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Rise Up

Rise up, it is not just about me.
The sun, the sea, and the air that we breathe.
Make something of ourselves,
We don't need any one else except each other
Together we are stronger.
Rise up, together we can make things right.
Rise up, together we can be beautiful.
Rise up, rise up,
Together we are stronger.

Rise up, tomorrow is a better day.
We sing, we dance, we drink under the stars.
Sadness will fade, hangovers will pass.
We don't need any one else except each other.
Together we are stronger.
Rise up, together we are just right.

Rise up, together we are beautiful.
Rise up, rise up,
Together we are stronger.

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Morality

The idea of right and wrong is a social construct. However, this does not mean that as a society we should devolve into anarchy. Buddhism has the concept of Karma, where good deeds will help you, and bad deeds will come back and punish you. Science has the concept of the third law of motion, where for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. In anthroposophy, there is a threefold law, which states that for every one step you take in the pursuit of knowledge, you should take three steps in the perfection of your own character. In paganism, there is the rule of three, which says that whatever energy a person puts into the world, whether positive or negative, it will be returned to that person threefold. In Luke 6:31 in the bible, it states, Do to others as you would have them do to you.

Importantly, the ideas of what is acceptable can change over time. For example, in a patriarchal family, the word of the father is absolute, and compliance and adherence to his word is above any other. Confucianism, places particularly emphasis on the importance of family and social harmony, even at the expense of your own wishes and happiness.

On the other hand, western education and culture often promotes individuality, reasoning, and debate, even with your elders. One of my favorite quotes is from Jean-Jacques Rousseau, "man is born free, but everywhere we are in chains". This quote sparked many debates and conversations when I was in high school, on what it means to be "a man".

Taking this into consideration. What does it mean to be alive in today's world? Do we just give up and live life as planned? Or do we, as the participant and a part of this world, do what we can to make it into a better place? Before birth, we chose our parents and became a part of this world. Thus, in this life, we need to make the most of it. If there is karma, we must do good. If there is science, our actions will determine the opposite reactions. If there is power in knowledge, then there is an even important need to look inward at our own character. If our spiritual energy affects the world, then we must be positive, and it will be returned threefold. If we believe that there is a God, then we should heed the lord's lesson and do to others as we would have them do to us.

Thus, to the women that had to face adversity, I stand with you. To women that experienced harassment or abuse, I will share your story. to my grandmother that singlehandedly held firm after my grandfather's early death, I pay my respects. To my mother, who always loved me, but is a product of her culture and society, know that I love you, but I may need to speak up against you so our world can be a better place. To my wife, know that my commitment remains unwavering and I will be here for you always. To my son, I will do my part to make this a better place, always believe in yourself and listen to the voice inside, that our family helped put together.

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Dare to Dream

What kind of world do you wish to leave your children?
Is it human nature to leave the world a better place for our children?
What is the legacy you wish to leave behind?
Sons and Daughters that pray for you and burn "Golden Paper"?
Regrets on the things you didn't do?
Or to live a life fulfilled by love.

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The Power of Imagination

Close your eyes, think about peace, calm, happiness. Now, tell me in as much detail, what you did imagined?

Then, imagine yourself in that scene. In your mind, look at yourself, are you smiling? what is your facial expression? what are you wearing? are you in shape? who is next to you? Question, when you imagined yourself, are you imagining yourself as you were as a child? as you are today? or as you hope to be in the future?

Now, keep your eyes closed, and change yourself in your mind's eye, become happier, become calmer, become more peaceful. Again, look at yourself in detail. What do you see? what changes did you make? As you changed, do you feel happier? do you feel the spiritual change that you underwent?

Now break it out into steps.... think about the change that you went through. What was your focus? was it your body? was it the material things you have? was it your expression? Or is it where you are and your environment?

It is much easier to change yourself, even in your mind's eye, than it is to change your environment. BUT, it doesn't mean that we shouldn't strive to put ourselves in a better place.... think about the journey. How you got from here to there. That is your guide..... Take baby steps and move along this path, and you will become a better version of yourself.

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The 3F Theory

Three things drive action & motivation:

  1. Fame - The need to seek public approval, traits like honor, respect, family name, etc.
  2. Family - The assurance of safety and security. Traits like being a homebody, family, taking care of others, club membership, small social groups, cliches.
  3. Fortune - Driven by metrics/money/competition. Driven by the excitement of the chase, need of logic and security of numbers, traits like competitiveness, excellence, being the best or worst.

There are no absolutes. There are both good and bad aspects to these three characteristics.

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