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Every Day Homicide On the Edge of Grass and Pavement

Every Day Homicide On the Edge of Grass and Pavement
Butterfly on the Edge of Grass and Pavement

Every day in my hometown area there are homicides. There are shootings. Multiple homicides reported from different cities in the Hampton Roads / Tidewater area. 

We don't want to spend money on inexpensive housing, education or work development so we spend money on homicide. 

We don't want to spend money on financial education, sex education, artistic education so we spend money on homicide investigation, cleanup and prisons.

I used to have some guns. I don't have any now. I always carry a knife for close quarters defence. I'd rather get up close and personal. Furthermore I'd rather not kill anyone so I will just do some very painful things until my aggressor changes his mind. To take a human life is the worst thing a human can do. Maiming an aggressor... that's the aggressor's choice.

Most humans do not realize how unique our existence is. Instead of understanding this the human mind focuses on eating, consuming, gathering and taking. We are so close to being hungry ghosts. 

It's a lot of foolishness. The people who take lives are in the worst condition of humanity. Those people are no longer living. The paradox is that in killing anything and anyone we lose our own human life. We lose choice. We create prisons of our own lives. 

I can't help but to feel shame for this. It's a great shame. Human populations are exploding with ignorant homicidal maniacs. 

I feel shame for gun manufactures. The idea behind the gun is to give killing power to anyone. The idea is that the gun gives equal footing to those with or without a lot of physical strength. Unfortunately it also gives anyone with aggressive desire an easy tool to be aggressive. Gun manufacturers make money by appealing to humans with aggressive tendencies. Gun sellers have tools to asses a person's aggressive tendencies but a record is only as good as the last assault, battery or homicide.

We can romanticize weapons all we want but they just give aggressors easy tools and the ability to find soft targets.

So who is responsible for changing all of this? Me. I can control me. I can control my behavior. I can learn how to get along with other people and other beings. I don't have to love everyone but I can understand that I love myself and I appreciate my life. My life allows me to work on my mind. That's a great privilege! 

Birth, Sickness, Old Age and Death will find everyone. It's going to happen. Humans should not be involved in the act of killing. As soon as you and I realize this we will have reached the next level of awareness. 

If anyone reading this has taken a life, human or otherwise, the only way out of that maelstrom is to stop the unskillful practice of taking life. You have the power to kill but you have the greatest power also to respect life! 

Instead of focusing on investigating homicides maybe we can focus on promoting life in all of its entirety. Not just anti-abortion that's disguised as "pro-life" but let's be Pro-Whole-Life. From the cradle to the grave let's promote whole meaningful lives of human beings and the lives of other beings we share this world with.

In the meantime you and I, dear reader, can work on ourselves. We may not be able to change others but we can change ourselves. 

It's difficult to compete with those who have religion based on a heaven or Valhalla. They kill without impunity. At least they think so. You and I, dear reader, know otherwise. When a person graduates from being told not to kill to internally understanding what killing is then a dynamic shift will occur. Otherwise it's hopeless. 

We will read or hear about more homicide tomorrow. We may even see homicide. We may be faced with it. Skillfully we will try to minimize the damage or out maneuver the aggressor. 

We also can work on our ability to show kindness. We can work on making our world a better place where life is respected in whole.

Time Travel

Time Travel

One day I hopped on a bicycle at work. When I checked how much at the time, how many kilometers a day I traveled, the answer was about 7. That's a lot of time that I spent walking and not doing other things. 

The bicycle was like a time machine. In ten minutes I could travel 4 times the distance! It was an amazing experience. 

Time travel is just that. How far can you go in a period of time. Not necessarily going from time to time. The concept of going from time to time is unimportant. The time you spend is the only factor that matters in your life. At a certain point your body will no longer support your journey. Time will be over.

It doesn't matter that there have been eons or kalpas before, during or after any of your activities. Those times are speculative perceptions of someone else or maybe a conclusion you have made. Those times are not your experience. They are inconclusive. They are neither provable nor are they dismissive folly. They are just something else. They are answers to questions. Neither true nor false.

Recently we flew from Norfolk, Virginia to Sarasota, Florida. I usually think of the Beatles, "Live and Let Die" song and then I segue to Ian Fleming's book with the same name. James Bond. Time Travel. Retirement. Not yet.


We could have walked. We could have driven. We chose to fly. Time travel.

As I write this I am hundreds of miles from work and home. Time and space transgressed. In the past I've driven this far. It took me well over half a day pushing a gas pedal. Walking, I could do it, but it would be very unpleasant.

As far as my recollections of time are concerned time is going by me much faster than it was before. I accomplish more in shorter periods of time than I used to. When I was younger 5 minutes seemed to last forever. Time is just a pathway. 

Time is a pathway. It's the means with which we open up opportunities. It's our work. It's our process. We can short or long cut it. Time is observation. Time is consciousness. Time is the shadow of awareness.

I'm Such A Snob and I Know It

I'm Such a Snob and I Know It

I know I'm a snob. It's part of my makeup. It's many years of conditioning. I know the truth of my snobbery. I don't like half-assed efforts and I am wont to loath pretension.

Take this watermelon. I love watermelon. My wife loves watermelon. We love watermelon. It's an outstanding and nutritious food. Unfortunately some people fear this because it's associated with race. They fear progress, nutrition, health, compassion and the power within because they would rather be mindless victimised dolts. 

I don't care about perception of the loud few because I care about the Universal truth of the many. It's a lot of paradox but let's deploy anyway.

I like meeting intelligent and happy people. I'm not interested in any qualities beyond that. You might be symmetrical, attractive, rich, healthy and all of that in cleverness but if you aren't happy you are not intelligent.


There is an emotional intelligence. This involves manners, listening, eye contact, hand shakes, cleanliness and many of the very techniques that are distinguished in noble behavior. Noble behavior is the supreme power. This power is beyond all others in that it's a cultivated power. This cultivated power allows for the maximum navigation through humanity. 

As a snob I hold myself in high regard. I, as a snob, hold that I must behave in the greatest skillful way as is humanly possible. That means that I must strive to better my work, speech, interaction and relationships with others. I also have a gut feeling that keeps me in check. I know that when no one is around I still have to be the best person I can be possible.

I fail miserably sometimes. Sometimes I am careless, angry, vulgar, crude and ugly. Those are the times I'm an absolute mindless animal. As soon as I realize this I change. I go back to the center of happiness and intelligence. My snob takes over. I'm free.

Freedom is choice. Not all choice is freedom. Freedom is also in not choosing the endless flow of mud. The muddy waters are the turbulent realm of craving junk. Mindless junk hunting. During this realization it's important to be a snob. Start being a scientist. Be a scientific snob. 

The place where this pays off is in your mind. Eventually you get to this place where all ideas are either rejected or embraced as they are deemed skillful in happiness. Why give up your power to discriminate for yourself. If you want watermelon then eat it! If there is a weighted, tangible and positive reason behind this craving then by all means enjoy it!

The Difference Between Good Employees and Bad Ones

The Difference Between Good Employees and Bad Ones
It might be obvious but it's not. You will spend a lot of money on bad employees. You'll spend a whole lot. I dare say you will spend triple on them what you do on your good employees.

When I bring this up the response is usually, "We get rid of them." But the truth is that you don't get rid of them that's why they are still employees. 

As an employer you look at them as numbers and meat and they look at you as fodder and milk.

The difference between a bad employee and a good one is that both employees get paid the same paycheck with the exception that the bad employee enjoys the privilege of doing what he or she wants and the bare minimum of what you need to keep the business going. 

Again we are not talking about the person you fired. 

We're talking about the person who you pay to do a job that you can't do and you hate and you wish didn't have to be done and you just place a body to do.  You have good employees who do this and you just expect them to do what you pay them. No coaching. No thank you. "Just do your job."

How did this happen? Greed and laziness on your part. 

So take action to make this go away... First of all you increase the wages of all of your employees. This covers the greed. Next you get involved with coaching and improving. This covers your very own laziness. 

It's your business and you can do what you want. This is not a scolding from someone who doesn't understand your own personal years of hard work and your goals to be the best. No this is a coaching from someone who wants you to move to the next level and achieve greatness.

So your laziness is the desire you have to consume. You don't want to give. You don't want to have anyone short cut your success. You are a fool. 

Give! Give now. Give everything you have and you will bring your employees into a realm of respect. Push your people. Assign them tasks. Give them ownership and your employees will make you wealthy and successful. Your business will be theirs. 

Or just throw money away at the bad employees who adopt the status quo and enjoy The fruits or your marginal, "where I got us now."

Alexander Nuttall

Dimka, The Morning Meditation Preceptor

Dimka Resting During Meditation 

Don't give me the anthropomorphic fallacy! 

When I meditate she is always at my side. Dimka also is kind enough to start my day by eating my paperwork when I don't want to get out of bed. I wake to the sounds of paper tearing. She only does this after I refuse her kind advances of meowing, purring and licking. This regularly happens about 3:30 in the morning.

When you make promises to your self the universe obliges with perfunctory care.


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