Category: pondering the bullshittery

if this is what concern looks like, stop it

What has happened to the neighborhood?

You may have seen the story in your social media news feeds about two little girls selling lemonade in Texas. The police were called by a neighbor who was ‘concerned’ about the lemonade stand being too close to the curb.

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The story…

     The sisters said they were selling lemonade and popcorn at their home in the 200 block of Garden Club in Overton to raise money to take their father to a water park for Fathers’ Day.

Police Chief Clyde Carter shutdown the stand citing a city ordinance requiring them to have a peddler’s permit.

The girls may not be able sell their lemonade, but thanks to a loophole, they can give it away and accept donations from the public.

This story ended well. The girls had a lesson in corporate law and were given tickets by the water park when news of the story spread.

In Florida, a neighbor called police when they were ‘concerned’ about an 11 year old boy who was playing outside, in his yard, for 90 minutes, unattended. The police took the families two children and charged the parents with a felony.

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The story…

   The boy didn’t have a key, so he played basketball in the yard. He was alone for 90 minutes. A neighbor called the cops, and when the parents arrived—having been delayed by traffic and rain—they were arrested for negligence.

They were put in handcuffs, strip searched, fingerprinted, and held overnight in jail.

It would be a month before their sons—the 11-year-old and his 4-year-old brother—were allowed home again. Only after the eldest spoke up and begged a judge to give him back to his parents did the situation improve.

This ‘concerned’ neighbor almost destroyed a family for no reason other than their misplaced and misguided interest.

These kinds of stories aren’t unique. They’re easy to find. It happens a lot, everywhere. Of course the corporate laws put in place for no other reason than to control every aspect of our lives is the first thing that comes to mind but what really bothers me, why did theses people call the police? These are not things a person should call and ‘report’ to government officials.

If you are ‘concerned’ about your neighbors child’s lemonade stand being too close to the curb, get up, walk outside, and talk to the children. If necessary, talk to their parents. Express your concerns. Reasonable people will listen.

If it ‘concerns’ you that a neighborhood boy is playing outside, alone, for too long, go outside and talk to the child. Make sure he’s alright. If he’s not, help him out.

I don’t think it’s concern driving these people to ‘report’ their neighbors to government officials at all. I think the corporate government has been so effective in programming us in believing our duty, as good citizens, is to report each other when someone isn’t following the ‘rules’. No one feels any sense of responsibility for anything, even their own neighborhood. That’s been taken away from the minds of most people too. You know how people are always yelling at you to, ‘Wake up!’? This is what they’re telling you to wake up to.

Instead of being a ‘concerned’ neighbor, why not be a good neighbor? A fellow human being? Why not try talking amongst yourselves. It used to be that neighbors were ‘friends’ if only by association. Even if you didn’t really like each other, you had a bond. You took care of each other, of the neighborhood. You’re sharing the same little part of the Earth. Are we all so far gone that we can’t even communicate with one another without government intervention?

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I wait, patiently, for the day when all neighbors, everywhere become aware of what’s happening. For a day when we can live with each other without the government having to be involved. When kids can play, as kids should, and a lemonade stand popping up on the corner, is a reason to go out and have a chat, and catch up, with your neighbors. When being a community wasn’t legislated by government and upheld by ‘concerned’ citizens.

WAKE UP PEOPLE!

story sources:
Support overflows for lemonade stand girls in Overton
Boy, 11, Plays Basketball in Own Yard as He Awaits Delayed Parents

source checking is good

When searching out truth, the source of information can be more important than the actual information itself. When the source can benefit in any way from giving certain data, I dismiss it and move on. I call it dirty data 🙂

Check this example to get an idea of what can happen when info is skewed to benefit a few and inform none…

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Whoa! Stay away from the water! That stuff’ll kill ya!

Always check where the story is coming from. In the very least, it’ll keep you from posting that Onion video as truth… again.

quotes on bullshittery

Just some quotes that speak to me and speak to truth. I’ll add to this list as quotes are remembered or found.

“Truth is treason in an empire of lies”

– George Orwell

smedley-war-hero“I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.”

– Major General Smedley Butler, USMC, 1935

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“Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear – kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor – with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it by furnishing the exorbitant funds demanded. Yet, in retrospect, these disasters seem never to have happened, seem never to have been quite real.”

– Douglas MacArthur, 1957

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“For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations.

Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed.”

– John F. Kennedy, April 27, 1961

let-it-not-be-said‘Let it not be said that no one cared. That no one objected once it’s realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy.’

– Ron Paul

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‘Now, to balance the scale, I’d like to talk about some things that bring us together, things that point out our similarities instead of our differences. ‘Cause that’s all you ever hear about in this country. It’s our differences. That’s all the media and the politicians are ever talking about; the things that separate us, things that make us different from one another.

That’s the way the ruling class operates in any society. They try to divide the rest of the people. They keep the lower and the middle classes fighting with each other so that they, the rich, can run off with all the fucking money! Fairly simple thing. Happens to work.

You know? Anything different; that’s what they’re gonna talk about, race, religion, ethnic and national background, jobs, income, education, social status, sexuality, anything they can do to keep us fighting with each other, so that they can keep going to the bank!

You know how I define the economic and social classes in this country? The upper class keeps all of the money, pays none of the taxes. The middle class pays all of the taxes, does all of the work. The poor are there just to scare the shit out of the middle class. Keep ’em showing up at those jobs.’

– George Carlin

how to (sometimes) nudge the sleepy

(continued from why some CAN’T see truth…)

As I showed in my previous post, when we give the sleepy information that contradicts their beliefs that support their reality, they get scared. Their fear turns to anger and they shut you out. To get past this, I finally realized that telling them what was about to happen lessened their stress and they were more open to what they were hearing.

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I start by giving the analogy of Joe, tweaked for the situation and individual. I explain that we all have beliefs that were passed down by family, or that we’ve learned things that caused us to believe in a certain way and that’s fine. I tell them that their beliefs hold up their reality and that it’s normal to feel uncomfortable when they hear information that goes against what they believe. I then go through the steps of them feeling threatened, getting mad and calling me, the truth giver, crazy.

I go on to say that if they are going to be able to hear what I’m going to tell them, they need to set their beliefs down for a second. It won’t hurt, they’ll still have their beliefs, they just have to try to ‘pretend’ for a moment that they don’t have them. After they hear what I’m saying, they get to go back, dust those beliefs off, and carry them away… if they still want to 😉

As you’re laying some truth at their feet, there will be times when the person will go to anger. Just remind them that they are, for this moment, ‘pretending’ they don’t have any beliefs.

Now that you have a person more willing to listen, please don’t blow all your hard work by going straight to crazy with Lizards are ruling the world! Start slow with things that directly affect their lives. Stay on one topic, even though you’d like to blast them with everything you’ve got. Be kind, be patient, and when they’ve heard enough, stop. For you have just planted some seeds in that persons heart and mind and those seeds will grow. Sometimes it takes a while but, when people hear truth, it sticks. That knowledge is in there and it can’t be unlearned.

This way of nudging doesn’t work all the time for all the sleepy but, it does make them open up a bit. Just remember that you’re not throwing truth bombs at them, you’re planting seeds of truth 🙂

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why some CAN’T see truth

People are born into a family of beliefs. They’re born into a country; ALWAYS the best country in the world, where they are given a set of beliefs. They are born into religion; ALWAYS the only truly correct religion, and given another set of beliefs. They go to school, get jobs, have life experiences that shape their social beliefs. Many hold the beliefs they were given throughout their entire lives. Some gain new beliefs that vary a bit as they go. Eventually, they end up with core beliefs. These core beliefs hold up and support the platform of their reality. In other words, their beliefs are the pillars of their reality.

With this in mind, I’ve come up with an analogy to show what usually happens when we try to nudge the sleepy…

Meet Joe. 🙂 Joe has core beliefs about religion, politics, and other bullshittery. Joe’s beliefs are his pillars of his reality.

Joe has strong religious convictions that form the foundation for all of his other beliefs. He’s kind, gives to charity, basically a good guy. Joe lives in the greatest country in the world. He holds socially acceptable political ideals and votes in every election. Joe is a good citizen. He wakes up in the morning, goes to work, pays his taxes. He does his part. Joe is popular. He wears the latest fashions, sees the newest movies, and watches popular T.V. programs. To Joe, EVERYTHING is AWESOME!

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One day, along comes you. Carrying your pointy stick covered in leaves of information, knowledge, and truth, you begin poking at Joe’s belief pillars. Joe’s reality starts to wobble. Joe is terrified! Everything he believes is in question. His reality is in danger of crumbling right before his eyes. Where would that leave Joe? What would happen to his awesome reality? His way of life is at stake and it’s all because of you and that damn pointy stick!

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Joe regains his balance. Grabs your lovely pointy stick covered in leaves of information, knowledge, and truth and breaks it in half. Joe is angry! How dare you threaten his life with beliefs that don’t support his reality! Who do you think you are? Then, to justify his shaken feelings of fear turned anger, the name calling begins… YOU are a tin foil wearing conspiracy theorist and EVERYONE KNOWS you people are CRAZY!

Joe climbs back on his platform of reality, supported by his beliefs, brushes himself off, and feels relieved.

Where does that leave us? Joe’s stuck on top of his reality platform supported by his belief pillars, you’re stuck without a stick, so … stuck.

to-be-continued

In my next post, I’ll explain how I’ve used the analogy of Joe to (sometimes) get through to the sleepy.