The Singing Man

I am all for freedom of speech and expression. I also understand that we as people are constructed to behave a certain way in certain situations. Like how no one laughs during a funeral even though maybe something random and funny happens. Out of respect for the deceased and their family we must stay silent. I write this because I was once on a bus minding my own business enjoying the ride. When a pretty chubby African-American man sat in front of me. Completely normal expect for the fact that he was dancing in his seat and singing. And no he was not “whispering” he was singing at full voice. At first I found this very annoying but after a while I just found it humorous. Especially since I saw how the other people on the bus reacted. I found it especially humorous how a mother got up and grabbed her child’s hand and walk to the front of the bus(I was sitting pretty close to the back).

I thought to myself “Like he is going to attack anymore, he’s lost in the music.”  Perhaps it was the mothers instinctive fear for herself and her child that made her move. My question is where did this fear come from? The man was not armed he was not attacking anyone or seem to be antagonizing anyone near him. In my opinion is that is just never one reason by itself, and that are many contributing factors. One of the factor’s is most probably race but in my opinion by just observing the situation I do not think it played a large part in this scenario. Even though it is trained by the “white society” to show crime and poverty in African-American community in the United States this man who sang freely did not dress like a typical “gang-banger” as the modern term would denote.  No what I observed was a women sacred because a man was not acting in a social norm of what society would deem “appropriate.” I do not claim to be an expert bus rider, but I believe I have ridden more than my fare share and have seen social behavior that is often deemed out of context , but none so far as a simple or powerful as the singing man. I believe she was scared as many would have been because he simply did not “conform” his behavior, but yet western societies believe they are “free” and “open-minded” yet that is far from the truth.

We as a species are only as free as we are allowed to be. A man who is simply singing and dancing something that has been done by our species  for ages is seen as “inappropriate” and bad behavior because it is in the wrong “context.” If he were doing this in his own home or among those who also understand him they would just merely accept it. Yet it is like walking naked on the street it is seen as criminal behavior because humans have been socially trained to believe so even though it is our species most natural state. It is not how we mate? It is not how we are born? This is where the lines of nature/nurture becomes blurred. How can we determine what is truly learned behavior and what is truly natural behavior. It is this questions of learned behavior and natural behavior which I will continue to discuss in my writings along with the more power application of learned behavior which is often leads to conformity.  In reality the power of human culture itself is that of the conformity of every individual to be apart and respect the system (society) itself. For the singing man with no care but the joy of music is actually freer than any one of us.

A Broken system

The American political system is in shambles. Democracy is on the brink not only in the United States, but also in the rest of the western world that is losing faith in the broken political structure. The Working Class and Middle Class who work day in and day out are feeling the squeeze of a system that does not serve their interests but only those who have the money and accessibility to influence policy and law. Corruption at the government level and the inability for political parties to fulfill promises and take action has left the western world and especially in America in dismay. Democracy is dying in the west and the idea of participatory government may very well be coming to an end. I cannot speak for the European nations but I do feel they are in the same boat as the United States.

The United States Republic is in a constant state of failure. Influences of greedy corporations in finance, oil, defense, technology, and other numerous special interests has left the common citizen in disllusionment in their own society. Nation is scattered, divided, and most importantly leaderless. The few politicians who do speak the truth and wish to act are only victims of the system because they are unable to do so. The people have lost faith in government. They feel they are paid too much and do nothing for them. Government wastes money and resources for the benefit of their own re-elections and future positions with industry. One would think that people would act on such a loss of faith and enable a democratic revolution. Which may indeed may still occur, but unfortunately the people are either not aware or if they are they will not complain until the majority are truly suffering. Democracy is procrastinating and the great test of survival is coming.

It is clearly evident in the United States. Voter turnout is low, but educated and reasonable debates about serious issues and policies is practically non-existent in the country. CNN, Fox News, and MSNCB are dumping out garbage day in and day out, avoiding serious dilemmas, or even better yet promoting elitist propaganda. Merging between corporatism and government has lead to a powerful elitist government. Where the majority in the Senate are billionaires and the lack of regulation on campaign expenditure has lead the nation to have “career” politicians who are wealthy and rich. Are these the people who are supposed to have the interest of the poor at heart? Granted just like the Roman Empire and other tyrannies there have been occurrences of elite families and individuals who may not have been perfect but did in fact had the general welfare in mind. The Founding Fathers of the United States could be used as an example even if they are over glorified and imperfect. They were people who tried to do their best given their time period and social circumstance. At least they did much better than the very people today who are crushing the poor and middle class and sucking all the wealth to the Top 1% while financing a global empire with the blood and labor of the American people.

This can only lead to very radical consequences. Unlike another other crisis points in U.S history such as World War II this will have even greater consequences across the global community. More importantly human history will forever be changed mainly because two assumptions were made post WW-II and especially after the fall of the Soviet Union. Capitalism is the best system for humanity and democracy (free societies) it is the best system so far created. Time will test these two pillars of the late 20th century and early 21st century. Now can these principles survive through a transformation for the better? Of course, but can they also take a turn for the worse that itself is also a possibility. Can both of these ideals be discarded by humanity and something anew take its place. Yes, but whether that gives a positive outlook or just one filled with more war and fear is yet to be seen. My deepest fear is that humanity takes a turn for the worst and the people embrace ignorance, hate, prejudice, and escapism. Those lead to dark places filled with suffering, despair, and unhappiness. Human destruction lurks down that path. My sincerest wish is that humanity moves in a progressive fashion, and leaves behind unnecessary baggaged to formulate a new society in which individuals are ready to brace the challenges of the 21st century. A second dark age would be disastrous in my opinion. It is time for humanity to take its first step forward.

Reason has always existed, but not always in a reasonable form.

Karl Marx (1818 – 1883)

False American Dream

College. Car. House. Family. Retirement. That is the message sent through the entire nation. If your are born in the United States live in a middle class family maybe even a poor one and study and get an education at a college level. You will have a job and a good life, maybe not the richest but a good life – yes. The American people have been told “yes you can buy that car” and “yes you can buy that home” and why not use your credit lines to buy that sweet new iPhone. Americans have been told “yes we can cut taxes and have deficit running government programs.” It seems they want it all. They want jobs “no more outsourcing” they cry. Politicians keep saying that “America has always survived through hardships in the past and we will again. We will out innovate and out build the rest of the world.” What is even more worrisome is that the American people believe it themselves. They believe this crap. This nonsense that just by saying “college and education” that the greatest issues humanity has ever faced will be solved by themselves that we will just create big enterprises and businesses that will lead the future. The political and social culture tries to feed these lies and false truths to not only the blind drugged happy American people but also the world. “America number 1” and “God bless America” that’s what people hear and believe. People don’t want to hear the truth they want do not want to hear.

For the first time in a long time the American people are seeing that not everything is guaranteed. College does not equal job. Home does not equal future wealth. Retirement is not a given right. When these facts start to become even more relevant as the 21st century moves forward. The American people will be scared and will suffer for the crimes of their own ego and greed. People who have lead us down this path. They are beyond redeemable and it is too late to save them. The problem is with the generation of tomorrow who just stand by and let the ideals and values of the past to dictate an uncertain future. A future that the young of today who become the old of tomorrow must face and let us hope that they have a bit more courage and knowledge than those of the past who are willing to have the generation of tomorrow suffer for their greed and selfishness.

Americans have been told their whole lives this is how they must live. This life is good for them it will bring them happiness. Yet it is not true. Money and power allows for control and manipulation but it does not answer the grand questions humanity has been asking for generations. Questions of human existence, society, nature, and the unknown. The mechanisms such as religion, dogma, capitalism, and free markets is just another device humanity has created for themselves to make sense of the world that they have yet to fully understand or perhaps never will. That is the beauty of it. Humanity lives in an ever expanding universe and a world that is undefined. Consciousness of life is all around us.

Humanity still has so much potential for good or evil. We have made huge advancements with technology, philosophy, science, law, and government. Human history is full of development and richness. Yet at the same time it is filled with war, exploitation, and sickness. Humanity is entering a new critical point and what humanity decides to do with that future is going to be key moving forward. There is no “they” there is only “we.” Humanity is constantly evolving and the next step in evolution will arrive. What humanity had once dreamed impossible will be possible. Human intelligence is always reaching new heights, but we have failed to see the unintended consequences of human brilliance. Humanity must define its own existence.

Western principles of economics, social understanding, and life will be redefined in the next 20 years. Money driven societies will slowly struggle to survive. Material wealth and power will be re-defined and only time will show us how this all plays out. Ideas change over time and many ideas will become no longer relevant or simply have to reinvent themselves to the truth. Humanity will eventually have to forgo escapism, and blaming others. Humanity is reaching the end of that path.

Remember that the truth that has once held to be truth may no longer be relevant.

Entry 1: Order, Control, Society, and Trust

People usually tend to converse and hang out with the same people for there is no need for change. People also tend to do the same actions day by day. Many people like to have a sense of rhythm and order. Even those who dislike order or who are impulsive will have some sense of order and control. Societies exist because of our willingness to accept order and control. Communities can only thrive if there is common law and rule. If the people cannot agree in a method to live and govern then there is no society. This is true for even the most basic “caveman” society. Societies are built on trust and necessity because we are stronger together than we are apart.

This social phenomenon is very interesting because no matter how many rules and laws we as humans create. No matter how conventional the laws may become. We bend and break our own laws and rules. These rules that are meant to protect us and let us live peacefully. In reality, it seems that the more rules we create, the more complex the society becomes the less happy and safe the society begins to become.

To broaden the scope of things perhaps this can also explain why people like to uphold, believe, participate, and defend social institutions. Just take for example money. Money is used to determine value, labor, etc. This money flows into every social institution that exists in the modern era. If anything money and trade is the basis of what we would deem “civilization” or a growing and developing economy. In reality, it is a faith-based system like religion. If people were to loose confidence in the money or currency than the means of trade become meaningless. If the paper dollar suddenly just became a worthless piece of paper, the social function of money or that “specific” type of money would become obsolete. People have used various forms of barter, and currencies throughout history. History teaches us that strong economies and currencies are built on trust. If people believe and trust in the institutions that protect and dominate the currency than it gains power.

This leads me to conclude that in reality, society is built around trust. People must believe that the government is there to serve and protect the interests of the people. Citizens must believe that the police is not corrupt and is working together for the benefit of the people. They must believe that the laws are not being under minded and are upheld. If suddenly, there is a lack of belief and trust in the social system. The system loses power because in truth the power of the society comes from the people. The society becomes only as powerful as the people let it. Therefore, the society is always brainwashing the people to protect the social institutions to not question them and to uphold them. It is because we are victims of the society. We as people live within its domain. The struggle to attain true “freedom” is the greatest challenge because even what we deem to be “freedom” is still within the context of the society we live in. The culture that is oozed from the people determines the social values of the society. The institutions uphold these social values for they give what the people demand, in order to maintain their dominance and necessity. So therefore it is the people who give the society the power, the institutions do not have power because it comes from the people. Their trust, but more importantly their belief that gives them control and power. For without it they become meaningless entities. Once the social institutions become meaningless entities, the society completely breaks down and anarchy ensues. Therefore, the more trust a government has the more powerful it is because the possibility of being overthrown is minimal compared to a society in which trust does not exist. With trust, a society can learn to grow and thrive to ever greater, highest than one that is always in doubt and fear of each other. This can be true on a local scale between neighbor and neighbor, but also between nations.

I want to create a new society that enhances the values we truly want to project to the future.