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Brevity and Vicissitudes

Hello and blessings to all. Let’s talk about the one thought I’m fairly certain that most of us at one time or another have had regardless of how long we may have been on this planet..and that is….
There just never seems to be enough allotted time and life as a lot of folks will say, is simply much too short. This is called brevity and we all can most definitely attest to its ups and downs which creates a perpetual ebb and flow of uncertainty and constant challenges which are vicissitudes.. Yeah, these are just two words out of many that most of us will never use or even know.  However, these two words sort of sum up life’s mortality, unpredictability and all that encapsulates it.
If we take some time to reflect and conduct a little research we will most assuredly learn that almost all forms of life in this world has been subject to these words ( brevity and vicissitudes). They are very profound, poignant and are applicable to generation after generation after generation of human life and it’s evolution. Always have been and always will be which brings me to my next point of how ( in our desire and quest for advancement, wealth and power) we have ever so gradually moved away from simplicity into a realm of complication..
We have neglected what is most valuable in life and that is the preservation and caring for each other and all life…We  are no longer concerned with the welfare of the community as we have allowed the foundation of this much needed entity to erode and damn near evaporate..We have transitioned far away from those basic customs that were a common practice of our timeless progenitors (ancient ancestors) and have become much too consumed with self-gratification and pretentiousness to name a few. We are prone to self-righteousness and hypocrisy, quick to ostracize others for their flaws and what we may define as transgressions and giving no acknowledgement to our own. (Premature judgement and condemnation)
We aspire for and hope to achieve false images of success and worthiness that are dictated from a hierarchy of rapaciousness and exploitation.. We have become blinded by the promise of deceivers and misled through their well orchestrated propaganda.. Some of us are able to eventually see through the smoke and mirrors while others continue to follow, but has it come too late?
What monster are we fighting here and is it too formidable of an adversary to defeat? Well, this is where brevity and vicissitudes come into play..The monster is us and as we continue to feed it so does it continue to thrive and dominate our lives..Life is so short and we will experience various pitfalls and disappointments along the way, but by the time we figure it out, our time on this planet is just about up. So, we waste opportunity after opportunity to get it right, we complain while some never get the opportunities at all… We are profligate in our behavior on earth and the eviction notice will be served eventually. It’s only a matter of time which of course is something that we never have enough of.. Hence, we indulge ourselves in moments of retrospect and the one thought that always seems to be shared by many is ( if only I had known back then, what I know now), what a different life it would have been…. I have said this to myself over and over and I have asked myself (why did it take me so long to learn about myself, about others and about life)?  WHY? To this day, I still don’t have an exact answer but I believe that my life was what it was in order for me to be where and who I am today. I learned that with the brevity and vicissitudes of life that time is of the essence and the trials and tribulations are necessary for internal growth and that expectations are never guaranteed..(There is however one exception and that is (We can expect time to expire for all of us)!!!
Let me close by saying;
Take the time to educate yourself, to learn about yourself and to learn about other people and to discover what is important to you in life. Don’t waste your life away procrastinating or engaging in wishful thinking.. Stop hoping for some miraculous act or divine intervention ..I urge you to get it done while you still have the time!!! The bottom line here is to follow your own heart and pursue your own dreams because life is much too short and unpredictable to follow those of others…
Do this before there are no more tick tocks on the clock… Time is of the essence!
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God’s Work

Welcome once again to another insightful journey into the realm of truth fused with just a bit of skepticism.. I would like for you to try to approach this particular topic with an open mind (which may be a little difficult for some) and just allow yourself the freedom of thought outside of past and current indoctrination’s of religion and faith. Consider for a moment the possibility that everything you’ve been taught about God and Jesus is a lie or just another story borrowed from other stories in antiquity such as Budda or Egyptian deities. Everything is not what we have been taught it is. Are you ready to challenge the conventional school of thought? Iam!!!
We humans have accepted without question the teachings of those that espouse to have a direct pipeline into the thinking and desires of a supreme being who they refer to as God! I for one refuse to accept the story of this so-called God and I have come to be extremely dismissive of folks all dressed up in faith and immersed in religion toting the bible  under their arm or some other manifestation of religious doctrine, talking about how they’re doing God’s work. What exactly is God’s work and how, who or what has determined that? How in the heck can anyone make a claim that they are doing the work of God if they don’t have a direct connection with this deity? I mean, has this deity actually sat down and discussed with these folks exactly what he or she wants them to do? Has he or she provided them with written instructions or are we to accept the words of so-called apostles whom we have never met and  of whom no historical record has been written? I’m just asking for some evidence here because for anyone to make a claim that they are performing God’s work and to have never actually talked with the man or woman is (come on let’s be real here) is a bit foolish and cuckoo!!  
So how in the world is it that people (and I’m talking about millions) actually buy into this?  Further more, explain to me exactly what God’s work involves or at least provide me with a hand written note , a text, a video, an email or something to support your claim.. Anything with a signature will do as long as you can authenticate it.. Oh, and please don’t start talking to me about the bible being the word of God, because as far as I’m concerned it’s no different from any other book on fiction…It’s like The Three Little Bears because basically we are talking about a story that is symbolic of real life, correct? This book’s main characters just happens to be bears as opposed to the bible which has people….
Now let’s talk about these folks who make the assertion that they are doing God’s work.. As I look back through the annals of history, all I can see is folks who’ve been claiming to do the work of God have left nothing but dead bodies and streets flowing with rivers of blood. There have been cities after cities sacked, temples destroyed and plundered for their valuables which suggests that God’s work is Death and Destruction under the guise of religion… Hell, God didn’t need mankind to do that; mankind needed him or her  ( or at least the image) to justify the horror!!! But ya’ll still going to church and listening to these wolves in so-called divine clothing claiming to preach the word of God and doing his or her work. Really?
The Knights Templar (Poor Knights) and the Crusades were doing God’s work with the blessings of Pope Urban II and the Roman Catholic Church when they embarked on a campaign of terror, destruction and plunder first in Jerusalem then across Europe all in the name of Christianity..
The first colonists ( Puritans, Quakers, Mennonites and etc.) claimed that they also were performing God’s work when they stripped the Indigenous people of their identity and then stole their land and moved them onto reservations. I guess God had a change of heart and no longer wanted them to be fruitful and multiply or to have dominion over the earth as he supposedly stated in Genesis…
In conjunction with the slaughtering and culture cleansing of the indigenous people these so-called Christians used their religion as justification to enslave millions of Africans and to treat our ancestors as though they were chattel, all in the name of their so-called God…The bloody murderous atrocities and tyrannical exploits committed upon non threatening people throughout history by those folks asserting to do God’s work is quite extensive…
There are still modern-day folks who have picked up the holy torch and continue to disseminate this false and preposterous information and deceitful agenda. Folks are all in because they need something to believe in, something that gives them meaning and relevance to an otherwise shallow existence… I mean, they undoubtedly feel that there just has to be something more to life than the same old mundane  everyday toil…
Until this so-called God emerges from the heavens and personally appears here on earth and makes a declaration as to what exactly his work entails, I for one am not interested in hearing and religious zealots, their followers, preachers and the such spouting off about doing God’s work and giving him praise…. I don’t want to hear it. Unless you can provide me with some concrete irrefutable evidence of his desires, I’m not interested. I’ve already been to hell when I was a heroin addict so it can’t get much worse than that.. Now, I’m not completely discounting the possibility of a higher presence that exists and I can’t say for certain how mankind was created.. I don’t know, so I guess my theory has just as much credibility as the next persons..Maybe, just maybe God’s work is just trying to live a free and productive life that helps to inspire others and not attempting to manipulate and exploit folks behind the constructs of religious ideologies in the name of some manufactured God…The art of Deception is more in line with ( if there is one) the so-called Devil’s work…Dark Energy (negative influences)…Beware of what you allow in your head and penetrate your mind!!!!
In closing let me say that I cannot tell you what to believe or what not to believe. I can only appeal to your logic and common sense and I can call into question any person who claims to be doing the work of God. I will challenge anyone who espouses to have received a call from God to perform his or her work. As far as I am concerned, these folks are either one of two things, (Delusional/Exploiters) or both…Actually, I could say that I am performing God’s work myself by enlightening you and removing the veil of deception and ignorance…. My words are just as good as those that are written in the bible and I have never met this God either…. So, come along with me my brothers and sisters out of the darkness and into the light…
I am a messenger and I am an angel of God!!! 
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Note; I make the use of caps in regards to god and christian for literary correctness only. I also use his or her to reflect duality…I don’t know of any one being able to reproduce without the other unless of course it is A-sexual.

The Face of Hypocrisy, Ignorance and Denial (a pale-skinned man)

Welcome, you have now stepped into the realm of truth and hopefully you will enjoy the read and become another enlightened soul…

Human values are the principles, standards, convictions and beliefs that people adopt as their guidelines in daily activities. Principal human values are the foundation on which professional ethics are built. They are a set of consistent measures and behaviors that individuals choose to practice in the pursuit of doing what is right or what is expected of them in a humane society. Most laws and legislation are shaped by human values. If a country professes freedom, equality and justice for all as well as high moral family values then the leader of this country should embrace and reflect those same principles and values…

Now I for one am extremely aware of the pervasive and ubiquitous nature of hypocrisy in the makeup of our species and our society… I am aware of how it courses through the arteries of  the most unaltruistic of our kind and lends itself to malevolent folks who promulgate self-serving agendas.  I also understand completely how the process/action which is not seen (thought) allows compromise to maneuver and manipulate many people’s sense of values and principles which in turn open the door for hypocrisy to take root and flourish..If we paid closer attention to the behavior and actions (not rhetoric) of  said folks who demand our steadfast adherence to these fundamental values/principles we would acknowledge their blatant hypocritical posturing and require the same of them. Unless of course we choose to be swept up in a wave of ignorance and denial ourselves for whatever reasons…Which of course is exactly what the trumpeteers have elected to do!!
Pervasive describes things that spread through a place to become established everywhere.
Ubiquitous describes things that are everywhere in a place because it is the nature of that place to have those ubiquitous things.
You see, hypocrisy begins to spread throughout a place if left unchecked or unchallenged and if not brought to the forefront, it will inevitably become established and rooted there.. Once this has transpired, it is now pervasive and ubiquitous (everywhere) becoming the nature of  the place and those nefarious things (people) that inhabit it. So now, Let us just take a moment here for just a tad bit of retrospection (reflection or reviewing past events or situations).
I heard a pale skinned man say that ( if elected to the highest office in this land) that he would build a great wall on his country’s border to prevent Mexican immigrants from entering his country and that Mexico would pay for the construction of that wall.
I heard a pale skinned man claim that he would make his country (America) great again.
I heard a pale skinned man boast of how  wealthy he is and how he used a system to write off debts that in turn exempted him from certain tax obligations.
I heard a pale-skinned man say that he would not turn over his tax returns  for review (why not, if there is nothing to hide)? Me thinks that there is….
I heard this pale-skinned man say that he would repeal the Affordable Care Act that provides health insurance coverage for over 30 million Americans (no replacement mind you).
I heard a pale-skinned man say that when you are a star, that they (woman) let you do anything.(Grab them by the pussy, you can do anything). WTF, Is this what you want your daughters to hear spewing from the mouth of a person she is supposed to respect and admire…Really?  
I heard this pale skinned man incite and welcome violence with his careless rhetoric and then when someone acts on it, he denies any culpability.. He will later claim that his remarks were taken out of context, misconstrued and that it wasn’t what he meant.
I heard this pale-skinned man invite Russia to hack his rival, Hillary Clinton’s e-mails..
There is so much more that this pale-skinned man has said but I think you kinda get my drift. This type of irresponsible rhetoric and unacceptable behavior was consistently displayed throughout his campaign and only mildly criticized which would indicate a clearly he is mentally unfit for the office and definitely is someone who is not to be trusted… yet, he was elected. Of course the Republican party had no comments…No backbones!! Why? Well you know “Birds of a feather flock together”!!
Somehow, we have allowed exception to the rule and lowered the bar for this asinine and classless pale-skinned man where others would have been ostracized, repudiated and lambasted for the same.. Make no doubt about it, if it were President O’Bama, he would have been .. So, one would most surely ask, why was this buffoon given a pass? Here in lies the old familiar ally of pale-skinned people (double standard ). How is it possible that a man who not only demonstrates a low level of IQ, an incompetent level of articulation, an extremely shallow tolerance for criticism (thin skin), has consistently made disparaging, disrespectful, demeaning and hateful remarks about other human beings and is completely unapologetic for it, be elected POTUS? This is a man who is void of integrity, principles and moral ethics, all of which would have been a prerequisite for anyone else seeking the office…
There is this old adage about the fruit not falling far from the tree that bears it and that would definitely apply here. So, allow me to give ya’ll a synopsis of their history…You see although you will not find this taught in any conventional schools (and most pale-skinned folks will vehemently deny it),  but the majority of the first pale-skinned people of Europe that came to the Americas were of a trash class completely void of any decency, values or principles as were the so-called elite class  who weren’t any different. They just had money, power and influence but still carried the same stench! All of England was rife with poverty so the Crown as well as other nobles wanted to rid the country of this heavy burden and ship them off to the Americas under the guise of indentured servitude (slaves)..
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Conquering the Obstacle (Fear)

Welcome, this truth should speak to the hearts and souls of all people but mainly to my dark-skinned brothers and sisters with whom I hope my words will resonate deeply with..

The greatest hindrance to any one person being able to pursue aspirations and succeeding in life aside from those obstacles that have been systematically placed in their pathway is the propensity for procrastination, a lack of faith in our ability and fear. Of course I’m not referring to those folks who may have some form of physical or mental disabilities that may or may not be an impediment, but primarily to those of us who are in complete control of all of our faculties. I thoroughly understand what the ramifications and impacts of racism, bigotry, xenophobia, discrimination, sexism, injustice and other forms of practiced oppression may have on a person’s psyche. I get it, but in this country does it determine who we are and where we go in life? If not, then why on earth do so many of us settle for it?

Being excluded from having the same opportunities and privilege is a major disadvantage and in many respects has been a common practice of the people in power over those that they fear and oppress. Yes, I said fear because that is exactly what lays at the core for their oppression. They are extremely fearful of the dark-skinned people in this country and throughout the world, otherwise they wouldn’t feel the necessity to oppress any human especially those that they think they are superior to.  So, I ask you, who is the real inferior human on earth? The pale skinned people’s fear is a natural fear that resides in their DNA and is compounded by the hateful bigoted and racist rhetoric that they are fed… The dark-skinned people’s fear has come from centuries of enslavement, cruel and vicious acts of murder, castration, burnings, bombings, hangings, rape, mutilation, false imprisonment and beatings as well as a perpetual stream of mis-information to instill in us a sense of docility and inferiority.. Today we can refer to this type of behavior as terrorism!!!!

Now with that said, should a person accept a place in life that has been determined for him or her by others? Should the promulgation and diffusion of tactics or methods such as marginalization, demoralization, degradation and blatant humiliation that are intended to stifle our progress and shatter our image of self and destroy ones will be enough to strike in one an insurmountable fear? Should they?

I for one,  say no it should not, but it certainly has achieved overwhelming success in effecting the psyche of many. Personally, I have refused to acknowledge or accept this as an excuse.. Of course I have experienced a great deal of fear and self-doubt in my years but I had to learn how to be determined and how to not let this be a hindrance. Yes, as I gaze around, I fully understand and somewhat over-stand that basically everything that I see is predominantly controlled and provided by the pale skinned Euro/American people. This is what I see but it is not the way that I live. I, a fifth generation African (Akan/Temne) American and is the direct descendant of slaves in this country has not allowed myself to be conquered by this overwhelming and unjust reality..

What has transpired in this country against my people ( and others) then and now only stirs up inside of me a tenacious fire to persevere and excel.  My fire is no different from your fire. The only exception is that I channel my fire in a more satisfying and productive way. Can you imagine the impact that you could have on your life and others by just re-examining your priorities and channeling your fire (anger) in a more productive capacity? We constantly become snared by the pale skinned people’s traps and we haven’t learned how to avoid them.. We have allowed these people to dictate the narrative of who and what we are as well as who and what we are not. Along the way we have become much too fearful and skeptical of what we are capable of achieving and have failed to tap into our tenacious fire… This fire has burned in the souls of our ancestors throughout antiquity and over the last few centuries has enabled us to persevere and endure the harshest of cruelties and atrocities.. There has been far too much pain and suffering and inequality…

Wow, it is utterly amazing that we are still here which is in and of itself a true testament to that perseverance and fire that I am speaking of.. Now you know what you possess inside and what you are dealing with.

There are many, many obstacles in life that we must overcome and yes it can be a daunting challenge… So my brothers and sisters I ask , is the real obstacle you and if so, then is it fair to say that the real conqueror is also you?

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Reaping Time

I have come to the conclusion that humankind’s seeds of iniquity have sown far too much greed, hate and evil for us to overcome. Humans have (since our existence on this planet) always launched campaigns of war and terror upon other humans primarily for the accumulation of wealth, power and dominance and has continued to fail miserably at battling our real adversary. This unseen but ever-present force has become the bedfellow or handmaiden of many a man and many a woman or maybe vice versa as far back as we can date the interaction between our species… 

This is the force of evil!!!!

It does us no genuine good whatsoever to immerse ourselves in contrived institutions of law, justice, democracy, churches and religions if our actions are contrary to their fundamental principles and values. We clothed ourselves in the fabric of virtue and a prestigious constitution supposedly anchored in integrity.. We stand behind proclamations of falsehood and empty promises that have delivered absolutely nothing except destruction and despair. Hey, if you don’t believe me, just ask any Native Indigenous American, any former British or African slave ( if you can find any).. Maybe you’ll have some luck with the descendants of the Irish slaves, who are referred to as Redlegs and currently reside in a poor run down section in Barbados.. I have read though that they have a very nasty temperament and aren’t too hospitable.. ( Hmm, I wonder why)..

For anyone person who vociferously advocates that these tenets are a testament to who we are as a country denotes a degree of ignorance, hypocrisy, malice or just a cold and callous audaciousness. These institutions have been established to mask the real intent and evil that lurks in the minds and hearts of people…Wolves in sheep clothing!!!

This evil presence dwells in the hearts and palaces of monarchs, despots, aristocrats and many a proletariat. The annals of history attests to that narrative and reveals to us the great civilizations that have risen to enormous heights of wealth, power and dominance and have  all crumbled down on their corrupted foundations.. This country and others will not be any different because of the manner in which it’s wealth,  power and dominance has been realized…Whenever a thing is acquired by exploitation, connivance or the spilling of blood from another so shall that thing be taken back and so shall their blood be shed!!!

If you live by the sword so shall you perish by the sword. Let’s not make no mistake about it,  it will eventually make its way onto our doorstep .. It is resolute as it is inevitable and it is a historical fact.. The pendulum swings both ways and we shall always reap what we have sown. The presence of evil and discourse disrupts the natural order of life, nature and the universe.

Mankind is a peculiar animal who continuously fails to acknowledge his history in the world as well as the errors of his ways. It is only just that we will never, ever realize our full potential. We undoubtedly can’t seem to get it so, because of our stubborn, egotistical, manipulative and greedy nature, we will be stuck in this cycle of perpetual evil …We must take the blinders off! 

The world is becoming a very dark place..Somebody better turn on the lights!!

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Building walls will not insulate us from the evil that is so pervasive throughout the world and is also rooted and thriving here…It arrived and was sowed by the British colonial immigrants who claimed to be christians  performing the will of their so-called God….

The Power of Influence (POTUS Election 2016)

Perception Influences Perspective

 
My last post I wrote a little about the “power of self” and this post as you can see is about the “power of influence”. Both of these correlate with one another because one cannot happen without affecting the other in some fashion (be that good or bad). We are all influenced in some manner or another and that can happen in many ways. I read this book called (The Psychology of Influence and Persuasion written by: Robert D. Cialdini, PhD) and I couldn’t help but think of how much it applies to this 2016 Presidential campaign and all the negative and repulsive ( yet revealing ) comments and antics that surrounded and enveloped it.  This book as well as this election is an in-debt revealing look into the weapons of persuasion and how they are implemented.. Unbeknownst to us, we encounter and fall prey to them almost every waking hour, minute and second of the day…
 
The “power of self” can also be an influence on not just our lives but the lives of others both indirectly and directly. Basically, what it boils down to is how one or the other is used.. Now these can be negative or positive but either way they are interlocked. Weapons of persuasion are used to affect our thoughts and emotions which will yield the desired effect. In this case, the outcome of the 2016 Presidential election!!!
 
This election has been exactly that, an overwhelmingly display of influence and weapons of persuasion. It serves as a classic example of how folks have allowed things they heard, things they wanted to hear but didn’t or things they thought they heard, things they saw, things they wanted to see but didn’t or things they thought they saw  affect their judgment and now we and the world bear witness to its effect . They have allowed elements or mediums outside of themselves to take complete control of their minds and emotions and affect them immensely without much evaluation. That which impacts our perception will ultimately affect our perspective.. The massive  amount of energy and effort set in motion campaigns on both sides whose purpose or intent was to ultimately persuade folks to vote for their respective candidates. There were also other entities, sources and people who individually and some collectively who spoke of how they felt about both candidates whether positively or negatively attempting to influence and persuade folks to vote or not to vote for these candidates. This occurred from all ethnic, religious and special interest groups. To sum it up, it was an immense aggregation and amalgamation of propaganda, emotions, thoughts, stink and garbage… Speaking of religion, isn’t there supposed to be a separation of church and state?? Oh that’s right, only when it is a matter of convenience and agendas……
 Hypocrites!!! But ya’ll go ahead and keep listening and following these impostors and crooks masked in the cloth of righteousness….B.S.

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