Bacon & Eggs

I look out at this country, my country, the US of A and I’m truly shaking my head in confusion. It has been known for a long time within the spins and spirals of humanity that some things are just bad, they have always been bad and will continue to be bad. Those are the Bacon’s of this world. Things like Hate, Violence, Fear, and Greed. I shake my head because we still have them. It’s like common sense, isn’t common after all and people are blind to their own pains and sufferings, or perhaps are a bunch of folk that just like feeling hurt for the fun of it. Trump is Greed and his cronies are greed and hate, while Putin tends to trend toward violence and fear… That’s just to point out the extremes within the Geo-Political community. Why? Why do they keep on force feeding all this negative crap into the world? Simple, they haven’t mastered the egg.

The egg is patience, is understanding, is compassion and sharing. The egg is the completion of social evolution, it’s top place to fathom, must and take into one’s personal and daily threshold. It takes a lot of effort by many people to create the egg. Just look at the chicken. They have to have food, water, a place to roam, a place to roost, and place to lay their eggs. The roost must have a roof, which takes teamwork by others to build. They must be protected from those who would eat the chickens before the eggs was laid, this also takes teamwork and effort. But in the end, with the hard work and effort, an egg can be laid and it offers two wonderful options, which in the first scenario, simply don’t exist. With the egg, we can grow more chickens or have eggs to eat and learn the wisdom of the process.

What I see in the world right now on so many fronts is a reluctance to let go of the powerful deadly sins and work together for something better. I can’t say for anyone person why there is that reluctance. For some it may be laziness, for others it may be what they grew up into and haven’t a wish to change as long as they get want they desire. Or perhaps it’s all about the fear and hate of what is different and an unwillingness to understand the other half the equation.

I see the American Political Machine destroying the chances for many future eggs. I see many other countries leadership doing the same thing. Yet, what I don’t see is an outcry of action that goes against the sins. It’s almost as if people fear the fear of taking action and have become agoraphobic and would rather sit within their i-pad and online worlds and let everything else crumble around them. Who knows.

But one thing is for sure. I like the egg. I hate the bacon. And it’s not a religious thing either. It’s a life issue. Bacon while tasty, just leads to bad things. While eggs get a bad rap, but we keep finding out it’s a pretty healthy thing when we take it in moderation with everything else. So while it might be okay to have a Bacon and Egg Breakfast, it’s better to find a different solution in the long run. I don’t know what that solution will be, or if humanity will survive long enough to see it. I do know this though. Change must happen. With the world as overpopulated as it is, something is going to burst and change will be the result. The egg may come into being only after a great war has reduced the population of the earth by seventy percent. Who knows. Or the egg may take the form of the masses simply taking all the politicians and pushing them into the sea and going back to tribal councils. Who knows.

Maybe that’s just the kicker… Perhaps we as humans don’t know enough to know and if we stop with trial and error, we implode. So here’s to wherever the future is going to take us. I just hope it’s far away from the 7 deadly Sins.

Variations in Kind VS. Boilerplate

What ever happened to the slide rule in treating different people according to who they are, rather than a boilerplate existence of one size, or one action fits the needs of every last Who, Dick and Jane?

For example, my father recently had some regular and well practiced eye surgery done. The kind where they replace the lens and correct for a stigmatism. The surgery went find, but while he was back for his day after followup appointment, the doc treated him like he was some robot that didn’t have any feelings, concerns or cares whatsoever. So I ask why is it that businesses have taken away the friendly inter-personal training and replaced it with this, cold fast-paced response for all types of activity?

Another area of our society that the same face fits all has really hindered the finer workings of things is in the cell phone industry. The makers of phones have completely failed to understand that when people get older, their fingers don’t work as well and they need larger buttons and simpler operations and functions on their phones. I would think that supplying a general platform for all customer age groups would be paramount for any industry. Looks like the cell phone industry is really missing something important.

Along the lines of this mass manufactured, same for everyone concept is the running away from good customer service styles. For the sake of discussion will use the topic of Internet Security Software. Pain in the ass right? But everyone online needs it these days. The problem lies in the lack of real people interactions when things aren’t working properly. No number to call and get a live person to help, and no guarantee that an email sent will be responded to in a timely manner or have an answer to the issue. After all, most of the responses are canned boilerplate that have been auto-generated based upon key words in your complaint email. Overall, businesses are forcing people to take everything as is or not at all and society is making everyone to take it period. It leads me to make the assumption that most big business really don’t care about anything but the profit they make. That’s really a shame, as they will loose customers over it in the end.

I realize that most people out there are able to adapt to the newness of the world we live in, thinking that every new invention is grand and great and will be better for all. Yet, in reality, this isn’t the case. What is best for all is the awareness that there are differences. Different paces that must be made for different learning curves and different skill levels. A man or woman in their 60’s or 70’s isn’t going to be able to adapt to new technology as well as someone in their 20’s. I don’t believe it’s fair as a race, or species to leave any minority groups out of the loop. We as a world society need to put more effort in making things go round easily for all the walks of life, not just the wealthiest or the smartest or the most active. There must be a place for each and every one if we as a species are going to walk into the next century with the hope of continued prosperity.

The Tides of Politics

Pondering politics. Should I really? Do I really want to go there? Is there even a point to going there? To that I shall simply say… yes.

Before the election, most people had never heard of Bannon’s name. Unless of course they had been following the news about him that spun out months earlier during his time with the organization known as Breitbart. If people had been following him at that time, they would have known he was big on everything that America is not. Yet… as I said. Before the election… most people never had even heard of his name. And that was okay for him.

Now, after the election… Oh my! Bannon is right at the new presidents side as a close advisor. Another well played move on Bannon’s part. Stay in the background until it’s too late and the voters can’t mess his grand plan up. Bannon, by all observations of everything he’s ever spoken or written that has been recorded, is an destructionist. Someone who wants to take this country, perhaps more and destroy everything about it. For him, it would seem, it is a means to and end. Destroy everything and then that leaves those who’ve bunker themselves away to claim everything else and take control.

Now, after several weeks of this current administration and all of the horrible cabinet picks that have been put into position to destroy the federal programs, it looks like Bannon is getting closer to his goal.

Let’s say that my assumption is even 80% correct. What is going to happen next. First, the masses are going to find more chaos being unleashed by the far left and far rights that have been small minorities but have continued to believe in what they do in the shadows. We’re already starting to see this.

Moving forward, the masses will go one of two ways, either down hill, following the guidance of the puppet Trump, or the masses will being to see the ugly outcome and Trump will find himself in trouble. The issue with the Russians would just be the tip of the iceberg, a big tip, but a tip none the less. If Trump falls, so will a whole bunch of other politicians. Yet, Bannon will probably jump to another country and remain largely unscathed, in fact he might even already have that route planned out. After all, he’ll be leaving with tons of top secret information that only the top security folk at the White House have access too. Imagine the damage he can do with that. And he will. After all, he’s a destructionist.

On the flip side, if Trump doesn’t get busted out of the office. He’ll likely get voted out by one of the largest landslides in the history of mankind at the end of 4 years. The republican party will be destroyed beyond sustainability and his personal fortunes will crash and burn. The one problem, by the time that 4 years comes round, it’s a good chance that either America will be in WW III, or the Corporate CEO’s will have all the political control, or at least enough to destroy any and all environmental safety roadblocks.

The trick. Find the dirt, and burn the whole lot of them. Politicians, Bankers, Corporations top brass, all of them. Don’t stop until that 1 percent that holds 90 plus percent of the wealth is either broke or in prison. If that means the masses have to form an organized militia to oust the corporations, the politicians and the bankers, then so be it.

In the end though… If Bannon doesn’t survive DC… the problems would be cut in half, almost immediately.

Just my two bits on the concept of Politics.

The 20th of January – Thoughts

Life is a perplexing, fascinating, damning and enjoyable thing. On one side of life we have the negatives, on the other, the positives. For each and everyone of us, those negatives and positives are going to be different for different reasons.
People in life will preach, whisper, shout out, cry out, scream out and mumble those things that they feel deeply about. Some may want us to stay positive through everything, others may lead us to think that the high has no meaning with out the low. Other still will try and teach us that the hand doesn’t need to know what the foot is doing. Why? We ask, and to our ears drifts that answer, “Just have faith.”
It’s all a swirling around in the old noggin. These lefts and rights, ups and downs, lows and highs, the winter and the summer, all making moves for some edge over the other in the thought processes. So what does one do? I look out at the world on this day, a day that America is watching a new president come into power. I ponder politics, I muse faith, I toss the newspaper in the trash because it is owned by corporate America and only speaks of what the dollar wishes it to. So what’s left? At the end of an hour, only about enough excitement to make a sloth shift a bit on it’s perch on a tree.
While I may not pay homage to any specific religion, I do have my beliefs, as odd and strange as the are. I may not see any politician as a wholesome individual, but there are a few men and women in politics that I believe have worth on a human level. I will honestly admit, that if I could crown Obama King for the rest of his natural born life, I would.
At the same time, I would tear the Constitution to shreds and write a new one that takes into modern times, modern nature, the health of the world, and the youth of tomorrow. Gone would be anything that mankind’s arrogance or greed could warp or twist to their own interests. In would be clearly written in simple English, rules that even a five year old could read and know what they were talking about.
Gone would be the house and the senate. In would be a council of wise ones. Scientists, Teachers, Parents, Scholars would fill it’s ranks. People who have been selected for their experience and wisdom in keeping humanity strong, not just our nation. People who would serve for the honor of serving, not for a paycheck. Away with the greedy, weak spirited and soft willed. America doesn’t need any more rich in the ranks of leadership, and most certainly shouldn’t be allowing tax dollars to be swallowed up by politicians who only play the roll of a dog, allowing themselves to be led along by a dollar sign.
Gone would be guns. Are they really necessary anyway? Not by my logic. Most people, from my observations, own guns for three reasons. Either they like them because of what they are, such as the collectors and those that find the technology of guns fascinating. Or they like them because they like to go hunting, a form of entertainment. Yet there are a whole bunch of people who seem to feel the need to have them because they are afraid of something. It’s that last one I just don’t get. Fear begets Fear and Fear begets Aggression. Aggression is overrated and doesn’t fall into the category of good.
Gone would be paying out thousands of dollars for a college degree. It’s just ridiculous. Even the corporations should be smart enough to see that they make more money with a smarter workforce. There is zero need for people to be paying for their schooling.
Gone would be red carpets of society. All red carpet moments are a I’ll show you mine if you show me yours competition. Reminds me of grade school. Kind of pathetic and a waste of time and energy.
Gone would be the senseless killing of natural and wild animals. Dude! We humans are smart enough to figure out what would happen if we bomb the shit out of this planet trying to kill each other in war. Why the fuck are we killing of other lifeforms. We all belong to the planet and it doesn’t work well when pieces get knocked off. Are hunters, bankers and politicians so greedy that they are blinded to it? Fucking cowards.
In would be communication without aggression. Aggression is scary. I know what it’s like to loose my temper, and at times I have. I wouldn’t wish that aggressive energy on anyone. It’s the biggest reason I’d never own a gun.
In would be offering knowledge and education for the sole reason that it betters the whole
In would be a sense of self worth that exists without the need of a fancy dress, or a nice expensive car.
In would be a greater love for all life. This means the planet too…. Any who.
… I don’t know where the world is going, nor do I think that anyone should force change upon anyone else. But I do believe that everyone should feel the need to start screaming out what it is they want in the country and take back the strings that seem to be guiding all them overpriced politicians.
… I don’t think Trump is going to fix crap by the way. I wish him good luck, but I honestly don’t believe he’ll make it through his first term without major colatoral damage.
… I wonder what Yoda would say right now?

Viral’s Edge – The “Chaos Click”

Today’s society. What a vast and grand and often terrifying subject to talk about. Yet, just as often as it scares us to death, it can warm us completely and make us feel love in a way we’ve never known before.

Yesterday the headlines captured a re-occurring event. The viral spread of an online happening. In this case, it happened to be the about the tragic suicide of a 12 year old girl. My heart and prayers go out to the one’s who truly loved her and are left behind. I’ve lost a child myself, so I can grasp at what emotions might be breezing through. May the little girl rest in peace now.

That being said, this blog today isn’t about suicide. Rather, it’s about the reactions of thousands of people to it. Their comment’s, their attitude, their fears, worries, angers and all that jazz. If at this point in time, you don’t know what going viral means, you should look it up. It’s simple yet complex in how it happens, and not everything will go viral. But if the criteria is met, BOOM!, the internet takes off with it and spreads what ever it is like wildfire.

I’m going to start this off by talking about one of the responses I saw to the girls suicide. It was a rare one. While most of the masses were feeling sympathy, horror, and anger over the event and how the news handled it and how the police handled it. There was a comment that struck a cord with me. In a nutshell explained why it’s important for people to see the video, not shy away and stop living behind sugar coated blinders. Of course this comment was in response to the hoards who felt that the video of the girl should have been ripped down from the internet to keep it out of the eyes of viewers that shouldn’t be seeing it…

That made me wonder. What shouldn’t be seen? Death? Why? It’s part of life and the world we live in. Would it really be fair to any child to come up against it and not know what it was or how to deal with it? No, it would be selfish as a society to hold that stance. So again I asked, what shouldn’t be seen or heard? The girls words before her death? Her words were her words, they were the words of a girl who’d felt like hell had consumed her already and there was nothing left. At the same time they were to words that wished desperately that things couldn’t have been different. Why should we keep those words from the ears of others? My thought is, hearing them sparks a fire under people to be more aware of those around them and do more to help those that are trying to reach out and to learn the signs of people who are trying to reach out.

So, one might say at this point that I’m trying to make a young girls death a learning experience for others. Isn’t that taking away from the important issue? The issue of the heartache and grief that her family must be feeling. Yes, and no. Yes, the even becomes a learning experience as all things become learning experiences. And regard to the what the family must be feeling, coming from experience, you don’t want anyone else to experience it. Thus it makes sense to let the moment find some positive in that learning experience. That positive becomes the road to recovery for the family.

Now we walk back and look at the essence of this event becoming viral in the first place. Why would the death of a young girl flow outward at such a rapid pace? Why would thousands of people and many more counting take the time to watch the video, talk about the video and post or share it on?

I have a couple of thoughts on this. The first being humanities never ending curiosity about what they’ve never seen before. The second belongs to the very real aspect of humanity that finds death and dying a fascinating subject. Just look at how many videos of executions are out there, on numerous sites. The swath of population that will watch them and be fascinated by them is there. The third is a rather new aspect of humanity and how they’ve learned to love reality shows. Reality captured in real time and shared over the net is exciting for many people. Hollywood has captured that market for years now. Thus you can see, there are many reasons why such a tragic event can become viral.

I found it interesting that most of the news publications that carried the article spoke more of their frustration about trying to take the video down, verses the tragedy itself. But there is an answer for this. Chaos sells. Click bait sells. News that creates the Chaos Click is the marketing bulls eye for many new related companies. So to all those that got frustrated over how these articles were written, please talk to our market driven society. After all, that’s what drives such things. The police can’t do anything about that, nor the internet.

Perhaps the Chaos Click could be put side by side with the age old, “Know what your shooting at,” mentality that hunters should have. Perhaps people should take time to think about what their click will do to those in the world around them?

So next time you see some headline about something disturbing, or a new product, or anything at all. Think about the ripples that will go outward from you clicking that link. Like a rock in the water, all the edges of the lake feel it’s plunge.

Flow

I’ve come to the conclusion that if life were a delusion and the sky was truly just a part of our imagination than politics and their minions could be removed with the dispel feature found in every Dungeons and Dragons spell book. However, if life were an illusion and how we comprehend everything is a choice of our own imagination, than politicians could be removed by simply dis-believing in them. Thus I ponder…

Driftwood Art Creation 3

If the fish flies into the basket of insanity and ponders reality from the perspective of it’s own kind, than the ripples of mankind’s issues are only as threatening as the radiation that sinks beneath the waves. The answer would be simple for the fish, vanish. For it would have the simple understanding that if it stopped offering itself as food to the pink fleshy creatures on the surface above, they might die out. Yet, what of the flying fish or the fish who learns to walk upon the shores of humanities crimes. What then does it do? I would reckon that it would choose to adapt and grow. For if it was a big scary flying fish with fangs, than mankind would run from it’s nature and the grand mother of things would be once again in control.

Yet, what of man and it’s fish? Man is horrible when attempting any feelings of compassion for anything other than it’s own secular and narrow thoughts, thus the fish would either have to be eaten or shunned or killed for any reason that could be contrived, as to allow mankind to continue to feel as it still held some inkling of power.

While I like most of humanity, I do so by seeing it simply as a form of art and beauty. Why? Simple. Art and Beauty is removed from politics, removed from belief, removed from greed and removed from others peoples opinions. For art and beauty is entirely in the eye of those looking for it. Thus I ponder…

Would the planet be better if everyone simply spoke of their idea of art and beauty and tossed everything else under the bridge? For sure there would be differences, but that contrast has a place in art, where it only fills the coffers of hate in the other areas. So… I say… Be artful and beautiful and flow with that light as powerfully as you can.

Into the Dream

Winter Forest

Into the dream… Do we ever really know where we are going? Are we ever able to really see or understand the lessons that the dream is trying to teach us? Are we even supposed to be seeing the dream in the first place? Perhaps it was an accident. Or maybe or mind simply went for a private walk and the conciousness wasn’t supposed to know about what was being mused at that time.

All things considered, dreams can be a pretty scary existance to try and wrap your mind around. What if we learned about some evil essence within ourselves, or recieved some otherworldy premonition that the universe was about the puke us all out into a state of nothingness? You could just image the pandimonium that all those emotions mixed might create.

So next time you see a dream come strolling by, you might was to take a moment and thank it for being a more moderate type and not some noxious demon. On the other hand, if you catch a nightmare, feel free to do what you will, ride it into the sunset like a fiery inferno, or run like friend chicken. Either way, you’ll wake up with a good sweat on and won’t have to worry about going to the gym.