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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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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

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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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Posted by on March 22, 2015 in Personal

 

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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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Posted by on January 5, 2015 in Business, Personal

 

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Imagination is more important than Knowledge [P1]

bruceConfucius, Tesla, Einstein and multiple other great thinkers of our human history have made wise statements along the lines of “imagination (and/or dreaming) is just as (or more) important than knowledge”. George Bernard Shaw wrote:You see things and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were and I say, ‘Why not!?'” My take on this innovative way of thinking is that imagination and the focused individual power to dream are a lot more important than the 3rd party potentially factual data/info we learn from others. These 3rd party “facts” are based on other people’s ability to absorb, record & understand the actual facts which may or may not have been experienced 1st hand by their own senses. Either way, by the time our own (n’th party) senses absorb them, these potential facts are already part of the (limited) accessible records of the past. What I’m trying to write is that unless we experience things 1st hand, the data/info we learn as facts is only a glimpse of what actually happened, and before this data info reaches our senses is first filtered by:

  1. the senses of the individual(s) who witness/create an event,
  2. then it is filtered by the individual(s)’ prism of understanding and ability to process that data/info,
  3. then it is filtered by the individual(s)’ personal interest(s),
  4. then by the interest(s) of the people the individual(s) report to,
  5. then by the interest(s) of the social/political/financial/cultural/psychological/etc environment the individual(s) belong to,
  6. then among various other filters on this chain, the data is also filtered by the individual(s)’ own ability to translate into accurate language that factual experience,
  7. and definitely not the final filter on this chain, the “facts” are also filtered by all the people on the chain who handle and translate this data/information. And if we’re not the ones witnessing/creating the fact, all the above and more happens before the “factual” data info reaches our senses.

Therefore understanding and experiencing 3rd party “facts” is not like when you put a finger in the a glass of water to decide if the water is hot or cold. Despite the fact that you only make that measurement with a finger, a tiny part of yourself which you put into the vessel, when you bring it back out, your whole body gains all the real experiences your finger had. In such a personal experience, there isn’t a “Chinese whispers chain”, there is no middle-ware, there are no other interests to stop you from understanding the real truth about what you’re learning or trying to find out. So at the end of the experience you may conclude that you know the truth.

However, while I imagine a way this may be made possible, in our current state of consciousness we cannot all experience all the facts across time and space, can we? Since the answer is clearly no, then how can we learn what’s really true and what’s not? And what’s most dangerous, how can we learn that what’s presented to our senses is not only, lets say, 90% true? Because this manipulatory informational model which uses the small change in truth to fulfil/protect an agenda, can take us to the edge of a cliff and beyond with our very own permission and desire, and it can actually convince us to be proud of what we’re doing (in today’s bamboozled world there are countless examples). In psychology (and business) this is called “Psychological Manipulation” and I highly recommend everyone to read at least the wiki page on this subject and find out how manipulators control their “happy” victims. If you don’t like reading and prefer video, then here is a 3min video to introduce you to 7 sneaky secrets of mind manipulators. And now that you are informed of such unethical techniques used by intelligent and dangerous psychopaths & sociopaths, please watch the following 3min video to understand the impact we had on this planet while “happily” following the orders of unethical manipulators, and in the paragraphs below we will pick up from the end of the video and start talking about (hopefully) a brighter future:

 “Those who don’t understand the past are doomed to repeat it.” 

OK, so after watching the MAN video, things may seem pretty self explanatory as everyone with a brain and a heart would now be looking into the proverbial mirror. One may conclude that we, humans are indeed 100% guilty of purposefully destroying this planet in our crave for domination, economic/tech growth and personal comfort and we were able to do it because we were lucky enough to be on top of the food chain. In our self-destructive cancerous model, we humans seem to be the cancerous cells which keep eating away at the body that gave us life, that feeds us and sustains us, while having utter disregard for the body (Earth) because we consume it to the death which implicitly also means the death of us. Now this is a painfully harsh conclusion based on the apparent reality, but is it true??

thinkThis is the core point of my post but since things may not be what they seem, in my quest for truthful knowledge I will try to prove that humans couldn’t have done this without manipulatory influences, because humans are born empathic and moral, its in our genes. So given the fact that we all have a good heart +I feel it and you feel it+, when we compare this fact with what humans have done and what we’re still doing, it just doesn’t makes sense!! How and when do we turn bad/unethical? Well since the answers I found may be impossible to prove (for now), I want to set a disclaimer before I go further.

As I mentioned in some of my previous posts on this blog and on my G+ (which is my lazy blog replacement where I share quick thoughts when I don’t find the time to write a proper blog post here), I am not a scientist and as a matter of fact, I’m not an expert in anything. I am just a curious observer which most of the time can’t even make sense of his own life, nevermind the reasoning for destructive history of the whole of humanity challenged here. However, I am looking for different views than my observations and I’m more than happy to learn from your feedback. Whatever you may think/feel, do contact me and express your views as even if “I may not agree with what you have to say, I’ll defend to the death your right to say it!” Now with this out of the way, I’d like to disclose some personal feelings and beliefs before we start an exploratory mind-expanding imagination game:

[The following statements are part of an imaginative game and intended to be completely neutral to all human religions & belief systems]
  • I believe that we -humanity- require a major paradigm shift to spiral out of the circle of madness repeated by our ancestors like the Egyptians, Babylonians, Chinese, Greeks, Persians, Romans, Turks, Slavs, Russian, Spanish, French, English and Germans among many others;
  • I believe that Einstein was only 1/2 right in saying “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones”, because WWIII may be much closer than we think (I’m preparing another post on the risks and threats to us in 2015 and beyond, and this post will deal with WWIII scenario) and I believe that if we complete the current circle of destruction we will wipe ourselves out for good and there won’t be a WWIV.
  • We live at a crucial stage for humanity and given our potentially unprecedented destruction power, if we want to protect our future I believe that we need to unite our collective hearts and brains in a sync so we can focus on the right ethical direction for humanity.

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  • I believe that we must awaken our consciousness and at the same time, do the right things:
    • for us as individuals,
    • for our human brothers and sisters,
    • for the planet’s environment. And most important, all 3 conditions need to be satisfied at the same time, in all plans, in all our actions, or else there won’t be anyone left to imagine or create better.
  • Finally, in my quest for knowledge about our origins and how humanity got here (point in time and space) I conclude that despite millennia of genocide and systematic killings of humans vs humans, and despite our differences (i.e. gender, demographics, religions etc), there are A LOT more things that unite us than things that divide us and what we’ve done and keep doing is against our human nature. Therefore it is paramount we learn how to understand the truth about what’s happening with us and in order to do so we need to use more our imagination than our manipulated knowledge to do so.

My proposed imagination game is not based on what we know today as general facts, but on one of the oldest “fairy tales” known to man and using this myth as a model, I will try to unlock my own mind and hopefully inspire others to do the same. Given the bamboozle in our current digital world, I propose that we don’t use the (lack of) facts (not) presented by the current system, and instead rely on the power of our individual intuition, our critical thinking ability and most of all on our imagination. To kick it off I’m starting with the following premises:

Let us imagine…that the dearest, the absolute most important and priceless “things” that a human being can ever possess are:

  • 1. “One’s Mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”
  • To be continued in part 2… 🙂
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Ethical Human Education, Wisdom & Evolution

 “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”Aristotle. A hundred years before the birth of Aristotle, the pioneer of wisdom Heraclitus is credited for the following quotes: “Much learning does not teach understanding.” and “Abundance of knowledge does not teach men to be wise.”  Five years after the death of Heraclitus, in 470BC, the father of Ethics and Moral philosophy (and Western philosophy, and Plato‘s teacher among many other things) was born in Athens, and his name was Socrates. Among many of his inspiring wisdom quotes he is credited for saying: “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” My post follows the direction recommended by Socrates and after presenting a frame of the world as I see it, it suggests a few ways to identify and overcome the old limiting ways with the purpose to build new ethical constructs which will help us move the world in an ethical direction.

Part 1: The bigger picture

 I think that everything we do is an indirect consequence of what we learn, or  what we deduct cognitively from what we analyse around us and then compare with the foundation of knowledge we have gathered up to that moment. Now, if our thoughts/words/actions do not bring balance in our inner/outer world, then a new education is required to shape a new ethical behaviour which will bring balance. And I don’t mean a college degree, or schooling in some private or public institution with standardized testing norms. I am referring to a new model of parental education, primary and secondary school education, higher education and public education. I personally disliked the education system ever since I was in secondary school and all the way till the end of college. Most of the time I found the information I was asked to memorise and regurgitate as useless and the whole competition on who has better memory bored the hell out of me. Nevertheless I went though it mainly because my parents really wanted me to get a degree and make the family proud, but it was a painful process where I constantly had to fool myself that what I’m doing in school will matter. Well I didn’t understand why I felt like that until I saw Sir Ken Robinson‘s 1st video on TED:

 This 20min video by SKR (best-selling author and world renown expert on education, creativity and innovation) convinced me that I am potentially one of the creative ones. There are a large number of other takeaways from this video and SKR’s talks, books and writings, but one of the most important things I learnt from SKR is the following: considering our education shapes our minds, therefore shapes our thoughts, our words, our actions and everything we create through our ideas and actions, then we need to make sure we learn what really matters so we can study all the right things which are necessary to bring positive change and balance in our micro-world and subsequently, in the macro-world.

 In the age of Star Trek and technological progress/bubble, I think we live in the past. No, unfortunately I’m not referring to the wisdom-abundant past of the extraordinary Greek philosophers like Aristotle, Heraclitus, Socrates and Plato, I am referring to the Dark Ages of the human thinking which dominated our species for the last 2 millennia. While for the last century we’ve had the privilege to learn from extraordinary individuals such as Sagan, Einstein, Gandhi, Picasso, Ali, Earhart, Ford, Fleming, King Jr, Beatles, Lennon, Turing, Guevara, Mandela, Lee, CurieChaplin, JoyceMalcolm XMother Teresa, Dalai Lama, Vujicic, Snowden, Pilger, Berners-Lee, Hawking, Musk and Tesla -who received infinitely small credit for literally powering our electrical world (among a multitude of inventions way ahead of their time), society has also given us Hitler, Bernays and truly unfortunately for us, the private owners of the world money supply – the unelected ones who don’t represent the interests of the +90% of the population, who through their financial power and political influence, kill more people than Hitler ever did and who harvest the world’s innovation for profit and power.

science-and-technology-carl-sagan  I want to state the following from the beginning:  I am no expert in anything, I am just an observer. I have no particular social/political/religious/etc affiliations, I am simply an individual who is pro Life and pro Ethics, and as such, I am not against any country or citizen or individual on Earth. I respect that everyone has the right to a choice and I only ask for vice-versa. To quote Socrates yet again: “I am but a citizen of the world” and one of my principles is “Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.” This statement is important due to what I’m about to write. Therefore please note that you might agree with what I write or not. I don’t mind either way but feel free to express your opinions as even if “I may not agree with what you have to say, I’ll defend to the death your right to say it!”

 While I can find a few reasons to explain this, I feel that our systems of thinking at world level have never came out of the industrial age of the 19th century..The reason why I’m writing “I feel” and not “I think” is because I find it infuriatingly frustrating to be constrained by the tracks of a system set up by brilliant innovative thinkers of the 19th century for the 19th century society, but which is being perpetrated and used en-mass on the majority of the population by a very small percentage of individuals which have the power to turn things around and make a positive difference but they chose not to do so. These limiting industrial systems of thinking we have today and which most of us learnt in school, at home, from friends and peers, in public and from the media, need to be unlearnt, rejected and put into the history books where they belong because they have no place in a highly intelligent society.

 It took me my whole life to date to gain a nano fraction of understanding of the mechanics of my own life and it will take me the rest of my life to gain another nano fraction, but at the present moment I think I understand that the reason why we’re being held back from our true human potential is not lack of technology, lack of money, lack of appropriate geolocation, lack of temporal location or lack of any other reason/excuse. Just like all the plants, animals, birds, fish and all living creatures on this earth, Nature gave us everything we need to survive, flourish and evolve. What we really lack is an ethical educational model which is evil-proof, thoroughly documented on multiple medias (digital, analog and physical), and which is continuously improving in an ethical direction so it will never be dependent on human ego and greed. We need an educational [r]evolution to jump start our human potential!! If I’m not making much sense, then please allow me to share another Sir Ken Robinson talk and I’ll continue after the video:

 I agree entirely with Sir Ken Robinson and I consider him my virtual mentor (I’d love it if he would be my real mentor) and I believe that if our education engages and trains only small parts of our intellect (memory and in rare occasions logic) so we can compete at silly IQ and/or standardised tests, it is very limiting, misleading and disturbingly incomplete.. For our education to be complete, in my view it must encompass: 1.The whole Intellect, 2.The human Spirit, 3.The Physical body and 4.The Soul (the Emotional).  I call this “personal conclusion” my TrinityOne (3+1) system of human development and for my whole life I’ve tried to equally develop the 4 major areas of what I feel it makes me human. (“feel” because I’m referring to all my senses, not just the 5 standard ones identified by Aristotle, but the 18 ‘common’ human senses and my Intuitive sense).

Part 2: The problem

 Almost all negative/awful things happening in the world are due to one reason: money or lack of money. In my opinion, the individuals who sponsor and guide our industrial education (which is limited to those with money/resources anyway) and our manipulated economic system, are to blame for our handicaps in human development, not our parents or our teachers, or our lecturers, trainers or employers.

inequality_matters  I, like many others with similar views, keep talking about our economic system being deeply corrupt and flawed without a hope for a fix. Therefore it needs to be replaced. The current system is so unequal that not just educates only the ones who have money to pay for this industrial education, but it also fuels the 1%ers by programming the students with concepts like focus on economic growth , and: you must learn/know X to increase profits for you and your employer, and by the time you finish your secondary school or college if you’re lucky, then you are well aware of that fact that if you don’t make money for your employer, for your client, for yourself, for the society, then the society will either re-educate you or discard you and you end up in some hole or box. This system which keeps the 99% in check and under control is what’s considered fair in a society where after a global financial crisis, the number of billionaires in the world doubled. This sounds like a conspiracy and unfortunately for us, the increasing 99%ers, it is one. However, as I wrote in my previous blog post, “A country in debt is powerless but its people are not. We can make a difference together!”

 As the story goes, since late 2013, I started reading more news on many different channels and I tried my best to try and correlate and decode the information “puzzle” to find out what was really going on. I read and I am still reading a lot about: our Universe, ancient knowledge, current climate change, climate imbalance, sustainability, various IT and scientific topics, but also about the Ukraine conflict, since its so close to my country’s borders and it has the potential to start a major world war. However, this can only happen if the public is misinformed and ends up following the terrorist propaganda of unethical governments. Knowledge is our true power and Time is the real currency for us Humans so we need to focus on what’s actually important for each one of us.

 Now that being said, in the age of information,  ignorance is a choice (but due to mass surveillance and public information manipulation, this choice is an increasingly difficult one to make). However, if you want some actual news from massmedia, then read/listen the same story reported by news channels from multiple parts of the world and if possible in different languages, not just local or continental or same language (use translation websites).  Also, to help you find the truth, read articles written by investigative journalists (i.e. the Intercept team) who are fighting the unethical system and the media manipulation pressure: i.e. John Pilger in particular is an ethical investigative journalist from whom you can actually learn how to decode the news and not just absorb them without using Critical Thinking.

goering-quote  We need to understand that in imperialistic warmongering regimes (“democratic” or federal or whatever other brands are used for the eyes of the public and especially media followers), a very small group of highly unethical people rule over a very large number of good people, good citizens. This small group of unelected individuals (I conclude that most of the time the elite are not politicians in the public eye) use and will use any atrocity you can think of so they can gain more power and fulfil their sociopathic egotistical agendas. This is a fact and it is happening today in our “civilised and fair” world. Just observe carefully..

 And this brings me to my point which describes our current problem: our world is unfortunately led by highly intelligent and very dangerous sociopaths similar to Hermann Goering (see attached quote) and because of men like him, we, the free citizens are restricted from exercising our free will in a what-is-led-to-believe a free society. If the reader wants to find out how mass manipulation is taking place in our intelligent society ever since the beginning of the 20th century, and how we, the large majority of good people are puppeteered to fulfil certain agendas even when those agendas are unethical, and how the result of the actions of good people turns into the death of thousands of other good people, then please watch “The Century of the Self” documentary till the end.

 While researching the facts behind my statements in this blog post, I came across a very good neutral example of the unbelievable power of propaganda and public opinion manipulation of what I thought it was an unforgettable event in our history:  Which nation contributed most to defeating the Nazis in 1945? (Polls in France from 1945, 1994, 2004). OK, I need to correct that. The fact that the main contributor to defeating the genocidal Hitler in Europe only 70 years ago, is actually a not-so-unforgettable event is nothing to worry about, I’m sure there are more pressing matters today. Even if we see that such an important fact of our recent history can be “corrected” over such a short period of time, it must raise no questions like: is there any hope for the truth about what matters to come to light now or in the next century? Nvm, we have better things to do..

 Sarcasm aside, I found a very interesting post on Quora from which we can all learn a significant amount: a very large percentage of the transitions of our society’s structure throughout human history were done through the use of leadership/government force, aka tyranny and the main motive of action for public activation was fear of punishment, which allowed the leaders to implement their various agendas.  So a large majority of people apparently respond more to the emotion of fear than any other factor. They are unfortunately the cowards of the world who need to be scared into supporting an illegal war, taking a flu shot, or into serving a political figurehead/repressive government. Think medieval peasants, or massmedia/education brainwashed western citizens, or citizens of communist countries. Or simply religious cults. They all act out of fear of punishment. That is what triggers their motion to do what they do.

 The next motive of action is that of greed.  This type of individuals start off responding to bribes and graduate into power-lust. They are those who want all the power, money, and control, and stop at nothing to enact the kind of change that most benefits them. They seek to dominate the will of subservient fearful sheep to gain high positions of authority and to use such positions to play God. These people account for about a small minority of the population but they have very significant power to decide outcomes for the majority fearful type.

 The last and most noble of the three types is the self-contented man. This individual type probably makes up a very small percentage of society and represents a (wo)man who believes in equal liberty for all under the law and in self-responsibility. These individuals are willing to tolerate ignorance and stupidity so long as the reason is free to combat it. They do not need to be bribed to do something right or threatened to not do something wrong. They act out of clear conscience and ethics, not out of fear or greed. In short, their integrity is not for sale. Think of creators, thinkers, movers, and shakers. Think innovators, inventors, and pioneers. Think Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, Nikola Tesla. Think Howard Roark(Fountainhead).

 So where am I going with this? If you are the fearful type, you are easily ruled. Society is designed to put you in your place and keep you safe and silent. If you are the greedy type, society has a place for you too ruling the fearful and manipulating them into serving your power. But if you are an intellectual without negative motive, otherwise known as a self-contented man, where do you fit? You refuse to be a servant so you are punished. You refuse to be a warlord so you are never respected or listened to. Instead you are just there, observing the world and wondering where and when you will find your place in it.

This is not because you are not great at many things, that society has no use for you, or even that you don’t want to engage, but that the societal structures that were designed by the average human being of master and servant do not normally permit you to shine within them. (source: Quora)

Part 3: The solution

When you make a choice you change the future.001-001 There are countless other examples on how good people are being “guided” by the unethical self-proclaimed puppeteers but I won’t expand further as I think I made my point above. In this final part of my post, I will simply remind the reader (&myself!) to watch “The Century of the Self” documentary and afterwards to actively exercise Critical Thinking (i.e. be assertive, question what you’re thinking, saying, doing and make your mind your own; don’t be an advocate of an agenda/dogma you’re not even aware of). Also if you don’t have time to read Aristotle’s Ethics or a book about ethics then I’m hoping that my own concise definition of how to apply ethics in real life will provide some value to those that want to follow this path:

 A  while ago a dear friend asked me what is my criteria for defining what is an ethical action and what is not? She asked me how do I personally define and discern what is right and what is wrong? My answer was, is, and most likely will continue to be:

An ethical action must respect two fundamental rules:

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

2. 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.)

what would the child you once were think of the adult you have become There is a desperate requirement in the world for men and women who’s integrity is not for sale. If we want to free and evolve the human race, we need to drop the ego-driven and profit-driven approaches to progress and learn from ourselves, from our virtuous children and from the knowledge of the ancients. As counter intuitive as this sounds, we need to observe our children and actually learn from them! We also need to give the ancient innovators credit for their discoveries and creations, and then pick up where they left off. Instead of rejecting the ancient knowledge and labelling it as myth, we need to merge our contemporary knowledge with theirs, with what they shared with us, with what they discovered and drive the human race forward. The dark ages and the unnecessarily long industrial era has held us back enough!

 In the end, this is not about good/evil/ethics/immoral concepts. It is about the quality of our education and the wisdom we gain from it so we can win the battle of consciousness within us and wake up. “Once the mind has been stretched by a new idea, it will never again return to its original size.” Therefore as anti-IP/patents as this sounds, the most important thing we can do in our life is share with the world what we learnt and detail on how we discovered our uniqueness. “The sole purpose of Life has been to pass on what was learnt..just like any cell going through Time.” And this, in my observer’s view, is the path to Transhumanism; but before we can be more tomorrow, we need to learn how we can be everything we can be, today!

PS: Since I’m posting this on the 1st of December, Happy Birthday / La Multi Ani Romania! 🙂

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The Age of Stupid – Choose your future!

The title of my post is a direct reference to the documentary The Age of Stupid. While my post is not about Climate Change, it is a direct reference to our existing destructive model of life, presented in the documentary. I believe that if we don’t start using a new sustainable model of thinking and living, our chances of living “happily ever after” on this planet will undoubtedly decrease exponentially.. However, I believe in Positive Change despite the current trend and I believe that we, collectively, can make a positive difference by changing small things in our lives which will echo in the macro environment and eventually create a better Present Continuous for all of us. Feel free to join me in this ethically driven System of Thinking!

Yesterday I returned to Ireland from a very enjoyable 2 weeks holiday in Romania – Transylvania. This was my most relaxing and enjoyable holiday home despite the fact that I always have a long list of things to do/sort out @home. I experienced a large number of good things and a few sad/bad things in my trip but before they phase out of my fresh memory, I want to quickly write this intro to a post I wrote in October last year and I didn’t get around to finish it the way I wanted.

Romania is a really beautiful country and Transylvania in particular stands out to any tourist or native Romanian from other regions, due to its kind hearted people, ancient trails which influenced our culture and breathtaking landscape formed by the Carpathian Mountains, lakes, rivers, medieval castles and fortifications. If you’d like to find out more about Transylvania, a quick Internet search will bring up a large number of photos, videos and websites with plenty of info (yes including stories abt Dracula:). Here are a few examples:

Save Rosia MontanaSo what does this post have to do with the beauty of Transylvania & Romania? Well please allow me to explain and bring the reader up to speed with a study case. Rosia Montana is a small town located in Transylvania, in the middle of Romania, in an area very rich in gold (Gold: 300 tons) and other mineral resources (Silver: 1800 tons, Germanium 4000t, Vanadium: 500000t, Molybdenum: 2000t, Bismuth: 4000t, Nickel: 6000t, Chromium: 10000t, Titanium: 200000t, Cobalt: 6000t, Gallium: 60000t, Arsenic: 1mil tons). Infographic attached

Gold and other metals were extracted here since Roman times but during the last decade, the small town of Rosia Montana became the scene of a battle that involved a mining company, corrupt officials, unemployed miners and very active and vocal environmental activists.  Gabriel Resources LTD, a Canadian TSX listed company, tried to push for the development of a controversial mining project that would have become Europe’s largest open-pit gold mine. The extraction process would have been based on cyanides, and 8 million ounces of gold and other rare metals would have been extracted over a period of 25 years.

if-this-is-good-for-the-economyThe project raised public suspicions right from the start: the company had no previous mining experience and was founded in Channel Island of Jersey, a well-known tax haven. The company obtained a very generous mining license from the Romanian government for that area, and the vast majority of the citizens  suspect that the officials were corrupted by the company. The biggest concerns, however, were raised by the immense pond of cyanide infested sludge that would result from the mining project and the estimated 214 million tons of dust particles.  While some of the locals, unemployed miners, were militating for the project, the vast majority of people living in that area were firmly against the project. In 2013 after some of the largest public manifestations seen by Romania in the last 25 years, and after more than 10 years of court battles between the company and the local communities, the project was halted. Miners in Rosia Montana are still unemployed and the company is suing the Romanian government for compensations…

That was the summary, now here are the details: on the 15th of September 2013 thousands of active citizens from 33 Romanian cities have protested against one of the most controversial European projects to date. On the same date, hundreds of thousands of active citizens from over 41 cities world wide have protested on the streets of their resident cities, joining voices in solidarity with their Romanian active citizens brothers and shouting out loud: “United we will save Rosia Montana!” This is the largest active movement in Romania since the early ’90s and due to the nature of this project, the Save Rosia Montana campaign quickly became an international movement against corruption, intimidation and manipulation by greedy political officials and abusive corporations.

The Save Rosia Montana campaign became an international beacon of a civil society awakening from a powerful social programming system & demanding its voice to be heard & its Human Rights to be no longer shredded. Some of us woke up to reality and realised that standing together WE CAN Make A Difference!

Rosia-MontanaIf this project ever gets approved, it will destroy 4 mountains, 3 villages including Rosia Montana itself and leave a giant cyanide pool in the area. It will also be the largest open-pit mine in Europe.

Rosia Montana has been a mining town since Romania (Dacia) was actually part of the Roman Empire. But there’s more to it than that. Rosia Montana is actually the oldest documented Romanian locality and has been considered for inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage list for its cultural and natural riches. So this region in the Apuseni Mountains is not just pre-Roman ancient, is also extraordinary for its rich biodiversity. It is very rich in flora and fauna, not to mentioned populated by peaceful people for literally thousands of years!

With mining now halted, many people live off the land and from raising animals. Old people from Rosia say that no gold in the world can buy the peace the neighbouring mountains offer them. And on top of that, there is local pride for the cultural value of the houses, churches and ancient mining galleries the village and nearby areas host. So when Gold Corporation began the process of buying up properties in the village (in tandem with applying for necessary construction and exploitation permits), not everyone in the 3,000 strong village was happy.

RM_cac22e4a1c_bGabriel Resources (RMGC) has influenced many locals and relocated them to nearby villages; it has hosted parties with big corporate flags declaring “we are saving Rosia Montana” on it; it has screened movies showing peaceful life of villagers living next to a mine in New Zealand and it somehow managed to nearly silence the Romanian media so the truth about their mining operations wouldn’t be revealed to the public. I strongly advise all readers to watch the Open pit documentary on YouTube in order to fully understand the consequences of what RMGC wants to do but at a larger scale!  The repercussions of such a project to the human life and the environment in Transylvania, Romania and our neighbouring countries Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria and potentially Ukraine and Moldova too, would be catastrophic! (example in this 3min video). I could keep going further into the details but many other active citizens have written about it before me. If you’re interested, please visit some of the articles written by The Guardian, HuffingtonPost, The IndependentUKEurozine, Spiegel, BBC(1), BBC(2),  The JournalistThe International Political Forum, AlJazeeraReutersGlobalPost(1), GlobalPost(2), RT, and numerous blogers like R Besliu, Sam R, Kulmun.be, and many, many, many others..

Woody Harrelson Save Rosia MontanaAs you can see, an incredible amount of people have joined this noble cause from Romania, from all over the world and even Hollywood stars like Woody Harrelson (Thank you sincerely!).

The coverage this project received in the international media is most impressive and I am very grateful to all the journalists and blogers who chose to cover the story. I am originally from Deva, Hunedoara – a neighbouring county to Rosia Montana which is only 1 hour drive from it and therefore my home city would be directly affected. (RMGC also has the HQ in Deva).  Therefore after everything that’s happened, I find it to be absolutely unacceptable that the Romanian government supported this project for so long.

RM_bucurestiMillions of Romanians protested on the streets for many weeks, because we want our country back from the corrupt politicians who tried to “sell it” undemocratically to unethical corporations!

New laws approved by my government based on misleading information and other incentives, are a defiance to constitutional and environmental norms in favour of unethical motives.

Our flora and fauna is protected by environmental laws which need to be enforced. Our children need water and a clean environment not death pits. Our people have the God given right to live!

Cyanide open pit mining causes heavy metal blood poisoning with Lead, Arsenic and Mercury which in turn are causing cancer in the biological bodies of humans and animals. To humans, at the very least, it causes damage to the brain, the nervous system and motoring functions. The workers are first to be exposed to these life threatening risks and then all the other people who live in the large contaminated area. The contamination also doesn’t stop when the mining operations stop. Please read about the deadly impacts of open pit mining.

EU-justiceDear European Union leaders, please help us fight the political corruption in Romania and bring JUSTICE to the Romanian people! We beg you to enforce the joined motions RC-B7-0238/2010 called “Ban on use of cyanide mining technologies” and enforce it in Romania and the EU for all the reasons listed in the joint motion RC-B7-0238/2010. I personally call for an investigation in this project and I hope that EU can give theappropiate laws to stop this kind of environmentally destructive projects from ever going ahead in Romania and EU.

Camera 360After documenting myself about this project, about the open pit mining industry and most of all after watching the Open Pit documentary and seeing what Rosia Montana and Transylvania could become if this project goes ahead, I took off the only piece of gold jewellery I wore for the last 12 years. My Ankh necklace is worth to me a lot more than its weight in any metal in this Universe, but I did it in protest against this deadly project and in solidarity with the people from Rosia Montana, with my countymen from Hunedoara, Alba Iulia and with all the people from Transylvania and the whole of Romania.

If you care, please do something too! And here are my suggestions what you could do:

1. In the age of information, ignorance is a choice. Please read and document yourself. Become Aware of what’s truly important. Accept what you find since you cant change the past. And after accepting the facts, take Positive Action to shape your future and the future of your peers. Just as the ocean is made of tiny drops, every action matters, no matter how small. Please don’t be ignorant!

2. Share articles about unethical practices on your Facebook, G+, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Vimeo and all your other social media accounts. Sharing takes a few seconds and a click of a button. If you are a writer, even an amateur one like me, please write about your findings and share your words with the world. The impact you can make means more than you think!

3. If you care about this topic, please follow Maia Morgenstern’s protest (and mine), and stop displaying gold in public. You can easily stop wearing gold and silver. Gold on your body is an accessory, NOT a necessity. To all women out there: you are naturally beautiful, you don’t need gold on/in your body to make you “more”. You already are. See it and believe it! To all men: you don’t need hundreds of grams of gold on you to show your power. What’s really important and true power comes from within not from showoffs. Feel it and believe it! If not for you, please do it for Life. For the lives of people, creatures and biodiversity in Transylvania, Romania and this beautiful Planet, which projects like this one would destroy!

4. Please stop buying gold and silver. If we don’t fuel the gold economy, there won’t be one. And there are many other precious metals and stones which you can buy if you really want to. I chose to switch to Titanium. You can too. Please make your choice and use sustainable & ethically sourced alternatives.

Romania External debt as percent of Gross National Income5. Please apply the Producer mindset, and try to break away from consumerism! Don’t allow unethical corporations to replace production facilities with shops and superstores in your environment. This destruction of production facilities and their replacement with superstores is happening in Romania since late ’90s and currently is still happening in Romania at an unprecedented pace. What is worse, is that this is being allowed to happened by our political leaders under the umbrella of “foreign investments are good for our people”, despite the fact that Romania turned from a country with literally no debt, to one buried in debt (see attached graph). A country in debt is powerless but its people are not. We can make a difference together!

This post is an open letter to anyone who wants to help and do good. If you can, please help us bring justice on this precious ancient land. Please help us conserve Transylvania and Romania for us and the future generations. Lets stop thinking egotistically and lets start thinking collaboratively for a balanced Present Continuous. It all starts with an idea. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Ovidiu. Transylvanian. Romanian. Earthling.

[Some pics from the protests in Dublin, Sept – Oct 2013]

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