Archive for December, 2011

Welcome, Welcome, One-and-All; 50, 1, 99 Percenters — all creatives with gall!
WELCOME!

Welcome to the world! Welcome to existence! Welcome to reality!

Please wipe your feet before coming in — wouldn’t want that disingenuous muck on your soul to sully our floor  😉

Here, in Truth, we’re well aware of the multifaceted dissonances heralding your world. We’ve seen you suffering, lambasting yourself in your furtive mental isolation, and we came to you today because we felt you needed to hear this: It’s all going to be alright.

So you feel disconnected from society, so you don’t fit in, so you might be a bit of a recluse — well, Welcome Home. 🙂 Here, we’re all like this;  Eccentric, WILD, SpOnTaNeOuS and — when it’s time — deeply contemplative. We believe that it’s our differences which keep us interested in one another. So no, you’re not strange, you’re merely an early adapter. One of the first who are ready for the, “Consciousness Shift” that needs to come (try not to be intimidated by the lofty term — we’ve got branding working on another as we speak).

Branding: hard at work

So again, Friend: Welcome!

Go on, feel free, take a look around — from here we can see everything. Take a look at Syria: see that? How about Egypt: curious, yes? Note the Americas. Did you catch Mexico? East Europe? Australia even? But, I get ahead of myself, where are my manners? You’d probably like to use the vantage on your own without me blabbing away in your ear. My sincerest apologies. Please, take your time — I’m going to grab a cup of Joe, would you like one?

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Hey. How’s it going over here?

Mm-Hmm… Interesting take.

Sorry, that’s not right — it’s not wrong either — it’s just… well, it’s your take. Everything must be held in respect to an individuals internalization. Everybody has their own dictionary, filled with different definitions — remember this.

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You know, we’ve taken others up here too. Sometimes their take can be pretty interesting. On occasion even, their fresh perspective becomes widely known, and approachable enough to add to your own, without taking away a thing.

Here’s one of my Favorites, watch — please :-);

Isn’t that interesting?

He’s wrong of course, much like you were, but also right… — we’re not so much blithering as we are incessantly drooling and awestruck.

~ Go figure ~

From here, I like to watch many people. J Craig Venter is another favorite of mine, that guy is doing some wild stuff with algae over in California. That’s the same guy who sequenced our Genome you know, and Mr.Degrasse’s  philosophy stems directly from that work. After all, we only know that we’re the 1% because we can now compare. And, aside from nifty philosophy, the field of Epigenetics also has arisen from Mr.Venters take.

Fascinating study, this Epigenetics. It postulates that environment, nutrition and social conditions through life can alter the expressions of genes in DNA. For example, your DNA says, “Make a fingernail, like this”, then your Epigenetic code — based on what you’ve eaten, your stress level, and your bodies state — determines how fat, wide and long it’ll be made. It’s like an internal Circus Barker, screaming out to all your cells and telling them what to do. It’s in charge.

In fact, Epigenetics literally means, “Above the genome”.

 It’s like a mini dimmer switch for your genes.

It really makes you wonder though…

Being that you guys all know this, and, after all, with your internet being what it is — everybody should know this, (the information’s been around for YEARS now) — why are you not taking advantage of it?

Surely you see as we do, in Truth, and know that diversity is what makes you great. So, if you like your 1%, and all that it’s given you so far, than why not go for 2? Or 3? Or 4 even?

What’s stopping you all from feeding each other to primp your Epigenetic code, and not to gluttony like so many do, but merely to nourish the body with what you know to be best — and then, sharing the rest with others across your small planet.

No need to get an inferiority complex…

Yes, you’re quite small

Yes, you’re not alone

Yes, we watch others

But we like you 🙂

We liked you better when you had tails, but your diet dimmed that epi-switch so low that you’re now only left with a stump back there — and we don’t like to talk about that… Such a disappointment.

Questions… Questions… Questions… Questions…

Keep asking: you’ll hit the right one eventually.

But, anyway, it’s about time you got home.

You have work to do.

(I hope we helped.)

Don’t forget to take your perspective with you — I put it in that doggie bag over there — and remember, when you hold it up to the world you’re never right.

Only when alone can you ever be.

Be well, Friend.

Strive, 1%.

~J

Hello creativity, nativity and falice-navidad-tidilly fans around the world!

I’ve been thinking…..

To BE, or not to BE -- that is the questio... OOH is that a Banana?!

(I know — Ut-Oh, right?)

Rather my mind has been wandering — capricious thing that it is — and, being that the holidays are besieging upon us, it’s been ruminating across the myriad facets of the season: thoughts of family, friends, good-will and geniality toward your fellow-man (women too of course ;-)), and — naturally — Presents!

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But I’m a broke Actor so there won’t be any of those.

Penny for MY thoughts? (Please...)

So, that’s when I got to thinking some more. What present could I give the world? Surely there has to be something… What would be the ultimate gift to the people? What could I give that would embody the spirit of the season — togetherness, love, empathy and all that gushy type sentimental stuff — and still have it coast in under the forty some-odd dollars I’ve got left in my bank account?

And then I realized — that the stupid Keplar space telescope already beat me to it…

You want to talk about togetherness here on earth — Keplar says that’s thinking too small.

Keplar wants us to feel guilty — more guilty than we already do being around our family…

Keplar shows us planets around the galaxy and beyond — that are just like us — and, presumably, expects us to love them as well around the holidays.

What’s next Keplar? Buying presents for other worlds!?

For eats?

Nevermind — don’t answer that…

But then I got to thinking even more… I know, even I feel the theme being abused. As Kepler’s been finding hundreds of Earth-like planets around the cosmos, and forcing us to think about them as we shop at Bed, Bath any Beyond (Finally — now I know what that “Beyond” section is for), there has been another thought flittering around my cavernous (and mostly empty… Hm. Broke Actor… Real estate for sale!) mind…

What happens when we find ET?

Well naturally we’ll want to talk to him right?

Or is it, It?

Or, Her?

Or, Samblorginsetin?

Whatever… Anyway.

We’ll have to communicate, somehow, if we want to infect infuse them with our Christmastime spirit, right?

RIGHT!

So today I would like to place my bid in over at NASA for a fully comprehensive and cooperative communication strategy to employ upon our first meeting with our new friends, which, if we did, would make the melding of our two cultures flow just as smoothly as your credit-card did through that scanner at the mall this year.

What is this Brainy-ack idea you say? How can we be certain that we wont offhand? What could possibly be a common burial ground for us — a similarity we could be sure of — between our cultures?

ZOMBIES!

Braaaiiiinnnnsss! (And coookkkiiieeesssss and miiilllkkkkk!!)

No…. Seriously.

What civilized culture WOULDN’T have Zombies?

Think on it for a moment. Evolution — provided that they have that over on Omicron Persei 8, must have occurred. And throughout their slow process, much like ours, they must have taken quite some time to evolve, I.E. from the wheel, to the hammer, to a 2.8-Killowat, 12.3Lb Stihl Professional grade chain saw — for use in slaying the undead around the holidays, naturally.

It could be argued that for a culture to have not only ensured its own survival, but to have grown intelligent enough to fly throughout the cosmos, that symbolic thought must have come about. And, in cultures where art has arisen, eventually they must have found their way to the Cinema.

Play the Zombie flick next!

Now I’d totally let you call me crazy if I’d tried to claim that the little green men had re-created, “Fargo” or even, “Forrest Gump”, but is it really that crazy to think that they have Zombie films?

Zombies are us, in every way, only:

A) Not intelligent, and

B) Bloodthirsty.

A very common baddie that would likely arise in any thinking culture that’s has ever lied on it’s back, stared up at the ceiling and pondered what type of script that they’d wanted to dream up.

The real question is not whether or not they have Zombies, but rather — what would they look like?

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They would likely be a perversion of whatever the alien species looked like themselves, much in the way that ours are human-esque, but, you know, all covered in blood and stuff. Imagine Winged Zombies, or Zombies with Acid Blood, or even — in particularly dumb cultures — Intellegent Zombies.

Ooh, the HoRrOr!!!!!

So there you have it, my gift to you and yours — and the universe at large — for the holidays!

A way to communicate with our brothers and sisters around the cosmos!

Turns out, we DO have something in common after all!

Zombies!

(And, let’s be honest, would we really want to be friends with them if they didn’t have Zombies?)

~J

Once again — no hesitation — here we go!

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” ~ Mark Twain

In honor of this — here’s ten reasons why our Government doesn’t deserve our support lately 😉

(Sidenote: WE BEAT SOPA TODAY!!!!! Now, help keep it that way.)

~~~~~ This Final Post is in 3 Parts — here’s part-1 to get you properly started! ~~~~~

Here’s my Top Ten — cause who doesn’t like a good list 😉 !?

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Remember; Of the people, by the people, and for the people — makes no mention of government or business…

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1- Overturn corporate personhood, or “Citizens United” ruling: Why should corporations be granted the same rights of a citizen under the 1st amendment? This is the Bill of Rights, it’s for people — not businesses! Do I really need to list the differences? Also, in the meantime, how about we force our elected officials to wear a sewn on brand name logo for each of their sponsors — just like NASCAR drivers — so that we really know who’s pulling their strings!

2- Overturn Buckley VS Valeo: Money is not speech. Because if it were, those with it could talk, while those without — like myself — become mute. It’s an insane loophole, and wholly nonsensical.

3- Stop allowing patents that limit invention: Company’s are currently allowed to make faulty products, and control their competition, through buying up patents that would allow competitors to gain a leg up, and/or invent something that would do the job better. This is insane! How can we allow a patent to be placed on a product, so that it WONT be built!? This is backwards logic! With the goal of creation held above all else, this is completely against progress! Ideas should be free — take any of mine if you wish, I offer them freely — as only the best end product should rule the day. Heck, I have half a mind to outlaw patents all together, due to their ability to stop others from using an invention to create something better for us all. Perhaps a residual scale would be more prudent, like in my acting world, as a way to better promote innovation, and acknowledge inventors, than disallowing use of their invention altogether.

4- Congressional seats cost Millions to run for, Presidential races — Billions: NO!, no wayyyy! You want to call yourself a Democracy America, and you want to spread this “pure and perfect philosophy” of yours around the world, yet this can happen? We better perfect this method at home first, before we go spreading it around the Globe. What if I wanted to run? How could I possibly finance my way there? Beg borrow and steal, and owe allegiances to those 400 people mentioned before? No thank you! Limit the amount that can be spent, to — oh i don’t know — nothing… Nothing but what you can prove comes from your own pocket? How awesome to see You-Tube videos of the possible nominees…

5- Abolish the 2 party system: As I’ve mentioned before, uniting under a banner prevents organic thought. It’s like the Yankees VS the Mets, but this isn’t sports! Nobody agrees with EVERYTHING that either party stands for, and if they do, than they aren’t thinking hard enough, nor for themselves — nor divergently, which is the most important of all. I suggest that we disallow candidates from announcing their party whatsoever, and make the people vote not on individuals — but issues. The person who is most aligned with the answers to this, “Voting test”  that people will take, on current issues around the world, will in turn place a vote in the name of the candidate who is most closely aligned with your beliefs. However… if we can’t abolish it, lets add to it! — If we can’t remove the two-party system, I suggest a new party — “The Intellectual party”; who will make smart and just decisions that have only the people’s needs at heart.

6- Balance the budget: Look, a government should not be able to live beyond its means — just like a person. We can’t get credit lines when we don’t pay our bills, and a nation should be no different in this regard — particularly when we, the people, foot the bill. We need to pay off our national debts, and eliminate the FED and this debt-built system once and for all! Let’s get, “in the green” again. How? Make a new currency that we own, that is OURS, “The Peoples Paper” perhaps, whatever, and make it more valuable than the old Federal Reserve Notes, and then — simply pay them off! Thank you — please (don’t) come again!

7- No more hiding the truth: No more lies, no more clandestine plans, no more making decisions without our consent. Everything we do needs to be made public. We need to be able to know, quickly and coherently (and without lawyer babble), what’s going on with us as a nation, and why we are doing the things that we do. And, if we don’t agree, we should have the right to a public veto which could even overrule the president/monarch him/herself! All this should be a part of the new Data.gov proposed governmental website!

8- Limit insane lawsuits, a type of tort reform: People these days are being rewarded for not thinking and acting the fool. If you cut yourself while breaking into a building to rob the joint, how is it OK that you can then sue the business? How about a, “Common-Sense Law”! Also, much like our friends across the pond, the person who’d dragged everyone away from their jobs to sit on a jury, for this BS case, so that they could try this ridiculous money-making scheme (which will surely pervert the bill of rights to their greedy whim), should have to pay everyone present for their time — after being kicked out! The Judge, the lawyers, the jury, the bailiff — EVERYONE! We’ll see if that wont make people think twice about this type of malarkey!

9- Legalize it: Legalize all drugs. Seriously. We’re still consuming them, people get them when they want them, and by having them be Illegal, A) we’re forcing people who want them, perhaps for just an experiment, to become part of a criminal syndicate to do so, AND, B) We’re causing a war in Mexico, as the cartel has come about as a direct result of our undying need for all things illegal and druggy. I hate to sound callous, but choosing your own destiny is an inherent right of a truly free and sovereign people, and if an adult chooses to live his/her life in the dregs, just for that next hit — well, than, I’m sorry… but that’s their prerogative. If everyone’s truly equal, than we can’t assume ourselves “Better qualified” to tell others how to lead their lives. If they die, they die, and it was meant to be… However, I have a feeling that family and community will take personal interest in these lost souls — especially when there isn’t a criminal factor involved — and with the right support, and the right conditions in the world, these people wont want to live life this way at all.

10- Stop bailing out businesses with our money, abolish wall street: It’s legalized gambling… with our money… and it’s unessential! How is it OK to have enough of our money tied up in this, that it can affect our very economic strength/stability — when these people are merely placing bets on how a Company will do within the next few seconds? Do all the research you want, it’s a guess. And research has proven that outside factors can influence these people on “The Floor”, which can alter their practices, and cause them to influence markets around the world. It’s too much power to be placed in a silly gambling hall.

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NO -- I will not Pay! (OK maybe I will, I don't like prison. Bullies.....)

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These changes are a start, but let’s remember our ULTIMATE GOAL: that high fiving, free society, that’s been smart in its investing, and has permitted its people to “Retire”. There’s a funny thing about retirement though, people don’t just stop living — they finally find a passion and pursue it. Imagine what this World could be, if people could do that from birth?

Let’s get back to the ways of the founding fathers: of, by, and for US — THE PEOPLE!

Protests in the US are not low-level terrorism!

OWS protests in the UK are not part of a terrorist regime!

The “Detention bill” is INSANE!

Our governments influence has grown far too large in some regards, and has shrunk far too small with others, particularly with what really matters — serving the people! This is not a Democracy we have here — it’s a corporate dictatorship; only concerned with the bottom line. Again I’ll say — Surely we can have a loftier goal for mankind than amassing stacks of greenbacks. The game’s rigged people, and we’re all playing as the away team –whilst somehow still being on our own turf…

EVERYBODY MATTERS, EVERY VOICE SHOULD HAVE IT’S CHANCE TO BE HEARD!

So, Surprisingly, in the end — maybe the Mafia had the right idea. Perhaps giving power to individuals voices to effect change is the right way to go. Maybe we should have a leader on every floor of an apartment, on the corner of every street, and have them alternate to avoid corruption. These people can then have two meetings, two times a week, where we can address our needs, if we have any — and if they can’t handle this issue of ours, they can pitch it up the chain of command either as our representative, or if we’re more knowledgeable, we would go ourselves. From the block, to the town, to the city, to the county, to the state, to the time-zone, to the country — and right on up to the White houses door, should this individual and his/her question go, if it can’t be solved along the way. And in this way, they can finally hear about, and efficiently deal with, the bastards who are slashing our tires!

But who knows….

Certainly not me.

I’ve written over a tenth of a novel on this subject by now,

and am confident that it COULD be done…. But will it?

That, my friends, is the question that truly needs answering.

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(Well that, and will anybody ever read this?)

Who knows, but I’d guess — probably not 😉

~J

No waiting — we’re getting right back into this:

~~~~~ This Final Post is in 3 Parts — here’s part-1 to get you properly started! ~~~~~

~ So Far! ~

Grow up or die; A message to the world ~ This is truly the first post in my TGR project, (even though it didn’t bear the title) as it set the stage for what was to come by directly naming the catalyst of what’s happening to cause all the unbalance that we’re witnessing — with the riots, the occupy movements, and the 99% talk around the globe — Oil. More specifically it’s the idea that we need to add the driving force of energy, as well ecology (which supports the energy), to the infinite growth model of society we’ve worked under for years. For if we don’t add these factors to the equation, many lives will perish in the violent transition which is to come…

The Headline of Tomorrow — “Video games saved the world!” ~ Rather than trying to untangle the crazy mess of a knot we find ourselves pinned under, and intertwined betwixt, let’s imagine that it was all gone — let’s hit “Reset” — and plan a new world, from scratch, using what we now know about existence. When we plan where we want to be in this way, and acknowledge where we are presently, a golden path leading to the door of prosperity will open up, and we can all easily travel along it.

TGR Part 1: Food, Water, and Shelter ~ No longer can fear rule the day. Fear can only manifest in the face of misunderstanding, and its high time that we all wake up, pay attention to what’s going on, and ignore all the lies that are told to us in an effort to control us like a herd of incapable sheep. We’re all full well capable of plenty, including the ability to ignore our, “Mob mentality” instinct, and to think like individuals — with unique and valuable opinions that need to be shared — so let’s.

TGR Part 2: Goals ~ We have to stop the blame game! We need everybody’s help to fix this mess, and in truth its nobody’s fault — we just did as we had to up until now in order to survive. However, survival has long slipped from being our most pressing concern. Now we consume to overabundance, and if we maintain this path it will ultimately lead to our undoing. This overabundance, this “Buying crap we don’t need, to impress people we don’t like” mentality is born of our strict capitalistic ways, and has bred selfish, hoarding, and self-centered individuals — and has stymied evolution (which, remember, is invention). We need a goal above merely amassing stacks of paper, so how about invention, and in order to foster a situation in this world where everybody has a chance to add to the conversation, we need to plan ahead and attempt to provide ALL with the basic needs of survival so that they might rise above merely surviving — and begin striving!

TGR Part 3: Evolution, or the Burj Khalifa ~ We need energy to live, but we also need to get off our most used source in order to survive — Oil — so let’s make something with the remaining oil that will take us off its dependence once and for all! Embracing natural, renewable, and clean energy TODAY will be a huge coo in getting us there. Efficiency will as well. So, I invented a city. And believe it or not — it would work! (How hard was that?). All I had to do was take our defense budget, and turn it around into an offensive strategy that serves our true goals as a species. We can make a place to live for us all that provides for its people, runs itself, and frees us all from the shackles of modern living — where people would be free to do things other than work their entire lives for the bare essentials of life. If we’ve reached a point in history where the work of our forefathers is finally poised to pay off, we would do well to take advantage of their legacy.

TGR Part 4: Thinking about thinking ~ The society we would like to build would be awesome, but one of the first and hardest things to do is to show people around the globe why this way of thinking and being is actually PREFERABLE to the way they’d thought and been in the past. It’s hard for a fish to imagine life outside the bowl, as it’s all the little guy’s ever known, but if we shift to divergent, over the current convergent, education practices, people all around the globe will not only see why this way is better, but they will — each and every one of them — find greater satisfaction out of life, and be more productive and happy citizens by doing so. We must value creativity and uniqueness over all, as the pursuit of ones own passions satisfies much more deeply than the pursuit of someone else’s.

TGR Part 5: Government Cheese ~ Despite all these lofty and idealistic changes that CAN be made to society, we can’t do a thing these days without governmental consent — as they pull the strings. But should they? And can they? Here, I explored the roots of government itself, and our leaders; where they came from, what purpose they serve, and what it is — exactly — that they do, and should do. The truth: we run this place. WE give it power. The government is here to support the people, not the other way around! Same goes for the banks, and all the businesses which we support. We have the power to change the government because of our founding fathers constitution and the power granted therein, and if the people in our ranks up-high wont change their ways, than it is our duty to lay out another way of being, and enact it — which is precisely what I’m doing!

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TLDR — We can build a better society, with more free time, smarter/healthier people, clean energy, smaller environmental impact, less war, more peace and worldwide sustainability — if only we think about what we want and actively go after it!

First things first

If we accept that we are all equal from birth, and all valued members of this community whom all contribute equally to the survival of the group as a whole, than no one member can be held above the rest — especially when that/those people are given this power by something as powerless as a government, who at its core should be a representative of the people alone. Thus, we must ask ourselves today, “What are the best possible conditions we can create in this world to make a thriving people?”

Now we have our goal: Create a perfect world.

But what is a perfect world?

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Seriously — I’m not going to tell you just yet. Lean back in your chair and think on it for a minute. Make your own decisions before you read on. Create a mental image…..

How do you see an average day playing out, for a person who lives in a perfect society?

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Do you imagine them not spending time with their family?

Do you imagine them wasting away on a couch for hours on end?

Or, as an old friend of mine “Mattie Guns” once suggested, would it be slow-motion highball toasting over a roaring bar-b-que, with throngs of friends around, music playing in the background, and smiles plastered across all the faces?

Yea, Yea, THAT ONE.

I mean, I don’t want to impose my own thoughts on you, but I sure-as-heck would choose door number three here.

But how do we get there? That’s the problem. We need a highball glass maker, we need a farmer for the fares on the grill, we need musicians to fill the air with sweet, sweet melodies, and we need dentists to keep those smiles A-Glimmerin’! Something in this society still needs to work — like a job — bummer right?

Not so much…

Remember, many jobs today can be replaced with computers, some 40% currently, and I’d bet much, much more too if we’d only invest some effort into actively pursuing this as a goal — that’s amazing!! Like I said before — its high time that the work of our forefathers starts paying off!

But here’s the problem, progress is slow, and invention and creativity are not our highest priority… Though I bet, at 28, if we’d invest our efforts into this endeavor full force, we could achieve this vision by the time I’d naturally retire.

Not the way we’re going though,

Not when 400 people hold half the wealth of our country.

Not when we reward businesses, with 500-bil in tax breaks over 10 years for outsourcing,

Not when 16% are unemployed, and can’t live within this system.

Not when about 50% (some suggest more), are underemployed.

Not with 46-million Americans living below the poverty line.

And certainly not with 22% of children living in squalor.

This is not OK.

This is not OK.

THIS IS NOT OK!

Getting from here to there may seem impossible, but it’s not. The first thing that has to change is YOU — YES YOU — the person reading this!

Every single time that people say something’s impossible they reinforce it to themselves, and to all who are listening — and trust me, people are listening. This needs to stop, and, if you’ve read all the posts in this series thus far, you know why. This is a shift in the very mental construct of the people we’re talking about here, and we need all the help we can get. So join the cause, and spread the word of hope!

We want you, to help prevent forest fires! (Wait... that's not right...) TO EFFECT CHANGE! (there we are 🙂 )

(Yes, yes, I know — I suck at Photoshop!)

Now to get from where we are, to where we want to be — to the type of world that invests in our future, the people’s future, the masses future, and does not live under the delusion that a select few are more valued/valuable than the whole — there are a few immediate changes to be made that would greatly help! And once again, as this is a BEASTLY post, click on the right arrow below when you’re ready — I got a top ten list waiting for ya on the other side 😉 .

Ehy — Oh! How you doin readers?

Me, I’m fan-frickin-tastic. Thanks for askin’ — OH! — fuhgeddaboudit!

This sign is real! I kid you not!

Have ya’ll ever heard the story of, “The Three Little Pigs”? — No, you haven’t. Not the real one — This is the version I was told as a little kid (and would my parents lie?).

Once, not so long ago in Brooklyn, there were these three little Pigs.

One lived in a house of straw,

One lived in a house of sticks,

and One lived in a house of bricks.

One day, the Big Bad Wolf came knocking at the house of straws door,

and he said;

Little pig, little pig, let me in. Or I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow this house in!

To which the frightened Pig replied,

Not by the hairs of my chinnie, chin, chin.

So the Wolf — being a beast of his word — sucked in a hefty volume of air, and with a single exhale of nothing but hot, wet CO2, (which could only be compared to Rick Perry’s speech during the republican debate the other night), blew down the house, and the little Pig ran out the back door over his brother’s place, which was made of sticks.

Before long, there was a knock at the door.

Little pig, little pig, let me in. Or I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow this house in!

To which the two shivering brothers answered,

Not by the hairs of our chinnie, chin, chins.

So again — just as before — the Wolf pulled a Perry, and blew down the house with a gale of hot gas. The two horrified brothers ran, with all haste, on over to their other brothers pad, which was made of bricks.

As they made it inside, the two pigs slammed the door behind them and slid, leaning on it, down to the floor — gasping for breath.

Ehy, their big brother greeted them. What’s-a-matta wit you’se guys?

“I-i-i-it’s, th, th, the, Bi-Bi-Big…. bad….” stuttered the brothers.

Spit it out already would ya?, he encouraged… lovingly.

The big bad wolf blew down my home, Said one. And my home too, said the other. And now he’s coming here to blow your house down too! They finished, in pigley surround-sound.

The big brother Pig grabbed his siblings by their respective collars, (as even pigs have leash laws these days in Brooklyn), and slapped them both hard across the face.

Calm down you morons. He added, for… support, I got this. Bolt the door.

The big brother pot-bellied Pig then made his way over to his plush, forest green colored Laz-Y-boy sofa, where he re-lit a Cuban cigar which sat smouldering, next to some scotch, in a well overfilled ashtray, picked up the phone, and causally dialed a number.

The two other brothers, confounded at the reaction they were witnessing, had to forcibly pull themselves back to reality in order to bolt the door — and they did so just in time.

Little pig, little pig, let me in. Or I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow this house in! Shouted the Wolf, as he jiggled the knob.

Wh, wh, wh, wh, who — are you calling big bro?, Asked the Stick-Pig.

Don’t-worrye-boudit, he replied, as he reclined in his Laz-Y-boy and took a deep pull on his cigar.

I said…, began the wolf again, obviously wondering if anyone was home by the lack of response he’d gotten, Little pig, little pig, let me in. Or I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow this house in!

Just then, a black, stretch Hummer-limo rolled easily to a stop in front of the house of bricks, and a back tinted window descended slowly into the door, resting into its lowest position. Soon after, a metal ring could be seen peeking out through the shadows of the back seat, for only but a moment as it heliographed brilliantly off the clear afternoon sun, before it violently exploded outward with fire, pumping the wolf on the front porch full of steaming hot lead — and ending his life in a bloody heap on their brick-laden doorstep.

The car promptly screeched away on down the road, leaving nothing but thick grey exhaust lingering in its wake.

The older brother extended a couple of Cubans to his brothers as he clicked on the TV — and they vigorously peed on the floor, (why don’t pigs wear pants?).

Wh, who, whooooo was that? They stammered.

What!? snapped their brother from his chair, with incredulity, and an intonation which implied that they were both idiots, all while his cherry surged under another pull. Oh, that? he added, realizing their confusions stemming. fuhgeddaboudit… Those were my friends…

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“The Guinea Pigs”

Ehy -- what're U laughin' at?

Hey, don’t laugh — or they’ll come after you next. And let me tell you, in their giant wheels, these guys are quite intimidating coming down the block.

(BTW, Would you believe that I’ve actually used this joke for auditions?)

Anyway — let’s do this thing!

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~ The Mafia ~

Good people of the Deranged and Enlightened persuasions alike, I’ve been raking my brain, and scouring all the sources I could find, for a good, viable (and hopefully marginally funny), example of how we should model the structuring of the new world. During my quest, I was more than a bit entertained to find quite a volume of individuals who feel that a lack of empathy in the world is what should be attributed to the unbalancing that’s happened over time, and more than a few of these individuals actually suggested that we re-instate the Mafia to fix this.

Wha?

The reasoning goes something like this: Back when John Gotti lived in Queens, nobody had to lock their doors, and nobody was afraid to walk the streets — for if anybody bothered the good citizens of Johnnie-boy’s town, they’d surely have hell to pay. The legend of the, “Untouchable Borough” spread far and wide, and (purportedly) crime in the area was simply non-existent.

Once — only once — had a couple young hooligans come to town, after a late night binger in the city, and for fun they started slashing tires. The next morning people of the neighborhood bemoaned the incident to one another, and word quickly spread to Johnnies ears, who within a week found the boys — and beat them to within an inch of their lives.

That was the last time anybody attempted to mess with the Mob’s town.

This story, of course, is HIGHLY romanticized…

and more than a bit untrue — being that it’s missing the other half of the tale.

Sure, people didn’t lock doors, and there was no crime — at least, no crime that wasn’t commissioned by John himself. He’d bought the police, he’d shaken down local store owners for money on a regular basis, and he ran the racket for so long that the people actually began to see this as a good thing. As if he’d had their best interests at heart all along.

The truth is these people were brainwashed.

This man was a criminal. He’d taken their hard-earned money by force, and “reallocated it” to where he’d seen fit. And, somehow, the people praised him for it! So naturally, as we can all see the coloration from this style of Mob-Governance, to the USA’s governing style at large, I find that viewing Government like the Mafia is an interesting and beneficial lens for us to gaze through, in an effort to better comprehend our current worldwide situations — and a swell starting point for us to begin changing our World.

There is one key difference between the two however — at least the mafia was local enough to know the needs of its people, the Federal Government on the other hand, perhaps, has grown too large to rival the mobs efficacy in this regard. But, enough with witty openings — if even I had the right to claim such a thing — this post is all about the changes that would be needed to rectify, beautify, and creatify (I know — not an actual word — I’m off the deep end…) the world at large, and even though I’m calling it, “Democracy 2.0”, these ideals, which I’ve covered in “The Great Reset” (TGR) up until this point, should in theory be applicable to any corner of the world that’s looking to make a change for the better.

Shall we do a quick recap? WE SHALL!

(Also, *fair warning*, this is likely to be a long post as I’m attempting to literally “Fix the world” and all, so if you’re the type who needs a break — this would be a swell place to take one ;-). Otherwise, go ahead and click the right-facing, charcoal-colored arrow at the bottom of this post when it appears.)

Hey Everybody,

Hi Dr.Nick!!

Alright, gosh-darnit people! Seriously….

Who cut the cheese?

(Are you ready for it? Hope so — cause here it comes…..)

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Nobody — not when it’s, “Government cheese” that is!

*Smacks Forehead*

That’s right i’ve said it, intellectual brothers and sisters of mine — sweet, sweet, un-sliced, (and crazy-salty), Government Cheese!  That’s what’s on the docket today.

Go ahead and start-up the fondu, I’ll wait.

For all those previously unaware (and whom currently have no idea what I’m talking about); the United States has bought and peddled Cheese, to and from its citizens, for over fifty years now. And, if you’re laughing, don’t worry — that is the appropriate response.

~~ FIFTY YEARS OF CHEESEYNESS~~

Surplus of cheese you say? I can take that off your hands if you'd like...

Cheese — plus butter and milk, and many other goods outside the farm to boot. They’re reason for investing in all this farmstuff, and, YES — The Cheese — (Guddah is bettah), lies in their desire to control fluctuations in the farming trade. By buying surpluses from farms, they help keep them running in times of crisis, and — in periods of national disaster, or when a low-income family desires food for their table but has no money to pay for it — they then have the ability to use this stockpile of food to supplant the needs of their citizens.

Now… I get it, I really do. However I still cant help but to laugh (Sidenote: The first time I heard about Government Cheese, a group of friends and I were working on Nurse Jackie together, and from the moment it was brought up forward, we’d spent the remainder of the day singing famous songs and replacing the popular hooks and lyrics with “Government Cheese”. Try it sometime — it’s quite hilarious! Cue the Beatles; “All we need is, Government Cheese, ba-ba-da ba-da…”), nor can I help myself from asking just one simple question of all of you;

Is this the type of thing that we want our Governments to be involved with?

What, even, should the Government be involved with at all?

Furthermore, what is a Government’s job in the first place?

I thought that Government cheese would be a swell way to proclaim, as I start this here post in my, “World of Reset” today, that the governing body of the United States is quite obviously involved in issues and practices that are below the status of the title which it holds.

I mean, Cheese? Really?

But I understand that there are some out there, particularly those who favored the Jarlsberg, who might disagree. So if you’ll indulge me (and I hope you will), I’d like to examine the roots of Government itself, with the hopes of understanding what it is exactly that we should come to expect — and what we shouldn’t — from our elected officials.

The Paleolithic era

Once, long ago in the distant past, mankind was an arboreal species. Many have since refuted the decision that was made to leave the safety of the trees for favor of the land, and many more yet still say that we should have never left the oceans embrace for the trees in first place — and for more on this, please read the intro the The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy — but, long story short, we left the trees, took on a bipedal lifestyle, and began the journey that would take us up until today — “Modern” humans.

Direct evidence of our doings during this time is scarce, to say the least, but we can safely paint a 2-ish megapixel picture of our early societal structure from what archeologists around the world have unearthed, and it is assumed that the first groupings of Homo (our species’ Sir name before, “Erectus” was tagged on toward the end of this era), consisted of meager bands, with anywhere from 15-30 members.

At this time people roamed the earth as nomads, likely following the migratory patterns of their food, and each member of the society was responsible to know everything required of them to survive, I.E. Hunting, gathering wood, collecting bugs and plants, and also amassing resources that could produce early tools.

It is assumed that at this time we began to see “leaders” emerge — but the term is used loosely, and it’s likely that these individuals were merely much older members of the group that would not go out into the field any longer due to their age. Their power was nearly nonexistent, and most all decisions within the group were made by a consensus among its members.

~~~~~ Should we kill it, eat it, or have sex with it? ~~~~~ All three? Ug!

During the mid-late periods of this era our ancestors began to become more divided within their groups. The prevailing theory as to why this occurred lies in the increasingly specialized tool-set which had been by now developed, and which aided in all aspects of their lives. We learned complex techniques, which were difficult to communicate without yet possessing a concrete system of language, and passed them on to our kin (with whom we were closest), so that they might protect the knowledge for generations yet to come. Also around this time we began the practice of Agriculture, which served to halt our nomadic lifestyle altogether, and brought to us the necessity of greater organization — Or, a leader.

In other words, when it was possible to know everything about society — we didn’t need a leader, as everyone was fully qualified to give a vote on the behalf of the group. But as things got specialized, and the sheer volume of information could no longer be shared as a whole within the group, people then needed to be able to focus on specifics within their own trade, while trusting another with the annoying delegation of  duties (don’t snicker Chandler) within the group.

Individuals however, including leaders, were still subordinate to the band as a whole.

Again, we had a leader, but he was likely seen as support to the real working members of society. Sound familiar?

(NOPE!)

Agriculture had an interesting effect on modern society.

As we became more localized, there evolved a natural division of labor between the sexes. Women saw themselves being relegated to mostly farming duties, which kept them away from the Men’s hunt — and thus also kept pregnancies from failing at the rate they had been previously (as their fetuses weren’t experiencing that same old Niagara falls decent in a locked and water-filled barrel, as their mothers ran after an elephant in the open field, any longer). So, as you might imagine, at this point populations began to rise. As we placed greater emphasis on life, we also took greater tolls as these lives were extinguished — and we began to mourn for our lost tribesmen, as well as bury our dead.

Artifacts of the, “leaders”, in this late Paleolithic era, now saw a shift toward more shamanistic directions. They quickly became: the figureheads for burials, as they alone could safely send away a soul to the afterlife; the dancers of the earth, fixing everything from drought and famine, to infertility; and an unquestionable individual within the fledgling society, that seemingly had supernatural power granted by the gods to do more than the rest of its members. So now, as I’m sure you can already tell, this became the birthplace in history of religion — and also, silently, the beginning of an increasingly reverent view toward leaders.

One could say, as we look back on this early society of man, that it’s operations relied wholly on the fuel of agriculture to support their growth. And, under the guise and organization of leaders within these groups, this rough idea of growth and forever upward trajectory as a supreme directive of the people would continue — wholly unabated — until today, where it’s become an economic mainstay of modern society.

The Infinite Growth Paradox

The lens an economist wears to view the world.

I know — I suck at Photoshop…

(Plus I’m missing a dot over my first “X”)

This is a formula for economic growth in our modern world — but not just any growth (as all my bright people well versed in differential calculus will tell you), this is a formula for exponential economic growth. This formula has become the backing of our financial views in the modern world — and it was birthed, believe it or not, long, long ago, incubated in the womb of primitive Agriculture.

See, we couldn’t grow or find every single resource that we’d wanted once we’d settled down from our nomadic ways — so trade with neighboring areas became essential to supplanting our societal needs. We had the capacity to do things that they couldn’t, and vice-versa, so for us to exchange these mutually desirable goods, someone needed to work out a system by which we could give value to our commodities, or — as another way to say it — our currency, and what better person to step up to the plate than our revered leader?

From the Paleolithic era, where leaders first emerged that represented more than the whole components of the actual working group some-(unfathomibly)-how, on through to today, this formula has naturally come about due to the ability of our governing bodies to make attempts at regulating our worth. Now, this wouldn’t necessarily be a problem — particularly if we’d stuck to dealing in physical goods that we had on hand. The problem, as I see it, arose when we began this more modern system built on paper money, and, and more specifically, paper money that comes into existence VIA loan.

Bringing money into existence in this manner is tantamount to a Shaman telling us that he’s negotiated a deal where a field, which can only ever grow 100 turnips a year, will be sold to another tribe at the value of 110 turnips — we only must grow by ten for the next year to make up our loss. Isn’t that wonderful!?

See the problem?

We can only grow 100. We need 110. And by next year, 220 — so long as we keep the terms of this deal true. The lesson is this, dear readers — and I spoke of this theory in, “Grow up or die” as well — infinite growth is all well and good, and very well intended to be sure (it wants to see people thrive), BUT, it cannot be a reality without a resource, or fuel, to back it up.

Well, just like the turnips, almost all economic systems in the world today are based on this unrealistic formula of borrowing from the future — growth built on future debt. We would do well to remember the roots of all this — the leaders were merely put in place to help the workers organize — the actual people who keep the group running! They were only meant to aid in organization, so that the backbone of society would have LESS to concern themselves with. But, when you look at it all in this prospective, it’s easy to see how we all became slaves to these individuals…

We lent them our power

— we trusted them —

and in return they only committed us to further work and hardship…

Thus: A Government should be nothing but an aid to the organization of it’s working people.

A proverbial crossing guard at a broken traffic light — just there to keep the peace.

Now — back to the cheezy goodness

Thinking about everything we’ve said so far, I finally realize why my instinct is to laugh at the concept of government cheese. Here we have a governing body — something that should have less power than the people who actually run the place — taking from one contributing group (through our taxes), and giving to another, that it deems more important than the rest! It’s a direct overstepping of its limits, and a gross over-generalization of its power.

Really, a government is just a brand ambassador to its people. A system to ensure prosperity, happiness, and well-being.

Look, failure is awesome. Failure leads to reinvention, and in turn — evolution. If that farm needed a leg up, well than i hate to say it (sorry farmer John), but it probably just needed to fail. When that farm fails, and the need eventually arose for another business in-kind to take its place, than that business would have to be smarter and more agile than the last, just generally more prepared, for it to survive in modern marketplace — which is always changing. However when governments overstep their true jobs and begin to shuffle the worth of a people on their own whims, things begin to get out of whack.

I can't be out! NOOOOOO!!!

If a Government and/or its leaders are really only ever put in place to support their people — and we know that this is true, especially when we look at the history of it all — than it’s only job should be to ensure that everybody is organized, and plays fairly. They should be like the white background noise between radio stations, ever-present from the beginning of time, but unessential when it comes to the melodies of real music.

They should SUPPORT US — not the other way around. But today, it’s become the opposite — and I think that’s just insane…

Thus all this robbing of our income and time through taxes, in support of their wars with these muddled objectives, and all this private funding for those same elected officials who’ve been selling us out for years, are actions that are quite obviously maligned with goals of the people — not to mention all this over-reliance on our future that comes from it all, where now we HAVE to grow forever bigger to just keep up — is robbery. It’s Slavery. And, it’s NOT within their power to do this.

Look, we’re all still just people working within a group. The hunters are no more valuable than the gatherers, and our leaders have no real power when held in comparison to the rest of us. When held against the enormous amount of free time, fun, and family values that our forefathers had, today we are nothing but servants. Servants that are unwittingly sacrificing all that once made us unique, specialized, and happy — with tons of leisure time to do with what we pleased — for the construction of a world that is full of overabundance for some, and nothing for others.

~J

P.S. — So… even though I have more to say on all this — it looks like I’ll be wrapping it up for today (2,500 words, holy crap!). With any luck I can finally finish this series next post, with a synopsis of what we want, as generated by what I’ve stated thus far in each consecutive post from my, “Great Reset”, and be able to detail a plan of sorts on how to initiate it all. But — until then faithful readers — keep your chin up. I still have hope that we’ll figure it all out somehow, before it’s too late (Gulp!).

Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock, Tick………

Hey there, my intuitive and thoughtful folk — Welcome back!

What are you thinking about, Readers?

Thinking about thinking?

I hope so.

Oh… Don’t you worry, I know precisely what you thought as you read the title,

“What in Cotton-Pickin, Tar-Nation is Jared thinkin‘ bout writing on today?”~ You, just a moment ago

(And, by the way — what was that Reader? A Yosemite Sam reference? Anyone else ever notice that he’s kind of… A little racist? Tar nation… Cotton picking…?)

But I digress…

Now, if you’ve been following along thus far with my whole, “Great Reset” project, you might already know what today’s blog is all about. So far, of my original list, I’ve covered; Energy, balance, conservation, the environment, and sustainability. Most of these were covered in the last post, when I gave all of NYC a modern makeover (did you see the final reveal? Wasn’t Lady Liberty simply STUNNING!? OMG I know!), but I also touched on the ideas here, and here as well. And today, in case you haven’t figured out as such yet from all the annoying underlining I did up top, I would like to talk about Education. And, more specifically, the way that our current system cultures us to think.

So, to be honest about my own thoughts today, der Yosemite,

“I keep trying to think, but nothin’ happens” ~ Me, my whole life

My Mentor

Got a headache yet?

That’s what I thought 😉

For many of you; I’m sure you’re wondering what is wrong with the current education system at all? Understandable. After all, it taught all of us — and we’re here reading this — So… Where’s the beef? Right? Well, for us to really understand what’s going on in the education system today, and why it needs to be reworked for the “Great Reset”,  we need to first understand why it works the way it does in the first place.

Time to set the Way-Back machine to the mid 19th century!

But -- why the 19th century Mr. Peabody?

Elementary, my dear Sherman — Because that is when and where our system of education was conceived.

You see, Sherman; before the 19th century, most people were educated through life itself. There were no standard schools for everyone to attend. Sure the Jesuits had been schooling people long before this time — but the financial requirements necessary to buy your way in to these schools left most exempt from wonderful world of knowledge at large.

At the time… This was not seen as a problem

School was not for everybody. It was for the Elite. The Scholarly. Those with Potential. And, to be any of that, either you were born into money (and could afford the Jesuits way), or you were lucky enough to know someone who owned the classic novels, and would let you read them — that is if you could read at all. Knowledge of the classics — The Iliad, The Bard, and the like — were, in the opinion of the time, an indicator of a person with scholarly potential. It was believed that as an individual, you were either born with the capacity to be intelligent, or — simply — not…

Intelligence, and our view of it, has changed radically over the years — However — this view of potential has not. And to me, that’s quite sad.

Me too kitty.... Me too

On to, “The Industrial Revolution”

When you hear the term, “Industrial Revolution”, What do you think of? Assembly lines? Batches of boxed and manufactured goods? Lots of rust dust, face filth, and poor hygiene? If so, than good — because you now have an image in your brain of where our education systems roots are grounded.

Think about it, we manufacture “Batches” of kids — shipping them through Grade School with the only grouping restriction being their age — on standardized, “Assembly lines” of required classes. We grade them all on the same standard — the, “Industry standard” of either right, or wrong. There is only one way to be — one right answer — and any child that winds up with a differing conclusion is promptly labeled “defective”, fails, and is left behind to take the Ole’ whirly-bird for another spin…

Do we really want our kids to think that the most important aspect about them is their Born-on-date? Is there really only one right answer to problems? Sure, maybe in math, but overall?

No.

No!

A hundred times, NO!

There are MANY ways to look at any given situation, and many potential outcomes for each, to be sure. This is called “Divergent Thinking “; finding many ways to answer a single question — Ahem, creativity.

What we teach today however, is not divergent, but rather “Convergent thought”; where all the facts converge to the only answer that exists. This is how the revolution of industry, and the inception of interchangeable parts, had us thinking, and this is the way we built the education system….

Those concepts, along with the dangerous notion that standardized testing would sift out the “Scholars”, from the “Dunces”, has been the honing stone which would prove to “sharpen”, the minds of the millions educated under its auspices.

Today though, I’d like to ask you all, avid readers — is this a good idea?

If the goal of education is to aid in people learning — to not only teach them, but to help them figure out things on their own when they’re finished — than, being that we know well about individuality, how can we honestly expect the same system to benefit everyone under it equally?

Is every person the same? Do we all have identical propensities toward learning? The same interests? The same Hobbies? The same passions? Is everybody alike?

Certainly NOT!

Haven’t we have all known children who’ve shown interest and potential in things and subjects far beyond their grade level? For one reason or another, these things make these people — these future adults who will one day run our society — happy. These things are their passions. And, as you know, here on this blog, we’re all about people finding their passions and becoming the person that they’ve always wanted to be! This path of interest and passion leads, not only to lifelong satisfaction — but also a lifelong journey.

If you’re always interested, you’re always learning. If you’re always learning, you’re never bored. If you’re never bored, you’re content! And content people, (even though they have to work hard), actively advance the fields they’re involved with — and when you do that, you push the very evolution of mankind (for all those unfamiliar with this concept, please catch up on this series 🙂   )!

Think about how amazing the world is today — and also, how distracting…

When our kids are caught distracted from their lessons, lessons that we’ve already established might not be “Right” for them, they are chastised, lectured, belittled, their parents are called, and — all too often — medication is prescribed. We’re forcing our kids to sit through school, through things that they find boring (and rightfully so), WITH DRUGS. Is this what we want? If we had a choice, is this how we would set it up again after, “The Great Reset”?

Looking at it now — I highly doubt it.

Did you know that most children, some 98%, are at the GENIUS level when measured for divergent thinking? But here’s the thing; as we re-test these kids after years of “schooling”, we find that this ability atrophied, and eventually dies. We need to rework the system to reflect the goal of education — to not only educate, but to teach someone to learn on their own. Give a man a fish and all that…

We teach logic, which is all well and good — but its only half the picture.

We should instead teach creativity.

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere”
~Albert Einstein

How do we do that? How do we teach Imagination? Well, mostly, with subjects we’ve been ignoring.

The Arts — teach a person about what it’s like to live as someone else — an unrivaled thought experiment, and extreme reflection of the self.

Philosophy — more in that same vein, and even deeper, Philosophy helps us understand the current matrix that is our personal understanding of the world. Once we know our limits, we have the ability to supersede them. However, you can’t jump over an invisible hurdle…

Less standardized, more personalized — I remember a science teacher of mine running into class once, simply overjoyed at some breakthrough in his field he’d heard of over lunch, but he couldn’t tell us what it was, because it wasn’t part of his lesson. Here we had a person willing to share their genuine passion with us, something that as a child could have imbued us all with a real sense of wonder, and yet — he couldn’t share because of “Standards”… What a world… This needs to change!

Stop, Stop, Stop with the assembly line — I say, toss it all. Let teachers teach what they want. Let them talk to each other, shuffle students between classes to look for the right fit. And be able to freely and actively try to make the kids happy, and interested.

I understand that this will all be very difficult, and that it will make the job of educators infinitely harder — but this isn’t necessarily bad. It will draw in those who are best suited for the job, rather than pension seekers and lazy care-nothings. People would not join the field unless they positively loved it, especially when we’d expect them to spend their summers (if we can even afford summers off, with all there is to know about the world these days…), re-work their entire years lessons, to properly reflect our changing world….

Starting to get the picture?

Children are not the only ones effected here

How many people do you know that hate their jobs?

Plenty, I’d bet.

How many others would be grateful to have that “hated” job, but hate the one they’re in themselves?

This is a serious problem. People aren’t happy. They’re going through this antiquated system blindly, like they’ve been told to. They’re getting their degrees, their leaving college (with HEFTY debt), and they’re miserable… So what do they do?

Nothing…

They don’t know anything else to do. They’ve forgotten how to think divergent, so they’re trapped, in a very real sense of the word. Problem is, their subconscious still wants them to be great! It still nags them, insisting that there’s something left to do, something left unattended — and that can drive a person mad, depressed, and — mostly — just very, very confused. So they distract themselves to drown out this voice…

They wind up pouring themselves into things like TV sitcoms, Reality TV, Movies, Sports, Innocuous trivia (Say Thank’ Ya), and a million other distractions — but they are not living up to their potential. They’re not doing what they love. They’re not — not truly — happy. Maybe in fleeting moments of drunken debauchery, or drug addled hazes, but I believe that a lot, maybe even most, feel lost and confused with the question, “Who am I”?

This leads me to my conclusion;

As we engineer our own future, we must recognize that mankind’s greatest gift is his creativity — creativity is passion, creativity is invention, and thus, creativity is evolution.

Everybody wants to matter, to be important, and they all can. Each and everyone on the planet has a piece of the puzzle to the great mystery of life, and by not culturing this — by telling them that they simply can’t because of genetics, socioeconomic status, or place of birth — we are shooting ourselves in the foot!

Always remember, don’t just aim to better yourself — that’s selfish. Attempt to better all those around you. Because, in truth, we are all as one living organism — Earth. And when the world is viewed through that lens, by giving a leg up to a stranger, your also helping yourself — not to mention all of mankind.

Martian Luther King Jr. Once had a dream that mankind would at one point see each other not by skin-color, but by the virtue of an individual. We may be growing colorblind these days, but we are not yet culture blind — and that needs to change!

~J

P.S. A lot of ideas in today’s blog were inspired by Sir. Ken Robinsons TED talk, of which i’ve mentioned plenty of times in the past. You can check out my favorite version of his talk here!