”Reveres Communism.

Dear Reader,

The first premise is that u’ve read some of Marx’s work..: here’s some good stuff to get u started, if not, http://www.slideshare.net/sgummer/marxism-overview ((VERY LIT interestin read).
– So basically, the long-n’ short of it is this: the reverse is. That the bourgeoise actually, could potentailly, ((not only the ‘conscientious’ vanguard could be leading) but the whole of the supposedly ” superior class. Could: because, this is becuase that the middle classes, especially the uppers middle clas; though their accent is funnier: have a good thing: called ettiquette. Basically, way I see it, a lot of socio-economic problems today are basically because of excess((ive)) drugs, alcohol, and substance abuse, not use, and fuckin un-utility, disrespect, negative dialogues, crimes like violence and otehr behaviour which breaches “standard” morality, moral compasses, and ethics, but some people fele forced into them because their ‘trapped’ or cool, fuckin depserate/don’t know better, coz didnt have parents who team em/friends who reinforce it that it’s good to be good.
— So what the poshos do have: respect, commitment, trust, loyalty, money ((so as to avoid the afore mentioned desperation) and are risk-averse, and less prone to change.. N’ ccol they also have sense, and sensibility, education, access to technology/opportunity, nepitism/networking, work, cash, capital and substance.. e.g. readinng books of amazon or some shit. And, oh being good at googling, coz like- to get around search algorithms u really gotta finesse ur vocabularie to get good search results..SO key-words n shit..Like self-help or positivism.
– They are also not afraid to seek help/look appear vulnerable and weak. So there’s no acting. Whatsoever. —
— Then, there’s the premise of equality.. n whatnot whatnot so on , okay cool.
Now some, potentially, controversial, suggestions:
1) Capitalism stays. Oh shit: butm, it’s with a WELFARE LIBERALISM wist, so hand-ups not handouts. n say for example, hypothetically, redred middle class/bourgeoise counterparts could come to working class -COMMUNITIES N fuckin help them by like being business mentors, / distinguishing ((the men” from the “boys……) type thing, exuse the sayng feminists, for lexical choice; but it’s cool coz then see who wag1 ,. n what’s really popping like who’s got ideas and plans, and WILL actually get them into fruition. Or who’s a little lazy n shit..
Anyway, this then replaces the dole system: in a non-scrutinised, sustainable, n societtally benefiecial system.. because, by this point-in-time in the – future then straight up gold-mines are created and Capitalism has thus birhted many more philanthropists.. COol n tjhen there’s 1)) a fuckin sustainble way for people to get nmoney, to know where their next ‘cheque is coming from.. or , more imporanly where their next bit of food is ((and it’s run by a non-governmental body)) so as to not let it be cut by Tory barstards and cause more uncertainty and mass-fluxuation in living standards for a mass group of people. http://www.slideshare.net/sgummer/marxism-overview .. THen cool.

 

  • boom, and also.. what u have is a peaceful revolution, a non-governmental, independent body regulating it so as to prevent crime, and a cross-culture, cross – class, and cross -divide/inequality system whereby everybody can eat and mingle.. instead of being socially engineered and one class aspiring to the other, often to their detriment, and the other class looking’ down on, but not understanding, the other,, often to their detrement,,,..
    The ;interviews could also help with essentially ‘life coaching’ to tackle the , often unspoken about, aspects of working class life/culture.. /education n state sector shit, which includes bullying, adultery, comradery, pressure, peers looking down on u / overtly judging, appropriation,.. n misguided views that u leave them” n they if u r happy ” n successful.. But like , yeah u can just guide n right the wrongs of violence, n torture n unneccessarily horrific/traumatic experiences which have been visusalised/seen/seen so perceived to be the way the ‘real’ world” is when in actuality , in many cases .. once ur down so low.. the only way is up.

    Written at university after coming off the estate like 5 days ago. thinking about my crazy,beautiful estate back home.

    Don’t Go back to what hurt you.

The One Thing Philosophy Taught Me

React, don’t force, or alter, to YOUR ENVIRONMENT.

 

See the world, for what it is, as it is predominantly (remedy/find solutions to what you want to fix) – and face it head on. Be brave, be bold, don’t forget which battles you’ve already fought and what lessons you’ve already learnt: acquired, cumulative knowledge and sometimes; it’s better the devil you know. Moreover, take things, one thing at a time. And, listen to your body; it will know what to do. Furthermore, as weird as it sounds don’t overprepare – do what you need to do and then finesse it, do more of what u like – if ur a worrier like me then over-prepping will just make u miserable so worst case, think of the worst case, and then imagine and prepare for the best then just do it no point overtly stressing over the little details once you’ve planned for them and prepared for every eventuality you’re gonna unfortunately just have to be patient and react to the sitaution as it arises: this is one way in which you can not “live inside of your own head” too much; imagination is good but like all skills it can be abused or used to fly too close tot the sunn, and like dd all ggoodd thing ins life be used in moderation andd balancee, but yeah respond don’t preempt all the timee. 

LOVE.

LOVE. LIFE.

 

Life is pretty difficult, we all know this. Especially these days. The pace of life is relentless, and Capitalism got us all going at it, unconsciously trying to become “productive” workers in the “pursuit of happiness” or, the pursuit “of monetary happiness,, independence, freedom, and showing-offy-ness.”I mean, normally all of these things are quite good (but I’d Argue you can do them whilst being considerate of others, and understanding there’s “”more to life than money””((Cliche number one, are u really suprised by now)).

 

Imperfection. Education. Abrasive. Harsh.

 

Forgiveness..

 

Don’t get lost in the sauce: When you’re making money, for goodness sakee (againn, just my opinion – i’m sure I’m also guilty of it too but, because, afterall i’m socialised just like u) just don’t be too tooo flashhy. 1)) No one wantss to see “”Too Happy”, n for too long 1.5:: that’s unhuman, there’s stages, cyclicality, and phases too life too. 2)) Everyone works hard for their money, so a bit of modesty, and iff u do have a relatively “flashy/attractive” lifestyle try n a)) show others they can have it too B)) use it for motivational/charitable/conscientiouss/’giving back’ ppurposes. And, don’t be snobbish when u talk/speak to others (e.g. no offencee, but many of my “upper middle class” friends will treat waitors/staff/members of another class – like shit. C’mon, fix up. Like, society, the way I see it, is like an ant’s life everyone can do proportionate work

 

– if you’re stronger cool u lift more and u reap what u so – ur wedge.. but 1)) u don’t judge others who r skinnier: remmebering we all start from somewhere. N’, u too were skinny/broke(( in the case of money)) too before, or someone somewhere was not as good/well off now so be humble and rememebr ur roots n’ origins. N when it comess to treating ‘them’ like shitt coz u feel “powerful” “snobbish” or “rich” with ur money well just understand THEY’RE doing u a service, so be grateful for it, tip well and be courteous. Also, Don’t Judge/ Or Hate Coz these “immigrants u hate” N (directed at the people who voted “”out’;”” at the EU referendum in 2016)) U Don;t Compplain when ttThe Lithuainian/Romanian Woman delivers u uryour dominoes so u can eat and and sustain nutrition.  to. go to your swanky job everyday. And, yeah just understand we are all linked, and all human, all bleed the same blood, and ‘ave far more in common than diference. We all have value, somee are just more blatanly useful.– to the PERCEPTIONS of a capitalistic economy, and have an egotistical way of showing; partly ((can u really blame them,, due to the media/social)). it due to the psychological implicationss. of money: feeling superiror, momnetarily/quantifiable reasurrance/re-justification/rewards/ compliment of having a lot of cash, and the ego boost that basically comes with freedom in an unfree consumer market.

Un-free consumer choice: at the very least it’s capped because no-one has unlimitied funds, and there are technically no limits on the amount of goods/companies one can purchase/purchase from. – Money is finite, but goods are seemingly infinite. And, that is for one specturm of society. At a slightly lower price point ur just you’re you’re just tryna get by – cop “some” goods, but the expenses are still, relatively, and significantly – in relation to the ‘frustratingly’more affluent part of the population. U r payuig more/ “”spending”” more of your in come, as a percentagee, on foods/electric and “”essentialls, which have become commodified. Thus , ur trying to compete with luxuries (unneccesstieties) whilst still trying to maintain ur ‘shi[‘ andd cop essentialls: like food. So arguably, focus on affordable commodities, and less luxuries – obviously, but this point is foundational to show that when u do have money u should arguably improve your necesseties first, before improving your luxuries, for instance, it sounds cheesy but, eating at wagamas ((food is a relatively simpkle, rewarding, luxury)) is a treat to me and something me and my family can all enjoy so I can get that first and “everyon’es upped it” as well as the basic 3/4 meals a day plus snacks.And, thenn, aftter saving,. and being able to technically “buy it twice” (the true, proper definition of””affording it”” affording something- u can’t really afford it unless u could comfortably buy it tiwce, with ur current bank balance – dion’t sell urself dreams, n get a controll on ur spending/priorites even when u r rich)). Just, like thegovernment there should, again in my fucking opinion, be periods of saving/austerity, and then splashing/responsibly spendingg. On what matters most. mmMMmmhh, ssStill Following, Cool.

 

Boom, So then There’s FFttThings money Can’t Buy; Manners (self-explanatory), Respect (/RRrespeckk – “”how”s ur day going/emotional wellbeing of others’ u care about, welfare of others not being comprismised at the cost/doing of ur own””), Morals (God, /Faith/Spiritualityy/Doing What’s Right “not just what’s easyy)). ////Making Money In An ethical weay: ((u know, the hippy shitt like “”don’t fuck over the environment/ururYOUR environment whilst chasing money,,)). Don’t forget those who earnt you/learnt you/ supported you/ your support group “”hhwhen you make it””. Like, for a trivial example alchol – for some in the western world – is a good “fun” “reward” so, despite health consequences wwe drink, but what would drink be rrwithout the ones we enjoy it with. Without pepole to enjoy it with.?

 

So take-homes, don’t be too showy, and it’s quite dissapointing that , I Cant’t ‘t CCCCCCCant comprehenmend// thatt my counsins in Bangladesh, even in Bangladesh, when there are so many more pressing” issues going on, are trying to show off to each other and be “seen” to be doing better. Don’t play the sport just for the claps/applause. And Don’t Compete for A Competition, Compete With yourself, of yesterday, the past, A healthy present, and A Fulfilling FFfuture, and jokinglybanterously/not greddily/ jealously ((is that even a word lol – i promise i wasn’t under the influence, when i wrote THis). Just have fun with itt, And, Capitalism IS NOT A ZERO SUM GAME – so get ytour hand in all the pies, and understand that, with hardwork we can all get some – get a slice, give a slice, n make ur slice count, whilst not watching other people’s slicees’ ((too much)). Cappiche, and most importanly don’t just do a job uuyou love, do whone ddthat’s challenging, sewe it through, and make it count – make it a societyally contribution job – so unforutunaley, bias,; due to seeing the fuckup/fuckeries that the economic sector can actually do and just lived experience really has made me bias to bakrres/ accountants/ but i really do think it’s like wasted potential’ for so many uni grads like, sure u make allot of maoney, but if you really scrutinise it and analyse it , could u 1)) do it for a long time and 2)) what will the world be gainging/ will it bee a better place when u leave it/pass away. Anyway, on paper: again((no denying it’s not socialsied/ccsocially constructedd as , touch typing bithcc, importantt. Butt, there;s more t o life thann it.

And, on paper: a piece of paper,

u can’t take it with u.

WHen u die. 

 

 

How’s Thatt FOrr A JJFUCKINNG HAIKUU, BITCHH, (SORRY SOCIALSIED NOT SExISM, I AM NOT REFFERERING TO A FEMALE I AM REFERENING  TO ANYONE OF ANY GENDER, THATT “”MAY OOPPOSE OR BE IN CONTRADICTION TO/OPPOSITION WITH/AGAINST A “REAL PERSON” PURSUING NOBLE OR INTRISTIC VALUES, ANDD VALUABLESS. /PEOPLE.

 

R.C.

 

“”((LISTENING TO FETTY WAP. WHOO, IN THE AFTERRNOON, WENTT BACKK TO HIS “HIGH SCHOOL”” TO BE BACK, NOT A CLONEE, ANDD “”TEACH THE KIDSS” OR SHOW THAT, IF TEHRE’S SOMEONE THAT LOOKS LIKE U WHO’S MADE IT. U CAN MEKE IT TOO.

 

 

I mean, all of these thing little things aren’t little.

 

CULTURE. /. CULTRUAL ZEITGEIST.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Quotes & hopes,

worThis is a new blog, so to get the ball rolling here are some quotes. They summarize the authors’ political views. A quick bit about the authors: my friend and I are university students at St Andrews and are very interested, albeit regularly disheartened, with politics. I champion meritocracy, access to opportunity, welfare and redistribution of wealth, pacifism, and eroding inequalities or prejudices.

Here’s my selection of inspirational quotes :):

  • “I like the sun, but respect the rain”
  • “Life is imperfect. Perfection is unattainable yet desirable.”
  • “You don’t have to take an interest in politics, for politics to take an interest in you”
  • “Hate the sin, love the sinner”
  • “A problem well stated is a problem half solved”
  • “You may have to fight a battle many times in order to win it”
  • “If you feel like it’s dark around you, it could be because you are the light”
  • You can’t make the weak strong by making the strong weak””
  • “Without struggle, there is no progress”
  • “The only way to escape the corruptible effect of praise is to go on working”
  • “At the end of the game, the pawn and king go back into the same box”
  • “Energy flows where attention goes”
  • “Be kind, because everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle”
  • “We all have scars”
  • “I am an optimist by choice, a pessimist by intellect”
  • “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change”
  • “If you can look up you can get up”
  • “Whether you think you’re wrong, or you think you’re right, you are correct”
  • “Nothing worth having comes easy”
    “If there is always light, you do not experience light anymore”
  • “The longer the battle the sweeter the victory”
  • “It’s not about where you come from, it’s about where you are going”
  • “Bad news: time flies. Good news: you’re the pilot”
  • “Fear fear”
  • “Compassion over capital”
  • “I like when money makes a difference but don’t make you  different”
  • “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”

– ..R.C