Originally posted by Jean Paul Zodeaux
I am still relatively new to the internet, (a little over two years now.), and before actively engaging in sites such as this and others, I had never
really seen the acronym TPTB. I had heard the phrase before but had never heard it used as often as I do on the internet and nowhere have I seen it
used more often than in ATS.
it is new to me, too - i've been at ATS for 4 1/2 years and only just saw "TPTB" in a thread here a couple of days ago.
it took me a few seconds to know what it was but i immediately found it useful in my own writings.
but when i use it, without fail and unless otherwise noted, i will be referring to *THE POWER THAT IS*
above all other *powers that be*
not anything lesser than *ultimate deity*
*ultimate deity* is generically worded in order to encompass all belief and even non-belief - including the FSM (flying spagetti monster)
the FCCM (flying cupcake monster)
and i mean that
An example of what I am referring to would be the assertion that the left/right paradigm is merely a construct created by The Powers That Be to
keep We the People divided. The assertion that the left/right paradigm is only a construct I believe is a correct perception. However, it is a
perception rooted in a very high level of awareness...an extremely high level of awareness. So high is this level of awareness that it seems to me if
one was that aware they would also be aware that The Powers That Be, used in the context it is often used in this site, is merely a construct as
so TPTB is a totally relative term....to most, that is
that word, that idea, "construct" has been something on my mind for several months lately, pronounced with the emphasis on the first syllable rather
than the second, as you no doubt are using it.
it's a very descriptive term and i see it coming into more frequent use, and understanding, in the months ahead of us.
There simply is what is and even what is, is because of agreement. On a higher plane of awareness it is entirely possible for two
contradictory truths to exist together and both be true.
it is what it is
it just IS
without the two contradictory truths existing concurrently and equally, there would be no balance.
and if there were no balance, there would be no anything
no thing at all
in balance there is strength
it is the strength inherent in balance that maintains absolute impartial justice in the universe; without which, we would no doubt destroy ourselves
with our delusion(s). or maybe it would be more like the ultimate suicide - death by self-asborption.
In order to operate on a high level of awareness, and I am surely not one who has mastered such operation, it seems to me that one is
impervious to the effects of right/left, right/wrong, or good/evil.
well, something to the effect of it is love that enables the soul to operate on higher and higher levels of awareness
it is during this elevation of the mind that JUXTAPOSITION gradually becomes not only obvious, but undeniably profound and eventually quite literally
exquisite in its logical perfection!
and in the face of such beauty
...one becomes more than impervious...one becomes impartial in the purest form of the word.
(((ABRAXAS is not a hideously formed monster in appearance but rather a thing of beauty beyond even divine description - the mysterious "Ancient of
We can all, at times, and some of us often times, posses that high level of awareness but don't always effectively operate at that level.
Thus, while we may be aware that right/left or good/evil are simply constructs we have created to measure our own deeds, if we are not operating
functionally at that level we become susceptible to the constructs we are aware are only constructs.
and to be fair to ourselves, as humanity, we must remember that this, in itself, isn't so much dysfunctional as is the tendency to keep ourselves
susceptible to the illusion through SELF-JUDGMENT.
if we could each let go of the idea that our actions do NOT make us anything other than human - whether heroic or criminal, we are all human
also, when we see ourselves as either a victim or catching a lucky break, we put ourselves in a position of powerlessness than hides the truth about
creation, mind, and will.
because it is this very powerlessness, this placing of accountability for our actions and reactions outside
of ourselves, that causes us to
choose to harm rather than help and to lie to ourselves rather than face our truth, eye-to-eye, in the mirror...
the acceptance of responsibility/accountability requires no further declaration, either inwardly or out.
"Never ruin an apology with an excuse."
a friend's father
it is not a belittling thing to be a construct, ourselves; if we can wrap our minds around BIG and LITTLE in the same thought, we will begin to see
that we are not only part of the creation but also have a part in/with/as the Creator.
If we are not impervious to the construct of good/evil but dismiss the construct as not being real we too often then find ourselves sucked into
evil deeds and thoughts rather than embracing good deeds and thoughts.
I have heard it said that no good deed goes unpunished. What form of evil is this?
i've never liked that either! not at all.
from a semantic perspective (essentially irrelevant)
i see it not as "evil" but rather just reactive B.S.
an exception to the rule regarding old wives' tales, imo
Of course, on a higher level of awareness, there are no such things as good deeds or evil acts there are simply the choices we make.
that's the ultimate truth of it, though - above all the hubris and delusion, NO deed goes unpunished - good or bad.
and in the case of a good deed, the *punishment* is something rewarding
karma is perfect in her workings
Yet, I have also heard it said that good is that which all things aim. It strikes me as a truism, that good is that which all things
even though it is true that like begets like
it is also true that the darkness lacks the ability to extinguish a candle flame
and just one candle flame destroys absolute darkness, without exception
We are all beings of cause, even when we are being the effect of someone else and their cause. Their cause becomes our effect and that effect
becomes our cause.
i think about that a lot. it is one of those things that fascinates me - the same as when i was a little kid and i'd think about GOD never having
If it is true that we are all causative beings, then why abdicate that power to an artificial construct such as The Powers That Be?
especially when there's a bigger dog laying under the porch!
Who are The Powers That Be? They are us and we are either the cause of that power or the effect of it.
or perhaps both?
I have heard it said that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
an exception to every rule....
LOVE is the only power that does NOT corrupt.
"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace."
i won't draw out my reply any longer....this is an EXCELLENT topic for discussion and i look forward to more.