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The never ending pursuit for truth.

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?

An Expulsive Cataclysm of the Soul

If war is natural why are there 20 suicides every day by vets?

If vets are so honored why are so many homeless?

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In 2014, an average of 20 Veterans died from suicide each day. 6 of the 20 were users of VA services. In 2014, Veterans accounted for 18% of all deaths from suicide among U.S. adults, while Veterans constituted 8.5% of the US population.

Read more about the VA Suicide Prevention Program.

In January 2014, communities across America identified 49,933 homeless veterans during point-in-time counts, which represents 8.6% of the total homeless population.

“People generally don’t suffer high rates of PTSD after natural disasters. Instead, people suffer from PTSD after moral atrocities. Soldiers who’ve endured the depraved world of combat experience their own symptoms. Trauma is an expulsive cataclysm of the soul.”

The Moral Injury, New York Times. Feb 17, 2015

David Brooks

“There are no nations. There are no peoples. There are no Russians. There are no third worlds. There is no West. There is only one holistic system of systems, one vast and interwoven, interacting, multivariate, multinational dominion of dollars. Petro-dollars, electro-dollars, multi-dollars, reichmarks, rins, rubles, pounds, and shekels. It is the international system of currency which determines the totality of life on this planet. That is the natural order of things today. That is the atomic and subatomic and galactic structure of things today…..

There is no America. There is no democracy. There is only IBM, and ITT, and AT&T, and DuPont, Dow, Union Carbide, and Exxon. Those are the nations of the world today. What do you think the Russians talk about in their councils of state, Karl Marx? They get out their linear programming charts, statistical decision theories, minimax solutions, and compute the price-cost probabilities of their transactions and investments, just like we do. We no longer live in a world of nations and ideologies….

The world is a college of corporations, inexorably determined by the immutable bylaws of business. The world is a business 

It has been since man crawled out of the slime. And our children will live to see that… perfect world… in which there’s no war or famine, oppression or brutality. One vast and ecumenical holding company, for whom all men will work to serve a common profit, in which all men will hold a share of stock.”

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 Arthur Jensen, Network (1976)

Money is Debt and Debt is Money

“Why has the U.S. dollar devalued by well over 95% since the Federal Reserve was created? This has been caused by inflation. Perpetuating inflation is something that the Federal Reserve is very good at and something that has serious consequences for everybody in the future. This means today’s hard-earned wealth will be worth even less tomorrow.

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Nearly all Americans assume that the Federal Reserve is just another government agency that sets our interest rates and watches out for the best interests of the American people. It is really a private banking cartel which is systematically undermining America’s assets. The worth of your dollars, availability of jobs, rates of interest for loans as well as the rate of home foreclosures are all determined by a small number of elite private bankers who manage the Federal Reserve. Now we are seeing more and more companies closing their doors because they cannot survive in this economic climate. According to the Swiss Federal Institute, a network of 147 mega-corporations control 40% of all the wealth in the world.”

Read more.

Bankruptcy is built into the system.

If everyone in the country were to pay off all debts including government there would not be $1 in circulation.

Moral Superiority

There is a special pleasure in the irony of a moralist brought down for the very moral failings he has condemned. It’s the pleasure of a well-told joke. Some jokes are funny one-liners, but most require three versus: three guys, say, who walk into a bar one at a time, or a priest, a minister, and a rabbi in a lifeboat. The first two set the pattern, and the third violates it. With hypocrisy, the hypocrite’s preaching is the setup, the hypocritical action is the punch line. Scandal is a great entertainment because it allows people to feel contempt, a moral emotion that gives feelings of moral superiority while asking nothing in return. With contempt you don’t need to right the wrong (ad with anger) or flee the scene (as with disgust). And best of all, contempt is made to share. Stories about the moral failings of others are among the most common kinds of gossip, they are a staple of talk radio, and they offer a ready way for people to show that they share a common moral orientation. Tell an acquaintance a cynical story that ends with the both of you smirking and shaking your heads and voila, you’ve got a bond…..well, stop smirking. We are all hypocrites, and in our condemnation of others’ hypocrisy we only compound our own….
Each of us thinks we see the world directly, as it really is. We further believe that the facts as we see them are there for all to see, therefore others should agree with us. If they don’t agree, it follows either that they have not yet been exposed to the relevant facts or else that they are blinded by their interests and ideologies.

We judge others by their behavior, but we think we have special information about ourselves—we know what we are “really like” inside, so we can easily find ways to explain away our selfish acts and cling to the illusion that we are better than others.

From Chapter 4 of The Happiness Hypothesis

By: Jonathan Haidt

For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances, as though they were realities and are often more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are.

 Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 – 1527)

 

Our Own Creations

The ego is the worst confidence trickster we could ever imagine because you don’t see it. The problem is that the ego hides in the last place you’d ever look, within itself. it disguises its thoughts as your thoughts, its feelings as your feelings, you think it’s you . Peoples need to protect their own egos, knows no bounds. They will lie cheat, steal, kill to maintain what we call ego boundaries. People have no clue that they are in prison they don’t know that there is an ego they don’t know the distinction. At first its difficult for the mind to accept that there is something beyond itself that there is something of greater value and greater capacity for discerning truth than itself. In religion the ego manifests as the devil and of course no one realizes how smart the ego is because it created the devil so you can blame someone else. in creating this imaginary enemy it made a real enemy for ourselves and that becomes a real danger to the ego. But that is of the egos creation. There is no such thing as an external enemy no matter what that internal voice is telling you. All perception of an enemy is a projection of the ego as the enemy. In that sense you could say that 100% of external enemies are of our own creation. Your greatest enemy is your own perception, your own ignorance, your own evil.

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