Freedom Fighter's journal

Education to find your own truth

Submitted by Freedom Fighter on Tue, 07/21/2009 - 9:47am.

In Waldorf Schools, the keynote is the attainment of inner freedom but within a more Western perspective. Rather than seeking spiritual freedom, the aim of Waldorf Schools is to develop free individuals who can find their own truth when they reach adult life.

Unlike most holistic/humanistic educators, Steiner interpreted freedom as a state achieved in the course of adult life rather than a principle to be practiced during childhood.

In fact, he sternly argued against affording undue freedom to children prematurely. He firmly believed that before puberty, children are not ready for independent judgment, for questioning values, for discussing ideas objectively, or for intellectually determining right from wrong.

He claimed that what children needed is right guidance and a loving relationship with their teacher based upon trust and respect for his/her authority. Hence in Waldorf Schools, “freedom is a long-term goal cultivated through love, structure, and control.”

In high school however, Waldorf students enjoy some level of freedom. They are encouraged to pursue their interests, to take risks, to make decisions, and to voice their opinions. In short, they are encouraged to invest in their own self-development.

Anthroposophy Activist Nicanor Perlas announces run for Philippine Presidency

Submitted by Freedom Fighter on Sat, 07/11/2009 - 1:48pm.

Nicanor uses a lemniscate diagram
in anthroposophy activism class
MANILA) The leading Philippine activist Nicanor Perlas (59) has announced that he intends to run as a candidate in next year’s presidential elections. Perlas is a pioneer of anthroposophy and biodynamic agriculture in the Philippines. He is also involved in many other fields, such as the training of Waldorf teachers, and is consulted by many organizations.

Perlas said he had been particularly pleased that he had successfully managed to introduce elements of social threefolding into national and international institutions. Social threefolding draws on ideas first introduced by the social thinker Rudolf Steiner which seek to separate out and redefine the relationship between politics, culture and economics and represent a revolutionary approach to addressing local and global problems.

If elected, Perlas said his focus would be on combating poverty in a country where 50 percent of the population survive on less than one dollar a day. He has already organized protests against the construction of the Bataan nuclear power plant which eventually was mothballed. He played a key role in keeping the Philippines nuclear free, stopping the government from implementing their plan to build 12 nuclear power plants. As part of his environmental record, he succeeded in having 32 harmful pesticides banned.

Perlas decided to announce his decision to run for the presidency because of the attempt to change the 1986 constitution to keep President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in power. He said he saw this as an attempt to give “permanent totalitarian control over the country to the current administration under the cover of democracy”. Arroyo is increasingly taking control of our morality and thinking,” he wrote in a circular earlier this month.

Guns For Jesus

Submitted by Freedom Fighter on Wed, 07/01/2009 - 12:27pm.

Finally, some honest Christian fundamentalists who aren’t going to pretend they believe in all that Sermon on the Mount crap like blessed are the gentle, the merciful, the peacemakers….

Gun-toting Kentucky Pastor Ken Pagano invited his flock to bring their guns to church. Approximately 200 people answered Pastor Pagano's call to celebrate American gun culture and the Second Amendment Saturday at New Bethel Church in Louisville, Kentucky. The gun-toting Pastor made the extraordinary request of his flock to bring their handguns, in holsters, to send a message.

During the 90-minute event, Pagano said "If it were not for a deep-seated belief in the right to bear arms, this country would not be here today," he told the crowd, drawing hearty applause and exclamations of "Amen!"

The "Open Carry Celebration" included a handgun raffle, patriotic music and screening of gun safety videos. Some gun owners carried old-fashioned six-shooters in leather holsters, while others packed modern police-style firearms. Kentucky allows residents to openly carry guns in public with some restrictions.

Disturbance in the Force

Submitted by Freedom Fighter on Wed, 07/01/2009 - 8:21am.

Assault me, rape me, or even murder me, but don’t take my money

Submitted by Freedom Fighter on Mon, 06/29/2009 - 2:36pm.

The love of money is a powerful desire that can enslave our spirit. It is often difficult to interest people in spiritual pursuits without promises of some form of monetary reward, such as the power of prayer for economic success or education that will improve employment opportunities. Many gurus won't speak or write without cash up front. Why do we have such a love of money that the loss of it brings such suffering?

First time offender Bernard Madoff, the mastermind behind the biggest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history, was sentenced to 150 years behind bars Monday. He will spend the rest of his life in prison and that has his victims celebrating. The losses of those who invested money with Madoff lured by the promise of higher returns are estimated at more than $13 billion.

“That’s what he deserved,” said Adele Goldman, who lost thousands of dollars to Madoff's scheme. Goldman said she invested $60,000 in 1990 because she was related to Madoff’s accountant, Martin Horowitz. Many of Madoff’s wealthy clients lived in South Florida.

The judge described his acts as “extraordinarily evil.”

Assault me, rape me, or even murder me, but don’t take my money. Some of the less evil crimes with shorter average prison sentences than Madoff's 150 years are listed here:
murder 21 years
rape 14 years
assault 7 years
child molestation 7 years

Is Ethical Activism Either "For" or "Against"?

Submitted by Freedom Fighter on Fri, 06/19/2009 - 10:18am.

Topic from John Ralph) Animal rights activists terrorized a UCLA neurobiologist into abandoning his research on primates, anti-abortion activists want to criminalize abortion while opposing birth control, many environmentalists want to shut down coal and nuclear without any real alternatives.

Among political activists there are those who are actively "for" something and those who are actively "against" something. There are those who are advocating alternatives to something they oppose while others just oppose without any viable alternatives.

The Supreme Leader in Iran today came out fully "against" the reformist demonstrators, threatening them with more suppression without offering any resolution to address their concerns.

If the vigor expended in opposition does not include the promotion and support for a viable alternative, is it still ethical activism?

Ethical Individualism:

POF 9-7 The sum of ideas which are effective in us, the concrete content of our intuitions, constitutes what is individual in each of us, notwithstanding the universality of the world of ideas. In so far as this intuitive content applies to action, it constitutes the moral content of the individual. To let this content express itself in life is both the highest moral driving force and the highest motive a human being can have, who sees that in this content all other moral principles are in the end united. We may call this point of view ethical individualism.

The decisive factor of an intuitively determined action in any concrete instance is the discovery of the corresponding purely individual intuition.

More freedom in Iran theocracy than Anthroposophical Society?

Submitted by Freedom Fighter on Mon, 06/15/2009 - 2:18pm.

I am trying to avoid the topic, but I couldn't help noticing that Iran's theocracy has more freedom and democracy than the Anthroposophical Society. Not as it was set up by Rudolf Steiner, but how those in authority today run things. For example, the Faust Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in Sacramento selects its officers secretly without a vote, the US Society selects the candidates you can vote for (they may have modified this slightly), the Vorstand (top council) doesn't allow a vote to select the top officers of the Society or a selection committee.

In Iran the party selects the candidates you can vote for like the Society, but the voters get to select the experts who select the supreme leader who then selects the people who determine who you vote for. The Iranian theocracy has checks and balances with the voters that the Anthroposophical Society lacks.


Enemies of Free Thinking Attack Computers

Submitted by Freedom Fighter on Mon, 06/15/2009 - 8:21am.

To destroy the freedom movement in Iran the religious dictators have shut down internet communication and destroyed computers. This is a photo of computers smashed by government thugs in Tehran University. The computer and internet have become the voice for free thinking which means it has become the target of those who would prefer to rule over humanity. Whether it is Sergej Prokofieff of the Anthroposophical Society,the Republican Party, or religious Mullahs, be suspicious of authoritarian figures who attack computers and the internet.

Tech Communication Revolution Moves To Iran

Submitted by Freedom Fighter on Sun, 06/14/2009 - 6:22pm.

The younger freedom generation that swept Obama into office in the US using modern communication technology like websites, cell phones and text messaging has spread to Iranian elections. Free communication supports individual expression and empowers the many. Organizing within the system they pulled off what could have been a major upset win, but were denied by likely voter fraud of the religious fundamentalists in power. The fundamentalists are now crushing the opposition through arrests of leaders and the beating of students after they called for demonstrations Monday and a national strike on Tuesday to protest the rigged election. The religious have also shut down most communication through websites and cell phones. Surprisingly, Twitter communication is turning out to be effective. see here

Iranians are asking for support by the wearing of something green in the next critical few days; a shirt, tie, scarf, ribbon. Green is the symbolic color of the Iranian reformists campaign.