© 2019 by Ernest Kinnie



(from  Empower your Mind)

A new one every Sunday morning

A.  Adventure

B.  Wisdom and folly

C.  Happy Sounds


Adventure of the Week


The emotional atmosphere you create within yourself and for those around you is a result of the balance of positive and negative placebos you give and receive.  The blessings and curses you throw and catch.




Shake your rattle

You are hard-wired to find pattern and meaning---wonderful biological gifts that keep you alive, as they did all your ancestors.  Luckily for you, they were great scientists, and used the same hypothesis---test---confirm or disconfirm approach of modern science.


Mushroom good.  Mushroom bad.

Deer here sun go down.


Maybe their methodology wasn’t quite as elaborate, but the results they obtained were eminently more useful than most of what comes out of our university labs.  But they made mistakes.


Each year at the time of the winter solstice, the shaman gathered the tribe.  Sure enough, when he shook his rattle the days stopped getting shorter and started to get longer and longer.  He stopped the world from plunging into eternal darkness---a very powerful shaman.


Villagers assumed the shaman was responsible because they confused association with causality.  The rattle-shaking shaman was associated with the sun staying longer in the sky but in no way caused the change.


That was our planet slowly tilting on its axis.  But people back then would have no way to know that.  So I wonder what very brave, very foolhardy chief or shaman stopped the ritual.


On the other hand, the shaman’s obvious ability to control the sun gave him and his rattle great power to heal the sick.  When he shook his rattle, the self-healing abilities of the human body were powerfully mobilized---a great example of a positive placebo.


Modern medicine men generally don’t use rattles.  They have pills, surgery, and shiny machinery.





One must be an inventor to read well.

There is then creative reading as well as creative writing.

Ralph Waldo Emerson



The federal government is a group of aristocracies, oligarchies, a rising monarchy and an endless stream of bureaucrats, all shoving to get their snouts into the sooie, sooie.

Old Man



From its massive surveillance, the executive branch of government has detailed digital files on all the important people such as Senators, congressmen, members of the Supreme Court, and captains of Wall Street and Industry.


As there are few saints, and many, many laws, the government can always find something that will bloody well keep them in line.

Old Man



The world runs on individuals pursuing their self interests.  The great achievements of civilization have not come from government bureaus.


Einstein didn't construct his theory under order from a bureaucrat.  Henry Ford didn't revolutionize the automobile industry that way.

Milton Friedman



Big businesses often view the free market with hostility.  Far better to buy off a few politicians and have them rig things in your favor than to have to compete on equal footing with others.

Peter Venetoklis



When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.

P. J. O’Rourke



Politicians will be more than happy to represent the interests of the average American if they are in line with those who buy his election.

Old Man



Powerful government almost invariably serves the powerful.

Paul Gigot



If you are perceptive and courageous

go see if you Nourish or Poison.