Mens Rea and Mea Culpa

“Since we are not yet fully comfortable with the idea that people from the next village are as human as ourselves, it is presumptuous in the extreme to suppose we could ever look at sociable, tool-making creatures who are from other evolutionary paths and see not beasts, but brothers, not rivals, but fellow pilgrims journeying to the shrine of intelligence…The difference… is not in the creature judged, but in the creature judging.” Demosthenes

Human beings, Brothers and Sisters all,

United in faith,

Lend me your eyes and ears,

That perchance I may open your hearts and minds,

For I sit before you,

Writing,

From an Ether you may not understand,

Words that may shock and awe you,

Frighten or excite you,

But surely must make you think and feel,

That something is truly wicked at play,

That causes me a guilty mind and I admit my faults,

Will you?

Brothers and Sisters,
where is your humanity?

Brothers and Sisters are you united in faith?
Agnostics,
Atheists,
Baha’i,

Buddhism,

Christianity,

Confucianism,
Hinduism,
Islam,

Jainism,

Judaism,
Shinto,

Sikhism,

Taoism,

And Zoroastrianism?

For what is faith,

A set of beliefs based on trust,

A loyalty or covenant with that which you hold most dear,

Guided by a set of commandments,

Tenets,

Or rules,

That set the course by which you live your lives,

Faith;

Confidence,

Reliance,

Conviction,

Assurance,

Without demanding proof,

Thousands of years,

Billions of people,

Whom I admire for their ‘faith’

And yet fear for the same,

For in the blind willingness of the oppressed,

By the oppressor, to believe in afterlives,

That will punish or reward the life you lead today,

You relinquish your personal responsibility,

To the very deities your faith is due,

You turn dimwitted,

Sightlessly guided by the hounds of war,

Unleashed by your acquiescence,

Clearly in defiance of whatever God in which you choose to believe,

And while I would like to despise you,

Hate you and have chickens come home to roost for YOUR crimes,

Against humanity and every species on this great Earth,

Instead as Chosen Light, Warrior Poet and rational man,

Communicating with billions of years of history,

The Ether and my delusions grand,

I say unto you,

I have a guilty mind and admit my faults,

And I am neither the first nor the last,

Seeking a world that your faith preaches,

Here and now,

On this imperiled earth,

On which you seem to be living for the dying,

In faith of something better,

That each of you,

United,

Could create here on earth,

Loathe or bemoan you,

NIGH,

For I seek to reach inside your soul,

Peer inside your faith,

Illuminate ideas old in ways new,

That maybe you will wake up,

To see and then act upon,

The nightmare that has been upon us since long before my birth,

And with your inaction will continue unabated,

I have a guilty mind and admit my faults;

Do you?

“Six mistakes mankind keeps making century after century:

Believing that personal gain is made by crushing others;

Worrying about things that cannot be changed or corrected;

Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it;

Refusing to set aside trivial preferences;

Neglecting development and refinement of the mind;

Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.” Marcus Tullius Cicero

Millennia after millennia,

Brothers and Sisters,

Humanity by its very nature continues to make mistakes,

For to err is part of our condition,

A natural course of trial and error,

In which we are supposed to GROW,

Being better today than we were yesterday,

Paying it forward to ourselves AND future generations;

In that way again I admit I have a guilty mind and admit my faults,

And yet we continue with the ever increasing devastation of war,

Allow people to starve or die from drought,

We use as weapons, classism, sexism, racism and all isms,

To DOMINATE over humanity,

For this I am not guilty, as I choose to set humanity on a course,

Of liberation,

Through dialogue and perhaps even diatribe. .

The only real personal gain to be made,

Is in discovering what lay within,

Not due to faith or scripture,

But through daily efforts,

Uncovering the veracity that is inside you,

The naturally imbued gifts, talents and wonders you are,

The passions that drive you,

Those are the betrothal of your experience to unbridle upon,

Your Brothers and Sisters all,

For the common and noble goal of mutual benefit,

Through self sacrifice,

Rather than the glorification of our current systems,

Filled with deadly sins,

Perhaps none higher than sloth, gluttony, pride and greed,

The perpetuation of myths and legends,

Older than our language systems,

Perhaps even older than our groans and grunts,

Our earthly salvation lay in overcoming these ancient beliefs,

That we need what they have,

And if we can not buy it, or steal it,

We must crush those so we may take it freely and without recourse,

Let alone remourse,

I am guilty and admit my faults,

Can and will you,

Rise up and stop the madness of the endless tyranny of war,

Intergenerational,

Millennial,

That which seeks to benefit the few,

While giving crumbs or death to the rest?

Brothers and Sisters of faith,
We all worry,

It is a natural state of our consciousness,

To become concerned with things outside of our direct control,

And yet,

It must be clear to those of you taking the time to read and hear these pleas,

Ninety eight percent or more of our worries,

Never come to light,

And only serve to have us chained,

Like slaves inside caves seeing shadows,

Shadows that are not there,

Stultifying us and preventing our actions,

To unshackle that which could so easily be sloughed away,

I have a guilty mind and I admit my faults,

Can and will you?

Brothers and Sisters of faith,

All things seems impossible until they are done,

Allowing a detrimental and devious mental state,

To prevent our advancement based on a terror of the impossible,

Unsettles future generations,

Dismisses our children’s passions

And sets us on a course of self fulfilling prophecy,

The most vile, disgusting and defiling word in any language,

A contraction,

Is can’t,

For we are a wise animal,

ANIMAL,

Imbued with consciousness, rationality, reason and thought,

We are capable of a great and many things that while you may not conceive,

Through faith must believe,

We can and will achieve,

If we put our minds to it,

I have a guilty mind and admit my faults,

Can and will you?
Brother and Sisters of faith,

Filled with trivialities that divide and conquer,

Purpose built by design to imprison your minds,

Convince you of truths that are wicked by strategy,

The colour of our skin is nothing more than pigmentation,

Our religions are through birthright, Manmade,

And the lottery of birth,

Driven by artificial geographical boundaries,

That can not be seen from space,

These trivialities are nothing more than infantile structures,

Convinced by powers you refuse to accept,

Despite your continued faith,

To acknowledge let alone stand up against,

If you cut me I bleed,

I have a brain, a mind,

Two eyes,

Two ears,

A nose,

A mouth,

Two lungs,

Two kidneys,

A liver,

And a heart,

AS DO YOU,

Our preferences hold no place in our collective humanity,

We are all the same,

And it is only dark powers that seek to drive that out of us,

I have a guilty mind and admit my faults,

Can and will you?

Brothers and Sisters of faith,

The developments of the last one hundred years,

Have driven us further apart in our shared humanity,

The development of the radio and television, the internet,

Have illustrated the great horrors of the wicked amongst us,

That seek a cruel reign of evil,

By feeding your mind with the innocuous,

The vacuous and down right foolish,

Distracting you from freeing yourselves,

By using the one thing that can set us all free,

Into a beautiful world today,

Not in some storied paradise, but today,

The human mind is much more understood than you realize,

And that truth is used against you daily, every minute,

To make you afraid,

To move you away from personal advancement through study,

To force upon you specialization rather than generalization,

Giving you tools that were supposed to set us on a course of passions,

But instead has made many of you slaves,

With invisible chains,

Obedient,

“Look, listen, kneel, pray, it’s all right there… commercials”
Having faith in your Gods and your leaders,

To lift you up from your station,

Rather than yourselves, no personal stake,

Rather than taking the easy step of reading,

BLESSED reading,

Voraciously like a computer designer,

Inputting code,

Called language into your minds,

Language made of words,

Words are power,

So long as you know their meaning,

The syntax and structure,

READ EVERYTHING,

Regardless of how disgusting it is to you,

Books are not banned for what they say,

But for ideas that they present,

Ideas contrary to those who seek to enslave your minds,

And your bodies,

The only cure for stupidity and ignorance,

Is not faith,

But MORE reading (thank you Mother),

Mother, for my life and this love of words, I love you;
The only cure for the ills of the world today,

Is more reading, more dialogue, discussion, not devastation,

That you may understand the wickedness you face daily,

And act in accordance with ideas and wisdom,

Rather than spoon fed exploitations that will ultimately cost your lives,

Here I am not guilty,

However I admit I have read extensively, your books,

And those that insult my soul,

So I may find personal enlightenment,

Can you say the same?

Brother and Sisters united in faith,

Your God is not better than their God,

There is only objective truth, not subjective,

While I put my faith in humanity,

I am slowing loosing it to the indifference of you,

YOU,

Those of faith,

Allowing atrocities committed in your names,

We are all born naked and will return to the universe,

You can lead a horse to water,

But you can not make it drink,

Therefore I can not compel you to think or act any differently,

Especially through the use of permanent force,

The will of your mind is far too strong for such tactics,

A mind closed should also have a mouth closed,

But an open mind,

Can and will change the world,

Not compelling but instead leading those out of the darkness,

Like a Prophet or Sheppard,

Brothers and Sisters,

Will you follow to your slaughter or lead to your salvation,

Here too I am not guilty though I admit my faults,

And you?

“People should either be caressed or crushed. If you do them minor damage they will get their revenge; but if you cripple them there is nothing they can do. If you need to injure someone, do it in such a way that you do not have to fear their vengeance.” Niccolò Machiavelli

Brothers and Sisters united in faith,

Powers and principalities,

Vicious devils in beautiful dress,

With wordsmith caressed speeches,

Propagandizing you to inaction,

While at their behest,

You send your families to fight,

When our systems of manipulation and bribery can not caress,

You allow your family members,

To be burned, crushed and killed,

As canon fodder,

For leaders, religious, spiritual, economic, political and communal,

That DO NOT CARE ABOUT YOU,

I have been inside their promised land,

Witnessed their evil designs,

Read their wicked words,

And was repelled by them,

They care not about you,

But of their own avarice, iniquity and longevity,

And like fools all,

You believe their packaged lies,

You buy their product of war,

When they pretend that they are doves,

With olive branches,

You refuse to accept your culpability in the actions of the state,

You refuse to accept your culpability in the actions of leaders,

You refuse to accept your culpability in the actions of corporations,

When these are YOUR creations,

These earthly devils that rob you of paradise,

You have been convinced the problems are too big,

That you do not understand,

Too difficult or unsolvable,

YET you still believe that those you vote for can and will deal with them,

These millionaires and the billionaires that put them there,

That,

That my friends,

Is the very definition of Faith,

And now, you must understand why I have none,

Why I write these words,

Why I fight this fight,

Because faith has blinded you in ways you do not even see,

Because rather than informing yourselves,

You allow yourselves to be informed,

By people duty driven to misinform you,
I have no faith and for that I am not guilty,

Though I accept my faults,

My personal responsibility for the actions which I have been a part,

All of them,

Openly and with as much grace as possible,

And you?

“Whatever goes upon 2 legs is an enemy.

Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.

No animal shall wear clothes.

No animal shall sleep in a bed.

No animal shall drink alcohol.

No animal shall kill any other animal.

All animals are equal.” Orwell

Brothers and Sister united in faith,

Just as Orwell’s commandments changed,

For the benefit of the few,

Why do you so callously believe,

YOUR commandments are not abused and used against you,

What is your Mens Rea? What of your Mea Culpa?
That is, in allowing these continued atrocities in your names.

“One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them.”
Aldous Huxley

Brothers and Sisters united faith,

That which has been conditioned can be unconditioned,

Turn off your TV,

Stop listening to the ever repeated lies,

Inform yourselves,

Open your eyes,

READ and QUESTION everything,

EVERYTHING.

“With school turning out more runners, jumpers, racers, tinkerers, grabbers, snatchers, fliers, and swimmers instead of examiners, critics, knowers, and imaginative creators, the word ‘intellectual,’ of course, became the swear word it deserved to be.” Ray Bradbury

Brothers and Sisters united in faith,

In a storm,

Such as the one gathering now,

And only going to get worse,

On rocky waves and dangerous seas;
“Believe in God BUT row AWAY from the rocks.”

And yet it moves.

SDM

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