Russia Today did a cool interview with Steve Wozniak that you might want to check out. One part that I found interesting was where he talked about learning around 6:25 in:
When I worked for Hewlett Packard designing all the Apple stuff they had a policy in the company that was written, and it said that an engineer could have parts out of his storeroom — chips and things like that — for devices of his own design with supervisor approval. Well you know what, to borrow a few dollars worth of chips and build something up even for yourself for your home is increasing your mind in a way that you couldn’t get the same sort of learning from a university course and it would cost a lot more.
Looking at the image of the global wealth pyramid above, it’s sickening to realize what it actually means. As mentioned on Business Insider:
[...] it shows how 32 million people, representing 0.7% of the world’s adult, population control $98.7 trillion or about 41% of the world’s wealth.
On the base of the pyramid we see that 3.2 billion people, representing 68.7% of the world’s adult population, control just 3% of the world’s wealth, or about $7.3 trillion.
The below video also does a great job illustrating this global wealth inequality.
At a time when it’s very often possible for me to go from being really impressed with a photo I took to thinking it sucks within the scope of just one minute (don’t ask), I think older work that still manages to impress me is probably really special in a way. Especially since I often cringe when I look at my older work. To me this photo has kind of a cinematic feel to it. Certainly the colors and shadows add to the dramatic look. And what makes it interesting are the 4 layers visible that add depth to the photo, the sharpest layer being the main subject — the fishermen heading back to their boat. The other layers are out of focus and have kind of a soft look, making the photo have kind of a dreamy feel to it. What also makes the scene interesting is one of the fishermen in the small boat gesturing with his hand to the other.
I still remember being by myself, quietly standing there and watching this scene unfold. It was a good day.
This image of an egret flying to its nest at dusk all by itself reminds me of the fact that life can be very lonely. And ironically life can become very lonely when you try to live an honest life. Common sense would lead you to expect the opposite; that life would be lonely if you lied and cheated your way through it, but the reality is different. More often than not it seems that you can only get what you want and succeed in life if you lie and cheat very often. Indeed you learn from experience that the system you live in actually encourages such behavior by design. Instead of being rewarded for being honest and true, things get more difficult for you and you may even get punished. You may eventually even find yourself isolated. And then you’re practically alone on your journey through life, not consciously knowing where it’s leading to, but having a faint realization deep inside you that once the journey ends you’ll find yourself back at home.
An article was published today in a local newspaper about the worrying trend of child sexual abuse in Suriname. The numbers aren’t getting any lower with each year and sexual abuse now even occurs at soccer clubs and kindergartens according to the article. Of course sexual abuse is a worldwide problem of which not only children are victims, but also adults (both men and women). And for years now I’ve noticed that every time when such an article gets published, people’s reactions are basically the same. Most of the time they mention the need for more laws and regulations, harsher punishments, encourage violence against the perpetrators, etc. etc. Basically the kind of reactions you would expect from very primitive societies with primitive thinking people. It seems that we like to take care of the symptoms of most problems in society every time, but are afraid to look for and solve the underlying root causes — the only thing that can guarantee positive and lasting long term results.
People seldom take the time to think about what exactly is causing others to behave the way they do. We’re all products of our environment, and when our environment is working against us, we’re going to start to exhibit extreme and undesirable behavior. Think about it, why would anyone want to sexually abuse someone else? Hell, why would anyone want to sexually abuse a child?? The root causes are so blatantly obvious it baffles me every time when I see that people just don’t seem to realize it. As human beings we all have a core set of basic needs  that have to be satisfied in order to live a normal life. Those are our natural needs that we simply cannot ignore. One of those – arguably one of the most important – is the need for sexual satisfaction. Like I often mention in my articles, Dr. Sigmund Freud established the sexual desires as the primary motivational forces of human life. He also made clear in his research that we can expect dire consequences for an individual, and a society of individuals, if the sexual needs aren’t being satisfied adequately.
I came across the below quote from Ashton Kutcher today via Natural News:
The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart, and being thoughtful and being generous. Everything else is crap. I promise you.
These are words I’d never expect to hear from Ashton Kutcher. His message was probably lost on his audience, but he’s right. And of course, he would know. I suspect he speaks from experience, since he’s had a lot of beautiful women in his life, and may have discovered that beauty is only skin-deep. A beautiful man/woman without an interesting mind isn’t going to hold your interest very long and in fact becomes boring really fast. This is why I often tell young women not to worry too much about their looks; it’s more important to develop yourself intellectually and to become as independent as possible in life. And developing a good personality goes a long way as well. Like Kutcher says, being thoughtful and generous, but I would also add being kind/sweet (as opposed to mean) and honest.
Like many things in life a good balance works best. Personally I find myself being more interested in women that may not completely fit all the requirements of what society considers physically beautiful, but make up for that with their intellect and personality. As far as physical requirements go for me personally, I just look for a slim figure. For um… practical reasons. The rest is mostly personality. Kindness is important (I’m allergic to meanness), and honesty is most important (if you can’t be trusted you just don’t get close to me). And if she’s smart, she’ll have my attention, even with small boobs and/or a flat ass.
And I think that you’ll agree with me, if not now, then certainly later in life based on experience – just like Ashton Kutcher.
Uruguayan president Jose Mujica is known on the Internet as the poorest president in the world. This is because of his very simple lifestyle and the fact that he donates 90% of his salary to charity (he keeps $1250 of the $12,500). The most expensive thing he owns is his old 1987 Volkswagen Beatle. From the BBC:
It’s a common grumble that politicians’ lifestyles are far removed from those of their electorate. Not so in Uruguay. Meet the president – who lives on a ramshackle farm and gives away most of his pay.
Laundry is strung outside the house. The water comes from a well in a yard, overgrown with weeds. Only two police officers and Manuela, a three-legged dog, keep watch outside.
This is the residence of the president of Uruguay, Jose Mujica, whose lifestyle clearly differs sharply from that of most other world leaders.
President Mujica has shunned the luxurious house that the Uruguayan state provides for its leaders and opted to stay at his wife’s farmhouse, off a dirt road outside the capital, Montevideo.
I particularly loved his explanation of why he’s living that way:
“I may appear to be an eccentric old man… But this is a free choice.”
“I’ve lived like this most of my life,” he says, sitting on an old chair in his garden, using a cushion favoured by Manuela the dog.
“I can live well with what I have.”
“I’m called ‘the poorest president’, but I don’t feel poor. Poor people are those who only work to try to keep an expensive lifestyle, and always want more and more,” he says.
“This is a matter of freedom. If you don’t have many possessions then you don’t need to work all your life like a slave to sustain them, and therefore you have more time for yourself,” he says.
The Uruguayan leader made a similar point when he addressed the Rio+20 summit in June this year: “We’ve been talking all afternoon about sustainable development. To get the masses out of poverty.
“But what are we thinking? Do we want the model of development and consumption of the rich countries? I ask you now: what would happen to this planet if Indians would have the same proportion of cars per household than Germans? How much oxygen would we have left?
“Does this planet have enough resources so seven or eight billion can have the same level of consumption and waste that today is seen in rich societies? It is this level of hyper-consumption that is harming our planet.”
For years these have been exactly my thoughts and my life is structured to keep it as inexpensive and simple as possible. I chose to live very minimally and I explained why in my posts titled “If you have nothing to lose you can only win” and “Infinite love is the only truth.” Basically it all comes down to having less burdens and more freedom in life while also thinking about the needs of others. And I think Mujica sets a good example for everyone to follow.
Al Jazeera did an exclusive interview with Mujica which I HIGHLY recommend checking out.
The whole interview is filled with wise thoughts from Mujica, but I particularly loved the following quotes:
Around 2:00 in: My definition of poor are those who need too much, because those who need too much are never satisfied. I’m frugal, not poor. Frugal, with a light suitcase. I live with little, just what’s necessary. Not tied down to material things. Why? So I can have more free time. To do what? What I like. Freedom is having time to live.
Around 7:10 in: The only good addiction is love. Forget everything else.
Around 15:55 in: I don’t oppose consumption. I am against waste. We have to produce food for the hungry, roofs for those who need a home, build schools for those who don’t have schools. We need to solve the water problem. If every powerful person has three, four, five cars and needs 400 square meters to live, and a house at the beach and an airplane to go here and there then there isn’t enough for everyone. What does modern science tell us? It tells us indisputable facts. If the current world population aspired to consume like the average American, we would need three planet Earths. Which means that if we continue tossing out things, naturally a great part of humanity will never have anything. They’re doomed.
Around 17:45 in: I can’t fix this as a government. I’m a prisoner of this myself. What I’m pointing out is where we’re heading. True, there is extraordinary waste here. There are houses used only 20 days a year in Punta del Este, luxurious houses while others don’t even have a shack to sleep at night. It’s crazy, unjust. I oppose that world. But I’m a prisoner of that world.
Around 23:20 in: (On the secret to happiness) To live in accordance with how one thinks. To talk to the man you carry inside. It’s the companion we carry to our grave. Be yourself and don’t try to impose your criteria on the rest. I don’t expect others to live like me. I want to respect people’s freedom but I defend my freedom. And that comes with having the courage to say what you think, even if sometimes others don’t share those views.
Around 24:24 in: (On being accused of being undiplomatic) Yes, I am too direct sometimes. You are right. Because the language I use is the truth, even when I’m mistaken. And when I’m wrong I admit it and say it publicly.
A lot of those things I often mention myself in my posts. It’s always good to see I’m not the only one thinking like this.
Here’s a great example of the many benefits that the Global Brain brings to the world today. The criminals running the US government right now are finding it increasingly difficult to fool and manipulate the global population with their lies. This is due to the fact that people are increasingly becoming smarter and are educating themselves on the Internet, where information can be shared, looked up, verified and reach millions of people instantly.
During a short interview with Germany’s DW News last Monday, former US National Security Adviser and Trilateral Commission co-founder Zbigniew Brzezinski commented on the growing inefficiency of war due to the increased political knowledge of the public.
“Given the contemporary reality of what I have called in my writings ‘Global Political Awakening,’ a policy of force based primarily on Western and in some cases former colonial powers does not seem to me a very promising avenue to an eventual solution to the regional problem,” said Brzezinski, referring to the situation in Syria.
Brzezinski’s call of warning to the “global political awakening” has only intensified in recent years. Last year during a speech in Poland, Brzezinski noted that it has become “increasingly difficult to suppress” and control the “persistent and highly motivated populist resistance of politically awakened and historically resentful peoples.” Brzezinski also blamed the accessibility of “radio, television and the Internet” for the “universal awakening of mass political consciousness.”
“[The] major world powers, new and old, also face a novel reality: while the lethality of their military might is greater than ever, their capacity to impose control over the politically awakened masses of the world is at a historic low. To put it bluntly: in earlier times, it was easier to control one million people than to physically kill one million people; today, it is infinitely easier to kill one million people than to control one million people,” said Brzezinski during a 2010 Council on Foreign Relations speech in Montreal.
Despite attempts by both the Republican and Democratic leadership to gain support for a war in Syria, a new Reuters poll revealed that only 9 percent of Americans support military intervention in Syria. If the United States intervenes, it will be the least popular war in American history.
The massive and growing evidence forced out by the alternative media, which points to a US backed chemical attack by Al Qaeda led rebel forces to be blamed on Assad, has only accelerated the inevitable downfall of the corporate press that is now only trusted by 23 percent of the public.
As I wrote in my article on the Global Brain, this is a direct result of the benefits offered by the “transmission of intelligence” on the Internet:
In the past we’ve lived very disconnected around the planet. It was very difficult to impossible for civilizations around the world to communicate with each other. As a result these civilizations couldn’t benefit from each other’s knowledge and experiences. In every civilization people would have to find out everything for themselves, make the same mistakes every time and learn things the hard way by trial and error. Not only that, but as time went on, even in the same civilization information would get lost, forgotten or become unclear and people would have to learn things all over again while making the same old mistakes their ancestors had made. And this is the reason why history has kept repeating itself in the past and why it was very easy to manipulate entire civilizations. Humankind kept forgetting and re-learning which really slowed down its development.
However, we have now reached a point where finally our technology enables us to avoid these problems and really accelerate our development as a species.
Tesla referred to all of this as the “transmission of intelligence.” And as we can clearly see today, this is resulting in the rapid mental and technological development of humankind. We’re becoming more efficient and we’re losing less time. We’re becoming smarter much faster and we’re beginning to come to new understandings about ourselves and the world that we live in.
If things continue this way, we may indeed be heading towards a much better future, with a world population that will soon reach a much higher quality of awareness and consciousness, exactly as predicted.
When we look at people in societies around the world it appears that they often have a very complex and diverse set of needs that have to be met in order for them to live their lives in a satisfactory way. Indeed it would appear that all these people are so very different from one another with regards to their needs and desires, even though they’re all humans. But since we’re all human beings and biologically identical to a certain degree, it’s reasonable to expect that we have a lot of needs in common. These would be our natural needs as human beings which are essential for our survival. These needs are universal for the human species and are separate from other “needs” which are learned from our environment — “needs” that are determined by our cultural background and the society that we grow up in.
For a few years now I’ve been noticing a change in thinking and mentality of young women who are, quite frankly, becoming a lot smarter and a lot more courageous compared to older generations of women. This was something that was bound to happen, not only due to the Global Brain, but in the case of women especially due to them finally breaking free from society’s brainwash that was purposely set in place to work against them. It was something that Nikola Tesla predicted would happen almost 90 years ago, as I explained in the fifth part of my article series on Understanding Women:
Tesla predicted that “women will ignore precedent and startle civilization with their progress.” And we can already see that happening today, especially with the younger generations of women. This is mostly due to the fact that we’re now in a phase of global awakening where a lot of (previously hidden) information is starting to become available and people start to change their thinking as a result of that. For details on this, read my article on the Global Brain. Keep in mind that a lot of the things Tesla said in this interview all the way back in 1926 have become reality today, including that which he said about planet Earth becoming a huge brain. I expect that much of what he said in that interview about women will also become reality in the very near future. I am already seeing much of it around me. Young women are becoming smarter and are starting to see the stupidity of the rules in society.
And recently there have been a few instances where this can clearly be seen.