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Day 435: What is Real Value?

What is of real value in this life?

That is an important question to answer. And I find that most people tend to look at their own pleasure centers when they consider it. They look at what makes them feel good and answer according to that. And I would have done the same a couple of years ago. It is so easy to fall into the cult of consumerism, happiness, and chasing all of the eternal desires that are never fulfilled. However, all of that will subside, and all of that will end when you die. And the question, what is really of value in this life, will remain unanswered.

What I have found to be of real value is the actions of support that I give to myself to grow and expand as a person and to others – it is the moments of living/expression shared with the life around me – where I take part and express myself in a context with other people/nature/animals. It is communicating and sharing myself deeply with another and learning things about myself that is going to have a positive impact, not only in my life, but in the life of many others. Such actions/moments/expressions, that is of real value. And that cannot be bought or replaced with consumerism. It has to be lived for real – and that usually takes courage/patience/hard work.

Real value implies a meaning that goes beyond this one moment – it implies something more – an action/way of living that creates benefit that stretches out into time and affects reality in a substantial way. For example, taking care of an animal, that is a moment of value. It creates a bond/relationship that goes beyond this moment and it fosters responsibility and care. There are many ways to contribute value in our lives and the opportunities will be there when we open our eyes. It is about looking beyond our own lives and out into the world to see where and how we can contribute with our particular set of skills to make a difference. I read about one person in India that planted a tree every day – and after a while – he had planted an entire forest. That was what he could do to create value. Though it is important to remember that it does not have to be a lot and it does not have to be noticed. What is important is our doing – our expression – and our starting point – our understanding as to why we are doing something – and then if its recognized or not – that is not the point.

I learnt a lot about practical value creation from a man called Bernard (you can read his blog here http://creationsjourneytolife.blogspot.com/). He was very good at seeing and creating value in every day activities. Small things were important – like – what kind of food the dogs got or how you cook food or clean the house. Are you present and actively engaging in what you do or are you only moving as a robot to get through the day? Are you actively caring about and creating value in your reality or are you only riding along? For Bernard, everything mattered, and everything had an impact, a consequence. It was a refreshing perspective. Because until that point society had taught me that it is okay to just ride along, as long as you survive, you do not have worry. And society also taught me that no matter what I do, it does not matter, I am replaceable and someone else can do it just fine. However that is not the truth – we are all unique individuals that put our own special fragrance unto everything we touch and participate in – and that is why it is important to be fully here – our expression is needed and gives/creates value.

Instead of using our creative powers to manifest value, we have become subdued into a system of consumerism – and through buying things – we are for a short time able to emulate a feeling of being fulfilled, content and happy. Though what are trying to replace with our consumerism? It is that sense of value that we have lost. We understand that we have become but a part of the machinery with no unique creative drive – and we see that we have suppressed and hidden our expression – and the only way to fill that hole is by buying things. And it is simply not a supportive way to go about life. Children and animals are great examples of what is possible when we access our creative juices. They express themselves with such intensity, passion and depth – and every moment is real to them. It is not merely another moment to get through – it is it. And that is the mental approach we need to have to start taking hold of the opportunities that present themselves to us every day to bring through value into our life and the life’s of others.


Day 422: Using Money, With Common Sense

It can be easy to forget what is important in the face of money. On the hand, money is really, really important. If you have none – you are literally fucked. However, if you do have your basic needs covered, and money left over to spend on pleasures, then money becomes of less importance.

Because let us say that you have a ton of money, would that make you happier, more comfortable, more safe, have better relationships, be more satisfied? The truth is no – it would however enable you to live out all kind of crazy escapism strategies. What is the purchase of massive luxury yachts, the constant need for home renovating, the urgency to travel and see new places, to experience new kinds of foods, and have new experiences, but our attempts to cover up the truth – the truth that we all feel pretty fucked up – and that our world is pretty much fucked up.

Thus, when the basic needs are covered, and there are money to pursue hobbies and interests, the challenge becomes to keep focus on what is important, and not to become engulfed in the current consumerism capitalism system, where most of everything circles around some form of purchase. It is fascinating – I have seen this many times in myself. I have acquired new hobbies, such as gardening for example. And as I start to deepen my relationship to the interest, the desires start to emerge. Seemingly, I am now in need of a new kind of tool to prepare my garden, or a new type of soil, or seed, to make my hobby fulfilling. This is the lure of money – the belief that we constantly have to spend, to acquire, to purchase in order to fulfill ourselves, and our lives – but the reality is that money is not able to give us that fulfillment – it cannot be bought – it can only be lived.

Children show this to us effectively. They are little about the equipment, the stuff, the toys, and more about their experience within it, their expression, their movement, the relationships, the creativity, and all of the soft, ethereal values that can be explored without money. The challenge as an adult is to remember that. It is not about the money – it is about WHO WE ARE WITHIN WHAT WE DO.

Abundance of money can thus create attention diversion – where we without really wanting it or understanding what we do – start to focus more of ourselves on buying things instead of developing ourselves and our relationships. For example, we neglect our relationships with our children in order to work more, to buy more, to apparently, make ourselves more happy and content – and to create a better future for a children – while really all that our children would want is to spend more time with us when we are relaxed and content.

Money thus is a difficult point to master. The solution as I have found it is to focus on my expression, my expression, and my physical movement – to place focus on WHO I AM and not on what I own or what I want – and to find and establish fulfillment in my expression instead of in buying new things. And it is important to clarify our relationship to money, because in order to change ourselves, and to be a part of changing this reality, we have to use our money to facilitate such a change. We have to spend money to create a better world – and thus – push through our desire/urge to keep it all for ourselves and to use it to further our own interests only.

Muslims have found a good way to deal with this point. They give a percent of their income to people in need, they call it zakat. While it might not have worked in practice – it is a key to moving forward with all kinds of problems in the world. If we want to sort something out, we must fund it, we must give our money to a cause. For example, if we want to support nature, we must invest in nature. If we want to alleviate poverty – we must invest in poor people. And it is not enough to rely on the government to do this – our money must be given direction with awareness. Currently, most of us allow our money to trickle into all kinds of unnecessary and meaningless shit. If we take a self-honest look at what we are buying, it is easy to see that we do not need half of it – and that the money are needed elsewhere.

Thus, when we are able to create a stability in our finances, the challenge is to keep our direction, keep our stability, and to position ourselves to share, to give, and to influence, and impulse the direction/creation we want in this world. Nothing ever comes by itself, it we want it, we have to create it.


The Best Quality Products In An Equal Money System

In our capitalistic money system, when you go out to buy yourself a long needed product, it’s not very likely that you’ll in-fact get a good product. With most certainty, unless you do some effective research, you’ll end up with a crap product that will fall apart within only a couple of years.

That is the nature of our current system ­– if you don’t have the know-how – you’re likely to get fucked; because in each and every crevice, alleyway, shop, and megastore – awaits the money grubbing beasts that will create, and produce the most outrageous shit – only for the money; in-fact – if you happen to actually buy a product that fulfills your need effectively – it’s actually luck (impossible?) rather than certainty.

Though, we shouldn’t blame these money grubbing beasts, neither should we see ourselves as apart from them – if we take a self-honest look at ourselves, we can see that we’re also completely and utterly possessed by the desire to gain, and the fear to loose – money. Thus, this system – in which industry workers, technicians, engineers, company leaders, and scientists deliberately produce shit, as planned obsolescence – is a collective, yet individual creation – as we’ve all collectively and individually participated in creating it.

And see – the money grubbing beasts are in-fact not evil, monstrous, or bad – they simply live in order to survive – and a effective way which they’ve found to survive is creating products with a planned expiry date – which has the benefit of creating more cash – as consumers must buy new products more frequently – and as such this ensures the survival of the beasts.

And in this system – you must be immoral to survive – you must be immoral to get by – you must sell your soul to the bank – and prostitute yourself to your employer – that is how you earn money in this reality – through deception, betrayal and manipulation; look at all commercial – it’s manipulation – look at coca cola bottles – they are deliberately modeled to mimic the shape of a woman – to have male customers buy more of them, as they unconsciously become aroused watching the bottles. It’s all deception!

So – when you go out to but this much needed product, that you’ve looked forward to purchasing – you enter a world of deception – where nice pictures and stories will be told about all the possible products that are at your disposal to buy – all of them with certainty are lies. The hamburger you buy in McDonalds – never looks as the hamburger you see in the commercials – the perfect and glimmering hair you see on the shampoo commercials – which supposedly is the creation of the shampoo shown – never ever, even remotely, gives your hair that same look – why? Because we live in a world of deception – where deception has even become accepted and acknowledged as a normal way to live, as nearly all human beings know that commercial is in-fact fake, though see it as “a part of life”.

Thus – in today’s reality, the product you take with home, after your days visit at the megastore – is with 99% certainty, completely crap – and it will not function properly, and after a short amount of time it will fall apart. This is the nature of capitalism – wherein real (e)quality isn’t valued – which has the consequence that the resources of the earth are over-used, and consummated to the brink of non-existence – all because we want to make as much money as possible.

Though, money is – as we will be forced to realize – not the actual resource of this world – the real resources of this world are those we’re busy disregarding through our delusional trust in and addiction too money.

So – let’s leave the gloom and doom of our current capitalistic system right there – because now we’re going to look at the SOLUTION – yes – there is in-fact a solution.

In applying this solution – the over all use in the world of natural resources would decrease with as much as 90% – the reason being the resources wouldn’t anymore be wasted upon creating multitudes of products, with a deliberately compromised quality, and a planned expiry date – instead real products, made with care, consideration and regard would be created. Products of actual quality, made with real love – by a worker who’s intention it is to in-fact support his neighbor to make his life more fulfilled – not created due to fear, survival and greed – but created from the starting point of giving to another as one would like to receive.

The solution is called – An Equal Money System – which is a system where all will be supported to live a fulfilled and respectable life – wherein you’d be able to go out and get yourself a product – and there wouldn’t be any uncertainty as to choosing brand, size, attributes or quality– as there would only be one design of the product – the one that is the best – the product that is in the image and likeness of perfection – the product that will be there with you till death do you part – that is the product you would see in the shelf’s, and that you would then take with you home; because in an Equal Money System – profit wouldn’t anymore be a motive, as all would have enough to survive – survival wouldn’t anymore be a motive, as all would have enough to survive – instead self-perfection would be the motivation for all to live – and all the products made would reflect this intent and movement of willing, and pushing oneself to be the best that one can possibly be.

As such – in an equal money system there would be no more shit products – only products that are the best – the finest – an expression of the utmost excellence, care, dedication, and commitment – a work of art in-fact.

Don’t wait for this piece of art anymore – become a part of the solution today!

Giving is the Key to Living

How have we come to where we are today?

How I’ve become what I am today?

The answer is simple – through accumulated moments.

We’ve lived in a certain way, from a certain starting point, living certain actions over and over again; never questioning the validity of ourselves and our starting point. And then suddenly, without any warning, we’re here. Here in this shit-hole called earth, wherein the struggle for our daily bread has become the very essence of our existence; wherein nothing else exists but either the fight to survive, or the greed of having more than others. That’s what we’ve become, and our world is reflecting this so wonderfully back to us.

And this world as it now exists, as a world solely driven from the starting point of profit, as I want, as ME FIRST, as MINE, as the statement of ourselves as completely self-interested and self-centered – wherein nothing else matters but our life, as our desires, our fears, and our small consciousness bubble; wasn’t created in one single moment. It was created through us in many moments, continuously and constantly living from the starting point of separation, as self-centeredness, as ego.

Where every moment that we lived from a starting point of separation created another layer, created another ripple in the sea of existence, to finally turn into a huge wave, which we now find ourselves in front of.

Thus – we could see it as following: what we face here today, as this earth, and our limited and constricted life’s upon this earth, is the accumulated consequence of what we’ve been giving to this world as the entirety of existence; or rather what we haven’t been giving to this world as the entirety of existence.

What we face here today, as riots, as corruption, as molestation and rape: are the accumulated moments of how we’ve lived the word giving. And as we can see by the consequences that we face, we’ve in-fact only been giving to ourselves, and taking from everyone else, believing there to be no repercussion for such behavior – though now we see that there is.

What is it that must be realized?

That we create through that which we g(L)ive in each and every moment. Thus – if we do not learn, do not apply, and move ourselves as giving towards a solution that is best for all, as giving as we would like to receive; there won’t come any change.

Change in this world is dependent upon you and me changing our starting point of giving, from giving to ourselves only, to giving to everyone equally. So far, we’ve been giving all we have to a system of abuse and consumption called capitalism – and this has caused extreme suffering. Now we stand before the decision to actually give in a way that will birth the change we’ve all wanted for so long – but it will actually require for us to give, and realizing that giving, and what we give in each moment; is the key to creating a world that is best for all, and consequently best for ourselves as well; not be for us as the mind, but for us as a physical being.

Thus – practice giving as you would like to receive in every moment of breath. Give towards a new world, a world that you would like to see become a reality; because it’s only through giving to all equally, as what is best for all, that we’ll be able to start living.