What would happen if society solved homelessness first? Sep 29, 2017

Within Human history and dating back into Biblical times, when Jesus tried to help the marginalized such as Mary Magdalene and Lazarus – Jesus got penalized and was reported. In the end he was forced to punishment and killed.

Is that how our Western society is still today, September 29, 2017?

Why has society not really tried to solve homelessness properly?

Is it because it has to do with the Medical Model? Is the Medical Model a completely separate unit from the rest of the other industries such as the homeless industry in the City of Victoria, BC?

Is that why no politicians has tackled homelessness in the City of Victoria head-on?

I went to a community meeting organized by the Mayor of the City of Victoria Vancouver Island, British Columbia Canada at the start of September 2017. I listened to the community feedback to the Mayor and I started to see how many of the details from the audience were deterred away from being put of a high priority list to be addressed and fixed. This single act alone was symbolic to me of the City of Victoria’s Municipal political system. I believe the essence of the City Hall in Victoria City is to portray the impression that that City is the best, and at the same time to try to hide and make obsolete the problems and complaints the citizens in the sub-communities have. Of course, I am not saying this is true or false, as I often do not operate in absolutes, however it is my personal observation of the meeting.

If this operation was even remotely true, that means that the City of Victoria, BC has some transparency issues that may need to be addressed in the future. I do not believe that sweeping anything under the carpet in politics or in business is a good thing. In fact, I believe that when that is done, that it creates an environment and a community based on fear. Fear leads to censorship and when this occurs what will often occur within the hierarchical structure of the leadership is that an autocracy with form. I have my suspicions that this form to at least some extent is occurring in the City of Victoria, BC but it is based on impressions versus pronounced statistics. All in all, Freedom of Expression is one of the current freedoms we still have, at least to some degree, left in our city. It would be very sad if that turns obsolete too.

{Photograph taken in the staircase of Vancouver Island University (VIU) September 28, 2017}

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Cub Cities take care of vulnerable first

Cub cites are cities that are created to take care of the most vulnerable individuals first. The symbol of cub cities is the British Columbia Canadian spirit bear cub, often found on Vancouver Island. They are anomalies. (See pictures of two spirit bear cubs here under).

Eindhoven city, The Netherlands

Eindhoven is a city in the South of Holland. It started off as a small municipality and once Philips started his famous Philips company the village started to grow. now it is considered to be Holland’s fifth largest cities. What makes Eindhoven a special city? Well it all starts at the Central train station (Eindhoven CS).

In the main hall, there is a quote in large neon yellow letters that reads:

“Conventie, een soort herinnering, is het grootste beletsel om te genieten van leven en kunst.” Piet Mondriaan

Which means convention is the obstacle between art and life.

It is the kind of quote that makes you question your life, your actions and your independent role as an individual. It is because of this one quote that I changed. I changed my vision of the world, my vision of people, my goals, dreams and aspirations, I no longer could find peace within tradition or culture instead I knew I needed to follow my own way.

To me, going to Eindhoven and seeing that quote in the CS was the most valuable experience in my world travels.17170342157_5156ab17d2_b

 

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Nepotism in 2017

In the 1960’s universities in the Western world used to be about two components, namely [1] morals [2] intellectualism.

Both of these components were intended to be taught through academic institutions such as universities. The idea was that through an ingrained sense of academic morals and intellectualism this could lead one to create opinions that university academics could use in their field of expertise after graduation and hence in their positions of leadership in different communities. This form of moral and intellectualism indoctrination has been replaced by nepotism all over the Western world.

The use of universities is no longer a place to instill morals and intellectualism instead it is a place to learn practical instructions as to how to have and hold authoritative power in a community through [A] nepotism and [B] protectionism.

This key shift in the Western academic university system is no longer about being able to think critically nor create more world equality instead it has transformed into a Global Locked-in Elitism.

Personally I am an academic traditionalist who holds dear [1] moral values [2] intellectualism, but I am a dying breed.

My value system does not match the current 2017 academic professionalism. Unlike Darwinism and the Survival of the Fittest theory, where most species have a predetermined destiny I believe my destiny is determined by my moral radar, my critical thinking skills (created out of intellectualism) to help me form ‘fair’ and ‘just’ opinions in order to help others within the realm of my professional and personal life components. These are altruistic qualities something that no longer fits into academic professional life.

Photograph taken September 13, 2017. Vancouver Island Canada. Myself standing in front of a portrait of Queen Victoria.

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My Personal 1 Nighttime Dream, 07-2017

Last night I dreamt of a rectangle natural gas fire table with a fire flame coming out of it. This dream has significance to me because it represents my life and my abilities. This little fire in a self contained unit, which is domestic and small in size is what I can handle and take care of well versus a huge British Columbia wild fire which is almost 100% out of control due to environmental, natural and ecological factors. This fire in my dream is a controlled fire which is calm and warm versus terrifying. This dream made me feel safe and comfortable within my self and my understanding of my life and capabilities. It is a dream representing personal knowledge and self understanding. A very insightful dream to me. I am very happy I had it and feel safe because of my dream.

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A stop gap, July 2017

A Stop Gap is a method that is used to prevent something from happening. It starts as a short-term situation and it can then lead to a longer term situation. The idea of a Stop Gap is to prevent something unwanted to occur. It is often used in business communications.

(Photograph of Vincent van Gogh, with one ear cut off)

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My Nightmare, July 20th 2017

This morning from 900 am to 11 am I had a nightmare after twisting and turning all night last night. In my nightmare I was a passenger on a large jetliner. I was seated about half way down from the front of the aircraft with a window seat. I looked out of the window and could see all kinds of other aircraft crashing into the ground and going on fire. Each side of the aircraft had a set of little oval shaped airliner windows and on each side I could see multiple airliners crashing into the ground and turning into flames caused by the crash. I told the other passengers on the aircraft, “there is something wrong with the pilot flying this aircraft, we are all about to die. Look outside the window and see all the other planes crashing and burning.” None of the other passengers reacted and in fact they stayed seated in their seats and were in a complete denial of the fact that our aircraft had descended to just above ground-level and the left wing of the aircraft was scraping the side of a building and creating sparks of flames from the impact. All the passengers, except me was non-reactive to this emergency. It seemed like I was the only one aware of the potential fatal impact our aircraft was about to have and all the other passengers were sitting in their seats not reacting and in a comatose state.

I then found myself looking for the black box. I went into the belly of the aircraft well under the passengers and I found a black square unit. All of a sudden there was another female adult helping me; and a very large muscular man of African American heritage walked closer and closer to me and the other lady. I remember feeling unsure if this man was going to help or harm us. He ended up helping us by jumping down into the black square unit and he started to fish out wet childrens’ clothes and throwing them on the platform me and the unknown female were standing on. Then somehow, I was in the black square unit and I started to pull the cover off of the ground-floor and there was the fast moving ground underneath me. The velocity of the aircraft was way too fast to be able to jump out of the aircraft and live.

Then I awoke from my nightmare. (Images: Generation X)

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