Have you ever seen Ghostbusters 2? Basically, in that movie, all of the negative energy generated by the inhabitants of New York City creates a river of ooze that flows beneath it and ultimately leads to a lot of really bad shit happening. Ghosts and demons start appearing and pretty much begin to piss in everyone’s cornflakes, metaphorically speaking of course. In the end, the day is saved when the Ghostbusters, and Rick Moranis, get everyone to realize that they need to stop being dickheads to stop this evil from happening, and with a little help from some ooze infused with positive energy they defeat the evil that was threatening to engulf the world. HERE IS A LINK http://youtu.be/EQj3LIH-DqM I kind of feel like that is what I am seeing in the world today. There is a large focus on negative events, leading to negative behavior towards one another, and a growth in negative energy. Sadly, Bill Murray, with all of his awesomeness, will not be able to save us. Oh, and its not just New York City that has people treating each other like total shit, it is every city in every state, every state in this country, and every country throughout the world. Is it just human nature to erode society or is it just something that people say to justify acting like fucktards? It seems like a lot of this negative energy that people generate towards others stems from a fear of the unknown. “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering,” Yoda. If you don’t know who Yoda is, you’re probably fucking up already. Haha. There is a lot of suffering in the world and a whole lot of hate and negativity caused by several things. I’m not a fan of that, and would like to do what I can to combat the negative energy with some positive energy. I think that is what all of these words are working towards. At least that was my intention when I sat down in front of my computer and started punching these buttons with my finger tips.
During my 29 years of life I have experienced quite a bit. Maybe I haven’t experienced more things than most people, but I have definitely experienced different things than most. Over the past 6 years as a personal trainer I have had the good fortune of interacting with people from many different social classes, races, religions, political affiliations, and cliques. It has helped shape the way I currently view the world and humanity as a whole. Although every single person I have encountered is different, they are all inherently the same. They are all human beings, and they would all rather be happy than sad, and healthy rather than unhealthy. I have heard people make 8 billion different excuses for why they aren’t happy in life, or are not in the health that they want to be in. I view it as my job to not only help them become healthy physically, but also mentally. It is difficult, but totally possible, to have one without the other, but when you combine the two it usually leads to a much more balanced and happy life. Through my encounters with clients, friends, and strangers throughout time I have noticed some pretty strange things. Well, strange in my eyes today at least. I used to just accept all of this stuff as “ Normal.”
We are gifted with the uncanny ability to learn and grow, no matter what stage we are at in life. Some people know that, but many people have forgotten. They are conditioned by society to shy away from challenges or things that would set them apart from the masses. They are conditioned to play it safe and fall in line. What is normal though? What is right and what is wrong? I noticed, in my life, that I am happier when I help people and treat people the way I prefer to be treated. My life became a whole lot more positive when I started doing that, but I don’t always see people doing that in the “ real world.” Below, you will find several different rants on a variety of topics that disturb me in one way or another. I am writing this to help me let go of some of the negative energy that these thoughts generate when I hold them in. You may agree or disagree with the things I say, and either choice is ok. These are just some of my thoughts and opinions on these topics based on my life experiences. I am not attempting to change how you think or impose my beliefs on you in any way. You are who you are as a result of your life and choices, and I am who I am as a result of my life and choices. Everybody Love Everybody.
What is going on here? We are living in a world where your 12 year old sister is posting selfies on instagram with #beautifulgirl and has 4,000 followers. She “does it for the likes,” but your parents are confused by the fact that her grades are slipping because she just can’t seem to focus in school.
We are living in a Democratic nation that seems to think it is cool to force Democracy on other countries that have entirely different cultures and a different way of life, but for some reason we feel as though our chosen political system will work great for them. Somehow we are surprised and offended when it doesn’t, and our people begin to look down on these other human beings. They don’t have the same opportunities that we have in our country, they don’t have the same technology, infrastructure, natural resources, and have completely different ideas about how the world looks, but we think that they should see things the way that we do. As if their life experiences must be similar enough to ours with millions of different factors leading up to how they view the world, they should view it the way that The United States of America does. Does that make any sense at all?
We live in a society in which cigarettes literally have zero health benefits but can be purchased easily even though when you smoke you are not only harming yourself, but those in your immediate proximity. Its ok though because once you are hooked the chances of you quitting smoking are slim to none no matter how disgusting you and those around you think that they are. No matter the damage that they are having on your skin, teeth, hair, and lungs, you will just keep on puffing away and spending 6 dollars a pack. Weird that this is legal?
Is it weird that people are driving drunk and killing each other every day, but there are non stop advertisements on television, the radio, and the internet telling you that it is hard to have a good time without a couple of beers. Driving under the influence is illegal, but there are few things that stop people from doing it because they think they will be able to get away with it. I know, I’ve done it, and you probably have to, but there are many that have been less fortunate and have gotten DUIs or even worse, they have to live with the guilt of taking another persons life while getting in a drunk driving accident. Go to the bar and have a blast though. Make sure you have some wings while you’re at it.
I think it is strange that there isn’t more of an outcry to fix the problems that we have in this country before we go sticking our political dicks in the faces of others. Our education system is a total disgrace, but hey, at least we have been sending our sons and daughters to war for the last 12 years for some absurd fucking reason. We are the most powerful country in the world, but we are not powerful enough as a whole to realize that we are holding an entire culture responsible for the actions of a few extremists. Is it just me that finds it a bit odd that there are multiple media outlets that constantly use the phrase Muslim Extremists, but they never really seem to discuss the millions upon millions of Muslims that are not total fucking nut jobs. Their countries have oil though, and we want that. Guess what, I have encountered a lot more religious extremism in my life with Christians and Catholics telling me that I am going to hell for being a Jew than I have in my encounters with those of other faiths. I still choose not to hate any of them, because there would be no point to it. There is no point in hating anybody for their chosen faith. So, they’re different, big deal. If you have black hair do you hate people that have brown hair? Same shit. Hating someone for being different is not very cool, accept it, and move forward.
It worries me that as a people we create more reasons to separate each other than we find reasons to bring each other together as human beings. Yes, I get that religion, politics, and all kinds of other shit bring people together, but at the same time they have the potential to tear people apart, and they often do. I do not see a lot of these types of things that say “hey, be cool to people, they might not have had the same life experience as you, but they are still human beings. Accept them for who they are and treat them right because, despite what you want to think, your beliefs do not make you superior to them in any way, shape, or form.” Not that long ago I was at breakfast with a friend, a liberal, that constantly posts memes and propaganda talking about how crazy right wing conservatives are. Often these memes and messages have little hateful blurbs written with them. I asked, “ why do you hate these people so much?” This person then began to explain to me that they hate them because they are wrong for hating people based on their race, economic standing, political affiliations, or religious beliefs. They described them to me as oppressors of truth and justice. I then proceeded to ask them to tell me how their hate was more justifiable than the hate of those they claim to be against. This person really didn’t have much of an argument. That works both ways too, Democrats hate Republicans for being wrong and visa versa.
In reality, or what I perceive to be reality, someone’s belief system is often shaped by their life experiences. How can we expect people from different parts of the country, and world to see things the way that we do when they have had life experiences that are completely different from our own. Does that make any sense?
We live in a country in which people are constantly complaining about the cost of health care, but at the same time they are driving thru Mcdonald’s, Jack in the Box, Del Taco, and Burger King each day. They don’t have time or money to eat healthy. It’s just too hard. Are you fucking kidding me? Are we really living in the “land of the free and home of the brave,” but it is too hard to throw some meat and veggies in a pan for 15 minutes? The laziness I see and hear about each day blows my mind. I suppose you can’t totally blame people for choosing fast food and having a distorted view of what is healthy and what isn’t. They are bombarded every day on television, radio, and internet with amazing deals on fast food. 2 dollars for a burger and fries? Sounds like a great deal. No, I don’t care that the meat has been frozen for a year and has rat dicks in it. I also don’t care that the fries fell on the ground during their preparation, and the 16 year old making minimum wage didn’t feel like throwing them away and making a fresh batch. Sure buddy, I trust you with what I put in my body even though you are just figuring out what to do with yours. Pretty weird shit if you ask me, but I was ignorant about topics such as this too. I never actually acquired knowledge about health and fitness until I went out seeking it on my own. I actually never acquire knowledge on any topic unless I choose to. Weird how that works. Following blindly is way easier though, and after all, it is what we have been conditioned to do since we were young kids in school.
I understand that not everyone has the time to exercise each day. After all, with all the time we spend on Facebook, Instagram, Xbox, Netflix, drinking, and smoking cigarettes it is tough to find 30-60 minutes a day to take care of our bodies that we have to use for our entire lives. Yes, I understand the irony of me posting this on social media. Also, it is incredibly difficult to spend 30 minutes in the kitchen making myself meat and veggies for the next 2 days when I have the option of sitting in a drive thru line and having some kid make my food for me. Sure, it will eventually lead to me contracting heart disease or cancer, but ya know what, it’s cheap and easy, and I get to have it my way right away.
We live in a world that puts musicians, actors, and athletes on pedestals for entertaining us each day. They don’t really do much for society besides distract us from the real important things like family, friends, the quest for knowledge, and finding ways to help society unfuck itself. Heaven forbid we start to appreciate school teachers that are shaping the minds of the youth of today. No wonder each generation seems to be less intelligent than the one before. I am sure it is much more difficult to help students that are distracted by ipads, iphones, ps3, videos of twerking, instagram, facebook, youtube, and all kinds of other bullshit. I can’t imagine the kind of trouble my friends and I would have gotten into if that was the kind of shit we had when we were in high school. I didn’t even have a cell phone until I was a senior in high school, and for some reason it is now common practice for people to buy them for their 4 year old sons and daughters. I mean, the iBabysitter really gives you a lot more time to yourself, but I feel as though it might help if you spent some quality time with your kids. I’m not perfect by any means, but I also feel as though the priorities and values of many people in modern society are totally fucked.
Instead of being conditioned by society to constantly uplift and assist our fellow humans in their work towards achieving their goals, we are conditioned to compete and win at all costs. So what if I have to do some fucked up shit along the way, money is power and I want power. The acquisition of material wealth is seen as success by many people in society today, often at the expense of their humanity. At what point did that become the definition of success? Do you let others define success for you or do you define it for yourself? At the expense of sounding like a hippy, I define success for myself as leading a happy life in which I help others each and every day. I choose to do what I can to help people try and find what makes them happy, and then pursue that. Society today dictates that I need money to live the life that I am comfortable living. I will not sacrifice who I am, I will not sacrifice my integrity or what I believe to be right just to make a little more money. I refuse to become a slave to the dollar as so many in my profession have. I think the way that I think because of my life experience, others define success differently, and that is their choice. I do not look down upon them for it. That would go against what I believe to be right.
I guess in the end, after all of this venting and rambling about all these different things I am trying to get a couple of points across. I think that people should always try to learn more. Not just about themselves or their jobs and hobbies, but about the people around them. You can learn something from everybody you encounter. You can learn something from every experience that you have in life. Your inner world determines your outer world, so make the effort to stay positive. Live in each moment, appreciate each moment, appreciate your life. Avoid negativity as much as possible and do what you can to contribute positive energy to the world. Seriously, treat others as you would like to be treated. It makes life a whole lot easier. Take care of yourself, you only have one life to live, possibly. If you have a goal, do what it takes to achieve it. Overcoming challenges is one of the most rewarding things you can do for yourself. It is 2:41 in the morning now. I suppose I will close with something that my best friend and I say on a regular basis. EVERYBODY LOVE EVERYBODY.