On Prejudice Against Metaphor

June 15, 2012

Socrates: What is an atheist?

Atheist: Someone who does not believe in God.

Socrates: What is sacred to an atheist?

Atheist: Knowledge.

Socrates: What is Satan a metaphor for?

Atheist: Evil.

Socrates: What is ignorance?

Atheist: Ignorance is the lack of knowledge.

Socrates: Why are you an atheist?


Anamnesis ∨ Amnesia

June 15, 2012

Speaker: What did you always know?

Collective: That water is life, milk is food, and warmth is love.

Speaker: What did you forget?

Collective: That water is life, milk is food, and warmth is love.

Speaker: What do you now remember?

Collective: That water is life, milk is food, and warmth is love.

Seriality, Synchronicity, and the Dream World

June 14, 2012

Paul Kammerer wondered how different cultures separated in space arrived at similar discoveries — pyramids, mathematics, astrological observations — at the same time.

Carl Jung developed his idea of Synchronicity from Kammerer; I adapted Jung’s idea into a Synchronicity of my own.

Conjecture: we always heard each other’s dream consciousness; now we begin to hear each other’s wakeful consciousness. Similar discoveries coinicide in time because we share one awareness.

Jung hypothesized the collective unconscious; and now we intentionally grow the conscious side of our collective awareness.

Action ∨ Attention

June 14, 2012

Socrates: Philosophy does not cook the rice.

Buddha: Nor does negligence.

When Rams Collide

June 14, 2012

One ram wins

One ram loses

Or both rams die

C J C: Pacifism is Evil

June 9, 2012

(Scene: The Dalai Lama, the Archangel Gabriel, Satan, and all of Creation.)

Gabriel: Your holiness! I wish to witness the wisdom of your Pacifism.

Dalai Lama: The meek shall inherit the earth.

Gabriel: Indeed. My friend Satan has agreed to destroy Creation.

Dalai Lama: That is his karma.

Gabriel: Yes, it is. And he does not oppose his karma.

Dalai Lama: Nor do I. Satan is wise.

Gabriel: And so are you. My friend, Satan, please destroy the Cosmos.

Satan: The Dalai Lama will not stop me?

Dalai Lama: Violence begets violence. I will not oppose the karma of Satan.

Satan: I am glad. And all of Creation respects your Pacifism.

(Satan proceeds to destroy the Cosmos.)

Dalai Lama: Can I help?

The Donkey

June 7, 2012

(Scene: Nirvana. Buddha, Socrates, and Christ sip ambrosia. A thunderclap. A donkey appears.)

Buddha: Welcome, friend, to paradise!


Socrates: He seems heavily burdened. What does the poor beast carry?

(Christ approaches the donkey and peers into its sacks.)


Christ: He is burdened with outmoded-doctrines, prejudice, and ignorance.

Buddha: Friend! Lay down your baggage! This is paradise!


Socrates: We’re not getting through to him. Maybe the poor animal is not ready for Nirvana.

Buddha: So it would seem. I’m sorry friend, you must be reincarnated.

Donkey: EEEE-AWWW!

Buddha: Friends, what shall be the next species of this poor animal?

Socrates: I suggest a Homo Sapien. Maybe then he will learn the meaning of Love.

Buddha: Harsh choice, but I agree. And what shall be his karma?

Christ: Let the animal grow to be a Cleric. Maybe then he will learn the meaning of Wisdom.

Buddha: Friend, you have many burdens you need to abandon. Maybe next time we see you, you will be ready to enter paradise.


(A thunderclap. The donkey disappears. In the distance, the whisper of a baby being born is heard.)

Christ: To be honest, I’m glad the animal’s gone. It smelled.