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?

Why Humanity Needs to Start Over

It’s gotten to a point that people I know, that don’t read my blog are talking with me about the worlds declining conditions.  I often say that we deserve what the future most likely will bring us and herein I’m going to give a few examples.

People I know, and have been discussing this with, on and off over the years all agree that mankind needs to start over.  Some of us have been using the expression, “I want to go home!”  We don’t feel that this is our home – and for many of us, we understand just what we’re saying and what it means, but we won’t get into that now.

Today, let’s look at some of the things we experience on a daily basis;  some of which we notice, and others we see, but pay little attention too:

Social (incl. beliefs, hatred and fascism/imperialism):  In a world that has gotten “smaller” per se, because of our increased communication capabilities, we still haven’t learned to unite as a people with the only differences that of skin color, religious and cultural differences.  We spend so much time addressing our differences than working on our similarities and what we have in common – mainly the planet we live on and depend upon for our lives.  Warring with one another is “so old-fashioned” in a world so adept in the “ability” for communication, why can’t we tell those that keep us divided to “bugger off”?  Honestly, have we become so mesmerized by our means of communication and how they work, and the media that is provided for us that we have lost the ability to talk with those that our media providers tell us are our enemies?  In communication, it only takes one person to talk to one other person and it continues from there… but we’ve gotten to the point of, “Let someone else talk to ‘those’ people.  I have my friends and my problems, that’s enough.”  IT’S NOT ENOUGH!!!  The problems persist if all of us don’t take part, and they won’t get any better unless we take part.

Years ago, an ordained pastor told me in a conversation that he, “can’t stand the French (people).”  When asked why, he only said that he never has.  I’m sorry, but I do not understand such prejudices.  Last week, a person I know insisted that all Muslims are terrible.  For the majority of my life, I’ve known and befriended many Muslims and find them to be just like everyone else.  There are far more “moderates” in Islam than the “fundamentalists” that exist in most all religions.  But of course, “because the media says they’re all bad, they must be.”  Right?  WRONG!  Just because there are neo-Nazi’s, Klu Klux Klan members and corporate business leaders out there that support separatism of one kind or another doesn’t mean that every person of European origin is bad, does it?

Environment (incl. economy)The way I see the general public talk about the environment, it’s as if it’s only a topic of discussion that – again – someone else has to repair.  If you keep buying and using the products that pollute the air our bodies need, the ground and water that gives us our food and drink (remember, you are around 80% water), you… all of us are the problem.  Let me give you some examples:

  • This year alone, many forests around the world have seen/experienced drought and fires.  Lest you forget, trees not only provide is with paper products, they are the source of our oxygen.  However, when I started researching this particular subject, I found many references that state that we have better forests now than we had 50 years ago – and that was from a report made only last month!  My immediate question was, how is that possible?  As I stated earlier, with the droughts, forest fires and landslides that were occurring around the world this summer alone, how could anyone make that statement?  Consider that the majority of the world uses toilet paper; books, newspapers, notebooks, post-it notes, magazines, instruction books and manuals, copy paper, billboard signs, cardboard boxes and so much more are still being produced everyday at a staggering rate – but trees grow overnight, right?  Consider this – in 2011, there were 7,012,000,000 people worldwide (that’s 7 billion).  Imagine how much toilet paper that amounts too!  It may seem funny to you, but if you’re accustomed to using it… not so funny now, is it?Let’s look at this with a different twist:  The world population is a bit higher than 7 billion and 5.6 billion people have cell phones; 1.1 billion computers(2012).  With each cell phone comes the individual box, the case it was shipped in; all the labels and the (instruction) manuals for operation.
    • While we’re on the subject of computers (desktop, laptop, or even hand-held… smartphones and even the basic ones), what makes up their main construction?  PlasticsHow is plastic made?  Here is an excerpt from the link provided:

    Petroleum to Plastics

    The technological road from oil field to finished plastic product has numerous fascinating side trips. Here’s the route taken in the petroleum-to-plastics process:

    1. Petroleum is drilled and transported to a refinery.

    2. Crude oil and natural gas are refined into ethane, propane, hundreds of other petrochemical products and, of course, fuel for your car.

    3. Ethane and propane are “cracked” into ethylene and propylene, using high-temperature furnaces.

    4. Catalyst is combined with ethylene or propylene in a reactor, resulting in “fluff,” a powdered material (polymer) resembling laundry detergent.

    5. Fluff is combined with additives in a continuous blender.

    6. Polymer is fed to an extruder where it is melted.

    7. Melted plastic is cooled then fed to a pelletizer that cuts the product into small pellets.

    8. Pellets are shipped to customers.

    9. Customers manufacture plastic products by using processes such as extrusion, injection molding, blow molding, etc.

Up to a few years ago, consumers had very little interest in ink other than to buy refills for their pens. Fountain pens became a novelty as the disposable ball point pen took over the market. The introduction of home computing led to home printing. Today it is rare to find a residence or business that does not have a printing capability. As a result, buying “ink” in the form of a cartridge or having that cartridge refilled at an inkjet island in a local mall has become a part of the day-to-day shopping experience, just as buying a bottle of ink was common 50 years ago.

Ink refilling services for printer cartridges are offered by large, official printing companies as well as smaller, “unofficial” refill companies. Customers can often cut printing costs by using refill services from a refill company.

High turnover of computers creates a steadily growing stream of computers to landfills. This e-waste is a source of toxic heavy metals, such as lead, mercury, arsenic and cadmium, which leach into the soil and underground water supplies from landfills.

It’s too late to change the road of physical destruction we’re on… well, that’s my opinion, but nevertheless, changing the physical can be seen from at least two angles:

  1. If we did change our physical world, how long would we have to deal with what we’ve already done to our physical source of life?  How long before it regenerates itself?
  2. Can we as humans really change the physical without changing how we think?  If it’s true that we do nothing without thinking about it first (thought becoming action), will the action come of its own without consciously being thought about?

When we no longer have our natural resources, will our products of convenience matter?  Many of us are having a fit over GMO’s, but don’t care about what’s happening to our environment that we can also stop.  When you have riches, but no sustainable food and water…

Sooner or later, you’ll have to decide which is more important.  Will it be too late when you do chose?

You tell me.

 

Reasons to be Fed Up – Responsibility

With Freedom of Speech comes Responsibility

A lot has been said in recent weeks about the fact that we have freedom of speech and expression here in the U.S as well as to some degree in the west. Very little has been said about the Responsibility that comes with those rights. Just because you can say something does not mean it should be said. The right to free speech though goes both ways, if you want to say whatever you must, also then allow others to say what they think.  Free speech is not just a one way street.

This notion that we have, that we can say whatever we want and not be in any way, shape or form responsible for what may happen as a result is mind boggling to me,  I don’t mean that every spoken word should be subject to criminal charges, but in some cases, one can and should be charged for “inciting a riot”.  For every action and every spoken word, there is an equal and opposite reaction for good or bad that is the way these things work.

When you choose to make fun of a person, place or religion there may in fact be unintended or intended consequences for you actions, and when those consequences result in death or damage of property, understand that those of us that understand that with that right also comes the responsibility not to just shoot our mouth off because we can, and will lay at your feet the blame for the actions taken as a result of your words.

Do I condone violence of any kind? ABSOLUTELY NOT, no more then I condone deliberately adding fuel to an already raging fire.  No, I do not think we should enact blasphemy laws here, but I do think there is a time and place for all speech.

It’s time to have a real conversation about RESPECT for others. If you want respect for your values and culture and religion then you must likewise respect others.

So again, I ask just because we can say whatever we want, should we?

Heidi