Posts Tagged ‘think’

Think for a moment…. Why would anyone all powerful being ever concern itself with people worshipping it? I see that as a flaw, something a perfect being shouldn’t have. The only reason why people feel the need to worship a god is because they have daddy issues. Lol…  OK…  But more seriously, it makes people feel more significant. I can’t think of any other logical reason. I’m sure many will give other reasons, but I can see it boiling down to what I already stated.

Most people don’t have a real big perspective on most of the world and what lies beyond in terms cosmos… So I guess I will shed a little light on it in the near future. Really give you an idea of just how small we are in reality.

What problem can you think of that most people do but most people don’t do anything about? No, it’s not laughing when seniors drool. “Ill be short and sweet…lol…stereotypes!!!” was a topic suggested by a friend of mine so lets talk.

Stereotypes are used by just about everyone who doesn’t live under a rock both mentally and verbally. I say it’s one of the most talked about things but never acted upon because of the vast amount of people who use stereotypes everyday versus those who see it as deviance and doing something about it. It’s almost a new age taboo that’s become such a standard it falls shy of being an everyday commodity.

Stereotypes are harsh generalizations about an entire categorie of people. These  irrational views give people rigid views of groups of people when really there is no direct evidence that people of that categorie should share that generalized trait. Such views as white youth being prone to taking lives in retaliation to bullying or black youth being prone to stealing are so conditioned in society that it is often joked about and those who fall into the categories are exploited. This conditioning builds unwanted attention to anyone who outward appearance fits the description. This also allows for some to get away with deviance when they don’t fit the type by exploiting the idea of stereotypes.  There is also such a thing as positive stereotypes, where a particular group is seen as possessing a good trait among other groups. These stereotypes, such as people of asian descent being good at math or African Americans are better dancers, put an unwanted strain on someone who doesn’t fit the portrayal, or status quo.

Stereotypes, or prejudices, also leads to a scapegoating. Scapegoating is when people of a particular catagorie unfairly blame people of another catagorie for their own problems. Such as when people of lower middle and the working class may feel strain and notice financial change in their world, they may blame people on welfare or even immagrant workers for the strain on jobs and financial woes. It all traces back to those irrational views of a group of people.

So why do we do it so much? The answer is hierarchy (Short and sweet). Hierarchy simply is a system of rank in any society and stereotypes only help to inforce this idea. By enforcing that people in one categorie do one thing and people in another do differently creates a classification, or logical order, of everyone in society. For example, If people commonly agree that African Americans are lazy, what’s going to stop a future employer from turning someone of African descent down for a future job or referring him to a lower, more subordinating employment? If people commonly don’t see Euro-American males in business suits as thieves, what’s to stop a store owner from not watching the guy in the suit and paying attention to the working class Mexican shopping? Stereotypes form and invoke the structure of people’s standing and class in society. When some people have noticed the system, they play up or play down parts of their lives to stand apart from those who are seen as “fitting” the stereotypes.

So what can we do? I was struck recently when my uncle commented on one of blogs and said,”…What do you think of when I say the words “Apache-Indian”? Do you think Doctor, Lawyer, Businessman or Statesman? I would guess you don’t and I ask you to ask yourself why? Your answer is the key to truly understanding and fixing the problem…” It wasn’t until then that I realized the conditioning and habit society has with stereotypes. BUT I am a firm believer that habits can be broken….

Can you imagine an America being full of people who actually strive for the “American Dream”? Where most people finished high school and went on to college. Right now 25% of those who graduate high school go on to college,  that’s after all the dropouts. If the dropout rate drops and the college turnover rate were say 50% I think the world as we know it would explode.

Let’s dwell deeper into this apocalyptic theory. One in four dropout in the public school system so the graduation rate is about 75%. If the dropout rate were one in ten or 90% then what would happen to all the social problems in urban neighborhoods!? Without these dropouts turning to the streets for respect you would see a new level of boredom in America. Face it, without the next generation of “degenerates” who would carry on the legacy of crime and despair that happens in streets now. Our police officers would not be killed in the line of duty and would go back to just writing tickets and helping old ladies across the streets. Our media would have NOTHING to talk about. I cannot imagine turning on the TV and the news not reporting a crime but having something good to say… that’s ridiculous!

This also means that parents are involved in education and teachers are enthusiastic about their work and their students. We cannot allow this to happen. When teachers and parents get more involved with their children and students, the students feel more self worth. They have something to look ahead to in life. They broaden their horizons and we all know those kids shouldn’t have this. These parents cannot open up to the community. When that happens they become more involved and we all know a society with educated and informed people is a doomsday device.

If out of the nine and ten students that graduate 50% of them go to college, that’s where the apocalypse begins. For example, the average African American family makes about 65% of what the average Euro-American family makes (about 38,000 to 58,000 if I’m not mistaken). You mean to tell me if more African American students went on to college this gap would close? OH HELL NO! This would mean that not just African Americans but all groups of people would prosper. The average income of families would increase while crime and violence fall. The American culture would integrate diversity and the wealth and power in society would begin distribute itself evenly. What’s even scarier is these people who educate them selves and become diversified and aware of their society would have children and families who do the same thing!

Without social stratification the world would shatter. We thrive off of the uneducated and underprivileged in our society. We love turning on the news and reading newspapers only to see the top story being someone killed last night. We see it in the media everyday and it never gets old. If you ask me, it’s the perfect joke. We love to walk down the streets and ignore the bum begging for change because we know he has the same oppurtunity to better himself like we have, so screw him for his laziness. We love walking into Walmart to be greeted by the 40 year old who dropped out of school and being served in the Mc Donald’s by the woman with 3 kids. We cannot allow these people to be replaced by students working afterschool a couple hours to make some spending money or college students working for their books. It’s no fun!! We wont feel good because these people are bettering themselves and America can’t have that. This would pull those at the top of capitalist-bureaucratic pyramid closer to middle America. They cannot have the plan they set into motion fall apart in front of their eyes. We all helped in building this world and it feels good, so why shake things up now with an educated, informed, effective, and diverse society!?

My dreamworld is absolutely amazing place to be…

My dreamworld is full of people who are independent within themselves and live their lives through character and not personality

My dreamworld is full of people who recognize that growing together is a greater path to effectiveness

My dreamworld is full of people who find it easier to lend a helping hand rather than point the finger

My dreamworld is full of people who look at failure as opportunity to help and not condemn

My dreamworld is full of people who recognize society as a whole and not specs of cultures occupying a space

My dreamworld is full of people who do not compromise

In my dreamworld, I can walk down the street with someone of a different race holding hands and not be judged

In my dreamworld, I can walk down the street with someone of the same sex holding hands and not be hated

In my dreamworld, I can get a job based off of my skills and accomplishments and not my looks

In my dreamworld, I can send my child to public school and not worry about the quality of education

In my dreamworld, If you are from America, you are American, not a color or a statistic

In my dreamworld, we are united and we love it

In my dreamworld, American is an ethnicity

In my dreamworld, homosexuality is a preference and not deviance

In my dreamworld, skin color is just a biological trait and not a label

In my dreamworld, subculture is expression and isn’t frowned upon

In my dreamworld, people are heard and not just looked at

In my dreamworld, there is no majority or minority

The media in my dreamworld don’t make violence a commodity

The media in my dreamworld isn’t superficial

The media in my dreamworld isn’t in it just for the ratings

The media in my dreamworld isn’t lowbrow

The media in my dreamworld don’t underestimate the intelligence of people

The government in my dreamworld communicates

The government in my dreamworld is transparent

The government in my dreamworld is run by the people

The government in my dreamworld isn’t in corporate America’s back pocket

The government in my dreamworld don’t underestimate the intelligence of its people

My dreamworld is full of people who communicate on a more personal level. Everyone is involved in society and it makes society effective. We are welcoming of difference and we seek to understand, even when we do not agree. We do not reduce ourselves to accomplish anything. We are a collective people who can take responsibility for our problems and work together to solve it. My dreamworld is awesome, but to take from the great George Carlin “…you gotta be sleep to see it..”

Need vs. Want (Part 2)

Posted: February 12, 2009 in Life
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The disturbing thing about “need” is that it’s blasted in our ears by society all the time. We hear advertisements saying what we “need”. Corporations, the media, even the government tell us what we need all the time. No wonder to most people work is a need, you have people in your ear 24 hours a day telling you what you need! So is it our own fault? the media? society? Honestly, all of them. We make society, people are the foundation of society and culture.

We all strive to be independent and even I’ve said many of times in the past “I’m a grown ass man”. Being independent says “I have the choice to make all the decisions in my life and I am responsible for my actions and the consequences that follow”. On the contrary, being dependent says “I do NOT have a choice in my decision making because I depend on an outside influence and I will NOT be responsible for my actions and the consequences that follow”. With that said, saying I need to work is simply saying “I do not have a choice”. Do you fall into that category of people? I know I don’t. I want to work and do work for income because I choose to.

Understanding that every decision we make in life has a consequence and benefit, or “trade off”, helps in the process of taking control of ourselves to become more effective people in life. Example: I choose to work, with all the consequences and benefits that come with, because I don’t want to live on the streets , with all the consequences and benefits that come with that. Understanding that everything has a consequence and benefit helps you see that you do everything because of choice.

Choice is one of the most powerful things instilled into mankind, its what got us as far as we are right now. Saying you don’t have a choice in anything takes away the very thing that puts you above the rest of the animal kingdom. We all have the power to “rewrite” ourselves. Just because of your past or race or peers or the way you were raised does not dictate who you are, what do in life, and the decisions you make. Question: “If a women is mistreated by her father when she was young, does she grow up to like being mistreated by her boyfriends because she links love to physicality?”. Chances are you’re saying no, and though that’s just what some do, others choose to rewrite who they are.

After reading what I want to say, I expect people to walk away with different thoughts. Some may think I’m nuts, some may think I have a point but since its not the social norm why bother, and some may want to learn how to rewrite themselves and become more effective independent people. It’s just how it goes and I don’t expect anything less. For those who want to learn, lets talk about it. I love to share open, positive, intellectual communication. For the cynics, or those shaking their heads, all I want to say to them is “every innovation began by breaking with the old way of thinking“. Now I ask one last time, do we need to work?

Now here is the challenge

See if you can eliminate the word “need” from your vocabulary for a week. It isn’t easy and you will notice how much people depend on outside influences. Something as simple as “I have to catch this bus” is saying I have no choice. You do have a choice. You just don’t want to say “I’m catching this because I don’t want to be late” which places all the responsibility on you. Take responsibility, its the first step on the path to effectiveness.

Need vs. Want (Part 1)

Posted: February 12, 2009 in Life
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I’m putting out a challenge for everyone that reads this blog! Far too many times do I have this conversation and nobody seems to get it. I bet you can’t do this!

I have come to realize through personal studies, findings, and viewing other people in my society that most (90%) people are locked into a serious cycle of dependence. It’s funny to see people strive to be independent, free, and outspoken people and then have their words contradict everything they think. It can be helped if everyone would recognize that have control over everything they do and choose.

Commonly when people hear the last sentence of my first paragraph, because of personal stratification they, often say that “yes, I do have control over my life” or “nobody can make me do anything”. Then, I get into this steady argument about the things we say to ourselves and to others in general conversation that go against what you believe.  I often ask the question “Do you make money or does money make you?”. Naturally most people respond “I make money”, which is completely fine. We all want to “make money” and have it not make us simply because we feel that something like money or other materialistic items should not have dominance over us. In fact, of all the people I have asked this question only two people have answered “money makes me”. It’s the question I follow up with that tends to spark outrage and argument between me and others.

If I then ask “With that said, do you need to work?”, what would you then say? Think about that right now. When we work we participate in an “utilitarian organization” for income and most of us join one to make a living, but is it something we need to do. I have heard many answers to this question, and these are actual responses I’ve received;

“Yes”

“Of course you do because there is lives you have to take care of.”

“I need to work to pay bills. And feed, myself, health insurance, ect. If I could hang out all day I would. If you mean do I feel useless if I’m not working, no.
You make money, but you need to work.”

“Not really… But in order to survive I will work.”

“No let money generate tons of revenue, hahahahahahahahaha”

I’ve heard all sorts of answers from different types of people from this very thought provoking question. All have something in common: work is something people need to do in order to survive. What do you think right now about answering the question? I can tell how some of you may react, maybe you’re saying “no we don’t have to work” but don’t understand why we don’t so again it becomes a thing we have to do. Maybe you haven’t even budged and said “No matter what, we all have to work”. I hope and pray that some of you out there see why we don’t need to work already.

So what happens a lot is that it boils down to “surviving”, where we work to maintain a standard of living, but the serious question is “Do we “need” to survive?”. The answer is actually “no” and to some it’s hard to swallow the concept. Living, survival, and prospering isn’t something we need, its something we “WANT”. Life itself is a want, so how is it that we “need” to work. To me and hopefully to you by the end of this blog, everything in life including life itself is a want, there is nothing that we need.