“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” 

~Vincent Van Gogh~


Considering  the context of this statement...shouldn’t we discuss the importance of a life. Building great things from smaller less attractive components is the underlying story of the entire universe. The significance of any one piece in that construct is easily understated, when identifying its individual participation. On that individual level, people want to be recognized for their unique purpose even beyond the underlying responsibility they all too often fall short of accepting. Equality is preached as though it is an accepted reality, while biologically the small minority that have the capacity to understand, realize it doesn’t actually exist. Human rights are exclusive to human consciousness, and don’t carry any presence in the studies of physics, chemistry, or biology. The harsh reality contradicts the misguided perspective being portrayed as truth simply because it’s the story everyone is familiar with. 




 Humans tend to oversimplify things, so we don’t have to work at an understanding. We can tell you all about how we feel, yet stumble to articulate what we know without interjecting our emotions too. The vast majority of people can’t separate those two brain functions with any relative fluency. These are simply the characteristics of our evolution to the modernity we know today. Knowledge, through the advancement of technology developed by the foundations of mathematics, physics, chemistry, and all the other disciplines of science and learning advances at a pace evolution can never approach. This gap spreads individuals across a broad spectrum of any understanding distribution. Sad, mad, glad, hurt, scared, ashamed are the natural emotional responses to facing a cognitive challenge, and more often than not prevent people from pushing forward to a better understanding. This emotional segregation of individuals leaves a daunting sense of isolation, that weighs on the human consciousness like a burden. Evolutions cure is to incentivize clustering of the individuals into silos of familiarity. People that feel the same, must have some commonality in place to build from. This soothes them from their lack of understanding, relieving the need to push forward with their knowledge. 



Individuals are vital to the whole, but not equally supportive to change and advancement. It’s within these categories of awareness that distinguish the various identities for who we are. Innovators, leaders, and followers are all comprised of individuals, but grouped by emotional intelligence and not rights. Your rights consist of the freedom to identify within yourself how you choose to view your circumstances, and define your personal category by managing your awareness with the growth of your individual perspective. What is paramount to participation is having the resources available to support your existence from birth through adolescence, and sadly here is where fairness comes into play. Not all children are afforded the opportunity to flourish, and within the ones who are, not all are supported in identifying their opportunity to do so. ALL...ALL social issues within our species are contrived by the self proclaimed adults. That status of adult is misinterpreted from one’s time alive absent of attained development. All of that emotional entanglement alongside dogmatic ideological biased assumptions prevents measured social assessments of individuals into categories. Instead, we tell the story of equality, even though it biologically doesn’t exist. This pacification of emotional intelligence is the world we know today, but the future can only improve for everyone once we decide to allow an entire generation that opportunity to flourish. That can’t occur until we recognize that the whole is more important than the individual pieces...





Sunday mornings are my time for reflection and assessing the world and my place within it. This is the opportunity for me to evaluate the news and information from the previous week, and address how I might use that awareness to benefit the upcoming week. Scaling is the newest topic for current consideration, as I've opened up another Audible selection on my phone. The idea of a correlation between everything around us in the universe is pretty intriguing to my sense of wonder. Embracing the amazing discovery attained by fellow members of our species is in part a sort of validation for being at this particular place and time. Being able to share in the fascinating accomplishments of those with a passion for answering the question why. 


The Olympic Games are in full swing, and the media coverage is rampant. The spirit behind such an undertaking is with good intentions, even if the message fails to breakthrough the barriers of human constraints. Athletic Nationalism shines brightly as the medal count is spotlighted to rally behind the various flags. The resulting cultural divergence from common ancestry over long periods of time and environmental influences, represent these nationalists perspectives. Nonviolent competition is so much better than any military assessment of status.


If you haven’t seen the documentary “Life in 12 Bars” about the life of Eric Clapton, you should at the very least consider doing so. Whether you’re a fan of his music or not, the story behind the man many refer to as “Slow Hand” is filled with tragedy and immense suffering at a level most of us want to believe we somehow relate to. For me it re-enforces the idea, that any comparison I make with myself, can only have meaning if I use my future or past self as a benchmark. Everyone struggles to some extent, and the degree in which we suffer directly relates to the specific circumstances surrounding each of our individual lives. Overcoming whatever past you’ve been exposed to is vital to growing into whatever future self you are capable of becoming. Becoming fixated on where you’ve been clouds the vision for where you want to go. We are so much stronger than we ever realize, and much more fragile within that pain from obsessively remembering. Clapton’s life is a testament to the weaknesses of the self, and the strength from within. 


Very little seems to change with regard to this social perception of what is...and, what should never be. I find most people are entrenched within what they see as their benefits in respect to whatever belief system rattles around inside their frantic minds. We are pushing on a bill in Congress that circumvents existing state Conceal and Carry laws with a sort of Federal pass allowing anyone with their residents state permit to lawfully take their concealed weapon to any other state. The premise is those citizens have the right to protect themselves, and any other suggestions that don’t align with their home states are invasive and unconstitutional😳  


How often do we make compromises with ourselves? Because we represent both sides of any personal situation of the self, we view these dilemmas differently than whenever we assume only one side. Within any decision concerning more than one party, each sides perspective is skewed towards self interest. Dominant and submissive personalities come forward, and the metrics for which they meet drives the negotiation. Bossy types want their way no matter what, while submissive types yield to what others insist upon. There’s much more granularity to this, but my point here is to paint a picture of how we inner act with others in order to contrast that to how we treat those with ourselves.  


  “Once you compromise with yourself...what is left to give up?” 


 I first used this phrase in my late teens, as a buddy and I were in deep philosophical conversation, while extremely stoned. This was very common of the 70’s and 80’s! I used it again yesterday, when commenting on a post with a moral dilemma present. The terms of these   “Self Negotiations”  are the relevance of the conversation, for it’s the demands we make of ourselves that reflect our integrity and character. Short of expressing every single thought, no one else knows our inner dilemmas on a moment by moment basis. Research has shown the human propensity to rationalize the behaviors stemming from our responses to our own emotional thresholds. We eat the chocolate, even though we’re not in need of nutrients, because it tastes so good, then guilt rears it’s ugly head, and we smash it down with a dose of   “Its only one candy bar...I’ll compensate somehow for it later”.   (Sound familiar) Granted, this is a very simplistic yet cliche analogy, but we do this with so many other circumstances, it’s a major part of all of our experiences. 

  “How does this affect each of us as individuals...?” 

As with everything Homo Sapien, what we all share lies hidden beneath the complexity of what makes us individuals. Only when we share these specific occurrences of moral dilemmas can we begin to better manage the inner negotiations we all face. Conversely, whenever we negotiate with others, we can benefit from how we deal with ourselves. Applying the view of both perspectives to any discussion builds better connections and thusly closer relationships. If I feel as though I understand you anywhere close to how I view myself, I have much more sympathy, empathy, and compassion for everyone. The biggest requirement to this paradigm involves each of us to first develop an honest understanding of ourselves. Knowing the boundaries for compromise, and not being too controlling or weak in where we make our stand on how we flush out decisions. Once we establish values, we drive our conscious choices with their support. Constant evaluation of said values promotes change leading to progress. Latching ahold without any further scrutiny...well, that’s the definition of conservatism😳