The Palace of Malice

On February 7, 2008 the Los Alamos County Council voted to destroy the physical symbol of the Independence of Los Alamos.

On December 21, 2010 5 Members of the Los Alamos County Council, 2 of whom voted in the affirmative in the above cited action, voted to destroy the liberties and rights of the citizens of Los Alamos and to vacate the Charter which was the codification of the Independence of Los Alamos.

The Palace of Malice, akin to Nero's Golden Palace and destined to become home to Ozymandius, will be built upon a foundation of legal chicanery, ruthless manipulation, self-aggrandizement, wanton destruction, and the wholesale abuse of Public Trust and authority --- but at what cost, and borne by whom?

Reality Check -- No community of any size can long survive the destruction of its heritage, the dissolution of its freedoms, and the permanent division of its citizens.

Friday, June 11, 2010

32) The Cosmic Test

So, you are walking along the beach in Santa Monica.  It is early morning and you are the only person out and about.  Well, almost the only person.  You see a transient sleeping on a park bench up ahead.  The person's shopping cart with all the worldly possesions is parked close by, and there is a jacket hanging on the end of the bench.

You have a $20 bill burning a hole in your pocket.  What do you do?

A)  You move to the far side of the promenade and pass on by.
B)  You don't move to the far side of the promenade ---- just pass on by.
C)  You wake up the transient and give the person the $20.
D)  You wake up the transient and offer to buy the person breakfast.
E)   You report the transient to the authorities.
F)  You slip the $20 into the pocket of the transient's jacket and continue on.

I'm not going to give you an answer.  But consider the following:  What is your first reaction upon seeing the transient?  Have you ever really seen one?  What are you thinking?  What assumptions have you already made about the transient?  Is your choice influenced by sex, age, and general appearance of the transient? Why?

Which of the above choices is more about you, and which is more about the transient? Does it occur to you that the choice you make regarding the transient says more about who you are, about your world view, than anything else -- and that the same reasoning/feeling/beliefs that you bring into play here probably also direct most of your other choices?

Why do you/did you make the choice you made?  And why to that?  How deeply are you willing to explore your own motivations? 

What else can you learn about yourself and your relationship to the Cosmos?

How does the above apply to your perceptions of Los Alamos?

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