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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Spirituality & Archangels.

An interesting article to read:

https://www.thoughtco.com/meet-archangel-uriel-angel-of-wisdom-124717

More on spirituality:

https://thecommanderinchief.blog/2018/02/06/an-angel-saved-me-by-theresa-cheung/

https://thecommanderinchief.blog/2018/04/15/answers-from-heaven-by-theresa-cheung-claire-broad/

https://thecommanderinchief.blog/2018/03/29/lent-for-the-1st-time/

https://thecommanderinchief.blog/2018/04/25/why-the-bible-is-dangerous-why-the-political-correctness-brigade-wants-to-keep-it-away-from-you/

https://thecommanderinchief.blog/2018/04/27/chambers-ghosts-and-spirits/

And some interesting videos to watch:

Why The Bible Is Dangerous & Why The Political Correctness Brigade Wants To Keep It Away From You.

Because it teaches the following, among other things:

  1. Strength & values gain respect – a society that is too liberal will see you conquered & enslaved.
  2. Mixing with other tribes will create identity confusion & will eventually water down the essence of your people – maybe even replace you.
  3. You should bend the knee to God & humble yourself, since natural powers are 10x greater than man can ever dream of being.
  4. You are faulty and have to work on yourself to become a better human.
  5. Rather than running to your government expecting them to solve all of your problems, treating politicians with incurable anger if they cannot; you should scan yourself to see where you are at fault yourself, and roll up your sleeves to help out and take initiative, both in the home and outside of it.
  6. The State/Government is not above God & man is not God.
  7. You are never alone.
  8. You are not as smart or righteous as you think you are.
  9. You should not take advantage of those who suffer financially or are vulnerable within your own society.
  10. You are given the key to peace of mind, free of charge, which is not in the interest of those who gain on your internal misery. Our thoughts can eventually make us sick even, so why would it be beneficial to heal you for free? If you have a hole in your heart you are led to believe by modern society that all sorts of things outside of yourself can fix it, when the key is already there, within you. I’ve come to believe that true emotional “enslavement” is trying to fill the heart with all that which won’t fill it. I remember how insulted I was some years back when a Christian suggested that reading the Bible could help me with battling stage fright, I thought this sounded like total rubbish. Now I know that I was wrong, in fact very wrong. It has become so ingrained in us to think that we are too advanced for old religious texts (that are allegedly irrelevant due to how ancient they are) and that the solution for whatever problem we might face will always lay outside of ourselves. After all, this is why we have so very many experts….
  11. All you need to know to come around full circle as a human is this: 1 – Open up your heart in sincere and total prayer to those you care about, even strangers & 2 – “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” Jeremiah 29:13.

 

Lyric Book – Signed Physical Copies!

A little while ago I received my 1st printed version of my Illustrated Lyric Book 🙂 It made me so happy and proud to actually have a physical copy in my hand! I was positively surprised at the amazing quality as well; it certainly looks very exclusive when you hold it in your hands!

Signed Physical Copies of this book will only be available through my Patreon Page 😀 If you are keen on a digital copy of my Amazon Bestseller Lyric Book, you can get yours here: eBook. The eBook version is shorter since the Physical one also includes some pages with only artwork; I’ll give you a sneak peek here:

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I’ve also released my 1st Blog Book; which is why a number of my entries have been set to private here on my blog. If you want a chronological insight into my Blog writing from my 1st entry up until Christmas 2016, then check this out. I’ve not included Music Industry related entries as these will be released as a separate book. Buy My Book Here!

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If you like my drawings then make sure that you check out my very 1st book; my Amazon Bestselling illustrated children’s book “The Freezing Snowman.”

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Donations Welcome! :P

The other night I decided to check out an interview with White House Chief of Staff (ret.) Marine Gen. John F. Kelly, which was very interesting indeed, funny enough there was a link in the suggested area to a commentary video, which I decided to watch afterwards. To call it ridiculous would be an understatement as the creators of this content only really engaged in name calling and reached the conclusion, for example, that Trump being described as occasionally  “uninformed” on certain topics during his campaign before receiving access to intelligence/security briefings was the exact same thing as declaring the US President an idiot.

After watching this enlightening commentary, and partially watching another one, not to forget taking a look at the comment section, I was reminded of how lame it is with people who merely comment on other’s work rather than actually producing something themselves. How utterly boring, not to mention how easy it is, to have opinions about other’s whereabouts. Which of course made me think of my own blog; where I, like so many others in this digital age, share my own viewpoints. I think my main reason for doing so is that I personally feel like the political narrative is dominated by, what shall I say “forces,” who create a false skewed impression, which is precisely why it is shocking to see election results, for example, as these along with surveys can reveal how evenly split opinions actually are in some cases. I’ll just quote a certain somebody who once said: ” There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion.”

It is also difficult to let go of thoughts concerning the current state of affairs over here on our continent, especially when there are those who literally advocate for, as I’ve said before, the removal of “offensive statues,” and the blatant censorship of curriculum, because the material is “too white.” (Caving to anti-western propaganda does no good either, as these people are never satisfied and keep on pushing, pushing, pushing and pushing. When do you hear a simple thank you even from any of these advocates?)

Right now I’m reading Douglas Murray’s latest book ” The Strange Death of Europe” and it is difficult to do that without occasionally feeling nauseated as it feels like I’m reading not just my own death sentence, but everyone else’s too. :/

Today I checked out the latest video from Gad Saad, which is hilarious and very true indeed. I don’t know if I’ve written it, but I know that I’ve previously said that artists should stay neutral. If you feel like saying something it should shine through in your work. Yet that proves to be easier said than done, especially when it seems like everyone has an official opinion about everything, and you fundamentally disagree with a lot of it. These videos from Gad Saad are really good and absolutely worth a watch. It is also my impression that musicians/artists aren’t challenged enough by those around them, but then again I think that the blame cannot entirely be placed on the team. There are numerous stories out there of musicians and artists who don’t follow instructions and never really welcome feedback from anyone at all. There are artists who would literally fall into the category of unmanageable.

Anyway, I will agree with what Gad Saad is saying … yes, donations are more than welcome since Jay-Z apparently doesn’t need his money anymore……..I certainly volunteer to relieve him of his horrible burden, as I’m sure that I would manage to put it to good use, I’m sure that there are lots of other people out there who would be more than willing to help Jay-Z and his wife, since money is a useless commodity … according to him………well as I said above: Donations Welcome 😛

Opinions….

They can make friends out of polar opposites and enemies out of peanut butter & jelly. I’ve spent sometime thinking about this recently. Social tensions were sky-high in the UK during the Brexit vote while it has been reported that family and friends are falling out in the US over the current election. It might come across as if though we are more sensitive than ever before, but I’m starting to wonder if this has its fault not just in the current state of affairs but also in our social media usage.

Continuously and unapologetically you are indirectly confronted by opposing political and religious views through what your online connections are sharing and liking. Let’s say that you are a firm believer in socialism and the agenda of the left’s political parties. You believe that higher taxes on the rich and/or corporate will fuel social reform in order to create more equality in terms of opportunities. You believe that the “state” will reinforce whatever legislation that is necessary in order to protect the rights of the people and that the bureaucrats will be an un-compromising wall between capitalists trying to gain control over natural resources that in your opinion should either belong to the people or nobody at all. You firmly believe that corporatism and big business is the greatest evil on earth, that privatisation is Satan incarnate and that only a humongous government can ensure justice. This justice would theoretically only be valid if it is on a global level, as a patriotic charitable nature would mean “discrimination” towards other cultures, which could be abstractly translated as racism.

Let’s say that these are your political leanings and that you feel strongly about this. People are emotional about the future that might await their children and most people probably feel that morality guides their leanings. The irony is that all sides feel this way. The starting point is the same, we simply disagree in regards to the measures that would get us to a subjective ideal point, where the future of our nation and/or the world would be in a better place.

If you feel that privatisation will result in the obliteration of the planet there is a high probability that you would feel quite emotional whenever you encounter opinions that disagree with this. You care about the future, you are naturally worried, problem is, you’ll be confronted indirectly by “global warming/global climate change-deniers” just by logging into your own private social media account. No longer will your realisation of other people’s leanings be limited to face-to-face discussions, you’ll form your own impression of the individual’s beliefs based on nothing  but their online activity. This will fuel prejudices from any side and countless facepalm moments as you cringe at other’s “un-educated nature”.

This is the underlying issue with opinions. We are all surrounded by propaganda. News stories and articles that are twisted and worded in certain ways, as the author tries to desperately manoeuvre any potential reader in the “right direction”according to them. Where we come from as individuals, meaning our individual underlying perception of right and wrong, combined with whatever filter we perceive the world through, form our opinions.

Those on the right roll their eyes at the miss-informed,ignorant left, while the left bang their head in the wall over the un-educated, prejudiced right.

And like this we are eternally locked in a weird Tarantella dance. The infamous dance of the mad.

You always have to question where the information comes from and always bear in mind that opinions are shaped by facts that might be untrue or presented in such a fashion that our emotions get the best of us. In a highly emotional state it is reasonable to believe that we would make highly erratic decisions in order to save the future from what we believe would be destructive. The disturbing fact though is that we cannot be fully sure that we are aiming at the right culprit. We might find ourselves “executing” the innocent, burying the living. We might find ourselves in situations where what is morally right in the moment will lead to disastrous results in the future that are even more immoral.

Always question everything and never trust your own mind a 100%. Question yourself just as you question others. Your perception of reality might be completely false. Always raise questions about those that construct our perception of what “is” and what “is not”.

The Pressure Of Beauty.

Here is a blog in Norwegian about the beauty industry. I see her point and applaud her honesty, but an important point she missed out on is that for some, their appearance is their most valuable asset. Staying attractive to the opposite sex is probably the number one reason as to why women young and old put themselves under the knife in the first place. Of course many feminist would be enraged by me saying so, as they would probably assume that what I’m saying is that a woman needs a man for financial security. In our part of the world this isn’t really the case, even though some women would probably prefer to actually stay at home with their own kids, instead of leaving their kids to be raised by others. But the majority of women in the oh-so-advanced part of the world we live in have to do so as they have to work. An interesting thing to note is that those who don’t, are looked down upon in society as they are perceived as “not really doing anything”- just living off someone else. A woman who has the opportunity to be a home maker, will be considered no-good, as she isn’t bringing in any revenue. Funny enough, there can be little debate concerning whether or not it takes up a lot of time to manage kids and/or a household, when these chores have to be outsourced, to people who get paid to handle such things, if you cannot do it yourself.

Anyway, back to this blog I’m referring to. No matter how trendy it is to hate men and hail that women should be independent, men are still needed to form a family and as much as feminist might hate it, they are kinda stronger…. Last time I checked, nobody really wants to end up old and alone, so you have that issue as well. Even though it is probably controversial to say it out loud, since it might undermine the important issue of absolute independence when you are a modern woman. Maybe it is not that strange that women do what they can to be attractive and stay attractive…and that women have always done so. Also, if you are a skilled actress and you all of a sudden run out of work due to age, it would only be natural that the woman would consider to do some Botox and/or surgery to stay “en vogue”. If her income depends entirely on her looks, even more so. Aren’t men also going to extremes in the entertainment industry, to boost their income and to have a credible physique for certain movie roles etc;? This is not exclusively a female issue. Even though it gets portrayed as such. Men try to boost their strength through steroids, etc; women try to boost their beauty. Besides, the Norwegian blogger completely forgets to point out that there has always been a beauty industry and that people have been hunting for “the elixir of life” since Gods knows when. Of course this doesn’t mean that the explosion of Botox in Norway is healthy in the long run, yet how many unhealthy trends have women endured throughout history, in the pursuit of a perfect figure and beauty? In the blog she also criticise Norwegian female bloggers, who normalise and help market Botox to the masses. Yes, of course it’s disturbing that it should become normalised in such a way, BUT again, she fails to address that a lot of the Norwegian chick-bloggers are hot and end up fronting advertising campaigns due to their looks. One can only draw the conclusion that this gives the bloggers a substantial boost in terms of finances and/or discounted services if they promote certain beauty procedures/products. If you then take into consideration that the majority of these chicks have no other qualifications besides being themselves on social media, it should become clear that these are not particularly sustainable careers in the long run, and that their best bet must be to get cast and/or head hunted into the establishment and/or marry well.