Dear You (a holiday reminder)

Dear women everywhere,
      The holidays are fast approaching and I thought I'd just remind all of the women in the world to be sure not to forget to gift yourselves with something really special!
       I have made it a habit to gift myself every holiday season, with items that: 1. I really want but don't really need, and 2. Are things that I would otherwise not buy  for just any other time of the year.
       I think that we put other people first all the time (our kids, our parents, so on and so forth) and I have discovered that reserving the pleasure to gift yourself for the holidays is one of the most profound actions you can take for your own well being. Have the item/s wrapped and write a gift note to yourself! You can wait for Christmas, or, you can open it right away! It's up to you!
       Remember that within you, there is an infant, a child. You must nourish and care for that infant, you must act out of love for her. Don't forget this principle of mine, this holiday season! And maybe you would like to adapt my tradition as your own, too (that would be okay).
       Let me be the first to greet you a very joyous holiday season and a Merry Christmas in advance! Don't forget to honour the innocence within! xx

In A World Where Dolphins Are Persons And Human Babies Are Not

       A woman's body is her own body— yes. That is why there is such a thing as reliable birth control methods. Injections, pills, patches, invasive procedures such as operations, so on and so forth. It's not okay for people to tell you that you need to get pregnant or that you need to not get pregnant. That is all up to you. That's your body. HOWEVER. Once you are with child, that is not all about your body anymore! That is about your body+ your sexual partner's body+ the developing body in the womb. This is SCIENCE. This is DNA and ANATOMY. And you just can't argue with science. Look at the DNA, RNA of the human being. It is a half of its father and a half of its mother, whilst maintaining its own evolved character traits as a result.   
       There are many circumstances under which an abortion of a baby is needed. But to say that any woman should be able to walk into a clinic and ask for an abortion, even regardless if it is her actual due date to deliver the baby, even regardless if she wants the baby partially born and then its actual brains to be suctioned out of a crack in its skull while its head is still inside of her and the rest of the body already outside of her having been born— this is stupidity plain and simple!
       For the life of me, I cannot imagine why this procedure called "partial birth abortion" is done, at all! If you want to have a partial birth abortion, why not just apply a lethal injection? Why the most heinous form of procedure imaginable? Why! Murderers and rapists deserve a lethal injection because we all need to respect their useless lives, meanwhile, unborn babies deserve to have their brains suctioned out of their cracked skulls? For godsake, you are all pawns of Satan. If there is a Satan that exists, he lives inside of you! People care about being vegan, about not eating animals because they have feelings and they call other people murderers for eating animals, then those same people turn around and rally for partial birth abortion. Absolute useless brains inside of people's heads. Now I know who's brains ought to be suctioned out of their cracked skulls!
       We are now saying that animals are non-human persons. Dolphins are non-human persons, orangutans are non-human persons, so on and so forth. If animals are non-human persons, what is a human baby inside of the mother's womb? Why is it not a person? Is it a non-human animal?
       This world is riddled with stupidity and the absolute lack of common sense, partnered with immediate emotional reactions that are always selfish and one-sided. People have brains but lack the ability to apply common sense. I guess common sense and understanding do not necessarily accompany brain matter.
       There are circumstances under which abortions are needed. But under all circumstances, there should be an all-questions-asked policy. The child is not a third limb of your body, an extra finger or an extra toe. You don't just get to walk into a clinic and say that since you have an extra toe that is growing out of nowhere, you want to have it removed because it is your body. 

The Conversation of Dragons: A Review by Priyanka Dass

Everyone, meet Priyanka Dass. Pri is a biotechnologist from India. Here is what she has to say after reading my latest book, The Conversation of Dragons:

If you are reading “The Conversation of Dragons” now, let me begin by saying this: that you will come out stronger after you put this book down. To me, this book is unlike the previous two books, even though it drew something from all of them, it is not all silk, all gentle and as its name implies, it is fierce in itself.

You will agree with me that it seems like you are reading an ancient mythical book because it is deep, meaningful, and enlightening in ways that make it seem otherworldly. It made me question myself, ‘What am I made of?’, ’What is the potential that I carry?’, ‘How am I significant?’ The answers to all my questions were in front of my eyes as I kept reading. Questions that I thought make no sense, questions that I thought have no answers and yet I was blown away page by page as if it was a letter that was written to me!

Once I finished reading it, I understood the fire that is within me, what it means and what it is like to be the bearer of this fire in a world like this.

One thing that I am sure of, is that either this book is for you, or it’s not, there is no in between. And if this is for you, you will forever be thankful for all the ways it will rebuild and establish you, just like it did for me.

Discover more about Pri:

Priyanka is a Biotechnologist who is currently working towards her Masters in Biotechnology at Christian Eminent College. She is also founder of Kohled Words, a professional Writing Studio that provides clients with various services.

Pri is also a part of Victory Fellowship International, a Christian Youth Fellowship in India, founded by students from Africa. She is the Committee of their Indore branch.

Aside from all the brainy stuff that Priyanka likes to do, she also enjoys the art of hand lettering, painting and playing with children.

You can connect with Priyanka on Instagram here: @priyankadass

You can read some of her poetry and prose on Instagram here: @fleshandsoul

You may also connect with her on LinkedIn here:

Priyanka is remarkable. Be remarkable like Priyanka. :)

The Conversation of Dragons is still in manuscript form with my beta reader team and will be coming soon, early next year. Look for it, find it!

The US Presidential Race: Hegemonic Warfare

      The tragedy of this year's US Presidential Elections, is not that the USA will not have a good president; rather, the tragedy is the fact that after the elections are over, the USA will remain divided in a way that I think we have never before seen.
       If the goal was to divide America, well, the goal has been reached. This world's society is constantly in a state of hegemonic warfare. This is just a fact. Unbeknownst to everyday citizens, hegemonic warfare never gets a day off. Even when the world is not in a state of pronounced warfare, the tactics and the analysis and the intelligence that is poured into the practice of removing hegemony from one nation and relocating it to another nation, is constantly at play behind-the-scenes. It is my hypothesis that this division of the people of the United States of America, driven home so deeply due to this year's election, is really the deepest blow that hegemonic warfare has taken against the USA. This is the blow that takes it "home". This is what will be the crumbling of a hegemony and the beginning of the reinstatement (or just relocation) of hegemonic powers to another nation. The question is: which nation? Which nation is the next hegemonic power?
       I am convinced that the everyday average citizen of the United States of America, is not interested in actually creating a solution, finding a solution, or hearing information in order to lead to a solution. The elections have become so personal, that any one person is going to defend their own personal stance, unto the end, regardless of what information they are able to encounter. It is no longer about who is the best president. It is now about holding onto one's guns, one's pride, and being able to beat the other person at a comment thread on Facebook. That's what everything has boiled down to. "This is my stance and this is how I feel and I will not change my stance over my dead body!" That's what it has all boiled down to. A personal thing. A person enmity between friends, family members, neighbors. Unfortunately, this will not go away when the election is over. The half of the nation will always continue to blame and to hate the other half of the nation and herein lies the biggest tragedy (or the biggest triumph, depending on whose side you are on; the side of the USA remaining in power or the side of a new hegemonic power emerging).

       I am always open to change my mind. If I am wrong, please show me that I am wrong and if I am able to see that I am wrong, I will change.

       When the candidates were first announced, I supported Hillary Clinton. But then I saw things about her agenda, so I changed my mind. I discovered the importance of third party candidates in the role that they play at one day overturning the current status quo, the monopoly by the 2-party system the United States currently is controlled by. At the same time, I realise that a third party candidate is not going to become president of the USA any time soon, because the people are not equipped to overthrow the current status quo. In this light, in the light of these two candidates now left standing, I can see that the better candidate is Donald Trump. And I say this not because I like Trump, not because I think he is a good person, not because I think he is a good role model; rather, I say this because I believe that his agenda is the agenda needed to prevent a Third World War.
       I do not need to "like" a person, as a person, in order for that individual to be able to sail the ship that I am on. I only need to know that the person sailing the ship can in fact divert the vessel from the course of the icebergs, or from the course of a hurricane. It does not matter if that person is someone I like or not. I don't need a personal relationship with him or her. I just need to see that he or she can man the ship away from the iceberg.
       I can see that the Clinton agenda is a passive-aggressive one. It forces the hands of other nations to take unpopular actions in the absence of its own will, placing such nations in an unpopular light, causing unpopular opinion. In other words, I think that a Clinton regime would act passive-aggressively to cause massive warfare in the world, only to come around in the end to pretend to be the heros who want to end the warfare that it in fact created.
       On the contrary, I think that a Trump regime would take unpopular actions, itself, instead of shifting those actions onto the hands of other nations. Unpopular actions must be taken in difficult times and I think that Donald Trump would do exactly that, instead of playing the hero who is in fact the menace behind-the-scenes.
       The United States of America thrives on the worldwide scene, upon the basis that she is a hero of the free world. And the way that she continues to thrive throughout the ages, is by reviving and reiterating that position in the world, even when that image has to be manufactured. And when I say "manufactured" I do not mean manufactured without massive casualties, so on and so forth. The hero on the outside, the menace on the inside. In the context of the global political scene, always doing the popular thing that sounds like the good thing to do, leads to worse things in the future. Because somebody has to do the unpopular things, but when you refuse to do it, yourself, you force the hands of others to do it for you. Then you label them as the problem. And that is how you start WWIII.
       I am saddened by the fact that, no matter what, America is now divided like never before. In this fact alone, hegemonic warfare has already taken down the nation of my birth. Friendships are not the same, relationships are not the same, but the worst part is that the blame game is going to get worse after the elections, regardless of who becomes president. If only people could see further, could see the fruit of the tree before it has bore fruit— the future would be different. But, alas, perhaps it can still change. How? Remember that you are you. And your friends are your friends. And you are being controlled in your emotions through the politics that is fed to you. It is so easy to control people through visuals, through triggering emotions. If only all could see the deeper intentions.
       When I login to Facebook or LinkedIn these days, I feel tense. I feel tense because I see people who have always been so mild and so gentle, becoming aggravated over the upcoming elections. The animosity is palpable and it saddens me. What has become of you, the people?

On Being Plagiarised In The Work Of Frank Ocean

       We need to cultivate a culture of putting something back where we have taken something else away. The principle is simple: if there is an apple on the table, don't just pick up the apple, walk away with it, eat it. But when you pick up the apple, leave a flower in its place. I do not mean this literally; but I mean this figuratively. We walk around creating so many holes in our own lives and in the lives of others and in this universe, really, because we have not mastered this principle. Most have never even heard of this principle!
       The reason why plagiarism is a truly serious crime, is due to the fact that words are powerful. Words are powerful as weapons and words are powerful as healing balms. Go ahead and think back to your deepest hurt in life: it probably involved some painful words. Go ahead and think back to your greatest joy in life: it probably involves some powerfully loving, healing words. Words have the power to literally build a soul and to literally tear a soul down. Words are to the soul what a hammer, a nail, a knife, an ointment, a medicine; is to the body. You can break a body with a gun and you can break a mind with a word. Words are physical. They can break your mind or they can make your mind.
       Some would say that words cannot be stolen because they are not physical things. When I type here on my keypad, I am using my physical fingers, typing on a physical electronic device, looking at a physical screen in front of me. The words I type physically appear to you. You may be one of the people who have been physically released from rehab thanks to my words. You may be one of the people who have been saved from physical suicide, thanks to something you read that I penned down and released into the world. First I penned it down. Then I released it. Then you caught it. Now you are free, healed, you have light! You may be one of those people. To you, my words are physical. And to me, they surely are.
       I would like to formally address Frank Ocean's fans who tell me that I should feel honoured to be plagiarised by him. I would like to tell you, that honour does not come from dishonour. Honour comes from honour. There are times, when in battle or when in times of crises, when to do a dishonourable thing is something that could become your greatest honour; however, we are not soldiers in battle fighting a war and we are not fighting it out in a time of crisis. I am here, Frank Ocean is there, and he has used my words in a dishonourable way, by simply choosing to ignore the existence of the mind that penned the words that he saw fit enough to be in his treasured screenplay. He treasures his screenplay, obviously. It is a big project of his which he uses to promote his album, "Blonde". He has seen my words as fitting to add to his treasured project, but he conveniently leaves out the mind, the person, the heart that created what he wants to keep as his own. This is not an honour to me. This is a dishonour to me.
       Frank Ocean and I are not in the same boat. He is a hip hop artist, acquainted with people like reality t.v. stars, performers, singers, so on and so forth. Meanwhile, I am an intellectual. I am employed with two scientific journals, one invention company, I founded an astronomical society and up until a few months ago, I was working with an astrophysicist to help build a team for a satellite habitat for humanity (Earth 2.0 style) in outer space. I quit that job because I started having nightmares about the perils of humanity. I mentor CEOs, psychotherapists and scientists (to mention just a few). It may come as a surprise to those who work in the showbiz industry, to discover that there is in fact a whole world of people out there who do not idolize them. It is easy to get caught up in yourself when you have a million or so followers telling you how amazing you are... but there are seven billion people on the planet and some of us are doing other things aside from watching reality t.v. shows. And I am saying this to point out the fact that I am not climbing the same ladder that Frank Ocean is climbing. Therefore, there is absolutely no reason to not issue an apology to me, to credit me for my work and to be kind to me. I am not the competition... am I????
       I would also like to address the Frank Ocean fans who say that I don't matter because they don't know me. This is a completely irrelevant way of thinking. Frank Ocean knows me, that is why he has my work inside his work. I am not in a competition with Frank Ocean to find out which of us have more people who know us. Yes, you may not know me, but then why is my work in Frank Ocean's work? So now you should know me. Because it is not his work, it is my work! And this is the relevant way of thinking! I have no time for nonsensical thinking. So you do not know me, and now you are looking at my work there in your face, so now it is needful that you know me, because that is my work you are looking at. Simple. Be practical. No nonsense. Nonsense thinking is a waste of time.
       I have nothing negative to say about Frank Ocean. And it is not my intention to humiliate the individual. He probably produces good music and maybe he wants to do good things in this world. Usually, people do want to do good things in this world. But mostly, they also don't know how exactly to go about that.
       It is not right to act as though I should be honoured or even thankful to be plagiarised here. Just because he is famous, does not bring me honour. My great grandfather was a Taoist High Priest in China, for godsake, I know what the fuck honour means. And this isn't it!
       It is not right for Frank Ocean to act as though I am not worth his time of day. If you put my work in your work and your work is worth your time of day, then I sure as hell am worth your time of day. Maybe you are not worth mine. But I love my work, I respect my readers and fans, so I will address this issue and treat it as it should be treated. I have an immensely amazing following of people who are highly respected individuals: intellectuals, humanitarians, movers and shakers! The caliber of people I work with and who respect me, is enough to make me feel overwhelmed. They are accomplished, influential, amazing people. So when I am disrespected by a hip hop artist, I do not feel anger. I feel pity. I wholeheartedly feel sorry for Frank Ocean right now and that is all I feel. No anger whatsoever.
       There is a better way of being, and we can all be that. Even Frank Ocean can be that. Do not assume that others are lucky to have you walk in their front door; assume first that you are nothing, then if you are welcomed to the table, then you know you are something to them. In this case, my work was welcomed to the table. But then I was told to sit outside. Meanwhile, I am expected to feel lucky to have him walk through my door, though I did not know he would sit at my table! This is all wrong.
       All conflicts can be fixed. But in order for that to happen, all parties must acknowledge the other and must want to arrive at a positive outcome. Let us all strive to stop creating holes in this world. Put something back where you took something away from. That is all.

On The Issue Of Frank Ocean, His Screenplay, And What It Feels Like To Be Plagiarised

Seeing as this issue is going around everywhere now, it looks like I need to formally address it.
I was contacted by the wonderful Cal from Genius a few days ago. He asked me if I had given permission for my work to be used in Frank Ocean's recent screenplay that he wrote "based upon his own childhood/life". I told Cal that no, I had not given permission. In all honesty, before Cal contacted me, I didn't even know who Frank Ocean is. I am not saying anything bad about the artist or his work, but it is a fact and a part of reality that I simply did not know who he was. He is probably a great artist who produces great stuff. But I just didn't know him.

I explained to Cal how I feel about discovering my work was plagiarised. We had a pleasant discussion about it. He said that he would contact Frank Ocean's people and that they would sort things out. Today I have discovered, thanks to French media ActuaLitté, that Frank Ocean and his people have refused to comment on the issue. This is what surprises me. I was really just expecting this whole thing to be a non-issue. I was expecting them/him to simply say something like, "Oh I tried to find who the author is but I couldn't find who it is", then they would update the article with credit due to me, announce that there was a mistake, and that would be the end of the whole story! So, as you can imagine, I am terribly surprised to find out from French media that this had taken a dramatic turn with Ocean's refusal to simply comment or simply say something nice! See, Frank Ocean is making this into a dramatic issue by not saying anything about it, when in reality, it would be very easy to just say something kind and then correct the mishap by giving credit to me and issuing an apology for the mistake.

I was definitely plagiarised, because it was just a simple copy-and-paste; word-for-word. It was not even modified. It was just a copy-and-paste. Like from Goodreads perhaps. I usually give people the benefit of the doubt, and up until I learned that they have refused to comment, I thought they would just say they found it somewhere and couldn't find the author. Well, at least they are being honest?? Silence means "I won't lie no more"??

You can read the screenplay here.

You can read the follow-up article that Genius did on the issue of plagiarism in the screenplay here.

The plagiarised words are these words: The only problem with her is that she is too perfect. She is bad in a way that entices, and good in a way that comforts. She is mischief but then she is the warmth of home.The dreams of the wild and dangerous but the memories of childhood and gladness. She is perfection. And when given something perfect, it is the nature of man to dedicate his mind to finding something wrong with it and then when he is able to find something wrong with it, he rejoices in his find, and sees only the flaw, becoming blind to everything else! And this is why man is never given anything that is perfect, because when given the imperfect and the ugly, man will dedicate his mind to finding what is good with the imperfect and upon finding one good thing with the extremely flawed, he will only see the one good thing, and no longer see everything else that is ugly. And complains to God for having less than what he wants...but this is the only thing that man can handle. Man cannot handle what is perfect. It is the nature. It is the nature of the mortal to rejoice over the one thing that he can proudly say that he found on his own, with no help from another, whether it be a shadow in a perfect diamond, or a faint beautiful reflection in an extremely dull mirror.

My words can be found here.

They can also be found here.

My words can also be found within my pages of my book Vade Mecum.

I just want to thank French media for picking up on this story and for bringing it to my attention. I also thank Cal for being so mindful and thoughtful and conscientious, enough to take the time to contact me and to really care about the matter.

When I am inspired by someone, I tell them. And I tell others. In fact, I was recently inspired by my cousin's wife. She wears cool outfits. Before I even started wearing the outfits, I told her how much her style inspired me. Then I tagged her on Facebook and told our friends. This is a mundane example of how paying it forward isn't just about doing good deeds for others to see; but how paying it forward is about keeping the ball rolling. When others inspire you, try to inspire them, too. When you take, you also need to give back to where you have taken from. And that can really help make our world a better place.

Racism: An Overused Word

       I hear the word "racist" way too often these days. And I mean really, really way too often. It is an overused word for those short on vocabulary. I think that most of the time, cultures between people are simply not compatible and it just so happens that there is usually a race attached to a certain cultural heritage. I really do not think that people are being "racist". I really do think that people's cultures are often incompatible.
      Sure, there are true cases of actual racism. However, not even near as many cases to justify the almost constant use of the word "racist". Different people forming different races usually come from a set cultural background and it is those backgrounds that are often incompatible with other cultural backgrounds.
       Why are cultures often incompatible with one another? That's simple. Each culture has its own way of interpreting values that all human beings hold as very central to our existence. When there are values that we all hold as very central to the interpretation of our existence and we see those very same values being interpreted in a completely different way than how we know and believe to be integral to existing as a moral human being; there are bound to be conflicts! Some of our cultures are highly incompatible and quite often very opposite!
       The good news is that we really are under no obligation to curate our cultures in our own homes in order to appease those who visit our homes. And if they want to stay, they need to adapt our own cultures. It is the same story when we go to visit the homes of others. The only universal rule of all cultures, which all cultures must subjugate themselves to regardless of who goes where, is the rule of not hurting another person.
       How can we avoid hurting another person when something that is not hurtful to us in our own culture might be very hurtful to them in theirs? First and foremost, do not physically harm any other human being unless they have physically harmed you and you are defending yourself. Secondly, do not take advantage of others. Taking advantage of other people is hurtful in any culture, to any family, to any group of people. Do not use others to your advantage without sincere intentions towards them. This is universally hurtful. All other points may be ironed out, but not this one.
       Meanwhile, many people actually believe that to merely see the anthropological differences amongst races is enough to be called a "racist". In reality, the anthropological differences between the races is simply a scientific fact. It is not a belief in the head, it is a scientific fact. Some are generally shorter, others generally taller. Some are generally bigger-boned while others are smaller-boned in general. It is not the differences themselves that are problematic; rather, it is the meaning that people attach to those differences that become problematic. People wanting to be tall when they cannot be tall, people wanting to be short then they cannot be short. People wanting to be bigger when they are smaller and people wanting to be smaller when they are bigger. People wanting to play basketball when they are better physically suited for soccer and people who are better physically suited for basketball wanting to play soccer. Herein lies the problem: that people expect others to be like them, or expect themselves to be just like others! Instead of finding the strengths in what is their own; they find the strengths in what is not their own which they wish they had! Is that true equality? Should it be called "equality" when I strive to be you and do what you do best, instead of striving to be me and doing what I can do best? Is this your meaning of "equality"? Because if so, how feeble a word it is on your tongues! Why do we always feel the need to prove to others that we can do anything that they can do? There are many things we can do better that they can't; so what is the problem? Accept the differences, focus on your own strengths.
       We also carry within us our own culture. Our cultures dictate how we interact with others and how we carry ourselves on a daily basis. We must live to the highest standards of our culture, so long as we believe that it elevates us unto the best possible version of ourselves and so long as it does not demand that we physically hurt another or that we take advantage of another. We should only change our own culture, if there is evidence that it is inferior to another. If our culture is inferior to another, we may expand our open mindedness and develop better ways. Are some cultures inferior? Of course! Almost every day, I have improved upon the culture I carry within my mind, for when I find something inferior about the culture within my mind, I change it, I open my mind to adapt what is superior so that the following day I will have improved myself! Now, on a macrocosmic scale, we may judge the inferiority of our cultures depending on where our cultures have gotten us in society as a whole, in how we interact with other people, in how we work with others, etc.
       So, as you can see, while I believe that there are some who truly suffer from actual racism, I am of the persuasion that there are too many people who do not realise how incompatible some of our cultures are and how these backgrounds entail that we simply can never get along with some, on this basis. Face the reality: there are types of people that you will never be able to get along with and it has nothing to do with the colour of their skin; it has everything to do with what is inside their minds.

An Anti-Hero The Likes of Batman

       I was looking at an old photo yesterday. It was a photo of my then 4-year-old son and I at the grand opening party of a Hilton Hotel Resort and Spa. The photo made me really think, and those thoughts ran very deep. So many reflections!
       If you had asked me back then, if I wanted to inspire people one day, become a thought leader one day, be there for the people of the world by means of my writings, my thoughts, I would have said, "Eeww." That's what I would have said. Back then, I was a totally different person. My family and I were invited to many of the upscale parties like the grand opening of Shangri-La, grand openings of various condominium residences, so on and so forth. It wasn't because we were celebrities; it was because we are who we are: a well-established family. 
       I was comfortable with being me! In fact, I am trying to pin-point when exactly I began to change. I think that it was when I started thinking about the world that my son would grow up in; it made me want to gift him with a better world. That's about it. It's like somebody turned on a switch and then the journey began!
       I know that many people take pride in being able to inspire others and be there for others. This is in fact an extreme source of pride for many, they indicate it on all of their social media and it actually becomes like some kind of weird competition about who the "better helper" is, or about who the "better person" is. I respect that. But it's just not me. It has been said about me, that I am "Batman"... and I have to admit, that right there was the pinnacle of my career thus far, for me! To be called Batman? Are you kidding me? Yes, please! Now I can retire!
       Batman is an accurate description. Batman is actually classified as an "Anti-Hero". An anti-hero is a hero who does not possess the expected attributes of a hero. They're not really following a deep heart's desire to help people; but then they really just can't seem to stop doing it. They'll tell you that they don't love this world; but then they'll try and save it. They don't see the virtue in being called a hero, in being a "saviour" or in being an inspiration; but no matter what they do, they can't seem to run from being exactly that. I'm not a hero; I'm an anti-hero. 
       During the course of my career as C. JoyBell C., I have told plenty of people, "If I don't inspire you, why should I care about that?" because plenty of people have commented on things that I have written, saying, "This doesn't inspire me, you're not an inspiration", or, "You used to inspire me every day and make me feel good every day, until I read this!" and my true, deep, and genuine reaction is really, "Why should I care?" That is my genuine reaction, because, I really, truly, as a matter of fact, do not care. Harsh but true. Joan Walsh Anglund once said, A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer; it sings because it has a song. I am not writing because I want to produce an answer for YOU in particular; but I am writing because I have something to write! If it doesn't inspire you, well, who's trying to inspire you? 
       On the other hand, I have such a relentless love for people that their feedback means so much to me, their encouragement means so much to me, and I really will answer distress calls from fans (over email) at wee hours in the morning! I mean, I will put myself as second. And everybody knows that I am my fans' biggest fan! I have such an admiration for many of the people who admire me. 
       I don't take my sense of self identity from what I do as a writer or as a public figure. I would like to always take my sense of self identity from the nature of the things that I choose to surround myself with, that I choose to take pictures of; the voices of certain people that I wait to hear! These are the things/objects/people that I would like to take my self identity from. I would like to identify myself by the use of the stuff that makes me laugh. 
       Honestly, I have been writing stuff and saying stuff, since I was a child. Anyone who would read what I wrote felt that they were reading otherworldly guidance/insight. But I believe that I am not made or structured in order to give to other people or to fix the world. I know that people like to think that some people are born to save the world; but I don't want to think that. I would like to think that I am who I am, because it is who I am. And if I do have a hand in saving the world in the process, then why not? 
       Some people have emailed me over the years, about how my books have been "smuggled" into prison cells and rehab centers. I just don't think that's normal. I wouldn't think it is normal if it were someone else's books and I don't think it's normal when it's my books and my writings doing it. It's all around not normal. The first thing drug addicts on withdrawal look for are my books? That's just not the way things normally are. I just want to say, that I am thankful for this. And I work hard to publish my books and to construct them. My books go leaps and bounds beyond what I imagined any book could do! I am grateful, I am thankful. There are Divine Powers that be, that's all I can say. And They have stood by me, like I am their Kin. 
       One of the hardest things to do, is to compose a book and to publish a book. I can't even explain why it's so hard, but any serious author will tell you that. Just check out what George Orwell said: Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand. I totally agree with him! And then there's this one by Flannery O'Connor, which I can relate to, as I did experience some hairs on my head going grey after the publication of a number of my books: Writing a novel is a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay. I'm always irritated by people who imply that writing fiction is an escape from reality. It is a plunge into reality and it's very shocking to the system. I don't even think that people should want to be writers! Why would anyone want this? We are born this way and, like Orwell said, it is like being driven by a demon!
       When I was a child and as I was growing up, my classmates would come to me with their problems, open up to me and cry, then they would leave and return to their little posse and continue on with their fake happiness. It's as if I was a statue— a statue of an Angel— and people would come along and cry and pour out their hearts and then walk away! Who wants that? Who wants to be like that? I don't! The most irritating thing that I experience as C. JoyBell C., is when people try to "test my goodness" because they have their doubts about my being a good person through and through. The only thing that I can think is, "I would rather not be good like this!" Really, "testing my goodness" is probably going to result in me telling you to burn in hell! And that's not even an exaggeration. I mean, you get to cry at a statue and then try to test if the statue is real? Go cry over at the river and drown in it for all I care!
       My thoughts turn to the photograph from a long time ago, at that amazing party where I danced barefoot on the vanilla sands along with fire dancers! I'm not going to share the picture publicly, because I want to keep that moment sacred. It was pure magic! I often wonder what they mean when they say that nothing feels better than helping other people... because really, a lot of things feel better than helping other people! Like dancing on vanilla sands along with fire dancers! Hahahaha! Let me be real here! This is my blog and I'll be real if I need to be real! I don't even know how my writings began to help other people! It wasn't my intention! I just wrote stuff and people started healing all over the place!
       At the end of the day, I genuinely admire the people who admire me, who read the things that I write, and I am honestly amazed that people read the things that I write. People could read anyone and anything; but they read me. For that, I am so thankful. I care about you even when I don't want to care about you. Thank you so much for reading the things that I write.

An Anti-Hero the Likes of Batman

Interview with U.S. Presidential Candidate, Zoltan Istvan

Today I would like to introduce you to someone you may already know, US Presidential Candidate, Zoltan Istvan. I am of course very glad to be able to interview a candidate for the Office of the President of the United States and I have found him to be a simple person with an understated way of explaining and describing himself and his platform. Simplicity is refreshing in this day and age, and I think a quality of good value.

Zoltan Istvan was born in 1973 and is the author of The Transhumanist Wager. He is a futurist, a philosopher and a transhumanist. He is also a conservationist, journalist and a writer. As a reporter for National Geographic, he covered the crisis in Kashmir, which was later made into a documentary. Zoltan also writes articles for Psychology Today, Huffington Post and other publications.

He is husband to Dr. Lisa Istvan, with whom he has two beautiful daughters.

Zoltan is well-known as an atheist, which is not the totality of his person, nevertheless, is often a remarkable distinguishing element that people quickly take notice of. Those who know me, will probably immediately say, “Then why would you support an atheist candidate when you are anything but atheist?” Notwithstanding, I am actually in favour of the idea of having a President who does not represent any one form of spirituality. I don’t need to see my own spiritual beliefs reflected by my President.

The Transhumanist Party slogan is, Putting Science, Health and Technology at the Forefront of American Politics. I think that anyone who is familiar with my work, would question my endorsement of such a slogan and wonder, “Why would an esoteric writer want to put science and technology at the forefront of her choice of politics?” Nevertheless, I am one of those few people who truly see no conflict between science and spirituality. The majority of people always see conflict between the two, while I happen to be of the minority that sees coherence and harmony between science and spirituality. In my eyes, there is such a flow and there is no fight. You could say that I am equally supportive of science, as I am of the mystical. The corporeal is equally important to the incorporeal.

Below is the interview in its entirety, please enjoy it and learn more about a man who would like to lead a nation:

Before anything else, I would just like to thank you for having this interview with me; it is an honor to interview a US Presidential Candidate who is also the individual at the forefront of transhumanism in the United States. I am very glad and I welcome you to my reader base, as well as to my friends and colleagues. We will all be glad to hear from you and to learn more about you.

I would like to begin this interview quoting your own words. I actually have these words up in my personal FB account’s description of my political ideology. I just think that it speaks so much and so clearly, not only of the situation that we are all in, in the world today; but also of how our priorities are so obvious and yet for some reason, so difficult to address. You said, and I quote, “Government funds some medical and science research, but currently, that funding (in the US) is about 10 times ‘smaller’ than funding for defense, wars, and bomb making. This is a tragedy that we fight wars against human beings—and not against cancer, or heart disease, or Alzheimer’s, or even aging. This is a primary reason transhumanists must organize into a movement, so that we can battle the powers that be, and demand much more government funding go directly into science and medical research.” This is something that I wholeheartedly agree with. But then it’s something that every human being should easily be able to wholeheartedly agree with. In this light, why do you think that transhumanism as a political ideology lacks the attention that the more popular political parties seem to take as a given?

I don’t want to criticize religion too much, but we live in a Judeo-Christian culture that for centuries has taught us it’s okay to die, since there’s an afterlife. This of course also applies to war and a culture’s feelings about going to war. I don’t believe in God. When people die, they return to dirt. So until we have a more secular culture that realizes that death is a final thing, we won’t be too worried about it. We’ll feel like the military is more important than medicine.

For those who are hearing about transhumanism for the very first time, could you please explain transhumanism as a political ideology and also as a philosophy? How do the politics and the philosophy itself differ, if they do differ at all?

Transhumanism is a social movement of a few million people around the world who want to use science to radically modify the human being and the human experience.

As a political movement, we aim to get governments to approach problems with scientific and technological solutions. Most governments approach problems from a social, religious, or historical point of view.

Many people— when they think about American politics— immediately think about just two political parties— liberal and conservative; Democrat and Republican— I think that many are actually unaware of the fact that other parties, like the Transhumanist Party, do exist! Why do you think that this is the case? And what do you think can be done in order to show people that there is in fact a divergent path? Because that’s what I think transhumanism is. I think it’s divergent.

I think the Republicans and Democrats have done a superb job of monopolizing the political field. Unfortunately, that’s also been a large disservice to America and what America stands for.

This election cycle in 2016 is unique as 3rd parties are getting more attention. The key is dissatisfaction with politics as usual, and that’s when something like the Transhumanist Party can break out. And we are. We’re growing like wildfire in impact this year.

Are we all headed to a transhumanist future, anyway? Let’s put it like this, whether I like it or not, am I headed towards a future where artificial intelligence will look just like any other human being, and where robots will be taking over the economy?

Yes, I think we’re all headed to a transhumanist world. Of course some won’t want to join, but it’s sort of like the internet. If you don’t use the internet, then you are missing out on a major piece of the new world. Transhumanism will be like that. Without upgrading your bodies, you’ll be totally left behind, both intellectually and physically. Can you imagine if you’re the only one in 50 years who doesn’t have a bionic eye that can stream media info into your brain, see 100 miles clearly, and also see 90% of the light spectrum (gases, microbes, etc)? The normal human eye sees just 1% of the universe.

Who are transhumanists? I know that you are an atheist, but I am also aware of the fact that transhumanists can be theists, spiritual, or even religious! To what extent would you say, are all people welcome to become a transhumanist?

I think all people will eventually be transhuman. And I think all people will give up their fundamental religious beliefs to be more reason-based. However, spirituality will continue, and perhaps grow with technology. Beliefs will change from a divine man looking over the Earth, to super AI intelligence or science. The change will be slow, though. People are afraid to give up their core beliefs.

I am personally not an atheist. Quite the opposite, actually! You could say that I feel God in everything. I believe in myths and legends, which are to me, my history! And yet, I do not see the problem in having an atheist President. In fact, I see the opposite of a problem; I see a solution! A President should not be (in my opinion), someone who belongs only to a certain group of people in a certain religion. A President must be a President to all of his or her citizens. The easiest way for that to happen, I believe, is to have an atheist President! However, many would not agree to this. What would your message be to those who would not agree with me on this? Why is it okay (or even better) for a President of the United States to be an atheist?

Well, I don’t think anyone is really “atheist.” No rational person could ever say they do or don’t believe in God. They simply could not know that in any provable sense. I’m an atheist in the battle sense—I see formal religion as oppressive and I choose to battle against it. But I certainly believe in many super intelligences out there in the trillion galaxies that exist in the universe. And I’m sure some of them are smart enough to be as deities to us. But until I meet them, I don’t care about them. In fact, they’re competition to what humans are doing on planet Earth, until they prove otherwise.

And regarding politics, it’s very simple. A good President serves his people, not his beliefs, whether they’re atheist or religious.

What is it actually like, to wake up every day as an atheist? Would you say that you enjoy less of the beauty that the world has to offer? Does it make you less thankful for what you have? Does it make you appreciate your wife any less than, let’s say, a very spiritual person would?

For me, atheism is essentially a guide on how to use reason. I don’t make up things in my mind. I base everything on the scientific method. My appreciation is science and reason based.

Tell me about your wife. And tell me about your two daughters. I think everyone would want to hear what you sound like as a husband and as a father.

I love my wife a lot, and we have two beautiful kids. Thankfully, I have a great family life. A lot of my work is from a computer from home, so I see my kids a lot more than other people.

Immigration is obviously a top issue in American politics today, given the present refugee crisis. In fact, your opinion on the matter was what first attracted me to transhumanism. Your stand on the matter was that all refugees should be implanted with microchip tracking devices. In true transhumanist style, you turned your attention to science and technology for the answers to the issue. The issue was the disparity in opinion of what to do about it all; whether to let everyone in all of a sudden, or to let nobody in at all! It was a very emotional issue. I was impressed with your take on it, which at the time came like a cold glass of water on a very humid day. There was no drama, only scientific logic applied. I thought, “Hey, I really like this, this is what we need” and from then on, I have been calling myself a transhumanist. However, some would argue that placing microchips into people would be akin to treating people like animals. I don’t see that angle at all, as science is science and has nothing to do with any of our emotional identifications of objects and how we designate them as good or evil. But I would like to know, what is your message to those who liken microchipping refugees to the treatment of animals? Why is it not the same as microchipping a cow or a goat?

To understand my microchipping position, you have to understand that it was not my preferred choice on how to treat refugees. It was a compromise since both Democrats and Republicans don’t want them here, and at some point, humans have to be kind to other humans, especially when there’s women and kids involved. So this was my idea on how to deal with the issue. Of course, it’s not my policy, but an idea I’d want to explore with other people. But, yes, I do think I could support that.

Also, we’re “all” going to have microchips, or various tracking devices on us in the next 10-20 years. I mean, we already have phones that track everything. So it’s not such a stretch to have chips. Bear in mind the chip implants can go in, in 30 seconds, and pulled out with a slight incision in 1 minute. It’s not a big deal. One can do it all themselves. And there’s other ways too, like tattoo chips, etc.

My real goal with the refugees was to get them to a safe place—and I say this as a National Geographic reporter who has seen war zones. Get the kids, women, elderly, and disabled people out! Do what must be done to save lives of those who absolutely are being terrorized.

Your name is Zoltan Istvan Gyurko; that name says something about your heritage. Can you please tell us more about your heritage? I’ve heard you are of Hungarian descent.

Yes, I was born in Los Angeles and raised there, but my household was very Hungarian. Everyone else in my family, including my sister, was born there. In fact, I also now have Hungarian citizenship.

Why on Earth would you want to live forever? And why on Earth should anyone want to transcend physical death?

Some people just don’t want to die. They love life and see death as unacceptable. I’m one of them.

I am an American citizen living abroad. How important is it to you, to reach your overseas American voters?

At this moment, not high on the list, since I’m already understaffed as it is. However, of course I care about them.

Lastly, I think we would all like to know, what made you run for President of the United States? It’s one thing to be a transhumanist; it’s another thing to actually say, “I want to be President of a Transhumanist United States of America.” Tell us about your mental journey to the candidacy.

I wrote a novel called The Transhumanist Wager. It’s very political and quite quickly became an important book in the futurist world. The protagonist becomes President at some point in the book, and I suppose I’ve always thought I could help America with my leadership skills. Running to be President is also a good way to bring attention to a cause—like transhumanism.

I know I said that would be the last question, but, here’s the very last question: what is your favourite colour? Everyone has one! What is the favourite colour of a Transhumanist Atheist Presidential Candidate?


Green! Thank you very much for this interview, I can’t wait to share it with everyone and hopefully people will get to connect with you on a new, more comprehensible and relatable level.

How To Navigate Through The World With Equanimity And Balance

Copyright © Michael Tackett
       I express in three different ways. One for me, one for analysis, and one for others. Allow me to explain:
       I have my own personal preferences and feelings about anything, just like everybody else. But since I acknowledge that what I want and what I feel is not the center of the universe, I do not reflect this section of my expression onto everything and everyone. I keep it to myself, or to situations that immediately concern me.
       Then I have my section for analysis, where I analyse what might be really going on behind the scenes, which is something totally unattached to both myself and others. In this section, all people are merely collateral damage. This is the "masterplan" section. This area is for analysis of the masterplan.
       And there is the section for others, where I see things through their eyes, removing my benefits, wants and opinions entirely from the scenario and seeing it 100% through their eyes. This area is applied to all scenarios wherein I am not the immediate recipient of any effects (for example, things far removed from my life that I see on the news). And, also applied to any scenario for a brief time during which I need to understand another person/other people.
       So when I write, my writings might not even be how I personally feel about an event or a scenario. I can be writing from the "masterplan section" or from the "their perspective" section.
       I advise everyone to approach life this way. Apply these sections to your life, if you can. Do not attach your feelings and emotions to everything. There is a time and place for that. Not everything is YOU.
       The problem when you buy into the new age teaching of "I am the universe, we are all one, everything is me", is that this belief produces chaos. It eliminates your ability to see anything apart from your own convictions, feelings, and thoughts. And that produces stupidity and utter chaos.

Here is an example, to make things easier for everyone:

Let us examine Brexit.

1. How I personally feel: I am personally saddened to see Britain leave. While I am a culturalist, I am also a Europhile. The EU was founded upon the value that the nations ought to unite, but they also ought to remain sovereign. That is the same thing as saying, "We may all be friends and help one another, but that doesn't mean that we need to wear the same clothes, read the same books, and like the same food." And that's just right. It is a reflection of a good and well-balanced value from a daily, more personal level of our friendships with others. I am therefore saddened to see Britain go, because I could benefit from the amazing EU laws and ways.

2. What I think the masterplan is: I think the masterplan could be either of the two: 1. To destabilise the EU in order to formulate the third world war, or 2. To create a United States of Europe. If it is the former, then the masterplan has succeeded. If it is the latter, then Britain just broke the masterplan.

3. What I believe is going on with the people immediately concerned with this situation: I believe that through the years, the founding value of the EU has faded and they have less and less respect for sovereignty. I think Britain sees a "United States of Europe" on the way and wants out of it. The younger UK generation doesn't see this, because they were born in the era of the EU and now they feel like the world is over. The older generation sees this, because they are naturally older, wiser, and were living even before the EU was formed.

       And this here is a very good example of how I think and how I express. As you can see, I did not make room in any of my previous writings, to say that I like the EU and I want it back in Britain, because of the fact that it does not immediately concern me and I believe that those whom it concerns should be given more thought. The rest of the world falls into the category of the masterplan, in which, we are all collateral damage, anyway.

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