HollowDreamz presents individuality ― being true to the self.
HollowDreamz rectifies the ignorance constituting the social construct by elaborating upon that which contributes to the effectiveness, or lack thereof of the construct.
HollowDreamz illuminates that which speaks from sources indelibly hollowed by agendas, preconceived notions, and propagandized interpretations.
Focus upon self prompts awareness. Unity comes from the acceptance of every single expression. Where respect is earned through the acceptance of differences, tolerance persists, conflicts are resolved, rights are respected, and voices are heard; originality reigns supreme, and authenticity prevails through contribution. Peace is the understanding of one's self among others. Who is comfortable with the totality of themselves, rests with peace. Conformity diminishes tolerance by its lack of awareness. Where self-awareness lacks, destructive acts persist unto those hearkened with fear. Intolerance and lack of acceptance to the natural evolution of conditions limits one's perceptions of truths, eliciting resentment. Truth defines self-awareness, thus intelligence and growth. A rigid mind is an extreme and a complementary at best. Grace serves as an ultimate blueprint encapsulating singular existence.
The weakness of the social construct is found in the enforcement of conformity. Conformity rewards behavior in accordance to socially accepted standards, thereby undermining the limitless expression of individuality and the transcendence of self, and thus the community at large. Destructive non-conformity elicits criminality, as may destructive conformity. Constructive conformity imparts invariably. Constructive non-conformity elicits Heroism. Non-conformity amid the social construct prompts the arrival of a vanguard. The visionary channeling spiritual spontaneity without limitation, and existentially so, defines the eccentric, whether mad or genius. The existential paradigm of an eccentric moves beyond the cast of the social construct. The impact of the eccentric's individuality is capable of bringing unity to a society much more than conformity amidst the social construct is capable of administering in the truest of senses.
Non-traditional realms of thought, such as that of an eccentric, are unwelcomed in the paradigmatic-arena of indoctrination. For the commoner, academia is well and good. For the gifted and inspired, academia may very well threaten utmost potential. Knowledge of self educates, albeit formal education does not equate to knowledge of self. The social construct's infrastructure thrives upon the programming of beliefs unto those within the construct. When those within find themselves bounded, actions may induce destructive consequences rather than constructive deeds. Such articulation of power, or lack thereof, beseeches societal responsibility for progress, entitling the corruption of citizens and thus society, and cyclically so.
Hope as a facade of security cultivates from the shadow of doubt. Hope envisioned and proactively-articulated exemplifies activation for progress. Where men follow suit, hope may activate the eccentric. It is the untraveled road that challenges the self en route heights of certainty. The sympathy vulnerability extracts from superiority deems the gracefulness of God. True power has been stripped by conformity and replaced with self-debased love. The love society projects unto the conformist stems from lack, thereby reinforcing a paradigm of limitation mongered directly and indirectly by the social construct. Unto such depths, what is hope but a spiritual death unto self reconciling the spirit from existential hell. Despite what resistance one encounters through regulation of conformity, justification for perpetration serves as the by-product of the immature self in wont of over-soul appraisal amidst society's conditioning.
To grant one the liberty to live a life deemed worthy of living begs the question of whether one wants what they really say they want. What folks turn against society and kill as opposed to leaders who organize to lead and end up getting killed? The personal fault and responsibility the eccentric hearkens unto himself is the same paradigm the social construct victimizes, profits from, and regenerates. The social construct views the un-awarded eccentric as a degenerate. The eccentric views the social construct as debased. The eccentric's desire to transcend the construct empowers him beyond the social construct albeit leading to his disenfranchisement among the populace oft-times. The eccentric's inability to conform to the social construct supports the pillars of the infrastructure in so long as the eccentric lacks transcendental influence.
The social construct in the eccentric's eye signifies Yin. The eccentric in the social constructs eye also signifies Yin. Each perspective unto itself proclaims its constructive aspect. The imperfection of society works against the conformist's greatest ideal. The imperfection of society is hearkened by the eccentric to elaborate upon his own attributes. Until all options have been exhausted may one then conclusively accept a true self. Such is the antidote of time striking at the root, stripping layers upon layers. The solutions to the problems of the world are not easily generated in a lifetime. The means by which progress is made requires consistency of action and constancy in respective direction, for society to transform the fears of the old into ideas of the new and improved. Honesty leads the way, and tolerance preserves the progress. In fulfilling our utmost potential may we hearken Ubuntu.
For Perennialism is (the) essence. And Ubuntu, (its) mentality.
While nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer, nothing is more difficult than to understand him. ― Fyodor Dostoevsky
Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. ― Marie Curie
Each of us is more than that worst thing they've done. Even if you kill someone, you're not just a killer. There's this basic human dignity that must be respected by all. I believe, that despite the fact that it is so dramatic, and so beautiful, and so inspiring and so stimulating, we will ultimately not be judged by our technology. We won't be judged by our design. We won't be judged by our intellect and reason. Ultimately you judge the character of a society, not by how they treat their rich and the powerful and their privileged, but by how they treat the poor, the condemned, the incarcerated. Because it is in that nexus that we actually begin to understand truly profound things about who we are. ― Bryan Stevenson
The criminal justice system should not be infected by the profit motive. [...] The notion that you might incentivize people to lock more people in, or keep them there longer - or not provide the kind of rehabilitation services so that they can get out of there, I think that's a problem. -- Barack Obama
We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer. ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The real hopeless victims of mental illness are to be found among those who appear to be most normal. Many of them are normal because they are so well adjusted to our mode of existence, because their human voice has been silenced so early in their lives, that they do not even struggle or suffer or develop symptoms as the neurotic does. They are normal not in what may be called the absolute sense of the word; they are normal only in relation to a profoundly abnormal society. Their perfect adjustment to that abnormal society is a measure of their mental sickness. These millions of abnormally normal people, living without fuss in a society to which, if they were fully human beings, they ought not to be adjusted. ― Aldous Huxley
I call that mind free which protects itself against the usurpations of society, which does not cower to human opinion, which feels itself accountable to a higher tribunal than man's, which respects itself too much to be the slave of the many or the few. ― W.E. Channing
The greatest form of sanity that anyone can exercise is to resist that force that is trying to repress, oppress, and fight down the human spirit. ― Mumia Abu-Jamal
He who gives you the diameter of your knowledge, prescribes the circumference of your activity. So when your slave master educates you, he does not educate you to be a threat to him. ― Minister Farrakhan
Precisely because the tyranny of opinion is such as to make eccentricity a reproach, it is desirable, in order to break through that tyranny, that people should be eccentric. Eccentricity has always abounded when and where strength of character has abounded; and the amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage it contained. That so few dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time. ― John Stuart Mill
The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can't be any large-scale revolution until there's a personal revolution, on an individual level. It's got to happen inside first. ― JIM MORRISON
A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. ― ALBERT EINSTEIN
Enlightenment is about seeing through the illusions of life and knowing what reality really is. When you are enlightened, you can have everything you want. Because you’ll know the truth about what everything is, and what does it really mean to have something. It is an irony of the world that the people who seek material things and desire to have them before thinking about enlightenment, tend to attain neither, but those that acquire enlightenment first are the ones who do. The desireless attain all their desires. Being desireless is not about having no desire, but it is about having no attachment to desire. Attachment is the cause of all suffering. Suffering is burning emotional energy on the uncontrollable. The more you suffer, the more suffering you attract. Letting go of all attachments is the way to end all suffering. When you are attached, you are in a state of wanting or lacking. When you are detached, you are in a state of being desireless. Enlightenment is about knowing why detachment gets you your desire. By the skillful and sustained use of propaganda, one can make a people see even heaven as hell or an extremely wretched life as paradise. ― ADOLF HITLER
The best way to keep a prisoner from escaping is to make sure he never knows he’s in prison. ― FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY
Public education is not meant to inspire. Public education is meant for you to respond reflexively to authority. ― KRS-ONE
I think it's extraordinary that journalists lead the way encouraging people to accept greater government intrusion into their lives. The media, journalists, are supposed to be adversarial to the government, not encouraging people to submit to greater government authority. But I think the broader point is that it's that false dichotomy that, the more the government learns about us, the safer we'll be. In part, because, what history shows is that when governments are able to surveil people in the dark, generally the great outcome is that they abuse that power and it becomes tyrannical. If you talk to anybody who came from Eastern Europe, they'll tell you that "the reason we left is because society has become deadened and soulless". When citizens have no privacy, and it's a difficult concept to understand why privacy is so crucial, but people understand it instinctively – they put locks on their doors not for security but for privacy, they put passwords on their e-mail accounts, because people know that only when you can engage in behavior without being watched, is that where you can explore, where you can experiment, where you can engage in creative thinking and creative behavior. A society that loses that privacy is a society that becomes truly conformist, and I think that's the real danger. – GLENN GREENWALD
I believe that the public wants to be led, to be instructed, to be told what to do. They want reassurance. They will always move en masse, a mob, a herd, a group, because people want the safety of human company. They are afraid to stand-alone because the belief is that it is safer to be included within the herd, not to be the lone calf standing on the desolate, dangerous wolf-patrolled prairie of contrary opinion- and the truth is that it usually "is" safer to go with the trend. – JESSE LIVERMORE
Dominator culture has tried to keep us all afraid, to make us choose safety instead of risk, sameness instead of diversity. Moving through that fear, finding out what connects us, reveling in our differences; this is the process that brings us closer, that gives us a world of shared values, of meaningful community. ― BELL HOOKS
Education is about making whole. When you look at the boredom that exists in modern American education, you look at the boredom of the students, you look at the faces they carry to school - bcause they are wondering "why am I studying this? What is this for? What's the purpose of this?" The smart ones check-out early on, like Bill Gates, who never got a degree from Harvard because he dropped out. That's what happens to the smart ones. Steve Jobs, dropped out. All of these billionaires, they dropped out because they learned early on, "I want to make money and this is not the way to make money." So if you go to college to earn a livelihood, you're wasting your time. You're even now being encouraged to drop out by some of the leading CEO's in America - encouraging students to drop out. Because most of what these students are learning in school will not apply to anything. This is a reality. There is a strong argument now that college is obsolete. [...] There is no real educational philosophy behind these things. [...] This is largely what the college and the university has become in the West. It is no longer a place to pursue Truth. It is a place to pursue money. [...] Without teaching people meaning, without teaching people purpose, you create monsters. You create the disease known as civilization. This is what happens when you divorce education from the sacred. Until we re-establish the true roots of learning and knowledge, and why we're learning, and what is the purpose of knowledge, we will see it get worse and worse and worse. Every civilization - Hindu, Buddhist, Confucianism, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim - all of them understood that learning was to make a better human being. Learning was not to make more money, it was to make a better human being. -- HAMZA YUSUF
Our education system is designed for the industrial society where you are able to learn a certain skill and use that skill for the rest of your life. But guess what is happening - in the exponentially growing technologies, every skill that you learn becomes obsolete every five to ten years. And when a skill becomes obsolete, what are you supposed to teach? You teach them how to learn. You teach them how to solve the problem. You apply the interdisciplinary approach to solve a particular problem. That means, when you are in a class today and you are told to go out and solve a problem, and you start to work with your peer to get the right answer when you are in an exam, they call that cheating. In the real world, they call that collaboration. Also, we are told when we are in the education system, "here is the question, here are the four potential answers. If you think there are two right answers, you are wrong, there is always one right answer". And we know in the real world, there's always more than one way of doing things, so we are taught to think in a way that kills the creativity. So what if we told our students there is more than one way to doing things, and work together to solve the problems. And you're not learning the disciplines individually but you're applying the interdisciplinary approach to solve a specific problem. That's how you create the abundance of education. ... You have to have a mindset that says nothing is impossible. Anyone of you who starts to think it is impossible, you know what happens, it becomes impossible for you, not for anyone else. -- NAVEEN JAIN
If there's a way of a society committing mass suicide, what better way than to take all the youngest, most energetic, creative, joyous people in your society and saddle them with, like, $50,000 of debt so they have to be slaves? There goes your music. There goes your culture. There goes everything new that would pop out. And in a way this is what's happened to our society. We're a society that has lost any ability to incorporate the interesting, creative, and eccentric people. -- DAVID GRAEBER
Too many people ignore their DNA, however, to conform to what their families or society expects of them. A lot of people also decide that professional success has to look a certain way. That's how someone born to design bikes winds up becoming a lawyer, or someone who loves experimenting with makeup works every day pitching someone else's overpriced brand to malls around the county, or someone who cannot go a day without jotting down some ideas for their next poem spends most of their time at the helm of an emergency IT department. To me that's insane. ― GARY VAYNERCHUK
Man is more interesting than men. God made him and not them in his image. Each one is more precious than all. ― ANDRE GIDE
You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive. ― JAMES BALDWIN
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away. ― HENRY THOREAU
Civilization can only reach highwater mark when each man and woman has chosen his or her proper work. The great tendency of modern life, with its enormous combinations, its concentration of interests and effort, is to annihilate individuality; but the great duty each one owes to himself is to preserve and develop it. He must not allow his education, his employment, or his environment to rob him of his distinctive personality, or efface the stamp placed upon him by the divine hand to distinguish him from all other men. It is his duty to preserve his individuality as he would his character, for it is a part of himself.. ―ORISON SWETT MARDEN
Every fact, every department of your mind, is to be programmed by you, and unless you assume your rightful responsibility and begin to program your own mind, the world will program it for you. ― THE CRYSTAL METHOD
Inside every one of us is a garden, and every practitioner has to go back to their garden and take care of it. Maybe in the past, you left it untended for a long time. You should know exactly what is going on in your garden, and try to put everything in order. Restore the beauty; restore the harmony in your garden. If it is well tended, many people will enjoy your garden. ― THICH NHAT HANH
Love and be what you are, for that is the path that will make you what you would like to be. ― TARIQ RAMADAN
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. — Romans 12:2
Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood let alone believed, by the masses. ― PLATO
The unexamined life is not worth living. ― SOCRATES
Your children are not your children.They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth. ―Khalil Gibran
Powerless to communicate his vision, the artist loses his belief in himself, in his role or mission. Whereas before his escape from the pain of living was through art, today he has no escape except to deny his own validity. For it is the very establishment of a relation between oneself and the cosmos that a new quality of hope will arise, and with hope, faith. We must ask ourselves how it is that faced with a crushing destiny there are some of us who, instead of shrinking or cowering, leap forward to embrace destiny. There are some of us, in short, who in assuming a definite attitude towards the world seek neither to deny, nor escape, nor to alter it, but simply to live it out. Some more consciously than others. Some as though they saw it written in the stars, as though it were tattooed on their bodies.
Thank you for supporting Salloum and
Charlottesville Virginia Hip-Hop!