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511) Published: Short Story: The Eagle and the Cathareh July 29, 2008

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511) The Eagle and the Cathareh
Written:- 11:16, Tuesday, 29th July 2008 CE
Posted:- 17:53, Tuesday, 29th July 2008 CE
In the Land of Nod, there were many animals, strange and wonderful, who are no longer extant on Planet Earth. This is a story of 2 or rather 3 animals, because one of the two changes into a mythical creature of which none exist any longer in the 21st century except analogously. The third is SO mythological it has no existence even in myth and is completely unknown in the modern world.
There was an eagle, symbol of America, and The Guardian, and there was a strange creature, omnivorous, half a wild cat, and half feral rabbit. She was called by Adam, a cathareh, (a cat hare eh?). Now the eagle was big, though possibly too big for his talons, and thought himself big enough, whilst cruising the eddies and currents in the hot air vortexes about the Land of Nod, in Iraq, when he spied, with his beady hawk-like eyes, hundreds of feet below, the unsuspecting feline lagomorph foraging on grubs and lichen, big enough to bag the said cathareh. He swooped down low and snatched the cathareh in the vice like grip of his talons and sped away, confident that the creature would not wriggle free, and would provide him with a tasty meal. The Eagle was right on the first score, but had not reckoned on the cathareh being endowed with either the claws or the teeth of a lioness with regards to their incisive sharpness. The cathareh was livid with rage or having her breakfast interrupted and being made to feel so uncomfortable, and sake her claws and teeth into the soft underbelly of the Eagle. The Eagle cawed in agony and. mortally wounded, dropped the relieved and livid lagomorphic feline into a lake, 50 feet below, thereby ruining its soft fur and incurring even more of her scorn and wrath. The mortally wounded Eagle repaired to a nearby Tower of Silence replete with ancient priests who had just finished a religious rite and were returning to the nearest village in the Land of Nod. They were precursors of the priestly followers of Melchizadek and Zoroaster, and had just officiated at a ceremony to bid farewell to Cain who had just died of old age. His body was now lying in state on the top of The Tower of Silence, ready to be eaten and picked clean by vultures. However, just as the Eagle alighted there, by the body of Cain, the wrath of the Lord, held at bay by His Mercy throughout Cain’s life in the vain hope of his remorse, was now unleashed, and an incandescent fireball was hurled by Him from the heavens to consume his body in a conflagration which incinerated Cain’s body instantly, and killed the Eagle too. The Eagle was burnt to a cinder in a pile of ash. The Good Lord realised that the destruction of Cain had claimed an innocent victim, took pity on the Eagle and in His infinite Mercy and Grace, raised up the Eagle into new life. The formerly midnight blue Eagle was thus transformed into a Golden Red Phoenix which, amazed at the Grace of his Lord, flew upwards into the illimitable space with rapture, exaltation and joyous happiness. The Phoenix sang beautiful chanting melodies in praise of his Creator, and determined to share his new happiness with the cathareh, set off for the lake. The feline lagomorph was sitting , sullen and morose, on the shore of the lake, licking, washing, cleaning and grooming her wet, matted fur. She was in no mood to say hello to an annoyingly cheerful Phoenix, who had been responsible in an admittedly former life of treating her with so much disrespect and thoughtlessness. This was going to be a stand up row of epic and biblical proportions. The cathareh was NOT a happy bunny!

510) Published: Non-Me Source: To be chipper or chipped? July 29, 2008

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I feel I may have been chipped already during a “routine” blood test, at Bitzy Gwynedd hospital in Bangor just before the end of 2007, allegedly.
450. Mental Tests to be Suffered by Believers in the West

“And yet, how often we seem to forget the clear and repeated warning of our beloved Master, who in particular during the concluding years of His Mission on earth, laid stress on the severe mental tests that would inevitably sweep over His loved ones of the West… tests that would purge, purify and prepare them for their noble mission in life.

“Ours then is the duty and privilege to labour, by day, by night, amidst the storm and stress of these troublous days, that we may quicken the zeal of our fellow-man, rekindle their hopes, stimulate their interests, open their eyes to the true Faith of God and enlist their active support in the carrying out of our common task for the peace and regeneration of the world.”

(From a letter written by Shoghi Effendi to the believers in Australia and New Zealand, 1923-1957, pp. 1-2)

(Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 135)

1531. …How great, how very great is the Cause! How very fierce the onslaught of all the peoples and kindreds of the earth. Ere long shall the clamor of the multitude throughout Africa, throughout America, the cry of the European and of the Turk, the groaning of India and China, be heard from far and near. One and all, they shall arise with all their power to resist His Cause. Then shall the knights of the Lord, assisted by His grace from on high, strengthened by faith, aided by the power of understanding, and reinforced by the legions of the Covenant, arise and make manifest the truth of the verse: “Behold the confusion that hath befallen the tribes of the defeated!”

(Cited in Shoghi Effendi, “The World Order of Bahá’u’lláh: Selected Letters”, rev. ed. (Wilmette: Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1982), p. 17)

(Compilations, The Compilation of Compilations vol II, p. 139)

Maybe, when millions of people have been “chipped” they will be manipulated by their “chips” to turn into the walking dead and be guide by the “computers” to resist His Cause. They will have had their chips!

501) Published: Non-Me Source: Bobby 1968 July 26, 2008

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But Kennedy went to extraordinary lengths to define what was wrong and what needed to be done. He attacked the national obsession with economic growth, a statement Hayden cited for its similarity to the Port Huron Statement:

“We will find neither national purpose nor personal satisfaction in a mere continuation of economic progress, in an endless amassing of worldly goods. We cannot measure national spirit by the Dow Jones Average, nor national achievement by the Gross National Product. For the Gross National Product includes air pollution, and ambulances to clear our highways from carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and jails for the people who break them. The Gross National Product includes the destruction of the redwoods and the death of Lake Superior. It grows with the production of napalm and missiles and nuclear warheads…. It includes…. the broadcasting of television programmes which glorify violence to sell goods to our children.

And if the Gross National Product includes all this, there is much that it does not comprehend. It does not allow for the health of our families, teh quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It is indifferent to teh decency of our factories and the safety of our streets. It does not include the beauty of our poetry, or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials…. the Gross National Product measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country. It measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile, and it can tell us everything about America — except whether we are proud to be Americans.” Bobby Kennedy in his 1968 presidential campaign.

Could a man
who said such revolutionary things actually get to the White House? Yes, it was possible, because this, after all, was a Kennedy. Mark Kurlansky in “1968: The Year That Rocked the World” pages 140 to 141.

497) Published: Non-Me Source: Mandela July 25, 2008

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Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are more powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves; “who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous”. Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give permission to other people to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. Nelson Mandela’s Inaugural Address.