Each of us deals with the same problems and if you think your neighbor is to blame, you’re probably not looking at the big picture.  Because your neighbors have the same problems that you do.  Once, people in power made it a priority to improve the standard of living for everyone and leave behind temples, churches, colosseums, amphitheaters, roads and all sorts of infrastructure improvements because using wealth for the benefit of all, is how to be remembered well.  Not only by family and friends, but even by people that never meet and only know the benefactor by their philanthropy and reputation.  Even the religious centers of the world had the ability, and perceived responsibility, to support the community with direction as well as finical help and guidance, providing a sanctuary for those in need.

Tyranny, has been a plague on civilization for so long that people have been aware, those who  tyrannize a population will be hated and despised for thousands of years, if they are not killed by revolt.  People in power don’t fund public improvements, when they want to maintain their power over others and have the perception that public improvements will erode their power.

Rather than than improving the standard of living for all, to be remembered well, they hoard wealth to maintain position and end up despised by people that don’t know them, because of their greed, and despised by their friends and family who can’t wait to get what they have.

When wealth is hoarded, instead of used to improve our standard of living, society decays along with its infrastructure.  The decay of society follows the decay of the standard of living and a society that feels as though their living standard will not ever improve, does not take care, or care about the infrastructure, or even their home.  But, when society sees the world around them improving, beautiful new architecture and religious centers sparkling with gold, instead of a dull gold paint that represents what things should be like, people begin to care and take care of their homes and the whole world.

fingerprints

September 23, 2021

In life there are many ways to perceive what it is to make progress.  One part of that progress which is often overlooked is personal development.  Everyone has more to learn because learning is like climbing a mountain that has no peak.  There are many plateaus to rest on the way, but stopping at one and thinking it’s the peak is like, finishing kindergarten and thinking you have an education.

While paths converge, your path is your own path.  People are just as unique as their fingerprints.  From the very beginning, till the very end, there won’t be another person with the same fingerprints as you, or the same path as you and the path that you blaze, paves the road for others to follow along and find their own path up.

Reflections

August 26, 2021

I guess it’s been so long since things were good, people are too young to remember now.  We used to have some really great times, even though we didn’t have a lot, we still got down.  We had such good times, others would wonder how it was possible to be so happy with so little.  I spent time in the hood, on the streets, locked up, in the suburbs, at warehouse parties, roof top pool parties overlooking the ocean and bumped elbows with superstars and bigshots, I even cooked for some of them.  But, I’ve never had as great of a time as I had in the hood, outside of the hood.

People often think that the hood is full of angry gangster wanna be’s but those aren’t the majority.  Most of the people in the hood are good hard working people and on a Friday night when the work is done, they get to get loose and have a good time.

People in the hood aren’t the only ones that have a good time, everyone likes to party sometimes.  But, good times are different with different people and they are great with real people because, real people know that even being used and abused they are good people that love and care very much about their friends, family, little animals and the whole world.  They live the best they can and will never let anyone convince them they aren’t worth respecting as a human being.

People, that only pretend to be human, wonder how people can be so happy with so little, because when they have good times, they are only reaping their fruits off those that they use and abuse.  They aren’t as happy because they know that they are not good people that love and care for their friends, families, little animals and the whole world.

Underground

August 15, 2021

My culture has been forced underground into smoke filled rooms of loud music with people who have been to jail before and are probably going to go to jail again, singing, drinking and dancing in celebration of enduring oppressive labor and degradation yet, not falling into hate.  Representing what it means to be a human being who loves and respects all by progressing individual skills, like playing music. Rather than defining ourselves with what we have, we define our selves by what we can do.  Because what you have can be lost or taken and what you know can’t.  We go above ground to work, but we stay in the shadows until we get back underground.

A polite and respectful person isn’t necessarily a happy and good person.  A person who is truly happy, is just as happy when they have just enough to eat, as they are when they have all they can eat.  When they are polite, they are being honest and when they treat others with respect, it’s how they also expect to be treated.

When some one is only pretending to be happy, they are polite and respectful to manipulate and deceive, but horrid to people who they don’t think they can use.  Because they perceive the world as their enemy and live in constant paranoia and fear of not having, along with jealousness and envy.  They expect others politeness and respect to have the same devious motivations as their own and will never trust anyone.

Land of the Free

August 3, 2021

Once the picture of an American was a pioneer with a musket and a coonskin hat, now it’s a business suit and a briefcase.  Americans had the freedom to choose to live however they wanted in the past and we have slowly let our freedoms be taken away from us.  American pioneers set out into the wilderness for furs, the freedom to be able to provide for themselves and to take control of their own lives, rather than letting their lives be provided for and controlled by monarchs and lords.

The American colonies eventually became lucrative assets to the monarchy and Americans had to fight to gain and maintain freedom.  But, the lucrative and heinous business of slavery kept many Americans under control, until again Americans were inspired to fight against each other for the right that all Americans would have the freedom to control their own destiny.

As Americans expanded west and ignorantly fought and killed the Indians, they did so with the perception of freedom from danger.  While the Indians fought to be free from American control.

When the country was connected with the golden spike, the lucrative business of ranching pitted cowboys against land barons.  Cowboys fighting to maintain the freedom to ride the dusty trail, driving their cattle across the plains and sleeping under the stars.  The land barons fighting to fence off the land, in order to control the business of beef at the cost of the cowboys livelihoods.

Now, since the land barons took over the plains Americans freedoms have been eroding like a cliff beaten by waves, today it’s virtually impossible to avoid debt and thereby be controlled by it.  What will it take for Americans to again demand freedom and what kind of American restricts the freedoms of another!?

There are so many wonderful things about life and the world is truly a beautiful place, it’s important to enjoy the gifts of life and to guard them well.  It’s in the guarding of wonderful that people sometimes have to dedicate themselves to other aspects of life, other than the enjoyment of life.  To ensure that the world remains beautiful and bountiful, people have to work for it.  When we are done with the work, we can enjoy the benefits of our work. If we put off work we only pretend to enjoy life as we neglect our own food and shelter.

Historically, society has seen those that are controlled by their vices and unable to devote themselves to working on building a beautiful world, as weaker and less trustworthy than those that can devote their time to a future and master their vices because it’s only from their hard work that we all have the things we need and can enjoy.  Working for everyones profit has also usually been seen as conquering the vices of greed, envy and jealousy.  While working for selfish gains has been seen as heartless and ignorant making the rich ashamed in front of the righteous, unless they are righteous themselves.

Because it takes a long time for change to happen, it’s important to prepare for as early as possible.  Martin Luther King Jr. was born long after slavery ended, but he still dreamed of equality and there are still people dreaming of the day when race becomes as significant as eye color.  M.L.K. devoted his life to change understanding that he probably wouldn’t see the promised land but just like planting seeds, it takes time and effort for anything to happen.  With that time and effort, the fruits can be beneficial to generations and even produce more seeds to go on benefiting for generations.

Seeds for social change can be planted now to put an end to the divisiveness in society by remembering how to work together, instead of against each other in competition.  The roots of our social structure are based on cooperation, which is why we have cities of families and not family territories.  The rat race mentality we currently have, only pits one individual against another and destroys the empathy and compassion in society.  In a rat race, there are no winners because even rich people have problems, only money isn’t one.  Just because people have emotions there will always be suffering in society but when we adjust our perspectives and work for love instead of money we can plant the seeds for a society were, even with all the problems in life at least society will not be a problem for anyone of any class or race.

There is nothing wrong with working for someone else’s dreams, as long as their dream isn’t your nightmare.  If you cover your eyes with your hand, you can’t see your hand.  Even though it is right in front of your face.  A lot of people think that they are free without thinking about what freedom is.  If they think about it, their freedom is an illusion and in reality they are slaves to the alarm clock who can’t stray too far from being away from work when it goes off, they can’t stay up too late to hear it, they don’t have time to work on their personal dreams and they answer to a boss if they are late for work.

In this kind of slavery people don’t get whipped by their bosses, instead they are beaten down with humiliation and chastised by their peers, friends and family for not slaving.  Which makes them feel like pariahs, for desiring the freedom to work on their own goals, rather than their bosses goals.  Many people even end up choosing freedom in poverty, over slavery.  Only later to become convinced they’re the low life losers society says they are because they’re poor, so they end up giving up through losing the motivation to try. It takes cooperation and respect for society to work.  Our work builds the society we live in and if we work together and respect each other, we can build a world were more people have the opportunity and support to accomplish their dreams rather than building a world that retards that opportunity, abandons people in need and in turn retards progress.

Crime Wave Effect

June 21, 2021

Crime is a result of a divided society.  There is a popular misconception that confuses competence with opportunity.  The idea that the most competent of society will have the most opportunity is a false one when society is divided between haves and have nots.  Opportunity is more available to the haves than to the have nots, regardless of competence.  A rich person with good ideas can fund their production and the best a poor person with good ideas can do is sell them to someone who can afford to produce them.  There are plenty of people with the competence to do so much but their efforts are put towards things like crime and terror because they don’t have equal opportunities.  They have no hope of a future of anything but servitude.

In a society that has a small minority holding on to most of the pie and leaving the majority fighting over crumbs, the struggle over the crumbs makes people value crumbs more than anything.  Crumbs are more important than family, friends and freedom for people in such a society.  There are two main categories of leaders, humanitarian leaders and cold hearted leaders.  While the humanitarian type guides towards equality and fairness, the cold hearted types guide towards control and division.

Both types of leaders are respected for different reasons and a cold hearted, shrewd leader gains respect by using underhanded and dishonest tactics to dominate.  A humanitarian leader gains respect through diplomacy and unification.  The tactics of the cold hearted types are less effective and long-lived than those of the humanitarian type because the side effect of their tactics is the creation of enemies and division from within as similar cold hearted tactics pit one against another fighting for power and control.  Humanitarian tactics are what convince people to unify under one flag and work towards a common goal that gives hope to all of society.