The Mysterious Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat

I have many destinations that I would love to travel to.  But I have always been interested in ancient sites with mysterious histories over any tourist sites that may capture the attention for some people.  I am not the type to go to 5 star hotel resort vacations, I would rather hike into dense forested areas, mountains, deserts, or other difficult places with the intent to explore and learn from these ancient mystic sites.  Traditionally I have always wanted to see the Giza Plateau and visit the Sphinx and The Great Pyramid.  Then I wanted to travel to India and visit some of the mystic domains in that country such as the Bodhi Tree, Bodh Gaya.  Bodh Gaya, located 100 km (62 mi) south of Patna in the Indian state of Bihar, is the most venerated sacred place in Buddhism.  It is the place where Prince Siddhartha Guatama, while meditating beneath the Bodhi Tree, attained enlightenment and became the Buddha.  A visit to Nepal would have to come next.  I have also wanted to visit a Zen Buddhist monastery in Japan.  The list goes on from Easter Island (Rapa Nui), to Machu Picchu, and Nazca to anywhere there remains an ancient megalith site on this planet.

But I’ve recently thought that there is also another place I would like to visit. That would be in the Country of Cambodia, a site of the ancient Khmer civilization and one of the world’s largest religious mystical sites: the mysterious Angkor Wat.  This was once a place heavily influenced by India, and many of these temples were dedicated to the Hindu gods.  Later on the influence was replaced by Buddhism.

Temple-Angkor-Wat-Cambodia

 

Ta Prohm Mystery

Hordes of tourists descend on Cambodia every year for the sole purpose of visiting the temples at Angkor.  This magnificent series of temples, carved out of the jungle in the 12th and 13th centuries by Khmer devaraja, or god-kings, is still the largest group of religious complexes ever created.  Yet most visitors miss one of its more intriguing mysteries.

At Ta Prohm, near Angkor Wat and built by the epic builder king Jayavarman VII in the late 1100s, a small carving on a crumbling temple wall seems to show a dinosaur – a stegosaurus, to be exact.  The hand-sized carving can be found in a quiet corner of the complex, a stone temple engulfed in jungle vegetation where the roots of centuries-old banyan trees snake through broken walls.

After parts of Tomb Raider were shot here, the temple got a PR lift and has become one of the site’s top tourist draws.  But many of the package tours are still ushered in and out without spotting the enigmatic dinosaur carving.

Several different theories have been advanced to explain its presence.  Some maintain it’s a recently-carved hoax, while others say that the ancient Khmers could have unearthed a fossil and figured out what kind of creature it belonged to.  One theory has it that the image actually shows a cow or rhino with a palm tree in the background – the palm’s fronds being easily mistaken for the fin-like blades running down a stegosaurus’ back.

Or maybe the carving is evidence that dinosaurs really did live on until much later than previously thought. (Creationists would certainly like to believe so.) Perhaps here in the humid, ancient jungles of Southeast Asia, where the climate has remained largely unchanged since the dinosaurs’ days, giant reptiles lived on well into the human era – long enough to persist in the Khmer folk-memory.  If only these walls could talk, we might have a clue.

The ancient and elaborate temple at Angkor Wat is not the only interesting site to see when visiting Cambodia.  Archaeologists have been discovering hundreds of temples, many still buried beneath thick jungle growth, strewn across the whole surrounding area.  A picture is emerging of buildings that connected a thriving society across a broad region.  Could soon-to-be uncovered stone carvings somehow intersect with biblical history?

Australian archaeologist Damian Evans employed “lidar” technology to find new temples far faster than the old way—that of hacking through jungle and hoping to hit some valuable hint.  Lidar uses reflected laser light to measure fine elevation details.  Dr. Evans had focused on a mountainous area northeast of Angkor Wat named Phnom Kulen and found that roads and canals once connected temples and houses probably even beyond his mapped area in Cambodia’s interior.  Lidar revealed Mahendraparvata and two dozen additional hidden temples, mostly buried and untouched by looters.

Evans told Australian news source The Age that with lidar, “all of a sudden we saw an immediate picture of an entire city that no one knew existed.”  Even the local villagers had no idea that an ancient temple lay virtually beneath their feet.

The temple at Ta Prohm—with its tree root-draped stones providing a picturesque scene for visitors—lies fewer than three miles from the oft-visited major Angkor Wat complex.  The Khmer people built it and the many surrounding temples during Europe’s Middle Ages.

Ta Prohm is increasingly famous for its bas-relief of what appears to be a stegosaurus, expertly carved into the temple stone many centuries ago—long before paleontological dinosaur reconstructions. Ta Prohm’s central stele carving shows a date, translated onto the A.D. calendar, as 1186.  Parrot, swan, water buffalo, and monkey carvings adorn the same structure, showing the ancient artist’s expertise at reproducing known animals.

The nearest stegosaur fossils come from faraway China. It is therefore very unlikely that the ancients carved a stegosaur likeness based on fossils.

Dinosaur carvings, sculptures, and paintings within ancient ruins confront the view that dinosaurs lived and died millions of years before man.  But they are just what one would expect within the context of biblical history. Genesis says that God created man and animals, including dinosaurs, on the same day of creation week.

Did the ancient Khmer people personally observe stegosaurus, as the anatomically-correct rendering at Ta Prohm clearly suggests?  If so, then those dinosaurs represent descendants of their kind that traveled on board Noah’s Ark.  This implies that later generations of stegosaurs migrated from the Ark landing site in the Middle East to Southeast Asia.  They may have gone extinct from Cambodia through human interactions similar to those causing the 2010 extinction of the Javan Rhino from neighboring Vietnam.

The next task for archaeologists will involve carefully removing the covering jungle from Mahendraparvata’s ancient stone walls.  Erected centuries before Angkor Wat, will its temple carvings reveal more dinosaur-looking creatures? And if so, will secular researchers choose to show findings that challenge their basic beliefs, or will they suppress evidence as they cling to secularized history?

Echoes of Silence; the beauty and mystical ambiance of Ta Prohm. Angkor, Cambodia

Mythic statues line the causeway over a moat leading to the south gate of Angkor Thom

Phnom Bakheng

Sunset@Angkor Wat

 

Now and Zen

I want to make one thing absolutely clear. I am not a Zen Buddhist, I am not advocating Zen Buddhism, I am not trying to convert anyone to it.  I have nothing to sell.  I’m an entertainer.  That is to say, in the same sense, that when you go to a concert and you listen to someone play Mozart, he has nothing to sell except the sound of the music.  He doesn’t want to convert you to anything.  He doesn’t want you to join an organization in favor of Mozart’s music as opposed to, say, Beethoven’s.  And I approach you in the same spirit as a musician with his piano or a violinist with his violin.  I just want you to enjoy a point of view that I enjoy.

Alan Watts

Experience the world as a child!  We freely except vibrations of color, sound, and motion, but as we grow, we are taught to judge what is good, and what is bad in our encounter with the world.  We accept our concepts and forms of our language and confuse them from what is actually going on.  We engage the world through our intellect, and become lost in the words and reasons we attribute to the world, without experiencing that what is as it is!

Our psychological abstractions that makes us human, also alienates us from our being in the world.  We have forgotten to be in the moment and can lose ourselves if we do not attend to the here and the now.  There is the now and zen, both which are mutually inclusive.  To be in the here and now is to be in the zen of a moment.  Attending only to the sensory stimuli of the world, but not calculating it, measuring it, or labeling it, but rather to experience it without distraction; that for what it is as it is without human interventions of language and thoughts!

  • A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts.  So he loses touch with reality, and lives in a world of illusion.
  • Ego is a social institution with no physical reality.  The ego is simply your symbol of yourself. Just as the word “water” is a noise that symbolizes a certain liquid without being it, so to the idea of ego symbolizes the role you play, who you are, but it is not the same as your living organism.

Allan Watts: Buddhism : The Religion of No-Religion

I am amazed that Congressmen can pass a bill imposing severe penalties on anyone who burns the American flag, whereas they are responsible for burning that for which the flag stands: the United States as a territory, as a people, and as a biological manifestation.  That is an example of our perennial confusion of symbols with realities.

Allan Watts: Audio lecture “Individual and Society”

The dimension of being that disrupts our ability to experience that which is in the world, is often a very popular approach to how we come to “know” the world.  The way we divide and label things, the scientific approach can tell us many things, but they often confuse our world and our being in it.


A Critique of Social Welfare

 

The figures below speak for themselves and do not need much interpretation, but I will state the obvious on this tidbit of a rant to elucidate any audaciousness of the observations of a common man.

I must admit that after years of observing a decaying culture, one tends to become pessimistic and risks becoming more closely aligned to the misanthropist.  For in many industries and careers; we can probably find some interesting insights to the ways our nation functions, and yet there are possibly some careers that do not show to the observer the symptoms of chaos and mismanaged markets that insulate people from the reality of the state of the union.  There are many indicators to understand the market system and the monetary system of which we are all bound to.  The price of basic economic commodities are a direct indicator of the state of our economies, but in stating this premise, price itself has many other subordinate intricacies that are often overlooked by the average person.

Most people probably do not know about how the federal reserve private banking cartel works within our nation.  How they inflate and deflate the value of the currency they create out of thin air, a proprietorship that our forefathers warned us about many years ago.

The term identical sales is the measure that many companies monitor and keep track of the health of their sales base.  This statistic used in retail industry analysis compares the sales of stores that have been open for at least one year, or same-store sales compare revenues earned by a retail chain’s established outlets over a certain time period, such as a fiscal quarter or on a seasonal basis, for the current period and the same period in the past (usually the same period of the previous year.)  Same-store sales allow investors to determine what part of new sales has come from sales growth and what part can be attributed to the opening of new stores.  The financial statistics that contribute to our sales base is also people on receiving SNAP benefits.  I have monitored and studied these figures, and over time I have seen the increase in frequency of these benefits.

For a reflective man, I have held a very unique position for over three decades in a career that has afforded me the ability to observe behaviors from a very large sampling of the population in my geographical area.  I have seen the direct results of a welfare state overrun with a bureaucracy that self-perpetuates itself.  If your employment has something to do with welfare, then you would want to protect your own employment by perpetuating the welfare system.

In the last three decades I was able to examine the spending habits from all socioeconomic statuses of our population, and their means of which to make these payments for their life sustaining sustenance: their consumption of food.  The choices of goods, and how theses purchases were effectuated led me to consider that many welfare recipients are truly governed by gluttonous and wasteful habits, and that they clearly have became more dependent on a system that ultimately robs those who contribute to it; the working American of their capital.  This money should probably stay in their own pocket after you discover just how these abuses of our capital are put to use, and how many people are misusing the system.  The criticism should be mainly directed at the system itself, since it has been reckless in its inception, and account-less in its auditing.

The criticism of my observations are clearly identified by responding to me and suggest that I cannot possibly know the reasons for every case this money is granted, and ask me “Who am I to judge such decisions?”  I would reply that it is a meaningless point to refute my evaluation, that I needn’t know every case, and that if using a statistical linear regression, one could determine the burdens of our welfare system, and that should be explanation enough for the inquiry.  My experience alone would reflect on the people that tend to abuse the system at taxpayers’ expense.  The fact that some of these recipients are able to enjoy meals far better than I do, and that many are not accountable to find work, or eliminate a drug habit they have is unsettling, but what is reprehensible is that many are middle class, able-bodied young people who choose not to work.  The SNAP benefit usage in my city has been an increase of +47% since 2007.  I’ve personally witnessed people deciding to collect these benefits and therefore continue dragging the system down by birthing children that they cannot afford, only to have living costs subsidized by taxpayers.  This is immoral!  I’d really hate to start in on the anchor baby issues, but having porous borders is also perpetuating the problems.

 

 

People simply will take things for granted, and depend on these means when there are not many solutions to the economic downturn in the United States.  They are anesthetized to the burden they pose since they believe it is a “right”, or that it is an obligation to their “entitlement!”  This sickness is why millions upon millions flood into our country because they know the US government will redistribute the wealth.

The welfare system is bankrupted, and cannot sustain itself if the middle classes are targeted by progressive taxes they cannot continue to afford, and the diminishing numbers of the population are eroding under the weight of bureaucratic stipulations and ineffective cost measures.  The lack of jobs created in the United States is another part of the same problem.  If people cannot work, then they will be forced to find what work is possible, (if indeed they do choose this work), and furthermore they at the same time may qualify and rely on collecting government handouts for the interim.  Unfortunately the jobs are being outsourced, the manufacturing base of the U.S. is being attacked by taxation and bureaucracy, and the trade agreements our government manages are harmful to the sovereign rights of the nation we live in.

Much of what our taxpayers fund, has enabled a government with no sound economic strategy to sustain these policies in assisted food benefits that create nothing other than a welfare state unable to become solvent.

It is my view after many years of observations that these policies are introduced and implemented on the intent for America to economically fail.  If you study the policy choices of our government,  if you attend to the decisions of the monetary policy implemented, and if you study history, then you can clearly see the correlation in these events.  There is no difference in choice from the left and the right, or from congress and the senate.  Not even the president has the hutzpa to stop the money masters; just ask JFK.

America: The Food Stamp Nation

America has over 44 million people on Food Stamps. The food stamps program’s real name is Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

The Food Stamp program is “hidden” from view through Electronic Benefit Transfer Cards that work just as credit cards. This article visualizes the size of the program and the vast amounts of people participating.
One Hundred Dollars $100 – Most counterfeited money denomination in the world.
Keeps the world moving.

€100

Ten Thousand Dollars
$10,000 – Enough for a great vacation or to buy a used car.
Approximately one year of work for the average human on earth.

€10,000

One Million Dollars
$1,000,000 – Not as big of a pile as you thought, huh?
Still, this is 92 years of work for the average human on earth.

€1 Million Euro

Food Stamp Cards – EBT Cards ($23.4 Million in 14,588x cards)
44.5 Million people are on Food Stamps in America, that’s 14,588 participants for each Walmart Super Center. The program is called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). To remove the stigma of food stamps, the EBT card was created and is used the same way as a credit card.
$23,428,328

Total money loaded into the 14,588 EBT cards that are stacked in the shopping cart

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14,588 EBT Cards

There are 14,588 Food Stamp participants for each Walmart in America.

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EBT Card

The average Food Stamp participant had $1,606 loaded into the participant’s card in 2011.

458 People in each line @ 1/4 mile

2x lines, each of 458 food stamp participants.
Total of 916 in two rows span 1/4 mile.

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1/4 Mile Bread Line
During the Great Depression of the 1930’s there were bread lines, where people waited in line to get food at a soup kitchen.

Today bread lines have been removed with the help of technology; EBT cards are filled with Government money for Food Stamp participants to purchase food at local retailers.

Walmart is Americas’ biggest retailer. The Walmart Super Center can be seen in the background. There are 3051 Walmart Super Centers in America as of October 2012.

Bread Lines during the 1930’s– The Great Depression
During the Great Depression people lined up to get food at soup kitchens. Skilled and non-skilled workers stood in lines for hours to get some food.
The lines were visible to everyone, a reflection of the hard economic times.
Bread Lines of the Modern Era– The Great Recession
IF all EBT recipients shopped at only Walmart Super Centers for ALL their SNAP benefits, then this is how the Bread Line would look each month– 14,588 people.
There are 3051 Walmart Super Centers in USA and 44,510,598 participants in SNAP (2011), making the average SNAP line at each Walmart at 14,588 people.
The Modern Era’s Bread Lines are not visible because the business is handled discreetly through EBT Cards.
According to this Food Stamps report pg 16-17, Walmart receives half of all SNAP dollars in Oklahoma.
Walmart is the largest retailer in America.Short Facts:
47% of Food Stamp participants are children.
78.6% of all SNAP participants are in metropolitan areas.
93.2% of all SNAP benefits go to US citizens.
Only 4% are self-employed.
7731 SNAP Adults per Month,
per Walmart Super Center
The bread line is 4.1+ miles (6.6km) long.
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6856 SNAP Children per Month,
per Walmart Super Center
The bread line is 3.67+ miles (5.9km+) long.
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€100 Million Euro

One Hundred Million Dollars
$100,000,000 – Plenty to go around for everyone.
Fits nicely on an ISO / Military standard sized pallet.

€100 Million Euro

$100 Million Dollars = 1 year of work for 3500 average Americans
Here are 2000 people standing shoulder to shoulder, looking for a job.
The Federal Reserve’s mandate is to maintain price stability and low unemployment.
The Federal Reserve prints money based on the assumption that increasing money supply will boost jobs

Demonocracy.info - $100,000,000 - One Hundred Million Dollars

One Billion Dollars
$1,000,000,000 – You will need some help when robbing the bank.
Interesting fact: $1 million dollars weighs 10kg exactly.
You are looking at 10 tons of money on those pallets.
The couch is worth $46.7 million. Made out of crispy $100 bills.

Food Stamp Budget / Cost in 2011 for United States – $75.7 Billion Dollars
United States spent $75,706,080,000 dollars on Food Stamps in 2011.
Here you see the money on trucks with Walmart Super Center as a backdrop.The most SNAP participating states are (by % of population):
Mississippi (20.9%), Oregon (19.96%), Tennessee (19.92%), New Mexico (19.90%), Michigan (19.53%), Louisiana (19.33%) and Alabama (19.16%).

The least SNAP participating states are (by % of population):
Wyoming (6.34%), New Hampshire (8.60%), New Jersey (8.61%), Colorado (8.86%), North Dakota (8.90%), Nebraska (9.45%), Minnesota (9.47%) and California (9.74%).

Sources: SNAP Annual Summary, SNAP Program Data 2011, Walmart, Population by States, see individual SNAP state data compiled here: Excel Data Sheet.

* US territories Washington DC, Puerto Rico, Guam, were are excluded from above calculations (No Walmart Super Centers in those territories).
Special thanks to BWM for preliminary data mining.

$2 Billion per truck  Each truck fits $2 billion in $100 bills.
Demonocracy.info - $16,394 Trillion - US Debt Ceiling
US Debt Ceiling – $16.394 Trillion in 2013
The US debt ceiling limit D-Day is estimated for September 14, 2012. US Debt has now surpassed the size of US economy in 2011– rated @ $15,064 Trillion.

Statue of Liberty seems rather worried as United States national debt is soon to pass 20% of the entire world’s combined economy (GDP / Gross Domestic Product).

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” – Thomas Jefferson

If the national debt would be laid in a single line of $1 bills, it would stretch from Earth, past Uranus.

Songs of the Compassionate Heart

Intoxicated

 

 


 

Mardi, Septembre 23, 1986
Consider Me
(guitar intro)
It’s my time now to
spend away from you
no sadness not bitter
just changing my views
our memories still with us
and I sense pain
sep-er-a-tion isn’t loss
please un-der-stand I think we’ve gained
well I’ve examined all those words we’ve said
can’t you see you’re on my mind
givin’ way to all the things I’ve learned
needn’t worry I’ll be fine
When there’s times that I don’t know that to do
I hang my head so low and realize it’s true
that’s why I put these convictions in front of you
I want to heal not to harm or be cruel

Why-
Don’t we see all this the same
Tell me
Am I searching for these answers in vain
We must forge on and not be fooled to remain
consider me
I’ve thought of you again and again

Well I found out a lot about myself
can’t say I was always kind
I’ve also watched you change and grow
I think you’ve done just fine
but I’m telling you I won’t go back
Hear me out, I believe it time
So you’ve got to listen to me girl
what I have to say is no lie

I must admit there’s times when I don’t know what to do
feeling helpless lonely how ‘bout you
but times like these will teach me to
access the right clues
consider me a friend before and after it’s through

why-
don’t we see all this the same
tell me
am I searching for these answers in vain
we must forge on and not be fooled to remain
consider me
I’ve thought of you again and again

 


 

Dimanche Juin 16, 1990
[Capo 2nd fret]
[Csus aug Am7 Em7 Am – Csus 13th fret – Dm Csus 3rd fret A 5th fret]

A Gift of Heart – Admiration for Misti

When I try to understand this feeling
that’s haunting me
I’ll often listen to just what it says
I’m disturbed and so unfree
This admiration from a distance
there’s no choice – that’s all I can do
leads my mind to wonder about how I’d be
When I’m close to you
I’d like to show you just how I feel
But that’s not always the right thing
I won’t pretend try not to play your second one
Because I don’t want to cause a scene
I’m a prisoner of hope and trust
trapped in this hide away love
can’t you see just what you mean to me

There’s something about you
It compels me to stay
I wait alone for you so patiently
why must I behave in this way
You’re with him today – but that’s okay
Of things you’ve told – I know that It won’t hold
We’ve talked about it and we’ve shared our thoughts
and I think that we both understand
that what we share with desire
we might not really ever have
I know that’s it’s hard to break from him now
against so much – I hope that your courage will win out
Christ you have to escape him somehow
somehow

Well you moved in and we tried it out
so much so soon for us to talk about
the love I felt was not so clear
until you left me and I shed my tears
together once not only in lust
funny how we loved before we could trust
I must find out just where I stand
from what you’ve said do I flee or make plans
the way you left nearly broke my heart
when I felt how alone I was with you apart
I still don’t know just what went wrong
I think that we sense that we meant no harm
So why must I torture myself
you needed so much more of my help
don’t give up my love
I must redeem myself

 

Charades of Candor

 

Studies in human behavior show that we can become strongly influenced by others demonstrating our need to belong.  This may seem acceptable depending on the modeled behaviors or attitudes we observe, but on closer inspection, deeper implications on the kinds of messages and perspectives we pick up and internalize from others are evident.

Do we subconsciously conceal our true natures with the incentive for acceptance into other groups?  And if the values differ, did we subdue our previously learned values because of societal pressures, or because our current psychological and/or physical needs are not being met?  Was it a process of subjugating our once valued ideals to align with the pressures of the social contexts we placed upon ourselves if indeed the values are not in alignment?  If we turn to the finding in the Stanford Prison Experiment, it may shed some light onto these questions.

Stanford University psychology professor Philip Zimbardo in 1971 conducts a psychological experiment to test the hypothesis that the personality traits of prisoners and guards are the chief cause of abusive behavior between them. In the experiment, Zimbardo selects twenty-four male students to participate in a 7–14 day prison simulation to take roles as prisoners or guards.  They receive $15 per day.  The experiment is conducted in a mock prison located in the basement of Jordan Hall, the University Psychology building.  The students who are guards become abusive, as does Zimbardo himself.  Two students who play the role of prisoners quit the experiment early, and the entire experiment is abruptly stopped after only six days.  The U.S. Office of Naval Research provides the funding for the experiment and U.S. Navy and the Marine Corps both show interest in this investigation into the causes of conflict between military guards and prisoners.  The implications of these experiments show how multitudes of human interactions can impose and influence peoples behavior given specific sets of circumstances established in social settings.

If we look at the countless examples of how children rebel against their family mores and go off on another direction when they become teens, or if we look at the cultural phenomena of how the rise of punk rock was reactionary to the classic rock era, then we may draw conclusions upon the underlying psychological factors that impel the changes in the newer generations?

The question I often ask is when these changes of expression occur, are people consciously aware of their motivation?  Is it because there is something missing and not fulfilling the people willing to change the course of their psychological values?  This is of course a very broad stroke to make in assuming that these values are different.  Perhaps it is in the expressions of the person that differ, but not the underlying values of those expressions?  Perhaps they can be mutually exclusive and co-exist?  The point of contention is really the cases of people who are not artistically seeking new directions, but rather those who change their values to become a part of a divergent group.  The direction is clearly different and easily distinguishable for others to see in many cases that involve dramatic physical changes.

This scenario would include someone who dramatically changes their appearance to fit into another group of newly formed friendships.  Tattoo’s, implants and piercings for those who are decorating their bodies with ornamentation that in many instances their parents would not approve if done in extreme measures might be the example to study.

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), also termed body dysmorphia or dysmorphic syndrome, is a mental disorder via obsessive preoccupation with a perceived defect in one’s own appearance, viewed as so severe as to warrant exceptional measures to hide or fix it.  If the flaw is actual, its importance is severely exaggerated.  BDD is categorized in the obsessive–compulsive spectrum.

Usually starting during adolescence, BDD is a fairly common mental disorder, affects men and women roughly equally, and may occur in some 1% to 2% of the population.  In fear of being thought vain, persons experiencing BDD tend to keep the preoccupation secret, and BDD is severely underdiagnosed.  Severely impairing quality of life, BDD can lead to social isolation and involves especially high rates of suicidal ideation.  Clearly the cases below would indicate that these people have no secrets to the expression of their selves.

Girl With Implants Forehead And Extreme Piercing

Extreme Face Tattoo And Lower Lip Punched

Forehead Implants And Extreme Piercings

 

But more interesting still are those who do not consciously know they are changing their values.  Those who form new friendships, become involved with new organizations of people personally and professionally sharing something maybe familiar, yet some forms of differentiation are not openly shared.  The individual in them withholds overtly shown behaviors and personal information as to not disrupt the status quo from within a group.  For the average person, this may seem to be subtle and is the primary purpose for this post.  Questioning the very natures of those that are seeking some kind of alternative experience begs the question about wanting to belong.  The changing process they undergo during this transition is something worth investigating.  Do their values change during this transition?

But of course there is a pendulum swing that goes all the way to the other vantage points; those that are out of the ordinary.  Like those seeking alternative lifestyles as depicted in the Stanley Kubrick’s 1999 film Eyes Wide Shut.  This film goes deeper than just those just looking out for new ways to spice up their relationships, or new ways to express themselves sexually.

From Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut

Not only is this film about a mysterious, perhaps murderous, secret society, it is drenched in allusions to the New World Order cabal.  Occult symbols like the pentagram can be found throughout the film, as well as multiple references to rainbows and looking glasses… Eyes Wide Shut, the phrase itself, is a calling card among secret societies, meaning ‘my eyes are shut to your misdeeds, brother.’  This anonymity is required of the participants, otherwise the society’s wealthy elite would be revealed.  For as one character in the film says, “If I told you their names I don’t think you’d sleep so well.”

[Kubrick] died only days after submitting the first cut of the film to Warner Brothers.  At this point, the film was commandeered by Warner Brothers and heavily edited… Is it possible that this scene and others originally contained images and/or dialogue that illuminated the New World Order in a way that was dangerous to their privacy?  Was Kubrick trying to out the secret society, or at least toy with their heads?

It’s clear that Eyes Wide Shut is about a secret society, though the film is up for interpretation about whether they are truly dangerous or simply wealthy, bored New Yorker’s looking for a good time.  Whatever the true nature of this film expresses, it is only another expression of how we humans organize and sometimes put ourselves at risk when we pursue choices outside of our comfort zones.  Choices that sometimes lead us down a path that will challenge our values, and possibly change the way we see ourselves.  We may indeed compromise some trusted values only to replace them with a result that we may not have bargained for, or we may discover something that provided us with new insights on just who we really are.

But to know just who we really are, one must first ask those questions like…”What am I willing to stand for?  What is it that I value?”  When our friendships have lasted for many years with some people, I think the answer for the sustainability in the friendship is because we identify with them despite the years that have gone by.  But we can also see that some of our friendships do not stand this test of time.  Does this mean we have somehow become disenchanted from them because we either lack a frequency in contact, or maybe it is the distance between us, or possibly it is because of a difference in our values expressed?  For me the interest lies in knowing if people indeed are aware of when these changes occur and how they represent them to other people in their lives.

Thus the seeds of charade begins to play out in their lives if they find that they still want to associate with some people, but find that the similarities become less and less as time goes by.  The painful examples are evident in all the unhappily married couples that have grown apart, but co-exist to maintain the illusion of a family whether it be for the children’s sake, or for a financial decision that takes precedent over their happiness.  To give the facade any legitimacy they must express charades of candor to others in their lives, and tragically they must express this quietly to themselves; a constant reminder of the state of being they find themselves attached and enslaved to.

How well our politicians subvert the populace and play this charade is all to evident in human history when they promise one thing publicly, but silently act differently with their powers.  The reason politics has earned a bad name is precisely due to the secretive behaviors our elected public figures enact.  But to me the tragedy is still in the realm of our friendships, and relationships on the interpersonal level of communication we see in day-to-day life.  When was the last time you gave yourself a mirror check?  What say you?

 

 

Are we authentic?  Or are we acting?  Do we see the world as a stage?

Acting for all the world is a stage!

 

 

 

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