A police officer will get around $50,000 to $120.000 per year with full pension and benefits
A lawyer will get anywhere from $100 and up an hour
A jail guard will get $40-70,000/ year
A judge would get $250,000 per year.
And add up all the paper pushers, the secretaries and maintenance involved and you get a very large sum.
Crime pays very well indeed.
Criminals are created by the stroke of a pen. And to control all those criminals you need police. Take for instance alcohol prohibition back in the 20’s. One day there was a booze industry with 100,000 employees, every one from farmers, distillers, truckers, bar waitress, and barrel makers. The next day all these people were labelled as criminals. This requires the hiring of thousands of police officers, and created mobsters like Al Capone.
One day you are legal, then some politician prohibit something, and the next day you are a criminal.
And the day after you might be legal again.
Now just yesterday Dec 2013 the courts overturned the laws on prostitution. Now with the stroke of a pen, prostitutes will no longer go to jail or be harassed by police. Yes , with the stroke of a pen crime has been reduced by a few per/cent.
The people who benefit most from all our nut-case laws are the employees of the law enforcement industry.
A crime occurs when someone causes harm to another. In many cases the law makes criminals out of people who have caused no harm. But.. that is where the money is made.
Once upon a time, long , long ago. In a far off land, in a mythical valley that was ruled by supernatural beings known as “Fairy God Bankers” (the fed) , there lived creatures known as ‘Bankers’.
Now the Bankers were farmers, by nature. The bankers loved to farm and farming was their passion. These farmers managed large farms (banks) and milked ‘Cash Cows’. (people who borrow money)
The cash cows were were happy to give their milk (interest payments) to the farmer in exchange for a comfortable stall to sleep in, (house with furniture), and enough food to eat.
But one day a disease spread though the valley (greed). The farmers (financial industry) wanted the cows to produce more milk (money). The cows who did not produce more milk(fee’s and commissions) were sent to Hamburger Heaven (bankruptcy). Many of the cows(investors) became unhappy about this, so many of them left the farm (unloaded their debt) and swore they would never return to the valley(economy).
The farmers lost their income(money without working) which came from milking Cash Cows(people who pay for services that do nothing), and when the farmer(banker) went broke, he could no longer pay his bills.
The farmer by the law of the land, had to give a portion of his milk (fees charged to people who want to get rich) or , 39% (as a tax) to the fairy God Banker, who ruled the land, But now the Fairy God Banker was also unhappy because he was not getting any milk either (credit crisis).
So the Fairy God Banker thought he would step in and help.(printing money/quantitative easing) He took an empty milk bucket, waved his magic wand (federal reserve) over the bucket, and created a truck load of brand new cold fresh milk ( money ) and gave it to the banker (farmer). The farmer now could sell the milk(issue new loans) and pay the the “Fairy God Banker” his share in taxes.(by charging more fees and commissions)
Some of the farmers(Ceo’s and company head of staff) were so happy that they took a $400,000 vacation. But the truck load of milk(newly pressed money) would soon be all used up, So the farmer(investment person) had to start working again(thinking up new financial products) The farmer did not know how to get get the cows back into the barn, so that he could start milking them again..
The trouble was that the cows were afraid to come back into the barn.(investment world) The farmer they thought was cruel and thoughtless because he sent a lot of fellow cows to “hamburger heaven (bankruptcy)
So the farmer was forced to make the stalls(investments) even more comfortable than before (renegotiate loans at fair market value). And he had to make the living conditions better (lower interest rates). And he had to provide better food, so that the cows would enjoy being milked again (advertise, sell a better story to the public)
In the end the cows all came back into the barn and everyone lived happy ever after, except of course the poor cows that went to hamburger heaven. But in this fairy tale, those cows will all be reincarnated to come back in the next life as either bankers or cows or what ever you want.
How to strike a Lethal blow to the American Infidels… Hit them in the pocket book… Money.. The American financial crisis, is evidence enough that the terrorists are winning. While the USA is chasing after a few rock throwing warriors over in ‘who knows where’ the homeland lies in ruin. No money to save them.
People are forced out of their homes due to lack of money, Money that is going over seas. The USA spends 58% of their budget on war. Don’t you think the Terrorists know that. Lets stress the American out to the max. The US do war very well and war costs money. Terrorists don’t care about money. Just how much Money have the terrorists invested in this war, compared to the US? Pennies to the Dollar.
When they finally catch ‘Bin Laden’, the next terrorist guy will appear and give the US another kick in the shin. Then off they go again on another crusade.
Can you fight a faith war with guns? The weapons of mass destruction that started the invasion of Iraq did exist, but only in the mind of president BUSH, and his staff. He sent the largest military in the world to defeat something that only he and his followers believed in.
Are Guns the weapons to defeat beliefs? I don’t think so. Education would go a long way, but the US spends 6 times more on the prison system than they do on their own education, and 60 times more on weapons than they do on their own welfare.
Terrorist are not that stupid. They know the chain will always break at its weakest link, and that is .. for the average American..MONEY
The first thing that I hear when some one has passed away is, ” How old was she/he.”
Never do I hear, ” How well did she/he live”
The big item is how much time did they get. How long did they live.
The thought was always on the Quantity of time, Never the Quality of Time.
A person who suffered miserably for 80 years with a chronic Illness gets better marks than does someone who has only lived 1/2 that age, but was increadably happy.
Some of us, are always 5 minutes late to wherever we are going, or the train is 4 minutes too late, or something should have happened 3 minutes ago. It seems that we never have enough time.
Why do people get into car wrecks? Not enough time? Just had to run the red light because I was 2 minutes late.
Time addiction is just plain nuts.
The fact is that time can not be held, nor bought, nor sold.
I wait for the day when I can throw all my watches away.
First: A moment of silence to reflect on the victims of police abuse, worldwide.
Then a short poll
No one can doubt that police departments have an important role in society. The good things that police departments do is seriously not a problem for anyone at all. It’s the bad things that they do that cause all the damage (and of course all the negative media coverage). So now, I ask the question: ” What’s wrong with these police?”….. More than a few innocent lives have been destroyed by these organizations: I still don’t know what we can do about it. Each year there are more reviews and more recommendations, but still the problem is not any better than it was 20 years ago.
(1.) Honesty: I do know that to admit wrongdoing is a sign of moral Strength, not weakness. It is rare thou that a police officer will admit to even remotely doing anything wrong. It may be that their Job, Pension, or Image have to come first.
Nuremberg Defense. They will claim that they shot someone because they were just doing their duty and protecting their country. They personally had no desire to kill someone, but were just following their training, which was given to them by a higher authority, the government. In this way they can relieve themselves of all accountability. Honesty is not an issue.
(2) Sleep-Working: I see mental illness as a day dreamer who is having a nightmare or some other bad dream. the Dreamer can not tell what is real. There is a part of the brain (the Pons) that is linked to dreaming and “REM Sleep”. This gland can be active when people are awake and walking around. There are also (hormone) that paralyze a person during the sleep cycle, this keeps a person from acting out his/her dream. Many people are basically Sleep-Walking. but what happens when a cop is day dreaming: When he/she sees something through a fog or dreamlike state? When that Cell phone or that Walkman looks like a gun. When that unhappy facial expression on a victims face looks like a threat to life.
Absolute power is not good
In the picture to the left what do you see? A wine glass, or a Candle stick, or two people facing each other. When a cop pulls the trigger, what is it that they see? Often it is danger to their own miserable lives, when in fact there is none at all
In the picture to the right here, what do you see? A naked man and woman, or dolphins? There are at least 8 dolphins that make up this picture, Just look at the dark spots. What would a cop be shooting at here, The man, The woman, or the Dolphins (or just some shadows in the night)? The point is that when cops screw up they screw up BIG-TIME, and people often get seriously hurt and die,(or worse yet, to be permanently disabled for the rest of your life). Not just ‘perpetrators and Suspects” but entire families and communities are permanently damaged by the actions of this small group of people who refuse to accept responsibility for their actions.
(4) Morality: Legal does not mean Moral. A police officer must enforce the law and arrest lawbreakers, no matter who they are. This Includes Family, and Friends. Mother, Father, Brother, Sister, Grandpa and Grandma. It is not hard to see why many cops have a hard time with human relationships. Who would want to hang around with someone who is just waiting for a chance to arrest you? This puts the cop into a position where he/she will choose who to arrest or who to let walk. They seem to protect themselves and colleges first and then their friends. The public is an afterthought. We end up with a two tier justice industry, with the cops and the people they “like” at the top of the system(immunity from the law), and the less fortunate, (usually the poor, uneducated and minority groups at the bottom). In any case, if the ‘Cops’ have gotten themselves a bad reputation, then , they most likely have earned it.
(5) Fear: When you pass a police on the road, do you get a “Warm and Fuzzy Feeling”. All safe and protected? Or does your heart skip a beat as the hair on you neck raises. Fear is one way to keep a society in check. You are afraid to break the law, for fear of being punished. Cops whether they know it or not spread an atmosphere of fear across the land.
(6) Police pride themselves at having discretion. This is a God Like quality where one person can decide the fate of another. Thumbs up you get let off, thumbs down you get busted. Its a coin toss, you never know what to expect.
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, look good on paper.
The charter of rights is there to Guarantee that no police officer can exercise Absolute power, but, as these videos show, that many officers either did not read the charter, or forgot what it said, or just plain ignore it ) or quite possibly don’t know what they are doing). Any search on U-Tube will find hundreds or not thousands of videos of cops gone bad, worldwide, so this is by no means an exhaustive list. I think it will take much more that a new set of laws or more training to fix this problem. They have been reviewing and training and making changes to their system for decades and the problem still exists. So much damage has been caused that I doubt if the police can ever crawl out of the hole they have dug for themselves.
(81) Dave Griffin ,The former president of a MADD chapter in P.E.I. and onetime Summerside deputy police chief has been sentenced to five days in jail after pleading guilty this morning to impaired driving.
(88) B.C.’s police complaints commissioner has cleared three Mounties involved in the fatal shooting of Alvin Wright, 22, in August 2010 after his common-law wife called 911 in the midst of a domestic dispute.
(88) Supt. Mark Fenton who ordered two mass arrests of protesters at the G20 in 2010, was found guilty of discreditable conduct and unnecessary exercise of authority.
(56)Three Toronto police officers from the city’s 51 Division:Constables Joshua Cabero, Leslie Nyznik, and Sameer Kara : have been arrested and charged with sexual assault and a separate charge of gang sexual assault.
According to a Toronto Police Services press release, the officers involved are Constables Joshua Cabero, Leslie Nyznik, and Sameer Kara who have between four and six years experience on the force
(29.).Robert Dziekanski, Tasered to death at Vancouver airport. Mr. Dziekanski is about the 18th person Tasered to death by the RCMP.
Constables Gerry Rundel, Bill Bently, Kwesi Millington, and supervisor Corporal Benjamin Robinson, Were involved in this senseless death.
(28). Same cop who was involved with the taser death, was also involved in a Drunk Driving death. Cpl Benjamin Montgomery Robinson was drunk and crashed into a motorcycle and killed Orion Hutchinson.
(27). Ian Bush , a resident of British Columbia, Canada, was shot in the back of the head and killed while in police custody on October 29, 2005 by Constable Paul Koester. He was arrested for having an open beer at an event.
(24). ( CBC News) – A Vancouver-area RCMP officer is facing impaired driving charges a second time after getting stopped behind the wheel while his driver’s licence was suspended. This man was a 16 year veteran of the force.
(23). PRINCE GEORGE – An RCMP officer, Const. Justin Harris,who has been accused of buying sex from two teenage prostitutes in Prince George between 1993 and 2001 has been ordered returned to active duty.
Const. Brent Keleher is charged with two counts of assault against Jeffrey Meyers after he was arrested on Oct. 18, 2008 — one while Meyers was in a police cruiser and Keleher was driving it to the station, and the second while Meyers was at the police station, according to court documents.
Const. Ryan Young is also charged with two counts of assault — one against Jeffrey Meyers and the other against his brother Trevor Meyers — while they were at the police station.
Neither Jeffrey nor Trevor Meyers was charged with an offence in relation to the arrest.
(7) Police surveillance videotape shows Willow Kinloch detained in a padded cell, where police officers are seen holding her down, handcuffing her, tying her feet and leaving her tethered to the cell door, where she stayed for four hours.
(7) Judge John Combs acquitted Joel Donald Kempthorne, 49, of impaired driving and driving with his blood alcohol level over the legal limit, because the arresting officer’s actions were “excessive” after the officer pulled a gun out an put it on the neck of the accused.
“The gunpoint arrest was arbitrary and unnecessary and breached Kempthorne’s rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the judge wrote.”
(5). Surrey RCMP Const. David Clarke, 35, is charged with selling marijuana and possessing stolen marijuana along with stolen ID documents and police property.
(4).Const. Griffin Gillan, had more than 25 drinks on Jan. 21, 2009 when he assaulted Firoz Khan in a Brutal unprovoked attack.
Abbotsford police are recommending a charge of assault causing bodily harm against a Kelowna RCMP Const. Geoff Mantler in connection with a videotaped incident showing an officer kicking a compliant man in the face during an arrest.
(2). Const. Derek Brown, used excessive force on the woman while in the cellblock on Aug. 17 and is scheduled to appear in court March 6.
(1.)Const. Susan Gastaldo and Staff-Sgt. Travis Pearson were found guilty of having sex in a police car during work hours and exchanging intimate messages via an RCMP BlackBerry in 2009 while Gastaldo worked for Pearson in the “Special O” surveillance unit in the Lower Mainland.
*. After 13 years of being systemically harassed by the Jw’s and the Mormons, I have had enough. They keep coming and coming.
*. I tell them no, but to them no means yes. What part of “NO” do they not understand?
*. If I talk to them, they will not listen. They seem convinced that the world is coming to and end (Armageddon), and the only way to be saved is to join their group and become a JW.
*. If I slam the door shut, they will put me on their ‘call back” list. In weeks they are back.
*. If I slam the door shut again, I will once more be put back on the ‘call back list’ and they will be back, sometimes in day, but never longer than three months.
*.No end in sight. Just endless consistent harassment, with one single goal, and that is to recruit me as a member of the watchtower society.
*. If I do not answer the door, I get put on the ‘Not Home, call back list’ and they are back in a week.
*. If I am sitting at the window in plain view, (my chair is is plain view of my front door, and I do have a very large picture window, about 6 foot from my front door), and it is obvious to me that they can see me, I can hear them talking out loud, ‘Oh , I guess he is not home’, Which also means that I get put back onto the ‘Call Back list’.
*. The last straw was when they came around to my back door. This is right by my bedroom window which was open and the blinds were up, and I was buck naked sleeping in what I thought ‘ was the Privacy of my own home’. Wrong! Knock, Knock, Knock. I had to get dressed and open the door, even thou they saw that I was in the room. They could not have missed seeing me, and why would they bother a naked man, who is lying on his bed, getting some sleep because he works night shift??? It boggles my mind.
*. So I chase them off and I think that is it, they finally got the message. One week later they are back at my front door. By now I am thinking of getting a can of spray paint and marking these neighborhood ‘PESTS” with a big red X across the chest. IT is either that or just punch their lights out. That is when I thought of a quieter method. THE SIGN.
Systematic Harassment is how the Watchtower Society try and get new recruits to join their fold. They believe that the world is going to end soon, and (in their minds) the most important thing for them is to help as many people as they can to get into heaven. They are not Bad people, just a little messed up inside.
Never have I seen a happy JW at my front door.
Right to Privacy
I have a right to my privacy. I do not need to make any excuses why I do not want to talk to J W’s. I have politely said no, over 100 times.
What part of no do you not get?
Now with my sign, they still come to my door, but they do not knock, they leave. Great, now I can get some sleep? I think I might have to move the sign from the door to the road, in this way they will not even step foot on my property.
In any case, If they ever bother me again I WILL charge them to the full extent of the law. I will photograph their faces, and the car they came from and the law will hunt them down, and do the rest.
It is no longer a case of a few individuals playing a game of knock knock. I was even thinking of starting a class action law suit, (or something along that line), which would eventually forbid religious door knocking.
Telemarketers were also at one time a problem, but now that I am on the national do not call list, I rarely get a bothersome phone call. It may end up the same way with the J W’s
Note: the Mormons come around once and a while, but not near as fanatically as the J W’s
The Last Visit
Just recently I was washing my car in the driveway. Two J’s approached me. They did not see my sign because they headed straight for me, ( so I did not call the police. Remember I mentioned putting the sign on the road?) ( But imagine also a road littered with No Trespassing, No J W’s, No this and No that?) . I opened the dialog and the conversation went like this.
Me: ‘Come on guys. The answer is no’
J W’s: ‘So you are not interested?’
Me: ‘How many times have you been to this house?’
J W’s: ‘This is my first time’
Me: ‘How many times has your organization been to this house?
J’s: ‘I haven’t got a clue’
Me: ‘Well that is your problem then. You haven’t got a clue. Go back and find out just how many times that this address has been visited by your organization Then come back. You guys are actually systematical harassing the neighborhood. You haven’t got a clue? So then, If you haven’t got a clue about a simple thing like that, how can we even begin to have an intelligent conversation Go to my front door and read the sign.’
Then they left and read the sign
This guy was just thinking from his own Selfish Point Of View. He saw the visit as an innocent step in his preserving his status as a member of the J’s He really had no idea that he was “NOT the FIRST’ but, in my 13 years or residence here, was in fact closer to the #100 th. To him it was a virgin visit, to me I was like the Whore who had seen many virgins.
Consider the Damage that the Watchtower Society has caused me; enough to write this post. Just one JW at at time.
Toe the line or be Shunned
But the JW leaders use a method of hate to promote love. When a JW does not engage in door knocking, he/she will be shunned by the society. That in turn will be in effect Rejection. Or Hate.
Here is a good site, written by an ex-JW, that explains the process of shunning.
A person who is seeking love or acceptance and has only found this one outlet for acceptance, (IE the watchtower society), will be subject to a power struggle. Either you toe the line, and fulfill the membership requirements, or you are out on the street on your own. If you do as the leaders tell you, you are promised love and acceptance, if you do not, then you will be rejected or (hated).
But love will be reserved for you, when you finally toe the line. In effect there is only one way to love and that is to do as you are told. This idea-logical slavery. Insanity has never been easier to see than by watching the Jw’s in action. So who is going to educate these poor lost souls?
This blog of mine, (hopefully can shed some light to the human madness) but I doubt if it will ever make much of a difference.
The Answer is Still NO
If the Jw’s come to my door 1000 times more, the answer will be no. I will never Join the Jehovah’s Witness Group. I will Never become a Member, Ever.
But why do they come? It is because if they do not, they will be rejected by their own society, and they need this society because they are dependent upon other human beings, and a group, to feel acceptance and love.
To be rejected at the door to door level is not that important. To be rejected at the group level is more severe. The Herd instinct, is , that people need people. . Power and security lies in numbers. To be cast out of the herd would mean certain death. And many suicides have had their origin with the J W’s.
J W’s reject the very people who depend upon them.
I believe that a Private Residence is a sanctuary. There are no business hours that can be placed upon a persons privacy. Some of us have to work, while others need to sleep. The 9-5 business model does not work anymore.
The Jw’s, in particular do not respect our privacy. They feel that they can bother us as much as they want, during regular business hours. The problem is that there are no such hours.
This Post has received more responses in a shorter time, than all my other posts combined. So I have decided to make a poll.
Do you support a Law or other measures, that would restrict Organizations such as the…Watchtower Corporation …From systematically harassing private Homes?
I am by no means a hard core Bible Thumper nor am I a Religious Zealot nor am I an rebel without a cause. But the early 60’s did rock my world, and I like to think that at least some of what I am today had its roots in the bible, and songs like this.
Here is the Bible text that that the lyrics came form.
1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
9 What does the worker gain from his toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on men. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. 13 That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil—this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that men will revere him.
15 Whatever is has already been,
and what will be has been before;
and God will call the past to account. [a]
16 And I saw something else under the sun:
In the place of judgment—wickedness was there,
in the place of justice—wickedness was there.
17 I thought in my heart,
“God will bring to judgment
both the righteous and the wicked,
for there will be a time for every activity,
a time for every deed.”
18 I also thought, “As for men, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. 19 Man’s fate is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath [b]; man has no advantage over the animal. Everything is meaningless. 20 All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. 21 Who knows if the spirit of man rises upward and if the spirit of the animal [c] goes down into the earth?”
22 So I saw that there is nothing better for a man than to enjoy his work, because that is his lot. For who can bring him to see what will happen after him?
Describe the taste of chicken. Those who have eaten chicken know for certain what it tastes like, and, given a taste test between chicken and a banana, would most likely be able to tell the difference between the two.
But to define the taste of chicken by saying that chicken does not taste like a banana, does not describe what it actually tastes like, you are only saying what it does not taste like. The best way to find out for yourself what chicken tastes like is to go and eat some.
But what about god? Can anyone really describe with accuracy the concept of god? To those who claim to know god, the explanations may seem simple to understand, especially to others who have had the same experience. But what of those who have no concept at all of god, for e.g. the atheist?
With the atheist, it may be impossible to get them to understand a concept of god. It might be easier to describe taste of sound. The concept of god is just too abstract for some people, to make any sense. Some concepts are impossible to grasp, but some others are a little more palatable, (so to speak)
My Favorite Definitions of God:
1> God is absolute Reality.
Reality, being the sum total of all its parts, Including all and excluding none.
Then realize that human beings can only comprehend a small portion of that reality, and that different people are tuned into different parts of this reality. Example, a blind man will comprehend light differently than someone with good eyesight.
Then I recognize that ‘thought’ is also a part of reality, and that God, need exist no where else but in ones own thoughts, or mind. (that god does exist in the hearts and minds of people, but is not limited to that space alone.)
(Now is God absolute Reality? I do not know for certain, and in the absence of absolute certainty, I am forced to rely on faith. I do tend to ‘Favor’ that idea, but will give way to a better idea if it should come my way.)
2> God is energy, constantly dissolving and reforming. This energy can not be created nor can it be destroyed. It exists only to express itself in new forms.
(Now since energy and matter are interchangeable , they are actually different forms of the same thing, I like this idea too. But is god really energy that has condensed into matter and matter than has dissolved back into energy? I do not know for sure either.)
3> God is a living being that all things are a part of.
(I like this too. Its like the knee bone is connected to the thigh bone, and the thigh bone is connected to the foot bone etc. Since I am a living being, I am part of the earth because I need food and water, The food needs the sun to grow, and gravity to keep the water flowing, the sun needs the rest of the solar system to keep in its proper orbit. So I can see how I am a part of it all. Just hold your breath for 5 minutes, you will soon see that you cannot survive for long without air, and air comes from plants. You get the picture?)
4>God was an alien species, who were on the way to earth to colonize it. Human beings were self replicating robots, designed by the aliens, who were sent to earth in advance., with a mission to survey the earth and then prepare things for the landing.
The humans sent visual, auditory and other information back to the mother ship with telepathy. Telepathy was to the aliens what radio is today. The humans were controlled by the aliens also by telepathy. They were directed to different parts of the globe to explore.
However, the mother ship ran into an asteroid and was destroyed. The telepathy link was broken and the humans were left without direction. The humans, however, were programed to survive, and since they no longer had the direction of the alien god species they developed their own self consciousness.
The telepathy mechanism still functions today, and this is why we have people looking up to the sky in search of god. They are waiting for instructions from the mother ship.
( I like this one. It inspires my imagination. Makes me wonder what these gods looked like. But I tend to put less favor on this definition of god. Possible, yes, but likely, no.)
First published Tue Jun 4, 1996; substantive revision Thu May 17, 2007
Pantheism is a metaphysical and religious position. Broadly defined it is the view that (1) “God is everything and everything is God … the world is either identical with God or in some way a self-expression of his nature” (Owen 1971: 74). Similarly, it is the view that (2) everything that exists constitutes a “unity” and this all-inclusive unity is in some sense divine (MacIntyre 1967: 34). A slightly more specific definition is given by Owen (1971: 65) who says (3) “‘Pantheism’ … signifies the belief that every existing entity is, only one Being; and that all other forms of reality are either modes (or appearances) of it or identical with it.” Even with these definitions there is dispute as to just how pantheism is to be understood and who is and is not a pantheist. Aside from Spinoza, other possible pantheists include some of the Presocratics; Plato; Lao Tzu; Plotinus; Schelling; Hegel; Bruno, Eriugena and Tillich. Possible pantheists among literary figures include Emerson, Walt Whitman, D.H. Lawrence, and Robinson Jeffers. Beethoven (Crabbe 1982) and Martha Graham (Kisselgoff 1987) have also been thought to be pantheistic in some of their work — if not pantheists.
God Is Consciousness
What if god were conscious life itself. It takes awareness to know reality exists at all. A rock can not know it exists, or can it? Life begets new life. Consciousness begets new consciousness. If god were alive, then you would know god by becoming aware of life itself.