The Parable of How a Father Showed His Son What People Think - (hat-tip Alla Marchenko)

They both boarded a donkey and rode to nearby villages. In the first, they were called out and 

shamed for the fact that the two of them rode an animal without sparing him. The father in tears. 

In the second village, they shamed the son, for the fact that he is not kind to his father, who is 

What is the metaphysical significance of Mickey Mouse, by chat gpt (Dave Barrows)

Mickey Mouse, created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, is one of the most iconic and enduring fictional characters in popular culture. While the metaphysical significance of Mickey Mouse can be subject to interpretation, it's important to note that metaphysical perspectives can vary greatly among individuals. Here are a few possible interpretations:

More Meaningless Meandering Musings from a Mediocre Mind, by Dave Barrows

If no one reads A blog does the blog exist? At this stage who cares. Have something to say then say it. Perhaps one day someone will look at it. In the old days, the printed word meant something. It was not easy to get material published. There were letters and correspondence but that hardly counted unless you were meaningful not mediocre.

Reincarnation, It's a Tough Job, by David Barrows

This is a tough place. Human animals have attempted to mitigate the pain of existence in a variety of ways. A recent report by the BBC suggests pain avoidance has been practiced for a very long time: “People were getting high on hallucinogenic drugs in Spain around 3,000 years ago, according to new research. Scientists say that hair from a burial site in Menorca shows that ancient human civilization's used drugs derived from plants and bushes.

To Be or Not to Be - by ‘Joseph Smith’ (hat-tip David Barrows)

I did not ask to be born into this world. Had I been asked I would have said no.
(Notwithstanding the fact that I have had what most people would consider to be a
good life). Too much pain, suffering and death.

Telephone ringing:
Hello, this is the Ministry of Health. How can I help you?

My name is Joe Smith (he/him), and I would like you to kill me.

Well, I would not put it exactly that way, but yes this is the medically assisted
death division.

Mr. Smith, could you please give me a little background detail?

How Nonconformity Cures a Sick Self and a Sick Society – The Wisdom of Ralph Waldo Emerson (suggested by Henry Chaussovsky)

“I must be myself, I cannot break myself any longer for you. . .If you can love me for what I am, we shall be the happier. If you cannot, I will still seek to deserve that you should.”   

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance 

‘War is Peace’ by Henry Chaussovsky

To claim that Russia’s goal is to satisfy the former USSR’s ambitions and that Ukraine has any 

potential to win the current war shows an extensive influence of the mass media narrative. 

Indeed, to justify the wide-ranging supply of weapons to Ukraine the image of what the media 

used to call ‘one of the most corrupt countries in the world’ must be presented as an innocent 

Response to Dr. Smithin’s Blog Freedom and Democracy, by Dave Barrows

1. In his recent Blog Freedom and Democracy, Dr. Smithin raises some interesting and important issues. He is certainly correct, the current altercation between Russia and the Ukraine is not a fight for freedom and democracy. His analysis of the Ukrainian economy and society is correct with respect to corruption, the role of oligarchs, one party government, etcetera.

Freiheit und Demokratie (Freedom & Democracy) by John Smithin

As promised, but somewhat belatedly, here are my more detailed thoughts on the discussion we had a couple of weeks ago about ‘Chinese election interference’ in Canada, public inquiries, and so on and so forth. I don’t personally think that these things are very serious per se, they are mainly just part of the chatter, narrative, media manipulation, political game-playing, etc. that is often used to distract the public from the real underlying issues (whatever these elusive concepts may be).