BEING THE OPPOSITION: HOW YOU BECOME THE VERY PEOPLE YOU FIGHT AGAINST

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“Becoming what you fight against most often tends to be the outcome.”


I am only 29 years old, yet in my lifetime I have seen so many agendas pushed in our society regarding human rights. Yet when these groups get what it is they want, what do they become? They at times become the very people they fight against. Meaning if you are fighting for women’s rights in this country, now there is power behind the movement. And with the power comes individuals staging a protest over every comment made about women. Now you’re dipping into your popularity. And once this happens, you become the same as the people you once fought against. But why do we do it? Why is it so easy to become the people you fight against?

Well, for starters, it’s easy to become the people you fight against because you are fighting to be equal  initially. Yet, what human really want to be equal to the next person. This isn’t a Communist country, we fight against that, so what do we really want? We want to actually receive equal treatment under the law. So if I get Image result for rebelcharged with a crime and I am a man, women don’t want to expect to receive a more harsh punishment. But is that even remotely real as it pertains to us as human beings. See, I like observing us in our natural state. And in our natural state, the moments when we are unaware of our behavior, we act a way not conducive with our conscious selves.

Meaning, when we don’t feel like anyone is watching us, we act as if we are better than those not on our level. Then when we are asked a series of questions pertaining to our sentiment, we become aware. And then it does not align itself with who we really are in society. So in all, the fight against the people who we once felt were in our way of whatever it is we want is real, yet the fight takes on different forms. When we don’t think anyone is watching, we start to, as I say before, dip into our popularity. We hold success over the heads of the people we once fought, and now they are under our control. Do we treat them fair and equal? No, we become what they once were, and now the cycle starts over. Only this time the oppressors are a new generation of oppressed, by the very people their parents or grandparents oppressed.

Why do we operate this way? Is it something about us as a human species where we can’t help ourselves. In my opinion, humanity did not evolve to reign over each other. We built societies where there needed to be control over the populace. Because humans in our most natural state is on par with other creatures of the planet. So we have to design social norms to live by. Yet the norms we create have always been challenged by way of movements from people the construct hurt the most. And in the end, with each movement starting up, and attaining rights; this new power structure will be fought against by future generations. For the simple fact that once the group has their rights, now what? Do the people who once fought vanish; no. They just take on a new form, and a new movement arises from which these previous fighters once came.


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THE LOUD MINORITY: WHY SO FEW CARRY SO MUCH WEIGHT

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“They are the smallest, yet scream the loudest.”


They scream the loudest, get the most frustrated, and always willing to protest the quickest. They are the loud minority in America, and they are growing. They can get your job taken from you, and force you to apologize for statements you make that they don’t like. But is this reality a bit of a distraction because notice I said loud minority. Now don’t get me wrong, the majority does not always rule. There are plenty of instances in history where the majority got it wrong. But this is not like those time periods when people didn’t have any rights. We’re talking in today’s society where people are reaching for anything they can grab.

Whether it’s a comment that a politician has made, or even a celebrity. We have become a society where we love to see each other get into trouble. But like I said before, are we, or is the loud minority at it again. Because as I walk the streets of New York City, I don’t see it. I don’t see a lot of the anger that you see pushed on social media and television. People go about their daily lives, not paying much attention to what is being said out in the world. And that group is known as the silent majority. The group that does care about a lot of the agendas pushed in the world.

The silent majority just want to go to work and make it home to their families without problems. But should the silent always remain silent? Should the silent start to speak up against a lot of the stuff being pushed throughout our society. For example, every kid gets a trophy in sports is not something that the silent group started. It’s something that a chosen few started and it was so loud, the organizations that run these youth sports buckled. And now every kid gets a trophy, and on top of it all, no keeping score. Now, the majority of parents show up today asking why they don’t keep score. But all they get in response is, “That’s just the way it is now.”

But the loud group have also poked their heads into academics as well. Now in school, kids can’t be given failing grades in some schools. And there even cases where if the kid gets a bad grade, they can retake the test or homework assignment more than once. Then, they can take the higher of the three or four scores. Now how is that anything close to reality!!!! It only sets up young people for failure. Because you have to learn to take your lumps when you’re young so can walk through life. It creates this false sense of entitlement when you’re given everything for nothing. Because that’s not how the real world operates.

And, in the end, that is why the silent majority must speak out. Because that false sense of entitlement is making children believe that their 50% or 60%, is the next person’s 100%. We should stop allowing the language policing. We should fight against the snooping in everyone else’s business. If nothing is done, the loud group will take it to a point of no going back if something is not done now. Then, people as a whole will complain, but by then it will be far too late.


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THE POWER OF BROKE: EXERCISING YOUR ABILITY TO FIND OPPORTUNITY WHERE OTHERS CAN’T

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“Making yourself appear to have it, without really spending it.”


The above photo is of clothing co-founder Daymond Jones of the company FUBU and now co-host on ABC’s Shark Tank. He recently wrote a book entitled, “The Power of Broke.” The book opens people up to opportunities of making a living without having to believe they needed to be born into wealth. In reality, Jones himself was not born into wealth. He and a close group of friend built their business from scratch selling hats. The hats weren’t that great initially, but they kept on going. Eventually, FUBU became a major clothing brand. The brand was making at it’s height $300 million plus globally. The brand today is not what it was during that time period, yet Daymond has gone off to broker major business deals.

Now, what can the average person do, to build themselves, and practice their own power of broke? One way that the average Joe can exercise the power of broke is to cut back on spending more money, by purchasing products just as nice, but at a lower cost. One decision I make is buying shoes on Amazon from small retail stores on the internet. They are in the range of $30 – $50 per pair. I would usually go to the mall and purchase sneakers for $100 – $150 a pair. I have even bought clothing on the internet that is cheaper than buying in the store. I take my money that I would use for buying more and put it toward my goals. What else could this work in your life?

Another way of practicing the power of broke besides cutting back on the purchases you make, is to realize the opportunities when others don’t see them. If you do come from a humble background, you are in a very interesting position whether you know it or not. Number one, there is nowhere to go but up. But also, because whatever you do is more than what you started with. So if you only make a few hundred dollars a month, it’s a few more than when you first started. You can’t look at it like, “Oh, that’s nothing.” But a few hundred dollars extra could pay for a utility or some other payment for the household.

The last power that Daymond talked about was the idea of getting a mentor. Which is tough for a lot of people because it requires reaching out asking for the help. No one wants to reach out for help and get rejected. So a lot of times we try to build by ourselves, when in reality no one has built any form of success alone. Having someone to guide you along is very crucial in your success. You see, in the end, it’s hard to exercise the power of broke because we want to keep up with others or not be looked at a certain way by others. Yet, part of power is not caring what others have to say. And once you are able to let go of that fear, then you’ll become better off as well.


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Bullying: Sorry Kids It Doesn’t Stop At Childhood

The topic of school bullying has been a subject of debate over the recent years. But it’s not your conventional that has taken hold in society. Cyber bullying is now added to the list of bullying categories. That’s right, now children are resorting to attacks via social media as a way to further ostracize and embarrass their fellow schoolmates. For the longest bullying has been a bigger stronger kid takes your lunch money and/or chases you home from school. Now kids are creating Facebook groups and posting Instagram photos of their schoolmate in compromising positions. Because it’s not enough for kids at school to see, now the world has to know.

You would think I would write about the negative impact this has on a child’s life. But I have chosen to write about the fact that it doesn’t stop after you leave school. The bullying doesn’t stop there, it continues into adulthood. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not bullying like loosing your lunch money or getting beat up, but people screw with you on more of a business level. Let’s take a look at celebrities for a moment.

A woman like Hollywood actress Leslie Jones faced such harsh criticism for her role in the new Ghostbusters film. What’s crazy is that people ganged up on her, but they would never attack a major boss at a studio. People attack those they feel they can touch.  We go after the athlete of entertainer because it’s an easy attack. We know we’re powerless to effect change at a much higher level. So in this regard it becomes easy to attack the face, rather than the boss. It’s easy to tell the public figure apologize, but not the guy higher up. That’s because it’s a bully mentality; only bullies go after people they feel they can touch, never anyone bigger.

Then that means bullying exist in other realms of society, like the workplace. The workplace has a high school sort of feel where everyone has their nuclear group. These individuals clique together, and disassociate from those not in their inner circle. They’ll at times get together in their group and gossip about those not in the group. Yet they utter words they’ll never say to the person’s face. But for some reason people feel since it’s impersonal and indirect it’s ok. But since we’re on the topic of work, why not upper levels of the workplace. That’s right, in the workplace, sometimes it’s not your coworkers, but rather the boss who screws with you on a more business level. For example, I was once asked on a job what process was I comfortable using. I wasn’t choosing a comfortable process, but one that was told to me. But confronting the matter could have gotten me written up. So you have to deal with the fact that your employer tries to make you feel incompetent.

Well let’s go a little bit deeper, how about relationships. Is their bullying in a relationship; of course there is? In relationships, your job is not to tell someone what they better do or don’t do, rather what you don’t go for in the situation. But for some reason men and women are dealing with someone controlling them; what they wear, what they eat, and when they leave the house. Yet since it comes from a loved one, we don’t perceive it to be controlling. When in actuality, they would never go attack someone seen as stronger.

So as you can see, bullying is not only in school, but other facets of life as well. We try to dismiss these occurrences, but they effect you more than school because it lasts longer. School is a small part of your life, but work, relationships; these are much greater in life. So I am not saying allow school bullying, all I’m saying is teach kids that these people will come bac full circle. And once you become an adult your life will encompass dealing with them. Maybe not fighting and having valuables taken from you, but more personal and business matters.