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Violence

Recently i have been very interested with violence and malice. Where does it stem from why has there been so much how does this all relate to myself.

I am slowly unraveling our history of hatred which has only but increased my curiosity. Violence is spread across all cultures, religions… well humans across the board are violent. It would seem that we are innately inhumane and we have an ongoing battle to be humane.

My history is weak and finding out that Germany was one of the more liberal countries early 1900 when it came to Jews was astounding. It was hard for Jews to escape anywhere when Nazism started to grow becasue neighboring countries where doing just the same. Stalin was running ramped in Russian, Japanese where having a go at the chines, South Africa the British and Apartheid, which by the way was also anit-semetic.

So my interest is about who was at war where, what people where trying to achieve, finding out about the many many ethic minorities that where unjustly treated and the horrific brutalities is all part of this exploration.

How is it possible to have so many millions and different kinds of people(race class culture) involved in ongoing calculated torture, humiliation and killings. In Stalin prison camps reports of guards making people eat there own faces, Asia the varied torture methods where horrific, the Serbians made Jews ride naked on pigs and shotting one every now on then while having a good laugh. The examples are endless and we dont even know the worst of it.

I want to understand why? Where does it come from? What would i be capable of if i was cultural entrenched in such a system?

It is very easy to look at it in retrospect and be convinced, as i am completely, that you would never partake or turn a blind eye to the atrocities that happen. However it is not unreasonable to say that if the large majority of people where doing it what makes you think you would not be part of the majority? I think it is arrogant to automatically assume that we would not be a part of tht majority. We are today – remember the majority think they are set aside from the norm…

This is a scary thing… what does it mean to me and my experience? What am i capable of? What would i choose? What would i have chosen if i was brought up in a home that was part of a Nazi like system and that everyone that was part of my daily experience shared the same political, spiritual and anti-‘ethnic’ views. Id like to think that i would have chosen as i would choose now! But can i be sure i would have if it permeated nearly everything in my experience is my dilemma.

The other question it brings to mind is what believes are possibly indoctrinated in me now that may be scorned on by future generations? Or even more subtle believes that are not really my own or would be looked at differently if i had the clarity of acting outside of my immediate experience… But not lossing sight of my big questions: What violence, if any, would i take part in or condone if my miliue was totally about that? Would i kill and torture with pride… scary!

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Suddenly you arrive in your mid twenties and a lot of things are very different. Your priorities have changed and you have had huge shifts if not reinvented yourself along with your friends. Sometimes the changes are just too weighty to really maintain a friendship. I am noticing this with a lot of my friends. I find myself rebuilding or rather redeveloping our friendships. Not completely but defiantly certain aspects which is in turn changing the dynamic. It is interesting and I’m enjoying it.

It takes a little effort. Its really just picking up the phone and chatting. Asking how they are what they up to and coming to common interests and grounds. It seems strange considering these are people that you have known intimately for half of your natural life.

The changes in us from 20 – 25 are huge and in this time we spend less time together due to work, study, love and travel. Not only are we personally changing but our friends are too – in all different directions. You could really go into depth about how and in which ways but these are semantics. Its def something we need to put time to. Rebuild a connection before it dwindles completely. Don’t expect them to be the same. Expect the loyalty and trust but also expect changes in the nature of the relationship. Work with it and direct some energy toward sharing yourself and learning the changes the individuals have undergone. Perhaps it is just me but it seems we all in a similar boat.

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The power of thought. If you think it you will get it. It seems to be talk of the town but I think the message can be misleading. My first thought is that there is usually a finite amount of whatever you are wanting. The vast majority think about having a lot of money or more then they currently have. There is only a finite amount of money and it is impossible for everyone to have a lot of it since it would loss value altogether. I am digressing. Now some people get it some people don’t. So what differentiates a person that actual gets it and person that does not. Perhaps there is more to it then thought:

Perhaps it is the nature of your thoughts? Structure & intent

Perhaps it is the process of thought? Problem Solving & Conclusions

Perhaps it is the mechanisms of translating thought into habit and /or action? Turning thought into tangible results such as attracting the right people and action tasks that lead to your goal.

Perhaps your actions are incorrect? Thoughts lead to action but those actions are not correct due to a lack of knowledge and general understanding of whatever it is you are trying to engage.

Then within each of us there is probably a different mix of all of the above points. So extremely successful people have a good mix of nature and process of thought which rapidly leads to informed and proactive actions.

Being informed, in light of this argument, is a kind of wisdom about milieu that is required to make a success. So before your thoughts can actually manifest positively in your milieu you need to have a good understanding of how that environment operates.

In conclusion i think thought is very important if not thee most important part as it is the starting point. (Perhaps you need to start thinking about understanding your environment before you think about obtaining things, like money, within that environment.) You need to analyze at which points you fail in order to make advancements and not just merely start thinking about what you exactly want. Its a slow and long process to becoming a successful person. Naturally it is easier for some then others which only proves that we are at differnt levels of actioning and processing thoughts. Well at least this is what i think! 😉

Peace and Love and Happiness

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I short illustration of a theory about human evolution is needed to make my point: It all started in Africa where fauna evolved at a divine rate into Homo-sapiens. In Africa there where dangers, as there are anywhere, but life was generally easy. Fruit fell from trees, weather was v. accommodating and there where plenty animals to hunt. Despite these African luxuries there was a group that was restless, perhaps just curios. Whatever the reason it lead them to place’s that where less hospitable – cold, rainy, less vegetation and fewer animals. With incorrigible tenacity they steamed ahead and devised methods to concur the harsher conditions. Important to highlight 2 things in this situation: 1 – These guys where restless and curios by nature 2 – they where forced to adapt, create and evolve. These are the people that in turn made up the modern civilization.

Many hundreds of years went by and the migrated species had forgotten about Africa – the global hart that pumped them to the rest of the world in the first place. Once they had mastered the harsher environment of Europe there inexhaustible restlessness lead them to venture once more. In part it ironically lead them back to Africa. Only now they where challenged not by nature or beast but by there distant brothers and sisters primarily due to there own complex manifestations of society, religion and culture. This side of the family was content in their way of living and had therefore remained where and how they where. There was exploitation, slavery, cruelty and many unspeakable things. Many brothers and sisters could not integrate into the aggressive and technically advanced modern life style fast enough to save there own way of life. Many have come to near extinction, extinction which is a foreseeable inevitability. (Maris, Aborigines, Bushman, Red Indians and so on…)

Unfortunately they where and are forced into modern, i use this word loosely, way of life as it makes no provisions. Cutting a long story short – This behavior, in different forms, will go on until we are finally one big hegemonic people. Sounds terribly sad but things change and we must change with the times. This in its own right is also a natural process.

We would need to create big social zoos to allow differnt hegemonies to exist, interesting.

This is where i finally draw to my conclusion and the crux of this post. Fine we are evolving and things don’t always go smoothly when things change. Change is not easy for everyone. But where does it lead? We wont be able to keep cultures and people-apart so hegemony it will be. What about the rest of fauna. It is not ridicules to postulate that other species will take a hit, which they evidently already have. So, will we become one race utilizing vegetation and animals for purely functional purposes. I.E.: Only farm animals and plants as a survival mechanism because our evolutionary advancements cannot make concessions for all things that need to coexist in the same environment we use to advance. Ke?

..::.. Social Zoo sounds good to me ..::..

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Having lost my last blog in the expansive sea of the www, admittedly it had expired, i have been forced to start afresh – alas like most things in life it is probably for the better. Perhaps this will add substance where the last lacked, and humor where the last was dry and have enough posts to vend from warranted deletion….

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