It’s Not My Job To Educate You

26/05/2014

Just a short entry to say wow! What an exciting 24 hours it’s been on the old blog front! Yesterday I wrote my views on the feminist movement and the world it is creating and as a result it turns out I’m a misogynist that is hell bent on stopping equality in the world. Here’s the definition of misogyny that I took from my interactions yesterday: “I’m a woman and this man disagrees with my opinion therefore he must hate all women the world over”. In my blog post yesterday I wrote nothing that was derogatory or offensive but apparently I did try and undermine feminism by making everything about men. I received a lot of negative feedback discussing points that were all covered in my original post. It seems that because I’m a man I don’t understand the struggle for equality. On this front I asked a simple question to a few women yesterday who interacted with me, “In what ways is a woman inferior to man in 21st Century Britain?” It seems this question was a bit of a stumbling block for all the warriors out there because not one person gave me an answer. Well they did answer but it went along the lines of “it’s not my job to educate you” and “I don’t have to explain myself to a man”.

I found this equality issue to be an interesting one, I was told that I need to “stop telling women what they should and shouldn’t be and let them be.” One woman said the views I expressed were petty so I asked her why is it my views are petty whilst hers were seemingly of world importance. To this she said I needed to stop crying and whining. Then when I pointed out her logic was slightly flawed she said she wished she could count the ways she did not care. I found this contradictory thought process to be very bizarre.

I go running almost daily down a canal near my house and on the canal there are two swans with a nest. One is male and the other is female and at the moment every time I run past the female swan is in the nest watching over her eggs. Now is she a victim of repression or is she simply fulfilling her role in nature? Should she be out on the canal constantly chasing off the geese like the male to prove she is capable? Am I being sexist for asking this?

I found this article to be very insightful of the end goal of “feminism”. The breakdown of the family unit is the root cause of almost all of the Western world’s social problems. We live in a world where an incredible amount of people, male and female, live very hollow and empty lives but compensate this with materialist goods that unfortunately don’t fill the void. People can fool other people about how happy and brilliant their lives are but there is no kidding yourself when your head hits the pillow at night. I found it very sad that most women seemed to put their blinkers on as soon as they saw the word feminism and automatically went on the offensive, to most of them I wasn’t a human being expressing views, I was a man. An evil man trying to spread his evil ways on the world. All in all I think it is a very sad state of affairs.

This article is authored by Lee Cooper

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You Create Your Own Luck

11/05/2014

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude”- Thomas Jefferson

The above words are so, so true and if only people realised. There is an old saying that if your mind can conceive something and your heart believes it then you can achieve whatever you want in life. This is true too, as long as you are willing to roll with the punches and grind it out when things get hard there is nothing you can’t do in life. The problems most people face stem from their basic attitude and outlook on life, last week I wrote an entry where I expressed my views on this matter:

“Everybody has the opportunity to make the right choice, whether they do or don’t is up to that person. Granted it is harder for some but it is never impossible. If I have over simplified the issue then in my eyes that is a good thing because when you break life down to its core elements it is actually very simple, it us ourselves that make life complicated. It is just as easy for somebody to get themselves to the library and better themselves than it is for them to shoot up and go down the path of oblivion. It is down to each individual to be a product of their environment or be all they can be, it is very rare that a person comes from complete destitution and a place of absolutely no hope, people always have options regardless of circumstances. If there is one thing the people of this country are addicted to then it is the victim mentality and the people who don’t like hearing this the most are the people who like to portray themselves as victims. If people want to argue against people being responsible for their actions then who do we blame? God? The Government? The weather? The alignment of the planets? Sure the Government creates social conditions that can be very hard to overcome, especially if you are born at the bottom of the pile like I was. But you don’t sit back and wallow in your misery or self destruct at the first available opportunity, you fight twice as hard as everybody else to get to where you want to be in life.”

I got so many people coming back at me with such negative comments over that article, they wanted to blame everything on circumstances or other people. It saddens me when I think of how many people have the wrong attitude on life and create their own obstacles and problems. I have experienced many instances in life where I have created my own luck, the latest one being this week when I got myself a job. Before I explain what happened though I want to share another quote:

“If we pay attention, we can find a greater life, no matter where we are, no matter who we are, no matter what our circumstances are. If you tune into the mysterious coincidences in your life, if you discover and then follow your intuitions, you will find that there’s a door of opportunity for a greater life for you. You can’t be a victim and do it, but if you go beyond that, if you find a way out of whatever circumstance you’re in, whatever block you think you might face, what happens is that it works. It always works. The only thing that holds any of us back is not believing that it works.” -James Redfield

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Around three weeks ago I made a conscious decision to have a change of direction in life and find myself a full time writing job. This decision triggered a chain of events that have led to me getting what I wanted. Three weeks ago I wrote an article about Manchester on a Saturday. The next day, Sunday, I was in the pub watching football and I saw an old friend there. That evening she read my Manchester article and sent me a message to say she enjoyed reading it. I messaged back saying thank you and we exchanged messages until she asked what I was doing with my life.

I explained that I was looking for a writing job and she said that the place she works is always looking for new writers and that she would check if anything was available for me. The next day she messaged me saying that I could go in for a week’s experience if I wanted to. So last Tuesday I went to the office in Manchester and when I got there I was told I could have a weeks work experience at the company but there wasn’t any job positions going. They said if I proved myself to be a good writer and they felt like it would be a shame to let me go then they would see what they could do, they wanted me to put them in a position where they couldn’t just let me leave. So I did just that and on Friday I was offered a newly created job role of being the editor of a website called www.huddled.co.uk which I gladly accepted.

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Now I don’t write this in a self indulgent way (okay maybe a little, it’s been a tough two years and feels great to have a job again!) I write this because it shows that with the right aims and the right mental attitude there is nothing you can’t do, you never know what helping hand life will throw your way. As the above picture shows it is all about helping yourself before you expect others to help you. I started this blog purely to write down my own thoughts and share them but it turns out I’m a better writer than I thought I was and people like to read my words and off the back of that my life has changed direction.

I will now be writing for two websites, I will find the time to write down my personal thoughts on the political/social/economic spectrum on this blog and the other website will be, dare I say it now I’m a paid writer, professional views. I’ve been very fortunate to land such a good job because the website I will be editing is for business professionals in Manchester and I’ve been given pretty much a free reign in what direction the website can go as long as it’s not offensive. It is a good opportunity to make the business men of Manchester see that they have a responsibility and duty to the city and the people who survive through employment. I will be in no way biting my tongue, there is huge inequality out there which must be addressed and if there is anyone who can solve these problems it is the men and woman who operate businesses. All in all it is a positive development and I am happier than I have been in quite a long time. Keep your eyes peeled for quality content coming out of www.huddled.co.uk

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The Lost Interviews

26/02/2014

Today’s blog is a little different, it is short and sweet. Instead of writing today I have decided to try bring some interviews I did last year back from the dead. Pick and choose as you wish, each one contains useful and interesting information. Normal service shall resume tomorrow.

Interview with Michael Meacher MP
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPMR2VHnP5w

Interview with the author Ian Henshall, author of the book 9/11 Revealed
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8W4NVtpiG9I

Interview with Luke Rudkowski from We Are Change
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9urdvXbs-0

Interview with Pieter Jan Ardies, filmmaker of the documentary Are You A Freedom Seeker

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5Ozd8m4fLo

Interview with Loz Kaye, leader of the UK Pirate Party
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfWx5RalW08

Interview with Mark Devlin
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyJws73vRAs

Tony Benn Speech Recorded at the Syria Anti-War Demo in Trafalgar Square on 31/08/2013
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w40YBi6hO0I

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Dark Days

24/02/2014

To continue the theme from Saturday’s post of reviewing media today’s post is going to be about the documentary Dark Days which I watched last night. The story behind how the documentary came into existence is itself incredible, the film was made by a man called Marc Singer who as a lifestyle choice decided to spend some time with a community of homeless people living underground in the Freedom Tunnel which is part of the New York subway system. Despite having no previous experience or expertise he decided to make a documentary to help the homeless people financially after a conversation he had with some of  them one day, the film’s crew consisted of the homeless people themselves. They rigged up makeshift lighting and learned to use a 16mm camera with black-and-white Kodak film. The documentary was filmed between 1994 and 1997 but was not released until the year 2000 due to financial difficulties, Marc refused to sell the documentary because he wanted full creative control over the final product.

The documentary follows a few of the residents of a small community of around 100 people that lived in the tunnels in makeshift huts they built themselves. Some people had lived down there for over five years in some cases. Their little homes had access to electricity from the mains they had tapped into and some of them even had TV sets. In one scene one of the homeless people is telling the camera how he isn’t homeless to which his fellow homeless friend corrects him and says you’re not helpless but you are homeless and tells him that he needs to deal with that fact. The tunnels are dark apart from the lighting for the camera and are swarming with rats.

What I found remarkable about this documentary is that most of the people featured in the documentary are still sane, they have not completely lost their minds apart from one or two, there is one guy called Ronnie who describes to the camera how his shopping trolley full of junk is a van full of money, he has clearly lost his grip on reality. But as you would have no doubt guessed, to end up living in a train tunnel there is drug abuse involved, with the most common drug mentioned being crack cocaine.

The documentary shows two people named Clarence and Dee smoking crack. One of the people involved in the documentary tells us how he lost his wife and his family after he was in jail for 10 years during which time his daughter got raped. A little further on in the documentary Dee tells us how her two young children died in a house fire, she starts to cry as she talks about her failings as a mother and confesses she misses being a mother terribly, it then cuts to her smoking crack. I wrote last week how some people take drugs to purposely self destruct because their lives have just become so unbearable due to one personal tragedy to the next and I believe Dee is a good example of this, it is very difficult to watch because no matter how low she has fallen in life she clearly still has human emotions and a grief that she cannot escape.

To survive the people from the tunnel go rummaging through rubbish to find things to sell for a little bit of money or to find food to eat out of bins. It is quite sad to see this happening yet at the same time I kind of admired them because they still had the will to survive and carry on in life and they found ways to do so. One homeless man explains how he only has himself to blame for the situation he finds himself as a culmination of his actions, to me the life these people are living is what happens when you go over the edge that is mentioned in The Message by Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five. It is tragic.

Whilst the documentary was being filmed the people of the tunnel were evicted by Amtrak, the rail operator and tunnel owner. When they are evicted the general consensus among the tunnel community is that they have lost their freedom, despite them living in such terrible conditions they see themselves as free because they are not part of the “system”, this is the sentiment despite the fact they are re-housed into real accommodation. At the end of the documentary one of the former homeless people called Tito, the one person in the documentary whose mind seems to be the most intact, says the following:

“Now it feels like I never went down there, that was the saddest part of my journey through life, they were dark days, real dark. But during the time it didn’t bother me at all but once I sit back and think about it I ask myself damn how could I have done that? Let myself go like that. You don’t realise until you get out of it and then you look back every now and then and you think damn I used to do that? That used to be me? Yeah it used to be me, it definitely used to be me.”

I found that little bit of speech to be sad because it just shows that all anybody ever needs is a little help, a shoulder to lean on when times get rough because when you don’t have that the most terrible things can happen. Things that could be prevented. I feel that’s where we’re at in life, we’re at a point where we let governments and corporations run out of control and cause situations and problems that are so easily preventable. In a way our society is going through its own dark days.

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Dream on Dreamer

04/02/2014

“You’re being idealistic, get real!”

That is said to me at least once a week, usually by my parents. But what does this even mean? Everything we see around us is idealistic, it was once just an idea in someone’s mind. But what happened with that idea is the person who thought of it convinced enough people to believe in the idea and so it became realistic, it was turned into reality. Don’t get me wrong I’m not some wistful dreamer who wishes for an unobtainable utopia, but at the same time I dislike the way the world is ran, I dislike the people who run the world and I dislike the reasons they run the world the way they do. I want to change it, everybody wants to change it because unless you are a millionaire then there isn’t much going for you at the moment.

Why do people want to change the world? Because we can sense, we can feel, we can SEE that the world is broken. You need to work a bullshit, non-constructive jobs to survive, why? To pay your bills and mortgage, why? So that the big companies and banks can continue to make money, why? Because if they don’t they will come and take your stuff away, why? Because it is the law, why? Because politicians who are bought and paid for by these banks and corporations make the laws, why? STOP ASKING WHY,  IT’S JUST THE WAY THINGS ARE!

That is what it all breaks down to, all the injustices, all the corruption, all the man made woes and problems, it’s just the way things are. But it’s not just the way things are is it? It’s not natural. If we want to be realistic it’s not just the way things are, it’s just the way we allow things to be. We don’t question anything anymore. Why don’t we question the fact that people are starving all over the world when tons of unsold food is thrown away every day? (Don’t you dare think of taking discarded food from a skip behind a supermarket or you will be arrested) Why don’t we question the fact people are being evicted from their homes when there are more empty houses than homeless people? Why are there millions of people unemployed when millions of people are stressed and overworked?

The answer of course is money, our GOD. We don’t question the structure of our society we just accept that it’s the way things are. I did a little series of articles last month titled The “System” and How It Operates and in those articles I made more than enough points to make anybody question our current way of life. We are manipulated, we are lied to, we have all these man-made problems forced upon us to make our lives difficult whilst the money masters dominate and control the world. We have our legs broken and are then asked to run a marathon with the weight of the world on our backs. The 85 richest people on the planet have more wealth than the poorest 3.5 billion people on this planet combined, that one statistic alone should be more than enough to make you stop and think what the fuck is actually going on here?

Nobody is happy. People are cheerful and they get on with things, yes no doubt, but not one person I know is currently happy with how they are living or how the world around them operates. The same is probably true with you, why is that? Does that not tell us that something is fundamentally wrong and needs to be fixed? I’m not one of them pseudo-anarchists who advocates everything should be burnt to the ground and chaos should reign, I’m far from that. But what I am is a man who values and respects himself and the people around him and I can see we are all being made victims of a crooked and unjust economic model. If you have a mobile phone that is more than two years old people will laugh at you yet nobody bats an eyelid at the 19th century economic models we worship but are causing us so much pain. The reason they cause so much pain is they are outdated, we have advanced beyond their purpose.

What is the meaning of life? It’s a deep and philosophical question to which nobody knows the answer, but I’m almost 100% sure that the purpose of life is not to work our lives away in man-made, self-imposed hardships whilst spending all our time making other men and women wealthy. I believe life is about rising up to the calling inside and becoming all that you can be. Some people are happy to just plod along and work so they can just watch TV and have a beer at the weekend, that is fine. But what about the artists, what about the creative people who feel trapped in our current mode of living? Their work is good for the soul but it doesn’t make money therefore it is valueless and isn’t given a chance. People say if it doesn’t make money it doesn’t make sense when really it is making money for the sake of making money that doesn’t make sense.

It’s time to stop being realistic because the reality we are creating is turning into a nightmare. People say but what are the alternatives? There are countless alternatives, look online, read some books or simply create your own alternative. You just need to shake the chains off that have been on you for so long. I’m going to finish today by saying “You’re being realistic, get ideas!”

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The British Education System

03/02/2014

More distraction stories were thrown at us over the weekend when it emerged that Michael Gove has sacked Labour Peer Baroness Sally Morgan as the chairperson of Ofsted, the school inspection body. This has caused upset with the Lib Dems who have accused Michael Gove of trying to politicise Ofsted as an independent body. Well seeing as we are now in the run up period of a very important election this should come as no surprise, everything is going to be politicised in the coming months. There are rumours that Michael Gove has become angry at criticism of some free schools by Ofsted, in particularly how they are allowed to employ unqualified teachers. It’s a distraction story because the aim of it is to get people to think within the accepted boundaries of education and politics. Don’t question the whole system, just worry about this little aspect of it.

Ofsted are a joke, they don’t get the true picture of schooling in this country, they get schools on their very best behaviour because the schools know when they are coming. They are just another suit coming to town to decide budget allocations. I think as a whole society has forgotten what the word teacher means and just what a teacher is, a teacher is a person with knowledge and wisdom to impart onto others to help them achieve their goals in life and become the best person they can be. What we have now in this country is robots who have been dragged through the same dysfunctional education system as a pupil and then come out the other end as a teacher.

I’ve talked about my schooling previously, it was a joke. In my radio show on 22/12/2013 I discussed how my old History teacher sent a diary he kept during my time at school to the national newspapers and it was published in the Daily Mirror under the headline Inside Hells Classroom. Apart from the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic the only thing I can honestly say I learnt at school was taught to me in history by a teacher called Mr O’Brien who taught me to know the difference between primary and secondary sources of evidence. In five years of secondary education that is the only thing I can say I got taught, I didn’t learn any languages, I didn’t learn any skills and I didn’t learn how to apply myself. Everything I have learnt since I left school has been through self education.

My learning time was wasted because the teachers had to spend too much time dealing with disruptive pupils who didn’t want to learn, in 9 out of 10 cases these unruly pupils came from under-privileged homes. This type of scenario in turn leads pupils like me to resort to dicking around themselves to keep themselves amused because being bored six hours a day, five days a week for five years is not very healthy. School was not inspiring, in English we had to waste our time dissecting literacy classics, but very boring books like Of Mice and Men when there are books like Malcolm X’s autobiography out there, books that literally change your outlook on life because they are so real. In Geography instead of studying Geopolitics and the world’s economy we tediously examined river formations. Science, possibly the most interesting subject there is to learn, was made into a joke because the school didn’t have any competent science teachers and we learnt in science labs from the 1970s. I learnt nothing in I.T. because our computers were ancient and operated on Windows 98. We didn’t learn any Foreign Languages because all the Foreign Language teachers left, my French teacher was the actor who played Kenny Senior in Phoenix Nights, he couldn’t speak French!

And It wasn’t the teachers fault it was the structure of the whole system, I felt sorry for them really because they have chosen a path to help others and they end up being in a nightmare scenario everyday where chaos reigns. I didn’t realise how much the education system had failed me until I joined a large Manchester law firm for work in 2007 where I first came into contact and started mixing with people who were educated at private grammar schools and the best universities in the country, that is when I felt firsthand the class divide of this country. I never felt inferior but I just realised for the first time that because they had a better start in life the better opportunities came their way a lot easier.

As with a lot of things my main disappointments in the education system is that we are miles behind, it churns out factory workers instead of geniuses. Children enter the system with talent, creativity and imagination that is then smashed out of them and by the end and they come out a drone, their talents have been suppressed by the one size fits all system our classrooms are operated by. It seems like we don’t want visionaries, engineers, writers, scientists, in other words, greatness to come from state education, as long as there is a continuous supply of fodder for the menial jobs this country has to offer then the powers that be are happy. We aim for the lowest bar possible when we should be shooting for the stars with the knowledge and technology available to us.

I would love to hear the experiences of your education or that have your children share your comments below.

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