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The paramount requirement for Self-Awareness, Critical Thinking and Adaptability (GESET Part 1)

self-awarenessI find myself here, part of an unimaginably complex and beyond extraordinarily beautiful natural world which is slowly being annihilated by our ignorant society – proudly led by amoral, unethical and profit-driven individuals whose thirst for more conquest, domination and power seems to be insatiable. I find myself here, part of it all, powerless to change something significant to make a difference at a large scale, but nevertheless empowered to change myself, and to positively make a difference with what I’m capable of thinking/doing. Despite the odds against me (of which I’m perfectly aware of), I feel empowered to contribute in making a positive difference at a large scale by acting ethically at my small scale. I want to create and inspire ethical change and the first step in the right direction I think is in recognising the here, recognising the illusionary construct we’re living in. Neil Kramer’s video describes very well the boundaries and methodologies used in this illusionary construct to keep us here in it. Therefore given the gravity of the global risks I came across, I will instead focus on the paramount and immediate necessity for self-awareness, critical thinking and adaptability. Adaptability  is the quality of being able to change (or be changed) in order to deal successfully with new situations. And this capacity for adaptability is within our control – but in order to consciously adapt (i.e. not to be changed without our own will), we need self-awareness. While this post will detail my work on global risks, it is dedicated to self-awareness  for reasons which are completely obvious from the gravity of the threats to us uncovered by my research. For now lets start with the importance of self-awareness (or lack of it):

The Four Horsemen of Self-Awareness: Directionlessness, Detachment, Disassociation, Distraction.

Heraclitus wrote 2500 ago that “The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change”. While his statement holds true until today, and will most definitely continue to be true in the future, those of us who want to stay conscious and self-aware, need to take heed to his wise words and let go of our fear of change. IF we want to become self-aware, to adapt and make a positive difference, we need to be able to deal with fear of change. Otherwise we can continue embracing Brendon’s 4 horsemen of self-awareness as described in the video above and hope for the best.. However, if we choose to make a positive difference, we need to understand that our fear (of the change we don’t control), manipulates us into wanting the illusion to keep things the same, regardless of how bad they really are. And as you will find out from my personal research presented here, the real reality is much worse than the fragmented one presented in mass media and various other for-profit sources. For the record, nobody asked me to do this and I didn’t ask or received anything in return for the resources I spent on compiling this research. The only reason why I’ve done it and now I’m sharing it publicly, is because I believe that if we don’t take positive action and things do continue to stay on the same course, it will most probably be the end of our humanity. How I’ve reached this improbable conclusion can be deducted from my research. However, probability aside, I’m absolutely sure of one thing: the choice is ours on how we decide to use our most valuable resource to continue to stay ignorant/fearful, or to act ethically and make a positive difference.

But do we know what is the most valuable resource in our possession? Do we know what is the most valuable resource on this planet and maybe even in this multiverse (to the best of our knowledge)? Do we realise what is the absolute most important resource in our lives? Take a moment to think about the answer and before you read further, feel free to write down at least 3 potential answers to these questions…OK, so have you written down 3 answers to those questions? If the answer is yes, then lets move on. To give you a clue, the answer is the same resource, and this one most important resource can’t be created, or mined, minted, traded or bought. I’m about to give you the answer I learned to be the most valuable resource in our lives, but before you read it, please draw a vertical line after your own 3 answers and write my answer on the other side of your line, so you can compare your answers with mine: time. The individual time we all have while we are alive is the most valuable resource we have available during our spark of life here. Our time alive is our most valuable resource and implicitly is also humanity’s most valuable resource. But here is the catch: we don’t really realise that do we? We, the individual humans living together on this space rock, we don’t get that. We don’t individually have the self-awareness to collectively understand that our time is our most valuable resource, nor do we realise that we are living here together. And here is were it got us:

[by Spencer Cathcart (@Freshtastical), the creator of “The Questions We Never Ask”]

Our lack of self-awareness brought us here. It wasn’t just the emperors and their armies, or the religious fanatics and their terrors; or the ‘royal’ blooded families and their wealth, or the industrialists and their technology, or the for-profit corporations, or the deceitful politicians and their never-ending lies, or any other label-carrying entity or faction. No, it wasn’t just ‘them’. They are indeed the creators of this very mad world we’re living in, but they couldn’t haven done it without the rest of us. All of us. And for as long as we continue to lack self-awareness (in time and space), it will always be so because each one of us, individually, is responsible for the world we are living in every day. Thus I hope everybody can realise that regardless of the risks and challenges presented to you, change always starts within.

 

Now onto global threats. In November 2014 I randomly came across a piece of information which encouraged me to pursue my curiosity on a new and interesting path. I followed my curiosity down the proverbial rabbit hole and +500 hours of research later, I ended up with a large mind map containing a very large number of threats to our: mental health, emotional health, physical health and potentially spiritual health too. (I wrote “potentially” because I have no way to measure it objectively, but subjectively I sense it being influenced too).

However, a few minutes ago I realised that if I continue writing the global threats details in this post, it will turn out to be a very long read which may take away some value from the core point – taking ethical actions to mitigate mostly man-made global threats affecting us at species level and at a personal level. Therefore I decided to split the post in 2 parts and provide the core details on global threats in the 2nd part. If now I’m too tired to make sense of it and it turns out to be incoherent, I apologise and I promise I will re-edit both posts after they’re published. Also this is my first draft and feedback is most welcome as always.

PS: There is a lot more info in this post about self-awareness and critical thinking than meets the eye at first glance. If interested in finding out more, feel free to click on the highlighted words as they are hyperlinks to various supporting resources and inspiring videos like:

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Posted by on February 22, 2016 in Personal

 

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Deșteaptă-te, Române!

 La Multi Ani tuturor si un An Nou care sper sa ne aduca Lumina, Pace si Armonie!

Pe 1 Decembrie 2014 am publicat articolul “Ethical Human Education, Wisdom & Evolution” cu scopul educativ de a impartasi cunostintele mele si cu speranta ca voi inspira pe toti cititorii mei sa inteleaga urgenta necesitatea  de a utiliza activ ETICA in tot ceea ce facem in viata de zi cu zi. De 1 Decembrie 2015 am pus doar 2 mesaje (primul si al doilea) pe twitterul meu pentru ca nu am apucat sa imi adun gandurile sa scriu un articol dedicat Românlor si României. Insa sper sa ma recompensez prin randurile de mai jos.

Pana acum am publicat pe blogul meu doar articole scrise de mine insa azi voi posta un articol care l-am gasit pe activenews.ro care descrie cu acuratete multe din concluziile mele despre ce se intampla in România. Dar inainte de paragrafele articolului mentionat, vreau sa evidentiez (dpmdv) un concept de viata esential in intelegerea situatiei personale, sociale, culturale, economice, politice si de sanatate mentala, emotionala, fizica si spirituala din România: piramida nevoilor vietii. Indiferent daca vorbim de planta, pasare, peste, animal sau om, atata vreme cat se incadreaza in categoria “viata”, are nevoi foarte bine defininte de viata. De exemplu, plantele, printre altele, au nevoie de nutrienti, de apa si de soare.  Pasarile fiind pe un nivel existential superior plantelor, printre altele, au nevoie de apa, oxigen, mancare, soare, reproducere si..socializare (ex. pinguinii). Pestii si animalele, cel putin la fel ca pasarile si plantele, au nevoie printre altele de oxigen, apa, hrana, soare, reproducere, socializare (ex. delfinii), atentie (ex pisicile), comfort (ex maimutele) si exprimarea emotiilor (ex cainii).

Evident omul fiind mult mai complex decat plantele, pasarile, pestii si animalele, are nevoi mai multe si mai complexe. Dar suntem oare invatati macar care sunt acestea? Suntem invatati cum sa le identificam, cum sa ne disciplinam ca sa le tinem in frau si cel mai important, cum sa le satisfacem fara repercursiuni negative/imorale/distrugatoare asupra noastra, a semenilor nostrii si asupra mediului din care facem parte?  Ei bine, avand in vedere ca sunt sigur ca voi toti care cititi aceste randuri puteti si raspunde la aceste intrebari simple menite sa stimuleze gandirea individuala critica, eu ma voi limita doar la faimoasa piramida a lui Maslow. Imaginea atasata e evident-explicativa, insa va atrag atentia si asupra culorilor fiecarui nivel de la baza la varf:

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Sper ca v-ati dat seama ca in România, nivele superioare (galben-verde-albastru) sunt subiecte de reclame si povesti, insa noi suntem directionati si strategic tinuti la nivelele inferioare de baza (rosu si portocaliu). De exemplu, in filme, publicitate si mass media se descrie fericirea, successul, sanatatea, multumirea de sine, distractia cu prietenii etc  Dar datorita (multor motive, nu doar) realitatii economice din tara, majoritatea oamenilor nu au siguranta zilei de maine si muncesc ca robii pentru ca sa-si asigure nevoile de baza (rosii): hrana, acoperisul, siguranta de azi si sanatatea (nivelul portocaliu). Iar datorita bombardamentului cu publicitate si propaganda, se pare ca oamenii incearca sa tina pasul si cu ‘moda’ ca sa apara in societate asa cum e la ‘moda’ sau macar sa apara in cercul social fericiti si sanatosi (fizic, mental, emotional si optional spiritual)..Asta e o iluzie ce incearca sa mimice nivelul galben si cu cat mai multi oameni vorbesc despre asta cu atat imi dau seama de cat de multa disonanta cognitiva exista in societatea Româneasca de azi.  Nu ma intelegeti gresit, in nici un caz nu afirm ca asa sunt toti compatriotii nostrii. Nu, eu ma refer la strategia nationala folosita la noi care tine populatia la cele 2 nivele de baza si duce la rezultate distrugatoare pentru individul Român, pentru poporul Român, pentru cultura Română, si pentru mediul inconjurator a acestor meleaguri stravechi care ne tine pe toti. Ma intreb, daca unui om nu i se da sansa si suportul de a-si asigura nevoile de baza, cum ar putea vreodata reusi sa gandeasca la nivelele superioare de verde si albastru si sa constientizeze cat de importante sunt in evolutia umana? Asadar concluzia mea e ca problemele cauzale la noi tin de blocajul nostru in nevoile inferioare rosii, si de lipsa educatiei care aduce intelegerea tuturor nevoilor personale si umane care sa ne ajute sa evoluam la autorealizare. Si acum ca eu am incheiat intro, sa trecem la articolul publicat pe activenews.ro si atitudini.com:

Pr. Dr. Mihai-Andrei Aldea este o voce cunoscută în lumea ortodoxiei românești. Cleric, dar și istoric, etnolog, scriitor sau editorialist, părintele Aldea s-a remarcat întotdeauna prin tăria cuvântului său, ca un om care nu s-a ferit niciodată să spună ce gândește.  Într-un interviu acordat revistei Atitudini, editată de Mănăstirea Petru-Vodă, părintele Aldea vorbește despre politică, societate, relații internaționale, economie și istorie.

Părintele Aldea despre naționalizarea resurselor

“Suntem chiar atât de lipsiți de discernământ? Statul actual a avut în mână, din ianuarie 1990, toate resursele țării. Toate! (referinta) Ape, pământ, subsol, aer, energie, oameni, cultură, credință, tot, tot, tot! Și a vândut sau a distrus tot! Și voi vreți să dați din nou acestui Stat, acestei clase politice, tot ceea ce a vândut deja cel puțin odată, ca să le vândă iar! Dar nu vedeți că singurele lucruri pe care Statul nu le-a vândut au fost cele din proprietatea oamenilor?
Da, pentru că au urmat exemplul și îndemnul Statului, pentru că au făcut ceea ce Statul i-a învățat și i-a pus să facă. Suntem singurul Stat atât de dement – vă rog să spuneți așa, „dement”, căci asta este demență – încât să își vândă pământul către străini. Și asta este o hoție și o infracțiune și o trădare națională. Constituția interzice colonizarea de populații străine pe teritoriul României, dar ei dau voie la vânzarea imobilelor către străini, ceea ce înseamnă că România poate fi colonizată în voie. Este o lege anticonstituțională, dar nimeni nu a sesizat până astăzi acest lucru. Nici n-am mai spus că Legea Românească – și orice Constituție ar trebui să țină seama de rânduielile noastre străbune – Legea Românească nu dă voie niciodată să se vândă pământ unui străin, sub niciun cuvânt. De fapt și vânzările de acum sunt ilegale, pentru că sunt făcute sub o lege neconstituțională. Și vor fi anulate, aceste vânzări, mai devreme sau mai târziu, iar pământul va redeveni românesc. Într-o Românie demnă niciun cetățean străin și nicio firmă străină nu pot deține proprietăți sau imobile. Pot să le închirieze sau arendeze, dar nu să le dețină.
Oricum, ca să revenim la întrebare, cred că este o greșeală uriașă să se lupte cineva pentru naționalizarea resurselor naționale. Asta înseamnă să le dăm iarăși Statului. Păi un oarecare prim-ministru a vândut resursele platoului continental încă înainte să-l obțină la Haga! Vă dați seama ce fericiți sunt politicienii de asemenea inițiative cetățenești?”
Daca doriti sa cititi mai multe, va invit sa vizitati activenews.ro si atitudini.com insa cel mai importat lucru pe care-l putem face pentru o schimbare reala in bine, e sa incepem sa gandim etic, sa vorbim etic si sa actionam etic. Moralitatea nu tine de religie, nu tine de politica sau de culoarea pielii, sau de nationalitate sau de orice alta categorizare. Tine de logica.
https://i2.wp.com/lammas-school.co.uk/Images/content/1441/672213.jpgDe exemplu daca albina aduce polen pentru ea, pentru colonie si pentru regina sa, atunci o sa-i fie bine si ei, si coloniei si reginei. La nivelul uman, noi trebuie sa luam exemplul albinelor si stramosilor nostrii care au biruit greutati enorme doar lucrand impreuna si unii pentru altii (ca albinele). Daca vrem si noi sa lucram impreuna pentru binele colectiv, noi prima data trebuie sa ne educam reciproc sa fim morali prin gand-vorba-fapta si sa-i invatam si pe altii din jurul nostru sa fie etici. Daca reusim sa raspandim “Eticalitatea” (invataturi etice + libertatea de a alege daca le urmezi sau nu), sunt sigur ca o sa construim o societate pe masura inteligentei noastre si pe masura mostenirii sangelui Dacic ce curge prin venele noastre. Daca ne vrem tara inapoi de la colonialisti, si daca vrem sa castigam definitiv impotriva raului care ne conduce de atata timp, trebuie sa realizam ca aceasta lupta nu se castiga cu violenta, ci cu intelepciune. Focul nu se stinge cu foc iar impotriva parazitilor care stapanesc mintea, cultura, societatea, pamantul si valorilor Romanesti, nu se poate lupta sustenabil si eficient prin violenta mentala, verbala sau fizica. Aceasta lupta se castiga definitiv prin evolutie etica colectiva. Asadar, Deșteaptă-te, Române! 🙂

 

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2016 in Personal, Romana

 

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My Top200 RSS info sources for ethical activism and global research

bizarroworldThis post is for all divergent thinkers, critical thinkers, researchers, writers, ethical activists, ‘curious cats’ and pretty much anyone else interested in trying to find out what’s actually going on in this profitdriven Bizarro World we live in…I’m writing this as part of my “how-to” practical tutorial series and it focuses on the Top200 RSS information sources I’m actively using to keep up to date with the global agenda and with local developments in Roumania, Europe and the world. Please note that unless you’re a researcher, you most likely don’t need all of these sources for a “normal” periodical update, therefore feel free to select only the sources you like/require. The reason why I’m using so many sources is because for the last 5 months I’ve been working on/off on an independent (secondary) research project. Since “all the easy problems have already been solved”, I decided to try and compile a map and a report on: Highly Dangerous Global Trends & Risks to humanity. I self-started this personal project in 2014 and my goal was (and is) to:

  1. Analyse public data & media info which may be related to major threats to the well-being of people living on Earth, with a focus on Europe, particularly Roumania and Eastern Europe;
  2. Identify dangerous trends, sort and rank the main threats in the following categories: Environment, Human Society, Economy, Geo-politics and Technology;
  3. Attempt to produce accurate ethical insights which reflect the real truth, and not some profit-driven agenda (e.g. corporate/academic/governmental/private-driven agenda);
  4. Suggest viable ethical solutions using my existing and newly gained knowledge.

Therefore, in the last 5 months I read a fair amount of info from multiple sources (many of them didn’t actually make this list because of their too strong bias), and what you see below is my curated list of balanced-bias information sources. While my self-driven purpose is to find as much factual information as possible about what’s really going on, I’m well aware that the complexity is enormous and I can only cover a tiny percentage. However, based on my progress to date, I think I’m on the right track, so with a bit of luck I’m hoping to publish my first draft with my findings in the next couple of weeks.

Now to get to the “how-to” part, please note that all the web-links below are for an RSS news aggregator. (i.e. Firefox’s Live Bookmarks or Thunderbird or Liferea). For a comparison between the available RSS news aggregators please see this Wiki page. And if you’ve never used RSS feeds, then you may want to see this short tutorial for Thunderbird. (the principle is the same for all aggregators). So why am I using RSS? At first because RSS is the most efficient way to quickly go through 100s of articles per hour, and considering my goal and scope, time is of the essence. For those who are not familiar with news aggregators, please see the RSS benefits listed below (and for more info visit tutorialspoint):

  • Save time by not visiting each site individually.
  • Control the flow and quality of information you receive.
  • View and scan multiple content streams simultaneously.
  • Ensure your privacy by preventing the need to join each site’s e-mail newsletter.
  • Obtain fresh content automatically, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Avoid missing information if you forget to check a certain site.
  • No ads (a well-configured hosts file helps. alt1; alt2).
  • All news sources in one place. For example:

Liferea_ovi So now without further ado, my Top200 RSS info sources for ethical activism and global research are:

==== RSS ROMANIA ====

(all in Roumanian, for English sources just scroll down)

Surse Principale

Mass Media Romania

Economia Romana

==== RSS EUROPE (All in English) ====

EU info sources

==== RSS WORLD ====

Earth and Environment

Essential Sources

Human Rights

Independent Info Sources

Economy and Business

Research Centres

Global Mass Media

Tech and Science

Health and Nutrition

Knowledge and Development

Prepping and Survival

Fun stuff

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Aye! arrr.. 😀

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2015 in Academic, IT stuff, Personal, Romana

 

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Any intelligent fool can make profit..and destroy the planet in the process

Any intelligent fool can make profit. But as Einstein said: “it takes a touch of genius & a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction!” Choose to be a courageous genius! 😉

Pursuing more money and material things than practically necessary is always very satisfying in short term. It’s a personal ‘win’ and makes one feel great in front of the mirror and his/her social circle. Such pursuits and ‘wins’ provide a continuous ego boost in long term and for those who don’t feel/know any better, these wins provide some superficial happiness in a vicious circle. However, regardless of the amount of money one has, if (s)he can’t find happiness in ways that actually matter to the whole of the human being (intellect, physical body, emotions, spirit and consciousness), all the more money, more profit, and the more material things will never ever provide peace and true happiness. -That’s unless one’s a narcissistic psychopath or sociopath which processes emotions through the ego and not the “heart”. In such a case, one is of course the exception, because such an individual (see if you recognise him in the attached image) is easily capable of manipulating and enslaving others through any and all possible means available, just so (s)he can get the much needed personal ‘win’.. Now why do these sick individuals matter?

Because they rule us and the human society. Our world may feel like its ran by C-grade students, but it only seems that way. The chaos, the inequality, the wars and the massacres that are happening in the world are not a coincidence, and they’re definitely not due to our politicians’ incompetence. On the contrary. People are not starving because there isn’t enough food for them or money to feed them…no! They’re starving because feeding them does not make profit. In multiple areas of our planet people are dying of countless trivial causes simply because its not profitable to build hospitals in the areas where they live or to ship first aid kits and qualified personnel there.. Worse of all, wars happen because of the greed of the sociopaths mentioned above which want more ‘wins’ through expansion/domination, and to achieve it they need land and resources. Wars don’t happen because of silly ideologies or the ego of some leader..Good people die in wars because they’ve been “programmed” with some manufactured propaganda that someone (or some nation) is the enemy of some current ideology, and they need to be eradicated though war because they’re a threat. In this process of peace destruction and common eradication, those who manufacture that propaganda and create the plans for expansion, domination and war, make huge profits from it. However, I will stop here with this subject and close the paragraph with one of my favourite quotes on the matter:

I don’t know about you, but I am thoroughly convinced that our profit-driven system of thinking/living/working is not just deeply unethical but completely unsustainable and inevitably suicidal. Why do I think so?  I could give many examples to support my statement, but I only have one night to write this and out of the sea of answers, I will pick the electricity scenario:

Do you ever think about the sources of our electricity? Have you ever imagined the path from your light bulb to its real source? Have you tried to follow (with your imagination) the electricity from the light bulb filament through its casing, house wiring, fuse box, building wiring, power meter, street wiring, regional amplification station, high voltage aerial and underground cabling which go all the way to the source power plant? And depending on the power plant, has your imagination reached the actual source of the energy powering your light bulb? If yes, then you already know what I’m talking about. If no, please let me explain:

  • If the source power plant is a hydro-power plant, you would then imagine the force of the water turning massive turbines as it falls from a height which helps the hydro-turbine create the electricity that powers your light bulb. Therefore the real source is gravity, water and a man-made conception which uses water and gravity in an innovative way to create power.
  • If the source power plant is an air farm, you would imagine the force of the air turning those massive wind turbines which in turn create electricity by harvesting one of the elements of nature: wind.
  • If the source power plant is a wave farm, you would imagine the waves of the ocean moving up and down those massive snake-like floating devices which harvest the free energy of the ocean/sea.
  • If the source power plant is a solar farm, you would imagine the heat of the Sun touching an army of solar panels which innovatively transfer that heat into electricity which eventually ends up in your light bulb.

Now fortunately, all of the above mentioned energy sources are sources of CLEAN renewable and sustainable energy, and the real power source is just “one level” beyond the power plant: Nature. Therefore the power plant is harvesting the force of Nature directly to create power for our..light bulbs.

However, due to the desire to make profit at all costs, we unfortunately only use such clean energy in very tiny amounts. As most people know, almost all our electricity is produced with coal, oil-based fuels, gas and worst of all, nuclear energy – all sources which are not just unsustainable but they also damage the environment beyond measure. For example, in nuclear power plants we still use plutonium (Pu) and uranium (U) despite the fact that Thorium is 1000x cleaner and it doesn’t damage the environment for 10000 years like Pu and U. The downside of Thorium is of course that it cannot be weaponized and therefore the powers to be can’t make nuclear bombs with it; so its not used to produce clean nuclear power around the globe.

Therefore knowing this, what we would actually need to imagine as our source of electricity in the power plant is: coal, oil-based fuels, natural gas and radioactive nuclear fuel. And here is the catch: the source of this unsustainable “dirty” electricity is not only “one level” beyond the power plant into Nature. Oh no no, the source is many many levels and layers beyond the power plant. The raw source of the dirty fuel needs to be mined/extracted from the Earth, processed, transported, processed, shipped to the power plant, processed, loaded into containers which eventually ship it to be..burnt into an oven. Just try to imagine all the people and the resources necessary to do all that just to keep a fire burning which lights up your light bulb. So what does this process remind you of? I don’t know about you but this makes me feel like a Neanderthal 2.0 where the only (relevant to the subject) difference between me and v1.0 is that I don’t need to make my own fire in my room because an army of men and countless resources keep it burning somewhere out of my reach so the owners of all that unnecessarily destructive process can charge me for it..

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But..but..we’re no Neanderthals, we’re in the XXI century and we also have nuclear power! Well here is the best part about that: the process I described above is countless times more complex in the case of nuclear energy, because apart from the fact that its extraction, manufacturing and handling needs a ridiculously complex process costing a fortune, the “best bit” about it is that it CANNOT be disposed of.  Nuclear fuel (Pu and U) is never “burnt” but “used”, and since we have no way to get rid of it safely, we store it very deep underground until we either run out of deep holes to hide it in, or we’ll have the tech to probably ship it into space/Sun/blackhole, and in that process contaminate/destroy other cosmic bodies not just our planet…

Therefore, would it not be easier, more efficient, more effective, cheaper and also actually ethical, healthier and sustainable (among many other positive things) to just use clean renewable energy from the Sun, wind, water and the Earth? Any person with a functional brain and some common sense would agree that sure it is.. However its not our lack of intelligence, innovation, technology or ….(fill in reason)… that’s stopping us from advancing the human race while also protecting ourselves, our children, future generations AND the planet. The answer is simple: what’s stopping us is…Pxxxxx..take a guess! What’s the 6 character English word which is created by greed and ignorance, and which starts with “P”? 🙂

And this is my nano-short answer to the original statement, provided with help from a bit of imagination, a bit of common sense and the bulb-powered energy journey as an example. Today we pay titanic amounts of money to energy corporations (and we will pay a lot more in the near future even under the pretext of switching to clean energy because for some irrational reason that costs more..), when our electricity could be almost free if not completely free. On the almost free argument I will only point to the plethora of tutorials online on how to create self-sustainable buildings and passive buildings. On the free electricity I will point to Nikola Tesla who wanted to offer free electricity to everyone on this Earth, but his “sponsors” pulled all the funding away from him and destroyed his Tesla towers arguing that “they can’t make profit from free electricity“.

My final conclusion on the matter is that the more we use a profit-oriented model of thinking/living/working, the deeper we are digging ourselves and our children into a very dark future. I am hopeful that we still have a fair chance to spiral out of the circle of destruction which is about to complete yet another cycle; however if we are to stand any chance, we need to do it now and we need to do it together through ethical decentralised collaboration efforts, not by using the existing corrupt models focused on profit. Same thinking produces same results. If we are to think the same way as in the last 100 years, and if we are to do the same thing over & over while expecting different results, then we are by definition…insane and I rest my case.

Almost all of us (hopefully) know that the world needs fixing. While one butterfly is unlikely to be able to fix it in one wing flap, a large amount of ethical individuals can. They can, by contributing with whatever they can think of and whatever they can do, as long as their actions are ethical. In my opinion fixing the world is as simply as willing to do so together: “many many very very small drops of water make an ocean, not a few big fish…

“I see such potential for our species. We could be so much more than we are”…

Takeaways and some homework:

We are consuming all #Life on #Earth and if we don’t stop, we will end up consuming ourselves.. Currently, the global population is cutting down trees faster than they regrow, catching fish faster than the oceans can restock, pumping water from rivers and aquifers faster than rainfall can replenish them and emitting more climate-warming carbon dioxide than oceans and forests can absorb.

Highly recommended reading:

  • 5 Ways To Unf##k The World:

“Here’s the thing: the Earth is not f##ked. The Earth will go on evolving with or without us. In fact, in many ways it is better off without us. No, it’s the human world that’s f##ked. Either we adapt and overcome by making cooperation primary and competition secondary, or we’re f##ked. It really is that simple.

Unf##king the world will not be a walk in the park. It will be a complete upheaval of what we think we know about how human beings are “supposed” to live on this planet. We’ll have to turn the tables on our egos, our so called leaders, and even our loved ones. We’ll have to outgrow being indifferent and get used to being different. We’ll have to awaken and clear outdated, multigenerational patterns that need interrogation and then integration at a higher vibration..Here are five ways to attempt unf##king an otherwise f##ked up world. Without further ado, let the unf##king begin!

1.) Unf##k Yourself…” Read more: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-18/guest-post-5-ways-unfk-world

save Earth

PS: this was just a quick post as the thought crossed my mind last night and I wanted to write it over night and share it. However in the next few weeks I will share the comprehensive research I’m working on for the last few months. My independent work includes a map with global threats to humanity from 2015 onwards, some research on sustainability and my proposed practical project management framework (InoviPM) for implementing ethical projects, and maybe even a new sustainable decentralised collaborative economy.. Thanks for reading!

 
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How to communicate securely & privately in today’s digitally surveilled world -and why do so?

Fear is the name of the game when it comes to global mass surveillance.”

This post is a follow up to the series of essays I wrote on the topic of Security and Privacy. In line with my previous posts on security and privacy, I am sharing all this knowledge in the name of human rights to help protect our privacy and to positively inspire others to stand up for similar ethical actions. Since this is a “how-to”, I have compiled the results of my research and expertise in a mindmap with an easy-to-read structure. The mindmap contains a considerable number of highly-secure apps (mostly Open Source & free) and tutorials on how an individual can secure their digital data and online communications by using true encryption (as opposed to snake-oil encryption used for marketing purposes or as Orwellian honey-traps).

This article is dedicated to Aaron Swartz, who in January 2013 (at age 26), died for what he believed in: A free and open digital society. The first sentence of his Open Access Manifesto reads: “Information is power.” It continues with: “But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves.” (ref) – I highly recommend everyone to read his full Manifesto because I think that we all have so much to learn from the work of this extraordinary young man who never had the chance to finish his fight for our digital and intellectual freedom. However, since Aaron’s death two years ago, unfortunately for us things have only changed for the worse. While the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 12, clearly states that: No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference. And the European Parliament’s report on the US NSA surveillance program clearly states that: “privacy is not a luxury right, but the foundation stone of a free and democratic society” (ref.) And Europe’s top civil liberties body has declared on Tuesday the 27th of January that online privacy is a human right, and challenged the British government’s plans to introduce more surveillance on communications technology. Despite all the mentioned formal reports and ethical legislation (plus a lot more!), the recent revelations about the extent to which a number of governments violate everyone’s right to privacy show that unethical governments and corporations will stop at nothing to fulfil their agendas (ref). Under EU data retention law, ISPs can now reveal all of our online and telephone communications, including our digital identity, to the authority upon request; and such data sharing includes the confidential data of investigative journalists too! For example, on Monday, 19 January 2015, it was reported that thousands of emails of journalists in international media organisations were collected by the British intelligence agency..but there was no formal reaction to such profound unethical actions (ref). Furthermore, following decades of mass spying due to various reasons (i.e. cold war, political conflicts etc), now we know that criminalizing people for using privacy tools has a deep chilling effect on everybody, and especially on human-rights defenders, journalists, and activists in particular. Nevertheless, despite this inhumane unethical trend, giving up your basic right to privacy due to fear or embarrassment, is unacceptable. Security and personal privacy are not a crime and should never be treated as such. (ref)

Surv500Considering the threat to individual privacy is strongly connected with the dangerous security threats we are experiencing today, we must also be aware of the increasing trend in cyber-warfare, and economic & industrial cyber-espionage which has devastating effects on all of us living in this digital reality. Cyber-threats (cyber-weapons) such as Stuxnet, Duqu, Flame, Gauss, Regin and countless other mal/ransomware & APTs, are not just a digital threat like a pesky computer virus, they are a real physical danger to our core infrastructure, to our personal identities and to our individual security and privacy. Therefore we must find an ethical way to combat such threats through policies, legislation and technology which enforce security against cyber-threats, but without taking away people’s privacy and liberties in the process. I don’t believe in counterbalancing security with privacy, and I’m willing to prove it anytime that this is a myth perpetrated by some to fulfil an unethical agenda! In today’s unethical world, indeed we can’t have privacy without having security, but we can definitely have security without violating people’s privacy and without taking away individual rights!

While some specific malware and APTs made by various (private and governmental) organisations may be used for cyber-warfare, illegal financial gains and other unethical purposes, the recently uncovered mass surveillance programs (i.e. NSA spying timeline, Snowden revelations, EFF list of sources) have more to do with creating a hostile environment for truth rather than sorting through the googolplex of data related to any genuine or manufactured threat under the brand of “national security”. The need for encryption is not coming from the desire to do no-good and hide from the law, on the contrary. The need for using encryption is coming from the strict necessity to protect the individual privacy given the fact that most democratic governments today (which were originally founded on ethical values), are now unethically monitoring (Et tu Hibernia? Et tu Roumania? Et tu Europa?…) all our digital data: telephone calls, emails, texts, SMS, VoIP conversations etc. What is happening in our free world today is the equivalent of the actions which took place during the eras of dictatorships and wars, only that today no war or dictatorship has been declared!

 

The necessity of encrypting everything with your own [strong] keys

encryption_keyA large number of unethical governments have transformed the fair Greek democracy into just a wishful-thinking philosophical concept without any connection to reality other than for propaganda used to justify attacks, conflicts and removal of human rights. As a result of such unethical actions, we now have mass-spying programs which go well beyond monitoring digital data. Such programs are capable of manipulating online polls to channel public opinion in a particular direction, impersonating and discrediting targets, spamming targets with SMS messages, tracking people by impersonating spammers, posting social media content, and with help from human agents can even create false flag operations! (Guardian ref, Intercept ref). As if monitoring all digital data and manipulating the digital info we consume is not bad enough, in the last few years, various corporations and spy agencies have started to use the very term “security” to defend profiteering and crush activism. On top of all this, governmental leaders of countries like USA and UK have openly condemned the use of encryption in Internet communications and demanded a backdoor into all encrypted applications. This literally nullifies ALL digital privacy and leaves the public open to a full scale implementation of  George Orwell’s 1984.

So what can we do!?

We can make use of secure apps implementing true encryption (as opposed to snake-oil encryption used for marketing purposes or as Orwellian honey-traps). We can also follow EFF’s Game Plan for Ending Global Mass Surveillance. Now since I have some professional expertise in this field, I compiled my relevant research into a comprehensive JAVA mindmap. If you click on the mindmap image below, it will open a PNG image at full scale in a new window. However, please note that the PNG image is the compact version of my research. If you wish to see the full & interactive JAVA version (and you have the latest version of JAVA installed on your machine), then click here.

Ovis Apps for Secure CommunicationsClick here for the PDF version (fully expanded)

But…Why?

In line with Voltaire who wisely stated “Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers”, lets first start with the most essential question we all ask during our childhood (but which we actively suppress as we grow up): WHY? We must use our critical thinking ability to ask meaningful questions on a daily basis.If you’d like to find our how, please watch this 6min video on how to use Critical Thinking anytime anywhere with anything:

Now, in regards to security, here are a few examples of questions which come to my mind:

  • Why care about proper security when just “good enough” is literally considered to be enough to get a product to the paying customers?
  • Why care about digital security and privacy when there’s a gigantic amount of profit to be made from harvesting people’s wants and needs?
  • Why care about people’s privacy at all when analytics and big data are directly based on tracking people’s actions, behaviour and desires?
  • Why care about security and privacy when you think that “you don’t have anything to hide”?
  • Why care at all about privacy?

Since all these are perfectly valid questions (in my opinion), I will provide some suggested answers via the paragraphs below and via the TEDtalk video by the ethical investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald. In October 2014, Glenn Greenwald gave a terrifying TEDtalk on mass surveillance and privacy, and I took the liberty to quote the following from his speech, as an intro to his speech: The renowned socialist activist Rosa Luxemburg once said, “He who does not move does not notice his chains.” We can try and render the chains of mass surveillance invisible or undetectable, but the constraints that it imposes on us do not become any less potent.

I hope Glenn’s words caught your attention and provided you with a soft intro to what I’m about to share. I hope you understood that Privacy is paramount to a free and open society and that it doesn’t just matter as a theoretical concept, but it truly matters in every moment of our lives. And to quote Glenn Greenwald yet again, please remember that the people who say that privacy isn’t really important, [they are knowingly or unknowingly hypocrites because] they don’t actually believe it. And the way you know that they don’t actually believe it is that while they say with their words that privacy doesn’t matter, with their actions, they take all kinds of steps to safeguard their privacy. (for more details please watch Glenn’s video and read more in my post  How to surf (relatively) anonymous in today’s digital world?)

Now back to our individual micro-cosmos. You may think and believe that your computer can’t harm you, unless you fiddle with the power supply or its internal wiring – and you’d be generally correct from this physical perspective. However, if you think that the computers (including devices like your phone, laptop, desktop, mac..) which capture and store your personal data with or without your permission and knowledge, can’t harm you in real life, then you’re absolutely wrong and that would be completely understandable. If you’re not a geek like me to spend most of your time absorbing new information,  I’m almost certain that you haven’t noticed that we’re at the beginning of a war fought at digital level. This cyberwar is still in its infancy and we could very well stop it, but unfortunately for us (“the 90%” majority of the planet’s population who are not mil/billionaires, bankers, politicians or military), we are not on track to stop it, quite the contrary. And the reason for that may be because of the ignorance of the majority of the population towards essential issues regarding our interconnectivity. But since this mass ignorance (or controlled mass mobilisation in the wrong direction), has its roots in a very well operated system which keeps us very busy working for it to make profit for its owners, no wonder we can’t see the direction we’re heading to! How could we see the truth when we’re kept in cyclic financial collapses, in austerity campaigns, we are continuously fed digital entertainment and distractions so most people are either too confused or too tired to search for the truth deep enough. ON the other hand, if you’re a journalist or an active citizen looking for the truth because its your job, don’t be surprised if you’re placed in the “threat” category…The man who gave us “The Century of the Self” documentary – Adam Curtis – is currently working on a new documentary which will help us lift the veil on a terrifying global agenda with chilling goals and I can’t wait to see it in a few months time! For more details on the subject, perform a private search and also feel free to read my post on ethical education and my “Imagination is more important than Knowledge” essays.

 

The impact of physical – digital interconnectivity

The regular ethical and honest citizens of this planet may think that they have no reason to worry about the data bits normally found in the world of Tron, because those computer bits are not in our world and therefore have nil (0) impact in the human bio-physical reality. As I disagree, let me remind you that the mechanics of our industry, agriculture, economy and way of life, are directly dependent on the functions performed by computers, and we willingly gave computers the control over our energy, food, transport, security and way of life. While that’s not entirely a bad thing because the computers allowed us to progress exponentially (if only we would have done it in the right direction..), the actual real problem today is that unethical people own those controlling computers and therefore they have control over our way of life (i.e. what food is available, what’s in it, how much it costs etc). Just think about this for a few moments…

 It is paramount that we consciously understand that our world today has an incredibly thin line between Real and Digital with the current balance in favour of the Digital. If ethical people would rule the world, this imbalance and this blur wouldn’t absolutely be a negative thing, and maybe in an ethical world it wouldn’t have happened at all since all things digital would be seen for what they truly are: tools used to reach goals (like a fishing pole-kit used to catch fish and allow an individual to relax while fishing). However, this is not the case in our world today, is it? In our world today, where the virtual borders between people are more vivid in our minds than the clear border between Real and Digital Fantasy, unethical individuals rule the majority. By using their own tools (i.e. mass media, industrial education, political systems etc), these rulers educated us to focus on our struggle to build better tools for them and some toy-tools for us to keep us distracted, instead of spending our free time on this planet to create tools to reach meaningful goals in balance with ourselves and with nature. Continuing my simplistic fishing kit analogy, we are now competing against eachother to make better fishing poles, but with which we’ll never have the time to fish, because we have to go back to work and build more fishing kits so we can receive the money we need to pay in a store for…a fish. Not just that what we’re doing is completely idiotic and we’re only two steps away from Mike Judge’s Idiocracy, but we never get to enjoy doing what we love because first we must do what’s profitable and which aligns with the expectations of the powers that be.. Considering we are the only species on Earth which pays to live here, or else the individual dies, do we actually understand the critical problem with our “civilised” society/world?

In our civilised world we are thought to perceive Digital as “cool” and fun to use/own (and sometimes it is), but while we are not directly thought that Digital is better than Real Life, the effect is very clear – just watch the chaos unfold if your kids or teens are not allowed to use their pad/smartphone or social media for a while. All this may seem like natural human evolution, but a sharp observer will notice that in practice, Digital is subversively used at global scale to guide (and control) not just an unnecessary financial system which is corrupt beyond imagination, but is also used to manipulate our real-life thoughts, words, knowledge, behaviour and actions. funny-human-evoThe digital tools (both software and hardware) are now literally shaping the new generations of humans. This is especially concerning given the fact that some of the controversial world events which took place in the last 14 years, have given Orwellian powers to governments and unethical individuals who own these tools and the “factories” which makes them.  As a result of a very unfortunate combination of events, the Internet itself is now at risk to be owned and used as a power tool for control and profit. And the most unbelievable thing about all this is that the users of Digital are not just ignorant of the dangerous digital trend used against humanity, but they’re also its messengers, happily (or unknowingly) transferring their own real life into digital format and in the process they surrender their identity…To be clear, digital technologies by themselves are not harmful or “evil” and this is not an argument about technology, but about how digital technologies are abused today to create undesirable outcomes for so many free individuals. This is what Aaron Swartz died for, this is why numerous activists and journalists are trapped/incarcerated, this is what Snowden warned us about, and this is why we all need to wake up and stand for what is ethical!

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Posted by on January 28, 2015 in IT stuff

 

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Imagination is more important than Knowledge [P2]

street-art-5Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.” Mark Twain

 This blog post is the second part of my “Imagination is more important than knowledge [P1]” essay, and I’m writing it as a continuation of my thoughts expressed in the first part, where I started an inspirational journey into the land of imagination. The purpose of this series of writings about imagination is to try to inspire others by sharing what I’m imagining and what I understand through all my senses as a consequence of what I “see”. Writing my thoughts here, also helps me centralise the most important points I know on the subject and allows me to understand more. Last but not least, as I stated in [P1], I’m making use of my imagination ability in my pursuit for understanding the truth about humanity’s apparent lack of…humanity. However, before we can fully embark on such a proper imagination journey, each one of us would first need to define what is real and what is fiction in our lives. This is a subjective and very personal decision to draw a conscious line between what we accept as reality and what we understand as fiction (i.e. if you click on the bunny in the attached picture, the hyperlink will take to a Wonderland website with some amazing 3D street art which will give you an idea of what I mean 🙂 ).

In the following paragraphs I will suggest an imagination game which should help us start this journey and unleash our imagination into a new dimension. So if you’re ready to start this game with me, I suggest you find a comfortable place to relax your mind (without falling asleep!), then take a few slow but deep breaths until we put all our worries aside, and then with our eyes closed and our minds open, we should try to imagine ourselves as One person manifested in two beings:

  • One physical: our actual body which is now passive and relaxing with the eyes closed and the senses focused within;
  • One imaginary: a mirror reflection of us – an imaginary identical projection of ourselves as a body of energy (or sun light, electricity, whatever you prefer).

astraldreamsOnce you achieve this trick of “duplicating” yourself in an imaginary projection, then using your imaginary self, scan through your real mind and try to categorise the knowledge stored in our physical brain. Don’t worry if you find too much chaos in your mind, this is part of being human. Since we’re not computers or Turing machines, mind chaos is perfectly normal (until you learn meditation and other tricks which helps us focus). However, in this exercise don’t hide anything from yourself. Give your imaginary self full access to your actual thoughts, beliefs and feelings, because nobody else will know what you will find inside your head. The exercise is meant to stimulate our visualisation skills, our critical thinking, our cognitive abilities and our imagination skills, among a few other things. Therefore if you want to play this imaginary game with me, please leave all your fears behind you, close your eyes, imagine yourself in the most comfortable, happy and safe place you can think of, and then imagine yourself with unlimited power over you.

From this out-of-the-box, out-of-our-body perspective, we should try to understand if the data and information we accumulated in our life to date (and which we may consider true and real), is actually real/factual or not. To learn the filtering method, let’s start with something simple like the first time you learnt about Santa or the Easter Bunny (or whatever other celebratory symbol you have in your culture). Remember how you were absolutely convinced he/it/they are real and how you believed in that reality with all your heart & mind for a number of min/hrs/days/wks/months/years? OK, so hold that memory info and that beautiful feeling in one hand and keep it there as we’ll need it for comparison soon. Skip forward to the time when you found out the truth, and take that new memory info and what you felt then, and hold it in your other hand. Now return to the present moment and assess what you hold in your hands with your present mind. Knowing what you know today, ask yourself if you prefer your current timeline where you found out the truth about X event, or would you prefer to have never ever found out the truth in the first place? Bear in mind that nobody else needs to know this answer, just you. But write it down or make note of it somewhere because this process of timeline comparisons between possibilities & choices will help you find out if you prefer a dominant fictional life or a dominant real one. Its a personal choice, kinda like the one Neo made in the movie Matrix:

Its important that you don’t ask anyone else to do this reality assessment for you or to chose for you. And no, I’m not talking about the Matrix, that’s just an accurate analogy for my point. This choice is a personal experience and each one of us must have the courage to mirror ourselves and choose between truth and lies, between wanting to see the real reality or wanting to believe in a constructed reality presented to us because it keeps us happy/sad/powerful/powerless/confused/etc, or because we don’t find the time to pursue the truth and its just easier if we accept the given convention.. Again by analogy, this difference is comparable with A)believing in Santa because we choose to use a lovely custom to celebrate happiness, and B)believing in Santa because we “know” he exists since we (or someone else) disregarded all the evidence against this belief or we never caught one of our dear ones dressed in a red&white suit..

evolutionNow imagine living in a reality where you don’t know the truth, and the lie you do know as reality, doesn’t make you happy like in the Santa story. The lie you know as reality, reduces you and all your capacities to under 10% of what/who you really are and this process of reduction starts from the first year of your life in that reality. Like that’s not enough, such a reality makes us humans a..”name-of-category-goes-here” (see Categorization of people) for the rest of our lives. While categorisation is definitely not a bad thing, the use of it to control population by dividing it, is unspeakably unethical. The rule to “divide and conquer” has been successfully applied since ancient times and I want to highlight here that it is also being applied today to systematically frighten people and make individuals obedient, unhappy, depressed, controllable etc., but leave enough elements of joy and happiness scattered around the world, to fuel us and keep us going. Imagine this reality and now compare it with the world at global national scale and global scale..

In my personal experience, I conclude that the ability to discern fact from fiction is coming from within us, not from information sources outside us (i.e. “what does your gut tell you?” VS “what does it say on TV/Internet/news/book/etc”). I think that at intellectual level we already have powerful abilities like critical thinking and cognition, to help us discern fact from fiction, we just need to activate them and use them every day.. And beyond the material body at a soul/energy level, I feel that we have our consciousness, which is an entity very difficult to access and communicate with, given our current education and state of mind. However that shouldn’t stop of from trying because the awakening of our consciousness may be one of the ways towards wisdom, enlightenment and evolution..

truth oscar wildeNow in order to draw a fair line between facts and fiction, in the first part [P1], I highlighted a few filters for our senses which are used (with/out our desire or control) to process external information before they reach our senses. Let’s call this first set of external filters “senses-filters” and continue below with the description of a few other categories of reality-filters. I must state that it is my intention to freely share here and in person what I imagined and concluded in regards to this controversial subject of reality and I encourage you to do the same after your imaginary trip. However, I can only disclose a small amount in these few paragraphs, but if you share my curiosity and desire to understand more, please join me in an imagination game and see for yourself! (but do be patient as it will take a while..)

food for thought

As I previously stated, my writing is focused on understanding the truth about humanity’s apparent lack of…humanity. Why, you may ask? Well all my studies to date on the nature of humans and humanity, directly contradict our human history and our actions in the present time. Humanity is born moral and good but our actions turn up to be full of ignorance, inequality, greed, vanity, hatred, mass murders, genocides and many many other atrocities I won’t dare to link to. So up until recently I couldn’t even grasp how such a highly evolved species like humanity can go against Nature and its own DNA (which is encoded with morality and balance by the way)..and how over the course of a few years, transform a moral and balanced human being into the trigger for the most awful atrocities against Nature and against its own species…By analogy, what we’re doing (especially now) is like forcing the next generation of all flying insects in this world to stop using their wings, to go against their nature and crawl – which inevitably will lead to them killing eachother. I’m sure everyone can imagine the outcome of such an event and the impact at global scale where within a few months all biolife will shortly die and humans will only have a few years to live at most. Analogy aside, I believe it is paramount that we all become aware of the existence of unethical information filters in our lives so we can unlock our minds, awaken our true potential and start removing the “infection” with cancerous cells which are making us kill eachother and the planet body which gave life to us.

After watching the video “What have we become?“, I can’t help but think that if we don’t wake up and start seeing again that we are all One, we will end up like the insects in my moden lifeanalogy above..We have the wings but we don’t have the education to empower us to use them. We lack the ethical knowledge on how rise up and understand the end-to-end, the “big-picture. And since we don’t know how to use our wings anymore (our extraordinarily abilities), we inevitably end up doing what any other low-level frighten and powerless species will do: kill each other in the fight for material illusions (see attached picture..).

Therefore as counter-intuitively as this sounds, I think we need to wake up by using our inner abilities like Imagination, not our “outer” ones like Logic and more information.  However, before we do that, we first need to realise that we may live in a purposefully-constructed fictional panopticon and in order to ‘wake up’ to the real reality, we need to actively start sorting out all the information we receive & pass on. Following up from [P1], my two suggested categories for all the information which reaches our senses are: 1. true & factual information (Facts experienced first hand like dipping your toes in the ocean water) and 2. potentially/possibly true information = to be considered fictional until proven otherwise (ALL information received from all 2nd and 3rd parties, including what you’re reading now).  This differentiation may sound like common sense, but it actually isn’t, because if we’d all do this actively, then we wouldn’t be in the chaos we are now. Please allow me to explain..Or better still, allow me to attach below a 5min video made by the documentary film maker Adam Curtis who presents us a helicopter view of the utter chaos in our information sources today, which makes it virtually impossible for us to discern facts and reality from lies and fiction:

After watching Adam Curtis’s video (a few times), I am hoping that we are one step closer to the clear sky and we’re not going deeper into the lies and fiction presented to us on a daily (and nightly) basis as facts and truth.. So if you fantasy vs realitythink we’re ready to start the brave task of trying to discern facts from fiction in our information sources, then we must start with the awareness of our society’s informational filters and the processes involved in delivering “facts” to us humans. It is absolutely paramount that we keep in mind at all times that the concept of “fact” in our society may be artificially manufactured (at local and global scale), and I conclude that a large quantity of the data-information presented to us as facts, is actually very heavily filtered to create the perception of truthful fact.  Since a falsity/lie can also be covertly achieved through the use of a truthful, but unimportant, fact/event as a distraction from another truthful, but very important, fact/event, we also need to keep in mind that an apparent conflict between two facts doesn’t imply that one is false. (i.e. a magician’s act relies on diversion of attention from the real, and on the illusion of real – which is achieved through truthful distractions and some technology. Same as in our reality..). By letting my imagination wonder, I started seeing that in my real life I am not given free access to important facts because we are presented with truly insignificant factual distractions (put perceptively significant) and this is called mass-manipulation. So when we encounter such apparent conflicts between facts (of different rank), we need to use our investigative curiosity and critical thinking skills to understand the impact and the inter-connections, before, after and between each factual event (in time and space), so we can assess them appropriately ourselves and not rely on someone else’s assessment. If we start making use of our own abilities and stop relying on other people to think for us, we will hopefully manage to distinguish reality and facts from filtered facts and fiction.

Now let’s do another counter intuitive thing in our pursuit for truth and let’s follow the rabbit in Wonderland to see if it will lead us to any truth. Let us therefore imagine...that we, the humans, are not born the way we behave in this world. Let’s imagine that we are born genuinely good, and at our birth, we receive some extraordinary gifts from our parents, from Nature and from the Creator of this Universe. Therefore let us imagine that the dearest, the absolute most important (and utterly priceless) “things” that a human being can ever possess in a lifetime are:

  • 1. Our Intellect. One’s Mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”
    • conscience-and-intellectOur Intellect is the “Processor” required in this world to storing and understand thoughts, emotions, in/out communication on multiple frequencies, and based on the understanding gained through various communications, our Intellect is enabling the bridge between the Observable/Material Universe and other frequencies in the Real Universe (i.e.: The matter we are familiar with is only 4% of what’s actually out there in the Real Universe and we currently only have access to an infinitely small nano fraction of that 4% which is our Observable Universe in SpaceTime);
    • “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” Marie Curie.
  • 2. Our Light. “Whatever you are physically…male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy–all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. All those other things, they are the glass that contains the lamp, but you are the light inside.” Cassandra Clare
    • consciousnessOur Soul is our “true heart” which I believe is an entity distinct from our Spirit which in turn is part of the Creating Energy that powers the Soul and other types of Life in this Universe);
    • The success or failure of your deeds, does not add up to the sum of your life. Your spirit cannot be weighed. Judge yourself by the intentions of your actions, and by the strength with which you faced the challenges that have stood in your way. The Universe is vast and we are so small. There is really only one thing we can ever truly control… whether we are good or evil.Oma Desala
  • 3. Our Body. “Mens sana in Corpore sano
    • Our Body, the “biomechanical machine” we are in charge of, is a free gift we all receive at our birth and it is our responsibility until its core parts are beyond repair. Therefore our body is the first thing in life we should be curious about if we really want to understand the world around us by the time it reaches the end of its cycle.
    • Our bodies respect the Sacred Geometry mathematical laws as accurately as everything else created by Nature. The human body has a Sacred Proportion called the Golden Ratio which governs all the Nature on Earth and some of the most impressive architecture in human history.
    • Many of the sacred geometry principles of the human body and of ancient architecture have been compiled into the Vitruvian Man drawing by Leonardo Da Vinci, itself based on the much older writings of the roman architect Vitruvius.
    • There are countless sources online which describe Sacred Geometry in detail so if you’re curious, please do search as you will find some truly extraordinary knowledge about the building blocks of Nature. i.e.1, i.e.2,, i.e.3 (I also briefly wrote about it in my 2011 “A new beginning” post).

So what should you do with all this potentially truthful info I presented here? Whatever you choose, but if you ask me, I’d advise you to absorb it as “food for your own imagination” and let your mind do what does best: wonder!. If you exercised your Critical Thinking skills while reading my writings, then by now you should know not to use any of this information as truth because you didn’t experience it 1st hand. So if you wish to do anything at all with what you just read, then please use it as inspiration for your own imagination! 🙂

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The Imagination game continues in Part 3..

 

 
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How to achieve your New Year resolutions every year (Plan➸be Happy)

20150104_squeezeHappy New Year to all! I genuinely hope that 2015 will be an amazing year for all of us and I will keep my proverbial fingers crossed till the very end to “help” make it so. However, call me a cynic or simply a realist, but considering the events of 2014 and the trend we’re on, hope is literally the only thing that keeps me imaginative of a brighter future. (And this should explain the attached cartoon). 🙂

One of my resolutions this year is to share a practical how-to or pragmatic tutorial, for every theoretical/philosophical article I’m planning to write. Considering I’ve still got two parts to finish writing on my “Imagination is more important than Knowledge” series, and this year I’m also planning to finally make public my “Trinity One” philosophy of life (and core system of thinking) which will take at least a dozen posts just to present the core elements, I better get started on writing a lot more practical tutorials.. Anyway, before we jump into pragmatism, I’d like to introduce you to the beautiful Resolutions video, wisely created by the School of Life team. And one of the main reasons why I’m posting this video here is because I want to remind myself of things that are actually important and worth remembering. I believe that the statements posted in this video, the wise advice, is well worth considering and actually following in our daily lives:

The inspiring intro: In his latest article called “The secret to successful new year’s resolutions is walking through doors“, Oliver Emberton wrote that the actual secret to making resolutions that actually work is also the secret to making a hit movie. If you read the article on his website (no affiliation btw, I’m only one of his subscribers), you will find a very interesting brief story involving disclosures of secret formulas that actually work, very witty cartoons and a spot-on creative process description which sums up to something like this:  oliveremberton1I totally agree with him. And not just because I like to use processes in almost everything I do (I even have a process on how to use randomness), but because I’ve tested and experienced what he described in his post and I know for a fact that it works. And actually, so should you. Because you tested it too but if you don’t know it yet is because you didn’t fully realised that you’ve done it and it worked for you. So get off your couch/comfy place, wherever that may be in your head, and after you read the man’s post, take some positive action (e.g. maybe get off facebook and all other silly social media networks, at least for a while..I sure did). Changing the macro-world requires a change in our micro (personal) world. That positive change always starts with a positive idea. Followed by a thought, then a statement, then a personal commitment, then (optionally) a public commitment, then mandatory a plan of action, then a personal “punishment” for failing to keep your word (promise to self), and finally the positive action itself. The result of your idea-thought-statement-commitment-plan-promise-action will be your fulfilled goal. Or you can follow another process. Just please don’t do this:

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But this time is gonna be different! (by xkcd.com)

Now since this post is meant to be a practical “how to”, from now on I will keep the text waffle to a very minimum and will focus on the deliverables I’m referencing here:

1. Create & Innovate

youngwomanwpostitnotesonwall1 The what: The first step to resolve anything is to state the concept or the problem, regardless of its nature. No no, not just with your mouth, you need to actually write it with your hand. But before you write anything, you need to focus on what you really want. If you don’t know what you really want, then focus on what you don’t want. OK, now that you got it, you can start creating your wants or don’t wants.

The how: Believe it or not this is the easy part. Once you sort-of figured out what you want and what you don’t want (they’re mutually exclusive and therefore easy to deduct one from the other), now you just need the medium to express yourself and visualise them and their interconnections. I recommend you start with different colour paper (i.e. post-it notes) and a blue pen, or with blank white paper and a set of colourful pens/markers. Here is a 4-page PDF cheat-sheet on how to use colours in human interaction.

We should make use of appropriate colours to express ourselves and communicate better with ourselves and with eachother, because human psychology thought us that we react to colours a lot faster and a lot better than we reacts to words. Despite the fact that I’m an IT geek and I’m always with a gadget near me, I still use post-it notes (my desk and my room are full of them actually) and on top of that I use 3 white boards, 1 cork board and a large number of magnets to stick notes on things or just make funny patterns with them.. I also write on my body, on the mirror in the bathroom, on and with everything I have at hand (once I even drew with goats cheese on a rock). So just use whatever you can from your environment to express your creativity in an instant moment. At the end of the day, what matters most is to materialise your thoughts, your wants and your don’t wants, so you can remind yourself of them and stay focused on your goals.  If you are looking for inspiring ways to kick-start your creativity and get you going, then check out these 31 ways on How To Be Creative.

Finally the apps:

  • The Mind Map is the absolute best digital tool I used for creative expression and focused thought management. If you’ve never come across mind maps before then I’d highly recommend you to watch this TED video: Tony Buzan on The Power of a Mind to Map.
  • My favourite mind mapping application on my desktop and slate is FreePlane. As the name suggests, it is actually free (Open Source) and its also full of free features for which many competitors charge a high premium. FreePlane is a JAVA based application, it works on Macs and PCs (Windows and Linux) and its native file (.mm) can be imported by probably all other mind mapping applications.
  • However since FreePlane doesn’t have a mobile version, I also use Mind42 which is a completely free cloud-based mind mapping app. Mind42 only requires a browser connected to the Internet to work, and for convenience it stores all data on the cloud with the option to export it locally as well. As a native app on Android, I sometimes draw basic diagrams in Mindomo (the free version) and when I’m back in front of my pc/slate, I transfer them in one of my main thought tracking maps in FreePlane or Mind42.
  • If for some reason you don’t like mind maps and prefer a direct replacement for post-it notes, then I’d recommend you Google Keep (if you use Gmail and Android) or else Evernote or Wunderlist.

2. Organise, Budget and Plan

chaos 2.1 Organise yourself: OK so now that you created lots and lots of ideas, if you’re anything like me, then you probably lost yourself under a big pile of post it notes. Just kidding..sort of. However, trust me on this one, the hard part is already gone because writing anything meaningful on a blank sheet of paper (or a post it note) which is relevant to your goal, is the most difficult thing to do. Once you’ve done it, the easy part is in finishing up that creative spark of yours with a process.

Now here is where things get fun: if you used any of the methods or apps I recommended above at point 1, you already have your ideas and goals probably in different formats. All you have to do now is rank your statements based on their importance to you and to your goal. To help you rank them and prioritise them, I’d recommend you to use the Eisenhower Decision Matrix. You can use this Important-Urgent matrix for time management at home and at work (just don’t use the same one for both!). If this is not something you like then I’d recommend you an Excel spreadsheet with a few predefined columns:

Finally, I will recommend something so basic that I’m sure you’ve used them countless times in life, but if you’re still reading this then you probably haven’t used them often enough: checklists :)! I’m not a fan of repeating info already well compiled by smarter others (or better organised than me), so if you’d like to learn how to optimise the use of checklists and get very well organised, please read the following article: Use the power of check lists!

YNAB22.2 Budget your Finances: If you’re living on Earth then I’m sure one of the problems on your list must be either managing too little money or too much. I genuinely wish we wouldn’t use money at all and we’d replace this fiat system with a knowledge-based one where the richest man is the smartest (or most gifted in crafts/arts/skills etc), but that’s a story for another article and maybe another timeline all together. For now let me help you with some sound financial advice: Start Tracking your own Finances (income & spendings) and Learn how to Budget efficiently!

I know finance is one of the most boring and utterly uninteresting industries/subjects on the planet (for me at least) so I will not drag this for longer than it needs to be. The first thing I’d like to recommend you is a budgeting app which works on PC, Macs and mobiles. The absolute best personal budgeting and financial tracking app I found (which I’m also using myself) is called You Need A Budget (YNAB). I have no affiliation with YNAB whatsoever, I’m just a happy customer & user of their software. However, if you don’t want the app and you only want the knowledge, then check out their method and their free tutorials.

If you’re old school or simply wish something more..spreadsheety-like (pun intended somewhere in there), then feel free to use my Financial Tracker Template (click on below image to download it). The green cells are for you to fill in with your real values. I only put in some mock values in there so you can see how the sheet calculates totals and ratios for you. The purple cells are formula cells and I’d only recommend you to change them if you know what they do, otherwise let them be as they will calculate the total/average/intermediate values for you automatically. Here you go, have fun for both of us:

4vs2.3 Plan ahead: If we clearly define our goals, then organise our tasks and finally create a sustainable action plan to reach our goals, we will end up having a lot more stress-free time to spend with our dear ones and doing what we love. However, in one of my previous posts called “A new beginning” I stated that: if our world is so complexly “engineered” to be in balance, all we have to do is stop messing it up and find our inner emotional and spiritual balance, because the physical is obviously taken care of since before we came into existence and will be taken care of long after we move on. – That’s if we don’t mess up this planet beyond repair.. So we need to follow our desires while taking into consideration those of our peers and our mother planet Earth. Its not enough to just discover what we want and go for it. Our complexity and higher intelligence demands from us to be responsible in our goals and actions.

Therefore the only thing we need to do after we organise our own life, is to make sure that our current and future actions are ethical and in balance with the laws of Nature. As a kind reminder, this is how I define an ethical action: an ethical action must respect two fundamental rules:

I. First rule: Respect human Life and act to protect Life, or act in a way which does not harm Life.

II. Second rule: Take positive action which is in favour of the individual, but only if:

  • 2A: it doesn’t violate the 1st rule,
  • 2B: it doesn’t hurt or disfavour other peer individuals,
  • 2C: it doesn’t damage the environment which the individual and his/her peers belong to. (The environment in our case is: room-building-estate-city-county-country-continent-Planet Earth and the impact must be considered at our maximum reach which now is global level, not just personal and local.)

Some further reading material from FastCompany on productivity, planning, goal setting and success:

3. Be Happy!

Personally, I believe that the foundation for happiness is a good heart, an open mind and a healthy, free body; but that’s just me. Happiness is something (or someone) we all need to find individually…but if I may, whatever you decide to do in your pursuit of happiness, please do it in an ethical way. Multumesc! 🙂

Once you find your happiness never let it go! Oh and wear sunscreen! 😉

 
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