Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Nostalgia



An honest psychologist might say that "nostalgia" is a form of mental illness.

Looking back at the "good 'ol days" offers little profit.

Seems that everyone has selective memory when it comes to the "good 'ol days" - remembering only those things that are pleasant and/or flattering to one's particular worldview.

 Sometimes we just get stuck in nostalgia, causing severe impairment of necessary critical thought.

Victims of racism cannot afford this luxury.

I imagine that every generation of "free born" black persons looks back at the previous generation as the good ol' days.

I think this is a mistake...there were no good 'ol days...they are a figment of the imagination.

Follow me.

Being a 70's child, I was told that the golden-era was the 60's.

Huh?

Dare I list the number of known tragedies meted out directly against black and other non-white people in the late 50s and through the 60's?

Church bombings....and more church bombings...Martin...Malcolm...Vietnam...???

As noted, the 50's were not any better than the 60's, no more than the 40's were better than the 50's.

In some extreme cases, we even become nostalgic about times and places that we've never even personally experienced.

At some point there has to be the realization that we very often imagine/wished/hoped/dreamed things to better than they truly were in the "good 'ol days."

I'm trying to prevent myself from catching the nostalgia bug...because its paralyzing..

(to be continued)



Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Logic and Spirit


"There is no necessary contradiction between being a rational and logical thinker and being spiritual. It's not either/or. You're not in a situation where if you're spiritual you can't think or reason. In fact, a truly spiritual person is a clear thinker, an enlightened person, a knowledgeable person..."
- Dr. Amos Wilson

Monday, October 28, 2013

Quotable

The funny thing about quotes is that as time passes it becomes near impossible to find its original author regardless, the following quote is great:

"The mind, once expanded to the dimensions of bigger ideas, never returns to its original size." 

Other variations:

“The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.”

 "Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions."

“The mind that opens to a new idea never returns to its original size.”

 
– some sources attribute it to Oliver Wendell Holmes...or Albert Einstein...or Ralph Emerson

Sunday, October 27, 2013

A Code

I think that some groups of people intuitively understand the idea of having a code. Within these groups, the idea of a code comes almost naturally...instinctively? Meaning, it doesn't take a lot of "reminding" them to abide by the code in their day-to-day interactions with one another and other people. I admit that I could be totally misguided in my thinking this but, in my observations of people, it does appear this way. I think it is a code that "unites" the people of say a "Chinatown" within a large US city. Is this a written code? I don't know....I can only ponder. I only use the example of "Chinatown" out of expediency here..as there are many other examples.  But interestingly, really - amazingly,  the most visible and powerful  example of "code followers" are hidden in plain sight.