Things I Didn’t Know

This article, this opinion piece, this truth, needs to be reblogged a million, million times until every person on this world gets the message. Please take a few minutes to read this article and also read the comments, if you like “deep” and “serious.” We all need to have this information foremost in our mind when we go on about racism, wherever and whenever we encounter this second greatest evil among Earthians, the greatest evil being misogyny, a twin evil.

Note To My White Self

Nine years ago, I began to slowly awaken to my racial prejudices and white privilege.  It was a rude awakening.  During the past three years, I’ve blogged about that journey from racial ignorance.  Recently, someone asked me what have been the biggest surprises along the way.  What do I know now that I didn’t know before?  What follows is a short list of some of my bigger epiphanies and the posts where I shared these revelations.

I didn’t know that for a short period after the Civil War black people made significant progress in political and economic terms.  I didn’t know we had black US Senators and Representatives, that many southern states had black legislatures, that black literacy rates skyrocketed and blacks make significant economic gains.  I didn’t know about the reign of terror necessary for whites to end this moment of possibility, murdering thousands of black men, women and…

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31 thoughts on “Things I Didn’t Know

  1. Hyperion

    I attempted a brilliant comment and WordPress dropped me like a hot tater. That was enough to scare the willies out of me.

    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Think of it this way: Big Brother thought you needed those willies shaken up. Have a beer, a glass of wine, scotch on the rocks or something… and enjoy the feeling!

      1. Hyperion

        Good advice Sha’Tara. I think I’ll do just that. My pantaloons get way too twisted up over massive problems I can’t solve. We fixer uppers are like that.

      2. Hyperion

        Excellent Sha’Tara! I use Occam’s Razor all the time at work when I’m in my researcher’s mode. The more we have to assume or outright make up, the less we like the analysis. However, I discovered a more predictable method of determining the correct course of action. My philosophy is failure is always an option. In fact, it is the best option because it is easier to implement. With that, I propose one never underestimate the power of a stupid idea. So in performing an analysis of alternatives constrained by time and money, the most likely option to fail is the correct option to choose. This allows you to double your time and expenditures to correct everything you screwed up the first time. Works like a charm and seems to be the default human modus operandi we are most comfortable with.

      3. Sha'Tara Post author

        Hyperion’s Razor to be used in conjunction with Occam’s Razor. The first locates the stubble and goes… duh? The second says ‘No blades in these razors.’ The janitor says, ‘Have another coffee, I’ll get the razor blades.’ A whole new cooperative venture is born. Look it up in the history records 300 years from now: Occam’s Hyper Janitor’s Razor, how to solve the most complex problems. Your grade one child can do it now.

      4. Hyperion

        LOL! I think we should push Occam’s Hyper Janitor’s Razor (OHJR) to socialize the idea in advance of the next generation so their lives will be less challenging and easier to cope with failure as a successful strategy.

      5. Sha'Tara Post author

        Good point since we’ve already established beyond a shadow of doubt that failure is the number one choice of current politics, endless wars, economics and interaction with the environment. We just need to make it official and give it a rousing sounding name along with a glowing hymn to Failure… All along we were brainwashed to believe that success was always the goal when in fact failure was what civilized man was after. We’re almost there but I repeat, we need to make it official, and put some pride in our universal attempt to create the ultimate failure. We need to work at it; we need to fight (and kill) for it. We need to become successful failures one and all!!!

      6. Hyperion

        By golly gosh and George gee whiz! This is it. This is the answer. We could possibly eliminate disappointment from the planet by embracing failure as the Golden Path to salvation, although I think we should leave the definition of salvation broad and murky enough that anyone can insert their own definition and claim they are saved by their lifelong history of abject failure. I’m always amazed at how you cut to the objective in clear and concise terms while I mull over countless and pointless nebulous dead end thoughts. It could be my failure to grasp the crystal clear answer is my own failure enlightenment. I’m suddenly feeling much better about myself.

      7. Sha'Tara Post author

        Enlightenment through Failure… that has a nice ring to it. (I think that part posted itself already, so continuing) I believe it is high time that I get serious with myself, to acknowledge that I am a Successful Failure even if the rest of the world disagrees. I need to learn to meditate so I can plunge down into total Failure and not even feel the need to be proud of my accomplishment. Then as these things go, I should seriously think about writing a series of New Agey type positive thoughts books on “The Power of Failure.” Though it seems a natural thing for people to be failures, true Failure requires much mental effort. For one thing, it requires that the adept no longer even thinks about achieving any kind of success in anything. The only goal is Total Failure (at everything, of course, goes without saying even if I say so). Imagine the freedom in that. No more learning, or studying. The only acceptable mark in any course is a Zero or a Fail (preferably done with a red stamp). Finally the one goal the entire species can put its mind to achieve and can achieve. We’re so close now! I feel a blog posts coming on.

      8. Hyperion

        Beautifully rendered Sha’Tara. I honestly believe you have seized onto this idea of enlightening failure with a true strategic vision of how we might use entropy and failure in a philosophy of diminishing returns even as efforts to fail increase. It was for this reason, I invented the quality management system called Willy Nilly To and Fro. It worked so well, I expanded it beyond quality management to leadership principles for the 21st Century amd beyond. We can all fail. Even though achievements on grand scales have occurred, we can always look closer for the wrakness inherrent in the achievement and this tie it to impending doom. At the point of realizing doom, we can ignore it and therefore increase our failure to epic proportions. It is the Golden Path, the way of it as “it” was intended by our creators. I really think you are on to something. We could take Christianity as an example. We have a vengeful God who places impossible tasks on his creations and punishes them for not achieving the rediculous inhuman tasks. He sets his believers up for failure and sends them to hell for failing. Next, we have the Christ who preaches the softer side of being human and for that, God has him brutally murdered and says he did his creations a big favor. What kind of real message do we have here? Certainly not the message the religion chose to bring forward. Finally, we have come to know the way of our true salvation. Fail.

      9. Sha'Tara Post author

        Quote: ” Finally, we have come to know the way of our true salvation. Fail.” All along, there it was, staring us in the face and we were going through the motion without realizing what we were doing. Bring on the Darwin Awards!!!

      10. Hyperion

        Ha ha ha haaaa! Getting a Darwin will now surpass the Nobel Prize in trophy priority. I feel truly enlightened or it could be the refried beans and sausage. It’s hard to tell the difference sometimes.

      11. Sha'Tara Post author

        Yes, we need to take our species amazingly successful failures seriously and push ourselves to the very bottom of the pile of failures. Fame and fortune can’t be far behind…

      12. Hyperion

        Spectacular failure always draws the largest crowds and leaves an indelable mark on the psyche of the witnesses, which offers a grand excuse to support big pharma’s opoid market to help the masses cope with their readjustment strategy.

      13. Sha'Tara Post author

        We’ve talked about “Brave New World” long enough, now let’s plunge right in and enjoy the mindlessness, pointlessness of ultimate failure into man’s final entropy. There. That’s what the vast majority of Earthians want after all. If they did not, crass commercialism could not exist. Who are we who would teach people to be compassionate, caring, loving? Why do we believe we have the right to deny people their freedom to con, rob, murder, kill, massacre, rape and pillage each other? It’s what they want more than anything else. They sacrifice life and limb, fortune, children, parents and grand parents to the Ponzi scheme; to the assembly line circus so they can destroy themselves and their world in abysmal failure. They’ve paid the price; they owe it to themselves to fail idealistically! Here’s a handful of IOU’s kid: go get in line!

      14. Hyperion

        I am reminded of those times where I held a torn body and watched life drain away. Many are not able to speak or move in that final few seconds. But in every case in my experience, no matter the person’s role in this moment, there was the questioning of why. How did I come to this. It’s not a hard question to answer. Why do insects burn themselves to death in a fire or light? We are drawn to that end by an internal drive that doesn’t consider consequences or imagines a much lower risk than reality applies. The flesh seeks and the personality buried in the mind follows as a willful accomplice until it is destroyed or comes to a natural end. We used to possess conscience that helped us navigate better paths to our death, but that essential part of us is all but gone. Conscience strong enough to rule a noble life is now like an appendix. We take it out if it gets unruly otherwise it remains silent and useless. However, there are those that do connect with that inner voice and the third eye. They, we are abominations the others overtly express their desire to kill. Save the children of our kind and teach them. The others are only backdrops to a play we struggle to understand. Let them perish by any means. It is their role in life to strengthen our convictions by demonstrating the result if we fail. Ah, crap! We’re back to fail again. My bad…

      15. Sha'Tara Post author

        Thank you for those deep thoughts – and serious food for thought. “Why?” has been the foremost question in my mind since as far back as I can remember. I have managed to satisfactorily answer many of my “Why?” questions; many remain unanswered and on a waiting list.
        I think that those who are born to be the new people will know who they are but will not, or very seldom, share that with any others. The watchword from the Teachers to me was, “Trust no one. Trust no Earthian information. Analyze, weigh, question every statement, every claim. Always weigh in favour of your own conclusions, no matter how far off the beaten track they came from, or are leading you. Earthian history is a chimera; an ever-changing slough of disinformation to fit in with the programming; to create fear, misunderstanding, chaos and confusion against all common sense. Study it intently so you can know it but discount all of its conclusions and you will see those ever-changing. Shifting dunes and quicksand: that is the history of man and what it is worth for those who stand ever on the edge of infinity and eternity. Personally I choose to stand there: I like the feel of that wind on my face as well as the feel of that particular soil under my bare feet. There is no lie when you stand alone and naked under the eternal sky. That is where an individual ISSA being finds her/his eternal purpose.

      16. Hyperion

        I could not agree more Sha’Tara without risking a broken neck from too vigorous a nod to the afirmative. I’m reminded of how in battle one uses disinformation and subterfuge to confuse the enemy. In the general Earthian population everyone is either the disinformer or the confused and the roles can switch without notice. We have to be our own best advocate and accept no input from lesser beings. Having said that, I had the advantage of suppressed egoist leanings and so in many countries of diverse cultures, I found surprisingly wise and well adjusted people wrapped in an unsuspected human body. I found real worth in the lowest social orders. So when I came upon such a person, I found them eager to share their wisdom and I was eager to hear it. Filtering out the loud dung is a laborious task but worth the effort, I think. Let us drive on to infinity and beyond as my idol, Buzz Lightyear, likes to say.

  2. Phil Huston

    I enjoy a good guilt provoking look at generalized and regionalized behaviors and still say we should take people as we meet them, one at a time, based on nothing but their human-ness. And while racism is pervasive around the globe, the real human crime is that over half of the world’s population, women, are still second class citizens. I’d feel a lot better about spending time addressing racism/ageism/theo-ism and all the other cultural xenophobia based isms if we started from a point of gender equality in a world where male or female didn’t matter, where prejudice and slavery were not at the core of our existence spilling out into every other aspect of our relationships with humankind, indeed all life.
    “We are healthy only to the extent that our ideas are humane.” – Kurt Vonnegut

    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Thanks for your thoughts, Phil. I like the Kurt Vonnegut quote, true that. We needs must address the “Why?” question when we feel “different” meeting someone who is “different” as if such surface perceptions were what mattered. Why? Why misogyny? Why racism? If we must notice the difference, why not with genuine love instead of the opposite of fear and hatred? We know our current fascination with bullying not longer (if it ever!) has anything to do with competition and survival. We know it is now just pure lust, so why do we continue to entertain atavistic feelings that serve no purpose or rather serve to turn us against each other? Why, is the question we have to face and answer before we can move on.

  3. colettebytes

    Sigh. Common sense says that all life is connected, so it is really idiotic to divide it. We are such a dumb species. We have a brain that can do amazing things, but we squander our intelligence on perfecting the stick to beat something with. The mysoginist, racist, relig-ist, political-ist, war-ist ( those last one’s aren’t real words, but they should be) ferver should be eliminated from our mind completely… We might actually accomplish something if we do. What a waste of time we are!

    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Thanks Colette. Quote: “The mysoginist, racist, relig-ist, political-ist, war-ist ( those last one’s aren’t real words, but they should be) fervor should be eliminated from our mind completely…”
      Yes, of course they SHOULD. The problem is how to activate this “SHOULD” isn’t it. That is why I keep harping about the soul programming that haunts and kills man unawares. Man, generically, and overall, cannot change his mind about self-destructive behavior because his programming makes him enjoy his addictions. Make no mistake, these evils you mention are addictions and when the programming activates them the numbty addict has little choice to go along. These are mind drugs, hence why you cannot reason with such people – there is no reason there and any lie, any subterfuge, any excuse, is legitimate – as we read from the Twat’s Tweets. The trick is to break the programming. I’ve done it; Gandhi did it and some others. The programming works best with the big lusts: sexual, greed, hubris, narcissism, exceptionalism, fear, anger and violence. When the programming is broken, the individual becomes empowered to see how mindless and pointless these things are an begins to long and difficult path out of the group think. Then she/he stands alone and for many, since the species is by and large gregarious, that is the most difficult part of all. Many fall back into some social group looking for like minds and eventually they are back into the addictions. One must, of necessity, remain alone, if not physically, at least mentally. One must think one’s own thoughts and reject all those of others if they do not dovetail with what is being discovered and experienced. This breaking free is truly the power of one.

      1. colettebytes

        The ‘should’ perhaps would be better replaced with ‘will.’ To do something, one has to be positive with the the ‘thought,’ to make the fulfillment of it, happen.

      2. Sha'Tara Post author

        Okay Colette, I’ll give that a try. My “will” (no should even comes near this) is to wake up in the morning with a 20 year old female body… I’d be OK with anything between 18 and 30. If that works, look out world!!!

  4. colettebytes

    I am in the process of breaking free (I think). I no longer see the point of religion, politics and wars, materialism, or sexism… Actually, that latter one, was the first to go. I never saw the inequalities between sexes. I was truly shocked when I read that in the 1960’s a husband could have his wife committed to a mental institution without her consent. I could not understand that prior to this time, women were mere chattels (possessions).
    I have never ever seen myself as less competent than a man.
    I have worked in both traditionally male oriented positions, and female ones. I do not see any difference in the knowledge required, or the responsibility.

    I do have a way to go yet. While materialism doesn’t interest me, I am dependent financially and wish I weren’t. Why? Because it takes away my full autonomy. It is the cord that I still need to break.

    I do operate (in mindset at least) alone. I do not need approval from anyone and don’t feel the need to ‘fit in.’ I never did. I have faith in myself, and shine for myself. Interestingly though, I find that attracts others to me. It has always been that way.

  5. Sha'Tara Post author

    I have observed that the positive self empowered person is attractive to others. We demonstrate something they want without realizing that it is within themselves as well, and perfectly tailored for their own mind already. But one has to work at it and when others find out they are not going to be given any free “energy” they lose interest.


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