Is Money Really The Root Of All Evil?

I’ve heard the old saying that money is the root of all evil all my life. In a way, I kind of think it is and isn’t. For starters, I think it isn’t because it is what people do for money that makes it evil. The love of money and greed is what’s evil.

People are willing to lie, cheat, steal, kill innocent people or even children for money. People sell out their own family members and friends for money. People are willing to compromise their self respect and do unethical things or things they wouldn’t normally do for money. People even look down on other people who don’t have as much money.

Lots of people let money change and control them. It makes them arrogant and maybe even stupid in a lot of ways.

On the flipside, it is because having little to no money causes a lot of stress and pain to a lot of people because they can’t afford to pay for the basic things they need to live; clothes, food, houses, bills, maybe a car to get to wherever they want to go, take care of their children or other people they have to take care of, etc.

Not having money causes people to become very depressed, stressed, and even suicidal. And it can cause them to do bad things out of desperation.

In a lot of ways, I believe money was invented for control and power. I know there’s someone or maybe even numerous people who want to control mass amounts of people and control what they do and how they live and money is a great way to do that.

I believe that there is no use for money in the world because everything was created just for us for free and we fight and kill ourselves and each other for things that we should all be free to have. No one should have the right to put a price on something they don’t own and didn’t create themselves.

But then again, I’ve read from different sources about why money was created. One thing I read said it was to compensate for the shortcomings of the barter system. Before there was money, people traded for what they wanted and sometimes, people didn’t always agree with what someone wanted to trade them. And if someone didn’t agree with what someone else wanted to trade them, they wouldn’t be able to get what they needed or wanted.

But what about the shortcomings of the monetary system where people can’t afford to buy certain things?

Another said that money was created to ration out things better. If everything was free, people would consume things very quickly due to greed and self-centeredness and there would be a scarcity in many things.

And another said money was created to motivate people to do work. If there was no money, people wouldn’t put in the effort or put in very little to do certain things. People wouldn’t want to build or anything. With money, people have a reason to get things done, thus creating a productive society.

Although I do believe these other reasons make a lot of sense, I still believe that money was created for control and power most of all. People have wanted to have power and control over other people for ages.

I don’t think money is really supposed to exist, which is why it causes so much evil and problems. Money has no real value. It isn’t really backed by anything. It only has value because the government says so.

Why Don’t Black People Shop Black Owned?

There’s many theories about why more black people don’t support black owned businesses. You would think that more black people would shop where their people own the stores and create the products/services, but unfortunately, many do not. Why is this?

I have two main reasons for why I believe this is. The first reason is price. I know how important it is for black people to support their own businesses, so I went searching for some black owned businesses online to shop one day. I have to admit many of the prices at black owned businesses are ridiculous, I’m sorry to say. When other people point out how high the pricing is at a lot of black owned businesses, people love using stereotypical deflecting and shaming tactics, like “You people complain about these prices, but love buying iPhones and Jordans” or “Black people need to stop being so cheap!”, instead of acknowledging and admitting that the prices are a problem and we need to get together and find a solution for it.

If we don’t admit that the prices are a problem, nothing is going to get done about it. The first step in solving a problem is acknowledging and admitting that there is one.

I know the businesses in this society are built on a supply and demand basis, so I know a lot of black business prices are high not because they want them to be, but because the demand for their products and services aren’t as high as it is at other places, being that it is a smaller business. So, since the demand is lower, the prices are higher. The only way we can fix this is if more of us start supporting them, but I know it’s hard for many people to shop at a store where the prices are out of reach to them.

People want to complain about how black people would rather shop at the Walmarts and Targets of the world than black owned businesses, but what they always conveniently fail to tell you is that at Walmart and Target, you can pretty much get anything you want at a good price there. Unfortunately, we can’t do that with many black businesses. People go where they can stretch their dollars and get the most things for their budget.

The next reason I have is location or availability. In many neighborhoods across America, black businesses are few and far in between. Many people have to go a little (or a lot) out of their way to get to a black business. Sadly enough, other races of people have more businesses in our neighborhoods than we do. So, people go to the businesses that are closest to them, where they don’t have to walk or drive too far out of their way.

In my opinion, a lot of black businesses are unfortunately inconvenient to many black people. In order for more black people to support other black businesses, I think we have to have our businesses give the convenience (if not MORE convenience) that other businesses give.

I don’t believe black people shop at every other store because they don’t want to support their own people, like I’ve heard some people say. I believe they shop at every other store because every other store is more convenient for them.

Many of us love repeating that statistic about how long a dollar circulates and changes hands in other communities compared to ours, but we always tiptoe around why that is.

I think on this subject we do way too much dancing around the pink elephant in the room. And that pink elephant is that we are VERY FAR behind other races when it comes to business. The only way we’re going to catch up is if more of us start realizing how important it is that we need businesses and need to create and control our own resources.

There’s no reason for every other race of people to have more businesses in our neighborhoods than we do, especially since it’s not like that in their neighborhoods. We don’t own a bunch of businesses in their neighborhoods. They own their own. It’s been way past due for us to do the same.

There’s a video I stumbled across by a YouTuber named Chrissie, who has a video speaking about why black people don’t shop at black owned businesses, which I have included in this post, and she said pretty much the same thing I’m saying now, but one interesting thing she said that I didn’t think about is that a lot of times, we resent products and services that are made specifically for us.

We hate when other races of people don’t include us in their ads or whatever, but when it’s something created just for us, we hate that it doesn’t include others. We think it’s racist. We’re so stuck on inclusivity, including everybody else into whatever we have, that a lot of us are not ready to accept a business that caters strictly to us.

That’s one thing we have to get out of as well. I don’t think we fully understand that people are supposed to cater to their own people. When they make a product or service, they’re usually not making it to cater to other people, even though they don’t discriminate against who can buy the product. That’s what we need to start realizing. We need to start realizing that nobody is supposed to build and cater to us BUT US!

Male Rape

Have you seen the movie, Friday After Next? Do you know of the scene where Damon (Terry Crews) tried to rape Money Mike (Katt Williams) in the bathroom while there was a huge party going on? How about Tyler Perry’s movie, I Can Do Bad All By Myself? Do you know of the scene where the (married) man April (Taraji P. Henson) was with in the movie tried to rape her niece in the kitchen in the middle of the night?

What was the difference between these two movie scenes? I’ll tell you. One was funny and the other was serious. To be more specific, the one with the man about to be raped was made to be funny. The one with a young female was made to be serious. If you really think about it, lots of movies are like this. If a man is attempted to be raped or sexually harrassed, it’s usually always funny. Rarely, if ever, is it portrayed as funny if a woman is attempted to be raped or sexually harrassed in a movie or TV show.

It’s pretty disturbing thinking about exactly how many movies and TV shows I have seen over the years, not realizing what they were making a joke out of.

I don’t mean to ruin these movies and TV shows for you guys because I know that’s what a lot of people will tell me in response to this. I know a lot of people enjoy these movies, but I’m just calling it how I see it.

Then, of course, there’s the “don’t drop the soap” joke about male rape in prisons. The fact that this is a joke is proof that lots of people are full aware of men getting raped in jails/prisons, but very little is being done about it and no one takes it seriously.

Why does Hollywood do this? Why does Hollywood make it funny when a man is being raped or sexually harrassed? Please, everyone. Be very mindful of what you watch on television! A lot of it is extremely toxic! It’s brainwashing! This is just one example. I will be pointing out so many more examples of toxic things being promoted in media on my blog in a lot of posts later to come.

This is one huge reason why so many people don’t take male rape seriously. If the media portrays it as a funny thing, then that’s what people are going to see and think of it as. I remember a conversation in high school where one of the boys said, “If a woman rapes you and you’re man, you’re gay”. There was another one I remember where we were doing an assignment on making a biography about ourselves. One of the boys told a story about how he was only a teenager and he had already been shot, stabbed, and raped, and one of the other male classmates said he was gay.

If we don’t start taking male rape seriously, young boys and men will continue to be raped and very little will be done about it. Let’s not forget that rape is a very traumatizing experience. And you don’t have to be a rape victim to know this. What is a young boy or man supposed to do if he gets raped or sexually harrassed and people shame him if he tells someone? How can he deal with his pain and trauma?

A lot of times, as a society, we really don’t know what we’re doing, what we’re laughing at, or how things affect us. We just engage in it because we think it’s cool. We really need to be mindful of this stuff. This type of stuff is killing and destroying so many people. We have to stop and change this immediately.

My heart deeply goes out to all the boys and men who get raped and sexually harrassed by other men or women, but are shamed into not saying anything. The only way we can change this is that we as a society need to wake up and realize that it’s wrong and start doing something about it.

This news article completely proves my point.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-40801782

Amanda Seales: You’re Losing

(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

“If you’re working a side hustle to support your dream hustle, YOU’RE WINNING.”

“If you’re broadening your mind, even just one book at a time, YOU’RE WINNING.”

“If you’ve realized everything you need for you is within you, YOU’RE WINNING.”

“If you’re buying Jordans and Nike Suits but you DON’T KNOW YOUR CREDIT SCORE, YOU’RE LOSING.”

“If you’re buying Jordans and Nike Suits but you DON’T HAVE A CREDIT CARD, YOU’RE LOSING.”

“If you’re buying Jordans and Nike Suits but you don’t have a PASSPORT, YOU’RE LOSING.”

“If you’re buying Jordans and Nike Suits but you’re sleeping on an air mattress, YOU’RE LOSING.”

I woke up to Amanda Seales trending on Twitter a few days ago. I clicked on her name to see what the fuss was about. Apparently, people were upset because of some tweets she made (referenced above).

People accused her of “judging” poor people. Trying to make it about because she grew up on television, she shouldn’t be able to tell people how to live. (*eye roll*) I’m not so sure why people were so offended. I thought what she was saying was spot on. I think the only reason people were offended was either because of poor comprehension or because they’re guilty of what she’s talking about and it struck a nerve.

I don’t even see where people could’ve gotten that she was talking down about poor people out of those tweets. It kind of disgusted me seeing all the people she had to explain her tweets to. It’s sad that people’s reading, comprehension, and understanding skills are that bad! What’s even sadder is I’m sure a lot of these people are full grown adults!

If you’re buying things like “Jordans and Nike suits” like she said, but you can’t afford to buy a proper mattress, travel, know your credit score, or whatever else is more important to put your money towards to advance yourself, your priorities are screwed up, you have poor money handling habits, and you’re LOSING!

That’s what’s wrong with a lot of us in our society today. We put our money into the wrong things and wonder why we’re not advancing or making much progress. Some of us spend more money on designer clothes than starting a business or side hustle for ourselves. Some of us spend more money on a fancy car, but live in a shack for a home or a horrible neighborhood.

If you can afford to buy “Jordans and Nike suits”, more power to you. If you have money, but don’t want any interest in traveling, that’s okay. But if you can’t afford to buy or invest your money in something important, but you can buy that type of stuff, something isn’t right.

She said something else in another tweet:

“It’s funny how when Jay-Z said all of this ya’ll kneeled at the alter but when I say it it’s (insert hurt feelings & fuckshit here) LOL”

This is spot on, too. So many people are always so quick to side with, praise, and agree when someone like Jay-Z is saying this stuff. But if someone like Amanda Seales says it, people have to find a fault in it. That makes ZERO sense.

Although many people agreed with the things Jay-Z was saying about prosperity over the years and on his album, 4:44 (probably some of the same people who are so offended by Amanda Seales’ tweets), there were some people who treated him just like they’re doing her. I just don’t understand it. I guess people just don’t like being told that they need to do better.

We have to do better with our money in this world. We have to do better for ourselves. Let’s stop being so quick to say somebody’s “judging” you, when in reality, they’re actually telling you advice that can really help you. Where does all this offensiveness about whatever someone says come from, exactly, anyway?

I Don’t Like Being Awake Pt. 2

I love this song by Katy Perry, “Chained To The Rhythm”. I think it explains what’s going on in our society today very vividly. But, I kind of hate it because the song is a very important message and there are people still thinking this song is about fun and paryting and shaming others who are telling them what the song is irrefutably about.

I think people just don’t want to accept the message. There’s no way the message of this song can get miscontrued. You have to just not be listening at all in order to miss the point of this song. It’s straightforward through and through and there are no riddles and metaphors like a lot of other things out here that try to tell people the truth, but tell it in a way that you have to think about it for a while to figure it out.

But anyway, I shared the video because I felt like the video described my feelings about being awake perfectly.

In the beginning of the video, when Katy Perry first walked into the amusement park (fittingly) called “Oblivia”, she’s very happy. That’s what it feels like when you’re living in “Oblivion”. It’s a lot of fun and she’s enjoying everything. So is everyone else. Nothing seems wrong. She doesn’t see any of the chaos that’s going on around her.

Later, she goes into the movie theater. For some reason, she takes off her 3D glasses. She sees Skip Marley walking up to her from out of the screen. She reaches out to him and smiles. I interpret this as him telling her what’s really going on. Once that happens, she suddenly “wakes up”.

Then, she turns around, looking as if she’s frantically trying to tell everyone what’s really going on and everything she just learned and realized, but nobody’s listening and they continue to dance around like nothing’s going on. This is what I feel like when myself, and many others, try to tell the truth and people either don’t listen or deny it.

Afterwards, she gets inside the wheel. She moves for a moment, then stops. Looking as if she’s defeated. This looks like she finally sees what is happening, but probably feels she can’t do much about it to change it. That also kind of looks like she wants to enjoy “Oblivia” again, but can’t because she knows what it really is now. She now knows it’s not real. It’s all FAKE. It’s all a LIE.

Then, there’s the end. Where the camera zooms in on her face and it looks like she has a sad, shocked look in her eyes. Like I said, once you wake up from “Oblivion” and see everything that’s going on, you can never go back. You will feel disturbed and disgusted. Nothing will ever feel the same again.

I Don’t Like Being Awake

Just in case if there’s someone who doesn’t know, what I mean about being “awake” has to do with being consciously aware of a lot of the things going on in our society and throughout the world. Not literally awake, like waking up from a good night’s sleep.

And I must admit that I kind of hate being awake. Knowing the things that I know is a blessing and a curse. I’ve come to being awake to a lot of things just within the past year simply by thinking and having shocking revelations that are just irrefutable. My thoughts connected me to things that were right in front of me the whole time. A lot of the things I’ve come to realize is even more important for the masses of black people than anyone else because it effects us more.

It’s a blessing because if I can show and teach people the truth, it will change our society for the better forever. But I hate being awake and it’s a curse because I know the information I have come to realize, which I will be sharing some of it throughout this blog at later times (because it’s too much to talk about in just one post), needs to be seriously heeded by the masses of our society. But I know much of my messages will just fall on deaf ears. Many people will just get offended and argue about the truth that’s right in front of them instead of thinking and reading about it themselves.

The people who are part of the conscious community might not like me saying this, but sometimes, I miss living in what I like to call “Oblivion”, the place in your mind where you are oblivious to everything around you. I miss being “asleep”. Because now that I’m awake, I can’t enjoy the things I used to enjoy anymore. I can’t enjoy the radio. The Internet. Television. Shopping. The foods that I eat. Certain people. Anything. Because I can see right through the B.S. of it all and it makes me sad and angry. The things I have come to know and see about our society is quite disturbing. I just don’t know what to do with myself now. And I know that in order for all this stuff to change, the masses of our society has to wake up, too. Changing this society won’t work with just a few people awake. But sadly, most of them won’t.

And they won’t because I know that once they do, they will realize that they have to give up and change everything they love. They will realize how long they’ve wasted their lives believing lies made up by the people who run our society and living in “Oblivion”. They will also realize exactly how much work that needs to be done to change it and if enough people aren’t awake, just thinking about doing the necessary things that needs to be done to change things will feel like too much.

Once they wake up, many of them will feel like me. Missing “Oblivion”. Missing enjoying the things they used to love, but can’t because they will see a lot of those things are lies and only used to keep us dumbed down. Once you wake up, you can never go back to sleep. Once you wake up, you can never go back to “Oblivion”. Nothing will ever look or feel the same again.

The worst thing about being “awake” is knowing the truth, telling the truth, but everyone else just denies or ignores it. Trying to wake people up is exhausting and discouraging when you’re talking to a bunch of people that just don’t want to.

It’s really sad being awake and seeing exactly how many people are still asleep and no matter what you do or say, you just can’t wake them up. Sometimes, I feel like a person who’s trying to save a bunch of people from a burning house, but the people are just sitting there like they don’t notice the fire.

I’m starting to think I’m not the only one who feels like this when it comes to being awake. I think this is where the phrase “Ignorance is bliss” comes from. When you’re ignorant, everything around you seems fine and okay and you’re happy. But once you learn and see the truth in things for what they are, that fake happy world immediately disappears.

Although it can be discouraging at times, I’m going to try my hardest to never give in to ignorance. I’m going to do whatever I can to make the changes I need to make to adjust to being awake and I’m going to do whatever I can to share as much information as possible to wake up anyone who wants and needs to be.

Keep An Eye Out Whenever You Hear Rumors About The World Ending

A few years ago, my brother told me something interesting. He said, “Whenever the media says the world is going to end, it really means something huge is going to happen where mass amounts of people get killed.” It actually made sense. I can connect a few instances.

In 2012, the media was saying the world was going to end because the Mayan calendar supposedly ended on December 21, 2012. The world didn’t actually end on that date, but very close to that date, the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School happened. The shooting happened on December 14, 2012. Adam Lanza shot into the school, killing 20 children and six adults.

Back in 2000, there was the huge rumor of the world ending for a very long time on January 1. Nothing happened, but on September 11, 2001, over a year later, the 9/11 terrorist attacks happened. It was reported that al-Qaeda, an Islamic terrorist group, carried out the attacks on the twin towers where nearly 3,000 people were killed and over 6,000 people were injured.

As a matter of fact, there are lots of sources on the Internet that claim that the 9/11 attacks were hinted at years, even decades, before it happened in music and TV shows.

And now, the media and Internet conspiracy theory community was reporting something big happening on September 23, 2017. Nothing happened. But now, we hear about the shooting in Vegas on October 1, 2017, where it was reported that Stephen Paddock committed what is called the “biggest mass shooting in modern history”. Nearly 60 people were killed and nearly 500 people were injured.

I’m thinking the next time the media hypes up a date where the world is going to end, keep your eyes on the news in the next coming weeks or so because we know these doomsday predictions are never correct. But not very far away from the dates that are predicted, something big usually happens, where lots of people get killed or hurt.

I’m not saying these doomsday predictions happen right before every mass calamity event that has happened throughout history because it doesn’t happen for every single one. Sometimes, these mass calamity events can just happen out of nowhere without a warning. But it happens for quite a few of them.

If this really is happening, that doomsday predictions are just a hint at some major cataclysmic event, does that mean a lot of these events are orchestrated or staged ahead of time? If so, for what reason(s)?