Posts Tagged ‘humanity’

Water and fluidity

Posted: January 19, 2017 in Uncategorized
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I was writing a paper for a class on film and had to do some research into the Wachowskis. The duo created the Matrix franchise and directed all the movies in the Matrix franchise. I did not realize until I did my research that the Wachowsky brothers were now the Wachowsky sisters. Formerly Larry and Andy the two are now Lana and Lily. The duo are still the same people they have merely transitioned from the gender they were born with. Gender is fluid, identity to one gender or another is something that does not seem to be “hard coded”. Some are uncomfortable discussing this fluidity but they should not be. See as I get older I realize that almost all of life is fluid. Concepts that at once seemed “hardened” when studied and applied in practice to life become far more pliable and fluid. There was an author on a radio talk show discussing how language works and promoting his book. The book is, “Words on the Move: Why English Won’t – and Can’t – Sit Still (Like, Literally)” and the author is John McWorther. The book and the author explain how language is a changing and living thing and how when we correct someone about their use of the language we are often stopping progress. If everybody understands the word it is not the wrong word, this is how language works. Language is, as most systems are, fluid.

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When I think of fluidity I imagine water and a stream. The water moves in the stream towards the ocean. It changes course and cuts new paths but it is always moving towards the ocean. Humanity moves towards sublime perfection, we cut new paths, make new languages, systems but we are always moving toward enlightenment. puddles and ponds that are not moving towards the ocean dry up and evaporate. They disappear and eventually become part of the movement back to the ocean. I like to think it is the same way with society. Those who hate and resist things they do not understand will evaporate and go away only to be swept up again in the fluid motion. I want to be a positive part of the fluid nature of society and not a stagnant part.

 

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john3c

 

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What are you worth?

Posted: December 14, 2016 in Uncategorized
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There’s an app for that? I can check my credit card balances and my credit score through an app on my phone. I can see what my score is, what it should be and what is keeping it where it is. The app is quite helpful. Yesterday I read a very interesting article about the Chinese government and their plans for; giving out what can be called a social credit score. Here is a link to the article if you would like to check it out.

The article explains how Chinas social score will be calculated and used and the most telling quote comes from government documents outlining what the system is and how it will be ran. “Allow the trustworthy to roam everywhere under heaven, while making it hard for the discredited to take a single step.”  that is the quote from the documentation.

This system got me to thinking about;  the value of people. Who is valuable and why?  I really feel like everybody is valuable and when someone does good they become more and more valuable but value is very subjective and it is this subjectivity that makes me shy away from a system that values or devalues people.

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The United States Constitution uses a phrase it is “inalienable rights” that basically means that being human makes you and me valuable and worthy of rights.

I have always felt that it is a governments job to protect not provide me and my fellow humans our rights because of the inalienable value we possess. Don’t get me wrong justice and rehabilitation should be serve and in some cases justice is losing and gaining back some rights.

But on its face Chinas social credit score seems inhumane in that it allows a government to value and devalue human live. I am not sure if you are religious but the religious author Max Lucado realty hitthe nail on the head when it came to the value of a human being.

“God sees us with the eyes of a Father. He sees our defects, errors, and blemishes. But He also sees our value. What did Jesus know that enabled Him to do what He did? Here’s part of the answer: He knew the value of people. He knew that each human being is a treasure. And because He did, people were not a source of stress, but a source of joy.”
Max Lucado, Lar: I Never Knew That Was in the Bible: Inspirational Thoughts for Each Day of the Year

No matter what anyone tells you simply being human makes you valuable.

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john3c

 

Man vs Nature

Posted: August 31, 2016 in Uncategorized
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One event on my bucket list is hiking the Appalachian trail. The Appalachian Trail is a 2,200 mile trail that starts in Springer Mountain GA and ends at Mount Katahdin in Maine. Every time I mention this to my girlfriend, she reminds me that I hate nature. Now, before you go judging me let be more clear I don’t really  hate nature I respect it and understand that it is out to kill me. Man versus nature is so true.

I have a love hate affair with nature. I respect and see nature as an awesome powerful, visceral, rejuvenating and apathetic force. Nature is indifferent it survives and propagates. Nature has no moral code, it doesn’t show compassion for weak. Nature is opposite in that respect to humanity and yet we are all part of nature. I do not hate nature I just am intrigued by it.  Many writings  have tried to make nature more like humanity but it isn’t. Nature is a simple calculation and I do think that humanity can live in and survive with nature especially through applying the concept of game theory, however attitudes like specisim, hubris and blatant disrespect for nature stand in the way.

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We should encounter nature in a pragmatic way. It is important to understand the effects we have on nature and what these effects have on life. If, humanity intends on growing evolving and even surviving as a species we have to come together and realize how and where we fit in with nature. Hiking the Appalachian Trail may help me do that and it would make for some really cool stories.

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john3c

 

Nature is indifferent

Earlier this morning I was reading an article that came on the AP wire.  I pasted a link to the article and it is a very interesting one. The article deals with global warming or climate change and more importantly the way that global warming has become a political polarized issue in the United States.
Everytime I hear someone say something like “global warming is a myth” or “global warming is not man made” I kind of get upset and disappointed. There is tremendous evidence and I will not post it all here just not enough space or time to do this but there is evidence that debunks both of those claims. The rate of global warming we are experiencing is significant and it is man made that is the truth now why do people not accept the truth and works towards solutions harmoniously?  I think this not accepting and working together stems from the anger and disappoint I experience. People who are told that the earths’ climate  is changing significantly are taken back and disappointed. One thing that seems to be static throughout the history of forever is the state of the earths climate. I mean no matter what happens today the sun will set and rise again tomorrow right? Now with climate change people are being told that the way the earth uses the sun is changing and it is due in a large part to the way humans pollute. It probably cause anger fear disappointment and denial all at once.
The AP article that is posted in this blog is a really good one I encourage you to read it. The article does a deep dive into, the United States embracing science and technology and now basically turning its back on science and technology.
People are emotional creatures and this is a very good thing I hope we never lose our emotions however people also need to continue to learn. I would like to encourage all of us to learn as much as we can from each other and help each other as much as we can. It is learning and helping that will get us through the global warming we are experiencing as well as the emotions with the culture shock of discovering how this global warming was created. I would like to end with a quote from the Posted AP article “”True unity is not a unity in conformity, but a unity in diversity,” he says. “We look at differences as an opportunity to learn, not to divide.””
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john3c
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DIVIDED AMERICA: Global warming polarizes more than abortion

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Tell Your Story

Posted: August 15, 2016 in Uncategorized
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Stories, myths and legends are all types of powerful abstract thought. Shared stories, myths, legends are all social experiments in abstract thoughts.  Successful experiments in abstract thought have created religions started countries and philosophy. Abstract thinking has given humanity money and capitalism, charity compassion and love. It is important to dream imagine and share our passions.

At the end of the play “Into the Woods” The baker is distraught and doesn’t know what to do. His dreams and hopes are dashed and he cannot find any solace. He is instructed then and there that he should tell his story.

That is important. A legacy that we pass on to the next generation I encourage you today to tell your story and do your best to create a story that you are proud to tell. I am going to try and do the same thing. Good luck

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john3c

You’re a Fraud!

Posted: August 4, 2016 in Uncategorized
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You’re  a fraud! It’s going to be ok though, so am I and so is she and he. Everyone is a fraud.

(I haven’t blogged in almost a year now and I was so tempted to just stop typing after  those three lines. That would be so cool right? No way! A comment like that needs some clarification and I like to talk way to much to simply walk away after a bomb like that)

 

On Monday of this week my kids got all dressed up and took the bus to school. I wasn’t present when they walked into the classes but I can imagine and glean from conversation that, they were greeted by their teachers. These teachers would after greeting their charges, proceed to instruct and work hard to enlighten the children. For the children in elementary and middle school, their teachers seem to have all the answers they know everything. I think this is true for parents as well. When people are middle and elementary school age we look up to our role model and authority figures. It is usually in high school when we realize that our parents teachers and role models are human and as such flawed and to some extent frauds. The super heros disappear and in their place stand men and women who are doing their best to “fake it till they make it” or better put frauds!

Everyone is a fraud. No one has all the answers. A good friend of mine told me to stay far away from anyone who claimed they had all the answers. “That man is the most dangerous one in the room.” “I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is I know nothing.” Socrates

Why or how do we realize that our authority figures are flawed? For some, and this is truly tragic, the realization comes when the authority figure commits some type of terrible action, for most however this realization comes from seeing hearing and developing ideologies that are not the same as the authority figures. It is not uncommon to have a household with both liberal and conservative leanings. The fact that there can be and are so many equally good ideas and philosophies only reinforce the lack of a true expert or wise person. No one knows now or will ever know everything. There is no such thing as an expert.

This can seem disheartening on it’s face but when you think about it, this lack of experts does much to democratize the world and empower its citizens at the same time. If you don’t know something its ok because no one knows everything and everyone knows at least one thing. Since everyone knows at least one thing, chances are good for figuring something out through thoughtful discussion and who doesn’t enjoy that? So go ahead today and fake your way through whatever you are doing and when you get stuck do not be afraid to ask for some help because that is simply the human thing to do

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John3c

 

 

Most of us have eaten and still do, hamburgers or steak. This statement can be made in America with a certain, well certainty. (oh man I was in trouble like 3 words into that statement) On a serious note barring the vegan or the vegetarian most people consume and enjoy meat, but few enjoy where and how meat is made.

There is an organization called PETA. PETA is an acronym which stands for; People  for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The organization makes a bold statement on the website about the call for everyone to embrace the vegan or vegetarian lifestyle (please for all the vegans and vegetarians I know there is a difference but I am unsure what it is so I apologize for lumping you together..). “Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment or abuse in any way.”

I have already apologized to Vegans and Vegetarians and now I have to apologize to the animals of the world. I love steak, and I saved all my money while in middle school to buy a leather bomber jacket. I have watched the circus and clapped for the dogs and (insert gasp here) the elephants. One thing I am proud of though is I have never intentionally abused another living thing except for roaches. I know that roaches get a bad rap but they have it and I immediately squish them.

I am not swearing of meat right now. Who knows in the future I may join PETA and swear off meat and protest the circus, but not now. I think that defending the rights of animals is quite a lofty cause and I see great merit to it, but and I mentioned this book before in my blog, there is a book titled “Where am I wearing” it is a global tour to the companies factories and people who make our clothes, it is written by Kelsey Timmerman.

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The book displays the horrific conditions that employees are in to manufacture garments sold all over the world. In the preface for the second edition book the author talks about chickening out. He mentions how he does not ask the worker he is interviewing about the conditions he works in, because with that knowledge he would have to either change his spending habits or become apathetic to what could be some serious suffering. Shouldn’t we work harder for the lives of people than we do animals?

I wonder how many ignorant chickens live in this world. We will not try to learn how the hamburger is made because we may not enjoy it as much. I am not sure if this is the case I have seen butchers and hunters and I still enjoy burgers, but after learning about the working condition placed on humans to manufacture many of the clothes I enjoy I am having a harder time truly enjoying them.

I am burdened by the work conditions and that is a big one but what bothers me even more is that I may be unwilling to accept what has to be done. A higher price has to be paid, by me the consumer to provide a better working condition, and I have to educate myself as a consumer through books like Zimmermans and I ask myself the same question every time I shop. How much do I care about the plight of someone else?? So if you are looking for an answer look no further? Did you follow the link to Where am I wearing?

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john3c

I would like to end with an excert from the preface of the book

“I think deep down I really didn’t want to know about the realities of Amilcar’s life so I didn’t ask?”