Donald Won!

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The results of the elections have taken over our lives globally. A lot of memes came out of it (Look above). Every group chat, even the ones where the members haven’t read their messages in over a year, is talking about it. Then there’s the Facebook stuff, that I haven’t seen because I’m too lazy to log into Facebook, etc. But one good thing that came out of it is that I watched the news for the first and last time in my life without falling asleep or jumping off a building. And a lot of people my age have started taking more interest in politics.

It doesn’t really help Don’s case that there so many similarities between his policies and Hitler’s. But honestly, that was the case with almost every candidate this year. And really, it’s not as if most politicians we’ve had since the inception of government have been much different; Donald’s just more open about it.

But what I think is going on with Americans is like when you’re at a public function and that one couple starts arguing and everyone goes quiet and listens then one of them says, “I slept with your grandfather! I never love you anyway.” And then one of them comes up to you and asks you what you think while everyone watches you. Leave us alone! We don’t know what you’re going through. We only catch glimpses.

It also seem like things look worse in the moment than in hindsight, and hopefully that’s the case here. But we’re flexible, I guess. More importantly, the president alone doesn’t have much power to start with, it’s not a monarchy/dictatorship. And Trump only needs to be in office for 2 years. Or he might be assassinated (Don’t get ideas). In closing, let’s take advice from one of Kylie Minogue’s songs: It’s not the end of the world. Although the song was called “Time Bomb”, which…yeah.

Deepest condolences,

Mentil Mind.

Plus-size NO.

2 Nov

Why do we buy things? 1) We need them, or 2) we want them. Once your basic needs have been met, you want things that will supplement your life. And how do we get them? We either find a product that is advertised in such a way that we feel it fulfils our desires or because someone we like either sells or recommends it. Then what’s the point in having a more inclusive modelling industry?

If a woman looks at a Calvin Klein ad and sees Gigi Hadid, she thinks, “Wow! Gigi looks bomb AF. I’m going to buy the clothes that she’s wearing so Incan have the same effect on others that she just had on me.” And normal-looking models don’t have the same effect.

They are attainable. Most people aren’t saying that they are ugly or disgusting. What they are saying is that they already look like those people. So what point is there in buying what they sell, since you already have the same effect on other people that they do? Why spend $800 on a LV bag? Saying modelling should be more inclusive is like saying you have a screw that needs screwing. Available to you is a screwdriver, but you’ll use a shoe instead, because shoes feel bad about themselves since they aren’t as skinny as screwdrivers.

i get that we’re trying to engender body acceptance, but that isn’t what models are for. They exist to sell a fantasy. And trying to change the afore-mentioned issue through modelling only serves to exacerbate the issue and give it a different face. And why stop at modelling? Do you know what people do to cAussie someone gets better marks than them, has more money, has more friends? Why not vilify them as well? Why not trample on people who succeed?

that’s just my POV. I’d be happy to be proven wrong.

goodier,

Mentil Mind.

Teen suicide is like a yeast infection

28 Oct

This was the opening to a school project that would determine if I failed or passed high school. I like ’em risks; or I was still high from the day before…on petrol fumes. But it isn’t as derogatory as it seems.

We have a subject called Life Orientation that…explains itself. And last term we had to create an awareness campaign with at least a pamphlet, poster and video. Each class got different topics, from human trafficking to drug abuse. Our class got teen suicide and you had to work in groups of 3 and my group decided to give me the responsibility of making the video.

But before I made the video (the night before handing in), I had a mini ‘epiphany’. I thought, “What will this achieve?” And quite frankly, I couldn’t come up with anything conclusively positive. Most of my classmates would have things like helplines and slogans  like, “Don’t do it, you have so much to live for,” or something like that. And that’s so smart, because someone experiencing a very emotional issue is going to listen to some random dyke and take the logical approach to the situation. Because that’s how humans are. Like totes. That’s why the video became satirical and has that opening line.

Yeast infections don’t just pop up out of nowhere, things happen to result in them. So my reasoning was that teen suicide was neither coincidental nor THE problem in itself. Instead, it was a symptom of THE problem: parenting. I elaborated by saying that parenting is just a transfer of information from one generation to the next. Therefore good parenting isn’t showing up to your daughter’s parent teacher meeting not drunk (although that is preferable) nor is it making sure she only opens her back door to the right person. All it is is transferring information effectively.

And because parents are so good t their job, we get defective people: the information that the majority transfers is so detrimental to anyone’s wellbeing, thus resulting in things like non-clinically induced teen suicide. It’s why suicide rates have increased drastically since we implemented suicide helplines. And I concluded by saying we should all be bad parents. The video explains it better.

But that’s just an opinion. I’ll leave it up to you to decide.

Goodier,

Mentil Mind

-P.S. Follow my twitter @mentil_mind

You’re good looking…for a black person

19 Oct

This is one of the best complements I’ve ever received in my life. I know that most of you, especially the self-proclaimed activists will look at me like I just swallowed a bucket of crack cocaine. And I’m aware that some of you may think that this is a more snide and coert form of racism. I disagree and here’s why.

I’m used to peole commenting about my looks and it happened recently with a group of my friends. One of them asked the group if they thought I was good-looking, because she thought I was very pretty (insert hairflip). One of the people responded, “I think you’re really good looking for a black person.” And I wa happy to accept that as a complement, because it’s a sign of progress.

Racism and racial prejudice do exist. But here’s a tidbit about taste: it’s neither innate nor instantaneous; it’s developed. Let’s use the example of a child eating caviar at 6 years old. They’ll probably hate it, because what child likes the taste of forecefully extracted fish embryos? Then at 24, the child goes to a restaurant and unknowingly orders something with caviar. At that point, he tolerates it. It’s not something he’d order, but he’s not practising his bulemia because of it. After more exposure, he starts to like it and orders more and more until he LOVES it. Race is the same.

People with racist backgrounds are starting to interact with people of other ethnicities and are developing a taste for them, which leads to comments like this. What we need to understand as a society is that the general human can only tolerate change in small doses. And we’re not helping the process along by spitting in people’s faces when they say, “You’re good looking for a _____ person.” We’re not helping by making cancerous Buzzfeed videos about the subject; we’re causing regression.

SO next time comments like this pop up, let’s celebrate them and show our gratitude for them and how far we’ve come from what used to be, even though we’re not yet where we want to be; let’s embrace this single step towards global racial tolerance. I hate the saying, but Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Goodier

Mentil Mind

-P.S. I got a twitter: @mentil_mind FOLLOW IT ‘_’

Hunger Games for what?

6 Sep

Who doesn’t love watching a man get beaten to death with a brick? Or watching some old man without a nose chase a little boy around the world with a stick? If you’ve watched both The Hunger Games and Harry Potter, you realise that both are dystopian; well one becomes a dystopia, but that’s besides the point.

We’ve all fallen in love with the characters of these stories and the worlds that they inhabit and the silly little side-stories that developed throughout the books. And it kinda shows in the authors’ bank accounts (billionaire author). But I think our recent obsession with fictional dystopia is so odd, considering that we live in a dystopia that no one could ever dream up. Best of all is that it’s free. For some.

You turn your TV on and you’ll hear about a two month old infant that was raped and burnt to death. You’ll hear about the immigrant crisis and collapsing economies and what that means for everyone. You hear about Donald Trump building a wall. You hear about Donald Trump congratulating the Mexicans on doing well in Olympic high jump, because they’ll need it to jump over the wall. If you could imagine this, then they let you leave the asylum too soon.

But still we idolise books and movies about disastrous events that would probably never happen, but really can’t hold a candle to what’s happening right outside your window. It’s like keeping up with the Joneses. We become so obsessed with other people’s imaginary business that we don’t notice or give enough attention to the real issues and we let them fester and they end up biting off a huge chunk of your butt, because reality always has a way of intruding.

I think that we shouldn’t be praising authors for creating dystopian fantasies, we should instead criticise ourselves for creating the one we live in and deal with it. Because unlike The Huger games or Harry Potter, you don’t get to walk away after two hours of chomping on snacks while wearing a hideous, uncomfortable pair of 3D glasses you’ve had since you were twelve.

You Deserve to Be Poor

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You deserve to be poor. Actually, that’s not good enough for you, you deserve to be beneath dirt poor; underground sewage-rat poor. At first blush, this sounds like Donald Trump: outrageous and offensive, but intriguing.

We live in a time where technology evolves fairly quickly. The most recent darling of the scientific community is Artificial Intelligence, with its multitudinous applications. It’s not just something used to make games played by unemployed momma’s boys more realistic and challenging, it’s now something that could take away your livelihood, your value and your purpose.

A basic computer program could be a better accountant, lawyer, teacher, you name it, than any human could dream of becoming. And it doesn’t take days off because it ‘feels sick’, it doesn’t strike for higher wages and it doesn’t pop children out like piñata does candy. It’s your boss’ wet dream. But it won’t be a dream for much longer.

We’re heading towards a future where a computer is the #1 musician on the planet, is winning Nobel prizes for science or is being a better spouse than any human could. What this will mean for most people is poverty. Most people rely on a steady cheque to cover their monthly expenses (at least some of them), but most people often have more month than money. As a result of having a job, you most likely don’t get to do the things that make you happy, you don’t get to spend as much time with your children as you’d like, you don’t get to have the things you dream about. Artificial intelligence is the cure for this.

Being unemployed is an opportunity for you to asses what really matters to you. It’s an opportunity to start over and make painful, short term sacrifices that will reap long term benefits as opposed to being employed and making unnecessary, unfair sacrifices that reap no benefit. At least not for you.

With artificial intelligence, it becomes cheaper and more accessible and more sustainable to bring your ideas to the market and build a business where you only have to work once a year, where you can pass your job down to your children, where you can spend most of your year painting apples in Paris or chasing your dreams to become a pop star, ’cause that’s life-long commitment (it won’t happen…like, ever…). Being unemployed because of artificial intelligence gives you actual freedom, where you have the opportunity to take any choice given to you.

You won’t have to be so cruel to yourself anymore.

You won’t have to be anything you don’t want to be.

That’s why you deserve to be poor. So that when you rise from rock bottom, you don’t go back to where you came from, because you can’t anymore. Instead, you’ll go to a place beyond your wildest dreams. And that’s how you make people’s lives better. Not with job security or government freebies.

Goodier,

Moi Mentil Mind

Reach for the Sky

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Two really important discussions took place on my life this week: one about how trees are better than everyone, and the other about making everyone lose their jobs so they could slit their throats.

The first was brought up (surprise, surprise) by my Physics teacher. She told us today that she was Skyping her son over the weekend and they were discussing the possibility that tress are the most evolved life form on the planet. Her reason was that they are the only life form that doesn’t have to kill to sustain itself, unless it’s put in that position such as with eutrification and alien vegetation. She spoke about how if you feel sad, you should hug a tree and feel the cosmic radiation flowing from it and about a movie where a girl could hear trees crying so she became retarded, and about how she went from Scotland to Amsterdam to hug trees and go to the Van Gogh museum to reflect on the fact that she’d been hugging trees. You can tell by these spending habits that she really feels the pinch of the economy.

All of this brings up a conversation that I have frequently with others: Is McDonald’s meat real meat? I joke. We all know the answer to that one (yes). But the question is whether or not the human race is as sovereign as it claims to be. Starting with intelligence vs instinct. So many humans pride themselves the ‘fact’ that they’re more intelligent than animals. But bees use, without thinking, very complex mathematical algorithms, birds are capable of strategizing, animals can plan and dream and have abstract thought (more than we can say for most humans). Very little separates human and animal intelligence; they’re capable of solving the problems that we do, but they don’t have to. So which one is better off?

And the whole instinct debate. I’d say we’re driven just as much by instinct as a gang-raping dolphin or dumb dog. We can clearly see patterns in human behaviour that don’t have to be reinforced and are clearly not thought out. If humans weren’t driven by instinct, why reproduce or have ethics or systems of governance? Why would we respond the same to stimuli and environments? Why would history repeat itself so frequently? And the  saddest part about history is that the people who teach it are the ones that repeat it. Instinct isn’t a constant, often it’s developed.

And evolution or development only ever comes as a result of suffering. We don’t like how things are currently so we change ourselves or our environments so we feel more comfortable or lead better lives. Or actually live life. But in the human case, most of our suffering is self-inflicted. We’ll always look to the government or money-men or mean girls as reasons why our lives aren’t as good as we want them to be; why we’re unhappy in our relationships or why we just never feel fulfilled. So if we are more evolved, taking into consideration what got us there, is it such a good thing?

I think, to circumnavigate back to my teacher, we’re exactly like trees: stagnant. We plant our roots firmly in one spot and stay there forever while reaching for skies we’ll never touch. Science nowadays is in the same position as the church used to be where no one questions it either because to do so is suicide or because science uses such complex and relative language that most people agree with it in fear of looking stupid or they give meaning to something that has none. I think, like the trees, we are self-sustaining. We don’t do research to disprove ourselves, we do it to prove ourselves right. People get counselling to be told that it’s okay, not because they want to get better. We feed ourselves and kill ourselves with the same hand and as a result of doing so, kill everything else; like the tree. And I think we go through our lives with just as little awareness of what’s actually happening as every other tree on the planet.

To prevent the post from being too long and depressing, I’ll finish the rant on Friday.

Goodier,

Moi Mentil Mind.

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