Perspectivis Randomis

The tiny sliver of the spectrum that we see, we deem important.

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The spectrum we are currently aware of consists of a range of around 10,000,000,000,000 (ten trillion) angstroms (Ā).  We see a range of about 3,000 angstroms (300 nanometers) of wavelength.  So based on wavelength, we see about 0.00000003% of the potential colors of the world.

How many potential senses exist?  Mark Manson has a great article where he summarizes: “To put that in perspective, imagine that for every word you’ve seen and read in this article, there are 536,303,630 other words that were written but you cannot see.”

 


My friend Loren showed me that riding your bicycle slowly enough, makes the sound of wind in your ears disappear.

You see every leaf.  You hear every bird, even crickets.

We still live in the woods.   We rearranged materials.  Matter cannot be created nor destroyed.  Everything you see is a different orientation of what was originally here.

It’s been going on for millions of years.


It is often said Key West has more churches per capita than anywhere in the country.

The city is famous for its openness to homosexuality.  We even have openly gay mayors.

Many homophobes hide behind their church, because they are afraid to stand up for who they are: under-educated douchebags who don’t respect freedom.

Homosexuality occurs in over 1,500 animal species as presented by the University of Oslo in their exhibition Against Nature at the Natural History Museum.


TV

Prevents you from getting useful things done.  Learning languages, instruments, making anything, writing.  Studying anything in depth is impossible.

If we all know it’s not good for us, why do we let ourselves get hooked on TV shows?

I think it might be because we are lonely.  One summer when my brother and I were about 11 and 9 years old we watched daytime television.  We had no cable TV and the only shows after The Price Is Right were soap operas.  That summer we got hooked on Days of Our Lives.

After 20 years, I still believe it takes 3 episodes to get hooked on a show.  It doesn’t really matter how stupid it is.

How does it work?

We get to know the characters.  We now have “friends” with personalities and backgrounds and it doesn’t matter how many shows they write, we’ll keep watching them.  It appears to provide social health.


 

I used to relax with a sigh after a deliberate, deep, chest inhale.  I often prepared to relax.  My friend Cori Carlo showed me some pages from Thich Naht Hanh, which suggested that we can establish peace with EVERY step.  Now I relax with the inhale.  I don’t want my life to be a means to an end.

Another trick you can try is to put a hand on your ribs and feel them move when you breath.


I find it interesting that dogs and people can have meaningful communication without words.


 

I would like to attempt to clear up some confusion between capitalism and consumerism.

First, I would like to share my findings and sentiments toward a famous revolutionary, Che Guevara.  Originally a doctor from Argentina, Che met revolutionaries in Mexico and sailed with them to Cuba to overthrow the corrupt government to fight the exploitation of Latin people.

If you read a bit of recent world history, you already know the indigenous people in Caribbean islands, Central America, Mexico, and the countries of South America were captured, slaughtered, tortured, forced into slavery to work in mines to produce Spain with gold and precious stones / metals.  Pirates then came to rip off the gold filled Spanish galleons, etc., etc.

The sentiment just before the Cuban Missile Crisis was that imperialist America (yes, if you use military force to facilitate trade and production of food, precious metals, and cheap shit through poor countries, people will call you names) was using neocolonialism to “farm” resources without exploiting it’s own people and land.  Ever heard of the Panama Canal?  This sentiment is still in existence far and wide.  Don’t act so shocked.

******I am merely explaining another perspective.  I don’t imagine I will make up my mind anytime soon, as there are many more books to read and places to visit.******

From another point of view, the U.S. has used interventions such as the Monroe Doctrine and Roosevelt Corollary to protect the latin peoples from european exploitation.  As a world constantly becoming more integrated, it’s kinda hard not to intervene.

The questions in Che’s head became: “Why is a country like Bolivia, with major exports of gold and jewelry so poor?  Why do workers in the mines have an average life expectancy of 30 years?  Why is the mortality rate at 30% for children under the age of 5?  (It was 2.6% at that time in the U.S.)  Cuba wasn’t looking so good either.  Che wanted to fix this first. So, to make a long story short, he trained some rebels and defeated the national military.  Later he renounced his status as a Cuban citizen and went to Congo to attempt another revolution.  It was a failure, so after speaking in NYC and Europe and visiting Asia, he finally went to Bolivia to attempt yet another revolution.  His rebel forces were defeated and he was killed.

One problem I see with his plan and other ideologies similar to marxism, socialism, communism, stalinism, etc. is that, it appears to me, they don’t take into account the human factor.  People are lazy, immoral opportunists.  Socialism is all about equality, but people are all different and far from perfect.  Even the seemingly uncompromising Che married another woman while he was already married with a child.

**(Famous criminals such as Al Capone and even serial killers have been questioned and studied to find out if they ever believed that they were guilty.  The interesting thing about human psychology is that we make reasons in our head such that we are always in the right.  When we run a red light, we think, “It’s no big deal, I’m in a hurry.”  When we are waiting at an intersection and someone else runs a red light, they are the asshole.)**

Capitalism on the other hand, in my opinion, fits human tendencies better.  People are rewarded for being self-centered egotists, which we all are.

While capitalism may be the instrument in taking advantage of defenseless populations and natural resources, I don’t believe it is the root cause.  The same way a gun cannot fire itself, it is the greedy, senseless consumer that drives the machine.  Petty westerners—with 56 different drinking glasses in their kitchen cabinet, who leave the air conditioning on the lowest setting while they are away at work, who throw away zip-lock plastic bags because they held a sandwich once, who can’t drive home without buying something cheap and internationally manufactured so they can go home and throw away something that no longer matches this season’s décor—are what keeps the global economy so freakishly lop-sided.  I don’t blame any rich CEO for taking advantage of the unquenchable desires of the ridiculous and oblivious masses.  I might do the same if I hadn’t seen the world from so many angles.  Who knows, maybe I still will.

“Americans… are forever searching for love in forms it never takes, in places it can never be. It must have something to do with the vanished frontier.” -Kurt Vonnegut

Consumerism also exploits our weaknesses such as loneliness, guilt, and fear.  When I get off work, I have an urge to stop at a restaurant to see some familiar faces and “help” out local businesses.  They should be able to thrive or go broke based on product and service, not pity.

I feel guilty and lonely and spend my time-earned-money on food and drinks that cost 6-10 times (imagine how much less you would have to work if you didn’t do this) more than if I had discipline, a sense of wholeness, and was comfortable with my daily routine.

Ironic as it seems, frugality is what makes a man wealthy.  Ben Franklin agrees in his autobiography when, at a young age, he sees all of his co-workers spending their whole paychecks on beer and liquor:

“I thought it a detestable custom; but it was necessary, he suppos’d, to drink strong beer, that he might be strong to labor. I endeavored to convince him that the bodily strength afforded by beer could only be in proportion to the grain or flour of the barley dissolved in the water of which it was made; that there was more flour in a pennyworth of bread; and therefore, if he would eat that with a pint of water, it would give him more strength than a quart of beer. He drank on, however, and had four or five shillings to pay out of his wages every Saturday night for that muddling liquor; an expense I was free from. And thus these poor devils keep themselves always under.”


“Carbohydrates—sugars and long chains of sugar molecules like starch–are the most abundant organic compounds on earth.  They are synthesized from water and carbon dioxide by plants in the process of photosyntheses, which transforms the sun’s electromagnetic energy–sunlight–into chemical energy.”-On Food and Cooking (McGee)

Humans create more CO2, which plants use to create more sugar, which humans consume more of each year, so that we can produce more CO2.  Life, being an intelligent and, so far, successful entity, is thriving.  The idea that we know as much about the health of this planet as Life is asinine.  We did not survive through the last ice age as a bunch of idiots.  We were smart then, maybe as smart as we are now, but we are nearly oblivious when compared to Life.  Whatever force causes our DNA to mutate, experiment, and evolve, is now having us use our environment to create very large carbon emissions.  I think there is a reason for it.  I think the greenhouse gases are helping us to create a world with fewer ice bergs and more jungles.  What has more life?  The tundra of Russia or the rainforests of Brazil?  Higher temperatures globally might not be such a bad thing and it may not be Life controlling it at all, but rather adapting to it.  After all, we have been coming out of an ice age the last 20,000 years…


{“Tocqueville thought that American insistence on the idea of equality had a massive effect on the general attitudes of citizens toward the conduct of life.  In a society where all are equal, individuals will find the ultimate authority in matters of opinion and belief [sic] not in anyone else, or in the traditional values of class or nation, but in themselves.  Corollary to this idea is a general optimism which this observed from the Old World found unwarranted.  Americans, he said, have an exaggerated sense of the individual’s control over his own destiny, and an equally mistaken sense of the perfectibility of human nature.

This begins to explain why Americans might ignore the advice of expert on one hand, and yet put their faith in the inexorable progress of “scientific” nutrition on the other.  Tocqueville’s analysis also suggests why it is that we should be especially interested in our diet.  He described a distinctly American materialism, now long taken for granted, and argued that it too springs from the root idea of equality.  In class societies, the rich take material well-being for granted, and the poor take its impossibility for granted.  Only the middle class, because it is within reach of prosperity but not guaranteed it, must be obsessed with the struggle for wealth.  The “classless” because “equal” Americans are blessed and cursed, by default with the position of the middle class.  Said Tocqueville, “It is strange to see with what feverish ardor the Americans pursue their own welfare, and to watch the vague dread that torments them lest they should not have chosen the shortest path which may lead to it.”  This is precisely what dietary fads offer: an easy shortcut to health and long life, which are the chief of material goods because the prerequisites for enjoying all others.} – McGee p. 519 [On Food And Cooking]


 

“No hurries, no worries,” said the mouse to the screw.  Or was it a shrew?  It didn’t matter, ’cause the mouse had time to talk to two.

“No hurries, no worries,” he said to himself as he put the book he was reading back on the shelf.

With a calm head, the mouse said, “What do I want? Ah, yes, some cheese with my bread!”

While the other mice scurried and flustered and flurried, this mouse took his time and made a plan.  There was no hurry.

The other mice kept their weary heads down.  They used all their energy running around.  Their poor paws were beat from the cold, hard ground.

“No hurries, no worries,” Bert said in his head.  “If I follow this racket, I’ll never get fed.”

So he sat and watched them wear themselves out.  And he thought:  Don’t follow them, I’ll make a new route.  He walked to the wall and climbed over and out.

The next stop was China, then Paris and Peru.  It didn’t cost much and was easy to do.  The scary stories he heard weren’t even true.

The world was real nice and moved pretty slow, compared to all the places that he used to go.

The people even smiled and spent time having fun.  They had no alarm clocks except for the sun.

They said, “Good morning!” to strangers that walked by.  They enjoyed their breakfast everyday and here’s why:

“No hurries, no worries,” they say with a sigh.

Take a moment now and just look around.  Be still. Take in the sound.

There’s a whole world waiting for someone exactly like you, just to slow down and decide what you really want to do.

Don’t worry, there really is no hurry.  The answer will come now or it’ll come later.  For now just avoid the fearful, everyday hater.

Write down a plan that makes sense and stick to it.  Check on your progress and course correct when you think you blew it.

This is all you gotta do to be like Bert the mouse.  Stop believing there’s only one way to build a house.

 

 

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