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January 2017

It’s Someone Else’s Dream

Just take a minute to think about how much of our world today is made up of other peoples dreams and ideas. How much of it is shaped by opinion, faith, prediction, and theory. Political leaders take power to practice tackling threats we’ve been persuaded to believe in. Companies sell you products because they trick you into thinking you need them. It’s a stone called fact that most of our lives are determined by the dreams of others. But ask yourself why do you buy into them?

It’s a lifestyle you’ve been taught you need right from birth and all thanks to those who dreamt of capitalism. It’s because you’ve been sold the idea that hard work equals a good person. That more money means more freedom. But that’s someone else’s dream, you didn’t come up with that. The value of the money in your bank account and the value of the things you buy may seem fixed even when they fluctuate but in truth they are completely arbitrary. They are based on the values of those who sell them, who manufacture, and who pull them out of the ground. It is entirely up to you if you choose to buy into these realities.

Watch the video from the Strange Mysteries YouTube channel.

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If we imagine the dreamer calling out to himself in the midst of the illusory dream world, but without disturbing it, ‘It is a dream, I will dream on’, and if this compels us to conclude that he is deriving intense inward pleasure from looking at the dream, but if on the other hand the ability to dream with such inner pleasure in looking depends on us having entirely forgotten the day and its terrible importuning, then we may interpret all of these phenomena, under the guidance of Apollo, the diviner of dreams, roughly as follows. There is no doubt that, of the two halves of our lives, the waking and the dreaming half, the former strikes us being the more privileged, important, dignified, and worthy of being lived, indeed the only half that truly is lived; nevertheless, although it may seem paradoxical, I wish to assert that the very opposite evaluation of dream holds true…

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

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What Should an Honest Citizen Do About a President He or She Wholeheartedly Opposes?

The prevailing view is that because the president won the majority those that were against him should now fall silent. It should it was often said be the duty of a good citizen to fold away their objections and just respect the will of the majority. But this is the point Thoreau believed that true patriots were not those that blindly followed their administration they were those that followed their own consciences and in particular the principles of reason. He wished to redistribute prestige away from blanketed obedience towards independent thought. What makes a real American, Thoreau thought was not that they respectfully shut up but that they thought for themselves everyday of an administrations life. All machines have their friction but when injustice is too great you should let your life be a counter friction to stop the machine.  There are thousands who are in opinion opposed who yet in affect do nothing to put an end to them. The citizen must never just resign his conscious to the legislation and put himself at the service of some unscrupulous man in power.

“Governments show thus how successfully men can be imposed on, even impose on themselves, for their own advantage….

Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislation? Why has every man a conscience, then?

I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward

The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right

How can a man be satisfied to entertain an opinion merely, and enjoy it? Is there any enjoyment in it, if his opinion is that he is aggrieved? If you are cheated out of a single dollar by your neighbor, you do not rest satisfied with knowing that you are cheated, or with saying that you are cheated, or even with petitioning him to pay you your due; but you take effectual steps at once to obtain the full amount, and see that you are never cheated again. Action from principle, the perception and the performance of right, changes things and relations; it is essentially revolutionary, and does not consist wholly with anything which was.

Why is it not more apt to anticipate and provide for reform?

Why does it not cherish its wise minority?

Why does it cry and resist before it is hurt?

Why does it not encourage its citizens to be on the alert to point out its faults, and do better than it would have them?

What I have to do is to see, at any rate, that I do not lend myself to the wrong which I condemn.

They have no genius or talent for comparatively humble questions of taxation and finance, commerce and manufactures and agriculture. If we were left solely to the wordy wit of legislators in Congress for our guidance, uncorrected by the seasonable experience and the effectual complaints of the people, America would not long retain her rank among the nations.”

Civil Disobedience

By Henry David Thoreau

1849

In Unity is Strength

Aesop’s Fables:

A few key ideas to live by.

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  1. Do not attempt the impossible.
  2. It is one thing to say that something should be done, but quite a different matter to do it.
  3. Poverty with security is better than plenty in the midst of fear and uncertainty.
  4. There are many who pretend to despise and belittle that which is beyond their reach.
  5. Expect no reward for serving the wicked.
  6. A kindness is never wasted.
  7. We are often of greater importance in our own eyes than in the eyes of our neighbor. The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.
  8. Our best blessings are often the least appreciated.
  9. Flattery is not a proof of true admiration. Do not let flattery throw you off your guard against an enemy.
  10. Better to yield when it is folly to resist, than to resist stubbornly and be destroyed.
  11. In a pinch a good use of our wits may help us out.
  12. It is better to yield than to come to misfortune through stubbornness.
  13. Preparedness for war is the best guarantee of peace.
  14. Do not be too hard to suit or you may have to be content with the worst or with nothing at all.
  15. Do not play tricks on your neighbors unless you can stand the same treatment yourself.
  16. We often make much of the ornamental and despise the useful.
  17. The trickster is easily tricked.
  18. Look before you leap.
  19. A fine coat is not always an indication of an attractive mind.
  20. Those who seek to harm others often come to harm themselves through their own deceit.
  21. The evil doer often comes to harm through his own deceit.
  22. Even the weakest may find means to avenge a wrong.
  23. Do not believe everything you hear.
  24. The race is not always to the swift.
  25. It is very foolish to be greedy.

Continuous Love of Mankind

“The sense of justice is continuous with the love of mankind.”

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Excerpts from:

A Theory of Justice

John Rawls

The Role of Justice

  1. A theory however elegant and economical must be rejected or revised if it is untrue; likewise laws and institutions no matter how efficient and well-arranged must be reformed or abolished if they are unjust.
  2. Justice denies that the loss of freedom for some is made right by a greater good shared by others.
  3. Justice does not allow that the sacrifices imposed on a few are outweighed by the larger sum of advantages enjoyed by many.

A society is well ordered when it is not only designed to advance the good of its members but when it is also effectively regulated by a public conception of justice. A society in which

  1. everyone accepts and knows that the others accept the same principles of justice
  2. the basic social institutions generally satisfy and are generally known to satisfy these principles.

Existing societies are of course seldom well-ordered in this sense, for what is just and unjust is usually in dispute.

“We strive for the best we can attain within the scope the world allows.”

John Rawls (1921-2002), Political Liberalism: Expanded Edition

 

Emotional Fitness and Psychological Strength

Key Notes:

(Tony Robbins Ted Talk in Monterey, California)

What makes the difference in the qualities of people’s lives?

2 Master Lessons:

  1. The science of achievement: How do you take the invisible and make it visible? How do you take what you are dreaming of and make it happen?
  2. The art of fulfillment: it is about appreciation and contribution.

What is it that shapes us?

We live in a therapy culture, the mindset that we are our past. Most of society thinks biography is destiny. The past equals the future and of course it does if you live there.

Decision is the ultimate power.

Effective leaders have the ability to consistently move themselves and others to action because they understand the “invisible forces” that shape us.

Q: When people fail to achieve their goals…what are the reasons they give?

A: Time, Money, Technology, Managers, etc.

All of these have in common that they are a claim to you missing resources which may be accurate but that is not the defining factor. The defining factor is never resources it is resourcefulness. If you have emotion, the right emotion we can get ourselves to do anything, we can get through to anyone. But this is not the story people tell us.

  1. What am I going to focus on?
    1. Self or Others.
  2. What does it mean?
    1. Meaning produces emotion.
    2. Emotion creates action.
  3. What are you going to do?
    1. Are you going to give up or move forward?

2 two primary patterns: The invisible forces that shape us

  1. In this moment: Our “state”
    1. Physical/emotional
  2. Long-term
    1. Our model of the world/ world view.

6 human needs:

  1. Certainty
  2. Variety
  3. Significance
  4. Connection/ love.
    1. Most people settle for connection because love is to scary.
  5. Growth
  6. Contribution

 

 

Living in Question

A few questions I have asked myself on the road of life and all it’s contradicting beauty.

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“Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart.

…live in the question.”

Rainer Maria Rilke

  1. What is my purpose? 
  2. Can my purpose be as large as I want to be?
  3. Do I have that choice today? 
  4. Am I grateful for this life?
  5. How do I hurt others?
  6. Am I willing to show love?
  7. Am I willing to be vulnerable?
  8. Do I pretend to be anyone else?
  9. Who is the image I portray?
  10. Do I stifle my convictions?
  11. What are my convictions?
  12. Do I trust others?
  13. What does trust mean to me?
  14. Do I believe in trust?
  15. Who trusts me?
  16. What does responsibility look like?
  17. What do I want it to look like?
  18. What would make me an individual? 
  19. Who am I?
  20. How do I know when I’ve found out who I am?

 

“Live your questions now, and perhaps even without knowing it, you will live along some distant day into your answers.”
Rainer Maria Rilke

Shaping the World

We have to understand our world if we want to shape it how we want it to be.

“The amoeba cannot choose whether to categorize, it just does. The same is true at every level of the animal world. Animals categorize food, predators, possible mates, members of their own species, and so on. How animals categorize depends upon their sensing apparatus and their ability to move themselves and manipulate objects.”
Lakoff & Johnson
Brief excerpts from the book Free Markets and Social Justice by Cass R. Sunstein
  1. The Myth of laissez-faire. We cannot have a system of private property without legal rules, telling people who owns what, imposing penalties for trespass, and saying who can do what to whom. Markets should be understood as a legal construct, to be evaluated on the basis of whether they promote human interests, rather than as a part of nature and the natural order, or as a simple way of promoting voluntary interactions.
  2. Preference formation and social norms. Unjust institutions can breed preferences that produce individual and collective harm. Severe deprivation-including poverty-can be an obstacle to the development of good preferences, choices, and beliefs. There is no way for a legal system to remain neutral with respect to preference formation. In these circumstances it is fully legitimate for government and law to try to shape preferences in the right way, not only through education, but also through laws forbidding racial discrimination, environmental degradation, and sexual harassment, and through efforts to encourage public issues and to diverse points of view.
  3. The contextual character of choice. Choices are a function of context. All choices might be different in a different context.
  4. The importance of fair distribution. It is important to develop standards for measuring social well-being that allow people, in their capacity as citizens and voters, to focus on the issue of distribution.
  5. The diversity of human goods. Human beings value things not just in different amounts but in different ways. They value a friend in one way; a park in another; a species in another; a spouse in another; an heirloom in another; a large check in another; a pet in still another. The way they value a funny movie is qualitatively different from the way they value a tragedy, a mountain, a beach, or a car. Insofar as economics uses a single metric or scale of value, it flattens qualitative differences.
  6. Laws can shape preferences. Ina system of private property, it is necessary to say who owns what, at least in the first instance. It is also necessary to create rules of tort law, saying who can do what to whom, and who must pay for injuries and harms.
  7. Puzzles of human rationality. Are human beings rational?

 

The FBI reports property crime with losses of $14 billion while there is about $300 billion to $1 trillion in losses from white collar crime.

“All of us are victimized, in many capacities, by white collar crime. White collar crime victimization is especially diffuse, and victims’ attributes are especially heterogenous. We are generally less likely to be conscious of this victimization than of the conventional crime victimization.” Read more.

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White collar crime doesn’t just take what you have on you that day it starts with what you have worked to build up over your lifetime.

Consumer Reports Magazine conducts rigorous tests and discusses dangerous products along with working with safety regulators, consider this upon purchasing your next product.

“Many forms of white collar crime victimization, especially those involving the environment or the workplace, are defined as accidents or “disasters” and thus as beyond human control.”

Hazel Croall

Incommunicado

Ask yourself “Where is this news coming from and what slant it has?”

One of the most controversial titles was Title 3, which allowed for media cross-ownership. According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the goal of the law was to “let anyone enter any communications business — to let any communications business compete in any market against any other.”

“The Telecommunications Act of 1996…enabled the handful of corporations dominating the airwaves to expand their power further. Mergers enabled tighter control of information…

Howard Zinn

The Latin American writer Eduardo Galeano commented…”Never have so many been held incommunicado by so few.”

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“Broadcasters make billions in profits while using the public airwaves for free. In return, they are supposed to provide programming that fulfills community needs. Instead, lobbyists have successfully fought to make it easier for broadcast companies to gobble up even more free airspace while doing less to serve the public.”

Who Owns the Media?

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