Friday, April 30, 2010

You Have To Know What You Are Doing

A lot of pseudo-scientific people will point out with pride that what they know, they know, by observing people who had no idea what they were doing -- which are the claims made for double-blind testing, in which the participants will have no idea what they are being observed for -- and every attempt will be made to keep them in that ignorance, when in most human activities, what you know, or think you know, is the test -- and simply doing anything without that as a concurrent or primary intent, is meaningless, and way before the study is ended, the subjects will have lost all interest in what they are doing -- which may be all the researchers may be measuring.

When it comes to exercise, and the studies of exercise, it would have to be obviously true that one doing something one hour a day, every day, would develop a greater insight and understanding into what they are doing -- even more importantly than
what they are doing, because that's what the basic human constitution requires one to do. If they become more unconscious and unaware of what they are doing, then most people would not judge that to be progress or success, no matter what they became "the world champion" at -- which would again be totally meaningless and purposeless, because that was not what they were trying to be.

Such a world would be a random nightmare that one had no idea of the results one was hoping to achieve, and so doing just
anything, told them nothing, and maybe in 25 years, they could learn about they were doing, and reveal the monumental study they had participated in. In such a scheme and universe, time separates everything -- and so there is no immediate biofeedback that what they are doing feels right because it achieves precisely the effect they want to -- instead of the private fantasy going on in their heads that they have mastered the universe, and everyone they encounter, are also aware of their great distinction. And so that explains why many behave "inappropriately," when the appropriate behaviors are obvious to everyone else -- who have agreed that they have to share a common basis for that intelligence and awareness to manifest, and for subsequent greater social organizations to be created and sustained.

That is the essential
human contract that governs all purposeful activities that one can meaningfully assess, is worthwhile doing -- and not simply the advice, that doing anything is better than doing nothing -- because even "nothing," is obviously a judgment on the value of what one is already doing. That doing is primarily a judgment that one is not doing something, that would meet with the approval of the person purportedly with the superior knowledge or control of what is really going on -- as though only they actually knew.

That's not the reality most live in except in the most oppressive societies of our times -- which are distinguished by the deliberate intent to keep everyone else in the dark about what is actually happening and going on -- because they alone know what is best for everyone else. That increasingly, feels like what we experience in contemporary life as the
technocracy -- of rule and regulations by the experts, usually for their exclusive benefit.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Lucky Leave Hawaii: Voting With Their Feet

For at least the last two years, it's become clear that Hawaii is a society in freefall decline based primarily on the fall of the speculative real estate markets that have also depressed "magical kingdoms" like Florida, California, Nevada and Arizona -- but at least in those places, people are more disposed to moving on to other areas -- where the economies are booming, or at least show promising merits to recover, because that is what brought many of those people to those areas in the first place. They are the mobile opportunists, who go where their prospects are most promising -- and because of that disposition, have a tendency to do well and better, because that is their primary constitution and drive in life.

Most other people though, are not so finely-tuned in just moving to where the economic opportunities are at their height -- as their only motivation in life. They will define "quality of life," as more than just the "quantity of life," as measured simply by income because they are more focused on outgo, or expenditures and what they can get for them, as a better indicator of how they experiencing and enjoying life -- which is usually summed up in one overarching measure of health and well-being.

People are directly healthier, because they are doing all the right things -- whether they are conscious of those choices or not. Those who are not aware of such choices and think they have no choices, are invariably at the lowest levels of being, as far as actualizing the highest possibilities of many choices. They usually are to be identified as those still doing what their parents did, and their grandparents before them -- often in exactly the same way, using the same technologies, and thinking that they have a responsibility to preserve and carry on those traditions to their children and grandchildren -- despite all the progress and innovations of the present times and possibilities.

It's usually not a
tough choice to make -- unless one has been conditioned otherwise -- to believe that their lives should merely be a repetition of the past -- as the highest achievement of living life now. They may give an exaggerated importance and glorification of that past, as though it was "paradise," or some "golden age," in which they have fallen from, rather than the proper work of any time, and every community, because everything they do now, just seems to get them farther away from where they think they ought to be.

Obviously, they are doing everything wrong -- although they may be convinced that might or the majority, makes everything they do, right. That is usually not enough to alter reality favorably -- though for a while, nearly everyone can be convinced that that is so, until they get down to those who are resistant to all delusions and deceptions, no matter how strong the peer pressures and incentives to believe what is not true.

That is the unraveling and moment of truth, many seem to be realizing, all of a sudden, as though there have not been warning signs all along. Usually, such errors are quickly detected and corrected as they become more widespread and is likely to be noticed by an increasing population sample of those not solely indoctrinated in that exclusive reality, or tradition of thinking.

That used to be the danger before the age of instant access to information, where time lags of many years and even generations were possible. But not in today's world -- in which it is possible to select any community's reality to participate in -- in developing the greater global consciousness now directly possible to all.

Formerly, and throughout all of history and civilization, information and communication, was controlled by hierarchies, and those who were closest to the source, had a greater advantage, as they even created those advantages by withholding that information from the rest, and often distorted that information further to one's exclusive advantage. But when everybody does that, information and communications become worthless, and not worth knowing -- especially when it is possible to easily connect to the full repository of information available to everyone, anywhere, at any time.

That access, profoundly changes the world, and everything in it -- instantaneously, as recognizing the truth of anything, always does.

And so many in Hawaii are realizing that Hawaii is not the only place they can live, and in fact, remaining there, will handicap them from enjoying the life that is now possible for increasingly many.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Do You Need to be Anonymous?

You don't need anonymous posters.

It's always been the press that has insisted on the right to protect the anonymity of its sources. They've encouraged irresponsible assertions.

Think about it. Why would a normal, healthy person want to be anonymous -- rather than making a name for themselves as who they really are.

It was the old media who insisted only they had the right to make and break people -- and nobody could do it for themselves. They created the need for the intermediaries -- rather than promoting the notion that people could communicate directly with the reader.

Why are those people on "American Idol" and all those reality shows? To be anonymous? They're all trying to be famous, well-known as who they really are -- and not somebody else.

That fear of being known, has been fostered by the mainstream media itself as their means of maintaining control and being the only ones that mattered -- instead of allowing people to speak their own truth, in their own words -- as is now possible.

Where does that leave the old media people who claim to speak for everyone else? In the old media model, a lot of people's contributions were suppressed, censored and edited to say what the editor wanted to say, and not the individuals themselves.

And then these editors convinced most people that if they spoke the truth, there would be retaliation and negative consequences, so that only they could speak the truth for everyone else in society. That was the old media game -- that got carried over to the new.

It's the old media that tried to pit one group against every other, with themselves as the middle man in control of the information. That game is over, and people should welcome becoming known for the best they can do, and not merely becoming skilled at manipulation and deception in the old ways.

The Internet (WWW) is not the fake, and the other publications and institutions the real. The Internet, is the real and lasting, and the Star-Bulletins and Advertisers of the world, that come and go. What people have to be clear is that what they say and do, is who they really are -- and not the person they pretend to be.

Friday, April 09, 2010

The Meaning and Purpose of Education

The whole purpose of "education" is to make the citizenry more self-reliant and self-sufficient -- rather than more dependent on education and educators -- who then exploit their students for their own self-aggrandizement, even while claiming what marvelous "sacrifices" they are making for their students.

If a teacher feels that their teaching is a sacrifice from what greater things they could be doing, which they are constantly reminding everyone of, then surely, such people should be heeding that greater call to service and doing what greater deeds they think their talents are being wasted for. And so education, and particularly public education, which serves the teachers and not the students, has become this monstrous thing in which the only thing that matters is more money for themselves -- and not the best way to free oneself of this terrible bondage to the teaching profession.

For surely it should be obvious by now, that learning should not require more and more teachers and "dedicated" education administrators, but that learning is integral to all functioning and doing now -- to become merely an adjunct to some larger purpose -- and not as an end in itself, and especially, a self-perpetuating machine for those with no other capabilities for learning and doing themselves.

That's been the obvious evolution in education -- and the meaning of why it grows exorbitantly more costly, because it is no longer meaningful and necessary in the old way, when information was scarce and difficult to come by except through these institutions dedicated to that purpose. But now, every activity and function, requires instant learning as required, and not learning everything just in case one should ever need it -- which is a wasteful use of human resources and resourcefulness.

When the price for anything seems to approach infinity, that is when thoughtful people begin to ask, is it necessary at all -- if the price is everything else we hold dear? And then we get back to the higher understanding that is the basis and rationale for all learning -- which is no longer to need learning what keeps us more dependent and enslaved, but frees us to move on to enjoying other things -- as rightly we should, and is the whole meaning and purpose of anything we do in society.