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Stephen H  We are all on a journey through life. Come join me and view the world through my eyes. Florida. 99% iPhone. Kik, 👻Snapchat, 🐥Twitter: @journeyofnow

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When I was younger, I use to think history was not vital. I was all about the present moment and forgoing forward. History was nice and all, but it had very little bearing on the future or present moment.
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I'm a little older and wiser, I was flat out wrong in my assumption. Events unfold mostly in cycles, what I often thought as something new, or a paradigm shift was nothing more than past repeating itself with a slight twist.
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I've learned that when history is stripped away from you. You are in many ways lost, you have no bearing on how your ancestors have influenced and contributed to world affairs. Without understanding your history It can be rewritten to tell a new story, which is then retold to future generations which can create a negative narrative.
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Without looking at the past and learning from the many lessons, you will not be able to see when a new tyranny invades the public space. You will not see the signs.
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Mostly everything I may have thought of or struggled with an old philosopher or sage has already provided an answer. I just need to sit, read, listen, and pay attention. .
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When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking. Arthur Conan Doyle.
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I forgot for a moment how much I find peace spending time outdoors, I have much to be thankful for. .
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Back out on my bike taking it all in, this is my halfway point on my trail. Hope all is good with you.
Wishing you a great Sunday🙏🏾.
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Dear mother, sorry that I've not given you enough attention. I heard and saw the warning signs that you were not doing well, but like an impetuous child focused on my needs I ignored you.
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I know you love me, but for you to survive and protect our family. I understand that you will have to let me go.
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- Earth Day April 22nd

What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning is my favorite quote by Werner Heisenberg, a key pioneer of quantum mechanics.
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In a very deep way, we are many levels of abstraction away from reality. If you go deep down the rabbit, it is very troubling.
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An altercation happens between two people in opposing armies. One person dies. At that moment, they are 100% present and engaged. Nothing else matters but surviving.
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We go one layer up, you have some eye witness that observe the altercation and captures some video in addition to the survivor's account.
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We go one abstraction up, this gets filled into a report and is posted or leaked to news outlets and social media.
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We go several layers of abstraction up. That same video and report have a whole new narrative. Some will report just the facts as best as they can with no bias. Others will be used to fit a multitude of agendas.
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We go several layers of abstraction up, and the event is consumed by you. From there you will have a different point of view of what happened based on whatever cognitive bias you may have and the abstracted reality you have digested.
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This to me is some perverted Chinese whispers—or telephone played to the 10th degree.
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What can be done to solve this problem? I for one do not have answers, maybe some suggestions.
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1. Get in touch with what is "happening" right here right now to have a baseline on what it means to absolutely engaged.
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2. Start to have some form of meditation practice or activity which forces you to get closer to the first-hand experience. To watch and observe as thoughts appear and disappear. Over time you will be able to peel back a few layers of perception and get back to reality. Hopefully get rid of some of those internal narratives that cloud one view of the world.
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3. Become obsessed with critical thinking, questioning one's thoughts and beliefs.
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4. Knowing how to ask the right questions.
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5. Take in as many valid points of view.
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Anyhow enough of my ramblings. Happy Sunday.

I went hunting and picked up a flower from Westworld:

Bernard: Lifelike, but not alive. Pain always exists in the mind; it's always imagined. So what's the difference between my pain and yours, between you and me?

Ford: This was the very question that consumed Arnold, filled him with guilt, eventually drove him mad. The answer always seemed obvious to me. There is no threshold that makes us greater than the sum of our parts, no inflection point at which we become fully alive. We can't define consciousness because consciousness does not exist. Humans fancy that there's something special about the way we perceive the world, and yet we live in loops, as tight and as closed as the hosts do, seldom questioning our choices, content, for the most part, to be told what to do next. No, my friend, you're not missing anything at all.

Another beautiful sunrise before heading to the gym. A place to sit and meditate and to see things as they are.. unfiltered, pure and as real as our limited senses can make them.
Talking of senses and information, I came across this statement from JJ Simon on Facebook that hit home for me. I've been thinking a lot about the media. The question of what is real, what is truth. How to get past our own filters.
Looks like JJ is on point and reminds me of Hyper Reality, that was first discovered by the French sociologist Jean Baudrillard in Simulacra and Simulation.

Media is an assemblage of tools with which to expand an audience's conception of what "the world" is to such and extent that their own lives and capabilities seem utterly insignificant; a means of psychological warfare by which people are overloaded with information and desensitized to their own and others' suffering; the sum of all means by which human beings reduce the infinite complexity of reality to a dead-end maze of abstractions.
CrimethInc., Contradictionary.

Happy Saturday

One of the things I was thinking about with the rise of Trump is how can seemingly intelligent people go for someone like Trump, and I'm sure Republicans at the same time said how can intelligent people vote for Obama. Here is why.

When you are presented with a set of facts that are contradictory to your point of view. You can do two things. Change your mind or keep the same opinion. Unfortunately a firmly held belief like party affiliation or religion we behave differently. It triggers two parts of your brain fight or flight (amygdala) and the part that controls emotions (Insula Cortex). Once stimulated with those facts instead of changing your mind you will double down on that believe even though there is evidence to the contrary.

The problem is party affiliation, and believe system are intertwined with who you are, your very identity of self. As long as It's not a strong believe, you are more willing to change your mind, and those parts of the brain are not stimulated.

We humans while intelligent are highly irrational. This recent election is a perfect example.

At this point, the burden of proof is on Trump, and no amount of evidence will change a Democratic mind. This goes for Republicans, no amount of evidence from Obama would have moved your mind. It only has the opposite effect, only strengthen.

Looking forward to what the year will bring. Staying mindful, keeping perspective and most importantly being kind.

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