Analyzing Human Action – Holidays / Social Dynamics

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so let us all be thankful.”
– Buddha

——————————-

By: Zy Marquiez
November 27, 2015

Thanksgiving is one of those times where everyone is thankful, everything is copacetic, and things are looking up. Life is great. Nothing could be better.

It certainly is a rather pleasant having everyone navigate through life as if nigh walking through clouds. An observation regarding this is that this mostly only takes place through the Holidays. Does that not ever make you wonder?

———————————-

Rewinding back the tape a bit, over a decade ago back at the University used to have a great friend while at ASU. We were both in the same Manzanita dorm, both in the Aerospace Engineering floor, and after meeting early on and clicking extremely well we made sure to take as many classes together since it would be highly beneficial to be able to have a ‘study-buddy’ and such. Due to this we naturally spent a lot of time together.

In any case, one thing that always amazed me was that it seemed that this individual knew everybody.

When approaching people he would say: “Hi, how’s it going?” “Hey, how you doing?” “How’s your day?” “How was your weekend?” And so on and so forth. This took place every day we were out and about.   It stunned me, because at first blush, it seemed to me that he knew everyone. Why wouldn’t he? He sure talked to everyone like he did.

That led to me posing the question to him of how he got to know so many people.  He proceeded to laugh nervously and told me that he didn’t know any of those people before. That stunned me. After asking a few people to verify he wasn’t yanking my chain, it turns out in fact, most of those people he didn’t know at all. Later on, finding out that it came natural to him, he said you just have to put yourself out there and see what you find.

Me being mostly an introvert back then, and not ‘out of my shell,’ it wasn’t easy to just go up to random people and start a conversation. But after meeting him it became easier and easier, to the point that it’s been something that has been implemented into my daily repertoire in countless interactions with folks.

Why is this important? Because in over a decade of interaction with hundreds of folks, from all walks of life, in many different places, at least half the people or so don’t seem to have much interest in interacting with folks besides the usual cursory manner. Some will even give you askance looks like “What the hell do you want?” Most people are polite though. It’ fascinating from a macro observation point of view.

Have queried some of my friends on the matter and they all agree with the general consensus.

This isn’t the case during the holidays though.

It seems everyone is “nice” and “polite”. The reason that’s in quotations is because, if most people were really nice, wouldn’t they be nice all of the time, rather than only during the Holiday season? It’s just a question. It just makes me wonder who’s doing it because that’s what is expected and who is doing it because that’s how they are. There is an enormous difference.

Many folks will undoubtedly feel it is easier to say hello during the holidays, as opposed to other parts of the year. That is not the case with everyone. One can tell some folks are just doing it because it’s what society expects. It just makes me wonder why society is how it is, and why people choose to act how they act, regardless whether its the holidays or not.

————————————-

Another recent example of interactions with folks in my life took place when going to the Secret Space Program Conference in Bastrop Texas this year. From the moment you entered the doors of the convention center, you could just feel the atmosphere be electric. It was so dense you couldn’t slice it with a light saber.

Within a minute or so, was having conversations with two separate groups of folks and that basically set the tone for the rest of the weekend. Ended up myself meeting folks from all walks of life. Engineers, teachers, civil servants, business folks, retired military and people from other strata of society.

Conversations flowed, information was shared, life was contemplated and no topic was off the table. It was easy to see that people were being genuine. Although the conference focused on the Secret Space Program and Breakaway Civilizations, people found out about that topic from a myriad of avenues. That was very fascinating. People came at it from a financial point of view, from the environment angle, from space [obviously], from technology, from education, and even a philosophical or existential point of view, and thensome.

What does this event have in common with the Holiday season? Atmosphere.

The atmosphere was what the people chose it to be – that made all the difference in the world.  That fact alone was worth the travel.

The question is: Why do most people choose to only be friendly during the holidays, but forgo that option during a large portion [most?] of the remaining of the year? Ponder about that for a minute.

If the holidays are the holidays because the atmosphere that is generated by people, then why couldn’t people do that all the time? Why couldn’t people live more potent, friendly, interesting lives then what they currently do?  Why couldn’t we all meet more neighbors instead of all living in our abodes and logging most of our interaction through online venues?

Seems like we are only a choice away from much better times. Isn’t that interesting?

It would be a reasonable to presume that if most [not even all] people took this type of approach to life, everything would be much better. It’s unfortunate that most people get hung up on the differences of others, because it leads to the very environment that we live in where left vs. right issues are fomented daily unfortunately.

Ultimately, a better world is a mere thought away. Seems like a lot of power for individuals to have. That’s the thing, we’ve always had it except most people give it away only acting upon information provided by others such as the media, rather than conclusions that were arrived from personal insight/research.

What better world to live in than that?

Sure seems something to be thankful for, every day and not just when we’re told to be.

Pray For Paris? – Pray For Everyone

By: Zy Marquiez
Necember 21, 2015

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”
– Maya Angelou

———————————————-

There has been quite a preponderance of people ‘praying for Paris’ and such. In Analyzing Human Action – Paris Events, we previously covered the fact that there are many notable effects from prayer, intention, and meditation. What human consciousness can accomplish truly is a beautiful thing.

One thing that kept taking place, over and over in a myriad of online venues was the fact that everyone was focused on Paris. That is natural, as most of the population tends to follow the latest news like a moth to a flame amidst chaos and suffering.

The ironic part is, that there were many other issues in the past, and nobody seemed to give a damn. It seems as reality is only official when the media expounds it, and nobody else. Countless individuals, albeit in the minority, have been yelling from the rooftops at myriad of other massacres that have taken place. Yet, almost nobody bats an eye lash.

Some of these people will say they haven’t heard of it, and yet when greater issues are shown to them, they still opt to give attention to the smaller, more ‘well known’ issue/s, while completely ignoring the obviously larger [more deaths, suffering, repeatedly], ‘less known’ issue that’s not being reported by the media. And yet they claim that they care. It boggles the mind at times to be honest.

In very recent times, Nigeria, Yemen, have been on the unfortunate receiving end of terrorist attacks. Twenty-two people died in Yemen, and fifty died in Nigeria – and yet not a peep from the media, and less so from the populace. Where are all the prayers for them

In fact, as the chart from the Global Terrorism Index 2015 elucidates, Western Countries experience only 2.6% of deaths from terrorism, and yet they receive nigh all of the attention.

What’s more, is that Nigeria is the country which has experienced the largest increase in deaths since 2013, according to the Global Terrorism Index 2015. In fact, at least 5,662 people lost their lives since, and nobody is showcasing Nigerian flags. Not to too far behind, Iraq has been the recipient of 3,532 deaths to their population, and nobody is showcasing that flag either.

In the ultimate view of warped reality/logic, some will say: “But Islam is to blame! They don’t deserve our prayers.” As if what the few do, the many should be punished for. That goes without saying, that very same logic allows the other side of that equation to think that since the West is at the tip of the spear in War for many centuries, then ‘everyone’ in the West is at fault. The epitome of faulty logic; and you wonder why War is endemic to our society when people do not ponder about macro issues and only focus on what the media tells them too.

Okay. Let us assume that for the sake of argument Yemen, Nigeria, and Iraq don’t ‘deserve our prayers’ even though the deaths in Nigeria and Iraq dwarf France by many orders of magnitude. It is your right after all, and nobody should force you to pray for those they do not wish to pray for.

Let’s use a closer example, one that only encompasses the West.

Want to pray for someone? How about the 225,000 to 400,000 [conservative estimate] people who lose their lives to medical mistakes in the west?

The above numbers are quotes from two separate studies. The first study was recently conducted in 2013 by the Journal of Patient Safety who estimated medical deaths amount to between up to 440,000 as detailed by Dr. Mercola. The second study called conducted in July 26, 2000 named “Is US health really the best in the world?” ad was authored by Dr. Barbara Starfield – who had absolutely impeccable credentials and worked for John Hopkins School Of Public Health at the time – and published in the Journal Of The American Medical Association. That particular paper can be downloaded freely as a PDF here.

Extrapolating from the above data, the deaths mentioned above are many orders of magnitude over Yemen and Nigeria, and absolutely eviscerates the amount of lives lost in France. Why isn’t this all over the news? Because that is not ‘part of the plan’.

And why isn’t the above information in any late night narratives? Because that would unhinge the blind faith the people have on Big Medica – the American Medical cartel and its endless streams of profits that are interlinked to Big Pharma. It would also make people worried, and ultimately stir up a hornet’s nest of vicissitudes by the actions that would be subsequent to those revelations.

The populace would inquire: “Why haven’t we been told about this?” “What are you doing to change it?” “Has my loved one been a recipient of medical malpractice?” “If the medical system is to trust, why are those numbers increasing?”

Reality reduction is the name of the game, and reality will ultimately be – if the individual allows it – what the media expresses. Deaths in the West all get overwhelming amounts of shameless/endless mainstream press. Deaths in non-Western countries? Not important – nigh a scintilla of coverage.

Some would roll their eyes. But really, if deaths and terrorism acts are to be reported, shouldn’t we be hearing of all of the above deaths and not just the ones selectively used to mold mainstream consciousness of reality?

Knowing this, how does one think that most of the populace would react to such knowledge? Would they ‘Pray For Paris’? Pray for Nigeria? Yemen? Iraq? All the lives lost to Big Medica/Pharma? All were lives lost in unfortunate and atrocious circumstances.

Better yet, why don’t folks Pray for Everyone?

Finalizing with two heartfelt quotes:

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.”
– Oscar Wilde

“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”
– Mother Teresa