I Care, Therefore I Am.. Arrogant?

This is a phenomenon I began witnessing in 2016 and am seeing it on the rise again. The accusation of arrogance, falsely applied. Often directed toward myself when I post one of my own articles in response to a complex discussion. It is being used by members of both major parties.

I will note that I tend to spend a lot of time, thought and research on each article I write, so if I have already written an article on a subject, it’s a waste of time and energy to rewrite that same article during a discussion online.

The definition of arrogance means having an attitude of superiority. It really comes down to not caring about dissenting opinions. If you do not care about the opinions of others, it literally means you don’t care about other people. Only yourself, your own profit motive. Arrogance in itself is immature, the inability to think beyond yourself.

Basically every article I write focuses on issues which affect millions of people, often in ways which do not include myself. I propose ideas which may cost me personally in some ways but find them beneficial because they would benefit society in some way. The very ability to think beyond yourself, to be able to comprehend consequences, to listen to dissenting viewpoints are signs of emotional maturity. So, if I possess the characteristics and am aware of them, does that make me arrogant? Or does it mean self-awareness?

The defining characteristic of those who direct these accusations against me are that they have either no actual thoughts on a subject or they will post articles written by someone else. Most often a corporate source. They literally do not think or they seek out sources which concur with their own existing bias. They refuse to even discuss any subject enough to address what they feel is inaccurate in any way. They throw tantrums, insults, accusations and refuse to acknowledge possible consequences of their decisions.

Tell me, which do you think is arrogant?

Yes, I have flaws and often admit to them openly. I’m sure as hell not perfect. I will admit to a “flaw” in my own personality. I think about others too much. I am a nurse. I have spent 24 years thinking of others as a career. I consciously chose this profession because I knew this to be a strong characteristic of my personality. While I write prodigiously, in real life I tend to be the opposite too often. I spend a lot of time listening to others, including in friendships and relationships, while my own needs and feelings are forgotten in the process. As a result I’ve lost sleep and money which will never be regained while ultimately feeling alone many times. Do I regret it? No. Am I trying to do better? Yes.

Some people would call me co-dependent. However, I don’t enable damaging behavior. I view society as a system of relationships. Friendships, romantic arrangements, social structures, business, etc are all forms of relationships. Relationships are cyclical, where each member of a relationship contributes in some way. Each gives, each receives, either monetarily or emotionally. The exception to this are hoarders, such as the rich, who give an infinitesimal fraction of that which they take. That’s when it becomes damaging and hence truly co-dependent and unhealthy to continue supporting or defending them. Or in abusive relationships, where one partner takes by force, abuse and neglect. Like political parties. Both political parties. We have to examine the cycles involved to see who gains, who loses and strive to attain balance between the two if we want our society to be a healthy relationship as a whole.

I’ve written extensively about economic systems and the cycles involved. How our own system is unbalanced, how it could potentially become more balanced. I have written about wages, food stamps, universal healthcare, weapons contractors, the stock market and on and on. I have a habit of going into more detail than many people ever attempt to understand while doing so in simple language. To date, I have yet to encounter an opposing opinion which was lucid enough to sway my opinion. Not because my views are set in stone, because I examine things closely and any opposition has always come from an uninformed and/or selfish stance.

I think about, examine and write about things because I care. I care about the victims of US wars, people in poverty, the sick without healthcare, the hungry, the disabled, victims of prejudice, victims of police abuse, people working multiple jobs to make a basic living, people who lose their jobs/savings/homes because of corporate abuse, those who have their human rights trampled on. In short, anyone who is treated as “less than”.

So, go ahead and call me arrogant. Call me any name you like. When you have a rational view which you can personally discuss without resorting to insults and posting thoughts which have been dictated to you, I will happily listen and converse accordingly. As long as you continue seeking corporate, political, religious “leaders” to speak for you while being unable to define your own thoughts on a subject in detail, I will view you as a child seeking a parental figure. As long as you use insults, accusations and refuse to recognize opposing rational views, you have no right to use the term “arrogant”.

Oh, yeah. Another flaw I have is using too much profanity for some people. Another is that if someone offends me (which takes a concerted, intentional effort), I tend to come out of a corner fighting. Just keep in mind, my fight is for a lot more than myself. Who and what are you fighting for?

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Being A Purist

Now that the battle has begun for supremacy in the Democratic race, the belittlement of the “purists” has begun. Again. Only this time, the ones doing most of the attacking are the alleged Party “Progressives”.

Funny thing. In 2016, the ones supporting Bernie were attacked as “purists” by the Establishment DNC cultists. Now it is largely Bernie followers attacking us. Though it can also be Tulsi followers. And they are attacking each other.

So what does it mean to be a Purist? It means we see certain issues as non-negotiable. It means we reject incremental change. It means we understand that without radical change now that we are doomed. As a nation, possibly as a species. Do we expect everything that we push for to come to pass? No, we’re not children and we know what world we are living in. However, we expect a candidate who claims to be Progressive to raise the issues that we endorse and stand by those issues, stand by us. Not turn their backs for political expediency. Not vowing fealty to a party that has shown consistently that they have no interest in what is best for the people.

Stand your ground. Being a purist means standing your ground. It means we, ourselves must be loyal to our values. If we are not loyal to our values, how do we expect elected officials to not discard what some among us are too willing to throw away? When we throw our values under the bus, we throw ourselves under the bus right along with those values. We cannot abandon ourselves and expect better.

If you are not with us.. We hate having to take this stance but we are left with no choice. If you are not with us, you are against us. This is what we are told every single day by the people who claim to be on our side. Thus, we are forced to adopt the same attitude. Look how many times our concerns are completely ignored by the media, by the people we have donated to, campaigned for, voted for. If we do not force issues to the foreground, those concerns are covered up, treated as though they and we are invisible.

We are problem solvers. Too many times, we have been called trouble makers. The opposite is true. We see problems and troubles which we cannot ignore. It is we who seek solutions. Solutions that help the greatest number of people possible, rather than only a select privileged few.

We are the most informed voters. Of all voters in the spectrum, we tend to be the most informed, the most aware. That is why so many attempts are made to silence us. Given the slightest chance, we educate other voters. We do not rely on insults and profanity to make our points. We come armed with facts, logic, reason, questions which we will not allow to be ignored.

We are growing in number. As much as even other self-proclaimed “activists” try to silence us and discourage us, we are growing in number. Our education has an insidious impact which recruits more to our side on a daily basis. So if it seems like you have reason to be discouraged, don’t give in. Just seek out the right associates and lean on each other.

We’re not going away. We are here to stay. We are a permanent fixture that will continue our efforts no matter what obstacles are throw in our path. Social media is the medium that brought us together and allowed us to share information. Now we have many means of reaching across distances, joining forces and continue these efforts.

We will not be shamed. If you call us purists, we will thank you for it. Some try and use the term as an affront, an insult. You cannot claim we are selfish when we fight for many and often for things which offer us no direct benefit or profit. We are willing to pay more and work harder if it means it helps others attain equality, health and peace. We know that what is not pure is tainted, impure, corrupted, foul.

The choice is yours. Are you a purist? Will you stand or will you run and hide? Will you be loyal to your fellow human beings or sell out because you don’t have it in you? What future do you want for yourself, your children, your grandchildren? Because that is the future we are creating right this minute. If we lose, you lose and so do your descendants. Define what you call “winning”. Look around you now and see what is being called “winning”. If it does not include elevating everyone with no exceptions, you haven’t won anything but bragging rights and not much of that in the long term. Are you any different than the ones who dismissed you before? That’s a choice you make hour by hour.

I know where I stand and you will not move me. Try at your own risk.

I Wonder

This one is a bit more pondering than anything. Questioning features of human nature which are all too common.

Most notably, I question why so many humans are prone to hate and greed.

I have explored some of this before in articles where I explain that hate, anger and fear are addictions. I explore more of it in one of the first chapters of the book I am writing when I look at indoctrination.

Still, that understanding is not enough. Of course, knowledge will never be enough to defeat emotions which are base, bestial and completely unreasoning. None of this is new to human nature, either. One look through history at segregation, the mass murder of black people, slavery, crusades, witch hunts, wars, genocide of native Americans, many other genocides in history tells us that this behavior is part and parcel of the worst of human nature.

Still, we live in an age of information. Where anything you want to know about is easily found. For some, their time is limited by the necessity of working long hours, sometimes multiple jobs, raising children, etc. I empathize with them. One would expect the older, retired people with more time on their hands to do the research and lend more truth to our discussions.

Yet the elderly are the ones most likely to be ruled by hatred, fear, greed and prejudice. The real tragedy is how elderly people are the ones most likely to claim some past of community, unity and reliance on one another, who belonged to unions, some marched against wars in Korea and Vietnam, who now rely on Social Security and Medicare yet are the exact same ones raging against Socialism. Not understanding that without these Socialist programs, their lives would have been would currently be far worse. Many would not be alive this minute.

Sadly, we must face facts that much of their history of “community” for many involved attacking minorities, burning schools and churches, eagerly fighting in senseless wars. So that sense of “community” for some is completely skewed. Their hateful views are nothing that developed over years, they were always that way. They just deny it.

Even as we live in an age of information, much of that information is owned, ruled by warmongers and profiteers who distort facts for their own benefit. Try and demonstrate this to the ones who rely on such false sources and they demonize you. Give them facts, point out that their sources only use opinion and allusion and they will stick to the fraudulent source. That is what fuels their rage because rage is their true desire, not truth. The truth carries responsibility. The ones who deny the truth are the ones who will cry loudest when that truth becomes undeniable. Louder than that if they must pay any part of the cost when the bill comes due.

How many times can the majority watch corporate media in any and all forms be discredited, proven completely not just incorrect but intentionally deceptive, yet still rely on those very same sources? Better yet, why would anyone continue listening to those sources? There is only one answer. Because even if the “information” is false, it is what they want to hear, so it does not matter that it is false. If the media reports that the economy is doing well even as they drive past homeless encampments, they think the economy is doing well. If the media reports that Saint Mueller has proof that Russia nuked their hometown, they won’t notice they are not dying of radiation poisoning, to them Russia nuked their hometown.

That is truly the extent of the cognitive dissonance endemic in this country at this time. Just as long as they have someone to blame and no personal responsibility, including learning and accepting the truth. Blame immigrants, Russia, China, Iran, Venezuela, Democrats, Republicans, men, women, gay people, Muslims, Atheists, Jews, minorities or anyone else that is “different”. Just never talk, never listen to an opposing view.

What good do these people think their rage is accomplishing? Being a prison nurse, I just passed by an inmate in isolation screaming, beating on his cage. I see him as very much an analogy for these people. His rage does nothing and holds immense potential for harming himself. Nobody hears what he is saying, as it is complete nonsense that results in nothing. Some take pleasure in the idea of harming others, thinking that harm will soothe the demons ripping their own souls to shreds. They age before their time. They cause their own blood pressure to become permanently elevated. Then they cannot afford the medication, so they rage even more. Turn on corporate media and find someone to blame. Who can we wall out, place in cages or bomb this time?

It’s frustrating, depressing. To live in a country that has so many resources as we do, including for knowledge and see it all wasted, sold to the highest bidder while the general population is denied by their own choice. That lend so much support blindly, mindlessly to the system which oppress us all.

Just to feed the demons. That is a hunger which is never satisfied.

Happy 2019!! (NOT 2020)

Happy 2019!!

2018 was not the best year for many of us. If not for actual personal events in our lives, many have been inundated with stress thanks to politics. Though I have to say if you really found 2018 that stressful because of politics, what it really indicates is that you finally started paying attention. Many neoliberals will claim otherwise yet can barely cover the surface of any issue. Though even that is an improvement. In 2016 and 2017 they could not even name more than one issue.

Honestly, if you do not know what the issues really are, then it’s time to find out. I think my page is a good place to begin because I have a few hundred articles posted, each one of which delves into one issue or another. If not mine, try another Progressive page.

Any way, back to the subject at hand. I’ve written about this a couple of times but it bears repeating again.. and again.. and again. It is now 2019, not 2020!!!!

What does that mean? It means to stop sharing, writing, trying to campaign for your favorite neoliberal zombie puppet like you are a ventriloquist’s dummy with someone’s hand up your ass!!! Either that or admit to the fact to yourself that this is exactly what you are.

I don’t care how much you need a cult to belong to, now is not the time. It is not time to talk about Bernie or Warren or Harris or Clinton or Biden or what ever other Establishment tool the DNC and their corporate owners are trying to shove down our throats already. The only exception is if you are protesting against them and even that needs to be limited to comments where they are being promoted by others. Otherwise you are just helping to build name recognition for them. You are helping them with every article you share.

2019 needs to be the year of issues. Medicare For All, ending wars, election reform, freedom for Assange, increasing wages… Those are the things we need to be discussing. It does not matter who is in what office. Get away from the names because the fixation on names is what is destroying this country. Too many atrocities are ignored because some name claims it is okay.

This year you have plenty of time to get informed. The presidential elections are next year, not this year. The more we focus on issues, the more we can force the media and elected officials to address them, force them to listen.

Identity Politics. One of our biggest tasks this year needs to be breaking down the barriers of identity politics. This means sticking to the issues religiously. Leave names out of the picture, which is much easier when there is no election on the immediate horizon. Poll after poll shows the true left and the Conservative right have many common concerns and opinions. Nearly the only real difference is immigration. Yet if we addressed the other problems, immigration becomes less and less of a concern. Address income inequality, healthcare, employment, law enforcement, drug abuse and education standards and any argument against immigration disappears, other than overt racism.

Democrats attack us, disparaging any “purity test”, which is really a testament that they endorse corruption. Talk about Medicare For All and they show their colors. Even if you still call yourself a Democrat you can see the absolute resistance to popular movements. Democrats used to be the anti-war party (or so they claimed). Now they oppose any peace effort. They used to be the party for the people, yet all legislation they have suggested is aimed only at their own grip on power.

Republicans attack us, claiming we want something for nothing. Then hand massive tax breaks to corporations and the rich. But this is no change for Republicans, who have always been the same way. Okay, I should say Conservatives because Conservatives and Liberals reversed parties in 1968. They claim to be in favor of decreased spending, then increase spending and debt dramatically. Who pays for the spending and the debt? You do. They claim to create jobs but do so by decreasing wages while inflation continues rising. Or they create jobs in other countries. Meanwhile, profits rise at the top.

Our Advantage. The advantage that Progressives have at this point is the fact that we have become so intensely independent. We are the orphans left to fend for ourselves and define how things should be. Which means we see things objectively, how each party works against us. That also means we are far less likely in the future to be blind to manipulation should we achieve a third party leader trying to deceive us into war, corporate dominance or trickle down economic lies. Our advantage is that we have become more educated, more adept, more thick skinned, more fluent in all the deceptions and can pass this knowledge on to others. If we do it wisely.

Call me names. In the past few years I have been called a sexist while I voted for Jill Stein. A Communist and Socialist for wanting more for our own people. A coward for not endorsing useless wars for corporate profit. A Trump supporter for not blindly following the DNC cult. A Hillary supporter for not blindly following Trump. A Russian troll for not believing Mueller is a god. I’m not alone. Millions of us have endured this and will continue doing so. By this point it rolls off our backs. We’re not going away. We are growing in numbers as each major party disappoints their followers more each day.

This is our year. Don’t throw it away and do not tolerate others who try to do so. Talk about what matters. Drag the cultists kicking and screaming back to specifics on issues. When they push platitudes, arm yourself with facts, ask questions and demand answers, not propaganda. We need real discussions, not advertising.

Keep in mind, 2020 is a full year away.

Hate And Fear As Addictions

I’ve written about this before but re-doing it once again because it is an important concept. I am approaching this in a rather clinical manner, seeing my history of nursing.

I find this especially important at this time. Right now, the midterms are over. Yet by and large people are more likely to be acting out emotionally, not thinking rationally. And that’s the goal of the parties and media machines. React, don’t think. Feel, don’t question. Get angry, even when you don’t know why.

When you focus your mind on emotional outrage, offense or fear you are not trying to find solutions to problems. You are seeking to satisfy your emotional state. The biggest problem with this is how people keep going from one outrage to another to another. When was the last time you personally were notin one of these states?

The biggest reason you are always in some heightened emotional state is because of the media. Fear, anger and offense sell. It’s profitable. So they make it continuous. Day after day, each media source trying to come out with the next outrageous headline to put you in one of these states. What stories are you most likely to share, forward to your friends and family, blast on loudspeakers, etc?

Now here is the biggest problem. Anger, hate, fear and offense are addictions. I mean that in the literal sense of the word. Most Americans, if they look at themselves honestly and objectively, can see the pattern of addiction in their own behavior.

Anger, hate and fear cause the same chemical responses in the brain as drug use. Especially resembling methamphetamine use, they cause a chemical response of increased adrenaline production coupled with heightened endorphin production, especially norepinephrine, serotonin and dopamine.

What is worse is that addictions keep getting worse as time goes on. Drug addicts develop what is known as tolerance. That is to say, the same dose becomes less effective over time, so they seek more and more, higher and higher doses of the same substance. Or they seek new substances that will give them the same euphoria, then continue on with the pattern, often mixing substances until they are taking a cocktail of chemicals which slowly damage and poison their bodies.

One of the most damaging long term effects of chronic stress and anxiety is increased stress hormone production, which leads to high blood pressure, digestive disorders and weight gain. So keeping yourself in a state of chronic stress willingly truly is damaging and even potentially lethal, shortening your life span while decreasing your quality of life.

I know some people will claim that comparing these emotions to addiction is ludicrous. However, look at how much pleasure people derive from watching horror movies. Violent sports like football. War movies. Cop shows. All of these portray events which in real life are atrocities, tragedies. However, when we are dealing with the news, atrocities are being played out in real life, not dramatized.

So, what are some of the behavioral signs of addiction?

First, the addict cannot control the behavior. They consciously or subconsciously seek the object of addiction on a frequent basis. This continues even after they have identified the addiction. Remember, alcoholics and ex-smokers often refer to themselves as “recovering”, indicating they have not beaten the addiction even years after giving it up. Instead, they keep the addiction under control.

If addiction is not controlled (such as an addict in denial), the addiction gets worse. They develop tolerance. They seek out more and more of the object of their addiction. In this case, they will actively seek out things which cause the stressful state they desire. Check the comment sections on Progressive pages or RT and you will find many whose sole purpose on that page is to express anger and seek conflict. Many who dislike Trump subscribe to his Twitter feed. Others seek out story after story attacking Trump, Russia or whomever else offends them by mere mention of the name.

That tolerance may have begun as having some reaction to stories that came up in the media but over time they began to seek those stories more and more frequently. Eventually, they could not go even a few hours without genuinely needing that stress. They actively seek out things that provide that stress multiple times a day. That can include news by TV, internet or discussion, sports, movies, TV shows, computer games and other influences.

That stress spills over into their everyday lives, causing more problems. Like an addict, they will seek out those who share the addiction in the form of similar viewpoints, rejecting opposing anyone with opposing views. Express a dissenting view and they commonly become abusive. That includes to their family and friends.

The only way to deal with this problem is to deal with it on a personal level. The first step is admitting a problem exists. Be honest with yourself, look in your mental mirror and see if the description fits. Then take action accordingly.

We all need to be engaging in interventions with family and those in our social circles.

Addicts always make excuses and divert responsibility. There are no excuses. The social and political environment is not an excuse. The food you eat is not an excuse. Chemtrails are not an excuse. The responsibility is on the addict and should not be allowed to be cast elsewhere. Don’t be an enabler.

Some readers may want clinical documentation of this comparison. Is that really needed? Behavioral evidence should really be sufficient. If you really want the clinical documentation, there is a lot of it available online but separately addressing amphetamine use and anger. I’m just giving a cross reference. I’ve read the clinical information which merely confirmed my theory.

Side note: The example I originally used in this theory remains valid. That example was racism. If a person is racist against (for example) black people, it does not remain against only black people. A racist continues expanding their bigotry and hate to include Hispanics, Muslims, Jews, Atheists, etc until it becomes hatred of anyone that is different. However, that is far from the only example, as noted above. So, this is not directed at one political or social leaning. It applies universally.