TURN UP YOUR SPEAKERS. LISTEN ON REPEAT. FEEL GOOD.
TURN UP YOUR SPEAKERS. LISTEN ON REPEAT. FEEL GOOD.
Previously I’ve listed various essays that can help improve our lives through how we think about the world.
Below find some of my favorite essays that point out how the world around us is being manipulated. We are often oppressed in a cruel and unfair way by the very government most take a naive pride in without thinking twice.
Q: Is the world is less stoical today than in 1900?
Q: Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
A: It depends on who’s complaining and about what.
Q: Did I have to recently look up the meaning of the words, ‘stoicism’ & ‘stoical’ ?
Q: Do I love this new addition to my vocabulary?
As you may know, I’m a fan of Prince Ea. He seems to view the world very closely to how I view it, and he’s 1000x more articulate when it comes to expressing these thoughts.
Here, Prince Ea gives a simple and beautiful parable that we can apply to every aspect of our lives: “It will pass.” While this isn’t original, ground-breaking stuff, it is profound and easily overlooked. I enjoy reminders like this because my mind can often run away and spiral out of control if left unchecked.
No matter what is happening, good or bad, it will eventually pass us by. Things are never as bad as they seem. Things are never as good as they seem. The universe is simply unfolding as it should.
Listen to this message and let it inspire you to remember where you came from, appreciate where you are, focus on where you’re going.
Today is Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Today is election day. Today is a day that will be talked about for hundreds of years, perhaps more. In approximately 12 hours, the United States of America will crown Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump as its next President Elect. No matter who wins the universe will never be the same. #butfreedom
I will not be voting for either of these oppressors. If you do not agree with their oppressive, illegal and inhumane way of life, it’s ok for you to refrain from casting a ballot. People will try to guilt you into voting and you may have to use some Dale to deal with them, but that’s ok. We call that an opportunity to practice. This will help you to be better.
There is a good chance that the people pressuring you to vote are nothing more than sheep…commoners…97%ers who blindly accept whatever the State teaches them. The State once taught them that Democracy is the only way and at this point they are indoctrinated far beyond being able to use reason and logic. There’s no point in arguing or trying to change their mind. Simply let it go and move on.
Today the USA will elect a new head of a broken system who does not realize that they system is broken, and even worse, takes actions to further break the system. This is not a solution. At best it’s a temporary band-aid and at worst it could limit our freedom further than we can imagine.
By casting my ballot for one of these oppressors I would feel like I am casting a ballot to support the idea of a democratic two-party system, just because that’s the way it’s been. I do not support this and if you think critically, you probably won’t either.
I will not be voting in the 2016 Presidential Election. Spare me the rhetoric about losing my “right to complain” as a result of refraining to cast a vote. Not only is that laughably ironic and naive (free speech!) but it’s bullshit because my complaints are about oppression in this “free” country.
By casting a vote for what most people are considering the lesser of two evils, I’m still voting for evil. I’m still voting for oppression. Fuck. That. I refuse to actively participate in a system that blends my private desires with those of the masses. Why should any of us have decisions made for us if we are capable of making those decisions for ourselves? Just because that’s the way it’s been? Yeah, slavery was once the way it was, too. That didn’t make it right. Because I’m an American? Who cares! The only reason I’m not a rattlesnake is because my parents were not rattlesnakes. I take no pride in where I was born.
Democracy does not work. 10 minutes talking with your average voter should convince you of that. Voting is invasive, divisive and oppressive. This system is broken. We need to minimize taking decisions away from the people. These people are supposed to be free to do as they please so long as they do not negatively affect another. Why should we acquiesce when it’s not your place or mine to “vote” for pretty much everything that is put up for a vote. If you really want to make a difference, vote with your wallet. Don’t vote to attack the wallets of others.
I’ve previously linked to some rad shit, but this may take the cake. My heart was RACING the entire video. And the views…fahgetaboutit!
I enjoy when like-minded humans echo my principles. I enjoy it even more when their writing is much better than mine, which is the case with this fantastic essay on counter-economics by Bryan Hyde (@youcancallmebry).
Take :05 and read Bryan’s thoughts. They are 100% on point and they briefly yet efficiently get a major point across: we don’t need government interference in every aspect of life. In fact, there are very few areas where the government should truly have a say, yet as Bryan states most people are caught “in the thralls of Stockholm Syndrome toward our government” so most people blindly accept government interference because that’s the way’s it’s been.
If you agree with government interference, take a step back for a moment.
Allow yourself to have an open mind. Try to truly understand how free market counter-economics benefits all groups, making the world better for all.
Consider Bryan’s points on the simplest level: Do you really need a third-party (government) involved when you grow some corn and another “free” human wants to purchase or trade for it?
Of course not.
Yet it’s as simple as that. The government has inserted themselves in so many “corns” in our lives that we fail to stop and say, “Enough is enough. This is ridiculous.” At worst, people blindly accept and even argue for the government while at best they acquiesce in the face of immoral and unfair taxes & regulations.
Thanks to Bryan for his important and helpful writing that also taught me two new words…true story. I had to look up subversive and Agorism. It’s hard to believe I hadn’t heard of Agorism until now. I certainly won’t forget it.
“Amazon.com To Purchase the United States Post Office” is near the top of the list of my dream headlines.
How the USPS is still a thing is mind-boggling. They historically lose money, they are not efficient or competitive in the free market and they are not run like a free market for-profit business. And, it recently took them 10 days to deliver numerous pieces of mail for me < 10 miles.
Amazon.com is a forward-thinking genius of a company. They are the best in logistics that I’ve ever seen and many experts agree. It seems like a match made in heaven for free market behemoth Amazon to acquire the USPS and turn it into the well oiled machine it could be. This would also make the government smaller, leaner and more efficient. This is a good thing. We do not need government sponsored delivery in 2016 just because that’s the way it’s been. The free market can and will easily adapt to provide humans the delivery service they crave.
If you have not yet read the exquisite piece by Brandon Sneed in Bleacher Report, take some time to enjoy it now. I have previously written about the importance of mental health, but Brandon and Coach Urban Meyer really highlight the issue and how help is available. Mental health is arguably more important than physical health and no one should be shy about speaking up or reaching out.