YOU & ME: The (Cosmic) Film by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
August 8, 2011

OK, I cannot prove how I feel… I just know it is true! The Hindus teach that our 3rd dimension, this ‘life‘ we are all living, is but a dream that our souls are creating…as we go. Thus, as taught in Autobiography of a Yogi, we are the creators, directors and actors in our own dream, or illusion. I state all this as not really the purpose, rather the preface of my column today.

Whether we hold to the tenets of most modern religions, or to the aforementioned ideals, our lifelong quest as human beings must encompass ‘What is the meaning of this life?‘ Are we here to learn how to share our resources, our good fortune and our talents with others? Are we here to just survive by ‘any means possible‘? You can find your own answer and your own path. I chose to be in this 3rd dimension, in this human form, to learn how to … Love… myself and others, whether human, animal, plant or the earth itself. A rather difficult task, especially when so many around me choose other paths. Evil is defined as something that causes misfortune, suffering or difficulty. Is it evil to hoard great wealth and resources while others nearby have not enough to maintain good health and comfort?  We can look at many countries in the so called Third World. How many had foreigners come to their lands and control their resources for self centered reasons? All empires are founded on that concept… bar none!

We live inside the world’s newest empire. From our earliest days as a nation, what we did to the Native Americans and to the Mexicans was … evil! Yet, this was overlooked for it seems forever by the ‘melting pot‘ philosophy we adopted. Sadly, as with most empires, the overwhelming majority of its inhabitants are usually good and decent folk. Yet, for the overwhelming majority of these folk to remain silent to the sins of that empire make them accessories after the fact. In the fine 1961 Stanley Kramer film Judgment at Nuremburg, Burt Lancaster plays a German judge with the finest and noblest legal background from before the rise of the Nazi machine. He stays in his position after the Nazi takeover, and even rises to greater judicial heights. He is arrested after the war and put on trial for the rulings he made as judge during the regime. At the trial he stands apart from his three other fellow judges by admitting his guilt.  The US Tribunal’s chief judge, played by Spencer Tracey, visits him at the jail after he and the tribunal issue a life sentence to all four German judges. Lancaster tells Tracey that he never knew that millions were taken to the camps and tortured and exterminated. He thought that it was perhaps hundreds of political dissidents that were treated in that manner. Tracey tells him that even if it was ‘just one person who you knew was innocent that you found guilty…’

When we invade countries under false pretenses and destroy and murder both their own and some of our own…

When CEOs and top executives of major corporations earn mega millions of dollars and their average employees earn not even 1/100 to 1/400 of that money…

When Christian churchgoers and Jewish temple goers say they love God and then support the destruction of towns and villages and maiming and killing of civilians all in the name of that God…

When suicide bombers take out innocent civilians in the name of freedom loving and patriotism…

When politicians overlook morality and human decency for the sake of their rich donors…

When citizens worship the ‘flags of empire‘ and reject the financial needs of communities…

When the needs of corporations trump the needs of the customers of those corporations…

“What does it profit a man if he gains the world and loses his soul?“ 

Philip A. Farruggio is son and grandson of Brooklyn NYC longshoremen. He is a small businessman, activist leader and free lance columnist. Philip is an advocate for the 25% Solution to cut military spending to save our state and city budget shortfalls.  Since the 2000 elections, he has written over 250 columns, many posted on various sites worldwide. Recently, he is finding a home at the fine Dandelion Salad website. Philip can be reached at paf1222@bellsouth.net.

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