Bankruptcy

Much like sitting in the optometrist’s chair, it only becomes more and more clear. This country is bankrupt. Sure, we have mansions and private jets and brand new football stadia and interstates and national parks–but we’re bankrupt. Ethically bankrupt and corrupt. The responsibility falls on everyone, but especially those who protect the interests of and enforce the will of the multinational corporations. The politicians, the security guards, the private investigators, the lawyers, the judges, the law enforcement officers, the mercenaries. If you are one of these things and act as a tool of a business or corrupt government institution that always puts the interests of a minority over the majority and puts profits over people and the environment, you really need to take a deep look at what you do and change it. Don’t be a bandwagon, scab, “Well, this is the best thing to do for me” type person. That’s exactly the attitude that is screwing us.

We need to think of each other before we destroy all our most precious resources i.e. our food, water, and air. The good news is everyone can do something to help fight the madness that, for example, manifests as the flesh of a thousand cows in one hamburger that is then sanitized with ammonia before being served to you. The madness that is continuing to find more dangerous and destructive ways to extract the very fossil fuels that are increasing the temperature of the entire planet irreversibly. More good news is that bankruptcy is a perfect place from which to start over. While the protest at Standing Rock failed in the long run, it was still inspiring to see all of those people fighting for what was right for once.

To affect real change to the important issues such as campaign finance reform, food and drug regulation, environmental protection, and economic equality will take nothing short of a miracle of will and organization, but it is possible–if people keep one idea in mind, love. Love for yourself and those around you. To not accept being taken advantage of anymore. To not accept being just another consumer or taxpayer or soldier. In this case, love is the unwillingness to accept mistreatment; it is standing up for yourself and others. Now, more than ever, we must focus on the things that make us alike rather than different. We must fight each other’s battles because we will need help to fight our own. We must fight to protect what’s important, but first we must come to a consensus on what that is. This won’t be as difficult as it sounds. Though the media and the powers that be would have us believe otherwise, we actually all mostly agree on our goals. We may disagree on how to achieve them, but we can also all agree that making no change will not bring us to those goals. We can also all agree that whatever solution truly works without causing externalities and hidden costs is acceptable, even if it wasn’t our idea of how to achieve that goal.

The resources are there to solve all of our problems. There is enough food, enough land, enough water, enough energy to meet the needs of our growing global population. But our resources are not being distributed equitably. Many of them go into destruction rather than construction or sustaining what we have. They are misspent, misplaced, misused–but they exist. So get involved in a political movement. Take to the streets. Get loud. Vote with your dollars for local food, for socially and environmentally responsible companies. Know your enemy. Forge alliances. Remember we are all one. Love thy neighbor and thy self. The time is now.

Technology and Its Impact on Society

The first world’s shift towards interacting more and more with devices rather than people has had some awful consequences which we must now learn to curb. Young children are spending hours on their tablets instead of being occupied by a parent or peer. A device is something one has complete control over, if something disturbs you, you can close the window, app, or turn the device off. You can find graphic sexual content and violent content abundantly and fantasize about sex and violence to your heart’s content. This control over, objectification of, and trivialization of, the most intimate and horrible acts a person can commit has somehow failed to translate into increased sexual and violent crime rates in the United States over the last two decades, however the media’s bias towards such stories has not made this seem the case to the average citizen. Fortunately, despite technology’s negative influences, the world is not going to hell. This isn’t to say that the full impact of consumer technology has been realized yet–and there are some crucial differences in the ways people interact with devices as opposed to the ways they interact with other people.

A device cannot judge you, laugh at you, call you names–but it can be a vehicle to show you other people doing so. The layer of protection, whether distance or anonymity brings out the worst in people. People behave badly online with little or no repercussions most of the time. If someone said something about you in person, you could confront them and preserve your self-esteem. Doing so online becomes a strange proxy battle so removed from reality that both sides will make outrageous threats and statements that escalate the situation beyond its original import. It is how we interact with other people that is most important, but how we use technology throughout our lives influences this. Who hasn’t went on social media to see a friend or acquaintance posting about doing something enjoyable and instead of feeling glad for them, felt envious or disappointed with how they spent their own afternoon? Technology has the power to influence how human beings interact with each other, partially because spending so much time engrossed in technology, especially as children, keeps us from learning how to handle certain types of interpersonal interactions. Some have theorized this is why there is such a focus on bullying in the education system and that this technology has coincided with the 2010s phenomena of political correctness and people very easily offended–“snowflakes.” Now are these phenomena also perhaps indicative of an enhanced understanding of and compassion for the plights of others? Are they as author Tony Robbins asserted more a result of an inclination towards “victimhood?” Clearly it required a combination of these reasons for the phenomena to arise. But then is technology only a potentially hazardous influence? Or might it actually be able to improve interactions between people in certain cases?

Of course technology connects us with others over long distances, but are these relationships significant or merely hollow shadows of what they would be if the people were able to interact face-to-face? Things such as Skype and FaceTime allow the next best thing to this sort of interaction which have no doubt helped, for example, military people stay connected to loved ones at home. But are these really any more intimate than a telephone call–a technology which has been widely available since the early 20th century? The argument could be made that they are since they allow one to see another’s facial expression, but tone, volume, and cadence of voice can give one a pretty good idea of another’s expression. Technology does allow one to translate much more easily than they could before with a phrase book in hand, and this is one way it facilitates an interaction between people. Perhaps these are two instances in which technology has actually improved an interaction between people, but much more often, technology is used as a replacement for interaction as opposed to an enhancement of one.

I don’t think the evidence supports the notion that technology’s influence has been or will continue to be primarily negative in regards to human interaction, but in the scheme of things it really hasn’t been around long enough to be sure. I won’t attempt to speculate as to why violent and sexual crime rates are dropping in the United States aside from suggesting that it may be the fact that the country has the highest percentage of its population incarcerated in the world. According to the BBC, violent and sex crime rates in England and Wales rose significantly over the past year. Other first world nations may not be enjoying the same reduction in these crime rates as the U.S. is. Time will tell how technology is impacting us behaviorally and psychologically, as technology races ahead to complicate the analysis.

 

Free Speech

You can’t say “bomb” on an airplane.

You can’t say “abortion” in a church.

You can’t say “peace” in the Pentagon.

You can’t say “boo” to a baby.

You can’t say “no” to a spoiled child.

You can’t say “terrorist” to a white killer.

You can’t say “I don’t want money.”

You can’t say “Jack” to a king.

…You can say that again!

This is personal

my first words written after being institutionalized:

Don’t become a psyche patient. Initially I found it worse than jail in some ways because they are more concerned about suicide oddly enough. There were actually some great folks in there and some hot nurses. Of course, there were some edgier individuals as well–a guy who screamed at something he imagined as if he were going to rip it limb from limb and such, but the staff kept everything under control. I felt compelled to keep to myself, read, and call my public defender I had just been assigned. A veteran seemingly med-zombie nicest dude teaching me MMA and looking out for the young guys. An extroverted skinny blonde who was quite the flirt. A woman who looks way worse than she should and won’t speak. We all just want to go home with our meds.

No cords, sealed and locked windows, weighted chairs. Most staff ignores you and you cannot make a call until a given time. I encourage anyone out there not feeling themselves to get help–don’t get me wrong, but I warn this trip will stress you out and is a bit traumatic. I was locked up for ten days against my will after going to a hospital to get a prescription to calm me down. Get meds and a therapist. They said I could be there three weeks. I nearly shit. I’m encouraged to ponder political action to rectify the situation poor souls like me have found themselves in, but helpless ultimately. I want to sue the state. I want to fix the mental health system and pay the increased taxes for it, I want to tell people to vote “right” and call their state assembly representative. (Colorado if you’re so inclined). There is a list you must sign up on in order to use the telephone. You need to ask for a towel and they aren’t left around. It takes forever to acquire any of the belongings you initially entered in, so you are forced into paper-cotton scrub-blue garb. I had no music e.g. phone and headphones, to tune out the drama, of which there was plenty. I am asked to stay an arm’s-length away from the nursing station at all times. I’m just tired, can’t sleep and want something to lean on. Where is breakfast, I wonder. I’m told there is a snack? They don’t tell psyche patients anything and yet expect strict adherence to a set of rules you aren’t barely aware of. I say don’t take your meds if you don’t want to, but it will probably prolong your stay. Every toiletry item looks like it was made in the People’s Republic of North Korea. I went from Longmont to Highlands Ranch after two evaluations. Meals, groups, cigarettes are highlights and lockdown time is a lowlight.

Lo-raxx

The river danced lazily between the lush hills

The clouds watched it, shaping their comments carefully

The Sun watched the clouds and shook its head while the aliens three galaxies away watched it all; bored and apathetic.

Poison flowed from the pipeline into the dancing river, changing its dance and killing fish which floated up and mirrored the clouds, glistening and rotting simultaneously

People shook their heads, but the masters of the universe didn’t care.

The clouds bore toxic particles as well which they longed to drop upon the cold earth and diseased plants

Chaos reigned and the weather took to destroying the poor tortured planet.

Unless someone like you…

A whole awful lot… Nothing. It’s not.

All in My Head

No time for writer’s block in improv or no such thing?

Faith would be nice, but I’ll settle for hope

Got to clean these dirty glasses and clear this smokey head

Get excited about life instead of counting days til you’re dead

Trying to get my hands on some paper all I can grasp are some shreds

Love finds a way to overcome it all the real and the B.S.

Makes all the fear the doubt the broken self esteem worth it in the end

Just sittin riffin tryna spill it all out

Create something express myself that way instead of shout

On second thought find me a pillow to absorb the noise

And watch out as I hurt around all my toys

An child’s distraction from an adult’s labor

Just need to remember how lucky I am and do myself a few favors

Okay, can we just–

“My revolution is born out of love for my people, not hatred for others.” –Immortal Technique “Poverty of Philosphy” Revolutionary Vol. 1

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Earnest faces talking races

Humanity divided

STFU SJW!!!

never. make me. PC?

Who me? Woo-whoa.

Agendas. Sensationalism. Narratives. PR?

We are

In this 2gether

2-get-her well again, mother

O, brother why bother

Hay sister–you missed her

Struggle shared? acknowledged? compared?

Minimized, trivialized, rationalized

PAIN

Disunderstanding

You foul creation. hate clouds

Let the sun part them

Throw my heart on the ground

Put it in your palm so you may feel

It beats too. beats black blue

Red yellow cotton

Likes boys likes Girls

Eats food that’s rotten

Paddles pitifully

Dies washed on shore

Heaves overboard, hopes sharks

Somersaults from windows 1676 feet high

Perfectly paralell minimal splash

Faithful heathen Bisim Ilah-Matrem Maria-Adonai-Beelzebub

N2, O2, CO2, H2O, Fe, N, CH3, H3C, OH, O, CH2, NaCl, [O, C, H, N, Ca, P, K, S, Na, Cl, Mg

C6H12O6 (s) + 6 O2 (g) → 6 CO2 (g) + 6 H2O (l) + heat

6CO2 + 6H2O –UV light–> C6H12O6 + 6O2

hope, Love. hate, longing.

categoricaL imperativeS

Plankton in the rough, (don’t) be carried on

Fight. smile. win.