The dangers of Natural and the Beauty of Fake. A world of deception and opposing forces. Lines in reality can be crossed but the truth eventually shines through. Deception and manipulation are tools to amuse and misappropriate the understanding left from right. The direction doesn’t really matter when you are on a sphere because eventually if you go far enough in one direction, you end up right back where you started.
Adderall vs Nootropics vs Brain Food. Chemicals and Processes are the first two mythical terms that must be understood when delving into the topic at hand. When we break things down into a chemical state, a naturally occurring item is almost indistinguishable from something created in a lab through a microscope. Typically, lab extracted products are directly from actual superfoods and herbs. For example, Hydroxychloriquine is a synthetic version of the naturally occurring Quinine that you can find in the peel of grapefruit. What is natural can still be unnatural no matter how you spin it.
The word chemical is massively misused as well. Every “thing” has a chemical makeup. Chemicals that our body cannot or has a very difficult time processing becomes a toxin which is many of times simply called chemicals by the general public. Chemicals are natural but what is natural at all about the world we live in anyways? Nothing is natural and therefore we must break down these concepts that are ignorant in nature and dive deeper into why negative connotations are associated with certain unnatural processes.
Processed food is a hot word that is also massively misunderstood. Cooking is a process. Extracting nutrients with boiling water is a process. Digesting your food is a process. The real question we must entertain is HOW something is processed, not necessarily WHAT. Another issue you run into when undergoing a chemical process is the fact that you eliminate the good microbiomes from the food when “processing” it. You can also cook out much of the medicinal properties when cooking and processing food. You also open the door for unhealthy additives and toxic preservatives to be used during the process of processing food in a facility outside of your control.
As for the biggest argument against homeopathic remedies bought from the store is that you cannot trust the source because of the lack of consistency throughout the growing process, the extraction method and also the manufacturing process of dosing them. Supplements directly extracted from superfoods and herbs go through a process that makes it extremely difficult to exactify the dose without extremely expensive equipment. This can be a deadly mishap if the wrong supplement has too large of a dose. The laws are arguably designed by Big Pharma to create a monopoly of the market. For one, it is technically illegal to say X remedy can heal Y diagnosis. The lack of empirical evidence is the case in point but might I ask how many medications over the years that are still in use today that cause more problems than the one they are trying to fix. Just because X chemical reacts to Y receptor still is not empirical because every human body is different. Now, they are actually epigenetically pretesting medicine on an individual basis which will greatly help the homeopathic way of life. Pain medicine like Morphine literally slows down the digestive process and respiratory rate which is how your body get necessary nutrients and can/will lead to death from an assortment of issues. I fully understand the value of empiracle evidence as well as pharmaceuticals but how much corruption exists in the current regulatory process voiding that argument against homeopathic remedies entirely. How much current research is inherently flawed due to manipulated data, cherrypicked trials, and unidentified variables? How much funding is the government allocating to have research done on natural remedies compared to the pharmaceutical industry? How many deaths have Pharmaceuticals caused in the recent decades compared to homeopathic remedies? I think when you really crunch the numbers, the risk analysis points towards using homeopathic remedies that I personally extract and eat directly. This helps lower the risk of overdosing and also give you the control to learn and prevent illness from the start. At the end of the day, every waking moment can create a deathly situation. Every food you eat and supplement you take can have adverse reactions. You don’t really know what you are consuming even if it comes from your own garden. Diseases and parasites can make their way into your life regardless of how careful you are. There is no simple answer and there is no right answer that our current data is able to show besides the fact that humans have survived this long under the pretense of using actual food as medicine. We are living longer, but how much living is done in the average last 10 years of life. I can assure you, many geriatric patients died years before their heart stops pumping.
Natural processes vs unintended consequences of accelerated processes is something I haven’t read anywhere per say but I have run a thought experiment to understand it. This is the exact type of language to get someone canceled by the scientific community even though all philosophers and scientists throughout time used thought experiments to develop hypotheses and measure patterns of probability. Adaption is a part of who we are as a biological species. We adapt and homeostasis is constantly a balancing act. Your environment is vital when referencing homeostasis and when the environment is toxic, death is the outcome. Pharmaceuticals typically neglect the system at large in the attempt to fix symptom by symptom. This creates a cascading effect that will either kill the organism immediately or change the organism entirely. Evolution typically takes centuries to enable a feature of one organism/species more fit than the rest of the group. Eventually, the group will undergo an adaptive process of mating and procreating with the more fit species through generations. One thing to consider is that typically a change in environment will force the adaptive process to take hold. Humans in the modern world have begun the adaptive process on the premise of medicine that enables people to be stay alive malnourished with dysfunctional organ function who are typically the largest reproducers in our society. Each generation in recent years are being introduced to new “chemicals” that our physiology is unable to process or at least unable to process yet. Something like obesity or cancer would be probably side effects to this metabolic nightmare. I once read a theory that pegged the introduction of processed food to causing a smaller jaw structure which made our wisdom teeth obsolete. Regardless of the truth in that theory, I am opposed to the idea of genocide which many unknowingly support through a number of mediums and belief systems. Many people would simply hate on the idea of the lower class procreating at an unhealthy rate on account many of them already can’t take care of themselves. I think this is a cultural problem more so than an institutional problem even though both are to blame. Our culture promotes the life of a jellyfish floating around eating whatever it walks into rather than the life of a scientist who pays more in attention than in medical costs. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it but if you notice a weak spot in the infrastructure, attempting to patch it isn’t a bad idea.
I believe as the end result of this dialogue, we will see in my lifetime 2 species diverge out of the human race. One group will attempt to merge with technology and gene editing. They probably will not even carry the baby in the womb. The other group will go back into natural living. Homeopathic, less technology focused, old fashioned self sustainable. I’m sure there will be overlap within the fabric of both groups but 2 separate legal bodies will lead the way of further division and enforced manipulation of the human experience. The Transhumans vs The Humans. Personally, I embrace death as a remedy to life, but I understand the contrary argument of escaping death through technological advances in life, whether artificial or natural. To each their own until you infringe on my rights to do what is best for me. I look forward to living more like the Amish and less like a City Slicker but who knows, my mind could change one day.
Grow My Community was started to bring the ideals of what a parallel society needs in order to deal with the sickening world we live in. I hope to inspire people to become sustainable in all areas of life.
We have become so dependent on a broken system, most people forget what life is all about amidst the fractionalized lives we live. Life is about living enough to accept death. Life shouldn’t be a flight away from the inevitable, rather a point in which we live until there is no more quality of life left to live. Death is a reminder of how precious life is. Death is a way of making the next season more fruitful than the last as the experience lived transcends time and space. Life is about continuing life and securing future generation’s lives. Life is about beauty. Life is about feeling not just the good but also understanding the good through experiencing the bad. This contrast is a part of what makes the beauty. Perhaps the bad could be experienced through education rather than 1st person experiences. That is an untested theory worthy of trying. Life is an experimental experience that we endure and one enjoy.
The idea of organizing people, places and things is a foundational concept to Grow My Community because resource allocation is an essential function to becoming self-sustainable. We know that no work at all creates restlessness and a disconnection from society compared to being overworked can do similar things to the human spirit. But designing a way to live in a healthy and purposeful manner is my dream. Making food, making art, making babies (responsibly), giving back, and practicing self-care should be our focus as a society. Instead we have been given a false sense of reality that never mapped out for my generation. Education doesn’t mean getting work. Honest work doesn’t mean you can afford the cost of living. Having a trade doesn’t mean getting gigs. As suicide and addiction rates climb, we begin to see society collapsing in front of our eyes. It doesn’t have to be like this. We can transcend the bullshit of modern life.
My first goal is to set up a food allocation system for local gardeners and farmers. After we have a mechanism to localize our food system, storing and accessing information is the next step. Once we have acquired enough information that is stored, organized and accessible that enables continuous growth in all areas of the human mind, we must create a means of international trade in order to acquire resources that are outside of the physical location where people live. Cryptocurrency can be a mechanism that allows these 3rd party jurisdictions to thrive but there still must be a good/service that is sold outside the jurisdictions that can help the communities survive and thrive. At some point, we may reach a point where the community/s are 100% self-sustainable such that no external resources are needed. That idea is far more unreasonable than a system that only has minimal interactions with the outside world.
My work with artificialcities.com could be the tool that enables the jurisdictions to arrive at a safe and sustainable way of life. Regardless if my work with Grow My Community is a pipe dream or an actual business model, I do believe in the work I am doing and that is sufficient enough to keep me moving onward with the vision. My work has put incredible people in front of me and opened many doors through the years. Although many of those doors may never be opened again, I am confident those doors brought me to this very place that I sit. I hope people start designing their own life in such a manner that respects life and where they live. I have a dream that I’m not ashamed of sharing. I have a belief that I’m not afraid to preach. I have a way of life that I understand could bring people a lot of happiness.
Within the past year and a half since COVID-19 hit the streets, I have begun looking into moving away. It seems that the Tyranny of America has begun and I will move my family to somewhere that is safe from such Authoritarianism. A spark was lit and inspired me to continue on building a legacy out of Grow My Community. I am looking at moving to a region willing to succeed from the union. Whatever the case may be, I’m remaining an optimist at heart because I have creativity, God, and hard work on my side.
There is a major problem when the government bureaucracies use the law to discern and intervene with individual’s freedoms and abilities to help one another. The medical community is arguably one of the most complicated systems aside from familial relationships because they both deal with the individual and the society at large. Healthcare workers work alongside the criminal justice system, often times because of the interplay between mental health and personal injury. Ever more recently, it also incorporates laws the put the personal perspective against the social perspective like a game of Risk.
In a system, many moving pieces work together to form the entire system. Society itself is a conglomeration of many dynamic moving pieces and parts. It is our job as the individual cogs in the wheel of the modern social construct that goes round and round from generation to generation to be our best as often as possible and also create jobs that run with a higher efficiency, safety, and purpose. It seems that we are moving away from this model as our jobs become more mundane, useless, separated from the community, wasteful, destructive, inefficient and emotionally draining all the while taking up more and more of our personal time. Time is our only relative number we can all understand.
Precedents and protocols are functions supposedly designed with reason, evidence, and logic. Typically they follow the flow of the scientific method. As time goes on, we see these two functions obstructed by human error, ego, and corruption for the sake of political purposes as well as personal or group gain. Money is often a common theme to dissuade a right action from a wrongful action whether the money goes directly into the pockets of an individual or to a budget to keep said service’s up and running. When we take money out of the equation, you typically get a more honest approach. However considering our entire economy is based around the concept of money that idea is merely a dream to differentiate any choice without a cost benefit analysis relating to money in some shape or form.
When we talk about punitive reactions to criminal activity, we first must assure an activity is indeed deserving to be illegal. Freedom to medically treat oneself with well researched substances or methods is something the police should never interfere with. It is criminal to punish someone for pursuing their own state of happiness. The line gets a little blurry when one’s pursuit interferes with others. If we built institutions to help people enjoy their freedoms and pursuits of happiness, that would be a very different story but instead we kick people in cages. Insanity is a different case but the reality is that society creates this insanity. There is an overwhelming overlap of Psych patients to the children and also adults being medications. Abuse, malnutrition (poor diet as well as starvation) and neglect also play a major role in developmental delays that can cause incapable adults. The biggest problem with homelessness is the psychological disorders that are running rampant through the population many of times in direct causation of such substance use. As we continue this topic of insanity, we trickle into the argument of the second amendment. Crazy people really shouldn’t have guns but how exactly do diagnose crazy aside and who should be labeled as unable to protect themselves. Perhaps a solution is to make institutions that are actually quality places to live that help people grow and develop rather than the current state of institutions both criminal and mental that focuses on drugging people up and locking them in cages. This teetering scale is a difficult place to balance between because when the legal system says your dangerous based on dysfunctional laws, we have a problem. Or perhaps someone is 1013/1023 (medically held in confinement in fear of endangerment to others), and they heal or never deserved to go there, we have a problem. When someone is medicated and not crazy, but is labeled as such due to their medication, we have a problem. My big solution to this disaster is natural health and cognitive behavioral therapy. We really don’t need all of the dependence on substances if we are happy with ourselves. If our society promoted moderation and gave a place to enjoy substances in moderation, we could perhaps solve these broken points in our pursuit of happiness and right to protect oneself.
Enjoying unhealthy products and living unhealthy lives is a form of Stockholm Syndrome caused by subliminal marketing of unnatural and social norms for the continuous profit in the form of planned obsolescence pertaining to the natural state of health and wellness. Our society thrives on pushing unhealthy ways of living because there is more profit to be made. When someone becomes self sufficient with knowledge and a nutrient dense lifestyle, they no longer need to pay for other services and this disincentives the capital system. As government puts regulation over individuals communicating personal knowledge and experience to help other people out, I have a huge problem. The scare is that someone says something that could cause more damage than help but consider this, how many medication commercials where death is a byproduct on the intervention are being marketed? This risk analysis thereby encourages people to take the risk analysis into their own hands. As Artificial Intelligent systems progress, we begin to realize the individual encompasses far more power than the capacity of a medical doctors capabilities. People in the medical field scoff at the idea of people self diagnosing, but the main difference of what a doctor can do and what an individual can do is the access to medical equipment which is getting so cheap, it has pretty much reached the hobbyist market. Much of this drive for health to become a hobbyist enthused system is the supplement market as well as the failure of the medical system doing anything besides throwing drugs at the problem covering up the problems.
Culture has historically designed spices/herbs, lifestyles, and ideals that naturally remedy the problems of man, but as we have become more progressive, we have lost touch with the ways of evolutionary sense of self. A large issue with the conservative mindset is the individualistic approach to neglecting those that are less fortunate or less capable. There may be a time where too many people are incapable of dealing with the real world and working due to mental impairments and/or resources misallocation. Although we are seeming to be in the best place for the human experience, we are still treading water and barely staying afloat as a western society and modern world. Socialism vs Individualism becomes the prevailing argument that is still not finalized.
When people are overworked, unhealthy, and depressed, we lose our ability to perform at the highest level. In the most important jobs, we ought to be paid well enough to not be running on fumes and also have enough support/resources to keep us able to perform at the highest level. Unfortunately, we give the most resources to the contractors that deal in the marketplace while starving the actual employees of a quality of life that can encourage our neuroreceptors to be doing our best with longevity in mind. The institutions that exist such as Prisons and Mental Health facilities could work if we implemented intelligent design that isn’t built with a planned obsolescence mindset and corrupted policy enforcement. If our society made true investments into the future and the people, we could heal our broken world but instead we pass laws and budgets with a short term mindset that helps the few and hurts the many. The system is mental, physical and ideological. We must feed all parts of the human spirit to see the rat race turn into heaven on Earth. I believe in a better tomorrow while remaining grateful for the life we have today. We have been on this road for a long time and it will be a long journey to get to a better place, but at least we know the direction. Let’s keep growing.
Society is composed of many components. There are 3 main ways that I’ll explain the organization of society. The human’s world is an accumulation of Economic (physical), Philosophical (intellectual), and Social (environmental) inputs/outputs. These ways to interact curate the three unique types of social contracts every culture ultimately submits to in order to have order. In a governing sense, we have a bipolarity between the emphasis of individualism and collectivism. Socialism is idealistic and Capitalism is measurable. If people could muddle past our preconceived ideas, perhaps we could start building a better community rather than arguing moot points about broken systems.
(Philosophical) Education and indoctrination are identical twins removed at birth and married amidst a midlife crisis. We walk the halls from classrooms to prisons. But we have an Uber escape pod awaiting to be set free in the form of independent education. Society sets unreal standards for a way of living that favors one type of neurological structure and criminalizes other Atypical folks. This isn’t entirely societies fault considering a certain level of competence is required for a social contract to be acknowledged. I find it backwards that our education system is teaching people to act more like machines than the super computers we are. We are training for pretechnological skills that have no relevance to modern life nor life in general. Our modern society has made us dependent on an unsustainable, toxic ecosystem that ignores the cause and effect as well as reality itself which is reinforced through our childhood’s uneducated system. I would like to add that there are pathways, even through many public education systems that do help develop the whole person and is perfect for a particular type of person in search for a particular type of job.
(Economic) Control and Regulation mask our innovative capabilities but without them, we would more than likely erupt into pure chaos. Government uses tools such as law, insurance, funding, international relations, and protection in return for a sustainable population. Insurance is a private tax that is an inflated version of real money that uses fear as a means of persuasion. Insurance is a pre-internet tool to help allocate professionals and ensure protection. Insurance companies are in essence an enforced savings policy for a statistical probability such as a health or property disaster. In theory, the most accurate way to project expenses through insurance is by applying the most amount of people/data via the law of large numbers. Insurance companies are forced to make a profit in their calculations of the risk analysis as they become more of a bank that manages debt than a system there to protect you. My thoughts are that adding an allocated flat tax could ensure for specific needs in the community to have money by properly designated a budget per each need. We could then push a higher tax on items/values that increase the average costs. We have put a protective coating around our means to survive in fear of danger so much that we have suffocated our actual means to survive.
If we could incubate our Economic system with enough intelligent design, we would eradicate the world of ignorance and toxins through the means of a willing and driven population. Unfortunately, many negative forces in the world have the dealers hand when it comes to mandating laws and systems of how to live. This monopoly is supported by the swinging door of the political establishments as a means of hiring out the public’s interest for a gamification of the economic system as a whole. Our taxation system is not regulated as a normal budget would. Honestly, I wouldn’t budget my money either if I could just print off my deficits every year. The regulations passed as laws are not supported by in large the collective and diverse areas of science and information. There is also more than an economic variable that our legal system must tackle. In our current system however, we must secure the economic stance on account our entire livelihood is dependent on a transactional relationship to money. We must change our approach to impacting the human life while taking into account the many other entities that affect our lives. As the economic capacity for change remains ripe, we must assert that negative trends do not overtake the attention of the changing tide. What is good for the environment could be good for the economy. What is good for our health could be good for our economy. What is good for our society could be good for our economy. Our next generation must not devolve purely into the unchecked cancel culture for the potential outcome of causing more problems than the solution was supposed to offer. In pursuit of fixing these existential worldly problems, we must also entertain the freedoms that support positivity, efficacy, and longevity throughout the entire human experience. Regulation must be individualized if it were to ever be a part of real change of positivity.
(Social) Since the beginning of time there has been a sacrificial function built into the experience of life. The idea of having cake and eating it too never took into account bowel obstructions and heavy costs of medical bills. Self-preservation of the short term experience meets a difficult standstill when faced with the idea of longevity and selflessness. Personal gain vs social gain becomes one of the main battle grounds for the factions of Red vs Blue. In the pursuit of happiness, similar to Erickson’s stages of Psychological development, one must first take care of one’s own personal needs before even imagining helping others. If you shut down the economy to save global warming, then the people will starve. The new age of entrepreneurs will not just design technology, but also design systems to improve the quality of life. Our social norms will eventually evolve to entail healthy living, socio-cultural activities, with an education system that supports and works side by side with the functioning economy. Deciding upon the best type of economic/philosophical/social systems is not a single task, rather it will be a series of tweaks and mishaps that will make us fall forward into a more progressive society.
My solution is to redesign the community entirely. Make the community self-sustainable. Alleviate the financial pressures, but replace the social pressures with positively reinforced socially encouraged activities. We must redesign how we spend out time and what we value. There is still a lot of research to continue to the further scientific understanding of happiness and purpose, but I believe it to be a lot more simple than we make it out to be. It will not be an overnight task and there will be a lot of pushback in the re-education of the human experience. Humans need work, but we don’t need to activate the amygdala with hunger to drive humans forward. We need inspiration, direction, purpose, and hope. None of these things are provided by our current governing system but there is enough of a system in place to change from within. There is a new dawn approaching and I hope to be on the horizon as it peaks. Check out growmycommunity.org to see how I am trying to help evolve our communities in all areas, Personal, Social, and Economic.
To believe in something and to identify with something are 2 concepts of similar conceptions that differ only by a mere technicality. To be humbled is to accept when you are wrong. To be humble is to accept you could be wrong. To have an ego is to be confident even in places of uncertainty. To be egoistical is to believe you are correct even if you are wrong. To walk a line of having a humble ego is the tight rope that Nietzsche explains as the overman. No man can follow the same path as the overman because of his focus, dexterity, and complexity to remain in control regardless of the wind pattern. This pathway is similar to health in that it is personal and situational that is only true to oneself according to what we currently understand.
What seems impossible could just be a futuristic endeavor that has yet to take place. We don’t know what we don’t know and this is where belief comes into effect. Belief is the placeholder instilled by the historical conclusions that keep cultures alive and well with longevity as a companion. The experience we have on Earth is existentially short in retrospect to the full spectrum of time itself. I believe in this short time we humans have on Earth, it is our purpose to create art in relationship to meaning and experiences while also helping our fellow companions on this planet as well as potentially beyond this planet when the time comes. To this point, every action could be considered an art form, and thereby every action we take should be treated as such. The more information and experiences we share, the quicker we can progress through prior tribulations and terrors that didn’t have solutions developed prior as a species, community, and individual. Life is cumulative and this equation will run unnecessary loops if we don’t record variables that can effect the outcome in ways that prevent prior problems.
Knowledge is a body of information that expands and integrates into reality. What we think we know thereby becomes our identity. Often times our identity is a visual confirmation of what we want others to know what we think and believe. We dress, talk, walk, and make the actions that transmutes our inner self in ways not even a camera can register. Knowledge is a premature idea of what we think we know. At the end of the day, no one really knows anything aside from the laws set in stone in reference to prior experiences/tests/statutes. Be careful becoming egotistical with what you think you know but never be ashamed for the information you believe. Hold your beliefs like a gun, accessible and close but also safe and secure. Train your knowledge so when it is time to use it, you are prepared but never be negligent of the dangers that prevalent knowledge can hold. Perhaps that is the realm of the forbidden fruit aka “the fruit of knowledge.” It evolves and if you walk on land that used to be dry but is now ridden with oceanic currents, you will find yourself not walking but drowning. To part the red seas is a mechanism of understanding how the tide of information evolves. In the moments of dire need, you must trust the lands are dry from your prior understandings.
What hill will you die on? No one wants to be a martyr if they are ultimately wrong. Many of times it is ego that drives man to such a place of flying on the wrong hill. What role will you play in the bigger picture? Most people will be a blip, but few make an impact that changes the trajectory of the human race for the better. It is the bad as well as the good that teach us lessons and unfortunately the scape goats become the reality of such lessons. What will you allow to happen to you and what will you stand behind to prevent from happening to others? A pacifists life is desirable but unrealistic. At some point we all must fight. Whether the war is internal or external, we will have to go to war in some shape or form. This is what we know thus far in the story of man. The world is a quantum space where X never equals just Y. The multi variant combination that makes life so beautiful also makes it so darn precious, dangerous, and rare. Life is a risk analysis that we must use a combination of experience, thought, and belief to concur the right way through it all. We must accept when we are wrong, explain our reasoning for said belief and understand that our thoughts today will make tomorrow a better place so long as we make our thoughts heard.
Buddhism envelops a mechanism called the 8 fold path that gives man the tools to move through life with clarity and accuracy. The eightfold path is as followed: Right Understanding, Right Speech, Right Thought, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, and Right Concentration. I considered putting these concepts in a specific order, but in actuality, people jump from each of these concepts throughout their life to further develop the other can concepts. Study and practice each of these practices to further develop your impact on the bigger picture in the most positive manner.
Machine Learning and AI become the mechanisms that give us the opportunity to propel beyond tragedy as a species and planet. Ben Franklin has a quote that goes along the lines of any society that will give up a little liberty to gain security will deserve neither and lose both. Although he could be correct, I believe our freedoms have brought us to a state of chronic illness and depression. Our capitalistic freedoms have taken us to a complex state of predatory usery that reaps benefits from a form of indentured servitude. Technology doesn’t have to evil, it is the algorithms in place that create such discrepancies. Literature is a form of technology that has been used thus far to progress humanity but we as a species have reached a throttling point of literary capacity whereby inputs are no longer producing outputs. When we can measure data that takes into consideration all of the variables pertaining to a situation/algorithm without bias, we can potentially create solutions that we all can agree on. Unfortunately, modern AI has bias built into it, but what is can always be better. Machine Learning and AI will give us accurate projections of what will happen rather than what could happen. Now, every instance can be a learning lesson in the equation of life. We must be careful to not believe 100% with our whole heart in such projections but rather accept them as a probability. Deep deep down, this is how belief works. It’s a probability spectrum that only what I describe as God can know for certain. Walk with confidence because you speak with experience. Most people can’t handle the truth, but I have seen the mirror and know what mask I’m wearing.
Growing up, I was always the first friend asleep at sleepovers. I would take a nap everyday while I school and always popped a nap during Oprah after school. Sleep was my second nature. My dad spent many years working night shift enduring frustrated sleep deprived days. In my naive younger days, I swore to not live such a life. As I grew older into my adulthood life, I realized much of life is not up to you in the moment but rather a means to get somewhere better. Currently, I’m working night shift at the hospital to enable a schedule that allows my wife and I to take care of our son while holding down the monthly bills. Getting to help people as a part of the job is a major bonus.
Health is a multifaceted approach and sleep is definitely a top priority. But even still, some people eat crap and smoke cigarettes everyday yet live until they are 100 years old. This analogy points to the fact that every body is different and less sleep doesn’t necessarily mean a lesser quality of life but the correlation is definitely a part of the equation. Sleep is a way for your body to detoxify toxins, perform cytogensis (cell creation), remove plaque from the circuits in the brain, assist in digestion, repair muscular breakdown, lower cortisol levels, reduce inflammation, and improve overall health.
Everything in your life is an investment of your time to some extent. Perseverance is a part of the human spirit. Humans can do so much more when their heart and/or mindset is in the right place. We can create something from seemingly nothing such that the time most are asleep, money could be made. When we want something, we can make it happen. We can make adjustments, sacrifice, and dig deep beyond our sliding filaments in the cross-bridge cycle of reality but there are always consequences. Some consequences are feasible, logical, and expected. Others are irrational, dangerous, and random.
Sleep is something I believe to be a top priority, however sacrificing sleep for the sake of taking care of my family is something I do without question. Night shift really takes a toll on the entire system, but where there is a will, there is a way. I have found that paying close attention to my diet, and making sure I get sleep everyday is vital for both heart health and mental health.
Tricks to the trade: Supplementing with hot Chamomile tea and water absorbable Magnesium Glycinate is a great way to allow the body to relax and fall asleep naturally without dosing up on something that can have lasting effects. I also recommend using an eye mask at night to block out light. Our bodies have naturally adapted to waking when light is present. The light activates cortisol and other stimulating hormones while simultaneously suppressesing melatonin secretion which helps the brain come back to awakened consciousness. Lastly, is using a sleep machine or oscillating fan that can drown out noise that occurs throughout the day. Other helpful tools is controlling your breathing and going to sleep with gratitude. Your breath can actually slow down your heart rate while gratitude dissuades the mind from anxiety that distract and keep the cortisol pumping. Making sure you keep your home clean is a great tip to alleviate the anxiety naturally.
You have to live your life by design, not make it day by day. However at times, you do just have to make it until the end of the day. Once you can successfully do that, you can start preparing for tomorrow. After tomorrow is set in stone, you can put together a plan of action for the following weeks to months. Goal setting is essential for pursuing that idea we call happiness. No situation is perfect, but that friction will only make you harder and stronger. My goal is to keep growing in all areas in life. Getting myself into a better position where I don’t have to sacrifice my health is definitely a part of that plan. Until then, I’ll keep grinding out my nights and building for a better tomorrow.
Localize Everything. When I say everything, I fully acknowledge the resource allocation difficulties from varying geographic locations. We need to redesign our economy and communities so the money within a local jurisdiction does not trickle up and out of the hands of our fellow neighbors. The further away money travels, the less impact it will have on a designated area and the more it gets filtered out of helping the little guys. Corporate Ownership, Celebrity Culture, Monopolies, Copyrights/Regulation, and Online Algorithms are ways that the little guy next door gets overlooked and squandered. The $20 an hour conversation is typically where mainstream takes this conversation, however I intend to making an actual difference with this post. Localizing communities will save the world. We must be careful about making local jurisdictions dependent on foreign governments. For this reason, I acknowledge the need for military and national/world government. To save the world, we must first save ourselves.
Localize Media. We need to start pushing our online focus on the local community. Our current internet is broken. We need to enable feeds to support those near us. We watch information and stories that have little to zero impact on us personally, but if we focused on local media from local people, we could divert ads, and make data have more relevance and impact. This increase of valuable content could revolutionize the amount of impact the internet can provide. My solution is to use the current online galleries, such as YouTube or Pinterest, to organize artists and other forms of media on a grassroots level. Individuals all over would have to put in the time to list local information while also paying close attention to the media they are sharing out to not let it be irrelevant celebrity content. It is certainly inconvenient but that is what a grassroots movement is. Many people doing a little bit to overrun the monopolies. It is similar to the recent Robinhood/Doge coin situation of regular people taking down big players in the stock market. GrowMyCommunity.org was my attempt at localizing the internet. It seems to be more effective to work within the current systems and structures initially. Once there is enough local support, we can begin building local infrastructure for data and networks.
Localize Food. From the pickings of fresh vegetation to the frying pan’s glory, food must be localized. Localize farming, localize chefs/cooks, localize transporting and selling food. We have the technology to create greenhouse technology to replicate any climate on the world so why are we still spending the money to ship food around the world? Some items such as oils and animals will be limited, however this is where the a flavor of anarchism becomes a relative concept to include into the new community. As for wildlife and naturally occuring substances, creating an economy that uses geographically unique material as a social/communities function, we could balance the scales of poverty. Of course people who work compared to those who don’t work deserve more, but the basic level of life should be provided in the 21st century. The government could reallocate the value of the land by using electricity, water, house, transportation, and healthcare as costs to the capital gained. Food is the root of life and the economy. When we fix the issue with food and water, we will fix the problems of this Earth.
Localize Personal Care. Focus on your immediate circle. Give attention to those closest to you. Help your family first, then help your neighbors, then help your country. I’m sure there are a million scenarios to dissuade this ideology but you really need to focus on what is most pressing. What is most pressing? Typically what is most pressing entails a locality. Try to focus on what matters. The Kardashians do not matter at all. ESPN does not matter at all. Sleep matters. Your quality of life matters. When I say localize everything, I mean focus on what you have control over. If we all focused on each other, we could overcome the neglect of our community. We have the power to push ad revenue, create talking points, and redirect the entire algorithm if we work cohesively. It takes work to make anything matter. Don’t be lazy, make it matter and make it local. #Letsgrow a more collective reality. #local #livingoodlife #locallife
The female is beautiful. The way her body is the home for the creation of life and her power grips the heart of life are some things to be praised. Every month she sacrifices a part of herself in hopes of one day continuing life for the greater good. The female organs help regulate the hormonal health beyond doing the job of procreation.
A vital part of female health is having balanced hormones. Ovaries produce hormones called Estrogen and Progesterone. These hormones work together in the fertility process but also with managing calcium and cholesterol. They are steroid hormones which means they help with immune function, inflammation, and hydration. Follicle-Stimulating Hormones and Luteinizing Hormones are communicators from the Thydoid and Pituitary glands to the ovaries. The average level of FSH and other hormones vary depending on the age, sex/gender, genes and individual.
Testicles are the male’s reproductive organs. Similar to the ovaries, the male reproductive system deals heavily with hormone regulation and is the source for procreation.
Manage your hormones with diet, lifestyle, sleep, healthy sexual activity, and simple mindset training. Vitamin D, Vitamin Bs, Vitamin C, and Fish Oil are all extremely beneficial nutrients to increase the health of the endocrine system. Maca Root is my favorite supplement for balancing hormones for both men and women. Make sure to get authentic Maca from South America. If your hormones are still off, look into getting additional support from a professional health/medical specialist.
Next, I will discuss the political orientation to hormones and gender ad a sociopolitical topic.
I want to take a second to share my understanding on a controversial topic, Transgenders. This is a difficult topic in today’s climate so hang with me. My intentions are to share my perspective. This isn’t a hate statement, rather a scientific and honest essay. I decided to write this piece because I care about people who don’t love themselves for who they are. I care about people’s hormonal health. I care enough to try and speak from my heart and mind even though fully knowing the friction amidst the conversation. Firstly, I don’t really care about what an adult is doing to their own body aside for wanting them to pursue their happiness but there are consequences to every action, especially in the space we have entered. I am fully open to learn more and accept my state of ignorance if my current perspective is simply wrong, so leave a comment. Perhaps, this is the way of the future, but I have seen too much in the hospital and read too much about Anatomy and Physiology to not speak on my own behalf. I’m here to grow and we grow by sharing information and perspective regarding information, then listening to a response.
All humans are different but there are patterns that we can use to make sense of our past, be prepared for the present, and predict the future. Scientifically speaking, there are natural and obvious patterns found throughout Life in general, but especially for homosapiens in order to stay relevant in this article. Hormones and sexual organs are constants in the human race. Typically, generalizations entail exceptions so I’ll do my best to articulate when a statement has exceptions. A hermaphrodite, someone born with two sexual organs, is a perfect example of such exceptions. Even hermaphrodites typically grow into and embody either male or female characteristics. There is a fine line between rhetoric, data, science, philosophy and belief. Keep these different approaches to perspective alive while reading the remainder of this piece. Yes, I’m a white male. And as the LGBTQ community has reiterated, gender and race do not matter so let’s hold back the ignorance and hate. Since we have all agreed that humans are equal, I will not tolerate sexist and racist statements. Yes, you can be sexist and racist against a white male. You do not have moral superiority because of race, sex, or status. I don’t care what the educational institutions have listed in their definitions. If you don’t like someone because of their skin or sex, you need help and an intervention. If something I say is simply wrong, I am fully open to hearing why. This is how we grow.
I want to discuss the LGBQ first before getting too deep onto the Trans conversation. Personally, I just consider it all a form of homosexuality, similar to cake. There are many types of cake, but they are all still cake. I’m not making a belittling statement, I’m just categorizing an observation using a literary technique called a metaphor/simile. Homosexuality is active in many different species but when someone says it isn’t natural, they are talking about the use of sex to procreate and the function of how meiosis functions. Sure male dogs hump each other, but there is a difference between proving dominance and a male dog around a female dog in heat. There is a biological truth to this innate attraction. What is natural is for a male and female to have sex. Sex for mammalian life has been a requirement for contuing life since the beginning of mammalian life on this planet until in vitro insemination. I fully acknowledge that what is natural does not automatically carry a moral higher-ground. Amoebas don’t need sex, but they are irrelevant in the conversation about human biology. The words Natural and God are interchangeable so understand that when someone uses the Bible or religion, they are using a naturalist approach. As it pertains to marriage, the government shouldn’t even be involved in marriages. We shouldn’t have a tax cut for marriages. Marriage is a religious institution and if a priest wants to marry someone then so be it! The government should have nothing to say about it. If you want to list a significant other of the same sex on your government information, then the government should not have any say over who it is. It is not the governments place to tell me who I can be with so long as it is two willing adults.
The feminists are almost negatively effected by the Trans movement. Men exceed in most sports over women and I do believe it is important to acknowledge women as they are. Women sports are important to keep separate. Perhaps we could have a separate gender neutral institution entirely with separate bathrooms and sports leagues. But I want to ask that if genders don’t exist then why even distinguish between lesbian and gay or bi? See where the logic breaks down? It is almost like some Trans people choose this lifestyle because they are ashamed of being just Gay. This goes completely against the actual support for the LGBQ community. I don’t care how you dress, how to talk, how you walk, whatever. I’m happy if you are happy! If you aren’t happy, your sexual organs are not to blame, rather a hormonal imbalance is much more likely. But when we start taking things away from women such as sports, and we endanger our women by letting men into their restrooms and private areas, I have something to say. If someone has gone through a full transition and they can’t rape a girl in the bathroom, then I have no problem. People should also respect the rules of the jurisdiction. If a municipality or private business claims it to be a threat, follow the rules and move somewhere supports your way of life. I think a big problem is that many national problems are actually local problems. If we took this approach, I believe we could get a more honest look at the topic and laws at hand and we as a society could work together on topics that need a national effort instead of cultural issues that could be dealt with on a local level.
Hormonal health is vital for proper metabolic, immunological, circulatory, digestive, and mental health. Your hormones communicate with every cell and every system in your body. Physical and also Psychological Trauma can cause hormonal dysfunction. Your genes can establish your hormonal levels but your epigenetic factors are equally important. I’ll emphasize more on the array of factors that deal hormone imbalances later on in the essay. To not be happy with oneself is a condition that I would describe as unhappy/depressed. To not feel who he/she is supposed to be would be considered unfulfilled/discontent. To not like your own body is “body dysmorphia.” To want to cut on oneself as a healthy person and cause perminent damage unnecessarily is something I would not consider normal rather an actual Psychological disorder called nonsuicidal self-injury disorder (NSSID). Abuse, neglect, absence, and unstable parental relationships can effect someone on multiple levels and cause psychological disorders or attention disorders. Aside from the hormone imbalance and PTSD that abuse can cause, it can also cause someone to resent the other sex as a defense mechanism or simply out of resentment. Society can also shape attraction such that an anti-male society could turn men more feminine and encourage women into taking on the male role in an attempt to boycott the genetic male. Many of these reasons are either mental problems, environmental hazards, and/or scars left over from a traumatic event/s consisting of both physiological, social and also mindset related.
One of the biggest arguments used in defense of the LBTQ movement is the heightened number of suicides in this group of people. Growing up, homosexuality was often the butt-end of a joke but it was always just that, a joke. It was many of times a way to show that you didn’t care about homosexuality. My friends and I would “act gay” out of giggles to our social image of what it means to be a man. It was never a hateful approach of being mean. If anything, it was a way of accepting those who were in our eyes. Let’s contrast the way straight men (especially white) are talked about by this very community. Us straight men (women too) are ridiculed, slandered, and threatened for just being who we are. This twisted manipulative way of thinking and acting makes it flat out uncomfortable to being myself when around this group. You don’t fight fire with fire. This group started out as being all for the love and freedom to be who you want but it wasn’t until the transmovement did it become something else entirely. Back to the suicides. This is completely unnatural and has no place of blame aside from the one committing the act of self terror. To say that my parents are why I committed suicide is just as bad as blaming an ex girlfriend breaking up with you in the reason of taking one’s life. This is not acceptable or normal and giving people a reason to do such a horrendous act is not okay in any shape or form. Perhaps if you would be beheaded for such acts, I could see some logic there but that is no where near the case in America. This bleeds back into the instability of many in this community pertaining to hormonal health, lifestyle, and mindset. Be proud of who you are and stand up for what you believe in but don’t get lost in your beliefs.
Currently my hypothesis/understandings regarding hormonal and sexual health are as followed: Ovarian cysts, cancers of the sexual organs, emotional instability, obesity, cancers and other hormone-related problems are due for a multitude of reasons but all related to hormonal health. Reason # 1, our women are being subjected to hormone altering drugs as young as 10 years of age. We do not know the longterm effects, yet we are still testing them on the population (This violates standards set forth in the Nuremberg Trials). We do know these birth control devices are extremely dangerous. Reason # 2, our diet has hormone injected foods and other toxicities that can interfere with the endocrine system. Our food system also does not support a healthy microbiome either, which can cause future endocrine and neurological problems. Reason # 2.5, our diet lacks specificity per each person’s needs. Allergens, micro/macronutrients and metabolic ratios all vary across species in a population yet are widely ignored. Reason # 3, our lifestyles are too stagnant causing poor circulation and thereby overall poor endocrine health. Reason # 4, there is so much “#science” showing different things that interfere with our endocrine system from sanitizers to perfumes that is completely ignored in the diagnosis of problems with our population. Reason # 5, There is a likelihood that vaccines are causing lifelong issues and immunological disorders but that last point is more of a hypothesis.
As you can see, hormonal health is vital. Natural hormone levels do vary according to each individual, but there is a healthy range for women and for men. These levels are established in order to keep the sexual organs and endocrine organs healthy. Our body is a system and when we throw any one part of our system out of balance, bad things happen. Depression, Neurological disorders, metabolic disorders, immunological disorders, the list goes on. I believe some people really are born gay. But I also believe that number is much smaller than what the current community consists of. I also believe there is a spectrum of acknowledging attraction to actually being attracted to each sex that all humans fall on. I know that is quite a statement so I respectfully accept the ignorance and probability of me being wrong, hints the use of the word believe. That belief includes the difference between someone truly born with imbalanced hormonal levels and nuerological pathways compared to someone who developed a variance from the median in neurological pathways and hormonal levels throughout their lifetime.
If you want to be called a lady, I will 100% respect that. If I describe you as a guy that goes by a woman or a woman that looks manly, I’m not being disrespectful, I’m being descriptive. Men and women literally have patterns of different bone structure and biological differences. It’s not an insult, it is the actual truth. Typically we design attire to further distinguish someone apart from the other sex. People with a low self esteem get offended. People who are confident are doing what they believe therefore do not flinch nor bat an eye when someone speaks out against them. If you take offense to someone describing you as a bigger guy and you are literally registered obese, than you need to work on your self esteem and probably your health too. Obesity is one of the main outcomes behind the many reasons people end up in the hospital and we ought not ignore that. Of course we shouldn’t make fun of people in the name of hurting their feelings, but we can’t kill comedy and we can’t ignore scientific data. We need more honesty in society. Honesty is hard because it takes both putting yourself out there, hurting someone, and risking being wrong.
This may seem like a paragraph of bullying, but it’s not. It’s just being honest and I see no problem with that. Our society is really sick and we need to work together to make the world a healthy place again. We must heal our minds, bodies, and spirits in order to prevent mass depression and psychological disorders. Modern society has become so soft, we are literally allowing people to convince themselves to do genital mutilation. If we had a healthy society full with people pursuing their passions free from trauma, I predict people would be happy with who they were born as. This could be mass genocide of a group of people who most of which need help, not hate. They will not procreate. When it comes to legal paperwork and situations, I believe unless you are literally a hermaphrodite, or have gone through an entire procedure and no longer have your natural born organs, you ought to have to list that you transitioned. I fully understand the idea of getting rid of “gender roles” in society but understand there will still be archetypes that will prevail. There is a reason *most women/mothers do so well with newborns and young children and *most men do well with kids as they get older. There is a reason most men are stronger than most women. There is a reason most women are really good teachers and most men are good engineers. We are wired a little differently and our sexual organs are a part of that wiring. Of course people can do jobs they aren’t naturally born to do and of course many women serve as great engineers. That should go understood without having to be said, but I just want to cover my basis. As it pertains to letting children get a transition, I think that is a grotesque proposition. Children conform to society and for society to allow genital mutilation on underdeveloped minds in a praising manner is something I abhor and cannot imagine being considered sane nor acceptable. Children’s brains are still developing. Your brain is developing all the way into your mid 20s. You don’t even embody your “gender/sex” until you reachq puberty anyhow. Elementary school kids are all very similar regarding their “gender.” Almost every kid says they don’t want to be a parent when they are young. As we get older and learn more about the important things in life, procreation and raising the next generation is something I would describe as innate in the form of coming of age. Why would we take that away from our adult selves? Are we actively involving ourselves in genetic cleansing? If a grown adult (fully developed brain) wants to go through with the process of transitioning fully, I believe he/she should be allowed to do so. I also believe however that we should put together a sound plan of action to educate the individual on all of the future problems they will endure both physical and psychological. Most people don’t realize the many health risks they are taking on by going through with this idea they are pursuing. They don’t realize it takes years to heal with only more problems to come as their hormone imbalances continue to attack their body, the nerve trauma, and the overall trauma from the experience many of times followed by a life lived in shame rather than pride. Often times, these individuals never heal, and if they have psychological damage that was the underlining reason which brought them to the point, that problem still remains even after the surgery, ignored and more than likely enhanced. Having said this, individuals going through with this process should go through extensive cognitive therapy before and after. They should be forced to get physically healthy to see if self confidence was the missing puzzle to their sense of self worth. I could say the same for most unnecessary plastic surgeries, but life altering choices such as a “gender transition” should definitely require some type of physical/mental therapy. The government should not have to pay under any type of government assisted program for someone to pursue this type of surgery and care. Perhaps if the healthcare system was different/cheaper/more effective, my position on this could change.
Perhaps the human race is dividing into a group that remains humans/homosapiens and a true Trans race that biohacks our system so that true “equality” is established in every way from child birth to skeletal structure to the rewiring of the nervous system. Who am I to say what is right or will be right. I can share a perspective and ideas from what I believe to know.
I predict endocrine health will be the next big diet and public health crisis, but who am I to think, write, believe, understand, imagine, share, and know? I’m not a doctor, but I have helped many people who doctors could not (or did not) help. I have met many people and studied quite a bit on biology and human nature. I can interpret scientific literature and have ready many historical philosophies. I have studied the human body over the past 10 years and I care about the future of our race. I write this because I care. I worry about people I know who are hurting themselves. I write because I see people that need help, not ridicule. Sometimes, hearing the truth Hurts, but that pain is necessary in order for the healing to start. If this article truly offended you, then I apologize. Having an opinion and/or understanding on something that does not fit your idea on the topic should not offend you, rather excite you to educate me. Perhaps I am completely wrong and times are changing. Maybe with recent scientific discoveries such as cloning or in vitro fertilization, the Trans movement will hold a lot more ground and truth. I’m open to being wrong. Respond with respect please.
Communication is the immunization from the viral effects of instigating stagnation in a nation constipated with obstructions beyond what the government implemented or inflated. Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, This, That, The Other and Another. Word placement like a nuclear bomb erupting off the oral canvas, moral brushes, rigid from the timid self image and smooth from the bullshit you never finished. Words make an impression far deeper than blurry vision. Be careful when engaging with a wordsmith, you may get contact high if you listen with intention.
Language shapes our reality. One’s reality reflects their language. Words are a tool, weapon, toy, and artform. Language is a duality between comprehending and expressing. This paradigm of opposites creates room for style, purpose, creativity, individualism, collectivism, emotion and logic. The balance becomes the pursuit of interest. Every conversation is like a freestyle rap intertwined with a game of tetris. Learning to communicate is the single most important human skill. Through time, concepts of how to live become engraved into genetic memories that form a complementary relationship in the culture of our species. Language cannot be suppressed, rather it must be experienced and respected to get the full spectrum of value. To become great with your words, you must understand language inside and out. To understand the language you use, you must first understand yourself. Welcome to the interior of sound’s domain. Enjoy the vehicle of communication driven by yours truly.
Self talk is the first most important type of communication. Self talk is how you develop a moral compass, accumulate confidence, utilize motivation, and allow yourself to be present in the here and now. Society in many ways has belittled your perspective with the use of college degree systems and shortsided political ideologies that are flawed at the beginning with a brainwashing effect to provide scripted arguments for the zombies to copy that originally was written as copy. Stop being so sensitive and accept when you are wrong to be able to self correct. Know when you are being a little bitch to be able to access more motivation and grit. Know yourself well enough to have insight on your own knowledge and your own beliefs as to not share misinformation or disinformation. Know the Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How you believe to know in order be heard most effectively and efficiently.
Why? Why waste your time? Why risk embarrassing yourself and being wrong? Upon every interaction and action, pondering why is a necessary foundation. The cost benefit analysis of to speak or not to speak is the living anxiety that excites all forms of communication. The goal is to be heard, but that is nearly impossible when taking on the role of the rest of the herd. The herd just “baaaas.” Having a “Why” built into someone’s every action helps facilitate a higher purpose. As a higher purpose is pursued, natural biological motivators are activated. Remember your why. Sometimes the why is a simple passing of time. Other times it is to pass time for others. My favorite is sharing thoughts that help others but at times, I get food for my own thought. The Why is the steering wheel in the car that guides every obstacle in the road.
Where is your destination? Living in the past will get you as far as getting full from thinking about food. Energy is always prevalent, therefore, you can never be doing nothing. At times, your destination is unconscious. This can either be a beautiful accidental destination or it could be a real life nightmare. Where will you take the conversation? Where are you at physically and mentally when the conversation is endured? Where will the conversation take you? The Where is the engine of the conversation. The direction you aim towards is the fuel to keep you going.
Who is communicating? The who in conversation is the direction and also the subject of shared words. The Who isn’t just who is speaking. The Who entails a rich mix of charismatic unique flavors. These two separate flavors of charisma intertwine into a small batch microbrew of local ingredients and international influence. Depending on who is speaking, further depicts the way in which the conversation is approached. Depending on who is involved in the conversation, the listening to speaking ratio may change. The Who is the radiator that helps maintain the stasis no matter the statis.
What is the topic at hand? What are you going to talk about? What interests you? What gets you off? What is the world talking about? What do you value? Know when to shut out negative conversation and when to help redirect the negativity into positivity. At times, there is no need to interject positivity and the reception of emotion is the best approach. I find that complainers actually fulfill the 1st step in the scientific method, they define the problem. They also unconsciously search for someone who can find an answer as they spray the problems outward until someone is capable of fixing it. The What is the transmission that shifts from idea to emotion without interfefence.
When is the communication? Timing is everything. Not too fast, not too quick. Timing is the rhythmic flow between two separate voices. The space between sounds gives room for other types of language to emerge. Know when to shut up and when to speak up. Don’t be too slow responding or else the other person may develop anxiety from the awkward nature of unwanted silence. The When is the tires that must be replaced and frequently reassessed.
How is your communication? The How is the flavor introduced and what complementary flavors accompany the main course of the conversation at hand. The flavor is commonly understood to be the Tone. The tone is how you introduce persuasive automated responses. Tone is the strength of the reach, the look on the face, the language of the body, and the eyebrow tilt. Tone expresses the historical relevance to experience. With the right tone, you can win arguments, teach the uneducated, make the disbelievers believe and make an already pissed off human, angry enough to fight. The How is the car’s computing system that makes everything in the background seemlessly.
Tell a story. Connect with other’s stories.. You can live your life as a mute Monk, but you will still need communication skills. Just remember that everyone is a weirdo to some extent so don’t let anxiety of other people’s ignorance prevent your anecdotes from being recorded and your perspective shared. Also, no one is ever 100% right, so don’t let insecurity inhibit you from communicating and sharing what you think you know. Laughing can cure almost any miscommunication and what laughing can’t fix, empathy and envoronmental awareness can help lessen the tension. For the moments where self awareness and the emotion of laughter is unacceptable, crying can usually mend the broken moment. There are times where an apology is warranted but more times than not, just have good intention. Be aware of your environment and know who you are talking to. There are people who will be upset no matter what so don’t spend your life trying to please everyone. Speaking things into existence has some merit in my books, so take time to meditate, pray, and visualize your needs and desires. Be true to yourself and speak with your heart, feel with your gut, and believe with your memories.
To be fully honest, I have been bitter on many conversations online, especially lately where logic is a means to be cancelled. Many of times, it comes from a place of satire or frustration from the inability for the other individual to acknowledge the facts or simple perspective attempted to be shared. Tone is a vital part of the human skill communication which is something my father lacks. Tone is an external affect reactionary signal to a situation or conversation. My goal is to grow and weeding is a part of that growth. Another part of growing is knowing your environment. Know the Who, What, When, Where, and How of the conversation to grow the right material into the talking points that can help the other person also grow. Be a nutrient, not a toxin in the world of communication.
Thanks for the conversation with myself. I always enjoy it.
As I watch the HBO series Westworld, I am fascinated by the aspects of human nature that exhibit an almost exact parallel to reality itself. Although, that is the point of great art, right? Introspection.
Watching people come in and out of the Emergency Room, I see those who are corrupted, those who weren’t given the tools to survive, and those of a seeming other species entirely. The people who have it together. Those who have purpose beyond the valley in front of them.
Drones walk among us, drugged up and institutionalized by the powerful and wicked. Lives ruined for the sake of making a buck. Infants who are permanently damaged by these same institutions. It’s easy to call someone racist, but to call a system broken requires a deeper explanation. The people themselves aren’t bad, but the data is. The protocols are.
Bad food corrupts us, evil entertainment corrupts us, drugs corrupt us, yet we continue to indulge knowing the outcome. I find it ever fascinating moving from Natural Health to Pharmaceutical Health. To see the people and personalities that indulge in each way of life creates a pattern that is easy to dissect. Sure poverty is a large part of the equation, but so are parents, social norms, and social institutions.
When I take this archetype to the animal kingdom, it makes a little more sense why there is a food chain. However, consciousness is supposed to bypass the natural order. It is supposed to allow creativity into the framework of freewill as well as purpose. That is how we were designed.
So what are we doing here? This is where I stop and believe. I believe that humans are here to be great, but not Gods. Some in just one thing. Some in many things. We are not here to own. We are not here to destroy. We are here to preserve and recycle the waste just as our digestive system was designed.
Our human nature is corrupted by breaking Darwin’s theory of evolution and for that, we must deal with the consequences. The greed and pursuit of living without pain had broken the human experiment. We are slaves to simply survive in a world where we so much is unless. No time for play, nor art. We consume without any expression of care for what comes after. We numb our pain to the point of forgetting why we hurt. Eventually even sedatives can’t stop the pain. They erode the very circuits that are designed to record our reality.
You tell someone how they will die and they continue on dying a slow ignorant life. But that is not how every story goes. Luckily after involving myself in the holistic health system, I still have hope that we can thrive as a great race once again. When we tumble down the towers that obstruct the butterfly wing’ waft of air from North America to reaching the arctic circle where it was destined to reach, we may just get back in touch with who we are and why we are here. We have created a fake world where many would rather die than continue on with sleepless nights and empty stomachs no matter how hard we work. Many more would rather turn into a drone and live the rest of their life asleep.
I still have hope that people will wake up from their own nightmare and begin walking with Faith. Whatever form of faith that gives one purpose is sufficient in my books. Faith that as long as people are trying to break the cycles of evil, we will continue to grow as a species individually and collectively. Acknowledge your sins and stop. You are not a machine. You have Will Power.
Let’s Grow a better world starting with your own narrative. #growmycommunity #letsgrow #community #humandevelopment
Mother Nature is a funny beast. Visiting Arizona has given me an extremely unique perspective on the difficulties of life. The humbling grandiose level of gratitude this place holds compares to nothing that I can recall. It would be as though never tasting the flavor sour and then been given a lemon tree. I’ve seen a lot compared to the average human ever to walk this Earth, but seeing this image, especially in such a state, reminds me of how little I am and how little I’ve seen. Smokey Mountains on the Westcoast inspires a better way of Livingood.
Take note that you are seeing smoke in both of these photos at The Grand Canyan. Wildfires have been raging through the region amidst my newlywed, Susan, and my honeymoon. It did block some of the visibility, but at the same time, a unique beauty was formed. The red sun, smokey topped mountain caps, and shadowed distant mountain tops really gave me a once in a lifetime view.
We often look past the proof of the most significant aspects to this universe. The little things add up to objects larger than The Grand Canyan itself. Little fires can destroy thousands of lives. But from a distance, those same fires might just be the most beautiful sunset to ever set. The countless mountain faces are each independently the most beautiful thing ever captured by my consciousness.
I sit out here and see so much potential for utilizing this land. The land may be expensive, but the living experience doesn’t have to be costly. What if the houses were underground to save on cooling costs and also to be protected from wildfires as well as other types of disasters? What if we designed mechanisms to capture the flashflood waters and redersertify the lands with organically fed animals? What if sprinkler systems could automatically link with heat sensors and projected fire locations to stop the wildfires? What if anywhere could be a smarter city that got better at fighting fires? Ideas can be a wildfire of a sort. Perhaps that’s my aim for the blog.
I am in Sedona, Arizona enjoying the honeymoon following a beautiful wet wedding in Blairsville Georgia. The contrast of draught and mountain landscapes are worth taking note of. I recently started working with artificialcities.com so stay tuned for our future productions and collaborations on fixing societies. Hopefully we can build smarter communities in all geographic areas. I would like to note that after riding horses out in the desert earlier today, I may have fallen in love with this place. Stay blessed out there. Find beauty wherever you are.
Is an animal cell more important than a plant cell? Is a breath more important than a thought? Is an atom as important as a solar system? Is it the size of the organism or the depth of the life force? Power and meaning can have a correlation or be completely isolated.
Remain humble in your pursuits to finding meaning because the moment something shiny catches your attention, a bigger fish will appear. Individualism becomes the most powerful of scales when weighing out a cost benefit analysis to where we place our attention. We must first build our own home before helping others build their home. A solar system is useless without a soul to flourish from its fruits. An atom is useless without a cell to work within its home. Life is all of the flavors from bitter to sour to sweet to savory accompanied with the entire color spectrum, light frequencies and audio frequencies. Life is everything separately and also collectively.
What is life you ask? I ask, what will you make of your life? Will you let your electrical grid of ATP amount to a dusty pixel or accumulate to infinite opportunity of beauty and positivity? Life is hard but that contrast outlines what is important and what is not important. The moment, the place, and the thing all circulate around each individual’s perspective. The choice starts with selfishness and eventually leads into a world of selflessness. Some questions don’t have simple answers but all questions create paths that lead somewhere beyond the current Noun. Make your Nouns known.
Yesterday, while with the family at the public library, I struck up a conversation with an Autistic 40 year old and amidst the conversation I realized that our society has messed up big time. He had read half of the library. His memory was impeccable. He didn’t graduate college out of frustration from taking irrelevant classes and now works at Marta (Atlanta’s Public Transit Company) carrying coins from different locations. This man’s mind was wasting away in a library barely able to make enough to eat. This man should be a librarian or book critic or even possibly a writer himself. He had so much to talk about and it was obvious most people turn the other way. We need to start turning towards each other and lifting up our community members.
I recently spoke with a Registered Nurse who was telling me that during school and working full time as an EMT, he couldn’t barely afford food many of the weeks while in the program while also piling on roughly $50,000.00 in school loans. I understand the value of investing and working hard but at some point the math doesn’t add up. At some point, we become slaves to a broken system.
What a world we have created. My goal with Grow My Community is to create a commerce system that utilizes individual’s strengths. We live in a selfish isolated system that is starving the artists, the geniuses, the engineers, those who are doing the most important work in our world. Capitalism has been a great thing but it seems that with the loopholes embedded into the legal system and mixed public/private partnerships, we aren’t really in a capitalistic system. We don’t control our energy costs, water costs, transportation costs, housing costs, or food costs. We are totally dependent on a broken system. Join me in my mission to Growing A Better Community.
The modern day Education system is a broken and we all know it. We are stuck in a rat race being played on a mouse wheel looking backwards in time.
History with Art, Literature, and Entertainment. History is the root of all information. As we tell history, literature is produced. The function of the literature is to express the importance of the art that is produced. The heart of the art, one finds the entertainment.
Math with facts. Imagine how many facts there are to know. Imagine how many chances were missed to learn a new fact for the sake of attempting to bash mathematical concepts through your head. Math is only useful when applied, yet while in school, much of the algebraic and geometrical math had no relationship to anything real. The word problems were merely made up. Imagine if elementary math classes around the world were producing data for the top finance firms? I mean, math is fairly simple at its root and there is no reason we cannot incorporate developmental learning ages to supporting and even evolving the actual economy.
Science with Art, Math, and Experience is an engineering masterpiece. Science is life. All problems asses the scientific method to solve them. Art is the strategic mechanism to producing science. Math is the measuring function of all science. Everything is math to some extent. An engineer utilizes the logic side of life compared to the artist who uses the creative brain. Imagination feeds the scientific pursuits. Education should be integrated in a way that allows the full experience of life to be lived while utilizing the knowledge passed through time.
Health with Personal Development, Psychology, Sociology, Functional Therapy, Healthcare, A&P are all brothers and sisters under the same paradigm. Looking back, Health class was a joke. I mean, my Health teacher in middle school whose job it was to teach us about sex and drugs, frequently smelled of tarnished scotch and hot cigarettes while weighing in a good 100 lbs over her preferred BMI. Kids never learn how to eat healthy, how to cook healthy, and how to remain healthy. People leave high school completely useless and dependent on other broken systems such as Healthcare and Welfare. The percentage of unhealthy and uneducated people is putting damage on the medical system on account they don’t know basic treatments nor how to instill preventative treatments. We should learn about the psychological stages of development while also running experiments using a statistical analysis (Math plug) to develop a greater understanding to each social topic at hand and have a deeper understanding to each person you communicate with. Learning about people should be in the top of our agenda when it comes to educating people. Can you believe that no one in our public education system is learning to move properly, sit properly, stand properly, walk properly, squat properly, bend properly, pick things up properly, or even run properly. This place is once again where our education system is failing us, our ability to move. We sit Kids in desks all day. Our gym classes have nothing to do with biomechanics as our well intentioned teachers are putting kids at risk for life-long problems.
Life skills with real career startups should be our future and entire purpose of education. By the time you are 18, you should already have your Associates degree on account it is basically the same information as your high school degree. You should already have some formal training in a field as well. I was referring at the age of 12 and by the time I was 16, I had two more jobs. This shouldn’t be some quest to finding your passion, rather it should be an experience to learn how economic systems work. You will learn about so many other careers in the process of working just one job. You should be propped up and taught life skills through your education, not blindly passed along an imaginary idea of life called school. You should have a life counselor to help you do the big life things like taxes, insurance, rental/buying, and everything else that goes into adulthood on the economic front. Let the cost benefit analysis section of econ class be your own inputs and outputs. I guess what I’m getting at is our education system is broken but I am still choosing to swim in it. We work with broken parts until we find new parts to work with. I do believe private education will be taking on a new front in the coming years as public education will become an online resource as it should already be. Take what is given now, but keep learning for tomorrow. The moment you stop learning is when you begin to decline in life. Find ways to weave new information into your life in order to apply the new information at a higher level.
We need to develop a grassroots plan of action to sweep through our nation and inspire a full spectrum educational approach integrated with the optimal experience as a human, parent, child, neighbor, friend, and fellow citizen. If we could connect families in an array of fields to work together to help teach one another’s kids, we could break the cycle of poor education and unprepared adulthood. Get on Next Door, Facebook, Text, or get out in the Neighborhood and start collecting consensus. Pool your money together to get specialists to help jumpstart your kids education. If we want change, we must take action.
White faced, hands clinched, glazed eyes staring at the ceiling, soaking with lifeless sweat.
This is how someone was brought to the ER recently. You know, working at the hospital could be one of the best experiences of my life. Aside from learning incredibly necessary skills, I have also gained a stomach for things I previously thought to be unimaginable to look at. To see a person, dead one moment, then the next storm out of the hospital angry that we ruined their high is something that should be reserved for the movies, but it’s not. This is real life. At times I joke saying, “I don’t even need to watch TV, I just post up in the ER.” I have learned to take life a little more seriously while understanding how short it can be. My patience has grown while my gratitude for life has expanded.
I believe everyone should experience the tales learned inside a hospital. You learn about the cycle of poverty, the need for sanitation and upkeep, you learn how to save someone’s life and how to medicate basic over the counter treatments. You learn so much about the human. Unfortunately, there isn’t much talk about movement or diet in hospitals but I do believe that immersing yourself into any one field will inherently open the doors to related fields. To know things like CPR, how to treat allergic reaction, how to hold someone’s head when they are having trouble breathing, how not to move someone who may have a spine injury, how to do the hiemlick maneuver, how to bandage a wound or pick someone up, are all skills that I want my fellow community members capable of doing. Perhaps healthcare could be a standard class in the future.
The beginning of this article references an experience of an OD who was brought to the hospital that I pulled out of the car and wheeled into a trauma room. I see a lot of stuff in the hospital and my heart goes out to those that put their hearts and souls into these places of work. My hope for this article is that we can start pushing to expose our youth to real knowledge and real experiences as to make them ready for the real world. We cannot hide from the shadow of life’s pains, but rather become resilient to the interferences in our lives.
Check out LivingoodEducation on Growmy.org. My goal with LivingoodEducation is to organize systems of information so that people can learn what is functional instead of what the state says is important. Let’s raise a generation of humans who can take care of themselves.
What if Time Travelers were our fallen angels that we consider to be God. What if they have given us the instructions of how to live through religious context? What if they can speak to us through the spirit? The idea would entail that time travelers are all knowing because they have already lived through the experience once before. These time travelers essentially become our guardian angels against the wrong way. Our livelihood will be protected so long that we live our life accordingly to the most right.
If we live our life as if every moment is recorded, perhaps our lives will be constructed with more intention and less destruction. If an atom acts differently when being observed, I would argue so does a human. Perhaps the one watching is oneself from another dimension/timeline. Perhaps it is a lineage of one’s own genetic heritage that I reviewing the spectrum of our existence. Perhaps this idea is batshit and should have never been published. 🤔
I could see this concept playing out into a movie or even book. This thought is by no means what I believe, rather a playful idea. Let your ideas roam, they may collect some data when you do. They may lead you astray. They might even take you to a place called home.
At times I wonder how much of my life I should experience and how much I should share. I am frequently reminded that many of the remaining memories I have are extentions from relics that keep the spark of such experiences alive. How many memories do you have attached to photos or other symbolic figures? All memories work on an orientation of relational circles of neurological networks of neurons. Frequent visitation upon those neural networks retains the integrity of those memories/thoughts/abilities.
I guess my point is that as an artist, I have a philosophy that creating art matters. Recording history is a part of the human experience. The ability to make and share memories expands the higher consciousness. Go out and experience, but record and share those moments with the rest of humanity.
The problem with the internet is that it is a social utility owned by private companies with skewed and self interested persuasions in how they conduct business. We use the internet like a drug and our society is the drug dealer. As pretty much all drugs can be used as a form of medicine, our internet service could become a medicinal remedy as well. There are some key philosophical concepts concepts must be assessed before moving forward in this conversation. Privacy vs Functionality. Entertainment vs Education. In an ideal world, we could enjoy all 4 dimensions of content.
The internet is a network of inputs and outputs. Let’s run through a quick analysis of all the components involved with bringing you this big bright light. It works almost exactly like the postal service with addresses, except instead of mass, we have electrical signals. The IP address is like your home address, it is the location of where the signal is transmitted from. The Network is basically the company the built the infrastructure mostly funded by the government. The Hardware is the actual lines of wire, towers, and satellites. The Interface is the hardware that the user uses to communicate with the rest of the hardware. The Backend is basically the directional language built to organize and direct information. The Great Algorithm is the way in which information populates per each search engine/website. There are layers of the algorithm that can be used to suppress information and also promote a narrative. You see, Net Neutrality was supposed to protect the internet but now that it is gone, companies are acting without any recourse. Because these private companies own the hardware and infrastructure, they have undeserved power over who gets to say what. Since Covid, we now see a huge oversight in independent speech/perspective.
Security, Safety, and Evil. The internet is a dark place but it can bring light beyond the color blue. Marketing plays a big role in this truth of the dark side to the internet. The fashion world has a lot of blame in the brainwashing efforts of manipulating the Prefrontal Cortex starting at young ages, but that is not the focus of this article. “Copy” is persuasive language meant to a sell rather than progress humanity. At times, a product makes money and helps society progress, but that is more of a rarity. There was a time that I would accept porn as a progressive stake in the evolution of society, but at this point, it has become scorned with possessed forms of prefrontal cortex entrapment. Furthermore down this rabbit hole of evil, it sickens me how the internet promotes teen porn and there is little to zero protection for children online. There is also zero accountability for cybercrime and identity theft. That level of disregard for the protection of our privacy makes the impression that the forces that are supposed to protect and serve are failing us immensely. Our kids are at danger, our security is in danger. Our online world is destroying the fabrics of human connection by seeing one another as a “bit” rather than biological being.
Individualized, Resource Allocation, Optimized with Geolocation is still unfortunately a dream, not reality. Google started with a mission to provide free information. I remember hearing in recent years a split amidst the core mission at Google. One set of owners wanted to remain with the goal of offering free information to the world as the other side of the company preferred to focus on the advertising and profit model of the company. It seems the advertising side of the company has taken the reigns. I still remember the CDs of The World’s Encyclopedia that blew away any library in the world. The Encyclopedia paved the way for the modern, Wikipedia, a crowd sourced information repository. One beautiful part about the internet is that it can adapt and evolve. New websites can revolutionize a society and new communication forums could solve world peace.
GrowMyCommunity.org could help be a part of the new online paradigm. We could eventually link up transportation, finance, politics, religious, education, social functions, and economics (more prevalent) into a system that didn’t discriminate and helped allocate the resources appropriately. To organize information so that people can avoid manipulation would be revolutionary. To give people the private space to believe, make money, socialize, learn, be entertained, and help society become better. Perhaps one day, Grow My Community could build a self sustainable plot to become a city upon a hill. A man can dream right? A society can do good right? A world can believe right?
Cancel culture is a virtue signaling phenomenon rooted in a warfare of ethical ideologies. There are true virtuous concepts that I do support in the cancel culture movement but the out right will to destroy another’s sense of well being is far from empathetic and a decent way of living. To believe in anything is not something to be taken lightly of as belief in anything is becoming a scarce commodity in today’s world.
Boycotting is a tool most popularly celebrated through the Civil rights movement. I fully support some philosophies of cancel culture but there is a risk in today’s social networking era. I believe cancel culture is perfectly acceptable on an individual level, but when you make it a goal to systematically disenfranchise someone, other mental disorders may be a common denominator of those doing the cancelling.
A large problem in society is the tongue twisters people are tied in while attempting to critique a situation. People are stuck between a philosophy and a hard situation. A good mediator can distinguish the differences and similarities amidst a conversation but that takes critical thinking. Too often we get stuck in the amygdala centered mindset causing competition to Trump the opportunity for growth and understanding. Critical thinking is another lost art form as our hierarchy of information has been designed to be distributed and trusted lacks a balanced approach to contemplating the multivariate effect of human experience.
I do believe that Jordan Peterson had it right in supporting the hierarchical tendency that life typically envelopes but there must always be some type of symbiosis and/or competition in the ecology of any system to retain a deserving role in the time spent listening and adapting to new information. Hence countercultures have been necessary to sustain a healthy and ethical society for the sake of keeping balance and accountability in a social structure. Counterculture unfortunately has no place in the land of cancel culture. This unforgiving nature to social networks brings about a scary foretelling feeling of overreach into the personal privacy of the individual’s ability to create dialogue pertaining to advancing a concept beyond a superficial baseless idea/theory/policy.
To instill comedy is another risky artform that one must tread softly while incorporating into serious topics. Many of times, making a cynical statement can come off as lacking empathy, but I think we as a society should do a better job of letting comedy do the dirty work of sharing honest opinion. Comedy is an cultural phenomenon that takes experience to understand. If someone doesn’t share the same experience, they can get defensive as they could believe your truth is discrediting their truth. If everyone is Nice, then no one is growing. We are essentially putting flowers over mold and rot. If you’re not laughing at pain, you’re grimacing. The Sun isn’t nice, it’s tough and you have to develop thick skin to handle the harsh rays. Life is hard and needs hard conversation. Comedy is mechanism to poke and prod on holes in difficult situations.
As I continue to write and share my opinion and perspective, I risk the chance of losing my entire livelihood and sense of job security. This should never be the case for those searching for truth and wanting to share their truths with others. Perhaps sharing the fruit of my thoughts is a reflection of my own sense of insecurity of beliefs with an instinct to desire a deeper state of cognitive bias. But how am I to know if I am not allowed to communicate my exposure to information and experiences. The “Leftists” have created formats to arguments to discredit and weaponize personal experience for the sake of the perceived “greater good.” I understand the credibility standard to sharing information and I also fully respect the danger of poor information. The important part of this puzzling reality of information overload is that better conversation is the remedy, not silence. Unfortunately, many political conversations are emotionally driven with a hateful demeanor at the core making it nearly impossible to conclude and agree even if you do.
We cannot avoid honesty, truth, and being wrong. There must be boundaries of respect in humanity, otherwise we can find ourselves in a modern holocaust systematic oppressive society through emotionally driven policy. Hate is no answer. Forgiveness is an integral part of a happy life as grudges will darken the fabric of one’s soul in a way that stains every thought with an ugly bitterness. To not support something is okay, it’s not necessarily hate so be careful with the Critical Race Theory approach to analyzing choices and actions. People are the choices they make but no person has made all of the right choices and tomorrow will always offer room for more choices. Understanding mistakes and growing from them is a culture that I want to cultivate rather than thoughtless anarchy to all that aren’t registered perfect. It comes down to the individual so lead by example starting today. Stay woke but don’t get paranoid from not sleeping. Stay humble, but don’t be afraid to step up and speak out. Stay happy and learn the art of forgiveness. Cancel as you wish but don’t do it with malicious intent or else you may too get canceled.
Education and Art are two parts of the same story. Unfortunately in our mechanistic society, we have compartmentalized the concepts of Science, Math, Art, History, Engineering, and Philosophy. This disconnection has removed the critical analysis approach that historically created logic. Each of these topics are useless when put by themselves due to lack of functionality and reason. What is the point of Math when we crunch imaginary numbers? What good is Art when it gets thrown away and nothing was gained besides wasted time? What good is history when it neglects the philosophical lessons and focuses more on the emotional affect?
My startup, Grow My Community (growmycommunity.org), is an effort to mend the brokenness and disconnectedness amidst our information age. Livingood Education is a leg of Grow My Community that is both a private project and also a public platform on Grow My Community’s platform. Livingood Education’s information repository is just one program that is coming out of the umbrella of Grow My Community. I am presenting my personal Art project as an example product to be displayed on the platform at large. Livingood Education as a platform is technically just a directory that I originated to organize information. Eventually, it will allow for dialogue and further categorization for the future development of policy and design, but that will be later down the road. As for the Personal Project side of Livingood Education, I am drawing out biological and anatomical images that will be for the public domain’s use. This initial development will hopefully lay the foundation for millions of artists and scientists to follow suit and publish their perspectives and findings without having to deal with the current politicized journals and publication platforms. Personally, I don’t believe in the concept of owning and suing others for distributing and sharing information. I also don’t believe you need letters behind your name to legitimate and idea or theory. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Information is like DNA, you can’t own it. These content/copyright laws are outdated and suppresses the progression of man as it feeds the idea of individual capital gain that is rarely seen. I want to break down the wall of disorganized information in a way that inspires and catalyzes the further progression of our Communities at large. I’m not talking about state controlled information, I’m just simply saying it should exist in the public domain.
Grow My Community’s main goal is self-sustainability. There is a duality to sustainability that entails an ideological aspect an also an implementation of a systematic intelligent design. To put it in a more simple term, there must be a physical place that is developed (Real Estate) and also a technology/ies (App/Website) to organize and implement the sustainable system. Livingood Education would serve as a data informatory that helps people use knowledge to perfect life individually and collectively. Gardening is Science and Art. Diet is a Science and Art. Architecture is Science, Math, and Art. Belief is a Philosophy of perception which is ultimately has traces back to Scientific findings. If people have access to the information, we can collectively design a better life individually and collectively in all areas. Knowledge is a tool but it is being used as a weapon.
With enough support, an eventual blockchain could be implemented according to the value of information someone is publishing. Information ought not be scattered an disorganized. Rather, we should organize, weave, layer, and theorize the data with an intention of bettering society. Currently we are creating massive amounts of data with little to zero application to the data beyond marketing and psychological warfare. The current research produced by our educational and government institutions that is being used for creating policies are inherently corrupt and skewed as the public/private door keeps swinging back and forth leaving the constituents in the dust. Also, due to the complexities of life, just one dataset cannot set the precedent of a law that impacts every aspect of life. Ignoring this truth is very dangerous. A prime example to this neglectful way of lawmaking is understood when assessing the horrible repercussions of only listening to a small number of Infectious Disease experts without taking into account the Psychology, Economy, History, and even Immunologists during the CV19 “epidemic.” We need more cohesion! I believe a technology like Grow My Community and Livingood Education is the glue to the chaotic state we currently exist in. Most innovation is directly correlated to public funds, so why isn’t the public benefiting? Creating a new monetary system based off an equal and fair measurable value system that incentivises good is the future of our valuation system. Eventually, building Server houses to house the information offline will be the next step to securing and sustaining the information at large. This idea is grandiose for sure which is why I have developed small reasonable steps that are easily implemented that reaches towards the big idea.
In the business of startups, patience is key, but systematic planning for the varying stages of a business is just as important. I’ve been working on this brand since around 2013 when I first started writing about the idea of localizing the economy. It is an idea and also a formable business that I truly believe in. Instead of complaining about society, I want to innovate as a means to help fix society. Maybe Grow My Community will change the world. Maybe Livingood Education will inspire another social network to do more. At the end of the day, at least I can say I tried and that’s good enough for me. Patience is achieved when work is applied. Happiness is received when purposed is maintained. LETS GROW Personally, Socially, and Economically.
Business is business just as people are people. Food is medicine but medicine can also a drug. So let me get this straight, the same company that is causing bowel obstructions, cancer, obesity, High BP, Skin infections, GI problems, dehydration, and so much more via their product is the same company in bed with the Big Pharma who also profits off these exact illnesses. For starters, when you talk about monitoring profit, you step into dangerous territory. Profit deserves to be put in places that are doing good for humanity but at the same time, this swinging door has swung so far open, it can close backwards. Also, those that are actually helping are typically not the ones getting the real money.
To complain about something is very different than to enact change. Many of times, a simple complaint can open the door for individual change as the tool of honesty can break the cycle of ignorance. As I talk about this topic, keep in mind that I don’t really have a direct solution besides the idea of people needing to hold themselves accountable by means of taking care of themselves. I just had an urge to write about this oxymoron and writing is what I shall do.
Coca-Cola is the largest producer of medical grade cocain such as tetracaine or lidocaine in the world. This is actually an ingenious reuse of product. The business model in terms of conservation and efficiency is on point, but my issue more or less deals with a bigger picture beyond this economic truth. Do I consume Coke products? Of course, but they do own the majority of the shelf in nearly every country. Enjoying something on occasion is the heart of humanity, but moderation is not practiced by the general population. Coke stocks the vending machines in our schools, our hospitals, our public spaces, and grocery stores. Unless you stick to tap water, it is nearly impossible to avoid Coke products. Coke has recently pushed healthi-er drinks, but the toxins are still prevalent. Since working at the hospital though, I have become sickened by the relationship of Coke and sickly patients. In my head, I’m thinking, “you’re in a hospital, drink water, not death!”
Coca-Cola up until 2017/18, was in a partnership with Nestlé. What I’m getting at is these two companies have arguably singlehandedly caused more health concerns than DNA itself. In fact, DNA mutates when put in a toxic environment due to the strain on the telemeres during the cellular division phases. From my understanding, consuming products like Coke can increase the likelihood of mutated DNA. The root of the toxicity is a multidimensional effect. Origins of the carcinogens/toxins are connected to Genetically Modified grown foods, neurotoxic pesticides, preservatives, malnourished soil, and the processing effect from ingredients like hydrogenated oils, bleached flour, corn starch, and many more dangerous additives. If these foods are killing us, what in the hell are they doing in the places that are supposed to be saving lives?
What we eat and drink matters, however the Medical Industrial Complex doesn’t take nutrition into account beyond some basic rules of medical diets (kidney, heart, liquid diets, etc). All night at the hospital, I imagine freshly juiced fruits and vegetables for the patients. I think about farm to table foods. I think about getting every patient’s food allergies/sensitivities tested for in order to created a distinct diet per each patient. I think about having a life coach come talk to each patient and getting massages, pedicures, and chiropractic care for the admitted patients. I think about all of these things only to silently bring patients with congestive heart failure a 500 ml of Coke as their drink of the day. I had a similar feeling of self disgust when I would be forced to serve a pregnant women soda as a bartender/server. This feeling was fed by one of the Buddhist concepts from the eightfold noble path, as it is said something along the lines of to not do work that causes misery and pain. I would argue that the medical industry ultimately does more good than harm but I am still baffled by the reality at hand. I still love what I do and at the end of the day, people do deserve to make the wrong choices.
A sin tax for unhealthy food and beverages seems to be the best option to give people the option to pursue short-term happiness while also holding them accountable in the long-term. Perhaps these companies should be taxed/penalized directly for the damage they are doing in our society. I just know that the same contents that cause dis-ease are being paraded around every institution in America like its healthy just as medication scripts are printed off by the millions like its normal. I hope that individuals begin to take their own health into their own hands, but until then, I hope the public institutions begin to do what is most right rather than what is most easy. I would love to one day design a health and wellness institution alongside Grow My Community to fix this problem. Until then, I will continue to write, work, learn, create, and believe in both myself as well as a better future. #letsgrow growmycommunity.org
-Georgia Winters- Greenhouse technology is the future of humanity. Whether we are growing indoors completely with sun roofs and UV lights, or we are set up in a full on Greenhouse weathering the storms. Modern farming is unsustainable, high risk for failure, and destructive. Implementing Greenhouse technology could save the way we think about food […]
“The Space Between Confidence, Being Humble, and Being Present”
Appreciation is the master key to finding happiness. A couple of weeks ago, I came to work with a note from a patient and it really did make my night. Take time to soak up the little blessings that life offers. Gratitude is the first step toward a good attitude but it isn’t the only one.
To be grateful is something often times overlooked or flat out ignored. In our pursuit towards perfection, we miss out on the little things. Our attention dials in on what is done wrong instead of what is done right. This distraction pulls our sense of awareness outside of ourselves making us lose focus on what we ought to be doing therefore making the achievement of flow state impossible.
Our society has made the idea of being humble more important the necessity of confidence. This has made people more willing to receive criticism than an actual complement. The humble oriented attitude is an effort to not annoy other people and/or not make them feel lesser than. However confidence and pride can annoy someone regardless if they don’t see themselves in a good light to begin with. There is a whole mechanism behind people with low self-esteem and their approach to trying to bring others down. Negativity is addictive and when people are around negativity, you can quickly lose your posture, lower your sensory input as the cortisol levels rise causing your PFC to shuts down and activating the amygdala. This makes negative people actually in a state of dis-ease. These “toxic” people are to be carefully considered when analyzing how and what you say. You should never speak to hurt people and you should always accept that no matter your experience, you can still be wrong. Keeping this thought active, you can eradicate the narcissistic tendencies that can accompany confidence. Simply listening and responding to someone with integrity removes the narcissistic notions. You cannot let unstable, unhappy people dictate how you see yourself. Nip that shit in the bud. I’m not saying you have to cut off people from your life or even completely avoid them. All perspectives should be heard with some level of respect but you have to protect your own sense of self. Do speak with clarity to these people. Deflect or redirect their negativity as much as possible and if that doesn’t work, just tell them you are trying to stay positive. I do it daily to make sure I don’t feed these toxic beasts.
Start every morning and end every night with a moment of reflection of how lucky you are. Thank the Universe, God, Family, Friends, Employers, or whatever you can conjure up to be appreciative for. If you are stuck in a pit of despair, stop and begin meditating. Think about all the things that frustrate you and practice a mental game of muddling through that annoyance until you can find something to be thankful for in relation to the original annoyance. If your kid annoys you to hell and back, take a moment to think about how lucky you are that he is still alive. If you hate your job, take a moment to be happy you can at least afford to put food on the table. Every breath is something to celebrate. Most importantly, be the light for others. Train your conversation to steer people towards gratitude. Everything is a muscle and pathway. The more you travel it, the more defined it becomes. Don’t forget to remain realistic and be a part of fixing the problems in your life that arise instead of aimlessly complaining about them.
Appreciate the appreciation and walk with the confidence so that you are the light in the day no matter where you travel. Shine through the darkness and be the nutrients needed for a positive life to be sown and grown eternally. Education, Appreciation, Inspiration, and Honesty are the tools to utilize in order to make your light so bright that you illuminate the dark side of the moon and back.
I have always loved telling stories and delivering information. I am working on a couple other books currently, but I am thrilled to tell this story. I have dreamt of being an author since being a kid. I have 2 additional books in the works, one with an intended 2021 release date and the other either 2022 or 2023 depending on how life moves.
Livingood Forever is coming soon. I hope to help you grow.
To do or not to do, that is the question that wonders us all creatives. Amidst the independent productions and blog articles that I work on, I am also juggling a full time job, full time college class schedule, and full time parent/partner. I won’t even list the part about being a friend and family member as a part of my immediate identity. I am often questioning my level of productivity and amount of progress then comparing it to my standard of happiness.
As I finish putting together the final touches on my 1st book, I often find myself at odds with my own to-do lists. I’ve been working on this book over the past decade. I’m currently working on designing the book cover and recording the voice over for the audiobook. It seems sacrifice is my best option when it comes to getting anything finished. This way of thinking reminds me of my first year in college when a frat guy was telling me how you only have enough time for 2 of the 3 things: party, sleep, or good grades. Oh how simple decisions used to be.
In life, we only have a certain amount of time to fulfill our God-given tasks. Having spent the past 5 years running a media company alongside a full time position, I have found times where I am completely burnt out and unfulfilled. With side projects piling up, work filling up my time slots, and personal projects being put down like an old dog, I have learned to focus on what I have to first and what I believe in lastly. It always feels like I am procrastinating in times of prioritizing. That feeling of incompleteness has become fuel for the willpower to keep going. At this point in time, I have reoriented my schedule and goals to be more realistic and less overwhelming. In 2020, I officially put down my media company. In the coming year or two, I intend on relaunching a podcast as a marketing plan of action for my book but my priority is actually publishing the book. Before publishing my book, good grades and retaining my job as a Patient Care Tech at a hospital takes priority. And before my job and school, comes my family.
We must organize our needs and desires, otherwise we will anxiously live our lives treading water aimlessly. Jordan Peterson encourages his patients/listeners to “clean your room”, which is a brilliant analogy for taking care of what you have control over in the most immediate order. I have finally developed a pathway to success. This pathway entails patients, planning, prioritizing, sacrificing, and believing that I am doing what I need to at the time that I am doing it. I now have confidence that enables me to focus on the here and now. This level of mature decision making skills has landed me the gift of true self-awareness in relation to the timeline that I have been blessed with on Earth. When you learn to prioritize, your focus settles the dust from the noisy daily activities.
Growing up isn’t the only way to grow, we also grow deep and we sprawl outward. Before doing big things, make sure you take care of the little things first. The order of tasks is as important as the task itself.
Story time! Last night, my mother-in-law came to visit and stay the night. She was on some over the counter cold meds with pretty heavy congestion. I left to go to Walmart and bought: #Grapefruit, #Garlic, #Onion, #Ginger and threw in #Cloves, #GreenTea, #Cocuntoil, #Italianherbblend and #Tumeric as the blend boiled in about 4 cups of water. At times, I will add #Cayenne too but both her and Susan don’t do too well with spicy foods.
This is a version of my Witches Brew. And this is called natural health. Had I been hyper paranoid like the news wants us to be, I would have forced her to go get tested and sent her home while the test came back. She could definitely have popped a positive on a PCR test since it is very likely she was fighting off a typical Corona Virus. We can’t live like that. We are HUMANS! We are social creatures with an innate immune system that is designed for battle. The less we fight, the weaker we become.
This morning, she woke up feeling better than ever. I tell this story because we can’t live in fear, we must live with the confidence of knowing what is most right. I don’t condemn those that know no better. I also don’t deny that Covid19 is a very real virus. I’m just saying God gave us tools to fight off the evil in the world, our brain being the central processing unit for this artillery.
When I say Grow My Community, I mean let’s Grow intrinsically positive things. Let’s Grow relationships. Lets Grow quality jobs that are meaningful to oneself and/or the community at large. Let’s just Grow.
So you found a problem you are passionate about advocating for and fixing? Starting a nonprofit could be the next best logical thing to do. Starting a Nonprofit is very similar to starting a business. Listed below are important pieces to starting your own nonprofit.
Mission and Vision Statements: An elevator pitch under 3 sentences.
Articles to incorporate with Secretary of State in your state.
File form 501c(x) with IRS. There are over 20 types, so do your research and decide which type of organization fits your needs.
Board Members (President, Vice President, Treasurer)
Bylaws: Must include things like Meeting Notes and must meet at least once a year. It is best to use a template or work with your attorney/board member to legitimate this step.
Organizational Chart: Board Members listed at top. Next is the Program Director/s and so on until every penny and job is accounted for, even if the job is free/volunteering. Advocacy is a popular job with Nonprofits. It is a form of marketing typically with an educational direction. Grant writing is another job to consider when formulating the job position. You can outsource or do this job internally.
Annual Budget: Must plan budget out annually. Excess funds are used in following years budget. All costs are to be accounted for. Depending on which type of 501c organization you choose, your income may be tax deductible.
Programs: State the Program and explain why it is needed and what the programs will do. List the short term and long term goals for the nonprofit to reach.
Develop an Inputs/Outputs Model: -Inputs-Costs, Talent, Equipment, Location, Utilities, Salary, etc. -Outputs-Jobs created, Community Development, whatever metric is preferred.
It starts with an idea and it ends with a lot of work. You can do it.
Move consciously and be mindful of every ATP used. Conscious Movement is the brand created by Dr. Ryan Cecil to help inspire people to relearn how to move the way our bodies were designed to move. In early 2019, I met back up with my old friend, Ryan Cecil. Dr. Ryan is a chiropractor and biomechanics specialist. This man put me back together and taught me that I wasn’t broken. Working with Dr. Ryan inspired myself to start working in the field of healthcare and I am ever grateful for his impact on my life.
Dr. Ryan taught my body how to move. I relearned to walk, crawl, squat, bend over, and lift properly. I was a person just moving throughout my day with pain and I thought that was normal. Here I thought I knew how to do these basic movements, especially considering the years I spent both in Physical Therapy and training with top level athletes, but I was severely mistaken. Dr. Ryan reconnected my entire muscle fascia and helped me become the best version of myself. I’m not perfect and still have a long way to go, but I am conscious of how I move through my life.
Dr. Ryan’s training started with the most basic moves to help my biomechanics move in congruence with my entire body. On the first day of training Dr. Ryan noticed my inward facing gate. He immediately started to train my knees forward while building up my glutes. It blows my mind the number of scans and professional medical professionals who were completely inept in helping arguably the most basic level of the human biology. Luckily, when I was around 16, a chiropractor I was seeing, Dr. Ladeena Russel-Hall, recommended an anti-inflammatory diet. No other MD ever came close to mentioning a change in diet. The diet has helped me mediate the pain through the years but it is no cure by itself.
As for the back story, I dealt with tendinitis in my knees since 4th grade. In high school, the pain had radiated up my hips through my back with additional wrist, shoulder, and ankle problems. I ended up having hip surgery at the age of 19 causing me to give back my full ride scholarship. I’ve lived with pain pretty much my whole life and it wasn’t until I was 26 did I learn how to move as my body was intended. I went to different doctors my whole childhood regarding my knee and hip pains. By the time a doctor at Emory found something, I had already trashed my hip sockets and my career was over.
My point for this post isn’t to bash the Medical Doctors, rather to push the need for people to see a chiropractor regularly. Now that I work in tla Hostpital as a PCT, I often take care of patients who are in serious need of chiropractic care. I can literally feel their spine out of alignment as opiods are being used to suppress the nerve pain. Asthmatic patients with Thoracic subluxations that are present are being neglected. Patients with occipital pressure are given Tylenol (a neurotoxin for young children) instead of dealing with the problem at hand. Patients with intestinal disorders dealing with lumbar and sacral subluxations go untreated. There have even been studies proving enhanced immune function via increased White Blood Cell activity from chiropractic care. We must fix the broken system that profits from the perpetually sick population.
Chiropractic works directly on the musculoskeletal side of the body. One of the major unintended consequences is the enhanced connection of the nervous system. The nervous system is your electrical circuit that communicates with every cell and organ system in your body. A major distinction of Dr. Ryan’s work is his incorporation of biomechanics training. This is a major flaw in much of the Chiropractoc philosophy in that all you need is an adjustment. Although, if not always, usually just an adjustment is far better than no adjustment at all. Moving the bone neglects the scar tissue build up, muscular inflammation, or tendon/cartilage repair. Implementing training programs like Yoga and Plyometrics can help hold your adjustment so that it doesn’t continue to slip back out of place. Some may say that Chiropractors depend on the residual patients just like the western medical doctors but I think it is more of negligence than it is a business choice. I have heard some Chiropractors claim that they want to focus on their craft and have other specialists do their job which I can fully understand and respect. I would argue this is the same mistake the Western Medical Doctors make.
As time goes on, I would like to see a larger movement in the direction of preventative health than there currently is. Much of the preventative health field entails conversations like medication and vaccines. I believe that if we focused on the movement, nutrition, mindset, and lifestyle, we could elongate lifespans, increase the quality of life, and decrease the cost of care per individual in a given society. Perhaps we can curate a preventative health insurance-type group that connected dietitians, physical therapists, massage therapists, chiropractors, physical trainers, hobbyists, counselors, MD/DOs and herbalists with the general public. We could build an education catalog and weekly newsletter to distribute functional health knowledge.
We must see the body as an entire system. When one screw gets loose, the entire system becomes unstable. Each specialist has a purpose, but often times, specialists overlook a certain aspect of their area of expertise because of the interrelationship of other organ systems’ malfunction. This battle we have amidst the medical field is nothing new. The Salem Witch trials, the Nuremberg Trials, and the war on drugs are all examples of the continuous abuse that the holistic health field has endured over the last century. At the end of the day, no cellular makeup is the same. No skeletal structure is the exact same. In order to build a healthier society, we must lose the ego and personalize medicine. We must take risks and challenge the old ways. I could point fingers at HIPPA or Copyright laws that inhibit further technological advances, but it must start with the individual making their own choices. One person at a time, sharing their story, sharing their perspective and sharing their current state of knowledge is how we grow.
-I recorded the video in this article with Dr. Ryan in 2019. We bartered his chiropractic and physical training with my video production and business development knowledge. The logo on his video is a graphic design from a photo of him that I converted into a logo although he no longer uses this logo, I haven’t had the time nor bandwidth to go back and edit his videos with the new logo. Thanks for the read and I hope you get inspired to become more conscious of how you move. #letsgrow #growmycommunity #holistichealth
Gut health is huge. One of the main reasons I see people coming into hospital and one of the main reasons I see people pass away is from issues with their colon. Whether they have cancerous ulcers or a bowel is twisted/blocked, people with gut problems are in some of the worst pain possible. There is a concentrated amount of nerves in the gut meaning when it gets irritated, it hurts. Many doctors do not entertain the damage the “medicine” they are prescribing to the internal organs. Damage to the internal organs is a slow death, one I would not wish on anyone. Other times, after treating, doctors do not advise appropriate diet change. The unfortunate reality is that often times, the patients are educated and they refuse to listen and do as told by their doctor. As your gut health declines, as does your energy level, immune system, and also mental health! This is something we should be streaming on every news channel. We could prevent far more deaths than what Covid cost us if we did these few things.
I once had a patient come in to the ER after eating spaghetti for having seizures. She had already had her vagus nerve snipped in a previous experimental surgery. I couldn’t believe a surgeon chose cutting a nerve permanently over changing diet. Perhaps diet was changed and it didn’t work, but I guarantee it would have helped.
Some major takeaways to keep your gut happy. Go get your allergies tested! This will save you a lot of time and help you cut things affecting you the most right off the bat. Drop the fried food right meow. Eliminate the gluten and potato starches yesterday. Eat more organic (Chick-fil-A please don’t sue me). Eat less processed. Cooking is a process but how many processes did your food go through? Many of times, more natural food has bacteria that can be beneficial to the gut but is instead bleached out in the process or cleaning the food. Drink water. PH + water is a plus. You can easily throw a little baking soda in your water to raise the PH. Omega-3 and anti-oxidants are essential so keep these 2 nutrients at the top of mind when choosing what to eat. My 2 favorite general diets are the Mediterranean diet and also the anti-inflammatory diet. Both diets are friends with the Keto diet as well. Lastly, be nice to every meal you eat. Be thankful for every meal. When you eat with gratitude, you are able to rest and digest the food you are eating. When you eat your food in an ungrateful state, your cortisol levels are active and your digestive system is no longer acting at full capacity. The last thing to consider is to get out and move around throughout the day. Increasing your circulation will help your digestive system as your circulatory system works hand in hand with the digestive system. Your body is a system so let it work together.
This week, a patient rudely asked me what I’m doing with my life when I grow up. I told her I’m grown. I went on to say that I’m a Writer, Artist and Patient Care Tech who is currently taking care of her. She was an insanely ill-mannered human and although her intentions may have been innocent, I am sick of people asking me at my place of work what I want to do when I grow up. I’m almost 30 years old for goodness sakes and I’ve had my own company for over 5 years since graduating college on the side of every job I have worked. Every place I have worked IS a possible career choice. Had that lady asked me a week earlier, I would have stumbled my sentences trying to explain all the things I do and my idea of an unknown future career that I’m taking classes for. Luckily, she didn’t. I am so happy I have found myself and stopped trying to put a square peg into a round hole.
Last week, I was up late (for a night shift worker) working on homework in my office on the other side of my son’s room while he was playing with legos. I found myself overflowing with anxiety that borded the feeling of anger all the while my beautiful and optimistic son played happily next door and my fiancé cooked a delectable dinner. “What the fuck am I doing?” -I asked myself. “Why am I torturing myself for classes that aren’t even directly associated to what I may end up doing in the future?” -I carried on internally. At the very moment that I found myself angry at my online professor, I stopped myself from acting like an uncontrolled toddler, closed my laptop, went into the room next to me and played with my son’s legos. After we finished playing together, I had a delicious dinner with the family and snuggled my fiancé to sleep, anxiety free and truly happy.
I went back to school to knock out some prerequisites for a different job than what I’m currently doing in the field of health and wellness that would pay more. I’m already a Patient Care Tech and hospital screener with access to as many hours as I like. As a screener, I am able to write and draw during my shift. The screening job has given me the ability to work on writing my books and learn whatever I want. The job itself is extremely easy but it is the perfect balance to offset my intense PCT shifts. I really do enjoy what I do as a PCT though. Comforting people, helping them while in pain, keeping them alive, and simply making them feel human in a cold world is enough to make my heart full. Currently, I don’t really want to work any other job in the hospital for a number of reasons regardless of the pay. I already make enough money to live good (not extravagant). I am also missing out on my son’s childhood as well as precious time with my fiancé. On that day last week, I stopped trying to be someone else. I decided that I am an artist and writer. My life is already enough. I will not sacrifice time with my son and partner for the petty pursuits of ego and money.
A path is only a path until you pave it and turn it into a road. Don’t worry about whether your path is more or less traveled. In the process of building a road, some trees may be sacrificed for the bigger picture. Since entering into the age of adulthood, I had yet to feel fully in my own skin throughout the many paths I have crossed. That is until now. Perhaps it had been my low self-esteem from losing my identity as an athlete. Maybe it was financial insecurity, or it could have been due to the fact of becoming a father at an age where I could barely take care of myself. Regardless of the cause to my discomfort, I continued to make myself more uncomfortable in pursuit of finding meaning and value within my own life. I finally know who I am and I am proud to be myself.
I have touted the idea that I like the feeling of being uncomfortable for years. I believe there are a couple origins behind this seemingly bizarre outlook on life. There is a quantum relationship to the human experience and the concept of energetics. In order to produce energy, one must spend energy. This analogy feeds in to the idea of investing into your future. I believe one reason to my attraction for discomfort goes back to the feeling of euphoria caused from pushing through extreme pain as an athlete. This shortsided and manic way of pursuing goals landed me injured and unable to perform competitively. I respect the Goggins approach as it has its place but I do not agree with most of it and describe much of his actions as ignorant and reckless.
Putting myself in undesirable situations, such as being the youngest person in business networking events or doing demeaning jobs, has helped calcify my immature feelings of caring too much about what others think. It is purely nerve racking being a broke young 20 something trying to talk to seasoned business professionals who think of you as an imbecile. As important as it is to not let your sense of self be dependent on other people’s perspective, listening to how others think of you is an incredible skill set to utilize. I have put a lot of mental energy into not appearing as arrogant. This happens to be an almost impossible task as the space between humility, arrogance and confidence is a fine line of tone, timing and word choice that takes years to understand and implement. Even after perfecting this artform of communication, subjectivity will always leave room for judgement, especially in the case of a writer who shares his perspective and beliefs. Putting yourself in a humbling situation is a way to kill arrogance off the bat. I insist on writing and sharing perspective because I am frequently intellectually challenged with opposing views which gives me a reoccurring taste of humble pie. Writing also encourages me to expose myself new information that could potentially help other people. Keeping life spicy helps the natural motivators in the mind stay alive. Pushing yourself is necessary for finding purpose, comes with its perks and is necessary for the progression of life but balance is the key to longevity and happiness.
Balance had fallen off the wagon in my life. I’ve been burning the candle at both ends of the wick for too long. School, sleep, multiple jobs at once, family, and other relationships are all battling for a time to shine within my 24 hour day. Unfortunately, self care has been pushed to the back of my priority list during my journey to an outdated idea of success. I’m not shooting up McDonald’s by all means. I still eat well but eating healthy is merely a fraction of the many parts of a happy and healthy life. Working night shift has destroyed my natural sleep patterns. I also haven’t been physically active lately. This inactivity is beginning to take a toll on my energy level and mental clarity. I miss precious time with my son on my days off from work because I’m trying to do school. I am done with not being happy with my life. I am done not being fully present for those that matter the most. You have to make your mind and body strong in order for your soul to be fed. Your spirit must be present in order to strengthen your mind and body.
I can’t wait to start my new life with confidence and solidarity with my own identity. Saying no to school gives me so much more time to focus on my happiness. The comical reality is that the things that bring me more happiness can also potentially bring in an income in some form or another. Working out, gardening/farming, writing, drawing, podcasting, pottery and whatever else that I deem interesting are now possible tasks to enjoy throughout the week. I would like to warn of attempting to do an artform for a living for you can lose touch with what you loved about your artform as I did with video production. This is why balance is key as to not burn out.
I can finally say who I am, an Artist and Writer. I can finally not feel insecure about my career and place in this world. Education will be a lifelong pursuit of mine, however education comes in many forms. Perhaps one day, I’ll find my way back into the formal University System, but only when I find something that inspires me. Until then, I’m happy in my own shoes. #Letsgrow a happier world, one passion at a time. Let the fruits of your labor bring you happiness and fulfillment, not more labor and depression.
This is one of my first videos ever produced. I began my career in video production to promote a business/Nonprofit venture called Grow My Community. This organization is an effort to localize and organize information and resources to help prevent monopolization and increase internal growth within each localized area. At this point, Grow My Community is simply a part of my story. I intend on making it a life long goal to be a part of helping communities everywhere become more self sustainable and successful individually, socially, and economicly. GrowMyCommunity.org is a mockup site for my hopeful venure. Feel free to add to the directory.
I. What is a community? And what is your community?
II. Hello everyone, my name is Garrett Livingood. I am the founder of an upcoming social community network called Grow My Community. In this script, I will discuss the general concepts of a community and give you a better understanding of who your community is and what it can be.
III. So, let’s start by asking, What is a community?
A Community is:
i. A part of you
ii. It is where you invest your time, energy, and money
iii. Your community
iv. Your culture
v. Your friends
vi. Your interests
I typed in the term community to find a concrete definition of the term in Google search bar and two definitions came up:
i. The first definition states that a community is, “A group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.”
ii. The following definition states that a community is, “A feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.”
IV. My definition of a community is a collection of individuals that consists of similar or complimentary characteristics and resources. These resources and characteristics help develop and support an ecosystem of people by giving them a sense of purpose and belonging. For example, Music in itself has its own culture, sub-cultures and communities, but a musician alone does not constitute a community; however if a musician is able to connect with other musicians, then a subculture and sub-community can be formed. Along with this newly formed subcommunity, complimentary interests such as sound engineers, videographers, fans, producers, and even entertainment venues can all grow into this singular network. And this is why I named the organization Grow My Community.
See, People are disconnected from each other in a time where society is more connected than ever before. This individualized society has caused outrageous numbers in depression, addiction, poor health, conviction rates, and even poverty. People lack a sense of belonging by lacking real relationships and concrete interests. People sit on social media sites all day but find it hard to be social. Many people want to be philanthropic but don’t have the financial capacity, time in their day, don’t know where to start or where to go, and people may vote but find it hard to support and impact the local government beyond posting one sided statements on their Facebook account.
All people have common interests. We want what is best. But when we live in an individualistic society, we don’t have the capability to see other perspectives and situations. People don’t have the ability to find commonality and understanding. So we must break the walls of society and find real relationships and build up from those around us.
So ask yourself, how do you invest your time, money, and energy? What is your community involved with? Who supports you and who do you support? And what community would you like to join or create?
I hope you enjoyed your time here learning about your community. Stay tuned to learn how to Grow Your Community through Grow My Community.
The clock is stopped as the anxiety begins to pulsate from the back of your brain to the tips of your fingernails. Stop. Breathe. Be present.
Too often, we get so caught up on an idea of being someone else, somewhere else, the idea of perfection, or something else rather than being present and actually enjoying the moment as a someone just doing their best to be their best self however you want to measure it. We put an enormous emphasis on being right, being accepted, and getting ahead. Rarely in today’s world do we praise the present moment by laughing and indulging in an old fashioned face to face conversation. Anxiety of what could be has grabbed us by the balls and won’t let go until we break the cycle.
Anxiety is a tool but we have weaponized this natural process in the name of medicine. Anxiety is an emotional memory that is triggered to prevent future pain in response to previous interactions. It even seems as though some emotional memories are transferred genetically in the form of instincts. Depending on the species, there are innate tendencies to be weary around distinct smells, environments, and other creatures that parents do not have to directly teach their youth. Anxiety lives in the crevices created by inadequacies. If an animal feels unsafe or inadequate, anxiety becomes a likely reaction. Your mother’s anxiety and her mother’s anxiety is exactly how your genetic lineage has survived this far in life, so remember to thank her for stressing out next time you see her.
Anxiety activates the sympathetic nervous system. When anxiety hits, it is hard to focus on anything as your senses are heightened to help keep you safe. The amygdala, the reptilian brain, has taken the drivers seat. Often times, anxiety and ADHD are complementary as they both effect the body in a strikingly similar fashion. Your digestion is obstructed in order to move the blood away from the stomach and into the skeletal muscles in case the boogeyman decides to show his face and you need to escape. Over 70% of your anti-anxiety neurotransmitter, Serotonin, is derived from your gut microbiome. If you have a problem with anxiety, then perhaps you should see a professional and start working on your diet. I am not a big believer in anti-anxiety medicine as it becomes incredibly addictive and can cause a rebound effect whereby you have even more anxiety. I do however believe in short term use of such medicine in extremely rare instances. This use of psychiatric medicine is flat out dangerous and completely corrupt from the policies to education to the pharmaceutical monopoly. The real solution is getting with a professional who can help you process the emotional memories that haunt you, learn breathing techniques to move through the anxiety attacks, lastly, assess a quality diet and lifestyle for preventative measures.
Social anxiety is a growing problem in recent years. Part of the cause of this I attribute blame is the censoring nature of the festering cancel culture. Cancel culture has taken away the ability to be honest and fully present but it has also made us hyperconscious of our actions. We are too afraid of being our authentic selves in this artificial world but no animal walks around entirely oblivious of its environment. The more that honesty is expressed, the more risk that is endured in social situations. How often do you crack a joke with your friends that you wouldn’t dare say at work or online? How often do you have a political stance that is squandered because it goes against the grain of the mainstream culture you are immersed in. Learn to converse and connect with anyone. When you perfect the art of conversation, social situations become exciting moments rather than a phobia of doing the most human thing, communication. In the pursuit of being right, don’t forget to listen to others point of view and take the chance of being wrong. Anxiety can turn a mouse into a chatterbox in a jiffy so make it a goal to evoke words from your partner/s sharing the conversation with you. It is unfortunate people are so sensitive nowadays, but for what it is worth, a good man aims for greatness, not inadequacies nor indecency. Being liked can go a long way but I would argue that being authentic goes even further.
Anxiety is a conversation with yourself. Anxiety acts as the angel on your shoulder. If I were your angel, my solution is to be wise with your expressions and words. In Buddhism, there’s what is called, “The Noble Eightfold Path” and is as listed: right view, right resolve, right conduct, right speech, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right samadhi. These 8 sacred reminders help me keep my ducks in a row and remain positive in nearly every situation. Know your audience and remember to implement the classic statement, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” When you notice someone swaying away from the The Eightfold Path, don’t ridicule them. Attempt to guide them into a conversation that is constructive. Otherwise, get lost in your own mind and don’t involve yourself.
Get off your phone and be present. Studies have shown direct correlation to screen time and anxiety so be conscientious of the content your are consuming. When you get emotionally roused up, your brain doesn’t process logic nearly as well. Another helpful tip is to act as though every negative interaction with other humans is interrelated to the other person being special needs. It helps lower your anger levels when someone is incapable of controlling themselves. This sounds like a cruel joke, I promise you it works. Next road rage incident, tell yourself, “that poor guy is bipolar. I’ll pray for him.” Just like that, you have processed that emotional memory and stored it in a way so that you don’t endanger yourself and everyone else on the road. Let go and let God as they say. Don’t get caught up overthinking. Stagnation breeds bacteria so don’t let laziness build up into feelings of anxiety either. Break all tasks into micro actions. I recommend always starting with deep breaths. This helps lower the anxiety by making the task at hand easier to handle mentally and also physically. Changing your breathing patterns literally helps regulate your parasympathetic system. Practice training your anxiety with cleaning your room. Yes, Jordan Peterson’s brilliant response to ending chaos in one’s life. Break down the steps to clean your room into single tasks. One item of clothes at a time, then vacuum one strip at a time, then wipe one dresser off at a time. Before you know it, your room will become spotless. Keep your composure and become confident in what you believe. The more anti-anxiety skills you practice, the more confident you become. The more confident you become, the better posture you acquire as Jordan Peterson so brilliantly explains through the Lobster story. A productively happy man deals with his anxiety, not medicates it. Also, don’t be a dick either. Be the best version of your self and don’t stop progressing. Shoot the shit when the time allots it. Don’t give a shit when time doesn’t allot for it. Know your environment to become the most fit wherever you are. Be You.
Comedy, Drama, Honesty = Truth These are the interpretations of the world. With one thought, one idea, and at times, one word, we can make the world of an entity, or we can lose trust and respect for him/her entirely. Our perception is either expanding or narrowing on the path for Truth, but the timing and place is essential. What we believe is what we understand to be true. But what happens when we can no longer sense the difference. What happens when the data is wrong? What happens when the wrong message is pushed?
We lean on what we trust. But when you are a child/citizen and you lose trust in your parental figure, who and what do you believe? When you don’t believe in anything, you sail off in wafty waters like an old man in the sea. Like the feeling I felt after watching Zeitgeist while in high school. I felt like my whole was a lie. The same feeling I felt, when I realized Santa wasn’t real. It is enough to penetrate a soft skinned human.
Everyone has a limit. Everyone has a filter. No matter how hard you try to remove it, you eventually find reason to reapply it, because things like the sun will eventually burn you.
You have to speak with confidence and fight as a samurai. Believe in what you are fighting for, not just because it gets a lot of likes. Understand all knowledge is at it’s root a believed theory based on the availability of current information. And a pivot is necessary to stay afloat. We now live in a state where our beliefs are treading water and everyone is sticking to their guns. The institutions we grew up in are corrupt. It is a top down reality. The food system is corrupt, not the farmers. The teachers don’t have any say. The Doctors don’t have any say. The Cops don’t have any say. Voters don’t even have any say. We are engineered to live in smaller groups because we should only empathize and sympathize for what we can control over. It is infuriating when things affect us directly that we can’t control. We look outside of ourselves for solutions. We begin to obsess about that anger as it leaches on our soul and sucks our happiness dry.
We forget to be human. We need to start doing human things again. We need to step back and analyze what makes us happy. So many people have ostracized our lives so deep into the rabbit hole, we begin to suffocate in the bull shit.
Bull shit is a part of the process. You need fertilizer to grow. You have to become creative in designing your life. These social platforms serve a purpose to an extent but how much of your dopamine receptors are dependent it. We in infovores. We eat information, but there is more than one way to do that though. There is more than one way to write a sentence but what has the most impact? What had the greatest reach? How can you speak with enough direction and force to enact change? You perfect your art form until you can become a master. You don’t have to live with trial and error anymore so you don’t have to stick to one thing either. However, focusing on one art form at a time is how you develop the precision needed to become great at what you do. Eventually you can apply these archetypes in life to benefit you in all areas. Before you can find your voice, you have to experience the world. Once you can diagnose a means for happiness enjoy it, master it, then get back up and look for more.
That is the pursuit of happiness. Are you pursuing it, or letting the system take control over you.
(This essay is reposted from my Facebook post back in 2020)
You reap what you sew so make sure to tend to your own garden. There is a reason countless sayings incorporate something related to gardens and plants. Gardening is a life force. However, where there is life, there can also be snakes and sin. Gardening has always been a part of the human experience, that is until recent years. Unfortunately, modern culture as a whole has decided to pursue shallow endeavors such as convenience, taste and low price rather than holistic attributes such as nutrients, source, and quality. Gardening has become a favorite past time of mine that I wish more people would indulge in. I find gardening to be a reason to work up a sweat, manage stress, and simply get out of bed. Getting out and gardening also trains the brain to recognize and crave real food for both medicinal and quality of life purposes. Fall in love with what makes us humane, gardening.
Food is culture and culture is how we raise the next generation. I think it is fair to say that we have completely poisoned modern culture, especially on the West side of the globe. Our culture thrives on sugary highs with little to zero regard for sacrificial efforts towards longterm initiatives. Our obsession with the short term has created a breeding ground for toxicity both personally and universally. It seems the majority of modern people have become cheap like a whore and lazy like cow as their food embodies a perfect representation of such a sinful way of living. We have wiped out the good in our culture in an attempt to erase the hunger similar to an antibiotic destroying both the good and bad bacteria. Our culture lacks culture, flavor, nutrients, and purpose while having a surplus of ignorance and negativity. At the root of culture is reoccurring themes of organized historical knowledge. These areas of focus are herbal remedies, spiritual pursuits, communal responsibilities, entertainment and also education. Recently, these systems of culture have become a corrosive bastardized repulsion from the original beauty and purpose that resides within culture. The content we consume will hardwire our biochemical makeup. Choose wisely, your survival and happiness depends on it.
The survival of the fittest is a concept that no longer applies to the species of the Homo Sapien. Darwin’s theory has officially ran out of steam. As society became more advanced, niche tasks were assigned to appropriate contributors to the tribe. Thence a hierarchy was born. Communal tasks were given a cost benefit analysis in relation to the well-being of the community. Under this social structure, people became disconnected from one another as money became a representative value of each person in the culture/society rather than the physical work/labor they produced. People became invisible compared to the mighty dollar. People no longer cared about the quality of their work nor the impact of their work, they just wanted to survive. People slowly stopped taking care of their community directly and indirect economic relationships arose. I believe it is likely that the erosion of communal relationships originated when people stopped being responsible for their own food. With our disconnected food and economic system, people have lost a sense of value to place on food entirely. Gluttony became a natural byproduct since there was no longer personal and social responsibility related to the food consumed. As the quality of food declines, so does the sense of respect for oneself and his/her neighbor. It seems mighty convenient that in a day and age where people seem to be the least empathetic and grateful towards one another, we are simultaneously the most disconnected from the source of our energy via food as well.
Our current food system is unsustainable and flat out unethical. I try to push the least amount of blame onto the political stage regarding problems in our world, but there is some undeniable credit deserved to the FDA and USDA among other politically oriented groups/organizations for the broken food web and unethical dealings of our food and environment. A quick political solution would be to subsidize local healthy foods and implement higher taxes on unhealthy and unsustainable foods. Herbs and spices are basically forms of microdosing for an assortment of immunological and nootropic functions but the AMA has put strict obstructions to the freedom of speech to share such information. Other huge benefits from gardening is the excess Vitamin D absorbed while outside. Both physical health and emotional well-being are heightened when a sufficient amount of Vitamin D is present in the body. Your body also prefers to eat seasonal foods since our digestive organs have adapted to this annual schedule over the many eons. In a day and age where a culture has lost communication with the past, scientifically tested cultural remedies are also lost in translation. Beyond the direct correlation of gardening to personal well-being, the inverse reaction to not gardening is detrimental. We are ruining our planet with microplastics surging into our wildlife and pollution caused by unnecessary transportation of food across the entire world and back before hitting the shelves. A simple solution would be large scale greenhouses locally built. I recently saw a Nordic country implementing this technology proving it to be more efficient and environmentally savvy. We can use temperature controlled greenhouses to replicate any type of weather on this planet. There is simply no need to grow food in an unsustainable manner on the other side of the world to put into a grocery store where 1/2 of it is thrown away. If we developed a more functional supply chain, we wouldn’t have to use the amount of plastics nor preservatives that are currently in use while eradicating the waste produced by our current system. If we got back to our roots, we could plant our feet and grow an optimum future.
Listed below is my current gardening process. I am not an expert, but I am happy to share my setup and get some feedback. I am a true believer that everyone should share what they think they know. Knowledge is meant to be shared for a number of reasons. Not only is this how you become aware of your own misunderstandings/fallacies, it can also bring about innovation. In the pictures listed above are seeds from the past 2 years that are sealed in air tight containers. I have been storing the seeds under my house since the temperature remains around 55-75 degrees year round. From what I’ve read, you can also freeze or burry your seeds as well. I am about a month behind my preferred schedule of starting my seeds as I had hoped to start closer to December, but better late than never. Last year, I built an 8×6 greenhouse allowing me to germinate my seeds sooner and also grow herbs year round. For the germination of the seeds, we wrote the name of each type of seed on a disposable plate and spread out the seeds in between 2 wet paper towels per each type of seed. Each pattern had around 50 seeds on it. In roughly a week, I will cut out the separate germinated seeds out from the paper towel as the seeds will start growing through the fabric of the paper towels and put the hatching seeds in their own small cup of soil to finish out their seedling stage. My plan is to use the greenhouse that I built last year to slowly introduce the plants to the outside weather so to not shock them when I bring them outside. Our soil is a blend of Georgia red clay, compost, chicken poop, top soil, and store bought fertilizer. We keep a compost but most of our table scraps are fed to our neighbors chickens that we help take care of. A few of my beds have sand blended in them as well, mostly for the potatoes. Throughout our garden, we use hoses that leak water to create a drip system. This lowers the amount of water we use while also simplifying the daily task of watering each and every plant. Surrounding 1/2 our garden is a privacy fence with chicken wire stapled to the inside of the fence and the other 1/2 is just chicken wire. This helps keep the critters out, especially our dogs but also those pesky little rabbits. In total, I have 7 beds ranging from 4×4 ft to 12×4 ft. My goal is to eventually become 100% self sustainable. Although this house will not be my self-sustainable dream home, I take this time to make mistakes, learn techniques, acquire equipment, and simply enjoy my time. Take control of your food chain and fall in love with life by learning to love gardening.
Not at the table, not at work, not with your family, not in public, better yet, just don’t do it. Be political, that is. “Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”(-Eleanor Roosevelt) A political mind knows who he is talking to and entertains that person as the politician meets his/her audience where they are at. Politics is merely a social game of charismatic charades. Political topics are conversations regarding something the majority is actively conscious of. Hot topics if you will. People who can dominate these media driven talking points will accel in the social paradigm. People who oppose these social constructs end up being forgotten by the algorithm and/or neglected by the rest of the herd. You simply cannot have a great democracy when it is filled with small minds. There are a couple of personality types and a politician (aka a people pleaser) is one of them. I don’t want to universally paint a politician as a bad person in this essay. A successful social creature is persuasive but when the persuasion becomes purely selfish, you find the meaning of persuasion devolve into manipulation. My goal is to try and persuade you to think for yourself.
See, people connect based on commonalities. Whether it is the commonality of time, place or a thing regarding an interest and/or experience, people vibe across race, gender, and generation. A politician knows how to say what people want to hear. This is where politics weasels its way into the modernized mechanical heart. Media and journalism are partially to blame because they create narratives that emotionally affect personality types, cultural truths, and income level/job types. We are pegged as Me vs. You because it is much easier to divide and conquer this way. Another reason is because journalism is selling their content rather than sharing it with an altruistic approach. It is also much easier to paint a simple picture in a unidimensional manner than it is to explain all the layers of unintended consequences and related factors that have an effect on a situation or thing. This act of laziness and also pursuit of the dollar has caused a world of disinformation, a generation of uninformed constituents, and a political state whereby politicians entrust their honor and duty towards the multi-billion dollar industries that are technically running our country rather than what is best for the people and Earth.
The majority of people act with their amygdala rather than prefrontal cortex. This becomes a key weapon in the eyes of political initiatives. Competition creates comradery and euphoria creates empathy. Empathy isn’t always good and euphoria isn’t always pleasing. Empathy turns sour when virtue signaling becomes the method of showcasing empathetic feelings. Empathy can be a tool to gage and understand morals as well as perspective but it can also be a mechanism to excuse hatred in the name of supporting a cause that you don’t fully understand. Comradery on the other hand becomes toxic like cancer when it leeches onto ignorant stances that which both the left and right political parties push due to the lazy work ethic and business minded approach by the media. It isn’t that I believe in some grand conspiracy that lizards are trying to take over the world, rather I believe we are being shafted by the egomaniacs that control our supply chain driving the people to succumb to an inefficient, irresponsible, and depressive country.
Political topics entail all things that effect the population. Economics, Moral/Cultural Philosophy, Innovation, Education, Wellness, and even personal truths. There are two goals in conversation, to share an experience or idea and to listen to an experience or idea. All information is at some level theoretical and a belief. We must believe our eyes/ears, believe the data, believe the entity sharing the information, and remember the information at hand correctly. We are living in a day and age whereby people take information as a matter of fact. When dealing with policies that effect people’s lives, you must be as certain as possible. It is vital to remain humble when it comes to what you know. Specialists in every field are proven wrong in their own field daily, so who is to say that a processed piece of information spewed out by a tainted political narrative holds any validity at all?
Metaphors and similes are my favorite ways to explain something because it gives room for the creative spirit to understand without having to explain every little detail. This use of correlating themes expedites the learning curve and also gives insight of comprehension. It seems that memories and relationships have much more in common than previously considered. Memory is formed by circles of neurons that entail information almost like segments of code from a website. As more information gets piled into the cranial cavity, the brain makes the best use of ATP (biological energy) by branching off old memories to build new structures of neurons. Memory is formed by the association of relative sensory inputs. Relationships amongst people, similarly branch out of common interests and the level of convenience in meeting. You are who you surround yourself with but you don’t have to be. Don’t be cheap with the information you believe and don’t be fake like a politician saying what is only wanted to be said. Become an artist with your words so that you can delineate your thoughts appropriately and effectively.
I wonder if there is some kind of intimate quantum entangled neurological intercourse when two individuals divulge in a conversation they are equally interested in as if the memories, endorphins and neurotransmitters have their very own language. The more time spent together, the more the entangled memory cells expand causing a more severe emotional reaction as a larger part of the brain becomes dependent on the other neurological structure as much as its own cranial cavity. What if everyone’s secular memories were connected in some universally conscious mechanism? Perhaps the tragedy and deceit portrayed by both the media and politicians alike can awaken a source of community that brings people together based on our common experience of abuse rather than having the weak-minded masses take the bait of divided hate funded by the Technocrats, Democrats and Republicans making us all inmates in the name of USA and the economy.
My political stance is more of a criticism to the current political narrative per each dividing topic. Borders shouldn’t necessarily exist, but at the same time, people need to be accounted for by the governing body and there ought to be a process when someone moves from one legal system to a different legal system so they are properly oriented into the new set of laws and cultural norms. Education should be free, but not when it doesn’t produce a career and executives are making millions of dollars funneled through state grants and scholarships. I believe war is horrendous but we must fix the infrastructure of the country first before cutting off resources from around the world. We must stop supporting slave wage both in our country and also with the companies within our country. We never won a war on slavery, we won a war to outsource it. The health of the planet is essential and we must take action but we cannot cripple our economy by disrupting the supply chain of basic needs so it doesn’t cause more harm than it helps. I believe Healthcare should be free but it can’t be “free” when you have insurance companies and legal firms cherry picking billions of dollars off the top, executives making millions of dollars annually with a nation full of unhealthy and sick people who refuse to take care of themselves. I believe drugs should be legal and safe but we also need enough preventative health/mental health investments so that people don’t need medicine/drugs. All this to say that our political system is a joke that isn’t here to help the people. The compartmentalized governing system is too inefficient and too corrupt to sustain much longer.
There is a balance between individualism and collectivism that is attainable. We must utilize respect, accountability, honesty, integrity, and creativity to find the middle point. It is important to remember there isn’t always a win-win solution, but there is always a better solution. History becomes a necessary memory to help avoid making the same mistakes over and over again. The singularity is coming, but it doesn’t have to be through a microchip, rather it can be through common understanding and common goals.
I don’t vote in a broken system. I am A-Political and will remain A-Political until we create a system that acknowledges the people and the environment of the people. I believe we should dissolve the United States and bring back states rights because the United States is too diverse both geographically and also culturally. A small town has very different needs than a big city. I believe we should not vote for politicians, rather vote for professionals in an array of areas similar to the cabinet representatives, except the people would elect each cabinet member per each region. I also believe it would be wise to create a public discussion board to allow research to be organized and shared in regards to each policy at hand so people do not get stuck in loops of pre-written rhetoric provided by the media. Mixing a direct democracy with a representative democracy could truly work if done properly. At the end of the day, Voltaire said it best when he directs his readers to “[tend to their own garden.]” Lead by example in all social environments and only worry about what you can change. Keep yourself busy and do something with your time that helps more than it hurts. Most political conversations are typically outside of your power so allow these intense spaces to be a space of creativity rather than 2 opposing lectures. People working together in grassroots movements can make a difference. Become political enough to reach people’s heart and soul but retain your integrity enough to not be a fake politician. Do what you believe is most right but always remember at some point you will be wrong. Don’t be a sore loser when you are wrong either. When a government fails, there is no winner, we all suffer. Let’s start winning as a community again. This is no will to end America. I believe our constitution grants us the abilities to do pretty much all that I mentioned. I don’t vote because the vote doesn’t reflect policy action at all. The system we have right now works regardless of how we vote. The big corporations that employ the masses are the real policy creators. Perhaps it is for the best since they are technically the “professionals” per each policy. I support those that vote on both sides and thoroughly enjoy hearing both sides. I could see myself voting for an intellectual that strikes a chord with me and all hope isn’t lost in our current democratic system. You don’t have to agree in order to respect one another and believe in a common ideal of a better, safer, happier, and free society.
They say home is not a place or thing, it is a feeling. We have been homeowners since 2018 and are finally getting around to the remodeling side of homeownership. One of the strongest motivators to remodeling is the idea of the accruing more value rather than the actual enjoyment of the new asthetics. Regardless of the reason, updating a home is quite a fulfilling task, especially when you get to enjoy the new renovations yourself. These renovations, specifically, are enjoyed every time I greet Mr. Hankey (Southpark reference) so it was definitely worth it no matter how long we stay.
2 years ago, I worked with a general contractor for roughly 3 months. During this time, I was project managing 2 different subcontractors. Of all the places I have worked, these subcontractors were the most jolly coworkers that I have ever worked alongside. They were Hispanics consisting of both Guatemalans and Mexicans. Their favorite time was “Luncho!” These guys worked their tails off through the heat, never complained, and could fix anything from plumbing to electrical to carpentry but when lunch time came around, it was 1 hour of communal jokes and rest.
While working alongside these talented professional artists, I picked up a lot of construction knowledge which has proven to be extremely useful. The most functional tip in construction is to learn to use a new tool and you will learn to fix a new thing. I have fixed my porch along with my step-dad’s help, put up a fence surrounding my garden, built a greenhouse, and now I have remodeled both of our bathrooms. Next will be replacing the rest of the flooring throughout the house. The master bathroom was the first to be worked on. I began by taking out the vanity. Initially, I intended to not need a plumber but as I was pulling out the master vanity, I clipped the cut off valve and a tiny leak began dripping. In the middle of the night, Susan got up to use the restroom and noticed a puddle accumulating in the floor. She rushed to turn the water off in the house and when I returned home from work in the morning I attempted to replace the cutoff valve. After replacing two valves and still leaking, I noticed the vanity would not fit with the pipes coming through the floor. In the guest bathroom, I could simply cut the bottom of the vanity so the pipes could fit through, however, in the master bathroom, the vanity has a pull out drawer making it impossible to cut holes out for the pipes. With the valve leaking nonstop and the vanity unable to fit, it was time to phone a friend.
Susan went on to the Next Door app and asked for a trusted plumber in the area. A friendly man in his 60s was referred but remember that in this business, you get what you pay for. In this case, we sacrificed speed for cost. It took the kind man roughly 4 days to finally reroute the pipes and stop the leak but for the price of $150, I’ll take it. That could have easily cost me $600. In the second bathroom, we were able to cut out the bottom of the vanity to not need to reroute the pipes.
After the floor was complete in each bathroom, the mirrors and lights were installed. Lights are surprisingly easy to install and cost us around $50 each. All you have to do is twist the matching color wires and screw the light in. Always make sure to cut the fuse before touching the electrical wires unless you are trying out home made shock therapy. As for the mirror, simple drywall hooks did the trick. Both mirrors were bought at Hobby Lobby for under $80 each. In total, we spent roughly $600 for both bathrooms. The value of the house went up approximately $7,500 so I would say that we did well for a bunch of newbies.
Learn to be productive. Learn to do things, fix things, and build things. The Nike saying, “Just Do It”, really is one of the best slogans because you simply have to initiate in a task in order to learn. Once you begin the learning process, you approach the learning curve whereby momentum potentially accumulates into a never ending artistic pursuit of perfection. The first couple times doing something will be awkward and you will probably mess up. This experience of inadequacy can be humiliating and frustrating. As these feelings of discomfort are felt, resilience and confidence are also developed. Life is an investment. Beautify your surroundings and find reasons to be proud of who you are day in and day out. Remodel your dreams.
A world full of a dis-ease, few live with ease. It is a crying shame to have a name for something with no one to blame, making people unable to tame nor sustain. Inflammation in the brain causes some to go insane, mostly teachers complain as the doctors campaign, parents say God’s name in vein, and the food web is contaminated like it’s animated, hyperactive cells activated until the child is lacerated, in prison, and castrated. We must wake up. Add up the hype, and dis becomes the order of the next generation.
I have studied ADHD and similar neurological “dis-orders” for quite a few years now. My son has been through the ringer when it comes to this diagnosis and my fiancé and myself have struggled with attention since being a kid, however I didn’t see a doctor until trying Adderall my senior year and my fiancé didn’t get off her meds until I met her and helped encourage her to do so. A couple things to preface before getting too deep in this topic is that no person’s neurological makeup is the same and no one knows their mind and body like themselves nor their parents. It is a very easy solution to the problem of modern parenting to just say that kids nowadays need a good ass whooping. In fact, abuse could be the problem and simultaneously, that statement could hold some merit. I share my thoughts, my perspective, the information I have come across, and personal beliefs because perspective is how we build consensus. I don’t share this story to hurt anyone nor act like a parent isn’t doing enough. I hope you can extract something useful out of this piece of work.
To start, I would like to redefine the idea of autism and other neurological “dis-orders” while making the point that no brain is truly neurotypical. In my opinion, everyone deals with spouts or levels to psychological disorders. All humans are on the so-called spectrum. Neurochemistry is still a fairly new field relative to Biology. It is important to understand that neurodiersity is vital for a successful culture because it allows for specification of skill sets. Much of the medication we prescribe to promote a “neurotypical” activity in this space uses a trial and error methodology that excludes many other contributing factors that I will indulge in throughout this article. Neurochemistry deals with digestive health, circulatory health, environmental security, social/relationship health, while also carrying a genetic component that which I believe he genetics ultimately play a much smaller role than the scientific community assumes. Atypical neurological makeups are really a situation where the inputs from sensory neurons do not communicate directly with the prefrontal cortex (decision making part of the brain). To further explain this, I will further dissect the way dyslexia works because dyslexia and ADD are very similar in how the brain processes the information. Dyslexia occurs when the auditory and visual cortexes do not send information back to the prefrontal cortex for appropriate use of the data received. The signal gets “lost” as it travels around the left brain (the creative side). This action is exactly what makes engineering geniuses, savants, artists/creators, athletes, and almost every imaginable person that exceeds societies standards of normal. Now that I have established the framework of areas that this diagnosis entails, I’ll share my story about persevering ADHD both as a parent whose child is dealing with it and as a person with it.
Neuroplasticity is a term meaning you can change the pathways of the neurological connections, essentially meaning we aren’t just born with a certain amount of neurons, rather we can grow our neurons just like a regular muscle. Brain mapping is a tool to help create new memory circles that can streamline logic and appropriate use as well as comprehension of sensory inputs. Memory builds from previous memories. I’ll explain this network formed by a point of reference neurological network. Memory cells become stronger the more points of referential information that is retained. During the summer, my son began working with a dyslexia teacher, Tabitha Molina, who actually utilizes this technique of brain mapping. She uses spacial memory, rhyme schemes, history of language, color triggers, catchy phrases, physical touch, and much more to help build the memory of information which will help develop and reinforce the pathways of information received. There are more limitations to the neurological growth compared to skeletal muscle whereby pretty much anyone can tone up and stack on more muscle. That is unless they have some type off degenerative disease. Neurological connections are more of tendencies rather than an exact determined fact. After seeing my son ending his 2nd grade year not knowing the entire alphabet to being able to read chapter books within just a few months, I believe we are just getting started in the revolution of the mind beyond the broken psychological/psychiatric institutions that have monopolized our ability to parent.
Can I get a Kale Yeah!? Yes, diet is more than important. It is a crying shame that our society has made children’s food the most toxic and unhealthy while slandering natural, healthy, and wholesome foods as a trendy scheme from parental scoffs at greens during dinner to televisions effort to make unhealthy cool. Our culture has also damned every single holiday with candy and deserts while pumping every meal full with carcinogens and inflammatory foods. Almost every item directed towards kids in the average supermarket is filled with neurotoxins and inflammatory reactants. At the average restaurant in America, you see zero vegetables, extra processed foods, and an incentive to get soda and sugary juice cocktails. Parents are causing mental illness in their kids under the guise of keeping them fat and happy. Inflammation is the brains biggest enemy as it restricts circulation to hungry neurons leading to mental decay. If the neurons do not recieve proper blood flow, they will accumulate plaque and you will lose actual memory, hormonal control, physical abilities, and eventually death. This brings about the most important part of neurological health, diet and hydration which will be the first animal to tackle.
“Let food be thy medicine” -Socrates. Diet is a 2 part approach. In one direction, you have things that promote the removal of toxins and prevention of inflammation. In the other direction, you have nutrients to fortify and help promote healthy metabolic and enzymatic processes. I liken this concept to the two ways people are motivated, towards an idea/goal/pleasure and also away from an idea/failure/danger. Getting an allergy test is a great place to start. Another thing to do is get blood work done to see your nutrient and electrolyte levels. Things to cut out immediately are gluten, starch, simple sugars, fried food, dairy (lactose is a type of sugar) and processed foods. I do not intend to get too hairy about the field of nutrition but I will certainly lay out a basis for supplements, vitamins, and minerals that I have noticed helps.
Drink water! If you drink too much water, you can actually deplete necessary electrolytes so don’t think that drinking gallons of water will fix anything. Drinking higher quality water with a slightly high PH will be much more absorbent. You can add a pinch of baking soda to your water to fix that problem. The higher PH will help combat the additional acid produced by inflammation as well. Drink water 1st thing in the morning to clean out the gut. Your body absorbs water best on an empty stomach. Now that we have established the importance of water, supplements and foods that are essential for maximum brain power. If you look at at the every day multivitamin, you will see almost everything your body needs. The problem is that most of that pill is shit right back out and very little is absorbed, especially if your microbiome is depleted. Stack on the Omega fish oils! Cold water fish are the best to eat. Recent studies from the Mayo Clinic show massive improvement of neurological function after consuming high grade fish oils. DHA fish oil is key for the brain. The brain is a hungry little monster and it needs fat! Throw in some avocado, coconut oil, high grade olive oil like what “Olive Tree and Vine” in Cartersville Georgia offers, and an array of nuts to bulk out these Omega fats in the system. The next food group to consume are Antioxidants. Antioxidants help replenish cells by removing free radical oxygen molecules which act like shrapnel from an explosion inside the body. These free radicals cause inflammation and can even cause the formation of cancers. For the foods to eat that help with free radicals and other nutrient deficiencies, consider enjoying Berries (Elderberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, etc), Citrus fruits (grapefruits, lemons, oranges), leafy green vegetables (Kale, Spinach, Cabbage, Bak Choi etc.), Roots (Ginger, Carrots, Tumeric/Curcumin, Beets, Garlic, Onion, etc), and additional herbs/teas (Basil, Sage, Cinnamon, Chamomile, Ginseng, Hibiscus, Green Tea, Ginko Biloba, CBD, and more). Bacteria, Molds, Viruses, and Fungi can all increase inflammation in the body, so consuming these foods listed above will help your body fight off these toxins. It may seem a little weird at first when you snap into a raw vegetable for a snack, but that will reside the more you realize how weird opening up a plastic container filled with pesticide sprayed, preservative filled, processed fake food that causes far more problems than it helps. If you claim, “my kid won’t eat that.” Then you have failed as a parent because I guarantee you that a hungry human will eat food given to them. If they go on a hunger strike, then that is their problem. It is extremely hard to watch your kid struggle, but that is the way to show Agape, the fatherly love. Take the Hippocratic Oath with your own kids instead of taking the modernized easy way out by pushing the problem into the Doctor’s hands which are tied by the constraints of both the pharmaceutical companies and legal frameworks. Food is culture and a way of life. We must get back into the kitchen and garden to relearn the value that food brings into the human experience. Gut health is essential in helping produce the necessary neurotransmitters appropriate per each situation. Do your best to eat GMO and pesticide free. We are not at the whims of our biology, rather our biology is at the whims of our everyday actions and lifestyle.
Dope, I mean hope, I mean soap, clean like bleach, I say nope. I digress. I am a huge supporter of natural health while also acknowledging the value of western medicine. While on the topic of natural medicine, I would like to recommend chiropractic care as it helps support a properly functioning nervous system helping the parasympathetic system activate and align sensory inputs. Pharmaceutical industries do some good, but it could be argued that they cause as many problems as they fix. You could also argue that the way it currently functions completely violates the Nuremberg code established to disallow the use of human experimentation while also violating the Hippocratic Oath. The treatment for ADHD is typically an amphetamine-type substance. This is borderline Meth. Of course it isn’t the same stuff being smoked on the streets, but it is one small chemical away. Adderall is a popular Amphetamine used that can cause psychosis, dehydration, inflammation, insomnia, stomach ulcers, depression, digestive problems, and many other abnormalities. These aren’t rare occurrences either. The idea is that Adderall will activate the Dopamine receptors, also known as the motivation neurotransmitter, located in the prefrontal cortex. This means it artificially activates a part of the brain that is almost nonexistent in younger children. Let me say that again in a different way. We are diagnosing and prescribing dangerous Drugs to treat something that is a natural process of development. Men’s PFC (prefrontal cortex) develops at a much slower rate which would make sense why boys are more often diagnosed with ADHD than females in elementary years. In recent years, I can even tell an immense difference in my own mental clarity since reaching the age 25. Motivation is also a key component. I guarantee you that if a tv show is on with your ADHD child that they like and are interested in, they can sit there and pay attention like a grad student prepping for his MCAT. The kids are simply not interested in sitting down all day learning how to do adult things like read. Kids need to move and develop their social muscles (also in the PFC). Movement and heart rate variability (training physically), actually increases the neuroplastic activity in the brain. Let the kids run around and play. We are raising a generation of zombies who are learning to be addicted at a young age. Screen time is also a major problem when it comes to the ADHD epidemic. Looking at a screen also artificially activates the PFC, so be aware of how much time you are letting the TV babysit your kid.
Lastly, we have environmental factors. You have two types of modes your body switches from, fight and flight, also referred to as the sympathetic and parasympathetic system. When you in an unsafe environment, your parasympathetic system shuts off and your sympathetic system is activated. This hereby, raises cortisol levels and increases the heart rate lowering your ability to digest food as all the blood runs away from your stomach and into your skeletal muscles to help you escape the dangerous environment. Learning breathing techniques are a great way to hijack the parasympathetic system and calm the nerves. I’m very interested in the use of hyperbaric oxygen chambers for ADD to help with neurological activity as shown by The Mayo Clinic while working with dementia patients. When you live in a toxic environment, your brain cannot process information effectively because it is not focused on a coloring book or creating a future career, rather it is trying to build an escape plan. My son was living in a toxic home before living with me full time and the more time he spent at our home, the more his nerves could calm and the better his attention became. This isn’t to bash his mom at all because she does love him immensely and still get regular visits with him. For anyone who wishes to bash her can go fuck off because she did the most selfless thing by letting me have him full time. She knew I had a strong support system and a loving home to help our son. If you are a parent and cannot communicate with your significant other, get out and get help! I swear my son’s mother and I get along better than most married couples. We haven’t always agreed, but we always try to respect one another. It is not fair to the child for parents to not get along. Grow up and communicate. Children learn from the parents. If the parents throw big tantrums all the time for stupid little things, guess what the kids will do? You guessed it, they too will have tantrums too. Simply beating your kid will only cause more trauma instead of setting him/her straight. Be patient with your kid, teach them manners, patience, love, respect, and do so with your tone, body language, and eye contact. Get down on their level and speak directly to them. Spend the time to explain the rules to help the child understand cause and effect on an intellectual manner as well as physical reality. I believe there to be an incredible amount of research to be done on prenatal care in the form of epigenetics. To all the pregnant mothers out there, it isn’t just your body so please don’t be selfish. Love yourself enough to be able to love another life enough to make the hard choices. If you are a mother with an Atypical child, it very well may not be your fault but there is still something you can do to help.
I always like to say it is called Attention Deficit Disorder because many of times the child is deficient from attention. When you touch, look at, and talk to someone, you are engaging with their prefrontal cortex. This truth is one major issue I have with the mask debate but that is for another day. It is important to give attention now. In Erik Erikson’s stages of psychosocial development, people must move through each stage. If a child is inhibited from moving through a certain stage, they could be stuck there for life. I like to correlate and layer Maslow’s hierarchy of needs to help facilitate the needs of a human in order to progress and become their best possible self. This idea of being stuck in a mental state would make sense of the data showing the correlation to mental illness and poverty.
Being a parent is tough and we must start becoming held accountable to the next generation that we are raising. There are broken institutions raising our children and we must stand up against them. Acting as a community and a neighbor is a great place to start. Find friends that support your healthy lifestyles and put distance (not necessarily cut off) with those that are more or less considered toxic. Eat healthy, be happy, sleep (removes plaque in the brain and increases mental clarity), obtain stability, love in all the ways the Greek language uses the word love and get help when things are outside of your control. Perhaps there is a place for short term use of Amphetamines to help fire new pathways. I often go back and forth between the use of nootropics to increase neurological function and the acknowledgement of them used as drugs with horrendous side effects. At the end of the day, at least try. Try essential oils, try diet, try chiropractic, try getting into a safe environment, just simply try and don’t give up. Don’t be so hard on yourself either. Lead with Love. Follow your gut. Believe what seems probable and forgive yourself when you are wrong.
PS. I’m not a doctor so this is not medical advice. I’m not making any money sharing my experiences and information that I have come across. Always be sure to check with a Healthcare professional as some vitamins and herbs can cause unintended consequences just like pharmaceuticals on account drugs are made to replicate chemicals that naturally occur. On a side note, I find it incredibly illegal via 1st amendment to enact punitive charges against someone for sharing information and experience, no matter the topic of discussion. You cannot have authoritarianism and science in one system because science is inherently built to prove itself wrong in the name of becoming more precise.
Yoga is something we could all incorporate into our lives. In today’s ugly world, it is vital to take time to observe the beauty that is still surfacing on a daily basis. Your focus becomes a key tool to gaging what to do and what not to do. Yoga gives our mind the time to let the chaos around us quiet long enough to focus on things we have control over while also letting the things we lack control over fade away into the distance. Tatiana Mark is a true inspiration for sharing her thoughts about Yoga. #Yoga #NaturalHealth #Movement #Workouts #Wellness
If there was ever a hippopotamus in a small room, I think the Healthcare system would take the wedding cake and the main course when it comes to problems in our society. To take on this subject, I will do my very best to approach it with extreme honesty and as gently as I possibly can. I’m absolutely not qualified to the standards of the AMA to really talk about this subject so let this sentence be my disclaimer that this is an opinion piece and not medical advice. Healthcare is a personal situation, cultural phenomenon and also a series of systematic organizations that should work in sync together for the betterment of humanity. At the end of this piece, I will weigh in on the covid conversation. I hope to escape the idealism role in our political and social stratospheres and enter more into a direct implementation of the most agreeable truths. At the end of this article, I shared my favorite drink to Kickstart my immune system.
Before delving too deep into the state of Healthcare affairs, I believe the single most important issue to tackle is the unhealthy nature of our country as well as world. The concept of cost benefit analysis is an essential function to weighing the pros and cons of everyday actions. People are both more unhealthy than ever while also living longer than ever before in the history of humanity. This conundrum has created quite a difficult solution, especially as you incorporate government policy, economic vs philanthropic philosophies, personal vs social decisions, and all of the emotional angst amidst it all.
In my short time working in the hospital, I’ve noticed there are only a couple main reasons people pass away. In no particular order, the first way is trauma. Car wrecks, brain trauma, loss of blood or something of the sort would be the theme of this cause of death. The next major cause of death is via infection. Infections can come from a number of issues, from a simple cut, intestinal infections to cellulitis or a common infection from a virus that goes south. When someone with diabetes gets an infection, their body has a really hard time both fighting the infection and also healing the wound. Another big problem with infections is the case of becoming resistant to antibiotics. Some of it is due to doctors preemptively over prescribing them for good reason and also the fact that antibiotics wipe out the gut bacteria which is one of the key sources of the immune system and also mental health. Diabetes is a great segway into the next general cause of death, obesity. Obesity is a lot of things. It isn’t just genetics, or a simple caloric equation of inputs and outputs. Many of times, people are dehydrated and mistake thirst for hunger. I also understand there to be a neurological relationship as well as hormonal influence on the outcome of obesity. Once someone is obese, their circulation becomes restricted, starving cells of proper metabolic function causing a build of toxicity and acidity in the body. A couple of terminal things can go wrong from here. Firstly, a lack of oxygen and circulation can lead to brain matter decay, also known as dementia or other neurological disorders. Cancer can form from the inability to excrete waste. Necrosis can form from the lack of oxygen and nutrition to the cell. Many of times, necrosis comes as a type of cancer too. Organ failure is the other closely related problem when the circulation is obstructed. There are other ways such as allergic reactions, but even this example relates to the previously mentioned circulatory restriction as a mechanism of death. In some ways, gluttony is literally suicide in slow motion. Freak accidents and genetic variances will always strike us sideways and give us moral quandaries to contemplate. Modern medicine has given us the ability to manage the vitals enough to enable us to live in an unhealthy manner. It has also enabled us to not let common colds eradicate an entire population. In some ways, perhaps this is the pursuit of happiness, to have a cake and eat it too but I believe health is a true standard for actual happiness. Being healthy is vital for not just living, but livingood. Consuming an appropriate amount of vitamins, becoming aware of allergens and food sensitivities, getting active, seeking chiropractic care, retaining emotional health, eating a balanced diet, staying hydrated, sleeping, having shelter, and having healthy relationships are the keys to a happy lifestyle.
Death is half of life. The darkness however creates a higher level attention to light. The contrast of life beautifies all realities. It seems that by prolonging the inevitable has inadvertently caused us to become hypersensitive to the point of potential life long trauma upon every occurrence to death. Memory has given us the ability to not make the same mistake twice so we do store an experience extra deep into our hippocampus that could prevent the end of one’s genetic lineage. Culture helps retain such rich information through the means of story. Perhaps this is one of the reasons that urge me to write. Regardless, with the topic of culture in mind, we must accept how much culture plays a role in the health of our nation. One of my favorite quotes of all time is “Lead By Example” in reference to parenting as emphasized by Psychotherapist, Meghan Toups. Our culture says money is more important than health, convenience is more important than health, taste is more important than nutrients, and unnatural is better than natural. Before we can fix the healthcare industry, we must first prioritize what really matters. We must lead by example individually and collectively.
Lastly, in the topic of health care, we have the systematic beast to grapple with. Firstly, the reality that economics is the driving force behind health care decisions is a major ethical violation. With the amount of debt that Healthcare practitioners have to gamble with makes an understandable argument on their behalf, but this argument is short-sided if you were able to fix the education problem. I’m not saying college should be entirely free per say, but higher education should at least be affordable and for those going into such industries that help people directly, these employees should never have to deal with economic hardships. I quiver at the idea of being a Doctor with $400,000 in debt. This was almost me had I continued my graduate program in Chiropractic. Additional issues with the education system is both the inability to steer people in a career that society needs and can make a livable income and also the limited amount of students allowed in these programs. I could go as far saying that the stringent GPA requirements is also a problem as it measures a very singular type of intelligence while neglecting other types of thinkers. Insurance is the biggest scam our world has ever seen. Insurance as an ideal is great, but when it comes to Healthcare, we should implement the concept of “the law of large numbers” and enforce a sales tax. Personally, I believe we should utilize the “sin tax” in relation to all toxicities and nutrient deficient foods. This would be a direct accountability program to the causes of people getting sick. In addition to the taxation of unhealthy items in our economy, I think subsidies for healthier options could also help completely eradicate the myth of it being too expensive to eat healthy. Another unique angle I would like to introduce into the conversation is the idea that patents are in fact atrocious in their nature when it comes to anything relating to helping save people’s lives. The world of patents in fact withold scientific progression in the name of individual ego and economic selfishness. Not only does it disallow the market system to drive down costs, it inhibits the speed of further innovation to the technology or disease at hand.
The entire Healthcare Industrial Complex is dealing with a broken and compartmentalized approach to help the whole person. Hospitals are a very progressive concept when it comes to efficacy and convenience. It is great you can come to one place and have immediate results for lab work, get a multitude of scans, have a baby, and even get your prescriptions, however convenience can come at a cost. The main problem with this level of convenience is the accidental exposure to contagions. I do think it would be wise for there to be two different types ocontagious for this exact reason. The first hospital would deal with infections diseases such as Corona Viruses, Rhino Viruses, the Flu, other stomach bugs, and other viruses/bacterial infections as the other hospital would deal with emergency trauma-like situations. There are two other types of facilities that need major funding that could alleviate the current Healthcare system immensely is elderly care and also mental health. As far as mental health goes, the criminal justice system would have to be brought into the conversation. Rehabilitation is another dimension of mental health that is in serious need of both scientific evolution as well as treating and preventing. The DARE program in Elementary Schools and The War Against Drugs are both treacherous failures that need to be reassessed and addressed. Helping the overall state of well being and helping assure people have all of their basic needs would be a great place to start when talking about the mental health institutions and reducing the healthcare system in general. There is a massive presence of the homeless population that consumes beds in the hospitals. For elderly care, we should invest into Healthcare professionals in this industry. The elderly care centers have a massive misappropriation of funds by understaffing the staff to the point of the staff being unable to care for their patients as they take on sometimes a 20/1 ratio of patients to Healthcare professionals. There is a revolving door between patients both in elderly care facilities and mental health facilities to hospitals. This poor planning of public funds and professional talent is depleting limited resources in an already famished industry. One of my favorite quotes I have heard online regarding the current state of Healthcare goes along the lines of it isn’t the building’s capacity to hold people that is the problem as to why it takes so long for a group of people to enter into a building at the same time but the limited accessibility points into the building. We have a plethora of doctors with private practices that depend on insurance for patients, not the supply/demand of sick patients. Most people don’t even know where to go when they are sick besides the Emergency Room. We must take a look at the entire picture of Healthcare including the frame if we want a real chance at helping the maximum amount of people in the most effective and efficient manner.
One huge deal breaker in the agreeability of the healthcare conversation is the argument to force others to do something for the greater good. When it comes to doing it out of respect, it should be a no-bainer, but when it comes to trusting information, we pile on a whole other level of unrecognized detail. Vaccines and Diet become almost opposing directions to this topic. More recently and still relative to the vaccine/diet debate is the Covid-19 debacle. To quarantine and risk economic collapse and depression for the sake of not over running hospitals and infecting at-risk patients. To read the literature on masks and wear them in public areas with the belief that it will slow the risk of transmission or not wear a mask from the research that shows their ineffectiveness and potential cause of other illnesses. To remain 6 feet a part and disengage from the necessary action of human to human touch for the idea of the greater good, or retain the culture of affection and handshakes. I believe vaccines do have their place but I also believe they could be safer and should never be rushed. I do not believe rushing vaccines nor forcing vaccines should ever be allowed on an ethical level unless we were facing an illness with something closer to a 25% death count. A final point I would like make is that we have a problem with our freedom of speech pertaining to this topic at hand. You are legally bound to not share ideas or information regarding someone else’s Healthcare situation. If I read something online or have lived through something myself then decide to share that with someone else, I could get sued and possibly jailed for practicing medicine without a license. Although I do see the reason this law was created in terms of assuring bad advice is not given, on the contrary many of times this law inhibits the ability to try new or “untested” methods. This also stops many Healthcare workers from having a voice in a time where perspective is needed more than ever. If big pharma cannot profit on it, you better believe there will not be an evidence-based approach developed for health professionals to utilize. This became a huge problem when it came to taking preventative measures via supplements and diet (Zinc, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Quinine) which was especially important amidst the “Fake News” obsession during the pandemic/plandemic. These vitamins/minerals have always been my goto when getting sick. I did in fact use this combination this year when I believe to have gotten Corona Virus 19 and almost immediately started feeling better. The hospitals are full, but they typically remain fairly full anyways. Any uptick in the amount of patients can cause massive wait times. The dependence on a strict budget causes hospitals to treat their staff like a restaurant, cutting the staff on typically slowerly times and pushing the staff to their limit. For the first time ever, I did see a commercial funded by a public organization promoting healthy and preventative measures for type 2 diabetes and I have also recently noticed an increase in commercials on vitamins and minerals. I believe that science will find a way. It is unfortunate that we have lost trust in science and the medical system, but when you have secret courts for vaccines, doctors prescribing meds instead of preaching lifestyle, surgeons doing unnecessary surgeries or persuading patients to use their area of expertise over someone else for the sake of money and ego, pharmaceutical companies running/sponsoring Continuing Education programs as well as incentive programs, lawsuits of damage caused by drugs that come out the same year patents become public domain such as Lipitor, by Pfizer, who is one of the CoVid-19 vaccine manufacturers and most importantly, the use of skewed and falsified research for the sake of selling methods to treat someone’s illness without considering or simply suppressing the dangerous side effects. Historically, I have been a staunch speaker against the modern Healthcare system, however since beginning work in this field, I have a much greater sense of empathy to the barriers in place preventing the best care from being given. The Healthcare system is a slave to the legal system as we treat lawsuits as much as patients. At the end of the day, we are living in a sick world with a massive disconnect from what we should do compared to what we are actually doing. My hope is that people begin to take their health more seriously and our government starts choosing to make laws for the people over big pharma and the stock market.
Listed below is a recipe for what I call “Witches Brew,” an immune booster. Boil for 30 minutes: -6 cups of water with Green Tea and/or Hibiscus Tea -3 Tablespoons of Tumeric -3 Cloves of Garlic -1 teaspoon of Black Pepper -2 tablespoons of Cloves or 10 whole Cloves -2 teaspoons of Cayenne Paper -10 thin shavings of Garlic -1 teaspoon of water solvable Magnesium -1 teaspoon of Cinnamon -2 tablespoons of Raw Local Honey -1/2 Diced Onion -Elderberry syrup at the end or a handful of whole Elderberries boiled -Whole Grapefruit (including peel) -Whole Lemon squeeze -1 Oz of Apple Cider Vinegar -1 teaspoon of gelatin
Strain it and mix it with Orange Juice to enhance the flavor and add some extra vitamin C. You can also add EmergenC for additional vitamins/minerals and flavor. Be careful if you have issues with blood pressure when taking this blend. As mentioned before, I am not a medical professional with the licensing ability to treat sick patients. I can tell you this recipe is full of antivirals, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory remedies, antimicrobials, antifungal, and immune supporting vitamins/minerals. There could always be unintended consequences to taking anything outside of health professional’s knowledge or recommendation but that doesn’t stop people from putting a honey bun in their mouth or drinking a mix drink at the bar.
Live long and prosper. Thanks for enjoying the read. -Garrett Livingood
What to do in a world that eventually proves you to be wrong? History is the story of science unfolding with relics of art and data of information beholding the idea of what used to be. There are many ways to study humanity and life itself, each with a scientific catalog to store the body of vocabulary terms to name each observation made by a demigod on the timeline of mankind. Upon each layer we peel away, we find a more convincing theory to prey our beliefs on. Tears fill our eyes in the wake of cognitive dissonance as if it was an onion we were peeling back. The truth is, it’s a mask you eventually unveil.
We all quake when faced with the true essence of life, death. Historically, death was a commonplace. People were faced with difficulties beyond finding toilet paper. Most simply didn’t make it to adulthood. Centuries would pass as lifestyles and ways of life would remain constant. What we knew was simplicity. We knew survival. We were fit. Now, we are tredding in a bowl of jello with self destruction being our main course for Life.
Since the industrial age, we have built a relationship with technology that has made us completely dependent on a broken system. From our homes that are unsustainable to our inefficient communities to our useless jobs that typically do little to nothing to progress and protect our species. We as a species arguably work harder, at the very least longer, than ever before as we spend less and less time doing what we enjoy with who we love and care for. Time keeps on slipping into the future of the dark matter that really ends up not mattering at all.
We are slaves to an idea few understand. We are engaged to thoughts that few respect. We are in love with actions that erode our brain matter. We are killing ourselves softly with the cameras rolling in the live feed. We are neither living as monsters, nor dying as heros. We are effortlessly turning grey in a world that is losing its saturation and contrast with the lines blurring in and out of consciousness until we become enlightened enough to not be fake woke. We are humans of the 21st century and we are sorry for being so wrong about everything.
What to do in a world that eventually proves you to be wrong? My solution is transforming an interest into an artform. Do whatever you find interesting and become better at it each day. For starters, practice the art of focus. It seems that focusing is a muscle that we have lost touch with. Once you have developed the skill of focus, diversify your time with things that make you happy, things that make you feel confident, things that are complicated, and things that are pleasing. Don’t let the comfort of gravity pull you to submission of breathing rigor mortis. Focus on building your internal structures of health and neurological development in order to break the bonds that keep you happily ignorant of the poisons we dose up on daily. Observe your set point for self satisfaction sky rocket as you build a better world starting with yourself. When we reach a point of creating societies whereby everyone attempts to follow these basic principles, we will become proud to have the DNA sequences we were born with. -Cheers humans
It is the 1st of the year in 2021 as I decide to build this blog. I’ve been writing over the past decade while maneuvering through my early 20s. I have found writing to be a form of therapy in addition to a way to externalize thoughts and ideas that keep me motivated and interested in an assortment of subjects from Multi-Media, Health, 3D Art to Philosophy and Physics.
Currently, between working, college classes, and parenting, I’m in the process of publishing my 1st book as I work on my 2nd and 3rd book. Starting this blog is a way to continue to publish my content outside of the normal social media platforms to assure I don’t get “cancelled” and also to give myself the freedom to share my thoughts without the ridicule from the woke class of ignoramuses.
In 2020, my company GMC Productions was put to rest. Susan, my fiance, and myself started GMC Productions in 2015 as a merger between her photography and my video production. We had a blast working together even through our most abusive clients. Building a company focused on branding could have been my single most successful failure ever accomplished in my short time here on Earth.
At the age 28, I’ve become competent in accounting, legitimating companies, marketing, sales, online platforms, design, storytelling/copy writing, real estate, insurance, law, construction, health and wellness, and simple time management. I’m no expert yet, but I am competent enough to decipher between a sales pitch and an unbiased source that is laying out pure data. It would be nice to call it luck that I landed such a wide range of clients to learn about their industry but I’m not a believer in luck. I have worked incredibly hard to learn what I have learned and obtain the information I have been exposed to.
Many people dread the name of 2020, but for me, it was a year of being reborn. Not in the way of a Christian, but I did endure a form of Ego death. I lost my funding for the Doctorate of Chiropractic program I started in 2019. I definitely struggled in the program. In fact, that program was one of the hardest tasks I have ever taken on. I lost my funding due to my drop/pass ratio going into my 3rd quarter. This dose of reality struck deep as an entire vision of my future disappeared once again amidst my wishes to simply take a semester off as the Covid outcry shutdown all of my study spots with an internet that couldn’t support the live streamed classes. I remind myself that I chose the choices I made. I am exactly where I am supposed to be with each day, gaining more clarity and optimism than the last.
With the 1st of January coming to an end, I sit in the ER of a local hospital working as a Patient Care Tech, writing this piece. I’ll begin taking my remaining prerequisites over the next 5 semesters for a different Health Science program at a local Community College, Chattahoochee Technical College. The exact program I will start in 2022 isn’t completely decided upon but a Medical Lab Technician is in the top of my choosing. I do not however intend on stopping my education with my next certification or license.
Lastly, my family. I’m engaged with my love of my life and our wedding is set for June 30th 2021. My son is with me and Susan full time and doing better than ever before. One thing is for sure, I am happy. I am whole.