Skip to comments.The Free Republic Koan
Posted on 04/14/2012 11:40:37 PM PDT by Talisker
It's struck me that JimRob's absolute RomneyZot has created a situation rarely seen in the world, especially on a mass scale: a koan.
A koan is a technique used in Zen Buddhism to stop the endless thoughts of the mind, and thereby enable a genuine spiritual breakthrough when the ego finally shuts the hell up. Traditionally, this is done by giving the acolyte an impossible question, and demanding an answer.
While somewhat inverse tactically, JimRob has created a similiar situation on Free Republic. Freepers are already faced with an impossible situation politically, and JimRob has (at least on FR) removed the easiest answer.
Real koans are not merely trick questions, as most people think (you can even buy books with "answers" to traditional Japanese koan questions, so clueless is what passes for understanding these days). Rather, koans are a method by which a person is forced to examine their most fundamental assumptions, in a desperate attempt to resolve the pressure of the paradox. As result, a more profound understanding is eventually reached that sheds light on what usually is realized to be a self-created cycle of delusion. In politics however, cycles of misery are exactly what the Left was created to maintain, precisely to deny the clarity that would lead to freedom.
So JimRob's making Freepers sweat it out. This is a remarkable thing - and rare. And I predict it will lead to a whole new level of clarity about political dynamics here, because that's what happens when you stand your ground and say: "Enough." You drop the self-indulgence, because you simply can't afford it anymore. And isn't that a perfect paradigm for what needs to happen in America?
Which brings me to my trademark mixed metaphor. Once upon a time, two frogs fell into a cup of milk. They could paddle around, but couldn't reach the rim. As time went on, they grew exhausted, and one of the frogs decided the whole effort was pointless, and despite the entreaties of his friend, he gave up, and drowned. But the other frog kept going, determined never to quit, despite how bad things looked. To that frog, it was the principle of the thing, even if he drowned too. So he paddled on... and just when he was about over, to his amazement, he felt something under his foot. It was a clot of cream he had churned through his incessant paddling. And he was able to brace upon it, and hop out.
So here's another koan: after going though that experience, who did the frog vote for?
We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto.
No, I would say a conservative candidate. The frog is obviously determined, driven, and self-reliant. He (?) wouldn't want some nanny state taking care of him, or telling him he didn't have a license to make butter.
Pass that ball of tar and the pipe grasshopper
Screw all that deep shite
Let’s get high..
What’s an absolute Romneyzot? (I suppose I could find out by searching or if I read everything here daily but I don’t want to - no offense)
Pimp Willard on this website and you’ll find out.
William F. Buckley had a solution to this koan: vote for the most conservative candidate who has a real chance of winning.
Agreed, wardaddy. I think the Southern Gospel group, The Imperials, summed it up well:
Well, Old Buddha was a man and I'm sure that he meant well But I pray for his disciples lest they wind up in hell And I'm sure that old Mohammed thought he knew the way But it won't be Hare Krishna we stand before on The Judgment Day. No, it won't be old Buddha that's sitting on the throne And it won't be old Mohammed that's calling us Home And it won't be Hare Krishna that plays that trumpet tune And we're going to see The Son not Reverend Moon! Well, I don't hate anybody so please don't take me wrong But there really is a message to this simple song You see there's only one way Jesus if eternal life is your goal Meditation of the mind won't save your soul. No, it won't be old Buddha that's sitting on the throne And it won't be old Mohammed that's calling us Home And it won't be Hare Krishna that plays that trumpet tune And we're going to see The Son, not Reverend Moon! Well, you can call yourself a Baptist and not be born again A Presbyterian or a Methodist and still die in your sin You can even be Charismatic shout and dance and jump a few But if you hate your brother you wont be one of The Chosen Few. Cause it won't be a Baptist that's sitting on The Throne A Presbyterian or a Methodist that's calling us Home And it won't be a Charismatic that plays that trumpet tune So let's all just live for Jesus 'cause He's coming back real soon.
Obama. The milk came from a hard working MOM. The constant aggitation of the stupid frog is just another example of reaping the rewards of another’s work.
I’m trying to get a clam bake going on in here.
Since he was an agitator, he obviously picked the most Liberal candidate on the slate.
Not my best night ever to be honest
Lying on a heating pad nursing a soft tissue abscess in my left hip the size of a sweet tater and tentacling about.....must be 5 pounds of liquefying mush in there
Refuses to carbuncle anymore.... just traveling about
Going thru a bad prolonged chill about now
Sheet drenching sweats to come later
My 9 year old is worried about me and sleeping by the bed
Surgery next week is a given....i did not want to be warehoused at hospital over weekend
Dosed up on percs for pain and augmntin
Btw...i have a newfound appreciation for wounded folks prior to penicillin
I have been nursing two such leaking wounds a year now....
Nights are worse
As for his voting, frogs can't vote. That means that frog #1 can't vote for Romney and he can't vote for Obama. Just like a certain group of Freepers who I thought had more sense.
Even when you're not at the top of your game, your posts are always worthwhile reading. Meanwhile, I'll be praying for a quick recovery as James 5:16 reminds us:
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
May God richly bless you!
Thank you and God bless u too
All of us....like little Timmy said
If Obama gets re-elected all the frogs will be Communists.
And we will then be forced to ponder the what-ifs from our re-education camps.
As long as I have a vote I intend to use it.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing” — Edmund Burke (and more recently, a favorite quote of George Zimmerman)
My guess was Captain America.
Wow, I feel bad you are having to go through what sounds like a completely unbearable experience wardaddy. Here's to hoping you find relief soon!
The percs probably help but in my experience they don't really "relieve" any pain, they just make it so you don't give a "biden" about it, or at least make your hair go numb which can be entertaining.
Prayers up for your abscess.
It took a great deal of honesty to make this declaration, especially while running a fund raiser.
Shows me he is honest about his position even though it will make Free Republic smaller- for a while.
Conservatives need to let go of the GOP. One good offering every 100 years or so should be a strong indication that they are not conservative by choice but rather by convenience.
Sorry, I'm Vajrayana not Zen. ;^)
Does your physician know about the chills/sweats? You could be septic, and if so, that can kill you. It sounds like you belong in a hospital.
Sounds horrible... I hope you get the right treatment and feeling better soon. Prayers.
If 0bama had a son he would look like frog #2.
I Love the song. Here it is, Enjoy.
That's good, and I would normally be happy to play, but wardaddy's posts have me worried.
Wardaddy should to go to the hospital immediately unless his physician knows about the chills and fever and has OKed him staying at home. Not all bacteria are killed by Augmentin.
The frog voted conservative down ticket where possible.
Then he fished out his dead buddy and gave him a proper Christian burial.
Voting for the lesser of two evils means you're still voting for evil. The question becomes - do we embolden conservatives in Congress by being the opposition party, or do we empower RINOs into shoving even more liberal dung down our throats?
I'm voting for Newt. Piss on these lesser of two evils, I'm choosing a good man.
Why would they do that if you vote for a liberal? Obama or Romney, both think that Mommy Government is the best, and will rule your lives with the power of your tax dollars, and when that's not enough, they'll hawk everything you own, and then add more debt atop it, just in case you earn more later.
I know but I can’t do much about that. I’ve been doing practice for him since I read the post.
Assuming that your doctor doesn’t know about those sweats and chills, let me add my voice to the get-to-a-hospital chorus. Immediately. Seriously.
You might look into taking oregano oil for it, topically and by mouth. Oil of oregano can wipe out infections... I had a bad MRSA infection that antibiotics couldn’t touch, and oregano oil beat it in two days. Health food stores carry it in little blue bottles. Ask for doctor first, just in case it might conflict with something you’re already taking.
wardaddy, I’m with Slings and Arrows on this one. If you’re having chills that bad you need to get to a hospital.
But all is not lost! A wayward frog happened to come across the “dead” frog and performed CPR. The Obama frog was to stupid to be sure his foe was truly deceased, and counted his tadpoles before they were
hatched. The supposed dead frog was reportedly seen drinking Tea at some sort of Party.
Saying a prayer for your healing.
Good thing it wasn’t skim milk.
Or one of them boost themselves out with the others’ help, then go get a rope?
The answer ~ the CORRECT ANSWER ~ is for the less Conservative candidates to drop out of the race.
Their failure to do so should be held against them in future political endeavors.
We should also punish those who supported less Conservative candidates ~ brutally so ~
That’s just what I was thinking.
“Voting for the lesser of two evils means you’re still voting for evil. ... I’m voting for Newt. Piss on these lesser of two evils, I’m choosing a good man.”
But you are still voting for the ‘lesser of two evils’ aren’t you? There is no such thing as a perfect man or perfect candidate and all candidates contain at least some evil. Any vote must therefore be a vote for the ‘lesser of two evils’. Why do you even vote?
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