On Working for Peace
Gary C Gibson in Gary Gibson’ s Blog
Thursday 29 of January, 2009
Peace is the absence of conflict, yet thermodynamic processes of change are not holistically at peace until thermal equilibrium within a volume is reached. When the highest state of entropy is attained and energy levels flat-lined the Universe will have attained perfect peace. It will be a peace without sentient life however. The final cause of Universal peace is contained in the plans of the beginning. A D.N.A. code of physical design fulfills its actuality through perpetual change, and at last the intended is complete; what is my role in this as an I, me, or some other nomenclature of self-awareness?
Peace for human beings should refer perhaps more to the relationships between humanity at a material level. Strivings after power over other human beings or for the attainment through competition for scarce resource are historically usual. Until perhaps 300 years ago the majority of human societies were slave holding societies, while that has changed through a plethora of dynamic political alterations including frequent war and evolution, the evolution of political concepts and social relations is an ongoing project at best.
Biblically it is written that when mankind declares ‘peace, peace!’ then shalt there be war. Because human language is interpreted by each individual for themselves and applied within an individual worldline and assigned a value unique to each individual communication values for virtually any phrase or idea communicated vary. Subjective, personal epistemological contents about the world of social reality and for physical reality differ, invariable from one to another and across time and social distance. Political and economic values differ with perspectives built upon language and understanding values of a personal contingency. Conflict causality in human social arrangements differ for as many reasons as may be presented to potential communication intersocial relationships. Everyone has their own point of view including the rightness or wrongness of political union or disunion, of cohesion and freedom from group oppression, for the right to possess private property or the right for no one to own property. People in agreement about a substantial matter of political ideas may differ over the allocation of resources for the management of resources, consumption of resources and the direction resource management should take. Peace is perhaps a product of settled issues; the dark side of Mercury away from the blazing political heat of the other side, the empty village depopulated by Ebola or the plague. Peace may be the smoldering ruins of a dead society and the concentration camp’s closure with flowers placed by mourners. Peace may be the forgetting of memories of the Condor Legion’s predations. Peace may be freedom from oppression or even an inner tranquility disregarding hate for those that persecute or behead one-the perspective of the observer may define peace.
For some peace is the recession of corruption; the end of an evil political policy or actualization of a maladroit political urban and suburban public zoning design. The war upon the environment, the war upon the poor in the United States by globalists and the middle class, the failure to employ the long term unemployed in America with a million ways to say no to financial adequacy fore social equality as the decades role on past–these things may be a subjective equivalent of war to the persecuted and amusing trifles to the enfeofed in plush SUV seats and mass-produced quarter million dollar homes. What can an individual do to contribute to peace?
Read the Bible for life and support equal civil justice for all citizens, become a well educated designer of ideas and inventions, be vigilant in keeping personal abstinence from alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs, love one’s fellow citizen so far as that the golden rule is pragmatically extended to reach toward a just social environment that is healthy, non-exclusive and self-renewing ecologically.
Enable others to reach righteous goals when possible and judge not others harshly-be gentle as doves yet wise as serpents in comprehending why particular conflicts actually happen and apply intention to bring those to a just and righteous condition of peace when it is positioned to do so. Do not simply publicly posture in opposition to events that one benefits from unless the moral need to do so is compelling and there isn’t a better way. Peace is a method that requires adaptability to a changing political and ecological environment, to a social reality with a variegated and unequal intellectual and educational endowment, to a non-static progress by trialectical and hextalectical evolution in fulfillment of an original will of creation.
Peace is a concept of transcending love related to infinite good-try to accomplish what is best, what is right, and pray.
Posted on Thursday 29 of January, 2009 [19:31:35 UTC]
A Sketch of Lenin’s Rise to Power
Gary C Gibson in Gary Gibson’ s Blog
Wednesday 28 of January, 2009
V.I. Lenin’s ‘rise to power’ was a two-fold process; a rise in the communist party organization and a rise through revolution to take over power in Russia.
Lenin was a prolific writer and practical party organizer; yet as a writer he was still just a close second to Leon (The Pen) Trotsky. V.I. Lenin was a legitimate correspondence school lawyer certified to practice law in Romanov Russia.
The party of the minority (the Bolshevik Party) was to the farthest left and jockied for political power with several other Russian revolutionary political parties including those of the cadets and the Menshevik (party of the majority). When the Romanov dynasty fell after the incompetent prosecution of the war of defense against Germany of August 1914 and an interim government formed the Bolsheviks would have nothing to do with it. Lenin was an exile to western Europe and Germany.
The Bolshevik Party was not certain of the way to form a communist party. Trotsky had one theory and Lenin another-Stalin at this time was a remote small-timer who would not exert much influence until after the 1917 revolution.
Trotsky supported power to the Soviets or workers organizations. A Soviet revolution at Kronstaadt brought a successful yet aborted revolutionary start. Lenin theorized much about the proper timing of revolutionary movements and interpreted political events in search of vulnerabilities much as a fullback might exploit weaknesses in an opponents defensive line. Lenin saw his moment during the height of the first world war.
The Germany imperial government had become entangled in a two front war. Crown Prince Ruprecht the brilliant war designer was stalemated in the west from the Alps through to France and Flander’s fields. On the eastern front a complete victory was deferred because of the pressing need for troops on the west where British General Haig was fighting a war of attrition. The Crown Prince amidst others probably recognized the value of Lenin in subverting the Russian Government-they arranged to move him in a sealed train across Germany to Russia where the final push for Bolshevik revolt could develop. Lenin after swiftly achieving his toppling, nearly bloodless victory would sign a peace treaty with Germany-the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk; bringing an end to the war with Germany in return for giving up the Ukraine and other considerations to Germany.
Crown Prince Ruprecht would then began his final offensive in France that expanded the front 100 miles into allied territory yet the Germany manpower shortages could not hold the line and recently arrived American forces mopped up and rolled back the German Wehrmacht. Lenin was beginning the recovery of Russia from a war economy and setting the foundation for a communist society.
As a domestic political leader Lenin was a much fairer hand than Stalin on the reigns of power. In 1921 Lenin abandoned state ownership of much of the economy because it was failing to meet survival production requirements of the people. An economic history of the Soviet Union shows that the changed to a mixed-ownership economy improved Soviet output while the policy was in place. The policy would be quickly rescinded by Stalin following the death of Lenin.
Kulaks were considered a class enemy-they were small scale farmers that suffered from mass deportation and death in the 1930’s, yet when they were still permitted to be productive for themselves for a time they increased food production and outperformed Soviet collective farms.
Lenin’s death following a succession of strokes has been historical suspect. Some believe that he was poisoned by Stalin-the best political intriguer of the Bolsheviks. A famous photo of the Bolshevik varsity leaders taken early after the revolution had nor surviving members shortly after the takeover of Stalin. While a brilliant revolutionary, pragmatist planner and adaptive socialist leader willing to promote popular interests through compromise with capitalist principles when need arose V.I. Lenin was evidently unaware of the deeper human social currents of original sin, organizational and individual will to power and the force such innate human traits would exert to overcome even the consummate communist revolutionary-himself.
As Lenin compromised the dogmatic communist doctrine existing before the revolution in order to find bread for the newly liberated from imperial power people to eat, back-benchers like Stalin designed his doom in order to advance a hypothetical, Phoenix-like Russia under a benevolent dictator to a will-o-the-wisp equality in government repression. Lenin’s day in the sun was short but sweet, and his downfall equally brief.
Posted on Wednesday 28 of January, 2009 [20:29:27 UTC]
21st Century Poetry & It’s Relevance
Gary C Gibson in Gary Gibson’ s Blog
Wednesday 28 of January, 2009
Time may be a psychological concept thought St. Augustine. The cosmological ideas of physics may benefit from a parallax of points of view as might poetry provide another, more direct means for expressing ideas.
Poetry is non-conventional regarding prose forms of writing that have more set rules of grammar and syntax. The forms of versification may remain the same once discovered and exploited by farmers of poems for several decades or centuries. When over-used the fertility of the land may decline and the poetry suffer a decline with weakening rhymes and ideas dying unfulfilled upon the vines.
It shouldn’t be intemperately argued that poetry is a viticulture creating Bacchic nectar that when imbibed does intoxicate people with a mirthful oblivion of care in rapture of creation. The sun may shine in Kansas City and Omaha alike in the 20th and the 21st centuries yet the landscape changes. Poets cannot write with such peace and joy poems of natural happiness over the splendorous nature of God such as might Walt Whitman even in more remote times from the exhaust fumes of progress and defoliant dreams for indoor developers trading shag carpet futures for the Persian rugs of fossil fueled crude below the middle east. Poetry never dies or fades away, it becomes promised to youthful hearts as dreams that were never realized, as hopes that will be discovered anew in another generation and another century.
Poetry is also for the poor. It is the kernel of creativity sewn to build the novel. It is a seedling set to begin the actualization of the potential form of the creator-the Aristotelian soul preknown by the author’s life at the beginning, like Aristotle’s form of the soul written into the genetic code as a final cause at conception. Some poor Haitian may discover a hydroponic reason for cultivating tanked mini-farms of verbose nutrients unbreakable by dictators of thought and unshakable by theocrats and atheists of rot-ideas that grow in an over-used environment and preserve life with a humanitarian containment within the spirit. Poems can be simple in any era and flow or desiccate, die and be reborn like any kind of common hope.
If i see you through a glass darkly today
it is because the One set an infinite sequence of changes
in motion such as are drifting beyond
my moment and yours in the Universe
receive catcalls from higher ups
echoes from the caverns of evil minds
tossed like grenades out of the mouths
placed into the perennial circle of foes
Yesterday walking along the river
i found a pair of shoes from a book
with a class segregated shopping village
Tourists of the planet spend
the non-renewable biosphere warped in purple glass
medicine bottles changed by a desert sun
one percent for inventive and one percent for art
the remainder mass producing cloned mechanical mitosis
A newspaper photographer lived a worm’s eye view perspective
each celebrity snapped for qualo-Chessybloids
Napoleon became nine feet tall as did Dostoevsky’s underground clerk
with the worst piano guy politician brought to a firing squad at last
control sought an off switch
all the worlds troubles and temptations broadcast live for profit
as the rest starved though they lost the legal decision about that
Persons of interest and disinterest alike
all became warped in the field of value and reproduction
potential unit pricing
a poor soul might choose to preach to animals
while an economically separate drive-up business pulpit
let with stage props resounds
Cheshire cat smiles for cameras with 360 degree shiny teeth all around
that is the impression that sticks in memory from H-wood to the Tower
window shutter chimes 7 chordate of rainbows
notes and floating teleprompters
a drunk watches under the stage unwinding
observing footlights and fashioned sculpted marvels
watching performers and sotto voce chat certainly remarked
tete a tete
Like dimensional emanations from the edge
deep footprints in the snow
I have circled before.
Posted on Wednesday 28 of January, 2009 [19:44:18 UTC]