Art and the philosophy of life

Posts tagged ‘philosophy’

Okay, so…here’s another thing

We believed the world was flat, that an eclipse was the work of evil spirits that needed to be pacified with human and animal sacrifice, that drought, and every other weather event was due to angry gods, that the sun, and EVERYTHING else, revolved around us.  Ego much?

The point is, that all of those things were once believed to be FACTS.  You think we would catch on that the stuff we know today is based on what we actually know NOW.  A hundred years from now people will be writing about the stupid things WE believed.  But that doesn’t stop us from making excuse for our horrific behavior.  When they write about what we did to the planet the writers will be amazed that we ALLOWED what we are doing to actually happen.

We aren’t any different than the people who came before us and the people who come after us will be the same as we are.  Every current generation thinks THEY know what’s going on, in spite of the FACT, that  it has been proven over and over again that we just don’t have the information we need to know what’s going on.

It’s as if we’re severely brain damaged and unable to learn from our past experiences which are RIGHT IN FRONT OF OUR FACES.

Look, instead of trying to figure out what to do to clean the oceans, people are spending a ton of money trying to figure out how the native people on Easter Island moved the statues.  They are using CRANES and up to date technology to do it.  Duh.  There are all kinds of THEORIES that won’t change a single thing in the lives of those who are hungry or the fish who are poisoned, or the kids with allergies because they can barely breathe  our air.  But, who knows, maybe they’ll find the cure for AIDS or cancer, once they know how the statues ended up where they are.  I’m not suggesting we don’t do research.  I’m suggesting that we figure out what needs to be done to survive and stop the ice caps from melting because if we become extinct, the statues will still be there.

Foot binding, FGM, all seemed like good ideas at the time.  FGM is still being practiced today.  All things done to women.  If a woman’s foot wasn’t the size of a newborn’s no man would marry her so a woman had to be crippled in order to survive. Because women couldn’t survive without a man.

Beliefs come and go and the people who live through the transitions are the ones who suffer because of them.  People are killed because they love someone of the same gender.  How INSANE is that?  It’s no one’s business what anyone else does.  That’s what FREEDOM means.  And the guys in washington who are homophobic are then are outed, which just go to show us that it’s all a bad joke, except for those who are beaten or killed.

There used to be a belief that people (women) couldn’t have sex before marriage (everyone did but they just lied because we do what we want and are forced to lie by the arbitrary rules set up by our culture), divorce was bad, women couldn’t work outside the home, Ms would never catch on.  All things that seem childish now.

Well, EVERYTHING is like that.  The things we believe now will be different in the future but we take things so seriously, and people SUFFER because of the things we think are important, when they aren’t.

Sigh.  We make excuse to do whatever we want.  THE GOLDEN RULE is the biggest con of all.  That would mean that priests should be raped over and over and over again and that animals should come INTO OUR HOMES and trap and shoot us, then have us for dinner.  That would mean that the pope would actually have to GIVE something to others, instead of hoarding gold and art and texts and all the rest.  The Golden Rule is meaningless verbiage, blah, blah, blah.  No one would want done to them what they do to others.  We lie to each other and to ourselves.    Men would have their feet bound so they couldn’t walk, have their genitals sliced and diced so they couldn’t feel anything.  They wouldn’t be able to make enough money to live, they would be dependent upon women, attacked in the street, afraid to go out alone at night.  They would be battered and abused.  They would live in fear of women.  That’s what the Golden Rule is all about.

So, lets play, Do Unto Others for awhile and see how the other half likes it.  We just keep saying the dumbest things and worse, people think that they are actually saying something.  Let’s all move into the vatican and play do unto others.  Let the pope move into the slums and see what real life is like.  THERE IS NO GOLDEN RULE, THERE’S ONLY POWER.  See how fast the Golden Rule would disappear if we tried to enforce it.   Men would get rid of it immediately because they would never in a million years want done to them, what they do to others.

Once you understand that, then the world makes more sense.  We’re going to look as ridiculous as the people who believed the earth was flat or that we were the only ones in the universe when there a billions of galaxies like the Milky Way.  Conceit, ego and insanity make up our lives.  We think we can kill whatever we like, and we justify everything we do.  We make up stupid sayings and then do the opposite.  We are controlled by morons and no one seems to notice.

I think the sacred cows and cats should run the show.  That way we could all bask in the sun, lay around on the grass or a soft blanket, take walks and just relax now and then.  They don’t have rules.  They don’t really care what shape the planet is, they just want a little sun and and something to eat, now and then.  They don’t need a president cow to tell them what to do, or a president cat.  I’m not saying I would want their lives, believe me, I’m just saying that we could learn how to cage more naps and roll around on the ground more often.

Just some stuff I’ve been thinking about this morning.  You know, just stuff.

Okay, so…here’s another thing…

We don’t have the slightest idea what males and females are actually like,  I mean inherently.  Yes, women get pregnant and have more humans but, that’s about it.

What if…girls were not indoctrinated/brainwashed/conditioned to be the relationship keepers, the tenders, the minders, the mediators, the care takers or the poor.  What if we reversed what we did and dressed boys in pink, girls in blue.  What if we dressed boys in dresses and girls in pants and gave the girls trucks and guns and the boys dolls and purple ponies, with manes they could braid and comb?  If you think that would be a stupid thing for a boy to do, why do you think it’s okay for a girl to do?  Stupid is stupid, Stupid doesn’t know gender.

What if we taught boys be the helpers and let girls do whatever they liked.  What if we reversed the roles?   Roles are things that actors get, so they can PRETEND to be someone other than themselves.  Get it…we are teaching our kids to play a role that hurts them and stops them from finding out who they are.  It’s destroying our society, the actual world, because only one voice is ever heard.  What if we read love stories and sappy romance books to boys and read tough, travel the world, kick ass, books to girls?

What if we TAUGHT GIRLS THAT BOYS WERE SECOND CLASS CITIZENS, unworthy of our attention.  Things to be used and violated on the streets and pretty much anywhere they were.  What if we had laws that allowed girls to beat up boys and walk away.  What if we taught girls that boys should wait on them, clean, do chores and run errands while they watched tv, or just slept?  What if we dismissed them, paid them less, refused to make the streets safe, so that boys/men couldn’t go out alone at night without feeling afraid?

Things don’t HAVE to be the way they are.  The way things are is the way MEN want things to be.

We force genders into what they become.  The one’s who fight back and refuse to bend to the demands of an unjust and unfair society are treated poorly.

We could do to boys, what men have done to girls.   We could force/mold them into whatever we want them to be.  Many women would like to beat some guy up but the checks that have been put in place in female socialization won’t allow it.   We could do that to boys, we could condition and brainwash them into being non-violent and considerate.  We could teach them to never fight back.

MEN decided how they wanted women to be and they made it happen.  They write the laws and the laws say they can do whatever they want to us.  Society/men gave us our roles.  They keep them in place through violence and laws that only work to protect men.  They pay us less, so we are more dependent, and then bitch about how we’re always looking for a man, so we can survive.  They have kept us out of school, refused to let us vote.  The church won’t let women use birth control, even though they know they do.  Men want to write laws to CONTROL OUR BODIES.  What if women wrote laws to control men’s bodies?  You rape, surgery follows, and you won’t be able to do it again.  That or death.  We could do it.  When you’re in charge, you can do anything you like.  Men have always been in charge.  They have always raped and killed us.  That’s the law.

Gender roles have been planned and enforced, so that women are the UNPAID work force, things to be used and abused.   When one or two women make it to any position of power, they’re on the cover of magazines, to show others it can be done, but it’s not true.  The overwhelming majority of women are never going to be billionaires, millionaires, running their own companies.  Not as long as the strict gender roles and unfair laws are written and enforced by men, so that they can’t move forward/up.

A guy pushes a stroller and everyone thinks he’s amazing.  Women NEVER stop working, no one thinks it’s a big deal.  That’s what women are supposed to do…take care of everything, especially things men don’t want to do.

All of it is TAUGHT AND ENFORCED.

All of it.  Women have been played from the start.  We get the crumbs, enough to keep us quiet and able to do the cleaning.   It’s time that we stop smiling and start fighting back.  .

Here’s a thought.  What if girls and boys were given the SAME books to read. Books about fairness and equality?  What if boys and girls were taught to respect each other?  What if men and woman were paid the same wages?  What if men were taught not to beat and kill women, or children.  What if ponies were there for everyone, along with trucks and things that weren’t color coded?  What if everyone wore gender neutral yellow?  What if kindness was expected from all human beings along with fairness?  What if gender ROLES disappeared and there were only people?  What then?  What if each person was allowed to flourish and no one was held DOWN, for ANY reason.  Imagine a society where people could grow, create and be happy.  Yeah, I can’t imagine it either…not as long as powerful, rich, white guys keep enforcing the status quo.

Okay, so…

Kids Children Cute Childhood People Happy

You might look at this adorable picture and smile.  I just see the system reinforcing the fact that boys and girls are different.  She has long hair and she’s wearing a stupid dress, while the boys wear pants, which allow them more movement and protection.  He might want to wear a dress, and wear his hair longer, but would be punished for not following the rules.  Reinforcement of gender roles are everywhere.  EVERYWHERE.  You might be thinking, that I’m over reacting but, trust me, subliminal messages, that keep the status quo in place, are everywhere.  Kids are taught what is expected of them, how they are supposed to look and dress, by things like this.  Walk down the aisles of Target and see the difference in toys for girls and boys.  Reinforcing a female’s nurturing place, and the violence is all there for boys to “play” with.  No net tutu’s in the boys aisles and I’ve never seen camouflage clothing, or guns, in the girl aisle.  If they did have those things, I can only assume they would be pink, that way girls would be easy targets.  Girls are the ones who sometimes need to be able to hide, not the boys.  All of these things are done on purpose, of course.  Boys need to kill later in life, in war, and if it destroys them, there is always another generation in the toy aisle, buying superheroes who kill lots of people.  Look at the books at Barnes.  I’ve never in my entire life (and I spend a lot of time in bookstores), EVER seen a boy pick up a romance, or magic, book in the YA section.  NEVER.  I’ve seen them in the Science Fiction/commic section, but it’s only girls who are supposed to be responsible for relationships and romance.  BOYS DO NOT READ BOOKS TARGETED FOR GIRLS.  Targeted, being the key word.  Reinforced, is even a better word.

Anyway, many poems, signs, books, lectures, gurus, movies, and people, tell us to release, get in touch with, or find our inner child.  Well, here’s the thing.  My inner child is alive and well, she’s just pissed off…pretty much all of the time.

Kids don’t have responsibilities, unless it’s feeding the cat, or taking out the garbage, and even then they don’t WANT to do it, even if they get paid to do it, or they know there will be an argument, if they don’t.  This is the beginning…one way to start killing the inner child…the start of RESPONSIBILITY.   See, NO ONE wants to do chores, everyone wants to PLAY, that’s the point.   Playing, having fun, enjoying life, seems to be what we should all be doing.  So, we have to start on kids early, in order to kill that part of themselves, and we do it with RESPONSIBILITIES.   We have to MAKE kids lock up/shut down their inner child, so they can grow up to become responsible, tired, unhappy, exhausted, half dead adults, who are told that if they want to be happy they have to find the child that society killed.  Not every one is miserable, of course, just the people who are alive.  No, not everyone, that would be a sweeping generalization and besides, it’s not their fault.  People who retired had the rug pulled out from under them by the GOVERNMENT, who wanted them to obey all their lives so they would be rewarded but wait…that was a lie.  Being good, didn’t get them what they thought it would.  At least not for all of them.  The responsible adults who fought for their country, worked ten hours a day and now at eighty, find themselves looking for work, if they are tired of eating cat food.  Because not all of us are lucky enough to have enough to do as we please.  That’s why my inner child is pissed off.  It’s all an illusion, because being good doesn’t get you what you want, it gets you what society allows you to have.

Kids don’t have to take care of anyone, they don’t have to work, pay bills, and most importantly, they don’t have a clue as to what the world is actually like.  Our brains protect us from that (unless you’re an abused child, that’s another story).  If, as children, we knew what we were getting into, we WOULD RUN AWAY AND HIDE.  Even if kids are told everyday, what they can expect, once they grow up, they’ll just look at us and walk away, never having understood anything we said.  How could they?  Kids can’t understand the concepts that describe adult life…few of us can.  And it’s different for everyone, anyway.  They see their parents go to work but, can’t imagine having to do it themselves, in order to survive.  School is the the first experience kids have with having to show up somewhere everyday and listening to a boss…lots of kids hate it immediately, which is a normal and healthy response.  No one wants to sit behind a desk and take orders, when they could be out playing, swimming, running in a park, sleeping, listening to music or having a good time with friends.  You’d have to be insane to want to give that up for a desk and a teacher.  Even if you do have to learn how to read and write.  You have to be brainwashed into doing telling your inner child that it has to shut up and sit down.  Well, today, they just drug kids into sitting still and doing as they’re told, because it’s unnatural for humans to live the way we do.    

Again, I don’t know about you, but our inner child was stolen, put into bondage, and has never been released, except maybe on weekends or a vacation.  That’s what life does to all of us.  We wonder why so many people are dissatisfied.  Why they want to spend more time outside, with friends and family but instead they have to dress in PROPER clothing and go to work, sit behind desks, talk on phones, smile, and do what they are told, do what’s expected of them.  Sure, lots of people LOVE their jobs, but many people don’t.

The complete loss of their inner child is what makes a lot of people unhappy.  Our inner child is our soul.  It’s the innocent, amazed, seeing the wonder, curious, unafraid, creative part of us, that has to be killed, if we are to be turned into workers for the state, the rich and greedy.

You have to know that.

I don’t know how to change the system.  I wish I did.  Children have to know how to be civilized.  Idiot, screaming tyrants, which I do see all the time, are not acceptable because they trample on the rights of others and that is not okay.  The methods need to change.  We need to lead by example and our example should include appreciating creativity and innovation, joy, laughter and freedom.  It should not be about sitting still, shutting up and obeying.  Obeying is the opposite of freedom and leads to death.

This long rant is about finding a way to not kill, or disable our inner child.  It’s about finding ways to keep it alive in future generations of children, while still teaching them how to live and navigate in the world.  My inner child is always doing her thing because when I grew up I didn’t have to be anywhere.  No adult supervised activities, no having grown ups telling me what to do all the time.  I made up my own rules and discovered things for myself.  Too many kids today can’t think for themselves at all.  Always under the eye of an adult telling them what to do.  It’s sad but some rebel.  No time off, for the inner child to relax and dream.  Oh well.

Laugh when you can, dance as much as possible, wherever you are, and let your inner child come alive again.  Play!

Okay, so…

The world is huge, in so many ways, and yet, we confine ourselves to a tiny space in our minds.  Locked into these self-imposed prisons we limited our vision, and experience, for no reason, other than the fact that we stop questioning why we are doing what we do. Instead of embracing our differences, we isolate ourselves from each other, and make up false truths to support our reasons for doing so.  In the banquet of life, we are all starving to death.

 

 

Just remember…

There’s only
ONE
of
everything

every
second
that
we
are
alive
we
are
doing
things
for
the
first
time

Okay, so…

Here’s the thing…nothing happens the same way twice, no one knows what the future holds, we have multiple paths in front of us and we decide which one to take every single time we have a thought.  There may be red flags in front of us, reminding us to do one thing or another, flags we may have preset ourselves, but it’s up to each of us to stop, or to walk past them.  Every thing we do changes the next thing we do and the next and the next after that, to infinity.  There is no set path, there can’t be.

When we see something, we aren’t seeing something else.  When we are listening to something we aren’t hearing other things.  That’s the way life is.  Focus and and the ability to miss most of what’s going on around us. Our choices are always limited by our five senses and a screwed up brain that keeps telling us to not take risks but play it safe in case a Wooly Mammoth is around the corner.  Obviously, that’s only one of our brains many problems.

Look, it’s like reading someone’s cards.  I tell the person right away that after the reading, everything about the question will have changed because of what the cards will have told them.  So once the cards are read, nothing is the same.  Thoughts, outlooks, everything about the question will have changed and their path will go in a different direction.  Tarot readings are fleeting because you get new info that changes the way you see your life. Once you make up your mind about something, or get new information, other opportunities…good or bad…fall away and your life automatically changes.  So, every second we exist, changes every second that is to come and that never ends.  Most things are small.  You read an article, or a book, hear someone say something and any, or all, of those things reshuffles the deck that’s called your life.

That’s the thing we have to understand…we cannot look backward and see yesterday, we can only remember it because yesterday doesn’t exist. Same goes for the future, therefore, we are on a moment to moment thread of a kind of hallucinatory reality that we call life.  Life never stops changing…NEVER, not even for a fraction of a second.  Think of a pitch black room.  Then imagine a small, thin sheet of glowing tissue paper dropped down into the center of the room.  The glow only illuminates the edge of the paper and does not spread to the rest of the room.  So everything other than the thin edge of the paper remains black.  On one side of the paper is the past, on the other side is the future and we can’t see into either of them…all we have is the thin, tiny edge where we are currently existing, real or not.  We exist in bodies, on that tiny edge and that’s all we can know.  Even then, our knowledge about what is and what is not, exists on an individual basis.  That’s all we have, or at least all that we can currently know that we have.

So, basically, each second we exist is the only second we are actually alive, since our past is dead and our future not yet certain.  That paper’s edge, is the only existence we truly have…and on the other sides of those fleeting seconds, is the unknown.

 

Do you believe…

that life is a disease
for which there is no cure
the death rate is 100%

that if governments
started a war
and no one showed up
we could stop war forever

that everything we love to eat
is bad for us because
this is a hateful place to live
and it’s just one more mean thing

that humans were made to work
eight to twelve hours a day
then go home and work some more
until they die or are too old to enjoy life

that people should be demonstrating
in the streets instead of
coloring

that men know that they can
stop rape
by not raping
but the just
won’t
stop

that people will ever
catch on to the fact that
they are being used and manipulated
by the rich

that animals have as much
right to live on the planet
as humans

that unicorns were ever
real

that if ants were bigger
they would rule the world

that vegetarian chili
is delicious

that people are wasting their lives
worrying about their lives

that no one dies
until they are supposed to

that kids have the attention span of
oh, wait, what was I saying

that the next generation will
ever read a book

that gum
while fun and delicious
is weird

that the person who came up
with the word
worm
must not have had many friends

that schools should be about the arts
and creativity more than anything else

that if sports for children no longer existed
there would be less competition and violence
in the world

that aging
is the punishment
for  not dying

 

 

Questions…

Why should we be grateful, or even feel lucky, if GOOD things happen to us?  Shouldn’t GOOD things be the norm?  Is life so horrific that people are supposed to be GRATEFUL when they get a break from the terrible things that are taking place in their lives?  Don’t you see anything WRONG with that?

Some people are afraid that if they aren’t grateful enough, more bad things will happen to them, or to those they love.   If we are expected to be grateful for the GOOD things, shouldn’t we be UNGRATEFUL for the bad things?

How many times have you heard someone say, “Be grateful you have a job, or food, or shelter, or your health?”  Shouldn’t WE ALL have those things?  The rich people have those things.  See that’s the thing.  ALL OF THE GOOD THINGS ARE WITHHELD FROM THE MASSES AND ARE REGULATED AND TAKEN AWAY, OR GIVEN, AS THE POWER PEOPLE SEE FIT.  No one should be hungry in a world of abundance.  People shouldn’t be grateful that they have food, they should be pissed off that EVERYONE doesn’t have food. But that’s what conditioning/brainwashing is all about…it stops us from THINKING ABOUT WHAT IS BEING DONE TO US.  It stops us from taking action to bring about change.  This is a house of cards that is standing only because we don’t realize that’s what it is.

Being grateful keeps us busy.  The government and the church want us to help others while they stockpile riches and live their own lives in luxury.  By giving more, everyone has less, except for them, because they end up getting whatever we give.   They conditioned people to feel good about not having everything, so that when people do get something, they feel grateful.  THAT IS WRONG.  WE ARE BEING PLAYED…AGAIN!

Being polite and grateful when someone does something nice for you is wonderful but to be grateful that you have a loaf of bread is manipulation and just plain EVIL.  No one on the top starves, has problems with health care, or anything else that the masses don’t get, or are supposed to be grateful for.  The people in power aren’t grateful, they’re in CHARGE and take what they want for themselves and make sure we don’t notice what they are doing to US.

Things don’t have to be this way.  This isn’t NORMAL, it’s hateful and they are simply controlling the heard.  Life should be sweet and equal.  We need to change the world and make a new kind money and cut the guys on the top off.   We all, in every country, have to stop sending our children to die in wars so the morons at the top can get richer.  It’s up to US to make sure people don’t have to be grateful for a bowl of soup because the people at the top are greedy and will never stop taking what they want.

 

Solitaire…a metaphor

Solitaire is the card game of life.  It’s hierarchal, gender specific, color coded and the trickle down theory is well represented.  The game cannot be won unless everything comes together.  You can have have four kings on the board but if the queens are hiding, well, you don’t have a chance.  If all of your cards are black or red you can’t win.  If the cards you need are covered by other cards, you can’t move.

See, here’s the thing, all the cards have to work together to win the game.  Unless you incorporate the lower numbers into your spread, well, you will LOSE.  It’s right there in front of us.  If we want to win we have to let everyone in.  We have to work together.  Aces are useless without duces.  Queens can carry an entire family but they can’t uncover the pile of cards beneath them without moving to a King.  If the cards don’t move and leave a space for the kings, the kings can’t free the cards beneath them.  When the cards don’t play nicely together, THE GAME CAN’T BE WON.  When people don’t play nicely together, the same thing happens.

Okay, so…

That saying, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” and the belief that hardship, tragedy and all the other miseries of life makes you a better person, or teaches you valuable lessons, may work for a few people but there are many who don’t believe that the only way to be happy and appreciate joy is to have lived without it.

Teenager are killing themselves.  Soldiers are killing themselves.  A lot of people are committing suicide.  If that’s not enough to show how insane those misguided beliefs are, I don’t know what is.   Another thing to take into consideration is the FACT that what happens to a person has to do with HOW MUCH MONEY THEY HAVE.  If you have money you can get help.  If you don’t have money, things are not available to you.  Education counts and so does support system from family and friends.  So it’s much easier to “overcome” certain things if you are comfortable and can afford to do what you have to do.

Then there’s the idea that maybe the people who commit suicide know more than those of who don’t.  Maybe they are the smart ones and know when to cut their losses and get out of here.  You may scoff at that, or be horrified, but remember that we have no idea what’s going on.  We make everything up.  EVERYTHING.

There is ABSOLUTELY NO PROOF that experiencing sickness, death of loved ones, hunger, poverty, war, or anything else, makes people HAPPIER.  Individuals may say things like that and good for them, but on the whole.  HARDSHIP can leave people broken, depressed, sad and lost.

We need to stop pretending that these beliefs and sayings mean something to most people.  It can make them feel WORSE, thinking there’s something WRONG with them because they DON’T FEEL STRONGER, OR BETTER, OR ANYTHING ELSE.  It’s just one more  way of making people feel like less. We HAVE TO STOP DOING THIS TO PEOPLE.

Death is a way to stop think of all this garbage.  People just quit.  No one can blame them, as the monks, gurus and holier than thou preach their words that crush people and send them to their death.  We need to tell each other that what’s happening SUCKS and they don’t have to get STRONGER they just need to breath and make it through another day and that’s okay.

Seriously, STOP IT.  Admit that life can KILL you.  I’m so SICK of these insane sayings and beliefs.  They HURT so many people.  What a terrible and limiting belief to think that you can only appreciate happiness and joy if you’ve been unhappy and miserable.  How twisted is THAT?  Don’t put up with that crap.  

 

Tag Cloud

%d bloggers like this: