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Feeling American

The first time I felt to be an American was in September 11, 2001. Wednesday was the second. I am not one but in both days I was injured as (decent) Americans were. Extremism is also rising in my country and the events in the Capitol mirror what is latent in all Western world. We are receding one hundred years and once more opening the path to fascists, thugs and propaganda.

Democracy and its institutions are fragile by nature, but leaders and citizens lost that perception and take those human achievements as granted. Due to corruption and abuse from politicians, there is a climate of total disbelief of the institutions which are supposed to defend the values of freedom and human rights. Disbelieved institutions are the fuel thugs search for to exercise their propaganda, manipulation, violence and abuse.

Once more I pledge our leaders to get serious. Do your work. Be professional.

As for America, in spite of being a young nation, you are the mother of modern democracy. We, much older nations, are still learning from you, the prodigy child. Please, set the example of how to halt this worldwide insurrection of fascism and give muscle to democratic institutions. Don’t let us down.

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2021

Vaccines. Covid out? Trump out! Masks, still. No gatherings, yet. Poverty and unemployment to be continued. Keeping on screwing the environment. Wars. Terrorism. Putin & Pals. Thugs as usual. Full speed China. Warp speed FOMO. Pandemic mental depression. Forced smile totalitarianism. Bullshit layering ad infinitum.

Nevertheless, it might be better than 2020.

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Propaganda

Take the man seriously! See what happens? History repeats itself. No matter the winner of the American election, there is a huge mass of fascists among us. Stupidity is extremely dangerous and time has come to stop laughing about it.

I am afraid. Human rights and decency are taken from granted by most intellectuals to the point of neglecting their teaching to the less fortunate. Politicians, as I mentioned in this article, are fond of herds and encourage fanaticism towards their party, like the one of sport fans. Their rhetoric is still demagogical, revealing a mindset in which voters are nothing but a mob. Unfortunately, as this election shows us, they still are.

Dividing to rule continues to be the credo of both intellectual snobbery and politics. Non-educated voters search for identity in their leaders, vulnerable to the feeling of being related to them as close as possible. Dictators and thugs are instinctively aware of this, embracing the theatrical part as people’s souls while climbing to the top. All they have to do is naming an enemy to blame for the mob’s disgrace.

The farming of fanatics must have an end. Genuine democracy leaders must invest in ethical education, defending the values of human rights and empathy. Intellectuals must become humble and conduct their energies to efficient communication of the pragmatics to basic human respect.

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Psychotherapy

In case you have watched my videos, you might have noticed that I’m very anxious and stutter a bit. To settle me down I am having professional help. Consequently I became a strong supporter to the idea of everyone going to psychotherapy appointments.

Without the weekly guidance to deal with emotions and gain control of my behaviors I wouldn’t have found the capacity to build this blog, my shop or my music page. A good psychotherapist guarantees you a secure environment of self-esteem whilst providing the mood and tools to get bold towards living. If everyone took willingly such appointments the world would be a better place.

Think of world dictators and thugs of your daily life on either family or work scenarios. Witness their lack of control for anger and selfishness. Contemplate how they need to be thought and how self-consciously poor they are. Take also a look on the damage caused to their victims. How lonely, sad and helpful they feel.

Most important, look at yourself. Consider making a check up to your soul.

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Thugs

Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-un, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Viktor Orbán, Nicolás Maduro, Benjamin Netanyahu, Bashar al-Assad, to name only a few. What is the matter with them? What do they want?

They want unlimited power. Don’t we all? We might, but they don’t look at the means to get it. Lack of empathy is absolute and selfishness is the main virtue. All their energy and brains are focused on the take. Mine, mine, mine! I own you! You owe me! I owe nobody!

Ten-years-old bullies in grown ups’ disguises, talented intrigue makers equipped with aggressive disdain to immunize them from shame. All temptations become accessible to them. A daily feast for their senses! Who wouldn’t want that?

Intellectual and aesthetic interests are candies and ostentation to them, fueled by childishness and vanity. The world exists for their pleasures.

Dreadfully, the names above are only the winners of a race to the top whose participants might be two thirds of humankind. How many bullies each of us as known through our lives? How many of us are bullies who had no luck, conditions or smarts to get higher on the ladder of power and despotism?

To my subjective knowledge, more than horror for the names above, two thirds of the individuals crossing my life feel envy. In case they would achieve the top they wouldn’t be any different. Just take a look around you (or perhaps inside you) and see the effect of gaining little powers. See the behaviors on both our domestic and professional lives.

Marital and family life give us the full picture. How many households are governed by abusive dictators?

To put an end to the rise of despotic leaders of nations it is fundamental to put an end to the rise of despotic leaders of homes. Scientific and philosophical knowledge of the human mind are key. Psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, philosophers, artists and experts on neuroscience and pedagogy must intervene on a cohesive collaborative way. This requires money but money is with the powerful. Money is with the thugs.