On Security or: A Lack Thereof

A sense of security in one’s needs, while comforting, can essentially never be guaranteed; and can hence be a dangerous illusion. That said, not having the illusion of security makes it difficult for people to not feel insecure, leading to worry, leading to unproductive thoughts, and/or leading to behavior that is not fruitful.

As living creatures we are by necessity driven by our insecurities. If we do not have enough food we are insecure in our dietary needs and seek food. If we do not have a good set of teeth we are insecure about our chompers, and seek a dentist, hopefully. If we don’t have nice clothes we might be insecure about our appearance (I find this last one to rarely be true with four-legged creatures – dogs seem to be particularly secure without any clothes for example, probably because of that sexy fur).

Food Security Index 2013

Food Security Index 2013 (Photo courtesy of http://maplecroft.com).

It is possible to feel secure, even while acknowledging that in reality security is an illusion. First, in my experience, one must acknowledge that they do in fact have insecurities. This is a trying experience because making that first admission to oneself can have a snowball effect that may lead to what good ole Al Franken would call “stinkin’ thinkin’ rearin’ its ugly head.” I find stinkin’ thinkin’ to be very annoying so I recommend that this be thought of as a gradual process of becoming more secure by acknowledging insecurity where it exists when it is found as it is found.

In other words, nobody is really helped by sitting down and making a list of all the things they feel they lack. That’s just kind of depressing. All of us benefit from asking ourselves why we are really doing what we are doing. For example, why do I blog? I suffer some insecurity about the state of affairs with the public in general. I want people to feel more secure. Why? We’re all somewhat more insecure because of all the insecure people running around in the world and the havoc they are constantly unwittingly wreaking against themselves and others as a result.

We need not play on each others interests merely to survive dear reader. Every drop of insecurity that falls into the pond of humanity ripples outwards like everything else. I hope this drop will ripple out appropriately. We just have to trust our best judgement regarding each situation we encounter. It sounds easy but it isn’t. It is so easy to just follow orders.

That said, obviously, no one is an island; we can benefit from experience and good counsel. We have the capacity to hold each other up or down. We had best start holding each other up more and sooner rather than later because there are a lot of insecure people in the world.

Once one knows their insecurities, they know what is driving them. That’s when one can take the wheel away from their insecurities and start driving themselves instead of being driven by their insecurities.

With love,

Impartial Juror

What is Love?

What is love?

It isn’t something that has limits,

Distance doesn’t affect love,

Time doesn’t affect love,

It is patient,

It is persistent,

It isn’t control,

It is freedom with security,

It can’t be destroyed,

But it can be created,

It is just a connection,

It may have already existed,

It may be a new connection,

It doesn’t cost anything,

It isn’t heavy,

It lifts you up,

It doesn’t take,

It just gives,

It doesn’t take up space,

It just fills space,

With music,

Resonance,

Vibrations,

Like the ones in your heart,

It is the music of the universe,

That’s all the universe is,

That is why I have enough love for everyone,

Love is free,

And I make it out of nothing.

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P.S. Thanks to Arbor T Elf for his additions/help/guidance.

Keep Waving

How many waves can one man make?

How many souls can one tree shake?

How many apples are rotten to the core?

How could we possibly need any more?

Where are the healthy?

Where are the sane?

Where are the seeds?

Of love and pain?

Where are the heroes doing good deeds?

Are they all gone or just lost in the reads?

Could it be that all is lost?

Is this a story written by Faust?

Or is there hope along the way?

Another soul with whom to lay?

Thoughts on exceptional people

I have spent my life trying to find exceptional people. There are fewer than I would like, and many have not made it this far. Exceptional people have throughout history been persecuted by average people because they are ahead of their time, hence they often oppose the status quo, and by extension are mysterious. Mysterious people are unpredictable to the average person. Unpredictability leads to fear of the unknown, which leads to persecution.

For their ideas extraordinary people have often lost their lives, been isolated, demonized, discredited, and criminalized. I will point out some poignant examples of historical and popular figures I feel fit this description: Noam Chomsky, Norman Finkelstein, Alex Jones, Jesse Ventura, Bradley Manning, Jullian Assange, the Dahli Llama, Ai Weiwei, Martin Luther King, Nicola Tesla, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, Joan of Arc, Galileo of Galilee, Copernicus, Socrates (assuming he is not fictional), and Jesus of Nazareth (assuming he is not fictional).  This is but a tiny list that consists largely of “Westerners” and is severely lacking in women (this is why we need “women’s history”) that I have come up with basically off of the top of my head.

There are also entire cultures that have been persecuted. The Jewish (culture of) people have been persecuted throughout the Jewish Diaspora and continuing on into modern times. There is a disproportionate amount of exceptional Jews because of their societal values (not to mention their cliquish tendencies) and it has gotten them into a lot of trouble. The Gypsies have historically had the same problem, as have the people of Tibet, and the Native Americans (who were also persecuted for their land).  You may disagree with the specific people and/or cultures I have given as examples, but I trust you get my point nonetheless.

Fear is dangerous. We should do our best to not fear each other unnecessarily. Bear in mind that just because a person or a group of people seem mysterious or unpredictable that it doesn’t mean they are bad people. Remember that we are all here to do good, at least in our own minds, unless we are actual sociopaths (which is hard to prove). Remember that we should always err on the side of liberty. We would do well to base our reactions to others on the actions of others, not on their words or ideas. Remember that we should not try to cause each other pain as a result of our fear of the potential actions of others.

A wise man once told me that anger is an emotion that is secondary to pain. As Buddha said, “life is suffering” (the corollary is also true – life is joy). Therefore, we all suffer pain. When we suffer pain we are prone to lash out and cause others pain. This is where we have the opportunity to stop the cycle of pain we cause each other. This does not make us dangerous people. It makes us human. Don’t let society tell you that you are anything less.

Society will judge you based on what it thinks you may do if it deems you an unpredictable person. Mysteries and unpredictability are scary to societies too. The fears of society often lead to us giving up our liberties. Let’s remember the words of Benjamin Franklin (often attributed to Thomas Jefferson): “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” We would do better to live in societies based on mutual love and respect for each other rather than societies based on fear of each other. We would do well to resist rigidity and give those with thoughts different from ours a chance. We will surely suffer for it if we don’t. Be courageous enough to suffer and not pass the pain on to anyone else; that is what an exceptional person does. Have the courage to be exceptional.

If you can, forgive the “preachy tone” of my post.

With love and respect,

“Impartial Juror”