The more I read (and post) around this site, talk with family, friends, strangers, and generally experience the society I live in (that of Western
Washington, US) I've begun to notice something..
people genuinely think there are only two sides of a coin.
I've heard this cliché on the radio, television, and in person, and only recently have I started to see it as a symptom of our habitually dualistic
model of portraying the world.
indeed, there ARE two sides of a coin, but these are only the sides which immediately grab our attention..
we feel like "heads" is completely different than "tails" and spend most of our time examining each side, looking for differences, cataloging their
defects, and calculating the odds..
we have entirely overlooked a 3rd side..
this is the edge
of the coin..
few people take notice of it, and those who do are usually quick to ignore it as insignificant..
and really we can't blame them! It truly is nothing special to notice.. there's no image of a "great leader"(heads) or a symbol of "our great
nation"(tails), there's almost no odds to bet on, and (sometimes) there is only a binary pattern of ridges along the side..
in fact, i have come to argue that the edge
is in fact the ONLY side which can be said to make up "the whole coin"
, because both heads
and tails are simply the top and bottom of a thin cylinder..
this metaphor seems to directly apply to a lot of the arguments that seem to happen out here in cyberspace, not to mention throughout human history..
"materialism" or "spirituality"?
"skepticism" or "pseudoscience"??
"Conspiracy theorists" or "shills to TPTB"???
these are all "two sides of the same coin" from where I'm sitting..
perhaps it would be useful to remember that "the fringe" of society which really connects all of the radials
like the faces of a coin, the radicals who yell the loudest for our attention, get it
, but they are by no means the majority
in fact it seems like most "ordinary people" could be considered a part of "the fringe" on most issues of debate, but they don't speak very loud and
prefer to live their lives, rather than spend their time spouting strong convictions and living in constant conflict..
people wonder why i don't vote..?
how's this: the act of voting is an implicit acknowledgement of their presumed authority to essentially "own" the population.. We are given
essentially two "clubs" to choose from, and then told that the actions of "the winner" is supposed to reflect "the will of the people".. *ahem* never
has that sounded fair, or even logical to me.
Never did I register to be a citizen of this country, nor have i ever been asked my opinion on things like "should we go to war?" "should we conduct
really shady deals outside of the knowledge of the public?" etc etc..
We are supposedly in "the land of the free"..
but we better not act like it!
..better not intake certain plants
into our bodies.. (unless you got the money)
..better not use a copyrighted phrase, image, or soundbite for our own creative purposes.. (unless you got the money)
..better not ride a bike without a helmet.. (unless you got the money)
..better not have the wrong skin color in the wrong part of town.. (unless you got the money)
..better not drive too fast.. (unless you got the money)
..better not wear certain colors in certain areas.. (unless you got the money)
..better not cross certain borders.. (unless you got the money)
..starting to see what I'm saying..!?
saying "people SHOULDN'T wear their seatbelts," etc..
but i AM saying that we should have the free-will and peace of mind, and know that a cop doesn't have the right to stop and fine us for such a
i AM saying that i do NOT acknowledge the authority of law enforcement or "The State" to tell me, or any other human, who
we must be,
we must do with our lives, when
we must/must not do anything of our choosing
we can and/or can't go or live,
we must fight the people of other countries based upon political, religious, and/or moral "obligations", or HOW
we must live our
AS LONG AS PEOPLE ARE NOT EXPLOITING AND/OR HURTING ANOTHER PERSON
(without their consent..), then i do not see any reason why
"the law" seems to have its hand in almost every facet of daily life..
I agree with those who say that the police and the military are absolutely necessary for the reasons of defense against those who would like to
impinge upon the Freedom of others
.. but outside of that, count me out.
end the witch hunts. accept the nature of humanity. begin to enjoy true freedom.
these wars and political shenanigans are done in the name of "Americans" without our consent. Those who protest in the streets are seen as "the
minority who says 'nay'", but i think we all know that this is not the case..
they are simply the faces of the edge
begging to be noticed, if only the rest had the ears to listen.
there is nothing involving or acknowledging an individual's free-will, and there's certainly nothing contractual about "being an American".. and yet
there has been so much talk and fighting in the name of "spreading democracy".. it makes Evangelism looks harmless in comparison.
To those who have been indoctrinated into believing that life is a "game of survival" in which those who survive the longest, somehow "win".. perhaps
it would be useful to remember that we do not remember our births, we won't "remember" our deaths.. so maybe some attention should be paid to the
..Those who feel that they are entirely isolated and alone..
remember that You couldn't and wouldn't be what/who you are right now, if it weren't for the steps you have taken to get here. the space
which differentiates and separates us from our environment, is also what connects us...
just try not to be too distracted by the extremes
, and remember that the edge
is truly what makes up everything..
just some foodz for thought
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