What started as a funny facebook status turned into a reality:
What started as a funny facebook status turned into a reality:
In times of peace, children bury their parents; war disrupts the order of nature, and parents bury their children.” – Herodotus
War can disrupt the natural order of life and create a sense of meaninglessness and uncertainty.
Just because you don’t agree with the war or violence, doesn’t mean you have to turn your backs on soldiers coming home from battle.
In fact, since more and more people are doing just that, be different, reach out to a fellow vet and be a source of guidance.
A lot of Vets are suffering from PTSD.
PTSD is defined as: “An anxiety disorder triggered by experiencing or seeing a terrifying event. “
Basically, post traumatic stress disorder is the result of the brain trying to process an unnatural order of life.
When faced with an out-of-order experience that is life threatening, the brain compresses the traumatic experience so that you are left to deal with it after the danger is over.
Our brain means well in the short term, but putting our emotions on layaway can really mess us up later.
Since reliving past trauma produces anxiety, we tend to avoid “processing” it, and the unresolved shock eventually comes out as random panic attacks.
This is the brains final and desperate attempt to deal with and decompress the trauma.
So, what is an out of order event?
That totally depends on how you grew up and what you were PROGRAMMED to believe is right and wrong. Everything comes down to a matter of perspective.
Some people actually grow up with death and violence around them, so it’s their normal, and doesn’t rock them as much as it would someone who isn’t accustomed to it.
Both Soldiers and citizens can all do a lot more to reduce this risk.
The fact that illegal immigrants have an easier time getting medical help than our American born citizens who risked their lives overseas is a problem.
365 days is how long it takes for most vets to get checked on mentally and once they are checked on they aren’t being handled the best way possible.
What do I know about coming home from Iraq or Afghanistan? Not much.
I have no idea what it’s like to kill a man or be at war, but I do have friends who have, and I’ve spent a good amount of time around them.
One of them in particular just called me after getting home from his last tour and he suggested I do a post to bring some awareness to this situation. I think it’s the least I can do.
So I interviewed him and a few other of my veteran friends to find out what’s really going on.
If I left anything out or you disagree with something, just leave a comment below letting me know.
Here are 6 ways that can help yourself or someone you love avoid ending their own life.
Self Worth is extremely important. It is the value you give yourself based on your personal accomplishments and feedback from your cultural editors.
When people turn their backs on Veterans after coming home it can be a hard pill to swallow.
It can cause a lowered sense of self worthiness.
When you choose to commit suicide your self worth is nonexistent.
I’m here to tell you that you CAN get it back.
Don’t let anyone else’s views of you or the war become your reality.
You have the final say in how you feel about anything that happens in your world.
The strongest reality wins.
If you don’t think you can unlearn and re program from these problems Dr. Mario Martinez is out to prove you wrong in his book The Mind Body Code.
He’s a Neuropsychologist, author, the founder of biocognition and a public speaker.
He teaches you a way to perform self cognitive behavioral therapy.
We are a lot like computers. When computers have a virus or malware we update the software.
Well we have to do the same things with our brains. We have to update the software, unlearn old habits and replace them with new upgraded thoughts and emotions.
One of the ways is through a form of Meditation. Just like a computer goes into safe or default mode, you can too.
You can’t just speak things into existence, you have to really feel them.
You can’t tell someone the stove is hot, they have to put their hand on it.
How do you feel it? Guided meditation and breath work, breathing into parts of the body and repeating a set of commands while you’re in there.
Below I have copy and pasted an exercise from the book that helped me a lot, and I think it can help you as well.
I recommend doing both.
Look at it as a mental boot camp that will make you stronger and more resilient in taking on your new battle, life in civilization.
From the book “The Mind Body Code”, By Dr. Mario Martinez:
“Before you begin, here is an important reminder: the mindbody code pathways are accessed indirectly and communicated experientially . They do not operate in a linear or intellectual way. Simply reasoning out or wishing for a solution will not change the conditions that maintain dysfunctional patterns. This is a key reason why self- destructive behavior does not change as a result of fear tactics or appeals to logic.
Please read the following instructions several times until you can do the technique with your eyes closed. Do not worry about following the steps perfectly. Trust that with practice, you will develop the proficiency you need.
Please note that this experiential exercise will introduce you to all five of the
wellness portals, but you do not have to explore them all at once. You can practice working with one portal at a time for as long as you wish, or you can practice with all five portals during one sitting. The method works best when you adjust it to your personal preference and needs.
THE FIRST PORTAL: BELLY TO FEET
THE NEXT THREE PORTALS
THE FIFTH PORTAL: SPIRIT
The procedure for this portal is different from the others because, as I mentioned before, the spiritual dimension does not have locality and does not reside in time and space; it has a nonlocal presence in an infinite realm. Thoughts, sensations, and feelings are amorphous glimpses of consciousness that take form and identity when we attempt to describe them. Spirit, however, is beyond consciousness and cannot be accessed directly. We can only experience the undulations of spirit the reflection of its presence. (I will explain the concept of undulations in the next section, Going Deeper.)
I highly recommend his book The Mind Body Code:
Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit at home and think of it. Go out and get busy.” –Dale Carnegie
When you’re busy you don’t have time to worry about all the stuff that bothers you.
You’re so focused on the task at hand that it puts you right in that moment, directly where you want to be.
How can you stay busy?
A lot of vets suffering from Post traumatic stress disorder resort to taking drugs to numb the pain.
Just like there’s no such thing as the fountain of youth, there is no pill you can take to erase killing someone.
There is no serum you can inject to take back seeing one of your brothers killed.
You have to go inside, relive those feelings, and replace them with new ones. That is the only way.
I know it’s easier said than done and I know it’s a quick escape, but long term, drugs will only make things worse.
It’s like putting a small band aid on a deep cut that really needs stitches.
You can’t truly love yourself if you’re abusing drugs on a regular basis.
Once you look at drugs as a weapon against your self, it’s a lot easier to stop doing them.
You wouldn’t cut yourself with a knife everyday and harm your exterior physically, so why do it with a pill that can cause harm emotionally and internally?
Once in a while marijuana can be cool if it works for you, but everyday habits that are detrimental to your mind and body are not. It is a form of self abuse, and once you look at it that way, and start honoring and loving yourself, it is a lot easier to stop the destruction.
Look at drugs as a weapon that you are using against yourself. Like a razor blade that you are using to make little cuts that add up over time.
If drugs are damaging your mind and body, why put yourself through that pain?
You are better than that and you deserve more.
Repeat those words to yourself over and over until you believe it. Because it’s true.
Don’t feel sorry for yourself or treat yourself as the enemy.
You are not the enemy you are the hero. Regardless of what may have happened.
Remember that always.
A ‘battle buddy’ service dog is so much more than just a service dog for a disabled veteran –they not only increases the quality of their handler’s lives on a daily basis, and allow them to decrease the intake of the harmful medications. They are also a beacon of hope for so many others struggling with Post Traumatic Stress and invisible wounds– showing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, that there is a way to find yourself again after combat, and create a new ending….that the best way is not necessarily through pills, but instead alongside a battle buddy, working towards a common mission.” –Battle Buddy
Coming home from war can be tough.
I wanted to have one of the points in this post be about friends, family and or a significant other. But I know not everyone has a support system like that, and humans can be pretty unreliable.
That’s all good though, because we have dogs.
Dog spelled backwards is God.
We all have a need to connect with, learn from, and empathize with others. It is necessary to our survival.
With honor, commitment and loyalty comes healing.
Commitment is the cure for abandonment.
Loyalty is the cure for betrayal.
Sad thing is, those attributes can be hard to find these days.
Getting a dog can bring these healing fields into your life.
If you want to obtain a service dog, you can link to their application on their website here: http://www.tbbf.org/apps/service-dog-application
Or go to the pound and adopt a dog. Save the dog while you save yourself.
Helping another person can give you a great sense of purpose.
It is now proven that doing good deeds for others raises the oxytocin in your brain naturally.
By killing yourself you are letting the enemy win. By helping others you are beating them even after the fact.
You are thriving and growing.
If you feel bad about anything you’ve done in the past, it’s never to late to start making good things happen in the present.
Give the gift of love, and you will receive it back ten fold for yourself.
Watch this video:
I used tapping because I was grinding my teeth in my sleep.
I don’t know if it’s a placebo or not, but it worked really well.
I do it before bed and when I wake up.
It makes me feel good.
It’s free and it can only help you. You have nothing to lose by trying it and I’ve heard stories of Veterans using it with much success: www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4hhMm8qsCs
Here is an article on the science behind tapping and how it can help someone with PTSD: www.eomega.org/article/tap-your-way-to-healing-ptsd-with-eft
I really help this post can help you or someone you love deal with this difficult topic. I had a hard time writing this because there really is no right way to talk about dealing with death.
There is no equivalent to the worth of a human life, and there is no greater pain than parents having to bury their children.
The best way to getting back to being you is finding something you love.
First, starting with yourself.
You are not the bad guy. If you kill yourself you are making yourself the enemy.
You have to find a reason to truly love yourself and forgive yourself for what you’ve done or what you’ve seen.
Meditation or going within is a magnetic force that can bring you to a happier more peaceful place.
Getting a dog can bring back that lost sense of commitment and loyalty to your life.
Helping others can give you a sense of purpose.
Don’t expect people to be grateful and bend over backwards for you.
People are ungrateful. Not everyone is taught gratitude, and a lot of people are against the war.
Remember, it takes a special person to risk so much for people who care so little.
Never put your happiness and self worth in someone else’s hands. They’ll drop it. They’ll drop it every single time.
It’s up to you.
You can always friend me on my facebook page if you need someone to talk to.
There once was an old Sicilian man named Pops from Jersey City. He built his house from scratch with his bare hands in a time when the American dream was still very much alive. Although it was a little bit sideways the house was strong and was his own. He didn’t owe anyone anything.
Pops never locked his door and would even leave it wide open most days. Even when all the Sicilians and whites started moving out and Blacks, Hispanics and Asians started moving in, Pops stayed strong. He kept that door wide open everyday. Everyone knew pops.
Pops was old school. A man’s man. He used his bathtub to make wine and his windowsill to grow his own tobacco and tomatoes. He rolled his own cigarettes way before hipsters and made his own sauce long before the ‘jersey shore’.
Pops was deeply in love with his childhood sweetheart Nona. They came to America together and built a strong family of six boys and one daughter. Those children had children, and so the lineage goes.
Nona passes away, everyone officially moved out of town, his kids all grown up, but Pops still stayed.
He built that house and he wasn’t going to let anyone take that from him. So he kept on chain smoking his home grown tobacco and swimming in his home brew of freshly fermented grapes. He had permanent tobacco stains on his finger tips, holes in his jeans, and dirt on his boots. But he could beat anyone in an arm wrestling match.
One day his favorite grandson Larry got a call from Pops.
“Hey Larry, it’s Pop pop. I need you to come put my leg back together.”
“What do you mean Pops?!”
“I fell, my leg, the bone is sticking out of it. I need you to pop it back in.”
“What?! Are you o.k.? I can’t do that Pop we have to bring you to the hospital! I’m coming right now.”
Pops had been lying on the ground all day. His hip was fractured and the bone was sticking out of his skin. The whole area was purple. He tried to fix it on his own but he couldn’t, all he wanted was his favorite grandson to put it back into place for him. They don’t make men like Pops anymore.
See, Pops never went to a doctor in his life and he hated hospitals. This was a different case though, an exception to the rule. He needed to go to the ER, and he did. The surgery was successful. But the doctors noticed other things, or maybe had other plans. Pops was ‘unhealthy’. He had high blood pressure and ‘bad’ cholesterol. Doctors wanted to put him on a cocktail of prescription drugs.
They told him he only had a year to live.
All the women in the family threw a fit.
“Please Grandpa do it for Nona!”
“It’s a waste of money, I don’t need them.” He really just wanted to be with Nona in heaven.
“It’s free, you have medical! Just promise you will go down to the drug store and get those prescriptions filled!”
After a few weeks of being bothered he finally made that promise.
“Alright, I’ll go get the prescriptions filled.”
Pops was 85 years old.
Years passed. The neighborhood got even worse. Pops stayed the same. Still chain smoking his window sill tobacco and drinking on his bath tub wine. Bacon and eggs were a daily routine. Fresh Tomatoes from the garden kept his heart in his home land.
He really didn’t care if he lived anymore and not much bothered him.
But lived he did. Pops kept going. That medicine those doctors gave him really must have worked.
All the way to 110 years old!
Then one day Larry gets the call. Pops passed away in his sleep.
Larry was his favorite, and the one closest to home, so he had to go with the police to identify the body and collect all his stuff.
They get upstairs to his room.
There’s tobacco everywhere, half smoked cigarettes in a huge flowerpot. The once white porcelain tub stained a purplish red.
Something is really weird though. The closet in Pop’s room has a deadbolt lock on it.
Pops never even locked his front door. Why would there be a lock on the closet?
They break the lock and open the door. Inside is 25 years worth of unopened prescription pills.
Pops never took one of them.
“Hey, I promised them I would go get the prescription filled, I never said I would actually take them,” Larry heard Pops voice in his head.
All Larry could do was look up to heaven and smile.
True strength prevails, iron will the best medicine.
Using your messed up childhood as an excuse for being a subpar human as an adult is lame. James Todd Smith or LL Cool J as he is ubiquitously known is a prime example of someone who could have easily gone that route, but chose not to.
He’s a three time Grammy Award winner, 11 time platinum recording artist, talented actor, author, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He also was raised in an abusive household.
I recently had the chance to work with Todd for a couple of weeks. Within the first few hours, I realized why he is one of the most successful celebrities to ever step foot on the stage.
On his road to greatness, there were no favors involved or lucky breaks. He made no excuses, out worked everyone, and played to his strengths instead of his weaknesses.
He made his own rules.
Todd Smith, also known as LL Cool J, didn’t have the easiest childhood. His Mom left his father when he was a young boy to go live with her parents. His father didn’t like that very much so he showed up one night and opened up fire on LL’s mom and grandpa, with a shotgun. Todd witnessed it all, the blood was everywhere.
Luckily his mom and grandfather survived.
Shortly thereafter his dad fled to California. Instead of his mom and grandparents pressing charges they just let him go.
While in the hospital recovering his Mom met a new man. His name was Roscoe. He would turn-out to inflict more pain on a young LL then his father ever could.
Once LL’s mom got back to good health she started working again. She worked two jobs so she could pay the mortgage on their house in North Babylon, NY.
The fact that she was at work all day and all night left Roscoe and LL alone most of the time.
He would rotate beating me with extension cords, vacuum cleaner attachments, and fists. He would punch me in the chest and knock the wind out of me — and then tell me to “raise up,” get up for another punch. One time he threw me down a flight of stairs in our house. He even beat me for looking in the refrigerator. There’s nothing worse than being hungry and staring into an empty refrigerator because your mother’s man ate all the food after smoking a pound of weed — and then getting a beating for being hungry. Yo, it could freak you out.
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. You can use all the screwed up things that happened to you in the past as a reason to fail, or you can use it as fuel for the fire that illuminates the path on your road to success.
You are not your past. You are the product of what you do today and what you do everyday from here on out.
Nothing should motivate you more than being in a shitty situation. To get comfortable you have to go through some discomfort. There’s no excuse for not doing something for yourself today to give you a better life tomorrow. Whether that’s reading a book, going to the gym, or networking with someone who is more successful than yourself.
Having a full time job is a lame excuse for not building yourself, your brand, and your dreams. Having a full time job still leaves you many hours after work and on the weekend to work on yourself. There’s no reason to not give everything you have to your dream and what you love to do most, whatever that may be.
Hanging out with people going nowhere and or watching TV in your downtime is not an acceptable thing to be doing if you hate your life and hate your job. If you hate your job you should be doing things to get you out of that situation, not things that are going to keep you there.
Don’t let anyone or anything from your past hold you down. Just because someone treated you bad, does not mean you have to treat yourself the same. Just because you failed 100 times does not mean you will fail on the 101st time.
Reprogram yourself right now. Convince yourself that you are great. You deserve happiness and success. If you don’t do it, no one else will.
You deserve the best. You are your own best friend. Do for yourself, what you would do for the person you love the most in this world.
You are awesome. You are unique in your own way, and nobody can ever do it like you can. Just do it.
One of the craziest stereotypes about famous people is that they somehow just got lucky to get where they’re at. Or even worse, that they worship the devil and are part of the Illuminati. Nothing could be further from the truth. Clear that notion from your mind immediately. It’s bad programming and will keep you at the bottom.
Nobody at the top got there because of luck. They got there because they outworked everyone else, and didn’t stop working, ever.
We find all types of excuses as to why someone else made it and we didn’t. Whether it’s their good looks, famous parents or the, “all she ever did was a sex tape” line. Cut the bullshit right now. Stop making excuses for why someone else is successful and you’re not. Even if you’re right, it’s bad programming and it doesn’t work. It will never make you a better person or put money in your bank account. Only working harder than everyone else will do that.
We look at celebrities and see this “party and bullshit” lifestyle being portrayed, as if that’s how they really live. They don’t. That’s a lie. Celebrities work harder than you do. That’s why they’re at the top and you’re not. They. Worked. Harder. Than. You.
We see them at the top of the mountain, sitting under a rainbow with a pot of gold, but we never see them climbing the hills through all of the storms to get there.
Guess what? LL Cool J doesn’t go out drinking or smoking blunts with his ‘friends’ after work.
If our call time was 8 am in the studio, LL would be up at 6 in the morning hitting the gym. Bettering himself and investing in his brand.
The most successful person on set, up before everyone else, working harder than anyone else. While everyone else was sleeping this man was building. Coincidence? Not at all.
Imagine your name in lights.
I came home after the show and practiced my stuff in front of the mirror. At first I hated my voice. It was nasal and just didn’t sound good. It didn’t sound like the guys on the records. But I kept practicing, trying to say words that sounded best coming from my voice. I know that sounds funny. But think about it: Can you hear Busta Rhymes on his record Woo-hah! telling you he wants to kiss a woman gently on her neck? I don’t think so. Or Chuck D from Public Enemy: “Bassm I want to make love!” It doesn’t work. But I kept listening to the great rappers and what made them great. And I found that each of them was doing rhymes that accommodated their voices. So I had to find mine. And I did.
Play to your strengths and not your weaknesses. Fake it until you make it. Dress the part. If you’re not one of the best pretend that you are.
All summer I had been begging Jay to let me get on the mike. But he looked at me like a snot-nosed kid. He kept telling me, “Maybe next year, kid.” I couldn’t wait until next year. Next year is forever when you’re 13. I had been practicing and writing rhymes for almost two years. As far as I was concerned, I was ready.
I finally wore him down by the end of the summer. He was doing a block party at 113th Avenue and came and got me. They set up the equipment and my fingers were itching to grab that mike and rock the party. But they were having technical difficulties. There was a short in a wire and they couldn’t get it working. On the other side of the block, a rival DJ crew already had their sound pumping. I walked across the street and asked them If I could get down. They handed me the mike.
Seize the moment. Don’t second guess yourself. If you want it, take it.
A 13 year old LL wanted it so bad that he left who he was supposed to be rocking with once their equipment wasn’t working to walk across the street and perform with the group that already had the crowd going. The outcome? Everyone loved him. His star power was on the rise.
No one knows who said this famous phrase first, but we do know they were a serious person. They weren’t saying it as a figure of speech during their little kids pre-game pep talk. They were literally telling someone to grab that bull by the horns or risk death by hoof to the heart.
Trying to grab the neck or legs of a dangerous creature like this is not an option. You have to face the problem directly by grabbing the beast by the horns and then pulling it to the ground with authority. Such is life.
I also started thinking about a record contract. I would go to record stores and write down the labels of every rap record they had. Then I would send a tape to each label – CBS, Sugar Hill, Island, Tommy Boy, Electra, Profile, Enjoy. I imagined myself getting signed to any one and becoming a huge star. But two weeks later, the letters started coming in. Most of them started the same way: “Thank you for your interest in CBS records, but…” Always that “but.”
Within a few months, I was getting so many letters that had the “but” in it that it wasn’t even funny. In the beginning my mother and grandmother were right there with me, consoling me. But after a while, I was so frustrated I didn’t want them to know. So I started hiding the letters, or just throwing them away. They knew what I was doing, but they never imagined where it would end up.
None of the record companies were feeling my art. The letters kept coming in. Sometimes I wanted to cry, but I didn’t. If I had cried that would have meant my spirit was broken and I would have quit. But something inside me told me to keep trying. And I persevered.
When he was 16 he got kicked out of his house for dropping out of school. He chose his dream over an education. It was all or nothing, and the gamble paid off.
Imagine if LL listened to those record companies that weren’t feeling him and just gave up? Where would he be today?
Never give up.
You will gain more wisdom from the process of reaching your goals than in attaining them. There are great benefits to be had by exploring and learning the wisdom of imperfection.
The resilience to overcome your disappointments, the perseverance to overcome your obstacles, the creativity to look for alternative answers, and the flexibility to navigate through the turbulence.
You can do it.
We can learn a lot from children. Some of the most important lessons we learn in this life time come to us at a very young age. It seems the older we get the more we forget that.
I know most public schools are useless when it comes to preparing us for the ‘real world’, but it also seems that we’ve overlooked A LOT of the basics that were taught to us in those early lessons.
Maybe some of our teachers just didn’t dive deep enough. They brought us to the pond but didn’t teach us how to fish. They gave us the words but didn’t teach us how to embody the message.
The Tortoise and the Hare.
How plants are also alive, just like humans.
Not crying over spilled milk.
Just to name a few.
We worry about stupid stuff. Trivial matters that wouldn’t mean anything to us if we were staring death in the eye.
In this ever-growing complex world we find ourselves living in, it’s important more than ever to realize how trivial some of this stuff really is. And how we can learn a lot from our old selves, those innocent little children who seemed to not have a care in the world.
Here are 5 things from our childhood that we must never forget, that we can utilize daily in order to be the most happy and at peace with ourselves.
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I asked my facebook friends what they missed most from their childhood and over 50 people commented.
Having fun was at the top of the list.
That’s a shame. Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you have to stop having fun.
Never stop living free.
Do what you want to do. Play some games. Make things up as you go along.
Create your own universe and the reality that surrounds you.
I remember in second grade I had one of those progress reports, or parent teacher conferences, whatever you want to call it.
The teacher told my mom that I was a great kid but that I had a problems paying attention. That my mind would wander and I would always get caught doodling on the sidebar of my notebook rather than paying attention to the lesson at hand.
Well yeah, I wasn’t paying attention lady. Your lessons were bad. Maybe I would have paid attention if you captivated me, which really shouldn’t have been that hard considering I was an 8 year old.
So instead of figuring out why I wasn’t engaged, they punished me for my differences. That was a big mistake.
They were teaching me that my imagination was bad, and that conformity was good.
Imagination is everything.
Watching shows and commercials that bombard us with rapid-fire imaging that changes every two-to-three seconds is messing us up. They’re making it too easy for us, it’s brainwashing.
That’s one of the reasons kids have such bad ADD problems today. They have a huge crutch when it comes to imagination, all the work is done for them, and it shows.
A short attention span can screw up your relationships, making them shallow and unsatisfying.
It’s never too late to start creating. Just because you may have a boring job and have to pay bills doesn’t mean you can’t work on yourself and your own dreams on your own time.
Instead of hanging out after work or on the weekends start building something.
Most people have off weekends. That’s 104 extra days a year to get some work done for yourself.
Work that you love and enjoy doing. Whatever that may be, just do it.
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If you are awake enough, you will realize that you treat some people different than others.
That’s because you are role-playing.
The way you speak to a janitor may be different than how you kiss-up to a boss or that girl you want to impress.
The more you identify yourself with these roles, the more inauthentic your relationships become. Treat everyone the same, just like a child would.
Children don’t care if you’re a CEO or a gas station attendant. It’s all love and happiness.
So stop talking about that coworker in the cubicle next to you. They may just end up being your boss one day.
Kids can be the most genuine.
Kid: “These mash potatoes suck.”
Parent: “Now dear, don’t say that to your Uncle, that’s not nice.”
Boom, see that? We’re automatically taught to hold back how we really feel inside.
Programmed into liars by our parents and societal constructs.
This doesn’t mean you have to be brutally honest with people and tell them how much they suck.
It just means you don’t have to lie and tell someone how great they’re doing when in reality they’re not.
Keep it real. Say what you mean and mean what you say.
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Starbucks on every corner. Red bull and five hour energy drinks are all the rage.
Majority of these people are trying to ‘floor it’ in a car that has already run out of gas.
It’s all a cover up, another band aid masking a wound that really needs stitches.
It’s pretty easy to figure out why so many people are on-edge, with their cortisol levels shooting through the roof.
We don’t need more caffeine we just need more sleep.
We don’t need more action we just need more rest.
We don’t need more stimulation we need more meditation.
Technology has us staring into artificial lights all night long. Two steps forward and three steps back.
All this technology is cool now, but will come at great costs later.
That bright-light we stare into before bed is messing up our circadian rhythms and draining us of vital life-force.
Once the sun goes down so should we. Besides some candle light or a nice fire give your eyes and mind a break.
One of the most well rested weeks of my life was when hurricane Sandy blacked-out all of New York.
With no power, I had no choice but to go to sleep earlier. I felt great.
Sleep is my favorite supplement.
So what can you do to make up for the lack of sleep and all that over stimulation?
It’s easy, just do nothing for 30-40 minutes a day.
I do something called Corpse Pose.
That’s me lying on the floor in a hotel lobby. Guess what? I’m a better human because of it.
Lying in ‘Corpse Pose’ is the number one way to relieve stress. It’s nature’s Xanax.
Not shutting the display on your cell phone is the quickest way to drain the battery.
We are very similar. Majority of our energy is lost through our eye-sight.
Close your eyes for 30-40 minutes a day and just do nothing. You don’t even have to fall asleep. You just have to let go and get away.
If you don’t go within, you go without.
You’ll feel revitalized with a sense of calm sustained energy, just like you deserve to have.
Try it, let me know how it goes.
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The Tortoise and the Hare.
The faster you move, the older you get.
The more you rush, the quicker time goes by.
Take your time. Breathe.
It amazes me how many people drive faster than they should.
Or they rush by the next person on the sidewalk thinking they’re getting ahead.
They are the hare, they just end up losing in the end.
Where are they really going? Where do they have to be that badly? They’re in a rush to nowhere.
One of the hardest lines of all time.
When you rush, that’s when accidents happen. Accidents can kill you.
When you rush, you get stressed, stress will kill you.
Break the word disease down. It’s dis and ease, dis-ease; a body not at ease. Be at ease.
Take your time, throw your clocks out. You’ll get there when you get there.
Think about the turtle. Everyone makes fun of him for being slow, but that guy out lives us all.
Follow nature. Slow down the pace of life in order to prolong its span.
Enjoy the view. Take it all in.
It’s now a clock. You can never be early, and never bet too late.
Living in the moment means not being worried about the future and not getting down about the past.
You are not your past. Stop thinking about it.
Kids are the best at that. You tell a kid that you’re doing something in an hour and they come back five minutes later telling you they’re ready. The time is now.
We lose touch with that. We worry about everything but the beautiful moment we’re in.
That’s why they call it the present. Because it’s a gift.
That’s why people love taking vacations. Because they’re finally being struck with new stimuli and which is giving them no choice but to live in the moment.
With all the new sights and sounds they’re so busy caught up in the moment, they forget about the future and the past.
They’re finally truly living.
You don’t need to go away to achieve that. It’s right here. Paradise isn’t some vacation destination, it’s wherever I am.
That’s what our authorities were trying to tell us with the whole spilled milk thing.
Once that liquid is down the drain it’s gone. You’ll never see it again.
Now is the moment of power, and all power comes from within.
Conscious breathing can bring you there. Training your senses can put you there as well.
It’s easy, all you have to do is appreciate all the beauty around you.
Whenever you can remember to take a few breaths. Out through the mouth and in through the nose.
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“The last days of colonialism taught America’s revolutionaries that soldiers in the streets bring conflict and tyranny. As a result, our country has generally worked to keep the military out of law enforcement. But according to investigative reporter Radley Balko, over the last several decades, America’s cops have increasingly come to resemble ground troops. The consequences have been dire: the home is no longer a place of sanctuary, the Fourth Amendment has been gutted, and police today have been conditioned to see the citizens they serve as an other—an enemy.” – Rise of the Warrior Cop
They never gave us a class in school for this.
So grab your notepads. Let’s go to war.
This is the How to Get Pulled Over and Not Get Killed (Police State 2015 Edition)
Let me start off by reminding you that I’m white and that these are only my opinions. If you’re wondering what gives me the right to speak on this topic let me quickly mention a few things: I’ve been arrested before. I’ve been beaten up by the police. I’ve been falsely accused and convicted of a crime I did not commit, and I’ve probably been pulled over more than 40 times in my 15 years of being a licensed driver. And, I’m white. I’ve dealt with the police the hard way and the easy way, and the hard way never worked. Not once.
I’d also like to add in that I’m a pretty cool guy who has friends from all different walks of life. From NYPD officers to convicted felons, I’ve spoken with all of them on this topic. There’s no reason an unarmed human being should EVER wind up dead after being pulled over for a routine traffic stop.
Lately, when I look at my Facebook timeline, all I seem to see is Police Brutality videos. I don’t know if this is some master plan the monster has for us to keep us divided and hating each other or if this truly is a nation-wide epidemic. It’s probably a little bit of both, but we can always do better.
There is a fine line between righteous anger and toxic emotions. Right now, I see a lot of toxic emotions. Toxic emotions, which if left unattended, can spill over into your everyday life, affecting your relationships and interactions with your fellow man.
On Facebook (Antagonistic book) I see a lot of racism, hate, fighting and anger.
In real life I see a lot of love, peace, growth, togetherness and healing.
You create your own universe.
If evil aliens came down from space today and declared War on us you better believe we would throw this racism talk right out the window, get on the phone with Will Smith, bare arms, join forces and celebrate a brand new Independence day.
Now, while I recognize a lot of cops can be very difficult humans, I also see a lot of things we as citizens can do to make interactions with police officers go a lot easier.
That said, here are 4 rules to live by when getting pulled over in 2015 during the Police State.
“When dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic. We are dealing with creatures of emotion, creatures bristling with prejudices and motivated by pride and vanity.” – Dale Carnegie
Don’t delay or avoid the inevitable. You don’t want the cop to think you are trying to run away.
Get to the right side of the road, as far as you can go, and put yourself in a happy place. Smile. Think about something that makes you happy. You can think of puppies. If puppies don’t make you happy you’re a pretty evil person and maybe you deserve to die. I’m just joking. Let’s keep it moving…
Actions speak louder than words. When you smile it says, ‘I like you. You make me happy. I am glad to see you.” Even if you don’t feel that way, do it, it works.
If you can find a safe place to pull into, do that. If you can, make sure you pull over enough so that you’re not sticking out into the road. This protects you and the officer from other cars crashing into you. Some cops will notice this and appreciate you for it. That’s called winning.
Nice job, you’re already getting on the cops’ good side.
Now change your energy. Energy is everything. Our body language speaks volumes words can never reach. People can feel the energy on you. I know it’s hard and you’re mad and you hate cops (I get it), but just pretend. Convince yourself that this is a good person, that everything is going to go smooth and that he’s going to like you and let you off easy.
“The wise warrior avoids the battle.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War
I like to imagine it’s one of my friends fathers approaching my car. Better yet, imagine it is your girl friends’ father and you are meeting him for the first time. You are a respectful person when it comes to stuff like that, right?
If it’s a younger cop I envision him as my friend. Like someone I went to school with.
Check your ego at the door and humble yourself. Make the cop feel important and powerful. This is what they get off on. This will make them like you and increase your chances of getting off easy. So many people disrespect and show frustration towards cops these days. Separate yourself from the pack.
An example of making a cop feel important would be to ask him how his day is going, or even thanking him for his service. As the cop approaches my window I smile, say hello and ask them how their day is going. This catches them completely off-guard. I can see they’re not used to it and automatically their whole energy shifts. The outcome of the game is now shifting in my favor.
Finding something you can sincerely compliment is helpful, like his blacked-out dodge charger or nice black on black ACG Nike boots. I know this makes you sick to think about, but it works and unfortunately, it’s a matter of life or death.
You will gain absolutely nothing by being disrespectful or questioning their authority. Trust me I know, I’ve tried it. It never worked. Unless you’re a lawyer, just shut up and be as agreeable as you can. I don’t care if you weren’t doing anything wrong. Let your lawyer deal with that part later.
I know this sucks and it shouldn’t be this way but it’s just the way it is right now. Until it’s different we can either follow the rules, change the game, or pack up everything and leave this place. The latter is looking better and better everyday.
How you look and dress determines how people receive you. You can fight that and go against it or go with it and use it to your advantage. The choice is yours.
Wear a custom fitted made-to-measure suit. Cops don’t mess with people in suits. Just ask the bankers.
People who wear suits get treated differently then people who don’t. That’s just how it is. Don’t believe me? Wear a made-to-measure tailored suit everyday for a month and keep a diary. Let me know how it goes.
If you have fitted caps littered all behind your back seat covering up the rear view, the cop is going to start judging you. Also, If have tinted windows. Don’t drive a car with tinted windows. I don’t care how cool these things look. Cool doesn’t keep you alive or out jail in this case, and they will use these reasons to pull you over. Don’t give them a reason.
If you’re black that is a lot harder than it sounds. I know, I get it and I hear you, some cops judge and will pull you over based on your skin color alone. Do your best to not take it personal and always assume the good before the bad.
If you are blasting music and the cop walks up to a cloud full of cigarette smoke he’s going to get mad. Why get a cop mad? These are people who can kill you, and get away with it. Don’t get them mad. Some of them actually want you to get them mad so they have a reason to escalate the situation and then use their ‘authority’ on you. If a cop asks you to put your cigarette out just put it out. Be agreeable. It’s a small price to pay for your life. You can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar.
Trying to be right is wrong. You sound smart quoting the constitution until you end up on your ass with a taser in your neck or even worse shot dead. You were right. The cop was wrong. But it doesn’t matter because now you’re dead wrong and the system will justify why the cop had to do that and the whole case gets thrown out. It happens all the time, I know, it’s screwed up.
This 17-year-old kid Deven Guilford learned the hard way. The cop was wrong and he was right, but he still wound up dead. Like all of the others, it’s a very sad story and I realize that, but this young man could have done a lot of things differently. He could have lost the short game and won the long game (life). Instead he tried to prove that the cop was wrong. Over and over again, he tried to beat the cop at his own game, and the cop actually killed him for it.
I know all of this isn’t right, but it’s just the way humans are. Knowing this you must put a certain type of system in place. I like to always have something sports-related in my car. A baseball glove, a football, a basketball something that says “I’m an athlete and not a criminal”. A criminal justice text book works great too. Something that makes a cop relate to you and see himself in you. This is how you outwit the devil.
Most cops were jocks and all cops studied criminal justice. Are you starting to get the picture? This shit is simple. Mental judo 101.
An entire sea of water can’t sink a ship unless it gets inside the ship. Just as the negativity of the world can’t bring you down unless you allow it to get inside you.
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War
Some cops are scared. Or at least they say they were when push comes to shove and the entire nation has them under a microscope calling for their head. Whether they were scared and that’s true or not doesn’t even matter. Cops say they’re scared? Cool, now it’s my job to make them feel safe.
Next to feeling important, safety is one of the most primal feelings a human desires. In terms of the mind-body connection, the safety portal runs from the feet to the belly. The physiological expression of this portal is most evident when there is a threat to our physical or emotional safety. A fight or flight response.
This is why a lot of people run when they see the police. They are legitimately scared.
This is also why a lot of cops draw their firearm when they are pulling up to a car with tinted windows. They’ve heard bad stories of police officers being shot before and those stories make them scared. They think you’re going to pull out a gun and shoot them. They train for that so it’s always in the back of their head.
When you keep your hands on the steering wheel at all times you make the officer feel safe. Just do it. It works.
Keep your driving papers somewhere visible so it’s very easy for you to grab without looking like you are reaching for a weapon. I keep mine right underneath my radio in the middle console.
I’ve seen some videos teaching people to only put down the window an inch or two when being pulled over. I don’t like that method at all. That’s just going to make the cop not like me and increase my chances of the interaction taking a turn for the worst. It’s also going to make the cop want to know what I’m hiding and find out what’s inside my car.
I once had a cop pull me over right after the toll plaza at the Tappan Zee Bridge.
Instead of getting out of his car and approaching my car like normal, he was screaming at me on his megaphone to do something. The only problem was I couldn’t hear what he was saying because of all the traffic whizzing by.
As it turned out, he was directing me to exit my car with my hands up and walk backwards towards him. Whoops.
After a few attempts to get my cooperation, he exited his navy blue squad car, drew his firearm and approached my window screaming, “Get the fuck out of the car, put your hands up and walk backwards towards me, NOW!”
I was pissed off and didn’t understand why he was treating me like that. I was thinking about myself only and not the other person.
It turned out the car I was driving was falsely reported stolen after it had been towed in New York City. The cop thought I was a car thief and treated me as if I was armed and dangerous.
Put yourself in the other persons’ shoes. Always.
Stop thinking about yourself for a minute and think about what the other person wants.
I’m talking to you Johnny Cop.
I’m talking to you average Joe citizen.
When people are scared they do stupid things.
When your fight or flight response is triggered the body stops blood from traveling to the stomach and brain for digestion and sends it to the legs and other muscles to prepare for a fight. This means you’re literally not thinking straight.
When the body is scared it literally thinks it’s more important to run or fight then to think and digest. This is why a lot of good people wake up in jail asking themselves “what happened?” or “why did I do that!?”
This is why some of the best fighters of all time preach about fighting with zero anger. It helps them utilize their brains more efficiently. I could do a whole post on that.
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is a perfect example of this. He never looks mad. In the ring he doesn’t let his emotions get the best of him. He’s a tactical wizard who beats his opponents by making them beat themselves. The average fan might not love it but it works.
Win the battle before it even starts. Don’t give them a reason. Don’t reach for your phone to film. Don’t reach for your wallet. Don’t reach for anything. Keep your hands on the wheel until they get there and smile.
A cop will tell you, eventually. Or maybe not at all if you get lucky and get off with just a warning.
Give them all the power right away. Treat them like a king. Even if it kills you inside just do it. It works. People just want to feel important. They want you to honor them. A lot of cops sign up for a badge just for this reason alone. Make their dream come true. They will love you for it.
Criticism is dangerous, because right away it hurts their pride, hurts their sense of importance and awakens a sense of resentment in them.
So, don’t say, “Don’t you have anything else better to do!?” That will get the cop mad.
When the cop is mad he’s more likely to kill you. This is insane that this is actually a thing.
“Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.” Matthew 5:25-26 NKJV
Sometimes we need to lose the small battles in order to win the war. If a cop saw you on your cell phone, or speeding, or doing anything remotely wrong, just admit to it when he asks you. Even better, if it was that obvious admit to it before he even mentions it. Tell him you were stupid. Tell him you regret it and that you understand if he has to give you a ticket. They will be so refreshed by your upfront honesty that they will start to look for reasons to not give you a ticket. They may even start to feel bad for and realize what they pulled you over for wasn’t a really big deal in the first place.
Obviously, if it’s something he has no clue about, like you having 1-2 drinks an hour ago or that you have a bag of pot on you, don’t admit to that. They’re not psychics.
If it’s a petty violation that they without-a-doubt witnessed with their own eyes, just be honest. People respect honesty. Being able to admit when you’re wrong is a very admirable character trait to have.
People get mad at liars. Lying is a very bad character trait to have. Don’t be a liar. It took me a long time to realize that. Lying gets you nowhere.
Cops are used to angry liars, so they will be refreshed and willing to take it easy on you when coming across an honest nice person with the great intentions.
If you want to survive your next encounter with a Police Officer, I’ve prepared a check-list for you. It’s easy to follow and will help increase your chances of survival. Here’s what you need to do:
So next time a cop wants to be right, let them have it. Detect the ego in them. Play to that. Let them be right. Let them think they are in the drivers seat. It will take you a lot further. Shit, you don’t even have to waste your own gas money.
Being right is wrong.
If you really can’t live without filming the police, just get yourself a phone holder for your windshield. Keep your phone attached to it at all times and be ready to hit the record button. When the time comes, you can even tell the officer, with a smile, “this pullover is being recorded for both my and your safety.”
Any rules to live by that I left off the list? Leave a comment below and let me know.
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There are few things better than taking the perfect shit. After a successful elimination you should feel light, fresh, and invigorated. Just how you deserve to feel.
Going to the bathroom is very important. Most medical professionals say we should eliminate waste 1-3 times a day.
Truth is though when it comes to ‘ dropping a deuce’ most of us are doing a pretty crappy job. We sit on a toilet putting ourselves in an unnatural position. We try to multitask and focus on reading or listening to music. We use dry toilet paper to wipe. We suffer immensely with all types of bowel movement disorders.
There are no toilets found in nature.
We think we are smarter than animals and the mother creator but we are not.
God or whatever you think designed this place got it right the first time.
A lot of our health problems are very simply to correct. All we have to do is take a look back to nature, see what the animals and original humans did, and copy them.
Our closest ancestors, monkeys, squat down with their knees drawn up to their chests when it’s time to go.
Original man squatted as well.
In fact, 2/3 of the entire human population to this day don’t use a sit-down toilet when it’s time to take a number two.
If he shits in the woods and no one is there to see it did it really even happen? That’s pretty deep, I’m going to save that for a future post.
Let’s get back on track.
It is only in the industrialized West, where we think we are better than everyone else, that people sit down to defecate just as they sit down to eat.
It’s no surprise that so many of us suffer from chronic constipation, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome and many other problems caused by trying to evacuate the bowels of toxic waste while being stuck in the sitting position.
While the sit down toilet does save your legs from the effort it takes to be in the squat position, it doesn’t save your bowels. It actually puts a strain on your organs and puts you in a position that makes it much more difficult on your body.
When sitting on a toilet, the lower end of your colon is bent. To correct this your body requires a major muscular effort to eliminate.
This effort or strain, can cause the tiny capillaries that feed the anal sphincter to burst causing hemorrhoids.
When squatting, the colon aligns itself naturally with the rectum and anus, which then can open completely and effortlessly.
I took that image above from naturesplatform.com. If you want to learn more about why squatting is superior to sitting go to that site. They have covered pretty much everything there is to say and list many studies and resources proving that squatting is better and that sitting can cause people a lot of health problems.
When squatting your cheeks go into a full spread. That’s because being in the squat position allows more feces to exit the colon. It leaves less of a mess than sitting so you’ll save more money on toilet paper. Saving money is good.
Toilet paper is a stupid invention anyway. I hate toilet paper.
When you get your hands dirty do you take tissue paper and rub it around your hands til the dirt is gone?
No, you don’t do that. So why do we use this method on our precious assholes?
Get some baby wipes or a warm wet paper towel and clean your asshole the right way.
I’m talking to you shitty asshole guy.
Use water my friend.
Here are some of the negative disorders that can occur from sitting instead of squatting :
If you had the very simple choice of correcting even one of those ailments by squatting rather than sitting, don’t you think you should give it a try? What do you really have to lose?
First, squatting on a sit-down toilet. All you have to do is raise the seat and stand up on the rim, then squat down slowly until your knees are pressed against your chest. If you’re doing this barefoot, squat on the seat instead of the rim.
A sink, handle or something sturdy near by can serve you as an armrest to help with your balance. Handicap stalls provide a very nice safety bar.
Pro Tip: Put some toilet paper in the bowl before doing this to avoid the ever so dreaded “splash effect”.
Second, buying the Squatty Potty. If you’re going this route you should grab the 9 inch one. This is because you want your knees as close to your chest as possible.
The Squatty Potty is Doctor recommended and endorsed. It’s strong and durable, family-friendly, and will give you easier and faster bathroom visits. It complements and stores under any toilet and has over 1,000 reviews on Amazon.
Even Howard Stern uses it:
They offer one in white plastic, sculpted plywood and even a very nice looking adjustable bamboo one :
Third, if you’re a handy man or woman you can build a simple wooden frame to be placed around your toilet. Do it yourself.
If you follow nature and the simple suggestion of squatting you will greatly reduce your risk of suffering from bowel movement disorders. For a clean, unobstructed colon is one of the most important prerequisites on the road to good health and long life.
As the alchemist and legendary Taoist Ho Kung wrote:
“Those who aspire to longevity
must keep their bowels clean;
those who wish to delay death
must keep their bowels unobstructed”
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I recently read a book called “Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs”. I was immediately struck with anger, sadness and disbelief. 25 reasons drugs should be legal and my thoughts are underneath.
1. Harry Anslinger was RACIST.
This guy is probably responsible for more deaths than Hitler and very few people even know who he is. He was a United States government official who served as the first commissioner of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Federal Bureau of Narcotics. He started the war on drugs. Before he came along all drugs were legal and people were doing pretty well. He was an inflexible supporter of prohibition and the criminalization of drugs and many of his policies and regulations are still in place today.
To get a feel for how he got down, just check out some of his quotes:
“Refer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men…the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races.”
“…most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.”
Yeah, that’s the guy who is responsible for making all drugs illegal. He’s the guy whose law and regulations still hold weight today. His archaic way of thinking has no place in our modern day society. Especially if we want true ‘equality’. Why are we still following rules put in place by a racist bigot whose main motive in making all drugs illegal was to keep certain groups of people at the bottom?
2. Less people would overdose.
100 Americans die of overdose each day. This number doesn’t have to be so high. Many people don’t even realize that overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S at around 38,000 people a year.
Let me break this down for you real quick.
If you had a loved one who was doing drugs and you couldn’t stop them no matter what, would you rather have them taking drugs of a known strength and purity or have them play a guessing game of how strong and pure their drugs are?
Would you rather them take drugs produced in accordance with strict medial standards or drugs that were cut with dangerous adulterants produced by organized criminals?
You can’t stop the people from doing drugs. You can only hope to contain them.
3. Less people would go to jail.
Pretty simple. When all drugs are legal no one gets arrested for selling or possessing them anymore.
From New York to California the jailed and torture of addicts is routine. To pick one kind of torture: The Justice department estimates that 216,000 people are raped in these prisons every year. This is the number of rape victims not actual rapes — that number is far higher.
As the writer Christopher Glazek has pointed out, this means the United States is the first society in human history where more men have been raped than women. Don’t tell a feminist that though.
4. Drugs would be held to a higher standard and produced at a better quality.
Supply and demand. The good stuff would reign supreme. Less worry about the come down and more focus on the come up.
This would also decrease the number of accidental overdoses and save human lives. That’s what we want people. To save humans.
5. Performance enhancing drugs like steroids and HGH would make humans better.
Better focus and drive.
I’m all for self enhancement. Do whatever it takes to be the best.
If people want an advantage give them one. This would result in bigger accomplishments and getting more work done.
Less people would suffer the negative side effects that come along with taking PEDs because they would now feel safe opening up to their doctors about taking them.
In turn they could be professionally monitored and reduce the risk of inflicting damage upon themselves when all they ever wanted in the first place was to be a better human.
6. The Mexican cartel would lose power.
No one kills more people than the mexican cartels. 60,000 killed in the last 5 years.
That doesn’t need to happen. When all drugs become legal majority of the illegal activity surrounding them vanish.
Why are the Mexican cartels so powerful? Oh yeah, because drugs are illegal.
This isn’t rocket science.
7. People wouldn’t have to drive out of their neighborhood to ‘shady’ parts of town to score drugs.
I know of someone who died in Paterson, New Jersey trying to score heroin. Most people would call that person an idiot, and they might be right, but when an addict needs a fix they will do a lot of dumb stuff to get it.
When all drugs become legal obtaining them will no longer turn into an adventure that can lead to death or jail. You will go to the pharmacy where it’s safe. Where the customer is always right.
8. People would be less addicted.
Let me be clear. This is not a PSA for drugs.
Taking drugs and drinking everyday is not a smart idea. I do not do that.
In fact as I write this I haven’t taken a drug or had a sip of alcohol in over two months.
It’s not what winners do and it’s a one way ticket to losing.
Let’s be honest though, if Crack was legal would you start smoking it?
No, you probably wouldn’t. Crack would still be wack.
That mural shown above by Keith Haring still stands and it stands for good reason.
9. Families wouldn’t fall apart.
Our family structure is falling apart. Dads are ripped away from their families and thrown in prison. Moms are having their kids killed and taken away because of marijuana.
It’s ridiculous. It needs to stop.
There’s no need for the utter lack of common sense. There’s no need for the inhumane treatment.
— Anyone’s Child (@anyoneschild) August 7, 2015
10. Babies wouldn’t be born addicted to drugs.
If drugs were legal clinics that distributed them would not supply pregnant women with drugs like street dealers do.
I don’t know if you knew this but street dealers are ruthless.
Like most people who only care about a dollar, they will do anything to make that money.
That includes selling to a pregnant woman.
I understand why though.
When you make drugs illegal and leave it up to the streets to conduct business a set of certain rules get put into place.
Street rules. Laws you have to follow to survive on your block.
You can’t ever look soft or lose a customer to the next man. If you do it means loss of your corner and even death.
That’s just the way it is.
11. Addicts wouldn’t rob, steal and kill to get high.
They wouldn’t have to rob anyone.
Home invasions aren’t happening because people want cigarettes and beer. (Those things are legal)
Home invasions are happening over drugs and drug money.
12. The number of prostitutes would be cut in half over night.
Don’t know if you knew this but majority of women sell sex to feed their addiction.
That’s fucked up.
When all drugs are legal people don’t need to sacrifice their bodies just to get high.
The aftermath would leave true sex professionals that were cleaner and healthier.
Sex should never be forced. It should happen naturally.
Sex heals. Sex is good.
Sex on drugs can be even better.
All the people want is to just be better.
13. Animals take drugs.
Like the true taoist sages, we can learn a lot from nature. From eating habits to exercise to how to avoid natural disasters.
The fact that animals purposely get intoxicated means we can too.
Check out the book “Intoxication” by Ronald K Siegel. Here’s a really cool passage from it:
“After sampling the numbing nectar of certain orchids, bees drop to the ground in a temporary stupor, then weave back for more. Birds gorge themselves on inebriating berries, then fly with reckless abandon. Cats eagerly sniff aromatic “pleasure” plants, then play with imaginary objects. Cows that browse special range weeds will twitch, shake and stumble back to the plants for more. Elephants purposely get drunk off fermented fruits. Snacks of “magic mushrooms” cause monkeys to sit with their heads in their hands in a posture reminiscent of Rodin’s Thinker. The pursuit of intoxication by animals seems as purposeless as it is passionate. Many animals engage these plants, or their manufactured allies, despite the danger of toxic or poisonous effects.”
14. Less people would be shot and killed by the police.
Cops would treat random stops a lot different.
Instead of police seeing citizens as the enemy they would start seeing them as fellow citizens.
Instead of citizens seeing cops as evil, they would start seeing them as keepers of the peace.
Isn’t this what the police are supposed to be in the first place?
Even cops are starting to realize what a failure the war on drugs is. Ever hear of the organization called LEAP? It stands for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. They get it. They have A LOT of good information and articles on their website. Which can be found at www.leap.cc.
15. Less police would be shot and killed by criminals.
Go back to reason 14.
16. Drugs would be cheaper.
“Before it became a crime to sell drugs, he had many patients who used them -but things had been very different then. They had bought their opiates, including morphine and heroin, at a low price from their local pharmacist. They were sold in bottles as “remedies” or little helpers,” for everything from a chest infection to the blues. One of the most popular was called “Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup,” of which each ounce you bought contained 65 milligrams of pure morphine. The vast majority of people who bought them, he recalled, used them without a problem. Most people, even addicts, used them in low doses.”
17. Our streets and our homes would be safer.
Nobody is breaking into houses for cigarette money.
When all drugs are legal street crime decreases significantly.
No more taking the long way home from school.
18. Turf wars would be a thing of the past.
Rite aid employees aren’t serving up buck 50s to the cashiers at the Walgreens.
19. We could stop pretending to invade countries like Afghanistan because of “terrorists”.
They would just tell us straight up, “Yo we over here for the opiates fam, they got the purest in the game.”
Is it a coincidence that ever since we’ve invaded Afghanistan we all of the sudden have a huge opiate problem?
FYI weed was invented in Afghanistan. By God.
20. Nobody has ever overdosed from Marijuana.
“Tetrahydrocannabinol is a very safe drug. Laboratory animals (rats, mice, dogs, monkeys) can tolerate doses of up to 1,000 mg/kg. This would be equivalent to a 70 kg person swallowing 70 grams of the drug—about 5,000 times more than is required to produce a high. Despite the widespread illicit use of cannabis there are very few if any instances of people dying from an overdose. ” – See more at: drugwarfacts.org
21. Rehab would be a cool place to go and would have much deeper resources for mind body and spirit.
Addiction isn’t a disease. It isn’t something you are stuck with for life.
It can be unlearned like all habits. It’s time to stop treating addicts like lepers.
Every life has genuine value. Every life is something to be treasured.
Like most of us, addicts need to learn self love. To truly embody it and feel it.
When you love yourself you don’t punish yourself.
You start to build on yourself and only take part in habits that benefit you.
Rehabs need to teach this more instead of labeling someone with a ‘disease’ for life. That’s bad programming.
The 12 step program barely has a 50% success rate. Time to wake up and open our eyes to what really works and what doesn’t.
22. CASES OF HIV AND HEPATITIS C WOULD DECREASE
“What’s more, prohibition creates health risks that wouldn’t exist in a legal market. Because prohibition raises heroin prices, users have a greater incentive to inject because this offers a bigger bang for the buck. Plus, prohibition generates restrictions on the sale of clean needles (because this might “send the wrong message”). Many users therefore share contaminated needles, which transmit HIV, Hepatitis C, and other blood-borne diseases. In 2010, 8 percent of new HIV cases in the United States were attributed to IV drug use.”
23. The U.S. Economy would improve their budget by at least 85 billion dollars.
It costs a lot of money to enforce prohibition.
Combined that with the lost revenue we would collect on taxes and boom, that’s a lot of paper.
Last time I checked, we could use the money.
24. People actually use drugs less often when they are legal.
Because telling people not to do something just makes them want to do it that much more.
25. Billie Holiday would have lived longer.
Bille Holiday was born in 1915, a few months after the Harrison Act. The first law banning cocaine and heroin. Her mom was a prostitute and her dad died of pneumonia in the South because he couldn’t find a hospital that would treat a black man. She was then forced to move to Baltimore to live with her grandmother, in a place called Pigtown. It was called that because it was one of the last places in America to get a working sewer system. So piles of shit used to burn all day and night next to the shacks they lived in.
Through all that she somehow went on to become one of the most legendary singers in American History. Until Harry Anslinger got to her.
Check out this article about how Harry Anslinger made it his mission to destroy Billie Holiday’s life. He somehow thought that if he could take out Billie Holiday he could stop everyone from doing drugs. In the process he sent her to jail numerous times and eventually was the cause of her death.
Read “Chasing The Scream: The First And Last Days Of The War On Drugs,” By Johann Hari. Buy it here on Amazon.
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SALT IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT NATURAL COMPOUNDS KNOWN TO MAN. IT IS ESSENTIAL FOR LIFE.
So why are doctors coming out left and right talking about how bad salt is for you? That’s because those doctors are talking about table salt. The bleached and man made white kind of salt that’s over heated and stripped of all its trace minerals. Cool, thanks for the tip Doc… but what about Real Salt?
I have noticed improvements to my overall health and well being since supplementing with Real Salt.
The way I supplement is easy. I just add 3/4 teaspoon of Real Salt to 1 quart of filtered drinking water 3 times a day.
I first read about this recipe in a great book that I highly recommend called Your Body’s Many Cries for Water by Dr. Batmanghelidj.
THERE ARE MANY GREAT BENEFITS TO DRINKING WATER WITH REAL SALT.
Real Salt has some really good benefits:
REAL SALT HYDRATES YOUR CELLS
If you are thirsty, it means your cells are already dehydrated.
The feeling of thirst doesn’t even develop until body fluids are depleted well bellow levels required for optimal functioning.
Here are some signs that you are dehydrated.
If you have dry mouth…
Yellow urine. A hydrated body produces clear and colorless urine.
Dry mucous membranes in the mouth and nose…
Blood pressure changes…
Impairment of judgment…
And many other degenerative health problems are the result of UCD or (Unintentional Chronic Dehydration).
Also, if you’re drinking 1-3 cups of coffee a day.
Tea, coffee and soft drinks do contain water, but the diuretics contained in these beverages flush water out of your body.
Don’t count on them to replenish fluid loss.
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REAL SALT IMPROVES BRAIN FUNCTION
Sodium is an vital element in the development of brain and improvement of brain functions. Deficient sodium levels in body can affect the brain leading to lethargy, confusion and dizziness. This probably explains why I no longer suffer from bouts of ‘staring into space’ and now have an absolute laser like focus.
SALT CAN PREVENT AND ELIMINATE MUSCLE CRAMPS
When you’re sick and dehydrated and you go to the hospital what’s the first thing they give you? SALINE SOLUTION. What is Saline Solution? You guessed it, salt water. Muscle cramps are largely caused due to electrolyte imbalance & dehydration and are quite common in the summer months. Sodium is responsible for muscle contraction and hydration. Sodium rich juices and fluids help to restore the amount of electrolyte. It’s a shame that so many people are scared of it. What’s even worse is that most doctors tell you to avoid it. Probably the same reason no one uses the compliments “salt of the earth” and “worth one’s salt” anymore. To be ‘worth one’s salt’ actually means to be worth one’s pay. Our word salary derives from the Latin salarium, (sal is the Latin word for salt) and in ancient times some people even got paid in salt. Wars have been fought over salt. “But Thor I drink Gatorade that has all the electrolytes I need.” Gatorade is crap filled with sugar and coloring. Cut out the middle man. Cut out the crap. Do it yourself. Just put 3/4 teaspoon of Real Salt in a quart of water and drink it.
REAL SALT IS REQUIRED FOR BLOOD, SWEAT, DIGESTIVE JUICES AND EFFICIENT NERVE TRANSMISSION.
The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.
— Thor Torrens (@ThorLonius) August 5, 2015
Salt is a vital ingredient in having good health. In fact, no electrolyte is more essential to human survival than salt.
The sodium you get from salt is what allows nerves to send and receive electrical impulses. It is what makes your muscles stay strong. It’s what makes your brain work. It’s actually what makes every cell in your body function.
Drinking salt water gave me strength. I shattered all my personal records and became stronger in every single lift and exercise I did.
REAL SALT IS ANTIBACTERIAL
“Go gargle your mouth out with warm salt water!”
Who was ever told that by their mom or dad when dealing with a sore throat? I know I was. Little did any of us know there was a very good reason for that. That’s because salt water is a highly effective antibiotic. Apart from organisms evolved to live in salty water, it is highly lethal to a large variety of common microbes.
This means it can kill bad bacteria and parasites that are now robbing many people of their health and vitality.
If you live in a populated city.
If you eat out at restaurants.
If you travel a lot.
Chances are your body is being overwhelmed by pathogens like bad bacteria and parasites.
Kill those bastards before they kill you.
Drink water enriched with REAL SALT.
PEOPLE ARE USING REAL SALT TO CURE LYME DISEASE
Pretty crazy right? Didn’t believe me that salt is antibacterial?
Check out lymephotos.com to get a real glimpse of that in action.
Read this quote from their website:
Our theory is that due to the decreased consumption of salt in our daily diets, we have allowed the invasion of parasites into our bodies and those of our pets and livestock. Over the centuries, man has traditionally consumed approximately 20 grams of salt daily. The only time, other than current day, that man’s consumption has drastically decreased was during the Medieval Ages, when the landlords deprived the poor of salt, and the Black Death ravaged the population. Salt is an ancient bactericide, and killer of many of man’s pathogens. For centuries, twenty grams of salt daily was the average intake due to the way meats were cured and foods were preserved. Man certainly lived a more outdoorsman’s lifestyle, yet there was no mysterious illness. Was it the presence of sodium chloride in his body that prevented Lyme from occurring? Lyme was first documented in the 1970’s. It is around the same time we were inundated with the “No Salt Diet” craze. For years Japan had no cases of Lyme disease, and only recently with the new low salt soy sauce have cases been documented. As far as our animals go, cows were always given large blocks of salt licks, which were pure sodium chloride. The old ways protected our livestock from many pathogens that are coming into focus in today’s society. Just recently, these blocks have become mineralized salt licks with minerals, medicines, and vitamins, that manufacturers claim is what our livestock need. They actually need the sodium chloride. This may explain the recent appearance of new illnesses such as Lyme, Mad Cow, and other parasitic illnesses among our livestock. They crave the sodium chloride. It is a natural instinct. Just the same way that a hunter knows that if he puts out a block of salt, the deer will come. Bear reportedly tear the bark off fallen trees to lick salt. There are salt caves in Africa that draw herds of elephants at night, and the mothers break off chucks of salt and fed it to their young. Maybe it is time we take a lesson from the animals. Eat more salt!
HOW DO I KNOW HOW MUCH WATER TO DRINK?
This is very important.
Drinking too much water can be just as bad as drinking not enough.
To know how much water you have to drink you cut your body weight in half and drink that amount in ounces.
So I weigh 220 pounds of mostly muscle. I drink 110 ounces of water a day.
If you weigh 300 pounds drink 150 ounces of water a day.
If you weight 150 pounds drink 75 ounces of water a day.
Just remember to add a 3/4 teaspoon of Real Salt to each quart you consume for optimum hydration.
You will be making yourself a better human.
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I bought this New Wave Enviro 10 Stage Water Filter on July 4th, 2015 and I am very pleased with it. It saves me money. It’s convenient. It was easy to install. It tastes great and eliminates contaminants.
IT SAVED ME MONEY
I made a resolution to stop spending money on plastic water bottles. Which I was spending around $300-$600 a year on at least. Now I never have to stop at the store to use my hard earned cash buying water in cheap plastic bottles.
Instead of having to worry about going out of my way to buy water bottles I just use my New Wave Enviro 10 Stage Water Filter to fill up my 32 ounce mason jar or my Nalgene Tritan 1 quart Narrow mouth BPA free water bottle before leaving the house. Now it’s very easy to drink my required 3 quarts of water per day.
IT WAS EASY TO INSTALL
All I had to do was attach it to my faucet and it was up and running within a minute. I was hesitant in getting a filter for a long time because I didn’t want to install a unit under my sink and always have to worry about going down there to replace the filters. That takes time and money because chances are you have to hire someone like a plumber to make sure everything gets put in the right way. This was so easy to install. There will be no hiring of anyone. It is also very easy to uninstall which means you can travel with it. A big advantage when leaving the country or going on vacation.
IT TASTES GREAT AND ELIMINATES CONTAMINANTS
“The Ten Stage Premium Water Filter System produces a continuous supply of clean filtered water and removes major contaminants to below EPA minimum levels. The Ten Stage Premium Filter removes or greatly reduces the following: Chlorine, Cancer causing organic/chlorine compounds called Trihalomethanes (THM), bad odors, e.g., Hydrogen Sulfide which gives water a rotten egg smell, Pesticides, Herbicides, PCB’s, Toxic Heavy Metals i.e., Lead, Cadmium, Organic Arsenic, Asbestos, Micro-organisms (protozoa and cysts) such as Cryptosporidium and Giardia, and dozens of other lesser known organic contaminants.”
You can then go in and add a quarter tea spoon of Redmonds Real Salt to your freshly filtered quart of water ensuring you receive optimum hydration, trace minerals and essential electrolytes.
In conclusion, after buying this filter my drinking water tastes great, I’m more healthy because I’m hydrated and am saving a lot of money.
*They also have a very nice Guarantee and Warranty which include a 30-day unconditional money-back guarantee, as well as a limited one-year manufacturer’s warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.*
You can buy it here on Amazon for only $70.
Water is the source of life. Be like water.