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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Imagine. Become. Be.

Imagine yourself as one with everything. From the broken walls of a run down house, to the butterfly flapping its wings for the first time. From the blade of grass in the meadow to the breeze that blows it. From the dancing fireflies to the soil of terraced hills.

Imagine. Become. Be.

Friday, December 26, 2008

A Legend Never Dies

"A Legend Never Dies"
Trent Simpson

This is on of those things that is like a hall of mirrors. A legend is someone or something that never dies. But if it wasnt a legend, but never died, would it still be a legend? What if a legend died and some had considered it a legend, but then it isn't classified as a legend because it died. What is death? How does one determine the difference between life and death, dark and light? "Light" is a word created by our human language to represent just what it is, but what is it? (People talk about light omitted by stars, or even more spiritually, an inner light, and furthermore, enlightenment...) What if light and dark were reversed, but the meanings the same? In daytime it would be considered dark and at night, light. Infinite possibilities like looking in a hall of mirrors. Looking, you see yourself as many times as possible, but yet only one animate object of yourself exists. What if thre were more? How would you know? We don't. Maybe we live separate lives constantly, but put the out of our memory. Maybe that is the answer to al the questions we pose in the time we know we live. Why did my house get caught up in the flood? Why did they win the lotto and not me?

Each idea can provoke another one, like a chain reaction and so forth and so on, and so on and so on, see you just thought of something, how you wonder how I knew that. Pretty soon we will be at the same stage of thinking, looking deeper and deeper only to find that the depth is infinite, but I have to sleep, where infinite seems surrreal and real is unconsciously unfathomable, uncontrollable that when you wake up and recognize a deja vous or many deja vous in occurrences so common that the word coincidence seems frail upon other notions of spiritual syncronicities that take place in our world, our reality, the one that we created and are living in now, in this time and space, yet to be rendered true by other affirmations that seem looming and oh so present. Live in the present, this is the best present. To all, ones who teach and harness love and compassion, from the ones who seek it and feel it and aren't quite sure what exactly it is...Reach beyond your comfort zone, step one the sage...whether you are scared or not, you will only have this chance right now, if you fail to burst your bubble of comfort, so will the rest of us, it is a daunting fact and our destiny can wait, but why wait no more?

Teach compassion, feel love...for yourself and your inner light, because we are all connected. Real energy resonates. Be yourself and leave your fear behind, you will encounter more that is more fulfilling to conquer and thus, you will grow beyond your comprehension of a simple scared hermit.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Honestly....Who throws a shoe?!

In Arab countries, slapping someone with your shoe is the biggest insult.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Latte Art

I love latte art.

Some of my favorite places in the Bay are Ritual, Blue Bottle and Gaylords open til Midnight in Oakland (they answer the phone like that)!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Trent's University Archives Series: World History 136: Sartre Colonialism and Neocolonialis

College wasn't all fun and games. I am in the process of digging up some old papers, and posting them for reference in the future!

Trent Simpson

History 136-10

Prof. Kostantaras

Paper: Sartre Colonialism and Neocolonialism

April 4, 2006

“At a hundredth of a second we are all the same, all of us at the heart of our human condition.”

The quote inspired by a collection of photographs by Cartier-Bresson is the catalyst for delineating Sartre’s existential political views that shed light on his take on Marxism. Sartre looks at the true nature of people—that we are all the same race of humans. However, society and both extreme sides of ideology, both right and left, have done tremendous things to manipulate how people think about our fellow humans. That, in turn, has brought on a long history of oppression, hatred, animosity or whatever it may be that bring people to exploit, divide and conquer other people and territory—even in capitalistic, free states. It is taught from birth, rhetoric to disagree and work against other people. For me, I can draw a parallel in my lifetime as our generation grew up at the end of the cold war, and thus all people associated with communism were evil, violent and wrong. For Sartre it was the Chinese, a similar scenario. However, expanding my intellect and studying philosophies, history and paying attention to the needs and wants of people it becomes evident that Sartre makes a very relevant and rational point that; “We are all the same, all of us at the heart of our human condition.” Sartre’s philosophy has pertinent arguments that deal with colonization, touching on poverty, social issues, ideology and reform that play an important role in his critique of colonization.

Poverty is one driving cause to the shift of the masses towards communism. On the contrary one can see man that has conquered the world economically, amassing a fortune and only looks out for his own interest—a true capitalist. However, a population of the masses driven to the point where all their land is gone, they have no food, no schools or doctors and overall morale is incredibly low, that leads the masses to believe in collectivization and the need to survive off the means every man can produce. Exploited populations, such as the Muslims in Algeria are quite representative of this, France, used its colonies to enhance its capitalistic tendencies, but did nothing to improve the nation in which it colonized. Sartre argues that poverty is the construct for reform, as is the case for China. We have also seen in Russia, the Bolsheviks were successful because they were able to convince the rural peasants to that they were the best, and most powerful and could suit their needs. In China, the poor scavenge and pillage, but they sustain, and ultimately prevail, keeping China the way it has been for centuries. There is hope in a world full of hopelessness, hope that the communists brought.

This philosophy is represented quite intrinsically when looking at colonization. As Sartre notes, “(Colonization) is a system which was put in place around the middle of the nineteenth century, began to bear fruit in about 1880, and started its decline after the First World War, and is today turning against the colonizing nation (31).” In this case Sartre refers to Algeria and her mother nation France. Colonization came as a product of capitalism—mainly for the allocation of land into the hands of Europeans (some 2,703,000 hectares) for the promotion of it. The system worked because the French could maintain economic superiority and still sell goods back to the Muslims from their stolen land. The French, by dividing up the property in Algeria, forced tribal societies to be broken up, and lines were redrawn in the French’s favor—obtaining a vast population to farm the acquired lands. As Sartre notes, “the logic of the system makes him sacrifice the needs of the native population to those of the French in France (37).” The best example of this is that the stolen land was used to produce wine, and Muslims do not drink wine—thus depriving them of their staple food that was once grown on that land. With that, the endless and vicious cycle of poverty begins.

However, colonization was successful for a long time because the mother nation could impose ideals among the colonized of basic rhetoric such as, “the solitude of liberal individualism” which as Sartre describes as creating the masses but prevents them being conscience by mystifying them with the caricature of their own ideology (41). Give them irrigation, but only to produce what they were producing before in different areas. Give them railroads, but only to move the products swiftly to the ports and then into France, but the simple notion of innovation and construction of a more powerful nation are evident, just not accomplished for the natives.

This will not last though. Sartre argues that reform, in any sense, will ultimately end up in the benefit of the French. So if there cannot be reform, then what? As a Frenchman and an existentialist Sartre sees the morality issues at hand. He sees how colonization has manifested itself into exactly the opposite of what they were fighting for10 years ago against the Nazis. Thus, as an area that has been exploited, one cannot simply abandon it, nor can it hold on because the native people are crying out for help. So where is the help going to come from? “People who talk of abandonment of Algeria are imbeciles. There is no abandoning of what we never owned (47).” And thus the oppressors, the colonizers become the product of their destiny. Their dehumanizing effects have left an imprint on not only the oppressed society, but their own society as well.

It takes a man to see a man, and if that is established, then he should no longer view him with oppressive eyes. However, this is all too common, even in our systems that we label as facets of freedom, happiness and progression, all of those come at the cost of others who feel the exact opposite. “Our leaders go as far as to undermine freedom of expression, to hide the truth,” but what truth is there if everything we are taught to believe is a lie (55)? How can we be ones to judge good and evil if all of it is presented as good, and only when the evils are so persuasive that the masses congregate to justify their oppressors, only then do we see what harm has been caused for the benefit of ourselves? Sartre’s arguments are valid on the basis that we are all human—all of our hearts beat to the same rhythm of life. At no point should one man not treat another man in any other way. However, dehumanizing effects play a crucial role in the exploitation of a people, in this case the colonies including Algeria. France would not let her go because of issues of pride, but the Algerians finally realized that instead of promoting an ideology, France was simply just demolishing a nation. Poverty and oppression ultimately reign supreme, an oppressed mass of people will not sit quietly forever, and hopefully the oppressors can see they have been wrong, and ultimately succumb to their wits and relinquish what was never theirs in the first place.

Photographs by Cartier-Bresson

Friday, December 05, 2008

Reality and Unreality

"Perhaps reality and unreality do not exist. Perhaps it is only a question of different levels of reality, some of which we do not perceive. Or of different levels of unreality, of which we perceive only a few. Or of different levels of some unique thing, which sometimes we see and sometimes we don't."

-Roberto Juarroz

And the Light is Forever
Timeless Ways


Quote from: Revelations; Latin American Wisdom for Every Day

Photo from: Lightscape Photography

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Dar Far

Dar Far is a way of life, a philosophy, a state of mind and a state of being. It is collective energy transmitted through us as messengers, humans, and beings on this planet in this reality. Whether chance, destiny or simply just because, we can use the Dar to find intrinsic inner truths to life's mysteries.

Dar Far Blog

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Socrates' Triple Filter Test...Choose your words wisely...

In ancient Greece, scholar and intellectual, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem. One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said,

"Do you know what I just heard about one of your friend?"

"Hold on a minute," Socrates replied. "Before telling me anything I'd like you to pass a little test. It's called the Triple Filter Test."

"Triple filter?" asked the man.

"That's right," Socrates continued.

"Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be a good idea to take a moment and filter what you're going to say. That's why I call it the triple filter test. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?"

"No," the man said, "actually I just heard about it and wanted to tell it to you"

"All right," said Socrates. "So you don't really know if it's true or not. Now let's try the second filter, the filter of goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my friend something good?"

"No, on the contrary, it is bad "

"So," Socrates continued, "you want to tell me something bad about him, but you're not certain it's true. You may still pass the test though, Because there's one filter left: the filter of usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my friend going to be useful to me?"

"No, not really." Replied the man.

"Well," concluded Socrates, if what you want to tell me is neither true, nor good, and nor even useful to me, why tell it to me at all."

Socrates is listening to: Enlightenment composed by Karunesh

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