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“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” Steve Jobs, 1955-2011
Fifteen years ago, after having closely flirted with spiritual and emotional death, I decided the only way to survive for me would be to live my life, and no one else’s. Whatever the price.
I make no comment. Just think it through.
“The fact that almost all our leaders appear to us as fools once they are in power, pathetically inadequate or seriously deceived, shows that the system is working. On a recent visit to China I met many young people who had recently discovered that their leaders were old, stupid and corrupt. These young Chinese were cynical, and yet upset by this realization. I reassured them that it is this very cynicism, rampant over the last three hundred years or more in England, which is one of the glories of Democracy. Those in power should never be trusted fully. We should always remember the novelist Daniel Defoe’s short verse: ‘Nature has left this tincture in the blood, That all men would be tyrants if they could.’ The British Prime Minister Winston Church suggested that ‘It has been said that Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.’ It is often a sham, a mask for power, but it is difficult to think of a better system.”
You can read more here if interested.
Hilarious! Maybe you had to be a 12-year-old boy once upon a time to enjoy this one, if nothing else it will give you insight into the young (and the old) male psyche.
More seriously, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and if, like me, you don’t want your breasts examined by a 12-year-old boy scout, you can find here how to do your own self-exam :)
And to my girlfriends and women around the world fighting the Cancer Beast right now: we’re all in this together and we will conquer!
Camille Paglia is an interesting character; a sort of anti-feminist feminist. I find much in her that I would agree with, though my personal force as a creator is more male than female, so her estimates of the low creative powers of women would not apply to me. My beloved Michael is very interested in the voice he hears in me when I say “I’m a man” and claims that this Paglia quotation applies to me:
“Charisma is the radiance produced by the interaction of male and female elements in a gifted personality. The charismatic woman has a masculine force and severity. The charismatic man has an entrancing female beauty. Both are hot and cold, glowing with presexual self-love.”
Perhaps. There is much interesting truth in it.
For me, the sense in which I am an anti-feminist feminist is that while I very much believe in strong women and for women to play a powerful leadership role in the world, I also believe in traditional male and female sexuality, and I hate the way in which some feminists try to downplay our fundamental sexual energies. Thus while I may not agree with everything Paglia says, I like her frank acknowledgement of the fundamental male and female energies, and the role that they play in our lives. Part of my commitment to returning us to the “cultural origins of women’s sensuality” is an attempt to help modern women get back in touch with their deep, primal, female selves.
“Camille Paglia, a feminist with a strong critique of feminism, has proposed controversial theories about the role of sadism and perversity in Western cultural art, and the “darker forces” of sexuality that she claims feminism ignores. Her more positive assessment of pornography and decadence, relegation of feminism to political egalitarianism, and assessment that women are actually more powerful in culture than men are has put her at odds with many feminists and non-feminists.”
See below for some Camille Paglia Quotations
• Men know they are sexual exiles. They wander the earth seeking satisfaction, craving and despising, never content. There is nothing in that anguished motion for women to envy.
• It is woman’s destiny to rule men. Not to serve them, flatter them, or hang on them for guidance. Nor to insult them, demean them, or stereotype them as oppressors.
• We cannot have a world where everyone is a victim. “I’m this way because my father made me this way. I’m this way because my husband made me this way.” Yes, we are indeed formed by traumas that happen to us. But you must take charge, you must take over, you are responsible.
I just came across the post below by Mike Adams for Natural News. No comment as he has said it all!!!
“In its never-ending attempt to fabricate “mental disorders” out of every human activity, the psychiatric industry is now pushing the most ridiculous disease they’ve invented yet: Healthy eating disorder.
This is no joke: If you focus on eating healthy foods, you’re “mentally diseased” and probably need some sort of chemical treatment involving powerful psychotropic drugs. The Guardiannewspaper reports, “Fixation with healthy eating can be sign of serious psychological disorder” and goes on to claim this “disease” is called orthorexia nervosa — which is basically just Latin for “nervous about correct eating.”
But they can’t just called it “nervous healthy eating disorder” because that doesn’t sound like they know what they’re talking about. So they translate it into Latin where it sounds smart (even though it isn’t). That’s where most disease names come from: Doctors just describe the symptoms they see with a name like osteoporosis (which means “bones with holes in them”).
Getting back to this fabricated “orthorexia” disease, the Guardian goes on to report, “Orthorexics commonly have rigid rules around eating. Refusing to touch sugar, salt, caffeine, alcohol, wheat, gluten, yeast, soya, corn and dairy foods is just the start of their diet restrictions. Any foods that have come into contact with pesticides, herbicides or contain artificial additives are also out.”
Wait a second. So attempting to avoid chemicals, dairy, soy and sugar now makes you a mental health patient? Yep. According to these experts. If you actually take special care to avoid pesticides, herbicides and genetically modified ingredients like soy and sugar, there’s something wrong with you.
But did you notice that eating junk food is assumed to be “normal?” If you eat processed junk foods laced with synthetic chemicals, that’s okay with them. The mental patients are the ones who choose organic, natural foods, apparently…”
I know I sound surprised but I am really not. But still, WTH?
At this point, the best I can do is post the video below and hope that people reflect on it. Although I was born wayyyy after the “official end” of colonialism, why do these images of a scene that happened just few days ago “remind” me of a time supposedly long gone? It is a good thing I am an adept of principled non violence (after all Cheickh Amadou Bamba is my spiritual leader). A bon entendeur…
First of all, thanks to all of you who have reached out and wished me a happy birthday. I have always tried to keep my birthday as low profile as possible, and yet it is still gratifying to receive greetings from so many friends.
This is especially true as I continue to undergo a transformation in which there is some discontinuity between my past and my present. I feel as if I was a caterpillar who is now in a cocoon on my way to being a butterfly, and not all of those who loved me in my caterpillar stage love me in my cocoon stage, and not all of those who loved me in my caterpillar stage will love me in my butterfly stage. So a special thanks to those of you who are staying in touch with me while I am cocooning.
The metaphor of transforming myself from a caterpillar to a butterfly may seem an odd one for me in particular; in some ways in my former life I was a social butterfly par excellence, and many people loved me most of all for being the life of the party (and giving them a glamorous existence to live vicariously). Now I am more quiet and thoughtful, and engaged more deeply in my life’s work. I still enjoy parties, and still enjoy laughing and having fun, but my mind and my spirit are now more deeply engaged in achieving something meaningful with my years.
And I have realized that as exciting and stimulating as it was to be the life of the party, and a social butterfly par excellence, it is even more beautiful, and even more stimulating, to create meaning with the gifts that God has given me.
Blessings and love to all of you,