Sunday, October 19, 2014

Day 273: CEOs are easy to blame - but how are we the same as them?

"The newly installed boss of Microsoft (NasdaqGS: MSFT - news) has come under fire for telling women they do not need to ask for pay rises, relying instead on "karma".
The comments were made by CEO Satya Nadella while he was speaking in Arizona at an event for women in computing.
Mr Nadella was asked to give his advice to women who are uncomfortable requesting a salary raise.
He replied that women should have faith that the system will give them the right raises as they go along.
"It's not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along," Mr Nadella told the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.
"Because that's good karma... It'll come back because somebody's going to know that's the kind of person that I want to trust."
The comments by India-born Mr Nadella, who has a remuneration package of around $7m (£4.3m), sparked a torrent of criticism on social media.
"Truly horrified that Satya Nadella could tell women at Grace Hopper not to ask for raises," tweeted Julie Bort.
"Wow Microsoft, That's a new low for you," Isik Mater tweeted in response.
"I'll wait for Karma to lower my #xboxlive price too," tweeted Chuck Granade.
Several hours after his comments, Mr Nadella tried to patch up the damage on Twitter (Xetra:A1W6XZ - news) .
"Was inarticulate re how women should ask for raise," he tweeted.
"Our industry must close gender pay gap so a raise is not needed because of a bias."
Microsoft also posted an all-staff memo from the CEO on its website.
In it, Mr Nadella said he answered the question posed by interviewee Maria Klawe "completely wrong".
"Without a doubt I wholeheartedly support programmes at Microsoft and in the industry that bring more women into technology and close the pay gap," Mr Nadella wrote.
"I believe men and women should get equal pay for equal work.
"And when it comes to career advice on getting a raise when you think it’s deserved, Maria's advice was the right advice. If you think you deserve a raise, you should just ask."
Mr Nadella's remarks at the Grace Hopper conference have the potential to harm both sales of Microsoft products and the appeal for female tech workers in Silicon Valley to work for the IT giant.
Of more than 100,000 employees at Microsoft, only 29% are female, according to data released by the firm recently.
The controversy comes just days after reports of the deteriorating relationship between Microsoft founder Bill Gates and its former CEO Steve Ballmer." 

It's fascinating how easily outrage and offense is sparked when public figures make comments about how people should live their lives and how people should look at things, like in this case where Microsoft's CEO brought his 'personal beliefs' involving Karma into an issue, suggesting how women should 'have faith' that they'll get a raise, because I guess 'karma' will somehow help you get a raise if you are good at your job.

Mr. Nadella's beliefs and public position aside, how many people in this world can self honestly say that they don't justify another's limitation or unequal treatment, through some form of belief or opinion?

How about poverty? How about the fact that those of us with jobs and lives of our own, pretty much are unaffected by the fact billions of people live on less than $2 dollars a day around the world? I mean, we all know there are people around the world that spend MOST of their time working, trying to survive, getting paid almost nothing. What about their Equal Pay? Is it okay for someone to exist in poverty even though they spend most of their time working, just because they don't have a master's degree and don't work for some big important company? Who made up that rule? God? Nature? Doesn't the fact that we can spend an entire lifetime prioritizing our entertainment, lifestyle, fashion, hobbies, vacations, weddings, families, above solutions to bring people out of horrific conditions of poverty, indicate that we are, each and every second of each and every day justifying the existence of such conditions, using our personal beliefs and opinions?

'It's still a developing country'
'It's god's plan'
'It's because they don't want to change their condition'
'It's just part of life'
'There's nothing I can do'
'My happiness is what's important'

How many times have you or someone you know talked about Karma, or God, or 'the Universe', or 'Evolution', or whatever the hell other form of 'higher power' or 'behind the scenes forces' you can come up with, and told yourself that this or that event or experience happened as a result of this apparent 'force'?

How much more suffering do we have to allow to happen before we'll finally be outraged at ourselves and what we've allowed in the name of protecting our own self interests and beliefs?

We're a long way from sorting out all the inequality that is allowed on Earth. It's going to take Self Honesty.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Day 272: The Human Meme Machine

I was looking at the word 'memetic' in the dictionary, and found it comes from the word 'meme'. Obviously we've all seen the word 'meme', and probably what immediately comes to mind is the phenomenon of 'internet memes'; videos and pictures that gain rapid popularity and get shared and passed on by internet users.

Here's the dictionary definition of the word 'meme':
an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, esp. imitation. 
• a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc. that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users.
Looking at the first definition, and then looking at the society we've created as humans, it becomes clear that Human Beings are the product of Memes. I mean, our personality, our thoughts, our interests, our behavior -- is passed on from one to another, from parent to child, from teacher to student, from media to mind -- from me to me to me to me to me to me -- via imitation, via copying existent information, existent opinions, existent knowledge, existent behaviors, reactions, thought patterns, fears, desires, wants, dreams, hopes, beliefs -- into our own minds. Our Mind is our Memory - our Meme-ory - our Me-me-re ---- where we REpeat 'This is ME this is ME this is ME'. But, what we become in our minds, in terms of how we look at things, how we make decisions, what we want in life -- these things are copied from others.

If these things were purely genetic, were purely something that 'naturally grows in us' -- we wouldn't need others to teach us, to program us, to tell us things over and over until we believe it and start thinking it and start defining ourselves by it.

I mean, take a baby and allow wolves to raise it -- the baby is not going to grow up and walk out of the jungle and ask where the nearest church is, or where the nearest bar is, or be able to explain the economics of capitalism, or have any conception of the idea of life being to get a job, make money, buy products, raise a family, retire, and die.

I mean, these things are not put in you by God, or by some 'Universal Mind', or by 'Nature' --- these things are not naturally part of the Human Being.

Our Mind is a Program -- a program of Memes -- a program that we've copied and imitated and accepted because -- that is all we've been exposed to from birth. We were born into a world of MEmes. And that's in essence what Education is - copying something, programming the Mind. Programming the Physical Body.

And the fact that I can sit here and write about this, having a look at the nature of my own mind and personality and seeing how this applies to not just me but, obviously everyone else as well, obviously then goes to show that -- we are ultimately responsible for what we've copied. We can't place responsibility for our minds outside of ourselves into God, or Nature, or whatever. Our thoughts, our feelings and emotions, our judgments, our opinions, our beliefs, our fears, all the stories we like to tell ourselves to make ourselves feel good about our lives and hide from the ugly truths of reality -- these are not 'natural' things. They did not come from the Earth as our Physical Bodies did. We accepted a program we copied from someone else. We just didn't see that's what we were doing when we were children. But -- we can see it now if we just LOOK at ourselves.

Our minds are clearly an alternate reality that, when you look at the state of the world and what Human Beings do to each other -- only serve the survival and interest of -- the particular program we've copied / exist as.

I mean, what is our role in the scheme of things on Earth? What makes sense in terms of our Capacity and Potential and ROLE within our oh so advanced 'evolution' as Humans, in relation to each other and to the Animals, and Nature, and the Earth? The Human is equipped genetically to take responsibility for the Earth. We have the capacity for practical things like mathematics, engineering, using the Earth's resources to make things that can improve the lives and well being of Ourselves, Animals, and Nature. We have opposable thumbs, we have language, we have the ability to basically, run the world. And I mean, that is what we're doing -- but obviously we've fucked up big time because - why? Because for as long as we've been here, we've been under the impression that it's natural and normal and okay to pass on destructive, self centered, self interested, self deceptive Memes generation after generation.

I mean, we know that religion, beliefs, opinions -- create conflict and violence and disagreement and division amongst ourselves. But what do we do? Do we stop? Do we question the validity of what we're doing? Nope -- we keep insisting it's just part of 'being human'.

Do we have to accept our mind as it exists in us, just because we happened to, at this stage in our lives, already lived many years in acceptance of it, and it's all we've ever known?

No, we don't. We can question it. We can very well question the validity of accepting a Mind that exists solely for self interest, personal survival, procreation, and preoccupation with beliefs and stories that make us feel okay about accepting massive suffering and destruction raging daily all around the world.

I mean, is it not a negligent act to accept a destructive, self centered, happiness obsessed Mind, on our part as the only Species on Earth that has the capacity to take Responsibility for ALL beings on Earth? I mean, we can fucking go to space and Mars for fucks sake! We can take rocks and turn them into fucking smartphones that give us satellite imagery of anywhere on the planet, and which contain whole libraries of information about how the natural world works!

We cannot use the excuse that 'oh the elite have the power and therefore I can only focus on my own life'. No -- because, we have everything we need - the technology -- to stand together, educate ourselves effectively, and work together at a global scale to bring forth a new MEME -- a MEME that considers what is Best for All Life.

I mean this is what we're showing as Destonians. We are working together, standing together, using the internet, to share our process of individual self forgiveness and self correction -- removing the dysfunctional Memes we allowed ourselves to copy and be programmed with, and replacing it with practical, responsible, self honest Memes aligned with Life, aligned with our actual Potential and Capacity as Humans to take Responsibility for this Dominion called Earth in a way that is best for everyone. And then we're putting these new Memes into practice, changing the way we live our lives, the way we direct our relationships, the way we raise children, the way we consider economics and resource management, the way we consider leadership, the way we consider expression -- learning as we go, what it is to become an effective Human.

What memes do you support? What memes are you going to pass on to the next generation?

Religion / Belief?
Profit above Life?
Avoiding Reality?
Getting drunk?
Only caring about that which supports you to fulfill your own interest / wants?
Caring more about a belief in the afterlife than in creating a supportive system for All?

We are in a time where the next step in 'evolution', if you want to call it that, is possible. To evolve -- to free ourselves from this pattern of self interest and self destruction -- we have to change the Memes we are accepting and allowing.

Who else is going to change them?
Consider the Desteni I Process

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Day 271: Does the Earth Discriminate?

So that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. - Corinthians 12:25

Does the soil that grows the food of the Jew and the food of the Arab, care who was there first?

Do the seeds of the grains, the fruits, the vegetables, judge who plants them to be more or less worthy of the nourishment contained in the plant?

Does a virus discriminate between Christian, Catholic, Jew, Muslim, or Atheist?

Does the physical body of the Jew reject a blood transfusion from an Arab?

Do the blood, the cells, the organs of the Physical Body judge some to be more or less worthy of their support, based on what they believe about themselves?

If Nature, if the Earth, was created by GOD, and 'God' has judged some to be 'special', 'chosen', and 'saved', why does Nature support all humans the same, regardless of their religion, beliefs, opinions, and feelings? Has not this Equality been Here, unchanging, from the beginning?

Are not all Children born Equal, unable to Judge, unable to Hate, unable to Participate in Thought?

How can the idea of Heaven be a thing of Love, of Value, of Worth to Program into a Child, when it has taught only Judgment, only Fear, only WAR, only Neglect, and only the Denial of our Equality as Life?

If the Earth is Creation, and the Creation comes from God, would not the Earth then directly Express the Will of God?

Lift a STONE and I am tHere...

Does not the Earth demonstrate that in the eyes of God - All are the SAME?

Is it not the Mind of Man that has corrupted and denied the Equality of the Physical that Births All the Same as Flesh, through stories of Fear, and False expressions of God as Pictures, False Images, and False Idols, to BLIND and CONTROL in the name of Self Interest and Survival?

Is not the World System the DEMONstration of how we have Strayed from the Equality of Here, down the path of Judgment, judging ourselves worthy to claim the Earth in the name of OWNership, so that we can survive and WIN over our FEAR of Survival?

Have we not become Demons in our desire to be MORE than the Earth, MORE than the Physical, MORE than the Creation as Expression of God?

Do we not all take part in the daily RICHual of Judgment, judging some to be more or less worthy of Life as DEMONstrated through our acceptance of a World System that protects some, and allows many to suffer?

We have made Money our God, that which judges who is more or less worthy of what the Earth provides. And in our Acceptance and Allowance of Money as God, we reveal our interest of attaining one of the many Mansions of Heaven - where Heaven has become the attainment of Money, and where we decorate our Mansion with our I-Mansion-Nation - connecting Value to False Idols (lifestyle, fashion, storybook hopes and dreams). Seeking to feel closer to God.

Funny how the closer we feel to God, the further we distance ourselves from what is happening in the realm of the Physical Earth that gives us Life?

Just as the Jew and the Christian and the Muslim and the Politician refuse to see that no belief justifies War, so do the rest of us refuse to see that no amount of happiness justifies allowing War.

No belief can be an expression of Goodness, of Care, of Love, of Virtue, of Value, if the more you believe, the easier it is to forget the pain of others...

We have a long hard road out of Hell....

Not hard because there is any force of evil we must fight, or favor of god we must win...but because we're going to have to face Self Honesty...we're going to have to Exorcise the Demons we've become...we're going to have to banish that which would deny Equality. The only question is whether we will decide to wait...and continue to fan the flames of hell hotter and hotter...or whether we will decide to become the Fire under our Ass we all need to Stand Up and stop giving into the fear of losing ourselves and what we've known and that we can Change...

If we ever want an end to War, and end to Greed, an end to Conflict, an end to Poverty and Starvation, an end to Neglect --- we're going to have to Forgive ourselves for our Trespasses against Life...which is Ourselves as Equal....and learn to Give to each other each day our daily Bread, and Judge not one to be more than another, but to have the same Care for one another...

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