Opposing Views



A difference of opinion 

An opposing view

We all must protect our rights

Even the radical few

Freedom of speech

Endangered by rule

Attack on our liberties

The donkeys and mules

The human spirit

Cannont be silenced

MLK and Gandhi will attest

An example of the few

Who fought for the rest

A voice silenced by law 

Is not something new

Only reason and debate
Can quell the dissonant voices

And this is in my view

A mind unfree to think

Not allowed to question

Not allowed to dream

A plantation mentality

A design of the thought machine

To suppress an open discussion

The thought police reins king

Climate change Denier

They want you to plead guilty and sing

The penalty imposed is dangerous

The penalty imposed let’s be clear

There is no republic without freedom

And despotic rule is severe 

The Bewildered Youth


Where does a child’s spirit go when they close themselves off to family members and others who populate their world?  What is the cost of their development when they decide to shut out others or simply feel ignored and unloved?  They do not shut them out because of their own maladaptive behaviors, but because those in question are unavailable emotionally and they must decide to seek emotional sustenance elsewhere.

Many paths may lead someone to seek these missing human connections by either self-medication (drugs, alcohol), or by other means such as religious beliefs looking out and relying on faith to help them negotiate their pain.  Arguably a more perplexing attempt to reconcile this issue is the person who looks within themselves to find these answers.  I surmise the introvert who seeks answers to understand just how they fit in is probably more common than one would think.

The child is therefore forced to question the predicament they find themselves in.  What follows next is the determiner of their fate.  Do they educate themselves and look for these answers, or have they been already seeded with a resolution that may direct them into some meaningful way to express themselves and receive these feelings for the need of communion?

How many people walk the earth in a semi-present state of being that inadvertently affects others around them?  I think we all are guilty of being “out-of-touch”, “disassociated”, “distracted”, “stressed-out”, “inattentive”, or simply just “out of sync” with those around us!  The skills to overcome this dilemma are requisite in speech communication.  These questions might apply for the once-in-a-while occasional mishap between family members or the severe cases of families that continually deal with alienation through-out their childhood, their adolescence, and their adult lives within their relationships.

I remember when I dealt with these issues, one of the first early conclusions I adopted was the view that “we are ultimately alone” in the world.  Self-reliance was a fundamental coping strategy if you factor in this reasoning.  This may sound somewhat of an “existential philosophy”, and may truly be such a starting point for many of these philosophers, but as I reached further in my inquiry; it is not the last valuation I consider for the human condition we find ourselves in.  People with similar experiences do not always gravitate to this solution in our predicaments.

Despite the desolation, we are still agents in the world.  We are reactive beings that have the ability to make changes on how we view the world.  How we are a function of possibility is primarily due to our thinking and mental states that we use.  Being is important but how we test this being is clearly up to us.  There is no fixed attachment to the existential views that we are “thrown into the world” as J.P. Sartre would say.  Though in his statement our “condemnation to be free” is poignant, the basic premise still has a controversial starting point in his assertion from my point of view.

The bewildered youth of today have even more distractions than our past generations due to the detachments of how we communicate with one another (social media), entertainment activities that are arguably more self-directed (gaming, computers), regardless of our generational evolution in parental awareness of this matter.  The state of this bewilderment is not necessarily a condition that leads one into a deep abyss, it can also awaken a person to the depth of our human limitations.  Take such as the Buddhist axiom for a path to enlightenment in the Siddhartha Gautama story.

The Buddha too experimented with various unexplored avenues, before coming to the final spiritual realization.

He first tried asceticism.  Since he believed his disillusionment to stem from the cravings of his body, his first reaction was to negate it totally, even to the extent that he stopped eating.  Consequently, his bones stuck out like a row of spindles, and when he touched his stomach, he could almost feel his spine. His hair fell out and his skin became withered.  But all this was in vain. However severe his austerities, perhaps even because of them, the body still clamored for attention, and he was still plagued by lust and craving.  In fact, he seemed more conscious of himself than ever.  Finally, Buddha had to face that asceticism had failed to redeem him.  All he had achieved after this heroic assault upon his body was a prominent rib cage, and a dangerously weakened physique.

Nevertheless, Buddha was still optimistic.  He was certain that it was possible for human beings to reach the last liberation of enlightenment.  And at that very moment, when he seemed to have come to a dead-end, the beginning of a new solution declared itself to him.  He realized that instead of torturing our reluctant selves into the last release, we might be able to meet it effortlessly and spontaneously.

We are essentially dependent on “how” our thinking depicts the world we navigate.  We do have the ability to change and augment the way we view the world and ourselves.  The universe is also inclusive of those around us whether they be distracted, attached or not.  This statement may be self-evident and factual, but many do not interpret with the same analysis in our dealings with one another.  If such as we have a person that has a very troubling childhood, little communication, and an underdeveloped emotional and physical relationship to their family, one can draw the proper conclusions that may ensue.  Feelings of abandonment, detachment, hopelessness, and an intense feeling of being alone just might exist for them.

There may be people you know that suffer from some form of detachment.  They pull themselves away from contact as a defense mechanism to protect their feeling states and cognitive dissonant states.  It might be a friend of your children’s or even a friend of yours.  Many navigate the world without ever reaching any peace with the way they see the world, especially if they live by this depressive state of being.

The impoverished minds of this world may be inspired to overcome this impoverishment, or they may be destitute and wither away right before our eyes…..so we must pay attention because it may be someone you care about.

We all seek answers to the questions that affect us.  We all have different personalities, different affinities to different determiners of how we come to feel.  The common thread is precisely our connection to other people that binds us together as a species.  The important mechanisms that filter our world is extremely important in the developing stages of a human being.  Our adaptive processes are also ever increasingly prominent in comparative psychologies.

In short the summation I find myself to engender is defined by this simple statement.  “Be the best person you can be!”

The Social Justice Warrior


How splendid are we

The Social Justice Warrior will plea

They argue in ignorance of the free

A constitution recognized only for their need

SJW you bite the apple, the forbidden tree

Are there secrets you refrain to see?

The devil does not exist

Safe to say you agree?

SJW you do what you’re told

Don’t disregard the facts

Don’t put logic on hold

Please chalenge authority

Don’t always believe what’s been sold

SJW beating the drum so loud

Stirring the divisions

Stirring the crowd

It validates the agendas

Of which you are so proud

SJW a proxy to a disease

The average man now on his knees

Prince or pauper; who will you appease

A nation of laws

A constitution now under siege

Parties that point the finger

Often become the bullies

We all want accountability

We should all want honest debate

Because we disagree

Should we not seek common ground to conflate?

To the libertarian…an individual is important

To the Progressive… the collective is the vital thread

From culture to cult

Yes that is what I said

We the people

Live with tolerance and controversy

What values do you support?

Is it left only to subjectivity?

SJW speak up and speak loud

Are you sure of what you believe in…

Is not covered in any shroud?

Conduct ourselves with integrity

Conduct our behavior with etiquette

Forget the hive mentality

The mob may not always rule, not yet

Consider the issues wisely

Don’t listen to the gang of fools

Know who are the puppets

Know the operating tools

The republic is not perfect

The truth written in our decree

We the people

in order to form a more perfect union

established justice secure domestic tranquility

provide for the common defense

promote the general welfare advance

secure the blessings of liberty

to ourselves and posterity

do ordain and establish this Constitution

for the United States of America


DCG

Don’t try to shock Mr. Spock


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At what cost do we tread upon the woven fabric of society that is now dividing us because we think we have knowledge that fuses our disagreements into becoming weaponized moral issues?  Are we so disconnected that we believe we are the only privileged owners of truthful information when we find ourselves in different corners of a debate?  Is our world view that much different to begin with?  Why is there so much tumultuous rhetoric being flung toward our conversations these days?  I need only look to the “lame-stream” media to proclaim the child-like arguments many people seem to fall into before they see fit to unravel the chaotic rubbish embedded into the premises uttered.  Even our educational systems feed politically correct agendas.

What is the source of our information to begin with?  How do we know it is truthful, factual, or correct?  This author believes whether we know it or not, we are in a cultural information war that is reaping havoc upon all of us.

Having healthy debates over issues is rightfully good if and only if the debaters allow the other to speak their minds freely without resorting to name calling and actually listen to the side of their respective opponents.  I find that most people cannot properly debate their discussions on a social media platform among others.  They do not follow any ascribed rules, but rather they tend to ramble on a diatribe of content that is not brought out into the argument with any integrity and tangles much of the content in logical paradox.  If we make assumptions without proper analysis, then we can continue a conversation that will be laden with errors of logical deductions.

A few pointers for having fair intellectual debates:

  • 1st) Never Use A Personal Point To Debate The Validity Of Someone Else’s Factual Point
  • 2nd) An Argument Against A Reputable Expert Can Only Be Made By Another Reputable Expert
  • 3rd) Emotional Responses Are Typically Full Of It
  • 4th) Always Let The Other Person Speak
  • 5th) Don’t be Long Winded – Make Your Points In As Few Words As Possible
  • 6th) Lure and Destroy
  • 7th) The Best Way To Respond To Name Calling: Silence
  • 8th) The More References, The Better Your Chances Of Influencing Your Opponent
  • 9th) Any Question That Anyone Asks You May Be Loaded
  • 10th) Emotion Is Not Your Friend

When will we be free of this dishonest blather?  If we do not approach one another with any constraint, we are destined to fall into baffled ruin like the children of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies!

The lessons of Mr. Spock could come in handy!

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YS

 

In the age of the Technocrats


In the age of the Technocrats

I cling to my ideas

I don’t question authority

Surely they embody the panacea

I’m taught not to challenge 

The collective we praised

The liberties that once guided us

Are now considered to be crazed

The higher my education

My superiority reins

My arrogance not recognized

My indoctrination is sustained 

There is no humility

When the ego thinks it’s right

Commuted only to the cause

Despite the anomalous evidence

That is given no search light

………

DCG

The Cult of Persuasion


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We would all like to believe that we are independent free thinkers that can formulate original ideas and assess the validity of the opinions’ of others but I have found much of this to be an illusion and contrarily this foretold claim is not present in most people I’ve encountered.  Do you know someone that belongs to a cult?   The answer may surprise you!

If you shut down debate by emotionalizing an argument, or if you appeal to the many ways of false ad hominem arguments, then you are effectively letting your bias interfere with your critical thinking.  These techniques are numerous in social media and conversation today.

 See various common forms of fallacious arguments:(https://thundergodblog.com/2014/01/20/logical-fallacies-and-false-syllogisms/)

 

Mirriam Webster

Definition of cult

  1. 1 :  formal religious veneration :  worship

  2. 2 :  a system of religious beliefs and ritual; also :  its body of adherents

  3. 3 :  a religion regarded as unorthodox or spurious; also :  its body of adherents

  4. 4 :  a system for the cure of disease based on dogma set forth by its promulgator <health cults>

  5. 5 a :  great devotion to a person, idea, object, movement, or work (as a film or book); especially :  such devotion regarded as a literary or intellectual fad b :  the object of such devotion c :  a usually small group of people characterized by such devotion

The overlap of cults and culture

Cult, which shares an origin with culture and cultivate, comes from the Latin cultus, a noun with meanings ranging from “tilling, cultivation” to “training or education” to “adoration.” In English, cult has evolved a number of meanings following a fairly logical path. The earliest known uses of the word, recorded in the 17th century, broadly denoted “worship.” From here cult came to refer to a specific branch of a religion or the rites and practices of that branch, as in “the cult of Dionysus.” By the early 18th century, cult could refer to a non-religious admiration or devotion, such as to a person, idea, or fad (“the cult of success”). Finally, by the 19th century, the word came to be used of “a religion regarded as unorthodox or spurious.”

In my observance of everyday conversation in social media I have noticed trends in the structure of assertions others make in their communications.  Because of my own educational background, I have found problematic logical anomalies in these common assertions that seem to sway the beliefs of the unsuspecting participants.  This is unfortunate because after studying these exchanges of dialog, it is clear some people fall into the trappings of these logical fallacies that persuade many others despite the flawed reasoning.
The “hive” mind is observed in a conversation that often resorts to using misrepresented data points to further an argument.  If you vet the source of the statistical inferences, carefully look at the data, then it is possible to clear the argument of bias and strip it down without convolution of the premise.  Much of what we find today is loaded with misleading false narratives that are designed to sway you by lacing the argument with an emotional bias and sophistry.

One can easily recall the advertising industry to see countless and baseless examples of using fallacious and emotionalized narratives to sell their products.  Actually you can find many examples in how our own government agencies use language and semantics to further a cause.  Look at money and our current financial economic policies.  Banking regulations, fiat currencies, and legal jargon prevent many people from understanding its design and is used against them all the time.  It was written not for the people, but rather is written to benefit the private bankers, financiers who authored these systems.  Simply look to the federal reserve; a private bank in control of deflating and inflating our currency backed by nothing, (fiat currency) which has usurped the constitution altogether.

When we bring in the debt of printing this fraudulent currency waged against the people, we invent a non-ratified, unappropriated tax on our labor to help pay for this unconstitutional agency called the Federal Reserve which controls the Internal Revenue Service.  Since we have been duped into believing that we have to pay this tax, (amendment) people usually do or risk of having house and home taken away.  Our culture is full of this kind of bureaucracy that has poisoned the wells of the intellectually free minded citizens.  Scores of educational controversy has taken root in our school systems.  The subversive takeover of our children’s minds has historical precedence in many countries around the world.  In the country we have dealt with “no child left behind”, and “common core” among earlier infusions of propagandizing the “red scare” to our school children.

Persuasion itself is not under attack in this piece.  Rather, the logical fallacies that are used to persuade people is!  Debate is something I believe to be a healthy productive activity, but when you are diminished by being called a fascist, racist, or some other explicative; under false premises, than I think we have a problem.  The trend for foggy thinking is unprecedented in current times.  (Simply look at the 2016 presidential election).  This is clear especially when other people do not like what you stand for if it does not agree with their world view.  They will simply refute without paying attention to what you are saying if it is contrary to their beliefs.  People without a healthy cognitive grip use the narratives that only support their world view.  They tend not to use critical thinking skills to uncover the dust of confusion and propaganda that was designed to hinder their thinking in the first place.

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Ask yourself this question.  How many people do you know on your social media feeds that spend a great deal of time posting about political memes and articles that intend to further a cause?  They don’t post much about their own family, yet they consume much of their time commenting on politically charged articles that beg to engender some kind of sympathy towards their post.  I see these posts all the time and I am distressed by their diminished capacity for critical thinking when reading these pieces.  All political parties take part and no one social group is excluded.

Social control in a society is a very difficult venture.  The more control the state has, the less the people can do other than a revolution.

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My problem with many of my associations is that I look at the argument from a philosophical viewpoint.  I look at the structure of the argument before I usually make a judgement on the meaning and beliefs about the argument.  I use my filters before I render a decision.   Maybe this is why I see so many abuses of language, semantics, logic, and thinking in others who wish to tell me their opinions that it makes me a bit saddened.  I am disheartened  after reading many of these posts from even my own family members.

I must admit the most atrocious posts tend to rely on the ignorance of those believing in them.  If we look at the current political climate, I tend to find that the Democratic party (USA) is the most tenacious and ruthless group of people bent on the domination and oppression of people.  I’m sure one can find many examples of both parties corruptible attributions in their expression, but if I were to focus on one, than the Democratic party and the mainstream media in the United States is by far the worst I have ever seen.

If you look at the social posts of today, and with a corruptible mass media that is telling the lie over and over again, (i.e. climate change, dividing us group by group by calling us racist, ad infinitum), than maybe we are falling for this political paradigm that is misleading us away from the constitution?

There are countless memes used to shut debate.  The assumptions made in many of these memes are fallacious and ridiculous, but on the other hand many simple-minded people tend to fall for them.  I hope not to offend any readers.  I myself am peeved by the outrageous claims that others do not share my belief system, yet we are exposed to the same set of data points and arguments made to us by educators, family and friends or business associates.  Heck, the internet alone if used properly can be a useful tool if you know the pitfalls, along with fully researching the information.

In conclusion I claim that the cult like activities seen in protest rallies around the USA in 2016 are full of propaganda.  The George Soros funded events around the globe were designed to plunder the outcomes of those that globalists oppose to gain credibility in these false scenarios.  If you read the Wikileaks emails, if you “think for yourself” and not allow others to think for you, you have half of the problem solved in the critical analysis of information that is highly politicized in this day and age.  I happen to believe that the democratic party (and much of our government), has sold us out, and does not believe in the constitution.  The democratic party demonstrates it’s policy in communicating like a cult!  Look at the voting record through-out history and see how the democratic party traditionally voted.  If you look it up on the voting record the party voted against civil rights legislation, they are the party that supported slavery, they are now against the 2nd amendment, and against the 4th amendment in the previous Obama administration.  They are against the 13th amendment, among many others that they have spun to impune their opposition and suggest the other party are the ones that are against the people.  I am completely open to agree if there are truths about these claims, yet I find little evidence to support them despite some differences in modern-day political party corruption cases.  Yes it does happen in both parties.  Yes, I try not to be partisan, but I find many cases used as examples of my thesis in this claim that are overwhelming and complicit in the evidence mentioned.

If you would like more examples, just pay attention to your local social media feed, or turn on the television and watch the news.

The historical accounts of propaganda are definitely home grown.  Before Hitler and others, there was Edward Bernays, nephew of Sigmund Freud, can be considered the father of public relations and propaganda. Bernays literally wrote the book on propaganda, public relations, and manipulating public opinion.  Yes, Bernays was born in Vienna, and later moved to America becoming an American publicist.  His notorious book written in 1929 was Propaganda.

Reception and Impact
Despite the relative significance of Propaganda to twentieth century media history and modern public relations, surprisingly little critique of the work exists. Public relations scholar Curt Olsen argues that the public largely accepted Bernays’ “sunny” view of propaganda, an acceptance eroded by fascism in the World War II era.[12] Olsen also argues that Bernays’s skill with language allowed terms such as “education” to subtly replace darker concepts such as “indoctrination.”[13] Finally, Olsen criticizes Bernays for advocating “psychic ease” for the average person to have no burden to answer for his or her own actions in the face of powerful messages.[14] On the other hand, writers such as Marvin Olasky justify Bernays as killing democracy in order to save it.[15] In this way, the presence of an elite, faceless persuasion constituted the only plausible way to prevent authoritarian control.[16] Concepts outlined in Bernays’ Propaganda and other works enabled the development of the first “two-way model” of public relations, using elements of social science in order to better formulate public opinion.[17] Bernays justified public relations as a profession by clearly emphasizing that no individual or group had a monopoly on the true understanding of the world.[18] According to public relations expert Stuart Ewen, “What Lippman set out in grand, overview terms, Bernays is running through in how-to-do-it-terms.”[19] His techniques are now staples for public image creation and political campaigns.[20]

 

resources:

http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/esp_sociopol_mindcon27.htm

http://www.cultwatch.com/howcultswork.html

http://www.mindcontrolandcults.com/in-cult

Cult Behaviour: An Analysis

http://rense.com/general80/fon.htm

http://nypost.com/2015/03/08/the-cult-of-hillary-dems-stumble-unquestioningly-into-2016/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_amendments_to_the_United_States_Constitution

http://russp.us/racism.htm

https://skeptic78240.wordpress.com/2013/11/17/quick-history-lesson/

 

 

The Collective Stream of Technology


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Abandoned lighthouse at Point of Ayre, Talacre Beach, Flintshire, North Wales, UK.

 

Are we truly talking anymore in honest and open debates?  We hear the many voices raining down on us from all sides but we have somehow stopped listening and stopped using our own better judgements to decipher and encode these messages we receive.  The human mind is being assaulted by media and public relation pundits that is embedding through our cognitive logic pathways into our family, friends, and working associations.  The age of the collective is upon us.

The handheld devices we all have used; bringing us closer to media feeds: television, radio, and internet feeds can support a cumulative logic programming that is shaping public opinion.  This in itself is not a bad technology, but I would state that our own ability to think for ourselves is greatly impaired by mass amounts of this kind of programing.  Our reliance of having an internet connection, or having a handheld smartphone device is distracting from how we once used to think; without the aide of such devices!

I’d wager that we have become a bit too dependent on such devices, and that our ability to think clearly without the vast amounts of inter-connectivity is changing our lives.  How we formulate ideas, how we problem-solve, and how we interact on our own recognizance is a diminishing ability especially for the Millennials.

 


Did you know the average person spends 4 years of his life looking down at his cell phone?
Kind of ironic, ain’t it?
How these touch-screens can make us lose touch
But it’s no wonder in a world filled with iMac’s, iPads and iPhones
So many “i”’s, so many selfies, not enough “us”‘s and “we”’s
See, technology
Has made us more selfish and separate than ever
Cause while it claims to connect us, connection has gotten no better
And let me must express first
Mr. Zuckerberg, not to be rude but you should re-classify Facebook to what it is:
An anti-social network
Cause while we may have big friend lists
So many of us are friendless
All alone
Cause friendships and more broken than the screens on our very phones
We sit at home on our computers measuring self-worth by numbers of followers and likes
Ignoring those who actually love us
It seems we’d rather write
An angry post than talk to someone who might actually hug us
Am I bugging? You tell me
Cause I asked a friend the other day, “Let’s meet up face to face.”
And said, “Alright. What time you wanna Skype?”
I responded with omg, srs, and then a bunch of smh’s
And realized what about me?
Do I not have the patience to have conversation without abbreviation?
This is the generation of media over stimulation
Chats have been reduced to snaps
The news is 140 characters
Videos are 6 seconds at high speed
And you wonder why ADD is on the rise faster than 4G LTE
But, get a load of this
Studies show the attention span of the average adult today
Is one second lower than that of a gold fish

So if, you’re one of the few people or aquatic animals that have yet to click off or close this video, congratulations
Let me finish by saying you do have a choice, yes
But this one my friends we cannot Auto-Correct – we must do it ourselves
Take control or be controlled, Make a decision
Me?
No longer do I want to spoil a precious moment by recording it with a phone
I’m just gonna keep them
I don’t wanna take a picture of all my meals anymore – I ‘m just gonna eat them
I don’t want the new app, the new software, or the new update
And If I wanna post an old photo, who says I have to wait until Thursday
I’m so tired of performing in the pageantry of vanity
And conforming to this accepted form of digital insanity
Call me crazy but, I imagine a world where we smile when we have low batteries
Cause that will mean we’ll be one bar closer – to humanity

~~Prince Ea


I am not a proponent of reversing technology, only one of etiquette!  How we use what is available to us is up to us.  I remember having the conversation with a friend during the reign of advances in file sharing technology.

When people downloaded copyright protected files without thinking anything was wrong because it was possible to do, was during a time when such legal issues were in its infancy.  File sharing did not ask the proprietary question from possibility!  Yes, there is an ethical question involved here.  The possibility for making a transaction over a computer begs the question…just because we can do it, does it make it right?  Before any legislation disrupted Napster’s file sharing universe, Napster did change the way we do business.  The digital revolution single-handedly put tower records and other retailers out of business.

Thus so providing copyright protected proprietaries to further the advances in digital marketing such as Apple’s ITunes platform, we were launched into the full-blown digital music, and movies age.

The point is that just because we can do something technologically, does not always make allowances for legalities, or other ethical issues.  I believe the same argument can be applied to the “torrent” file sharing system still going on today.  The collective stream of technology will always produce something before decisions are made for its agreed upon use in society.  I would also think it appropriate to make the controversy of the F.C.C.’s direction in “net-neutrality”.  This is another frighteningly Orwellian prediction that is shaping before our eyes.  Despite the Edward Snowden disclosures and the Julian Assange Wiki-leaks information we have our work cut out for us to do.

If the government is not here to help us, then the only conclusion is that we are on our own with whatever remaining tenants of the constitution that are still alive.