Thatcher came into my life when my now passed-on wife got her as a birthday present … way back when. At first, I wasn’t thrilled with having a dog in a New York apartment, especially one that was the runt of the litter, a fragile and frightened puppy at best.
I eventually, (ten minutes after we met) took to her and knew I would probably have my hands full with the standard walking and feeding all day while I was busy working on a book, having to stop work and tend to her while my wife was away at her job.
A Cocker Spaniel was not exactly what I would have chosen for a canine companion: not exactly a ‘man’s’ dog. How to turn her into a fierce guardian of the throne? Instinctively, I knew that was not her purpose in my life. Certainly not a lap dog, if you will, but I had no problem as she came to be that. With much TLC, Thatcher began to feel secure and I began to teach her the basic, sit, heel, stay, and come commands and definitely not dumb stuff like rollover, play dead, etc. My wife had no problem with undermining all of that and told me that ‘her’ dog was not to be treated with stern discipline. Wife went out of her way to spoil her and to keep peace in the realm; I acquiesced to a degree until I began taking her to Central Park early in the morning to keep me company while I did my workouts.
Thatcher may have sensed something, and I am sure she did, about her and me. She would sit quietly while I exercised, and then gamboled along with me through the woods, never straying more than ten feet. She responded to my commands and I would give her a treat. She would roll around on the grass, sniff flowers, and chase squirrels, being the young pup she was. She grew and developed a sense of self.
Time went on and one day she walked into a wall in the house. She stood there frozen and offered up a slight whimper. She went suddenly blind at the age of nine. I was distraught, but knew that she would be totally dependent on me. By that time my wife had passed. I continued to treat Thatcher as if nothing terrible had happened. She became terrified at the prospect of being taken for a walk and still wanting her companionship with me on my jaunts, I bought a Radio Flyer wagon, fixed it with a soft pad and a bowl of water and took her with me wherever I went. It had to be a strange sight to see a big, bald, 6’3” man walking to the park, pulling a dog in a red wagon and carrying a bokken over my shoulder. In the park, she would stay in the wagon and I would put her on the ground so she could continue to play. More time passed and eventually it was time for me to put her down. My emotions at that point were numbed. I had lost my friend and lover. Thatcher and I lived a good life.
I remember Thatcher.
Mr. President, try understanding that America is the greatest society on the planet and, more than likely, ever before in the history of civilization. Tell your puppet masters to step back and think about something besides their portfolios and consider the needs of “We the People.” You are completely out of touch and, given your personal history, this becomes more and more obvious. Of course this may all be part of a grand deception, but by refusing to call a spade a spade, you are undermining the basic tenet of our American way of life and bringing down upon us the wrath and derision of the entire world. You refuse to understand the situation and permit charlatans to dictate policy.
Among other travesties, it is astonishing that you have determined a job program as a requirement for world peace, when you cannot or will not provide for “We the People.” Given the situation that you are exacerbating, America is globally embroiled in a manner that suggests an employee unhappy with his work should kill the CEO.
You are aiding and abetting the enemy! You use rhetoric and encourage your underlings to do the same in an attempt to assuage an ever-growing populace that demands action to be able to protect their hearth and home. You just don’t get it, or maybe you do, choosing to ignore it but seeing the greatest civilization as becoming extinct is a faux, one based on blind jargon.
Yes, I do have the correct answer to the problem, as I am sure a major portion of “We the People” do, as well—not something that can be construed as right or wrong—moral or not—not Democrat or Republican, but specifically how this issue must be addressed and quickly resolved.
Yes, boots on the ground, but not overwhelmingly ours. What about your so-called coalition? Let’s see the rest of the work do something for a change. Let the Muslims fight on their own land. Sure, send in advisory troops because your coalition soldiers are apparently inadequate to do the job without our money and expertise; they have more idle cash than the vast majority of the world’s economies. Let them use their own. For every ten American boots, let them put 1000 of their own on the ground. Sincerity is its own premise.
© Stephen F. Kaufman
Selflessness as Pure Selfishness
Rev. Stephen F. Kaufman
We are constantly reminded by various sources that it is best to give completely of ourselves to others without expectation of reward or special favor as a path of spiritual harmony or, as some may call it, salvation or redemption. Selfless giving, we are told, is something that will keep us grounded while, at the same time, in the good graces of the Infinite, God or, as Self-Revealization Acceptance defines it, the Creative Power of the Universe. This is generally considered to be a good way to be, but we should understand what it means to give totally and completely without expectation, along with the self-gratification and ramifications of such wonderfulness in ourselves.
In Self-Revealization Acceptance, two types of selfishness are discussed: one is impure selfishness and the other is pure selfishness. (Both are discussed in depth in my book, Self-Revealization Acceptance – An Introduction to Your Divine Right to Live in Joy and Freedom.) Self-Revealization Acceptance teaches that impure selfishness is based on doing something for the express purpose of receiving a reward directly or indirectly for the expression of the deed, and pure selfishness is done with the intent of not receiving anything for the expression of giving but rather simply for the personal joy of doing it.
Because we are finite beings and we are human, we have a tendency to think that the true way to salvation is by denying ourselves the true joy and freedom granted to us by the Creative Power of the Universe. However, in order to develop a true understanding and appreciation of our great bounty, it is required to be selfish, to the extent that we also grant ourselves the gift of attempting to not be guilty for our generosity.
Doing something without any expectation of reward limits the intention of the Creative Power of the Universe in Its ability to grant Its intentions. In order to please the origination of the desire within, it becomes necessary to give all of oneself to the higher power, but to do so knowing we ascend to a new reality. When the result of the given gift is returned universally in order for it to be further propagated for all of humankind, this is an expression of the ideal of the highest morality and is an aspect of pure selfishness.
Pure selfishness is based on the idea that, in order to accomplish anything worthwhile, in our own estimation we must and should be able to accept the perfection of our own idea before we are free to give with joy to another. This is a basic tenet of Self-Revealization Acceptance. Essentially, when I do something with wholeheartedness, I want to know and feel that the result of my efforts will be an ability to do even ‘better’ work. Accepting this perfection of being, I will have no problem giving all of what I have attained to anyone (within the constraints of self-defined reason), with the express intent of making a more harmonious gesture for the benefit of all concerned.
Anything done for any reason must be done with an express desire to satisfy an urging. Urging or motivation for accomplishment must therefore include desire as an essential component of the thought received, and accepted before any external result can be expressed mentally, physically or both. This accompanies all that is done as a selfless gift back to the source of the emanated idea. When I take action on an idea, such as writing this paper, I am expressing the intent of the Creative Power of the Universe in Its putting the Spirit of the Thing Itself forth with myself grasping it, even if or when I presume it to be a figment of my imagination, without acknowledging a ‘higher’ power. Then by concentration and sincerity and, with personal gratitude, I offer it to the world, knowing that my intention is pure, and it is for the benefit of all concerned. This is the gift of selflessness. All that I do, I do for the benefit of all concerned, and I do it with the specific intention of providing all who would derive value from it. When this is accomplished, I have fulfilled my obligation to the Spirit of the Thing Itself, by allowing myself to accept the responsibility of correctly putting together the thoughts that are contained herein and freely giving it out to the world.
Quite, in fact, there is a reward for such effort, and it is in the form of knowing that I have used my gifts to illuminate the consciousness of all who come into contact with it. The intention is to have provided a clear explanation of my own reality and one that I have seen proven over and again in my life. And so, I give it to you with the suggestion that you consider the possibilities of the idea.
Whatever you do, be sure to do it with your whole heart. When you are not cognizant of any power or motivation other than to put everything into your work, you will have accomplished a marvelous result … and that is selflessness.
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Muso Shinden Mae is performed from a standing position. The turn to the left at the end of the kata is an added aspect by Hanshi Kaufman to take into consideration the possibility that the enemy in the rear has not been totally neutralized.
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Oh, that I would bend my bow and vanquish an ignoble foe
Presuming to interfere with my delight on any day or night
I keep my peace and with stalwart poise I maintain my piece
Warrior brethren in the field and families alone without a shield
My snorting stallion and if not then my Spanish galleon
I rise and attack from their rear with noise in front so they do not hear
Never they know I come and then away I destroy them in my blessed way
My peace is kept and is never a waste as windswept
My blood I bleed if need be need
I think not of right or wrong but only of the heavenly guided deed
And so when I pass I have nurtured my seed
© Hanshi Stephen Kaufman 2014