The Great Social Experiment

We say we’re all connected, yet we thrive on what divides us.

There was a television series on cable(?) titled, “Falling Skies” not long ago which was about earth being invaded by aliens.  This was a very well written series.  The story was about a group of aliens which destroyed most of the earth. Its remnant survivors were at times encouraged kindly to accept life on what we’d call, “reservations”.  Of course, the star of the series, and those who followed him, refused the offer and fought to the bitter end – which they of course won.

One of the scenes in season one, episode seven was when the opposition/resistance fighters captured one of the enslaved aliens – ones who had been enslaved from its youth told the star of the program that while humans kill their own, they’d never kill one of their own.  This hit me as an all out truth about humanity.

As a race of beings, we most often think of ourselves as being superior to all other life on this planet.  We study life in almost all ways available to us; some have found ways to alter life, and from what I hear, some think they have created life, in some form or fashion.  The thing we seem to have lost is, quality of life – true quality.  Politicians and corporations, along with their teams of scientists would have us believing they have created a better life for our whole planet.  The question we should be asking ourselves is, “By whose standards?”  These are the same people who have taken control of our planet financially and have each of us believing we have to pay them to live on a planet they neither created, or bought. However,The Great Social Experiment most of us in Western civilization have taken well to the belief that we are born into a material world, so it’s only natural to work, buy, vacation (if and when possible), work some more, have children that you give over to the state and ‘social norms’ which someone other than you have created, work some more, then die… OH!  Don’t forget to take your daily dose of prescription medicines… they have to keep you in control, after all.

Our so-called world leaders have outlawed nature, but do nothing to legalize free thought and encourage self-responsibility.  You are owned, but don’t realize it.  You doubt it?  Try doing something that harms no one… such as “living off of the grid” as the expression goes – living in a home that does not need electricity, public water service or even a sewage system; if the government knows about it, you’ll most likely find yourself in court, fighting for your right to live cleanly on your own.  There are many other experiments you can try, just to find out how free you are.

Religion and the State:

Since I really don’t want to get into writing a book, nor a thesis on this subject, let’s briefly cover two topics which have been in the news recently:

Not long ago, a county clerk (a government employee) in Kentucky decided that her beliefs outweighed a government law/ruling.  In brief, she failed to exercise her duties, which neither hurt or harmed anyone.  Now, she has every right to take her beliefs to the system in which she works (worked?) and have the government reconsider their ruling, but since this law neither hurts or harms anyone, she should exercise her oath of office, or resign.  I see nothing wrong with what Mrs. Davis believes, it is biblically based beliefs, but remember, the U.S.A. is a secular nation, not one built on anyone’s religion.  As I’ve stated about gay and lesbian marriages before:

Gay’s and lesbians are HUMANS first and foremost!  How you treat them says more about you, than what it says about them.  If you don’t really understand why they are as they are – not your biased point of view which is based on beliefs, not facts, then the onus is on you to accept and understand, or be bigoted.

In my youth, I was a member of a Protest Christian denomination, that happened to be, and still is, very fundamental.  I was raised to believe that anyone outside of our (now their) denomination was sure to burn in Hell’s fire.  There are many to this day that believe this to be true of their denomination and religion.  This is why there are so many atheists picking on Christianity – not so much for those that live their faith quietly and in harmony with most everyone else, but for those who are always on a “soap-box”, proclaiming their faith and beliefs.

The one religion which has caught up to, and in some ways, surpassed ‘radical’ Christianity is ‘radical’ Islam.  In days of old, Christianity had its darker side; torture, crusades (overly exaggerated by most), forced “conformity” (the word most used in dictionaries with Christianity), then Protestantism, which brought on a whole new light on conformity.  But after a few centuries of ‘darkness’, the adherents to such strictness, relaxed and learned to live, or as the expression goes, “play nicely with others”.

Radical Islam (Islam’s word origin comes from the Arabic, meaning, “surrender”.  Muslim’s word origin is, “Person who submits”), though in some ways similar to Christianity, is really different.  While Christianity demands conformity, Islam is demanding surrender to their way of life – then you will have peace.  Ummmm…. peace maybe with Allah, but not with each other apparently.

Here are two points I hope to explain well here:

  1. For those who fight against Christians who are genuinely loving, just because they’re Christians, why?  If someone… anyone shows you genuine love, do you really need to know their beliefs?  If a person is wearing a crucifix while helping you, are you truly going to refuse the persons help?  Don’t let the few who give any group of people a bad name be all you know and accept.
  2. With Islam, I have a constant battle in thought about them.  While there are many Muslim’s who are genuinely kind and trustworthy, the problem these days is what is constantly in the media – mainstream media as well as alternative media.  My issues are:  The Koran (English spelling) tells its followers that it’s not only acceptable, but a requirement to lie (tell an untruth) to the infidel (us non-Muslim’s) to accomplish their goals for Allah.  In my broad, but still limited knowledge of other religions, Islam is the only one I know which makes this statement.  So, with this being stated, and with my own experiences with American Muslim’s, and a few Iranian Muslim’s living and studying here, who showed me they are far from being radical, how do we come to a common ground with the influx of immigrants?  How does one tell a poisonous snake from a non-poisonous one?  Not all snakes are poisonous.  Please note: I’m not equating Islam to snakes, but this will become clear when you listen to the words of the video below.

Although there is one thing old and some modern Christians and Muslim’s still have in common: get rid of the original – without Judaism, there wouldn’t be any Christianity; and doubtfully, there would be an Islam.  These two religions don’t want others to know their roots – after all, when the “New and Improved” version of anything comes along, don’t you get rid of the original?

However, during WWII, there were many Christian’s and Muslim’s who helped Jew’s to escape from the Nazi’s, so here are your non-poisonous. There are people everywhere that see and know that we are humans first – all of us live upon the same earth and have equal rights to the earth and each other.  We know that what we do, more than what we say is what our children will learn… and their children.  If we really want a planet of peace, it has to start with each of us, individually, then to our community, then it spreads from there.  Word of note, I’m not saying that this way of life should automatically make the peaceful person a victim to anyone who comes along to force themselves upon us, but be wise and always seek the least violent path, till there is no other way to save yourself and those you care for, the truly peaceful.

I may continue this thought at a later date, but for now, here is the reason I was using the word snake above.  Please listen to the words of the song and understand it with what I’ve expressed above.

There are poisonous snakes, and the non-poisonous.  There are violent dogs, and non-violent.  There are people of peace, there are violent people.  How can we tell the difference?

And one last question:  Is the State influencing your religion? Or is your religion influencing the State?

… or are they working hand-in-hand for control and submission?

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!

English: Albert Einstein, official 1921 Nobel ...

English: Albert Einstein, official 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics photograph. Français : Albert Einstein, photographie officielle du Prix Nobel de Physique 1921. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948), political and ...

Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948), political and spiritual leader of India. Location unknown. Français : Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948), Guide politique et spirituel de l’Inde. Lieu inconnu. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)