Wednesday

What's it all about to me.

OUch, just look at today's headlines:

House Dems talking more about impeaching Trump | TheHill

The Hill

Theresa May Faces No-Confidence Vote Wednesday Over Brexit Anger


France declares deadly shooting at Strasbourg Christmas market to be an act of terrorism




Saturday

The Trump Problem

The Foolish King - Short Bedtime Stories for Kids

The Foolish King


Once upon a time, there was a foolish King who believed that he was the cleverest of all the people in his kingdom. He was convinced that nobody could trick him. Every day he displayed his wisdom in his palace, and predictably, his minsters applauded every word he spoke. 

Not satisfied, the King decided to find out if there was anybody in the world who was smarter than he was.

He ordered his ministers, “Find a person smarter than me. A person who is clever and can outsmart me. Search the world and bring a person before me. I will test him and if I beat him he has to be my slave.”

The King’s ministers set out to find such a person who can take on the King. They met several wise men, but they were smart enough to know that if you compete with the King, you may end up being the slave. Therefore, nobody was ready to take up the challenge. 

Worried over the prospect of returning to the King without any challenger, the ministers reached the very border of the kingdom. They decided to spend the night in the nearby village. The villagers here were poor because the farmlands belonged to the king. Besides, he charged the villagers a hefty tax for using it. Therefore, the villagers were left with nothing, even if they toiled throughout the year.

Despite their hardship, they treated the king’s men well. They gave them a hearty meal, and entertained them around a campfire lit in the village center with stories, poems, and riddles. During the course of the evening, one fellow caught the attention of the ministers. He was very quick with his answers and clever in his ways. His name was Vonik. They approached him and suggested that he travel with them to the King’s palace, and compete with him. 

Although reluctant at first, Vonik agreed to go with them. He said, “I won’t take my coat or my hat. I will come with you if you agree to take me to King just like this”. The King’s men agreed and they took him to the king.

“So you think that you are very clever”, the King asked Vonik, when he was presented before the King. He then commanded, “I challenge you to trick me”. “But I am warning you, I am a very tricky customer, and you will not be able to beat me” the King added.

Vonik replied, “I am afraid of just that, your majesty. I would not have come if I had time to think. I left in such a hurry that I forgot to take my coat and hat, and even my tools to trick people”.

“You use tools for tricking people?” the King was intrigued. 

“Yes, your majesty”, Vonik replied.

"I would like to see the tools that you use. Why don’t you go home and return with them", the King ordered. 

“But I need 100 horse pulled carts to bring them all. And it will take at least six months to load them”, Vonik replied.

“Take whatever you need from my stables, but come back as soon as you can”, the King was becoming impatient.

So Vonik took the 100 finest horses from the Kings stables, 100 carts and set out towards his village, Just before leaving he asked the King again, “If I lose to you, I will become your slave, but what if I win?” 

“That won’t happen. However, for the sake of the contest, I can make a promise. What do you want?”, asked the King.

“I want something that you never use”, Vonik was quick in his reply.

“Okay”, the King said, and Vonik left for his village.

Once in the village, Vonik split the 100 horses between the villagers and with their help completed one season of cultivation. All the grain was cut and filled into the granaries within the stipulated six months. 

At the end of six months, Vonik filled his carts with empty wine containers, and left for the palace.

The King welcomed him and demanded to see the tools that he brought. Vonik started unpacking them, and the King’s dog came into the room. Seeing a stranger, the dog went up to Vonik and sniffed him.

“There is another problem, your majesty”, Vonik told the King. “This dog just told me that my wife is seriously ill, your majesty. I have to go. Please lend me your best horse, so I can reach their fast”, requested Vonik.

The King relented on the condition that he will return as early as possible. Vonik reached his village and sold the black horse given to him and bought a black donkey instead. He came back sitting on the black donkey.

“What is this? What took you so long and where is my horse?” the King exclaimed.

“The horse turned into a donkey on the way and that’s why it took me so long to reach home and return. Why did you give me such a horse?” he asked the King.

“Sorry, I didn’t know that. He was fine all the years I rode him”, the King sounded almost apologetic. 

“Now forget all that, have a seat. And when are you going to try and trick me? “, the King queried.

“Sit down your majesty. Let me ask some questions. Did you ever use any tools for outsmarting people? asked Vonik.

“No”, said the King.

“Then how did you believe that I use some tools to do that. If you focus, you will realize that I already tricked you once,” said Vonik.

The King had no alternative, but to accept. 

“Now did your dog ever talk to you? How did you ever believe that it I talked to me?“, asked Vonik.

The King was beginning to see the light. 

“Now did the black horse ever turn into a donkey all these years? You believed that as well. If you notice, I tricked you three times already”, Vonik said triumphantly.

The King realised he had lost the duel. As per the agreement, he asked, “Now I have to give you something I don’t use. What do you want?”

“Your head” pat came Vonik’s reply.

The foolish King got scared and began trembling. Vonik took pity on him and said, “But you can give me something else instead. That farmlands and forests should be returned to the villagers to earn their livelihood”.

The King readily agreed and gave back the villagers rights. Vonik returned to his village and lived a long and happy life.

The foolish King never tried to ascertain his smartness again. 

Moral: Those who think they are the smartest, are usually the biggest fools. People who think they are wise, when they are not are worse than fools. (English proverb)

Tuesday

Mary Celeste gone missing and the number 64


On this day (December 4th) in 1872, the Mary Celeste was found in the Atlantic Ocean, about 400 miles (640km) east of the Azores, with some of the sails still set but no sign of life anywhere.  In a fictional recounting of the incident in 1884, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle -- be still my beating heart -- would write an embellished retelling of the story stating that there still being half-eaten meals in the cabins, hot coffee on the stove, and cigar smoke in the air.  These details were a fabrication, but is true about the story is the ten crew members were never seen again and the ships cargo (1,700 barrels of commercial-grade alcohol) untouched. 

There were no signs of force or mishap, just the silent ship floating on echo-less waters.

The ship was found on the other side of the Atlantic ocean, and so we can rule out the Bermuda Triangle, what we can't rule out though is....


In other news, Space X launched its Falcon 9 with 64 satellites on it.  Why 64?  Am I the only one to see something funny in this number?  I mean, there are 64 condons in our DNA code?  The I Ching has 64 Hexagrams?  And if you really want to get down to it:


  • As a product of 8 x 8, it is the expression of a realized totality and perfect.
  • According to R. Allendy, this number represents the "static realization - even number - of the cosmic unit - 6 + 4 = 10 - in the blooming of the beatitude. It is the final liberation which allows to the being to realize its full individuality after its cycle 4, in the links of the cosmic Karma, 60". It would represent also the natural forces acting in union with the providential determinations of the Cosmos.
  • Being the cube of 4, the number 64 represents the physical world of the four elements to the third power, in the plenitude of its expansion.
  • According to Claude of Saint-Martin, this number represents the "complement of the octagonal circle where the powerful number, after having covered all the depths of area and of the existence of the beings, restore the unit in its simple number, there where it was divided, and the action where reigned the nothingness and the death".
  • Symbol of the paramount chaos.

Bible

  • It is the number of generations from Adam until Jesus according to the Gospel of Luke.

General

  • The mother of Buddha had, according to the tradition, to born in a family endowed of 64 species of qualities.
  • Age of the Virgin Mary when she died, according to visions of Ann-Catherine Emmerich.
  • The mathematician W. R. Ball reports the following legend: In a temple of Benares, there is a dome under which a plate of bronze marks the center of the world. On this plate, there are three vertical stems of one cubit height. During the creation of the world, God placed on one of the stems 64 discs of gold of different sizes, the largest at the basis, the others going decreasing. In top, the smallest disc. This accumulation is the tower of Brahma. Night and day, without stop, the priests relay to transfer the discs from a stem to another. Only one disc must be take at once and it is forbidden to place a disc on another of lower diameter. When the 64 discs will be transferred from the tower of Braham to an other stem, the temple and the Universe will crumble. This will be the end of the world.
  • The Chinese tradition wants that Confucius has had 64 generations since Hoang-ti, founder of the dynasty.
  • The 64 devas of the Abhavara class, at the Indians.
  • The 64 Koua (hexagrams) of the Yi-King.
  • To the funerals of Alexander the Great, the mortuary chariot was dragged by 64 mules.
  • The 64 persons in China who carry the skin of the defunct emperor.
  • The 64 "tantras" (books) of the "tantrism", which is a form of Hinduism.
  • The magic square using the first sixty four numbers is associated with the Mercury planet and has for sum 260.
                           64  7  6 60 61  3  2 57
                           49 55 11 13 12 14 50 56
                           41 18 46 21 20 43 23 48
                           32 34 27 37 36 30 39 25
                           40 26 35 29 28 38 31 33
                           17 42 22 44 45 19 47 24
                            9 15 51 52 53 54 10 16
                            8 63 62  4  5 59 58  1
    
  • The 64 nucleotides of the genetic code.
  • The 64 squares of a game of chessboard.




Sunday

I Ching advise for President Trump for the month of December 2018.

So, in preparation one my 2019 I Ching reading for the USa, I decided to do a divination toss for the Month of December.  And what a mysterious thing.  Or, is it?  

The first coin toss was the feminine Yin, the rest... wait for it... all Yang.  Here is the Hexagram:


In the translation I use (Cheng Yi translated by Thomas Cleary) this Hexagram for the USa in the month of December, stands for Meeting.  Other translations are "coupling" and "coming to meet."  Regardless, its inner trigram is ☴ (巽 xùn) ground = (風) wind, and its outer trigram is ☰ (乾 qián) force = (天) heaven.  "Heaven" is above and "wind" is below; wind blows under heaven.  What is under heaven are myriad beings, which are all touched by the wind as it blows. 

What kind of meeting?  Well, one yin has just been born, and will henceforth grow gradually to fullness.  This is the woman growing strong.  When yin grows, yang wanes; when the woman is strong, the man is weak.  

Continuing on with my quotation from Cleary's translation, Meeting is the hexagram in which yin first arises and is going to grow.  When one yin arises, it grows gradually to fullness.  When yin grows, then yang wanes; such is the growth of the ways of petty people. 

What?  Who ever could he mean by "petty people" that will "wane" from the growth of the feminine Yin?  

Moving on, jumping to the 4th yang line, it says: In a time of meeting, the fourth line, in a high position, loses its subordinates.  The alienation of its subordinates is due to its own loss of virtue.  The fault of the fourth line is that it is not balanced correctly.  When those in high places are not balanced and upright, they lose their citizenry, and therefore have trouble. 

So, seems like Donald Trump is in a world of hurt if he doesn't find his balance.  I for one, hope he does.  My advise to you, sir, go into the Rose Garden and contemplate on what you are doing.  Take a few deep breaths and go inward for a second.  Let go of your ego, and find your Way; for if you don't, as the Hexagram says: Because the fourth line is out of harmony with those below, speaking in terms of government and citizenry, this means that people in superior positions will inevitable run into trouble when their subordinates become alienated from them. 

In the fifth Yang, it is written that there will be a meeting, and the superiors and subordinates come together out of mutual need.  The willow is a tall tree with large leaves, representing great people in high positions who are able to embrace others.  Willows are beautiful.  A melon is a plant with its fruits on the bottom.  Excellence in low positions characterizes wise people of low status.  The fifth yang, honored in the position of leadership, still seeks wise people among the lower ranks.  For those in the highest position to seek those in the lowest position is like wrapping a melon in the willow leaves.  This means that the leaders are able to humble themselves in this way.   

So, if Trump wants to make it through this, he needs to humble himself.  It would be great for the USa if he did so.  His political survival might depend on it; however, and warning: When leaders are humble to seek wise people, if the leaders' qualities are not right, the wise will despise them.  Therefore it is imperative to "embody beauty," in the sense of inwardly developing supreme sincerity.  Then "there will be a descent from heaven," which means that the objective will be attained.  Since ancient times, whenever leaders have sincerely humbled themselves and sought wise people in a balanced and correct way, they have never failed to find them. 

Now, what are the chances of this happening?...  I don't think even the I Ching can go that low.  

~~ Eso Terry Joe








Saturday

Bush 41 Yin or Yang?

So Former President, George W Bush (Bush 41) died yesterday.  He only served one-term as president because he was a moderate at a time the Conservative Right Madness of Today was just beginning to grow into the Donald Trump Escher painting it is.  

In this morning’s news, I was shocked to find an article on Bush 41 stating that he was an Environmentalist.  In a  Forbes article titled “The Surprising Climate And Environmental Legacy Of President George H. W. Bush (google it, I definitely won’t link to it), they give Bush credit as an environmentalist because of the “Global Change Research Act of 1990” signed by him as president.  This is bullshit, Bush 41 signed it because the Democrats had control of the house and senate and he had no choice!  Truth is Bush 41 thought Global Warming was a joke, and when running against Bill Clinton called Al Gore “Ozone Man” to great applauds from his supporters at his rallies.  I know, I attended one here in Dallas.   




Now, as with every Yin there is a Yang,  and the truth is, Bush 41 was a moderate and the kind of Republican I once was.  When Bush 41 was running against Ronald Reagan he called Reagan’s race-to-the-bottom tax cuts “Voodoo Economics.”  Funny how Forbes didn’t want to tell us about that?  Or how about this one, although kept secret — except in a book Bush 41’s wife Barbara wrote where she admits they didn’t want to piss off the Power Religion and so keep it secret — Bush 41 also believed in a Woman’s Right to Choose and the proof of this is as much in his silence on the subject as it is with Barbara’s forgotten book.  


Now there’s a story for you Forbes! 

Which brings me to today’s subject boys-and-girls: the Tai Chi.  Yes, that symbol of light and darkness which really seems to represent former president George H. W. Bush’s life.   


Although the Tai Chi symbolizing is familiar to many, some may not realize that the white stands for an emerging foreground, while the black stands for its containing background.  Basically the Tai Chi depicts the modern idea of active field and passive ground.  Yang and Yin are complementary necessities to each other.  Bright yang cannot actively emerge without having a dark background; yin cannot passively contain without having something to hold.  One cannot exist without the other.  They do not fight as in Western thought; instead they enable each other to exist.

The Tai Chi’s dot of white within black, and of black within white symbolizes the dynamic potential for the forces to change into each other — meaning that the background can rise into foreground by giving it attention, as meanwhile the foreground will recede into the background of attention.


Consider the familiar vase/faces of gestalt psychology.  You may suppose that in this image, white symbolizes the actively emerging yang foreground, while black symbolizes a passively holding yin background.  But that isn’t quite the case, for if it were so, then you would only see the white faces and never the black vase. 




"What's it all about?" you ask.  

Well, Bush 41 was a CIA man when Kennedy was assassinated.  He was referenced in a FBI memo, and then, of course, became the head of the CIA in the 70's out of nowhere.  He wasn't even an agent.  

I believe, now that Bush 41 has passed over, there will be some truth on the Kennedy murders come to light.  Some seeds he planted somewhere.  

You wait and see. 

I'll leave it there and let this creative video I made back in the 90's explain the rest. 

PS

I think I was totally respectful of the guy here, wasn't I?  I mean, I once had to wait 30 minutes on Stemmons Freeway for his motorcade to pass so he could give a speech at the Hilton... I'm just saying. 


~~ Dr TV Boogie