Mental Mobility vs. Stagnancy.

“Flip-Flopper” is a good card to have on your hand if you want to convince the masses that your opponent is the opposite of trustworthy!

“You can’t trust __________ look at how he/she/it has changed position frequently on this-and-this issue.”

Who would you rather trust though? Someone who changes their mind when presented with new information or someone who doesn’t bulge regardless of the information that they are handed?

The reason as to why I started thinking about this is that the book that I’m currently reading….

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….has really started to pick up.

In it is said that those who gain insights and change the world are often very open when it comes to new information and input while those who also work to solve the same problems but don’t experience the breakthroughs are more solidified in terms of their viewpoints.

It is a display of “pride before the fall” but it is nonetheless interesting when drawing a parallel to politics.

Being ideologically consistent is regularly being portrayed as a virtue, when mental flexibility and fluidity seems to be the most important mindset to posses if one seeks to come up with new ideas.

Whether it is the military, the world of business or the act of governance it is dangerous to grow stagnant. It means the end of innovation. You become a slow-moving Mammoth rather than a quick-moving Cheetah.

When reading the book I automatically draw parallels to the music industry; I’ve found the chapter about big organisations very illuminating since it explains the general fixation on: covers, numbers (regardless of content value), re-makes, prequels and sequels.

Vanity numbers was the first thing that show biz people threw themselves on when it came to social media rather than actual engagements. What I liked so much about my own numbers (which was all broken down to me by my manager), was that the percentage of engagements and interactions were high when compared to other bands and artists.

This is what social-media influencers are going on about and what brands have finally picked up on.

This is why influencers don’t recommend paying for clicks and followers since what you are looking for are interactions and genuine influence.

I’m an influencer since people have always bought the type of instruments that I play, and I’ve received messages lately from people claiming that they’ve made lifestyle changes inspired by how I live my life.

It warms my heart that I can potentially help people! That was not something that I foresaw when I started blogging!

Yet if people focus on my reduced reach on Facebook or don’t notice that comments are now being screened by Facebook (meaning that you cannot automatically see all of the comments people are posting), they might get the false impression that people have lost interest. This is how the social media giants can potentially sabotage your business and create false impressions. Regardless of this I’m still selling records while I’ve unintentionally upped my role as an influencer and artist since I’m now a  potentially life-changing influencer due to my openness about my faith, what I read, my prepping project, etc;

Why have I ended up sharing so much? By observing changes in trends, keeping an eye on demands and requests and changing accordingly.

If you move like a Mammoth this will be hard, which reminds me of Elisabeth (my manager) more than anything who instantly understood the importance of social media while I regarded it as lame and uninteresting.

If there is one thing that I’ve observed when it comes to her it is how mental flexibility pays off. I regard myself as being very open artistically but I’ve been pretty rigid business wise since the old-fashioned model followed by others has been: record labels.

My impression of establishment people though is that they usually pick up on trends as they become untrendy. They appear to be consistently late to the party (we are talking years) yet they are relevant due to two things only: funding and infrastructure.

Innovation and creativity bubbles up into the mainstream from the underground, but this obviously isn’t only valid for the music industry, it goes for business models, fighting, political systems and everything in between.

When taking into consideration how vulnerable our systems are there should be no doubt to anyone contemplating this that we will increase our chances of survival as distinct population groups and tribes by decentralising. By having scattered units throughout a territory it will be difficult for severe climate threats or human threats to wipe out an entire people. Even a plague might not spell the end. This whole obsession with centralisation creates slow-moving Mammoth systems vulnerable to total destruction.

A couple of times I’ve come across localised educational initiatives to teach children about survival. This is an act of genius since it prepares the very young for what to do if the current system collapses. The more prepared a civilian population is the more do they enhance their odds.

Reminder to self: be a Cheetah.

 

 

What Is Moral?

What would you consider to be moral?

That the various tribes in The Middle East dictate the future of their ancestral land or that their political structure should be defined by others?

What do you consider to be morally right?

That Africans should decide what happens to their own resources, population groups and territory or that China Inc. or European State Forces should form the future of the continent?

What is morally right?

To wipe out Natives and steal their land?

What is morally right?

That the various population groups of Europe should dictate their own future or that private tech companies in the U.S.A. should dictate what is appropriate?

What do you think sounds moral?

Is it right to place a territory under occupation? Is it right to exploit natural resources  while posturing about how diverse and virtuous your company is? Is it right to turn a territory into a financial or military colony?

In the land – of the land – with the land; sounds like an empowering position, but it only is for as long as you control the land.

You are born in a territory, shaped by that territory, you live in that territory, and in most cases: you die in that territory. It is an empowering position, because you have all of your ties and your ancestry in one place, and you have no illusions: you know the bad, you know the good, there are no fantasies, no nostalgia. You know that the territory offers you perfections and imperfections alike, but you learn to deal with it or you get involved to change things.

Whether you are a continentalist or a localist you are at home and that is a strength, but it only is for as long as you and your people can shape your fate. If not you are merely sovereign in name only.

Do you think it is moral if natives are not allowed to shape the destiny of their territory?

And if you think that is moral then how would you justify and explain its morality?

 

Looking For Saviours In A World Full Of Fake Messiahs.

Hordes upon hordes flocked towards _____x_____ in the hope of salvation.

Abiding by whatever words bowing down into praise. Enthusiasm and faith filled the masses so eager and hungry to believe that here lay the answer to all of their misfortune.

Rage, unhinged gripped them if any critical voice questioned their dedication to the new doctrine, for nothing that was being said by ____x____ could be untrue or misleading.

High on hope they flocked to __x___ exalted into euphoria by any words spoken, yet they came back home to what they abhorred and shackles and chains that were only tightening.

One by one they started suffering longterm after ideological application, with a shrine in their homes brightly gleaming, vacant and alone.

Those words so well spoken now turned into rot gnawing at their faltering expectations.

Some kept believing while others now started to doubt, but rather than acknowledging what their presence had created they turned against ____x____ since this Messiah was just another one made of stone.

One would think that wisdom would gain ground after a disappointment such as this, but no, it didn’t take long before ___x___ came along and the people resounded with the same old song.

 

“Seeing What Others Don’t” by Gary Klein – My reaction to Chapter One & a bit of Chapter Two.

So back to my incredibly unhealthy hobby…

I guess being illiterate when it comes to ones understanding is preferable when it comes to the horror of reading….

What I have in my possession is a book that would probably fall into the self-help or personal growth category, and if this work had crossed my path let’s say … five years ago, I would probably have loved it.

The issue is that I’ve read quite a lot of different material since then … such as….

  • A deeper understanding of genetics  paves the way for targeted medicine, beauty treatments and weaponry. On one hand there is nothing to find but praise and optimism for this on the other: total hysteria if any official findings clash with political correctness. At the end of the day it doesn’t really matter because while the Western world is busy with political limbo dancing our enemies and competitors will advance in this field.

One of the most common products that private companies are seeking placements for in the YouTube community are DNA testing kits to discover ones heritage.

Obviously if you are to make a YouTube video featuring such a product you’ll probably be expected to test it normalizing the act of sending ones genetic material to a private actor.

This DNA harvesting combined with the behavioural data-mining at the hands of online media platforms (such as this one I assume) paints private industries in an interesting futuristic light.

Targeted online advertising is all about the individual just like custom-made beauty treatments and targeted medicine.

It is the individual that the private sector are after which makes DNA-denialism absurd.

Just like it is vital to manufacture DNA-denialism whenever it is convenient it is equally crucial to feign a diversity-friendly profile while exploiting the resources of those one pretends to aid….

  • My reasons for going on about this is that I couldn’t even finish reading one chapter in “Seeing What Others Don’t,” without seeing what others don’t. The author seemingly attempts to paint a picture of humanity as consistently and generally: curious, creative and insightful with an innate pattern recognition software.

He presents the following “sample” to the reader: a Nobel Prize winning hard-scientist, an anti-fraud investigator, a police officer, the man who discovered AIDS and himself.

All of these characters are/were involved in investigative professions, even the author….

What I instantly detected was that this is a work shrouded in “noise” targeted towards people like myself and others who are pattern-observant, people who have a curious and investigative spirit and those who are inherently creative with insight deeply embedded into their behavioural patterns.

Yet the work is shrouded in “noise“ so that the author appears to be appealing to anyone something that is useful if aiming for speaking engagements and general popularity.

Everyone seeks to optimise their own performance and especially their income.

From the first chapter and the beginning of the second I sensed that the aim of this book is to seemingly unlock personality traits that are unevenly distributed within the populace to being with.

And I guess this is why I felt an underlying dissonance in the back of my mind as I read.

This feeling of dissonance was so troubling that I had to put the book down in order to write some notes and figured that I could might as well just write a blog entry.

  • It greatly surprised me and puzzled me when I started playing the guitar that so many musicians seemed to lack creativity. To me it made no sense that one could play an instrument but have no desire, drive and/or ability to create. I spent many quiet moments reflecting on this very peculiar phenomenon only to reach the conclusion that I really did not get it.

I don’t understand how you can write without having the ability to come up with characters and story lines.

Nor do I understand how it is possible to paint and draw without having the ability to create.

Something appears incomplete and off to me, yet the majority of musicians that I’ve encountered have not possessed even an ounce of creativity which baffles me to this day. :/

  • I guess this was another reason as to why Gary Klein’s book made me feel weird in addition to the inclusion of James Watson and Francis Crick.

Watson & Crick identified the structure of DNA which hasn’t helped Watson much since he has been completely and totally thrown under the bus due to his comments in regards to diversity.

As I said above: it is beneficial to non-Western actors that our culture currently is as it is.

So why even bother to comment? You don’t bring a knife to a gun fight – and the gun fights of the future are found in our very own building blocks.

This might be why private companies want to have a sample of your DNA!

To be continued…..

 

 

 

When You Lose Your Headquarter While Fighting A Conventional Enemy….

Lately I’ve been thinking about the political establishment’s fixation on Russia and China. My reason for this is that I imagine that it must be reassuring and good to know that your Nation is in relatively good shape if you are called to fight a foreign State actor elsewhere…

What inspired these thoughts was a short YouTube video I watched from Paul Joseph-Watson where he spoke about the fall of Paris. This was before the yellow-West protests.

There seem to be no willingness to sort out internal turbulence from a great number of political establishments in Europe, who seem more concerned with distracting their enforcement officials with petty, feel-good, political-correctness issues, rather than nipping things in the bud. In addition the mainstream media are in on the hoax as well veiling Europe in a false wrapping of safety where critics are portrayed as merely ill-informed, or as Russian spies, or as racists, or as weird conspiracy theorists.

As it is though, the con-act is unravelling since the instability has grown to such an extent that the de-stabilisation effort can no longer be hidden.

Leaders such as Kurz and Salvini are lone voices of reason displaying the sort of leadership that is necessary in a situation such as this; the only issue is that their actions are contained and would have been more powerful and efficient if they were executed upon the continent as a whole.

The reason as to why I bring up this issue once again is that if the threat and the concerns regarding China and Russia are as severe as Defence officials would want to us to believe, then I dare say that it must be quite “problematic” that we already find ourselves in compromised territorial situations within our own Nation States…

In the case of conventional, State actor-warfare, it could very well might be that our professional fighters are sent out to confront a traditional enemy, while their home territory (that has already been compromised) fall to imported and/or native insurgents; the insurgents might even strike a deal with the more conventional enemies so that our own fighters find themselves locked-in and surrounded.

It will require quite the genius to first defeat the Chinese and the Russians, only to head back home to another battlefield. In fact it very well might be that there will be no home to come back to at all.

Not to mention that the main battle could easily be sabotaged if your headquarter falls.

This means that regardless of how one chooses to think and regardless of what might be on top of one’s priority list, the destabilisation of Europe and of America cannot be brushed under the carpet any longer.

It is a bi-partisan issue that transcends all and everything. It simply has to deal with the survival of our tribes and cultures.

The fact that we have to wait in anticipation to see whether elections grant us the leadership required to tackle our current continental crisis is nothing but tragic.

If a continental decision could be made it would be in everyone’s interest, after all it must compromise NATO’s efficiency and operational ability that so many of its member Nations finds themselves in such an unfortunate internal predicament.

And if it doesn’t compromise the preparations that these countries are currently undertaking in preparation for any potential future conventional war efforts, then it probably will once the fighting starts.

If you have no control now, then what makes you think that you will under such circumstances as described above; especially since our militaries are professional, which means that “life-will-go-on-as-usual” for the vast majority of the population, who at this point in time stand face to face with threats that our current enforcement establishments have either no desire to solve or even worse: no ability to solve.

In other words; even if your main concerns are Russia and China it cannot be ignored that the current political situation in the U.S.A. & Europe poses a fundamental threat to any future victories.

You will need your country to be there for you so that you can fight for your country; yet what makes you think that it will if you gaze upon the current internal landscape?

 

The Greatest Weapon Of All.

A few weeks back I was hanging out with my youngest sibling when I ended up reading about Dinosaurs.

The thought that came through my mind once I was done looking at the illustrations (where one section was mentioning herbivores while the other was mentioning carnivores), was that the old reptiles were slightly luckier than us when it came to identifying the predators among them…

With humans this is not that easy, which is why murderers and delinquents can blend in and hide among those who would fall under the “prey category.”

While I was laying there thinking about this it dawned upon me how dangerous we humans are as apex-predators, which is precisely what we are.

I thought back at certain moments in time when I observed my fellow humans ranting.

Rage, unhinged, unleashed, uncompromising, catapulted into whatever room, with no concern or thought about how this might affect the overall atmosphere.

The catalyst for these cracks in whatever docile facade were almost always: the news.

One person once declared loudly and clearly that a certain politician deserved the bullet, countless people have ranted out into the empty air when they’ve heard the news of children suffering, and the list could go on.

What these outbursts had  in common was that they were the result of information being plotted into the human operational system.

By who?

By the news, who can be seen as “the programmers” in our societies.

The same can be said of a great deal of other things as well, but it is mainly the news, and the sound of a headline, that will generally get an instant, loud, angry, reaction.

What’s interesting is that “the emotional system” is a global one (unless you fall into the psychopath category) which means that people all over the world are prone to this.

What happens then when we are fed wrong or misleading information? 

“Weaponised humans,” awakened as a result of their natural emotional wiring being triggered; acting out acts of violence, in the false belief that they are indeed fighting “evil,” must surely be one of the greatest issues with human behaviour generally speaking.

If you’ve ever followed real-life crime series then you’ll probably be aware of cases where the murderer thought of themselves as very reasoned in their actions, only to find out later that they were quite misguided, not just in killing another human, but killing the wrong person or doing it based on wrong information and/or assumptions.

The latent-apex-predator-type (such as people ranting at the news) is also visible when observing and/or experiencing people’s reactions to artists and people with a public profile. It is perfectly normal to all of a sudden find oneself in the receiving end of hate, not because you’ve done something stupid or said something stupid, but because of what you represent.

The irony is of course that you might not even know that you represent anything at all, yet that doesn’t nullify that you will to someone else.

It is also of interest to note that war-crimes and abuse within political systems are usually blamed on the political system and the situation itself, rather than airing the theory or viewpoint, that this might be how certain humans behave when given the chance!

As I’ve said before it is rather murky to talk about bad guys versus good guys, since humans have a tendency to see themselves and their in-group as inherently, and uniquely heroic.

People justify their actions to themselves and to the rest of the world, even if the action cannot be justified.

In many ways it can be said that we are the greatest weapon of all, but a lot of this I’m sure has to deal with lack of self-awareness and taking things at face-value, such as “the news.”

 

Is The Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

Yesterday I organised my blog and chose a new design for it, so that it is easier to instantly pick a category and navigate around.

By doing so it also gave me an overview over what I gravitate towards when it comes to my writing and it is quite interesting to see how concerned I am about matters that don’t necessarily affect me at this time of writing.

Unless we look at the digital social media world, of course. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if my ridiculous reach on FB has to deal with deliberate censorship, which sucks considering that the social media platform was one of the best marketing tools that we had when it came to my music, now I cannot reach my followers and fans the same way that I could once upon a time. This is not good when you need to alert people of a new release or a brand new music video. It was also possible to have a “conversation” with Facebook representatives “back in the day” since they would respond to messages and complaints.

Whether my limited reach is a result of corporate greed, that inadvertently or intentionally, reduces social mobility and innovation due to power being limited to those who already posses it, or whether it is the result of “wrong think”  I cannot really answer myself – but it is of interest to note that I did experience demonetisation on a couple of YouTube videos last year before this gross mistake was thankfully corrected on YouTube’s end.

After I released a whole bunch of videos from a benefit concert that I did to raise funds for a local church here in England though, I saw a remarkable drop in traffic to my YouTube channel that certainly seemed intentional since I all of a sudden had no comments on any of my content and few views in comparison to how everything has been these last years. It was peculiar to say the least; then it all changed as if though I had been released from “YouTube-prison.”

I have obviously  no interest in anyone sabotaging what I’m doing. To call it evil would be an understatement.

When social media works it makes it possible for creatives and others who are selling products and services to climb whatever ladder that is provided, but it also challenges whatever narratives that “the establishment” want to sell and put out there.

In the last few years there are many who’ve started to mistrust those who govern our systems due to “citizen’s journalism” and “alternative news.”

It also challenges the notion that you need “gate-keepers” in certain professions, you know, gate-keepers like Harvey Weinstein….

The other day I picked up a magazine and ended up asking myself who these people were writing for? I ended up feeling like I was reading something that was completely out of touch, written by one clique for the members of the exact same clique, completely detached from the rest of the world. In other words: it did not speak to me and I was basically wondering which planet these writers and their intended audience were residing on.

It is because of this type of reporting that people like myself thought that Remain and Clinton were a given, only to be shocked when seeing the opposite and how even voting patterns can be. The people I cheered on won, but I had my doubts due to the “artificial, ideological dominance-impression” that is deliberately created.

With the internet and the spread of information established “truths” are being challenged every single day.

Disregarding the digital world, I don’t live in a run-down neighbourhood here in England, nor do I live in the U.S.A., which means that I could simply ignore what is happening in this country and around the world.

If you don’t like something then shouldn’t you try to fix it? Well what if you don’t have the power to? And if you don’t have the influence to fix what’s broken will you not only sour your own mood by obsessing over what you cannot alter?

It is of course silly to assume that your part of a territory won’t dramatically change, especially when it is everywhere else. But my personal experience in this moment of time, is thankfully reserved to observations when travelling from one bubble to another, or by aligning my previous experiences with what others are reporting.

Meaning: I know that the current turbulence in the U.S.A. is factual since I’ve lived over there in the past and now see a worsening in a tribalism and dissonance that I was exposed to back then. The same can be said of the territory that I belong to and live in: Europe. I also know that the stories coming out of South Africa are true, due to hearing the same narratives recounted by people I’ve met in the flesh, who live and come from that part of the globe.

Obviously I would never worsen my situation deliberately in order to stand in solidarity with whomever since I’m very happy with my surroundings indeed, meaning that I cannot really picture myself moving back into a “Southside Chicago” scenario voluntarily in order to “share in the suffering,” I’m glad that I got away from such a place to put it that way, yet it is peculiar that some members of the human species, myself included, can become so emotionally entangled in suffering that isn’t necessarily theirs.

I cried after one of the terrorist attacks over here in England last year, even though I didn’t know any of the individuals who had been affected … and even though I wouldn’t have much interest in going to that part of the country, unless forced to due to work.

It is a strange aspect of us humans that even though we could be perfectly content when focusing on ourselves and our own endeavours, we start shifting our thoughts towards “starving kids in Africa” or “deforestation in Latin America,” lamenting the terrible state of affairs due to abused dogs in Asia and sexual violence towards women in the Middle East.

It is of particular interest when considering that internal diversity within the territory that you live in, might put you into a state of mind where you cannot quite relate to some of your fellow country men and women.

I deeply regret that I was exposed to the “East-side” of Oslo, just to pick one example, and was very grateful that my stay there didn’t even amount to a full year.

When driving to a completely different part of England due a medical appointment I was horrified at the area and how it looked like. It certainly made me even more grateful to live where I currently do as I would certainly not be interested in swapping with anyone.

At least my concerns are largely directed towards those who live in the same part of the world that I live in whereas “establishment stars” gravitate mainly if not only towards global problems, that make them look very hypocritical considering the suffering that takes place on the door steps of Beverly Hills.

I certainly took note last time I lived in the U.S.A. and knew about the rampant poverty in  L.A. yet saw the “telethon” that American celebrities took part in in order to raise money for Haiti. The irony was certainly not lost on me when I read about American celebrities starving themselves on the Southern border, while showing no concern for their fellow country men, or Lily Allen crying in Callais but not crying for England, but rather stating her embarrassment over being English, much like Madonna apologising for being American.

Yet I myself, worry about all sorts of issues that aren’t mine right now, which can clearly be seen on this blog.

If anything it can be said that we humans are funny.

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