"Punch/Drunk"

Second time's a charm! I started this post a while ago, only to lose its content from a safari glitch and having to force quit. My thoughts this morning surround the outrage from the recent commentary from the real estate tycoon/reality television personality pretending to be the Commander in Chief. Liberals are incensed by his racist words, while Conservatives look like a cat covering up shit in a litter box trying to make up excuses or flat out deny the existence of what he said. What I see are people siding with whatever ideological values they've aligned with in order to feel a sense of belonging. They personalize words according to their belief's, thus feeling personal offense or defense as though the words were directed specifically at or in defense of them. Emotional prisoners from both sides face off in this ideological standoff, where no one actually wins, and progress is secondary to the claim of being right. Unshackling the chains of emotional enslavement requires a better understanding of what emotions are and what they aren't, as well as how they actually function within the human body. Take a look at this TedTalk on that subject from of the world's leading experts on the study of emotions and how they actually work within the human brain, including yours.

https://pc.tedcdn.com/talk/podcast/2017S/None/LisaFeldmanBarrett_2017S-480p.mp4

Earlier, while scribing the original version of this post I was casually listening to Face the Nation. Surprisingly, today's topic was the aforementioned subject with interviews with Tom Cotton (R: AR, who Ive met yet never voted for) and Joe Manchin (D: WV). Cotton sounded like he would eat a mile of presidential shit just to be recognized as part of whatever that bunch is trying to accomplish, while Manchin loosely condemned those words, but suggested immigration should be better organized. Who the fuck is working on actual solutions to the actual problems that exist in the world today? 

"What is a better solution to this partisan dilemma...?"

Let's think about the Democratic process and how it requires our individual participation. If you don't vote every time the polls are open, then you're letting the system down. It's not only your right to cast your vote, but your responsibility to show the fuck up on election day. That being said, understanding the issues and how the candidates can bring solutions is the key to your participation. If you don't perform your due diligence on whats at stake and how all the candidates address the solutions to the current problems, what the fuck are you voting for. We don't need more useless babysitters of the Constitution, that only posture against the other party. Take some time to familiarize yourself with how Federal, State, and Local governments function. This is vital to assessing the promises/lies of the candidates. Once you arm yourself with the proper tools to cast an educated voice, assess each incumbent on their past performance. If you can't identify any evidence that supports the campaign promises made by them, vote for someone else immediately, not for anyone simply because they belong to a particular party, that you used to emotional align with. Don't we owe it to the promise of change?

Summary:

Identify within yourself a better understanding of your emotional biases. Unshackling the chains of emotional enslavement requires educating yourself to the reality about how this impulsive component of your behavior affects the rest of your world. Next, apply that new perspective to everything around you, especially your participation in your community, state, and country. The only hope of realizing a better future lies in the hearts and minds of the individuals that make of our world, and not the few who on confuse the issues, and deliver only broken promises.

 

#politics 

 

“Blood/Spilled”

Today, there are people grieving from losses to their families, that resulted from circumstances beyond their immediate control. Not once, while casting their votes in any election process, did they stop to consider how their rights and freedoms would come back to haunt them. How a conical shaped piece of lead, compressed atop a pile of gunpowder within a cylindrical cartridge of brass would end the life of someone so close, and important to them. They’re in shock today, and will remain in that state of mind for months to come. The heartache so intense, it’s difficult to catch your breathe. Every waking moment a reminder of the pain, that won’t let them feel anything else. If you’ve ever known this sudden and unexpected type of loss, you too share in their experience. You feel the pain in their hearts, and understand the lingering effects. This describes what millions are realizing as we mourn the tragedy of what happened in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, the narrative for why these tragedies continue to occur is being treated as taboo for discussion of a preventable solution. Rights and Freedoms are proclaimed to be in jeopardy, if we rationalize the problem. “It’s not the right time to talk about the problem, we need to support those who lost loved ones to this act of pure evil” Precisely when are we acceptably able to construct a solution to a seemingly cultural epidemic? There are 88.8 guns for every 100 people in this country. Not registered voters, but every single person in America. If you don’t like the correlation between the numbers of guns and mass murders, then what are we doing to identify the mental illness that causes people to perform these atrocities? If you’re not going to choose a side to fix, how can you expect anything will change? The Bill of Rights protects the citizens freedoms, including bearing arms. The context of this provision wasn’t intended to serve how it is being applied today. Preventing any oppressive form of government from aligning enough power to concentrate its interests above the best interest of the citizens was the intent of this right to bear arms. Let’s imagine a confrontation between an out of control military and an armed militia of citizens. 88.8 guns per 100 people wouldn’t provide any measurable resistance to the might of such a powerful military objective. So, that’s not a supportive explanation. Having the right to murder any aggressor the law enforcement is unable to stop, well, that’s the idea of no law and order? Is that the predominant rationale for this quantity of guns? Entertainment...are we so bored with the thousands of other activities to occupy our minds, we all need a gun to keep us busy? Tell those grieving today about how much guns matter...maybe, just maybe they are the ones with the best perspective? #LasVegasMassacre