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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Moon River by C. JoyBell C.

I thought it was time you hear my voice! Enjoy my very own rendition of Moon River as sung by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's. :-)

The story: I was singing this song the whole day, when I decided to pick up my mobile phone (Alcatel oneTouch) and record my voice. I've never recorded my voice before and I was shocked that it actually sounded not-so-bad! I've received much positive feedback from people who have listened and it makes me very happy because I'm pleased to share my voice with you after many years of sharing my writing! Now you know I'm a real person! Hahha! :-D

Enjoy my song!


Friday, August 15, 2014

Something's Coming!

         Hey, wonderfuls! Today I just wanted to give you all a heads-up on my upcoming book! It's entitled Raising Nobility: A Magickal Take on Parenting. This book is a result of being encouraged by many people to put up my own school for children, according to them, they would love to enroll their children in said school where I would make sure that philosophy and divine arts are taught. Well, seeing as I can't put up such a school (at least not yet), I believe the next best thing is to produce a book on raising children into a noble race. The idea is more on raising a new, noble race amongst mankind, rather than just raising a child to be a good person when they grow up. They say that parenting should come with a manual and there are in in fact many manuals out there just for that! My book though, leans more towards raising a new race and in order to do that, I actually focus on molding the adult reader of the book because I believe that the only way to raise a noble generation of children is by molding a noble generation of parents! Really, there is no such thing as transforming and guiding a child if you yourself are the one who needs the transformation and guidance! Transform yourself first and be guided first, in order for you to be able to do the same for your child/children. That is what I aim to do in my upcoming book. And that is why I strongly believe that this book is for all people, regardless of them being parents or not. Even if you don't plan on ever having children, you can still parent yourself and become your own hero with the aide of my book. It's not going to be a very thick book, but experience has taught me that many of the best books having the greatest of influences upon me have been the books that are very short and it is in keeping with this tradition that I don't necessarily have to make sure that all of my books are a mile thick. In my book we will dig through topics ranging from social media to romantic feelings, to character development and avoiding deception. Of course, there are many more topics but that is just to give you an idea of the range and the reach, which is quite vast. I approach all of this from my own perspective, from a magickal perspective. And when I say "magickal" I don't mean "woo-woo" magickal but I mean hermetical!
         In keeping with the style of all my writings, this book can be considered to be esoteric in nature. Please check out the definition of esoteric here and the etymology of the word here. Right now, I am still finalizing things, polishing my manuscript, deciding upon a book cover, so on and so forth. You can expect to have my book available for purchase in probably a month or so. Maybe less, we'll see! I will keep you posted! And remember to "like" my Facebook Page, where you can receive fresh new updates from me in your FB newsfeed (which is fun!) Have a wonderful day, wonderfuls, and I hope that Raising Nobility is something that you will be looking forward to!

C. Bells

Monday, August 4, 2014

Your Inner Silence

         The word "genocide" is being thrown around on social media like crazy these days. So I thought, why don't we examine the meaning of the word? So let's go ahead and do just that. Well first of all, this word was first used in reference to Nazi extermination of the Jews, which we now all refer to as "holocaust." The word "genocide" was invented to describe what happened to the Jews; the Jews gave definition to this word. It quite literally means, "killing a tribe" for the simple reason that they belong to that certain tribe. To read more in-depth on the etymology of the word, please click here. So now that that's very clear, let's move on to think about the genocides that have taken place in our history. Putting the holocaust aside, since that is, like, the original atrocity; the very first genocide I think about when the word comes up is the genocide of the Georgians . I first learned all about this through self-study, back when I was about ten years old. In one of my childhood homes, we had an enormous armoire full of National Geographic magazines, which I would spend hours and hours and hours scouring through! I learned so much from those lengthy, seemingly unending hours of reading National Geographic when I was a child and on into my pre-teen years, as well. So that's how I first learned about the Georgian "ethnic cleansing." To read up on a list of ten horrific genocides that took place in history, please click here. And please do click on all of the links provided above before proceeding to read the rest of my article.
         The world and its celebrities may possibly be responsible for another genocide in the most original sense of the word. I have a question for the world and its celebrities, it goes like this, if you are so pro-humanity and so pro-women and children, then why are not you enraged and raising hell over the genocide that is taking place right now in Syria and Iraq? Because in Syria today, there are already over 170, 000 people murdered. There are babies being murdered in the most gruesome ways imaginable. And why? Well they are being murdered because they are Christians, Zoroastrians or homosexuals. And women are being "circumcised" because apparently owning a clit is a sin. That same group of people who call themselves the "Islamic State" are vowing right now to move towards Gaza in support of Hamas, as soon as they can make it there. After all, Hamas and Islamic State are not so much that different, they are both internationally recognized terror groups. And, you know, like any other internationally recognized terror group— they terrorize. How? By murdering innocent people. That's how. The world and its celebrities are responsible for washing out the awareness on the genocide taking place in Syria right now, through painting social media with a single sentiment: hatred towards Israel. And it is because of their impulsive, emotional reactions to what they are seeing in the news, that the massive genocide taking place is being overlooked in favor of Jewish hatred, otherwise known as anti-semitism. It is also the reason why Jews everywhere are now afraid to be Jewish. And we are talking about a tiny country here. A tiny, tiny country with a land area of 22, 770 square km. That's the size of Israel. Smaller than the state of New Jersey in the U.S.A. New Jersey is, of course, only one of the 50 states in the United States of America. Israel is the smallest non-Islamic state in their region of the world, surrounded by huge Islamic states all around her. Though small, she fights strong and hard.
         The world and its celebrities are cock-fighting the people of Israel against the people of Palestine. This is wrong. This war is between the people of Israel and a terrorist organization known as Hamas, a terrorist organization that now has the backing of Iran, Turkey and the Islamic State group, a group that is committing genocide in Syria right now as I write this. Jewish tourists needed to be evacuated from their holiday spots in Maldives because angry mobs were threatening to kick them out! People are screaming "Death to the Jews, Gas to the Jews, Hitler was right" in places like Paris, Berlin and Rome! All because of what is happening right now... wait a minute... since when is it okay to do that? Since when is it okay to incite hatred like that against an entire race of people? And these same people expressing their "opinions" use the term "holocaust" to describe what is taking place, not realizing they are using a word entirely created in reference of the murder of 6 millions Jews and homosexuals, in order to describe a war against a terrorist organization. The holocaust didn't even have anything to do with Muslims; it was about Nazism and Nazis attempting to create "a pure white race"and literally take over the world. People are painting new swastikas over archaic swastikas drawn in the 1930's on old stone walls in Rome! Unbeknownst to them, they are painting the symbol of WHITE PURITY AND SUPREMACY. What does that mean? That means that if you are not of a purely white race (and if you're gay)— you're in for the concentration camps, too! So, HELLO, why are people using this sign in support of Palestine? Are you even of a pure white race, thus giving you the "right" to even touch this sign? Palestinians would be eliminated by Nazism, too!
         Now, let us say that there is no "human shielding" going on in Gaza right now, let's just say that for once in history, an Islamist terror organization suddenly wants to protect innocent lives, okay, let's give it the benefit of the doubt. Even with this benefit of the doubt, since when, in all of history, have there never been civilian casualties during any war between any nation or nation and group of militants? And, civilian accidental casualties aside, since when has the rest of the world been blameless of war crimes? What about the 1968 massacre in Vietnam, committed by U.S. Military?  In fact, here is a list of worldwide war crimes. The way people are acting, you'd think they actually knew history and really want to have peace worldwide! Peace worldwide? Or do people just have selective intelligence usage? Are we witnessing selective use of human intelligence these days? Let's all jump on Israel because in all of the world and in all of history, Israel is committing the most heinous war crimes known to mankind, meanwhile, let's just totally overlook the huge-ass genocide taking place right now in Syria, because we can't possibly cock-fight those people since they're all the same race. It's more fun to cock-fight people of opposing races, right? Where's the fun in paying any attention to a group of people who are killing another group of people that are not much unlike themselves? It's more fun to pit Jews and Muslims against one another, because we already know they hate each other so much! And of course I am using sarcasm to get my point across (in case anyone doesn't realize that.)
         Yes, it is horrific that women and children have died in their war. But it will be more horrific now that Islamic State is on its way over there to help Hamas. Not only has it gotten away with its genocide in Syria, but it can actually cross borders to help like-minded people! Oh how fun! Just another day's work! I wonder what opinion the world and its celebrities will have then. By the way, this is the only war that I know of wherein people think that they get to dictate the outcome of who wins the war, just because they have Twitter! What about Russia and Ukraine? Why isn't anyone raising hell over that? We are all suddenly judges of everyone's wars because we have Facebook and Twitter? Yes, the death of innocents is wrong, may God rest their souls, but the death of innocents is wrong everywhere; not just when it happens because of Israel's bombs! The death of those three Jewish boys, may God rest their souls, was wrong, too. The death of 170,000 in Syria right now just because they are Christians or homosexuals or have clits— is equally wrong! And nobody has the right to make matters worse for an entire race of people, for an entire nation, just because they can tweet something or just because they have "an opinion."
         I have many Muslim readers and I have many Jewish readers and during all my time as an author, I have not been harassed by any Muslims and I have not been harassed by any Jews, thank God. But I have been harassed many times and that has not been harassment from Muslims nor from Jews; but those have been from the same kind of people inciting hatred between these two peoples, today! That has been from all of you other people from all over the world— Americans, British, Australians, so on and so forth— in other words, other kinds of people who aren't Muslim and Jew have harassed me at one time or another during my career as a writer, simply because I said something that didn't make them happy. Entitled people of the world, they were in their minds. I think the same thing is going on today! Something doesn't make people happy— they are running around calling for hatred, or making statements that they cannot take back! Once it is said— oops! No more taking those things back!
         I have a question for the world and its celebrities— do you really care about protecting the lives of women and children, or do you just care about being able to say what you want, when you want? Do you really care about the occurrence of genocide in the world today, or are you more concerned about your freedom of speech and expression? Because there is a huge, huge difference.
         Now I will leave you with a video about the Islamic State I have discussed above, to give you an idea of what kind of support Hamas has, and what kind of people are carrying out "ethnic cleansing" in Syria right now (see embedded link below.) And I will leave you with these words: Remember to step back and listen to your inner silence; always be at one with your inner silence, keeping out the outside noise, because that inner silence will guide you.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Understanding Darkness

Below I present to you my reflections and my theories concerning dark energy and dark matter (a subject of cosmology, physical cosmology and also astrophysics.) You might want to indulge yourselves. Oh, and if you find this exact same writing elsewhere on the internet, do not fret, I have not plagiarized someone else! I am actually the founder of an astronomical society which I don't hook up with my author pen name and this would be the first time I'm sharing a work I've written for the society, here on my author blog. So if you find this writing in other places, know that yes, I am the author of that.

Now, I just wanted to share with you some thoughts that I've been having lately on dark matter and dark energy. We all don't know what it is. In fact, despite all of our advancements in astrophysics, we still have no clue what this stuff is. According to NASA Science Astrophysics' statistics, roughly 68% of the universe is dark energy, 27% of the universe is dark matter, then lastly AND leastly, the stuff we call normal matter— which is us, all the planets and stars and galaxies we've ever had the pleasure of discovering and observing— makes up only 5% of everything! In fact, we and what we are able to observe that is made up of the same substances that we are capable of detecting— we are the odd ones out in the universe, we are in fact not the "normal" ones, because we're just so different! So why can't we figure out what all that darkness is? Well, the answer to that is simple. We can't figure it out because it is entirely alien to us. We, as a species, are only capable of developing instruments to aid us in finding what we already know we're looking for. We can't create things to aid us in discovering a reality that is entirely unrelated to our own! Even the material that we use to put together a telescope comes from minerals that were born in our stars, combusted here on our Earth— it is all made up of the stuff that is familiar to us, of the stuff that we ourselves are made up of and are capable of comprehending! So as you can see, we are not capable of creating things that could aid us to find material that is completely foreign to us, simply because that is beyond our level of reach. How can one invent a telescope made of our matter, in order to detect a matter that is not even related to our own matter— see?

A more chilling (or exciting) fact about our universe with relations to dark matter and dark energy, is the fact that this whole universe as we know it, is expanding! Yes, our universe is in fact expanding! It seems like astronomical objects are moving away from us; but in actuality, it is the darkness in between which is growing! They say dark energy is expanding (imagine stretching a black, rubber sheet) and while this darkness expands, everything that is "normal" sitting on top of it (or embedded into it, whichever way you want to look at it), apparently travels further and further away from each other! And that is why we are able to observe redshift when viewing objects in our skies. Redshift means that something is moving away while a blueshift would mean the opposite of that. So to put it simply, the darkness is growing!

What is this growing darkness? And we find ourselves at the same point of origin that we began at— the question of what this stuff is! Well, let's wrap this thought up by saying that this is open to individual theory. After all, the universe belongs to everyone! Which means that you may theorize about it just as much as any astrophysicist feels free to theorize about it. Personally, I think that dark matter + dark energy could very well be a parallel universe so foreign to our own, that we possess no means whatsoever of understanding it. And vice versa. Our two universes may very well be each others' "dark energy and dark matter." They may also observe their universe and say, "what is this weird stuff we can't put a finger on?" And by parallel universe I don't really mean like a Fringe version of parallel universe where there are blimps and they don't have coffee, rather, I mean parallel universe to the extent that the very fabric of their reality is something totally alien to us. Perhaps we as a human race, are the only species of our kind in all universes and perchance this other universe is populated with individuals that do not resemble us in atoms, molecules, quarks and the like. Or maybe the darkness is actually what many religions and spiritualities refer to as "Heaven"— a place where the gods/God are/is. After all, there is a whole lot of it! There is enough room for every Heaven of every religion and every God of every belief system! And what are we? Well I guess that would make us the wanderers, the adventurers, the explorers, the observers, the seekers, the thinkers and the dreamers. The ones who look up into the skies at night. The ones who pray and believe and dream. And I guess that makes us weird. I guess that makes all the difference.


Celestial Atlas by Jamieson, Published 1822

Saturday, July 12, 2014

When you're all alone, do you like you?

I came across this today, it made me smile, it made me teary-eyed, it made my heart happy! I'd like to share this with everyone on the planet, so here you go:

Saturday, July 5, 2014

The EU Paradox (and more!)

I'm currently studying HEC Paris'(Ecole des hautes études commerciales de Paris) EU Studies course. For those of you who aren't familiar, HEC Paris  is a private business school established in 1881, located in the southern suburbs of Paris, France. HEC is the business school of ParisTech and is considered as one of the most prominent business schools in the world.

A few weeks ago we had a written assignment to pass, which I found quite challenging. It was challenging because we were required to express and present so much in less than 1000 words. I wanted to share my assignment here on my blog, because I believe that it can be of use to inquiring minds and I also believe that it presents a new way of considering democratic participation when looking at politics.


Here was our task:

"How could you explain that, although the European Union has been continously extending its fields of competence and the European Parliament has been gaining more powers, turn out in the elections for the European Parliament seems to have steadily declined? What do you think could be done to increase the participation of the citizens in the democratic life of the EU? 


The essay should demonstrate a strong understanding of the materials provided in the lecture and the interactions between the different "players of the EU game". Please note that defining democratic participation may be not only a useful but an essential part of answering this question.

Please adhere to a 500 - 1.000 words range, neither exceeding the maximum word count nor failing to meet the minimum."



Below is my undertaking:



         Today, we face a paradox: though the European Union is esteemed to be improving through a growing number of competences and a creeping reach of influence and power; the popularity amongst its people seems to be dwindling and this is reflected in the turnout of the European Parliament elections. In this year's May Elections, for instance, the centre-right European People's Party won the most seats but came up well short of a majority. In Denmark, France, and Great Britain, rightist groups opposed to the European Union won unprecedented victories. Elsewhere, populist parties won significant seats. In total, roughly a quarter of all seats went to parties skeptical of the EU or protest parties. Thus, the election was seen as anti-establishment. In France, the Front National Party has beaten both the mainstream parties in this election, capturing 26 per cent of the vote share. The other topper is the stridently anti-immigrant and EU-sceptic UK Independence Party that trounced the ruling Conservative Party and the opposition Labour Party. The extreme left party in Greece has emerged as the other major anti-establishment platform in these polls; not to mention small inroads made by Germany’s new party that is skeptical of the Eurozone rather than the EU itself. Meanwhile, the EU has come very far from its humble beginnings in the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) and the European Economic Community (EEC) formed by just six countries in 1951 and 1958, respectively, to later growing in size by the ongoing accession of new member states and growing in power by the addition of policy areas to its remit. Today we are witnesses to the EU's single market and we admire how passport controls have been abolished within the Schengen Areathus allowing residents free movement, equal privileges and right of abode. Moreover, EU policies aim to ensure free movement of not just people; but of capital, goods and services. Today, the union maintains permanent diplomatic missions throughout the world and represents itself at the UN, the WTO, the G-8 and the G-20. Furthermore, we can see the EU competences ranging from Commercial Policy and Common Fisheries Policy amongst its exclusive competence; to the Internal Market, Transport and Energy amongst its shared competence; to Culture and Tourism amongst its supportive competence. Despite all of this, coupled with a hand-in-hand system of support between the European Parliament and the two other EU Institutions involved in EU legislation (The Council of the European Union and The European Commission), as well as the other EU Institutions such as the Court of Justice of the EU, the European Central Bank and so on and so forth— Euroscepticism is still on the rise!
         I believe that it is beneficial to have an understanding of what can and should be expected, in the first place. How can we determine what is disproportional or "wrong" if we do not even know what can be expected, what can be considered as a "democratic participation"? I actually think this proposes a philosophical angle of thought: is "disproportional" really in fact equivalent to "wrong"? If the positive growth and the positive efforts of the EU have not garnered a response from EU Citizens that can be considered proportional to its actions; can this be truly seen as wrong, given the fact that we ultimately consider the highest good to be the democratic one/ the true desire and voice of the people? 
 William R. Schonfeld has an incredibly interesting take on this which can be found in his book, The Meaning of Democratic Participation. Says Schonfeld, "The work of some political scientists is consonant with the assumption that 'asymmetry' is a fact of organizational life. That is to say, within social and political units, 'abilities to produce intended effects and derive benefits are unequally distributed; ... someone affects more than he is affected, controls more than he is controlled and/or gets more than what is allocated.' Democracy is a type of hierarchical relationship which mutes and reduces asymmetry through participation. Other work explicitly argues that symmetry is possible or at least might be approached. While asymmetry may be modal in practice, examples of "real democracy" do exist and should serve as models for emulation." Reading this, the questions that I am led to tackle, are:
  1. Is a participatory democracy a true democracy or by refusing to participate in something that one does not believe in, is that individual in fact expressing his right to a true democracy?
  2. Or does the act of refusal in fact constitute a participatory democracy in that a choice is exercised? 
  3. Is democracy enacted through doing what we are told is democratic or is democracy enacted through doing whatever we want— even when what we want is against what we have been told is democratic? 
          When I began writing this essay, I thought that I already had my answers in mind! I was going to say that I believe education— though a long-term method— is always the best way to encourage awareness of a cause or a cure— our particular "cause/cure" being a more involved turnout at the European Parliament elections and a more favourable opinion of the EU in general. I am the farthest thing from a "Eurosceptic" and in fact, I look to the EU as the loving hands that descend to care and protect its people to a degree that other nations can only dream of! So I was going to suggest the education of the young ones in school and the education of European society as a whole, as the best means of producing a more active awareness and desire in the people to make an influence for the betterment of the EU's efforts and reach. But after pondering upon what Schonfeld wrote, I wonder if the true "democratic participation" is in fact the active choice to do or not to do as one is led to believe should be done! If so, then I, friend of freedom, have nothing more to say. 



References:


  • "8th European Parliamentary Election", Current Affairs, jagranjosh.com. Accessed May 31, 2014.

  • "EU Institutions and Other Bodies", europa.eu. Accessed May 31, 2014.

  • "European Union", Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, en.wikipedia.org. Accessed May 31, 2014.

  • William R. Schonfeld (1975). The Meaning of Democratic Participation. World Politics, 28, pp 134-158. doi:10.2307/2010033.