The Art of Nothing (TDP #371)

Nothing, Facebook Live, a Pot Sasquatch, and more, on this weeks episode of The Distracted Philosopher.

”There is a time in a person’s life where they realize they will never be a unicorn. At that time, it’s ok to cry. The world needs donkeys too.” – The Distracted Philosopher

I can see my house from here

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Everyday of my entire adult life I have written something; short things, long things (not novels — I don’t have the focus for that), fiction, nonfiction, rants, poems, thoughts, dreams, and things I can’t categorize (and probably shouldn’t).

I’ve filled journal after journal, published on websites now defunct (remember Tripod?), published on my own sites (some of which are also long gone), written for others sites (who knows what’s happened to some of them), self-published 2 books (for which I have SOLD copies which means I’m what you call a professional), written / produced my own weekly audio podcast for the past 10 years (well, 10 years in June), and I’ve written untold amounts of stuff that may never see the light of day.

What I’m trying to say is I write A LOT OF STUFF! Because of that, I tend to repeat myself time and again, cover the same topics, write similar fiction or poems. I find it actually impossible to keep creating completely unique content. But when I do repeat something, my hope is that I have gained insight and knowledge and will present it with a fresh perspective.

But eventually I get to the point where I ask myself … what am I going to write now? What’s this weeks podcast going to be about? What am I going to Facebook Live next?

And then I think about Seinfeld — the TV show back in the 90’s for those younger people who may have never heard or seen it (and those people exist). Seinfeld was famous for being a show about nothing where a key story line was characters Jerry and Duckman (not his real name) were trying to produce a TV show that was about nothing.

Nothing sounds like nothing, but in reality it’s something. It’s a lot of something. It’s life. It’s a stream of consciousness. It’s something that happens that’s not really planned out (aka real life).

I approach my writing the same way. Much of the time I’m writing about nothing. I’ve not planned anything. I don’t have any notes to go on. I’m just writing without thinking. Just letting it flow.

This podcast episode (or this blog depending on if you are listening to or reading this) is about nothing. I started with nothing, just being in the present, not thinking but letting thoughts flow. It’s a meditative experience. Sometimes thoughts get in the way of creating art.

So take a deep breath, relax, and go do something. Stop thinking for a few minutes and just be. You’d be surprised what can happen.

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This is episode s10e06(371) for Monday, February 13, 2017 and clocked in at 14 minutes, 10 seconds

I Don’t Understand, And I’d Like To (TDP #370)

My Philosophy of Questions, Grandma’s phone, give and take, and more, on this weeks episode of The Distracted Philosopher.

”What happens in Snapchat stays in Snapchat. Unless it’s screenshotted. Or you post it to your stories. Or some” – The Distracted Philosopher

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People are mean. Not just some but ALL people, or at the very least it’s 99.9% of the human race. There may be more polite, friendly people out there, but it’s always the mean ones that get the most attention. People are mean when they disagree with others – It’s human nature, but I can’t tell someone to stop being mean. It’s like telling someone to calm down. Never in the history of the world has anyone calmed down by being told to calm down.

This is because of someone’s beliefs, their core self, the drive in their soul that powers their beliefs, is in complete control. Facts and points don’t matter. Logic is irrelevant.

But people don’t always know what that drive is because they have never done a self-introspection. Because they don’t care. Because it’s something they believe.

I approach people for which I disagree (and that’s a great many people) with simple philosophy. I call it, “I Don’t Understand and I’d Like To,” or IDUILT for short.

My goal is to ask questions for which I genuinely don’t know or understand the answer. I plead ignorance on the subject giving them a chance to feel superior to me and give themselves a chance to explain their belief without having to defend it.

I simply ask, “I don’t understand, could you please explain?” This may be followed by, “Why?” and head nods as I listen to what they say. Actually listen. I’m not just waiting to talk back at them, I’m genuinely listening for content. Because I don’t understand why they believe what they do and I really want to know.

I never judge their content negatively and remain calm (because people hate it when you actually remain calm). Although I’ll keep questioning until I discover if they are an idiot or a genius. Until I get to the heart of their beliefs. Until I discover that drive in their soul from which their beliefs are so strongly held.

I may not be able to change their beliefs, but at least I’ll know what’s behind it and maybe get them to think about that. Only then can they change themselves.

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This is episode s10e05(370) for Monday, January 30, 2017 and clocked in at 19 minutes, 06 seconds

The Future is So Bright (TDP #369)

The future, tiny guns, parking, and more, on this weeks episode of The Distracted Philosopher.

”What you call a rectal exam, I just call Saturday night” – The Distracted Philosopher

Not as funny as it used to be

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So much happens so fast and each day provides its unique challenges.

There are struggles for power. Truth is non-existence, facts are whatever you say they are. I hear absurd things like: my crowd was bigger than yours, your hands are tiny, I have a penis therefore I make decisions about women’s bodies, you have a vagina and by definition are less of a person.

Some of this is because elderly people—who have old ideas, old values, slow or limited intellectual development, seem cognitively impaired as they are unable to grasp simple concepts, cannot deal with change, and are completely unaware of the plight of the average human—run our government — they control our livelihood. You can determine most of this by watching C-SPAN —all these politicians sound like they are saying, “You damn kids get out of my yard! Bah humbug.”

Society uses phrases such as “throw like a girl” which is completely absurd. What does that mean? Is it different to throw like a man? Does the penis help throw a ball? Does a vagina get in the way? Those answers are all no. Boys insult other boys by calling them “girls” — and men do the same except sometimes they say woman. Does being a woman make you less than a man? NO. There are strong and weak members of all genders. Some are muscle, some are brains, some are artists, some are homeless, some are poor, some are rich, some are blind, some are deaf, some are . All of this and more regardless of gender. Did you know there was a time when television shows had to show two separate beds in a married couple’s bedroom — as if people didn’t know they slept together. Mary Tyler Moore was told she couldn’t wear pants on TV because she was a woman.

Times are changing. People are changing. But some people are not. This concerns me for the future. For a future I will be unable to see — and that saddens me greatly.

We live in a society of automobiles and excessive lane highways, where vehicles think they are boss and bikers and walkers should beware.

We are changing our environment every single day. We ourselves are changing ever single day.

But from my seat, I don’t foresee a pleasant future. I see a dystopia. All the books written about a dystopia or utopia (which also turns out to be a dystopia) are very plausible giving our current state. And that terrifies me. Must we crash and burn before we can rise from the ashes to ascend into a civilization? I believe the answer is yes. Yes we do. And that saddens me even more.

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This is episode s10e04(369) for Monday, January 23, 2017 and clocked in at 12 minutes, 38 seconds

Sticks, Stones, And Words (TDP #368)

Freedom of speech, and more, on this weeks episode of The Distracted Philosopher.

”Whoever said you lose most of your heat through your head never stood in the freezing cold with no pants on” – The Distracted Philosopher

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People believe what they see, hear, and read. This is absurd.

Our eyes fall pray to optical illusions, hallucinations, and mirages. With Photoshop, CGI effects, and skilled illusionists, how can we believe anything we see? Even science has shown that eyewitness testimony (you know where they say, “That’s the guy! I saw him!”) is the most flawed evidence in a trial because of how our brain and eyes work — turns out, they suck (that’s an industry term).

People hear what they want to hear and read what they want to read. They derive the meaning they want and ignore any possible intent of the speaker or writer. They add or subtract words that do not fit into their beliefs. Not religious beliefs, just beliefs in general, as in I believe eggs should be sunny side up with soft yokes, aspartame kills brain cells, or the end of the toilet paper roll should hang on the outside of the holder (unless you own a cat, then obviously it belongs on the inside). These are things I believe with or without the backing of science. Some people believe completely insane and illogical things like the Earth is flat, up is down, clowns are funny.

Words are not always truthful. Fiction is everywhere. Fiction even exists in non-fiction, because if someone believes it to be true, it can be considered and cataloged as non-fiction. Just because something was written in the newspaper, or you heard it from mainstream media, or the internet, or any media outlet or publication, doesn’t make it true.

People, politicians, government, corporations — they all lie and deceive. Not all the time, sometimes not on purpose, but there are always lies.

This untruthfulness (I looked it up, it’s a real word) extends to social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Google Plus (wait, is that still a thing?), Instagram, YouTube, Craigslist, anyone’s blog, and literally anywhere on the internet.

There is satire, parody, exaggeration, sarcasm, fiction, beliefs, half-truths, and complete and utter lies everywhere. But when it’s posted on the internet people seem to accept it as truth as long as it follows what they believe, and they dismiss it as lies if it goes against what they believe.

Some people take everything personally and believe that content posted on the internet is attacking them directly, or attacking their culture, or attacking their beliefs. It doesn’t matter if the content was sarcastic or had no malicious intent. Someone will find a way to be the “victim” of a tweet.

Your employer, educational institution, government, and any form of authority are especially sensitive about social media posts and will use your content to discriminate against you by firing, expelling, blacklisting, banning, shaming — not only you, but they will go after your family members or your spouse or your kids or your friends. They wants us to be afraid to tell a story or share a post.

Those in authority want to control us, pacify us, silence us. They want us to be afraid to say anything. It’s like being in medieval times when someone said the wrong thing to the King and he had them beheaded.

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words … words are the most powerful things in existence. They cause wars, peace, hate, love, and they incite people to action to help or to harm. Freedom of speech is one of the greatest things, but it does not mean freedom from consequences from that speech. And one tweet can destroy your family or your career — or in some countries — your life.

You see, people believe whatever they want, regardless of what they see, hear, and read. This is absurd.

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This is episode s10e03(368) for Monday, January 16, 2017 and clocked in at 16 minutes, 46 seconds

In Your Endo (TDP #367)

Sexual innuendos, zombies, Mario, pajamas in the wild, and more, on this weeks episode of The Distracted Philosopher.

”I stabed myself in the leg with a pencil every 3 hours for a month, you’ll be shocked at the results.” – The Distracted Philosopher

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As parents, we introduce our children to violence at an early age — cartoon violence (with no bad effects). Then they move on to animated shows (you know the difference between cartoon and animated? Right?), then TV shows, and movies. Oh, and video games. Space Invaders (one of my favorites when I was a kid) was shooting and destroying alien life — what bad lesson could come from that?

But when it comes to discussion of genitals, sex, or showing nudity or sex, parents are terrified that are kids may hear or see something. Many believe it would be absolutely horrible for their child to see a penis and then have to explain to your daughter or son what a penis is (because both of them may have one). These things shouldn’t terrify or hurt your child. If they do, then you are teaching the wrong message. We need to teach them about their bodies, about sex, about how they get pregnant, and ways NOT to get pregnant. Also teach them that you shouldn’t be showing your penis to everyone in line at the bank on Friday afternoon.

Also, for movies and TV and games and … well … everything that sells, there will be sex and violence in it. Shrek was a popular kids movie, but it contained quite a bit of sexual innuendos. And that movie was PG. FYI GOTG as PG-13.

Adam and Eve were naked in the garden of Eden and everything was fine. But then they ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil — that is when they felt shame for being naked. You know … because knowledge is a bad thing.

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This is episode s10e02(367) for Monday, January 9, 2017 and clocked in at 18 minutes, 21 seconds