We will not move on by mindlessly repeating overused schemes and phrases that no one really understands or benefits from

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~ When the spirit of innovation dies, hope for actual progress also dies ~

The time has come for us to again re-examine the meaning of many words that we have grown so used to and familiar with.”
Michael Tsarion

There is something in my mind that makes me cautious, when I hear the exact same phrases repeated endlessly by people everywhere, while being unable to see how they are contributing to making the world or individual lives better. Somehow, there is so much talk about freedom, love, equality or justice but does it translate beyond the words into the world itself? From my point of view – not really! The plastic and bubble-gum phrases are coming from all directions and we are both absorbing as well as effectively propagating them, with little suspicion. No pause, no wonder, no care…mindless2

”I am free!”…will tell you a religious fanatic. ”I love you”…will tell  you a father whom you have never seen in your life. ”Because you matter to us”…will tell you a bank in which you store your money. ”I always do only what is good for you”…will tell you a mother who controls every sphere of your life and who took any privacy you had away from you. ”Everything is going to be allright”…will tell you a man who knows nothing about your situation and problems. ”He is in Heaven looking down on you and smiling”…will tell you your parents when, as a child, you ask them about friend who is no longer here. ”Only Jesus can save you”…will tell you devout christian. ”Aren’t we the greatest country in the world?”…will tell you patriotic American. ”God wants yout to know him” …will tell you a televangelist as if he knew all there is to know about the subject. ”Eye for eye, teeth for teeth” …will tell you charismatic leader of the cult. What links these people? They are all repeating the tradition of using magical phrases that are of little help, instead of being honest, lucid and clear ( that would be much bigger help! ). While doing it, they can’t see that these phrases are in place of meaningful conversations that could be happening all the time. It’s time to finally grow off this tradition. We are letting to lose too many opportunities and there are real tragedies happening out there that could possibly be prevented or resolved in time. I think I can see who is mainly suffering because of this particular habit: mentally challenged or disturbed people, women and children, and this is no accident.


~ A selection of 20 backward phrases not to live by ~

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  • ”Don’t worry, be happy”
  • ”You have no right to complain”
  • ”Because I said so”
  • ”Never say no”
  • ”You are too old for that”
  • ”I am apolitical”
  • ”Who are you to be saying this”
  • ”End justifies means”
  • ”Your problems are nothing compared to many people’s problems”
  • ”I was brought up this way, you too should be”
  • ”Don’t be silly, you must have children”
  • ”You should try doing everything”
  • ”When you will get older, you will understand”
  • ”Find a rich man, marry him and start a family”
  • ”Always do what your parents tell you and don’t argue with them”
  • ”You must be beautiful, otherwise no man will want you”
  • ”You are a loser, you are the only one I know that hasn’t by now slept with any woman”
  • ”How was it in school?”
  • ”You are asking too many questions”
  • ”Be normal”

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~ Pointless talks ~

Pointless love-talks:

There is no word in our language which has been so much misused and prostituted as the word love. It has been preached by those who were ready to condone every cruelty if it served their purpose; it has been used as a disguise under which to force people into sacrificing their own happiness, into submitting their whole self to those who profited from this surrender. It has been made so empty that for many people love may mean no more than that two people have lived together for twenty years just without fighting more often than once a week.”
Erich Fromm

Pointless god-talks:

The word God has become empty of meaning through thousands of years of misuse. I use it sometimes, but I do so sparingly. By misuse, I mean that people who have never even glimpsed the realm of the sacred, the infinite vastness behind that word, use it with great conviction, as if they knew what they are talking about. Or they argue against it, as if they knew what it is that they are denying. This misuse gives rise to absurd beliefs, assertions, and egoic delusions, such as “My or our God is the only true God, and your God is false,” or Nietzsche’s famous statement “God is dead.” The word God has become a closed concept. The moment the word is uttered, a mental image is created, no longer, perhaps, of an old man with a white beard, but still a mental representation of someone or something outside you, and, yes, almost inevitably a male someone or something. Neither God nor Being nor any other word can define or explain the ineffable reality behind the word, so the only important question is whether the word is a help or a hindrance in enabling you to experience That toward which it points. Does it point beyond itself to that transcendental reality, or does it lend itself too easily to becoming no more than an idea in your head that you believe in, a mental idol? The word Being explains nothing, but nor does God. Being, however, has the advantage that it is an open concept.”
Eckhart Tolle

Pointless soul-talks:

The concept of a soul without a body seem to me to be empty and devoid of meaning.”
Albert Einstein

Pointless freedom-talks:

If crime fighters fight crime, and firefighters fight fires, what do freedom fighters fight?”
George Carlin

Pointless spirituality-talks:

It seems to me that all studies are vain and full of errors unless they are based on experience and can be tested by experiment, in other words, they can be demonstrated to our senses. For if we are doubtful of what our senses perceive then how much more doubtful should we be of things that our senses cannot perceive, like the nature of God and the soul and other such things over which there are endless disputes and controversies.”
Leonardo da Vinci

These talks can be and happen to be fruitful but it cannot be so without genuine care. Happiness or freedom or love or progress is not easily measured and confirmed by words and the many phrases we so often use might not make even half of the sense we ascribe to them. I could argue this is indeed the case, as I think that by compulsive and mindless use of these phrases we are replacing possibility of meaningful conversations with stigmatizing responses that ultimately make us stuck and not moving on.mindless6Stop chanting the reality with words – it’s useless, it won’t work. You are not born master. You are yet to become master. And you can only ever hope to become master if your message transcends blind repetition of backward phrases and becomes empowering, vitalizing, inviting, chance-making, hope-offering, door-opening, horizon-expanding and transformative act of communication. Wondering how could it look like? See the video below:

 BE ICONOCLAST!
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