And my thoughts on this little meme that seems to have sweeping social media as of late.
Basically a somewhat (not to me really as it’s obvious and common sense and has been for a WHILE NOW) “interesting” take on the EXTREME polarization that’s been sweeping the world and that I HAVE WRITTEN about it multiple times BEFORE . . .
(Yes, I told you so, and it happened. Yes, there are no prizes for being right, but there sure aren’t any for being wrong either, and I know which side I’d rather be on at the end of the day! ?).
I saw this first posted by a friend (typed out) and I thought he created it.
Apparently not though as I see the same thing in various forms and guises being spread all over the Internet (except perhaps of course in mainland China where of course “all is always well”, and the roses always bloom, and “there is never a problem”, and thus forth ) . . .
And since you guys on my list won’t get this if I attach it (believe me, yours truly would do so in a flying jiffy if it made his task easier), I’ll type it out too.
(On another note I was going to do up a “how dare I” email for y’all, but that will have to wait until this one, hehe).
Here goes then –
“If you go to the South West desert and catch 100 red fire ants as well as 100 large black ants and put them in a jar, at first, nothing will happen.
However, if you violently shake the jar and dump them back on the ground the ants will fight until they eventually kill each other.
The thing is, the red ants think the black ants are the enemy, and vice versa, when in reality the real enemy is the person that shook the jar.
This is exactly what is happening in society today.
Liberal VS conservative
Black VS white
Pro mask VS anti mask
The real question we need to be asking ourselves is whose shaking the jar and why”
And there endeth that one.
Now, really, I could have said this in a far more pithier fashion.
I mean, really.
“Why is the world so bloody polarized”
Well, I’ve said this before and I’ll say it againm and people are going to HATE me for saying this, but here are the facts boyo.
One, polarization and HATE is exactly what needs to be done in terms of marketing – for anything.
I don’t care if it’s getting re-elected, or selling fitness books, or even selling lemonade down the road and outdoing the other sellers by a huge margin.
You HAVE TO SHOUT from the rooftops, and how!
There ain’t no sense (and more importantly MONEY) in “being as shy as a dormouse” or “worrying about what others will think”.
Of course that needs to be blended in with a proper degree of ASSURANCE in that your PRODUCT is actually a GREAT ONE and that you can back your talk up!
Yours truly CAN. As you can see from the testimonials page. Yes, I’m bragging, and unashamedly so.
Donald Trump can too, and as I write this, the SAD news just came in.
HE and his wife have tested positive for the China plague, and although it didn’t look even remotely likely to happen a day or so ago during the debate, hey, what can I say.
Other than DAMN this damned plague and DAMN the people that created and wifully spread it to all corners of the globe.
He WILL Recover. We WILL Win this war together.
Anyway . . . that topic could go on forever. I’ll write more about it later, but for now. . .
Let’s talk about what is happening in the world NOW.
Left VS right.
Fitness VS “so called fitness”
And in all of this, there are two things that really stand out.
One, doing the right thing and being open enough to SAY the right thing and being unapologetic about how many people it offends is an art, bar none.
And if you can do so in a brutally honest fashion (manner! ?), all the better.
If you can say it like it TRULY is – believe me, very few people can, then you’re one of a RARE breed mi amigo.
And of course, people are too scared to SAY IT LIKE IT IS!
Take for example (a small example).
From what I hear, my daughter’s school lessons in India have been reduced to an ultimate FARCE.
The China plague means lockdowns again, and schools don’t look likely to reopen until March next year. Assuming full scale war doesn’t break out, and it most likely will, and in that case all bets are off.
And the fact is that online teaching just don’t work.
Especially not when it’s peppered with, as is going on in CHINA and India now, overly simplistic and in your face jingoism, religious ‘programming’ done on young, impressionable minds in the very nastiest manner possible and more . ..
Believe me, I could write tomes about what the education system in both countries has descended into as of late!
At least leave kids out of it! But they wont.
And that’s my point.
(Well, not really. The point there was that people are still forking out fees - that have been recently INFLATED! - at that for these idiotic and utterly USELESS lessons the kids hate, and so the schools keep doingit, because there are still tons of bozos out there that believe they ain't got a choice. Good news though, some people are apparently (from what I hear) NOT paying the schools anymore - hopefully that boycott movements keeps up!)
The world, my friend, is going to hell in a hen basket and has been for a while, and most people are scared to come out and SAY IT.
“I’ll offend people”.
“I’ll lose business”
“My friends may see that post”
“The backlash may be severe”
But when someone DOES come out and say it like it is, people brand it as stirring the pot, and in some ways it is, because it instantly gives people something to argue about SAFELY (hey, I didn’t say it, he did – there’s your scapegoat eh).
And of course, the other “side” will come out and tom tom their beliefs too.
Question is, who is RIGHT?
Should be bloody obvious (if you look at what is going on in the world today).
(Remember what I wrote about calling out a dude in my daughter's school for bullying once? NOBODY would dare to post about that (whatsapp I believe) and when yours truly did they all jumped on the anti-bullying bandwagon behind me. People truly are SCARED! And this coming from a person(yours truly) not even in India where her school while the rest of the parents WERE and bloody well could have spoken UP, but didnt!)
Unfortunately the wrong side thinks they’re right too (Nazis, anyone?)
And here’s the MAIN point.
Why do people CARE?
Because people globally are FRUSTRATED.
A lot of people are “tired of waking up to the same old shit daily”.
Deep down inside, EVERYONE (almost) wants change, and they want it NOW (2020 being the year of the survivor, and thus forth).
And when someone comes along and says it like it is, those INNER feelings boil up the surface.
What has been bubbling along in the subconscious is finally given a “vehicle” to ride out. And when that happens – watch out!
‘Tis unfortunate, but ‘tis true my friend. As my buddy from the Marines told me a coupla of weeks ago, the world needs a cleansing.
The Universe has it’s own ways of dispensing justice my friend, and that is precisely (in a way) what is happening right now in the world (and the “why” should be OBVIOUS again).
Anyway, that’s my take on it. It’s gotta happen my friend.
Best thing you can do is be on the right side of it.
And as Charles Mitchell said, be prepared for anything, both physically and MENTALLY, and if an ex cop with years of service on his belt says you better damn well believe it!
And he’s right, actually. That’s what I base my entire training system upon.
Look, pally. When someone’s got you to the ground in a chokehold, or arm bar, that bench ain’t gonna save your ass, and neither will the deadlift.
A strong grip, the kind you get from doing pull-ups right, and lots and lots of them at that might well break that chokehold and reverse it and then some . . .
And that’s the fact of the matter my friend.
Train RIGHT. Train hard, but RIGHT.
That’s how I do it, and that’s how YOU SHOULD TOO!
PS – My best wishes for the Trumpinator once again. I’ve posted everywhere but if there is ONE takeaway from all this I’d like y’all to share, it is that. Share away, and lets do this TOGETHER!