Commentary From A Man Living In A Delusional World by Mitch Santell
One of the people that I have studied more than anyone else is Edward Bernays. If you have never heard of him, he was the nephew of Sigmund Freud.
Edward Bernays wrote a book in 1928 that is considered the Bible of the Public Relations business that is titled “Propaganda.”
Mr. Bernays, often considered the Godfather of Public Relations, simply watched his Uncle Sigmund Freud deal with his patients and he learned his Uncle’s deepest fear.
Do you know what that was?
Sigmund Freud’s greatest fear was that his patients would go on vacation!
Why did he think that?
Answer: Sigmund Freud realized that if his patients went on vacation that they didn’t need talk therapy, they just needed to take more vacations!
Yes, I said yes, I have the book right here so you can read it yourself. If you have read about how bad social media is for you is simply an extension of Bernay’s world, where perception is the reality. Click below and learn:
Further Observations On What & How We Can Be Happy by Mitch Santell
There are so many of us out there who have panic, anxiety, depression, PTSD, or something even more distressing.
The reason you feel this way is that you have you may be a bit “confused” with where our society is going. Believe me, I understand this, and it’s why I dumped Facebook.
Now, I never thought I would write a commentary about a Reality Talk Show, but I am going to do it. Why? As an illustration as to why most people either can’t commit, won’t commit or don’t even know what they stand for.
My Godmother was married 9 times. Her daughter, my 3rd cousin, was married 7 times. I have been married once as were my parents (my side of the family) and grandparents (my side of the family). My other cousin was divorced once after 7 years and remarried for a second marriage until his wife passed on from Cancer after 30 years.
This last season of The Bachelor with Hannah Brown was like no other that I ever saw. Now mind you, I got rid of cable TV in 1995 so to sign up for a “trial” of Hulu (a streaming service that competes with Netflix and HBO), I had to be intrigued.
It was amusing watching Hannah Brown consistently make bad decisions.
The dynamics of relationships between men and women have never been more complicated than they are now, and I’ll give you some basics to start with.
First, we are living in a society that is driven by social media and algorithms.
Second, most people don’t know what it was like to be alive without an iPhone, Samsung, or any brand of smartphone connected to their hip.
Third, everyone is connected, but no one is communicating.
Happiness Is This:
1). You simply make a decision to be happy.
2). You make a decision to work on yourself more instead of gossiping and blaming other people.
3). You let go of the need to worry about what other people think.
4). You let go of the labels.
5). You re-invent yourself by getting rid of people who don’t get you or don’t allow you to be You.
Authentic Is This:
1). Letting Go Of The Need To Be Right.
2.) Letting Go Of Any Assumptions Of How Things Are Going To Turn Out.
3). Letting Go Of Any Expectations.
Staying Grounded Is This:
1). Take off your socks and shoes twice a day and go barefoot on the grass or dirt.
2). Make sure that you are hydrating because most people never drink enough water.
3). Find passion in simple things that make your heart sing.
Why didn’t I write more about Hannah Brown’s screw-ups on The Bachelor?
Answer: Because that wasn’t the purpose of this blog posting….the posting was to get you happier by getting you to think about you.
Only You will know where life needs to take you and if you are like a lot of my followers and readers, you don’t live in the USA. For me? That has been the single most profound discovery that I have made about myself since returning from New Zealand in 2013.
What is that?
That everything I learned has affected me here in America and I can never go back to being that person that I was when I exited in June of 2013.
Now onto to something deeper I want you to think about……..
According To Alan Watts, Happiness Is NOT the Meaning of Life.
Listen to this audio and read the transcription below for the greater meaning.
Let’s suppose that you were able every night to dream any dream you wanted to dream.
And that you could, for example, have the power within one night to dream 75 years of time or any length of time you wanted to have.
And you would naturally as you began on this adventure of dreams, you would fulfill all your wishes, you would have every kind of pleasure.
And after several nights of 75 years of total pleasure each, you would say, Wow, that was pretty great. But now let’s, let’s have a surprise.
Let’s have a dream, which isn’t under control.
Well, something is going to happen to me that I don’t know what it’s going to be. And you will dig that and come out of that and say, Wow, that was a close shave, wasn’t it.
And then you will get more and more adventurous and you will make further and further Gamble’s as to what you would dream. And finally, you would dream where you are now you would dream the dream of living the life that you are actually living today.
That would be within the infinite multiplicity of choices you would have of playing that you weren’t God.
This means that you’re not victims of a scheme of things of a mechanical world, or of an autocratic God.
The life you’re living is what you put yourself into only you don’t admit it. Because you want to play the game that it’s happened to you.
Because if you play life on the supposition that you’re a helpless little puppet got involved. Or if you play it on the supposition that it’s a frightful, serious risk, and that we really ought to do something about it and so on. It’s a drag.
There’s no point in going on living unless we make the assumption that the situation of life is optimal. And it makes you realize you see how – how great things are. So in this idea that everybody is fundamentally the ultimate reality. Not God in a politically kingly sense, but God in the sense of being the self, that deep down basic, whatever there is, and you’re all that only you’re pretending you’re not.
This may be the most important blog posting that you are reading this year. While I have found happiness in my own life, I know of so many that are depressed or fighting depression. The author of this post moved me deeply because I helped my youngest daughter survive a 5150 lockdown (she is home now Thank God) and I have another good friend of mine who’s niece is in a medically induced coma because of trying to kill herself.
Life is too short to not see the joy in it. Yes, we all have bad days. Yes, sometimes things don’t go our way, but that does not mean that you cannot move past it.
For all of my followers and readers, I want to wish you all the best Christmas yet in your own life. Be kind to yourself this holiday, okay? I know I will. Take good care now.
From our house to yours and from my heart to yours, I want to wish all of you a very Happy 4th of July.
This 4th of July celebration is especially significant because for the first time in a long time America seems to be on a steady course of change.
Change is what Americans do best. The only thing that remains constant is change.
My prediction is that you will witness a transitional change in the next two years that you never experienced. These changes are significant for America and allow America to remain at the forefront of being a Republic.
Our country was formed based on the individual first, then the states and the Federal Government last.
Most people I know in my world are doing better in 2018 than they were during the shit storm we went through in 2010. Listen, I love my country, and in 2007, I couldn’t live in fear anymore and moved to New Zealand for over five years. The biggest lesson I took away from that experience is this: When America get’s a cold, the rest of the world gets pneumonia.
Do we have a Republic or don’t we? Let’s try and keep her.
Over the weeks and months ahead I’ll be dissecting, analyzing and commenting on why Hollywood collapsed and the “Streaming Wars” have taken over. Get ready; it’s going to be a wild ride.
Listen, we can’t change our past, we really can’t predict our future, but we can live in the ever-present now that is America. As it is often said, those who don’t remember their past are doomed to repeat it, that’s not the truth, it is those who don’t study their history that may be doomed to repeat it. When America is based more on the individual than the Government, then all of our dreams can come true. We have some tough days ahead Ladies and Gentleman but nothing like the rest of the world.
PERSPECTIVES ON THE CONSTITUTION: A REPUBLIC, IF YOU CAN KEEP IT
By Richard R. Beeman, Ph.D.
While today we marvel at the extraordinary accomplishment of our Founding Fathers, their own reaction to the US Constitution when it was presented to them for their signatures was considerably less enthusiastic. Benjamin Franklin, ever the optimist even at the age of 81, gave what was for him a remarkably restrained assessment in his final speech before the Constitutional Convention: “…when you assemble a number of men to have the advantage of their joint wisdom, you inevitably assemble with those men, all their prejudices, their passions, their errors of opinion, their local interests, and their selfish views.” He thought it impossible to expect a “perfect production” from such a gathering, but he believed that the Constitution they had just drafted, “with all its faults,” was better than any alternative that was likely to emerge.
Nearly all of the delegates harbored objections, but persuaded by Franklin’s logic, they put aside their misgivings and affixed their signatures to it. Their over-riding concern was the tendency in nearly all parts of the young country toward disorder and disintegration. Americans had used the doctrine of popular sovereignty–“democracy”–as the rationale for their successful rebellion against English authority in 1776. But they had not yet worked out fully the question that has plagued all nations aspiring to democratic government ever since: how to implement principles of popular majority rule while at the same time preserving stable governments that protect the rights and liberties of all citizens.
Few believed that a new federal constitution alone would be sufficient to create a unified nation out of a collection of independent republics spread out over a vast physical space, extraordinarily diverse in their economic interests, regional loyalties, and ethnic and religious attachments. And there would be new signs of disorder after 1787 that would remind Americans what an incomplete and unstable national structure they had created: settlers in western Pennsylvania rebelled in 1794 because of taxes on their locally distilled whiskey; in western North Carolina there were abortive attempts to create an independent republic of “Franklin” which would ally itself with Spain to insure its independence from the United States; there was continued conflict with Indians across the whole western frontier and increased fear of slave unrest, particularly when news of the slave-led revolution in Haiti reached American shores.
But as fragile as America’s federal edifice was at the time of the founding, there was much in the culture and environment that contributed to a national consensus and cohesion: a common language; a solid belief in the principles of English common law and constitutionalism; a widespread commitment (albeit in diverse forms) to the Protestant religion; a shared revolutionary experience; and, perhaps most important, an economic environment which promised most free, white Americans if not great wealth, at least an independent sufficiency.
The American statesmen who succeeded those of the founding generation served their country with a self-conscious sense that the challenges of maintaining a democratic union were every bit as great after 1787 as they were before. Some aspects of their nation-building program–their continuing toleration of slavery and genocidal policies toward American Indians–are fit objects of national shame, not honor. But statesmen of succeeding generations–Lincoln foremost among them–would continue the quest for a “more perfect union.”
Such has been our success in building a powerful and cohesive democratic nation-state in post-Civil War America that most Americans today assume that principles of democracy and national harmony somehow naturally go hand-in-hand. But as we look around the rest of the world in the post-Soviet era, we find ample evidence that democratic revolutions do not inevitably lead to national harmony or universal justice. We see that the expression of the “popular will” can create a cacophony of discordant voices, leaving many baffled about the true meaning of majority rule. In far too many places around the world today, the expression of the “popular will” is nothing more than the unleashing of primordial forces of tribal and religious identity which further confound the goal of building stable and consensual governments.
As we look at the state of our federal union 211 years after the Founders completed their work, there is cause for satisfaction that we have avoided many of the plagues afflicting so many other societies, but this is hardly cause for complacency. To be sure, the US Constitution itself has not only survived the crises confronting it in the past, but in so doing, it has in itself become our nation’s most powerful symbol of unity–a far preferable alternative to a monarch or a national religion, the institutions on which most nations around the world have relied. Moreover, our Constitution is a stronger, better document than it was when it initially emerged from the Philadelphia Convention. Through the amendment process (in particular, through the 13th, 14th, 15th and 19th Amendments), it has become the protector of the rights of all the people, not just some of the people.
On the other hand, the challenges to national unity under our Constitution are, if anything, far greater than those confronting the infant nation in 1787. Although the new nation was a pluralistic one by the standards of the 18th century, the face of America in 1998 looks very different from the original: we are no longer a people united by a common language, religion or culture; and while our overall level of material prosperity is staggering by the standards of any age, the widening gulf between rich and poor is perhaps the most serious threat to a common definition of the “pursuit of happiness.”
The conditions that threaten to undermine our sense of nationhood, bound up in the debate over slavery and manifested in intense sectional conflict during the pre-Civil War era, are today both more complex and diffuse. Some of today’s conditions are part of the tragic legacy of slavery–a racial climate marked too often by mutual mistrust and misunderstanding and a condition of desperate poverty within our inner cities that has left many young people so alienated that any standard definition of citizenship becomes meaningless. More commonly, but in the long run perhaps just as alarming, tens of millions of Americans have been turned-off by the corrupting effects of money on the political system. Bombarded with negative advertising about their candidates, they express their feelings of alienation by staying home on election day.
If there is a lesson in all of this it is that our Constitution is neither a self-actuating nor a self-correcting document. It requires the constant attention and devotion of all citizens. There is a story, often told, that upon exiting the Constitutional Convention Benjamin Franklin was approached by a group of citizens asking what sort of government the delegates had created. His answer was: “A republic, if you can keep it.” The brevity of that response should not cause us to under-value its essential meaning: democratic republics are not merely founded upon the consent of the people, they are also absolutely dependent upon the active and informed involvement of the people for their continued good health.
Dr. Richard Beeman is professor of history and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. The University is NCC’s academic partner, and for the year 1997 – 98. Dr. Beeman serves as vice chair of our Distinguished Scholars Advisory Panel.
Inspirational Predictive Programming by Mitch Santell
The debate regarding the topic of God Gives Us Free Will has been a dynamic discussion with my friends, colleagues, peers and grown children.
If you believe in God then you see, feel, hear and sense God all the time. If your an atheist you take the point of view that it is all up to you and God has nothing to do with it.
There is even a more significant element to how we move in the world. What is that? It is our thoughts.
Want to know what your future is going to be? Observe without judgment your thoughts. There is another part of your free will, and that is your stomach. How many times have you said to yourself, “I should have gone with my gut.” Only you can decide what is right or wrong for you, but I can tell you one thing. You can make a decision right here right now that in the next moment by merely making small changes to how you do things, you will experience an astounding shift.
Now imagine how spectacular your life will be when you dump FaceBook. Do it, get rid of your social media. It’s a fake online lifestyle that you are not living anyway. My next dump? Instagram. Don’t let the A.I. take you over.