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Pursuing shared feelings

November.22. 2017

“I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken.”

—Charlie Rose

Human nature is indeed fickle.

In this day and age, when it’s every man and woman for himself/herself, you can trust no one.

Pursuing shared feelings is fraught with peril. You never know when the other sharer can suddenly change and to what degree.

One minute, it’s all sweetness and warmth, the next, it’s bared fangs and loud hissing and cussing.

I’m describing, of course, what happens when you rent out a property to some tenants.

Before the lease is signed, when they’re really anxious to get into the property (translation: when they want something from you), the love is palpable. It’s all smiles and yes this and yes that.

But before your signature is barely dry on the page, the smiles have turned into frowns. And it’s ugly looks and telling you to kiss where the sun don’t shine.

If you really want to understand human nature, I highly recommend renting out your old home. And you will begin to see sides of human nature which you never thought existed.

I don’t think Mr. Rose was referring to some fickle-minded tenant when he said the above, but I’m sure the context isn’t that much different.

(And for sure, I’m going to miss his interviews.)

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Potiphar’s wife

November.13. 2017

Looks like the feeding frenzy is on.

And much of it well deserved, I’m sure. People placed in high positions always too eager to take full advantage of the situation.

But what about Potiphar’s wife?

How many Potiphar’s wife’s are in the melee?

Probably not that many, but even one among them is one too many.

A thought

November.1. 2017

As I ponder the laws of energy, it seems so easy.

Just make sure you observe these laws and the kingdom of heaven is yours.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t take into account the vagaries of life and nature.

Consider this:

Why would some holy men from the East take a broom and sweep the ground before them to make sure no innocent creatures of God get trampled underfoot as they go about their business?

And so the answer came to me.

The very nature of energy means that any expenditure of it will produce ripples of impacts, intended or unintended.

Which means that unless you want to curl up somewhere and refuse to expend any more energy, your very existence will ensure that the universe will continue to be affected by your presence whether you like it or not.

And despite your best efforts, these impacts will produce positive or negative effects, depending on who is on the receiving end.

So what’s the moral here?

Do the best you can and understand that the final outcome of your energy is beyond your control.

A new epidemic

October.24. 2017

I just heard about a new epidemic sweeping the country.

It’s the loneliness epidemic.

And none other than the esteemed former surgeon general touting it on national tv.

Interesting diagnostic.

Which makes me wonder. Does this new epidemic have anything to do with the other epidemic?

The selfishness epidemic.

Otherwise known as the looking-out-for-number-one epidemic.

Champions for change

June.15. 2017

I’ve been practicing a lot lately, and as usual, to distract my mind, I watch the news. And there’s been a lot of news lately.

Two news items caught my eye this morning.

First, Senator Sander’s pushback.

Apparently the crazed gunman was one of his supporters.

And he did the right thing, which was to come out immediately and condemn the despicable action in the strongest terms.

As opposed to some other people, who, when crazy people do bad things in their name, dance in the streets in celebration.

And then they wonder why people don’t like them.

Then there was this “Champions for change” self promo on one of those fake news channels.

Very heart warming indeed, to see these beautiful ladies do their community service and get some PR at the same time.

This is the right thing to do, of course, when you go out and do good deeds for your less fortunate neighbors, make sure there’re plenty of cameras following you.

The point of the promo is about hungry people in America.

And in this regard, America shows itself to be one unique country.

It’s the only place on earth where hungry people are overweight.

So an advice to the people at CNN. Next time if you want to do a story on hunger, hire some skinny extras to make the program more believable.

Perceptions

May.21. 2017

I am often perplexed by the political correctness in our national discourse these days.

Much of it seems naive and lacking in a basic understanding of the human mind.

Take the concept of profiling.

Profiling is a dirty word these days and often associated with bigotry.

But profiling is actually very much a part of our human DNA.

It’s a defense mechanism that’s been hardwired into us through thousands of years of evolution.

Perhaps one of our ancestors met a snake one day, and the snake happened to bite him.

So what happened the next time he met another snake? He would avoid it. He had learned his lesson and formed a certain profile in his mind of snakes.

Now we all know that not all snakes bite and that not all snakes are poisonous.

But tell that to our ancestor. Once bitten twice shy. Why take the risk again?

This is profiling. It’s a useful defense mechanism and one which had perhaps ensured our survival over millenia of evolution.

It doesn’t even need first hand experience. Profiling can occur through word of mouth too. You can hear of someone being bitten by a snake and you would also learn to avoid them.

There’s actually another side of profiling and it’s called branding. Branding is the pretty side of profiling (as opposed to the ugly side).

Take a particular lady’s accessory that has the initials “LV” as its logo.

For some odd reason, many women (and maybe some men), even those who seem to possess good intelligence, will fork over large sums of money to own one of these bags.

Why are these products so desirable?

Because they associate it with a certain quality or life style (or who knows what else they associate it with).

It’s a fact we can’t deny.

Profiling or branding is hardwired into our genes and there’s no use whining about it.

But we can do something about it.

For instance, I belong to an ethnic group that is often perceived as being weak and submissive. I have noticed that this perception can sometimes lead to some misguided individuals trying to take advantage of the situation.

So what do I do? I found that I had to change that perception when I am met with those situations.

Now, snakes can’t do anything about their bad reputations.

They can’t play victim and cry snakophobia and demand that people stop profiling them.

But we human beings, we can do something.

The first thing is to recognize that the human mind works through associations, through grouping like items together.

When someone does something, good or bad, it immediately affects everyone else who is linked to him/her in whatever shape or form.

If you happen to belong to his/her group and you want to erase or reverse that bad perception which his/her actions have created, you’ll have to do something about it. (In other words, you’ll have to reverse the “karma” of his/her actions.)

Sure it is not fair, why do you have to be responsible for some nutcase’s actions?

But ask yourself, why do people continue to waste their money on certain overpriced products simply because of a logo?

That’s not fair too and very foolish, but will people change simply because you tell them to change?

Internal evidence

May.5. 2017

One of the things that evangelists, especially televangelists, like to do is claim that “God” spoke to them.

It’s easy to be skeptical. Anyone can claim that God is speaking to them.

But I’ve since discovered that what they really mean is that they have an intuition or inspiration about something and they’re saying it’s God speaking to them through these intuitions.

And in a sense they are right. Inspirations do come from a mysterious place which no one can explain and the best thing is to attribute it to the Force in the universe.

This fact is not lost on the ancients.

For instance both the words inspire and spirit are derived from the same word “spirare” which means “breathe.”

To be inspired is to hear from the Spirit.

But what if the voices they heard are not from God but instead from the other guy?

In other words, what makes them so sure that what they’re hearing is the voice of God and not the adversary?

(Adversary here refers to the troublemaker, the downshifter, the one who destroys rather than build.)

From the content.

Among research scholars, it’s called internal evidence.

Let’s say you have a dubious work that is claimed to be the work of a great master, but there’s no external or physical proof to establish that.

So what do you do? You examine the work and try to determine if the content matches the content of other authenticated works of the master.

You determine authenticity through content.

In the same way, if someone claims that God spoke to them, look at the content of the message.

If the voice is telling them to do good, to make the world a more joyful place, it is likely it is coming from who they think it is.

But if it’s telling them to wreak havoc on the world and bring misery to their fellowmen, then it’s likely it’s from the other guy.

And if they still think it’s God’s voice telling them to do all these bad stuff, maybe they’re actually worshiping the wrong guy, they’re worshiping the troublemaker.

The biggest lie

May.2. 2017

I’ve said it before, there’s no such thing as unconditional love. In fact it’s the biggest lie and myth of all.

It goes against the very law of the universeyou get what you put in. Put in nothing and you get nothing. Put in no love and you get no love.

Even the Bible seems in agreement.

As the great sage/poet Mr. Zimmerman paraphrased it.

“God said to Abraham, kill me your son
Abe said, Man you must be putting me on
God said no, Abe said what
God said, you can do anything you like but the next time you see me coming, you better run.”

Unconditional love of course is a relatively new invention, mostly to legitimize another equally new inventionentitlement.

The concept of entitlement is based solely on unconditional love.

You don’t have to put anything into the universe and you expect everything from the universe.

This sense of entitlement is particularly prevalent among younger people who have been indoctrinated with the idea of unconditional love from birth.

And when they find themselves facing the harsh reality of the nonexistence of unconditional love, they become bitter and start railing against the world.

Whatever problem they face, it’s always somebody’s fault, never their own.

There’s an age-old saying which goes something like, “The world does not owe you a living.” Or to put it another way, “The universe does not owe you any love.”

Which basically reaffirms what I’ve been saying all along.

In between

March.31. 2017

In between my musings, I find time to play a little guitar.

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Another hint

February.12. 2017

Continuing from the previous post, here’s another hint from the Gospel of Thomas:

“These infants being suckled are like those who enter the kingdom.”

This passage recalls another saying from one of the Establishment gospels.

“Unless you become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”