Identity: Defined by you or Society

We like to consider ourselves independent and free from the labels of society. However,   passive stances upon the designs of others have led to some of the most significant tragedies of history. Governments, for example, take freedoms a little at a time and perhaps because their encroachments don’t affect us directly we ignore it. Eventually, as is often the case they wind up at our doors and demand our servitude. Having ignored the persecution of those not within our click, we are surprised when the same abuse is brought down upon us. Principles are about standing up for someone that can’t stand for themselves. This should be second nature to men within any society. Today our world is populated with men that are controlled by an overarching and insidious political agenda designed to malign and disenfranchise men as a segment of the population. Men aren’t allowed to be men and are told that they are what is wrong with society. While it is true that men populate the prisons and commit violent acts, it is but a symptom of a culture that no longer encourages men to be men.  

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The Resolute

Existence is challenged by the persistence of time. Its passage ravages all things and grinds them into dust. However, examples abound in nature that proves that resolve can lessen the deteriorating effect and allows some objects to last for millions of years.  The mountains we see today are the product of plate tectonics and receding glaciers that carved jagged peaks that have existed long before any human being was on earth. These mammoth structures do erode over time, but they have been in existence long before us and will remain long after we are gone.  Change is a constant that there can be no dispute. The earth is made of sterner stuff those most of its inhabitants. Many are all too happy to be carried away by whatever external force prods them. Like leaves upon the wind, they glide through life with no discernable self-control. This form of existence is the easy path in life, and more often the easy route isn’t the correct one. 

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Sins of the Past

History is a subject that many fail to comprehend. The horrors of past are the most oft-repeated and what many will cite when questioned about their knowledge of the matter. Lessons from history though never quite sink into the human psyche. While the actor’s appearance may change over millennia, the results of their actions are repeated over and over again. We so often fail to appreciate the significance of the mistakes made by those that have come before us. We tend to be stubborn and resolutely follow the same patterns once tread by our ancestors and never learn the significance of their mistakes until we too fall into the same quandary. Religion teaches us morals and is a guideline by which to live a righteous lifestyle. Too often though, I see those espousing such beliefs while not truly understanding the moral responsibility that they have to question poor behavior when they learn of it. They tend to equivocate endlessly when a sin is brought to the forefront of conversation to which they have also fallen prey.  Continue reading “Sins of the Past”

How to recognize the Narcissistic Manipulator

Throughout life, we encounter numerous types of people. As we approach middle-age, we begin to realize that variety among our peers is in short supply. People tend to learn by mimicking others and originality is merely a word with little meaning in modern society. However, we encounter those frequently in life that would be classified as toxic or a negative influence on the quality of our lives. These people operate under a separate set of rules than the rest of us. They are narcissistic, and use Intel they glean in various ways to manipulate their targets into a form of servitude. They take many forms and wear many masks but here today I hope to shed light on the darkness of the narcissistic manipulator. Continue reading “How to recognize the Narcissistic Manipulator”

No Substitute for Experience

The greatest teacher one will ever have in life is one’s own experiences. Unfortunately, the negative ones have the most power to instruct us in the coarseness of reality. When we are young, the majority of us follow our hearts, and we imagine a world in which everyone views the world in the same way. The world, however, is the great teacher and it will teach us many hard lessons that guide the person we become. The animal kingdom is an excellent example of what life is actually like as an adult. Adults compete for resources with one another and look out only for themselves and their families. It isn’t like this in every respect as there are still groups of people that understand the value of friendship and working together for the betterment of the community. As you grow, you become more isolated in the sharing of your real emotions, and this is a universal defense mechanism against the pain inflicted by those that wish to use your desires for manipulation. This molds us the into various incarnations of the modern human being, and not all of them are good.  Continue reading “No Substitute for Experience”

The Dichotomy of Social Standards

We share the earth with one another, each society drawing upon its core beliefs to adopt ethical and social standards for behavior among its citizens. While I can’t be sure if every nation on earth has the same issues, it does seem apparent that these rules are stringently applied to one group while simultaneously allowing another group a tremendous amount of leeway. The dominance of pc-culture has further stretched the limits of cogency to once widely accepted standards of behavior. Many dare not speak their minds for fear of alienating a segment of society that has only just been manifested from the imaginations of neurotic individuals. Thus these standards that were so poorly applied systematically before these new manifestations of delusional identity disorder have further deteriorated. Continue reading “The Dichotomy of Social Standards”

The Corruption of Reliable Leadership

The role of a leader means different things to different people. It used to be someone that made difficult and sometimes agonizing choices to benefit their charges. Increasingly, in this modern caricature of all things honorable we call life it has become less obligatory for a leader to represent their constituents with any sense of honor or loyalty. Machiavelli had an incredible insight into human nature, but he was only out for what benefitted him. He might suggest doing the right thing but only in circumstances that were beneficial to the leader in question.  He would have been just as happy ordering the executions of the leader he was advising’s entire family if it would have advanced his political agenda. While this man had an almost omnipotent understanding of our fellow man, he often used this to justify acts of evil. He did not see the world in terms of good and evil, though he recognized the need to appear righteous as a form of assuagement for the folks that were not in his political circle. If any of this sounds familiar to you, it should; this is the playbook by which our elected leaders and many of those appointed ones in the FBI and DOJ use to plan their stratagems for controlling and mitigating the population they play at leading. Continue reading “The Corruption of Reliable Leadership”

The Felonious Nature of Choice

We are told life is about choice and to some degree that is true. It’s when you drill down into the minutiae of life that you begin to see how few options we as individuals have. Through advertising, we are told what is acceptable and on what we should spend our money. The government tells us how we must conduct our lives, where we can live, and what we can do on property that is supposed to be ours. I speak of property not just concerning assets but as each person owning one’s self. We are taxed for every moment we exist. This seems to be the antithesis of self-determination and forging one’s path.  Continue reading “The Felonious Nature of Choice”

Living or Imitating?

 

Sensory overload is a problem in modern times. Often, you will see groups of friends sitting together all staring at their phones in silence. We make little time for social interactions. We prefer talking through messaging and find it difficult to connect with new people in any meaningful way. A significant portion of us fawn over celebrities and hang on their every word as if they are more informed than us ordinary folk. We often live our lives waiting for the next movie or the next professional sports game to take place. We call it entertainment, but for many, it appears to have the detrimental effect of producing a sedentary lifestyle. A lot of people seem to live vicariously through these public figures while forgetting to stand up and write their own story of life.  Continue reading “Living or Imitating?”

Neglection of Fidelity in Modern Society

Life can be tricky. We do not choose our families, but through life, if we are fortunate we get to select a few close friends with which to face the struggle. If our luck is even better, we find someone with whom we can share our dreams and desires for the future. We’ve all heard the stories of couples that have been together for up to sixty years. I can’t help but marvel at the beauty of such a journey with a partner as loyal as one that would remain for such a time. Stories such as this have been decreasing in number though, as my age increases exponentially. Continue reading “Neglection of Fidelity in Modern Society”