I stopped using Shampoo and Soap

and I don’t look or smell like a homeless person.  Since I started eating more natural, I’ve seemed to embrace other natural aspects of life.  Not using soap when I shower was one of the first ones.  I didn’t see the point anymore.  I probably wouldn’t have seen the point before if I stopped to think about it.  It’s just one of those things people are brought up to do like flushing after a #2.  I still do that though.

Soap is to loosen the dirt off of you so it can be flushed away easier by the water.  That’s the main purpose.  The other purpose is for the scent and so that people don’t think you’re a dirty bum.  For hand washing I can see the purpose.  We touch a lot of crap.  But for the rest of your body I’m pretty sure warm water is sufficient unless you go rolling around naked in a pile of cow dung and smear it all over yourself like a moisturizer.   Using soap doesn’t really do anything for B.O. cause that’s due to your body producing the stinky bacteria.

I don’t think soap is very good for your skin anyway.  It dries it out and who knows what else.  Have you seen all the ingredients in soap?  Not pronounceable.  It like a bunch of drugs molded into a bar.  Here is the ingredient list for a Dove soap bar.  Shampoo ingredients are just as long and mysterious.

Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Tallowate, Sodium Palmitate, Lauric Acid, Sodium Isethionate, Water, Sodium Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Maltol, Titanium Dioxide

As for shampoo it took me a while to drop it cause I hate it when my hair gets all oily but after I stopped using it for a while my scalp and hair got less oily.  I guess it’s cause your body produces less oil when you stop drying it out so much with all these products.  Our bodies produce oil for a reason and I don’t think it’s to wash it away religiously.  My hair nowadays looks better conditioned than before when shampooing made it all dry and limp. Who needs conditioner when you got natural oils.

Other benefits of not using soap and shampoo is that it saves money!  No more soap scum in the bathtub!  No crap going down the drain and no plastic bottles equals better for the environment!  There’s probably others that I can’t think of right now but those are pretty good especially the soap scum.  The worse kind of scum!

 

 

My College Dropout story

So what are you going to do after high school?  Ummm, ummm, ahhhh, I’m going to post secondary.  I don’t know?  Seemed like the right thing to say.  What were my other choices?  I’m going to look for a minimum wage job?  Nothing? Even “I don’t know” didn’t seem allowed.

Well, I did nothing first and then got a minimum wage job.  Best of both worlds?  I only said I was going to post secondary so I didn’t have to deal with people and their horrified responses.  “You’re going to be a loser.”  Wow, I guess everyone gets a crystal ball for a graduation present.

A couple months after leaving high school I bumped into an old classmate and our interaction went a little like this,

Her: Are you going to school?
Me: No
Her: Oh my god, what are you going to do then?
Me: Ummm, ummmm, I don’t know.

Crap, she made it seem like I should just kill myself and do the world a favour.  How dare I not go to school!  See, when people say those kinds of things it’s just to make themselves feel better about their own insecurity.  She ended up being a waitress a few years later.

I guess I bought into the whole loser talk though and enrolled in college taking any course they would let me.  This happened to be Psychology and Business Law.  I just wanted to be able to say I was going to school.  It’s not how it is, it’s how it looks and it looked like I was going to school and on my way to a better life.

After about 3 weeks I started sleeping in and missing class.  Class didn’t start until 4pm.  Hahahaha.  I find that amusing.  I couldn’t make it for a 4pm class.  Shows you how motivated I was.  So I dropped out!  I felt awesome.  Liberated.  I promised myself I wasn’t going to go to school unless I really wanted to do it.

For the next few years I just worked my crap job until I had an awakening one night and realized I was 23 and I was still working my crappy job with no promise of success.  I freaked out.  I decided I had to get an education!

I wanted to do something that would earn me good money and respect.  Ya, respect!  I wanted to be a somebody.  I wanted to be a contender!  What could I study that would almost guarantee me a good paying job?  Think, think.  Accounting!  I’m going to be an accountant.  I already had friends doing it and they made it so why not?  So I enrolled in one accounting class and a couple electives.  By the end of the course I realized I was being foolish again.  What was I thinking?  I’m so not the accounting type.  I let my fears and insecurity get the best of me again.  Damn you society, damn you and damn me also.

However, I didn’t dropout again, I just chose something else.  I knew I had to choose something a bit cooler and not so stiff like.  Hey, I like writing, how about a career in Journalism?  Ya, that sounds like a possibility.  So, I took an English class and by the end of it I realized I did not like academic writing as you may have noticed from my writing technique here on my blog.  It’s kind of boring with all its rules and stuff.  That was it.  I decided again no more school.

Another few years went by and I worked a better paying, boring, dead end job that I quit and spent a year after that just chilling.  I went on an extended vacation to Australia and while I was there realized I was going to come back with no money, no job and an uncertain future.  Hmmm, I guess I went full circle back to high school.  This bothered me.  Again, I figured getting an education was the best way for me to make more money and to be a respected person of society and most of all be happy.  Otherwise I would be a loser.  One who is looked down upon by the majority of his peers and associates and is undesirable to the opposite sex therefore will spend his life in shame, unhappiness and loneliness eating peanut butter and jam sandwiches 3 times a day.  I believed this.  It screwed with my mind.  Except secretly I was hoping I could eat pb and j 3 times a week.

So round 3.  I’m going to be a web developer!  Ya!  A compromise between money and creativity.  Sorta.  It’s still pretty nerdy.  All that programming and stuff.  I actually lasted 4 courses in this one.  Mostly because 3 of those courses were kind of fun.  Less programming.  Round 3 comes to another brutal ending with a knockout.  I go 0-3.  The worlds greatest multiple dropout.  The crowd goes wild.

Where am I now about a decade later?  Working an average job like an average schmuck but for once in my life no longer miserable and insecure about myself and the future.  The lesson I learned here was that it was all an illusion.  I created all the misery and anxiety.  Although, I had a lot of help from media, institutions and people, I gave the illusion power.  After witnessing a whole bunch of my friends going through the paces of what I thought was “the way” and being successful at it, I saw how they were not any happier than they were when they first started this journey.  Actually, many of them are less happy.  Actually, probably all of them are.   The only thing they’re happy about is the feeling of fitting in and that they’re doing the right thing.  They would kill me if they read this.  Or would they thank me? No, they would kill me.

The happiness they thought they would get from the money and accomplishments wasn’t what they thought it would be.  Or it didn’t last.  Or there’s a lot of maintenance.  It’s a life of achieving but never enjoying.  It’s amazing how we believe so deeply that we will be happy with a life we never experienced in a time so far from the present.  Trying to attain happiness externally will never work.  It starts and ends with the mind.   I am going to eat my papaya now.  Have a lovely evening.

Red Meat, White Meat, Fish Meat or No Meat?

As a person who eats meat with every meal, I actually don’t believe humans should be eating that much meat.  My theory is if you naturally suck at hunting then meat is probably not meant for you that often and we suck at hunting.

If you look at what God gave us it’s not a very impressive arsenal of weapons and I’m sure God gave us what we needed to feed ourselves adequately.  Compared to predatory carnivores we don’t have very sharp teeth, our “claws” aren’t very strong, we’re not very strong, we’re slow as hell, all of our senses are super inferior and I’m sure there’s a few other things I’m missing.

Many meat enthusiasts would probably reject my claim and argue that we have big brains to compensate for all of our physical shortcomings but the thing about that is many of us would probably starve to death before we could invent weapons and learn how to hunt really well.   I can tell you what humans are pretty good at though.  We’re good at picking fruit and vegetables.

After years of brainstorming and speaking with other professionals about this topic, I will have to go with white meat if any.  See, you can’t eat what you can’t kill and I don’t think I can kill a cow very effectively let alone 3 times a day.  Fish?  Humans don’t belong in the water.  We’re naturally shit scared of water. I only got over my fear of water after years of watching Baywatch.  Oh how I hoped for Pamela Anderson to start running in every episode then I would kiss the screen.

But chicken.  I think I can kill a chicken.  It doesn’t run very fast.  9 miles per hour for a healthy chicken.  They don’t fly very well either.  Maybe I’m just underestimating the chicken and overestimating my ability but apparently little kids in non-developed countries are responsible for many chicken deaths.

Also, other primates don’t eat very much meat if any and if they do it’s usually some kind of bird.  Plus, given the choice to go on an excruciating hunt with no promises or to walk over to a tree for food, what would you do?  So my conclusion is we should mainly thrive on a plant based diet with meat not as often as we do.  With eggs possibly being part of our regular diet since we’re better at stealing than hunting.

 

 

My time with the Jehovah Witnesses

Shhhh, be quiet, it’s Jehovah Witnesses.  Probably something most of us did on a weekend morning when we heard a knock on the door.  They’re almost like UPS drivers.  If you don’t answer the door they’ll leave a note telling you they were there except their note is a Watchtower.

Some time around 2008 though, I decided to let them in my life.  For most of my adult life I always wanted to learn more about the bible and since they were doing pro bono and I was unemployed, might as well.  So every other weekend (I wasn’t that committed) they would stop by and sit on my front steps and we would read something out of their Jehovah Witness guide book and use their version of the bible, New World Translation, as a reference.

Every salesperson has their sales lines and Jehovah Witnesses have theirs and it’s, “Can you imagine living in a world where everything is perfect and you’re always happy?  Wouldn’t you want to live in a place like that?”  That’s when you’re suppose to say, “yes” and then they tell you, “if you worship Jehovah, it will happen.” If you want to make it interesting answer, “no.”

Also just like a person in the sales industry they have a strategy.  The game plan to get you in and close the deal.  Their plan is to slowly integrate Jehovah Witnesses and Jehovah Witness gatherings to be part of your life as much as possible.  They will gather for sure every Sunday at a Kingdom Hall (church) and meet 1 or 2 other days of the week for studying.  They have outings on a regular basis and hang out together on spare time.  I would get invited all the time no matter how often I turned them down.  The idea is to basically bombard you with all this Jehovah Witness ammo so that one day you will see their same light.

This is the way I see it, if you’re around a certain environment enough you just might start believing in it.  Kidnapping and murder is the way in some cultures and if you grow up in that environment you might believe in it too.   Doesn’t make it right though.

What happens when your regular Jehovah Witness can’t make it on the weekend?  They’ll give your phone number to another one without asking and you’ll get a call.  It probably sounds like I’m speaking negatively towards them and my whole experience but I don’t really feel that way.  At least they mostly practice what they preach and they seem to be much more devoted to their religion than most people who say they are religious.

Everytime they say something is true cause it says so in their bible I just feel like telling them that’s not a good case cause that’s the Jehovah Witnesses bible.  Hell, I can say the big bad wolf blows houses down cause it says so in this book but doesn’t really mean it happened.

My take on religion is that there can only be 1 absolute correct religion and it probably doesn’t exist in our current world.  There might be a religion that is more correct than all the others but that’s probably it.  For now, I will believe in bacon.  I just had some.  No guilt. It was good.  It’s only unhealthy if you believe it is or until it kills you.  Ignorance is bliss.

Quick Facts on Jehovah Witnesses

-Do not believe in Heaven or Hell
-Believe Jehovah’s followers will be resurrected to the paradise earth and everyone else will just stay dead
-They usually go door to door in pairs.  One more knowledgeable and experienced than the other
-Do not celebrate holidays or special occasions
-God’s name is Jehovah
-Their church is called a kingdom hall
-The Watchtower is the most circulated magazine in the world, with an average print run of over 42,000,000 copies per month
-When they get a new prospect they tell everyone and there will always be updates about you
-Mostly though, it’s pretty similar to other Christian religions.  Even their bible for the most part

Unexciting but oh well.

It’s 10:30 on a Friday night and I’ve already brushed my teeth and flossed.  I figured I would write a post since I didn’t do anything else tonight.   Woohoo!  Hold on to your pants.  I realize this lifestyle seems kind of boring, lame or pathetic but for now, this is the way it is.

If I was out searching for something with the way my mind was before I would just be continuing a cycle of misery.  It’s like being on drugs and trying to better your life while still on drugs.  It won’t work.  You have to detox and clear your mind.  This is what I’m doing right now.  Clearing my mind from all of life’s misconceptions and all the other negative thoughts and feelings.

I even turned down a free ticket for a show tomorrow night with a world class DJ.  In the not so distant past I would have jumped on it and would have stayed out all night probably high on something.  I know I should get out more somehow, someway but I’m not going to jump on the most convenient and  easiest options anymore.

It’s not so bad being boring when your mind is well.  I think you only get the feeling of boredom when you feel you should be doing something else.  Well, goodnight everyone.

Mike Tyson’s Thought on Happiness

“I had all these things in life but none of them fulfilled that big hole I had in my life.. so if I could have all that and it hasn’t fulfilled that hole that I have, it’s not going to do it…so it has to be something else that I’m looking for.”
That was a line from the documentary “Tyson.”  Basically he’s saying that all the fame and fortune never made him happy so there’s obviously a different formula he has to try.  As a society we go through life trying our hardest to attain what he had, thinking it will bring us happiness but it’s just an illusion.  When has attaining any of the goals that were started for the sole purpose of bringing you happiness effective?  When I say happiness I mean lasting and constant happiness.  All the money, people and accomplishments can enrich your life but never bring you the happiness you’re searching for.
If you haven’t watched it yet I highly recommend it.  I wasn’t a fan of Mike Tyson until after I watched this.  It’s very honest and touching.  You can watch the full documentary on YouTube, engage in internet piracy and download a file or ummm… I think there’s another way ummmm..ya those are the only 2 ways I can think of.  Oh wait,  you can rent or buy.  I will buy a copy when I get a Blu-Ray player.
From IMBD –
To gage what effect “Tyson” would have on audiences, James Toback asked the opinions of the film’s opposite demographic: older white women who were disinterested in boxing. He asked that they come to his editing suite and watch the film. If they left after 5 minutes, Toback would give them $100 USD. If they stayed after 5 minutes, they would have to stay for the whole picture – and give Toback extensive feedback on the film. According to Toback, not one woman left after 5 minutes, and many were in tears by the film’s finale.

Why do people want kids?

People should know by now, kids are like puppies.  Once they get older you won’t want them anymore.

Never really thought about it back in my conformist days but I guess when you get older the thought comes into play more.  I don’t have kids but I’m at that age where some of my friends do and a bunch more want to.  In the past, I just thought it was just one of those things you do.  A natural want in life.

Now that I’m more wise and cynical, I think this whole having kids thing is mostly just another BS way of trying to be like everyone else and to prolong the suspicion that your life is a waste.  Having kids is a selfish act between 2 people.  Who is really benefiting by 2 people having kids?  Not the kid that’s for sure.  They’re going to have to suffer with all the BS trials and tribulations of life that you did.  They’ll just be future slaves contributing to the destruction of this earth.  Do you really think they’re gong to make this world a better place when everyone we’ve ever known just consumes and defecates on this planet.

People have kids cause they think it’s going to make them happy, fulfilled, accepted.  It’s another step to the perfect life.  They feel like they’re a somebody.  They have an identity to stand behind.  Yep, that all sounds selfish to me.  One would argue and say it’s what humans are suppose to do just like any other species.  The difference is though, other species don’t really plan and chase the idea of having offspring.  It just happens cause they’re biological instincts make them horny and they don’t know any better.

Having kids now isn’t even the same as it was thousands of years ago.  Back then you would just have kids and you would feed them, hold them and make sure they don’t get their eyes pecked out by chickens.  Now, you have to work harder at the job you like or don’t like but probably don’t like, send them off to school and have them get bullied, put up with their BS about wanting to be like their friends, nagging you for a car or more money, have no time to yourself and the list goes on.

Once in a while though, they’ll do something really great for you so you can trick yourself and say it was all worth it.