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The Wisdom of F*** It

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“Never use a big word when a little filthy one will do.” ~Johnny Carson

Before we get started, ask yourself, “Am I triggered by the F-bomb in this title?” If so, keep questioning. Dig deeper. Transform your trigger into curiosity instead.

Ask yourself: why do I feel so emotional about this silly little word? Is it really that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things? Is it just a lizard-brain reaction to my cultural conditioning or religious brainwashing? Am I experiencing cognitive dissonance, or confirmation bias? Am I reacting out of fear, cowardice, ignorance? Have I lost perspective that it’s all bullshit and knowing it sets me free?

Be playful. Have a good sense of humor about it. Being curious about something, rather than just triggered by it, is always more rewarding. You will always gain more from a curious experience over a triggered one. Feel triggered, just act with curiosity. You may discover something about yourself that being triggered alone would never have revealed.

The irony of this process is that feeling triggered, but then acting with curiosity, is the wisdom of f*** it. Transforming feeling triggered into curious action is the same thing as saying, “f*** it!” It’s telling yourself, “The F-bomb is triggering me for some weird reason. F*** it! let’s figure out why.”

That’s the spirit! F*** it! Let’s figure out why together…

The way of f*** it:

“Life’s disappointments are harder to take if you don’t know any swear words.” ~Bill Watterson

The way of f*** it is the cornerstone of being and becoming unfuckwithable.

The way of f*** it is the way of courage. “F*** it!” and courage are reciprocal. When you lose all your f**** you gain all your courage. And, the more you practice courage the less f**** you have to give.

If some mean fucker gets in your face about some bullshit drama or counterproductive negativity you are more likely to say something crazy-courageous like, “Off is the general direction in which I wish you would f***.”

The way of f*** it is dangerously beautiful. It’s audacious. It’s Promethean: “I would rather be chained to this rock than be the obedient servant of the gods.”

F*** it! I’m going to wrestle these demons into allies. F*** it! I’m going to stretch the s*** out of this tiny comfort zone. F*** it! I’m going on my own damn Hero’s Journey. F*** it! I will climb the highest mountain and punch the face of God.

The way of f*** it is an attitude. It’s equal parts crazy courage and radical forgiveness. It’s a strategic disposition of nonchalance in the face of fear. It’s having the worldview that life is too short not to give something you care about a shot. Even if, especially if, you’ve failed before.

It reeks of risk and valiant effort. It’s daring. It’s going all-in. Despite the worst odds. It’s double-dog daring the universe to respond to the best you have to offer.

As Bukowski said (in this amazing poem), “If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start.” Then there’s Buddha’s wisdom: “There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth: Not going all the way, and not starting.”

The way of f*** it is both starting and going all the way. It’s seizing the moment in the day in the life of a life well-lived. It’s flipping the script on your fears and worries and procrastinations. It’s plucking the thorn of One Day out of the Achille’s Heel of Day One.

Chuck it in the f*** it bucket:

“I stared up at the sky and raised my middle finger, just in case God was watching. I don’t like being spied on.” ~Annabel Pitcher

The f*** it bucket is where all the empty f**** you once gave go to die.

All the f**** that were conditioned into you by culture, indoctrinated into you by church and state, brainwashed into you by biased politics, programmed into you by a profoundly sick society. All of them tossed into the bucket.

It helps to visualize it. My f*** it bucket is black with a red anarchy symbol and an image of Rick (from Rick & Morty) meditating with both middle-fingers raised.

It’s overflowing with all the fear-laced f**** from my past. It’s a dumpster fire of wishing things had turned out a certain way. Because, as it turns out, life is less about getting what you want and more about making the best of what you get.

This is where the radical forgiveness of “f*** it!” comes in. When you say, “f*** it!” you’re saying it despite past mistakes, despite being bamboozled or taken for a chump, despite having ended up in a gutter or in jail or isolated from the tribe.

You’re saying “F*** it! I’m going to do better. I’m going to self-improve despite self-preservation. I’m going to learn from my mistakes, through action rather than meekness. I refuse to crawl into a ball and die. I refuse to suck on my thumb at the center of my comfort zone. Self-pity is poison! The time of healing and licking my wounds has passed. Now is the time to act. So, f*** it! I’m going to act.”

The f*** it bucket is a symbol representing the place where all the unmagical, inauthentic, petty f**** go to die so that they can become the compost where magical, authentic, healthy f**** can flourish and bloom.

The double-edged sword of f*** it:

“The planet is fine. The people are f*****.” ~George Carlin

The way of f*** it is a double-edged sword. There is a fine line between courage and stupidity. This is where the wisdom of f*** it comes in.

Without wisdom, the way of f*** it is just carelessness and recklessness. With wisdom, however, the way of f*** it transcends paradigms. It goes beyond Nietzschean good and evil. It goes beyond Rumi’s rightdoing and wrongdoing.

The double-edged sword of f*** it cuts straight through all the bullshit. It’s the sharpened razor of the Middle Way and the Golden Ratio. Health and moderation become the benchmark upon which everything is measured against. It puts all the f**** one could potentially give into proper perspective.

The individual practicing the way of f*** it draws a line in the sand and declares to the universe, “I could give two flying blue f**** about things that are unhealthy and don’t matter. But I also have the awareness to give a plethora of magical f**** about things that are healthy and really do matter.”

As Katie Bingham-Smith said, “You should give a f***. You really should. But only about things that set your soul on fire. Save your f**** for magical s***.”

Indeed. The wisdom of f*** it is precisely the ability to distinguish magical s*** from petty s***. But it’s also about distinguishing healthy from unhealthy, and moderation from extremism. It’s having the courage and the passionate wherewithal to say, “This is what I love, and I’m going to do what I love despite all naysayers, despite all risks, and despite all fears.”

The secret of unfuckwithability is giving genuine heartfelt f**** to a worthy cause. That’s where the magic is. It can’t be pointed at. It can only be discovered. It cannot be taught. It can only be experienced. If that’s too cryptic for you, try this: Nobody else but you can discover the magic that’s unique to you.

When you’re able to find that sweet spot between the things you love to do and healthy moderation—and when you’re able to be fully present in that sacred space—you become invincible. Not in an invulnerable way, mind you. But in a vulnerable way.

The kind of absolute vulnerability that Dan Millman’s Peaceful Warrior teaches. The kind of creative vulnerability found in deep Flow States. The kind of flexible vulnerability found in mindfulness meditation. The kind of open vulnerability found in authentic laughter and sincere humor. The kind of courageous vulnerability found in saying, “F*** it! Life is too short to allow stupid petty s*** to bring me down. Instead, I’ll transform that stupid petty s*** into something that will raise me up.”

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The Esoteric Meaning Behind Neo’s Interrogation Scene in The Matrix

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More than 20 years old now, The Matrix is recognized by fans across the world as being one of the most brilliant films in history, most notably for its deeper meaning and esoteric philosophy.

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One scene that is particularly intriguing, considering the social climate of today, is Neo’s interrogation by the Agents of the Matrix.

Now, before we dig into the potential hidden meaning here, as I perceive it, and how Neo found himself in this uncomfortable position to begin with, let’s first establish some key points in relation to the overall story line that will help us to appreciate the implications behind this scene a little bit more.

What Does The Character Neo Represent in the Matrix?

Neo in ancient Greek (νέος) means new/young one. This is an important piece of the puzzle to help us understand what the directors of the film are trying to communicate to us. With that said, when we assess Neo’s character in the first film, we find that he is a solitary individual that keeps to himself and is struggling to find deeper meaning in this world by constantly searching the internet.

What Does The Character Morpheus Represent in the Matrix?

Morpheus in Greek mythology is a messenger of the gods. He appears to humans through dreams with the intention of delivering divine Knowledge and Truth. In the Greek mythos, he can appear in almost any form in people’s dreams, which could be because anyone, regardless of race, gender, or outward appearance, can be a messenger of enlightenment and Truth.

The First Matrix Film is About The Beginning of the Journey to Awakening

With the understanding of the deeper meaning behind what Neo and Morpheus’ characters represent in the film, we can now appreciate the intro scene of Neo sleeping (whilst searching for Morpheus) through a different lens of perception and awareness.

You see, Neo sleeping whilst searching online for Morpheus represents the early stages of the Truth seekers journey — “asleep” but still searching for deeper meaning in life — and hoping to find that meaning by seeking out a “messenger” of higher Knowledge and Truth.

Truth is Terrorism in the Empire of Lies

Through his incessant efforts, Neo begins to get closer and closer to finding the elusive Morpheus. This, however, also attracts the unwanted attention of the Agents in the Matrix, which represent the enforcers of the shadow government of this system. Their job is to ensure that no one exposes what the Matrix really is, and how it turns unsuspecting every day human beings into useful resources that it can use and exploit.

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The Agents proceed to apprehend Neo and interrogate him, where they make it very clear that they’ve been spying on him and keeping meticulous records of his activities, both online and offline, for quite some time now. As we all know very well today, all around the world intelligence agencies are doing exactly that — tracking what we view online and keeping meticulous records on many of our movements.

The agents, however, do not see Neo as being a major threat to the Matrix system, as he is still in the early stages of his awakening and does not know enough to be a major threat. Instead, they offer him a deal where they will be willing to “wipe the slate clean” on his illegal activities online, if Neo will simply help them track down the man they call Morpheus, who they claim is “a known terrorist” that is “considered by many authorities to be the most dangerous man alive”.

This represents that the single greatest threat to this manipulative system — which is overwhelmingly ruled by deception and exploitation — is any messenger of higher Knowledge and Truth that can potentially awaken those who are still “asleep” to what the proverbial Matrix really is. In fact, one could argue this sort of power struggle has been going on for thousands of years, and is possibly why Socrates was accused of “corrupting the youth” by the ruling class more than 2,000 years ago and subsequently sentenced to death; or why Fred Hampton was assassinated by government authorities in 1969; or, in more recent history, why civilians that were peacefully protesting against Wall Street and the bankers for their part in destroying the world economy in 2008, were targeted by the FBI and even labelled as potential “domestic terrorists“.

Simply put, Truth is terrorism in the empire of lies.

Imaginary Rights

Neo, still being somewhat naïve and unbegun in his journey, rejects the Agent’s offer and demands he get a phone call because “I know my rights!”

To this, Agent Smith retorts, “tell me Mr. Anderson, what good is a phone call if you’re unable to speak?”, which results in Neo’s mouth warping in the most eerie of ways.

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This scene represents a lesson that all genuine Truth seekers eventually come to learn — this system is not concerned with human rights nor is it concerned with upholding authentic justice. Instead, it inculcates these beliefs and misperceptions into our minds from a very young age, because it serves to help legitimize its unnecessary existence in the eyes of the unsuspecting public and indoctrinate us as to why we think we need it. But in reality, our government guaranteed “rights” can be taken away from us in the blink of an eye.

In relation to current events, for example, many thousands of people worldwide have been arrested for violating curfew orders; In one Indian state, civilians were told they must take selfies every hour and send it to the authorities to prove that they are staying indoors; in South Africa, some have been fined for not wearing masks while driving their cars; In Boston in the United States, people have even been told that they will be fined if they walk “the wrong direction” down the street; Homeless people in France have reportedly been fined for not staying indoors; Some people have been arrested for attending funerals of loved ones because it violated lockdown orders; Others (including doctors and scientists) have had their right to freedom of speech censored online; In Australia, a pregnant woman was actually arrested in her home for facebook posts that encouraged protesting against the lockdown; According to the International Labor Organization, tens of millions are being pushed into unemployment; and travel all around the world has been severely restricted by these authorities who have taken it upon themselves to be the rulers of this planet by dictating what the rest of us can and cannot do. Whether you agree with these policies or not, these things cannot logically be called “rights” since they are so very easily violated and taken away from us.

We Must Start With the Imagination

There are many other examples that demonstrate how our government given “rights” are more of a comforting illusion than an actual reality, such as the CIA’s secretive Black Site torture programs, which have been done in cooperation with other intelligence agencies and authorities throughout the world. In these programs, people have been kidnapped — without any legal criminal charge or trial — and then taken to undisclosed secret locations where many of them are tortured for many months on end, in ways that are considered to be in violation of international law and basic human rights. The CIA, of course, simply claims they are suspected terrorists. In 2014, however, a Senate Intelligence Committee Report found that at least 26 of the people that were kidnapped and tortured were actually “wrongfully detained”.

Wake Up Neo — You Are the One

Fortunately, Neo manages to escape this unthinkable situation without any serious injury or harm. Soon after, he is contacted by Morpheus, where he is told that he was very lucky that the Agents underestimated his great potential and spared him, because if the Agents had known the great secret that Morpheus knows, then Neo would probably be dead.

Confused by the obvious strangeness of everything taking place, Neo asks Morpheus what the hell is going on, and what exactly is he talking about?? Without hesitation, Morpheus replies to him, “You are the one Neo — You see, you may have spent the last few years looking for me, but I have spent my entire life looking for you.”

This is perhaps the most important lesson the new Truth seeker must eventually come to learn — We are the ones we have been waiting for to change this corrupt world my friends; and we must stop looking for heroes and human leaders to absolve us of this very serious responsibility. Instead, we must all take on the role of Morpheus — which is to awaken as many Neo’s (new minds) as we possibly can, whilst also taking on the role that represents the journey of Neo, by challenging ourselves to become the best version of who we authentically are.

By doing this, we will help to awaken and unleash the unique creative forces of each individual’s problem solving imagination; and we will also find unity in our shared struggle against the injustices, and corruption, of this inhumane system which invariably exploits us all.

If not us, then who? And if not now, then when?

Written by Gavin Nascimento, Founder of aNewKindOfHuman.com

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This Clever & Controversial Artwork Will Help You Think Deeper About Society

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True artists are what I view as the antithesis of entertainers…

You see, an entertainer is concerned with popular opinion and giving the public what it wants to see. They intoxicate us with mindless amusements to help us escape reality and the everyday stresses of life. But artists, on the other hand, they give us what we need to see; by challenging us to to think deeper about the nature of reality, and the society in which we live, and they do this through the transcendent language of art.

With that said, I decided to collect some of the most thought provoking artwork from around the internet and offered my own little commentary on them…

Some people are hungry for food — Some people are just hungry for attention/Artist credit: Sergio Ingravalle

We are all so blinded by our ignorance and rage, that while we blame each other for our mutual struggles like fools, we’re ultimately getting screwed by the same elitists/Artist Credit: Lubomir Arsov

Be very wary my friend, clever predators always position themselves in places where they have easy access to their prey/Artist credit: Paweł Kuczyński (Online Store)

We don't want to see the Truth, we want to see illusions that comfort us

Despite what they might say, most people don’t actually want to see a reflection of reality — and therefore the Truth — Most people just want to see a narrow minded illusion that comforts their sensitive ego and impulsive feelings/Artist credit: Angel Boligán Corbo

Social Distancing = Social Isolation

Everyone talks about how social distancing saves lives, but why’s no one talking about the science that shows how social isolation can also destroy also them??/Artist credit: Steve Cutts

Although they might appear different on the surface, what we find through media monopolization, is that they are often times steered by the same controlling force/Paweł Kuczyński (Online Store)

“There is no greater disease than fear, and there is no greater danger than those who weaponize it against us.” — Gavin Nascimento/Artist Credit: Lubomir Arsov

Thinking happy thoughts doesn't change reality

“Just because you do not take an interest in politics does not mean politics won’t take an interest in you.” — Attributed to Pericles/Artist credit: Mana Neyestani

The “Beauty” Industry…/Artist Credit: Lubomir Arsov

Feed your child with knowledge and watch them grow/Artist credit: Paweł Kuczyński (Online Store)

You cannot ever hope to expect justice from those who have a consistent history of oppressing you./Artist credit: Paweł Kuczyński (Online Store)

Fighting Fake News or Censorship?

Is Facebook really fighting fake news or are they engaging in authoritarianism and censorship?/Artist credit: Luis Quiles

In a society as toxic as ours — where a climate of hatred, ignorance and fear insidiously infects the bulk of the population — In order to safeguard our health and wellbeing, we must stay connected to whatever it is that gives us an authentic sense of peace/Artist credit: Paweł Kuczyński (Online Store)

In spite of overwhelming historical evidence proving powerful people have engaged in child sex abuse, and it occurs in the shadows of every element and class of society, many of us pretend not to see, which is a shameful betrayal of our children/Artist credit: Lubomir Arsov

Peaceful Revolution or Violent... you choose.

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable.” — Attributed to John F. Kennedy/Artist credit: Mana Neyestani

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Pregnant Elephant Dies After Eating Pineapple Stuffed With Firecrackers

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(TMU) – In southern India, a pregnant elephant died a slow and painful death after eating a firecracker-filled pineapple when she wandered into a village near the Kerala’s Silent Valley Forest looking for food.

According to a spokesperson for the Kerala Forest Department, farmers use fruit stuffed with firecrackers at the edge of their fields in efforts to save their crops from wild boars, and the elephant found and ate the pineapple filled with the explosives, suffering deadly injuries as a result.

The pineapple exploded in her mouth as she bit down on it, injuring her tongue and mouth, and breaking both her upper and lower jaw, leaving her in unimaginable pain, and unable to eat or drink.

Wildlife official Mohan Krishnan, in a touching post on social media, said that the mum-to-be was later found dying in a nearby river.

He wrote: “She trusted everyone. When the pineapple she ate exploded, she must have been shocked not thinking about herself, but about the child she was going to give birth to in 18 to 20 months.

“She didn’t harm a single human being even when she ran in searing pain in the streets of the village. She didn’t crush a single home.

“When we saw her she was standing in the river, with her head dipped in the water. She had a sixth sense that she was going to die.”

To try and get the injured elephant out of the water and safely to treatment, two captive elephants were brought in, but she didn’t budge. She stayed in the water, where she eventually died. An autopsy revealed that she was about two months pregnant. Her body was transported back into the forest where was cremated.

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A Kerala Forest Department spokesperson told Sky News“It seems this elephant was very unfortunate and unlucky. In my 20 years of service I have heard of three such cases in the past with elephants. It is very sad and we are all very sad about it.”

The official Kerala Forest Department Twitter page wrote: “Article 51-A (g) of the Indian Constitution says that it shall be duty of every citizen of India to have compassion for living creatures.’’

“The pregnant elephant… was killed in human-wildlife conflict. Action has already been initiated. But where lies our duty?”

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It is unlikely that this was a deliberate attack on the elephant, although a team from the Kerala Forest Department is investigating and questioning people involved about the incident and a Change.org petition, calling for justice for the elephant, has already reached over 1 million signatures.

Millions of people across the world have been shocked and saddened by the horrific death of the elephant and her unborn baby, with many creating and sharing their art as a tribute to an innocent mother and child. Gentle giants that will never roam the forest again.

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