Ray Bannatyne

Chaos Modulator, Cosmic Order
Vancouver Hawks&hastings, Canada

About Ray

Languages

English

Areas of Expertise

Police Whisperer

Universities

UHK

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Police Whispering, Instant Karma, Bag-ism, Multi-epiphanic experience, Educated Omnivorism. Ego extinction through mindful parenting, etc etc etc...

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Ray Bannatyne
Posted almost 4 years ago
Jonathan Drori: The beautiful tricks of flowers
Thanks Jonathon; I am new to TED. I am excited find this community, but disappointed to see how conversations are 'hi-jacked' by faith-based pot-stirrers. "'Tis too starved an argument for my sword!" Shakespeare? Cheers Ray Bannatyne
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Ray Bannatyne
Posted almost 4 years ago
What is love? Should the morals/values of life be revolved around spreading and teaching the ideas surrounding love?
Hi Samantha- my reply function will not submit(admirable quality in a human, but not in a word butler) You are so right. Love is a loaded word. Along time ago my best friend,age 16, took his own life. His reason turned out to be anomie, anger,and despair triggered by the death of a girl by parental abuse and neglect. We had read 'Autobiography of a Yogi', batted ideas around, including reincarnation. He never revealed his despair to me. Young teen boys don't toss the word 'love' around. He had rescued me from a plunge through bad lake ice just a year before. He knew I had my own troubles. I think he might have been protecting me. Upon seeing 'The Scream' for the first time I realized the depth of my friend's horror at the human condition. One pang of regret was that he died and no one knew that he was a hero. There would have been severe repercussions How could we tell anyone that Raven was to blame? Yea, love is a very complicated thing. All that happened forty years ago and I love Norman to this day. Actually Samantha it occurs to me that my love is manifested in in me as I identify as a "Catcher in the rye" The best part of Holden still survives in my support of youth liberation, ie 16 year old vote, speaking to youth about suicide and self-medications. Child protection. I told my own children that they were loved almost daily and every time we parted for any length of time. It never felt awkward, they are 20 and 16 and when we meet we embrace. My love for my ex wife seems moot under the circumstance, but I have no intention of 'forgetting' to 'love' her. When our marriage broke I understood that I was responsible to do no further harm. In my callow seasons I misused the word. I cannot philosophize, I can only tell the truth as I saw it. Jack Kerouac was known as 'Memory Babe'. C'est moi aussi. Once again, apologies for this reply to Samantha in the Post section. Love, Ray
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Ray Bannatyne
Posted almost 4 years ago
Empowering our species. An open journal written by and reinforcing the integrity of the masses.
Wayne, Knowing who I was allowed me to lead an employee revolt that led to the closure of a scientology cell posing as a 'marketing/recruiting' company. When they did not pay us for marketing interviews submitted by a dozen or so- I led a revolt. Boy o boy! I was hitting engram after engram. These people were less clear than I; rebel without a cause, I saw through the tin can galvanics. A close buddy, also 20, walked away as soon as the scientology connection became clear. I am too too arrogant to be a-cult-urated. I notice that spelling alert wants us to capitalize scientology. As if. As always Cheers Ray
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Ray Bannatyne
Posted almost 4 years ago
What is love? Should the morals/values of life be revolved around spreading and teaching the ideas surrounding love?
Hi Nicholas. Your question has consumed me from the age of four when my mother offered to let me run away from home in a mid-winter snowstorm. Even packed a little bag and ushered me outside gave me a push and closed the door. I was forever uncertain that I was loved. Through a self-examined life and full-on learning agape becomes my setting for serenity. My blessing has been unconditional love for both of my children. My love for nature(cosmos)is unconditional. I wanted to do a reply along with Collen and Kathy if I had not been a parent nor had I raised kittens or puppies I might have been a curmudgeon and perhaps grasping. I understand the 'why' of some things not putting stumbling-blocks in front of others or why a gentle answer turns away much wrath these are only two examples. Great conversation! My reply function is buggy, some quite detailed replies have been vaporised upon submitting. Thus, I post, when I also reply. I am 56. Self-realized through thorough ego ablation. Shine on! Ray Bannatyne
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Ray Bannatyne
Posted almost 4 years ago
what qualifies as an authentic culture? are some cultures more authentic than others?
Hi Dany I always wanted to partake in some aspects of First Nations and Metis life. But I understood from my white child point of view that all was not well in that camp either. It helped my understanding in that we fostered children from reserves until I was 12 or 13. In any event I was never invited to join in the woodland life that even then existed. 'Uncle' Kenny was a trapper, he dressed in leathers, traded skins, pushed dogs until skidoos came along, packed flour and coffee and bacon and such for four months on winter trap lines. I saw true culture becoming disheveled and abused by people who wanted to cash in. I refused to appropriate the symbols of my brothers and sisters somehow I knew enough to be fully open. Now I see all around me the 'plight' of the visible urban oboriginals three or four generations untangling dysfunction that merely hides a a valid culture. I see that things are getting better. I am empowered enough to occasionally wear a ceremonial beaded rawhide coat on a sunny day many people here have memories if not living roots in First Nation art, craft, and culture. I see peoples eyes well up when they remember an aunt or gramma who cured moose hides and made mukluks, uncles made snowshoes-old school- bannock making neighbor mothers, unlocked doors. Every memory like that is precious. I can't define what Uncle Kenny had, but I wanted it. Ray
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Ray Bannatyne
Posted almost 4 years ago
Empowering our species. An open journal written by and reinforcing the integrity of the masses.
Jesus' dicta regarding maltreatment of children shone true for me through the fog of rite and ritual and all of the foolery like splinters of the true cross brought to our grade three catechism class. I wanted to find some truth in this poor crucified fool. Self-abnegation is not a comfortable concept for a bright child who is under ego attack from a caregiver. I was intrigued enough to have always kept near me the crucifix my grandmother gave me at age ten. I have learned that 'example' is the most basic way of serving the world. And I have adopted the physicians dictum in all of my life 'First, do no harm." It saves much barging, blurting, and misdirected and judgmental lecturing. Honesty such that one can take a child's criticism. Reading to my kids Being unashamed to express my estimation of or love especially for those who might need it. A trust in my sense of nuance An adult in this world must expect to be corrected by 'youth' respectfully or not. I believe that a gentle answer will turn away all but the most obstreperous wrath. I don't go 'Death Wish' but I won't 'shut up' I will stand up and be accountable My children, 20 and 16, seem to respect my path. Today I am 56. Even now I " know "where my children are one child needs my respectful distance I am responsible for feeding our connection my other feeds off our conversations begun before he was babbling and playing with his fingers and toes. Anyway Wayne I am behind your action I'll check back on your conversation. Indigo Ray
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Ray Bannatyne
Posted almost 4 years ago
Philip Zimbardo: The psychology of evil
One of my earliest lessons was "...be gentle with the puppy... or kitten or mouse or baby..." Do we first forget to be gentle with others or do we forget how to be gentle with ourselves? So much became clear when I first saw the 'Milgram' experiment. So much became clear upon first seeing 'The Scream' Such are the iconic moments of my life. Any person who can live a self-examined life, a mindful life will know that not every heroic act is commented upon except in the inner reflections of the voyager. Actionable moments present everywhere. This is where discretion and patience enough to see that your action will do no harm except flushing at having to apologize for barging in. I always remember that Kitty Genovese had no hero. Here in Canada, there was no hero for Helen-Betty Osborne. An aboriginal woman kidnapped and savaged and murdered by a gang o white boys whose home town hid the identities of the malefactors for years. I lived a hundred miles from that town I don't know yet how I feel about naming that town. I Am That Which I Shall Become.
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Ray Bannatyne
Posted almost 4 years ago
Medicine Without Borders
Early ample evidence proved to me that the doctors have/had little interest in hearing us. Beyond what they could 'detect' this meat was truly beyond their ken. My confidence in the medical profession was fatally punctuated, at eighteen, when a 'company' doctor refused hear my request for sick leave for a seriously green sore throat unshaken in two weeks of abiding. In !970 we had a cadre of doctors trained and served under war conditions in various British adventures. The doctor wrote one word upon a space on a form, in an elegant fountain pen hand. He angled the page slightly towards me and made an excuse to leave the room. The word was 'malingerer'. I knew what it meant. My own MU had deemed me a 'parasite' only season or so earlier. I gave the doctor the same stone faced shrift I gave the Maternal Unit. I was actually self-medicating long before I experienced the doctors own adherence to the only social control he understood. Military. My first memory in 'sweet' scam is at age two trying to con a great-great gramma into giving me undiluted 'PACIFIC' evaporated milk. The diluted stuff was an evil substitute for milk.. And after sugar and salt I discovered, tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, codeine, pot.... The free sharing of information and a physicians pharmaceutical specialties desk reference kept me from much harm. I can tell only others of my explorations. As for advise ... I believe all of our children need better than advise--they need example. I have a twenty year relationship with a GP. I persisted in being heard and he learned that I could be expressive without being dramatic or disrespectful of his opinion. I am now a happy old fool on a hill sometimes I am still a catcher in the rye. ps The Canadian system of universal medical care works when the population are active, vocal, educated advocates for our own care and cautious educators as 'laymen'. Too many treat medical contact as the equivalent of receiving palliative care. Die talkin back by