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whenever we remember

after reading [info]sammaelhain's Manufacturing Memories Redux, picked up Swedenborg's Heaven & Hell at random & opened it at random. my brother the republican told me earlier that if the "surge" didn't work then the democrats would have the 2008 presidential election (on a silver platter!). congratulations. must admit, kinda disgusted by everything & anything political after working on this for several hours. surely, nothing or no one political is interested in solving any human problem. homeland security is the political response to "terror". isn't safety a universal need?

my copy of Heaven & Hell is slightly different from the online version:

466. What these two memories are is sometimes presented to view in the other life in forms not elsewhere seen; for many things which in man take the form of ideas are there presented as objects of sight. The external memory there presents the appearance of a callus, the internal the appearance of a medullary substance like that in the human brain; and from this what they are can be known. With those that have devoted themselves in the life of the body to the cultivation of the memory alone, and have not cultivated their rational faculty, the callosity appears hard and streaked within as with tendons. With those that have filled the memory with falsities it appears hairy and rough, because of the confused mass of things in it. With those that have cultivated the memory with the love of self and the world as an end it appears glued together and ossified. With those that have wished to penetrate into Divine arcana by means of learning, especially of a philosophical kind, with an unwillingness to believe until convinced by such proofs, the memory appears like a dark substance, of such a nature as to absorb the rays of light and turn them into darkness. With those that have practiced deceit and hypocrisy it appears hard and bony like ebony, which reflects the rays of light. But with those that have been in the good of love and the truths of faith there is no such callous appearance, because their inner memory transmits the rays of light into the outer; and in its objects or ideas as in their basis or their ground, the rays terminate and find delightful receptacles; for the outer memory is the out most of order in which, when goods and truths are there, the spiritual and heavenly things are gently terminated and find their seat.

civil, moral, and spiritual truths was also interesting.........

468. How the rational faculty may be cultivated shall also be told in a few words. The genuine rational faculty consists of truths and not of falsities; whatever consists of falsities is not rational. There are three kinds of truths, civil, moral, and spiritual. Civil truths relate to matters of judgment and of government in kingdoms, and in general to what is just and equitable in them. Moral truths pertain to the matters of every one's life which have regard to companionships and social relations, in general to what is honest and right, and in particular to virtues of every kind. But spiritual truths relate to matters of heaven and of the church, and in general to the good of love and the truth of faith. [2] In every man there are three degrees of life (see above, n. 267). The rational faculty is opened to the first degree by civil truths, to the second degree by moral truths, and to the third degree by spiritual truths. But it must be understood that the rational faculty that consists of these truths is not formed and opened by man's knowing them, but by his living according to them; and living according to them means loving them from spiritual affection; and to love truths from spiritual affection is to love what is just and equitable because it is just and equitable, what is honest and right because it is honest and right, and what is good and true because it is good and true; while living according to them and loving them from the bodily affection is loving them for the sake of self and for the sake of one's reputation, honor or gain. Consequently, so far as man loves these truths from a bodily affection he fails to become rational, for he loves, not them, but himself; and the truths are made to serve him as servants serve their Lord; and when truths become servants they do not enter the man and open any degree of life in him, not even the first, but merely rest in the memory as knowledges under a material form, and there conjoin themselves with the love of self, which is a bodily love. [3] All this shows how man becomes rational, namely, that he becomes rational to the third degree by a spiritual love of the good and truth which pertain to heaven and the church; he becomes rational to the second degree by a love of what is honest and right; and to the first degree by a love of what is just and equitable. These two latter loves also become spiritual from a spiritual love of good and truth, because that love flows into them and conjoins itself to them and forms in them as it were its own semblance.

GON 0 = SHOOTING OUR BOLT (Lieutenant General Dan Christman @ "Is 21,000 troops now enough?" ~ I don't think it is, Anderson. The bottom line on this is that we are shooting, for the — for the U.S., shooting our bolt, as it were, in terms of our committing our strategic reserve for those contingencies elsewhere in the globe. I'm terribly worried about this. All of us hope, as Joe Klein said, that this will come out the right way, that 20,000 can help. But, in the end, what we have to contend with is a very dangerous region and a very uncertain world. And, so, what happens while all these 20,000, 21,000 troops, which really constitute the bulk of our strategic reserve, are deployed in Baghdad while a contingency emerges is in southern Somalia, in eastern Afghanistan? That's my big worry. And, frankly, Anderson, I think it's what the JCS themselves, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had to contend with when they were trying to balance the plus, the pros, against this augmentation with the negatives. And that's a huge negative. AC360°).

GON 7 = THE WAY WE WERE (Barbra Streisand) = LES MIS.

GON -3 = IT WOULD BE PROFOUNDLY NOT IN OUR INTEREST || GON 3 = POWER BROKERS.

GON 14 = IT'S HOW YOU DEFINE THE MISSION SETS = OF THE WAY WE WERE ("The Way We Were", Barbra Streisand) = SO, WE'RE SUPPORTING THE SHIA, OK?.

GON 30 = GETTING THE FOCUS OFF US VERSUS ISLAM = INTERNATIONAL.

GON 45 = WHENEVER WE REMEMBER ("The Way We Were", Barbra Streisand).

GON 51 = CLEAVAGES.

GON 55 = COUNTERINSURGENCY CAMPAIGN.

GON 67 = MY CHALLENGE WITH SURGE IS, THAT'S NOT A MILITARY MISSION STATEMENT = PURE BELLIGERENCE = CLEAR-HOLD-BUILD STRATEGY = SEVEN LETTERS HATH HER HOLIEST NAME (Waratah-Blossoms).

GON 86 = SURGE IS NOT A MILITARY TERM, PROBABLY MORE OF A POLITICAL TERM.

GON 98 = '08 POLITICS PLAYING A BIG PART IN ALL OF THIS?. = INTERNATIONALIZE THE COMMITMENT TO A STABLE IRAQ.

GON 102 = A STRATEGIC, A GEOSTRATEGIC ARGUMENT = FIRST YOU HAVE TO COME IN AND ESTABLISH A SECURE ENVIRONMENT = THERE IS NO DEFAULT DIAGONALISATION (Sultan).

GON 110 = SCATTERED PICTURES, OF THE SMILES WE LEFT BEHIND ("The Way We Were", Barbra Streisand).

GON 145 = AND WE REGARDED THAT AS INTOLERABLE AND RIGHTLY SO = DEFINE IRAQI SURGE TO RETAKE BAGHDAD = THERE SEEMS TO BE ONE ASPECT OF THIS SPEECH WHICH HASN'T GOTTEN A LOT OF ATTENTION YET.

GON 146 = PRESIDENTIAL DEFIANCE OF POPULAR PUBLIC OPINION ON A WAR = STUPID LITTLE EXPLANATIONS PEOPLE COME UP WITH TO FEEL SPECIAL, "CHOSEN" OR EVEN SKILLED.

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