The Problem With Transparency (My Rant)

When we are held against our will by a group the individual becomes a prisoner. Or the individuals become slaves to the group.

The technology becomes evasive when it intrudes on the privacy of the individual.

At present, there are many individuals who are creating profiles and data about themselves that put them at risk for intruding into their privacy, against their will. And at worst, they are putting their lives at risk through their ignorance.

Truth and beauty are examples of healthy transparency. People who knowingly risk their privacy to find a healthier way to find a better way to be transparent.

Many people openly sign contracts and follow rules and regulations that suspend parts of their privacy to allow companies and governments to hire them to do jobs which they are paid to do. Public servants are good examples. Yet, when these public servants make mistakes that cause harm to the company or the companies are found guilty of harming the public servant, they are held accountable.

So, it is imperative that as a group we are able to find better ways to be held accountable when problems with transparency result in harm to others. The goal is not to simply be transparent, but to do so without causing needless harm.

With that said, we are far away from accountable transparency of any kind. There are many problems to be remedied before accepting technology that monitor, record, collect data, etc. People need privacy and Safeway’s to have a living space that will not be manipulated to harm them.

Education is key. People need to learn what the consequences of these new technologies are to them. Fortunately, the media is helping us see the good, bad and ugly.

When all is said and done, there is a siren call on topics like hate spin, alarmist journalism, and evasive procedures done by elitist organizations. The brave new world may not be about big brother, but about being better educated on these new ways to improve society. No one wants to blindly trust governments, companies, or powerful people just because the ideas are possible.

It is a lot harder to advance or be honest than the impression makes it seem to be.

We all need to study the new ways and practice prevention before we cause more harm than good.

Again, with that said, there is a warning to be posted before more is discovered for the common good. Most of us need to have our backs up against the wall before we learn anything. As alarmist as this may sound, I think things need to get worse before we start practicing the prevention needed in our society.

Many of us, don’t like to face the music. Hopefully, we are not talking about death and destruction. But a lot of money is invested in new technology. And if and when it creates opportunity to cause harm, it may not be easy to overcome the issues this creates.

My goal is to get involved with the thick of things. I want to stay vigilant, informed and working in society to embrace the 3rd, fourth, 5th or whatever wave is going to hit us in today’s development.

My wish is that people do their best stay Leary of any free lunch or miracles that promise us the moon.

Tolerance, Calm, Belief in Self and Others

Forgive and forget, stay calm, and believe that others (including yourself) are the most important.

It is not about being right, being better or competitive with others.

It is about having compassion when others don’t have compassion for you (tolerance) (staying calm) (and believing in yourself and others).

Know yourself, examine your beliefs and question them each time they seem useful.

You may feel down and out, do you know a place that has the answer?

I challenge you to be non-violent and be compassionate when others hate you.

In a sense, your rights are on the line every time you confront hate within yourself.

My challenge is to be compassionate, tolerant and believe in myself and others in my day to day stuff.

Good luck. Enjoy, Total Solar Eclipse 2017!

Why books are no good in philosophy

To use the Socratic method requires being a good guide and connecting with people face to face.

Old technology like books and new stuff like FaceTime, just won’t work.

It is all about making better thoughts to help people make themselves better.

This is the true definition of prosperity or philosophy.

Stoics like Epictetus used the same methods.

Technology isn’t going to advance humanity, humanity is.

Okay, you may not get it.  People only connect, face to face.

This sense of connection delutes isolation and helps with authenticity.

There are many qualities to person to person connections.  Trust is just one of them.

Anonymity (and good)

You may never see me, but I am present for you.

You may not sense me as a threat and therefore ignore me.  But I shall be ready to help.

You could be emotionally spent.  But I will give you patience and understanding.

You have good and bad behaviour.  But I will be with you when things are good, bad, and ugly.

You may never know my name.

You may never pay me back.

What Is Being Mistaken?

I am sure good at being wrong.

I lie to myself:  cheat, steel and beg and borrow.

I judge myself in the wrong way.

I miss my own mistakes by being too close to myself.

 

Here are the facts:  age, height, weight, education, how I grew up, etc.

Here is the law:  my beliefs in how everything is being.

I make a lot of assumptions based on the stuff I call facts and beliefs.

Sometimes they reach up and bite me.  And/or someone who is engaged with me.

 

I’ve always wanted a car.

But I don’t want to make the money to buy it.

My mistake will be, I will end up with the money down the road:  I am going to use it for something better.

I still don’t have the money.

 

Most of my mistakes work out for the best.

I learn things about myself.

And I learn not to make the same mistakes.

I tend to grow out of my mistakes.

 

What have I learnt about being mistaken?

I need to make mistakes to grow.

I don’t like making mistakes at the time.

Sometimes mistakes do more harm than good.

Being Hateful

Sometimes it is faster burning, this is the adult version of a tantrum.  The hate is short-lived in the moment.

Other times, it is slower burning, something happened to the person, and depending on the event and subsequent training:  the person may act without others being aware of the intensions to harm others whenever it is necessary to get what they want from them.

Usually, we call the above, loosing control over our better selves.  The base animal instincts to survive are much cruder than the higher instincts to live being our best selves.

Sometimes the dark side wins and we slide into criminal behaviour.  The longer we survive like a criminal, the more likely we will join this kind of society.  It is full of dog eat dog behaviour:  lying, cheating, steeling, fighting to inflect fear, anger, physical harm, wonton destruction of materials, eventually harming people enough to persuade and manipulate them into submission.

Being hateful only gets sicker beyond this level.  Education is the best medicine.  As counter productive as it seems on the surface, the more we know the healthier we potentially become.

It is always best to forgive and forget.  Obviously, a hard lesson to learn.