Simi Valley Sophist

The Simi Valley Sophist ruminates on all manner of topics from the micro to the macro. SVS travels whatever path strikes his fancy. Encyclopedia Britannica: Sophist "Any of certain Greek lecturers, writers, and teachers in the 5th and 4th centuries BC, most of whom travelled about the Greek-speaking world giving instruction in a wide range of subjects in return ..."

Location: California, United States

Retired: 30years law enforcement-last 20 years Criminal Intelligence Detective.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Pres. Bush and His Bad Spirits

Pres. George W. Bush is scheduled to visit the Mayan archaeological site Iximche, Guatemala, next week as part of his goodwill visit to South and Central America. As expected, there are the anti-Bush demonstrators at every stop. Now it has been announced that Mayan priests are going to purify the Mayan sites of Bush’s “bad spirits” at the conclusion of the visit.

“Juan Tiney, the director of a Mayan nongovernmental organization with close ties to Mayan religious and political leaders…” said:

…the "spirit guides of the Mayan community" decided it would be necessary to cleanse the sacred site of "bad spirits" after Bush's visit so that their ancestors could rest in peace. He also said the rites _ which entail chanting and burning incense, herbs and candles _ would prepare the site for the third summit of Latin American Indians March 26-30.
When it comes to energy, spirits and all that sort of thing, it is true that there is far more to this world than what is ascribed to by western science. We in the western world, perhaps like other parts of the world, are guilty of thinking that we have a lock on the “truth.” Anyone with a scintilla of exposure to other cultural experiences knows the absurdity of believing such a thing.

Tiney stated:

"That a person like (Bush), with the persecution of our migrant brothers in the United States, with the wars he has provoked, is going to walk in our sacred lands, is an offense for the Mayan people and their culture,"…
I suspect that the interpretation of the intent of the Mayan spirit guides has more to do with leftist philosophy and anti-Americanism than it does with “bad spirits.” Only a leftist could interpret the actions of Pres. George W. Bush, relative to “migrant brothers in the United States,” as “persecution.” And, only a leftist would say that Pres. George W. Bush has provoked “wars.” Note the use of the plural with the word war. Last time I looked, there have only been two wars during Pres. George W. Bush’s regime, and the first was a direct result of Al-Qaida provocation with the 9-11 incidents.

But, why quibble about the number of wars? The truth of the matter is that western civilization is embroiled in a worldwide fourth generation war, the likes of which has never been seen previously. And, while the western world is under attack, there is the continuing intra-western world war between the forces of capitalism and socialism, and the latter’s leftist extremism. If the western world does not destroy the Islamo-fascist threat, there is no reason to worry about our ignorance of the “spirit world.”