Monday, May 26, 2008
Kathleen Sebelius, with Mark Warner, was voted a "Governor of one of the five best managed states in the country" a few years ago. On abilities alone - say if it was something real important like sports - Warner and Sebelius would be first pick for POTUS or VP. Some knowlegeable say Warner has turned down the VP post. It should certainly go then to Sebelius but two issues: one, sez we (Obama camp) should be beholding to Clinton for some reason (white people are afraid of her) and bring in one of her agents but alors, this is not the court of Louis Quattorze and here in the Land of the Free we don't behold - we serve with honor and dignity and character if we are so blessed to be selected to do so and yield with grace and humility if we are not and two: we are at the end of the third-generation; the post-war period has run its course - the least among us have reached the top already and tipped it over so we can only go forward as per American Idol, seeking to be saved by just anybody. And in the lexicon of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, Revenge Demons are the currency and they are chosen in place of and instead of the true and gifted . . . and the vastly competent and able like Sebelius are overlooked and left behind. This, in a word, is the Age of Kali.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
If Obama picks Mark Warner for VP and Novak says Warner has been consulted about this, then the Senate seat Warner is running for in VA would be abandoned. Warner would be the ideal VP to institutionalize the spirit and elan of Obama and bring it 16 years. Mudcat should take over that Senate race. Mudcat would be a great, great Senator for Virginia. He would take the regions with no problem and he also has a kind of folkloric cache in the beltway towns. Underneath the redneck exterior is one of the shrewdest and most able political minds w/ traditional values of country people and the Democratic Party, and he does know how to turn a phrase. Webb, Warner & Mudcat would be a trifecta for Virginia. Do they have that at NASCAR?
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Bob Dylan provided a theme back when with his haunting song about the times, "The Ballad of a Thin Man" in which a character named Mr. Jones, who was presumed to be a Time magazine reporter, was mystified and afraid by the myriad awakenings of the times. Dylan's iconic scorn called bitterly: "You know something is happening, but you don't know what it is, do you, Mr. Jones?" But it all ended at Kent State. As Jerry Rubin said, after Kent State, "You couldn't get a girl to type your term papers for you anymore." Hippie went corporate with the death of four students. What happened was in fact a shift from an authentic Bobby Kennedyish empathy and compassion a whole generation of a bunch of white kids felt for poor black people in the Mississippi Delta suffering from hundreds of years of suffering, Jim Crow and slavery and fully without resources, to the idea that we are all oppressed minorities just like those former slaves are - all us us, like, students - even us rich girls at Ivy League school like Hillary. It was absurd and tragic naivety, but Mr. Jones finally found something he could hold on to; a radicalism which appealed to the mediocrity of his readership and his joyless heart: It was Hillary's graduation speech from college and it was featured in Life Magazine. Say goodbye to Bob Dylan, say good bye to Eldridge Cleaver and those dangerous Black Panthers - say goodbye to H. Rap Brown and Malcolm and the Chicago 7 and and those freaky Hare Khrishnas and Jimi Hendrix and Janis and Gracie Slick and the Dead . . . and say goodbye to Buddhist monks in saphron robes lighting themselves on fire in Golden Gate Park to protest the war in Vietnam and the fey and stoned at Haight-Ashbury in the astonishing Summer of Love. The Day in a Life was upon us but the Day in a Life had passed. And Mr. Jones had found his avatar of dissent: Hillary. Such strange times today: I was in South East Asia in the time you mention . . . extremely good duty in northern Thailand - even made the Haight scene on my way to Than san nute (hard to spell). Then just last week I saw a PBS documentary of Joan Baez on the stage in Newport in '64, elegant in a black dress and the most beautiful woman on face of the earth at the time, leaning out over the audience, squinting and asking, "Is Bobby here . . . is Bobby here?" Then Bob Dylan walked up the stairs and sang with her with his wooden guitar . . . we were still in the day of the wooden guitar. And I kept looking hard because I was there someplace too in the audience and here I was again, watching all three of us separate and together on television. Extraordinary because after Iowa this year I received a surprising number of emails from people I had not heard from in 40 years and had expected never to hear from again. They were calling because something happened in Iowa; because it changed again; because something was happening and they didn't know what it is. And they don't, do they, Mr. Jones?
Michael: I thought I would put this here on the three yin and three yang as I can use pictures to illustrate. It is kind of confusing. I don’t recall that anyone has put this together like this before –
In a word, when the three male figures appear in a dream or folk lore it portends EXTRAVERTED possibilities - a plan or a discovery which the person will bring to the world - for the dreamer. When the three female figures appear in a dream if portends INTROVERTED potentials. But dreams are not hard architecture – things come down the river – they are simply standard patterns or universals.
For example, when Abraham is met by Three Visitors – they are often pictured as angels – it is a task that he has ahead. He is sent to build something of a tribal/spiritual nature. Likewise when Jesus is met with the Three Magi. You see this in folk lore all over the place and even in pop culture. (In The X Files, Fox Mulder, the seeker, is advised by the Lone Gunmen who, in one of the last sequences, fill in at Scully’s “alien birth” as the Three Magi.) Charles Dicken’s has a perfect expression of this in his story A Christmas Carol in which Marley is met by three specters in dreams. The ghosts let him change his life in a positive way and begin a new program.
The Three Sisters, on the other hand – an archetypal characterization of the Triple Goddess – always appear to take the dreamer on a journey of inward discovery with no particular use to a tribe or a group. Although later it might be of use, because a group’s avatar may learn cosmic secrets there. Greek’s Three Muses,
So in each grouping it is Three – three male or yang and three female or yin. This forms a circle of opposites, much like the tai chi emblem. But the tai chi has a tiny opposite in each of its two regions. The Three Males can be seen as the standard Quarternity anthropologists talk about, when you add the fourth element, Psyche to it - in the West, Father, Son, Holy Spirit, Mary. Psyche is the element which is “not present” – it is “on the other side.” But it is the Unconscious which informs the Three Males in their world of business. If you look at this as a sphere with two halves, the single woman representing Psyche contains – on the other side - the Three Sisters. This is how we always talk about Quarternity in the West – Seinfeld is a Quaternity, Frasier is a Quaternity and The Wizard of Oz is a Quaternity.
I had never heard of a Female Quaternity before but it seemed apparent in that the Three Sisters form such a pattern just as the Three Celestial Males do. The great history of the Triple Goddess is Robert Graves’ The White Goddess who wrote of Britannia’s mythic Earth Mother tradition. The Christmas holiday descends from the Winter Solstice celebration of the Earth Mother culture and there you find the fourth element, the opposite male figure. Every Winter Solstice the Earth Mother gives birth to a boy child, the Sun King, later configured as the Christ Child in the Christmas tradition. This holiday has such resonance perhaps because it is deeply embedded in the human psyche. As mentioned, Arthur is the Deathless Child – the child of cosmic essence – in Britannia, but Taoism, a yin culture, also has basis in the Three Sisters – the Yellow Emperor who founded ancient China is said to have awakened from three goddesses.
There may be some studies of this but I haven’t found any. If you group these elements as figures, the three males and the three females on opposite sides of a circle would give you the 12 of the zodiac – each has a dual face, light and dark (earth and water for the yin elements, and air and fire for the yang elements). But if you make a circle of each three plus one in opposition – two sides of four – then you get a circle which quite resembles the tai chi – each half contains a little of its opposite. You also get an octagon – an eight-sided figure which in Taoism is called a Ba Gua – it is the circle with eight stacks; the emblem of the Dharma Initiative on Lost, and the symbol of the I Ching. It contains the totality of human psyche and impressions in this realm.
If you look back up at the top you can see that the fourth element is actually present in the first image of the Three Magi - it is the star in the upper right handed corner which they seek and it is an eight-cornered star.
I'm probably the only one but I find it interesting that the picture which inadventently became the symbol of an era; Julian Lennon's child drawing called Lucy in the Sky, also has a eight-cornered star in the upper right hand corner.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Obama’s VP: Wes Clark or Jim Webb? DKos diary, 5/18/08
A recent article in the Washington Post says top fundraisers for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have been privately getting together to converge the two teams. It claims there are growing reports that the only way to repair the rift between the two parties is for Obama to pick a top
“There’s a gale-force pressure for Obama to choose a Clinton loyalist as a running mate to heal the party but avoid putting her and her formidable baggage on the ticket,” said one Obama ally in Washington. “You hear the names (Ohio Gov. Ted) Strickland, (Indiana Sen. Even) Bayh, and (retired Gen.) Wes Clark almost constantly, and it’s no secret that Jim Johnson and Tom Daschle are purveyors of that wisdom.”
In making his decision, Obama might consider the importance of the historic moment. As he has been called a transitional candidate, so we are today in a transitional awakening – a springpoint of historical dimensions.
The candidate chosen should be one who intuitively saw the contours of that transition coming, as President Bush and his agents embarked on a misplaced adventure in
The Democrats have taken that path; incrementally at first and now in the mainstream. Democratic policy today on Iraq as it is expressed by Obama can been seen to have historical process and path from September, 2003 when Wesley Clark joined the 2004 race for President, to June, 2007 when Clark’s position on Iraq became the mainstream of the Democrats.
There is no doubt that the current breach in the Democratic Party could be fatal in November, so the question of Obama’s VP is a vital one.
But it is equally important to pick the candidate who will rise with the times and carry the generations with him. And generations here today are more important than region. As VP, Strickland, Bayh or even Ed Rendell, Gov. of PA would help Obama with regions which have been reading unfavorable to him, but – Rendell aside – some of the figures mentioned to bring regional balance and detente with the Clintons are benign Democratic figures and the thinking here goes perhaps: Let’s get a Hillary supporter but a benign one who would be seldom scene and will make no complaints – in the corporate parlance, it would be throwing a bone to the Clintons.
It is always a mistake to do this for in every situation we should strive to pick the best and the brightest among us; even with our enemies, the best and the brightest in opposition make us stronger and better. But in this grouping, General Clark should be the first and only choice considered.
Clark began to conform to the
But that was then and this is now. We are today at the critical Millennial Makover, as authors Morley Winograd and Michael D. Hais say in a recent book of that title (Millennial Makeover: MySpace, YouTube and the Future of American Politics). The generation which is rising now will continue to rise and create policy – create our world – into the next 30 years. The overall inclinations of this generation can be found daily here at Daily Kos. It is a harbinger and barometer of that generation’s hopes and yearnings, and that generation’s clear choice is Barack Obama. So what grows here in 2008, will continue to grow and flower into its own political eco system.
It is no secret that Senator Clinton has little support here. As DKos founder, Markos Moulitsas, recently pointed out, she has never registered above 11 percent in a monthly DKos poll of readers.
Thinking generationally seems to come more easily to the artist, monk and poet. It bugs most statisticians, political scientists and objective analysts because it finds its judgments not by specific causality of one event to the next, but by the study of parallel events and alternating events over extremely long periods of time; hundred-years intervals of thousand-year historical movements. But generations are history’s engine. Consider it this way: Imagine inviting Perry Como to have a role in The Beatles, so as to not hurt his feelings or those of his fans. It just doesn’t work, and bringing in the wrong
But not Wes Clark. As Senator Clinton’s approval ratings were hovering around zero here two years ago, General Clark’s was sky high. He has always been a favorite of the new generation and it was a web-based campaign which originally urged him to run in 2004. He was, with Mark Warner, the first prominent politician to appear at the first Yearly Kos, and all Presidential contenders would follow at the next.
So whatever else is taken into consideration, Wesley Clark would satisfy the needs of the Party and the new generation.
But Jim Webb, the Senator from
“Ronald Reagan's former Secretary of the Navy's got a new campaign book out -- A Time to Fight: Reclaiming a Fair and Just America -- and he is undoubtedly aware of the fact that he's currently topping salon.com Obama Veepstakes" survey.”
Jim Webb is certainly qualified to be President and VP on the First Tier as a former Secretary of the Navy and certainly one of the most versatile and creative individuals ever to enter the Senate. As a well-known author, Webb would pull in the Salon crowd but Obama already has them. Speculation is that as a rural Virginian he would help Obama with voters there. But there is nothing Webb brings to the southeast side of the Smokies and the Blue Ridge that a Southern General doesn’t bring as well.
Clark appeals to the South, the East, the West and the Great White North, and as a generational figure, he links time past with the future. There is a new generation of Democrats rising: Webb, Clark, Kathleen Sebelius, Mark Warner, John Lynch here in NH, hooking up with the Old School and the Wise, including Sam Nunn of Georgia and David Boren of Oklahoma. All of these will converge around Obama into a new kind of Democratic Mandala.
Clark, in his great support for veterans in the '06 race, has already altered the climate of the Democratic Party, bringing a strength of character and a patriotism to Democrats that we have not fully experienced in the most recent years. He should be Obama's first choice in this matter.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
As said below, Lost in the last week's episode has made a transition between Platonic Months; the Age of Pisces is left behind and the Age of Aquarius has awakened. Each age has its External Three - Abraham's Three Visitors, the Three Magi, Taoism's Three Celestial Ones which accompany the new age. Hurley, Ben and John Locke - the Three who intuit the voice of Jacob, are the Three Ones in this transition - one more enters perhaps (Sawyer, possibly) and John Locke takes the initiative in a bodhisattva function - that is, one of these "awakened" with the inner truths brings them to the outside world. And incidently, by linking Old Testament figures with Christian and Aquarian, the Lost telling links at least three zodiac months and possibly more - 6,000 years. The Three Celestial Ones appear in one of the most prinary myths of transition from last to next; they are the three men in a boat who accompany Tamino on his journey to Sarastro in the Magic Flute. In keeping with the Lost themes, The Magic Flute is the journey from the Earth Mother and its church to the Enlightenment and the Age of Reason. Here are two essays from Entering Aquarius on this theme; the first on Mozart's The Magic Flute as the primary myth and text of Entering Aquarius.
The Aquarian Paradigm, from Entering Aquarius
There is in
There follows a series of three films called the Silence of God trilogy, filled with a spiritual angst that was characteristic of the age, which could be interpreted as coming from anxieties that arise from sexual awareness in youth, the political uncertainties of the time, the destabilizing side affects of creating great art or other causes. They are masterful films, perhaps the greatest dramatic presentations of that time. But Bergman’s last major public presentation, a film adaptation of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, is perhaps his most important. It is the only moment in all of his work where the character experiences triumph in the end, and looking at the full body of work it becomes clear that the angst of the middle films were part of the spiritual and psychological struggle to find the character’s achievement in the last, and that those anxieties were allayed by the character’s spiritual victory in the last film. Other work would come, but much o fit seeking box-office cash and finding a generic audience.
Bergman’s rendition of The Magic Flute is a harbinger of the age here and pending. Taking his films out of their historical periods and viewing them as an expression of the artist’s own development and sensibility, his full body of work is a shaman’s journey which traverses ages, starting with The Seventh Seal at the very end of the Christian age and ending with The Magic Flute at the beginning of a new age.
Perhaps none surpasses Mozart’s The Magic Flute (1791) in knowledge of the masculine principle and the feminine, yang and yin, first performed at the high end of the Renaissance as the masculine principle and the Renaissance came to dominate the Earth Mother. In Mozart’s story three warriors guard the Lord of the
Tamino, the hero of the story, follows on a sacred love quest and in the process moves his allegiance from the Earth Mother to the Lords of the
Mozart’s opera marks history’s turning point. It was the time of revolution throughout the world. It marks the end of the ancient regimes and the monarchies of
The Aquarian Mandala from Entering Aquarius
It is worthwhile to look at symmetries as they occur in history and not ignorIt e them or consider them random. The patterns of early Christianity bear looking into as they press westward from Christian Constantinople to empower Christian Rome and subsequently the secular and Protestant movement of northern
Historian Edwin O. Reischauer points out that
Today, we see a reversal of Kipling’s maxim: East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet. Now, East and West, like the recently-photographed galaxy known as IC2163, swinging counterclockwise past its celestial partner NGC2207, appear to be about to form into one unified solar system. Now they cannot be kept apart, and regional cultures like those in Calgary and Vancouver where populations are in the area of 50% Chinese and 50% Canadian Caucasian are in the avant garde of North American life. These cities bring together in harmony Asian and Victorian business and cultural ethics and eastern directions of Taoism and Buddhism. So too, Hindu thought finds its way gracefully into Canadian culture in Toronto and the middle Canadian cities, which have recently received a large number of Indian immigrants. One young filmmaker recently made a film about Lord Khrisna returning to earth as a hockey player. (But doesn’t The Great One already carry that spark which dances amongst the suns?)
It almost appears as if history was waiting for this moment to bring these two forces together in unity. An ancient spiritual force from the East and a new-to-history technical force in the West, as the Dalai Lama generally expressed it recently.
These two forces could not have come together at any other time in history. Nor could they have flowed together into a unique new culture at any place other than the North American continent. The “old souls” of the old world inhibit clear action and when change does occur, so often it merely consists of breakage of the old, as the new tradition of nihilism since the 1830s in Russia, simply breaks the past. Into pieces. But alienation also opens the West to a new future, and that unique but trecherous condition that deprives the American of ancestral lineage and psychological fullness of old world Asian, African and European, welcomes and rapidly adapts to new growth.
The westward movement of the last century is matched now by an Eastern movement from Asia to the
Vancouver, with its Hong Kong cash, is developing as a Paris on the Pacific, but the life force also shows it’s power in the plain people. Jackie Chan, master of the karate opera, is to North America today what Jimmy Cagney was 80 years ago, and if Cagney represented the collective promise and optimism for the millions of immigrants who swarmed to Ellis Island from Europe and Ireland, Chan does the same for the large immigration from the East, who settle primarily as a new American influence to the west and the north of the Mississippi.
This is the Aquarian mandala, which will find creative energy in centuries ahead. This means the development and enrichment of regional cultures on the North American continent, forging one another, helping one another and hating one another; forming new dynamic relationships and creating a new world.
North Americans have more in common with other North Americans than they do with Europeans. This transcends caste and religion, which, in the
Outside of academia, almost none default to Europeanism in
These all three together,
We come together in a federalist state. With federalism, everyone is equal, but no one is connected. This is the Hamiltonian model of federalism and it is singularly responsible for how we develop.
As Revelation closes the gate for one epoch which began its historical march in
And here is Black Elk as the perennial guide – from Cooper to Kevin Cosner -- for the new arrival on this continent who has lost his orientation and is wandering with a sick soul in the desert of the new world: “And the Voice said: Give them now the flowering stick that they may flourish, and the sacred pipe that they may know the power that is peace, and the wing of the white giant that they may have endurance and face all winds with courage.”The recent novel Cold Mountain with its Indian guide is representative of the journey to the Self as it unfolds here on what still is a new continent and in what is surely a new age. As Bunyan’s Christian pilgrim seeks a life of the highest integrity and moral perseverance in a world torn asunder in the 1600s, so Frazier speaks to us today. There are two
Friday, May 09, 2008
For Lost watchers, last night’s episode was a turning point. Ben Linus, who was identified as a Christ figure in an earlier season (The Grand Inquisitor – the Christ wound when he was in the prison cell - Dostoyevsky's chapter in The Brothers Karamazov about the Christ returning and put in prison) tells that he is or was the Chosen One, but it is over for him now. Now John Locke – whose name suggests the Enlightenment – is the Chosen One. This conforms with the millennial shift of Platonic Months; the two-thousand year passages of the zodiac. We have left the Age of Pisces – which began with the birth of the Christ and in which the Christ was avatar – and entered the Age of Aquarius – technically, Aquarius rose just as Lost went to the airwaves. The Platonic Months shift or alternate every two thousand years, as novelist Robertson Davies points out in an essay on the subject, from yin to yang. The passing age, Pisces, was a yin age, marked by water (Victoria, men in ships, world conquest via water). He warns, that - hippie lore aside - Aquarius is a yang age - an Age of Titans.
Linus tells John at the end of this tenure of a burden: Being Chosen has its consequences, as he has come to kill his own daughter, Alex.
Lost creator J.J. Abrams went to
For anyone knowledgeable in this region, there are clear and distinct themes in Lost that were elucidated by Campbell and C.G. Jung.
This is a common dream configuration in Jung and expressed throughout Eastern philosophy and religion and in world folk lore – ocean, castle, cosmic guide, Anima, Self. And here last night on the island, John – who takes the reins from Ben as we enter the new millennium, is asked by Christian (all names are meaningful in Lost) to ask the correct question. John Locke asks the correct question: How can the island be saved? The island is Psyche at its center; it is the House of God and the intuition which comes to us through the intermediary of the Self, comes from there: John Locke is the guide. Without John Locke as guide in the new millenium, we are Lost.
More on Lost at Quigley in Exile and Lost as an Aquarian Creation Myth at Entering Aquarius.