In recent times, the double M’s – Millennial and Minimalist have received tremendous attention with regards to how their beliefs can significantly affect economic and social structures. Continue reading
Time is the master of all things. It gives us the opportunity to reflect, to reason, to learn, to love, to create, to explore…..We have the freedom to explore no man’s land called philosophy. We are posed with so many questions and when we think we’ve found an answer, it leads to another question and so on. What do we really know if we learn every day? Knowledge is continuous and so we must revel in the mystery of the unknown. Take heed to the signs from the universe and know that everything happens it its time. If everything happened today, there would be no need for tomorrow. Take everything day by day, use our time wisely, for time lost can never be regained. Life is precious so we must look forward to making the best of each day.
Patience is indeed a virtue and so it requires humbleness.
Live in the moment
Stand up for your rights
Unwavering in your beliefs
Breaker of barriers
Believer of love and selflessness
Nurturer of nature
Freedom of speech &
Power in the masses advocate
Accepts that everything in its time; destiny
The cycle of balance: the good and the bad
Being a rebel first and foremost means being yourself no matter the situation, without any conditions. It means not conforming to the ideologies of society, being open to new ideas. Understanding that we are all entitled to our own beliefs and we must be respectful of that fact. Fully enjoying life but never forgetting that the only life worth living is a selfless one. Being a true liver of life, travelling the world, experiencing different cultures and continuously seeking knowledge. Finding ways to connect to each other and the universe. It starts by loving and appreciating nature. Fathoming life is a balance. Move at your own paste, it’s not a competition. Do what works for you don’t formula your choices off of others. It means embracing your journey and not allowing others to take you off your path and accepting that mistakes are an integral part of life. Experience is the best teacher. how can you fear a situation you’ve never experienced? In life there’s no room for hypotheticals; it’s about the here and now; choices and consequences and living with it.
They say you are what you eat;
the same goes for the company you keep.
You shouldn’t have to be less than your very best
because you fear others will feel inadequate.
Dismiss those who don’t have your best interest at heart,
for their negative energy will harbor within you
and ultimately be a reflection of you.
Beware of those who stroke your ego and hide the truth,
their intentions are cruel
they want to see you do good but never better than them.
Anticipate the loathe and be ever ready to stand for what is right.
Differentiate but never hate
your foes, for they are the driver behind your success.
Surround yourself with those who make you hungry for life,
unleash your full potential
enhance your light and nourish your soul.
Guide you when you’ve lost your way.
Friends come and go
you’ve simply evolved past them and that’s okay
any loss is for something better to come.
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I no longer tolerate the presence of those who don’t have my best interest at heart.
People who exude negative energy have no place in my life as they inhibit my growth.
I no longer conform to the ways of society in order to be accepted and/or validated. Through my spiritual journey I have realized that I should only be concerned with things that make me happy. It’s my life and I am the ruler of my destiny!
I have no tolerance for those who have no appreciation for nature and seek to destroy it.
I believe in a world of diversity; no one culture is superior to another. Arguments that are biased and simply lack logic enrages me.
I refrain from socialising with educated fools, and those who suffer from sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity irritate me.
I do not get along with those who are selfish and lack empathy. I believe in the power of love.
I have realized that patience is a treasured virtue and I refuse to waste it on things that don’t deserve the little i do have.
I have reached a point in my life where I’m learning to let go of the things that displeases me and accept the things I cannot change.
Inspired by Meryl Streep.
Everything in the universe has a unique design and although each element has its own identity, they’re all connected. Despite the long standing conflict between religion and science, they share a common ground in that they affect our ways of life. Religion is an institution that’s divisive, rigid and judgmental, whereas science is an intellectual and systematic body that simple seeks to explain. It’s logical and it works! However there are things that science can’t explain and religion can’t comprehend which leads to severe grey areas. Despite the many differences among them, there are commonalities; their sacred scriptures all speak of “peace”.
• “If a man sings of God and hears of him, and lets love of God sprout within him, all his sorrows shall vanish, And in his mind, God will bestow abiding peace.” –Sikhism
• “A Muslim is one who surrenders to the will of Allah and is an establisher of peace (while Islam means establishment of peace, Muslim means one who establishes peace through his actions and conduct).”–Islam
• “The Lord lives in the heart of every creature. He turns them round and round upon the wheel of Maya. Take refuge utterly in Him. By his grace you will find supreme peace, and the state which is beyond all change.” –Hinduism
• “The whole of the Torah is for the purpose of promoting peace.” –Judaism
• “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God.” –Christianity
We should look to nature for answers, put our minds to work; reason, and make every experience a learning one. It is evident that as humans we need something constant to believe in (religion) but everything in nature shows us that change is constant, gradual but constant and with change comes evolution and so we must evolve as a species physically and intellectually. It’s not about finding “one absolute truth” or whether God is Allah, Krishna, Jah or Brahman. It’s not a religious thing, “but a spiritual network linking us to the most high, the universe and each other”. (H.I.M Haile Selassie I). It’s our differences that make us dynamic and instead of embracing it we fight for superiority. We should be finding ways to coexist through a system that is based on compromise; irrespective of any social or cultural preferences.
Everything on earth is connected to each other and to the rest of the universe. Look at the Human Genome Project, we’re not nearly as complicated as we thought; we share much of our genome with many plants, worms etc. So it leaves me to wonder why we think we’re superior…There’s a cycle, a balance to be maintained among all life forms and as humans we take advantage and exploit for our unfounded needs.
There comes a point where everyone dies, the physical body can no longer perform essential processes. The divine part of our being, most commonly referred to as our soul, however, transcends scientific explanations. It lives on. Destruction of the flesh is not the ending of life. Like energy is never lost but changes from one form to another and the existence of different planes/dimensions, so too is life.
We live in an era ruled by technology, but before we became so advanced people relied on the sun to tell time, the lunar stages to plant crops and to make other decisions and deductions. The people of antiquity (Babylonians, Assyrians) worshiped the moon, the sun and stars and so became masters of astrology. They dedicated a day to each of the five planets known to them and with the sun and moon made up the seven-day week:
Satur (Saturn) day, Sun-day and Mon (Moon) day.
See, it all fits together.
It’s amazing the diversity in the customs and beliefs of the people throughout the world. Let’s take for example funerary practices: accodring to Herodotus, the Callatians ate the flesh of their fathers. To them this could have been a sign of respect and a means of staying connected to them. Given that interpretation the cremation of the dead, as the Greeks did would be unacceptable, therefore, “Right” and “wrong” is relative to the paradigm with which you’re using.
Everything is open to interpretation; that’s the beauty of life. The sense of not really knowing that leads to a realm of possibilities. At the end, it’s about never stop questioning, because a stimulated mind is essential to life.
We wake up and proceed with our day without much thought of our reality. We follow a script; do what’s expected of us with hopes of being accepted into this twisted reality society has created. We don’t do any more or less than we think we ought to, just enough to portray a certain impression of who we want people to think we are. We desperately want to be accepted; and so we conform to the socially constructed ideals because that same society has led us to believe that we should lead our lives in ignorance.
Society places so much emphasis on economics, that more people are no longer concerned with spiritual growth but becoming the ultimate capitalist. We give into the propaganda and by doing so we enable them in maintaining the status quo. We give them the power not realizing that we are the ones with the ultimate power if we allow our minds to be weapons.
It’s a struggle between the masters and the masses. The Masses hide behind the curtains of religion while the Masters exploit their positions of power. Divided in classes, they (the masters) put us against each other.
They say go to school and get an education but it’s all a distraction; teaches you everything except about life. Yes knowledge is power but only in possession of qualified persons; those who take up the torch and carry it to the end. We are slaves to the system and the most terrifying part is that we’re oblivious to the fact.
It shouldn’t be just about survival but a fight for our rights, human rights and those of a people who are instrumental in the functioning of a society whose system is unjust…We matter. We have every right to seek to destroy a system that seeks to destroy us!
“Rebellion is when you look society in the face and say I understand who you want me to be but i’m going to show you who I actually am.” – Anthony Anaxagorou
“We must stop confusing Religion and Spirituality. Religion is a set of rules, regulations and rituals created by human which were supposed to help people spiritually. Due to human imperfection Religion has become corrupt, political, divisive and a tool for power struggle. Spirituality is not theology or ideology. It is simply a way of life, pure and original as given by the Most High. Spirituality is a network linking us to the Most High, the universe and each other.”
-H.I.M Haile Selassie I
In the Apology, Socrates introduces the idea of the good Life, which has three main elements. First, one must never do wrong even when one is wronged. That is one should not repay injustice with injustice, or return a harm for a harm both of which can cause harm to oneself. Continue reading
Over the past 3 1/2 years I have embarked on an educational journey that has impacted my life significantly. The tertiary level of education by itself is already stressful but when you’re a science major it takes on a life of its own and replaces the life you once knew. You not only have to attend classes but endure long rigorous lab hours. It has pushed me to the brim and unleashed strength I never knew I had. There were periods of isolation where I was only concerned with things that helped me pass exams and kept me sane.
It is evident that the system is flawed; there isn’t enough time for one to truly understand and appreciate what’s being taught. It makes students more concerned with passing than anything else which in essence defeats the purpose of the experience. We go through the motions and at the end of it, all we have to show is a piece of paper that society says determines our worth.
I’ve learned that it’s not about how much you study, the amount of effort you give or how great you did in high school. It requires a very unique skill set that allows you to stay ahead; recognizing when your professor is giving indirect assistance; being able to recognize your strengths and weaknesses and acting accordingly …do you retain more information in the morning or at night? It’s about finding flaws in the system that can be exploited while retaining your integrity.
I have gained appreciation for general education courses not just because they boost your GPA but some have changed my perspective on life in the midst of all the chaos. The most important lesson of all is that you essentially teach yourself. It’s like being given pieces of a puzzle sometimes not all of the pieces and having to put it together within a specific amount of time. I am grateful for the opportunity, for I have accomplished something not many can. I am grateful for the people who I’ve met and the memories that will be with me for a lifetime.