Saturday, January 23, 2016

Solving the Problems of One's Own Living

It should come as no surprise to learn that each and everyone has their own unique challenges, problems and difficulties to overcome, and that is the ultimate meaning and purpose of their lives -- and in that manner, showing the rest, how it is done -- in their own efforts.  That is the value of learning from others -- and from everything in life.  All are engaged in their own unique struggles -- some more successfully than others, but we can learn from both the successful and the failings.  

Of course, we don't want to be the failing -- and not that we merely want to be successful at duplicating such failings -- in repeating what they do.  But many learn nothing else -- and that is why we call them dysfunctional: they fail to adapt successfully.  And if they persist, will soon become extinct -- unless the society enables such failures, rather than recognizing and favoring its successes.

It may be that instead of containing the failures and catastrophes it brings, society encourages its spread -- in ensuring that what has brought about such calamities, are the only way to go -- despite the disastrous results and consequences.  The people are implored to charge on -- as thought there are unlimited resources and lives to give to these hopeless situations -- until it is thought, that there must be another way.  And then history itself is changed -- and the memory of the failings, are extinguished and forgotten.

One doesn't have to remember and revere the failings -- lest people forget, because there are always a whole slew of new challenges to recognize and surmount.  Each generation's successes also sow their future challenges -- even as scarcity brings about abundance and a whole new manner of coping.  So in one generation, rampant starvation may give way to rampant obesity, and the strategies for dealing with that reality shift, is not just continuing what we've always done before -- as though that made sense anymore, and for all times and conditions -- no matter what.

Thus the ability to distinguish rapidly changing and different circumstances, is the greatest survival value and skills that need to be honed all one's life -- and especially, when one has grown immune from that responsiveness -- in thinking there is no more to be learned, and unvarying repetition will suffice -- no matter what.  That will not be a happy ending -- in anyone's life.  Those who will be most successful later in life -- who challenge the present paradigm of becoming less able, by becoming increasingly so -- whatever it takes.  It may take everything they have in life -- to ensure their own success.

What is more important for them to do?  Which means it can't be the end of learning and living, but a beginning for even better, and not a retreat and surrender -- that ensures their demise.  It's not that it is hard as much as it has not been done before -- but which is the only thing that makes sense to do.  It would not make sense to give up before one graduates from school, but it makes even less sense to give up when many feel that is the only thing they can do.  Then surely, one does not find out how it could have been otherwise.

That is the condition of aging as we've known it up to now -- and think it could not be any different, let alone better.  But the current outlook and prospects do not seem good -- so there is no harm in thinking any differently.  In fact, one has nothing to lose, and everything to gain -- in thinking differently.  So why not?  Nothing in life, has prepared us to think that way -- but that does not make it impossible, or even improbable.  It is just the way we haven't thought before -- but that has been true of every evolutionary leap in the improvement of life, both individually and collectively.  That is also the ending of the way we've always done it before -- and particularly if that's not working out so well and satisfactorily.

Defenders of the status quo will say that theirs is the only way -- even if it hasn't been working out so well so far, and their answer is that we simply have to try harder (increase funding) -- at what is not working, as though that is transformative at some miraculous point.  It's like dying doing what you love to do -- because that is the only thing one does.  But all that is certain, is the dying -- regardless of what they do, and then it doesn't matter.

Most never get beyond that resignation and acceptance -- thinking it is the ultimately wise thing to do.  But we are not talking about simply doing the same things we've done before without success -- merely thinking that we can get another result, but rather, doing what we have never done before, and finding out if there is any difference -- and that makes the difference!




Saturday, December 26, 2015

Everything You Do Matters

Everything you do matters -- is a better understanding of life than nothing we do matters.
Life is not a random phenomenon.  Good choices improve one's survival prospects -- and quality of life.  Those who consistently choose poorly, enhance their tendency to extinction.  That shouldn't take extraordinary genius to see.
That is simply the evolution of intelligent life.  "Shirt doesn't just happen."   Good things happen because intelligent life predisposes those outcomes.  Nothing is guaranteed, but one can always influence the probabilities through better, more thoughtful choices (lifestyle).
One makes a habit of a better life; that is what conditioning is about, and fitness.  One makes oneself fit for continued life.  That is true for all life -- and not just humans.  Hopefully one does not require a Ph.D. and "more funding" to understand that.
This understanding and insight, was the beginning of wisdom and enlightenment -- what the ancients called Karma, and modern scientists called "cause and effect."  Life is not random, and all human activity a random walk throughout one's existence.  That is prescientific understanding -- even if explained and justified by a Ph.D.
As such, timing is everything -- and not that one can ever time the markets and conditions -- as some experts are proud to proclaim, as though that was not the repudiation of everything worth knowing.  If one shows up when the movie is scheduled to be shown, one will learn what it was about.  At all other times, nothing will be going on -- and the lights will be off.  That is true for every human event -- including everything conducted with regularity and a reasonable expectation for a successful transaction and exchange.
It's not enough just to do one's own thing -- whenever one wants to -- and think there will be satisfaction in any outcome.  Perhaps the other person feels the same way also -- that they can just do whatever they want to, whenever they want to -- because it doesn't matter, one way or the other.
But assuredly, most things do matter -- even without more funding and research -- because people live their lives as though it does matter, and that's what makes a difference -- especially in one's own life.  And that is what is important -- and not what is happening in everybody else's life.
In that, there is no doing -- but only a supposed knowing -- of what everybody else is doing, as though that was reality, and not one's own experiences -- in the actuality, and the actualization.  And thus the experience of life is fragmented -- into what one is told is the truth and reality, and what one finds out for themselves what is truth and reality.
It is this finding out for oneself in one's own experiences, that reality is manifested, and validated.  It doesn't matter what the "average" is, or the generalization.  Only the individual and specific.  That is the world one lives.

Everything You Do Matters

Everything you do matters -- is a better understanding of life than nothing we do matters.
Life is not a random phenomenon.  Good choices improve one's survival prospects -- and quality of life.  Those who consistently choose poorly, enhance their tendency to extinction.  That shouldn't take extraordinary genius to see.
That is simply the evolution of intelligent life.  "Shirt doesn't just happen."   Good things happen because intelligent life predisposes those outcomes.  Nothing is guaranteed, but one can always influence the probabilities through better, more thoughtful choices (lifestyle).
One makes a habit of a better life; that is what conditioning is about, and fitness.  One makes oneself fit for continued life.  That is true for all life -- and not just humans.  Hopefully one does not require a Ph.D. and "more funding" to understand that.
This understanding and insight, was the beginning of wisdom and enlightenment -- what the ancients called Karma, and modern scientists called "cause and effect."  Life is not random, and all human activity a random walk throughout one's existence.  That is prescientific understanding -- even if explained and justified by a Ph.D.
As such, timing is everything -- and not that one can ever time the markets and conditions -- as some experts are proud to proclaim, as though that was not the repudiation of everything worth knowing.  If one shows up when the movie is scheduled to be shown, one will learn what it was about.  At all other times, nothing will be going on -- and the lights will be off.  That is true for every human event -- including everything conducted with regularity and a reasonable expectation for a successful transaction and exchange.
It's not enough just to do one's own thing -- whenever one wants to -- and think there will be satisfaction in any outcome.  Perhaps the other person feels the same way also -- that they can just do whatever they want to, whenever they want to -- because it doesn't matter, one way or the other.
But assuredly, most things do matter -- even without more funding and research -- because people live their lives as though it does matter, and that's what makes a difference -- especially in one's own life.  And that is what is important -- and not what is happening in everybody else's life.
In that, there is no doing -- but only a supposed knowing -- of what everybody else is doing, as though that was reality, and not one's own experiences -- in the actuality, and the actualization.  And thus the experience of life is fragmented -- into what one is told is the truth and reality, and what one finds out for themselves what is truth and reality.
It is this finding out for oneself in one's own experiences, that reality is manifested, and validated.  It doesn't matter what the "average" is, or the generalization.  Only the individual and specific.  That is the world one lives.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

There Is A Cure for Alzheimer's (Aging).

The hardest thing to see is the obvious.
 
About 27 years ago, I got involved with Frank Chopp's Fremont Public Association (Seattle), when caregiving was beginning to emerge as a mainstream topic, with the panic over the AIDS epidemic, as well as other life-ending conditions often self-inflicted as well as what was regarded as the natural consequence of people living longer.

My background and orientation up to then, was really about high-end athletics, and particularly the problem of optimizing growth at any age, hoping that it was possible to remain competitive (high-performance) throughout an extended duration than had been accepted as possible -- if the state-of-the-art knowledge was perfected. It was often noted that this fall from Olympian heights could be very rapid and undoubtedly distressful for those who had up to then known nothing but a high level of proficiency and freedom from injury and dysfunction.  However, it was more likely the case that such high-intensity participation was unsustainable as well as often contributing to their rapid demise through increasing injury, disease and dysfunction.

This conclusion was unmistakable: People's behaviors (and lack thereof), was the overwhelming single greatest factor to their condition and conditioning.  Things seldom just happen.  Individuals are largely responsible for what happens -- and particularly, what happens to them selves -- even though they may think they are doing all the "right" things.  But the results do not corroborate those conclusions.

That happens when we are just flat out wrong in our certainty of knowing what is happening -- when we have not even begun to ask the right questions.  That has largely been the case with Alzheimer's and the other increasing dysfunctions associated with age and aging.  The only true experts are those who have not fallen victim to the ravages of these conditions -- and not those who have in spite of their expertise and knowledge.

Yet billions go to fund this expertise and knowledge -- because that is their game and turf -- that perpetuates the academic hierarchy and status quo, just as in previous times, there was no "cure" for other terminally chronic conditions -- until we jumped to a higher level of understanding of it, which then made it moot.  That is what is happening at the present time -- but not in the traditional academic and research institutions, but in the laboratories of our individual lives -- and how we actualize it.

It doesn't matter how long we live anymore; the important question is how well we can live our lives to the end -- however long that may be.  That is the qualitative shift into the 21st Century -- which renders a lot of the problems of the 20th Century mute.  The essential question is not how can we take better care of others -- but how can we take better care of ourselves, which breaks the dependency-codependency of 20th Century culture.  Obviously, we can't have more people taking care of more people -- but need more people to take better care of themselves to reduce the need for more "professional" caregiving, which as everybody familiar recognizes, multiplies the problems and difficulties.

But that is not the kind of society we want, or should envision.  Instead, we can cut to life without these problems -- which are largely self-inflicted.  As one of the most observant persons in the field of movement and exercise, it was obvious to me that the weakness of the human condition, was largely the inadequacy of effective circulation at the most critical organs of the human body -- at the head, hands and feet -- resulting in the notable decline in brain function, grip strength and foot strength to maintain balance -- areas that are easy to improve, but will not happen with traditional/conventional exercise regimens that don't regard that development as their highest priority, with its focus on the heart function, and core muscle strength.

In order to gauge the effectiveness of the circulation to the head, hands and feet -- it must be measured at the head, hands and feet, and not simply measured and implied at the heart.  The effectiveness of any circulation, has to be measured at the extremity -- and not at its source.  That would be tantamount to putting the thermostat in the furnace -- rather than at the extremity where one spends most of their time -- and then wondering why one is never comfortable.  In the same way, one can only detect the effectiveness of the circulation to the head, hands and feet -- when there is fullest muscular contraction and relaxation just as with the heart, because while the heart pumps the blood out to the extremity, it is the extremity that must pump blood back to the heart -- to optimize that cycle.

Therein lies the problem -- as anyone would recognize visiting a large population of those with dementia.  They never move their head.  The marker for decline in any person, is the atrophy particularly of their neck muscles -- caused by never moving them through the full range of its movement from fullest contraction to fullest relaxation -- which is the distinctive action required to pump any fluid through a hydraulic system.  The heart does that automatically -- but the defining difference, is whether the muscles at the extremity effectively pushes the spent blood back to create room for the new.  Failing that side of the equation, the cells and organs will die and be diminished.

That active, muscular functioning and range of movement by the head, is never exhibited by those with dementias -- as far as I've ever witnessed.  The range and movement of the head, is an indication of its cognitive functioning or decline -- in everyone!  And vice-versa.  The human body is not designed to run, lift or jump -- as much as it has evolved to move its head, hands and feet -- as its primary, health-sustaining movements.  That is not done by conventional/traditional exercise -- no matter how much of it is done.  That is why conventional/traditional exercise is no help -- but rather diverts the flow to all the wrong places -- the core muscles, rather than the extremities which are invariably ignored as unimportant.

That's how the human body fails -- in everyone, some faster than others.  What can we do about it?  Throw billions more money at it -- for the same results -- and worse?  It's a good business for the grant-writers.  Of course they don't want the situation to get any better.  How could it?

It requires a new insight into the obvious.  That different understanding is the turning point -- and not however many billions you want to throw at the traditional/conventional profiteers.  And if you rely on such experts, their answer will be invariably, that they need infinitely more money -- to not solve the problem, which is within the grasp of everyone experiencing these difficulties in their lives.  That is the only way it can be solved -- and not by the caregiving industry.  They are the problem.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Make the Best of Every Moment

Life is very fleeting, and nothing in it permanent, and so we need to take nothing for granted -- presuming it will be there the next day (moment).  The bargain one finds today, may not be there tomorrow.  But there'll be plenty of other opportunities -- as long as one doesn't take them for granted also.  In that way, one always fails to appreciate the present moment -- in favor of some other.  The present is never good enough; there is always some better time -- but never the present moment.

And so all the moments in that life are lost -- to some imaginary and fictional better time that is always elusive -- until one runs out of time and days, having lived that way.  That is the unfulfilled life.  Fulfillment for that person comes only in the next life, or in the next moment -- but never in the present, where reality is fulfilled.  It is different for every moment -- and that is the beauty and joy of it, giving every moment, every day, and every life its significance, meaning and purpose.

Nobody can do that for another.  Each person must discover that significance, meaning and purpose for their own lives -- as their own fulfillment, and failing that, is the failure of any life.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

The Beginning of Intelligence

The popular notion is that intelligence is what an individual accumulates inside their own brain -- rather than that it is rightly, what resides in everything.  Thus the act of intelligence, is reading that which is everywhere -- and connecting the intelligence in one, to another -- creating a response (intelligence) greater than merely the sum of its parts.

That is the response one experiences when the end result, is much more than they could have imagined, or planned for -- working only with the knowledge (intelligence) in their own brain, but is the greater collective result of all the intelligence involved -- working together.

However, there are many individuals who think that their intelligence and the purpose of it all, is to work against and even compete against every other, thus nullifying that effect, and so the net result, is to cancel out every other person's or thing's contribution and effort, and even destroying it.  In that way, everything they do, results in less, or worse, rather than more, or better.  It does not matter how much they do -- because everything they do, makes things worse than better.

So the last thing you want from such people, is for them to do more -- because they are counterproductive and destructive -- and once that is recognized, have to be neutralized and isolated, rather than ignored or denied.  Pretending it is not happening, or denying it is so, makes any problem, much more so.  That is also intelligence -- knowing the difference.

Not recognizing that difference, is why problems keep repeating themselves -- and even getting worse, no matter how much more time, energy and resources are poured into it.  The problem becomes the solution -- and is perpetuated by the explanation that it is the way it's always been done -- as though that was a sufficient and adequate explanation for why things are as they are.  There is no escape from that circular, self-sustaining argument -- as the only way things can ever be -- because it cannot be any different.

So the intelligent mind knows when not to continue this chain of suffering and ignorance -- by not being that link that supports it, and by that abstinence, breaks the chain of suffering and dysfunction.  That is the act of "enlightenment," where formerly there was only endless darkness and confusion. That is to see things as they really are -- and not merely as we wish them to be, and thinking that is enough to make it so.

That doesn't make it so -- no matter how much one wishes it were so.  Knowing this difference, is the primal act of intelligence -- distinguishing the delusion from the actuality.  The delusion will never solve any problem -- but will be the root of all our problems.  Conversely, once the actuality is embraced, that is the ending of sorrow produced by the multitude of problems created by one's delusions.

That is the beginning of intelligence.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Hotter Than Hell

Hawaii used to be fondly referred to as a "Third-World" country, but now seems to have created a category of its own -- for idiotic, moronic, arbitrary government.

Public safety officers should realize that "safety" is their overriding concern and rule, and not simply doing what somebody tells them to do no matter how stupid, or as the police like to boast, "We're not paid to think."

Camping, urinating, defecating on the sidewalks is quite okay -- unless they pass a law expressly prohibiting it in a specifically designated zone -- but riding from one bike lane to another because the city/state has no provision for connecting the two, will be strictly enforced.

Though the people still proclaim they live in "Paradise," when it's hotter than hell day after day, maybe the weather is telling them something.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

In Its Own Mysterious Way

Life always works out -- in its own mysterious way.  That may not be the way we want it to -- or plan for, but it always works out.  That is what happens.  That is life.  

It's more than any one individual can conceive of and comprehend -- because it is the sum of the whole, that the greatest has not mastered in their own lives.  Those are the limits of their universe, though they may think they have seen and done it all.

The world is not just what one person makes of it, but what we all make of it.  When we realize that, then we are part of all of life, and not just our small part of it -- that we hope to grow a little larger.