I look at the world and i’m starting to see a wall being built one brick at a time. Each brick is made of negativity, and for now it’s impenetrable. The cement used is a mix of tears from victims of terrorism and hatred because they bind the bricks together and make it stay up. Every day more bricks are added. Sometimes I look and there are days were a brick has cracked or fallen from the wall because there were no tears to keep it on the wall for long, because the victims were brave. Every day I keep watch at this wall, and each time a brick is added it makes me feel sicker. I sigh and have to look away because all it does is make me mad and want to shut my self away from it all. I think that’s the point of the wall, it’s supposed to make people who just want to make the world a better and safer place want to give up. It’s supposed to be an explicit visual reminder of how horrible the world can be.
When we drive bulldozers into it nothing happens, it cracks a little maybe but those cracks are filled in quickly and we are shunned away. It spans the length of the globe and is higher than anything that can be measured nowadays due to many different, well documented factors. So most people look at it like I did and they sigh. They shed a tear and they move on, like all good humans are supposed to.
I realise now though that if a few bulldozers won’t have much effect, maybe a few hundred thousand hammers might. Maybe if we start to work together more instead of being more and more divisive all the time, we can start to break down the brick wall. It doesn’t matter how long it takes or how often we have to take our sledge hammers and smash the wall one hit at a time. Eventually those hundred of thousand people will make dents that can’t be filled in.
We will break bricks before they can be mended or replaced. Then more people will see that taking sledgehammers to the wall is starting to take effect finally. They always assumed that this was just the way now, we have the giant wall dividing us and reminding us of our human vices, but we can finally rid ourselves of it. Then one day, when we have worked and worked and been working on the wall in groups of friends, we will see the wall start to crumble and fall.
Then if they try to build it again brick by brick, the bricks won’t be able to hold together because the victims won’t see themselves as victims of bigotry and hatred anymore. They will be part of the team that succeeded in bringing down the wall. There won’t be any tears to support the bricks to build another wall. So finally we will be triumphant.
When you look at the goings on of our natural world, despite their hardship now, there is a lot of freedom in nature. Animals run around a chase each other, breath in the fresh clean air and bathe in the sunlight. They laze around doing nothing but trying to survive. It’s a harsh world sometimes but it’s nice to see this beauty in nature.
It is kind of anthropomorphising animals by giving them the same emotions, or rather hoping they have the same emotions. It’s nice though, to think that the animals we see everyday do appreciate the freedom and happiness it brings. A freedom humans would consider a luxury.
Animals are able to go about in their survival without hinderance or destruction. You never see badgers walking around barbed wire fences like little furry security guards because another badger has the wrong shoes on. You never see a squirrel denied access to a tree because they are the wrong colour of fur.
If you compare this with human beings, it’s quite sad. We are constantly hindered in everything we do. There are certain places we can’t go, buildings we can’t enter. We have to pay in one place or show a card for another.
We are so split now it’s ridiculous. To admit that there are still dictatorships existing on our planet in the year 2017 makes me feel sick. How can we create such restrictive systems when nature is naturally wanting us to be free? There is absolutely no justification for it.
This is the restrictive system we have set up as a way to control others. It has got better though. I mean, we don’t restrict access to certain places based on skin colour anymore but race problems are still as rife in the shadows. Humans are still bizarre in how much they seem to group themselves into different sub cultures and groups.
I wonder if racism and bias is something experienced in nature, I bet you it’s not. I strongly think that this is exactly where we have gone wrong and are still going wrong right now as humans. We judge too much, we are all born and raised to be bias and judgmental about other human beings. We are all odd in that way.
When you compare us to how other creatures live on Earth, we really are the oddest of beings. We go to war over money matters and material objects, judge over cosmetic differences and treat each other like we are all against one another.
We are conditioned to live our life artificially which is why humans have lost the ability to realise what destruction they are causing not just to themselves but the innocent animals in nature that are only now starting to feel like they are less free and happy. We are the ones responsible for extinctions and endangerment of other animals, so it’s remarkable that we still think the same way about our planet as we always have done. When are things going to change because I think it’s already too late to say that we can all be free citizens.
Despite what some politicians and people with way too much influence and money for their own good say, we all actually would quite like to be happy. Our lives are full of bad things and it’s easy to always focus on them and get really down and hate what life is, but we shouldn’t. We don’t have to live this way, we can always easily plan a life of happiness so that we can get over the hurdles of horrid when we get to them. For a life to be considered happy we tend to look at how happy people look in the public eye, when really we should be looking more personally. When we are trying to be happy it’s always going to be a personal journey, it’s not something that one person can fully influence you with as happiness is a personal thing that is different for us all.
Happiness is a broad spectrum because for many people it is a very different thing. Many people would say having lots of money means happiness for a person, whereas there are those, like me, who would say money actually makes people very unhappy and miserable. I’ve never seen a happy person who had billions of pounds. They are all too busy to experience real life. So I thought I would share what I’m doing to plan a life full of happiness because, well, this is my magazine/blog and I think that many people would benefit from being informed of what happiness might look like for different people.
Nowadays we are obsessed with stuff. Everyone just always wanting more stuff even if they’ve got lots of things. Moving into the future we need to try and find happiness in experience rather than things. I’d suggest that you find happiness in sorting through the clutter in your home and considering whether you actually need all the stuff that you have. Focus on just having essential things, not piling your house like a hoarders paradise. Things can be nice, but we shouldn’t be reliant on being so obsessed with things to be happy.
I always question whether people that don’t like animal are actually feeling human emotions. Even the smallest of pets can provide you with lots of happiness to considerably improve your life. Personally I have found that getting a pet has literally saved my life, my dog is one of the most important things I have ever bought, next to my subscription to Vogue magazine.
Surround yourself with only the most forward thinking and positive people. remember that other people close to you have the most influence over how you feel. So naturally it would be a plausible act to actually get rid of the negativity if you want to find happiness in your life. By this I don’t mean if someone is around you with abad mood you should completely ghost them and unfriend them on all social media, no. Just don’t be around people that you find are making your life more difficult or hindering your happiness every day. This could always be applicable to number one too, minimise your peeps!
Imagine for a moment that life isn’t all about money and material possession. Many people assume this is just the way to live. To make money, work, make money, buy things, consume and fit in. I find it kind of sad really that there is such a loss of individuality to the extent of what is happening right now. Look at Trump, he has become so obsessed with his own personal ideals he’s made it to the white house by brain washing the masses with what they SHOULD do and MAYBE might be in danger of.
It’s simple tactics that can be used on literally anyone who sees the world as this opportunists paradise of money and consumption. Many people seem to think that being different might be going for the unexpected, as in they vote for that horrible idiotic pleb because it’s ‘something different’.
No something different is going against what the horrible thoughts and disgusting beliefs say. It’s not hiding behind ‘belief’ so you can make an argument against happiness and love. ‘SOMETHING DIFFERENT’ isn’t voting for an unqualified candidate because your a rebel and you don’t do what the ‘liberals’ want. These labels as well, they are why I need a cleansing desert personally. These stupid labels that do nothing but separate one race into more and more groups and sub groups.
That’s why I’d advise we all create a space where we can go with absolutely nothing to make us stressed or angry or even accidentally judgmental because of societal conditioning. A nice white sand desert that is not only cleansing but peaceful and calming. It’s a place to realise your purpose and renew your knowledge about things that interest you. Its a place to find hope and strength in any troubles you may have in life. It’s a neutral space with nothing but your own thoughts and anxieties.
Anxieties that can be addressed and worked out. It’s important for us all to have a cleansing desert of our own because its a place we can go no matter where we are. It’s a place that’s in our heads so we can access it any time we want to. That’s a more important asset than most people realise. So if life is starting to stress you out a little as it does with us all, try visiting your cleansing white sand desert every once in a while and see how much it helps you.
In a world where we sometimes lose ourselves in the chaos of every day life it’s peculiar to think that art can have any impact in the changes we make as human beings on planet Earth. It’s odd to think that a sculpture, drawing, painting, poem or any piece of literature could make a difference. Artists have long been seen as people who can create beautiful things, yes, but nothing else. Art is seen as a middle class past time and something for the rich to obsess themselves over. When really, art has always been about informing and social change. Art has always been there to tell the stories that normal conversation and every day life can never successfully get across. It’s breaking through the barriers that we have put up over the thousands of years of creating our modern world.
Even when you look at a simple cave painting on the walls of a random cave in the middle of southern Spain, you would learn a lot from it. Archaeologists would jump at the chance to research such a great find, because the art that the cave people had done would now help modern humans understand what they were like.
This is where we are still going wrong as humans. Not fully appreciating the influence that art has over us. If it was not for art we would not have anything really that we hold dear. Music is not just tunes and words. It has the power to turn senile old people into the people they once were before their old age had taken over their brains, even if it’s just while they are listening to familiar music. This is a beautiful example of how art is being revealed as the wonderful medium for change it has actually always been.
Attitudes are changing. Attitudes are something that can be moulded and influenced should the right person be there to influence and make a difference. When we create art it has always been to do something. A painting of a Tudor monarch now provides the general look and style of the monarch when they were alive. A carved sculpture from the Roman era tells us that they were a lot more liberal than a majority of our planet is in the modern age. They show talent, yes. That will always be a main attractive, aesthetic quality to art. Art for change though is what the future will be filled with more and more. A way for art to influence attitudes that have yet to get with the times. Attitudes are mainly formed by what we see and read and listen to. What is art if not something we see, or read or listen to.
It doesn’t always have to be a masterpiece or a novel or a legendary symphony to change one persons attitude. More and more we see children’s drawings, writing, videos and short films online that rightly and perfectly ‘normalise’ issues like race and LBGTQ+ people. They perfectly and perhaps most importantly, quickly show the view that we are all just human and nothing else should matter when it really comes down to living and letting people live.
I’ve always been curious about how weird things can stimulate a feeling of nostalgia. You can’t deny that feeling nostalgic is a great feeling. It allows us to look back at the good things that have made our lives and for a moment we can ignore anything that is bad in the present. For example, certain smells like swimming pools and fresh flowers make me think of great hazy summers when I was a child. I remember a large rock formation just over the large hill where I grew up that provided us with hours of happiness because it was like our own giant obstacle course. It was basically a pile of rubble but nostalgia has clouded my memories to see that big pile of rocks as the greatest playground for a young growing boy. That’s how I remember it because that’s what makes me happy. I had a great childhood in the Yorkshire countryside, quite stereotypical for a working class upbringing like mine. I was allowed the freedom to play in nature around my house and create lasting memories by building dens and playing games, it was great.
I like to remember the happy times like those because it’s a good way to provide self help in times where you might be feeling down. Memories are more important than any of us really do realise. I mean, if we clog up our thoughts with bad memories, like Roald Dahl says, the thoughts will start to show. That’s why many people tend to looked stressed, they have lots of bad memories and neglect the good memories that are in jail in the back of their minds. So here are three ways you could create happy days in the present too.
Do you ever look at social media nowadays and think how low some people can strike at those who can’t help the way they are? It’s strange how much these people seem to over think everything when it comes to LGBT and minority issues.
You would think that they would want to think less about those things if it was such an issue. Social media can be great for making a name for yourself and creating relationships with people in places in the world you can only visit in your wildest dreams. It’s wonderful and there are millions and millions of oddly great human beings that populate the internet, but we don’t pay attention to them.
We give the attention, wrongly, to the ones who are controversial, who say things we disagree with. It creates debate and widens the conversation.
They create an issue out of the littlest of things like the inclusion of a lesbian couple on a game show or a gay kiss. It’s stupid how much they care, how much they need to desperately make it a crusade every time they see something that they don’t agree with for some odd bizarre reason (excuse) like their religious beliefs or generational differences.
It’s not because your old, views change, society changes, we all can better ourselves regardless of anything that society has influences.
It isn’t an issue though, to these hermit groups of people, because they can’t grasp that love will always just be love and that’s all. They overthink and it leads to misinformed thoughts, stereotypes and ways of looking at how LGBTQ people have relationships.
They have mood boards of AIDS and promiscuity and sleeping around I wrote an article a few months back on the subject of an over-sexualisation of LBGTQ people which you can read here- the-over-sexualisation-of-gay.html
I think it’s important to note that we should never stereotype LGBT people in this way because we are all the same. I mean yes, some people have a certain problem with being over eager to hook up, but that can actually be a genuine addiction, but that’s another subject all together and is definitely not the majority of ordinary folk.
That’s just it though, some people don’t necessarily have issue with it, it’s more about being able to express a different viewpoint. We should always respect the fact that people have different viewpoints. It is how we will move forward in our society. There must always be a cut off point though. It’s disgusting how far some people will go in order to get a reaction. I’ve seen some terrible things online, and I think unless something drastic is done, it will only get worse. Hate needs to be regulated.
Reactions are nothing really, a reaction is a temporary thing, and temporary things will be worthless ultimately. All the time these people spend online spreading their prejudice and hate and disguising themselves behind blank profiles and names like ‘trolls’ they make a habit of being terrible people. Why would you want to spend even a second of your life doing that?
Few things nowadays make me genuinely sad. I mean, i’ve kind of learnt to just get over things that won’t affect my life seriously. There is never much point dwelling on things or taking them personally when it’s something that is not really worth the time or energy.
Then it happened. I logged on my computer and, like everyday, checked to see the big news of the day. I like to keep up to date at all times like that because i’m a media savvy person, sort of. This was news that I could not let pass though.
This was not a small discrepancy or slight inconvenience. No, NETFLIX CANCELS SENSE8. The words struck me like a dagger. I immediately began to tear up and a rage, one like I had never experienced filled me.
I knew that the petitions would come, the trends would be hash tagged and I knew that eventually an statement full of choice words and careful ways of writing things would be used by Netflix as a way of basically saying ‘SHUT UP AND ACCEPT IT, LOSERS’ .
It’s not just another series though is it? Sense8 is something special. Not only is it really, remarkably impressive visually and through its writing and acting, it’s simply marvellous. It’s marvellous because it makes you a better person having watched it.
It normalises what should be normal and doesn’t trivialise what really, in the modern age, need not be trivialised. It’s basically telling the world that LGBT people and other beliefs and religions, ways of living, poor or rich and intelligent or not, are all the same. We are all one in a system. The sensate might be eight people connected but there is so much more to it.
They are a metaphor for us all being the same and connected somehow. So when we commit an atrocity, violence and actions through stupid immoral angers, we are hurting a part of us all. Can you name me another television series that achieves this? I can’t think of one.
There came the joyous message of hope through Netflix commissioning a two hour finale so that the story can be properly finished. For me, as someone who is never happy it seems, this is not enough. The thing is, we might have to forever except this as enough.
It’s the cost that’s the problem it seems. If a series doesn’t have enough audience when it costs so much, what is the point, in the eyes of a money making media company, in making the expensive series. Thats why for now, even though you may be like me and wanting more of SENSE8, maybe it’s time to just wait for what is to come with the two hour finale.
Let’s battle for more after that, when we see what the amazing sisters do with the series for the commissioned two hours. I think it’s going to be a master class into why SENSE8 will forever be a part of everyone who had the opportunity to watch it and be a better person because of watching it.
In the modern world it's easy to become overwhelmed with expectations of how we should look and think and dress and act. Life has become a performance, a way to set out in impressing others that we live side by side with. It's odd, and I really don't think this was the purpose of life when it was developing.
It's the little things that make us who we are. I've always said that to be human you have to be different and that doesn't just mean the way you act and speak. Your personality is the part of you that you can decide to control, the majority of us can dictate what we say, so for all of us thats the best way we can be in control of how the rest of society perceives us.
What we look like and how people view us on the outside and at a distance is something we have less control over. Yes, we can plaster on makeup, style the hair on our heads and exercise to build our muscles to get that perfect aesthetic all humans apparently long for, but really we have very little control. It’s mostly about luck when it comes to looks. At least in the superficial sense.
The thing is though, much like we control our inner selfs, we can to a point, control the outer self too. Its about positive thinking. If we feel positive then it will show on the outside more. A smile can do wonders even if it’s a day where we really don’t have anything to smile about. It shows strength and dignity to smile and silently tell the rest of the world that no biological thing can beat you.
Thats why I love to see body positivity and people who don’t care about the judgments of others. Uniqueness is an achievement in a world of sheep led by shepherds. It’s not something that you have to try hard to do either. Every day we can move further away from the old ways of thinking. We can see the world as opportunity to express ourselves. If the majority did this then our world would be a lot more colourful and positive. I think we would achieve more as a society. The world wouldn’t have that dark shadow of wickedness cast over it that there is right now.
There would be light and cheerfulness that would make us all wake up early on a morning and smile that the world is awake with us. That’s the only way we can advance and be better people. It’s simple really, to be a decent human being. I think people who judge others so much are also lacking in the confidence that they are trying to take from others. It’s a vicious circle that we all need to get out of. Be nicer to each other for goodness sake, what is it possibly going to take?
It’s been a stressful few months for everyone. I’m sure nobody can say they have never been stressed. I mean, it’s a natural human reaction that can possibly be an indicator that you are going to soon find some success. We can’t be stressed unless we are doing hard work? Right? It’s always so far fetched some of the things you hear about how to be happier when you feel so down and sad. Sometimes the things that are suggested feel empty, like the person writing it has never actually experienced how it really feel to be unhappy and anxious. Believe me, i’m an expert in this field.
1) Outside and Fresh Air
One of the worst things you can do when you are feeling down is to keep yourself secluded from nature and the fresh air. It’s widely known that nature will relax us. I even wrote about that in depth- What we need to remember is that seeing the same four walls, whether at work or home, will be sure to keep you down and depressed. It’s a vicious circle.
2) Close Your Eyes
Sometimes we also need to block out every single little distraction to truly be relaxed. It’s good to see nothing but the soothing darkness when we feel like we have been overexposed by the chaos of modern life. Seeing nothing can be a good thing, and you will immediately feel the benefits of sitting somewhere, even if it is a busy place, and artificially hiding from the world
This kind of goes with the last point. the world is a noisy place. People think they can say everything that comes into their heads when it’s hurtful and rude. Silence is a rarity that we should find. Even if it’s just a few minutes every day. All that noise is certainly stressful, so relax with complete seclusion and silence. Maybe it is except-able to hum or chant in a whispery tone, but that’s it. Be so silent you can hear each breath and focus on it. I think the introvert in me is taking over.
4) Good Things
It’s good to treat yourself now and then. I don’t much like material living and the idea of a throwaway society, but buying something you like can be a form of relaxing therapy. It makes us happy to finally buy something that we have always wanted. Remember, this shouldn’t be something pointless. It’s approaching two years since I bought the best thing that i’ve ever spent money on… my dog Barnaby.
5) Animal Interaction
So about Barnaby. He helps me cope with the challenges of life, and a pet can do this for you too. Perhaps your not really ready for the commitment that a pet involves, so why not take advantage of the numerous pet rental and sitting websites and apps that are cropping up now. I’ve never tried them because i’ve got my own dog to focus on, but I think animals provide the ultimate therapy and relaxation fix, undeniably.
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