I have a good friend, who for the purposes of this blog post I will name Michael. Mike is a worldwide internet security expert, his specialty is spam and online fraud like those annoying Nigerian banking scams, but he works closely with law enforcement and a whole bunch of alphabet agencies around the world and their experts. Many of his friends in that sector also work with very dark matters as investigating online pedophile rings and human trafficking.
The Lobster Spaghetti at Joe Beef. You have to eat this once in your life to believe how good it is.
I see him maybe once every 6 months since typical two work weeks for him may involve a stop in Singapore then off to Paris for a meeting and then maybe Washington DC before coming home to Montreal. We became great buddies since we both love the same kind of music (he offered to fly me out to Edinburgh a few years ago just to attend a Roxy Music reunion concert), both of us own and love pugs and both of us enjoy hitting Montreal’s better dining spots (Global bad-assed foodie Anthony Bourdain has already visited most of them on his various shows, but if you’re wanting really good eats in Montreal, you can’t beat Joe Beef, Liverpool House, Nora Gray, Tuck Shop, and Kazu). Plus he’s a fantastic dinner companion and an amazing story-teller with lots of very insightful and very funny opinions. So when he calls last-minute, like he usually does, I make time and go.
Anna Chapman, was a notorious Russian spy and honey-trap who operated among the New York City jet set, posing as a real estate broker.
One thing Mike mentioned which struck me as very interesting was the concept of the honey-trap. If any of you have read John le Carré spy novels
, you might be familiar with it. It’s basically a sting operation, which has been set-up to lure in a suspect for the purposes of getting information out of them or catching them in the very act. It is something law enforcement use quite often especially with online pedophile predators but the funny thing about the honey-trap is that it also acts as a mental litmus test
to see if even a suspected person even has the POTENTIAL to become a danger. Long story short, if they bite, they may bite more. If they don’t, probably not.
Afterwards, I thought about the idea of the honey-trap and the mental and personality litmus test a bit more an I think there are spiritual implications as well.
Man cannot live on bread alone… ( or all-you-can-eat buffets either for that matter)
Quite often we think of food as something we eat, something which nourishes us physically and sustains us and gives us life, a form of fuel. People quite often forget that there are other types of fuel as well, other types of “junk food”
or poisoned food.
If this is the kind of junk you fill your mind up with, don’t expect to win a prize anytime soon…
Do you honest-to-God think bringing your kids to Disney World and seeing these plastic freaks will help ignite their imagination for the rest of their lives? It does nothing except make them lifelong consumers.
It’s also not what you digest intellectually which in turn sustains you intellectually, but it’s the company you keep, the people you hang out with, the places you visit, the things you decide to look at
, the emotional and spiritual impressions you receive. They just don’t teach you this kind of stuff in school and unfortunately neither do parents, since most of them are also usually operating on an outdated operating system themselves. So what’s a person to do?
“Stay tuned to truth. Listen within and trust your body,” they said. “Your body knows a lie when it hears one. You will feel warm and open whenever you are in the presence of truth. And in the presence of untruth you will find yourself hardening and contracting. Many times in the past we have encouraged you to trust your body, and we remind you now of how important that is.”
There’s some wisdom there. Good things, good people, good situations
will make you feel positive, strong and empowered with a quiet certainty. Negative situations and people will make you feel afraid, disenfranchised and confused (and I’m including fear porn
here as well). Watch what people DO
and not what they SAY
. Talk is way too cheap these days. See what happens when you offer friendship to someone who has acted cool towards you. Do they bite back, continue to stay cool or do they reciprocate? Do you feel lighthearted and inspired or down and depressed after talking to someone or watching a particular film? Has a certain interaction or incident left you feeling warm and open or rattled and nauseous? There’s a million and one examples I’m sure any of you could come up with.
Litmus tests are not just about picking up clues like in the photo below, but following up on them with real action.
MINIMAL, minimal sage dating advice from film-maker John Waters. (I would also add, don’t do the deed unless you’ve seen their song list or their music collection as well as their book collection FIRST)