The Ageless Scholar

While I am waiting for my book Waking Dream: Devlin to be edited and republished, I’ve decided to start another novel, but this time explore a whole new genre — Southern Gothic.  My Waking Dream series is dark fantasy, and though it is packed with philosophical exploration, it is fantasy. My new project, which is moving along rapidly, is called The Ageless Scholar.  I’ve chose this particular genre because it seems fitting, given the state the world is in.  It is time to explore the darkness that has pervaded our entire world, and perhaps by exposure, we can look at and within ourselves and try to change course, before its too late.

The story is that of a man born in 1867 on a plantation south of New Orleans who has discovered that he has stopped aging at 25 —  It is a chronicle of his journey’s through time as he explores his own self, as well as tries to use his gift to impart wisdom  through his writings and teachings, to stop the endless cycle of violence, racism, poverty and crime that has halted our social evolution.

Being motherless and essentially fatherless — having been taken from the womb of his mother moments after her death due to complications of the Yellow Fever epidemic that ravaged the Mississippi Valley in the mid to late 1800’s — he was raised by a servant who teaches him not only how to be a good man, but also the secrets of Louisiana Voodoo, and how he can use it to survive a fractured post-Civil War America — and his strange ageless condition.

I hope to have the book finished before the end of the summer.  Anyone who enjoys a good tale with smatterings of the supernatural, as well as exploring social issues that plague our world, will hopefully enjoy this tale.

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Coexistence :: Reblogged from Way of the Weird

I’ve been reading the Libellus pretty hard now. And I have to tell you, that there are some unnecessary things we allow to exist in our Waking Dream.

What does it mean to Coexist? Well, from what I can gather, it means that we have to be mutually respectful to each person’s pursuit of the Dream. If you are encroaching on another person’s joy or Dream, you are not being respectful. But it is much more than that.

We have to stop with the categorization of people by physical characteristics, beliefs or pursuits. At the end of the day, what does skin color have to do with anything? What does it matter what country you come from or were born in? What differences does it matter which sexual orientation you chose? These preconceived separations are products of the False Teachers, those who want to splinter us for their own seditious aims — except we are rebelling against one another rather than those who are putting these crazy thoughts in our heads. And though Sleepers and Dreamers have different roles in the universe, they are the same and should treat each other with mutual respect — though the Sleepers don’t know that they are Sleepers.

We have mired ourselves down with labeling people — that should not ever be something we waste our time with. Skin color is a function of climate. Culture is a function social influence. Sexuality is a predisposition, just as some people like blue and others prefer red. But who among us truly has the right to tell anyone what they should and should not like?

Religion is the most difficult and polarizing aspects of human interactions. And it has been the cause of many conflicts over the course of human history. This is due to the result that each religion believes that theirs is correct, but, they can’t possibly know the mind of the Creator. And that is where we have fallen on many occasions. So many wars and needless deaths in the name of the Creator. Is this truly what he wants?

I guess, what I’m trying to say, is that we waste a lot of time trying defending our differences when all we need to be doing is getting along and trying to work on creating a Dream that works for us all. And now is the time to start paying attention, because in case you hadn’t noticed, things are getting crazy out there. We must stop judging one another, or trying to put constraints on one another. You are ultimately responsible for your actions, and your actions alone. Treat someone else’s pursuits with respect, and respect will ultimately be returned.

I’ll talk to you soon.

The Crier

http://wayoftheweird.com

Bullies are Untamed Animals

Doc Holliday: A man like Ringo has got a great big hole, right in the middle of himself. And he can never kill enough, or steal enough, or inflict enough pain to ever fill it.
Wyatt Earp: What does he want?
Doc Holliday: Revenge.
Wyatt Earp: For what?
Doc Holliday: Bein’ born.

I was on Facebook yesterday, as much as I hate that platform, and I noticed that someone had posted a link to this video.  First, I’m going to predicate all this by saying that I am not sure if it is a real or fake video, but I am posting it here because the message is a very real one, and it punctuates a growing problem in the world.

Now, before I was an awesome blogger, I too was a geeky, skinny kid in high school.  Yes I know its hard to imagine 😉  But I myself endured my own encounters with bullies, beginning when I was in the 6th grade.  It’s a horrible thing, but I survived, though I can’t help but wonder how my life would have been different today.  I am an introvert and very wary of people in the real world.  It took me many years after high school to realize that the bullying was done, and that I wouldn’t have to deal with it anymore.  Some people will say its a natural progression through adolescence, necessary to make the weak stronger.  But it doesn’t make anyone stronger, it breeds apathy and hatred.  It pushes us apart from one another.

I wish I had a short answer as to how to stop bullying, once and for all.  It is merely a residual instinct left from the time when we as a herd needed to weed out the weaker individuals.  The way animals do.  But have we not evolved beyond simple, instinct driven animals?  It appears we have not.  So many kids each year endure what Jonah, in the video below, have endured.  Some do not have the apparent resolve that Jonah has demonstrated, the willingness to endure and be a better person as a result.  Many kids kill themselves, turn to drugs, cut themselves or turn into bullies themselves.  We as adults must address this.

I’m not willing in giving anyone a free ride on this one.  Bullying begins at home.  If a child is a bully, the accountability falls squarely on the shoulders of the parent/parents.  It is not the responsibility of the society to raise your child — it is your responsibility.  I can say this because all of the bullies I have encountered throughout my life had horrible home lives.  Many of them were being raise by parents who were themselves bullies.  We must stop making excuses and start taking action.  If you’re child is a bully, the bullying isn’t the largest problem — the child is missing something and they are missing something because you have not given it to them.  It is the parents responsibility to fix the problem.  It is our responsibility to ensure that the parent is held accountable for lack of parental guidance.

Until next time.