GRATITUDE

A book that should be read and re-read often. Especially on this day of Thanksgiving.

“To fail to experience gratitude when walking through the corridors of the Metropolitan Museum, when listening to the music of Bach or Beethoven, when exercising our freedom to speak, or … to give, or withhold, our assent, is to fail to recognize how much we have received from the great wellsprings of human talent and concern that gave us Shakespeare, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, our parents, our friends. We need a rebirth of gratitude for those who have cared for us, living and, mostly, dead. The high moments of our way of life are their gifts to us. We must remember them in our thoughts and in our prayers; and in our deeds.”

― William F. Buckley

Wise Willy Wonka

Want to change the world? There’s nothing to it.

Imagination is the most powerful tool we have; it’s our superpower. With great power comes great responsibility and we are responsible for the world we create. If we want a better world, we must imagine it first, and believe in that image. We see what we believe, we reap what we sow, and that all begins with our thoughts, so choose your thoughts wisely.

I cannot think of any song that describes the power of the imagination better than “Pure Imagination” sung by Willy Wonka, played by Gene Wilder, in the 1971 movie Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. This is one of my favorite films of all time; it never gets old because it’s full of wonderful wisdom. Listen to the lyrics and put these words into practice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVi3-PrQ0pY

J.R.R TOLKIEN ON FAIRY STORIES

The following excerpts are from J.R.R Tolkien’s essay collection: On Fairy Stories. 

His wisdom is always pertinent, especially during these times of vulnerability:

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Featured Image: Spirit of the Night, 1879, by John Atkinson Grimshaw

Message to the Starseed of the Earth

NOTE: This post was written a long time ago, but I recently stumbled upon it and felt like sharing it, as I find that this message is more relevant and urgent at this moment in time

By Patricia Cori

If you are not totally IN LOVE with this earth, you’re missing something immense, inestimable, eternal. You’ve stopped loving being here because you’ve stopped loving humanity and all we are capable of. You’ve been groomed to do that – to fear everything and everybody, to trust nothing, to cower in the face of all adversity, to sit at home, afraid to go to restaurants, cafes, the theater, trains, airplanes…. and to believe it’s unsalvageable. That the earth is DONE.

This is the program. It seeps in – we are so utterly bombarded we cannot avoid it. However, Mother Earth, the goddess, will outlive all the evils – all the sickness – and rise again, purified by our love and this immense light that cannot be dimmed.

Find her in the forests, the ocean, the mountaintops. Listen to wind, the bird song, the music and the rhythm. Ground yourself in this TRUTH – this beauty – LOVING how majestically Earth and all her beings are standing, learning new ways of being.

Some choose the darkness – that is their karma to bear.
We choose THE LIGHT.
We, my fellow starseed, CHOOSE THE LIGHT.

But before we can effectively change the world, we have GOT to believe and understand that we want to be here – we came here to DO THIS, and we are CAPABLE, POWERFUL AND VISIONARY in our intent.
Take off your shoes. Walk in a field. Feel the earth beneath you and know that she needs you now. And we need her.
Now – let’s make a miracle.
The buck stops here.
Nobody needs to do this for us – not even light beings from beyond. I hear people asking me “when will they come to help us” and my answer is and has always been:

“WE’RE THE ONES. We ARE light beings from beyond!”

Let’s help ourselves, our planet and humanity at large…
Spread the word and please share this post.

Patricia Cori Website

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Tech Is The New Tobacco?

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After reading numerous articles from behavioral psychiatrists and watching interviews with former tech executives regarding the “addiction code” designed into most apps and social media sites, my suspicions about the nefarious intentions behind these digital playgrounds have been confirmed. There are indeed evil tech wizards out there who are after your brains, and perhaps even your soul. It sounds like the plot of a Sci-Fi thriller, but it’s neither fiction, nor theory; it’s a very real conspiracy of our time. Don’t take my word for it; there is plenty of evidence out there which proves that many apps and sites are designed to get you hooked and keep you distracted. A very informative book on this subject is Glow Kids by Nicholas Kardaras, an addiction expert, who does an excellent job pointing out that kids are the most vulnerable victims of what he calls “digital heroin.” Many apps that kids use, such as Snapchat, Music.ly, Vine, Facebook, Roblox, Talking Tom, Minecraft, Angry Birds, amongst others, are intentionally addictive. The developers behind such apps have carefully studied the psychology of addiction and their technology is designed accordingly. Combine that knowledge with the user data collected from each app, and you have the perfect tool for psychological exploitation.

How the ethics of this phenomenon are not scrutinized more heavily, especially by legislators, is also very questionable in itself. In that respect, some have compared technology to the tobacco industry. As much as I can understand where this analogy is coming from, I would argue that the problem is far worse. First of all, the entire technology industry is not to blame, and I wouldn’t compare it to tobacco, which at least is labeled with very clear warnings about its health risks. I believe that a more accurate depiction of this matter would be to compare the techies who capitalize on addiction to dealers of crack-cocaine. In fact, studies have shown that there are few differences between a brain high on cocaine and a brain “high” on an addictive app.

Imagine if a candy company decided to use a drug like cocaine as a secret ingredient in their candy products, to keep people hooked, boost sales and/or guarantee that consumers will keep returning to them for more candy… Now imagine what would happen to that candy company if their secret ingredient became exposed, and subsequently, their malignant intention. What would happen? For starters, they’d be put on trial in court for criminal activity, and they would end up serving a sentence of some kind, along with other penalties.

People implementing “addiction codes” in their software are just as corrupt, and yet, they   are not liable for their premeditated actions. Cognitive and behavioral disorders are on the rise, especially in kids, who are being prescribed pharmaceutical drugs for mental health issues, which, in many cases, are a consequence of the cyber drugs that are distributed by Silicon Valley’s digital drug lords.

Reality is stranger than Science-Fiction.

“You’re gonna make it after all”

There’s nothing quite as cheerful as the opening theme to The Mary Tyler Moore Show:

Watching this and listening to the music makes me so nostalgic for a time when we were more innocent. However that refrain, “you’re gonna make it after all,” reassures us, after all these years, that there are still brighter days ahead.

LIFE IS SMART

The attribute of life is what makes something smart. And yet, so many lifeless concepts and gadgets are given the name “smart.”

“Smart” might be the biggest marketing scam of our time.

Design Technology specialist and Biomimicry pioneer Prashant Dhawan ponders the validity of the “Smart City” in the video below:

Are Smart Cities Smart?