convenience

When I hear “cowardly terror attack” in the news

It’s not the first time I hear something like this, exploiting an incident for incitement and personal commentary. For a news speaker such language should be forbidden, but it shows how much they have become propaganda speakers for the establishment.
People allow themselves such transgression because THEY are cowards and are trying to distract from that, by rallying against their nemesis. Standards of proper conduct and professionality are thrown out the window when people think they can get away with it, because it’s popular and because peer pressure tries to stifle critique of that mainstream.
This shows how troubled our society is and how the demons we fight originate in us.

Cowardice is rooted in existential fears and its derivatives. Calling someone a coward who is deliberately giving up their life … well, as I said, that’s what cowards do who refuse to understand the real causes that drive people to such ultimate self-sacrifice, because then they would have to see their own responsibility and involvement, and that is inconvenient, and cowards fear personal inconvenience.
Speaking of a “cowardly terror attack” is barking from the cheap seats, self-importance from the safety of peer support. It is only a small step away from a news speaker saying “Those evil barbarian enemies of all that is good need to be eradicated”, and things have moved in that direction and still do. The example in the title is not the most extreme case of an ignorant inciteful mindset I have witnessed.

People with some spine don’t kick downwards, but punch or at least look upwards, towards the source of collective suffering, the influential war-mongering psychopaths. They are given power through the convenience of fear, through cowardice, through refusing to confront your inner demons and thus manifesting them in the world through your denial-fueled actions.

You either become a common rabble puppet of the age-old game of divide-and-conquer or you find some courage and hone your character. And if these words upset you or create antagonistic thoughts, then that’s where you need to start that work. And that involves the most scary thing: opening your heart. Because the heart is not just the source of true kindness, but also of courage. Mind without heart is nothing but fear. It makes you ascend in the ranks of those who further the suffering in the world.

Breaking Bad’s Walter White and life advice

It’s easy for people so say about that character of Walter White from Breaking Bad things like “Wow, what a psychopath!”. That’s typical lack of empathy and insight. Dramas like this carry much more food for thought if one is willing to ponder.
If you examine the path he took and where it all started, you might realize the true story of that character. Something that might apply to the situation many people are facing.
So let me give you my take on this:

There’s tons of widespread popular life advice about how to succeed, to find fulfillment, to overcome obstacles etc. But a lot of it is self-serving smartass talk, projecting own experiences onto other people.
The uncomfortable reality is that what Walter White did matches that life advice. His character in a way portrays what happens when you just do what needs to be done to empower yourself in a screwed up situation, to turn things around and act, to do something about your unhappiness.
No doubt that he tended to be an ass at times, or horrible to others, or talked bullshit, but who said it’s gonna be a clean path? Don’t get discouraged by adversity – ha-ha. Do what you feel you need to do to be yourself, to find balance. Ha-ha.

Do you now see the problem here?
It’s not that easy. Not when you still consider certain social norms to be valuable. Not when you cannot help but also consider the well-being of others while searching for your own well-being.

I imagine a typical life-advice self-help guru telling Walter his ‘wisdom’, and then a year later he tells Walter in distress: “This is not what I meant!” And Walter responds: “If you didn’t mean it, you shouldn’t have said it. I exactly followed your advice and acted in a goal-oriented way. Things might not be easy or all sunshine and rainbows, but nobody dares to mess with me anymore, and that’s a good start. I have found the confidence now that you talked about. Now I see why YOU were so confident. Now that I am reborn as Heisenberg, I feel like I could share my own success story with the world and tell people what they need to do to find personal fulfillment and self-confidence. … I am a self-made man now. Who I am, I accomplished by myself, through hard work and perseverence! Isn’t that great? So empowering! If only other people could follow the same advice instead of finding excuses!”

Comfort the disturbed, but disturb the comfortable

I read about Anonymous’ Million Masks March in London, where it was said that peaceful protests are alright as long as people can go about their daily lives undisturbed. And I thought: Yeah, because that’s key. As long as people can stick to their daily routine, undisturbed, they can remain asleep and convenient and activism will not have relevant impact.

Convenient people NEED to be disturbed. It is their convenience that led to where we are now. The longer they remain in convenient ignorance, the harder the turnaround will hit them. This is how nature works.

If a minor disturbance in people’s daily life for the sake of awareness of the problems in the world is NOT tolerated by people, then that itself shows there is reason for them to get disturbed. The police automatically makes themselves the embodiment of the problem if they approach things with an absolutist mindset and don’t have the courage to give some leeway. Usually they’re too afraid of being replaced by another, more willing agent of rigorous order.
If you act out your fears (which is the short-term convenient choice and thus foolish), you become an agent of fear.

Technological crutches – This is getting ridiculous!

I bought a combined electronic thermometer-hygrometer. After checking out a couple of them before, I noticed that some of them have a feature that is almost comedically or sadly absurd: When temperature and humidity both rise above or fall below a certain level, a kind of smiley-face appears to indicate that the room climate is now generally uncomfortable – too wet or too dry.
Seriously?! Who needs a sensor to tell them whether a room climate is unpleasant? Don’t you think people have their own sensors for that? Don’t you think they can figure that out on their own?
And even if their senses are seriously disturbed, there still are the numbers, and all you have to know is which numbers are extremes, which should be common knowledge, especially for people who can’t figure out these things with their own body.

There seems to be no limit to how dumb and helpless you can assume people are. This is the wrong trend in an extreme. You need to give people opportunities for personal growth and responsibility, not make things easier for them that already are damn easy.

If we want to stop the zombie apocalpyse, we need to stop anything that tries to eat people’s brains like this.