Alchanati Campbell & Associates
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The western culture for developing nations is an influence like drugs on an addict, video games on a child, and social media on a teenage girl. You walk through the marketplace of a poverty-stricken area and you’ll see a lack of structure, style, and care. The evidence of global consumerism, wastefulness, insecurity, and the lack of customs and cultures is proven. When did we lose ourselves to this “ill condition”? The advancements of education and technology have produced wonders in the fields of education, discovery and exploration, entertainment, health, and protection; creating clarity for our human consciousness. But at the cost of what? A forever-dividing inequality, the deterioration and destruction of our ecosystem, the loss of life (humans and other organisms)... The only viable solution is for the haves to spread their wealth to the have-nots and wanna-be-haves under the contingency of the given wealth being used in an ethical, moral, efficient, and beneficial way. The test of time will be between the point when the haves will be able to give after experiencing the short-term euphoria wealth brings and getting bored of it, and the limits of clean air, drinking water, and sanity that the Earth generously gives us.
What do I want from you? What do I want from school? What do I want from life? They say it’s best to write out what you want. What you need. What’ll inscribe meaning and purpose and fulfillment into your life. Like a fucking genie will grant three wishes if you rub its teapot. So here I write: There’s no such thing as neutrality or minimalism. It’s either left or right. Everything or nothing. Life is full of extremes, and balance seems as far fetched as world peace. We’re all hustlers and sellers. We’re all needy and wishful. We either beg for survival or we beg for unnecessary amounts of wealth. We forget about our upbringings; the miracle of being brought into this world (though some are luckier than others), and instead we omit “gratefulness” from our vocabulary and ask what the definition of “altruism” is. We are consumed by noise as we consume everything around us. Insanity is a norm, and the quiet and solo-functioning are categorized. There’s no privacy, no place to disappear, no restraint for possession. But blame it on me. I am a part of the problem; I cannot deny my contributions. So, what do I want from life or from school or from “you”? Whatever it’ll give me, expectation is a fool’s game.
I sometimes feel stuck underwater. Two voices fighting to win over my choice and decision. Pleasure over discipline. Want over need. Emotions over stability. I can’t seem to find everlasting strength in my mindset. I have good and bad days. The good days are filled with productivity and self-control. I accomplish everything I planned for myself in that day. I am better than the day before, and I go to sleep happy. Other days I seem to lose myself. I sleep in, I eat junk, I do nothing... I waste a full day; a day that I will never get back. My life is directed by time, and produced by ambition and a will to be better than who I am. The contents of my life are filled with thought and good deed. Striving to find the path that will lead to my purpose. My sense of distraction is a good book, and I reluctantly rather sit alone than in the company of strangers. The world in the depths of my head is more exciting to me than the one I see through the blue of my eyes.
Control. You can’t control a delayed flight that causes you to miss your connecting flight. You can’t control the actions and reactions of others, or the words they say or don’t say. Control what you can and let go of what you can’t. I can control my emotions because what I feel is always an outcome of what I think. Nobody else controls your life. Two ways to view life: as a tiny person in a big space, or a big person in a tiny space. Changing the way you view your environment allows you to take things into perspective by miniaturizing your surroundings to have more control. Only control what you can. Be a master of your environment. You can’t change the fact that you were born with a deficiency, an infirmness, a weakness. You can only change what you have control of. Instead of dwelling on it, embrace it and spend the time to improve yourself in other ways. A better way of interacting with reality is by focusing on what can be controlled moment to moment, adjusting our orientation as we figure it out, letting the externalities play their part. Sometimes you just have to let things go and realize as much as we like to think about it... we are not in control.
Let’s explore a bit. Here’s a controversial statement, it may be true or not. Because people go through the same experiences and their bodies communicate the same feelings, what I go through is not more special or different than what somebody else goes through. I just view it in a different light based off of my beliefs, what I have learned and the memories I carry. There is the occasional black swan event, the rare and unexpected, and that may make your situation unique, but we are merely the same with our common-held beliefs and our essential needs.
Reality. We all want something great. Something shiny and valuable. Something worthwhile and desirable. Something special and scarce. Something different from the rest. We want it because we strive to become unique. We want to distinguish ourselves from the billions; to make ourselves be known. Everybody imagines themselves special, privileged, exempt. Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else. What happens to one happens to most of us. Our lives are not so different-even though we like to think so. Only if you knew you were a unique world within yourself, you wouldn’t work so hard to prove to the world that you exist.
The Alchanati Campbell and Associates Team
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