Navigating life through our senses

We perceive the world through sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste.

What we perceive is influenced by the unconscious and conscious.

For instance, you can notice when the light comes on in a dark room, or you know when that hunger pain rolls in your belly, or you feel that sprain when your ankle responds to an unbalanced step.

Our receptors react to wide range of stimuli.

However, there are times when we unconsciously do the impossible. Like walking in a dark room without light until we find the switch. We know how to make other senses merge to achieve the impossible. Making our senses merge to do something new daily should be a task…

Where does your thoughts generate from?

Whether or not you have free will, to what extent does it change how you behave on a daily basis?

Ok, on a daily basis how much of your thoughts are influenced by rationality?

Does your pendulum of thoughts tilt towards reason or emotions? There’s never a balance in thoughts. It’s either one or the other.

Quite often humans tilt and reason mainly from emotions. Judging things by how we feel.

It’s very hard to follow rationalist principles hundred percent of the time because by doing that our existence becomes skewed. You become impossible to deal with.

Spurred by failure

Failure, as used today, is negatively enforced. One is looked at as a failure if they don’t reach certain requirements or meet certain expectations. The label “fail” is whipped out to cut the head of students, parents, and priests.

A student who earns bad grades in school is labelled what?

A father who is never around to play certain parental roles is quite often labelled as ?

Sometimes the labels might be different.

But, I am worried about the label “failure.” Can’t another word suffice?

Failure can push people to be better if they are addressed without the word itself. What if the feedback is done in a positive way. What if a students with bad grades gets his process of studying assessed and assisted to get a better grade, next time? Shouldn’t we find a way to uplift people through their daily failures?

I think we need to rename the concept and replace with better words or better phrases. That way, we can raise better individuals that can contribute to the positive development of our communities

Life as an experiment

To live life is an experiment. Just like a scientist mixes, tests and analyses so is life. Life is a combination of mixing, testing and analysing our daily affairs. It is in the mixing of daily events that we find out our main purpose , it is in the testing of results from various events that we find out what works and what doesn’t and it’s in the analysing of these events that we find our selves.

We must be willing to be to try various things. A woman who drops fear and begin treat life as an experiment might come up with impossible results to problems that can save the world. A man who looks at life through a single lens might not be able to see the fullness which life gives to us. There’s something about experimenting. It keeps us young.

Right to be wealthy

Wealth matters. Riches matter.

How do you define these terminologies?

Wealth lasts. Wealth allows you to make other people rich. It speaks in long terms. It’s about building a

system that keeps generating riches. Wealth helps you have a clear understanding of how to keep the machine of riches working. Even after you’ve gone from earth, your wealth can speak for you.

Rich is having more than enough than your neighbour. You’ve elevated to a certain level where you can afford unnecessary things in your life. It can also help you elevate to wealth. Only the wise ones move from rich to wealthy. Some stay stuck in riches too because they are okay with that position.

It’s your right to be wealthy as long as you’re healthy.

Reflections…

Today, my mind went on a reflection acrobatics.

It kept juggling concepts of future and present. Is there a middle ground between the future and the present? Why do we plan so much about the future as if there’s a guarantee that we would live there? Why is it hard to live in the moment and simply enjoy the joys of existing?

A woman, for example, works as a nurse in NHS. She works hard to save for her future. In her future, she has a nice house, a nice car and other nice things. To reach this glorious destination, she must work for sixty to seventy hours a week. She’s definite about the future and the present doesn’t matter.

I think we miss the importance of the present. We forget to squeeze out every juice in every moment. The nurse could argue that she enjoys what she does and that’s how she derives her own squeezing out of every moment. But, then again, there’s that glowing future that drives her daily.

So, here is the dilemma, she hopes that she would be in the future and she gambles with all present moments.

We are who we are by the influences of many things: science, religion, and society. But I digress.

What makes us forget the moment is deeply enmeshed by our animal instinct to chase, to become, to be. We don’t think we are good enough at the moment, we don’t appreciate the breath of air that seeps into our nostrils and we want something better.

We don’t appreciate the rays of sunlight that enters our body. We don’t want to speak to the calm rivers inside us. There must be something better than the present.

Therefore, we are going to dig deep into earth to promote us into the next minute and the next hour. The present is now a movement. It is not actually present. The present becomes a moving force. We see it slipping away. We see the present leaving us in drabs and that’s what we fear. We want to still time and exist in our constructs. But, time is forever moving.

We can’t say our lady nurse shouldn’t dream of the future or work towards. But, it comes at a price: pawning a lot of present moments . She will miss a lot of smiles today just to smile tomorrow. And, there’s no guarantee that tomorrow will will be kind to her.

A train driver goes in one direction and sometimes the passengers on the train face another direction. There’s a movement towards a destination but where the driver faces and where the passenger faces are two different things. One thing is certain, they will get to the same place. Humans are on a train journey, there is a destination. We know the destination but we don’t want to talk about the destination. We don’t want to bask in the knowing of that destination. It seems we are afraid of where we are really going to be. We are mortals but we don’t accept that concept.

The other day, there were so many people enjoying the morning sun right in front of a river. They were enjoying the calm sea, drinking wine, and running around. Without warning the sea rose to meet them and took them away. Leaving nothing. They were in the present but they didn’t perceive that the laws of nature would be so unkind to them. People prayed to the gods and asked him questions, people turned to science to ask what made the calm sea rise to meet them and others were quick to ask what made them go to the front of the sea to enjoy the moment. Answers were complex. No one answer was right. In trying to enjoy that moment, they have won even in death.

Life is a series of present moments. It’s not how long we live that matters it’s how many moments we create for the fulfilment of our own happiness. The present is vast canvas. It’s an expanding unknowns. If we can bask in the present, the moving present as is, then we can enjoy the little offerings of life.

Products of Institutions

We are defined by institutions. Every human is shaped by a combination of institutions.

A family unit is an institution. We draw some elements of our being from there.

Schools are institutions. They teach us how to “become” in another institution—the society. It teaches us to conform, to be respectable and to be what’s expected from other institutions.

The society is an institution. We draw characteristics from what we see others doing in the society. We want to be the society when we are IN the society. To be accepted in the institution, we become it.

Marriage as an institution is complex. It’s created by another institution and because of that, it has many influences. The people in it are acting out a role guided by the institution.

Religion is an institution. It soaks humans. Humans soak it’s guidance.

There’s no freedom from these institutions. From birth, we tumble into an institution and we continue to roll into one institution after the other.

We are a combination of these institutions. That’s why we are complex. That’s why we do things some times and wonder why we did it…

To be a Christian…

I am not christ-like.

I’m not perfect.

To be Christ-like means perfection. If to be Christian is to be Christ-like, then one has to stay sober and docile.

But, when I think of these things, I know it’s hard to achieve.

Living without sin is just impossible. We are an embodiment of sin. It’s what makes us human.

Truly though, I want to see the other side of earth. The place where there will be no more weeping and gnashing of teeth. But, then again, I’m not Christ-like which means I don’t have the key.

The other day I read about a girl who was brutalised in a church. My thoughts roamed: where is God when you need him? How can He allow such to happen in His house? I don’t know if God understands those questions? Or, would He say I’m a blasphemer?

I want to be a Christian. I like being a Christian. I was born a Christian. However, I’ve never questioned the concept of Christianity in details since we were not meant to.

The behaving like Christ—humble, non-judgmental, and loving our neighbours unconditionally—is hard for me.

Was Christ really like that? We don’t know what happened or what he did between the ages of 12 and 33. Our good Book doesn’t go into details about those periods. Did he have friends? Did he drink wine? Did he quarrel with his parents? Did he party? What did he like doing? Or, was he just perfect?

There are too many questions to ask. But, by asking, I’m trampling on the concept of Christianity. A friend once told me that logic and Christianity can’t mix. We must accept the mystery as it is and keep our questions to ourselves.

However, what makes us complete mind, body and soul is embedded in our ability to make these three align seamlessly. It’s often a mystery to explain how they work together but they do.

So, how can we make Christianity and logic synchronised. What’s the perfect way to do this without sounding too atheistic or too agnostic?

To be a Christian can’t be to be less of a logical being…

Just a thought…

Imagine you’re in a house with no roof, what would you think about? Imagine you’re stuck in a boat that stops in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, what would you think about? Imagine you’re in an elevator and it stops in mid flight, what would you think about?

At these moments, what thoughts can flow through our minds?

The owner of the house with no roof thanks heaven that he can see the stars and the sun can shine directly into his house. He’s happy for the open roof.

What feeds our thoughts?

Do situations feed our thoughts?

Black & Human: Unapologetically

I am a human. I am black.

Do I need to state this?

Nothing can change that fact. It is what it will be forever and I’m proud of that fact.

Therefore, why should I remind anyone that my life matters? Why can’t I find meaning from my own existence? Why should I remind institutions about a fact I can’t alter?

If institutions and certain individuals don’t realise my fact, is there a better way to show them?

There’s something wrong when I try to tell you that my life matters. Shouldn’t that be known by any human?

There is something missing somewhere and it’s worth addressing. We should be learning how to be humans again. We’ve forgotten how to be humans. We’ve forgotten that showing love and empathy is the only panacea to our differences.