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17
Aug
14

Wrestling Psyches in the Gemini phase

GEMINI 3DI seem to have a dual personality.  Maybe it’s in the stars. After all I’m a Gemini.  Do the gods mock me with this internal striving of tastes and desire?.  I find that I go into a self-imposed exile and spend 7 months by myself to write and illustrate.  “Working on a new project.”  Making my own decisions, and staying out of contact.  But then the other personal nature wrestles me over and pins me so that my social nature can arise.

Being a creative spirit is a painful course of life.  You rarely find anything others who understand the gift.  You are living with others in isolation of soul.  There is this clawing and scratching to find a place of connection with other humans.  A place to ride the same vibe.

cups and cord communicationThe closest I’ve gotten to this type of rapport is to play music with others, though that is not a true soulful connection.  But we all can catch the groove of a great song, and that seems to patch human spirits together, ever so transiently. We get great community connected through both music and food. Though you eat the same dishes and dance to the same beat, we really have trouble keeping the thread taut. It reminds me of the two cans with the cord we used to have as kids. Never worked really well, did it.

Being a writer can come from desiring this connection so strongly that you’ll do about anything to get the communication process started. Some of us have torn souls, ripped by the indiscretions of family or an evil neighbor who soiled our childhood innocence.

We spit out words and though to make a connection. We tried this as children and were often abused for trying to bother adults with our demands for shared moments. They slapped us and belittled us when we stepped forward with our fledgling efforts to make music, write stories or color a picture. But the more we (our feelings) are trounced upon by heavy sarcasm and mean-spirited comments, we grow in hunger to connect.

It’s like living as an alien in an alien world. A Stranger in a Strange Land. Jo Walton writes this review.

Pink Floyd's WallWe then turn intelligently defensive, and withhold out thoughts and ideas from others. Or we build unclimbable walls. We then create in isolation. But that same powerful desire to connect keeps throwing us into the painful fray in our efforts to make that singular connection. Aren’t we all still looking for approval.stranger-in-a-strange-land

I’m at a place in my personal life that I’ve gotten some balance, and my soul is stronger now. It’s time to venture out into the world of humankind again. But this time, I’ll seek the company of artists and writers, poets and screenwriters, sculptures and musicians & of course, comedians.

My First Step

I’m considering joining a writer’s group. What do you think? I live in Orange County, California, so I know there are writer’s groups here.

My first search results:

oc writersIf you are like me, living in your isolation? Are you sensing it’s time to step out and meet someone? Are you a writer or illustrator, poet or painter? Have you joined a community-based group? You may want to if you would like some companionship on this road to achieving success in your passion. You may want to try out www.meeting.com. On Google Plus I searched for “Writer’s Group” and got connected. But I live in OC not LA.

The LA Writer’s Group page

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31
May
11

The Rat Race

Living in the Rat Race

I’ve found that my mind was caught up in the rat race, living in a stressful  world, surrounded by indifferent, impersonal people who don’t even talk to me, though I see them every day.  It’s like being invisible.   When I reach out to talk to others, I usually find they pull away as if I were from out of space.  Do you ever think like this?  Then you may be living in the rat race.

A doctor John Calhoun is famous for his studies of the rat race – using Norway Rats as examples of what would happen to the human population when they were crowded.  The year was 1958, and he built them a restricted living quarters, where they had plenty of food and water, but because of the cramped quarters, they would not breed past certain figures, much lower than what was physically possible.

Here are two quotes from articles related to his four years of experiments:

“In John B. Calhoun’s early crowding experiments, rats were supplied with everything they needed – except space. The result was a population boom, followed by such severe psychological disruption that the animals died off to extinction. The take-home message was that crowding resulted in pathological behaviour – in rats and by extension in humans.”

“Initially the population grew rapidly, doubling every 55 days. The population reached 620 by day 315, after which the population growth dropped markedly. The last surviving birth was on day 600. This period between day 315 and day 600 saw a breakdown in social structure and in normal social behavior. Among the aberrations in behavior were the following: expulsion of young before weaning was complete, wounding of young, inability of dominant males to maintain the defense of their territory and females, aggressive behavior of females, passivity of non-dominant males with increased attacks on each other which were not defended against. After day 600 the social breakdown continued and the population declined toward extinction. During this period females ceased to reproduce. Their male counterparts withdrew completely, never engaging in courtship or fighting. They ate, drank, slept, and groomed themselves – all solitary pursuits. Sleek, healthy coats and an absence of scars characterized these males. They were dubbed “the beautiful ones”.

The conclusions drawn from this experiment were that when all available space is taken and all social roles filled, competition and the stresses experienced by the individuals will result in a total breakdown in complex social behaviors, ultimately resulting in the demise of the population.”

These ideas have spawned a whole lot of ideas, which probably are not true.  First is that tight living quarter cause social problems like crime, homosexuality and passivity in men.  These ideas sound right and good to many, but are they true, hardly.  People always looks for easy answers to complex questions.  Men are also not trapped into cages – they can go outside their boundaries to find more space and more resources.  As another one of the articles I read stated, the cultural popularity of Dr. Calhoun’s ideas actual silenced his more significant findings related to adaptability.  The rats actually changed the way they lived.

We are superior to rats, I hope, and I’m sure we can adapt to anything that comes are way, except possible nuclear war’s devastation.

I do believe that when some enormous error in human thinking  occurs humans don’t adapt, they destroy each other.  Take for instance the way the communists destroyed each other in Russia before World War II.  The idea of throwing out of their country the white Russians, the intellectuals, the capitalists, and the wealthy.  They then killed off each other to solidify power, with Stalin rising to the top.

Look at the rise of Hitler, using the democratic process to become elected, and then his parties dismantling of German democracy until he ruled supreme.  But wasn’t that all predicated by the fact the reparation payments the German government had to pay after World War I left them cripple economically.

Look at the abuses that lead to the depression with the American stock market ever growing on debts for those stock options.  Then boom!

We sit at the same type of place these days.  The government fixed a whole in the side of the capitalistic system by stopping the bankruptcies of several large companies.  But the abuses that the rich have placed on Americans such as providing credit without collateral, we certainly have significant consequences to the American people.

Yes there will be adaptation, but when things don’t adapt well, and when the human race is driven along moral and social delusions, the world stands to take it in the face.  And every time humans live in a delusional idealistic state where they demand others to live according to their rules, that snuffs out the creativity and the ability to adjust.  That is why political and religious freedom is necessary.  One way of think, one party, one religion will never make life worth living.

More about the Rat Race:

Dr. Calhoun’s Book: Environment and Population: Problems of Adaptation: An Experimental Book Integrating Statements by 162 Contributors

Escaping the Laboratory:  http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/22514/

Calhoun: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_B._Calhoun

The London School of Economics and Political Sciencehttp://www2.lse.ac.uk/researchAndExpertise/researchHighlights/Environment/rats.aspx

The Rat Race Trap: http://www.ratracetrap.com/

Blog: DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, AND ADDICTIONRag” Magazines vs. Science: Are the Rat Population Studies True?
13
Sep
10

Time for Los Angeles Pro Football

Picture of proposed NFL franchise stadium called the death star

Picture of proposed NFL franchise stadium called Death Star Stadium

Having lived in the Los Angeles area, and worked in LA for the past 12 years, I have learned something of the character of the place.  LA is unquestionably the entertainment capital of the United States, but there is this vacuum.  The place has no professional football team.  What’s up with that?  Are we saying Los Angelinos are a bunch of eunuchs?  Better hope not.

Interestingly enough, the would-be football fans still don jerseys of California teams like the 49ers, the Raiders, and the Chargers.  Yet the dissatisfaction is palpable here, and it is entirely insane that the area carries no team at all.  LA is a fail as a city in entertainment terms because of this gross neglect.

Think about it, and you soon will realize the scope of the corporate soul here.  The lack of heart.  A football team is like having a standing army.  They provide a sense of security and a point for the city to rally to.  Basketball is exciting here.  But frankly the name Lakers does not contain the community spirit.  Lakers is lame as a name in the first place – and shows how everything was transplanted here.  Lakers from the lakes of Minnesota.  Dodgers, well they are the Brooklyn Dodgers of old, and what the hell are they dodging the draft?  Or did they come to dodge baseballs.  LA Angels of Anaheim: this is an awful name and should be trashed.  The galaxy soccer team is also lame sounding, when half the population of LA speaks Spanish, then maybe the team should be named like some of the streets in Spanish.  Corona is taken, so what about Reyes.

This brings me to the point of this piece.  The name of the proposed football team.  It should reflect the greatness of the area.  It should conjure up a feeling of the power of the place and the attitude of dominance.  I’m asking you what name you would think would bring to mind a city as vast and influential internationally.  I think of Stevie Wonder living here, Michael Jackson, and a myriad of other professional musicians.  Then you have the actors, directors, film producers and studios.  Universal, Paramount, Disney, MGM, and all the other big leaguers.  Think of all the blockbuster movies that eclipse the world by their popularity and weight.

photo of Terminator linebacker number 92

"Who care is the helmet fits," Terminator linebacker #92

Why shouldn’t LA have a team mascot that represents something that embodies this stature.  Why shouldn’t  LA have the primadona franchise?  Think about Rocky, the Terminator, Star Wars, Matrix and other amazing films that captured the minds of the American people.  Think about John Wayne, Stallone, Swartzennegger, Eastwood and other heavy hitters.  Where is the masculine image more acutely modeled than Hollywood?  Where else is the psyche of the American male captured than LA, baby.

I feel sorry for the average Joe sporting some other city’s colors because this place is so sadly devoid of real men playing the real macho game of professional football.  How can they celebrate their manhood, and take their children out to see the pinnacle of who they feel they are as men.  I’m sorry hockey, baseball, and basketball, still play second fiddle to football for rugged masculinity.  Not that I don’t appreciate the sports, but we are talking the American value first and foremost.

The entertainment world can create a better football image here in LA.  They can crown LA with a football franchise and go wild with it as far as entertainment value is concerned.  Look at all the other attractions here that are so much a draw to the world.  What if Universal Studios, Warner Brothers or MGM  planned the marketing and merchandizing?  Think on the caliber of ceremony and how LA could be celebrated.  It’s nothing but entertainment people say, but they are wrong, very wrong indeed.  Having football in LA is more than that it is the affirmation of masculinity.

Can’t you see something flashy and amazing bursting forth.  I’ve been thinking of what images carry this concept forward.  Here are some examples:  Skynet stadium with a Team Terminator; The Death Star’s (stadium) Clone Troopers coached by Darth Vader or at least the Men in Black, or how about Jungle Stadium housing the Rambo Mercenaries—complete mayhem!  Jim Rome might even let them use his theme music.

terminator cheerleader

Proposed Terminator Cheerleader

If you could name the team, what would you call it?  If you live in LA, do you feel the pain of having no professional football team here?  It’s like LA has lost its manhood.  At least the Trojans have a complementary contraception commercially available that may enhance their masculinity.  At least the team would have some awesome cheerleaders regardless if the Washington Redskins cheerleaders are any reflection on what is available.  So we picked one cheerleader for the Terminators from the Sarah Conner’s Chronicals, do you like the outfit? Black leather jackets are so LA.  What would football be if their weren’t some females to play for.

Your take?




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