Saturday, January 4, 2020

There's Something Refreshing About "Good" Classical Music

Classical music is like poetry, it's a
soothing balm to a weary soul.
image of a penny with 'In God We Trust' Is there any other way to describe the affect of "good" classical music on someone who is tired and worn out with life? Is there a better way to look at the gentleness of art in the form of song, chamber music, opera, or a dynamic symphony?

I listen to classical music a lot while I write, transpose, translate, and work with visual

content. To me, it's part of who I am, who I've been for a long time. I mostly listen to classical through Internet Radio (I'll post a list of links at the end), but I've purchased my fair share of cassette tapes and CD's (anyone remember what a "cassette" is?).

When I was a child, I saw advertisements on television concerning a series of 33-1/3 rpm records that featured the world's renown classical's. Oh how much I wanted that record collection, but it came at a price, and it was more than my allowance would allow me. By the time I reached Junior High, I had pretty much given up hope of ever getting that record collection.

Fast forward to the 1990's, and now as an adult in my 40's, I had the income necessary to purchase that record collection, but it was no longer anywhere in sight. So I settled on a collection of CD's (anyone remember what a Compact Disk is?) where almost every composer was represented. Not only did I purchase that collection, but I purchased many, many more.

The other thing I did was to purchase box after box of audio cassette tapes at the "Barn Sale," which was a weekend thing that took place each week in a barn--hence the "Barn Sale."

I've been told by several people in the know that I'm a very old soul and that this will be my last visit to this place. Well, to sooth my weary mind, I'll continue to listen to Classical music. How about you (click here to share your favorites with me: abcolombo@usa.com, or comment below)?

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

The Nature and Origin of Man--p1

What awaits us after our death?
This new body, is it physical?

image of a penny with 'In God We Trust' The nature of man, the origin of man, has always interested me since a young child. My suspicion now is that we are not and never was flesh and bones, corporeal, and not ever of a physical nature. Now that I'm 69, now that I'm approaching what can only be described as the end of
this life and the beginning of a new one (or perhaps a return to an older one), I'm beginning to wonder about the nature of man, especially to where I may be headed after this one ends.

The Astral body, as it's usually called, could be, and probably is that which the Bible refers to as a "new body" where man sheds his physical body, exchanging it for this new one. The fact that we're "caught up in the air" tells me that this is likely the case because when in the Astral body, we have the ability to fly through the air.

A few minutes ago I set out to find a suitable explanation as to what the Astral body is, but having found none, I decided to make the explanation myself. The Astral body is identical to our "physical" body. What makes it different is that it is non-corporeal by nature. Although it has an atomic structure, like our physical bodies, the density of the Astral body's physicality is much, much less than the body we occupy here in this reality.

In short, you and I actually occupy the Astral body, and the Astral body itself climbs into this physical body, much like we do when we get into our motor vehicle and ride around. In a word, our true nature is that of the Astral body, not the one we use in this reality. The complexity doesn't stop there, however. In truth, the Astral world, also called the spiritual world, is itself not our true habitation.

Well, after having had possibly hundreds of OBE's (Out of Body Experiences) over the first 45 years of my life, I've come to understand the process intimately well, although I may not understand every little detail of what's at play behind the scenes. But I know enough to understand that we, in this reality, know very little about any of this. I know this so much so that I've come to suspect that there is NO PHYSICALITY. The following is a photo of my personal journal, which may explain why I decided to write this blog post (click on the image to view an enlarged version):

Background

When I was a small child, I was intrigued by the mere idea that in the beginning was God and only God. Out of nothing God made something by merely speaking it into existence, and that is what I was told, kinda.

In John 1:1-5, this is what we're told (see photo below). We're told that 'in the beginning was the Word, that the Word was with God, and the Word was God.' And so, I can see where those who came and went before me concluded that 'in the beginning there was nothing but God.'

I was partially raised by a Methodist minister's family, the late Rev. R.C. Wells of Waco, Ohio. It was there at the parsonage that I asked Mrs. Wells many questions concerning God, why He chose to make us, where He came from, how He came to be in the first place, etc. My time with them began in 1955, at the age of five, to 1965, at the age of 15.

One of the things I asked Mrs. Wells, and most likely my own mom, was why God made us. I was told, and I'm not sure by whom, perhaps by both, that He was probably lonely because He was all by himself, and so He chose to make the angels as well as man.

Once I asked Rev. Wells who all those people were outside the Garden of Eden. I pointed to the passage that said, essentially, that Cane who slew Able was cast out of the garden, that a mark had been placed on his forehead so no one outside the garden would kill him. The preacher smiled and said that this is a question that the clergy has argued over for a very long time. He told me that some of the clergy believe that those outside the garden were Adam and Eve's children where others believe otherwise.

After considering this question a very long time, I chose to believe that if these were Adam and Eve's children, they would be in the garden along with their other children. I continue to believe this even now.

These questions were with me a very long time, even before I asked the Wells' about them. My own mother, Nova Jane Adkins Colombo, who went home to be with the Lord in 1995, told me prior to her death that at an early age, like two years old to four--for two years--I had her read two specific books of the Christian Bible to me--Genesis and Revelation.

One day, according to her, she asked me this question, "Why only these two books?" She said, "Do you remember what you told me?" I had no remembrance of what I may have said. She said, "You told me that you want to know where you came from and where you were going."

I'm not surprised. I've always known that I had a life before this one, that this is not the only place I've been. In a word, I've always known that this is not my home. As I said, I knew this from as far back as I can remember.

Conclusion

I suppose that this could be considered as the very beginning of a larger body of work. I've been holding off starting it, but now, I've had a sudden realization that I'm not getting any younger and that this must be written now, before I lose what faculties I may have left. The fact is, I'm still here, and in due time, I may not be. So there is no time like the present.


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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Looking For Meaning in a World of Chaos

Today, in the Moment

image of a penny with 'In God We Trust' There are times in each of our lives when we suddenly have a need to search for something greater than ourselves--greater than our daily rituals, our daily work, our daily play, our daily thoughts. When was the last time you felt this need, this compulsion, this drive to look deeper into that which you suddenly see as
important but distant?

As I've grown older, I've stopped looking. Perhaps it's because I've been so busy developing new skill-sets, expanding an old business I started in the mid 1990's, or perhaps because I'd simply lost that "spark" for the Unknown. Whatever the reason, that came to an end this morning when I visited Vimeo and watched a video called Today.

Perhaps part of the cause of this sudden awakening is the delivery system, the platform on which the producer created this 8 minute, 26 second video. Perhaps it's the flashing of photos at the rate of one per second. Perhaps it was the producer, the photographer, talking about the impetus he experienced while creating his photo website. Perhaps it was all of the above, but no matter what it was, it now is.

No matter, I now pass the baton to you to decide...

TODAY from m ss ng p eces on Vimeo.


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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Trump derangement syndrome

Woman Repeatedly Stabs Herself Because
She’s ‘Tired of Trump Being President’
image of a penny with 'In God We Trust' When I first saw this headline in my email, I really couldn't believe it was real.

I'm sure that the Left would simply blame it on Trump, but as I read the article, I began to recognize a possible source of this craziness, which has been dubbed by some as "Trump derangement syndrome."

"Last year, therapists indicated a rise in what they unofficially diagnosed as 'Trump Anxiety Disorder.' In a 2017 essay, clinical psychologist Jennifer Panning – who is credited with originally coining the term – described the symptoms of 'Trump Anxiety disorder' as worrying about the state of the country, feeling helpless and out of control, and spending too much time on social media" (Source: http://bit.ly/2Kwh0Nm).

Here's the thing, if I were to go into a movie theater and scream "FIRE!!" when there isn't any fire, and if there were a stampede of people with some of them injured or killed in the process, would I not be charged for that offense? We all know that the popular press (AKA: "propaganda press") is off the rails with hate in their hearts for Trump and the "reporting" they do day in and day out against him is driving people insane. Look around...

In my opinion, there must come a point where we call a spade a spade and we arrest "news journalists" who use their positions in the "propaganda press" to incite these kinds of bad behaviors. This is NOT what "Freedom of Speech" is suppose to be about. If anyone else did this, outside of such a news organization, they'd be arrested.

It's time for a real change...


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Saturday, April 6, 2019

The Dangers of an Out of Control Artificial Intelligence

How long will it take AI to become the Singularity
that so many experts fear?
image of a penny with 'In God We Trust' The development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the modern world we live in is both exciting and frightening, all at the same time. On the one hand we can easily see the prospect of great things derived by AI implementation while on the other we see the dangers that lie in a developing machine intelligence that will essentially be allowed to move in whatever direction it may go. And herein
lies the challenge, 'how can man control that direction?'

If you follow the issues that swirl around AI, you're aware of the negative press regarding its use in the future. If you follow Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, his expose's concerning AI is anything but encouraging. In fact, it's downright shocking and yet reasonable when you sit down and consider the details.

The inherent problem lies in the fact that the computer is superior to us. They are purely logical and completely emotional. They think fast, in certain circumstances it is difficult to completely destroy. Artificial Intelligence Elon Musk If they decide that people are no longer allowed to survive by perception, they will have many options available (in particular they have access to military equipment). (http://bit.ly/2UCBlWC)

Here's the biggest fact and the most difficult for most people to wrap their minds around: AI will be given the ability to learn entirely on its own. This means AI will have total and unequivocal control over the direction that its programming goes. Mankind will not have a say in the ultimate programming of these AI's, and so this programming will take an infinite number of directions, and each AI will be different in the result because of the variation of experiences that each one will have.

Now, at some point, AI developers will plug all of their AI devices into a single AI-based depository on the Cloud, which will effectively combine all of these AI products experiences and conclusive outcomes into a single flow of Intelligence. The outcome of all of this self programming is an ultimate rewrite of the very language that is used. In a words, human programmers will be at a loss as to what is going on simply because they won't understand a single word of the developing AI programming code.

Are you getting any of this?

If you're not listening well to me, perhaps Elon Musk will open your mind to the dangers of an out of control AI (the language of the narrator is horrible at times, for which I apologize. But the video is worth the watch):

In Conclusion, let's hope AI developers can find a way to control the potential Frankenstein that they're creating.

Allan Colombo


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