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The Impact of social media – Has social media taken over our lives?

The Impact of social media – Has social media taken over our lives?

The Impact of social media- Has social media taken over our lives?

Has the impact of social media taken over our lives? What is social media? Social Media is a tool that was made to make the world “more openly connected”. There are times when we just had enough of it- and feel that it’s necessary to take a break or ‘disconnect‘ ourselves from this tool that is constantly grabbing our attention. Once we choose to take a break, we make a public announcement on our news-feed informing everyone of this newsflash event but who are we fooling? Weeks or even just days go by after the deactivation process and shamefully login to fulfill those dopamine withdrawals from those bright red notifications. Then we take a ‘quick’ scroll down our news-feed to see who’s in the lead of the status race. Through social media, you can privately create your own world and then publically project that world to the outside world. No matter what you’re going through, you can craft your own persona of any kind and develop sort of an identity that is completely dissimilar to your real-world identity. You have the power to make people believe you have ‘X’ and ‘Y’ and ‘Z’ when in reality, you only have ‘A’ and ‘B’. And if you’re suffering from any deeply rooted insecurities, it’s the perfect place to run to for validation. From the outside looking in, the options seem limitless, the benefits, enrapturing. This is the impotent loop that everyone in this world with a social media account can attest to. What I am about to share with you is a topic that I wanted to share for quite some time now. But I read a book on this topic, and it was only until recently when I discovered a mind-blowing phenomenon in regards to the impact of social media, and one day it finally hit me. The questions remain, “why are we addicted to social media?”

 

You see, social media is no different than a life-threatening drug that can put your life, and the lives of others around you in danger. Although this may sound like nonsense at first, it makes perfect sense if we break down the parallelism of social media to drugs and provide some examples. Let’s first ring up the definition of the word “drug“.

For the sake of this example, in the photo above I have blurred out definitions 1, 3 and 4 to only focus on definition 2 which states that a drug, is “something and often an illegal substance that causes addiction, habituation, or a marked change in consciousness.

We obviously all know that social media is not an illegal substance, but it is ‘something’ that DOES in fact, cause an addiction, habituation or a marked change in consciousness.

 

The Early World Before The Social Media Epidemic:

 

Way long ago, I’d say about two decades or so, the internet boom was just coming into effect circa late 90’s. Around this time, the smartphone did not yet exist. The only phones that were around at the time were the early Blackberry’s, Nokia phones and other similar models; or as we refer to them today as, “brick phones“. Whenever you went out in public, any time a person pulled out their phone was to either make a quick call, answer a quick call, send a quick text or quickly check a text that they received. Notice the significance of the word ‘quick‘ being used. Well, that’s really how it used to be, it was a quick process. Besides that, the only other reason people pulled out their phones was to play a quick game of snake. That’s it.  Not to mention, millions of people also walked around with pagers attached to the hip which only provided an audible alert and had none of these previously mentioned features available. The only form of ‘social media’ that people really had access to was the early development of IRC (Internet Relay Chat) chat rooms starting in the late 80’s through the BBS (Bulletin Board System) technology that lasted all the way up to the late 90’s. Then the more user-friendly MSN, AOL and Yahoo chatrooms were introduced. But obviously, the only way you could use such chatrooms was if you actually owned a PC or laptop, with a working internet connection (which was dial-up/broadband at the time). Now even though these chatrooms provided everyone the proper convenience of being able to communicate with each other worldwide, the mobile aspect of it was still non-existent. Whenever you went out in public, no matter where it was, it was quite a rare occurrence to see a person’s eyes glued to their phones.  Even walking into a waiting area such as a lobby if someone had an appointment scheduled, once sitting down, people were actually forced to strike up a conversation with one another in an attempt to kill time. Nowadays, you can’t even go to a family reunion without everyone being glued to their phones moments after seeing one another!

But around 2004, things started getting interesting!

Myspace: The Worlds First Internet Boogyman

I don’t think there’s one single soul watching this video who doesn’t remember this site. I think we can all agree that Myspace was the first website to put social media on the map. Myspace was introduced to the world wide web in late 2003 and skyrocketed in popularity in early 2004. This was a site where you could join by simply creating a profile with the most cringe-worthy picture of your younger self, and then spend days upon days customizing your profile into an hour-long scroll fest of blinding font and deaf inducing media players.

A nightmarish flashback of a site we once called, ‘home’…known to cause seizures..

This right here was the start of the new age addiction to social media. Although myspace was introduced, it was still not yet possible to view the site from a mobile device. And if it was possible, more than likely it was probably not very user-friendly at all. This meant that in order to use this site smoothly, one would still need to use a laptop or PC with a good internet connection. Furthermore, a couple of years later a NEW invention came along that would bridge the gap between social media and mobility that would forever change the state of the world and how people connect with one another. And this is where things tend to get a little ‘scary’.

The Iphone: When Social Media Started Going Full-Blown Mobile- The ‘Alien-nation’ begins.

Now this is when the real impact of social media began. In 2007, Steve Jobs unveiled what would soon become one of the most revolutionary, innovative inventions of the technology realm known to mankind. So revolutionary that he took the laptop and PC, and shrunk them down to the size of a 4.5 by 2.4 inch mobile device. This meant that mostly all of the features that were once exclusive to only a PC or laptop, could now be accessed from this device in the palm of your hands which initiated a significant boost of convenience for all its users. With the iPhone, a few of the most important features was the hands-free calling, the email, the digital camera and the mobile browser which enabled users to browse the internet on the go. Interestingly enough, a year prior to its release, only a whopping 1% of the world owned a smartphone. However, in 2007, the iPhone took the world by storm- with reports of selling 270,000 units within the first 30 hours of it’s release! Shortly after, the iPhone quickly found itself in the hands of millions worldwide and would soon be known as the leading contributor to the infamous social media addiction. So now we ask ourselves, what happens when you merge this mobile addiction with social media addiction together??

Social Media Takes Over The World

Back in September 26, 2006, Facebook was publically opened to everyone worldwide at least 13 years old of age with a valid email address. Just in the year 2009 alone, Facebook’s US user base grew from 42 million to 103 million. That’s a 144.9% growth rate! And a year later in 2010, Facebook amassed traffic of 400 million users around the globe.

 

Around this same year, Instagram was introduced as the runner-up in the Social Media competition. And the impact of social media increased ten fold. Check out the graph below showing the user growth of Instagram over the past decade.

In the early stages, Facebook found it’s birth on both Desktop PC’s and Laptops alike. But over-time, it was apparent that millions of users were logging into their Facebook accounts from mobile devices more and more. With the majority of users logging into the social network via smartphones or tablets, it was a no-brainer idea to adopt a mobile-based platform which would enable users quick and easy access to Facebook without having to navigate through a mobile browser. Thus, Facebook considered that the perfect remedy would be to introduce Facebook to the mobile Android market. And the Facebook Mobile App was born.  Now on the other hand, as soon as Instagram was born it was flip-side. It was readily made available as a mobile app from the very beginning and then later moved on to desktops.  So now, you have these two, POWERHOUSE social networks with apps that anyone can download via the Android or IOS marketplace in minutes.  The requirements? A pulse and a smartphone.

 

At this point, because of the convenience that smartphones provided for its users, it slowly became more like an actual drug. In fact, According to a study of Australian consumers by San Francisco-based media-buying firm RadiumOne, social media usage is a dopamine gold mine. “Every time we post, share, ‘like,’ comment or send an invitation online, we are creating an expectation,” according to the study. “We feel a sense of belonging and advance our concept of self through sharing (Molly Soat. Marketing News)

 

In other news, New York University professor Adam Alter, author of “Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked, explains what happens to your brain when someone likes your post on Instagram or any other social media platform (Business Insider). The following is a transcript of the video:

 

Social Media Addiction Ensues

We live in a society where presentation (be it truth or exaggerated) is favored over substance. That’s basically social media in a nutshell. You could be the worst kind of person offline, but as long as you uphold this fake, polar opposite persona about yourself in the online community,  you’re going to be treated based off of the facade that you mendaciously impose. If you’re like me, your the type of person who wants to know someone on a deeper, more interpersonal level at the very core. You want to know what drives them, what their passions/interests are, what makes them tick and what makes them human. Me being this sort of, thought-provoking empath enables me to see people for who they really are. I get this powerful sense of awareness of how empty and devoid of life people really are, and the fact that they do an amazing job of concealing it. It’s no wonder people are so secretive about whats really going on in their lives, because in reality, behind closed doors a lot of people may be a complete and utter mess. Which means that they’d have to actually put forth the effort in admitting their faults and improving themselves. Which would be a massive blow to their ego as it requires much-needed humility and accepting defeat.

                     “Feed me my likes!”

According to psychiatric news, “a study published online in Computers in Human Behavior on December 10, 2016, found that the use of multiple social media platforms is more strongly associated with depression and anxiety among young adults than time spent online (-Clinical and Research News).” If you ask me, I think alot of this has to do with people who are suffering from depression are comparing their lives to that of their cyberworld counterparts. While trying to maintain their ‘online persona’, they’re constantly scrolling down their newsfeed being bombarded with photos of happy people showing off their activities,  material possessions, and inseparable bonds. Which causes the spectator to sink deeper and deeper into their own abyss. This is what causes a widespread feeling of dissatisfaction because their lives don’t compare to the highlights of everyone else’s. This is where the term ‘facade’ comes into play.

 

I think the saddest part about all of this is how the impact of social media has been statistically proven to destroy relationships and marriages at large. As of today, Facebook has more than 500+ million daily users and simultaneously Google posts reports from the legal community attesting to a statistic that 1 in 5 divorces today have a direct correlation to Facebook social networking relationships. It’s no surprise that social media has made it increasingly easy for people to secretly practice infidelity outside their relationships as they have ‘more options’.

Nowadays when I go out, I tend to people watch and scan out the environment. And one thing I notice oftentimes is, for instance, whenever I see a couple sitting down at a table in a restaurant, either one person is on their phone, or both people are on their phones. It’s almost as if the ‘dating’ stage is now done entirely on the phone through SMS rather than face to face. This is how sickly addicting this has become and I one day fear that it will get to the point where human interaction is almost non-existent.

 

It’s The CV of Our Lives- And the Employers Can See it Too

Being addicted to your smartphone can affect your safety and your health. New research shows a connection to a lack of neural chemicals that affect your ability to focus.

Social Media. What was once supposed to be a memory sharing app, has become the CV of our lives. Throughout the day we succumb to the urge of grabbing our phones and posting about what we’re engaging in at the moment, or our negative thoughts for all of our stalwarts to see.  Not only does this grant everyone easy access to our location, but it also enables the feds to track our location as well (more on this a little later). And if we fail to regulate privacy settings on our accounts, then anyone not part of our social networks can also see into our profiles and locations. This even includes employers. Here’s a fun fact: Did you know that many employers will go so far as to snoop into the social media profiles of their potential candidates to determine hire-ability? “According to CareerBuilder’s latest social media recruitment survey of more than 2,000 hiring managers and HR professionals and more than 3,000 full-time U.S. workers, 60 percent of employers revealed that they use social networking sites to research job candidates (Amy McDonnell- Career Builder). ”

The following list shows the most critical factors that have deterred employers from hiring a potential candidate:

  • Provocative or inappropriate photographs, videos or information – 46 percent
  • Information about candidate drinking or using drugs – 43 percent
  • Discriminatory comments related to race, religion, gender, etc. – 33 percent
  • Candidate bad-mouthed previous company or a fellow employee – 31 percent
  • Poor communication skills – 29 percent

Now don’t get me wrong, on the flip side social media CAN be used in our favor in terms of gaining employment. For example, there are things you can do on sites like Facebook and Twitter to actually boost your online persona, social presence, and credentials. This should be done in a way to showcase your strongest personality traits about yourself and any qualifications that ultimately makes up who you are. But the fact that employers have to resort to such a practice to spy on their potential employees, I still find quite baffling. But the big brother is the main entity we should all be really worried about. Which brings me to my next point.

Big Brother Is Watching Our Every Move 

I mean, this shouldn’t really be a surprise. Everyone and their mom is already aware that there is some form of pre-existing privacy/data breaching going on behind closed doors. But many people seem to brush this off and think that as long as they have control of their privacy settings, or opt to ‘permanently’ delete or deactivate an account, they have little to worry about. Well, allow me to educate you on this matter.

Think of it this way. Ever since you first used the internet, whatever day that was, whatever device or internet service provider you were using at the time, starting from the very first moment you browsed the worldwide web, the first bit of information you input was sent out into cyberspace to forever be logged, tracked and stored. In other words, there are supercomputers and data centers worldwide that store data archives of billions of users personal information, browser activities, and network traffic sources since day one. In fact, there are various surveillance programs under the NSA that collects internet communications from various U.S. internet companies- and would be glad to make a video on this in the near future. Not to mention, sometimes it’s as simple as typing in persons first and last name, email address or phone number in Google and their address could be populated as well as their address history and relatives. And if not, you could actually even pay for such services to provide you with this information.

 

Location Settings On Our Phones (How our every move is being tracked and stalked) 

In every single Smart Phone, in the settings, there is a “location” feature that enables apps on your phone to use your location via GPS satellites. Now I’m sure you already knew of this, but maybe you didn’t know the reason behind it. Well, whenever GPS location is enabled on any device, no matter where you go or what you do, not only is your location being stored but the information is being sent out of your phone to various servers. These servers can be linked to apps, websites, web browsers, etc. With that being said, there will be times when- depending on a specific location you visit; let’s say, an electronics store for example, if you were window shopping and took a picture of an item you’d be interested in buying, it’s no surprise that once you get home, that same exact item would appear as an add either on your browser, or even on your facebook newsfeed. This has a lot to do with a tool called, “meta-data” which is a form of internet-based data collection and can be used to stalk millions.  In fact, I even covered this in one of my older videos on my Youtube Channel titled, “GREY PILL Technology: The DARK SIDE of Technology | Part 2 *SHOCKING*”. 

Just recently I was doing some research on this topic and came across some of the most shocking information to date in regards to data breaching from big companies like Google and Facebook. A Twitter user by the name of Dylan Curran, a web developer, and tech consultant made a series of posts on Twitter exposing both Google and Facebook demonstrating how much info they collect from their users. And the post literally went viral.

 

He also made a few Youtube videos to help guide people on how they can prevent Google from collecting their data by navigating through the privacy settings and making the right adjustments. I highly recommend everyone to watch the video below as it can put you on the right track to avoid becoming victim to the data extraction frenzy.

Now it goes even deeper. Remember earlier when I mentioned metadata being used as a tool to harvest internet-based data from users online? Another form of metadata can be extracted through calls and texts as well. Have you ever had a phone conversation with someone, and after hanging up the phone, not even an hour later you start seeing ads on your phone or PC that pertains to what your conversation was about? Check out this article titled, “Android Users, Change This Setting to Stop Facebook’s Collection of Your Call and Text Metadata” which will give you insight on how this stalkerish technology works.

 

Another trick for added privacy that I strongly recommend to everyone is to use a VPN which stands for “Virtual Private Network“. A VPN is a type of server that enables users to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if their computing devices were directly connected to the private network. When you start to search for services and are browsing on their websites, there are some additional items you may want to consider. Speaking of trust and privacy – some companies will use tracking cookies to determine how to best serve you ads, which other sites you’ve been to, and some will even phone home with specific personal information. Best case, this is an abuse of power by companies stretching the limits of their marketing ideas on how to gather this info, worst case, it can be used to intentionally violate your privacy and tie your device back to the site that was actively performed on it.

For starters, I highly recommend using a VPN called, “Express VPN” which for many years has been regarded as one of the best and most affordable VPN services available in all aspects of top-notch privacy and data protection.

Last Thoughts

 

I know all of this may sound daunting. I get it. But if you’re like me, it’s better to be informed of this epidemic and become educated on how it’s affecting our lives viscerally.  Speaking of educating ourselves, as you all know I’m a bookworm and early on I mentioned a book on this topic that I bought online and read which inspired me to create this. This book is titled:

“The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains”

This book is definitely a popular one, highly rated and really drove home for me as I never truly understood the sheer power of the internet and the effect that it has on our minds, our hearts, and our overall well-being. The next step is to slowly wean ourselves away from this social media addiction, or austerely limit the information that we share,  since quitting it all at once is deemed a challenge for many of us. Just like a drug addiction, it is a habit that has to be slowly broken by practice.  We have come to the point where we have merged ourselves with our mobile devices to become one single entity. The impact of social media has taken over our lives. What we need to do, is separate ourselves from technology to such a point where we can live our lives as healthy and liberating as possible. This alone could help the world become a better place.

 

-Peoplesbrain

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018: Top 10 Lessons I learned in 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018: Top 10 Lessons I learned in 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018: Top 10 Lessons I learned in 2017

Hello everyone! Happy new year 2018! Every year on December 31st, I sit down and write out a top 10 list of things I learned in my personal journey throughout the year, and I wanted to share this year’s lessons with you guys.

Here’s my top 10 list for 2017. 🙂

#1: You don’t ALWAYS have to be around people. Solitude can be very invigorating and liberating. You will ultimately come to terms with your deepest sense of self-identity and from that, you become invincible.

#2: Include MORE water and MORE fruit in your daily diet. Your body will always thank you. And get more sleep!

#3: Some people will give you the illusion of being happy and whatever motivation they provide you with, is secretly directed towards their own needs. 👀


#4: Have a SAVINGS ACCOUNT and have a percentage of your paycheck direct deposited into that account and FORGET IT. Make sure it isn’t linked to a checking account. That way, when emergencies come up, it won’t feel so much like an emergency as you have money to fall back on. 


#5: Be careful what you blame yourself for. Other peoples’ behavior and actions is NOT “our fault” as often as we think. It’s a random coin toss… 


#6: CUTOFF the fake friends, the high maintenance girlfriends/boyfriends, and anyone else who actively undermines your efforts.Toxicity is detrimental to your health.
#7: Take your passions and brainstorm them in such a way that you can make money from it. It is an amazing feeling.


#8: Forgive all of those who have done you wrong. Holding a grudge is more painful than the initial hurt that was done unto you in the first place. 


#9: Every morning is a new challenge in life. Every morning when the sun rises, a gazelle has to outrun a lion. Every morning, the baby birds in the nest begin chirping and the mother bird has to go out and find worms for her babies fast enough to make it back in time before any harm is done to them. Stay motivated and keep pushing forward.
#10: You will hear many different voices every day of your life, but your inner voice is the most important. Always listen to it.

 

Bonus: Define your #Corevalues in life and STICK to it. Because no matter what happens, doing this gives you purpose in life and you’ll wake up every day knowing that you have PURPOSE. No matter how “monotonous” your life may seem in the moment. Everything else comes and goes. But your #corevalues are here to stay. It will never make you go broke and will never break your heart.
#HAPPYNEWYEARS everyone 👽🎆🎇🎊🎉

RANT: Update | Thanks for the 10k+ subs and 1million+ views!

RANT: Update | Thanks for the 10k+ subs and 1million+ views!

Hello fans of the PeoplesBrain blog!

I know it’s been a while! I just recently updated a video on the Youtube Channel to give everyone a quick update as to why I’ve been inactive for the past few months. It was a much-needed hiatus.

I also share with you the history of the Youtube channel and how it came about.

On the greener side, this channel has surpassed 10k+ subs and 1,000,000 views and I wanted to extend my gratitude and appreciation to the entire community!

 

I also wanted to share my plan of action for the future of the Youtube channel in the days to come.

Thanks, everyone. 🙂

We Are All Interconnected

We Are All Interconnected

We Are All Interconnected More So Than We Could Ever Imagine

Today I was having a very interesting conversation with a co-worker of mine today at work. First, we were on the subject of the ever increasing trend of conversion from meat-hounding to veganism. Then we inadvertently dove into the subject of the spiritual connection of all human beings on the planet. We are all interconnected. Now, what exactly do I mean when I say that? Here are my thoughts. Allow me to explain…

We are all interconnected. I think it’s absolutely mind-blowing how we as human beings have developed a sense of self-identity that has gone completely overboard to not only exclude ourselves from the rest of society but to also glorify ourselves over others. Of course, it’s always a good thing to be able to properly identify yourself and be comfortable in your own skin with who you are. But there was a point in time in human history, even for a faint span on the timeline, when we regarded ourselves as ONE. Instead of self-identifying we identified ourselves as a  WHOLE according to a “species”. Today, you have people who are not only self-identifying themselves as gratification over others to demoralize but also identifying OTHERS of who THEY should be! Instead of accepting that person for who they have already self-identified themselves as. There are many examples I can provide that can help you better understand the importance of how “identity crisis” can have a negative effect on society. And how we should go backwards beyond ego and stop thinking highly of ourselves, but rather think about how we can help others and not become a nuisance to others through false self-identification of self and others. Let’s stop asking ourselves, who are we? And instead ask ourselves, who are we not?

 

We are all interconnected. Take a relationship for example. Say, you have two people who just went on a marvelous, lavish date and one of them mentioned the helpless habit that they possess of wearing nothing but blue clothing every single day. No other colors, just straight blue clothing. And at that given moment the other person hears this and just laughs it off like it’s no problem at all. About a year goes by into the relationship, and that same person who at first laughed it off like it was no big deal, has now brought it to their partners’ attention that they should no longer wear blue clothing. What was once an ignored statement that went through one ear and out the other, has now become a major problem. The person in the relationship wearing the blue clothing hears this and refuses to change their habit for the other person. The other person becomes enraged and starts becoming emotionally abusive, threatening to leave the other person if they do not change their style of clothing. What can we conclude from this scenario?

First off, the other person in the relationship gave off the impression that they accepted their mate for wearing only blue clothing on the first date. But over time, in their minds, they slowly developed a sense of false identity for this person who they have established a relationship with. First, they demoralized the person and then demanded that the person changes in an attempt to mold their identity to what was “fit” in their own mind. Sigh…why can’t love be selfless and unselfish?

 

“Instead of focusing on our similarities as human beings, we put an immense focus on our differences. We completely forgot about the period in time when we set aside our differences and disallowed it to be our primary focus.”

We are all interconnected. What’s even more baffling is that the person wearing the blue clothing hears this, and is in awe at the fact that their loved one would even threaten to leave them simply because of a choice of apparel they made. But then as time passes, they realize that they have established this self-identity for themselves long before they even met them, and lived a drama free life with no outside judgments. So why has this other person placed themselves in such high regard to have the audacity to control another person’s identity?

This is the rising problem that I see in today’s world. Instead of focusing on our similarities as human beings, we put an immense focus on our differences. We completely forgot about the period in time when we set aside our differences and disallowed it to be our primary focus. But only to focus on survival itself. “We Are All Inter-connected More So Than We Could Ever Imagine.” You’d think that we are all different due to language barriers, skin color, origin, etc. But what we all possess from within is a thousand times more complex than what the five senses can perceive through the physical, tangible world.  Our minds and our hearts all share an interconnected network that is so complex that we could not even begin to grasp the science behind it. Have you ever wondered why you dream of people who you’ve never seen before in real life? Maybe there is another person on the other side of the world sharing this alternate reality with you. Or maybe there is another person in an alternate universe sharing this experience with you in the continuum of time at that very moment. In fact, I remember reading an article not too long ago that stated that scientists are actually considering making the claim that dreams should be considered an alternate reality due to the fact that we spend twenty years of our lives in a dream state.  So in theory, there could actually be multiple realities that we are all experiencing on a daily basis. To go deeper into this, I truly believe that there is a neural network that every soul on this planet is experiencing simultaneously in our dream state in the same way we experience social networking in our awoken state.

 

“When we drive to work in the morning, and when we drive home from work in the evening, we have made the subconscious decision to be led by faith to believe that every single person on the road will drive safely and follow the rules.”

 

We are all interconnected. When we drive to work in the morning, and when we drive home from work in the evening, we have made the subconscious decision to be led by faith to believe that every single person on the road will drive safely and follow the rules. This faith is a re-occurrence every single day of our lives and it never stops. But somewhere, at some point, there is a person who walked out the door with that same glimmer of faith, but was rushing instead because they were late to work, because they made the subconscious decision to oversleep. Resulting in the subconscious decision to drive to work recklessly, which has now made them a danger to everyone else on the road; only to cause a fatal accident miles before reaching their destination. These series of subconscious decisions alone has now affected EVERYONE. All it takes is ONE person! Why? Because this person alone has completely broken the neural network of “faith” that we all shared upon leaving our homes. And now a life was lost in the aftermath of this choice. This person has put aside our “similarities” of the safety net for survival on the road, and instead put their focus on the “differences” by undervaluing the lives of others. I don’t know how many cases and events in the history of mankind that confirms this. NORMALLY, this person has routinely self-identified themselves as a “safe driver”, but one random morning because they were running late, chose to completely change their identity of self to a dangerous self-image that has affected the life of another person. Drunk drivers do this all the time. It’s a selfish, NON-selfless conscious decision to break the chain of interconnectivity that is needed in order to thrive as a society by driving drunk on the road, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths of innocent lives, if not more, per year. A person who has chosen to commit suicide has now affected the lives of many. In actuality, what they have done is committed a murderous act of a loved one especially if they were loved by others, and others who are on the VERGE of suicide will hear of this and could be pushed closer to the edge. These are all prime and perfect examples of how interconnected as human beings we truly are and how our decisions affect us as ONE. What we self-identify as can affect everyone. Whether it be good or bad. Because others can be influenced and affected by our thoughts, our actions, and others can also replicate our identity which causes it to spread. It doesn’t have to always be someone else attempting to change OUR identity of self, more often than not it’s the self-identity we put upon ourselves as individuals. And the cycle continues…

We are all interconnected.

-RayneofLyte

PeoplesBrain Blog ©

 

Youtube Channel Growth: We Surpassed 5,000+ Subscribers!

Youtube Channel Growth: We Surpassed 5,000+ Subscribers!

This is the part of the story where it starts to get more interesting and exciting! I wanted to share with everyone the Youtube Channel Growth in this post.

As we close off the first half of 2017 to start the second half, I always had hoped that the year would get better as time progresses. The first half of 2017 was probably the most challenging time for me in my personal life, but never did I give up on pushing out more content for my Youtube Channel. Thanks to all my subscribers and viewers, you all gave me the hope and motivation to continue making videos despite my hardships. And even better, the Youtube Channel has now amassed over 5,000 subscribers and has passed over half a million views in total. This was a goal that I had actually set out to meet towards the end of this year, but it looks like I’ve accomplished this goal six months earlier

As you all know, my #1 goal with this blog is to help improve the lives of many others through the power of research, as noted in the headline of this site. Research and reading are my two most avid hobbies and sharing useful information with the world is such a wonderful journey. I’ve always wanted to make a difference in the world and I’m glad I can help contribute to this through a blog and a Youtube Channel.

I cannot express in words how happy and proud I am to have reached this level of success.
THANKYOU! 🙂

-Rayne

Update: Youtube & Blog Inactivity | Family Emergencies

Update: Youtube & Blog Inactivity | Family Emergencies

UPDATE: I would like to apologize to all my fans, (both YT subscribers, YT non-subscribers, and blog viewers) for the sudden inactivity in content uploads. From the middle of April till now I have run into some serious family emergencies that I needed to fully attend to. But all is well now and things are better. Thank you for understanding. You all have been patient and I am humbled by the ongoing positive feedback. Lots of more great content rolling in like normal from here on out.

 

-Rayne

 

Update: Life, New Youtube Algorithm Crisis & The Future of the Channel (No Bad news!)

Update: Life, New Youtube Algorithm Crisis & The Future of the Channel (No Bad news!)

Hello everyone! Hope you’re all doing well.

As you can see in the title of this blog post, I’ll be tapping into some topics that will explain my recent inactivity from my Youtube channel and Blog. The first being about my life. Or shall I say, my PERSONAL life. And the others pertaining to the current state of Youtube and my plan of action. This is a very important post I would like to share with all my fans of the PeoplesBrain hub and the RayneofLyte Youtube Channel to shed some light on things. And to quickly bring relief to the air, it includes NO BAD NEWS. yay!!

So lately, many of you are probably noticing a bit of irregularity in my video uploads on the Youtube Channel and blog posts here on this blog. I first want to say that I really do apologize for any inconvenience or confusion I may have caused on both my Youtube Channel and my blog. 2017 is moving at an extremely rapid pace and as we’re already approaching the 5th month of the year, life has gotten pretty hectic for me personally. That isn’t to say I was hit with a series of unfortunate events, but rather, a voluntary increase in efficiency and productivity in various tasks. There was a time when I would faithfully upload a minimum of 2 blog posts or videos a week, but that has all changed due to some of my other priorities in life gaining more traction. To help my fans get to know me a little better, I’m what one would consider, “a jack of all trades” to say the least. I spend every day of my life investing a lot of time and energy into my hobbies and proficiencies. I am 24 years old and by day- I work a steady, comfortable and secure day job in IT as a programmer. By night, I am a graphic designer and also do electronic music production and run a sole proprietary indie label. In my off time (which is quite rare haha), I tend to do a lot of exploration out in nature which consists of a DSLR camera, and a keen interest in capturing “the right moment”. We call this, photography. If not that, I’m spending time with a close friend or family members.

And of course, as you all know- I have established a bit of an online presence for myself for some years now by running two different blogs and Youtube Channels linked to each blog. One music blog + Youtube Channel, and the other is my RayneofLyte Youtube Channel that many of you are already familiar with, linked to this blog. Both are mildly large in size. So as you can tell, the content that I put out across these platforms is quite “topsy-turvy” in nature! With that being said, most of my hobbies allow me to go the freelance route which enables me to secure additional streams of income in addition to what I make from my full-time job. I have been freelancing for some years now and I must say, it’s definitely a goal for me to be able to run my own businesses full time. The light at the end of the tunnel is still very bright and visible. And it’s starting to blind my eyes..

“But RAYNE, how the HELL do you manage to keep up with all this??? “

GREAT QUESTION! I’m so glad you asked…

Back then when I was just getting started with all this around the time when I started college, I was a helpless victim of procrastination and “writer’s block“. Two of the absolute worst behaviors to acquire for anyone creating or establishing anything in life.  Now don’t get me wrong, I still suffer from these till this day. But forming a proper work-life balance and creating a steadfast schedule for myself has granted me the appeasement of keeping procrastination very
minimal and “writer’s block” almost non-existent. So far so good! 

“A picture of what my studio WAS (early 2016), which seems to include a lot more equipment now…”

Folks, I just want to say that I am a one-man army and everything you see across my works is done by myself only. Making videos is a very stressing and tedious process as everything has to be done correctly, professionally with zero errors. Not to mention, having your own unique style and spin on the video editing process. Add the ongoing narration of full-length biblical books to all this. Trust me, it’s harder than you think. But I can assure you friends, that from here on out I will be posting/uploading a lot more high-quality content to the BEST of my ability, even if it kills me. I will continue pushing more videos such as audio biblical narrations, the ever-so-interesting “GREY PILL” video series which have gained popularity and shares across social media, and MORE. …I also plan on updating the design and layout of this blog and taking it to the next level.

As you can see in the photo above, I take my hobbies very seriously.  In my room alone, I have thousands of dollars invested in equipment. These are genuine passions that allow me to not only share my talents and research abilities with the world, but it also allows me to connect with other like-minded individuals. Or shall I say, other fellow black sheep who have escaped the pen and chose to stop following the cattle herder. This is very important when you already feel like an outcast in a society that you feel you don’t really fit in with. In the online world, you can easily pick and choose where you want to fit in without having to deal with the suppression of conformity, all the while keeping anonymity if it be at your discretion. This is the main reason why I do what I do.

Now on to the juicy part: 

Major TV Networks/News Outlets/Fortune 500 Companies boycotting Youtube Ads

Many of you have probably already heard of the new Youtube Ad Crisis that’s going on right now- and many of you probably haven’t. For those who haven’t, I’ll explain very briefly what this is about and how it affected just about 99% of all content creators. Basically, TV Networks, News Outlets, and Fortune 500 companies are pulling their ads from any and all content on Youtube they deem as “offensive” by any means. Even the least sensitive of information that can be found in videos has resulted in ads being taken off and even videos being deleted and Youtube Channels being shut down. I guess our first amendment right came with a set of stipulations eh? Correct me if I’m wrong….

As a result of all this, millions upon millions of Youtube Content Creators have noticed strange things happening in their Youtube Accounts. Such as significant revenue decreases, Video deletion/monetization, copyright strikes, channels suddenly being shut down without notice, etc. Rest assured, my Youtube Channel has been affected by this, but it has shown NO signs of SHUTTING DOWN entirely. I think we can all sigh a great sigh of relief now….

All together now:  “sigh….”

This is mainly due to the fact that I spent time in making sure all of the content on my channel follows Youtube Policies and Guidelines. Even though some of my videos may seem a bit controversial, it contains zero threats to anyone(groups) and does not involve terroristic or offensive material.  I have made sure of this time and time again in my video titles, descriptions and meta tags because I knew an event like this would eventually come. But the reason why I wanted to share this with everyone is so that it makes more sense as to why I had some inactivity these last few weeks- to ensure my channel was in good standing since the Youtube crisis took place. I needed to make sure that my channel wasn’t going to be shut down abruptly without notice!  I read all over the net that by the middle of this month, things should start picking back up on Youtube. I already see an improvement in my analytics.

The Future of the RayneofLyte Youtube Channel

 

Aside from the Youtube Ad Crisis that recently took place, the Rayneoflyte Youtube Channel and this blog have gained staggering popularity and I am deeply humbled by the successful short-term growth. I noticed that once I started diversifying the type of content that I uploaded, I started gaining a lot more fans catering to different audiences. Which I find really astounding considering the fact that my original plan for the channel wasn’t quite what it has been recent. But this is why they say, “you gotta go with the flow, even when it ebbs and flows“. Give the people what they want especially if it’s something you’re passionate about and spend every waking hour of your off time committing to it. For me, that’s researching, scouring and finding amazing content in books and on the deep web about various topics that would be beneficial to just about any person in any situation. Whether it be personal growth, spiritual guidance, financial advice, conspiracy education, hidden history, technology secrets, you name it! I do it all! 

 

Thank you everyone for reading. 🙂

-Rayneoflyte888

PeoplesBrain Blog

YT Growth: 2000 SUBS + Awesome growth in the past 28 days!

YT Growth: 2000 SUBS + Awesome growth in the past 28 days!

 

I am VERY humbled and happy to announce that not only has the youtube channel received awesome growth within the past 28 days, but I have reached 2000 subscribers! I’m also nearing 300k views for the life of the channel! That’s over a quarter of a million views 🙂

Yes, the sub count may seem like a small #, but to me that is astounding considering the fact that the audience that I do have is very niche based, and the retention rate on mostly all my videos (the time spent per video viewing) is sky high. And it’s only growing more and more every day.

I would like to thank everyone for viewing my channel as well as my BLOG and showing your love, support and appreciation. I have aligned and positioned myself in my personal life to be able to dedicate more time into releasing more content.  Although I have not yet reached my goal of being able to do this full time, slowly but surely I’ve been noticing the increase of monetary support for my efforts. And soon I can definitely see myself doing this full time within due time!

Thank-you again my friends! And God bless.

-RayneofLyte888

5 Very Important Life Lessons That I learned In 2016

5 Very Important Life Lessons That I learned In 2016

The year 2016 for me, has been a bit more of a stationary year compared to previous years- and I’m perfectly ok with that. Having returned to the states after spending an entire year in the Carribean, was proof in itself that I had some “unfinished business”. Spending a year overseas in the azure beauty of the Carribean from 2014 to 2015 was definitely a life-changing and mind-altering experience. It was an important period in my life when I experienced alot of self-growth and discovery.  To stumble upon many kindred spirits on an enchanted island only helped my spirit grow even more. Every day of my life was spent walking the beaches from one end to the next, basking in the presence of the wind as it seized my worries and blew them elsewhere.

But see, that’s the problem. Only temporarily would these worries be suddenly forgotten. In the same fashion that a drunkard lifts a bottle of alcohol to his lips in hopes of drowning out his own misery, temporarily. So has he forgotten that the misery remains after the drinking has ended.  So what can be done?

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This brings me to lesson learned #1:
In the year 2016, I learned that you cannot use ‘escapism‘ as a form of solving problems from within. “You cannot ‘flee’ or ‘run away’ from self, because ‘self’ will always follow. You can only acknowledge what can be done to improve self and get to work. Then your problems will ‘flee’ and ‘run away’ from you.” Any sort of negative emotions you may be dealing with, or negative attributes you are trying to overcome, resides from within. Emotions, attributes, characteristics or even addictions that all stem from psyche and personality are immaterial abstracts or immaterial concepts (i.e ‘Reason, love’ ). They are intangible, non-concrete- concluding that you cannot put emotions in a lock box and put it up on the closet shelf to leave behind to come back to it later.

“This breakup has me depressed… I’ll just simply lock up the depression in this lockbox and voila!(solved!)”

“You cannot ‘flee’ or ‘run away’ from self, because ‘self’ will always follow. You can only acknowledge what can be done to improve self and get to work. Then your problems will ‘flee’ and ‘runaway’ from you.” – PeoplesBrain (2016)

Can I give you a bucket of #1? Not the substantiation or numeral of ‘1’ but the concept of ‘1’?

No  I cannot. It is impossible. Because these concepts are inclusive to immaterial abstract laws.  So do not treat your emotions as tangible abstracts that you can just ‘run away’ from. You cannot hop aboard a plane and fly away from your weaknesses. They will follow you wherever you go. So step up to the plate and conquer your weaknesses! And that brings us to lesson #2 learned-

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Lesson #2: “Life is 5% what happens to you, and 95% how you respond.”

 

“How do YOU respond to life?”

This is one of those quotes that makes you immediately stop what you’re doing and stare off into a void of space.  However, interestingly enough, we as humans tend to believe the exact opposite. In opposition, we possess the pre-defined notion to think that life is 95% what happens to us and 5% how we respond. But this is wrong on so many levels. This a mind-conditioning curse that goes centuries far back and emanates from the source of what we refer to as, “Human Behavior“.

Let’s take relationships for example. When two people go through a breakup, it’s obviously a heartbreaking experience (Well, in most cases…).  History, countless reports as well as statistics has proven time and time again that heartbreak results in negative emotions, which in turn, causes negative reactions. Such negative reactions can make you do CRAZY things. It’s no wonder why they say, Love makes you do crazy things. Perhaps, that is an understatement of an understatement to say the least…

So in essence, negative reactions to negative events, sourcing from negative emotions will ALWAYS lead to consequences and ramifications. Same goes for positive reactions to positive events, sourcing from positive emotions. Try and remember a time when something good happened in your life. Perhaps, newfound love? Or that awesome job that was handed to you after the victorious interview? Or maybe just a brand new haircut that made you feel better about your appearance?

Such positive events can lead to positive emotions and reactions. Someone who gained a new job may want to celebrate as a result of feeling a heightened sense of achievement and satisfaction. Or perhaps a couple who decided to have a baby shower as a result of excitement for their newborn soon entering the world.

Again, these are all examples of why a large percentage of your life is determined by how you react to EVERYTHING.  Another prime example is an elderly individual who goes through life with a myriad of “shoulda-woulda-coulda’s (but didn’t!)” and suddenly feeling the sentiment that it’s too late…

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Lesson #3:  “Do not dive into new relationships with the intent of fixing a person who is already broken.”

For the love of God, this is probably the most important of the 5. The reason why I put this in my top 5 is because not only have I experienced this in the past, but I have witnessed close loved ones become victims to this vicious cycle. When we dive into new relationships, we become “blinded by love”. It’s funny because in most cases, we’re fully aware of the red flags in the relationship early on, but the abnormal, helpless powerful feeling of ‘love‘ causes us to quickly turn those red flags into green flags. But queue the yellow flags..

Now of course, nobody is perfect. And never ever will I ever believe that on this planet exists or existed a perfect, non-imperfect human being. If so, pics and proof or it didn’t happen. But in all seriousness though, we as human beings have to learn that a relationship requires both individuals to work on themselves respectfully. To fix what is broken within themselves on a personal journey with oneself. The other person can only help guide them and learn to deal with their ways in the process. I’ve also noticed that so many people go into relationships thinking that they can ‘change’ the other person. While at the same time focusing on the things that they can ‘get out‘ of the relationship and not so much, what they can ‘put in.’ We must look at relationships as an abstract contract of love and stop looking at relationships as a “business transaction“. For every output, there is an input- and vice-versa. That’s just how the world works. True love is about what you can give, lust is about what you can take away. So upon entering a new relationship or while being in a current relationship, really ask yourself: “Is this a person I truly love and will do anything for?” Or “Is this a person I only lust after for personal gain?” And if the person has issues and problems that they need to deal with personally, let them fix it. Please, do not put on your scarlet colored cape and play the ‘hero’ in the relationship to magically save the day. This isn’t Marvel or Capcom. Relationships are not founded upon “heroism”. Because in the end, you’ll only end up hurting yourself even more- as the other person’s problems intertwine with your own problems over time. And it will be a very painful and frustrating experience. Remember, people who are already broken have the tools to break hearts.

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Lesson #4: “Self Employment is extremely essential for the coming years ahead.”
Here’s why:

I’ll be completely honest. The more I research and discover more about what’s going on in the world politically and economically, the more I worry about how society will even make a living. For many years since I was a teen, I always had a passion for learning new things completely on my own and being able to support myself with those same passions. I like to declare myself as an “autodidact” in many different things. But now as a young adult approaching the age of 25, now I realize how the job market has become so obscured, that it’s turned into a classic game of “russian roulette“.

For example: Earlier this year I remember reading an article on Businessinsider.com titled, ”

“WEF: Robots, automation, and AI will replace 5 million human jobs by 2020.” – (Lianna Brinded- 2016)

“Job Security? HAH!”

Upon reading that article, it made me wonder if many people would even take it seriously. Robotics and automation sound so far-fetched to most people because they think it’s just an erroneous, make-believe sci-fi concept only found in Hollywood movies. But if we open our eyes, we can already see it slowly making it’s way into businesses and restaurants around the world. For example, as a young adult heavily involved in the IT field, in past jobs I have witnessed superstar workers getting hastily replaced by either some sort of new automation technology or their job being outsourced to a worker in a foreign country completing the job for a fraction of the pay. In addition, at my past jobs, higher-ups have told me stories of many people getting laid off as a result of data centers in the thousands or tens of thousands of square feet in size; being reduced down to a room full of servers due to Robotic process automation (RPA).  To me, this is some very alarming and shocking news that I think no one should take lightly.

This is why I am so gung-ho on becoming self-employed. Having come from a family of entrepreneurs, this is something that was ingrained in my youth early on. For years, I have put forth blood, sweat and tears into taking my passions and establishing online projects and platforms that grant me a passive income. Even if it doesn’t replace my ‘day job’ income, I can at least say that it provides a very helpful ‘supplemental‘ income that only grows more and more with time, hard work and dedication. Until such a point when I can “be my own boss”, and become self-sufficient as I live off my own income and avoid clocking my brains out every morning to help the “big dog” accomplish his dreams and not my own.  I absolutely refuse to spend the rest of my life in such enslavement. 

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And last but not least- Lesson #5:  “Be thankful for closed doors, detours and roadblocks. They protect you from paths & places not meant for you.”

I feel like this one is completely self-explanatory. This references a previous article post I wrote titled,

“You Haven’t Met Yourself Yet…” (Amazing quote from the movie “Waking Life”)

In the simplest interpretation of the quote, everything happens for a reason. Closed doors, detours and roadblocks are there to protect us from people, places or events that just wasn’t meant for us. Perhaps, they were there to protect us from possible imminent danger? A possible breakup? Even a possible death? Once again, Human Behavior, by nature gives us the false presumption that closed doors, detours and roadblocks are a bad thing. But that’s not necessarily the case. As a result we often believe that we may have ‘missed out’ on a good opportunity, a chance at love, meeting our soulmate, and what have you. Which leads to negative emotions > which leads to negative reactions. See how the lessons in this article link together?

Simply put, it all protects you from paths & places not meant for you. As long as we as human beings can acknowledge this and take it to heart, we can avoid about 90% of all negativity that happens in our life. If not that- then we’ll at least learn to react in a way that reduces the negativity all together. And we’ll begin to become happier as we strive for self-fulfilment and self-love which I feel are the two most important, ultimate goals in our lives.

Thankyou 2016– You have been good and dearest to me. Another year that has come and gone that we will never experience again as time only progresses forward. 2017 shall be even more interesting.

I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year!! GODBLESS

 

-RayneofLyte888

PeoplesBrain Blog

 

“Brain Damage” A mind-bending short story you must read…

“Brain Damage” A mind-bending short story you must read…

A friend of mine emailed this short story to me titled “Brain Damage” many years back and it has always stuck with me up until this very date. At the time of receiving it, I saved it in my email archives and recently stumbled upon it. I couldn’t help but share it here on the Peoplesbrain blog….

It’s one of the deepest, most bone-chilling, mind-bending pieces of literature I’ve ever read. At the end of the story it leaves you in a surrendered state of suspense and wonderment. Hopefully you catch my drift after reading it…. if you liked this story I will be posting more of these! Enjoy folks!

Brain Damage

Copyright (C) Oct 1979 by Howard I. Cannon. All rights reserved.

I had won the lottery! One hundred fifty million people, and I’m the winner. I didn’t believe it even after I received the registered letter and a personal visit from the lottery czar. But when I received my bank statement, and it showed the huge balance; then I knew for sure. “The first thing I’ll do is join a club,” I thought to myself happily. It was the desire of every man to belong to one of the clubs, but only the wealthiest could afford it. I was now one of the wealthy, and I couldn’t resist the urge. “We’re delighted to have you as a member, Mr. Carlson. I’m so pleased to meet you, it’s not every day we have a real live lottery winner come into our club,” said the feeble-minded receptionist in a high-pitched and very irritating voice, “Now if you’ll just fill out these forms.” The signing up process took what seemed like an eternity. There were medical histories to give, psychological exams to take, tens of forms to sign and initial. I couldn’t wait. I paced around the room while the clerk prepared the next form, and I anticipated the fun I was going to have. I’ve heard, though fourth hand at best, that the experience is unlike anything that you’ve experienced before. Finally it was done. I was almost ready to burst. The clerk ushered me into a large reception area, and shortly thereafter into the plushly furnished office of the club’s manager. “Mr. Carlson, please, have a seat, please,” said the overenthusiastic, and overweight, gentleman behind the large oak desk, “We are so pleased to have you as a member, it’s not everyday that we get a lottery winner in to see us.” I was about to split apart at the seams. Not another feeble-minded turkey. I wanted to get on with it, I was almost ready to climb up the walls. “Ah, but Mr. Carlson, you are obviously anxious to become a participating member, aren’t you?” It took all my internal strength to prevent me from leaping out of my seat, climbing on top of the manager’s spotless desk, and yelling, “Yes, yes, that’s exactly what I want.” But I managed to sit quietly in my seat and with a large grin on my face reply, “Yes, I’d like that very much.”

“Good then!”

I breathed a loud sigh of relief. Though it evoked a puzzled look from the manager, I didn’t care. “Hmmm,” he said, “I see you are anxious. Let’s set up your first appointment. When is most convenient for you?” “As soon as possible,” I replied without a moments hesitation. “That will be tomorrow, at 3:00 PM. Please present this card to the receptionist when you arrive. Have a good day.” And with that the manager handed me an ornate appointment card, remotely opened the door to his office, and gestured that I leave. I thanked him and left. As I walked out past the receptionist she yelled to me, “Have a good day, Mr. Carlson, hope to see you soon. It’s not often we get a lottery winner in here.” Her voice faded to nothingness as I walked briskly home. I started singing loudly. My singing wasn’t very good, and many people stared at me as I bellowed at the top of my lungs. I smiled at them as I passed; I didn’t care one iota what they thought. I had my appointment; I was a member of a club….

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I arrived at the club promptly at 2:30 PM. Yes, I was early, but I just couldn’t sit at home any longer. I didn’t sleep well that night, of course. The same receptionist who greeted me on the previous day was at the desk, and she unfortunately remembered me. “Hello there, Mr. Carlson,” she squeaked, “You are a bit early. But no matter, you can start getting prepared. We may be ready for you slightly before 3. Now if I may have your card.” I almost died then and there. The card. I was so busy thinking about what it was going to be like that I had forgotten the card. I couldn’t even remember where I had left it. I started to stammer something, but realized nothing would come out so I just started to frantically search my pockets. I had exhausted almost all possibilities when the card showed up. I yelled, “Whoopee,” and realized I had startled the receptionist. “My, you are an enthusiastic one, aren’t you Mr. Carlson. Ah, I see you have your appointment card. We never let anyone in without an appointment card. But then again, it isn’t every day that we get a lottery winner.” I sighed to myself. This person was a nitwit; all of the people around here were nitwits. But I wanted to be part of the club, and I knew that that was the price I had to pay. Oh well, c’est la vie, and so on. The receptionist indicated an open door behind her, and requested that I walk through it, which I gladly did. I found myself in a featureless hallway. The door closed silently behind me, and a sign lit up indicating that I was to walk forward to the next door, place my hand upon the knob, and wait for a green light to come on. I did so, the light came on, and the door started to open. I jerked my hand off the knob and a pleasant voice said, “Please keep your hand on the knob until the door is fully open.” I tried the procedure again, this time holding unto the knob until the door opened fully. I released the knob and stepped through into the next room. I was not prepared for what I found. The room was totally white. It was eerie. I peered down at my clothes, and they were white too. “Quite a trick,” I thought to myself. The door closed behind me, and I heard the same pleasant voice that had previously instructed me.

“You are a newcomer. Welcome.”

I waited for the ever-present, “we don’t get many lottery winners in here,” but it didn’t come. Instead, the voice proceeded with it’s speech. “You will remove all of your garments and ornaments. Nothing shall remain on your person. A box will open, and in it you will place everything you have taken off. It will be returned to you later. You will then receive your fitted suit, which you will place on you as you would a pair of coveralls. When you are done, please indicate by closing the box that contains your garments.”

As promised, a box slid to a position just in front of me, and opened. I stripped, and placed all my belongings in the box. The room must have sensed that I was ready, because at the appropriate moment coveralls appeared. I put them on, closed the box, and again I heard the voice. “You are now ready to proceed into the club area itself. The room will darken, and a door will open. Go through the door, and a human attendant will meet you. Have fun, Mr. Carlson!” The voice had understated its case. Not only did the room darken, but it became pitch black. I was shaking with excitement. A door at the far end of the room slid open, and I carefully walked over to it. I took a deep breath, and plunged through the doorway. Instantly I knew why the previous room had been completely white: to contrast the room that I was now in, which looked, smelled, and felt like it was the pinnacle of evil. I heard soft footsteps coming from behind me, and wheeled around just in time to see a door sliding shut and an attendant approaching me. The attendant wore the garb of an executioner. A long robe, and a black hood hiding his face. He looked husky, but his walk seemed gentle. When he spoke I was surprised by the pleasantness of his voice. “Good afternoon, Mr. Carlson,” he said, “it’s not often we get a lottery winner in here.”

“Hi,” I said, a wry smile fleeting across my face.

“You are about to enter the magical realm of bee dee.”

“Oh, you mean brain damage, right?”

“That’s correct, Mr. Carlson, you do catch on quickly. Brain damage was first recognized in the 1970’s by researchers at labs all across the United States. They discovered that though people used to express distaste over brain damage, they produced more of it than would be expected by mere chance. A pattern soon emerged. Many of the most intelligent people, involved with high-level projects at the research labs, were brain damaged. It soon became the ‘in thing’ to admit to being brain damaged about various ideas. This oftentimes led to enjoyment for the people involved. In the late 1980’s, a man by the name of Frederickson experimented with humans and determined that physically induced brain damage would give many of the pleasures that natural brain damage did, though he discovered that sometimes it would cause permanent organic damage. A few years later, a technique was discovered to reverse this permanent damage, and the Club was born. Since the process was developed by private industry, and is very expensive, only the rich can afford it. Welcome, Mr. Carlson.” All of a sudden I was starting to get a little nervous. Physical brain damage? We always joked about it around where I worked, but I didn’t realize that… “Mr. Carlson.” The attendants voice interrupted my thoughts. “We have selected medieval tortures to start you off with. Here are many weapons that can be used to inflict brain damage upon you. Choose the one you like best, and we will begin.”

And as he spoke a panel slid away from the far wall revealing a workbench laden with tools of death and destruction. I was going to say something like, “What the hell is going on,” but decided against it. I saw a vice with nails sticking out of it; it looked to be the least violent device. I choose it. “An excellent choice,” agreed the attendant, “come this way.” Before I knew it my head was in the vice, and the nails pressed up against my head. The attendant said, “Ready or not,” and I felt a strange sensation on my scalp. There was no pain, but when I heard the crunching noise I knew the nails had hit bone.

How could I react. Nails were being driven into my brain. This is the Club? This is what I paid fifteen million dollars in gold bullion to join? A guy is forcing nails into my head, and I don’t feel any pain. And I… And I started to laugh. All of a sudden a feeling of well-being came over me, and I felt happy. I felt blood dripping down my scalp, and I savored the sensation. I felt my head come free, and the attendant help me to stand upright.

“That went smoothly, now, didn’t it,” he asked.

“Yes, thank you, I feel….”

But I couldn’t find the right word. I felt myself starting to lose the ability to talk. And it felt so good. The attendant pointed me at a mirror, and I could see the twenty or so holes in my head. I felt like singing, but couldn’t quite decide how to move my mouth. So I just stood there making snorting noises, and feeling very, very good. I just stood there for the longest time, and then the attendant escorted me to a table sporting some small tools. My vision wasn’t perfect by this time, but it was good enough to continue the fun. The attendant picked up a tool, and showed me how to put it into one of the holes in my head and twirl it around. It seemed like fun. I tried it, and I could make funny sensations occur all over. One hole was good for making my feet do funny things, whereas another was good for evoking childhood memories. I was having fun, and I just started grabbing tools at random and picking at my brains. This was the ultimate in brain damage, and I now knew that everything the attendant had said to me was right. This was better than I had imagined. By the time my hour was up, I couldn’t move, I couldn’t talk, I couldn’t see, I could barely hear, I smelled flowers all the time, and I felt like I was being constantly tickled. The next thing I remember was waking up totally naked in another white room. I felt good. No, not good, great. I couldn’t imagine being able to feel any better. This was worth every cent. I reached up to feel my head, and it was as good as new. I had no problems with any of my senses, I could move all parts of my body, and my mind was as clear as a bell. I examined myself carefully, to see what damage had been done. My body was in perfect condition. I continued to feel very, very good for a long, long time…

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I’ve been going to the Club every day now for the past 15 years. The interest from my lottery winnings will keep me going for the rest of my life, and I don’t mind spending it on brain damage. People say I’ve been getting to be somewhat of a nitwit, but I just laugh at them. I know brain damage is the best thing I’ve ever come across, and I don’t plan to listen to the obviously jealous remarks of my poor friends. After all, it’s not everyday they see a lottery winner. I suppose they’ll never know what it’s like to have real brain damage; the kind that you can see and feel. I occasionally hear people joking about how something or another was the work of a brain damaged man, and I can’t help but chuckle to myself.

I just feel so sorry for all those people in the 1970’s who couldn’t experience brain damage in its full splendor. They only had a fleeting glimpse of absolute pleasure.

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-Peoplesbrain

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