Is money real?

Hoping for the best is natural.

Not preparing for the worst is foolish and immoral. Cautious optimism is one way to play it. The only requirement should be for everyone to at least think about it and exercise some foresight. We have that freedom and ability to choose to change when we discover something not working. The act of changing is a little harder, yet it becomes possible as soon as we acknowledge what is going on. We all have a different pace after that point. What is the goal here? Is it to simply ease the status quo to ensure productivity and enjoyment of life? We are more than that, so much more. Life has value and our cultural influences help us to better define the course it takes. However, life in all its unlimited potential is not condensable no matter how hard we try to figure it out. I’ve heard of predispositions and agree they’re real, yet I do not accept predeterminations. We all have tendencies and these are changeable. This concept of being stuck is unappealing and not worth the time it takes to consider. Epigenetic influence is what happens to one in life. Even in those good moments of believing in something greater than yourself, it is important to remain on guard. We are taught at a young age of leaders in democracy who bring the best of ideas to the table and help make the world a better place. As we grow older, this becomes less and less realistic. Far too often though, we dismiss the whole system and go about our lives ignoring the real problem.

Today we have politicians arguing amongst each other over trifling matters in an attempt to win over the masses with their way of speaking. These politicians and other people in power assume in their philosophies that we have infinite resources. They speak in confusing terms about how to spend money. In any analysis, we come to see elite interests guiding their actions as soon as they take the wheel. Politicians end up like any item we’d buy at the store believing they’re the best due to the advertising in media. The truth is that companies spend more money advertising than they do on actually producing the items they sell. We think this is normal and even by our first birthday get used to a world in which arbitrary gifts are provided to induce happiness. How much do you think it costs to produce a politician? Factor in education, food, shelter, and overall care, it must be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Seems like a lot, but when it comes to the self-promotion they must all go through, millions and even billions of dollars are spent on endless advertisement promising the world. There is a huge difference between the monetary vote and the signs outside the bars of the White House fence. The media throws in other distractions disguised as so-called entertainment. We continue on as wage slaves assuming things all work out in a democracy, in our system of freedom. While we pay attention to what the powers that be make us believe as important, they sit on their opulent thrones and collect ridiculous paychecks of our spent time. Those people are many and really are not to blame for they only exist due to the current system and we allow them to take advantage of us because there does not seem to be an alternative.

Theorists mocked as utopianists tell of worlds without money, where all are equal.  Is this impossible? All the debt in the world is proof of a flawed model for civilization. Must the world go bankrupt? Is freedom worth it if only a few really have it, or would it be better if freedom were redefined as a logical order of things based upon scientific reality? Incentive is often referenced whenever new systems are mentioned. Well, what is the incentive now for a politician or others in power to change things for the benefit of all? Are we to assume they are self-less individuals? How can we possibly believe in this farce? Politicians are just like any other person on this planet. They wake, do whatever they have to that day to get by, and then go to bed hoping they did a good job. They can only do the best with what they have and are compelled to appeal to the few who have the wealth, the most to lose. There are not many lobbyist groups advocating for those without much to lose. What do the poor have to lose? What do the youth have to lose? Life. I think everyone agrees, life is more important than anything else.

We can’t all drive a Maserati that does 185. Resources are limited. Miracles, magic, do indeed exist, but only to the extent allowed or believed by the individual. Love is one of these things. Thinking about it all can get you down, but that is just another attribute of the system. It is not too complex to change or too broken to replace. We’ve done it before, we can do it again. Remember, the intention is to enhance our ability to change and that begins with acknowledging the problem. What’s next is anyone’s guess, but things do get better when we make a decision to make it so. Thinking about it all is necessary to develop solutions, alternatives to the system, or simply actions which lead you down a better course. The information is out there already. The people are there too waiting to hear new ideas. Regardless, think about it and what you believe to be right. Think twice to be sure it is your own voice shaping your mind and not that of the media or overwhelming cultural influences. Give it all a fair share for consideration, but in the end, make up your own mind.

Enhancing Intuition

Ideas come and go. Options, offers, directions, evolve to meet the state of the moment. We are never in the same exact place we were yesterday. There’s always something new, always something to do, if the individual makes it so. At the cellular level, we are all changing regardless in continuous cycles of renewal. Our bodies evolve with the times depending on the systems available. What do we have now? What ways are available? People pursue forms without much thought and develop unintended habits which result in vulnerable bodies. If left ignored, these bodies fail earlier than expected. This may be a simplistic evaluation; however the concept of systems is too often forgotten in consideration of the status quo and remedies for discontent. The American Dream is not dead, but the train is moving too fast for us all to get on at once. It does occasionally slow for brief moments, and we have to be ready to hop on without hesitation. These moments are not inherently clear. Also, these brief moments are not always true opportunities to jump on board. How can you tell the difference? When do you make a move? This is where intuition, the ability to understand something immediately without the need for conscious reasoning, comes into play.

The first time I ventured into bear country, I packed way too much. My friend described what we were getting ourselves into as an “overnighter.” We would hike a couple miles into the middle of nowhere in the Northern Rockies of Glacier National Park and then come back out the next morning. The essentials included tents, some food, and a change of socks. Manufacturers design backpacks which can be loaded with the many trinkets available at sporting goods stores. I thought I should bring three extra pairs of clothes in case the weather conditions radically changed. I thought I should bring dehydrated snacks in case we were unable to cook food. I thought I should bring extra water bottles, other drinks, binoculars, a camera, bug spray, extra batteries, sun block, fishing equipment, some rope, a few other things, and a tripod for some odd reason. Soon after I packed all that stuff into my pack, I lifted it off the ground onto my back. It was heavy, but felt manageable. Before long into the few mile hike, pain set in. Throwing off extra weight was not an option, neither was asking my hiking mates to carry my load. I accepted the fate of a heavy pack and continued on. I did not need most of what I brought. And the trail climbed up and over hills I did not anticipate which exasperated the pain I felt. I did however, learn from this experience, and the next “overnighter” was far more enjoyable.

One way to enhance this ability is to better understand our system. Where do we live? Who do we associate with? What do we need on a daily basis? How does our immediate surrounding environment affect us? Why do we want? There is an obvious difference between “need” and “want.” The why do we “need” is often easier to answer than why do we “want.” The American Dream is a prospect of “want,” not “need.” There’s disagreement on this point, but when it comes to what the individual “needs,” it does not require all that much effort to get it. It’s when “want” is believed to be “need” that trouble arises into a paradox of not knowing what to go after. This leads people to set upon a course of action one day, then an opposite the next, and finally back to the same place. Having a firm grasp upon the characteristics of our system is only the beginning though.

We cannot change the status quo over night. Bernard Shaw wrote in Back to Methuselah, “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” The most effective means of achieving a change in self is to work to improve the system. Our respective communities have so much influence upon our quality of life. It is a shame when neighbors treat each other as strangers. We have isolated ourselves to deal with problems as individuals instead of working together to solve those problems. Simply figuring out a way to survive is not enough, and unworthy of the life we’ve been given. Why merely survive, when we can improve our surroundings? We must begin to share our experiences and then work together to ease the hardships so many face at achieving what is necessary. We’ve all heard this before, but what have we done to live it? We can all learn the hard way on an “overnighter” through the backcountry, but I recommend we lighten the load.

Making plans

“It’s okay to make plans.  Plans are great.  Do not plan for an outcome though.  Consider the plan and whether it results in success or failure, accept it.  If it is meant to be, it will be.” –T.D.

It doesn’t take much to set yourself up for disappointment.  The first thing that happens is an overall confidence buzz kill due to unrealistic expectations.  Freewheeling can be tricky, but when done correctly with continuous self-evaluation, tends to pay off majestically.  The modern age is full of those seeking instant gratification with fulfillment a long way off.  The past, present, future, are different in more ways than one.  Thinking about them all at once is recipe for madness.  Regret or satisfaction about the past, anger or happiness about the present, fear or anticipation about the future.

Some days are better than others, but the fact is that almost all control is out of our hands.  Trying to hold onto it, thinking it will all work according to plan leads to disappointment.  This does not mean you should set the bar low.  Reach for the stars on as many occasions as possible.  Those who have achieved the perceived impossible feats did not do so effortlessly.  Most great achievements come after many failures.  If the people who went after their dreams expected doubtless results, they most likely would have given up after their second or third attempt.  Eventually it works out and then things start to look a little better.

Take another moment and enjoy a view of the stars.  It is all too vast to sincerely comprehend.  Grasping individual purpose between the earth and heavens is and has been a constant struggle ever since people gained insight.  There is nothing new with this concept and for the rest of existence, the questions will be asked.  So, after another look into it all, breathe lightly and consider the fact, that it will not all come at once.  Once, twice, and a dozen more times, check yourself.  Plans may work out.  They may not.  Regardless of how events play out, accept it and move forward.  Never allow yourself to become stuck in the muck.

The stories of what happens are interesting, but the motive behind their circumstances are always far more interesting.  Sharing what happened is not as useful to another as complementing those stories with the how and why.  Inspiration comes from this steady progression of the inception of a plan to its eventual outcome, not simply the outcome.  So much time is wasted looking to people who are at their best without consideration of how and why they ended up at the top of their game.  It’s like climbing a mountain or any other distant travel.  The journey is what it is all about and where the lessons are to be gained.  With a little further research into these things, we’ll all be a little better off in the long run.  Seriously, check out those stars.  Sunsets are pretty awesome too.