Living and Writing: breaking the mold

Introduction

This is a little challenge with the idea of looking at the world a little differently and perhaps thinking about changes, the way people live that may be different to oneself, optimistically we approach the idea of writing from a neutral position in that our center of being states the writer and the creative space as one and the same. Additionally, when we research into the unfamiliar we see new designs and templates in living,  how we perceive culture, communicate value, and understand information. Disciplined writing requires practice and practice and a whole concept of oneself, It may not be this model of living as each person is different, but the underlying point is to find a balance between writing and living. 

There is a saying to the effect of what we gather in the world at the end of the day, our graves will all be relatively the same size. The ancient Egyptians are one exception to this principle, in which they spent their entire lifetimes building great monuments to the afterlife so they could ascend to the heavens. The Middle East is an interesting starting point, as it remains a culture rich in diversity and mystery, to which great cultural laws are developed under the ownership of water. I have always admired Middle Eastern rugs for their rich texture and complex patterns that mimic ancient abandoned cities of the lost world. Perhaps there is a spiritual rug inside of us all and upon this rug rests the size of our final resting place, a pattern, and a cup of water. From this we could say that the water represents our legal right in society and the primary immediate need of the body. Additionally, we could say that the spiritual rug represents our future needs in life and the history of our roots that we carry with us. Finally, ourselves in which existence within a conscious geometry of a spiritual rug contains the affinity of worshiping what is bled.

They say the world is a stage, and in many ways from a core sense of spirituality we exist to create the props, script, costumes, music, and tickets to the great show called life. This is represented by mortgages, car repayments, Smart Phones, jobs of status, furniture, and cloths to impress people. This world creation can be very powerful or create damage in one’s own spiritual consciousness, to control the outer layer of reality with your mind for the purpose of mitigating the negative effects of a capitalist system is intellectually enlightening. From a religious perspective of any faith, many people are spiritually empty for their chosen faith, and as a form of coexistence it is the spirituality of all people and their separate faiths which form the pretext for the existence of those faiths. A book is a powerful thing, and we not only read it but absorb it into our minds, so that we can create a decision tree from our thoughts and develop and enrich the script and stage of our lives.

It is an interesting thought of a little alien floating in the cosmos on a Middle Eastern rug meditating to an inner piece while creating planets. Yet, the perspective is relative to our own lives here on earth, for we all each must have an inner Spiritual Rug on the plane of existence to navigate through the problems of life. Being all centered and powerful on a synthetic plastic rug on your living room floor will not silence the huger pains in your stomach, or pay the rent, yet our decision tree or flow chart of thoughts always has a geometric integrity which is relative to who we are, where we are, and how we are. We are the dream keepers of our children, which is a very sacred responsibility, and life creates great mathematicians of fear from a process of debt, so we must become great mathematicians of fate. As such, we remain strange alien beings floating in space creating planets for our children’s dreams to exist on, in which it could not be any further away from a lie.

In many ways capitalism is sugar and artificial flavor enhancer added to a cup of water to make it more appealing, and in life our ancient ancestors migrated continents to find something more appealing, and now we are left to buying and owning things to make our lives more appealing.  Enhancer is a very interesting term, we as a species enhance our desirability to find a suitable mate and replicate our genetic code into history, and often we do this artificially. The stage of our life over the truth of our script is often a representation of the dreams we desire to live, or to some extent the distance one is willing to travel to create the illusion of success. Capitalism is the best choice or many moral evils of our times, evolutionary it is the survival of the fittest where twenty products weighing three hundred pounds and containing the volume of a three seater couch now is hand held within less than a decade. That is good news for the long term projections of a Spiritual Rug, but society has become more immediate and consumable, in which attention is the self-absorbed social virus of the digital age. The news is not all bad, as we cannot be self-absorbed without losing time to create the image and things others are interested in.

Solutions in the world have credit ratings, although Smart Phone Applications may have found its own solution to all the self-help books and talk shows which synergize with infomercials. We as humanity just need so much stuff; under the pretense it increases the quality of our life when it should be selling our own time back to us. That is why society has a preoccupation with the solution to problems being out there in a place of space in time which; also contributed to the original problem, is willing to sell you a solution on the condition that any additional problems have a non-liability clause, and up-graded solutions are conditional on additional problems. Life degenerates into social problem consumption; we literally consume and exist on and of each other’s problems, never gaining any capital traction in sustainable wealth existence.

Classification of the cinematic backdrop of life which canvasses reality always has parallels with art as a classification tool if one is not blessed with analytical, mathematical, and photographic memories. Styles of art or art movements’ state history and a social constant, whether your bank loan application is Abstract Expressionism, or your adult teenage child requires a Baroque sports car, it is all a matter of context and texture. It is strange how there is a difference between things of value that make us poor and experiences that enrich our lives, and it is here that the statement experience over things hold a quality of truth, yet all truths are degrees of change. We are so gifted with life it is our profound meaning to experience life to the potential it reveals to us, as a process of growth potential. Socially people have forgotten how to experience life, and it is a trap we are all guilty of in the day to day responsibilities of the Realism of our bills, we all have a short term gain which substitutes the real with that of the synthetic.  This is the half way cause of our incomplete happiness that suffices for the long term destination of a never ending future.

For the cup that holds our water on our Spiritual Rug is as much as a metaphor for our bodies that holds our souls, we as a species interpret too much of the surface representation of a person rather than the soul which holds the nature of actions. The capitalism representation of soul through physical realties is the nature of ourselves we want people to see, and often this mask is interactive with other masks leaving the holders expressionless and ironically trapped in others perception of them. Consider all these clay pots holding our souls in a library, and only brains floating through the world, they cannot change anything they can only have the power of telekinesis to move matter and absorb knowledge. This in essence would create a world without capitalism, and nature would have a higher value than a shopping mall; evolutionary speaking, this is what our primal mind values to this very day and until the end of time.  As the clay pot falls from the shelf and breaks releasing a soul to its fate, the imprint of its existence would be more similar to the creative arts that hold reverence in the history books of our time.

People by and by replicate structure in many forms whether mentally, physically, or in relationships, and this is sometimes a behavior of problems. Balance in symmetry to your environment is also a very difficult quality to aspire to; nature does it very well in its own ecosystem beyond the impact of humanity. People can eat healthy from beyond to be healthy from within, by sourcing quality produce to an ethical affinity of the capitalist and consequently social system. From this it is important to strive for a level of consistency over a level of perfection. Like the Yoga mat that creates mental flexibility of the mind and a discipline of consistency over life, we carry a similar representation in the Spiritual Rug on our back so that wherever we go, we are always home in the posture of living. From this prose the values of the things in our lives change to a physical geometry of need over a time lapse of space, whereby we are actors in the process of living to a purpose of self.

Progressive thought catalogues-

  • A Middle Eastern Carpet.
  • A clay cup.
  • Yoga
  • Water

Creative living

In the footprint we leave on earth nothing is more profound than the creative imprint we leave behind for others to experience. We are decorators and story tellers by our very nature beginning with cave paintings and developing villages into communities and culture into society. Experience and perspective of that experience is often a reflection of someone’s thoughts, told in a way that says who they are. The most immediate place for creative living is your personal space, and the institutionalization of education and the legal rules of society limit the conditions for creative application. We tend to buy the color and trappings we wish from a store, additionally we may fit into a model of thinking which other people of the same community use. This is a boxing in of mental flexibility, where acceptance of conformity is the mediocre of normality. The capitalist system has reduced the intellectual creativity from life, in our creative pursuits we are buying a fragmented version in kitset form to piece together in the sameness of kitset urbanization.

If one is blessed to own a parcel of land and house, close to an economic thriving community, it is a significantly large and blank canvas to work with. Buckminster Fuller the American architect and thought designer, used the living space as his canvas as a geometric rhythm of molecules.  Sadly, intergenerational homes have retreated to the styles of different fades, urban sprawl, and consumption living. Homes for the great part extract from the environment and leave an apocalyptic statement on nature, so one should see the element of nature that lay before. Resources are finite and upcycling is suing the environment to repurpose it to a better use, the exception is toxic homes that have no heritage value whatsoever. Frank Lloyd Wright built solid structure in which we developed a thought “Organic Architecture” which is in harmony with nature, where the crowning piece was Fallingwater (1935). From a structural perspective, a hybrid form of Buckminster Fuller and Frank Lloyd Wright would make an interesting palate with the contemporary derivate of sustainable living and up-cycling. Whist in its grand scheme what is highlighted is the philosophy of thought which can exist in a bedroom, and in many ways when examining internet access and higher functional living systems those systems a very much prevalent today.

Traditionally, cultures always evolve into an absolute equilibrium of environmental living, in India the use of stepwells in Monsoon season such as Chand Baori display an interesting architecture of traditional culture. In Mexico a stepwell would make an interesting feature of village life although it would attract snakes and would most likely only suit horticultural uses. Yet the English country house of 20th century Britain had intergenerational living until house maintenance and land rates left a lot of homes in disrepair. But their example left a compelling illustration of building heritage and tradition on the foundations of history. It is always why up-cycling has been of interest, where mementoes of grandparents are paid homage too and reborn as part of the walls of intergenerational living environment and as a growing ecosystem.  Cultural communities home and work balance was always a lot different in its interpretation and as an evolution of hunter gatherer societies, yet even the structure of tribal villages in geographic regions are a form of science based on existence.

The second hybrid philosophical prose is a biomimicry naturalist by the name of Vikto Schauberger, and the spirituality beliefs of nature from the North American Indians. Vikto Schauberger studied how nature was a better designer than humanity; this includes the geometry of mechanics and organics, where nature itself is the intelligent design and the interplay between both elements. Contemporary derivatives are solar panels, wind turbines, power generators, and green technology as an evolution of biomimicry. The example of Japanese Bath Houses comes to mind as they are always set against nature and water seems to flow on to the forest, which from a perspective of bacteria and pathogens always maintains a hygienic environment. Traditional Japanese gardens are a perfect example of the interplay of people and nature in the act of biomimicry and Vikto Schauberger would possibly argue for three levels of water dissipation; rain water for food, grey water for gardens, and surplus runoff for nature. Certainly, the American Indians theory of balance and environmental harmony is the perfect companion partner to biomimicry, and I think it is important to carry that philosophy through as an aspect of geo-historic context and future planning.

Progressive thought catalogues-

  • A library card.
  • A book on Buckminster Fuller.
  • A Book on Frank Lloyd Wright.
  • A book on Vikto Schauberger.
  • A book on North American Indians spirituality of nature.

Logical principles to think of-

Can existence on Earth be a non-habitational? Could we for example become so completely symbiotic with nature that our presence does not exclude the full potential of nature! Would this require a living roof, bee hives in a tree, a garden in a yard, a water tank next to our house, or plants in an apartment? No matter the living circumstances it is more fulfilling to be one with nature for your own health and the planets.

Art

The cosmetics industry mass produces beauty and hygiene products because it is profitable, and many products are necessary and convenient. Yet, the chemical saturation of ingredients in everyday products is palpable, hundreds of chemicals and beauty remedies saturate our everyday living routines. As products evolved from natural remedies it seems all the wonder products result in the consumer having to buy beauty. It is an absolute shocking conundrum to be saturate in every facet of life, and I am pointing out the lack of balance or choice in practical living. Of course, children can contract meningitis, or a belief in organic living and a personality of perfectionism can become overloaded with an imperfect world. I can attest to a natural product balance regime, with dish washing fluid off the plates we eat off, to cloths washing powder for skin contact on the human body’s largest organ. Additionally, natural shampoos, soaps, and tooth paste remains the core of us all, what we except into our lifestyle, yet I would not travel one hundred kilometers for bamboo earbuds. We are all victims of the efficient product to market consumerist business model, and that is bad for the environment.

Walking, eating healthy, and flexibility are the most practical long term strategies of living, and should always be a baseline or main operating system of life in general. Self-esteem and advertising creates a solution mentality, often sold in a bottle, for a healthier image based on other manufactured images. The problem is, these belief repetitions through daily life, swing the social cognition towards an umbrella behavior of chemical overconsumption, where it becomes the norm which is infectious in buyer behavior. No matter where you are in life, you should be able to walk (or move), eat healthy, and stretch, because it is absolutely true when they say the body is an art form. To embrace the realism of the world, it is often more enjoyable experience from the perspective of a sport, and while there are many different forms of sport, expression through movement is an underrated benefit for many.

The artfulness of mind is a creative spirit, for when we create we think, we are also humbled by others experience and their ability, although this is not definitive of perspective. Introspection and philosophy creates a thirst for knowledge, from which we can apply wisdom to contexts of our lives, but that is not to say context will arrive at all. Rather, thought adaptability to situations provides insight and thought flexibility to different situations; this is different than knowledge gained for a professional vocation, although a thirst of knowledge remains a state of mind. The educational system is a form of institutionalized thinking and to some degree all have to communicate on a similar medium. It also comes with problems, such as framed thinking about a problem, mental rigidity, perceptual tunnel vision, superficial commitment representation, logic of the mundane and expertise in logic justification.

Art of mental creativity is often an unaccompanied experience to a degree, if you have only one mind occupying the brain, then the value of creativity is the experience of itself. With ego the motivation of creativity is the success in an audience, and thus losses a proportion of its meditation benefits. As such, it is a very disciplined pursuit to apply commitment to a creative object and see it through to fruition. Additionally, life provides itself on values and if your life is preoccupied with chaos one would question the validity of organizational skills and a pursuit of the ego. It is clear that being proficient with your time and making time create time for opportunity is an important skill to develop in a time orientated society. Life is an art form in itself, and some people seem to excel at living with a sense of ease and flawlessness. Over time as the gifts of youth fade, the offering of our beings rests on the knowledge gained from our experiences, not the experience of our years, yet being alive and living are two separate experiences.

In a world of solutions, some would say very expensive solutions; a proportion of the world’s economic system sells answers to the needy. As a society, you can measure the amount of disenfranchised citizens to the amount of solution they buy. It’s a big industry, and you cannot complain about politics, tax, or the economy if you have not learned your way out of it. There are no quick fixes to learning, but everybody wants to learn the solution to their problems. The economic system is a form of evolution that creates the most efficient mathematical creature for its food source, being the consumer. People like to impress one another, and it has been going on for thousands of years and contributed to the reality of abundance we know today. Yet, people have not learned how to disempower an economic system, where it appears the search for happiness and the abundance of things is often not a wholesome way of existing and that in itself is an art form.

Progressive thought catalogues-

  • Natural within the Spiritual rug, un-natural beyond.
  • A planet to walk on.
  • Eat thoughtfully.
  • Develop a skill.
  • Build on a hobby or passion.

Logical principles to think of-

People tend to live ahead of themselves and desire immediate successes, within the decadence of short term planning many long term opportunities are lost, if projects are fulfillments of a wholesome self, time to a degree of relativity is irrelevant. There are too many plans in life, perhaps they are the wrong plans, the wrong energy, and the wrong venture; yet, artfulness of life is lifelong, and in many cases it is the physical presence of ego and the success of venture that losses to the competitive soul of society.

Books

The modernity of books has changed the cultural landscape dramatically, from the past it was an act of higher education and the social order of publishing companies. A lot has changed; books have always presented an air of romanticism, more so for the writer than the book itself. Books or more precisely the production of books has become more mainstream, and good book hunting is similar to hunting for diamonds. The presence of graphic designers, self-publishing, and digital readers has changed the landscape considerably, due to this pressure publishers have concentrated on quality and reputation, unfortunately it also represents elitism. With the internet and social media, books have retreated to the dusty shelves of yesteryear mixed between the outdated hoard of, ‘how to,’ books and the lost dreams of cooking enthusiasts.

Books are like personalities, and book fanatics will attest to their power with intense loyalty, however a sequence of books can help any problem in the world, if you understand a little about the author, you can create collections of perspective. It is important to have a good book shelf, but as a realist the internet has changed the form of communication greatly. Rare bookshops are a magical place, because the information is limited, a topic may be too specialized and specific for a particular print run, or a small publishing company did a print run for a special purpose. Vintage books and classic stories are always interesting if you like to combine a classic novel with a vintage book on the life and times of that day, also some universities always produce high quality work. In fact, if you examine the republishing of ideas, you will usually find a washed down version, with a heavy reliance on images, headings, and illustrations. Older versions may be more knowledgeable but that does not translate to informative, although the diluted versions sometimes present as having very little thought than the value of a dollar.

Book shelves need maintenance like a car, with clean outs, updates, and reading seasons, a solid book shelve brings balance to the influx of network connections that overloads senses with information saturation. Traditionally books have an artisan quality over electronic readers, and I have felt the physical object of a book more peaceful than digital readers, as it can sometimes make the eyes tired if the contrast is not neutral. Older books were produced with lead in the ink and contain so much glue that they cannot be recycled, and many topics are outdated quickly with the advent of the internet. Compared to painters mixing toxic elements to make different colors of paint the production was more problematic than the viewing or reading of images and literature. In the future perhaps reading will be a requirement of employment, since computer games seem more appealing to people today. With being one with nature and feeling the grass and earth on your toes such are books a connection to thought where ideas are held in the form of art.

Progressive thought catalogues-

  • A book shelf as a totem of knowledge.
  • Books
  • A reading chair.
  • Good lighting.

Logical principles to think of-

Manageable book shelves are the maintenance of thought, structure, and concept symmetry, where quality over quantity is always in the page turning. Life is sometimes like an unstructured book shelf, messy and chaotic, yet this is often a result of being unbalanced in other areas of living. Life often feels too busy to read a book, but that is where priorities are confused, obstructed, or outdated. Books imply knowledge, but the joy of the right books far out seed the corruption of the wrong books for their worth of the cover.

Where is this heading?

So I have discussed a few concepts and ideas that I pursue for fulfillment in life, and they are just the tip of the iceberg, but let’s look at the bigger picture in context of some of the ideas previously mentioned. Firstly, society and capitalism for all its self-empowerment, and democracy of all its liberty, yet people are unhappy, poor, broken, and trapped in a system where the force to liberate is weaker than the ownership of empowerment. Revolution of self against a system that is geared towards your ownership of debt over the investment of your success is ultimately destructive to your own happiness. In fact, as a form of silent protest, it is better to seek self-fulfillment over the slavery of a system negatively geared towards your own quality of life. We as humanity are conditioned to make seemingly immortal statements of our life over our mortal chains that follow us into the afterlife.

Our houses are energy vampires, the transport system is congested, our health is a commercial dollar, our food is monetarily conditioned, the air we breathe is unhealthy, the education system is broken and expensive, and every movement of energy ultimately costs living standards. We are so attached to this world, we have poisoned it with the communal fear of weakness and in the process built fortifications for our fear to hide in, safe from the outside world. With some of the ideas we have briefly explored, if in the form of silent protest a 50 million citizens in a country such as America were to incorporate some of these foundational acts, the state of the economy would change considerably. Call me a traditionalist, but I fail to see the advantages of body building powdered products over broccoli, carrots, and tomatoes, nor can I see the purpose of a new fitness craze which requires the amount of a down payment on a car each month. Education is not much different, you go through a state education, hope you get into higher education, indebt yourself, pretend to learn, and then tell everybody else how to live as a consultant that works from home.

Capitalism has de-evolved society from self-empowerment to a reductionist model of efficiency, within a few generations we have lost the knowledge to not only grow food, but understand food, such as heritage food, organic food, and companion gardens. Ignorance has become a social disease of the masses, whereby artisan cuisine is the new wealth, just as poverty migrated to urban cities which in turn pushed poor people to the fringes; cities became too expensive or simply broke from within. Capitalism appears to be the only validation of success, and those that succeed tell others how to live because their opinions are sold at a price, sometimes from the fear of not being protected by wealth. Houses are just boxes that last for a hundred years or more, but go through 20 different style changes, but that is not to say they are style homes, just a close approximation of an aristocratic living wage of middle class.

Challenging the status quo is problematic and no amount of protest at changing the zoning and building consent legislation in California for Earth ships would be intellectually enlightening to the architects of that area. Heavy regulations in society is a revenue gathering feature and for all the internet’s open source knowledge downward force on citizens is legally framed, for example the tiny home movements size regulations. The more a country’s resources are legally conditioned the more intricate and fragmented the action of a citizen freedoms lays in nuts and bolts over a parcel of land they cannot afford. The problem is that its easier to order a Burger, fries, and soft drink than it is to order a universal consent form for an Earth Ship garage, or house extension, and I think that that bad choices are too easy and the good choices are to difficult. Status living from bought consumer goods over made, created, fabricated, and adapted substitutes, often serve function to form just impress a world that is never truly satisfied with the user experience.

Progressive thought catalogues-

  • Intergenerational home estate design.
  • Strategic longitude location investment.
  • On-line, off grid philosophy.
  • Community network drives towards sustainability.
  • Light Earth footprint towards zero net energy.
  • Giving more bio-diversity back to nature.

Logical principles to think of-

Owning your own space- people all try to exist in a kind of hierarchal realism of goals, sometimes those same people are not content with their situation, but whatever the situation owning your own space is stating that you are in control of your reality bubble. Perfectionism is a curse and a target, it is difficult to be content for seeking perfection, where fixation is the end result, this is often a condition of owning the intended success over the space of the journey.

Make the best of a bad situation no situation is ideal in the grand scheme of dreams, yet without the difficulties of life, what is lost is adaptability, development, and acceptance of what is and how is to mental pathways to improvement.

Dying/decaying matter All matter decays and dies, the favorite outfit, the lounge chair you always wanted, the car, and the boat, because humanity are hoarders of happiness by nature. Stuck in the permanence of our happiness we collect things with the same level of time stable objects through life with little thought for the value loss and long term ownership of things. The closer the terms time critical and need are closer together the wealthier you will be.

Stuff is experiencestuff is experience and experience is the value of life, people happen, things happen, and manifestation happens, it is good to become used of the chaos of one’s environment and just accept things the way they are. It is people’s attitudes that can make life stuffy, but who people are, is still an adventure of sorts, objects are just the mementoes in between.

Taking responsibility for problemsmistakes are a part of life, you can build on them, yet an awareness of yourself and a preconception which in the benefit of hindsight is wrong, can restructure thought patterns towards refinement and logical avoidance. Not all problems are owned by one person, there are in fact millions of variances that affect all sorts of problems, and it is as such that you take responsibility in understanding the problem, so that you can be mindful or creative solutions.

Expression verse fearwe all fear things, events, changes, and places, yet one fear is a lack of expression, for fear fills the void where expression is silenced. Fear is the internalizing of the outward self for a reflection of an inner self that cannot met the requirements of a bigger world. A world where most expression is a half-truth at best and the expectation of individuals are set upon unrealistic goals, where they themselves are unwilling to commit a single step to.

Busy going nowherelife is a busy thing, I have expectations over mediation being more beneficial for my mind in under twenty minutes and more damaging for my stomach over half an hour. Life and capitalism is chaotic misery of mindless sleep deprivation, we are a disease of appointments and work hours desperately seeking to exist above a living wage. The fear is real; it motivates the rush of movement, the intensity of traffic, and the draining of life. It is easy to go nowhere but much harder to know that you are not going somewhere.

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