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Thousands of pixels make up the picture in a television screen. Thus, the meaning behind the title of this post.

“The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware” – Henry Miller

The pixels of life are the thousands or millions of things that are a part of our journey. Marriage, children, growing up, pain and struggle, etc.

It is important to take a moment to soak in your current state of being. View your pixels as far as your past (where you’ve walked) and your present (where you stand). Be aware of who you have become and what you want to become.

I have made many mistakes in my life. Although, I also give myself credit for trying to continuously improve in all aspects. There are those stubborn attitudes or qualities that take a little longer to adjust. Then there are some things that just define who you are that will never be changed. It is simply self-recognition.

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans” – John Lennon

We walk the path, whether you believe it is chosen for us or that we create our own. After a few years, we realize that our book is a few chapters in. What have we accomplished? What should we be proud about at this point? I’m 32 years in. There is alot to be proud of as well as alot to be ashamed of. In my book, my 2 awesome sons make it all worth it. No matter what I attribute as a ‘negative’ or a set back, I have 2 amazing seeds in Julian and Lino. My book is looking like a best seller in my perspective.

“That is happiness: to be dissolved into something complete and great” – Willa Cather

What seems like a simple idea, can prove to be the hardest thing to obtain in life – finding happiness. In some cases, it is hid under stones of struggle and heart break. In others, it is right in front of you in the form of your children or someone that truly cares unconditionally.

Be aware. Your every action and decision dictates a chapter in your book. The book of life.

– Lito aka B Star aka Bubsy aka The Man With The Master Plan

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Good Vs Evil

I view life as a constant fight between good and evil. With every decision you make, or with every road you take, you engage in battle as you try to reach your destination. There is good in the form of kindness, being unselfish, understanding, etc. Then there is evil which can exist in the form of greed, bad decisions, gluttony, etc. We don’t always choose evil on purpose. While there are different levels of evil, it is a battle in even the smallest of examples. For instance, if I get hungry, I know the right thing to do is think healthy but the idea of a juicy burger is too tempting to avoid. The evil in the example of eating fast food is that you know you shouldn’t do it, but the temptation is too much to bear. This is just a small example of evil winning a battle. Yes, in my eyes, good vs. evil can be intertwined with right vs. wrong. It can be, but not always. It isn’t wrong to eat unhealthy, it’s your decision if you want to live a long healthy life or a short one riddled with health issues.

The idea is that the struggle is always there in life. Every decision made is important. Every mistake must be learned from. Good vs. evil is always existent and it’s important to know you will not win every battle. You must win more than you lose.

Within every war lies the theory of Jus In Bello (Justice In War). This theory states what is morally acceptable behavior and proper conduct once the war starts. In general, it examines our behaviors or how we react (actions/decisions). Though this theory is based on actual war, I am using it as a philosophical idea behind the bigger war, which is, our own lives. There are two principles of Just In Bello.

1. Proportionality – which requires that means and ends are well matched. Example: Someone comes out of nowhere and slaps you! Did you deserve it? Did the ends justify the means? On a larger scale, it is widely believed that nuclear strikes can not be justified, but if successful, it might bring about a military objective (maybe ridding the world of an evil tyrant). Think about an example of this in your everyday life.

2.  Discrimination – requires that combatants and non-combatants are strictly distinguished. For example: You are married and you had a bad argument with your spouse the night before. You go to work and take it out on everyone around you. The combatants in this case are you and your spouse. The non-combatants are your co-workers.

In general, it is possible for a just war to be fought unjustly, and an unjust war justly.

Jus In Bello dispels the notion that “anything goes” in war (life). There must be justice in war. Jus In Bello also requires that every agent must be held responsible for their actions.

(Cited: Ben Dupre “50 Philosophical Ideas”, Michelle Maiese “Jus In Bello”)

Your thoughts?

Lito Alva

amaru9pr@hotmail.com / stillsearchingforthetruth9@gmail.com

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…. This quote was derived from a popular speech by Patrick Henry in 1775 when introducing his resolutions against the Stamp Act.

Liberty goes hand in hand with Freedom. Freedom is an idea widely used in the western part of the world.

Now let’s dig slightly into this idea. Immanuel Kant and Isaiah Berlin both studied the notion of Freedom and stated that there were two sides to it.

According to their philosphy, there is negative freedom and there is positive freedom.

Negative Freedom: In this type, their is an absence of contraint or outside interference. There is nothing or anyone preventing you from doing what you want to do. This is the more popular or familiar type. This is the freedom our country’s constitution is based on. Arguably, our freedom has become restricted as congress enacts new laws every year which make us feel as though our freedom is in jeopardy (surveillance, etc. ).

Positive Freedom: This kind of freedom lies within oneself. It represents what needs to be present such as self-control and realizing one’s fundamental purpose. It is a form of empowerment that allows a person to fullfil their potential. In this type, you achieve a high level of self-realization, a state of personal autonomy and self-mastory. In a political sense: liberation from cultural and social pressures that would otherwise impede progress towards self-realization.

With positive freedom, only the individual can understand their inner potential. This freedom can not be protruded from others, as only they know what is right for them. Any individual or entity acting to force this freedom out of an individual can be considered a level of tyranny.

So although in this country we strive for negative freedom, we lack the understanding and power of positive freedom.

Where do you stand with either type?

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