Brian’s Columns: Social Security ‘r’ Us

And Who Am I to Fight the Odds
Of man’s entitlements and gods…
by Brian Wright

Social Security Card IconPlease forgive the extraction from the oft-cited verse of the English classicist scholar Alfred E. Housman (1859-1936):

And how am I to face the odds
of man’s bedevilment and God’s?
I, a stranger and afraid
in a world I never made.[1]

Why I came to recall this little snippet of poetry is described partly in the footnote, but how it bears connection to the topic of my column today—a personal yielding to receipt of Social Security payments (and even liking it) —is, well, a stretch. All I can tell you is I truly never thought I’d reach the age where Social Security would either be a) a substantial contribution to keeping me in material existence or b) even keep itself in material existence. Continue reading

Brian’s Column: 9/11 Truth Urgency

Must call out the Naked Emperor real soon…
by Brian Wright

Before you enter the temple, forgive. — Jesus

The Enlightenment Approach

Over the past couple of years I’m privileged to have become acquainted with the writings of an important modern spiritual teacher, Eckhart Tolle. His The Power of Now identifies the need for humans to move to the next stage of consciousness… which is to transcend identification with the mind and live in a felt oneness, and Presence, with Being. (To use the mind rather than having the mind use us.)

Then, last June I discovered Falun Dafa, a cultivation practice that Continue reading