Other ways people are selfish
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Sunday, July 13, 2014
I absolutely love this blog. Here is a blogger that I recently discovered--with lots of interesting ideas posted therein. I inadvertently discovered this blog when I started to think about something the other day. I was thinking about stimulation and the brain and also about boredom. I typed in "Does over-stimulation of the brain result in boredom?" and I came across this blog post. Definitely a must-read.
One of his ideas is that "less stimulation works". Go figure.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
A piece of "satire" I wrote about "liberals" in 2008. My views have obviously changed to some extent.
Fundamentalist Christians are quick to bemoan the “moral demise” of society that has occurred through a culture that is increasingly “anti-Biblical” and “anti-God”. Christian’s ignorantly attribute this to the imminence of “The End Times” and to the rise of Satan and his invisible evil forces, instead of rationally attributing these societal changes to the natural progression of social evolution. They note that this “lack of morality” is overwhelmingly present in the minds’ of today’s youth. etc. Pish Posh I will say again! Just watch MTV and BET videos, just look at advertisements, just take a quick look at the news and compare it to past history and one will quickly see the incredibly remarkable evolutionary transition we have made! Studies indicate that children are becoming increasingly more materialistic—desirous of possessions—than ever before.
Oh, we can certainly pin point the rise in the Television and advertising industries for that—but never the less—both of these—children’s desire for “more possessions” and the television/marketing industry’s desire for “more sales”, clearly indicates that money is becoming more and more of an important component to life, to the human psyche, and to the world at large. Greed, individual selfishness, and an un-quenching desire for more (although against the teachings of Christianity) whether it is material, sexual, or both, is definitely a hallmark of improvement to the moral culture we currently experience today and an incontrovertible proof of how social evolution works. This evolutionary progression has resulted in Children developing the keen and strategic mechanism of analyzing people for what they look like, how intelligent they are, how much money they have, and, in turn, how they can use them in order to compete with them and then dispose of them (if necessary) for their own advancement. Nothing could ever be so efficient, convenient, and beneficial! Basically, evolution is a game about whoever is the best—who has the most desirable attributes—wins.
Look at television and movies for example—you will be pleased to note that the natural, specific process of evolution has pushed the best and the brightest to the front of our screens. These are people who clearly have talent and natural physical symmetry—never mind the fact that there are thousands of cosmetic surgery clinics in Hollywood (more per square mile than in any other locale in the world)—it is only a conspiracy—a bizarre coincidence, if you may, that these facilities are in surprisingly close proximity to the residence of most beautiful celebrities. Celebrities—the cream of today’s evolutionary elite—are perfect examples of the future direction of our world.
So, not only are celebrities physically superior to the rest of us…they are also more advanced—intellectually—than most of the world! It truly beguiles the senses that none of them are practicing scientists, engineers, software designers, or doctors!! Consider the exceptionally brilliant, original talent of such pop stars/singers as Brittany Spears, Jessica Simpson, Christina Aguilera and other celebrated gangsta rappers! These scintillating minds possess the mental acuity to maintain the incredible fluency of the limbic system in their brain—all the while penetrating those of their audience! They sing about the most enlightening of subjects—cars, bitches, themselves, cars, bitches—all while doing the literally insurmountable task of feeling up their own body, saline implants in all. Clearly, these individuals possess a talent unlike any we have ever seen!
Now recognizing our humble position in life, the rest of us bow our head and minds to these extraordinary demigods, realizing the fate that our sub-par genes have donned us. One day we botched mortals will finally be expunged by the natural process of evolution so that a more ethically minded, responsible, naturally beautiful, and unusually intelligent race—progeny of famous celebrities like Brittany Spears, Lindsay Lohan, and Jessica Simpson—crops up. Unlike smart liberals and all those who support the themes and whims of Hollywood, Christians are idiotic for valuing leading Christian groups and Christian evangelists who lead lives of moral prudery and espouse the bizarre concept of “family values” (Think “Focus on the Family”). At least Hollywood—a reflection of modern secular society—values divorce, underestimates cheating, elicits dissatisfaction, worships young people and devaluates anyone beyond 40 years old, and, most importantly, encourages plastic surgery and other body and facial enhancement—beginning in the mid-twenties.
Additionally, the process of natural evolution, unlike Christianity and its encouragement of a modest and ascetic life style, has given women a greater sense of power and advancement in the world. Women are more desirous than ever to look a certain way as well as acquire a sophisticated career to compete with other women to get the man that they want. Women must do everything now—career, looks, household labor and children—to win the approval of a man. This is definitely an improvement from past centuries where men dominated the world and worked to win over women with chivalry.
Another thing that our improving culture has inspired is the virtues of sloth and obesity. Christian kids are given way too many rules, often lead sheltered lives, and are forced to be home-schooled. At least children raised by secular, enlightened parents are learning to be at peace with themselves, enjoying the relaxing, sedative comfort of their living room sofa and are allowed to watch as much television as they want. Many of these children are even given the evolutionary advantage of having a television set in their own room so that they can sit and stare at this flashing box of entertainment into the wee hours of the morning. One can only see how this form of liberal parenting helps a child throughout their school day. After all, television for both adults and children is so very informative and intellectually enriching these days! Liberal parents, such as these, realize the significance and future consequences of “…not being too harsh with little Johnny or too sheltering…”. God forbid, this might promote a different world-view…a form of tyrannical (Christian) indoctrination that leads children to be narrow minded— often too narrow minded to consider the fun of acting out video game depictions of brutality, viewing and creating pornography, or showing off their plastic surgery on You tube . It is only Christian retards who think that certain things—like violent video games, violent television/movies and pornography, have influence on people. Children are NOT influenced by things in the media—by T.V. or video games or movies etc..—they are smart enough to make their own healthy, beneficial choices on their own! After all, its not like there is a huge, successful advertising industry out there that spends billions of dollars advertising things to kids—such as unhealthy snacks or treats—and actually reaps the financial benefit of doing so—everyone knows how business works. It is quite clear that advertising DOES NOT WORK! Every day, children all over
are seen refusing “Junk foods” promoted by the advertising industry while reportedly binging on celery sticks, broccoli florets and fresh, clear water. You see, evolution has given children more control over their lives by giving them the proper stimuli for healthy decision making. Liberal parents were smart enough to have recognized this all along. America
The school system has been dramatically affected by this kind of liberal parenting—‘kids parenting themselves’ so to speak. It is not too much television or junk food, or inane cartoons without a quark of intellectual content that has pushed children off the edge and given them an apathetic mindset to everything—it is the teachers of these school systems and the school systems themselves that are carving out a wretched future for them. Sure, children may be coming to school sleepy, lethargic and unable to concentrate on new academic material, but it is certainly not Television, video games, junk food, and especially not poor parenting (or lack thereof) that is causing this noticeable demise. It is all their teachers’ fault. After all, teachers and academic advisers make obscene amounts of money and should have the adequate means to cater to the needs of all of these struggling school children.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
A couple weekends ago I had the opportunity to attend a celebration ceremony and farewell provided by my husband’s colleagues. My husband was being presented with awards and accolades for his recent accomplishments in his field—before our big move to Europe. It was a lazy afternoon with the sparkling sun dangling in the powder blue sky. Three or four lonely cirrus clouds dappled the firmament. The host’s house was lusciously perfect. Perched high on a hill, it overlooked a natural lake of the most beautiful cerulean.
Everything was laid out and planned to perfection. The upper terrace of the patio featured an umbrella table, stainless steel grill and a stone fireplace (for those times one wants to be outside on a starry night huddled near a crackling fire). Adirondack chairs for seating flanked the sides of the patio. A large glass pitcher of homemade sangria adorned the buffet table and gleamed fuchsia in the muted afternoon sun. There were multiple ice buckets filled with every beverage variety imaginable—all waiting patiently to be imbibed by those attending the party. Down in the grass were pristine white tables and underneath one balcony was another patio with tables full of delicious food.
In addition to the exquisite beauty of every detail of the estate and the lake that it overlooked, I found myself surrounded by a concentrated group of high-status, highly-ranking, highly educated individuals. I felt conspicuous. I always dreaded being asked “and… what do you do for a living?” primarily because I am a full time student and work side jobs to pay my bills. All of the other women at the party were physicians who were specialists (even sub-specialists) in their fields. Their husbands were the firefighters or “househusbands”. Some of these women (and a few men) had completed 4-5 year residencies and some were juggling 2-3 difficult medical fellowships. I was inspired by such overwhelming ambition and such an earnest regard for decade (plus a few years) educational commitments.
Despite vacillating thoughts and feeling under-accomplished (compared to my surroundings) it was a fun to momentarily indulge the life-style of the unduly well-off, educated, young and successful. I did notice that despite the high education level of my surroundings, all of the people were welcoming and kind. There was not a smidgen of pretension in the group.
“It is nice to come home in the evenings, pour a glass of wine and wander down to the lake while the last moments of sunlight glisten upon the lake. Life is short, you have to enjoy every moment.” I agreed with them. This was truly a sentiment that I fully embraced. I only wished that I could have been as academically and financially accomplished as they were.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
I’ve noticed that I am particularly happy when I spend a lengthy period of time on a subject—when I become engrossed by it. Doing this makes me feel as though my mind is fully utilized. An engaged mind is less distracted by the worries and fears that serve to perpetually assault it.
I become happier through sustained engagement. This keeps me mentally elevated, alert and content. I am able to work through the moments of my time without raising my cortisol levels, without causing oxidative damage to my tissues, without the passage via the flight or fight response.
As I reflect upon how many times I allow little actions to fritter away my time—clicking on this or that site, rechecking my email again and again, I realize that I could have used this time more wisely…more efficiently.
I could have divided this time up and assigned it to specific uses. Jumping from one activity to the next shows a poor attention span—an inability to focus. Ultimately, these actions add up and waste my days. I learn very little when I employ this sort of behavior and I deprive myself of the sustained happiness that I am ultimately seeking. The question becomes, “How can I actually learn to focus better and what should I focus on?”
To learn more about this subject of focus, I have recently purchased the 2013 book “Focus” by Daniel Goleman. I think that the idea of focus is going to be a big issue in the next 50 years and beyond. The more and more people I meet, the more I hear the string of words “Attention Deficit Disorder” and how "He/She suffers with attention deficit disorder." or "I suffer with attention deficit disorder."
More meandering thoughts...
The subject that I know is guaranteed to capture the attention of almost any human being on earth is the subject of money, and, more specifically, making it quickly. Only slightly lower on the list of things we want is general success in life.
But why do we crave money and success so badly? Now this is the question.
One of the fundamental reasons why people desire money is that it brings more options to their lives. It allows them to have material objects and experiences as well as additional time that they would otherwise be unable to have. And, because certain possessions and experiences are beneficial to making a person feel happy and motivated, a person becomes more inclined to initiate creative pursuits such as hobbies, building a small business, starting their music or art career, deep sea diving or probing the depths of literature, philosophy and history.
Knowing that we have so many options—that not only can we survive, but we can thrive is a reward all in itself.
People pursue things like money by purchasing lottery tickets or attempting get-rich-quick schemes. We all have a much harder time going down the difficult path of working to support ourselves, learning a particular trade or skill, or, using our spare time on tricks and business endeavors that could possibly yield more financial return in the future.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Finally getting around to posting a few pics of our jubilant day.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
I was raised in a family that did not listen to secular music and watched very, very little television and secular movies. In fact, the very small amount of “movie knowledge” I ever acquired growing up was mostly when I went to other friends homes. My musical knowledge is even more destitute. I never was able to listen to secular radio stations until I moved from my parent’s house and briefly attended a Christian college. Of course, growing up, my brothers and I would try. Listening to secular radio stations during childhood was deeply frowned upon as was dancing. Alcohol never made it onto our property.
Today I am a product of my childhood—ill informed about popular culture, about television shows, movies, actors and actresses and the entire world of entertainment. I sit on the sidelines, without much to reference and relate to. Because of this deprivation, I have a hard time relating to other people or understanding the terms and movie “catch-phrases” they insert into their expressions. There is nary a day when I understand a popular cultural phrase or am found uttering witty, succinct movie-liners that are ever so cleverly inserted into my sentences.
I think about all the time I lost during childhood; all that precious time I wasted galloping through wheat fields, climbing in trees and making underground dirt forts with my brothers—when I could have been seated in front of a giant television or computer screen. I could have spent time learning the names of all the popular movie stars—and the unpopular ones—for extra street credit. I could have developed an appreciation for movie themes, plot, character and story development, but also for the more important things, like celebrities and their weekly affairs and the names of their much adored children.
Today I remain unusually disinterested in television shows and enormously intrigued by plants, astronomy and philosophy. I feel slight feelings of sadness as I consider all that I missed, my astounding ignorance related to popular media/culture.
I have much to make up for. It does give me some umbrage knowing that the way a person was raised can have an effect on their long-term interests. I have a hard time sitting through movies (especially the big blockbuster types), even to this very day. I always think—I want to be the one making the movie, directing it or writing a script. I want to be the one doing, not watching.
Oddly enough, I think it was in spite of my culturally deprived and censored upbringing that I am the person that I am today—that I see the world in two distinct categories—spectators and creators. Spectators, I started to hypothesize, represent the majority of the population. These are the people who consume content—instead of being a rapper, say, they watch someone who raps on the internet. Instead of writing a novel, they read one. Instead of painting a picture, they only visit art galleries. Instead of painting or creating a little ceramic figurine, they buy one and put it on their shelf. I could go on and on here. This is not to suggest that creators are not also consumers and spectators—sometimes, indeed, you need stimulation from other sources to inspire your own creative bursts.