From The Mind Of Critic:   2014/2015

This is the first of many collections “From the Mind Of Critic.” The short essays can be flipped through randomly, or read in succession. They run the gamut of human emotions from love, to hate, to fear and gratitude. Along with a healthy dose of politics, humanism, unity and accountability, this collection hopefully will stir the pot just enough to start conversations. If we could simply talk to each other like human beings, we’ll find that many of our generational issues can be solved easier than we thought. Emotions soften, when we realize we agree a lot more than we disagree.

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

2014-2015

BY: BRYAN RADZIN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

2014-2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

©2017, LULU ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

ISBN# 978-0-578-19449-3

UNRELENTING POSITIVITY

AUTHOR: BRYAN RADZIN

COVER PHOTOS: BRYAN RADZIN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I DEDICATE THIS TO ALL THOSE WHO KNOW HUMAN CONVERSATIONS CAN SOLVE MANY PROBLEMS, BUT ARE AFRAID TO SPEAK. WE’RE ALL SCARED OF WHAT’S TO COME, BUT BECOME ENERGIZED WHEN WE REALIZE, RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS MEANS TALKING WITH EACH OTHER.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Thank you mom for always believing in me, even when I don’t. The positive energy you’ve helped me cultivate, is the most valuable thing I own. Thank you Dad for never letting me cut myself down, and always being able to make me smile. Thank you Lisa for proving time and time again that all I need to succeed, is an open mind. Thank you Melody for giving me the knowledge that I can be myself, and that person is somebody I’m increasingly thankful for. Thank you Sean for knowing what it means to treat somebody like a human being, and sharing that knowledge wherever you go. Thank you Laurie for being the creator of so many ideas I have been fortunate enough to hear, you have helped me through so many challenges, it would take me a book to list them all. Thank you Tim for never shying away from sharing your opinion, your honesty has opened my eyes more than a few times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROLOGUE

Is there ever a way to escape from the unknown, a way to escape from escape? Can we ever get to a place where we don’t have to escape anymore, but feel completely at home wherever we are, and whatever is happening? Is balance and moderation the key once more? Life is all about balance as we journey. We get into trouble if we try to delete a whole experience, avoiding something everybody has to go through one way or another. Once we realize that being in the moment is how we balance work and play, we’ll see that the unknown is only scary, if we make it scary. In fact once the unknown is breached, we find out that stepping into the unknown, is simply an escape from the ingrained ruts and holes we’ve dug. We consciously evolve when we don’t escape life, but live life.

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

NOVEMBER 20th 2014

From the mind of critic: “Delving into the unknown will scare the crap out of us on a daily basis. If we don’t move forward anyway because it’s the right thing to do, we’ll never know what’s possible.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

NOVEMBER 21st 2014

From the mind of critic: “While it is the elites who keep us down by making us think we’re powerless, it’s us who internalizes it, making the block our own. The more we show our interconnectedness, the more powerful we become, and the more the elite’s power shows itself for the illusion it really is.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

NOVEMBER 22nd 2014

From the mind of critic: “Figuring out the difference between letting go and giving up, is one of life’s most difficult challenges. Once we do, we’ll realize that letting go of what doesn’t serve us isn’t giving up, it’s making room for something better. Letting go allows the beauty of the world to flow through us.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

NOVEMBER 23rd 2014

From the mind of critic: “When the rolling stones sang, “I shouted out who killed the Kennedys, when after all it was you and me”, they were pointing out that we created the evil that destroyed positive change. We create the ignorance and evil, because it is us. To fix issues on a global scale, all we need to do is love and see each other in ourselves. That’s how we stop evil from gaining power.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

NOVEMBER 24th 2014

From the mind of critic: “Coming together, around what we know we agree on, is how we fix generational problems. Love and understanding is how we push forward, because all of the world’s major religions believe the same at their root, as do many non-believers. How do we release the negative energy that causes some to use this beautiful idea to their own maniacal ends? We start by looking in the mirror?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

NOVEMBER 25th 2014

From the mind of critic: “Just because laws were passed years ago, doesn’t mean people’s attitudes and thoughts changed. With the world positively evolving, those same old racist attitudes are creeping back into the law, and changing it for the worse. We must not let that happen.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

NOVEMBER 26th 2014

From the mind of critic: “If people understood what united we stand and divided we fall really means, prejudice, subjugation and persecution wouldn’t exist. The thought that a specific group is the problem wouldn’t enter our thought process, because we’d realize most of the world’s problems, are extensions of ourselves” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

NOVEMBER 27th 2014

From the mind of critic: “Whether we use the phrase getting back to basics, getting back to nature or everything we need to know we learned in kindergarten, it all describes the same idea. The more we share, treat others like we would like to be treated, treat our earth well so it exists for future generations, and remember what brings us joy, the better off we’ll all be, no matter how much power and influence we wield.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

NOVEMBER 28th 2014

From the mind of critic: “We go through many changes in life. Our circles of friends, goals and priorities all can change when we increase the clarity of what’s in front of us, the type of person we are and what we imagine. All of this is scary, but becomes much less so when we feel gratitude for everything we have.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

NOVEMBER 29th 2014

From the mind of critic: “Does the old saying “if we talk the talk, we have to walk the walk” still ring true? Does endlessly talking about making positive change and knowing exactly what to do, enough? Is setting goals alone enough? Is knowing how to be a better person without actually doing it, enough? If we look inside ourselves, we’ll find we already know the answer.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

NOVEMBER 30th 2014

From the mind of critic: “If the secret to life is the same and different for everybody at the same time, how do we figure out what the secret is? We start making ourselves happy by filling ourselves with good energy, because it gives us motivation to carry on. If we can’t figure out what makes us happy, we must ask ourselves why, and start our journey from there.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 1st 2014

From the mind of critic: “Life is a lot like trying to get up on water skis. If we want to ski, we have to let the boat do the work and pull us up. We have to be there with intent to get up on the skis, but we can’t pull the boat no matter how hard we try. We have to let the boat pull us. We have to let it happen, just like life. The best we can do is move forward with intent and purpose to put ourselves in what we think is the right place. What’s supposed to happen will if we allow it to.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 2nd 2014

From the mind of critic: “Facing our fears, accomplishing our goals, finding love, making ourselves happy, not being sad, being thankful for what we have, not being upset about what we don’t, seeing the beauty all around and trying to do the other million things that we should be doing to positively change the world can be overwhelming. If we relax and do the best we can, we’ll find that our mind is in the right place. More often than not things turn out for the better.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 3th 2014

From the mind of critic: “If we ask whether we’re good enough to accomplish our dreams and we say yes, then many others do as well. If we realize that all of us have the same dreams at their root, then we’ve solved most of the world’s problems.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 4th 2014

From the mind of critic: “If we spend even one day going through our routine feeling gratitude for every moment, not only will it make our day brighter, but will provide the clearest possible picture of what’s important.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 5th 2014

From the mind of critic: “If we’re the same basic people at our root, doesn’t it seem logical that political parties as a concept separate and divide us when we should be uniting? What happened to taking good ideas everyone agrees are good ideas, and just running on those?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 6th 2014

From the mind of critic: “There will be roadblocks, there will be impediments. There will even come a time when we’re tested on what kind of person we want to be. It’s our choice to be the loving, caring, peaceful and courageous person we always knew we were. We can do it.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 7th 2014

From the mind of critic: “We can’t get everything exactly like we expect, we also can’t expect to agree on everything even part of the time. If we find compromise because we see where we already agree, it’ll not only unite us, but allow us to evolve and move forward in a positive direction. We can work together or against each other, it’s our choice. Will the person we know we can be, always be a pipe dream? Do we make it a reality when we realize we’re all striving for the same basic thing?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 8th 2014

From the mind of critic: “If we get out of life what we put in, if we’re our biggest obstacles, if success is determined by how happy and satisfied we are, we might think it’s all up to us. If we think nobody has a say or a chance to help us, it’s the exact point when we’ve made it impossible to achieve our goals. If we see that everybody is going through the same daily inner battle whether they say so or not, we’ll succeed. Our obstacles melt away when we finally see how everything is interconnected.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 9th 2014

From the mind of critic: “The fog of propaganda, distraction and negativity can be so thick from all directions, that we don’t know what to think. Once we slow down to remember what’s important, and realize that we’re all striving for the same basic things, we’ll be able to get over ourselves and finally, finally, finally evolve.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 10th 2014

From the mind of critic: “This time of year is filled with love, light and peace. We forget our troubles when we come together because of our humanity toward one another. If we could do that all year, instead of just a two month clip, it would be another way to solve most of the world’s problems.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 11th 2014

From the mind of critic: “If we unite in our common humanity, because we don’t sweat the small stuff by paying attention to the bigger picture, isn’t it the small things that make life worth living? Isn’t it these small things that help us rediscover our humanity?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 12th 2014

From the mind of critic: “If we feel like other people are way more successful than us, or we’re not reaching our goals fast enough, we must learn to accept that this might be as good as it gets. Only once we fully accept where we’re at, and feel gratitude for everything we have, will we allow the next step to teach us what it needs to teach.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 13th 2014

From the mind of critic: “Whether it’s fixing military, political, environmental, financial, social or spiritual issues, it’s the idea of fixing that we must focus on. We start by fixing our humanity, because all solutions spawn from there.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 14th 2014

From the mind of critic: “What happens if we endlessly talk about what the world needs to consciously evolve? What happens if we think this speculation is the endpoint, because it will motivate someone else to make positive change? What happens if we think words are enough? Not only will we find ourselves in a stalemate, but we’ll be hopelessly gridlocked. What is the solution? Talk must equal actions, but how do we guarantee that? Sometimes we must act alone, but don’t worry, people will follow.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 15th 2014

From the mind of critic: “There’s nothing scarier then truly going after what we want. We know it makes us happy because it’s our passion, but there’s no guarantee it will happen. This journey into the unknown, with nothing but our passion and hard work to back us up, can paralyze us into taking no action. That’s the thing, we must act. We must go after our dreams, and realize fear can be an advantage, because it keeps us from being over confident. If we don’t take this journey into the unknown, we’ll always wonder what if. We must stop asking ourselves what if, and start asking ourselves what now?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 16th 2014

From the mind of critic: “If every day is an adventure, and tomorrow is the next day of the rest of our life, can’t today be that day? If today is that day, will we do something we’ll regret later, or will we do something truly worth our time?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 17th 2014

From the mind of critic: “If money is the root of all evil and love is the root of all happiness, can one bring the other? Can money create the opportunity for love and vice versa? Figuring out “true love”, is how we evolve past dollar signs.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 18th 2014

From the mind of critic: “If we’re angry about where we’re at, where we’ve been or where we’re going, we must remember that life is short and can be taken away at any time. Do we really want to spend it worrying about what we don’t have? Do we want to spend it moving toward our goals, dreams and happiness by feeling gratitude for what we have?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 19th 2014

From the mind of critic: “We get bombarded with messages telling us we’re not watching the right shows, wearing the right clothes, eating the right foods, hanging out with the right people, setting the right goals, dreaming the right dreams, believing in the right religion, or that we’re not good, strong or smart enough. Is this the truth, or are our minds playing tricks on us? Will we let others determine what, why, where and how we should be, or will we decide ourselves? Either way we’ve made a choice.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 20th 2014

From the mind of critic: “The world needs my help, your help, it needs everybody’s help. The world is hurting, which means people are hurting. If we can see each other in ourselves by feeling our common humanity, we can see that if others are hurting, it means we’re hurting. We help ourselves specifically so we can help the world, not in spite of it. We must never forget that.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 21st 2014

From the mind of critic: “If we spend all our time looking for something that will change everything for all of us, our critical thinking skills will fall by the wayside. If we look within ourselves, we’ll find that we’ve possessed the power to make positive change the whole time. Our journey doesn’t end with us, it’s where it begins.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 22nd 2014

From the mind of critic: “Sometimes we can get so lonely that it seems like things will never get better, and everybody else is happy, satisfied and fulfilled. Through practice we see that this is not only the wrong way to act, but the complete opposite of what we should be doing. Loneliness can fog over the fact that people aren’t all happy, satisfied and the perfect picture of fulfillment. We must be grateful for everything we have on a daily basis. Not only will we realize that we’re happier than we thought, we’ll see that gratitude can overcome any empty feeling. When we fill up with good energy, it pushes us toward a world where anything is possible.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 23rd 2014

From the mind of critic: “If life is a constant balancing act between what to hold onto, what to let go of, what to feel, what to do, who to love, where to go, why to wake up and what makes life worth living, is there a way to not be paralyzed with thought? If we slow down enough to feel gratitude for the beauty that surrounds us, we’ll find life gets much easier, and decisions become clearer.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 24th 2014

From the mind of critic: “What’s more important in life, love or money? I mean really, what’s more important? Is it better for our psyche to get a good job so we can buy a house, car, vacations and all the things we see everybody else buying? Is it better for our happiness? Is it better to find our passion and go after it? Does it make us the richest person we know? People can get us down by telling us how they think we should live, even those close to us. We just have to remember what makes our soul sing, not theirs.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 25th 2014

From the mind of critic: “This past year has certainly been a challenge whether it was wars, shootings, the economy or ever widening wealth, philosophical, religious and political divisions. Major change is afoot, and we can consciously evolve by using advances to bring us closer together. We can also choose to resist change, by fighting tooth and nail to keep things the way they’ve always been, which pulls us further apart. What makes us human brings us closer together. This realization doesn’t force revolution, it breeds evolution.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 26th 2014

From the mind of critic: “If we’re constantly looking for outside solutions to pull us out of a funk, we’ll be forever chasing the dragon. If we look inside, we’ll see that solutions start with loving ourselves. We shouldn’t be our own worst enemy, but our own best friend.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 27th 2014

From the mind of critic: “If we have that empty feeling like we can’t move forward in life, only one thing can relieve that, going after our passion. If we don’t know what that is, we must find it. If we can’t find it, we must ask ourselves why?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 28th 2014

From the mind of critic: “We must never entertain the idea that the powerful will always take power from the powerless, or that the elites will always take voice from the voiceless. The second we do that, we’ve given up. How do we keep those thoughts out of our head? We start by recognizing the draped over illusion of power, and finish by standing up, asking questions and seeing each other in ourselves. If we do this, we’ll prove to the gatekeepers that they obviously can’t beat us, so they might as well join us.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 29th 2014

From the mind of critic: “When we begin each day by asking what can we can accomplish, and who and what we can interact with, it’s not only the first day of the rest of our lives, but the beginning of our consciously personal evolution. We must look at each day as the new adventure it really is.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 30th 2014

From the mind of critic: “There’s nothing wrong with moving forward at our own pace, the problem comes in when we move at somebody else’s pace by living how they see fit. When we listen to ourselves, we not only figure out what our pace is, but how we build ourselves up, not somebody else.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 31st 2014

From the mind of critic: “How do we insure that 2015 is better than 2014? We recognize what we all agree needs to change, then we go out and do it. No matter what anybody says, it really is that simple.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JANUARY 1st 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we regret anything about last year, it might be due to the fact that we wish some things would have turned out differently. This year can be better by choosing to make it better. Think about it, if we chose to make our lives better specifically so we could make everybody’s life better, most of the world’s problems would be solved right there.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JANUARY 2nd 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we don’t know what we have until it’s gone, how can we flip that so we know what we have while it’s still around? One word, gratitude.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JANUARY 3rd 2015

From the mind of critic: “We’ve been told that rearranging our priorities gives our life meaning, which can be true; but only on our terms, not somebody else’s. We can take advice from others, and view experiences as something we may or may not want to do. However, we still have to make our own choices, and live on our own terms. For if we don’t, we won’t know what it means to truly live.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JANUARY 4th 2015

From the mind of critic: “No matter how bad we want life to happen, how much we want to accomplish our goals, our dreams, meet that person we truly connect with or to be successful, we have to truly ” see” each other. For all the problems we know the solutions to like corruption, violence, hate, ethnic cleansing and persecution, we can’t will them to end with sheer strength. The best we can do is set the groundwork, by feeling gratitude and love at every turn through conversing with people. That way when opportunities do arise, we’ll actually be in a place where we allow them to happen.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JANUARY 5th 2015

From the mind of critic: “When we adjust our outlook just enough that it makes us realize we do have the power to make change, roadblocks placed in our way begin to disintegrate. Once we see that blocks are only temporary, we’ll see they might never have been there in the first place, if our imaginations didn’t make life harder than it needed to be. We just need to ask ourselves, do we want to make life easier or harder?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JANUARY 6th 2015

From the mind of critic: “When we realize the difference between wasting and spending time, is simply being conscious of what we’re doing, we’ll start doing what we actually want to do. We can either spend time doing what builds us up, or we can waste time doing what tears us down, it’s our choice.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JANUARY 7th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Sometimes we feel so broken, our dreams so shattered, our confidence so shaken when somebody loves us, but don’t know how to reach us. The fact that we don’t know how to reach them either isn’t what matters. What does matter is that we believe in ourselves. If we feel in our soul we’re doing the right thing, we should continue. No matter what anybody says, we are worthy.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JANUARY 8th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Freedom of speech is as essential as air, water, food and shelter because it ensures our soul’s survival. Once we realize that we all have this right because we’re all human, we’ll see that when we trample someone else’s free speech, we’re really trampling our own.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JANUARY 9th 2015

From the mind of critic: “The energy and motivation needed to achieve our goals and dreams, is received through being honest about who we are, what we want to accomplish, and what kind of mark we want to leave on the world. Having self-worth isn’t only about free speech and standing up for what we believe in, but our collective journey towards conscious evolution.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JANUARY 10th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we want to take divisiveness out of our politics, we need to take divisiveness out of our lives. If we want to inject thoughtfulness, accountability and humanism into our politics, we need to inject thoughtfulness, accountability and humanism into our lives. We create politics and politicians, they don’t create us. If we want to change our political system, we must change ourselves.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JANUARY 11th 2015

From the mind of critic: “When we seem so diametrically opposed in our opinions that we feed off each other, is there any hope for unification? There is if we remember that the reason we get up in the morning, is the same reason everyone gets up in the morning. Once we realize it’s everyone’s goal to find happiness, we’ll see that most disagreements fall away when we take an honest look around.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JANUARY 12th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If the secret to life is happiness, and the way to find it is to be open and honest about what’s in front of us, how come it’s so difficult for some, while it’s easy for others? We can make things way harder than they need to be by being dishonest to ourselves. By being honest we gain clarity. With clarity we find happiness, and with happiness we find that the truth really does set us free.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JANUARY 13th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If united we stand and divided we fall is how we survive as a people, how come the people at the top do everything in their power to keep us from uniting? There is an old saying that goes, “follow the money and we’ll find the answer.” This means we need to do what’s in the people’s best interest, not the leaders.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JANUARY 14th 2015

From the mind of critic: “It’s not so much that we should take pleasure in other’s pain to make ourselves feel better, because we shouldn’t. It’s that when we’re feeling bad about ourselves and our situation, somebody always has it worse. No matter how bad off we are, or how dark things seem, there is ALWAYS somebody who has it worse. When we feel gratitude for what we have, we can truly move forward.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JANUARY 15th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Putting us into groups of leaders, followers and get out of the wayers, only serves to categorize us; when really it’s these categories that make up different parts of all of us. We all lead, we all follow and we all get out of the way. Once we realize this, a lot of things begin to make sense.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JANUARY 16th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Physical limitations will cause emotional problems if we don’t ask for help. Being conscious, means knowing we can do many things we didn’t think were possible. It also means certain things will run smoother when we have help. Needing help is never bad, it just causes planning to be adjusted.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JANUARY 17th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Politics can be summed up in one sentence, you do something for me and I’ll do something for you. Basically, help somebody only because we expect something in return, not because we actually want to help. If we’re unable to live, grow and evolve in society that way, what makes us think our political system can? If we want to change our politics, we must first change ourselves.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JANUARY 18th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If authenticity is a window into our soul, how can we expect to grow if we force things to happen? If we’re honest with ourselves, while trying to force something at the same time, are we truly being honest? Sometimes we want something to happen so badly, we convince ourselves that everyone must want it too. If we remember that everybody wants different but similar things, we won’t ignore the writing on the wall. If we truly trust the process, we must let it work. If we don’t, that might be our problem.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JANUARY 19th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Do we feel our goals are always just out of reach, even if we’re inching closer? If we feel that all we do is give, give, give, while all the world does is take, take, take, we must ask why we’re allowing it to happen? Why are we letting any of it happen? There comes a point when we realize that being open to opportunities and experiences, means being open to all opportunities and experiences, good and bad. We must train our filter, so we keep the good and discard the bad. This act of letting go feeds our collective evolution.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JANUARY 20th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Whatever our struggles are, spiritual, emotional, physical or financial, there are always people who have it worse. Once we see all that we can accomplish because of everything we’ve already accomplished, those struggles aren’t struggles anymore, they become stepping stones.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JANUARY 21st 2015

From the mind of critic: “If the darkness ahead is all in our mind, so is the light. We can choose to see dark, or we can choose to see light, but we must make a choice. If we don’t choose, somebody else will. We have free will, to prevent it from floating away, we must utilize it as much as possible as often as possible.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JANUARY 22nd 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we know about the common thread that runs through us, why don’t we recognize it? If we have all the same basic needs, wants, hopes, dreams and fears, how come we don’t recognize them? Struggling with personal issues and demons blinds us to the fact that everybody is struggling with the same basic things. Seeing ourselves in others, not only changes our outlook, it changes the way we live.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JANUARY 23rd 2015

From the mind of critic: “If conspiracy theories spawn from us trying to wrap our minds around chaos, it becomes slightly easier when we realize everybody is doing the same. Life isn’t always black and white. Many times it falls into a grey area. Once we realize most of us live in this grey area, many of the world’s problems disappear. Conspiracy theories become clear, when they’re seen as something that just happens.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JANUARY 24th 2015

From the mind of critic: “The Who said it best when they sang, “meet the new boss, same as the old boss”. We might really dislike somebody. We might even bear witness to the evils they commit while holding office, but simply voting them out, impeaching them or removing them, won’t change the system that brought them to power. We must do more than just change faces, we must change the system by changing what gives it power. We start by changing ourselves.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JANUARY 25th 2015

From the mind of critic: “There might be days when we feel inadequate about accomplishing the tasks in front of us. Like our path to enlightenment is laid out, but for some reason is too much for us to handle. This is when we need to slow down, and focus on something that brings us joy, and then feel nothing but gratitude. This gracious feeling will not only sustain us, but will carry us wherever we want to go if we believe no task is insurmountable.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JANUARY 26th 2015

From the mind of critic: “The more we’re open to life’s experiences, the more beauty we’re allowing ourselves to see. The more of this beauty we allow into our soul, the deeper and more vibrant it becomes. This energy will motivate us to achieve what we never thought possible. Being open means being open to the good and the bad. Will we let the darkness fill us, and drag us lower than we already were? Will we let the light fill us, and bring us to heights we’ve never been able to reach? Life is a series of moments good and bad, a continuous process of recognition and letting go. It’s our choice whether we let the dark or the light drive us.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JANUARY 27th 2015

From the mind of critic: “The challenges we’re dealing with, and the obstacles we face can be so overpowering, that they drown us in our own misery. This is guaranteed to happen, but only if we let it happen. We turn this around by seeing things differently, because when our thought process changes, our mood changes. Once our mood changes, challenges and obstacles will still be there, but they’ll be a lot easier to handle.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JANUARY 28th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Excitement over things to come is the energy we receive from working hard, and being true to ourselves. When we realize this whole concept is about looking at the unknown differently, fear melts away. All that’s left is a feeling that anything is possible, if we really want it to be.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JANUARY 29th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Knowing the difference between right and wrong, is like knowing the difference between truth and untruth, we have to be honest with ourselves to decide. Honesty is what gives our lives authenticity, and if we’re not going to live authentically, what’s the point of anything?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JANUARY 30th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Authentic strength isn’t about how much weight we can lift, how many heads we can stomp on our way to the top, or how many people we make suffer just to make ourselves look better. Authentic strength is about defying obstacles, and overcoming challenges of our day to day routine. We can make the ordinary into the extraordinary by being ourselves” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JANUARY 31st 2015

From the mind of critic: “There will always be arguments, fights, and disagreements within any government, country, community, movement, and family. A 100% united front at all times, and with all people is never achievable because we’re human. However, if we work from where we agree, and realize we’re all fighting for the same thing, we can get pretty damn close.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

FEBRUARY 1st 2015

From the mind of critic: “If all we really need to know we learned in kindergarten, and all humans need to get back to their basic nature, why do problems seem so impossible when they’re really not? When we recognize what makes it worth it for us to get out of bed in the morning, do we realize it’s the same for our neighbors? If we remember to treat others like we’d like to be treated, to share, to treasure our environment because we’re not the only ones living in it, and to love without precondition, most of our problems will melt away. It is hard to remember, but we can do it if we recall that it’s easy.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

FEBRUARY 2nd 2015

From the mind of critic: “When it rains, it pours. When problems persist, they can quickly snowball. Now that we’re at this point in our societal, political, spiritual and conscious evolution, what do we do? Are problems too big, and issues too far down the rabbit hole that there’s no hope? We must remember there’s only no hope, if we think there’s no hope. If we think it’s all going to hell anyway, why shouldn’t we ride it out until it blows up in our face? We fix each other, by fixing ourselves. If we all want life to be better, we have to start making better decisions.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

FEBRUARY 3rd 2015

From the mind of critic: “When we find our passion, it always draws us in. Sometimes way too slow and sometimes way too fast, and sometimes we question if it’s drawing us in at all. If we stay open and conscious to what we’re passionate about, it will drive us. If we haven’t found our passion yet, we will, most likely when we least expect it to show.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

FEBRUARY 4th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Deciphering what’s most important, is a constant battle between what we need, and what we think we need. We can clear away the indecision and instant gratification which blocks our evolution, by simply seeing what’s in front of us. When we know we don’t have all the answers, we end up feeling gratitude across the board. It’s not just our collective conscious evolution that depends on it, but also our personal sanity.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

FEBRUARY 5th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we stay open to what’s in front of us, and use it to define our priorities, our nervousness and anxiousness turns into excitement and peace. We must enter into all our endeavors, by being authentic human beings. That way, what’s in front of us will be clear, and our decision making process will be for our highest good. The world can be a scary place, but becomes less so when we look at why we’re scared, and realize it’s all in our heads.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

FEBRUARY 6th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Sometimes we feel there’s no chance we’ll succeed or get ahead, so why should we even try? If we let go of those feelings, and let our passion and gratitude drive us, more often than not success will find us. If we allow ourselves to get ahead, we will. The only people that can stop us are ourselves.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

FEBRUARY 7th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we dance to the beat of a different drum, is the beat different or the drum? The beat can be different depending on where we grew up, where we live, who our family is, who or how we love, what we do for a living and to whom we do or don’t pray. The drum however is always the same, it just plays different sounds. When we realize our drums are exactly the same by virtue of us being human, we’ll respect the beat because it’s part of us.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

FEBRUARY 8th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we know a problem is there, but constantly dance around it by barely scratching the surface, does it make the problem worse? There are times in life when being authentically who we are, is difficult. However, it but becomes easier when we realize authentic thoughts, lead to authentic actions. It’s those actions that will fix what’s actually going on.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

FEBRUARY 9th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Is multitasking necessary, because of the billion things flying through our brain from all different directions? Does trying to do too many things at once, bog us down from accomplishing anything? There are a lot of things we know we should be doing, complemented by an exponential amount of advice from places we least expect. All we have to do is slow down, see what’s in front of us, and realize some of us simply move faster than others. This doesn’t mean we float through life. It means we take meaningful steps forward. It means we give full importance to building ourselves up, and show others they can as well.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

FEBRUARY 10th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we’re moving forward at a snail’s pace, are we still moving forward? If it takes us 1000 times longer, is it detrimental to our progress? We can get very angry when we aren’t as successful as quickly as we think we should be. We might understand that we’ll be successful at our current rate, but only when we’re 80 and too old to enjoy life, let alone have a family or a significant other who loves us. The best we can do is struggle through, and hope our hard work pays off. The process is up to the universe, but the outcome is determined by our heart. If we follow our heart, we’ll get what we need.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

FEBRUARY 11th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we ever hope to get over our evolutionary “hump day “, we must admit that being halfway to conscious evolution is quite an accomplishment. Where we get stuck is thinking it’s the end all be all, that we have made so much positive change as a society, why push it? If we think life is perfect in every way for every person, then we shouldn’t do anything. If we see life’s imperfections, and how many things can be made better, we must act. If this is truly our evolutionary “hump day”, we still have half our journey to go.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

FEBRUARY 12th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Are we helping or hurting by getting involved in a situation? Are we changing its inherent meaning by becoming active players? Whether its wars, debates, romantic relationships or dreams and goals, by getting involved we’re stating we have a say in the outcome. Sometimes we need to guide the direction of a certain event, sometimes we need to just let things happen. The organic results more often than not, will show us what we need to see, which illuminates what we need to do.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

FEBRUARY 13th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Did we always know what we wanted to do when we were younger? Was it clear what career would bring us the most joy and money? We go through periods in adulthood where we forget where we’re going, what we’d like to do or what brings us joy. To remember the path we’re supposed to be on and what brings us joy, all we need to do is clear the fog of life’s responsibilities and routines. If we remember when life was still in front of us, we realize it still is.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

FEBRUARY 14th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If want our lives to grow past our dreams and thoughts, we must live in the here and now. If we want our reality to be more than a pipe dream, we must consciously act to make it happen now. Whatever roadblocks, challenges and adversity we face, melt away when we awaken the power to collectively evolve. We can do this, but only if we choose to” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

FEBRUARY 15th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we’re nervous about something we’d really like to happen, wouldn’t being excited be a better use of our energy? If we’re wasting time or killing time, can’t we also spend or treasure time? It’s one of those things that comes down to perceptions. We can be nervous and kill time until something happens, or we can be excited and spend time preparing for something to happen. Life and what happens comes down to the choices we make, and how we come to those conclusions. We can choose to be negative, or we can choose to be positive, it’s up to us. First we must ask ourselves, what will bring us better results?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

FEBRUARY 16th 2015

From the mind of critic: “There will be days when our routines, dreams, goals and passions seem like work, like too much energy has to be expended that we just want to lay on the couch and curl in a ball. There will also be days where we can’t wait to be productive, because the energy is pouring out of us. We must remember that doing good for ourselves brings good energy in, and not doing good for ourselves takes it away. We can’t be motivated without first realizing we’re worth the effort.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

FEBRUARY 17th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Is there a way we can always feel useful? Is there a way we can feel important enough to make that decision? Believing in ourselves is the foundation for conscious evolution, but does that pay the bills or put food on the table? No, but it’s where our journey starts. We must believe in ourselves, if we’re to believe in anything.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

FEBRUARY 18th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we think something happened for no reason, are we looking at the how, the what and the where, but not the why? We used to get in trouble as little kids for asking a million questions, why is this happening, why is that happening? Our parents would get so annoyed, but eventually they’d tell us why, if they didn’t know, they’d find out. If we as humans keep collectively asking why until an answer appears, positive change is inevitable.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

FEBRUARY 19th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we question the status quo and refuse to have the mainstream shoved down our throats, are we wrong? Are we making our journey longer and more difficult because now people question why we’re questioning? So much propaganda attempts to fog over our critical thinking on a daily basis, that if we don’t question, we saying we’re okay with the way things are. If we aren’t okay with the way things are, then we must stand up and ask why.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

FEBRUARY 20th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If today is the first day of the rest of our lives, is tomorrow the second, then the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th? Our views and actions in life constantly recycle, renew and reinvent themselves whether we want them to or not. The best thing we can do is be conscious of our priorities, and what’s around us. If we allow ourselves to evolve with the times, everyday life will reveal the beautiful, fun, exciting and loving adventure that it really is.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

FEBRUARY 21st 2015

From the mind of critic: “When an incident, event, speech, quote or a joke is blatantly racist, sexist, or meant to put someone down for being less than human, we must stand up and say it’s not okay. Remaining silent, agreeing, or laughing at racist jokes even if we know it’s wrong, keeps hatred alive, and breeds persecution, ethnic cleansing and genocide. The more we stand up and preach love, peace and understanding, the less powerful elites become, and the more powerful we become. Isn’t that the point?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

FEBRUARY 22nd 2015

From the mind of critic: “If every problem has infinite sides, because infinite people have an infinite number of opinions, is finding the common thread like searching for a needle in a field of haystacks? If we create our own realities, do we create our own solutions as well? It can be very hard trying to figure out this crazy world, but maybe some things aren’t supposed to make sense. Maybe the world is basically chaos, and us trying to make sense out of chaos, is where conspiracy theories come from.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

FEBRUARY 23rd 2015

From the mind of critic: “Do we always do the right thing if given the opportunity? Do we always pay attention to the signs that float by, sometimes smacking us in the face? Do signs get lost in the shuffle whether they’re powerful or not, because the sheer magnitude of what our brain encounters, reveals the chaos under which the world operates? Is the world basically chaos, or is it just a living, breathing thing that evolves with the times? Just because the crazy world tries to makes us crazy, doesn’t mean good stuff can’t be found. We can find it when we choose to look, and are open to what we find.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

FEBRUARY 24th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Is there a way we can get to the meat of an issue without taking the patty off the bun? Within that meat, is there a way to insure that peace, justice and truth aren’t pink slime? Reality is subjective, but peace, justice and truth aren’t because once we clear away the propaganda, the “pink slime” of life is all that’s left.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

FEBRUARY 25th 2015

From the mind of critic: “The amount of positive energy we feel when fulfilling our passion, can be so intense that we completely forget about the negative energy we felt when we didn’t know our passion. This is called personal evolution. The less we know about ourselves and what we want invites negativity. The more we know about what we want and who we are, the more the intensely positive energy of the world reveals itself.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

FEBRUARY 26th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Does the sun breakthrough the clouds, or do the clouds fog over the sun? Does love, light and good energy, snowball faster than hate, darkness and bad energy? Whatever side we put more faith into is the more powerful one. Once we make that choice, it makes the other side small and insignificant. It’s up to us whether we make dark or light significant, what makes our lives more fulfilling?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

FEBRUARY 27th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Rude, condescending, egotistical and downright mean people will cross our paths when we try accomplishing our goals. Sometimes these not so nice people are the gatekeepers. Sometimes they’re a stepping stone on the path to our dreams. Are we going to let somebody who we don’t like anyway, stand in the way of what we want? If the answer is yes, we aren’t ready to achieve. If the answer is no, then making it past some jerk is barely a speed bump.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

FEBRUARY 28th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Once we make the conscious decision to go after our passion, we begin getting our priorities straight. We realize there are people and things we want in our lives, and those we don’t. Sometimes this act hurts because it unmasks what we thought was real. Once we see life isn’t about giving up, but letting go of what doesn’t serve us, we’ll understand how the beauty of the world is trying to help us consciously evolve.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MARCH 1st 2015

From the mind of critic: “If the secret to life is happiness, is the form it takes the same for everybody? If it’s different, does the fact that we’re all searching for happiness make it the same? No matter where we come from, who our parents are, what religion we are, who we love, or who we do or don’t vote for, we’re all on different paths of the same journey. Once we realize that we’re all looking to have a good life, we’ll see that the path we use to get there doesn’t matter. If we remember our journeys are interwoven, and dependent on each other to survive, we’ll find what we’re looking for.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MARCH 2nd 2015

From the mind of critic: “When we expend energy doing for others, the physical and mental drain is dramatic. It can leave us feeling empty, causing us to only see what we don’t have, and everything we could be. This is when we have to appreciate the environment around us, which fills us with energy to do for ourselves. To prevent this cycle from being one of extreme highs and lows, we must be kind to ourselves. We must feel good about what we’ve accomplished, because when we feel good about it, we make it real. When we make things real, they’re very infectious.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MARCH 3rd 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we let the perfect be the enemy of the good, we’ll be left empty handed. If we think a step by step approach ensures defeat because we didn’t get everything we wanted, we might as well not even show up. Whether we’re ordinary citizens or influential office holders, if we think compromise means do everything my way, we probably think threatening to get what we want is the way to go. If we don’t believe compromise is a dirty word, we believe the world can be fixed. Isn’t that the goal?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MARCH 4th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we spend all our time getting back to the good ole days, were they the good ole days for everybody? If we think turning back the clock to a simpler time and place will return what we’ve lost, why aren’t we happy with what we have? What we think of as happy times, could be the exact opposite for others. We must remember that even though our happy times are different, if we feel gratitude for what we have right now, we can create happy memories together.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MARCH 5th 2015

From the mind of critic: “We all have a breaking point, a line that when it’s crossed, we act. The way we act depends on our priorities, are we going to let somebody dictate what we should do? Are we going to let others destroy us, and then recreate us in their own image? Do we see this attempt at making us do things we don’t want, as an opportunity to make ourselves better? If we’re mad as hell and not going to take it anymore, we’ll completely breakdown if we don’t make positive change.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MARCH 6th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If there are no stupid questions, are there stupid answers? If there are stupid answers, are there stupid people? If life is all about perception which makes us all stupid and smart, do we have a right to judge anybody about anything? If we pay attention to what surrounds us, questions might arise because we perceive something as not making sense. When we realize everybody perceives things differently but we all ask questions, it’ll show how our unique individual struggles, make up the bigger struggle. Which proves we’re all in this together.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MARCH 7th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If the arc of the moral universe is long but bends toward justice, are we tasked with the bending? If the fight for human rights is a viciously dark chess match, with steps forward and steps back, can we help usher in the light at the end of the tunnel? If we feel we have the right to exist, have a good life and be happy, we’ll see that everyone else does too. When we realize that until all of us are free none of us are, the next revolution has begun.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MARCH 9th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If honesty is the best policy, is dishonesty the worst policy? If we consciously move forward by seeing what’s truly in front of us, do we consciously move backward by not seeing what’s truly in front of us? Is seeing truth enough, or are we compelled to act? There are times when we authentically see what’s in front of us but for lack of self-esteem, lack of want, or lack of hope we don’t act. We can either go after what we want and move forward, or not go after what we want and move backward. We just have to ask what makes us truly happy, and then do that.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MARCH 10th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Racist beliefs and tendencies are revealed in a myriad of ways. Whether it’s a fraternity singing a song, or a group of politicians persuading foreign leaders to not listen to their president, racism never fails to reveal itself. The way we get past this like we should have long ago, is to point out racism when it happens, and talk about it. Open and honest communication is the way to change beliefs, not passing laws alone.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MARCH 11th 2015

From the mind of critic: “When we apologize for how people react, are we apologizing at all? When we act on what’s happening right now, instead of what’s right, are we part of the problem? Does glossing over our true thoughts, make us disregard our true intentions? Does authentically feeling and living our true thoughts and actions make us part of the solution?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MARCH 12th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Many cultures and religions sprang from a wanting and feeling of something bigger than ourselves. These cultures and religions have evolved from a place of medieval control and punishment, to one of adapting with the times. The problems come, when these religions and cultures yearn for a time when barbaric acts were encouraged against people seen as a threat. Turning back the clock of history is okay, if it’s in a book or a movie, but in the real world, we destroy and get destroyed if we move backward. We create and positively evolve when we move forward.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MARCH 13th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If each day is a new adventure, and each moment a new opportunity, how do we make sure we’ve made the most of them? How do we know we’ve made the most of our chances, by ours or somebody else’s judgment? To make the most of our time, to always ensure we’re spending it and not wasting it, we must think and be present. We make the most out of living by doing just that, living. Outside judgment doesn’t matter, only what’s in our soul does matter. If our day is happy and fulfilling, so is our soul, and vice versa.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MARCH 14th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we’re watching a great movie and really want to know how it ends, do we make ourselves miserable by obsessing about the details? Does the end have such a strong pull, that we float through the journey to get there, not noticing things along the way? When searching for answers to why things happen, we can’t skip to the end. We must carry on and struggle through. Once we’re consciously enjoying our journey, we realize there is no end. It keeps going, as long as we keep going.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MARCH 16th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we’re lucky enough to have found our passion, how do we know if we’re putting in too much energy? If we’re telling ourselves we can do all these million things because we’re finally tuned in, how do we feel when those thoughts don’t match the realities on the ground? Once we‘ve found what we want to do, we put good thoughts, feelings and consciousness into the ether. Since we feel surrounded by white light just thinking about it all, we might make up for lost time by moving forward as fast as possible. This when we must slow down, and let it flow naturally. If we want our passion to continue flowing, we have to remember what brought it on in the first place.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MARCH 17th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If the sun will come out tomorrow, will it come out today? Do we have to wait for the sun because it’s always just over the horizon, forever out of reach? While it’s true that the sun will come out tomorrow, it could also come out today because we took off our emotional “sunglasses” and allowed it in. Whether it’s cloudy, rainy or hot as hell, the sun is always out; we just have to choose to see it. The light is waiting for us to open our eyes.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MARCH 18th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we let the perfect be the enemy of the good, does our effort mean anything if everything doesn’t turn out like we want? Is good, good enough, or do we always strive for more? Once we accomplish something, we realize that we want to accomplish something else. Striving for perfection is like saying when we get to a certain point, we don’t have to journey anymore. This is when we move backward. To keep us moving forward, we go after the good. That way we’re always going after something better, and continuously moving our journey forward.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MARCH 19th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If a picture is worth 1000 words, what do we picture, and why? If we over analyze something to the point where we can’t picture it anymore, have we changed its inherent meaning? Are we avoiding the uncomfortable? Words and language help explain the unexplainable. Pictures are important because they greatly streamline the process. The problem comes when we use words or pictures to mask true meaning. The more honest we are with ourselves, the less pictures and words push us away from truth, and the more they push us closer.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MARCH 20th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we see the light at the end of the tunnel and can smell the finish line, how do we prepare? If we over prepare for that momentous occasion, does it prolong our journey? Does it prevent us from getting there at all? Is it even possible to get there, because there’s always somewhere else we need to be? Reaching our goals can make life worth living, but it’s not the end all be all. The end all be all is the journey itself. If we move towards new goals once our old ones are reached, we’ll have eternal life because we’ll be moving toward conscious evolution.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MARCH 21st 2015

From the mind of critic: “Do we disagree and feel like we can’t talk to each other because our words are taken out of context? Is it because we’re not being as truthful as we could be? Are we missing the point of conversation entirely due to preconceived notions? If we remember the roots of problems, instead of defensively moving to our respective corners, we can come together on issues because we’re all human. If we could start conversations from where we agree instead of the other way around, we’ll always find common ground.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MARCH 22nd 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we feel something so pure that it warms our heart, does that something lose some of its luster when we put words to it? If we try forcing a moment to happen, not only will it lose its luster, but it might lose its appeal altogether. Putting words to something hard to define can be difficult, but becomes much easier when we let it flow naturally. We’ll find that if we let go and allow that feeling to go through its natural evolution, it becomes brighter than we imagined. True thoughts and feelings happen when we let go.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MARCH 23rd 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we can’t make ourselves happy because we can’t remember how, how can we expect to make anyone else happy? If our self-esteem isn’t high enough to make ourselves happy, how could we possibly share that feeling with somebody else? Sometimes depression fogs over our happy making abilities. We must spend time appreciating the little things, a sunset, an animal, taking a walk or listening to music. We will see that once we appreciate these little things, we can appreciate ourselves. Once we appreciate ourselves, we can appreciate others. Isn’t that the definition of happiness and gratitude?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MARCH 24th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we have a big accomplishment and we don’t recognize it, does it have the same effect? Is it the effect of the accomplishment that we’re looking for, or the accomplishment itself? We must recognize milestones and accomplishments whenever they happen, if not for our own sanity. They might only be a stepping stone in our journey, but without that stepping stone, there would be no journey.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MARCH 25th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Can we guarantee our happiness 100% of the time? Is there a full proof way to ensure we get everything that’s coming to us? Is there a list that notes everything we as humans deserve? Some people in the world deserve more, some people deserve less, but we’ll never discover the difference because we’re all human. The way we guarantee our happiness is to feel gratitude, because there’s always somebody who has it worse. Gratitude ensures we get everything that’s coming to us.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MARCH 26th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If it’s the time of the season for loving, when isn’t the time? Is there a time when we don’t want to show love? Do we not show it simply because it’s our normal reaction? The old saying rings as true now, as in any time in history, we have to give love to get love. We must remember that if we don’t love ourselves, we’ll have nothing to give to others, and hence get none back. Plain and simple, we must love ourselves, period.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MARCH 27th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we have a way to get through the tough times, do we have a way to get through the good times? Do we feel the good times are something we have to “get through”, or something that we experience? Getting through something or experiencing something comes down to our perception. Do we want to float through life, not learning anything as events happen? Do we want to be present during each moment? What will teach us the most valuable lessons?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MARCH 28th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Do we all get trained to survive in society, do the instructions get downloaded into our brains? Is it a booklet that tells us how to act and think, but according to whose standards? The problem with society is that it promotes group think over the individual. While the problem with individuality is that it promotes self-importance over the needs of the group. We as citizens of the universe need to find the sweet spot in the middle. Once we realize the needs of the individual make up the needs of the group, we’ll stop having arguing over semantics. We must have conversations about furthering our collective evolution.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MARCH 29th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we think our voice isn’t being heard, is it because other voices are too loud? If other voices are too loud, is it because of their volume, or because they have something important to say? If our voices aren’t loud enough, is it because we don’t have something pertinent to say, or because we’re whispering? There are countless voices out there trying to clamor for our ears, loud ones, soft ones, and everything in between. If we must listen to all voices loud or soft, all others must listen to our voice as well, no matter the volume. We will be guaranteed to not be heard, if we don’t speak. We can scream, yell, whisper or converse, but we must speak up to stand up.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MARCH 30th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If there are last minute requests to prevent compromise, was compromise as close as we thought? Was the other party waiting till the last second to bring up this deal breaker? Were we just not listening during the negotiations? Are we listening, but not hearing? If we’re trying to make things better because we think we’re the only thing that matters, not only are we not listening to others, we aren’t listening to ourselves. If we don’t listen, we don’t hear. If we don’t hear, we can’t compromise. Getting along in society means balancing what we can get done, with what we’d like to do.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MARCH 31st 2015

From the mind of critic: “Does doing something that makes us happy, bring us long lasting joy? Will the memory of a specific event be strong enough to bring joy, or will it be like how fleeting happiness leaves a void that we fill with whatever we can find? Making ourselves happy might be the secret to life, but the way to sustain life is feeling gratitude for everything around us. If we aren’t constantly searching for the next big thing, we realize it has always been with us. We keep our energy high when we allow it to be high.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

APRIL 1st 2015

From the mind of critic: “If a fool makes bad decisions, and a smart person makes good decisions, then by who’s definition have we made good or bad choices? Is our good the opposite of somebody else’s bad? If one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, then isn’t one man’s fool, another man’s genius? Fools and geniuses are cut from the same cloth, anybody who thinks they aren’t, doesn’t know who they truly are. If they don’t know who they truly are, they can’t know who we truly are.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

APRIL 2nd 2015

From the mind of critic: “Is there a way to tell which way is up and which way is down, if we don’t know which way is forward? We get mighty disoriented when we can’t find our path. If we grow stagnant because we’re so comfortable where we’re at that, then why change? Why not change? Why not improve things for ALL people?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

APRIL 3rd 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we want to start conversations about uncomfortable subjects, does the comfortability prevent the conversations from being long lasting? Have we been avoiding these subjects for so long, that they’ve become uncomfortable? There are things in life we want to talk about and things we don’t, the difference is the key. People say we shouldn’t talk about politics and religion, but isn’t that the problem? If we could actually talk these things through, we might solve some issues. Isn’t that the point?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

APRIL 4th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we feel like we don’t matter in the bigger scheme of things, then we probably don’t. If we feel integral to the collective evolution of humanity, then we probably do. The way we perceive ourselves, shows the world an image of who we think we are. People will judge us no matter what we do, which is why it’s vitally important we’re kind to ourselves and honest about our priorities. When we move forward, the world moves forward.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

APRIL 5th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we don’t know where we came from, do we know who we are? If we don’t know who we are, do we know where we’re going or where we’d like to go? If we know where we came from but choose to ignore it, we must ask ourselves, are we the cause of our disorientation? Tracing the roots of our grandparents can be very enlightening, but if we don’t learn the lessons they may or may not have learned, we’ll be forever looking for answers. Once we start learning their lessons, we are free. Like En Vogue said a while back, “free your mind, and the rest will follow.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

APRIL 6, 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we’re facing a challenge, need help or can’t figure something out, does it help to get advice from all sides? Does this advice come from an honest want to help, or a feeling that it’s the right thing to do? If we feel like something is the right thing to do, but the advice is vague enough to sound good, and not detailed enough to offer actual help, does it just add to the noise? A lot of people have good intentions. When they see us having a hard time, they authentically want to help. The problem comes when we reply to this advice, which causes the advisor to bark orders, when what we really need is somebody to work with us. When we travel along the path we’re supposed to travel there will be help, and there will be noise. The more honest we are with ourselves, the more we’ll be able to tell the difference.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

APRIL 7th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we think all we have is our passion, does everything else float away on its own accord? Do we feel lonely, and in need of social interaction both love and platonic, because we’ve put so much energy towards our passion? Do we constantly make ourselves busy, so we don’t have to think? Finding what brings us joy is a collective goal. The issue appears when we act on it in a way that avoids interaction, just to get our mind off our loneliness. To sustain pure joy, we can’t use passion to avoid things, but to bring them closer.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

APRIL 8th 2015

From the mind of critic: “When we get confronted by something out of the ordinary, do we apologize for the inconvenience or question its merits? If something breaks our routine, does it throw our world into chaos? Do we adjust, because we see how the world is changing? When our environment or inner circle changes, our goals and dreams must stay the same. We choose our own destiny. How we handle roadblocks and obstacles, will determine if we’re worthy of our dreams. We’re worthy if we choose to be.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

APRIL 9th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If trying to argue with stupid people is like arguing with a brick wall, then why do we waste our breath? Is there a way to talk down to somebody, without actually talking down to them? Can we talk to somebody without stooping to their level? We’ll run into all sorts of people as we journey, some intelligent, some not, and some when we ask them to critically think, will parrot the same old tired lines. We all want to learn, grow and move forward, we’re just at different stages. Some of us think, some of us don’t, but we’re all struggling for answers.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

APRIL 10th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If evil corporations and moneyed interests are taking over the world, do they swoop in all at once, or do they slowly chip away, gaining more power and influence for themselves in the long run? The top 1/10th of 1% has been chipping away at our freedoms for years, by making us pay more taxes while they pay fewer. Companies like Monsanto might strike fear into our hearts, but even though their control is vast, we can strike fear in them by affecting their bottom line. We do that by standing up, and saying we aren’t going to put up with their shit anymore. Then we keep standing until things change.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

APRIL 11th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If there is no there, there, and life is a journey not a destination, how do we move towards a goal, when it only leads to more goals? How do we get somewhere in life, if there are always more somewheres presenting themselves? Knowing gratitude and knowing joy is the first step, feeling it and acting on it are the next. We must experience life as we learn it, or we’re going to have to work backward. In life we might not always know where we’re going, but as long as we’re not moving backward, we will get where we need to go” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

APRIL 14th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we think we only learn things the hard way, are we constantly slapped upside the head with examples of how we should act? If others tell us we only learn the hard way, are the lessons less severe? If nothing in life is black and white, and everything exists in a gray area, are we looking at things wrong? We need to find a happy medium between what’s real, and what we think is real. We may think we need a chiseled in stone answer, but many times we just need to understand what the answer looks like. If we do, then we don’t need to get slapped.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

APRIL 15th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If our mind is quiet, and doesn’t have a million things running through it, can we think more clearly because there’s no distractions? If our mind is noisy with possibilities, do we think more clearly because we’re forced to make a decision without analyzation? Clearing our mind slows things down so we can see what our priorities really are. Bombarding our mind can be useful, because it could spur us to do something we never thought possible. Just like life, moderation is the key, too much of anything will make it lose its meaning” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

APRIL 16th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we know a situation is going to happen because it has happened before, will our reaction be the same? Will the inherent meaning change if our reaction changes? Do these events happen simply to gain attention, and guide reaction in a preordained way? There are times when we feel attacked, and times when we actually are attacked. How we gauge our reactions to each of these situations determines our outlook. An event is only effective if we react, it’s the one thing in life we have complete control over.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

APRIL 17th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If spring is the time of renewal, do we automatically let things grow as they were meant to? Is it like waking up after a deep sleep, when we’re groggy until we get up and move? At a time when so many plants, trees and flowers are blooming, the hills are green and everything is alive, are we being renewed? Do we need to put in any work? As the environment renews itself, so too must we replenish our souls. Doing this will not only clean us up, but will clean up our philosophy, our politics, our leaders, our religions and our very existence. Don’t believe me? Try it and see what happens, what do we have to lose? Do we want to see the positive evolution of humanity?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

APRIL 18th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If the things we want are out of reach, is it our doing or society’s? Are these things out of reach because an outside or inside force is telling us it’s what we want? Do we authentically want it all? With the million forces out there telling us what we want, we’re all trying to figure out just what the hell is going on. To get that answer, we can’t seek out what we want, but what we need.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

APRIL 19th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we know exactly what gave birth to our obstacles, why do we still let them happen? Why, when we’re slapped in the face by something that’s to our detriment, do we think it is okay because we’re sad, lonely and in pain? Do we deserve joy? First off, everybody deserves joy, everybody. Second, there is enough bad shit that we can’t change, that we must change what we can. We can build ourselves up by bringing in joy for the long term, or tear ourselves down by bringing in happiness for the short term. The more short term happiness we seek, the more obstacles appear. We can push them away, if we’ve learned their lessons and let them go.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

APRIL 20th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we dig ourselves a hole, is it possible that it’s not a hole, but an opportunity? Is it possible that the dimensions of the hole, the environment and the time of day all contribute to possible escapes? Is it still considered an escape if we crawled out of our own volition? Holes, pits, ruts, sinkholes, whatever term we use they all serve the same purpose. Physical and emotional escape can be useful, because it stops us from being obsessed. The problem is when we think we can live in this rut, and that things will never improve. Evolution isn’t always easy, but is necessary for our sanity. We can live in a bubble, rut, or an opportunity because they’re basically the same thing. It just depends on our perception.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

APRIL 21st 2015

From the mind of critic: “Is it possible for us to get out of our own way, if we feel like everybody is already in our way? How can we get away from the all or nothing thinking that’s blocking us? Our hopes, dreams and goals aren’t the only thing we have, but they’re the most important. To realize this, we need to create joy by being honest about our priorities. We can’t let ourselves or anybody else stop us, we must move forward.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

APRIL 22nd 2015

From the mind of critic: “Can we build a new society without completely destroying the old one? Do we need a blank canvas to build a masterpiece? Do we need a canvas at all? Clean slate thinking comes from extremists on both sides. If most people do not find themselves members, why would we take advice from them? To create we don’t destroy, we evolve.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

APRIL 23rd 2015

From the mind of critic: “Are our politics so messed up, because our interactions with each other are so messed up? If we’re trying to impress somebody so they’ll give us something, doesn’t it get worse when we’re elected to office? Politics don’t create us, we create politics. If we want to clean up our political system, humanism and accountability must permeate all out interactions. If we want to do that, we have to get to the root of an issue, not beat around the bush.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

APRIL 24th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If honesty is the best policy, is dishonesty the worst policy? If lying is the worst policy, how are some people so successful at implementing it? If we ever get to a point where honesty and truth leaves us behind, and dishonesty and lying get us ahead, the world is broken. When we get used to being honest with ourselves once again, it will spread and help us all evolve. We have a choice to live in a world that’s real, or one that’s not.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

APRIL 25th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Some people ask if we’re ready for the revolution, but don’t they mean the next revolution? Is that next revolution external, or internal? To make positive change in the world, we must make positive change within ourselves. We go through our own “next revolution”, specifically so we can help the world go through its “next revolution.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

APRIL 26th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we trust but verify, is it still trust? If we’re honest but have to verify everything, is it still honesty? Honesty and trust are two of the most important things in life. If we insist on verifying everything by inserting conditions, we’re being cops, not friends. Being honest and trustworthy with ourselves, is how we receive it from others. Love, honesty and trust make life more authentic, because we pay attention to what’s actually in front of us. Trusting the process and letting it work will move us forward, because we’re being honest with our soul.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

APRIL 27th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Is there a path we’re supposed to follow while accomplishing our goals? Is it something we randomly find as we walk the earth? Are there outside entities whether they be family, friends or corporations which tell us we’ll only succeed if we do what they tell us? Do we have an inner voice that provides tips about which direction to take? Otis Redding said, “I can’t do what ten people tell me to do, so I guess I’ll remain the same”. Do we have to remain the same? Is this “same”, the starting point of our evolution? People from all directions will give us advice whether we want it or not. We must find our center, our “starting point”. That way when advice comes, we discard what we don’t like and keep what we do like. Isn’t that the secret to life?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

APRIL 28th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we have trouble moving forward, is it because we haven’t had our philosophical coffee yet? Did we drink decaf when we should have had espresso? Drinking coffee to start our physical day, is much like feeling gratitude to start our emotional day. With it, our day can start off focused and headed in the right direction. Without it, we’ll get going, but in a random direction. Do we want the beginning of our conscious evolution to happen randomly, or with conscious intent? Once again, it come down to a choice.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

APRIL 29th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we ever feel like we’re going through the motions, how do we get to a place where we authentically feel what we’re doing? Is there a way to make ourselves happy all the time, or is happiness fleeting by definition? We can grow restless, bored, apathetic, and depressed if we feel like our life has no direction, or isn’t happening fast enough. It’s the speed of our growth to which we have no control. The fact we’re moving toward our passions, means we’re growing and evolving.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

APRIL 30th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Is peaceful demonstration the way to fix societal issues, or is it violent confrontation? Is it civil disobedience? Is it turn the other cheek, or by any means necessary? Do we make change from inside the system, or the outside? Che, Gandhi, MLK, Malcolm X, Noam Chomsky and countless others have debated these questions for years. Instead of finding the one way, the one silver bullet that will fix everything, we must come at the problem from all sides and all angles. It’s going to take a multifaceted, multi-pronged approach to fix what we already know and agree needs fixing.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MAY 1st 2015

From the mind of critic: “Is there a reason we don’t turn the corner in our evolution? Are we waiting on an answer to fall out of the sky to guide us to a better day? Are we not confident enough in ourselves, to take that next step and turn the corner? Sometimes we spend all day and night asking ourselves when it’s going to be our time. Sometimes we try too hard, putting all our energy into a certain thing that wasn’t supposed to happen in the first place. We turn the corner in our evolution, when we realize it’s not just the universe or just us that contribute to our well-being, but both working in balance.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MAY 2nd 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we push back hard enough, are we guaranteed victory? If we ask enough people the right questions, are we guaranteed justice? If we stay complacent and do nothing to change our surroundings, will things ever get better? They say nothing in life is guaranteed except death and taxes, except we now know that’s not always true. What is guaranteed is failure if we don’t act. Things will change when we get off our asses and make them change.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MAY 3rd 2015

From the mind of critic: “Is there a full proof way to ensure things always work out? Is there a line, that when we hit it with the effort we’ve put in, we get everything we want? Will there be roadblocks in our way? Whether we’re trying to lose weight, pursuing our passion or just trying to make ourselves happy, there will be stumbles along the way. The great thing is once we realize we’re human, these roadblocks and stumbles will be seen for what they actually are, tests to see if we’re worthy. Reactions are our choice to move forward or not, which always has and always will be up to us.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MAY 4th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we’re on an emotional rollercoaster, is there a way to keep the highs from getting too high? Is there a way to keep the lows from hitting rock bottom? Do we have control over any of it? Many people have said many things about keeping balance because everything runs smoother. Just because a lot of people have said it, doesn’t make it any less true. What we have to figure out is how to be honest with ourselves, and then act on this honesty. Once we do act, it’ll filter through all our interactions, politics, religions, planet and our soul, because it depends on us keeping our emotional roller coaster in check. Don’t believe me, be honest with yourself and see how everything changes for the better.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MAY 5th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Is there a way to build up our self-esteem without ballooning our ego? Is there a way to make ourselves happy by moving forward, without stepping on anybody’s toes? We can be nice without being a jerk. It’s called being happy with ourselves, and helping everybody realize they can too. We balance ego and self-esteem, by building up the good inside of us, not what people say is the good inside of them. We can only be good to others, when we’re good to ourselves” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MAY 6th 2015

From the mind of critic: “When we discover we still have the ability to surprise ourselves, it can be the first day of the rest of our lives. It can also be the final day if we see this surprise as a mere coincidence, before returning to our mind numbing routine. Do we move forward doing the same old same old, or with something new and fresh? Once we realize that we might not know everything because different opinions exist, then it is the real first day of the rest of our lives.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MAY 7th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we don’t know what we have till it’s gone, do we give up because we don’t have it anymore? Is there a way to get it back, or is it lost forever? Is this only one of the lessons we have to learn? We must feel gratitude for everything we have, because there’s always somebody who has less. We do this by being in the moment and being present. If we can do this, not only will it make things brighter, but we’ll know what we have while it’s here, because we feel gratitude for it now, not when it’s gone.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MAY 8th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If the sun keeps shining till a brighter day, will the sun still be shining when that brighter day comes? Does it make that bright day even brighter because we have more light? Does the day only feature pit stops along our journey? Life is all about perspective, and what we choose to hear and see. When we’re down, we must see the beauty that’s all around us, and be grateful. When we’re up, we must continue to see this beauty, because it’s what brings in more. All we really need to do is be honest with ourselves, and truly see what’s around. It’ll make that brighter day last a lifetime.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MAY 9th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If the prevailing wisdom says people with money control things, whose wisdom is that? If this prevailing wisdom is supposed to be the majority of humans, are they admitting they’re being controlled? Is this what we’re told by the people at the top who want to control? We as a people can only be controlled, if we put our faith in the fact that we’re being controlled. The prevailing wisdom is what the majority of us think and feel, not what a small cadre of power brokers tell us to think and feel. If we want to change the prevailing wisdom, we must change our prevailing wisdom” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MAY 11th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we go with the flow, can we still rock the boat? If we rock the boat, are we still able to go with the flow? Can we switch between them? We have a choice to do what everyone else is doing, or to blaze our own unique path. What can make life easier and smoother, is seeing what everybody else is doing, and taking the good and leaving the bad. If we don’t copy the status quo and automatically do the opposite out of reflex, it forces to think about what’s in front of us. Not thinking is our enemy, just like over thinking. We just need to observe, think, act and let go, then rinse and repeat.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MAY 12th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If the way we deal with problems is shipping them somewhere else, do the problems disappear? If we want a problem fixed, but want somebody else to fix it, do we actually want it fixed? Are we basically sticking our heads in the sand? Pretending a problem doesn’t exist by moving it, doesn’t make everything better, it makes everything worse. If we want to fix our issue, we must fix them where we’re at, we must be here now.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MAY 13th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If our political system is messed up, is it because our personal politics are messed up? Do we feel like politicians can’t relate to most people, because we can’t relate to each other? If we want to get rid of corruption in politics, do we want to get rid of our own corruption? Politicians don’t fall out of the sky and aren’t created by aliens or witchdoctors in a lab. If we want to change our politicians, we must change ourselves. To change ourselves, we must change our politics.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MAY 14th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we say something is too expensive, is it because it costs too much? Is it because there’s no political will? Is it because financiers have plenty of money, so why would they build something to benefit others, when they can buy their way out of anything? If there’s something that has been proven to save lives and prevent disaster, we must ask ourselves how much is human life worth? If we value human life, prosperity and equality at all, we must get the hell out of our own way. This includes office holders and business leaders, who really need to get out of their own way. They must do what we say, or we’ll replace them.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MAY 16th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If the best things in life are free, does that mean they don’t cost money? Who gives value to them, us or somebody else? If freedom isn’t free, but the best things in life are, does that mean that freedom isn’t one of life’s best things? Constantly questioning and reorganizing our priorities is what keeps them apparent, important and vibrant. If we stop questioning, we lose everything we thought was important. We keep our freedom, or better put we realize our freedom when we constantly question its definition, and help it evolve as we evolve.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MAY 18th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we always do what we’ve always done, will we always get what we’ve always got, or does our definition simply change? Does the behavior of not changing our actions normalize them, even though the act itself is abnormal? Does doing something over and over while expecting different results, make us insane? If the only sure thing in life is change, doing the same thing over and over ensures our fight against change. If we keep doing what we’re doing, change still happens whether we want it to or not. The difference we must decide on, is do we want to roll with the punches, or fight back? If we change with the times and evolve with things around us, we guarantee we won’t get what we’ve always got.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MAY 19, 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we wonder how we made it through childhood, do we wonder how we’ll make it through adulthood? Will we act with the same reckless abandon as when we were young? Will we go to the other extreme and live completely inside the lines? Whether its politics, religion or our daily lives, going to either sides’ version of extreme is never the answer, because it pushes us away from where most people live. We take the good from both sides, and leaving the bad so we can make our home in the middle. Adulthood is the same as childhood. We take the lessons we’ve learned and make sure we don’t live inside a box, but inside a full-fledged and ever evolving human life.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MAY 20th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we all have crosses to bare, do we also have Stars’ of David and Crescents to bare as well? Are we all born with burdens, or do we inherit them as we experience society? Is guilt born or bred? We all have challenges, roadblocks and tests that seem insurmountable. What we don’t have, is a right to say that our challenges are more strenuous than our neighbors, because all of our challenges stem from the same basic thing. We all want to love, be loved and to make a difference for ourselves and our family. We all want to be treated equally, right?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MAY 21st 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we change what we put up with, do we lose who we truly are? If lies, idiocy and underhandedness are a mainstay of these situations, how do we make sure they don’t invade our daily lives? We must never lose ourselves trying to get along in society, because society will make us vanish. Whether it’s a job, relationship or just walking down the street, we take things much less personally when we have a solid picture of who we are. That’s our responsibility, our choice.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MAY 22nd 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we don’t let go of what’s dragging us down, we won’t know what’s there to pick us up, but will we know how to move forward? If we let go of outcomes by putting out to the universe what we want and let go of the how, will the hard work we put in be guaranteed to pay off? Nothing in life is guaranteed, not taxes and not death in some instances. The best we can do is move forward with what brings us joy, by letting love run our lives, not fear. If we start from a position of love and hard work, most of our collective problems would be solved.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MAY 23rd 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we aren’t the center of “the” universe, are we the center of “our” universe? Is “our” universe and “the bigger universe” the same thing, or does one make up the other? Is it all just a way of saying we need to balance our needs with that of the group? It is a question of the microcosm, like how our universe makes up the universe? Our needs make up the group’s needs. One wouldn’t exist without the other. It’s the same with us. We wouldn’t exist without each other. The minute we realize that, is the minute we start evolving.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MAY 25th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we know what we want to do with our lives, with our politics, our religion and how to fix problems, is that enough? Is having that thought enough to make it come true? If our thoughts change the environment just enough to change our actions, are those thoughts actually actions? We must think and then decide how we want to move forward, and what we want to accomplish. These are planning stages, afterwards comes action. Letting go of outcomes doesn’t mean giving up, it means focusing on the day to day of how to get there, instead of obsessing about the end. We must think before we act, we can get into trouble if we act before we think. We must never fall into the trap of believing, that because we’re thinking we don’t have to act. If we want to fix problems with our life, politics and religion, we have to choose to think, and then act. Then choose to move forward.” J

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MAY 26th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If getting enough sleep makes our body feel better, does not thinking make our mind feel better? If resting our body is important so we have energy to make it through the day, is resting our mind also important? Is there a way to rest without shutting down? Just like how our body breaks down from over activity, so too will our mind if we over use it, and clutter it with a bunch of useless crap. If we train our minds to be constructive and productive instead of anxious and lazy, just like athletes who train, we’ll ensure we’re the best humans we can be. Choosing to live at the ballast point, will kick start our evolution.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MAY 27th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we let go of the things that don’t serve us, how do we know what does? Is the letting go process itself part of that determination? Do we figure this all out by ourselves? The solo mission in life we must endure to figure out right from wrong, can be damn hard. It becomes easier when good thoughts and experiences influence what we do. Our job in life is to be a filter, which we learn how to do better, the more experience we have. When life becomes stressful we must let go, so the real work can begin, which basically consists of us deciding what’s important.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MAY 28th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If a picture is worth 1000 words, does owning 1000 pictures make words meaningless? Are words ever meaningless, or do we just think they are when we can’t find the right ones? Words are a funny thing in that they mean everything and nothing at the same time. Once we discover what that means, we’ll realize we have the power to solve all generational problems, because we can describe what’s actually happening. We all have the will, the question is will we choose to use it?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MAY 29th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If 2 wrongs don’t make a right, why do hundreds of wrongs lull people into thinking something is right? If people are told a lie long enough, do they believe it? Do we believe whatever we’re told, or do we have a choice? Some problems seem insurmountable, because we‘ve built up this idea that it’s just how things are. This is when lies, criminality and corruption run rampant, because we know what’s going on, but do nothing about it. How do we change this equation? How do we ensure corrupt officials don’t flourish? How do we change our system by changing our thinking? We choose to, and that’s it.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MAY 30th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Is there a universal limit to what we can endure before we snap? Does it change from person to person? Is this act of snapping, us forgetting our principles, or being paid to ignore them? There’s a limit to what we as humans can endure before we lose it. If we’re in positions of power, we spread this bad fortune to people who have no choice but to accept it. If we have no power, we still spread it to everybody we know. How do we hang onto the energy and principles that make us who we are, no matter the adversity? We love and cherish every inch of our soul, and are grateful because we know who we truly are. If we do that, the only way we’ll snap is if we choose to.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

MAY 31st 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we think the grass is always greener on the other side, do we know if the grass is greener on the other sides, other side? Do the people on that other side we think are so much more successful, go through the same struggles of feeling inadequate? Does this big cluster fuck we all go through mean anything? We fill our minds with so much useless crap sometimes, it’s no wonder we’re exhausted. We’re constantly thinking of what devolves us, because we don’t believe in all the good we do and will do. We start evolving when we’re grateful not for somebody showing us how they think our life should be, but when we’re grateful for what we have, and how much we’re moving forward. We have the power, and we’re obligated to use it.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JUNE 1st 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we plant our garden after carefully tilling the soil, doing our research to see what grows best, and picking out the best seeds and starts after getting advice from the farmers who produced them, are they guaranteed to grow? Does preparation ensure that everything will come to fruition? If some stuff becomes beautiful while other stuff rots away, does this prove or disprove our misconceptions? Nothing in life is guaranteed, not death, not taxes, not a veggie garden, and definitely not success. The more we prepare, the better our odds. The more we concentrate on how we make a better bigger picture, the less we’ll worry about results because we’re working to make them happen, instead of waiting for them to happen.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JUNE 2nd 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we’re born with a silver spoon in our mouth, what happens when somebody hands us a spork? What happens if they tell us to eat with our hands, because the silverware was stolen? Can we adapt? When people are given everything in life, they might not know how to take care of themselves. Just as somebody who is always told what to think, can’t think for themselves. No matter what old sayings say, nothing in life is guaranteed, nothing. No matter how we were brought up, we choose our own destiny. The quicker we can balance individuality with the collective, and give equal weight to both, the better off we’ll be. If we do find balance, no matter if we have a silver spoon, a spork or our hands, we can evolve and we can critically think, if we choose.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JUNE 3rd 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we can’t always get we want, but sometimes get what we need, how many ignorant people get in our way of making that happen? Which side is which? There’s an old saying that says if we run into many jerks in a short period of time, chances are we’re the jerk. Just like we can create our own roadblocks, getting in the way of what we need. We don’t need to be our own obstacles, plenty exist already. We need to choose our own door, which usually lies within each of us.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JUNE 4th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If drawing a cartoon were illegal, would this still be the United States? If the cartoon is completely biased, racist and violently generalizes an entire group of people, does it only represent a small minority’s opinions? If people get upset and protest an obviously detrimental to society point of view that’s illegal, would it still be the United States? Since free speech is integral to a free society, for us to be free we must be able to say whatever we want without fear of arrest, especially if it’s offensive. Integral to a free society is for people to get upset and counter protest. If we think our views are more right than others, and get angry when these others tell us so, freedom ceases to be. Freedom exists because of free speech, as long as we’re aware of the consequences.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JUNE 5th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we try to feed our needs to get ahead, how do we know they’re not wants disguising themselves as needs? Is there a full proof way to tell the difference? All humans need the same basic things to survive, food, water, shelter, clothing and personal relationships. Everything else is just window dressing. Wants bombard us from all sides including from within 24 hours a day. When we realize that we need knowledge and critical thinking to sift through what we’re told we want, we can use our bullshit detector. Do we all need a bullshit detector? Do we want to drown in bullshit, or do we want to thrive in it, taking away its power? Will we choose what we need to survive?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JUNE 6th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we can’t trust each other enough to have a conversation, how can we expect our politicians to have worthwhile debates? Is there a way to have democracy without debate, or would we be normalizing hypocrisy? How can we hate Congress and its inaction, but love our guy? We are a country who likes the idea of being a democracy. When that idea is put to the test by discussing war and the reasons to fight, but we stifle debate, we‘ve become the authoritarian oligarchy our founding fathers warned us about. Do we want to have a democracy? Do we want to be free and have open conversations? It starts with us when we choose to talk.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JUNE 7th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we put off everything we want to accomplish until tomorrow, will we accomplish anything today? Do we find freedom in always saying we’ll do something later? Do we find freedom in not having to do anything right now? Do we ever have to do anything? We as humans never have to do anything we don’t want, we have that free will. Society also has the power to pass us by, and carry with it the opportunities that would have propelled us forward. Sometimes we aren’t confident enough to do things now, because we’re tired, lazy, injured or have other obligations. If what we’re trying to do can’t be accomplished till later, maybe the right pieces haven’t fallen into place yet. We won’t know that if we don’t make the attempt, now. Why not now, what do we have to lose? We might find we still have the ability to surprise ourselves.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JUNE 9th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Do we get scared if somebody tells us we’re not good enough? Do we start telling ourselves we’re not good enough, scaring us even more? If we don’t think we’re good enough, how will we ever move forward? Confidence and self-esteem are fuel for our evolution. When we or others sew doubt in our minds, it’s like somebody siphoned our gas tank bone dry. How do we reserve the right to fill our tank whenever we want? Feeling gratitude for everything around us and everything inside us, ensures infinite fuel for the road ahead, especially when dodging potholes.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JUNE 10th 2015

From mind of critic: “If we don’t know why so much crap is being flung at us on a daily basis, we must ask ourselves if an outside force is trying to test us? Is an inside force of ours trying to figure itself out? What if all the crap flinging is imaginary? When our self-esteem is low, we imagine the whole world is out to get us. When it’s high, we still imagine the whole world is out to get us, but know it won’t affect us. The key word is to imagine. We must stop imagining what we think is front of us, and see what’s actually there. It’s not only how we move forward and evolve, it’s how we become a complete human being.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JUNE 11th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we have nothing to fear but fear itself, what is fear? Is fear simply the act of not being able to define something? Is fear a low confidence and low self-esteem that provides a fleeting comfort of not having to try? Is this as ridiculous as it sounds? There are lots of physical and tangible things to be scared of in this world, but countless more things to be thankful for. Fear is an emotion, and we can’t destroy an emotion. We can only make it small and insignificant.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JUNE 12th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If there was a way to conquer the world, would we want to? Would we want to be responsible for everybody, and everything all the time? Do we want to be responsible for everything we do all the time? There comes a time when looking over our shoulder at what everybody else is doing, is merely an excuse to not pay attention to what we’re doing. If we concentrate on making ourselves happy specifically so we can look outward at others, we’ll see everybody struggling to make themselves happy. It’s not so much about conquering the world, but about uniting around being human” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JUNE 13th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If there’s a calm before the storm, how bad will the storm be? If we spend our peaceful and happy times worrying about how bad things will get, are we respecting the supposed “calm” and the supposed “storm”? Is the idea of a calm and a storm fictional, something we tell ourselves to make sense of the world? We put ourselves through many routines just to carve out our little corner amongst the chaos. If we waste our time by waiting for the other shoe to drop, we miss out on all the moments that make life worth living. In the end, there’s no calm and there is no storm, there is only us and what we’re grateful for.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JUNE 14th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we can accomplish anything we set our minds to, is the fact that we have the thought enough? Do we have to put actual effort in? If we have a clear picture of our goals, will that alone bring them into existence? What is the proverbial next step? There are many things common amongst all humans, and many things unique which make us who we are. Do we know who we are? Are we constantly trying to figure that out? Nothing is truly handed to us, things worthwhile always take effort. Doors can open for us, will we put forth the effort to walk through them?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JUNE 15th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If happiness is fleeting, is success fleeting because we’re always happy when we’re successful? Is success constant once we achieve it? Do we keep falling back before moving forward once we’ve reached the pinnacle? Does it make a difference if the happiness or success is achieved from the inside or the outside? If being a happy person doesn’t mean being Pollyanna all the time, then being successful doesn’t mean being Bill Gates all the time either. Happiness can be fleeting if it doesn’t have a foundation of gratitude, while success can never be achieved if we don’t have gratitude for how far we’ve come. If we want to move forward more than falling back, happiness and success must be grounded in gratitude. In the end, what else is really worth our time?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JUNE 17th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If a change in scenery is good for the mind, is a change of thinking good for the soul? Do we get anxious and bored when we don’t change? If keeping life in balance means shaking things up, will we allow ourselves to crawl out of the comfortable ruts we’ve constructed? If we’ve been boring ourselves with the same routine day in and day out, it can provide familiarity but also fear. If we let this fear overtake us, not only will our mind and soul atrophy, but we’ll never surpass the dream state. Change can be a lonely thing, but is only scary with our eyes closed.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JUNE 18th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Why do some of us keep making mistakes, while others make mistakes but don’t make them again, because they learned the lessons they were supposed to learn? Is it the way each of us learn that make these lessons sink in, or are we waiting for the right method? Do we ignore lessons because they’re stupid, boring and complex? I could’ve started this by saying some people are stupid and some aren’t, but that’s not accurate. People aren’t stupid, they just learn in different ways and at different times. Some are ready to accept, some don’t even know what that means. If somebody is further along or further back in their journey, it only proves they’re on their journey, not that they’re stupid. We must remember that.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JUNE 19th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we’re trying to decide whether we should stay or go, we need to ask ourselves whether we can be here now, or only the proverbial later? Are we letting outside influences gauge our decisions, or our inner child? Do we want to make our own decisions, or the illusory freedom of giving up choice? When everything in life falls away, all we’re left with are the choices we’ve made, and the personal relationships we’ve nurtured. The truth, beauty and love we’re all searching for, starts with us and magnifies outwards. We aren’t robots programmed to be perfect in every situation. The more mindful we are of the things in front of us, the more grateful we are. The more grateful we are, the more beautiful life becomes.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JUNE 20th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we have blinders on to move forward, do we see the people that we step on during our journey? Is success achieved only by seeing our goals, and reaching them by any means necessary? Is the most important thing to stand by our brother, so we don’t crawl towards the dollar? If we think wealth equals success, we’ll become morally and spiritually bankrupt, unable to navigate positive personal relationships. If we support each other, realizing that we all struggle to love, to be loved, to be happy and to matter, we’ll be infinitely wealthy. Money isn’t everything. Faith in our fellow man is what’s most important. Be grateful, things will always get better if we allow them to.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JUNE 22nd 2015

From the mind of critic: “Can we get past our fears by thinking about what’s actually happening? Do we have a habit of building things up in our head, making them ten times worse than they actually are? Does this analyzation inhibit our actions, and sometimes our reaction process? When people say that thinking hurts and can get us into trouble, they aren’t lying. Thinking can hurt, and it can get us into trouble. Thinking can also provide fresh perspective, showing us glimpses of beauty we didn’t think possible. If life is all about perspective, we must have a perspective to get along. To do that we must think, it’s up to us whether we fill our head with positivity or negativity. Which will move us forward, which will help us evolve?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JUNE 23rd 2015

From the min of critic: “If bad things happen, we say when it rains, it pours. When good things happen, why don’t we say when it rains, it pours, or when it’s sunny it’s scorching? Is it because negativity is more in the forefront of our minds? More rain is a good thing and more sun is a bad thing, I think most people could attest to that this time of year. Why do we associate something good with something bad? Is it because negativity is easier? Is it because positivity takes critical thinking? Positivity will remain positive if we remember what we’re defining. Positivity can snowball just as fast as negativity. We just have to get the ball rolling.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JUNE 24th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If rage, anger, hate and any other negative feeling, thought or emotion blinds us from what’s in front of our face, do we fight back? If we do see what’s in front of us, but the rage is too strong to combat, do we throw our hands in the air and give up? Should we ever give up? Sometimes we wake up in the morning and everything pisses us off. What usually makes us smile and laugh is overpowered by anger and hate. We must fight it with everything we got. If we give up, we’re letting the thing we hate win, and who the hell wants to do that?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JUNE 25th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we’re a shining light on the hill because we put a chicken in every pot, how come there’s resistance to instituting the actions behind the words? More than that, are the words merely a smokescreen meant to fake concrete action? Do words mean anything when we constantly convey messages we know to be false? Words and language are a funny thing, in that they mean everything and nothing at the same time. When we portray a vote as an example of us making a difference, it rings hollow because a vote is nothing more than approving debate. When we have to debate just to debate, we don’t use meaningful words, we’re two faced in our actions, just as in our words. If we can’t trust somebody’s actions, we’re certainly not going to trust their words. When people say all we have is our word, do we want to prove we don’t even have that?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JUNE 26th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Do we already have the answers to the world’s problems, but are scared to use them because it would flip our world upside down? Do we have to peel the solution like an onion, inspecting each layer to see how it plays out in our own reality? Is it something that’s easy, but hard at the same time? We can have a million different thoughts flying through our head at any given moment, not all of them we can define, but many of them we can. We must remember the basic things we want and need, are the same things many people want and need. These similarities are not only what bind us together, but are solutions to the world’s issues. They flip our world around only if we aren’t mindful of our similarities. If we’re mindful of them, it brings us closer to peace and understanding. Isn’t that what we all want?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JUNE 27th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Do we truly live in the land of the free and the home of the brave if some of us are free, while others aren’t? If all of us are brave, can we fight for the freedom we deserve? Do we realize that the fight for our freedom is really the fight for everybody’s freedom, because without one we couldn’t have the other? Right now is a poignant moment in our countries evolution. To think that only 45 years ago somebody considered to have a mental illness, can now freely and openly love who they choose, shows how we can collectively evolve when we unite around love. It’s time to start living the reality we’ve been dreaming about for a long time.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JUNE 30th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If today is the winter of our discontent, is tomorrow the spring of our contentment? If winter signals the end and spring signals the beginning, does this cycle only play out once in our lives, or continuously until the end of time? Is that what Journey meant by the wheel in the sky keeps on turning? Tomorrow doesn’t have to be the first day of the rest of our lives it could be today, it could be right now. Do we see that negative moments become bolder and more frequent if that’s the main thought in our brain? Do we see the positive thoughts become bolder and more frequent if that’s the main thought in our brain? As always positivity and negativity battle it out for control of our psyche. If gratitude moves us forward, which set of thoughts will we have gratitude for?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JULY 1st 2015

From the mind is critic: “Is it possible to love somebody so much that we can’t live without them? Is it possible to hate somebody so much that we can’t imagine living with them? Is it possible to have both hate and love in our hearts because they balance each other out? Is the hate not as hateful and the love not as loving because they take strength away from each other? If we truly hate something we can’t love, and if we truly love something we can’t hate. We’re kidding ourselves if we think they’re separate, holding two equally opposing feelings is the antithesis of being human. Anybody who says otherwise doesn’t truly love themselves. Hate can never make love fully go away, and love can never make hate fully go away. They can make each other small and insignificant. What would you rather have as the main emotion in your life, love or hate? It’s our choice, and it always has been.” J

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JULY 2nd 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we’ve been turned down, let down and pushed around by two faced people we thought were better friends than they actually were, how do we move forward? If we’ve been promised help, if we’ve been told that somebody can help advance our dream, then these same people fail to help us time after time, how do we move forward? If all of this has caused us to be unable to picture our dreams working out because evidence and experience points to the contrary, how do we move forward? Feeling gratitude and picturing beauty can help us momentarily, but is that all there is? How do we move forward if we don’t know how to move forward? We just put one foot in front of the other, because what else are we going to do, give up? If we put in the effort to move forward, that’s all that matters. After that, it’s out of our hands.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JULY 3rd 2015

From the mind of critic: “When we clean our rooms and spaces, do we actually clean them, or just shove everything in the closet so it appears clean? Does this phony picture of cleanliness take more effort and stress to keep up than actually cleaning? What takes more out of us, honesty or false honesty? Whether were cleaning our physical space or our mental space, if we don’t actually clean it, it won’t actually get cleaned. Issues and problems take ten times longer to clean up than they would have, if we would’ve done the real work to clean in the first place. If we want to be the lean, mean “living” machine we know we can be, we have to clean out all the clutter which doesn’t serve us. We all want to achieve our dreams, why don’t we make it easier to get there?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JULY 4th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, is one man’s freedom another man’s persecution? If one person has freedom and another doesn’t, are either of them free? If freedom isn’t free, is it not free of monetary value or moral value? On this day we celebrate victory over tyranny, let us not forget the tyrannical and hateful attitudes that still infest our society. Let us not forget all the blood, sweat and revolution it took to get to this point, and all the love, peace and understanding we need to fight the battles ahead. If our freedom causes somebody else to not have freedom, it isn’t true freedom. If our freedom causes freedom to grow and thrive in others, we’ve finally lived out the creed of our founders. Let freedom ring, for everybody everywhere, period!!!!!” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JULY 6th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we’re coming back from celebrating our country’s birthday, do we remember that it’s “our” country’s birthday? If we are taking “our” country back, who are we taking it back from? Do we even know that “our” country means “our” country, so if we say we have to take “our” country back, aren’t we taking it back from ourselves? As we move past Independence Day and into the rest of summer, let us think before we speak. When we think we’re insulting somebody for not being how we think they should be, we’re really insulting ourselves. The argument could be made that this country has never lived up to the creed of its founders. Even the founders themselves couldn’t live up to their own creed, they only took it that next step. If we want to live in the country we always knew we could live in, we must give ourselves permission to evolve.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JULY 7th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If there’s a time and place for everything, when is our time? If the arc of the moral universe bends toward justice, does that mean justice for us personally, or for humans in general? Does any of this matter? How long do we have to wait, how hard do we have to work, when will all our efforts pay off? These are questions we ask ourselves when we’re passionate about something, and really want it to happen. What makes these quandaries easier is that as we struggle, everyone else is struggling with the same things. Our struggle is their struggle and vice versa. Is there a black and white answer to any of the things I’ve asked, no. The more we can let go of having to know how every situation will work out, the more that’s supposed to happen will. To move forward is easy, we simply move forward, that’s it.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JULY 8th 2015

From the mind of critic: “When we’re surrounded by ignorance, stupidity and scapegoating, should we fight their misplaced and misappropriated anger, with our very deliberate anger? If others put no critical thought into whether their insults have any basis in the truth, why should we over think the insult we fling back? How do we stoop to somebody’s level by over thinking, when they haven’t thought at all? All manner of ignorant and uninformed comments from two faced people, get flung at us all day long. How we respond or if we respond determines our character. Playing their childish games might make us feel better in the short run, but will ruin any hope of a productive and fulfilling life in the long run. People of all shapes, sizes and vocations will rain on our parade 24 hours a day seven days a week, it’s up to us whether we carry an umbrella.” J

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JULY 9th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If fear and intimidation were as important as we thought, shouldn’t we be automatically better human beings the more adversity we endure? Do we think that the more we get torn down, the more we’ll get built up? Are we emulators of what we see and hear? We have enough people who frighten us into doing anything they want, that we must never do it to ourselves. Is it okay to be scared of something, sure it is. If we’re bombarded with fear and make it the basis of our critical thinking, we’ll never know what’s possible. If we get hammered with fear, but let it go because it only pushes us backward, we’ll realize that there’s a whole world waiting for us to grab it by the short hairs. Fear can serve a purpose by grounding us, but we must never let it ground us to a nub. Fear only controls us if we let it control us.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JULY 10th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If you scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream, do we all scream for justice, equality, peace and love? Do we express our demands that we know would help the world consciously evolve, ideas which roll around our heads 24-7? Do we voice our opinions, or are we scared of what we might say, because we’re not used to the sound of our own voice? If we’re scared of expressing what we feel deep down, we must ask ourselves why. Do our ideas seem less real if we don’t put words to them? If the outcome of expression scares us into submission, we can get past this fear by not prejudging ourselves. Many people will try to silence us on a daily basis, we must stand up and speak out, or somebody else will. Do we want our voice heard, or somebody else’s?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JULY 11th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If forgiving and forgetting is supposed to move us forward, how do we let go of something if we’ve forgotten what it is? If we try to bury the memory of something so deep that its very mention makes us fly off the handle, is it because we didn’t let go? If laws don’t change attitudes does letting go? Passing laws of equality are always a good thing, and have continued the evolution of our species. If we stop there, the hatred, violence and ignorance that caused laws to be passed in the first place, will continue to hold power. If we let go of that hate, and let peace, love and understanding rule, then it wouldn’t take 50 years to remove a flag that represents something we should have let go of 150 years ago. Forgiving doesn’t mean forgetting, it means letting go and evolving.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JULY 14th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If there is no room at the first place we attempt to lay our head, do we yell and scream until we get our way? Do we know there are lots of potential rest spots, so there’s no need to get huffy because a spot is popular? Are all of us looking all the time? Life is all about discovery, love, knowledge, and challenges, and how we react to those challenges. If we’ve given up on building a foundation for our conscious evolution because we can’t deal with conflict, maybe we aren’t ready for the world’s beauty. If we see challenges as tests that make us stronger, we won’t lose motivation when somebody prevents us from being comfortable. If home is where the heart is, we must figure out where our heart lies.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JULY 15th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If somebody says something that doesn’t make sense, or something is worded in such a way that it gets under our skin, do we fume back with the full breadth of our irritation? Do we hold it in time after time, until it explodes into everybody within close proximity? Is there a middle ground we can find to ease tensions, like defusing a bomb? Letting something go in one ear, and out the other can keep us sane and mentally stable. However, knowing when to let information flow through and when to absorb, is how we evolve. Life is a learning experience, we can choose to absorb or repel?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JULY 16th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If a picture is worth a 1000 words, are words meaningless? If there were no words to describe the beauty and intricacy of a picture, would the picture be meaningless? If people say our word is all we have, what about the memories and thoughts in our head? Whether it’s the actor or the script, the cook or the ingredients, the picture or the words or the chicken or the egg, the argument is the same. They’re complementary, and only brought to fruition because of the other. If words mean everything and nothing at the same time just like pictures, figuring out what that means is how we evolve. What we say and what we see is important, but only as important as context and feelings.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JULY 17th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we don’t know what we have till it’s gone, did we know what we had, without really knowing it? How do we know the difference while we’re still in possession of something? Is it even possible to never take anything for granted? They say hindsight is 20-20, and since that has turned into a cliché, it should change our outlook. It should make us more mindful to what’s around and what’s important, because we know life is short and can be taken away at any time. We might not know everything we have till it’s gone, but the more effort we put towards paying attention, the less we take for granted, the more grateful we’ll be, and the more evolved we’ll become.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JULY 18th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If the sun is coming out, but the clouds are moving in, how do we move forward? If the sun burns off the clouds, but then burns so bright we can’t see, how do we move forward? If the sun and clouds are in perfect balance, providing the perfect environment for motivation, how do we move forward? Whether we’re blinded by the light, socked in by the fog or some combo in-between, we can always find what we’re looking for if we know how to look. If moderation is the key to life, then having too much light or dark, can impede our conscious evolution. We must find what drives us, and then use that passion to get past whatever obstacles are thrown in our way. What do we do when there’s nothing we can do, we do what we can.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JULY 21st 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we’re supposed to do unto others as we’d have them do unto us, how do we want to be treated? If we don’t respect others, how can we get them to respect us? If we don’t respect ourselves, how can we respect anything? We all go through ups and downs. Those times when our breaking point is close, and we get angry or rude to others who appear happier than us, specifically because we’re angry and rude to ourselves. Being kind to others, begins with being kind to ourselves. We can make things around us better, by simply being better people. Be kind.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JULY 22nd 2015

From the mind of critic: “If a horse is a horse of course of course, is a human a human? If we question somebody’s attitude or actions because they’re lifetimes away from anything we would think of doing, are they human? Even though they are vastly different, aren’t Hitler and Charles Manson just as human as Gandhi and MLK? Just because somebody is physically a human, doesn’t mean they’re nice, congenial or considerate. They could be downright evil as evidenced by the names above. Since we as humans know all of us have a good and bad side, we can’t get upset when we see that some us are further along in our evolution than others. We must realize that some of us are human in mind and body, and some just in body. It’s not so much a wolf in sheep’s clothing, but the wolf wanting to be the sheep. No matter how much better we think we need to be, somebody always wishes they could be as good as us.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JULY 23rd 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we’re supposed to set something free when we love it, how do we build up enough energy to love something if we must eventually let go? Does it discourage us from loving if we know something is going to be gone? Is setting something or somebody free the same as letting go? We must always recognize and feel gratitude for what we love, always, because it makes life worth living. If we hang on too tightly, and refuse to let go no matter the context, the meaning inherently changes from something we love, into something we want to control. Do we want to love the world and everything and everybody in it, or do we want to control it? Which will make us happy? Which will bring us peace? Which will help us evolve?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JULY 24th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If the wheel in the sky keeps turning, is it a clue to where we’ll be tomorrow? If we know the unknown will keep coming whether want it to or not, does it help us expect the unexpected? Is there a way to be open to possibilities, while also being focused on our goals? Life is a series of moments, some good and some bad. We must recognize these moments as they come in, and then let them go so we can make room for new and exciting experiences. If we keep ourselves clogged with the same old shit, we’ll always get the same old shit. If we clear away the shit by being open to everything the big wheel in the sky has to offer, our imagination is the limit, not the sky.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JULY 25th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If happiness is fleeting, what about joy? If the key to life is finding what makes us happy, but we know it can melt away at the drop of a hat, what about joy? Is happiness a part of joy, or is joy a part of happiness? We all want to make our lives more light filled, more caring and more loving. We go wrong when we think finding happiness is all we have to do. We think our lives will be relaxed forever because we don’t have to try anymore. However, if we build a strong foundation by cultivating joy within ourselves, it will be everlasting. It will always carry us through the rough patches that caused us to search for happiness in the first place. Happiness comes from the outside, joy comes from within us. We need both to survive, but only joy will sustain us.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

JULY 31st 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we’re taught not to tattle on people, do we turn a blind eye? Does not telling on somebody for every little thing, evolve into not telling on anybody for anything? Is there a balance between reporting everything and reporting nothing? Just like when we pass somebody on the street down on their luck, and can help some of them but not all of them, we know there are some problems we can fix, and some we can’t. We can’t possibly help every person or solve every problem, but we can help some. If we ever convince ourselves that we can’t help anybody with anything, chances are we believe that we can’t help ourselves with anything. We must realize that we can help ourselves if we get out of our own way. Is the key helping ourselves so we can help others, then not getting upset that we couldn’t help everybody, because it allows others the opportunity to help? The key to finding balance in the outside world, is finding balance in our inside world. We do that by allowing ourselves too, and that’s it.” J

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

AUGUST 1st 2015

From the mind of critic: “When police discharge their weapon and end somebody’s life, is their official story always true? Is it automatically a lie because they have no reason to tell the truth? Is police violence really human violence, because all police are human? Authoritative and sanctioned violence has been around since the beginning of time. Some have tried to rise up and stop it, take the Black Panthers. Just as politicians aren’t created in some lab by an alien witch doctor, neither are police. Until we stop committing violence against each other based on ignorance and long held dehumanizing beliefs, the madness will continue. We make a more peaceful world, by making a more peaceful world. What the hell are we waiting for?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

AUGUST 2nd 2015

From the mind of critic: “If money is considered speech and corporations are considered people, are the biggest corporations with the most money the most free? Are they able to get their message out to more people, because they have the money to spread it to a worldwide audience, drowning out other voices? Does money simply blind people to the messages they need for their collective evolution? It seems as days go by, more and more money is needed to poke through the rhetorical fog that masks our critical thinking. We need to remember that money is generated from the outside, and conscious, evolutionary and revolutionary thinking comes from the inside. If we are always looking for answers on the outside, we’ll be forever chasing the dragon. If we look inward, all the money in the world won’t matter, only our speech will. Free speech comes not from the dollar, but from the gloriousness of the human mind.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

AUGUST 3rd 2015

From the mind of critic: “Are there answers to every question, or do answers just lead to more questions? Are the right answers just waiting for the right questions to be asked? Will we only understand what this means, when it smacks us upside the head with its obviousness? We all want answers to life’s most pressing questions, why are we here, where are we going and where have we been? As we move forward and gain more life experience, the questions we ask will become more pointed and exact. The answers we receive will be more reasoned and clear. We must keep asking questions yes, but if we want honest answers, we must ask honest questions. Bullshit questions lead to bullshit answers. Intellectual curiousness helps society and the world evolve.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

AUGUST 4th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we’re supposed to read the directions after all else fails, what if the directions haven’t been written yet? What if a process is so ingrained, that directions are perceived as not needed? Do some of us miss opportunities, events and processes because we assume we know what to do, when we really don’t? All of us learn at different times, at different speeds while using different methods. Some of us need more help, and some need less. Some of us need to be shown, and some of us just need to read directions, but we all want to learn. The moment we think somebody is dumb for not picking up something fast enough, or in the way we think, is the moment we make the world devolve into us vs. them. We’re all human, with the same needs looking for the same light. We come from different paths, and evolve faster when we remember that.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

AUGUST 5th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If the song remains the same but times are always changing, do ideas stay the same while people change? Do people stay the same while ideas change? Does it all happen, plus a few other things we haven’t thought of yet? Ideas change because we evolve through life experience, but also stay the same because we will always want love, peace and to leave our mark. People change because of education, trauma, age or events, but also stay the same because of physiology, emotions, wants and needs. We’re all different and we’re all the same. We think differently, but the same at the same time. We might evolve at different rates, at different times and in different ways, but we all evolve whether we want to or not.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

AUGUST 6th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Is the media purposely trying to sell us fear, so the people fund them? Are the media trying to scare us into doing whatever their funders say? Do people really believe that to inform somebody, you must frighten them into submission? There are things in the world that will scare the shit out of us. There are also things that will love the shit out of us. The money changing gatekeepers see the power of their minority waning. One reason is, because the media let people know uncomfortable facts they might not want to know, but need to know. We must never be scared of information, just skeptical of who is releasing it. If we ask the right questions we’ll see the bullshit for what it really is, a means of retaining control. Once we realize this, we’ll see that the secret to life, is seeing life for what it really is. Isn’t that what all of us want to do?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

AUGUST 7th 2015

From the mind of critic: “When we look in the mirror, do we like what we see? Do others like what they see? Do we all see different images even if we’re looking in the same mirror? Our perception of ourselves can be quite different from how others perceive us. Sometimes we think a personal success isn’t enough, that we could be better than we are, and could achieve a lot more than we do. Then somebody comes along and tells us their perception, and it flips us around because they see that we’re successful, that we’re good enough, and that we have many good things ahead. Sometimes we blind ourselves to how good we actually are. When we tap into the goodness everybody else sees, we instantly evolve.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

AUGUST 8th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we wonder why we let our freak flag fly, do other people wonder as well? If we’re waiting for perfect conditions to truly be ourselves, will it turn into “Waiting for Godot”, where we’re literally waiting forever? If we worry about being judged, what about others? Life is way too short to cut ourselves down, let alone the billions of others that could do it for us. We’re all struggling to leave a mark when we leave this world, so we’re not forgotten like so much dust in the wind. If we ever feel down and like we don’t count, we should raise our freak flag high and wave it proudly. It might motivate somebody to fly theirs, which will cause the conscious evolution of the planet to accelerate.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

AUGUST 11th 2015

From the mind of critic: “When we put ourselves out there, will anybody care? When we’re truly able to open up, and display the immense beauty of our soul, will anybody care? If we know we’re doing great things, because the deepest part of our soul is cheering us on, will anybody care? First of all, if we get in touch with the 100% unfiltered, uncensored and undefined us, and use that to find our passion, it only matters how we feel. If we don’t care about ourselves, nobody else will either. Second of all and most importantly, once we take a step inside our true selves, nothing will drag us down because we aren’t seeking outside approval. We must find our true and sustainable motivation.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

AUGUST 12th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we’re not sure which way is up, how do we know which way is forward? If we don’t know what’s behind us, how will we know what’s in front of us? If we don’t know where we’re at, how will we know who we are? All of us have vast amounts of life experience whether we want to admit it or not, just in different environments and amidst different circumstances. Sometimes we get down on ourselves because we don’t have everything figured out, and it seems everybody else does. However, those blemishes we think don’t exist in our neighbors is an illusion, they struggle like we struggle for meaning and purpose. We’re all in the same boat, because none of us know where we’re going, but we help by being each other’s tour guides.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

AUGUST 13th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we say one thing and do another, will we feel one way and act another? Will we portray ourselves one way for the outside world, but live differently in our inside world? Does this problem get worse when we attain positions of power? One could say we wear different hats for different interactions, which we tailor ourselves to whoever is around. Are we scared of people not accepting us, or are we trying to succeed because we think it will lead to happiness? When we ask for others to define our happiness, we’re setting ourselves up for failure. If we look for joy within ourselves, we’re setting ourselves up for success. If we believe in us, so will everybody else.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

AUGUST 14th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If it takes 50 years to do something, is it still worth it? Will our passion for positive change sustain us? Will our personal biases prevent us from seeing the light, even if we’re at the end of the tunnel? An embassy reopened today that many people said never would, because enough forward thinking individuals persevered. If we choose to raise a glass of Cuban rum while holding a Cuban cigar to celebrate that’s great, if we choose other ways to celebrate that’s great too. As long as we realize that the arc of the moral universe is long but bends toward justice, and the more of us who work together because we see each other in ourselves, the bend gets much shorter.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

AUGUST 15th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we put out to the universe what we want over and over again, is it because we think it’s not listening? Is it because we’re not listening? Is low self-worth the reason, or do we repeat our message because it keeps it present in our everyday lives? We can spend so much time figuring out what we want that when we finally vocalize it, the words don’t come out right. Sometimes it’s not clear, sometimes it’s overstated or understated. Sometimes we get it just right, that’s when we have to back away and let it go. Once it’s out there, it’s out there and we must let the universe do its work. Once we ask the right questions and state clearly what we want, the answer to the next step will come. We just have to make sure we’re listening.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

AUGUST 18th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we all have a breaking point, is it the same, or does it differ? Do we know what it is before it happens? Can we delay or prevent our breaking point, or is it inevitable? We’re all human with the same basic frailties and mechanics. We all get pushed by different things because of environment and life experience. We all get pushed, we all get challenged. We all have dreams, goals and aspirations even if we don’t know what they are yet. If we truly want to prevent our breaking point, so we don’t become a steaming mass of self-pity who doesn’t accomplish anything, we must keep our dreams and aspirations ever present. If we don’t, who will?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

AUGUST 19th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If thinking before acting is always a good thing, is over analyzation a good thing? If we act immediately upon seeing a sign of something important, are we still thinking? Are there times when critical thinking doesn’t come in handy? We always think in some way before we act, because thought spawns action. We all think whether we admit it or not, how deeply or how critically depends on how we view life and what we want out of it. When we critically think, we take in variables of a situation to better understand it. Doesn’t life run more smoothly, when we take it all in?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

AUGUST 20th 2015

From the mind of critic: “When we want something so badly we can taste it, does the flavor disappear like a cheap piece of gum if we push too hard? If we don’t push at all, do we ever taste it? Does it act like a fast food place, who’s fries we can smell from miles away, but can never locate? There are needs and wants that we all share. Not only do they get confused with each other, but what we think we need and want might be figments of our imagination, brought on by our own insecurity. Once we’re confident enough to authentically know what we need and want, we can put it out to the universe. Is it guaranteed to come back to us, no, but we keep putting it out there until it does. Sing loudly and proudly.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

AUGUST 21st 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we don’t sweat the small stuff, do we forget to enjoy it? If we focus on the bigger picture, do we ignore the smaller picture? Do we concentrate on what’s ahead of us, or what’s in front of us? Don’t sweat the small stuff, focus on the bigger picture has been said so often it’s a cliché, but only because it’s missing a key component. We must not sweat the little things, but pay attention to them because they make life worth living. Since little things make up the bigger picture, we have to recognize them and then let them go, specifically so the bigger picture keeps revealing itself. This is the definition of evolution.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

AUGUST 22nd 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we think we’ve finally found what we’re looking for, do we get discouraged if more work is required to fully bring it to fruition? Do we think the work we put in should guarantee success? Do we expect nothing to work out ever, so that way when something does, we’re like, oh my god? An old saying goes good things take time, but great things happen all at once. This doesn’t mean that great things don’t take time, because they can. If we want to accomplish something great, especially if it’s something we’ve been looking for as long as we remember, we can’t be afraid to put the work in. If we want inner joy, we can’t shy away from bringing it close.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

AUGUST 25th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we’re all dust in the wind, who is holding the fan and blowing us around? Is it an imaginary force in the sky? Is it the gatekeepers of our economic and political system? Is it us? If we’re all floating around looking for answers, the more stable and grounded we are, the easier the answers will be revealed. When we plant ourselves and work outward, the less our friends and neighbors will be floating around aimlessly. Whoever is trying to blow us off course, and away from our hopes and dreams is floating around because somebody turned the fan on them. We stay grounded and focused, by helping everybody else do the same. We can feed off each other or devour each other, it’s up to us.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

AUGUST 26th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If somebody is threatening us for doing something we know from the bottom of our soul is the right thing to do, do we stop? If they believe our well-being needs to disappear for theirs to reappear, did they ever have it in the first place? Are they projecting their ignorance, or widening their influence? People feel inadequate for all sorts of reasons. Low self-esteem and low self-worth can cause others to lash out at those they view as more successful. We need to realize these projections bombard us when forces want us to devolve, but we want to evolve. Sometimes we try to make others devolve, because they aren’t how we think they should be. If we want to truly evolve as a world community, we must accept outside influence into the knowledge base we pull from. That is the direct act of evolution.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

AUGUST 27th 2015

From the mind of Critic: “If we wait around every morning for the fog to burn off, does it? Does fog prevent us from starting our day, not to mention living our day if it doesn’t burn off at all? Do we realize that the fog is going to do whatever it wants anyway, so we might as well accomplish what we want to accomplish? Whether it’s physical or emotional, fog will attempt to block our view of the road ahead. The fog lights of our intellect, critical thinking and dreams can always pierce through if we have the motivation to make them do so. How can we gain that motivation, let alone sustain it and build on it? We stay honest with ourselves about where we’re at, where we want to go and what we want. If we don’t let the universe know these things, nobody else will. Whether the fog burns off or not, has no inkling on whether we get what we want. Only we do, and we want to make the fog powerless, right?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

AUGUST 28th 2015

From the mind of critic: If winds pick up and blow us off course, do we give up? Do we put on our best gear, and put our head down to muscle through obstacles? Do we stand our ground by moving, adapting and evolving? The closer we get to our truth, the more we’re tested to see if we deserve it. We must move forward no matter what, but we can’t be afraid to change course. It might lead us to a different place, or a different path to the same place. When obstacles and detours are thrown in our path, we can get past them if we acknowledge them and let them go. They only have power if we let them steer us. We control obstacles by steering them, and using them to get closer to our truth. Truths can shift and evolve, how we find them never does.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

AUGUST 29th 2015

From the mind of critic: “When it comes time to put up or shut up, will we put up with whatever crap we’re shown? Will we shut up about our true feelings? Will we persevere through emotional pain to gain better understanding of what we want, what’s close to what we want, and what we’re looking for? When we’re firmly moving forward in our journey, we’re focused on what matters and what doesn’t, what’s real and what’s not. It can be very tricky when we’re given a glimpse of something we’ve been dreaming of, but then it doesn’t work out because the timing is off, or it’s a one way street of admiration. This is when we have to be honest and kind to ourselves, so we’re motivated to keep searching. We deserve our hopes and dreams, and don’t need to settle unless we feel like we don’t deserve them. We do deserve them, right?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

SEPTEMBER 1st 2015

From the mind of critic: “If filling our cup with energy gives us the motivation to move forward, does having a bigger cup give us more energy storage? Does it cause us to never have enough energy, because we can’t keep up with what we put out? Is the world too intimidating and dark to even care? We must fill our cup so we can fill others. When we gain life experience, knowledge and critical thinking, it takes more energy to fill our cup because we know more about how the world works. This is when we must evolve our emotional and mental capacities, so we can handle what we want to accomplish, and don’t break our cup because filling it is too hard. Life can be really hard and can really suck, or it can be really awesome and really easy. It is our choice how we react, and whether we want fleeting happiness, or long term joy.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

SEPTEMBER 2nd 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we think the grass is always greener on the other side, is it because we stopped watering our lawn? Did we let it die because of the drought, or because we thought our water wouldn’t hydrate it enough? Did somebody tell us we didn’t deserve green grass? We can get jealous, complain, stomp and yell about how much better off our neighbors are, but does that make our grass any greener? Is realizing that we water our grass with the same water as our neighbors, enough to grow our grass? The secret to success is preparation, confidence and knowing the only difference between us and our neighbor is absolutely nothing. We all start from the same place, where we end up is up to us. Nobody can cultivate green grass for us, only we can.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

SEPTEMBER 3rd 2015

From the mind of critic: “If it’s not good to go into a situation with expectations, are we supposed to never expect anything to happen? If it’s not good to use prejudgments, are we supposed to act like we’ve never seen or heard something before, even though we might have a million times? If it’s not good to be aloof, what’s the balance between that, and expectations and prejudging? We’ve gone through many situations a million times, and many we haven’t. One thing binds them all together. They’ll be different every time, even if it’s only slightly. Life is constantly and forever evolving before our eyes, if we think we’ve figured it out, it means we truly haven’t. If we know we don’t have to figure everything out, but consciously and honestly look for answers, expectations and prejudgments won’t be on our radar. We make life happen, by consciously letting it happen.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

SEPTEMBER 4th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If being real is the best way to live life, is there a difference between being real to ourselves, and being real to the outside world? Do we put more effort into one or the other? Does being real always come naturally, or does it only become natural after practice and life experience? Only we know when we’re being real or not, nobody else really knows because they only see what we choose to show them. Self-esteem and learning to love ourselves plays a big factor, in whether we feel confident enough to be real. If we’re not confident enough to feel our feelings, we’ll be the opposite of real, and will go along with anybody who smiles and gives us money. People wonder why politics are so messed up. We can be real to the outside, when we’re real to the inside. We do that by seeing ourselves as good enough, to achieve our hopes and dreams.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

SEPTEMBER 5th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If the shortest path between two points is a straight line, what happens when our journey gets squiggly? Do we muscle through the curves, jamming our straight path down the throat of an ever changing landscape? Do we go with the flow, constantly adjusting and adapting to the road in front of us? Challenges, tests and wonders come at us to see if we can handle the 24 hour road race of life. We’re constantly asking ourselves whether we should take the road less traveled, or the road more traveled. Do we forge our own path, or take the well-worn trail? If life is all about balance, we must combine the two, forging our own path by learning from well-worn experiences. We move forward by experiencing, learning, thinking, adapting and re-experiencing. The road course of life awaits.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

SEPTEMBER 9th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we please ourselves because we can’t please everybody, do we still look for validation from the outside? Is it because pleasing ourselves, doesn’t seem as important as pleasing others? Is it because we know the process of pleasing ourselves, but want to evolve to the next step? With people screaming advice at us from all corners of the globe, it’s hard to know what to absorb and what to discard. When we start pleasing ourselves, we realize that we can’t possibly do what everybody says, so we take little bits and pieces from them to form what pleases us. When the concept becomes second nature and not a special experiment, we can apply what we’ve learned, and show others how they can do the same. The ripple effect we start will spread for generations” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

SEPTEMBER 10th 2015

From the mind of critic: “When we finally accomplish a goal after much hard work, do we feel relieved our work is over? Do we feel sad that the process we were so involved in that it became a part of us is over? Do we feel happy that we set out to do something, did it, but also excited that this goal is just another step, which leads to other steps and goals? Sometimes depression can set in when we put so much of ourselves into something, and then it’s over. This is when we have to find the next thing, because it keeps our mind moving forward. To keep our spirits up, we must recognize the achievements we’ve made just to get here. It’s not so much about being happy with where we’re at, so we never change. It’s about being happy with where we’re at, and using that as a glimpse of how much better things will get if we keep moving forward. Hard work will produce results, but it produces much better results when we recognize the hard work we put in.” J

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

SEPTEMBER 11th 2015

From the mind of critic: If they say one person can’t change the world, who are they? If they say you can’t rock the boat unless you want to get thrown overboard, who are they? If they say you can’t right a sinking ship, who are they? The invisible force out there saying how society should be and how we all should interact with each other, is a figment of our collective imaginations. If one person can motivate others to change the world, it debunks the one person theory. If nobody rocked the boat, we wouldn’t have any of the technological or social advancements of the last few centuries, and we’d go back to living in the Stone Age. If we didn’t try to right a sinking ship, we’d have the British take the colonies back, and would’ve let the Nazis take over the world. Since “they” are really all of us put together, we must listen to ourselves first, so we know when people are bullshitting us.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

SEPTEMBER 12th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If the revolution won’t be televised, will it be discussed? If it’s not discussed, will it be thought? If revolution isn’t thought, will we refrain from thinking about positive changes? At this point in our evolution, it’s about the next revolution because of all the revolutions we’ve been through just to get here. The next revolution is political, religious, spiritual, financial, environmental, social and moral. If we try to hone it down into one specific thing or one specific area, we’ll miss the whole point of revolution. Uniting around what makes us human, causes us to see how everything is interconnected. If we revolt against anything, may it be against ways of thinking, saying of doing that don’t serve us. Love, peace and understanding really does conquer all.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

SEPTEMBER 15th 2015

From the one of critic: “If generation gaps cause most of our problems, is there a way to get rid of the gaps? Will they ever disappear? Are we just using them as an excuse for not coming together? While the generation which fought for civil rights, against the Vietnam War and against persecution of gender and sexual orientation fought some mighty battles, they’re stuck in the mentality of us versus them. This did help during their struggles, but also hindered when they tried to truly unite, splintering off to fight for their own individual causes. The Birchers, white citizen councils and moral crusaders they fought against, also carried that us versus them mentality, which was great for recruitment. Why do I bring this up? Generation gaps as a concept will never go away, but the culture wars will once the us versus them generation disappears, and the us and us generation emerges.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

SEPTEMBER 16th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we procrastinate accomplishing our goals, will we do the same thing tomorrow? Is it the same with our dreams, do we expect them to fall out of the sky, just as dreams flow through our head while we’re sleeping? If we go completely the other way, and are so focused on our dreams that we lose sight of life’s simple pleasures, does it pull us away from what we want? Tomorrow, next week, even next month can be a comforting concept because it entails no action at the current time. This comfort is fleeting, because once we realize that we put off our goals and dreams so we never have to take action, we’ll see that we’re our own worst enemies, and biggest cheerleaders. We should go after what we want, not later or tomorrow, but now. Once we do we’ll see that anything is possible, and we’ll never again put off something till tomorrow, that we could have done today. The power of now is the power of us.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

SEPTEMBER 17th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If 2 wrongs don’t make a right, do 2 rights ever make a wrong? Can too much of a good thing take away its specialness, therefore making it bad? If moderation is one of the keys to life, do we have to do good and bad things in moderation, so we fully know their definitions? Doing good is always better than doing bad, its how we as humans collectively evolve. If we only did bad things we wouldn’t know what good is, if we only did good things we wouldn’t know what bad is. Life is all about balance, not having too much or too little so we can enjoy our entire journey. We must not drift too far to one side, but try to find the middle ground to bring us all together, something our political and religious systems have failed miserably at. If we succeed as humans, politics and religion will succeed as systems.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

SEPTEMBER 18th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If ignorance is bliss, is bliss ignorance? Do we have extremely fulfilling moments, only when we’re ignorant of everything outside of that moment? Is extreme happiness ignorant by definition because it’s fleeting? Do we want to continue being extremely happy so we help everyone around us to be extremely happy, upending the ignorance definition? We all want to be happy, it’s a universal human characteristic, whether we want to admit it or not. When we don’t see that others are on their personal pursuits of happiness, we’re letting ignorance give us a false sense of security. If we acknowledge, accept, tolerate and nurture these multiple pursuits of happiness, ours will grow tenfold as will theirs because we feed off each other. Bliss isn’t ignorant, when everyone else is blissful as well.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

SEPTEMBER 19th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we’re determined that nobody is going to break our stride, and nobody is going to slow us down, can we tell the difference between advice and betrayal? Will we be able to tell when somebody is showing us their true face, and when somebody is being two faced? If we have blinders on, do we see anybody? Do we think we can make it to the top completely on our own? Once we find what we’re looking for, because we figured out what we want, we want it like yesterday. All sorts of people, will tell us all sorts of things to steer us away from what we want. We must remember that some people steer us closer. If we really want to better humanity, we must remember that humanity will help us get there.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

SEPTEMBER 22nd 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we’re trying to get to that point just over the horizon, do we realize that once we get there, there will be another point just over the horizon? Once we get there, will we then feel like we must get to the next spot? Is there ever a there, there? We’ve all heard the old saying that life is a journey and not a destination. If we spend all our time trying to get somewhere, there will always be another place, and we’ll step on whomever we need to, because we think it’s the only way. If we make sure our journey is productive, fun and enlightening, we won’t get to a certain spot and stop. We’ll just pass through to the next spot, because we’ll want the journey to continue. That’s the whole idea, the destination is the journey.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

SEPTEMBER 23rd 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we’re scared of the dark, are we uneasy that anything can happen, and anything could jump out of anywhere? Is it because we had a bad experience that we weren’t prepared for, or weren’t expecting? Are we scared because we try to control everything in our lives that we know about? Are the things we don’t know about worse, because we don’t know what we’re trying to control? The definition of ignorance is dis-liking something we don’t know about. We treat many new experiences this way, and then wonder why they turn out badly. Once we realize that all great, transformative, evolutionary, revolutionary and once in a lifetime experiences start by walking into the darkness, we won’t be so hesitant when an opportunity presents itself. We might be scared of the dark because it’s unknown, but if we don’t walk into it, we won’t know how quickly it can turn into light.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

SEPTEMBER 24th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we’re all just bricks in the wall, whose wall is it? Are the bricks the same color, size, shape and all situated the same? Is one brick more important than another, or are they equally important because they work together, giving structural integrity to the wall? Pink Floyd was right in saying that we’re all just bricks in the wall, the key word in that sentence being, the. Life itself on this great planet is like a wall with many bricks. They fit together to not only give the wall strength, but to make the wall possible. There’s only one wall in life. Whoever we are or whatever we think, all of us working together make the wall more than a pipedream, but a reality. United we stand, divided we fall.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

SEPTEMBER 25th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If all we need is love, what about food, water and shelter? If we have sustenance to ensure our survival, why would we need something to make us vulnerable? Do we need love to give us the right perspective, so our survival is worth surviving? Some people say we can survive without love, why would we need something to hold us back from what we want to accomplish, and from making money to support ourselves. They say we’ll make a better life for ourselves if we aren’t afraid to make tough choices. We make those tough choices because of love. We work hard for ourselves and those around us because of love. If we didn’t have love, we wouldn’t care enough to make tough choices. The minute we allow love to be our base of operations, we don’t sink into a pit of despair, we reach heights we never thought possible.” J

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

SEPTEMBER 26th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we push our buddy through a drive thru in a shopping cart, do we expect to be served like any other driver? If we’re obviously flaunting the rules, do we expect to be treated the same as somebody who follows them? Are rules meant to be broken, because they keep the people orderly and complacent while their wallets are emptied? There was an old quote that said, “if there are unjust laws, it’s our patriotic duty to break the law”. I’m not talking about always watering the tree of liberty with the blood of tyrants, although that might be called for from time to time. I’m talking about creating an equal, just and peaceful society which works for all of us. We must stand up against laws and rules that constrict us, and hinder our evolution. So go ahead, push your shopping cart through the drive thru of life, you could end up creating the change we’ve all been looking for.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

SEPTEMBER 29th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If only the strong survive, do the buffest people kill off the weaklings? If it’s survival of the fittest, do the in shape people gather food, before all the out of shape people grab it? Do strong willed, emotionally authentic human beings multiply exponentially, pushing old ways of thinking into a corner where they don’t matter? Sometimes we equate physical strength with emotional strength, thinking brute strongmen will always rule the earth. This is when we fail because we don’t remember how intelligent and resilient we can be when faced with adversity. So yes, the emotionally strong will survive because they know how to deal with issues and move forward, instead of throwing tantrums and breaking things. Strong wills, strong hearts and strong love is how we evolve.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

SEPTEMBER 30th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If somebody is so sure they know everything, do they always get the desired reaction when they let others know of their expertise? Do they feel like they’re the best thing since sliced bread, because they think they actually are? Do they feel that they project the highest common denominator, when they’re actually the lowest? We project all sorts of things, on all sorts of people for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes it’s an image of success, superiority or confidence. When we feel deficient in ourselves, we want the world to think we’re a certain way, when we know in our heart we’re not. This deficiency becomes more pronounced when we reach positions of power and influence, because the penalties for being seen as week are much greater. We’re all humans, and as such can’t possibly know everything. If we ever meet somebody that claims they do, it’s a big clue that they truly don’t. If life is an endless journey, so is learning things we don’t know.” J

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

OCTOBER 1st 2015

From the mind of critic: “Do we really ask if we should fix the environment or the economy? To fix the economy, don’t we have to fix race relations? To fix race relations, don’t we have to support workers and provide well-paying jobs? To support workers, don’t we have to fix the economy so they can provide for their families? Do we also have to fix the environment, so workers have a world that will sustain them and provide the life they’ve worked so hard for? The economy, environment, social and racial issues, peace, justice and rights for all people are all part of the evolution stew. Every issue deserves to be fought for, but when we tease our issue out because we think it’s more important, it all falls apart. Separate but equal is an oxymoron, do we want to be a moron? Humanity and seeing each other in ourselves is the great equalizer.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

OCTOBER 2nd 2015

From the mind of critic: “If every road has 2 directions, does every story have 2 sides? Do those 2 sides have 2 sides, proving the existence of infinite perspectives? If there are infinite perspectives, are any considered the right one? If there’s a road we’ve driven a million times, so much so that we know every curve and bend, does it look different if we drive that same road in the opposite direction? We become so set in our ways that our routines get set in stone. We don’t realize that these routines are holding us back from endless possibilities. If we get out of our comfort zone from time to time, we’ll see that we aren’t much different from each other. Sometimes it’s about taking the road less traveled, and sometimes it’s about taking the same road we’ve always taken, just from a different direction.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

OCTOBER 3rd 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we aren’t supposed to talk about religion or politics, is it because we have so many religious and political problems? If we’re afraid or don’t care about discussing the issues of the day, is it because it’s uncomfortable, boring or impersonal? Is it because the evolving humanity that emanated would turn our world upside down? We have all sorts of opinions, on all sorts of things whether we want to admit it or not. When we see tragedy, heartache or massacre, and say this person was obviously crazy what could we possibly have done to stop it, do we realize that if we can’t talk about what motivated them, that it will keep happening over, and over and over again? Whether it’s politics, religion, abortion or gun control, we must talk about it, our life depends on it.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

OCTOBER 6th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we’re truly being all we can be, and not what somebody else thinks we should be, will it lead to places besides the army? If some people join the army because they truly believe it will make them all they can be, does it take away from others who choose different paths? If all humans had critical thinking skills, would there be a million paths going in a million different directions, that all end in the same place? When we do our best, we must realize that only we know the definition of our best. Oher people can give us insight, but we have to figure it out through experience. How do we get that experience? We make decisions based on what we’ve learned, not something created in a focus group. Being all we can be might lead us to the army, and it might lead us somewhere else. Until we take that first step, we’ll be following a trail, but not blazing it.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

OCTOBER 7th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we build up the courage to go after our dreams, but only picture the end result, do we ever get there? Do we picture the process, or just what we want in the end? Is it the same with love? Giving ourselves credit for finding our passion is one thing, allowing ourselves to move forward and pursue it is quite another. We can picture all the dreamy end results we want, but until we picture the steps, and allow ourselves to take them without self-sabotage, we’ll be stuck in an endless dream state. If we’ve found our passion, or an amazingly loving person to be next to, we must take physical steps to make it a reality. What’s the worst that can happen, a better understanding?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

OCTOBER 8th 2015

From the mind of critic: “When we get an idea, does a light bulb go off in our head? Does our light cause other lights to shine, because our idea helped spawn theirs? Is critically thinking humanity, the one pandemic we want to spread as quickly as possible? Consciousness breeds consciousness, and unconsciousness breeds unconsciousness. It’s an idea so simple we don’t realize it’s happening most of the time. We could say that “going with the flow” will lead to ruin, or that “the road to hell is paved with good intentions”. Without good intentions however, we wouldn’t know what good is. If we don’t go with the flow when it’s positive and uplifting, we won’t get where we want to go, because we aren’t allowing ourselves to be led down the correct path. It doesn’t matter who is given credit for a conscious idea, just that the idea is implemented.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

OCTOBER 9th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we’re on the eve of destruction, what’s the point of making the world better if it’s all about to be destroyed? Are we trying to make ourselves feel better by finding meaning in something that has no meaning? Is nothing set in stone, and can be destruction, revolution or evolution depending on what we do? If our perspective is that everything is going down the crapper, then we’ll see all the violence, genocide, mass killings, lies, distortion and persecution as more evidence that the world is ending. If our perspective is that even though terrible stuff happens, and good people vastly outnumber bad, we’ll discover that evolution is only painful for those who fear change, and will do anything to hang on to control. Is it the eve of destruction or revolution? It is our perceptions that give the answer.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

OCTOBER 10th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we all have dues to pay of seeing the past gone in the night like dusk to dawn, why do some of us feel like we don’t have to pay dues? Why do we feel like we’re owed something, proving that real work is not only beneath us, but so are dues we have to pay? Why do some of us feel like our hard work will pay off if we’re honest about who we are, what we want and where we want to go? A universal want to make life better runs through all of us, we run into trouble when we think it doesn’t. No matter what station we’re born into or what events we’ve experienced, once we see the world doesn’t revolve around us, we have proven ourselves worthy of life. The past might be gone, but the future is still in front of us, what it becomes is our choice.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

OCTOBER 13th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we don’t feed our passion once we’ve found it, does it float away like an afternoon breeze? If we don’t feed it, does it make us physically and emotionally ill to the point, that we question whether we’re worthy or good enough? Does not working our passion once we’ve found it cause us to focus on everything we don’t have, instead of everything we do? Once we find a connection, we want it to continue till the end of time. We want the fact that we’ve found our passion to carry us through to the end. That’s when all the anxiety, anguish, low self-esteem and self-loathing shows up, because we’re expecting to be carried to a fixed point, instead of enjoying our journey. Step one, find our passion. Step two, work hard to make it a reality. Step three…?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

OCTOBER 14th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If most of us are stuck in the middle because of clowns on the left and jokers on the right, how do we get unstuck? If the jokers and clowns are in much lower numbers than us, why do we allow their fewer but louder voices to drown us out? If we raised our voices, would we join the jokers and the clowns? Would we be something completely different because our voices are working together? Whether it’s united we stand, divided we fall, if you can’t beat em join em, or treat others like we’d like to be treated, the meaning is the same. We work better together than we do apart. Once we realize that we’re all part of the same conscious and positive human evolution, we’ll see that working separately will work for a time, but will block us from the long lasting change we’re looking for. Whether we’re jokers, clowns or middle dwellers, once we see how we’re all interconnected and feed off each other, we’ll move forward to where the real work begins.” J

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

OCTOBER 15th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we’re moving forward in a positive, honest and genuine way but have a slip up, do we get thrown off track by someone being spiteful? Do we start being spiteful toward them for their small slip ups, scrutinizing everything they do to the point, that we forgot why we were upset? Stooping to somebody’s level is never a good thing. Sometimes our brains devolve to the point that we think that if we’re more spiteful, the other side will give up. Rising above is always a better choice, recognizing what the other side did, and trying to rectify the situation. If it can’t be fixed, realizing that wasting energy on the other side prevents us from becoming the people we want to become. Just because obstacles are in our way, doesn’t mean our journey stops. We just have to refocus our energy towards where we actually want to go.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

OCTOBER 16th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we’re constantly chasing something over the rainbow, are we chasing the dragon? If we’re always looking for what’s around the next bend, do we ever take pleasure in what’s around us presently? Does striving toward a fixed point provide clarity, or does it fog over the little things that make life worth living? There’s a peace of mind in knowing that we’re being honest with ourselves. What do we truly want? What mark do we want to leave when we’re gone? How do we want to be remembered? What brings us joy? These are the questions that will help guide us so we get the most out of life, and will help keep us present in the moment. If eternally chasing the dragon over the rainbow is a goal of ours, we should go for it. We must remember that what we’re busting our butt trying to find, is probably right in front of us.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

OCTOBER 17th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If young people say old people don’t know anything, and old people say young people don’t know anything, who is right? Do people in between old and young know what’s right? Don’t we say the same thing about people older and younger than us? None of us know everything, and if we say we do, it’s direct evidence that we really don’t. Life is an ever evolving journey, one of constant discoveries and exploration. Some people have had few experiences, which they think gives them insight to all others. Some people have had many experiences, and think they know what’s right. All of us are human beings that are either open to new knowledge, or not. If we’re not, we must ask ourselves why. The answer to that question could solve most of the world’s problems.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

OCTOBER 20th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Is all coffee black after its brewed? If we add cream, sugar, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, milk or whatever else is around, is it still coffee? If its shade grown, sun grown, grown in a greenhouse or a hurricane, does it all sprout from the same bean? Whether we sweeten it, lighten it, darken it or put ice in it, it’s still coffee. Just like humans, if we’re American, North or South, Middle Eastern, Asian, African, Australian or any culture in between, we’re still human. If coffee is coffee and humans are humans, can we move forward? Will we remember it when we roll out of bed bleary eyed, and pissed off at our neighbor? To cut through the crap, we have to cut away crap.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

OCTOBER 21st 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we could go back in time, where and when is always a question, but do we know why? Is there something that we’d like to do differently, therefore attempting a life Mulligan? Is there something we wished we would’ve done, or an event we hoped to witness? When we leave this world after our short staycation, regrets are the last thing we want to have. Everybody has time travel destinations, meet Jesus, drink with Socrates, go to Woodstock or attend countless other events that we’ve only had the chance to read about. There are also times when we know we could have done better, or taken different actions. To fix now, we have to act now, and not expect to fix it later. This might have been the day that Marty Mcfly and Doc Brown came to, but things weren’t as they expected, neither would they be for us. Let’s fix things now, so we don’t have to make adjustments later.” J

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

OCTOBER 22, 2015

From the mind of critic: “Do the spotlights that roll around the night sky by the airport, help planes land 24-7? Should they be taken out because they aren’t constantly used? If they weren’t used at all, would planes crash? Walking around and living our days as a happy person, can be extremely difficult in a dark world. It can make us want to extinguish our light because every time we try to shine, darkness appears so thick and powerful, no light could pierce through. Specifically because our light never disappeared, the light pierces through to illuminate our path, directing us where we need to go. Our light might not be in constant use, but if it stops shining, just like planes following spotlights, we’d all crash into each other. The darkness wants us to fail, lets prove our light never dims.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

OCTOBER 23rd 2015

From the mind of critic: “Do we add cream and sugar to our coffee because it tastes bad? Would we drink it without sweetener? Would we go without coffee because if it’s not exactly what we want, what’s the point? Life can be sweet, bitter and downright disgusting, but it will happen whether we want it to or not. If we try to stop something that doesn’t happen exactly how we planned, is it worth it? There are things in life we’d all like to happen, but just because life doesn’t go as planned, doesn’t mean it isn’t worth it. We’re so much more fulfilled when we concentrate not on the outcome, but why something happens. Our coffee might not be to our liking, but we can still be ready for our day if we allow ourselves to be. Letting life’s processes work, means trusting them and letting them go.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

OCTOBER 24th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we don’t cut our hair, and decide to let our freak flag fly, are we proud to be ourselves? If we’re not fooled by the TV, radio or magazines telling us how our life should be, are we proud to be ourselves? If nobody is going to break our stride or slow us down, are we proud to be ourselves? You all know what I’m getting at, if we’re afraid to be ourselves we must ask ourselves why. The world is losing out if we don’t give it the full breadth of who we are, because we could really change things for the better. Messages and voices bombard us by trying to fit us in a box, saying we should live this way or dress that way. This box doesn’t even register if we let our freak flag fly. When we move toward what we really want and not something developed in a focus group, the only people that could break our stride or slow us down, is us.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

OCTOBER 27th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Having blinders on is helpful for race horses, what about humans? Do they help us in our race to the top? Do they make us forget everything around us, not caring who we step on or run over? Race horses have one goal, run fast in one direction. We as humans have many more goals, only one of which is moving forward. We’re not robots, or primitively thinking animals. We have critical thinking skills and can see the world as positive and negative, depending on our mood and outlook. We simply have to remember that our journey is interconnected with everybody else’s journey, helping or hindering. Race horses do better if they never look to the side. We do better if we always look, but only when we take in the good that keeps us moving, and leave the bad that stops us in our tracks.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

OCTOBER 28th 2015

From the mind of critic: “When part of a neon sign burns out, but the rest of it is still lit, is it still effective? If we see a sign producing half the light it should, do we respond the same as if it were blinding us? Is some light better than no light? There are a million signs, in a million places telling us a million different things. Some are brighter, some are bigger and some are broken, same with us. We all have light that wants to shine, but sometimes we stop it, break it or let somebody or something take it away. This is when we have to let the world know that our light will benefit humanity and its evolution, and we’ll bring it no matter what stands in our way. Neon signs will shine until they’re 100% burnt out. We shine longer, when we remember why we shine. Never burning out, means constantly finding reasons to shine brighter.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

OCTOBER 29th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we believe there is more than we’re being shown, do we ask questions? Do we think answers will fall out of the sky if we think about them hard enough? Do we think this is it, and we have to make the best of it? Going along with the status quo doesn’t guarantee infinite conformity, but it makes it a much greater possibility. Rocking the boat because we know in our heart it’s the right thing to do doesn’t ensure victory, but it makes it a much greater possibility. There is no silver bullet, but to change what we all know needs changing, we need to keep ideas fresh, and the conversation flowing. They say guns, God and gays are the dog whistles of dog whistles, so are peace, love and understanding. We just have to respond to what makes us positively evolve.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

OCTOBER 30th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Are we on the eve of destruction, or the eve of evolution? Is everything going to be torn down, built up, or some combination of both? Will our collective perspectives determine the outcome? The world will bloom or wilt, depending on what we put in and what we take out. There are many changes coming as has always been the case, but right now is a very special time in our history. Many of us are gaining rights we’ve never had, and coming out of the shadows to become part of what America represents. The status quo is being upset by people who yearn for a better day, and are fighting against those of us who fear our world is being flipped upside down. Our destruction, or our evolution depends on whether we fight against change, or if we roll with it. We just have to ask ourselves, what will lead to a brighter future?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

OCTOBER 31st 2015

From the mind of critic: “If given the choice we’d always choose a treat over a trick, but is that all there is? Is the world nothing more than people trying to mess with us, and people trying to give us something for nothing? Could tricks be tests, designed to challenge us into being conscious human beings? Are treats just a gimmick, to draw us into a false sense of belonging, so bread and circuses can be fully implemented? I’d say there are two sides to every story, but that would be the real trick. The truth is there are infinite sides to infinite stories. What we see on the surface, could be the complete opposite of what’s underneath. How can we guarantee 100% that something is authentically a trick or a treat? We can’t, but the more we’re open to the world’s beauty and opportunities, the more we can see what’s for our collective benefit. Bread and circuses only work if our bullshit detector doesn’t.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

NOVEMBER 3rd 2015

From the mind of critic: “If blue sky and sunshine are smiling at us, do we notice? Does the ho-hum energy of our daily routine stop us from seeing the beauty above? Do we see the beauty, but say we have to do a, b and c, before we can recognize it for what it truly is? Whether it’s paying the bills, worrying about where we’re at in life or any of the million other things we allow to get us down, do we see the crystal blue persuasion above? Do we see that earth’s natural beauty is trying to persuade us to look and take it all in? It’s amazing what can be seen, when we step outside of ourselves to see what we truly want to accomplish. The sunshine and the crystal blue above will light our path forward, if we step outside of ourselves long enough to see it.” J

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

NOVEMBER 4th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we’ve stopped spinning our wheels because we grabbed onto something real, how can we expect the unexpected? Does that phrase even have meaning, or is it just something people say to make themselves sound philosophical? Is it a fancy way of saying that change will happen whether we want it to or not? Advice and messages bombard us 24-7, that when combined with a plethora of life experiences, makes for chaos of the mind. Coming up with a game plan is extremely difficult, when we know the field can change at any second. Why should we even start playing, if the playing field can change fifty times by ten minutes from now? That is life’s ultimate test. If we know who we are, know what we want and know what’s right, we will be able to move forward, no matter what changes fly at us. Our mind won’t spin if we concentrate on what we have, and not on what we don’t.” J

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

NOVEMBER 5th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If throwing a pebble into a pond causes a ripple effect, how long before another pebble has to be thrown to keep the ripple going? Is one pebble enough to infinitely sustain this ever growing ripple? Do more pebbles have to be constantly thrown to make the ripple spread? We’ve all heard how one positive change can have effects far beyond what was originally thought. How we can have a positive and loving interaction, and have that affect not only the people involved, but also the next people they see, and then the next people they see and so on? Does this one ripple allow us to sit back and relax, and think no more work has to be done? When we stop putting good energy out there, it’ll stop coming back to us, it’s that simple. The world needs a lot of healing on its infinite journey. Let’s make sure we all have pockets full of pebbles.” J

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

NOVEMBER 6th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we’re all skating away on the thin ice of a new day, does it put us all in the same position as we wake up? Do we wake up with the hope that today will be better than yesterday? Is this idea of a new day, a thin veil which can breakthrough at any time? Do we skate on it anyway because the benefits can be enormous? We’ve all said and done things we wished we hadn’t. We’ve all been through events we wish we hadn’t experienced. The shining light is this idea of a new day. That everything which happened yesterday will wash away, and today starts anew. We all hope that today will be better and brighter, and that we make the most of it. We might all be skating on thin ice, but we ensure that we never fall through, by making sure nobody else falls through.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

NOVEMBER 7th 2015

From the one of critic: “If we see an amazingly vibrant sunset of reds, oranges and purples, followed by thousands of geese flying directly over our head, do we breathe it in? If we see something special, something that could be deciphered by an unemotionally road-blocked individual, do we breathe it in? If we’re confronted by something obviously beautiful and majestic, do we breathe it in? We can get so caught up in our daily routines and self-fulfilling crap, that darkness blocks all the beauty trying to smack us in the face. How do we break that cycle? We breathe it in. We place ourselves amongst the beauty, and stop concentrating on what’s in our head, and start concentrating on what we see with our eyes, and breathe it in. If our soul needs healing, if our community needs healing, if our world needs healing, we breathe in the beauty that’s all around us, and always will be.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

NOVEMBER 10th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction, do we believe we’re on the eve of something else? With all the violence, racism, sexism, persecution and xenophobia out there, we have to be on the eve of something. With all the amazing beauty, love, humanism, friendship, unpretentiousness, peace and understanding out there, we have to be on the eve of something. When major evolutionary change is afoot, some of us get scared, and fight against those of us who are open and welcoming to it. Positive and negative forces always battle for our perceptions. Whichever side wins, is the side we see more of. We successfully change our perception, by being grateful for opportunities and not upset out changes. It’s been a long time coming, but change is going to come. Are we ready?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

NOVEMBER 11th 2015

From the mind of critic: “When nature calls and we drop everything to take care of it, does it always mean going to the bathroom? Does it mean anytime we’re pulled out of our comfort zone? Does it mean nature is actually calling us to pay attention to something? Many sayings and clichés have been used over the years, none more so than nature calls. The fact we drop everything to use the bathroom, is nature’s way of telling us to pay attention to our body. Do we drop everything when nature calls for other things? Do we think peeing is just as important as not polluting, recycling and leaving the planet better than we found it? Do we fail to answer nature when it calls about something which doesn’t directly affect us? Do we know that when nature calls on anybody, it affects everybody? Nature calling means going to the bathroom, but we save the planet when we realize that nature calls on us for many important other reasons as well.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

NOVEMBER 12th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we have food, water and shelter so our body is cared for, can we survive? If we have sages and prophets guiding our path whether part of a religion or not, can we survive? If we have nothing but a critically thinking mind and love in our hearts, can we survive? There are tangible things we need to survive, which we physically can’t live without. There are also intangible things we need to survive, which are love, peace, justice, understanding and tolerance. It comes down to the difference between truly living and simply surviving. We’ve been so wrapped up in trying to live, that we forgot how to live better. Do we want to forever be stuck in the same spot, droning through the same routine, which always yields the same results? Do we want to continue evolving, and opening our eyes to the beauty all around us? Our physical needs must be met for us as humans to survive. Not just the physical needs of our body, but also the physical needs of our mind and soul.” J

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

NOVEMBER 13th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we need the right tool to get the job done, are we an informed enough consumer to acquire the right tool? Do we buy the first tool we see because it’s cheaper? Do we research, so when it does come time to buy, we get quality so our job turns out quality? When we build a house, we must build a strong foundation if we want it to last for any length of time. To build that foundation we must have the right tools. It’s the same with life. To accomplish our goals, dreams and to have a positive effect on the collective evolution of humanity, we must build a foundation of love, joy, peace and understanding. To do that, we simply start thinking outside our bubble, and open our hearts. The tools we acquire to be better human beings, are the same tools we acquire to build a better society. We succeed, when we realize we’ve had the right tools the whole time.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

NOVEMBER 14th 2015

From the mind of critic: “When we look in the mirror, do we like what we see? Are we afraid, confused, upset and delusional about what we see? Are we excited clear eyed happy and realistic about what we see? Looking in the mirror can be a harrowing experience, especially if we’re not used to assessing who we are, and where we’re at in life. Just like anything, it gets easier the more we do it. We’ll begin to realize that a negative perspective or a positive perspective can spring out at any time. Once we know that, we’ll discover that having a positive outlook provides much stronger motivation, than if we concentrated on our faults. The key to self-assessment is recognizing everything we see, but then leaving the bad and keeping the good. Liking what we see in the mirror takes practice, but is a beautiful thing when it becomes natural.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

NOVEMBER 17th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we’re constantly wondering who will stop the rain, is it possible we’re waiting for ourselves? If California is in its worst drought in history, but expecting an El Niño winter to dump tons of rain, should we stop the rain even if we could? Are we talking about rain that fills our rivers, or rain that fogs over our critically thinking minds? Some will say that CCR was talking about a bad storm which caused major damage. I think most people would agree, that CCR was really taking about the force which has been controlling things for eons. A force which saw it’s iron grip slipping due to the current consciousness evolution. People were standing up, and fighting and dying for human rights. Resistance or “rain” kept pushing them back after every step forward. If we keep asking who will stop the rain, we’ll be “Waiting for Godot.” If we start saying we’ll stop the rain, right here and right now, then the rain will stop, period.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

NOVEMBER 18th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If the proof is in the pudding, is it instant so we have to wait for it to set in the fridge? Is it made on the stove, where we have to add many ingredients, while watching it like a hawk by stirring constantly? Is the proof all around whether we put work in or not? If we need to prove anything to anybody, it’s to ourselves. We don’t always need to work hard to achieve our goals, but we shouldn’t shy away from it either. All the events we experience, and all the thoughts we focus on are but mere glimpses of what our future could be like. All that’s real is the here and now. The future is a pipe dream that we spend forever preparing for, in hopes that things will turn out. If the key to life is trusting the process, than the proof in the pudding needs to be proven now, not later.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

NOVEMBER 19th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If a tree falls in the forest and nobody’s around, does it make a sound? If a plane is blown out of the sky and nobody claims responsibility, can it have lasting effect without a scapegoat? If hate for the “other” is allowed to grow and fester, do we keep fighting the same battles over and over again, just with more advanced weaponry? Whether an act happens without witnesses, without responsibility or without critical thought about future effects, it still happens. Trees fall, planes get blown up and ignorant hate happens. Just because we don’t know the reason why something happened, we know it happened because of evidence in front of our face. If we ignore that evidence, we’ll only have ourselves to blame. Many problems of the world can be solved by not ignoring what we see. Do we want to be part of the problem, or part of the solution?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

NOVEMBER 20th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If advertisements say happy holidays while playing Christmas music, and showing Christmas trees, ornaments, Holly, reindeers and Santa, are they really saying happy holidays? If saying Merry Christmas is bad, is patronizing a whole population by taking away a name, but keeping all the symbolism worse? Are we in such dire straits as a society that when change is made, we only go half way because we think it’s enough? As a Jewish man, I can admit Merry Christmas is never something I feel compelled to say. I can also say that if somebody wants to say Merry Christmas, they should just say it. I realize that I live in a predominantly Christian country, so naturally the majority of people celebrate Christmas, and I’m fine with that. What I’m not okay with is being placated by being told one thing, and being shown another. If we think being inclusive means bringing people to our side, saying happy holidays instead of Merry Christmas is the least of our problems.” J

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

NOVEMBER 21st 2015

From the mind of critic: “If it takes a village to raise a child, does it take a village to nurture an adult? Do we think people get to a certain age and don’t need advice, help or love? Have we gone wrong thinking all adults are islands, and can achieve anything without support of any kind? One side pays attention to protecting the unborn. The other side pays attention to protecting the child once it’s born, but who protects the grownup? If we protected and supported each other instead of only ourselves, most of our generational problems would disappear. We get in trouble when we think everybody is out to do us good. We also get into trouble when we think everybody is out to do us harm. Conscious discernment is the key to all interactions. We take care of ourselves specifically so we can take care of the world, not in spite of it.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

NOVEMBER 24th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Is there a skeleton key to life? Is there one key that opens all doors, for everybody in every situation? Is the idea that all doors open for everybody a fallacy, false hopes built up by those who implore that every person can and should be rich? Whoever thinks everybody should be rich, and people are only poor because they’re lazy, are probably well off themselves. For people to be rich there has to be poor people building them up. That’s not communist party platform, that’s basic logic. It’s also logical to say doors open the same for all people. They just take different “keys”. The key to life is happiness, but that happiness takes different forms for different people. Finding our skeleton key to life’s doors is difficult, but it’s only the first step. The next step is figuring out how to use it. Once we figure that out, doors will open continuously. They might not open right away and we can’t force them, we just have to keep applying that skeleton key until they do. Once that happens, our evolution begins.” J

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

NOVEMBER 25th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we’re all seeking shelter from the storm, are we all seeking the same shelter? Does this shelter take different forms if we’re rich or poor? If shelter does take different forms, do we need that shelter from an actual weather event, or from darkness of the world? Whether we’re paycheck writers or paycheck earners, whether we’re chilling in a 75 degree heated mansion in a storm, or huddling under a cardboard box, we all need shelter, we all need love, and we all need to feel safe. What we want, what we think we want and what we need gets muddled with materialism, especially this time of year. We need to realize that storms will hit us, no matter what station we’re at in life. We’re all human, we all strive for the same basic things, and get knocked down by the same things. Once this concept is second nature, we’ll see that to give ourselves shelter, we must give everyone shelter.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

NOVEMBER 26th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we all sat around one big thanksgiving table, would we give thanks for the same things, or specifically different things? Would we give thanks only for ourselves, or only for others? Do we give thanks to ourselves specifically so we can give thanks to others, not in spite of them? We’re all unique human beings, with our own set of needs depending on environment and life experiences. Just like how we’re all human, there’s a universal gratitude which runs through us whether we want to admit it or not. So this Thanksgiving, let’s all be thankful for our life, and everybody else’s. Once we do that, we’ll realize that many of our generational problems aren’t as hard to solve as we thought.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

NOVEMBER 27th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If togetherness, love, family and building up your fellow man is a mainstay of the holidays, are we talking about Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus and every holiday between November and January? Do we actually mean happy holidays for all holidays, or just certain ones? Would we be more accepting of other holidays if we had that warm holiday feeling the entire year? When a majority population celebrates a holiday because of certain beliefs, it’s only natural they get the most coverage. We go wrong when we think the minority is used to what the majority believes, and don’t mind being placated 24-7. Till the end of the year let’s try something different. Let’s not placate with half ass token responses to issues of equality. Let’s attack the root issues by changing what we say, and what we do. Every generation that comes after us will thank us immensely.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

NOVEMBER 28th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Is balance possible between taking a chance when an opportunity arises, and taking chances in every action whether it’s in our daily routine or not? If this balance isn’t possible, when will we know when too much is too much? How will we evolve into better human beings if we don’t take chances with new opportunities, instead of experiencing the same opportunities that are always there? We can get so stuck in a rut of “it is what it is”, that it can be impossible to move forward, because it seems like the whole world is against us. If we could turn that around, and see that the world helps us succeed by ensuring we’re up to the challenge, we would take a chance whenever and wherever an opportunity to positively change humanity presented itself, not just when it was convenient. Is there a balance, a difference, who knows? If we view the world as training us and not beating us, we’ll take any chance necessary for our species survival.” J

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 1st 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we’ve lived our lives in chains for so long that we think it’s our forever fate, do we know we have the key? Is it unfathomable that we can undo the blocks we think are coming from the outside, which therefore would require an outside solution? If we’re so used to the chains that they feel comforting because they’re always there, would we even use a key we possessed the whole time? If we aren’t willing to upset something detrimental to our positive evolution because it’s comfortable, to go after something supportive of our positive evolution because it’s uncomfortable, we aren’t ready to better ourselves. We have to take risks. It’s how we achieve our hopes and dreams. If we’re not ready, we must prepare. We do that by unlocking the chains holding us back. We do that by realizing our soul is the key, which is activated by taking in the beauty of the world, and letting it flow through us.” J

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 2nd 2015

From the mind of critic: “If light shines through the fog to illuminate what’s beautiful, can fog overpower the light to illuminate what’s dark? Does giving dark energy attention make it more powerful, just like giving light energy attention makes it more powerful? If paying attention or ignoring light or dark can take away its power, is there a way to balance so we continue moving forward? We need both light and dark aspects in our life so we know how to define each of them. Granted all of us want more light than dark, because it makes life worth living. That doesn’t mean we totally need to eliminate darkness, we need some so we know what light is. We can squash it, shrink it and shove it in a corner, but we can never eliminate darkness. If we ever get to a point where we think we can, we’re shooting ourselves in the foot in terms of forward progress. We’re ensuring darkness always has power over us. Darkness and light must always be in balance. Whatever we focus on, is what we’ll see the most.” J

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 3rd 2015

From the mind of critic: “If a reporter reports a tragedy and says they don’t know why or how it happened, but then proceeds to describe the worst possible outcome which they admit probably didn’t happen, are they stoking the fears of those who want to lash out at others for being different? Do we throw every option out there when trying to figure something out, so we leave no stone unturned? Should reporters wait till they have proof of something before they open their mouths? When so much in the world can scare us these days, we don’t need to be extra fearful for unknown reasons. Stories meant to inform the public end up benefitting domestic terrorists, whose ultimate goal is destruction and a scared citizenry. Will we be fearful of our ignorance, or vigilantly courageous to sustain our humanity? If we become fearful of what we don’t know, we have let the terrorists win.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 4th 2015

From the mind of critic: “When we live in a place where the clouds part, then the sun comes out, then the clouds, then sun, then clouds, then sun again, is it just microclimates, or is it a microcosm of society? Do clouds come around until we get used to them, and then boom, sun? Are we constantly being tested so we can be ready for anything? Is life basically chaos and we have to make the best of it? Life can be filled with clouds or light, rolled up in an amalgamation of humanity, discovery and progress. Whether we define it as expecting the unexpected, going with the flow, or just living, we have to realize life is constantly evolving. What always stays the same however, is the light and dark which balance us, always flowing in and out. Once we figure out the only constant in life is balance, we’ll see that taking in everything is how we learn, and keeping the good and leaving the bad is how we grow.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 5th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Is there ever an instance when the answers to our most pressing problems seem so obvious, that we think that the obviousness is the problem? Are the answers so universal that not having taken advantage of them years ago, is so embarrassing that it causes us not to act? Are we afraid to own up, or do we think all answers need to be complex to be worth a damn? Life’s issues come down to the concept of being easy, but hard at the same time. The exponential variables which affect us on a daily basis have us so wound up, that we can’t see what’s slapping us in the face. Life would be so much smoother if we did what’s easy first, and then moved onto what’s hard. If we did, we’d see that the hard to fix problems, are only as hard as we’ve made them. Our problems become easier when we realize, that they were easy to begin with.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 9th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we blow the candles out early, are we cutting short their intended purpose? Are we stressed that they’re burning too long? Are we jealous that our candles don’t burn as long or as strong as our neighbors? Are we worried they’ll burn out before we leave a mark? As we find ourselves in the middle of Hanukkah, we ask and get asked many questions about candles. We can wonder why we light them at all, considering the miracle of one night of oil lasting eight nights, during a re-sanctifying of the temple is a pretty minor occurrence, especially when another religion celebrates the birth of their lord. We light the candles not only because it’s tradition, but because they represent more than mere candles. They symbolize the light that burns within each of us, that we think is short lived, but lasts much longer when we awaken faith and humanism. Let us all celebrate the light within us that is much stronger than we think. Happy Hanukkah.” J

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 10th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If the wind blows really hard with a downpour of rain, which causes the power, water, cable, phone and internet to go out, do we think the apocalypse is upon us? Do the aspects of life we attribute to being comfortable, inhibit us from finding life’s secrets that we left behind in the caves? Do these “conveniences” help us evolve by pushing us to greater and greater things? We might believe like the una-bomber, and think technology has destroyed society. We might believe like Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk, and think technology has saved society. The reality is the grey area in the middle as it always has been. Technology can help or hinder, depending on what our mentality at. If we want to hurt people we’ll find a way, with or without technology, same with helping people. Everything that evolves in the world can help us, once we get our minds set on collective uplift.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 11th 2015

From the mind of critic: “When Jews make latkes on Hanukkah, is it their way of sharing culture because everybody loves a fried potato? When Christians make gingerbread men on Christmas, is it their way of sharing culture because everybody loves a cookie? Do we as humans find the most likable parts of our culture when sharing it with others? We feel a special pull toward where we come from and how we were raised, whether we’re still figuring it out or not. Who we are, is something nobody can take away. If we’re ashamed we must ask ourselves why, because it’s a reaction perpetrated by an overwhelming need to fit in. Once we’re proud of our culture, we’ll see that who we end up fitting in with, is who we were meant to fit in with. Everybody loves treats, and every culture has treats, is it how we bring everybody together?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 12th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Does the ultimate recipe exist, the silver bullet, the magic wand, the skeleton key, the one truth that will bring us all together? Are we kidding ourselves if we think that one thing will fix everything? If we wait long enough, will a magic bean will fall out of the sky, making everything better without us lifting a finger? Is that the very definition of the road to hell is paved with good intentions? In all sub families of the larger human family, there are portions of people looking for the easy answer, for somebody to do all the critical thinking so they don’t have to. Examples of this are found in every culture, because people are always bombarded with seemingly truthful information, which makes perfect sense if they don’t think about it. How do we fix this dynamic? We realize that the truth is hard, and it takes personal effort and courage. At the end of the day, if we think and ask questions about what’s right in front of our face, we’ll see that the magic wand we’ve been looking for, is our own critically thinking mind.” J

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 15th 2015

From the mind of critic: “When our favorite team wins a big game and we storm onto the field in celebration, are we sharing our joy and happiness with our fellow fan because our team is the best? Are we trying to run others over so we can grab a souvenir from the field, and straight arm them as they try to grab it while we’re running from the field? Do we know we’re part of a group, but still want to stand out as the most important member of that group? Even though the mad rush onto the field after a big win doesn’t happen much anymore, it used to all the time. We need to remember that amazing feeling that coursed through our veins when we stepped onto the grass. We were with 50,000-100,000 people who felt the same joy, and amazing electricity. Because of instant gratification or low self-esteem, maybe we tried to best our neighbor by ensuring that our joy was higher than theirs. We can feed off each other’s joy or feed on it. We need to ask what helps us evolve into happier human beings, and what gives our soul a hug?” J

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 16th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If all we need is love, what about food, water and shelter? What about money to pay for that food, water and shelter? Is our end-all be-all goal in life to simply survive, or do we want more? Survival is more than philosophical in places like Syria, North Africa, Jerusalem etc……. Survival is something which causes our animal instincts to kick in to defend ourselves. How do we end this cycle of fighting for our survival, which causes others to fight for their survival and so on? We reintroduce love into our daily routine. If we woke up each day, and figured out who we could build up and love, instead of who we could tear down and hate, survival would take an all-encompassing stance. Feeding our soul is just as important as feeding our body. If our goal in life is to be satisfied, let’s satisfy more than just our physical body, but our entire being.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 17th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we’re taught at a young age that sharing makes us happy, and how we should treat others how we want to be treated, how soon do we forget it? Is it when we get bullied, feel jealousy or get harassed for the first time? Do we forget when we feel less than, so we have to make others feel like they’re worth even less? Many of us remember all the valuable life lessons we learned in kindergarten, but how often do we practice them? Being an adult human in today’s world requires so much focus, courage and stamina just to withstand all that we’re bombarded with. We get caught up in trying to accomplish so much that we either succeed because we stepped on people, or we fail because we stepped on too many people. It can all end in failure because we forgot how others feel, and how we would feel in their shoes. Do we want to get beat down, persecuted and marginalized just so somebody else will succeed? Do we want to be built up by somebody who built them up, by somebody who built them up, by somebody who built them up, by somebody who built them up?” J

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 18th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If the light is on but nobody’s home, does that mean nobody is ever home? Did the person go shopping, go on vacation or go to work? Isn’t the more important question, is the light on when somebody is home? The light is on no matter where we go, even if we can’t see it. We also have eternal light within us because it can never be turned off, only dimmed. When we go through our daily routine, we have to decide whether we see how bright the light is, or how dim the light is. Sometimes the light hits us when we least expect it, like walking into a brightly lit store and squinting. The light is always on whether somebody is home or not, will we choose to see it, ensuring that our light shines brighter?” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 19th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Is remembering to laugh the key to emotional health? Is not taking life too seriously, the key to taking advantage of opportunities? Is keeping our why close by, the fuel that pushes us forward? Life can be so serious and dark that we forget about the light, the beauty and our humanity for one another. The crazy part is that yes, bad stuff does happen, but the only reason the world seems dark, is because we choose to see it that way. Thinking everybody is inherently evil and out to get us, prevents us from having to get close to anybody. Once we realize that, we’ll see how tricking our souls into thinking there isn’t anything better out there, blocks anything good from coming in. We can change our perspective by remembering a few bad events don’t represent the entire human experience. Laughter and light will prevail once we allow it to.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 22nd 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we’re waiting for that special person to complete us, do we believe we don’t have that power ourselves? If we’re an artist, and we’re waiting for somebody to tell us we’re good enough to make a living off our passion, do we believe we don’t have that power ourselves? If we’re lonely do we have the power to critically ask ourselves why? Are we waiting for somebody else to validate the negative feeling we already have? We always get in trouble when we let our happiness depend on somebody else’s opinion. We have the strength, passion and self-esteem to make it through any challenge. We just have to make ourselves believe it. How do we do that? It takes practice, but we start by feeding our passion and self-esteem. Our evolution doesn’t end with us doing for ourselves, but it is mandatory that it start there.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 23rd 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we see a million different things we could be doing to bring positive change, does it make our mind spin, causing us to do nothing? If we know there are solutions to every problem, do we freak out because there are millions to analyze? If we see all these solutions and problems, filtered through our routine, responsibilities, work, goals, dreams, love or lack thereof, not to mention media, ads and advice, is it a wonder we get anything done? Personally, my mind always spins when I think of the million things I should be doing to fulfill my hopes and dreams, but I know I’m not alone. We want to be good people, we want to leave a mark, we want to love and be loved; but when there’s so much, what do we do when it feels like there is nothing we can do? We leave our mark, by doing one thing, the right thing, and then moving on to the next.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 24th 2015

From the mind of critic: “With all the destructive events and evil in the world, are we on the eve of destruction? With all the joyous events and good in the world, are we on the eve of positive evolution? Does destruction and evolution mean the same thing depending on our perceptions? On this Christmas Eve, let us remember that the world is undergoing major change. Old ways are giving way to new ways, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse, sometimes with or without a fight. Some of us welcome this change, and are preparing for what’s to come. Others are fighting this change, trying to shape the future by starting wars and committing violence. We can build up or tear down, we just need to remember that we don’t need to tear down, before we build up.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 25th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If the eve of something great was yesterday, what do we do today? If the eve of something terrible was yesterday, what do we do today? If the eve of something wasn’t yesterday, does today even matter? For some, today is Christmas for others today is simply Friday. As those who do celebrate today get on with their festivities, may they never forget the true meaning of their holiday. May they never forget the message their savior actually brought, peace, love and treating your fellow man with respect, that’s it. Whether somebody is Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, believes in something else or nothing at all, we all want to be loved, we all want peace and we all want to be treated with respect. No matter what it’s the eve of, or whether we celebrate Christmas or not, we can all get behind its true tenets. Today, let’s try love, peace and respect in all our actions and just see what happens.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 26th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Are we kidding ourselves to think we all can be rich? Are we kidding ourselves to think we all have to be poor? Are we selling ourselves short if we shoot for the middle? Since we were young, we have been told to shoot for the moon. If we think it, we can live it, and all our dreams will come true. We run into trouble when we chase money, status and material instead of our dreams, passions and joy. While it’s true that some us will grow rich, many of us will not. Basic economic thinking says there has to be poor people to support rich people. Chasing money is like chasing the dragon. We have to listen to childhood advice, and never stop shooting for the stars. We need to aim not for material and financial wealth, but spiritual wealth. The planet will thank us.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 29th 2015

From the mind of critic: “Does anybody really know what time it is, does anybody really care? Do people act like they know what time it is, so they can persuade people to care? Do beliefs have to be authentic so others can be persuaded to care about positivity? “Getting” how the world works, and knowing how it works are two different concepts. We can understand how a government or community works, but it’s impossible to know every detail. While it’s good to make somebody care about positivity, if we lure them under false pretenses, it won’t be sustainable, and will be detrimental to our evolution. Politicians are like teenagers, they always claim to know what time it is. Even if the ends are positive, do we really want a teenager as president? We learn more, when we realize we don’t know everything.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 30th 2015

From the mind of critic: “If we believe people when they inform us of our limitations, are we still able to accomplish our dreams? If we internalize limitations we assume we can’t get past, do we ever move forward? Are limitations conjured from a need to feel comfortable? There are times when we don’t feel good enough, or strong enough to do something different. We tell ourselves that because of physical, mental, spiritual, financial or intellectual limitation, that we can’t accomplish our dreams. If we want to be a sprinter, yeah, we probably couldn’t do it if we didn’t have legs. If the only thing holding us back are put downs, then we need to ask ourselves if we actually want to accomplish our dreams. Do we want to endlessly wonder? Do we want to surprise ourselves? Sometimes, we just need to say fuck it, and go for it.” J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM THE MIND OF CRITIC

DECEMBER 31st 2015

From the mind of critic: “Do New Year’s resolutions actually mean anything, or are they just something to do to make ourselves feel better? Are they a desperate attempt to make up for an entire year of inaction? Are they an honest attempt to better ourselves, even if it’s at the last second? New Year’s is a happy time and I don’t mean to be a downer, but we must ask ourselves tough questions. Are we devolving our soul by chasing the dragon? Are we road blocking our minds by making resolutions so we don’t have to think? Are we being honest with who we are and what we want, so we don’t rely on empty promises? The New Year provides a fresh start with new energy, hopefulness and excitement about things to come. We can make this feeling last all year not by making resolutions, but by setting goals and putting in the work to make them happen.” J