A Time Of Change

Today, there are many changes happening. Many of these changes are important to all of our lives and other changes are not so important to everyone. In some instances, it seems that many changes are simply for the sake of change and really have no overall relevance.

I’ve been on this Earth long enough to experience many changes. To be honest, I don’t even recognize this current state of affairs of life in the US. It is not the same place where I grew up. This could be in part due to greater population. The population has grown immensely since I was growing up.

Today, many people focus on things that have no significance to me. Such as dress codes. I have no problem with how people want to dress. I do think that there is a place and time for certain types of dress. When a dress code policy is put into place at place of employment, it should be followed.

I don’t dress the same in my off time as I do at work. At work I abide by the dress code, which today are quite liberal in themselves relative to when I was in my 20s. Today I can wear jeans in good repair and just a collared shirt. Easy enough. In the past I had to wear a dress shirt, slacks and dress shoes. I didn’t mind it then, because it was just what I wore to work. When I was on my off time I could wear whatever I wanted.

This issue seems to be very important to young people today. They want to come to work in ripped jeans, tank top with bra straps hanging out. They like to wear leggings with nothing covering them, which pretty much shows us all their goods. They want to wear flips flops, tee shirts with slogans on them and, if they could get away with it, many would come dressed in sweatpants and even pajamas with slippers. This I can’t understand. Work is not home and these are things people would wear during times of leisure.

All the same, it is a continual complaint from young people. In a time of great change when women are seeking greater rights. When people of color are striving to be equal within the society and the fight against racism is going strong, here these young people are focused on breaking the dress codes at work and school. It comes up in nearly every meeting. I just shake my head when it comes up. These young people are continually pushing the boundaries every day. As if they wake up and think, “Maybe I can get away with this.” Why?, is my question. Just dress appropriately, make your money, go home and dress however you want.

They are constantly fighting dress codes at school. These dress codes are there to prepare students for real life. Of course, in this modern day, the young people are not prepared for real life based on their raising. They expect the world to revolve around them and their petty wants. If there is one thing I’ve learned in this life it is that I have had to pick my battles. Put effort into those things that have actual importance and affect the lives of people in more profound ways. Dress code is not one of those things. In fact, it doesn’t even make the top 1000 of my list.

In some ways, I just think to myself, “I’m on my way out and it is their world now. If makeup, eyelashes, fingernail polish, wearing expensive clothes that look like what a homeless person would be wearing is what they want to focus on, then so be it.

Like another manager said to me on the subject, “I can’t help but ask, ‘When you woke up this morning, what inclined you to think that what you are wearing is appropriate in general, let alone to come to work wearing.’ Then all I can is point it out, send them home to change. They dress appropriately for about three or four weeks then they go back to what they were wearing before.”

I myself have no idea what the youth of today are really striving for in this life but hopefully it leads to something. In this great time of change. They could be striving to make the world a better, greener and more open place. Many seem to be doing this. I can’t say that fighting a dress code will lead to anything significant. Maybe it is an expression of just how vain the US has become.

 

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Being Human

Each day I wake to an even stranger world. One would think that as we age we would feel more at home in this strange place, for me it is quite the opposite.

I walk on this planet, feeling the connection to all living things but constantly come across the one contradiction within it all, humanity. I can understand the animals, insects, the trees etc and why they are here. As for humans, even being one myself, I just can’t see any good that comes from them. They take and take, destroy and destroy, even what they build is nothing but destruction of nature.

They see themselves as something special on this planet. Believing they are able to dominate the Earth and all Her creatures. That is, until nature shows the humans that they are nothing more than a nuisance upon the back of the Earth. Like a plague of fleas upon a child’s head.

Humans are one of the most insecure species on the planet. They have to be the best at everything. They are constantly having to deal with shame and guilt because it is what causes them to act. How they act based on these conditions is unpredictable. They might do as the other humans expect them to do or, they might rebel and go even further away from the human interpretation of reality, often causing humans even greater distress.

Humans like to feel in control. They like to believe that they are able to predict the outcomes of their interactions with other humans and even the universe. They are terribly afraid, even though they hide it behind false masks of confidence. They want to believe they are strong but they are actually very fragile. They simply can’t accept their place in the universe. Because of this it causes them much distress. Within them they know who they are but they are told to repress who they are and live for what others believe to be reality.

They are terribly afraid of death. They don’t even like to speak about it. Yet death is all around them every day, they choose to not see it. When they are forced to experience death, it is such an ordeal for them. One death of a loved one can affect them the rest of their lives. This seems strange being that death is a very common thing within the physical realm of life. If a person feels they have nothing in common with anyone else, they do have death in common with every being within this realm. It is the one thing that they all will experience for themselves one day.

Humans are such strange creatures. Both animal and something foreign to this planet. They belong on Earth yet they don’t belong on Earth. In most cases, they choose to live for the foreign part of themselves and try ever so hard to not believe that they are animals, as if it is something to be ashamed of.

There are some humans who are connected to the nature and understand they animals as well as this other side of which can’t fully be defined other than something that causes them to attack nature and the Earth. These other people seem to repress the foreign aspect of themselves and live more through their animal which connects them to all of the other life on this Earth.

Here lies much of the conflict between humans. Between those who repress their animal side and those who embrace their animal side. Those who repress their animal side feel very insecure around those who embrace their animal side and even tried to kill them all in a mass genocide.

Very strange indeed, these humans.

To be continued…that is, if humans survive themselves another day.

The True Tragedy

Does it always have to take a tragedy for Americans to come together and unite? Are Americans really that vain?

Americans came together for a couple of years after 9/11, then they resumed going at each other’s throats. What’s interesting is Hurricane Katrina. This hurricane did bring some people together but they were given the shaft by the society as a whole. The society did this also with Hurricane Sandy, when the politicians of the society decided to neglect the victims.

Personally, I look at the American society as being two general parts. There are the politicians and then there are the people. The people are manipulated into believing the politicians are voted in for their best interests. Then, when the politicians are in office, they neglect the people and the people just take it, believing that the politicians really do have their best interests in mind but the quagmire of Washington prevents them from being able to take care of the best interests of the people.

When will Americans stop believing in politicians? They are not gods. They do not deserve the worship of anything, yet people treat them as people to be respected, even when the same politicians make their lives more and more difficult to live.

What if the people were to realize the true tragedy? The tragedy of US politics. Realize that the US political system is completely corrupt. There is not good in it at all. The take the tax money of the people, leaving many of them with little more than enough to survive, while catering to the rich, giving the loopholes and ways to work around the system.

It is sad that in the US the wealthy get to save money and fees while the poor are charged triple the amounts that the wealthy people are charged for the same items. This would show that the corruption goes far beyond just the politics of the US, it has infected the very people and their relationships with others.

When will the people start to see themselves as they should, in the life together. Work together for their own best interests and stop believing that leaders will do it for them. Throughout history, the white Europeans have shown it has little regard for other races. It has also shown that they have little regard for their own people.

If one doesn’t have then they are disregarded. They are seen as idiots. To have compassion and to care for others is seen as weak. Those who do are paid very little while those who don’t care control most of the wealth. They believe that people should be taken advantage of, for the best interest of the individual who is manipulating other people for their personal benefit. Because others are manipulated causes them to declare they are stupid and they believe that stupid people are there for them to take advantage and use. Other than that, they believe that stupid people can die, believe that their will be more stupid people to take their place. “There’s a sucker born every minute.”

This is the true tragedy and the depths of the tragedy is that the people who are being used continue to allow this to happen to them, even when they are the majority. The actually defend the people who are using them. They even work for these people who are taking advantage of them and help these people to take advantage of the other people while they are being paid a wage that gives them just enough to survive.

This the true tragedy. A should bring us all together for the best interest of all, not just a few.

 

To Look In The Mirror

I sit outside forced to listen to a car alarm honking over and over again, seemingly never ending. When the horn finally stops honking, I hear the roar of the air conditioners. In the distance there are cars rumbling down the highway. One after another after another, 24 hours a day the cars speed by going to many places for many different reasons.

I see on the TV people selling things, tempting people to buy their products. Walking I see stores on every corner, parking lots filled, people walking in with nothing, others walking out with bags filled with things. Cars pass constantly while sidewalks remain empty. The bike lanes are also empty except for parked cars.

This is a normal day of within the human perspective of life. Working, buying and selling is what they live to do each day, never thinking of where the things they buy are coming from. Never thinking of how they are affecting the whole of life. Focuses only on their own individual wants and needs. Living for today without much concern of the future consequences of their actions.

They complain of the consequences currently occurring, without any thought that they are the cause. They complain about the insects as their populations increase, not thinking of the bats who have been dying off because of foreign diseases imported on the ships from other countries importing the cheap goods that they buy.

They complain about the wolves who, at times, might predate their cattle. To the humans it is a loss of money. To nature it is balance. The humans seek to kill the wolves because they are a nuisance to their limited human perspective. Not thinking about how wolves balance the very nature of their existence.

They complain about humans killing other humans. They point out the past and the madmen who once attained power, killing off all those who might affect their power. Racially discriminating against people who are different from them. Never remembering how their very ancestors slaughtered many millions of people, the indigenous peoples of the countries they invaded. Those they didn’t slaughter they enslaved to do their dirty work. Now they complain that about the survivors of their attempted genocide because those people again want their rights to live.

The human condition is such a strange experience. Watching humans, within a brief period of time called a “life” impose themselves upon other lives in a competitive dominance striving toward something. A something that resembles their own destruction. A species programmed to consume and destroy life in order for them to live their lives, even destroying other humans in order to attain the immediate gratification they desire.

One can only think, “When will stop complaining about the very things they put into action because of their blind desires and look in the mirror realizing they are the cause of their dissatisfaction.

 

City Sunrise

Summer sunrise saturates
the golden landscape with light
City arteries fill
with metal corpuscles of various colors
Hustling and bustling to their places of purpose
Glass reflects light in random directions
Ravens supervise from high rooftops
Pigeons cautiously peck at seeds
and drink from puddles remaining
after the nocturnal water ballet
Worms drawn out by the moisture
move across the concrete
by waves of muscular constriction
in a slow yet desperate race
with the inevitable arrival
of the moisture draining heat
as well as the appetite of birds
darting and chirping from branch to ground
seeking life sustaining energy
before the Sun’s rising power
fully reigns and dominates the day
causing life to recede into the shadows
of the Mother’s loving embrace

Life Goes On

Cars
Whoosh, hiss, roar, honk, thump, squeak
Standing on the corner
Waiting to cross the street
Examining the clouds overhead
Mountains in the distance
Birds in the trees
Snake darting to the bushes
Wind on my face
Sun’s warmth on the skin
Thoughts in the mind
Feelings in the body

The light turns
Crossing the street
Cars lined
Idling impatiently
Engines churning and chugging
Exhaling fumes
Passing before their eyes
Silhouettes behind glass
Stepping up to the sidewalk
Looking behind
It begins again

Cars
Whoosh, hiss, roar, honk, thump, squeak
Walking upon the grass
Stepping over a snail in the shade
A robin feeds on a worm
Geese overhead in formation
Water flows beneath the trees
A cool breeze
Ducks swim about here and there
Blue sky with cotton ball clouds

Life goes on…

Positive Thinking

I saw a bird eating berries. As it flew away I could see the magic of nature. The bird ate the berries which gives it energy to live then it carries away the seeds of the berries and plants them elsewhere so berries might grow elsewhere.

As I envisioned this process it revealed the true magic of life. What really matters in life. The balance of life. I could see this process happening all around me.

They say that we should think positive. But what is positive? They say that positive is what feels good to each person. This means that positive has no actual definition other than what causes a person to feel good.

If things in life are going your way in life then you would view it as a positive. Does this mean that your positive is everyone’s positive?

When I watch a skyscraper being built I don’t view this as a positive. Yet, it is a positive to those who are building it and making millions of dollars. I see destruction as they see wealth. Universally, is that skyscraper a positive? Does it benefit nature?

Humans seems to stand outside of the magic of nature. The simply process of life. They have deemed their importance to be above that of nature. Their positives are not in align with the positives of life.

I read an article about how those who believe in climate change are often seen as hypocrites because they still do the things that they believe cause climate change. It was compared to cigarette smoking. People are so addicted to the way of life that they can’t stop, even though they know it is causing great damage.

Is this addiction actually a universal positive? That, just as with cigarette smoking, humans will simply keep doing what they are doing until they destroy themselves. They continue to live their human “positives” which are, in reality, a positive for nature because nature, which is ever patient, will win in the end.

It seems negative only to humans because they are the ones who are threatened by their own behavior.

Nature has tried over and over again to balance the human population yet humans have found ways to defy these methods of nature, deeming nature to be the enemy because they believe that she is trying to kill them. They fight against nature and with each temporary victory they declare this a positive.

When thinking of positives, it seems that positives often lead to negatives. They seem to go hand in hand just as life and death go hand in hand in nature. Humans think that it is a positive to extend their life expectancy but if this is not in balance with the births then it will actually be a negative.

Humans have a way of thinking more of themselves than they really are. From one time thinking the Earth was the center of the universe and now they see themselves as the central theme of the Earth. Their hunger for control is led by their need to feel good. To think positive. In the end, their addiction to feeling good may well lead them to their own demise.