I’m Just ********* Fed Up!

 

 

Here we are in 2012 – an era where we have technological advancements that would make even Albert Einstein marvel, but would vindicate George Orwell.  We’ve advanced the world around us, and forgotten what really makes us human – our connection with nature and each other.

We’ve become pompous idiots, telling each other that our way of life is better than others, as if each of us is the savior of this world.  Most religious people proselytize what they don’t live up too, or they assume to speak for their god(s), but if you read their scriptures, their god(s) isn’t/aren’t as mean and stubborn as those that profess obedience.  Many people I know have grown up in religious families, but are now atheist because of what I just wrote about, and or similar reasons.  People see what they want to see, not what is.

We see life as something that has little value, but our things have immense value.  We go to war against nations that have not attacked us, nor even threatened us.  We find ways to justify killing others at home and in other lands and say it’s ok.

We find ways to justify our beliefs, our actions and for the problems we don’t seem to be able to fix, “someone else will fix it for us”, then we wipe our hands as if to say, “it’s no longer my responsibility.”  We try to fix the world, but leave ourselves unchanged – but we are the problem!

There is an expression going around now, and we use it to point our fingers at everyone  but ourselves, “Wake up world!”  We pretend to be awake because we think we know something about one or a few things, but we have no idea of what the grand picture/scheme is… so everyone else is asleep except us.

Throughout the past several years, I’ve found from conversations with people of various backgrounds, most people don’t like to answer questions, especially questions that come from a different point of view, but still on the same subject.  We get comfortable with our points of view and become angry with those that won’t accept what is essentially our narrow understandings.

I’m also seeing those like myself that are retreating into our own world of comfort because it seems futile and irritating to be with the “know it all” mentality that is becoming so commonplace.

These observations are not new to mankind – I’ll share some more of this next week, but for now, I hope, and it’s my constant hope, my desire and the purpose of this blog to get you, the reader to rethink your views, what you accept as real, of what others tell you is right/correct – to challenge your knowledge against your intuition and come to that point in your life where you say to yourself, “This ISN’T right!  There IS a better way!”  Then change YOUR life accordingly – first for you, then help others to do the same.  I don’t mean go out and proselytize, just help those that you see wandering aimlessly, and those that are seeking to understand what is, not the propaganda.

Remember, we’re all connected.  Our DNA is the same as everything and every one of this planet.  When we have too much or too little of something (foods, water, bacteria, virus’s, etc.) is when we experience our imbalances.  Help restore our balance and see, better yet, experience what still is, but mostly forgotten – equilibrium.

Have a wonderful weekend.

 

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Things I’ve Learned from Kung Fu and Karate Movies

Today, I’m deviating from what I had originally planed to post because I watched a couple of martial arts movies yesterday.  There seems to be some recurring themes in these movies, besides the obvious “kick-butt” scenes:

  1. There’s always a villain:  there always seems to be someone who is either a corrupt businessman, political leader(s), or a corrupt royal.  The lessons I get from these movies is; we seem to like having leaders.  No matter what we do in life, we like to have someone who will lead us along the path we chose, whether it’s good or bad.  We consciously follow someone who tells us that if we follow them, we can have what we want – money, power, security/safety… you name it, we feel that we can only get what we want from following someone who uses us to their benefit while telling us that we’ll get what we want by following them.  I fail to understand this mentality.
  2. There is the individual:  the individual is usually the hero of such films.  Why?  Why is it there is only one person that stands up for his/her dignity, his/her rights as a human-being and becomes the hero?  Why isn’t there more people standing up for what’s right, not just for themselves, but for everyone?  Are we that weak, selfish, greedy or self-absorbed that we feel stronger in a group so to take from others that is legitimately theirs?  The individual, whether in movies or real life is the one that suffers a lot for not yielding to the pressures of the masses.  In movies, the individual, after suffering great losses – friends, family, home, wealth, health… you name it, they emerge as the smiling victors, which we know is not always true.  We may emerge victorious, but not always smiling.  We may have done well for ourselves and others, or sometimes, just for others, but we know that someone had to do something other than just let the injustices continue.

Today, we still have people not only willing to follow others, but look for someone to lead us through our tough times.  Around the world there are protests of all kinds, demanding fairness in government; equal opportunities to earn a decent living; wholesome foods; clean water; a place to call home that is comfortable; education… the list goes on and on.  In the U.S., Presidential elections are afoot, and it seems that people are willing to make their choices from the two main parties – a choice between the “lesser of two evils”, but does anyone care that there are other candidates? There is the “Occupy Wall Street” protests going on in the U.S., Arab Spring… and all of these have leaders, and people willing to follow them.  Where are the individuals like Mahatma Gandhi who taught us that to bring about true change, it starts with us, the individual – with our attitude of peace and love.  The quiet revolution of love and peace is what governments and corporations can’t control.  The moment you/we become violent is the moment you’ve/we’ve lost the battle.  Governments have shown us repeatedly that they know how to deal with violence, and haven’t we seen enough violence?  Haven’t we understood the old expression, “Fighting for peace is like having sex to create virginity” (ok, I cleaned it up :p ), or what Albert Einstein told us long ago, “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”, and, “I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless those people themselves refuse to go to war.” 

We as individuals, not as an organized group (at least not at the start) have to be willing to stand alone when no one else will and declare, “This is NOT right!”

The world is changing rapidly, right now, as you read this – you know this to be true, even if you don’t talk about it with others.  Where will you be when the dramatic changes come to you?  With a group of followers, or standing for what you know is true and correct for you and all others?

Are you a follower, or an individual?  We don’t need more leaders, we need everyday people willing to be examples of truth, love and peace.

All the best on your quest for… you!

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What We Think We Know and What Is

 

knowl·edge   [nol-ij]

noun

1. acquaintance with facts, truths, or principles, as from study or investigation; general erudition: knowledge of many things.
2. familiarity or conversance, as with a particular subject or branch of learning: A knowledge of accounting was necessary for the job.
3. acquaintance or familiarity gained by sight, experience, or report: a knowledge of human nature.
4. the fact or state of knowing;  the perception of fact or truth; clear and certain mental apprehension.
5. awareness, as of a fact or circumstance: He had knowledge of her good fortune.

wis·dom   [wiz-duhm]

noun

1. the quality or state of being wise;  knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight.
2. scholarly knowledge or learning: the wisdom of the schools.
3. wise  sayings or teachings; precepts.
4. a wise  act or saying.
5. ( initial capital letter ) Douay Bible . Wisdom of Solomon.

in·tel·li·gence   [in-tel-i-juhns]

noun

1. capacity for learning, reasoning, understanding, and similar forms of mental activity; aptitude in grasping truths, relationships, facts, meanings, etc.
2. manifestation of a high mental capacity: He writes with intelligence and wit.
3. the faculty of understanding.
4. knowledge of an event, circumstance, etc., received or imparted; news; information.
5. the gathering or distribution of information, especially secret information.
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If you’re wondering why I keep posting definitions, the answer is easy:  for understanding to take place, everyone has to be “playing” by the same rules, or if you prefer, we have to have a mutual understanding of the language being used.  This is important.  Example:  Several years ago, I was engaged in a conversation with someone who at the beginning made it fairly interesting – until he tried to make a point that made me question what he was saying.  After questioning him, he stood by his definition of the word he was using, even after giving him the dictionary definition.  His stubbornness finally caused the conversation to be terminated.

For those that know me, I’m one that has always looked for consistencies and inconsistencies.  I question the inconsistencies to understand why.  Some answers come easily, others seem to be a lifetime of learning.

In short:

  • Knowledge is the accumulation of information:  I’m sure most of you have met many who have a vast storehouse of information, but seem to have no ability  to use it.
  • Wisdom is applying the accumulated information with experiences:  Having the knowledge and knowing how to use it.
  • Intelligence is having the ability to reason/think.

These definitions and actions serve us well in the physical world, but there is something more than what’s listed above – it’s that something that a great deal of us are experiencing now and even some of us have been “feeling” for the last week or two.

There are few things in our world that I subscribe to the notion of, “… it can’t be wrong if everyone is doing it,”  mainly because I’m not comfortable with the “mob” mentality.  When there’s a choice to be made, I decide for me, even if the decision has to take in consideration, ‘will my choice be good only for me, or will it be good for all concerned?’  With this being stated, what is going on?  Why do we “feel” or “sense” there is something going on, but it defies our “normal” rationale?

From my gathered information, my own experiences, I’ve come to an understanding that may change as I gather more information, but I’ll continue with this thought later.  While you wait, see what you can find 😉
All the best!

 

Follow Your Heart, But Take Your Brain With You

 

 

Yesterday we covered the definitions for emotions/heart and intuition.  Let’s continue building on these ideas for a while.

For those of us that are history buffs, or even those that keep up with current world and/or local events, we can see that many wars whether on a grand scale or just in your local area, are wars of the heart.  The Trojan War was a war of the heart; the Viet Nam war was a war of the heart; the Iraq war was also, and if we’re duped into war with Iran, that will be another emotional war.  Imagine – if you can see it, committing a whole nation to war over emotions.  Not all wars were wars of emotions, some I’d say may have been legitimate, although at the moment I can’t think of one emotionless war, but let’s continue.

In my immediate recollection of wars, they’re almost always over something emotional.  In our distant past up to our current history, we “wise humans” have waged countless wars over our emotions.  Whether the gang war down the street, or on the other side of town; in another city of your nation, or even political wars – all of them have one basic emotion in common – care to guess what that is?… it’s greed!  In its most basic form, wars are struggles for what someone else has.  Don’t agree?  Read any secular history book; read any scriptural text that has a history of wars, then find the cause for the war(s).

Can you see now why it’s better to follow intuition rather than heart/emotions?

Every day in the news, whether local, U.S., or even world news, I read things that now seem surreal – it seems that every (civilized?) nation is gearing up for war – all civil wars, while their economies continue to fail.  I say that it’s surreal because this has been spoken about for so very long in mainstream media as well as alternative media sources, which if you add this to everything else in all the news fronts…. surreal!  The world is being manipulated into another senseless war or wars for the greed of the few that can financially afford them, yet we, we – the ones that actually sacrifice our lives, or at least our health, mental as well as physical, for the false sense of nationality that we’re sold, all while it’s being stripped away little-by-little everyday.  I’m now seeing bill-boards with signs asking police and military to remember their oaths to “uphold the constitution” and protect the (U.S.) nation against all enemies, foreign and domestic:  I fear that their oath is a long-faded memory with the reality of, “what do I do if I leave the police force, the military?  How will I earn an income to support my family?, or my current lifestyle?  An oath, a promise when weighed against the desire to live with an income?  Which do you think will win?  Fear is a very strong emotion that has been used for eons, and still is used to control people.

So, your choices are:

  • Follow your heart/emotions and be another victim of the non-rational, and leaving yourself to be the victim of those that know how to manipulate your emotions better than you:
  • Or follow your intuition – the rational side of life, which in turn means that you know that you have the obligation to question everything pertaining to your life.

Once you take ownership of your life, then you’ll realize the choices you made, whether consciously or by proxy – choosing to let someone else govern your life – have all been your choices and you will either reap the benefits of your decisions or pay the cost for making the wrong ones.  My way of thinking is; as long as I have the responsibility for my decisions, I may as well enjoy making those decisions.  Fear – another emotion – is not an option I like to entertain.

So, what will it be?  A life of emotions, including fear; or a life of intuition, listening to that soft voice that wants to guide you to your best?

 

Open Letter to the RNC (Republican National Committe)

 

I feel it necessary to let you know why I am no longer a member of your party. This has been a long time coming for me: I grew up in the Republican Party and it was a living, breathing part of my life. For more than a decade now, you have actively cultivated and nurtured a culture of Ignorance and Intolerance to the point now that you have no control over the party. Ignorance and Intolerance have now come home to roost and with a seat at the table, which you can no longer deny as a result of you encouragement.

It astounds me that suddenly you’re floored and you collectively want to throw a member of your own Party  under the bus because he spoke the truth. Yes I am speaking of Congressman Akin; make no mistake, he did not “misspeak “, he said what the Party views have long nurtured and cultivated, and now has brought it to the forefront of the Party Platform. This is not just Congressman Akin’s own radical thought process, it is in fact the same rationale that many, including Paul Ryan, Mitt Romany, just to name a few, have. Akin used the term “Legitimate Rape” and Paul Ryan coined the term “Forcible Rape”.  Now he is the VP nominee.

You claim that there can be no exception for Rape or Incest or in the case of the mother’s life because you “value “all life yet most of you are for the death penalty. Please help me understand: in the case of the 15 year old girl in the Dominican Republic (which by the way has a constitutional amendment prohibiting abortion of any kind for any reason) how this protected the child she was carrying ? We not only lost her young life, but that of the baby to which both died as a result of delayed chemo treatments.  Now they may not have saved the mother in the end but it damn sure might have prolonged her life for awhile.  How do you justify the loss of that girl’s life in favor of the babies, which by the way, was also lost?

Now let’s be clear, I am not by any means advocating the extreme left’s position on abortion either. What I am saying is that you should take into consideration that most of us women are capable of making the right choice when it comes to our bodies, after all, the notion of women as property, to be doled out and controlled is border line Christian and Islamic fundamentalism.  You claim to be for less big government, and less regulation right up until it comes to my body, then you are all about it.

When you became the party of Right-wing Christian Fanatic´s, you made the choice easy for me. When you became the Party of voter suppression you made it clear to me that my rights as an American citizen stop where your religious morals prevail. That in some cases 60 years after the fact, we are having to rehash long dead, fought and won battles which in almost every case, bettered this country. That you would rewrite what a great nation we were, into some kind of embarrassing mockery of what our Founding Fathers stood for.  You made it Important for me to actively speak out against you.  To educate free of charge all those who will listen, to actively encourage all those in my life who have cared not to vote before, to vote now before we wake up in 1950’s version of Soviet America with no way out.

When you collectively stand quiet while your candidate Dictates what people may or may not ask him with regards to abortion, Congressman Akin, and not least of all his stance on taxes are despicable to say the least. “Pride cometh before the fall”, and  it will be hard when it comes. What your party has become in the last decade should be shameful to you all, though I suspect by your behavior you do not see it. You have been openly disrespectful of the office of the President of the United States, you have sought to destroy a man for nothing more than the, yup I am going to say it, color of his skin:  you made it clear you would do nothing to help this country while he was in office and you have shown us just how far you are were willing to go to get that done: you as a collective Party  cost this country its credit rating:  you as a Party continue to push us to the edge: you all voted for the sequestration bill and now that your “do nothing” attitude has forced these consequences you are again refusing to sleep in the bed you made.  You have become the party of “no responsibility” and I will no longer be a part of that.

These are but just a few of the Issues I have with what you have become, but these are the most important ones to me and my children’s futures.

Sincerely,

Heidi M. Bryant

Former Republican

 

Follow Your…

First:  It’s my intention this week to build on a theme/a thought that will come to an ultimate conclusion which so far seems to be ending sometime next week – we shall see;

Second:  Starting in about 12 hours (these posts are usually posting at 12:15 am U.S. central time), there will be more posts from my friend Heidi.  Just for the record, I’m apolitical, but Heidi is just the opposite.  She has some unique views for you the reader and for those that are politically motivated.

All that’s written here is for you Think about!

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e·mo·tion   [ih-moh-shuhn] 
noun
1. an affective state of consciousness in which joy, sorrow, fear, hate, or the like, is experienced, as distinguished from cognitive and volitional states of consciousness.
2. any of the feelings of joy, sorrow, fear, hate, love, etc.
3. any strong agitation of the feelings actuated by experiencing love, hate, fear, etc., and usually accompanied by certain physiological changes, as increased heartbeat or respiration, and often overt manifestation, as crying or shaking.
4. an instance of this.
5. something that causes such a reaction: the powerful emotion of a great symphony.

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in·tu·i·tion   [in-too-ish-uhn, -tyoo-]
noun
1. direct perception of truth, fact, etc., independent of any reasoning process; immediate apprehension.
2. a fact, truth, etc., perceived in this way.
3. a keen and quick insight.
4. the quality or ability of having such direct perception or quick insight.
5. Philosophy .
a. an immediate cognition of an object not inferred or determined by a previous cognition of the same object.
b. any object or truth so discerned.
c. pure, untaught, noninferential knowledge.

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If your life is anything like mine, you often see, hear, read, or even tell others, “Follow your heart, it won’t lie to you.”  There is a problem with this expression – to follow ones heart means to follow ones emotions.  To follow your heart/your emotions, is dangerous and confusing… just ask almost any man how he likes to deal with emotions – not that men are devoid of emotions by any means.  What I mean here is; think back to some time(s) in your life where someones heart/emotions made a decision and what the outcome was.  Most such memories will present “bad” memories.  What’s even worse?  We still make decisions from our “feelings”.

On the other hand, what is meant by, “Follow your heart…” is, ‘follow your intuition.’  Intuition is what some of us call, ‘hearing that still, very tranquil voice that you know is part of you, but not you.’  That voice which when we listen and act upon what we hear, we learn it will not lead us in a way that will bring harm to ourselves, nor even others.  It’s difficult to trust that ‘voice’ from time-to-time, mainly because it tells us something that may take us away from our self-interest, but the more you act on what you ‘hear’ or know to be true, the greater the trust you develop with that ‘inner voice‘.

More on this tomorrow!

Have a wonderful week… and trust that inner voice!