Monday, July 27, 2015

The Other You

Without researching the subject but thinking about human consciousness, I have concluded we have two of us. One is the conscious awareness and the other a sub-conscious running in the background. The former runs for about 16 hours a day, the other 24. They don't seem to communicate with each other either. One  makes decisions based on our reasoning, the other on maintaining and protecting us.

A classic example is found in yo-yo dieting. When a person makes a decision to diet, then stops, and starts again, the conscious side knows what's happening. You are trying to lose weight. The sub-conscious side doesn't get that message and thinks that survival could be at stake with such an unreliable food supply. It goes into action and stores supplies in the form of fat to preserve us. It doesn't ask what's going on, it simply takes what it feels is the safest course.

That is frustrating, but without the sub-conscious side, we couldn't live. For 24 hours a day it operates quietly in the background, making sure the body is functioning well, organising our immune system, supplying nutrients and removing wastes, repairing and restoring all without a conscious thought needed. At night it beavers away doing essential chores. It also seems to organise dreaming.

Have you ever had a dream where what happens isn't to your liking, but you cannot stop it? If it's your dream, why can't you write the script? Your conscious side would, but remember the sub-conscious side doesn't work that way. It does what you need, not what you want.

Without those two sides to our consciousness, we could not survive. Our Creator has thought of everything to enable us to function and enjoy it. Imagine having to do everything through our conscious side. We wouldn't be able to cope, having to control every function with our thoughts. The 'other you' t frees us up to get on with the world around us, while it keeps us healthy and strong. We are certainly wonderfully made!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Banks Get Off Scott Free

When I was young, the law only allowed for shops to open during regular business hours and one late night. Statutory holidays were also protected. Then came the push to liberalise trading hours because people wanted to shop when it suited them and that was often when shops were closed. Commerce vs the retail worker and commerce won. Now hours are extremely liberal, even most holidays allow for store opening.

What I noticed was somehow the same hue and cry about retail was never directed toward banks. OK, some mutterings now and again are heard but it is accepted they are different. More recently, ATMs have popped up and Internet banking is available. Still, more convenient hours wouldn't go amiss. You may have to go into a bank for some reason, but will have to get time off work or rush in during a lunch break top do it. Yet there is no concession and won't ever be I'm sure.

I just saw this picture of how banks have got off lightly when it comes to their opening hours.

All I am saying is that what's good for the goose is good for the gander. If retail shops have to consider customer needs, then banks should make some concession. Otherwise retail should look at cutting back. Why should retail workers be the ones so inconvenienced?

Picture: Truthfacts.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Nelson, NZ Waterfront

View from Tahunanui beach toward the Southern Alps

Again from Tahunanui beach toward Tasman Bay

Memorial to the first European settlers along the waterfront

Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Other Realm

Our ancestors were tribal originally and in that time were aware of another realm. It became part of their worship and culture. They were helped by that connection, but also had to pay a price in return. This usually involved rites that appeased their contacts through inhuman cruelty. They often were led to believe they were dealing with dead ancestors, who went from nice people to demanding and wicked. That doesn't make anysense.

Today we are surrounded by a modern world of things that instead means we rely on a technological system to survive. Watch Bear Grylls to see how much we need mollycoddling. The spirit realm is largely ignored except for a few. My step-grandmother could predict the future with unerring accuracy. My mother asked to be trained to also do it, but was told do not try. The power that she tapped into frightened her, she was scared of it.

Why would such a force be like that when all it gave her was foreknowledge? Is it possible it was the same spiritual realm that our ancestors found to be on the one hand helpful but on the other so sadistic and cruel? The answer doesn't come from me but from a book that was written at the time ancient people had to deal with such matter more openly.

Deuteronomy 18:10-12 reads (NIV): 9 When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. 10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you. 13 You must be blameless before the Lord your God.

The reason is because such behaviour brings us into contact with evil, sadistic spirits, even if they try to appear helpful and benevolent. So how should we contact the other realm? There are numerous references in the Bible that show it is through humble, sincere prayer. That way we speak to our Creator, our Heavenly Father, not the wicked rebels that also inhabit that unseen world. In that way we please our father for taking the right side of the divide.

What a wonderful world we were given by our loving heavenly Father

Marlborough Scenery : Part 2

Overlooking the town of Blenheim, Marlborough.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Super Cynic

It has been said that a cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. I think of a cynic or the act of being cynical as doubting something and being cautious about believing. I see three divisions of people in this.

The non-cynic: Those who are quick to accept and trust. Ideal candidates for Paradise, a place we could be trusting everyone. In this world such people are taken advantage of because it is anything but a Paradise morally.

The balanced cynic: They don't just believe - but can be convinced - and will change when something is reasonably proven. They do not need total proof to show some faith.

The super cynic: This is one who has turned a necessary quality into a weakness by being excessively cynical. To give an example, when my mother was young, a relative told my grandfather that at a certain place and time an apparition would appear. He said that was rubbish and that he would prove it. He went and stationed himself at the location and time described.

The next morning my young mum ran to her dad to find out what happened. He said the apparition appeared and he tried to investigate what it was, but couldn't explain it. My mum asked what he thought, and as the super cynic he was, said that were things we could not explain.

This is why the super cynic fails. My granddad found out something that blew his cynicism out of the water, then dismissed it with a glib response. Did he investigate any further? Did he change his beliefs in anyway? No, he remained with the same beliefs all his life. The super cynic has turned doubt into a state where they are in a mental rut. I recall explaining to a man why I believed in God and he couldn't argue with the reasoning, but finished off with a "We'll find out when we die".

Super cynics are forever doubting and are comfortable there. It's easy and requires nothing of them. They are either too proud or too lazy to accept a new idea and run with it. I have a necessary dose of cynicism to protect me. However, I don't want so much of it so that I refuse to act when clearly there is good reason to do so. Surely none of us wants to be a super cynic. It could stop us finding truth.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Marlborough Scenery : Part 1

Some scenery at the top of the South Is, New Zealand.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Facebook In Real Life Works!

For those (such as myself) who do not really comprehend why Facebook exists I have tried an experiment. I am trying to make friends outside of Facebook while applying the same principles. Every day I go down on the street and tell the passers-by what I have eaten, how I feel, what I have done the night before and what I will do tomorrow night. Then I give them pictures of my family, my dog and me gardening and spending time in my pool. I also listen to their conversations and I tell them I love them.

And it works. I already have 3 persons following me: 2 police officers and a psychiatrist.

Monday, July 6, 2015

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Prejudice Part 4

Why is prejudice so hard to shake off? It comes down to fairness and reasonableness. I have travelled to many countries over the years and found no national or ethnic group has cornered the market in goodness. For example I have found in France some very discourteous people, showing prejudice. I recall being lost on the Paris undergound and when asking for assistance in English being repeatedly shunned. Then a man approached and asked if he could help. He did and I got to my destination.

Should I judge the French by the ones who didn't help or the one that did? The better way is to say some people that day chose not to help and a kind man did. I could have been anywhere and got the same reactions. Why judge millions of people on a few individuals?

In some places, they hate a neighbouring nation due to historical issues. When you look into it, you often find that people from both sides have at times done bad things. No nation can claim to be lilly white, they all have skeletons in the closet. Selective recall is the problem here. On other occasions the facts or motives have been twisted to justify prejudice. Hatred soon finds a home to lodge, in the heart of the 'victim'.

Despite all that, the world has been full of terrible behaviour. The thing is that most suffering you will endure in your life will be done by the people you mix most with. Your neighbours, people of your own nation, race or religion will more likely hurt or murder you than any immigrant or foreign nation.

Surely it is time to take the blinkers off and see prejudice for what it it. Unreasonable, unfair and at times hateful. It's up to us to change.
Whatever our culture or where we live, we are all members of the human race and should embrace others on that basis. Easy to say but hard to live up to. I'm still working on it.

For Part 1, try clicking here.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Prejudice Part 3

Part 3 is about prejudice within society with everyone of the same background. People that were born in the same country, the same race, religion etc. People that we should be accepting of at the very least. We may live in the same town but could be poles apart materially. How does that affect us?

If someone is quite poor, what do they think of very wealthy people? That they have a superior attitude and are snobbish? How do rich people see the poor among them? As underachieving and lazy, expecting the better off to subsidise their lack of effort? In some cases there may be validity to those feelings but to paint all with the same brush is clearly unfair.

Thankfully such advertising is not allowed today
What about between the sexes? I read an interview of a woman who was very negative to men, a woman's liberationist, for want of a better term. When asked, she vented her feelings with gusto against the opposite sex. Then the interviewer asked her about the child she had recently, a little boy. The WL said she had to admit she could not believe that she could love a male so much.

At that moment I understood prejudice, why it is so hard to shake off. Of course, the differences between nations, races, religions, all tribes all take tolerance to accept and embrace. However, it is not just coping with difference. It's how we rationalise it, which as you may have guessed will be covered in the final part of this series.

For Part 1, just click here. Part 4 is found here.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Prejudice : Part 2

Are we all affected by prejudice? I believe everyone is. I said as much to a man not long back and he wasn't happy as I could tell he thought he was immune. However, once we judge anyone before fully knowing or understanding them, we have fallen into the trap. Additionally, assumptions and sweeping statements about any group has also shown us up in this regard.

One reason for the problem is the fact that people were largely isolated from each other for thousands of years. That limited our gene pool by not intermarrying and then creating differences in appearances, customs, religious beliefs and even dispositions. Suddenly, travel opened up and people started being brought together. Change was sometimes forced on people and on another occasions the government sanctioned it, but either way not everyone embraces such change.

As an immigrant myself as a child, things were said to me that clearly came from parents and reflected resentment. Taking jobs from locals was the main one, but at the time unemployment was extremely low. I think it was the fact that the government targeted immigrants with specific higher paid skills and their success was resented. So throwing people together from different places proves problematic. Doing it in large numbers over a short period and it adds to the resentment. I am talking about legal immigrants here. (Large numbers of illegal arrivals is another story).
Prejudice can lead to violence

Another source of prejudice is people who have lived nearby and have a long history of fighting, distrust and ill feeling. The history is passed down and recalled, of injustice done 'against us' but usually forgetting the bad done by 'our side'.

You may think that about covers it, but there is more to prejudice than stated so far and that will be discussed in Part 3. That will be about prejudice within society with everyone of the same background.

For Part 1, simply click here, Part 3 click here.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Prejudice : Part 1

We are not born with it
We are not born with it, but we quickly learn it. It isn't logical but exerts a strong hold on people. It is unfair but justified by one taken over by it. What am I referring to? The title gave it away, prejudice. How deceptive can it be?

We think of a young man in the US who recently went into a church and killed worshippers. A Muslim worker gruesomely kills his boss in France and then acts as if he is proud of what he did in a sick fashion. In both cases they were overtaken by prejudice. One against African Americans and the other against Westerners. Thankfully few people go to this extreme but the prejudice can still simmer under the surface.

I got to know a man who had many friends from a certain nation, yet he would at times speak badly to me of that nation as a whole. I couldn't understand the inconsistency. How can you befriend individuals and yet dislike intensely the nation they come from? That is how illogical prejudice is and it will be expanded upon in Part 2.

To see Part 2, please click here.