Original Sin & Leftism

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Modern leftism is a religion, based in guilt – and our society was bred for this type of movement.  At our roots, we are a Christian society.  The fundamental message we are taught is to feel guilty because Jesus suffered and died for our sins, and to get down on our knees and pray.  Likewise, the Leftist religion teaches that black slaves, Native Americans and Mexicans suffered and died for our sins. The message is that we came here and enjoyed greed and gluttony while they were made to suffer.  Thus we should feel guilty for the sins of our ancestors and we should get on our knees, bow for the liberal doctrine, and donate money to those members of government who will solve these issues.  Once we donated to the church, and now we donate to Democrats – because we are taught to believe that we are fundamentally flawed, and we need to give everything to an organization who will fix our problems.

This is why personally I abhor the idea of original sin. It creates a slave mentality through guilt. A religion like taoism asks you to think. But as a Christian society, we are conditioned into a slave mentality, as a society. So we voluntarily apologize for sins our ancestors committed.  White people in huge hordes are literally getting on their knees before black people and apologizing.  Guilty people are donating all their money to blm without even realizing that this money goes straight to rich, white democrats. They don’t even bother to ask – they just put the money in the bucket and get on their knees.  Then they point fingers at people who don’t follow suit, because they are sinners (now known as ‘racists’).

I can appreciate Jesus, but the religions of guilt and original sin, praying on your knees and giving money to corrupt organizations to ‘fix’ this, has set a precedent for how the left behaves today.  And that’s why the religion of leftism works.  Once, many members of our society were indoctrinated by churches and catholic schools; now, we are indoctrinated in public schools.  And so we believe everyone in society is a sinner (a racist) – and give to the big Daddy who can fix society’s problems.  Priests took advantage of little boys whose parents donated money to them, and Democratic governors exploit the black voters who elected them to run blue cities.

These mythologies centered on ‘original sin’ (the Christian bible and the Leftist bible) are both drawing on natural human emotions – but we are conditioned, as a society, to fall in line with the idea that we are ‘fundamentally flawed’ as a people.  We are conditioned to shame the people who don’t get on their knees and express guilt simply for existing.  Any society who is dominated by guilty sinners on their knees praying to God can also breed hordes of Leftists on their knees apologizing for their ancestors’ wrongs.

Any God that makes me bow on my knees is no God of mine. I call that a tyrant. In my world, my relationship with God makes me greater and wiser, not smaller and more obedient. 

And that’s why I was the first of my friends to see through this crap and why I’m not conditioned to fall for it. When I see  people forcing conformity and using guilt tactics, I associate it with Satan rather than with God.  And I believe that is one reason why I can’t be brainwashed.

As Above, so Below

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I used to consider myself apolitical, but my interest in humanity is too gripping. The psychology behind politics not only fascinates me, but gives me insight into the soul. The same interpersonal patterns which play out in small scale groups, such as schools and companies, also play out on a global scale. To understand how these dynamics take hold, I start by looking at the person I know best: myself. From there, I look at my loved ones, my friends, my network. Patterns make themselves known.
 
What I observe is that knee-jerk biases constellate around unconscious impulses, such as fear and guilt. If we fear our survival is at stake, we divide politicians into saviors and threats. Powerful people harness that fear for their own benefit. They design rhetoric to persuade us that we’ll be victimized if the other party wins, and that fellow citizens who support that dangerous party are the enemy. “I will make this right,” says the politician. What registers deep in the gut is “My people and I will survive, but only if he wins.” Next comes guilt. The politician says, “Even if the actions of my opponent may benefit you, they will hurt other victims.” What we hear is, “Bad people support the opponent.” Deep down, we sense that if we support our politician of choice, our guilt would be absolved. By shunning fellow citizens who vote for the opposing party, we vindicate ourselves further. Thus elections are not just about choosing a candidate – our conscience and safety is at stake. This gives the politicians quite a lot of power indeed!
 
The same trends play out on smaller scales, all around us. A good movie for highschool politics is ‘Mean Girls.’ The most popular girl makes it clear that she has the power to destroy reputations and condemn her fellows to social exile. Fearing they might be next, people scramble to be close to her, as this elevates their status over others – but that close contact also gives her more power to expose and ruin them. Over time, they are increasingly caught in her web, as the stakes continue to rise. They start making deals with each other to bring her down, while pretending to support her when she is present. She plays on their guilt. “Is she talking about me?” To absolve their own guilt, they expose their fellow betrayers, and the queen bee uses this information to her advantage in a desperate attempt to rescue her own position. At this point, the viewer may even empathize with the queen bee, as her friends betray her, but are too cowardly to stand up to her. No one’s crimes are worse than the others. Everyone has played a part in the web of lies. The question is, who will come out on top?
 
Even if we grasp such dynamics, we may resist applying the same evaluations to ourselves. It’s so easy to hate the opposition or the people in power – but those people have basic human instincts just like our own! Noticing such dynamics in others provides a great opportunity to look at ourselves if we so choose. We can ask ourselves: what am I afraid will happen TO ME if the opposite candidate wins? Does it ease my conscience to vote for this candidate – and if so, is there good reason for that? Whether our ideas change or not, we may look at ‘the other side of the aisle’ in a new light: they are people too, with unconscious fear and guilt. Even the elites are caught in their own webs, but they are invested in outcomes with high stakes, under tremendous pressure. Could you do better?
 
These are the parts of politics that grip me most. While I do have certain triggers and use facebook to air them, my deeper interest lies in the underlying patterns that play out timelessly. I am not merely political – I’m transpolitical. Every human in history had to figure out their place among other humans, which necessitates involvement in local politics, whether we take interest in the larger government or not. And this is why the political stage never ceases to interest me. Politics is not a dirty word – it is a discussion of what it takes for humans to coexist.

Tolerance vs. Compassion

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The ideal of ‘tolerance’ is unrealistic. Society has to have standards. The standards can be arbitrary, different in each society, but some standard must exist for society to retain integrity. This is why human creatures have shame – it’s an automatic mechanism which prevents us from defecating in the streets, calling out obscenities and destroying things we don’t like.

Naturally, some people to push against the status quo, which is good – as it invites a constant evolution of standards. A healthy society welcomes this. And for this to happen, there also has to be someone upholding the standards. But claiming this is happening in the name of ‘tolerance’ is bullshit, because those pushing against the status quo are not tolerating the standards.

It would be more honest to focus on compassion on an individual level. People should not roll over and ‘tolerate’ what they see as injustice, or society would collapse. But being compassionate toward an individual despite disagreements is the key to a healthy society. Even being compassionate to criminals, while still serving justice.

Teaching children compassion is the answer, not teaching them tolerance. Because this lesson of tolerance is wrapped in a box which tells you what to tolerate and what not to tolerate. It simply is not what it claims to be. And people catch on. Compassion, however, is undeniably real – a human recognizing another human’s humanity. There is no ideology that can undercut the impact of this.

Clothing Trends

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Clothing trends for both men and women are degrading in different ways, and also arbitrary.

Neither gender necessarily looks better than the other in dresses and skirts. In some countries men wear kilts. Historically, shoes with heels were FIRST made for men, and later became a trend for women. During various times in history, men wore robes, skirts and tights. In some cultures, men were expected to be more dressed up than women.

There is no reason why a man who dresses up should be called gay or effeminate, and why mens’ clothes should be so fucking boring. When you go to a wedding, the women all have different dresses but there’s only one shape suit that a man can wear. There is no good reason for this, except that society is telling men they should all be uniform and the same, like the army. The message is that the only thing men are good for is lining up like soldiers and fighting for women and children. Mens’ beauty, and value, should not be celebrated.

Of course, in Hollywood mens’ beauty IS celebrated, but I’m talking about day to day life, for people who aren’t rich. Culture has trained us unconsciously to think of men as soldiers who are meant only to defend us and have no intrinsic interest or value. The same way women can be seen as prostitutes, men are sent to die.

Now I’m not saying that men should “dress like women.” The fact that people might read this and think “Oh so you want a man to look feminine” IS the problem. Being boring isn’t masculine.

The problem is today, we have two affordable choices. Men can wear the same degrading clothes that women wear, which make it difficult to walk and move, or they can wear boring ugly trendy common clothes. In other time periods this was not the choices. You could be a man with flair, color and style, without being thought of as “looking like a woman.”

On the other side of things, womens’ trends are explicitly degrading. Almost everything that is considered “hot” is something that cripples a woman. For example, oversized boobs – this hurts womens’ backs and makes it harder to move around. High heels – makes it hard to walk, run, fight, or defend yourself. We have only barely moved past things like the trend in China where womens’ feet were bound. Any trend that is popular for women is one that cripples them.

Aside from high heels and constricting uncomfortable clothing, women are expected to wear at least minimal makeup at a normal job. This makes someone’s skin get worse over time. It also forces her to spend all this money on makeup she might not necessarily enjoy, and makes her spend TIME preparing her face which is probably fine just the way it is.

It’s one thing to wear makeup for fun – as a man or a woman – and I have no issue with it. But being expected to uphold a trend where you cake your face in foundation each day just so you’re accepted at the office, is degrading. Wearing foundation and makeup every day takes a toll on a woman’s skin, not to mention it takes time out of her day and prevents her from doing something interesting, productive or important. When you add up all the time women spend putting on and taking off makeup just to be accepted in an average setting, you might come up with a huge number over the course of a year. Imagine if that time could be spent, say, writing a book?

But that’s still not nearly as offensive as the “heels” that make people walk like a chicken, or “big fake boobs” that hurt their back. Also, clothes that make it hard to move.

There are many ways to dress up super fancy and sexy without restricting yourself, but they’re hard to find. I’ve been very creative and determined in searching out a wardrobe that is both sexy and functional. And that’s sad — if women weren’t culturally pushed to be crippled, this would be the norm. Compare the way we dress to ancient Egyptians, compare our weddings to Indian weddings, compare our wardrobes to Native Americans. Imagine someone looking back on this in 500 years. They would say “Those people in the 2000’s had no taste.” It’s shameful, really.

Fiction

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“What is the value of reading fiction?”

I’ll start off by addressing the value that fiction had for me. When I was a kid, I was an avid reader. I would read through entire series in a week or two. I got obsessed with Les Mis and read the 4,000 page version before I was 10. I’ll list some benefits, all of which I realized later on.

1. Empathy & Communication.
I had insight into the minds of the characters. I’m an empathetic person already, but reading really showed me that some people think like me and others don’t, that people want different things… I got a closer view of how they worked things out. It gave me more options for how I might address something, and more patience for others that might see things differently. I felt like the characters were my friends, and cheered for their victories.. so when they acted like idiots and shot themselves in the foot, I still loved and felt empathy for them. Then I was able to apply the same logic when my own friends were horrible to me, and practice forgiveness. I realize now when looking back, that reading a lot probably helped me develop empathy, communication skills and understanding. Not that it was lacking before per se compared to the next kid my age, but being that deep inside other people’s processes must have affected communication.

2. Vocabulary & Grammar.
I had a really easy time writing papers, much earlier than anyone else. I had better vocabulary, my sentences were organized and I understood how thoughts out to progress, intuitively.

3. Values & Inevitabilities.
Watching characters work out tough decisions must have had an impact on my own values. When a character in Les Mis is dying and asks someone to look after her daughter, and he agrees, and then runs away from the cops to avoid a prison sentence that was hanging over his head, so he can take care of her…. and lives in hiding.. these are not easy choices to make but , alas , he made them. My favorite character sacrificed her life, taking a bullet for the man she loved, because he loved someone else and he decided that if she couldn’t be happy, at least he could. Such themes made me think about what love means, what sacrifice is enough or too much, whether she really loved this guy or was just obsessed, what life is worth, how death can come at any time. It forced me to face the harsh realities of life at a young age, which also helped me address things like illness, death, obsession, love and so forth, in my mind, in ways I might not have been able to before.

4. Not taking things for granted.
When you read about poverty, death, illness, divorce, breakups, starvation, war… it’s impossible to take what you have for granted. At least for me. Getting back to empathy again, it also causes me to look at people who have less, in a different light. But that said, it can also afford empathy for people who have MORE, which, for some people, is harder.

5. Perspective shifts.
Speaking of not taking things for granted, I’ll mention that understanding somenoe else’s thought patterns helps with more than empathy. It actually broadens perspectives.

6. Scenery, Beauty, Archetypes.
I’ve had vivid dreams all my life. When reading, I always pictured the scenery and the people being described, and this lent itself to me developing an extremely powerful imagination. My dream life is full of symbolism and I have an innate unconscious AND conscious relationship with archetypal symbols; I often wonder whether this applies to everyone or if mine was heightened by reading so much. My dreams are simply primordial. When I read about what things mean I can hardly believe how accurate these things show up in my art, writing and dreams. It’s uncanny.

7. Hope.
Ever feel like you’re stuck inside your life? Well, I don’t; not even when I’m sick. There’s always another world, either in my imagination or inside a book. I’m not an escapist per se; books bring me deeper into the darker parts of my own mind. But knowing there are other ways to live, other places, other people, other types of relationships…. and feeling like I’m part of them, by reading… it can really lighten my step and put my own petty problems – or even my real problems – into perspective. 

8. Imagination & Creativity.
When you see the same things, same people, same places every day, shit starts getting stale. Books force your mind to conceive of something more, really immerse you in other experience. This enhances perception, perspective, imagination. I am not a fan of video games and too many movies, because they feed people too much. There might be people out there who read TOO MUCH, as in they just forget about their actual life, and I’m not that way (I hardly even read anymore)… but a lot of reading enhances use of the imagination and makes you MORE creative, rather than providing the instant gratification and spoon-feeding of the moving picture.

Language

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“What if we were never taught as children to associate what we saw, heard or felt with anything particular? What if we weren’t taught to tell time? What if we were allowed to develop our natural impressions of everything around us? How would it be? What if our faculties were much more psychically in tune instead of logical?”

The way culture pans out is a direct result of human nature. Part of being psychically in tune with our nature is feeling the need to create structures and distinctions. Language was what set us apart from Neanderthals and allowed us to survive longer, since their vocal cords were not shaped properly to allow for complex language to develop. It was language which allowed us to accumulate knowledge like “how to build a fire” and pass it down over generations, so that newborn generations wouldn’t have to start over and could acquire more skills. This is what allowed the human species to survive, since physically we are not equipped to defend ourselves and could be taken down by most animals half our size.

Thus language (structure, distinctions, knowledge) was a staple of human society and we built on it, making bigger borders and structures to protect ourselves from predators. Our ancestors did this for us, which now allows us to be born into a fully built house, use money our parents made to buy food, and go to the hospital to get medicines that were created by previous generations so we don’t die every time we get sick.  This allows people like me and you to sit around on our computers in our safe haven, protected by walls that shield us from the elements and from natural predators, with access to food and medicine to allow us to survive, and sit around thinking about what it would be like if we knew nothing. The truth of it is, we would not be here thinking about that, if we had to think about surviving; and if people did not use language to build up cumulative knowledge and apply it, then survival is what we would be thinking about.

That said, I have often wondered if people just stopped talking about race, if racism would disappear within a few centuries. Distinctions like that are pointless, nonsensical and result in holding the species back from reaching its potential. If we didn’t have so many wars we would have more money for space programs to expand, but warring over territory and borders makes sense, as much as it seems we should be past it by now; because species who survive are the same ones who build up power and take down the weaker ones. Racism, however, is nonsensical. It is not natural either; children aren’t racist. It’s an absolutely learned behavior, socially conditioned.

Stress

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Telling a person that ‘stress’ causes their illness only stresses them out more. It’s a load of garbage.

I’ve had a chronic illness for years and “trying to avoid stress” never once helped my symptoms. Working out to expend energy, following the protocols and making sure to get enough sleep, did. I was at my healthiest when I lived in a poor area in NYC in a high stress environment with high stress work and running a band (managing, promoting, booking, writing, rehearsing) ..singing through my whisper. Every second of my life was taken up by work, band stuff, gym and diets, which I engaged on hyper drive in order to squeeze out any ounce of voice I had left. Sitting on my ass making time pass “less stressfully” always makes my health worse by comparison.

World-wide studies confirmed that the secret to long life is a sense of purpose. As MLK said – If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl. But either way, you’ve got to keep moving forward.

Ideology

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I don’t see the point in discussing political ideology. Why not discuss solutions instead? Who cares which “side” came up with it..as long as it works?

I may be a liberal, a conservative, a libertarian, a fascist, a greenist or a redist.. I don’t lose sleep over it. What matters to me is that I try my best not to spout ideological spewings that I am incapable or unwilling to carry out myself. If my words don’t match my actions, what are they worth?  I’m not saying I’ve been perfect in this area or any other. But it’s amazing to me that most people give more importance to spouting superior verbiage than to who they actually are.

Generally, people don’t think enough about results.  Is it true that black people, women, and others get paid less? Is it true that they are oppressed? Maybe, maybe not.. we could argue about statistics all day.  However it is visibly evident that telling people they are ‘racist’ when they simply disagree about a policy, isn’t effective. It causes more division and anger, and fails to change their mind or reach them in any way. Unless someone is saying blatantly degrading things about another race, calling them ‘racist’ is counter-productive. What does someone hope to accomplish by doing that?

Politics, to me, isn’t an abstract philosophy comprised of high-minded ideals. It’s a discussion of solutions and problems that arise as a result of contemplating my REAL LIVED experience, and that of my loved ones, or people I meet.  My political stances are based on me, my loved ones, and realistic studies and thoughts about human nature, which I apply to actual people in my life, rather than abstracting about what could or should be.

 

Demystifying Illness

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After relying on antibiotics to survive for two decades, I’ve now been antibiotic-free for for a few months – and I’m doing well!
You may ask: why? I’ll answer some of the questions I hear most often.

Q: Did you switch to an herbal remedy, or vitamins or some alternative remedy?
A: No. I’ve tried endless “alt” remedies in the past, but I got sick every time unless I was on heavy doses of antibiotics.

Q: Did you change your diet? Or exercise more?
A: Nope, it’s winter, I’m broke and I’m eating much more crap than usual. As for exercise, unfortunately I’ve been so intent on getting my book out that I make no time for anything else, and I hate the winter so much, I have barely moved or left the house in months.

Q: Did you change your mindset?
A: I’ve always been spiritual, artistic, honest, expressive and attentive to my mindset. One could argue I’m happily married and this contributed to my well being, and I wouldn’t disagree, as it obviously relaxes me to be so in love and so cared for. But.. I was sick for the first two years with him – during some periods, sicker than usual – and was equally happy then. I was also happy when doing my music (not to mention I was also exercising and eating well), but still needed to be on antibiotics.

Q: Ok well, there must be some psycho-spiritual, alternative, Eastern or dietary trick. You MUST have been doing SOMETHING wrong before that you’re not doing now, or else you wouldn’t have been sick!
A: Nope. I have done things right and done things wrong throughout many years of my life, and during several long periods of time, I’ve done more things “right” than I am doing now. However the only thing that helped me was years of heavy antibiotics and the attention of top-notch doctors who specialize in my illness.

I am in no way discounting the importance of healthy food, exercise, a good mindset and a healthy lifestyle. These improvements HAVE helped me in the past tremendously, even if they did not get me off antibiotics. I also believe that being married to my soulmate and being surrounded by beautiful people made a difference, though it’s not the whole story. So, next time you start yelling at a chronically ill person about how doctors are out to get them, medicine is a farce and they should improve their mindset or lifestyle, think of this post. People don’t always get sick because they’re doing something wrong. Oftentimes, the only thing that helps is antibiotics, antidepressants or other medications that attack the physical issue. If that undermines your world view, I am glad, because I write these posts on behalf of fellow sick people who have to endure prejudice about everything we’re doing wrong, and I hope these posts make a dent. You are healthy only because of luck, not because your actions were necessarily superior to those of sick people. I know it sucks having less control over your life than you want to believe you have but, tiz reality. All that being said, I do plan to reincorporate a workout schedule and a better diet because I have music videos to film and I feel most alive when I’m attentive to my body.

Control

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“What’s wrong with your voice?”

Since I lost my voice to Lyme Disease and was left speaking in a whisper, random people at stores or restaurants ask me what’s “wrong” with my voice.  Without missing a beat, they tell me to stop smoking (which I have never done), to try seeing a doctor or drinking tea, or offer other unsolicited advice which suggests I am a complete idiot who brought this “defect” on myself, by neglecting my own health. When people learn that I used to sing, they tell me I must have been singing wrong. In some cases they say it’s karma or a punishment. No matter what I tell them about my diligence and my top notch doctor, they come up with alternative options, paranoia about medication and suggestions… as if I have not tried everything in my power to cure myself.  

The reason they do this is they want to believe they have control over their own lives. The thought that, like me, disaster could strike and leave them crippled or stripped of their greatest passion through no fault of their own, is too harrowing to face. So they have to project their fear on me, by convincing themselves that I deserved my cruel fate, and as long as they do things more correctly than I did, they will fare better.

After 20 years of being asked this question any time I dare to shop in a new store or call a company, it doesn’t hurt me emotionally anymore, but it never fails to remind me how fragile the human mind is, and how lucky I am to have been forced to face major losses and struggles in my early life, so that I could grow stronger.