How Entities Control Our Lives


We many times like to think that even if we are been spied on, and we have a government which is letting major corporations getting away with poisoning our food and water, that we are still free as individuals, and that we individuals do not willingly give in to our own incarceration. However, the truth is that we do, and not only that, but we think it makes us special, we think it makes us more important.

Most will not be wondering what I am talking about, but the problem is, we see incarceration and a dystopian society in a way similar to George Orwell’s book 1984 where there was a totalitarian government that controlled every aspect of our lives, and we hated it. However, what if instead of a government, the ones that are truly controlling our lives are multinational corporations, who play puppet theater with our government, and us.

Now, to what this has to do with you as a consumer, it has everything to do with you. Corporations have found ways to turn every part of our lives into a transaction, a business, something where they can make a profit. The most obvious example is the gym (in the U.S. cultural sense of the term, which is more like a club where people go to do exercise), where people take their cars to go to the gym to be there for an exact amount of time doing exercise that they could have done just walking around.

However, this applies to much more than just people wanting to do exercise. You have dating websites, which are taking an extremely personal part of your life and making it a business. They are taking something that should be personal between two people, a decision that they make by themselves out previous knowledge of each other, and turning relationships into a market where they can make a profit.

Then, there is also the fact that nowadays people are hiring mentors for their children. The process of which is basically that you give one of these associations a request, and they give you a well rounded person to mentor your child. Something that should be done by either the parents, or someone that the family, and most of all the child, actually knows.

Then, there are these friend associations which are where they designate your child a friend to play with, that is considered socially acceptable. Which means they are taking you friendships and turning them into a business as well.

However, what do these have to do with your personal freedom? The fact is that these are all central parts of ones life where associations and businesses are giving you and your family people to socialize with that are specifically socially acceptable, and therefore act like the majority of people. Where these organizations can make sure you never encounter other people who are interested (as I would suppose the readers of this blog are) in alternative ways of living, in going against the norm, in rebelling against the current system. These people can stop you from meeting anyone else like you, and therefore turn you into a mindless zombie that can only talk about yesterdays football match, and how drunk your going to get this Friday, and if you’re a girl, who is going out with who, and what clothes you plan on buying this weekend.

But not only that, but then we end up with a society where everyone is booked from dawn to dusk (and later) with activities. I know kids who from 7:30 to 14:00 they are at school, then they have after school activities that last until 17:00, then they go to work until 22:00, and finally come home to eat some crap food and do homework while watching the latest TV show. And as I said in my post on Free-Time, most of these kids don’t even need these jobs, they just want to be able to consume more and more. But then, on weekends, they go shopping, they have more activities, they go to the gym, etc. People have their whole life on an agenda, and the only way to organize a time to meet with these people is to organize it weeks in advance.

So be careful what you do in your spare time, and how many activities you sign up for (and more importantly, what activities you sign up for). And always try to have at least an hour of free-time a day where you can sit down and just think about things. Think whether you really need to be doing something, or even more importantly, whether you really want to at all. Because life is short, and if you’re going to spend it by letting it go by so you can live a life as the majority, it’s not a life worth spending. Live your life, don’t waste time on these useless activities that you don’t need.

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La Diferencia Entre Trabajo Y Persona


“Todos como yo: usurpando un honor que no merecíamos con un oficio que no sabíamos hacer. Algunos persiguen sólo el poder, pero la mayoría busca todavía menos: el empleo.”

– Señor Presidente, del libro Buen Viaje, Señor Presidente de Gabriel García Márquez.

Esta cita de Gabriel García Márquez de su cuento “Buen Viaje, Señor Presidente” habla sobre un tema que nos olvidamos siempre. Cuando pensamos en nuestros políticos, pensamos en ellos como personas; o mejor dicho, no distinguimos entre el político como persona, y el polítoco como cargo político. Pensamos que aplicarían los mismos valores que aplican en su vida diaria que aplican en su oficio. Y por tanto, si un político have algo malo pensamos que es porque ese tipo es mala persona.

Como bien indica el Señor Presidente del cuento en esta cita, hay políticos como eso, gente a quienes solo les importa el poder. Pero, también es verdad que la amplia mayoría de los políticos no son así, y por lo tanto, haran una cosa en el trabajo, y otra en su vida cotidiana. No son los políticos como persona que están mal, es el oficio, y harán cualquier cosa en su oficio para ganar las siguientes elecciones.

La consequencia de esto es que la gente normal (osea, la mayoría de nosotros en cualquier país) lo vé de una manera tan simplísta, que cambiamos los políticos año tras año sin darnos cuenta que lo que falla es el oficio, no uno, sino todos, el sistema entero. Y hasta que no se cambia el problema de fondo, no se solucionará nada.

Western Culture


I wrote an essay for my Social Studies class on Google Drive, and I thought it would be a good idea to share on my blog. Click here to read the document, and you can ask me questions or reply to it here on my blog.

Thanks!

The Deterioration of Education


These days, education has lost much of it’s meaning. As capitalism has been expanding, schools have been focusing more on the entertainment of the students than expanding their knowledge. I will give the example of the U.S. since that is where I am currently studying, but this does not mean that it doesn’t happen elsewhere in the world, and if it’s not there, it will be. Here in the U.S. there are a few new philosophies of teaching that are going around, one of them is that teachers try to make the subject “fun” by adding useless things like videos, raps, or The Simpsons and using them as teaching methods.

The reasons people give for this kind of education is that they say one of two things: “everyone learns differently” or “we want children to love learning”. Now, here are my arguments for these. First of all, people do not learn chemistry through a Simpsons video, that is absurd. I did a little experiment with my brother, I made him watch one of these “Bill Nye The Science Guy” videos and after I asked him questions. He barely remembered things then, and when I asked him the same question a few months later, he couldn’t answer a single one. Meanwhile, try the same experiment with a book, and you’ll see that people will remember much more about the book than the documentary; especially if the documentary was made to entertain the students, not teach them.

The next thing about the “everyone learns differently” is that it gives even more reason to show you other ways to learn. The main method of learning they should teach in schools is by reading and writing, because those are vital parts of out society. For instance, if your a programmer and someone wants you to fix a bug, and they send you a word document on how to fix it; if you say “Could you put it into a rap for me? I can’t understand it if it’s not in a rap”, they will at first think you are joking, and if you aren’t, you will be fired on the spot.

Raps are good for nothing when it comes to education, and videos are only good for more physical things, like chemistry labs. However, this does not mean humor videos either, only serious videos about things like replacing bike parts or computer parts or something like that.

Now, as for the “we want children to love learning”, if you want children to “love learning”, you’re doing it the wrong way. You don’t teach someone how to play a sport by changing the rules of the sport, you make the child learn and adapt to the rules of the sport. Same in education, you don’t change education to make it fun, you make the kids think that education is fun, that learning is fun.

To make children love learning, you need to start early, and they need to be surrounded by an environment where learning is the most important thing. However, what people (especially parents) don’t like about this is that they have to make an effort to raise their child well; and for those who already have children, it means that they haven’t done their job as a parent. I know that if you’re a parent with a kid that doesn’t like learning I have basically insulted you by saying this, however, the best thing you can do in this case is to help your grandchildren.

Teacher’s also don’t like the idea that the learning aspect mostly happens at home, because most teachers like to think that they are a vital part of their students’ lives. Truth is, the teachers are as important as the child’s distant cousin that they barely see. This is not to say that teachers have not influence on the child or that they are not important, but don’t think that teachers are the key to everything in a child’s life.

The reason we like to think that teachers are the most important thing is because of Hollywood, which constantly makes movies of how a teacher changes a class full of delinquents to a hard studying class. Truth is, this never happens, and even if you ask the people that were actually involved in this event (since a lot of those movies will say “based on a true story”), you will see that they say that it wasn’t like that at all, that the teacher didn’t change the whole class, just the lives of a few people.

The best example would be this: you go to school with a group of other people, you are in the same classes and same teachers with all these people throughout high school. Why is it that you all end up very different, and some more successful than others? The reason is because the teacher isn’t the key.

So, in general, the key to how the child ends up is at home. So to make sure that the child grows up to be an educated woman/man, you would have to make sure that at home he is taught that education is important.

Now, when I say that you have to teach them that education is important, I don’t mean that you have to be persistent about their grades, only 100% on everything. What I mean is that at home, instead of watching CSI: Miami or the latest season of Supernatural, you should watch a serious documentary about science, or math, or something like that. Or instead of playing games on a computer, find a way to teach them how to program one (you could enroll them in a class, which I would be happy to help you find one, because I personally have a hard time finding good computer programming classes).

Now, this is not to say that this is all they should do, I am the first one who would tell you that the most important thing for a child is to have some free-time (which gives me an idea for my next post, because free-time doesn’t mean the same thing everywhere), and socialization with friends and family (by family I mean extended family) every day (I don’t mean you have to see your grandmother every day, I mean you have to socialize every day). All I’m saying is that when it comes to teaching you child, you should show them to learn, instead of passively consuming what others have already done. You must teach your child to be productive, not just a consumer.

In conclusion, I think that schools are going to wrong way trying to educate children, that they are wasting time with things that don’t matter. We can’t do anything about this to help others, all we can do is to help the people we know, and hope for the best.

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed it,

Mentality


One of the mistakes we have in our societies is that we still think of things in a national and static way. For instance, when you ask people about whether a glass is half empty or half full, they will either say “half empty”, “half full”, or “both”. Now, if you viewed things from a dynamic point of view you would say “Well, it depends, are you adding water to the glass, or are you taking it out?”. Things are dynamic and changing.

Another real life example, when people talk about debt they usually say a number of how high it is (i.e. 3 trillion), but the correct way to put it would be to say if it has been increasing or decreasing, and at what rate. Otherwise the data is meaningless and you are wasting your time.

The other things about how we view things nationally, is that we always see things in the old mentality, as if economies and the environment were still more local. This would not have been such a problem some hundred years ago, but by now capitalism and the economy have gone global. Now, pretty much everything affects the rest of the world.

This is also meant for those who are politically to the left. A lot of leftists think that the U.S. is responsible for everything, and that’s not true. Now, I am not denying that the U.S. is the belly of the beast, the heart of capitalism, but we do need to change that mentality, because the real people to blame are the social and economic elite in every country. They are the ones responsible, not only one country.

The world has gone global, and we need to start thinking as they do if we want to fully understand how they are controlling and manipulating us.

Finally, the most important thing to do is to think of things like a system. For many years, we have thought of things with Newtons philosophy, that everything is but a piece in a machine, and if every piece is placed correctly, the machine will run smoothly. The problem with this is that too many things are connected these days that it has turned from being a machine to being a system. We need to start thinking of social studies in a biological way, as if it were an ecosystem. Because that’s what it truly is, everything is interconnected in so many ways that it is too complex to be like a piece of clockwork, instead it is a system with many connections, like the internet.

We are entering into a new era where this is the mentality that will be needed to fully understand why and how things work. Once we see that, we will be prepared for the future; once we see that, we will be ready to take advantage of it and perhaps make a better future for the human race and the other being that live here with us.

Philosophy


Before we get to the main subject, we first need to know what a philosophy is. Most people think that a philosophy is a very complex thing that’s difficult to understand, something so unworldly, strange, and complex as the meaning of life. Well, a philosophy is nothing but an idea, a point of view, you don’t need to study philosophy in college to be a philosopher, do you think Diogenes, Epicurus or Socrates went to a special school to study how to be a philosopher? no, they didn’t. When ever you think about a subject or you reflect upon something or you question an idea and apply logic to it, that is exactly what a philosopher does. Now, knowing this, we can move on to how this is connected with politics.

Pretty much every democracy in the world is a two party system (where only two parties really rule): in Spain it’s PP (Partido Popular) and PSOE (Partido Socialista Obrero Español), in the U.S. it’s Democrats and Republicans, etc. and you will notice that most people will identify themselves with one or the other, nothing else (unless there are other parties that still have some influence, like in Spain IU [Izquierda Unida]). In this you can already see a lack of diversity in opinions, how most people will stick to the norm which is center-left or center-right. Now, the problem isn’t this, it’s that people will define what they believe by their philosophy, they will say “I’m liberal, therefore I need to believe this and vote this.” The problem with this is that then you ask for their opinion in a not so political conversation and they might say different. The problem is that instead of deciding what you believe in on each subject and then saying which popular political ideology you are closest to, people will choose a political ideology and believe whatever that political ideology says you must believe in.

So now you might ask what you should do. Well, what you should be doing is instead of choosing sides on something as big as what political philosophy you have, choose on smaller things. For instance, in the U.S. we are having referendums (or had depending on when you are reading this) on whether or not we should have voter ID’s to stop voter fraud (for those of you that live in the rest of the world, yes, I know that you solved it decades ago, but most people here don’t like to learn from abroad). Now, at first, if you never really thought about the subject, if you were a democrat you would vote no, and if you were a republican you would vote yes. However, what you should do is to think, how does this affect my community, after all, we are trying to stop voting fraud in the country; and after thinking about it, you might want to vote the same thing, or the opposite, or something else entirely. For instance, my opinion on the voter ID is that we should have a voter ID in the U.S., but the government should also do a census to see who is going to vote and assign them a place to vote; when the voter goes to his/her assigned place to vote, there will be a list so that the people at the voting booths (who are chosen at random) will check you off the list of people who are supposed to vote based off you ID.

So, as you can see, you don’t need to base what you believe in on an individual subject, off of an already existing ideology. Now, as to how this connects to philosophy, everyone has their own philosophy, you have your own. Now, does that mean we are all philosopher, no, only those that actually stop, think, and choose independently of which popular ideology they supposedly follow, are philosophers. But that does not change the fact that you have your own philosophy, you might not use it in reality, but you have it.

Moral is, think for yourself; even though your personality is made by your community, you are still an individual being who can think for itself, you still have power as an individual to make your own decisions. So instead of making decisions based on what your popular ideology is, make decisions based on what you think is right after thinking about it thoroughly. You are not limited to what the system gives you or wants you to believe, your mind is always free to think what it wants, you are always in control of your life and you beliefs. So next time you are going to vote on something or make a decision, stop and think for a minute before you do, you might find that even though your popular ideology says one thing, your personal logic says another.

Fuck the vote


Hello everyone, I am currently subscribed to the “The People’s Uprising” on Facebook, and they posted a video that I found explains pretty much exactly why it is useless to vote. Now, a little bit of my point of view on the video. I’m not sure if the person that made this video meant this when he posted it, but, when in the video he says that companies are meant to serve you, the way I see it is that only local companies are there to serve you, the rest are only there to take profit from you. A little reflection for you there. But enough of me, here’s the video (by the way, please watch the whole thing, if you watch only the first minute you don’t get the real message):