Mask

picture of an old lady, they
indulge your crazy
are just glad you’re not completely insane
picture of young woman and baby comes
in handy if you want to deflect trolls;
no one looks good attacking the tender mom
picture of a man you get ads
for viagra and hit on by women
from Bangladesh
picture of a cat or dog
they expect you to be dumb
flowers means you are sentimental
picture of anything else means you’re
hiding
group picture having fun is
for the person who is insecure
a picture in your home means you’re lonely
eating means there is no one in life
but you
a full body picture shows a lack
of dedication
having a picture up way too close means
you have many girlfriends or
boyfriends
anything vulgar usually coincides with stupid
there is an entire psychology to
profile pictures and not just
what they say
but what others will assume
like for men they will expect anger
but for women that means you lost it….
black people are seen as a statistic
and the elderly are seen as NEVER
tech-savy
i once put up a goldfish in a bowl
with a shark-fin
felt that was me to a T
but no assumptions were made for me to twist
and the avatar changes or does not

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do animals have souls?

only good can happen through respect for others and the world around you. when we start drawing lines, then that is usually to support a non-respect or disrespectful action. there is the larger question of using animals as a food-source. but then it goes down to wondering if carrots have feelings, too. and we are back at square one. in n. korea, a man became so hungry that he dug up the bodies of children and ate them. so the government put him in front of a firing squad and shot him dead. but it is the actions of that government that left him and many others, hungry in the first place. yet it is the actions of OUR nation by imposing sanctions, that also contributed to that nation’s hunger. to that man’s hunger. we are fed and have pets that we also feed. we have animals that are used for food. my grandmother gave the explanation that those animals are raised for that purpose, and that is the difference. we could just as easily raise other humans for food, and say the same thing.

so how do we reconcile NOT having differences? is there a difference between man and animal? is that difference the “soul.” so instead of drawing the lines, we cross the lines….saying yea, dogs and cats — and other pets — have ‘souls.’ does that jeopardize our way of life? yes. but can we have a respect for all other life and ourselves? yes. is saying we don’t eat animals but we can eat plants …is that just drawing another line? yes. and so we have guilt that comes to play within the aspects of survival of the self. man is able to feel guilty, guilt–shame, and regret. we see how one thing effects another, and within that, find responsibility.

when advocates push to ban third world countries from eating dogs, do they have a right to do that? when they themselves experience bounty and so dogs become part of the human-family and seen to have “souls.” do they have a right to categorize eating dogs as wrong simply because they themselves are better-fed?

should we then have guilt for nothing eaten? where does integrity come into play. power and guilt. illusions of freedom and illusions of choice. animals having or not having souls, is the historical brace that promotes human culture itself. that brace has been eroded away in large part by animated film that shows the non-reality of “what if animals could speak?” so that seed planted hundred years or so ago is coming to fruition. can we have our cake and eat it, too?

if animals are not “special”….what is it that makes man special? traditionally all that guilt was lumped under man having a soul. all those differences were drawn within a “them” and “us.” and within that we wove the ability for man to also go to hell. IF we abandon all these historical understandings, how will we ever be able to eat anything ever again? what is the symbolism of SHARED food…is it sharing the guilt? collective guilt and collective harvest. a hatred of hunger itself. a hatred of the body that is a PART of its environment, not just set down inside of it.

we collectively have agreed that pets are part of the family and so then are creatures with soul. but we can’t decide that without in some part, deciding that all creatures have soul. the spark of life. not what makes them different than man, but what makes them similar. so belief in those separations, (that only man has a soul) –it is the belief that has a big role to play here.

what should we do? a free-range chicken is just as dead on your plate as a caged one. hate to break that news to you. if are going to separate things and draw lines in that fashion, then should only be eating animals after they die a natural death. that would be the more logical step. so sorting through all the new lines once a line is crossed, is very difficult. it not only leaves US confused, it leaves the generations to follow in an even worse state of confusion. mommy, is old yeller going to heaven?

well maybe yes and maybe no. but if i don’t see him in hell, his chances are looking pretty good.

what should we believe? in this season where thanksgiving will be here soon, and we celebrate being thankful by eating great amounts in a tradition of joy over having. i would suggest that it’s not about being thankful for what you “have.” after all, none of us are taking it with us. being thankful is a way of life, and if only a soul can be thankful…..then maybe we are going to need to extend the definition of soul to include animals. because they are thankful for comfort just like us.

and in the end it’s not how much you endure. it’s not the decisions we make or the paths gleefully widened. is it about the pursuit of happiness? maybe the pursuit of honor. it’s about finding the soul within yourself, and sharing that as much as possible. it’s about understanding that life is infused with guilt. but we don’t have to take that guilt with us.

no, i don’t believe animals have souls. i believe we give them soul and are mesmerized by our own reflections. but “having” a soul doesn’t make man necessarily better. it just means there is an accountability to power. whether we live or die, or die to live forever….is about watching another person sleep, and in your heart saying “amen.” because good enough, is good enough.

some day i will have a better answer. but for now, maybe would say that a soul might not be the part of us that goes on. it may well be the part that stays behind.

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We Didn’t Have “The Green Thing” Back then!

eebrinker:

I like how this lays out the history. So much has been the plastic industry and plastic happens to be a byproduct of fuel refining. So they hit you with both barrels. And at the end of the day, put bodies on oxygen run through plastic tubes…..

Maybe there is a lesson somewhere. I think part of that is to not be hurried. Time is a figment of your imagination, after all.

In the end, does it come down to respect for fellow man. You either care or you don’t. To see similarities more than differences and realize we all might not be in the same boat, but we are definitely in the same ocean. Let’s not fill it with plastic hearts and plastic dreams.

Originally posted on Kev's Blog:

 My sister sent me this, this morning and I thought it warranted sharing. :)
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When at a store checkout the young cashier suggested to the older woman that she should bring her own shopping bags in future because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.

The woman apologised and explained, “We didn’t have this green thing back in my earlier days.”

The cashier  responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.”

She was right –  our generation didn’t have the green thing in its day. Back then, we returned milk bottles, pop bottles and beer bottles to the shop. The  shop sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a…

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multiple desktops defeats task-oriented purpose

i don’t understand the added desktops in windows 10. like in Ubuntu Gnome desktop, the added desktop windows make it a type of extension. you can have icons or files on one that do not show up on the others.

but in windows 10, the added desktop windows are duplications. are mirrors of each other. so the only reason to have a second or third desktop window would be to have different programs open on them. in which case it’s the same thing to shuffle through three program windows on one desktop, as it is to shuffle through three desktop windows with one program on each.

so i don’t get it. feels like there has to be something i’m missing. i suppose if you are a user that leaves bunches of programs running at the same time….the multiple desktops as mirrors could still be used to categorize what you have up and running. but i’m not seeing how there is such a great need for that.

i think it’s there to impress the users that have never used Ubuntu or any of the other free Linux systems that have multiple desktop environments. so a multiple desktop on windows 10 seems like an amazing thing. i see it as mostly annoying though is a way to “scroll” through open programs if you are on a windows tablet or touchscreen, i guess. unless that feature is not there for the touchscreen and still involves having to click a window manager to switch between desktops.

i just think all the programming for that is going in the wrong direction. instead of more programs and more windows, why not a simplification for what the user is on the computer for in the first place. is not like there are that many categories.

email/communication
news/video
social sites
production aka work
games
education
shopping

so based on what you are looking to do at the moment, it could bring up a different user interface for that, and do superfetch for just the programs pertaining to that category. work computers could have social and game sections locked out. the beginning screen would just be a friendly 7 buttons, not a mess of icons on a desktop or in a start folder.

i saw something similar to that idea on a late-night ad for a computer built for seniors. but i think the concept of simplifying how many things you can do at one time, is worth exploring. rather than more things, and more windows and desktop environments that are really taking a powerful programming and using it for what amounts to show and tell. focus on the TASK, why is this person on the computer in the first place….and then hone efficiency to get them on and off the computer in a decent timeframe.

instead we have what amounts to the rich-person’s hedge-maze by the mansion up the hill. and i wouldn’t object, because mazes are fun afterall…..but maybe if things were a little more task-oriented we could all find our lives again, on the computer as well as off the computer.

the dawning of the age of incompetence

effected by incompetence
how do so many people know so little?
yes i’m trying to set up Windows 10
it wasn’t me
i know how to bow out
when can’t do my best
maybe we should be an unmoving state
humans tested and in jobs they CAN do
not in positions they dream of being
it feels like this huge weight
supporting needs for unassuaged egos
the child that has to help mom in the kitchen
so mom has twice the clean up at the end of the day
and dinner was greeted with gentle smiles
fake as fake can be
can’t discourage a contributive factor
but why not? was not always this way
moms used to send the children packing
get out of my hair!
but now all the world is staring at their meal
incompetence
the result of coddled dreams
see i find it a bitter reality
because acceptance requires only a sigh
how do we reconcile structure?
we call them systems
the system must change
but maybe it’s us
maybe people need to change
because skill in the end
is all man has
has for his own
that singular trophy of ability
i was planning to order my world today
to find paths where stasis involves complacency and reactive result
coffee is still warm and fading smiles are heavy to breathe

 

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in case you thought this poem doesn’t rhyme:

effected by incompe
tence how do so many people know so little? yes
i’m trying to set
up Windows 10 it wasn’t me
i know how
to bow
out when can’t do my best
maybe we
should be
an unmoving state
humans test
ed and in jobs they
CAN do not in positions they dream
of being
it feels
like this huge weight
supporting needs for unassuaged
egos the child that has
to help mom in the kitchen so mom has
twice
the clean up at the end of the day
and dinner was greeted with gentle smiles
fake
as fake can be
can’t discourage a contributive fac
tor but why not? was not always this way
moms used to send the children pack
ing
get out of my hair!
but now all the world is star
ing at their meal
incompetence
the result of coddled dreams
see i find it
a bitter reality
because acceptance requires only a sigh
how do we reconci
le structure? we call
them systems
the system
must change
but maybe it’s us maybe people need to change
because skill
in the end is all
man has
has
for his own that
singular trophy of ability i was plan
ning to order my world today
to find paths where sta
sis involves compla
cency and reactive result coffee
is still warm and fad
ing smiles are heavy to breathe