It Doesn’t Have To Be a No Win Situation

As far as I can see, the United States has entered into the No Win Situation of the century. 

Trump is picking who he wants in the White House, and as expected, he is picking people with special interests.

Clinton won the popular vote, and in December, the electorate has the chance to choose her instead of Trump. Afterall, they exist to prevent the rise of someone like Trump.

However, if she is chosen, Trump will play the “it’s rigged” card. Of course, Clinton is owned by Wall Street, so she isn’t the right leader for us. 

If Trump goes to the White house and brings in all of his buddies, I guarantee we will go backwards as a society.

I am looking at us as a society and I see similarities between us and an addict.

An addict can quit whenever they are ready to put in the effort to change their lifestyle. It isn’t the drug or the action they are addicted to (psychologically speaking, drugs can be physically addictive), it is the idea behind it.

The idea of being unwell or incapable. The idea that the situation will never change. The idea that you are powerless to change.

What will our rock bottom be? How unbearable must our lives be before we take responsibility for ourselves?

Politically, we are entering a No Win Situation. But that doesn’t mean you must be complacent. That doesn’t mean all hope is lost.

Claim your birthright to be yourself, to take care of yourself, to express yourself, without second guessing. Put goodness into the world, we need it.

There is no point in being angry with anyone for the situation we find ourselves in, though if you are, it is understandable. Don’t let the media poison your mind.  Love thy neighbor.

If we are to correct our behavior as a society, it starts with people like you and me.

Don’t Despair

In the United States, the situation is scary right now.

What will it take to wake up Americans? 

Do we need someone like Hitler to be the catalyst for change? Do we need to be submerged in more debt incurred by an inept government who works for Big Business?

I don’t have the answer for that, but we’ll know soon enough.

What I can say, is, people are angry. 

There’s this tension surrounding the desire and need to change.

Are we ready for change? 

Things will be changing, one way or another, and it is in everyone’s best interest to take a deep breath and remember: we are in this together.

This isn’t Us verses Them. This is about us choosing the future we want for ourselves.

This is about acknowledging our roles as co-creators and taking the initiative to be well and do well.

We can choose to keep passing this responsibility to those who would abuse us, or we can take ownership and be a better society.

Nothing is set in stone.

Facing the Truth

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Facing the truth can be difficult.  I speak from experience.

You and I did not choose to have the complications in life that we have, but we have chosen how we respond to our circumstances.

You and I did not choose to be born into a society with a corrupt and failing political system, but here we are.

How do we handle this?

I have loved ones who support Mrs. Clinton, loved ones who support Mr. Trump, and loved ones who see our actual choice: A criminal or a criminal.

They both lie.  They both steal.  They both say what they need to say in order to appeal to their intended audience.  They both could be in prison after this election is over.

There are people facepalming themselves across the world, going, what the fuck?

Big businesses own our government.  The leaders they are proposing ARE UTTERLY RIDICULOUS and should not even be considered for the job of HEADING OUR NATION.

Having a criminal record or impending investigations typically disqualify people from getting jobs, getting loans, and getting financial aid for college, so why on earth would we consider electing EITHER of them?

I would wager that political tensions have not been this high in the United States since the South wanted to leave the U.S.A.

Ask yourselves, who would profit from a civil war?

The military-industrial-complex would benefit after Marshall Law is declared.  Private prison companies will benefit.  Paramilitary companies would profit.  The steel industry.

Then as we build ourselves back up, the major construction companies would profit hugely.  Textiles, mass food production.

Is that what you want?  Do you want us to tear ourselves apart, suffer needlessly, so big companies can profit off of our pain and suffering?

I imagine a society where a board of educators, social workers, psychologists, engineers, scientists, and medical doctors work together to identify social ills, infrastructure issues, through observation, to make decisions based on evidence and compassion.

I imagine a society with laws and consequences based on evidence and compassion.  A society which encourages curiosity, autonomy, responsibility, and respect.

Can you imagine that? A society which lives well and doesn’t exploit others to do so.  Wow.  Such a novel concept.

But look at our current reality in the United States:

The two party system is literally designed to divide and conquer, and it has worked perfectly in many countries for countless years.  Society is aware that there is something wrong, but is not sure what to do about it.

If we choose to elect either criminal for president, we will deserve whatever happens to us.  If we choose to act on behalf of ourselves, just think of the possibilities.

The truth is, our system has been broken for decades, but technology has exposed it for what it is.  It is a lot to handle.

The good news is this: We can choose to hold ourselves, the government, and big business accountable whenever we are ready.

Don’t be angry, be responsible.

We are all co-creators of our reality.  Choose to live the life you want, not the one that is forced on you.

Why Self-exploration Is Important


There is a HUGE variable which we have not been able to account for in the sciences, and that is the variable of perception.

We all know observation affects the behavior of what is being observed.

The Self is a tool of measurement. We measure reality through our senses, which is then processed by the brain, which filters everything based on knowledge and experience.

So, know thyself.

Think about all of the things that have influenced who you are; dietary choices, lifestyle, mood, attitude, upbringing, beliefs, expectations, socialization, peer pressure, conformity, institutionalized education, media, how you’ve been treated, your family dynamics, relationships, etc.

Know how who you are shapes your view of the world and your view of yourself.

Most of the issues we face individually and as a collective, can be handled better by simply changing how we view things. (ie. seeing something that no longer serves its function and replacing it with something that works, rather than accepting dysfunction.)

Pretty simple, right? When you’re able to hone in on priorities (your actual priorities, not the ones that have been forced on you), it helps to brush away the nonsense being fed to you by unsolicited sources. 

When you can acknowledge your own biases and the biases of others, you’ll see the bigger picture of what is actually occurring in reality.

When you can see the bigger picture, it then becomes clearer that you and I have the choice to be how we are. And if we do not like how we are living, we can change that at any time.

The collective is the sum of individuals. If more individuals choose to have higher standards of living, eventually, it’ll be a collective change.

Imagine

Imagine being among the first creatures to emerge from the ocean and see stars for the first time. Feeling wind caress your flesh, the chill of the night, and later witnessing the sun rise and feeling it’s warmth.

You have no way to communicate this experience to those still in the ocean, they have to experience it for themselves.

The most anyone can do is invite an ocean dweller to peek at the sky, and hope their curiousity outweighs their fear.

For it is curiousity that drives the human spirit, to search for more, to explore the unknown, to understand and apply knowledge, to make progress, so that we may keep evolving.

Even though things seem bleak, I believe the human spirit will persevere.

I don’t know what it will take for people to take responsibility for co-creating society, but rest assured, change is in the works.

These are uncertain times for many people. The tension is thick. Many are frustrated. 

You can see it in the road rage, the mass shootings, the use of drugs.

Symptoms of social illness have been around for a long time, but we choose to ignore it.

We hit a saturation point some time ago, something will give. Society doesn’t have to collapse for there to be change.

We could do it at any time. By choosing love over fear. By choosing compassion over suffering. By letting go of the ideas that don’t work, in order to let in new ideas. By imagining a future worth having.

Can you imagine?

Mostly in the Mind

If I had to estimate the percentage of our problems existing within our minds, I’d say roughly 90-95%.

Take that in for a moment. 90% or more of our problems, exist within our minds.

It is our belief that keeps us where we’re at. If I believe I am supposed to behave a certain way, if I don’t measure up to that belief, then I am somehow “less than”.

If a person is given unrealistic expectations, low standards of living, and is forced to conform through the socialization process, then that is all they know. That is all the believe.

As soon as a baby is born, it is placed into many boxes: sex, ethnicity, country, social class, etc. and that baby is raised in those boxes with those views.

As a thinking person with free will, you can step outside of those boxes in which you were placed. You can see the world with fresh eyes and gain new perspective.

What does it mean to be (insert race)? What does it mean to be male, female, or nonbinary? How has your life been effected by these expectations placed upon you? What have you given up over the years? How many times have you wanted to share something with someone but held back because you felt ashamed or judged? How many times have you been shut down in the class room because you were simply curious? How often do you look around you and wonder what the hell we’re all doing?

I’m a human. You’re a human. We’re all inhabitants of this lovely planet, which we are mindlessly blundering across and destroying everything in our path.

Why are we doing this? There’s no Earth 2.0 to live on when we make this planet uninhabitable. Do you understand that? If you understand that and I understand that, then what is our excuse for continuing to live unsustainably?

What excuse is there to allow the exploitation of people, animals, and our home, in the name of profit? How can we treat each other this way?

Borders are a man made concept. Currency is a man made concept. Our forms of government are a man made concept.

We live as we do because we are told it is okay and we are encouraged to do it so a few people can get rich off their imaginary currency, which ultimately is used to enslave us all.

If you break down all of the problems in society and the degradation of the family unit, it comes down to: people let a minority of others exploit us all.

We’re apathetic to it because we have been living in our boxes and have been desensitized to all the suffering our way of life causes.

All of these things exist within our minds. 

It is therefore, everyone’s responsibility to break out of these thinking patterns in order to imagine a better future and make it happen.

What does a better future look like to you?

To me, I see a society which takes action to be healthy, happy, and make progress as a species. 

Evolution is the way to go. For now, we are on the path to self-destruction.

The human spirit is strong. It endures and gives me hope that more people will wake up to the fact that it is up to ordinary people to do extraordinary things so that we all may have a future worth living for.