“We/Risk”

“What can we accomplish if we overcome the fear of failure...?” 

All too often our dreams collapse against our fears of falling short of reaching them. Comfortable is something we exaggerate beyond its necessity in life. Fear is such a natural response to the unknown that we don’t even bother to bargain with its limitations. Choosing between daring and stupid can be a razor thin decision, but necessary for revealing the jolt of living a life. Emotional entanglement launches us on these pleasure seeking missions devoid of actual fulfillment of purpose. The extremes of awesome and crisis rule our consciousness to the extent we no longer can identify normal. Instead of mindful correction, we justify with social acquiescence as to not be offensive about our judgement. In an emotionally supercharged society, dancing around the feelings of others is a highly praised skill. Spewing venomous attacks at strangers via social media is now the new normal. Our comparative inherent nature has dragged our species to it’s knees in regards to our social evolution. Focusing from within to produce our best selves is mitigated by the acceptance that others around us are much worse off in that respect. Human obesity is a classic example of this concept. No one just wakes up one day to discover they’re dangerously overweight. They don’t pay attention to the emotional entanglement driving their eating habits, and gradually over a period of time their bodies are overwhelmed by an extreme excess of calories compared to the level of physical activity they engage in. Eating is so much less traumatic than introspection into oneself, that the results are apparent all around us. Only when it’s too late and the doctor delivers the diagnosis of whatever complications have arisen from our inability to overcome this emotional entanglement do we pause to unwind the mess we’ve allowed to develop. I say all of this from personal experience. I’ve lived every single stage of what I’ve described, so it’s my own individual judgment of my life being reflected here. Living is intentional...existing is only tolerance of your entanglement with fear and anxiety.

 

 

  #love #happiness #life 

“Numbers/Game”

I write this with the full understanding that less than 15% of anyone reading it can properly interpret the content. I’m presently listening to the CBS show Face the Nation, and the various stories and conversations being broadcast to whoever is watching. The underlying messages being portrayed through this particular broadcast are consistent with any of the similar presentations from any source. These presentations need to capture your attention first and foremost, but they also must spark something within you to maintain your focus, and inspire you to return for more.  

  “Do you think this happens unintentionally...?” 

From the top of the organization to the very bottom, these productions are painstakingly formulated to elicit precisely what I’ve described. Watch me, embrace me, fall in love with our connection. Oh, by the way the reward is absolutely not in the satisfaction of enlightening the audience. The bigger the audience, the larger the payday from the advertisers. Marketing capital has no shame in chasing its effectiveness.  

  “Are you shocked by this revelation...?” 

This entire circumstance is all about the numbers involved. Statistics and their subsequent predictive properties drive the entire agenda forward. Your participation at any level helps to support its existence. Once you feel something more than your mind can substantiate, the hook is set. Your attention, reaction, and subsequent behavior becomes the fuel to power this highly complex social machine. What’s in the best interest of your counterparts overrides what’s in the best interest of everyone, or even the majority. 

  “Trump is all the evidence you need...!” 

Ideology binds people like nothing else ever has. In the absence of logical thought processing, the emotional bindings of ideology take the lead.  



White alone 76.6%

Black or African American alone, percent 13.4%

American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent 1.3%

Asian alone, percent 5.8%

Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent 0.2%

Two or More Races, percent 2.7%

Hispanic or Latino, percent 18.1%

White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent 60.7%

 

These are the U.S. Census Bureau’s numbers as of July 2018. Inciting the right group with the message for your agenda does matter, but targeting the sufficient population to gain control of the outcome is a totally different approach. Whatever White Alone wants matters statically more than all other groups combined. If all the viewers of the CBS programming this morning leaned in the same direction, it wouldn’t be enough to lock down an agenda or idea. The number is too low to persuade an outcome for a majority. 

  “No...this is absolutely not about racism “ 

This is about resisting the idea of belonging to a group of individuals following an ideology or its agenda. It’s how we arrived at this mess in the first place. So much attention has been given to the minority aspects of the population, but statistically they don’t carry enough weight to overcome an organized majority. Political strategists work tirelessly on patching together smaller networks of sub-majority influences. Sadly, those watching through the lens of the various media outlets are being manipulated into believing there’s some truth behind their hopes. Opinions are fired with laser precision to strategically push your buttons. 

  “That’s not me you’re describing...I’m smarter than that...!” 

Studies show that only 15% of adults 16 years of age and older are proficient with their functional literacy, meaning somewhere around 50% of those same adults lack the capacity to untangle their emotional status from a logical assessment of this dynamic. The 35% with the capacity to expand themselves upward to the ability to properly dissect this entrapment are so confident their perspectives are spot on, they don’t invest the efforts to improve their proficiency.  

  “Highly organized groups are no match for poorly informed individuals...!” 

Anthropologists suggest 75% of all human communication is gossip and hearsay. Try arguing rule of thumb gossip against scientific research. That world is still flat and motivated by the movement of the sun around us. While the printed word has lifted nearly everyone to some extent, it’s also carved out this great divide.  

  “Hope lies within the worlds preschoolers...!” 

Every 2 year old holds the key to formidable change. The capacity to learn to become a part of that 15% is exponentially greater within the brain of that 2 year old versus any adult counterpart. Getting every 2 year old that opportunity to flourish is the absolute bottom line to this dilemma.  

 

 Question:

How much money does the United States spend on public elementary and secondary schools?

Response:

Total expenditures for public elementary and secondary schools in the United States in 2014–15 amounted to $668 billion, or $13,119 per public school student enrolled in the fall (in constant 2016–17 dollars).1 Total expenditures included $11,734 per student in current expenditures, which includes salaries, employee benefits, purchased services, tuition, and supplies. Total expenditures also included $1,029 per student in capital outlay (expenditures for property and for buildings and alterations completed by school district staff or contractors) and $356 for interest on school debt. (a)

 $668,000,000,000.00 public education spending/$20,000,000,000,000.00 Total US economy = .0334 or 3.34%

Breaking out for pre-school: 

Using nationally representative data from the 2016 Early Childhood Program Participation Survey I calculate hourly and annualized prices for parents who purchase at least eight hours a week of center-based care for a child under five who does not have a disability and do so without outside financial help in paying the fees.  The results are analyzed by age of child, region of country, parental education, parental income, and hours of attendance.

For the country as a whole, the median price for a family with the characteristics described above is $8,320 a year and $5.31 an hour.  Families spend somewhat more in the Northeast and West, and somewhat less in the South and Midwest.(b)

  ”Statistically speaking...we don’t seem to care about early childhood development?” 

No one seems to acknowledge this difficiency in developing well rounded adults from our children. I haven’t seen a single piece on any media outlet, or read a single article in any publication, or heard any conversation in any service organization. It appears adults focus nearly all their attention to their present adult problems that all exist because of the lack of an adequate supply of people with the capacity to create change. Greatest, best, most advanced...not even! 

 

  #change 

 

(a)  https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=66

(b)https://www.brookings.edu/research/what-is-the-market-price-of-daycare-and-preschool/  

“What’s/Important”

  “What’s most important to you for you to feel fulfilled with your life...?” 

 

Connection to other people, that you care about their well being as you do your very own, should be high on this hiarchy of fulfillment. You owe it to them as well as yourself to work towards being the best version of yourself, but that alone is a hollow existence in and of itself. Caring for others above yourself doesn’t support being your best self, so forget pretending that attitude gives you a gold star outside your name. I’m here today to discuss getting over the minutia of the petty bullshit. There are enough critical decisions to make within the complexity of a modern life, so elevating minor ones to a higher status only diminishes the overall quality of the brief period of time we all get. I’m currently schlepping across Italy on another adventure to feed my sense of wonder and experience what life has to offer, not what happens to come my way. Through these adventures, I see people of varying cultures being themselves in their everyday life. It’s easy to judge or condemn what at first glance doesn’t align with what you know about your life, but after a while you can begin to dissect the components of the human condition, and extract nuggets of insight to improve yourself, and your perspective. There’s no such thing as a perfect society, and cheering about such things  is fucking mental retardation for the most part. Appreciation for what adds value to the quality of what truly matters, and dismissing the minutia is the process. Finding the discipline to focus on the process and repeat it regularly is the challenge. Attaining the wisdom through experience is the end game for lifting ones self to a higher level of fulfillment. It’s not about income, status, or wealth. My brother and sister and I have created more for our life’s than all our previous ancestry combined, and we never identify that. We’re all grateful for the foundation that we were given by their experiences, and the capacity for kindness and compassion they instilled in us. You will never find fulfillment until you find gratitude for having a life to work with. 

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  “Love conquers all...until, you realize it’s only a slice of a much larger pie of life” 

Love is important to maintaining a full life, and it’s rated extremely high by most individuals. Love is evolutionarily biological to sustainable relationships for rearing offspring, but requires work and adjustments when maintaining its part in fulfilling life. Love encompasses all the relationships that we acquire across a lifetime, and ebbs and flows with the circumstances of the times. It feels so amazing, and like the end of the world. Offering yourself up to love another person unconditionally is one of the keys to a fulfilling life. If you only love those people in your life because they love you back, you’re missing the fucking point. Love them because they mean something to you in a way that allows you to be yourself with them around. If they judge you, are they really who you want to offer your love too? Love is a complicated proposition at best. It can make us feel so alive, and can make us want to die in a split second. Love requires management of our supporting conditions to participate, but not of those we share it with. The sad part is, even with the best of all circumstances perfectly aligned, it’s not a complete life. Relying solely on love for fulfillment is extremely selfish and shallow. If all you have to offer humanity is your love, you are pretty worthless to the advancement of our species, as well as creating processes to lift those around you. Hungry, sick, and uneducated people need more than just love. They need action! If love doesn’t motivate beneficial behavior, it’s not serving anyone but you. 

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Being connected, managing love’s impulsive responses, what’s going on here? Nearly everything we do as individuals based upon assumptions that everyone around us is chasing the same dream is a fucking bullshit lie! Having more doesn’t make you happy. Being wealthy is not a remedy to loneliness. The most amazing love you could ever imagine won’t make you complete. Life is way more complex than that! The best explanation of life I’ve ever heard came from a Bloomberg radio interview with a young man acknowledging his father’s advice. “Life is hard, and only momentarily interrupted with moments of brilliance...” Life has to mean something to you beyond what it simply feels like! You have to mean something to others beyond just what you can do for them. We all have to strive for fulfillment and enlightenment to what truly matters to the connection of everyone. We have to drop the ego centric notion of power and control for the harmony of togetherness. The notion of scarcity has no relevance in abundance and love. We believe only because we hope to belong, and we fail to question ourselves to the ideas of what’s really important...

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  #love