“Every problem is an opportunity in work clothes.” ~ Henry J. Kaiser.
Yes, I keep repeating it.
Facebook is a storehouse of complaints. We become addicted to our complaints and dramas. Me too. Instead of keeping up with my blogging, I’ve been looking at the pretty pictures… “Memes”… on Facebook. Ray Bradbury wrote that every fascist society is an image based society.
I’m enjoying the comments here more.
It sounds like people are so fed up that they’re looking, seeking, and actually changing their lives.
Moving, “back south” has been a HUGE change for me. ((chuckle)) It’s pushed on every button I have and it’s forcing me to become more of my true self instead of the the various surface I exhibit in urban life.
In real cities, there’s a natural autonomy. People move in and out constantly. We are able to change our look like we change as our mood changes. We can lead double and triple lives. Not so easy here. ((LOL))
Here? People are NOSY. Complete strangers want to know your business … before they even tell you their first name. If they don’t know your business, they are very happy to make some up for you… AND they’ll next tell YOU who and what you are, based upon the movie going on inside THEIR heads… and get mad at you when you don’t play the role they’ve given you correctly.
I naively thought that people in the country were more… mentally balanced than those in the city.
I don’t know what is going on, but people are bat-shyt crazy everywhere you go… but not EVERYBODY. There are a lot of forward thinkers here… you just have to look harder to connect with them. This is a cliquish culture and North Carolina is different than other Southern states… not a lot different, but each has its own spin on culture.
The main thing is … life is short, right?
So who am I really and how do I want to live it?
This experience is really teaching me that I AM a “city boy.” I yearn to walk to coffee shops and chat with people about issues. The concept of gossiping bores me. (These are professional gossipers.)
Black people have tons of land down here. But most aren’t doing anything with it. “The living is easy.” So what are the hurdles that prevent them from growing tons of produce on their land?
- It’s HOT. And if the living is easy.. and they can get a job at the bank or teaching, or even working at a big box store, why sweat and toil in all this heat?? (There’s more flying insects than I know names for.)
- Markets. It’s one thing to grow a crop…. but it’s a whole ‘nuther thing to sell it… and sell it for a good price. Even white farmers deeply enmeshed in the politics of farming have to throw away 45% to 50% of their harvest due to it not “looking right” for modern grocery store chains. (Hey… that discarded food! That is another opportunity too!!)
- Complaints about no fresh food in black urban neighborhoods.
HELLO! So if there were more small black owned markets… grocery stores… in Northern, Western, and Midwestern areas, these farmers would have more opportunity to sell.
THESE ARE REAL FARMERS.
Don’t get me wrong… there are black men and women farmers who know how to raise a prime crop on 100 acres or more. They know how … and are fully capable. They pride themselves in it. But besides money… what else is there that would attract younger blacks (and others) to raise food and sell it? Well… what motivates us… human beings… to put our energy into anything?
- Young rappers were sold the vision of self-destruction not just with Corporate money…. but with prestige.. EGO… award shows, people clapping for them, adulation.
- Vision. They needed to be given a vision that their fantasy would enrich their lives. Most of it was fantasy and a falsehood… but the Social Engineers televised a vision to them where they previously had none. So, is QUALITY OF LIFE, a good and wholesome income, health, and community more attractive than dying young from “lead poisoning,” dysfunction, mental illness, and constant despair?
- Fear. Of the two greatest motivators known to mankind… love and fear… FEAR is unfortunately the greatest. “What will you do without THIS???” Or … “This is your only way out!!!” Personally, I think we need to heal from the trauma of fear and terror rather than pumping more… but it’s good to know. Click here to see how John B. Watson changed America and much of the world with it.
There are few to NO places left to run.
Yes, blacks returning South will eventually change this region. But right now…. craZy is everywhere. Again… Americans take 80% of the worlds, psych meds, illegal drugs, and pain killers … and we’re only 14% of the population and there’s more whites on welfare than blacks… and people with the most disposable income use most of the drugs so don’t blame it all on us.
But “crazy” is throughout the continent of Africa, it’s crazy in Asia, Europe, and South America. The WORLD is currently in a “mini-dark ages” because we have sociopaths running it. They tutor each each other in, “Divide and Conquer.” Freud proved that repression doesn’t work… so part of the current insanity is that the consciousness is evolving while people are trying desperately to adhere to false versions of 2nd Century dogma. (But that’s a whole ‘nuther can of, FEAR.)
So the opportunities rest not in fighting the existing models … wrestling with trying to turn windmills into cantaloupes … no… but in CREATING the “paradise” … the realities …you most desire. People are YEARNING to look over the fence and see a bunch of folks having a good time without pistols and negativity.
From that point on… the trick would be not to fall into the trap of EGO… but rather to link with other like-minds regardless of skin color.
American has a contract with us.
Contracts can always be re-written or broken.