I’m a Dreamer

What do you dream about?  What do you want in life?  Let’s take this to the basic’s of life.  How would you like to live?

Although I live in a rural area of Mexico City, I still find myself dreaming of a life of peace and tranquility – a life where I… we can live from what we grow and trade for; where community not only allows for individuality, but encourages it.  Where we know we belong, and have purpose other than “blending in”, or as we say, “Conforming to” the ways of someone who has convinced you – us, their ways are better.  Where making mistakes are seen as avenues of growth, not failure.

Also, where our work is ours and what we earn (not money) is not “taxed”.  A place where greed is non-existent.  Where competition is only Sunset-Lake-Horsesseen as, “Can I be better?”

Yes, I’m a dreamer.  I can not say this is a choice any more than breathing is a choice, but I do long for a way of life in which not only I, but everyone can be free and open; a place where we don’t have to deal with the epigenetic‘s of horrible experiences visited upon a family member long ago.  A place where everyone knows our origin, and there is no need to argue or debate who is correct.

A place where we owe no person to live – we know where we live is a a gift and a responsibility – therefore, no man-made pollution.  A place where we know that no one is better than another:  even better, this place wouldn’t have to consider such a possibility.


I dream, not only for the hope of a better future, but at times, just to keep my sanity.

Recently, I was standing in my garden after walking our dog.  I was looking at our house, the many fruit bearing trees… and I felt trapped.

As humans, we spend our lives gathering:

  • automobiles
  • houses
  • things to fill the houses
  • communication devices – usually the ones we don’t need, we just want the latest and greatest
  • things to entertain us
  • experiences which may be self-gratifying, but hurtful, if not harmful to others (including places), whether directly or indirectly
  • education, usually to gain more money so we can gather more stuff
  • or education which can alter life as we’ve known it for countless ages
  • and much more.

These are reasons I say that I’m a dreamer.  I want a much more simpler life, where magic is not a word, or a strange concept; where the word and concept of being spiritual is not a subject of debate, but a way of life.

At one point in our history, this was what we had, but we lost it.  The wonderful, but odd thing about life is, in every moment, we’re given a chance to make our existence better, to re-create, or possibly better said, to create with what we have, a better world.  The really sad part is, someone has put into our minds – and we accept this thought – that this is the world we should accept.  Those who have placed that thought and all the supporting thoughts as redundancies – just in case you should wonder about one or more of the reasons why you accept this way of living, are relying upon your blind acceptance of this way of life.  Heaven forbid you understand that each of us has the ability to change the falsehood we accept as reality.

Another reality is, we don’t have to be violent to make our changes – just stop accepting the lies presented you, and I do mean all of the lies.AEinstein-Authority

As history has shown us countless times, we usually have two choices once we see the life we’ve accepted is a lie:

  1. Cease to accept the lie and those who persist in forcing your conformity;
  2. Peacefully refuse to conform to anything which takes you away from the peace you desire and is rightfully yours;

So, once again I ask, “How would you like to live?”

Dare you dream?

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What We Created

I know, it’s been a long time since I’ve written anything, but it’s not for a lack of things to write about.  I’ve found myself in a similar situation to that of many in the world today – concerned about the world we live on and in. Some of my “down-time” was spent in getting to know my thoughts, and why I had them, then I spent a lot of time remembering and putting back into action something that is so crucial to my life, and everyone’s, “How do I want to live?”

Through little fault of our own, our lives become influenced through the association with others, through our media sources, our sources of entertainment, etc., which seems “hell-bent” on telling us how awful life is, and all the bad things that exist in the world.  This gives wind to the conspiracy theorist and their beliefs in the doom and gloom of the world (I even got swallowed up in that to a degree) all because I/we want someone to “Press the Reset Button.”  All of us know that life sucks everywhere on this planet.  I for one would absolutely love to live somewhere where the air is clean, clean water can be consumed from it’s sources, and foods aren’t contaminated, and those I live near are very intelligent, that is,  we can learn from each other and care for our “space” in the world without concerns of life, health and liberty.  Another thing I can definitely live without – MONEY!  However, there is no such place in our current world.  Even if you can find a society that fits your idea of perfection, climate change is wreaking havoc everywhere.

Before I get to my point, please follow me in a little history – from my point of view:

According to Biblical history, our Source of life created a perfect world – then the Source gave each of us “free will”.  Well, some of you may be saying already that this was a mistake; I’d disagree.  Unless you’re out to create robots, you’d want to create something that has a will of its own, while maintaining some control since you’d already know the capabilities of your creation.   Why not?  Mankind has been working at creating Artificial Intelligence for decades now – our own “god complex”.  This same Source gave us very simple “rules” to live by and if followed, life would still be perfect.  Incidentally, with all the instructions given then, there was never any instructions, nor any mention of, “I’ve created all that is AND I created this religion for you to follow, and if you don’t, surely you will die.”  I can’t speak for anyone else, but my father never demanded that I worship him, but he was always close to me as a father, and as a friend, and he was there to listen to me, and help me.  I see our Source as being very similar – not demanding and aloof, leaving his intent for me in the hands of others.

Okay, moving on:  One very simple “don’t” was given us which like children, we had to go find out, “Is He serious?”, then we found out the hard way, “Yep, He was, and is.”  Well, if you were told not to touch a hot stove, but you do, you’ll bear that burn, physically and/or in memory for the rest of your life (okay, even with plastic surgery, you’ll know why it was done, and where), so consider our lives to be the burn mark all of us have to bear.

Part two of our grandest mistakes was violence (Cain and Able), then part three was MAS violence:

Genesis 6:12-14

King James Version (KJV)

12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.

13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

… sounds a bit like our current time, doesn’t it?PrisonPlanet-TforG

We’ve created our own prison planet – in more ways than one.

Where all of this becomes confusing is where people have their different versions of what may happen in the future.  There is one thing I know, if our Source doesn’t press the “Reset button”, we will end our own lives through our own violence toward each other, no matter if it’s from greed, avarice, etc.  Incidentally, if you really want to know how “prophecies” were fulfilled, most – but not all – were the product of natural earth phenomenon, instead of some great hand in the sky reaching in to create havoc.

What is the real reason for losing “Paradise”?  Was it disobedience?

What goes before disobedience?  What goes before obedience?

What goes before all action?

Thought!

What do you think about during your day – your night?

Do you think about all the ill’s of the world?  How poor you are?  Do you hate others?  If yes, why?  Is hatred making the world a better place? Do you think about all the things you hope won’t happen?  Are you one that lives in fear, and that’s what you think about most of the time?  If you’re answering “Yes!” to these questions… do you see a pattern?

What you think about is what you’re going to get.  If you’re thinking a lot about the past, that’s where you’re living and you’re not living in the now.

If you’re thinking a lot about the future and suffering anxiety because of the unknown, again, you’re not living in the present – we only have this moment.

People, learn your lessons from the past, then let the past be the past.  There have been many people I grew up with that continually wanted to take me back to the past – I ended up leaving them in the past so I can live now and plan and work for my future.  As for our future; say what you want, then let it go.  In my experiences, if you dwell on the future too much, you sink into anxiety.

To close this thought, what I hope you’ll understand from this entry is to see your problems as solvable issues which start with thoughts of, “How can I make this better?”, then finding the solution(s) and acting on them.  Throughout the day and night, and especially in the mornings as you get out of bed; in the evenings before you go to bed, take time to relax your mind, your thoughts and think of what you have, in gratitude, and give thanks for what you have, and what is yet to come.  Listen to that still/calm voice that is within you and follow its lead – that still/calm voice doesn’t lie… if you’re thinking too much and not listening to that still/calm voice, therein are the lies, you’re hearing your own thoughts. Making the mind quiet, letting yourself be free, this is called meditation.  Your body needs rest, so does your mind, your soul… give it some time… quality time, you’ll even sleep better because of this.

If you continually think of all that is wrong, you’ll create more “Wrong” and I think we’ve had enough of that.

So, continuing with what we have been given….

… it’s YOUR choice.

Self Defining Moments

Now that the “holiday season” is over and done with, life starts to return to “normal”, whatever that means for you, please allow me to pose a thought that seems to be a recurring theme in my life – what defines you?

I seem to be surrounded by people who are constantly encouraging consumerism and conformity, to some degree or another.  What do I mean?car

A person close to me has constantly insisted that I should have a car, “… because people think that you’re poor if you don’t have one.”  In my youth, I had many cars and even a 4 X 4 that I actually used off-road in mountains: I even had two vehicles at a time, and a motorcycle – a 11oo cc. motorcycle that straight from the factory went from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds – two houses in the suburbs and much more.  For me, these were not things that defined me, others may have defined me by my possessions, but for me, they were experiences that I lived and at the time, enjoyed.smartphones

Now days, a vehicle still brings “social status“, likewise for cellular phones and computers.  Clothes have always provided a semblance of social status and the same is said for your residence.  Where you vacation and how you do it.  Social status for many is the pinnacle of self accomplishment.  Compared to the masses, I know very few that get what they want merely for need or selfgratification.

Property refers to the sum total of one’s possessions, as well as their regular income. It goes beyond income as a measure of social class, as it reflects wealth accumulated (e.g., homes, stocks, bonds, savings) in addition to one’s earning potential. Property is a better overall measure of social class than income, as many individuals who are considered wealthy actually have very small income, and those with less property tend to have less power and prestige.

So, here we are with another set of questions:clothes-women

  • Is money the root of all evil?
  • Is having possessions bad?
  • How much is enough?
  • Is the social status we gain by possessions positive?
  • Is the gain of social status via greed honorable?

There are more questions I can pose, but let’s review these briefly.stylish-men

Is money the root of all evil?  My answer is, no.  Money is one of the two things that people value so much, but was not in the creation process in any scripture.  Money is just a tool – a tool that can help, hinder or kill.  It is the conscious thoughts, then actions that make this tool what it is.  On the negative end of this thought, there’s a song that came out in 1973 that speaks – ok, sings – about the evils of money – you decide.computers

Is having possessions bad?  No.  Like money, possessions are tools and how they’re used makes their perception good, or bad, but the fact is, they’re just objects.  Too much of anything is wasteful and creating possessions has to come from somewhere, so how many possessions must we have before we consider the destruction of our home, planet earth, to be too much?

How much is enough?  In a society built around capitalism, i.e., consumerism, there never seems to be enough.  Someone I know usually responds to my sense of frugality by stating, “Don’t be so frugal, the more you use, the more we have to buy, and the better the economy will be.”  Can’t we do with a bit less of everything?

Is the social status we gain by possessions positive?  No.  If you’re importance in society is built around your possessions… how long will you have said social status if one of our increasing “natural disasters” removes your possessions?  How about if the government seizes your possessions and income, then you’re left with little; then a thief takes what’s left?  It can and has happened.

Many ancient societies, and I’d dare say, a few remaining indigenous groups still find the “natural leader” in their children and groom them for leadership responsibilities upon becoming an adult.  Knowledge and wisdom are qualities that can’t be stolen.

Is the gain of social status via greed honorable?  No.  To gain status while slandering, putting down, lying about another is FAR removed from honorable.  If who and what we are can not stand up and shine without the aid of money and possessions, then the important question is, who and what are we?  If we’re only measured by what we have… which can be taken away or destroyed, then where is our value?  What is our worth based on?

Now that we’re in the year 2013, a year many thought we’d never see, put aside your I-Existfears… ALL OF THEM and reassess your self-worth.  Make yourself a better person, which will in turn, makes those around you take notice…

All the best – always!

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 – Anti-intellectualism

Do any of you have an interest in history… just a little?  Yes?  If you do, have you noticed how many countries have anywhere from a passive form of anti-intellectualism to a very active and cruel form?  Most of us that have noticed the active form have seen it played out in such places as the Chilean revolution of 1973; the Cuban revolution; the Argentine revolution of 2001… and the list goes on, almost endlessly.

Why do you suppose governments, legitimate or otherwise, go about eliminating their intellectuals?  The very people you’d think they’d want to have running their governments are the ones they seek to eliminate.  This kinda makes me question the wisdom of those who insisted that I become a wise (or other descriptive words used) person so as to be valuable to society.

To be wise… to be an intellectual is truly a wonderful thing in an openly honest society, but when you live in a society that has another agenda, and that agenda is different from that of its constituents, it is necessary to get rid of those that can and will see through the rhetoric.  The intellectual will eventually see your words and intentions as they really are and call-you-out.

Governments that have something to hide will seek to silence the intellectuals.  I’d dare say that in our current place in history, most governments would most likely choose to silence an intellectual in a very covert manner, but there remains a few governments that haven’t developed the suave and sophisticated style of other nations, so there are still some intellectuals that meet with an early death.

In nations where millions of people live and only a few hundred or a very few thousand at most have control… the majority allow the minority to rule, kill and enslave them.  Yet, if you ask each parent, what do you want for your children – I’d bet the answer would be, “I want a better life for my children.”

Words are cheap.

It’s easier to point a blaming finger at someone, all the time yelling, “He did it!  It’s his fault!”  But that solves nothing.  When you have the ability to bring change, but do no more than point your finger and blame – you deserve what you end up with….

… the same old crap.

…but you’re smart, aren’t you?

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This is an interview with George Carlin – suitable for general audiences:

The following video is typical George Carlin – “R” rated (adult) language:

Reasons to be Fed Up – Euphemisms

 

Throughout human history, spoken and written languages have ceased to exist, and those that remain are not the same as its origins.  If you don’t believe me, go search some literature in your native language that’s… oh, say one-hundred fifty years old, or more – see how easy it is to read, or understand what was written then.

In my youth, we’d use the word “square” to describe a person as being dull, unadventurous, boring, etc.  The same word in my parents generation meant that a person was a really “cool” person; this person was straight, honest, someone you liked being around because he/she was “even on all (four) sides”.

Until the 1970’s, a janitor was the person that cleaned office buildings, factories, schools, most any building that was used for more than a few people.  In the 70’s, the title “janitor” was changed to “environmental engineer“:  the personnel office became, “human resources”; doctors and nurses became, “health care providers“, when they should be called, “legalized drug enablers”.

Oh, shades of George Orwell‘s novel, “1984”.  We’ve entered an age, actually, long ago, where speaking directly is a virtual sin – and for some, it is a sin!  Heaven forbid we speak the truth and speak it directly.  “You should never speak directly to anyone, you may hurt someones feelings!”  Is there any wonder that we don’t understand each other?

Isn’t it bad enough that we have gender language?  Five minutes to a man is something you measure on a clock – to a woman, five minutes is, “when I’m finished…”  I guess that it’s not sufficient to have only gender language, we have to have euphemisms also.  Throughout out history, we’ve had problems with understanding each other, whether we share the same language or not, but now, it’s difficult to understand each other using the same language, and even more difficult to translate one language into another.  We’ve firmly hooked ourselves into the “Newspeak” from the George Orwell novel, “1984”.

With respect to euphemisms, and the societal changes we experience almost daily; one of the biggest things I’m fed up with is how so many people from so many varied backgrounds and cultures have warned us what the future will be like, all because they can see trends, or as I’ve said before, we look for consistencies which tell us where society is likely to go – but people choose to ignore these warnings; and if one calls a book a novel, it’s for entertainment purposes onlyCOME ON!!!  If it’s futuristic (and not talking about a deity) it has to be called a novel!

… ahem…

Back to our euphemisms, or “newspeak”… here is another video from George Carlin and his take on euphemisms.  His “language” in this video is very mild (for him), but as usual, he drives his point home exceedingly well.

Have a wonderful week everyone… and speak plainly! 🙂

 

Intelligence and…

 

 

Mankind usually prides itself in its own intelligence, believing that it’s the top of the food chain, the smartest animal on earth… we subjugate our environment, move mountains, build cities, areas of commerce and playgrounds for children and adults, yet with all of our abilities, our intelligence… when we’re honest with ourselves, we see that we have the capacity to be equally as… stupid.

In our desire to conquer and rule, we’ve destroyed a once beautiful planet – the air we breathe is tainted; the water we drink has to be treated because WE have polluted it so much that we have to clean it after we’ve used it to make our machines.  We kill each other over ideals and disputes that in the long run will prove to be idiotic.  Right now, right now in August 2012, the majority of people in this world want to return to a system of life that has brought us to where we are – RIGHT NOW.  We have the ability to bring about a complete change, to stop the hatred, the greed, declination… all the negative things that have given us our present, but we’re intent on trying to fix what’s broken with the broken tools that got us here.

There have been prophets from all walks of life that have told us what to expect… and some messages have been repeated by various people throughout our history.  Have we listened?  Of course not, we’re too arrogant to see what’s in front of us, and too stubborn to admit our faults and short comings.  We can NO LONGER pass the blame: we can NO LONGER wait for someone else to “fix the problem”.  Just look around you and tell me who can or will fix the mess we’re in?  The mess WE allowed to happen.

We deserve what we get, every drop.