Jenner From A Higher Vantage Point

Most of what has been written on this subject comes down on one of two sides: 1) praise of Jenner for his courage or 2) sadness that he is so psychologically ill and self-loathing as to mutilate his body and prostitute (no pun intended) himself. Allow me to introduce a metaphysical approach to the Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner story.

ralityWe’ve all heard the terms reincarnation, holographic universe, transmigration of the soul, and deja vous. Such terms are an effort to understand all that we, as of yet, do not comprehend about the human experience. We also have heard the term “paradigm shift” in relation to the changes our culture…even the world…seem to be going through. It’s no accident that the human potential movement and countless self-help books speak to an “expanding human consciousness.” And finally, thanks to Albert Einstein, and others, we know there is no such thing as “time” as we humans experience it.

Whether its Bruce Jenner thinking he is a woman in a man’s body (transgender), or a perfectly healthy person thinking they are disabled in an able body (transabled) or a man thinking he is a dog inside a human body (transspecies)…all of which have occurred lately…let’s consider these not as anomalies but instead as freeze frames in a grander movie.

As we awaken to an ever-expanding human consciousness, allowing us to comprehend the previously incomprehensible, we are literally transiting dimensions perceived as different realities.

What if there is no time and it’s all a hologram? What if reincarnation exists and its possible to have fragmented memory of another lifetime? What if data travels on many more frequencies than we have been cognizant of and suddenly we’ve opened to additional frequencies? What if these people are experiencing a memory or simultaneous reality? What if Bruce Jenner remembers being a woman because he was one? What if the man who thinks he is a dog is picking up transmissions on a never before received frequency? What if the disabled person is disabled in a simultaneous reality? What if these people are partially awakened to a more expanded human consciousness and are evaluating what they are experiencing as a freeze frame rather than the whole movie. What if they are acting out their perceptions in the moment when, in reality, none of it is of the moment?

I could have written about Bruce Jenner’s mental illness or Caitlin Jenner’s courage. Instead, I prefer to try and see beyond and above the fray.

Perhaps the greatest gift we can give one another during times of profound change is a hand to hold and a reassurance that if we just hold tight, we’ll make it through.

Carole

Note: Steve and I both regularly write to the blog. Today, we weighed in on the Jenner story with two very different viewpoints. You can read Steve’s post below.

In Bruce Jenner Confusion Reigns

“I love myself.” It’s a simple statement that contains the ability to change your life.

ConfusionKamal Ravikant wrote a book a few years ago titled “Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It.” Because of this simple truth, that loving one’s self nurtures and even heals, he has been sought after ever since giving lectures to Pentagon officials, politicians and CEO’s.

When Kamal was in debt, having lost his business and most of his money, he ended up sick in bed and unable to move beyond depression. He felt as if he were dying. The only thing that he could think of to heal himself was to say, “I love myself.” He repeated this simple statement over and over in his mind. Slowly but surely he healed himself completely and got his life back on track.

He wrote a short book about his experience. The reception it got blew him away. People from all over the world, and all walks of life, expressed to him their appreciation and gratitude for sharing of his story.

Life is hard. We got knocked down. We question ourselves. We doubt our abilities. However, most well-adjusted people learn to deal with the “slings and arrows” of life and figure out ways to cope within their limits and shortcomings to create a better life.

Part of the reason why I think the book was so successful was that Ravikant understood that the only way forward was for him to love himself the way he was, and I think most people understand this on a deep level. It wasn’t easy. He had to convince himself that he was a lovable person, with the ability to receive love and give love just the way he was. It served no purpose to hate himself for the way he felt about his failures since the self-loathing was, quite literally, killing him.

Which leads me to Bruce Jenner. Jenner’s message is the opposite of Ravikant’s. Bruce Jenner hates himself so thoroughly that he is willing to do whatever it takes to change the way he looks in an effort to forge a new identity… as a woman. Nothing he can ever do will change who he is. Bruce Jenner is a man.

It would seem that Jenner hates himself or is suffering from some form of mistaken sense of identity. For this he plans to operate and cut off his sex organ to meet this mistaken identity.

Shouldn’t we be consoling or helping him rather than applauding and honoring this type of behavior?

We’ve been treated to the spectacle of Jenner on the cover of Vanity Fair decked out in women’s garb. But what we saw was not a woman but an illusion. There was nothing real about his looks. He was decked out in a woman’s outfit with his legs crossed to hide his penis. His small breasts were created with the help of female hormones and surgery then enlarged with Photoshop  His face was reconstructed at a cost of over $70,000 with his masculine features shaved down and smoothed over along with a shaved down Adam’s apple. All of it edited and enhanced so he’d look feminine and glamorous.

This was not a picture of woman but of a man. This was a man with a penis who had fake breasts crafted onto his body. Yet the media, and the commentators, referred to him as “Caitlyn” not “Bruce” and “she” not “he.”

For years, Feminist movement has railed against the objectification of women. Isn’t that what we are doing here? Isn’t the image of Bruce Jenner saying “I am a woman” because I have breasts, beautiful hair, wear a corset and am curvy? If a man ever defined a woman that way, these same Feminists would verbally “hang and quarter” him for being a sexist! Isn’t this exactly what Bruce Jenner is saying by wearing that outfit and paying for those surgeries to look like a woman?

What Bruce Jenner is actually saying is that he doesn’t like himself the way he is, that looks define the feminine species, and that you can somehow attain peace of mind (and not a small amount of cash and notoriety) by butchering what was created “in the image and likeness of God” and reshaping it in the image of Barbie.

The news spectacle has been shameful. I was listening to ESPN radio on my way from work and one of the commentators, a Catholic, was applauding Jenner’s courageousness. But what is deeply disturbing is the reaction by the public. A society that once treated psychological disorders for what they were now re-defines and applauds the acting out of the psychosis as courage. Our culture has forsaken common sense and replaced it with self-indulgence and moral relativism.

Bruce Jenner will not find what he is looking for outside of himself. Peace resides within. Jenner has lost his way… and is looking for love in all the wrong places.

Steve

Elon Musk and The Real Tesla

I wonder if Nikola Tesla is turning over in his grave?

TeslaElon Musk, tech wonder and founder of Tesla (of Nikola fame) Motors as well as Sun Solar and Spacex continues to amass personal wealth. However, in 10 years of developing these enterprises, not one of them has turned a profit. In addition, Musk’s businesses have been the recipients of $4.9 billion in government subsidies. While Musk explains this largesse away as a mere fraction of the cost of building his companies…still it begs the question: “What would Nikola think?”

You see Tesla contemporary and lifelong nemesis, Thomas Edison, had no qualms profiting from the relationship his benefactor, General Electric, had with President Woodrow Wilson. To the contrary,  Tesla spent his life avoiding this kind of involvement in an incestuous relationship between private enterprise and the Federal government.

Tesla was a purist. Not just in his vision of free energy for all, but in how he chose to go about finding and developing it. Not so Musk. Must is a realist and but one more aspiring billionaire who has figured out that if you play the game well, the game can be very lucrative. The problem with this game is that it involves the buying and selling of souls… and there is no “get out of hell free” card.

For those who play the game, cash in their chips (or shelter them off shore), the end game of late seems to be the relinquishing of U.S. citizenship and a luxury home in Singapore. After all, Boardwalk and Park Place have a 39% tax due to…wait for it…the guy who provided the $4.9B in subsidies. You know, that “fraction of what it cost” you to build the fortune you’re now moving off shore to escape payment upon.

Tesla and Musk have something else in common: Progressive Presidents.

The granddaddy of them all, Woodrow Wilson, laid the foundation for 100+ years of Progressive politics in America better known as Socialism. It’s come home to roost in Barack Obama, who has created more dependency upon a bloated Federal bureaucracy and more national debt than has existed in the history of the world. Unlike Edison, Tesla refused to submit to Wilson’s Progressivism and, along with Westinghouse, remained his own man throughout his life.

And since the Progressives have thus far outpaced the Constitutional Republic we once resided in, the history books remember and glorify Edison, Wilson and G.E. at the total exclusion of Westinghouse and Tesla.

Yes, owning one of Musk’s Teslas is currently a status sign of the times. I wonder how many people realize that Musk’s beholden to Progressivism is a sign of the price we’ve paid for how it got to be manufactured in the first place?

Carole

We Are All Uber Drivers

I grew up in NYC. I took cabs my whole life.

uberI started taking cabs when I was 9 years old because it was too late, and dangerous, to take the subway home. Those taxi rides were always exciting as the drivers reminded me of modern day pirates. They were always colorful, crazy and almost always immigrants. Taxi drivers seemed a strange species of human that inhabited New York City whose lives I found fascinating. What a cool job…driving around the city, picking up all of these eclectic people! I was secretly jealous when a high school acquaintance of mine became a taxi driver and worked for years driving around “Gotham.”

It was never easy to become a taxi driver in N.Y.C. Getting a livery license was cumbersome and expensive. Driving a cab also had its hurdles to be scaled. You  had to “rent” the cab for at least 12 hours at an exorbitant rate. If you wanted to own your own vehicle, you had to buy a taxi medallion and they could run close to a million dollars.

If you did rent a taxi for the day, you had to hustle during those 12 hours and work non-stop to make money. Given the hassles associated with driving a cab, most people otherwise inclined to do so opted out. In addition, there was a bit of a stigma to driving a cab as most New Yorkers looked down on cab drivers.

Uber dispelled that notion. Given the chance to drive a taxi, New Yorkers (and many all across the country) flocked to Uber to become drivers. What happened? Uber removed the road blocks, hurdles and stigma that had previously been deterrents. Uber dispelled the notion that people didn’t want to work doing “menial work” as many politicians claim in the immigration debate. The genius of Uber is that it tapped into a hungry part-time work force and into the reservoir of cars that were not being used.

With Uber:

  • You are your own boss. You decide how much you make. You are an entrepreneur and some “Uberpreneurs” make over $250,000 per year.
  • Easy Application. The application is simple and straight forward. After a background check is done, you are on your way.
  • No taxi license required. The state used to control the amount of taxi drivers that were on the road and collected fees for licensing. With Uber , drivers by pass this whole process.
  • Flexibility. An Uber driver can work as often, or as little, as they want. The phone/application can be turned on at any time to work and turned off just as easily. Thus, the driver creates her or his own schedule on the fly.
  • Meeting new people. I have been very impressed by Uber drivers as they seem like really intelligent and nice people. In addition, their cars are always clean.

Uber has many critics precisely because it has exposed many of the fallacies of both the taxi industry and governmental bureaucracies.

Here in Austin, I have seen advertisements where the ads warn riders of getting into a Uber car because…” you have no idea who your driver might be. He might be a criminal a rapist or even worse.” But underlying that argument is that insidious intention to perpetuate the fallacy that anything not sanctioned by the state is dangerous.

What the ad is not saying, but implying, is that by driving with a licensed taxi company the government is guaranteeing your safety. However, its an implication they cannot warrant. Simply put, the state hates people making decisions on their own without governmental approval and, more importantly, thereby precluding the state from collecting the fees that go with licensing.

Uber drivers are rated. The customer rates the driver as well as all future customers. They rate and comment. So when you get into any Uber taxi you have a reasonably good idea of who your driver is. Not so with state licensed taxi drivers where all your given is the drivers name and license number. The rider has no other way to evaluate the driver, her or his disposition, or the overall ride about to be had.

I believe the Uber revolution is here to stay . In the early 90’s, Ebay and its users made a fortune by extracting value from unused items in their homes. Uber is doing the same thing… by tapping into the workforce of people who want to make extra money as well as tapping into all those vehicles that would otherwise sit idle. Its a necessary use for human capital and an efficient use of vehicles.

Companies in the future that can tap into unused supply and allow people to work directly with each other, operating outside our Leviathin government, will be the ones to grow and prosper. And the people who take ownership of their careers and learn how to make income in a variety of ways will be the ones that move ahead.

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