“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
“The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.”
Three Minutes before Midnight
Billy bob Bramscher
The Matrix, 1999
Age of Aquarius
What Time is It?
The Human Spirit
Albert Einstein once spoke, “It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.” Citing The Washington Post, “51 percent of students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade in 2012-2013 school year were eligible for the federal program that provides free and reduced-priced lunches [poverty]” and The Huffington Post reports, “The rich keep getting richer, and by next year , just a handful of the upper-class will have accumulated more than half of the world’s wealth.
On January 22, 2015, NPR News published, “The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) has moved the Doomsday Clock two minutes closer to disaster. It now stands at three minutes before midnight….They came up with the Doomsday Clock in 1947, after the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, to alert the public to the dangers of nuclear proliferation. Midnight represents a global catastrophe.”
Is technology influencing the citizens of the United States of America to be less human? Are humans a natural virus condemned as a species?? Can technology save nature???
INT. PRESIDENTIAL SUITE (MATRIX) – DAY
Agent Smith sits casually across from Morpheus who is hunched over, his body leaking and twitching.
I’d like to share a revelation
that I’ve had during my time here.
It came to me when I tried to
classify your species. I’ve
realized that you are not actually
The life signs continue their chaotic patterns.
Every mammal on this planet
instinctively develops a natural
equilibrium with the surrounding
environment. But you humans do
not. You move to an area and you
multiply and multiply until every
natural resource is consumed and
the only way you can survive is to
spread to another area.
He leans forward.
There is another organism on this
planet that follows the same
pattern. Do you know what it is?
Human beings are a disease, a
cancer of this planet. You are a
plague. And we are… the cure.
“Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human.”
“I think there is a tendency for people to get rigid and caught up in their beliefs of what is right and wrong, and they lose sight of humanity. Being human has to come first before right or wrong.”
“All the seven deadly sins are man’s true nature. To be greedy. To be hateful. To have lust. Of course, you have to control them, but if you’re made to feel guilty for being human, then you’re going to be trapped in a never-ending sin-and-repent cycle that you can’t escape from.”
“There are so many aspects to any one culture that it is difficult to describe what a specific culture is like in only a few words. Most people living in the U.S. are either immigrants themselves or descendants of immigrants who have been arriving since the beginning of the 1600’s. It is not surprising, therefore, that the U.S. contains many different cultures and ethnic groups. How can one talk about ‘American’s?’ When people try to describe Americans, they are often referring to the behaviors, values, and ideas of the white middle class, since historically people in this group have held the most prominent positions and have exerted the greatest amount of influence on the predominant ideals of society. Not all Americans are white or middle class, nor do they necessarily agree with white middle class values, but these values are widely evident in the U.S.” ~Cornell University
From our friends across the sea with Daily Mail, “You might think you live in a nation of 50 unified states, but according to author and journalist Colin Woodard, the U.S. is a lot less united than we like to think. According to Woodard, the country is divided not by state lines but is in fact separated into 11 neatly delineated nation states where dominant cultures are explained by who their early settlers were ‘and the lasting fissures they established.”
Citing Pew Research Global Attitudes Project, “In countries across the globe, people continue to embrace American popular culture and to admire the U.S. for its science and technology. Attitudes toward American ideas about democracy and ways of doing business are more mixed, but global publics are more positive toward both than in the final years of the Bush administration. This is especially true in Europe, but views have improved in other regions as well.”
From Psych Central, “What’s a cognitive distortion and why do so many people have them? Cognitive distortions are simply ways that our mind convinces us of something that isn’t really true. These inaccurate thoughts are usually used to reinforce negative thinking or emotions — telling ourselves things that sound rational and accurate, but really only serve to keep us feeling bad about ourselves.” (See also “Cognitive Distortion: How Does Black-and-White Thinking Hurt Us?”)
“‘Like a parachute, the mind is useless unless it is open’.” We’ve all heard that before — probably read it on a Garfield poster in the fifth grade, but it’s true. And my experiences with religion are that some people use it as an excuse to be closed-minded and to take others’ opinions as their own because it’s easier than exploring for themselves” as penned in the Collegiate Times.
According to Leaving Your Religion, “The realities of human psychology raise questions about what it means to be open-minded. Defining open-mindedness as someone’s willingness to agree with or adopt my opinion seems an abuse of the concept. In so doing, I’m simply applauding my own persuasiveness. Whatever it means to be open-minded, it must be more than our ability to alter our opinions. If not, the person who changes their opinion the most often – rather than being the most easily swayed – is the most open-minded.”
Age of Aquarius
“The Age of Aquarius in the [United States] is associated with the hippies of the 1960s and ’70s, and now with the New Age movement. In both cases, the arrival of the Aquarian age has been associated with … well, harmony and understanding, sympathy and trust abounding. And that brings us to the 1967 smash-hit musical Hair, with its opening song Aquarius, by a musical group called the 5th Dimension” described by Earth Sky. (See Age of Aquarius, 1969 (music video)).
Singularity. Professor Stephen Hawking, one of Britain’s pre-eminent scientists and the subject of the movie “The Theory of Everything” (2014) is quoted having warned that “efforts to create thinking machines pose a threat to our very existence” and that “Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution couldn’t compete and would be superseded.”
In 1993, Vernor Vinge wrote a paper about the end of the world claiming, “Within thirty years, we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence” concluding “Shortly after, the human era will be ended” quoting Popular Science.
“The idea of superintelligent machines may sound like the plot of ‘The Terminator’ (1984) or ‘The Matrix’ (1999), but many experts say the idea isn’t far-fetched. Some even think the singularity – the point at which artificial intelligence can match, and then overtake, human smarts – might happen in just 16 years” according to Live Science. (See also “Lucy” (2014); “Transcendence” (2014). (See also “Relative vs. Absolute TRUTH” (Part 2))
“Are you seeking calmness, peace of mind, joy, vibrant health, greater energy, positive relationships and fulfillment in life? Do you wish to be stress-free and worry free? You can enjoy all these benefits and much more, with meditation. Meditation offers innumerable benefits for your body, mind and spirit. The rest you gain in meditation is deeper than the deepest sleep. The deeper you rest, the more dynamic your activity is” claims Art of Living.
“Meditation is a mind that concentrates on a virtuous object, and is a mental action that is the main cause of mental peace. There are two types of meditation – analytical meditation and placement meditation. When we use our imagination, mindfulness, and powers of reasoning to find our object of meditation, this is analytical meditation. When we find our object and hold it single-pointedly, this is placement meditation. There are different types of object. Some, such as impermanence or emptiness, are objects apprehended by the mind. Others, such as love, compassion, and renunciation, are actual states of mind. We engage in analytical meditation until the specific object that we seek appears clearly to our mind or until the particular state of mind that we wish to generate arises. This object or state of mind is our object of placement meditation.” ~Kadampa (See also Analytical meditation; Placement meditation; The New Meditation Handbook.
“The Dalai Lama, reportedly, has boldly declared, “If every 8-year-old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within on generation” citing The Huffington Post and the Mayo Clinic published “Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years. Meditation originally was meant to help depression understanding of the sacred and mystical forces of life. These days, meditation is commonly used for relaxation [contemplation] and stress reduction [Prayers for World Peace].” (See also Mayo Clinic (video)).
“Existential Psychotherapy is a unique style of therapy that puts emphasis on the human condition as a whole. Existential psychotherapy uses a positive approach that applauds human capacity while simultaneously maintaining a genuine perception of the limitations of the human being, human spirit, and human mind. Existential psychotherapy was developed by Friedrich Nietzsche, Soren Kierkegaard, Jean-Paul Sartre, Rollo May, James Bugental, Viktor Frankl, Irvin Yalom, Kirk Schneider, Stephen Diamond, and Myrtle Heery. Existential psychotherapy shares many similarities with humanistic psychology, experiential psychotherapy, depth psychotherapy, and relational psychotherapy” writes Good Therapy.
“Great music can transform an ordinary day into something magical, even spiritual. It can provide solace, release, strong sensations and more” preaches the PSYBLOG with 10 Magical Effects Music Has On the Mind continuing “But music’s influence spreads further still: right up from our genetic code, through our thoughts and bodies and out into how we relate in groups.”
Citing USA Today, “Learning to play a musical instrument produces such profound changes in children’s brains that kids actually can hear and process sounds they couldn’t hear otherwise, according to researchers using high-tech sensors.” (See also How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain (video)).
According VH1 “Save the Music” benefits to the brain include yet are not limited to: “Engages students in the classroom and increases graduation rates, Enhances learning in other core subjects, Improves cognitive development, math and reading skills, Develops critical thinking and leadership skills and, Fosters self-esteem and the ability to work cooperatively in teams.” (See also Music Empowers Foundation).
“The fact is, there isn’t a single human culture on earth that has lived without music! For example, native Africans and Americans both used music in the form of chanting for their rituals and healing ceremonies. In Ancient Greece music was used to ease stress, soothe pain and help with sleeping patterns. Many have said music heals the soul, and it appears that they were right!” ~Collective-Evolution
“With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, and your community. The right match can help you find friends, reach out to the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career. Volunteering can also help protect your mental and physical health. Learn more about the many benefits of volunteering and find tips on getting started as a volunteer.” ~Help Guide
According to National Service, “Over the past two decades we have also seen a growing body of research that indicates volunteering provides individual health benefits in addition to social ones. This research, which is presented by CNCS in a report titled “The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research,” has established a strong relationship between volunteering and health: those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer.”
“The term biodiversity refers to the variety of life on Earth at all its levels, from genes to ecosystems, and the ecological and evolutionary processes that sustain it. Biodiversity includes not only species we consider rare, threatened, or endangered, but every living thing – even organisms we still know little about, such as microbes, fungi, and invertebrates. Biodiversity is important everywhere; species and habitats in your area as well as those in distant lands all play a role in maintaining healthy ecosystems” describes the American Museum of Natural History.
From the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, “Nuclear weapons are the most dangerous weapons on earth. One can destroy a whole city, potentially killing millions, and jeopardizing the natural environment and lives of future generations through its long-term catastrophic effects. The dangers from such weapons arise from their very existence. Although nuclear weapons have only been used twice in warfare—in the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945—about 22,000 reportedly remain in our world today and there have been over 2,000 nuclear tests conducted to date. Disarmament is the best protection against such dangers, but achieving this goal has been a tremendously difficult challenge.”
And from Mother Jones, “The answer is that nuclear war is no longer the only plausible, existential threat we face, according to the Bulletin’s science and security board. The other: climate change. And more specifically, the world’s lackluster response to climate change.”
Geoengineering. “When a report on climate change hit the U.S. President’s desk, the suggestion was not to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Rather, scientific advisors counseled intervention via technology in the climate system itself – a practice now known as geoengineering. And the president was not [Barack] Obama, George W. Bush or even Bill Clinton – it was Lyndon Johnson in 1965” as exposed within What Is Geoengineering and Why Is It Considered a Climate Change Solution? ~Scientific American
Quoting The Huffington Post, “Life certainly has its peaks and valleys. But when we’re on the downswing, a little self-love can help put you back on the up and up….So how do we start talking to ourselves in this way? Try some simple meditation, which may help give you a momentary boost in self-compassion.”
WellBeing Alignment believes, “Learning how to love yourself is a key ingredient of happiness. Self love is at the very core of wellbeing, joy, self-empowerment, and our ability to enjoy the kind of life we want. Even if you had everything else in your life exactly the way you wanted it, you wouldn’t be able to enjoy it if you weren’t at peace with yourself.”
“While many therapists have begun to incorporate mindfulness into their work, additional Buddhist practices hold potential for helping clients, particularly those suffering from low self-esteem. One of the main goals of Buddhist meditation is cultivating compassion and love, and several techniques focus on developing these qualities toward oneself.” ~ALTERNET
“In our lives, disclosure that can be processed and understood is of prime importance on our relationships. Most of us, want to paint the best picture of ourselves and not disclose dark secrets. Alas, that is only in the interest of preserving a false sense of self. If you want intimacy and true love, it can’t be built on what you want your partner to see, but on who you really are.” ~Psychology Today
“The ego is our greatest obstacle. It is what stands between us and awakened joy. The strength of the ego-self is defined by the degree of investment that we have in the people, experiences and situations that surround us. By divesting ourselves of our attachment to the objects of our lives and becoming transparent to their impact on the ego-self, we become unassailable – emotionally and spiritually.” ~Psychology Today
Joseph Pulitzer is quoted, “There is not a crime, there is not a dodge, there is not a trick, there is not a swindle, there is not a vice which does not live by secrecy” and Hunter S. Thompson adds, “In a closed society where everybody’s guilty, the only crime is getting caught. In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.” (See also Johari Window, Using Self-Discovery and Communication to Build Trust).
“Voting is the cornerstone of a democracy but sadly far too few people vote. For the past three decades voters have been disproportionately of higher income, older or more partisan in their interests. Parallel to participation gaps are widening gaps in wealth, reduced opportunity for youth and frustration with the polarization in politics. How would our world be different if everyone participated?” ~Mass Vote (See also Choose 6 Issues That Matter Most: Which of these are most important for you and your family? United Nations).
If you like to “Rock-OUT-with-YOUR-Kindness-OUT” (R.O.Y.K.O.) as designed by your humble narrator William Robert “Billy bob” Bramscher you are sure to be a fan of Rock the Vote and “Rock the Vote’s mission is to engage and build political power for young people of our country. Rock the Vote is the largest non-profit and non-partisan organization in the United States driving the youth vote to the polls. Fusing pop culture, politics, and technology, Rock the Vote works to mobilize the millennial voting bloc and youth vote, protect voting rights, and advocate for an electoral process and voting system that works for the 21st century electorate.” ~Rock the Vote
“When you truly love yourself you are able to love our world…”
~Billy bob Bramscher
“I am the blue lightning which shatters locks and chains…”
What TIME is IT? Time to love and be loved… Tune IN Drop IN!!!
See also Fritänkaren – The Free Thinker (I)
The Human Spirit…
“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”
“We are all different. There is no such thing as a standard or run-of-the-mill human being, but we share the same human spirit.”
“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.”