Create something beautiful

On the beautiful rebellion:

•Rebel beautifully and with great sincerity, individuality, and compassion. Choose empathy over conflict yet find strength to stand for your deepest convictions.

Create Something Beautiful

Find a way to pass on wisdom, experienced life lessons, great passion, and original ideas in a manner that creates an impact through beauty. Rebel against the influence of those attempting to simplify and distract our thought processes. Find connections with people instead of replacing them with these distractions.

The only way to truly rebel is through art. (Music, poetry, dance, painting, drawing, sculpting, inventing, asking the obscure questions and demanding answers, treating people individually and with compassion, etc… ) The list is endless but consist of all things that are original and sincere.

The greatest creative and unique minds were typically not appreciated until after their deaths. There is a reason for this: They were not using their talents to mass produce simplistic drivel aimed to please shallow consumers.

Money is never the reason a true artist creates. They do it because they cannot not create. Whether they use their gifts to express or work through their own inner struggles or they simply cannot contain the passionate views that society or their peers may not be ready for, they are desperate for the release of their creative energy.

This includes those who can’t conform to the unaffected complacency and indifference we protect ourselves with. We immerse ourselves in our electronic friends, acting as if we are immune to the suffering and loneliness that can be felt thickening the air. We panic as we push past even our closest friends when their need for human compassion overwhelms our ability to keep up our barriers. We have become unoriginal even in our rejection of sincere social interaction.

The bravest artist creates light in the way they behave towards all people; their critics, their supporters, those who have more, and those who have less, the left behind. These rare heroes are moving quietly among us. They can always find value in the beauty of each individual. Acting with truly sincere compassion and empathy towards everyone they encounter, they are the ultimate rebels, artists of human emotional interaction.

Any artist that creates sincerely will give everything they have to their art. They feel successful when they create, when their message is out in the world as they wanted to express it. They would give it freely to someone who they felt truly connected to what they were expressing, feeling successful in their ability to ignite passion in even one person. And if the artist is very fortunate, they will make a living by charging those who can afford to offer monetary compensation and work to build a following of true supporters for future creations.

To bend to the will of an audience in order to keep the people comfortable, unchallenged, and “safe” enough to spend their money is not an option. They would rather their works never see the light of day than be sold and molded by business men into something they were never supposed to be.

A true artist feels accountable to only their own passion. They live to find a way to express this passion and to create an experience in others that mimics the emotion and passion felt while the work was being created. They express ideas without succumbing to the pressure of acceptance, and instead flourish in spite of it.

The works of uncorrupted artists are more honest as history lessons of this time period than what is written by historians who have put nothing personal on the line besides their accountability to government or employer. Of course, Historians are essential to the observation and recording of facts and events. However, we gather far more insight to past human actions and behaviors through what they have created and how they were perceived in they eyes of those who were inspired enough to represent them in their art.

In the future, people will look back and study the immense volumes of human creations and impressions to make interpretations about our culture and identity.

How will they differentiate between the work of artists uninfluenced by promises of fame and fortune and the bullshit shallow entertainment that follows a strict guideline of “giving the people what they want?”

It would be like finding the one statement of truth in an encyclopedia of sarcasm.

The mass production of false art is spreading and giving people the impression that the lack of depth and overly simple themes created by falsely artistic sellouts are far more appropriate for the consumers in the “dumbed down” public.

The ease of obtaining media exposure is going to cause great confusion as to what kind of people we were and what kind of society we were part of. Or is it?

Perhaps we will become a culture that is best represented by terrible, but somehow still catchy music, or humiliating ourselves and others for entertaining TV.

Are all films going to be replaced by blockbusters with constant computer generated explosions and repetitive scores consisting of the same annoying sound effects, while offering zero emotional substance?

Will we be calling books written for adults at a 4th grade reading and comprehension level classics? Imagine The Da Vinci Code as a replacement for Catcher in the Rye or To Kill A Mockingbird losing its place in our education system for Twilight.

Will we lose interest in discovering and procuring works of art that truly speak to us? Instead, financially supporting poorly trained painters and sculptors who lack a unique vision yet repeatedly recreate their “popular” works for Walmart to sell as dorm room decorations ?

If artists begin to create only what is trendy and accessible to the public for the sake of making money, they will lose themselves as artists and become something else entirely: Unqualified Historians who have no respect for the living subject matter.

Our future generations are doomed to be mindless, culture-phobic zombies if we allow ourselves to continue to be represented by those who only want to exploit our need for acceptance through consumption, our tendency toward quantity over quality and our desperation for instantly gratifying entertainment. Stop the madness.

There is still hope…. If you look closely enough you will notice that beauty is being hidden in plain sight. Artists are finding ways of demanding exposure. Giving it away for free, pouring their souls onto concrete buildings for the sake of inciting the passion of even just a lonely pedestrian. Musicians are exposing their deepest vulnerabilities to the trolls of the internet just to reach out to anyone who they can move to feel what they do. Writers are blogging openly, not for the need to be heard, but for the chance to finally set themselves free and put all their possibly disorganized and unedited thoughts out into the infinite depths of the internet, living on well past human mortality.

We have the tools to create more beauty than we can fathom. It exists in human sincerity. All we have to do is use our resources to flood the world with it.

We are all artist, whether we keep it hidden amongst boxes of journals never to see the light of day, or bravely put ourselves on showcase to give others a chance to be moved by our greatest passions. As long as we are SINCERE. We can be artists by simply offering sincere words or acts of kindness to strangers OR friends, an act of beautiful rebellion to indifference.

Let us all be artist. Find your cause, your gift to the future and rebel with a smile against this siege on our senses. Reject the noise that clogs our ears, the violence that numbs our compassion, the simplicity, falsely disguised as literature, that dulls our intelligence and worse, our imaginations. Above all, reject the images and salesmen, calling for our unquestioning consumption, attempting to confuse our ability to recognize sincerity and blind us to the beauty that still surrounds us.

REBEL, YOU HIDDEN ARTISTS! IGNITE PASSION EVERYWHERE!

REBEL, YOU QUIETLY EMPATHETIC DO-GOODERS! STAND LOUDLY FOR THE UNHEARD!

REBEL, YOU CLOSET IMAGINATIVE INTELLECTUALS! SEEK THE ANSWERS TO THE UNIVERSE!

REBEL SINCERELY AND BEAUTIFULLY!!

REBEL ALWAYS.

As long as there is power left to hold, there will be people patiently waiting to exploit our vulnerabilities, As long as we allow our insecurities to make choices for us, And as long currency is exchanged, humans will be vulnerable to exploitation.

Freedom of unique thought and expression, sincerity of selfless compassion, and our willingness to experience the beauty in all things, are weapons of mass destruction in this war. Fight On.

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I blog therefore I know?…

Apparently blogs can now be used as a source of reliable research material. If it is published on the Internet, it must be true, right? I all of sudden feel very powerful….. (Evil laugh.)
What should I get people to believe first?
I sometimes find myself staring in shock at the completely moronic statements of perceived “fact” that are thrown around on social media or even right out of someone’s mouth. I wonder “how are these people so convinced of something that makes absolutely no sense?”
Now I understand. They stumbled upon something published on the Internet that backs up their claim and call it research.

This irresponsible spreading of information might be the reason nobody really knows what is actually happening around us. We are relying on the people in our friends list to keep us informed, forgetting that they are doing the same.  People are fighting for the issues they are passionate about which is great, a step in a forward direction…. However, they are doing this with an aggressive ignorance of reality. A thousand steps back.

I would never have though it necessary until now, but do we need a warning across the top of all written material that is considered fiction, opinion, or unverified research material?  I guess I never thought we’d need a warning label on hot coffee either though.  What has led to our inability to use a logical thought process? By being so incredibly gullible to whatever information is placed in front of us, are we leaving ourselves vulnerable to being manipulated by anybody with an agenda?

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Collective common sense…

I am constantly baffled  when I watch the news or follow social media. Is it possible that although as individuals we generally are rational actors, our common sense becomes non existent when we function as a collective?
I know that plenty of intelligent people exist, most as frustrated as I am about our completely irrational actions and reactions as a nation.
Is it possible that our bipartisan politics have created the need for change to be negotiated into stupidity? By not compromising our political stances out of complete stubbornness and fear of being rejected by our chosen side, we now act as imbeciles. The only way that this nation will ever be able to accomplish anything necessary to take care of its citizens is by first abandoning this ridiculously ineffective two-party nonsense.

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Fear itself….

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself…” FDR

This is the statement that has popped into my head repeatedly throughout each new tragedy that this country has dealt with since 9/11. Really, a warning label on life should exist. It would simply bear the words of FDR as a permanent reminder of the most dangerous weakness of humanity as well as our greatest threat.

Being human, we are prone to quickly react to anything that scares us by avoiding it, or on a larger scale, outlawing it. If outlawing something is not a possibility for whatever reason, humans sadly, are capable of much more drastic measures. We try to control anything in our power that we associate with our fears. Its seems to become an obsession, especially in this country.

We are afraid of those things that challenge the way we want our children to see the world, and of those people who want to challenge the way we view it. We are afraid of chaos, of violence, of desperation, and of change. We are even afraid of passion. We forget how scary we are when something is in the way of removing those things that intimidate us. The way humans react when challenged in a group is by far the most dangerous of all.

Censorship, bullying, hate, violence, bigotry… these are all products of the collective fear. And in this country we have a horrible track record of turning to extreme measures to alleviate the fears of its citizens. Just a few examples from the last half century or so; turning on our neighbors in the hunt for communists during the red scare, practically forcing young men to fight a war that they do not believe in, using our tragic heartbreak of 9/11 to rally people into fighting another war against a completely unrelated threat.

In the process of attempting to fight back before we learned what we were fighting, we somehow even managed to redefine the idea of “terrorists” from violent extremists who are not attached to single government, to being the entire Middle East, all Muslims everywhere, and anybody who happens to stand out, citizens or not, in this country. We criticize countries like Iran without understanding that the people who live there did not all choose to make the fundamentalist Islam teaching into law. They used to live similarly to us, making their own decisions about how they practiced religion. Power seeking and angry individuals took advantage of human fear and created a revolt big enough to force everyone into practicing Islam uniformly so their country wouldn’t be punished by Allah for being immoral. Are we not heading in that direction as well? Definitely not a lack of trying…

Our willingness to fight for our freedom and to protect ourselves, basically our fear, constantly exploited by “terror alerts,” or the dramatized media coverage of tragedy and violence, and even an “attack” on our “family values” has caused people to hate others without any interest in understanding who they are.

During many of the conflicts in which we involved ourselves, foreign and domestic, including the threats on our values, we have taken it upon ourselves to hunt down possible enemies within our borders. We punish them without regard as to whether these people have any association at all to our perceived enemy. We do it because of minor similarities to the targeted threat, such as being the same race, religion, or sexual orientation. We have even been known to attack those who support the undeserving victims of our hatred.

We shun, taunt, vandalize, abuse, hate, torture, and feel justified in doing so. We have punished our very own citizens for resembling those we fear, forgetting that these Americans may also have grieved with us. Equally afraid, they may have been just as willing to fight an enemy. Instead they endured constant fear in their own communities. Our vengeance being just as cruel, if not more so than the violent offenders who initiated the conflict.

When a group of people get together with vocalized fear, their immediate response is to find a tangible enemy to fight. We are prone to jumping on this bandwagon in the aftermath of a specific violent or shocking event and as a reaction to a movement towards potential social change. It can be widespread throughout the nation, or localized to just a few very angry and outspoken people who would rather punish others than face their own insecurities and self-hatred.

Parents, fearing that their children are exposed to something they are not prepared to explain will seek out those who agree with them and build off each others’ need to “protect” their kids. Instead of using each other as support to find ways to guide their children through the more challenging realizations, they will consider it their duty to make sure no parent will ever have to explain something difficult and even find it necessary to raise their child their own way. With their combined voices they can push anything from media censorship, banning books, and firing passionate educators, to causing taxpayers to shell out ridiculous amounts of money, not to educate our children, but to further restrict those who help mold them. Schools will just be training facilities for the essentially mindless obedience necessary to memorize acceptable responses, as opposed to creating and problem solving.

We fear those who are too religious and those who are not religious enough. We blame the excluding of God from public schools for school violence while we fail to teach our children compassion and empathy at home. We blame homosexuality for trying to ruin marriage as we happily prepare for our fifth one. We blame hardworking determined immigrants, who struggle just to show their kids a better life, for stealing jobs and using our taxpayers’ money to educate their children. We fear what they are taking away from us while we sit at home collecting welfare checks and handouts because we are just too lazy to work hard. Our fortunate children are not even being pushed to take full advantage of the education that could open so many doors for them. We fear giving handouts but have no problem with taking advantage of them. We fear being attacked by another nation while we accumulate debt and continue this false sense of security we have grown accustomed to, and China practically owns us.

Our fear, whether as an individual or as a nation is how we become passionately ignorant hypocrites. Our arrogant strength is masking the never-ending search for new ways to stay one step ahead, or rather a thousand steps ahead of any perceived threats. We focus so much of our energy and money into building arsenals, (both metaphorically and literally) to obtain an illusive peace of mind. Instead, we create more anger and more fear. We indulge in creating perceived safety and strength, while inside we grow weaker and more susceptible to being intimidated. We create fearful followers who struggle to envision a safe future. Instead, we need to encourage compassionate leaders and critical thinkers to step up and show us a path to a better present.

My personal philosophy on my own fears is to always face what I am afraid of and never allow myself to miss an opportunity to conquer it. For example, my childhood phobia of tornadoes caused me to sit in front of the weather channel for hours learning everything I possibly could about them. Now I am not only no longer afraid, but I can help ease fear in those around me by explaining why we are safe.

Every time the panic begins to set in, we just need to move towards our goals and not look back. I have never once regretted doing what I was afraid of because each feat, whether small or monumental has led me forward in my life and allowed me to thrive as a passionately positive and compassionate human being who is always willing to learn life’s next lesson.

When we face a challenge as a group, instead of immediately responding with panic, fear, and proposing more ways of isolating ourselves from any possible threats, we need to respond with reflection and intelligence. Our strength will be in our empathy, positive outlook, rational problem solving, and willingness to learn as much as we can about what we are up against so as to move past it without further devastation.

We should see these times of conflict and sadness as an opportunity to support one another, not by spreading the gossip and negativity, and not by blindly hating the enemy. We should take a step back to grieve or whatever is necessary to move past the emotional stage, without fueling the fires of the angry mob reactions. Do a good deed. A friend of mine said it was like planting a seed for every tree we cut down. For every negative event that occurs, heal by doing a good deed, just something that is completely for someone other than yourself. We can plant millions of seeds. There is no way to stay aggressively angry after doing something genuinely good.

Our ability to make intelligent decisions decreases when overcome by anger and fear. We can learn to be greater than those we are afraid of as opposed to turning into them. We can educate ourselves and find the will to understand what threatens us. Then perhaps, we will actually solve the problem and not mask it with hate while we hide…miserably, in our “safe” fortresses. These will only become prisons and later graves unless we realize that the threat is within us and cannot be escaped. It can only be overcome.

We are very capable of doing amazing things individually. Most people are truly good and want more than anything to stay compassionate in any circumstance. We need to learn not to lose that part of us when we assemble to react. We cannot be intimidated into mob mentality by a trigger happy media any longer. We will eventually become soulless, aimless, angry, and blinded by our hate. Zombies; while this is an entertaining idea as a means for our demise, by continuing on our current path it is a far more plausible end to our existence than we realize…….;-)

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