The entertained brain

“I restore myself when I’m alone”

Marilyn Monroe

We seem to fear being alone with ourselves. Perhaps this is partially explained by one of the major drivers of our behaviour being the need to be connected and accepted by others. Kids will get in cars with a drunk mate when they know it is  life threatening. The risk of dying is less scary to them than becoming socially outcast by their peers. We shouldn’t fear being alone with our self. Why we do is just one of those mysteries of the universe I guess. Aloneness is actually great. Through aloneness we can move behind the mind chatter and discover our true nature. This awakening is one of the most important experiences in life. But, most of us don’t embrace solitude. We fill our aloneness up with mobile phones, facebook, gaming, sports, politics, new media and any and every other type of brain entertainer. We live in a world designed to keep us utterly distracted and completely plugged into a narrow bandwidth of thought and experience. We tune externally instead of internally, and in doing so we miss the really important things. Lightweight entertainment and recreational drugs (or any other thing that helps us forget our troubles) are king in our culture. We talk other about the weather, who won the big game or which politician to might vote for. We don’t discuss questions like:

  • Why don’t the Rothschild family appear on the world’s rich list when they have reported fortunes of +$500 trillion?
  • How come most of the US presidents were members of the Council on Foreign relations? Who are the CFR anyway and what do they do?
  • Who are the Bilderberg group? Or the Committee of 300? Or who is Moloch or Nimrod and why do either have any relevance today?
  • Who owns the Fed?
  • Under what law does a US private company collect tax from its citizens?
  • How can we ever achieve an abundant, sustainable and efficient lifestyle if our operating maxim is profit making (founded on scarcity)?
  • Are there fairer, better and more egalitarian social structures that we should collectively move toward?
  • How might we enable real change that positively impacts on us for the good of us all?

Most of the things we should be talking about aren’t even a part of the public mainstream discourse. Everything that is super important seems to occur in a shadowy world that operates behind the curtain pulled over our eyes by our politicians, bankers, companies moguls and the media. While we remain entertained and distracted we miss the opportunities to connect back into our essence.  We trade deep meaningful conversations about matters that affect all of us for superficial diatribe from strangers. Our problems seem big. We are so small. Perhaps it is better to close our eyes and distract our brain from ourselves, our nature, our problems and our life. It’s what most people seem to prefer anyways…

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The five best documentaries on the tube

What they’re not teaching you in school…and once you watch these you’ll completely understand why! You’ll also realise how much bullsh*t you are being fed each and every day through your work, the banks, the media, your school, church and the state…

 

Ancient Knowledge

Amazing stuff that will really change your thinking on many bits of state taught ‘official knowledge’.

 

Zeitgeist

Slow to start but a really clear presentation of alternative ideas showing how media and religion are being used to control our way of thinking and our lives. The sequels on money and solutions are also good.

 

Kymatica

You finish this wondering exactly what some people know that you don’t. What has specifically being kept from you for centuries?

 

Esoteric Agenda

Interesting viewing!

 

Resonance: Beings of Frequency

The importance of sound to all living creatures including us…

 

What’s really wrong with work (the bigger picture)?

“Let me issue and control a nation’s money and I care not who writes the laws”
Mayer Amschel Rothschild (1744-1812)

 

My main objection to work is that most of our labour for money is a dispiriting waste of our life. Beyond that I hate work because I know that I will pay tax. I actually have no problem paying tax if the tax system effectively distributes help to those in need, provides good quality health care and encourages quality education for everyone. However, more and more our tax dollars are going towards heinous things like bank bailouts, and unnecessary wars concocted by bankers and weapons manufacturers for profit and power. There seems to be no limit to tax dollars for mining or fracking in conservation lands or for deep sea oil drilling in marine reserves while at the same time there isn’t enough to pay teachers much above minimum wage.

Worse if you work for any company, in almost any part of the world, that has more than 1000 workers then it’s inevitable that the 10 biggest shareholders include these venomous few world banking families and their fanatical partners who been secretly manipulating the control of this planet since the 1500s. You are working so they profit greatly and with those profits they will spread their evil web to further enslave the populace in misery.

Four things you should do:

1. Your own research on the reach and control of the world banking and religious cartel.

2. Realise that love is the key. We are all in this together. We need to stop focusing on trivial artificially manufactured differences that are separating us. We need to expand our consciousness and find our bliss 🙂

3. Get out of debt. Stay out of debt. Put your money in a local building society or a small banking cooperative instead of a big corporate bank.

4. Spread the word. Tell people what you have discovered! [These guys work on 50 – 100 year plans so use the internet for free speech while you can].

 

Dirty politics (hideously incestuous really)

“The illusion of choice in politics is the ground for perception of free will”
Mr Simple

 

I despair at elections. At one time I was an activist. Then a party supporter. Then I found politics repugnant. Why?  I traced the money funding the liberals and the conservatives and many of the other parties in my country. If you do this you too will arrive at the same families that I did. Every party in almost every country has the same financial backers.

Once you do this, or once you know this, politics becomes a sad illusion.

What choice is there really if the same puppet masters control all the political puppets on show?

Its like saying I’ll buy Cadbury’s over Kit-Kat only to find out both are owned by Kraft (who are in themselves owned by…take a guess).

Yet people take their vote so seriously. Older people especially. Older folks place such importance on their vote. They say that it’s better than living in a dictatorship…but really if every politician owes favours (or much more) to the same individuals then there isn’t really any dichotomy is there…just the illusion of a choice.

Now what if those same few families owned both the media, the education system (through the govt – owned by these families), the police (govt…) and the army (govt…yawn)?

Are you concerned enough to look up from video games (own them too…mostly) and Hollywood movies (they own them entirely) to vote against this? Really… who will you vote for for real change? Before you vote look past party politics and into ownership relationships.

We hold the power. The power is always with the people. When we decide enough the political illusion is over.

Call me when its time. I’ll stand with you.

Overcoming apathy by shedding environmental guilt

“All that self-expression has just created a generation of morons, hooked on an endless appetite for rubbish”

Vivienne Westwood

 

Did you ever stand there with a piece of trash and feel what I guess you’d call environmental guilt? Maybe it was some excessive packaging for an electronic gizmo you just bought or perhaps the cling wrap from your kids lunch.
Of course you realise that there is no ‘away’ to throw this trash. It will go somewhere and it will be there for hundreds and hundreds of years. Almost everyone is concerned about the cavalier disregard and the environmental callousness of corporate production chains.

 

Many of us may be conscious consumers that try to reduce harm by avoiding purchasing the worst products from the least green companies. The vexing thing is that no matter what we buy it isn’t going to be a good choice for the environment. The production chains are so entangled so polluting, and so inherently unfair to labour that their aren’t easy ways to live ethically.

 

No matter how you try you will invariably make significant contributions to the very environmental problems that concern you.

 

The most unfortunate thing is that the situation can feel so helpless that mere mortals become disenfranchised. We come to feel nothing we do matters. When the learned helplessness of the individual is accumulated into a helpless community and magnified again into a helpless nation then you have the makings of a classic social dilemma.
But, how to overcome the apathy that results when one feels helpless and hopeless?

 

The first step is to ensure a continual connection with nature. Few individuals can spend time in a natural setting and not feel a deep connection. We are animals after all.

 

Next we need to begin to learn and understand that environmental concern does not necessarily result in living an impoverished life. Saving energy is saving money. Reducing rubbish is saving money. Upcycling and recycling is making money. Growing your own food is enhancing your wellbeing, minimising oil consumption and improving the soil. Good environmental decisions are often good personal decisions.

 

Last we need to move away from fear or guilt motives for new behaviour. Positive results seldom come from negative motivations. Given an understanding of the problem and a participatory opportunity many people will do the right thing.
Good information and good intentions need an opportunity for expression. We must create better opportunities and more positive ways to express environmental issues. We all have the power to change ourselves. In changing ourself we change the world.

Universal Basic Income: A idea whose time has come.

“What was it I was interested in as a youth, before I was told I had to earn my living?”

Robert Anton Wilson

Every citizen deserves the minimums of life. Good food, clean water, and a safe place to shelter.

If this is the goal of humanity then modern economies are failing us dismally.

When the signs of our failed social experiments are so evident we need to start to discuss the alternatives. Good ones like the Universal Basic Income. Basic income is an unconditional regular payment to all individuals without a requirement of work. Basic income replaces pensions, sickness disability and most other welfare payments. There is no eligibility or means testing. Every adult (over 18 years) is eligible. Here is a short video explanation of Basic Income.

Basic income recognises the vast contributions individuals make in a society are often unrecognised because much of it will not part of paid work. Van Gogh for instance lived from charity (a basic income in affect). He did not make a living from his paintings and yet his paintings have been left as his gift to the world!

There are active discussions on Universal Basic Income in many countries like this one in Switzerland for example.

Opponents paint a bleak picture of laziness, high crime rates and affordability, but the truth is that most of these petty complaints are invalid. Basic income is a more fair and equitable approach than the current system that punishes people for not being able to find jobs that don’t exist. No wonder people get fed up and turn to crime! Basic income is also a more effective means to fairly redistribute wealth from the 1% to the 99.

The other criticism of basic income is that proponents just don’t know how an economy works. This line of thinking appears to assume that the bank economics that we have right now is working and that all of humanity have (or soon will have) their basic human needs met. What rot!! They also appear to presuppose that environmental devastation, poverty and starvation are inevitable even necessary. Or if you think this contradictory logic through…it is a fundamental admission that working in jobs, paying taxes for welfare and spending all our remaining money on loans to banks or on consumption of junk is never going to ensure human needs are met on a massive scale.

Face it, things are fucked up badly.

Our next economic system needs to be based around something other than greed!

Every human has the right to the minimums of a descent life and Universal Basic Income is a better means of achieving this simple outcome.

Footnote

There are efforts to deliver UBI in many countries. Join the cause or if there is nothing in your country start something up!!

US http://www.usbig.net/index.php

Canada http://biencanada.ca/

UK http://basicincome.org.uk/

Europe http://basicincome2013.eu/en/index.html

Australia http://www.basicincome.qut.edu.au/

NZ http://www.bigkahuna.org.nz/universal-basic-income.aspx

 

Dead in the deapan

“I saw this whino. He was eating grapes. I was like, dude, you have to wait”

Mitch Hedburg

The delivery of my humour is kind of deadpan. Not kind of actually.

I don’t ba-da-bing the punchline.

Most people get it and it seems they are pretty amused. Often times I don’t say much and the dead pan works, but sometimes it goes bad. Bad with a bang.

Walking home today I found an elderly man stuck in his mobility scooter. He’d run aground turning around a community garden. His cart was tipped over a bit and his back wheel was spinning out in the dirt.

Never one to be afraid to row up to a bad situation (first aid, breaking up streetfights, punishing the unjust…kidding) I went straight to his aid. My mother always drummed in that we are all in this together and tomorrow that will be you. I think it was a good lesson and I will try to pass it down the line.

So I launched at this poor old chap with “zero to 100 in…?” as my introduction.

Being that he had obviously missed the turn and sort of fallen off the sidewalk I was implying he was doing 120 km/h in a mobility scooter = he is an irresponsible user.

I was a bit on the heels when he launched into a tirade about me, my personal hygiene and my sexual preferences.

So I laughed, said “good one -funny” and then told him I was happy to give him a hand. Putting myself in his shoes I suspected he was proud of his independence and probably quite defensive about crashing his scooter. Maybe the same thing happened with his car and the authorities came in and tookit away.  Perhaps he was totally stressed, maybe he’d double dosed the wrong medication or maybe it was just my deadpan comment…but he was white hot angry.

As I shoved back end of his 300 lb scooter back onto the sidewalk, with him still in it, he whacked me across the back of the head and neck with his cane. I flinched. It actually hurt like hell, but I said (still deadpan) “Don’t whip the mule ’til you’re out of the ditch!”. I went back and finished pulling him up out of the planter garden. He didn’t hit me again but as soon as all 4 wheels hit the ground he zoomed off muttering about how much I enjoyed sex with myself.

It’s nice when people thank you for taking time to be helpful, but that’s not why I help people. So today’s misadventure hasn’t put me off helping. Instead it’s made me realise that I need better communications skills and that I really need to better introduce myself and better explain myself before trying to help. In this case I didn’t take enough time to get to know this old chap before I presumed to know what to do to solve his problems without even saying hello.