I’ve never previously heard of Koestler… someone to investigate…
I really like some of these quotations from Arthur Koestler;
Einstein’s space is no closer to reality than Van Gogh’s sky. The glory of science is not in a truth more absolute than the truth of Bach or Tolstoy, but in the act of creation itself. The scientist’s discoveries impose his own order on chaos, as the composer or painter imposes his; an order that always refers to limited aspects of reality, and is based on the observer’s frame of reference, which differs from period to period as a Rembrant nude differs from a nude by Manet.
The Act of Creation, London, (1970) p. 253.
Without the hard little bits of marble which are called ‘facts’ or ‘data’ one cannot compose a mosaic; what matters, however, are not so much the individual bits, but the successive patterns into which you arrange them, then break them up and rearrange them.
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Couldn’t have put it better myself:
Such a radical act of humanity. The concept of liberty says I may become a target for standing for liberty since liberty is entirely subjective. One person’s version of liberty says that it is appropriate to kill me for living outside of what their ideology dictates.
Attempting to find ground where liberties are basically respected will always seem like a tyrannical act to some people’s sense of liberty. We see it every day, it is the source of many of our greatest daily frustrations, upsets, crises and tragedies.
Liberty is always a marketplace, which makes it potentially dangerous for all and simultaneously beneficial for most. Can there ever be perfection inside liberty? Of course we try to do our best, we learn, we fight it out all the time, but what would it take to play all out for the ideal of liberty?
Liberty itself is a battleground…
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This may well be an unusually brief blog on this subject but it’s clear there are no reasonable arguments to be made for the continued social policy of prohibition and criminalisation of drugs, the spurious suggestion that removing these barriers to taking drugs will encourage significant uptake is farcical. Convinced by the medicinal value of some psycho-active substances, I do not subscribe to Russell Brand’s advocacy for total abstinence but I still really appreciated his recent documentary. The big reason for ongoing prohibition which I suspect is the elephant in the room on this issue is one I haven’t heard put forward lately.
Politicians are either:
1/ paid off by or
2/ too scared to confront
…the secret service/mafia entities who use cash from black market economies to fund their activities. Immediately after 9/11, the first target for Western forces were the opium fields of Afghanistan where thousands of troops were posted to protect crops, later distributed globally under the cover of body bags and military operations. Black Ops have to get funded somehow and black market commerce is one way for secret government departments and associated shadow dwelling agencies to get liquid. Incidentally, cheap heroin and other such narcotics are also great ways of suppressing any revolutionary spirit. There are very convincing sources suggesting Vietnam may well have been instigated and sustained as a means of dampening the spirits of the black civil rights movement in America by introducing waves of young black man to the copious supplies of opiates in the East.
Personally, I think the issue around drugs is not so much to be solved by political policy as by addressing the corruption of the statute based legal system. Drug use is not a common law crime, it is an inherent right that men and women must be able to affect their nervous systems without interference. It is the unlawful practices and manipulation of the police force that begs reform in my opinion.
It seems to me that we are perched at a point in time where we see an interesting interweave of circumstances that could provide the means to curb the oft repeated cycle of control by a small minority. This pattern, I believe, has the potential to be disrupted. Continue reading The End of the Control Mechanism?
The minute that a sufficient number of people grasp the truth of what’s laid out clearly in this blog I’m reposting here, we can find ourselves with a very different world. It is singularly the most ignored and equally powerful information regarding our modern society. It also touches on why Alex Jones and info wars have never and will never present any genuine solutions.