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Spirit | How can something which gives us joy be deemed by them "Unacceptable"?

Spirit | Uncrushable

Someone once told me, “Music is part of the joy wave”. This is not hard to grasp, when you consider that each generation has its music, its sound, that special combination of notes, words and beat that resonates and speaks to its heart and soul.

Post WWII in Russia, there were citizens who risked their own personal freedom to bring western music to the people. It had been banned; only particular Russian music could be possessed and played. This is a story about more than music. It is one of freedom, and the will of the human spirit to overcome soul crushing oppression.

It’s a fascinating story, even if you’re not particularly a huge music lover. Rest assured, there is something that you love as much as they loved music:

Bone music: the Soviet bootleg records pressed on x-rays

In freer western societies, it may be hard for people to comprehend not having the simple access to music they love. That basic freedom of choice just is. And yet, is it? Right now there is heated dispute about who should decide and dictate what people can think and say. And I stand back from it and I think, why is this even in debate? Were we not born with the inalienable right to think our own thoughts and express them freely?

Food for thought for your day.

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Civlized | Civilized is not skyscrapers and money pots, it's the care of Life. | HartHaiku.com

Civilized | We are not

Today I’m feeling disheartened by news of the new Coronavirus, and its spread (so far mainly) in Asia. I feel for the families who have lost loved ones already. I feel for humanity at large, which has been dealt yet one more nasty blow, and this to begin a new year and decade.

Yes, I know, many won’t get it, many who do will survive, and we are so often inclined to take the stance, “This is not my problem, it doesn’t or won’t affect me”. But my response to this is, “Yes it does”.

I stand back and ask myself: “How civilized are we really?”

How can it be in a civilized world that we are increasingly sick, whether by large-scale viruses or just due to poor diet and personal care? (That is the case even in the richer Western countries.)

How can it be in a civilized world that there is increasing bickering and dissension, every party and camp throwing stones at each other, calling each other liars? Division has been unleashed like a rabid dog, snarling and gnashing its teeth. Coronavirus aside, humanity is being ravaged by a disease called Hate.

How can it be in a civilized word that the Earth who supports and nourishes us is as sick as we are?

The answer is: “It can’t be.”

We are not civilized. The sooner we wake up to that fact and see beyond the delusion, the sooner we can build a truly civilized civilization.

The meter is running, and it’s running faster by the minute. Soon we will not be able to afford our blindness. We are very close to bankrupt.

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Nonconformist | Dare to be

“We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them”, is one of my fave Albert Einstein quotes. Personally I abhor the commonly used phrase, “It’s always been done that way…” How about you?

Looking at the state of the world today, I do believe we are in desperate need of more nonconformists, people who refuse to see or do it the same old way.

Are you deep down yearning to be a nonconformist, but haven’t quite taken the plunge? A quick, easy read with tips: 7 Steps to Becoming a Nonconformist

Inspirational Quotes:

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” ~ Albert Einstein

“I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.” ~ Rita Mae Brown

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.” ~ Shannon L. Alder

“Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.” ~ The Dalai Lama

“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” ~ J. Krishnamurti

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A Very Big Lie | Just look at us drown, awash in debt and dud stuff, victims of ego. | HartHaiku.com

A Very Big Lie | Our Stuff

I first thought to call this post “The Big Lie” rather than “A Very Big Lie”, but then realized “THE” might suggest the biggest lie ever. It’s maybe not the biggest one in our society, but it certainly is A Very Big Lie. What, you might ask, is it?

That our stuff will make us happy.

And if we buy into that lie, then by extrapolation, new (bigger, better) things will make us even happier. Hence we have the mania called Black Friday. It’s the day (weekend, week, will it soon be a month?) when people choose to hugely buy into their egos, unleash their obsession with stuff, and are even willing to go into debt and stampede their neighbor to save a buck.

Have you ever asked yourself why it is called BLACK Friday? The original reason is apparently that it is the first day in the calendar year when retail stores go into the black – as in, out of the red and making a profit.

The ravenous black monster

I would argue that it’s aptly called black because it reveals the shadow, the dark side, the void that lives within “the collective us.” Because here’s the truth. If we truly felt we were enough without our stuff, there would not be a marketing genius powerful enough to make us behave this way.

To cut ourselves some slack in this, the bankers and corporations have devised this snare to produce more consumers – of things and debt. They make money on us, and a lot of it. We are products of societal programming. And it’s insidious, you know. It sneaks up on us, and even when we (as individuals) think we have it beat, it can still come ’round again to bite us. I have observed this in myself; it’s a hard habit to beat.

On top of all that, not only are we drowning in too much useless stuff, our Earth is now drowning in it too. Because another truth is, we tire of our stuff pretty quickly. The reason? Because that void is a ravenous monster, and there simply is not enough stuff to fill it.

Filling the void is not the answer. We need to vanquish and heal it.

We don’t just hurt ourselves – We hurt the Earth too!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. What could be more more of a vivid truth than the piles of garbage on our oceans, and on our beaches?  Stuff we got tired of, and threw away so we could go out and buy “a new one”. It’s tangible proof not only of our collective void, but, our disrespect for the Earth as well.

There’s still time to turn this around. But to do that, I believe we need a complete re-evaluation, not just of the value systems of our society, but if we are honest, also of ourselves.

If you are worried about our Earth and environment (I am), and your personal power to effect change, here is a positive Black Friday takeaway that I found posted on Facebook this weekend:

“Less is more. The greenest thing you can do is consume less.”

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