REAL shitt.

2:1.

Hate.

Strong word, huh, weak emotion, uh-huh, butt it’s a good motivation – when weak motherfuckers are/be hating on u — and trust me this time/that time will come – in my case from some very weird sources indeed: such as posh, white, sub-urban, middle-class cunts, wankers who think they’re ‘Bout This Life/That Life'” ((doubly frustrating when I,, n even I — who grew up around it, been around it – still got dargs from it/bout it — like that Obama/Pokemon quote ki.. but never been about it””, nor want to be about it ss’pecially since i KNOW nuff people from it, bout it done it doing it & still wanna get out of it. N better themselves b. That’s all I have ever, n’ will ever be about.

 

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So basically, it’s a weak emotional n’ all but yeah — it fuckin’ works gg.. It motivates u like no other, there’s nothing like proving someone wrong/seeing the look on someone’s face when u do something they can’t believe/ thought u could never achieve. N with me g, I can be a stubborn-egotistical motherfucker, so when I get a knock/or a hater it just make me wanna go hammer.

 

2)) TM

  • .A lot of people/haters/misguided/envious/jealous — hell even loving people can be misguided in the sense that “they” don’t understand. WELL SHIT, u don’t have to. In the case of my old ‘friend’ the white dude couldn’t understand me just simply because he hasn’t breathed where I’ve had breath, he hasn’t seen what I’ve seen. So who is he to judge me? He doesn’t know what it’s really like for people to doubt u and to REALLY BUILD SOMETHING FROM THE FLOOR UP.. N thus, therefore, I understand, that we were not made to be understood – or to be everyone’s friend/cuppa tea. In the words of Partynextdoor “u ain’t gotta understand me forever”,,.. he uses the words “just a young n**gga from the cityyyyy – u ain’t gotta love it” and this also reflects another struggle my white friend will never understand: wwhen u dress/speak a certain way ((slang, trackies) .. people assume stuff,, n’ then when ((NEVER ASSUME NOTHING B) u from an ethnic minority too, shit ‘white’ people will just assume u ain’t innocent:: what do U know about being followed around the shop, or getting scared looks, or other people of ur race thinking they have to die-hard compete with u, or even being a ‘hybrid’ of culture, of mixed-origin and so repping both parts, it can be hard; at first but then; as my best-mate said “fuck em” the rest: all of them outside ur circle. Don’t pay em no mind, coz it certainly ain’t paying u n u should just, not run from ur emotions but just talk it out with someone close n then move on.
  • The world ain’t all roses, nn rosy, n it’s good to have a little hate/opposition sometimes, it  comes with the territory. N’ it keeps u on ur toes! Coz it’s all about experiences, and emotions, really ain’t it.. This too shall pass so shit — everything’s either a lesson or a blessin’ n this one’s a lesson.., i won’t be forgettin’ anytime soon gg…, but i’m sure as hell i’ll be reminded of it again, when the next paigan comes around. Can’t we all just get along maynee. HAHA

 

COZ: ENERGY GOES WHERE ATTENTION FLOWS.

 

A.A.T.B

 

M.O.

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A Cleanse of the Palate: The Human Element

So much of modern life revolves around juggling this chaotic monstrosity that has developed through societal progression. Over the last century, the global environment has drastically shifted in terms of complexity. In using an established observation in Moore’s Law, the capability of technology (specifically in terms of transistors in an integrated circuit) doubles roughly every two years. With such an accelerated level of technological advancement, it’s fairly easy to lose the element of humanity in relation to the modern world. Most of life in the past was devoted to better oneself in relation to the environment around them in order to be better prepared for challenges in life. As a shift in thinking, production has focused on adapting the environment to fit the person, not as much the person to fit the environment. Why shouldn’t this be the case? If the purpose of technology is to serve those that create it, why shouldn’t technology drastically improve the environment that we live in? With these questions, I’d like to look back at the 1980 film, The Gods Must Be Crazy. Although most of the movie tells the story of a man named Xi and his quest to return a mysterious object (a coke bottle) back to the gods after it fell from the sky, the first part of the movie acts as a social commentary comparing the societies of the Kalahari bushmen and developed society in Johannesburg. The narrator shows that due to the incredible simplicity of bushmen society, there is no sense of ownership, conflict between other bushmen does not exist, and the bushmen have adapted to the harsh lifestyle of the Kalahari in respect to such difficulties as lack of available water. On the other hand, those living in Johannesburg have adapted the environment to fit them and as such have caused their children to have to go to school for 10-15 years just to get their heads around how to live in their own society. As well, since society has continued to advance, people within the society must continuously adapt to their surroundings. Although they attempted to make life easier for themselves, they inadvertently made life much more complicated. Obviously it would be illogical to state that the society of the bushman is superior to the society of modern man based on that they avoid many of the problems that come with the territory of advanced society because advancements that modern man has made has clear purposes. One such major area of advancement would be in medical care especially in that the lifespan of a bushman might not be as long as a person living in developed society simply on the grounds that they do not have advanced medical care to handle injuries, disease, and the lot. Vaccines alone have become such a crucial defense for modern people in combatting diseases that can easily be avoided with proper prevention (just like polio) where a bushman would not have vaccines against such diseases.

I’d also like to take a quote from the Dalai Lama on modern life. In a response to what surprises him the most about humanity, he stated, “Man… Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present, the result being that he does not live in the present or the future. He lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies never having really lived.” It’s true that so much of the progress that humans have made so far has been to the advantage of mankind, but sometimes it might be just as beneficial to ask how much is too much? In all of this, it seems like the human element is starting to creep out of society and the focus is being placed on making sure that society as a whole works like clockwork. Sure it is unfair to say that the individual is the most important thing for consideration, but the individual should not be devalued to the point that humanity is a secondary quality to the individual’s performance/contribution to modern society.

This is where I’d like to take a step back and talk about intraspective therapy (in a way). It is always important to have a sense of introspection as it allows you to see the world around you for what it is and to give needed clarity to what’s going on, but I believe it is equally important to have a good sense of intraspection as it will allow you to look inside yourself to see where you truly stand in relation to what’s happening around you. To illustrate how highly I value a sense of intraspection, (I know this is a bit personal, but nonetheless) one of my greatest fears in life is having something wrong with me internally, not in a physiological sense such as a disease, but more of a mental sense and not knowing what it is that’s wrong. Intraspection is crucial in order for one to come to terms with their life. How can one possibly overcome an adversity if they don’t have the ability to look inside themselves to see how they truly feel about something? I know this seems like blowing smoke over intraspection and one might say ‘how could someone not know how they feel on an issue’, but contrary to such a belief, people often suppress their true feelings, confuse themselves, or lie to themselves about what they believe. Sure they might have their own complex reasons as to why a person would not be honest with themselves, but being honest with yourself is of the highest importance. If you can develop a good sense of intraspection, you will be better able to rationalize your position in life and come to terms with the hand you’re playing with. Try and get the most of what you have in front of you and make the most of every opportunity. Remember to keep in mind the importance of who you are, not just what you have done or are able to do. Thanks for reading.

–N.L.

Are You Experienced?

As a quick introduction, I’d like to say thanks for coming here to spend a few minutes of your time listening to the ramblings of some university students. Hopefully as time goes on, this will be an interactive process where people who come by here will be able to openly engage with both the authors and others who stopped by. About me quickly, I’m an American student studying at the University of St. Andrews. Psychology is my main area of study and I hope to use my education to improve the well-being of the world around me (definitely sounds like something a beauty pageant contestant would say). My goal through this blog as well as with help from other authors and contributors is to increase the interest of people (especially young people) in getting involved in the open discussion of global affairs. As well, I hope to develop a clearer understanding of the nature of the political theater with aspirations of forming my own political views by digesting the world that we live in. Thanks again for your time, and feel free to send feedback to progressivemansburden@gmail.com.
When it comes to discussing the ins and outs of applied theoretics to modern life and the world in which we live, those that haven’t endured painstaking work in order to become experts in a field are often ostracized from a conversation concerning a specific area of study. “Leave it to the professionals,” or, “Why don’t you focus on something in your area of expertise,” are often thrown around to denote that someone does not contain the necessary qualifications to contribute to a discussion. Sure leading minds in their respective fields deserve due credit based on both their contributions and dedication to the field, yet to suggest that discussion of certain facets of the field are reserved solely for the top members within seems to limit one’s ability to explore and criticize the aspects of an area of study. Although it seems unfair to suggest that any Tom, Dick, or Harry could stand in front of a theater and give a lecture on quantum physics while only knowing how to instruct on the grammar of the English language, one should have the ability to discuss the practical application of such a topic in relation to the world as a whole. Simply because a person is not an economist should not mean that they could not devise a possible economic system based on simplistic principles if such a system were to contain feasible ideas. It could then be supposed that the job of verifying the economic system would then fall into the hands of the economist, but the ability to speculate the possibility of and propose a shift in the way we perceive an issue should belong to the common person.
If I may, I’d like to quote something that my grandfather told me. He said, “College used to be about standing up and screaming and yelling at each other about your beliefs and questioning the world around you.” Despite the obvious hyperbole of students standing up in lecture halls screaming and yelling at one another, I thought he raised a good point about higher education. It seems nowadays that the educational system is molded to conform to a rigid structure in order to groom students for a certain career path. Though this contains several crucial benefits for preparing students to enter the job market in their field of study, it seems like the bigger picture of the world around us is scrapped and put to the side. Along with this, another thing my grandfather said to me was, “Education is not the most important thing about going to university. The education that you get there, you can find on the internet if you take the time and put the effort in to find the information. What is important is going to university, having a good time, and learning what life is really all about.” As you could imagine, this advice is somewhat hard to take to heart because I could not imagine rationalizing to my parents a possible reason for failing out of university would be because my grandfather had told me to not focus as hard on my studies. What I mainly pulled from this advice as I’m sure he was alluding to was to absorb what education I can while I’m here at university while also taking the time to broaden my perspective to the world around me. In the time that I’ve been here at university already, that philosophy has influenced my approach to studies tremendously. I cannot count how many times I’ve discussed the affairs of the world or certain critiques of different aspects of the world with my friends. As well, it’s also fairly cathartic to sit down with a friend and hash out some viewpoints that you have.
This brings me back to the main topic of this post, the ability to openly discuss issues plaguing the world we live in. It might be easy for some university students to stand up on their soapbox and declare that they have simple solutions to problems that have been affecting the world for generations and that if a university student can see the simple solution, why can’t an elected representative see that same solution. An economist would say, ‘who is some random university student to suggest a solution to a problem when they have no knowledge of how the economic system works?’ If one of the benefits of higher education is supposed to be the opportunity for students to question how things in this world work and to try and come up with some rational solution to these problems, is it not fair to allow such students to do such rationalizing? In an effort to allow the most amount of people to participate in the process of societal progression, it seems that one of the most crucial steps should be to incorporate as many people as possible in discussions about important issues that affect us all.

–N.L.