The Importance of Being Responsible

Unless we are blind to the truth, it’s pretty obvious that the World we live in, is being torn apart by some major crises, all of which are of our own making. Poverty, modern slavery, endless wars, environmental destruction…

663 million people have no access to clean water.
http://water.org/water-crisis/water-sanitation-facts

Some 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life.
https://www.wfp.org/hunger/stats

Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five – 3.1 million children each year
https://www.wfp.org/hunger/stats

Meanwhile:

Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted.
http://www.fao.org/save-food/resources/keyfindings/en/

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The Power of Choice

We make plenty of choices every single day. When you look at these choices closely you can discern that every little choice has the potential to build our character in one way or another.

When you make a choice whether to exercise or watch some TV you in fact choose between strengthening your willpower and making it weaker.

Every time you choose between wearing something comfortable and something that you’ll look good in, you choose between more self esteem or the less of it.

Every time you choose between a healthy, whole plant based food and some processed, addictive, toxic to your body product (most likely some innocent animal been tortured and killed so you can “enjoy the taste”), you choose between health and disease, strength and weakness both of your character and your body.

All these “little choices” build our character every day and most of the time we are not even aware of that. They make us form bad habits and soon enough, instead of even thinking about exercising you reach for the remote, grab a bag of crisps and let some negative information on the news sink into your brain.

On the other hand, every small win, every good habit, no matter how small, makes you stronger. It all adds up, little by little, giving you more and more power to tackle the challenges of life.

When you take care of the small things in life, the big things will take care of themselves (and if they won’t you’ll have the will, strength and cohones to make them happen)… 🙂

Why you may sometimes feel depressed

I recently answered this question on Quora and again thought about expanding on it a little and sharing it here.

(depression can have many causes, I’ll write more about depression in future posts)

I think looking at your life and examining it could help you find a source of that spells of depression.

There is something you’re NOT doing (suppressing something within you) that your heart wants you to do. We usually stop ourselves from doing stuff we want doing out of fear:

  • fear of change (even positive change)
  • fear of failure
  • fear of discomfort
  • fear of what other people will say

So let’s say you want to be a photographer, you want to travel, you want to be a musician. But you’re looking around and find reasons (read excuses) not to do that. It won’t pay you enough money, you’re too old, your spouse won’t accept it, people will not understand…

You’re rational, logical and you decide that what your heart is “telling” you to do is just a silly idea. So you put those feelings, that urge of doing what you want doing aside. You bury it deep inside you, deep down into unconscious…

and you feel good… for a while…

These feelings, emotions, urges, they want to be expressed. They are who you are and you can suppress them only for a period of time before they rise again. You may not know what they are right away, but look at them, when you feel these spells of depression, don’t resist, don’t hide. Bring them to awareness.

Depression often comes when a person can’t express him/herself out of fear. No expression = depression.

Look at your life, what are you resisting?

Modern Slavery

We often say that slavery was a bad thing. We are happy that the times of slavery have gone.

I think that that slavery didn’t go anywhere. It changed form, evolved as everything around us. We often refer to a slave as someone that is physically incapable to cross boundaries set for him by someone else (the slave master).

That’s where it gets tricky. You don’t have to be captivated and held in a cell to be slave. These days slavery is very different from what it was. It is subtle which makes it more powerful than ever before.

Modern slavery is based mostly on enslavement of the mind. We can move almost freely if we have a passport or ID and can afford it. But those who are in power, our slave masters, built the economical system in a way that makes us slaves to it rather than empowering us. We allow ourselves to be limited by the ideas of others about how our lives should look like.

We are slaves to dogmas, the system, beliefs, hive mind, society, government and those whom the government serves. We are slaves to the beliefs we have about the reality. We are slaves because we think we are free.

If you think you’re free:

  • Try pitching a tent anywhere you want. Of course I mean somewhere in the wild, I’m not talking about the neighbors lawn.
  • Try to build a shelter for yourself and your family in the woods.
  • Try to make shoes for someone who needs them and avoid having problems if a middleman finds out about it and demand his cut.
  • Try to raise your kids your way. You’re poor? Maybe they’ll take your kids away and pay someone else to raise them.
  • Try to decide what do you want to do with your consciousness and how you want to alter it. You can get drunk and stupid. What about something that could expand your perspective?

It’s illegal. It is all illegal. You can’t do it. You’re forbidden to do it and it’s because someone has written this on a piece of paper.

To me that means you’re not a free man.

We created this system ourselves. We allow this system to grow, we give it power. We allow others to decide what’s good for us, how to live our lives, what and how to think.

I think that there’s still a chance for us to turn things around. It is evolution of consciousness that will bring the change about. The moment we are getting clear and conscious of the consequences of our actions, we start to change. We broaden our perspective, we look at ourselves and our relation to external world.

I think that the change is coming. Maybe I should say is happening right now. Change is inevitable.

Can you see the validity of the term modern slavery? Can you see it?

How To Recognize Your Passion

Everything you do that brings you joy could be your passion.

Everything that lets you forget the time, that makes you feel “in the zone” could be your passion.

It is easier to find your passion if you try different things. I think that passion is not something you have but something you develop.

You can’t just sit at home unhappy about yourself because you don’t have any passions. You go out there and try different things and see what makes you feel good, joyful…

You could discover that there’s not one but few things that you could turn into passion.

You could even have a passion right now, but because you’ve been told that the thing you want to do won’t bring you any money, is stupid etc. you rationalized and stopped doing the thing. Our society, education system is built to discourage creative minds and devoid them of passion.

So go out there, start playing, see what makes you feel

And when you find it, focus on it:

  1. Spend time doing that thing, immerse yourself into it, get better at it, practice and enjoy the journey.
  2. Have no expectations of the outcome, just focus on enjoying what you do. You’ll see the results as you’ll get better and that will drive your motivation to get even better at it.
  3. Never let anyone tell you that your passion is not worth pursuing, developing. There will be people that will want to bring you down, out of envy.
  4. Always have the courage to follow your passion, always believe in yourself and you will succeed.

If you back up the desire with strong belief in your ability to reach your goal, you will reach it. The belief “generates” persistence and you have a perfect mixture that brings success.

Practice leads to mastery.

Earth is an organism and we are the cells

A long time ago we accepted the fact that the Earth was round rather than flat. There were many beliefs in human history about the reality, many been wrong and many still are.

What I wanted to write about today is how I see all living beings (animals(includes humans), plants, microorganisms), how are they related to Earth, and the Earth itself in the context of the Universe.

Let’s look at a Human organism.

Human organism comprises of trillions of cells to create an organism. Groups of cells specialize to create organs. Yet every cell in that organism have the ability to perform all the functions that the whole organism can. I think this would be the definition of every living organism.

Now if we look at ourselves from this perspective, we Humans, other animals and plants are the cells in a living organism that is Earth. We the Humans are not consciously aware of this, hence we destroy the very organism that gives us life. I think the best analogy would be cancerous cells in Human organism. We act as a cancerous cells in Earth’s organism.

All the other living beings live “with the Nature” rather than against it but we act as if we’re not part of Nature. We are not conscious of the fact that we are a part of a greater organism that is Earth.

Our cells are comprised of even smaller parts, we can go down that route, through atoms, quarks, to the strings etc. But we can also go up the scale and as much as we are the cells of and Earth as an organism, we can look at the Earth as a cell in the organism that is Universe.

How far up this goes I don’t know. Maybe to infinity?

There are a lot of theories and they are all trying to solve the problem of who we are, what is this all about. This is just one of my theories. What is yours?

Is it possible to be lonely and happy?

I’ve seen this question on Quora and decided to add my perspective on this.

I thought I’ll share it here as well. Here it is:

People are lonely when they experience a feeling of lack, emptiness inside of them. We then tend to look for something outside of ourselves, that will fill that void. It is largely dictated by our culture/society/education which shapes our behaviors and these sink deep into our subconscious minds.

A lot of marriages are falling apart just because we have certain expectations towards the other person, and we come into relationships “demanding” those to be fulfilled. That’s when we are not whole.

When you are whole, you feel complete, you can be happy even when alone, because your contentment comes from inside of you. Your self worth is not dependent upon any external stimuli.

I think this has to do with growing up all “parts” of yourself. We often fail to recognize that we are multifaceted beings. We are not just one person because some parts of ourselves are at the different stage in growing up emotionally.

People that have lack of self worth would be most likely lacking encouragement from their parents as well as experience lack of emotional closeness with them. That’s when they grow in years but are still dependent upon approval of some sort of authority and lack self worth, self reliance etc.

It doesn’t have to be exact for every case as we are dynamic beings and there are many variables that come into place, but we can generalize like this with high possibility.

This is why I think being lonely means to experience some emotional lack inside of you, not knowing and/or accepting who you are and being dependent on something outside of you for feeling fulfillment, self worth, acceptance etc. (if it comes from outside of yourself, it will always be only temporary)

In this situation you can’t be happy when alone and you feel lonely.

It is not the other person that makes you feel happy. You can be surrounded by people and still be lonely.

What does it mean to be human?

It is easier to send someone a text, or a message on Facebook rather than look them in the eye and say what you feel.
It is easier to look down when you pass a stranger on the street instead of smiling at him, saying hello.

We feel more and more like a strangers in this world. We feel lonely, we lost the connection to one another.
We lack empathy and we don’t care for a well being of our fellow neighbor.

We somehow lost our values.
We think that to have is more important than to be.

We fail to recognize the outcome of our wrong doings.
We fail to learn from our mistakes.
We fail to think for ourselves and take the responsibility.

Do we feel good about ourselves?
Do we feel good about our lives?

Do we know what it means to be a Human?

Are we proud of it or ashamed of what we’ve become.

Where are we going?

Are we completely lost?

Do you even know what am I writing about?

I cried. A little.

Conscious Animals?

There is and always have been a debate in the scientific community on the subject of consciousness. “Are the humans the only species that have consciousness?”.

To me, this question is just like another rather weird question we still seem to be looking for the answer to: “Are we alone in the Universe”? Pffft.

The way I see it,  we all have it. I mean all animals. May I be wrong? Of course I can, but it’s not about being right. This is the point of view I have and it’s in fact the only thing I can share with you.

 

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