Spoken Word Piece: The Unlearning of One

Photo Credit: Jayel Aheram
Photo Credit: Jayel Aheram

Peace
One hand, two fingers
One heart that lingers
And longs for one song
One voice as 7 billion people sing along
One right, one wrong
Two sides, one life
To decide if I
Am one man, one soul
Am I the part or the whole?
One second, one breath
Let me catch it for a minute
One death, what’s next
One impossible mission
Ten toes to the earth
Third eye to the heavens
One soul on the dirt
But beyond we’re all brethren
One you, one me
One us, one we
One planet, one everything
One possibility, one anything
One present, right now, one second
One moment to feel blessed
See, we’re all the collective
One and many, but many can be one
But when can one be one instead of many?
If one thing is comprised of many things
One you instead of many organs
Many atoms, what does it matter?
Well, we choose one view
The individual or group
A brother or an enemy
So when are we you and me
Instead of an or in between us
One war, many defeated
See the dead are a collective too
But they don’t care about me and you
It’s the goddamn truth
We’re each locked in one box of “me”
And the box is who we pretend to be
We don’t pretend to be we, we pretend to be me
Because when the box is removed, it is clear we are we
Now what logical reason wouldn’t we all want peace?
All I need is one answer, please.

Previously: Self

The Ramblings Podcast: Episode 29 – Foodie Talk, Grassroots Activism, and Dre Rants about Contradictions in Society

The Ramblings Podcast: Episode 29 - Foodie Talk, Grassroots Activism, and Dre Rants about Contradictions in Society

After my Cinnabon experience last weekend, Leaf and I kick things off with some foodie talk, why healthy food is more expensive, large scale grassroots activism, the BS game of inequality we have as a global culture, and Dre enters rant mode. Sounds like a great way to spend a Thursday to me!

Run time: 1:28:54

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Previously: Episode 28 – eSports, Eliminating A**holes in Society, and Why Leaf Is a Cranky Old Man

Spoken Word Piece: Self

Photo Credit: Eugenio Siri
Photo Credit: Eugenio Siri

Tumbling
Down the river of thoughts many of us fail to see
Blocked by the concept of the me
The self, the ego
The illusion we fall prey to everyday
Along this river are wants and desires
The fire of physical passion, regrets and fears that shatter facades
Glass houses demolished
Anger and rage, whose opinion is better
And the will to live forever
Why? Because of the I, the self
The river of self wants to be selfish
But what would that river be if it was selfless instead
Because the self only wants and thinks this world is
Revolving around it, when the self can’t recognize a world without it
You are not it, and it is not you
You are not a you because that illusion of the river
It tells you every day is the idea of separation
We are all one, don’t believe me? Then I’ll prove it
Just look at what we’re made of, particles and molecules
And so is everything else
Because, most of matter is filled with empty space
Nothing distinguishing where one thing begins and another ends
So where do you begin and where do you end
Where? When was your first thought?
Do you know? Could you tell me?
But you think your thoughts are you. Why? Tell me.
If your thoughts are you then why can’t you remember your first one?
Tell me why? Why? Because you are not your thoughts
You never were, it’s just an illusion of the river
You are we and we are one, estranged family members in a universe of perception
Yes, this world is just a construct of the mind
Not just the world, the universe and the illusion of you and I
And when the eye is removed from the equation all those fears
Regrets, opinions, thoughts on what’s right or wrong are all gone
And what you have is peace and the feeling of we and not a you
We’re connected by energy, we are every possibility
We are brothers and sisters every living thing, consciousness is key
You don’t need to heed my words, but for the very first time
I see through the lie, may we all go in peace

Previously: The Nature of More

Thinkington: Episode 2 – Paterson Beautiful Aims to Make Paterson Beautiful

I didn’t have a guest for this week’s episode so I’d like to talk about a project I want to start called Paterson Beautiful. Paterson, New Jersey is an area that once had many jobs and industries, but things fell off after WWII. How can we work together to make this a city of prominence once more? Maybe this is a possible answer.

Previously: Fallon Chan (Photography, Blogging, Crafts)

The Ramblings Podcast: Episode 28 – eSports, Eliminating A**holes in Society, and Why Leaf Is a Cranky Old Man

The Ramblings Podcast: Episode 28 - eSports, Elevating Poor Communities, and Leaf Is a Cranky Old Man

Leaf actually made it two weeks in a row. Cue slow clapping. We endure Leaf’s bad jokes and find out why he’s a cranky old man, dive into the wild world of eSports, discuss my desire to make Paterson, NJ a better place, and wax political on the rise and downfall of a**holes in our global culture. Click play. You don’t want to be an a**hole.

Run time: 1:13:45

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Previously: Episode 27 – Cinnabon, the Craving for More, and Non-Voting

Daily Opinion: Tim Cook’s Big Coming out Reinforces the Idea that Coming out Is Still a Big Deal

Tim Cook

On the heels of my Black Panther commentary, Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook reveals he is gay. Formal media outlets as well as social media has picked this up and run with it. Supporters are celebrating and detractors are, well, kind of being jerks. The thing is, I’m somewhat shocked that, at least in America, people still flip their collective wigs when a big name reveals he or she is gay.

Relax. Everything’s going to be fine.

I admit, for such a diverse country, we’re stuck in some archaic BS because of our forefathers’ experiences. But instead of moving forward and realizing (finally) that the fact that we’re all different is what actually makes us equal, some of us are stuck on the simple fact that differences exist at all. It could be race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, weight, whatever. We’re stuck. And it’s not just the US; it’s just surprising given how diverse this country is.

Anyway, I’m not trying to say this isn’t a good thing. Everyone should be free and open about who they are. We should celebrate everyone’s differences. Because at that point we’re celebrating people. But as long as we continue to categorize and label each other, we’ll always be stuck on what makes individuals different.

See, it’s easy to hate differences. It’s a way to express a dislike without knowing a person. Movies do this same thing. They often paint an antagonist as simply “the bad guy” with very little insight into why he/she thinks they are justified in their actions. Someone is right and someone is wrong. It’s as simple as that.

But it’s not so simple in real life. Yet some folks act as if these same rules apply to the world around us. Gays are the bad guys. Latinos are the bad guys. Feminists are the bad guys.

Yawn. Enough already.

I know this doesn’t apply to everyone, but it applies to enough people that this is still a relevant conversation in 2014. Crazy, right? People actually still care. I suppose humanity is still just going through growing pains. I still believe we’ll figure out, maybe not it this generation, but eventually.

Peace out, party people.

Previously: Is the World Ready for a Black Panther Movie? Of course it is.

App of the Week: Mindly

Mindly

If you’re anything like me, tracking ideas and thoughts is an uphill battle. There are tools out there that make it easier, but I want to show you an app that provides and elegant and visual solution to mapping ideas.

Mindly is all about creating mind maps. These are just nodes connected together in a hierarchical fashion. Each node can contain text, an image, or a hyperlink. Think of it as a visual Evernote. There are export and printing options as well.

The free version of Mindly allows for up to 16 nodes per map while the full version ($6.99) gives you unlimited nodes. Give it a shot and see if Mindly helps in making your scattered thoughts more organized.

Available on iOS for iPhone.