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Work hard, stay humble, says EVERY, rich, powerful, white male in the system, to those they make money off of…how stupid is this saying….thoughts.

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I was looking for an interesting quote and saw this.  How humble are the people running the show?  I bet they MADE UP this quote.  The guys in charge, including the religious ones, want everyone to work hard and stay stupid…oh, sorry, I mean stay humble, so they can travel the world and get richer, on the work and humbleness of others.

I also saw, TIME IS PRECIOUS.  I’m never sure what precious time means.  To me it means everyone quitting their jobs and going to the beach.  That’s how precious time should be spent, at least in my mind.  Not in a cubical, looking at  a screen, for minimum wage, and answering to someone else all day, then dragging your body home exhausted every night, just to do the same thing THE NEXT DAY.   Right?  For many, the eight to twelve hours a day they spend at a job that is slowly killing them, is time they want to go by as quickly as possible.  If time is precious, most people are WASTING IT BIG TIME.  Well, they’re being forced to waste it in order to survive.   Which is fine, but then don’t talk about not wasting precious time in books and on calendars, because a lot of people working three jobs are too tired to do anything but spend their precious time sleeping and doing chores, if they have any time off at all.  The system is set up so people have as little precious time as possible because happy people are hard to bully and control.. Precious time gives people time to think and that’s always a threat to the establishment.

Anyway, most of the sayings encouraged people to give up and blindly support those at the top, just like the one in the picture.  How many humble republicans were there in the senate, during the riot?  Oh, yeah, NONE.  They were the one’s who incited the riots and voted against EVERYTHING that was for the people.  And, in case you didn’t notice, none of them were punished, or held accountable for what they did.  See, when you’re rich and powerful, you can do anything you want to do, and there are NO logical consequences.  No consequences at all. Consequences are only for the masses, or the herd, as they like to call us.

I bet the saying on their desks say:  TAKE EVERYTHING YOU CAN, FROM ANYONE YOU CAN, AND NEVER THINK ABOUT ANYONE BUT YOURSELF.  IF SOMEONE GETS IN YOUR WAY…KILL THEM.  YOUR TIME IS PRECIOUS.  DON’T WASTE THINKING ABOUT OTHERS.

 

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Quotes…2

So, I was reading more in that quote book I was telling you about…and…

…there’s this whole part about America being built on immigrants…immigrant this and immigrant that and how wonderful we are, how diverse, how unified, how we take everyone and on and on and NEVER ONCE IS THERE A SINGLE QUOTE THAT MENTIONS WHAT WE DID TO THE NATIVE AMERICANS.  HOW THIS LAND WAS INHABITED BY ACTUAL PEOPLE WHO WERE MURDERED AND GIVEN SMALLPOX AND HOW WE STOLE EVERYTHING FROM THEM. SO I THINK WE SHOULD SHUT UP ABOUT HOW FABULOUS WE ARE AND START TO THINK ABOUT WHAT WE DID WHILE LOOKING AT THEIR DEAD BODIES BURIED UNDER THE WHITE MAN’S LIES AND NEVER ENDING GREED!

Immigrants my ass…we were killers and we still are.  Heartless greedy bloody FATHERS of this country who never cared about anyone but themselves.  The beat goes on.

Makes me sick.  We sing our praises over their sacred places while firing on them with rubber bullets and fire hoses until Viet Name vets go to stand with them.  IT NEVER ENDS.  We should be ashamed of those quotes.  Lies, each and every one.  What we did is still going on.  Right now, right this minute.  Shame, that’s what the real quotes should be about.

Okay, so…

I picked up a quote book last week and I’ve been reading it, when my other five books aren’t right next to me.  Anyway, it’s hard to read because it’s printed in pale red ink but that’s not the point.  I’ve been reading the quotes, one after another, and some of them are great and the others don’t even make sense to me.  It’s as if the person who wrote the words is from a different planet, or talking about a utopian dream he had last night.

I also noticed that some of the quoters, who write about all kinds of wonderful things, are people who are despised by their own children, because of neglect.  They are people who have cheated on their partners and done some pretty nasty things in the world.  I wonder about that.  I mean no one is perfect but I’ve read about some of these people and they don’t actually practice what they preach, that’s for sure.  Maybe in one little corner of their lives they stay true to their statements but….well, it’s a lot of, do as I say, not as I do.  Some have made the lives of others miserable and unhappy but here they are, in print, telling us all to pull together, make the world a better place and get on with it.  Strange, when they themselves hurt the people around them.

Is everyone expected/supposed to just overlook the reality of what they have done?  Also, most/many have never actually lived lives like a lot of other people.  It’s interesting to read quote after quote and put the ideas together.  Reading it as a book, instead of just looking at a couple of quotes at a time, is probably not a good idea.  The quotes become repetitive and lackluster.  Same old same old.  Work together, diversity is everything, great ideas that few will follow through on after reading them.  Shows that we actually do know the answers but refuse to do implement them…for the good of all.  We aren’t a very bright species, after all.  Power and greed corrupts everything.

One thing I learned from reading the quotes, is that I’ve never actually lived in a real community. When I was a kid, all my friends were in my neighborhood and once in a while we entered each other’s homes but mostly we were outside.  None of the adults seemed to like each other, or pay any attention to each other at all.  Chicago is a city, apartment buildings are close to each other.  I could practically hand Jimmy, the kid who lived next door to me, a book through our windows.  Privacy is rule number one.  Don’t look, don’t pay attention.  Mind your own business. If I ever needed help, there was anyplace to go, so none of us ever needed help.  As kids, we were on our own.  I don’t even remember people smiling.  They barely acknowledged each other.  We kids got along but it was not a community.  I’ve never lived in a place like that.  Apparently, a lot of the people who quoted things did.  That is out of my range of experience.  I don’t even know who is living on the other side of my house right now and they have been there for about eighteen years.  Don’t know their name.  So community quotes are meaningless to me.  I wave at the woman across the street, if she’s out, but that’s it and I don’t do it all the time.  If people tried to get chummy it would feel like an invasion of privacy and I would consider them nosey and shut them down right away.  That’s how we all grew up.  By best friend, who does live next door knows the woman’s name and the one on her other side but that’s it and they don’t talk.  LOL  Not how we grew up.

As I said, I do like a lot of the quotes and will sprinkle them across my blog now and then but like everything else, no one ever reads the same book.

Just something I was thinking about today.  I’m going to put the book down now and go read about Paris in the 20’s.

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I sometimes buy quote books just to keep reminding myself how insane we all are.  Most of the saying are so outrageously ridiculous that I end up writing all over the pages.  I can’t help it.  Even if I like the artwork, I write over it because my brain keeps saying, “ARE YOU KIDDING ME?”  I have written about things like this before but I was at Urban Outfitter yesterday and saw this cute book and, well, I liked the pictures and thought it would be interesting to see if there was ANYTHING in it that made sense.  Let me just say that the pages are covered with my writing.  This is the first one I saw.

Martin Luther King, Jr. said:

DARKNESS CANNOT DRIVE OUT DARKNESS
Only light can do that

HATE CANNOT DRIVE OUT HATE
Only love can do that

MLK was right when he said that darkness can’t drive out darkness. It can’t, any more than light can drive out light, because if you keep adding darkness to darkness you will always end up with darkness. If you add light to light you will always end up with light. This, of course would be true for anything you continued to add TO ITSELF. If you add water to water you won’t drive out water. That’s pretty much a fact. Same goes for hate, or anything else.

How did darkness get such a bad rap? Darkness just means that the sun left us in order to shine on someone else for a while.  We can’t SEE in the dark, so it’s often scary, because, unlike some other animals, we have different senses with which to work. We don’t have night vision, at least not GOOD night vision, that’s what infrared is for.

Darkness never did anything to anyone.  It can’t because it isn’t a physical thing, it’s a color, a hue, a shade, it can’t hit us, hurt us, or touch us.  It’s ridiculous to equate evil, or bad things, with darkness.  Evil, and bad things, do not go away in the daytime, or in any kind of light at all.  Those are  24/7 kinds of things.  If there is a fabulous esoteric, or philosophical, meaning to this, and I can think of several, it doesn’t change the fact that we, as a people have to STOP thinking that bad things, evil things, and scary things, have anything to do with darkness.  WE MADE THAT UP but it infects our thoughts and leaves a bitter taste behind.  Yes, we can be afraid IN the darkness BECAUSE WE CAN’T SEE.  The darkness isn’t scary, being unable to see is scary.   We are afraid “IN” the darkness not “OF” the darkness, since the darkness itself cannot hurt us.   If we could SEE in the dark, maybe darkness wouldn’t have been turned into something frightening.  On the other hand, lots of things can happen to us if we can’t see.   Disliking darkness is our way of labeling and color coding scary things because our vision isn’t what we would like it to be.

And just to be clear, if you shine a “light” (draw attention to) on our government will it become less corrupt?  The answer is “no.”  That can be said of pretty much everything that’s wrong in the world today.  Usually those kinds of lights are extinguished for good, just like Martin Luther King, Jr.

As for love being the only thing that can get rid of hate…good luck with that one.  People don’t like each other. I think that ACCEPTANCE is a more reasonable expectation and even that’s a stretch.  We can’t possibly love everyone.  It’s silly to think that we can.  That’s a “utopian concept,” not something that can work in a world where people don’t even talk to their own family members.  A world where spouses beat and kill each other and rape their own kids.  Where churches aren’t safe and women can’t go out alone at night, or are attacked on campus. Where war never ends.  So, let’s be reasonable and hope for acceptance because truthfully,  we can barely love a handful of people at once. We can SAY we love everybody because it’s easy to say that when we never have to meet “everybody,” and “everybody” doesn’t drive us crazy, take our stuff, abuse us, or want anything from us.  Everybody doesn’t live next-door.  Neighbors kill each other.

We can make sweeping generalizations, “We love French people,” but we don’t actually know all the French people and they may not want us to love them anyway.  Why would they?

If we are ever to bring about change we have to be realistic. We need to be specific when we write things down, or when we say things, or hang wooden signs on our walls. If we say things that don’t make sense, or are impossible to do, people will just give up and walk away.

WORDS ARE IMPORTANT.  Darkness and light are equal.  Day and night are partners and basically just the movement of orbs in the sky.  Light and dark don’t know that we exist.  THERE IS NO INTENT in either one of them.  WE MAKE THINGS UP and then pass those things on to the next generation so that they won’t like the darkness either.  We can feel bad any time of the day or night. (If we are sick, the darkness doesn’t make us worse.   Our bodies stop making certain chemicals around two in the afternoon and that’s why we feel worse at night. The chemicals come back around eight in the morning and we start to feel better.  That happens in countries where the sun never sets.  Our bodies do it, not the light or darkness).  Cave people may have been worried about light and darkness but I think we can stop giving them properties that aren’t real, now that we live in cities with over 9 million people and we know what fire is.  We can change our way of thinking, change our symbols.  We can shake things up and reinvent the way we look at things, because what we are doing is no longer working.

If we want change, we have to speak CLEARLY and talk about things that are possible.  Light and dark won’t change a single thing.  We will never (unless a catastrophic event takes place and maybe not even then) love everyone.  But we might be able to accept each others differences a bit more and we may be able to get rid of  some of the lies, assumptions, cultural myths, superstitions, conditioning, brainwashing and biases that have been handed down from one generation to another.  At least that’s a place to start, day or night.

My favorite quotes by Friedrich Nietzsche

There are no facts,
only interpretations.

You have your way.  I have my way.
As for the right way, the correct way,
and the only way, it does not exist.

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Garfield Park Conservatory

“Leaves take what they want from the air.”  These quotes and leaves are part of the floor. There are several in one spot.  They are lovely and perfect for the garden.

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Frida”s Journal

Frida’s Journal

This is a copy of Frida’s journal. Filled with her writing (Spanish), pictures and notes, it’s a beautiful book.

Frida said: I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.”

And…”My painting carries with it a message of pain.”

Lastly: “I hope leaving is joyful: and I hope never to return.”

Abraham Maslow, psychologist

Maslow was born on April 1, 1908 and, more than likely, took note of whether or not his needs were being met.

Later in life he said:

“The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of a mental wellness.” 

He also said:

“If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life.”

Questions:  Do people actually plan on being anything less than they are capable of being?  Do people even know what they are capable of being? What if you think you have become all that you are capable of being and you are happy but later find out that you were actually capable of being more? Will your happiness disappear?   Are people who become what they are capable of being, always happy?  Can people be happy without becoming what they are capable of being?  Who truly knows what anyone is capable of being?  Doesn’t make sense.  Think about it then define happy.

 

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