The Golden Question?

Gold is the standard, always has and always will be.  Companies in times past gave a “gold watch” to those retiring.  Athletes work hard to obtain the gold medal, elementary students worked for the gold star, executives negotiated their golden package coming into a corporation and their golden parachute upon exiting it.  Gold is the standard for excellence.  In religious circles many of us were taught The Golden Rule:

“Do unto others as you would have done unto you.”  While the Golden Rule is a good standard by which we deal with others, for 2018 and beyond I’d like to propose a new thought.

Often in relationships, romantic and parenting, we tend to deal with others based upon our past perspectives and experiences.  We hold back in love because we may have been spurned in the past, we often make current loves pay the taxes on our “exes” debts.  In parenting, many of us parent our children based upon how we ourselves were parented, thinking we’ll do better, give better or be better to our kids than our parents were to us.  However, parenting and loving from the past mistakes of others is a sure-fire way to create more problems in your present and future relationships.  Other than our behavior, our children and our current lovers have no frame of reference as to how we have been loved and parented or not loved and parented … they didn’t create our issues.  That is why forgiveness is so important and necessary for us to do.  Cleaning up our past is crucial to enjoying our present, for the present is really all we have, the here and now.

So today, here’s the question to think about and hopefully incorporate into our current and future relationships.  Instead of parenting and loving based upon what we would want done to us, how about asking the golden question to our children, friends, or lovers, “what do you need from me.”  Instead of treating others how you want to be treated, how about treating them the way they want to be?

“What do you need from me?”

OWOW! ©2017

WMDs: Weapons of Mass Destruction

WMDs, by definition, are nuclear, radiological, chemical, biological or other weapons that can kill and bring significant harm to a large number of humans or cause great damage to human-made structures (e.g. buildings), natural structures (e.g. mountains), or the biosphere. Some of you may be too young to remember the Iran Contra scandal in the mid 80’s under the Regan Administration, but many may recall, under the Bush Administration, the Iraq invasion in 2003 based upon “military intelligence” of Saddam having WMD’s. My focus is on those “other weapons” not identified above that cause damage each and every day to which we’ve either become numb to or are simply unaware that they are in fact weapons of mass destruction: TV, religion, our words!

As a child, I recall there was a time that television actually went off. The National Anthem would play and that was the signal that no more programming was available. If one couldn’t sleep at night, there was no “zoning” out to TV until you did. You either drank a cup of something warm, read a book or listened to music until you dozed off. Now, there’s twenty-four hour, round the clock PROGRAMMING: reality shows, cable programming, music videos, news programming, game shows, sports channels, all forms of social media for adults and gaming for children via the internet. 24-hour OVERLOAD.

“According to the Nielsen report, the average American over the age of two years old watches more than 34 hours of television per week, plus at least three more hours of taped programming. The report also noted that the amount of time we spend watching television increases as we get older.” Television’s reporting on politics is miserable by any coherent standard of journalism. The business of television has little to do with an accurate chronicling of events or the meaning of decisions and actions. In order to understand the objectives of the content producers and the basic purpose behind the cultural fortune-tellers, a review of Mind Control Theories and Techniques used by Mass Media, which is a well-documented source that outlines how the mass media really operates, is useful. Mass media is the most powerful tool used by the ruling class to manipulate the masses. It shapes and molds opinions and attitudes and defines what is normal and acceptable (and, just in case you haven’t been paying attention lately, most of what they deem normal and acceptable is abnormal and unacceptable). The Establishment has perfected its machination of propaganda, creating the realities it wants into society, forming whatever truth that will be of the greatest benefit, not to society, but to the Establishment itself. Whatever reality it wants to create and disseminate is quickly absorbed by those feeding off the mammary glands of television. TV (including our smart phones) is a political and social engineering tool. Easily manipulated, millions of people are conditioned to believe, from a very early age, that anything emanating from television is sacred. Thus, everything they watch is reality and anything they hear is truth. Anchors and reporters became trusted personalities voicing reticent opinions whose veracity was seldom, if ever, questioned. For the sake of our generations to come, it’s time we wean ourselves.

Words are powerful, and the mass media uses them to their advantage. Their main objective: to control your feelings, coupled with images, to elicit an emotional response. TV=Your Mind. Controlled. Is there a way to alter or stop this? Yes! We stop buying into their agendas, read books, get out and explore our neighborhoods, our world, other cultures! We are conditioned to fear these non-visible weapons of military war, while right in our own homes and backyards, they covertly use these very visible psychological weapons of war to create a fear culture, which is just as poisonous as any bomb. TV is doing an excellent job of providing negative reinforcements, our children have few, if any, positive images of who they were, are or can be. Our children are our future … let’s help them reclaim their identities, their individuality, their creativity. By protecting them, we protect our legacy and the future of our families and culture. We must guard the door to our minds. The people have the power; with the push of a button we can disarm these weapons of mass destruction!

 

OWOW! © 2017