Wednesday, April 9, 2014

In the Land of the Braves, Hillary leads The Way






I have been waiting more than a day before writing this piece, because once something of this magnitude happens, you have to absorb it within your own Consciousness and make it up along the way.

I had the privilege of meeting Hillary Clinton when I was a young Intern at CNN in DC back in 1996. I think it was my first "big assignment".

It was a celebration of the Presidents Interagency Council on Women, at the National Press Building in Washington DC.

I do remember the cerimony consisted in a documentary projection that lasted for a while. 

Hillary Clinton was facing the crowd but she was able to stay with her head turned back so that she could watch the movie screen without showing her back to her audience and she stayed in that position without moving for the whole duration of the movie.

I was impressed.

I never saw anything like that before. I am from Europe and there's no chance you could see something like this here, not at that time and certainly not at that level. (Not even now I would say)

That was my first lesson on Leadership: never turn your back to your audience. I won't ever forget that sense of respect she was able to transmit not only to me but to all the people who were there at that event.

I was so inspired by such a demonstration of energy I eventually did something you are never supposed to do, especially if you are a fresh CNN Intern and you want to make a career in journalism. Hence, I decided to join a line of women who were there to meet Hillary and shake her hand.

I was the last in line and she was almost leaving but once she saw me, she turned back and streched her whole body over a crowd control barrier only to shake my hand. She stretched her body so much I was fearing she was going to fall but instead she loooked me in the eyes and she said: "Nice to meet you".

She expected I would have said something back to her and I think for the first time in my life I did not know what to say as I was just standing in front of her in a contemplation state.

I was not embarassed nor was she I guess, but what really surprised me was her enthusiasm in meeting new people.

I think I was born with a couple of notions here and there on how human nature works and what really impressed me was the fact she was not playing a role but she was authentically and sincerely there. 

My encounter with her only lasted a dozen seconds but to me it was extremely enlightening because when you meet someone whose consciousness is so inclusive you always learn something new and you make a step forward into your awareness process.

Luckly my Producer did not see me while I was harassing Hillary Clinton but I couldn't do otherwise as she was just a massive flow of energy I wanted to see it closely whether that was real or not.

I have never been a celebrity worshipper but you can tell I am a Consciousness worshipper and I was completely dazed by that encounter because you couldn't ignore the energy she transferred not only to me but to the whole crowd who were there for her.

Back to present day, when I saw Hillary Clinton being portrayed together with the Pussy Riot, I can't say it didn't surprise me, but I was absolutely expecting something of that magnitude was going to happen as that's what I have been saying in my articles in the past five years.

I didn't know when it was going to happen and who would have made such a shift but certainly I didn't expect it happened that soon.

People who talk about marketing stunt just make me smile. I would like to tell them: "you can't be just a little bit pregnant", either you are with the Pussy Riot or you are not. 

As the Latins used to say "tertium non datur" ("no third possibility is given").

America is the symbol of leadership in itself, because of its exceptionalistic nature, its understanding of individual responsibility, its culture of bravery and its hate for tyranny. 

I think legitimizing the Pussy Riot was not an easy decision but it was one of the  smartest move in the history of U.S. politics.

In comparison, Richard Nixon's visit to China is nothing.  

I am not talking about the Ukrainian conflict, because this is a statement that goes well beyond that. Only a blind would see it as a way to respond to Russia. 

The extent of such a huge political statement completely depends on how You are going to see it and how you are going to use it.

You have to realize our planet is split in two different visions, you can call them dimensions, state of mind, whatever you prefer. 

On one side you have the arrogance and the dispotism of a few powerful people who just want to control the planet's economy. Controlling the economy implies controlling politics and that's the way it worked until today, when a giant bug entered the system and completely hacked it. 

This bug is called "visibility". 

In today's world everything and everyone are visible. You can't hide and you can't even run.

What happens is that visibility automatically involves a conscious judgement on the legitimacy of your behaviour. Are you behaving badly? Everyone would know it right away.

In today's world, if you are a leader you must be visible and you must behave accordingly to the core values we have reached today as a civilization, who constantly confronts itself throughout Facebook and twitter, otherwise you immediately become "the bad guy" and you get framed in that picture forever. 

No question about it. In today's world you can't mess up. Whether you are a movie director, a journalist or a world leader if you act badly you are a negative character. Period.

Not by chance and in more than one occasion, Republicans openly supported Vladimir Putin's aggressive policy, because he's visibile and apparently he is not afraid of the public judgement.

In response Hillary Clinton stands up for the Pussy Riot. 

Who do you think the majority of Americans and the rest of the world would stand for?

Despite my appreciation of Vladimir Putin's charming attitude and his enormous intelligence, ruling by fear and intimidation is so last millennium.

Especially in terms of leadership, because of the visibility problem that carries with it the sudden judgment not just of the Russian people but of the whole planet that cannot have other outcome than total disproval. Basically it's a losing strategy by definition. 

Although the verve surrounding these willing human beings might lead them to become creative. They can even decide to stage a planetary show to avoid the "visibility problem".

Although the problem is that staging something in the era of Consciousness is like trying to dam Niagara Falls with toothpeaks.

That's why former President George W Bush started to make paintings. That's the only form of expression he's allowed to. Kinda sad.

The only chance that President Bush has to get back to the surface is to completely change his position and his point of view.

Do you realize how different is today's world compared to the latest Bush Presidency?

The concept of bravery for example has been completely reversed and Hillary Clinton sealed this major shift in our planet's consciousness when she decided to sponsor a group of Russian hooligans whose American reference is Occupy Wall Street.

Being brave today means having no fear, because real awareness leads you to the knowledge that fear is the most primitive nonsense that only exist and tries to survive on the most remote regions of this disgraced planet. 

Consciousness defies fear in the very same moment it pops up. Why? Because Consciousness is Eternal while fear is based upon the concept of death as the end of everything which is a Neanderthalian concept.   

Personally I would define Hillary's move as the most revolutionary political statement that a Western leader has ever done in recent history.

The inspirational act of leadership made by Hillary Clinton is a clear direct message to the Koch Brothers, the Tea Party and those 13 people who think they can keep running this planet while staying hidden behind the scenes.

We know You. We know what You do and things changed as this is a changing world.

This is not a game anymore, otherwise they could have changed the rules, but they can't change the rules as rules today are supervised by the planet's majority. I am talking about the majority of people, because we can only have one majority. 

Our leaders make choices every single day. They are there to inspire Yourself. Making a difference it's up to You and Yourself only.

E Pluribus Unum




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Gianluca D'Agostino worked for CNN in Washington DC and for Associated Press in Rome and Tirana. Holds a Ph.d in Theory of Information and Communication and worked as Researcher at the Department of English at Stanford University. www.facebook.com/GLDAG  
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Washington Post looks not very smart lately



This image file I posted above is from the Washington Post and it was published on April 7 2014, at 1:34 pm Eastern Time.

The story premise of this whole article you are reading here is based on the assumption that on average, 8 out of 10 people only read headlines.

I want you to focus on that headline. 

It says: "Want people to think you're smarter? Do this"

You sit in front of your PC and while scrolling down your Facebook updates  your attention is catched by such an appealing image of three human faces whose edges have been blurred to look more ethereal and catchy. Then the headline goes "You want to look smarter?" And that's the turning point, when your brain kicks in and you stop being Conscious about Yourself. 

I make you an example. You could tell any person on this planet: "You are the weak!" and he will start doubting about him/herself and taking your word for granted. Why? Well because the human identity on this planet and our objective as a civilization is everything but clear or taken for granted.

Two thousands years of superstitious beliefs carrying thousands of rules against Self-empowerment led us to the situation we are now: we don't know who we are, what are we doing on this planet and where we are supposed to go. That's it. This is the pre-requisite upon which the Neanderthalian propaganda set up by the Washington Post is aimed at. Identity is humankind's biggest problem since the dawn of times. And I am talking about real identity not just knowing your likes and dislikes.

That Washington Post's headline is aimed at placing a bug in your ear: "remember you are not smart", which behind the second curtain is: "remember you don't know who you are". 

When I first read that Neanderthalian headline, I couldn't believe it was real! I mean, it sounds like a vintage PsyOp trick from the South American theater back in the 50's. Are you guys that behind???? You are the Washington Post honey! You can't make such Neanderthalian Cro-Magnon stuff. You want a real consultant? Call me! My company provides beyond-the-sky-consulting to whoever needs help. And you guys are in desperate need of help. 

The consequent question is: "The Washington Post is showing all its weakness while it wants to play the tiranny?" Tyranny is dead. Tyranny died once Consciousness entered our world dear you.

Can't believe this is happening for real, in the Era of Consciousness. Can't find the words except maybe this is a sad pathetic bad comedy that can seriously put at risk the reputation of what once used to be one of the world's major news-media.

That article's headline claims that it is important "what other people think of you". In the Washington Post "vision" this is the pre-existing condition of your roadmap to self-empowerment. 

Ask yourself this question: "You want to look or you want to be?" Make your own judgement. 

This is simply outrageous if it weren't tragic, the state of awareness among what we used to define "mainstream media" is simply pathetic. I have a the perfect metaphor for the Washington Post editorial policy:  

"The blind leading the blind."

Let's get at the end of this once for all by analyzing this question in depth:

"Want people to think you're smarter?"

First of all who told the Washington Post I have to be smart? What the word "smart" really mean?



According to the Merriam Webster the word has several interpretations. However the first is "very good at learning or thinking about things"

The second is "showing intelligence or good judgement"

The third is "showing lack of respect or talking in a rude impolite way"

Conclusion: we are not even sure about what the word "smart" really mean even if we read all the existing English Dictionaries. However as our starting point and in the common use we'll take for granted the firsts definition that is "very good at learning or thinking about things"

"Thinking about things"? We should write another story just on this but let's just put that off otherwise I would enter a state of  infinite depression.

Below I reported between brackets the implicit meaning of the words they used:

"(you) want that (other) people think you are smarter (than what you are)

Let's see: Do I want other people who are not me, to perceive me as a smarter person? Is that correct? 

Uhm....According to the Washington Post I should care what other people "think" instead of how I do perceive myself? 

But the Washington Post did not use the word "perceive" they used the word "think".

Hence let's go even deeper: here the keyword is "think" which is the most misunderstood and often overrated verb in the known Universe. Who told the Washington Post that "thinking" is the best human activity when it's about managing yourself and your own life? 

Some of the earliest written records of the Hindu traditions of Vedantism around 1500 BCE shows that thinking is not the natural state of our Consciousness but the exact opposite of it. As a matter of fact the activity of thinking (to what then?) might cause confusion and distract yourself from your own self. The practice of Meditation shows that in order to develop self-awareness you should be able to plug-off your brain and stop thinking.

In the end "thinking" means confusing yourself about everything. 

Although this is the starting point of the Washington Post's philosophy to empower yourself. 

Ok. Always according to the Washington Post, after I started thinking I have to project my "thinking activity" to what "other unspecified people" think of me. 

Hence according to this funny corner-philosophy I should be able to address other people's vision throughout a system that distract myself from my own Consciousness? 

At the end of the day the whole problem is that the Washington Post article is a pathetic attempt to distract Yourself from Yourself and start thinking to what other unspecified people think of yourself. 

Do you realize the Washington Post is stuck in the Stone Age? 

The Washington Post with this article is promoting the false assumption that how do I look might influence my own Consciousness? 

Uh I forgot to tell you that Intelligence is Consciousness. Sorry about that. 

The Washington Post wants you to care how do you look because according to their evolved science "how you look" is the basic fundamental attitude to take the right path towards self-awareness, self-empowerment and leadership.

Ok. Let's put it for a second that me, Mr. Nobody, I follow your Cro-Magnon advice and I start look smarter than what I think I am 

(because of you obviously, as before reading your smart article I was the smartest kid on the planet)

You might have lost the concept hence I repeat it once again: Let's put it for a second that me, Mr. Nobody, I follow the Washington Post's Cro-Magnon advice and I start look smarter than what I think I am. What then? 

I mean once "my smart look curtain" dramatically falls down what then? 
How do I keep looking smarter once the people I want to impress they go beyond that veil of appearance and realize I am a total retarded? 

Do you have a solution for that kind of "death" some after-life pill or something that is other than how to look or impress others? Do you realize how much retarded you are? Do you realize you are promoting mental retardation disguised by Self-empowerment? 

In the era of Consciousness and Self-Awareness the Washington Post Editorial Policy on Self-Empowerment is to focus yourself on "how you look". which in terms of self-awareness means absolutely nothing but nonsense, a bunch of static. 

This is Conscious Machine, not the Washington Post and this is Gianluca D'Agostino your worst nightmare on this and other time strings.

E Pluribus Unum



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