israel and the United States voted against the motion, while almost
everyone else voted in favor or, in some cases, abstained. It should
be understood that it is not Hamas that is recognized, but the
legally recognized Fatah organization situated on the so-called West
Bank, which is willing to negotiate with Israel and has done so...
Fearful Symmetry by Frank Thomas Smith
Hey, there's a cat
under the car," Constanza exclaimed, and ran to look closer. She had just turned nine, dark hair, dark eyes, a cute nose in a pretty face.
The car, a 1991 Ford
Falcon, the last such model made in Argentina, was standing in a crowded Buenos Aires supermarket parking lot. It had long since been
fazed out in the rest of the world, but Argentina had fallen in love with it so it persisted here, manufactured anew, for three decades longer. It had been especially favored by the military dictatorship goons to kidnap and "disappear" people. It was in excellent condition. It was Constanza's father's car; her mother drove a new Ford Ka because she liked its postmodern lines...
I wish to begin today's lesson – without you taking notes, only listening at first – by speaking the mantric formula which points to what has resounded throughout the ages, first from the Mysteries, but previously for the Mysteries from the script written in the stars, in the whole cosmos, and which resounds in the human soul, in the human heart, as the great challenge to humanity to strive for a true knowledge of self. This challenge; “O man, know thyself!” rings forth from the whole cosmos.
Lessons for the First Class of the School for Spiritual Science at
the Goetheanum - Lesson Eight by Rudolf Steiner
Karmic Relations, Volume II, Lecture 7 by Rudolf Steiner
Today we shall begin to consider the inner activities of the
soul which can gradually lead man to acquire conceptions, to acquire thoughts, about karma. These thoughts and conceptions are
such that they can ultimately enable a person to perceive, in the light of karma, experiences which have a karmic cause. Looking around our human environment, we really see in the
physical world only what is caused by physical forces. And if we
do see in the physical world something that is not caused by
physical forces, we still become aware of it through external
physical objects of perception.
History of the Anthroposophical Movement - Lecture 3. The Opposition to Spiritual Revelations by Rudolf Steiner
In wishing to
describe the development of groupings which have a certain
connection with the Anthroposophical Society, I yesterday had to
make reference to the impact of H.P. Blavatsky, because
Blavatsky's works at the end of the nineteenth century prompted
the coming together of those whom I described as homeless souls.
Blavatsky's works have very little to do with anthroposophy. I do
not, however, want simply to describe the history of the
anthroposophical movement, but also to characterize those of its
aspects which relate to the Society. And that requires the kind
of background which I have given you...
All Hell Breaks Loose in Dornach or The Judith von Halle Phenomenon
by Stefan Gyr
with its massive concrete façade, the Goetheanum looms over
Dornach and Arlesheim. At the foot of the hill, just half a kilometer
down from the very center of anthroposophy, she has pitched her tent
in a one-time carpenter’s workshop: Judith von Halle, by
far the most controversial figure in the movement founded by Rudolf
Steiner. Since Holy Week 2004, the 40 year old architect,
originally from Berlin, claims to bear the wounds of Christ, the
so-called stigmata, and not to have eaten a morsel of food. Even
water she consumes in limited quantities. And all this without
any significant weight loss or physical health problems...
Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d by Walt Whitman
When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd,
And the great star early droop'd in the western sky in the night,
I mourn'd, and yet shall mourn with ever- returning spring.
Ever-returning spring, trinity sure to me you bring,
Lilac blooming perennial and drooping star in the west,
And thought of him I love...
Letters to the Editor
Deeply humbled, feeling strengthened to meet what comes with insight. Thankful. I have many questions but hesitant to explore as there are many chem trails crossing my sight to the sky and hindering my simple sun gaze at sunset through the trees. Not liking this so much I feel interfered with but still must go make dinner anyway and make it good. Inter-feared with is a better way of putting it
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