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On Religion and Addiction

On Religion and Addiction

I’ve been thinking about the similarity between addiction and fake religion (as opposed to true religion) lately.

 The difference between being an addict and living Life normally is very much like the difference between fake religion and real religion.

 In both addiction and fake religion the underlying problem is the inability to recognize the beauty in Life and feel reverent awe for the holiness of Life and all existence. And so, in order to feel something intensely, we begin to make a facsimile and do a parody, a ceremonial representation, an exaggeration to the point of grotesque reenactment of the elements of Life. Eventually the caricature of Life becomes a mockery of Life.

It is painful for me to admit, but nonetheless true, that Judaism is the most guilty of having created an elaborate ceremonial travesty. This farce is based on not understanding what Torah is really saying and, as a result, Jews perform ceremonies when we should be living Life in the full awareness of the indwelling sanctity. Then, not being satisfied by these artificial enactments of Life, just as those who are addicted to refined sugar instead of eating fruit and those addicted to opioids instead of living Life in such a way that the normal levels of dopamine will be produced in the brain, and like those who are addicted to sex because they do not know how to make love; so the Jew finds only emptiness in the ceremonial re-enactment of what he has not understood. Instead of rethinking his understanding, he compounds the ceremonies with additional strictures and customs. Finding himself even more separated from his Soul and feeling ever more starved for what he really needs and desperate, he becomes rigid and adamant and intolerant.

The Catholics learned to perform ceremonies instead of living Life from the Jews. They are doing re-enactments of the re-enactments of the Jews compounded by their complete removal from the Source.

It is good that the Protestants rejected the many ceremonies of Catholicism. At least, they are not burdened with re-enacting re-enactments on top of further misunderstanding the misunderstandings of the Jews.

Both addiction and fake religion derive from some occlusion in the Soul that does not allow the natural appreciation of the greatness of Life and they are  hyperbolic experiences of what should be normal Life experiences for those who are occluded and numbed to the point of not seeing the obvious, ambient sanctity of Life and wonder in all that is.

The torments of addiction eventually lead the occluded Soul to force himself or herself to look at the Universe and ask what is wrong. Eventually, the addict is brought to his or her knees and surrenders.
Dare we be as hopeful for the Rabbis?

 Doreen Ellen Bell-Dotan, Tzfat, Israel
DoreenDotan@gmail.com

Rethinking the Idea of Ownership of Prisons – Cooperative Ownership

Rethinking the Idea of Ownership of Prisons – Cooperative Ownership

Through the Eyes of Women: What a Co-operative Can Mean in Supporting Women During Confinement and Integration
http://usaskstudies.coop/socialeconomy/?page_id=1495

This is a tremendously promising idea.

One of the things that always disturbed me most about Anarcho-Capitalism was the promulgation of the idea of privatized prisons and police forces. was stuck in the concept of private ownership when I rejected the idea out-of-hand. We see the results of private ownership of prisons and militias and they are nightmarish.

However, the integration of the concept of Co-Operative in the ownership of prisons and police forces is entirely different.

Let’s concentrate in the space of this preliminary discussion on prisons.

If prisons are Cooperatively owned, they will be owned by a group of people who are essentially different in their weltanschauung than are Capitalists. Moreover, there will be a number of people supervising the project. Additionally, that Cooperative will no doubt be part of a cooperative Network, which will provide moral, as well as economic, checks and balances.

Earning shares in the Cooperative prison can be integrated into the Rehabilitation process. As prisoners show more identification with society and willingness to be part of society, they earn the right to be owners, and therefore decision-makers, in the prison.

Training in various other types of Cooperatives can be offerred in prisons and job opportunities in Cooperatives will be part of the process of release from prisons.

This discussion was initiated in a group called Cooperatives on LinkedIn.

The idea is not just for women, of course. I’m offerring this article because it is the only article I know of that considers the idea of Cooperative prisons.

Doreen Ellen Bell-Dotan, Tzfat, Israel
DoreenDotan@gmail.com

I AM NOT AN ANTI -SEMITE!

I AM NOT AN ANTI -SEMITE!

Arabs are Semites too. No, not I’m anti-Jewish. I’m just anti-Zionist. But no, I wouldn’t want the Israelis to clear out of Palestine and come to my country and have to compete against them for jobs. And no, I’m not really happy that Arabs are emigrating to Europe. It’s just that I love the Palestinians soooo much and my heart breaks for them so much more than it does for the Basques, the Frisians, the Chechnyans, the Sami and the other 300 stateless peoples in Europe whose names I never bothered to learn.

I’ve had a belly full of the Syrup of ipecac anti-Semites occupying places like: Omaha, Honolulu, Alaska, Mississippi, Tennessee, Cheyenne, Seattle, Dakota, Nebraska….who don’t get the irony of forming groups with names like Occupy Topeka, thinking it’s a dig against Israel, and have lots to say about the Israelis occupying “Palestine”.

BTW: The name “Palestine” comes from the Semitic root p-l-s or ph-l-s, which means one who squats, invades, or usurps, breaches. Does anyone really believe there is a People who call themselves Palestinians? Who the hell calls themselves The Invaders? Only Roy Thinnes on American TV. The anti-Semites who don’t speak Arabic or Hebrew don’t even know “the Palestinians” are taking the piss on them.

Notice how few the Europeans are who criticize their own ex-pats for occupying Ottawa or Delaware.

Some White folks really need to lay off the fluoridated hooch.

When they turn on the White Noise Machine, I ask them: Would you prefer that I help you occupy “America”?

One of the people who got my goat recently was an Irish moron whom I blocked after he told me I have no right to occupy “Palestine” and told me I should come to live in Ireland, where I would enjoy being half Jewish in a country infested with Catholic and Protestant cultivated anti-Semitism instead of being a bloody occupier.
Something tells me that he would not have suggested the same thing to me if I was still occupying Miami.
Ever meet an Irishman or Irishwoman who ragged on Irish ex-pats for occupying Ohio?

Doreen Ellen Bell-Dotan, Tzfat, Israel
DoreenDotan@gmail.com

How to Use Crowdfunding to End Homelessness

How to Use Crowdfunding to End Homelessness.

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