Turbulence

You can decipher the content.

I can derive the mechanism.

You can see the imagery.

I can watch for emergencies.

You can drive the highways,

While I gaze at the streets.

You can walk away,

While I stare at my feet.

You can feed the meek,

While I organize my weeks. 

Valentine’s Day Free Download

Four years ago, I published my first book A Two Sided Truth. It was during a time in my life surrounded by uncertainty and chaos. The compilation of this book involved gathering and editing poems, prose, and short-stories that I had written in college, and the process (though imperfect) provided me with a sense of completion.

This process of creative expression helped me to make meaning in an extremely difficult time in my life. Producing something containing your own words and effort is inherently vulnerable, but it helped me to cope with adversity; therefore, if it could be of help a single person like it helped me, it would be entirely worth embracing my own vulnerability and post this announcement:

From February 14th to February 17th, the kindle version of A Two Sided Truth: An Anthology of a Human Experience will be free to download on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2wgHKfJ

“What You Resist Persists”

Today’s social and political climate is polarizing. It is times like these that we need to remember what we are fighting for.

A cause may start as a righteous one, but it quickly descends into treachery the moment the fight itself becomes pleasurable: when we derive joy from the suffering of others, even those most heinous; we have lost the way.

It is easy to loathe and idea, a cause, or someone that embodies them; but, if we fine tune our focus on the feelings of hatred, then our minds are shifted from the change that we want to bring and consumed by the flames of hatred that we are fueling within ourselves.

Remember that any battle should not be about the battle nor the opponent; it is about the outcome. And if the desired outcome be peace, then it cannot be manifested by those who are consumed by even a seemingly “righteous” hate.

Resistance is necessary. Enjoyment is not. The eye’s gaze should never  leave the vision of beauty. If you are consumed by your enemy, you will never win. If you are consumed by your vision, you cannot lose.

 

Internal Polarity

I live in a fight between my rationality and my emotionality.

My rationality knows quite well that these next two months are quite necessary not only for the development of our relationship, but also for further discovery of our own selves.

I know this time is necessary so that we do not rush through the initial stages of a relationship.

And the paradox is that by not rushing everything becomes more meaningful: I savor every minute I spend with her and my feelings are being opened to a whole new level of perceptional experience. But nevertheless, I want to rush!

This is where my emotionality comes into play. Though it is all well and good that this thing called “time” and this virtue called “patience” are necessary to derive the pleasurable feeling I feel when I am with her; I nonetheless wish I could spend every moment with her, right now.

I know that isn’t the right answer, nor does it have a remote possibility of happening. But I cannot quell these feelings. They feel just as true as my rationality.

But in the end what I need is balance accompanied by patience. I do need to see her, and in time the duration of our time spent together will too expand. Yet, I also need to live this chapter in my life for the chapter that it is. For after all, this point in my life cannot be anything other than what it is.

The scene is set and the characters in motion. I relinquish control and simply play my part. The next scene will arrive when and where it is meant to, but, until then, it  is necessary to continue onward.

Meaning is use: Wittgenstein on the limits of language

An Interesting Read About Language & Words

Philosophy for change

LudwigWittgensteinLudwig Wittgenstein (1889 – 1951) was one of the most important philosophers of the twentieth century. Wittgenstein made a major contribution to conversations on language, logic and metaphysics, but also ethics, the way that we should live in the world. He published two important books: the Tractatus Logico Philosophicus (1921) and thePhilosophical Investigations (1953), for which he is best known. These were major contributions to twenty century philosophy of language.

Wittgenstein was a difficult character. Those who knew him assumed he was either a madman or a genius. He was known for working himself up into fits of frustration, pacing about the room decrying his own stupidity, and lambasting philosophers for their habit of tying themselves in semantic knots. In his favour, Wittgenstein was not afraid to admit his own mistakes. He once said: ‘If people never did anything stupid, nothing intelligent would ever get done’. He also said:…

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Critical Thinking on Sustaining Power

“The best way to control people is to make it so subtle they know not they are being controlled. Allow some freedoms so they do not question but retard the true potential possessed in the human.”

It would be much easier to rule if simply all accepted to be ruled, but for the masses to accept a ruling agenda, it must sound like it will benefit them. If one rules by force, there will always be some factions that conspires to use force against them; and, one day, they will overthrow them because of the difference in numbers between the ruling and the ruled. But if you rule by benevolence, perceived or authentic, you limit those conspirators to nil or few; the few would be shunned by the masses as outliers and not allowed to influence the other group members that make up the whole.

The Interest of Modern Day Physics

Some interesting take away points from the video below:

  1. The multiverse is in essence a series of geneses.
  2. The Universe is not made out of atoms as we previously thought, but rather made primarily of dark matter that is invisible.
  3. Dark matter is only known due to it’s gravitational effects.
  4. Black holes destroy matter and condense, while white holes emit matter and expand.

 

Coercion & Freedom

What truly is freedom and how important is it? I think many would say it is the most important thing. I am American and our whole country was founded on this belief.

But if it is the most important thing shouldn’t we keep striving for more?

Americans believe themselves to be free and they usually contrast this statement by comparing their lives to totalitarianism regimes. Yes, by contrast, we are most definitely free. But what if we compared our freedoms to utopia? I think then our ‘freedom’ would seem quite inferior.

We believe ourselves to be free; but are we actually?

If I spend my whole day watching Fox News and find myself voting more conservative, I will think I did so because of my own volition, but did I really? Or was I passively influenced?

Similarly, if I see 7 commercials for McDonald’s cheese sticks, and then, the next day get in my car when I am hungry and buy them; did I do that out of my own free will? Or was I coerced?

So, when we Americans think about life. When we think about happiness and when we think about our futures and goals, reflect on who told you those assumptions you are making. Because it is likely some ambiguous outside source we call the media or society.

Self-Reflections: Day 2

Today is a good day. I have lived many days and each possess their own stresses. But one thing is common among all stressors: they are perceived and processed within my mind alone. The stress is felt inside my body and doesn’t exist outside of me, externally in the outside world. Something is only stressful if it is perceived as stressful. Some might find stress everywhere by being aware of all the things that may go wrong. Others, may be blind to these hidden stressors and, consequently, feel no stress whatsoever. Much of stress is self-manufactured by worrying about “what if’s,”  but the solution is to focus on “what is.” What currently exists in our awareness is all we can truly be certain about. Also, the present is what we must go through to get to those someday “what if’s.” We can never escape the fact that we can only live on moment at a time and, within each moment, we can only live one thought at a time.