America is built on the slave labor of the rest of the world. It is Capitalism’s imperialism that has kept us on top, and as China and India sell out their countries for industrialization, it will only go to show how dependent we really are on their cheap systems of labor, when China and India have finally caught up. How are we under the Capitalist system going to manage our resources when Big Business in all of these countries, not just our booms? As these countries industrialize so to will its workers living conditions, jobs, and health regulations, to the point that the slave labor is going to cost to much for these other countries. Thus after looking at the example of America’s outsourcing, it is no doubt that these countries themselves will outsource and find populations of other countries to be their new slaves, with the promise of industrialization. Which gets us to the question, can the world survive under a Capitalist dog eat dog situation? As industry booms headlong in China, so to does their pollution rates, their push to get their country to industrialize has completely ruined their air, and its going to take many years and precautions to fix the damage done. Our Earth is being depleted of its resources, and our climate’s temperature keeps rising, with our businesses not doing a thing to stop it. We are veering along into what could become a disaster of epic proportions, for soon the superpowers of the world will be many and not just one, and the slave-owners will grow.
There are many who will read this, and my future blogs and think my thoughts are too radical. They will hate what I write, and with a closed mind they will ignore all intentions and meanings to my words. They will paraphrase what I’m about to write, and twist and distort it until I am an enemy to the popular and common thought of today. I will become a threat to what they believe, and because of that I am to be ignored and exiled. How ridiculous it is to have to live in a world with people that are so close minded and so brainwashed that they neither question the beliefs of the established order, or their own trains of thoughts. It is every man’s civil duty to help eradicate intolerance of this sort to help un-zombify these poor minds and unshackle them from their chains. Because without “the extremists” or “the radicals” in the world, the world would stagnate, with the established order never being questioned and a way of life being frozen in time no matter how despondent the living conditions might be. Imagine a world without the revolutions brought on by Martin Luther King Jr. where the oppression of the black minority was still ever present and encouraged in the South. Whose peaceful sit ins and ideas of a nonviolent Revolution kept the violent ideas and tendencies of black superiority in the mind and followers of Malcolm X in check, and completely changed the lives and the chances of a greater life for every black person in America. Imagine a world without the ideas of Karl Marx whose worry for factory workers living in deplorable working conditions brought on by the Capitalist boom during the 19th century encouraged the ideas of revolution and an attempt at Utopia. And although some of these ideas have not worked and were used and twisted by many for their own gains, it is for sure that these writings went on and encouraged the lower class to empower themselves and begin to work towards a better way of life, and encourage the author Upton Sinclair to write the classic novel, “The Jungle.” A book that literally brought health and safety regulations for workers. These men were definitely extreme on their own beliefs, and although they might not have had it all right, people took these ideas moved the to the middle and used them to change the world we live in and brought opportunities to a lot of deserving people. So instead of ignoring “The Extremist” everyone around you hates, maybe you should take a listen to their ideas and decide for yourself, who knows maybe it’s their ideas that will change the world.
I like shadows, I like silence, It is not as often I find myself alone, or get to take the time to enjoy these preoccupations as my time is always being filled up with the clutter of activities and work. But many people don’t realize at my core, I am a very silent man, I am a very serious man, and I love nothing more than thinking of complex thought and trying to figure out the complex systems of human behavior and structure. Intuitiveness is something that comes natural, but having to deal with conflict, false judgement, and bad behavior is something that does not come as natural to me. But is something I have had to learn. In the past week, I have had a lot of time to think, pressure has been weighing down on my shoulders like the minute hand of a clock weighs down when the second hand hits the 12 at the top. And like that minute hand I have had to keep moving and hold myself together, even when the pressure of unjust forces were coming in to slit my throat. As I said before I like shadows, and I like silence, it is when I am most whole. There is more knowledge in these two things than there are in most things in the world. Silence never has to speak, its answers are always there weighing in on your mind, and shadows well they are always there day to day watching everything you do, but never passing judgement, they are your eternal friends, and allies, your fixed companion in the world, and even when you feel like they have abandoned you all you have to do is turn on a light to realize that they will always be there with you. I like silence, I like shadows they always know the truth, and know when you are in the right and wrong, they are not swayed by the world, they do not take bribes and they do not take threats. If you are acting in the wrong they will be the weight that crushes you, if you are acting in the right they are the only comfort you will know. In this past week I have had the comfort of these two things and am ever thankful for their knowledge and solace. Being a leader is hard, it is tough, and no matter what you decide there will always be someone to vilify you, to hate you, to try to bring you onto the ground through their own irrationality and jealousy, and try to crush your head under their foot. But no matter what a leader is the one who decides, and it up to his decisions if a group sinks or swims, and no matter what, a leader will know if he made the right decision, if when he sits in silence alone with his shadows they are there to hold him and caress him, because they know what he did was right, and will always be right. Truth no matter how many try to slant it, no matter how many try to run from it, is always concrete and will always remain in the silence and the shadows of your life, and a wise man knows that it is foolish to live on actions that make it where your time alone is spent dreading your deeds, and should instead be spent, being proud that you did the right thing, and no one, no one can ever judge you on that. I like silence, I like shadows, and at the end of the day, “Only the shadow knows.”
Over the past few weeks a lot has happened in my life. A lot of great things, a promotion from my job and a pay raise. Ive been accepted back into school. As a band we’ve been hard at work writing new music, we made our first batch of t shirts and are continually having new doors open up for us. I’m extremely grateful for all of it and am super pumped to be a part of it. At the same time we’ve just had our greatest loss yet. With our brother David leaving our band. This has put us in a new position forcing us to rethink and rework the way we operate as a band. It’s never a fun experience losing someone who has been around since day one, but in a way I am happy to be put in a position where we have to be pragmatic and rethink. In my opinion pragmatism is just as important as anything of you are searching for success. Keep working, if your efforts aren’t moving you closer to your goals rethink and change your approach. I don’t think we all stay as mindful of that as we should. We also seem to forget to acknowledge that in most situations we are in control. At least with what affects us. It’s easy to whine and complain when things don’t turn out for us how we think we deserve. But for me at least most of the time if I think about it with a clear head I know why and I can work to fix that. Most of the time it comes back to the entitlement we think we are owed. Once you realize you aren’t owed a thing and you really start to work for what you want you will really start to progress to your goals, and it will only make your successes sweeter. These are the ideas I’ve been working with the past few days. The best thing we can do is work had and be appreciative for anything were given, stay positive and surround ourselves with people that keep us in the right headspace to get us where we are trying to go.