Ignorance is Turmoil

They say “ignorance is bliss”. I believe ignorance is turmoil. I don’t mean in a sense that a lack of knowledge about the world will cause distress. I mean a lack of understanding our influence over this world can be detrimental to our journey in it.

It’s Monday morning. You wake up feeling freshly sober from the relaxing high of the weekend past. You have little expectation for the coming week, a blank slate. Yet, as you get out of bed, you stub your toe, or step on a child’s toy or even a dog toy, immediately associating your first impression of the day with pain and negativity. You find that the same culprit of your first interaction with the day has had an accident that requires your immediate attention and your routine is already running behind. It doesn’t have to be these exact occurrences but any series of unfortunate events that can deter you from beginning your day in a positive manner. You’re ultimately late for work and you end up chastised for it by your supervisor. Knowing it wasn’t your fault, it’s hard not to feel like the universe is conspiring against you today and even harder keeping it from showing in your language (verbal and body).

Your outward show of disdain for the recently transpiring events doesn’t go unnoticed by your superior and peers. Their attitude towards you simply reflects your own in that moment and even though your feelings may have been fleeting, their impression of you has changed and it doesn’t go unnoticed. Feeling a little alienated in the workplace, you are distracted and unable to apply yourself in your usual manner. Now your supervisor sees your attitude AND your performance slip. You are warned that both must improve or it will be reflected in your annual review. That’s a threat to your raise, promotion and advancement in life; and that’s exactly the way you see it because, well, your day has tanked your mood and you’re encompassed in negative energy. You can’t help but take it home with you where your temper is a little shorter and/or you’re less engaged with your family. And guess what? It doesn’t go unnoticed.

We all have the power to influence the world around us. Those closest to us and even those we don’t know can be affected by how we conduct ourselves in this world and the energy we put into it. Too many of us are walking around today utterly oblivious to this fact and so ignorant to it that we just assume it’s someone else’s doing or quite simply the universe working against us. Either way it is out of our hands and we must just endure it while it lasts. And last it does. At times it seems like we just have a permanent rain cloud hovering over our head and only our head. And yet, the last person we would think is the cause is ourselves. We continue reeling in negativity while the rest of the world lives a carefree life. Thus, creating within us more feelings of contempt and a greater potential to lash out at the world around us.

We must understand that when the universe tests us, we have to rise to the occasion and overcome any challenge posed to us. Be it a series of small, yet unfortunate events that cause us to “wake up on the wrong side of the bed”; or even greater challenges that could affect our very way of life. We must face them head on with the knowledge and confidence that tackling life with positive energy will return it to us ten-fold.

What we believe, we create.

It’s too easy to feel antagonized by life and therefore treat it like the antagonist of our story. But then it will become that nemesis to us. But if we treat life like the gift and opportunity for greatness that it is, there’s no telling what kind of blessings it will return to us. This does not mean that being happy 24/7 will mean life will be blissful all the time.

Nothing worth having comes easy.

Our lives are shaped by our own outlook. We can either see life’s hurdles as a test to make us better or we can see it as another gutt-punch we don’t deserve. Each path will lead to very different outcomes. What we want to avoid is the ignorance of this reality. The fact that we directly influence this world with the energy we put out and the attitude we maintain. If we are ignorant to this notion, we could very well live a life of turmoil and have absolutely no idea why.

Journey

A journey into self produces the energies
Reborn in the form of untold prophecies
The hero no one wants but everybody needs
School em so hard
Had to sign their degrees
With skills I increase and ascend without fail
The power manifests in this young black male
Larger than life, but never drawn to scale

I stumbled into this pretty ironically
But I’m here now b*tch and there aint no stoppin me
So now I have see if this can possibly
take me to the top meteorically metaphorically
They’ll think a ni**a was a plant for the industry

But I’m just tryna breach the gates to reach the supreme
Riding on the faith as a black elohim
They accuse you of a scheme when you achieve a higher being
When really they have a problem believing what they are seeing
Rising to the top shattering the glass ceiling.
So they try appealing by throwing money at the ceiling
When in reality its ya soul that they’re stealing
Leaving you with a sense that there is no better feeling

So I’ll command their respect, its the best place to start.
Cosmic energy and the body never part.
Appeal to the stars with a genuine art
Spreading wings of light as the angel thou art
Evolving in a sense that strikes fear in their heart.

Enemies do their part looking for ways to attack
You when you’ve risen high above the pack
It’s lonely at the top when youre standing on a stack
Of haters looking up forming a devious pact.
To remove you from your place where you stand as a king
No matter how much happiness you think that you bring.
They all show disdain like you hold the one ring

You are Power

Hello folks. It’s your friendly neighborhood Positivity Man. Believe me, the power is real. And the power is yours!

Now, our country (and the world) is fast approaching a very pivotal, dare I say historic, moment in time. The election will be at our doorstep before we know it. So let us use another power of ours and vote.
But, don’t just vote for one person because you don’t like the other. Don’t vote for one side because someone close to you told you it’s the right side or the only side. Make your vote count. It’s your power. Do not use it in vain, use it for it’s intended purpose. Vote for the betterment of all. Vote to move mankind forward, instead of backwards or stagnant. We are more divided today than we have been in a very long time. So vote for unity. Vote for united states, and an end to the divided states.

In the last four years, we’ve seen our leadership alienate us from our friends and allies both at home and outside. Walls have been called for, travel to and from countries has been forbidden. There’s even been outright name-calling. Our government has conducted itself amidst the rest of the world like a middle school playground.
We were a nation that maintained peace and progress. Sure we still had a lot of work to do on ourselves but we knew hope and progress. We were the nation that prided itself on taking in those seeking opportunity and making their dreams come true. Now there are travel restrictions and border closures around the globe that prohibit us from visiting other nations and vice versa. It sounds like that wall is being built after all, yet we’re trapped inside with a pandemic running rampant. Enough is enough.
The time has come for us to take action. Let’s use our vote, our voice, our power to restore love, unity, and progress. Don’t let it be for nothing. So much depends on you and I. We’re all in this together.

A Letter to 46

Mr. Vice President,

I hope this message reaches you, though I know you get millions of these on a daily basis.

I’m typically the type to keep my feelings to myself, and process them quietly. But as the world cries out in pain over another heartbreaking, unjust murder, I felt the need to finally speak my mind. Not just to my significant other, but to you and anyone else who chooses to read this.

I am a 30-year old African-American man whose entire life, like countless others, has been shaped by the dangerously unjust system by which “law and order” is enforced. Growing up in Long, Island, NY, I was told at an early age to stay away from cops. If I saw one, I was to run home immediately. It was a confusing notion for a small child to comprehend at the time. Police cars literally read, “Protect and Serve”. I thought they were the good guys. It wasn’t until a few years later, I understood that as a young black male, I was a potential target. With crime in my neighborhood increasing, my parents knew I was more likely to be profiled as a criminal.

Eventually, I became more inclined to stay home, developing hobbies that kept me indoors. Going outside meant I had to watch my own back, be constantly aware of my surroundings and give law enforcement zero reasons to look in my direction. It was not just police I had to fear, but anyone who was oppressed by the economic or criminal justice system of this country. Beaten down to a point where they felt the need to take what someone else had because they believed they were out of options.

I say all of that to say this: You say leaders listen, and I hope that’s true.You have a very unique opportunity here. The current occupant of the White House, let’s call him the joker (too much face makeup and a pension for anarchy…sorry DC), is making it exceedingly easy for you to win this election. You run on the platform of defeating him. Well, he’s basically handing you this election on a silver platter. Sure, 2020 is a dumpster fire of a year, but you have the chance to turn it around and go down in history as a hero and a savior of this wonderful country and potentially the world.

The joker has made poor decision after poor decision to a point where it’s blatantly obvious that he’s intentionally trying to suppress the constitutional rights of the MAJORITY of Americans. We as a nation have been lied to so much that many of us don’t know what to believe anymore while others find it more and more difficult to distinguish between true and false. We’ve been pulled out of global organizations focused on saving the planet and bettering humanity on the premise of our nation getting the worse end of the deal.

Here’s where you come in. Pledge to us, your fellow Americans of all colors: black, brown, yellow, red, blue, purple, AND white; that you will not just fight for but will restore REAL justice in this country. Justice for all of us because we are all citizens of this country and this world and we have to share it with each other. You don’t even have to run on a platform of defeating him. Simply run on Honesty, Love, and Union, not just of any particular people, but all people. Because we as a whole are sorely lacking in all of those departments. We have been deprived of those core values from our highest elected government official for the last 4 years. And it’s clear as day that we are sick and tired of it. African-Americans in particular have been targeted and oppressed and beaten and killed because we are seen as less than and not equal to. I don’t have to tell you this comes from decades if not centuries of misguided teachings and hate passed down from generation to generation. Until we get to the root cause of the issue and address the lack of empathy and love in this world, we may never know true peace and prosperity.

If you can deliver on the promise of justice then I guarantee you there will be peace because it’s all we ask for, all we cry for and all we die for.
It’s true, voting is the best way for the people to bring about change. But I’m sure you’ve noticed that the president carries an enormous amount of influence. People (elected and public) follow the lead of their Commander-in-Chief. When that leader refuses to denounce white supremacy, tiki torches sell out in stores. But, if a leader promotes love and healing and understanding, that effect is felt by all of us. So I ask you to please be the change we want, need and deserve. This country got its name for a reason. Unite these states of America. Bring us together so we can all lift each other up. Then as a whole we can stimulate the economy, improve the education system and reform law enforcement systems. We can end systematic racisim and prejudice. Then we can work to save this planet that we ALL call home.

My head aches but my heart hurts for my people. And my people are all people. Nothing will change until those with the privelege and the power use it to make a real difference and better the lives of their fellow man. Greed and hate have held this country and this world in it’s grips for far too long. We can’t breathe.

But I believe it’s never been clearer how to correct the course we are on. Even if you aren’t the hero everyone wants, please be the hero we all need.

Lately

Lately… I’ve been…I’ve been thinking. I want the world to be happier. I want to see it’s residents working together for the benefit of all.
So how does one even attempt to do that? What type of energy should one put forth into the universe to strive for such an ambitious notion? Let’s see.
I’ve noticed for some time now that there’s always a side to take. Lines are drawn and you have to choose. Once you do, you have clear allies and even clearer enemies. And I won’t lie, I’ve occasionally felt pressure to pick one of those sides. Sometimes I do, in order to appease my challenger, and other times I refrain and revert to a more passive self, not wishing to agitate anyone at all.
But that doesn’t feel right to me. It doesn’t feel natural. I don’t believe sides are the answer. I don’t believe one side is right or must defeat the other. To me that sounds counterintuitive and counterproductive. Red vs blue. Elephant vs donkey (so weird out of context). PPE vs lack thereof. Recycle vs screw it. At the end of the day it’s division. Long division if you will. Because it feels like we’ve been divided for soooo long…
Our problems in this country are profound and abundant. To me personally, it feels as though those problems stem from division. Rather than implement solutions to our country’s problems, we find a way to draw a line in the sand about which solution is the right one and then deadlock over it. Blocking the other side or overruling now then rolling back later, rather than possibly compromising and actually seeing progress or coming together to form a collective solution. I think we as a whole people in this country and the world can admit things aren’t going ideally and don’t seem to even be heading in that direction. That alone is a cause we could all get behind. Coming together and reaching an agreement to strive for a better way of life for all could potentially yield positive results for everyone. Example: We put a great deal of effort and financial backing into institutions like our military and law enforcement. That can be interpreted as we need to be more fortified AGAINST anyone outside of this country AND those inside this country. Right there I see us drawing a line between our country and the world as well as our citizens and those sworn to serve and protect them. Idea: Rather than bolster that which could be seen as intimidating, why not take a little more of that funding and put it into our education system and communities. Better schools and more abundant, productive activities outside of schools could churn out more productive members of society who will have more drive and opportunities to become individuals that wish to stimulate the economy and improve life domestically and internationally. And many of those educated intellectuals will certainly want to volunteer for the military or law enforcement to do real good in this world and prevent further harm to it.
Then perhaps the world will see we would rather provide it with smart, forward-thinking individuals who want to see the advancement of the human race moreso than a massive group with which we would use to police it.
Imagine if every country felt that way. Rather than police or terrorize each other, why not educate ourselves and each other. Stimulate the brains of ourselves and our youth. Create in them and us a sense of pride to be here in this world, this country, this state, this town, with those around us. Rather than trading insults or injuries, trade knowledge. Learn about one another so we don’t have a reason to fear one another. We won’t feel a need to draw any lines and hop to opposing sides then bicker over who hopped to the correct side.
I think we as a whole could strive for a better, happier tomorrow and I think we could do it together. We can put forth some positive energy and watch it come back million-fold.
What’s that famous, old adage?
Oh yeah: “United we stand, divided we fall.” Think about it and feel free to share your thoughts.

Land of Lies. Home of Hostages.

Land of the free. Home of the Brave. Led by fear-mongers. This brave home needs a wall between itself and its neighbors. At this rate this land of the free will be stuck behind walls nobody can or will want to get through. Then what are we? Land of the trapped, home of the terrified. The next challenge is piercing the veil of those that consume the distractions fed to them.

Unity

It can be argued that division is the root of all of our current issues. We allowed ourselves to be divided by politics which has had dangerous repercussions.
We must unite as a people and use our collective power to elect leaders that have our nation and our world’s best interests at heart. In the end, we will all prosper.
We cannot as a people move forward in civilization until we come together. The benefits of unification have been see throughout world history.
This country literally has United in its name. We are states of different people but we are all people of the these united states. A multi-national, multicultural, multicolored country. We are supposed to be setting an example for the world. This country was founded as a haven safe from the persecution and discrimination of ideas and ethnicities. Our forefathers were not the best people. They did horrible things. There is no excuse for enslaving another human being and that is the point I am trying to make. The idea and concept this country was founded on was the freedom to live without fear for thinking differently AND being different. That idea and concept still holds true today. We are the many United as one. A land for people from all over the world to find a place to flourish and live as who they are meant to be. And it doesn’t stop here. We are all the people of this planet. We all come from the same place in this universe. We will never truly see the rest of it if we cannot unite our tiny ball in the solar system. If a United country can be this great. Imagine what could be accomplished as a United planet. The entire world working together to advance every facet of our way of life.
The various inequalities of the world are holding us back from reaching and surpassing our greatest potentials. Throughout history we have seen divided nations unify to become powerful and prosperous. Time and time again, we have witnessed the results of what it means to come together. They all may not have been unified through peaceful means and neither did we but we must learn from it. Violence does not have to be the sole path to unification. We have an international space station just outside our atmosphere, a testament to what can be accomplished when we work together as a whole. Working together, we could save this planet and then reach out to so much more.

Energy

These are just my thoughts, my feelings, my theories. I am no scientist. I am no expert in any kind of field. I am just a man, on his journey. The same journey as everyone else that walks the surface of this rock or any other harboring life out there. I do not look to disprove any other beliefs or notions. I just have my own that I feel the need to express. Whether everyone reads this some day or nobody at all. This is for me, from me. Anyone else is just a welcome bonus.

The cosmos doesn’t move on it’s own. There are powers at work all the time that make galaxies swirl, planets revolve around their designated stars and make mankind open their eyes, look up at the skies and ask different kinds of whys.

Energy is the fuel in the engines of the universe. It makes us who we are, it powers us and propels us ever forward. Because thats the only direction time allows us to move in. The same energy that powers the sun and pushes the planets around it also spark that self-aware glint in our own eyes. We are that same cosmic energy. Like the heavenly bodies around us and the one under our very feet, we are but vessels that this energy encompasses internally and externally.

I think what I am trying to say is that we are all made of the same stuff. The cosmic stuff. It flows into us and we pass it right back out. This cosmic energy enters us, empowers us and we manifest it and make it our own and then send it back out into the world to continue to interact with everything else around us. We are that energy. Be it positive or negative, we put it out there and it works on our surroundings around us. That energy is power. Heavenly power and we wield it without even knowing. The effect we have on our surroundings can be compounded with simple trust, belief and motive.

The first law of energy states that it can neither be created nor destroyed in an isolated system. We have known this for centuries now. The energy around us is older than time and is in everything. If people could elevate their minds to a state where they recognize that, then there would be no need for war or capitalism, or fascism. Is it a socialist idea if we are all made of the same stuff? We only look different because of the effects geography imposed on our ancestors. Our vessels had to adapt to its surroundings but we are all still of the same energy. Siblings of the cosmos.