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.
How many times do we have to remind people that it’s 2017? That times change and views evolve? That humans have always, always evolved with how they think and view different things?
It’s coming to a point now where using religion as a way to skip over your clearly archaic and disgusting views is just a way to open people up to ridicule. It’s actually really embarrassing when I see people confidently on television or on the internet making themselves look like complete fools by saying that something is wrong or can’t be done because it’s in their belief.
Well you know, it’s in my belief that you shouldn’t leave your house or bother speaking to people with a bit of education. Sorry, but that’s my personal belief, and you need to respect that.
I myself am not religious. I believe in nothing and increasingly this is the case with a lot of people. It’s fairly normal for someone to not be religious nowadays because we have more understanding of how the world works and why we might actually be here.
In my opinion and what i’ve learnt in the short time i’ve been on this planet is that life is all about experience and leaving a legacy for the next generation. It’s not about being as horrible and judgmental and destructive as you can in the time you inhabit this strange world. That being said though, make no mistake that I completely understand religious people.
They want to know that there is more and be comforted in something beyond what is fully understood, beyond science and understanding. Religion, to me, is about being a better version of you. It’s being open to learning new profound things and thinking about people beyond yourself. So to me it’s very conflicting when you see religious nuts going around spouting hatred in the name of religion. That’s literally the opposite of what modern religion is about.
NO, you can’t use scripture written thousands of years ago to support your claims to be bias about people, because once again, we live in the modern world where we don’t DIE IF WE A COLD.
We need to start separating ideas of church from personal bias. If you have those beliefs, maybe instead of being proud to hide behind your so called loving religions, you should work on yourself first and foremost.
Work on being a better person who doesn’t have these hurtful ideologies that could potentially upset other people. Again, I'm not a religious person but in no way does that mean I have no morals. I have a lot more morals than a lot of religious people I see nowadays.
What happened to just praising you God in silence. Why does it seem like these religious groups are cultish now? Well, it’s because they kind of are. Modern religion has never been more cult like. because after all, if you gather in a group with extreme ideas that’s exactly what you can be rightfully labelled as, a cult.
What’s the first thing you think about when starting a creative endeavour? Is it how great it will look? how much attention it might get? Is it the amount of money it might let you gain? Most of the time, for a lot of people, these things are seen as the most important aspects of a creative project. It's good to be proud, to appreciate how good it looks, or sounds or feels or tastes or works. It’s even greater to be rewarded for doing a creative endeavour, whether that be through the attention it generates or perhaps how much monetary gain it nets. The phrase ‘starving artist’ is thrown around a lot, because we still live in a society that deems the arts and creativity as a secondary thing. As though it will always be a lesser thing in mainstream society. This needs to change, and to do this we need to start being a lot more conscious in our creativity.
Art always has a deeper meaning, if it doesn’t what’s it really worth to society? Art always works to benefit our society in some way, and it doesn’t always have to be an explicit commentary or a life lesson. It can be something to make you think. It can be something that you look at and it makes you happy for the rest of the day when you have been feeling down. It can be a piece of literature that makes you inspired to write something yourself, and in turn you can benefit society in your own little way too.
People need to realise that it’s not always the most prolific artists who are the most successful. If you persist with your creativity than eventually you will surely catch someones eye. This is something you have always got to think to yourself. That your art is worthy and it has a purpose. The best pieces of art were not appreciated while their creative types that made them were alive or in a state of mind to really appreciate the impact their creativity and genius has. That’s what all art is that consciously seeks to have a purpose and change society for the better, it is genius. Genius because it’s something that will benefit human beings in the future. In turn though, if you seek to benefit from your creativity immediately without really putting much work into it, it will never really have a purpose. Seek to help and change something wrong about our society every time you create and it will turn into something of great purpose.
So the message today is to be conscious in your creativity. I’ve always written things that will spread some kind of message, even in the fiction novel i’m writing and editing at the moment, there are life lessons and messages in it that I hope will make people sit and think one day. Hopefully, and my whole goal in my creativity, my creative writing will one day help at least one person in some way. That will be my life complete.
When you look at the world what do you see? We need to start thinking more about the state of our planet. This is the place we live. Earth is a fragile thing that needs to be looked after. Like all living things that co exist with humans, Earth requires attention, care and nourishment. Much like a dog or a newborn human baby, it rely’s on others to do this. I mean, we live on it’s surface, it makes perfect sense that we respect it. You don't ruin the place you live. Would you systematically punch holes in your roof and gradually weaken the structure of your house if someone said you could have an extra portion of chips with your dinner every day?
Nature as it is today has come as a result of many years of evolution, development and environmental change. The Earth used to be a dangerous place full of nasty animals and erratic volcanoes. As an adolescent Earth was stroppy, it didn’t like all the growth it had to go through to mature. Then when it was finally matured enough to start hosting a basic civilisation, those beings (humans) straight away set to work on the land. Agriculture developed, society grew, population spread out across the lands that they discovered. For a while, it would have worked, The Earth was content, going about it’s natural cycle, growing into the life sustaining complex planet we see today.
Then things started to get twisted. Humans forgot about nature, they focused on growth. Growth of wealth, of stature, of human consumption and waist size. Rich people got richer taking from the poor who still relied on the land. They were left behind in a society that now focuses on monetary gain that TRUMPS everything else that exists. As we became more intelligent, the world became more mechanical, more synthetic and fake. Nature now, it is dirt and soil and an annoyance to progress. If they could they would build houses everywhere, construct massive temples that sell fatty foods made from creatures that pollute the land in mass quantities. That's exactly what it is like when people are using money as an excuse to show little care about nature. Denying Global warming is stupid. People who deny that the things that are happening in relation to the weather, natural disaster and natural resources are actually happening only have themselves to blame when they spend their last years on top of a floating car. At least that car is a brand new Mercedes bought outright though... right?!
The future version of what we are will look back hiding themselves from another daily occurrence of natural disaster. They will have to hide their children from things that used to be animals changed because of nuclear fallout, a mass world war. They hide in shacks on stilts built hastily when their cities flood from forgetting about the power of natures forces. Then, when a wide eyed child sees a flower growing out of soil in a scratched old vintage cola can from 2017, they will look to their parents and say ‘Nature was so important’. Why didn’t you listen? Why didn’t you care? How could you be so foolish?
We all feel it, the peculiar change in weather, the sense of doom in the air and the overall warming of our planet. We see images every day of the scarred earth. The ice caps melting and images of gaunt looking polar bears. It’s depressing, hard to look at. It’s something we tend to turn away from. Everyone knows it is happening, but there are many reasons why people may choose to not believe that Global warming is doing exactly what it is actually doing in front of our eyes as the days turn colder and… warmer at the same time.
The point of this article is try to get to the bottom of the reasons why people might avoid the whole idea of global warming, and although they may seem far fetched, these things actually happen every day, and if nothing is done about it, that orange man in the most powerful role in the world might continue down the dark path of avoiding and lying when it comes to the subject of global warming.
Many people don’t want to believe it’s happening. It’s a great way of living if you don’t care about other people, much like pretending that everything happening in Syria isn’t happening. It’s the idea of just not caring. To be too scared of what the planet is coming to. We shouldn’t fear global warming because it is NEVER TOO LATE to change the way we live. It’s watching what you consume, making a conscious effort to recycle, appreciating water and caring for nature. Take a tree, plant 3 more. It’s living in happiness, not darkness, fear and greed.
The biggest reason that people choose to say that global warming is fake, money. It’s the root of evil, as the well known phrase dictates. It’s also the root of many people in power being giant idiots. They might also actually just be idiots with stupid hair and an addiction to fatty foods, but they also neglect nature for receptacles of a man made form of trading. It’s pathetic really when you think that old men now would further the extinction of human beings and the planet they live on along with other innocent creatures, for stupid money. Horrible people, stupid foul ideas. They will be the downfall of society, nothing else.
So there we go. All we can say as sane human beings to these people is ‘GLOBAL WARMING EXISTS, FOOLS’ and hope that they come to their sense before it is too late. What a world when this way of thinking actually exists. That’s one thing i would like to go away, you know, like famine, unnatural natural disasters and a world that is dying because of how we treat it!
When I feel the most down its usually when i haven’t got any travel plans to look forward to. One of the best things you can for yourself if it is at all possible is to plan and book a holiday to a far away place or even somewhere not very far away at all. You don’t need much money to be able to travel, just the availability of time and the willingness and want to explore places you’ve never been. It’s great to see new places and realise how wonderful the world actually is.
Its good to be the person who shares nice pictures online, but actually being there, immersing yourself in the culture and practices of a place for a short while is one of the best things we can do in life. People with wanderlust often cannot feel happy until they are in a foreign place. They don’t want to go to the same places and do the same things. You see, people that are greatly afflicted with wanderlust are more likely to find life fulfilling, they are eager and want to do more with life, so they work and try hard so that they can make that a possibility.
That’s why in my opinion travel is vital part of life. It’s a must, just like breathing, socialising and being kind to fellow human beings. It’s a need that we should all partake in. As a society we are quick to judge those who think it’s their right to try exploring the world more. A holiday is a chance for fulfilment, travel is for renewing and broadening our minds. Some of the most judgemental and close minded people on our little planet are those who have not travelled.
So travel is also a need for a fair and just society that can function with a wide range of people from different beliefs and cultures. It comes as a surprise to some people that their culture is sometimes not the norm. That what they believe is not necessarily the right way to believe.
There is no right way to believe when you visit other places, the people influence you and let you into their culture, most of the time with open arms. There are good and bad people every where, this is something many people need to realise. Until you travel to different places and see them for yourself you are never going to realise that all the bad things you see on the news are not necessarily the majority opinions of a country. Get out there and experience this world yourself.
Yesterday I got on a train, something I needed to do because I had an important hospital appointment. It was quite an ordinary train journey regardless of the weather being a bit odd. It was kind of sunny, but then really cold.
This isn’t the remarkable thing about that train journey though. I suddenly came to a realisation that people are really unfriendly, like remarkably unfriendly. I have no idea whether it is a generational thing or just the type of people that live in the area that I have to live, but its odd.
Why are people so closed off? Is it technology? Is technology something to blame? Thats what we tend to do though, as humans, we blame others, we give in to our narcissistic urges to please only ourselves and we are getting worse.
We are electing narcissists into power and promoting narcissists into high power roles. They are the people choosing what news we are fed, what we watch and read and judge other people on.
It’s not that i’m against the establishments or anything, because that would trigger people to think of me as crazy. No, I just want people to be friendlier. I mean, sometimes i fear that one day I will fall down and nobody will help me, that i will be left, and even thought thousands will go by me in a busy street, they will be too obsessed with the consumption of vapid media and unnecessary evil news. It’s sad, and it needs to change.
Talk to people more. Remember we are human and we possess the amazing ability to speak to each other. We are all alone at some point in our lives, no matter how popular we think we are. Popularity is an odd thing because even the most followed people on social media feel like they are alone, that they are shut out from the society around them. Don’t you agree?
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