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Art is subjective. It is a quality of communication can be contributed to by the viewer through empathy or agreement with its creator.

ABRACADABRA!

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ABRACADABRA

“By Abracadabra we signify
An infinite number of things.
‘Tis the answer to What? and How? and Why?
And Whence? and Whither?— a word whereby
The Truth (with the comfort it brings)
Is open to all who grope in night,
Crying for Wisdom’s holy light.

Whether the word is a verb or a noun
Is knowledge beyond my reach.
I only know that ’tis handed down.
From sage to sage,
From age to age—
An immortal part of speech!

Of an ancient man the tale is told
That he lived to be ten centuries old,
In a cave on a mountain side.
(True, he finally died.)
The fame of his wisdom filled the land,
For his head was bald, and you’ll understand
His beard was long and white
And his eyes uncommonly bright.

Philosophers gathered from far and near
To sit at his feet and hear and hear,
Though he never was heard
To utter a word
But “Abracadabra, abracadab,
Abracada, abracad,
Abraca, abrac, abra, ab!
‘Twas all he had,
‘Twas all they wanted to hear, and each
Made copious notes of the mystical speech,
Which they published next—
A trickle of text
In the meadow of commentary.
Mighty big books were these,
In a number, as leaves of trees;
In learning, remarkably— very!

He’s dead,
As I said,
And the books of the sages have perished,
But his wisdom is sacredly cherished.
In Abracadabra it solemnly rings,
Like an ancient bell that forever swings.
O, I love to hear
That word make clear
Humanity’s General Sense of Things.”

~ Jamrach Holobom

from THE DEVIL’S DICTIONARY by AMBROSE BIERCE, written between 1888 – 1906

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AbierceAmbrose Gwinnett Bierce (June 24, 1842 – circa 1914) was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist, and satirist. He wrote the short story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” and compiled a satirical lexicon, The Devil’s Dictionary. His vehemence as a critic, his motto “Nothing matters”, and the sardonic view of human nature that informed his work.  In 1913, Bierce traveled to Mexico to gain first-hand experience of the Mexican Revolution. While traveling with rebel troops, he disappeared without a trace.

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IT’S BAD LUCK TO BE

SUPERSTITIOUS HUMAN

TEN COMMON HUMAN SUPERSTITIONS:

  1. That human beings evolved on Earth to become “superior” to other life forms.
  2. That Spiritual Beings do not animate ALL life forms on Earth.
  3. That our memories — even of our past lives on Earth or before — are stored in your brain.
  4. That Earth is our “home”.
  5. That we– as a spiritual being — have no memory of who we really are, or where we came from, before we were brought to Earth and dumped off here from another time or place or plane of existence by other spiritual beings who didn’t want us around anymore.
  6. That there is “a god” who created everything and that we have no responsibility for creating anything accept our own small, pathetic, insignificant, purposeless lives.
  7. That the entire physical universe started from a “big bang” of energy, all by itself, accidentally, and randomly, without supervision, and then organized itself to become every celestial body, living organism, physical, spiritual and energetic phenomenon of an nearly infinite extent of a microcosm and macrocosm of which human beings can perceive virtually nothing, but would rather rely on a unproven “theory” to serve as “proof” of it’s origin.
  8. That Earth scientists, priests, politicians and any other person you have ever heard of knows “the truth” about anything except their personal opinion as to what “the truth” is for them.
  9. That “time” exists independent of your subjective experience and is floating around in “space” somewhere and that we can go “visit it” there…wherever “there” is…or “when”, or was, or is, or will be.
  10. That we are not living in a holographic “reality” which makes us feel “free” even though we are always “inside” it and can’t get out because we are not aware how it works, or that it even exists.

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