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Ugliness and Ghosts, anything in common?

This idea just came up to me in a random day, when I was doing a random thing. I think I was watching TV or maybe in the bathroom, doing…. bathroom stuff.
What ugliness and ghosts have in common? Well, the answer is quite simple, they don’t exist. I know it sounds weird, but don’t just judge the book by its cover.
I will now show you my points of view, who confirm what I just wrote.

For this issue, my argument will have something that you can see everyday in the streets. Children. Yeah, children. Those who sometimes unconsciously,  tell the things you don’t want to hear, or answer. Children will help me to solve this problem.

Ugliness, and ugly things or ugly aspects, are constantly present in our days.  If your eyebrows are so big that make only one eyebrow, it’s ugly. If you have big eyes, you are an ugly fish. If you have a little heavier than others, you are ugly. If you have a big nose, you are ugly, so on. Just like ghosts, since you are born, you are brainwashed, hear and see these insults and opinions everywhere. Television, magazines, games, stories….

Children would not believe in ghosts if they never heard about it. Children wouldn’t even think of something like that. Just like “ugly aspects” are only ugly, because all of your life, you have been told it’s ugly. If you were born where big noses or other body characteristics were normal aspects, and nobody told you it was strange or ugly, you wouldn’t even think, that something was ugly or not. Just like ghosts, if a child never had contact with stories of ghosts, she wouldn’t even know what they “are” and wouldn’t think about it. It’s simple.

I do find some things more attractive  than others, but that’s personal taste, it’s not that I find one ugly and the other not, I just prefer one to another. And yes, I’m a bad example, for example I think it’s ugly those “uni eyebrows” but it’s not my fault, it’s societies fault. I’m not trying to escape and blame others because of what I think it’s ugly. But I am sure that if nobody got brainwashed by our society to see an “ugly” thing, that it’s simply something normal, only different from me, I would probably find everything normal.

– Guilherme Pedrosa 

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Compassion Fatigue

Our society faces a real, and threatening problem, that has been growing faster and faster throughout the years. It’s called “Compassion Fatigue”, and it basically means that with the constant development of media and information, and the excruciating bombing of images and news which we receive every day, (mainly), through television, our eyes, brain and eventually our selves, got used to see the most horrible things, with the ability to carry on with our lives, without even thinking about others problems, or feeling almost any compassion during the 24 hours of our days.

It’s not really something that the main public wants to be, but most of us watch, and listen, the most horrible news and still, we are capable to change the channel without making any expression of compassion, understanding, or the urge to do something to change what is bad in this world. We see every day on the news, stories about kids in Africa and their miserable lives, murders, corruption, images of war and this stuff is shown so many times, that our brain got used to it. Just like a few decades ago, if a man saw the leg of a woman, he would jerk off for a fucking month. Nowadays, seeing a naked woman is something banal. Don’t get me wrong, this is not the real problem. Showing what is happening in the world, or showing some tits and penis is not wrong. What I believe it’s wrong, is to put censorship in the middle of those things.

Trying to make people more comfortable when they watch strong images, is going to do even worst. If you want to compassion fatigue to end, end censorship. Censorship, makes something strong, into something banal, that we don’t give importance. If you want to show the consequences of a war, show the dead bodies, show the blood, and the mutilated faces, show the raping, show the executions, show the cursing, show everything. Only that way, people will pay attention, only that way people will find new things, will change their ways of thinking.
Only this way people will want to change the world.  If they puke with disgust, even better, they will remember it. If they get “traumatized”, they will never forget it.
If you want to shake this world, shake the people too. Show them what you can only see if you have a strong stomach. Make people cry and have nightmares about those who suffer every single fucking day!

Show and say everything, maybe people will give everything too. 

– Guilherme Pedrosa

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Music, what it was, what it is, and what it will be…

Music traveled with mankind throughout it’s history. When society changed or needed a change, music changed too. Music lacks of spirit nowadays, and needs a transformation. What the fuck happened to music? What caused this?

1. The Past
Music was a form of expressing deep feelings, express anger, happiness, political views and philosophical views, unfortunately we lost that. Music was able to change minds and moods in matters of second. Music told the truth. It triggered the good and bad in each one of us, love, universe, society, feelings… It was ugly and beautiful.
Don’t get me wrong though. We always had lame bands and singers, but even those had some talent. They had morals, they felt what they were singing. Creativity was lost, experiences were always being done with instruments and new ways of expression. Music had a “boom” and you could fit anywhere you wanted. You had Punk, Rock, Grunge, Blues, Jazz, Reggae, Hip Hop and so much more. The Ramones, Sex Pistols, The Kids, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Beach Boys, Jimi Hendrix, Living Color, Rage Against The Machine, Radiohead, Cake, Anvil, Blur, The Flaming Lips, Jerry Lee Lewis, Joe Cocker, Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, The Kinks, Mr. Bungle, The Pixies, Spin Doctors, The Pop Group, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, The Stone Roses, Sonic Youth, B.B.King, John Maher, Howlin’ Wolf, War, Cab Calloway, Nina Simone, Fred Anderson, Bob Marley, Sublime, Beastie Boys, Public Enemy and so many more, unfortunately I can’t name them all.
All of them had great musicians, and brought creativity and real and deep feelings to their songs. Why have we lost this amazing fucking bands? What happened?

2. The Present
The real reason music has lost it’s meaning is simple. Money and society. I believe this two things rotten music. Before this world crisis, we had money, everybody was happy and blinded by the capitalist dream, at least the ones that could actually hear music, because some had nothing. The industry of music changed, minds changed, and instead of personal expression and meaning for the music, we wanted money. Money caught music. It was the first priority, to make money. Adding that with the lazy fat and “puppetish” society, music started to die.
Music has no creativity and has a plastic false content. It’s all about, how you are not alone in this world and how you will be happy, we all know that is false. They don’t mean anything of what they say on their songs, they don’t care.
While music channels had music and accepted new music, nowadays MTVs and shit like that only have stupid reality shows, and only accept music that have boobs, or a guy with a six pack that looks like a girl and reads lyrics from a paper. We actually got to this sad point, where music is weaker than ever. Fortunately, there are some  bands/singers that actually can make good music. The Black Keys, Jamiroquai, Gorillaz, At The Drive-In, Bloc Party, Blood Red Shoes, Cage The Elephant, Das Racist, Dead Weather, Death From Above 1979, Death Grips, Efterklang, Every Time I Die, Johnossi, Justice, Lightning Bolt, M.I.A, Mumford And Sons, OFWGKTA, The Rapture, Seasick Steve, Streetlight Manifesto, Tom Vek, Willy Moon, The Subways, Tame Impala, White Stripes, Yeasayer and many more, but, once again, I can’t name them all.

3. The Future
What will happen to music? I strongly believe that music will not die, and will actually rise up again. We are facing the greatest problems of humanity, people are dying, people are changing, people are mad, and are getting tired of this capitalism bullshit we live in. All of this will be reflected in music, the anger, the agony, and all of this shit we are surrounded by.
I think we will face another “music boom” and music will be born again. Good, and real music, will be heard again.
With society (r)evolution, we will have a music (r)evolution.

– Guilherme Pedrosa

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Circular Society

Throughout history, if we look closely, despite religion being always present, society didn’t always had the problems that we face today, and on the other hand, have faced  todays problems too.
Since the beginning exists – just like in most of animal species that live in our planet – a hierarchy. There ‘s always those who have more power and who have less.

Society is something that doesn’t go forward in a straight line, but evolves in a circular shape. The rights that exist nowadays in our society of  women, homosexuals and different races, where rights that actually existed in the past. Greeks and Romans tolerate homosexuals, actually, the first sexual experiences that greek boys had been with males too. Romans practiced homosexual sex, in an era where sexuality was very important and explored. The Egyptians had female governors, queens and Pharaohs, whatever you want to call them. And, it seems that human evolution started in Africa, and, due to its climate humans had dark skin, I bet no one was racist back then.
We already had a society tolerant to homosexuals, but now in our present society, they are considered by many inferior. In ancient Egypt, women possessed power, and in other civilizations, they were adored by their incredible beauty, however in an allegedly more sophisticated society, women were consider inferior to men, and colored people started to get discriminated.
Obviously, ancient societies had their problems too, just like the Mayans that decapitated people to honor their Gods.
Even fashion is a circle, where we can see that clothes wore in the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s are brought back to life.

Society evolves, in a circular shape, that when gains knowledge adds it to the circle, and realizing that some of the ideas are wrong, takes them out of the circle.
Unfortunately, lots of problems present in society were created and brought by religion, that in a way shuts down the brains of people, allowing them to see, what only one man sees.

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein
And that’s exactly the problem of our society, we always try to solve our problems the same way we started them. Religion is the source of lots of problems in the world, then why people use religion to solve those problems, that religion once created?

– Guilherme Pedrosa 

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Religion is a Fantasy

The beginning of mankind was so spectacular, as stupid. It was a complete paradox, one of the most fantastic evolutions and, at the same time, one of the most catastrophic known to this day. Knowledge was actually what distinguished us, from others.

The discovery of fire, tools, art. The passage from nomadism to sedentism, was probably  what changed us for ever. But something had a tremendous impact, felt even today, in our constantly changing society. It was the phase of fears and fantasies, not to call them something more aggressive like, ignorance. I am referring of course, to religion or religions. Just like in the present, we all go through a time of our life where we start to question everyone and everything. Death and birth, the land and the sky, us and others. All of our ancestors have been through that too. And because in that era, our knowledge was still small and limited, fantasies predominated.

Human mind has some kind of “hunger” to know and understand more. And it’s that will, that distinguish us from other animals. All living beings, those that have the ability to move, have the instinct to know the unknown, all animals want to see and learn about the territory where they live, but humans have an additional  instinct beside this one. Humans have the will and the need to understand and find an answer to what doesn’t seem to have an answer.
But not always that will bring the right answers, instead, it brings the answers we want.
Religion and it’s beliefs were born, from the moment that humans felt fear, and so, a need to know why they were afraid, and a way to overcome that fear. Fear emerged from the unexplainable and in what harmed both physically and psychologically these humans. Death, stars, universe and disasters, like natural catastrophes began to be represented by something bigger, by gods. Gods were created for good and evil, just like in a super hero movie. There were gods who harmed and scared humans, and gods who fought the bad ones and protected humans from these mean and powerful villains.

But these fantasies created different religions, despite all of them have the same base, ignorance and fear, that is what brought us here today.
Beliefs in something, or someone superior, formed the society in which we now live. The different ways of thinking, good and bad ones, the fantastic explanations to explain the unexplainable, the acts committed in honor of religion and art itself, were tremendously  influenced by religion.

But what we have to understand, is that religion is something from the past, we have more knowledge now, and we have to understand that religion is nothing but lies. It’s only false speculation to understand what humans couldn’t understand at the beginning of their existence. God doesn’t exist, we exist, humans exist, and praying will not solve our problems. We have to solve them. Humans worst enemy, are humans.

 

– Guilherme Pedrosa

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Freedom?

What is freedom? The word, the feeling and the meaning of freedom is really hard to achieve nowadays. Different people have different views on what freedom, really is. For some, freedom is if they are simply happy with life and nothing goes wrong, for others is if they can think freely and express themselves in the way they want to. Some, even tied by the many rules of different religions, consider themselves free. So what is freedom after all?

Let’s begin discovering the meaning of the word, “freedom”. In a very short sentence, freedom is the exemption from external control, interference, regulation and dependence.
Reading carefully the description of freedom, we see that it is, actually absent. Everything in this world, is connected. And I really mean everything, I challenge you, and anyone here to point out something that isn’t somehow dependent of something else. It’s really a tough challenge, because everything is dependent of something.

Now we get to the point where we have just realized that the word “freedom” is actually a paradox. But we can’t let this feeling, this word die like this. Millions of lives were taken to achieve and defend “freedom”. You may ask yourself, if there is nothing free, then why do people fight for it?

I personally like to call it “Human Freedom”. Human freedom does not have the same meaning as the word “freedom”, I added the word “human”, to complete it. With human before freedom, the meaning of the word totally changes. Instead of referring to the absence of dependence overall, it focus only on human connections. Being able to express yourself freely, not being a slave to someone else, the choice to be whatever you want is what human freedom really is.

Freedom itself does not exist, but human freedom does, our freedom. Because after all, humans worst enemy are humans. Don’t get me wrong and think that I believe in Governments crap, I am a supporter of logic, and our laws and society are not working, we need to change and fast. I am a great supporter of The Zeitgeist Movement, and I believe that not even one side of political views can be totally correct, there is no such thing as perfection.

Think!

– Guilherme Pedrosa

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Brain

Our minds accomplished amazing and horrible things together.

The beauty of the brain has given us amazing ways to see the world and live in it, but it also has killed millions and millions of people.

Think carefully, and for the good of the world!

You are free to use this wherever and whenever you want it.

Think the Truth!

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Fashion is a Lie!

What is fashion? Fashion it’s merely a very well constructed brain wash, that makes you feel ugly, with the urge to buy the “right” clothes. Don’t be a fucking toy!

I don’t understand how people avoid some types of clothes, just because some magazines or people say that what you want to wear, is ugly. How the fuck is that possible? If I like to wear flip flops with white socks, I will wear them! What kind of authority does a man that dresses women have, about what I should wear? He’s simply a human just like the rest of us, there’s nothing special about him. People have different tastes, and see things in a different way, so no one in this planet has the authority or the morals to have an opinion about style. Not even a child, or the fucking president should have a most important opinion about the way you look.

You can have opinions, and give them, or take them too, but you cannot make the mistake of being affected by them. Analyse it, but don’t take it to personal. Everytime someone tells me: “You look ugly with that” I simply respond: “I like it”. And that’s enough for me.

If you like it, then who cares about the others? Style is different than fashion.
Style is some type if cloth that actually tells something about you and the way you are. The clothes you wear, reflect the person you are. Fashion is a way to make money, by telling you what color, dress, or shirt you have to wear.

Just fucking wear what you like, I may not like, because I have my opinions, but if you like it, I honestly don’t care. And neither should you.

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Words of a Madman

Aníbal Cavaco Silva is the President of the Republic, of Portugal. At a press conference, a journalist asked him about how was he going to get the christmas and vacancy subsidy, while the rest of the country, would not receive that privilege due to the crisis. The President stopped for a while and looked at the journalist, a few moments later he decided to respond. He said to the journalist that after his calculations, his retirement payment per month would be around 1300€ (something like 1690$), complaining that such payment would not be enough for his expenses. The country was shocked.

Before us is the President of the Republic saying to the people of Portugal, that his retirement money isn’t enough for him, while in our country, we have a great percentage of old people that gain less than 300€ (390$) per month, and still have to pay the bills, food and medication..

People got so angry that in a visit to inaugurate a new project in a city of Portugal, when the President appeared with his wife, he was heavily booed and insulted.
Nuno Luís Marreiros is an unemployed with 35 years and made an online petition demanding the immediate demission of the President, almost 4000 people have signed that petition. They saw the words of their President as a lack of respect.

According to the law, for a petition to be discussed in the Assembly, are needed at least 4000 citizens to sign the petition. We are almost there.

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