“It’s/Just”

...how often do we use this phrase to justify our situation?  Diminishing the significance of something to avoid the emotional conflict it creates is...well, cowardice at face value. Self proclaimed to be a person of principle and upstanding to ones beliefs and values is deteriorated to a certain extent every time we make these exceptions though. Yet,  taking this to the other extreme is toxic in and of itself in that we wrap boundaries around our capacity to grow. All of this points to a much deeper truth, we are all prisoners to our impulses. Ignore them, and they haunt you with their subconscious craving. Give them the reigns, and you stir your life into a constant state of turmoil. Balancing between the two is the never ending story of being a modern day human being. I’m no different than everyone else when it comes to this struggle. The tiny bit of guilt following this impulse subservience isn’t enough to keep us awake at night, but cumulatively they do wear down our decision making skills to the point where we overlook the real trade offs we are addressing. Just as when dealing with others, a series of false truths can quickly become an avalanche of denial. This is precisely why values and beliefs anchor our perceptions. 

 

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  “...$20 Burger😳” 

 Now, let’s take a look at the landscape of humanity around us today. Values and principles are terms shoveled around by those with enough abundance to stave off worry of survival. The majority of the humans living on earth at this very moment compromise honor for need pretty regularly. It’s not a terrible thing in reality, but a necessary moral dilemma in fact. I would venture to say, that those same people are only called to weigh their options a small percentage of the time. The large majority of the decisions facing them can be evaluated absent of the emotional conflict. The point I’m driving here is this, building your life around social norms as though they are absolutes is short sighted to the spectrum of the big picture. Rules provide texture to our expectations for others. “If everyone does what they’re supposed to do, order is served up” Let you in on a secret...that shit is naive as fuck! How much emphasis we place on something definitely drives its context in our lives. Because something is valuable to us doesn’t make it a treasure. 

 

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  “...add artichokes & jalapeño’s” 

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Once again, life is all about getting over something. Yourself mostly, but we only have so many moments to work through. Defining the intensity of each and every aspect of a life is way too much deliberation to choke down. I’m not condoning just ignoring everything either. I’m saying build your morals around honesty with yourself first and foremost. Shrinking the gap between the accountability you hold yourself to versus the standards you hold others to. I believe it’s vital to accepting others with any true meaning. The difference in existing and thriving. One can only truly know their perspective, and applying that to anyone else is ridiculous at best. Just as assuming the series of little lies we stuff down our own faces to avoid being honest with ourselves does not convey to doing likewise to others, especially if we care about them. Here in this detail we can grasp the magnitude of how this cycle works. “Not such a big deal to me, must not be a big deal to so in so” That’s the amplifier that launches the dicey ride, and the slippery slope is a long ass horrible time. Whatever the specific circumstances are the golden rule is always applicable. 

 

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  “...😎” 

   #imagine

 

 

“Where/Beyond”

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There’s something within all of us, that makes us yearn to be seen as who we hope to portray ourselves as.  We imagine our lives as though we were orchestrating this story of the life inside our dreams. A picture of what could be

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Visions of a life surrounded by joy and love. Being present in the lives of the ones we hold dear. Showing them the comfort of mattering to someone. Involvement, not simply a caricature for the role.. Living out the dream of being alive... 

 

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After the lights are gone, and the decorations are stored away, find of yourself the special quality from this enchanting season. Celebrate the day rewarding us with the chance to love. Bundle the holiday charm and use it with every moment...  

 

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So, take your holiday spirit and inject it’s enchantment into each and every day. Life is an accumulation of moments over a period of time defined by your birth, awareness, and death. The joy is extracted using the awakening of your awareness... 

 

 

  #joy to the world  

“Bull/Shit”

bull·shit

/ˈbo͝olˌSHit/VULGAR SLANGnoun

  1. 1. stupid or untrue talk or writing; nonsense.
  2. Chewed up grass and branch water. 

verb

  1. 1. talk nonsense to (someone), typically to be misleading or deceptive.

 

 ”Do you know the difference...?” 

 

Language is is a tricky bitch in that it’s used almost as much for deception as for the truth. Take for example, Donald Trump rides that fine line between truth and lie about as well as any modern day public figure. Every word he delivers is crafted to incite some and offend others. His mastery of this technique allows him the power to become a United States President while humiliating whatever opposition exists in his path. Quite brilliant when you magnify the relevances of his words. Words have context in at least two dynamics, the author of their words builds the story as an expression of their consciousness, while the reader interprets those exact same words to mean whatever is working within their consciousness. Same words, two consciousness, varying interpretation. Every time a new reader digests the words, another interpretation rises up. As you can see, this can churn up the complexity way beyond the initial intent. This manipulative articulation of human expression isn’t new to the modern day. The debate as to where the beginning originated wages on, but the proliferation of language and expression are abundantly apparent today. The modern day social/political state of affairs lends to the exasperation of this manipulation of words to take advantage of the masses lacking an educated perspective. The ideological posturing surrounding U.S. politics nudges the followers into their respective sides, not based upon a logical assessment, but rather from an emotional attachment to the message. A sense of belonging as it were, where justification of anything said is overridden by the tribalism of the ideology. Case in point, Trump regularly makes comments via Twitter, that directly contradict previous commentary. He uses language similar to what a socially connected group of ordinary citizens would use whenever trash talking others. You know, adolescent like behavior. Fans of sports teams regularly engage in such bantering, where pride is involved in re-enforcing the tribes bond, and rational thoughts are mostly absent. It’s effective because this is representative of how most people exist in their own personal situations. Fear of exclusion or not belonging supersedes their ability to logically contemplate the situation. We all too often passively allow things to just happen. Too afraid to stand up for what’s right in our hearts, for fear of being on the outside looking in with those around us. Negative Peace! 

 

“Cheeseburger Omlette with Hashbrowns and Toast...”   

“Cheeseburger Omlette with Hashbrowns and Toast...” 

I took some time this morning to expose myself to what’s being portrayed in the mainstream media as news by watching the CBS program “Face the Nation”. Not that it’s any different than any other political programming, but simply because it conveniently follows CBS Sunday Morning. I do enjoy the human interest stories that show provides in the midst of all the negativity associated with nearly everything else called news these days. Obviously, the primary story involved the Texas courts ruling declaring the ACA (Obamacare) unconstitutional on the grounds it violates the the new tax laws. Each person being interviewed vehemently defends the ideology of the their political allegiances completely  absent of a shred of logical debate. No discussion of the trade offs that exist within every situation of this scale and scope. “We are right, and they are wrong” The moderator (if that’s what you want to label her) asks antagonistic questions, but yields to the rhetoric blasted out as a response. Answers are grand statements void of specific reference to the actual question. The supported ideology is blasted at the audience and the battle lines are clearly identified, so there’s no doubt about what the underlying message is “You’re either with us...or, against us” I find it intriguing how throughout this repetitive process words like “Bipartisan” are integrated into the dialogue as if it were in some way an actual component. This platform and all its participants is painstakingly orchestrated to present this emotionally polarizing noise. No one is held accountable for what their words mean in the context of any real solution, and the audience is left with a higher level of anticipation for the next edition of this theatrical display than informed about how it effects them. Then, after all of that segment of the program is finished, the media experts from various other organizations (as though to provide evidence of unbiased reporting) sit around a round table and dissect all the elements of this grand performance, just so the viewers can walk away believing they’re better informed about the issues at hand. I liken it to being told it’s raining, while someone pisses down your back. 

 

“Hashbrowns Scattered All The Way...”         

“Hashbrowns Scattered All The Way...” 

 

 

Nothing that I write about in this story will change any time soon. It’s directly correlated to our social structure within our culture. Across the landscape of humanity around the planet, we struggle with developing a system that truly unites the members of our species. Stratified hierarchies do lift some upward, but also deny far more access to abundance. Various forms of government deal with this disparity in varying ways, but none have eliminated social conflict and turmoil. Religion has a longstanding history of promoting the type of goodwill idealized in the context of their doctrines, but still fall short of overcoming the corruption of power and its effects on the quest for abundance. What I face in understanding the dilemma at hand is the limitations for enhancing the collective outcomes of the majority of individuals. Maybe this state of “Negative Peace” evolved to pacify those looking at today as a step towards tomorrow’s better day. Underlying the hope inside those struggling to attain enough in their lives to satisfy the anxiety bubbling up from wondering if they have enough around them. Your understanding of your story is vital to moving upwards in the stratified hiarchy, but viewed as a boundary will also entrap these circumstances as permanent. We can’t do for others in improving their place, this merely seals them within the confines of how that feels. Inspiration unlocks the will of the individual to become their very own hero within the narrative of their story. Inspiration relies on connection, that comes from involvement, where being present is paramount. Allowing yourself to view others with a similar lens as you see yourself is the challenge of becoming more involved in the lives of others.   “People don’t care how much you know...until, they know how much you care”

 

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  “Christmas wonderland...” 

 

 

  #thoughts