Mitt Romney measured on prospects for Iowa win - latimes.com: "“I don’t have any expectations to set for you; I don’t really jump into the expectations game,” Romney said after speaking to more than 100 supporters at the tiny Coach Stop in Londonderry. But asked about his second-place finish in Iowa in 2008, Romney said “expectations” were “very different this time.”"
No Mitt. You will finish about the same way this time, I expect. And you have expectations this time that you will do better. But for you the reader - The above is the logical form for what you can expect from our genial not-front-funner. It's called double talk.
Ugliness Renewed: Gingrich and the Judiciary - Andrew Cohen - Politics - The Atlantic: "We think we have escaped some of the ugliness of our past. But we really haven't. The names of the judges change. So do the causes they rule upon. But the destructive assaults upon the judiciary remain the same. The coming year will see landmark court rulings on some of the most sensitive social issues of our time. And you can bet that the federal judiciary will be scapegoated when those rulings come down. Each of us, then, will have a choice to make in 2012, about how we want judges treated in the future."
Daily Stock Market Activity - NYTimes.com: "Wall Street stocks traded in a narrow range on Tuesday as investors found few reasons to continue buying in what was expected to be a light-volume session following recent gains."
The headline says it all. Cars and oil will not lead us to the promised land. Moving beyond both will be a start in the right direction. The reason the market has devolved into unproductive trading (aka getting rich quick with no work) is because the headline is true and has been since Reagan's good-natured depredations.
Google: Five things to look for in 2012 | Digital Media - CNET News: "But there's little doubt that Chrome share is on the rise. And that's crucial for Google because the browser gives the company the ability to push the Web standards it favors as they emerge. What's more, Google seems to be moving beyond the notion, floated when Chrome launched in 2008, that its browser was primarily about enabling people to see Web pages faster."
We are seeing Citizen's United in spades in Iowa. The power conferred by the Corrupt Court on Anonymous Distortion of Democracy. It is something the people need to see and understand. Jesus called such exercises of the principalities and powers hypocrisy.
It has been years since I did psychosynthesis with my friends David and Judy Bach. I remember times when I was helped through carhartic actions like banging pillows to release some emotions. But mainly I remember the reality of quick access to the unconscious, the ease of creating and dealing significantly with sub-personalities and the ultimate sense of self-acceptance that comes from the conviction that one does indeed possess a higher self, that the self is a spectrum, not all good not all bad. We move along that spectrum, hopefully higher and higher.
I Am Not Linking This to Any of the Myriad Sites that Discuss Psychosynthesis - Yahoo! Voices - voices.yahoo.com: "My impression is that there has always been an esoteric side to Psychosynthesis, a sort of Alice Bailey, theosophical, Steineresque throwback. I have little use for such thinking which I believe is actually a sort of elitist twinge that developed in England in the 19th Century as religion itself began its long and continuing collapse. I tend to believe in a much simpler set of things which does not require a vast menu of New Age terms and concepts.
Jesus whether fact or fiction. More than Hamlet. More than Barack. More than anyone else."
The first idea is that we are more than id, ego and superego. These Freudian pillars ignore the reality of a higher self. This is the moral center which is more than superego. It is a center of selflessness or generosity, It is not formed only by environment or training.
In other words, our nature contains a spiritual aspect that connects us to others, that gives us the impulse to do good and to achieve the higher ends in life."
"The First is that whose being is simply in itself, not referring to anything nor lying behind anything. The second is that which is what it is by force of something to which it is second. The third is that which is what it is owing to things between which it mediates and which it brings into relation to each other."
"Perhaps I might begin by noticing how different numbers have found their champions. Two was extolled by Peter Ramus, Four by Pythagoras, Five by Sir Thomas Browne, and so on. For my part, I am a determined foe of no innocent number; I respect and esteem them all in their several ways; but I am forced to confess to a leaning to the number Three in philosophy. In fact, I make so much use of threefold divisions in my speculations, that it seems best to commence by making a slight preliminary study of the conceptions upon which all such divisions must rest. I mean no more than the ideas of first, second, third—ideas so broad that they may be looked upon rather as moods or tones of thought, than as definite notions, but which have great significance for all that. "
"l. Long it has been only too manifest that, fondly habituated though we be to it, the old structure will not do for modern needs; and accordingly, under Descartes, Hobbes, Kant, and others, repairs, alterations, and partial demolitions have been carried on for /247/ the last three centuries. One system, also, stands upon its own ground; I mean the new Schelling-Hegel mansion, lately run up in the German taste, but with such oversights in its construction that, although brand new, it is already pronounced uninhabitable. The undertaking which this volume inaugurates is to make a philosophy like that of Aristotle, that is to say, to outline a theory so comprehensive that, for a long time to come, the entire work of human reason, in philosophy of every school and kind, in mathematics, in psychology, in physical science, in history, in sociology, and in whatever other department there may be, shall appear as the filling up of its details. The first step toward this is to find simple concepts applicable to every subject."
How about tolerance - in all meanings of the term.
Helpfulness - balancing community with individuality and setting a marker for what actually helps
Democracy - in all meanings of the term
Non-isdoltry - fallibilism, humility, continuity, community