Truth

If you hear it enough, it must be true…

“Try this experiment.

Ring up your credit card company at the end of this month. Tell them that you and your spouse can’t seem to reach an agreement about how to allocate your monthly budget.

So in the meantime, you have been forced to shutdown your household… but you hope to be back on track in a few weeks.

Chances are, they won’t take you seriously. Yet for some reason, this has been dismissed as commonplace and benign in the Land of the Free.

Here’s a list of quotes we’ve heard from the telescreen talking heads over the last 24-hours:

“We’re still the richest most powerful nation in the world.” 

“It doesn’t matter, the bond market is going up.”

“The United States will never default.”

The hubris and arrogance here is amazing. And it just goes to show that if you just repeat something over and over again, people will believe it… no matter how absurd. [the bold is my addition]

This is the basic premise behind propaganda. Start with an idea. Inundate the population through constant repetition. And soon it becomes the unquestionable truth.” – taken from The Sovereign Man

“… if you just repeat something over and over again, people will believe it… no matter how absurd.

For many of us since we were little, we have heard that if we work hard, learn all we can and apply what we have learned that we will be successful which will bring us happiness.  In fact, I receive emails daily from marketers saying that they just made a gazillion dollars and if I just follow their proven success model, I will have a gazillion dollars as well.

Many of the top gurus on the guru circuit tell us to just believe in ourselves and anything is possible.  It was John Locke in the 1600’s who was first credited with this notion [although perhaps over the centuries his meaning took on a life of its own to become other than what he may have intended] when he stated that  the mind was a blank slate [BS].  In 1926 Edward Bernays wrote the book “Propaganda” which added to the notion that we can have [perhaps must have] whatever we desire if we just “do it”.

So, by hearing it over and over since birth that I can and do deserve to have anything and everything that I want, it must be true, right?

Then in 2012 Mike R. Jay released his newest book @F-L-O-W: Find, Design, Use TALENT to Emerge Happiness & Success in a Postmodern World which presented another lens at which to view one’s world and suggested that what Locke and Bernays believed was not necessarily true for everyone.

To look at some comparisons between @BS and @F-L-O-W, visit http://livingatflow.com

Life at FLOW

The key @F-L-O-W

How do we ever come up with standards and practices for living at FLOW?

A very important point:

While we seek BS [Blank Slate] at our 1-5%, it works for us and is not BS, UNTIL we project that as a generalized solution.

That’s an important distinction to continue to make.

The key @F-L-O-W, IMHO, is to improve/enhance/enable (your choice of wording) happiness, and through happiness stop driving consumption.  Although with that being said, except for the 1-5% where consumption makes them happy.

What I spent a decade trying to unravel for myself is a lifestyle that could be part of the solution and less a part of the problem, at least for the idea of “limits to growth” which means until we allow technology to help us, to decelerate consumption/activity, and even in some cases, complexity for the masses, who do a really bad job of fractionalizing it and creating many more problems than they solve (emergenics).

So, for me…

Continuing to drive happiness rather than success is an appropriate substitute.

Something that I am starting to understand ties back into the “transmutation” of sexual desire.

I know this might seem an unlikely place, and an unlikely topic, but I want to try to relate something here, based on a little known or understood idea in Napoleon Hill’s book Think and Grow Rich.

Hill indicated that achievement is enhanced when the sexual desire is transmuted, but what I am beginning to notice is that the same idea around transmutation may drive us to achievement and success, so the puritanical approach to sex, especially for me, may actually be inciting a good deal of the achievement angst and drive for success because frankly… men are not getting enough sex… ugh.

I know for women at least as I see it from my dim male view, don’t walk around all day thinking much about it, as intimacy can be emerged from many different vectors, which are not sex.

But it could be, that my original idea to substitute happiness for success to decelerate consumption, may have something to do with this whole issue of sexual energy and its transmutation.

I have not had time to delve deeply into Propaganda by Bernays, only reading a few chapters but I can’t help but think that sense BS is so involved in deep substitution of sexual stereotypes with subtle images and shapes… that there is something here.

Traveling around the world, I have noticed a lot of differences in sexual practices and what seems to be a relationship to consumption and more and more I’m wondering if my switching happiness and success might have some relationship to this transmutation of doing nothing after sex… but in lieu of sex, activity increases — more than likely subconsciously to get at something that is not occurring sufficiently.

With a focus on rational man, we should discipline ourselves but all we do is probably regress these desires from conscious to subconscious making a perfect substrate for mindless consumption because we are never going to consume that which is the ultimate aim.

Just some ideas I have been wanting to broach, not sure if the list can handle this, or not, but that hasn’t stopped me before, or so it seems!

Mike
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Coming to a Town Near You

[NOTE: Almost every day Mike Jay posts to his Inner-circle ideas and information he has gleaned from his vast readings and his unique ability to spot patterns.  Below is one of the posts he mad to his Inner-circle today.  From time-to-time I will post more articles Mike has written so you too may glean some knowledge from him.  It is important to your well-being to at least consider what Mike says because he has been right much more often than not and in order to protect you and your family from what may be coming your way, it is at least good to have a chance to be better prepared.]

This is coming, if not already here, to a town near you (if you live in the west!)

“As consumption drops, consumption dropping accelerates…the reason the FED is pumping money into the system is to do what it can to avoid consumption decelerating faster… What has been happening is humiliating.  If I fail, and businesses like mine fail, then everything else fails. We are going through a financial war, which is burying us. Will there be any survivors?”

These are the comments of the Tedeschi family, owners of a small Italian woodworking business, in an interview with The New York Times.  Italian businesses are failing at a rate of 1,000 per day.  The Tedeschi’s business is barely hanging on, and had to lay off half its workforce since 2011. The backbone of Italy’s economy — small manufacturers — is weakening at an alarming rate.

Italian stocks, well off their old highs, may look cheap — but they operate in an economy that’s destroying shareholder value. “Throw all the bums out!” was the message from the Italian elections.  Investors must not ignore the political upheaval under way in Italy, for it will shake the foundation of the euro system.

Don’t think for ONE MINUTE that this is not going to affect you, shift your design now, look at how falling consumption can affect your situation now, near and far.

AMERICA is 90% service economy or more, which means we sell stuff to each other…IF WE STOP BUYING, and we are, trust me on this, we are slowing discretionary consumption–we all are in trouble BIG TIME.

JUST A 5% drop in consumption (which btw is now being manufactured by sequestration-type issues) will CRATER the system!

WATCH EUROPE, as this become more widespread, as we start to see drops in GDP around the world due to austerity/deconsumption…you will start to see more and more issues described in the quote…NOT EVERYONE can retire, and when they do, IF THEY DO, the drop in consumption will accelerate in the WEST, taking the EAST with it…  My guess is that we are a decade away from the EAST providing enough income potential where incomes in the WEST can be affected…and it’s all about income….

EVEN with an ENERGY MIRACLE, which is in doubt…we STILL are going to suffer a paradigm shift of a magnitude which has never been seen…and truly what is the greatest fear (mine as well), is deflation and the devastation it can do to your life.

mike

PS: Be sure to watch our video, Life @F-L-O-W, to see how your life may change by understanding that Less is More.