I don’t speak of philosophy here. I speak of the objective observable universe that surrounds us.
In the “breaking news” parlance, a wiretap is a wiretap, an earthquake is an earthquake and the ocean current moves in an easterly direction, not a westerly direction. Five inches of snow is not one inch of snow and rain falls to the ground.
If you do not “like” something ~ that is your truth, it is not “the” truth. People in power have used their power to force others to adopt their own truth. So it is; if a person in power does not “like” something or someone, that person will also insist that all people who are subordinate to them adopt the same version of their own truth.
Forcing others to adopt your truth does not make a concept into “the” truth. Too often, managers and controllers do not understand this fact. Indeed, corporate culture is evidence to this. Anyone who does not buy into the boss’s idea of reality (personal truth) soon finds themselves without employment.
The next logical step is covert activity. When those in power insist that, we agree with them, our choices can be limited. Often team members will keep their own truth to themselves because of the power position of other team members.
However, the most common use of covertness is to trick others and use this trickery to take their choices away from them. The point of cheating on your spouse is to take your spouse’s choice away. If your spouse does not know that you have cheated, then they will not file for a divorce.
Such is the way of briberies to elected officials. Congressmen and women do not want anyone to know who is paying bribes to them. These bribes are paid in order to control the congressional votes. Congress put a law into effect allowing slush funds (PACs) so that they could legally collect bribes and do the work of the wealthy. An example of this is that the average American does not know that wealthy business owners have paid millions and millions in bribes to keep the minimum wage artificially low. We are not informed about which millionaires paid the bribes, nor do we know which congress-people voted against living wages for full time work. (We can draw this clear line with information available, but have not.) This is covertness at its best. Americans don’t know who to be angry with, they just know that they are being cheated in many and varied different ways.
Americans know that health care is ridiculously expensive and cannot be provided to anyone without insurance, but whom should we be angry with? Congress-people who have allowed drug companies to rape the American economy and Medicare? On the other hand, do they blame doctors for charging ridiculous fees for very simple procedures? Should Americans blame insurance companies, who cherry-pick the healthy, leaving the aged and poor to taxpayers for healthcare?
Covert activities that hide the truth: take our ability to choose, away from us in a very big way.
The internet has given us powerful tools to fight against economic oppression. The most useful tool to combat oppression is truth and transparency. With truth, we know who to communicate with, we know who is at fault and we know what to choose. Our reactions can be specific and guided. This is the kind of America that I want to be a part of: I want to live in a place where if others are doing bad things (lying, stealing and cheating) that there is a way to discover the truth, then act on the truth, and do so in a reliable and honest way. I do not want to be part of a culture that encourages lying and cheating because of wealth and money. I do not want to be part of a culture that keeps harsh secrets that benefit the few, but not you. I do not want to be part of a culture that condemns truth, just because that truth is damning.
People who are only concerned with themselves and who will take negative action against others in order to have personal gain are more and more common in our culture. It is our own doing, because we have clearly aggrandized the successfully greedy. We have made people who do nothing and yet earn millions the most popular and “followed” celebrities. It is clear in our admiration that we will follow those with money, even if they are greedy and mean, victimizing people in order to put money in their own pockets.
For the most part, we won’t even find out what kind of person we are admiring. Papa John, who makes pizza, lives in a 40,000 square foot house, but pays his staff $8.00 per hour. He is a thief of human well-being and uses capitalism as defense for his crimes. Papa John is followed for his business acumen, but his formula is very easy. Use your superior position to take advantage of others, as much and as long as you can. Use your money to legislate in your favor, pay senators and congressmen to ensure that minimum wage is not increased. Make it impossible for people to get health care, it is very expensive and as an American business man you will pay for nothing that is not for yourself or your own family.
On a therapist’s sofa the American business man would be diagnosed as sociopaths who engage in psychopathic behavior.
It is no surprise that spoiled brats run amuck in our culture. Our role models are incredibly horrible examples of humanity.
If, indeed, our purpose is to find ways to live together productively and peacefully then I am sure that my job is to write. I am positive that I have the right way to attain a productive and peaceful coexistence with anyone and everyone. I am also sure that I can articulate it.
We must realize that hierarchical social systems are the antithesis of egalitarian living. Some argue that hierarchical social systems are necessary because of the number of humans on the planet. I do not agree with this argument. I also do not believe that leaders should be static. Situational leadership demands that either the situation changes to fit the leader, or the leadership must change to fit the situation.
Our various hierarchical societies are a punishing way to construct humanity. The current construct demands that those on the top of hierarchies be greedy, anti-social or both. This is not to say that each and all wealthy and/or powerful humans are greedy, it is to say that the structure of hierarchy breeds greed. Often, in order to get to the top of the hierarchy, one must engage in behavior that is antithetical to humanity. Pushing to the “top” is sometimes a terrible game of cruelty that leaves many victimized and demoralized.
The American culture which began so full of hope for equality for all humans, came to idolize wealth instead of humanitarian ideals and thus lost the initial impetus for effective social change for equality and an egalitarian way of life for humans of the Earth.
This is unfortunate, as it is a delay that has cost us many years and many lives. The American culture encourages elitism and champions those who fight to the “top” of our various social systems and cultures. We have therefore bred a group of leaders who proudly look only to their own good, who overtly attempt control of different social systems and who hoard money in any way possible in order to further their own ends. This group of leaders feels that it is their right, by virtue of the fact that they sit on top of the elite social structure, to have more and better just for them and no one else. As the governor’s campaign says “Power for the few, but not for you.”
How do we change this? How do we make it better, different, important, once again, as a human ideal? First we must acknowledge that equality is a value that we wish to place above other qualities. We must also acknowledge that on the slippery slope of making money, we forgot that human beings and their lives are more important than any amount of money. As others have said “You cannot have a war, if no one comes.” If we want our sons and daughters to live into old age, we will not send them into battlefields where American millionaires find more and more ways to keep money that they have not earned. If we were sincere about this, we would reverse the legislation of the Reagans and Bushes and make it illegal (immoral, of course) to make money from a war – no matter the cause of the war.
It is hard to believe, that once again, we beg our politicians to stop making war and to stop treating humans like refuse. Why is this even a thing? Why aren’t we beyond war and greed as a way of life?
- Understand that there is billions of dollars in advertising aimed at you *to get you* to believe certain things that the marketing industry is selling: Here I state the opposite of those commercials.
- You do NOT need expensive shampoo to get clean hair.
- You do NOT need an expensive hair color to feel “worth it”.
- You do NOT need to buy $231.00 of make up to “feel pretty”.
- You do NOT need to wear size 2 in order to be sexy, or pretty.
- You are being virtually bombarded with untrue images of women on a minute-by-minute basis.
- Use this information to gain what you want, not to be what “they” want.
- Do not believe that your life is about sex and sexuality: it is not. Sex is an important part of life, yet it is only a part.
- What you look like and who you are is separate, it is not the same.
Listen, listen to your body. Again, the advertising industry wants you to believe that you need, or you must purchase something in order to have good health or perfect digestion. Your body will tell you what you need. Read research on appropriate self care, and then listen to your body. Your body will tell you what kind of vitamins you need and when. I did in-depth research about why I was craving chocolate before my menstrual cycle. I found out that I was missing a crucial dose of magnesium. I began taking magnesium for a week each month and I was able to get chocolate cravings under control.
Listen, listen to your intuition. Your own intuition will never steer you wrong. You know when you are making a mistake, when that voice in the back of your head starts screaming “Stop!”, listen to the voice, it is your own voice, it never steers you wrong.
Be proud of who you are. I was 13 years old when I became aware of ‘Jordache’ jeans. I remember thinking “I don’t want someone else’s name on my behind.” There is no designer who is as good about your looks as you are and you can be proud of that.
This is letter number one, there is more, so much more to being a woman.
These things happened in history and we pay no attention to them. When the wealthy have a disregard for the common person; when the common person does not eat; bad things can and will happen to the wealthy.
We have no royalty here in America and yet we hold to the tradition of royalty by allowing capitalism to rule all decisions. Those who are wealthy are treated like royalty. They make laws and they rape the common person at every opportunity. High taxes for the common person, no taxes for the wealthy.
What is happening now with Donald Trump is unrecognizable by many, yet the truth comes toward us and has probably been coming towards us for many decades. Take away the ability for a common person to make bread for their families and you endanger the safety of those who withhold those foods.
We now have a president who plays games with words and with the press. His values are diametrically opposed to American values. He is dishonest; he uses his money and position to harm women and probably men also. He is against equality in all of its forms and particularly against economic equality. Donald Trump is a racist, and is supported by numerous white men, including a majority of the Republican oligarchy.
I am worried for America because we are a fresh and new country and do not have experience with how to manage these issues. Many people have stated that Trump is supposed to fix all that is wrong with America, but instead, he fixes nothing and instead moves forward the white male capitalistic agenda. All of the common people who do not gain improvement and who are punished by voting for Trump will increase as time goes by.
When they (Trump’s Administration) normalize violence against civilians by going forward with the Dakota Access Pipe Line (DAPL) and using American troops against Native Americans, this country is open to violent civil disobedience. This is a very bad sign for the status of our country. Americans cannot turn their heads away from these crimes against humanity. Starvation of the common people, advocating for violence against women and then the use of American troops against Native Americans; where does it end? We haven’t even addressed all of those Americans who will die as a result of the Trump’s administration removal of the Affordable Care Act.
None of this is good and bodes poorly for our future as Americans.
No one notices it quite like I do. No one is at all concerned about the perfect match of my earrings to my outfit. I was quite deflated when I realized this. But then, something happened, I became immersed in my own standards. To heck with whether or not others realized that my lipstick was a perfect match for my fingernail polish, I realized it and I cared. At some point, I became the approver of my perfect appearance. When that happened, I was relieved! I didn’t become less caring about my appearance, I was the same.
For Ella Mae, my mother-in-law, it was quite a different matter. When she passed in 2005, I had not prepared in the same way I did my mother. I loved her and told her so, but she never knew how important she was to me and our family. Because she was a formal woman, there just was not the casual love that was available in my family of origin.
I have valued Ella Mae more in retrospect, than I ever did while she was alive. My own mother knew how much I valued her, I wrote cards and letters and expressed my joy and love in many different ways. Ella Mae, not as much. I am very grateful for her contribution to our family and for this reason, I have for the last 12 years been valuing her “things”.
I know better than most that guilt is no replacement for current action and present love, and yet, here I am indulging in guilt because I did not treat her the way that I would want to treat her today. I find myself thinking “I must hang onto to Ella Mae’s china so that I can pass it on to my daughters.” Why would I want to imbue value onto the china if I didn’t feel some measure of guilt? I didn’t value Ella Mae enough while living and so now I must value her china to show the kids how important that she was. It’s just not necessary with my mother’s things because her value was so well established while she lived.
In this case, I think the point of guilt is so that I can convince myself that I loved her enough and that she knew it. If I didn’t love her enough while she lived, I am trying to make up for it. This is a burden for all of us. It is a burden that I do not wish to bear, nor do I believe that there is any way to make up for my behavior once someone has passed away, nor will I make promises about future behavior. I simply must say that Ella Mae gave us much, she taught manners and in this way made us comfortable in any environment. Ella Mae taught me that birthdays are important, my family never celebrated birthdays, it was Ella Mae who brought that tradition to us. She loved step grandchildren and biological grandchildren and tried very hard to be fair. She was not fair; the attempt was there. For this I am grateful.
Ella Mae was a very gracious woman who welcomed everyone into her home. She saw holidays as a means to give me a rest and she would never let me lift a finger or ‘bring’ something. She cooked like a chef and hostessed like a queen, and it was those talents that she passed to me. She had a beautiful silk hanging in the dining room. For some reason both of my sons had to touch it every single time they passed by on the way to the kitchen. She may have grimaced and she may have said something, but she never got mad. Her graciousness extended to everyone.
Maybe now that I understand why I am hanging onto the china, I can actually put it down. No one wants that stuff anymore. I do hope that I can pass on graciousness, that’s a gift worth giving.