Where ever I look, Im finding "enhanced" beings...botox and plastic surgery is probably in its record times...people running like crazy to beat aging etc. (please note: this post is not about people who have serious/medical issues etc).
Personally I find many naturally aging people very admirable, beautiful and interesting.
I also think that plastic surgery is - just like many other cosmetical/make-up actions made by women- actually more by women for women than by women for men. Many men I have met worldwide and talked about this say "Oh my wife/girlfriend etc wanted to enhance this and that but she did not need to..I love her anyway...but she didnt listen"...so that makes me think that maybe many women feel they are in a lifelong competition with other women (regardless if they are in a relationship or not), and they think that botox and other enhancements will make them look and feel more compatible (and admired by) with other women...as women tend to compare themselves between themselves all the time.
I remember when I went out to a fab evening place, and in the womens restroom...I was looking into the mirror and noticed several women just "go away" (that was not the first nor last time) - I talked with my female friends about it, this odd phenomena, and they said "Oh, thats because they cannot stand to see themselves, compare themselves with a natural beauty like you..."..and other times, in that "restroom mirror", a lady just grabbed my hair (being a bit tipsy) and said "Oh, Im so jealous, I wish I had your hair..and she put my long hair against her face to see how she would look like with it...I found it very amusing but at the same time sad..as I thought she was beautiful and had very nice naturally blonde hair and she should be content...
Personally I am very thankful for what I was given by birth and have thus far not done one single "enhancement", not even colored my hair (always had my own hair and natural color), and I feel beautiful as always. Thank you God!
Now men are much more into botox etc. aswell, even on this site there are plenty of men where you can see they are botoxed..how is that sexy, manly etc?! Personally I find it non-attractive.
Maybe it is because we have reached a time and age of female independence in the West, men need to "compete" for women in another way as many more women are not needing mens financial support in the same way as before...and men are starting to lose/change their "male" status/ways which they had before and this makes them maybe question their looks and start caring more about such stuff...I mean tell John Wayne or Clint Eastwood about "male metrosexuality" and the David Beckham-curse (as I call it) ;-). Male/female equality issues might also have made men become less "manly"/and/or more selfcounsious lookswise, hence behaving more "female" - male grooming is a hit nowadays.
I personally think that original anything is everything...and "aging" is mostly about attitude.
“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” (by Sophia Loren)
Ever since being a child back here in Sweden, listening to stories about Nils Holgersson, who travelled around on the back of a goose, I have been inspired to travel and see the world. That feeling made me even study several languages, just to be able to truly "land" in many countries and I have had the great privilege to experience several countries and cultures from a "natives" point of view...or at least as native as a "foreigner" can become.
When looking around all the glitz, glamour and stuff...I sometimes just take a relaxing position deep into my cozy sofa and travel, in my mind, amazing lanes and lines of travelmemories carrying me to all experienced and I just become so humbled by the fact, that, at the end of the day, our (travel)memories are the most valuable jewels in our lifebox.
(all pictures (except the one of NH on the goose) that I will post inside this travel-blog will be shot by myself)
The Mayan calendar is set to end on Dec 21, 2012. There are many theories why this date ends the Mayan Calendar. Many feel that this date is the day of end times and the world will be destroyed. Others feel this will be a time of major earth disasters, space changes, and mythical planets invading our galaxy along with strange Milky Way alignments. There is talk of a pole flip causing problems all over the earth or this being when we have a second coming of Christ or the unveiling of the Antichrist.
"An Apocalypse (Greek: “lifting of the veil” or “revelation”) is a disclosure of something hidden from the majority of mankind in an era dominated by falsehood and misconception, i.e. the veil to be lifted." -Wikipedia
"Both the Hopis and Mayans recognize that we are approaching the end of a World Age... In both cases, however, the Hopi and Mayan elders do not prophesy that everything will come to an end. Rather, this is a time of transition from one World Age into another. The message they give concerns our making a choice of how we enter the future ahead. Our moving through with either resistance or acceptance will determine whether the transition will happen with cataclysmic changes or gradual peace and tranquility. The same theme can be found reflected in the prophecies of many other Native American visionaries from Black Elk to Sun Bear." -Joseph Robert Jochmans
"BIG SUR, Calif. — At twilight, not far from a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, a Mayan shaman spoke of the return of Kukulkan to dozens of listeners sitting on the floor inside a yurt: As Venus, a planet of special significance to the ancient Mayans, passed directly between the Sun and Earth in June, the forces out there were heralding the return of Kukulkan, the snake deity, and the start of a new age of spiritual enlightenment in 2012.
'The cosmos is talking to us — we need to listen,' said the shaman, Miguel Angel Vergara. 'Kukulkan shines in the infinite. Kukulkan is the sacred energy beating in every atom. Kukulkan is the feathered serpent living in your heart forever.' "(New York Times, August 19, 2012)
What is so special about the Mayan Calendar?
Carl Johan Calleman (Ph.D)
"The person with no previous exposure to the Mayan Calendar will usually initially be surprised by the fact that some people today take such an interest in an ancient calendar. After all, human history has seen a high number of different calendars. Is not then the Mayan calendar just a very specialized subject of interest only to specialists or history buffs? “Why would the world today need another calendar than the Gregorian or Muslim that are currently in use, and why should this be the Mayan calendar?” some may ask.
Well, to begin with most people probably have a much too limited view of the importance of the Mayan civilization, and Native American traditions generally. In fact, at their height in the 5th to 9th centuries AD, the Mayan cities would be among the largest in the world and developed the most advanced mathematics and astronomy of their day. And so, even if the Native American civilizations hardly survived the later contact with the Europeans they were and are the carriers of a significant and irreplaceable part of the global human consciousness.
When we talk about the Mayan Calendar something profoundly different is also meant than just a system to mark off the passage of time. The Mayan Calendar is above all a prophetic calendar that may help us understand the past and foresee the future. It is a calendar of the Ages that describes how the progression of Heavens and Underworlds condition the human consciousness and thus the frames for our thoughts and actions within a given Age. The Mayan Calendar provides an exact schedule for the Cosmic Plan and the unfolding of all things that come into existence. There is now ample empirical evidence for this, something that shines new light on the age old questions of mankind. Things do exist for a reason. The reason is that they fit into the divine cosmic plan. For those that seriously engage in a study of the Mayan Calendar this soon becomes evident and the former materialist world view loses all relevance. The Mayan Calendar is a gateway to the worlds of consciousness which the majority of humanity has been blinded to through the use of false or delusory calendars.
Since everything that exists is an aspect of consciousness, and the Mayan Calendar describes the evolution of consciousness in all of its aspects, no stone is left unturned for the serious student of the Mayan Calendar. All of science is affected, all of religion is affected, all of life is affected. We are here for a reason. Time is no longer equated with money, but with spirit. Time is inspiration!"
"My own view is that this is the last chance that human beings will have to truly align themselves with the cosmic plan. It is now or never and if you do not think that the Conscious Convergence has something to do with you you probably have not studied the Mayan calendar seriously enough. Hence, there can be no proxies for your participation in the transformation of the world as the calendar comes to an end."
Carl Johan Calleman, Stockholm Has a Ph.D. in Physical Biology from the University of Stockholm and has been a Senior Researcher at the University of Washington in Seattle and a cancer expert for the WHO.
Well…my bets are on some kind of unveiling of major/global truth (maybe eyeopening and standforcing events for humakind) and something happening in relations between the moon and earth. Whats your bet?
Once in a while, some lists pop up of the richest this and that. I just noticed a list of the richest persons in history...amazing how that could be sorted out...the publishers say; "We started off with roughly 50 people then finalized the top 25 after adjusting for inflation to convert the fortunes into 2012 dollars. For example, the annual rate of inflation change between 1913 and 2012 is 2199.6% so $100 million in 1913 would be equal to $2.299.63 billion in 2012 dollars"...
Well, some interesting facts in this are that no women are included (logical reasons), majority are Americans and some more things that appeared in my own mind while reading this, such as; who amongst these people is truly selfmade, who really deserves such "title" and that there is most probably a huge difference to how the first guy on that list, Musa and someone further down, Mr Gates, got their fortunes.
When estimating such lists, they should maybe include the amount of blood drops used to water some of these peoples money trees (and this would didact the "richness factor"), and if "richness" would be estimated by such "bloody" facts, som kind of "pain a penny"-measure...then, at least I think, that such list would be totally different.
The 25 "Richest" People of All Time
#1 Mansa Musa I – Net Worth $400 Billion
#2 The Rothschild Family – $350 Billion
#3 John D. Rockefeller – Net Worth $340 Billion
#4 Andrew Carnegie – Net Worth $310 Billion
#5 Nikolai Alexandrovich Romanov – Net Worth $300 Billion
#6 Mir Osman Ali Khan – Net Worth $230 billion
#7 William The Conqueror – Net Worth $229.5 Billion
#8 Muammar Gaddafi – Net Worth $200 Billion
#9 Henry Ford – Net Worth $199 Billion
#10 Cornelius Vanderbilt – Net Worth $185 Billion
#11 Alan Rufus – $178.65 billion
#12 Bill Gates – Net Worth $136 Billion
#13 William de Warenne – Net Worth $147.13 Billion
#14 John Jacob Astor – Net Worth $121 Billion
#15 Richard Fitzalan 10th Earl of Arundel – Net Worth $118.6 Billion
#16 John of Gaunt – Net Worth $110 Billion
#17 Stephen Girard – Net Worth $105 Billion
#18 A.T. Stewart – Net Wort $90 Billion
#19 Henry Duke of Lancaster – Net Worth $85.1 Billion
#20 Friedrich Weyerhauser – Net Worth $80 Billion
#21 Jay Gould – Net Worth $71 Billion
#22 Carlos Slim Helu – Net Worth $68 Billion
#22 Stephen Van Rensselaer – Net Worth $68 Billion
How about these (old) etiquettes...(general source: victiorancanada)
For a Lady:
A Lady should;
-Cultivate a happy temper; banish the blues; a cheerful saguine spirit begets cheer and hope. -Be trustworthy and be trustful. -Do not place a light estimate on the art of good reading and good expression; they will yield perpetual interest. -Study to keep versed in world events as well as in local occurrences, but abhor gossip, and above all scandal.
-The following is said to be a correct posture for walking: Head erect - not too rigid - chin in, shoulders back. Permit no unnecessary motion about the thighs. Do not lean over to one side in walking, standing or sitting; the practice is not only ungraceful, but it is deforming and therefore unhealthy.
-not stand with her hands behind her back. One hand may rest easily in the other.
-be frank and cordial toward their lady friends, never gushing.
For a Gentleman:
-says “please” and “thank you,” readily and often.
-does not disparage the beliefs of others – whether they relate to matters of faith, politics, or sports teams.
-always carries a handkerchief, and is ready to lend it, especially to a weeping lady, should the need arise.
-never allows a door to slam in the face of another person – male or female, young or old, absolute stranger or longtime best friend.
-does not make jokes about race, religion, gender or sexual orientation; neither does he find such jokes amusing.
-knows how to stand in line, and how to wait his turn.
-is always ready to offer a hearty handshake.
-keeps his leather shoes polished and his fingernails clean.
-admits when he is wrong.
-does not pick a fight.
-should not borrow money from a lady, not borrow money from a man without security and the intention to pay it back as quickly as possible
-should not discuss his possessions or their cost
-If you desire to be respected, keep clean. The finest attire and decorations will add nothing to the appearance or beauty of an untidy person.
-A bad breath should be carefully remedied, whether it proceeds from the stomach or bad teeth. -To pick the nose, finger about the ears, or scratch the head or any other part of the person, in company, is decidedly vulgar.
-A gentleman walking with a lady should carry her parcels, and never allow a lady to be burdened with anything what ever. -If a lady is travelling with a gentleman, simply as a friend, she should place the amount of her expenses in his hands, or insist on paying the bill herself.
-Never sit with your back to another, without asking to be excused. -It is as unbecoming for a gentleman to sit with legs crossed as it is a lady. -Never thrum with your fingers, rub your hands, yawn or sigh in public.
-Loud laughter, loud talking, or other boisterous manifestations should be checked in the society of others, especially on the street and in public places.
When I was a child, I was awarded with a very prestigious national inventions price, and OH NO it did not improve my shyness when a huge storm of TV/media etc. showed up at my school!
That experience increased two things in me - my out-of-the box thinking and some fear of the spotlight.
I had to balance party life (in my case not involving drugs, boozing etc. but just dancing dancing my nights away to good music and water) with hard studies in an odd way though, as my classes were devided into "the studying bunch" and "the partying", I was both.
Problems solving and creative thinking is my way of life, thus huge passion for many kinds of innovations worldwide..and Im not even a "nerd" type (although I like "nerds")! ;-)
Sooo..I am opening this up to share my favourite inventions and celebrate both big and small ones.
You are most welcome to share your genius! Give feedback on posted inventions or share your favourite ones, preferably with a picture :-)
The first one I’m sharing is “Travalo”. It is a lipstick sized container that makes it easy for you to make your favourite perfume more mobile by “simply removing the nozzle from your big fragrance bottle, pump Travalo up and down on the tube. Travalo fills directly from almost any fragrance bottle with a removable spray head”.
I like it as it is a very practical solution instead of having to carry around bigger perfume glass-bottles etc. and I just had to give one to all my friends, they just love it!
Please note; this is not for advertising purposes, this is just about personal likings of some genius ideas.
A friend of mine sent me a link about "son of hamas"
When I read a bit, I was again amazed, although I should not be, but I was. How this terrorist, son of one of such extreme organization, connects to Jesus when he least expects it, the moment he leaves the darkness of hate and enters the light of love and forgives and helps his enemies – the jews..and how he endangered his life and still is, but is finally protected by the truth...well this is what he claims at least...although my friend said by using critical thoughts:"if this hamas-guy could fool everyone else around himself why would he not be fooling christians just for the sake of some political agenda, if he deceived such powerful/dangerous org, how come he is still alive..so it would not be the first time someone acts in the name of Jesus but by the soul of evil"...well.."who knows" I replied...and as Wittgenstein (i think its was him) used to say "it shall unveil itself"...
Some years ago, a so called “scholar” wrote an article in Sweden, “Jesus never existed”..some other claim so many other things and even mock Him and ridicule Him. Especially in Sweden.
In Sweden many seem to actually dislike Him and embrace every other “leader” than Him nowadays. He is simply not popular in the country I was brought up in, and there are several reasons for that..
But, yet, after 2012 years, Jesus is still preforming what actually is His trademark – miracles. Healing people.
This is according to me, the forever-ongoing-miracle-process.
Now, I’m not a day-to-day church visiting person, occasionally I visit a mass or just the church if I’m travelling, as many churches are also architectural masterpieces and that’s great for a person who has interest and studies in the “more beautiful things in life”, as myself. I believe that a person carry a church within. My Christianity (the way I perceive it, and also my respect for Buddha’s wisdom) is proven by my day-to-day actions and occasional private prayers, not in any flashing appearances/performances in front of others...thus I have difficulty with any religious practioners which becomes “over the top”…so called “fundamentalists”. As “crazy” about anything/anyone is not my cup of tea…as I like balance on all levels.
It does actually not even profoundly matter if Jesus “body” actually existed or not - I say to that person who wrote the article - as the message which Jesus announced, the miracles etc. has actually been used as platform to our western societies, his words and deeds are saviors and backbones of many peoples existence even today. His message of peace, love etc. is provenly unbreakable. His words go straight to a human beings soul. If this is not to have existed and to still exist, then nothing is.
Jesus is a concept of existence Himself….beyond religions...you do not even need to be a “Christian” in the traditional sense, as if you are a truly good, loving and forgiving person, you are by default Jesus embracer. As even some who claim themselves being Christians are not even close to being Jesus followers, as they are not practicing what he preached.
It seems as if many people need to hit rock bottom to even seek Jesus words and guidance, as probably they did not acknowledge his efforts which even made it possible for them to even become successful in the first place, before they hit that bottom. So back to basics they go. Restart by thefault.
Our modern world is individualistic, and many think they are the masters, judges and rulers of their own existence…but “if Jesus wisdom, knowledge etc. didn’t change the world, where the world was on its way then, there would not even be any existence, and now we might be there again, in a turbulent world with fear more than love, with needs of being saved again”… some say. It is possibly so, I say.
We live in times where makeup (of any sort), plastic surgery and all the superficial things are being idolized in many ways..and it spreads quickly thru Cyber..but still…this man, dressed in sandals and simple robe with no Internet nor Photoshoped existence, born 2012 years ago, is the most famous and amazing of all.
I noticed that in the US, some people wear rings with “wwjs” and “wwjd”, I asked what that means, and I was told “what would Jesus say”, “what would Jesus do”…well that’s interesting. If people would have that as their daily mantra, then peace is guaranteed on earth.
The major problem might be that human beings are still struggling with the “curse” of Adam & Eve, the curse of sin, of which effects Jesus decreased, but as traces of the sin are still left within humans, they fail to entirely follow that mantra, thus, peace is still impossible…
“I thirst” - is Mother Teresa’s (according to me, she was representing Jesus teachings in correct ways), favorite words (by the way, not many can say they got the chance to touch her "blood" – but I did) - which Jesus stated on the cross, even though they laughed at Him, nailed Him to the cross and abused Him when he needed some water…and then He said the unexpected;
“Father, forgive them as they do not know what they are doing” – the major stamp of goodness.
¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨Forgive thy enemies¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨
No message is more powerful for human kind(ness).
...and the fact that Jesus is still glowing stronger than the sun, cultivating goodness/hope in the fields of evil/fear, still in 2012, is the ultimate WOW!(=wonder of wonders).
(please note that these are my mere thoughts and general observations regarding this topic in society etc - and not reflecting my own personal life. I personally believe in and strictly practice traditional fidelity)
Thinking out loud...
We live in times of great communications tech. If we would like to, we could walk.eat.sleep and take a bath with our closest friend and most personal butler, our mobile phone. This magic word.."mobile phone" is so much more than a thing. It includes everything for the modern humanbeing. It includes our family, friends, lovers, contacts, businesses and everything else. A small thing, a huge life.
Online dating..sounds innocent enough...but do we know how many percent of all women and men online are actually single? Its easy to just ask Mr Mobile to switch you into single-mode whenever wherever...and just like that..you are free like a bird to be attracted and attractive to hundreds..allover the globe..one in each port..and not even needing to be a sailor on any seas anymore!
Going on checking fields of grass every day if you want, to see if and how green that grass is on the other side of the cyberfence beyond your marriage (i have already run into such men here..unfortunately)...why should anyone stick to one partner for life, tasting one fruit instead of various? Why should anyone endure troublesolving and all sticky emotional stuff with one when there are hundreds fresh waiting to be the next as close and easy as a click?
Too many distractions and attractions for any humanbeing.
Just switching on the TV, walking out the door, taking the dog to the vet, checking the post etc. gives anyone flesh juice to the soul of attractive men and women. How can one ask a humanbeing to ignore all these constantly activated senses?
How about social media and relationships...should we forbid our partner to Facebook and Twitter etc. the opposite sex? "The opposite sex"..well bisexuality is not unusual either..so we cannot know. Internet is a huge ocean..we simply cannot keep tracks. Should we have daily reports of online and phone activities given to us by our partner?
Can we ever or should we trust enough? What are the boundaries of "infidelity"...having a dance with someone at a club..chatting to someone online or is the clear cut when exchanging physical intimacies...or having cyber/phone-sex?
Sometimes I think that we have passed the times of fidelity and loyalty of such kind, that we should just learn and accept the fact that everyone is a Mr/Mrs/Miss Right Now and never Mr/Mrs/Miss Right, that there are too many visible and attracting fish in this Neo Ocean of Life and that we should just enjoy the moments we get with our partner until it is on to Mr/Miss Next..and not be so shaken by these facts as if the moon suddenly stopped glowing.
Just here, on this site, you can be in active touch with many at the same time, chat to many at once..not even needing to stick to one or even two..why should you explore only one or few? Why should you not just skip her/him if any small doubt comes off in your mind, maybe a misunderstanding but who cares..just block n click many think! No concern for anyone elses feelings but oneself. This online kingdom of one self, where you rule, judge and conquer as you wish, wherever, however and when you wish.
Is it then much harder if not impossible to actually meet someone for keeps..for real, especially online..or? Is this all just a playground, a game of "love" with no rainbow at the end of the tunnel?
Do modern people really want to be stuck for life with only one, when there are so many options blinking every second on the screen, asking to give everyone positive attention, give everyone the feeling of "first-love", give everyone what they are lacking in their never-will-be-perfect-relationship (no relationship will ever be), when they are tired and exhausted of "the same old" with their partner?
Personally, I am a bit old fashioned maybe, and maybe have some odd error in my modern genes, as I just cannot be unfaithful..cant even stand the action by any means...but on the other hand I don’t use Facebook ;-) and never had a one night stand...so my personal standards are considered unusually strict regarding this issue.
So...is sharing the new caring and is it possible for us to re-program our inner selves away from this delicate and deeply traditional matter? Away from expecting/serving traditional/"eternal" fidelity?