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READ u DUMB@SS

Im sorry… not really. Wanna see how small you are?

  • If the human race = 1
  • You = 0.00000000014285 (thats 9 zeros)
And as you read this article, that number will only keep getting smaller, and smaller, and smaller. (due to the rising world population)

Which leads 2-2 questions…

  1. How can I stand out?
  2. How to make lots of $$$?

WARNING – this is not a Facebook trip, or Twitter frenzy, or Gossip toilet. This is LIFE. If you are not in a “thinking” mood, close this article NOW. Skimmers not welcome.

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How can I stand out? Is it by being different? Nope, unless you want to end up all ____ing crazy like Gaga. To stand out you have to BE yourself, and to BE yourself you have to ACCEPT yourself (not cover yourself in rotting beef )

STEP #1 – ACCEPT

For better or worse, you are not white… or maybe you are. You dont have a Colgate smile… or maybe you do. Curly hair, crow’s feet, wrinkle valleys… these are all part of  YOU. I wish… don’t wish, accept. I don’t like… don’t reject, embrace. Accept yourself 100 %. Not 80%. A hundred percent. By accepting your external looks, you achieve inner peace. I’m at peace with my body, are you?

STEP # 2 –  SMILE

Smiling is the universal human sign of happiness. A light that shines constantly when we are kids, but starts to grow dim as we get older. Nobody tells us to smile less, yet for some reason, the older we get – the less we choose to smile. Jesus once said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them; for it is to those who are childlike that the Kingdom of the Heavens belongs.”

And while having a good sense of humor helps, it is not a requirement to be happy. Being compassionate and helping others, is a great way to cultivate smiles. Acknowledging the beauty that sorrounds us (trees, stars, sunsets, animals, life, love, family) is another path to smiling. Curving those lips more often, also has its health benefits.  Smiling is the perfect drug (free & healthy) : )

STEP # 3 – SOCIALIZE

When you accept yourself, you are confident. When you smile, your happiness attract others towards you. When you are confident, happy and attractivethe social world becomes your own “sandbox”. A place of limitless possibilities and connections waiting to happen.

The most important part of socializing, is being able to “listen”. In a frenzied society where everyone screams and wants to be heard, very very very few people have the ability to actually shut up and listen. And like any other art, the art of listening requires practice. (for starters, avoid “filling in” words or interrupting others in mid-sentence) A master listener not only hears the message, but also understands the messenger.

Another way to “stand out”, is to literally STAND OUT. A straight body posture shows confidence and good hygiene demonstrates you are disciplined/caring. Speaking loud and clear, denotes that you are person worth hearing. But these are just details… and NO, having 5,000 Facebook friends doesn’t count as socializing. Go out there and socialize in the real world.

How can I stand out?

  1. By being an ASS ( accepting , smiling , socializing )
  2. By turning U into Ü

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Stay tuned, for next week’s – How to make lots of $$$?

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10 Reasons NOT to vote for Palin

August 29, 2008. The world and America was shocked by presidential candidate John McCain´s choice for running mate: Alaskan governor Sarah Palin. The republican 44-year old hockey mom from Alaska, that could see Russia from her balcony.

February 6, 2011 –  Much has changed. The Democrats are falling, the Republicans are gaining ground and Sarah Palin is a national celebrity. Politics aside, here a ten reasons why nobody should vote for Sarah Palin.

1. She will take down Public Healthcare

Taking down the Public Healthcare System, or ¨Obama Care¨ as she calls it, is one of Sarah Palin´s main priorities. Such action would result in denying millions of Americans access to medical atention. Causing the indirect death of thousands of Americans in order to cut goverment spending, is like having an abortion in order to reduce family spending. A hypocritical stance, coming from a ¨pro-life¨ governor.

2. She is a Gun Nut

An active supporter of the National Rifle Association, Palin’s campaign of restoring the ¨American way of life¨ involves loosening restrictions on gun control laws. Does the USA, with its unfortunately high rate of university shootings, really need gun-happy president? Is she the best role model for our children? But more importantly, is she a good choice for world peace?

3. She is in favor of the Big Oil Companies

With multi-billion dollar industries, super rich CEOs and multiple tax cuts… do the BIG oil companies really need more representation in Washington? With slogans like ¨Drill Baby Drill¨ and her lack of faith concerning “renewable energy sources”, will Sarah Palin be capable of solving the climate problems of the future?

4. She is agaisnt the Arts

Amongst the things Sarah Palin wishes to eliminate is the National Endowment of Arts (NEA), an independent goverment agency that funds and supports thousands of artists nationwide. The tradition of goverments funding artists, that goes back to 15th century Europe, is in the eyes of Palin a ¨fluffery¨. For Palin, funding Art is just a waste of money.

5. She is NOT eco-friendly

Sarah Palin, an Alaskan native, wants to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil development. She wants to grant companies persmission to install pipelines and drilling stations, knowing full well that the survival of several species could be at stake. Sarah Palin´s  ¨Drill Baby Drill¨ campaign in Alaska, is as treacherous as a newyorker saying ¨Build Daddy Build¨ in Central Park.

6. She is not smart

Sarah Palin is a former beauty pageant contestant. In 2008, she thought Africa was a country. She does not believe we should fund research on “renewable energy sources”… enough said. Don´t take my word. Take Matt Damon´s.

7. She is a Dominatrix

Sarah Palin keeps calling her husband ¨Mr.Mom¨ in front of national television. Not cool. Todd Palin, have you no manhood? Do you enjoy been called Mr. Mom by reporters, newspapers and radio programs nationwide?

8. She is horrible at giving answers

She stutters ¨that ah¨ every couple words. She is great at playing with words, but bad at giving answers. Take a look for yourself in the video.

9. She is a protector of the rich

Why should the rich get lower tax rates than rest of us working Americans? Sarah Palin argues that it´s because they are ¨job creators¨. Well in that case, my mom should get a ¨tax cut¨ since she hires a maid. All restaurant owners should get ¨tax cuts¨, since they hire waiters, cooks and cleaners. Equally taxing all Americans is not ¨punishing success¨ Sarah Palin. It´s being fair to the American people.

10. She is the Anti-Obama

For a woman who clearly has no respect for Obama, she is quite a copycat. Obama blamed President Bush. Sarah Palin blames President Obama. Obama is a celebrity. Palin has become a celebrity. Obama wrote two books. Palin just published her second book. Sarah Palin’s whole campaing is based on critizicing whatever Obama has to say. Sarah Palin is awesome at pointing fingers and judging others, but is she not nearly as awesome at giving solutions.

So if you like

  • Protecting human lives
  • Gun control
  • Clean energy
  • Art
  • The environment
  • Smart presidents
  • Being a man
  • Getting answers
  • Equal tax rates for all
  • Solutions

Don’t vote Sarah Palin 2012

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10 Most Likely Apocalypses

Definiton of  “apocalypse”: any universal or widespread destruction or disaster. I present you the ten most likely Apocalypses of the XXIst Century.

10. Meteor Strike – 65,500,000 B.C.

The Chicxulub Impact. A space rock 9 miles (15 km) wide landed on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula 65.5 millions years ago, releasing  over a billion times the energy of the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima. The impact generated a dust cloud that blocked sunlight for an entire year, killing almost all plant life on Earth. If China had no rice and the Americans were out of grain… dam, there would be hell to pay.

9. Maya Calendar – 500 B.C

This calendar has an end date: December 21, 2012. While the true reason is shrouded in mystery, there are many possible scenarios. Astrologist argue that it marks the beginning of some big changes in the galaxy and cosmos. Hollywood predicts radical climate changes and possible floods. Descendants of the mayans joke saying the inventor of the calendar ran out of stone to carve. My personal favorite is an alien visit to planet Earth.

8. St. John´s Apocalypse – 100 A.D

Written almost 2000 years ago, this is still the most widely believed version of the end of the world. The effects: No more sunlight, the moon turning red, meteors showers, granite rain, the ocean turning to blood, the river water becoming poisoned, millions of giant lobsters prowling the land, four horseman of the Apocalypse, giant earthquake, a Satanic dragon and two demon beasts. Personally, I  just can´t imagine technology  stopping the wrath of God.

7. Pandemic – 700 A.D

The first pandemic mankind suffered was at the hands of a bacteria called Yersinia pestis. More commonly known as the Black Death, this bacteria arrived in Europe during the 8th century and killed 50% of its population. Now a days, an outbreak of an evolved or weaponized virus could easily wipe out more than 70% of the world population. Many of these killer viruses are capable of being transmitted through the air: such as ¨Anthrax¨, ¨Smallpox¨, ¨Ebola¨ and ¨Marburg¨ viruses.

6. Nuclear War – 1949

Originally conceived to be the weapon that would give United States undisputed power over all countries, instead it turned into a nightmare for a whole generation of Americans. Through espionage, the Soviet Union got their own atomic bomb by 1949. Since then,  eight other countries have adquired nuclear arsenals. And with the US trying to stop Iran and North Korea from developing their own nuclear weapons, today the nuclear threat is as real as ever.

5. Solar Flare – Future

If a large solar flare manages to sprout exactly towards Earth´s direction, the results would be catastrophic. All human satellites would be damaged, all electric grids would be severely disrupted and the atmosphere temperature would increase a couple degrees. Without satellites, human communications would be severely disrupted for months. Several days without electricity would mean the death of millions and multiple nuclear leaks. And a sudden rise in temperatures would disrupt most sea life, sea currents and spawn violent climate changes.

4. Grey Goo Theory – Future

A nanobot is extremely tiny robot capable of repairing and creating any type of molecule out of raw matter. While still going through medical tests, these tiny robots might be able to one day cure cancer and repair internal organs. Seems pretty harmless, right? Well, the problem lies in the fact that nanobots deconstruct matter and can be programmed to build anything; including other nanobots. Thus, if a self-replicating nanobot were to be unleashed it would only take 72 hours before the surface of the Earth (and everything on top of it) would transform into a grey goo. (nanobots)

3. Machine Takeover (A.I) – Future

While still under development, Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) is dream of many robotic scientists out there. At this exponential rate of digital growth, by 2029 desktop computers will have the same processing power as the human brain.  It is also predicted that by 1950, A.I. will reach a point where it is able to improve itself with unprecedented speed. This ability of computers to improve themselves and future advances in robotics will one day make Hollywood´s wildest fantasies look… not so wild.

2. Justin Bieber Internet Takeover – Near Future

As Justin Bieber´s musicvideo ¨Baby¨ nears the 500 million views on Youtube.com, there is only one question on everyone´s head: When will this Bieber madness stop? Soon, Justin´s takeover of the Internet will be inevitable. All websites will  forced to display his face in at least four places or face the risk of being forgotten. If children worldwide are worshipping this prepubescent kid, the future of music (and of the entire human race) looks bleak.

1. Sarah Palin becomes President – Near Future

The worts and most likely Apocalypse of all: Sarah Palin gets elected president of the USA in 2012. Palin is truly the biggest threat to world peace America has known since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Normally, I would think the American voters are too smart to vote for such candidate, but since the 2004 re-election of George W. Bush… heck, anything is possible.

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Don´t miss next week´s ¨10 Reasons NOT to vote for Palin¨

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40 a.B (after Beatles)

The Long and Winding Road from the December 31, 1970 to the present day.

A lot of things have changed since Paul McCartney filed for the dissolution of the band that cold winter afternoon. A lot of things, except one: our love for their music. From the 12 inch records of our fathers to the 12 GB pen drives of our children, The Beatles are still one of the most heard music groups of our time. And its not hard to imagine why.

Theirs is a music of love, in a time of loneliness. A message of peace in a world of war. A search of enlightenment in a empty society.

Good music fades away. Good messages are timeless. And The Beatles were masters at creating both. The fab four walked the thin line between instrument and message. The line of great music.

Here my favorite messages from my favorite group:

All the lonely people, where do they all come from. All the lonely people, where do they all belong. (Facebook, I guess) – Eleanor Rigby

Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away. Now it looks as though they are here to stay. Oh, I believe in yesterday. – Yesterday

Bright are the stars that shine. Dark is the sky. I know this love of mine, will never die and I love her. – And I Love Her

You are asking me will my love grow. I don´t know, I don´t know. You stick around and it may show. I don´t know, I don´t know. – Something

Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see. Its getting hard to be someone, but it all works out. It doesn’t matter much to me. – Strawberry Fields Forever

Here come the sun, here comes the sun and I say its alright. Little darling its been a long, cold lonely winter. Little darling it feels like years since its been here. Here comes the sun. – Here comes the Sun

You want her. You need her. And yet you don´t believe her when she says she no longer needs you. You think she needs you…. and in her eyes you see nothing. No sign of love behind the tears, cried for no one. A love that should have lasted years – For No One

And I will be sad if our new love was vain. So I hope you see that I would love to love you. – If I Fell

When I find myself in times of troubles Mother Mary comes to me. Speaking words of wisdom, let it be. And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me. Speaking words of wisdom, let it be. – Let it Be

Sounds of laughter, shades of life are ringing through my open ears. Exciting and inviting me. Limitless undying love which shines around me like a million suns. It calls me on and on across the universe. Nothing´s gonna change my world – Across the Universe

John Lennon – The Messenger
Paul McCartney – The Visionary
George Harrison – The Mystic
and Ringo Starr – The Lamb

They are the idols of past and present. The knights of a Queen and ambassadors amongst Kings. Rest in strawberry fields forever John. Here comes the sun George. May your music continue inspiring millions for centuries to come.

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Zen is for Men

Hahahaha…. had a good laugh there… but no, the title isn’t true.

So really, what is Zen? And more importantly how can Zen helps us achieve a more peaceful state of mind?

Zen is the Oriental art of not thinking. Might sound strange and whimsical, but being a Zen practician myself…. I can only say it has brought me a more peaceful state of mind. You see, what makes Zen particular amongst the other Oriental philosophies is that Zen is purely a state of mind.

In Zen there are no Buda’s, no metaphsycial beliefs… in other words, Zen is an art open to all religions and cultural backgrounds. And the great thing about Zen is that is adresses one of the biggest problems we face nowadays: the problem of noise. We are so wrapped up by external noise, by work pressure and by our own thoughts… that we barely take time to just stop and appreciate a moment of complete silence. And by complete silence, I also mean complete mental silence.

You see… in this fashion Zen is similar to Yoga and other forms of meditation. The only difference is that Zen asks you to keep your eyes open. By leaving your mind clear of thought for only 15 minutes a day, Zen allow you to get deeply in touch with the physical world that sorrounds us all.

Besides not falling asleep, Zen ask that one keeps his eyes open in order to appreciate all colors, shadows and proportions of everyday objects in unparalleled ways. It is during these profound stages of silence that one will experience some of the following:

1. States of Phsycodelia: the mind’s own way of transcending thought. This state allows one to perceive all that sorrounds us in “new” light. Trees look different, the silouttes of the bed sheet seem to flow and an alarm clocks sound pleasant… yes, pleasant. (This one at first REALLY took my by surprise.)

2. Good Counseling: in the state of  profound silence one must be open to receiving spontaneous thoughts. Why? Because sometimes these spontaneous thoughts can be clearer than sum of all other thoughts that day. These of spontaneous thoughts tend to give one great insight about important decisions and one’s inner self. Now don’t be fooled. One does not always get counseling while meditating, but when you do get it and its genuine, trust me: it’s good.

Our mind already has to constantly be thinking about solving problems, deadlines, proyects, pressures…. So it’s pleasant to be able to sit down from time to time and let your body do the thinking.

Thus Zen allows one to master the art of thinking without thinking

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