Juvenile Judgement

An excerpt from the fictional tales of Demagogue and Fugue.

Mommy I want more. Mommy I’m scared. Although it’s said in many ways, this is the crux of their argument. Couched and camouflaged under the cover of legitimacy, there are those that greedily take while fiercely protecting what they already have. What happens when scared selfish brats reach adulthood? Look around. Age does not magically manifest maturity.

And for no reason but to bully, those in positions of power push around the weakest among us. Made out to be bogeymen, media mouthpieces manipulate while laws pass and businesses adjust. For what purpose? To protect the sensitivities of childlike minds? Because change is scary? Because having a little less is perceived as having nothing at all?

But there is good news in all this. Fears can be alleviated. Bullies can change. The ignorant can be educated. But for all this to happen, the adults among us must play their part. Fear itself is our enemy, not imagined lack, not fantasy-based foes. We are already under actual attack from little tyrants with their gluttonous grabbers.

We must have compassion for these adults suffering with childish fears, but let us not fall for their false finger pointing. Our only enemy is immaturity. Now hush little-one, mommy and daddy are here. Don’t be afraid. There’s enough for everyone. Shhh, sweetheart. Lay down your sticks and stones, no one wants to hurt you.

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Confused Camels

What’s wrong with being rich (or wanting to be rich)?

It shows that you’re too invested in the material world. The visible world is fleeting and illusionary, so concerning yourself with money, its perceived power, and the hoarding of trinkets, demonstrates a lack of understanding — it’s focusing on a mirage.

Rather than valuing shiny things, value the contentment of others. Do engage with the world, but from a lighthearted perspective — favoring cooperation over competition.

Those focused on illusion are lost in their confusion, while those focused on the contentment of others are themselves contented.

To The Top

You know, not everyone can be on top, there will always be a class system of some sort, if only implied — the cream rises to the top, as they say. And everyone has to get on with their own lives, what can you really do for others anyway? People end up how they deserve to end up, if they’re poor, then they should work hard and make better choices. If people want more, it’s simple, just work harder — perhaps even saving some money for once. To think they’re owed what you’ve earned, is a sign of their sickening greed. Is it any wonder they occupy the position they do? They’re lucky to even have what they have. And instead of having their hands out, perhaps they could try gratitude for once. To think of the money you’ve given to charity and the taxes you pay, it’s sad how they demonize you. Being in a relatable position, I know it’s tough to be criticized for being successful. Well, see you soon, the Devil.

Lessons of Monopoly

When I was a child, I played the board-game Monopoly a few times. I played with older kids and it wasn’t fun — I’m not very competitive plus their experience allowed them to easily dominate.

By the end, I had little property and little money. But sometimes I would miraculously hold out for much longer than typically possible. In other words, sometimes I was the banker.

And as the banker, handling the money, I had a tendency to make it an extension of my own funds. I had no ill intent per se, it just seemed as if that money was mine to do with as I pleased — it was under my control, so why not?

In summation, what I learned from Monopoly was this: those with a head start will tend to dominate — a head start typically comes from experience, outside assistance, or innate ability. Properties and cash will tend to concentrate into the hands of a single player, actual competition will cease, and continued play requires limits on ownership and periodic redistribution of wealth. And of course, without strict regulation, those handling the money can readily profit from their situation.

Gita Commentary – Ch 17

Bhagavad Gita Commentary – Chapter 17

The stubborn attempt to maintain the past, the passionate attempt to influence the perceptible world, but those with understanding devote themselves to what lies beyond the senses. Those believing the body to be the summit of existence, lack understanding.

Even with food, the stubborn consume what is stale and unwholesome, the passionate gravitate towards foods challenging to consume, but those with understanding consume what is nourishing and appetizing.

The stubborn lack focus, squandering resources and effort, the passionate seek reward and empty praise, but those with understanding seek to uphold what is necessary, unconcerned for reward.

Restraining lusts and outbursts, this is discipline of the body. Speaking gently with sincerity of what is genuine, this is discipline of speech. Pruning polluted ideas and stilling thoughts, this is discipline of mind.

The stubborn practice this discipline by abusing the body, tormenting the essence within. The passionate practice this discipline for the sake of reputation and reward, but those with understanding practice this discipline without concern for reward.

The stubborn give scornfully at the wrong time and place, to the unfitting. The passionate give reluctantly, seeking something in return. But those with understanding give to those that lack, in the spirit of wholeness and without expectations, at the appropriate time and place.

Dedication, discipline, and giving begin with recognition of the whole — or else they are worthless — in this world or any other.

Gita Commentary – Ch 16

Bhagavad Gita Commentary – Chapter 16

Fearful, angry, cruel, deceitful, jealous, arrogant — these are qualities of those trapped within the cycle of rebirth. Seeing all things as independent, they lack understanding of the interwoven world.

Chasing cravings without regard for others, they act foolishly within the world, polluted by hypocrisy and self-importance. Believing life’s purpose to be the fulfillment of wants, they remain obsessed until death, forever seeking satisfaction, bound by hundreds of wants and wishes.

Believing themselves separate and capable of individual achievement, their conceit propels them far from the whole. Self-centered, feigning cooperation for their own benefit, they fall far from perfection, sinking deeper within the cycle of rebirth.

Serving as pathways to this lowest state, reject the influence of lust, anger, and greed. With these teachings as your guide, seek the path to perfection and happiness.