The World Loves CNN blog and Nationalism more than Chocolate and Coffee

Breaking news: the words CNN blog draw more roaming traffic than chocolate or coffee or narcissism.  I’m sure there’s a moral in there somewhere.  So how many titles can I think up with CNN blog in them?

Truth is, CNN isn’t the topic of the day.  Nationalism is.  When Nelson Mandela became President here in South Africa, and thereafter, there was a huge nationalism drive, called Proudly South African.

It never grabbed me.   I don’t like nationalism.  It’s a propaganda / brainwashing tool for the powers that be.  Very effective, good psychology at play.  We all want to identify with our roots, and we all want to know that we belong at a familial, social and national level.  It makes us feel safe and worthy.  That’s pretty normal, and when we don’t have any or all of those things we start behaving badly.

But when nationalism starts taking precedence over individuality, that’s when it’s dangerous.  It doesn’t always do that.  If you visit Italy, all Italians know their country is the best in the world.  But Italians are such individuals, that it never goes much further than that.

But when it goes too far, when it becomes a tool for the powers that be to get away with murder, that’s when it’s a problem.  Look at Hitler, Robert Mugabe, G.W. Bush, the ANC as it is now.  How about N. Korea’s Kim Jong-il and Kim Jong-un.   Well, we don’t know much about the un fellow yet, but is it likely he’ll be any different from his father?  How about nationalism in China, Russia, France before the French Revolution.

Nationalism is touted as being for the good of the country, but it’s not.  It’s for the furthering of power so that those in power can do what they want.  usually they’re in league with or are pawns of arms manufacturers.  It’s such an emotionally binding thing, nationalism.  It blinds people to the fact that they’re giving up their rights to quality of life – even to life itself – and to the reality around them.  It makes people rationalize the worst kinds of abuse.

I hate it.  Proudly South African?  Not me.  “Human” is about as far as I’ll go.

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Blogging – is there really a rule? Nobody puts a sheep on a pedestal

When I first started this blog, I read quite a few opinions of people who knew how to be a successful blogger – do it this way, that way, NEVER make it too long, write what’s popular, don’t be self-indulgent, be consistent, always use photographs.   The list of rules was never ending.   I junked the lot, and followed my heart.

Because there’s no point in doing my thing if I’m not doing it my way.   Plus I suspect that those who rise above the crowd are the ones who don’t follow other people’s rules, not out of rebellion, but because they’ve got something more powerful going on.   At first the babbling crowd says “WRONG, WRONG, you’ll never make it, blah blah blah”.

But they keep on doing what they want to and at some point, all those negative opinions turn.  Then one day the same people are saying “RIGHT, RIGHT.”   And it’s because the successful people didn’t listen to their negative opinions.

We revere people who have the gutspah to do their own thing, and we’re constantly looking for something new.   But we  look at somebody who’s succeeded, and we create totally superficial reasons for their success, then we try to persuade people starting out to follow those rules.   Which will make them not an individual.  Which will make us not notice them.

Seriously, it’s a circus.   I figure success doesn’t come from how many rules you follow, it comes from doing what you want to do and never giving up no matter what comes at you.   At first you may get tons of rejection.  It’s real easy to believe that means you’re no good, and to give up.   Well, then your journey’s over.   People who give up?   They find all sorts of rationalizations to support their choice.   “It wasn’t meant to be” is right at the top there.   What they won’t face is that they chose to believe their detractors, they didn’t look for solutions to obstacles, wouldn’t try to look beyond their own lack of belief in themselves.

But some people say “I don’t believe any of you” and they keep going.   What turns the tide of popular opinion?   I suspect it’s that the more you stand up to rejection, the more you believe in yourself, and the stronger you get in your creative expression.   That’s where the power lies.   That’s what people read when they see you or hear you, whether they know it or not.   I know, that’s a kind of rule, but at least it lets people be individuals, so for now it works for me.

We’re all looking for people who have that courage to believe in themselves.   We make it hard for them, but we revere them when they stand up to our negativity.   Nobody puts a sheep up on a pedestal.

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