Monthly Archives: February 2015

Fifty shades of……#SONA2015

I warn you, I write today because of some annoyances. And no it is not a stern warning not to watch fifty shades of grey. As far as I am concerned, watch it or don’t watch I really don’t have an opinion on that one.

On valentine’s day the movie of Fifty shades of grey was released and to no small hoopla from various groups, Christians and feminists…. and the rest.

My question to whoever has a comment is…

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Have you read the book?

I think it is rather small minded to not have read the book, yet have much to say about it. Even worse share articles against it and generally warn people.

I am not saying read the book or watch the movie (and by writing this I know I am adding to it all). But surely our society should be at a stage where we are able to tell what is good us and what is not. We cannot stick our heads into the sand and hope we never come across evil so we can make it to the end…. I would rather learn the truth and be able to identify the lies because I know what is true.

For this reason I think I would rather believe that we live in a society that is able to judge for itself and is able to look objectively for itself……

The warnings I have read like “the movie and books are only wanting your money, don’t be fooled” Really? Are people so frivolous? What about pharmaceutical companies, nobody seems to have an issue there, yet they also “want your money” and care very little about your life. What about big corporates, they don’t care about you and they just want your money, how are they any different suddenly to the fifty shades of grey parade. Yet people work for them and plod along mindlessly.
Part of being free and having freedom is that rubbish is also there. Trying to avoid it by never looking at it is not a way to deal with it.

Inadvertently the very people who are trying to stop the book/movie are actually the biggest sales people for the franchise. How do you like that?

Which leads me to my second topic. Our State of the Nation speech event (South Africa).

– Our government installed signal jammers (knowingly and pre meditated)
– They silenced a legitimate question (Made by Julius Malema)
– They had the whole EFF group forcibly removed from Parliament
– It is sort of known that this was actually policeman dressed in white shirts and black pants.
– The DA walked out due to the injustice displayed by ANC

Personally I am happy that it has occurred. Because if there was ever a question in your mind that there are hidden agendas and that the ANC tries to hide this, this event made them play their hand in front of all.

This proves that there are many issues we South Africans need to deal with. And that people in our country really are willing to just accept absolute disregard for people and the welfare of others.
Yes there were atrocities in Apartheid, but does that justify what is happening now? And if we could all open our eyes, it was not only black people that suffered.

Yes we cannot run away from the colour issue yet, because we still have not learned our lesson.

And due to impatience the oppressed want what is due to them. Yes I agree life is not fair, it will never be. Drug dealers have great lives at the expense of the lives they ruin, and that will continue for a long time, but we cannot demand what we want simply because we think it is owed to us. We are then no different to those drug dealers. We only tell ourselves we are better off…..

To tie it all up together, true freedom has a cost, it means we have to think for ourselves like with the fifty shades of grey story, make your own decisions.

And with regards to #SONA2015, here we need to fight. And it takes mature and wise people to know when to stand back and when to fight. I am not telling you what to do, but rather I hope it makes you think further than just the things that we see.

thehonestone

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Reflections in history…..

I have always wondered if a mirror was a common thing in the lives of people in ancient times. From my searchings, I understand that the mirror was invented or should I say the actual mirror as an object was made around 3000B.C.

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So roughly 5000 years we have been able to look at ourselves. Maybe someone can enlighten me as to whether the mirror was a common thing to the average household in those days.
I am guessing that it was not the case…. and that it was mostly royalty and the well off that kept mirrors in the home.

Now I am sure you may be asking why on earth do I care about this at all….. I also wonder that he he he.

My question is, how did people live without being able to see themselves as often as they want? Did they want to?

Another question I often ask myself is, is humanity really advancing? Some of the greatest minds that ever lived, lived in a time without computers, smart phones, electricity, phones, aeroplanes, cars….. I can go on here. And somehow they survived.

We look back and think, how could those people live like that? So primitive? Without cars, phones, microwaves, fridges…. Well they did. And I am sure they were happy. We are strange that way hey. We are blissfully unaware until we become aware. And then its pandora’s box.

You cannot easily give up your creature comforts once you know they exist.

Back to the original thought. It seems to me that we have become fascinated by ourselves. We “see” our reflection too often. We also “look” at ouselves too often. If you can picture a world without the ability to look at yourself. I think we will be a much more accepting and happier bunch. We would need each other. Just a thought… We woud not be able to be so vain to think htat it is all about us, because all we would see is others.

I will leave you with a video by a comedian, if you have time (and data) please watch it. He makes a really valid point.

thehonestone

Busy doing nothing

At the ripe old age of 23 I was near burn out. I was holding down 2 jobs and somehow squeezed bible school in there as well.

Most weekends was without sleep as it was from gig to gig and I worked at a retails store as well. I was quite a busy person then.

For most part there was a certain comfort in that, my default answer to all requests was simply “I am busy”.

 

Since most people do not like repeating themselves, the requests eventually subside (except for the few who obviously never learn).

The question I asked myself eventually was…. What did I accomplish? I soon learnt that busyness does not equal accomplishment. And is simple as it sounds, it is quite hard to see this, even harder to remedy. The last thing a busy person seems to want to do is sit and relook at things. The silence that comes with evaluation and introspection, can sometimes be quite deafening.

So it is simpler to just continue doing stuff.

 

What it really comes down to, is we are unwilling to face ourselves and we are running away from what we are really meant to be doing. Life has a way of forcing us to deal with something. But time is against us mostly isn’t it?

Let me put it this way. At some point you are going to die….Which by definition means that you have a limited amount of time on this earth.

This leads us to the logical conclusion…..what will you spend your time on? Yes we forget this periodically, but you need to remind yourself to work on things that count and that means something. What are you really meant to be doing?

 

Are you accomplishing stuff? Or are you just busy doing nothing?

 

thehonestone