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The Not-So-Known Legacy of Che Guevara: Busting the Hollywood Myth

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Every revolution has its own heroes and every revolutionary has his or her own legacy that people of the following generations admire and see as an inspiration to live by. However, most revolutions in history are bloody and no doubt, atrocious. But needless to say, some people, especially those who are in favor of absolute means to achieve this revolution, have no problem with killings and brutal retributions of any kinds. Ernesto Che Guevara was one of these kinds of people.

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Regarded as almost like a pop icon in many parts of the world, Che Guevara is known to left a heroic legacy that you can see his face in t-shirts worn especially by teenagers and college students attending protests, if not rock concerts. The band “Rage Against The Machine” also puts his face on stage during their gigs for fans to see while doing the mosh. Hollywood also romanticized his story as a charismatic benevolent person caring for the poor and the oppressed. You can even sometimes see an image of his face in mugs and other souvenir stuffs similar to Starbucks or Nike. His face, that seemingly became a logo, was also used by a tobacco company for a, perhaps, “revolutionary” to enjoy and to use as a suicide instrument.

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But who exactly is Ernesto Che Guevara and what really are the not-so-known things that he did? Che was born in a middle-class family from Rosario, Argentina in June 14, 1928. According to his “official” biography, which some also doubted, he graduated in a medical degree at the University of Buenos Aires. But later according to him in his own journals and notes of poetry, he became dissatisfied with treating patients as “saving people’s life requires more than just medical treatment”. One reason for this is that Che was an intellectual person who likes to read about philosophy and other subjects that help an individual progress and become a “useful and productive” member of society. This is one of the reasons why he got so interested in the writings of Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, and other thinkers of the past.    

Because of this also, he learned about socialism and communism and these ideas eventually inspired him to travel South America through a motorbike and “immerse with the masses” to learn more about struggles outside his own hometown. Because of this also, he became a guerilla leader of the radical left who campaigned ruthlessly against the brutal imperialist countries such as the United States. Che Guevara later helped Cuba achieved its communist revolution, helping Fidel Castro and others who also agree on this political idealism.     

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During this era, he helped the communist Cuba nationalized its industries – factories, banks, hospitals, printing press, etc. He also established universities that aimed to raise the citizen’s literacy. But along with this, he also initiated hundreds of trials and punished hundreds of Fulgencio Batista’s supporters. Prior to that, Batista, a fierce fascist dictator, was in total control of Cuba. Though, this man also killed thousands of people. But when Batista sensed his defeat, he left Cuba. Unfortunately, many of his supporters were left in the hands of these vengeful Cuban revolutionaries being led by Guevara and Fidel Castro.

“A revolutionary must become a cold killing machine motivated by pure hate. We must create the pedagogy of the paredón [execution wall].”

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Ceasing control over the Island of Cuba, Guevara, Castro, and other Cuban rebel’s launched coldblooded retaliations against people who are considered “enemy of the revolution” without trials and judicial process. According itself to his statement: “We executed many people by firing squad without knowing if they were fully guilty. At times, the Revolution cannot stop to conduct much investigation.” And expressing opposition to freedom of speech, he stated: “We must eliminate all newspapers; we cannot make a revolution with free press.”

During these times, Batista’s soldiers and civilians alike were executed including traders, journalists, and even innocent people who disagreed on them. Many people were being put to prison camps to do hard labor including homosexuals and priests. Many of these people, including children, were beaten and tortured and some were even raped before being executed. Historical accounts stated that Guevara killed tens, if not hundreds, of people himself. As written on his journals used by Hollywood as one of the basis of his biographical movie entitled The Motorcycle Diaries:

“My nostrils dilate while savoring the acrid odor of gunpowder and blood. I’d like to confess, Papa, at that moment I discovered that I really like killing.”

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Also, there were claims by historians that he had no problem with people working endlessly, as opposed to 8 hour limit per day. But despite this, many accounts proved that he worsened Cuba’s economy as opposed to their socialist goals to improve it. He also strongly criticized the Soviet Union for not attacking America with nuclear missiles. Favoring for the use of these devastating weapons of mass destruction against his enemies, he stated:

“The U.S. is the great enemy of mankind! Against those hyenas there is no option but extermination! If the nuclear missiles had remained (in Cuba) we would have fired them against the heart of the U.S. including New York City!”

In 1965, he went to Bolivia to convince alliance with Bolivians. But people in Bolivia were suspicious and didn’t support him. And in 1967, at the age of 39, he was captured and killed by the Bolivian US-backed militaries. However, his remain was not “officially” buried for decades. In 1997, his body was sent back to Cuba and then Fidel Castro and thousands of Cubans reburied him.

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Why Parents are Outraged about “Transgenderism”

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Transgender issue is a very complex and sensitive issue. Many people talking about this and raising concerns are sometimes being accused and called many names such as transphobic, homophobic, religious bigot, sexist, and sometimes, as ridiculous and irrelevant as it sounds, an authoritarian right-winger even though it has really nothing to do with discrimination or political spectrum. This happens to people, including some members of the LGBT community and those who identify as feminists themselves, especially when they don’t agree with the politics of transgenderism. Worst is, some have been chastised in their workplace for not agreeing with some of the ideas that are associated on this issue especially those that opposes their personal views about gender, sexuality, or biology. 

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In some states, it is now illegal to question or oppose transgenderism. Because of this many stay silent as they are afraid to disagree or express dissent out of fear of losing their job, ruining their reputation, or losing their children. However, these days more and more parents are now speaking out for reasons that one can easily understand especially if they are well-informed about the topic and the science behind gender. Also, parents are the ones who know their children well so understandably they are the ones that should hold valid arguments concerning their kid’s real gender identity. 

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In addition, given that the child has not yet reached the legal age to obtain enough knowledge for informed decisions, it is obvious that parents are the ones who should give consent or decide and not the school or other people regarding medical or legal matters especially when it comes to serious aspects like surgery and medication. So when it comes to this issue, why are many parents feel so powerless and frustrated and sometimes furious? To know the answers to this question, let’s explore the different arguments that they are trying to raise. 

Jay Keck, a father who has a daughter who attended school at Hinsdale District #86. He’s part of the Kelsey Coalition, an organization that promotes policies to protect young people from “medical and psychological harms” of transgender medicine. He is also the Chicago leader of ParentsofROGDKids, a support group for parents who have children suddenly identifying as transgender. Telling the story of her daughter, he stated:

“She first came out as transgender to her school, and when she announced that she was a boy, the faculty and staff — who had full knowledge of her mental health challenges — affirmed her. Without telling me or my wife, they referred to her by her new name. They treated my daughter as if she were a boy, using male pronouns and giving her access to a gender neutral restroom.”

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He continues:

“In an IEP meeting just after she told us about being a boy, I told the school that our wishes are to call her by her legal name at all times. The social worker present at the meeting stated that we have that right to make that request, so I assumed school staff would follow our directive. I followed up that meeting with an email, but later learned that my request was ignored and school staff continued to refer to her by the male name.”

“In my attempts over the past several years to get help for my daughter, what I have learned has shocked me. The National Education Association has partnered with the Human Rights Campaign and other groups to produce materials advocating automatic affirmation of identities, name changes and pronouns, regardless of parents’ concerns. In 18 states and the District of Columbia, including in my home state of Illinois, there are “conversion therapy” bans, which prevent therapists from questioning a child’s gender identity. No wonder my daughter’s therapist would only speak to me off the record.”

Then he also said:

“The department’s “Transgender Student Guidance” document refers educators to the state’s “Child Abuse, Neglect, and Missing Children” webpage, suggesting that school staff might be encouraged to report parents if they disagree with their child transitioning. When parents are willing to go along with their child’s transitioning, the process can move at a frightening pace. Doctors with the Endocrine Society rewrote the guidelines for treating young patients who say they are transgender in order to give hormone treatments to children younger than 16 years old. Even more concerning, surgeries such as mastectomies and orchiectomies (the removal of testicles) are performed on teenagers.”

“When our daughter returned to high school to finish her senior year, I contacted the principal to let him know I expected her legal name to be used at graduation. Once again, the school refused to honor my request. Now, thanks in large part to my daughter’s school, my daughter is more convinced than ever that she is a boy, and that testosterone may be necessary for her to become her authentic self. She turned 18 in late June and life-altering, dangerous testosterone injections are just one “informed consent form” away. She can turn to any one of Illinois’s 17 Planned Parenthood clinics for cheap and easy access. No extensive mental health assessment will be required, and there will be nothing I can do to stop her.”

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Another group of parents who preferred to be anonymous also stated in their article:

“Parents like us must remain anonymous to maintain our children’s privacy, and because we face legal repercussions if our names are revealed. Parents who do not support their child’s gender identity risk being reported to Child Protective Services and losing custody of their children.In New Jersey, the Department of Education officially encourages schools to report such parents.”

“…the media glamorize and celebrate trans-identified children while ignoring stories like mine. I have written to well over 100 journalists, begging them to write about what is happening to kids. I wrote to my representative and senators, but have been ignored by their staff. My online posts about my daughter’s story have been deleted and I have been permanently banned in an online forum. As a lifelong Democrat, I am outraged by my former party and find it ironic that only conservative news outlets have reported my story without bias or censorship. We parents are ignored and vilified, while our children are suffering in the name of inclusivity and acceptance. I hope that some open-minded Democratic lawmakers will wake up to the fact that they are complicit in harming vulnerable kids. I hope that they ask themselves this question: Why are physicians medicalizing children in the name of an unproven, malleable gender identity? And why are lawmakers enshrining “gender identity” into state and federal laws?”

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“At age sixteen, my daughter ran away and reported to the Department of Child Services that she felt unsafe living with me because I refused to refer to her using male pronouns or her chosen male name. Although the Department investigated and found she was well cared for, they forced me to meet with a trans-identified person to “educate” me on these issues. Soon after, without my knowledge, a pediatric endocrinologist taught my daughter—a minor—to inject herself with testosterone. My daughter then ran away to Oregon where state law allowed her—at the age of seventeen, without my knowledge or consent—to change her name and legal gender in court, and to undergo a double mastectomy and a radical hysterectomy. My once beautiful daughter is now nineteen years old, homeless, bearded, in extreme poverty, sterilized, not receiving mental health services, extremely mentally ill, and planning a radial forearm phalloplasty (a surgical procedure that removes part of her arm to construct a fake penis).”

“In only one visit, and with just a little bit of blood work, Planned Parenthood will cheerfully enable young women and men to pursue their “authentic” selves through cross-sex hormones. All that’s needed is a few bucks and signing a form that the risks have been disclosed and understood. That is the route my daughter took at the tender age of twenty, bypassing her psychiatrist altogether. My husband wrote to Planned Parenthood, explaining her mental-health history and providing her doctor’s name and telephone number. Planned Parenthood’s lawyer wrote back curtly that they presume anyone over eighteen is capable of giving informed consent. No matter what anyone thinks of Planned Parenthood’s other services, the fact that they will instantly prescribe powerful hormones with many unknown long-term effects—especially to people with underlying mental-health issues—should shock one’s conscience. People need to know that this is Planned Parenthood’s new line of business.”

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Punk, Hardcore, and Other Social Movements that Empower Communities

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Let me get it straight here… first, I personally believe that punk movement has both positive and negative aspects. So to avoid confusion and to solve my own dilemma, I try to separate the music genre, the movement, and the individuality. For me, punk music (which is a genre that includes hardcore styles and contains different kinds of lyrics – love, hate, being anti-racist, being racist, being anti-sexist, being sexist, empowerment, powerlessness, spirituality, being gay, being whatever you want to be, etc. and has many kinds of musical styles applied) and punk or hardcore movement (which is also consist of different philosophies – anarchism, nazism, christianism, atheism, communism, veganism, feminism, etc.) are quite different from each other. In short, these are not necessarily the same and can never or should not be defined as one and the same thing. Also, it should be seen only as part of a person’s identity but not necessarily the person’s totality – his or her overall values, personality, outlook, philosophy, etc. This is because individuals vary and people can change anytime. Therefore, punk or hardcore is not a one-size-fits-all term or label.

Now, from different standpoints, let’s critically analyze and explain the proposition as carefully as possible. It is not an identity per se if you look at it from the perspectives of science (quantum physics for example) or also from the perspectives of some eastern philosophies (Buddhism for example). From these outlooks, there is no “real” identity because, according to these ideas, we are purely consciousness experiencing itself (thank you universe!) and that identification is just an illusion and attachment to the concept of identity is somehow inconsequential and doesn’t have real groundings. Also, physics and mathematics suggest that the universe is a hologram and that everything is a simulation. Perhaps, but I can’t be sure for now. However, let’s not dive into those areas for a reason that it’s not relevant to most people in the movement and quite “far out” for many. Or is it? Anyway, let’s just stick to what we all preferred as “reality”.

So what do people mean when they say punk or hardcore? If they’re not talking about the genre, they probably mean the movement; a very interesting social movement. It has evolved from the hippie movement that started during the early 1960’s (or late 1950’s?) youth culture or counterculture which defied American or Western foreign policies that support war, colonialism, brutal capitalism, and even terrorism towards Vietnam and other countries that doesn’t adhere to their power and authority. This so-called hippie movement has been empowered by the anti-war philosophies of the “beatnik generation” popularized by the beat poets such as Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, etc. and later by the influence of important folk musicians such as Woody Guthrie, Johnny Cash, Bod Dylan, and other musicians promoting critical thinking, peace, love, respect, and individualism. But, it is important to note that the hippie movement is also composed of various artists and musicians that produced jazz, rock, blues, psychedelics, and other musical genres of this era that are not so known. And, the hippie movement is also composed of individuals with different philosophies. However, let’s just stick to the “positive aspects” as much as possible.   

Years after the rise and the gradual fall of the hippie movement, punk music was also created partly out of discontent from the previous musical styles and the politics associated with the hippie movement. It was like hating their parents out of dissatisfaction, so to speak. Later, it was clearly seen as a social movement. It was said that the MC5 (1968), Iggy Pop and the Stooges (1969), and The New York Dolls (1973) are some of the bands that started to play punk music. However, some also claimed that the Velvet Underground (1963), formed by Lou Reed, is the first punk band (which many so called punks of today has never heard of, ironically). At that time, it was regarded as an experimental music and not really defined as punk music. In addition, we cannot really say that some of these band members were not racist or sexist. Sorry about that. To defend my point, I am attaching links below for you to read. Though, as what I’ve said above, people can change!

According to some “punk historians”, the term “punk” has only been coined accidentally based on a magazine in New York City where the cultural movement was also said to have started. However, some claimed that punk movement started in London or Europe with bands such as the Sex Pistols, The Clash, and Crass. Crass was also known to have started the term “anarcho-punk”, clearly suggesting that it carries the anarchist principle and politics. No matter what the truth is, these genres all came from folk and then later rock music – distorted, shortened, made faster, louder, obnoxious, and madder. Apparently. And then during the late 1970’s, hardcore music also began to surface as a sub-genre of the punk musical style. Then, hardcore has also evolved into a distinct movement in later years. The rest is history. However, punk and hardcore are different from one another but essentially, has so many similarities. It is both. And also, we cannot say that some of the individuals from the hardcore scenes are not racist or sexist. We really cannot tell so again, sorry about that. And again to prove it, I attached the links below this article.  And again, they might change in the future. 

Today many people are confused about the terms punk and hardcore and to avoid confusion or to escape from the burden of thinking, they don’t really talk much about it. This is understandable but however, sometimes, some people need answers to their questions which is, by the way, another point of “punk philosophy” – to question things and “authority”. So when we say punk or hardcore, we really mean to say more than one thing; first, it is a musical genre and then second is, it is a social (and political too!) movement. These two terms are different from one another, technically speaking, especially when we start to look at the essence of the individual. It should be; to avoid confusion and the very limiting generalization. However, there is no question that these social movements, through its positive philosophy, is very empowering when used or applied to one’s life carefully, properly, and intelligently. If not, its dangerous misconceptions will destroy people’s lives! Why? Vices, frustrations, angst, irrational hostility and pessimism, and loathing!

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But nonetheless, still existing and active all over the world today, punk and hardcore as social movements (without its negative, politically correct, and postmodernist features) is still very important and beneficial. Along with other positive social movements, these two can be used to help, enable, educate, and inspire many individuals and communities to live a life valuing freedom, peace, integrity, friendship, compassion, and as cheesy as it sounds, love. Let’s just hope (and do something too!) it will continue to improve rather than to deteriorate.   

Check out these links to dismantle your biases you son of a…..just kidding!

The Legacy and the Warnings of George Orwell

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Why George Orwell’s writings are still very relevant to today’s society and political climate

As a unique writer of his time, a strong and sharp social and political critic, George Orwell inspired so many thoughts, events, and movements with his bravery and intellectual analysis while also efficiently shared so much of his brilliance, talents, skills and time as a gift to humanity in the pursuit of truth and freedom, especially in the fields of literature. With his seemingly prophetic and extensively philosophical explorations in writings, he effectively elucidates the readers with profound questions and answers for contemplation’s and concrete solutions to, let’s say, the kind of issues or socio-political problems he’s tackling about. He wrote dozens, if not hundreds, of essays about things that are essential to the society such as politics, psychology, religion, philosophy, culture, nationalism, and even abstract and metaphysical subjects. There were so many movies based on his ideas or writings and his two best-selling political novels, 1984 and Animal Farm, have been translated into many different languages and also adapted to movies.   

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George Orwell was a very successful novelist and essayist in his time but the internet made him more famous nowadays. Even up to today, he’s still a real hero and inspiration to many because of his passion for truth, high sense of morality, and respect for freedom and justice. These are all metaphorically and, at the same time, concretely illustrated both in his writings and broadcasts at the BBC. His thoughts and philosophies still influence many thinkers and intellectuals of today, even became important subjects of obsession by many pop storytellers, culture heroes, and mainstream artists. He came up with his own original concepts, terms, languages, and phrases such as “thought-crime, thought-police, doublethink, newspeak, room 101, Big Brother, etc.” that has become very famous jargons in politics. Dedicating his life to the pursuit of these virtues mentioned above, Orwell lived for the truth and for attempting to create an alternative world that would prevent the dystopia that he’s seeing in his fearsome visions and nightmares.   

“In times of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act . ”  

The term Orwellian was also invented and is being widely used today by many to describe a social condition or situation that isn’t pleasant politically or morally; a kind of state or even idea that is posing a threat or that is hampering the individual’s freedom, well-being, and determination. Indeed, a dystopia! For Orwell, speaking the truth is a duty. This is why he chose his profession and spent his life in speaking about many different issues of his time that need to be fixed or given clarity and direction. That’s the reason why many institutions recognize him as a very important writer and thinker, including The New York Times that announced him as the second most “greatest writers in Great Britain since 1945”. In the BBC headquarters in London, Orwell’s statue was installed in 2016 as an acknowledgment and homage.    

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“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history. “

To today’s culture, history is one of those complex matrix to enter or delve into. Coupled with endless distractions and entertainments in the cyber world, the big part of the population today are being held captive by what he referred to as “the Ministry of Truth”. This attitude towards history unfortunately allows tyrants and dysfunctional government and corporate leaders to take advantage of the society and direct its path to the absurdity of submission and nihilism. In the book 1984, Orwell repeated many times the part that tells how “the bureaucracy and the Big Brother state” omit facts from history books and create propaganda that would make people support them and their endless schemes and wars. Sad to say, this is very true even up to today given that politics still depends on lies and deception. In his Animal Farm novel, he also explored how language can be weaponized and used against ordinary people who have no access to power and authorities. Sold (and still selling) millions of copies around the world, these two unparalleled novels serve as warnings for what we all know as today’s political climate of corruption and polarity.

References:

  • https://www.pinterest.ph/davidpcraig/inspired-art-from-orwell/
  • https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/may/19/legacy-george-orwell-nineteen-eighty-four
  • https://www.goalcast.com/2018/01/19/22-george-orwell-quotes/

How to Guide Your Own Transition and Growth

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As we grow old in this life we encounter so many unfamiliar things and we discover various things that would later become part of our sense of identity; influencing our actions and thoughts and the way we organize ourselves towards our future; in cohesion to the community and the society we live in. Along with this, we experience pain, terror, joy, anger, bliss, etc. but we grow from these experiences and from our mistakes if we sincerely answer to the realizations our inner self is showing us. An in this process of transition, we become mature in the aspect of our metaphysical self; thus, we gain enough amount of wisdom that help strengthens our mental aspect and virtues as a person, allowing us to become more resilient and healthy in traversing our journey.

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To guide their emotional and psychological growth, here are some of the things that “self-aware” people do or try to maintain:

Accepting errors and mistakes

Of course, people with healthy minds know that perfection does not exist and that in our daily decisions and choices, it’s normal to commit mistakes. That’s why it’s necessary to accept that no one is perfect and that things don’t turn out well all the time as we want them to be.

Forgiving their parents

Most of us have tough childhood and we carry this on our present. It is helpful to be aware about our negative feelings towards our past and instead, turn it into acceptance for us to be able to heal from our trauma and unfulfilled childhood needs. For most of us, our parents have their part in letting our inner void grow wider and deeper as a kid but however, understand that they are unaware victims of dysfunctional family system too so much like us so it’s better to remove bitterness from your heart and work harder for your personal development.   

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Empathizing to people

Sometimes, people commit errors and behave badly or irrationally because of their unstable mental condition or their stress and problems in life. So this is not permanent. Understanding that other people’s negative behaviors are sometimes because of fear, insecurity, negative experiences, or anxiety and not necessarily because they are stupid or horrid is very important to help us maintain our sense of freedom.

Conveying message properly and clearly

Knowing that your thoughts cannot be easily understood by others is very important. People don’t see imagery of your mind when they look or listen to you that’s why you have to express your feelings and intentions well with calmness and clarity.

Knowing their thoughts and its emotional impact

Understand the nature of mood and your feelings and its influence on your actions and decisions. It is very important to cultivate emotional intelligence and to learn how to control or at least guide your feelings, especially anger, because they can negatively affect your quality of life  

Letting go of unnecessary grievances and resentments

Most of us are somehow victims of poverty and some sense of social inequality. Most of us are economically struggling; working too much to provide ourselves the basic needs while others grow richer and richer without so much effort and even by exploiting other people and including the environment. However, constantly clamoring against the people we can’t see and talk to will only destroy us in the long run. That’s why do not let hatred dwells in your heart; reclaim your life because you are not always a worthless victim of oppression.

And lastly, practicing honest and proper communication skills

Spiritually elevated people are individuals that have higher realizations from experiences in life. And being one, they always try to be assertive, clear, and honest in their communication style. In talking to other people, they are neither aggressive nor passive and they always make sure that their thoughts and desires are expressed, understood, and acknowledged properly.    

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How to Recognize Feelings and the Benefits of This

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Understanding our body, our mind, and our feelings is very essential for us to manage the risks and the protective factors for our physical and mental health. Most people in the world do not really know how to appreciate and take care of these things or at least not aware of the importance of being conscious and sincere about taking care of their own well-being. Having this kind of awareness can be very advantageous because it can help us confront and solve our problems and existential challenges instead of avoiding or suppressing them. In this way, we can see the bigger picture of our life; have more sense of psychological freedom and genuine personal growth.

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In addition, learning about the broad spectrum of emotions can help us provide a proper response or reaction as opposed to just label them with vague words, assumptions, and interpretations (ex. stressed out, fed up, fucked up, etc.). We don’t have to be an expert about these things but at least learning how to identify them can help us create appropriate course of actions in our daily living and decisions. As social beings or animals, having a good amount of knowledge about our physical and non-physical self will help us navigate and survive the complexities of our family/community and of the society as a whole because these are tools we can use.                  

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According to a Yale University psychologist Marc Brackett, you can recognize your emotion through its energy and pleasantness. Sometimes an emotion can be high in energy and low in pleasantness, or vice versa; or it can be both. However, most people do not know that most sadness, depression, and loneliness are just normal emotions that come and go and will pass just like happiness, optimism, excitement, etc. Examples of feelings that are high in energy but are not pleasant are frustration, anxiety, and anger while examples of emotions that are low in energy but very pleasant are content, calmness, comfort, and security.

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When you don’t feel well or if you are having a negative emotion, try to ask your self these questions:

  • What happened and how did it happen?
  • What have you done to have that kind of certain situation or emotion?
  • What kind of environment or place you are in or did you have in the past? Is it related?
  • What kind of friends or companions do you have?
  • What are the memories that trigger negative emotions?
  • What happened in the past? Is it connected to your current negative feelings?

Some things we can do to avoid being overwhelmed and exhausted:

  • Do not handle things that are more than your competences
  • Do not commit to too many responsibilities
  • Prioritize the most important things
  • Avoid stressful and toxic people
  • Avoid stressful and polluted places if possible
  • Have enough rest and relax your body every now and then
  • Practice a healthy diet
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These things can provide clues to why certain feelings come to you; therefore allowing you to properly address and, if possible, redirect them into your advantage. Emotional stress eventually manifests into physical pain and can become chronic especially if left unaddressed for a long period of time. However, for as long as you recognize your feelings instead of just ignoring them, you can manage your overall well-being, allowing you to have good connection with your self and with people that you need in your life. Learn these things and these will help you organize your life in such a manner that other people cannot disrespect you or cross your boundaries; thus, making your relationship and your psychological aspect healthy and positive. 

Further references:

  • https://www.thinkingmindset.com/2019/10/the-emotional-and-the-rational-self/
  • https://www.thinkingmindset.com/2019/10/emotional-management-healthy-skepticism/
  • https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/supersurvivors/201911/building-emotional-intelligence-isnt-hard-you-think

Important Facts About Oxytocin

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Oxytocin is a hormone and a neurotransmitter that controls the reproductive system and the behaviour of a person. It is scientifically known that oxytocin is very crucial in enabling and enhancing our social capacities as humans to connect and be in a relationship, be it romantic or non-romantic, for individual as well as for collective purpose. According to what have been studied, without this it would really hard to imagine how humanity can thrive and cooperate with each other, and even way harder to think how we can establish trust and understanding on each other. However, paradoxically, oxytocin bonds people together but it cannot alter the fact that humans still have the tendency to distrust or even be hostile to one another. It is believed that oxytocin is also causing this opposite feeling so in this sense oxytocin still needs further studies so we can truly understand it. Still, despite of its flaws as a neurochemical, it is still worth exploring how amazing oxytocin is.    

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The role of oxytocin in human altruism and compassion

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Oxytocin has been found to help increase kindness in humans. In some studies, oxytocin was observed to help generate empathic feelings, one of the reasons humans and other animals help and care for others. This generosity in animal and human characters has long been a fascination for many scientists especially in the field of biology, sociology, and psychology. The result of the study was stunningly remarkable and oxytocin was believed to be the reason why majority of the participants displayed high level of generosity. In addition, oxytocin was also learned to help trigger confidence, sense of hopefulness, and trust; overcoming the mind’s tendency to fear and hate therefore helping in establishing bonds and cooperation; things that are essential for a successful and fruitful society.

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Oxytocin as anti-stress and anti-depressant

Many experts believe that oxytocin contributes a lot in fighting anxiety and depression. In some studies, women with postpartum syndrome, usually during and after pregnancy, observed to have low levels of oxytocin, causing depression and other hormonal imbalances. However, it is obvious that we don’t need experts to prove that oxytocin really plays a role in the natural resistance in our bodies. For sure most of us have experienced the therapeutic power of physical intimacy (hugging and cuddling), not only with humans but also with animals. This is the reason why most animals love to be hugged and cuddled. In connection to the feelings of trust if produces, oxytocin helps reduce stress, therefor reduces anxieties. This is because it helps lower cortisol in our body and also neutralizes our blood pressure; thus, helping to keep our body in a normal relaxed state.  

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Oxytocin in medicine and therapy

Oxytocin has anti-inflammatory properties. This is the reason why high levels of oxytocin can alleviate physical pain such as muscle aches, cramps, headaches, wounds, etc. This is also why humans mimic this bio-chemical through synthetic production because it literally stops pain. In some studies, it was also proven to heal wounds. So just by daily positive social interactions, a person is doing something very helpful to his or her body. Oxytocin was also believed to be helpful on issues like anxiety, mood disorders, trauma (including PTSD), and autism. If we explore further (most probably in the next articles), we will see more promising benefits of oxytocin in medicine. But for now the point is that oxytocin is proven to be crucial to people on physical recovery. However, not only these positive impacts can be felt strongly in these physical aspects, it is also present in how we emotionally and cognitively process our emotions, sensation, and psychological content to the abstract and even metaphysical realms; in relation to our perspective of life and how we relate and socialize with others. These processes also are very healing to our body and to our spirit in general.         

Further studies:

The Top 10 Ways to Boost Good Feelings

  • https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-moral-molecule/201311/the-top-10-ways-boost-good-feelings

Oxytocin: Facts About the ‘Cuddle Hormone’

  • https://www.livescience.com/42198-what-is-oxytocin.html

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Eco-friendly Affiliate Programs You Might Want to Check Out

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If you are concerned about the environment while also believes in the ethical approach to business, connecting to like-minded business companies or groups that have visions and sincerity that are the same as yours is necessary. We all know that businesses and irresponsible capitalism in general are one of the main things that cause or enable this massive ecological devastation and animal extinction happening right now in front of our eyes, even with the full awareness of our major government institutions. As you take a look and pay attention to this ruthless environmental destruction mostly by the richest corporations, corrupt politicians, and individuals that own massive subdivisions and land, things are going uglier every day causing so much physical and mental stress and diseases to us ordinary people. Not only that, this blatant corporate vandalism to our nature, building wide cities and tall buildings, is also causing major natural disasters in many places. And in some parts of the globe, it also causes serious depression and other kinds of mental health issues to many people all across ages.

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Therefore, even in small acts, being careful and ecologically aware is very important. In doing our actions and choices, we need to think about our environment and our impacts on it. But how about for big projects? Of course, it needs even more thoughtfulness. As always, since we all need income to live, one thing we should learn right now if we want to start an online marketing job is affiliate marketing. Can this help for environmental sustainability? Yes it is! Because there are companies using eco-products or services. Through these links we will give you, you’ll be very happy to discover these companies and their eco-friendly (and even eco-healing) products. But what is affiliate marketing in the first place? Affiliate marketing or program is a merchant (ex. products, services, etc.) and affiliate (ex. you as website owner, YouTube producer, blogger, etc.) agreement. This is a system where merchant pays the affiliate marketer commission for every traffic or company’s website visit or for every purchase, depending on the designed or agreed arrangement.

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As part of eCommerce system that started to emerge in the mid 90’s, this internet marketing strategy became known through the ideas of people like Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com, one of the biggest names in online shopping and eCommerce in general. Through years, affiliate marketing has evolved and grown immensely, currently having hundreds of thousands of websites (affiliates participating in the program). Although obviously this would somehow bring serious ecological consequences, good thing is that nowadays, you can still join an affiliate marketing program promoting or selling only eco-friendly products. From organic cleaning detergents to gardening materials, to household products to cosmetics and plant fertilizers, these companies offer affiliate programs that will surely make you feel not (or less) guilty or even futile. If you are looking for income and you want companies that are responsible in doing business, these eco-friendly affiliate marketing programs might be the ones you are looking for.

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So without further ado, here are 2 links of the affiliate programs that are offered by eco-friendly companies:

  • https://www.websitemagazine.com/blog/10-eco-friendly-affiliate-marketing-programs
Eco Friendly Affiliate Programs

Plastic Toy Companies, the Environment, and Children’s Mental Health

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Have you ever notice how marketing strategies of plastic toys for children are aggressively attacking both the parent and the child? These environmental hazards, omnipresent nowadays, which almost nobody cares who are producing and which countries will it ends up when becomes waste or trash, are starting to swallow our civilization. But it doesn’t end there; it also has profound implications to the issue of our young’s mental health and well-being. As for the people who are sceptical or just new to the issue and who haven’t seen the connections yet, just think again that everything is connected and what’s outside is mostly what’s inside – as within, so without. So because plastic pollution destroys our ecology, therefore our home, it can also have adverse impacts to our brain and our mind as organic human beings that are profoundly connected to it; to this uniquely animate natural world.  

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Something to think about: Scene one

To give you an idea, the world produces more than 300 million tons of plastic per year. The saddest part is, 50% of this pollution is the single-use plastics that can exist for hundreds of years. In addition, our oceans along with marine lives that are dependent of it receive 8 million tons of plastic waste per year. So, in some parts of the world, massive animals are dying and many are going extinct because of our ungrateful activities.  As unconscious creatures detached from our higher selves, our natural human connection to our own planet, the living conscious organic earth, seems like has been cut off at the moment. From heavy metals to microplastics (both can also be found on human body and blood across different populations), the pollution has greatly harmed and killed the helpless animals, annihilating other flora and fauna life forms too, in areas that are supposed to be protected and nurtured.

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Check these links to see who the top plastic polluter companies are:

Scene two: the lack of profound education

Produced mostly from large factories and other industrial processing facilities, plastics might (or perhaps already has been) be the main cause of death for us humans in the future. This is why we have to change our ways. The environmental problem alone caused by plastic overproduction, misuse, and mis-production can clearly explain why we humans need to greatly and radically reduce our dependency to this technology and in general, to stop our unconscious habit of consumption of useless and even toxic products that destroy not only us but also our planet. Looking at different directions, people need intensive education about many vital social issues related to these topics or concerns more than ever. Massive and intensive education… this is one of the first major remedies to this current disease of our civilization.

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For more information about the global plastic pollution and other related issues, check out these links:

The marketing of these junks

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Although it is perfectly normal for a child to enjoy and play, therefore to use materials that can be used for executing this play or pretence, parents must also remember always that this can also have serious implications to the child’s psychological aspect and even adverse impacts on it. In marketing of these things alone, plastic toy companies strategically use bright colors, scientifically studied settings, and other attractive and effective tactics that are meant to sell their products. This alone is a form of malicious manipulation targeting our young children in a subtle yet efficient way. And since children are humans and most of us humans cannot resist dopamine or the pleasure from reward of getting or experiencing something right away, an instant gratification, sometimes in a form of serious addiction, they cannot help but pave their way to have this stimulation, sometimes even violently. As a parent, would you honestly think this is not some form of psychological abuse to your child? We can’t be sure but in general, it’s disrupting to your parenting practice and in the long run, it’s harmful both to your relationship and to your child’s mental health.  

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The important role of oxytocin in mental health

As contrast to this problematic dopamine addiction, the solution to this void is genuine care and affection and spiritual connection. Because of our busy modern lifestyle, this sacred connection between the parents and the child/children have been replaced with superficial alternatives and even deadly comforts from technological availability that is why our body’s natural capacity to self-protect and heal is suppressed. Therefor as a critical substitute to material gratification or stimulation (dopamine addiction), or brain stimulation through material objects such as toys, videogames, etc., children should be raised organically through the power of affection and real love – kisses, hugs, listening, empathising, hugs, and more hugs! With this, we have oxytocin, a perfect neuro-chemical.

For more about this natural wonder drug called oxytocin, check out these links:

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Parenting and bio-hacking skills / we need more oxytocin junkies!

This is scientifically proven very helpful to the child’s brain development, including to their cognitive abilities, and also to the cultivation of the child’s empathy, understanding, and acceptance; therefor their relationship to other people and things. This is all mostly because oxytocin is a so-called “love chemicals” or “happiness hormones” that has a profound spiritual benefits to the individual. Just like other neurotransmitters, it triggers “love and happiness” to the brain in a harmless yet favorable way. It has been clinically proven that oxytocin is our strong natural resistance against stress, anxieties, depression, unrest, and even pain. Therefore, compared to dopamine, oxytocin has more benefits that are more healing to us humans and that are long term. Therefore to heal this connection of humans and the sacred nature on the psycho-spiritual level, parents must instead cultivate things that are related to the oxytocin production on their children’s system.          

More references:

The Moral Foundations Theory

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Where Does Morality Comes From?

Where do you think does morality comes from? Do you believe that all of our ideas of right and wrong or good and bad are only taught to us by the society and by the dominant ideology that maintains them? In understanding and assessing the human capacities and tendencies in relation to our cognitive abilities, capacities, and normal psychological functioning, and for salvaging our fate as nature-dependent organism, these questions are very important as they could provide answers to some of our dilemmas as species and fix most of our ecological problems. Therefore, it is valid to ask – is their really a thing called free will? And most importantly, since we asked this question, what if not? What if there is a universal basis for what’s good and what is bad to us as humans or individuals?  

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Upon evaluating the social condition, why morality is a very important issue? Given that how we see the world reflects what kind of knowledge and education we have on our thinking, accumulated through years of experiential learning, how should we make decisions that doesn’t harm others, the environment and other sentient lives in general? Lastly, why do we have to decide or choose which is good and which is bad for us? Seeing the realities beyond our physical experiences helps us maintain the healthy existence as opposed to the misguided, chaotic, and most of the time regressive tendencies. Having a moral compass helps us navigate the ocean safely and quite accurately; supporting our foundations for us to become a stronger structures as we separate the important ones from the useless.

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So now, what is the “Moral Foundations Theory?”

Created by social and cultural psychologists, the Moral Foundations Theory aims to explore the varying forms, similarities, and the recurring themes of the morality that can be found in many different cultures across the globe and attempts to provide a connection between these cultural ethical nature and sources of morality. These foundations are composed mainly of five major reasons or motivations. According to Jonathan Haidt, a former professor and a social psychologist at New York University’s Stern School of Business, there are five different moral foundations of human species. These are care, fairness, loyalty, authority, and sanctity. To elaborate what these really means, let’s discuss it one by one according to Jonathan Haidt’s explanations.

Care…

This value drives us to protect others, especially members of our family or tribe, or the ones that are closed to us or whom we have intimate connections with. This can also be noticeable through the way some people protect animals by being a vegan activist, for example. And, what is more interesting is that animals have this instinct to, even towards beings that are not of their own kind. Therefore, this strongly suggests that to care for other people or other beings is an innate temperament for us creatures of this earth. As a result of our very long history of evolution as mammals, with ability and capacity for emotions such as attachment, pain, disgust, etc.

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Fairness…

Most of us people possess the value of being just to others; adapting and maintaining justice for the good of all as opposed to dishonesty. As a product of altruism, this allows us to see the vitality of freedom, justice, and rights.  

Loyalty…

all of us are loyal to some point on some things in our lives. According to the theory, regardless of your political compass, it is mostly that you side with your family, tribe or group, circle of friends, and even fellow countrymen. As part of our history as tribes, we have developed this sense of self-sacrifice and allegiance to the group.  

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Authority…

As people, we have a natural inclination for respect to others, especially to those we look up to as authorities of certain things or ideas that we agree with. Whether you are leftist or a rightist, at least you have biased perspectives towards some social or political issues. And, the authors of the books that you subscribed to are somehow the authorities, whether you accept it or not, that gives you suggestions and ideas on how to live your life in a society. As a product of our very long history of hierarchal structure as a society, respect and trust to genuine authorities ensures social stability and growth.  

Lastly, sanctity…

As humans, we naturally detest awkward or disgusting things. This could be anything… our food, words, thoughts, actions, etc. We have this sense of purity within us that we don’t want to commit mistakes and we don’t want to feel uncomfortable or we don’t want to experience negative things. This also drives us to live with pride for higher moral value and standards.

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Well, for some people, they cannot accept that this is reality; that we are not completely free and that we cannot be completely free. However, most of them cannot see that the idea of total freedom is a very dangerous concept as to some, this could mean no accountability or responsibility whatsoever. For a society that is biologically hardwired through cooperation and cohesion, it should be obvious that responsibility is an indispensable part of its mechanism. For centuries, scientists and philosophers have thought about this problem – the question of free will. Although it is totally normal and uplifting to believe the reality of free will, physics and religious doctrine suggest the impossibility. However, this doesn’t mean we should not act free; that we cannot be free in this virtually mentally-captured society.

References:

  • https://moralfoundations.org
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