The best intentions

The inquisition in medieval times had the best intentions, to protect the people (the world) from bad and evil things. A great cause.
The problem was in what they believed to be bad or evil, given the amount of information they had at that time.
Today, centuries after, the same problem exists, in a different context. We know that what happened then was bad and that people acted crazy on the things they didn’t understand at all.
Centuries from now, will this still be valid?

Hit the jackpot

Thinking in life like we would be in a casino could unleash a great potential.

This is an ode to all those who are afraid, who are negative and pessimistic, who give in to their hesitations.

A lot of people gamble, try their luck with bingo, jackpot and other similar things, thinking that the odds are very good. Studies show that we gamble because we always think of near misses. We believe we just missed it and we are so very close to winning that we decide to give it another shot.

What we basically do when we gamble, we think we are so close that we just have to try one more time. So we think positive although realistically speaking, the chances are slim.

If we could apply the same thinking into everyday life, this would be a game changer. If every time we get a new idea at work, we would share it and believe in it. If we would just quit the crappy job for something we really like even though it doesn’t pay as good. If we would only give that speech, invite that girl out, take that trip, believe in ourselves, wouldn’t care what others think, quit complaining…

But instead, too often we think too much, find arguments for why we shouldn’t do it. We listen too much to our lizard brain as Seth Godin says and he is right.

But if we take some time in just thinking how it could be, what the potential is, we already feel good, already start to smile. And to those who already tried this, it is really a life changer.

Yes, you can and sometimes you should be afraid of what might go wrong cause it’s normal, but what if it all goes great and you make it?

What if the new job will mean a boss that appreciates your work? What if writing that book you always wanted to write turns out to be the next bestseller? What if that girl you will ask you will be your wife and you will love each other with all your hearts?  Would you want to miss all this?

And think of it the other way: where has all the hesitation and fear took you? To being in a mediocre state. To being half-satisfied, half-miserable.

And if you always do the same thing, how can you expect a different result?

Beyond heaven and hell

I look all around and I see such a variety in colors, shapes, life forms. Everything is so diverse and it seems even more true with more and more discoveries we make. From galaxies to atoms and protons, things vary a lot. And taking this idea to life and how it ends, something makes me believe that life doesn’t end with an eternity of heaven and hell (and all the other variations of this). It’s too simple, too predictable. An eternity is not simple of course, but yet it doesn’t fit in all this variety. There should be other times, other lives. Maybe the reincarnation idea gives an answer in that direction.

Or maybe there’s an eternity of lives? Maybe we will live an eternity of changes.

But I think that whoever created this world, didn’t stop here.

Leaders and power

Leaders make or brake this world. I am talking about mostly political leaders and leaders who rise from the masses.

Taking a look at the major events (good and bad) in the history, it was the leaders in their decisions that made them happen. But this is not just a simple analogy that came just like that. Reading about the wall that separated east and west Germany and thinking about the genocide in Rwanda and what also happens these days in Syria, added up with the history of India as a British colony or the communist force in the world, my conclusion is that it was the leaders that made the people walking hatred machines. I mean, what is so different about a  Tutsi from a Hutu person? Did the people of East Berlin hated the people of West Berlin that they built a wall? Germans hated the Jews so much that they couldn’t wait for Hitler to appear so that they could just feel free to slaughter as they pleased? Koreans in south and north are different besides the geographical location? But yet, wars and black periods arose because of personal beliefs that leaders had.

People can live so civilized together. Everything works so fine most of the time because the system usually has a way of balancing. But when a person starts making his own fantasies become the reality of others, that’s when problems appear. America was a nice peace of land until some people decided to kill of the Indians or have them in a reservation like animals. Why? Because they don’t fit the so called civilized scene. Germany was nice until Hitler came and decided that if your nose looks strange, we should make you soap. India had its own balance, but then the British decided that they’re going to teach them how the real live is to be lived. Now it’s funny, but the British try to learn from Indians how to live a life of inner peace, away from the daily chaos and rush.

Usually the flow of life in different parts of the world, in various cultures, is find it’s own balance. People, although living a hard life, manage to find solutions to overcome difficult situations. People with people get along fine. But it so happens that leaders with their ideas come and start putting ideas in other people’s heads. Then people start taking a position on that idea. Some are for and some are against the idea. Then legal papers appear making official some decisions. From now you’re a Tutsi and you need to hate the Hutu, you’re a south Korean and should hate the north Koreans, you’re an Indian and you can’t walk the same pavement as a British, you can’t have long hair and your own ideas cause this is the communist time and you better be like the rest of we kill you like a mosquito. It’s the law so you must obey. We better dance like the leaders say or we end up in the wrong place.

But then again, the beautiful opposite effect also happens. A lot of nice things also happened because of leaders’ decisions. When A. Lincoln stood up and gave rights to blacks it was such a major breakthrough. When Gandhi showed that a lot can be done without violence, fighting for your beliefs got a new meaning. Luther King then took the idea also. And there are people like Nelson Mandela who managed to have both done, good and bad (if we are to judge from this perspective).

So this is yet another paradox of the multiple I discovered so far that make up this world.

The more uneducated the people are, the more easier for leaders to control them.

Leaders decide and people start taking sides. Later sides have a clash that was not to happen maybe if some crazy idea wouldn’t show up. Imagine New York or London as a fighting ground, a jungle with chaos everywhere. It’s probably hard to imagine, but it’s enough for the Queen to get a yummy idea and the whole London becomes a live prison. And this might even happen if the wrong people get their hands on power and feel its tinkling.

People should always think about what they’re doing before doing stupid ideas. Different people exist on this planet, it’s called diversity. This will create clashes, but will also create new ideas. And until someone gives us an answer on why we are here as humans, what’s our purpose here, then we better accept the diversity in the same way we accept the diversity in nature.

Mind power

The power of mind is amazing.

Just by simple thought we can feel joy, pain, fear, happiness etc.  We can experience known and even unknown mind states very quick without any exterior influence. We can just imagine or remember in our mind and the whole body will feel the experience.

If we just think about the self-induced illness and we get a pretty good idea about the power of the mind over body. If you tell in your mind that something is happening, then the body will adjust accordingly.  Doctors or shrinks usually feel this.

Or imagine hypochondriac persons who think that they will get a disease just anywhere. The whole body rejects everything before careful attention. Yet the “regular” persons don’t have a problem with that, not caring too much for that.

And how about the much newer ideas like “the secret” which ain’t that new, only somebody finally decided to make it a book. I guess a lot of people observed that if you think of something and really want it to happen, it just might. I personally feel that very much. And going from that, I believe that what you experience in your life starts from what you think, what you believe. Think this life is shitty? Then that’s how you will experience life. On the other hand, if you think that life is beautiful, then again, that’s how you will experience it.  Black, white or gray, life is how you see it.  Because beyond the physical world, human conventions and prejudice, there’s nothing keeping us from feeling how we want to feel.

And how about placebo which is no different from self-induced illness, only it’s usually used to go the other way. There are studies that show this ain’t real and there are studies to show just the opposite. You tell your mind you just had a magic pill and the headache is gone. But the funny thing is that it doesn’t work if you know it isn’t true and the the mind starts to doubt about the effect.

In NLP there are certain techniques to make a person go from from like to dislike or the other way around.  And this works even without NLP if the person next to you is easy to influence. If you’re easy to disgust, then you know how it’s like when somebody is describing you a horrible experience in regard to a type of food, person or place.

Maybe that’s why we live just around 100 years, because that’s what we know from the rest of the world. Death age might just be self-induced. If you are religious and read the bible, then you know about the persons in the old testament who used to live hundreds of years.

Maybe our mind is set to work in patterns and it’s hard to escape the tracks, but I think there’s something more than what we understand that could change a lot of things if we would. Some manage to do that and they are regarded as crazy. It ain’t easy being honest and free in living the way you feel. The “normal” crowd puts the label very quick.

Something to call our own

No matter what’s going on in our lives, no matter who we are, how we live or what we do, there’s not much we can call our own.

All the material side is the first to drop off the list. We can’t take anything physical with us in beyond the grave. Not even our own body.  It’s like a tunnel: we get our body when we’re born and we give it back when we die.  And everything that’s physical already existed before us and will do so after we’re gone.

We then move to our ideas, convictions, our values and principles. This is something we might call our own because it’s something that’s formed inside of us, didn’t existed before. Imagine new ideas and concepts. But all the ideas we get, the values we have are based on a previous experience, parent teachings, school education, friend activities, worldly knowledge.  So if somebody could find a line between what we got from the world and what is new, then we might just find something our own.

But what happens when you have an accident and your mind gets scrambled? You forget who you are, don’t remember what your job is, who your friends are and so on… you forget everything you were taught. The values and principles are also gone. A knock in the head, a car accident, a meteorite hit or such and you lose those.  Then your mind resets to zero and the learning begins again.  New habits are formed, maybe new principles.  The old ones? You don’t own them anymore, they’re gone.

If you’re a religious person and following a typical religion, then there are the sins.  They go beyond the physical world, they don’t disappear if you have any kind of accident or you suddenly forget everything. Instead, they tend to accumulate based on what you did. If you did something wrong by principles and rules established by religion, then you committed a sin and this will be judged by the god of that certain religion. I don’t know how this goes if you pray to trees and rocks and believe that there’s a spirit in everything.  If you don’t believe in anything, then this is out of any formal frame.

There’s also the idea of reincarnation. You are born, maybe coming from another life (or another world), live this life and then die, going to another life, becoming a dog, an insect or another human being. The question is here what do you bring or take with you in the other worlds/life. Is it the so called instincts? Creativity? Feeling? Natural way of living? Is there something that’s hiding the rest of 90% of our brain that we’re not using?  Is there something that transcends these worlds?

Based on that reasoning, how can we so unhappy when there’s so much space to experiment? We can practically do anything, try all that we have the time for. All we need to do is to escape the normal frame established by the society. Who says what beauty is? Who can tell if you love more or less than the other person? The next guy to say you’re smart or dumb is just another person in that same frame.

Happiness and inner peace comes once we accept everything that comes in our path, when we escape the normal conventions, when we learn to enjoy things as they are.

Knowing everything

There are some things I’d like to know.  Like how the aliens (those foreigners from space) look like. Or if there are any absolute things. We are with a meaning is what I know, but what would that be.  Would Gandhi like tortilla chips? Things like that.  Things about life, cosmos, meanings, measurements, corporations, rules, ending and beginnings, big and small etc.

I’d sure like to know a lot of things.

And what if would one day? What if one day I would know all there is to know, all that’s going on? What if all I know is wrong or just totally different from what I believe? And if I would, what would I do after? Would my mind change? Would I leave everything and go teaching people? Would I feel almighty and screw people like a lot of people with power do? Would I write a book that would become a best-seller or go unnoticed?

And if did, how would I know? Who would believe me?