In memory of a sacred temple

 

He was a cosmic expression.

He was a temple.

He pulled teeth from his mouth as if they were sacred teachings

and planted it within the dirt inside his chest

and tried to make a garden.

For the concepts he pulled and the love he tried to push

I will forever have respect.

May we always remember the meanings behind the appearances;

and although the appearance is at peace,

may the meanings never rest.

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Possibilities

“I open your world”

It’s just a door. Just a door you say? Then it is just a boundary preventing you from moving from your confinements, leaving you stagnant.

It’s just a door that holds in definite probabilities, and keeps out the endless possibilities.

It’s just door handle, a simple, logical mechanism.

Its use is so simple, yet its implications is freedom; possibility.

I am the door and the handle.

I determine what I keep in and leave out.

 

 

 

[The [un] [product] [ive] life]

There is an art to everything,
and everything can sell.
What was once an art, is now a science
and very little is left sacred.
Fear of the unknown is cause for defence;
this defence is a boundary.
We label the spaces between the boundaries,
neatly boxed up.
We crave a sense of value;
why,
I am not sure.
We put value in the spaces;
then value the label.
What is it we are left with?
A neatly packaged product, named
to keep the fear at bay.
What we cannot see is unknown
and what is unknown still exists, whether or not we fear it.
There is a pill to suppress the fear;
money, the placebo.
And in return;
a neatly packaged product for you to entertain.
 
I’m tired of the boxes, for there are too many.
They clutter my life space leaving no room to breath
and even less space for growth.
My expression cannot live.
Once it has birthed it is immediately packaged up
in a box,
in a space
between boundaries,
with a label,
where I put my value,
but the label is valued more.
 
Very little is sacred;
left to be.
Why can’t it wander for what it is?
My expression is meant for living,
and I want it a life.
Free to wander and be
not enclosed in a box;
in a space between boundaries,
with a label.
What kind of life is that?
I rather have my expression nameless and free
than sitting in a box,
in a space between boundaries.
I am becoming unproductive.
 
 
© Observing Vessel

Freedom day, free mind, free life…

Some of you may know I reside in South Africa, which recently celebrated (27 April) Freedom Day. Freedom day celebrates freedom and commemorates the first post-apartheid elections which happened on the same day in 1994. It was definitely a victory for the time, and the more I thought about it, the more questions popped up. On my freedom day, and up until now, I been doing quite a bit of reading, watching documentaries and brushing up on some things I didn’t know. Some of the stuff I came across I knew already, some I didn’t, but it did put a lot ofit into perspective. Yes, perhaps it is a bit depressing reading about the inequalities of the world and how it is incredibly difficult, if not impossible to do anything about it.

When I was in school I had no interest in school work. It was something that I needed to do to try to obtain high marks so I can go study more, blah blah blah. I had no interest in history, reading, researching, occult, politics etc, but now something has happened. I feel like I need to do something. Anything. But what? The only thing I can really do is share information. Share consciousness. Weather you choose to read the information or choose to use it or not use it is entirely up to you. I can’t just sit here and see injustice take a seat on the throne of justice. Information is the most important way for people to make a decision, if that information is corrupt, the decision and the outcome of that corrupt information may have greater implications. Why would anyone want to distribute lies? The main answer to that is money. It is scary to see the implications of money and its capitalistic system. The problem with going up against capitalism is that you automatically get labelled a socialist, communist and even unpatriotic. We must remember that every story has 2 sides to it. It is not wrong to explore both sides of the story. I think what has happened now is that a lot of people are either 1) too distracted with life to care 2) authority scares them into thinking one side of the story is wrong and anyone who thinks otherwise is an enemy of state or 3) We just don’t care and we think “That’s life!” Wrong. This is NOT life.

1994 was supposed to be change for the better, freedom for all.  Where is that freedom? How have things gotten any better? It hasn’t. The fact is things have gotten worse. Not just here in South Africa, but all over the world including the land of the free and home of the brave. I started reading an e-book by an ex-South African who has been living in UK for the past 12 years, and it is a great place to start to get information about political South Africa and its place in the global conspiracy. Many of us know that the South African government, the ANC is incredibly corrupt. My question is what will change if, lets say, the DA comes into power? Im sure there would be change, but would it be enough? Mandela had such great aspirations and ideas to liberate South Africa and its inhabitants. What happened to the freedom charter? What happened to those ideals and ideas? We need to understand that its global politics, every country is at the mercy of those with money, and unfortunately South Africa still owes the IMF a lot of money. We currently owe approximately $109.4 BILLION.

Words like democracy and freedom mean very little these days, but one word that controls and dominates both is capitalism. Capitalism is the new word for politics, for it is money that puts those people in power. Dont you think the rich have an agenda? They love their money because it comes standard with power. Dont be fooled for a second that you and governments have an equal say in how a country is run. It doesn’t matter what country you are from, we are all effected by it. We are sucked into false hopes and promises, it may have made sense at a time but it is no longer relevent anymore. We are so far down the rabbit hole that we have become willing slaves. I urge you to read more, question more and remember every story has two sides. Be mindful of where you get your information, most ofmainstream media is nothing more than propaganda. Remember, the small percentageofwealthy elitesmay have money, but we, the majority of the world have sheer numbers. They cannotdictateand control us indefinitely, the cracks have begun and are now easily visible. It’s up to you to decidewhether youwant to acknowledge the cracks and do something about it, or would you rather have your home become derelict?

 

A very black Tuesday

It’s on everyone’s mind and on the tip of our tongues.  The secrecy bill.  It’s been passed and everyone is unproudly South African.

The long walk to freedom didn’t end with Mandela, but merely started and in hind sight it seems as if we have taken a huge step backward.  What does the secrecy bill mean for us?  Well I’m pretty sure life will go on as per usual, but you will notice small cracks and tell-tale signs that will hint that something is not right.  Fast forward a couple of years or even months and you will see that there is something very wrong.

Imagine you are a journalist.  One morning you find a large envelope on your desk.  You open it to find documents and evidence of several political leaders and cabinet ministers involved in several illegal activities.  This secrecy bill states that you, the holder of evidence, are a criminal along with the person who passed the evidence on to you; and if you are found with the evidence you will be charged.  What do you do?

This is what our newspaper editors and journalists are now faced with, thanks to the passing of this bill.  This bill suppresses the truth so that we, the public, live our lives in ignorance.  Ultimately this means the government can take hard-earned tax payer’s money and exploit it as they wish and imprison those in their way and we will be none the wiser.

The irony of this is that the majority are opposed this bill.  Is that democracy?  The term democracy has lost all meaning.  One just needs to read news from around the world, democracy does not exist.  But to keep citizens ignorant of the truth is inhumane.  We were born with free-will and this bill takes some of it away.  Who’s to say they won’t control what is broadcast and read?  Knowledge is powerful, because with knowledge we can make choices, but they are taking that power of free-will away by keeping us ignorant.  We really do need to stand up together against this.  This is not alright and they cannot do as they want.  We out-number them.  They are supposedly in power because they were voted in; they serve our well-being.  We are their boss and we are able to take their responsibility away.

This bill has passed, but it will still need to go through the constitutional court.  There is still time and we CAN still make a difference.  Don’t stand for this, demand your freedom…

A thought on humanity

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Where is it? What is it?  The humanity I know and believe in exists in a diluted form.  I feel that we have become so desensitized that it has, to a certain extent, affected our humanity and our interaction with one another.  War, famine, crime and poverty are something that we are now accustomed to.  We see it in our cities and in the news on a global scale.  We have taken these negative concepts and made them into movies for entertainment and I do believe that to some degree it has desensitized our society.  This mixed with our current fast paced lifestyle where we want things done yesterday and we want to see results instantaneously, has left us impatient and uncompassionate.

Lately I have heard quite a few people complain about the begging and informal trading that happens at robots in our cities and suburbs.  Yes, I agree it can become a nuisance and some of these hawkers and beggars do try their luck.  And yes I do believe that government, to a large degree are responsible for taking care of these people.  It is basic humanity that a government looks after its people, right? Right.  But what about us as an individual?  Are we also not responsible for our fellow human being?  I understand that over-population and poverty are both at an all time high.  It is impossible to help everyone.  I’m not saying help everyone, but the way in which you interact with others has a greater effect than you may think.  Intention says a lot.

The next time you find yourself getting impatient at someone who is asking for help, put yourself in their shoes.  If they had a choice I doubt they would want to be standing at a robot begging you for your spare change.  Whatever the choices they made in life, whether good or bad, they made those choices and now they are living their consequences,  just like you have made choices.  No doubt you have also made some bad decisions?  Begging is the easiest way they found of making some money or getting food.  Have a little compassion and treat and speak to them as an equal.  No one is better than another, and if you think differently, how arrogant are you?

A lot of us brush these humble people aside and thus we create social outcasts.  We don’t like them getting in our way, because they annoy us.  Where has the humanity gone?  Why do we find their misfortune irritating and annoying?  Are we too much up our own arse to have a sliver of compassion for someone less fortunate than ourselves?  Are we so impatient and uptight that we cannot even afford courtesy?  Shame on us.  Shame on us for expecting government, “leaders” and charities to deal with the people who society has labeled a pariah.  And why? Because they have very little material wealth?  Society has failed them.  But who is society?  I’m sorry to say that WE are society.  We are responsible.  If we treat the people around us we call society with respect, compassion and kindness, this world will be a better place.

Thought and emotion will eventually be released into a physical action.  Have the self-awareness and self-control to command your feelings, thoughts and emotions into a positive physical action.  For every action there is a reaction.  The way you interact with another, ultimately affects them.  The way you treat them will either make them feel good or bad.  Why make someone else feel bad?  Be a leader yourself and make this place we are living in a better place instead of bitching and complaining because it doesn’t suit our materialistic, fast-paced lifestyle. Instead of always relying on authorities to serve us, we should be serving each other.  Be a leader and stop being another lazy sheeple.

If you are familiar with the Claremont/Rondebosch/Newlands area, you may notice the man in the photographs.  I have lived in Claremont my whole life and I have seen this man for at least 15 years walking from place to place.  If you have seen him you will notice he talks to himself, but should you engage in conversation with him he is not “insane” by any means.  In all those years I have not seen him ask or beg for anything.  He just walks.  I’ve seen him with shoes the one day and barefoot the next, but still I never see him beg.  He is always grateful for anything he is given and has always been polite.  I think its beyond a lot of people that he can still smile and seem happy, despite his situation.  He doesn’t have the luxuries many of us have, yet ironically he is free from the vices we have become dependent on.  He has no debt, no cell phone.  His life is a life of survival.  Is that the price of freedom?  What is freedom to you?  I think you will find the more you think about the more you will discover that freedom is subjective.  Is freedom fact? Or is it just an idea?  I let you decide…