Knowledge begets responsibility

Someone has to start. Be the first to say “no”, that we can be better, have to be better.

To hold ourselves accountable, to reach for a higher standard, an ideal.

The question is what that ideal will be?

A certain level of safety is required for people to feel capable of striving towards other ideals, so we must begin with that first choice, the one to cause no harm to others. After we can begin to talk about the aesthetic, about beauty, about art, about how we wish to express ourselves.

We do require hardship though. Resistance is a necessary component to life. Struggle leads to a collapse of our inner beliefs, yet with the right conditions it also leads to renewal and a fresh, stronger perspective.

It helps to think about these basic tenets of life, because most of us are so distracted by the mundane tasks of eating and getting to work and hanging out with family and friends that we don’t take the time needed to really address these deeper issues.

As a society and as individuals we need to start thinking about why we have decided to live the way we are living, in a rational and optimistic fashion.

Societies tendency to lean towards the negative aspects of life and not appreciating any of the good is deeply troubling as people are becoming completely bat shit crazy believing that we are living in difficult times when the reality is for most of us we are living in the safest most desirable period of time in human history, ever.

So we need to acknowledge how damn lucky we are, yet still put our foot down and say no to those things which still need to be re-examined and changed or completely eliminated so that our children will have an even better future than ours.

So get to talking people, calmly and hopefully with a bit of research behind your statements, it’s our gift and responsibility to use the knowledge available to us to better our societies.

And please have fun while doing it because no one likes a grouch, take it from me.

Make the right choice

Nature is our beginning and our end. We are birthed into this world with no purpose other than survival and procreation. But although our primary purpose may seem meaningless in the grand scheme of things, nature has allowed us a wide breadth of experience and choices in between birth and death to find joy and create our own inner purpose.

We are left with only 2 truly important choices in this life.

We must choose in our minds the reason why we wish to live, and how we wish to face our inevitable deaths.

Unbound, with courage.

Or filled with fear and ignorance.

Make the right choice.

Being kind vs nice

There is an epidemic of nice people raging through the world at this moment, and I don’t mean it in a good way.

Everywhere I turn I see people who have no backbone, who are so afraid to have a personality that they just smile and nod to everything everyone around them says, they stand for nothing and accomplish nothing.

These same people will get caught up in the internet wars, becoming little social justice warriors, but they have put zero effort into actually researching and understanding any of the topics they are raging about.

They are just putting on this nice person act.

Kindness is a different thing.

A kind person does something out of genuine empathy, they are the kind of people who radiate a kind of warmth whenever you’re around them, they bring a sense of calm to whatever situation they are involved in because they are compassionate people.

That is because truly kind people are strong. They know who they are and what they stand for and are not afraid to get their hands dirty. They don’t waste their time moaning and complaining on twitter and facebook, they are out there in the trenches, whether it’s in their own cities or out in the world, they are melding thought with action.

I have met very few genuinely kind people in my life. When I do, they make me feel guilty simply by existing and being who they are.  They inspire and make me want to be a better person.

We desperately need more people like that in our lives, and I wish that social media platforms would highlight more of these people, instead of popularizing this fake let me be nice to the homeless person so I can get a million likes on my page kind of people.

We can do better folks, there are beautiful people all around us.

Sleep and sleep some more

We live in a society with very little respect for sleep.

I could go off on a rant and spout all the scientific reasons why you need to sleep and how it is incredibly important for the health of your brain and physical performance, but these points have been made over and over again by health professionals.

At the end of the day, every single one of us knows they feel better when they get to bed earlier and sleep properly. Each of us knows we feel better when we don’t stay up staring at our phones and computers.

We all know what we need to do.

So just do it.

Listen to your inner child

From when we are very young we find delight in the simplest of actions and joy in the discovery of new things. As we grow older, we maintain that curiosity, until it is beaten out of us by school and work and the people around us who have lost sight of what it means to be Human.

People talk about finding your passion, finding what makes you happy, and most of us have no idea what that means.

The reality is that no matter your age, each of us is a child still. We hit these culturally decided upon numbers and somehow we are supposed to be an adult, but we are all of us just children pretending to know more than we actually do.

If you want to enjoy life, then do not let school or work or your culture determine how you are supposed to think or act, even when it is some guru telling you that to be happy you just need to find something you’re passionate about.

Just listen to that inner voice in your head that has been around since you were a small child, the one that giggles and wants to just scream in public because it feels great, and whenever it is screaming the loudest, listen to it, because that may be the thing you are going to be able to take the greatest joy in.

As a side note, that voice can be hijacked by drugs and negative emotions so don’t just let it go nuts, there is a reason we developed consciousness, to put a brake on the primitive side of us that wants to just go crazy at every opportunity, so stay cautious.

But if something passes the test and is a genuine pleasure of yours, go all in.

You never know where it may lead you.