God

So I believe in God. God is all around us, he is in each of us. God is the ultimate creator of life, the universe and everything. God does not speak to me directly, but rather he gives me what I need to survive day in and day out. I respect God, but I do not worship God; God does not need to be worshipped; God does not need anything as he is already everything.

When you disrespect another human being, you are disrespecting God. When you pump poison into the air, water or even the minds of those around you, you are poisoning God. When you support pain and hatred, you feed the devil and when you dismiss the beliefs of others, you are just as well dismissing God.

We cannot hope to comprehend the immense nature of existence, but nor should we stop trying. God does not give us what we need, he gives us the tools to earn it for ourselves. He could not blame us for using the tools of his creation, our intelligence and our bodies.

To think though that almost every self described religious person believes that “God” can be summed up by a book written by man, by dogma created and propagated by man, is astounding. We do not and can not have all of the answers, only God does, and anyone who claims otherwise is an insult to God.

It’s all relative…

Social justice is different from just ‘justice’. I don’t believe in justice, just as I don’t believe in revenge. These two concepts, although popular and often even seen in positive lights, serve only to exacerbate existing problems.

What we should talking about is social justice, and that means to treat perpetrator of social offences in ways that protect society’s best interests. Jails remove criminals from society, which is a sure shot way of ensuring that they do not get another chance to offend again, until they get out anyway. Social justice is looking beyond the victim.

Justice doesn’t turn back time and undo the injustice, and justice itself is a relative concept, where what might be justice to one person would be injustice to another.

Social justice needs to think further, into the past, of the criminals. What sequence of events led them to their act?

What were the prerequisites/ingredients necessary for the crime to have been committed?

Do we, as a society, have any control over those prerequisites/ingredients?

If yes, how do we manipulate those factors to benefit society?

Justice isn’t fair and nothing is, but social justice is still necessary when living in a society, and we all do now.

Feminism

feminism

If anything it shouldn’t be called that, because it is a biased name that refers solely to females, not males, not humans, or life.

Lifism, Humanism, equality or perhaps, just not putting a name on respect for our fellow man, and animal (and insect).

So long as we tolerate any sort of openly acceptable baseless hate and anger, we are doing ourselves harm, as living beings.

I do not understand what feminism is all about, because I respect women. I am of the generation that knows that:

-some women are better than I am

-everybody is unique; male/female isn’t the whole story

-no one really knows anything for sure, there are no truths.

If you are a feminist and you look at me as a man, instead of just a human being, you are sexist too.

Love is hate

Love hate

“Make love, not war.” is a common attitude among those who strive for peace, tolerance, inclusion and progress, but it occurred to me the other day that love, generally seen as a net positive concept, is also likely the cause of war, pain, strife, poverty, etc…
How quickly love turns to hate when situations pivot, and is it even possible to feel overpowering hate or anger if it is not for the love of something else, or even a radical change in our emotions towards someone or something that we once loved?
Do the greedy not love their money, thus causing poverty on the other side of the spectrum? Do those who fight wars not believe they are fighting for a good cause, often defined by their love for said cause? Does not the most intense pain come from emotional damage at the hands of those we love or once loved?

In the balance of the universe, love is ying and hate is yang, you cannot have one without the other, and while many people would love to believe that love is the answer and hate all those who do not love, are they not setting themselves up for the worst while expecting the best?
Life is complex, it is notably impossible to fully grasp in all of it’s nuances, mysteries, blessings and curses. Love may be all you need, but with it comes the full spectrum of emotion, and thus this ideal is flawed, just as we all are.

When honesty offends

Life is impossible.

Or rather social life is impossible, because just living is relatively simple; we are surrounded by everything we “need” to live. What about what we want though? Friends, lovers, good bosses or good employees are all earned through social interaction, a skill that takes most people the first 20 years of their lives to learn; and many never quite perfect it, ever.

We are told to be fair, to be honest, to be mature and to think things through. Then we are pushed to be the best, anyway we possibly can, sometimes by humiliating our opponent and all so quickly that most of our important decisions are taken on the spot, or else we risk losing the opportunity presented.

Maybe the reason social interaction is more of an art than a science is that everybody is different and everybody then acts differently all the time, with no real pattern or rules. Why? We have emotion, and we have reason, and the two are in a constant battle for dominance. We should determine what we want with our hearts, and then how to achieve it with our minds, but there’s no switch. You can’t just turn off emotion when it would be convenient, nor can you turn off reason. Some might argue that there are ways to turn off reason, but let’s not get into recreation.

Honesty is what everybody wants, but we reward those who lie far too greatly for any real honesty to be an option. I personally subscribe to the idea that verbal communication is inherently dishonest. At best it is always inaccurate and at worst pure fabrication, but what is the difference. After all, we don’t talk to one another for the sake of understanding and being understood. Talk is to social interaction what a tennis racket is to tennis. Talk is a tool, and the way you wield it will ultimately decide the outcome.

We want honesty, but we want that honesty to be in line with what else we want, like a girl, or a friend, or a discount, or a raise. When you are in a situation to properly evaluate a socialite, verbal communication is only one of the many characteristics you rate them by, but when you just meet someone or are never really in a position to evaluate them based on verifiable facts, you have only their words.

Words are inaccurate. At best we both know the dictionary definition and at worst we associate experiences so incompatible with the same word that we argue or judge or mistake and the illusion of a communication bridge between two people seems more and more distant.

We are biased by our experiences and what truths we have accepted into our psyche. We are blind when others utter words we know we do not understand, and we are lied to when we understand something other than what the speaker intended to convey.

Honesty is in the eye of the beholder.

natural selectionScience and technology have progressed immensely of the course of the last few hundred years. Medical science alone has saved millions through prevention by means of vaccines and hygiene. It is getting to a point where common diseases, viruses and bacteria, are no match for our modern medicines. From those efforts nature has isolated super viruses and super bacteria that are resistant to our drugs and methods. Whereas we once thought we might live in an era without sickness and disease, we are now realizing that the cat and mouse game of life and death is far from over.

Natural selection, as probable as it is misunderstood, doesn’t seem to be a major factor in life anymore. People with bad genes still mate, and people who get sick now get better; even people who can’t walk, talk or even function in society are still afforded a place among us, and why wouldn’t they if we are able to sustain them?

The idea is that the weak and the unworthy of each species would fail to find a mate and thus their genes would no longer be part of the gene pool, while beneficial mutations would win out and make the species stronger, and better seems a far and distant ideal. Give it some thought and it may even be one of those awkward aspects of life that sounds good until you realize the propensity for disaster.

If a genetic mutation caused a single mother to give birth to countless children, all with the same ability, then that gene would usually win out, but overpopulation would quickly exhaust the resources necessary to sustain said population and thus would die out. It is clear then that while “survival of the fittest” alludes to individuals who are more capable of adapting to their surroundings, this is not always the case, and history makes quick work of such natural selection problems, as nature always retakes it’s place as giver of life, as well as that which takes life away.

In the long run natural selection can not result in altogether stronger, smarter or better forms of life, but instead a balance thereof, because any dominating species will almost assuredly bring about it’s own demise.

Humans, we think, could be an exception to that natural rule. We have the intellect and planning capabilities to overcome the limitations that other dominant species have encountered. Sadly it appears that the sheer number of humans on this earth is going to make any real common effort towards sustaining ourselves very difficult.

For the time, war, disease, poverty and crime end most of our lives and still more attention is paid on short sighted selfish goals, most of which indirectly enable war, poverty, disease and crime to overcome us.

It is often mistated that many men and women are trying to save the earth. This is inaccurate though, the earth will live on regardless of the impact humans have on it. Saving the earth, as we proclaim it, is really only saving ourselves.

 

 

Kindness

Act of kindness

 

The world is full of beauty and wonder, but it is also a harsh place. Life is a struggle from beginning to end and things get very hard when we forget that we only grow through pain and only learn from challenges.

If something is hard, but you know the outcome will be positive, that is an indication that it is well worth the sweat and blood. Taking the easy road almost always leads to more hardship; we grow weak and tired when we avoid earning our spoils. When things are too good to be true, they generally are.

We live in a world where half the population is more concerned about “Freedom”, a term so often misunderstood and twisted to mean exactly the opposite of what it really means: responsibility, rather than respect and the life giving ecosystems we depend on. Freedom is not doing whatever you want whenever you want, that is anarchy. Freedom is respecting the world around you enough so that everyone has personal freedom to live how they see fit, so long as they do not encroach on the freedom of others of course.

Kindness is easy, it is free and wonderful, but it’s not “cool”. What is “cool” these days is more closely related to “not giving a fuck”, to excess and intolerance of change. To be open to new ideas often comes across as not having a mind of your own, while resistance to the very real and ever changing world only makes things hard, but without the positive outcome.

Then there’s this constant demand from the feeble minded that those around them change to be more like them. Even intelligent people with proper morals and life styles seem to think they can change others and that they have the right to do so in the first place. Fact is rights are an illusion, we are thrust into this unforgiving world and physically anything can happen. The law doesn’t prevent, it only punishes.

The real solution is kindness, respect and tolerance. Too many short sighted individuals escalate situations instead of de-escalating them. You cannot solve a situation by applying more of the same problem to it, and that’s what violence is, a problem. Love is violence’s only enemy, whereas more violence almost always makes the problem worse.

Some people would call me a hippie, and that’s okay, but really I am not all peace and love, I just think ahead; I see the future I want and I act in the present to give myself the opportunity to achieve it. I don’t see a bright future where between now and then is violence, intolerance, hatred and fear. We need to communicate, agree to disagree; we need to let research, history and science guide our paths, not men and their flawed ideals and biases. But I won’t pretend to want to force this on anyone else, all I can do is live it, and be kind.

Respect our environment

Planet-Earth-pictureForget CO2 emissions, what about what we’re dumping into the oceans, what about the garbage we stuff in old mines or in dumps, what about the satellite images of pollution coming off of developing nations, what about how we treat animals, and how we treat and respect each other?
Freedom isn’t doing what ever you the fuck you want, when ever the fuck you want, because your freedom ends where everybody else’s begins. We all have responsibilities to live up to to ensure the best possible “freedoms”, and that starts with treating our environment with respect. We depends on it for our very lives, and yet some see no reason to respect it even the slightest bit.

Inputting the future

One of man kind’s great advantages in the circle of life is our ability to craft tools. Using tools is easy enough, but the ability to imagine new ones, create them and in some cases use those tools to make even better tools [toolception] is huge.

Fast forward to the computer age. First there was the punch card, then the keyboard and mouse, each with their advantages and disadvantages but all created to facilitate input and produce more tools.

It seems that our primary input methods have plateau’d, is this the best way to interact with complex systems? Are motion detectors, eye tracking cameras and mind readers the next wave?

One thing is clear, whoever comes out with the true successor to the keyboard and mouse is going to revolutionize technology. We’re not talking about replacing the mouse with something else to move the cursor, but the end of the cursor, of typing and of all input bottlenecks, at least, until the next best method is invented…Human Brain as computer pathways

Ten Choices You Will Regret in 10 Years

Of all the words of mice and men the saddest are "It might Have Been."
Regret Of all the words of mice and men the saddest are “It might Have Been.”
  1. Wearing a mask to impress others. – If the face you always show the world is a mask, someday there will be nothing beneath it. Because when you spend too much time concentrating on everyone else’s perception of you, or who everyone else wants you to be, you eventually forget who you really are. So don’t fear the judgments of others; you know in your heart who you are and what’s true to you. You don’t have to be perfect to impress and inspire people. Let them be impressed and inspired by how you deal with your imperfections.
  2. Letting someone else create your dreams for you. – The greatest challenge in life is discovering who you are; the second greatest is being happy with what you find. A big part of this is your decision to stay true to your own goals and dreams. Do you have people who disagree with you? Good. It means you’re standing your ground and walking your own path. Sometimes you’ll do things considered crazy by others, but when you catch yourself excitedly losing track of time, that’s when you’ll know you’re doing the right thing. Read The 4-Hour Workweek.
  3. Keeping negative company. – Don’t let someone who has a bad attitude give it to you. Don’t let them get to you. They can’t pull the trigger if you don’t hand them the gun. When you remember that keeping the company of negative people is a choice, instead of an obligation, you free yourself to keep the company of compassion instead of anger, generosity instead of greed, and patience instead of anxiety.
  4. Being selfish and egotistical. – A life filled with loving deeds and good character is the best tombstone. Those who you inspired and shared your love with will remember how you made them feel long after your time has expired. So carve your name on hearts, not stone. What you have done for yourself alone dies with you; what you have done for others and the world remains.
  5. Avoiding change and growth. – If you want to know your past look into your present conditions. If you want to know your future look into your present actions. You must let go of the old to make way for the new; the old way is gone, never to come back. If you acknowledge this right now and take steps to address it, you will position yourself for lasting success. Read The Power of Habit.
  6. Giving up when the going gets tough. – There are no failures, just results. Even if things don’t unfold the way you had expected, don’t be disheartened or give up. Learn what you can and move on. The one who continues to advance one step at a time will win in the end. Because the battle is always won far away and long before the final victory. It’s a process that occurs with small steps, decisions, and actions that gradually build upon each other and eventually lead to that glorious moment of triumph.
  7. Trying to micromanage every little thing. – Life should be touched, not strangled. Sometimes you’ve got to relax and let life happen without incessant worry and micromanagement. Learn to let go a little before you squeeze too tight. Take a deep breath. When the dust settles and you can once again see the forest for the trees, take the next step forward. You don’t have to know exactly where you’re going to be headed somewhere great. Everything in life is in perfect order whether you understand it yet or not. It just takes some time to connect all the dots.
  8. Settling for less than you deserve. – Be strong enough to let go and wise enough to wait for what you deserve. Sometimes you have to get knocked down lower than you have ever been to stand up taller than you ever were before. Sometimes your eyes need to be washed by your tears so you can see the possibilities in front of you with a clearer vision again. Don’t settle.
  9. Endlessly waiting until tomorrow. – The trouble is, you always think you have more time than you do. But one day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to work on the things you’ve always wanted to do. And at that point you either will have achieved the goals you set for yourself, or you will have a list of excuses for why you haven’t. Read The Last Lecture.
  10. Being lazy and wishy-washy. – The world doesn’t owe you anything, you owe the world something. So stop daydreaming and start DOING. Develop a backbone, not a wishbone. Take full responsibility for your life – take control. You are important and you are needed. It’s too late to sit around and wait for somebody to do something someday. Someday is now; the somebody the world needs is YOU.

Source: http://www.whydontyoutrythis.com/2014/05/ten-choices-you-will-regret-in-10-years.html