What If We Are All the Same Person?

This was my first Thought & Other Absurdities blog post over 2 years ago. I still truly believe all of this, and I think it applies more every day as we see how destructive humanity’s hate for itself is and has always been. This world may have been built for no reason at all, and it may mean little to nothing at all aside from what we decide it means. We desperately need to decide that it means more than our absurd tribalism, more than finding a way to force our will on others, more than trying to lay claim to superiority and ensure that ourselves and those we feel are most like us have more seats at the table. This place is the most unimaginably beautiful fucking buffet with endless seating unless a majority of us, who can choose to make it any other way, choose to make it less than what it truly is.

If any of this is too vague, my apologies. To be clear, we need to eradicate bigotry in all of its forms.

Joseph D. Newcomer

What if we are all the same person, but we just look and act differently based on a multitude of superficial external and situational variables? What if the real point to existence is figuring out that not only are we connected, but that we are really just one being, that we all experience everything that happens to us exactly the same, that our only difference is what we experience and how that changes us, that all of our doubt, mistrust, hate, all of our longing for connection and our feelings of isolation and apathy are misplaced, and we actually could not be anymore alike or connected, that empathy for others is the closest we get to loving ourselves and the only emotion that approaches an understanding to our existence?

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Ruse Your Illusion

Bank: Why don’t you let me hold onto your money for you?
You: Um… Why would I do that?
Bank: Well, so I can charge you to do it, of course!
You: Wait, what? What are you going to do with my money?
Bank: I’m going to invest it and make lots of money with it, and I will keep that for myself.
You: Well, then why would you charge me?
Bank: Because, fuck you, of course!

Joseph D. Newcomer

Man created money, government, and religion. These come from our minds, our imaginations inspired by what may or may not be divine influence and our self-decided needs. They were meant to invoke and satisfy our desire and need for fairness, kindness, and motivation, to prevent the overwhelming sadness that the knowledge of the brevity and possible finality of this existence and the apathy that understanding would cause, all which benefit the preservation of society.

Now, they are only used to dictate an individual’s value. Our worth is decided by people we put in charge of things we made up, things that have only subjective, perceived value, things that have no intrinsic utility, imaginary things used to determine the worth of real people with invaluable life. How very little we are willing to accept in trade for that life.

Here is our vast depth of thought, a majority of our finite…

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The Purposeful Double Negative of Can’t Get No Satisfaction

Like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone.

Joseph D. Newcomer

Our culture has monetized basic human needs. We have been forced to define happiness for ourselves in such a way that it is now not only unachievable, it is unimaginable as well. Even when confronted with the appearance of happiness in others, our only reaction is suspicion. For most, our greatest common bonds are begrudging those who we feel may be happier than ourselves and choosing to be completely oblivious to whatever happiness we should have for the things we’ve achieved; the happiness we already own. I can’t imagine it was ever intended to be a relative term.

The way we are now; surrounded by what we’ve created, I think Mick got it right. Regardless of how satisfied we should feel, we’ll never get no satisfaction. Our whites could always be whiter. Our cigarettes, manlier. You see, we’re on a losing streak.

Mick Jagger - Rolling Stones "Can't Get No Satisfaction"

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False Profiteers

Now.

Now, more than ever.

Now, when people are destroying what they believe they are protecting, as so often is the case.

Now, when people feel righteous in their destruction.

Now, when people trust the false as though it is divine.

We are all being used.

Joseph D. Newcomer

Freedom is fragile. It can be destroyed with simple words. This is why those who charge themselves with protecting it choose their words carefully. It is also why those who vie to replace freedom with their own self-serving will seem to lack nuance, but it is a certainty that their words are chosen just as carefully. They will be novel in their boldness, and commonality. They will offer the only salvation from the shame of our weakest depravities in return for devotion and loyalty beyond rationality, they will profit beyond imagination, and they will wield their power without the respect they demand with it.

Those who are desperate to justify their tortured egos and flawed reasoning will bow at the feet of a savior whose words tell them just how right they’ve always been. They will revel in the strength of unity through shared sickness. Even the virtuous, in opposition…

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The Great American Drive-Thru

“That will be $600.00. Please drive around.”

Joseph D. Newcomer

“Welcome to America. Can I take your order?”

“Um, yeah, I’ll take the truth and a side of compassion.”

“Sorry, we’re all out of those, but we do have a ton of bullshit opinions and conjecture. Don’t worry though, it’s like the same thing at this point, anyway.”

“Can I add bacon to that?”

“Sorry, no substitutions.”

“But what about freedom?”

“You have the freedom to choose if you want to eat or not.”

“Uh, okay, I guess. Do you guys have Coke or Pepsi?”

“We only carry Flint, MI tap water. Would you like that Super-sized?”

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