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)
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